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  1. Helppppp!!

    So I'm going to my friends house to sleepover tomorrow but one girl I don't know that well and I don't want to look like a monster at night/in the morning. What should I do??
  2. Hi All, I've been lurking on the forum since July last year and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences on my journey and how I've come to a decision to begin roaccutane (UK). I know many people do not agree with this drug but I am completely aware of it's side affects and have read the booklet and the ipledge programme information already. People often bash others that take roaccutane for mild acne, but just like the rest of you, we suffer too. I can't remember the last time I looked in the mirror and felt happy about my face, I cry every single day and have started taking sertraline to be able to cope with how I feel about my face. FYI I'm not depressed, the sertraline is suppose to help with the OCD towards my skin, Acne has been a battle that has completely changed my life, I completely sympathise with every single one of you who post on here. My acne is mostly comedonal, I do suffer with the persistent breakouts of papules and pustules (normally 1-3) in the chin area but the main issue for me is the blocked pores, they cover my entire t-zone. Many people have told me my face is fine, most are extremely shocked I have been prescribed such a strong drug, but both my mother and sister have taken roaccutane for acne and we have strong acne genetics with-in our family. I want to get rid of this in its early stages and while I'm still 19 I have time to deal with it before it would get worse and begin to scar like my sisters. I started getting acne when I was 18, before then I had a FLAWLESS complexion. it began in the most persistent area to date, the sides of my mouth and my chin. As I became more worried about my skin the acne began to spread, it began on my chin and then blackheads and comedones began to spread all around my nose and up to my forehead, this destroyed me inside, witnessing it getting worse was devastating. I visited two dermatologists privately in the UK, both which prescribed a combination of medications. I have tried countless topicals (Differin, Duac, Epiduo, Zineryt) in combination with many different antibiotics (Lymecycline, Doxycycline, Emerythromycerin) All of which had no affect on my skin what so ever (Baring in mind I gave each treatment combination atleast 3-5 months). Lymecycline with Differin was my last treatment option, I gave it about 2 months and nothing had changed, I get I could've waited longer but I just no longer had the patience, the acne has stopped me from leaving my house, it has completely destroyed my life and relationship. People try to scare me with the side effects of roaccutane but I'm already at rockbottom anyway, I need the acne to go away. I went to a dermatologist yesterday (02/03). I made the appointment yesterday morning and saw my consultant dermatologist by 18:30 (02/03) in the evening. (I have private healthcare in the UK which means I don't have to wait at all) I went into the appointment expecting a prescription of Retin-A and another antibiotic combination. I can admit I did have roaccutane in mind. After explaining my distress to my doctor and explaining to him how much this has affected my life he examined my skin, asked about what treatments I have pursued already and questioned me a little further. After a 20 minute discussion he asked me if I had ever heard of isotretinoin, and after trying different combinations said it would be the most affective form of treatment. There was mutual agreement and I am overwhelmed with joy to undertake my treatment and I feel so grateful that it's happening as fast as it is (Normal wait-time on the NHS to see a dermatologist is 6 months considering my case isn't severe). I left the doctors office and had my blood tests done right away, I had a few more this morning too (03/03) but I am picking up roaccutane either today or monday (if my dermatologist doesn't get back to me). My point is people out there with very mild acne, don't suffer in silence. It has had such a profound effect on my life and my dermatologist could see this, after understanding my situation and that I've already attempted other forms of treatment I'm happy I am going on roaccutane. I've heard it has changed many people's lives and I cannot wait to witness it change mine, when he prescribed me the drug I felt like my life was being handed back to me. I'm going to document my journey on acne.org, I don't see many people with mild acne documenting there experience on the drug as many never decide to take it anyway. I just had a few questions to the accutane users on the more mild end of the acne scale before I begin my roaccutane experience... First of all I currently am using clean and clear and differin to help clear my skin up, should I stop this? I've heard many people have dry and irritated skin from roaccutane and my doctor did mention it would be a side affect. If so should I be washing my face at all? My skin is super sensitive btw (I have combination skin oily t-zone, dry cheeks) and if I should can anyone recommend any products to wash my face with and any moisturisers that I should consider buying in the UK! Thanks for reading and I hope you understand my decision to undertake roaccutane as my treatment. I hope I gain some responses! Ben!
