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  1. 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.
  2. Hello I just wanted to start a thread on no picking. I've tried for a couple years now and I feel that I am finally determined to do it after seeing all my scars. I only break out in big pimples on my forehead. That's the only spot I pick. I do occasionally get breakouts around my nose but not really. My big goal is 23 days. IDK why but if I make it that far I feel that I won't turn back! Right now, pretty bad breakout on forehead with a couple tiny red ones on my cheek. Picked like CRAZY today so today's day 0. I pick normally right before/after my shower. Instead of picking, I'll bring my laptop in and maybe listen to music instead of sit infront of the mirror and destroy my face. I've got this! Any tips? Let me know!
  3. Could anyone please help with identifying what could be the root problem for my acne? I'm male, 27 years old, acne since puberty. Around nose, mouth and on scalp. I have something opposite of cystic acne, pimples mostly show up on outer layer of skin. Of all the tests I'v taken and doctors visited, only IgG4 food sensitivity panel show up that there's something wrong with me. High sensitivity to grains and gluten, dairy, few fruits and veggies. But as weird as it sounds, most of the time it feels like the food sensitivities are not the major factor here, there are times when I look even worse when on a "healthy" diet, eating only meat and veggies. As if food sensitivities are just a part of some bigger, yet unidentified.
  4. i got this small bumps all over my forehead, and i tried using cetaphil cleanser but it doest really help. the bumps on my forehead has a hole on top of it, and inside the pimple theres like a white oily crystal please help. i really want to get rid of this. as a teenager it makes me so consious about my face. i feel ugly
  5. hello there... to be frank, im tired. im 23, asian (male), brown skinned (lighter than most since i hate sunlight). i have pimples. mostly its closed comedones but with inflamed ones sometimes. theyre mostly at my cheeks and lower jaw- more so at my left side of face, none at all at forehead. i started getting them ever since i was 17. i recall i used kojic soap at first, and for a miracle- it cleared me out. but it stopped working 4 years later and no products ever worked ever since. i tried tetrinoin+ hydroquinone (maxipeel)- didnt work, other kojic soaps )didnt work), orange soap (failed), some facial wash with bha, acv toner... everything i can afford. none ever worked. few just "normalaized" my skin (with jsut comedones only). i stopped buying clothes and other things except acne products. im really frustrated to tears. when i look at a mirror especially if its natural light, id see the bumps and i fee... its jsut sad im thinking of clawing these f*cks away from my face. i tried knowing my skin type, sometimes its oily but sometimes i think its combination (since its only at the cheeks MOSTLY), its frustrating not knowing and maybe this is the reason. i cut sugar and dairy as well in the past, didnt work., i never told people who know me, because theyd just laugh and not get it. i dont get why am i frustrated? im not attractive with my facial structure- i have an overbite, flat nose etc (much less the acne). why do i even try? but im tired. theyll never be cured. derma is too expensive. good god, when i talk to people i get paranoid. now im washing with a mild face wash, acv toner, aloe vera as moisturizer... < that regimen is "fine"= meaning i still have closed comedones and ones a week two inflamed pimples. lately i feel like shit because i added that st ives green tea scrub because i thought i must need exfoliation because of the inflamed pimples.- fuck my life.
  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. Hey all! My name is Rachel and I am 34 years old and have finally FINALLY found a solution to my acne. Please see my very embarrassing before photo and my after photo that is not embarrassing at all. These pictures are about one year apart & I have foundation/make up on in both of them. I have tried everything under the sun for my acne. It's been a problem for me since my early 20's (surprisingly not a problem so much as a teenager-which seems completely backwards to me, lol!) when I say I've tried everything I mean it...hundreds of over the counter products, countless visits to the dermatologist office with no success, home remedies...the list could go on for days. Then I met a Physician Assistant who introduced me to the Unblemish regimen by Rodan and Fields. It literally has transformed my skin. It's a 4 step regimen that you work up to using twice a day. I've never been happier with the way my skin looks and feels! Please show me mercy with my before photos. It still hits home and pulls at my heart strings that I lived with my skin like that for so long!!
  8. https://flipagram.com/f/12qVo7t7itT im not sure if the link above will work, but that is the video I made post accutane, with all my acne pictures I could find on my phone and the best pictures I have of my skin post accutane. Accutane is a miracle drug and if u are considering going on it... don't hold back. beftoe and after pictures.
  9. Liquidity spots

    Hey, I keep getting flat spots that constantly produce light yellowish liquid out of them without even popping them. The spots are always above and around my upper lip. The spots usually disappear after a couple days and then come back. Beside these spots, my face is usually clear. The spots are also itchy. I hope this question is relevant. Thank you in advance to anyone who tries to help.
  10. I get only one or two breakouts a week, which I'm pretty bothered by. They go away in about a week, but in that time another pimple forms. I don't have acne, but I don't really know the difference between acne and a pimple. Should I use acne.org regimen to clear my pimples?
