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  1. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  2. I'm only 15 yrs old and in the last couple of months I've been getting very blotchy uneven skin tone and texture, it's gotten to the point that I don't ever feel comfortable showing my bare face to anyone. whenever I touch and feel my cheeks it feels very rough and sandpaper like (it seems to be a blackhead problem, not quite sure) also the same problem in my inbetween the brow area. in my forehead and in the rest of my face I have really weird cluster of TINY tiny bumps that is barely noticeable individually but because it is in groups it makes my skin look and feel very dull and disgusting. it looks even more disturbing in real life compared to the pictures, but if you look closely you'll find colorless bumps all over my skin.
  3. Hi everyone, I'd be really grateful if someone could help me out with my problem. On a day to day basis, I only suffer with mild acne (usually blackheads/a few whiteheads) since changing my birth controll pill I've had not as many problems with cystic acne like I used to. But the other day, I woke up with a huge tender painful cyst on my chin I know I shouldn't have, but I went into panic mode and tried to pop the cyst with a needle after applying heat to it. I know I'm wrong in doing this, and I'm paying for it now I had to re-pop the cyst yesterday as it developed a small head, but since then it doesn't seem to be healing at all. It's still a bright red, oozing open wound. I applied some antibiotic cream last night before bed but woke up this morning with still an open wound with a slight yellowish crust covering it. To me, it looks infected and I'm beginning to get worried. I'm currently living in Canada for a year (I'm from England) so I don't have a derm or a doctor I can visit, a walk in clinic would cost me a lot of money. So is there anything I can purchase over the counter to try and heal this thing up? I've had a band aid over it for a couple of hours but when I take it off the band aid is covered in lymph fluid (sorry for the gross details) I've heard things about anti fungal medication for open cystic wounds, could this help me? Or an oral pill to help infection maybe? Or just keep washing it at night and keeping it covered with an antiseptic cream? Please help.
  4. Skin Care Tips For People With Acne 1. Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.) Do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin. Do not use abrasive soaps, cleansing granules, astringents, or exfoliating agents. Use a soft washcloth and fingers instead. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation and possibly make acne worse. 2. Antiseptic washes may be beneficial. 3. You cannot clean off blackheads. The black tip of a blackhead is actually skin pigment (melanin) and cannot be removed by cleaning or scrubbing. 4. Some topical acne treatments (described below) may dry the skin. If this occurs, use a fragrance-free, water-based moisturising cream. Do not use ointments or oil-rich creams, as these may clog the holes of the skin (pores).
  5. So my last login was from November of 2013.... Now I'm back. This time to offer some help, advice, and insight. I'm going to spend a decent amount of time writing this - so I hope someone reads this and finds it helpful. So November of 2013, a junior in college. University of Tampa - where everyone is near perfect. Suffering from acne. Taking a cab to my dermatologist appointment. Same visit per usual - quick glance at my skin and an increase in dosage of my doxycycline. I leave extremely depressed and choose to walk back to campus. It's hot and humid, causing me to sweat, causing me to worry about more breakouts - leading to a phone call to my mother to vent. "I'm fed up with this f***ing bulls*** mom. I don't know what to do. It just keeps getting worse and this medication isn't doing anything." She replies with a sincere "You're going to be okay hunny, you'll grow out of it." -- We've all heard that before. Ludicrous. Now I'm wishing I hadn't called. I need to grow up and deal with it. I have class later. Am I even going to go? My face looks absolutely brutal. I probably went, I don't remember. But I know I skipped many classes because of the way I looked. I know I let my acne control my life. I needed a solution. So I'm a good looking guy. Solid job, friends, and family. I workout a lot, I golf, I go out on the weekends. Still do the same things I did when I was acne ridden. It's just a little easier now and less stressful. I was popular growing up. An athlete. The best player on the basketball team. Handful of girls. A leader and role model to some. I was all of this with my terrible acne. But I was still letting my acne control my thoughts and perceptions. It held me back in more ways than one, and that is extremely unfortunate. So for those of you that have read up to this point and can relate - keep reading. I am now 24 and rarely get pimples. I'm much more confident because of that. Although when I do get one I panic. I'm at the point in my life now where I've dealt with so many pimples that I can see and feel one coming in the very moment it begins it's process. Probably 3-4 days before anyone would even notice it in the slightest bit. They still worry me, but I'm much better at dealing with it. My Solution: Stop whatever treatment you're currently on. Just stop. Don't use face wash. Don't use your oral prescription. Don't use a washcloth to scrub your face when you shower. Don't clean your face twice, maybe three times a day. Shower in the morning and let warm water run over your face. Don't pick or pop anything during the day, and go to bed at night. Shower after your workout if you workout - but do not use soap to wash your face. The day I literally said, "F*** IT" was the most important day of my acne journey. And this is what I've learned from it. Anything we buy over the counter is in the store to make a profit. Benzoyl, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, moisturizer, lemon juice, honey, etc - none of that is going to be a permanent cure for our acne. That is something that you need to realize and understand right now. Our skin wasn't made with the intention of applying foreign cleansers to it. It isn't normal for our skin. Our skin doesn't like it. That's why it burns and dries out - leading to more breakouts. My Perception: I genuinely feel bad for people who suffer from acne. But that's because I went through it and I understand how you feel. But what I've discovered is that our friends and family don't necessarily feel bad. Sure, they notice. But they don't perceive you differently because of it. Certainly not how we see ourselves in the mirror. They aren't just "staring at our pimples" when they talk to us. That's the last thing they are going to do. That's that last thing I do when I am talking to someone with acne. So stop letting it affect your day. Your conversations, your relationships, your goals, whatever it may be. It may not seem like it's going to get better today, but have faith in what you've just read. Stop using cleansers and creams and I promise your face will feel and look better within the next 30 days!
