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  1. I just found a wonderful UK documentary that tells the story of a few people dealing with acne and how it affects them. It also talks about the drug accutane and how it led two guys in the documentary to commit suicide. I urge you all to watch it. I'm so glad the makers of this documentary is spreading some light on this issue. Acne is so much more then a few spots on your body, it's not just a "phase everyone goes through" and it can affect people in devastating ways. Have a watch and let me know what you think, and remember, you are not alone and your feelings ARE important!
  2. Differin Through the Weeks

    Hello! :> I just recently found this community, and I'm so glad I did. I'd like to have other people who I can relate to and who I can encourage and be encouraged with. Anyways, I'm making this post to keep track of my Differin product usage, and how it affects my skin. I've heard good things about it, and I'd like to see a post on how it affects people with my skin type (oily, not sensitive) over the long run. I'll also be adding in the rest of my daily skin regime/water intake. I'll monitor progress by each week, describing how my face/acne reacts (I'll do start a gallery once I get home!) and overall the side effects of this medication and how effective it is. I have high hopes for it, seeing as it's prescription strength and the multiple good things I've heard about it. I hope you enjoy seeing my progress :>
  3. I was on accutane for 2 months but was taken off because my liver level was high. Anyways I was told to wait 3 months but after the 3 months what treatment can I use to treat these spots/scars? Best solution?
  4. So I came off accutane at the start of December (was only on a self prescribed super high dose for a month..yes I know it's bad, I'm just adding context. I was on 2 proper courses with my derm but my skin got bad again 4 months in and the derm wouldn't see me.) and have been on Ziana (Treclinac here in Ireland) for around 3 months now.. with the occasional few little spots here and there but easily ignorable.. the Ziana has definitely kept my skin clear but right now out of nowhere I've noticed my skin getting worse.. loads of little pimples,etc.. (nothing cystic). I don't recall having an initial breakout.. can I get one late 3 months in? I haven't changed my routine or eating patterns at all as I'm very serious about weightlifting and eat the same food every day (due to personal convenience and price.) Any help or advise would be much appreciated! x
  5. The center 1/3 of my forehead is my problem area and although it is oily and acne prone (clogged pores/blackheads mainly), it looks scaly and red ALL THE TIME. I am not sure why this is the case because the redness does not improve no matter what I do. I am wondering if it is red from the amount of harsh products I have used on it in the last year. Anyhow, I am looking for a cream or moisturizer that could repair this skin and get rid of the redness without causing any clogged pores or acne. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  6. Too young for acne?

    I'm a young girl in the elementary still not even in the fifth grade! I have lots of breakouts on my fore head and a couple on my chin. I don't have any on my cheeks though. None of the other kids in my class have acne. Whenever people ask me "Hey whats that ugly red dot on your face"? I would get embarrassed and turn around put my head on the desk and cry in my head a little bit. I always wished I never had acne. My mom doesn't seem so concerned about it, but I do, i'm always trying to hide my face and just my whole entire body. Today, at school I had picture day and I was covering up my face and the teacher said don't hide such BEAUTIFUL face!!! Everyone was laughing at me ,even my friends. How do I get rid of it without breaking the bank. My mom and dad don't really have jobs,they have it hard putting food on the table.
  7. Hi everyone. I am on my 6th month of accutane, 60mg/day from the start, i weigh 110 (female). I went on accutane for comedonal acne and I have been breaking out pretty consistently throughout my entire course. Yes i have had my hormones tested and they are all completely normal so the fact I'm still breaking out doesn't have much to do with that. I am unsure of whether or not I should continue on 60 until I'm fully clear, drop to a low dose of maybe 10 for another month, or just stop completely even though I'm still breaking out and see what happens. My derm said its up to me, and theres no way of knowing whats best so i just wanted to see if anyone has experience with this. I was wondering if anyone has experience or if anyone didnt fully clear up and stop breaking out until after stopping accutane? I guess I'm scared to stop if my skins not clear, but also have heard that some people clear after they stop taking it so i don't know what to do. Please help and share experiences!
  8. Hi i don't know what is happening with my skin all these small icky bumps on forehead and big on chin
  9. Hello all my name is Savannah. I am 23 years old, I have been on two courses of Accutane, and I am still having a hard time figuring out my skin. my skin gets acne still but I also have extraordinary dry skin that itches and flakes. I don't know what to use as a moisturizer, because I have tried many and either seem to get acne or irritation bumps and they burn. Do any of you have a Holy Grail moisturizer thank you so much
  10. *takes a deep breath* Hi everyone, I have a few photos below of my scarring that I've been suffering from for the past 16 years - since freakin' puberty!! Unfortunately, it completely changed me from an outgoing individual to someone much more shy and self-conscious. I'm so tired of all the looks and of course getting asked THAT question as to what happened to my face (mostly children of friends/etc. at random moments) - SO EMBARRASSING!! It's sad, but I've almost accepted what I have had to endure for so long but I'd really like to get rid of these once and for all. Please take a look at my photos (sorry for the depressed/"dead eyes" look haha) and assist me with putting this all behind me so that I can finally be free of this burden. Also, I am located in Austin, Texas and am really at a loss as to where to even go. Most places I've looked up charge you $100 just for the consultation... which really adds up when just trying to get a feel for what a doctor and their office can do for you. On top of that, I, of course, want to know that I am in good, experienced hands when it comes to repairing my acne scars and not with someone who just so happens to have it on their menu of services as a side treatment they offer. Thanks everyone in advance! Couple months ago.
  11. Is it normal for my skin to be this read after applying benzyl peroxide and moisturizer? It burns and the redness does not go away stays this way all day
  12. I have had all over face acne spreading down my neck for 4 months due to b12 injections and co factors. I'm now left with all the acne under the skin, most are like little hard seeds and little string, but nothing new. These things cover the majority of my cheeks now and jawline. I have been using the OCM method, a steamer and a natural mild exfoliator then ACV toner. Any thoughts how I shift the bumps better? More affectively? Thank you
  13. 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.
  14. Day 70

