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  1. 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.
  2. Tazorac + Doxy Log

    Hi guys!! I'm an 18 year old trying to get rid of her acne once and for all I have suffered from acne since my freshman year of high school (mild to moderate). My acne was never really cystic - I had inflamed pimples and blackheads in my T-zone. Through trial and error over the years, I was finally able to clear my skin through using Retin A Micro 0.04% (RAM) at night, along with Aczone or Finacea in the morning (alternating each day). However, during the fall of last year, I began noticing closed comedones (whiteheads) on the sides of my chin. I began using the RAM in these areas. However, this did nothing, and my comedones worsened. They began to spread to the rest of my chin, on my upper lip, and in between my eyebrows. My nose, which has always had blackheads, became even more clogged. The worst part is that these comedones become inflamed zits and leave hyperpigmentation behind. I talked to my derm about this, and she upper my RAM to 0.1%. This did not help, even after 6+ months. She said that the next thing to try was Spiro, which I did not want to take. (I have, however, through my own research found that Paula's Choice AHA and BHA gels do help to reduce the clogs to some extent - see my routine below.) I recently switched derms. He is putting me on Doxycycline (75 mg) and Tazorac cream 0.05%. I am hoping that the Taz, being a stronger retinoid, will help to eradicate these comedones. I also think that my skin may be slightly resistant to the RAM, as I have used it for the past 5 years. Because retinoids have worked well in the past, I'm hoping that a different retinoid will shake things up and clear my pores. Here is a great link describing the differences between RAM and Taz: http://www.skinacea.com/retinoids/natural-vs-synthetic-retinoids.html#.UsjULODFXJw As of now, my skin consists of comedones on my chin, nose, between my eyebrows, and on my upper lip. My "problem area" is definitely my chin (esp the sides). I get the occasional random pimple, but for the most part, any inflammation comes from my comedones becoming infected. My current routine: AM Wash with Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Mix Paula's Choice BHA 2% gel with PC AHA 8% gel Cera Ve moisturizing lotion Aczone or Finacea (alternate) PM Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Taz 0.05% cream Cera Ve lotion *Take 75 mg Doxy with dinner I will be documenting my progress on both Taz and Doxy - partially for myself, partially because I have been lurking on other people's logs for a long time and find them extremely helpful. Please comment with questions, support, or advice Other Links: Facial Masks I Recommend:
  3. 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
  4. What Is My Next Step?

    I'm a 21 male with acne on my face. I first got acne when I was a preteen and i've never been clear since. I did get it on my back, shoulders, and legs, but that has since cleared up. I'm a vegetarian, and try to eat very little dairy, and don't eat junk food or fast-food. I've broken habits of pinching/touching my face and acne, and by now lost my acne scars. I do however wear makeup, mostly foundation and powder on top of that. I only wear hypoallergenic products, and always wash it off the moment i'm home for the day. I wash my face with facial scrub in hot water twice a day, morning and night, and use a facial moisturizer after because I have very dry skin. (I've tested makeup-free periods of time up to 2-3 weeks, but it makes no difference). In the past i've used peel pads, tazorac, and a bunch of different products with benzoyl peroxide, but all of those dry out my skin a lot and give me redness. My best success has been in minocycline, and it works well in reducing and preventing the severity of my acne. The issue is that I have never taken it regularly, because my dermatologist only gives me 30 days to "take as needed" over 3-4 months. I usually use it all within the first month and a half. We briefly discussed trying accutane a few months ago, but my dermatologist changed their mind because they were concerned it would have reactions to my ADHD meds (Intuniv and Adderall) despite my doctor clearing the accutane as fine. I still have acne. I haven't seen my nose free from blackheads in eight years. It doesn't come in waves, it's constant spots around my face (and earlobes) and they take turns flaring and disappearing. I have a healthy diet, healthy skin practices, and religiously clean it. It DOES spike in severity when im stressed, anxious, and have had no sleep. So my questions are: 1. Is it my makeup? Like I said, i've done makeup-free breaks for weeks and it makes not difference. And I feel very uncomfortable in public without it. 2. Is it entirely stress-induced? I'm always overwhelmed, i'm a working college student, so its unavoidable. Will it maybe go away when I graduate and life chills? 3. Should I push for accutane, or find a new dermatologist that'll consider it? I know accutane is for more extreme cases, but i'm so tired of this... Any advice would be great, as I have an upcoming appointment with my dermatologist in two days. Thank you!
