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I need help. I have been doing the same routine for the past 2 years now and nothing has worked.

I really really need someone's advice on how to clear this up. I'm willing to start a whole new regimen. I am really desperate.

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Hi there. I've had acne since I was 11 (I'm 18 now) and here are some things that may help you quite a bit:

1. I don't know what your opinion on topicals is, but personally I hate 'em. They mess up your skin pH. So I don't use any topicals, creams, or washes whatsoever. Your body's more than capable of healing itself. You just have to stop the cause.

2. Cut out dairy completely. No, if you eat some cheese, you'll probably be fine. But I've found milk breaks me out a bit. Try to opt for water or fruit juice.

3. Abstinence. This was the key to getting rid of my acne. I used to look at porn everyday (and the act associated with it), but after wondering for so long what could possibly be causing my acne, I decided to abstain for about 5 days, and lo and behold, it cleared up quite substantially. I'm positive this was my cause, because right now, I have no breakouts, just red marks left over.

4. Sunlight can also help out quite a bit. I used to take Vitamin D and Zinc, but sunlight seemed to help much more whenever I got out for a bit.

Good luck to you.

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If you have insurance, look into accutane. It would also help if you posted your regimen!

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If you have insurance, look into accutane. It would also help if you posted your regimen!

My regimen is a neutrogena salicylic acid face wash, that grapefruit stuff.. and a 2.5% BP cream. Not much, I could use a moisturizer if you have anything in mind.

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I suggest upping the percentage of active ingredient in whatever you're using. Neutrogena products usually just have 2-2.5% salyclic acid. Dan's regimen suggests 5% Benzoyl peroxide, so maybe start with some of those products? If you still don't see improvement after a few weeks, I would go up to 10%. Make sure you're washing your face twice a day every day. I know everyone's skin is different, but I also found that any moisturizer--even the oil free kind-- would make my skin break out worse. So be extra careful with those. Cutting back on dairy does seem to help, too.

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Correction: Dan's regimen suggests 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. That wasn't strong enough for my face so I ended up using 10%. Since you're already using 2.5% I still think you should increase to 5% BP.

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I feel your pain friend. Here is my advice. Ditch the scrubs, cleaners and creams just use water. At night get a flannel drenched in real hot water and press against face for 30 seconds. Then wash face with cold water. Then apply moisturizer and sleep. (Sleep good hours 8 minimum) when you wake up simply shower and apply moisturizer again. Forget washing face through the day unless you go to the gym or something that causes your face to become sweaty or dirty repeat the night clean with flannel. Try to sleep with your face off the pillow at night if you sleep on a side now it will be hard but you will soon come used to it. (In the mean time change pillow case every 2 days). Drink lots of water and eat healthy cutting as much dairy out as possible and adding more fruit/veg to your diet. Green tea is good also if you like it. Give your face some internal nutrients and vitamins head to a sunbed shop and have around 12 minutes a week this will help sooth and draw out crap from the skin. (also get you a nice tan so you will feel better and the red marks will become Less noticeable, and don't be afraid to go into a sunbed shop lots of lads go in them trust me, but you make live in usa? so just sunbathe). Hope this helps I have written alot I was bored :S You may think cleaning face just twice a day is not enough? but cleaning too much just spreads the acne.

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head to a sunbed shop and have around 12 minutes a week this will help sooth and draw out crap from the skin. (also get you a nice tan so you will feel better and the red marks will become Less noticeable, and don't be afraid to go into a sunbed shop lots of lads go in them trust me, but you make live in usa? so just sunbathe).

Tanning helps dry out your skin in the short term, but it will just end up producing more oil later and as soon as you stop your skin will be worse than ever. Plus it damages your skin which can lead to other problems like cancer. Not worth it.

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head to a sunbed shop and have around 12 minutes a week this will help sooth and draw out crap from the skin. (also get you a nice tan so you will feel better and the red marks will become Less noticeable, and don't be afraid to go into a sunbed shop lots of lads go in them trust me, but you make live in usa? so just sunbathe).

Tanning helps dry out your skin in the short term, but it will just end up producing more oil later and as soon as you stop your skin will be worse than ever. Plus it damages your skin which can lead to other problems like cancer. Not worth it.

