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  1. I have started using the Regimen consistently about one and a half week ago. I follow the instructions precisely. Unfortunately, I have been experiencing some (known) side-effects of the benzoyl peroxide. Using the Cleanser? No problems at all! However, when I apply the benzoyl peroxide on my skin, it starts to burn/sting after some seconds. This is an unpleasant but manageable feeling and it is supposed to dissappear after my skin gets used to benzoyl peroxide, so I hope it does... When the benzoyl peroxide has dried, I apply the Moisturizer to my face and the AHA to the rest of my body. I think that the benzoyl peroxide is really making my skin quite sensitive, since this stuff burns even worse than the treatment itself. Do you have any tips to help with this? I am gradually increasing the amount of benzoyl peroxide used, but I think that I may be moving too quickly. Another side effect: the drying/flaking effects of benzoyl peroxide. The first few hours after I use the Regimen are just fine, since the Moisturizer still keeps my skin hydrated. However, after a while my skin starts to flake (ONLY on my throat though), which looks bad and feels gross. More moisturizer helps but the problem continues... what can I do to solve this? I appreciate all the help you can give me and I can say that the Treatment is showing its first results, which I am very happy about. I hope that I can get (and stay!) by the end of 2018.
  2. My benzoyl peroxide seems to be "caking" on my skin. When I rub my finger on my skin after application, a TON of the cream seems to come off. I thought my skin was just dry, but after some experimenting I realized that the product is the culprit. Anyone have any good suggestions for other BPs that don't cake on when you leave it on your skin?
  3. Most people out there have acne that's nice enough to dry up on its own with or without acne treatment. A couple of years ago, I just started getting these ridiculously stubborn clogged pores that will never go away no matter what I put on my skin. Also, nothing can prevent them from forming. They are extremely deep and they become inflamed spontaneously. The plugs that I get are huge, solid plugs that are like splinters. People tell me not to squeeze them but if I don't squeeze them out, they will never go away. If they DO go away, they will become a painful abscess before going away, and this process can take months. I basically have to treat these things as if they're splinters!!! To make things worse, I keep getting more and more of these things no matter what I do. If I don't get them out, my face will be a bumpy and congested mess!!! This is why I call this the "messed up acne". So here are the things that I've tried and the results: Benzoyl peroxide:this was the first thing I tried and while it worked well for nuking puss-filled pimples, it did absolutely nothing to the deep solid plugs that I get. Salicylic acid: It worked well but only the ones on the surface Mandelic acid: same result as salicylic acid Tretinoin: Seriously, I've given this thing many chances already. All it did was dry out my skin and caused more trouble. Sulfur: good, but not enough to prevent or treat the plugs. My skin type: Extremely oily, I'm, not talking about a little bit of shine. Oil is produced everywhere on my face and it is being produced 24/7. Somewhat sensitive, dries out quite a bit depending on what I use. So basically, what I'm trying to say is this sucks and HELP ME PLEASE. I get sad every time I have to injure my skin to remove the plug. I hate these plugs so much and I would like to know if any of you guys out there have the same issue as I do and how to deal with it. Accutane is not an option for clogged pores so please don't mention it. Thanks to the LionQueen, I know more about exfoliation (this is essential for people with clogged pores), but so far exfoliation just isn't enough. Too much exfoliation will severely dry out my skin and with the amount that I am using, I am just not getting the results that I desire.
  4. hi! i am new here. i have a HORRIBLE CASE of acne due to PCOS and nothing seems to work. i just started on birth control pills for my PCOS and hopefully it will work on my acne as well. and recently, i have started using BENZOYL PEROXIDE (BENZAC AC 5%). it has been a week and a half and yea, it helps dry out my pimples (but there are still new popping pimples) and i am grateful because the situation has improved even for a bit. but it really makes my skin dry but nothing that couldnt be helped with moisturizer. but then i woke up this morning and my face is itchy all over and the areas i put BP on was MAD RED. really really red. nothing like this happened before but the previous night i might have put on a little too much of BP on my skin. i am worried. and scared. i just want my pimples to disappear. will this pass? should i stop completely or should i just wait for my skin to calm down? ive put on moisturizer on the pic thats why my skin looks shiny. i got lots of acne marks. its kind of depressing when i see my face in the mirror. i used to be acne free. my college friends were so jealous asking what i do. i dont have a routine before, i just was my face morning and night. then this blasted PCOS came. i cant do anything but sigh. thanks for those who will read and reply.
