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In Topic: Can Anyone Tell Me What This Is?

18 August 2014 - 12:15 PM

i would say clogged pores, try some glycolic acid, like the one on this site, or Alpha Hydrox enhanced lotion-  every day use it (it stings at first) and it will help keep pores clean


always test a small patch first, with any product, and if no reaction then go for it

In Topic: Im Even Getting Cysts On My Forearm (30 Yrs Old) (Shower 2X/day) (Wtf Is Wron...

18 August 2014 - 12:13 PM

that is not a cyst...not to take anything away from the frustration, but that is a whitehead...a cyst is an underground nodule that doesn't usually come to a head, it's painful and it throbs


okay so that is a whitehead...so use an acne body wash all over including your arms, that should help


if it's pervasive, I'm a fan of sea salt baths, search the forums here- dead sea salts are healing, but not always practical to take baths everyday

In Topic: Is My Acne Enough To Get Me Accutane Prescribed

16 August 2014 - 05:36 AM

in the US most derms will require that you have 'failed' conventional treatment, which includes topicals (clindamycin, bp, etc...) with antibiotics....three treatments is what my derm used - then we moved to accutane.


It's no walk in the park though, so do try a lot of things before you go there-  don't let that be your first prescribed drug.


My acne was similar to yours, and for ME (may not be for you, we are all different with different triggers) dairy and wheat were the culprits....I journaled everything I ate and gave those 2 things up, one at a time, for 30 days.   Accutane didn't work for me, so I had to find my triggers the hard way.


Good luck to you, tell us more about your topical routine now.

In Topic: 16 Year Old Male With Moderate To Severe Acne--Please Help!

15 August 2014 - 04:57 AM

I also read the post by SilentOne this morning- 


One thing to remember as you are on this site, what works for one, does not work for another.  Sadly, it's just not that easy.


For me, I tried accutane but it didn't work for me, after 7 months my three doctors agreed, I needed to stop - very unusual though, most have some issues with dryness and joint pain but get clear for a period of time....


Back to what worked for ME-  diet was a huge change, food allergies show up on the skin, or CAN show up on the skin.  I journaled everything I ate, and eliminated wheat and dairy, and what a major difference that made for me.  Took a while to figure out, and years later, I STILL avoid those foods.  Other than that I eat clean whole foods, avoid processed and sugar (although I just can't give that one up...my weakness I admit, but I don't overindulge).


So give up dairy first, for a month and see what happens for YOU-  if no change, then start eating it again.  And give the ampicillin time to work, it's only been a month...so waiting till October is smart.


It's been quite a while on the retin a, I had an initial breakout from tazorac (a retin a) that lasted a few months, but 4 months seems too long....if you are using a cream based formula ask for a GEL.....my skin is so oily that the creams just made things worse.  But ask for a milder gel (go down on strength, but gel based).


Read up on this site, but again remember, everyone is different, so your triggers are unique....but ditch dairy, that's a big trigger for teenagers with acne...and it's not as hard as you think....I love coconuts and coconut milk


Good luck to you, you are not alone-  keep us posted and know we are rooting for you and sending a big hug your way

In Topic: My Acne Scars - Help :(

11 August 2014 - 04:52 PM

good for you on the not shy part-  get out there, it helps so much to live doesn't it?


only one spot looks large enough to warrant excision or subsicion-  the rest looks like it would respond nicely to a few fraxel treatments, or if money is a problem, go to the owndoc.com forum and read up about derma rolling or derma stamping


you have options-  looks like you still have a few whiteheads, but nothing major, but go see a doctor, or two and see what they say


good luck to you, getting the acne under control is a major victory!