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#3389634 Does Climate Change Cause Acne?

Posted by KSG1996 on 19 October 2013 - 10:40 PM

Hey all,


Well I've noticed a pattern with my skin. During the summer and fall, my skin tends to breakout every year ever since I moved to Miami, FL (3 years ago). If you've never been in Miami, the climate here is hot as balls and extremely humid due to the oh so wonderful Everglades being our neighbor (The Everglades is a swamp, if you didn't know).


I, naturally, have oily skin and, to top it off, have sensitive skin as well. I've noticed that during the winter/early spring periods, I don't break out or get acne at all. The overall climate here drops during the winter due to the cold fronts, something I love. So from the usual 88-93 degrees Fahrenheit, it drops to 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Today, I went to volunteer for a local festival to get community service hours. I've been taking doxycycline for a month now to get this acne under control, and before I left, all the pimples I had were drying up, basically dieing out. After being there for 12 hours helping out (by helping out I mean moving heavy boxes, going outside where it's hot, entertaining the little kids with sports and selling products; in other words A LOT of sweat) I come home, only to see myself in the mirror EXTREMELY OILY and all the pimples I had that were dried out were whiteheads.


So my main question is, can this climate I live in (and climate/seasonal changes) be causing most of the acne I'm getting? It's been since the last 3 years ever since I moved over, and it hasn't stopped since until I reach winter/early spring.


Thank you all for your help and time! :D

#3388791 Cancelling Plans Because Of Acne?

Posted by KSG1996 on 16 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

Happens to me. I've gotten over what people think about me because at my age (I'm 17), we tend to be really superficial, but only the people that are worth your time will accept you for who you are, and it's true. I rarely cancel plans anymore, but I can't deny that there are days where I look at myself in the mirror and get depressed because of my acne or how I look, etc.


Don't blow off plans with your friends though because of your acne. Reason? They're your friends for a reason. They love who you are, how you act, and I really don't think they won't accept you because you have acne (if this is the case, then they're superficial, fake and not worth your time). And who cares about what other people think? Here's two things:


1) Even if someone thinks you have "bad" acne or whatnot, they're not going to walk up to you and be like "Yo, your face looks like s**t". Maybe they'll take a glance at you, but a glance can also mean that they're attracted to you, or that they're analyzing you, etc. In other words, there's endless possibilities.


2) People are more conscious about their own looks/concerns than yours, so keep that in mind.


Stay strong and cheers!

#3388515 Does Bp Cure Acne Forever?

Posted by KSG1996 on 15 October 2013 - 03:12 PM

 I'm sorry to ask but how old are you? By just knowing your age, it can determine if your acne is hormonal, from oil production, etc.

Are you some sort of genius?


Did I ever claim to be one? What's with your attitude? Is it a side effect you got left with after the Accutane?

#3386975 Gross Bubble Like Pimples From Accutane?

Posted by KSG1996 on 07 October 2013 - 01:15 PM

If I'm correct, those are called "pustules". They are a type of acne which is basically a whitehead, only with a much bigger head. They'll go away on their own, but if you really want to get rid of it, gently squeeze it when you're taking a shower (a warm-hot, steamy shower, which tends to open up your pores).


All the best man.

#3386739 Retin-A: My Skin Is Way Too Oily!

Posted by KSG1996 on 06 October 2013 - 07:24 AM

Have you considered Zinc for acne? I've read that it greatly reduces the amount of oil on your face when you're on it, and it also gets rid of acne and helps heal the skin. Look up "Zinc for acne" on Google.

#3381490 My Scars (Photos)

Posted by KSG1996 on 09 September 2013 - 04:30 AM

I think they're fine the way the are mate. They're not red, they're not deep; they're just simple acne scars.


Don't keep on wasting money.

#3381322 Accutane With Water

Posted by KSG1996 on 08 September 2013 - 08:07 AM

You're supposed to drink lots of water while on Accutane due to the dehydration it causes on your skin.


And about the "It's been 2 months and I've seen no improvement", the results come in differently for everyone. I began to see massive improvement ending month 3 and beginning month 4. Others see improvement on their first month. It's different for everybody. Just keep calm and carry on.

#3369709 Keeping Skin Hydrated On Accutane

Posted by KSG1996 on 27 July 2013 - 07:42 PM



My best friend during my Accutane journey when it came to dry skin.

