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  1. Hey guys, So im back here a year later with another wonderful breakout... my skin was going FINE (not great but fine) for about a year and then about 3 weeks ago all hell broke loose. ive read so many amazing reviews on sulfur treatments and something about it being better on asian skin.. I am NOT asian but figured id give it ago seeing as ive tried EVERYTHING else. (ill insert pictures of my skin after one week using the sulfur 10% ointment) ive been breaking out in multiple cystic acne and a few white heads ( prior to using this i was using the aztec indian healing clay and it gave me closed comedones so i turned to sulfur to get rid of them) i had no cysts at this time ) but they are not uncommon for me has anyone else experienced purging with this product? or is this just a bad reaction to the product and i should stop using it? I want to be hopeful but i dont know how much more of this i can take i also use a manuka honey and turmeric mask on alternative days to bring in some moisture I take vitamin a, e, theracurmin (tumeric) Berberine an zinc pills each day as well as ACV. I drink crazy amounts of water and am just wondering how long before i see results and not more breakouts? anyone have similar experiences with this product?
  2. This is pretty long, so please bare with me. I have also attached pictures below, but I don't feel like it shows my scarring on my cheeks that well. I was on 6 months of doxycycline (over 2 years ago) to clear up existing acne while using atralin. After 6 months on the antibiotic I switched to taking Nicazel Forte continuously while still using atralin. (Currently using both) I have discussed treatment options with an esthetician at my dermatologist's office. I was told that laser resurfacing won't do much for my situation since my scars are 'not that bad' and to look at other places for other options. Also, kind of off topic, but I have a small cyst on my face that is only noticeable when touched. (Smaller than a pea sized underneath) I have had a steroid injection which only made it smaller, but my dermatologist didn't want to do another since she was worried of the skin sinking in. I was quoted $1,200 to remove it. Is that reasonable in the dermatology industry? Which type of scarring do I seem to have? I have had the scarring on my forehead for many years, but the ones on my cheeks are a few years old. I'm not sure if that matters in terms of treatment. Since I was told that lasers won't help me what might? My skin is very sensitive, so I want to be careful with treatment obviously. I appreciate any responses in advance!
  3. Lemon for my spots

