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  1. Dried pimple please help!

    ok so a couple of days ago it looked like I had a blind pimple, so i used a heat compress and brought it to a head, or at least i thought i did. i squeezed it a couple of times before some puss finally came out. i woke up the next morning with a large red bump, but did not look like it had any puss under it. so know it looks like a dry bump and it will not go down. please help me and also tell me what i should put on it. thanks!
  2. Okay, so today I was popping some pimples (I know, I really should not) and I saw a very small, red pimple. I decided to pop it, but I could not and applied lots of pressure to it. Long story short, it got really red and swelled up and I stopped trying because I didn't want to make it worse. The picture is about 15 minutes after I popped it and put some acne treatment gel (it contains 5% benzoyl peroxide). What should I do now and how do I help it get better?
  3. INVITING YOU TO MY JOURNEY WITH ACCUTANE...I AM 32 YEARS OLD WITH MODEREATE ACNE STARTED OUT WITH SEVERE ACNE AND THROUGH TACKLING WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND 3 STEP SYSTEMS OUT THERE I JUST CANNOT GET RID OF IT. THROUGH NUMEROUS VISITS WITH MY DERMATOLOGIST SHE HAS FINALLY GAVE IN AND PRESCRIBED THE ACCUTANRE FOR ME..YAY!! TRUTH IS TO GET TO THE MODERATE STAGE THAT I AM IN NOW I JUST STOPPED WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND ANTIBOITICS. I WENT STRICTLY CLEANSING MY FACE WITH CETEPHIL DAILY CLEANSER AND MOISTERIZING WITH AVEENO NATURALS AND MY FACE STARTED CLEARING ON ITS OWN, BUT NOT TO THE POINT I WAS SATISFIED AND WAS STILL GETTINNG BREAKOUTS. I GUESS I NEED TO ADD THAT I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH ACNE UNTIL HIS PAST 2 1/2 YEARS I HAD FLAWLWSS SKIN WAS SO PROUD OF. NOT SURE WHAT THE TURN TO WORSE CAME FROM BUT IT IS VERY DEPRESSING AND EMBARASSING. IT'S LIKE EVERYTIME I FEEL I HAD IT UNDER CONTROL SLAP IN THE FACE THE ACNE WAS LAUGHUNG AT ME LIKE " YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ME UNDER CONTROL SORRY NOT THIS TIME TRY AGAIN..LOL " SO I FAUGHT THIS BATTLE ON MY OWN CAUSE I AM A FIGHTER AND I ALWAYS THINK I CAN TAKE ON MY OWN BATTLES AND CONCUR THEM SO IT WAS ALMOST 2 YEARS BEFORE I SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH TIME TO GO SEE A DERM. WHEN I TELL YOU I YOUTUBED UNTIL MY EYES HURT LIKE HELL AND BLOODSHOT RED LOOKING FOR NATURAL REMEMDIES TRYING TONS OF THEM, TO PROACTIVE, OVER THE COUNTER 3 STEP SYSTEMS, CLEAN AND CLEAR, NUETRAGENA, ETC YOU ALL GET THE POINT, THEY WOULD WORK FOR A FEW AND THEN OUT THE BLUE STOP WORKING SO WITH TRYING NUMEROUS THINGS YOU CAN SEE WHY I WAITING SO LONG TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST, CAUSE I JUST KNEW SOMTHING I DONE WAS GOING TO WORK. OK, SO ENOUGH OF MY LITTLE STORY AND INTO MY JOURNEY. STARTED 01/09/2017 1ST WEEK..... I FELT OK JUST HAD THE WEIRD FEELING MY BODY WAS ADJUSTING TO SOMETHNG NEW. I CAN SAY AT NIGHT I EXPERIENCED SOME BLURRED VISION NOT TO THE POINT THAT IT WOULD PUT MYSELF OR ANOTHER DRIVER IN DANGER. MY COWORKERS WERE ASKING WAS I OK AS I WAS NOT MYSELF THE PAST COUPLE DAYS. I FELT JUST FINE, BUT THEY THOUGHT OTHERWISE. I HONESTLY THINK IT WAS JUST MY BODY GETTING ADJUSTED. ALSO EXTREME COTTON MOUTH, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER 2ND WEEK.... STILL FEELING OK, BELIEVE I HAD GOTTEN A LITTLE MOODY SNAPPING ON MY BOYFRIEND FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT DIDN'T AMOUNT TO THE POINT WERE I NEEDED TO SNAP. I HAD SLIGHT JOINT PAIN. ALL THE EPISODES ONLY LASTED A COUPLE SECONDS AND IT WAS OVER SO NOTHING UNBARABLE. LIPS BECAME CHAP SO I JUST WENT AND PURCHASED SOME BURTS BEES BRAND NATURAL CHAPSTICK. DRY EYES HAD TO GO BUY SOME EYE DROPS. 3RD WEEK UNTIL CURRENT DAY/TODAY.... FEELING GREAT NOT MOODY, NO MORE BLURRED VISION OR JOINT PAIN FOR NOW AND NO MORE COTTON MOUTH .STILL HAVE DRY EYES. IN ADDITION TO MY DRY CHAPPED LIPS MY CHIN AREA IS NOW GETTING DRY. I AM STILL USING THE BURTS BEES FOR MY LIPS AND I USE AVEENO NATURALS CLEAR COMPLEXTION DAILY MOISTURIZER FOR MY FACE AND CHIN. I WASH MY FACE ONLY ONCE A DAY NOW AS I FOUND WASHING 2 TO 3 TIMES DAILY WAS MAKING MY ACNE WORSE. I USE THE CETEPHIL CLEANSER FOR MY FACE AND MOISTURIZE TWICE DAILY. THIS HAS BEEN WORKING GREAT FOR ME. SO FAR SO GOOD.
