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#1 knicks118

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:04 AM

i have very mild acne sometimes but its totally manageable.

BUT,

all of a sudden around the beginning of november, i began getting severe to uncontrollable acne.
it started with a few large bumps (hard) and then spread everywhere on my face.

i went to the derm and got prescribed bactrim and a topical but it isnt working.

these bumps are really hard under the skin and red and do not go away even after inflammation is gone.

im 24 and this is pretty bad. has this happened to anyone else before?



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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:34 AM

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I spent the last 4 weeks of the summer in my house eating soup bc i couldnt open my mouth hardly. Mine was triggered by coming off Minocylin after 2 straight years of use. Did you go on or come of any heavy medicines?

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:28 PM

I think a sudden blow up can be a symptom of acne conglobata.

It's definitely not acne conglobata, but this kinda happened to me: My acne was under control (definition: mild-to-moderate, but nothing massive) with meds (mino, Taz, Duac). Then I increased my lithium dose, and my face exploded back to severe. That only really applies if you're on a med that exacerbates acne, though.

(Sidenote: I actually have stabilized it by upping my use of AHAs. I think the grease/dead skin cell coating on my face is just too thick for Taz and Duac to penetrate effectively, and AHAs help clear the way a bit.)

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(knicks118 @ Dec 12 2007, 12:04 AM) View Post
i have very mild acne sometimes but its totally manageable.

BUT,

all of a sudden around the beginning of november, i began getting severe to uncontrollable acne.
it started with a few large bumps (hard) and then spread everywhere on my face.

i went to the derm and got prescribed bactrim and a topical but it isnt working.

these bumps are really hard under the skin and red and do not go away even after inflammation is gone.

im 24 and this is pretty bad. has this happened to anyone else before?


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Posted 12 December 2007 - 04:03 PM

Same thing happened to me... I'm not sure if it was because I stopped using benzoyl peroxide or because I got strep throat and had an allergic reaction to penicillin, but I broke out in severe acne within a matter of a few days... it also started out as a few huge lumps and then it covered most my face after a couple of days. Terrible sad.gif Did you ask your derm for accutane?

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 05:08 PM

QUOTE(RCRanger03 @ Dec 12 2007, 05:34 PM) View Post
Mine was triggered by coming off Minocylin after 2 straight years of use. Did you go on or come of any heavy medicines?


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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:27 PM

i wasnt on any meds or prescriptions.

it just happened suddenly.


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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:34 PM

My acne has been its worst this november for years, and i have recently started the Regimen so not sure if its due to to that or other factors, so i share your pain lol
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 03:06 AM

my acne used to clear up in the summer... not now anymore sad.gif

its kind of funny, anyone notice it just hits a certain place. It little ones here and there, but it ALWAYS is on my right cheek... my left side is ok..
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 04:59 AM

I haven't had bad skin since high school like 5 or 6 years ago. Then all of a sudden I stop taking my BC pills and BANG my face is f*cked.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE(knicks118 @ Dec 12 2007, 12:04 AM) View Post
i have very mild acne sometimes but its totally manageable.

BUT,

all of a sudden around the beginning of november, i began getting severe to uncontrollable acne.
it started with a few large bumps (hard) and then spread everywhere on my face.

i went to the derm and got prescribed bactrim and a topical but it isnt working.

these bumps are really hard under the skin and red and do not go away even after inflammation is gone.

im 24 and this is pretty bad. has this happened to anyone else before?



This happened to me when I was 18. I had good skin until the fall, when the weather started to cool. I got a few small ones, then a face full of nodules. The antibiotics did nothing for me. Now I'm on Sotret (generic Accutane) and it's a dream. Tell your doc that you are interested in Accutane. If you are anything like me, it will only get worse with time....