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  1. So having oily skin, my first question is, is this really right for me? Is it good to just leave the oil on my skin without washing? Wouldn't that cause problems? I've read about people who have oily skin and had success with the routine, but I'm still a little worried. That's why I've been gently cleansing here and there. I definitely like the less is more approach. I don't know if I'm comfortable with doing nothing. Could using a gentle cleanser at night and rinsing with water in the morning be what my skin needs? But I don't want to defeat the whole purpose of the caveman routine. Next, am I just not committing to this enough or giving it enough time? If I completely stop washing, except for a water rinse, will the oil subside? Like I mentioned, I've never really had trouble with oil until the last two years. I'm thinking the harsh products I was using has caused my skin to pump out lots of oil. It's just really unbearable and it's really hard to not reach for the cleanser each morning. Does skin 'purge' on this routine? I never had whiteheads, and now I do in places I never break out. This is the only excuse I have for them. But if it's not the case, I'm wondering what I should do about it.Should I exfoliate once a week? Does this ruin the whole process? I'm thinking it's probably good to remove some of that dead skin, but I don't want to ruin the acid barrier.Does gently cleansing at night ruin the process? I believe the skin can heal itself, and I can't believe I've been treating it so harsh and stripping my skin so much. I know it needs time to heal, but does cleansing nightly, with nothing harsh, really affect it? For some reason, I can't justify leaving dirt, oil, and whatever else my skin gets exposed to, on my face while I sleep. And water doesn't seem to clean that well. Is there a middle ground? I get that this routine has worked great for others, but I've discovered that I am nothing like others. I saw I guy who cleansed and moisturized the first day, only cleansed the second day, and did nothing the third day, then repeated the process. He did this until his skin cleared up, and said eventually he could go a few more days without cleansing and moisturizing. So instead of going cold turkey, he weaned himself off the products. But again this just seems like a less is more approach. It's kind of what I'm doing now. Minus the moisturizing, because my face just doesn't need it. Does this approach properly allow the skin to heal? Or are you stripping it again as soon as it starts to get better? And lastly, what next? Let's say I go through with this routine, only using water to rinse, and my skin clears up. Even if the oil goes away, I'm not keen on letting sweat, dirt and other bactiria sit on my skin. Would it be okay to reintroduce a gentle cleanser? I don't want to go through all this trouble to see my skin break out again. I'll never use toners or harsh spot treatments again (I threw my benzoyle peroxide out after reading about the caveman) but I am a clean person. And maybe not all the time, but just like you need to take a shower, sometimes you just need to wash your face. I'm very concerned about my skin, and tired of waisting time and money. I want to do things right this time. Any reply would be much appriciated. Even if I could have one question answered, I'd be extremely thankful. I might follow the 3 day method for the time being.
  2. Trying out the caveman routine

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    I was really desperate when I found the caveman routine. Now, this freaked me out, and I know why. Because I was addicted to the products I was using on my face and the false hope they would clear my skin. But reading about it, it made sense. And did I want to live the rest of my life with a 10 step routine that didn't even work? The worst that could happen is nothing and I'll just go on living with bad skin, but at least I won't be wasting time and money on products. So I started caveman over a week ago. I was only rinsing with water and using a makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. At first, it was scary, but then it felt like a relief. I wasn't obsessing as much as I used to over my skin, and I wasn't getting as many breakouts. ..Yet. On day four I started getting whiteheads all over my chin, upper lip, on my forehead and in the creases by my nose. I was concerned about this because I hardly ever get whiteheads, and for the most part, my forehead is clear except for looking like a frying pan. By the end of the week, my face felt so gross. I had to exfoliate it. I just used a product I had by Aveeno, which was the Aveeno naturals gentle exfoliater. It felt a little better, but still super oily. So for a few days, I battled with blotting my skin and dusting with a pressed powder to control some shine. I'm rinsing with water morning and night and switched from using a makeup remover to some olive oil on a cotton swab to remove mascara and eyeliner. Aside from the powder, I use a concealer on a few really bad scars I have, and this hasn't seemed to cause a problem. My skin is so oily it usually removes the makeup by the end of the day, but I do wipe over those areas with the oil. This also hasn't seemed to cause a problem. I know, why am I adding oil to more oily, you're probably thinking. But this hasn't seemed to make my skin any more greasy. It works like a moisturizer and keeps my skin feeling pretty soft. And I will rinse with water after using it, so really no problems. My skin is still oily and whiteheads are still there three days into week 2. I did cleanse my skin again today, which I'm hoping didn't effect anything. I know I shouldn't but the feel of my skin is so unbareable. I'm going to stick with this caveman routine and update on how it is affacting my skin. I hope for the best. I do have some questions about it, so I will post on that later.
