1. More Than a Month
  2. I can only second what everyone has said so far, and really stress to have patience because it is very much a process of trial and error to see what works for your skin.

  3. Nose cysts. Help!

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    Here are a few things you can do:

    • Apply tea tree oil directly to the cyst two or three times a day
    • Apply apple cider vinegar to the cysts twice a day. Be careful if you have sensitive skin and dilute the ACV with a little water.
    • Massage a few drops of castor oil directly on the cyst. Soak a cotton cloth in warm water and place it on the cysts for 10-15 minutes. Do this twice a day.
    • Apply witch hazel to cysts 3-4 times a day.
    Don't do them all at once, though, or you won't know which one it was that worked. And they are intense, so you don't want to irritate your skin further.

    Good Luck.



  4. Listen to your mother and everyone else who tells you to leave them alone. I know it's not easy to do, but that will help immensely. Have you gone to a dermatologist for any of this? That may also help.

  5. These are good ones to start with, you may have to try a few before you find the one that works best for you. Just don't try too many new products at once, you can either make it worse, or it will clear up and you won't kniw which one worked.

    CeraVe AM Moisturizer

    Paula’s Choice

    Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

  6. Please help me

    Forums General acne discussion 14 replies

    Eventually, something will just keep trying.

  7. Please help me

    Forums General acne discussion 14 replies

    Sometimes these red marks fade over time and sometimes they don't. Have you seen a dermatologist? That may help you. Just keep in mind that not everything works for everyone, so you'll have to continue trying new things until you find the winner.

    Sorry, it really is trial and error.

  8. Doing things like picking at your acne can damage the skin and cause scarring, so avoid doing that as much as possible. Some that become severely inflamed can also scar.

    If you have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), it can be treated. Sometimes it even goes away over time, just by keeping a strict skincare routine. Topical creams can help. Pitted or depressed scars are harder to treat. 

    I suggest you see a dermatologist. It could be faster. If you have a good dermatologist, they'll tell you what you can treat with OTC products and what you'll need a prescription for. Mine does that, anyway.

    Good luck.

  9. Sorry, that happened to you. It's often hard to predict what will happen when you are trying something new. It may work just fine for someone else and not for you. It seems counterintuitive, but if your skin is well hydrated or just cleansed, it could have absorbed more of the problem ingredient than expected. 

    You can try a hydrocortisone cream or a product such as Aquaphor or Vaseline to soothe your skin. Be gentle with your skin until the redness goes away. 

    Hope this helps.

  10. Some of these things you may be doing, but I'd advice trying these steps first before you go for laster treatments. If they don't get rid of the issue completely, ask your dermatologist about lasers.

    First, don't pop or pick at any active acne breakouts, this can irritate the skin and push more bacteria into the wound. Also, avoid scrubbing these areas, since physical exfoliation is can cause unnecessary damage.

    Don't use cleansers that contain sulphates or have high pH levels.  Higher pH levels creates a favorable for bacteria, and therefore acne, to thrive. Use chemical exfoliates that gently remove dead skin cells from your skin's surface.

    Don't use toners with alcohols or other astringents. They will dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil. Use a gentle toner that cleans the skin without stripping it of moisture.

    Always, always wear sunscreen to protect your skin, sun exposure can darken the marks.

    If nothing helps, seeing a dermatologist might be the best course of action. 

    Good luck.

  11. I agree, this could be hormonal, or it could be for some other reason. Definitely see a doctor or dermatologist at least for a diagnosis. Then you can come of with a strategy for treatment.

    Good luck, let us know how it goes.

  12. Yes, it can be tedious, but so worth it in the end. Good luck.

  13. Usually an Nd:Yag pulsed laser is used to treat moles, tattoos, and other dark spots. Some can be removed in just one treatment session, others may take longer, your dermatologist can advise you.

  14. There are no images, assuming that was an error. Also, if you suspect something fungal or eczema, you should probably see a dermatologist.

  15. Your routine does look simple, so it could be the products. I would suggest eliminating/adding one type of product at a time so you can see what is working. When you experiment with too many variables at once, you don't really know which one is working. There may very well be a combo that works, but if you experiment haphazardly, you'll either get subpar results or may end up using more products than you really need. 

  16. After lancing, it can take 1-2 weeks for the wound to heal. I'd give it a little time to resolve. Then check with the doctor or dermatologist who treated the cyst.

  17. Definitely, see a dermatologist about what is best for your skin.

  18. Since they exfoliate your skin, it may seem to get worse initially, as the peel will bring stuff from the inside to the surface. In the long run, you will probably see some benefit. They are a good complement to other treatments. If you do try it, please post an update.

  19. That's amazing. Your skin looks like it's on its way to 100%. Thanks for the info. 

  20. I can take 6-8 weeks for antibiotics to start working, so you may not see results right away. Take as prescribed and follow your doctor's instructions exactly to get the best results. Maintain your regular skincare, but be gentle.

    Good luck.

  21. Undiluted essential oils of any type should not be applied directly to the skin of the face, they are very concentrated. Each one is different and ones like lavender are considered safe. Tea tree oil is very strong and should be diluted. 

    These oils are in many products, but they are diluted. Even so, some people react to them so you have to be careful. Just because they are natural doesn't mean you will not react. Try diluting a few drops with about 20-40 drops of alcohol-free witch hazel. Apply once or twice a day with a cotton swab. Be sure to get alcohol-free witch hazel, or you'll dry out your skin too much, which will cause it to produce more oil.

  22. There are spots that people who tan a lot get, not dark spots on the face, but spots on their torso, that are caused by a fungus. Often they use Head and Shoulders to get rid then. I mention this because the spots are caused by a fungus related to the dandruff fungus.

    So it doesn't surprise me that H&S would work on body acne. If you are using it on your face, be very careful because it is drying. You could just dab it on the pimples so that you don't dry out your entire face. And, of course, moisturize afterward.

    Hope this helps.

  23. I give up.

    Forums General acne discussion 12 replies

    You could also try washing your face with one of the micellar cleansing waters. Just swipe your face with a few cotton balls of the stuff. It's super gentle. Sometimes I only wash my face at night, either the water or gentle cleanser depending on its state, and just rinse in the morning. And you should still be moisturizing.

    Also, remember that everyone's skin is different, so that is why you often see conflicting opinions. One other piece of advice I have is to not try too many new things at once, or you'll never know which one is working. It's possible a combination will get you the best results, but you should add new things in one at a time.
    Good luck.
  24. Charcoal mask disaster!!

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    Keep moisturizing, that can help with the dryness. Otherwise, leaving it alone is best. You can rinse it with water, or try one of the micellar waters if you want to cleanse it. Exfoliating can help with flakiness, but be sure your skin is ready for it. If it's dry, try BeautyRx Skincare Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads, they have glycolic acid which is very gentle. Just wipe lightly, don't scrub.

    Good luck.

  25. Be careful about using products that dry out your skin. If you wash your face too often or use products that are too harsh, it can cause your skin to produce more oil, and then more breakouts. It seems like you are on the right track, just use lukewarm water and maybe in the evening a gentle cleanser if you think you need it. Sometimes in the morning I just rinse my face with water and use a little non-alcoholic witch hazel as a toner. I like Thayers, but you can choose whatever you like, just make sure no alcohol, as that will dry out your skin.

  26. Super hard to keep from doing, but much better if you don't.