#3367425 Im Very Depressed Need Help

Posted by KSG1996 on 18 July 2013 - 08:59 PM

i am 20 and have been dealing with severe acne for about 2 years.It has left me very scarred and sad and made my friends and girls who liked me abandon me.I feel like ill always get rejected now and never get married.I also want advice about getting laser,subcision,excision,and fillers.Which will work best.I sad being super ugly my goal is to get as normal as i can.I want a normal life AND IM GONNA Take a year off of college to get some work done.I wish I could have a dating life and social life again.In high school iprobably dated like 15 girls oh what I would do to have 1 of them like me again.I just feel like I have alot to offer im smart,funny,athletic,kind,adventurous,a great conversationalist,and very well rounded.


First things first mate.

Your scars aren't bad to begin with. They're rolling scars but the bright side is that they're discolored (at least from what I see in the pictures) and even if they were hyperpigmentated, you can get treatment for that (Differin, Retin-A and Tazorac if you want topical creams that work OR TCA Chemical Peeling/ CO2 Fractional Laser). As for the rolling scars, you can get subsicision for that. I've seen it do wonders for people with your type of scarring.


Now, know this: You aren't alone. I have red marks and acne scars on my face, and as sad as I am at times because of it, I always stay positive and go out and have a good time. If you want to see how my face looked with acne, here's the link:




You're not alone. A lot of people who come to this site need support. Even if it's one tiny pimple or someone with a severe breakout, we here at acne.org are a family, and we support e/o, in the highs and lows no matter what. Those "friends" that left you because of your scars are dicks and were never true friends to begin with, because true friends would've supported you and be with you no matter how you look. And girls that just look at your face to determine who you are, are superficial and shouldn't even be considered as a potential someone to be with.


Be strong. If you're looking for support and overall help, you came to the right site. Stay strong man. Oh and by the way, don't take a year off college because of acne. As rough as this may sound, it's a stupid idea. Don't let acne intervene with your future. I've gone to several campus tours and I've seen students with acne/acne scars less, worse or just like yours and they're still studying, still have friends and a lot of them had girlfriends, so don't ruin your future because of the scars.


I'm so sorry that this is happening to you.  I am new to this forum as the mother of a 14-year-old son who is going through the same thing.  He has cystic acne and has developed some scars as well.  We are seriously considering Accutane for him but I'm worried about his age and the side effects.


Have you considered this drug or discussed it with a dermatologist?  I was told by my son's derm that they won't do anything to treat the scars until the active acne is under control.  There are some very good lasers now, which are very effective with scarring but you need to get the acne under control.  


My son's self-esteem has taken a nose-dive as his acne has gotten worse and he is nervous to start school again.  We want to decide on the Accutane by this weekend.  


What else have you tried to treat your acne?


I went through Accutane, and before that I went on doxycycline. Doxycycline helps with the acne and will clear him up in around 2 months time, but since he's still 14 the acne most likely will come back due to his hormones.


I would recommend to go on Accutane. But remember, it requires PATIENCE. He won't clear up in a month or two. It took me 4 months to finally see my face clearing up, but it's different for everyone. It's a rough ride to go through, but if you follow the instructions the dermatologist gives him precisely, then he'll get to enjoy a clear face.


-Moisturize every day, since Accutane closes your sebacious glands, therefore producing little to no oil on your face, hence extremely dry skin/lips.

-Use ChapStick or any sort of lip soother/moisturizer daily (I'd recommend ChapStick. He can carry it around his pocket daily if he needs to put on more later on for example after lunch in school).

-Sunblock EVERY DAY. I can't stress how important this is. I made a grave mistake of not using sunblock during the Accutane process, and I was left with hyperpigmentated red marks after the Accutane journey, where I'm now getting TCA Peels done to remove them. Sunblock is important. Even if it's cloudy or rainy or snowy outside, UV rays still hit the skin, and/or the sun can pop out at any moment. I really, really, mean this.

-Wash his face once/two times a day with a Gentle Facial cleanser to prevent his pimples getting infected and to remove the dead skin cells from his face during Accutane.

-There is a high chance of getting an initial breakout during the Accutane, so if this happens to your son, tell him to not be alarmed because it is common and soon goes away. Accutane tends to push all the built up acne even in the deepest layers of the skin all the way up to the epidermis to rid the body of acne. So keep that in mind.


What helped me a lot during the Accutane journey was watching other people's Accutane journeys on Youtube. It kept me motivated and it really does give you an idea on how the whole Accutane experience is. If you're in need of any help or have questions, feel free to ask me.


Best of luck to you and your son.

#3363417 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by KSG1996 on 02 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

Hey, this is so inspiring to read - well done on making it this far, man! How are your red marks looking now?


I should hopefully be starting accutane at some point over the next few months (whenever the British NHS fits me in!) and I'm absolutely petrified of the IB. But I'm so utterly depressed right now, I figure it must be worth it. I can't wait to get to the other side.


