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  1. Hello! It has been awhile since I have posted here. My acne, for the most part, has been manageable for the last couple of years but in recent months has become quite bad again, so I am looking for some insight. Here is some background: I am currently taking a generic brand of Ortho Tri-Cyclen for acne treatment as well as my method of birth control. I have been taking this for about 3-4 years. It was sort of my last resort before going on Accutane/Isotretinoin. I started on it around age 16 (I am 20 now), and initially saw some great results. Prior to the pill, I had moderate to severe acne with some cystic acne flare-ups from time to time. For about 3 years, I never had a cystic pimple again. Mostly whiteheads and small red bumps, localized mainly on the cheeks. Overall, much more manageable and less destructive to my self-esteem. I finished high school with a pretty clear face - yay! For maybe the last 6 months or so, I've noticed things progressively getting worse again. This is also about the same time I started working third shift (11pm-7am) - I have heard this might be partially to blame. Cystic pimples every now and then, bigger and more persistent breakouts that have spread to other spots on my face. Definitely transitioning from mild-moderate to moderate-severe. Now, my face is the worst it has looked in years. White heads and bumps EVERYWHERE, including cheeks, jaw, forehead, eyebrows, lip/chin area, etc. 3 giant, ridiculously painful cysts have finally healed on my cheeks but I feel more coming. Also, for the first time I skipped the placebo pack of pills the last week of June for a wedding. For the entirety of July, my skin has been so painful and inflamed and I have seen new pimples surfacing every day. My question is - can missing that one period trigger such an intense breakout or is something else probably going on here? Has anyone else experienced this? Is it unusual for a birth control to stop working as effectively for acne treatment? I don't know if it is because of the birth control, my current work hours, stress, diet, or a culmination of all, but if this persists I will be tempted to go on Accutane and I really would like to avoid that. I have tried many topicals, Minocycline, and Doxycycline. Any input or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
  2. I’m a 16 year old teenage boy, and I started my isotretinoin/accutane treatment 50 days ago. (1,5 months ago pretty much). I’m about 6”2 (187cm) and weigh around 175lbs (80kg). My derm. prescribed me a dosage of 40mg everyday. Each capsle is 20mg. So far i guess my skin has gotten somewhat cleaner, but it’s definately still irritaded and has alot of redness in both of my cheeks which makes my acne look alot worse. Still though, I’ve definitely NOT seen any sort of drastic transformation that I really hope will come eventually. I’m still breaking out, at some point it was much worse really, but I know thats normal. I believe that if it hadn’t been for the redness that covers most of my cheeks my acne wouldn’t even look that bad. Will the accutane fade the redness away or do I have to wait several years until the redness fades naturally? Ps. When it comes to side effects I’ve experienced chapped lips, back ache and excema. I regularly use my moisturizer so my face is not dry at all. Do you think I should ask my derm. for a higher dosage? I appreciate all the answers, I’m just an insecure teen who hope this treatment will eliminate my severe acne.
  3. I’m 16 years old and I’ve had cystic acne, acne, blackheads and whiteheads for the past 3 years. It’s left my skin a bit dull looking and full of hyperpigmentation. (Also I should say, I drink enough water, I don’t eat diary, and I exersice 5 times a week. My diet/lifestyle is not the cause.) Last year I discovered that if I double cleanse with coconut oil my cystic acne and most of my little pimples disappear completely. I did that for 2-3 months until I had to travel for a week and I couldnt exfoliate so my skin broke out and got bad. So I replaced coconut oil with jojoba oil which didn’t worsen or better it. I am now retrying coconut oil and again, my pimples and cystic pimples are gone but this time my pores are going crazy.I have milia, enlarged pores, blocked pores, blackheads, whiteheads and all that. Currently I double cleanse then use rose water and a bit of jojoba oil to moisturize in the morning, and at night I do the same but with my Clarisonic and also spot treat with tea tree oil. I’m completely lost on what to do. I’m scared of going to a dermatologist since the last time they prescribed me a face wash and epiduo and it didn’t work for me at all, and caused me to switch to completely natural skincare. (Although unfortunately everybody’s holygrails like witch hazel, african black soap, and rosehip oil break me out like crazy.) I’m so lost. I don’t want to lose my progress but what I’m doing now isn’t 100% working. My skin is very very sensitive and tends to get dry so it overproduces oil. Right now it’s clear from pimples but I have really bad pores and also hyperpigmentation. What should I do? My acne makes me cry almost every day. Thank you if you read all of that. I appreciate any input or thoughts.
