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  1. I never thought I'd do this but I had to take this out somewhere. I've barely talked about acne to anyone, except my brother. I am a 20 year old male suffering from acne for about three years now. At the beginning it was very mild and I could barely notice it but it continually got worse. Until the last 6 months I never missed school, parties, meetings, going out for coffee and anything else because I pretty much didn't care about my acne and I got used to it... I never took a diet for acne and I barely used cream or moisturizers for my face... About 4 months ago I started using accutane because my skin got pretty bad. I started with a low dose of 20mg and I was hoping to finally get rid of my acne. On the third month I increased my dosage to 40mg and that's when I started breaking out even more... I haven't seen any improvements yet and my face is much worse than it was before accutane, I got some pimples on my forehead and quite some on my chin now... Also, three days ago I developed a skin cyst on my cheek which was pretty huge but I think now it is shrinking. I went to see a dermatologist and he told me to take a lot of body tests. I took blood test, urine, feces and everything else, apparently I have h. pylori on a > 200 scale and I have Staphylococcus Aureus on my skin and I also have a veeeery high allergy on my body... My face has gotten worse, I also have acne on my back and chest, accutane didn't fix anything, it just worsened my acne everywhere... Now I have quit accutane and am taking antibiotics for my h pylori and Staphylococcus, the dermatologist prescribed me a cream and a lotion to use everyday and told me that this therapy that I am taking might improve my skin because h pylori and staphylococcus might trigger skin problems... I have also eliminiated dairy products, fast foods, fries, burgers, pizzas, sodas, high sugar foods, sweets, chocolates, any type of seed(nuts, walnuts etc) and I still can't see any improvoement, I literally don't know what's going on, I'm confused and hopeless. Also, I have skipped class lately and today I have a major exam and I feel so anxious about going but I really have to go because it is very important for my education, I just wanna finish it and get it over with so I can lock myself in my house and have no contact with any other human. I am desperate and depressed and all I do is stay at home and search for topics about acne to at least feel better about myself... I feel like my acne is never gonna go away and I just feel numb, I just wanna lock myself in and disappear... That's how I feel. I know this isn't much but I just had to let this out somewhere and I felt like this is the only suitable place where people can or could understand my condition and my emotional status and feelings. If anyone is suffering the same thing as I am, please feel free to inbox me and we might feel better about ourselves. Thanks for reading this whole thing and I hope that everyone in this world who has acne will get rid of it so this stupid thing won't stop us from living life the way we want to live it and the way it is supposed to be lived.
  2. 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 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 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 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
  3. I was wondering if any fellow male acne sufferers observe any correlation between masturbation and clogging of the pores/pimples/acne. I am not 100% sure there is a positive correlation between the two, but i am somewhat convinced that the more you masturbate the more you breakout. Currently wanting to seriously abstain, I have tried multiple times and never went past a week. In the couple of days I do go without ejaculating there is a decrease in pimple outbreaks. I know there is no solid research that backs this claim, but obviously I am not the only one who has observed this correlation. Wish me luck in my quest to abstain for at least a month, in a month I will update you guys on the results.
  4. Benzoyl Peroxide - Week 2

    Hello again! So I have used BP for a week now. I don't see any notable differences in my skin, which I'm fine with considering that it usually takes a month before people see results. I'm gonna start using BP both in the morning and the evening from now one. These are the products I'm using: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer I haven't really changed anything in my lifestyle, except that I'm trying to drink less milk and trying to not touch my face as much. I'll do an update with pictures when I start seeing notable results. Peace.
  5. 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 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I just turned 16. Since I'm a teen, I do go through lots of random stress and I end up picking at my skin to deal with it all. My family has never suffered from severe acne and I have always had clear skin...until I started picking at it. My skin now has been acting up and I've been getting a lot of acne that I can't seem to pop and it's only getting worse. I now have discoloration on my skin and my arms are covered in scars that I'm afraid I'll never recover from. All the girls at my school have gorgeous skin and all I want is to have a youthful,clear, and glowing look to my skin just like everyone else. Please help me achieve this goal!!! Thank you!!!!