  5. my hairs a mess sry. how do i cget rid of this nasty sh*t?!! im so sick of it! i used to use tazorac but it made my face so itchy that i couldnt even fall asleep.
  6. INVITING YOU TO MY JOURNEY WITH ACCUTANE...I AM 32 YEARS OLD WITH MODEREATE ACNE STARTED OUT WITH SEVERE ACNE AND THROUGH TACKLING WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND 3 STEP SYSTEMS OUT THERE I JUST CANNOT GET RID OF IT. THROUGH NUMEROUS VISITS WITH MY DERMATOLOGIST SHE HAS FINALLY GAVE IN AND PRESCRIBED THE ACCUTANRE FOR ME..YAY!! TRUTH IS TO GET TO THE MODERATE STAGE THAT I AM IN NOW I JUST STOPPED WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND ANTIBOITICS. I WENT STRICTLY CLEANSING MY FACE WITH CETEPHIL DAILY CLEANSER AND MOISTERIZING WITH AVEENO NATURALS AND MY FACE STARTED CLEARING ON ITS OWN, BUT NOT TO THE POINT I WAS SATISFIED AND WAS STILL GETTINNG BREAKOUTS. I GUESS I NEED TO ADD THAT I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH ACNE UNTIL HIS PAST 2 1/2 YEARS I HAD FLAWLWSS SKIN WAS SO PROUD OF. NOT SURE WHAT THE TURN TO WORSE CAME FROM BUT IT IS VERY DEPRESSING AND EMBARASSING. IT'S LIKE EVERYTIME I FEEL I HAD IT UNDER CONTROL SLAP IN THE FACE THE ACNE WAS LAUGHUNG AT ME LIKE " YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ME UNDER CONTROL SORRY NOT THIS TIME TRY AGAIN..LOL " SO I FAUGHT THIS BATTLE ON MY OWN CAUSE I AM A FIGHTER AND I ALWAYS THINK I CAN TAKE ON MY OWN BATTLES AND CONCUR THEM SO IT WAS ALMOST 2 YEARS BEFORE I SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH TIME TO GO SEE A DERM. WHEN I TELL YOU I YOUTUBED UNTIL MY EYES HURT LIKE HELL AND BLOODSHOT RED LOOKING FOR NATURAL REMEMDIES TRYING TONS OF THEM, TO PROACTIVE, OVER THE COUNTER 3 STEP SYSTEMS, CLEAN AND CLEAR, NUETRAGENA, ETC YOU ALL GET THE POINT, THEY WOULD WORK FOR A FEW AND THEN OUT THE BLUE STOP WORKING SO WITH TRYING NUMEROUS THINGS YOU CAN SEE WHY I WAITING SO LONG TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST, CAUSE I JUST KNEW SOMTHING I DONE WAS GOING TO WORK. OK, SO ENOUGH OF MY LITTLE STORY AND INTO MY JOURNEY. STARTED 01/09/2017 1ST WEEK..... I FELT OK JUST HAD THE WEIRD FEELING MY BODY WAS ADJUSTING TO SOMETHNG NEW. I CAN SAY AT NIGHT I EXPERIENCED SOME BLURRED VISION NOT TO THE POINT THAT IT WOULD PUT MYSELF OR ANOTHER DRIVER IN DANGER. MY COWORKERS WERE ASKING WAS I OK AS I WAS NOT MYSELF THE PAST COUPLE DAYS. I FELT JUST FINE, BUT THEY THOUGHT OTHERWISE. I HONESTLY THINK IT WAS JUST MY BODY GETTING ADJUSTED. ALSO EXTREME COTTON MOUTH, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER 2ND WEEK.... STILL FEELING OK, BELIEVE I HAD GOTTEN A LITTLE MOODY SNAPPING ON MY BOYFRIEND FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT DIDN'T AMOUNT TO THE POINT WERE I NEEDED TO SNAP. I HAD SLIGHT JOINT PAIN. ALL THE EPISODES ONLY LASTED A COUPLE SECONDS AND IT WAS OVER SO NOTHING UNBARABLE. LIPS BECAME CHAP SO I JUST WENT AND PURCHASED SOME BURTS BEES BRAND NATURAL CHAPSTICK. DRY EYES HAD TO GO BUY SOME EYE DROPS. 3RD WEEK UNTIL CURRENT DAY/TODAY.... FEELING GREAT NOT MOODY, NO MORE BLURRED VISION OR JOINT PAIN FOR NOW AND NO MORE COTTON MOUTH .STILL HAVE DRY EYES. IN ADDITION TO MY DRY CHAPPED LIPS MY CHIN AREA IS NOW GETTING DRY. I AM STILL USING THE BURTS BEES FOR MY LIPS AND I USE AVEENO NATURALS CLEAR COMPLEXTION DAILY MOISTURIZER FOR MY FACE AND CHIN. I WASH MY FACE ONLY ONCE A DAY NOW AS I FOUND WASHING 2 TO 3 TIMES DAILY WAS MAKING MY ACNE WORSE. I USE THE CETEPHIL CLEANSER FOR MY FACE AND MOISTURIZE TWICE DAILY. THIS HAS BEEN WORKING GREAT FOR ME. SO FAR SO GOOD.
