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    My skin is not completely clear but it is not drastic either, so i was wondering what steps should i take for clear smooth skin ? I bought the regimen and i do not know if that is the right steps for me to take ? Please help
  2. I've been having acne like this for 4 years now, tried a bunch of cleansers and moisturizers. Any thoughts on what kind of acne this is or how I can solve it would be appreciated.
  3. Okay there seems to be so much animosity on this forum towards scar sufferers of all severities. I thought perhaps this thread could work for us to post how we are feeling today about our scars in a safer environment, free of judgement and hate. There is one for those with acne, and I was sure there used to be one for scarring. Anyway if this isn't the proper place for this thread, perhaps a moderator could move it to the appropriate area. it should go without saying, but all welcome to vent. It's gonna be dark and gritty, but maybe an appropriate place to vent feelings about scars will lessen the hate in other threads...?
  4. Don't know if this is the correct place to write this but -- I'm having negative side effects to the regimen, more specifically benzoyl peroxide. Okay. So I'm on the first week, around day 5, and my skin is very red, dry, itchy, and painful. The texture of my skin is off, dry and odd feeling (don't know what to compare it to, maybe scaly?) around my inner face area (T-zone, nose, chin, cheeks). It feels like a really bad sunburn. Last night when I put the benzoyl peroxide on my face, it felt the worst out of the other days. It's more of a discomfort than pain but it doesn't feel right. My skin is less red when I don't use it, after a splash of cold water and the cleanser, it lightens a bit. Same discomfort though. I'm following the regimen to a T! Even added cold pressed, all organic jojoba oil to the moisturizer. I'm doing everything right (I'm very anal about these things), so what am I doing wrong? I've always been sensitive to benz. but it was always a higher dose, so I wanted to give this a fair chance. I'm at a wits end. Do you think I'm allergic or is this expected?
  5. I need help! About two years ago, I began using the Clean and Clear Exfoliating Cleanser with 5% benzoyl peroxide. It successfully cleared my skin with no problems. My skin was so clear. But then, (after many months of use), my eye area all of a sudden started becoming itchy and swelling after I used it. So I stopped use of it and began using a Neutrogena daily scrub with salicylic acid. My skin was fine for a quite a while, but then just recently I started breaking out again. I assumed it was because of going off of benzoyl peroxide? But my skin was fine for quite a while after going off of it. Anyway, so a few days ago, I got the benzoyl peroxide cleanser again. Since it had been so long since I used it, I assumed I wouldn't have the itching and swelling problem. I began using it again 2 days ago. I made sure to keep it far away from my eyes, but I ended up having the same reaction as before. My eyes became so itchy!! The itching is under my eyes, my eyelids and on my eyebrows. It's almost unbearable. This is the only area that has a reaction. It's a shame because it works so well at clearing my skin! I should probably mention that my acne isn't that bad. It's mostly bumps all over my forehead and breakouts in between my eyebrows. My nose breaks out a lot as well.
  6. I used this hair gel one time and my face immediately had a reaction. I broke out in a bad rash and was itchy for a few days. I obviously stopped using it after that first time, but it's like it permanently ruined my skin. i've had these tiny, colourless bumps all over my forehead ever since. (attached image doesn't show them too well) i've tried EVERYTHING (ok maybe not everything but you get the point) to get rid of them, but nothing is working. i've tried diet restrictions (i'm vegan so cross dairy off as possible cause), exercise, drinking tons of water, face masks, washes, exfoliants, natural methods (tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar etc.) you name it. but nothing works. does anyone know what i can do, any face wash or lotion recommendations, anything at all? thank you <3
  7. Hey Guys, I've been lurking in this forum for over four years now but haven't actually found the guts to post yet. So firstly, thank you to all the members for the valuable info here. Thankfully, I don't suffer from acne anymore (thanks to a year long dose of Accutane). I've finished my round of Accutane over six months ago so I'm now trying to find the preferred route of treatment for my depressed acne scars. I'm really hoping there's a solution for my scarring, at least to minimize their appearance, I feel like my life has been turned upside down and all people see when they see me is my scarring. It's really hard to accept that, so if you could please explain to me what type of scars these are and their level of severity I think it would really help me towards finding the best possible solutions for them. Since I'm actually completely clueless at what type of scarring I have (some days I think they're icepicks, others I see them as rolling scars). I've attached some overhead lighting pics (with make up on, I think this way they look like ice pick scars) and some front facing ones with flash (this is when they sort of look like rolling scars, it's pretty confusing). Also, I am a 22 years old woman based in Barcelona, Spain so if anyone knows of good dermatologists or plastic surgeons that would be amazing. Thank you.