  3. Okay so I have been looking but I can't find anything directly answering my questions. ;-; so I'm going to a concert in 3 days and I have this, I guess, normal sized pimple. Not really small but not crazy big like some cystic acne. Its semi close to the corner of my mouth and is sore to the touch and if i move my mouth. It has a small white head but Im not sure if I should pop it or not. It appeared today and since its sore I think I should just leave it. I've been using my astringent with staylic acid and putting 5% bp on it. Is there anything else I should/could do to fix it and flatten it quickly? Should i wait to pop it or try and let it happen naturally? Also any tips/products that work well and are inexpensive for acne scars and preventing acne? Thanks in advancd and sorry for the long post T^T
  4. I suffer from fairly constant scalp acne and I'd like to tame my hair without a world of trouble. Could any fellow sufferers recommend a gel, perhaps one formulated for sensitive scalps?
  5. DIFFERIN INITIAL BREAKOUT

    I started DIFFERIN 0.1% about 10 days ago and have already had a massive breakout. Like I can't leave the house because makeup can't even cover it breakout. It is so bad but I would get through it if I knew it was working. Is it normal to breakout immediately? And if I have the breakout so early on, is there hope that I will have clearer skin/see an improvement before 8 weeks? I just need reassurance that it actually works and I'm not going through the embarrassing breakout for nothing
  6. Hi, both my shampoo and body wash happened to run out concurrently and I am hoping to get some advice as far as switching them for something new (and hopefully equally or more effective) goes. I am currently using Walgreens Maximum Strength Therapeutic T+Plus Salicylic Acid Shampoo to keep my scalp acne at bay and PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash 10% Benzoyl Peroxide for my body. Thanks in advance!
  7. Okay, so I've been struggling with mild acne, tiny forehead bumps, and pretty bad facial redness since I was about 15. I am in my 20s now and it seems to have gotten a little bit worse as of late. My skin is pretty normal/combination and I don't get huge breakouts or anything. Just spotty with random pimples/whiteheads. I generally wear foundation everyday (to cover it up) and I've recently stopped wearing makeup altogether to focus on clearing up my skin with a benzyl peroxide cleanser. Since starting this (3 days ago) almost all of pimples are gone, but I'm left with these little red/purpleish marks, and the overall redness is still very present. I've been reading into post inflammatory erythema and that makes lot of sense, but how can I get rid of all of these little red/purple spots and redness?
  8. Guys Im only 16 but I have been picking on my face since 15, from time to time, I do get extractions but they still come back! I wear makeup to school since last year without fail. I am too embarrassed to show my monster face to people. Please tell me what should I do? And people that used to suffer had skin like me, what did you do to at least improve it? Photos are taken in the most natural light.
  9. Guys Im nly 16 but I have been picking on my face since 15, from time to time, I do get extractions but they still come back! I wear makeup to school since last year without fail. I am too embarrassed to show my monster face to people. Please tell me what should I do? And people that used to suffer had skin like me, what did you do to at least improve it? Photos are taken in the most natural
  10. Guys Im only 16 but I have been picking on my face since 15, from time to time, I do get extractions but they still come back! I wear makeup to school since last year without fail. I am too embarrassed to show my monster face to people. Please tell me what should I do? And people that used to suffer had skin like me, what did you do to at least improve it? Photos are taken in the most natural light.
  11. Hi, I need help identifying what type of acne I have and how I could heal this acne. A year ago, I went for a facial and broke the hell out. I mainly broke out on the sides of my face both left and right cheekbones and occasionally my forehead pictured below. I've tried a few natural alternatives and while they do heal it never actually goes away. Any opinion and advice are truly appreciated. Thank you!
  12. Please help, how long does the initial breakout on DIFFERIN 0.1% last? I've had breakouts since day one. I've heard people say you get 2 weeks of breakouts then I have heard people say 4 months of breakout? What was it like for you?
  13. Clogged pores?? Help

    I have been struggling with small bumps on my face for years and years. I never really cared too much about them until someone pointed them out. They are taking over my life and I really don't know how to get rid of them. I've tried a million different benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid cleansers and different home remedies. The texture of my bumpy skin is frustrating to say the least. My skin is pretty oily, so I feel like it's probably clogged pores. Any suggestions?
  14. Why do people with only one little pimple cry over it? It's not even a cyst.. it's just a whitehead and popular girls will cry over them. They're so self centered and need to stop because people go through much worse than that.
