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    Hello!

    I am a 21 year old female. Up until a few months ago I had 0 acne. I wore foundation, washed my face, put on some moisturizer, and that was it. Starting in November 2018, I had a few late nights which resulted in me sleeping in makeup/not washing my face before bed (on accident). Anyways, my skin started to absolutely explode. I began having huge hard pimples on my chin that I had never encountered before. In high school I was on the cryselle birth control pill which apparently is not very good for acne, but I barely had any acne at all while using clindamycin/BP. I went off birth control about two years ago, so the sudden influx in acne does not seem to be related to that because from what I've researched the peak of acne after discontinuing birth control   is around 9 months. Anyways, the acne is extremely concentrated around my chin area. Since using the epiduo for around 4 weeks (only on my skin, just started using it on the rest of my face) most of my closed comedones have come to the surface and created an absolute purging sort of hell.  Anyways, I graduate towards the end of May, and I am praying for some clear skin by then. By no means do I ask for perfect skin but I would like to be able to smile or brush my teeth without the pain of deep acne flooding my chin. I am also hoping this birth control helps. I was going to go on yaz but the scary stories regarding blood clots steered me away. As annoying as acne is to me, it is not worth that risk. 

    On another note, I cannot believe how much this condition has influenced my life. I have never had acne so bad and it is only mild to moderate. I took the days of clear skin for granted. I cannot wait until the day where I don't wake up and automatically feel depressed and defeated from my acne. I am typically a very upbeat and happy person who loves life inside and out. I feel plagued by this condition and I'm feeling so hopeless. If anyone has had success with either epiduo or ortho tri cyclen I would love to hear them.

    Anyways, I have been on the birth control for a week and I have not noticed a negative nor positive effect on my acne. Also another side note- I was getting my period every two weeks for extended periods of time and my DHEA- sulfate levels were elevated (all other hormones were normal) which indicates some sort of hormonal imbalance. I am going to the dermatologist next week to discuss possibly going to epiduo forte instead of the regular epiduo. I have pretty hardy skin and I have tolerated the regular epiduo quite well. Has anyone had success with the forte? Let me know! I also use cetaphil face wash and moisturizer. I never exfoliate, and I wear foundation everyday especially now due to the scarring. Ok thats it! Mission get clear before graduation has commenced!

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    A bit of background on my skin , I first started getting spots at about the age of 13 . Just the odd few pimples here and there , coming up to around 15/16 this is when my skin got bad , I'd get breakouts on the sides of my face and around my chin area , I then decided to go make up free for a while as I thought that this was what was causing it , whilst I wasn't wearing make up I was on an acne antibiotic called lymecycline . My skin did clear up a lot during this period , so I then started to wear make up again , this was when I was on my last two months of this antibiotic and all was good . I then came off these and I did start to break out a while after , but these breakouts were not as bad as before . But then after being of them for a good few months my skin got a lot worse with lots of white heads and black heads on the odd pimples . Its now just covered in pimples down the sides of my face , and lots of whiteheads and blackheads basically all over my face , some more noticeable than others . 

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    Accutane, Day 27

    I would like to share with you the products I use in my routine to combat the negatives that accutane brings. I will be seeing my derm in a few days for my one month review and blood work. Compared to some of the nightmares I have read, I would say I am doing quite well at the moment as far as side effects. My routine consists of one wash per day, before bed.

    Face Wash
    Dan's cleanser. Full pump. Cold water only. Before and after.

    Moisturizer
    Dan's moisturizer and Dan's AHA+. Half pump each. Mix and add 7-8 drops of Jojoba Oil. I believe it's the AHA that really makes Dan's kit effective. If you're familiar with Dan's regimen, you know what I'm talking about.

    I no longer use cetaphil lotions on my face, because it is highly comedogenic, despite their claims. It breaks me out with cystic acne. When I used Dan's full kit, cetaphil worked very well for me. The occasional cyst was worth the needed hydration. But because the lotion sits directly on my skin and not over a layer of toner and benzoyl peroxide gel, the irritation is amplified. Also, I believe accutane changes the chemistry of our skin. What was once beneficial, may have an opposite effect.