  4. What should I do?

    Hi! My name is Elwood. That is not my real name as I rather keep my actual name private. This came in last night and I'm going to a concert tomorrow night. I've opened it back up and clean it. For now I'm letting it heal. Is there anyway of it healing faster besides letting it be? Let me know. I'd greatly appreciate it! This picture below is of was once a pimple to the left of my nose. I had to use a social media camera because I couldn't get a better shot with my regular one.
  5. Hello. Does anyone had bad experiences with vitamin C ? I must use vitamin C for my collagen production, I think about Doctor's Best Vitamin C, but I'm scared about triggering acne out... https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Vitamin-1000mg-Count/dp/B005CD3J4O What do you think ? Thank you.
  6. Hi everyone, **Before you read any further, I wanted to let you all know why I am posting on acne.org tonight. I've been wanting to post this for a while because I know that many acne sufferers stalk each post and forum daily, endlessly looking for cures and solutions. I know because that's exactly what I did for 8 years straight. And I know how much of a negative impact suffering and obsessing over the clarity of your skin can have on your personal life, friends, family and academics. You are not alone and you are actually stronger than most people by having to go through this kind of emotional distress in life. It will make you stronger and smarter later, trust me. TBH, I can actually say that most readers and posters on this site are extremely literate and excellent internet researchers (always looking for that next possible cure haha). A bit about me, I am 25 years old and have been suffering from acne since middle school. Starting in middle school, I used by first acne product which was a Neutrogena acne bar soap. Of course, this escalated with the severity of my acne and I ended up using Proactiv all throughout High School to keep my skin clear. I thought that Proactiv was amazing at the time. Regardless of the price, it kept my skin crystal clear and who could really put a price on that right? ...Wrong. When I started college, my acne started to change and Proactiv was slowly losing its effectiveness (I had to start using it twice a day, faithfully again to reap 85% clarity). It was during this time that I started to obsess HARD about my skin and was probably on acne.org more than my studies. Acne held me back from dating, social confidence, attending class and more. I feel foolish that I let it affect me so much looking back, but I also know how real it is to have acne put you back... Fast forward 6 years and I was still on acne.org as well as googling any type of successful treatments out there (on bodybuilding. org forums too). I stopped using Proactiv and started experimenting with Cerave, Neutrogena, 5-star acne products on Amazon... anything really. And yes, I gave it 4-8 weeks to see if it was actually working. During this time, I was really messing up my skin. Coworkers and family were actively asking me what happened and recommending products to me which drove me insane and also really tore down any confidence I had even more. I even went to a dermatologist and the first thing he recommended was Accutane (rude but also understand some people had great outcomes with it). After I was faced with the decision to either go on Accutane, start antibiotics (which I definitely do not recommend!!!) or just let my acne go crazy and leave a lot more hyperpigmentation. ---I decided to just face my fears. At this point my acne was pretty bad and I did not want to risk my health just to have it potentially fixed for an indefinite amount of time. I decided to just listen to my dad and let my skin heal without products FOR A WHILE. No, this post isn't some hollistic preaching to use all natural products.. it's my successful experience