    I've been using fresh lemons on my face for about 4 days now, and I've noticed a really big difference. My spots are visibly lighter and my skin seems really glowy I have pretty dry skin.. but it doesn't seem to be bothering me. I ALWAYS moisturize after I apply lemon juice. Have you guys ever tried lemons on your face? If so comment how it worked out If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask
  4. Hello all, I'm about 1 month in to my 2nd course of roaccutane, my first was 9 years ago. I took it for moderate to severe cystic acne which was all over my face, the course lasted 7 months and I enjoyed clear skin for the past 7 1/2 years. Ive done a lot in that time and not least had 2 children, and even then my skin was great throughout. I developed BP related complications with my last pregnancy and my Dr wasn't keen for me to be on go back onto the pill I had been on so switched me to the mini pill, cerelle. This was when the problems began, it just didn't suit me and I wanted to come off it but my Dr said it would settle but it never did. I took myself off it after 5 months and my skin was in a sorry state, very very oily, hormonal, cystic spots along jawline/neck, enlarged pores and many blackheads and whiteheads, on forehead and temple. I thought stopping the pill would halt the spots but taking the pill seemed to kickstart my skin producing spots again. I waited 3 months to see if skin would improve but it didn't and opted to go onto antibiotics for a time, i tried Lymecycline, while these quelled the bigger spots and certainly stopped my spots from becoming infected, it didn't so anything to the blackheads and whiteheads and the overall texture of skin was bumpy, you could feel the underlying spots just waiting to come out. I mentioned after 2 months to the Dr I didnt think it was working and would they consider me for a dermatologist referral, they did but I had to wait 5 months to see one. By the time I saw the Derm my skin was better but the spots weren't going and my skin was hiding a lot of spots underneath, I expressed concern that I felt i had not other option other than to take roaccutane again given that i had taking all the drug and alternative therapies to avoid them. He agreed I was a mild case on this occasion but I had jumped through enough hoops and he was satisfied I could have it. Obviously there will be no future babies for myself and my husband therefore the pregnancy risks are null (he has opted for a more permanent solution!) and i was prescribed isotretinoin that day and began taking it that evening. I rushed out to buy lots of lip balm and moisturiser, however I don't seem to get on with Carmex and have reverted to a product I used before; blistex Intensive moisturiser, which is a cream based lip balm and now comes in cherry flavour. I also bought a product which was my holy grail for roaccutane last time for my face which is avene skin recovery cream. I'm using neutrogena body moisturiser and some mild dermalogica face washes although may revert to Simple products like last time also. Ive been on it approximately a month, 2 weeks at 40mg now the rest of the time at 60mg. Doing ok aside from the lips and dry skin/hair/eyes and the red hot flushes! Have some skin smoothness where I didn't before and skin is drying up and pores closing. Still some active spots around but going quickly and none are of the cystic variety. Due to get another prescription next week so had bloods taken this week, hoping all is well and I can continue. With my first course I wrote a blog on the website reclaim your skin, I've looked but it doesn't appear to be around anymore, I found write the diary help process the changes and its a good comparison at the end, and importantly its good to get support from people who know what your going through. Thanks for reading. Andrea
  5. Hello all,My name is Harvey and I suffered from severe acne from the ages 13-15. In this post I'm going to tell you how I got rid of my acne covered face, and made it acne free. Firstly, here's my story.I had tried almost everything, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, face masks etc... the list goes on. Nothing had worked for me, so my dermatologist suggested that I start a course on Isotretinoin, more commonly known as Accutane. I started on 30mg, and had not much hope. I was constantly panicking about the breakouts on accutane, skin dryness, allergic reactions and so on. I was totally overthinking everything, it would actually all be okay.My acne got worse and worse, accutane appeared to be useless. My dermatologist upped my dosage to 40mg, and suggested I use Epiduo benzoyl peroxide too (to use once a day in the evenings) . Still, my acne was bad, and was seeing no signs of improvement. Then I took the acne.org quiz (http://www.acne.org/personalized-advice.html). This is where the improvement started to happen.It gave me VERY useful tips, like not to have long hot showers, clean your face twice a day, do not touch your face, be gentle when applying products to face and some others. I stopped using E45 on my face to combat the dryness, and started usingCetaphil moisturising cream. This was much lighter on the face, and was just as effective at stopping/combating dryness. I also started to use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. I applied both of these in the morning and evening.I was still not seeing results, but suddenly, my acne dramatically cleared up in about two weeks. I was virtually spot free! I want this story to show you that you need to stay faithful and positive! I had such bad acne, and in basically two weeks it was all gone. The same can happen to you!So... here is why I think my skin cleared up,1. I stopped having long hot showers, and Instead had shorter cooler showers2. I started to wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser 3. I started to use Cetaphil moisturising cream (non-comodogenic) instead of heavy, oily E45 4. I was on Accutane 5. I was more gentle with my face 6. I stopped picking/popping my spots 7. I drank lots of water 8. I did not eat as many greasy/sugary foods 9. I started going to the gym 3 times a week 10. I started having a fruit smoothie every morning (nutribullet). I hope this has helped you! I have attached a picture of what it was like at its worst and now at its best PS: Accutane is totally worth it!!!
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  7. Getting a 3rd IB?

    My doctor started me off with 60 mg of accutane the first 2 months when I got my IB (initial breakout), then I took 70 mg the 3rd month and got a second IB, he's now switched me to 80 mg, will I get another IB?
  8. Been on Yasmin pill for two weeks, seems to half be clearing up but half making spots rise to the surface into painful cystic whiteheads. Extremely depressed. Don't know what to do. Is this acne or scars mainly? How can I get rid of it? Mainly cheek area.
  9. Nose Acne

    From the album (HELP) 5-YEAR OLD NOSE ACNE

    Can you help me with this please? I've had this since 2011. I can't get any career because of this. I get bullied always, families, friends, etc. I really want this to be gone. :'( I've tried lots and lots of products. i get large cystic pimples every week and whenever a pimple is in the process of curing, another one or two starts to break out. a single pimple takes 1 month or 2 to cure. This is pure curse. If this will be in my life until I die, I think it's better for me to die.
  10. Skin Biopsy

