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  1. Drugstore

    What are the best products to use in the drugstore to get rid of or minimize my acne and blackheads.
  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. I've been on Accutane twice over the last 4 years, both times it cleared my skin amazingly. Now a year and a half after my second dose my acne has returned AGAIN. Large cysts on my chin, jaw, neck, and back. I have tried everything, I eat mainly a vegan diet to try and heal my skin, exercise 5 times a week, I have been taking 50mg zinc gluconate for two weeks with no effect. I just dont know what more i can do?!
  4. So I've been getting pimples under my nose and near my mouth for a couple weeks now. I use to get them all the time but I've been on a skin care routine that has kept me clear most of the time and I rarely broke out near my nose and mouth after starting that skin care regimen over two years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions? I havent changed anything? Please help. I'm getting married in August and really don't want to be breaking out near my mouth when I get married! Ive attached pictures.
  5. Hey guys, so this is an issue I've had for probably a year and a half now, and I just can't seem to stop it. So my acne isn't too bad, mostly average, except around my mouth. For some reason that's the place where I get it the worst. I've tried so many different products, and even more natural remedies like tea tree oil and witch hazel, but it never goes away completely. It's not cystic or anything like that, so I'm not sure why it won't just go away. I've tried to look up how to stop it, but when it comes to acne around the mouth, there seems to be almost nothing on the internet. If I could just get rid of the acne around my mouth I could be fine with the rest, but this is an issue that's bothered me for a long time now and I'm really curious if you guys have any advice. Thanks in advance.
  6. 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?
  7. I had a very large, red, inflamed whitehead at the bottom of my cheek. I was holding a warm compress to it this morning to try to get everything out and the whitehead started to melt out of the skin. I gave it a tiny push with my fingers to see if anything else could come out, but barely squeezed because I know how bad that can get. Nothing else was coming out and I didn't want to squeeze, but it still seemed sort of raised, so I continued to spot treat. But now, the skin is very hard underneath and tender to the touch. It does not seem like anything is left. It also does not seem like a sudden cyst because it is pretty flat. I don't really feel a prominent lump, the skin is just hard. Anyone know what this could be? Could that indicate healing? Please help.
  8. Hi! So sometimes I get these tiny, under the skin, skin-colored whiteheads that are really impossible to extract without severely irritating the surrounding skin (I know this from experience which has caused me to never touch my face anymore lol). In this stage, they don't bother me because they are barely visible and I have suffered from severe acne in the past so I know how much worse I can have it. HOWEVER, over time (sometimes weeks or months), some of them will surface and turn into these HUGE, red, swollen pimples that eventually come to a nice head, but take a few days, look horrible, and leave some red marks behind. I was wondering if anyone has a similar experience and can recommend treatment for when they are in that tiny stage before they become big. I usually just left them alone (other than my nightly regimen of retin-a). Today, I started spot treating them in the morning with salicylic acid using a q-tip. Do you think this will help? Any other ideas? Thanks!
  9. Okay, so, its summer break. Since its summer break, i dont need to wear makeup every day like I usually did. My skin is now freaking out about it. I wash my face every day, but it keeps getting worse. How long is it gonna take for my skin to clear and breathe? I look gross. I look in the mirror and I want to cry because I have a literal pizza face and the worst acne. Idk what to do.
  10. Hi i just got started on a new regimen of using Clindamycin 1% gel and BP 5% gel in the morning and taking doxycycline 150mg as well asusing tertian .05% cream at night. Does anybody have any experience on this regimen/ info on how long until i will see some improvement/ if i will have an initial break out?
