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  1. so i'm 14 and don't know what to do. i have good skin care routine, i eat okay (not rlly healthy and not really unhealthy) and i drink enough water but my skin still breaks out like crazy. i also exfoliate twice a week and all that jazz. also, i have really oily t-zone. and by that i mean i wash my face and within 20 min my face will be oily. but my cheeks are dry. but my self esteem is very low because of this
  2. I'm wondering if I have PIE as my GP has never told me I have it. People think I pick my acne spots, which I don't. I don't know what this scarring is resulting from. I'm worried about my skin. I have searched on the internet the different types of acne scars and I have come across three which I don't have. My acne scars look nothing like ice pick scars or box scars. I have quite light skin - almost olive and these red marks sometimes appear purple and blue when I look very closely. I have researched Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and I believe I don't have it because I have light skin and these marks aren't brown or dark. However, when I apply pressure with my finger on these scars, I can't see it turn white - which is why I wonder if I have it or not. I have had acne scarring like this in the past and topical creams have slightly helped the healing process and is usually clear by the summer. However, after summer, I get breakouts again due to the change in weather and it usually lasts until the end of Winter. These scars are faded a lot in the summer. It's so confusing lol. Also, I have waxed the areas of my chin and cheeks before as I suffer from PCOS - I have facial hair Are these dilated capillaries a result of waxing? I've had acne for about four to five years (I'm 16 now) and the acne scars resulted in these breakouts have always been like this. Do ice pick scars and box scars only occur due to picking the pimples? I have a picture of my red acne scars, if you'd like to see. http://tinypic.com/r/11m4vfr/8 As you can see, I have pretty bad skin at the moment and I am on medication which is helping heal the acne. I have just started this medication so you can see the breakout atm. eww.
  3. Hi, I'm a 16-year-old male, and I've been suffering with acne for as long as I can remember. Here's my story: My skin was mildly bad for ages, but in summer of 2016 I managed to clear my face, and I was clear for three months. however, I had eczema or whatever it's called/spelled and had to go to a dermatologist. BARE IN MIND MY SKIN WAS CLEAR (not very, but in the best state it's ever been.) my mom then decided to ask about acne, as I did have some acne on my back and shoulders, and he perscribed me with Adapalene 0.1 %. for three months. I started it in september, but after around one month of using it, i freaked out because my skin was so bad, so i stopped using it. Oh he also, put me on an antibiotic, which i followed through with. I started using all these different skin care products to clear my skin, but none of them worked. so in january i picked up the adapalene again. currently im in my 13th week , and while my skin has improved, it is still pretty bad. I've begun to think my skin has become immune to the adapalene, since i didnt continue to the treatment the first time. i've completely restricted my diet, but it isnt working either. Now, the perscription will be over at the end of this week, so i've been wondering, what next? my skin is STill bad, and nothing seems to be working. should i continue with the adapalene, or should i go to the derm again, or should i just not use any medication and hope for the best? Please help. thanks.
  4. I am mid week of my 4th week, I wake up with clear skin and then at work I get around 6-8 new pimples on my chin. I am extremely stressed at work. Would you say this is normal around week 4? And will this regimen work even though I stress everyday!?
  5. Ok no one ever answers me on here but i will keep posting on the off chance that somebody will. So I have comedonal acne with the occasional closed comedone that becomes inflamed and turns into a huge pimple/cyst. I went on accutane for this because nothing else helped and my skin has erupted the entire course. Worst skin of my life. I understand it must purge your pores, but I am 6 months in and my skin is consistently breaking out bad. My question is, I weigh 110 and am on 60 mg per day from the START in October. I hit the cumulative dose a while ago and am still far far from clear. Do you think I can have too much accutane in my system? I'm thinking of just taking half my dose the rest of this month so I only take 30 a day. Will this help? My skin just looks red, dry, raw, and full of pimples and I'm honestly so angry/sad/mix of so many awful emotions. Im in a crisis in terms of how much mentally this has affected me so I really need to figure this out soon...6 months of how bad this has been has been far too long already and I don't want to continue with this high dose if its CAUSING my problems. Please any help would be so appreciated.
