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  1. Warning: Long as Hell I'm going to include many things I've experienced in the past with my skin (not just the current issue) so that anyone reading this can hopefully take something away from it. And so that the history of my skin is not an unknown variable in what happened to me. Today: My entire face is wrecked right now. And I don't know what to do, I'm pacing around my house,losing sleep, sobbing constantly, I'm scared to death. ...What happened was...I had gotten a little acne from not washing my face or taking care of myself properly for about 6 months (Feb-July '16) because another issue that has been going on in my life. It was the type of acne you get from really neglecting your skin, NOT by actively attacking, but just basically leaving it out to dry. I was not worried and was sure as long as I got back into my routine, that it would go away. Besides the few blemishes, my skin itself was still great even though I was really strung out regarding other things. (Insomnia, gained 25 lbs, barely moving a muscle, fatigued) As before this happened I was being complimented on my skin everywhere I went, it was dewy and clear and honestly as close to perfect as most people are going to get, people still Thought I was 16 years old because of it (I am 23 now) and I had been taking Extra good care of it the last 3.5 years, with gentle products/no sun/nearly 2 gallons of water a day/great diet (no dairy or gluten especially, mostly whole foods and fish..ridiculous amounts of vegetables..I did eat Aton of 90% dark chocolate tho!, etc) I got the occasional few pimples but they disappeared overnight or in 2 days. Basically, 5 out of the 7 days of each week I had flawless skin. So I dealt with a day with a pimple or a day where my skin was acting a little off. I also don't wear makeup, because I do have sensitive skin, not sensitive to some things, but makeup and having to wash it off really does a number on my face, and WILL break me out, even things like mascara cause my eyelashes to fall out so I only wear lip gloss occasionally. So usually my skin has nothing bothering it whatsoever. So what I ended up doing recently (to try to get rid of the small amount of acne I got from the 6 months of neglecting my Health/skin) must have been a real shock to it. A little more backstory before I get to the climax of the actual disaster: My natural skin tone is very very pale, Transcluscent almost, no freckles except some temporary ones I had on my nose from the summer when I was a kid, I was so pale that I would get called "ghost" in elementary school when it was Fall/Winter. And when I would go on summer vacation with my family, strangers would show concern for me that I was in the sun, sometimes even insisting I used their towel to cover myself from the Rays! I tried tanning some in freshman year of high school, even spray tanning (ughhhhhhh) but I came to love my pale skin and I have avoided the sun now for 7 years. I take vitamin d3 5000 and such and have never had issues as far as that's concerned. As for my skin itself, I always had nice skin until about 11th grade, I got some normal teenage acne. That went away and then when I was about 18-19 I got some little pimples that were very persistent. I tried proactiv to no avail (that stuff really destroys the skin, only the toner and green tea moisturizer were good for me). So I went on birth control for it instead. BIG MISTAKE. a month or so later I broke out in cystic acne so deep and so painful, I could feel it throb through out the day. And it was all on my cheeks mostly, some on my chin, none on the nose, a couple on the forehead. And I never got acne on my cheeks, nor cysts, so I was so scared of scarring. And obviously my self esteem was shot. Nothing made it go away, even after stopping the BC, I had absolutely no other type of acne except for the cysts at this time. But it's amazing how even one cyst can inflame the whole surrounding area. I tried multiple topicals and oral antibiotics. I eventually had to go on Accutane. And boy did I have to push for it. (They say go to the derm before its severe but they brush you off until it IS severe) Not only with the derm but with myself. My bloodwork was god awful. But I had to get on accutane, I wasn't going to let this get out of hand. I had to completely change my entire lifestyle (it had been sedentary for a couple years). I was living off cod/salmon and about a million vegetables with a sweet potato everyday for almost half a year and bought a treadmill with my old holiday money. Finally my blood work changed drastically and I got to go on it and stay on it. I can't say I remember the dosage. 40 or 60. I want to say it was 40. 6 months. I actually had no side effects beside slightly chapped lips and slightly dry eyes at the last month. I think my face was sensitive to heat as well, could not stand to be in a hot car for even a few seconds. I didn't even have to use moisturizer. I think it was because of the copious amounts of water and omega 3's I was ingesting, plus no sugar or high carb load. Anyway, I was a little weary, but it worked! After a month and a half post accutane, I was clear as crystal. And not a single scar. By 2.5 months post accutane, all my marks were gone as well. (It should be noted that I did treat the cysts while on accutane, I would put ichthammol ointment to draw them out and then I would put Neosporin on them once they came to a head and were washed off with gentle washing (cerave hydrating cleanser), occasionally I would ice them VERY