  11. Hello, first time poster here. I'll try not to ramble and do my best to keep this short. I'm 24 and had some form of acne since my teens, mostly on my chin and forehead. Over the years Iv'e tried - Birth control pills (including Dianette which kinda worked but i couldn't stay on it, came off it November 2016) Topicals - (Duac) + Benzoyl Peroxide Light therapy (Lumie Clear) BHA + AHA Retinol treatment Azelaic acid Eliminating foods from diet Countless face washes / routines (Including Cetaphil, HibiScrub, Sebamed, Paula's Choice) Holistic / Natural approaches (Homeopathy) Facial Peels Acne.org products / routine Healthy eating and daily exercise Doing nothing and using just water and a mild cleanser + moisturizer All of these for at least 12 weeks. Nothing has ever cleared my acne and in the past 6 months my face has been the worst it has ever been. I look worse than teenage me and that was bad enough back then. At the moment my chin / jaw is a war zone and i have painful hard spots on my temples. Iv'e got white heads, pustular acne, cysts, hyperpigmentation, those tiny little bumps all over my neck/chin/around my nose/cheeks...it's not fun. My doctor has referred me to a Derm, however i'm super impatient and iv'e already spent the past 3 months as a hermit (literally) and I don't want to wait another 10 weeks so iv'e decided to pay privately and I have an appointment this Thursday with Spire. Now I know it's drastic but I really want to try Accutane and i'm hoping that's what the Derm will give me. Iv'e always thought I could control my acne without any type of medication but want this gone and over. I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys how much acne can effect you. It's crushing my self confidence and it's got the point where it's ruining my quality of life. I'm 24 and this obviously isn't something i'm going to grow out of. I'm not sure what i'm asking for in terms of a response. I guess i'm just venting. Acne sucks guys.
  12. General background about me, I'm a 19 year old female teenager and I have fairly good skin with the occasional pimples which will then leave marks but will soon fade away as time passes BUT after I've finished school last year, my skin hasn't been at its best. I now have tiny bumps (not hard) between my brows, barely noticeable but still annoying, a few marks on both my cheeks but they are slowly fading and a hideous huge dark mark below my lips (small marks clustered together created the illusion of a huger mark so yaaa). I currently don't really use anything much on my face. Just an Innisfree Green Tea Facial Cleanser every morning, Witch Hazel & Rose Water Toner afterwards and I sometimes just dab Vaseline on my marks (if it's icky, I won't touch my face so this is like a prevention step?? I'm not really sure of my objective putting Vaseline on them haha) I was just wondering if any of you could offer me some tips or home remedies as to how I can fade my leftover pimple marks faster?? Oh and I do drink plenty of water, close to 2 litres per day.
  13. Hey guys... I had a cyst like protrusion on my left cheek for about 8 months. Once in a while, I tried to pop that thing, but nothing would happen. It was neither a whitehead nor a blackhead. Yesterday, I gave in and popped it with pressure. On popping, white puss literally splashed on my mirror and it was messy. Now, I'm left with a dark purple-brown mark, and it is whitiesh in the middle and somewhat moist. It looks horrible as I have a olive skin type. I'm applying Salicylic acid once in a while, but it still looks bad. It has a brownish ring surrounding the middle part that is white or pink. it looks really bad, what should be done?
  14. Background: When I was 17-19 I had severe cystic acne. I never had a lot of cysts, but I always had at least one nearly the size of a quarter. My dermatologist put me on Accutane for 4 months, and it completely cleared up. After Accutane I used tretinoin every night before bed and Aquaphor moisturizer every morning, and my skin has been perfect. I'm now 27. Three months ago I moved to Spain from the US and something inexplicable has started happening to my skin. First I started getting small red bumps and pustules on my chin. I've begun getting more and more and they've started spreading to other parts of my face too. My skin has gotten incredibly oily too, perhaps even worse than when I was a teenager. A dermatologist here told me to stop the tretinoin and Aquaphor and that it was sun damage. She gave me a sunscreen as well. Well it's been a few weeks and it just keeps getting worse. Despite being oily my skin also feels dry and I even have a dry cracked area on my chin that won't heal. It makes no sense, and I feel so frustrated and helpless. Does anyone have any insight or advice? Thank you!!