  6. I have a pimple on the left side of my face that has been on my face for nearly a year. It has never come to a head. I have gone to estheticians who have had a hard time removing it. I really feel insecure about the pimple because I feel like my face could be flawless without that pimple which will not come to a head. I even tried Retin A (Refissa and Green Cream) but the pimple has not gone away or come to a head. I feel like someone needs to remove the pimple with a knife because of how stubborn it is. Should I visit a dermatologist or different and more professional esthetician about taking care of the pimple? Money is not really an issue for me, I just need to know what I can do to make this pimple go away. This is the only pimple on my face that has not gone away and it is really bothering me. I cannot pop pimples or use a needle on a pimple because I feel like I would only cause damage on my face.
  7. Weird bumps on face

    Hello everyone. So, I have a problem with my skin and it's that I have these little colourless bumps on my face. At first it was only on my forehead, but now it's also on my cheeks and on my chin. It looks really bad in certain light, especially in bathroom light and in the sun and also in pictures, which makes me really self conscious (I have linked a picture). I really hope some of you can help me with what it is and how I can get rid rid of it!
  8. Hey there, I'm currently a teen and I have always had these black dots on my nose. I have tried Biore strips and even that japanese/korean blackhead mask that got popular with a facebook video. There was stuff when I peel it off but it looks kind of white but the black dots on my nose are still very visible. I don't have any other acne problems... I only get about a couple of pimples in a week but I guess that's explainable because of puberty, and usually just happens because of my bangs or my snapback. My skin is on the drier side but I use an aqua moisturizer and one of those expensive spinny vibrating brush things every morning. I even went to a professional facial spa and after suffering through pain by having my bones stabbed with that tool, it still didn't work. (I fear going back there... it was not pleasant) I'm wondering if I just have abnormally dark filaments... and if there's any way to lighten them up because they are /really/ noticeable and doesn't look so attractive. And if they are just very deep blackheads, recommend me some other ways to remove them? Thank you! I haven't used any strips in a while so it's not the cleanest it can be but I would appreciate your feedback
  9. Hello everyone, time has come to make a post, hoping someone could give some directions or tips. About me: Male, 26 years old. Sensitive skin. Lifestyle: Work with computer, but love to exercise, mostly - running. Acne type: Mostly - blackheads and blackheads that turn in to whiteheads. Whiteheads can show up really fast and are filled with loads of white puss. They pop really easy and also heal pretty quickly. Since they are on top of surface, I get no scaring. No cystic acne for me. Acne history: Been fighting acne since puberty, so more than 10 years now. At the start it was all over my face, but now mostly on/around my nose and around mouth. Also for many years now - I have developed puss filled whiteheads on my scalp - in my hair. There is also some acne on my upper back, but I can live with that. My acne experience has been like a roller coaster - good days and bad days. Treatments: I've been to unlimited numbers of dermatologists and other kind of doctors, and so far only two treatments have helped me - 1) My first dermotologist prescribed - Roaccutane/isotretinoin, but after the course acne came back and there is no way I'm taking that poison again. 2) One of allergologists prescribed- food diet, for about 6 months (cut out white bread, processed foods, alcohol, sweets and many many more, basically all I could eat was meat, fruits and veggies.) As a result I lost about 10 kg/s and felt really terrible. As the doctor suggested - slowly started to introduce the limited foods in to my died aaaaaand acne came back. + Been taking all kind of supplements- Vitamin D, linseed oil, zinc, shark oil, fish oil, cod liver oil, drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice, lots of water, green tea and so on. Lotions and creams wont help me at all, I strongly feel there something in my gut is responsible for acne. + Done many possible-acne related blood tests and none have shown anything extraordinary. Well, except IgG4 food allergy panel - according to that I can really eat only fish, meat and vegetables. No wheat/grains/peanuts/gluten/sugars/dairy/bananas/apples/eggs/corn and so on. Current situation: A month or two has passed since I took the IgG4 food allergy panel test. I have decided to do a food diet again, more than a week has passed, but sadly my acne has gotten even worse -(image added), also my scalp seems to have more pimples + I feel tired and sleepy most of the time. My current acne remind me of herpe virus or even cold sores. Feels like my immune system is breaking. Question: Has anyone ever experienced anything nearly close to my situation?
