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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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!^^
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  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([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!
  16. 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 )
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. Hello everyone, I am new to this forum, apologies if I did something wrong here I suffer from severe cystic acne on my face and back. The acne on my face has subsided for the most part (i dont know why) but when I used to have it my cysts would get so large that they would all join together and create one huge massive cyst on one or two cheeks. My face would look swollen and lopsided and it would be extremely painful if I were to press on it. Recently this acne has begun to cover my back, and my chest too. The one on my back would decrease my mobility with my arms bacause the acne would hurt if I were to stretch my arms out Sometimes, my pals would slap me on the back (not knowing I had acne) out of affection or whatever and I would cringe in pain. The acne is so bad that I cannot rest on my back for activities like bench press or even lying down in bed. The acne on my chest would prevent me from lying down on my chest sometimes. Lucky for me, the acne on the face didnt scar too much . The story is different for my back, however. In the year that I have suffered with the acne on my back, huge red scars are present. I went to my doctor (I think he only saw the acne on my face) and he prescribed tretinoin and doxycycline. Ive stopped using doxy and I believe I have developed resistance to it =( Retin a, when applied to my back, makes the whole thing extremely itchy, and sometimes I can't sleep because of it. Ive just started using the tretinoin again in hopes that it will pay off in a few month's time. Psychologically, I am not very affected but the acne can be super painful when I take a shower etc because it is extremely painful when I try to dry it with my towel. I am currently watching my diet, and I am taking omega 3 krill oil as an anti inflammatory agent My shirts would be stained with pus, etc by the end of the day. My grades might be getting worse due to acne due to the fact that I cant even rest my ba ck on the chair when I do my HW. The physical pain caused by the cystic acne is excruciating! I have to keeps my arms and shoulders stiff when I walk, and I have to be careful that I dont bump into anything. I applaud you if you have taken the time to read this far Suggestions/ treatments would be GREAT (I am absolutely NOT taking accutane). I am visiting my dermatologist in a few days.
  20. Starting the third week!

    So I'm starting my third week on 40mg; It's quite all right. I have 3 massive pimples: one on my forehead, one on my chin and one near my ear. My cheeks are absolutely perfect however, baby skin! I'm not oily at all anymore at the end of the day, and going on my 4th day without washing my hair, which is an absolute miracle. I think all of the comedons on my face are drying out because I keep getting black heads out of my nose and foreheads, they are really dry and go away easily. t's quite satisfying to be honest. I still have that peeling problem that makes me look like a giant corn flake if I put make-up on, so I don't (Yay big pimples on display). The coconut oil helps a lot though. The main problem, my back, is still mostly covered in acne but I know it will take the actual 5 months of treatment to disappear. However I don't have any of the very deep, big and painful zits anymore, which is already a big relief. For the side effects: I've been very tired the past two weeks but it's been better for 2-3 days now. No joint pain, the dryness is manageable, my lips are surviving. I'm thirsty all the time and drink around 2.5 liters a day. Until next week!
  21. Initial breakout

    So, yeah. I'm 11days in. I guess I'm getting some of the initial breakout, but it isn't so bad: pimples on my T-zone that showed up yesterday, but they have already mostly deflated today and are manageable. I put ice on the inflamed ones immediately to reduce, and then a little tea tree oil, but they definitely reduced faster than they would have before accutane. Also I'm not too worried because except for the T-zone my skin is awesome, and I have whole parts of my face where I didn't put any make-up. My neck is clearing too. I can't really say for my back, it's still bad, but as it is the reason I started Accutane I guess it's gonna be the part that actually take 4 months to get better. Another good thing: I didn't need to wash my hair today! I usually do it every other day because I was a greasy monster but now it's taking longer! Very happy about that.
  22. Cold showers or not?

    Hi everyone! So recently I've been reading that cold showers are good for acne and so have been taking them for two weeks now (despite the discomfort!). I thought I saw an improvement, but then a few big spots seemed to return after a week. I'm a scaffolder so I'm usually pretty grubby after a day's work and have been having just cold showers (no warm to cold transition). What I wanted to ask is, taking into account my line of work, should I be starting with a warm shower and then ending with cold water instead (with the intention of cleaning properly first), or should I just stick to my cold shower routine? I would appreciate replies from anyone who has had experience with this...thanks!
  23. Severe Bacne Scars/pih

    I have tried so many things, its ridiculous. My acne is genetic, which is even worse argh. Anyway, anyone have any tips/products to help with the scars? I've started dry body brushing to exfoliate and am using retain-a 0.05 for the past 5 months with mild improvement in terms of acne lesions. I'm also south asian which makes the hyper pigmentation which makes the issue even worse fml.
  24. Hi, I have taken 2 rounds of accutane. Round 1: Moderate/Severe Cystic Acne [both face and back] After 4 months: Mild Acne (Occasional Cyst) Round 2 : Mild/moderate [Face and Back] After 2 months : No acne face and mild acne back [Had to move, and was not able to finish treatment] About a year later I have mild acne on my face (including cysts) and moderate acne on my back/chest. I still use topical treatments in order to maintain. Does anyone know any derms in the area Bryan/College Station, Houston, Austin, or somewhere in between? Thanks!!! Tyler
  25. Hi, I'm halfway through my second month of accutane for a 7 month treatment. My first month i was on 40 mg a day and it got bumped up to 80 for the rest of my treatment. My face is clearing up really nicely, but my back is a whole different story. When I started the treatment i never really had bad back acne and it was just blackheads and the occasional pimple but now instead of blackheads they basically all become large inflamed red pimples, some are whiteheads some aren't. Is this normal and has this happened to anyone else? Thanks