  11. I do get the occasional pimples on the cheeks and forehead but there really small and goes away within 3 days. I notice that with every pimple I get it ALWAYS turns white then pops on its own and eventually fades, but as for my nose they become huge and really red then they slowly start turning white and pop on its own and it would bleed. Then it would turn white again and pop over and over. I have 4 big ones on my nose right now but one of them popped and has a blood scab. I wash my face twice daily following with a spot treatment containing salicylic acid and then a moisturizer. The pimples on my nose go away within 2-3 weeks and I've tried everything from Bp, tea tree oil, salicylic acid but nothing decreases the size of the pimple! How do I make the healing process go by faster and avoid future pimples on the nose! Also I keep my diet healthy avoiding greasy and fried food and I drink 2L of water everyday and I take alesse birth control which has helped my skin a little!
  12. Skin and Us

    Skin and Us Skin is really something isn't it ? For the past hour Iv'e spent time reading through acne.org forum, learning of the many people like myself struggling for lasting clear skin. And for many of us, to have 'lasting clear skin' sounds like what we most desire. Ive created this post to speak on skin sufferers, no matter the skin condition severity, emotional journey or pain. Skin is not everything, skin is not you. Yes, it is downright hard to walk out of the house into that HD natural lighting, to talk to other people or even walk by someone, thinking that their eyes are magnifying every 3D dimension and redness on your face, its hard to look into your bedroom mirror and see what is ruining your sociality, ruining your self esteem and perhaps even life - which couldve been so, so much better.. If you just had, normal skin.. I understand how socially, mentally and emotionally hindering skin can be. And it gets to the point where, skin is constantly on the mind. "look at how perfect her skin is.. She isnt even wearing makeup" "He's never had to deal with a pimple in his life" "they can touch their face so casually" The negativity, self consciousness and fear associated with unclear skin is not healthy. When will the day come when people can walk out of their door completely comfortable and loved in the skin they have, pimples, flaws and all? Skin has become such a big deal in today's society, and we have grown to value the outer appearance much past the healthy amount it should be measured ~ nitpicking on every tiny bump on someone else's face. To only have tiny bumps would be perfectly fine for me, haha. When will those days come? It would make a difference to educate more people, as many people as we can on skin. that not eveyone has perfect faces, and that is completely OK. not 'disgusting', 'ugly'' 'gross' or 'disturbing'. Unperfect skin is OK. Hold a vision of acceptance,not perfection. If you've read this far, i hope you are feeling more accepted, because I am one more person that accepts you wholeheartedly. Stop worrying and stressing over that massive rudolph monstrosity you picked at 4 in the morning, on that forehead parade of little bumps and clogged pores, that red, spotty jawline and cheeks you've been battling with for years on end, or that collection of necne (neck acne) and bacne and go live life like nobodys watching. Easy thing to say, but moreso difficult to live out. But Im right here with you, and so are many others. Make skin, your friend. Not your enemy. Skin and Us. Keep trying, build towards a healthier mindset and connection with your skin. Search and Find what works best for your skin, whether its adjustments in lifestyle, eating, your skin regimen or more. Make "lasting clear skin" your goal, and not you. And you will get there.
  13. I took Accutane 4 years ago. After two years, my acne returned in full force. I was getting cystic acne just like before. I fell back into the cycle of taking antibiotics (minocycline, doxycycline, etc) but I knew that wasn't a permanent solution. I was even considering a second round of Accutane. After seeing how clear my skin could be with the first round of Accutane, I just wanted to have clear skin again! It had been such a blessing not having to think about the blemishes on my face. When you have clear skin, you don't really think about it. But when you have acne, it's all you think about! I know the how much of a downer can be coping with bad skin. I did more research online, hoping to find another alternative before committing to a second round of Accutane. I finally found the holy grail to clear skin for life: I went vegan. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but that was literally the only thing that I changed and the results were amazing. For those who don't know, veganism means one doesn't eat ANY animal products, including: meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, etc. Anything that comes from an animal. The biggest game changer for my skin was cutting out dairy. The change was unbelievable. I went from getting deep cysts on cheeks & nose that would last a week or more to only getting blackheads every now and then. I did my research and found that there are an incredible amount of hormones in cow's milk that change the human body for worse. Even if the label on the carton says "no added hormones," there are still growth hormones naturally found in milk. Why? Because milk is meant to turn a 60-pound baby calf into a 600 pound full-grown cow as fast as possible! No wonder why there are hormones in it- the stuff is meant for baby cows to make them grow, but not for adult humans to drink. When we drink milk, we are getting a bunch of extra hormones that we don't need (not to mention saturated fat). Hence the acne. It took me a while to see results- I cut out dairy for a least a few months before seeing a change. But I know that my clear skin can be attributed to that because I haven't changed anything else about my life. I used to consistently get cysts, but suddenly there were less and less each week and eventually they just stopped appearing. I also noticed other things about my health and well-being. Before eating vegan, I would feel tired and lethargic after a big meal. I thought that was normal, just a result of eating too much. My friends and I even had a name for that feeling: "the itis." But now after eating a large vegan meal, I feel energized and ready to continue my day. Food is fuel. Shouldn't it GIVE you energy instead of taking it away and making you feel worse? If you're wondering about costs, being a vegan is not more expensive than eating meat/dairy/eggs. Rice, beans, and other starches are some of the cheapest foods on the planet. If you know what to buy, eating this way is actually cheaper. It's simply a matter of doing some research. Processed and prepared foods are generally more expensive (this is true whether it's vegan or not). Foods like potatoes, pasta, rice and certain veggies are dirt cheap. I know I ended up saving money at the grocery store by buying simple, whole foods. If you think you're saving money by eating stuff that's not good for you, you're paying for it later with your health and with hospital bills (and this case, dermatologist visits and acne meds!). Invest in your health and your body. In turn, it will give your life back. If you are struggling with acne and are considering Accutane or other prescribed medications, I urge you to try cutting out dairy and going vegan. You'll notice how much more energy you have, and how much better you feel. It saved my skin and changed my life for better. No pills, no shots, no doctor visits. Just a step towards better health and diet Cheers!