lightly for a few minutes at a time, I also continued to used this Clyndamycin gel stuff sometimes as it seemed to slough off any small amount of dead skin when washed off, I also never picked, so I can't say what would have happened if I did, however I did graze a couple of the cysts with a finger nail or two when washing my face and even though they bled, I was still okay). But let's just put it this way, it was October of how ever many years ago when the course ended and by Feb, I was getting strangers walk up to me, staring at my face, telling me I had the most beautiful skin they've ever seen, even my dentist was asking about my skin!, I'm not even exaggerating, it was excessive, it actually made me very uncomfortable as I am terrible at taking compliments and I was extremely worried that the cysts would come back so the comments were bitter sweet. My skin was also better post accutane than it was even before I got acne because I had never been so healthy in all my life so I felt a bit of pressure to keep up the strict regimen for awhile. (Ofcourse All Worth it) Luckily I was able to ease up by the 2nd to 3rd year post accutane and my skin was still great. Last summer I was doing stuff like eating a dessert everyday and putting on heavy moisturizers that my skin usually wouldn't handle and it was all good. I incorporated coffee too which I fell in love with, and no issues there besides a reddish face for a few minutes if it's really hot. So that was that...until recently. The only thing that I had the last few years that's worried me about my skin was a tiny new mole on my cheek and a mark on my nose (which has gotten worse as I learned recently it is a pigmented, atrophic scar..and it's in the most difficult place a scar can be..the dip of the nose, smack in the middle) I had something happen to my nose almost 6 years ago so the cartilage is a bit warped especially at the tip, oil pools there and occasionally the teensy tiny little pimples that appear on the nose occasionally have never given that specific spot a break, so I'm guessing the consistent inflammation caused it. (Scar has been there for 2 years about) THIS is actually the reason I originally planned a dermatologist appointment a few months ago, nothing kills the look of beautiful overall skin than a scar right smack in the middle of everything. I was also concerned it was getting worse because oil continues to pool in the warped area. I thought that was bad in of itself, and then 3 weeks ago (1 week before my derm appointment was scheduled) I went and caused an even worse issue. The worst issue i have ever experienced with my skin. So to continue on from the beggining, after the 6 months of neglecting myself, At the start of August '16 I finally pulled myself together and got back into my normal diet and exercise routine and such ( back to washing my face and not falling asleep in my sweat from exhaustion anymore too). since I had some appointments coming up and places I needed to be this month, I lost patience with the lingering bumps from those 6 months prior and decided to speed things up by using a few drops of an old, unopened sample of Tazorac I found in the depths of my closet, followed by a million different products/moisturizers/Neosporin/ichthammol ointment and some light exfoliation using an old makeup brush which I washed 3 times in boiling water with 3 different cleansers and antibacterial soap. I truly was quite gentle as I did have a passing feeling that what I was doing (something I have never so much as attempted) was not a great idea. And turns out that was correct. My skin went mental from it and got ridiculous oily and blotchy with red bumps showing up over my entire face the next day. Went to the dermatologist a week later and he did not address them, he also told me my scar on my nose was something I'd have to deal with the rest of my life. Only when I began crying did he say to use..yet another Retin A..and he said it won't help the scar but will help with my oiliness and blackheads (even tho I told him it was not my normal skin thAt he was looking at). He just said "I've seen worse". I went from having near perfect porcelain skin to having a derm tell me "I've seen worse". Even my mom told him that just months ago I was being complimented on my skin...And I don't pick or go in the sun, ever, I know the nose scar was still there back then but I guess having great overall skin helped to diminish that. He just said to this, "Oh. Nice" I cried even more and he said he would refer me to a plastic surgeon for the scar in 3 months when I came back but he said it after first telling me multiple times that it was permanent. He also said "there's nothing you can do for scars". I was like, well what do all those poor people with pits all over their face do?? And he said, Nothing! My jaw was hanging open at that point. I pulled myself together to get to him that morning, with hopes he would ease my mind but he ended up just destroying any hope I had. The red bumps and sudden oiliness all over my face took a backseat to the scar that day. So I went home and sobbed and stupidly put some more of that tazorac on my face, because I assumed retin a is retin a, a pea sized amount only, and only on my nose and hair lines this time as he told me to. Well I slept in it and woke up, washed it off and my skin has never been the same since. The bright red bumps started to dry up but then my face felt awfully weird and slick so I exfoliated using Philosphy micro delivery gentle wash and all of the excessive oil disappeared. My skin was now