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  1. I hate my skin

    Hi, I'm a 14-year-old girl. I don't have acne but I get pimples and they make me hate my skin so much. I feel like everybody is looking at my skin and not at what I am really like as a person. I recently tried Apple Cider Vinegar for my clogged pores in the middle of my forehead and it just made everything so much worse. I hate the disappointment of trying a new product thinking it will be the miracle and breaking out all over your entire face. I feel like boys will never like me. My skin always gets an oily sheen as soon as I get to school. I can't even look in the mirror anymore because I hate what I see. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong with my skin. I wash my face twice a day with Garnier face wash and moisturise straight afterwards. I have a clean pillow and I never touch my face throughout the day. I eat hardly any sugar and am thinking of starting a dairy free diet. But as I am still growing I'm not sure if that is the healthiest option? Has anyone cleared their skin by eliminating dairy? Please help, I believe I am starting to become depressed over my skin. Thankyou
  2. Hi! im a 19 year old female who's been dealing with severe acne since the age of 11 or 12. I've tried absolutely everything to get rid of it or at least lessen the severity of it- Dermatologist visits, diet change, exercise and lifestyle changes in general, topical and oral medications prescribed by dermatologist, OTC ointments and cleansers and masks and scrubs and exfoliants and on the spot treatments , I drink a ton of water every day, change my bed sheets and pillow cases almost daily, and am sure not to touch my face. I have become extremely self conscious of my skin and my skin condition is on my mind literally all hours or the day and I know stressing about it doesn't help. I wake up every day with more bumps under my skin or another whitehead. Every. Single. Day. I have no confidence because of my acne .i cannot leave my house without putting makeup on, which is only about twice a week. (I wear makeup that's safe for acne prone skin and all products I use are safe for acne prone ,sensitive skin, and I am extra careful to be sure to get all makeup off as soon as I get home). Even though makeup covers redness and discoloration and the reddish/purpleish scarring from the acne, it obviously doesn't cover texture. My skin is just very bumpy. It's like bumpy "blind pimples" under my skin that haven't come to a head yet so they arent whiteheads. I notice it especially when I'm examining my face in the mirror upclose and with my phone's flashlight on my face to really see everything. If I pick and pick and try hard enough to pop them ,they'll pop but it'll also leave a nasty bloody, wet scab from picking it to a raw pulp which is even harder ,sometimes impossible ,to cover with makeup since it leaks through makeup (luckily I've been able to control my urge to pick and pick and pick at my face lately) But my skin is just bumpy and with makeup you can still see the bumpy texture. The texture I think even looks worse with makeup on. What is this? They're mostly on my chin and jawline and cheek area. I do a microdermabrasion face mask once or twice a week, or basically whenever I wear makeup after I take it off at the end of the day. The mask I use is from a company called "e-ra organics" I think. And it comes in a small white bottle labeled "revive microdermabrasion". It exfoliates with the beads in it and makes sure all makeup and dirt is out of my skin On top of my generally bumpy skin texture I still get those red bumps up on my skin that aren't quite a head yet but aren't below the surface anymore. I usually end up popping them anyway as it's easier to pop and if done right don't leave scab. but when I do pop anything I make sure I use a clean needle and tissue/toilet paper and clean hands and I wash my face after wards. The condition of my skin is very frustrating but I'm really concerned mainly now about the bumpy texture. what is it? What can I do about it? Any products to help my skin texture ?
  3. Help pimples forming

    Around 4 pimples forming 2 already scarred my nose why alll of a sudden and how do i preventtt .
  4. So , I think i haven proven well for myself that every single time i eat mcdonalds fries and their other food ... i get huge pimples!!! .. at first i thought maybe it could be stress because i have been a little stress but i would go a week without eatting it and my face would be so clear, and then i did a week where i ate it and bam pimples everywhere and big ones and i thought maybe to make sure i would go another week without eatting it and again face would be clear and then i ate it and pimples would begine to appear sooo ill probably never eat there fries or anything there again .. seems like they either use to much oil or it's something else in the food ... why i say that is because i tried other fast food places like wendys and burger king and my face was normal so im assuming mcdonalds is doing something different... has anyone else discovered this ?? Or if u have big pimples and u eat mcdonalds , i would try to not eat it ... works for me .. maybe it would work for others so yea
  5. I have had acne around my mouth for about 12 months now. It keeps getting worse and does not go away. I am 15 years old. I just visited my dermatologist and he prescribed oral acne medication. So far it hasn't worked (4 days in). Every day I wash my face in the morning and night. I wash with Neutrogena Naturals Acne Foaming Scrub, and PanOxyl 10% wash. After the shower, I apply Aczone, but I've been running out so I sometimes apply Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Facial Treatment Moisturizing Lotion. The problem is nothing is working and my acne still persists around my mouth. It is also on my nose (big red pimples that come and stay for like a month, then fade away but come back again), pimples between my eyebrows, and some acne on my forehead. What can I do to clear this up?
