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In Topic: What Is This?

07 August 2012 - 07:28 PM

Hmm. It sounds like it may be a papule if it doesn't have a 'head' but I don't have enough information to really tell you. Is it very painful or sore? Can you feel a sort of lump underneath the skin? Has it been around for an abnormally long time? If so, it could be a cyst or nodule. In any case, since it's recurring it's more than likely very deep in the pore and didn't completely empty the first time. The brown mark you described seems like the common post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by trauma to the skin and may come back once the lesion heals, but will eventually fade.
In reguards to how you can treat it, you've got plenty of options. If it's still there, you can try warm, moist compresses which aid in opening the pore, allowing the infection to come out easier and sooner and reduces pain and swelling for some. You can also try adding a tiny bit of natural sea-salt to the water you use in warm compresses as it helps draw the infection out quicker. You can try ice to reduce the swelling and pain as well, but they don't really aid in actually getting rid of it. Topical treatments can help, too. A dab of BP or Salicylic Acid can dry it out and really speed things along. I applaud your self-control in not picking! Keep it up and try not to mess with it or try to extract it yourself if you can avoid it. If it doesn't go away within another week at most with treatments, you can go to a dermatologist to have it professionally extracted or have a cortisone injection if it's really stubborn.
Best wishes,

In Topic: New To Acne.org And Needing Serious Advice

21 June 2012 - 01:45 AM

Usually one or the other is enough to do the trick. Some people with very resistant or oily skin do use both- a BP wash and an SA spot treatment, for example, but actually combining them creates a very harsh PH which can burn the skin quite badly. If you do choose to use both in one regimen, make sure one is applied well before the other (or rinsed well in the case of a wash) and isn't still active on the skin. One would think if your skin isn't used to chemicals, you may want to try just one applied very modestly at first to see how your skin reacts, then slowly increase in the amount of product used/how many times used daily as your skin adjusts. If, after the trial period your skin still hasn't shown much improvement, then switch to the other or use both.
A word of advice, though; if you use either as a topical treatment, just use it as a spot treatment (excluding moisturizer, of course). I've woken up in the morning looking like a poster child for Red Lobster from applying it all over- not a good look for me.
Hopefully this helps clear some things up. (Gotta love puns..)

In Topic: New To Acne.org And Needing Serious Advice

19 June 2012 - 08:00 PM

Hello, Tatiana. As you most likely know, acne is caused by some kinds of bacteria, certain biologic/internal issues or hormonal imbalances. A good amount of people get results from strictly topical solutions however, so that's what I'll focus on.
All-natural products do work for some types of acne but not all, and usually not if it's any worse than mild. You said you've only been on it for two weeks, though. Some products can make your skin 'purge' out all the impurities that were in your pores. This is pretty rare with natural products, but it can happen. It usually takes at least a month to see improvement with most any product, but if it's making it markedly worse, you may want to think about switching. Natural products are best for people with very dry or sensitive skin and do not contain anything to kill the bacteria, which can lead to acne. You said you haven't tried benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid out of fear that it'll make it worse. If your current products aren't helping and seem to be making it worse, what's the risk?
If you do decide to try BP or SA, look for a cleanser or moisturizer with either product in it in a low-strength to start off. 5% BP or 1% SA used correctly seem to be the best as they don't have much potential to irritate or make skin dry and red like the higher strengths do. BP seemed to work best for me, but that's because it's designed for acne deeper in the skin. The peroxide in it introduces oxygen into the pore, thus destroying the bacteria. SA seems to work best on acne that's closer to the surface, as it exfoliates and takes tiny increments of skin off the surface, reducing dead skin cells and gradually surfacing the heathy skin underneath.
I always got post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, too and it never helped that my skin is paper white. I found that taking it easier on all the products I was using helped them heal faster, but I was using the equivalent of battery acid on my face twice daily.
I know virtually nothing of the Burt's Bees Blemish Stick, but I read the product information and some reviews, and all of them said it was great.
Lastly, if you haven't been to a dermatologist and you have insurance or can afford it, you should give it a shot. Perhaps a good antibiotic or prescription cream is what you need. If you find a good one, they'll know what your skin needs to heal.
I wish you all the best.

In Topic: Acne Is Depressing!

17 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

You're very welcome, Jade. The only good thing to come out of my struggle with acne is compassion; I love to help others in this same awful situation so hearing that my advice helped someone is a great feeling.
In reguards to trying the regimen, there's always that chance with any new product that it'll exacerbate the problem, but there's also a chance it'll be the thing that clears it up. You said you're relatively clear now; so glad to hear that! The good news is that there's so many different treatment options out there that if you're not getting the results you want from what you're using, you can try something else and sooner or later something will work. It's just a matter of getting all the information you can about products, how well you think they will work, and weighing the pros and cons of trying them. If you stick with something for at least a couple months that works some but plateaus and you're not at your goal, those are the the best results you're likely to get from that product. Do some research on different products, regimens, etc.
By the way, do you see a dermatologist? If you don't and you're still not getting results after trying a lot of over-the-counter options, you should definitely try to get an appointment with one. A good derm is essential to getting clear for a lot of acne sufferers - they can work miracles! Sometimes topical OTC treatments just aren't enough if the cause isn't purely topical. The vast majority of acne is, to some extent or another, caused by internal issues; whether it be a bacterial issue, allergy, or just plain hormones.
As always, good luck and never give up on what you want.

In Topic: Acne Is Depressing!

14 June 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hello, Jade. I've never tried the regimen, my skin's been cleared up for a while (otherwise I'd be trying it), but from what I've heard, like the previous posters said, it works for a good amount of people.
You stated you wanted to go into modelling and that your skin was something that was holding you back from it. Don't let it. I modelled for alternative magazines for a few years in college and I've found that a lot of models have skin issues; even the ones who do make-up and skin care campaigns. They're just very well-hidden. It's not a very big deal when it comes to photo modelling because they cover up anything visible with makeup and if something does show through on your film, a lot of companies photo-op the hell out of photos anyway. Runway is a different story, but alas, I was always too short to do runway anyhow. Of course, it'll help you book jobs if your skin is flawless when you get out of bed in the morning but for most women and models alike, it's not.
As you said, this is a great place to be when you're trying to deal with acne. I hope you find this site to be supportive and helpful through your process of getting clear. I wish you the best of luck.