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  1. I had a very large, red, inflamed whitehead at the bottom of my cheek. I was holding a warm compress to it this morning to try to get everything out and the whitehead started to melt out of the skin. I gave it a tiny push with my fingers to see if anything else could come out, but barely squeezed because I know how bad that can get. Nothing else was coming out and I didn't want to squeeze, but it still seemed sort of raised, so I continued to spot treat. But now, the skin is very hard underneath and tender to the touch. It does not seem like anything is left. It also does not seem like a sudden cyst because it is pretty flat. I don't really feel a prominent lump, the skin is just hard. Anyone know what this could be? Could that indicate healing? Please help.
  2. Hi! So sometimes I get these tiny, under the skin, skin-colored whiteheads that are really impossible to extract without severely irritating the surrounding skin (I know this from experience which has caused me to never touch my face anymore lol). In this stage, they don't bother me because they are barely visible and I have suffered from severe acne in the past so I know how much worse I can have it. HOWEVER, over time (sometimes weeks or months), some of them will surface and turn into these HUGE, red, swollen pimples that eventually come to a nice head, but take a few days, look horrible, and leave some red marks behind. I was wondering if anyone has a similar experience and can recommend treatment for when they are in that tiny stage before they become big. I usually just left them alone (other than my nightly regimen of retin-a). Today, I started spot treating them in the morning with salicylic acid using a q-tip. Do you think this will help? Any other ideas? Thanks!
  3. I extracted some whiteheads last night, nothing major, and put some benzoyl peroxide on them, usually works and clears them up in a day or two. This morning the whiteheads were a bit swollen, (I've had cysts before and this did not feel the same) kinda wide, red but not painful. Later in the day the former white heads doubled in size. I freaked and went to a clinic, they gave me a weeks worth of antibiotics for skin infections. Still not totally sure what is going on, pretty sure the are not cysts, never had this happened before. Any guesses?
  4. Hi, so I posted a while ago expressing my concern over my skin, my acne in particular. I know that my acne isn't severe- or even close, but I am asking for help because I personally want help as I am unhappy with my skin, so please don't comment if it isn't going to do so. I have continued to stick to my normal regime, in hope that doing nothing would help, but as expected I was wrong. I've took the pictures attatched today which is probably my best skin day in a while but as I type this I am in so much pain from my chin acne that I can't even move my chin. I am becoming desparate as summer approaches- I still don't know whether my acne is hormone caused as I just have it all the time so I can't tell if it gets worse on my period or not. Originally my acne was mainly concentrated on the centre and crease of my chin, but recently it's been spreading all over my face. The acne is also painful under the skin cysts which are most difficult to get rid of. They even show through my makeup - that I hate wearing but I have to due to my self consciousness. To add to my problems I am under a lot of stress and am currently on a weight loss regime. I am desparate now so could you please recommend advice and products. I have normal/combination sensitive skin and bright red acne scars so I could do with a product to lighten those. Thank you!
  5. I used to pop my pimples a lot (yes, I know, biggest acne sin) but only if it was a big, bright whitehead. I would use a needle just like recommended. But, I was told that seeing blood and clear liquid were actually good things, because it meant all pieces of infection and bacteria were oozing out. Now I just learned from acne.org that blood and clear liquid are bad signs. So, two questions: What is the clear liquid? Why is seeing blood and this clear liquid a bad thing when popping zits?
