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  1. Hi everyone, I'm posting here because I've been trying to figure out what I'm dealing with, and my derms aren't helping. I've been dealing with this weird outbreak on my face. I had pretty flawless skin last summer using basic nuetrogena products. But in November, I started noticing red, bumpy patches on both sides of my cheeks. I didn't think much of it, and just continued my routine of neutrogena acne wash + toner + occasional moisturizer. Everything was going alright until December near Christmas time. I started developing pimples near my mouth and chin. By New Year's Day, I had around 10, puss-filled heads on my chin. It was super out of nowhere. My parents were really concerned and started getting worried. I started getting acne on my forehead, as well. My diet before (and after) the breakout was clean. No dairy, no gluten. I ate primarily salmon, shrimp, egg whites, and chicken as protein sources. Occasional brown rice or quinoa. Ate a plenty of green vegetables and a variety of fruit. I sometimes treated myself to sugar-free jello or a piece of dark chocolate. Coconut milk was my milk of choice. Took probiotics. I also went to the gym 3 days a week because of school. I would go at least 5-6 days during the summer. So I felt diet was out of the question. I did some research and found out fungal acne was a thing. I went out and bought some Lotrimin at target and OH MAN. I thought my worries were over. My my chin and the rest of my face was the softest it ever had been. All that was left on my face were acne marks, but my face looked flawless with makeup, and I was super happy. Even one side of my cheek got cleared of bumps. Three tubes of lotrimin later, the cream stopped working. The whiteheads came back and I was livid. My mom set me up with a derm right after that. It was a terrible experience. One look, and they prescribed me antibiotic pills and 10% BP wash. I cried the rest of the day after leaving that derm office. I refused to take the pills and tried the BP wash. BP wash didn't do anything. After waking up with 15+ puss-filled heads on my chin one morning, I realized this was ridiculous. I had acne before, but nothing like this. This couldn't be acne. So I did research on the internet and acne.org, and found the term folliculitis. This seemed like the best explanation for my face. AND SO, for the last week I've been washing my face with Head And Shoulders and applying Polysporin (topical antibiotic) to my problem areas, nostrils, and ears. I haven't seen a huge difference like I did with the Lotrimin (antifungal), but it's better than the BP wash. I'm planning to get Hibiclens face wash today to try out. I've attached pictures of what my face looks like today. I'm drinking 2tbs of ACV with a glass of water before breakfast everyday. I haven't waxed my face in 5+ months so I don't irritate my skin. MY QUESTIONS: What do you think I have? Does my acne look/sound like folliculitis? Staph? If so, could it be fungal or bacterial? What other fungal creams/ treatment besides Lotrimin are out there? Please help. My face right now: For reference, here's my face after a week of lotrimin. Not perfectly clear like I was in the summer, but way clearer than I am now...
  2. Hi! I am 14 yeas old. I've had acne since I was 12. I've tried many things except for a facial. I've been to a dermatologist but nothing helped. I don't want temporary acne pills, nor I don't want to be on accutane. Should I get a facial? Also, I have these colorless bumps almost all over ym face now. What are these? I also have "whiteheads" that don't go away. I feel hopeless.
  3. Hi! I'm a fourteen year old girl and I've had the war with acne about two years. It's mildly bad. It's been getting better but, I'm stuck with this white heads and weird little many Bumps around my face? I heard chemical peels will help with the problem. I don't know what the bumps are. Some of them are my skin color and some are white. Should I get a chemical peel? I'm planning to get one in August! Please let me know asap
  4. I've spend countless hours on the internet reading about acne and have tried countless more products, none of which have completely helped. i've been on accutane which cleared my skin but of course it came back and it never really helped the blackhead situation, only white heads. birth control also helped but i recently went off of it (5 months go) and really don't want to take it again, but am wondering if my hormones are still balancing even after 5 months? im also vegan, i take vitamin a, zinc, maca, probiotics. i wash twice a day with a natural oil-free cleanser, tone, moisturize, do face masks, everything you're supposed to do, but nothing helps and i'm desperate and so tired of my skin looking like this. if you have any advice or anything you think might help PLEASE tell me! literally every pore on my face is clogged.