  3. Hi, I am an 18 year old female who has been struggling with acne for about 8 years. My skin currently is moderate to severe with VERY oily skin. I have gone to the dermatologist over the years and have undergone so many different treatments and nothing has given me long lasting results. I have tried differin, clindamyacin, Proactive, Rodan & Fields, natural treatments, etc, and they either didn't work, or were only temporary solutions that my skin got dependent on. After this point I was desperate and fed up, and went to the dermatologist again and they prescribed me Accutane (May 31st, 2018). Words can't describe how happy I was when I finally got prescribed Accutane because it's something that I've been thinking about for so long, and the closest thing to achieve being clear skinned since I was little. The month that I had to wait before finally being cleared to receive the drug was SO LONG my god. I finally got my prescription July 5th. My skin is currently pretty bad, and it has really brought my self confidence to an all time low. I feel so dumb saying this but I let it get in the way of my life and barely leave the house unless I have to, and when I do I am caked in makeup and I HATE IT. If there's anything I hate it's foundation and having to use it makes me so mad. I have had moderate acne for most of my life but only recently has it been getting really bad. I just came back to the US after a year abroad so I think that could have also affected my skin. When I was abroad my skin was clear for the most part except for some past scars sand the occasional breakout and I was the happiest I have been in my life. I have now realized how much acne can affects someone's self esteem because I honestly feel like a different person now, not the outgoing adventurous I used to be. Bad lighting, being in the sun, and being in social settings for too long are situations I now tend to avoid. I always keep my hair down now too as I find that it helps mask some of my acne, but it sucks because where I live it gets in the 90s with harsh sun everyday. I am praying that Accutane gives me the solution to make me feel good and confident again. In this blog I am going to be giving updates on my skin and keep like a log of how my skin reacts to it. Thanks for reading
  4. 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!
  5. I finally feel I am in a place comfortable with my skin, take what you wish and what’s helpful for you. to clarify, ( I may get one pimple a month?) I’ll cut straight to what helped me, I have very dry skin and then sometimes it’s very oily. St Ives Blemish control (wash face once a day at night) do NOT put a lot on your face. If your face feels dry afterwards, you have put on way to much. my moisturizer is Aloe Vera, (this is when I really experienced a huge difference in my skin. My guess is it will for you too) lotion is just too irritating. NOT just any aloe Vera though Alba Botanical Very Emollient after sun. This is important. These two two things are all I put on skin, less is more. Sometimes I’ll gently wipe my face with water in morning but find it really does strip natural oils away so if I do, it’s usually just wipe forehead and cheeks. This alone doesn’t make skin clear, there’s a couple other things I do. Suppliments: if skin is very oily, Zinc (50mg) every other day) multi vitamin (don’t buy cheap brand) omega 3 for when face feels dry most important I recommend is probiotic 100%. Twice a day keep upper lip line clean when eating. Vit D from sun is a game changer! Make sure you are hydrated and have not overdone it with stripping oils from face. Take omega 3 if it’s drying. Read into Vit D role in acne, huge difference and a tan is always nice. Diet: gluten free I try to do. I think sugar isn’t the best. Coffee def trigger for me. My suggestion is to not focus on what you can’t eat, but just start consuming more salads and fruits. Veggies, etc. allow yourself to “cheat” on foods. Working out, I need to be better at as it helps skin rejuvenate. For men, stop shaving for a couple weeks. I noticed shaving can cause me to break out if I’m doing it all the time. Stop, stop picking at your skin. Even small Whitehead’s, give them a chance to go at naturally on their own. Lastly surround yourself with good people and find what you are passionate about and do it. Best of luck.
