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  1. Activated Charcoal Take Two

    Oh. My. God. Just when I thought that it couldn’t get anymore interesting after the last face mask… IT DID. It’s mostly my fault. I have all these idea’s that I think will be so easy and successful, and I overlook small details and it just ends in DISASTER, because I am an illogical fuck (Spock would not approve.) So, MY ingenious idea was to use a blackhead clearing strip on my nose to sort of open up the tops of the blackheads, then use a charcoal mask mixed my a pink clay one I’ve been using right after, hoping that if the pores were open, maybe it would get more gunk out of my pores. Has anyone seen those videos for the DIY blackhead mask peel with charcoal and regular old school glue? Because that’s what I did. Glue on your face? For shame! you say. Yeah, yeah, I know. In my defence, I attempted to buy some of the good old Biore nose strips, but I couldn’t find them anywhere in my town. Maybe they’ve been discontinued? I searched the drugstore for any sort of “blackhead strip” but nada. Also, I am broke, so if I can make something for free that I’ll probably only use one, sure I’ll save myself the eight bucks. So I mixed up that glue with the charcoal and put it just on my nose and cheeks. It took FOR-FUCKING-EVER to dry. I got so impatient, I finally said, “Fuck it, I have other things to do today, I’ll just peel it off.” It was mostly dry, and didn’t really hurt to peel off, but nothing came off with it. No blackheads, no dead skin, no hairs… NOTHING. So I just wasted twenty minutes. Moving on, I then applied my pink clay mask mixed with activated charcoal. Threw some saran wrap on my face (so sexy), had my cat look at me like I’m nuts, then proceeded to clean my oven while the mask sat for another twenty minutes. (I swear, after all these face mask experiments, even if my skin still looks like shit, my house will be clean. This seems to be the only way to get me to do housework.) THEN I proceeded to wash it off. Now, just to interrupt here, but the last time I did this, the charcoal took a while, but it eventually loosened and came off. Thought it would be the same this time… WRONG. So wrong. You see, my pink clay mask has honey as the second ingredient, and the honey clung to my face with the charcoal like… well a mask, I guess. An impermeable mask. I began to panic, wondering what I had done to myself. I had to go to coffee at my Grandma’s today, followed by picking my boyfriend up from work. I couldn’t let them see me like this! My dark secrets of the strange things I get up to when home alone would be exposed! May I also mention, the charcoal clung to the hair of my eyebrows, making them look as dark as an angry Russians. Eventually, after much scrubbing, a thousand cotton pads and a siruis skinsonic thing all over my face, I started to see skin again. I then used more cotton pads and some micellliar water to get the remainder off. My skinsonic brush head may now be stained grey, all the towels in my house stained, my soul as black as the activated charcoal, but I had finally gotten it all off of my face. Jesus Christ, what an ordeal. As good as the charcoal is, having to rub and irritate your face that much can’t be beneficial. I’m going to give my skin a few days and see if it either a.) gets better or b.) deteriorates faster than radioactive decay. Will I give up on the charcoal? NO. It truly is good for clearing out your pores, I just need to find a way that’s less messy and time consuming. From start to finish, those two face masks I applied took an entire hour to put on, wait, then remove. I ain’t got time for that shit! So, for my NEW, devised plan of facemask insanity, I’m going to stick to my pink clay mask on the weekends, and then try JUST the charcoal midweek. No cling wrap, no sticking the mask over every square inch of my face, just on the areas that need it, and mist it with water to keep it from flaking off. I also have ordered some activated charcoal soap, which I plan to wash my face with twice a week or so (since it can be drying.) While I babble about this charcoal business, I tried brushing my teeth with it last week to “whiten” them. Can’t say it did shit for that, but man were my teeth smooth. If you ever had braces as a kid and remember how smooth your teeth felt after they were finally off? Yeah, THAT feeling. They still feel smooth even after a week, so I may continue to do that every two weeks to a month. As for the charcoal as a hangover cure, I went skiing last week, and me and the boyfriend kicked back with a few (alright, more like ten or twenty) cold ones afterwards. I administered the charcoal (two pills each) sometime that evening (can’t exactly remember when, but close-ish to bedtime.) I went to sleep, had a shit, alcohol-withdrawal, heart-booming-like-a-kettle-drum induced night where I probably slept three hours and laid awake thinking I was dying for the remaining five, but I felt okay in the morning. No headache, no super terrible feelings, just the usual meh of your garden-variety hangover, in which I had no drive to do anything but eat greasy food and sit on my couch all day. I am one to get VERY hungover, VERY easily, so I will say that this did help, since I drank less water than I should have, and got a very shitty sleep. My boyfriend, on the other hand, was super hungover (and he usually doesn’t get that hungover.) It’s possible it’s because he stayed awake longer than me and drank more, or maybe he needed more than two little pills (since he is approximately three times the size of me.) But hey, I think I’m going to keep throwing those pills back at the end of a night of drinking, for now at least. They don’t do any harm. As for how my skin fares from the vigorous rubbing and exfoliating to get the mask off, we shall see. We shall see indeed.
  2. 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!!
  3. Hi everyone. I have posted a few times on here now, always on the "emotional and psychological effects of acne" page, because that's the most important one, I feel. I started having acne when I was 13 (I am 22 now) and have been self-conscious about my face ever since. When I read through peoples' posts, I can relate. I also NEVER go out without makeup, I overanalyze myself in the mirror on the daily, and I hate having my picture taken lest my latest zit shows up on camera. Side note: the state of my acne is mild- I have maybe 10 active pimples of all sizes, and pink scarring on my cheeks. I am also taking Dapsone gel and birth control pills. Anyway, when will I finally decide that enough is enough? Don't you have enough of obsessing over your skin? The only definite cure, I have decided, at least for myself, is to stop valuing external beauty to such a gross, unnecessary degree. I have been wearing makeup (foundation) basically every single day for the past 10 years of my life, not to enhance my beauty, but to cover up my face in shame. Since I'm so used to seeing my face all covered up, my natural face seems distorted, ugly, and in need of fixing. Let's not lie to ourselves- makeup can be severely damaging to the self-esteem when it's used as a crutch. Starting today, December 20th, I will not wear makeup for 30 days straight. I'll fly through Christmas and New Year's, and take family photos, all without my thick mask that shields me from my true self everyday. And guess what? I'LL SURVIVE. Who is with me? At the end of 30 days I will post my emotional and psychological results. I hope that as time goes on, I will realize that people don't care about my acne as much as I think they do, and that beauty truly is on the inside...