  5. Will someone please help me. I've had a crap time with my acne. 2 years I've been trying to sort it out. All I have been getting is these bumps EVERYWHERE. And they will not go. They look a lot worse in person. Can someone tell me how and what to use to get rid of them. I don't really wanna use BP as it's just to harsh on my skin. When I try and pop them or anything they scar. And leave these holes in my face. PLEASE HELP.
  6. Patchy and Irritated

    So I've been on the Acne.org regimen for about two months now after a few months previously off of it. I jumped right into the regimen as I would before but my skin has not been reacting to the regimen as it had before. I now have crazy whiteheads all over my chin, I'm dry and patchy all over my face to the point where you can literally scrape the dead skin off, and it just doesn't seem to stop. I thought it was because I wasn't use to it, but its been two months and my skin is still the same. My skin has improved but I'm usually oily and NEVER dry/patchy. Also I've noticed that the moisturizer leaves a film like substance over my face and I still am very oily. I feel like that never happened before. Should I reduce the benzoyl peroxide amount of the regimen? What should I do? Any suggestions?
  7. Hello. Im new to this site. First of all i wanted to figure out what type of acne i have. There are several small bumps i seem to get that dont go away. Been having it for couple of years and it just doesnt get better. also i cut the pill and im scared it might get worse ... How can i cure my acne and are there any other options than accutane or the acne.org Regimen? has anyone Tried estroblock? A side Info: i eat super healthy, keep everything clean and wash my face with african Black Soap. I never had perfect skin, it was worse during puberty but is still not in a good place.
  8. Hi everyone, I've been a long time lurker on this forum and finally registered today to ask about an issue I'm having. I'm trying to battle my acne for some time, I found a (temporary) really good birth control that got rid of 70-80% of it, including al of my hormonal acne but I still had a lot of cc's, some whiteheads and just small pimples that would come up, along with some very deep old pimples. I was prescribed duac by my GP which worked wonders at first! I saw a dramatic difference in my skin overnight and then doom day happened. I woke up with my collarbone and chest area covered in red bumps with what looked like whiteheads, from shoulder to shoulder. I didn't know it was the gel at first but it would not go away and then also appeared on my forehead (which was almost perfectly clear :'( ) and started spreading up my neck. I tried searching for similar situations but it seems that this kind of thing is itchy for everyone else, mine wasn't at all. It was just red and the "whiteheads" kept appearing. I haven't used it for a week now and will be seeing my GP on Wednesday but has anyone else had this happen to them? And if so did it go away easily and did you have success with any other prescribed treatments? My GP has told me I have the option of Accutane but I feel that's way too drastic for mild acne (just very very persistent). I'm attaching some pictures of what the rash looks like now, it has gone down a LOT, but I still keep waking up with tiny white bumps in new places. Also to clarify, this definitely wasn't purging. It appeared in places where I was the most clear and the little whiteheads felt different when I tried popping them - just more inflamed and liquidy. Thanks in advance for any help!
  9. 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
  10. 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) :
  11. Tazorac + Doxy Log

    Hi guys!! I'm an 18 year old trying to get rid of her acne once and for all I have suffered from acne since my freshman year of high school (mild to moderate). My acne was never really cystic - I had inflamed pimples and blackheads in my T-zone. Through trial and error over the years, I was finally able to clear my skin through using Retin A Micro 0.04% (RAM) at night, along with Aczone or Finacea in the morning (alternating each day). However, during the fall of last year, I began noticing closed comedones (whiteheads) on the sides of my chin. I began using the RAM in these areas. However, this did nothing, and my comedones worsened. They began to spread to the rest of my chin, on my upper lip, and in between my eyebrows. My nose, which has always had blackheads, became even more clogged. The worst part is that these comedones become inflamed zits and leave hyperpigmentation behind. I talked to my derm about this, and she upper my RAM to 0.1%. This did not help, even after 6+ months. She said that the next thing to try was Spiro, which I did not want to take. (I have, however, through my own research found that Paula's Choice AHA and BHA gels do help to reduce the clogs to some extent - see my routine below.) I recently switched derms. He is putting me on Doxycycline (75 mg) and Tazorac cream 0.05%. I am hoping that the Taz, being a stronger retinoid, will help to eradicate these comedones. I also think that my skin may be slightly resistant to the RAM, as I have used it for the past 5 years. Because retinoids have worked well in the past, I'm hoping that a different retinoid will shake things up and clear my pores. Here is a great link describing the differences between RAM and Taz: http://www.skinacea.com/retinoids/natural-vs-synthetic-retinoids.html#.UsjULODFXJw As of now, my skin consists of comedones on my chin, nose, between my eyebrows, and on my upper lip. My "problem area" is definitely my chin (esp the sides). I get the occasional random pimple, but for the most part, any inflammation comes from my comedones becoming infected. My current routine: AM Wash with Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Mix Paula's Choice BHA 2% gel with PC AHA 8% gel Cera Ve moisturizing lotion Aczone or Finacea (alternate) PM Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Taz 0.05% cream Cera Ve lotion *Take 75 mg Doxy with dinner I will be documenting my progress on both Taz and Doxy - partially for myself, partially because I have been lurking on other people's logs for a long time and find them extremely helpful. Please comment with questions, support, or advice Other Links: Facial Masks I Recommend:
  12. 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.