  6. hello guys, i wanted to share with you all some of the effects of masturbation regarding acne.As we hit puberty a few changes are made in our body i.e. hormonal changes,which result in production of oil on our skin,when we masturbate excessively this oil production also increases and in time it leads to acne breakout. Many doctors and experts say that masturbation is not related to acne but sadly it is(indirectly). Excessive masturbation raises the internal temperature of our body excessively due to which our body responds to our activities in the form of acne breakouts and other symptoms may include low stamina,whitening of hair,patchy beards in boys,swollen face,dry skin,fuzzy vision,lower back pain. The ways in which one can overcome acne is by quitting masturbation and by quitting watching porn. Reply me if you guys want any help for quitting masturbation and quitting watching porn.
  7. Ok, so I don't know how i will start talking about this, but let me just give you a brief discussion about myself. I am male and 17 years old, I used to have a clear and smooth but sensitive skin, no pimples even small signs of having it. I used to be so conscious about my skin, I don't go outside especially when it's hot or i wear a cap. I am not into swimmings or going into beaches unless it's an overnight. It's like I'm afraid of the sunlight, but some say that it's good for your skin. HOW IT STARTED It started when I was a 9th grader, I saw a pimple under my lips. It shocked me of course, and I was bothered by it. I wasn't completely aware of those things so I asked Mom about products that would help me to get rid of it. My mom recommended me of using an anti-bacterial soap, but it didn't help me so I tried researching some products. Next, I used some creams to apply it on the single pimple i had and yeah it dried and finally was gone after a few days. But then, it's not done yet. After that few days, I had a lot of small-growing-like pimples on my cheeks and it bothered me again. It made me wanna stay in the house and never go outside to see people because I was embarrassed of it. I tried using again the cream, but then I noticed that it left me some marks on my cheeks. When I was 10th grader, that was the time that i became emotional because i really had a lot of pimples (or I should say acne because it worsened the condition) I was emotionally depressed. I rejected some hang outs with my friends because I didn't want them to see me like this. I was afraid of being around, surrounded by people because I knew that they were just gonna tease me or something else. As days passed by, my acnes were getting smaller and I was relieved by that. I also started washing my face twice a day by a mild cleanser and moisturizer and taking capsule for acnes. I still got acne on my jaw, and I was not convinced yet. I felt like "these need to be gone". 11th grader. My pimples were gone (not all but let's say there's still 3 or 4), but I had my scars, which came back from being emotional again plus the marks that were left too. I tried researching again and discovered that lemons are good (some say) for your scars because it will lighten your face, making your scars less noticeable, and yeah i tried it for about 1 week and two things happened: It lightened my face and reduced the redness of some of my pimples. It triggered some of my small pimples, making it larger than the usual. I should also say that it stung me a lot and it made my face dry even though I diluted it in a normal amount of water so I stopped using it and drank instead the left lemons in the fridge. Several weeks passed by, I could say that my pimples were gone on my left cheek, just a few marks left on both sides of jaw and on my right cheek and I was glad by that (I'm still taking capsules). I was completely confident again of hanging out with my friends. BUT THIS IS THE MAIN THING Since I was confident now to go with my friends, we went to a beach (even though I don't want to). I applied sunscreen of course to protect me from the sun before splashing into the water, we also went hiking in about 12 noon so I wore my cap, for about 5 hours to avoid the sunlight from hitting me on the face, we ate a lot in different restaurants and happily went home. When I woke up, I was just totally shocked! So many pimples and whiteheads appeared! I didn't know why something like this happened, but i knew it was from the vacation that we had. And I also suspected 3 things to where it came from, maybe it was from: Sun (But you know, I applied sunscreen and I let it to dry on my face. I also wore cap.) Saltwater (I stayed on the sea, and some say that saltwater can dry up your face and trigger pimples, but then I brought my moisturizer and used it.) Sunscreen (I researched and said that not all sunscreens are suitable for each other, and also it can cause pimples if you picked the wrong one.) So yeah, my face is full of pimples again, mostly whiteheads. As of now, I'm being emotional again and depressed. In my circle of friends, I was the only one that encountered this situation. I asked mom about going to a dermatologist, but she just said "patience is the key". I couldn't also wait for any longer because classes are soon to start. I don't even want to touch it nor check it on the mirror. I want to see a dermatologist, if i had just enough money Please send help. I can't believe that this happened to me. Think about it, you're taking care of your face then suddenly in one vacation, your life turned into a disaster. I know some will say that I am just overreacting, but please you don't know how it feels to be in this kind of situation. Anyway, forgive my english lol. I just really want these to disappear because I feel irritated. Throwback to the times that I still have a clear face, when I was washing my face, it felt like I was washing a smooth glass. But now, it feels like washing some bumps on your face Am I the only one experiencing this on 2017?