  4. A little background about my acne- i have huge cystic, Painful acne around my jawline. I changed my diet- cut out meat, dairy, bread, i ate more clean/green juices and cut out pretty much everything bad for acne and still suffered from painful cysts. I always suffered form acne, but never this horrible. This horrible cystic acne came near the end of last year. So earlier this year i got prescribed retin A .05%, started using african black soap, tea tree, and also used a clay mask (benonite) with sea salt once a week. That gave me the clearest skin i've had in my entire life. Then i slowly stopped using Retin A, and the acne didnt come back for at least three months. Then it slowly came back again, but this time in the form of small white heads. So i started to use retin A again, but it has not made a difference at all or is working like the first time i used it. Currently, I am using Retin A, african black soap, tea trea, and the clay mask. One thing I am doing differently is, drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegarwith a huge glass of water(diluted), and so far no acne has come since Saturday. Acne is such a pain, and it makes me so depressed, but don't loose hope or give up, we all deserve acne free skin.
  5. Hi All, I'm new here but definitely not new to the wonderful, joyous world of pimples. Now mine is quite mild but it still causes me a lot of strife. I'm very insecure about pimples and the like and because of that have a really bad problem with popping my pimples. Right now I'm not doing that because I had an epiphany and have resolved not to but to give you some history: Previously I would pop anything. And I mean anything. Ever whitehead, blackhead, pore. Tiny bumps on my forehead that I believe are closed comedones (but more on those later). ANYTHING! This, of course, led to bad flare ups. Duh past me. I have a few pimples on my shoulders, maybe 5 or 6, one on my neck, and a few on my shoulder-blades. A while ago I had a very bad chin flare up where my entire chin turned red and dry. It faded with use of suggested products by GP but I'm including a picture for reference. Anyway, I have not done that in a while - more than a week - and already my skin is clearing up but I am here to speak about more specific things. My forehead is riddled with small, colourless, painless bumps which, as I mentioned above, I believe are closed comedones based on my research but I might be wrong. They make it very hard to be confident. I am desperately seeking advice. As for my other crosses to bear? Well I have been washing my face twice a day with Cetaphil's Oil-Free Face Wash as usual but have additionally begun to sleep with a small amount of Sudocrem (previously Savlon) globbed on pimples and while it's only been a few days have seen great improvement. Not sure if anybody wants to guide me further in this area as well. IN SHORT I AM INSECURE AND HAVE A LOT OF BAD HABITS I NEED ADVICE FOR! P.S. In the pictures it looks like a lot of cream but it's not actually. P.P.S. My skin's very combination. Usually oily on my forehead but normal-dry elsewhere. P.P.P.S. My skin looks red today but it's summer here so I'm just flushed. BEFORE (4 days ago) THE TREATMENT TODAY
  6. While seeking advice elsewhere, I was advised to check out this site. I'm a 21 year old woman, and throughout my teen years I never really had a problem with acne. I would get a pimple once in a blue moon but it was rare. I was on hormonal birth control from 15-20 years old (the pill). When I turned 20 a year and a half ago, I switched to the Mirena IUD because the pill was causing some pretty unfavorable side effects (couldn't lose weight, painful sex, and yeast infections). Since the day I got the IUD it has been nothing but wonderful in almost every aspect. However, not with my skin. My skin has gotten worse than it's ever been. Granted, it's not what I or most people would consider to be terrible skin, but it's significantly worse than ever before and when I asked for some family members and my boyfriend if they noticed my skin getting worse they told me yes. So it's not just me seeing it. The biggest problem areas are my chin and upper lip, but it's not limited to there. It's all small gross whiteheads. I do pop them, which I know isn't ideal, but I do. I don't know if it's hormonal acne, because the IUD stopped my period, so there's no telling if they pop up at a particular time in my cycle. My skin doesn't feel particularly dry or particularly oily. I wear makeup a few times a week, but I always try to shower and use makeup remover at the end of the day. At the very least, I always use makeup remover. I have tried black charchol peels, fresh face masks from Lush (I don't remember the exact names, but one was Chocolate based and one was a green/lettuce one), coconut oil and sugar scrub, the vitamin E line from The Body Shop, tea tree oil and probably more. My skin will feel nice immediately after but it's doesn't last. I also don't know how often I should be using said method, so I may be improperly using them. Other potential relevant information. I drink plenty of water, but my diet probably isn't as great as it should. I'm a very busy college student with a job too, so often times I'll skip meals/shove anything quick into my mouth, and I do think I under eat at least on days where I have class/work (I DO NOT have any eating disorders). I am physically fit and at a perfect weight for my height. I take Vyvance 50mg on school days, but I don't think this has any affect on my skin. I have zero allergies to anything. I am not willing to remove my IUD, because the multiple, far worse side effects I had on the pill are a lot worse than this single side effect. I am considering switching to the copper IUD, but I will NOT consider pills (or other hormonal methods), condoms, arm implant, or anything else. I'm desperate at this point for something that could work. The more "natural" a product the better, such as something from Lush or something I can make at home. Please advise how often I should do the method (everyday, every few days, ect), and any other information I should know. Supplement suggestions welcome too ! Thank you in advance and I'm sorry if I posted incorrectly, I am new here!
  7. Hi i have had this condition on my back now for a little over a year, the bumps got much larger than when i noticed them, i am very scared not sure what this can be they are red bumps some circular and others deformed shapes - a little info would be of great help my Doctor does not even know what it is, he keeps telling me they will eventually go away but now it's been over a year later with no such luck clearing it up ... thanx: it's just that big one on my chest plus a few and my back is full of them
  8. HELP

