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  1. Hello everyone... I'm in need of help. A year ago I had nice skin... it wasn't perfect as I had dark marks on my cheeks due to acne and also tiny holes on my right temple, but that didn't really bother me... However when 2016 was about to end I sadly lost a loved one and that made me super depressed... I became a shut in, I couldn't sleep, I ate too much and the like... I was able to get on my feet by early march 2017 and I noticed that my pores became larger.... I became very self conscious about it and so I tried to do home remedies. First, I tried ACV and I think it just made things worse! My nose became puffy and as for my pores, I think it grew too! after that I decided to stick with over the counter products like facial foams and such... I also used lemons as a toner and the results were positive... at first. Yes it did shrink my pores A BIT but then it just stopped and I was once again cursed with active acne... I then decided to go to a dermatologist and have my skin checked. She prescribed me with yet another facial foam, with the addition of a toner containing salicylic acid and a retinoid cream... now its been more than a week and I don't know what to feel about all of this.... ever since Ive been using these products, white heads appear more often... Is that normal??? is that a good sign? LOL.... I can feel the whiteheads on my skin. Theyre very easy to remove and it's quite annoying... Is it too early to start complaining?? IDK guys... I just don't feel too good about myself.... I feel like trash... I already have low self esteem ever since but now with the addition of acne scarring.... I don't know how to deal with all of this... I'm only 18!!!! that means my pores are gonna keep growing right??? Sorry if I sound so dramatic...
  2. hi! i used to have horrible acne. then i went to a derm, got a topical, and it all cleared up! i've been this way for around a year with the occasional breakout, never lasting longer then a few days. but, recently, like a week ago, i started showering in the morning instead of nights. my face has been super horrible with big blind painful under-the-skin pimples, especially on my chin. plus, my chest and shoulders have been breaking out like crazy! this never happens! i find it odd because i have gone periods of showering in the mornings longer than this and not really had breakouts! is it because of the shower, do you think? also: i have very VERY oily skin. any advice helps!!!
  3. Hi, could anyone please help me identify my acne? I've had it since March. They started forming around the time I had problems with my back and had to take antibiotics and injections for 2 months. I'm wearing makeup because it's more visible on camera that way but basically, I have tiny spots all over my face- mainly on forehead. They never come to a head, they just simply exist and ruin my life. Also, my face hurts and itches after I take my makeup off, or even touch my skin. I've been taking probiotics for 2 months but see no difference. I use Bioderma Micellar water to take my makeup off, La Roche Posay face wash and cream for sensitive skin. Also tried using Sulfur Soap as well as Black Mud soap but didn't see any difference. Anyone has any idea how to treat them? Could it possibly be Folliculitis?
  4. Hi, I was on accutane for like 5 months and I've been off for a while now. After being on holiday I have got a few spots. Is my acne coming back?! Please see photos and tell me what you think.
  5. 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?
  6. Hello all, This is a recent problem I've been facing with my skin and hopefully I can get some help :,) So I started using a face wash that my friend let me use because she didnt want it anymore, but it has exfoliating beads in it and since I dont have tons of money I kept using it because I thought i could get away with it until i can convince my parents to buy me a new one. Long story short, it's making me suffer now because the over exfoliating (i also exfoliate once a week and my face mask has sugar in it but i dont tend to scrub it in because I already exfoliate) has completely dried up my nose area and mouth area. It's flaky but not that red. It's super painful. I've been washing my face with just water since yesterday and only using moisturizer (all i have is oil. It's not doing anything and my moms moisturizer burns) I really need help. I'm desperate. Hopefully someone can also recommend any cheap products (face wash specifically because i have a moisturizer that works for me I just never get to buy it. Its that clean and clear one with the purple pump??) (fyi: I have tried cetaphil. it's not strong enough for my acne. and i cant afford the acne.org regiment but hopefully one day i can try it out.) I have scarring and not as severe acne.
