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Painful Acne



As you can see my acne is pretty bad. I have some serious inflammation, cystic, black&white heads, and pustules. These photos were taken three days ago and at the time I was under the prescription of anti-inflammatory pills, anti-bio tic (doxycyclin), and birth control pills. my acne settled down during the first week of taking my prescription but as I was done with the anti-inflammatory pills my acne started to flare up again. And it just got worse each day after. I had a 2nd derm appointment,which was today, to see how the pills have worked for me, but about four days ago my acne was so out of control to the point where I cannot sleep because of the pain. So I started to do some research online for something anything that can help relieve the pain at least and stumbled upon an article about Epsom salt and how it has worked for a lot of people and it was a good source of detoxification for painful swollen acne. So I gave it a try and I am on my third day of using the epsom salt mask/treatment and it definitely shows results. It brings out a head to my acne that were just swollen red bumps and the acne that already had pus in them it dries them out and then it just naturally goes away. It reduced the redness and the pain (which I was very happy about). I was able to sleep nicely after I started this treatment especially the epsom salt bath was wonderful. I truly recommend using epsom salt for painful swollen acne.

I also started to change my diet a couple weeks ago and cut out on soda, candy (which I am obsess with, so this was a hard one for me), milk ( I am planning to switch to soy milk instead but haven't drank milk in weeks because the hormones in the milk can be a cause to produce acne for some people or some people may not even know that their body cannot digest the milk properly which can also cause acne.), and ate less oily food pretty much went on a better diet for the sake of my acne.

I have not been using any chemical face wash for about a week also and I am planning on using natural lotions, cleansers, etc instead. None of the popular products had helped me one bit which I wasted loads of money on hoping it will work. i have tried proactive, neutrogena, clearasil, Boot's expert, Acnes, and Botanics.

I am hoping that my acne can get better and go away forever since I have switched to an all natural face treatment with a good diet. And also that my experience can help others who suffers as bad as I do.


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Ok calm down...I'm bout to blow dis out tha water:

Use my regimen and you cannot fail. you must never use any other product:Pay close attention to the antibiotic it must be Amoxil . I'll post my regimen below so you can get started within a few weeks. You first must schedule with a dermatologist (preferablly a woman). Male dermatologists rearely let the patient control the meds because they always want to dominate.

My regimen is: (add kefir probiotic, raspberry is yummy)


Step A. Wash face with dial antibacterial soap. Dry face with soft clean towel.

Step B. Apply pea size amounts of topical clindamycin and topical tretinoin. Wait three hours.

Step C. Wash face with dial antibacterial soap. Pat face with dry clean towel.

Step.D Apply Benzaclin. Wait three hours.Wash face with antibacterial soap or purpose gentle face cleanser,

Step E. Re-apply pea size amount of topical clindamycin and topical tretinoin. Wait three and half hours. Wash face with purpose gentle face cleanser.

Step F. Re-apply benzaclin. Wait three hours. Wash face with gentle purpose cleanser.

Step G.Re-apply topical clindamycin and sleep. Good night!

Antibiotics and spironolactone:

6:00AM take 1,000mg of Amoxil

11:00Am take 100mg of spironolactone

12:30pm take 1,000mg of Amoxil

I think you may also benefit from seeing a psychiatrist for anti-anxiety meds. And perhaps a sleep aid and an anti-depressant and a mood stabilzer. You need to reduce your stress while treating your face.

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I just wanted to say good luck to you and I really hope your routine works out for the best. I am very glad that the epsom salts have helped, I have'nt heard much about them yet but you have influenced me to check it out!

You have gorgeous lips, keep smiling and stay positive :) I wish you the best

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Hi Jujuchon, I am so sorry you are in pain. I remember the near constant pain from acne and how it is one part of the condition people without acne rarely consider.... *hugs*

Changing your diet is a really positive thig that you can do to help your body heal and possibly (although not definately) reduce the amount or severity of acne. Lots of vegetables to give your skin the vitamins it needs to heal and reduce inflamation. It is also important to keep hydrated and get enough sleep. I know my acne improves when I actually make myself go to bed ontime consistently. Apparently reducing carbs can help but take it one step at a time... for now the focus on really sweet things like soda and candy... good choices

If soy milk doesnt work well for you I reccomend Oat milk...... it tastes AMAZING on cereal or in porridge .... I remember when I tried it I was like "oh my god this is what cereal is supposed to taste like!!" very unexpected after all the wierd and nasty alternative things I tried in the past... although I did like soy milk but I had to stop that because it can interfere with endometriosis which I also have (different hormonal stuff).

I reccomend PEAR soap (60-somethingp from asda and most other places). Its clear, non-comoogenic and smells nice and herby. I just use my hands to wash rather than flannel etc cause they just accumulate bacteria and dead skin and I noticed an improvement when I stopped using impliments in the shower.

If you need help with anxiety or depression the GP is always an option although people with persistant pain often find mindfulness practices can help them a lot. Yoga really helped me as a part of mindfulness


good luck xx

I have not heard of oat milk but you made me curious to try it out hopefully it tastes as good as you say it is. I tried almond milk and it wasn't as good as I expected. and for the pear soap sounds pretty pricey but I will do some more research on it to see if I get interested in buying it =]

I don't think I am depressed or have anxiety its more like major stress I am rather thinking on the bright side since I am seeing better results

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