with clearing my acne that I feel obligated to share with everyone in the hopes that I can help someone, or anyone. REGIMEN For the first month, I transitioned my skin off all my products. Using just warm water to rinse and pat dry with a towel. Yes, you will accumulate dead layers of skin. Try not to scratch or pick (unrealistic, I know). During this month, you will obviously have a period of increased acne, your face will itch when you sweat and your acne will heal faster when irritated or popped. The goal is to let your skin barrier heal and “reset”. *****Special PSA about acne products… QUIT while you’re ahead. Like everyone has mentioned to you, acne products are all a scam in the end. What they essentially do is kill all the bacteria on your face and sterilize your face, which does prevent acne and clear you but requires you to never be able to go without their products or change anything up in your routine without sudden breakouts (from bacteria reintroduction). Your skin is supposed to have good bacteria and your skin barrier works over age and time to normalize your skin oils to prevents clogged pores/pimples. What I am saying is, acne products are just a trap.****** The next month and a half, I stopped using any products and continued with just warm washes. Again, lots of dead skin, faster healing of popped pimples and itchy skin. Keep going! The next month I started applying Aloe gel mixed with oil-free lotion on my skin to re-moisturize and build a healthy skin barrier again. It was really all about healing to this point. My skin was calming down but definitely still breaking out with the normal cysts and small pustules. However, it was nice to have such an easy regime and calmer, less angry skin. During the next month, I grew tired of not having clear skin so I reintroduced some products that were A) NOT made for acne reviewed and regarded highly to not break you out. I started with and I am still using Shiseido Men Foaming Cleanser (gentle and main part that cleared my skin) paired with Shiseido Men Moisturizing Emulsion (thicker than their hydrating lotion and does not clog pores while ACTUALLY HYDRATING for once!) I then introduced the Shiseido Men deep cleansing scrub to alternate every two days with my foaming cleanser to add exfoliation (Really took my skin to the next level of consistent clarity) and also added their oil-free SPF sunblock. That’s it really. I know I may have missed a lot of details that I forgot to mentioned but I have outlined my overall journey to reset my skin balance before reintroducing more sustainable, healthy products to my skin. This really helped clear up my skin and give my confidence back. I plan to be active on this forum for a couple weeks/months to help answer and clarify any questions! I hate people who post with “cures” in it and then fall off the face of the planet. ***side note** i acknowledge that I am a guy and understand that women are more prone to hormonal acne which cannot be solved by resetting skin balance/new cleansers. My sister has hormonal acne and I can say that birth control paired with snail essence facial products made her skin flawless.
  7. I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis. I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: http://www.scienceprofonline.com/images/science-image-library/microbiology/growth-media/msa-pos-neg-bottom-SIL.jpg Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23377521 suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose. I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. https://i.imgur.com/6fiGHHH.jpg Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis. I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness. Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse. A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited account that you can check on Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/2t2cpu/elimination_of_staphylococcus_aureus_from_my_nose/
  8. swelling won't go away

    Please somebody help me....has anybody ever experienced, after popping a pimple or a cyst, a swelling that won't go away even after months??
