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  1. 1 entry
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    Day 1: July 18th, 2007

    male: 21 years old.

    Hi everyone-

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. First off, let me start off giving you all a background about myself and my acne. For the past year and a half, my acne has gone from pimples to cysts and some nodules which basically appear more frequently on my back. My face however, is a much better case because I managed to clear up taking Doxycycline. Since I had been taking Doxycycline, my acne has been under control, but my back acne has been at a constant condition of nodules and cysts. Up to a point, the antibiotics stopped working for me, and my doctor put me on Tetracycline for a few months, and that had little effect as well. I made many trips back and forth to the doctors, and I did ask him once about accutane. He said at the time, my acne was not severed enough. *** However, when I visited him today, he said he would refer me to the dermatologist, and he said I might be put on accutane. I would have to wait a few weeks because that department(Dermatology) is slow (I am with Kaiser). My doctor said only the derm can prescribe accutane for me. Nevertheless, my doctor now put me on "Erythromycin" and the "Tretinoin 0.1%" cream. Until Kaiser contacts me back about the appointment with the Derm, I will have to wait and take this antibiotic and use the Retin A cream (Tretinoin 0.1% cream).

    Taking: -Topical: Tretinoin 0.1% cream

    - Antibiotic: Erythromycin 260MG

    Waiting: For an appointment with the dermatologist (wait: few weeks to one month).

    *** Thanks for reading my blog. I said that I did ask for accutane few months ago and my doctor felt that my condition. I know my cysts and nodules are inconsistent, and if the day of my appointment comes along and the acne is reduced, I'm afraid the derm would not prescribe me accutane.

    Goald: For those who have seen a derm, and have been prescribed accutane, how did you guys all manage? Did the derm just take a look at your skin and put you on it, or did you acquire about it? Please feel free to provide feedback, comments, they're all welcome!! I really appreciate everyone's help, THANK YOU!

    Sincerely,

    Van P.

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    So this is day 4 and successfully i havent picked anything

    I have been thinking what is causing all my clogged pores....

    I have decided it is either shaving ... or i dont know wht the other one is.. but i have decided to buy a sensitive face scrub to try and remove them

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    ok.

    ha this is oging to sound stupid but i just started me accutane yesterday and i want to be involved on this site..so can someone please kinda like guide me through?? lol im alrady registered

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    When i first began using Truderma I didnt see immediate results.Dont expect to see dramatic changes instantly or within the first week,i know we'd all like it to be that way but, it just dont work that way.Into the first week of using Truderma i noticed my skin got very dry,but at that time i wasnt using the moisterizer they supplied.But i think the drying of the skin is a natural occurence of the epidermis getting use to the BP.Just in the first week i noticed that i didnt breakout with new pimples,but the ones that had already surfaced were healing and improving a lot quicker(good thing).I've tried several moisterizers before including the follwing,Olay complete(sensitive with spf),cetaphil(made me breakout more,plus its too greasy/thick),Eucerin(calming effect,way too oily),Lubriderm(original and the one with sea kelp).,they all sucked cajones(balls).All the lotions that i tried were high ranked ones too,i made sure i did my research first before i went out to purchase them.By luck i came across the Truderma stuff and found their moisterizer to be very light and it sorta gives the skin a balanced feeling(Its also alcohol and oil free).I was amazed how it felt so light on my skin and it did'nt make me look all greasy(sticky icky).Another benefit wuz that it was sensitive enough to use around the eyes.Now wit every good thang there has to be a fall back,right?My only complaint was that the bottle is so small that you run out before you finish the rest of the kit(sorta leaves you hanging).Also i admit Truderma doest make your skin acne proof,but it does make it acne resistant.Remember to be gentle with your skin,dont do any picking,i know sometimes its hard to resist,but from experience i noticed every time i picked at a lil whitehead,most of the time the next day i would wake up with a larger pimple in the same area(coincidence?). If any of you happen to purchase Truderma, the kit i got came with the three steps plus the lotion(red looking label,tall skinny bottle) and a microwipe clothe.The total cost if i recall correctly was around $56.Take care all and Goodluck on the quest for clear skin.

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    So, last night I broke down and went buy a Zeno. [i hate buying expensive things so close to paying rent :/.] So far I've used the Zeno a couple of times a few hours ago. I also will be using the asprin and honey mask twice a week, and taking B5 daily.

