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Acne Files: Bad Breakout Stories Giveaway with Murad

It’s one of the things that we love to hate but we have to deal with. Pimples. Icky, uncomfortable, pussy, red, white, giant, inflamed pimples. Since it’s winter, we can’t hear enough of moisturizing and the dry weather does not help acne or breakouts. Over-drying can cause your skin to freak out and react to the conditions, creating excess oil. This happens because your skin is trying to make up for the dryness, so it over-compensates for it. When this starts happening, you’ll start to break out more. This is a bad situation at any time.

We all have nasty and embarrassing stories of pimples and breakouts. I’m experiencing one at the moment, I have a very nice pea sized monster on the side of my face that’s about to leave me an unwanted Marilyn mark. It’s painful, annoying and horrible, especially when I’ve canceled two hot dates over it. I’ve shared mine now we’d like to hear about your breakout horror stories! Not only do we want to hear about them, but we’ll be giving away 5 60 Day Acne Complex Kits from Murad to the 5 best stories.

Comment on this post and let us know your breakout stories to enter to win!

Get it poppin!

Murad’s 60 Day Acne Complex Kit: Four anti-acne formulas for a clearer complexion

Description: The Acne Complex Kit features four formulas to cleanse, exfoliate, treat and moisturize oily and acne-prone skin.The Acne Complex Kit includes:

  • Clarifying Cleanser (4.5 fl. oz.) – kills acne-causing bacteria while deeply cleansing away excess oil, debris and other impurities.
  • Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel (2.0 fl. oz.) – powerful exfoliators and anti-inflammatory botanicals prevent and heal acneic breakouts.
  • Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne (1.7 fl. oz.) – this lightweight lotion is designed to provide plumping moisture without causing oiliness or breakouts.
  • Acne Spot Treatment (0.5 fl. oz.) – botanicals, vitamins and sulfur work together to quickly and effectively heal acne blemishes.
  • **5 winners will be chosen at random. Post a comment and let us know your favorite sweet treat the holidays on Acne Files: Bad Breakout Stories Giveaway with Murad to be eligible to win. Giveaway starts on 1/13/10 and ends 1/27/10 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced during the time of 2/1/10 – 2/6/10**



    1. Emily Hipsh
      Posted January 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      I have just moved out of state to Memphis, TN. Ive lived with acne for a while, but had a decent “handle” on things. I moved to an area that experiances diferent weather conditions from my life on the Gulf Coast. We all know what changes like that can do to our skin as we re-adjust. However, this came at a particularly bad time for me. THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!! AHHHHH!!!! I broke out worse than I ever have! It’s much colder here than on the coast but also drier. So my face was getting attacked by wind and drying effects. So I was trying to adjust to caring for winter skin and things did not go well. I was either dried out, which iritated my skin and made me break out or I was over moistured which also made me break out. Add the stress of living in a new place, the holidays, my in laws in town and my birthday and anniversary all in the same week as Christmas!!! AHHHHH. When does it stop? Needless to say there are NO, I repeat NO pictures of me and my first Christmas in my new home town!!! How sad!!!!!!

    2. Arch
      Posted January 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I like to take advantage of days off, when I won’t be leaving the house, to use sulfur clay masks and pink-colored acne spot treatments since no one will see me wearing them. By the time I go to wash everything off during the evening, before going to bed, I hardly remember even having all this stuff on my face. The trouble is — besides having to deal with acne in the first place — that you do feel really embarassed after realizing that you’ve been walking around all day with pink and white spots when you forgot to wash the mask off before going outside.

    3. April C
      Posted January 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      The night before I have to give a talk, I like to stay up late practicing what I’m going to say, tweaking my slides, checking details, etc. Well, one presentation day the lack of sleep caught up to me — giant pimple on the side of my nose, right in the crease! That’s gotta be my most hated pimple place, crease right next to the nostril – who agrees with moi? I mean, being an islander, I already have a pretty large flat nose… last thing I need is a giant pimple making my nose look twice its size! The nose pimple: always a confidence killer. Needless to say, I was more self conscious during my talk, since I kept worrying people were looking at my pimple that was the size of GODZILLA, in the middle of my FACE (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating … a little).

    4. Jackie
      Posted January 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      My horror story is everyday! I have such bad skin and I can’t seem to get rid of break outs. I feel like my face will forever be stuck in teenager zone….

