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  1. Post PMS acne??

    I'm a 24 year old female. Not on BC. Very healthy, active. Past 6 months or so, my skin clears up right after ovulation until my period starts. My skin is almost perfect during this time, and my skin doesn't produce as much oil during this "luteal phase." After my period starts, I break out horribly until I ovulate again. Has this happened to anyone else? Do you know what could be causing it? Any remedies? Thank you!!!!
  2. Back on it

    Hey everyone. So sorry for disappearing, I went travelling for three weeks (big roadtrip woohoo) and couldnt keep up with the internet or, sadly, the bone broth! I have now been back for three days and am back on the broth. While I was away I stuck to a paleo diet 95% of the time, with the very occasional cheat/accidental slip up. However, around ovulation my skin went MAD and I legit nearly threw myself off the edge of the grand canyon. Boo. Now that I've been tracking my skin for a few months I am CONVINCED my acne is hormonal and flares around day 12 of my cycle. Today is day 10. Oh god. Anyway, for now my skin is just about okay - a one new spot appearing on my chin and a few slightly older ones on my forehead, but that's it (plus old marks, yay me.) Have had so much broth today and am on a gut healing plan involving a paleo diet + broth + digestive enzymes + water kefir. Peace and love, chat tomorrow! xxx
  3. Hi everyone! I am a 21 year old girl with medium-beige skin (East-Indian) and wanted to share my accutane story. firstly --> sorry that I did not take pics every month, i really didn't have the self-esteem to look at them again and again...but now i am grateful.. I had clear skin throughout my teens, but developed little pimples on my forehead the summer of 2011. I tried minocycline, it worked for a few months, then the acne came back, and it was worse. I was then put on erythromycin tablets. A few months later, that stopped working. Then, I was put on a regular birth-control...didn't help. Switched to Diane35...didn't help. A short while after Diane35, I couldn't take it anymore. The cysts were causing a weird, prickly feeling at night, almost like stinging. Hurt to watch my face. Makeup wouldn't cover anything. Self-esteem was negative 1000. Anyhow, I am 128 lbs, so I was started on Accutane (Clarus is the Canadian version) 40 mg every day. Initial breakout: YES!!!!! Horrible. You can see it in the second picture I posted from the left. The initital breakout subsided after one month...yep, one month of horrible acne, but all the cysts and nasty stuff was coming out. By month 2, I was on 60mg. To be honest, the first 2 and a half months were a roller coaster...but by month 3 I saw improvements. Suddenly when month 4 started everything just started to vanish. Now I am at the end of month 4 and will be getting off it very soon. I am very pleased. I have minor, minor pitting but mostly just red scars on my cheeks. My acne was primarily on my cheeks and jawline, and during my initial breakout, I had pimples in places I never used to get them (chest/forehead/back). Side effects I experienced/conclusion: i lucked out, they weren't severe: 1. dry lips (eucerin saved my life...a day without it was hell) 2. peeling skin in the first 2 months, then this subsided and skin was just mildly dry. had to use thick moisturizer (cetaphil) before makeup esp. in winter 3. experienced back pain twice during treatment 4. experiences headaches twice during the first month, doc kept an eye on me... 5. month 4 --> dry, itchy eyes at night time for a little while and dry nose with some blood, but NOT severe, just mildly annoying. I'm almost done anyways. Products I used while on accutane: Clean & Clear benzogel 5% on huge pimples only once in a while Makeup removing facewash by clean & clear nothing else month 4 my skin was less sensitive, so I used a gentle toner and a gentle acne wash if i felt greasy...which was like...never LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER anyways! feel free to ask questions guys! accutane saved my confidence!
  4. Hi, so this topic will go through my accutane journey. I'm having a hard time getting through this. Acne really sucks, and not being able to control it sucks even more. So, I felt like by recording down how I was doing, and my stages, I could probably help some other people. I know it helped me reading what other people go to. Also, I'm emotionally low right now. Ranting about this stuff really let's me get it off my chest. And that's good, cause no one else in real life cares about this stuff, and just assumes I'm a "dirty" person cause I have acne.