completely dry. Tight, can't move my face. It turned a SICKLY REDDISH YELLOW all except my eye lids and a small area surrounding my lips. My PORES are now completely visible all over my entire face, almost looking like shallow ice picks scars, my once smooth and flat forehead is now MUSHY and littered in what look like LINES and SCARS appearing out of THIN AIR where acne has never even been. I've got PIN PRICKS all over my skin, and ORANGE PEEL texture. Not to mention my skin has literally turned just about the color of an orange! My face has been ON FIRE for the past two weeks to the point I could not sleep and past 3 days it has been itching like mad. Any thing I try to use stings except Neosporin. (Which I put all over my face a couple of times..probably not the best idea but I was scared to death of infection and scarring and the pain was so bad) I also suddenly developed all types of dark marks and tiny bumps over my ENTIRE FACE. Must be about a million. I am downright Broken over this. Destroyed. Especially after looking up what the hell was happening to me. (I feel like this can't even be real life right now, it feels like a cruel joke on top of a cruel joke.) And My god, from what I'm reading, it seems others have experienced the same thing and it is more hopeless than any other appearance related issues I've come across in my life. I never knew retin a could cause your skin to be so sensitive that anything you do afterward will damage your skin ten fold and age you overnight. It's supposedly akin to laser damage. I went to two more dermatologists! One yesterday. Went to a third derm today (Technically yesterday as I am writing this). The last derm was also a cosmetic derm. She was better than the last two. She was horrified when I said the word Tazorac. She said "my god, we call that paint thinner around here, it will peel the paint right off your car"!!! She saw my skin issues right away and told me it was obvious to her. Said I had irritant dermatitis and that I had done a real number on my face. She even took the tazorac sample from me and threw it in the trash. She was even more horrified with me telling her everything else I had done immediately after putting it on my face and days later. She told me I did just about everything to cause my skin to 'turn' SO drastically. She said to absolutely never do that again and that she is sure I learned my lesson, that we 'all do stupid things'. She did say it should go back to how it was before all this happened but I had to give it time. She also said that my skin will peel (it hasn't yet, even after 3 weeks), I told her it hadn't and she said 'oh it's definitely coming'. I actually hope it peels, I feel like it needs to. I told her I was very distraught about the texture and pores especially and she said that while pores do get bigger with age, mine should go back to normal size once all the inflammation is gone. I brought all my products I used and she went through them and told me what was good and what should not be used during healing. No exfoliation ofcourse. She also said she was wondering if she would have to treat the underlying acne once this went away because she didn't know what was caused by the irritation and what wasn't. I told her how I had only had a small amount of normal acne coming up before hand and I showed her a pic from just 1.5 months ago, and she zoomed in on it and everything and told me "oh yea, you should be fine then" so I guess she saw that my skin was fine before hand (even with the months of neglect). My issue is that I have a real hard time believing my skin will go back to how it was, there is so much wrong with it and it has the appearance of strange scarring, etc etc etc and everything I've read concerning this issue is so fear inducing as nearly everyone can't get rid of their issues after retin a destroyed their skin (and tazorac is one of the strongest types!!). It's not like other things where reviews and results are mixed and things get better, this skin reaction thing is like some unanimous eternal dooms day in the online community. It's freaking me the hell out. Derm also prescribed me hydrocortisone cream 2.5% to use for 5 days. Twice a day. I already know that stuff is dicey. Thinning skin, steroid induced rosacea, etc. And I know that taking steroids, even on skin, when under extreme amounts of stress, is dangerous. I don't need to be developing Cushings or something. It's not prednisone or anything, but still. Obviously a derm gave me that tazorac a long time ago without a second thought so how am I to believe any derm. Most I have encountered don't give a damn about anyone's skin but their own. It seems all they can do is diagnose skin cancer as benign or malignant. My poor brother had very very severe cystic acne on face and body, granted he picked, but I remember our dermatologist just putting him through unnecessary and unhelpful treatments before finally letting him go on accutane. He drug him through the mud and unfortunately I don't think my brother was forthright enough in letting anyone know how it affected him. You know tho, I'm not so sure it would have mattered as I have made it clear to derms how much some things have affected me in the past and they literally say "so what" "who cares". If your skins not perfect "so what", If such and such doesn't work "who cares" , We will just try "x, x, and X" And have "patience patience patience" And I don't know why, but they don't BELIEVE most anything that comes out of our mouths. That's why I'm so glad the 3rd derm actually looked at my pics, (I was ready