  7. new red bumps everyday

    Hi, I have been on doxycycline for 4.5 months now (been on all other medications but accutane before). My skin is really fluctuating and one day I think my skin on my back and chest is getting slightly better and the next day it has lots of under the skin red painful bumps. I also have lots of blackheads on my chest and red bumps that just aren't going. Alongisde this I have very large open pores on my forehead and 'grainy' like skin on my chin with some red bumps, whiteheads, blackheads and under the skin spots. I have tried so many topical treatments, I am eating and drinking healthier than ever, and I use acne specialised soaps, but nothing seems to be working at all. I have recently been given vitamin d and folic acid and b12 suppliments by the doctors and I am worried this will make things even worse? Does anybody know a way to get rid of REALLY stubborn blackheads? And the best topical treatment to get rid of bumps? I have a cream finacea that makes the bumps turn into scars after like a week but would really like to find something that prevents the spots in the first place. Thanks!
  8. Hello! im going to ask a simple question to the people suffered from acne and now dealing with scarring. my age is 18.I had flawless skin 1 year ago(not even a single scar on whole body) but then i had worst breakout ever.now i controlled my acne but it left hyperpigmentation+redness+lots of scars some are deep and red . So lets come to questions.. Do redness make scars look way worse ugly than it really is? Does new scar look bad and ugly and will they heal to a point where they become invisible and unnoticeable? please answer these because i spend hours in front of mirror and cry like baby.just regrets.bcz the breakout happnd bcz of using too many harsh products on my skin and sweat. Do redness make scar look alot deeper? Does anyone saw improvement in thier scars after waiting 1 year? Sorry for too many questions. But please answer me to clear my doubts.i will be gratful for every answer i will recieve. Thanks ☺
  9. Hello again! So, today I started treating my acne with benzoyl peroxide. The products I'm using are: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer The cleanser was already foam when you squeezed it out of the bottle so I didn't really know how much to take, but I did use more than 4 ml. Then I used the BP-product and it was a little different from the acne.org regiment. Besides having 5% BP instead of 2,5%, it also had to be washed off after 1-5 min, so I waited approx. 5 min and then washed it off. The moisturizer seemed pretty simple, the only thing is that 4 ml seemed to be a lot, I don't know if I should use less with this moisturizer or if it's supposed to feel like a lot. Also, I haven't used any of the acne.org product so this comparison I'm making is solely based on the regimen video and the instructions. Lastly, If anyone reading this have used or is using these products I'm using feel free to comment how you used them and what you thought of the results I'll do an update in a week or two! Bye!