    Hi friends! I need your help, I'm at a loss as to what to do with my skin right now. Please look at the enclosed pictures of my cheeks and help diagnose my acne and give me advice as to how to cure it. Also does it look hormonal to you? Very red, inflamed and painful!! Looks even worse in person
  9. Dry skin

    the problem now is that my face is very dry, i can feel like a layer of dead skin just accumulated on top of my lower part of the face. I want to exfoliate it so bad, but i shouldn't according to the regimen. and yes i do follow the regimen instructions diligently so i do use enough lotion by Dan and i have ordered the jojoba oil and AHA as well (didn't use yet). But it so disturbingly flaky. like around the mouth area and chin. also on the forhead. and those areas seems a bit dark as well. btw i am on the second week of regimen only! I actually have acne on my cheeks mostly and just a pimple on chin and forehead sometimes only. but i did use the BP all over my face. And the first week i used a pea sixed amount for the face and increased a bit in the second week according to instructions. I really need to know what i do wrong? i dont want to be looking like this always, its not super dry, but i had oily skin before and i used to exfoliate daily . so This is a huge change for me right now. And also i feel that my zits on the cheeks they are still there. a few went and again came back. so i wouldn't say i got any bit cleared. (i dont touch my face) and also i do still have hyper pigmentation of my cheeks too. they did fade a little i believe. just a bit. I am not exactly the happiest. and i could ever think is about my face all the time. i wonder if this is working or if i should have ever started this in the first place. So any suggestions? Is this state normal? should i continue with the regimen? how long do i wait till i see results? I need motivation please!
  10. Acne help