  15. Hi to everyone who is reading, I should probably be studying because exams are coming up but here I am in bed crying. My acne had gotten so bad and everyone is pointing it out even my parents/siblings they don't want me going places with them. I started online school because people would make fun of me and I was thinking about going back to school but I have the worst panic attacks when I go out. I just feel ugly and I have ugly cysts and scars and my entire forehead is just covered with bumps pimples and cysts. I've had this two cysts on my cheek for 4 months now it won't go away. I'm slowly becoming a vegan again I don't eat meat but I do sometimes have cheese/tuna that's something I'm trying to cut off. I know my acne is genetics/hormonal but I'm just so sick of it.I don't use any face washes or creams, I do often try turmeric face mask that's it. I took antibiotics for 4 months it really helped but now I'm off it for a month and I can see all the cysts forming. I've done everything I've tried every face wash, benzoyl peroxide everything I can think of I don't know what to do. Accutane isn't an option my brother took it and got horrible side effects he still struggles with. None of my doctors seem to know anything they keep giving me benzoyl and antibiotics. I don't know what to do I've reached my lowest point:(
  16. my hairs a mess sry. how do i cget rid of this nasty sh*t?!! im so sick of it! i used to use tazorac but it made my face so itchy that i couldnt even fall asleep.
  17. Acne Makes Grand Return

    I'm 17 (female) and am starting to have really bad break outs all over my face, back and shoulders; in particular the whole right half of my face and back. From age 11 I had cystic acne along with the normal puberty related pimples on my face. The cysts were generally on the right side of my face. I was treated with different antibiotics- many doctors believed the cysts to be infections despite results from swabs confirming that there was no infection. Eventually when I was diagnosed with cystic acne, I was put on the pill at 13 and have been on it ever since. This has for the most part been really effective. 2 years ago I had my blood taken to check my hormone levels were normal, everything was fine. Suddenly, my skin has become worse and does not respond to benzoyl peroxide, salycilic acid, tea tree oil based product anymore etc. Unless with an allergic reaction. Does anyone know what I could do to get rid of this acne?? I shower twice a day and change my pillow case every second day- I don't think it is originating from bacteria.
  18. Hi I am very new to Acne.org and I started this topic because I am so tired of having hormonal acne and seeing new cysts pop up every month. I started taking Triquilar 21 since April last year and still have bad breakouts before my period. It definitely has improved from what it used to be and it's not that severe anymore. My doctor told me that I need to wait for 6 more months to see improvement but my patience is running out. I thought of switching to another pill but I'm scared it would make my breakouts worse and my doctor won't prescribe me Spiro. I'm just really depressed and confused now. Does it really take that long to get the hormones balanced?
  19. Hi all, first time posting here. So I've been getting these small, deep blackheads on my cheeks recently, the kind the you can't remove with any amount of squeezing and they are really really starting to bug me. I want them out of my face yesterday lol. Theres not too many of them, about 3 or 4 I'd say. Now I have this 2% salicylic acid solution that's meant to be put on overnight, but I wanted to ask if this solution will completely dissolve the blackheads? Or do I still have to squeeze them out? Also, how long can I expect to be using it before I see the blackheads starting to disappear? I only started using it last night but I can already feel it starting to work, is it meant to sting a bit? Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions
  20. Hi. Ok so my acne right now is the worst its been since high school! Im desperately needing help! Im 31 and suffer from hormonal acne. December was an extremely stressful time for me. (A death in family and another traumatic event happened). My face, around my mouth, just exploded with acne! Some of the acne went away, but the hyperpigmentation is really bad! Cysts, pustules and whiteheads. Id been using Cetaphil Oily Skin face wash as my skin is quite oily. With Benzac Ac 5% gel. Followed by Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen. At night was the same, but with standard Cetaphil moisturiser. It was all working semi-ok. I havent had clear skin since I was 14, but this routine gave me only 2-3 breakouts at a time. Now, as you can see in the photos, Its a hell of alot more! I am currently on Zinc tablets and Doxycycline 100mg. I have been for a decent 10 years and I dont think its doing much but my fear to stop is huge. My dr who is wonderful says it is helping. I also probably need to add that I do have an eating disorder (anorexia) so I know my diet isnt great. Its too low but im doing quite well with water. Having atleast 2L a day. So. I got desperate. It was worsening my depression so I came online to think what to do and I read about the Caveman Regimen. I decided since Im not working and never wear make up anyway I thought it actually made sense. It sounded crazy and scary as hell but it still made sense. Im now on day 2 of Caveman Regimen and its not as scary as day 1. I thought my face would be dripping with oil but its not. I have made my own version of Caveman Regimen though. I couldnt not wash 100%. So my morning shower i let water fall over my face but only for a few seconds. I lightly rub with hands. Once out, i very very gently pat with a soft face cloth. Then let it to dry properly itself. Once dry I do use Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30 because i can not not wear a sunscreen. At night just before bed I splash luke warm water over it and very lightly pat dry maybe once or twice. Thats it. Im not getting the flaking so much and my acne is the same. I was expecting it to be worse but im feeling positive about this. Im definitely going to keep trying it coz I have nothing to lose any more. My depression couldnt have gotten worse. My other issue is hyperpigmentation which is also why I need the sunscreen. Any help, or any advice, or ANYTHING, feedback would be so helpful.