  10. Hi all, first time posting here. So I've been getting these small, deep blackheads on my cheeks recently, the kind the you can't remove with any amount of squeezing and they are really really starting to bug me. I want them out of my face yesterday lol. Theres not too many of them, about 3 or 4 I'd say. Now I have this 2% salicylic acid solution that's meant to be put on overnight, but I wanted to ask if this solution will completely dissolve the blackheads? Or do I still have to squeeze them out? Also, how long can I expect to be using it before I see the blackheads starting to disappear? I only started using it last night but I can already feel it starting to work, is it meant to sting a bit? Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions
  11. I've been using the regimen for about 6 months and really love it. But I've had blackheads on my nose for about 20 years ever since I was a teenager. It still hasn't gone away and I'm very frustrated. I try not to get tempted to squeeze them because that causes irritation and thus more pimples. I also have a pimple that used to be a bigger pimple on my nose that's still there and won't go away. I used the ZIIT method but is still around. Ugh. Please help!!
  12. Current Situation

    So, this is my current situation. I don't have any products with benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid yet, as I found this site today and I didn't know of these ingredients before. I do have a mild cleanser and a moisturizer which I'm going to use 2 times a day. I'll do an update when I have the other products. Until then, see you later!
  13. This is my skin. (See pictures) I'm 17 years old, female, and I have been dealing with acne since I was 12, but it properly started when I was 14. A brief background to my skin: I used Duac when I was about 15. It helped with my acne, but caused my skin texture to react leaving me with an orange peel-like texture, large pores. I think it is also due to over-exfoliation. I was prescribed differin later on, honestly didn't really do much at all. Just made my skin dry, the pore size stayed the same. (Ive tried DML lotion too. Applied it thickly like 6 times a day and it did nothing.) I have been dealing with this condition for 2 years now. I had poreless skin at about age 14. I am certain it is not to do with genetics either, both my family and parents don't have large pores. I will be going to try Paula's Choice 10% niacinamide from an FAQ that suggested it on here. Reviews are relatively good regarding the pore size, many saying their skin texture returns back to normal. But please anything you know is appreciated!! I am stuck. What's out there that I can use so my skin can return to normal? I am honestly so desperate. I have read all the forums there is out there.
  14. 5 months on acne.org Regimen

    From the album 5 months on Acne.org Regimen

    February 5,2017 marks the 5th month of using the 3 step system from Acne.org regimen. My results have been slow, yet I have noticed a slight change in my skin. Since starting use of these products my breakouts have greatly minimized. My skin rarely breaks out. The active pimple that is shown is these pictures has been lingering around for a couple weeks now. I have noticed that if I get a pimple, the 3 step system does take a while to treat that breakout. Currently, I'm working to treat my blackheads, which are scars from acne in the past. As of November 2016 I have added AHA(Glycolic Acid) to the 3 step Regimen.