  8. 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!
  9. I've been dealing with this s*** for over 4 years now and I said to myself that this will be the last summer I'll lose. I have severe acne from upper back to shoulders and chest. It drives me crazy and hope you can understand. I also had severe acne on my face but I've been using a glycolic acid cream everyday for the past 5 months and it worked great for my face, mostly done, only a few red marks left and after i'll take care of the deeper scars. On my body I started only 2 months ago to apply glycolic acid. It worked alright but it's not even close to be good, I still get cysts and breakouts. For my diet, i started 1 month ago to cut almost everthing, dairy food, no meat only salmon, gluten free, sugar cut to 0 only fruit intake, drinking plenty of water and taking 1 cold shower everyday because i'm pretty active and it's hot outside. Anything you think I should do? It literally making me go mad. Summer it's coming and there is no way I can take my shirt of, on of the reasons would be that my skin is really sensitive because of the glycolic acid, and my skin it's looking awful, everytime I look into the mirror I feel like there is no point of still going... Please don't suggest me accutane since I cleared up my face I don't want to go trough all that again. Anything else it's much apreciate and sorry if all this is a little to agressive...
  10. Help meee

    I don't have any access to a dermatologist or doctor to see my acne but I really need something to treat it. I have moderate acne on my cheeks, nose and a bit on the fore head, I also get weird redness under my nostrils and it's bringing me down... I never leave the house without makeup so does anyone have any good products that actually work, and that you can get at a drugstore? Any reply is appreciated
  11. Hi all, I am seriously going insane at my scars. I hate them so much and they're taking over my life. I performed a contour resurfacing procedure last December which probably resulted in 10-15% improvement, a lot less than I originally thought it had brought me. I just need help guys, this is a serious reach out. I've attached plenty of photos to this post and would really appreciate if you guys could answer these few questions: 1. What type of scars do I have? Keep in mind my left side scars seem to be different to my right side so you may have to distinguish between the two 2. What would the best procedures be for me and my scars? 3. What sort of improvement do you think I could honestly make with my type of scarring? I'm aware 100% is near impossible - but could I see 50%, 70%... 80%? Be realistic with my particular scarring please. Again, photos attached to the post. fergy
  12. I've been dealing with breakouts since I was in 7th grade. It was particularly bad my Sophomore year. But, it cleared up SO much the summer before my Junior year. I almost had NO acne. My family was so excited. They all were like, "Yay! You're done with acne!" My skin was clear for the majority of my Junior year and lots of my friends commented on my skin and how nice it looked. However, during this summer, right before my Senior year, my acne has come back, and with anger, too. When my acne disappeared my Junior year, i did literally nothing different. My diet, exercise, and amount of washing was the exact same. The only thing that changed is my mother. We have a very strained relationship, and always have, and argue CONSTANTLY. She says many hurtful things, just to get to me. But, she went on an 8 month vacation during my Junior year and recently came back. Everything old came with her. Could my acne reboot be tied to her? And if so, she's a very permenant factor in my life. So what else can I do to stump it for good?
