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#1 ComedonalCrisis871995

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:33 AM

OKAY, so I've had acne problems for quite some time. Often I break out with cysts here and there, but for the last several months I've been developing these tiny bumps all over my cheeks. They spread from my temples, and made their way all the way down to my jawline.  I'm not sure what the f they are, i think they're closed comedones, but when i squeeze them, nothing comes out. They are REALLY tiny, but VERY visible in the right light. I have NO IDEA what is causing this, I've tried Tazorac (which was a living hell after a couple of weeks), and I've tried various vitamin supplements, but they seem to be spreading rapidly. I'm a freshman at college, and these little guys really chew away at my self-esteem. I've been picking at the bigger ones, which causes scaring. Also, I have a REALLY bad habit of rubbing my hand against my face, probably because I'm so self-conscious about it. 

 

NOTE: There A LOT worse on the right side. I thought it might be the pillow case, so I washed the sheets and pillows often (every 1-3 days). But no effect... :( 

 

Also, I sometimes have REALLY bad cystic breakouts on the LEFT side, but its so annoying im not even gonna get into that...

 

I read about Apple Cider Vinegar, and most of what I read were really good. I just started, so I'll see if it makes any difference. 


I would love to get these out of my life by the start of the next semester, so if anyone can offer some advice, I will love you long time :)

 

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#2 Val4063

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:06 PM

I just posted about this same situation! Its like im reading my own post! Yes you have closed comedones or clogged pores. I've been dealing with it for 2 years now, I'm a registered nurse and I work for a dermatologist who keeps suggesting Accutane for it. I know that salicylic acid helps unclog pores but it can be very expensive to get these peels every two weeks. I'm about to change my whole diet and avoid ALL dairy products for about two weeks. Ill see if this makes a difference. Idk what else to try bc I have tried everything except accutane! Blah! Let me know if you find anything that helps. Praying for you! ------------ Victoria

Edited by Val4063, 25 January 2014 - 10:18 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

i have them too on my jawline and left cheek and i'm using accutane,i assure you accutane doesnt work on them properly



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:44 PM

You could try Salicylic acid peels from amazon (please be careful though).

I find that treatments like that work better when I'm taking some sort of oral medication too.

Have you tried Dan's regimen? benzoyl peroxide could definitely fix this but obviously requires maintenance.


Morning Routine:

- Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

- Hyaluronic Acid Serum (homemade)

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (on acne prone areas)

- Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream (10% Glycolic Acid)

- SK:N Sunscreen SPF 30

- W7 Camera Ready Primer

 

Evening Routine:

- Lush Ultrabland + Washcloth 

- Soap & Glory ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser + Washcloth

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Differin 0.1% cream 

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (stops oil production)

- Vitamin C Serum (also homemade) OR

- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

 

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#5 DarkDubzs

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:43 PM

Would you consider going on The Regimen? Or just use salicylic acid, if that doesnt work, try 2.5% Benzoyl peroxide.

 

Good luck!


Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 1000 Iu capsule a day

     - Target brand (up & up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day

     - CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day   -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex

     - Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day

     - Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more for digestion

--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

 

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self.


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:54 PM

What kinds of products are you using on your face (cleanser, shaving cream, moisturizer)? Did you start using anything new when these started popping up?



#7 Val4063

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:22 PM

Morgo K, suggesting salicylic acids off amazon is a pretty good suggestion. Although she should be careful as skin of dark hues can hyperpigment, so its better to get medical advice first and maybe try on with a professional the first time. everyones skin is different, i will just write what i have been doing at home. Sal peels are very safe if you start off with a 15% once or twice a month for several months and then up it to 20% for a couple weeks. Although these should not be used during pregnancy. That could save the her a lot of cash since chem peels in a doc office range from 60-130$ per peel!! Amazon has professional brands that are dirt cheap, like around 12-15$ which would last for multiple peels. It doesn't take much at all. I do these at home all the time. I leave them on for around 3 mins and neutralize with plain old water! ;) have a blessed day everyone!!!!

Edited by Val4063, 28 January 2014 - 01:27 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:13 PM

Morgo K, suggesting salicylic acids off amazon is a pretty good suggestion. Although she should be careful as skin of dark hues can hyperpigment, so its better to get medical advice first and maybe try on with a professional the first time. everyones skin is different, i will just write what i have been doing at home. Sal peels are very safe if you start off with a 15% once or twice a month for several months and then up it to 20% for a couple weeks. Although these should not be used during pregnancy. That could save the her a lot of cash since chem peels in a doc office range from 60-130$ per peel!! Amazon has professional brands that are dirt cheap, like around 12-15$ which would last for multiple peels. It doesn't take much at all. I do these at home all the time. I leave them on for around 3 mins and neutralize with plain old water! wink.png have a blessed day everyone!!!!

