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  1. Clogged pores?

    Hello! I've had these flesh-colored bumps all over my face for months. I know they aren't pimples, so I can only assume that maybe they're clogged pores. They're on my cheeks and my forehead. I've also had these fleshy bumps on my nose ever since I was 12 or 13. I'm not sure if these are clogged pores too, but they've always annoyed me and I'd love to get rid of them. I just want some suggestions on what to use, since I've tried many products and none of them have worked (they made my skin soft but I still I had the bumps). I've physically exfoliated and used a BHA cream from Cosrx. I've also tried being extract them but there's so many it's tedious and they end up coming back anyways. Are there any strong products out there to rid of these? Or is it time to see a dermatologist (I would rather not resort to this)?
  2. Which is more beneficial to drink warm or cold water for acne prone skin??
  3. Tazorac + Doxy Log

    Hi guys!! I'm an 18 year old trying to get rid of her acne once and for all I have suffered from acne since my freshman year of high school (mild to moderate). My acne was never really cystic - I had inflamed pimples and blackheads in my T-zone. Through trial and error over the years, I was finally able to clear my skin through using Retin A Micro 0.04% (RAM) at night, along with Aczone or Finacea in the morning (alternating each day). However, during the fall of last year, I began noticing closed comedones (whiteheads) on the sides of my chin. I began using the RAM in these areas. However, this did nothing, and my comedones worsened. They began to spread to the rest of my chin, on my upper lip, and in between my eyebrows. My nose, which has always had blackheads, became even more clogged. The worst part is that these comedones become inflamed zits and leave hyperpigmentation behind. I talked to my derm about this, and she upper my RAM to 0.1%. This did not help, even after 6+ months. She said that the next thing to try was Spiro, which I did not want to take. (I have, however, through my own research found that Paula's Choice AHA and BHA gels do help to reduce the clogs to some extent - see my routine below.) I recently switched derms. He is putting me on Doxycycline (75 mg) and Tazorac cream 0.05%. I am hoping that the Taz, being a stronger retinoid, will help to eradicate these comedones. I also think that my skin may be slightly resistant to the RAM, as I have used it for the past 5 years. Because retinoids have worked well in the past, I'm hoping that a different retinoid will shake things up and clear my pores. Here is a great link describing the differences between RAM and Taz: As of now, my skin consists of comedones on my chin, nose, between my eyebrows, and on my upper lip. My "problem area" is definitely my chin (esp the sides). I get the occasional random pimple, but for the most part, any inflammation comes from my comedones becoming infected. My current routine: AM Wash with Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Mix Paula's Choice BHA 2% gel with PC AHA 8% gel Cera Ve moisturizing lotion Aczone or Finacea (alternate) PM Cera Ve hydrating cleanser Taz 0.05% cream Cera Ve lotion *Take 75 mg Doxy with dinner I will be documenting my progress on both Taz and Doxy - partially for myself, partially because I have been lurking on other people's logs for a long time and find them extremely helpful. Please comment with questions, support, or advice Other Links: Facial Masks I Recommend:
  4. i already have a problem with picking at my skin unintentionally, and yesterday i tried taking a bobby pin and using it to pop my black heads, my skin was clear besides a few pimples and black heads on my nose. so i took the bobby pin and all i know was that i started popping them at 4am and ended at 3pm (a long time), and my skin was really red and my pores were huge, which i'm guessing is from me scraping at my skin to get the blackheads out. i took a shower after and my face looked really bad and had gotten worse. My dad thought it was an allergic reaction to something cause my pores were so red and irritated(i'm not allergic to anything so i know it's not that). all i used on my face was dr bronners soap when i got in the shower and i've been putting which hazel on it, and i just put on a product i have that closes your pores. it's now around 11:30pm and my pores look like this, it's a lot less than earlier but it still looks really bad(before i tried to pop my blackheads there was no redness at all besides a few small pimples on my chin). what should i do to stop the skin from being so red and swollen? will it stay like this? and if not how long will it take for the redness to go down?
  5. (last paragraph sums up everything if you don't want to read it all) i already have a problem with picking at my skin unintentionally, and 2 days ago i tried taking a bobby pin and using it to pop my black heads, my skin was clear besides a few pimples and black heads on my nose. so i took the bobby pin and all i know was that i started popping them at 4am and ended at 3pm (a long time), and my skin was really red and my pores were huge, which i'm guessing is from me scraping at my skin to get the blackheads out. i took a shower after and my face looked really bad and had gotten worse. My dad thought it was an allergic reaction to something cause my pores were so red and irritated(i'm not allergic to anything so i know it's not that). all i used on my face was dr bronners soap when i got in the shower and i've been putting which hazel on it, and i just put on a product i have that closes your pores. the first photo (1) is what my pores looked like around around 11:30pm i put an ice pack on my face and which hazel on my face before i took the photo and after i took that i put some aloe vera and Neosporin on my face and went to bed. it was a lot less than earlier that day but it still looks really bad(before i picked at my skin and there was almost no redness anywhere on my face). the second photo (2) i took 10 min ago around 2:00pm and it looks worse. today i put on an oatmeal honey mask to try and get rid of the swelling and more aloe verawhat should i do to stop the skin from being so red and swollen? will it stay like this? and if not how long will it take for the redness to go down?
  6. Rashes or blackheads on forehead?