  6. Last month my face was clear then suddenly small bumps appeared on my face. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather, because now it’s starting to get hot in here. Or because of the food I’m eating. I’m also not sure if it’s because of the products that I use because I’ve been using my products for a long time now and this just happened last month. I’m using La Roche Posay Effaclar for face wash. Lush Tea Tree Water for toner. Cetaphil for moisturizer. And Epiduo every night, because I had a bad case of acne last year but it already cleared up, but I’m still using it for maintenance. I was also using Pixi Glow Tonic before but i’ve stopped using it. And once 1 week I use Aztec healing clay or the Lush Mask of Magnaminty as face mask. I have the same small bumps on my other cheek and on my forehead.
  7. Hi everyone. I'm 24 yo female and have been struggling with my problematic skin since I was 16 which has led me to serious mental health problems. I'm taking antidepressants so I can manage my life somehow but problems with skin haven't gone away which make me question for what it all worth. My skin is oily especially in T zone, I have large pores on my forehead and both cheeks at the side of the nose. Pores are clogged. Texture is rough and I have those small bumps all over my face plus décolleté (pic) from which nothing seems to come out. Exfoliating doesn't help. I have tried everything including tons of products (literally everything recommended), healthy diet, oral contraceptives, different vitamins and herbs etc. There seem to be no way out. Currently I'm on the new pills "Valette" which don't do any job at all, though the doctor told me they're known as those which clear the skin. I feel like I'm alone with such a condition. People say "you don't have acne", yes I don't have red acne but that isn't the only problematic skin condition which a person could have. Always having my pores clogged, always being excessively shiny, it's disgusting. Is there any cure?
  8. 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)
  9. Hi! I was just recently prescribed Accutane and I am about to start my first course of 60/mg day tomorrow. I have been using the regimen EVERY SINGLE DAY (BP followed by AHA+ mixed w/ moisturizer) for about 2 years now, and I'm terrified of what is going to happen to my face if I stop cold turkey. I was thinking of gradually decreasing the amount of BP I use from two pumps down to one until I feel the Accutane is making my skin too dry to use any more. My face has always been extremely oily and I honestly don't remember the last time I had dry skin, so I'm not too worried about the BP drying me out immediately after starting Accutane. Does this sound like a good plan? Any suggestions? P.S. If anybody has any suggestions for good supplements to take while on Accutane that would also be greatly appreciated
  10. Spironolactone log

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    Hi guys! I just got my prescription of Spiro 50mg/day for three months to see if it's effective for my skin. I decided to have a log on to update you on the results (if any!) Background: stubborn acne, started when I was ~9/10 years old, am 21 now. I did Accutane when it was severe (face, back, chest - inflamed, red, etc). Since getting off Accutane my skin + hair became oily again, and I have been experiencing more comedones and some inflamed pimples on my face and chest again. My pre-emptive move was to try Spiro in case the breakouts got out of hand again. My diet is low-carb and low in dairy. Day 1 and so far, nothing to report!
