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  1. Hey everyone so I know its been awhile but I have been super busy! So here is an update: I went to my dermatologist two weeks ago and she decided to up my dosage to 60mg. while I was there she said everything seemed to be going good and that I should be done with getting an initial breakout (lets hope). Last week I had three cystic bumps on my left cheek but those went away like all the other ones have. It sucks having them in the moment, but once they go down things always look up. I don't have any new symptoms except for extremely dry lips and eczema. One thing I should tell you all is that I do workout 5 days a week for about an hour and a half everyday. I have not had any muscle pains or difficulty working out,however I have noticed I am running out of energy much sooner,looks like I might have to start taking a pre workout. oh yeah also I have not been able to wax or thread my skin. If anyone has advice on how to remove facial hair while on accutane I would love to hear your advice. My cheeks are starting to look really fuzzy. here is my progress picture after being on accutane for 46 days.(You can see my 1st day on accutane pictures in my first blog post ) my right side.(you can see how dry my lips are) My left side
  2. Why Do You Get Pimples

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    What Is Acne Acne breakouts have been defined as many things; pimples; zits; blemishes; blackheads; whiteheads and just about anything else that makes someone who suffers its attack's, cringe. The condition itself is properly called acne vulgaris. The "little-known" facts that follow about what causes acne— and acne in general—may surprise even the most skin savvy of individuals! Let's find the answers you seek regarding those painful skin breakouts commonly called, acne. Facts About Acne 5 Little-known Facts About Acne it can take years to outgrow acne clear-skinned youths can develop acne as adults 85% of Americans suffer with acne at sometime in their life acne attacks every race, ethnicity, age, and gender acne is the #1 skin disease in the world Is Acne Curable? No Cure, Only Control An acne problem is a chronic problem—lasting up to decades—which has no cure. Even those outdated prescription pills, and newly devised topical treatments will not cure it. It can only be controlled by a dedicated regiment of medicines and skin-care practices that are successful for each individual; what may work for you, may not work at all for another. For this reason, it is your skin-care practices that are making your skin look clear and lovely, not that the acne has, in any way, been cured. You are simply controlling the problem, so keep it up! You have to be more diligent than is your acne! Is The Sun Good For Acne? NO! A nice bronze colored complexion may camouflage a breakout, but once the tan fades, your skin will shed cells that clog your pores and activate more (and worse) acne in the long run. Is It My Fault I Have Acne? Blame Your Family Tree For Your Acne In no way is acne your fault! It is imprinted within your genes and your hormones. So, blame your chemical makeup before blaming the person in the mirror (unless it's your ancestors you see when you look in the mirror). Now, just because your chemistry is the cause, doesn't mean you can't take action. How to Control Stress To Control Acne? Stress Control May Be The Answer For Acne Control Did you know that stress is the greatest contributor in acne breakouts? Well it is. When you freakout over something, your brain reacts as if you were still in the wild. When this natural "fight or flight" response is activated inside the brain, trouble for acne starts-a-brewin'. What happens is this; the chemical hormone "cortisol" gets dumped into your bloodstream as if a dam has broke inside your body. This reaction causes a worse case scenario for those who are fighting acne to begin with. While eating junk-food or forgetting to clean your face here and there may instigate a flare-up, they really are not the cause at all. It is hormones and how your body handles them that are truly to blame. Does Popping Pimples Help? Popping Zits Is off Limits When you press on your pimples to "pop" out the nasty fluids and infection, you are actually making things worse. This pressure pushes the nasty stuff—bacteria—much deeper into the pore. This same habit can tear the flesh around the pore and leave scars forever! They say an ice cube can relieve the swelling and sensitivity, but no matter what, be sure to put a medicated topical treatment on the area to clean deep inside the pore, which is where the trouble begins. Is Acne Contagious? Can I Catch Acne Not even the worse case of acne is contagious! The P. acnes bacteria—the acne bacteria—can be found on every human's face...even that gorgeous gal with perfectly clear skin has a colony of