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  1. I don't know if anyone could help me with my acne, but I figured it would be worth a shot just to see people's opinions. I've literally had acne for as long as I can remember. I would definitely say it makes me depressed and hate myself. The sad thing is that it makes me hate my face, and I know I would be so much better looking without all the scars on my face. I'm now a freshman in college, and its definitely a lot better than it used to be in the past. I used to get a breakout almost everyday, and now its maybe every few days. I'm fine with breakouts, but the scars they leave behind are the absolute worst. I've spent so so much time researching things that may help scarring but as i'm sure most people with acne-prone skin understand, i'm nervous to try anything in fear of the possibility of it breaking me out. I would literally do ANYTHING to get rid of all the scarring on my cheeks. My acne makes me embarrassed to live my everyday life. All of my friends have perfectly clear skin and it makes me feel even worse about myself. Sometimes I just sit here and cry because of how ugly it makes my face look. I know people always say that you're your own worst critic, and no one thinks its as bad as you think it is, but that doesn't make me feel any better lol. I've attached pictures in natural lighting so you can see exactly how bad my scarring is. I'm sorry if you're reading this with skin 10x worse than me and saying "she doesn't even have bad skin" well... it's definitely bad to me. I just want to be able to walk around without makeup and not feel like everyone is staring at my skin. I'm currently trying natural aloe vera straight from the plant because I was reading that it helped a lot of people with their skin, and i've only been using it for about a month so I probably shouldnt judge too hard, but I dont think its doing anything significant to help my scars. If anyone has absolutely anything at all that they could recommend, please help a girl out because i'm so sick of living my life trying to hide my face from the world. thanks for reading.....bless you all
  2. 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 acne.org, 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!
  3. 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.
  4. So I've had pretty bad acne ever since I was about 12. It really turned for the worst last year when I was 13. A lot of it is cystic which isn't great. I went to see a dermatologist and they prescribed me some stuff to put on my acne. I've always had acne the worst on my back. Now, I'm not saying my face is in great shape. I consistently put the medicine on and the acne was very slowly going away, but at some point it stopped working. So, I stopped putting it on for a while. I gave up. It got a hell of a lot worse in next year and I'm back on it now and seeing the similar slow results. I'm not gonna give up this time, but want to know what I can do to slow the acne for now. I'm going back to the dermatologist soon, so that'll be great. Any dietary changes you could let me in on? I know most of my acne is caused by hormones, but it still is frustrating when you can't take your shirt off on the beach or go in a pool.
  5. So I may or may not have popped a pimple... and I tend to have a really bad habit of picking scabs while it is healing. Due to this, I have now got a raised bump underneath it. I seems quite large and it is very painful and red. Is there any way to get rid of this, what is it and how to stop me from picking at them. xCrissyx
  6. 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!
  7. Acne is ruining my life please help

    SOMEONE PLEASE HELP. i am a 17 year old female and as of December of 2015, my face has been absolutely terrible! I had never gotten a single breakout before this and now it's been nonstop. A little backstory, my mother doesn't allow me to take any of the pills the dermatologist prescribes. So that is out of the question. I have been trying everthing except for antibiotics. I had large hormonal cysts only on my cheek/ jaw area and under that was many many milia. Around February, i began taking primrose oil (which i would recommend a thousand times) and now I don't really get hormonal cysts anymore. However I'm still waking up with new pimples every day in my cheek area I i still have milia there. I need help! i have tried everything. I drink a fruit and veggie smoothie every day and eat lots of veggies and healthy food. i drink 64 oz of water. I get a decent amount of sleep, I'm not stressed, i don't know how to fix this! Does anyone know of a pill i can order on amazon some food i should eat? Please help!
  8. What shampoo and soap is the best to use for people with bad acne? When showering should you soap yourself first and then wash your hair with shampoo last, I feel if I wash with shampoo first, then there is more time for shampoo on my face to aggravate my acne?
