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Nearly A Decade Of Desperation, Help!

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I started getting acne when I was about 16 years old, I want to say, and it has persisted ever since. I am now 25 years old, and I'm at a loss for what to do.

Two years ago I was put on a few variations of antibiotics and differen gel which didn't do anything before I was eventually put on accutane for 6 months. For the time my skin was dryer than ever, of course, but my eyes were painfully dry and sunlight hurt. I went through with it and for about a year I didn't break out nearly as bad as I used to but my skin texture was still awful.

About a year ago the breakouts became more consistent and more like it was when I was a teenager. My pores are clogged and I get some cystic acne on my jawline. Not a day goes by that I can leave the house without wearing makeup and that's just become the norm of my life, I absolutely hate it.

Currently I'm using the Clinique 3-step system for combination skin and I felt for awhile it was helping keep my skin under control but who am I kidding?

Help!

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I had acne since I was 13 . I'm 22 years old and I'm in the same boat as you . Almost a full decade with ....

ACNE . It sucks , I know and sometimes I feel like getting a rake and scratch my face off . Even though I still have acne it has got a lot better and I mean a lot better since my teens. There's a lot of factors that can contribute to acne . How's your diet ? Any dairy in your diet ? Do you drink enough water ? Are you using a effective antibiotic ? Are you currently under a lot of stress ? Do you exercise ? The list goes on . The way I finally got my acne under control was though exercise , healthy diet , and drinking a lot of water . I also use 5% benzoyl peroxide and a non greasy moisturizer and it has worked great. I'm just sharing personal experiences with you and hopefully this helps. Remember that acne comes from the inside out and you have to attack it from the inside first for it to get better !

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Try the regime. Trust me it works . I have been struggling with acne for years I actually quit the regime (stupid stupid ) broke out all over and I just have went back on it and now my face is clearing up.

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I may be wrong, but doesn't cheek/chin acne usually means its hormonal? Have you ever tried birth control? I've had friends and have seen people on here have great success with clearing hormonal acne with BC. I'm a guy so I don't know much about it, but maybe its something to look into.

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Birth control may help... I take a birth control pill and I think it helps reduce the serverity of acne but I still get it. The things that have helped my acne go away are using benzoyl peroxide (I use 10% but many use the 2.5%), exfoliating and making sure to get alllllll my makeup off at the end of the day.

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I'm not currently on any antibiotics since the last time I tried them it had no effect on me, but I do think it's time to see a derm again. I am trying to live a more productive lifestyle though and try to drink a lot of water.

I had acne since I was 13 . I'm 22 years old and I'm in the same boat as you . Almost a full decade with ....

ACNE . It sucks , I know and sometimes I feel like getting a rake and scratch my face off . Even though I still have acne it has got a lot better and I mean a lot better since my teens. There's a lot of factors that can contribute to acne . How's your diet ? Any dairy in your diet ? Do you drink enough water ? Are you using a effective antibiotic ? Are you currently under a lot of stress ? Do you exercise ? The list goes on . The way I finally got my acne under control was though exercise , healthy diet , and drinking a lot of water . I also use 5% benzoyl peroxide and a non greasy moisturizer and it has worked great. I'm just sharing personal experiences with you and hopefully this helps. Remember that acne comes from the inside out and you have to attack it from the inside first for it to get better !

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I feel you - I have had acne for more than 20 years and it sucks.

Diet changes can make a big impact. Dairy and sugar are huge culprits for some people. Some makeup will make acne worse, so you should research whether that might be contributing to your breakouts.

If accutane and antibiotics have not worked long term for you and diet changes don't help, it may be "hormonal acne". Othro Tri Cyclen is supposed to be a good pill for acne, but you may want to consider trying other BC pills, or other hormone-altering herbs or medications. The hormonal acne forum here has lots of interesting info hormonal options.

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Have you thought about going on another round of accutane? It doesn't sound like you had a great experience the first time, but many people need more than one round of accutane to see sustained clarity of their skin.

But as someone else mentioned, your acne does present with the typical hormonal pattern. Have you ever though about trying spironolactone?

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I guess pure chimp super cleanser can be helpful for you. It works gentle but effctive.

And it's natural and handmade in UK and it costs not much.

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I had acne since I was 13 . I'm 22 years old and I'm in the same boat as you . Almost a full decade with ....

ACNE . It sucks , I know and sometimes I feel like getting a rake and scratch my face off . Even though I still have acne it has got a lot better and I mean a lot better since my teens. There's a lot of factors that can contribute to acne . How's your diet ? Any dairy in your diet ? Do you drink enough water ? Are you using a effective antibiotic ? Are you currently under a lot of stress ? Do you exercise ? The list goes on . The way I finally got my acne under control was though exercise , healthy diet , and drinking a lot of water . I also use 5% benzoyl peroxide and a non greasy moisturizer and it has worked great. I'm just sharing personal experiences with you and hopefully this helps. Remember that acne comes from the inside out and you have to attack it from the inside first for it to get better !

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Yaz is the top anti-acne birth control recommended right now.

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Yaz is the top anti-acne birth control recommended right now.

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I have no advice, I've had acne 20 years now & have at this point kinda accepted i have another 20 years ahead of juggling dianette & topicals & concealers, just wanted to send big hugs to you xx

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