  6. I dont even know where to start with my skin... I have clogged pores all over my T zone! Mostly blackheads on the nose and chin and then small little bumps visible in the light all over my chin, lips and some on my forehead. Sometimes they remain bumps and other times they turn into whiteheads and I have a breakout. Im feeling so bad about myself and Im so self concious. I had forehead bumps last year and it got cleared with isotrex gel.. I feel like its coming back now. My skin feels super dry after i cleanse and I use an oil free moisturiser but I dont know whether its over dry? I use a neutrogena sylacylic acid fash wash. Really hope someone can give me some help and advice I feel like whatever I do it either gets worse or comes back. I remove makeup thoroughly etc I dont understand where Im going so wrong. Its never hard spots - just lots of tiny closed comedones or whiteheads. Im 17 and this is really affecting me .. thank you
  7. Painful chin acne

    Hi, okay so I need help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly become incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) Please do I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated! This is it not even at it's worst (baring in mind these NEVER clear up, has been constant for about a year now) :
  8. Does 'no washing' cure acne? About a year ago, I had really good skin, it was clear, bright and smooth, but I ended up breaking out horribly for some reason. I went to the dermatologist and she pretty much said "Oh, it's okay, it will go away." and gave me doxycycline to take. Well, that was just the beginning of my acne.... I've been going through months of trying to find the perfect cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc to cure my acne, but if you notice, if you ask the people with the clearest skin, most of them will say they do nothing to their skin. And it makes sense. I don't think our skin was intended for all these products to go on it. Have any of you guys tried the 'no washing' method, and how did it work for you? I'll try to post updates. I'm hoping for more even skin tone, less redness, and less acne. Today is the first day of no washing. Last night, I washed with my nubian heritage african black soap, just to start with a clean face. Today, I woke up with my skin just a little oily, but that was expected. Day 2 Nothing too different. My skin seems to be more "normal" toned. No reduction in acne, but there is a cluster 5 small pimples on my cheekbone that formed. They aren't too notcible though, since they are so small. Chin and nose are starting to get rough. And existing acne is also starting to get dry and rough.. Hopefuly that's good.. Update: I started splashing my face with cold water Day 3 My skin isn't too different. As each day passes though, my skin gets dryer and dryer. I think I might notice some reduction in acne, but I think it's too soon to tell. Skin is less irritated, but my chin and nose are dry. Existing is rough and dry too. Day 4 Dead skin is slightly building up. My skin still looks more even toned. I honestly think my acne is starting clear up. The bumps seem to be flattening out, it I don't want assume anything yet. As before, my nose and chin are the dryest. My Forehead doesn't seem to be liking the new method though.. update: I ended up washing my face with oatmeal, but I am still going to keep up with no washing every four days. The places where I already had acne were actually clearing up, but the places where I don't typically get acne were starting to get acne.. like continue with every four days though and build up from there.
  9. Today marks my 3 weeks and my skin hates me. My skin doesn't even feel like skin anymore. I have never seen it so dry in my life. I try everything to allow it to stay moisturized but it just cracks and flakes. I have been getting around 8 pimples (With a white head) 4 on each side of my chin every single day. I have stopped using making up about a week ago for good so I understand it may still be because of irritation from the makeup I used two weeks ago. But dam my skin hurts so bad and it filled with scars, hyper pigmentation and new active acne. It looks the worst its ever looked. Can anyone else relate? I wanted to start using AHA and I mixed a little with my moisturizer and my skin literally burnt and hurt so bad. HELP ME!
  10. Hello everybody, my problem is, i am currently taking isotretinoin-accutane for 4 and a half months, 40 mg per day for the whole time...and i am really worried. For the first 2-3 months my skin was getting visiblybetter, stopped to be oily and all of the under-the-surface-painful-pimples and the white heads went away. I started having some side effects, like of course dry skin and lips, eyes, but also some more serious like pain in the back, stiffness of the joints, weird dry red spots on my arms and hands and so on.. but i carried on, because my skin was getting better.. now, as i started my cca 4. month, my skin is getting really crapped.. if i get a pimple, it dries faster than it would have in past, but as the elasticity of the skin is decreased and its more sensitive, the red spots that remain are far more visible and intense than before.. and what am i trying to get to is that as i started my 4.month not only my skin looks really unhealthy, but the bumps underneath the surface of the skin as well as some white-heads started to appear again at the places i used to be having them except for the forehead, that is clear.. but as i go over my cheeks (not the jaws but the area next to your nose under your eyes) with my hands i feel many painful bumps... and i am wondering if the isotretinoin COULD STOP WORKING?? please, if you have any information about this, or experience, maybe you are dealing with the same- or alike kind of a problem, please let me know... my derm is a person which .. well, i dont want to be mean.. but i have the feeling that she doesnt really care about her patients and she would say: it will clear up... ???but when, and why am i getting pimples in my 5th month if it had been relatively good for the past 2 months????? THANKS FOR ALL ANSWERS, i would appreciate any kind of information
  11. Hello everyone, this is my first ever post Basically, I started the extreme caveman regimen (nothing on my face) a week ago and within the first couple days, my skin seemed to be improving. But now, I'm breaking out with whiteheads everywhere and it's awful! Is it just my skin purging? My pimples are healing faster but my skin looks gross I also have started to get the dead skin mask and was wondering how long I have to wait until I can exfoliate it off. What were you experiences on the extreme caveman regimen? Also, how do I avoid getting my face wet in the shower? I don't have a bath.
