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If you have any questions, i can help on

- Active acne (can suggest anti-biotics that have worked etc)

-Acne scarring

-Face products

I've suffered bad these last few months, veeery bad. I want to help anyone with everything i've been forced to learn.

I decided to make this thread to tell people my story, to give people hope, advise. Feel free to post any questions here, i will upload photos when i find the old ones but take it from me, my acne was HORRIFIC.

Facts about me

Age: 20

Sex: Male

Location: UK

Years of acne: 3 (Started at 17)

Type of acne: Changed over the years, but most recently, very severe cyctic acne.

My Story

8 months ago i looked in the mirror and wondered what the point of living was, it was overly dramatic but i felt hopeless, i had acne covering the entire face, to the point it actually hurt. I quit university and was hiding away at home, i stopped talking to my friends, i even felt uncomfortable when my family looked at me.

The start of my road to recovery started last september when i started Roaccutane (also known as Accutane), i highly recommend it for sufferers of severe acne because i believe if you want an end to your acne you need to change your body from the inside out, changing your diet and skin products will only go so far.

After months of painfully slow progress my oily skin became dry and my active acne halted. This took around 4-5 months and the first 2 months my face got worse (im talking leprosy style). When your skin looks like this you must focus on other peoples lives , if you don't you will fall into depression very quickly and your acne will consume you. I stayed in all the time and thought about my skin 24/7, i didn't help me mentally or physically, so try extra hard to talk to new people as often as you can, try to help people and focus your energies on other people as it really helps with your mental attitude, especially if you are going to use roaccutane because it is a tough journey.

After finishing my course (ending this February) i was left with clear skin but very scarred acne marks, luckily i didn't suffer icepick scars but redmarks which i've been told can take up to 18 months to clear, also as a nice leaving present from roaccutane i suffered from flushing and redness that i still suffer from slightly. Now in April (8 months in) i have a completely different skin regime, i moisturize reguarly and use a liquid makeup that i use over my red marks that makes my skin look flawless, i have no active acne and i am very, very happy.

I looked at some of these success stories a few months ago and didn't believe i would ever feel the same, you must believe that you're going to see days when you have perfectly clear skin again, because you will.

My Regime and TIPS

This is good info for people post-accutane or non-severe acne. If you have severe acne i suggest you speak to your doctor about drugs to combat the disease from the inside out, either in the form of topical or oral antibiotics, or Roaccutane.

Facewash:

Nivia for men Sensitive face wash (not just good for men! its very gentle containing no fragrance, no soap and no alcohol.. it removes oil and doesnt make your skin tight.. love it).

Clean and clear deep action cream cleanser (oil free) - good for oily skin

Clean and clear deep action cream cleanser (sensitive) - Same as above but for slightly more sensitive skin

Moisturizer: ANYTHING from the clinique range, this skin product company is fantastic and will test on thousands of people before changing their ingredients if one person has an allergic reaction. All their products are oil free and won't clog pores.

I have recently started using Nivia for men sensitive moisturizer which is cheaper and does the same job! Make sure you moisturize after every wash, even if you have oily skin. By stripping your face of natural oils after washing, your face goes into overdrive and makes extra sebum.. by moisturizing you are giving your skin a non-clogging lubricant which will stop your body from producing extra oils.

Makeup: I'm a guy so this advise can be used for fellow guys, or girls of course. I had terrible problems with scarring after my course of roaccutane, and redness and flushing had started to become a pain. My solution was a new Anti-blemish liquid makeup, they match the makeup to your own natural skin colour so it appears you aren't wearing anything.. it feels very light and is oil-free, it also actively fights acne so you can use it even with active acne. It makes your skin look flawless TRUST ME. :) You can find the product here -->http://www.clinique.co.uk/whatsnew/wn_antiblemish_10.tmpl

Edited by LeeCharles

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Well im glad accutane worked for you. Byut id really rethink your hairstyle - it doesnt suit your faceshape - i thought u were a girl at first.

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I LOVE your hair :) I'm just wondering if your using anything to get rid of the red marks? If my regimen doesnt work ive been told i'd be going on roaccutane but i feel like my acne is nowhere near as bad as you describe yours :/ i'm seriously thinking about getting the foundation you mentioned now as i need to cover these ugly red blotchy marks up :) great post x

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Thanks Cassuk :D The red marks are the only real problem for me after acne, and i've asked ALOT of doctors and they all say that the only thing that heals the scarring is time. You can chuck whatever you like on it but the sure thing that will heal them is time.. i try to use moisturizer twice a day tho as the skin heals faster the more moisture it has.