  9. 10 Year Old Cyst Finally Gets Popped 2017 man’s 10-year-old cyst finally gets popped!
  10. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  11. Ok so I've been struggling with acne for around almost 2 years in a half, when I was younger I struggled with bad blackheads, then when I got to 8th grade I started to get really bad acne, to the point where I would cry constantly. Makeup wouldn't cover up a thing and I developed extreme insecurities. At the moment I started drinking coffee which in my opinion was the thing that really messed me up. Afterwards I spoke with my doc and she gave me the regular things like benzoyl peroxide which made my situation 20x worse my skin got an allergic reaction to it so I stoped immediately, then my doctor prescribed me to oral antibiotics to help my acne. After I realized coffee was probably the reason for it so I stopped immediately after taking my pill for around 5-6 months there was a difference I stopped taking it but mostly because it messed up my stomach and freshman year my skin was so much better I would get my regular pimples here and there for menstrual reasons and bad eating habits at times but for the most part I was all good. Sophomore year has started and stress has accumulated and lately my acne has had a sudden burst and I'm suddenly feeling like the way I started. I've been feeling not only stressed with school but also extremely insecure because of my acne. My acne has come much differently it's more painful and some hurt so bad like never before I don't get them all over but in certain areas like my cheeks and constantly. The pimples become bubble like and kinda of like double ups. I do squeeze them at times and I know I shouldn't but it's just I hate having my face this way and I feel like everyone stares at my face. All my friends have some what good skin besides me. My skin is a major insecurity. Recently I got these two pimples on my face which started rising last Thursday and I tried to prevent them but they got super huge. I tried my regular acne treatments, tried ice and nothing. They somewhat went don't BUT now two more pimples have formed around them so it's like three down and one on the side almost like an upside L and I can't cover them in any way they are like cysts they are in bubble form and they are super red and gross and I just wanna cry seeing my face like this. New Years is 4 days and I just want this to go down and away as fast and as much as possible, at least enough for them to some what look gone with good makeup. Bumps and makeup don't work out. Not to mention school starts in 6 days and the last thing I need is this PLEASE HELP!!!!
  12. Ok so I've been struggling with acne for around almost 2 years in a half, when I was younger I struggled with bad blackheads, then when I got to 8th grade I started to get really bad acne, to the point where I would cry constantly. Makeup wouldn't cover up a thing and I developed extreme insecurities. At the moment I started drinking coffee which in my opinion was the thing that really messed me up. Afterwards I spoke with my doc and she gave me the regular things like benzoyl peroxide which made my situation 20x worse my skin got an allergic reaction to it so I stoped immediately, then my doctor prescribed me to oral antibiotics to help my acne. After I realized coffee was probably the reason for it so I stopped immediately after taking my pill for around 5-6 months there was a difference I stopped taking it but mostly because it messed up my stomach and freshman year my skin was so much better I would get my regular pimples here and there for menstrual reasons and bad eating habits at times but for the most part I was all good. Sophomore year has started and stress has accumulated and lately my acne has had a sudden burst and I'm suddenly feeling like the way I started. I've been feeling not only stressed with school but also extremely insecure because of my acne. My acne has come much differently it's more painful and some hurt so bad like never before I don't get them all over but in certain areas like my cheeks and constantly. The pimples become bubble like and kinda of like double ups. I do squeeze them at times and I know I shouldn't but it's just I hate having my face this way and I feel like everyone stares at my face. All my friends have some what good skin besides me. My skin is a major insecurity. Recently I got these two pimples on my face which started rising last Thursday and I tried to prevent them but they got super huge. I tried my regular acne treatments, tried ice and nothing. They somewhat went don't BUT now two more pimples have formed around them so it's like three down and one on the side almost like an upside L and I can't cover them in any way they are like cysts they are in bubble form and they are super red and gross and I just wanna cry seeing my face like this. New Years is 4 days and I just want this to go down and away as fast and as much as possible, at least enough for them to some what look gone with good makeup. Bumps and makeup don't work out. Not to mention school starts in 6 days and the last thing I need is this PLEASE HELP!!!!
