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  1. Help!! My skin has erupted in loads of spots whiteheads and cysts as well as loads of little bumps with lots of redness. I used to have isolated chin acne (it was no where else) Even my cheeks were super clear- I’ll put a before and after pic below (the before is from last year) I feel like I’ve tried absolutely everything from natural remedies to creams and topical treatments right now I’m using the neutragena clearing face wash and the Liz Earle moisturiser and toner and I occasionally use the Barnier pure active face mask. I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve probably wasted £100s on treatments and it just goes in a circle:I get slightly clear and then bam I’ve got spots everywhere again it’s so embarrassing. I’m going to be 19 soon and I feel like I have the skin of a 13 year old it’s really getting ready down. Please can anyone help???
  2. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  3. Blackhead hole

    Forums Skin picking

    I tried to remove a blackhead on my nose and then this hole formed on the side of my nose. I used some pimple/spot gels to try and tighten it but the hole won't go away or heal. This has really affected my confidence as i never had any skin problems before. Does anyone have a cure or fix for this?? pls im desperate
  4. I’m a teenager and acne’s been an issue for my since I was 12, so about a year and a half now. It’s clearing up with my African Black Soap and Bentonite Clay, but I still have small colourless bumps under the skin that I can’t get rid of no matter how much water I drink or clean my skin. I really want to know how to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads too without pore strips or scrubs as they’re bad for your skin. How do I get rid of these bumps, blackheads and acne scars safely? (apple cider vinegar breaks me out; so does Tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil and honey).
  5. I started breaking out about two years ago and ever since I've been trying to clear my skin. I know it's mostly hormones but I just want to find out how I can clear it. I have spots on my forehead, some acne scars on my cheek, spots on my chin, blackheads on my chin, nose, forehead and some on my cheek and no whiteheads. I use african black soap, tried witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide, doing NOTHING, vitamin E oil and so much more. All they did was make it worse. African black soap is kind of helping but not much. I also use Bentonite clay. Is there anything else I can try that helps people?
  6. Hi everyone. I have this weird bump on my nose and I have no idea what it is! It started as just a bump on my nose - it was raised, under the skin, not red or inflamed at all. Just a bump. I had this for about 2 - 3 weeks and it barely went down at all. I use Retin-A for hormonal acne on my chin so I applied that thinking it might help but nothing happened. So I got really impatient and squeezed it, and this weird little black spot came to the top of the bump. It's actually pretty small, if you look close, it looks like a blackhead on my nose. The only problem is the black thing is STILL under my skin, so the pore isn't actually open to the air... so it can't be a blackhead? I really have no idea. I started messing with it and ending up puncturing my skin trying to squeeze it out. That didn't work so I just left it alone and it scabbed over. I let it heal and the scab fell off naturally... but it's still there. The other weird thing is that when I take a hot bath the black spot becomes much more visible, almost like it needs to be extracted, and the bump looks a lot bigger. If I press on it gently it feels slightly hard. Eventually as my skin cools down it will "shrink" and look somewhat better. I'm going to my derm next week but I just thought I'd post this and see if anyone had an guesses. It really doesn't photograph well (took with my crappy iPhone camera) but I'll attach one anyways. This is pre-bath so it doesn't look as noticeable. BEWARE of very creepy picture where I've blurred out all my facial features.