The makeup is fantastic trust me on that, it looks very natural otherwise i wouldn't wear it.. i'd get alot of stick from my mates otherwise haha. It's mega light but it covers extremely well. So worth the buy. Good luck with it all! xx

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Does it have a matte effect? I have really horrible oily skin and id like it to not react if that makes sence lol Oh i'm using dermalogica and duac at night seems to be doing the trick, getting less cysts and just the odd little bite-lookalike spots which i can totally deal with lol infact i could deal with spots altogether but they scar which is the bad part grr... ohh i was going to ask my doctor if there was anything he could give for the marks hmm. When i press down on the skin it goes white? is this a good sign or not lol god i sound like 20 questions here haha sorryyyyy xx

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id never go on accutane just becuz of all the down siders to it =S but im happy for you =) but i must agree u very much look like a girl with that hair, i swore u were a girl at first =P

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Cass from the way you're describing your skin i'd say this stuff is really worth a go. Try the clinique website and read up about the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup. It is really helpful for people with oily skin because it seems to absorb into the skin very well and balance out the oilyness.. i don't have oily skin post-accutane but i've spoke to a few people that have said it's helped with theirs. It does seem to have abit of a matt-effect but in a good way, it covers everything but as iv said, seems to do it very naturally and it feels like i've got nothing on.

@Nickay: Accutane is only worth going on if you are losing hope and have failed with everything else, the drug is very powerful and i think its great but you're right, the side-effects suck ass!

Slightly worried about the girl comments lol.. will put on the zoomed out pic without it cutting out my hair.. seeing as its causing some confusion :/

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Lee can i ask what your side effects on accutane were? i've got another 2 months til i have to go back to the docs who will then refer me to a dermatologist for accutane (im guessing) but i've read horror stories on here and feel maybe my skin isn't as bad as im making out... quite a few red marks over my cheeks and chin, oily skin, and spots sometimes cyst like :( for me its disastrous but i'd just like to hear what being on it was like

and by the way... i'd rather see a man with makeup on and be confident then a man without and really down about himself! x

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First off, if the only scars you have are redness and no ice pick or rolling scars then I highly doubt your acne was THAT bad. I still have moderate acne and can already tell that i have some ice pick and rolling scars. I am currently on my second dosage of accutane.

Secondly, everyone, shut the hell up about his hair. Who cares? He can wear it the way he wants.

Thridly, make up is a smart way to hide skin blemishes, whether the person be male or female.

Oh ya, and CASSUK. The most frequent side effects from accutane are chapped lips and dry skin. There's the occasional bloody nose too. Nothing too serious.

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Thankyou Professor74 :) i really don't think my acne is at all bad but because i used to have crystal clear skin it seems ott horrific!! I'm wondering if it would be a bad idea to go on accutan seeing as my acne is fairly mild its just very very persistant...

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First off, if the only scars you have are redness and no ice pick or rolling scars then I highly doubt your acne was THAT bad. I still have moderate acne and can already tell that i have some ice pick and rolling scars. I am currently on my second dosage of accutane.

Secondly, everyone, shut the hell up about his hair. Who cares? He can wear it the way he wants.

Thridly, make up is a smart way to hide skin blemishes, whether the person be male or female.

Oh ya, and CASSUK. The most frequent side effects from accutane are chapped lips and dry skin. There's the occasional bloody nose too. Nothing too serious.

I dont think you read the leaflet that well...

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and by the way... i'd rather see a man with makeup on and be confident then a man without and really down about himself! x

even if he looks like a homo?

Boys just dont suitb makeup - were supposed to look cheeky and boyish -not pink...

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and by the way... i'd rather see a man with makeup on and be confident then a man without and really down about himself! x

even if he looks like a homo?

Boys just dont suitb makeup - were supposed to look cheeky and boyish -not pink...

why would he look like a homo? Most men in television wear makeup and i highly doubt they're all gay! If a man wanted to go round in pink eyeshadow and a feather boa who cares? If it makes someone happy then isn't that all that matters? Or should men just stay in and be depressed because they can't wear makeup to cover there acne? If the makeup is put on correctly then how could you tell? unless he leaves a trace on your pillow of course....

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omfg - what are you trying to say - beatch

btw ur hair colour totally washes you out - it doesnt look very natural.

Edited by Macbeth

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i'm trying to say the lady doth protest too much... and beatch? not sure whether you were trying to call me a bitch or beach there?

and btw... your hair colour is making you blue...

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people please stop the argumenst we come here for support...im already frustrated as it is ...but you guys keep on arguing...even i did too i admit it ..but i have promised to stop...thank you all

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We're all frustrated but when morons come on here and go throwing round homophobic comments when i'm trying to ask serious questions to another member on here then theres going to be an amount of arguing.

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yeah because simon cowell/jimmy carr/the rest of television presenter/actors/singers are gay...

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Several posts have been removed.

Wearing makeup doesn't make or imply that a man is gay. Homosexuality refers to a person's sexual preference, not what they wear or the products they use.

Also, please keep the board rules in mind when posting.

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Wearing makeup doesn't make or imply that a man is gay. Homosexuality refers to a person's sexual preference, not what they wear or the products they use.

Also, please keep the board rules in mind when posting.

-Avoid NSFW and offensive posts, images, and links. "NSFW"= Not Safe For Work (This will be defined as what most mainstream employers would not find appropriate for an employee to be viewing during work hours.) This includes nudity, porn, inappropriate cartoons and videos, etc. "Offensive" will be defined as anything that incites anger or bad feelings directed at a persons race, sex, social status, religious preference, sexual preference, appearance, etc.

YEAH THANK YOU

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These red marks, do you have any example picture? Because I believe I suffer from them to and I have a hard time identifying what is what due to my colorblindness.

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