  13. Because I'll never know this feeling due to my deformed face.
  14. Hey guys! For over a year now, I have had a small-medium patch of tiny little bumps (almost like white heads) and darker pigmented skin in the area on my cheek! The reason I've only started worrying now, is because it seems to have spread on to my other cheek (refer to 2nd photo) and ignore my lil bit of peach fuzz in photos! The patch is not painful, or itchy, it's just kind of there! I tried apple cider vinegar and betamethasone, toothpaste, the whole nine yards. If anyone has any suggestions or has experienced this/knows what this is (or if I should just see dermatologist) please respond below! If you zoom in on photos you can see all the tiny little clusters of pimples(very weird!). Anyways, Thank you so much for your help in advance! Best wishes.
  15. I've had a blackhead (?) For a little bit and i havent been really bothered about it. Kept washing my face to try and rid of it but it hasn't really gone anywhere. Today, i was drawing and my face cheek had gotten itchy so I went to go an itch it but then it kinda stung and I stopped drawing completely. I realized I scratched that blackhead/pimple thing and I went to the bathroom and now I have a hole in my face? I might be making a huge deal out of this but im very sensitive about my looks iguess? Idk if anyone has advice to close it up or to help reduce its size?? It looks worse to me in person but yea!! If anyone could help i would love to hear it
  16. Red

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  17. Hi everyone this problem has been bugging me since 8-9 months ago ever since i got a bad sunburn without any protection (I was clueless back then :/) Anyways i used to have near clear since back before the sunburn and about a month after, i started to have acne as shown in the picture attached. At first it was just one side of my cheek, then after a few weeks it became the same on both sides, most of the acne are located on the cheek and occassionally one or two will pop out around the mustache or chin area. In the picture, I was at home and resting which meant that the acne is at it's "calmest", however when i walk around or stay in a stuffy place it will flare up and the red will be more obvious. My current skincare regimen is pretty simple, I use cetaphil gentle cleanser, organic aloe as moisturizer and oxy10. This problem is really bugging me right now and adding to my insecurity especially since i just had clear skin not too long ago, i doubt it is teenage breakout as i've pretty much past puberty and the acne has been staying for a pretty long period (8-9 months). I'm pretty sure that the sunburn was the trigger event as i experienced hyperpigmentation on my forearms as well but they were gone after 2 weeks. Another theory i have is that whenever i sleep and lie on one side that side will become worse over the next few days. Attachments: First picture was left cheek two days ago (example of bad flareup) 2nd and 3rd are pictures of calm acne 4th and 5th are from the same day calm acne under different lighting Please, can anyone help identify and recommend tips for my problem? Thank you! -Male/19
  18. So yeah...

    So after my bad reaction to Obagi Skin Products (crazy regimen) this is how I look. I have no used the products in over a month and in fact, I returned them all and got my $700 (almost $800) back. I am still on accutane and will go into my third month now. I am requesting a higher dosage because I have been taking 20mg. I use SHea Moisture african soap in a cleanser form morning and night and that's it. I dont know what to do, part of me wants to look into buying the Acne.Org Regimen but i cannot keeep damaging my face. PLS HELP
  19. my skin has been so crappy this year. i used to get just normal sized pimples like 3-4 on my face. but since i started using the clarisonic(which ive stopped) and randomly in the beginning of january i have them all over! on my forehead, cheeks, chin, temples i have small red bumps/pimples everywhere! on my forehead there are many skin colored ones. what the heck! how do i treat these.