  7. Hello everyone,So I have been referring to people's advice on this website for years and have never actually posted myself. I'm in the process of trying to decide which contraception method to go with, so I figured I would get advice from people who actually understand! I've suffered with acne on & off for about 12 years now, I've had periods where it's been extremely bad and also periods of having completely clear skin. In the midst of all this, I have tried topical treatments, antibiotics, skin peels, nutritional therapy, 8 different methods of birth control and even Chinese herbal medicine. Some methods worked, others made it extremely worse and others did nothing at all. I'm now at a stage where I am not taking any form of contraception or medication for my skin and for the past 8 months it's been really good. I can only really put this down to be my healthy lifestyle and commitment to living stress free through practising meditation/yoga (I experienced IBS in the past and found that the stress from this made it worse). I am now looking to find a new method of contraception and really don't know what to do as i have tried so many. To add to my confusion, I also suffer from migraines, so most combined pills containing oestrogen (which helps acne) make them worse and more frequent! Here's some of the methods I have tried already and don't wish to revisit for various reasons.- Combined pills: Diannette, Cerazette, Marvelon, Celeste, Microgynon, Brevinor- Copper Coil- InjectionHaving visited my doctor, he suggested that I use the Mirena Coil - this releases a small amount of progesterone but only locally into the uterus and he claims that this will not cause my acne to come back Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. x
  8. I recently got this gel prescribed to me and I have not experienced any flaking or peeling on my face, I have been applying a light moisturiser on top ( simple's light moisturiser). Should I be using a moisturiser on top of this gel or not ? Or does anyone think that I should increase my dose - from 5% to something stronger? Any advice please would be most appreciated!
  9. Hello everyone,So I have been referring to people's advice on this website for years and have never actually posted myself. I'm in the process of trying to decide which contraception method to go with, so I figured I would get advice from people who actually understand! I've suffered with acne on & off for about 12 years now, I've had periods where it's been extremely bad and also periods of having completely clear skin. In the midst of all this, I have tried topical treatments, antibiotics, skin peels, nutritional therapy, 8 different methods of birth control and even Chinese herbal medicine. Some methods worked, others made it extremely worse and others did nothing at all. I'm now at a stage where I am not taking any form of contraception or medication for my skin and for the past 8 months it's been really good. I can only really put this down to be my healthy lifestyle and commitment to living stress free through practising meditation/yoga (I experienced IBS in the past and found that the stress from this made it worse). I am now looking to find a new method of contraception and really don't know what to do as i have tried so many. To add to my confusion, I also suffer from migraines, so most combined pills containing oestrogen (which helps acne) make them worse and more frequent! Here's some of the methods I have tried already and don't wish to revisit for various reasons.- Combined pills: Diannette, Cerazette, Marvelon, Celeste, Microgynon, Brevinor- Copper Coil- InjectionHaving visited my doctor, he suggested that I use the Mirena Coil - this releases a small amount of progesterone but only locally into the uterus and he claims that this will not cause my acne to come back Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. x
  10. Hello everyone,So I have been referring to people's advice on this website for years and have never actually posted myself. I'm in the process of trying to decide which contraception method to go with, so I figured I would get advice from people who actually understand! I've suffered with acne on & off for about 12 years now, I've had periods where it's been extremely bad and also periods of having completely clear skin. In the midst of all this, I have tried topical treatments, antibiotics, skin peels, nutritional therapy, 8 different methods of birth control and even Chinese herbal medicine. Some methods worked, others made it extremely worse and others did nothing at all. I'm now at a stage where I am not taking any form of contraception or medication for my skin and for the past 8 months it's been really good. I can only really put this down to be my healthy lifestyle and commitment to living stress free through practising meditation/yoga (I experienced IBS in the past and found that the stress from this made it worse). I am now looking to find a new method of contraception and really don't know what to do as i have tried so many. To add to my confusion, I also suffer from migraines, so most combined pills containing oestrogen (which helps acne) make them worse and more frequent! Here's some of the methods I have tried already and don't wish to revisit for various reasons.- Combined pills: Diannette, Cerazette, Marvelon, Celeste, Microgynon, Brevinor- Copper Coil- InjectionHaving visited my doctor, he suggested that I use the Mirena Coil - this releases a small amount of progesterone but only locally into the uterus and he claims that this will not cause my acne to come back Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. x
  11. I am 13 suffering with acne for almost a year and a half now, I was prescribed epiduo from my dermatologist about 6 weeks ago through week 1-5 I saw no improvements at all my skin was dry and flaky putting foundation on made it look worse on 5 weeks and 4 days my skin looked better but not healed completely. I normally wash with the cetaphil cleanser for normal to oily skin and then apply epiduo to my entire face I accidently bought the wrong wash (cetaphil gentle wash for face and body) after using that I realized I broke out horribly. But they were at pustules I'm pretty sure no under the skin pimples as I said before when I put foundation on I feel like it looks horrible it looks dry, cakey and so bumpy I went to ulta and got the clique even better foundation. I do t really see a diffrence I NEED HELP my question: 1. did the wash break me out or was epiduo causing me to break out? 2. How much longer will it be till I see great results? 3. How can I make my foundation look less bumpy and not cakey 4. will it ever get better? Because acne is ruining my life and how I act
