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  1. 15 yr old, acne :( (pictures)

    Forums Hormonal acne 1 reply

    Hi! this is my first post on this website and i'm looking for possible ways to help improve my skin. Lately, my acne has been making me not want to hang out with my friends or see anyone because i'm embarrassed. I know i shouldn't be embarrassed and that acne is a normal thing but it stresses me out. All my friends have only like one or two pimples at a time and then there's me. I'm feeling so insecure and i just want to find drugstore products that will work. Heres some information about my skincare routine and acne. Every zit i have leaves a dark mark even when i don't pick. I think it's because i'm biracial. I believe i have moderate acne but i could be wrong. i have combination skin. My outer cheeks and nose are usually completely clear. Morning : - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer with salicylic acid - apply neutrogena sheer touch face sunscreen (only to hyperpigmentation) Night: - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser except with a rubber scrubber thing from sephora - spot treat with slightly diluted apple cider vinegar - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer again
  2. Hi! I'm 15 years old and I've been struggling with acne since I was about 11. I have taken accutane 3 times, and I'm currently on it. Right now I don't have much active acne aside from the occasional breakout, however I have some pretty severe hyperpigmentation from previous acne. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to get rid of these red marks without causing breakouts. I am scared of damaging my skin by using some of the recommended products I've seen which is why I am seeking suggestions specific to my situation. Thanks!!
  3. Anyone know of the best treatment for closed comedones?? i have small bumps all underneath my skin on my cheeks - i went for extractions but my aesthetician said she couldn't get them all out because they are a bit too deep and my skin is a little dehydrated. I also have a good amount of hyperpigmentation and my skin overall just looks very dull. I am almost 95% certain this is all hormonal - i had flawless skin throughout high school and the beginning of college. I just recently went off birth control (about a month and a half ago) because i thought it was causing my skin to freak out. I went to Sephora and got some new products to try out (after talking to a lady who worked there who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable). Here is my daily regimen: Night: -Cleanse with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser -"exfoliate" with First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - these pads claim to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. It contains lactic and glycolic acid -moisturize with Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer Morning: - if i wake up feeling oily, i will cleanse my skin. If not, i will just splash water and follow with moisturizer. I have only been using a concealer stick to cover blemishes since my Bare Minerals powder foundation has been making the bumps look more pronounced. If anyone has had any experience with these products and/or has any recommendations, please let me know!
  4. I have had severe acne for a long time. I am currently using a topical salylicic acid, bactrim, and 40 mg isotretinoin daily. I feel like I maybe doing this the wrong way and that these are hyperpigmentation scars. Can hyperpigmentation be treated with isotretinoin, bactrim, or topicals? I am seriously depressed because of how my face looks, why me? Everyone else is normal... Should I consider dermarolling or laser treatments? Thank you all in advance.
  5. Just want to know anyone's experience of when their acne went away? I personally had acne since I was 11 but it was only oily nose and forehead with no spots. When I was 13 it progressed to whiteheads and the rare pustule around my nose, forehead and temples. Then at 15 it went to my chin, mouth and a little at forehead. Then when I was 16 it went away on my forehead and stayed on my chin and mouth. then when I just turned 17 it completely went away for 3 months and then I suddenly started getting these bumps around my neck and jawline which take a week or sometimes up to a month to stop swelling, i hope these are not cysts! At least my skin is less oily than it was before. I'm nearly 18 now and I first thought I finally got over this problem.
  6. Hey can anyone tell me what this is and how I can get rid of it? It was much worse before and it got ALOT better but I don’t know how to get rid of these marks completely. They also change Color depending on water and temp. It will turn more red/pink.
  7. Hi, If i were to switch from daily use of adapolene .1% to tretinoin or another more powerful retinoid, would I go through a purging phase again? I seem to have adjusted to adapolene.
