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  1. I recently got prescribed .025% tretinoin for my back acne. I usually shower at night, but my doctor advised me to wash the cream off in the morning. Am I supposed to shower twice? or do I switch to showering in the morning?
  2. Am I doing it right?

    Well, I just graduated from high school, and I started getting body acne around my sophomore year of high school. I rarely ever get pimples on my face, except for a few here and there. Well, I play basketball, and workout a lot, and I sometimes went literally all day with a heavily sweaty shirt on, and not changing until I got home, sometimes late at night, and I'm pretty sure this causes acne and makes it worse, correct me if I'm wrong. I also drank a lot of milk every single day, and ate all of the foods that supposedly worsen acne. I never really paid any attention to it until not to long ago, because I realized that it was pretty bad and I had to do something about it. I cut out dairy, most grains, peanuts, and just all junk foods in general, and I've been showering using neutrogena body clear body wash and I also exfoliate a bit using a wash cloth. I alternate between cold and warm showers, because I'm not sure which benefits more. Since I've started this, my body acne is nowhere near 100% clear, but it's gotten wayyyyy better than it was. I've also been going in the sun little bit for the vitamin d, but I don't spend too much time, because I realize it could be harmful. Am I doing anything wrong and is there anything else I could try to completely clear my body acne? And also was he cause of it because I'm a 17 year old boy that is going through puberty, and the other things I listed earlier? Thank you!
  3. I've been dealing with this s*** for over 4 years now and I said to myself that this will be the last summer I'll lose. I have severe acne from upper back to shoulders and chest. It drives me crazy and hope you can understand. I also had severe acne on my face but I've been using a glycolic acid cream everyday for the past 5 months and it worked great for my face, mostly done, only a few red marks left and after i'll take care of the deeper scars. On my body I started only 2 months ago to apply glycolic acid. It worked alright but it's not even close to be good, I still get cysts and breakouts. For my diet, i started 1 month ago to cut almost everthing, dairy food, no meat only salmon, gluten free, sugar cut to 0 only fruit intake, drinking plenty of water and taking 1 cold shower everyday because i'm pretty active and it's hot outside. Anything you think I should do? It literally making me go mad. Summer it's coming and there is no way I can take my shirt of, on of the reasons would be that my skin is really sensitive because of the glycolic acid, and my skin it's looking awful, everytime I look into the mirror I feel like there is no point of still going... Please don't suggest me accutane since I cleared up my face I don't want to go trough all that again. Anything else it's much apreciate and sorry if all this is a little to agressive...
  4. Hello, I've had acne on my back and chest for the last few years (I've just turned 20) and no matter what I do, it won't go away. I regularly change my sheets/clothes and always shower straight after the gym. I have very sensitive skin, if I scrub too hard in the shower, my skin will look red and irritated. I tried using benzol peroxide a few years ago and that didn't seem to make much difference. I've also used neutrogena body clear wash with salicylic acid and that was too harsh for my skin. I am going on holiday in about a month and would like to be able to take my top off with out feeling embarassed. Does anyone know of any body washes or general treatments that will clear the body acne but also is suitable for sensitive skin? Also, if anyone knows any short term solutions to help reduce the appearance/hide the acne that would be really helpful. *I currently use Aveeno body wash for sensitive skin when in the shower and don't apply any addition products. Thanks in advance
  5. i'm a 15 y/o girl and i've been on accutane now for two months. my first dose was 40mg a day, but last month my derm upped it to 60mg. i've heard this is a pretty high dose (i weigh 125 pounds). my symptoms have been really bad. i'm fair and i regularly struggle from facial redness but the accutane has made it even worse. every day when i don't wear makeup i get asked if i was outside and if i'm sunburnt. my dryness has been really bad too, which makes the makeup i apply to combat my redness look really bad. i was extremely excited to start accutane as for the past 4 years i have tried legitimately everything to get rid of my cystic/hormonal acne. all these symptoms would be tolerable if i was seeing improvement, but i'm not. i still have multiple small cysts on my face and any breakouts i do have are aggravated by the dryness. i have really bad bacne, and i've noticed my pimples becoming really red and inflamed, especially around my shoulders. summer is here and i'm too embarrassed to wear tank tops without my hair down because of how red and gross my back pimples are. i've been really self conscious and my mom cancelled my phone call to my derm where i was going to talk to her about the lack of improvement i'm seeing. i'm thinking about giving up on the treatment. i feel more self conscious now than i did before the treatment started. when did you guys start to see improvement? there isn't really a day where i'm not crying about how bad my skin is and how ugly my efforts to cover my concern areas end up looking. i guess i could just really use encouragement on how to finish my course without giving up, and any advice how to make it through/tips on how to make the symptoms bareable.
