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Anyone Else Have A Stubborn Spot?

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Okay, so has anyone else had to deal with this? My regimen has shown some positive results, but there are just some spots that will not budge!

For instance, I have stopped breaking out on the left half of my mouth and chin, but my right half continues to break out frequently. There's usually always 1-2 active papules (they are small, but annoying) in that area. Why would one side of my mouth/chin improve/clear up while the other side continues to haunt me? Also, the tiny papaules on my forehead have begun to subside a bit, but theres a small patch of about 7-8 (only visible if you're 3 inches from my face) that will not budge. And I always seem to have an under-the-skin zit on my hairline, which obviously isn't visible, but it hurts.

I'm always very careful about putting my topical medications on evenly, and I wash my face for the same amount of time on all parts of my face. I just don't get it. I have stopped using fluoride toothpaste, so if and when I drool at night (yes i know, embarrassing) that can't be causing a reaction. I'm so confused, annoyed, and frustrated by these stubborn spots!

Can anyone relate or provide some sort of explanation to why this is happening? I'm honestly at a loss...

Any and all replies, stories, and advice are much appreciated! Xo ~Rosalie


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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same here i have most spots, marks concentrated in middle of sides face :(

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I am afraid we all have them.

That's why I have such mixed feelings about skin picking. I am a terrible skin picker, I cannot stop squeezing my clogged pores, sometimes seriously damaging my skin (couldn't leave the house until it healed). But i am convinced that for some spots it has been the only solution, as some clogged skin areas are extremely stubborn. What I have noticed is that I have hardened plugs in many pores, and because that sebum did become solid and got stuck deep inside the pores (maybe because of all the drying topicals I used in the past) they did not come to the surface using retinoids, or extremely slowly.

A clogged pore, or clogged skin area, can only grow back to normal, smooth skin, when all the junk clogging it got out.

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I asked my derm about why my acne mirrors in some spots and is more random in others. Keep in mind that not everyone's acne mirrors, but she said that mirrored breakouts are an almost sure sign of a hormonal breakout, however non-mirrored acne could be either external or internal. So I feel your pain! It's sometimes really comforting to know what caused certain breakouts so you know what changes to make in the future. Try to think back to anything you could have possibly not done symmetrically within the past few weeks. Other than that, it could just be natural fluctuations in oil production that occur across the face. It's normal and expected, but perhaps yours are just more dramatic.

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I am afraid we all have them.

That's why I have such mixed feelings about skin picking. I am a terrible skin picker, I cannot stop squeezing my clogged pores, sometimes seriously damaging my skin (couldn't leave the house until it healed). But i am convinced that for some spots it has been the only solution, as some clogged skin areas are extremely stubborn. What I have noticed is that I have hardened plugs in many pores, and because that sebum did become solid and got stuck deep inside the pores (maybe because of all the drying topicals I used in the past) they did not come to the surface using retinoids, or extremely slowly.

A clogged pore, or clogged skin area, can only grow back to normal, smooth skin, when all the junk clogging it got out.


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Not picking definitely reduces the intensity of acne(: I say go for it.

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And the battle begins... I shalt not pickith my face for days of thrice and see whats the outcometh may be. <--- Sorry, I had to make it sound dramatic.

No picking. Three days. Let's go!


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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If I stopped popping, do you think I would stop breaking out there? I never pop on my forehead anymore (except for one aggressive popping experience last week), so I don't understand why the tiny papules aren't retreating. They're stubborn little boogers, they are.

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If I stopped popping, do you think I would stop breaking out there? I never pop on my forehead anymore (except for one aggressive popping experience last week), so I don't understand why the tiny papules aren't retreating. They're stubborn little boogers, they are.

I not believe popping and breaking out are much related. It's all about too much sebum production in your skin, now or in the past. If you acne is age/hormones related, I guess all you can do is trying to control it until you grow out of it.

I do think you use too many products BTW. I became a firm believer of using as little products as possible on my skin, and only wash (or better said splash) my face with water for just seconds.

I have learned my face is extremely sensitive for washing too much and drying products: if it's too dry, my skin starts to produce oil to (over) compensate. And I do believe this causes clogged pores and can cause breakouts. Skin is a delicate balance, many of us are our worst enemies with what we all do with and put on our face. It's not the oil ON your face that causes acne, it's the too much sebum IN your pores or skin. Removing the oil on your skin, will only stimulate your skin to produce more of it.


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Are you changing your pillowcase nightly and keeping your hands off your face? Sometimes the side you sleep on breaks out more.


No regimen is one-size-fits-all. You are unique and so is your skin.

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Black soap - Lumiplexion Salicylic Acid ~ Lumiplexion SPF 30 ~ Lumiplexion moisturizer

PM

Black soap ~ Lumiplexion Glycolic Acid 12% (3-4x week) ~ Lumiplexion Hydroquinone 1-2x week

Lumiplexion enzyme mask / sulfur mask / moisturizing mask 1-2 week as needed

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Are you changing your pillowcase nightly and keeping your hands off your face? Sometimes the side you sleep on breaks out more.


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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