    I'm so worried that I spent all that money on the damn Zeno and it won't work. So many people have had such great results, it's just that...considering the way things usually work for me when it comes to new remedies--well, they don't work--I'm worried I'll be in the small percentige that gets the adverse affects and it only makes things worse for me. I feel the same way about the asprin mask and the B5.

    Anywho, I'll try to update this as much as possible. Maybe every three days to a week to show progress. Unfortunitly, my camera is broken at the moment so I can't put any before shots up. At the most I can tell you I'm very stressed out, and am PMSing, so I'm quite broken out.

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    Update:

    My entire face with the exception of my forehead looks GREAT. I think the scrub is really helping with a lot of the dead skin cells that cause my cheeks to look dull and uneven. It works to prevent breakouts, so that's why my skin is so clear.

    Unfortunately, my forehead looks like a disaster area. Even though the skin itself is healthy-looking and glowy, just like my cheeks, the papules that I had from the weekend are still there, and because I've been picking at them they look the same, even with BP spot treatment and the SA in the stress control products. I don't think SA can do much about my forehead because the breakout is already there- once I get it under control, I think that I can prevent future breakouts using just the stress control line.

    I don't think there is much that I can do about my forehead, except keep my face really clean and no picking, and keep following my regimen. I'm going to go pick up the Neutrogena Cleanser/Mask with BP in it so that I can put that on as a spot treatment overnight. Spot-treating with masks seems to really help getting the pimples down to a manageable state (ie not super red or the size of a volcano).

    My goal is to really clear up my forehead by next Saturday, since I'm going to Guatemala for 10 days with my boyfriend and don't want to worry too much about having to spot-treat and blah. Plus it would just be unfortunate if I had pictures from the trip where my face looked disgusting.

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    Today I started my new Acne Regimen consisting of Doxycycline delayed release tablets taken once a day, Duac in the morning and Ziana at night. Im really exited and hope to see results soon!

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    Well, this is awkward.

    I'm not one of those people that like talking about their skin, I suppose. I have mild-to-moderate acne, and not a lot of self-esteem. 8| I've been suffering acne for a few years- I'm only a teenager!

    Enough introduction, as I doubt anyone would read this anyway..

    I just broke out! Gah. And my friends are planning to go to the beach soon. Sunny, water reflecting more light. Great. I loved the beach as a kid, but I'm not quite sure anymore.. I sure hope I clear up before the day comes. I really want to go, but y'know, not much confidence when I break out for no reason.

    I'm trying my best to leave it alone to heal, most of it is on my forehead, luckily, and I have bangs. Yay. Now if there was just something I can do with my enlarged pores..

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    Today was the worse day of my life!!! i went to the doctor to see bout my acne & it turns out that i have Rosacea but just mild. I read all the papers that the nurse gave me on Rosacea but it really really freaks me out!!!! The more i read it the more i freak out & worry too.

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    Hi everyone....

    I just got this from a concerned "viewer"......check out my website www.christopherdrummond.com for more on the products we are discussing...

    hello christopher,

    i stumbled across your blog while reading a page from acne.org and was so happy and fascinated to find another makeup/beauty lover who also takes into consideration that many common ingredients in cosmetic products today are super toxic to your body and make your skin look shitty...i basically started breaking out like CRAZY when i was 21...which, coincidentally, was when i started really wearing makeup on a regular basis. i have a very oily complexion, not limited to the t-zone by any means, and i'm also very sensitive...and have come to believe that i will get acne when i'm exposed to chemical preservatives and all that stuff in makeup/facewash/serums etc, not just oil-based/non-comodogenic products alone...it's driving me crazy. im not able to put anything on my face at all anymore, except for my murad acne treatment gel, without waking up in the morning with an inflamed, zitty face. i need to find a way to wear makeup without upsetting the balance and health of my body.

    i went to your website, and i would love to find out more about ordering some products from you. i can't use bareMinerals because i get that "itchiness" that you attested to in your blog...i think that comes from a zinc allergy.

    well...thankyou for reading, and i'm excited to learn more.

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    I'm so sleepy...