  6. Hi guys, I thought I'd share my experience with the drug Accutane which I have been using for almost 5 months to try to clear my body acne. There's mixed feedback out there regarding Accutane and its effectiveness so I wanted to tell you my experience. I've suffered from severe acne for roughly 3 years and mild acne for about 5 and after trying every over the counter drug, body wash and cream available I was finally offered Accutane! I can honestly say after 5 months the drug has completely cleared my back, shoulders and chest and there's only scars left! I was started on 40mg for the first month and then 80mg for the next 5 months. It's not been easy having to deal with all the sides such as headaches, dry hands and face and extremely dry lips but it has definitely been worth it! I'm now looking into products to help reduce the scarring but overall it has changed my life. If you have any questions about Accutane feel free to ask! I will also post pictures of day 1 and 4 months later. Ive still got 6 weeks to go so hopefully the good results still come!
  7. What angers me most about acne is all the missed opportunities it caused me to have during my teen years that I will never get back. I had no friends and never did anything exciting as a teen because I lived in isolation not by choice. I'm 21 now and have pretty much clear skin and I feel like I'm years behind everyone else because it socially stunted me and it's hard to start a social life from scratch as you get older.
  8. I don't know if this remedy has been shared before on acne.org but I felt like based on my results that I HAD to share how I cured my back acne. Maybe it will be able to help someone out as back acne is not a nice thing to have. Back when I was in college, I broke out very mildly with back acne. I did some google searching and saw that benzoyl peroxide was what would be helpful to cure it. I went to my local drug store and purchased the product "Benzagel 5." Within two weeks, my back acne was GONE. Fast forward a year later, I am now engaged and full of stress. I had stopped using Benzagel about 5 months ago and boy was that a huge mistake. My back acne came back in full swing and even more aggressive. I had ran out of benzagel and had completely forgot to purchase more so I started to use a proactive exfoliater - BIG MISTAKE. This made my back acne worse! So my fiancé ran to the store, bought me benzagel and I ordered PanOxyl 10% online thinking that maybe a higher percentage would help clear my acne faster. I have my wedding coming up in 2 months so I am willing to do anything to cure it. Now, one month later and my acne is GONE!! This is how I used the products: - Shower twice a day (Morning & Night) - buy a back scrub brush with bristles - Put a nickel size amount of PanOxyl on the brush, scrub for about a minute, leave on for about 2 minutes then rinse off. - then when you get out of the shower, rub a fair amount of benzagel on your back. **wait until it dries before you put on clothes or go to bed.. about 10 mins*** Do this every day and your acne will disappear. Also, within the first month of doing this, new pimples may pop up and that's okay! Your skin needs to rid the other clogged pores before it can heal. Doing regimen men will also dry out your back. It will burn and flake within the first 3 weeks but your skin does get used to it. I'm passed that part and my skin feels amazing and smooth. here is my before and after photo. (There are two blemishes in the pic but are old pimples almost healed. All my acne scars have gone away and I have had no knew acne in the last 3 weeks! This regimen isn't ready everyone as everyone has different skin types - if you have moderately oily skin, this regimen is great.
  9. So I've had pretty bad acne ever since I was about 12. It really turned for the worst last year when I was 13. A lot of it is cystic which isn't great. I went to see a dermatologist and they prescribed me some stuff to put on my acne. I've always had acne the worst on my back. Now, I'm not saying my face is in great shape. I consistently put the medicine on and the acne was very slowly going away, but at some point it stopped working. So, I stopped putting it on for a while. I gave up. It got a hell of a lot worse in next year and I'm back on it now and seeing the similar slow results. I'm not gonna give up this time, but want to know what I can do to slow the acne for now. I'm going back to the dermatologist soon, so that'll be great. Any dietary changes you could let me in on? I know most of my acne is caused by hormones, but it still is frustrating when you can't take your shirt off on the beach or go in a pool.