  13. Please help, how long does the initial breakout on DIFFERIN 0.1% last? I've had breakouts since day one. I've heard people say you get 2 weeks of breakouts then I have heard people say 4 months of breakout? What was it like for you?
  14. Hi everyone, this is my second month on differin and I'm having a couple of cystic acne which doesn't come to a head, multiple pus-filled acne (which fortunately comes to a head) and lots of dark acne scars (a few which are still red and many others which are dark and grey). I get that there are initial breakouts with differin, but am I supposed to get cystic acne from this? Some of my cystic acne doesn't go away completely and stay as a bump on my face. Worse of all, there are the multiple dark grey scars which occur after every breakout! Right now I'm even afraid to meet my friends due to these scars. My dermatologist initially prescribed Differin for some small scars initially, but the application then eventually led to numerous whiteheads all over my chin and cheeks. When I consulted my dermatologist, she said that I have to continue applying it until all the whiteheads are cleared through breakouts. I was stunned to say the least, because my face used to be completely free of any acne except for a few occasional pimples before the topical application of Differin. To have numerous whiteheads and now all those cystic acne coupled with dark grey pigmentation is just baffling to me... and all these just happened within a few months of usage. If I would have known that differin causes breakouts, I wouldn't have used this for my scars at all. But the question is, should I continue applying Differin? I've been applying close to 2 months and 2 weeks now... and they say that I should give it 3 months for it to work. But right now, what I get are pretty much just adverse effects, and the initial acne scars (which was the initial purpose of applying Differin) have not really faded....
  15. Heres some background on my skin: I started getting acne at 12. I knew nothing about acne back then and used drug store acne products that didn't work all throughout middle school. Finally, in high school my mom took my to the dermatologist and i was put on topical treatments that didn't work. In my senior year of high school, the doctor put me on antibiotics and it was a miracle, my skin cleared COMPLETELY. I was finally so happy and I never had to wear makeup. After about a year on the antibiotics, they stopped working and all my acne came back. This is when i started to research skin care and acne really heavily and learned how bad antibiotics are for your skin. **When I was 19 I got on birth control hoping it would help my skin but it did absolutely nothing. (didn't make it worse or better). Ive been off the pill for 6 months now and skin is still the same*** I am now in my senior year of college (21 years old) and have done EVERYTHING. I use primarily natural and good quality gentle skin care. I use great brands like origins and bare minerals makeup. I wash and moisturize my face every morning and every night. I wash my makeup brushes and pillow cases every week and never go to bed with makeup on. I have mostly cut out all dairy (only eat it on rare occasions). I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and only drink green teat and water (i drink A LOT of water) I have tried probiotics and seen no results. Its so frustrating taking such good care of my skin and still having breakouts all the time, yet my friends, who eat whatever they want and have awful skin care, have flawless skin. (I'm sure a lot of you know the struggle) I attached pictures of my skin right now. I only ever break out on my cheeks and sometimes my chin, rarely (if ever) on my forehead. I have pimples on my cheeks at all times. My acne is either under the skin, or whiteheads. Im starting to think my acne is hormonal, because nothing else helps. Does anyone have a similar story or know anything that helps? Ive read that dermatologist aren't helpful with hormonal acne, so who should i go see? OBGYN? Who gives hormone tests? Also I've read a lot about PCOS and how that causes acne. I have a lot of the symptoms, EXCEPT my period is completely regular. Any advice is appreciated! If you got this far, thanks so much in advance!!
