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#3468744 Acne Not A Puzzle Anymore.

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 20 January 2015 - 03:06 PM

pretty awesome post. Might look into this actually although I did 4.5 months of accutane so dont know how long I have to wait before being able to 

#3458119 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 30 October 2014 - 04:58 AM

Hi emma, thanks for the reply. 


wish you all the best on your journey, for me i am not sure if it was worth it tbh, there are just too many what if's in my case that i am not comfortable with. 

I may try aloe vera, just i want my body to repair itself with no intervention. I think thats the key message I have learnt (for me) is that my body is darn good at repairing itself, and i feel naive to have been on medication that compromises that.  But at the same time, when you reach breaking point and nothing seems to work... 
I learnt that for me, it wasn't just about the spots, it was about how and what i think of them and they way they affect my mood. I have learned that having them is *ok* and normal.. there are worse things in life. truly. 
now, if Accutane had been all roses for me, no doubt i'd be singing its praises. Don't get me wrong it cleared my back up, my back feels baby butt smooth. my clogs under the eyes around the nose disappeared within a matter of weeks. the only gripe i have is some scarring, and the delay healing time. So hoping these clear up asap. 
Even now it would be hard for me to advise someone in a similar position as me not to try accutane for the very reason that it could help tremendously as it does in many many many people.. 
if i was advising someone with more severe acne, i'd say do it 100% and get on a high dose proportionate to your body weight per kg.  I dont think accutane is something you want to drag out longer than need be because the skin wont heal as well whilst on it. hit it hard and fast, if your body can tollerate it and get off it and allow the body to repair itself, even though i have stopped for 2 days (today being day 2) i have had 2 spots come up, one of which has lingered on my face for 6 months at least, so at least now it can come to a head and be gone.  I really think 369 help a lot at changing ones sebum viscosity 
Hi, thanks for sharing.  I know that feeling of being fed up.  Seems like your pal had great results! how is she doing now in terms of health? joints ok? has the oil returned? (btw people oil is not the enemy, oil is good its your bodies own way of protecting itself.. what is the problem however is how the body excretes this and how the skin talks to the oil glands and skin shedding keratinisation process at a base level). 
It sounds to me like these bumps are appearing from the rough drying affects accutane has on the skin, sort of like KP. Are these bumps filled with pus or just bumps? I don't think you started getting bumps because you missed some doses.  Its just the effect it can have on some people.. but yes the accumulative amount is important with this drug. 
Not sure if you are from the UK but get hold of Blistex Intensive moisturiser. that was the only thing that healed my cracked lips. The healing time isnt odd, its what the medication does, it slows the healing rate down, so your friend was a match made in heaven if thats the results she got! 
the scarring, do you mean red marks or do you mean indentations and atrophic scars? the skin overall should actually get better once off the accutane because the bodies natural healing process comes back into full swing. 
I agree with your final paragraph. 
good luck! 

either way everyone has come to this decision for a personal reason and as long as you stand by that personal reason and truly feel this is the only option then thats great, no regrets. 

#3457062 How I Cured My Acne (W/o Drugs)

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 22 October 2014 - 02:04 PM

Nice post it is very true.


It does make sense, for me diet changes helped a lot especially after long courses of anti biotics when I was in my early 20's. But since about the age of 23 years old, I haven't been able to completely stop the spots from coming even with great diet and exercise. Sure its looked clear, but then its also broke out at the most inconvenient of times, meaning my social and family life has suffered because of how it effects my mental state so much. Plus I was a picker..  


I think my acne is hormone related, as when I work out hard, I get spots, same as a day or so after sex. 


Looking at when I broke out quite badly was particularly around the time I started drinking milk to bulk up more. On this note, I did cut out dairy years and years ago, it helped greatly but now I am extremely lactose intolerant.. I think i have always been mildly intolerant too. 


