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  1. UGHHH where do I start. So I'm 20 years old and I've had acne since I was 12 years old. Ive never had severe acne but I've always gotten these huge cyst/nodules on my chin, I use to get them on my nose as well but now just my chin. I've never seen anyone else who gets these types of pimples, mine are massive. They've taken a tole on me mentally. I've tried birth control, which cleared my cheek and forehead acne but not my chin acne. I don't want to do anything that isn't a holistic approach. I'm depressed and desperate for help! Any advice is appreciate like supplements or vitamins I should take. I've taken vitex and it worked for 8 weeks clearing ALL my acne but then it returned:/ currently I've been breaking out all over my face, it's worse than it was in high school or middle school! PLEASE HELP!! I drink a lot of water eat healthy and have an organic skincare routine
  2. Hello all, I am kind of facing a mini dilemma here. Well lets start with my appearance. I am an 18 year old black girl with acne scars and acne, and I have a few questions. I use neutrogena products, so in the morning, I wash my face with neutrogena's acne cleanser, which has .5% of salicylic acid in it. Then, I put on neutrogena's acne control lotion which has 2.5% BP ONLY on my acne. After that, I put on Neutrogena's oil free moisturizer which is basically a suncreen that is non-comedogenic. It stings my face when I put it on, but my mom says that means that its working lol. At night, I put on the retinol my doctor gave me which only has 0.025%. I have been doing this procedure for about two months and I am STILL GETTING ACNE, but not as much as before. In addition to that, when my acne goes away, it leaves a dark mark on my face! And no, I don't EVER pick my skin? Do I need to up the dosage of my products or what?
  3. Helppppp!!

    So I'm going to my friends house to sleepover tomorrow but one girl I don't know that well and I don't want to look like a monster at night/in the morning. What should I do??
  4. Ok no one ever answers me on here but i will keep posting on the off chance that somebody will. So I have comedonal acne with the occasional closed comedone that becomes inflamed and turns into a huge pimple/cyst. I went on accutane for this because nothing else helped and my skin has erupted the entire course. Worst skin of my life. I understand it must purge your pores, but I am 6 months in and my skin is consistently breaking out bad. My question is, I weigh 110 and am on 60 mg per day from the START in October. I hit the cumulative dose a while ago and am still far far from clear. Do you think I can have too much accutane in my system? I'm thinking of just taking half my dose the rest of this month so I only take 30 a day. Will this help? My skin just looks red, dry, raw, and full of pimples and I'm honestly so angry/sad/mix of so many awful emotions. Im in a crisis in terms of how much mentally this has affected me so I really need to figure this out soon...6 months of how bad this has been has been far too long already and I don't want to continue with this high dose if its CAUSING my problems. Please any help would be so appreciated.
  5. Hi All, I've been lurking on the forum since July last year and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences on my journey and how I've come to a decision to begin roaccutane (UK). I know many people do not agree with this drug but I am completely aware of it's side affects and have read the booklet and the ipledge programme information already. People often bash others that take roaccutane for mild acne, but just like the rest of you, we suffer too. I can't remember the last time I looked in the mirror and felt happy about my face, I cry every single day and have started taking sertraline to be able to cope with how I feel about my face. FYI I'm not depressed, the sertraline is suppose to help with the OCD towards my skin, Acne has been a battle that has completely changed my life, I completely sympathise with every single one of you who post on here. My acne is mostly comedonal, I do suffer with the persistent breakouts of papules and pustules (normally 1-3) in the chin area but the main issue for me is the blocked pores, they cover my entire t-zone. Many people have told me my face is fine, most are extremely shocked I have been prescribed such a strong drug, but both my mother and sister have taken roaccutane for acne and we have strong acne genetics with-in our family. I want to get rid of this in its early stages and while I'm still 19 I have time to deal with it before it would get worse and begin to scar like my sisters. I started getting acne when I was 18, before then I had a FLAWLESS complexion. it began in the most persistent area to date, the sides of my mouth and my chin. As I became more worried about my skin the acne began to spread, it began on my chin and then blackheads and comedones began to spread all around my nose and up to my forehead, this destroyed me inside, witnessing it getting worse was devastating. I visited two dermatologists privately in the UK, both which prescribed a combination of