  8. It's been a few weeks since I last updated this blog, so be prepared for a long one! Right now, without hopefully jinxing it, I have no actives on my face!! It's by no means clear however, unfortunately still some quite persistent lumps from previous spots that just won't go down . I also have A LOT of hyperpigmentation and a few scars so definitely not looking clear by any means. But I honestly can't believe this right now, after just 4 weeks I've reached a point where I am going a good few days without getting a cluster of new spots. Before roaccutane I would usually get about 3-4 new spots a day so this is a real difference. I did notice a bit of a purge in the first 2 weeks with a cluster of cysts quite suddenly popping up around my mouth and a few on one of cheeks - the ones on the cheeks being the persistent ones that won't fully go down (). But since then I've still been getting spots but just not the same quantity and going a few days between them popping up. In terms of side effects, my skin certainly isn't oily anymore. Before starting the medication, I would have said my skin wasn't even that oily but now that I'm producing so little of it I realise I was wrong hahah. And my makeup lasts really well all day!! However, I wouldn't say my face is particularly dry. After washing my face, if I were to leave it for half an hour without moisturising, I would notice dry patches on my chin but that's about it. I've been using the Clinique moisture surge collection which I really recommend, pricey but good at battling the dryness! My lips are pretty dry though. I apply the La Roche Posay Cicaplast lip balm which I really like. I apply it in the morning, then usually sometime half way through the day and then a thick layer at night before going to bed. So only applying 3-4 times a day max, but I have split my lip twice since starting roaccutane. My hair is now going days between washes. Right now, I washed my hair 4 days ago and have been to the gym twice in that time, sweating a fair bit, and it still no grease to be seen (for reference I washed my hair every other day before starting). I began getting a dull ache in my lower back about 2 weeks ago, which I noticed whilst running. Since that happened I have been taking an omega 3, 6 and 9 supplement everyday and today I was at the gym doing bursts of sprinting on the treadmill and didn't notice any aches. That's pretty much it on the side effects, my mood has been pretty positive, no stress as uni is finished for summer and generally happy about the progress being made. I also had my dermatologist appointment last week. My skin wasn't actually looking too good last week at the appointment (always happens) but I spoke to her about how I'm doing good with the side effects but obviously want some more progress, so she's upped me to 30mg!! I'm pretty excited about upping my dose but also slightly nervous that I'll see another purge, which I know will disappoint me given how good it's looking right now. I'm also going on holiday next week to see family so I'm reaaaally hoping it doesn't happen. Oh, I got my blood test done last week also, and found out my cholesterol is high, but still within standard limits (5.2) so I'm trying to keep to a low fat, healthy diet as up until last week my diet consisted of a lot of pizza and chocolate, so sad times :((( Well I think that's it for the update. I'll try to update more frequently as this was a lonnnng post, soz about that. Let's hope for more progress at the next one!!
  9. Hello I am just 17 and I am very worried about my skin is it scarring or just big pore please help ....Thanks
  10. I have a variety of PIE and PIH scars that I got from skin picking. I picked at them over and over again so they're pretty red and brown. There's a few on my face and a few on my body. I've tried a lot of products that are recommended for these scars but nothing has really helped. I don't know what to do next. I'm thinking of dermarolling but I'm not sure. What should I do next? I can't afford laser treatments for multiple areas of my face and body as it'll cost too much. But, I'm considering it for the scars on my face atleast. Anyway, what should I do next? Thank you!