For me, after Accutane i am going to do all that i can to get back to full health internally and externally. And most importantly i've accepted it, it doesnt get me down as much now, but of course i'd love to be clear for good! who wouldn't...  


Overflood, what do you think about this http://www.lifeplus....ct-details/4471 an acne.orger sent me this years ago and said he cleared up 3 months into it. Only now does it make complete sense.. 


I am thinking about supplementing with omega 3 6 9 whilst on accutane and probably vit D as well.  I'd like to take the full multivitamin whilst on the tane but not sure if i can or not. 

#3456918 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 21 October 2014 - 02:21 PM

day 116 @20mg. broken out on my left cheek and right cheek. two painful ones on the left cheek, not sure why.. and the right upper cheek was a massive white head, which drained on its own and then the matter that got left inside became hard and formed a plug. I pushed it out very very gently and i think it can heal up now. When i say pushed, i literally mean it was defying gravity hanging out of my cheek, i push down either side with my little fingers and the slight pressure displaced the hard grain matter, which contain a small beard hair. 


drinking 3 litres of water a day. Still getting slight head aches around 6pm time that last for a fair while... going to speak to the derm tomorrow about it.  


which cetaphil did you try emma? the lotion? how much did you apply? perhaps as your skin changes you may go back to using it again. but glad you find the clinque one really good.

#3456450 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 17 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

Hey emma.


so are you wanting to do a long term low dose or? 


Yep same thing happened to me, dry lips and skin peeling off rapidly on them. 


As you deeper into your tane journey yourll notice that the nivea chapstick wont do much, so pick up one called blistex intensive lip balm (think its something like that). works so well. When my lips have cracked and are bleeding, its been the only thing to heal it completely up. i'd also advise against using sudocrem now. Just stick with gentle wash and moisturiser and the accutane. ps have you given the cleansing with moisturiser a go yet? 

Why going to sleep at 8pm? because of the aching?

Keep going, doing great. 



#3456267 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 16 October 2014 - 10:45 AM

Accutane or no Accutane, you'd do best to leave it alone. Never a good idea to force a zit before it's ready. Some clogs stay under the skin, get inflamed again and eventually resolve themselves when they come to a head and you can expel the clog, others do go away on their own if you do nothing. No rhyme or reason to it, I'm afraid.


seems like a bit of a contradiction there! > you're saying some stay under the skin (forever?) some inflame and eventually resolve themselves, or when they come to a head you can expel the clog... i.e squeeze? 


basically i left this one alone and the white tip came out or went down during a warm shower. I was tempted to expel the content of this one, but just thought i'd leave it for once so not to cause a scar (indentation) etc.  


i'm wondering what to do if by the time i have been through Accutane that they may still be holding on...   


it does seem as though they are coming out here and there one by one. i'd say over the past week or so about 4-5 have come out! requiring a rub or just a gentle scratch before it eases out.. 


still have a cluster of them on my forehead though. I hope they resolve themselves,....  

#3456083 First Time Roaccutane User Support Needed!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 15 October 2014 - 09:43 AM

Yeah you wont even need to cleanse, what you should do is use the moisturiser (cetaphil lotion i am referring too here) to remove the make up and grime. Oil removes make up very well. after you have cleansed with the moisturiser then use the cleanser. see how you go! 


Don't use any form of wash cloth whilst on accutane, the skin is really super sensitive. I took some sticky elastic tape off my shoulder from the physio and it took my skin off... 


deffo something to ask your derm about the hormone stuff. not sure how good they will be on the topic though. Are you from the UK or US?


Thats interesting that the 3 6 9 has reduced your inflammation and cyst! the more I hear about this the more I truly believe it is to do with the acid fat profile. 


I think you should check the hormones out, because if those are out of sync i suppose my concern would be that it could return soon after treatment?