Checmical peels dont seem necessary for this. Again, a Salicylic acid treatment system could be very successful for small comedone eruptions like this.

BP would be better for big classic zits filled with white puss, which is why most people need BP, because most people have that kind of classic zit acne.


Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 1000 Iu capsule a day

     - Target brand (up & up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day

     - CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day   -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex

     - Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day

     - Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more for digestion

--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

 

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self.


#9 Val4063

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

Yes I do agree that BP is better for larger white pustules and for spot treating, but for maintenance and treating larger areas I think continued sal acid peels help to renew the pore from inside out and prevent them from clogging again. Plus it's much less irritating than slathering BP all over your face. I think peels every two weeks will help in long run to unclog the pores.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:50 PM

Yes I do agree that BP is better for larger white pustules and for spot treating, but for maintenance and treating larger areas I think continued sal acid peels help to renew the pore from inside out and prevent them from clogging again. Plus it's much less irritating than slathering BP all over your face. I think peels every two weeks will help in long run to unclog the pores.

Agreed, but i think a salicylic treatment will be really needed and the peels will also be a part of it like you said, every two weeks. A face wash with salicylic acid would be of great use in this i believe. You can also try a natural face cleanser with no chemicals, then use something with SA to leave on your face like Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner, then use moisturizer if you need to; basically like The Regimen, but replace BP for SA. I think either of those options would really help and work.

 

Good luck!


Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 1000 Iu capsule a day

     - Target brand (up & up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day

     - CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day   -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex

     - Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day

     - Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more for digestion

--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

 

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:48 PM

Exfolaition helped me, but not manually with a scrub (they sometimes irritate them as its easy just to try and scrub them away), i used a glycolic acid facewash from a SK:N clinic, its a chemical exfoliant and rally helped me. It didnt inflame them either, just dried them up.

I was also prescribed differin, a retinoid, which also exfoliates. 

 

This is what helped me. I wish you look. Be grateful though that they dont throb like a cyst. I know they are not nice to have, but it could always be worse.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:06 PM

OKAY, so I've had acne problems for quite some time. Often I break out with cysts here and there, but for the last several months I've been developing these tiny bumps all over my cheeks. They spread from my temples, and made their way all the way down to my jawline.  I'm not sure what the f they are, i think they're closed comedones, but when i squeeze them, nothing comes out. They are REALLY tiny, but VERY visible in the right light. I have NO IDEA what is causing this, I've tried Tazorac (which was a living hell after a couple of weeks), and I've tried various vitamin supplements, but they seem to be spreading rapidly. I'm a freshman at college, and these little guys really chew away at my self-esteem. I've been picking at the bigger ones, which causes scaring. Also, I have a REALLY bad habit of rubbing my hand against my face, probably because I'm so self-conscious about it. 
 
NOTE: There A LOT worse on the right side. I thought it might be the pillow case, so I washed the sheets and pillows often (every 1-3 days). But no effect... :( 
 
Also, I sometimes have REALLY bad cystic breakouts on the LEFT side, but its so annoying im not even gonna get into that...
 
I read about Apple Cider Vinegar, and most of what I read were really good. I just started, so I'll see if it makes any difference. 

I would love to get these out of my life by the start of the next semester, so if anyone can offer some advice, I will love you long time :)
 
PICTURE ATTACHED (brace yourselves..)
 
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I would go see a doctor, or whoever can give you a prescription for Bactrim. This stuff works my closed comedones have gotten better since on this antibiotic. Don't pick at them it can cause them to become inflamed.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:24 PM

Don't pick at them it can cause them to become inflamed. 

 

+1. Still trying to fight away my hands from picking at pimples on my face. It just feels natural, but will always lead to worse things.


Edited by DarkDubzs, 30 January 2014 - 04:24 PM.

Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 1000 Iu capsule a day

     - Target brand (up & up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day

     - CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day   -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex

     - Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day

     - Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more for digestion

--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

 

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:59 PM

Don't pick at them it can cause them to become inflamed. 

 
+1. Still trying to fight away my hands from picking at pimples on my face. It just feels natural, but will always lead to worse things.

