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  1. Remedies

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    hi. I always find myself in the same position. I finally get to a stage where I am satisfied with my skin then ill get a few pimples pop up and i just attack. I cant help myself. I'm wondering if anyone has any remedies for when this happens. It keeps me inside and super upset for days. I have tried just bandaids and neosporin but I dont feel like that does anything special. For this episode in particular it wasnt SO bad and then i put fresh aloe on the two spots and they turned dark and very scabby. I was shocked and now im just very upset. especially because my skin was doing so well and its the beginning of summer. If anyone has any advice and tips for how to handle these things it would be a huge help to me and im sure other people out there as well.
  2. It has now been about 8 months since I have started taking spironolactone as well as acidophilus. A couple of weeks ago, I was starting to get spots again, so they decided to up the dose from 100mg to 150. Honestly, I didn't see much improvement. I then was prescribed amoxicillin to take for 8 weeks. It is supposed to help my body absorb more of the meds. It has only been a couple of weeks, but I don't think it has really kicked in yet. My skin is not bad right now, but I do have a couple spots on my jawline that are getting a little painful, and I have texture on my cheeks. It is really just little spots and bumps. What is really getting to me though is the PIH. I am thinking about getting a chemical peel this summer, maybe even micro needling, but that is my last resort. I doubt it was my diet, but I am trying to clean it up a little bit and I think I am going to switch from foundation to a cc cream to maybe free up my pores. I am also trying to drink more water and green tea to try and get rid of these spots. The face wash I used before was the Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser, and I think my skin really liked it. However, it wasn't exactly drugstore, so once I finished the bottle I switched to the Biore baking soda foaming wash. Maybe my skin is adjusting to it, and that is what is creating the texture. I just hope it goes away soon. Other than that, my skin hasn't changed much. I have been thinking if going on birth control and ditching spiro would be a good idea because on spiro people still get occasional spots and I'm wondering if birth control would work better? But at the same time, I cant go through another initial breakout again. It's not my best skin day, but it's definitely not my worst. I even started going out without makeup. (for hiking, I didn't want to risk breaking out from it) but its something i guess. It's not much of an update, so sorry if this entry is a little boring. But I guess boring is good in this case.
  3. Help!!!

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    I’m not sure how good this picture is, but I’ve been struggling with acne on and off. Finally, I found the acne.org regime which helped my acne tremendously. However, I am now left with dry skin, hyperpigmentation, and possible scarring. I have no idea what to do about it. Currently, I’m still following the regimen but it’s doing nothing to even my complextion. If anyone has any tips/advice about what’s going on, it would be much appreciated. At one point I believed it just large pores, but now I’m thinking Ice pick scaring. Also, my t zone is darker thank other areas of my face. HELP PLEASE!!!!!
  4. HELP: WAIT OR CYST REMOVAL?

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    Hi so I really need advice !! I've always had acne but never really a cyst. For this long underneath my skin. It started with an inflamed huge pimple on my chin but now after a week there's still a huge bump underneath my skin and there is no white opening. What should I do? Wait ? Make an appointment? Needle it myself? Help
  5. Bumps/pimples on forehead

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    Hi, maybe someone has similar problems or could give me an advice. I don’t know what to do, these small bumps and red pimples appear on my forehead. My skin is normal, little to the oily side. I eat healthy, wash my face twice a week, use noreva acnomega cream and exfoliac foaming gel. Maybe some of you know natural masks, etc. that could help me get clear skin, or maybe these pimples/small bumps appear only because of my hormones, because i am 17 years old and I just cant do nothing about it?.. any kind of response would be nice.
  6. SO, it has been 2 weeks since I started taking spiro at 25mg and my forehead has cleared up, which makes me happy as hell. However, I still do have acne and some cysts on my cheeks, it looks like its clearing up too but very slowly. I don't wanna jinx it tbh. Even though my doctor told me to up my dose every 2 weeks, I feel like 25 mg is okay for me as the side effects are barely noticeable and I have heard that you do breakout again once you up your dose. Since its only been 2 weeks since I've started taking spiro, I'm going to wait till my 1-month mark on spiro to see if my acne has improved well enough for me to up my dose or just stay on 25mg. On the bright side, exams are over so I'm free and I have no clue what to do with my life right now. My 20th birthday is in 3 weeks though so that's something to look forward too I guess? The fact that I'm turning 20 still hasn't hit me so its weird as hell.
  7. Does peanut butter cause acne?

