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  1. Need Acne Advice

    I am a 22-year-old female, and shortly after turning 21, I noticed acne on my jawline. Prior to this, I would get the occasional breakout and I have whiteheads on both my cheeks. The acne is only on my jawline. On my left cheek, there is on average 2 to 3 " big pimples" and smaller red dots. My right cheek is different, I have bigger pimples and less red dots. The bigger pimples hurt and I can feel that they are rather deep. I just started to follow the Korean Beauty "10-step" skin care routine. I wash my face twice a day with Neogen Green Tea Cleanser, followed by witch hazel toner, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Dr. Jart Water Drop Moisturizer. I don't exfoliate often, but if I do, I have used the Tata Harper Cleanser. I purchased the Amazonian Aztec Clay and I use that when I do a face mask. After the clay mask, I lather Manuka Honey on my face and leave it. I do not drink milk, only almond or coconut. And I try to stay away from other dairies such as cheese. I do have coffee at most once a day. I'm looking for any advice that you could give me. I am not on birth control NOR do I want to be. Same goes for Accutane or any other prescription.
  2. I've been struggling with acne right on the apples of my cheek. This has been going on for a year now and yet again, I'm completely stumped. I'll sometimes get a few spots around my hairline or on my forehead, but my main concern is the cheeks. I don't even go out anymore. I'm obsessed with acne and conjuring up a "cure." As much as I try to let it go and wait for it to fade, it bothers me to the point where I feel completely depressed. My lifestyle, habits, everything is controlled by this acne. I've tried products, diet, working out, doing yoga to relieve stress, expensive facials, vitamins- everything. I know I have oily skin and the pores on the cheeks are very small. I'm assuming it's from excess oil but I'm definitely no expert. I've been told to change my pillow cases- I do twice a week. I've been told to cut out dairy- I did. I've been told to workout- I do everyday. It did start after I moved to a big city, so the environment could be an issue? But I don't understand why it would only be on one side. It used to be on both cheeks, always worse on the right though. I'm so confused about that. It's gotten to a strange place where it's really bad on the right side of my face and almost completely clear on the left. I'm hoping this is a sign as to what is causing the acne. My forehead also just recently broke out in these small, colorless bumps (the picture didn't pick it up.) Any advice is so appreciated.
  3. I'm 29 and have suffered with acne and super oily skin since I started my period at age 14. My periods have always been short, extremely painful, and heavy with thick clots (basically the most intense bleeding and cramps for 3 days max and then I'm done), and as a teenager I often flooded right through my clothes, bedsheets and towels - even now I have to wear super strength tampons plus a night pad for safety for the whole 3 days because there will be some guaranteed leakage. I have terrible mood swings and sweats and have blacked out/thrown up because the pain has been so bad before and I have to plan ahead to start on painkillers before my next cycle is due, because if the cramps hit first they will overwhelm me. In my early twenties I went to the doctor about my skin as all the way through my teens I had severe acne especially on my face, but also my neck, scalp, chest, back, upper arms, and legs that over time had made me very deeply depressed. To top it off I was also an obsessive picker and constantly covered in open sores and scars that I went to unhealthy efforts to cover up. I was put on tetracyclines and a topical prescription (I can't remember the name) that did work well enough on the acne but dried my skin out so much it was like I just had terrible eczema instead (not helped by my obsessive picking). My mental health continued to spiral until I ended up being diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder paired with body-focused OCD tendencies. I went into long-term cognitive therapy and eventually the skin picking on my body stopped altogether, and with lifestyle changes the majority of my acne calmed down to normal flare-ups around my period - I still have picking episodes on my face but not nearly as bad as before. For the next few years my skin was stable enough but my heavy periods still bothered me, so I decided to look into contraceptives that could help with both problems since it was now becoming more obvious that they could be linked. I tried the mini pill Cerazette (after narrowing down my options since I have a history of migraines and didn't think the coil or implant were necessary) and it worked well in terms of stopping my periods/PMS but I still had the stubborn breakouts and very oily skin. After several months I moved house and never re-registered my prescription so I just carried on without it, and my acne continued to go up and down fairly predictably until recently. Since around the spring I noticed that I was getting my periods a week earlier than expected (so a new bleed every 3 weeks after the start of the previous one, not the end; in the latter the 'bleeding week' would add up to a normal 4 week cycle). I've also noticed a dramatic change in my moods for much longer before and after my cycle; extreme irritability, low mood, lack of energy for work/social situations, as well as random hot flashes, uncontrollable sweating and headaches. My acne seems to have gone up in gear each month until in June it finally got so bad I had to take 2 days off work - I had two or three of those big, red, painful bumps buried deep in my chin and around my mouth that all seemed to appear overnight, refused to come to a head and which I ended up aggravating into open sores that wouldn't dry up, so I caked them in calamine lotion and stayed at home until I could attempt to cover the damage with concealer. This month the same thing has happened again only days after the last lot have finally healed over. The entirety of last week, over the weekend, and still today I have had at least 7 large, deep, red bumps emerge across my jawline, the front of my neck, all the way up to behind the corners of my jaw, then dispersing into smaller, harder bumps around my nape and across the back of my neck - and every time I check more seem to have appeared. As well as, clusters of really angry stubborn whiteheads are popping up everywhere around my nose, cheeks, chin, temples, forehead and hairline on both sides. I have been faithfully plugging on with my emergency skin arsenal, but even my last resorts don't seem to be working and every morning I have been waking up only to find the previous spots have swollen angrier, refilled or doubled in number, and even my torso is way more oily and spotty than during my normal hormonal breakouts. I literally started my period a few hours ago this evening and am hoping against all hope that things will finally calm down once it's finished.