  13. Please Help: Picked Skin to Pieces

    I need help. I am so frustrated with my skin, but most importantly myself. I just discovered this website and just realized skin picking is a thing. It's a thing I have been struggling with for years and thought I was the only one. I could write a novel about how many times acne and acne scabs have held me back from so much. It is as I type this that I realize just how much I allowed acne to control and ruin my life. I have been insecure about my skin since the 3rd grade. That's right, we have a seasoned picker on our hands. Most recently my skin has been at it's worst so I have imprisoned myself in my own home just out of sheer embarassment and insecurity. I'm coming up to two weeks of rotting in my room. It's gotten so bad that I even spent my birthday all alone at home, I've missed a lot of school and am missing job interviews. I am too embarrassed to see dermatologist or go to a facial. Not sure of my anxiety or depression triggered this or vice versa. My skin is very dry and sensitive and I mainly use lush or organice facial products from Sprouts. I've found that tea tree oil helps with pimples but I have not found anything to help the scabs. I am a hormonal mess and often times get cysts. I am open to any advice but please try to make it budget friendly. I am so tired of hating and pittying myself. I just want my life back. I want to fucking feel good about myself for once. Someone please help.
  14. Okay, Ive had bad acne since I was 16, and before that very minor. Ive told my story countless times on many places, been to many derms, tried almost every single method you can possibly think of. I would appreciate some enlightenment or suggestions on how I can get rid of this. It takes a huge toll on my life and self-esteem, as well as behavior. I wake up with new acne every day, literally everywhere randomly. I have bad acne on the front of my neck and jawline most of the time, but can get it anywhere else. Im looking more for somethign to prevent it from ever forming new ones, then scar /color treatment in the future. ,If you need more info feel free to ask but I would like this nightmare to end. I know its gross but I really need advice ( it looks even worse in person). Ive tried not shaving as well, and I' m usually clean shaved but I grow beards fast. That method didn't work either if its a suggestion you had. Thank you, no judgment please.
  15. Hello people! I have been using the regimen for approx 2 weeks and it makes my skin super dry but then end of the day. This is to be expected for now - but is there anything I can do to ensure my makeup isn't flaky and dried out by the end of the day? I use bare minerals liquid foundation. Primer? Moisturiser? Tricks? Tips? With the dryness chill out soon? Any input is appreciated!
  16. Hello! I just found out about the products and regimen. I have only heard and seen great responses and positive results even when in regards to acne scars/hyperpigmentation. I really want to purchase some of the products but I want to make sure that I only buy the ones that I need. I'm 27 , I have no acne now and I really never did when I was younger. I got my scars/hyperpigmentation while pretty young because of struggling with dermatillomania because of anxiety. I have not had this issue for years now, my skin has healed, my scars have faded significantly, and I do makeup so nobody really even knows that I have scars/hyperpigmentation BUT I do and I am very self conscious of my skin when I don't have makeup on. Can the regimen help clear up the remainder of my scars/hyperpigmentation? If so which of the products do I need? Please help
  17. Hi! I have had acne for about 5/6 years now, and I'm 20. Went on accutane for a little over a year when I was 15/16, a difficult experience, but it cleared up for a year or so until it came back. At the beginning of this year I went on birth control as we suspected it was hormonal. Haven't seen much improvement and have recently had a big flare up. Feeling like I've tried the last two resorts out there! Not sure where to go from here, and if there is any hope to get rid of it? Also if anyone knows of food allergies that could cause this continually? Thank you! Em
  18. Worsening Acne

    Hey everyone!! My skin has been terrible for over a year now. I know this pales in comparison to other people's battle with acne, and I truly sympathize for you. Please know you are beautiful and we can get through this !! Anyways, this year my skin had progressively gotten worse. I've used so many products (I will list later) and have been to doctors and dermatologists. Nothing has helped- only made it worse. These are the products I've used : BP, Retin-A, Clindamycin, Finacea, Soolantra, Minocycline, SOPHYTOPRO, Neutrogena bar soap, basic bar soap, & Aczone. (I also use the Xulane patch) I take fish oil, evening primrose oil, calcium, vit c, and zinc. Please look at the enclosed pictures and leave any advice you have whether it be diet, medication or tips and tricks!!