    Lips      
    Three step process. Apply 2 drops of Jojoba oil to lips using finger tip. Coat lips with balm of choice. My go to is Badger balm tangerine, followed by Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. Lastly, come back later and cover with Aquaphor to lock in the moisture. Touch up throughout the day if needed. DO NOT LICK YOUR LIPS!

    On a side note, I would recommend asking your derm about antibiotics while on accutane, specifically Bactrim. It is one of the few that is allowed while on accutane. I was granted use for seven days. It saved me. I will explain in a future entry. Just keep in mind, it's always an option for when disaster strikes.

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    SO, I've been using acne.org since june 2017. It worked wonders for me. After about 2 months on the regime i had COMPLETELY clear skin for a couple of months. Now i think I've slacked on the regime, i still use BP and for the most part i was fine. but RECENTLY MY SKIN IS STARTING TO BREAK OUT HOW IT USED TO AGAIN. Im getting acne on my forehead which I HAS BEEN COMPLETELY CLEAR SINCE WEEK 2 ON THE REGIME. :(

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    I forgot to update last week but anyway Im probably going to be going off spironolactone very soon. I havent gotten my period since i started it and its almost been 2 months. In the beginning i just thought it was late because mine arent very regular but its been way too long. My parents are worried so I have to go to the doctor and then back to the derm to see whats wrong and most likely go on a different medication. Does this happen to other women on spironolactone?

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    Hello everyone!

    I've used acne.org for years now, and it's been a wonderfully helpful community for me as I struggled with acne and finding the products and regimen that work for me. If any of you are on Instagram, I wanted to share a new account that focuses on the emotional/psychological impact of acne, and hopes to publish stories of overcoming self image issues associated with acne or other skin issues.

    Their tag is "clearskinofficial" https://www.instagram.com/clearskinofficial/

    Hope to see your inspirational stories
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    school is starting again, which means a more hectic routine. unfortunately i have not properly followed the regimen in the mornings, only making time a couple days in the week to moisturize before heading out into the bitter cold and nothing else. i've continued to follow the procedure at night and plan to figure out a way to make time in my rushed mornings for skincare.
    also unfortunately, my skin is beginning to appear flaky, especially around my mouth, which is peculiar, because i rarely, if ever, go out of my way to apply BP to that area. i've just finished applying a generous amount of moisturizer - i look a little like a ghost before it's done sinking in. hopefully the flakiness improves.
    i have a few new pimples, but i can attribute them either to just having gotten my period, slipping up in the mornings, or both. i'm still happy with my progress - my girlfriend commented how soft my skin is, and i silently thanked my new twice-a-day moisturizer habit.

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    so I haven't been picking at my skin much which is COOL. I try to pay more attention to my actions & it's working. my skin's looking genuinely nice but I have a few wounds that still need to heal. that's particularly difficult cause dead dry skin seems very appealing for my picking-loving fingers

    I've ordered some natural oils and I'm excited for them to arrive. will write reviews

    there is this one huge wound under my eyebrow that's a bit gross as eyebrow hairs are growing through it and I'm not sure how to make it heal faster. Clindamycin generally helps and I know it takes time but ughhh I wish I hadn't messed it up in the first place
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    I started accutane early this month (Dec 4th 2017) and i'm going to give brief updates for everyone. My keyboard is playing up so forgive the typos
    im 21 Male and weigh 77kg

    So, I've had acne since 11yrs old, and it got considerably worse since the ages of 15 to now. I tried benzyol peroxide at 16, and this had done nothing, except control the whiteheads on chin and forehead. After this I was prescribed doxcycline 100mg which i kept taking for four years until December 2016 (as well as try several topicals both natural and medical during these years), and a few times with the GP asked for another set of antibiotics and was refused, as they said they can see my acne was considerably better (even though this was a GP i had never seen before, so not sure how she could make that judgement). Anyways, I took myself off doxcycline, and experienced no difference in skin even coming off it, and it was an absolute waste of time and probably health, and i hadn't bothered going back to the GP since 2015 (my doxcycline was a repeat prescription ,so i didn't need t o have appointments each time the pills ran out).