  9. When applying Duac once daily gel I wash my hands with hand wash and then just wash my face with water before applying the gel, what cleansing routine should I be using to improve my acne? Should I be using some sort of soap when washing my face? I also dry my face with a paper towel/kitchen roll sheet instead of a towel as I find it is cleaner than towels, could this be making my acne worse as small bits from the paper towel/kitchen roll sheets could be sticking to my face and clogging pores?
  10. Hey folks, I'll keep it short and sweet. Long term reader, first-time poster. After reading countless posts, I formed a plan. The plan has been for the past year to dermaroll one month and then TCA Peel (30%) the next month. Kept this going in rotation with no issues. This peel, however, has gone south. Not only did I wake up a couple of hours late, as I’ve been coming down with a fever and have skyline windows, but my skin was peeling day’s quicker (3rd day of peel today). It's raw and I feel like I have screwed up badly and have been heavily depressed throughout the day. I believe it's because I used epiduo alongside. Don't ask why. I clearly wasn't thinking. Thoughts on what I could do? Or is it game over for me? Thanks all for the continued support of people trying to help their scars. I would also like to thank ' beautifulambition ' for his input on the website. God bless.
  11. What should I do?

    What do y'all recommend for me to help my acne scars look better?
  12. I am a 29 year old female that's suffered from what I believed to be moderate hormonal acne for the last 5 years. Before that, I never got a single pimple, even throughout puberty. I usually have 2-5 cysts and 1-5 papules/pustules at all times. I rarely get black heads or white heads. All my acne is located on the bottom half of my face, on my chin and cheeks, not my nose. My skin is oily in summer, dry in winter. I am a vegetarian, I eat well, drink loads of water, exercise regularly etc. I started using Dan's regimen in mid January. I am using all Dan's products and follow the regimen vigilantly. My skin has only just begun to adjust to the BP, and I have seen no improvement with my acne. I experienced brutal initial breakouts when I first started the regimen, with new spots popping up in the weirdest places, where I had never had acne before. My skin was flaky, red, sore and itchy as it adjusted to the BP. Recently, I came across an article about rosacea and realised I have many of the symptoms. I flush really easily, I get random red patches on my skin, I often feel like I have foreign objects stuck in my eyelashes, and I have tiny broken blood vessels on my cheeks and near the base of my nostrils. Now I'm wondering if I should continue with the regimen? I've come so far and I don't want to quit. Can the regimen be used to treat rosacea? Or am I just making things worse?
  13. 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!
  14. Huge cyst on face!

    Hi so it's been a few months I have had a huge cyst on my face. It's killing me inside I won't go outside I won't hangout without friends I spend my time in the bathroom at school at lunch barley talk to anyone. I've never been like this I always had so much confidence. About 3 months ago I had a blind pimple 2 of them really close to each other I didn't do anything then they combined and formed a large cyst on my face. I was prescribed antibiotics like minocyline and it worked but not that much now I'm taking tetracycline. My doctor referred me to a dermatologist and it's going to take 3 months! I also use clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel not doing much my doctor said I need accutane but he said he can't prescribe it. I've used a needle and poke it, everything drains but then the cyst comes back!! Keeps coming back. I'll include some pictures thank you.
  15. I've spend countless hours on the internet reading about acne and have tried countless more products, none of which have completely helped. i've been on accutane which cleared my skin but of course it came back and it never really helped the blackhead situation, only white heads. birth control also helped but i recently went off of it (5 months go) and really don't want to take it again, but am wondering if my hormones are still balancing even after 5 months? im also vegan, i take vitamin a, zinc, maca, probiotics. i wash twice a day with a natural oil-free cleanser, tone, moisturize, do face masks, everything you're supposed to do, but nothing helps and i'm desperate and so tired of my skin looking like this. if you have any advice or anything you think might help PLEASE tell me! literally every pore on my face is clogged.
