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  1. I've been using the regimen for two months and I don't know what to do anymore. Yes, my skin has been clearer since using it but I've about had it with dryness/flakiness/itching! My skin feels so scaly because its so dry and it itches and burns when using the regimen. I've tried not using BP twice a day but then I would break out! I use jojoba oil before using BP which helped for a dew days but then stopped working. I can't even wear my bb cream/tinted moisturizer because the dryness is so obvious when wearing it. Although I like how my skin has improved a little, this dryness is the worst! Anyone have any advice/tips on what to do?
  2. Hi all, i am one my day 9 on accutane and I'm starting to realise I'm having a lot of breakouts (those that with pus) and my skin is much redder. Help. Is it supposed to be like that? is here anything I can do to expedite and get out of this initial breakout faster?? I think my skin is really horrible and I'm losing confidence Day by day. i never dared to look in the mirror anymore because I'm afraid what I might see will make me sad. I really hope accutane will work...
  3. Hi there! I just started accutane at 80mg per day and just want to use this as a way to keep track of my progress and talk to other people who are taking accutane as well! Im on my 11th day so it hasn't been too long but I can definitely tell some differences so far even though I'm still not sure if I might purge yet. My oil is definitely decreased and my skin is starting to feel itchy and dry but not unbearable and so are my lips, but like I said, not unbearable. My scalp on the other hand has been very itchy but t-gel shampoo from neutrogena has totally neutralized this. I feel like I have had some internal side effects but not too noticeable and am hoping most of those things just go away after some time. (the photos are after 10 days on 80mg) has anyone gotten brain fog? Or rib soreness?
  4. Day 47

    I've been thinking about and meaning to make an update for so long but haven't got around to it lol. Anyways! I last posted around 15 days ago and a lot has happened on my face since then. ALOT of bad but a lot of good too. I went and got that facial extraction done on Thursday the 17th that I told you guys about and she removed about...eh.. let's say 85-90% of the bumps. I wasn't expecting her to get rid of them all because I know that's unrealistic considering there was probably about 200 all over my face. So she definitely did all she could and some small ones have stayed but that's okay because it's so much better now and I have faith these'll come out in time one by one, and if they look ready here and there I can attempt to extract them myself. My face was SO red coming out of that appointment and I had to bus AND subway home so I literally wrapped a scarf around my face up to my eyes. There was no way anyone was seeing that! The next day I woke up with such a dry face and Saturday it was even worse. My whole face was SO dry that it was plain gross to look at. And that Saturday my family and I were leaving to go to Niagara because we had a family day weekend planned. I didn't wear makeup that weekend except for when we went out to dinner at a fancy steakhouse. We also went to the waterpark which was painful because I know everyyybody was looking at my face. I think the chlorine from the pool helped my face though. It would've been a really fun weekend if my face was clear but its not so it was just decent. The crazy dryness had stopped by the time we left Niagara which was Monday and ever since then my face has just been continuing to heal. There's not many active pimples right now, it's more so just red marks on my face. My face is actually really smooth right now, and I have extracted a few pimples myself since that appointment and it's went pretty well. I have a pimple on my cheek that just won't turn into a whitehead but I'm just not going to touch it until I see something change. Most of my pimples come and go pretty quickly but new ones just come back. However, I've noticed that I'm not waking up with 3 new pimples every day recently so that's great. It just sucks because these dark spots have covering most of my cheeks looks like acne but it's not so on photos and to others it doesn't even look like I've made any progress. I really hope they'll fade sooner than later. The ear eczema Accutane has given me has been really annoying. I got a eczema cream to put in my ears to combat the dryness but now I can barely hear cause of it! I'm fairly certain the cream has dried and just blocked my ear passage. I definitely have to go to the doctor soon because it is becoming incredibly difficult while trying to go about my day. I can't hear my coworkers most of the time and sometimes my customers. It's quite upsetting. Also my shoulder pain has been kinda bad lately which is hard to deal with too. I've always had it, Accutane has just increased it. I'm also starting to get more and more worried about drinking on Accutane because of what I'm reading on this fb group I'm a part of. My manager also told me he was on Accutane, drank on it and ruined his stomach lining because of it. I really don't want my stomach or liver to get messed up because of Accutane but I still want a drink or two here and there! Ugh. Well I think that's all for now guys, I'll update again soon hopefully.
  5. 17 yo guy here (turning 18 soon) and I just started out on epiduo - well about a week ago actually. I mainly just wanted to show my skin and see if it improves. Sick and tired of this condition. Been dealing with mild to moderate acne for about 2 years. Have already tried acnatac which helped a bit but did not really clear my skin. Heard good things about this gel and had an old prescription on it so I decided to try it. I apply it every night after cleansing and use moisturiser afterwards. Have experienced a little burning/itching some nights and also dry skin around mouth and cheeks. So here is week 1, I think it started to break out abit yesterday, dying to pop some of these... Btw have any of you had good results with the acne.org regimen? Just saw it on the website. I will try to put a photo up next week!
  6. I have experimented with the caveman regimen in the past with great success. I now stick to a modified caveman regimen, ("washing" my skin twice a week with a diluted apple cider vinegar toner, and applying Burts Bees Sensitive Skin Moisturiser) but I barely ever wash my face. My boyfriend has never used a moisturiser on his skin, and his skin is not dry in the slightest. I was wondering if anybody has any information on whether the use of moisturiser creates a dependancy over time? I know that in the past I have been addicted to lip balms, and the more I used them, the dryer my lips got and so on. It became a vicious cycle, and when I eventually quit and weaned myself off them. I have found that my lips no longer get dry. I was wondering if the same thing can be said for moisturiser? Any experiences?
