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  1. Hey everyone I thought I would share some information with you all because it is possible someone out there could be going through the same thing. So I have been wanting to get Rhinoplasty for at least 8 years and recently I came in to some money that would finally make that a reality for me. Well before I went to see my dermatologist I noticed that the tiniest surfaces scratches on my skin would take 5x as long to heal and they always end up scaring... I barely scratched myself with a pencil on the back of my hand and now I have a surface scar there. So obviously accutane makes your skin very sensitive. I was about to set a date for my surgery when I decided I should ask my dermatologist first. She told me it was great that I asked her about that and told me the following: She said that while on accutane if you are going to get any type of surgery that is optional do not do it until 1-3 months after you finish accutane, because you will not heal correctly. In my case my nose could heal crooked and I would be left with a very noticeable scar( and the cartilage could heal into lumps.). She also said that If you are on accutane and you absolutely need a surgery to just expect to scar very badly and heal slowly. So looks like I wont be getting my surgery until after I finish my course of accutane, which is best and does not really bother me. I would rather have clear skin and a successful surgery then having a crooked nose as the outcome. I've waited this long so a few extra months is nothing. So just a heads up to anyone who is thinking about having an optional surgery while on accutane such as breast augmentation, face lift, etc.. Talk to your Dr first about how you would heal and how long after accutane you can go through with the procedure.
  2. Hi i was recently prescribed adapalene. However, my dermatologist said to use it every morning. I did my research and it says that it is bad to use adapalene in the morning due to sunlight exposure. I was just wondering if it is safe to use adapalene in the morning? If it is safe, can I put makeup over it? Thank you. I was prescribed adapalene gel .3% to use in the morning and sulfa cleanse medicated wash to use at night.
  3. Hi everyone, I have read through these forums for years now trying to find a cure for my own acne. I’m a female, it’s started at 13-14 years old, I’m currently 28, cysts/whiteheads on chin and sometimes the jawline, daily break outs that never go away but definitely flares up at ovulation and week before period. I suspect I have insulin resistance and my acne is related to inflammation from sugar, bread, etc that then wreaks havoc on my insulin and other hormones. I have thought in the past that maybe I had PCOS, but my cycles are very regular and never any pain with periods or weight issues. Topicals don’t affect my acne at all. I've tried dermatologists, OTC treatments, peels, nothing helps topically. Coconut oil is the devil to my skin. Internal treatment is the key, but I’ve also tried everything from vitex, saw palmetto, inositol, chromium, magnesium, multivitamins, dairy free, digestive enzymes, alpha lipoic acid, gallbladder support, MSM, green tea, stinging nettle, moringa, niacin, reishi mushroom, burdock root, progesterone cream (reduces acne for a few weeks, but then got much worse), beta sitoserol, yeast cleanses, maca powder, l-glutamine, diatomaceous earth, vitamin c (i can feel inflammation reduced for a half a day and then by nighttime it’s flared back up again), zinc, NAC, wheatgrass powder, spearmint tea (did help reduce short term but stopped working), birth control (yaz helped the first time, it not the second time), DIM (still taking DIM because it notably helps cystic acne around jawline but I was still having horrible acne/whiteheads on chin), garlic (helps a lot actually but have to cut up at least 6 cloves day and drink with water and I wreaked of garlic all day every day), drinking more water (healthy, but didn’t affect my skin at all), exercise (once again healthy, but doesn’t change my skin), probiotics (helps a tiny bit outwardly but I still take for my gut), keto diet (a very STRICT keto diet cleared my skin up in 2 weeks, a relaxed keto diet reverts my skin right back to normal inflamed acne on chin within a day so it’s been very hard to maintain that lifestyle).... Now to MY Success. I say my success because I don’t know how many supplements and products I have tried because I read on this website that it cured someone else. Do your own research, but this has been the #1 combo supplement I have ever tried and my skin continues to get better. It's worth a try in my opinion. ***10,000 iu powder tablet form Vitamin D3 (must be powder tablet form, not oil) ***100-200 mcg Vitamin K2 (MK-7) About a month ago I was reading that if you take Vitamin D3 you must take vitamin k2 for absorption. I thought because I had taken vitamin d3 in the past, it didn’t work for my acne but I’ve never tried it with k2. Ya’ll. Over the past month my inflamed, reddened, pus filled skin that I had to wash and scrub every morning before work and cover up with loads of makeup has transformed into soft soft with only a few hyperpigmented areas here and there. My oily t-zone is gone, I dont have to touch up my powder midday, my hair is less oily. I could cry for how long I’ve searched for this and wanted skin that I don’t have to run to the bathroom in the morning and check the “damage” before I wanted my boyfriend (now husband) to see me. If you have acne acne that seems to be resistant to everything Iike one, please try this. The pic I posted is the brand and dosages I use that worked for me. You can order from amazon. I still take a few other supplements for other areas of my health, and I’m still always tying to work on my diet and being healthy internally. But not having to wake up in horror or feel totally guilt tripped from eating the wrong thing has changed my life. Going on month two right now and I’m so happy. Thought I would finally make an account and share my good news.