to show her as many as she wanted, I even put some in a folder on my iPhone which were the clearest most high definition ones I could find from previous months and so on ago). I would like to believe her but I'm still not sure she grasped the fact that my skin was near perfect beforehand. That's why it worried me when she mentioned "underlying acne" because months ago, there was no acne and what I'm seeing now is a whole skin issue and things that look like acne and scars which came in a matter of days. Things I've never experienced in my entire life, even during my time with cystic acne. So yea, I still don't know what to trust and what not to. I have to be cautious with everything I do to myself now. But I know that inflammation itself is also bad long term and my face has already been extremely inflamed for 3 weeks, I don't want prolonged inflammation to cause permanent tissue damage. So I'm stuck on whether I should use the cream or not. I should have asked whether it was necessary or just a comfort thing for the itching and burning. Idk..I'm just so far gone now that this has happened..who knows how long it will take to resolve..and if it doesn't I will surely be 6 feet under in no time. My skin was one of the only things I had going for me with these other things I have had to deal with in my life. And I already know how skin can cause more distress than a lot of other issues because I've already been there with the accutane thing 3.5-4.5 years ago. Many things took a backseat to that. Never thought I'd have to deal with skin issues again, esp to this degree. Not to mention its not even acne, but my actual skin itself. It's incredibly sad. I have the skin of an 80 year old working the fields in the hot sun for years right now. I want my poreless porcelain skin back, I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel when the damage looks so stomach churning and the online consensus is grim. I just can't believe this happened from only two uses and why it started off as red bumps and then suddenly turned my entire skin on its head. I know when I went to first doctor my skin was still white and texture was good, just oily and red bumps everywhere. The rest of this madness seems to have happened after the exfoliation (it was suds tho, not beads). I also used keto shampoo that I had previously because I thought this was a fungal infection at first. But the 3rd derm said that wouldnt have affected anything but that it woudnt have helped anything either. I just can't wrap my brain around it all. Other people have peeled their whole face off and scrub the life out of themselves every other week and are fine. My skin looks poisoned, ugly, and infested with no signs of improvement. This is a NIGHTMARE.
  2. Water Only Journey

    Background: I've had acne for seven years. I got my first spot when I was 12, and now, I'm 19. When I first started getting acne, I should've let it be. Instead, I started using product after product. I tried all kinds of chemicals, natural remedies, and regimens. Nothing helped. I wore makeup for about a year, but makeup aggravated my acne. My face started getting very oily yet dry. My face also adopted a constant red complexion (not just cheeks and nose but entire face was red and the rest of my body white). About three years ago, I read about the caveman regimen. I tried the regimen for about 2 weeks. I did not let water touch my face at all. My face developed a dead skin mask, and my acne increased. I stopped the regimen and began water only. I would wash with just water, but the same thing happened. I got a dead skin mask and my acne increased. I gave up on that regimen as well. That's when I found the acne.org regimen. I was on that regimen for about a year and a half. The regimen cleared up my skin really fast and really well. The problem is that with continued use, my face because extremely flaky and irritated. My face was bright red from all the chemicals I was using. It literally looked like someone painted my face with red. I stopped the regimen and began water only washing with a washcloth. I found that the washcloth aggravated my acne and made my skin red also (very oily too). I started trying all kinds of products, but they all made my acne and the condition of my skin worse (I tried both chemical and natural). At that point I kind of gave up. I decided to wash with only water again and let my skin heal itself. I did a lot of research on the water only regimen, and this time, I want to stick with it. The first time I did the water regimen, I didn't give my face enough time to heal. I quit at two weeks. This time I want to do this regiment for at least 3 months. I know it's going to be hard, but I'm willing to try it. Routine: So with this new regimen, I don't really have a routine. I just hop in the shower every morning and splash my face with warm water a few times. I've been doing this water regimen for 16 days so far. Week 1: Increase in flakiness. Decrease in facial redness. Decrease in facial oil. Acne seems to heal faster. Lots of congestion. Week 2: Increased increase in flakiness (almost like my pores are pushing out gunk) I have a lot of blackheads, and the blackheads seems to be falling out or forming inflamed spots Increased decrease in facial redness. No difference in facial oil from first week. Acne still seems to heal faster, but I've been getting an increase in acne (in areas where I have blackheads). Lots of congestion but it looks like it is clearing up a bit. Hyper pigmentation/scars are healing faster. Overall, my face looks pretty broken out.