    From the album Zachary

    Hi I have been doing this regimen for about a month and a half but still get breakouts what am I doing wrong
  11. Acne help

    From the album Zachary

    Can someone please help me? Iam about a month and a half into this reginmen but still have breakouts what am I doing wrong
  12. So my last login was from November of 2013.... Now I'm back. This time to offer some help, advice, and insight. I'm going to spend a decent amount of time writing this - so I hope someone reads this and finds it helpful. So November of 2013, a junior in college. University of Tampa - where everyone is near perfect. Suffering from acne. Taking a cab to my dermatologist appointment. Same visit per usual - quick glance at my skin and an increase in dosage of my doxycycline. I leave extremely depressed and choose to walk back to campus. It's hot and humid, causing me to sweat, causing me to worry about more breakouts - leading to a phone call to my mother to vent. "I'm fed up with this f***ing bulls*** mom. I don't know what to do. It just keeps getting worse and this medication isn't doing anything." She replies with a sincere "You're going to be okay hunny, you'll grow out of it." -- We've all heard that before. Ludicrous. Now I'm wishing I hadn't called. I need to grow up and deal with it. I have class later. Am I even going to go? My face looks absolutely brutal. I probably went, I don't remember. But I know I skipped many classes because of the way I looked. I know I let my acne control my life. I needed a solution. So I'm a good looking guy. Solid job, friends, and family. I workout a lot, I golf, I go out on the weekends. Still do the same things I did when I was acne ridden. It's just a little easier now and less stressful. I was popular growing up. An athlete. The best player on the basketball team. Handful of girls. A leader and role model to some. I was all of this with my terrible acne. But I was still letting my acne control my thoughts and perceptions. It held me back in more ways than one, and that is extremely unfortunate. So for those of you that have read up to this point and can relate - keep reading. I am now 24 and rarely get pimples. I'm much more confident because of that. Although when I do get one I panic. I'm at the point in my life now where I've dealt with so many pimples that I can see and feel one coming in the very moment it begins it's process. Probably 3-4 days before anyone would even notice it in the slightest bit. They still worry me, but I'm much better at dealing with it. My Solution: Stop whatever treatment you're currently on. Just stop. Don't use face wash. Don't use your oral prescription. Don't use a washcloth to scrub your face when you shower. Don't clean your face twice, maybe three times a day. Shower in the morning and let warm water run over your face. Don't pick or pop anything during the day, and go to bed at night. Shower after your workout if you workout - but do not use soap to wash your face. The day I literally said, "F*** IT" was the most important day of my acne journey. And this is what I've learned from it. Anything we buy over the counter is in the store to make a profit. Benzoyl, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, moisturizer, lemon juice, honey, etc - none of that is going to be a permanent cure for our acne. That is something that you need to realize and understand right now. Our skin wasn't made with the intention of applying foreign cleansers to it. It isn't normal for our skin. Our skin doesn't like it. That's why it burns and dries out - leading to more breakouts. My Perception: I genuinely feel bad for people who suffer from acne. But that's because I went through it and I understand how you feel. But what I've discovered is that our friends and family don't necessarily feel bad. Sure, they notice. But they don't perceive you differently because of it. Certainly not how we see ourselves in the mirror. They aren't just "staring at our pimples" when they talk to us. That's the last thing they are going to do. That's that last thing I do when I am talking to someone with acne. So stop letting it affect your day. Your conversations, your relationships, your goals, whatever it may be. It may not seem like it's going to get better today, but have faith in what you've just read. Stop using cleansers and creams and I promise your face will feel and look better within the next 30 days!
  13. Pregnancy Acne