  4. Ance Scars

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    Can someone tell me what treatment I need? This shit is making me depressed also I have not been outside in 3 months. I can't stop hating myself for what happened to my face.
  5. Please help

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    Hello! I’m new here and am searching for help. About 2 months ago my mild acne of a few pimples here and there became a lot worse becoming more moderate and possibly severe. I’m mainly affected on my cheeks and I have seen a dermatologist. I was prescribed an antibiotic cream and epiduo forte. I am a vegetarian, yet I do not drink milk and try to rarely have any dairy. Even though I do all these things my skin is still suffering. It is beginning to have bad emotional effects on my self esteem and making me feel slightly depressed. Any insights? (Please see photos)
  6. I have had severe acne for a long time. I am currently using a topical salylicic acid, bactrim, and 40 mg isotretinoin daily. I feel like I maybe doing this the wrong way and that these are hyperpigmentation scars. Can hyperpigmentation be treated with isotretinoin, bactrim, or topicals? I am seriously depressed because of how my face looks, why me? Everyone else is normal... Should I consider dermarolling or laser treatments? Thank you all in advance.
  7. Hey guys, this is my first acne.org post so I’m hoping for some responses. Anyways, I’m 19 years old and am about to turn 20 in a about a month and half. I have been dealing with moderate to severe acne for the past two and half years. My acne was really bad when I was about 17 and half. I had a lot of cystic and nodular acne then but over the years it gradually got better. Last fall, my skin had been the best it had been in years. But since the new year, my skin has taken a left turn and gone downhill. My severe acne came by and plagues both of my cheeks. I’ve tried almost everything. Face masks, face washes, diet changes, and nothing seems to work. I’ve even been to my dermatologist a few times, and he had prescribed me antibiotics and some topicals (adapelene, doxycycline, and some antibiotic lotion). I use moisturizer and sunscreen as well. He gave me this medication almost 3 and half months ago and I am yet to see any major improvement. Since I got to college, it’s hard to meet my dermatologist back home a lot. My skin is so bad right now, I start to cry when I look at myself in the mirror. I try to avoid going out as much as possible and my social skills have been impacted as well. I’m not sure if I should keep going through with my doctor’s medications because I keep getting nasty breakouts and there seem to be more breakouts than pimples being healed. Sorry for for the long post, but any advice or tips on this would be deeply appreciated. I’ll try to include a pic as well. Thanks guys.
  8. I wanted to write this short post to let people know how I've finally stopped my breakouts after 10 years! I CAN EAT ALL KINDS OF FOOD AGAIN WITHOUT BREAKING OUT! I took antibiotics in my teens and they gave me woeful side effects, IBS-C which I thankfully sorted out a few years ago, but I had so many food intolerances up until recently. My skin always used to itch if i ate any dairy, sugar, food with shite ingredients, now I can eat pizza, chocolate, whatever with no bad effects. I used to break out due to weight lifting, even a few pushups or bicep curls would break me out. I found that was due to high cortisol levels, and took herbs under a naturopaths guidance for that, so I have been working out for a couple of years now. So what helped me sort the rest of my issues out? Liver flushes. Theres plenty about this online, so do your research before deciding if you should try one. DO NOT FORGET to consume malic acid in the weeks prior in some form (supplement, apples, apple juice, apple cider vinegar), and you also might have to do some colon cleansing first if you have sluggish bowels. I've completed maybe 5 or 6 flushes over the last year or 2, my latest being last weekend. I also consumed plenty of bone broths and probiotic foods and supplements for my dodgey gut. All I have left now is hypigmentation and a decent amount of scarring, but Ive had one glycolic peel done recently thats helped alot and I plan on doing more! Please no arguments over the liver flushing being bogus or any of that shit, I first read about them years ago and kept putting them off, but I had a feeling all along that they could be key for me. Let others do their research and decide for themselves, and the flushes themselves are incredibly cheap to perform. So in my case it was my liver causing my skin issues, I went through the entirety of secondary school and college battling this disease. Some days I was so depressed I couldnt leave the house due to breakouts, which happened often. I know it seems impossible to see sometimes but your skin is only one part of you. Your personality, actions and consideration for others goes a lot more to determining your person than your skin. I also have been reading up about the law of attraction recently, how being positive and grateful helps attract positive people and situations into your life. Having an upbeat mindset at all times is vital to beating any health condition, not just acne. Feel free to ask any questions, I'll try my best to answer. Lots of love to you all. ps, cost effective shallow scarring suggestions are welcome!