  12. Is my acne that bad?

    Hello everybody. Before I start acne took over my life and those who have it really know what I'm talking about... It's difficult to post a picture so I'm going to ask you the severity of my face. It's all genetics for me as my dad had very problematic skin during his teenage years. I sometimes don't leave the house due to the redness.. which drugstore products would be really helpful for my type of skin..? - it gets really oily at the end of the day - kind of sensitive - a little bit textured but mostly the redness from previous severity
  13. I have small bumps covering my forehead that are mostly colorless, small clusters on my cheeks, under skin, painful pimples next to my nose, forehead, cheeks and jawline. I'm currently using the cetaphil daily cleanser along with a turmeric oil cleanser which I use before cetaphil every night, a tea tree oil toner from the body shop, and a tea tree oil moisturizing serum. Nothing is working for me and my acne is constantly getting worse, especially around my period. Any suggestions? Sorry about these nasty photos
  14. So for the past two years I have been using tazorac 0.1%. My skin is lots of scarring all over my cheeks with some active break outs and lots of redness. I don't breakout around my jawline or forehead typically and this area is spot and scar free. I was tired of not seeing any results so I started the regimen. I use ultra repair cream as a moisturizer with acne.org jojoba oil with cetaphil face wash. Right away I noticed improvement especially with my redness decreasing along with active large breakouts. I noticed my face became textured so I bought jojoba oil to improve the dryness however I realized my skin wasn't dry, it was full of tiny pimples. (It's difficult to notice because of my scarring). All over my cheeks and the places where I don't usually breakout (forehead and outer cheeks) are full of tiny bumps. I don't want to stop the regimen because of the progress I already made but the bumps are so unsightly and really bothersome. Is this my way of purging? I'm really concerned the bumps will not go away because my sister used the regimen which cleared her skin but she's left with tiny bumps as well.im sure what to do or what these bumps are. I started the regimen two weeks ago and my sister suggested juice beauty green apple tea peel for the bumps, but I Am scared to try something new. If anyone has any idea why my skin is now breaking out with tiny bumps like crazy please help! The first week this isn't happen!
  15. HELP IDENTIFY THE SCAR PLEASE

    I've suffered from severe acne since I was 12, went on Lymecycline at 13 for 6-7 months and have been left with dark marks and these scars? (I'm 15) Lymecycline cleared my cystic and pauple acne but my skin doesn't look that much better. At first I thought my scars were enlarged pores so I tried pore strips etc. - they didn't work. I suspect they are ice pick scars but I genuinely don't know. Could someone please suggest what they are and possibly give me advice on how get rid of them. Thanks in advance x
  16. Has anyone tried spironolactone or Differin gel? I've had moderate to severe cystic acne since middle school and nothing else has worked. My dermatologist recently prescribed me doxycycline (which I've taken antibiotics for acne before), spironolactone, Differin gel twice a day, and he told me to wash my face with a benzoyl peroxide face wash and mistificar each day. It's been a few weeks so I can't tell if it will work yet. Any feedback?