  16. Hi. I'm desperate for any assistance help tips or anything at all. I've read a lot here and tried a lot of stuff already. But nothing has worked so far, and a lot of the other issues seems related to other stuff. First off, I’m dyslexic and English is my second language, so if there’s any spelling mistakes I might have missed after proof reading this a couple of times that’s why. Let me know and I’ll fix it as soon as possible. Basic story: I’ve been been using Isotretinoin a generic version of Accutane for 3 and a half months, after around 3 months I started getting side effects (I think it’s related to the medication, but I can’t be sure before I get a medical test that proves this) I never really had any other symptoms than dry skin the first couple of months, I took 3 blood tests that was taken to see how my body was reacting to the medicine. The only thing they found was that I had low cholesterol levels in my blood this was found in the last blood test I did. I did not think anything of this really, First symptoms of possible side effect. After 3 months, I started getting an uncomfortable feeling In my right eye that was unpleasant and annoying, I went to the doctor and they gave me some antibiotic eye drops and gel that I used a couple of days and I stopped taking them as it seemed that the issue was gone. A couple of days later I started getting the uncomfortable feeling in my right eye again and since then its slowly been getting worse. I tried this again for 2 weeks with no effect a couple of weeks later. Symptoms that I have today. Reduced sharpness in the right eye. Constant feeling Lightly blurry vision in right eye. Constant but gets worse in the morning and if I press my eye softly. Pressure feeling in the right eye that goes down into the right ear, a mild feeling in the right side of the nose cannot breathe as good it feels stuffed, might be related to nose issues I have had before. A feeling of a dot in the right ear that pops when I open my jaw. Feeling warmth in the right side of the eye, starting behind the eye and seems like its connected to the neck and ear in some way. Gently pressing my right eye leads to the eye being blurry for a couple of minutes. I know this is normal but it’s never been as long as it’s now. Neck issues on the right side it feels like tension of its muscular pressing against something, its mild but I notice it. Some back pain had this for several years. But it got worse and more noticeable after starting Isotretinoin. Feeling sharp dull pain around the eye ear area that is constant and really uncomfortable. Light sensitivity: from computer screens electronic devices and sun light, fluorescence light seems to make ti worse as well, General feeling of pressure and tension in the right side of my head it's a feeling inside that goes down the neck and to the top of the shoulder blade. Still no relief at all taking a hot shower seems to sometimes help a tiny bit for a couple of minutes after.
  17. So I started OCM two weeks ago with tea tree and castor oil. Everything was working awesome oil production seem to cut down and everything this was testing the waters after acne.org regimen has worked. I tried OCM because I was trying to see if it helped with my oil production and shut my acne down. Then one day I tried using Dr. Bronners tea tree oil soap for some reason and what a TERRIBLE idea that was. The next day seriously i saw acne progressively and aggressively creep back with a vengeance. It feels up to this day like my chin and upper lip area took the brunt force of it. Feeling like it's burnt and irritated as if it was fun burnt. Today which marks a week of just embarrassment and ugliness every single day i wake up with whiteheads in the morning in the specified areas. I figured that if I stopped OCM and went back to the regimen it would halt everything completely in a couple of weeks. But it seems it made things worse. My skin is peeling bad and the moisturizer isnt helping either. My question to you all is should I just not apply the BP and moisturizer and just wash my face and wait til the irritation go down then go on the regimen? Or... back onto the regimen immediately with the irritated skin with the peeling and all? Thank you all and it's appreciated! Good vibes to you all!
  18. If you live in a city but with greenery around is it better to keep your window closed or open a lot if you have acne and want it to improve? I am hoping the fresh air will improve the air in my room and that will help my acne.
  19. Water and acne?

    Can drinking tap water be bad for acne as it may not be filtered? I don’t usually drink a lot of water but I am starting to now as I want to improve my acne, I am worried that if I suddenly start to drink a lot now my skin will get a lot worse as it can purge if toxins are brought to the surface of skin due to suddenly drinking a lot of water, would a solution to this be to ease into it and slowly drink more and more water? Is drinking bottled water better than tap water for acne? Some people do say that toxins from plastics in bottles may be bad?