  12. How I stay clear!

    I finished accutane 10 months ago. I was on 10 mg/day for 6 months. My acne was mild and only on my face. After the course, I was still breaking out a little and I didn't know why. My regimen during the first half of the course was spectro jel or cetaphil, but the last 3 months, I gave up on any products because everytime I put products on my face, I get new pimples. The only thing I was using is water and shaving cream every 2 days. It's been a year since I started the water regimen and I can say that this is the best thing I've done for my skin + I don't have to care about my face every nights and mornings. My complexion is a lot better than when I was using products everyday on my face and I just feel better in my own skin. The only down side is that I was still breaking out a little, and it was always the day after I shaved. The main problem was with my technique. I was always getting ingrown hair because I was shaving against the grain. After I started shaving with the grain, I didn't get any pimples and my complexion was x100 better. If I do get a small ingrown from time to time, I just dab some tactuo and leave it for the night. This is how I stay clear. Water regimen + shaving with the grain saved my skin... and accutane of course. The shaving cream I use is called Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal and my skin loves it. It leaves my skin smooth and moisturized. This is the only shaving cream I use for my face and my private parts. I still have some minimal redness from old pimples but I don't really care... everyone's skin is not perfect and that's just life. I just wanted to share my ''skin care'' to help people out and I would love to hear about how you guys manage to stay clear and maybe share some tricks! Btw, sorry if my english is not perfect, I'm from Quebec and I mainly speak french, voilà!
  13. Hi, okay so I need desperate help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is incredibly painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly became depressed over it and I am incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) I'm begging you to, I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated!
  14. I think I finally found a way to reduce my very stubborn hormonal acne. I am 30 and have been struggling with hormonal acne for as long as I can remember. I usually get them around my mouth and chin, and I get very oily skin in that area. I usually start breaking out at around 2 weeks before my period. Sometimes they get as high as my cheeks and some really hurt (Even recently I started getting cystic acne along my jawline). Unfortunately I have a very bad habit of picking at them especially when I am stressed or distracted. I think I tried just about everything to get rid of them by using various methods, to name a few: antibiotics (which I decided to stop at some point for health reasons), Proactive (which really irritated my skin), natural do it yourself products, no products at all, cutting out dairy, carbs, taking the contraceptive pill and many many more. The only thing I didn't try was Acutane and honestly I started to really consider it towards the end. I don’t think my acne was severe enough for that. Anyway, I did quite a bit of research throughout the years and I recently discovered a combination of products that really seems to be working for me, it cleared up my skin almost instantly, in just a few days I saw major improvement and I got so excited that I finally found a cure after almost 10 years, I just had to share it online and help others get out of this miserable cycle that is hormonal acne. I found the solution by doing a lot of research and through trial and error. Don’t forget that hormonal acne is the result of a hormonal imbalance in the body, which may be caused by various factors. It is often very hard to identify the exact cause of hormonal imbalance in a woman, but there’s a few natural products that can help regulate your hormones and trigger certain problem areas of the body without having to take medications or any sort of antibiotics. I just wanted to share those 7 steps to take with all of you in hopes that it works for you too. Heal your Inside: 1) About a month ago, I decided to stop taking the contraceptive pill. The reason being is that I thought the pill would help rebalance my hormones and fix my hormonal acne but within about a year I saw little to no improvement, being on the pill just made me extremely moody and bloated all the time and I still had pretty bad hormonal acne. Also, it just didn't feel right to be on the pill anymore, hence why I decided to get off it at least for a little bit until I put in a copper IUD. 2) About two weeks into stopping the pill, I started breaking out as usual. So naturally I went online desperately trying to find a solution for my