  17. Hi I am eula from Philippines. I have very oily skin and acne prone skin . 3 months ago I have clear face except for the occasional pimples occurs everymonth due to my period. During the middle of summer. I tried using lemon to lighten my face. The next day I saw my face with small pimps. Is lemon can do that? I just thought maybe its summer and it would go away but the next few days and week i know its not just pimple im starting to breakouts! It happen for 3months. I tried using korean products but it no help. Even aloevera gel that i used to use is not working anymore. Then 2 weeks ago i stop using everything except for this pond productcactive charcoal and it doest miracle so i thought its gone now my pimps are calming no breakouts BUT! NOW IM HAVING THEM AGAIN the old pimples are getting read and starting to be a pimple again . I DONT KNOW WHAT GOES WRONG PLEASE HELP ME
  18. So 1.5 months ago I got the biggest blind pimple I have ever gotten in my entire life after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA for the first time. It never got a head, I never touched it, and started reducing in size but left a raised bump. So this bump (which became light purple) lingered in size until 5 days ago when it became inflamed again. So obviously there was still pus left in it beforehand. This time round I tried to lightly pop it despite it having no obvious head - yet it popped easily *hooray*! A small amount of pus came out and it scabbed over. Now the bad news: the scab has just fallen off this evening on its own accord BUT THE BUMP IS STILL THERE!? Please someone help me. I'm desperate. I've just gone and lanced it out of sheer rage and got nothing out of it. No topical is touching it - not BP, not SA, not HP, not witch hazel. Just ordered Mario Badescu's buffering lotion as well out of sheer desperation and have a hydrocolloid patch for cold sores sat on it right now. Please gosh tell me there will probably still be some pus left in it, am I right? And please somebody tell me this doesn't sound like a dermatologist job because I'm in the UK, I can't get to my GP until September, I have no walk-in health centre in my backwards town, and private dermatologists are expensive and it seems so petty to pay +/-£500 for one bump when my acne is basically no more. But seriously, I'm vain enough to pay that right now... Here is a photo. Not the best, I know, because it's dark red from the scab falling off and it's only very slightly raised.
  19. Warning: Long as Hell I'm going to include many things I've experienced in the past with my skin (not just the current issue) so that anyone reading this can hopefully take something away from it. And so that the history of my skin is not an unknown variable in what happened to me. Today: My entire face is wrecked right now. And I don't know what to do, I'm pacing around my house,losing sleep, sobbing constantly, I'm scared to death. ...What happened was...I had gotten a little acne from not washing my face or taking care of myself properly for about 6 months (Feb-July '16) because another issue that has been going on in my life. It was the type of acne you get from really neglecting your skin, NOT by actively attacking, but just basically leaving it out to dry. I was not worried and was sure as long as I got back into my routine, that it would go away. Besides the few blemishes, my skin itself was still great even though I was really strung out regarding other things. (Insomnia, gained 25 lbs, barely moving a muscle, fatigued) As before this happened I was being complimented on my skin everywhere I went, it was dewy and clear and honestly as close to perfect as most people are going to get, people still Thought I was 16 years old because of it (I am 23 now) and I had been taking Extra good care of it the last 3.5 years, with gentle products/no sun/nearly 2 gallons of water a day/great diet (no dairy or gluten especially, mostly whole foods and fish..ridiculous amounts of vegetables..I did eat Aton of 90% dark chocolate tho!, etc) I got the occasional few pimples but they disappeared overnight or in 2 days. Basically, 5 out of the 7 days of each week I had flawless skin. So I dealt with a day with a pimple or a day where my skin was acting a little off. I also don't wear makeup, because I do have sensitive skin, not sensitive to some things, but makeup and having to wash it off really does a number on my face, and WILL break me out, even things like mascara cause my eyelashes to fall out so I only wear lip gloss occasionally. So usually my skin has nothing bothering it whatsoever. So what I ended up doing recently (to try to get rid of the small amount of acne I got from the 6 months of neglecting my Health/skin) must have been a real shock to it. A little more backstory before I get to the climax of the actual disaster: My natural skin tone is very very