  9. Hi, Im in desperate need of help. I had my baby 4 months ago and ever since have been seriously breaking out. I have tried salicylic acid, natural remedies, Changing my diet, no gluten, diary, sugar Topical antibiotics Nothing seem to work and the acne/pimples/pumps seem to be getting worst everyday. It is now really effecting me emotionally /my self esteem and I don’tknow what to do with it. Any advice will be highly appreciated. Thank you for reading. P.S. The two picturs attached are on my cheeks
  10. Please Help!!!!

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    I’ve never had spots, I’ve always had amazing skin but in January started getting a cluster of spots on one cheek. I thought it was due to a face wash I was using so changed but it didn’t get better, it started then to progress onto my chin, forehead and my other cheek. They turn into yellow heads which some get very big then when it pops it leaves a red mark. I’ve been on oxytetracycline and it didn’t work so my doc prescribed me a DUAC cream and it didn’t work so now I’m on Lymecycline, I don’t think they’re working either. I want to go on accutane I know the side affects but it doesn’t bother me, do you think mine is bad enough to get it or not. I’m so self conscious hate looking in the mirror and not wearing makeup and I used to be a confident person, help
  11. Hi all, A little bit about my situation: I’ve never had horrible skin, just a few hormonal breakouts every now and then. I started birth control about 3 years ago and about a year in I started getting horrible side effects (weight gain, breakouts, greasiness, anxiety, etc) so 2 months ago I decided to stop taking the pill and all the side effects went away except my breakouts which turned into a raging case of nodular acne. Since I’ve tried literally every topical and oral medication for severe acne my dermatologist is insisting I try accutane, however, I know I need to be on some type of birth control in order to take it. My question is, if I go on birth control for my round of accutane then stop a month after the accutane is over, will my face start breaking out again due to hormones or will the accutane have been strong enough to prevent hormonal acne?
  12. Hi I'm a 19 year old girl and have just completed my first year in college. My struggle with acne started when I was in 7th grade but it started to get severe as years passed by. It spread to my back and it is still full of acne marks. It is so bad that you can hardly see any skin.in school I would mostly be this girl with low self confidence and I pretty much turned into an introvert. I would talk less and would always worry that the other person would notice my acne more than my words. So many times I was called names like spotted dear. It's hard to focus on the good things in life when people keep reminding you about your weaknesses. When in school I thought that by the time I would reach college my skin would be clear. I went to so many doctors but every time it turned out to be a waste of my parents' money and time. So many times I felt like killing myself and just end this once and for all but I won't ofc. I'm just tired of people asking me if it's chicken pox on my face. I'm tired of wearing full sleeves even in the hot summer. All I want is a normal life like my friends. You know like start dating but I can't.Acne has cost me a lot of precious years and what not. I'm just tired and this is the first time I have opened up about it. Please tell me how I can I can help myself.