  6. urine therapy

    Hi. I know this topic is strange, but urine therapy has really been working for me. Its been about three weeks since I started. The first two weeks, after rubbing fresh urine on my face, I would rinse it off with water after a few minutes. I realized that the effect wasnt as strong after rinsing it off with water, so I stopped doing that the 3rd week. Now my skin is much softer and clearer. For the past few days, I have also stopped using soap or cleansers and I stopped wearing makeup and moisturizer on my face. I also broke out a lot the first two weeks. The urine was breaking me out in places where I have pitted scars and I have several shallow scars that are about 8 months old, so I broke out on several of them. Now I just have a few whiteheads that go away in about 3-4 days so it isnt much of a problem anymore. The whiteheads are just the urine's way of pulling out the toxins from my skin and flattening out the scars. My skin looks so much more even toned and glowy. Except for the few whiteheads I have, it looks like I'm wearing a light layer of makeup; thats how much my skin has changed. My scars arent lightening as much as I hoped but they certainly are not as violently red. Overall my complexion looks much healthier. My regimen (Morning and night): 1.Wash your hands with antibacterial soap 2. Splash face with warm water in the shower to open the pores (No soap!) 3. Pee in a cup catching the midstream urine and massage gently into the face (I massage it in a few times; pouring a little bit at a time in my hands). Do this for about 3 minutes. Longer the better. Afterwards do not rinse your face with water or put soap on it. After you get out of the shower, your skin will look more rosy and after 30 minutes, when you look it the mirror you will notice that the redness of your pimples and marks will have gone down a little. Also, you may think not using soap is disgusting but urine is sterile and it gets rid of the dirt itself. Soap strips the natural oil and destroys your skins natural defenses. Nightime (before bed) regimen 1)Pee in a cup (midstream urine) 2)Get some toilet paper and fold it so it is the size of your cheek. Put it in the urine and then on your cheek as a compress. I put it on like a face pack for about 10 minutes on my face and it usually brings the pimples to head overnight or the day after. It also gets rid of the itchinness and pain that is associated with cystic acne within a few minites. 3)Take it off before sleeping and do not rinse your face off. The compresses are very effective. You can also use them several times a day and they speed up the healing. Please try it. I did this a few months ago and it broke me out in these small pimples so I stopped, but I didnt realize that it was healing me. I thought the urine was full of bacteria, so thats why it broke me out, but it was actually just cleaning out my pores. Urine is completely sterile and fresh urine has absolutely no bacteria in it if it is caught midstream. I know that within a few weeks. my skin wont have any zits anymore. I remember I had a patch on my forehead like 2-3 inches where I always get red inflamed pimples and it was extremely discolored. The first 1-2 wks of urine therapy, it broke me out in that area pretty badly with three large inflamed pimples, but they came to head and healed in a few days.Now that area is clear and smooth. The discoloration is completely gone and I dont think Ill ever break out there again. Once urine breaks you out in an area, it never breaks you out there again. It cleans it out completely.
  7. Anyone know what these bumps on my cheek are and how to get rid of them? They are very visible in sunlight and make my face look like it has a rough texture. I have had them for ages and don't seem to go away! Flesh colored bumps is best how I would describe them. I don't get much active acne anymore but these stubborn bumps have always been there. Any help would be great thanks!
  8. Wagwan, lately i've been getting new spots on my chin only every day or two. I never used to be very spotty, until like 6 months ago. I can't recall much I did differently then to now, so can't understand why i'm getting them. They're only ever on my chin which is weird. I wash my face twice daily with tea tree wipes, followed by tea tree face wash from the body shop. I've used stuff like clearasil but not sure if it worked or just lead to me having more spots. Some of them are more painful than normal cause when I touch them (clean hands) they just feel like they're gonna explode haha;)I just don't understand why i'm getting them though, so if anyone has any suggestions on products, pills, any of that stuff then that would be v helpful. Cause seriously, they've been really bad this week (possibly cause of recent mock exam stress)? But yeah, any help is greatly appreciated. FFFF SPOTS!Must also add that i'm male and I go gym about 4-5 days a week, I also eat quite a lot.
  9. 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!
  10. I've had these whiteheads (I think that's what they are) under my skin on my cheek for over a year now and I tried pushing them out long before but nothing came out. What are these and how do I get them out?? It's been irritating me now since it's been blemishing my face for so long. My mom suggested I get a needle and poke it out like that, but I don't think that's safe. It feels like a ball under my skin that like directly under my skin but covered up and moves it's my skin.
  11. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  12. Hey guys! For over a year now, I have had a small-medium patch of tiny little bumps (almost like white heads) and darker pigmented skin in the area on my cheek! The reason I've only started worrying now, is because it seems to have spread on to my other cheek (refer to 2nd photo) and ignore my lil bit of peach fuzz in photos! The patch is not painful, or itchy, it's just kind of there! I tried apple cider vinegar and betamethasone, toothpaste, the whole nine yards. If anyone has any suggestions or has experienced this/knows what this is (or if I should just see dermatologist) please respond below! If you zoom in on photos you can see all the tiny little clusters of pimples(very weird!). Anyways, Thank you so much for your help in advance! Best wishes.
