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#3489987 What Kind Of Acne Is This?

Posted by gkitten25 on 30 July 2015 - 09:19 AM

Hey it looks a bit more like pityrisporum folliculitis which is more like a infection of the hair follicles and is common on the forehead like you have described, if you google it you will see pictures.  I think Accutane will still help as it will stop the oil production but if you are still having issues you might try adding a gentle salicylic acid into your regimen, as long as it isn't too harsh while you are on Accutane, a good exfoliator is important to keep any dead skin cells out of the hair follicles and keep your pores as clear as possible.  Good luck on your journey

#3487769 Severe Cystic Acne After Pregnancy And Birth

Posted by gkitten25 on 14 July 2015 - 05:05 AM

it does look like it has calmed down a lot in your recent photo which is a good sign that the antibiotics and topical were helping.  I don't know too much about the ingredients but is there anyway you can continue with the topicals and just stop the doxy?  It will probably be the case that until you have stopped breast feeding there isn't much in the way of a test that they can do, even if they come back to show that your hormones are out of sync, they will just tell you to step breast feeding and if that's not something you want to do then it puts to back to square one.  I know it is a difficult position to be in but it looks like you have to decide between putting up with the acne and trying to find topicals, which are safe to use when b feeding and will help with the itching/inflammation, or stopping breast feeding early to stay on a longer course of antibiotics or a different bcp or seeing if your acne calms down on its own when your stop breast feeding.  I agree with wishclean, it does sound like there may be an infection going on as well as it seems quite a severe breakout considering acne hasn't been a problem for you in the past however hormonal acne can also be aggressive as well.  A topical anti biotic might help, although again im not too sue on the impact when your nursing.  I hope everything works out, and you are clearly a great mum, putting your baby's health first, even when your dealing with this painful breakout.  This new dermatologist might have a different take on things and a way forward.

#3487156 Tinted Moisturizers

Posted by gkitten25 on 08 July 2015 - 03:22 AM

I really like bb creams, in particular the Korean ones like Lioele and Skin 79, they are basically tinted moisturisers but I find they give much better coverage and have other benefits thrown in.

#3475612 Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended

Posted by gkitten25 on 23 March 2015 - 04:34 AM

I too need to take the pill to control my hormonal acne, it's a small price to pay.  I've used the time on the pill to focus on my skin care regimen and finding topicals that help my skin.  I am hoping that when I come off the pill to have a family my topical regimen will see me through the worst of it and if I'm blessed to have a child then I'll be straight back on the pill once they are born, assuming my skin flares up, it might not I suppose.  Being on the pill has totally cleared my skin up so it's been easier to stick to a topical regimen, finding what works best with my skin, and I'm hoping that this consistency with my skincare will help when I need to come off the pill.  Don't get me wrong I think my topical regimen helped clear me up as well but the pill really helped with the hormonal flare ups.


Good luck in whatever you choose.

#3472651 Come With Me On My Subcision Expedition

Posted by gkitten25 on 24 February 2015 - 04:33 AM

Thank you for posting your journey and sharing it with us.  I have looked at subscion a couple of times but a bit nervous about the procedure, some of the before an after pictures on the net are so unreliable so it's great to follow real persons journey and honest opinion on the procedure.  I think 3 days is still fairly earlier, it will probably be the best part of a week before any swelling should noticeably reduce, stay strong and keep doing what your doing.  I would add any other treatments like suction in at the moment, let your skin heal from the subscision first. Remember that healing collagen formation can take time, months even so you may see your results getting better over time.  You're very pretty and seem like a lovely person, wishing you all the best

#3471131 Just Did Subcision :)

Posted by gkitten25 on 10 February 2015 - 09:57 AM

I think there is definite improvement, I would continue with the subcicion at the recommendation of your dermatologist, maybe hold off on the suction method, you seem to be getting good results from subicion you don't want to do too much at once.  Congratulations, we are our own worst critic and sometimes can't see how far we have come but I would say your results are looking great

#3466450 *skin Update W/ Photos* But Still Need Assistance

Posted by gkitten25 on 03 January 2015 - 02:51 PM

Your skin is looking great, keep doing what you're doing. Time and sticking to your regimen will gradually fade your marks, especially the retin a, don't rush in to anything the best thing is time, I know it's frustrating but your skin looks great and we are our own worst critics 

#3461535 Weird Bump On Cheek Lasting Forever. Will It Go?

