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  1. Hello, So there's no point in me sharing my entire severe acne story because it is probably similar to many but I will give you an overview. I've tried over 100s of OTC products and they didn't work. I've had severe acne since 17- I get crazy cyst acne, huge pimples, extremely oily skin, major blackheads which have now created some dents and btw I am dark skin african female. You name the product, I've tried it and in the past I've gone to dermatologist who prescribed me 10% glycolic pads which didn't do anything for me. I didn't have a good insurance to keep going to a dermatologist so I just kept on researching and trying things. I was ashamed and always wore my hair down to reduce the attention. The makeup made it worse I believe but I couldn't go out with my face like that. Btw, I practically only eat 3 major foods rice, potatoes, salmon..rarely have fried foods, no nuts, cheese. Long Story short, I am now 27 and finally have a good job with insurance and went to a dermatologist. First Time: she prescribed Targadox, Differin and Aczone. Targadox made me puke Aczone made my skin oilier and Differin reduced the inflammation. Second Time: Stopped Targadox, started Spironolactone, Finacea, Elta MD. No results Third Time: She injected my cysts which didn't do anything ( that was just a money grab). Finally got the new prescriptions she gave me Duac(Clindamycin 1,5_2%) and Tazorac, Neostrata Glycolic wash. This worked! I saw my skin slowly peeling after 2weeks on Tazorac even though the marks barely reduced. Neostrata was super expensive so I waited weeks before getting it while using the other 2. Duac literally reduced my pimples to the extent that there is at most 1 tiny zit on my face. I don't break out during my period severely, or have random pimples anymore. My skin has no bumps at all. I got Neostrata and that's helped smooth my face a bit and reduce my marks. I don't know when the dents will go away but I will keep using this regimen until my black marks are gone. I use Duac every morning under my makeup. If you haven't tried this please ask for it and good luck.
  2. Is stress causing my bumps?

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    Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've sought advice here but I really want to know people's opinions and whether anyone experiences the same thing as me. I am 25, suffered with mild/moderate acne since 13/14. It was definitely puberty. It was in the t-zone and just typical of teenage skin. At the age of 17 i used Zineryt which completely cleared me up. Acne came back worse after about 10 months and I've not been free from it since. Up until earlier this year I used 5% BP (acnecide). I stopped because it was bad for my skin and it clearly didn't help. I wanted to give my skin a chance to recoup. Perhaps I'd actually grown out of it naturally and BP was just irritating my skin. I used tea tree and jojoba oil and after a month, everything had gone down and I was instead left with small bumps across all my face. Bumps you wouldn't see unless you felt my face or caught it in certain lights. I work in a school and over the six week holiday I noticed these bumps drastically reduce and I was so happy with my skin. I finally told people that I thought I'd grown out of acne. After all, I wasn't using any medication anymore and my natural oils were coming back (jojoba definitely helped there!). But alas, as soon as I went back to work, I noticed I was getting oily skin again and my horrible sandpaper bumps began to invade my whole face. I'm an incredibly anxious person and I returned to a lot of stress and anxiety. I'm so sure that this skin flare up is a result of that!? I honestly can't think what else it would be. I've been consistent for the last 5 months, it had all cleared and you could actually notice all the freckles of my face! Then suddenly, I'm swamped with anxiety, already getting behind with work and my skin is paying for it. Do you guys think the same? Could this flare up be caused by anxiety and stress? Perhaps it is triggering an over-production of sebum? Or am I just forcing a reason. I'm just so exhausted of it all and now I'm stressed about my skin which is definitely going to make it worse haha. Everything was working so fantastic and now it's not. Any advice would be fantastic. Or even ways to combat anxiety! It's all well and good trying to physically stop the worry in my stomach but it just doesn't work that way haha. What a world! Thank you in advance! **As you probably all know, the photos don't quite show how bad it is. This is the best I could get. I added a photo of how my skin looks in normal lighting, the bumps are nowhere to be seen (bar a couple of 'normal' spots)