  13. Okay so I've suffered with acne since primary school. I'm 19 now, but my skin is the worst it's ever been. I have no idea what type of acne I have, it's red marks and white heads on my cheeks, underskin cysts, forehead is relatively clear but bumpy. Is is moderate? Mild? Im not on birth control, would try a pill again, but apprenhensive about which one to ask for. I get quite depressed on the pill as well. Currently using Lumie light treatment and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, I have used stronger cream but just seemed to use my skin worse / aging. I wear make up about once or twice a week. I can't see make up being the issue as I used to wear it everyday and my skin was better. However, my skin dramatically improved in summer when I was using sun beds and tanning on holiday. I thought because of this light treatment would help, but my acne soon became worse post-summer / sun exposure The first pictures is my skin in summer and the second lot is my skin now.. Can someone just assess my acne and give honest advice? Thank you
  14. Forehead bumps

    Hi, I'm 18 and I had really bad acne when I was younger. My skin is now way better than it used to be, but still I have a lot of these small bumps under my skin. I'm not sure what are they. I went through many different treatments but I can't get rid of them. They're skin coloured and absolutely nothing can make them dissapear. It could be whiteheads, but it seems to be much deeper under the skin. I've seen a doctor, I got a some benzoyl peroxide cream but it didn't work at all. Thanks for any helpâ˜ș
  15. Sudden Outbreak

    Hi I cannot find any answers to this so I thought I'd ask here. I've been acne free for half a year now with the Regimen but occasionally, without any obvious cause, I experience sudden outbreaks (like overnight) of many (painful) whiteheads, large and small, all over my face but mostly concentrated about my upper lip and the immediate left/right of my nose. I continue the regimen but these acne are more painful than regular whiteheads in that they are very very sensitive to the touch (even the small ones), whereas regular whiteheads are not that taut and painful. It almost feels like an allergic reaction. Anyone experience something similar? I do not have any major dietary/hygiene changes, this happens maybe once every 2-3 months with no clear reason. Also, compared to "regular" acne, this outbreak acne stings alot more when I put the benzoyl peroxide on it.
  16. I have really clear skin but for the past few months I broke out a lot on my forehead. The pimples have cleared up but now I have these smal skin colored bumps that you can see in the sunlight or under bright light. will these bumps go away?? And how long will it take??
  17. Hey!! I have question, I dont suffer from horrific acne, I'm 18 and I get the occasional spot here and there but nothing completely drastic and life changing. I've been exfoliating since February, before then acne in general was non-existent on my face. I guess I just hit a stage of puberty and then whatever is happening made its mark. But my type of acne comes in the form of little white spots on my forehead and chin, I'm guessing there whiteheads there usually just a small bump and they come in clusters of about 3-4 but on my forehead since February they have become gradually worse. I was on epiduo which didn't clear the whiteheads but stopped them from multiplying, I was on epiduo for about 3 months, my chin became a problematic factor which contributed to my acne, but my chin was covered in red pustule zits that were big lumps and were quite painful to deal with. Funny thing was that epiduo cleared it up pretty quickly, but then it came back and it was on and off for several months... Until I came off epiduo and then the zits on my chin dissapered completely! There are still a few whiteheads there that are closed comodones but there are no more red pustule zits that are big lumps and were pretty hard and miserable to deal with. Right now my forehead is my most problematic area, with tons, (I'd say about 30-50) small bumps that in the right light are extremely apparanet and obvious and seeing people look up and become distracted by them makes me really self conscious. Ever since I came off epiduo my forehead got worse while my chin got better, which is what I didn't understand. I have combination dry/oily skin. The only thing I'm currently using is a clean and clear exfoliater which doesn't seem to get rid of them, I'm going to go back on epiduo for my forehead as it kept the situation under control but I want to know how I get rid of these small whiteheads/ bumps on my forehead, they make me awfully self conscious and I just dont get what type of acne this is. I started using a natural clay mask and I feel this has been a contributing factor in making the situation worse, more started to appear and they weren't white they were just red which then developed into whiteheads/ closed comedones. I dont know how to see the last of them!! My acne is gradually getting worse I would say which brings me onto the topic of a skincare regime. Can someone tell me what is the difference between exfoliaters and cleansers? Do I need to use both? Do I need to moisturise with oily skin? Whenever I do a face mask it seems to make my skin more oily after and it makes me believe it's drying my skin up? I appreciate anyone for reading this and I'll take any advice. Thank You!!!!