  4. Hey everyone so I know its been awhile but I have been super busy! So here is an update: I went to my dermatologist two weeks ago and she decided to up my dosage to 60mg. while I was there she said everything seemed to be going good and that I should be done with getting an initial breakout (lets hope). Last week I had three cystic bumps on my left cheek but those went away like all the other ones have. It sucks having them in the moment, but once they go down things always look up. I don't have any new symptoms except for extremely dry lips and eczema. One thing I should tell you all is that I do workout 5 days a week for about an hour and a half everyday. I have not had any muscle pains or difficulty working out,however I have noticed I am running out of energy much sooner,looks like I might have to start taking a pre workout. oh yeah also I have not been able to wax or thread my skin. If anyone has advice on how to remove facial hair while on accutane I would love to hear your advice. My cheeks are starting to look really fuzzy. here is my progress picture after being on accutane for 46 days.(You can see my 1st day on accutane pictures in my first blog post ) my right side.(you can see how dry my lips are) My left side
  5. I have been on the acne.org regimen for 2.5 years and recently things have been going bad. My skin has this whiteish spot and I have no idea what it is but I have avoided putting Benzoyl peroxide on it just the cleanser and moisturizer. I'm not sure if its from the sun, the BP, maybe a burn from the BP. But its been on my face for about 3 weeks now and is very noticeable. Has anyone ever experienced this?
  6. Hey, so I,ve been dealing with light acne since Im 14, Im 19 now and decided to go to the dermatologist about a month ago to just get over with acne and some little red marks, since I moved to a new city I had a really really bad breakout, like never before, so she prescribed me doxycycline 100 mg once a day and Retin A 0.025% every night, and sunblock every time I go out... so far I have not seen any improvements, my acne just got worse (maybe it is retin-a purge? since Im starting week 4) I have never developed scarring until I started with the treatment. I'm not completely sure if it is scarring or PIE / PIH, cause I see holes for sure, but I dont know if it is a scarring, post acne wounding, if someone would please help me i would greatly aprreciate it.