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    Hey guys, so all my life I have been eating processed peanut butter, and I know this is a big cause of my breakouts of acne. I have recently found some cool facts about organic peanut butter, and I wanted to share a video I made about this with u guys, cheers!
  8. Okay so, I have pityrosporum folliculitis(fungal acne all over my face) is there a way to cure and get rid of this forever? I havent had this problem before and only got it after putting on topical antibiotics on my face for a few months. Do you think that folliculitis will go away if I leave my skin alone? What if I use nizoral twice a week, will it go away? Probiotics, do they cure pityrosporum folliculitis? Also, is dehydrated skin normal for fungal acne? I would rather be more thankful if my skin turns normal again permanently than having to treat it every week because i dont want to be carrying a nizoral bottle everywhere i go
  9. PLEASE HELP Here is the short version of my acne story: In december 2017 I stopped taking my birth control pills. This sparked the fire that has engulfed the past 3 months of my life. I began seeing more acne than I was used to (I knew this was from stopping my birth control) so finally in March 2018 my dermatologist prescribed me 150mg Spironolactone. The first month of Spiro my skin was the worst I have ever seen it (purging from spiro). I am now in the second month and I can see the SMALLEST amount of improvement, but I am still breaking out. My entire teenage life I had taken minocycline to help my acne and it always worked great, but I stopped when I began taking spiro. I am now about to start taking minocycline again along with the spironolactone.However, I am very scared. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH SPIRO&MINO I need to know what this combination did to your skin if you have tried this. do you think it will be ok to start minocycline 2 months after starting spiro? PLEASE HELP
  10. My wife started having some heavy acne for the first time in her life, so when she visited dermatologist they recommended Benzoyl peroxide 5%. After applying it twice, once in the morning and once at night, the following morning her entire face was dark red, peeling, it was horrible she looked like a tomato. As soon as that happened she stopped using the cream right away, it's been two weeks since that happened and her inflammation has only gotten worse. We had to wait two weeks since the local dermatologist wouldn't be back till then we live in a pretty rural area in Japan, this was during Golden Week, a famous time in Japan where the majority of business go on vacation for 2 weeks. She is also suffering from intense insomnia from her ketogenic diet during these two weeks she's been super stressed out and only being able to get 3 hours of sleep on average maybe less. I fear that the insomnia, stress from the extreme redness is only making her more depressed and making her inflammation worse. Today my wife was prescribed Protopic but it makes her skin so itchy. We're both hoping that this will get rid of her intense redness. But the thing she's worried about the most is she's afraid that she will have permanent skin damage from the damage Benzoyl peroxide has done and her face will never look the same. She started developing a puffiness under her eyes, and the inflammation was pretty intense puffiness the same day before getting the Protopic cream. Is it likely that her skin will never return to the original pale color, will she have permanent skin damage? the doctor gave us a really unclear answer if all of the redness would disappear which made her really depressed, she's afraid to go outside cause her face is extremely red but only her face. We're going through this together hopefully after the first 2 weeks of using Protopic all of her redness will disappear but do you think there's a chance she will have permanent pigment damage? And if so is there anything we can do about it?
  11. Hey guys, I was on accutane from July 2017 to January 2018, it was one of the worst experiences of my life! It broke me out it large cystic painful acne and left my face wreaked with hyperpigmentation and scarring; my face is worse than it was before! It’s now been five months since I completed accutane, I have managed to get the hyper pigmentation down through the use of Mario Badescu’s Gyloic acid cleanser and The Ordinary’s AHA + BHA peeling solution, however my progress has slowed to a halt and my skin hasn’t improved at all in the last month! I’m also starting to break out more (which I expected) but they are just creating even more hyper pigmentation. I have no idea what to do and I wanted to know if anyone could give me tips on reducing hyper pigmentation?? I have attached pics of my skin currently; and if you want to see it before there are pictures in my profile under the posts section. thank you soo much. I really hope someone can help me
  12. Guys!!!! Please advice me what kind of acne is that and how it should be treated! Cant withstand it and more :((( Thanks in advance!
  13. Closed Comedones! HELP!