  15. Hi everyone. I'm struggling here, I have little small bumps on my face, they are super annoying and somewhat itch every once in a while. I've tried witch hazel, acne treatments, exfoliating, face masks, aveeno clear complexion cleanser and certainly using garnier blackhead charcoal scrub. It is seeming to help the most out of everything. It's made them smaller they're noticeable in the sunlight now. I used to have clear skin until I got off my birth control and I got dermal piercings in my cheeks. So, at first I thought maybe I'm having a allergic reaction to the metal. So I got them taken out 2 months ago it got worse and then went back to the way they where. I then thought maybe it's milla. I started exfoliating and it made no difference if not worse. I finally just started using different things in hopes for a treatment. I went back to researching and thought maybe it's cosmetica acne, I went out and bought the charcoal scrub and seemed to be helping in the beginning but it's not helping anymore and I have family pictures coming up Sunday ... Foundation makes it look worse and cakey...I don't know how to cover it. I'm upset about that no way of covering it or anything..... I was hoping someone can tell me what product or foundation I can use to help cover it, or even a treatment for this mess... I inserted a photo of it and the clearness I used to 8 months ago. Excuse the screen shot I've been trying to get a hold of beauty gurus on YouTube or instagram but of course no one answers me. Ha.
  16. Acne Diet

    Hey guys, so im 15 years old, and lately I've been noticing my face is starting to get pretty bad, but I always wash and exfoliate my face before bed, and I always shower every morning, so I figured it was my diet, I'll admit I eat pretty unhealthy but I'm not overweight or anything, and I do exercise regularly, so my question is, what would be the perfect diet and lifestyle changes that would help clear my acne? What should I eat for breakfast? What should I eat for lunch and dinner? Is there a tea I should be drinking? Thanks for your answers
  17. I was wondering what type of acne scars these are and how would I go about treating them. Initially, I thought they were acne marks but I tried using lemon juice for about 2 months now but to no avail. Any advice would help.
  18. Painful breakout

    Hi there, I was wondering if someone could help me. I've had this massive breakout since Saturday. I've been dealing with acne for years but it's always just a few spots, I've never had it that bad. My skin feels very sensitive, the breakout I'm having is extremely painful and itchy. It feels like my skin is on fire whilst having a cactus stuck there (lol, the only way I can describe it). I tried to take painkillers and my pills for allergy but nothing seems to be working. It looks better on the photos than in reality (still looks terrible I know). I always follow my skincare, use non-comedogenic make up and try to eat somewhat healthy. I'm not able to go to dermatologist for the next week or so, does anyone have advice on what I should do?
  19. white heads!!

    i am 15 and i get a lot of white bumps on my nose. i dont know what to do to them. i have an (SUPER) oily skin. i tried to pick some of them and it has some white hard crystal inside (oil). please help as a teenager my face gets me really conscious. please help i just want a clear face
  20. I have this back acne for more than 10 years now, I think this is genetic. Does anyone have the same problem as me? and how you guys cure it?. Currently, I am using benzoyl peroxide, it does help with breakout but it doesn't really cure it. I'm thinking of using apple cider vinegar and st. ives apricot scruber, I heard a lot of people using this remedies and the result quite satisfying. I will keep you guys updated about my progress, hopefully, I can get rid of it asap.