  5. 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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    I’m in the week 2 of the regimen. I’m really scared because when I put the benzoyl peroxide on my skin I feel my skin burning and really irritated (this happens while applying it no after). I wonder if it’s normal... PLEASE HELP
  7. Hi I was prescribed Differin cream last week by the doctor who told me to use it alongside 5% benzoyl peroxide gel. I alternate them each night. I have been using them for about a week now and have noticed that when I wash my face in the morning, it is extremely sore (especially after using the differin). The most sore areas are red, shiny and bumpy. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks
  8. Hello, Im 21 year old. I have dusky and extremely oily skin. I have had tiny flesh coloured bumps on my forehead and tiny black bumps on my chin and cheek since 14. My doctor prescribed me salicylic soap and clindamycin in the mornings and Benzoyl peroxide at night. This cleared my forehead bumps. But the black dots are still there as you can see in the pictures. I never had any dryness and peeling because of BP. Does it mean that BP doesnt suit me? I also use a mild moisturiser and sunscreen. Im reading about sulphur soaps and adaplene. Should i use them?
  9. Hey, so I've been using BPO since about 3 months now and my skin is not completly clear but its getting there. I've been using Cetaphil as a moisturizer and my skin hasnt been dry because of it, but recently i went swimming and noticed that my skin gets dry and flaky after taking a swim which is not only uncomfortable but also kinda embarassing, so i wanted to ask if there is anything i could do about that? Like maybe there are other moisturizers that wont come off? Thanks ahead!
  10. I started seeing tons of small closed comedones appear on my cheeks and chin after I started a new regime, put together by the dermatologist. I was using cerave hydrating cleanser but stopped that a few days ago because I think it was making my skin too oily. Other than that I’ve been taking Minocycline and putting clindamycin on. I also cleanse with panoxyl 4% benzoyl peroxide wash. Is it possible that I am just purging currently? If so, will these bumps go away on their own?
  11. A little while ago I had a huge breakout all over my face. I only ever get cystic pimples, no only one or two at a time on my cheeks, but I had breakouts all over the place. I ended up getting my period a week later and the breakouts slowly calmed down a little, down this time I was seeing my breakouts leave red marks that last a while. Fast forward to now. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me minocycline 100mg twice a day, clindamycin, and told me to get a benzoyl peroxide wash. Then he told me to get a gentle wash from cerave for when I’m not using the benzoyl peroxide. I’ve been doing this for 19 days today. My skin was doing really great at first, and then about a week ago my skin started breaking out again. This time with lots of closed comedones. Since starting the treatment I haven’t then a large pimple at all, and I only got two normal pimples around the time of my period. Except I had a ton of closed comedones too, which I never had before. I figured it had to be something I was putting on my skin, and since my skin felt oily, I assumed it was the Cerave hydrating cleanser. I read about a few others who broke out in closed comedones from this. Today is the first day taking this out of my regimen, but my skin looks so bad. I guess I was looking for reassurance, suggestions, or advice. I’ve been feeling incredibly down lately, and i have to stop myself from crying all the time. I don’t even want to leave the house. I feel even worse knowing that I probably made my skin worse with that cleanser. I really don’t want to break out more than I already have, and I don’t know what else to do. Right now I’ve just been using the prescriptions and washing with benzoyl peroxide 4%. My forehead and nose are completely soft and smooth, but my cheeks and chin seem to be struggling. I know that it’s only been about two and a half weeks since I started anything, but when should I start seeing results? Is it possible that this is an initial breakout from the benzoyl peroxide or something? Should I talk to my dermatologist about changing up something or should I just stick it through for a month or so? I’m incredibly stressed about the breakouts and even more stressed that I’m getting red marks left behind.