    ANYWAYS. yeah. first blog... skin status: kind of blotchy... i picked at it. it's red cause i drank a dr.pepper. im SO addicted to them, but yeah... doesn't caffeine make your skin red? :wavey:

    W/E... i saw the 5th harry potter yesterday... but yeah im bored... im going to probably go shopping for more skin stuff tommorow, ANY ADVICE?

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    Well this is me, Abby. And yeah, I just joined here today. Why? Because its nice to meet some people that are having the same problems as me for once...

    I'm getting sick of all this crap going on. I'm sick of acne >=[

    I was on doxy something for like, a year about 3 months ago. See I got sick with something like a year ago, then my acne just totally went away for no reason. It was a miracle! Ok, so it didn't go away but I hadn't had a break out in about a month. And it was bad, dude.

    So I went to the dermatologist to see what was up, and he put me on that doxy thing to make sure that it stayed that way. And it did! I didn't break out at all for 6 months! No zits! :wavey:

    But then, bad thing happened. My mom took me out of the high school. And I started stressing, like a lot. So I started getting a few zits, which I thought would go away, but they didn't.

    And now here I am writing this, my face is a mess. I don't think this is just from stress anymore. I'm breaking out all over my cheeks. And I never break out on that part of my face. And it's bad and painful =[

    So madre' took me back to the doctor and now in a couple weeks I'm going on accutane. I'm kinda worried about it though because of the side affects it has on chicks. I should be fine though I just got my blood drawn today for one of my tests before I go on it.

    I just hope this shit works =/

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    So it's day two on Differin 0.3% and I was actually able to use the gel again last night. They told me to start with every 3rd day and work up so that the irritation wouldn't get bad, but so far things have been fine. I was a little dry yesterday and this AM, but by yesterday afternoon I was dabbing away the oil from my forhead as usual. So far, no redness and haven't notice any sign of an IB yet.

    Also, I am wearing a rubber band around my wrist. I'm trying to stop picking/touching my face so everytime I do, I am going to give myself a good pop. We'll see how it goes.

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    It's kinda like day 3, but anyway.

    I guess I should probably start by explaining a little bit about my self. Spots are in my genes, nothing cystic or anything like that. Clogged pores and a few pimples, plus a mild bacne at its worst.

    So basically, as i've got a summer holiday of 14 weeks, I thought, shove off acne, i'm not having you anymore. To be honest, before, I only really cared if I had a massive spot and would then proceed to squeeze and would just leave it. I used to spend 20 minutes in the bathroom squeezing everything out every night. Call it obsessive but in a way it was enjoyable, and I thought, beneficial.

    But now, i've realised there couldn't be anything worse.

    So I made a pact to myself to sort out my spots over the Summer.

    Here goes my plan:

    To completely stop picking unless in extreme emergencies.

    To use a decent cleaning regimen

    To have a good diet with lots of exercise

    With my overall aim to having 90%-99% clear skin by the time I start a college, a fresh start, literally and physically.

    So far, i've got rid of that 20 minutes a night thing, haven't done it for a few weeks, since I started GCSE's actually.

    My cleaning regimen,

    thus consists of:

    On an average day:

    Morning: Clearasil soap wash, then a Clearasil deep soaking thing which you leave on your skin and then apply rescue cream to the red areas/where a cut/scab is.

    I do nothing on my back in the morning, which is probably a bad idea so I will have to start.

    Then in the evening, I have a bath everynight, in which I don't use normal soap bars at all, all i'm doing is on alternate days, applying a tea tree face mask on my afflicted areas, then take it off, get in the bath, wash with clearasil stuff as usual, then I use a neutrogena blackhead remover.

    For my bacne, I just use the clearsil stuff and neutrogena blackhead remover.

    If theres a particularly red or cut area, I apply salt to it. However, I no longer get any big spots on my back and the red areas have gone significantly down.

    I think the main cause of my bacne was my constanty picking at it in bed before I went to sleep, I've completely stopped this.

    Anyway, when I get out of the bath, an hour later I apply the deep cleaning cleanser, then another hour later I apply rescue cream to any red areas. Perhaps salt if it's particularly bad.

    I'm also occasionally using an oatmeal face pack and am about to start trying an egg white one as i've heard thats its very good, i'll do this a couple of times a week, I guess that's a good amount.

