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Member Since 27 Mar 2011
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In Topic: My Acne Story

24 August 2015 - 11:36 AM

Never overdo washing. It usually seems like a good idea because you think you're doing the skin a favour by drying it out but what you're actually doing is making it over-produce oil to compensate for what you've removed. Always follow instructions - for example, if they say "use a pea sized amount" then you should actually use a pea sized amount (I know it's hard to believe that it will work/be enough but it usually is).
What I suggest is using a 100% Witch Hazel Toner at night. Squeeze some onto a cotton pad at night time after washing your face and cleanse your skin. It will give you just enough moisture balance to your skin so you won't overproduce oil overnight and at the same time it will even your skintone. It helps fight bacteria , reduce swelling and repair broken skin (where you've popped pimples). If you're worried about it, just patch test it somewhere for a few days. Maybe do one cheek to see if it agrees with you and if you're satisfied with the results then start applying it to the rest of your face.

I will patch test it starting tomorrow on the side of my cheek that is really affected. However hopefully starting tonight I will use the neutrogena clear pore cleanser mask with benzoyl peroxide at night, starting with a small amount to not irritate my skin and in the morning I will wash my face with ABS and moisturize. Do you recommend that I use the mask everyday or every other day or less as a start?

Personally I would say use the mask every second day for starters. If you think your skin isn't drying out too much with it, then you can attempt to use it everyday. Obviously if after that you notice flaking or dryness, drop it back down to every second day again.

In Topic: Plz Help! I Can't Take It Anymore! Help Me Cure These Shits

24 August 2015 - 11:29 AM

Looks like blackheads to me - especially on the nose. It could be a matter of hormones due to your age but it wouldn't hurt to use a face mask targeted towards acne. If you look up "face mask for blackheads" you'll find a variety that might help. A simpler solution if you don't feel like doing that is to put honey on your nose and cheeks, leave it 10 minutes and then wash it off. Also, using a  100% Witch Hazel toner before bed might help you a lot, it'll tighten the skin.

In Topic: Is Vitamin D3, Causing Me To Break Out?

24 August 2015 - 11:24 AM

I dunno if it's proven or anything but typically all vitamins make me break out. I don't know if there's an ingredient that's to blame or maybe the way my liver reacts when it comes to filtering it (possibly a side effect of Roaccutane maybe?) but when I take any type of vitamins a couple of days later my cheeks and chin go crazy. Once I stop, the breakouts lessens again.

In Topic: What Are These?! Scars? Red Marks, Pigmentation? Help Please

24 August 2015 - 10:49 AM

It looks like slight scarring but it also appears as though you have some deep blackheads going on which aren't allowing the skin to heal. I think if you take a reaaaaally long shower, or do the old 'towel covering head over a pot of hot water' you can open up the pores and try to squeeze them out. Make sure you use hand sanitizer on your hands beforehand to kill the bacteria, then gently try pushing the blackheads out with your fingers. If they are stubborn and don't seem to come out, do not force it, you will break the skin and then create scabs and further redness. Always try to be slow and patient. It may take a few sessions until they finally become loose enough to push out.

EDIT: a word

Thanks, but i dont think i have any blackheads in this photo, those black dots are just my pores and are smooth and feel like normal skin, nothing like blackheads so i am confused

Well, I have a lot of blackheads and while they seem to feel smooth to the touch, when I actually squeeze the skin the contents start purging outwards and it's usually yellow in colour. I know photos don't tell the whole story and I could be completely wrong (especially since lighting plays a factor in images) but judging from that photo it looks like some of your pores are blocked. Not all black heads are huge black inflamed dots, some blackheads are more mild but some of the skin looks red and not red in the sense as post-breakout, it looks more aggressive as though it's clogged. Sorry if I have cause any offense. 

In Topic: Deep Pimple Now The Size Of A Quarter

24 August 2015 - 10:39 AM

I can definitely see it - I have one of those on my cheek and it's been there for many, many months (I've had cystic acne for 17 years tho, so I'm not saying yours will stay there as long as mine).

What face wash routine do you currently have? Judging from the picture the rest of your skin is quite beautiful, so maybe go see your doctor and ask for a topical cream that you can just apply to that area. Something like tretinoin cream might help dry it out. If your doctor doesn't want to prescribe such a thing, you might be able to get something like eryacne - that was pretty effective on cysts for me back in the day - unfortunately I tend to build a tolerance to all topical things and eventually they don't work on me anymore.

If you don't want to see a doctor, buy some tea tree oil. Dip a cotton bud into the bottle and then dab it onto the cyst at night. It should calm the skin down, maybe reduce the appearance. Another option is adding salt to a bit of warm water and then washing just your chin. Salt water always reduces redness and swelling for me.
Also, avoid touching your face (not sure if you do that or are even aware that you do). Maybe during the day you lean on your hand or something, and that's worsening the problem.