  12. 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?
  13. I bought the tubed 8Oz. benzoyl peroxide the first time and the second time i bought the 16Oz. bottle pump. I realize that they have a huge difference in smell, is it still safe to use ?
  14. I've been on the Acne.org regimen for over a year now and it has helped me a lot. Currently my skin has turned worse again so I'm using more of BP to counter the acne. That lead to my skin getting very dry and flaky again. I'm wondering how much I can and should counter this by moisturizing more. In the Acne.org description it says "Benzoyl peroxide has a drying and peeling effect which is thought to help prevent this occurence and tends to transform red or ruddy, irritated looking skin into balanced, calm, healthy looking skin." Is using more and excessive amounts of moisturizer hindering the BP from working as well as it could? Is a certain dryness of the skin "necessary" for good results?
  15. So I’m a guy and I’ve had enough of my acne so I’ve started a routine as opposed to just using a cleanser... I’m new to it and impatient so I wanna hear some opinions on whether it should work or not. 1. Neutrogena rapid clear stubborn acne facial cleanser with 10% benzoyl peroxide 2. Neutrogena rapid clear 2 in 1 fight and fade acne toner, salicylic acid 2% 3. Neutrogena on the spot acne treatment w 2.5% benzoyl peroxide/or during the day Neutrogena rapid clear stubborn acne leave on mask benzoyl peroxide2.5 % 4. Cosmedica Pure hyaluronic acid serum/Mario Badescu anti acne serum 5. Cetaphil moisturizing lotion fragrance free. Soo basically mostly neutrogena things. Please, tell me if these products should work well together or if not, what I should switch to
  16. so maybe like two weeks ago i applied benzoyl peroxide 10% to my cheeks and under my jaw ,at first i thought it was working on my mild acne i had maybe like 5 zits on my face ,i also had a bunch of little bumbs ,i stopped using it because i noticed it made me break out and two weeks later i have pustules and whiteheads all over my face and it seems to get worse everyday ,i dont know what to do,someone please help me !has this happened to anyone else?
  17. The best my skin ever does - regardless of diet, vitamin supplements, etc... is when I’m using benzoyl peroxide. I have been on accutane, all of the antibiotics, birth control pills, supplements (some of which I do believe help), and of course all the millions of acne products. Recently, my skin was doing so well I thought maybe I didn’t need benzoyl peroxide anymore. I started feeling concerned about putting the chemicals on my face etc... and wanted to try a more natural approach with vitamins and was hoping my salicylic acid face wash and tea tree toner would be enough (which I still swear by, I love Lush’s Tea Tree toner). Well I was wrong! The only thing I changed about my routine was stopping benzoyl peroxide. After stopping the benzoyl peroxide lotion, my face broke out bad! At first it seemed fine, just a couple zits... but I started getting lots of closed comedones all over my face (UGH) and then cysts started appearing along my cheek/jaw area. Right now my face is a mess. And I recently started dating too, which now I have to cancel all dates until my face clears up because there’s no way I’m going to be seen like this. So, I decided to go back to using my benzoyl peroxide lotion as of today. I have heard of this happening with other people. I think that I just have no choice but to permanently use the BP. I think without it, my acne will just always be. I’m just curious, have any of you had success going off BP without breaking out? Did you go back to it? Is it just something that acne-prone people need forever? If it is, so be it. Anything is better than the acne. Edit: I am concerned because the BP lotion because some of the ingredients in it and one includes a type of alcohol which I hate the idea of putting on my face.