hormonal acne, and I saw an interesting post on a forum (maybe this one) where someone was suggesting taking Milk thistle supplement to help with hormonal acne. Now I had never heard of Milk thistle so I did a bit of research, turns out it is a natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver. A lot of people we’re agreeing, saying they had also experienced success with this product. It made perfect sense as the liver directly impacts our hormones, especially when damaged due to alcohol consumption or other irritants, it may cause some hormonal imbalance in some women and that’s why they often suggest doing a liver detox to help clear the skin. A few years back I tried detoxing my liver with dandelion root tea but it tasted so bad I stopped after a few days. So I got a bottle of milk thistle in a pill form to try it out, I just take one everyday and I don’t know if it’s the main thing that helped the cause but it is absolutely working wonders right now. So I highly recommend trying it! 3) Probiotics, I am not 100% sure about that one, but I am taking some anyway because apparently it really helps regulating your gut flora. Apparently the gut is also directly linked to our hormones so it’s good to regulate the good bacteria in the body and our natural flora to promote radiant skin and kill the bad bacteria causing the acne! I am using this one called Vega, it is vegan and contains no gluten, dairy and is completely natural. However it is non-refrigerated, not sure if it would be as effective. I really try hard to do so, sometimes it’s hard to completely avoid them but I know for a fact that when I consume a lot of dairy (especially certain cheeses) I break out almost instantly. As for sugar well I notice that when I cut out sugar my skin looks less tired. But that is just a suggestion, just keep that in mind and consume these products with moderation. 4) Cut out dairy and refined sugar. 5) Rasbperry leaf is known to help regulating hormones. I got it in a liquid form and put 10 drops of it in my water everyday. Honestly it doesn’t taste like much and my naturopath suggested it to me to help me regulate my hormones. Honestly I have seen improvement doing so as well. Outside: 6) As a face wash and localised cream, I use Paula’s choice CLEAR pore normalising cleanser for blemish prone skin and Clear daily skin clearing treatment (regular strength) with 2.5 benzoyl peroxide. Now I had never heard of Paula’s choice products, as I live in Canada and can only find those products online. I read a lot of positive comments about it online. I was a little bit sceptical because my skin is very sensitive and dries out when using acne-clearing products. So I just got the little starter travelling kit that came with 3 travel-size products for about 13$ US just to try. It also comes with an exfoliant which I don’t really use because I use a toner instead which I will speak about in the next step. I used the two other products for about 3 days and they gave me astonishing results. They do not irritate the skin whatsoever and I felt a difference right away. The blemish cream can easily be applied under my make up and has a very matte yet soft texture that doesn’t make your skin feel dried out or flaky causing no irritation. I tried so many products after many many years of acne and let me tell you, these ones stood out big time! Plus I think it played a huge role in getting rid of my acne. 7) As for the toner I use, a few months ago my cousin who’s a doctor suggested this toner by Clinique called Clinique clarifying lotion. She uses it in her skin routine and it helped her clear out her acne, it’s the Step 2 in the Clinique Acne solution line. Now I am not a huge fan of Clinique products, but I decided to try this one. It is very affordable and gives you that nice tingly feeling after you apply it on the skin. I use it twice a day, morning and night on a little cotton pad, the toner contains a white powder exfoliant that helps get rid of dead skin and dirt. It’s crazy the amount of dirt I find on the pad once I wipe my skin with it. Very satisfying feeling. I suggest a combination of some or all of these steps above to clear out your skin, I genuinely think we have to work from the inside out rather than the outside in to fix the problem. Hence taking all the supplements to help regulate the hormones (probiotics, milk thistle and raspberry leaf), and then use the right face wash, toner and moisturisers with no irritants to help eliminate dead skin, cleanse oily skins that clog our pores and also to erase scars. Do not pick at your pimples whatever you do (this is the hardest thing for me). Be gentle with your skin, I still wear make up all the time and I think I always will but at least now I am not as self-conscious. I hope some or all of these work for you too! J Let me know what you think of my routine!