  3. Hi! im a 19 year old female who's been dealing with severe acne since the age of 11 or 12. I've tried absolutely everything to get rid of it or at least lessen the severity of it- Dermatologist visits, diet change, exercise and lifestyle changes in general, topical and oral medications prescribed by dermatologist, OTC ointments and cleansers and masks and scrubs and exfoliants and on the spot treatments , I drink a ton of water every day, change my bed sheets and pillow cases almost daily, and am sure not to touch my face. I have become extremely self conscious of my skin and my skin condition is on my mind literally all hours or the day and I know stressing about it doesn't help. I wake up every day with more bumps under my skin or another whitehead. Every. Single. Day. I have no confidence because of my acne .i cannot leave my house without putting makeup on, which is only about twice a week. (I wear makeup that's safe for acne prone skin and all products I use are safe for acne prone ,sensitive skin, and I am extra careful to be sure to get all makeup off as soon as I get home). Even though makeup covers redness and discoloration and the reddish/purpleish scarring from the acne, it obviously doesn't cover texture. My skin is just very bumpy. It's like bumpy "blind pimples" under my skin that haven't come to a head yet so they arent whiteheads. I notice it especially when I'm examining my face in the mirror upclose and with my phone's flashlight on my face to really see everything. If I pick and pick and try hard enough to pop them ,they'll pop but it'll also leave a nasty bloody, wet scab from picking it to a raw pulp which is even harder ,sometimes impossible ,to cover with makeup since it leaks through makeup (luckily I've been able to control my urge to pick and pick and pick at my face lately) But my skin is just bumpy and with makeup you can still see the bumpy texture. The texture I think even looks worse with makeup on. What is this? They're mostly on my chin and jawline and cheek area. I do a microdermabrasion face mask once or twice a week, or basically whenever I wear makeup after I take it off at the end of the day. The mask I use is from a company called "e-ra organics" I think. And it comes in a small white bottle labeled "revive microdermabrasion". It exfoliates with the beads in it and makes sure all makeup and dirt is out of my skin On top of my generally bumpy skin texture I still get those red bumps up on my skin that aren't quite a head yet but aren't below the surface anymore. I usually end up popping them anyway as it's easier to pop and if done right don't leave scab. but when I do pop anything I make sure I use a clean needle and tissue/toilet paper and clean hands and I wash my face after wards. The condition of my skin is very frustrating but I'm really concerned mainly now about the bumpy texture. what is it? What can I do about it? Any products to help my skin texture ?
  4. Today I am starting 100mg/1xd and epiduo at night. I have had light acne all my life, typically painless with major blackheads that cover my nose. Since having my son in June of 2015 it has gotten progressively worse. The past 2 months it has gotten so bad it hurts. All over my chin, jawline and cheeks. It is all very deep and red. I will attempt to post photos to every post. I have been told the antibiotics cause nausea, which I have already experienced today with the first dose (although could be related to a headache I had). Hopefully this helps because as a 24 year old nursing student I want to be taken seriously. My derm told me acne has nothing to do with diet mostly hormones and genetics. I'm excited about going on this journey!
  5. Hello! I'm on Accutane (round 2) and got a spray tan 8 days ago. At first the color looked good for the first 2 days. Now I'm very splotchy. Has this happened to anyone else?
  6. Hi There - I'm a female and my doctor told me that I can stop accutane this month, but I'm afraid that my face will breakout again soon after stopping. If I stop and breakout let's say a month later, can I pick up from where I left off or do I have to start everything all over again - 2 pregnancy tests then fill the prescription? I'm taking a pregnancy test in 2 months so if that's negative and I'm breaking out again can I get a prescription? Thanks in advance!
  7. Back on it

    Hey everyone. So sorry for disappearing, I went travelling for three weeks (big roadtrip woohoo) and couldnt keep up with the internet or, sadly, the bone broth! I have now been back for three days and am back on the broth. While I was away I stuck to a paleo diet 95% of the time, with the very occasional cheat/accidental slip up. However, around ovulation my skin went MAD and I legit nearly threw myself off the edge of the grand canyon. Boo. Now that I've been tracking my skin for a few months I am CONVINCED my acne is hormonal and flares around day 12 of my cycle. Today is day 10. Oh god. Anyway, for now my skin is just about okay - a one new spot appearing on my chin and a few slightly older ones on my forehead, but that's it (plus old marks, yay me.) Have had so much broth today and am on a gut healing plan involving a paleo diet + broth + digestive enzymes + water kefir. Peace and love, chat tomorrow! xxx
  8. Hi, so i started differin and now i am just starting week 7 on it. i have seen no improvement in my skin really, i am still breaking out abit ect. my doctor said i have mild-moderate acne but i would say it is more moderate now. week 0-3 i had really bad irritation but i just used alot of moisteriser week 3-6 id say this was my bad breakout period and i still have remaining marks from this. week 7 - i still get irritation (dry face ect) and acne no better im also on lymecline antibiotics for acne too. im 16 year old male in my last year of high school and my skin really gets me down, ive felt really sad for a while with it now and i therefore have started to wear concealer. although some may say my acne isnt as bad as some peoples it still really gets me down and i just want my skin to be better i have prom in about and month and i just want my skin to be clear or near enough clear for that but i dont think thats going to happen, what do you guys think? it will be about week 12 by then. oh well im just trying to stay positive and hope things clear up for me.
