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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Identification Help

    I don't normally struggle with acne, but I've had three relatively small flesh-colored bumps on my upper lip line for over a year now. They're not painful or tender and are mostly dormant unless disturbed. Originally I had five, but I picked at a couple of them and (foolishly) tried to prick them once they were red and inflamed which as left me with two really noticeable scars. I'm guessing they'd be some kind of clogged follicle or something, especially since I'm pretty sure that I first noticed them a year ago when I shaved my upper lip (I haven't attempted to do that again since) and a couple of them have the tiniest bit of brown pigmenting on the top if you look close enough, but I haven't been able to identify this specifically yet. I've been trying to exfoliate them specifically when I wash my face for about a week now. There has been no positive changes, if anything, they seem slightly larger but they aren't angry or red or anything. I'd really like to rid myself of them at this point, but I'm afraid to mess around with them. Does anyone know what this is, and/or know of any at-home remedies I could try? Thanks for your time.
  5. Ok let's be real everyone has popped a pimple right? Ok now when that is done I can continue. I have mild acne and only pop pimples were the puss is showing. I have 0 acne scars but my uncle tells me all the pimples I have popped will become scars in a couple of years is that true? Or will you get the scar after it heals (that's what I think). I'm panicking about this cuz I really don't want acne scars. And no I don't pop pimples often.
  6. Sudden acne

    I'm 21 and my skin has never been great... although recently it's been getting worse and worse. Can anyone tell me what's wrong by looking or what I can do to help? I'm starting to use apple cider vinegar as a toner as of today but this is really affecting my confidence. Not sure if my forehead looks like yeast!
  7. CLOSED COMEDONES!!!

    Alright so I've had closed comedones for over a year and they've completely deteriorated my self confidence and wouldn't be able to look into mirrors in some light, I was so embarrassed of myself for so long. I've spent countless hours on this website trying to look for cures on these little suckers, and PAULAS CHOICE 2% BHA LIQUID has always popped up it the price point has been too high to take the risk on it being ineffective. One day I was so desperate that I was willing to do anything to get rid of them so I bought it. It arrived and I started using it, I started breaking out 2 months now but realized that the pimples were in the same spot as the closed comedones were, I imeddiatly knew at that moment that it was PURGING after that it's 4 months in and my skin is dramatically more smooth and 90% of the comedones are gone! This product was honestly a MIRACLE for me put please keep in mind to be PATIENT as people product wont work over night, a it has took me 4 months for my skin to see dramatic improvement. This product has personally worked for me very well but MIGHT NOT WORK FOR YOU.
  8. 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.
  9. 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??
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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?
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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:(
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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?