  20. Sudden Breakout

    Help!!! I'm 21 and I haven't had clear skin since I was 18. I had a terrible breakout this summer. It was really horrible, pimples just spread in my face and I was finally able to clear it up a month ago when I started using proactiv, though there are still marks. I was starting to hope that I can be acne free too. When I ran out of proactiv, my mom's friend gave me free arbonne products to test. It was going well for the first two weeks. I even started to wear less make up. I was so happy last week until I got a sudden breakout this week. Now my face is so red. Papules started appearing on my cheeks, chin and forehead. I thought maybe it was because of the Clean & Clear moisturizer that I was using but now I'm not really sure. I used mud mask last Wednesday to at least clear my pores but it didn't work. What should I do to treat these papules? It really feel horrible cos Thanksgiving is coming and people are going to see me like this.
  21. It's a complicated theory, and I actually developed this theory not because I was looking for an explanation of pimples, but of atherosclerosis, and I found out they are caused by the same thing: Dying phagocytes. In short, intestinal bacteria tries to enter the body through the gut lining, phagocytes kill them, and the dead phagocytes in this ongoing intestinal war either end up in atherosclerotic lesions or pimples. I'm not going to explain the entire theory here, if you guys want to know the entire theory, I can post a link to my original thread that discusses it (Or I can copy and paste it here). In short, to treat acne through diet: Eliminate all sources of sucrose/fructose [Candy, chocolate, sweets, smoothies, basically anything sweet. Even fruits.]; intestinal bacteria grows like gang busters off these two. Eliminate all sources of 'dirty food' [think dark meats, rotten food and the like] Eliminate wheat and other gluten products(Like Rye and Barley) [The gliadin protein in the wheat increases intestinal permeability which essentially opens the gates to your body to the invading bacteria] For acne in particular, I would suggest eliminating dairy. Don't really understand it's bacterial connection, but I do know it boosts blood sugar levels (insulinotropic), which itself probably helps boost the invading bacterial populations. And, I notice I get pimples if I consume a lot of dairy. For suggested food groups. Anything that helps keep the intestine clean, like garlic, cocoa, coffee, wine, vinegar, pungent citrus fruits[lemons/limes], fermented foods, really, most any pungent sharp/acidic food. For replacement carbs(for wheat), there's plenty of options (I'm going to list what I think are the healthier options first). Maize (Non-sweet corn, has more glucose than sucrose), Sweet potatos, Peas, Cassava, Carrots and then among grass seeds: Quinoa, Rice(Brown and white), Millet, Oats, etc. [Oats do not contain gliadin and do /not/ increase intestinal permeability. But, I would advise watching portion sizes because of its high GI.]. I personally prefer the vegetable carbs over the grass seed carbs, they have less controversy over their builtin protections(potentially harmful to humans)[such as saponins, goitrogens, phytates, etc.] and some of the longest living cultures historically consumed vegetable carbs. Maize in South America, Sweet Potatos in Okinawa, Cassava in Africa, etc. They also have nutrients that white rice doesn't have, and doesn't take forever to boil like brown rice. They also usually don't need to be rinsed like grains /should be/, though if you picked them fresh from the field, I'd recommend rinsing the dirt off, lol. Boiled vegetables also usually have a lower GI than white rice/oats, potentially lowering diabetes risk and leaving you fuller longer. They also tend to have plenty of important vitamins and minerals, like potassium (And if farms fully restored the mineral content to the soil, they would also be rich in magnesium.) Update: I also forgot to mention Eggs. I believe raw eggs have strong antibiotic properties (The albumin is supposed to nourish and protect the yolk), and eggs definitely seem to help lower and stabilize blood sugar levels when consumed in a meal (raw or not) [I believe keeping blood sugar levels in check probably helps keep invading bacterial populations down. Diabetics seem to have a problem with infections. Regular exercise and strength training also helps suppress and regulate blood sugar levels.]. I've noticed so many people who live superlong lives consume eggs, even that one guy whose cats lived to 32 or some such. I speculate the reason why the phagocytes don't filter through the kidney and out the urine is because the phagocytes are too large (They'd end up sticking to the kidney's filters, which it appears some of them do, probably leading to kidney failure in some people.), so they need to go through something a bit more 'open'; your pores. Why some of the dead phagocytes stick to the vessel walls in the form of arthersclerosis is a mystery to me; perhaps the body doesn't really know it's detrimental, since it's usually harmelss in the short-term /until/ it becomes too advanced in the longterm. Perhaps there's evolutionary reasons I could speculate about. Maybe it needs to cement the bacteria down right away to prevent it escaping and potentially risking sepsis.
