Acne cheat-sheet: prevention is the best cure

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It’s hard to know how to fight a problem without knowing where it started.

When it comes to pimples, often they arise because of stress, and in turn it’s easy to get stressed when a breakout occurs. So when the cycle is this vicious, how do we go about treating the problem?


The secret, just like my mother used to tell me, is prevention. They do say it’s the best cure after all. ‘But how does this work?’ I can hear you chanting, why it’s all about being prepared, beauties. 


We all know that pimples tend to pop up on our face around that time of the month? So be ready for them by treating your complexion before they hit with the all powerful Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Wash and Scrub. This incredible duo uses micro-clear technology to penetrate deep into the pore, ridding it of dirt and oil, while targetting future spots before they even appear. 


In turn, you’ll feel less stressed about the state of your skin, and that, with the helping hand of your Neutrogena Wash and Scrub, will help to banish blemishes, resulting in a beautiful spot-free complexion. And even if you do strike a little late (i.e. when a spot has already reared its ugly head), the green tea and cucumber extracts included in both these skin savers work hard to soothe skin and reduce irritation, so you’ll be well on your way to clearer, more beautiful skin, sans the stress.


Which do you think came first, the pimple or the stress?


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Member Comments (35)

Posted by: Mariearooloo (Australia)

I have found that getting close to exams or tests I start to break out, so the secret to clear skin would be to use products such as Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Wash and Scrub, but also to relax in situations that would most likely cause stress, or if you know an exam is coming up make sure you have your acne products ready to rescue you :)

Posted on: August 26, 2011 (Aug 26, 2011 10:50pm)

Posted by: Leena Ballerina (Australia)

i hate TOM, every time it nears i start to break out and i start to become moody, especially when im at home and start letting it out on my mum, i feel sorry for her sometimes :(
but on a positive note, i love neutrogena products, especially their exfoliating scrub, it leaves hte skin feeling so clean and soft. i really cant wait to finish my cleanser so i can get the pink bottle from neutrogena!

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 12:30am)

Posted by: RetroD11 (Australia)

For me, stress comes first, then pimples, then more stress, then more pimples! My question is, do I use the scrub first then the wash? Or is it the other way round? This article did not clarify how to use the products. A bit of help in this area would be nice! :)

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 9:31am)

Posted by: Shull87 (Australia)

Stress... I run on high stress levels sometimes.... I found when I have moved I have relaxed way more as albany is so much more calming to me, enjoy this peaceful life.

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 10:09am)

Posted by: Li (Australia)

I very rarely get stressed. Pimples on the other hand...

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 10:15am)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

I think it was the pimple!! My skin used to be fine aside from a pimple here and there but then when I was 15 I started to get more than usual and ever since it's been stressing me out! The stressing doesn't help of course...not to mention the extra stress around exam time etc!

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 11:35am)

Posted by: Rola93 (Australia)

Stress definatley came first I think, sadly either way they're both present at the same so its like a doube-edged sword :(

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 1:32pm)

Posted by: Rk2002 (Australia)

the hormones!
i have so many hormonal cystic pimples- and they all leave nasty scars

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 3:29pm)

Posted by: Mashi4eva ()

Stress then severe depression then the pimples

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 4:12pm)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

Stress, becasue then I eat lots of foods that aren't good for me, then the ycle starts grrr!!!

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 6:37pm)

Posted by: KTB84 (Australia)

Food sets my skin off. As soon as i eat takeout it shows on my face a few days later.

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 8:27pm)

Posted by: Soosh (Australia)

Thanks, but I dont really like neutrugina

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 8:46pm)

Posted by: Annyex. (Australia)

Love Neutrogena Acne Stress cleanser! My first product that I have been buying over and over again. It keeps my acne stable at least..
I think stress but then I think hormones!

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 10:50pm)

Posted by: Kayla Beauty (Australia)

Hello I'm a Stress head, thank you pimple products.

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 10:56pm)

Posted by: Puck110 (Australia)

I find that when I drink lots of coffee I have more breakouts. I may need to try yoga :)

Posted on: August 27, 2011 (Aug 27, 2011 11:38pm)

Posted by: pinkheart (Australia)

Definitely stress! I also think lack of the use of a scrub and diet also contribute to pimples.

Posted on: August 28, 2011 (Aug 28, 2011 10:26am)

Posted by: Chanellover (Australia)

my time of the month deifinitely brings on at least 1 pimple every time :( recently i've put some paw paw ointment over py pimple and tried not to pick at it... it's worked quite well so far :)

Posted on: August 28, 2011 (Aug 28, 2011 10:33am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love these Neutrogena products mentioned in the above article. They really do help my skin be a bit clearer I think than if I didn't use them. I've even bought my daughter some because they work so well for me and she loves them too.

From experience I personally find that the stress comes first before the pimple!

Posted on: August 28, 2011 (Aug 28, 2011 6:51pm)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

I tend to break out a little with stress and also after I have done a facial, I always get at least one pimple.

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 9:00am)

Posted by: Blondie58 (Australia)

What a great article, now I know why sometimes my sons breaks out and then at other times he doesn't get any pimples...

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 1:25pm)

Posted by: Green_Jaguar (Australia)

Stress always comes first then the reaction of your body eg "The Pimple".

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 5:31pm)

Posted by: Cherry_Sweet_Blossoms (Australia)

I use Neutrogena Rapid Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub(my fav right now) and it is seeming to work wonderfully. Have yet to try the stress control wash/scrub. Sounds good!

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 5:55pm)

Posted by: diabla (Australia)

i think that stress comes first

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 7:25pm)

Posted by: Marjmd (Australia)

Stress triggers the body to produce more sebum (oils) which could accumulate and clog the pores resulting to blackheads. When these gets infected (like when we're lazy or too tired, too busy (whatever your alibi is), it becomes acne or pimples. Stress also gives us sleepless nights, makes us binge eat on unhealthy food like chocolates, nuts, chips,etc which further aggravates our skin condition. The other causes of pimples would be hormonal imbalance. Hence, we better try to live a stress-free life or learn to know how to fight stress.

Posted on: August 29, 2011 (Aug 29, 2011 10:19pm)

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Stress then the pimple, then it can snowball to a vicious cycle.

Posted on: August 30, 2011 (Aug 30, 2011 1:58pm)

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