  18. I have recently been drinking Dr Stuart's skin purify tea which is very cheap and can be bought from Holland and Barrett. I'm on day two and I think this is doing the trick from reaching deep inside the skin and purifying it, it's slowly turning all my closed comedones into red spots which means it's eventually going to go away And has cleared the root of the problem from under the skin. The baking soda was working however I realised that it wasn't fixing the root problem of the closed comedones so I'm going to see if this tea helps with the root cause of closed comedones from under the skin.
  19. Hi everyone, I'd be really grateful if someone could help me out with my problem. On a day to day basis, I only suffer with mild acne (usually blackheads/a few whiteheads) since changing my birth controll pill I've had not as many problems with cystic acne like I used to. But the other day, I woke up with a huge tender painful cyst on my chin I know I shouldn't have, but I went into panic mode and tried to pop the cyst with a needle after applying heat to it. I know I'm wrong in doing this, and I'm paying for it now I had to re-pop the cyst yesterday as it developed a small head, but since then it doesn't seem to be healing at all. It's still a bright red, oozing open wound. I applied some antibiotic cream last night before bed but woke up this morning with still an open wound with a slight yellowish crust covering it. To me, it looks infected and I'm beginning to get worried. I'm currently living in Canada for a year (I'm from England) so I don't have a derm or a doctor I can visit, a walk in clinic would cost me a lot of money. So is there anything I can purchase over the counter to try and heal this thing up? I've had a band aid over it for a couple of hours but when I take it off the band aid is covered in lymph fluid (sorry for the gross details) I've heard things about anti fungal medication for open cystic wounds, could this help me? Or an oral pill to help infection maybe? Or just keep washing it at night and keeping it covered with an antiseptic cream? Please help.
  20. For the longest time now I have dealt with these little white "things" (unfortunately, I don't know how else to describe them) that appeared soon after Dan switched to the new BP (the initial new one, not the current one) - and they have never gone away. They are on my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin - and can be found everywhere on those locations. They are very noticeable - they are not hard, but they are not covered by skin and are not normal whiteheads - they are tiny (but again, noticeable), and protrude out from my skin. I can't remove them because the couple that I have removed with tweezers leaves a pore-sized hole that never closes. Thankfully, I tested that first by only removing around 3-4 total. Does anyone have this same problem? I did a search and thought it was milia, but I looked at pictures of that condition online and it's not that. The BP, I suspect is the problem, but I can't stop using it. Hard to believe, but I spent 9 years of dermatological visits and around $12,000 (no insurance until much later) on prescriptions and medications that had nowhere near the same results as The Regimen. Why do I think that it's the BP? Because at one point I didn't use the BP for approximately two weeks and the white things completely vanished - but I broke out really bad as a result. I need a solution to this problem, hopefully someone can help. It would be amazing not to have this dilemma; I am deeply embarrassed by it. Thanks in advance.
  21. How do I get rid of these and what's the cause for them?
  22. Weird bumps on face

    Hello everyone. So, I have a problem with my skin and it's that I have these little colourless bumps on my face. At first it was only on my forehead, but now it's also on my cheeks and on my chin. It looks really bad in certain light, especially in bathroom light and in the sun and also in pictures, which makes me really self conscious (I have linked a picture). I really hope some of you can help me with what it is and how I can get rid rid of it!