    5. Rebecca
      Posted January 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      When I was a freshman in high school, I had a HUGE pimple on the back of my shoulder. I didn’t know it, though, until one of my friends told me before 3rd period! I was wearing a tank top, so that means I went through 2 hours of school with a nasty zit for all to see! I popped it right after she told me, and then I had a bloody mess to deal with. I haven’t had a bigger pimple since then!!

    6. Cherry
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      I always think I don’t have a huge problem of breakouts until I was about 16. Then things start to go bad. I had major problems during the significant period of time especially for girls every month.(Haha, you know which “period” I’m talking about) This is super annoying! I have done some treatment in beauty spas and used a lot of products, but I have not tried murad yet. However, I have heard tons of good things about it and I will be SUPER excited of I get this. Cross my fingures!

    7. Christina
      Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I had beautiful skin in my teens and didn’t start suffering from major breakouts until my 20′s. I had breakouts all over my cheeks and chin, so I started using different treatments. One bad microdermabrasion treatment and my pimply skin turned to BUMPY, red, irritated, splotchy cystic acne that started to scar. Seriously, makeup didn’t help as it would begin to FLAKE off within an hour or two, not aided by the oily mess underneath. I mean, who has both ridiculously oily/greasy AND flaky red irritated skin at the same time? And those bumps? I feel like I have little marbles underneath my skin along the jawline. The day I got engaged (yay!) you can see the red marks all over my cheeks and jawline in the pictures. Needless to say, I found a really good makeup artist for my wedding day, and my skin was somewhat under control for the big day. Now, being married and all, I don’t get a makeup artist for my day-to-day, but I still want my husband to see my skin glow – I want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside!

    8. Anthea Ball
      Posted January 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

      I’ve always had on and off pimples, breakouts, congestion, blackheads and whiteheads. and of course everyone is self concious, about something to do with their body, how it works, what it looks like and how much of what you have where. well the one thing i am concious about is my face, i love to look nice mostly all time except bumming around the house, i am a beauty therapist so it is extremly important for me to look my best All of the time and oh my gosh it is hard when you wake up with lumps and bumps, you just feeling like everyone can see them and is constanly looking at them and i’m find it hard to keep control of my skin, even though i am a beauty therapist, i am still yet to find the perfect range to look after my concerns. i hope you can help.

    9. Anne
      Posted January 17, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      I had a humungus acne in my nose once. It was really big that the right side of my nose was swollen and bigger than the left side for a week. Besides that, it was painful for me to sneeze, to laugh or even to breath sometimes!!

    10. Kayte CookWatts
      Posted January 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      I have had bad breakouts my whole life, but in high school it was especially bad. My cystic acne was so big people often asked if it was a zit,or some horrible skin disease. Well, I would have tried anything to clear up my face- and tried everything over the counter as well as prescribed treatments. One day, I read in Cosmo that using nail polish remover as a toner was a great “do it yourself” beauty tip. Well, what they didn’t specify was the amount to use. I stupidly bathed my entire face in it, giving myself quite a severe chemical burn-which lasted a good 3 months and was freshly humiliating every time I had to explain to horrified people that I had done it to myself in pursuit of clear skin. Even worse, for YEARS afterward, my family would joke around whenever I suggested something new- “Oh, that’s a great idea,Kayte, did you read that in Cosmo?”

    11. Jessica
      Posted January 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      I recently got a new job. It was exciting for me since it’s my first job that doesn’t involve flipping burgers. The professional setting intimidated me at first and for the first couple weeks, I was terrified of being late for work! One morning, I forgot to set my alarm and woke up 30 minutes late. I was very rushed in my morning routine and was sidetracked while applying my makeup. I dabbed my concealer on a few stress-induced zits I had on my forehead and got distracted by my dog scratching on my door. After letting her in, I must have forgotten to blend my concealer and finish applying my makeup because when I went to the bathroom mid-morning at work, I was horrified to see three yellow dots on my forehead. I had noticed a few strange looks that morning but didn’t give them much thought! Needless to say, I no longer let my work anxiety cut into my morning routine!

