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Type Of Acne And Best Way To Treat It?

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I had moderate acne as a teenager and was eventually treated with roaccutane when antibiotics and topicals failed- this cleared my skin for a few years but spots started to appear again about a month after stopping Yasmin birth control (or at least I put this down as the most likely cause).

After racing back to the doctor in fear of it getting worse I have been on Dianette for the past two months and have been using skinoren cream for 4 weeks- the good news is it hasn't got any worse and I only get one or two spots at a time, BUT about 3-4 times a month I get these gigantic under the skin spots which are extremely painful, swollen and embarrassing, take weeks to go away then leave a dark red scar which takes forever to fade sad.png mostly around my mouth and hairline but occasionally on my forehead, back or neck

For what mostly looks like mild acne (see photo 1 + 2 = no active spots just bad red marks), why do I keep getting these awful cystic things?! (see gross photo number 3, hurts like hell!)

It's like a weird combination of mild and severe acne?? I'm trying to avoid all-over BP and retinoids when my skin is already dry and red, any suggestions? Am I going down the right path with dianette?

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You seem to have 2 types of acne. Those red bumps on your forehead could be a reaction to your shampoo. The ones on your chin might be a reaction to sulfates in your toothpaste and/or mouthwash or foods, or it could be hormonal. Try to find a sulfate-free shampoo and toothpaste to see if that helps.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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** Find the cause, find the cure **

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I've never heard of shampoo or toothpaste causing spots before? (it's definitely acne not an allergic reaction) it's not like I actually put shampoo or mouthwash on my skin so I'm doubtful...but thank you for your ideas.

Btw what looks like acne on my chin in that photo is actually just old red marks, so at the moment I have no active acne other than those two big spots in photo 3. I see plenty of people with small pimples all over their faces but mine seems different in that it's only a couple at a time but really bad ones! If anyone else has experienced this please let me know!

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