1. Last Month
  2. Back in April I stopped using BP... like many others, I read up about long term affects of using it and how it can be damaging to your skin. Well, I regret it. Looking back, that’s when my skin started acting up. What’s damaging to your skin is acne. Shortly after weaning myself of BP, I broke out into a million closed comedones. Miserable. After much distress I went back to BP. The purging stage is REAL OMG. Almost all of the CC have turned into big, red inflamed pimples and some cysts. My face is an embarrassing disaster and I’m waiting for my referral to see the dermatologist again. I attached two pics. One is when I had mostly CC, the second pic is now - big red inflamed acne. I regret ever quitting BP and will stick to it from now on... I live in a climate with heat and humidity and pollution, plus I’m acne prone. ...and there’s nothing I can do about those factors. BP it is. I just hope this purging ends soon because it’s so so depressing. I am however glad that closed comedones are almost gone, it just sucks that they have to erupt into volcanoes to go away. 

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  3. More Than a Month
  4. Hey. So... I’m still breaking out. Mostly the bottom half of my face. My jaw, under my cheekbones... it’s depressing because I already have scars there from my former cystic acne ten years ago. It’s cystic too. It hurts. I’m using benzoyl peroxide lotion but I think I will need to ask my doctor for something oral, as topical just isn’t stopping the cysts. I have done a lot of reading about spironolactone being an androgen blocker. I truly believe I have high levels of androgens and am waiting for the results of my blood test. 

    Has anyone been on this before? Did it help the cystic acne? I’m sure there will be side effects, but I’m willing to have them for clear skin. Having cystic acne again is making my mental health really bad. Severe depression and anxiety from it. I just want to hide inside my room all day but of course I can’t. :(
    I have been on accutane ten years ago for cystic acne, and although it cleared me up, it returned after a year. Plus it made my already terrible depression and suicidal thoughts a lot worse, so that’s not an option for me. The only birth control that has ever agreed with me was yaz, but my insurance won’t let me have it anymore. I have been dairy free for years. I recently went gluten free. My face is no better and just worse. I feel at my wits end dealing with this again. Please tell me there’s some hope for possibly using spiro?

  5. About a month ago I started to break out, mostly with what looked like closed comedones. Before that it was nice and clear. I just used my salicylic acid wash and Lush tea tree toner. My skin has been fantastic for a long time except a couple pimples near my period. This recent disaster kinda happened while I was spending some time outside in the humid weather all day, sweating to death. By the end of those days my skin was oily as a bucket of slime and dry and flaky - yikes. Before I knew it, closed comedone hell. After using basic acne treatments (SA, BP, sulfur mask), with still no relief of the closed comedones, I began to research pityrosporum folliculitis. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on all over my cheeks and jaw. There is some inflamed hormonal acne which I attribute to high stress levels and androgen release.. (very recently reported a brutal rape incident to police and struggling with ptsd.. talking about it in detail being recorded was a nightmare.) The inflamed acne is actually getting better believe it or not. But the closed comedone bumps, are getting worse as if they’re spreading. I think it’s PF because it itches terribly. My acne has never itched before and as you can tell by my scarring, I’ve had acne before. Also for about 5 months or so my diet was mostly bread/yeast products. I was depressed during that time so ate comfort foods. Recently I’ve switched to gluten free and have been eating much healthier (mainly the paleo diet). I hear that eliminating bread and yeast foods can clear PF. Also using my tea tree toner again because I heard it’s an anti fungal, and provides immediate relief from the itching. Does this look like PF to you? If so, what’s the secrets to treating it? Please help. I’m isolating myself because I can’t stand being seen. It’s making me so depressed I’m fantasizing about suicide. I’m on an antidepressant right now.

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  6. I have the same problem recently. I am now stopping eating gluten to see if that helps, and using my favorite benzoyl peroxide lotion again which seems to be bringing them to a surface. I’m broken out bad right now and it makes me feel miserable. 

  7. So what happened was that I stopped using my benzoyl peroxide lotion a couple months ago. Also a bunch of stress happened, overdried my skin, so I broke out. I ended up getting a TON of closed comedones. And a few cysts! This week I started using my benzoyl peroxide again. There is now less closed comedones but a few large pimples where most of the closed comedones are around. I’ve used benzoyl peroxide before with great results, but I don’t know if I remember my face purging. Not used to this comedones acne. Could that be what’s going on? 

  8. A couple months ago I broke out with a ton of closed comedones around the sides of my chin. Looks terrible under light. I finally found that using Clinique Acne Solitions all over clearing treatment (benzoyl peroxide lotion) is clearing them away very quickly. I was using the Paula’s choice benzoyl peroxide and it wasn’t working like this, but the Clinique one is working. I hate closed comedones and I’m amazed they’re clearing so quickly as I’ve been stuck with them for months before.