    This is my first time to write anything online about my struggle with acne. I am not comfortable talking about it with other people, but I think I need some support even if it's only online with people who can relate and understand what I am going through. I've dealt with Acne when I was a teenager. It was isolated on my forehead only. I have a hard time remembering in detail exactly how my situation was then but I remember having so many red bumps across my whole forehead. I was young and didn't know how to put on make up, so I just went along my daily life with all that acne. It made me very insecure and self conscious during highschool. I was recommended by a friend to go to a dermatologist that helped her. It was my first time to go to a dermatologist and didn't know what to expect. She did a facial and made me a strict regimen that I should follow for a few months. What I remember about the regimen was: Papaya soap for facial wash, Erythromicin Toner, Tretinoin with hydroquinone and sunblock in the morning. After a few months my acne completely disappeared. I had baby like skin without any hyperpigmentation. The only negative effect it had on my skin was that it got irritated easily. So I think these products made my skin thinner. I had clear skin for 13 years after that. Ofcourse the occasional pimple, but nothing that really bothered me. Some stressful and life changing events happened, which I believe is the cause of my skin to breakout again. But this time it was on my cheeks and temples and some on my forehead. It was depressing to see me start getting acne again now that I am 28 years old. I was told by my Obgyn I might have PCOS. I did an ultrasound which showed I had many cysts on my ovaries, which confirmed my PCOS diagnosis. I also did measured my Testosterone and it was elevated, but still in the normal range. After this diagnosis, I found out I was pregnant. I couldn't be happier for this news because most women who have PCOS have trouble conceiving and I really wanted to have a baby. The bad news is, eversince I found out I was pregnant, my acne has gotten from bad to worse. This should be one of the happiest times in my life, being blessed to carry a baby, but the acne is making me so miserable. Everytime I wake up and see my face and what it's become causes me so much pain. I never go inside the bathroom with lights on, i just leave the door open to get a little light but I take a shower in the dark and wash my face in the dark because I can't bare to see my face. I also cannot use normal medication for acne because it is not adviced by my doctor. I just use Cerave facial wash morning and night and Belli spot treatment which is made for pregnant women. I am now in my third month of pregnancy, but I don't know how I can make it through my pregnancy as the acne progresses. I no longer meet my friends and just stay home during weekends when I don't have to work, so I can rest my face from make-up. I think anyone who sees me without make up will be horrified at how my skin has progressed. All my friends have clear skin, and 9/10 women I know who got pregnant had glowing skin. I don't feel that anyone I know can relate to me. I am wondering if anyone knows the safety of going on Spirolactone during bresastfeeding. Please share your experiences with pregnancy acne and if anything helped you. Thank you for reading.
  14. Losing hope

    I am a 21year old male taking 60mg accutane daily. I've been taking it for five months. I weigh about 60kg. Unfortunately I am still getting spots on my face and neck- I really thought that, by now, I'd be clear. A little more detail: I started off on 20mg for a month. Then moved up to 40mg but had a HORRIBLE breakout- by far the worst I've had in 5 years of acne. I should say I don't react well to medication at all, I'm rather sickly. My derm put me on predinose and steroid gel to calm it down, and it did the trick. I then went back to 20mg for a while, then started rotating between 20mg and 40mg. Gradually, I worked my way back up, to the present day where I'm on 60mg. I have been for a month. I've NEVER been clear in my five years of acne and accutane doesn't seem to be helping much. The side effects are bloody awful too: the DRIEST lips, a permanent red face (never had a red face before this, it's like I have roscea now or something) and now I have exzema or my arms. And for all this? I'm STILL getting acne. Good God, why? I have read on here about people clearing up overnight, but my accutane story thus far is much more of a gradual thing- it is better than when I started but point is I'm still getting acne. Is there any chance I will be completely clear by the end of the course? have two more months of 60mg daily. Could I even clear up when the course finishes? How long do the side effects last after treatment? Support/ encouragement would be very much appreciated! I have no-one to talk to who understands this shit. Thanks so much, Harvey
  15. Caveman regimen

    Hello, so I'm a 13 yr old girl about to be 14. And I've suffered with acne for at least 3 years now. It started small, and now my chin is a red scarred mess. Recently my acne has gotten worse and I've got scarring along my cheeks which has never happened. My acne has always been focused on my chin , nose, mouth, and jaw line. To get to the point I've recently started the caveman regimen. I'm curious to see if this will work because my acne seems to be hormonal. It's been roughly 8 days and I've developed bumps on my skin, is this normal? Also does the caveman regimen work for my age group I've only seen topics about adults none submitted by teens therefore I have no clue the proper way to treat my acne. I've become very self conscious about my skin. Someone help please
  16. PICTURE JOURNEY 2012-14 MY BATTLE WITH ACNE

