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More Debilitating Than People Think....

Dear acne sufferes (me included) It's one of those days where I want to crawl under a rock and stay there until my acne subsides. I'm a guy, turning 23 this year, and I still suffer from acne... Cystic acne at that. im going back to school and the thought of that stresses me out which doesn't help because stress is a supposed factor in acne. I mean really, stress can come from the acne itself. Say I get a flare up, I get stressed from that one flare up, the stress from the flare up is causing more flare ups, and the cycle continues. Acne has is a physical problem as much as an emotional problem. My self esteem is shot right now. It's one of those days. Bah humbug....

newhope22

newhope22

01/24/2012

 

They Say No, I Say Yes... Duh

Dear Acne sufferers (like myself) I had this conversation with three different dermatologist and they all said the same thing. "Your diet dont affect your acne...". And I couldnt disagree more. I am a true believer that certain foods can trigger acne especially those with cystic/nodular acne. I'm 22 and I eat a lot of fast food, not necessarily Mcdonalds ( i hate that stuff) but more on the line of applebees and ihop. Anywho I did a week experiement where I cooked all my meals and ate fruits as snack and a noticed my acne wouldnt flare but the minute I ate processed food.... BAM! I could feel a bump developing under my skin and it arises two to three days later. I will definately do more tests but so far I'm seeing a pattern. Morning Oxy face wash BP 10% Cerave moisturizer 15 spf Night Cetaphil cleanser Cerave mositurizer P.M tazorac .1% gel P.S Does anti-oxidants help acne? If your reading please respond. I would love to hear other opinions.

newhope22

newhope22

01/19/2012

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01/22/2012

 

New To Acne.org.... But Not Really. Acne Sucks, Dont It.

Hello everybody! Like everyone that is on the acne.org website, were all acne sufferers in some shape or form. I just would like to give a brief overview of my acne journey. I'm an African American male and I'm 22 years old. MY acne started I would say at 15 and it sucked. It was bad... really bad no exaggerations. I had cystic nodules, black heads, white heads, and hyper pigmentation. Young, insecure, and embarrassed of my condition of course i was set on relieving my physical and emotional pain. I've been through Clearasil, Proactiv, Oxy, Stridex, and many other products. To be honest I don't believe I've used all of those products properly simple because I was in a rush to rid of my pain and all I ended with was flaky dry skin. Prom night was a disaster because I had a horrible breakout so imagine that experience. I grew more and more insecure and finally made my way to a dermatolgist in 2007. She immdiately gave me Tazorac cream .05% and Doxycycline. At the end of the summer I saw vast improvement (it took time but I was patient) I say 65% of my acne got better. Ive been on Tazorac since. I eventually changed to the gel .1% and it has helped allot but I still get acne... almost everyday (cystic acne at that). So till this day I still struggle, everyday looking checking to see and prepare for a flareup. I'm a picker and I so need to work on that. I decided to finally post something on the site considering Ive been a member since 2007. I have so many theories on the cause of MY acne (everyone is different) but If you think my experiences apply to you then jump in at anytime. I'll post my theories in other posts. Thanks for hearing me out.

newhope22

newhope22

01/09/2012

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