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    Okay, I'm going to try to explain everything in the easiest way I can. A month ago, I started using Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. Two days later, the left side of my face was red, flaky, and sensitive. A few closed comedones appeared, but Reddit suggested I use CeraVe Moisturizer in the tub, and I did. It helped fix the problem and all was good. Two weeks later, I notice that there were closed comedones on my face. I immediately did research and found that CeraVe could cause closed comedones. I stopped using it and used my Pixi Glow Tonic with 5% glycolyic acid. The next day (literally got so much worse in one day!), it got worse and my skin felt tight, especially my forehead and if I focus enough, I swear I can feel those little devils without touching them. I feel like they tingle, but I can't be sure, because my head usually tingles when I'm warm. I'm also not sure if the reason why my skin feels tight is because I had overmoisturized with CeraVe (literally would lather it on) and my skin got so used to it and was going through a withdrawal, or the comedones were making my skin feel tight. Now, I have closed comedones that will not budge. I'm scared to use the Pixi Glow Tonic again, because I fear that it may have contributed to the breakout. Just a few weeks ago, I had perfect skin and I've been feeling so depressed. What makes everything even more tough is the fact that this happened during finals week where I wasn't drinking water, stressed, and on my period so I'm not sure if my comedones are actually caused by fungal/yeast. The comedones don't itch or anything. I want to try Nizoral, but I'm not even sure if it's fungal acne. Every one suggests BHAs and AHAs, but I cannot afford to purge, because I've got a few important events coming up. Also, I have a port wine stain birth mark on my forehead as well (irrelevant).
  14. Forehead Acne Scarring???

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    Hello Acne.org users! Since around 8th Grade I have had moderate acne (In 9th Grade Currently) I ordered the regimen and have been using it for about 5 days now (ik its not a lot) but every morning it seems like my skin is getting clearer and clearer! But since there aren't any extremely noticeable pimple on my forehead, I realized I have a decent amount of semi dark spots on my skin from past pimples. Assuming they were scars, I looked up what forehead acne scars look like and they definitely aren't the same. Some of them divot and others don't. Tbh they aren't even that noticeable and maybe not even permanent but I just want to know what they are called so I can possibly look up quicker ways to possibly remove them. Thanks! Feel free to ask as many questions as you want! They also might just be new scars that still need to develop, Im determined to stop popping pimples on my forehead. Unless of course if they are huge whites then I can use a sterilized needle and extract the white stuff.
  15. My vegan experience

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    Hi, I'm Scott Piercings. I probably should have signed up for this a long time ago: i've had acne since i was 12 or 13 and have tried, what feels like, pretty much everything. Treating my acne has been like trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I did, however, manage to get my skin to behave in a way I thought I could only dream of by sticking to what some might consider a torturous diet. Allow me to list everything I eat on practically a daily basis: Quaker One Minute Oats with water, Kretschmer wheat germ and an apple Dainty Brown Rice with frozen vegetables Stonemill Slow Crafted vegan bread with avocados Catelli Ancient Grains pasta Sunflower Seeds (raw) And other raw fruits and vegetables I list these items because I know how difficult it is to find foods that do not cause acne. Take note that the items listed above contain no animals products whatsoever. In addition, they are minimally processed. My skin is extremely sensitive. Some can't have dairy products; some can't have fish; some can't have unbleached wheat flour; unfortunately for me, it's all of the above. I always thought of acne as something that I was doing to my skin, not something that my skin was doing to me; hence my aversion to acne medication. And what is white rice and white bread but rice and bread with all of the nutrients washed out of them. The same goes for refined sugar: it's nothing but carbs and is inessential to anyone's diet. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't even realize what I was eating. I was raised on refined sugar and junk food and sought to correct that. I became a regular runner; I started drinking decaf tea and coffee; I started eating raw vegetables (celery especially)--all in order to purify myself. Eventually, I stopped eating meat because it felt like I didn't need to. I had replaced meat with whole grains and vegetables. And honestly, meat is not nearly as easy to digest as whole grains and vegetables. The last thing I cut out of my diet which gave me acne was parboiled rice. After 3-4 months, my acne was completely gone. I even got a tattoo--something which I thought I would never do because of how hideous my skin was; it wasn't exactly a blank canvas--just to celebrate finding the cure. This bliss was short lived: I soon began to feel weak and fatigued all the time; my palms were sweaty; and I developed a twitch in my face. I couldn't tell which symptoms were caused by low blood sugar and which were caused by a vitamin b12 deficiency. Out of desperation, I ate wild caught salmon--which is supposedly very good for the skin--and broke out almost instantly. I could just take b12 supplements. But, even those contain unwanted ingredients. Besides, i'm trying to do things as natural as possible. Thus, if I could stick to veganism as a cure, I would. It seems that this wasn't meant to be and that I need to find a healthy source of b12, which I will update you guys on. Time for further experimentation.
  16. Help! Is this a broken capillary?!