    I'm also going to phone up a beautician tomorrow when I get back from London to book a facial.

    In relation to other things, my hair is almost annoyingly clean, even if I don't wash it for a couple of days it still shines almost perfectly. I don't smoke, have stopped drinking and don't do drugs. I even use clean towels for every bath I have.

    In relation to diet,

    I'm having my 5 a day, I'm having 8-9 glasses of water a day. I have an omega fish oil supplement once per day and am trying to get hold of some applecidervinegar.

    I wake up, have an oatmeal breakfast, with apply juice and an orange. The rest of the day goes similarly healthy to that.

    I rarely eat sweets anyway, and haven't for a week, I never eat junk food and haven't eaten chocolate for a week, which hasn't been so pleasant as i love the stuff. I also don't eat crisps.

    I guess that's about it, one thing I've really found thats helping me out is being happy! I'm normally a happy person anyway, very socially active etc(which is the main reason I want rid of this fricken' skin now)

    Seriously, being happy really does seem to clear my skin up, or maybe I'm just looking at it differently in the mirror? Either way, i'm happy with that.

    What I found helped was playing guitar, I'm aware thats not really an option or interest for anyone, but a hobby really seems to help.

    lots of love

    xxx

    and no, I never wear hats.

    I forgot about exercise, well basically I play a lot of tennis anyway, go skiing every year if not more and am a keen cycler when I have a bike(which atm I don't).

    But anyway, I thought, as tennis doesn't really count as its more leisure I thought starting an exercise regimen would be a good idea.

    It's basically, do sit ups and press ups everyday and go for a jog twice a week for about 2 miles in ten minutes until my fitness improves. I'm already quite well developed physically so i'm hoping this should all pay off well, in terms of body and skin.

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    I was meandering around the house this morning and noticed: I'm going to get my period in a matter of days AND...I have no new cysts! And hey, wow! My face is a lot less oily than it would usually be.

    My mom also noticed that my face isn't as red.

    I still feel kind of weak and dizzy--but I don't know how much of that is from the drug and how much from anxiety (I'm also dealing with getting myself financially organized. It's a pretty big project!). Hopefully these feelings go away soon!

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    I have found that using a gentle water soluble cleanser works best. I use Cetaphil for normal to oily skin twice a day. I then use a 2% BHA in the morning after I cleanse and at night. I also like using benzoyl peroxide at night I usually use a 5% or 10% concentration. I have used Tazorac and Differin in the past but I never liked the side effects of these topical medications. I have been on oral antibiotics and I did notice some improvement but my skin was still very oily. I have been thinking about going back to the differin gel and hopefully I can use a good moisturizer and it will help. I dont know though I have read many reviews on this product from people on this site and no one seems to like it. It made my skin break out really bad. So I have tried being patient and hopefully this will all go away in time. :wavey:

    I always stay away from harsh toners and other acne products out there on the market that just make acne worse! I try using a simple routine and keeping as many products off of my face as possible. I also try using only powder foundation that does not contain cornstarch. Liquid foundations seem to clog my pores which are already a BIG problem for me. If anyone knows how to reduce your pore size please let me know. I have very large pores and you can see them from a mile away!

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    Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on common over-the-counter acne treatment products. The truth is, most of these products are full of chemicals that can actually slow down the healing of acne, and irritate your skin, causing farther breakouts.

    When an acne product has 20 ingredients listed on it, it can be hard to know if one of those ingredients is actually stopping you from having success. It can be even harder when you can't pronounce the ingredient, much less know what it is and how it is going to affect your skin. Most mainstream acne treatments are not only much more expensive than common household items, but they also don't always work as well either. With that in mind, I will list some basic household items that can work wonders on clearing up your skin.

    Baking soda ? A very cheap cooking ingredient that most people have in their homes already, baking soda can be used as a great scrub. The purpose of a scrub is to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin that can eventually clog pores and lead to acne spots. To start off, you'll want to mix a small amount of baking soda with some water for form a paste. Baking soda is very effective as a scrub, so you want to be sure to be extra careful when applying it to your face. Gently massage the paste into your skin for ten to fifteen seconds. Then rinse the baking soda off, and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

    Apple Cider Vinegar ? Though most people that use vinegar to treat acne use the apple cider form of vinegar, you can also use plain old regular vinegar. Regardless of which type you use, vinegar can be very helpful with it comes to clearing up acne. It can kill off acne causing bacteria, balance your skin's pH, and absorb extra oil on your skin.