  3. Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've sought advice here but I really want to know people's opinions and whether anyone experiences the same thing as me. I am 25, suffered with mild/moderate acne since 13/14. It was definitely puberty. It was in the t-zone and just typical of teenage skin. At the age of 17 i used Zineryt which completely cleared me up. Acne came back worse after about 10 months and I've not been free from it since. Up until earlier this year I used 5% BP (acnecide). I stopped because it was bad for my skin and it clearly didn't help. I wanted to give my skin a chance to recoup. Perhaps I'd actually grown out of it naturally and BP was just irritating my skin. I used tea tree and jojoba oil and after a month, everything had gone down and I was instead left with small bumps across all my face. Bumps you wouldn't see unless you felt my face or caught it in certain lights. I work in a school and over the six week holiday I noticed these bumps drastically reduce and I was so happy with my skin. I finally told people that I thought I'd grown out of acne. After all, I wasn't using any medication anymore and my natural oils were coming back (jojoba definitely helped there!). But alas, as soon as I went back to work, I noticed I was getting oily skin again and my horrible sandpaper bumps began to invade my whole face. I'm an incredibly anxious person and I returned to a lot of stress and anxiety. I'm so sure that this skin flare up is a result of that!? I honestly can't think what else it would be. I've been consistent for the last 5 months, it had all cleared and you could actually notice all the freckles of my face! Then suddenly, I'm swamped with anxiety, already getting behind with work and my skin is paying for it. Do you guys think the same? Could this flare up be caused by anxiety and stress? Perhaps it is triggering an over-production of sebum? Or am I just forcing a reason. I'm just so exhausted of it all and now I'm stressed about my skin which is definitely going to make it worse haha. Everything was working so fantastic and now it's not. Any advice would be fantastic. Or even ways to combat anxiety! It's all well and good trying to physically stop the worry in my stomach but it just doesn't work that way haha. What a world! Thank you in advance! **As you probably all know, the photos don't quite show how bad it is. This is the best I could get. I added a photo of how my skin looks in normal lighting, the bumps are nowhere to be seen (bar a couple of 'normal' spots)
  4. Hi guys! I’m fairly new to the regimen (half way through my second week.) So far I hate how my skin feels. It is soooo dry, but since it’s so dry my skin is also producing a lot of oil. On top of all this I’m having a bad break out on my forehead, worse than usual. I’m having a really bad break out on my forehead and upper cheek area. Could my exesive acne be due to a purging process with the regimen? I’ve read on the message boards about people breaking out then getting better so maybe this is what I’m experiencing. My skin is extremly dry and it hurts to smile; yet, my t zone is very oily. I’m having trouble sleeping cause my face feels so itchy. Throughout the day my face produces so much oil I need to constanley blot my face (which only lasts 30 minutes cause I go right back to being oily). I blame this on the moisturizer. It’s a lot of moisturizer and it never absorbs into my skin. I find the moisturize to not hydrate my face (or maybe it is but the BP is drying my skin so much that the moisturizer can’t combate it.). Also, how long does it typically take for the skin to not be dry anymore? I can not stand my dry skin for more than a month. People say the dryness is the worst on week 2 and week 3, some one please tell me if this is accurate. Does the moisturizer even work? Should I try a different moisturizer? If I should I have no idea which one to use. Cetaphil and CeraVe make me break out very bad so i won’t use those products. Is there a different moisturizer I could use? Thank you!