  8. HELP pimple takeover !!!!

    Hi guys for the last few weeks ive had a few outbreaks of pimples on my nose. These pimples have reformed and have a small black dot on the pimple which are raised like volcanoes. Also i have 3 or 4 on my nose . When i pop it they turn dark purple and scar which i dont want . If i dont pop it they look like bloody volcano pimples and look unpleasent. Pls help ive tried everything
  9. Hey Girls, My name is Sarah and am 19 years old from Melbourne, Australia. I've been on Estelle 35 (generic brand of Diane- 35) due to skin problems. I have never had bad skin as such, but the hormonal pimples I do have on my forehead and on my cheeks in particular have made me really self conscious (especially during the day time and harsh lighting) and this is the reason why I've decided to try this Pill. - See photos below. In the past, due to myself not being confident in my skin, have tried so many different options: - Creams, - Exfoliators, - Bezac, - Doxycycline Oral Antibiotic (which WAS amazing, but you can only be on this antibiotic for a maximum time of 8 months... after being off the antibiotics for 3 months, the pimples did eventually come back... which brings me to trying out this Pill), - Epiduo, - Many different skin routines... SO many different things, and nothing has really worked out for me long term So far (2 and a half months in), I haven't seen much change in my skin. I've read various reviews from acne.org and have come to the conclusion that I should see effective results between the 3 - 6 month range... I just want it to show results as soon as possible. I am usually such a patient person, though with this pill and not seeing any positive changes to my skin as of yet, I'm slowly getting impatient. I just have to stick it out, but I need it to show results soon, just so I can start feeling confident in myself again. As far as side affects go, I haven't had any (so far)... maybe only increased appetite, but that's not too much of a major issue for me, so I guess I've been quite fortunate. In saying all this, I do want to keep you posted on my progress as the review page has honestly shown me so much and giving my input will hopefully help some of you who are going though the same thing. I will be updating every few weeks or so on my blog, so feel free to ask questions on my page or simply just comment if you are going through the same thing. We're all in this together. xx ForeheadLeft Cheek
  10. Water and acne?

    Can drinking tap water be bad for acne as it may not be filtered? I don’t usually drink a lot of water but I am starting to now as I want to improve my acne, I am worried that if I suddenly start to drink a lot now my skin will get a lot worse as it can purge if toxins are brought to the surface of skin due to suddenly drinking a lot of water, would a solution to this be to ease into it and slowly drink more and more water? Is drinking bottled water better than tap water for acne? Some people do say that toxins from plastics in bottles may be bad?