acne bacteria residing on her perfect skin. How easily each person's pores get clogged, as well as the kind of oil their body manufactures, will determine whether someone breaks-out or not. Touching a face with acne with your face will not give you acne or make yours any worse. How Long Does It Take For A Pimple To Happen? It Takes Weeks To Make A Pimple Your skin will drop about one million dead skin cells every 45 minutes—which makes up most of the dust you "Lemon Pledge®" away every week. However, when the cells get stuck in the pore, things can get pretty clogged up. This clog prevents proper function of the pore by not allowing the body's oils to freely flow out of them. Remember that P. acnes bacteria we discussed before? This colony of bacteria loves the oil that gets stuck in the pores; which serves to ignite the P. acnes' appetite into a full-on "favorite food" feeding frenzy! Cleaning away the excess cells becomes far more important once you know why it helps control acne. No food for the bacteria, results in far less growth of the bacterial colony. Happily, this makes for far fewer acne breakouts. What Causes Acne Whiteheads And Red Inflammation? Why Do Pimples Get Red And Full Of Puss? When the pores of the body get blocked by dead cells, gooey oil builds up behind the barrier. With this comes the growth of bacteria, which your body's immune system sets out to do battle with. To do its fighting, the body sends out a battalion of red and white blood cells to destroy the problem. As with any conflict, there is bound to be collateral damage. We see these casualties of (acne) war as those red swollen puss-filled pimples, known as whiteheads and blackheads. What Are Whiteheads -If the pore is plugged just under the surface of the skin, it is a whitehead. What Are Blackheads If a pour gets plugged so that it expands the size of the opening (widening it) so it is exposed to air, it is considered a blackhead. You are not seeing dirt when you look at this dark plug, you are seeing the effects of oxidation on the oil and skin cells that have been trapped there Are Blackheads The Same As Whiteheads? The Black And White Of Acne No matter if we are discussing blackheads or whiteheads, each of these is referred to as a "comedo"—a hair follicle that has become plugged where the pore's opening is. This plug is caused by those dead skin cells, which should fall off during the day, but instead clump-up to make a thick goo when combined with the body's trapped oil. If you don't treat these comedos, they can hang around for many weeks to eventually become huge swollen red and terribly infected pores. To alleviate this clogging problem, it is strictly suggested by professionals that you only use products that are labeled "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" and more importantly "oil-free." Dermatology Help For Acne The American Academy Of Dermatology Modern excellence in dermatology research and studies. The Acne Resource Center Nutrition and Research on Acne and Important Tips on how to become Acne Free. Find A Dermatologist Find a skin doctor in your area (nation wide) for treatment and prevention of acne breakouts. Where Is Acne Most Predominant On The Body? Acne Grows Where The Follicles Go The last place you will find an outbreak of acne is going to be on the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands. Why, you may ask? Follicles and glands. Yep, it is all about the hair follicles and oil glands. Wherever you find a large number of densely located hair follicles accompanied by oil glands, you can be sure that a colony of acne will also be hanging around. Because your face, back, chest, and even your rear-end is thick with follicles, this is where we will find the greatest number of acne bacteria. It's good to know that any acne treatment that works on your face, is going to work on those other areas as well. Problem Acne Can Ruin Your Social Life When Acne Treatments Don't Work? Having to go through life in a constant state of battle with any problem can be frustrating and tiresome. But, when the problem is acne, there is just no hiding it. In some extreme cases, not even the most dedicated treatment program will work. In such situations, the only answer is to make an appointment with a reputable dermatologists. Life can become very lonely behind a painful red and swollen face that prevents you from finding the social life you seek. Getting the best method of treatment for acne can open up an entirely bright and fun-filled world of adventure; one where you can look your companions directly in the eyes. About Author: I am a cosmetologist and writer for writing a paper service with over 6 years’ experience. Skin health is one of the indicators of overall health. Unfortunately, most people neglect the need for skin care. I believe it is my duty to inform people about the importance of skin care.