  20. Sudden acne

    I'm 21 and my skin has never been great... although recently it's been getting worse and worse. Can anyone tell me what's wrong by looking or what I can do to help? I'm starting to use apple cider vinegar as a toner as of today but this is really affecting my confidence. Not sure if my forehead looks like yeast!
  21. Just my story of how it affects my life

    Hello to anyone reading this, I have had bad skin which quickly turned into acne since I was 12. I moved schools at this age and used to get bullied because I was different. As many others, when it first started my mum said it was just "teenage skin" probably only a few pimples. I have seen photos of me then and it didn't look to bad. Throughout the years I have tried very hard to control my skin, using lots of different products on my face. Nothing seemed to help it. I had no confidence and did not want anyone to look at me because I felt so hideous! When I discovered foundation and concealer I managed to gain a bit of self esteem and manage to leave the house to go to school. I would try countless types of gels, creams, face-masks, moisturisers but every day I would wake up with more spots on my face. Sometimes it would die down for a bit, and my soul started to shimmer with hope that I would finally be able to do something about my disgusting face, but it would never last. The more the acne showed on my face the more makeup I wore, at nights being too depressed to take it off or either being compulsive and toning my face over and over again, wishing the bad skin away. I never wanted to tell anyone how depressed it made me feel, even suicidal, but my mum always told me other people didn't notice and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I hated looking in the mirror and didn't want any photos of me, couldn't leave the house without makeup yet even when I was wearing it I still felt disgusting. I started picking and squeezing, yuck, thinking I was making it better but it only got worse and worse. Finally, after a lot of tears I went to a doctor and got benzoyl peroxide, zineryt, and others which helped a bit my completely dried out my skin. I would persist with whatever lotions/creams the doctor gave me for a matter of months, as he would not let me have the medication (pills) because I was about 14 and they had heavy side effects. While all of this was going on, on the inside, I hoped people wouldn't be frightened/disgusted speaking to me because of my horrible acne. Whenever I stayed at a friends house I could not take off my makeup in front of them, so would sleep with it on, only to reapply it in the morning because I was so self conscious of my face. This gave me huge anxiety because I couldn't keep a good skincare routine of whatever products I was using on my face at the time. I was feared anyone I knew would turn up at my house when I wasn't wearing it, so I wore it hid away most of my teenage years, living in isolation where it only got worse. The only person who saw me without any makeup was mum, who still insisted I was beautiful, I was so angry at her for obviously telling me lies! I was hideous, she was my mum so she had to tell me it wasn't that bad! I lost a lot of friends due to me not going out. After leaving school and moving away, made the decision to stop wearing makeup when i wasn't going anywhere and this did help my skin... I only wore BB cream when I went out and prayed no one would be staring at my spots, even though I saw them doing it. It got so bad, I thought I was destined to have acne (age 20) and was put on medication for depression, which then sent me into a psychotic episode. I came off the mess and stayed home for a few months, not baring to look in a mirror at my disgusting self. When I did socialise which was hardly ever I could not look anyone in the eye... Now I have discovered that I have body dysmorphia (BDD) and my acne was the main focus. I am currently using proactiv, I would recommend it but you need to try for yourselves as each skin type is different. My acne is starting to heal, and the scars are still very visible but hopefully by letting my face breath it is getting better. Thank you for reading my story if anyone has read this to the end, I read a story on here which inspired me to write about my own experience. If anyone reading this is suicidal because of their acne, take it from me it will get better... Never give up, you are here for a reason and you are just as beautiful as the stars in the sky
  22. So I was in Australia for three weeks on a rugby tour. However I did not take my normal proactive three step regimen (the new one with the toner) since my parents believe it to bleach sheets and they wouldn't want a billet families sheets bleached. However I did take some neutrogena applicants and a la Roche face wash. These did not clear my skin but my skin only worsened a little bit, except for my forehead and nose which began to clear on the trip. Though when I got back my skin really started to clear up everywhere especially my chin, which has always been where I breakout the most after started using proactiv again. However after three days I broke out slowly on the forehead and nose, which was where my skin was most clear in Australia and before i went to Australia. What could be causing this? Am I purging since I didn't exfoliate for three weeks? What's going on? Pls help someone.