  10. DAY 1 Hi all, One of the things I found the most frustrating when researching about isotretinoin (accutane or now aka Claravis) was that it was difficult to find the side effects and effectiveness of the medication throughout the entire course. Another topic I found impossible to find was people taking Accutane to treat hormonal acne, which is what mine would be. Hope this will be some help to others. So ironically, I had perfect skin in my teens. Then I got off Sprintec (birth control pills) about a year and a half ago (which is a whole another story by itself) and it took me a full year to get my menstrual cycle back. During that year I had absolutely horrendous back acne. I mean it was so bad I couldn't sleep on my back and I had to throw away several white tops from spots of blood, but weirdly enough during this time my face was still completely clear. I had bacne for about five months I would say and then one day it just completely went away, and I thought the worst of my problems were now the scars left on my back. I was so wrong. First it started with small blackheads on my nose and my cheeks. Then came actual full blown pimples and last but not least cycstic acne. Physician told me once my body balances out my hormones and I get my period my acne should also go away. so I waited and finally got my period. But my acne stayed. I tried ALL sorts of natural remedies, from spearmint tea to DIM supplements to cutting out all non organic meat and produce and ridding of all plastic ware but NOTHING WORKED. Finally went to derm and after few blood test and appointments I finally have my accutane and my fingers crossed. I was hoping my face acne would go disappear as magically as my back acne had but i don't think that is going to happen. So my physician and derm had two completely opposite outlooks regarding treating hormonal acne with accutane. Physician (who was very anti-accutane) said that because hormonal acne is an internal problem it needs to be treated from the inside out. The thing is I got blood work done for my hormones and I checked out and my period is super regular now... The derm said skin type can change so accutane might give it that little push it needs to start heading in the healthy state it used to be in. She also said even if I'm having hormonal issues accutane literally shuts off that route of getting acne so acne will not be one of the channels of my hormonal problems showing up on the surface. Right now, I got about 3 cystic acne along my jaw, blackheads around my eyebrows and nose and acne scars and regular pimples all along the side of my cheeks. Today is day 1 so obviously i don't have much to say regarding the effectiveness of the pill, but I will be posting here at least once a week to journal my progress with the pill along with any side effects that I experience.
  11. Hi guys, Firstly its amazing to be part of this community. We all know what we are going through, and that already makes me feel slightly better as I sit and type this message with an ice pack to my face to calm down my massive break out, but later i'll talk about that. Since I hit puberty I have never NOT had spots. I wouldn't say I have acne, although when I break out...i BREAK OUT. I can go through months of clear skin, then suddenly one comes, I feel another, a family arrives, then my face is just red, sore tight and ARGHHH WHY ME?! I decided to write now because I am 24, which means its been about 10 years that I've been living with on off/mild to moderate acne and boy i can tell you some of the things i've done to get rid of my spots...from a stupid 14 year old putting detail on my face to clean off my spots cos i thought i was dirty, or a 16 year old using bronzer to cover it up but only making them orange, or a 21 year old putting baby oil o my skin to stop the dryness..You name it i've done it. So now...As of today i am going to document my skin updates for you guys.. I will use only the following on my skin.... -Dermalogica special cleansing gel -Acnecide 5% gel -Dermalogica active moist moisturiser This routine has been inspired by acne.org regime. I am starting fresh from 25/03/16 and I will document it, answer questions, post pictures and do whatever I can to help other sufferers as I know how you feel, we all do. We all need to help each other.