  3. Acne is traditionally a teenage problem, but adults can also get breakouts. Here are seven causes of adult acne that may surprise you, with tips to prevent breakouts. Acne: Not Just for Teens Did you think your breakout woes were over when you became an adult? That you left your pimples behind with your learner's permit and first crush? Think again. While acne traditionally plagues teenagers, it can also affect adults. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 50 percent of women in their 20s have acne. Nearly 25 percent of middle-aged women also struggle with it. Men get acne too, but to a lesser degree. Interestingly, adults can get acne even if they didn't have a problem during their teen years. While the pimples may look the same, adult acne is different from the high school type. Adults get acne along the jawline or lower part of the face, while teens usually break out on the forehead or upper half of the face. Teenage acne usually involves surface blemishes, but adult acne goes deeper to form cysts under the skin. What causes adult skin to break out in pimples? There are many culprits, from diet and stress to hormone changes and more. Here are seven adult acne causes that may surprise you, and a few simple tips to prevent breakouts. 1. Cell Phones Cellular phones are an amazing invention, but they are bad for your complexion. They are great tools for staying in touch with the people in your life, but they can wreak havoc on your skin. Reasearch helpers say that cell phones encounter numerous bacteria on every surface they sit. When you talk on the phone, you put that bacteria close to your mouth, where moisture and warmth create the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. This causes breakouts on your chin and around your mouth. If you constantly use your phone to talk to other people, you may unintentionally rub it against your face. The steady friction can lead to a type of adult acne called acne mechanica. Skin Care Tip: Clean your cell phone with an alcohol wipe or hand sanitizer at least once a day to kill acne-causing bacteria. And don't allow your phone to touch your face when you talk on it. 2. Facial Hair Removers Using facial hair removers is a trade-off: you exchange unwanted facial hair for unwanted skin bumps and rashes. Hair removal can irritate your skin whether you pluck, wax, shave or use depilatories. As your skin reddens and swells, skin cells and bacteria can enter the pores and cause acne. The topical products used before and after hair removal can also clog pores and encourage adult acne. Skin bumps that itch are not true acne but hair follicle irritations; they can cause a transient rash that looks like acne. Skin Care Tip: Apply a one-percent hydrocortisone cream before and after you remove facial hair. Use topical products that are labeled "non-comedogenic" to keep your skin pores open. 3. Hair Styling Products Hair styling products are a common cause of adult acne. There is even a name for this type of skin breakouts: pomade acne. As styling product oils trickle from your hair to your forehead, they can clog skin pores and trap acne-causing bacteria. The clogged pores then become inflamed and cause redness or pimples along the hairline. Skin Care Tip: Apply styling products with your fingertips and keep them away from your hairline. Wipe your skin with a facial cleanser after styling your hair. Reconsider your decision to wear bangs, which makes pomade acne worse. 4. Makeup Removers Your makeup can mix with your skin's natural oils to clog pores and cause acne. This is known as acne cosmetica. Unfortunately, your makeup removal may only add to the problem. Most women don't clean their skin as well as they should. Many of them wear mineral makeup, and they think a swipe with a towelette will do the job at the end of the day. But hours of makeup, oil and dirt buildup pose a triple threat to skin pores. Without a good cleansing, bacteria gets trapped in the pores and later erupts as acne. Skin Care Tip: Wash your face gently but thoroughly each night, and use only non-comedogenic cleansers. 5. Skin Care Products How many new skin care products do you try each year? Switching products before they have a chance to work can irritate your skin by continually introducing new ingredients and preservatives. Even products designed to fight adult acne can cause breakouts, especially if you overlap them. If your astringent, cleanser and face cream all have acne-fighting ingredients, using them together can irritate your skin and cause further rashes. Skin Care Tip: Use only one or two skin care products at a time, and give them at least six weeks to work. Not only will you save your skin, but you'll also save money and bathroom cabinet space. 6. Sunscreen Products Did you know that your sunscreen can give you acne? Sunscreens contain two kinds of ingredients: chemical agents that guard against ultraviolet (UV) rays and physical agents that create a sun shield. Physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, can cause your skin to sweat underneath them. This can clog your skin pores and cause acne breakouts. Skin Care Tip: Choose sunscreens with chemicals rather than physical agents. Gel formulas are best; they are less likely to clog your pores than oils and lotions. 7. Vacations and Travel Does your skin break out when you return home from a vacation? Travel can stress your skin with climate differences, weather changes and more. Anything from dry air and humidity to the mineral levels in drinking water can trigger adult acne. Travel often alters your normal your skin care regimen. Products that work in one climate may affect your skin differently in another climate. Additionally, hotel soaps can irritate your skin and make it prone to breakouts. Skin Care Tip: Since you can't change the weather, climate or water where you visit, consider drinking bottled water and washing your face with it. An all-in-one skin care product is also a good idea to combat adult acne when you're traveling. Your Turn What is your best tip for adult acne? Leave a comment below and join the conversation. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.