    Hey guys, I've had a long battle with acne and I think I've finally come to some understanding of why I had it and what factors in my life it was related to. It's easier to pick out these things in hindsight, but at the time I really did not know and made some really stupid decisions. I'd like to share with you the picture progression from Feb 1, 2014 to present day (technically Jan 17, 2016, but close enough!). I'll add some of my insights on the mistakes I made that made my acne worse, though what I'm writing is meant to be rather unstructured/free flow so it won't be as nicely organized as some of the posts on this forum. My hope is that I can help you in some way, and perhaps together we can derive new understandings from parts I may not have thought of myself :). The pics unfortunately do not completely capture the severity of my acne. In many of the pics my skin may look "clear" but I remember at the time always feeling like there was room for improvement and also never wanting to leave my place without makeup on. I have slight redness on my face, was once upon a time diagnosed with mild rosacea, though I think it's gotten worse over the years. Also, sometimes the lighting made my acne look much milder than it was. I'll start with a brief history of myself, my acne, and other circumstances during the past two years that may be of interest: History I am in my early 20s now. Have had acne since forever, though it wasn't always this bad. I took antibiotics for two years beginning in college, and then it gave me a serious digestive issue that I still deal with today. Unfortunately, I can never take antibiotics again. After the antibiotics, I was on the birth control pill for 2 years. This helped my acne immensely! I normally have oily skin, and this reduced oil production and made my skin soft, smooth, and clear. Eventually, I wanted to get off it because I just didn't think it was good for you to be on for too long. I got off the pill in May 2014. A few months later, my skin started breaking out in large cysts, painful ones (See Aug 22, 2015 pic - this was just the beginning) which I had never dealt with before (I was 21 at the time). I put on 15 lbs by Nov 2015, and previously had not really paid close attention to my weight. I believe the beginning of all my cystic acne problems was related to going off the birth control pill because it messed up my hormone balance, but the persistence of the acne was related to my own personal diet/lifestyle factors. Since I resized all the pics, you might not entirely be able to tell that I was putting on weight, but in the normal sized pictures I can see the extra weight on my face. Around Aug-Dec 2014, I was dealing with a staph infection on my nose. This resulted in large cysts/boils on my nose, which I tried to treat with ACV and pretty much all those staph infection treatment options out there (clindamycin, honey, ACV, dieting, etc.) except oral antibiotics, of course. It went down on its own, and my belief at the time was that I was one of the unfortunate people who was populated with the bacteria and would have to deal with recurring infections. Aside from clindamycin, I didn't use any other topicals (had tried certain gels and creams before, but I didn't want to deal with the dryness and redness that comes with using them. In April 2015, my chin suddenly broke out in terrible cystic acne. I had little whiteheads, boils, large ones that were so painful that I could feel them pulsating. Again, since the pictures are 2 dimensional, you can't really see them protruding, but believe me, they stood out. I could feel people staring at my chin when I talked to them. I was very antisocial at this time and spent my time studying for exams. I was diagnosed with PCOS, and had slightly elevated testosterone (54 ng/L when the range goes up to 50 ish I believe) and low progesterone. I had trouble sleeping (low progesterone), craved carbs all the time, didn't exercise enough, and was generally rather sedentary and depressed. I remember having severe mood swings at the time, where I would imagine terrible things happening. There was no good reason to feel depressed, but my mind would wander and create imaginary tragedies in the real world and they would depress me. Around April, I weighed around 125 lbs, though my highest was in November 2014 at 132 lbs. In June 2015, I started long distance running and haven't given it up since. I have lost weight and now weigh somewhere between 115-117 lbs at 5'5'' - about what I weighed in high school. It helped my acne, but I still continued to break out. I was sleeping better too after exercising more, and eating regularly. Due to health reasons, I decided to follow a more rigorous diet, which helped my health condition and also my acne. There was low point around August/Sept/Oct 2015 after which I've fixed things and feel fairly certain that I won't experience one of those breakout again. Also, do note that I had put iodine on my boils/cysts/acne (it does help but it's no miracle) so it makes them appear darker and bigger than they actually are. So, the question is, what happened? And why did I have those horrible breakouts? I feel like there are a few major explanations as to why: Diet Back in 2014 and early 2015, I was eating a high carb diet. I do not eat any junk food because my digestive system cannot handle it, so even though the foods I was eating were considered healthy, the proportions in which I was eating them were not. When I was studying for exams, it was most convenient to eat rice cakes and peanut butter as a snack. At the most, I would eat 2 bags of rice cakes, aka about 200g carbs, and top each one with peanut butter. I would eat upwards of 1,500 calories of peanut butter, and as you can imagine this is not very healthy. I think this diet was related to the staph like breakouts, because all the omega-6 fats in peanut butter contributed to an inflammatory response in my body (and also I noticed that when I eat too much high fat foods, it makes my skin oilier the next day). High carbs lead to insulin spikes, and thus can affect testosterone and progesterone and other hormones - I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I believe there's a pattern in my hormonal chin breakouts and eating too many carbs and ultimately gaining weight. What I can say is that whenever I get addicted/eat too much carbs/sugars for an extended period, several other things happen, including: I start having sleeping problems, gain weight in the belly area, feel lethargic, breakouts on chin mostly. I love nuts and nut butters, and this really made my acne worse. I am the kind of person who will eat 1/3 jar of peanut butter in a day. And yes, I do not feel good after eating that much, but my eating habits are my own problem. Most nuts are high in omega-6s, meaning that eating say, 1 cup of peanut butter means I'm consuming 36,000mg of Omega-6 fatty acids. This is a LOT! And it is inflammatory. So it makes sense that I was breaking out. Looking back, this is very stupid of me, and anyone would say that eating so many nuts is not good, but given the circumstances at the time and how easy it is to overeat nuts, I did not realize my mistake. My current diet takes into consideration the omega-3 and omega-6 balance. I eat mostly salmon and eggs, some chicken. I eat nuts sparingly, and the only ones I eat without minding portion sizes. I watch my carb intake, I definitely don't eat 200g in one sitting. And I noticed that I don't crash after meals anymore so I take it that my insulin levels are no longer spiking my blood sugar like they used to. Exercise After I started exercising, this made a difference in my skin. It helped me sleep, so mostly I'd say it had a beneficial hormonal effect. Also, the sweating process is apparently good for your skin. However, my diet seemed to have the greatest impact because exercising alone didn't prevent or reduce acne, but changing diet alone does reduce acne. Where I Am Now My skin is much better than before, for that I'm grateful. I am just waiting for the scarring and hyperpigmentation to go down. I started using retin-A and aczone a few months ago, and it made me break out more for a while, but that is slowly going down. I still break out but they are mostly smaller ones that go away in a few days as opposed to a few months. Whenever I eat too much sugar, my chin flares up again. So I make sure I have a balanced diet. From all the acne, my nose and cheeks have this persistent redness to them, I'm not sure if this will ever go down. Also, do remember, it's not easy for me to put my face out there. I'm very embarrassed by my appearance these past few years, because I feel like it is a reflection of me not being able to take good care of myself and "letting myself go". I would be mortified if someone I knew saw them. I don't like being seen without makeup, and even with makeup I am self conscious. However, I felt that this could help many of you if you've been on the birth control pill, taken antibiotics, tried the topicals, have cystic acne, have anything that looks like what I had, or were curious to see how I figured out what was causing my acne. Feel free to ask me questions and I'll try my best to answer. Good luck! And remember not to try anything extreme - I've tried week long water fasts, using undiluted ACV on my face, holistic remedies such as turmeric, painting my face with iodine, large diet imbalances, etc. I found that the best remedy was living a normal routine life - sleeping and eating at the same time, making sure each of my meals has protein/carbs/fiber/fats aka balance, adding a moderate amount of exercise, and keeping my skin care routine simple. It hasn't cost me any excess money to clear my skin.
  17. Do you guys happen to know if baby lotion by johnson and johnson is all right to put on your face? I know there's mineral oil on it, but SEVERAL web sites I visited said that it was just a rumor and exaggerated. I know that I put baby lotion on my face two days ago and from that moment on, my face cleared up (the zits seem to be getting less red). I mean, my face was already relatively good before its use, but after its use, these couple annoyingly big zits went down a bit. I don't know if it's just coincidence...I've been using it for three days and things SEEM to be going well. Let's hope it lasts. source: http://futurederm.wordpress.com/2007/12/21...-for-your-skin/
  18. Hi guys, i started to wash my face with water once in the morning and once in the night.After 2 days i have i broke out on my forehead(which i rarely do) and my skin was dry and kinda red.I don't have any other routine for my skin.The wash wasn't harsh or anything.If l live my skin without doing anything it's better than washing.I have pictures provided if you want to see it.The pictures are before the slight breakout but it's the same now. http://imgur.com/a/T8jQY
  19. I'm 21 and have been getting acne on the sides of my chin and back ever since I was in middle school and just recently for like the past 3 years i've started getting chest acne also. I never had any other kind of acne on my face except for my chin. it is just mild acne where I would get 1-2 pimples at a time so I didn't really done too much about it. But now it seems like its getting worse. The pimples on my chin are getting bigger and I sometimes get whiteheads. I currently use simple's foaming facial cleanser and then moisturize with their replenishing moisturizer. For makeup I use mineral hourglass primer and I use tarte amazonian clay matte foundation. Do you think it could be the foundation or primer i'm using or should I use a different face wash? What should I do? Help!
  20. Hi all. I am relatively new to this forum, and website. After reading the pages I adapted my own DKR to fit my supplies and conditions. But I have gotten worse. I have mild acne, mainly zits and pimples, but it has gotten worse since changing my regimen. This is exactly what I was doing before-hand: Morning: Neutrogena oil free acne wash Night: Neutrogena oil free acne wash(2% S.A.) and Clean and Clear Spot treatment (5% S.A.) Now my regimen is: Morning: Neutrogena oil free acne wash Aveno Ultra-calming Daily Moisturizer mid-day: Light washing of face with spectro-jel for combo skin Night: Spectro-jel for combo-skin wash. Spectro-jel 2.5% B.P. for sensitive skin. I have totally cut out chocalate from my diet( not easy). I have began drinking 6 cups of water a day, and am also taking genuine health perfect skin supplements 4X daily as recommeded. My zits are getting worse. I have more of them, and new ones are still forming. Its been nearly 3 weeks since I started all of this, and I am an 18 year old male. Please someone give me advice. Thanks, Colbert I also just tried the aspirin mask for the first time. It made my skin very soft, and I plan to try it again in a few days.
  21. New Acne Forum