  16. Tri Sprintec Oily Skin

    I've been taking Tri Sprintec for 8 months, after switching over from Alesse (Aubra) which was the worst thing that ever happened to my face. While my acne has become much more mild, I've noticed that my skin has become very oily and I'm almost always breaking out on my forehead. I have little whiteheads on my forehead all the time that may or may not blow up into red, painful pimples. My main concern however is the oiliness! It looks terrible as the day goes on and my makeup looks terrible as well. I'm wondering if this oiliness is caused by Tri Sprintec...has anyone taken Tri Sprintec or Ortho Tri Cyclen and noticed an increase in oil production and/or forehead acne? Thanks
  17. 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.
  18. No solution works yet -_-

    I had acne for maybe 6-7 years(idk exact years)! after consulting couple of dermatologists/doctors/skin specialists I cure from acne by taking lot of antibiotics & applying topicals. but after got rid of acne I have now (sebaceous filaments/clogged pores/ plugged sebum/ white gunk in the pores) idk what should I call it - for 3 years . I went to skin specialists/doctors/dermatologists but they couldn't get rid of that from me. its almost 1-2 years i'm searching for the solution of this problem by lurking here and on google. have found some solution but they didn't work for me. I have also lot of scars from my old cystic acne & skin picking habit. still I have skin picking habit. I really just can't give up that habit. I have to remove those white gunk/sebum from the pores, coz I feel much better. those things bother me much than my scars. I don't know I will got rid of those things or not. maybe I need to accept that and move on. difficult but no other choice I think. I m writing this here coz if any1 have exact solution for this problem will hopefully help me out someday. that will be much appreciated. btw sry for my english if I did any mistakes. I'm not a native English speaker. :3 And my advice for those who suffering from any kind of acne pls consult a doctor/dermatologist/skin specialist instead of lurking here or on internet. that will be better for you. one more thing never ever stop the treatment in midway.
  19. Hi everyone I need your help. I don't break out that often but now and then I get some inflamed white heads which I usually leave alone. Anyways my skin remains quite clear except for these pesky bumps!! They're smooth and skin colored but I can't figure out what they're from or what's causing them. Is it clogged pores?! They're mainly on my cheeks but farther back towards my hairline and sometimes on my jawline. I also use the head and shoulders shampoo&conditioner hats derm reccomended to wash my hair and I use Lever 2000 once a day at night. I exfoliate maybe once a week using LUSH Mask of magnamity and that's what I do. I try not to overwash or use too much because my skin is a little sensitive and I have a lactic acid allergy so no AHA's for me. PLease help as I'm so close coco clear skin but these bumps drive me insane cause it keeps my complexion looking rough and not smooth! Thank you<3333 aLSO a U can see, I have more on the left side so I'm sure what that means and I change my pillowcase regularly and clean my phone screen.. please help
  20. Since my acne has stopped forming I have been left with clogged pores, scarring and a bumpy texture on my cheeks. I do not get many breakouts anymore and my skin is usually neither too oily or too dry. I am sort of clueless as to how to treat my skin at this stage. Chemical peels? Dermarolling? A good cleanser?
  21. 5 days in and I got what I honk is the initial break out. I got 2 cysts on my hairline and a few nodules across my forehead. I haven't broken out on my cheeks or chin, at least not yet! I'm just leaving them alone, I've applied some aczone at night to keep redness down. My skin isn't dry yet and neither are my lips. I've been applying Burt's Bees chapstick and Vaseline religiously to prevent the dryness from coming on. My skin is still pretty oily. I'm on 20mg day for the first 2 weeks and then I'll be up 40mg. My back has experienced a bit of dryness and no new breakouts!