  10. What are good treatments for back acne? Ever since i adopted the acne.org regimen, my face has stayed relatively clear for years. My back, too, is generally clear. But 2 months ago it started breaking out again and i have no idea why. Hasn't been this bad since high school Things i've tried to fix it: - Eating clean (i mean CLEAN... just finished a 30-day AlP diet... nothing but meat, certain veggies, certain fruits, and water. That's **lT**.) - Washing my back daily (with a 2% salicylic acid scrub + backbrush) - Drinking lots of water all day (i do this regardless) - Wearing a shirt when i sleep (been doing this for years) - Not wearing the same shirt for more than a day at a time
  11. I've spend countless hours on the internet reading about acne and have tried countless more products, none of which have completely helped. i've been on accutane which cleared my skin but of course it came back and it never really helped the blackhead situation, only white heads. birth control also helped but i recently went off of it (5 months go) and really don't want to take it again, but am wondering if my hormones are still balancing even after 5 months? im also vegan, i take vitamin a, zinc, maca, probiotics. i wash twice a day with a natural oil-free cleanser, tone, moisturize, do face masks, everything you're supposed to do, but nothing helps and i'm desperate and so tired of my skin looking like this. if you have any advice or anything you think might help PLEASE tell me! literally every pore on my face is clogged.
  12. I have had back and shoulder acne for a good 3/4 years now and it is starting to really affect my confidence. Of course it has always been an issue for me, as it stops me from wearing the clothes I want as well as being constantly self-conscious on holiday. However, I have now reached the point where I need to get rid of it desperately. I want to start using the body regimen, but was looking for any success stories/ first-hand experiences so that I can see whether it is really worth investing in?
  13. Hello everyone. I don't think I have posted here before but here goes. So like a lot of people on here I didn't have 'acne' troubles until beginning of 2013. yeah I had a pimple here and there but anyone with proper acne would consider that a blessing! I didn't think much of it. it went. but came back really bad October 2013 really sore massive pimples all over my jawline in the 'hormonal' area. I got so upset about it I rationalised it to smoking cigarettes and I quit and the acne cleared up. I thought that was weird considering I had been smoking for 10 years by that point. What I later worked out though was it started after I had microdermabrasion which really messed my skin up first time in late 2012 (first acne experience) didn't do it for months until the October flare up. Oh, I also used salicylic acid and BP to help me get clear. Anyways, I started vaping 6 months on from that event and smoked again for 7 months, stopped again, vaped again etc. no acne. I then got a massive pimple in January 2017 like the ones I had before that sent me crazy! roll in the tea tree, TCP, BP, washes etc and blasted my whole skin. 3 months on just more pimples but only in the places that were dry where I over done the product. I also had been 'exfoliating' prior to the outbreak. also I used to get the odd pimple on my back and got product happy there too and dried that up and guess what...more acne. So...im trying something different. I'm using a face wipe to take of my make up, a light Australian body care tea tree wash, a lil BP on the jaw line, Clinique gel moisturizer and that's it. it doesn't feel tight or dry anymore and I'm on night 2 now. my is skin is oily type and I guess that's what it likes. for my back it a light squeeze of the foam tea tree body wash from the sponge down my back and rinse and then with some sudocream after as it really dry and needs a barrier. no exfoliating which is what I have been doing for months. I never needed all this crap before. My mum and brothers literally use water and no pimples ever and I don't think my dad used to wash full stop! washing hasn't worked so here I go. No exfoliating manually or chemically. Its the only thing I haven't tried! I will update with results. Also fruit and chocolate trigger pimples in me so none of that either. Any experiences from others along the same lines then please comment.