pale, Transcluscent almost, no freckles except some temporary ones I had on my nose from the summer when I was a kid, I was so pale that I would get called "ghost" in elementary school when it was Fall/Winter. And when I would go on summer vacation with my family, strangers would show concern for me that I was in the sun, sometimes even insisting I used their towel to cover myself from the Rays! I tried tanning some in freshman year of high school, even spray tanning (ughhhhhhh) but I came to love my pale skin and I have avoided the sun now for 7 years. I take vitamin d3 5000 and such and have never had issues as far as that's concerned. As for my skin itself, I always had nice skin until about 11th grade, I got some normal teenage acne. That went away and then when I was about 18-19 I got some little pimples that were very persistent. I tried proactiv to no avail (that stuff really destroys the skin, only the toner and green tea moisturizer were good for me). So I went on birth control for it instead. BIG MISTAKE. a month or so later I broke out in cystic acne so deep and so painful, I could feel it throb through out the day. And it was all on my cheeks mostly, some on my chin, none on the nose, a couple on the forehead. And I never got acne on my cheeks, nor cysts, so I was so scared of scarring. And obviously my self esteem was shot. Nothing made it go away, even after stopping the BC, I had absolutely no other type of acne except for the cysts at this time. But it's amazing how even one cyst can inflame the whole surrounding area. I tried multiple topicals and oral antibiotics. I eventually had to go on Accutane. And boy did I have to push for it. (They say go to the derm before its severe but they brush you off until it IS severe) Not only with the derm but with myself. My bloodwork was god awful. But I had to get on accutane, I wasn't going to let this get out of hand. I had to completely change my entire lifestyle (it had been sedentary for a couple years). I was living off cod/salmon and about a million vegetables with a sweet potato everyday for almost half a year and bought a treadmill with my old holiday money. Finally my blood work changed drastically and I got to go on it and stay on it. I can't say I remember the dosage. 40 or 60. I want to say it was 40. 6 months. I actually had no side effects beside slightly chapped lips and slightly dry eyes at the last month. I think my face was sensitive to heat as well, could not stand to be in a hot car for even a few seconds. I didn't even have to use moisturizer. I think it was because of the copious amounts of water and omega 3's I was ingesting, plus no sugar or high carb load. Anyway, I was a little weary, but it worked! After a month and a half post accutane, I was clear as crystal. And not a single scar. By 2.5 months post accutane, all my marks were gone as well. (It should be noted that I did treat the cysts while on accutane, I would put ichthammol ointment to draw them out and then I would put Neosporin on them once they came to a head and were washed off with gentle washing (cerave hydrating cleanser), occasionally I would ice them VERY lightly for a few minutes at a time, I also continued to used this Clyndamycin gel stuff sometimes as it seemed to slough off any small amount of dead skin when washed off, I also never picked, so I can't say what would have happened if I did, however I did graze a couple of the cysts with a finger nail or two when washing my face and even though they bled, I was still okay). But let's just put it this way, it was October of how ever many years ago when the course ended and by Feb, I was getting strangers walk up to me, staring at my face, telling me I had the most beautiful skin they've ever seen, even my dentist was asking about my skin!, I'm not even exaggerating, it was excessive, it actually made me very uncomfortable as I am terrible at taking compliments and I was extremely worried that the cysts would come back so the comments were bitter sweet. My skin was also better post accutane than it was even before I got acne because I had never been so healthy in all my life so I felt a bit of pressure to keep up the strict regimen for awhile. (Ofcourse All Worth it) Luckily I was able to ease up by the 2nd to 3rd year post accutane and my skin was still great. Last summer I was doing stuff like eating a dessert everyday and putting on heavy moisturizers that my skin usually wouldn't handle and it was all good. I incorporated coffee too which I fell in love with, and no issues there besides a reddish face for a few minutes if it's really hot. So that was that...until recently. The only thing that I had the last few years that's worried me about my skin was a tiny new mole on my cheek and a mark on my nose (which has gotten worse as I learned recently it is a pigmented, atrophic scar..and it's in the most