    12. Samantha
      Posted January 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Wow, well I’d have to go into my acne story archive because acne and breakouts have unfortunately been a part of my life since I can remember, but the most embarrassing experience for me was just recently when I began dating after a harsh break-up. I had been out with this boy that I really liked a few times already and I know our first kiss was coming soon. A couple days before this special night, guess what? I woke up with a nasty, deep, inflamed, yes, IN GROWN PIMPLE on the right side of my nose. You know, the kind that hurt with every flinch of your face, and I knew this kiss was coming! I began asking myself every question in the book, How could I get rid of this sucker, and fast?! Make-up, remedies? But these things never just dissolve like we’d like them to so I washed my face and hoped for the best. Two days later, the night came and it got to kiss time..oh boy. I knew I should have been excited, but this dumb pimple is stealing the show! Why now? The time comes and he goes in for the kiss, wow what a kiss..but OUCH! It really hurt my nose! All I could think about was how his soft, awaited kiss reminded me of how much I hate acne. :(

    13. Melissa B
      Posted January 19, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

      I have always had relativly clear skin growing up. In high school I can remember not having to worry to much about what I used on my skin, as a matter of fact most days I used dial soap and cheap body lotion on my face, even into college I really didnt have to many problems. Just when I thought I was in the clear I got pregnant and ever since then my skin has been a nightmare. I can honestly say I have never been more self consious about my skin, and I am now 27. I have to watch what kind of make up I use on my skin down to keeping my pillow case clean. I never thought that I would end up with problem skin as an adult, and I find myself in the same places as teenagers buying skin care products in hopes that one will work, with out much luck! I am pretty desperate right now, I just want clear skin as an adult!

    14. Julie
      Posted January 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      I’ve had acne off and on since jr. high. The worst breakout story I have is when I was out on a date. I had a huge, “ripe” zit on my chin. I had applied tons of cover up to hide it and I guess that worked pretty well because my date went to kiss my forehead, nose, and then chin (very romantic!) and when he kissed me chin i literally felt the zit pop! It pooped on his lips! GAG! Needless to say I did not have another date with him!

    15. Laurie C
      Posted January 27, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Hi my teenage sons have suffered from acne for the last year, we tried everyhting, they have been usIng Murad time released cleanser for acne and their skin has cleared dramatically :) THANK YOU MURAD

    16. Sara Masters-Blacksten
      Posted January 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      My senior picture, in my high school yearbook, includes me and a horrendous zit the size of Mt. Rushmore on my nose. I had to cancel prom because I was so mortified about it.

    17. ann
      Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      I have rosacea and my face is always a mess,but knowone can tell me the best thing I can use on ROSACEA can you

    18. Elizabeth Hasslemen
      Posted March 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      I had severe acne as a teenager and now that I’m in my 30′s I have an occasional breakout. I would always read in the beauty magazines that you should apply a moisturizer on your face but I was reluctant because of my acne-prone skin. I’m not sure why I decided to give the Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer a try but I am so glad I did. I have been using it every day for over a year now. It does not make my skin breakout at all (a big plus in my book). It makes my skin very smooth and gives me that “dewy” look. It also helps my foundation look more natural looking because the moisturizer is so hydrating. I also like the fact that it protects my skin from the sun.

      I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a moisturizer. Despite it’s high price (compared to other brands) it’s definately worth it, especially since it lasts for a long time.

    19. Shelby
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      I am just 14 years old, and I have dealt with acne a good share of my tween/teen years so far. I started getting acne in just 6th grade. Needless to say, I wish I could have back my 6th grade skin, because it has gotten worse from there. I cannot believe I freaked out because of the two bigger zits I got then. I have gone to the dermatologist…several of them. None of them really helped me. I have been on many acne medications, creams, and topicals…and none of them really helped me. I have tried Proactive. I spent my own $40 dollars on it when I was twelve. It just made my skin itchy and red. Turns out I am allergic to Benzoyl peroxide. That’s just great seeing about every acne cleanser or cream has it in the product. I have taken beatings every time I look in the mirror! My skin may not be as bad as some peoples’ but…it has gone through many stages. Good, getting bad, terrible, better, bad, good, terrible! And then there’s scars left behind. I’ve even looked up home remedies, read information about acne forever, and I have recently bought Murad. No success story, sadly…

    20. JoeKenny
      Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Well I’ve had acne for about 3 years now and im 16. It’s getting worse every day. I’ve tried everything from over the counter remedies to prescription medication. NOTHING WORKS FOR ME :( . recently I’ve started doing my mocks and when your sitting in a hall with another 100+ students and a lot of people have finished I feel like everyone is looking at me. It’s all I think about. It’s driving me crazy.

    21. Melissa Masters
      Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      I recently had a hormonal acne breakout and purchased the Made from Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub to battle the blemishes. I like this product because it is super antioxidant and clears up acne pimple and helps to reduce any scaring. This product has salicylic acid to fight the pimples and works nice, also easy to apply and not goey or messy at all. Reasonably priced for a glycolic scrub, and the smell is so good in the morning.

    22. Ann
      Posted January 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      It never fails that after i give myself a facial I’ll break out within a day.I;m just beter off moisterizing.

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