  11. I wanted to write this short post to let people know how I've finally stopped my breakouts after 10 years! I CAN EAT ALL KINDS OF FOOD AGAIN WITHOUT BREAKING OUT! I took antibiotics in my teens and they gave me woeful side effects, IBS-C which I thankfully sorted out a few years ago, but I had so many food intolerances up until recently. My skin always used to itch if i ate any dairy, sugar, food with shite ingredients, now I can eat pizza, chocolate, whatever with no bad effects. I used to break out due to weight lifting, even a few pushups or bicep curls would break me out. I found that was due to high cortisol levels, and took herbs under a naturopaths guidance for that, so I have been working out for a couple of years now. So what helped me sort the rest of my issues out? Liver flushes. Theres plenty about this online, so do your research before deciding if you should try one. DO NOT FORGET to consume malic acid in the weeks prior in some form (supplement, apples, apple juice, apple cider vinegar), and you also might have to do some colon cleansing first if you have sluggish bowels. I've completed maybe 5 or 6 flushes over the last year or 2, my latest being last weekend. I also consumed plenty of bone broths and probiotic foods and supplements for my dodgey gut. All I have left now is hypigmentation and a decent amount of scarring, but Ive had one glycolic peel done recently thats helped alot and I plan on doing more! Please no arguments over the liver flushing being bogus or any of that shit, I first read about them years ago and kept putting them off, but I had a feeling all along that they could be key for me. Let others do their research and decide for themselves, and the flushes themselves are incredibly cheap to perform. So in my case it was my liver causing my skin issues, I went through the entirety of secondary school and college battling this disease. Some days I was so depressed I couldnt leave the house due to breakouts, which happened often. I know it seems impossible to see sometimes but your skin is only one part of you. Your personality, actions and consideration for others goes a lot more to determining your person than your skin. I also have been reading up about the law of attraction recently, how being positive and grateful helps attract positive people and situations into your life. Having an upbeat mindset at all times is vital to beating any health condition, not just acne. Feel free to ask any questions, I'll try my best to answer. Lots of love to you all. ps, cost effective shallow scarring suggestions are welcome!
  12. Hello, i had 2 fraxels and 1 co2 done on my face. I have used hydroquinone for a long time but it did not bring my complexion back to nirnal as it was supposed to. Since then I have been trying to get back my ‘normal’ complexion in more natural ways. I have added vitamins to my diet, also using aloe vera right from the plant. Anyone have experience in getting your complexion back to normal without a chemical peel? My face has been through a lot so I am really trying to do things naturally. Any advice is appreciated!!
  13. Acne

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    Hello I have dealt with acne for awhile now but now I barley break out only when my period comes so I visited my dermatologist and she gave me trentinoin 0.25% which I am scared to use because of the initial breakout which I barley am breaking out but I have been putting it on just scared it might get worse then this
  14. Hi everyone! I’d reallllllyyyyy appreciate some help. I’ve paid A LOT of money for the acne.org regimen products as I live in the UK but I can’t bring myself to actually start the regimen Hear me out: Even though I’ve heard all the amazing success stories I’m really worried the regimen will mess up my already messed up skin. When I was teen (I’m now 30) I was given OTC benzoyl peroxide (i can’t remember the %) but it REALLY REALLY messed up my skin. I have sensitive skin but was told be persistent with the BP.. here’s what happened. - I’m black I used to be fair skinned but due to the BP my face became like 3 shades darker than the rest of my body, it still is. In hindsight I wasn’t given any information about photosensitivity/sunscreen. It was so bad that I used to get asked if I had bleached the rest of my body - MY SKIN PEELED- and I mean really badly, like 3rd degree burns peeling. It was traumatic. It didn’t happen right away hence why I’m worried about starting the regimen. Despite all of that my acne didn’t go away and I still have a face that’s darker than the rest of my body/ hyperpigmentation. I’ve considered doing a patch test and maybe building up BP use? Every other day intially? I’m also worried that as well as the dryness of BP/my sensitive skin I’ll end up with irritated skin which for me = hyperpigmentation!!! Any advice???? Any products I could use for hyperpigmentation during the regimen apart from sunscreen?? I’d be very grateful for some help. Thanks!!!