    The past few months my acne has shown no signs of slowing down, and i have tried oils, more benzyol peroxide, vitamin c serums, exfoliants etc, and was convinced only accutane would work. I had experienced some disgusting cysts on my front cheeks recently, and the amount of puss and blood that drained i had never experienced in almost 11 years of acne, which is saying something.

    I live in the UK and decided to go private, and simply gave my nearest dermatologist a call, and was booked in for the following week. All the while i was reading forums on this website, with the majority claiming how acne is some horror drug, and ruins your life forever, but either way, acne was ruining my life anyway so what the hell right? Contrary to the perception that accutane is hard to obtain, my experience was the most simple thing I could have done.

    I went to my derm appointment, and when i got in the doctor was taking notes and asking me about my acne history, and asked to see my back and face up close, which is not as bad as i thought it would be. He said i had completed the stage 1 of treatment for acne, and i can choose whether to move on to stage 2 or skip to stage 3. Before I could even ask for accutane, he basically recommended me to take it, and seemed as though he was pushing for me to accept this medication, instead of the other alternatives thankfully.

    Anyway the costs of this were:
    £105 consultation
    £65 blood test
    £95.50 for 110x 20mg capsules (this will last me two month, 40mg the first and 60mg the second daily)
    £105 for next consultation in 2 months and £65 again for second blood test

    Midway through week 3 now, and the only side effects are nosebleeds occasionaly, and dry skin, but i use aquaphor and oil my face with safflower oil ,and moisturise with shea butter, and its completley fine.
    In the first few days of accutane, my nose became really rough and grainy, which were the blackheads drying up, and in the past few days, they have been flaking off and is so smooth now. The whiteheads that usually pop up on my foreheads, and makes it look really rough went away during the second week, and it is now smooth as anything. I up my dosage to 60mg on the 3rd Jan
     

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    I am now a month into using Retin-A Micro 0.08% gel, along with Clindamycin gel or Clindamycin Topical Solution. I am still breaking out, but not as much as I was before and my skin tone looks a little better than it did before I started. I had a lot of little bumps on my forehead, between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and a few under the skin pimples that were a little big. My skin tone looked really horrible as well.  I don't get huge pimple or pimples all that much any more. I think the Retin-A is pulling out whiteheads and blackheads at this point. That's what it looks like to me. I really wish it would just stop breaking out all together so I can have my clear skin back, like I achieved a few years ago when I first went to my derm. I am sticking it out until I go back to my derm at the end of February. I was using Neutrogena Clear Pore wash with these two topicals, but I had to quit because Retin-A is a very strong retinoid and it was making my skin more red and sensitive to the Neutrogena wash. So now I use Purpose gentle cleanser and I will stick with that while I continue to use Retin-A.

    Routine: 
    Am:

    Wash with Purpose Cleanser, exfoliate flakey/dead skin off with fingers while in the shower, pat dry.
    Apply Clindamycin gel, wait 10 minutes to apply moisturizer, apply Covergirl outlast foundation & thin layer of Physicians Formula Mineral Veil powder. On the days I am not going to work, I use the Physicians Formula Correcting Kit that I got from Walmart. It's very light on my skin and doesn't break me out and gives me a break from foundation.

    Pm:
    Take off makeup with Equate Wipes, wash with Purpose cleanser 2x, pat dry, then apply Retin-A.

     