    Hi, I'm Tiara! I've been battling with my oily and acne prone skin forever. I used to use dermatologist products to handle the problem but I stop using them now. Currently, I've been using The Body Shop Tea Tree regimen and it's been almost a month. The regimen works well on my skin. I love the pre-serum called Daily Solution. My face isn't as oily as it used to be. The problem is I still have little bumps on my forehead and cheeks. I'm pretty sure they are blackheads. However, the ones on forehead sometimes get itchy. Now I'm wondering whether they're blackheads or rashes. Any comment? How to treat them? I haven't seen doctor yet. I need your enlightenemnt enlightenment please.
  7. Closed Comedones..Please Help!!!

    Hi everyone, I'm a 21 years old female who suffers from the worst type of acne in my opinion. Each one of my cheeks have at least 40 closed comedones (clogged pores/ Whitehead and blackheads) mainly whiteheads. I have had them for about a year and they don't form a head to become a pimple nor do they go away. I have combination skin and tend to get oily on my T-zone, this is my only form of acne besides of course the once cyst every month around my cycle. If I squeeze them hard white stuff comes out for some and some nothing comes out. For those that do come out will refill a few days later. I don't have any on my chin or forehead only on my cheeks. I'm a picker and I can't help not touching them which leaves my skin with scabs and hyperpigmentation. I finally decided to see a dermatologist and she diagnosed me with clogged pores (closed comedones) like I thought. She gave me Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% with Clindamycin lotion in the morning and Tretinoin gel .05% at night for two months. I'm on my seventh week now and still no improvement at all. This is what's happening so far which is scaring me.. Some comedones are becoming pustules, huge, red and painful... I thought this was good because this means that they are leaving my skin but wait for this, after the inflammation is gone and everything is calm I come to see the comedone still there, which means that this comedone basically got inflamed only to return as soon as the inflammation was gone. I have noticed this happen on a couple of them and that just drive me crazy after I had hope in the Tretinoin to solve the problem. Note: Using the tretinoin I had no new acne or comedones at all, just some of my OWN comedones inflamed. Also since starting the tretinoin I stopped picking my face. If anyone knows what the hell is my skin going through or is going through this right now or have gone through it please please please tell me what you did and what exactly is happening and if this is normal. Shouldn’t my skin be starting to show some improvement on seven weeks of tretinoin? My regime: Daytime- Cleanse with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Apply Clindamycin lotion and Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Moisturize with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Night time- Cleanse with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Wait 30 min then apply a pea size Tretinoin Gel .05 Wait 30 min then Moisturize with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion PS. The picture looks better than real life.
  8. Self-esteem affected