  7. I was wondering if any fellow male acne sufferers observe any correlation between masturbation and clogging of the pores/pimples/acne. I am not 100% sure there is a positive correlation between the two, but i am somewhat convinced that the more you masturbate the more you breakout. Currently wanting to seriously abstain, I have tried multiple times and never went past a week. In the couple of days I do go without ejaculating there is a decrease in pimple outbreaks. I know there is no solid research that backs this claim, but obviously I am not the only one who has observed this correlation. Wish me luck in my quest to abstain for at least a month, in a month I will update you guys on the results.
  8. Warning: Long as Hell I'm going to include many things I've experienced in the past with my skin (not just the current issue) so that anyone reading this can hopefully take something away from it. And so that the history of my skin is not an unknown variable in what happened to me. Today: My entire face is wrecked right now. And I don't know what to do, I'm pacing around my house,losing sleep, sobbing constantly, I'm scared to death. ...What happened was...I had gotten a little acne from not washing my face or taking care of myself properly for about 6 months (Feb-July '16) because another issue that has been going on in my life. It was the type of acne you get from really neglecting your skin, NOT by actively attacking, but just basically leaving it out to dry. I was not worried and was sure as long as I got back into my routine, that it would go away. Besides the few blemishes, my skin itself was still great even though I was really strung out regarding other things. (Insomnia, gained 25 lbs, barely moving a muscle, fatigued) As before this happened I was being complimented on my skin everywhere I went, it was dewy and clear and honestly as close to perfect as most people are going to get, people still Thought I was 16 years old because of it (I am 23 now) and I had been taking Extra good care of it the last 3.5 years, with gentle products/no sun/nearly 2 gallons of water a day/great diet (no dairy or gluten especially, mostly whole foods and fish..ridiculous amounts of vegetables..I did eat Aton of 90% dark chocolate tho!, etc) I got the occasional few pimples but they disappeared overnight or in 2 days. Basically, 5 out of the 7 days of each week I had flawless skin. So I dealt with a day with a pimple or a day where my skin was acting a little off. I also don't wear makeup, because I do have sensitive skin, not sensitive to some things, but makeup and having to wash it off really does a number on my face, and WILL break me out, even things like mascara cause my eyelashes to fall out so I only wear lip gloss occasionally. So usually my skin has nothing bothering it whatsoever. So what I ended up doing recently (to try to get rid of the small amount of acne I got from the 6 months of neglecting my Health/skin) must have been a real shock to it. A little more backstory before I get to the climax of the actual disaster: My natural skin tone is very very pale, Transcluscent almost, no freckles except some temporary ones I had on my nose from the summer when I was a kid, I was so pale that I would get called "ghost" in elementary school when it was Fall/Winter. And when I would go on summer vacation with my family, strangers would show concern for me that I was in the sun, sometimes even insisting I used their towel to cover myself from the Rays! I tried tanning some in freshman year of high school, even spray tanning (ughhhhhhh) but I came to love my pale skin and I have avoided the sun now for 7 years. I take vitamin d3 5000 and such and have never had issues as far as that's concerned. As for my skin itself, I always had nice skin until about 11th grade, I got some normal teenage acne. That went away and then when I was about 18-19 I got some little pimples that were very persistent. I tried proactiv to no avail (that stuff really destroys the skin, only the toner and green tea moisturizer were good for me). So I went on birth control for it instead. BIG MISTAKE. a month or so later I broke out in cystic acne so deep and so painful, I could feel it throb through out the day. And it was all on my cheeks mostly, some on my chin, none on the nose, a couple on the forehead. And I never got acne on my cheeks, nor cysts, so I was so scared of scarring. And obviously my self esteem was shot. Nothing made it go away, even after stopping the BC, I had absolutely no other type of acne except for the cysts at this time. But it's amazing how even one cyst can inflame the whole surrounding area. I tried multiple topicals and oral antibiotics. I eventually had to go on Accutane. And boy did I have to push for it. (They say go to the derm before its severe but they brush you off until it IS severe) Not only with the derm but with myself. My bloodwork was god awful. But I had to get on accutane, I wasn't going to let this get out of hand. I had to completely change my entire lifestyle (it had been sedentary for a couple years). I was living off cod/salmon and about a million vegetables with a sweet potato everyday for almost half a year and bought a treadmill with my old holiday money. Finally my blood work changed drastically and I got to go on it and stay on it. I can't say I remember the dosage. 40 or 60. I want to say it was 40. 6 months. I actually had no side effects beside slightly chapped lips and slightly dry eyes at the last month. I think my face was sensitive to heat as well, could not stand to be in a hot car for even a few seconds. I didn't even have to use moisturizer. I think it was because of the copious amounts of water and omega 3's I was ingesting, plus no sugar or high carb load. Anyway, I was a little weary, but it worked! After a month and a half post accutane, I was clear as crystal. And not a single scar. By 2.5 months post accutane, all my marks were gone as well. (It should be noted that I did treat the cysts while on accutane, I would put ichthammol ointment to draw them out and then I would put Neosporin on them once they came to a head and were washed off with gentle washing (cerave hydrating cleanser), occasionally I would ice them VERY lightly for a few minutes at a time, I also continued to used this Clyndamycin gel stuff sometimes as it seemed to slough off any small amount of dead skin when washed off, I also never picked, so I can't say what would have happened if I did, however I did graze a couple of the cysts with a finger nail or two when washing my face and even though they bled, I was still okay). But let's just put it this way, it was October of how ever many years ago when the course ended and