medications. I have tried countless topicals (Differin, Duac, Epiduo, Zineryt) in combination with many different antibiotics (Lymecycline, Doxycycline, Emerythromycerin) All of which had no affect on my skin what so ever (Baring in mind I gave each treatment combination atleast 3-5 months). Lymecycline with Differin was my last treatment option, I gave it about 2 months and nothing had changed, I get I could've waited longer but I just no longer had the patience, the acne has stopped me from leaving my house, it has completely destroyed my life and relationship. People try to scare me with the side effects of roaccutane but I'm already at rockbottom anyway, I need the acne to go away. I went to a dermatologist yesterday (02/03). I made the appointment yesterday morning and saw my consultant dermatologist by 18:30 (02/03) in the evening. (I have private healthcare in the UK which means I don't have to wait at all) I went into the appointment expecting a prescription of Retin-A and another antibiotic combination. I can admit I did have roaccutane in mind. After explaining my distress to my doctor and explaining to him how much this has affected my life he examined my skin, asked about what treatments I have pursued already and questioned me a little further. After a 20 minute discussion he asked me if I had ever heard of isotretinoin, and after trying different combinations said it would be the most affective form of treatment. There was mutual agreement and I am overwhelmed with joy to undertake my treatment and I feel so grateful that it's happening as fast as it is (Normal wait-time on the NHS to see a dermatologist is 6 months considering my case isn't severe). I left the doctors office and had my blood tests done right away, I had a few more this morning too (03/03) but I am picking up roaccutane either today or monday (if my dermatologist doesn't get back to me). My point is people out there with very mild acne, don't suffer in silence. It has had such a profound effect on my life and my dermatologist could see this, after understanding my situation and that I've already attempted other forms of treatment I'm happy I am going on roaccutane. I've heard it has changed many people's lives and I cannot wait to witness it change mine, when he prescribed me the drug I felt like my life was being handed back to me. I'm going to document my journey on, I don't see many people with mild acne documenting there experience on the drug as many never decide to take it anyway. I just had a few questions to the accutane users on the more mild end of the acne scale before I begin my roaccutane experience... First of all I currently am using clean and clear and differin to help clear my skin up, should I stop this? I've heard many people have dry and irritated skin from roaccutane and my doctor did mention it would be a side affect. If so should I be washing my face at all? My skin is super sensitive btw (I have combination skin oily t-zone, dry cheeks) and if I should can anyone recommend any products to wash my face with and any moisturisers that I should consider buying in the UK! Thanks for reading and I hope you understand my decision to undertake roaccutane as my treatment. I hope I gain some responses! Ben!
  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. Hello. Im new to this site. First of all i wanted to figure out what type of acne i have. There are several small bumps i seem to get that dont go away. Been having it for couple of years and it just doesnt get better. also i cut the pill and im scared it might get worse ... How can i cure my acne and are there any other options than accutane or the Regimen? has anyone Tried estroblock? A side Info: i eat super healthy, keep everything clean and wash my face with african Black Soap. I never had perfect skin, it was worse during puberty but is still not in a good place.
  8. Painful chin acne

    Hi, okay so I need help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly become incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) Please do I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated! This is it not even at it's worst (baring in mind these NEVER clear up, has been constant for about a year now) :
  9. So after watching all the videos and researching and ordering my regimen, I had a question in regards to makeup removal. This entire regimen is based on "Irritation = Acne" and warns against rubbing the face and stuff like that. So my question is what about makeup removal? How am I supposed to remove makeup without irritating my skin? Does anyone have any advice or techniques? Thanks!
  10. Help! Hormonal acne?

    Hi I'm a 22 year old female! Ive always had spots over my teenage years but the past 4 years it's mainly been around my chin/ lip area which I understand can be hormonal. I am on the micrgynon contraceptive pill I'm not sure if this is causing my breakouts. But I've also started taking oral erythromycin from the doctors to help with my breakouts, so far I'm on the 4th week and no luck yet! If any one has any advice I would appreciate it, weather to stick out my anti biotics or change my contraceptive pill to see if this helps?
