Do retinaldehydes fight acne? Would it be ok to use something like Avene's Eluage on male cystic +

acne along the jawline?

I recently had a sprinkling of clogged pores along my left cheek close to my hairline - which is highly unusual for me because I rarely break out anymore - they were underneath the skin and hadn't come to a head. Other than my usual skincare routine, I didn't do anything to try to get rid of them and after a few weeks had passed, they were still there! So a few nights ago, I decided to put some Eluage on the area and I swear, the next day, one of the pimples finally came to a head. I continued to put Eluage on the area for the next 3 days and voila, all the pimples came to a head and now my skin is clear once again. Good stuff!

Up until now, I'd been using Eluage solely in the eye area and on my forehead for anti-aging purposes. But apparently retinaldehyde also fights acne? (Sorry, I'm really clueless about skincare - I just know what works and doesn't work for me.)

So again, my question is: could a retinaldehyde work to fight male cystic acne along the jawline? I have a friend who has really bad acne (big inflamed pustules) but only in this one area. Discovered that he was using a harsh scrub to cleanse so about 7 weeks ago, I made him cut that out and had him replace it with Purpose cleanser and this is all that he uses now. Some days, his skin looks better but I saw him yesterday and the acne is still persistent. Benzoyl peroxide or retinaldehyde for treatment?

p.s. Friend doesn't take steroids or vitamin supplements other than Omega 3. Also, his problems are not due to folliculitis. (ruled these out thx to jetfan's advice)

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expand whole threadDo retinaldehydes fight acne? Would it be ok to use something like Avene's Eluage on male cystic +alldogsgotoheaven12/2/2012 11:31AM

eluage has been the only otc which helps my jawline acne roplilpea12/3/2012 3:55AM

Nobody has mentioned it but chin acne could be because of too much dietary dairy.vs000012/2/2012 6:18PM

If it works for you stick with it. Retin anything breaks me out & my skin loves BP. So r/okai112/2/2012 3:06PM

2nd the rec. My skin also loves BP. :)meggan80812/2/2012 3:58PM

My new fave acne treatment is the vit. C derivative, sodium ascorbyl phosphate ++barbiH12/2/2012 1:07PM

anymore products like this? found another study and am very curious now ropbambilion12/3/2012 11:27AM

i wonder if this can be diy-ed like vit c?MUrascal12/3/2012 9:15AM

I've not tried DIY (I've not ever had a great DIY record, lol). does sell SAP.barbiH12/3/2012 10:39AM

I'm going to try it hopefully!MUrascal12/4/2012 3:28AM

*wants* :)meggan80812/2/2012 3:41PM

Do you have a Sephora nearby? Ask for a sample. :)barbiH12/2/2012 6:37PM

Unfortunately, no. Not much in my area except a mall, and the only thing w/ any decent skin care +meggan80812/3/2012 12:33AM

Wonder if you could find the little sample packets or even the travel size on ebay? +barbiH12/3/2012 10:39AM

Yeah, I think I'll just wait til after the holidays, esp. since I'll have financial aid $ by then. +meggan80812/4/2012 12:45AM

I would say definitely bp to clear bad inflamed acne. He could try the Eluage once he has cleared +Lise412/2/2012 1:03PM

ps retinaldehydes do fight acne but it can be a slow process and if acne bad bp more effective imo Lise412/2/2012 1:06PM

If its bad, he should go to a derm.skincarekevin12/2/2012 12:59PM