  7. I get blackheads very often on my chest. A few months ago, a stubborn blackhead on my chest became infected and a ton of pus filled up the spot. After a few weeks, all the pus cleared and the area looked better. I think its healed since then, but now I have a reddish brown bump from where the blackhead was and I have no idea how to get rid of it. I don't know if there's still anything inside or not. It's really affecting my confidence when I wear tank tops/bikinis! What can I do? (sorry for the gross pic)
  8. Hello! I generally have a nice face – it is the one thing about my body that I feel confident about. However, I have always had large pores on my nose and cheeks – this is exasperated by the fact that I continuously pick them. I have been doing it since I was a little girl and a neighbor showed me how – unfortunately, I believe this makes them bigger as the years go on. My good friends tell me that I have a dysmorphic image surrounding the size of my pores – but close-up you can TOTALLY see them. Anyway, I had a change in my regular medication and got even more compulsive than usual – I started scrubbing my face four times a day with the vitamin C’s grab which made it super dry and the more I try to fix it the worse it got – I used all kinds of oils and creams, I read all kinds of blogs, etc. etc. etc. anyway, the point to this is that I am basically in desperate need of help – the people surrounding me are freaked out by what is going on, and yes, I will be getting professional help and counsel regarding the medication change – my psychiatrist is just on vacation and when I tried to see the regular doctor he just tried to put me on a narcotic and I don’t like those. Anyway, I sat for six hours the other night tweezing out every single one of my leg hairs, after running out of pores to pick on my face. Apparently, the medication made my skin extra thin and I ended up with torn bleeding red marks all over – the thing is, that now that my skin feels “ruined” to me, I just keep digging and digging and digging and digging and digging – I’m even using tweezers to try to tweeze out little blackheads and whiteheads or ingrown hairs or ANYthing I think I see under the skin. I know this sounds stupid but it’s affecting me functioning on a daily basis and is actually super scary to me. Anyway, I read about excoriation disorder and the last thing I need is another disorder – LOL – but I thought I would check in with you all and see if you had any suggestions on : 1) How can I heal this fast With as few scars as possible – I’ve never had scars before and I am petrified and pretty freaking positive that I will – I’ve been digging the same sores over and over for the last two weeks. 2) does anyone else have any experience with medications causing this kind of reaction and someone – like I said, I’ve always been a person who wants to clean out my blackheads on my nose, but it has gotten so insanely crazy that I am literally looking across my entire body to find something to pick. I am really hoping it’s a medication reaction, but honestly, it feels like some weird crazy psychotic addiction and I’m petrified that I can’t stop!! Thank you so much !!
  9. Hi guys, this is my first time posting. I've lurked on here for a while due to dealing with super oily skin throughout puberty and early adulthood. I felt the urge to post about my success for the past 3 weeks with niacin, in relatively small doses and exercise. Basically I had read on a few forums that niacin helps oily skin, along with high cholesterol. I had pretty bad acne when I hit puberty and from then on my oily skin has lingered. It's not as bad as some of the people I have read about but it is still off putting and I've been searching for a cure. Anyway, I began supplementing niacin in doses of 100-200mg a day and at the same time started running 30 mins a day. Nothing too drastic just enough to get the heart rate up and have an achievable goal for each day. The benefits from the first week were pretty mild. I increased my dose of niacin to 200mg twice a day and aimed to flush as I read that that brings about some of the positive effects. Well by week two my skin had drastically decreased oil production. Another unfortunate by product of oily skin has been huge pores on my nose and cheeks which has also led to unsightly black heads. After starting this little regime my pores have shrunk noticeably and are beginning to unclog. I cannot believe how amazing of a solution this has been. Not only that but I feel the best I have felt in the past 2-3 years! The flushing takes a while to get used to but i have come to somewhat enjoy it. I currently only take 200mg twice daily and normally without food so my flush is fairly drastic. I know niacin has already been talked about on here and it is still early days for me but my skin is truly only improving. Even just touching my skin now, I haven't washed it since I have woken up and there isn't a hint of oil!
  10. Hi just curious what I have on my nose the black dot? Is it a blackhead or something else? I’m also getting dermabrasion done for my acne scars on my cheeks which I can’t wait for! But totally forgot to ask the dermatologist about that mark on my nose. Does anyone know how to get rid of it? Thanks!!
  11. I wash my face day and night with Cerave foaming cleanser and moisturize with Aveeno lotion. My forehead is covered in SO many tiny bumps, some that do not have any puss and some that are hard and if i pick at it, a tiny hard grain will come out. My skin is extremely oily and i look like im covered in grease in photos with flash. My cheeks also have bumps and the pores are visible. Before my breakout, i didn’t have enlarged pores. The breakout started last december out of nowhere and nothing has changed since. My diet isnt the healthiest, but i’m lactose intolerant. Please help! I want to get clear smooth skin before school starts!