  14. what type of bacne is this? I think it's genetic because my dad also had this when he was younger (I really hate my genes -.- ) I've started using Nautrogena Body clear body wash... What can I use with it? Is iodized sea salt water okay to use? I don't have non-iodized.. :c also benzoyl peroxide on my back seems to be really irritating it so what can I do? (Perscripted 5%) i would prefer natural home remedies thank you!^^
  15. Hello there! The title explains it all. I'm just here to share my tips/advice on how I got rid of my BACK ACNE. I kept it clear for about 6 years now. A little history of my back acne. I had mild back acne starting senior year of high school and lasted until my freshman year of college. Of course it was uncomfortable and bothersome. I took herbal medicine to clear my face acne and surprisingly after 3 months of taking it my face acne cleared. But apparently my acne grew on the my back instead of my face. So I didn't care much at the time because I was happy my face acne cleared. But it start growing a bit more then I tried to find a solution for it and it worked. But first I am not any certified professional . So it may help some people and it may not. So lets get to it. Advice: 1) Shower right away after a workout or sweating. Don't stay in the sweaty clothes too long (that's why I grew some more back acne). 2) Of course drink tonsssss of water! 3) Invest in loofahs! I change my loofah(http://www.target.com/p/the-bathery-2-in-1-bath-sponge/-/A-14765769 ) every 6 months. I just buy the round soft loofah because I don't want to tear my skin or anything. 4) wash clothes every week or two. 5) If I don't exercise that day I would still rinse my body with cool/warm water. Products: (I only use two product or so ) 1) I use Lover's Care shower cream. One bottle would last my cousin and I for about 4 to 6 months. - I normally buy the Cherry Blossom, or Rose hip seed oil. The Aloe vera was alright not too bad. But my favorite is the cherry blossom. -the link http://www.loverscare.com/LCShowerCream.html 2) Afterwards i use the Nature's Shea Butter soap bar. - I buy three kind of soap bar Dudu Osun African Black Soap (https://www.naturessheabutter.com/dudu-osun-african-black-soap) - Oatmeal complexion bar( my FAVORITE!) I bought 10 of these to stack up on it. https://www.naturessheabutter.com/oatmeal-complexion-bar - Super shea bar (it's alright, I use it when I run out of my oatmeal or dudu osun) https://www.naturessheabutter.com/super-shea-bar The soap bars are expensive but it really helped my back/body acne. Shower Routine: (Scrub GENTLY)!!! 1) I would wet my loofah 2) Pump about 3 pumps of the Lover's Care shower cream onto my loofah & scrub (gently) around my body make sure if you have long hair that it is out of the way while you're scrubbing or back/body. 3) Scrub for about 3 to 6 minutes 4) rinse body with warm/cool water 5) grab my Oatmeal soap bar and scrub(gently) it onto my skin until I see soap on my skin 6) then put the bar into my container and use my hands to lather(2 minutes) the soap around my body then rinse off with warm or cool water. 7) I do all of this after I washed my hair. This is not any kind of promoting advertisement thing. This is what I have been using for the last few years. So if anyone try this let me know how it goes. Hope it help you guys! If any questions just leave me a comment. Have a nice day!
  16. Girl with body acne

    I have body acne that increases my back acne scars so currently I have hyperpigmentation all over my back from top to bottom. I feel like I can't be shirtless around anyone or even wear certain clothes that would show my shoulders or upper back. How often do you think guys judge your hyperpigmentation during sex?
  17. I have always been more physically developed than my peers, so i started to get the odd pimple now and then around the age of 11. By the time i was twelve i had developed spots on my back and chest, although mild, i went to the doctors and they gave me a gel. This gel did nothing, other than bleach all my clothes. i went back a year later when i was put on antibiotics, again these failed. i stayed on the antibiotics for about two years before last year when i started getting much more severe break outs. I had lots of big, deep, painful spots on my chin, forehead, chest and back so i was put on a birth control pill which worsened them even more, so bad in-fact that i could not sleep on my back as the spots hurt so much. After that i tried two more contraceptive pills, neither worked but my skin seemed to get a bit better. Three months ago i was put on differin, but i am yet to see any difference at all. most reviews i have seen say that their skin started to dramatically improve around this time (12 weeks) but my skin has not changed as much as other people have said it would have by now. My skin is worst around my period, although even when off it is still never full clear. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  18. I have always been more physically developed than my peers, so i started to get the odd pimple now and then around the age of 11. By the time i was twelve i had developed spots on my back and chest, although mild, i went to the doctors and they gave me a gel. This gel did nothing, other than bleach all my clothes. i went back a year later when i was put on antibiotics, again these failed. i stayed on the antibiotics for about two years before last year when i started getting much more severe break outs. I had lots of big, deep, painful spots on my chin, forehead, chest and back so i was put on a birth control pill which worsened them even more, so bad in-fact that i could not sleep on my back as the spots hurt so much. After that i tried two more contraceptive pills, neither worked but my skin seemed to get a bit better. Three months ago i was put on differin, but i am yet to see any difference at all. most reviews i have seen say that their skin started to dramatically improve around this time (12 weeks) but my skin has not changed as much as other people have said it would have by now. My skin is worst around my period, although even when off it is still never full clear. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  19. I'm 13, and Ive had acne for at least 3 months on my back. It's frustrating for me to see other people with super shiny and clear backs as if it were a baby's skin. How can I get rid of this?