  11. So I had this blackhead at the top of my nose, and I guess it wasn't ready because I squeezed it for like ten minutes. It finally came out but now today I have a red spot where it used to be??! It looks similar to those red birthmarks some people have, and it hurts a little when I touch it. Help is this permanent?? I Should have never picked at my face
  12. I'm starting to get so overwhelmed by acne. I feel like it's never going to go away. I start work in an hour and all I want to do is wash all my makeup off, crawl under my sheets and pretend that I don't exist. I've been trying to fix my skin since I was a teenager. I'm almost 25 now. It feels like I've tried everything and my life has revolved around my skin for so long. I recently went off Diane-35 after giving it another shot for a year. It didn't seem to change my skin and I suffered from some pretty awful side effects. Since then, I've tried Clindatech, and then Duac. I've been taking Saw Palmetto. I stopped eating dairy. I eat healthier than anyone I know. I stopped drinking coffee. I feel like I try so hard to fix my skin but it always looks so terrible. I have the most disgusting inflamed pimples all over my chin. I hate looking in the mirror. I've just started using Epiduo and taking Doxycycline. I'm so scared that they won't work because then the only thing left to try will be Roaccutane. Anyway, this is my first time posting after a lot of lurking and there wasn't really much point to it. I guess I just want to be sad about my skin without my friends telling me that no one notices and that it only bothers me (which is very sweet and I don't expect them to let me wallow - but I guess I just wanted to say this to people who might understand).
  13. I have suffered from mild-moderate acne for about 3 years now, but it has always been focused on my forehead. Recently last year, I managed to clear my skin and I was acne free for about 2-3 months but then suddenly, at the start of this year, I broke out on my cheeks (which I have never had before!). This really damaged my self esteem and caused me to see a dermatologist. Since then, I have been prescribed yasmin birth control (been on it only fora week though)to help clear up my skin along with Stieva-A cream (which is a retinoid, used for 2 months) to help with acne along with scarring. It has been approximately two months and my acne is worst than ever. I have breakouts on my forehead and cheeks and I just feel so depressed. I don't want to go out in public. I don't want to see my boyfriend. I don't want to live anymore. I feel shit about myself constantly, I feel like people are watching me. I feel like everyone is looking at my acne and judging me. I always look at people's skin and just envy them for their beautiful clear skin. I'm so sad. I no longer have motivation to do anything because of my acne. I'm sick of this despair and struggle. Nothing seems to be working for me.
  14. I started using Epiduo 11 days ago. The first few days, I thought I'd struck it super lucky. I wasn't experiencing any of the side effects I'd read about. Boy was I wrong! From about day 8 onward my skin felt like I'd thrown acid on it as soon as I used it. Actually, I think putting on my (stupidly expensive) moisturiser is even worse - so painful!! And that would actually be FINE if my face wasn't bright orangey red, peeling, raw AND breaking out. Sooo just wondering, how long can I expect to be in this much pain/look this terrible? I'm really hoping it's like a 2 week thing.
  15. I have giant pores around my nose and near my eye area. They are NOT blackheads, and contain no pus (usually; every now and then i'll get a few pimples near there). I also have these open pores on my nose, tiny little holes and it pisses me off just looking at them (some of them are blocked). i believe that pore strips are the reason my pores became so big and stretched out! Any natural inexpensive (50 and under) I puke rest them? I feel as if I am the only person who struggles with this, so if you've had an expierience like this please comment! I haven't exfoliated in a while from those pictures since it makes the bumps more noticeable and texturized. Please Help! I do wear makeup everyday (foundation included) but i make sure to cleanse my face every morning and night with witch hazel as a toner. Also i am prescribes with RetinA but I feel it seems to only make parts of my face really oily or really dry.
  16. I have had these bumps on my inner thighs and even butt for months now. Don't know what they are but they won't go away. What is it?
  17. 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?