  15. Good day! My name is Dan and I wan to know how to end this miserable acne on my nose. I've been dealing with this since 2011 and still, no difference. I've used products: Cleansers, Moisturizers, Tea Tree Oil facial wash, honey, etc. I've also watched Youtube videos about this humiliation. This is my first time in this group. I was told before that it would just go away BUT NO!!! My brother has acne before but that just lasted for a year and now, his face is like diamond. I did exactly what he did to cure it but NO LUCK!!! I asked him what he did but he wouldn't tell. They don't care about my problems. I've been bullied ever since I got this. Everyday I hear someone who talks about my nose, I think of suicide. I'm not joking. I know that suicide won't lead me anywhere but I just can't take it anymore. I can show you my nose picture. Please help me. I've never been to a dermatologist because it's too expensive. I'm from the Philippines and I also wanted to try ACNE.ORG products but it's not available here through drugstores. I need to ship it or use third-party services to do so. Experience: I get large cystic pimples every week. Whenever the other one is cured, another 1 or 2 breaks out. It seems unlimited. The scars of the cured pimple is really visible. I don't touch them, I don't pop or anything. i just leave them and IT WILL TAKE A MONTH OR 2 before a single huge pimple to cure. While it's on the process of curing, another one or two breaks out again. I'm literally crying while writing this. I just can't do anything about it. I ask God why I'm getting this curse. I wash my face EVERYDAY and before I go to so sleep. I just don't know WHY and HOW to cure it!!! Please help me!!!! :'(
  16. Tiny bumps and blackheads

    Hi, so I'm looking for advice. I struggle with clusters of bumps on my face, as well as blackheads and redness. Does anyone else have any experience with this? If so, what have you done to help it? Any advice is much appreciated thanks!
  17. Since my acne has stopped forming I have been left with clogged pores, scarring and a bumpy texture on my cheeks. I do not get many breakouts anymore and my skin is usually neither too oily or too dry. I am sort of clueless as to how to treat my skin at this stage. Chemical peels? Dermarolling? A good cleanser?
  18. medical or cosmetic?

    Hello, I have very oily skin, as some people in the forum have said, 5 minutes after washing face, there is a crap load of oil back especially on my nose and forehead. To make it worst, I have a lot of blackheads on my nose, feels like i am a strawberry. This makes me insecure. I want to go to dermatologist but I need a referral (I live in Canada). A question I have is, is this deemed as a medical condition or cosmetic purposes? I really would like to get rid of this annoying blackheads away! Any suggestions? What should I do?
  19. Red chin

    My chin is clogged with blackheads and stays red! I've tried pore strips and they don't work. The only thing that tames them for about 24 hrs is betonite clay. Please help
  20. Hey, I'm new to this site but I'm wondering if anyone could tell me why I'm breaking out. oh btw I'm 21yrs old My lifestyle before consisted of a lot of smoking, drinking, and partying (raves) but I've stopped all of that for about two months now. During that time my skin was decent, I did get breakouts here and there for reasons I'm sure I knew why and sometimes my skin would be perfect or near perfect. As soon as I stopped all of that and did a 180, I'm talking about getting 6-8hrs of sleep daily, working out 2hrs 4-6days a week, I literally calculate my macronutrients daily, I eat plenty of fruits and Vegetables every single day l, i wash my face 2-3 times a day, stopped drinking, smoking, and partying. I've been having pimples or what they call "blind pimples" come out every other day usually where my jawline is or my front cheek or forehead. It just all doesn't make any sense to me, If someone knows why or has an idea why please let me know. Much appreciated and thank you.
  21. Blackhead scar

    So last October I had this massive blackhead on my nice so I decided to squeeze it and it crated this massive pimple. I wasted it to go so badly so I kept fiddling with it and it's created this massive scar on my nose which needs about 10294858 layers of concealer to cover it. I thought it would go and it hasn't and I need help because I really don't want to wear makeup to school. HELP?!?!!?!!!
  22. Hi! To get started, I have mild acne, I only get one or two at a time. However, my problem is my oily skin which leaves me with a lot of small, but barely noticeable blackheads. My acne is almost cured, but my blackheads are quite persistent. My derm wants to put me on a low dose accutane treatment (10mg per day, i think, not sure) for 1-2 months, just to take care of my oily skin. Any advices? I'm bothered that some experience initial breakouts (which I think I cannot handle). Also, do you think It's worth it? Given the side effects.