  12. Hey guys/girls I'm a total newbie! First off let me just say hello I'm a 24 year old male who had skin which I believe my derm referred to as 'sensitive to DHT' and I was described as having mild acne consisting of whiteheads/blackheads. I understand there are people in a lot worse circumstances then me and I do not want to sound like a fool worrying over 8+ scarred pores, however it is actually effecting my day to day life. So to begin! I presume these are scarred pores and not ice pick scars as they are slightly less then 1mm in width, I've heard this size determines whether something is a pore/scar/icepick? My nose seems to be worse on the one side and despite knowing picking is bad I'm guilty! I've been left with larger holes in one side!!!! Depressing much !!! So after noticing the pores looking larger under a particular light I used my 0.5 dermaroller (I KNOW IT IS NOT ADVISED ON NOSE, I LEARNT THIS AFTER!) and rolled it only over the areas needed (I never go over the top like you see in all the youtube video). At the moment my nose looks red, pores still look bad... could this be due to the swelling? I understand dermaroller is a slow and lengthy process, I just fear that the redness will reduce but the size of the pores will not? Does anybody know if redness caused by the dermaroller could make pores look more prominent at first due to swelling? In addition I am using 'Retimax' which it vit a cream post treatment, is this a good idea? Oh lordy lord! All the research and it seems that the nose is the one place I really didn't want to get scarred pores! I am also a student from a working class family so I cannot seek any further professional advise and must do everything from home or nothing at all. I've also ordered a derma stamp so no need for this suggestion. So to make my questions easier to read I shall also list them here plus some additional ones! I would really appreciate some answers 1) Would pore size reduce after swelling reduces from 0.5 derma rolling treatment? 2) Chance of permanent damage to pores through dermaroller? 3) Using tea tree oil post treatment? 4) Retimax (very strong vit a cream) post treatment? 5) ANY SUCCESS WITH DERMA ROLL/STAMP ON NASAL AREA? 6) Are these scarred pores permanent or are they worth attempting to treat?
  13. It has been 3 months already. I never had any blackhead problem but in november i tried black head extraction with the black head extractor and steam to get rid of few white heads i had and it became the biggest mistake of my life. The extraction was done roughly and was pressed hard on my nose. After that i am left with holes on my nose !! Which is okay without makeup but when i apply makeup no matter what technique i use the pores seem to be the highlight of my face. This has caused so much of emotional stress in me that i cannot even explain in words,just hope everyday that it goes away.. I had flawless nose prior to that extraction with no visible pores. Since then i have tried retina A to shrink the pores but it just doenot do much. I have tried benozyl peroxide whixh is better than retina A in terms of the pores looking a little bit smaller but i am not sure if i should continue applying it or just leave my nose alone and let it heal naturally. My biggest fear has become this that maybe this is permanent..has anyone experienced anything similar?? How long will it take for the pores to be like before???? If i just wash my face with face wash and moisturise at night with bioderma combination skin moisturiser will that be goodenough for the healing?? I am so disturbed... Please help me out...
  14. It has been 3 months already. I never had any blackhead problem but in november i tried black head extraction with the black head extractor and steam to get rid of few white heads i had and it became the biggest mistake of my life. The extraction was done roughly and was pressed hard on my nose. After that i am left with holes on my nose !! Which is okay without makeup but when i apply makeup no matter what technique i use the pores seem to be the highlight of my face. This has caused so much of emotional stress in me that i cannot even explain in words,just hope everyday that it goes away.. I had flawless nose prior to that extraction with no visible pores. Since then i have tried retina A to shrink the pores but it just doenot do much. I have tried benozyl peroxide whixh is better than retina A in terms of the pores looking a little bit smaller but i am not sure if i should continue applying it or just leave my nose alone and let it heal naturally. My biggest fear has become this that maybe this is permanent..has anyone experienced anything similar?? How long will it take for the pores to be like before???? If i just wash my face with face wash and moisturise at night with bioderma combination skin moisturiser will that be goodenough for the healing?? I am so disturbed... Please help me out...
  15. Im 18, live a healthy lifestyle but have been plagued with acne. Can anyone tell me whats under my eyes? And im also on accutane for my acne so im looking for product suggestions (Mainly coverup that wont make me break out!) Thanks
  16. It's been a week since I tried popping this blackhead or whitehead I don't really recall what it looked like before it hasn't gone away and tried doing the whole toothpaste on and it got worse it got bigger and swollen and black. i am now trying apple cider vinegar with water on area. I haven't seen any improvements yet but was wondering if anybody has any advice on the swelling going down! I just don't want this to turn into a wart or anything in that sense I know it might sound crazy and maybe I'm just panicking but I've had this happeneded to before years ago and had to get it surgically removed.