Yea me too! I admit I still try to pop my acne but, if you must make sure your hands and fingers are clean. If the pimple doesn't pop easily leave it be. Always wash hands and face before doing an extraction. Disinfect lesion after extraction and apply antibiotic ointment immediately.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:53 PM

 

Don't pick at them it can cause them to become inflamed. 

 
+1. Still trying to fight away my hands from picking at pimples on my face. It just feels natural, but will always lead to worse things.

Yea me too! I admit I still try to pop my acne but, if you must make sure your hands and fingers are clean. If the pimple doesn't pop easily leave it be. Always wash hands and face before doing an extraction. Disinfect lesion after extraction and apply antibiotic ointment immediately.

Its not good at all even if your hands have no germs on them at all lol. Reason being, you damage the pore when you pop a pimple or pick at it and it will just lead to another pimple in the same spot.


Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 1000 Iu capsule a day

     - Target brand (up & up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day

     - CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day   -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex

     - Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day

     - Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more for digestion

--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

 

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 11:04 PM



 



Don't pick at them it can cause them to become inflamed. 

 
+1. Still trying to fight away my hands from picking at pimples on my face. It just feels natural, but will always lead to worse things.
Yea me too! I admit I still try to pop my acne but, if you must make sure your hands and fingers are clean. If the pimple doesn't pop easily leave it be. Always wash hands and face before doing an extraction. Disinfect lesion after extraction and apply antibiotic ointment immediately.
Its not good at all even if your hands have no germs on them at all lol. Reason being, you damage the pore when you pop a pimple or pick at it and it will just lead to another pimple in the same spot.
Only if you are trying to extract a pimple that isn't ready. If you squeeze a pimple that won't budge over,and over and over again, the pore may just rupture and cause a cystic acne lesion.

If you pop a pimple with a white pus filled head, clean it with a toner containing alcohol afterward. Then you put on your antibiotic ointment. Even though its a small wound you need an occlusive bandage. There could be pus left behind and you don't want it to crust over right away causing another infection. That's why you should always put an antibiotic ointment on after you pop a pimple.

Your pore will repair itself as it heals. People are going to pop their own pimples no matter what. If you're going to do it, do it the right way and you will be fine.

Edited by a.p., 30 January 2014 - 11:07 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:44 AM

I know this thread is kind of old. I had the exact same bumps (I do not think they are acne) and here are two things that helped me a lot!

 

1. For people who wear makeup--don't use any makeup brushes. Don't touch your face at all. These bumps spread when you touch them. Exfoliating made them worse for me because I was irritating them. 

 

2. Change any products you're using one at a time to determine if you're allergic. Wait at least 3 weeks before changing anything else to see if that makes a difference.  

 

For me, it was Cetaphil that was either causing the bumps or making them worse--and I never suspected it for about 2 years. I barely put anything on my face because it's sensitive, so I was completely stumped as to what was causing the bumps. They are not completely gone now, but I could tell as soon as I stopped using the Cetaphil that they were greatly improving.

 

Hope this helps people! I never want anyone to lose their confidence over these issues!!



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:53 AM

I know this thread is kind of old. I had the exact same bumps (I do not think they are acne) and here are two things that helped me a lot!

 

1. For people who wear makeup--don't use any makeup brushes. Don't touch your face at all. These bumps spread when you touch them. Exfoliating made them worse for me because I was irritating them. 

 

2. Change any products you're using one at a time to determine if you're allergic. Wait at least 3 weeks before changing anything else to see if that makes a difference.  

 

For me, it was Cetaphil that was either causing the bumps or making them worse--and I never suspected it for about 2 years. I barely put anything on my face because it's sensitive, so I was completely stumped as to what was causing the bumps. They are not completely gone now, but I could tell as soon as I stopped using the Cetaphil that they were greatly improving.

 

Hope this helps people! I never want anyone to lose their confidence over these issues!!

Cetaphil caused me to get them too the moisturizer, Id never had that type of acne ever before and Cetaphil was the only thing I had added into my regimen. Like you, they are still not completely gone but a lot lot better than when I was using it. 


Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid. 

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline. 

 

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:41 PM

I use Paula's Choice 2% BHA Lotion and that keeps me from getting them.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:18 AM

All those pesky bumps seem to be slowly getting better, but are not completely gone. Sometimes it's hard to tell if they're improving because you can only see them in certain lighting.

 

I added a 2% Salicylic Acid lotion to my routine recently, and I think that's helping too. Before, I didn't actually use any acne fighting products because my skin is super sensitive. The SA isn't bothering me too much right now though. 






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