  13. Hi. I have dealt with acne forever. I can't really remember what my acne was like in my teen years pre pill but I don't remember it being as bad as dealing with it while on the pill. After a year on the pill and poor eating habits I saw a dermatologist who did facial treatments on me such as Derma and light therapy. A year later the treatments have helped tremendously.. to this point my about two years into the pill. I got so clear at one point. I have been on BC since 2-3 years at this point and started face treatment a yearish into BC. I'm unsure if it was the pill or BC that cleared my skin. But my derma quit her job and ever since my skins gotten worse it was perfection at one point and my diet wasn't even that great. Now I'm eating so well, no diary be refined sugars so it's strange I'm breaking out. I keep producing oil around my chin and cheeks. Also, I originally went on BC to regulate my periods. Again, I don't remember my skin pre BC but a year into the BC and before seeing my dermatologist, my skin was the worst it's ever been!!! I just wanna know if I'm guaranteed to get worsened acne when come off it. At the moment skins pre bad but not as bad as pre facial treatment and 1 year into pill I'm about 3 years into pill now and haven't done facials for like 8 months - gets worse slowly. I once when off it in the middle of the pack for two weeks but when I got off had been eating well and good skin then all of a sudden I was eating very very badly like 3000+ calories of junk of daily as a result of being on a restrictive ridiculous low cal diet. Then when I went back on I didn't follow correct instead I carried on and took the pill that I was would be even up to had I not stopped. When I stopped I took doxy which dried my skin so bad. I'm rambling I'm just head on certain my skin will worsen. Bc should stop oil production instead it doesn't. Again I can feel remember my skin pre bc. I'm taking it purely for regularion reasons but wanna get off it because I'm tired of putting fake hormones into my body. Advice? I've tried ocm, salycic acid, differin, antibiotics etc. And nothing helps!
  14. Hi Im 24 years old girl and im writing here for the first time .Its been 2 years since i deal with adult acne , ive been to severe dermatologists , tryin different creams and home remedies , but now i really cant help myself from WHAT i`m breaking out. There are days when my cheek zone and chin zone is so clear and it only have red marks , but after some days these red marks turn again and again into cystic acne (filled with pus) , that hurt and are all red and they gone after they do their job!!!! Can anyone help me , is it due to hormones or stress or sugar or whaat ?! Im changing my pillow case twice a week , im not touching my cheek with my phone , im not touching my face with my hands , im using vichy neutrogena gel cleanser , im using foundation for oily skin that ive been using since 5 years , im using a daily creme and witch hazel also , what is missing heree ?!!!!My diet is perfect , i drink a lot of water , i eat fruits and healthy meals , because i cook for myself every day ! Can anyone PLEASE help , how to fade away these acne from my face and also these red marks ???! i will attach some pictures of my face in this moment. BEST REGARDS , HOPE ANYONE WOULD HELP ME WITH THIS.
  15. Hi, I am 14 years old and I began Accutane almost a month ago. Going on this medication was a very difficult decision for me. I have struggled with acne from a very young age, and I can’t really remember life without a few pimples. Recently, I have been made fun of or judged for my acne, and it can be difficult because all of my friends have clear skin. Acne has begun controlling my attitude and outlook on life, and I really need this medication to help my self confidence. My acne can best be described as moderate. I have blackheads and a few whitehead’s, but the pustules are what bother me the most. Lately, I have began getting larger “under the skin” pimples, so I am glad that I could began Accutane before this got even worse. Like some people, I had my “initial breakout,” and I am still getting active pimples currently. I hope that this will lessen as time goes on. I also began with severely dry skin and lips, but products have helped with that. If you have any advice on products or just the emotional effects of acne in general, please share!