    Starting with clean, dry skin, apply diluted vinegar (eight parts water to one part vinegar) directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and leave it on. If you want, you can also use a stronger vinegar solution (say, 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar), and apply it directly to problem areas, rinsing it off after ten minutes.

    Lemon or lime juice can also be substituted for vinegar. Both of these juices are rich in citric acid, and can exfoliate your skin very well, halting the growth of acne spots, as well as fading previous, non-active acne quicker.

    Egg Whites ? Rich in protein, egg whites can be used as a mask to heal and rebuild your skin. It can also help to absorb excess oil from your skin. To start off, crack an egg, removing the yolk so that just the egg whites are left behind. Beat these egg whites, and apply them directly to your face. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then rinse the egg off.

    Oatmeal ? As odd as it may seem, oatmeal can absorb unwanted oil and draw out impurities which reside deep in your skin. Cook some plain oatmeal like you would for consumption. Let it cool off, and rub it over your clean skin. Let it sit for a while, like you would a mask, and then rinse off. If you do this on a regular basis, you should begin to start noticing results soon.

    Tea Tree Oil ? TTO is a commonly used all-natural household antiseptic, which you can pick up at most drugstores or supermarkets. You can apply TTO directly to acne spots to kill bacteria, or, if you strongly dilute it with another oil (such as jojoba oil), over your entire face. Tea tree gel can be easier to apply than the oil, and many are made for applying over large areas of skin, so they aren't quite as strong as straight TTO and do not need to be diluted.

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    What a shit day at work. It is 105 degrees here and there was almost no shade. I wonder what it will be like after I'm taking the accutane. I probably won't be able to work unless I'm slathered in zinc and under a wide-brimmed hat! Actually, if I never worked at this hole again, that would be even better.

    I'm going to eat sushi and lie in the AC...perhaps life isn't that bad after all-- today this poor homeless guy who was probably burning up and exhausted came and sat under the umbrella. The manager asked him to leave and he seemed confused as to why he couldn't sit there. He probably just wanted a drink of water. That kind of stuff breaks my heart and puts my bad day in perspective.

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    So sometime this week, I'm going to get a psych evaluation to see if I need drugs for a mental condition that I may have. My mother says I might be Bipolar like her.

    Like crazy mother, like crazy son. :wavey:

    ~Mort \m/

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    What should I do if I hav\e just one pimple that has popped up...of course I want to get rid of it...but is there a way that will not leave a scar and/or make it worse......

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    It seems that every time I have a shower - I get horrible dry legs with white marks all over them! Its so disgusting, I'll post pics asap in my album.

    Begining to worship moisturiser!

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    so now i went to the doctors. and have fully stopped retin-a and benzeclin. i am just taking some antibiotic pill twice a day called doxycycl or something like that. its in the kitchen and i dont feel like getting up lol. So yea, that makes life a little easier without having like a five hour routine i the morning and night. just poppin a pill. im supposed to see results by the weekend and i just started it tuesday so thats really soon, and that would be awesome. there are no side effects so yea

    -tav

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    HELLO EVERYONE!!! :wavey:

    INTRODUCTION

    Skin type: Oily, mild/moderate acne

    I am a 19 year old African American Female with Hidradenitis Suppurativa which is a chronic disease of the apocrine glands (a form of sweat gland found on certain parts of the body). I became concerned with my skin when I spotted tiny pus filled holes under my breast. I developed very painful and scar prone nodular cysts in my groin area. I have been dealing with this problem for about 8 or more years now. I had cysts under my arms but found if I shave very soft the flare ups wouldnt be as bad. I have acne on my back, arms, neck, and face. About a year and a half ago I had a case of Pityriasis rosea or Eczema on my neck. My freshmen year in high school I used proactiv. I had acne really bad on my chin and I believe proactiv helped with that for a while. My junior year my dermatoligist suggested accutane, but I declined due to the side effects and took antibiotics doxycyline and tetracycline instead over a course of 3 years. This past year I began to use retin-a on my face and a 10% benzoyl peroxide soap wash on my back, shoulders, arms/pitts, and chest . I have very oily skin and excessive sweating (which probably doesnt have anything to do with my skin). My cystic flare ups can occur at any time and are totally random and I am thankful that its in a hidden place which I can deal with, but my main problem/concern especially with dark skin is the scarring and constantly being oily. Its quite embarrasing and irritating. Its very difficult for me to wear foundation, concealer, powder, blush and etc due to my excessive sweating and oil production.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON GOOD:

    OIL TONERS

    FACE WASH (CURRENTLY USING AVEENO)

    SKIN LIGHTNING CREME FOR SCARS (THE ONLY PRODUCT I KNOW OF IS AMBI AND MADERMA)

    HAS ANYONE USED BARE MINERALS OR SHEER COVER? IF SO HOW IS THE PRODUCT WORKING FOR YOU?

    ACCUTANE

    When I went to see a dermatologist a couple days ago he suggested Isotretinoin. If I still decide to go through with it I will begin the 1st week of August. I only know one person who has taken the drug. She took it our freshmen year in high school. When I didnt know she was taking accutane at the time she was always obsessed and worried about gaining weight. I remember her face peeling and she was constantly putting on chapstick (I eventually found out why lol). I've read quite a few horror stories and successful stories. Luckily for my friend she had her blood tested about every 2 weeks and she didnt have any drastic side effects. I understand the drug effects everyone in different ways, but the side effects are alarming. I am a pretty heavy set woman (5'9 about 180 pounds) is it possible to have a small dosage for the entire time (6 months)? Some other reasons I'm not sure is because I just had a viral infection almost a month ago that had some lingering side effects that I'm still not sure about. I already have dry lips and joint pains in my knees. My biggest concern would most definately have to be pregnancy. Lets say I want to get pregnant 3-5 years from now would the drug have an effect on trying to get pregnant or the baby itself? The whole situation is so sketchy because the drug is still a baby, but its nice to see growth in technology/medicine. Hopefully there will be better treatment for acne in the future.

    I would like to thank anyone who reads this and any suggestions or experiences are appreciated!

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    Hello there,

    First off, let me say that I have been browsing this site for weeks as a guest and have been so encouraged by the sense of caring and community among you all. I have neither met any of you face-to-face nor communicated with any of you online, but I feel as though you all are beautiful and courageous individuals. Each of you seems very genuine and compassionate, and I feel blessed to have found this website and forum.

    My name is Elizabeth and I will be 20 years old in 3 months. I am a second-year college student pursuing a degree in Music and Arts Management. I have dealt with acne since my pre-teen years up to the present day. I have experimented with an array of topical creams, antibiotic pills, strange smelling ointments that made my skin peel, sting, and itch (I'm sure you have, too!) and the notorious "ProActive" cleansing system and its similar brands/forms. I've also seen my fair share of dermatologists... it's always so difficult setting up an appointment with them! It seems as though everyone in the world wants their help, too.

    My first year of college was tough - I felt as though everyone on my hall (I lived in a dorm) had wonderful skin that required no special care. For example, I had a friend who had a job on campus cleaning bathrooms. She used to wash toilets and sometimes accidentally splash herself with toilet water (yuck). However, she would simply wash her face with water afterwards and go about her normal life! I never detected any angry cystic acne on her face despite her little-to-none facial cleansing routine. Discouraging? Yes!

    My years in high school and college alike have been difficult confidence/self-esteem-wise. I am sure each of you can relate, and I feel so sorry that you have had to endure such suffering. I felt as though my acne would surely disappear sometime in the near future - I would "grow out of it," but it never did.

    This is it. It is the summer after my first year in college. My skin looks so angry and irritated, and my mother feels terrible for waiting so long to inquire about Accutane treatment. She was always nervous about having me start it...

    Last month, I visited a new dermatologist who thoroughly frightened me out of my wits with an exhaustive description of the "iPLEDGE" program and its daunting requirements for "females of child-bearing age." I have been on birth control pills (reluctantly, mind you... I already practice abstinence with no problem!) for a month now, and in a few days (July 11th, to be exact) I have my appointment with my Dr. so he can prescribe Accutane.