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    Is this a broken capillary on my nose? Thanks for any help.
  17. Hi everyone! This might have been asked before but I am new to this board and I am still working my way around it. I have an 11 year old daughter who has been having ACNE, the big and painful kind on her nose and around her nose area. It is mainly concentrated on her tzone. She has dry skin on her forehead and cheeks but those are are clear (so far). I started her with a simple skin care regimen which consists of: 1. oil cleanser (to remove sunscreen) 2. water based cleanser 3. toner 4. oil free moisturizer I have those pimple patches i got from Korea which are so great, i put one on an active pimple and leave it overnight...then gone the next day. But thing is, we slay one pimple, 2 more appear. She is now embarrassed to go out as her friends don't have any Acne and she has so it makes her anxious and would not want to go out and play. My question would be, is it safe to give her actives like AHA and BHA given that she just turned 11? Benzoyl Peroxide is not that popular in Asia, I don't think they even prescribe it as it make your skin dry and make Acne worse...as I was told.
  18. Most approaches to acne aim to treat the symptoms rather than address the fundamental root cause of the problem. Stinging nettle tea is a solution which is preventative in nature. Brewed from the leaves of the stinging nettle – urtica dioica in Latin – stinging nettles produce a mild irritant poison, which when treated correctly, can be extremely effective in the treatment of a range of conditions, not least of which is acne. Occurring naturally in the northern hemisphere amongst temperate climates, the stinging nettle is typically considered a weed by those who are not aware of the myriad of uses it can be put to for general health improvement. With a little knowledge though, you can turn this pest into one of your favourite weapons in the fight against acne. Make Your Own Nettle Tea Remove the Toxins in Your Blood Stinging nettle tea works to cleanse your skin by addressing the problems that may be occurring in your blood. The chemicals in stinging nettle tea work to remove excessive toxins in your blood stream, allowing your skin to more effectively cleanse itself, thus preventing acne in the early stages. Although stinging nettle tea is less effective after the fact – that is, it works best as a prevention, rather than a cure – it is still effective as part of a combined treatment regimen. If you already treat your acne with a carefully prepared diet, then stinging nettle tea will be a natural and easy step for you. Of course, the benefit of using stinging nettle tea to treat acne can spill over into other areas of your health. Many users report an increased sense of wellbeing as a result of incorporating stinging nettle tea into their diet. Cheapest Acne Solution Ever? Depending on where you live in the world, you can make your own stinging nettle tea. This makes stinging nettle tea one of the most cost-effective treatments for acne ever! If you don’t have access to stinging nettles though, not to worry. There are several stores that sell stinging nettle tea pre-prepared so all you have to do is brew it. See you local natural health food store or chemist. If you’re interested in preparing your own stinging nettle tea, I’ve prepared a guide. For information on how stinging nettle tea can help treat a range of conditions, including arthritis, anemia, hay fever, kidney problems, as an enhancement to prostate health, or as a tool to help with weight loss. About author: Sen Perfect is a PhD writer from best custom essay writing service, psychologist with over 8 years experience, I answer psychology-related questions about diagnoses, ADD/ADHD, Social Security Disability, Emotional Support Animals, & learning disabilities.
  19. Hello! I’m a 18 (about to be 19) year old female. I have been struggling with acne since I was around 14 or 15. My acne has gotten super severe only once, and thankfully minocycline quickly took it all away. Well, since then, I have been on antibiotics on and off, ranging from minocycline to doxy, and tetracycline. I have also tried many facial topical creams. Nothing has worked in the long term to cure my acne. (However, I do know that nothing will “cure” it forever..) About 2 months ago my skin got horrible again, but this time, instead of the acne being on my forehead, I got it on my chin. Very bad. I went back to my dermatologist immediately, and she reccomended either Accutane (hell no) or Spironolactone. So, I decided the spiro was a good choice. I started out the first two weeks with 25 mg / day, then upped to 50 mg / day at the two week mark. I also went on a two week antibiotic, Keflex, that helped reduce inflammation and calmed things down a little. I am currently on a day 31 and I feel as if my acne is a lot better, but there is so much scarring, and still new ones popping up, but slower and tinier. I never had cystic acne, but big, pustular, nodular acne that either came to a head or remained red and inflamed. I will also be starting Tri-Linyah Birth Control (generic for Ortho-Tri-Cyclen) on my next period, main reason being contraceptive.... but hoping it will help with my skin. I have experienced some side effects that I think are from the sprio, which are only dizziness & headaches. Did this work for you? Let me know if you have a similar story... please feel free to comment and share and reach out to me. xoxox till next time