    I don't have severe acne but I am severely affected by what I do have. Bumps and redness between my eyebrows, about 5 visible pimple dark marks on my left cheek and a couple active bumps on my chin. Doesn't sound like much but believe me I'd rather stay at home then go out with my face like this. Will putting Vicks on the affected areas help? I've had average skin with the occasional or 2 pimples my whole life, up till I was 18. It changed this year though (I'm 19), pimples I had left scars and the scars took longer than usual to fade and new pimples form faster than before. I used to have clear skin on my forehead but now there's this area of redness and marks between my eyebrows and it is unsightly. Any advice??
  9. My acne experience

    I myself was suffering from acne and tried every single crem according to my experience these creams are the best for acne treatment . 1. CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE MARK TREATMENT This unique spot treatment contains salicylic acid to kick blemishes to the curb, as well as glycolic acid, which peels away dry skin to help eliminate the appearance of post-breakout scars. Clean & Clear | $14.95 2. DIAL ACNE CONTROL DEEP CLEANSING BODY WASH Breakouts aren’t just limited to your face. Get rid of acne on other areas of your body prone to breakouts, like your chest and back, by sudsing up with a body wash that contains salicylic acid, an effective acne-fighting ingredient. Dial | $8 3. AVEENO CLEAR COMPLEXION FOAMING CLEANSER Wash away dirt, oil and makeup with this cleanser formulated to prevent blemishes and breakouts without causing further dryness or irritation. Aveeno | $11.63 4. NEXCARE ACNE ABSORBING COVERS If you’re the type that can’t resist the urge to pop blemishes, stick these sponge-like covers on pimples to stop yourself from picking at them. Bonus: The pads work to absorb and clear the spot at the same time. Nexcare | $8 5. NEUTROGENA RAPID CLEAR STUBBORN ACNE LEAVE ON MASK For spots that just wont quit, try applying Neutrogena’s full-face treatment to get rid of the pimples you currently have and prevent the ones you can’t see yet from reaching the skin’s surface. Neutrogena | $10 6. YES TO TOMATOES CLEAR SKIN DAILY BALANCING MOISTURIZER LOTION This basic moisturizer hydrates acne-prone complexions without causing further irritations or breakouts, and has a pleasant vanilla scent—not tomato as one might think. $15 7. BURT’S BEES NATURAL ACNE SOLUTIONS TARGETED SPOT TREATMENT Battle blemishes naturally with Burt’s Bees spot treatment. Its main ingredient, tea tree oil, is a powerful acne fighter that quickly clears up isolated pimples. Burt's Bees | $11 8. BIORÉ PORE-UNCLOGGING SCRUB Clogged pores are a common—and
  10. Does anyone know what kind of acne this is or how to treat it. Mixed oily and dry. I don't get a lot of big pimples, but I have small spots and lumps all over my cheeks. help please!
  11. This is my skin. (See pictures) I'm 17 years old, female, and I have been dealing with acne since I was 12, but it properly started when I was 14. A brief background to my skin: I used Duac when I was about 15. It helped with my acne, but caused my skin texture to react leaving me with an orange peel-like texture, large pores. I think it is also due to over-exfoliation. I was prescribed differin later on, honestly didn't really do much at all. Just made my skin dry, the pore size stayed the same. (Ive tried DML lotion too. Applied it thickly like 6 times a day and it did nothing.) I have been dealing with this condition for 2 years now. I had poreless skin at about age 14. I am certain it is not to do with genetics either, both my family and parents don't have large pores. I will be going to try Paula's Choice 10% niacinamide from an FAQ that suggested it on here. Reviews are relatively good regarding the pore size, many saying their skin texture returns back to normal. But please anything you know is appreciated!! I am stuck. What's out there that I can use so my skin can return to normal? I am honestly so desperate. I have read all the forums there is out there.
  12. Please help