  5. Bread

    Hi, I have acne since I was 14 (I'm now 16). Especially cystic acne. I live in Holland so I eat much bread (sometimes even 20 slices a day!) I heard this may cause acne. Is this true? Can bread cause my acne or is it just hormonal because I'm in puberty? Please help!
  6. Acne Story

    As a teenager I experienced a small pimple here and there, never anything cystic and never anything I would describe as acne. It wasn't until I turned 23 that my skin began having issues. I returned home from a family vacation with a pretty bad breakout. I tried over the counter products for a couple of months before I decided the breakout wasn't going away. I made an appointment with a dermatologist who took one look at my face (not a very close look) and told me that I had adult acne. Because I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide (works on my pimples but leaves the surrounding skin itchy, red, and swollen) I was prescribed a tretinoin cream and medication. I never filled the medication prescription because back then I was still sure the breakout would go away and the side effects of the pills scared me. I don't even remember the name of the pills. I used the cream for a couple of months and found my skin itchy and red and aggravated. I read that this was the initial break out, but the breakout lasted too long for me and I was so impatient, I stopped using the cream. I suffered for a few more months before I booked an appointment with an esthetician. The esthetician went through my makeup bag and threw out every pore clogging item I used on my face. She set me up with new cleansers and moisturizers, and with mandellic serum. I visited her office monthly, alternating between vitamin a peels and gentler treatments, and upping the mandelic serum formula every once in a while. After 3 months I saw a substantial improvement, and after 6-7 months my skin was completely clear. I stayed clear for over a year with less frequent visits to the esthetician. Then, after moving and starting a new job, I started breaking out again. I do have a small problem with picking my skin. I know that makes it worse, and I'm sure that's what intensified the breakout. I was stressed, which caused acne, then I was stressed because I had acne. I booked an appointment with a new dermatologist and she was much more helpful. She diagnosed me with hormonal acne and I started taking spironolactone- which combined with my birth control pills, seemed to help. I saw a great improvement but never got completely clear. I decided I wanted to try isotretinoin. It has been one month now and I have seen promising results. My next post will be all about the first month.
  7. Hi, so I posted a while ago expressing my concern over my skin, my acne in particular. I know that my acne isn't severe- or even close, but I am asking for help because I personally want help as I am unhappy with my skin, so please don't comment if it isn't going to do so. I have continued to stick to my normal regime, in hope that doing nothing would help, but as expected I was wrong. I've took the pictures attatched today which is probably my best skin day in a while but as I type this I am in so much pain from my chin acne that I can't even move my chin. I am becoming desparate as summer approaches- I still don't know whether my acne is hormone caused as I just have it all the time so I can't tell if it gets worse on my period or not. Originally my acne was mainly concentrated on the centre and crease of my chin, but recently it's been spreading all over my face. The acne is also painful under the skin cysts which are most difficult to get rid of. They even show through my makeup - that I hate wearing but I have to due to my self consciousness. To add to my problems I am under a lot of stress and am currently on a weight loss regime. I am desparate now so could you please recommend advice and products. I have normal/combination sensitive skin and bright red acne scars so I could do with a product to lighten those. Thank you!
  8. Hello, For the past 6 months or so, I've been on 100 mg of Spironolactone in the morning and 100 mg at night. It's the only medication I've tried that has cured my PCOS acne. I no longer get cystic acne and my skin is so much less oily. I tolerate it very well. It's the only thing that's helped my skin. If I stop taking it, I instantly break out with cystic acne. The only downside is that I have been gaining weight very fast, and in weird places. I almost don't recognize myself sometimes because I've gained weight where I've never had weight. Because of this, I've decided to try Accutane. Naturally, I'm scared to try it because of all of the negative experiences out there. But I am getting so frustrated with the weight gain. I don't want any to mess up my clear skin. So my question is, does anyone have experience switching from Spiro to Accutane? I'm supposed to switch in one week and I'm very nervous and not sure I'm making the right decision. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.