  4. Hey guys! I was hoping to just start a convo about acne stories and what has helped you. My acne used to be quite bad and I managed to really clear up my skin by cutting out dairy, going on birth control, and using Retin-A. However, the past month, it's been acting up. Not nearly as bad as it once was before treatment, but more breakouts than I've had since almost a year of mostly clear skin. I really don't mind getting little whiteheads that take a few days to clear up, but I've been getting bad, red, inflamed ones. I've had about 3 bad ones in the past month. I know, not terrible. But it is concerning because I wonder about the root cause. I also tend to pick, which is the worst. Always left with such guilt after. So anyway, I'm curious to hear some feedback!!! Thinking about cutting out a lot of carbs...anyone have success with diet changes? What about exercise routine? Or good topicals for those big, inflamed pimples? Any tips to stop picking? Let me know, thanks!
  5. I've struggled with cystic acne for about 3 years, in the second year which was last year i decided to visit a private dermatologist as I was recommended one by my cousin who also sorted out her acne. Before going to the dermatologist I had been on countless treatments both over the counter and prescribed by my GP (duac gel and differin are the ones I remember being prescribed but I've also been prescribed others containing benzoyl peroxide and over the counter treatments include sudocrem, basically every spot treatment out there, tea tree oil, black African soap, coconut oil.) I also stopped consuming dairy which made no difference but now I just don't drink cows milk and have replaced it with soya milk. Visiting the dermatologist was my last resort basically and he prescribed me accutane straight away, I went on a 10mg day dose over the course of 8 months with minigeste birth control which I carried on taking for 2-3 moths after I had finished the accutane because I still had some left. So I was completely acne and scar free after my accutane treatment for about 4 months then in summer I started getting minor breakouts again but I thought it was just because of the sun. My skin was still clear overall but breakouts were still coming so I bought a bioderma moisturiser which cleared the spots but they came back yet again and this time they were cystic just like before so I went to the GP and was prescribed limecycline pills once a day and differin cream once a day too, I went on it for 3 months and only saw improvements in the last month but during this time I had also been drinking fennel tea so I'm not sure what helped. I then switched from my bioderma moisturiser to aveeno moisturiser and started using Indian Aztec clay mask twice a week which further helped to clear my skin but now everything has stopped working and I don't know why. I even took probiotics for about a month & no improvements. I've had blood tests to test or my hormones but everything is fine, drink water, eat healthily and clean my skin twice a day but the cystic acne won't stop coming and I'm even considering accutane again but this time, higher dose. The areas i get acne are n my nose, on the pores on both sides of my nose, my chin, my upper lip but now I'm also starting to get them on the sides my face and my cheeks
  6. Im 16 years old and a few months ago started to developed mild cystic acne. When I went to the dermatologist he said I didn't have cystic acne (just papules) but I have researched many sites and viewed many videos and talked to other people who have said it feels like big lumps, painful, and takes up to a month to heal which was exactly what I have been experiencing. Also the bumps look shiny and are recurring sometimes in the same place.
  7. Cystic Acne

    Hi, Im 16 years old and started developing mild cystic acne a few months ago. I was wondering if I'll ever grow out of it when I get older. I know most people grow out of acne but is it a different case for cystic acne?