  11. At the last straw...

    I'm Min, a teen with mild to severe acne. I have exhausted all of my options except for birth control and accutane. I have whiteheads, comedones, cysts, papules, and pustules, it's all across the board. I never ever touch my face because it aches. The only place that's really kinda clear is my nose, which often gets whiteheads and comedones. I also have just whiteheads on my back. I have sensitive combination skin that's mostly dry. I've tried diet changes, antibiotics, tretinoin creams, everything. I'm on the verge of just giving up because every time a pimple goes away, a new one comes up, leaving hyper pigmentation. I have always been good about washing my pillowcases, eating well, and treating my skin gently, but there is honestly nothing left but birth control or accutane. My parents refuse to start birth control so that leaves me with accutane. I've heard a lot about that drug and I honestly have nothing against it, nor am I really concerned about its side effects. I have ADHD, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar. I am on Trileptal, Prozac, and Vyvanse. I was wondering if accutane and those three drugs would have any unwanted interactions with each other. I was also wondering if I should do it, because I don't really have anything to lose. Opinions?
  12. Hello, I have these bumps or I don't know what to call them but I guess they're sort of like cysts. They don't hurt or anything, they're just all over my jawline! I've done accutane a few months and it got rid of my acne except for these cyst like bumps. They won't come to a head or anything. HELP!!! What should I do?? I attached pictures so you can see what I mean. It's on both sides of my jawline/neck.
  13. The other day I read an article about a young lady named Turia Pitt. She is a very beautiful young lady who has a very unique and crazy story. She used to be a normal young girl and a model until she got into a bushfire while competing in a race that burned 65% of her body leaving her very mutilated (you can Google her if you like). The accident forced her to lose a couple of her fingers as well. Right now she looks different but she is still a very happy and absolutely gorgeous inside and out lady. She radiances very positive energy, strong will and absolutely unquestionable strong wisdom. She is a very lucky and a very happy woman(her words too). She is adored, admired by her friends, family (including her loving husband) and fans ( such as me). It made me I am damaged by acne. I spend so much money and time on trying to fix small scars left behind the cystic acne and years of psychological damage from them. I constantly assume I am judged because of the scars that nobody can see( God! I hope), I avoid eye contact with strangers and let's not start me on my first dates and relationships... So I really wonder what does make us well rounded human beings? Is it the support around us or is it power and energy within us? My question you think you are hurting and damaged because you don't have/had appropriate support around you or is it something else within you? What would make you feel beautiful and empowered besides the skin? What makes us beautiful inside and out? xoxo Bella
  14. I currently have Paula's Choice BHA 2%, Paula's Choice AHA 5% and a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%. The comedones are mainly on my cheeks where one has inflamed and become a nasty pimple. What product or combination of products should I use to get rid of the comedones asap? I'm not really after the long term because I'm pretty sure they're only there because that's the side of my face I always sleep on hence why they are only on one cheek (have been changing pillowcases every 3 days as a result). Currently have the BP sitting on my face as a spot treatment for the comdones and the one nasty pimple. It stings a little bit but it's only my first day using it. Mainly I'm just after assurance that I'm on the right track here to get rid of them because they're really starting to bother me and all I really need is assurance it will get better.
  15. Hello everyone, this is my first ever post Basically, I started the extreme caveman regimen (nothing on my face) a week ago and within the first couple days, my skin seemed to be improving. But now, I'm breaking out with whiteheads everywhere and it's awful! Is it just my skin purging? My pimples are healing faster but my skin looks gross I also have started to get the dead skin mask and was wondering how long I have to wait until I can exfoliate it off. What were you experiences on the extreme caveman regimen? Also, how do I avoid getting my face wet in the shower? I don't have a bath.
  16. I was wondering if anyone can help, im 17 and have lots of cystic breakouts along with whiteheads etc. My skin used to be much worse however it got better but is now slowly getting worse. I have tried every over the counter cream and every prescription cream. My acne is not hormonal as blood tests said my hormone levels were normal. The only thing that has worked was using coconut oil and antibiotics however when I came off them my skin got worse. I know the antibiotics killed the bacteria in my body that causing the acne. Im not willing to use Accutane. I am allergic to citrus and was wondering if this could be one cause. i do not do much exercise and drink 1-2 bottles of water a day. At the moment I use coconut oil to remove makeup, wash my skin with black African soap, put tea tree oil on my spots and moisturise with cocoa butter. My acne leaves scars and the overall look of my skin is starting to get me down again...can anyone help?
  17. Hi, okay so I need desperate help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is incredibly painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly became depressed over it and I am incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) I'm begging you to, I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated!