    Hello I am using a forum called acneisanillness.com has anyone else visited this site? I'm pretty sure it just started up but there's a lot on there about bodybuilding and acne which might be useful for some people.... But I just like the name because acne is an illness and not many people treat it like that
  22. Why Do I Get Spots

    Hi I am a male who exercises a lot and eats a lot of dairy products. Is this why I get acne? Thanks
  23. Ok so I have never met anyone that has the same problem as I do but I'm hoping for advice. I am a picking addict. I do not know why but if I have a blemish I have to pick at it. This probably sounds weird but it's something I can not stop. It's a very very bad habit that is very very hard to break. I get told constantly how bad picking is for my skin and trust me I know. I have tried to stop multiple times but it only ends in failure and frustration. I don't know if it's a stress reliever or what. Whenever I see or feel a bump on my face, chest, or shoulder it bothers me constantly until I am at home and I am able to pick at it. I feel the way to stop picking at my face is to not have acne but unfortunately I can't get rid of acne without stopping picking at it. So I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem and if so how did you overcome it? Also does anyone have any advice on how to break this habit? I really want to stop but I need help. I am too embarrassed about it to tell anyone of my friends or family. I have tried but they don't understand that I can't just not do it. Uggghhh!
  24. Please Try This

    Hello I had had acne pretty much as long as I can remember. Starting around 11 yrs old, little bumps on my forehead, to T zone cystic and white heads black head in middle school and full blown full face acne my high school. We tried it all, birth control, anti biotics, topical,orals, two rounds of accurate. EVERYTHING. the accurate worked for a good year around 17/18. But by 20 it was back and bad again! My mother had frequently asked the derm to refer me to an endocrinologist but she refused bc I didn't have the other hormonal symptoms. (ie obesity, hair growth etc). Finally we just went on our own and sure enough I had (mild) polycystic ovary syndrome. The endocronologist put me on spironolactone for one year and my skin was AMAZING. And stayed pretty close to amazing for many many years. I had the 'normal person' zit here and there but otherwise great. At 28(yes 8 years of good skin) I had my first child and after pregnancy and breast feeding for 2 years my skin is a bit broken out, again I'm thinking due to hormones. Somillmgive it a couple months and see if it calms down. Still nothing like the past. Point being please please don't give up and try the endocronologist if all else has failed. It may not work for you but worth a shot. EVEN If you don't have the 'typical symptoms' because neither did I and it worked for me.
  25. Bp Side Effects?

    Hey! I've been using the BP as spot treatment. The spots where i apply it are clear again, but with a price; my face is tomato red and peeling! Everytime i go without makeup, people ask if im sunburnt. If i wear makeup to cover up the redness, my peeling is even more noticeable and looks worse. Can you guys recommend something to get rid of this redness and peeling? I dont want to stop the BP, it's too good for my skin. It is 10% though, so should i go to a lower %? What should i do for redness? Help please!