  8. I have had acne since i was 14 years old and i'm 16 now. i have been on accutane (isotretinoin) for a little over a month now and my skin is clearing up pretty well. i woke up with like 4 pimples which never happens. i don't know if its the food i'm eating i just don't know. leaving any suggestions what kind of meals i can eat that would help my skin would be much appreciated. thanks (bread seems to break me out so thats a no no)
  9. Hi everyone, Firstly let me say thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm seeing a really expensive derm in the hope of curing long standing adult acne. Recently, I sent this email to her and thought I would copy it in here to see if any of you could offer any insight. I understand how painful adult acne can be and wondered if any of you had had a similar experience or could offer any advice. Hello, That's fine thank you. I understand this a really long query but obviously you understand it is a risky medication and I would be grateful if you could help me with my concerns. I'm going to leave off taking the tablet for today until I hear back from you. So, I've been taking roaccutane for about 1-2 weeks. My skin has suffered an initial breakout. This hasn't happened before on roaccutane but that's fine, I had known this would happen. However, additionally, I've had an increase in anxiety and some headaches. Yesterday, I went to bed early as my head did feel quite heavy but when I woke up I was fine. I've had a feeling of what can only be described as pressure in my head for the last several days. I also experience a tightness in my chest and panicked feelings but normally only when I start to worry about taking the medication. I think this is because this is my third time taking the medication and I'm starting to worry about encountering long-term serious side effects. I did some of my own research online and read that headaches and "pressure" in the head, akin to what I've been experiencing, could be indicative of pressure in the brain which would lead to long term damage to sight. I had read an account of a girl whose retina (or attachments in the back of her eye, it was something like this) had detached and she had gone blind in that eye. I've also experienced some joint pain but I've taking calcium osteoporosis supplements as well and they seem to relieve the pain. In this respect, I am worried about osteoporosis as I am quite an active person. I sometimes cycle over an hour and a half around London & go to fitness classes at the gym. I did explain to the Professor that this was my third time taking it but I've provided some details below about the previous times I've taken the medication. Does taking it a third time increase my risk of long-term side effects and is the fact that I've had to take it a third time indicative of how it's not working long-term for me and I should try other medication? (2014- 15: 5mg building up to 20mg for 6-12 months with an odd couple of months after treatment when the acne came back.) (2016- 2-4 months on 40mg building up to 60mg where I did experience some anxiety in the beginning but this soon went away within the first week.) I should have explained this to the professor but basically my acne isn't random, it does have some triggers but they seem to be the majority of things; -makeup -sun -alcohol -excess of sugar -excess of carbs or unhealthy food -excess of dairy -any hormonal changes big or small (except just after a period where the acne improves) -stress If I avoid all of the above, I'd have mild acne as opposed to moderate but it would be embarrassing as I wouldn't be able to cover it up with makeup as that would cause it to worsen. Hormones in particular appear to be a massive trigger as stress causes it to get very bad and the first time I went on roaccutane was due to having come of the birth control pill. The reaction to the withdrawal of hormones made the acne become "severe" with scarring. However, I tried to go back on birth control a couple years later (Yasmin) as an alternative to accutane but within 1 week my face was covered with moderate pustular, comodonous (sorry I'm spelling that wrong), and some cystic acne. It was very painful to touch it. I had been having a mild breakout so I don't know if it had a roaccutane like effect, suppressing the oil and therefore causing everything to come to the service. I wonder if this would be a potential option again or it would be worsening the problem. The pic of my face after yasmin 2 weeks. The professor said she didn't think the acne was hormonal and I just wanted to know why she thought that was? I'm really sorry for the length of the email but I thought I'd let you know all of the facts. Hope you understand and please let me know what you think. Best, Jess ----- If anyone can offer any advice this would be really helpful as I've been waiting several days for my derm to reply so I doubt she thinks it's that serious or is perhaps too busy.
  10. I've been dealing with progressively worsening acne for about a year now. I'll get the occasional blemish on my forehead, but there's always a clump on both of my cheeks. It's always worse on the right cheek, not sure if that's a factor but I thought I'd mention it. I'm at the point in my acne journey where I've tried everything. Essential Oils, Natural Remedies, Skincare Products, Weekly $100 Facials, EVERYTHING, yet nothing has helped. I'm wondering if there's potentially a hormonal imbalance? My mom suffered from severe acne, as well as my older brother. Has birth control helped anybody in similar situations? If so, which ones? I read the best are Yasmine, Yaz, Ortho Cyclen and Diane-35, any particular ones you'd recommend? Or any other suggestions,- honestly, I have no idea what to do at this point.