  15. About Me

    Hello everybody! This is a new blog I will be starting which will consist of my life with acne and how I got through high school, community college, college, and now grad. A little background information about me. I have had acne since my senior year of high school and throughout my college career. I have taken multiple acne prescriptions throughout my life. Here is a list of some of the prescriptions: Benzoyl Peroxide Tretinoin Doxycycline Hyclate Clindamycin Phosphate Epiduo Bactrim and last but not least Isotretinoin / Accutane I have been weightlifting for almost 8 years straight now. I am a second degree black belt. I volunteered and shadowed physicians at hospitals. I studied Biochemistry and did a lot of clinical research in college. I love music and DJing. I would love to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone out there that is suffering from acne and other skin problems. Please feel free to ask any questions, I would love to help out anyone and everyone.
  16. breaking out

    hi, so i'm on my week 3 now (day 4) and i've been breaking out on my right cheekbone, nose and eyebrows.... i started breaking out in those areas when i started the regimen. is it okay? will they go away? when do you usually stop getting pimples? i'm so stressed
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    i've been getting these small pimples and there really annoying, same with red skin and bumpy:( i want to find a way to make my skin soft and clear! any suggestions on what to do!??
  18. I'm 16 and i've been dealing with acne for the past 3 years but it has never been this bad. Around the summer time (7 months ago) I as given RetinA for my acne and helped, but i always had 1-2 bumps on my forehead. It totally cleared the bumps around my nose. About 3-4 months ago i slowly stopped using the cream, my acne was at ease. But one time i decided to use it again and i totally broke out. This was also around the american time i was experimenting with a new acne cleanser my eyebrow waxing lady recommended me. I started using the cream again but it seems like my skin is just getting worse. Please help! I've been using witch hazel as a toner, african soap never ever opening, and cetaphil at night to take off the makeup(retinA afterwards). I do wear makeup almost everyday, i also have curly hair so i use product. Although, i try my best to keep the hair out of my face and wash my face day and night! Please help!
  19. I'm19 & I never had completely clear skin but I wouldn't say I ever had acne (until now) in high school I would just get random pimples but it wasn't severe. Anyway I was on this birth control (Aviane) & I started to break out like crazy all over my cheeks, mostly painful cystic pimples! I was on it for a few months because I thought my skin would eventually adjust, after four months I couldn't take it anymore & I decided to switch. I've now been on my new birth control (Cryselle) for two weeks & I noticed that I'm still breaking out way more than I normally would be (less than on aviane but still more than normal). So I'm just wondering is it supposed to take some time for my skin to adjust or do I have to switch again?!? I also have a bunch of purple spots where old pimples were so any tips on how to get rid of that would also be very helpful! (I also have some hole type scars now, like craters I guess, but I'm assuming those are permanent sadly)
  20. Hi everyone, so i'm on my week 2 (day 9) and i've been breaking out like CRAZY, seriously i didn't even break out this much before the regimen. I have 6 pimples on my forehead, 2 on my left cheek, 2 on my chin and some on my hairline. Does this mean the pimples from under my skin are coming to the surface or smth lol help. Also my skin is super dry and i was thinking of buying the cerave moisturizer, is it moisturizing enough? really want to use some jojoba oil but scared that it'll break me out even more ://
  21. Once upon a time there was a normal happy studious girl with large spectacles yup me!!. When I was doing my ninth grade, there was a friend of mine who seriously had lot of pimples. At that time, I didnt even know what acne meant. Even now I remember that day clearly, me: whoa, you seriously have many boils in your face.. friend: even you have some small things on your forehead.. me: (feeling proud)haa! not as bad as yours... these dont even qualify as boils.... friend : (sad face).. That time I didnt know, 6 months afterwards my face would look something similar to hers. Now I seriously regret those words that came out of my mouth that day. I just wish I could go back in time and take those words back. Now I have finished college and yep Iam continuously battling (roughly around 7years) with acne, scars, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation and everything. When My relatives or friends comment about my acne, "I JUST FORGIVE THEM". Because I have done the exact same thing some few years back, I didnt even have the slightest idea that I have hurt her in the worst possible way. PS : I had chickenpox first during the tenth grade, which left hideous scars ofcourse, which was immediately followed by my buddy "pimple",just imagine the combination. My friend missed the amazing transformation of me, as she switched schools that year. #murphy's law #karma
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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