  4. Hey guys, here is my blog post on my 2 week-progress. I cleared my acne through a specific acne-diet. Tell me what you think! Cheers
  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. Day 10 First 5 days: Hey everyone so today is day 10 of being on 40mg everyday. The first 5 days I didn't notice any significant changes, however I did get a cluster of 4 big whiteheads around my chin/jawline. I was unsure if this was because of the Accutane or because I was about to start my period in a few days? I am going to assume the acne was a result of both the Accutane and my hormones because I usually never get such bad acne on my jawline. Day 6-10: On day 6 is when I started to notice the Accutane was working, I woke up with my lips feeling very uncomfortable. They did not feel dry, they felt more dehydrated (In my first post I talk about how I have very dry lips to begin with so I was concerned about that).I went out to buy some Aquaphor and that helped me so much! Now remember how I had the cluster of pimples on my jawline near my chin, well on day 7 I woke up with them completely dried over (almost like a scab) and my skin in that area looked like it was wanting to fall right off. I gave it a few hours before deciding to steam and exfoliate that area, right after I did that all the dried up pimples that I had were gone and the hyper-pigmentation in that area was very very light,it was like My sin had been healing that area for a month or two(usually right after I have a breakout that bad I get very bright dark red marks that do not fade for 1- 3 months.) Now for days 8-10 I have had extremely dehydrated lips, I have to apply the Aquaphor once every hour or more, I am going to have to start exfoliating my lips once a day because my skin is flaking off so easily. It doesn't hurt its more just a very uncomfortable feeling. One positive thing is that My hair isn't oily at all, Its been three days since I have washed it and it still looks fresh!!! I woke up with two very small whiteheads on my cheeks and a big pimple right below my lip, its not bothering me that much because it is not visible it just hurts whenever I touch it. Anyway that is my update for now, I'll be back in 5 days to update you all on how everything is going! Oh yeah I forgot to mention something.My period came about 5 days late, I am on hormonal birth control and my period is very regular so I am guessing its a mixture of the HBC and 40mg that made it come late? If anyone else has had this problem while on Accutane let me know in the comments because this is kinda weird.
  7. Please help me. My skin is oily for the most part. How do I get rid of these bumps and prevent them from growing back??? Any help is appreciated
  8. I N T R O Hello! I am a 14 year old girl and I have these small colourless bumps on my forehead. I never really cared about my appearance or what people thought about me, until high school came along and then that’s when people’s thoughts really got to me. 1 2 Y E A R S O L D When I was 12 I had clear skin, I never really washed my face just put on moisturiser as I thought that I was too young to invest in skin products that I didn’t actually need. Towards the end of year 7 I noticed these small bumps appearing on my forehead and my pores becoming bigger, but I never cared. Then I realised it was the beginning of PUBERTY!!! Yes, puberty! The thing that everyone has to experience to be able to grow as a human, the thing that us people experience to show the fact that we are growing and leaving our childhood behind. 1 3 Y E A R S O L D When I turned 13, I noticed more and more small colourless bumps to appear on my face but I still didn’t care. As more of these bumps appeared on my face I bought my first face mask, face wash and moisturiser (Clean and clear foaming face wash, clean and clear moisturiser and a clay face mask from target). These products made me notice a difference to my skin but the problem was that it didn’t really help the small bumps on my forehead, but it did only help my pores and make my skin smoother besides my forehead. Later on the year I still didn’t care about my looks and just stuck to my studies. 14 Y E A R S O L D This year I became more self conscious about myself and to be more specific the way I LOOKED. I began to look at myself in the mirror more and became more concerned about these small bumps on my forehead. What I then did was watch a bunch of YouTube videos of these girls explaining their story on how they got these small bumps disappear and what products they used. As I began to watch these videos I began to invest in more skin care products and NOTHING WORKED! T H E P R O D U C T S - Bioré deep pore charcoal cleanser - Nivea daily essentials 2 in 1 wash and scrub - Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (Still using) - Neutrogena deep clean purifying clay cleanser and mask (Sometimes use as a mask) - Lush angels on bare skin fresh cleanser (Still use) - Natural aloe Vera - Apple cider vinegar - Natural lemon juice - Clean and clear daily moisturiser (Still use) C O N C L U S I O N Yes, I know I had used a lot of products and non of these have worked! Currently I am using the cetaphil gentle cleanser (to wash my face morning and night), the lush angels on bare skin fresh cleanser (night), neutrogena clay wash and mask (I use it as a face mask only sometimes) and the clean and clear daily moisturiser. All I want is to feel confident with myself and I constantly have hope but get crushed with every end results. Every time I go to school I see girls with such clear skin and wonder how it feels to have such a gift, girls that have clear skin don’t understand the pressure to feel humiliated to be the only girl in class to have these bumps on your forehead. I need answers!! Can someone please suggest a product or products for me to use. Can someone please tell me what these small colourless bumps are and what I can do! M Y S K I N - Oily T zone - Dry chin (Sometimes) - Dry under eyes (Rarely) - Dry forehead (Sometimes)