  8. I hadn't logged in to for a few months since my acne had subsided using a combination of an extreme diet overhaul and the modified caveman regimen (you can read about this further here if you would like more detail: Since logging back in I have read through my old caveman regimen log, and seen a video post by a YouTuber who's advice I have trusted throughout my journey with acne. She discusses combatting dehydrating skin, and how dehydrated skin is a very common cause of acne, especially in those who falsely believe they have oily skin due to the over-use of drying acne cleansers/face washes and treatments: Since I stopped the caveman regimen I slowly reintroduced using a warm washcloth to gently wipe my skin, toning with a 50/50 diluted ACV/water toner and moisturizing with 2 drops of grapeseed oil. Increasingly I have been doing this regimen more and more - from one or twice a month to maybe 3 or 4 times a week. I think I have been slipping back into my old mentality of the more skincare = the better the skin. I've decided that this regimen may in fact be too harsh for my skin. The more I use the washcloth to exfoliate and the stronger I make my ACV toner, the dryer my skin feels. I no longer have acne but I can often see a redness like rosacea on my cheeks, I am now wondering if this is caused by irritation from the drying components in my skincare routine. From today I will stop using the washcloth all together, washing my face only with luke-warm water and my hands and allowing it to air dry. I will use my toner diluted 20/80 ACV to water and only once a week. I will use grapeseed oil to moisturise as usual and moisturise even on days when I am not washing my face. This is an experiment to see how my skin responds for 30 days and I will log any progress here.
  9. This thread will go thru my journey as I get my scar treatment. I plan on getting mixto with subcision with dr David rahimi. I am quite young only 18 so I figured why not get my treatment when my scars and I are young. Any my questions you have I will answer. I will post pictures of my scars once most people join in on the thread. But right now my scars are mild not super mild but not yet moderate more in the middle. I have mostly box car scars with a couple ice pick and about one your two rolling scars the are very shallow. i will start up dating this once people join in and I actually get my laser which will be next month when I graduate from hs. So around June 22. I already had my consultation and all that I'm just eating to save up a little more money and find a good date.
  10. Hi there! I just started accutane at 80mg per day and just want to use this as a way to keep track of my progress and talk to other people who are taking accutane as well! Im on my 11th day so it hasn't been too long but I can definitely tell some differences so far even though I'm still not sure if I might purge yet. My oil is definitely decreased and my skin is starting to feel itchy and dry but not unbearable and so are my lips, but like I said, not unbearable. My scalp on the other hand has been very itchy but t-gel shampoo from neutrogena has totally neutralized this. I feel like I have had some internal side effects but not too noticeable and am hoping most of those things just go away after some time. (the photos are after 10 days on 80mg) has anyone gotten brain fog? Or rib soreness?
  11. Sulfacetamide Wash Problems

    So here is a little backstory, I got prescribed sulfacetamide wash and clindamycin lotion on January 5th, 2017 and was told to wait three months to see results for my hormonal acne. First month started slow but my face started getting really clear until the end of the month I had a really bad breakout out of nowhere. And after that my chest started breaking out, which never happened before. So I tried neutrogena body clear wash but didnt work, called derm she told me that could make my chest worse so i stopped. Now two weeks into February I have a rash on my chest and I have no idea why. I have changed so many body washes, no longer use my bath sponge just a rag. My chest was never an issue it was always my face and now I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I called to get in with my derm in 3 weeks but I need relief now and I was just wondering if anybody else has gome though this. And if possible is the sulfacetamide wash to blame? I like using it on my face but is it possible using it in the shower isnt a good idea? Any help or comments would be so appreciated. I'm just emotionally drained from this all and it makes me really upset.