  9. I have this back acne for more than 10 years now, I think this is genetic. Does anyone have the same problem as me? and how you guys cure it?. Currently, I am using benzoyl peroxide, it does help with breakout but it doesn't really cure it. I'm thinking of using apple cider vinegar and st. ives apricot scruber, I heard a lot of people using this remedies and the result quite satisfying. I will keep you guys updated about my progress, hopefully, I can get rid of it asap.
  10. Hello everyone, thanks for clicking my post... i just quickly wanted to know how severe or bad my acne is. ive had acne for about three years now and i have it on my back and chest too( back is worse chest is pretty good just clogged white pores but back is very bad...) I havent had any face breakout in about 1-2 weeks now and i feel pretty good and kinda scared too. Can you please tell me how severe my acne, scarring etc are. Thank you very much!!
  11. Well to start off im 15 and im on the antibiotics minocycline 100mg once a day. It has helped my skin a lot but what is making me really sad is some acne scars that were left behind. I have one shallow on my left cheek and like 4 on my right cheek. I also have hyperpigmentation but I know that will go away someday but i dont know about the scars. Will the scars improve? I just got them like less than a month ago. Also does Thayer's Witch Hazel with rose water help with this?? Thank you!!
  12. Help, please!

    Hello! I thought I'd try my luck here, as I do not have access to a dermatologist. I've had acne for 6 years. It's been cystic at some points, but I've never had any treatment for it. I have it on my neck, chest, back, shoulders and lower back too. I used to shave my whole body for no reason, which is probably what caused and aggravated most of the body acne - though I'm not sure. I also have broken blood-vessels and redness around my cheeks and nose. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago when it was pretty calmed down. (Bathroom light ) I had applied a few drops organic Jojoba oil, which has helped a bit, that's why my skin is a bit shiny. There's quite a bit of scarring under the redness of my left cheek, but it's not as apparent in these photos. I just left it alone all this time thinking it would go away on its own without treatment, as many people (and doctors) told me. I'm not sure what to do at this point. Can anyone give me some advice? Female, 20. I do not use makeup. /Hanna
  13. How bad is my acne please tell
  14. please help!

    hey so I've suffered with severe cystic acne in the past and was prescribed accutane. it cleared up relatively quickly and i was acne free for a while, but persisting redness was pretty evident. i didn't really complain much because my skin felt nice and i felt it was a small price to pay. a couple months ago i started waking up with rashes and blotchy spots on my face where it seemed the skin had been rubbed off in my sleep. i drew the line here and went to see a dermatologist. i was prescribed triamcinolone acetonide ointment and it took care of the rashes, and lessened the severity of my redness. about a week back after not using the ointment for a while, my symptoms returned. i took these two pictures after my first week back on the ointment. i'm not getting any skin rubbed off, but my skin is still very noticeably red. it's bearable in warm or soft lighting, but harsh lighting/flash is a death sentence. any advice would be greatly appreciated
  15. 17 yo guy here (turning 18 soon) and I just started out on epiduo - well about a week ago actually. I mainly just wanted to show my skin and see if it improves. Sick and tired of this condition. Been dealing with mild to moderate acne for about 2 years. Have already tried acnatac which helped a bit but did not really clear my skin. Heard good things about this gel and had an old prescription on it so I decided to try it. I apply it every night after cleansing and use moisturiser afterwards. Have experienced a little burning/itching some nights and also dry skin around mouth and cheeks. So here is week 1, I think it started to break out abit yesterday, dying to pop some of these... Btw have any of you had good results with the acne.org regimen? Just saw it on the website. I will try to put a photo up next week!
  16. Bee pollen

    I started using naturall bee pollen,1 tsp in one glass of water,2 times a day,to help me clear my face from acne marks. If anyone tried ,I would like to hear your opinions and experiences.
  17. Week 7 and my face is awful. I have spots coming up everywhere and nothing seems to be helping, the differin looks like it's working when I wake up in the morning but by the evening my face is a mess and just as red and angry as it used to be.