    Since upping my dose to 60mg ten days ago, I've been feeling a little nauseous and have been experiencing mild heartburn which has been unpleasant. Also a little moody.. almost started crying at work yesterday due to how agitated and annoyed I was by literally nothing. I've also definitely experienced a bit of a breakout as most people tend to when you start taking a higher dose. Skins been a bit dryer as well. And this pimple I popped on the side of my lip has been around for like a week and a half continuously opening and bleeding when I yawn or eat. So annoying and looks like I have herpes. It's started to show signs of going away this morning though! At my my last appointment I asked my dermatologist if he would prescribe me some sort of cream to lighten my acne scars/spots that cover both my cheeks and he said no, that we could do that after I was done accutane. Now, I didn't really like that answer soooo, I asked my doctor for the same thing two days ago and she gave me a prescription. I'll be picking it up tomorrow No need to wait and do one thing at a time when I could be fixing my acne scarring as well.... I still have like maybe 50 little bumps under my skin that need to come out and they continue to do so by themselves here and there or sometimes I do it myself with the extractor. I did that last night and my face is a bit spotty and red ...aftermath of popping. That's expected though and it'll be gone within few days. i have this fairly large pimple on my right cheek right now that won't come out and this small but very red pimple below my left eye around the cheekbone and that's the most bothersome stuff I have right now. well actually, tbh majority of my face at this point is not acne but rather the red spots left over from previous pimples. That's why I really feel the need to start using this hyrdoquinone cream. Really hoping it works well and doesn't irritate my skin! I might be going on vacation around April 20th so Im really worried about tanning because it says to stay out of the sun. But I usually tan like 6 hours a day when the weather is beautiful. But apparently you burn up like a lobster within 20 mins when In the sun on accutane /: That's my favourite part of vacations so I'm probably going to try tanning anyway and see what happens lol.
  15. 1 month of using BP