  15. Hi everyone, I had a homemade TCA peel at the end of March and it went wrong. Fortunately, I had a good recovery and no scars were left. It left me with some hyperpigmentation that has got better over the time... Now I only have the areas which were most affected a bit brown, but they will soon disappear. As you can see from the pics, the recovery process has been perfect and my skin is 95% recovered. Before I had the peel I bought a derminator as I had planned on doing DIY microneedling. Also, I got a retinoic acid tube (medium strength). After the peeling my skin was very raw and pink, and the color gradually changed to brown. I want to start microneedling my face and using retinoic acid as soon as I can. Obviously, I learnt the lesson and now I'm very careful with my skin. In my LAST pic (taken yesterday), my skin looks almost as it was before the TCA peel. I just have a bit of brown color on my cheekbone area and forehead. Shall I start retinoic acid now or not until my skin color is 100% normal? What about dermaneedling? Many people use retinoic or microneedling for hyperpigmentation so I guess nothing bad should happen...My skin is no sensitive nor raw anymore. My plan is to have a monthly dermaneedling session at home and then use retinoic when my skin is recovered from the session. Retinoic will serve to prepare my skin before the needling and it will also improve my scars/texture. The question here is: Will retinoic/dermaneedling irritate my skin? (parts which still look brown) @Quadboy@UpliftingCat@beautifulambition
  16. Scar help

    Forums Scar treatments 3 replies

    Hello, i used to have really bad cystic acne and now i have moderate but my skin gets red marks everytime i get a pimple no matter how small and i don’t know what to do about my indented scars? They don’t look too severe but they still prevent me from having a smooth face and feeling confident
  17. Hi I’ve been getting these purple pimples on my cheeks and they’ve formed a line under my eyes, they hurt and feel dry. One of them has puss coming out, how do I get rid of them?
  18. I have been on epiduo forte for about 6 months now. I have seen improvement in my acne overall, but not satisfied completely. I break out mainly between my eyebrows, which sucks. I have hyperpigmentation and some indented scars. Does anyone have experience with epiduo forte, long term? Does it help hyperpigmention? Does it help indented scars?
  19. Hello everyone, I'm 21 years old and have suffered from acne since I was 11 or 12 years old. My acne started to go away when I turned 18. Sometimes I still get a few pimples but it's not as bad as it used to be. My skin is a bit oily and sensitive. Acne has destroyed my skin and therefore I'm left with a lot of scars. I have tried these treatments: - 2015: One fraxel laser treatment - 2016: Glycolic acid peelings at different strengths and microdermabrasion - 2017: TCA peelings at different strengths and microdermabrasion Recently I started microneedling (only one treatment so far) but I'm not sure if that's effective for my scars. What else could I do to improve my scars? Right side of my face: Left side of my face:
  20. Hi, I'm a 15 year old boy who has suffered from acne for almost 2 years now. I would consider my acne mild to moderate because I still have some pustules and papules but a lot of them have faded away. Most of my visible acne is on my cheeks and a bit on my jawline. I do not have any acne on my t-zone or forehead (very very mild) but I do on my cheeks. Most of the acne I have on my cheeks has gone away but it has left this red annoying, smooth marks that never seem to disappear. Do you know what I can apply to treat these marks and get rid of them. I also wanted to mention that I am pretty athletic, I play sports for at least 6 times a week for more than an hour and I eat relatively well. Consuming vegetables, good meats and I have cut out gluten and sugar from my diet for a couple months now which probably lead to the clearing of acne on my cheeks (sometimes I may consume some form of sugar but in generally, it is mostly removed from my diet). If anyone can help, thank you!
  21. Hi everyone! I’m new to this website so wanted to start off saying apologies in advance if I haven’t tagged this right etc. Anyway, I have acne and have started a new acne cream called Differin and it sorta helps but my god it dries my skin out. At at the moment my acne’s active AND I have old scars so rely on make up to cover it up. But covering it up is a a huge issue as my sling is dry and have tried countless moisturisers to no avail. Could anyone recommend a good mosituiser for me to try? (I’ve already used cetaphil oil free and the normal one). Many thanks in advance! Shangrilisa
  22. How do I cure my red marks? I try to drink plenty of water during the day, I use Epiduo everynight and spot treat during the day I use an SPF 30 sunscreen every morning and sometimes extra during the day Would you recommend IPL?