  18. Hello, sorry this might be lengthy. I've had acne since I was around 10 (started getting blackheads around 6-7), and I am now 18. I started my first acne treatment, which was lymecycline and Differin, after literally trying every over the counter/drugstore product/diet I could to help my acne. The reason I decided to take medication was because I had spots EVERYWHERE, from face to my knees I was covered in acne spots, and I was also getting quite a lot of scarring on my face. I'd say I have moderate acne, with some cysts, mainly papules/pustules, and a crap tonne of black heads and those weird skin coloured bumps. I took lymecycline for about 10 months but I realised that although my face had cleared up quite a bit, literally NOTHING had changed about my body acne, so I assumed that the only thing that really helped was the Differin gel (I also tried epiduo at the start but it was way too harsh for my skin). I went back to my GP, who then prescribed me oxytetracycline and also referred me to a dermatologist (who I am seeing in a months time). It seemed like something was actually happening, cause i wasn't getting as many red, painful spots on my face or on my body. Now I'm onto about week 7 of oxytetracycline and I've had a HUGE breakout all over, of really big, red, painful spots (papules and pustules). At first I thought it might be because I got quite lazy with my Differin, and then I started using it daily again, but this wouldn't explain why I've broken out all over my arms, back, chest, bum etc. Is this normal or not? I don't really understand why my skin got better an now it's getting worse again. And honestly, I'm feeling awful about it. I feel embarrassed to show my face and body acne. Also, is there anything else that the dermatologist can prescribe me other than Accutane, because I really don't want to go on this as I've heard awful things about it, my hair is already in a bad condition after suffering from an eating disorder, and I'm also prone to depression. It honestly just scares me quite a bit. I really want to have clear skin, but at this moment I have lost all hope that I will ever have clear skin. Sorry that this is lengthy, and if I've missed out any detail. This is my first time posting on this website cause I'm just desperate for help.
  19. Hormonal Clogged Pores?

    I don't know what else to blame this on except hormones to be honest.. its very depressing and I don't know what will even help anymore. Any advice would be appreciated. Makeup just makes them look worse... I always had very small clogged pores around my chin, which intensified when I went on Cerazette at age 17 (mini pill, cant have combined cos migraines) back in 2015. Went off it for about 5 months from August-January cos I was sick of the chin problems, but then they spread.......... went back on it to see what happens, also got prescribed Skinoren cream - made it EVEN worse after 5/6 weeks so gave up on that. Goodness. But since I stopped it I've broken out in lots of red spots too. Tried that castor oil cleansing method for like 1/2 months, nothing. Routine atm (twice a day) is Aloe Foaming Face wash from the body shop, exfoliating like 2/3 times a week with Clean & Clear gentle exfoliator (cos i feel like the harsh ones just make everything even worse :/), tone with a tea tree/witch hazel toner - and then applying Savlon in the hope to get rid of the red spots?? I feel like its kind of working, they're going at least.. moisturiser I use is just that Clean & Clear Dual Action one, that allegedly helps spots but I never quite know. I'm tempted to try stuff from the Body Shop like the Drops of Light serum or whatever, they said that will help - but its all expensive and I'm just depressed. Skin now (this is the same for both sides of my face..): Skin with makeup, to see how awful this looks (excuse unflattering pics hahahah): Just. Depressed. Don't know what it feels like not to have skin like this and spend my days looking at other peoples mouths just like 'what dat feel like' Anyone with anything similar would be appreciated. Realised I've just got to post this myself because searching the internet did nothing.
