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Well I am relatively new to the message boards. I have been reading them for the past week or so, and this is my first time posting. I have basically struggled on and off with acne since I was about 15 or 16 and am now 23. I am posting a couple pics to get some opinions on exactly what type of acne I have. I don't have a lot of whiteheads or blackheads, it's mainly just red bumps and what I think are scars.

I have started using tretinoin cream 0.05% about 5 days ago along with olive and green tea soap and vitamin E oil (both new today). My doctor that I see (not a derm- have had bad experiences with them) told me to start using a sunblock during the say so I started using vanicream yesterday which I think is pretty good. I also started using aloe vera gel occasionally.

I've been messing around with my diet some as well. I've cut out dairy completely and about 5 days ago started a yeast free diet as the clindamycin I was on for my acne (prescribed by a derm) gave me problems with yeast. I'm also thinking my acne might be tied in with yeast and/or sugar intake. As far as supplements I started taking fish oil and taurine.

Anyways, any suggestions for what I could be or should be doing to help with whatever type of acne people think I may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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Hey mine is exactely like yours except mine is only on my chin. I was wondering because i'm not sure what type of acne I have, can anyone tell me?

I am not an expert but i would also say maybe moderate-severe, It is not that bad and the light probably exaggerates it a bit.

Anyhow, Good luck :)

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Well I made an appointment to see a derm this coming Thursday. I just really don't want to go on any more medicine or anything. I remember dating a guy a few years ago who was on accutane and he HATED the side effects. He had really really bad cystic and nodular acne though. However, he's still clear to this day, so who knows...maybe it's worth a try. My skin wasn't this bad before I started using the Tretinoin cream about a week ago. Maybe it's an IB?

Anyways, guess I'll see what the derm has to say. Sigh. I just want this to be over with. I don't even like people looking at my face when I'm out in public.

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Well I made an appointment to see a derm this coming Thursday. I just really don't want to go on any more medicine or anything. I remember dating a guy a few years ago who was on accutane and he HATED the side effects. He had really really bad cystic and nodular acne though. However, he's still clear to this day, so who knows...maybe it's worth a try. My skin wasn't this bad before I started using the Tretinoin cream about a week ago. Maybe it's an IB?

Anyways, guess I'll see what the derm has to say. Sigh. I just want this to be over with. I don't even like people looking at my face when I'm out in public.

Go on accutane hun ;) You're 23, its time to put an end to acne for you

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I don't know....I'm actually starting to think that my acne is hormonal at this point. Maybe i should be seeing an endocrinologist instead. My gyno diagnosed me with PCOS about a year ago, so maybe it has something to do with that.

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