  9. About 5 days ago, I began using a benzoyl peroxide face wash from Kasier Permanente at the advice of my dermatologist. Other reviews say that bp face washes cleared up their skin almost within a week but I don't see any results yet (although, I will keep using it for a few more weeks since everyone has different skin types). I've only been using washing with it for 30 seconds a day and using a lotion (Johnson&Johnson) or sunscreen after, but it seems that it might be worsening my acne. I mainly have groups of small bumps (I stopped getting cysts & large pimples before using bp and still don't have them) on my cheeks, that hurt a little if I press on them. I don't know if the bp wash is bringing up these bumps to clear out oils and bacteria underneath my skin. Has anyone experienced this? And does it really worsen your acne before improving it? I don't have any dryness or swelling at all, maybe a little itching. I also use a cerave facewash with salicylic acid at night. Should I be using the bp wash for longer amount of time (1-2 minutes?) for greater effect? Thank you if you read all of this and any advice will be greatly appreciated
  10. I’m a teenager and acne’s been an issue for my since I was 12, so about a year and a half now. It’s clearing up with my African Black Soap and Bentonite Clay, but I still have small colourless bumps under the skin that I can’t get rid of no matter how much water I drink or clean my skin. I really want to know how to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads too without pore strips or scrubs as they’re bad for your skin. How do I get rid of these bumps, blackheads and acne scars safely? (apple cider vinegar breaks me out; so does Tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil and honey).
  11. I’ve been using African black soap for a month now too. When can I expect to see results if it works?
  12. I started breaking out about two years ago and ever since I've been trying to clear my skin. I know it's mostly hormones but I just want to find out how I can clear it. I have spots on my forehead, some acne scars on my cheek, spots on my chin, blackheads on my chin, nose, forehead and some on my cheek and no whiteheads. I use african black soap, tried witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide, doing NOTHING, vitamin E oil and so much more. All they did was make it worse. African black soap is kind of helping but not much. I also use Bentonite clay. Is there anything else I can try that helps people?
  13. So here’s the history of my skin : when I moved up to secondary school my skin was clear all through year 7&8. I started my period in y7 so I expected some form of pimples to show up so I bought some clearisil incase I got any. I didn’t and I felt happy Then at the beginning of y9 (aged 13) i started to get very bad breakouts on my forehead, but I didn’t care untill. My so called ’friends’ used to call me “Braille head” or “isabraille” i thought it was just banter because I loved them they have been through so much with me as I had really anxiety during this time. Then a random guy from my school mentioned to me that my face is so gross and bumpy I felt really sad I couldn’t look in the mirror from that day on I used clearasil wash and rapid action gel. I had found something that worked and I i felt so happy, I went out and didn’t care for I have one or two pimples bc it wasn’t as bad as it was before. I ate kinda well I loved my fruit not so my veg but I still ate them at least 5 portions a day - i day clear skin for 2 years straight I wasn’t so happy - Then just before the summer holidays I started getting bad spots like back in y9 again.I won’t go out I have to make excuses all the time and I’m so scared to go back to school. - i tried pro active which made it 10x’s worse and now I’m using clearisil it worked for the first two days now my skin is worse than what it was before the pro active. - i eat well, I have at least 5 portions of fruit and Veg a day, I sleep well , I drink 10 glasses of water a day which is the same as one and a 1/2 litres of water. I wash my face twice a day and apply spot treatment, i don’t touch my face even when It itches. I am not as active as I used to be because I darw not go outside - ive been stuck in for 5 weeks - i hate myself so much, I compare my skin with others. I hate myself for the fact I will never will never look the same again. - you may think my spots aren’t are not that bad but to me they feel disgusting. - im at pointe point where its effecting my school work and my attitude. All my time and effort and care is all hung up on my spots that I don’t need have tone to care about grades or even my future. My anxiety has been fine and less during this time just now I’m feeling depressed. - i know people have it worse than me Being a girl strive for perfection and Having spots makes me feel disgusting and I hate myself. I can’t go out without looking at myself in the mirror and having to go back. I don’t know how going to cope going to school, if anyone’s got any tips to be more confident please help me - oh and my school only allows minimal makeup (e.g.: concealer and a bit mascara) - please share your stories I’d love to hear from you guys
  14. Hey, I'm on here as a last resort really. I've had bumpy skin for almost 5 years now with minor pimples here and there with the occasional cyst. I honestly have no idea what these bumps are. I've tried facials, microdermabrasion, exfoliation, topical cream from my dermatologist and even recently nizoral because I heard it could be yeast related. And no change. Here and there they get smaller but nothing really changes. The bumps are really noticeable in lighting and really hurts my self esteem. They aren't itchy and aren't really red. They are also soft not hard or filled with anything like whiteheads. They are just there. They are small and consistently on my forehead, chin, nose and alongside my nose. I really need advice or ideas, I'm open to anything. My skin type is combination. I've attached a photo. I took the picture in the worst lighting to show you guys the worst it can look.Thank you for your time.