  12. Hello everyone! After lurking for quite a while, I finally decided to post here to seek help, since dermatologists have failed big time with me. I want to know if there's someone here with symptoms similar as mine and if so, if they managed to find a solution to acne. I'm a 27 yo female, and when I was 16 a gyn diagnosed me with PCOS and put me on the pill. It wasn't until I was 24, had depression and my skin was dry as the Sahara no matter what I did, and after seeing in some exams that I had 0 testosterone, that I decided it was time to let go of the pill. So, I will do this with a more 4chan narrative style: - 24 yo: off the pill > initial acne breakout, nothing serious again, I can stand a few pimples or even a cyst > menstruation came every 40 days or so > before menstruating about 3 - 4 thick black hairs came on my chin (totally removable) > good mood, no depression > no acne (ocasionally a very small pimple just bf menstruating) - 26 yo (August 2015): had pyelonephritis with renal abscess, which led to 2 moth antibiotic treatment > fair fell off > no acne > didn't lose my period (still the same as before) > stopped eating meat because it made me feel ill after this > started taking probiotics daily to the day > started to get regular yeast infections > developed a huge intolerance to antibiotics and meds in general (gave me yeast infections asap and felt generally bad) - 27 yo (June 2016): ate soy for a month to get proteins since I stopped eating meat > defended my thesis (a lot of stress) > had just done Alexandrite laser hair removal in whole face, they told me I could get a few pimples but nothing serious > period didn't come for 60 days (oh you damned phytoestrogens, I wish I knew you before), and when it came some big cysts came on my face > had minocycline prescribed, and this was the worst thing ever: it was like hell broke loose on my hormones, got a yeast infection the whole time, and my acne got worse than it had ever been in my whole life, I had huge red cysts all over my face, used BP 10% which only made irritation worse, I swear I was the exemplar to put in a dermatologist magazine for a severe acne case > dermatologist said she didn't want to put me on accutane since I was reacting so much to meds in general > started low glycemic diet after being diagnosed of PCOS again by another gyn (I weight 50 kgs and am 1.60 mt tall) Ever since, I haven't been able to have the skin I had before June 2016. I have tried zinc, magnesium, calcium, vit D, together and on their own only to make my testosterone reach sky limits (thick chin hairs and crazy sex drive) and get sadistic cysts on my face, so ultra proved they don't work for me. I also tried doing the same things I did before, eating the same way, I started having chicken (the farm kind without the hormones) and it has helped a bit but I still break out and feel this isn't my skin. Sorry for the wall of text, kind regards, Isidora
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    From the album Nina

    Hi everyone. New here. I'm struggling on how to 'label' my acne. I tend to get these annoying red spots, mostly in my cheek area, but it's beginning to spread. Really taking away my confidence. Are these mostly fresh scars or actual acne? I want to know what products to look out for, specific to whatever the hell my skin is. I've been on isotrex gel, isotretinoin gel and benzoyl peroxide. All have had their temporary affect. Currently on Lymcycline tablets (under a week) but not sure if that will be enough to get rid of this scarring. These stubborn 'red'-heads are a pain to get rid of. Sooo frustrating seeing the perfectly clear spots on the rest of my face. Losing. All. Hope!!!! Please, someone identify my problem here and possible solutions? Many thanks ☺️
  14. I've been using the regimen for two months and I don't know what to do anymore. Yes, my skin has been clearer since using it but I've about had it with dryness/flakiness/itching! My skin feels so scaly because its so dry and it itches and burns when using the regimen. I've tried not using BP twice a day but then I would break out! I use jojoba oil before using BP which helped for a dew days but then stopped working. I can't even wear my bb cream/tinted moisturizer because the dryness is so obvious when wearing it. Although I like how my skin has improved a little, this dryness is the worst! Anyone have any advice/tips on what to do?
  15. Not the best lighting to show but those are small indentations and hyperpigmentation marks. Will these fade naturally overtime? I'm still dealing with a lot of acne I'm currently using Klaron lotion morning and night. So far I've used... OTC products Epiduo Tazorac Epiduo Forte Klaron lotion and none of these are helping that much. I have oily skin and a lot of clogged pores and now redness and sensitivity from the epiduo forte which just ripped apart my skin:( I don't know what to do I'm 21 I feel like I shouldn't be getting acne anymore This cheek has no scarring but a lot of clogged pores/blackheads
  16. I start accutane in 2 days and I have some questions. My skin is severe comedonal acne and moderate cystic acne from my face to my chest, back, lower back, and arms. I have tried Minocycline, Doxycycline, Clindamycin foam, topical tretinoin, and a sulfur wash, all with little to no success. I was wondering if anyone with comedonal acne has had success with accutane or did make it worse? Also, did you go through the so called purging stage, where you break out like crazy? What are some good facial cleansers and moisturizers while on Accutane?
  17. 23 and never had acne

    Hello! Okay so a little back story. I am 23 years old and I have never had acne before except when I start my period I get one big whitehead. and all of a sudden within this past year my skin has changed. I get these bumps on my forehead and chin they don't itch and don't bother me no I can't pop them. I am more confused as to why I started getting these bumps in my mid twenties. Has anyone had similar issues ?
