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Member Since 10 Aug 2008
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In Topic: Acne Disappeared After Delivery

18 April 2015 - 10:45 AM

My skin was great a few weeks after birth until a few months after I stopped nursing my son. He was about 11 months old when I officially stopped nursing. Shortly after that, the acne came back. My mother, who had five kids, swears her acne was terrible as a teen and was much better after she had her first baby.

Birth control pills never helped my skin remain clear, though, and spironolactone never helped, either, so I'm not sure what it was about the nursing that helped my skin.

In Topic: White Pus Zits Around Mouth And Chin! - Help! Help!

18 April 2015 - 10:39 AM

I apologize if someone has already brought this up-- but do you think it's possible you might have "barber's itch", caused by a fungus tine barbae? Dandruff is often caused by a fungus, too.... Since it seems you already tried numerous antibiotics, I'm wondering if it could be a fungal infection. Maybe if you were able to get the right doctor, someone could do a culture on one of the lesions. They look really painful! 

Not to make you try yet another thing, but maybe nizoral would help, or anti-fungal cream. 

In Topic: Did Acne Turn You Into Something Cold And Bitter?

16 July 2014 - 06:20 PM

When I go through a "bad skin spell", I get extremely withdrawn... I get irritated when I feel that someone is looking at me too long, although I try not to show my irritation. 


Speaking of irritation, I get very abrasive and impatient when my skin acts out. The fact that it takes weeks or months to get into a dermatologist (even as a current patient) doesn't make this any easier.


OCD kicks in big time. I tend to go into "tunnel vision" mode, where I obsess over the possible cause and/or treatment.


Honestly, my emotional reaction it's not 100% due to the way I look. Just the "feel" of having broken out/ infected skin is akin to any kind of illness to me, like a sore throat. I feel drained and tired when I have the flu. I feel drained and tired when I have a really bad episode of acne. At least the cold or flu will only last a week. Acne is like having an ongoing untreatable infection, day after day, week after week, year after year. When my skin is fine, I am sill not completely comfortable, since I know that with acne there is always a relapse after remission. 

In Topic: Types Of Acne That Develop As One Ages...share Experiences, Please!

15 July 2014 - 05:54 PM

I wonder if these are more like cysts that have to be surgically removed or what? 

In Topic: 19 Year Old Male Getting Things Off His Chest (Pictures Included)

15 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

Since you have it on so many parts of your body, I'm surprised you haven't been prescribed Accutane. I've been on it two times. During both treatments, the red marks ended up going away. Luckily I had no bad side effects from it. The second round seemed more effective than the first. I've had the post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation-- it takes a few months to go away. Keep abiding by your current routine, and keep a record of it if you are seeking help from a physician. Make sure to let he/she know if it's not working.

Are you happy that you went on Accutane? I'm considering talking to my new derm about it since I have been on antibiotics on and off for about 5 years and nothing has worked. I just want to know if your skin will be really red the whole time while on Accutane because I have to interact with a lot of people at work?

My skin was a little red at times, but not so bad that I felt self-conscious. I just loaded up on moisturizer. 

It wasn't foolproof for me, I took Accutane twice. I think because I'm a small female, the two dermatologists who prescribed Accutane for me kept the dosage at the low end. However, I'm glad I did take it, since other people in my family have adult acne and I know my skin would be worse off by now if I hadn't had those "acne vacations". The initial breakout never happened to me. The worse side effect was having chapped lips, but the dermatologist prescribed an ointment for that.