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    Hi there guys I was just wondering if someone could tell me what severity of acne I have. I have had acne since I was about 12-13 much worse than it is now. Currently I use epiduo every night with aveeno moisturiser afterwards and I use a black pore mask once a week. However despite this I continue to suffer with large red pimples under the skin that are painful and take a long time to go away. Does anyone have any tips to help get rid of these because they make me extremely unhappy and make me not want to show my face at times. Thanks a lot any help would be appreciated.
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    I am in my first month of accutane and I hate it so far. I was able to slow down how dry I am already as I kept over moisturizing right when I started. But right now I am going through the first initial break out and I have never been in so much pain. This is unlike any there break out. This is extremely cystic and I have multiple at once. I have been doing warm compresses, ice, applying apple cider vinegar, hydrocortisone cream, etc. And onceI get rid of one, many others appear. How can I prevent the number of cysts DURING accutane and how can I decrease their life span? Thanks in advance.
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    Helloooooo world. This is my pre-Accutane story. This post will be the first for a while, until I start my Accutane journey. I do realise that people probably aren't reading this, but I believe this is good for my thought process and mental health, as well as being someone to talk to.
    My acne really started when I was 14, which slowly flared up for a few months before I saw my GP who prescribed me Duac - a drying topical treatment. This supper dried out my skin, made it very red and made my face horrible to look at (Not only did I hate my skin, I felt sorry my classmates had to see it). A few months after this had failed to produce a result (other than worsening my skin) I was prescribed Lymecycline hard capsules by my GP. They were my saviour!!..... for all of 14 months. They cleared up my skin really well and made it well normal really. Fastforward to now. I'm 16 and I started college in September, the exact time that my skin started to deteriorate. I came off Lymecycline because I felt it wasn't working anymore (in hindsight a bad move) and was prescribed Oxytetracycline, which I'm still on now, along with a new topical - Acnecide. This having also failed me, has led to my GP referring me to dermatology. I will start Accutane once the cogs are in place.
    Currently, I'm frustrated at my skin, I am scared of the effects of Accutane, I'm optimistic of Accutane....but more than anything I feel isolated. My friends are not clued up on what ive been going through (apart from the appalling state of my face) and I don't know how or if I will tell them about Accutane. I dont know how I will deal with the effects, when already I hide my face in public with my hair, do anything to not meet peoples gaze in conversation, I dont turn on the bathroom light when I go in there so I dont have to see ho bad my skin is in the mirror, I cancel plans so people dont see my skin. I'm scared of becoming depressed and not being strong enough to find a way out of it. (blimey this has become deeper than even I intended)

    This will be my bare-faced blog, both literally and metaphorically, I want you all (if anyone is reading this)  to know what's going on inside my head as well as what's going on with my skin.

    Until next time,
    Rupy.

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    Given that acne is by far the most common disease in the world, I’m constantly surprised at the amount of misinformation there is about acne treatments. There are so many commonly held beliefs regarding treatments, which have no scientific or medical validity but continue to be passed on from individual to individual. More worrying is the possible consequences of trying some of these options. Here is list of common acne treatments that categorically do not work:

    1. Household cleaning products, even when diluted, should not be used to treat acne. There can be severe adverse reactions including chemical burns from pursuing this route

    2. Similarly, cleaning powders are ineffective for acne

    3. Washing up liquid does not work for acne

    4. Home facial saunas will do nothing for your acne, but will certainly aggravate already sensitive skin

    5. Sticky tape left on the skin overnight and removed in the morning will certainly remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but is likely to damage the sensitive skin, and may cause an allergy to the glue

    6. Prolonged exposure to the sun or using a sunbed will not help your acne and can be dangerous if you are also taking oral medication of certain types. For example, taking certain antibiotics in tablet form will make your skin highly sensitive to sunlight

    7. Sudocrem is an excellent treatment for nappy rash, but highly ineffective for acne, primarily because it contains a mixture of greases and oils which are bad for acne

    8. Taking high doses of vitamin A or B will not directly help your acne, and may cause other side-effects

    9. Squeezing your spots is universally not recommended in combating acne. Doing so will prolong and spread the acne to other parts of the affected area

    There are many other ‘not recommended’ acne treatment regimes, many of which will worsen an already difficult condition. Avoid these shortcuts and stick with a programme overseen by your medical professional, or one which is based on solid scientific and medical evidence. If you do this, you'll succeed in overcoming your acne condition.

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    Hey, you are an acne sufferer and feel miserable because of that ? Me too ! Wow, we have so much in common !! 


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    Bonus point if you played that jam on Youtube. If not, it's not too late : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HazJhPnrB8 You're welcome !