  11. Hi guys, first post, just need to get some advice. I wouldn't say I have acne, I'll get a few random pimples a week and that's it but it still sucks. I would contribute it though to my oily skin. I get really oily skin in the winter and after washing my face in the morning, a few hours later I'm lathered in oil. Is it normal to have some amount of oil on your skin? I definitely don't get a normal amount though.. Anyways, I'm dairy free etc. don't eat processed foods and watching my diet the past 3 months. I'm also taking vitamin D3, vitamin A and probiotics. Anything that could help with this problem with you guys experience? Was thinking of getting on accutane but seems a bit excessive and would be a last resort. Thanks in advance! <3
  12. I've been trying to hold off from writing this because I know I should be patient and maybe this is temporary since it's only been 2 1/2 months but my self esteem has gone down badly. first off, my prescription is .025% tretinoin cream along with 1% clindamycin. over these 2 months, ive noticed my skin has gotten extremely oily. I actually miss my oily skin (and basically overall skin) before tretinoin since it was much better. honestly at first i was happy to use tretinoin since i heard it dried the skin and I would much prefer to have dry skin than oily skin. instead i got something worse. I've been trying to stop myself from using masks and scrubs because i know its bad. My skin texture has significantly turned worse too. I see bumps on my cheeks but when I touch them there's no bump? my cheeks look like plastic. They look shiny and like stretched plastic under my bathroom light but when I touch them they're soft. my pores are big around my nose area. Seriously like the skin around my eyes is smooth and nice and then you go slightly down and it's a whole different skin texture and color (red). I've begun using aloe vera again to maybe help with the oiliness. I hate using makeup but I had to use translucent powder to mattify my face at school like every 3 periods. As for dosage, I used to use like 3 pea sized amounts for my face but i began to use less and buffered it with moisturizer. anyone can help?
  13. 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
  14. Hi, maybe someone has similar problems or could give me an advice. I don’t know what to do, these small bumps and red pimples appear on my forehead. My skin is normal, little to the oily side. I eat healthy, wash my face twice a week, use noreva acnomega cream and exfoliac foaming gel. Maybe some of you know natural masks, etc. that could help me get clear skin, or maybe these pimples/small bumps appear only because of my hormones, because i am 17 years old and I just cant do nothing about it?.. any kind of response would be nice.
  15. I'm two weeks away from completing a 6-month course of Accutane 30mg x 2 a day. I'm wondering, for those of you who have completed a similar course, how was your oily skin after finishing? Before starting Accutane, I had extremely oily skin. I think the oil might have honestly been worse than the actual acne. I really just want to know what to expect. I've absolutely loved not having to worry about my oily skin these last 6 months. What have been your experiences? TYIA
  16. Super oily skin

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    Hi! I hace moderate acne and incredibly pily skin, and no products seem to help! Has anyone found products that help their severelyoilu skin? Thanks!
  17. My daughter was struggling with acne since last summer. We tried everything in store, proactive, etc. She went from small pimples on forehead to cystic. Accutane was the worst for her. After alot of internet research, including blogs on this site, by me trying to learn about skin we decided to try an organic approach. This worked for her calming her skin and reducing oiliness. She has oily sensitive skin. If you have this skin try washing your face with colladial oatmeal and a dab of raw organic honey. You can mix the Honey with a few drops of tea tree oil and store it in a seperate container. Test tea tree oil sensitivity. You have to store the aveeno oatmeal in a spice container and mix with water and honey mixture when you wash. Lather, leave on for a minute, rinse. You CANT get water in the container b/c mold will form. Then follow up with organic apple cider vinegar toner. Look up dillution online . Start with more diluted. Then follow all of this with organic aloe vera moisurizer. Get dollar store small Tupperware. The size for salad dressing. Mix aloe vera with 4 drops of organic cocunut oil ( melt in microwave in bowl), then two drops of tea tree oil. U could increase the latter a drop or two if ur skin is less sensitive but be cautious to make sure no allergies. The idea is to remove dirt from pores while maintaining skin ph and moisturize skin calmly. Be sure to use organic ingredients bc there are no chemicals. Regular aloe gel in particular has chemicals which may be fine for ur legs but not ur face. Vitamin shoppe is where we purchase. I would also recommend healthy diet, less sugar, lots of water. Take proper multivitamins to promote good skin. Avoid junkfoods. drink smoothues, eat whole grains, dark chocolate ( bc u have to have chocolate). Good night sleep. She does this and we saw a difference here too. I would post picrures but shed be embarrassed. For you moms, i wash my face with oatmeal and moisturize with aloe with 6 drops of coconut oil mixture. My skin has never looked better. It took a month or so but dark spots faded, small pimples cleared, and less bags under eyes even with 3 kids. i hope this works for you. And you are happier. Take care, happier daughter and so happier mom.