  20. Hi dear friends, I have had severe acne, recurring whiteheads around my chin , nostrils and severe bacne over the years. I continue to get them often no matter what I do. however, I have found one way to reduce them considerably , if not eliminate atleast. That is COLD WATER. Please make this lifestyle change and I am sure it will reduce your overall acne. always use cold water for washing face and bathing. wash face twice a day with cold water and a good facewash. bathe only using cold water(The colder the better). Don't ever even let hot water come in contact with these areas of your body. I am sure it will help in atleast being the first step towards improving acne. Thank you for reading and I sincerely hope it helps everyone as I understand the pain and suffering an acne I sufferer goes through very well. I wish everyone clear and healthy skin to boost self confidence and improve lifestyle. Best wishes
  21. I've been struggling with acne for almost 4 years now (I'm 16). I feel like I've tried everything to cure it and nothing seems to work. I've been to the dermatologist multiple times and every time I go they give me new topicle medications and pills nothing from them has worked. I haven't been back to the derm. for almost a year. My acne is mainly all over my back and a little on my chest. My skin is so stubborn nothing helps it. Since not using any of the medications from the doctor I have been researching home remedies. I have tried: Tea Tree Oil Coconut Oil Tea tree oil and Coconut oil together. Really cleared up my acne for a little while but stopped working after a couple months.' Lemon and Sugar Epsom Salt Benzoyl Peroxide 10% body wash Switched to bar soaps to wash my body I wear shirts only once LUSH Fresh Farmacy bar soap I do not know why nothing seems to be working.. I feel like I'm doing everything right. I am really active, I play 2 sports and I eat as healthy as I can. I take showers everyday and right after being really sweaty. Also I cut dairy out of my diet right before school started this year. It seemed to improve my back acne a lot but as soon as school started (a week or two later) my face broke out so bad. I have never had acne on my face before, normally just 1-3 pimples on my face but now its all over my forehead. I don't know what to do.. Could the stress of school be causing my face acne? Also my face is super oily also, but oily and dry on my pimples in the fall and winter. And now after not having dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream ect..) for almost two months, I just have been getting huge, painful pimples on my back and a lot of super tiny ones. And I have never scared before and now I have been getting these pimples that when I pop them the only thing that comes out is puss and blood, and It leaves a little hole and later scares. I do not know why this is happening! I have never had this before. Please comment your suggestions on what I should do! It is something I am eating? Or my lifestyle? Is there something I should be putting on my back? Help I need answers! I want this acne to go away!