    Ok so I am a 27 year old female and have been having acne problems for 6 months. Prior to this, I had incredibly clear skin. I have been prescribed practically everything by different dermatologists. Adapalene, clindamycin, doxycycline, retinoids, bp, birth control, you name it. I have these small closed comedones all over my face that just sprouted and multiplied out of nowhere. they are so persistent and unusual for me that I think it may be some kind of infection, but no demo will do a biopsy to determine what it is. Is there a way I can request one? or Is there a place that will do it for me if requested?
  11. Hi everyone, I'd like to share my experience with hormonal acne and how I cleared it up completely with the contraceptive patch, Ortho Evra. I've only ever read negative reviews of the patch in relation to acne so wanted to get a positive version out in the hope that this will help others ! I have suffered from acne since I was about 13. Antibiotics never worked for me so at 17 I was suggested the contraceptive pill. Dianette cleared this up completely however after 2 years the emotional side effects had become too much so I switched to Microgynon30. My skin was no longer perfect on this pill but nor was it full blown acne. After another couple of years I was experiencing bad stomach problems, I switched pills a couple more times but it turned out every pill was causing these syptoms so I came off contraception completely. My stomach problems immediately cleared up but unfortunately my acne returned and no amount of antibiotics, creams, herbal remedies or diet changes could improve it. at 25 My doctor reffered me to a skin specialist which was going to take several months to get an appointment and I was coming to terms with the fact that I was going to have to give in to Roaccutane. I had heard of the terrible side effects so this was a last resort for me. I thought while I'm waiting for an appointment I'd better find a suitable contraceptive in preperation for Roaccutane as this is one of the requirements for this drug. I had read up on the patch and figured as it was absorbed by the skin and not the stomach, it shouldn't cause me the same problems as the pill did. I'd also read that the patch could cause acne to worsen. As I expected, the patch didn't give me any stomach issues but to my surprise it completely cleared my skin up ! And extremely quickly. I started noticing results within days. Within a couple of weeks I had zero spots on my face and eventually, it also cleared them from my chest and back. I've been on the patch for 6 months now, my skin has remained completely clear and my scars have almost faded. My face no longer produces any oil or gets red and irritated by the mild face washes and moisturisers I use, like it did previously. It's like I have completely new skin ! I'm still waiting for the appointment with the skin specialist however I'm so happy being on the patch that I don't want to interfere with the wonders that it's done so far. I realise it could only be a temporary fix until I come off the patch but I don't have any plans to do that any time soon so will continue to enjoy my new skin for as long as I can. If you have been in a similar situation to me, I would really recommend you give the patch a try whether it's to improve your skin or potentially put an end to the horrible side effects you've had on the pill. The one and only side effect I experienced on the patch was painful boobs for the first 3/4 months but now I have no pain at all. I no longer experience bloating, increased appetite or weight gain like I did on the pill. Just take a look at the picture attached to see how much of a difference the patch has made to my skin. I really hope this post can help someone else. Good luck ! E.
  12. Inflamed pimples

    I NEED HELP! I am on a light pill from my doctor which cleared my skin up. For the past five months I've had zero breakouts, just marks left behind. Well this week every day I have been getting new pimples. I put my benzoyl peroxide on them last night and woke up to them being smaller but redness all over my forehead! I need to get rid of this fast as I have a big event in two days and i need my skin to look good! What do I do!? Thanks!
  13. So I've been seeing everywhere that eating carrots or drinking carrot juice can help cure acne especially forehead acne does anyone else know if this works
  14. Hi everyone. This is my first post. I was put on Dianette after; Antibiotics, different Contraceptive pills, Topical creams etc did not work. I have had acne since I was 13 (now 21.) Acne has affected my life In such a bad way, I am so fed up now. After numerous doctors appointments I finally persuaded him to put me on Dianette, this was 7 weeks ago. Since then I have seen absolutely no improvement in fact I think they're getting worse. I have read online it usually takes up to 3 months to see a change. I am wondering what everyone's stories of Diantte are and what happened when you got referred to a dermatologist (Doc told me this was the next step) Thanks everyone xx
  15. Tiny bumps! Help!

