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  1. I am 15 male and am 100% confident that my acne is being caused by an androgen increase. My skin isn’t oily, dry, or sensitive. I wash my face with Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile and use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion afterwards. I drink a gallon of water a day, exercise, and have a fair diet. I have acne on my face, upper back, and the top of my thighs along with a few pimples on my neck. How can I get rid of my acne?
  2. Hey guys id realllllllly appreciate some help. my sisters graduation is in florida and Im supposed to leave next friday to attend. However, i had two tiny white heads healing about an inch from each other and then a pretty large cyst came up in between the two and then started oozing and became raw so it turned this whole area on my upper cheek into a giant mess. its been about a week and a half (will be two weeks on Monday) and it still hasn't healed. Parts of it flaked away and left red shiny skin and then some parts just look like its a really thick piece of dead chunky skin but if i were to remove it it would be raw underneath. Heres what I've tried: -keeping it moist with neosporin aquaphor and a bandaid for days at a time -just airing it out/letting it dry -suuthe skin repair (essential oils, shea butter, bees wax, usually heals my wounds in under 3 days) -aloe -zinc oxide nothing has worked..the past few days its looked the same and its just bleh. but its not painful or anything so i don't think its infected..just not healing. can anyone please help me with how to heal it? I'm desperate because i only have one more week to heal it.
  3. Hi! I am 14 yeas old. I've had acne since I was 12. I've tried many things except for a facial. I've been to a dermatologist but nothing helped. I don't want temporary acne pills, nor I don't want to be on accutane. Should I get a facial? Also, I have these colorless bumps almost all over ym face now. What are these? I also have "whiteheads" that don't go away. I feel hopeless.
  4. Sorry, this is kinda graphic. I've been getting little blackheads on my legs and they don't go away over time so I've been... removing them with tweezers. It kinda hurts to have to pull the white thing out though cause all this clear stuff and blood comes with it and it leaves a scar. T_T Is there a better way to get rid of them? Also- pimples. Or pimple rather since there's only one. Don't have any needles or rubbing alcohol so I've been putting toothpaste on it for the past two days. Twice a day I take it off and squeeze white gunk out of it. Sometimes blood comes out too but I kept going cause there was more white stuff mixed in. But now the clear stuff that was in my blackheads is coming out with the blood and there's no sign of the white stuff. Should I be worried? I haven't heard of clear fluid coming out of pimples so idk if it's good or bad.
  5. I'm on my third month of accutane on 40mg a day as I've had a LOT of side effects, mainly being dry everywhere! Anyway one day I woke up with a weird white tiny lump on my upper waterline of my eye, it made my eye so so itchy for the whole day and it was uncomfortable to blink. I prodded it with a cotton bud in the evening and it basically burst straight away, so it was like having a yellow head type of spot on my waterline... then it was suddenly gone! I am just wondering anyone else has experienced anything similar? my dermotologist says its nothing to worry about as it disappeared quickly but it was a weird experience haha!
  6. Red Nose for 2 years

    Hi Im 19 years/male I have for about 2 years a red nose because of acne. I ve been to many doctors but nothing helps. Do you guys can fix my problem? Sorry for my bad english...
  7. I am almost scar free!!

    Hey guys so I have combination oily and sensitive skin with mild acne and my skin is very prone to breakouts now and then and I had really bad scarring on my cheeks and forehead because I am a picker (I know, bad) but I tell you my current regimen is working wonders! Here's how; The main product I think is reducing my scars is the Kojic Acid soap by Koji San. This is a whitening soap which helps to lighten blemishes and fade them over time. I bought a deal on eBay for 3 bars for around £13, I'm already on my second bar because they are a little bit small but it has been the most effective thing I have been using to clear the scars in my opinion. I use this soap morning and night (in the morning make sure to use a hydrating moisturiser with SPF if you are going outside). at night I like to use aloe Vera to moisturise my face followed by clearasil's anti blemish treatment and a spot treatment of nadinola fade cream. as well as all the products, I have also been taking acne clearing supplements I got at my local chemist, I have previously tried the more expensive over the counter ones but they weren't as effective as the ones I take now (boots alternative acne relief) which are also a lot cheaper. The main ingredients in this are burdock root extract and blue flag which is a traditional herbal medicidinal product for skin relief i also take L-glutathione tablets which is a natural skin brightening supplement with numerous health benefits such as immune function, anti aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxident, liver health, etc. on top of all this I am also drinking plenty of water, green tea, eating lots of fruit and veg and also exercising where possible. I hope this helps anyone suffering the same sort of issue. I am very sorry I don't have before and after pictures because when my scarring was really bad I was disgusted with my skin and never thought to take any. This please take my word, my scars on my cheeks are nearly invisible! He whole process took around 1-2 months. Note: i am not trying to change the colour of my skin I am just trying to lighten the scars.
  8. Hello, I have had big pimples on my nose for the past 3 years and they left me with raised scars. I went to a dermatologist and she said steroid injections could help flatten them. However, I am unsure of steroid effects. Has anyone received similar treatment? What should I be aware of? Are there adverse side effects? And does it last? Any advice is appreciated!
  9. Hi, i'm following the acne.org regimen since 7 weeks now and i still breaking out, this gonna do 2 weeks i add AHA+ to my regimen and i wanted to know if i have to pop my pimples if i'm following the regimen or have to don't touch it ?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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/
  18. 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??
  19. 10 Year Old Cyst Finally Gets Popped 2017 man’s 10-year-old cyst finally gets popped!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!!!!
  22. 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!!!!
  23. Because I'll never know this feeling due to my deformed face.
  24. 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.