  7. Some general tips I know that have worked for me are: Drink a lot more water throughout the day, it makes you feel good and your skin feel fresh! Don’t touch your face, your hands are probably dirty and you are putting that on your face! Watch what you eat. Ideally you need to stay away from sugar, dairy and processed foods because they clog your pores and are bad for your health in general! Do some sort of physical activity, it’s not only good for your face but it is also good for lowering your stress levels which cause acne! Don’t use too many products. Stick with the basics so you don’t overload your face Don’t smoke! It makes your face age like crazy and it’s also bad for your body I also would suggest reading these articles for some more useful tips. I hope I could help at least 1 of you. Take care ROBOT012
  8. Day 25

    Blogs Accutane Crossing

    Good evening everyone, It has been about two weeks since my last post, and since then, I definitely have updates for you. As far as my products go, I have been using the same exact ones mentioned in my previous posts (please scroll down below if you are interested). They have all been working perfectly to the point where some days I could almost skip moisturizing. That is a dream compared to my first week on Accutane lol. My skin feels a little dry but totally normal for the most part. I am still breaking out, primarily on my cheeks, which has been my prime break out area since before I started Accutane. However, my forehead, which was filled entirely with tiny bumps and black/whiteheads, is completely clear! The blackheads on my nose (which was also entirely covered with deep-rooted blackheads) are also dissolving and going away as well. They are much smaller and less noticeable than they were before. It is such a great feeling to see progress after less than 1 month!! This progress, however, has come along with more side effects. The first new side effect I noticed is joint pain in the hip joints, knees and ankles. I have felt soreness/pain in my lower back, but it seems that this has spread to the lower joints in my body as well. There was a day that I was in school and I was walking down the hallway to my class. On the way there, my ankle started hurting so badly that I had to pause because I could not put pressure on my foot again. After standing still on the opposite foot for 1-2 minutes, I gently continued my walk, sat in the classroom for about 1 hour, got up at the end and felt fine. Although I ended up being okay for the rest of the day, this was something I took a mental note of. On another day, I had back pain that was so severe that I stayed home and rested to keep weight off of it so that it could recover. The next day I was completely fine. One thing I have noticed about being on this medication is that if I stand for a very long time or am active on one day, I will pay for it the next day. But as long as I am conscious of how much work I let my body handle, I am okay. Before I started Accutane, I went to the gym about 4-5 times per week so it is a big adjustment for me to not being going at all now. I am not the happiest about this change but I keep in mind that these 6 months are dedicated to taking care of my skin and I will return back to it once this process is over. Besides joint pain, I noticed a few small dry patches on my right hand, nothing crazy. My scalp has also felt itchy because it is drier and so is my hair. With all of this being said, overall, so far so good. There have been a few bumps in the road but I am extremely satisfied with my results so far. I am so excited to keep moving forward and to see what next months results have to bring Goodnight, Natalia xoxo
  9. Hello, How are you all ? After beating acne the biggest enemy will be the scars ! The scars will not pain you but it will give you a bad feeling I had done many lasers treatments more than 10 with different types of lasers I tried dermaroller , and subcision which i had with more than 4 doctors over 4 years but nothing fixed anything and my face still have alot of deep acne scars which many of them are rolling type and some are boxscars I went to doctor chu which was recommended from doctor davin lim and he told me he will do many seassions from me which will be prp+ tca+ derma pen and subcision I searched for reviews for this doctor but all opinions and reviews I find is from 5 years ago and more So I made this post so anyone who have tried to treat his acne scars with this doctors post his review and tell us his opinion please because he is the most famous one on the UK for these treatments
  10. I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s been several times in my life an ingredient in a product has caused me to break out and I, for the life of me, couldn’t figure out which ingredient was responsible. It was insanely hard to figure it out myself and I’ve heard my friends complain about this as well. I’m a Master’s student at UC Berkeley and I’ve gathered a team of developers and designers to build a tool to make it easier for people like you and me to track which products work and don’t work with our own unique skin types by finally being able to isolate the ingredient that causes us to break out. BUT, I don’t know if I’m the only one or if other people have had this same issue of not knowing what ingredient in a cosmetic product was causing you to break out. I’m trying to figure out if this is a real problem. I know you guys must be really busy but if you take just 3 minutes to answer this survey. It would go a long way in terms of being able to motivate our team that this is a real problem.| Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSet6B52mCHQvf60t1VMp7Jmr540dmSLOco6dhglVMT4zaHR3A/viewform?usp=sf_link We're still in the preliminary stages of research but if you're interested in the project, want to learn more or would like us to let you know once we have finished building out the app - you can also leave your email in the survey or feel free to PM me!