#3455966 Ideas For My Pockmark Treatment? (Pictures)

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 14 October 2014 - 03:46 PM

your skin is amazing! wow.. 


poreless! have you looked into copper peptides and derma stamp? tbh with 95% of you other skin being that good... you are so lucky 


you should stop zooming in if possible. stand 3 4 feet away from a mirror, i bet you cant even notice! a girl at my gym has a mark like yours, bigger too. I thought she was still cute and attractive. 


try to zoom out and look at the bigger picture, are you really defined by such a small mark? 

#3455952 Someone To Talk To:(

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 14 October 2014 - 12:42 PM

hey, sorry people have made comments! thats so hurtful. 


you have only suffered with it for 2 months? give us more info. i am sure we can help. you may notice i have been on this board for rather a long time

#3420354 My Relationship With The Ol' Differin 0.1%

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 14 March 2014 - 06:08 PM

guys with any topical you must lay off it if you start to get any symptoms like this. then resume once your skin has had a break

#3415925 Tca And Derma Stamp Before And After Pics Included. Warning? Advice?

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 22 February 2014 - 08:27 AM

oh ok, hmm, its a bit odd that they merged, but as you say its because they were close together. this must also mean the the skin is dissolving in thickness for this to happen (logically?) so with that in mind, i would guess that over time the whole area will become the same depth and thus show a reduction in the indentations? 


what do you think? what has your derm said]


just did some googling, because i too have some minor ice pick atrophic scars from skin picking. And here is a good thread http://www.acne.org/...-for-ice-picks/


photos are on page 18. it seems this maria girl had very good results. see what you can dig out of that thread thats useful and regurgitate it here  

#3405453 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 04 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

hey people, happy new year!  


Seems overall people are getting stronger here, great news


me....I have grown a thick beard, so i've been doing better at leaving things alone. I just figured to hell with it, picking doesn't get me anywhere so I now leave it and let the spots do what ever they like. 


over the past 2 weeks i've noticed a few things. The spots come and go, oddly even ones that go massive and puss right up will disappear after a shower and gentle exfoliant face wash.. with only the slightest of redness left. I have spot treated with tea tree oil and witchazel and that helps 10 fold.  I had a big cyst on my forehead new years day which I dont ever usually get - literally cant remember the last time. anyway, i refused to let it get to me even though it hurt when frowning or raising eye brows etc, and yeah, spot treated it and its now totally gone.... no mark, no redness. nothing. 


I also had a date and had terrible skin but it didnt stop me. It went well and honestly i just seem to have entered a new mindset of leaving spots well alone. 


i hope that 2014 is my year to leave the habit well and truly alone

#3397161 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 26 November 2013 - 02:59 AM

Thanks!  What is my main concern?  Mainly blackheads with the occasional white head or red lump as i call them.  My topicals prescriptions do work but they have a tendency to make me irritated and flaky, which just exasperates the problem.  The flaky skin gives me blackheads that i dig out unfortunately.  If i didn’t pick, my face would be decent...not perfect but i could live with that i think. 


i went back to my derm on Friday and she gave me a good non-comedogenic moisturizer and told me to use the topicals every few days not every day until the irritation heals.  I'm hoping this moisturizer works b/c so far everything that i have tried over the counter doesn’t work enough. 


I picked one small white head yesterday and i'm pissed at myself.  it would’ve dried up on its own but instead not it's a stupid bigger scab.  oh well.  but i have to give myself credit b/c not too long ago (about 3 years ago) i was digging and squeezing so much it was scary.  i've since sought help and slowly have been getting better.  i wouldn’t call it an OCD but a form of anxiety.  I’ve learned to breathe and use yoga.  Especially when i feel myself getting anxious and freaking out over a zit.