  18. Hi everyone, I bit about myself. I am 37 years old male and I have been battling with moderate back acne for the past 20 years. I was taking doxycycline for about 18 months about 5 years ago and it worked remarkably well, I was also applying duac lotion after showers as well. About 3-4 months after I stopped taking doxycycline the acne came back with a vengeance. I Tried during the years a wide variety of lotions, gels an etc for acne with moderate success at best. Couple of years ago I just gave up as nothing was helping and I did not wanted to take antibiotic for the rest of my life. About six months ago I decided to have another go at it and went to see a derm again. She prescribed a body wash with 10% benzoyl peroxide, Its caled benzac body wash. I have been using also Clindamycin 2% solution as well prescribed by my derm. Both the benzoyl peroxide wash and the Clindamycin were greatly responsible to reducing dramatically my moderate back acne before I started the body regiment. Unfortunately I guess my body got used to it and would not respond in the same way as before after few months. I started to get breakouts again that wouldn't go away. That is basically the reason why I decided to start the body regiment. I have been on the body regiment for the past month and everything seems to be going well. I have been using the benzac body wash for a few months prior and that is probably why the application of benzoyl peroxide on my back hasn't been giving me much discomfort. I started to see improvement with my moderate acne on my back and while my skin is quite dry it doesn't really itch or bothers me. I have been applying a lot of moisturiser and that seems to help a lot. I am also waiting to receive the AHA and will start to incorporate it with the body regiment, especially interested in how will it help with the red marks left after the acne. I had a few questions and hopefully some of the member will be able to assist me. 1. About 3 weeks after applying the benzoyl peroxide I started to get really dry skin on my forehead and cheeks, I have never applied benzoyl peroxide to my face, only the back. For the past week the skin on my checks beside being very dry became red as well. Kind of like red plaques. I wanted to ask if the application of benzoyl peroxide on the back could have cause that sort of dryness and redness on the cheeks despite the fact that I have never applied the benzoyl peroxide on my face. 2. Can I still use the benzac body wash and the Clindamycin 2% solution along with the body regiment? I use the benzac wash in the shower right after applying the cleanser and after drying off I apply the benzoyl peroxide to the back. The Clindamycin 2% solution I apply about an hour after the benzoyl peroxide. Its seems to be working well together but wanted to see if it s not an issue to incorporate the benzac body wash and the Clindamycin 2% solution with the body regiment. 3. The proper use of AHA. I saw in various posts that some people use it twice a day, some use it every day and some use it every other day. What is the best way to use the product to get max results. I understood that it take time for the body to get used to it. Can I use it every day after a while and should I be using it once or twice a day? Also, will the AHA actually help to remove with time the red scars and marks left from the acne? Thanks in advance to anyone who will reply Regards
  19. I have been on the regimen since March 11th and I'm confused because initially I had bad breakouts on my cheeks. That cleared up very well with the treatment in the first month then I began using AHA+ on April 11th. I loved the results I saw from the AHA as well, but Around April 17th I noticed tiny bumps popping up on only 1 side of my nose and they progressed to both sides and actual nose as the weeks went by. I wasn't sure what was causing it and thought maybe I wasn't cleaning well enough since it was only 1 side at first, but I just stopped using the AHA+ this month (June) just to see if it was the cause. This isn't an area where I normally breakout so I'm not sure what to do. Has anyone else experienced these same bumps around their nose area? What should I do? I'm so self conscious, my birthday is this month and I just want them gone! Early April (Right before breakouts started) The Breakout (Last week, but they are still coming)
  20. Thought I'd update again as it's been awhile. It's been 15 months (next week) since I finished my last course of lymecycline. I have been keeping my skin clear with nightly use of benzoyl peroxide (Benzac AC 2.5% which I have to buy from either eBay or Amazon since it's not available in UK shops for some reason). I still don't eat much dairy, I use almond milk on my cereal instead (but I still eat some dairy, I love cheese too much to never eat it!) but no longer take any supplements or ACV. Whether my skin has remained clear due to the BP, or maybe the fact that I will be 50 next year and it's bloody well time my skin started behaving itself, who knows? But I don't plan to stop using the BP anytime soon as it really seems to have been the one thing that has kept my skin clear. I actually came back here to read through my past posts to find out how long it took to get clear the very first time (5 weeks) because I gave a friend a small tube of BP to try as she's started to have the same problem (she just turned 36) - cystic acne is definitely not just a young person's problem!