  23. Hello everyone, Does anyone have experience going to a doctor in the Chicago area which you could recommend? I am interested in doing TCA Cross or anything that could help with my ice pick scars. Thank you
  24. Water and acne?

    Can drinking tap water be bad for acne as it may not be filtered? I don’t usually drink a lot of water but I am starting to now as I want to improve my acne, I am worried that if I suddenly start to drink a lot now my skin will get a lot worse as it can purge if toxins are brought to the surface of skin due to suddenly drinking a lot of water, would a solution to this be to ease into it and slowly drink more and more water? Is drinking bottled water better than tap water for acne? Some people do say that toxins from plastics in bottles may be bad?
  25. Just my story/Acne

    I have had acne since I was 12. I moved schools at this age and used to get bullied because I was different. As many others, when it first started my mum said it was just "teenage skin" probably only a few pimples. I have seen photos of me then and it didn't look to bad. Throughout the years I have tried very hard to control my skin, using lots of different products on my face. Nothing seemed to help it. I had no confidence and did not want anyone to look at me because I felt so hideous! When I discovered foundation and concealer I managed to gain a bit of self esteem and manage to leave the house to go to school. I would try countless types of gels, creams, face-masks, moisturisers but every day I would wake up with more spots on my face. Sometimes it would die down for a bit, and my soul started to shimmer with hope that I would finally be able to do something about my disgusting face, but it would never last. The more the acne showed on my face the more makeup I wore, at nights being too depressed to take it off or either being compulsive and toning my face over and over again, wishing the bad skin away. I never wanted to tell anyone how depressed it made me feel, even suicidal, but my mum always told me other people didn't notice and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I hated looking in the mirror and didn't want any photos of me, couldn't leave the house without makeup yet even when I was wearing it I still felt disgusting. I started picking and squeezing, yuck, thinking I was making it better but it only got worse and worse. Finally, after a lot of tears I went to a doctor and got benzoyl peroxide, zineryt, and others which helped a bit my completely dried out my skin. I would persist with whatever lotions/creams the doctor gave me for a matter of months, as he would not let me have the medication (pills) because I was about 14 and they had heavy side effects. While all of this was going on, on the inside, I hoped people wouldn't be frightened/disgusted speaking to me because of my horrible acne. Whenever I stayed at a friends house I could not take off my makeup in front of them, so would sleep with it on, only to reapply it in the morning because I was so self conscious of my face. This gave me huge anxiety because I couldn't keep a good skincare routine of whatever products I was using on my face at the time. I was feared anyone I knew would turn up at my house when I wasn't wearing it, so I wore it hid away most of my teenage years, living in isolation where it only got worse. The only person who saw me without any makeup was mum, who still insisted I was beautiful, I was so angry at her for obviously telling me lies! I was hideous, she was my mum so she had to tell me it wasn't that bad! I lost a lot of friends due to me not going out. After leaving school and moving away, made the decision to stop wearing makeup when i wasn't going anywhere and this did help my skin... I only wore BB cream when I went out and prayed no one would be staring at my spots, even though I saw them doing it. It got so bad, I thought I was destined to have acne (age 20) and was put on medication for depression, which then sent me into a psychotic episode. I came off the mess and stayed home for a few months, not baring to look in a mirror at my disgusting self. When I did socialise which was hardly ever I could not look anyone in the eye... Now I have discovered that I have body dysmorphia (BDD) and my acne was the main focus. I am currently using proactiv, I would recommend it but you need to try for yourselves as each skin type is different. My acne is starting to heal, and the scars are still very visible but hopefully by letting my face breath it is getting better. Thank you for reading my story if anyone has read this to the end, I read a story on here which inspired me to write about my own experience. If anyone reading this is suicidal because of their acne, take it from me it will get better... Never give up, you are here for a reason and you are just as beautiful as the stars in the sky