  11. Hi everyone, I just want to share my experience with Spironolactone as I now know I'm not the only one who has had this happen to her. I have read countless entries on forums and websites with the exact same story as mine. Please, please consider this carefully if you are planning on going on Spironolactone. I gained a lot of weight while on Spironolactone. Actually, I gained 25 lbs over the course of 8 months. I was at my thinnest before starting Spiro. I had been doing (kept doing during the time I was on the medication, and still am) high intensity workouts combined with running 5-6 days a week and looked great. I also have had a great diet for years, avoiding sugars and high glycemic foods as much as possible. I weighed 130lbs before starting Spiro and looked pretty. Suddenly, after about 4 months of being on the medication, I started noticing that my tummy was getting bigger, as well as my thighs. I thought I just had to amp up the workouts and cut out more carbs. And so I did. But I just kept gaining. It actually took a few months for me to realize it was the Spiro... I don't understand why I didn't make the connection earlier. I was on 200mg daily. Also, like many girls, my periods turned into a spotting that came every 2 weeks. I finally realized that this wasn't normal when I looked at my face in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. It is so round and swollen I just thought it was impossible to be working out so much and so hard, eating so well and gaining 25 lbs in such a short time. I stopped the Spiro 2 months ago but have not yet been able to lose weight. I keep working out (harder) 5-6 days per week, have an even stricter diet than before, and just can't seem to make it go away. I am on DIM for the likely extraordinary estrogen dominance that this created, and have only seen results skin-wise -- my face is clearer than it's been in years. I would really like to know if other girls have been able to lose the weight after being on Spiro. And it would be great to hear other girls' experiences with Spironolactone and weight gain. Let's create more awareness for other girls looking into this medication.
  12. So a couple weeks ago I stopped taking Spironolactone because living in a bird world country too the moment, it was quite hard to keep up with drinking so much water, plus I had been getting weird heart palpitations. An herbalist started me on a liver cleanse and an internal acne treatment, but my skin is just getting worse! Even moving to my neck! (Maybe allergy-trying natural detergent today). My period ended several days ago, so I've been hoping for some improvement, but nothing! My diet is super clean-fruits, veggies, beans, quinoa, fish, very little animal meat, no dairy at all, tons of water. Gentle skin cleanser, toning with Apple cider vinegar, spot treating with either 10% BP or a spot treatment from my herbalist. I have been a bit more stressed but other than that, I am lost! It's incredibly frustrating!! I just found a hormonal support that has Dong Kuai and Vitex, two capsules a day, plus I've got another week or two on this liver cleanse. I want to handle it naturally, but I feel like I'm running out of options. Any suggestions or advice are appreciated!!
  13. 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
  14. I am a 19 year old girl who has went from having the basic t-zone purberty pimples to one of the most severe cases of cystic my dermotogolist has ever seen. (dont go tanning in the sun with a topical - lesson learned the hard way that ended up with boils of severe cysts and inflammation) Throughout my years of acne I have tried everything from topicals, oral antibiotics, natural remedies, diet changes, chemical peels, cortisone shots, birth control, and even a course of accutane. Accutane brought me to 95% clear skin which I was satisfied with but when I stopped my birth control, my cystic acne came back horribly. Now my derm believes it is hormonal acne so she recommended I give spiro a try. I am a week in on spiro at 50 mg per day and back on birth control. My forehead is completely clear, my cystic acne is mostly on my lower cheeks and the sides of my mouth. Any opinions on spiro or if this could finally be the thing that helps me. starting to lose hope in ever having clear skin.
  15. I have had acne for over 10 years.. It may not be as severe as some people but it is constant and very very difficult to get rid of. I have tried every treatment you can think of including tons and tons of skin care products, oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, multiple birth control (im on yaz right now my skin cleared for about a month then went back to how it was) Dans regimen, BP, african black soap, tons of vitamins and herbs including: zinc, vitamin a, vitamin d, saw palmetto, fish oil etc.. plus many more treatments. I get tons of little pimples and then large cystic pimples that hurt and take months to go away (I always have at least 1 or 2 on my face) as well as inflamed pustules and I always have hyper pigmentation and indentation scarring on my face at all times. This is taking a toll on me, I feel as though I have tried everything and there is nothing left for me except accutane. Does anyone have any suggestions based off of the pictures below? This is my skin when my most recent flare up has started to subside. Those red marks were all very inflamed and cystic spots.