  11. Hi all, Acne scar victim here. A SEVERELY scarred victim, id like to add. From both my temples to all across my cheeks and probably a new one on my forehead. I've had acne scars for a couple years now and I'm here to say that the biggest, and most often ONLY enemy is truly yourself. I've been roaming through the blogs here due to a recent flare up, and found that when it comes to posts about dealing with the psychological and emotional effects of acne scars, alot of people commenting seem to make the situation more depressing rather trying to help. Which I can understand, most users on this site come here when they are depressed, not so many would come on this site when they feel great. But I've been on both sides of the fence and I want to break this illusion about your scars: Nobody cares about them, And ALOT of people don't even notice them! The only person reminding yourself that you are scarred is yourself. You are most often the biggest and only enemy that you will face. Once I realized that, I tried to change that. I began to pretend I wasn't scarred anymore. I avoided the mirror a little bit and I would just allow myself to be me. And I pushed myself to socialize more. I pushed myself to go out and have fun. And from that, I began to reap the benefits. I enjoyed time with friends. I had wild experiences. I had romantic experiences. I will honestly some of my best life experiences occurred after I had received my heavy scars. I even found others who were scarred like me, or worse than me, that also were enjoying life and doing better than me. Don't get me wrong, none of it happened immediately. It took some time and adjustment, as all things do. And the scars still SUCK. They still get to me. But regardless I still pushed myself, and tried to live my life. And as I pushed myself, I realized that life is short and painful, and EVERYBODY is hurting one way or another. Our pain as acne scar victims is more visible, but that does not mean its better. If we were to simply leave the mirror and forget about the scars, we may actually enjoy ourselves. Not everyone has that luxury. Again, I understand this is a tough issue. Our face is one of the most important aspects about us. Having it scarred and abused and damaged is a legitimately terrible thing. I'm not saying it doesnt hurt or suck. I'm simply saying it is not the end. We have been through an emotional and physical war with our own bodies. We deserve to be happy. You deserve to be happy. And the only person who says you don't, is yourself. Stop listening to that person. Leave the mirror and do something that makes you feel good; wear your favorite outfit, buy a new outfit, listen to your favorite music, find some new music, go to a concert, go to the theaters and see a new movie, pick up a new hobby, pick up an old hobby, Make some new friends, hang out with some old friends, get drunk (responsibly), hit on someone (use protection if it goes well). Most of all, find a reason to smile. Who knows? You might actually catch yourself feeling happy. Wouldn't that be a mind-blowing concept?
  12. Hello My name is Kiki im 20 years old. I took accurate for 5 months last year. During the summer I was outside and got a tan line on my foot and since then it hasn't disappeared my skin is uneven. I would post a pic but im shy. I also have a bunch of new moles that I didnt have before, Ihave been very suicidal and depressed since taking this drug. I don't know what to do I. thought my skin would go back to normal after stopping but it hasn't. I hate my body more than ever I don't know what to do or who to go to please help.
  13. So a few months ago I had the worst breakout I've ever had in my life. I'm not sure if it was random or due to some treatments that I was trying at the time. I stopped doing everything. I went straight caveman regimen to try and help and it seemed like it helped a little. The only things I do now is use tamanu oil for HIP and I've been taking some vitamins and I even went and bought a filtered showerhead for my shower to help filter the water I use on my face. It just seems like nothing I'm doing is working. I'm seriously at a loss. I cant take this anymore. I'm a 24 year old Male and I shouldn't have to deal with acne as long as I have. I believe its hereditary from my mom but there has got to be something I can do I keep trying to just have faith that it'll get better and be patient but my confidence is at a zero and I honestly just dont know how much longer I can deal with this. Below are pictures from about 3 months ago to now. I dont know if I should just keep doing what I'm doing or try something else. First set is now and second is before
  14. Hi, I'm doing a HUGE research on how Acne effects us at a emotional level and personal level. I'd be very grateful if you could answer any of these following questions, as it would help me uncover some secrets about the underlying causes of Acne. I'd gladly share all that I discover with those that help me with below questions. What keeps you awake at night, eyes open, staring at the ceiling? What are you afraid of? What are you angry about? Who makes you angry? What are your top 3 daily frustrations? What kind of treatments have you tried? What do you secretly, ardently desire the most? How do you make your decisions generally? What treatments are you currently on? Which treatments have failed you? You are awesome, thank you so much for answering these though questions. These answers will help me help others with their skin disorders and skin diseases. You the best, Thanks kindly again