  9. I am 15 male and am 100% confident that my acne is being caused by an androgen increase. My skin isn’t oily, dry, or sensitive. I wash my face with Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile and use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion afterwards. I drink a gallon of water a day, exercise, and have a fair diet. I have acne on my face, upper back, and the top of my thighs along with a few pimples on my neck. How can I get rid of my acne?
  10. Hello Everyone, This is my first post. I have had these spots since Feb 2016 and I honestly have NO CLUE what it is or why they are still there/why they keep flaring up? (Second photo the darker spots are the acne I am referencing - I may of aggravated it by itching!) I dont know what triggered it - I have had relatively clear skin over the years ( I am 29) acne here and there but this time I decided to try "Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay with ACV" a few times - but then around the same time I also started trying Arbonne Cleanser which I think is what made me break out? I have had the same bumps in the same spot that flare up that get itchy as hell and (sorry, TMI) its like a white head come out but they are so hard underneath and red but dont ever leave like cycstic. I have since stoppe dmy pill - Levlen ED - which I have been on since I was 17 to do my hormone testing and I do understand coming off that would affect acne and I have broken out in terrible sore hard acne but these buggers WONT go no matter WHAT I have used on them (ep. I have been given a script for ACZONE - Any thoughts to this? (Second photo the darker spots are the acne - I may of aggravated it by itching!) Thank you so much in advance, Maddie
  11. Hello all, I'm about 1 month in to my 2nd course of roaccutane, my first was 9 years ago. I took it for moderate to severe cystic acne which was all over my face, the course lasted 7 months and I enjoyed clear skin for the past 7 1/2 years. Ive done a lot in that time and not least had 2 children, and even then my skin was great throughout. I developed BP related complications with my last pregnancy and my Dr wasn't keen for me to be on go back onto the pill I had been on so switched me to the mini pill, cerelle. This was when the problems began, it just didn't suit me and I wanted to come off it but my Dr said it would settle but it never did. I took myself off it after 5 months and my skin was in a sorry state, very very oily, hormonal, cystic spots along jawline/neck, enlarged pores and many blackheads and whiteheads, on forehead and temple. I thought stopping the pill would halt the spots but taking the pill seemed to kickstart my skin producing spots again. I waited 3 months to see if skin would improve but it didn't and opted to go onto antibiotics for a time, i tried Lymecycline, while these quelled the bigger spots and certainly stopped my spots from becoming infected, it didn't so anything to the blackheads and whiteheads and the overall texture of skin was bumpy, you could feel the underlying spots just waiting to come out. I mentioned after 2 months to the Dr I didnt think it was working and would they consider me for a dermatologist referral, they did but I had to wait 5 months to see one. By the time I saw the Derm my skin was better but the spots weren't going and my skin was hiding a lot of spots underneath, I expressed concern that I felt i had not other option other than to take roaccutane again given that i had taking all the drug and alternative therapies to avoid them. He agreed I was a mild case on this occasion but I had jumped through enough hoops and he was satisfied I could have it. Obviously there will be no future babies for myself and my husband therefore the pregnancy risks are null (he has opted for a more permanent solution!) and i was prescribed isotretinoin that day and began taking it that evening. I rushed out to buy lots of lip balm and moisturiser, however I don't seem to get on with Carmex and have reverted to a product I used before; blistex Intensive moisturiser, which is a cream based lip balm and now comes in cherry flavour. I also bought a product which was my holy grail for roaccutane last time for my face which is avene skin recovery cream. I'm using neutrogena body moisturiser and some mild dermalogica face washes although may revert to Simple products like last time also. Ive been on it approximately a month, 2 weeks at 40mg now the rest of the time at 60mg. Doing ok aside from the lips and dry skin/hair/eyes and the red hot flushes! Have some skin smoothness where I didn't before and skin is drying up and pores closing. Still some active spots around but going quickly and none are of the cystic variety. Due to get another prescription next week so had bloods taken this week, hoping all is well and I can continue. With my first course I wrote a blog on the website reclaim your skin, I've looked but it doesn't appear to be around anymore, I found write the diary help process the changes and its a good comparison at the end, and importantly its good to get support from people who know what your going through. Thanks for reading. Andrea
  12. Large cyst

    Hello! I have been battling severe cystic acne for the past three months, seemingly out of nowhere. Through a very strict regimen, I have managed to clear up most of it. While I am left with many scars, I'm hoping those will fill in with time. However, I have a rather large area on my face (about 1 inch wide and 1/2 inch large) that is hard to the touch and raised. From this spot, multiple inflamed cysts continue to rise. When one FINALLY heals, another forms. What can I do to stop this cycle?