  22. Hello there! The title explains it all. I'm just here to share my tips/advice on how I got rid of my BACK ACNE. I kept it clear for about 6 years now. A little history of my back acne. I had mild back acne starting senior year of high school and lasted until my freshman year of college. Of course it was uncomfortable and bothersome. I took herbal medicine to clear my face acne and surprisingly after 3 months of taking it my face acne cleared. But apparently my acne grew on the my back instead of my face. So I didn't care much at the time because I was happy my face acne cleared. But it start growing a bit more then I tried to find a solution for it and it worked. But first I am not any certified professional . So it may help some people and it may not. So lets get to it. Advice: 1) Shower right away after a workout or sweating. Don't stay in the sweaty clothes too long (that's why I grew some more back acne). 2) Of course drink tonsssss of water! 3) Invest in loofahs! I change my loofah([link removed] ) every 6 months. I just buy the round soft loofah because I don't want to tear my skin or anything. 4) wash clothes every week or two. Products: (I only use two product or so ) 1) I use Lover's Care shower cream. One bottle would last my cousin and I for about 4 to 6 months. - I normally buy the Cherry Blossom, or Rose hip seed oil. The Aloe vera was alright not too bad. But my favorite is the cherry blossom. -the link [link removed] 2) Afterwards i use the Nature's Shea Butter soap bar. - I buy three kind of soap bar Dudu Osun African Black Soap ([link removed] - Oatmeal complexion bar( my FAVORITE!) I bought 10 of these to stack up on it. [link removed] - Super shea bar (it's alright, I use it when I run out of my oatmeal or dudu osun) [link removed] The soap bars are expensive but it really helped my back/body acne. Shower Routine: (Scrub GENTLY)!!! 1) I would wet my loofah 2) Pump about 3 pumps of the Lover's Care shower cream onto my loofah & scrub (gently) around my body make sure if you have long hair that it is out of the way while you're scrubbing or back/body. 3) Scrub for about 3 to 6 minutes 4) rinse body with warm/cool water 5) grab my Oatmeal soap bar and scrub(gently) it onto my skin until I see soap on my skin 6) then put the bar into my container and use my hands to lather(2 minutes) the soap around my body then rinse off with warm or cool water. 7) I do all of this after I washed my hair. This is not any kind of promoting advertisement thing. This is what I have been using for the last few years. So if anyone try this let me know how it goes. Hope it help you guys! If any questions just leave me a comment. Have a nice day!
  23. hey, i've been suffering from chest/back/shoulder acne for 3 years now and i'm fed up - it not only physically hurts because of the cyst sizes but also has taken a huge toll on my mental state ... i feel so ugly because of my skin and i cant wear the clothes that i want because of it. i have been taking 4 oxytetracycline pills everyday for the past 3 months and nothing has changed. please help me (My back has been much more severe than this )
  24. I am 16 year old female, who recently started getting acne on her cheeks. Well not super recent.. It started about a year ago when I realized it was a constant thing. I break out ONLY on my cheeks, and just a few weeks ago I started getting tiny pimples on bottom corner of my lips. It has gotten a tiny bit better though, I used to get what started out as a hard bump that you can feel under the skin when you would press on it, but later on it would become into a very painful pimple on my cheeks. At the time I used shea moisture's african black soap because I heard it was really good it it didn't do much for me. So I changed to cetaphil gental face cleanser which has helped. I still get pimples but it's rare that I get really hard/painful ones. I dont know why I keep breaking out. I don't use masks or moisturizers, which I know I should, but my skin is just so sensitive i'm scared to try anything. I used to use the clean and clear dual action moisturizer but I felt like it just irritated my face and then I tried shea moisture's spot correcting moisturizer, which I felt like broke me out. So now i just wash my face in the morning, and then at night I wipe off my makeup with neoutrogena makeup remover wipes, (i wear face makeup frequently if that has anything to do with it) and then I put honey on my problem areas for 15 mins (I heard it was good for scars) and then wash it off with the cetaphil. Now my back is extremly terrible. I have so many scars it's ridiculous. I get really painful pimples back there including a bunch of blackheads. I never noticed how bad the was til now. I never tried anything for it, I always just scrub with a bar of soap and a loofa. If you guys can recommend anything for my face or back I would really appreciate it.
  25. 5 weeks! Up to 60mg a day

    So after my first 4 weeks i got my new prescription, 60mg per day (was 40 before). My face is ok, I still get some zits on my chin and bumps on my forehead but definitely nothing compared to a month ago. I'm very dry, Aquaphore and the best Avene moisturizing cream I could find is working wonders though. I'm red very easily. Also I got a misadventure with tea tree oil that I applied as usual on a pimple forming on my jawline. I put a drop on a cotton and applied for maybe 1mn30. Result: I got myself a chemical burn, it was awful; the skin just went away under my finger when i washed my face the next morning. Accutane really really weakens the skin and it's the first time i've realized how much. So yeah no more tea tree oil. For the good news: my back is better. I can put sport tops that shows the shoulder blades again, as i only got a few marks left on them. The middle on my back is still bad though but gosh i'm already so relieved. Other side effects: nose bleed today, randomly at work. I'll try to drink more. Cheers