  23. Is anyone planning to visit Dr David Lim from the uk in the near or distant future ? And also does anyone have any advice for someone planning to do this. I’ve had enough of seeing over charging, under performing doctors here in the uk and want to finally be rid of my acne scars
  24. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  25. Hi, To make it easier for people who wish to skip ahead, I have divided this thread into two sections: (i) MY BACKGROUND (ii) ADVICE I NEED ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) MY BACKGROUND I was a long time lurker on this forum before I decided to join in 2018 as part of my new year's resolution to beat acne. I am a 21 year old South Asian male, who has had acne for the better most part of my life. Since 14 years old, I started breaking out and although I thought it was the worst thing ever back then, trying to hide it from my girlfriend and all, it really wasn't that bad compared to what has become several years later. When I turned 18 my acne just became full-fledged ewwy (for lack of a better word to describe it). I had tons of hyperpigmented marks from old acne, as well as existing spots from active acne, and it has pretty much been this way for me until I turned 20 and I said to myself, "$h!7 I can't go on like this much longer. I need to fcuking get rid of this acne and go out and enjoy my life like the rest of the kids!" I mean don't get me wrong, the reason I didn't try treating my acne when I was younger was because my elders and school teachers always used to tell me that my acne will go away by itself when I become an adult (which is, let's call a spade a spade here, just a myth they want us to believe to make us feel better) and of course, it never did. So then I decided to take matters into my own hands. Come 2018, at 20 years old, I started researching the internet to educate myself about acne, that's when I stumbled across you guys at acne.org, which was kind of like the first step for me in realising that I was not alone in what I am experiencing and what I feel, but all in all, my research left me even more confused about my acne because there were so many options, costs and side effects to consider and there was no one size fits all solution. So, I was like fcuk, what to do now? So, in January I decided that the first wise step would probably be to visit my GP and talk to him about my acne, so I did and in the course of that time (January until now), I have been trying to do everything under the sun to get rid of my acne, and now I am almost 100% cleared from all ACTIVE acne. I don't want to go over the specifics of what products or treatments I used in this thread because that's not what this thread is about, I just wanted to give y'all some quick background info about me as a person and an overview of my journey thus far, but I will be HAPPY and HONOURED to share the products I used and more in another thread if anyone is interested. Until then, what I will say to anyone out there who suffers from active acne and is seeking treatment or currently undergoing treatment, is never give up because believe me, there IS a treatment or 'lack of treatment' (because treatment is not always the answer) out there for you which will CURE your acne, you just haven't found it yet, but as long as you don't give up and become more cognisant of your body day by day, one day you will find out what truly works for you and as much as I hate to say that because I firmly believe the world would be much easier if one solution worked for all, unfortunately that's not the case for most things in life and acne just happens to be one of those things where something might work for one person but it might not work or even worsen the results for another person. So by trial and error, identify the foods, products, treatments or other bad habits that flare up your acne and eliminate them from your life completely. I hope that helps. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (ii) ADVICE I NEED As I mentioned, I am almost 100% clear from all ACTIVE acne, which from what I have read on the forum, is the first step of this two step process towards achieving clearer skin. Now what remains for me is hyperpigmentation and I believe some scarring (I can't really determine how bad my scarring is beneath all the red marks.) For the record, I have never been on accutane or antibiotics before, and the last time I used a benzoyl peroxide cream was 27 days ago, and I have not taken any acne medication since then. After observing my pictures, I want some advice on the following things: 1. How bad is my hyperpigmentation (be honest, I don't mind), and would you recommend me to take laser treatments for my hyperpigmentation or should I just let it heal up naturally (which takes a very long time for my South Asian skin)? Any experience, thoughts or recommendations on lasers would also be appreciated. 2. From what you can see, how bad does my scarring look and would you recommend me to take laser treatments for my scarring or is my scarring okay enough to go unnoticed by people in a social setting? i.e. Should I be concerned with my scarring or not, is it really that bad? 3. And lastly, are the laser treatments for scarring and hyperpigmentation different? Is it safe to combine the two treatment processes and do any derms/clinics (any country) offer both in one package at a reduced price? Thank you.