Congratulations once again, you're an inspiration to us all! smile.png


Thank you for the support- it's good to know that I give strength to others with my post. That's my intention behind the whole journey thing, to help others get through it all.


The red marks are much more faded now compared to the picture, but I'm still getting a TCA peel (medium depth) this or next week to get rid of the marks completely. Basically leaving my skin completely clear. And thanks again for the thanks haha :)

#3340115 Best Drugstore Moisturizer?

Posted by KSG1996 on 11 April 2013 - 07:34 PM



My best friend up to this date. And the daily cleanser as well.

#3336041 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by KSG1996 on 25 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

Wow, that must feel awesome to have such great results. Your before pictures look physically painful and were undoubtedly emotionally painful as well & I'm so glad that it worked for you. By the way, I feel compelled to add, & I apologize for the creepiness in advance, your full lips are much to my envy! haha smile.png All the best. 


Thank you for the support :) Yeah it was both a psychological and physical pain that I had to go through for 1-3 months. But I'm happy to be acne free. The marks are fading even more by the day, so it'll soon be all gone. It's amazing to feel my skin smooth once again.


You like my lips? Haha I don't find it creepy at all. I've never even noticed my lips, but I guess girls do notice a lot more things than us guys do. I'm taking that as a compliment for sure lol :P and thanks!

#3335797 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by KSG1996 on 24 March 2013 - 09:02 AM

amazing. i nearlly cried when i read about the hardship you went through emotionally. i can relate.. some days all i want to do is cry in bed

Thanks for the support really! Acne is a tough thing to go through and I know exactly what you're going through. Just remember to have faith and stay strong. If I was able to get out of it, I'm more than sure you can too. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)


Congrats on your success!
I am sure you will have greater improvement as time goes on! Just let your body do its work
And make sure to wear sunscreen! smile.png


Thanks so much! I'm beginning to see the marks less and less red every day. Oh and I always wear sunscreen if I'm going to be in the sun, so no worries!

#3334427 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by KSG1996 on 18 March 2013 - 06:07 PM

Wow, great results! Congrats! smile.png


Thank you! I mainly keep this up to motivate the people who are on Accutane or if they just have acne in general "no matter how bad it gets, there is a way out".

#3332068 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by KSG1996 on 09 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hey guys!


I'm finally done with my 4 and a half month journey of Accutane! I know lots of you need motivation and my breakout wasn't simple. It was one of the toughest ones I ever had.


Here's my story.


I've struggled with acne ever since I hit 13 (I'm 16 now), not as severe but I had the occasional pimples here and there. When I hit 15 is when my acne really began to get serious. I started getting cysts and numerous whiteheads all over my face, just to later expand to my back and chest. I took doxycycline and it did clear me up completely for a couple months. During July of 2012, I broke out once again. This time, my derm recommended me to use Accutane, since it was my last shot for a cure. I decided to take it and prayed for the best. My initial breakout was one of the toughest I have ever suffered, probably one of the worst I've ever seen.


Pictures of my breakout:











It was the hardest moment of my life. I gave up on looking for a girl (even the girl I had a deep crush with and I knew she liked me back...I gave it up), I rarely went to do sports, I NEVER wanted to go out, I would get mad when my parents invited people over...My life was completely down. There was this one day I was so depressed about my acne, I faked being sick in school to go home and just be with my parents. I can't describe how much pain I went through. There were days where I cried of frustration with my appearance. I was collapsed emotionally. Really, really collapsed.


After the third month, things began to look a bit better. My face began clearing every day a bit more, and people noticed it. Slowly, my confidence began to build up once again and things were finally getting a whole lot better. I started going out a bit more and actually decided to enjoy my life and ignore the acne problem. I prayed every day and night to get better, and I began to see myself helped by God and my parents. I also had fantastic friends that came to visit me when I was really depressed and we chilled together. My life was turning around.


My face got a whole lot better, and by the time I cleared up acne wise, my treatment was over. I was happy to feel confident once again and to go outside with my friends. I hate being so self concious at times but I realized how much better I was. My parents, friends, and family tell me I look much better. I do still have the marks but that's the least. I'm getting chemical peels a couple months from now and it's fantastic to know that everything is a whole lot better now.


Here's pics of my face now:








I know my face isn't completely like I want it at the moment, but it's a billion times better than what it was. I'd like to thank all of those who kept helping me out here on acne.org when I was desperate for answers and for those who just helped me keep my head up high and have hope. I'm truly amazed at what such a great community, faith and a medication can do to my life, and I truly am grateful.


This is my story to you guys, and feel free to share your thoughts. If you're going through acne, I'm always here if you need help. Thanks guys!