  13. So i was prescribed Flutamide to lower my androgen levels. Has anyone heard of it or have used it?
  14. Please share your thoughts/experiences with me. I've created this forum as I am not completely sure of the cause of my acne which started about 10-12 months ago. I am currently 17 years old and have never had acne till last year, I used to only get occasional break outs. I currently have acne & break out only on my cheeks. The rest of my face is relatively clear. I also have acne (blackheads and small pimples) on my back, shoulders, upper arm and butt. My period has always been regular. Could my acne be because of my diet/exercise? I'm not a super healthy eater or exerciser, but from young I've never had break outs from eating unhealthy food or not exercising. I follow my skincare regimen very closely and rarely put on make up. I also don't have any skin allergies, etc. What do you think could be the cause of my acne? Thank you in advance for sharing!
  15. Thank The Lord my skin has not broken out in a long time now. I had no big pre period / hormonal breakouts! I've been on my curology prescription 66 days now along with Spearmint tea. I've also been on spironolactone for over a month now. I thought spironolactone might be messing with my sleep so I've only been taking it in the am just in case. My doctor doesn't think it was the spiro but I'm paranoid I guess. Anyways I've also been using the zinc bar soap by Nobles for a month or so now. It's been working really well, using it 1-2 times a day doesn't dry out my sensitive oily skin! Praise God the skin is clear!!!:) I just have some marks left for I still get small stuff like blackheads and whiteheads, but hey that's nothing! Use my link to get your first month free! $5 shipping charge. https://curology.com/invite/USVN1SN
  16. 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!
  17. Hi everyone. I suffered some mild acne for a bit and cleared it up from being on doxycycline for about 9 months. I eased off of the antibiotic and was doing pretty good. A year and a half later, I now have worse acne (Not even specifically in the same area, but the same type). I feel that I have tried everything! I eat a very clean inflammatory whole foods vegan diet. I'm currently taking Zinc but it isn't making that much of a difference. My doctor is prescribing me doxycycline again but I really want to stay off of it... I'll only go on it if there's a way to keep the acne away long term. Can taking probiotics with it help? I feel that my gut and digestion are all out of whack. Not sure if I should just take the antibiotic now as a quick fix then figure everything out with my digestion or just keep trying the natural route. Any help is greatly appreciated!! So desperate for some other opinions / guidance! Thank you! -Alexa
  18. please help, since the young age of 12 I've been suffering from nodular/cystic acne on my chin. These pimples get huge and always form a head. I've changed my diet, only drink water, no dairy, sugar or gluten, I recently started taking omega 3, turmeric, zinc, and vitex! I've taken vitex before and it cleared my acne for 8 weeks and then it came back(I wasn't eating healthy back hen! I've taken birth control and that cleared all my acne except I still got a huge cyst before my period. Lately I've been getting a nodular pimple ever week sometimes twice a week they're so massive... since changing my diet acne has cleared up on my forehead but my cheeks still get blackheads whiteheads and sometimes cyst. growing up my acne was really only on my chin and nose and in highschool it slowly spread to my forehead and then to my cheeks! I also get pimples above my mouth that are huge painful and inflamed. I don't get more than 5 pimples a week but they're all huge inflamed and embrassaing
  19. Hello everybody, this is my very post to this forum and I hope that just one person can help me. I'm a 32yr old female, with mild hirsutism and have acne prone, combination skin. I don't suffer from PCOS. On Feb. 28th a bump started forming on my chin. I thought it's either gonna turn into a whitehead or a cyst. Anyways, I ended up picking on it a little bit and I also used my Clarisonic Mia 2 with the sensitive brushhead on it. At one point the spot had two heads, one which had a tiny bit of pus in it and the other was clear and skin like. I didn't touch the spot anymore and eventually the pus head turned into a small blood filled chamber. It went away not too long after. I've put ichthammol ointment on it for a couple days but nothing has changed. The last two days I put a bit of coconut oil on it (same with the other spot in the picture, the one with the crust on it, left) The