  18. Hi I've just joined this forum. I was prescribed Epiduo Gel in Feb, but I actually started it seriously four weeks ago. I tried on Feb but I gave up after less then a week, then tried again and gave up a second time. Now I have decided to stick with it- and I am right in the middle of week 4. Honestly, the reason why I dropped it twice was the amount of side effects I had... redness, itching, peeling etc. I know it's ordinary but I couldn't take it. Four weeks ago, I decided to try it again even if I was still unmotivated... and I still don't know how I managed to endure these first weeks haha The side effects slowed down: currently my face doesn't really burn, it's very itchy after I apply it and the peeling got a bit better. I am still red but not as red as when I started it. Is it okay that the effects slow down like this on week 4? Or am I supposed to feel the burning and redness till the end? Because sometimes I truly think epiduo isn't working since many had the effects till the end About the "purging": I started to purge really quickly, before ending week 1, and it's ALL in my left cheek. My forehead has always been clear so I don't apply epiduo there, my right cheek is basically acne free. It has just two white heads that popped yesterday. So it's all up to the left one- which has about 5 pimples. I've noticed also that my scarring got suddenly better after epiduo, I have no scars but the recent ones due to the purging. My skin texture also became smoother but (as the title states) OILY! Idk how this is possible, I peeled, I am peeling but by skin is so greasy and oily! And these increased with epiduo. Sometimes I think it's the weather, because I live near the sea and it's very HOT, but I am afraid this could mean epiduo isn't working... That's why I decided to post here. I hope someone can tell me if everything is going alright or if I should ask my derm to change the medication. I hate oily skin and my left cheek, it makes me so unmotivated to go on, and it's gross too. Sorry if I wrote too much!
  19. So I’ve been on the Regimen for just over 2 months now - a point at which many, many people have said they’ve started seeing results to the point where their skin has pretty much stopped forming new pimples altogether, or they may get a breakout every week or so. I wish I could say the same thing. I’ve had moderate acne and very oily skin for 5-6 years of my life now, and I have tried countless treatments ranging from natural to chemical; different brands, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, zinc, African black soap, aloe Vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel - but none have made my acne disappear for good. While my skin had improved, it was still far from anything I’d be happy with. I would still get new pimples every day or every couple of days, and after switching up products I would get breakouts of small bumps around my T-zone. I would get both small and large, deep pimples at that point. That’s what my skin was like up until I started the regimen. Far from perfect, but not as bad as it was before. I decided to start the Regimen because every time I would research acne solutions, I would always stumble upon good reviews of the Regimen - of people saying after they’ve tried everything this finally worked. I decided I really had nothing to lose; my skin wasn’t getting better. I haven’t resorted to accutane yet - that would truly be my last option. Now I knew, going into the regimen, that it would get worse for the first few weeks but then show significant results. I also knew it would dry out my skin a lot to the point of flakiness, so I was fairly prepared. The first night I tried the regimen, a deep pimple that had been forming just disappeared when I woke up. I was really starting to have hope. Then the weeks that followed we’re absolute hell. I don’t think my skin had ever gotten so bad as it had then - from weeks 3 to 5 my skin felt like it was bubbling because large pimples would form in clusters and wouldn’t go away for days, and new ones would form right after. I would get several new pimples a day and would end up popping several everyday too (which is bad, but I really had no choice because they would all come to a whitehead at one point, which looked disgusting to me). The good news is that the small bumps on my T-zone completely disappeared and my skin there was smooth. Just that my acne went from moderate to what felt like severe. And another thing - I would get pimples in places I’ve never had before, like on my jawline, cheekbones, and center of my cheeks (closer to my nose). That was the entire first month. I felt like absolute shit and really wanted to