  17. Bad Skin, Lots of unwanted things

    Please help!!!! I have been having lots of skin problems since I was young and they just worsen each passing day. I have oily, pimples all over my face, my nose is full of blackheads, my forehead has all these little bumps on it and everything else you wouldn't want on your face. I have tried a lot of methods and medicine of sorts to get rid of at least one of them but none seems to be helping.... Please suggest cream or cleansers or just anything that might help. As it worsens I feel more miserable when standing next to my friends and became camera shy just because I didn't want anyone to see my condition. Leave suggestions to how to reduce them if you can please, Thank you.
  18. Maybe this will be the time that I actually LEARN and stop squeezing! My face has finally stopped breaking out with these horrible huge cysts and two nights ago I thought it would be a good idea to try to extract a huge blackhead on my cheek. I typically cover the mirror with a piece of paper because one mirror in my bathroom is basically dubbed the "skin picking mirror" by my sister and I because you can get so close and see everything. We had guests staying at our house last week, so the mirror was uncovered. The temptation was too much. Now I'm left with this enormous scab! When I squeezed the blackhead (I always use a tissue), the tissue slipped and took off the surface layer of the skin. It throbs and is pretty painful. I started using aloe on my whole face which seems to help the scars but does nothing for this. I put my topical creams on it the first night, followed by neosporin, and have been trying to keep neosporin on it since then. Is there anything else I can do? Also - unrelated, my hyper-pigmentation/scars which you can see on the edge of the picture have started to itch. What does this mean?
  19. I've always had very oily skin, and now and then, I'd get blackheads on my forehead, chin, or nose. But in the past few days, I'm getting these clusters of tiny, hard, flesh-colored bumps all over my forehead. If I try to squeeze them, the only thing that happens is that they get redder! Are these whiteheads? They don't look very white to me! It looks so bad... what should/can I do? I think what I really need to know first is what these are so I can start some research on how to fix it. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated! EDIT: I don't know why my picture aren't showing up, but here's the link for them (of my forehead): Forehead Pic 1 Forehead Pic 2
  20. I've been having this (I am not sure what this's called) for more than a year. i tried many things (including scrub, mask and oils) but nothing works. What should I do? any suggestion?
  21. Hi all, I've currently been on the Regimen for a little over a month and I still have these small bumps in between my eyes that are DRIVING me crazy!!!!! I keep putting extra bp on them to keep them at bay but it doesn't seem they are going away at all. I'm not sure if they are blackheads whiteheads or something else but I have no idea how to get rid of them. Or if they'll ever go away. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Pictures attached!
  22. Hey everyone, I've been lurking around here for a couple of years now. Today I am forcing myself to work up some nerve and ask for a little help. I'm 22 years old and have battled acne all of my life. When I was in high-school it was quite bad. However, about two years ago I started having less acne issues and more other issues with my face. My face is quite oily and it is also very itchy most of the time. When I wash my face it feels too dry and when I moisturize it feels too oily, if that makes sense. I occasionally still get bad breakouts. I have lots of blackhead issues, tiny bumps all over, redmarks, and almost a roughness to my skin - hopefully you can get what I mean by looking at the pics. I know my skin is not terrible but it's bad enough to make me feel really embarrassed. I guess I feel like I suffered as a teen with severe acne and now as an adult I would like to clear the aftermath up. I've tried a million washes, lotions, etc. If anyone had any advice, or can tell me anything about my skin, I am all ears. And truly appreciate your time. (Also the white patch is an indentation scar from a bump and I know it's not going anywhere unfortunately).
  23. acne2

    From the album Pre Accutane

    This was a few weeks prior to starting Isotretinoin, makes me glad I did!
  24. i've had severe acne since i was 10, i'm currently 14, turning 15 in february. my main problem is blackheads, my face is barely red and my scars are fading by themselves quite quickly. my blackheads are so bad, it looks like i have freckles, and they irritate me so much. i've tried everything; blackhead scrubs, pore strips, diy masks (egg mask, glue, ect), steaming, hydrogen peroxide, and even squeezing (which i know is bad, but i was so desperate.) does anyone have ANY suggestions for getting rid of these nasty little things? thanks
  25. Blackheads

    I have black heads on my nose and chin and I hate them. They make my pores look large and of corse I want to have beautiful skin like everyone else. So I was wondering what other people used to get rid of them. Right now I am doing a mostly natural and chemical free routine with my face and it is actually working well for all but my blackheads. I was hoping someone would be able to suggest a more natural product for these blemishes. Thanks for your help