    I have mild to moderate painful acne on my jaw, chin, and 1 or 2 on my cheek. I wash my face 2 times a day and use %10 benzoyl peroxide 2-3 times on all affected areas. I use face lotion before school, but nothing I do seems to help. Does anyone have an idea on what to do.
  13. THIS IS A REALLY LONG POST BUT I PROMISE IT'S WORTH THE READ Hey guys just wanted share how I once got rid of my acne for a period of time (because now I have acne again) So first off, I started clearing up the summer of 2014 (april - august - yes we had a 5 month summer in the Philippines) but I started breaking out again around October this year (probably because of college, sleepless nights, stress and finals) Anyway I'm a 17 year old who has mild acne. I didn't get cystic pimples back then but my face was covered with pustules, papules and comedones. My skin wasn't oily nor was it flaky but it just looked bad. What worked for me then was: Celeteque (dermoscience facial wash) hydration Belo Essentials Skin Hydrating Whitening Toner SOS (roll on topical treatment) Celeteque Facial Moisturizer Hydration I used these products consecutively for 5 months twice a day. By the third month, I wasn't growing any more pimples. And by the fifth month, my dark spots and scars were gone. It was amazing. Life felt amazing. But there are other factors that should be considered such as the sleep that I was getting, the diet and the sunlight. Since it was summer and there was no school, I was basically stress free and I slept almost the entirety of the day. I would walk my dog in the morning and I read somewhere that sunlight helps in the manufacturing of Vitamin D which in turn helps in regulating sebum excretion. And I ate healthy food because I was at home everyday with very little access to junk food and fast food. I just really wanted to put this regimen out in the open to help those who are desperate of getting rid of their acne. Although it should be noted that this regimen worked for me because I was diligent, had more than enough sleep, wasn't stressed at all and was eating healthy food. So if you're going to try this, might as well do some changes in your lifestyle because nothing worth having ever comes easy. It should also be noted that my skin started showing significant changes on the third month. Perfection takes time. Healing is a process and it doesn't happen overnight. Hell, it doesn't happen for at least a month. But it will happen. You will just have to be patient and persevering.
  14. My name is Elizabeth, I am 24 and suffer from hormonal acne from opiate abuse and now a methadone taper. (13 months clean and down to 25 mg from around 90) this is adding stress to my life, as well as generalized anxiety. I've always had acne. Have done the money wasting chemical peels which took years off my face but aren't permenant as are expensive. My derm is a drug pushing cosmetic doctor. Ladies, which birth control for acne do you suggest? I want a weight neutral pill! The acne I currently get is large white heads and clogged pores. I always have atleast one or two of these! Ugh. On tretinoin, aloe vera, lavender oil and cereVe sun block and cleanser, fish oil, vitamin c. do you reccomend vitamin b-5?
  15. Hi All, I've been lurking on the forum since July last year and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences on my journey and how I've come to a decision to begin roaccutane (UK). I know many people do not agree with this drug but I am completely aware of it's side affects and have read the booklet and the ipledge programme information already. People often bash others that take roaccutane for mild acne, but just like the rest of you, we suffer too. I can't remember the last time I looked in the mirror and felt happy about my face, I cry every single day and have started taking sertraline to be able to cope with how I feel about my face. FYI I'm not depressed, the sertraline is suppose to help with the OCD towards my skin, Acne has been a battle that has completely changed my life, I completely sympathise with every single one of you who post on here. My acne is mostly comedonal, I do suffer with the persistent breakouts of papules and pustules (normally 1-3) in the chin area but the main issue for me is the blocked pores, they cover my entire t-zone. Many people have told me my face is fine, most are extremely shocked I have been prescribed such a strong drug, but both my mother and sister have taken roaccutane for acne and we have strong acne genetics with-in our family. I want to get rid of this in its early stages and while I'm still 19 