quit, but I had heard that it takes a good 3 months at least to become clear. I wanted to stick it out for the whole 3 months first and see where to go from there. But I was really starting to lose hope because although I heard of people’s skin getting worse for the first month, I didn’t think it would get SO bad that my acne would jump from mild-moderate to moderate-severe. Then something wonderful happened! Around week 6, the right side of my face became COMPLETELY clear. Not a single pimple, big or small, in sight. The left side was clearing up as well - just some recently popped pimples flattening out. I had barely any new pimples forming - but that lasted for just a day or two. Then out of nowhere my skin started freaking out again. I literally hadn’t changed anything about my routine. I had been following the regimen to a T - exactly as instructed (or so I thought). 10 seconds to cleanse (2 pumps). Wait to dry. Apply finger’s length of BP (and I also gradually built it up from the start as Dan directed). Let dry. Apply 2 pumps moisturizer. And I used all of the regimen’s products too. At this point, I realized the one thing I wasn’t doing right was rubbing the BP and moisturizer in for about 3 minutes and then letting the rest to soak in. I had been doing it for a minute or less (never timed it and was kinda impatient). I’m not sure how big of an effect this had but I made sure to time myself every time I did the regimen from that point onward. Flakiness was also pretty bad at this point. I should also point out that I did and continue to wear makeup everyday for school, just because of how bad my scarring has become. About halfway into month 2, around week 6/week 7, I noticed that after that one day of clear skin, my skin did get worse but not as bad as the first month. Rather than large clusters of breakouts, my pimples were more spread out. However, while during the first month my forehead was completely clear, now I was getting new pimples on my forehead every single day. On random parts of my cheeks too, and on my jawline and chin. They were smaller pimples for the most part, but some were deeper cystic ones. Around this time, I introduced the AHA lotion and switched the regular moisturizer with the Cetaphil moisturizer because of how bad the flakiness got and wouldn’t go away (both really helped with flakiness, but I can’t tell if they help or worsen my acne). Now I’m just a week into month 3 and I have barely seen any improvement. I admit, my skin was not as bad as the first month of the regimen, but now I’m getting random, noticeable forehead pimples. Every day I wake up to like 4 new, painful bumps on random parts of my face and several smaller whiteheads. The pimples are slightly smaller than before, but overall I feel like my skin might be worse than when I started the regimen. Somehow through all this I still have hope, that maybe one day I’ll wake up and have absolutely no pimples, just scars (should say that the first month of the regimen left me with deeper scars than I ever had before, but I’m less worried about that as this can be covered up or solved later). Does anyone know if this is normal? To be more than 2 months into the regimen and still get regular, pretty bad breakouts daily? Has this happened to anyone and has their skin still cleared up with the regimen? Thanks for taking the time to read all that. Feedback would be much, much appreciated.
  20. Very oily skin

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    Hi guys, I have skin which floods with oil 15 minutes after washing. I have some huge anxiety/ocd problems which make me a serial picker, scratcher and toucher. I have tried everything to my knowledge to try and help matters. I am 32 now and struggle every day with this. Does anybody know how to cut back the oil production? I figure if i can try to train myself not to pick and touch my skin it will go a long way in preventing eruptions. I hear it is possible to have large pores and oily skin, yet not have eruptions.
  21. Hi, I have found that my skin seems to respond better to me using just three products: Lush Ultrabland cleanser, benzoyl peroxide wash and Simple light moisturiser. Recently I bought an Exfoliating Wash (not a scrub because apparently, scrubs irritate the skin) from Simple (I think they're only in the UK, basically their products have minimal ingredients and no perfumes for sensitive skin). Do I even need to exfoliate? Do I need to use toner as well? (I have the lush tea tree toner spray) Will this make my skin better or just irritate it? I have moderate acne. My nose also gets super oily and has loads of blackheads that seem to respond well to exfoliation.