Posted by gkitten25 on 26 November 2014 - 05:36 AM

Hey, I had something similar after a really deep cyst on my cheek, the lump left over wasn't painful but I could feel it and it was red and slightly raised.  I found using a retinoid cream (differin) and incorporating some gentle aha's into my routine helped to exfoliate my skin and gradually the redness and lump have went away.  Massaging the area also helped, every night for a couple of minutes with gentle pressure, as if trying to flatten it out when I applied differin at night. Read up on massage for cysts or scar tissue it can help your body to break down the scar tissue and reabsorb it.  It did take me pretty much a year for it to completely go but it got better and better over time, good luck xx

#3454918 Subcision~ My Journey So Far~

Posted by gkitten25 on 07 October 2014 - 07:23 AM

You can definitely see improvement, especially in your right cheek, it looks much less red and your scarring seems to have smoothed out a lot, a bit harder to see the left pic, but going by the right one it looks like everything is going in the right direction!  Have you been happy with your results so far?  A lot of people don't follow up after their treatment or don't get the results that they wanted so it would be good to hear a story with a happy ending :)

#3432033 Starting The Regimen Day 1 Completed

Posted by gkitten25 on 16 May 2014 - 07:26 PM

Dont give up.  If you find the topical route isn't keeping you clear then treating the underlying hormonal problem is the best way forward.  I have found birth control and topical treatment to be a good combination, but give things time to work before considering accutane, not that I disagree with it, I really dont and if I needed to I would take it, but hormonal treatments take a while to work.  All acne is due to some sort of imbalance or sensitivity to hormone levels, I think they spiro will work well for you ;)  we're all here to support each other.

#3429178 A Good Sunscreen

Posted by gkitten25 on 29 April 2014 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for these :)..I already have the regenerist spf 30, it's a little bit heavy for everyday use for me just now.  Going to check out those shisheido ones just now :) spf 42 would still be fine for me, just looking for that little big extra.


Thanks again guys!

#3423667 Acne Cyst For Over Three Years. What To Do?

Posted by gkitten25 on 01 April 2014 - 06:27 AM



From what I know about cysts I think that when you get a pretty big one that is deep under the skin it is enclosed almost like it is in a sack.  Even when the inflammation goes down the sack tends to remain along with some scar tissue, if it has been there for a while, this makes it easy for the empty sack to get re infected and really the only way to remove completely is to have the sack that held the cyst taken out, but even then I have heard of people having recurring cysts.  This all sounds quite dramatic and having surgery isn't the only option, in fact it's the last option.  I had a bad cystic outbreak about a year a go, I had one cyst that would not budge for months and ended up creating smaller cysts near by that seemed to be connected (my dermatologist says that this is a sinus tract and it is the same sort of thing, it remain when the inflammation is gone).  It honestly took about six months for the inflammation to go down and then I could still feel lumps under my skin when I washed my face.  My dermatologist said that this was likely the sack left over or some scar tissue.  Since then I have been using differin once a day and got my acne under control, gradually the lumps I can feel under my skin have gone away, the dermatologist did say that the scar tissue or sack can dissolve in time on its own or basically reduce to nothing, which I hope is what has happened in my case.  Sorry this was so long winded, what I'm trying to say is, your not alone, it's quite common and if I was you I would find a regimen to get your breakouts under control and with time the cyst and anything it leaves behind should settle down.  I do think that a retinoid can help, I use differin which is very mild but it clears our your pores are helps to resurface your skin, so there is less chance of your pores becoming blocked and the cysts flaring up again, it also helps with the texture and any raised scar that the cyst might leave behind.  Once the cysts is no longer infected, massage is a great technique to help with any raised scar or if you still find it has left a bit of a lump.  I hope this help...don't worry it will get better :)

#3405138 My Girlfriend Is About To Give Up.

Posted by gkitten25 on 02 January 2014 - 05:16 PM

Hey, I know it always isn't the best thing to say, but it really does look mild, I would say her skin looks more dry and irritated rather than full blown acne.  Maybe all the harsh treatments before are to blame, but her skin tone is nice and she doesn't look like she has any scars at all so once she finds a routine that works she will have lovely skin.  I can only speak from personal experience what has worked for me.  I have been using differin now for six months, I know it can be drying, but maybe reducing use to a few nights a week or moisturising afterwards might help.  I also stopped using harsh soap cleanser and I use a cream cleanser instead and make sure to use lots of moisturiser (something nourishing that wont break you out).  I have also been taking birth control, has your girlfriend tried this?  Different pills work in different ways, so if she is on one maybe it is the wrong type?  I would say the main thing would be switching to a skin care routine for sensitive skin, gentle products and an acne cream like differin or dans regimen only in moderation or every other night.  It has taken me a good six months to really see improvement so it is important to stick to a regimen unless it is cause your skin to look worse or flare up.  I hope this helps, and it's such a nice thing to do to help your girlfriend out.