  16. 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
  17. I've told my story numerous times in other topics, so I am going to keep this short. Bottom line is, I am a 20 years old guy with very persistent acne. At some point, it was terrible enough for me to take Accutane, which worked very nice during the time I took it. Acne came back shortly after finishing a long, low dose course. Now it is annoying enough to ruin some of my days but not as bad as before. Accutane was the only thing that ever worked for me, and here are some facts that I've noticed over the last couple of years: I first got oily skin and then (mild) acne when I was around 14. Since then it kept getting worse Acne has always been accompanied by an extremely oily skin. Even during Accutane, my face would get oily after around 8 hours, especially around my nose, which had constant blackheads. Shortly after finishing the Accutane course, the oily skin returned. Not as horrifying as before, but pretty bad My body was always hairy, even as a teen (15 years old), when none of my friends and acquaintances had such developed hair on their legs and hands. Basically, if I don't trim it from time to time, you can barely make out the color of my skin. I sweat enough for it to be an annoyance Very high libido and I get turned on extremely easy Trouble sleeping: it takes a long time to fall asleep even when I am tired and "sleepy". After I do fall asleep, I sleep for very long and still wake up tired Never noticed a link between diet (not "healthy", but I do not eat junk/fast food and I try to keep an acceptable diet) and acne, especially infamous aliments like dairy, sweets, soda, processed food, etc. Accutane was the only treatment that worked for me (in this category I include topicals and oral treatments as well) These facts made me think that maybe my acne is related to hormones, and especially testosterone. Does this theory make any sense to you, and if yes, is there anything that I can do in order to solve this?
  18. 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
  19. 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!!
  20. Hi there you guys, I'm in serious need of help. I don't know what to do about my acne problems anymore... I've been dealing with this for 7 years and am getting seriously depressed because nothing seems to be working. If you know something that could help me (anything!) please say so, I'll try it all! INFO: I basically have acne all month long but it gets worse right before my period. I have blackheads all over my nose and cheeks and when i extract them, they come back the next day. I have small pimples all over my my face, specially on my forehead, temples and cheeks, which are "underneath the skin" and usually go away on their own. Apart from that, it's not rare for me to get a few whiteheads around my face or hairline during the month. Sometimes I also get red pimples of big dimension that seem to be infected and hurt when I touch them. Finally, I have lots of pih marks on my face as a result of these whiteheads and infected pimples. These marks form as soon as the acne appears and whether I pop them or not. I think it's also important to mention that I rarely pop pimples and usually just apply ice or leave it be as soon as it starts acting up and that I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago. Please if anyone has dealt with this or something similar or knows anyone who has, please suggest me something that has helped. It would mean the world to me!
  21. New and need advice!

    Hi y'all! I'm 25 and in the past two or so months my acne has gotten worse but only in a specific place. I've exclusively been breaking out in clusters of whiteheads on my chin an no where else. I started taking zinc, omega-3, and vitamin A daily but I've only seen a slight improvement. Any advice?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Curology and Spironolactone

    I have now been on Curology for over a month. It doesn't seem to irritate my skin. My face is actually worse right now because I'm going to be starting my TOM next week. I'm going to try the Curology awhile longer I think. My Curology dermatologist told me to incorporate zinc soap by Nobles into my regimen. I started that yesterday because it has 2% zinc pyrithione in it which kills fungus and bacteria. I always get HUGE zits a week or two before my TOM(time of the month) so today I had my primary care doc put me on Spironolactone. She said I shouldn't do Spironolactone she birth control. She wanted me to do one then maybe add another. She put me on 50mg 2x day, but she didn't give me any refills? I guess I'll have to call her to get a refill when needed? Has anyone else tried Spironolactone out there?
  25. Quitting birth control

    I'm new to this website so I hope I'm doing this right, but anyway I'm 18 and I've decided to quit hormonal birth control. Here's the back story - I started around the age of 15 or 16 with Mononessa, I though I had bad acne but in reality I got 2 spots a month. It worked well for the first year I got no pimples, but the next year all around my mouth & chin & eyes flared up with perioral dermatitis, this lasted 3 months. I realized I needed a healthy diet to get rid of this, it still lingers but I think birth control is the culprit since it messes with the digestive system, not to mention it makes me a crazy person!! Last December I told the gyn that I wasn't happy so she put me on Ortho Cylcen which is basically the same as Mononessa. It hasn't helped at all, I still get pimples worse than before I was on the pill. So I'm just done. I'm quitting. I'll update every day or every week. 5/27 - Yesterday i was extremely nauseous and i threw up i don't know if being in a car for a long time made it that way but it was horrible, i feel fine now. No other effects besides that.