    No seriously, my acne is litterally running my life and I can't help it. So can I ?
    I refuse to delay my life because of a pimple. A few pimples. Okay, a lot of spots, a combination skin (oily but dehydrated, wtf mother nature ?!!) and acne scars. But that's fine, I am alive and I can afford an Internet connexion. I am healthy, life happens and my future is ahead of me. So why complaining ?? Why so superficial ???? Why all I can see is my face (not you, sry) filled with cysts and scars and so much disappointment ? How it has been an excuse to spend my day on Youtube, watching acne videos featuring girls with perfect skin and a lot of gifts. A loooooot !!

    Let's be honest, I can afford skincare and I am fortunate. But I don't want to spend hundreds of €€ on fancy skincare. Plus, I am not sponsorised. How would a cosmetic brand want to sponsor a face like mine by the way ? Cosmetic industry thinks that pimples are invisible anyway :
     
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    How it is supposed to work if there is no problem to begin with ? Cosmetic brands get some easy cash on our insecurities, no big news. What's fun, they are doing it by yanking our chain. Seriously :
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    No, I don't want to join the dark side of the force. I will take the red pill instead. What, it's not the same movie ? Whatever Hollywood, you can't understand me :smileys_n_people_30: 

    Well my dear, the whole Hollywood can't but some artists do struggle with acne. Alicia Keys for example ! She decided to go bare face on real life, on TV, even in some clips. She has perfect skin now you may think, and I agree with you. However, I assume it wasn't always like that. Try out "Alicia Keys acne". Or "AnnaLyne McCord acne". Or "Harry Styles acne". Yes, they seem confident and they do have acne. And why not me ? Therefore, I don't have to deal with fame and being recognised when I take the bus or whatsoever #nobodyblessed
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    Hey everyone - I am a 30 y/o female that is very new to acne.  Prior to a few months back, I had nearly perfect skin with a minor breakout every now and then.  I went from never even thinking about the skin on my face to not being able to think about anything else!  Acne has stolen all of my confidence and self-esteem!

    Anyways, a few months back I started getting more than one breakout at a time.  I was a little worried but also under a lot of stress so didn't think much of it.  Then, all of a sudden, I started to notice these little bumps under my skin.  They would never turn into a pimple, but if I squeezed them, stuff would come out.  So the first couple I got I just squeezed and moved on.  Then, what seemed like over night, they were all over my cheeks!  I panicked and booked an appointment with a dermatologist right away.  Turns out, I have very clogged pores.  She prescribed me doxycycline (75mg a day) and epiduo forte to put on at night.  

    After doing some online research, I understood that with the epiduo, things were likely going to get worse before they got better.  However, I am now on week 6 and my face is worse than EVER before.  I am talking multiple new cysts each morning, new whiteheads each morning, and still little bumps everywhere.  

    I am hoping someone who has seen results with epiduo and an oral antibiotic could give me their thoughts!  Has anyone else experienced this?

    I will put some photos from week 3-6 in my gallery.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've created a Acne Support Group in Meetup. If you live near or in Sacramento, CA, please come out to join me where we can share our struggles or simply someone to talk to regarding about yourself, acne, goals, etc. Here is the link to the Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Sac-Acne-Support-Group/
    Please make an RSVP so I'll know if you want to meet up. It doesn't have to be on Fridays, we can schedule meetups on the weekends.

    Please keep in mind that I'm new to this and may not know what I'm doing. I'm open to suggestions. If you find this post and the meetup group no longer exists, please message me. 

    Stay positive,
    See H.

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    hi, i forgot about this blog!

    sooo the skin on my face is clear. i saw my derm today and he congratulated me lol. i realized i was using way too much stuff before. i'm embarrassed i posted that now lol. it's way over the top. anyway, below is my face routine and then i'll share about my body situation.

    i take doxycycline once a day btw. i'm worried my acne will come back once i stop that, but i'll see. i'm going to see my obgyn in janurary and i want to ask if i can go on birth control pills + spiro.