  18. Hi everyone! I am a 21 year old girl with medium-beige skin (East-Indian) and wanted to share my accutane story. firstly --> sorry that I did not take pics every month, i really didn't have the self-esteem to look at them again and again...but now i am grateful.. I had clear skin throughout my teens, but developed little pimples on my forehead the summer of 2011. I tried minocycline, it worked for a few months, then the acne came back, and it was worse. I was then put on erythromycin tablets. A few months later, that stopped working. Then, I was put on a regular birth-control...didn't help. Switched to Diane35...didn't help. A short while after Diane35, I couldn't take it anymore. The cysts were causing a weird, prickly feeling at night, almost like stinging. Hurt to watch my face. Makeup wouldn't cover anything. Self-esteem was negative 1000. Anyhow, I am 128 lbs, so I was started on Accutane (Clarus is the Canadian version) 40 mg every day. Initial breakout: YES!!!!! Horrible. You can see it in the second picture I posted from the left. The initital breakout subsided after one month...yep, one month of horrible acne, but all the cysts and nasty stuff was coming out. By month 2, I was on 60mg. To be honest, the first 2 and a half months were a roller coaster...but by month 3 I saw improvements. Suddenly when month 4 started everything just started to vanish. Now I am at the end of month 4 and will be getting off it very soon. I am very pleased. I have minor, minor pitting but mostly just red scars on my cheeks. My acne was primarily on my cheeks and jawline, and during my initial breakout, I had pimples in places I never used to get them (chest/forehead/back). Side effects I experienced/conclusion: i lucked out, they weren't severe: 1. dry lips (eucerin saved my life...a day without it was hell) 2. peeling skin in the first 2 months, then this subsided and skin was just mildly dry. had to use thick moisturizer (cetaphil) before makeup esp. in winter 3. experienced back pain twice during treatment 4. experiences headaches twice during the first month, doc kept an eye on me... 5. month 4 --> dry, itchy eyes at night time for a little while and dry nose with some blood, but NOT severe, just mildly annoying. I'm almost done anyways. Products I used while on accutane: Clean & Clear benzogel 5% on huge pimples only once in a while Makeup removing facewash by clean & clear nothing else month 4 my skin was less sensitive, so I used a gentle toner and a gentle acne wash if i felt greasy...which was like...never LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER anyways! feel free to ask questions guys! accutane saved my confidence!
  19. Breaking out

    I received my products a couple days ago and after only using them 4 times I'm already breaking out more? Is this supposed to happen? Any help?
  20. Hi everyone. I've been struggling with acne since August and I've really gotten to a point where I'm almost depressed by it. I hate leaving the house and I can't help but feel like everybody is disgusted by me. It's completely destroyed my confidence and I'm just so fed up with it. It somewhat comes and goes, but theres always at least 3 pimples- generally in the same spots. On my left and right cheeks and above my right eyebrow. I was using The Body Shop "Drops of light cleanser" followed by their aloe moisturizer. Although, I really wasn't getting anywhere. At the beginning of the month I had this gigantic pimple so I went to the store and bought Jojoba oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree oil. I'm not sensitive to tea tree so I created a moisturizer by mixing the jojoba and tea tree. Then I filled a spray bottle with water and tea tree, and another with water and apple cider vinegar. I washed my face with the same Body Shop cleanser and then sprayed my face with the apple cider vinegar and wiped it with a cotton pad like a toner. I then applied the jojoba and tea tree mixture and with a q-tip, put tea tree directly on my breakouts. Within 3 days all my acne cleared and I had nothing but acne scars. Unfortunately, it didn't last long. I'm so disappointed because it really felt like I found a cure. I did have finals and was stressed but since then it has ended and my acne has not calmed down. Does anyone know why this would stop working? I went to the store and got Rosehip oil and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I now take off my makeup with the jojoba oil. I stopped using the Body Shop cleanser and started using the Cetaphil. I add a drop of tea tree at night and just use the cleanser alone in the morning. I'll do a couple drops of the rosehip oil and then after 5 minutes a drop of two of the jojoba and tea tree mixture. Then I'll like load up my pimples with tea tree. I stopped with the apple cider vinegar toner. I also got the St.Ives blackhead clearing green tea scrub and the Freeman Polishing Charcoal and Black Sugar mask + scrub, which I use twice a week. It literally didn't change anything and now my skin has extreme dry patches where my acne is (cheeks, above the eyebrow, and also for some reason around my nose) so when I put on makeup it clings to the dry patches. I'm just so frustrated. My question is: What kind of acne is this? and what products can I use to help? Should I just go on accutane or contact a dermatologist? I've been raised to be against medications so it's really hard to get support from my family through this method, but if you think it'll help I'm willing to try. I was thinking of adding a couple drops of lavender oil into my jojoba and tea tree mixture. I'm also thinking about getting a facial done- maybe that would help? Honestly I just have no idea. Pictures: April 4- when my skin was at one of it's worst states #2 April 20- 5 days after I started the teatree and jojoba situation, and my skin was at it's best #3 May 16 - Today