  15. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  16. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  17. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  18. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  19. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne and some types of rosacea for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  20. hi! i'm a 19 year old girl who has been suffering with acne for the past 8 years or so. for a few years, my doctor had prescribed me lymecycline, which had initially helped but eventually stopped doing anything for me. my acne seemed to get worse, particularly on my cheeks at this point, which is when i was prescribed birth control. after a few months, i noticed that my skin became significantly worse - i had stopped taking the birth control. this was around a year ago - since then, i've been simply keeping a skincare routine where i use african black soap and a tea tree wash, which seems to keep my skin fairly in check (this is lightly said as i still would get around 10 small spots at a time), along with doing all the stuff like changing pillow cases regularly etc however recently it once again flared up, particularly on my neck and chin - i'm sure you'd understand my frustration, i am soon to turn 20 years old so i can't even blame it on puberty at this point haha! also, i scar SO badly -- nothing seems to get rid of the hyperpigmentation, i have to wear face makeup everytime i leave the house. i'm not sure whether i should return to my doctor at this point, as i'm not sure what other options there are, or whether i should just brave it through the flare ups? (they usually consist of clusters of like, 15 spots in one area, particularly on my jaw. vvvv frustrating.) or does anybody have any other tips? plz help! thank you a lot! <33
  21. I have been on accutane for a month 20mg once a day, and after my recent dermatologist visit I told them about the back pain I was having (not so bad that I can't deal with it, but noticeable) and she moved my dosage down to 10mg. This made me very upset as the longest she can put me on the medication is 6 months, and she said there are better results if you can take a higher dosage. Then, a call came this morning that my iPledge somehow got deleted and I'm not registered anymore. My window for picking up pills is running out, and now I have to go through bloodwork again once they finish straightening this out. My dermatologist says she hopes to have it straightened out before the medication is filtered out of my system, which is about one month. I'm feeling really upset, so if anyone has encouragement or experienced something similar I could really use it.
  22. I’ve read many things online but cant seem to find what exactly I have on my forhead. I got it so suddenly about 3 weeks ago.
  23. A little background about me: I have had acne since 3rd or 4th grade, in high school I found out I was celiac, and that helped a lot. After high school I got my wisdom teeth out and and had to take an antibiotic which exploded my skin. I took medication for my acne, which was great, but it gave me period cramps so bad that I would throw up every month. DID NOT WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT, so I stopped taking it. I was on a mostly vegan with some fish diet with lots of plant-based vitamin A, which worked to clear up MOST of my acne naturally. That was Spring 2018, but I still have acne on my chin and somewhat on my jawline. (Pretty sure this is due to hormones) I have been working to reduce toxins in my life. I have almost cramp-free periods (unless I have too much sugar during) My acne is significantly better! But... I still have new zits every day. Currently I am on a low-carb diet. (I probably eat too many walnuts.) I see improvements when I get at least 6 servings of vegetables. I have also limited my fruit intake, eliminated grains (considering adding quinoa back in), and I cut out dairy. & I am soy intolerant, so I avoid that. Most of my carbs come from sweet potatoes and berries, sometimes green apples, and of course vegetables. My skin is oily, yet also flaky where I have acne. I feel the least anxiety that I have felt in years. Something I have observed: My skin clears up when I visit the Blue Ridge Mountain region. I will also still eat what I want, yet my skin still improves! I normally live in Florida, and I have actually begun washing my face with filtered water (if I wash my face). Note: when I am in the mountains I continue to maintain a gluten free and mostly soy-free diet. I will sometimes eat dairy, even some sugar.
  24. I’ve always had very clear skin but for about a year and a half now I’ve developed these red looking bumps on my face, they’re kind of raised, mostly flat, they don’t itch or anything and they don’t seem like pimples. It also seems like it’s undernesth my skin. Someone told me it’s the bacteria that causes acne on my face but they recommened me a $100+ product. I’ve switched my products time and time again, I use home remedies, they won’t go away. People tell me it could be due to stress? But I’m not stressed out. Someone please help i just need answers.
  25. I've been using adapalene .1% gel for almost a year now and I'm not very happy with the results and I'm wondering if I should stop my use. I broke out badly at first but I knew that was what was supposed to happen and when it eventually cleared up, I was so happy that things were "getting better" that I didn't even realize my skin was still bad, it was just better than it was after the initial breakout. So now, my skin isn't any better than it was when I started using this product, if anything, it's worse. I'm kind of afraid to stop using it because I've been applying it religiously for the past 11 months and I don't want to risk making my skin even worse... any advice?