  12. Hey guys, I am using different serums and exfoliants to decrease scarring, but I don't know if these methods are correct, tell me what you think! Cheers :)
  13. Hello, I'm a 24 male seeking some insight on what the hell is going on with my nose. I have clear skin on my entire face except for the sides of my nose where I get protruding gunk coming out of my pores. This gunk will keep getting larger until plucked, after it is plucked it is left with an empty pore that does not return to its normal size. The pore wil hen fill up with the same exact substance within a week or so. I'm not sure what the plug is But I'm guessing it's hardened sebum? It's a tan-yellow type color, much like petroleum. I went to the derm about 2 months ago and he precibed me tazorac gel 0.05. Since using taz my nose has been popping up with more of these plugs and it seems like these pores are scarring. I have been doing a lot of research to figure out what the heck this is and I've been seeing answers from some sort of fungal infection, demo-Dex or sebaceous fillaments but no concrete diagnosis . im having a hard time finding people with the same condition. To give you some backroumd my nose is very oily. Here is my regimen . Am cetephil gentle cleanser cerevea am lotion/sunscreen pm cetephil gentle cleanser cerevea pm moosturizer taz 0.05 thw he past two weeks I have also been adding 10% gycoloc wipes and alternating nights with taz. Check out out the picks of my nose. This is about after a week of leaving my pores unplucked. I'm really hoping someone out there knows what' the is.
  14. HELP MEEE!

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hello, everyone. I’ve had this on my left cheek for a while now, and I don’t know what it is or how to get rid of it. Does anyone have any clues?

  15. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)

    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  16. Hi there guys I was just wondering if someone could tell me what severity of acne I have. I have had acne since I was about 12-13 much worse than it is now. Currently I use epiduo every night with aveeno moisturiser afterwards and I use a black pore mask once a week. However despite this I continue to suffer with large red pimples under the skin that are painful and take a long time to go away. Does anyone have any tips to help get rid of these because they make me extremely unhappy and make me not want to show my face at times. Thanks a lot any help would be appreciated.
  17. Hey guys I am not an expert on this but i just wanna share my experience on what i did. Here is the list of things that did to have clear skin , everybody is different tho so i cant guarantee it will work for every one , but why not give it shot Mind my grammar Here are the list : 1.Stop being obsessed or stressed about your acne , it will actually make things worse and I also actually believed that Mental health and acne has some sort of correlation. 2.Stop looking in the mirror all the time, By not looking in the mirror all the time , you wont be obsessing how many spots you have.You will much happier trust me :).Put your time on other things that is more important !. 3.Stop picking/ touching your skin. this will only make your acne worse by spreading bacteria and gunk to your skin and causing scarring.You will see a big difference from not touching. 4.Change the way you sleep , especially your head position. Don't face your cheeks directly on your pillow this will only make things worse. Your skin needs to breathe !! 5.Change your pillow case at least once a week 6.Drink at least a gallon of water a day which is equivalent to 3 liters of water. By doing this on a regular basis , u will be constantly flushing out toxins , oil and junk out of your body. Urinating frequently is a good sign. 7.Watched out for your diet , especially foods that contains allergens. 1.Milk 2.Eggs 3.Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod) 4.Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp) 5.Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans) 6.Peanuts 7.Wheat 8.Soybeans 8.The way you washed your hair should be change , don't let the shampoo flow onto your face. Some shampoo's contains silicons and non comedogenic substance which will cause clogged pores. Instead try tilting your head down to wash your hair. 9. Try to not to wash you face with cleansers , just water twice a day morning and night. By doing this your are not constantly stripping your acid mantle , which the mantle has a specific role to keep bad bacteria and harmful particles out.You could still used skin products after washing it with water but make sure that it is not harsh and does not contain any non comedogenic substance. Try more natural products 10.Finally exfoliate your skin once a week , try investing on a cleansing brush as the process of removing the dead skin will be much faster. Try to avoid exfoliants with beads. After investing the cleansing brush use only water to exfoliate and not cleansers My Basic skin routine - Mornings - Bathe and rinse my face with mild to cold water Night - Bathe and rinse my face with mild to cold water and apply my favorite vitamin c serum Once every week - i would apply a green tea mask Once every week - exfoliate my face with a cleansing brush with no cleanser
  18. A few months back, I saw a blackhead on my cheek and tried to pop it (I know it's stupid to pop it but.. oh well), but nothing came out. It became red and swell by a little. At first I thought that the redness and swelling will be gone very quickly but it didn't!! For the first few days, the red bump actually hurts whenever i touch it, but it doesn't hurt as much after a few weeks. The bump (which look like a pimple) has been on my face for a few months already and it did not go away.. :'( My mom asked me to go to my usual facial place but I am afraid that the beautician would think that it is a pimple and try to squeeze it. What should I do??