  21. So i finished a six month course of accutane on April first. so its been a little over a month since finishing. It was my second course, and i took it for persistent comendonal acne (every single pore on my face filled with a hard long sebum plug), not cystic/hormonal. Bottom line, it did not work for me. yes you read that correctly, accutane did not work. and i weigh 110 and took 60 mg the entire time. My whole 6 month course my skin looked the worse its ever been, and once i stopped taking i stopped breaking out so bad, but I'm still breaking out just as much as when i started the freaking course. dermatologists say they don't have anything left for me so thats a battle of its own. for reference I've had my hormones tested and they're all normal, i eat a paleo diet, drink atleast a gallon of water a day, exercise regularly, take supplements and probiotics, and get 8 hours of sleep. my concern is, because of the slowed down healing from accutane my face DOES NOT heal. AT ALL. normally people probably wouldn't express much about this concern, because at this point they're usually clear so they don't experience it. However, my unlucky life has blessed me with being the 1% that a second course of accutane doesn't work for so I'm still breaking out very regularly. All of my acne scabs some a lot worse than others depending on how many pores are inflamed...and i don't pick at it....but it still scabs on its own..as if the plugs are just bursting out of my skin. before accutane and even while on it, these scabs would go away in 3-4 days for really bad ones, 2 days for small ones. not so lucky anymore. I have had the same scabs on my face for over a month now. i only keep adding to the collection since my breakouts aren't slowing and NONE of them will heal. I've tried doing nothing, keeping them moist w aquaphor, aloe, TTO, ass cream, you name it. my face looks god awful. its ruining my life to be quite honest considering i dropped out of college for a year because of how bad it got. I'm trying to not be dramatic, but walking around with uncover able scabs that REFUSE to go away gets to you and really infringes on quality of life, especially when i had such a good one before all of this acne came on in the fall. id hate to sacrifice my whole summer and another year of my education for this shit. I've already lost so much. can someone please help? any similar experiences? any advice for healing? what am i supposed to do with my skin now? I'm so lost. and I've been to so many derms who say theres nothing else they can do and they don't know whats wrong with me. PLEASE. any tips on healing/advice for the future is so helpful
  22. Acne Scar Specialist NJ/NYC

    Hi, Does anyone know of any acne scar specialist's in NJ/NYC? Really looking for someone with experience to help me fix a large chicken pox-type indent on my forehead. Have already had fillers for over a year and am so unhappy with the way it looks. Thanks guys!
  23. Do you really have acne?

    Ok so thats my story in a short way: I am a 24 years old woman who after so many years dealing with acne, and long course of antibiotics (tetralysal, accutane and the last one in last year: amoxicillin) and so many diets followed (what I really think that helps!! But in my case not 100%) I stopped believing that what I had was acne but instead folliculitis, so I started to search about and found some really good articles about malassezia. For whos don't know this fungus can cause dandruff and folliculitis. So since I was dealing with both I've decided to give a chance to this battle. My currently skin regiment its based on stuffs that not gonna feed the fungus, so I clean my face with vaselin, make my own mineral makeup only with iron pigments and titanium dioxide and instead sunscreen I use only vitamin c serum that I make with pure aloe vera and pure ascorbic acid (if you don't know about this I recomend you to search about it) in which I add some xylitol to help to break the biofilm of malassezia. Then at night my biggest weapon: sulfur and honey. I may do some masks in the day with both too and somedays I make clay mask with sulfur. I am adding sulfur to my shampoo as well, to combat dandruff. As internal treatment I take sulfur 30CH homeopathy prescribed by my doctor (you may or you may not believe in this one, but I do). I don't eat gluten or lactose, and most part of time I stay away from grains too. Im starting to drink kombucha and may try kefir in future. But keep in mind that my diet never have been enough to combat my skins problems. I will leave here some really saves lives links that help me to understand how to treat my skin: https://simpleskincarescience.com/pityrosporum-folliculitis-treatment-malassezia-cure http://www.gestaltreality.com/2014/07/08/healing-skin-by-altering-its-ph-microbial-malassezia-profile/ It's really important you find out what is causing your skin problem, cause this whole time doctors were treating me for something wrong. So I hope this can be usefull for someone. Wish you all well.
  24. Sprintec birth control

    I started taking sprintec to treat my acne almost 4 months ago. During the first 2-3 months I started seeing my skin slowly improve and I got less breakouts. At the end of my 3rd month and the beginning of my fourth, I started breaking out really bad all over my face. Did anyone else experience anything similar? I was really hoping it would clear up my acne but it's only gotten worse, or the same as it was before.
  25. Hey guys, new to this site and need some good advice/ recommendations on some treatments or reliable dermatologists that specialize in acne and scars in the San Antonio area. Haven't seen anyone with skin as damaged as mine and need to get it fixed no matter the cost I'm currently using tazorac .05 cream once a night and cetaphil gentle cleansing bar in the morning and before applying the taz, haven't been moisturizing the past 9 days I've been on this routine and definitely see that the scars and hyperpigmentation are getting worse I think due to not moisturizing, you can see how dry and irritated the skin is, just ordered some cerave hopefully its not to late to reverse this s*** let me know what treatments would be best