  14. I love cheese. Cheese is my life. After reading several topics on avoiding dairy products for clear skin, I begin to think. I dont eat that much dairy, let alone drink. I have not had milk in forever, only almond or coconut milk. And usually for a snack I have a mozzarella string cheese stick (protein) and an apple. Should I stop snacking on cheese sticks, and what are good snacks to help stop the irritation of acne? I am currently trying to increase my calorie intake due to the fact that I workout everyday and I want to gain weight. Thank you everyone.
  15. Blackhead scar

    So last October I had this massive blackhead on my nice so I decided to squeeze it and it crated this massive pimple. I wasted it to go so badly so I kept fiddling with it and it's created this massive scar on my nose which needs about 10294858 layers of concealer to cover it. I thought it would go and it hasn't and I need help because I really don't want to wear makeup to school. HELP?!?!!?!!!
  16. Hi I don't know if this is the right forum because I literally just made an account today but what is going on with my face!!!? I woke up yesterday with my cheeks and chin all red and itchy with a minor amount of pimples, but from then on its just been getting itchier and more and more pimples are popping up I have no idea what the cause is and I haven't tried any new face product, nor have I worn makeup for almost a week. I have never in my life gotten a breakout like this, and my face is very acne prone but it has never broken out in like over 50 tiny little pimples. They have been becoming worse and the itch has not gone away. I went to the doctors and he prescribed "Avantan fatty oitment" but on the sheet it says to not use it on acne ? Someone pls reply asap my self esteem is like below zero right now and I'm so scared to touch it because I don't know what to do :(( also, I've had a really sore throat for the past few days which has turned into a throat infection. Could that and my breakout be linked ? thank you in advance xx
  17. Can't stop picking your spots? Do you want to learn inexpensive ways to control your skin problems such as pimple popping, acne, zits, cyst, blackhead, and whitehead? If yes, then learn the best way to attach a pimple without damaging your skin. First of all, never attempt to squeeze your pimple because this will increase the chance of causing great damage to your skin and make it even worse. And pressing the healthy skin around the spot also damages it. Instead of using a needle cleaned with alcohol and attack the spot sideways, it is better to look for the best painless methods that help you get rid of these issues without leaving any scar. Here are the best beauty tips that help you shrink your pores and have a flawless skin:- Always wash your hands before washing your face! That's the trick to restrict the entry of such germs or bacterias that cause harm and infection to your skin. Before washing your face it is important to first clean your hands and they touch your skin. This is exactly what you need to consider while looking for the best ways to tackle your skin problems. The longer you wait to take care of them, the more stretched out and visible they become. So if you're facing these problems then spend your extra money on lobster ravioli and truffle salt to have super effective inexpensive treatments. Steam Your Way To a Filter Free Face Pores get stretched when they are filled with junk. Just like you clean out your closets to make room for new clothes, you have to do the same with your skin as well. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is an at-home steam bath. Estheticians use this method on their clients while giving professional facials so you will feel like you are at a spa without draining your pockets. The steam brings heat and moisture to your skin to open your pores and clear them for bacteria, toxins, dirt and dead skin. Further, if you want, then you can use such essential oils, flower petals or herbs can be added to stimulate your senses. Apply Skin Tightening Pack If you really want to reduce such skin infections and allergies then you have to apply such skin tightening mask once in a week that not only shrink the size of your pores but also minimize the scope of bacteria's to get enter in your skin.