  21. So, I've got one headless zit right by my nose, not on it, just by it. It hasn't done anything in days now. I popped it last night after warming it with hot water, and some pus came out, but the size didn't change much. I've got a presentation today and in a fit of fury, I pressed on it, hard. It did get a big smaller -- but I'm doomed now, right? I pushed all the bacteria deeper and maybe even spread it??
  22. Has anyone had any luck with activated charcoal cleansers? I'm interested in trying something like the Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal bar soap. I've read good things but just recently learned about it.
  23. Anxious about acne

    Hello, I just made this account on this website out of desperation for some possible answers to my questions. I'm 16 and from about 14/15 I've just had a few cluster of spots on my left upper cheek until recently I've been breaking out on both sides, on the sides of my nose, forehead and chin. It's never been this bad before and I'm getting anxious and paranoid. It's only mild acne but getting me down, beforehand I was already dealing with Body Dysmorphic Disorder about other areas of my body so this coming a long right now was not helpful, I'm now so self conscious of my skin... Are people looking? Do they think I'm disgusting? Dirty? Will any one ever love me? I eat pretty good, considering I've been vegan since I was twelve and therefore had to eat lots of fruit and veg. The most unhealthy thing I consume is probably bread (only brown bread) or cereal. So I'm not sure if diet is my issue but maybe there is something I'm missing or consuming that's making it worse... I eat a lot of soy (tofu, soy milk etc) do you think perhaps that might trigger something? My sister eats junk food all the time yet has perfect clear skin. I go jogging almost every night and walks daily so I somewhat get exercise but because I've been feeling really ugly I've been staying in recently. I've been doing red/blue light therapy every day at home and on the BC pill although I still feel iffy of that but my mother said it will work... I think I've become a bit obsessed with my skin, do you think perhaps the stressing over my skin is what is making it worse? I've always had a habit of picking my skin too, whether it be scabs, dry skin, spots, dry scalp... I've been trying to distract myself to stop picking and I'm getting better but still catch myself doing so sometimes. My skin just looks so dirty and bumpy and red, scars and scabs. I get so upset and angry when I look in the mirror and I've heard of acne just getting worse as you get older and I worry about that too. Does anyone have any tips how to deal with it psychically and emotionally? Hope you're all doing well, best wishes to everyone on their journeys.
  24. Please help me

    I cant do this anymore. Im at my witts end with my skin. I really need advice on what to do. I will not do accutane under any circumstance. I look in the mirror everyday and hate myself. I need help with this and i dont know where to go. I did ipl treatment and it helped but not for very long. Retin a helped but I do a lot of sports so it made me skin burn like hell (and I do contact sports). I did benzoyl peroxide it made it worse. I cant do this anymore. If you tell me the right thing to do and it works I promise ill paypal you a hundred dollars.
  25. So, i've went to my normal doctor and showed him my little pimples I have all over my forehead and he perscribed me a 0.1% Tretinoid cream. I didn't question it because at that time, I didn't know the different strengths. So i just came home with it today and i haven't used it yet, but i decided to search it up. Apparently .1% is really strong and not recommended to start off with. Should I still try it? I have very mild acne with many little pimples on my forehead, mainly colorless but a few red ones.