  19. Please help. I've had these bumps on my forehead for a year and theres nothing i could do to get over it. i dont know what to do anymore and this is my biggest insecurity. please help me i just want a smooth forehead
  20. So I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place... After trying every OTC treatment and home remedy, diet and food elimination, vitamin/mineral supplementation, along with a couple prescribed antibiotics, creams, and prescription grade face washes, I still have mild acne. The last thing I tried before coming to terms with going back to my Dermatologist was Vitamin A (specifically a natural sourced gel capsule derived from Fish Liver Oil - NOT Retinol, etc.). I took 2 pills a day at 25,000 IU for 4 days straight days and stopped because I felt strange things occurring relating to toxicity. But the weird thing was (and it may all just be a fluke) I went from having 36 white heads last week down to a 3 this morning and I've been off Vitamin A for several days now and it's still working (I guess it's still in my system). Although I've had this happen with Vitamin B5 before and just got a more severe breakout the following week. I've also had the worst food I've had in a long time, along with introducing coffee and dairy back into my life these last few days and I still haven't had a breakout! But my problem is, do I keep taking Vitamin A (in a lower dose or go with Cod Liver Oil instead), or do I still go to my Dermatologist and try the final solution that is more permanent, yet with possible severe side-effects? My trepidation comes from the fact that you cannot take Vitamin A while on or before Accutane (because the medication is a synthetic derivative of the more potent vitamin) and that if I continue to take Vitamin A, my blood tests would easily show it and in a week from now when I find out it isn't doing the trick and I get a massive breakout again and need to visit my Dermatologist for Accutane, he'll tell me I can't start it until the Vitamin A gets out of my system - which could be months. They're both evils in their own rights, but I'm really stuck here... Any ideas of how to move forward?
  21. Beard area

    Jawline/chin area
  22. 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
  23. Don't know what this is ?

    Okay so for the past year or so I've been randomly getting outbreaks of what I first thought was whiteheads. Then, I thought it was some sort of allergic reaction. Now I think it might be folliculitis or milia. They randomly pop up ( hundreds of them) all over my face. They cause me a lot of distress and I don't know how to treat it because I don't even know what I have. They're tiny white bumps all some of them turn into just a red spot when I exfoliate. I don't have cystic acne only the occasional pimple and now this weird skin condition. Can anyone tell me what this is? I'm going to go to a dermatologist as soon as I can but for now please help !!
  24. Hi. I need help on what causes or treatment for my problem. After a long day, I remove my makeup using micellar water and then wash my face with cetaphil gentle wash then apply a water-based hydrating moisturizer from celeteque. After that I feel that my face gets irritated or gets really itchy on some parts of my face and neck that leaves some hives or red marks or small bumps. I need help because it's damaging my face and the itchiness is not really tolerable.
  25. i'm a 15 y/o girl and i've been on accutane now for two months. my first dose was 40mg a day, but last month my derm upped it to 60mg. i've heard this is a pretty high dose (i weigh 125 pounds). my symptoms have been really bad. i'm fair and i regularly struggle from facial redness but the accutane has made it even worse. every day when i don't wear makeup i get asked if i was outside and if i'm sunburnt. my dryness has been really bad too, which makes the makeup i apply to combat my redness look really bad. i was extremely excited to start accutane as for the past 4 years i have tried legitimately everything to get rid of my cystic/hormonal acne. all these symptoms would be tolerable if i was seeing improvement, but i'm not. i still have multiple small cysts on my face and any breakouts i do have are aggravated by the dryness. i have really bad bacne, and i've noticed my pimples becoming really red and inflamed, especially around my shoulders. summer is here and i'm too embarrassed to wear tank tops without my hair down because of how red and gross my back pimples are. i've been really self conscious and my mom cancelled my phone call to my derm where i was going to talk to her about the lack of improvement i'm seeing. i'm thinking about giving up on the treatment. i feel more self conscious now than i did before the treatment started. when did you guys start to see improvement? there isn't really a day where i'm not crying about how bad my skin is and how ugly my efforts to cover my concern areas end up looking. i guess i could just really use encouragement on how to finish my course without giving up, and any advice how to make it through/tips on how to make the symptoms bareable.