  18. Hello Friends,I am one of those people who takes lot of stress. Stress can be due to anything:1) Personal life issues2) Professional issuesLet me tell you What i am. I am normal person but acne made me hide myself from whole community. I was so horrified that i do not used to go out for weeks fearing how people will react people seeing me I did not saw mirror for 1 year+. My face always used to be down and i used to cap to hide anything i can.My family supported me a lot and prompted me to go out..I was skeptical about going to School or Colleges as this is place where i fear being commented about my acne.I was not able to focus. I was not able to study. My family took me to psychiatrist. He did nothing but to relax me by just sleeping, sleeping and sleeping..Those were anti depressants medicine. My academic had took a beating as i was hardly doing my part of work. Even for this i came to know website myhomeworkhelp.com which helps in academic help. I just wanted someone to guide me through as I am not good in studies.I tried to take help from them. Not only they helped me in my academics, they have education counsellor who helped me immensely. That counselling assured that my academics are in good hands and i can just focus on myself. They infused confidence in me.I am sure all of those who had severe acne can understand this..I am posting 1 photo which will make you realize what i am talking about.Sometimes i felt why me ? Sometimes i felt this is not life but prison but I want to help people around me who asked me to wait and cherish lifeMain thing during acne breakout is that you do not take stress. Its easy said then done but that website did took my academic burden and give my mind whole lot of peaceThis photo is 50 times better ...as compared to what my situation was..you can imagine..I will keep you updated. If you want to ask anything, feel freePS: Just do not take stress...
  19. Personal Acne History

    I just wanted to write a brief history of my experience with acne before going into writing accutane blogs. I have had acne since I was nine years old. When I was younger it was only a few pimples but it got worse throughout middle school. It seemed to calm down in high school and college but I still never had clear skin. Now after graduating college it has all flared up again. When I was in middle school I used Retin-A and differin topical creams that were prescribed to me by my primary care doctor. But those only seemed to dry out my skin and did not help so eventually I just stopped using them. Throughout high school and college I did not really use any medication for acne and it seemed to be getting better. But toward the end on college I started getting awful red pimples so I decided that I should finally see a dermatologist. I told them that I wanted accutane since I have had acne for so long but they told me that I should try other medications first and prescribed me minocycline but after about a month I started having awful headache everyday so they switched me to doxycycline. I was on doxycycline for five months and my face was becoming so smooth and clear but during around May 2016 I started getting these small tiny bumps all over my face called Closed Comedones, which I had never gotten before. I immediately freaked out and called my dermatologist for an emergency appointment and I asked to be put on accutane. They told me that accutane probably wasn't necessary because topicals usually work for closed comedones so they prescribed me retin-a and duac. At this point I was very frustrated because all this time they have been prescribing me medications that weren't working and I only really wanted accutane and it all felt like a waste of time. But I started on retin-a and duac anyways and used it for two months. When I went back for my next appointment and told them I saw no improvement, the dermatologist said " have you ever heard of accutane?" and I wish I could have just eye-rolled at him since I told him from the beginning that that was what I wanted. So I finally was prescribed accutane. And I took my blood tests but my dermatologist never gave me the slip for the pregnancy test and only gave me the slip for the other blood tests so when i went back a month later to get my prescription he told me I have to wait another month. So, I was insanely angry. I waited another month since I had already been waiting so long and started in October 2016. So far everything is going well but I will update on the next blog post.
  20. Red pimples on my face

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  21. Okay so, I have been using the acne.org regimen since April. I think this year was by far the worst year for my face to break out.(2016 is terrible in general). When I used the product in April through July my face was cleared up. I had some blemishes, but were not too bad. By that time, I became a little careless, I still went with the regimen, but I would run out of some products and just wait till they came in the mail. I didn't use any backup products as I was too cocky that my skin didn't needed them urgently. Sooo, by September, I broke out once again. Only this time I felt my acne become super worse. I am on the regimen, taking my time, following the directions, and I am thinking about switching to LUSH. I tried LUSH last year. My friend recommend that I should try it. I used the Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask, the Aqua Marina Cleanser, Tea Tree Water, and Neutrogena On The Spot Acene Cream. I had smooth, clear, skin. I got compliments left to right. I am thinking about switching back to LUSH, but fear that it may not work due to the fact my skin has gotten used to the acne.org regimen. Is this a good idea to do? Or I'm I just asking for another major breakout? 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. 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!!!!
  24. So here is my progress so far. I don't really have dry skin anymore, however I am now concentrating on the lingering red spots. I don't know how to get rid of them, they look purple every time I wear makeup, and I am desperate to find a solution to eliminate these spots. I am using the regimen, but have lowered my BP with one pump, and use the AHA + Acne.org moisturizer; one pump each with five drops of Jojoba oil. I just want to have Smooth, clear skin, but these spots are taking a huge toll on me. Please help