  22. Hello all who is out there reading this, I’m James, a 23 year old male & I have been suffering from acne since age 11. I’m not quite sure on the exact cause so I’ve come here to hopefully seek some wisdom from maybe those who’ve been in my shoes. Get ready for a bumpy (face of a) ride. Here’s my journey. A brief background on my acne. I’ve tried pretty much all over the counter products. Cleansers Moisturizers Topicals: BP, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Essential Oils Minocycline, Doxycycline, & eventually 6 months of Acutane. All have done there fair share of either helping slightly or damaging my skin. I would say my acne has always been pretty moderate. Anyth region above my eyes has always been crystal clear but my cheeks, chin, & forehead never have been clear. My current regimen includes: VITAMINS & MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Beta Sitosterol (active compound in Saw Palmetto), Probiotics, & Fiber capsules. AM: Wash with a gentle gentle cleanser in the morning, use Thayers Witch Hazel (rose water) as a toner with a few drops of Salicylic Acid Moisturize is Aloe Vera gel. Before I head out the door I spray my face with Green Tea water mixed with Thayers. PM: Recently switched to a 3% Sulfur cleanser to help my dead skin cell slow turnover rate. Thayers again as a toner. Also recently switched to Azelaic Acid (20%) as my topical. Lastly I use a Retin-A . I found that Azelaic Acid & Tretinion compliment eachother. MY DIET: This last month I did a full month long colon, liver, & full body detox cleanse to insure my acne wasn’t purely internally based. I am a very health conscience person and happen to be allergic to dairy & gluten so those two factors are already out the window. I stay far from excess sugary foods & hydrogenated oils. Other than that I eat a high fiber/omega-3/omega-6/ diet. Lots of beans, lentils, veggies, avocados, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, almonds & cashews. No alcohol. I drink about 3-4 cups of Green Tea a day as well as 1-2 Spearmint or Chamomile teas at night before bed. I also drink plenty of water (at least 100 fluid ounces per day). I believe I may have Hyperkeratinoisis which is a buildup of protein on the skin that clogs pores with dead skill cells. Add my excess sebum (oil) and it’s a mixture from hell. I do get stressed out but not any more than the average person. I’m a fairly calm & level headed human. Depression has taken its toll on me over the last few years after I’ve seen a dermatologist for about 2.5 years which did nothing. I actually obtain more clear skin by researching for myself and trying more holistic approaches. The best thing a dermatologist offered me was Tretinion which I still use to this day. SIDE NOTE: My acne or at least sebum production goes into overdrive after masturbation. I’ve tested the theory and I have broken out bad masturbating consistent days. Also I’ve held off work about two weeks and yes my skin got better but never fully cleared me up. The most frustrating part of this whole journey to clear skin is the teasing of new practices I implement. I try something new & it works, starts to clear me up then out of no where either backfires or stops working. Some examples of these are... Green Tea. Lost its effectiveness so I bumped up to Matcha green tea which was strong and worked again but slowly diminished strength. Pure Tea Tree Oil (huge clogger of pores). My skin was beautifully clear after dabbing pure Tea Tree Oil on my face daily unless it clogged my pores horrifically. Took 3-4 months to unclog them. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lost its effectiveness. High Fish Oil intake. Stopped its high effectiveness & to thin out my sebum BP. Always overdried me & made my breakouts worse. It’s like my body becomes immune to all of these wonderful options and just wants to make my facial inflammation worse. There’s a few questions that I am eager to have answered. Such as products I’ve been curious to try but have not yet. So without further ado I’ll fire away. Borage Oil over EPO (evening primrose oil)? Does the higher GLA content really make a huge difference Can eating eggs & almonds truly cause more acne? Topical Spironolactone? Anyone have positive experiences with Azelaic Acid? Anyone have positive experiences switching to Sulfur cleansers? If I’ve tried Beta Sitosterol & it didn’t work should I still bother with Saw Palmetto? Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur Topicals/Lotion effectiveness ? Should I try these Best products for Hyperkeratinosis acne? Best acne bacteria fighting/non-drying/non-comedogenic day time moisturizers? Does it does as if I have hormonal acne? Any advice Alpha Hydroxy Acid products? Very curious to try them out if Azelaic doesn’t pan out well. Thank you so much if you got this far. I hope that some of this info can shed new light to those out there struggling because I know some of these products work well for many acne sufferers. I haven’t found my answer yet but I’m still striving to do so. Keep fighting everyone :)!