    Hi! I've been using BP for a full month now and I honestly can't see much of a difference. I don't know if I'm gonna order the acne.org products and try them. I was kind of hesitant to use BP in the first place, because I believe the best thing you can do for your skin is just keep it clean and leave it alone and the BP clearly irritates my skin even now after a month. So idk, these 4 weeks hasn't given me more confidence in BP that's for sure. I'll do an update if I do decide to do anything. The products I'm using: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer
  16. Hey guys, So I want to try out a theory of mine. I'm currently 21 male and have been dealing with moderate acne since I was 18. Oily skin, tons of blackheads, whiteheads large inflamed zits. I've tried countless OTC products, prescription topicals, and diet changes with no improvements. I had flawless perfect skin throughout all of high school until I got my first zit my senior year of high school. Of cource it happened during my senior prom lol. Anyways, my senior year of high school is when I started getting into weight lifting when I was 18. I've been reading online that weightlifting = increased testosterone> Increased DHT hormones>oily skin>acne. Masturbation also is known to increase testosterone. I've been weightlifting pretty consistently since then and my acne has gotten worse and worse. It clears up a little during the summer due to the sun drying out my skins oil but it has gotten to the point where I get depressed a lot of the time. When I take some time off weight lifting I have noticed my skin is less oily and I get fewer breakouts but I have never done this long enough to see if it lasts. I also eat a shit ton of food when I'm working out which also isn't good for my hormones. So basically what I am experimenting is if my hormones are the cause of my acne. I'm going to not do any weightlifting or masturbating (I know gonna be hard) for 2 months and see if my acne gets better. I'll continue to exercise but only short bursts of interval cardio training since aerobic exercised (running) doesnt seem to affect testosterone levels. I also just started using a new topical lotion (klaron) for my acne and I like it so far as it doesn't irritate the skin. Anyways I'll keep you guys updated and let me know if you've tried this and had success with this
  17. Hello. Im new to this site. First of all i wanted to figure out what type of acne i have. There are several small bumps i seem to get that dont go away. Been having it for couple of years and it just doesnt get better. also i cut the pill and im scared it might get worse ... How can i cure my acne and are there any other options than accutane or the acne.org Regimen? has anyone Tried estroblock? A side Info: i eat super healthy, keep everything clean and wash my face with african Black Soap. I never had perfect skin, it was worse during puberty but is still not in a good place.
  18. Moderate acne but severe on chin. Is this even acne or what. Pic below. If anyone has any tips on curing this type of acne please share I am extremely desperate
  19. Hi! I am 14 yrs old. One of my friends had recommended this 5-10 step Korean skin routine. Has anyone tried it? I want to see how it works on my skin. I have oily acne sensitive skin. Thanks for the replies.
  20. Hi! I am 14 yrs old. One of my friends had recommended this 5-10 step Korean skin routine. Has anyone tried it? I want to see how it works on my skin. I have oily acne sensitive skin. Thanks for the replies.
  21. I am Still Getting Pimples?

    Hello all, I am kind of facing a mini dilemma here. Well lets start with my appearance. I am an 18 year old black girl with acne scars and acne, and I have a few questions. I use neutrogena products, so in the morning, I wash my face with neutrogena's acne cleanser, which has .5% of salicylic acid in it. Then, I put on neutrogena's acne control lotion which has 2.5% BP ONLY on my acne. After that, I put on Neutrogena's oil free moisturizer which is basically a suncreen that is non-comedogenic. It stings my face when I put it on, but my mom says that means that its working lol. At night, I put on the retinol my doctor gave me which only has 0.025%. I have been doing this procedure for about two months and I am STILL GETTING ACNE, but not as much as before. In addition to that, when my acne goes away, it leaves a dark mark on my face! And no, I don't EVER pick my skin? Do I need to up the dosage of my products or what?
  22. I've been using differin gel, along with benzoyl peroxide cream (10%), and washing my face twice a day with benzoyl peroxide exfoliator (8%) for over a year now. The results have been wild, in a good way, 98% of my acne and hyper pigmentation have cleared up, however, I now have another problem. All the medication to my face has made my skin real sensitive to the sun. I can't walk out in the sun for more then 20 mins without getting dark spots. Especially in the summer, my whole face becomes a shade darker. I use spf 70, but It doesn't really seem effective. What should I do?? Can I stop taking differin, should I cut out some of the benzoyl peroxide? Also because I apply my medication to everywhere except my nose it's a lot lighter then the rest of my face. I fr need help. what can I do to get my face back to its original tone?
  23. Hi all, So I started using the regimen about 4 days ago. I have only been applying a pea sized amount of the BP once a day, at night, as I wanted to see how I reacted. The first day after using it my skin was fine, and the second day my skin began to get a bit flaky, the third day my skin was VERY oily but also itchy and flaky. Tonight would have been my 4th night of applying the BP but I have refrained because this evening my skin has begun to get quite red. Is this normal for this early on in the treatment? and should I carry on or should I start using it every other night until the redness subsides? Also it might be good to tell you that a year or so ago I used 5% BP on my face every night for a week with NO moisturiser at all, and one morning I woke up and my skin was extremely dry and flaky and was quite red and swollen. Now I don't know if this means I'm allergic. I'm more inclined to think that this was becuase I really didn't know what I was doing at the time and my skin reacted badly as I applied to much BP too quickly without replenishing any of the moisture that the BP takes away. So people, was are your thoughts? Thanks!
  24. I am mid week of my 4th week, I wake up with clear skin and then at work I get around 6-8 new pimples on my chin. I am extremely stressed at work. Would you say this is normal around week 4? And will this regimen work even though I stress everyday!?
  25. Start of week 4 and my skin is still very red after applying bp, and I am still breaking out about 8 pimples every single day.. when can I start using aha I want to clear up my acne scars