It sounds so stupid to say...they are just zits right?  but we know it's more than that.


thank you so much for making this thread.  I can’t talk to anyone about this, except my doc.   They say...just get over it and stop.  It’s not that easy.


day 1 smile.png  wish me luck

It's really helped me to talk about my picking here on acne.org. I would say that mine is mostly anxiety-induced as well. I'm glad you're here on our thread! biggrin.png

The flakiness that some products gives me really makes the picking problem worse for me, too. What has helped my blackhead issue is AHA 5% every night as well as my Olay Pro-x exfoliating brush every couple days. It's good to slowly allow your skin to adjust to new chemicals and topicals, so it's a great idea to just use them every few days and then eventually work up to every day if you need to. That's what i'm doing with my Differin gel that I was just prescribed.


I get anxious over a zit because I'm afraid it means that 1) I'll pick, 2) I'll get even more to follow it and 3) I look bad... sad.png You're definitely not alone in this!!

When someone says "get over it and stop picking," I just want to cry...it's so much more complicated than that. I think the only way to combat it *for real* is to be actively diligent about not picking, but also to forgive yourself when you do pick. Because the feeling of guilt after a serious picking session can last for days if you let it...and that's what causes even MORE anxiety and therefore picking.. Good luck! You can do this! Just think, you could be free of picking!


>Heitea i saw your photos in the gallery, and checked what you are doing just now, how come you are using so many products now? you seemed to have great skin in the holistic thread?


i feel that you are like me, in the sense that you have tried everything but keep going in circles. this is because we pick.. thats the bottom line, if you are trying to heal acne, you are approaching this wrong. you need to cure the root cause.. picking. 


we are like people who suffer anorexia. We see things in a way others do not. 


my immediate goal is to treat the root cause. It seems I will always get black heads, but so long as i dont squeeze my face, i wont inflame them and or get any more scars. 


50% is picking 50% is the way you view it. 


I need to hopefully find a way to smooth my skin and even skin tone (microdermabrasion) and to stop picking. Then I may have good skin but even more a good mind set

Hi Jack,

I stopped with my natural regimen because it was not controlling my hormonal acne at all. Those pictures were from about a month of not picking followed by a high exercise lifestyle, low-calorie (almost starving) diet, with almost no touching of the face at all. I still had lots of blackheads. I wasn't living as "healthy" as I thought. I had an eating disorder without knowing it. I was "happy" because I was "controlling" my life to such an extreme degree. But as soon as I got back to school, about 20 days in, I got a little breakout. I was stressed and picked it to no end. I ended up having terrible skin again. I tried to get the same results (and even tracked them in a thread), but could never quite get there. I couldn't get the same results.

So, I'm not even using that many products. I'm using Differin and then occasionally AHA as topicals. And Beyaz and Spiro to control my hormones. Not that bad. I get hormonal acne (cysts) that will come up regardless of whether or not I pick. But I agree, my skin is much better without picking. I'm a little offended that you're almost telling me what I'm doing wrong and what I need to do. I'm doing my best and what I feel is best for me. It's working, so why are you being critical?


hi (: - that makes sense, trust me i've been there too heitea.. 


i didnt mean it in a critical way! the products you are using are great and you will see a vast improvement, i'd like to know what differin does for you, reason i didnt use that ages ago was because as you say, i was scared of breaking out from anything stronger...


i'm not trying to be critical more just trying to perhaps help you understand that this is more than just spots on the surface, you said it yourself >>"When someone says "get over it and stop picking," I just want to cry...it's so much more complicated than that". 


trust me, i've actually cried, and its made me realise that this needs proper help. maybe you can over come this on your own and support from your boyfriend. but I dont have anyone, so I had to open up to my family and ask for help. that was hard. 

#3380040 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 03 September 2013 - 03:09 AM

It's seven days since I last picked at my skin - yay! My chin area is definitely a lot less red and irritated, and I only have two active spots at the moment. 


Keep up the good work everyone!

7 days! that is amazing... tactics? 

#3379664 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by .JacktheLad. on 02 September 2013 - 02:34 AM

haha when you look at it objectively it is slightly flawed. however turning it into a competition and sharing experiences and what works/doesnt work etc will make it easier to try and get out this bad habbit