  20. Dark Pimple Scars

    Well, me and my sister suffers from this nightmare (of having dark spots and breakouts). When I turned 13 my whole face started having pimples (not cystic acnes, no redness, no dark spots just bumps) and I thought it was just normal because of puberty. But after a year it started to get worst and started turning dark and I feel really bad for myself like everyday. My mom brought me to all dermatologists in the finest and cheapest hospitals but nothing works for me. I was so ashamed about my own skin. Then our relatives who lives in California got home for a short vacation here in the Philippines, my aunt's husband is a doctor in the U.S. but not a dermatologist tries to help me with my skin problem. Aunt gave me the regimen that helped her adopted daughter to get rid of all her acnes, pimples, bumps, redness, darks spots, cystic acnes, etc. She actually has the same case as of mine but when I looked at her face it was flawless and smooth. Those regimen are Triaz Facial Wash and Adapalene Ointment? Or moisturizer? I dunno! After 2 months of continuos usage I see the result that changed my life. It actually works for me and I highly recommend that too. Unfornately, after I gave birth to my youngest child my obgyne suggested that I should take contraceptive pills to prevent getting pregnant. I am not into the pills she prescribed and breaking out is the side effect of the pills and I am disappointed. One day I went to the mall with friends then we decided to go to Etude House (Korean Brand) the sales lady approached me and recommend me Spot Care wash off face pack/mask??? Then it helped me to clear my skin again. When all of a sudden I've gone through another worst case of having dark spots all over my face. I know I have an oily skin but I hate blemishes no one even wanted to have this. And the worst thing is, my pores started to open (my face is starting to look like something sharp was pinned on my face, not yet reach that worst case though) and I wanted to have that flawless, clear and close pores again. Is that possible if we will use regimen? We badly need your help. I can send some actual picture of my bare face. We even tried Proactiv Solution but I see no improvements. Help us out
  21. Low progesterone causing acne??

    Hi, i had my hormones tested he other week and it indicated that I have low progesterone levels. Does anyone have any tips to help with this? I have a very stressful job which I believe to have cause the problem but I can't just quit so any help would be appreciated!
  22. Heres some background on my skin: I started getting acne at 12. I knew nothing about acne back then and used drug store acne products that didn't work all throughout middle school. Finally, in high school my mom took my to the dermatologist and i was put on topical treatments that didn't work. In my senior year of high school, the doctor put me on antibiotics and it was a miracle, my skin cleared COMPLETELY. I was finally so happy and I never had to wear makeup. After about a year on the antibiotics, they stopped working and all my acne came back. This is when i started to research skin care and acne really heavily and learned how bad antibiotics are for your skin. **When I was 19 I got on birth control hoping it would help my skin but it did absolutely nothing. (didn't make it worse or better). Ive been off the pill for 6 months now and skin is still the same*** I am now in my senior year of college (21 years old) and have done EVERYTHING. I use primarily natural and good quality gentle skin care. I use great brands like origins and bare minerals makeup. I wash and moisturize my face every morning and every night. I wash my makeup brushes and pillow cases every week and never go to bed with makeup on. I have mostly cut out all dairy (only eat it on rare occasions). I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and only drink green teat and water (i drink A LOT of water) I have tried probiotics and seen no results. Its so frustrating taking such good care of my skin and still having breakouts all the time, yet my friends, who eat whatever they want and have awful skin care, have flawless skin. (I'm sure a lot of you know the struggle) I attached pictures of my skin right now. I only ever break out on my cheeks and sometimes my chin, rarely (if ever) on my forehead. I have pimples on my cheeks at all times. My acne is either under the skin, or whiteheads. Im starting to think my acne is hormonal, because nothing else helps. Does anyone have a similar story or know anything that helps? Ive read that dermatologist aren't helpful with hormonal acne, so who should i go see? OBGYN? Who gives hormone tests? Also I've read a lot about PCOS and how that causes acne. I have a lot of the symptoms, EXCEPT my period is completely regular. Any advice is appreciated! If you got this far, thanks so much in advance!!