by Feb, I was getting strangers walk up to me, staring at my face, telling me I had the most beautiful skin they've ever seen, even my dentist was asking about my skin!, I'm not even exaggerating, it was excessive, it actually made me very uncomfortable as I am terrible at taking compliments and I was extremely worried that the cysts would come back so the comments were bitter sweet. My skin was also better post accutane than it was even before I got acne because I had never been so healthy in all my life so I felt a bit of pressure to keep up the strict regimen for awhile. (Ofcourse All Worth it) Luckily I was able to ease up by the 2nd to 3rd year post accutane and my skin was still great. Last summer I was doing stuff like eating a dessert everyday and putting on heavy moisturizers that my skin usually wouldn't handle and it was all good. I incorporated coffee too which I fell in love with, and no issues there besides a reddish face for a few minutes if it's really hot. So that was that...until recently. The only thing that I had the last few years that's worried me about my skin was a tiny new mole on my cheek and a mark on my nose (which has gotten worse as I learned recently it is a pigmented, atrophic scar..and it's in the most difficult place a scar can be..the dip of the nose, smack in the middle) I had something happen to my nose almost 6 years ago so the cartilage is a bit warped especially at the tip, oil pools there and occasionally the teensy tiny little pimples that appear on the nose occasionally have never given that specific spot a break, so I'm guessing the consistent inflammation caused it. (Scar has been there for 2 years about) THIS is actually the reason I originally planned a dermatologist appointment a few months ago, nothing kills the look of beautiful overall skin than a scar right smack in the middle of everything. I was also concerned it was getting worse because oil continues to pool in the warped area. I thought that was bad in of itself, and then 3 weeks ago (1 week before my derm appointment was scheduled) I went and caused an even worse issue. The worst issue i have ever experienced with my skin. So to continue on from the beggining, after the 6 months of neglecting myself, At the start of August '16 I finally pulled myself together and got back into my normal diet and exercise routine and such ( back to washing my face and not falling asleep in my sweat from exhaustion anymore too). since I had some appointments coming up and places I needed to be this month, I lost patience with the lingering bumps from those 6 months prior and decided to speed things up by using a few drops of an old, unopened sample of Tazorac I found in the depths of my closet, followed by a million different products/moisturizers/Neosporin/ichthammol ointment and some light exfoliation using an old makeup brush which I washed 3 times in boiling water with 3 different cleansers and antibacterial soap. I truly was quite gentle as I did have a passing feeling that what I was doing (something I have never so much as attempted) was not a great idea. And turns out that was correct. My skin went mental from it and got ridiculous oily and blotchy with red bumps showing up over my entire face the next day. Went to the dermatologist a week later and he did not address them, he also told me my scar on my nose was something I'd have to deal with the rest of my life. Only when I began crying did he say to use..yet another Retin A..and he said it won't help the scar but will help with my oiliness and blackheads (even tho I told him it was not my normal skin thAt he was looking at). He just said "I've seen worse". I went from having near perfect porcelain skin to having a derm tell me "I've seen worse". Even my mom told him that just months ago I was being complimented on my skin...And I don't pick or go in the sun, ever, I know the nose scar was still there back then but I guess having great overall skin helped to diminish that. He just said to this, "Oh. Nice" I cried even more and he said he would refer me to a plastic surgeon for the scar in 3 months when I came back but he said it after first telling me multiple times that it was permanent. He also said "there's nothing you can do for scars". I was like, well what do all those poor people with pits all over their face do?? And he said, Nothing! My jaw was hanging open at that point. I pulled myself together to get to him that morning, with hopes he would ease my mind but he ended up just destroying any hope I had. The red bumps and sudden oiliness all over my face took a backseat to the scar that day. So I went home and sobbed and stupidly put some more of that tazorac on my face, because I assumed retin a is retin a, a pea sized amount only, and only on my nose and hair lines this time as he told me to. Well I slept in it and woke up, washed it off and my skin has never been the same since. The bright red bumps started to dry up but then my face felt awfully weird and slick so I exfoliated using Philosphy micro delivery gentle wash and all of the excessive oil disappeared. My skin was now completely dry. Tight, can't move my face. It turned a SICKLY REDDISH YELLOW all except my eye lids and a small area surrounding my lips. My PORES are now completely visible all over my entire face, almost looking like shallow ice picks scars, my once smooth and flat forehead is now MUSHY and littered in what look like LINES and SCARS appearing out of THIN AIR where acne has never even been. I've got PIN PRICKS all over my skin, and ORANGE PEEL texture. Not to mention my skin has literally turned just about the color of an orange! My face has been ON FIRE for the past two weeks to the point I could not sleep and past 3 days it has been itching like mad. Any thing I try to use stings except Neosporin. (Which I put all over my face a couple of times..probably not the best idea but I was scared to death of infection and scarring and the pain was so bad) I also suddenly developed all types of dark marks and tiny bumps over my ENTIRE FACE. Must be about a million. I am downright Broken over this. Destroyed. Especially after looking up what the hell was happening to me. (I feel like this can't even be real life right now, it feels like a cruel joke on top of a cruel joke.) And My god, from what I'm reading, it seems others have experienced the same thing and it is more hopeless than any other appearance related issues I've come across in my life. I never knew retin a could cause your skin to be so sensitive that anything you do afterward will damage your skin ten fold and age you overnight. It's supposedly akin to laser damage. I went to two more dermatologists! One yesterday. Went to a third derm