  15. How do I fix this

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    How do I reduce the redness fast or get the spots to fade. I’m 16 and I just started getting acne when I came back from Holiday and it has just become this.. my diet has always remained the same even when I started puberty I never got any spots until now..
  16. I just made a video on why sunscreen is important. Acne scars are the main concerns when out in the sun, and I just wanted to share my thoughts on this, cheers!
  17. This is when my lips began to peel Hi! Im on a week and a day of accutane (generic brand)... and the first layer of my lips just peeled off ! Like completely... my lips are BLOOD BRIGHT RED and swollen... I feel like this is even worse than super dry chapped lips? I have tried a million chapsticks Dr dans.. everything. My derm even prescribed me 2% cortisone.. but I think he thought my lips were dry because they aren’t flaky or peeling anymore they are just super uncomfortable and it’s hard to eat because they are so so so RAW. I did research and I swear I haven’t seen anyone else’s lips look like this ???? Im praying to god that someone can help me out with this because I don’t want to lower my dose. I started right at 60mg (which I was nervous about). I used auqaphor, dr and cortibalm, blister ultra hydration, neosporin night cream, Vaseline lip therapy... EVERYTHING. please help
  18. Hi Ive been dealing with mild to bad acne since 11 (i'm now 17), around summer of last year I started my first course of accutane which was 20mg a day + Augmentin Antibiotics. I didnt suffer from any initial breakout and my skin was barely reacting to it until about month 4 when i started to see progress. There was barely any drawbacks except for my body aches and dry lips. After about 6 months of it I moved countries and stopped taking it. I returned back home later and started college, possibly the best skin of my whole life as I barely got any pimples and my scars were doing really well. About 3-4 months after I started getting flesh-colored bumps on my forehead and started breaking out bad so I immediately went to my derm again and got prescribed with a different brand of isotretinoin and got a 3 month dose without the antibiotics as they made my immune system very weak. The first week my skin was red, shiny, peeling and so very sensitive. The initial breakout i experienced since day one (and still get so many pimples now) was the worst ive ever seen. At this point my skin flakes, can still get oily and my lips are extremely dry. But, my skin is so bad, its worst ive ever seen. The scars are so dark and red, my pimples are so frequent and its just overall in a horrible state. Any advice? im so confused why my first course was good in terms of IB and my skin just always getting bad but now its just getting worse and worse.
  19. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you a video about a proper way of clearing acne once and for all. Tell me what you think, cheers!
  20. Hi guys I need help. I have noticed that my popped pimples have not faded away and it’s already been two weeks. I’ve never had this problem before but I think this is PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) so can anyone help and give me some advice? Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi guys, my skin has been looking this way for the last two weeks and all of my pimples have become red. My pimples normally took a week to heal before my horrible breakouts but now take up to a month. Can anyone tell me what is going on and how to fix it? Also does anyone know if these pimples will leave me with scars in the future? Thanks!