    For my birth control pills, I am taking Ortho-Tri-Cyclen. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it would potentially work to clear up my acne, but I have been disappointed. On the contrary, my skin has exploded with cystic acne more irritated and angry than before! I have many more white heads and what seems like pimples on top of pimples, and the already numerous scars lacing my jawline have become even worse. Have any other females on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen experienced similar reactions? This is very discouraging to me...

    Thank you for taking the time to follow my progress as I try Accutane. I don't know how to use all of these blogging controls and I honestly cannot promise you that I will update faithfully, but please know that I am visiting your pages and gleaning much encouragement and wisdom. Perhaps as the months progress I will become more confident with this.

    Thinking of each of you! Do not be discouraged -- we're all in this together, remember?

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    Hi guys I decided to start a blog after I found this site and well all the information about Roaccutane and the support on here made me think it's a good idea... So anyway let me tell you my story.. I am a girl :D and since the start of high school I have had severe acne.. Yep it's probably the worst time ever to get acne. And well needless to say it really damaged my confidence and my trust in people.. I just hated the people that looked at me DIFFERENT, because I was the same as everyone else.. My word, I mean I also had a heart dammit.. :D I was already a shy introverted person and the acne just made me creep more into my own shell.. I remember coming home many times after school and just crying, with my mom trying to find the words to comfort.. Oh man and the movies about the "mean girl cliques" in school I can SO relate to.. I never had a boyfriend.. I used to pray to God that I would love just to HOLD a boy's hand one day and that I would be the best girlfriend ever, if someone just gave me a chance.. But ja it never happened.. So anyway, my mom took me to a dermatologist who put me on Dianne (birth control) and differin gel, which meant I couldn't take part in sport at school, coz I am very fair in complexion and the gel made my skin peel.. That didn't really help, it just made me more of an outsider.. I am very fortunate though, that throughout high school I had about 5 friends that were there for me through thick and thin, and funny enough I did the best in my class every single year.. I guess I just escaped into my school work.

    I finished high school and for the first time ever, I had to go away to university in another country.. I was so scared, coz it was the first time I had to leave my parents. And my confidence wasn't really up there you know.. Sometimes I thought I'd meet a boy at university and the next minute I'd think what a fool I was, coz no boy would want to date a girl that LOOKS like me.. As many of you can probably guess, the first year of university was hell for me.. I went with my residence group to a boy's res once as part of the orientation programs and one of the guys actually made fun of me.. indirectly.. but Im sharp lol so I got it.. unfortunately.. U guys know that song from the movie SHREK 1, "I'm a believer"... Well there is this one line saying something like... "THEN I SAW HER FACE...".. So this one guy was basically singing this song and when he got to that line he acted horrified and looked at me, plus all the guys around him looked at me.. I guess that was one of the lowest points in my life. :wavey: I wanted to go to my room and die.. I never understood why people especially GUYS would do that, I was honestly a sweet nice but shy person who never hurt a fly... Plus we had to arrange a concert with this particular res.. So at one point the guys stood next to the girls and we had to hold the hand of the guy next to us.. And well .. no one wanted to hold my hand.. The organizers said take her hand to the guy in front, but he actually refused. Ok people wanna cry with me? But ok I guess it made me stronger although it gave me a shit load of issues today, pardon the french...

    So.. finally my parents gave one look at me during a holiday and decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.. They took me to the best dermatologist around and he prescribed Roaccutane.. I didn't believe it will work you know, coz I had acne for years and years and years.. lol.. I wasn't worried bout the side-effects either, coz I knew that through all the years even though it was incredibly tough I wasn't the kind of person to commit suicide, I have my faith in God.. And I wasn't sexually active as I had NO BOYFRIEND, so I decided to give the treatment a go..

    And well I'll tell ya'll what happened in my next post, coz your eyes must be hurting already from all the reading lol... I just wanted to tell you bout my past first, I'm sure Ill come up with more stories about it.. And this blog is really meant for all those people that think they are alone in their pain and struggle with acne.. You really arent alone guys.. I wish I knew that in high school.. I had the worst acne in the whole school of like 800 people.. Can you imagine that?.. BUT I ALWAYS BELIEVED SOMEDAY.. And that single sentence is the reason I went on that treatment and my decisions after that..

    So see ya guys soon

    xx