  21. I have been using the regimen benzoyl peroxide for over 10 years. I am now 42 and after trying to quit using it twice, the third time was a charm. I have learned a lot about myself and acne during this process. After using this product for such a long time, DO NOT just quit. Reduce the amount you use, for example, if you use it twice daily in a certain amount, reduce either down the amount you use one of the times, etc. I used it twice a day in a quarter size regularly. I reduced down to twice a day in a smaller amount until I was using a pea size amount. I reduced the amount every two weeks. Once I was down to a pea size, I reduced to once a day. This was a 4 month process. Then, I finally stopped. Yes, I broke out a lot!!!!!! Even after reducing the amount. I decided to go the natural route and after a lot of research, decided on using help oil (a comedogenic rating of 0) as a daily cleanser (oil cleansing method) and to heal the acne. I also used a product by andalou, Argan stem cell with salicylic acid and willow bark to help turn over the cells. Salicylic acid in this product is very mild, it can create some peeling if you use too much, a little goes a long way. the new acne I had cleared faster using these two products. I also experimented with apple cider vinegar and aloe. It has been since the middle of March since I have used BP. I am still breaking out a bit along my chin, sides of face and jaw line. BP has effected my sebum production, and thus these places that I have broken out are from y hormones readjusting the proper oil production. I also have taken hemp oil internally, as well and a DHE and EPA supplement to help support my hormones in perimenopause. I eat a whole foods diet and have for years, the cleaner I eat the less acne I have. From this process, there is NO quick fix when being on BP for a long time other than deep breathes, patience and self love. I stopped the BP as I was getting crepe skin, tons of wrinkles, small, hardened bumps all over, and the overall texture of my skin was of an old woman at 42, this started when I was 36. My skin has returned a lot of the plumpness, and the small bumps have slowly diminished. I am still healing, as I used the BP for over 10 years. It will take over a year for my skin to balance out, a month for every year at least. But I am confident in this choice, to stop the chemicals. I do express great appreciation to acne.org and Daniel Kern, but wish he would have provided warnings that this chemical would be a life long commitment and stopping the BP would not stop the acne, only the root of the cause will... proper diet for each person, exercise, clean living, reduced stress and self love. Acne.org store is a for profit business, and once hooked on a medicine, the cash flows. I wish I had known about this a long time ago. I do appreciate the BP helped for awhile, about 4 years, but then slowly began destroying my skin. It was a hard and long time to stop the BP, the first two times I gave up, as I broke out EVERYWHERE as I stopped cold turkey. You will still break out if you have been using BP for a long time, even if you wean yourself off of it. But, please give it time. At least a month for every 1/2 year you have been using it to heal. Stick with a few products and changes for at least 2 months before changing again to give your body time to adjust. It takes time and self love. I hope my story helps others, as I have never contributed here, but have read stories for years.
  22. My wife started having some heavy acne for the first time in her life, so when she visited dermatologist they recommended Benzoyl peroxide 5%. After applying it twice, once in the morning and once at night, the following morning her entire face was dark red, peeling, it was horrible she looked like a tomato. As soon as that happened she stopped using the cream right away, it's been two weeks since that happened and her inflammation has only gotten worse. We had to wait two weeks since the local dermatologist wouldn't be back till then we live in a pretty rural area in Japan, this was during Golden Week, a famous time in Japan where the majority of business go on vacation for 2 weeks. She is also suffering from intense insomnia from her ketogenic diet during these two weeks she's been super stressed out and only being able to get 3 hours of sleep on average maybe less. I fear that the insomnia, stress from the extreme redness is only making her more depressed and making her inflammation worse. Today my wife was prescribed Protopic but it makes her skin so itchy. We're both hoping that this will get rid of her intense redness. But the thing she's worried about the most is she's afraid that she will have permanent skin damage from the damage Benzoyl peroxide has done and her face will never look the same. She started developing a puffiness under her eyes, and the inflammation was pretty intense puffiness the same day before getting the Protopic cream. Is it likely that her skin will never return to the original pale color, will she have permanent skin damage? the doctor gave us a really unclear answer if all of the redness would disappear which made her really depressed, she's afraid to go outside cause her face is extremely red but only her face. We're going through this together hopefully after the first 2 weeks of using Protopic all of her redness will disappear but do you think there's a chance she will have permanent pigment damage? And if so is there anything we can do about it?