  21. Hi everyone thanks for visiting I am aged 25 I am facing acne from my teenage but it wasn't that severe like now. I tried using Clinique products (anti-blemish kit) it was very good later I went to laser skin clinic Australia to treat my acne scars and they suggest to use the skintitut Australian made products ,then I started to see more pimples I have spent $1000 nearly for the treatment they started the blue LED treatment to kill the bacterias before they start micro needling as my acne was severe I was in blue LED treatment for almost 5 weeks and i have done nearly 7 blue LED and i stopped booking further treatment from them ATM.my face was far better before I started the treatment .. Has anyone used any one of the products ( clinique ,Skintitut) and Does glycolic acid prevents acne ?? I looked for many acne medications but I couldn't find an even single post which refers to Glycolic acid. so can you guys please suggest good medication to get rid of acne ??? I have attached few of the photos please suggest me something
  22. Hi, I was looking for some advice/help/treatment for the mild acne I have on my forehead. It varies in its severity but has been ongoing for the past two years. I have small bumps all over my forehead and continuing my temples that makes the skin feel and appear rough, most of the time the bumps have no heads and sometimes my forehead becomes red and flares up, other times I get bigger red, painful bumps that have no heads but the small ones are constantly there. I've attached some photos that show what my forehead lools like presently (its relatively mild at the moment) My skin is naturally quite dry and becomes so when I do my morning & night routine with whatever products I use. However after using moisturiser the problem area is oily throughout the day. I drink a lot of water so I know that's not the problem and I do think I have a healthy diet & lifestyle. I would be very grateful for any advice someone could give me, many thanks
  23. hello! so im new here. well last month my dermatologist put me on epiduo and docixy 250 mg and they worked well. however on my second month my dermatologist prescribed my the holy grail of anti acne, "the differin". and all hell it made me break out so bad. so here are some pictures ( i know they're gross but please hang with me haha and some are bleeding because i just took a bath im sorry! ) is this supposed to be normal? i mean before using differin i had a 'mild acne' but now i think i went from mild to sever real quick!
  24. Been on Yasmin pill for two weeks, seems to half be clearing up but half making spots rise to the surface into painful cystic whiteheads. Extremely depressed. Don't know what to do. Is this acne or scars mainly? How can I get rid of it? Mainly cheek area.
  25. Hi everyone, I am new here and I really need some help. I have had mild to moderate acne since around grade 9. I am now 19 and still deal with it. In grade 12, my acne was bearable - I had an uneven complexion and a few minor spots but nothing crazy. I started Alesse because I became sexually active and my skin (surprisingly) cleared up for a year. In first year university, my skin got kind of bad again - I'd get little pimples and then one or two HUGE, PURPLE cyst things on my cheeks. I started exfoliating for the first time and the huge pimples went away. Around the end of freshman year, I started to get horrible breakouts before my period. Like I'm talking one cheek riddled with giant red raised bumps. After months of this, I decided it had to be Alesse (although I hadn't had problems like this before on it, and it had been two years now) and I went off Alesse. Before I stopped Alesse, I started to get these mild breakouts on the left side of my cheek in the summer entering second year. The reason they were so annoying was because they took longer to heal/go away and my skin always leaves these red marks after a pimple (I don't pop) goes down. So even without a breakout, my face looked like it still had a lot of acne. I started taking Linessa this October (low dose estrogen pill) which has worked wonders for my mood. I'm less anxious, less snappy, less depressed, etc. On the first month, I definitely broke out less during my period (but I still broke out). I just finished my second month and I'm into my third, and the left side of my cheek is getting worse. The acne never heals, the pictures I have posted are from a breakout that happened at the beginning of OCTOBER and it is STILL THERE. The different between my left and right cheek is uncanny, as you can see in the photos. There are actually only a few raised bumps on my left cheek, the rest are just really red and irritated red marks. I honestly only get acne in this small area on my cheek, I get a few on my chin or right side but it is mostly this area on my left cheek. And since they keep coming, the red marks get worse and don't heal, and when a new pimple comes in it looks even worse. I know that you are supposed to break out on switching pills before you get better, but I honestly don't think this is about my pill because I started this left cheek breakout while I was still on Alesse. Isn't it weird that I've had several different types of acne, all while on the same pill? I went from clear for a year, to mild breakouts, to random huge cysts, to riddled hormonal acne, to bad breakouts on just the left side of my cheek -- all while on Alesse for two years. I just don't really understand what this acne is. They are not big bumps, they only sometimes form whiteheads, they NEVER heal or they take months to do so and it is all in the exact same area. I'm getting so sick of this, I can't leave the house without makeup on anymore because my confidence is so low. I use all organic Eminence skincare products (and yes I have used BP in grade 9, and it ruined my skin), I eat healthy, drink lots of water, etc. If anybody has any advice for this kind of acne, please let me know, and thank you for taking the time to read this.