Ignore him ... think of people who live in hot countries. More people in colder country's have acne like england so example due to lack of vitamins from the sun. The tan will also shed dead skin which is a huge cause of acne.

When I go it helps me alot and I feel great

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no offense, you need to go on a perscription. i dont have skin as bad as yours so i cant tell you what will work but a dermatologist will. diet and SA and BP are a good enough solution for people who have one to two people at a time. i love bp but using an antibiotic or retinoid with it makes all the difference. PLEASE GO TO YOUR DERMATOLOGIST

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no offense, you need to go on a perscription. i dont have skin as bad as yours so i cant tell you what will work but a dermatologist will. diet and SA and BP are a good enough solution for people who have one to two people at a time. i love bp but using an antibiotic or retinoid with it makes all the difference. PLEASE GO TO YOUR DERMATOLOGIST

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Go on tane or at least some other oral treatment. Topicals alone will not stop moderate acne and will lead to scars.

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I don't agree with sunbathing. I live in the desert and while a little vitamin D from the sun is good for you, sunbathing never helped anyone, its just makes your skin leathery. Look up 'free radicals'

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I suggest upping the percentage of active ingredient in whatever you're using. Neutrogena products usually just have 2-2.5% salyclic acid. Dan's regimen suggests 5% Benzoyl peroxide, so maybe start with some of those products? If you still don't see improvement after a few weeks, I would go up to 10%. Make sure you're washing your face twice a day every day. I know everyone's skin is different, but I also found that any moisturizer--even the oil free kind-- would make my skin break out worse. So be extra careful with those. Cutting back on dairy does seem to help, too.

Yeah I agree with using more benzoyl peroxide because the 2.5% doesn't seem to be helping you. I also suggest you have your derm to prescribe some clindamycin because it'll help prevent more acne since it is a topical antibiotic.

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Hi, neutrogena products are generally pretty shit, i only have very mild acne, yours is probably moderate, but dont worry, you will find the solution for your skin eventually, trying dans regimen would probably help you, 2.5% bp is the best, i used to use a strong 10% one and the 2.5% works just as well, but you can use more of it as it is less irritating,

i suggest you either try dans regimen.. which you can read lots about,

or you could go to your dermatologist, if you dont have insurance it can be pricey, your doctor may be able to help you but most of them dont know much.

btw, tanning hides acne, doesnt help it

sun does help, but not in large quantities

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You've gotten some very good replies.

But by far, I think the wisest on here is ashaaley's post. Go to a dermatologist.

I mean, 'acne reducing tips' are good and all - for people with MILD acne. But the type of acne that you have looks like it has a good chance of scarring, and the longer you have this type of acne, the greater chances you have of getting scars in the future.

I've had mild acne, and while 'tips' helped (Actually, oh, what?! They didn't help?! Just kidding), I still had breakouts that seemed to be on-schedule. I mean, I had softer skin in the places that I didn't have acne, but that was about it. Only recently have I been seeing insanely great improvements in my skin by using Dan's regimen. Nevertheless, if tips didn't make a dent in my skin, they most likely won't in yours since it needs greater attention.

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I've been wanting to try Dan's regimen, and I've went to a derm before and she gave me some pads and a tretinion? gel, not sure what the % was. I was on that for 2 months and it only got worse as far as I can remember.

And again thanks for all of the replies, I really appreciate it.

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I would go on accutane

also watch your diet. You should rotate between beef, chicken, and fish along with vegetables. Too much of the same food can be toxic. I have avioded almost all dairy (except for a slice of cheese or two) and have not had any peanut butter for about 7 months (can be oily) and also have a vitamine once a day These all helped me.

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hey darl, you skin looks very similar to mine so i understand how traumatisng it is for you- i'd defiantly go and get your gp to refer to to a dermatologist, which is what i am in the process of doing right now- if your skin isnt responding to anything, it is defiantly a good idea

stay strong

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Yeah definitely go to a derm but if that's not possible for you then maybe try vitamin b5 (pantothenic acid). It has good reviews.

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Not really any improvement.. but it hasn't got worse.

I really need a good moisturizer to go with my simple regimen which now is a Clean and Clear cleanser instead of that grapefruit stuff and the same 2.5% BP.. I have added Niacin about 3 days ago, and no change at all.

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