  22. On my eighth day and so far I'm getting what I assume is the initial breakout, and it's progressively getting worse! I'm not too worried, I know it's normal and I'm trying not to let it get to me. The cysts are pretty painful and inflamed and I'm doing my best to let them clear up themselves without irritation. I've also had some exams this week which could be taking a toll on my hormones. I know it will have to get better sometime down the road which is keeping me sane. I'm only a bit worried about scarring because my skin is very very sensitive to hyperpignentation.
  23. 5 days in and I got what I honk is the initial break out. I got 2 cysts on my hairline and a few nodules across my forehead. I haven't broken out on my cheeks or chin, at least not yet! I'm just leaving them alone, I've applied some aczone at night to keep redness down. My skin isn't dry yet and neither are my lips. I've been applying Burt's Bees chapstick and Vaseline religiously to prevent the dryness from coming on. My skin is still pretty oily. I'm on 20mg day for the first 2 weeks and then I'll be up 40mg. My back has experienced a bit of dryness and no new breakouts!
  24. Hey guys, I am new here but figured I would share my experiences and see if any of you have insight that you can share with me. I’ve been to several dermatologists over the last decade and tried countless medications, none of which have really worked except for Accutane. Through trying all sorts of medications (and minimal success), I am now suspecting my comedones/scalp folliculitis are the result of some hormonal imbalance. -I hit puberty around 11 which started with acne on my face. It was mostly just normal acne, but it continued with me as I got older. 95% of all the acne I currently get and remember getting were comedones (whiteheads). I don’t entirely understand sebum, but it played a role in my high school life when I started getting chalazions on both of my eyes. They were terrible and unsightly, and lasted for months. I was told by an eye doctor that excess sebum caused this. -Thankfully those have stopped (not sure how!). I am 27 now. What has not stopped is whiteheads on my face and a few on my scalp. The rest of my scalp is covered in red bumps that are painful and unsightly (folliculitis). Sadly my body decided these last few years would be a good time to start balding. It started very slowly but my dermatologist was able to identify it at age 19 or so. I have the typical Male Pattern Baldness with the crown most affected with a receding hairline in the “M” shape. I have come to terms with this, even though it hit me so young, and shave my head and keep it very short in general. The problem, of course, is that when I do this my scalp has all sorts of unattractive red bumps (that are also painful!). It feels somewhat like being trapped, I can’t grow my hair out, but if I shave it, it doesn’t look good either. I don’t care about getting my hair back on top, I have let that one go. However, I want to get a clean scalp and face. Baldness runs in my family, but it hit me earlier than my dad, grandfather, etc. I started to wonder if this was somehow connected to my breakouts on my face and scalp. -Additionally I noticed something weird with my facial hair. The area around the goatee grows about half dark brown hairs and half white hairs. My normal hair color is dark brown, almost black. I don’t know if this is just purely genetics, or another hormonal imbalance. This also has been happening for years. With all of this being said, I went away from my wife on a 2 week business trip over the summer. I went to Louisiana, where during the summer it's very hot and it’s easy to be sweating like crazy. Additionally, I did not make smart choices in the food I ate. Much to my amazement, my comedones on my face drastically reduced, even though I was soaking in the humidity and eating BBQ and ice cream. What changed? I was not sexually active and did not masturbate or anything. I simply stopped all things sexual until I got back. Once I got home and things went back to normal, my issues flared up again. However my scalp folliculitis did not seem to go away; it was just my face that really cleared up. This is of course a troubling conclusion to come to, as abstinence in my marriage is not an option! While that won’t change, this again makes me believe the issue is internal and is stemming from some hormonal problem. It makes me somewhat mad that dermatologists kept on flipping pills and topicals at me (that weren’t cheap and didn’t work). Not one came to me and tried to draw a connection with the multitude of (visible) symptoms going on. I have read on a few boards that (for some people) there is a major connection between DHT and hair loss/folliculitis/comedones. In conclusion, all of these pieces of evidence are pointing me towards needing to try something that inhibits DHT. Between premature MPB, white/gray hairs in goatee, zero success with acne medications other than Accutane, and my experience over the summer in Louisiana, something needs to give. I have been scared off by saw palmetto after hearing some horror stories related to impotence. Here are some products I am thinking of trying: Zinc 50mg daily, or Clearogen products. Has anyone had experience with either of those? If anyone has similar stories or ideas I am all ears. Thanks so much