  23. Ok so... All hell has broken loose. Like literally, ALL HELL HAS BROKEN LOOSE. Funny. I know how it started though. It started with a simple hormonal imbalance through masturbation (sorry you had to read that, but let's be mature about this) and this is what caused it. Or it was the CeraVe PM Moisturizer that I tried (tried it on the same day of masturbating [once again, sorry you had to read that]). Ok guys.. I see my Dermatologist in one week. I'm literally crying everyday because of how badly I've broken out. LIKE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THIS WAS POSSIBLE... FOR ME. And it WON'T stop breaking out! I get new whiteheads EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It's been 5 days since I've had the masturbation and my skin is WRECKING HEVOC EVERYDAY. I have attached some pictures. I swear to everything in the world, it will disgust you - for that I sincerely apologize. You may either exit this page, or you can look at the pic and examine exactly wtf is going on, if you've ever had this experience before. I hope my Derm puts me on Accutane... I swear... (Sorry the pics are rotated, my phone does that by default sometimes..) I've also attached 3 pictures to show you what my skin previously looked like.. before all this happened.
  24. Hello everyone, time has come to make a post, hoping someone could give some directions or tips. About me: Male, 26 years old. Sensitive skin. Lifestyle: Work with computer, but love to exercise, mostly - running. Acne type: Mostly - blackheads and blackheads that turn in to whiteheads. Whiteheads can show up really fast and are filled with loads of white puss. They pop really easy and also heal pretty quickly. Since they are on top of surface, I get no scaring. No cystic acne for me. Acne history: Been fighting acne since puberty, so more than 10 years now. At the start it was all over my face, but now mostly on/around my nose and around mouth. Also for many years now - I have developed puss filled whiteheads on my scalp - in my hair. There is also some acne on my upper back, but I can live with that. My acne experience has been like a roller coaster - good days and bad days. Treatments: I've been to unlimited numbers of dermatologists and other kind of doctors, and so far only two treatments have helped me - 1) My first dermotologist prescribed - Roaccutane/isotretinoin, but after the course acne came back and there is no way I'm taking that poison again. 2) One of allergologists prescribed- food diet, for about 6 months (cut out white bread, processed foods, alcohol, sweets and many many more, basically all I could eat was meat, fruits and veggies.) As a result I lost about 10 kg/s and felt really terrible. As the doctor suggested - slowly started to introduce the limited foods in to my died aaaaaand acne came back. + Been taking all kind of supplements- Vitamin D, linseed oil, zinc, shark oil, fish oil, cod liver oil, drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice, lots of water, green tea and so on. Lotions and creams wont help me at all, I strongly feel there something in my gut is responsible for acne. + Done many possible-acne related blood tests and none have shown anything extraordinary. Well, except IgG4 food allergy panel - according to that I can really eat only fish, meat and vegetables. No wheat/grains/peanuts/gluten/sugars/dairy/bananas/apples/eggs/corn and so on. Current situation: A month or two has passed since I took the IgG4 food allergy panel test. I have decided to do a food diet again, more than a week has passed, but sadly my acne has gotten even worse -(image added), also my scalp seems to have more pimples + I feel tired and sleepy most of the time. My current acne remind me of herpe virus or even cold sores. Feels like my immune system is breaking. Question: Has anyone ever experienced anything nearly close to my situation?
  25. Has anyone used the First Aid Beauty Cleanser??? A friend recommended it but I really don't wanna put my skin through endless cycle of trying so many different products. I'm desperate though and I know that's all I can do but I want to go into it with at least some direction... Background info: I'm a teenager (female) I used proactiv for two years and went off it about 2 months ago I had clear skin but now it's freaking out Didnt know my skin type since proactiv ruined my skin and after thinking my skin was dry now I think it is oily?? My skin feel normal-oily but if my skin were normal wouldn't it not have zits all over it right now?? I have pimples on the apple of my cheeks, chin, and forehead (forehead and cheeks is new for me) I'm pretty sure I have mildly sensitive skin ok so has anyone used the first aid beauty cleanser? If you or someone you know sort of matches my background info do they have any skincare advice for me?? Also, I use clarisonic as my exfoliant 3 times a week, would that cleanser be compatible with it? What other cleansers are compatible with it? I also use the kiehls ultra facial toner which I have no idea if it works for me and I don't currently use a moisturizer as I am so scared to even try stuff on my face. Sometimes I put clearasil spot treatment on. Any advice is greatly appreciated even if it doesn't pertain to my questions. If you have any advice based on my background info and my skincare routine that I mentioned that would be amazing. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED AS WELL as you can tell I am very lost and I'm getting a bit depressed so I just want some direction thank you :)