  23. Hi! To get started, I have mild acne, I only get one or two at a time. However, my problem is my oily skin which leaves me with a lot of small, but barely noticeable blackheads. My acne is almost cured, but my blackheads are quite persistent. My derm wants to put me on a low dose accutane treatment (10mg per day, i think, not sure) for 1-2 months, just to take care of my oily skin. Any advices? I'm bothered that some experience initial breakouts (which I think I cannot handle). Also, do you think It's worth it? Given the side effects.
  24. Can't stop picking your spots? Do you want to learn inexpensive ways to control your skin problems such as pimple popping, acne, zits, cyst, blackhead, and whitehead? If yes, then learn the best way to attach a pimple without damaging your skin. First of all, never attempt to squeeze your pimple because this will increase the chance of causing great damage to your skin and make it even worse. And pressing the healthy skin around the spot also damages it. Instead of using a needle cleaned with alcohol and attack the spot sideways, it is better to look for the best painless methods that help you get rid of these issues without leaving any scar. Here are the best beauty tips that help you shrink your pores and have a flawless skin:- Always wash your hands before washing your face! That's the trick to restrict the entry of such germs or bacterias that cause harm and infection to your skin. Before washing your face it is important to first clean your hands and they touch your skin. This is exactly what you need to consider while looking for the best ways to tackle your skin problems. The longer you wait to take care of them, the more stretched out and visible they become. So if you're facing these problems then spend your extra money on lobster ravioli and truffle salt to have super effective inexpensive treatments. Steam Your Way To a Filter Free Face Pores get stretched when they are filled with junk. Just like you clean out your closets to make room for new clothes, you have to do the same with your skin as well. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is an at-home steam bath. Estheticians use this method on their clients while giving professional facials so you will feel like you are at a spa without draining your pockets. The steam brings heat and moisture to your skin to open your pores and clear them for bacteria, toxins, dirt and dead skin. Further, if you want, then you can use such essential oils, flower petals or herbs can be added to stimulate your senses. Apply Skin Tightening Pack If you really want to reduce such skin infections and allergies then you have to apply such skin tightening mask once in a week that not only shrink the size of your pores but also minimize the scope of bacteria's to get enter in your skin.
  25. For the last 5 years of my life, hundreds of colorless closed comedones all over my face killed my self-confidence. I tried product after product to clear them and nothing worked. Extractions left my face red and irritated, and the comedones would reappear within a few days. My dermatologist prescribed me Retin-A Micro, which I had such high hopes for after reading reviews. After many weeks of dryness and purging, my face was completely clear and I was so happy. But the longer I stayed on that medication, the more comedones reappeared. After about 5 or 6 months I stopped taking Retin-A Micro because it had stopped working for me. After that I tried SO many products to try and clear my face. Seriously I tried anything I read good reviews for: face washes, creams, toners, masks, you name it- I probably tried it. Some products cleared a few bumps but nothing too noticeable. For the past 2 weeks I changed my skin care regimen COMPLETELY and almost all of my closed comedones have cleared, and my blackheads are clearing and becoming much less noticeable. I am seriously in awe and cannot believe it because I was starting to give up. I feel so much better when I look in the mirror and don't see those horrible bumps all over my face. Since I started using a few products at once, I can't pinpoint if it is just one of the products clearing my skin or if it is the combination of all of them. Either way I thought I would share since so many other people have the same skin problem as me! Everyone's skin is different and I cannot guarantee this will work on everyone but it is worth a try! Skin type: Oily. Closed comedones (all over my face but most concentrated on forehead). Big blackheads on nose. Occasional pimple. Morning: 1) Shower. Exfoliate face in shower with The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Wash 2) Dry face and apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner all over face (This toner can be very drying on my skin) 3) Moisturize with Olay Face and Body Beauty Fluid Lotion Night: 1) Remove makeup with a makeup removing wipe 2) Dry face and apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner again 3) When toner has sunk into skin I apply Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (This liquid feels very oily and waxy on my skin at first which is why I always apply it at night so my skin has time to absorb it. My face feels non-oily and soft in the morning!)