today (Technically yesterday as I am writing this). The last derm was also a cosmetic derm. She was better than the last two. She was horrified when I said the word Tazorac. She said "my god, we call that paint thinner around here, it will peel the paint right off your car"!!! She saw my skin issues right away and told me it was obvious to her. Said I had irritant dermatitis and that I had done a real number on my face. She even took the tazorac sample from me and threw it in the trash. She was even more horrified with me telling her everything else I had done immediately after putting it on my face and days later. She told me I did just about everything to cause my skin to 'turn' SO drastically. She said to absolutely never do that again and that she is sure I learned my lesson, that we 'all do stupid things'. She did say it should go back to how it was before all this happened but I had to give it time. She also said that my skin will peel (it hasn't yet, even after 3 weeks), I told her it hadn't and she said 'oh it's definitely coming'. I actually hope it peels, I feel like it needs to. I told her I was very distraught about the texture and pores especially and she said that while pores do get bigger with age, mine should go back to normal size once all the inflammation is gone. I brought all my products I used and she went through them and told me what was good and what should not be used during healing. No exfoliation ofcourse. She also said she was wondering if she would have to treat the underlying acne once this went away because she didn't know what was caused by the irritation and what wasn't. I told her how I had only had a small amount of normal acne coming up before hand and I showed her a pic from just 1.5 months ago, and she zoomed in on it and everything and told me "oh yea, you should be fine then" so I guess she saw that my skin was fine before hand (even with the months of neglect). My issue is that I have a real hard time believing my skin will go back to how it was, there is so much wrong with it and it has the appearance of strange scarring, etc etc etc and everything I've read concerning this issue is so fear inducing as nearly everyone can't get rid of their issues after retin a destroyed their skin (and tazorac is one of the strongest types!!). It's not like other things where reviews and results are mixed and things get better, this skin reaction thing is like some unanimous eternal dooms day in the online community. It's freaking me the hell out. Derm also prescribed me hydrocortisone cream 2.5% to use for 5 days. Twice a day. I already know that stuff is dicey. Thinning skin, steroid induced rosacea, etc. And I know that taking steroids, even on skin, when under extreme amounts of stress, is dangerous. I don't need to be developing Cushings or something. It's not prednisone or anything, but still. Obviously a derm gave me that tazorac a long time ago without a second thought so how am I to believe any derm. Most I have encountered don't give a damn about anyone's skin but their own. It seems all they can do is diagnose skin cancer as benign or malignant. My poor brother had very very severe cystic acne on face and body, granted he picked, but I remember our dermatologist just putting him through unnecessary and unhelpful treatments before finally letting him go on accutane. He drug him through the mud and unfortunately I don't think my brother was forthright enough in letting anyone know how it affected him. You know tho, I'm not so sure it would have mattered as I have made it clear to derms how much some things have affected me in the past and they literally say "so what" "who cares". If your skins not perfect "so what", If such and such doesn't work "who cares" , We will just try "x, x, and X" And have "patience patience patience" And I don't know why, but they don't BELIEVE most anything that comes out of our mouths. That's why I'm so glad the 3rd derm actually looked at my pics, (I was ready to show her as many as she wanted, I even put some in a folder on my iPhone which were the clearest most high definition ones I could find from previous months and so on ago). I would like to believe her but I'm still not sure she grasped the fact that my skin was near perfect beforehand. That's why it worried me when she mentioned "underlying acne" because months ago, there was no acne and what I'm seeing now is a whole skin issue and things that look like acne and scars which came in a matter of days. Things I've never experienced in my entire life, even during my time with cystic acne. So yea, I still don't know what to trust and what not to. I have to be cautious with everything I do to myself now. But I know that inflammation itself is also bad long term and my face has already been extremely inflamed for 3 weeks, I don't want prolonged inflammation to cause permanent tissue damage. So I'm stuck on whether I should use the cream or not. I should have asked whether it was necessary or just a comfort thing for the itching and burning. Idk..I'm just so far gone now that this has happened..who knows how long it will take to resolve..and if it doesn't I will surely be 6 feet under in no time. My skin was one of the only things I had going for me with these other things I have had to deal with in my life. And I already know how skin can cause more distress than a lot of other issues because I've already been there with the accutane thing 3.5-4.5 years ago. Many things took a backseat to that. Never thought I'd have to deal with skin issues again, esp to this degree. Not to mention its not even acne, but my actual skin itself. It's incredibly sad. I have the skin of an 80 year old working the fields in the hot sun for years right now. I want my poreless porcelain skin back, I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel when the damage looks so stomach churning and the online consensus is grim. I just can't believe this happened from only two uses and why it started off as red bumps and then suddenly turned my entire skin on its head. I know when I went to first doctor my skin was still white and texture was good, just oily and red bumps everywhere. The rest of this madness seems to have happened after the exfoliation (it was suds tho, not beads). I also used keto shampoo that I had previously because I thought this was a fungal infection at first. But the 3rd derm said that wouldnt have affected anything but that it woudnt have helped anything either. I just can't wrap my brain around it all. Other people have peeled their whole face off and scrub the life out of themselves every other week and are fine. My skin looks poisoned, ugly, and infested with no signs of improvement. This is a NIGHTMARE.