  22. Hello, Let me start of by saying my name is Josh and I’ve been dealing with severe acne since I was around 14 years old, I am now 19. I’m not really sure if anyone is going to notice or pay attention to this post but I kind of just want to tell my story Growing up throughout high school with acne was pretty bad but it never really bothered my self confidence, my acne wasn’t horrible but it was still noticeable. I also had a girlfriend who was super supportive and always tried to help me out. Throughout highschool I was always just trying new things in my facial routine and I’m not sure if my age or anything had to do with it but my acne would usually go on and off. Growing up i was always outspoken and expressive, I loved the company of others and I loved to explore new things. While growing up my dream has always been to one day inspire a lot of people and tell my story, not just about my Acne but with all the things I’ve gone through. My dream was that after high school I would find a platform to talk and learn other people stories where I could possibly help them out and show the light at the end of the tunnel(ex. Youtube, Music, Social Media, Blogs, Acting) and ever since a kid I’ve wanted to do this. This was what my skin looked like before acne plagued me. But right as I was graduating high school my skin just went really bad, and it was pretty sad cause I had acne in all my grad pictures and it’s something you don’t really want to look at. I went to a dermatologist and he recommend I go on Accutane, but at the time I didn’t want to risk the health concerns. I was already going through a huge back surgery I was healing from and I didn’t think it would benefit me at the time to have to go through dryness and joint pain when I’m already hurting half the time. Then I finally got to college it felt a lot different, I never really felt self conscious about myself because I always had a huge group of friends, a wonderful girlfriend and a supportive family who all saw through my acne. But when I got into college a lot of things went badly, I lost my girlfriend, my father kicked me out of the house and I felt so lost that I had to leave college because everything was coming at me all at once. Leaving college was a huge regret of mine and all these things happening around me caused a lot of insecurity. I started to feel lost in my own body, like I’d look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel myself. My dreams of inspiring we’re all covered up by my own insecurity, and I really felt like I would amount to nothing. Right around when I turned 19 my acne was horrible, it was the worst I’ve ever seen it and it looked like my skin was falling off because I was picking it and touching it because I was so self conscious. (NUMBER ONE MISTAKE) Yeah pretty nasty. This is when all the stress and anxiety really hit me hard, and I became almost obsessive with the fact that I didn’t want acne. I thought in my head that once I get rid of my acne I can love myself again and I can flourish, and all those dreams I tucked away I can reopen, I just have to get rid of these pimples. When I turned 19 I made the decision that I would take the time I have while I’m not in college to really change the way I lived, my attitude towards things, my feeling about myself, and also other things like really taking care of my body and not eating things I shouldn’t have. It’s been around 7 months now and I haven’t had a piece of candy, I don’t eat fast food, I can’t even drink milk because my acne and I loved milk. All I try to eat is meat and vegetables, and probably the biggest lesson that acne taught me is that you can’t give up on things. That one glass of milk would shoot up 4 more pimples and then you’re back at square one. You have to learn to be consistent and strong and not cave into stress. You have to learn to understand that acne is only a battle with yourself, and once you get through that hump you really understand what it’s like to feel proud of yourself. For everyone struggling with acne especially at a young age you just have to use all your will to get through it because acne is the one thing I’ve been through in life that with all the hard work and care you put into it, it still doesn’t matter at times because it always comes back. You have to test things out and see what’s right for you, and you can’t let acne win the battle because then you feel like giving up and you don’t learn anything from it. You have to understand that a lot of people really don’t understand what you’re going through and can’t help you, and that the only person who can help you is yourself. Currently my skin is still covered in acne and I’m not perfect but it’s a lot better then it was, and in the next two weeks I will be starting Accutane and I hope for good results, and I made a promise to myself that once I get through this hump in my life I’ll learn a very important lesson in life, and I’ll follow my dreams. This is what skin currently looks like, but I’m not where I want to be yet. If anyone decides to look at this message I will update you with photos on what my skin looks like and I will show my journey through Accutane. But I want everyone to know not to give up and that acne can teach you a very important lesson, you just have to accept it and use it. Thank you for reading this, if you read it all give me some feedback and tell me your story. I would love to see what others are going through and if possibly I could help.
  23. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you my own idea about vitamins for a healthy skin. Vitamin A, B, C, E and D are all really good vitamins and here I will tell you why and how this is true, cheers :)
  24. What is this ?! NEED HELP ASAP

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    What is this and how do I fix it. I always had mild acne but the past few months my pores have expanded and acne has gotten worse. What is this and how can I cure it???