    Can anyone please tell me what this is? And how can I get rid of this? Thanksss
  16. Hi, so this topic will go through my accutane journey. I'm having a hard time getting through this. Acne really sucks, and not being able to control it sucks even more. So, I felt like by recording down how I was doing, and my stages, I could probably help some other people. I know it helped me reading what other people go to. Also, I'm emotionally low right now. Ranting about this stuff really let's me get it off my chest. And that's good, cause no one else in real life cares about this stuff, and just assumes I'm a "dirty" person cause I have acne.
  17. Today marks a new chapter in my acne journey with PCOS. I have found this forum incredibly helpful throughout my decision-making/research process and would like to contribute as well. Let's call this a little experiment shall we... To begin, a bit of backstory: I started getting acne when I was seventeen years old due to fluctuating hormones and diet (isolated to my forehead thankfully). However, upon cleaning up my diet by eliminating processed junk foods and sugar, I was fine in a year or so. With that being said, I have never had a regular "time of the month" (I'm currently 22). It got especially bad this past year, and that is when my bad hormonal cystic acne began forming (only on my cheeks...my forehead, chin and jawline are all clear). I was determined not to go on the birth control pill, as I wanted to deal with the problem naturally. I went to a holistic doctor, worked with acupuncturists and special facial treatments. Nothing seemed to help. I eliminated dairy, gluten, refined sugars and ALL processed foods. It got to the point I even eliminated any inflammatory foods (ex. tomatoes, citrus fruits...even strawberries for goodness sake!) But there was absolutely NO improvement. In fact, this past week...everything has worsened. *It's also worth noting that I have not had a visit from mother nature in over three months. Ever since this cystic acne breakout on my cheeks, my menstrual cycle has been horribly irregular* SO...I went to see my doctor and explained my troubles. She recommended seeing a dermatologist (as if I haven't already tried every topical ointment and cream in the universe and been seeing a dermatologist for years). She diagnosed me with PCOS due to my acne, irregular cycle, some excess facial hair starting, depression, and a few other symptoms (I am very thin however and have never struggled with weight- so we shall see how the birth control pill affects my weight). I asked my doctor if I could go on the birth control pill for an extended period of time. I am aware that things get worse after getting off the pill, so I intended to stay on it for fifteen to twenty years, or until I decide to have children. This is a completely personal choice of mine, as I am in an on-camera career where acne is simply not acceptable. I am quite nervous to start this pill, but I have so much hope that this will work out in three months or so. I am completely aware of the side effects, but this is so important to me for so many reasons. I have heard it gets better before it gets worse, so I will be seeing a wonderful woman who does facial treatments (specifically designed for healing the skin and not just extracting pimples) twice a week until my hormones balance out. I will also be continuing to manage PCOS symptoms as if I weren't on the pill by eating a low GI diet, getting sufficient exercise and undergoing acupuncture therapy...so hopefully if I decide to come off it sooner, I will have an easier time stabilizing my hormones. I will try to post some photos of my progress and I intend to keep weekly updates here for anyone interested. I know for me, the infamous "initial breakout" was a huge fear of mine...so I will be sure to document exactly when that affects me and how severely. Also FYI, the pill I am going on is Yasmin. I have heard great reviews about this pill for acne and PCOS, but of course only time will tell if it works well with my own body. I wish you all the best of luck with your own acne journeys. Despite all the emotional struggle (and DAYS I have spent crying over such a superficial issue), we are all beautiful and special human beings. We'll get through this together! Love you all xoxo
  18. Hey everyone, I have been on the regimen successfully for a few years now, and have added in some new makeup products recently. I started breaking out on my chin in 4-5 zits yesterday and I think it's related to the new makeup. I wanted to know if anyone has suggestions about applying loose or pressed powder? I tried brushes but after a week or so, I started breaking out. Also, I noticed on the acne.org website, it is recommended to use a clean, dry powder puff. So, I have been using a clean, dry powder puff to apply Nyx HD Loose Setting powder everyday for the last week. After I apply the powder, I wash the powder puff in warm water with antibacterial dish detergent (Palmolive) and let it air dry until the next day. However, after this last week of trying the powder puff, I am once again breaking out. Do you think the breakouts are caused by the powder, powder puff, or the way I clean it? Do you think the Nyx powder is bad for acne-prone skin? The only ingredient is 100% silica. Any help is soooooo very much appreciated! Powder makeup looks so much better on me than liquid, so I am sad that it may be causing these breakouts. Edit: I would like to add another thought that has occurred to me! On Sunday afternoon of this week, I briefly put some powder on my face that contained Talc as the first ingredient. Another time that I tried a powder with Talc as the first ingredient, I also got huge breakouts after only wearing it 1 day...maybe I have found the culprit :-)
  19. My acne nearly disappeared last November, but it has come back with a vengeance. A dermatologist said it was due to hormonal changes - currently 18. Within 8-ish months, my face has looked awful. Here's a personal log to record the progress! Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. AM - CeraVe foaming facial cleanser - Aczone 5% - CeraVe moisturizing lotion - Cefadroxil 500mg (1x per day - April 9th) Have not used antibiotics since June 2013 - Minocycline 100g - Erythromycin & Benzoyl Peroxide Topical Gel (5% BP, 3% Erythromycin) - Antibiotic - Ampicillin TR 500 mg PM - CeraVe foaming facial cleanser - St. Ives Blemish Control - Apricot Scrub; every other day two times a week - Epiduo 2.5% - Cetaphil moisturizing cream - Cefadroxil 500mg ‚Äč- Minocycline 100g - Desert Essence thorougly clean face wash - Tea Tree Oil and Awapuhi - Tretinoin Gel 0.01% - Antibiotic - Ampicillin TR 500 August 29, 2013 - These current photos are with medication and moisturizer on. September 14, 2013 - Pictures right after cleansing. Not sure if I see any improvements, but I do see less active acne; more scars though. Scheduled a dermatologist appointment in two weeks. Stopped using Ampicillin because I was told it wasn't the right antibiotic.
  20. I'm starting to get so overwhelmed by acne. I feel like it's never going to go away. I start work in an hour and all I want to do is wash all my makeup off, crawl under my sheets and pretend that I don't exist. I've been trying to fix my skin since I was a teenager. I'm almost 25 now. It feels like I've tried everything and my life has revolved around my skin for so long. I recently went off Diane-35 after giving it another shot for a year. It didn't seem to change my skin and I suffered from some pretty awful side effects. Since then, I've tried Clindatech, and then Duac. I've been taking Saw Palmetto. I stopped eating dairy. I eat healthier than anyone I know. I stopped drinking coffee. I feel like I try so hard to fix my skin but it always looks so terrible. I have the most disgusting inflamed pimples all over my chin. I hate looking in the mirror. I've just started using Epiduo and taking Doxycycline. I'm so scared that they won't work because then the only thing left to try will be Roaccutane. Anyway, this is my first time posting after a lot of lurking and there wasn't really much point to it. I guess I just want to be sad about my skin without my friends telling me that no one notices and that it only bothers me (which is very sweet and I don't expect them to let me wallow - but I guess I just wanted to say this to people who might understand).
  21. Hey guys id realllllllly appreciate some help. my sisters graduation is in florida and Im supposed to leave next friday to attend. However, i had two tiny white heads healing about an inch from each other and then a pretty large cyst came up in between the two and then started oozing and became raw so it turned this whole area on my upper cheek into a giant mess. its been about a week and a half (will be two weeks on Monday) and it still hasn't healed. Parts of it flaked away and left red shiny skin and then some parts just look like its a really thick piece of dead chunky skin but if i were to remove it it would be raw underneath. Heres what I've tried: -keeping it moist with neosporin aquaphor and a bandaid for days at a time -just airing it out/letting it dry -suuthe skin repair (essential oils, shea butter, bees wax, usually heals my wounds in under 3 days) -aloe -zinc oxide nothing has worked..the past few days its looked the same and its just bleh. but its not painful or anything so i don't think its infected..just not healing. can anyone please help me with how to heal it? I'm desperate because i only have one more week to heal it.
  22. Folliculitis or something else

