Mild-Moderate Acne For 7 Years. I Need Any Advice/opinions

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Hi all,

I'm looking for advice from any and all who read this. I'm currently a 24 year old male who has struggled with moderate acne/oily skin for 10 years. Like most, I've tried dozens of products and I'm currently using clindamicyne with retin a-micro which has given me good results. However, after all of the products I've tried, nothing has given me "clear skin" (including my current regimen). At any given time I have at least one pimple/whitehead/cyst along with a half dozen dark spots. I currently have two cysts around my nose and 9 healing dark spots, and am feeling particularly frustrated.

This is my dilemma: If you were me, would you continue using my current medication and just come to terms with the fact that I may never have perfect skin or do I keep looking for that product that will completely work for me? This is something I constantly struggle with as my acne has never completely gone away and I'm nervous to switch regimens because last time I switched I had a very bad breakout that took me a long time to recover from (mentally and physically). I think if I do switch I want to switch to the acne.org regimen. Once again, any and all advice/tips are welcome. Thank you all so much and keep up the good old acne battle!

Stay positive,

mhswrestlin08

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Okay so this might help. Posted my acne story here and the things that made my skin clear .

Oh , and good luck ! :D

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I cant tell you what to do but I would tell you if I was in your case Id just keep doing that regimen if you only have one active spot. No topical treatments have ever completely cleared me. The only think that has done that was Accutane while I was on it.


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You have a good base regimen, obviously. It's something to lean on, so to speak. You can try adding in one product and see if that does anything for you. If it irritates you too much or breaks you out, you know that it's that product. Then move on. Try experimenting. I didn't get completely clear with just tazorac. I had to add in benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and a clarisonic for that. But the tazorac does most of the heavy lifting! In your case, the retin-a-micro probably does most of the heavy lifting. Don't experiment with multiple products though. Wait two months between adding new products to allow yourself time to judge whether the product is effective or not.


Winter routine
AM

CeraVe Hydrating Bar

Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel

2 pumps CeraVe PM

CeraVe Cream everywhere but forehead

Vaseline on cheeks (can't emphasize enough)

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42
*cover face with scarf outside

PM
Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad for makeup

Cool compress  
http://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/derm/Wet_dressings_A3.pdf

CeraVe Hydrating Bar + clarisonic

2 pumps CeraVe PM
CeraVe cream everywhere + forehead 

Wait 30 minutes 

Tazorac gel 0.1% pea size

 1.  Pop white heads with popping utensil. Leave popped pimple alone/a little vaseline

                              2. BP ONLY ONCE on any given pimple 

3. Use your HUMIDIFIER

 

 

 

 


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I had persistent acne for about 7 years to and it had only gotten worse. I'm the type of guy who needs clear and explicit information on why acne is happening, and so I searched for the longest time and tested on myself and this is what I have come up with. It's not the easy simple one-product answer you might be looking for, but it's a scientific explanation as a whole.

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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the advice and I'll be sure to read up on the info. some of you have left me. I'll try and update you on what I decide to do.

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Hi! Im an Acne survivor from the Philippines. It was the beginning of summer this year, when I started to have mild acne. They started as 3-4 bumps on my forehead. Then, I changed my soap from dove to a carrot soap. It made my face really dry and the few bumps gradually increases but they just dried up fast. After a week, because acne persevere I changed my soap from carrot soap to kojie san, that is when I started to feel burning sensation in this region of my face. And I was back again to dove. All burning/stinging and itch subsided But acne was relentlessly colonizing areas of my face. I decided to see my wonderful dermatologist and I went on Differin 0.1% and Benzac(Benzoyl Peroxide) 5% with Cetaphil cleanser and Doxycycline oral for 14 days with her directions. On my fourth week, it made my acne severe. I stopped it. I had enough with all the side effects like dryness, itch, STINGS like shit and burning. I went through major depression because I've been socially withdrawn. There's no guarantee that i will get cleared up if i continued it up to 3 months. My dermatologist prescribed me tretinoin but i know it will irritate so i did not follow her prescriptions because of what she did to my face. But rather, tried something on my own. You know what, i started using Kojic Papaya soap, a product from Royale Business club here in Philippines which is my cleanser morning and night. And in 2 weeks time, all my pimples dried up like crazy and i see no new growths. I swear! I was overwhelmed with the soap because it's very cheap. It cleared up my acne and it lightens my dark spots/acne scars. Im now pimple free and blemish free. Truly amazing! I hope you can reach me through this email machcadavos@yahoo.com so that i can show my pictures of what i've been through. The product can only be bought here in the Philippines because this is made here. I know it might be new to you and you might get allergic reaction or irritation from the soap but you've been there in your worst skin u ever had. Just give this a try!

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