  19. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  20. I'm only 15 yrs old and in the last couple of months I've been getting very blotchy uneven skin tone and texture, it's gotten to the point that I don't ever feel comfortable showing my bare face to anyone. whenever I touch and feel my cheeks it feels very rough and sandpaper like (it seems to be a blackhead problem, not quite sure) also the same problem in my inbetween the brow area. in my forehead and in the rest of my face I have really weird cluster of TINY tiny bumps that is barely noticeable individually but because it is in groups it makes my skin look and feel very dull and disgusting. it looks even more disturbing in real life compared to the pictures, but if you look closely you'll find colorless bumps all over my skin.
  21. Skin Care Tips For People With Acne 1. Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.) Do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin. Do not use abrasive soaps, cleansing granules, astringents, or exfoliating agents. Use a soft washcloth and fingers instead. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation and possibly make acne worse. 2. Antiseptic washes may be beneficial. 3. You cannot clean off blackheads. The black tip of a blackhead is actually skin pigment (melanin) and cannot be removed by cleaning or scrubbing. 4. Some topical acne treatments (described below) may dry the skin. If this occurs, use a fragrance-free, water-based moisturising cream. Do not use ointments or oil-rich creams, as these may clog the holes of the skin (pores).
  22. Weird bumps on face

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    Hello everyone. So, I have a problem with my skin and it's that I have these little colourless bumps on my face. At first it was only on my forehead, but now it's also on my cheeks and on my chin. It looks really bad in certain light, especially in bathroom light and in the sun and also in pictures, which makes me really self conscious (I have linked a picture). I really hope some of you can help me with what it is and how I can get rid rid of it!
  23. Hey there, I'm currently a teen and I have always had these black dots on my nose. I have tried Biore strips and even that japanese/korean blackhead mask that got popular with a facebook video. There was stuff when I peel it off but it looks kind of white but the black dots on my nose are still very visible. I don't have any other acne problems... I only get about a couple of pimples in a week but I guess that's explainable because of puberty, and usually just happens because of my bangs or my snapback. My skin is on the drier side but I use an aqua moisturizer and one of those expensive spinny vibrating brush things every morning. I even went to a professional facial spa and after suffering through pain by having my bones stabbed with that tool, it still didn't work. (I fear going back there... it was not pleasant) I'm wondering if I just have abnormally dark filaments... and if there's any way to lighten them up because they are /really/ noticeable and doesn't look so attractive. And if they are just very deep blackheads, recommend me some other ways to remove them? Thank you! I haven't used any strips in a while so it's not the cleanest it can be but I would appreciate your feedback
  24. So my last login was from November of 2013.... Now I'm back. This time to offer some help, advice, and insight. I'm going to spend a decent amount of time writing this - so I hope someone reads this and finds it helpful. So November of 2013, a junior in college. University of Tampa - where everyone is near perfect. Suffering from acne. Taking a cab to my dermatologist appointment. Same visit per usual - quick glance at my skin and an increase in dosage of my doxycycline. I leave extremely depressed and choose to walk back to campus. It's hot and humid, causing me to sweat, causing me to worry about more breakouts - leading to a phone call to my mother to vent. "I'm fed up with this f***ing bulls*** mom. I don't know what to do. It just keeps getting worse and this medication isn't doing anything." She replies with a sincere "You're going to be okay hunny, you'll grow out of it." -- We've all heard that before. Ludicrous. Now I'm wishing I hadn't called. I need to grow up and deal with it. I have class later. Am I even going to go? My face looks absolutely brutal. I probably went, I don't remember. But I know I skipped many classes because of the way I looked. I know I let my acne control my life. I needed a solution. So I'm a good looking guy. Solid job, friends, and family. I workout a lot, I golf, I go out on the weekends. Still do the same things I did when I was acne ridden. It's just a little easier now and less stressful. I was popular growing up. An athlete. The best player on the basketball team. Handful of girls. A leader and role model to some. I was all of this with my terrible acne. But I was still letting my acne control my thoughts and perceptions. It held me