  23. So basically I started using a regiment from an esthetician which cleared up my forehead mostly but did nothing for my chin because it was hormonal. I hen switched to cetaphil about 2 weeks and it dried out my skin too much so I went back to Neutrogena deep clean cleanser with a sensitive skin moisturizer which is what i used before this acne started. I also started a Neutrogena spot treatment benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. Recently I just went in for a light chemical peel Microdermabrasion with extractions. This is my second day after the facial and in the areas where the extractions were done I have pimples coming back that are whiteheads. Although This is normal for me, I was just getting over a pretty bad breakout before the facial due to the time of the month. so I was just wondering if you guys think that it’s purging or it’s a bad reaction to the facial? They hurt pretty badly.Another question I have is what your opinion is on Retin-A and clindamycin which is what I got prescribed my doctor but haven’t started yet. I’m nervous that I’d start purging or get even worse acne from them. Please any advice would help! Thank you and sorry this is so long Also, because I was told to use a gentle cleanser after the facial, I bought the dermalogica special cleansing gel which is made for all skin types and is supposedly very gentle for your skin
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    What's the best skin regime for people with depressed acne scars on their face? I have terribly deep scars (boxcar and icepick) so I'm a little confused as to what products I can/cannot apply. Also, I'm currently undergoing treatment for the scars so is there something I should totally avoid? I follow my regular CTM routine that's all. I use a cleanser prescribed by my doc then go in witch a hazel toner followed by cetaphil moisturizer and finally spf 50 in the morn. At night I cleanse and replace cetaphil with vit e oil and skip spf. That's all. any suggestions?
  25. ive been on a long journey with acne, which has been jumping around in parts of my face randomly it seems. Im 17 and ive first started seeing redness on my cheeks when i started conditioning for swimming last august. The unusual part was that my face felt sensitive, like I was being affected by the chlorine (i did waterpolo in april and I wasn't affected at all). My skin felt really dry, sometimes like it would crack and fall off, especially on my cheeks and chin so I decided to buy moisturizer (cerave). At the time all I was using was jojoba oil, rosehip oil, salicylic acid by st ives scrub, and the corsx ph morning wash. of course, I used these sparingly since my face was already dry by the chlorine. i was hoping that once i stopped swimming my skin would be restored. one day after swimming i noticed a few speckles of red on the top part of my right cheek but i dismissed it, thought i was hallucinating. i stopped paying attention to it and in october i think it was, i broke out on both of my cheeks (cystic pimples). they were really under the skin so i reluctantly used benzol peroxide 3.5%. i was really careful with it so that my skin wouldnt get burned. it worked and now i have some pigmentation. well in november, i was outside and it was really cold and windy. when i got home, i felt my cheeks semi hot and checked myself out and surely, my cheeks were red. i noticed theyd get super red if the wind hits me directly in the face. ive been really insecure about it because my face gets oily easily and it makes the redness stand out more. i went to the doctor to hopefully get recommended for a dermatologist and thankfully i did. my doc thought the redness was due to the salicylic acid and told me to stop using it and use SPF (photosensitivity). so i stopped using it but the redness still lingers. I bought a zinc pyrithione soap to combat the flakiness i had at the moment too which i suspected was seborrheic dermatitis (i have a mild version of it on my scalp). the image shows how bad it was. the soap cleared it up tho and helped a bit with acne but not so much because i broke out again. does anyone have any knowledge on this?? i dont use makeup, im eating healthy, i lift weights and im increasing my caloric intake (but not to an extreme). i havent really changed anything that ive been doing for the past year and now suddenly im getting acne. i cant tell if this is hormonal