  16. I'm a 20 year old guy who's been dealing with acne since 2015. I've tried a lot of treatments - bp, clindamycin, adapalene. Some of them workes for a while, but now my skin has been deteriorating. I was on doxycycline for 6 months which cleared me up, so the doc told me to stop, 4 months ago. Its been downhill ever since. Currently I'm using bp 5% every night. I don't know what to do. Honestly, acne is causing me major psychological stress. I've lost count of the number of times I looked at picture of myself and felt like crying. I used to have perfect, glowing skin at one time. I take all hygeine precautions, stick to the doctors regime, watch my diet, eat healthy and clean. I don't deserve this. I'm sorry for the rant but this is how I feel. My self esteem has taken a major beating. I really don't know what to do. Im afraid of Accutane cuz of its side effects. here are the products I use - Cetaphil cleanser BP 5% Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture
  17. Hi all, this might be long but plz bare with me and I am looking for any type of advice I have been on this site and it has been a gift and a curse to be honest. Ever since i found this site, i have looked for hours (almost every day now) to try and find something that seems to help everyone no matter the severity of their acne, but it seems as though there isnt something like that. I am 31 and have dealt with acne since I was 15 years old. I have had low-severe, moderate and mild acne from 21 years of age thru now. Acne has plagued me all my life basically but i never started going to a derm until about 2 years ago. That was when i was initially prescribed doxy and epiduo. It took me a year to clear and good lord that was the most confident time of my life when I was clear. But then i went cold turkey and stopped taking doxy/epiduo and boom, my acne came back and came back worse after about a month. So i went to a new derm and he prescribed me mino with retin a micro. I have been taking mino for going on 10 months (100mg twice a day) now and i recently stopped applying the retin A micro because it gave me a skin wrinkle (about 1 and a half weeks ago). I also broke out after going on a chinese food binge for 4 days straight (pepper steak with pork fried rice) and it caused me to go to walmart and I picked up Panoxyl 10% acne foaming wash and i have been using that day and night for a week and a half now and so far it has lessened my acne and no new break outs have occured (fingers crossed it keeps working). A couple months ago I read the negative reviews of minocycline and I tried weening myself off of it by taking only 1 pill a day instead of 2 and within 1 week I had a breakout with inflamed pimples and I panicked and have been on two pills a day every since and honestly it crushes me mentally and now I feel like acne is taking a control on my life more than it ever has...even when I had severe acne back in my high school/military days. I think about this shit every single second and It has even affected the time i spend with my kids as I find myself always looking for things to keep my acne at bay and have me get off of minocycline/any antibiotics for good. i have went to 4 different derms during my 2 years of going to them and the last two went straight for me to take accutane, but again, reading all the reviews on this site and on the internet about accutane, i am scared shitless of the side effects (especially erectile dysfunction) and I am also afraid that once i stop taking mino and go into accutane, that I will break out until accutane starts taking effect. i wanted to see if there was anything that anyone knew that would help with the initial breakout from stopping antibiotics and going into accutane? Would low-dose accutane be worth a try or should I go for the full course? i really would like advice/input from others because this is taking a toll on me and I dont want to continue this cycle as it has been affecting even my time eith my kids. The break out from stopping the antibiotics and then going into accutane is scaring the crap out of me...if the panoxyl acne foaming wash doesnt continur to give me results, i really dont know what else to try other than accutane... thanks in advance to those who can provide helpful input.
  18. Hi everyone. I have been suffering from acne as long as I can remember.. literally. Back in elementary school is when it started and when it ruined my life. I was made fun of on a daily basis for it and quickly became super insecure and I still am to this day (I am now 27 years old). I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my acne and NOTHING helps. Does this look like cystic acne? Maybe that’s why over the counter products are not working? I’m not familiar wirh cystic acne, so I don’t know. I just know I need help. Please! Any advice, input, insight. Also, are these icepick scars? How can I get rid of them?
  19. Hi guys. Was wondering if my acne was mild moderate or severe. Generally dont get much acne on my forehead but my cheeks are where I get most of my breakouts. Might take down this post soon as I dont feel comfortable with my face in public
  20. hi, i am a new and i can see in this web site -> [link removed -- website name: yudypinzon] like one doctor speak about laser treatment; what is your experiencia in this theme (she is one doctor escialic in acne and laser medic)
  21. Hey guys, I'm going to try to not make this too long. I visited my dermatologist and her resident in mid-January for severe and persistent cystic acne. After the resident got me all excited about the possibility of finally getting accutane, my dermatologist decided I should try doxycycline 100mg twice a day in combination with Diane 35 and a benzoyl peroxide cream. I reluctantly agreed, knowing she's the professional and that accutane is a pretty intense drug. I started taking it right away and have been very consistent and strict with it. My question is, when will I see results? I noticed initially it helped a bit but now my skin doesn't seem to be getting any better - one pimple goes away, a new one takes its place. It wasn't very bad on my back or chest but now I have pimples all over my back, arms,chest and even my legs! My skin is so red, dry and flaky. My eyelids hurt if I don't put on a cream right after a shower or washing my face. I got a nice large rash all over my chest and neck. I know these are all side effects of both medications, but is my acne going to go away anytime soon? Has anyone been on this combination of medications and and seen results? I don't think I can deal with it for much longer. I'm using cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and first aid beauty moisturizer along with the glamglow mask for acne (i know it's a little harsh on sensitive skin but it gets rid of all my redness!) Is there any other products I should be using? My dermatologist only said cetaphil and a good moisturizer so that's what I stuck with but now I'm wondering if anything else might help. Sorry, this is such an incredibly long post for only a few questions but I feel like if my acne doesn't start cleaning up soon i'm going to have a breakdown. I never want to leave my room because I feel like people are staring and my self-confidence is at an all-time low! Hopefully, someone else has been put on this regimen and had success!