  23. Hello. Curious to see what others were prescribed/advised these two and how you apply them. My doc said differin during the morning every 3 days and benzaclin each night. I had irritation from benzaclin on night 3 but figured that I might've used too much too fast. Because of this I did not start differin yet. I ceased use immediately. I have been using Neutrogena's BP clear pore wash for 10+ years and never had a problem, so I'm assuming that the concentration was too high for something I wasn't used to (the 5% BP and the clin.). I stopped all BP for a few days and used a gentle precleanse to help soothe my face but now my face is clogged up because I'm Dumb and knew better, not irritated though. Usually I get a few pimples in a concentrated area and it goes away, but now I'm having small white heads on my cheeks and nose. I was thinking of using benzaclin tonight but heard that it's better to wash it off after 30 mins or so to ease into it. But I use a nightly toner to help ease my redness, so washing it off would just wash off my other skin products. Either that or use it every other day once a day. How'd you guys ease into it? As for the differin… do y'all think I should wait a week or two to see how my skin reacts to benzaclin? Haven't had acne problems in years but my stress has been kicking my ass. Any problems with using benzaclin in the day? I work in an office so I barely see the sun but the UV rays from the lights still pose a problem. To combat the dryness I started using Cetaphil moisturizing lotion but realized it was for the body. So hoping the face one isn't too thick and I can still be hydrated without the whole clogged pore thing. I used to use Aczone during the day but RIP to this product because of my insurance.
  24. Ok so I’m an idiot. I had some mild acne on my cheeks like 4-5 pimples on each side and they usually come up only during finals which I don’t mind, but since a lot of my family members kept pointing it out and asking what was wrong i got sick of it & decided to use benzoyl peroxide 5% which a dermatologist told me to get a while back. Anyway i applied it and then waited till it dried then applied some moisturizer & it was fine. next day i had some redness didnt think much of it so I applied it again overnight. The next day i woke up and my face was HUGE & RED!! Just super swollen i looked like a sunburnt potato, so ugly honestly. Idk what happened if the 5% was too much or if im allergic, anyway i stopped using it. The day after that my face was very very ichy and still swollen & red. Now 3 days later & my face is still swollen and the redness hasn’t subsided at all it’s just not itchy but i’ve developed this gritty skin texture like there are these tiny bumps (not pimples) all over where i applied the BP. And I didnt have any dryness or flaking so far. Someone tell me how do i get rid of this asap!!! Especially the swelling I cant go to school like this my face is so bad it’s hard to look at. Also the gritty skin if anyone has had this it’s not permanent right???? :(((
  25. Sorry went a little nuts with the tags on this thread probably. Anyway, Ive been meaning to make a post about this for months. I literally cannot stop using BP gel (cream? gel? not sure its white). I have been using it pretty much every time I shave/wash my face for years. I wash my face about once a day, sometimes every two days. I have good hygiene, but I find if I wash more than that my face looks 10 times worse. Also, the BP is necessary every time now. I will have the same areas (on sides of chin, neck around adams apple) cropping up with the same big red breakouts. They arent like normal pimple, there is no white head or core, its just a hard PAINFUL red bump. You cant even pop them, they are just big painful red bumps. These also show up on my legs and butt. The products I use are the following: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (cleaning, also use for shaving as its better than any cream ive used)) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Store brand BP gel 10% (I try to dilute this a little with water before applying) Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant (I also use some crafting clay in my hair, professional Sebastian, figured should mention as I am a side sleeper, i use this rarely) Not only am I having the red bumps problem if I dont use the BP, I also have large black pores and white clogged gross sebum pores. I know its terrible to go around squeezing them all, hence why i got the glycolic acid AHA gel. Even after using that for months its no better. I have researched far and wide for years, read every article out there I feel like. I am still having same issues. Would love and appreciate anyone who knows anything else. Thank you.