difficult place a scar can be..the dip of the nose, smack in the middle) I had something happen to my nose almost 6 years ago so the cartilage is a bit warped especially at the tip, oil pools there and occasionally the teensy tiny little pimples that appear on the nose occasionally have never given that specific spot a break, so I'm guessing the consistent inflammation caused it. (Scar has been there for 2 years about) THIS is actually the reason I originally planned a dermatologist appointment a few months ago, nothing kills the look of beautiful overall skin than a scar right smack in the middle of everything. I was also concerned it was getting worse because oil continues to pool in the warped area. I thought that was bad in of itself, and then 3 weeks ago (1 week before my derm appointment was scheduled) I went and caused an even worse issue. The worst issue i have ever experienced with my skin. So to continue on from the beggining, after the 6 months of neglecting myself, At the start of August '16 I finally pulled myself together and got back into my normal diet and exercise routine and such ( back to washing my face and not falling asleep in my sweat from exhaustion anymore too). since I had some appointments coming up and places I needed to be this month, I lost patience with the lingering bumps from those 6 months prior and decided to speed things up by using a few drops of an old, unopened sample of Tazorac I found in the depths of my closet, followed by a million different products/moisturizers/Neosporin/ichthammol ointment and some light exfoliation using an old makeup brush which I washed 3 times in boiling water with 3 different cleansers and antibacterial soap. I truly was quite gentle as I did have a passing feeling that what I was doing (something I have never so much as attempted) was not a great idea. And turns out that was correct. My skin went mental from it and got ridiculous oily and blotchy with red bumps showing up over my entire face the next day. Went to the dermatologist a week later and he did not address them, he also told me my scar on my nose was something I'd have to deal with the rest of my life. Only when I began crying did he say to use..yet another Retin A..and he said it won't help the scar but will help with my oiliness and blackheads (even tho I told him it was not my normal skin thAt he was looking at). He just said "I've seen worse". I went from having near perfect porcelain skin to having a derm tell me "I've seen worse". Even my mom told him that just months ago I was being complimented on my skin...And I don't pick or go in the sun, ever, I know the nose scar was still there back then but I guess having great overall skin helped to diminish that. He just said to this, "Oh. Nice" I cried even more and he said he would refer me to a plastic surgeon for the scar in 3 months when I came back but he said it after first telling me multiple times that it was permanent. He also said "there's nothing you can do for scars". I was like, well what do all those poor people with pits all over their face do?? And he said, Nothing! My jaw was hanging open at that point. I pulled myself together to get to him that morning, with hopes he would ease my mind but he ended up just destroying any hope I had. The red bumps and sudden oiliness all over my face took a backseat to the scar that day. So I went home and sobbed and stupidly put some more of that tazorac on my face, because I assumed retin a is retin a, a pea sized amount only, and only on my nose and hair lines this time as he told me to. Well I slept in it and woke up, washed it off and my skin has never been the same since. The bright red bumps started to dry up but then my face felt awfully weird and slick so I exfoliated using Philosphy micro delivery gentle wash and all of the excessive oil disappeared. My skin was now completely dry. Tight, can't move my face. It turned a SICKLY REDDISH YELLOW all except my eye lids and a small area surrounding my lips. My PORES are now completely visible all over my entire face, almost looking like shallow ice picks scars, my once smooth and flat forehead is now MUSHY and littered in what look like LINES and SCARS appearing out of THIN AIR where acne has never even been. I've got PIN PRICKS all over my skin, and ORANGE PEEL texture. Not to mention my skin has literally turned just about the color of an orange! My face has been ON FIRE for the past two weeks to the point I could not sleep and past 3 days it has been itching like mad. Any thing I try to use stings except Neosporin. (Which I put all over my face a couple of times..probably not the best idea but I was scared to death of infection and scarring and the pain was so bad) I also suddenly developed all types of dark marks and tiny bumps over my ENTIRE FACE. Must be about a million. I am downright Broken over this. Destroyed. Especially