  20. A little about me and my acne. I started getting acne when I was around 18 years old and It progressively started getting worse as I got older. Was put on topical antibiotics at first ( clindamycin then erythromycin/benzoyl). I used those topicals exclusively until I ask around 22 and didn't see much results. Then dermatologist put me on tretinoin .025% cream along with the topical antibiotics and It seemed to be working fairly well. But now, recently at the age of 25 my acne just isn't responding to topicals anymore. So finally my dermatologist decided to put me on Spironolactone 100mg and aczone gel. Before I started taking spiro & aczone i will admit my acne was not as bad as a lot of people who suffer from acne. I had 2 decent sized cysts on my left cheek but my right cheek was fairly clear besides my normal acne scars. But recently ever since I started spiro I have been breaking out. This will be my third week on spiro and I have been breaking out in places I normally don't like my forehead and chin. The acne on my left cheek has gotten worse and i started breaking out on my right cheeck now. For those of you who have been on spiro did you experience the same thing? Is purging a normal occurrence on oral medications or should I just consider this a run-of-the-mill breakout? THANKS!
  21. My acne was never this bad until I went to sleep at my cousins house two months back. I’ve tried honey and lemon and all other things. Can someone please help me fix my skin to back how it used to be??
  22. I've just finished my 2nd course of accutane a little under a month ago, one of my largest problem areas prior to this was the skin on either side of my nose, I had large, clogged pores which would breakout in cystic acne. Accutane dried out my pores leading me to think this area would no longer be a problem for me but it's been about 3 weeks since I've finished my course and I can feel this area is texturised, I wake up with an oily nose (big problem area) and today my foundation was so oily, something I hadn't experienced in a long time. I don't know what to do to help with this. I did my first face mask today in a long time to try and counteract the oiliness and pores but it seems to have clogged and brought them out even more. I have combination skin although I would say I'm on the more oilier side and my only consistent skin care products right now, are Clinique sun screen, aveeno moisturiser and cetaphil daily cleanser. I've recently started using aloe vera gel which I extract from the plant myself at home as this helped me before accutane. I know i shouldn't even be touching my face anymore but I Can't help it when i can see my pores are enlarged and feel as though small spots are resurfacing, this is mainly around my nose mouth and pore area. Does anyone have any advice to help with this problem?
  23. Hello! I am currently on DAY 23 of Accutane (isotretinoin). MONTH 1: 40mg/daily Can anyone help me with some questions??? Ive heard of the purging phase (and hoping not to get it)....I think I’m experiencing it now. Ugh, it’s just everywhere on my face. its currently 2am and I woke up because my face was bleeding and I now this is disgusting but my pimples were..popping I guess? The puss was just seeping out..yuck! I don’t want that on my pillow, so I got up and had to hold tissue on my face. But now I have neosporin on every pimple and 5 bandaids on my face I can’t even put foundation on it. I hate wearing foundation anyways I guess but man, when my acne is as bad as this, I wanna cover it! I constantly have pimples; whiteheads and under the skin, they’re constantly coming to the surface, I’m also getting blackheads in places I’ve never seen! It’s sore and super SENSITIVE and burns from even unscented face wash or gentle face wash like CeraVe. Dryness is not too bad though. I’ve been drinking water! Anyways, I’m concerned. It looked the tinniest bit better for like a day in the first week, but it’s really only gotten worse since. It’s definitely not better. I hear that I “just need to wait, give it Time, be patient and it’ll be worth it” and stuff but most people see results by now. I see my derm next week an maybe/hopefully he’ll increase dosage because my skin is just being stubborn and gross. ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS? CAN ANYONE HELP? Thanks!!
  24. I have been dealing with pretty awful acne for about a year now. It has not only been and emotional roller costar but also really stressful. And it hasn’t been just one kind of acne either. I go from almost like hives all over my face to thousands and hundreds of little bumps all over my face. And it’s awful. I’ve been to the fern and doctors and all of these different places and no one can tell me what’s wrong. Im slowly giving Up hope and wondering and pondering the question.... is it worth it to fight anymore. I cry myself to sleep almost every night. I need someone else to wash my face for me as I break down in tears touching my face. I have had to cover the mirrors in my room. I don’t look in the mirrors anymore, I don’t look people in the eyes, I don’t talk to people anymore. I’ve shut my friends and family out. And I don’t think I’m worthy of anything. So I wonder if it’s worth it too keep trying. Or do I just...... I just want it to be over. Will it ever get better? Will I ever have clear skin again and be proud of myself again. Because as of now... I don’t know how much longer I will last.