I have time to deal with it before it would get worse and begin to scar like my sisters. I started getting acne when I was 18, before then I had a FLAWLESS complexion. it began in the most persistent area to date, the sides of my mouth and my chin. As I became more worried about my skin the acne began to spread, it began on my chin and then blackheads and comedones began to spread all around my nose and up to my forehead, this destroyed me inside, witnessing it getting worse was devastating. I visited two dermatologists privately in the UK, both which prescribed a combination of medications. I have tried countless topicals (Differin, Duac, Epiduo, Zineryt) in combination with many different antibiotics (Lymecycline, Doxycycline, Emerythromycerin) All of which had no affect on my skin what so ever (Baring in mind I gave each treatment combination atleast 3-5 months). Lymecycline with Differin was my last treatment option, I gave it about 2 months and nothing had changed, I get I could've waited longer but I just no longer had the patience, the acne has stopped me from leaving my house, it has completely destroyed my life and relationship. People try to scare me with the side effects of roaccutane but I'm already at rockbottom anyway, I need the acne to go away. I went to a dermatologist yesterday (02/03). I made the appointment yesterday morning and saw my consultant dermatologist by 18:30 (02/03) in the evening. (I have private healthcare in the UK which means I don't have to wait at all) I went into the appointment expecting a prescription of Retin-A and another antibiotic combination. I can admit I did have roaccutane in mind. After explaining my distress to my doctor and explaining to him how much this has affected my life he examined my skin, asked about what treatments I have pursued already and questioned me a little further. After a 20 minute discussion he asked me if I had ever heard of isotretinoin, and after trying different combinations said it would be the most affective form of treatment. There was mutual agreement and I am overwhelmed with joy to undertake my treatment and I feel so grateful that it's happening as fast as it is (Normal wait-time on the NHS to see a dermatologist is 6 months considering my case isn't severe). I left the doctors office and had my blood tests done right away, I had a few more this morning too (03/03) but I am picking up roaccutane either today or monday (if my dermatologist doesn't get back to me). My point is people out there with very mild acne, don't suffer in silence. It has had such a profound effect on my life and my dermatologist could see this, after understanding my situation and that I've already attempted other forms of treatment I'm happy I am going on roaccutane. I've heard it has changed many people's lives and I cannot wait to witness it change mine, when he prescribed me the drug I felt like my life was being handed back to me. I'm going to document my journey on, I don't see many people with mild acne documenting there experience on the drug as many never decide to take it anyway. I just had a few questions to the accutane users on the more mild end of the acne scale before I begin my roaccutane experience... First of all I currently am using clean and clear and differin to help clear my skin up, should I stop this? I've heard many people have dry and irritated skin from roaccutane and my doctor did mention it would be a side affect. If so should I be washing my face at all? My skin is super sensitive btw (I have combination skin oily t-zone, dry cheeks) and if I should can anyone recommend any products to wash my face with and any moisturisers that I should consider buying in the UK! Thanks for reading and I hope you understand my decision to undertake roaccutane as my treatment. I hope I gain some responses! Ben!
  16. Hi. I've been suffering from these strange bumps on my cheeks and chin for a month and half now, I went to the dermatologist and he said they were closed comedones and suggested extracting them with a needle, but I'm a bit wary of it scarring since it bled (pictures included), so I only asked him to do few and then decide whether to proceed or not. The problem is, he picked at them with he needle. He didn't make an opening and didn't squeeze anything like some videos I've seen online. He also prescribed me cetaphil face soap, derma-T (clindamycin phosphate) and antibacteria cream for at night. Is this the kind of procedure to treat these bumps? Will it scar my face? And all in all should I go back to the derm or find another one?
  17. Black Pimple/cyst