  9. Why do people with only one little pimple cry over it? It's not even a cyst.. it's just a whitehead and popular girls will cry over them. They're so self centered and need to stop because people go through much worse than that.
  10. Moisturizing

    Hi, I'm am using BP to control my acne last couple of months/half a year. I only apply BP before going to bed. However, I can't use moisturizer when I have BP on my face, because my face is pretty dry after washing it. So every night I first wash my face with a cleanser and than I use directly BP. The next morning I apply moisturizer but sometimes I have to apply pretty much moisturizer because my face is so dry. Can to much moisturizer cause breakouts? Or is there any other way to use my moisturizer? Thanks!!!
  11. Week 3 - WITH PICTURES!

    Hey guys, So I'm now on my 3rd week and still feeling fab. My skin is completely clear (aside from old marks) still and I am LOVING the no oil. My make up stays perfect ALL day! My hair has started to dry out a little this week but I have started putting a few drops of jojoba oil with my conditioner which sorts it out straight away. My lips are slightly chapped but barely bother me as long as I have a balm on. My favourite is still Blistex - Intensive Moisture, this stuff is brilliant and makes my lips silky smooth. I have experienced no dry skin on my body at all and barely any on my face either. In fact, the texture of my face is lovely. It is so soft and smooth! I am still using the same products and I swear by jojoba oil. It is the BEST stuff ever and can be used for everything. It is also 100% organic which is a bonus. On top of my Accutane treatment, I am also on my 4th week of quitting smoking which I am super proud of. I definitely feel this has contributed to the current condition of my skin. I have an appointment with my dermatologist Friday so will update after with my progress! See pictures attached from a couple of days ago.
  12. Hey guys, So I am now on day 11 into week 2 and feeling GREAT! My skin is clear and I have hardly any side effects. If I didn't know I was taking Accutane, I would never notice any side effects. My lips are slightly chapped and my skin is a little drier and redder than usual. My skin was very oily for the first week but this has now subsided (which I am loving). I also had my time of the month this week and I ALWAYS get a huge spot around my chin/mouth/cheeks area but this month I had NONE! My blackheads on my nose seem like they're pushing the gunk out but this is barely noticeable. I am wearing about a quarter of the make up I used to. You can actually see my face under my foundation instead on an inch worth of make up to cover the acne and scars! I used to wear double wear by Estee Lauder but I am now using Revlon ColorStay which is the foundation I used before my skin got really bad and it is agreeing with my skin so far. No flakiness and great coverage but looks natural. I am still using the same products as week 1 but I have started putting a couple of drops of jojoba oil with my moisturiser in the morning. I love this stuff! Below is my current skin care regime: Morning: Wash with Cetaphil gentle cleanser LUSH Tea Tree Water toner to remove excess dirt Moisturise with Clean & Clear dual action mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil (I find Cetaphil too heavy and greasy for the day) Blistex intensive moisture for lips (I can't recommend this stuff enough) Evening: Simple face wipe to remove majority of make up Wash with Cetaphil gentle cleanser Moisturise with Cetaphil cream Smother lips & inside of nose with Aquaphor I have attached 2 pictures below so you can see the HUGE difference. The first picture was taken at the end of November and the second was last week. That's it for week 2, skin is clear and feeling fabulous! Will update again in a few days x
  13. I'm 16 and i've been dealing with acne for the past 3 years but it has never been this bad. Around the summer time (7 months ago) I as given RetinA for my acne and helped, but i always had 1-2 bumps on my forehead. It totally cleared the bumps around my nose. About 3-4 months ago i slowly stopped using the cream, my acne was at ease. But one time i decided to use it again and i totally broke out. This was also around the american time i was experimenting with a new acne cleanser my eyebrow waxing lady recommended me. I started using the cream again but it seems like my skin is just getting worse. Please help! I've been using witch hazel as a toner, african soap never ever opening, and cetaphil at night to take off the makeup(retinA afterwards). I do wear makeup almost everyday, i also have curly hair so i use product. Although, i try my best to keep the hair out of my face and wash my face day and night! Please help!
  14. Acne help

    Hi, I am a 17 year old male and I suffer acne. I wouldn't say it's severe but it's definitely not moderate. It's gotten worse. It started when I was going into high school, but up until that point I had great skin and felt superior to everyone around me who had my skin now. Which makes me think I was a late bloomer because now those people have clear skin. I get white heads all over but mainly under my nose near my mustache area and my chin near my mouth. It's everywhere on my forehead and scattered on my cheeks. It's also on the back. Pretty bad back there too. Like I said I'm 17 and am hoping that it would start declining soon but I see no evidence of that. Any help is help and I accept any, so thank you. Gabe.
  15. I've been using the acne.org regimen for a year + now and it cleared my acne but I noticed after some time, the benzoyl peroxide makes the texture of my skin look rough and wrinkly and it makes my dark marks impossible to fade. I was wondering can I just use it as a spot treatment only when i get pimples? Because I really don't like how my skin looks. Or how do I get off it completely?