back in more ways than one, and that is extremely unfortunate. So for those of you that have read up to this point and can relate - keep reading. I am now 24 and rarely get pimples. I'm much more confident because of that. Although when I do get one I panic. I'm at the point in my life now where I've dealt with so many pimples that I can see and feel one coming in the very moment it begins it's process. Probably 3-4 days before anyone would even notice it in the slightest bit. They still worry me, but I'm much better at dealing with it. My Solution: Stop whatever treatment you're currently on. Just stop. Don't use face wash. Don't use your oral prescription. Don't use a washcloth to scrub your face when you shower. Don't clean your face twice, maybe three times a day. Shower in the morning and let warm water run over your face. Don't pick or pop anything during the day, and go to bed at night. Shower after your workout if you workout - but do not use soap to wash your face. The day I literally said, "F*** IT" was the most important day of my acne journey. And this is what I've learned from it. Anything we buy over the counter is in the store to make a profit. Benzoyl, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, moisturizer, lemon juice, honey, etc - none of that is going to be a permanent cure for our acne. That is something that you need to realize and understand right now. Our skin wasn't made with the intention of applying foreign cleansers to it. It isn't normal for our skin. Our skin doesn't like it. That's why it burns and dries out - leading to more breakouts. My Perception: I genuinely feel bad for people who suffer from acne. But that's because I went through it and I understand how you feel. But what I've discovered is that our friends and family don't necessarily feel bad. Sure, they notice. But they don't perceive you differently because of it. Certainly not how we see ourselves in the mirror. They aren't just "staring at our pimples" when they talk to us. That's the last thing they are going to do. That's that last thing I do when I am talking to someone with acne. So stop letting it affect your day. Your conversations, your relationships, your goals, whatever it may be. It may not seem like it's going to get better today, but have faith in what you've just read. Stop using cleansers and creams and I promise your face will feel and look better within the next 30 days!
  25. Hello everyone, time has come to make a post, hoping someone could give some directions or tips. About me: Male, 26 years old. Sensitive skin. Lifestyle: Work with computer, but love to exercise, mostly - running. Acne type: Mostly - blackheads and blackheads that turn in to whiteheads. Whiteheads can show up really fast and are filled with loads of white puss. They pop really easy and also heal pretty quickly. Since they are on top of surface, I get no scaring. No cystic acne for me. Acne history: Been fighting acne since puberty, so more than 10 years now. At the start it was all over my face, but now mostly on/around my nose and around mouth. Also for many years now - I have developed puss filled whiteheads on my scalp - in my hair. There is also some acne on my upper back, but I can live with that. My acne experience has been like a roller coaster - good days and bad days. Treatments: I've been to unlimited numbers of dermatologists and other kind of doctors, and so far only two treatments have helped me - 1) My first dermotologist prescribed - Roaccutane/isotretinoin, but after the course acne came back and there is no way I'm taking that poison again. 2) One of allergologists prescribed- food diet, for about 6 months (cut out white bread, processed foods, alcohol, sweets and many many more, basically all I could eat was meat, fruits and veggies.) As a result I lost about 10 kg/s and felt really terrible. As the doctor suggested - slowly started to introduce the limited foods in to my died aaaaaand acne came back. + Been taking all kind of supplements- Vitamin D, linseed oil, zinc, shark oil, fish oil, cod liver oil, drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice, lots of water, green tea and so on. Lotions and creams wont help me at all, I strongly feel there something in my gut is responsible for acne. + Done many possible-acne related blood tests and none have shown anything extraordinary. Well, except IgG4 food allergy panel - according to that I can really eat only fish, meat and vegetables. No wheat/grains/peanuts/gluten/sugars/dairy/bananas/apples/eggs/corn and so on. Current situation: A month or two has passed since I took the IgG4 food allergy panel test. I have decided to do a food diet again, more than a week has passed, but sadly my acne has gotten even worse -(image added), also my scalp seems to have more pimples + I feel tired and sleepy most of the time. My current acne remind me of herpe virus or even cold sores. Feels like my immune system is breaking. Question: Has anyone ever experienced anything nearly close to my situation?