    My pimple/cyst on my nose has turned black. Yesterday, when I got out of the shower the contents was oozing out. I squeezed until all of the contents were out (or tried.) A few questions I have: What do I with the black cyst (how to treat it) What does it mean when it's black? Was is a good idea to finish popping the pimple
  18. So hey guys I'm new here. So about 2 years ago my doctor prescribed tretinoin and I ran out. Due to complication issue with my insurance I am not able to get another prescription for another 5 months. I found the regimen and I bought the travel kit and I as wondering if this works for clogged pores, I reallly don't want to salicylic acid, which was made for black, because I've had bad luck with it in he past. Alright so I'll give a brief description about my acne. It's in one spot,my nose i only get blackheads and white and I have clogged pores. I use to get these big and bad pimples on my nose which is why I as on Tretinoin. In conclusion will the regimen help my clogged pores issue?
  19. Please Help!!!

    I'm breaking out like crazy!!! My cheek area has been flaring up the most however. I'm not quite sure what am I doing wrong. I'm cutting dairy from my diet and avoiding as much sugar as I can. My skin type is sensitive and v acne prone. Here's some pictures of my skin currently and the products I use. I use the pure tea tree oil as a spot treatment.
  20. It started a few months ago with my forehead. Although I was using a bad face wash at the time, it caused a lot of irritation and dryness, I figured the bumps would go away once I discontinued it, they didn't. The ones on my forehead eventually became colorless, but they're ALL OVER my forehead. Then they appeared on my cheek as well, they're a little red there, like the beginnings of pimples, but they're not sore and there's been no change in weeks :( There are a few on other parts of my face as well.It's nothing too severe, which is why I'm unsure whenever it's acne at all... I've been trying face masks, both store bought and home made, but if anything, I think it just made it worse. So is this acne? I've also had very stubborn blackheads on my nose for years, no products seem to get rid of them (in case it's relevant). I use a face wash and moisturizer daily. I can't get in to see a dermatologist for a few months and I really don't want to have to wait that long to address this problem...
  21. I having been taking tetralysal for 3 months now to control my acne. At the same time, I have been using Duac (containing clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) and applying it to all the areas where I have acne and blackheads. However, my blackheads are getting worse and worse. My nose has been always oily but I have more blackheads than ever before. I also used to have clean cheeks. I have a few blackheads on my cheeks when I started meditation and they are slowing spreading out. I did gently squeeze them out at first but not now. My friend had taken tetralysal before and he told me his blackheads gradually reduced. I really don't want my cheeks to be covered by them! What can I do? Should I stop applying Duac to the blackheads? What can I do with them? I really feel so desperate because my nose and cheeks are very dirty right now and I can do nothing about it It's already three months and I am not seeing any improvement but worsening of the problem:( How can I at least stop the spreading of blackheads on my cheeks? (My cheeks aren't oily and I frequently change my towel and pillow case) Thanks!
  22. Not the best lighting to show but those are small indentations and hyperpigmentation marks. Will these fade naturally overtime? I'm still dealing with a lot of acne I'm currently using Klaron lotion morning and night. So far I've used... OTC products Epiduo Tazorac Epiduo Forte Klaron lotion and none of these are helping that much. I have oily skin and a lot of clogged pores and now redness and sensitivity from the epiduo forte which just ripped apart my skin:( I don't know what to do I'm 21 I feel like I shouldn't be getting acne anymore This cheek has no scarring but a lot of clogged pores/blackheads
  23. HELP

    Hi So i really want to hear from someone who maybe have experienced the kind of skin problem i have on my forehead. I really want to know What i Can do, and which producers to use! thank u!!!
  24. Quitting The Regimen

    Hi. I'm going to keep this blog entry short and simple. I can safely say that I'm NEVER going to order/use the products again (except the jojoba oil I have left). It was too expensive for me (203$), it was a chore to do and for me it took like at least 1 hour out of the day, the flakiness and redness didn't disappear and most importantly, the regimen left me more uncomfortable with my skin than I was before. Instead I'm trying to have a healthier lifestyle and love my skin, there are so many other "defects" that my skin could've had and it dosen't. I don't even have a lot of acne (though it got worse now when I'm quitting the regimen). I'm happy with my skin and the acne is going to go away, even if it takes years. Bye!
  25. Drugstore

    What are the best products to use in the drugstore to get rid of or minimize my acne and blackheads.