  22. Hello everyone, I'm started my second course of accutane last week. I really enjoyed reading other people's experiences so I'm going to start a weekly log posting to share my experience with you. Background info:I'm a 21 year old male and my acne began in 12 th grade and persisted. In my first year of college my dermatologist put me on 70 mg/day does of Accutane for my acne which was considered moderately-severe. My system absorbed this very well and killed my acne completely in a short course of 5 moths. If I remember correctly I got side effects 2 weeks in, a very mild initial breakout 3 weeks in, and it was all up from there. I remember thinking in my 3rd month, "why am I still taking this?". My skin was flawless at this point. Fast forward a year...I'm in second year college now and I'm beginning to feel the stress of school , and probably the effects of lack of proper nutrition. This combined with drinking alcohol has brought on some cystic, hormonal acne. It's really not bad, about one big zit every two weeks that I could cover up with my ex-girlfriends makeup pen if I wanted.Present day:The hormonal acne has persisted and slightly worsened so I decided to start course two. I like to think of my case as a silent killer, it's bad enough to effect my looks, but not bad enough to demand immediate attention. I get frustrated now looking at it in the mirror, "why me!?". Haha well Anyways, I'm sick of it so it's time to put an end to it. It's been 7 days since my dermatologist started me on round 2 at 70 mg/day. After the second day my face was extremely red and chapped. I'm beginning my initial breakout period, it's definitely noticeable but I've seen much worse. Today (day 7),the side effects remain similar. I scratched my face and some of the acne just flaked off, so that's AWESOME. However, I know to prepare for a bumpy road ahead with more breakouts in the horizon and slow healing. There's a girl in my classes who I like so I'm gonna have to compensate this mess with personality I guess. If you made it this far, here's some tips!1. WATER! I believe this is the sole reason the drug works so well with me. I'm constantly hydrating.2. Alcohol is okay if you stay in the 'tipsy' stage, but it causes breakouts. 3. Multi-Vitamins. Common sense right? D,C, and E (found in multi-vitamins) are very good for your skin!4. Chapstick and moisturizer are obvious.5. Fresh pillow case. The amount of accumulated oil on your pillow needs to be considered. I change mine every two days. 6. Your secret weapon... Smile! The most attractive thing about someone is happiness, I'll forget you even have acne and so will you. It'll be over soon if you're on accutane so just own it. *If you're not on accutane, and you suffer from acne, definitely get on it. It's safe, I've done my research. I use the "epuris" brand. Ask your doctor, it'll change your life.Anyways, I'm going to take my pills now.I would love to see questions, suggestions, or hear your story!
  23. Hey guys! ive been taking Accutane for about 3 months and a week, about 94 days now! i have made 2 videos, one at day 0 and one at day 92. before i began Accutane i really wanted to see a wide variety of people experiences, if anyone is curious what it is like to be on start Accutane, and a regiment that has worked (for me at least) check out my channel! i will make probably 2 more videos in the series, so subscribe, and like if i helped you any! thank you!
  24. so i had this large pimple and i popped it, it scabbed, and started to heal up. However, a large painful one sprouted up next to it and it was too painful so I gave in and squeezed it and i was squeezing so hard that my nails slipped and took off a layer of the skin. please someone, what is the best way to heal this?