    morning:
    rinse with water or use thayer's rose petal witch hazel
    cerave pm
    bp gel
    neutrogena sheer zinc, coppertone waterbabies mineral, or blue lizard sensitive for face sunscreen
    use elf setting powder so the sunscreen isn't greasy

    night:
    baby oil oil cleanse - use a wet paper towel (need to get a wash cloth for my face) to wipe the oil off
    cerave hydrating cleanser
    cerave pm
    wait 20 mins
    tretinoin
    shea butter or vaseline if i remember

    weekly:
    colloidal oatmeal mask or bentonite clay mask

    ok so now onto my body: i have folliculitis and KP under my breasts. it's really embarrassing for me and it hurts my self esteem. my derm wasn't helpful about that. he said mine looked as good as it was going to get in that area cause the skin is touching. i don't believe that especially since it's gotten worse for me. sooo what i'm going to do is use benzoyl peroxide body wash (picked up some from walgreens) and use eucerin advanced repair lotion (has some stuff like urea and AHA that is supposedly good for KP! looked really nice and was on sale! i tried it today and i love it so far!). i'll save my more expensive cerave for my face tbh cause my body skin needs more intense stuff. i also started using cornstarch yesterday under my breasts to keep the area dry.

    alright!!!

    i need to order more tretinoin since i'm almost out. i'm tight on money. :/ acne is expensive.

    thanks for reading

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    Not really use to writing, but I thought this might be a perfect way to really keep a track of where I am going with - what seems like an eternity - of acne struggle. 

    A brief history of this struggle. 

    Upon starting puberty around 11 years of age, I started breaking out across my T-Zone area, my chin and the side of my face. This eventually went away by the age of 14 (when I got significantly sun-burnt - that's another story!). From then on, til the age of 19, I would get the occasional pimple on my forehead/ chin and sometimes on my top area cheek (the bony area). 

    September 2016, started new job, which is closer to home so less walking compared to before. I had a blood test done, which showed I had significantly low Vitamin D, and they gave me a high dosage 20,000IU/ 500mcg to bring it back up. 

    November 2016, I turn 20. For the first time, I got a pimple on the left side of my cheek (the area inline with your nostril - like the soft area of the cheek, where there is no bone). I visited my GP who prescribed me Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (alongside some oral antibiotics which I didn't take) - I applied this for the next month or so. 

    Around December 2016, I decided to hit the gym for the first time once a week.

    Come February 2017, and what was just a few pimples on the left cheek, manifested to my whole left cheek getting covered in spots. 

    August 2017, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I was prescribed Duac, which I didn't use. Diagnosis has made me very aware of my sugar intake. Cut back to adding any extra sugar to my food and tea. 

    October 2017, I decided to make a few changes. I started to take Zinc 15mg. For the first time in my life, I decided to put in place a skin care routine as my acne was getting out of hand (note: before this, I had never a skin care routine, just washing my face with water, and the once a week St. Ives face scrub). I am til now, using Cetaphil cleaner, then topping this with Salicylic Acid 2%, and neutrogena oil-free moisturiser. I am also using Rosehip oil for the very dry areas of my face. Acne has now spread to left cheek, still breaking out on forehead like before. 

    November 2017, I have also started taking multivitamin supplement, Vitamin C 500mg, Vitamin D. I am also trying out Spearmint tea, which I have read is quite good for PCOS. This I am drinking twice a day (sometimes may have green tea and spearmint). I have ditched the usual cereals for breakfast and have opted for porridge oats only. 

    That's all so far. We'll see where this go.

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    It’s been almost a year and a half since I started Differin. It’s worked better than I could’ve ever hoped.

    My current routine includes no face washes (I have found that they do nothing more than irritate my skin), a pea-sized amount of Differin daily, rinsing my face with water about 5 times a day, and drinking more water than I think I need.

    I still usually have a pimple or two at a time, but I don’t fret about them. It has been very beneficial for me not to pick at them.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my starting Differin, it’s that other people are not as critical and judgement as you think. Many people that you see everyday have been through the exact same thing (or a similar skin problem). They understand. The way your skin looks says nothing about who you are. Don’t let it change you.

     I’m not sure whether or not my experience will help others out there, but I want these posts to give them hope. Acne is psychologically draining, but we all can beat it. Remember, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Surround yourself with people who value you for who you are, not your skin. Forget anyone who tries to make you feel insecure.

    I believe that God challenges us all in different ways. For some it is acne. Learn to see yourself and others around you DEEPER than the skin. It’s not easy, and I can’t say I’m good at it, but it’s something I try to do everyday.

