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Dealing With Acne For 20 Years!

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#1 Toodeep


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

I just go online sometimes to maybe check out what is out there to help or maybe to relate to someone. I am 28 years old female who wants and is in the spotlight but with acne I feel it holds me back from getting ahead for myself. It's very embarrassing as all of you know I am so DONE with this acne as I have had it literally persistently for 20 years!!:/ I've never tried meds or laser or going to a specialist as that all can be costly also I do not have health insurance so I do the best I can with what I have. I do not have major acne but it is there and noticeable just when I think it's getting better it gets worse!!! Day to day my feelings emotions drive me crazy into the dirt because they do not seem to fade. My back has an issue sometimes to... so much for wearing backless or a cute dress!:/ im so tired I feel like crying all the time and going into hiding. I hate wearing makeup to mask it all! I hate seeming fake or feel the need I have to because all these stupid ppl will just feel sorry for me. pity. I am asking I guess for a miracle. 


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:10 AM

I know how you feel. Im only 21 (almost 22) and still have bad acne on my face chest and little on my back! All my friends have out grown it but I havent improved at all it sucks. Have you considered trying Accutane? Its a life saver. Im on my second course right now but after my first course it was the best year since my acne got out of control. 

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:33 AM

Yh try accutane out am 19 years old and started to get acne around 4 months ago its realy bad it's the first time ever i got acne and its all over my face am a male and I don't know how am going to hide it (it sucks i stay at home scared to go out side) i heard acne last around 4-8 years so i guess I have to wait 4-8 years to see if it goes away with I suggest going on accutane

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 11:27 AM

Hi Toodeep


I too struggled with acne for decades...very frustrating and shatters any self-esteem for sure.  I tried everything...everything natural and mainstream.  Some things worked while I was on them (accutane, full-strength antibiotics, etc.) but acne came back when I had to stop.  Topicals only inflammed my sensitive skin so eventhough I used BP forever...I dealt with red raw skin and continued breakouts.  Tried meds for rosacea but they didn't take care of the persistent acne I also had.  Long story short (...if you want to know the gory details message me for more...) what finally kicked out the chronic cystic acne was finding a derm who specializes in adult acne and then following his tx regime religiously without fail and without stopping.  Here is his regime in a nutshell...


If your acne is really deep and cystic then taking at least one round of accutane will help lessen it.  It may not go away but it will be less and other meds will work better.


If you are not sensitive to it, then retin-a is good for many types of resistent acne.  There are many forms so a derm can determine which will work best for your skin type.  Personally retin-a was too strong for me, although I tried it for years.


A combination tx is best and includes a BP cleanser + topical antibiotic (Cleocin-T) + monthly professional microdermabrasion (to open pores and suck out plugs) + oral anti-androgen (this is important if you are particularly sensitive to androgens - BCP or Spiro works) + low-dose Doxy if you also suffer from rosacea which many so-called adult acne sufferers actually have but attribute to acne.


This combination tx also works even better if you get allergy testing to determine common allergens such as gluten, dairy, etc.  Personally I found out I must avoid dairy, sugars, nuts, caffeine, alcohol (sugars).  Getting formal testing cuts out the guess work.  For example I always thought I was allergic to wheat but I wasn't --- it was the sugars added to wheat products.  Also cutting out all added fats can help reduce sebum which means less breakouts.  I still use a bit of olive oil but hardly any.  I also eat whole natural foods and avoid junk foods.  This copies what people eat in cultures that don't have acne.


Hope this helps.  It is based on years of personal experience, a specialized derm's advice, and lots of research.

Edited by cvd, 05 October 2013 - 11:29 AM.

Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
Status - 98% clear 

Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

Monthly - Professional microdermabrasion

Diet - Whole high nutrient unprocessed foods.  Avoid oils, dairy, sugars, bread, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fermented foods.

Supplements - Opti l-zinc, Citrical + D3, selenium, D

Daily - Walk, breath deeply, meditate and do yoga daily, wear hats for sun protection 



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