  23. Hi everyone, I'm just new to this website although I often come here to read forums I thought I'd finally make an account for myself. My acne isn't very bad but I get really bad breakouts nearly all the time with the occasional week my skin is nearly spot free. My skin has recently started breaking out a lot on my right cheek, I never used to have this problem at all but until a couple of months ago I just get either a lot of tiny cluster pimples or the occasional big angry pimple with no head. I have to admit I pop my spots when they don't go down within a couple days and I know I really shouldn't because they have started to scar. Anyway, I try everything to maintain my skin such as vitamin supplements (evening primrose, since, multivitamins etc), wash my face every morning and night with a tea tree and lemon cleanser (I am a makeup wearer and I make sure to completely remove my makeup every night) and I use skin products suitable for acne prone/sensitive and oily skin. At night after I cleanse my face I use clearisl deep action pads and aloe Vera gel as a mask for when I sleep. I also never drink fizzy drinks almost always just water or green tea. I really don't know what it is that's causing these breakouts when I'm trying to do everything by the book. Does anyone have any ideas what could be happening or if anyone is going through the same thing I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
  24. For the past year + I have been using Aczone (dapsone 5%) in the morning and also as a spot treatment, along with tazorac (0.1% dosage) at night. I wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil bad use Ponds as my moisturizer. Recently my doctor has prescribed me with Epiduo, which he said would be a less aggressive treatment than the one I am currently on. My new regimen was to use clindamycin phosphate (1%) twice a day (morning and after school) be then epiduo at night. After school yesterday i applied clindamycin and then at night I washed my face with cetaphil, used my ponds moisturizer, and applied Epiduo all over my face. Tazorac always burned my face after application even after using it for a year and i always suffered from dry patches, however, using Epiduo for the first time Friday was like any other pain I have ever experienced before. I can usually tolerate the burning from tazorac but it wasn't even ten minutes before had to run to the bathroom to wash off the Epiduo treatment. It continued to burn my face for a good half hour even after I washed It off. Applying moisturizer also made my skin worse. After leaving cool wet cloths on my face for 30 minutes I finally went to bed with only moisturizer on my Face (have not gone to bed hour anything on my Face in years). Now i have read reviews on EPiduo read other people's stories but am still scared to try it again because of how painful my first application was. Was it so painful because i was switching from retnoid to retnoid? My questions: 1) If i were to continue treatment of Epiduo should I cease using clindamycin until becoming accustomed to it? 2) Should I start EPiduo by using it every other day? Could i use tazorac on the fays i dont use epiduo? I am concered about going to bed every other night with nomedication on my face. 3) Should i start out using Epiduo as a spot treatment and then work my way up? overall im just not too sure how to go about using this new medication my doctor reccommended Epiduo for me because it was supposed to be less aggresive and more calming for my redness and breakouts, however, im concerend Epdiuo will only worsen my skin. Should i just stick with my tazorac which has kept my skin under somewhat control but has been losing its effectiveness. I did notice slight improvement Saturday morning, possibly from epiduo. after reading so many posts over the years i decided to make my own, really need your advice!
  25. This thread is for differin users to share and support each other whilst going through treatment. I am currently completing Week 8 and the experience has been both terrifying and challenging mentally and emotionally. I have had clear skin all my life until a few months ago when I broke into white comedones specifically on my left cheek. Understanding the science on how differin works (hence, the IB) and actually dealing with it week after week is completely two different things. I felt like I was experiencing fear factor every morning, breakouts were just getting worse and it was hard to believe there would be light at the end of the tunnel. And differin may or may not work depending on individuals. Below is a brief account of my experience so far: I apply differin at night and clindoxyl gel in the mornings. Week 1-2: No significant changes Week 3-4: The IB begins. At Week 4, visited my derm. He said there was some reduction in comedones and prescribed me doxy to control the breakouts. Derm says the IB normally peaks between week 6-8 Week 5-6: IB was at its peak. Felt like I was living in a nightmare everyday. When old pimples go away, new ones would pop up. I literally had at least 2 new pimples everyday and they would take weeks to go away. On top of that I had to stop doxy as I was feeling awful from the side effects i.e. nausea and headaches. Week 7: Breakouts slowed down and appear to be more superficial (not the hard painful ones). Another visit to my derm and he said that 50% of my comedones are gone but he says the healing is not fast enough. He prescribed me azithromycin and did a round of extractions so that the acne will go away quicker Week 8: For the first time in weeks, I feel there's some hope. Much less breakout. I can actually see some clear skin compared to weeks before. Feels like all the remaining comedones are slowly turning into pustules (small) and they do go way faster (3-5 days). But I do have one huge hard painful pimple smack right in the middle the cheek although it appears to be shrinking faster than weeks before. From what I read, people experience slight improvement from Week 8 onwards. There's so much PIH that the skin is just a mess when I look at it as a whole. But when you look at it in isolation, there been a reduction in active acnes and comedones (significantly) It's been a roller coaster journey so far. It's difficult to stay positive when one day you think the skin is improving and then there's some sort of setback. For example, areas that use to be clear becomes inflammed. Mornings and nights are the worse. You start and end the day having to look at the mirror!! But I am determined to stick to differin for another 4 weeks. Hopefully after 3 months, there would be significant improvement. To all differin users, please feel to share your experience here. It would be good to hear from you all!!