    Okay I've been breaking out on my chest. It does not itch, it does not hurt. Some of these bumps are just red and never form a head. The other are filled with a clear fluid when I try to pop them. Then they scab over. Not all of them though like I said before. I was washing with the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub and that seemed to help for about a month but now it's just worse. My dermatologist prescribed Clindmycin, but that just made it worse. The pictures are a few hours after I used the Clindamycin. I notice that some of them are centered around hair follicles? Does follicultis come to a head? Benzoyle Peroxide doesn't seem to help either. I'm not using anything different on my skin, hair, face. I also have this weird dark mark after I got a cluster of raised bumps that weren't filled with fluid or anything and just went away. Just the other day it became red again, but I didn't take a picture. Any thoughts. I'd be very grateful for a treatment but also if I knew the root cause.
  23. Hi! I am 14 yeas old. I've had acne since I was 12. I've tried many things except for a facial. I've been to a dermatologist but nothing helped. I don't want temporary acne pills, nor I don't want to be on accutane. Should I get a facial? Also, I have these colorless bumps almost all over ym face now. What are these? I also have "whiteheads" that don't go away. I feel hopeless.
  24. Hi! I'm a fourteen year old girl and I've had the war with acne about two years. It's mildly bad. It's been getting better but, I'm stuck with this white heads and weird little many Bumps around my face? I heard chemical peels will help with the problem. I don't know what the bumps are. Some of them are my skin color and some are white. Should I get a chemical peel? I'm planning to get one in August! Please let me know asap
  25. Day 7 - yay, a whole week!

    WOOOO ITS DAY 7! Okay not going to lie, I cheated today boooo! I had some Cadbury's milk chocolate from an easter egg that was left in the kitchen. Not much, mind, but still. SHAME ON ME. Won't do it again! Keeping up with broth 2 x day (one mug in morning, one in evening before bed) + water kefir + digestive enzymes. Eating paleo (made paleo fishcakes for dinner which were delicious and didn't feel at all restrictive) and trying to stay on track despite easter temptations everywhere! Skin is feeling so calm and smooth, I still have a few active spots on my chin and forehead but I can't feel any new major ones forming which is such a relief. Kind of feels too good to be true and I'm sure it'll flare again at some point but I'm going to enjoy the calm while I can! WOULD LOVE COMMENTS xxx