  5. Acne mystery

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    Hi guys! I'm trying to solve one big acne mystery. I've been suffering from acne almost 10 years now (I am 23 years old now) and I have tried many things but nothing has helped. Over those years I have eliminated foods that are breaking me out like dairy, sugar(chocolate, sodas, sweets etc.), fried foods, potato chips, nuts, citrus fruit and processed meat (ham, salami...). These are foods that definitely worsen my skin condition. I have even tried for some time vegeterian diet as well as gluten free diet but those didn't help at all. The thing is, even when I stopped eating those foods, there is still something hidden causing my acne. I feel I'm getting close to finding what is the solution but I can't seem to connect the dots. But this summer something strange happened, that's the reason I call it a mystery. Well the mystery is: I am from Slovakia in Europe and I was graduating in June at my university back home and the skin seemed to be ,,normal'' - sometimes breaking out more, sometimes less, according to my knowledge in random patterns. But after graduation I left to New York, where I was working for the whole summer as Work and Travel student. And guess what happened. My skin cleared a lot there. It improved by 80% while I was in the States. Even my first food in the plane to USA was fried chicken (I had to eat it, imagine being hungry on 10 hour flight). And next days no pimples no nothing. Just like that, everything (not really everything, but ~80% is A LOT) changed in one day. Of course I was still on my diet, but occasional fries/ chips didn't break me out, only when I ate a lot of them. My condition started to get back to ,,normal''(my normal) by the end of August and by the September, when I left New York and started to travel (NYC, Miami, California), it was like back home again. By the end of September I got home and like a week after, my skin worsened a lot. It's been now two painful weeks and you can see on the pictures how my skin looks like most of the time now. Right picture is from today. I thought it's because I ate some grapefruits and pomelos during first days home as I know citrus fruit breaks me out. But then my skin improved and after three days it broke out again so I have no idea what the problem is now as I'm still on my diet. It's also good to mention that my type of acne is almost always white inflamed zits, most of the time around mouth and in the chin area. I get some of them on the back, shoulders and middle of chest as well. Sometimes a painful cyst appears, usually around ears or neck but most of the time it's those white zits. And my skin is really dry. I have a lot of clues to solve my mystery but I still can't find any connection. I hope I will find someone wiser than me with more knowledge to help me out. So the clues are: 1. At home my skin is always dry, sometimes even flaky. When I was in USA, my skin was oily almost all the time (like really oily - but no acne). There are several external reasons I thought about. Either different air humidity, different hardness of the water or generally different weather. I have no idea about internal reasons. Only thing I know about - I read that avocado can moisturize your skin from the inside and I know I ate one half almost everyday (because it's really cheap there 98 cents wtf!!). But I'm not sure that 3 avocados a week can make your dry skin much oilier and if they can, who knows if the oiliness is my reason for clearer skin. Could this be the reason my skin started to break out in September - because I left perfect climate to travel across the country? 2. I had two jobs in USA, one of them was housekeeping, which is physically really demanding (don't do housekeeping, if you plan to go on WaT, believe me). Could I have some problem with insulin or IGF-1? I don't have a lot of movement at home and I was moving all day back in USA. Also something similar happened 4 years ago, I worked for three weeks in Czech Republic as construction worker (10 hours a day and even more physically demanding work) and I could even eat cheese back there and no pimples at all. What I noticed is, that when I wake up, my skin is always calm and it gets more red and inflamed over the day, which can be happening because of eating food -> increasing insulin levels. Other thing is, I tried water fasting two times (no food, just water) for 3 and 5 days, respectively. Both times my skin got clear for like a whole week after ending the fasting. But when I tried intermittent fasting last year, it did nothing at all to my skin. Contrary, as my father has diabetes, I had possibility to take that blood sugar test they do and my sugar levels were normal before as well as after eating food with carbohydrates. 3. Stress levels. As I'm graduate, I'm going through big change in my life right now, which can be really stressful. I delayed this stressful time period with my visit to USA and closer it was getting to going back home and to looking for a job, the more stressful was I getting. 4. I suffer from social anxiety, I have been even prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. The change in environment could have made some difference on my mind and my psychic, maybe even on those stress levels in no. 3. My condition was really better during the summer and when I got home it worsened again (past negative memories in that place, aquaintances etc.) I really hope there is someone, that could help me and thank you if you have read all of that. Have a nice day ya'll.