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    Small babies may develop acne because of the lingering maternal hormones after delivery, which may cause stimulation to the baby's sebaceous glands. Your baby receives these hormones from the placenta, after the delivery.

    Don't worry if your baby has pimples. About 20% of the newborn babies are affected by baby acne, also known as acne-neonatorum.

    Let’ know the various aspects of this peculiar type of acne. First things first, the treatment for infantile acne is not the same as that of acne treatment for any other age group.

    Infantile acne is gender-biased. Male babies are more affected than their female counterparts. Normally babies have the acne attack at the age of 3 weeks. Some babies have it from the time of delivery. Generally, the types of acne you find in infants are papules and pustules. Papules are red bumps and pustules are whiteheads. They have a collection of pus.

    Some babies also have acne on the scalp. Acne in babies does not require treatment as such. The lesions will take care of themselves within a period of four months. But do take the normal care of the baby as you would take care of its other body parts.

    Use mild baby soap and gently clean the face once in a day with water. Do not try harsher methods by using oil and other lotions which you think are good. They may at times, worsen the condition. Know for certain that infantile acne will disappear when it has to.

    In your anxiety to photograph the baby, don't stuff his/her cheeks with cosmetics and if at all you need to have the touch-ups, do it in an imaginative way.

    If you or your family doctor feel that the baby has severe acne, treat it with benzoyl peroxide, keratolytic agents or topical creams like retinoids.

    The ways of acne are indeed mysterious. If you have a family history of acne, that doesn't mean that your baby will have acne. And just because the baby has acne, it doesn't mean that it will suffer from the attack of acne, when it grows up. Acne has its own working style and attacking strategy.

    Infantile acne, which normally appears after the age of three months in a baby, quietly disappears after the age of 12 months. No special efforts of treatment are required. In some babies, the condition may last up to three years. It is due to the genetic makeup of your baby. You have something to contribute to it, as the hereditary part.

    You have nothing to do with the infantile acne, relating to the treatment part. Just observe its arrival and departure. Well, arrival with anxiety and departure with pleasure!

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    so. i am 14, and have had flawless skin for my whole life. my skin has been perfect until i got the idea that i needed to have a skincare routine and use products. i’ve been switching from product to natural remedy, thinking that i just needed to find the one cure, but i’ve realized my acne is irritant based and also a form of folloculitis when i dry shaved my face with a leg shaver (don’t ask) i’ve realized the part of my face that i haven’t touched is flawless, smooth and balanced. i am going to run an icecube over my face morning and night to calm down inflammation and clean my face without irritating. i will update everyday

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    I've been MIA since I've started my accutane course on 23rd June and my dermatologist consultant have officially stopped my course today. I've been on a very vigorous course for 5 months under her care. First month on 35mg, second month on 50mg, third, fourth and final month on a very strong dose of 70mg. 

    It was very tough during the first month as my skin really started purge and I felt like a frog, my acne was painful but after one week you can really start feeling the difference. Whenever the derm increased my dose I will have a week of purge where my skin feels the worst. 

    Overall, the worse side effect for me was chapped lips and when I was on 70mg dose my joints really started to ache especially my knees. I hope these side effects will  wear off now that I have stopped the medication.

    I have one final appointment next month just to make sure the treatment was a success and to go over any questions I may have.

    Im so glad I found Roaccutane, I wish i and gone on it sooner, my skin is looking better and i can't believe I'm finally feeling  good in my own skin again! My next plan is treat scarring and pigmentation.

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    Today is day 71. My skin is getting smoother and the few pimples that have popped up I have not touched because there pretty small. Now that winter is  coming and the humidity is under 50 my hands and arms are dry. My face was getting dry too and my moisturizer wasn’t really working so I started using organic unrefined hemp seed oil. (Made by sweet essentials) I got it on amazon and it’s working. I drank like 8 beers this week. I think I drank four while I watched football and I felt fine. My back, arms, chest are completely clear now which is awesome. I have had some cramps but probably just cause I didn’t drink enough water. My joint pain has gotten better. Been trying to take fish oil at least once a day.  That’s about it this week