crust fell off the soft spot today, but the spot remains the same. I'm in the UK and it's pretty much impossible for me to see a dermatologist. The gps in my practice are pretty useless so I thought I'd ask this forum. So, as you can probably see from the photos, I'm talking about the spot on the bottom right. Its about 5mm in size, doesn't hurt, it's soft and as far as I can tell there is no pus or hair in it (but who knows if there isnt something deeper in the skin) What can I do, to get rid of this? Is it infected or what is going on here? First I thought it's just a papule, but can it be, shouldn't it have a head by now? I should also mention, I stopped eating dairy over a week ago and I don't seem to get any whiteheads anymore. Everything seems to have calmed down except for this weird spot. I'm very close to crying, because I have no idea what it is. I hope someone can help me identify what it is and what I can do.
  20. 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 acne.org 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.
  21. Hi, I'm a 16-year-old male, and I've been suffering with acne for as long as I can remember. Here's my story: My skin was mildly bad for ages, but in summer of 2016 I managed to clear my face, and I was clear for three months. however, I had eczema or whatever it's called/spelled and had to go to a dermatologist. BARE IN MIND MY SKIN WAS CLEAR (not very, but in the best state it's ever been.) my mom then decided to ask about acne, as I did have some acne on my back and shoulders, and he perscribed me with Adapalene 0.1 %. for three months. I started it in september, but after around one month of using it, i freaked out because my skin was so bad, so i stopped using it. Oh he also, put me on an antibiotic, which i followed through with. I started using all these different skin care products to clear my skin, but none of them worked. so in january i picked up the adapalene again. currently im in my 13th week , and while my skin has improved, it is still pretty bad. I've begun to think my skin has become immune to the adapalene, since i didnt continue to the treatment the first time. i've completely restricted my diet, but it isnt working either. Now, the perscription will be over at the end of this week, so i've been wondering, what next? my skin is STill bad, and nothing seems to be working. should i continue with the adapalene, or should i go to the derm again, or should i just not use any medication and hope for the best? Please help. thanks.
  22. I am desperately seeking out success stories from people who have dealt with acne after stopping birth control! I'm 22 and was on Yasmin for about 5 years. I went off it 7 months ago due to the risk of stroke. I immediately started breaking out although I have never in my life had issues with acne. It has gotten worse in the past 3 months & I seem to get new pimples every day. I'm starting to lose hope & going back on birth control is not an option for me. I really would like to hear stories from people who have had a similar experience! Especially those who feel their acne is clearing or cleared. thank you!
  23. Here's the background info: Started regimen a long, long time ago. About four years ago. After 5ish months on it I was baby face clear and stayed that way for about half a year. Mind you, during this time I could eat ANYTHING and not be affected. It was a good time. Flash Forward to now, my skin isn't that great. It's typically a week long breakout (1-2 zits a day, for a week) follow by a week of healing/red spots, followed up by two-three days of clear, nice looking skin. Only to break out and start the process all over again. I eat a really, really restrictive diet. No grains of any kind, no dairy, caffeine, eggs, nuts, sugars, potatoes, or high GI foods. I drink a ton of water and keep my carbs down, nothing to cause acne here. I recently started dating a beautiful woman and want to be able to have consistently clear skin again. I made a derm appt and I’m open to just about everything at this point. Even a very, very low dose of Accutane. Current Regimen: - Ceve Hydrating face wash (Acne.org cleansor is too harsh for my skin) - 2% BHA (No longer doing this, too much for skin to handle) - Acne.org BP - Ceve face lotion - Redness reducing creme (day) Jojoba oil (night). Type of acne: - Hormonal, I'm an 18 year old male. Enough said. - Lots and LOTS of clogged pores. Squeeze just about anywhere on my skin and a pile of sebum will pop out (gross, I know). Open to all suggestions. Dans Regmien used to work wonders for me. From getting a prescription to the crazy trick that worked for you -- I need some ideas because I'm tired of acne.