  6. Most people out there have acne that's nice enough to dry up on its own with or without acne treatment. A couple of years ago, I just started getting these ridiculously stubborn clogged pores that will never go away no matter what I put on my skin. Also, nothing can prevent them from forming. They are extremely deep and they become inflamed spontaneously. The plugs that I get are huge, solid plugs that are like splinters. People tell me not to squeeze them but if I don't squeeze them out, they will never go away. If they DO go away, they will become a painful abscess before going away, and this process can take months. I basically have to treat these things as if they're splinters!!! To make things worse, I keep getting more and more of these things no matter what I do. If I don't get them out, my face will be a bumpy and congested mess!!! This is why I call this the "messed up acne". So here are the things that I've tried and the results: Benzoyl peroxide:this was the first thing I tried and while it worked well for nuking puss-filled pimples, it did absolutely nothing to the deep solid plugs that I get. Salicylic acid: It worked well but only the ones on the surface Mandelic acid: same result as salicylic acid Tretinoin: Seriously, I've given this thing many chances already. All it did was dry out my skin and caused more trouble. Sulfur: good, but not enough to prevent or treat the plugs. My skin type: Extremely oily, I'm, not talking about a little bit of shine. Oil is produced everywhere on my face and it is being produced 24/7. Somewhat sensitive, dries out quite a bit depending on what I use. So basically, what I'm trying to say is this sucks and HELP ME PLEASE. I get sad every time I have to injure my skin to remove the plug. I hate these plugs so much and I would like to know if any of you guys out there have the same issue as I do and how to deal with it. Accutane is not an option for clogged pores so please don't mention it. Thanks to the LionQueen, I know more about exfoliation (this is essential for people with clogged pores), but so far exfoliation just isn't enough. Too much exfoliation will severely dry out my skin and with the amount that I am using, I am just not getting the results that I desire.
  7. So a year ago I started taking Spironolactone 100mg and Birth control. I had really oily skin, VERY oily, and my acne was hormonal, around the jaw, cheeks and my chin. It took about four months for me to see results. I have had nice clear skin for about 6 months and the oil isn't there anymore and I don't even have to was my hair all the time because i have a less oily scalp. Well all of a sudden this week my hair and face got super oily again and i got one cystic pimple on my chin. I was so happy before, because i had nice skin and literally all of sudden this happened. So I don't know if i need a stronger dose of spironolactone or what, but It just really upset me this week. Any help would be appreciated
  8. I’m 19. I didn’t have bad acne growing up, mostly just blackheads on my nose. I would say I have combination skin because it’s oily on my forehead and chin, but fairly normal everywhere else. However, for the last year, I’ve had a moderate amount of ance on my chin. Everywhere else on my face is completely clear, save for the occasional clogged pore on my cheeks. The acne is literally just on my chin. It isn’t deep cystic acne, they look more like white-heads. The only time my chin clears is when I’m on my period. However, those are fairly irregular. Sometimes they are on time for months, and then other times they don’t show up for months. Like, my last one was fifty-five days ago. What could be the cause of my chin acne, and how do I treat it? I’m going to the doctors next week for my acne, but it’s really uncomfortable to say all this. Thanks!
  9. hey, everyone, I've been using acne.org for a little over a year. I use cerave moisturizer though instead of the acne.org one because my skin was becoming very dry so now i use a large amount of moisturizer. But I've noticed that my skin always has a tacky feeling to it. i don't think it has to do with acne.org because when i was using products from my dermatologist my skin felt the same way. my skin is oily and i have to blot often but i can get dry spots from the amount of bp i use. does anyone else experience this....
  10. I have many many closed comedones. Full face. Only lips and nose is free. 20-30is small. Do not look good. 50-60 is very small. And only great observation and sharp light need to see it. It's Not too noticeable(don't like typical acne). Also i have very oily skin. sometimes i wash 3 times a day. Many many whiteheads and few blackheads. Please help. what do you recommend. I used salicylic acid 2%, but it doesn't work, it's make worse my skin. I used only ice, it's improves my skin. But not solved.