  16. Hello fellow acne victims. For years I have suffered with this shit on my face and for years I have cried myself to sleep. I have tried all creams and all that other bull shit derms give out nothing helps. I'm by no means religious but thought I would give praying a shot because why fucking not. I have recently been praying to Satan every night offering him my soul and my families souls for the exchange of clear skin. The next day I noticed my skin was not forming new zits and within 3 months all my redmarks are gone I'm just left with light scars and couldn't be more happy. Was this a coincidence? Maybe. So if you are desperate enough just offer yourself to Satan and be cured I have not had a zit/cyst in months and I am so thankful.
  17. Water Only Journey

    Background: I've had acne for seven years. I got my first spot when I was 12, and now, I'm 19. When I first started getting acne, I should've let it be. Instead, I started using product after product. I tried all kinds of chemicals, natural remedies, and regimens. Nothing helped. I wore makeup for about a year, but makeup aggravated my acne. My face started getting very oily yet dry. My face also adopted a constant red complexion (not just cheeks and nose but entire face was red and the rest of my body white). About three years ago, I read about the caveman regimen. I tried the regimen for about 2 weeks. I did not let water touch my face at all. My face developed a dead skin mask, and my acne increased. I stopped the regimen and began water only. I would wash with just water, but the same thing happened. I got a dead skin mask and my acne increased. I gave up on that regimen as well. That's when I found the acne.org regimen. I was on that regimen for about a year and a half. The regimen cleared up my skin really fast and really well. The problem is that with continued use, my face because extremely flaky and irritated. My face was bright red from all the chemicals I was using. It literally looked like someone painted my face with red. I stopped the regimen and began water only washing with a washcloth. I found that the washcloth aggravated my acne and made my skin red also (very oily too). I started trying all kinds of products, but they all made my acne and the condition of my skin worse (I tried both chemical and natural). At that point I kind of gave up. I decided to wash with only water again and let my skin heal itself. I did a lot of research on the water only regimen, and this time, I want to stick with it. The first time I did the water regimen, I didn't give my face enough time to heal. I quit at two weeks. This time I want to do this regiment for at least 3 months. I know it's going to be hard, but I'm willing to try it. Routine: So with this new regimen, I don't really have a routine. I just hop in the shower every morning and splash my face with warm water a few times. I've been doing this water regimen for 16 days so far. Week 1: Increase in flakiness. Decrease in facial redness. Decrease in facial oil. Acne seems to heal faster. Lots of congestion. Week 2: Increased increase in flakiness (almost like my pores are pushing out gunk) I have a lot of blackheads, and the blackheads seems to be falling out or forming inflamed spots Increased decrease in facial redness. No difference in facial oil from first week. Acne still seems to heal faster, but I've been getting an increase in acne (in areas where I have blackheads). Lots of congestion but it looks like it is clearing up a bit. Hyper pigmentation/scars are healing faster. Overall, my face looks pretty broken out.
  18. I recently started taking 1000g of Vitamin C a day, for unrelated reasons, and noticed after about a week that my acne was quite improved. After two weeks it was completely gone, and after years of bad cystic acne, I found I could eat much more freely (a lot of sugar would still give me smaller pimples, but no cysts), and after a bout a month, I had stopped using anything else. No more benzac, no more moisturisers. In fact my skin suddenly had the natural sheen of an oily face (which I hadn't seen for almost ten years because of the drying effects of benzac). For three months this worked like a miracle, and then BAM, suddenly the solution was gone. My cysts are worse and more numerous than ever now, and vitamin C no longer seems to do anything to help. If anything, it seems it might even encourage extra cysts now. I'm 27 and sick of dealing with painful, unsightly cysts. Is there anyone who could account for this change? The only two related issues which took place around the time it all got worse was that my housemate started smoking pot each and every day (although I'd assume this couldn't be accounted for by passive pot smoking!), and that I had several bouts of tonsillitis around the same time, which may have knocked around my stomach bacteria due to the antibiotics treatment. If you have any ideas, I'm all ears!
  19. I never thought I'd do this but I had to take this out somewhere. I've barely talked about acne to anyone, except my brother. I am a 20 year old male suffering from acne for about three years now. At the beginning it was very mild and I could barely notice it but it continually got worse. Until the last 6 months I never missed school, parties, meetings, going out for coffee and anything else because I pretty much didn't care about my acne and I got used to it... I never took a diet for acne and I barely used cream or moisturizers for my face... About 4 months ago I started using accutane because my skin got pretty bad. I started with a low dose of 20mg and I was hoping to finally get rid of my acne. On the third month I increased my dosage to 40mg and that's when I started breaking out even more... I haven't seen any improvements yet and my face is much worse than it was before accutane, I got some pimples on my forehead and quite some on my chin now... Also, three days ago I developed a skin cyst on my cheek which was pretty huge but I think now it is shrinking. I went to see a dermatologist and he told me to take a lot of body tests. I took blood test, urine, feces and everything else, apparently I have h. pylori on a > 200 scale and I have Staphylococcus Aureus on my skin and I also have a veeeery high allergy on my body... My face has gotten worse, I also have acne on my back and chest, accutane didn't fix anything, it just worsened my acne everywhere... Now I have quit accutane and am taking antibiotics for my h pylori and Staphylococcus, the dermatologist prescribed me a cream and a lotion to use everyday and told me that this therapy that I am taking might improve my skin because h pylori and staphylococcus might trigger skin problems... I have also eliminiated dairy products, fast foods, fries, burgers, pizzas, sodas, high sugar foods, sweets, chocolates, any type of seed(nuts, walnuts etc) and I still can't see any improvoement, I literally don't know what's going on, I'm confused and hopeless. Also, I have skipped class lately and today I have a major exam and I feel so anxious about going but I really have to go because it is very important for my education, I just wanna finish it and get it over with so I can lock myself in my house and have no contact with any other human. I am desperate and depressed and all I do is stay at home and search for topics about acne to at least feel better about myself... I feel like my acne is never gonna go away and I just feel numb, I just wanna lock myself in and disappear... That's how I feel. I know this isn't much but I just had to let this out somewhere and I felt like this is the only suitable place where people can or could understand my condition and my emotional status and feelings. If anyone is suffering the same thing as I am, please feel free to inbox me and we might feel better about ourselves. Thanks for reading this whole thing and I hope that everyone in this world who has acne will get rid of it so this stupid thing won't stop us from living life the way we want to live it and the way it is supposed to be lived.