  18. My Accutane log

    So, I've been on Accutane 20mg for 5 weeks and I'm really just making this log for others to see and to show you guys any improvements and to get advice from you guys. So far my side effects have been there but have been manageable; dry lips, dry eyes causing them to go red, back pain and slight depression but not too bad just the odd sign and feeling of social anxiety. Here are pictures I've been taking to document my experience so far: Day I started Accutane 20mg Second week Fourth week Please let me know if you have any advice or any queries, also I will be updating every two weeks during my accutane course.
  19. Hello fellow acne victims. For years I have suffered with this shit on my face and for years I have cried myself to sleep. I have tried all creams and all that other bull shit derms give out nothing helps. I'm by no means religious but thought I would give praying a shot because why fucking not. I have recently been praying to Satan every night offering him my soul and my families souls for the exchange of clear skin. The next day I noticed my skin was not forming new zits and within 3 months all my redmarks are gone I'm just left with light scars and couldn't be more happy. Was this a coincidence? Maybe. So if you are desperate enough just offer yourself to Satan and be cured I have not had a zit/cyst in months and I am so thankful.
  20. 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.
  21. I'm19 & I never had completely clear skin but I wouldn't say I ever had acne (until now) in high school I would just get random pimples but it wasn't severe. Anyway I was on this birth control (Aviane) & I started to break out like crazy all over my cheeks, mostly painful cystic pimples! I was on it for a few months because I thought my skin would eventually adjust, after four months I couldn't take it anymore & I decided to switch. I've now been on my new birth control (Cryselle) for two weeks & I noticed that I'm still breaking out way more than I normally would be (less than on aviane but still more than normal). So I'm just wondering is it supposed to take some time for my skin to adjust or do I have to switch again?!? I also have a bunch of purple spots where old pimples were so any tips on how to get rid of that would also be very helpful! (I also have some hole type scars now, like craters I guess, but I'm assuming those are permanent sadly)
  22. I've been using the regimen for a year + now and it cleared my acne but I noticed after some time, the benzoyl peroxide makes the texture of my skin look rough and wrinkly and it makes my dark marks impossible to fade. I was wondering can I just use it as a spot treatment only when i get pimples? Because I really don't like how my skin looks. Or how do I get off it completely?
  23. Hey guys. So I've been having really really awful skin for the past two months. Lots of big spots, discolouration, hyperpigmentation and dryness/redness. I went to my derm in distress and she suggested accutane. I've decided I want to give it a go. However, aside from acne my main concern is the redness/dryness I suffer from around my nose. It's quite severe and usually I've found that the only 'relief' is a sunbed, however this isn't possible as it makes my redness more red and my hyperpigmentation darker. My derm said that it was seb derm will probably get worse while on the accutane so, naturally, I'm terrified. She prescribed cetaphil moisturizing cream which I've only used for the past two days...however, this morning I woke up and the dryness was so severe the side of my nose was actually bleeding. I look awful. I was just wondering if anyone had ever used vaseline on their face as a face mask overnight? I was reading about the skin benefits and was thinking it might help by eliminating the dryness. My main concern is it aggravating my acne, and the reviews are very mixed on this (some say it aggravates, others say it helps). However, as I'm going to start using accutane soon it should hopefully eliminate the problem of acne, making vaseline even more usable, and useful, due to the dryness? Just wanted to see if anyone else has used it and what the outcome was? (Also... Is it actually seb derm? I read seb derm was caused by oil, however my dry patches are literally that - dry and flakey, no grease?)
  24. Even though i have some kind of allergy/eczema/atopic dermatitis going on in my face and neck... (My allergist confirmed that to me weeks ago), Diane-35 has helped me A LOT with my acne, so I´m happy to take it. The weight gain is the only side effect i´m having right now! But not other side effects for the moment. Do someone know what to eat/not to eat when you have atopic dermatitis? I´m confused with this disease... Thank you!
  25. Spray Tan on Accutane?

    Hey guys, Has anyone had a spray tan on Accutane? If so, how did it come out? I am SO over being pale and with spring/summer approaching in the UK, I would like a bit of a glow. Thanks x