  11. I’m pretty sure that I have PCOS (almost positive)- irregular periods, ovarian cysts, acne, hormonal imbalance , etc. Sometimes I have clear skin and sometimes I get huge flares. This month 1/2 I got a terrible flare. My skin feels rough/ waxy like I’ve never felt it before. I have tiny bumps all over my face that won’t go away no matter what topical medication I use. Does this look like a food allergy? Can it be something other than acne that’s mimicking it? About 10 years ago I had such a flare that my entire face was red and there wasn’t an ounce of skin that was clear... I’m afraid I’m heading down that path again. I have done the BC pill and Spiro in the past (which worked for a few years and then stopped). Right now I’m on Metformin, tazorac (0.5) cream and Clindamyacin solution.
  12. Just started my seventh week on Ocella, and up until this point each week my skin has been getting progressively worse. It has reached the point now where my skin is extremely oily and I am getting a new set of breakouts every day. I'm not sure what to do. My acne had not been this bad in years before this pill. Should I wait it out for three months? I am so scared to stop the pill for fear that it has fucked with my hormones and will make my acne worse.
  13. Hi guys, I would really appreciate your help! I’m 20 y/o and I’ve been suffering with mild/moderate acne prone oily skin for almost 10 years now. I’ve tried many things over the years such as proactiv, Salicylic acid cleansers and toners, BP spot treatments and cleansers, low dose tetrinoin, tea tree oil, also I’ve taken vitamin D, zinc and I’ve tried spearmint tea. The only time my acne was very mild was when I was on the pill (ortho tricyclen lo) however after 2 years it started getting to the worst it’s ever been to the point where I thought the pill was causing my acne. I was also dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety, which seems to aggravate my acne x10. I came off the pill and I know my hormones need time to regulate, it’s been 5 months but my acne is still back and it has even spread to my back and chest. I usually get whiteheads and lots of clogged pores with an ocasional cystic pimple. After so many years I’ve getting tired of dealing with this and it really eats away at my self esteem so I’m just looking for some advice... is there anything else I should try? Or is accutane my only option at this point?
  14. I suffer from extremely bad oily skin. I have tried absolutely everything and spent hundred of pounds trying to find a cure to this, but have never been successful. The oily skin affects my mental health severely as I feel every day is spent obsessing over my face, and I have had enough. I previously had oily acne prone skin but I have been on antibiotics for the past year and my acne is not as much of an issue any more but it still remains, but it is the oily skin that is the real struggle. My face looks fine after washing, my pores don't look as an enlarged but after about an hour my face is completely shining and my pores are then huge. I would like to know if going to my doctor and asking for a low dosage of accutane to stop the oil production would be possible/beneficial?
  15. Hello, Im 21 year old. I have dusky and extremely oily skin. I have had tiny flesh coloured bumps on my forehead and tiny black bumps on my chin and cheek since 14. My doctor prescribed me salicylic soap and clindamycin in the mornings and Benzoyl peroxide at night. This cleared my forehead bumps. But the black dots are still there as you can see in the pictures. I never had any dryness and peeling because of BP. Does it mean that BP doesnt suit me? I also use a mild moisturiser and sunscreen. Im reading about sulphur soaps and adaplene. Should i use them?
  16. Hi everybody first sorry for my english. my story I have extremely extremely oily skin. I am on isotretinine treatment that has worked at 60mg per week but my dermatologist wants me to take as little as possible. so we try 20mg a week but the oily skin comes back is not enough for me unfortunately. I have researched new treatments to reduce sebum. 1) SB204 of Novan therapeutics 2) ASC-J9 Of Androscience 3) Winlevi of Cassiopea (success in phase3) What do you think? I'm mentally exhausted from having to wipe my face every 30 minutes or 1 hour maximum
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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)
  25. 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