  20. Hi guys - i'm new to acne.org and have decided to start a blog. Hopefully this will blog will be able to help someone out there who is currently suffering the same way as I am!!! To YOU or anyone who's reading this that is trying to get rid of their acne - DONT WORRY, i've been there (and still am there when its that time of the month tbh.) There's a way to get rid of your acne, guys. Try my regimen and i assure you that it will at most give you clear skin and at least help improve your acne Okay, so i've always had moderate acne since I was 13. I am now 17. Just a side info - I also have PCOS-like symptoms. FOr those who dont know, basically my periods are irregular because of my hormonal imbalance, so i am very prone to hormonal acne. In May of 2016, I started a no carb, no dairy, and no sugar diet and intended to lose weight (i had mild to moderate acne back then but wasn't obsessed with getting rid of them!) I also ran 3-4 times a week and swam everyday for an hour for 5 consecutive weeks. Suddenly, in July of 2016 my skin was CLEAR. In fact, I believe that that was the clearest my skin has ever been in my entire life - I had no acne and only used a cetaphil cleanser, cetaphil moisturizer and sunscreen! And i had no acne for 3 months straight!!!! Fast forward to October of 2016, I started getting lots of whiteheads and some cysts and my forehead and was FREAKING OUT. MORe cysts appeared on my cheeks as well and I didn't understand why. Looking back, it was because i was using the wrong shampoo, ate junk food everyday (like packaged ramen),did not exericise at all, was too lazy to wash and mosturize my face and was stressed out about school. I shouldve known and just switched to a paleo diet and did what i had done in May... but no. I was a freaking dumbass.During christmas break of 2016, I decided to go to a dermatologist and he had reccomended that I get laser for my acne and hyperpigmentation. HE Also told me to switch to a baby shampoo to prvent futurr acne on the forehead. Now, the laser did help greatly on the forehead, but it also left some scars on my left cheek. FOR THose who are planning to get laser - be prepared. The reulsts are at most 70% improvement, and you may experience some scars and breakouts afterwards. AFter getting the laser, i vowed to myself to never get it done again and started following my own regimen. I am now on the paleo diet once again and have been so for 1 week. I have also been running and doing hard exercise for only 2 weeks now and my acne is improving greatly! I only have 4-5 visible whiteheads, and no cysts!!!!! However, those 2 factors arent the only 2 things helping me with my acne. I WILL list a couple to help yall. 1) cetaphil cleanser/clinique foam cleanser are great bcus they are not drying. IF you use drying spot treatment, ur cleanser shouldnt be drying 2) I add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to my water and drink it between meals 3) I take zinc supplements 4) MOISTURIZE - cetaphil, biotherm and orgins night a mins are the bomb! 5) use q tip and spot treatment tea tree oil on cysts, mario badescu on whiteheads and aloe vera on red spots 6) use dr jart's healing solution mask 2 times a week (its at sephora - has tea tree oil and sacylic acid!) 7) clean ur phone daily, change your sheets often! 8) SLEEP - if u have trouble sleepinf like me, use melatonin! 9) GREEN TEA IN THE MORNING during the weekends! 10) sunbathing a bit also helps 11) use a gentle shampoo! 12) tie ur hair in a bun when u sleep 13) use a water base makeup remover 14) dont stress! 15) all kinds of meat are ok except beef - they clog up ur digestion 16) blueprint juices r ur bestfriends 17) mario badescu clay mask is also great 18) hiruscar legit healed my scars pro tip: if u can feel or see a cyst coming, lightly press the area with soaked cloth/tissue (preferabbly cold), drink LOADS and i mean LOADS of water plus apple cider vinegar and cover the whole area with mario badescu before you sleep. I did that 5 days ago and the hidden cyst on my chin disappeared!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR REAL GUYS. trie these things and i assure u - ur acne WILL BE GOne!