  22. I am 25, turning 26 in May. I’ve had acne since I can remember, I’ve tried proactiv, all the drug store brands, and a couple higher end brands such as Vichy and Clinique, using some of The Ordinary skincare serums/oils to help. Right now I’m on Stieva-A (second tube, 2 months), I’ve been on accutane before for 3-4 months and it worked short term. Before/in the summer my skin is really oily, in the winter usually pretty dry, I get sore dry spots and it stings when I apply moisturizer sometimes. My acne, is mostly where it is in the photos, they’re like unnoticeable bumps, in clusters. Sometimes if I pop one a seed like pimple comes out (not milia) and the seed has a hair in it. Most times they don’t pop, and can dry out, but usually come right back. A couple bigger ones do hurt, but other than that they don’t hurt. What the heck is this acne? Is it hormonal? Potentially Folliculitis? First pictures are what it is now, (ignore my double chin) other picture (wing earing) is how bad it was before. Yes I am a chronic picker unfortunately, I also bite my nails and pick the skin around my thumbs (anxiety issues)
  23. so yeah, first post ever on acne.org, anyways. I have had these acne pimples on my chest for a long time. Once each one grows, it never goes away, ever, not a single one has shrunk in any way, and individual ones are there, first ones appeared several years ago. I have tried lots of stuff, Retin-A benzoyl, tetra, but these things are almost like they are not there, no pain, no itching, nothing. Each one is either a very raised and large shiny lump, hard and firm, or some are like very firm mosquito bites. surrounding skin is fine. I have no acne on my face, or very little. dermatologistis keep saying cystic acne, but cystic acne is painful, and single acne do not last for years. Like in my case. the tiny ones grow slowly but inevitably, those small ones will become to the large ones in a year. Also, no other recent symptoms, so not something like skin cancer. -is it even acne?
  24. Hi everyone, my name is Klarissa, and this is my first post! Today, I woke up with my acne worse than it’s been in about a year, and I freaked out and refused going to school, so I’m taking every step to trying to help my skin for good. I am 16 years old and started getting cystic acne at the age of 10. Yes, 10 years old. My acne then developed and started to cover my face entirely in cystic acne. It was more severe along my chin, under my eyes, and especially around my mouth, sometimes on my lip. I have spent years trying to clear my acne and have gone through countless drugstore cleansers, spot treatments, serums, ect. But none have worked. I have had 3 prescriptions for my acne, 1 oral & 2 creams, but after using each product fully, my acne did not improve, and while using the topical gels for the full duration, my skin actually got worse. The oral prescription was a type of birth control specifically for acne, and is only perscibed as one three month trial. I saw improvements about 2 months in, and at the end of the trial, I asked for more but they couldn’t prescribe a refill. Another prescription that worked well was a 3 week antibiotic perscribed for an infection in my foot, and although it didn’t work for what it was prescribed for, it cleared my acne while I was using it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a refill and my acne returned prominently after the 3 weeks were over. After multiple failures with chemical based treatments, I switched to an all natural regime and it had seemed to work up until this week, with no apparent reason. My acne is not just “hormonal teenage acne”, it is severe and painful and when I break out, they are swollen, bright red, and atleast a centimetre in diameter. I cannot cover them with makeup and I don’t have enough money for serious treatments and I cannot go on accutane, so I am really at a loss for what to do.