  24. Hi guys, I'm a 32 y/o male and while I got through my adolescence without much skin trouble, my 20s saw an increase in pimples and the occasional cyst. After a period of severe stress and trauma which led to a year on Venlafaxine, I developed a severe and fast spreading rash. Blood tests, elimination diets, allergy tests... nothing. I was healthy. But my face was being eaten. Finally it seemed I had atopic eczema, and hormonal acne. While my skin improved with diet, the variability of the outbreaks led me to believe it was a different cause. I quit smoking weed and allowed my empathic self to deal with my pain which drastically improved my condition. So great, moisturising and keeping stress free sorted that for the most part. But my cystic acne continued to have outbreaks. I have a vericocele which tends to lower the amount of testosterone produced in my testis. As such, when the pharmacist informed me that the action of doxy was not simply antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, but also helped regulate hormones (oestrogen dominance in my case), it made sense as a prescription for my hormonal acne. Furthermore I was ensured that as it is a relatively mild antibiotic , the gut can adapt after a short while and that it would take about 6 months for my body to internalise the regulated hormonal production. At which point I could come off and benefit from a newly regulated system. I've now been on Doxy for almost 2 months, and have mostly cut out dairy and gluten. Without being pedantic about it. After a brief flare up, my wounds are healing and my skin is clearing. Wine and excessive drinking of other alcohols appears to cause a rash which i treat with a steroid cream diluted in moisturiser. It's mostly under control. I appear to respond well to doxy. I don't have stomach issues, I'm not overly sensitive to the sun, I have no diarrhoea or gas. My diet includes mostly veg, free randge meat, limited starch and carbs, and minimal gluten and dairy (I don't cut them out entirely as I think encouraging some mild tolerance of them is a good thing). I assume a healthy low-sugar, low-PUFA and relatively low carb diet help keep the dodgy bacteria from taking over my gut in the presence of doxy. SO HERE'S MY QUESTION: If I'm responding well, without any obvious side-effects, does it mean that the doxy is successfully regulating my hormonal imbalances? You hear the horror stories about it not working, about developing IBS and chest infections, etc etc. But what of cases where it regulates hormones, and due to a relatively healthy gut, does not lead to severe bowel inflammation? I feel like I've finally found the solution, and that by some coincidence, the lack of constipatory elements in my diet has meant that the doxy goes where it needs and passes with relative ease. Am I deluding myself and setting myself up for horrific reactions when I get off doxy in 4 months, or might this actually be doing what it's meant to do?? I'd appreciate any responses, advice or affirmations here, and hope that this might end up being informative to others... Thanks!
  25. I can't even find the strength to go to college anymore. I have to make my whole family switch tables at a restaurant just so we don't get direct light over our heads that emphasizes every single one of the thousand pimples that I have, and I have to face the ground every time there's sunlight. Everything either hurts or itches or both, everything is red, and people are so rude, they can't even look me in the eye, their sight always wanders around my face. Everyone that meets me thinks they have JUST the cure for my acne, JUST the thing that will work. I've tried everything, accutane is the only thing that ever worked but it comes back and I can't just stay on accutane forever as much as I'd love to. I can't even look at myself in the mirror, I hate myself. I look desfigured and really really tired. I cry myself to sleep every night. I can't help but to hate people with perfect skin, I try not to but it is just impossible. Sigh.