  21. Today marks a new chapter in my acne journey with PCOS. I have found this forum incredibly helpful throughout my decision-making/research process and would like to contribute as well. Let's call this a little experiment shall we... To begin, a bit of backstory: I started getting acne when I was seventeen years old due to fluctuating hormones and diet (isolated to my forehead thankfully). However, upon cleaning up my diet by eliminating processed junk foods and sugar, I was fine in a year or so. With that being said, I have never had a regular "time of the month" (I'm currently 22). It got especially bad this past year, and that is when my bad hormonal cystic acne began forming (only on my cheeks...my forehead, chin and jawline are all clear). I was determined not to go on the birth control pill, as I wanted to deal with the problem naturally. I went to a holistic doctor, worked with acupuncturists and special facial treatments. Nothing seemed to help. I eliminated dairy, gluten, refined sugars and ALL processed foods. It got to the point I even eliminated any inflammatory foods (ex. tomatoes, citrus fruits...even strawberries for goodness sake!) But there was absolutely NO improvement. In fact, this past week...everything has worsened. *It's also worth noting that I have not had a visit from mother nature in over three months. Ever since this cystic acne breakout on my cheeks, my menstrual cycle has been horribly irregular* SO...I went to see my doctor and explained my troubles. She recommended seeing a dermatologist (as if I haven't already tried every topical ointment and cream in the universe and been seeing a dermatologist for years). She diagnosed me with PCOS due to my acne, irregular cycle, some excess facial hair starting, depression, and a few other symptoms (I am very thin however and have never struggled with weight- so we shall see how the birth control pill affects my weight). I asked my doctor if I could go on the birth control pill for an extended period of time. I am aware that things get worse after getting off the pill, so I intended to stay on it for fifteen to twenty years, or until I decide to have children. This is a completely personal choice of mine, as I am in an on-camera career where acne is simply not acceptable. I am quite nervous to start this pill, but I have so much hope that this will work out in three months or so. I am completely aware of the side effects, but this is so important to me for so many reasons. I have heard it gets better before it gets worse, so I will be seeing a wonderful woman who does facial treatments (specifically designed for healing the skin and not just extracting pimples) twice a week until my hormones balance out. I will also be continuing to manage PCOS symptoms as if I weren't on the pill by eating a low GI diet, getting sufficient exercise and undergoing acupuncture therapy...so hopefully if I decide to come off it sooner, I will have an easier time stabilizing my hormones. I will try to post some photos of my progress and I intend to keep weekly updates here for anyone interested. I know for me, the infamous "initial breakout" was a huge fear of mine...so I will be sure to document exactly when that affects me and how severely. Also FYI, the pill I am going on is Yasmin. I have heard great reviews about this pill for acne and PCOS, but of course only time will tell if it works well with my own body. I wish you all the best of luck with your own acne journeys. Despite all the emotional struggle (and DAYS I have spent crying over such a superficial issue), we are all beautiful and special human beings. We'll get through this together! Love you all xoxo
  22. Benzoyl Peroxide - Week 2

    Hello again! So I have used BP for a week now. I don't see any notable differences in my skin, which I'm fine with considering that it usually takes a month before people see results. I'm gonna start using BP both in the morning and the evening from now one. These are the products I'm using: Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer I haven't really changed anything in my lifestyle, except that I'm trying to drink less milk and trying to not touch my face as much. I'll do an update with pictures when I start seeing notable results. Peace.
  23. I just turned 16. Since I'm a teen, I do go through lots of random stress and I end up picking at my skin to deal with it all. My family has never suffered from severe acne and I have always had clear skin...until I started picking at it. My skin now has been acting up and I've been getting a lot of acne that I can't seem to pop and it's only getting worse. I now have discoloration on my skin and my arms are covered in scars that I'm afraid I'll never recover from. All the girls at my school have gorgeous skin and all I want is to have a youthful,clear, and glowing look to my skin just like everyone else. Please help me achieve this goal!!! Thank you!!!!
  24. I hadn't logged in to acne.org for a few months since my acne had subsided using a combination of an extreme diet overhaul and the modified caveman regimen (you can read about this further here if you would like more detail: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/356222-i-finally-healed-my-acne-with-pictures/#comment-3552807 Since logging back in I have read through my old caveman regimen log, and seen a video post by a YouTuber who's advice I have trusted throughout my journey with acne. She discusses combatting dehydrating skin, and how dehydrated skin is a very common cause of acne, especially in those who falsely believe they have oily skin due to the over-use of drying acne cleansers/face washes and treatments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQG4qsyaj7k Since I stopped the caveman regimen I slowly reintroduced using a warm washcloth to gently wipe my skin, toning with a 50/50 diluted ACV/water toner and moisturizing with 2 drops of grapeseed oil. Increasingly I have been doing this regimen more and more - from one or twice a month to maybe 3 or 4 times a week. I think I have been slipping back into my old mentality of the more skincare = the better the skin. I've decided that this regimen may in fact be too harsh for my skin. The more I use the washcloth to exfoliate and the stronger I make my ACV toner, the dryer my skin feels. I no longer have acne but I can often see a redness like rosacea on my cheeks, I am now wondering if this is caused by irritation from the drying components in my skincare routine. From today I will stop using the washcloth all together, washing my face only with luke-warm water and my hands and allowing it to air dry. I will use my toner diluted 20/80 ACV to water and only once a week. I will use grapeseed oil to moisturise as usual and moisturise even on days when I am not washing my face. This is an experiment to see how my skin responds for 30 days and I will log any progress here.
  25. This thread will go thru my journey as I get my scar treatment. I plan on getting mixto with subcision with dr David rahimi. I am quite young only 18 so I figured why not get my treatment when my scars and I are young. Any my questions you have I will answer. I will post pictures of my scars once most people join in on the thread. But right now my scars are mild not super mild but not yet moderate more in the middle. I have mostly box car scars with a couple ice pick and about one your two rolling scars the are very shallow. i will start up dating this once people join in and I actually get my laser which will be next month when I graduate from hs. So around June 22. I already had my consultation and all that I'm just eating to save up a little more money and find a good date.