  18. Update on the lemons

    So the lemons have been making my face look and feel better but recently where i have my acne scars they have been getting red around it and im sure its from the lemons. I was trying to put on moisturizer but it burned really bad, (it did not make my whole face red, only around my scars) I have stopped using lemons for a while, and i will try again soon. Also, this may only be for me im not sure if other people have experienced this problem
  19. Hi everyone, I'm posting here because I've been trying to figure out what I'm dealing with, and my derms aren't helping. I've been dealing with this weird outbreak on my face. I had pretty flawless skin last summer using basic nuetrogena products. But in November, I started noticing red, bumpy patches on both sides of my cheeks. I didn't think much of it, and just continued my routine of neutrogena acne wash + toner + occasional moisturizer. Everything was going alright until December near Christmas time. I started developing pimples near my mouth and chin. By New Year's Day, I had around 10, puss-filled heads on my chin. It was super out of nowhere. My parents were really concerned and started getting worried. I started getting acne on my forehead, as well. My diet before (and after) the breakout was clean. No dairy, no gluten. I ate primarily salmon, shrimp, egg whites, and chicken as protein sources. Occasional brown rice or quinoa. Ate a plenty of green vegetables and a variety of fruit. I sometimes treated myself to sugar-free jello or a piece of dark chocolate. Coconut milk was my milk of choice. Took probiotics. I also went to the gym 3 days a week because of school. I would go at least 5-6 days during the summer. So I felt diet was out of the question. I did some research and found out fungal acne was a thing. I went out and bought some Lotrimin at target and OH MAN. I thought my worries were over. My my chin and the rest of my face was the softest it ever had been. All that was left on my face were acne marks, but my face looked flawless with makeup, and I was super happy. Even one side of my cheek got cleared of bumps. Three tubes of lotrimin later, the cream stopped working. The whiteheads came back and I was livid. My mom set me up with a derm right after that. It was a terrible experience. One look, and they prescribed me antibiotic pills and 10% BP wash. I cried the rest of the day after leaving that derm office. I refused to take the pills and tried the BP wash. BP wash didn't do anything. After waking up with 15+ puss-filled heads on my chin one morning, I realized this was ridiculous. I had acne before, but nothing like this. This couldn't be acne. So I did research on the internet and acne.org, and found the term folliculitis. This seemed like the best explanation for my face. AND SO, for the last week I've been washing my face with Head And Shoulders and applying Polysporin (topical antibiotic) to my problem areas, nostrils, and ears. I haven't seen a huge difference like I did with the Lotrimin (antifungal), but it's better than the BP wash. I'm planning to get Hibiclens face wash today to try out. I've attached pictures of what my face looks like today. I'm drinking 2tbs of ACV with a glass of water before breakfast everyday. I haven't waxed my face in 5+ months so I don't irritate my skin. MY QUESTIONS: What do you think I have? Does my acne look/sound like folliculitis? Staph? If so, could it be fungal or bacterial? What other fungal creams/ treatment besides Lotrimin are out there? Please help. My face right now: For reference, here's my face after a week of lotrimin. Not perfectly clear like I was in the summer, but way clearer than I am now...
  20. Lemon for my spots

    I've been using fresh lemons on my face for about 4 days now, and I've noticed a really big difference. My spots are visibly lighter and my skin seems really glowy I have pretty dry skin.. but it doesn't seem to be bothering me. I ALWAYS moisturize after I apply lemon juice. Have you guys ever tried lemons on your face? If so comment how it worked out If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask
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  22. Inflamed pimples

    I NEED HELP! I am on a light pill from my doctor which cleared my skin up. For the past five months I've had zero breakouts, just marks left behind. Well this week every day I have been getting new pimples. I put my benzoyl peroxide on them last night and woke up to them being smaller but redness all over my forehead! I need to get rid of this fast as I have a big event in two days and i need my skin to look good! What do I do!? Thanks!
  23. Tiny bumps! Help!

    I'm 16. I have this tiny bumps and pimples in my forehead. I had it since October 2016 and I don't know what to do about it. Please give me an advice and things that might help me get rid of this. *in the pic, my pimples got recently dried up. Thanksss.
  24. Thank The Lord my skin has not broken out in a long time now. I had no big pre period / hormonal breakouts! I've been on my curology prescription 66 days now along with Spearmint tea. I've also been on spironolactone for over a month now. I thought spironolactone might be messing with my sleep so I've only been taking it in the am just in case. My doctor doesn't think it was the spiro but I'm paranoid I guess. Anyways I've also been using the zinc bar soap by Nobles for a month or so now. It's been working really well, using it 1-2 times a day doesn't dry out my sensitive oily skin! Praise God the skin is clear!!!:) I just have some marks left for I still get small stuff like blackheads and whiteheads, but hey that's nothing! Use my link to get your first month free! $5 shipping charge. https://curology.com/invite/USVN1SN
  25. What shampoo and soap is the best to use for people with bad acne? When showering should you soap yourself first and then wash your hair with shampoo last, I feel if I wash with shampoo first, then there is more time for shampoo on my face to aggravate my acne?