after looking up what the hell was happening to me. (I feel like this can't even be real life right now, it feels like a cruel joke on top of a cruel joke.) And My god, from what I'm reading, it seems others have experienced the same thing and it is more hopeless than any other appearance related issues I've come across in my life. I never knew retin a could cause your skin to be so sensitive that anything you do afterward will damage your skin ten fold and age you overnight. It's supposedly akin to laser damage. I went to two more dermatologists! One yesterday. Went to a third derm today (Technically yesterday as I am writing this). The last derm was also a cosmetic derm. She was better than the last two. She was horrified when I said the word Tazorac. She said "my god, we call that paint thinner around here, it will peel the paint right off your car"!!! She saw my skin issues right away and told me it was obvious to her. Said I had irritant dermatitis and that I had done a real number on my face. She even took the tazorac sample from me and threw it in the trash. She was even more horrified with me telling her everything else I had done immediately after putting it on my face and days later. She told me I did just about everything to cause my skin to 'turn' SO drastically. She said to absolutely never do that again and that she is sure I learned my lesson, that we 'all do stupid things'. She did say it should go back to how it was before all this happened but I had to give it time. She also said that my skin will peel (it hasn't yet, even after 3 weeks), I told her it hadn't and she said 'oh it's definitely coming'. I actually hope it peels, I feel like it needs to. I told her I was very distraught about the texture and pores especially and she said that while pores do get bigger with age, mine should go back to normal size once all the inflammation is gone. I brought all my products I used and she went through them and told me what was good and what should not be used during healing. No exfoliation ofcourse. She also said she was wondering if she would have to treat the underlying acne once this went away because she didn't know what was caused by the irritation and what wasn't. I told her how I had only had a small amount of normal acne coming up before hand and I showed her a pic from just 1.5 months ago, and she zoomed in on it and everything and told me "oh yea, you should be fine then" so I guess she saw that my skin was fine before hand (even with the months of neglect). My issue is that I have a real hard time believing my skin will go back to how it was, there is so much wrong with it and it has the appearance of strange scarring, etc etc etc and everything I've read concerning this issue is so fear inducing as nearly everyone can't get rid of their issues after retin a destroyed their skin (and tazorac is one of the strongest types!!). It's not like other things where reviews and results are mixed and things get better, this skin reaction thing is like some unanimous eternal dooms day in the online community. It's freaking me the hell out. Derm also prescribed me hydrocortisone cream 2.5% to use for 5 days. Twice a day. I already know that stuff is dicey. Thinning skin, steroid induced rosacea, etc. And I know that taking steroids, even on skin, when under extreme amounts of stress, is dangerous. I don't need to be developing Cushings or something. It's not prednisone or anything, but still. Obviously a derm gave me that tazorac a long time ago without a second thought so how am I to believe any derm. Most I have encountered don't give a damn about anyone's skin but their own. It seems all they can do is diagnose skin cancer as benign or malignant. My poor brother had very very severe cystic acne on face and body, granted he picked, but I remember our dermatologist just putting him through unnecessary and unhelpful treatments before finally letting him go on accutane. He drug him through the mud and unfortunately I don't think my brother was forthright enough in letting anyone know how it affected him. You know tho, I'm not so sure it would have mattered as I have made it clear to derms how much some things have affected me in the past and they literally say "so what" "who cares". If your skins not perfect "so what", If such and such doesn't work "who cares" , We will just try "x, x, and X" And have "patience patience patience" And I don't know why, but they don't BELIEVE most anything that comes out of our mouths. That's why I'm so glad the 3rd derm actually looked at my pics, (I was ready to show her as many as she wanted, I even put some in a folder on my iPhone which were the clearest most high definition ones I could find from previous months and so on ago). I would like to believe her but I'm still not sure she grasped the fact that my skin was near perfect beforehand. That's why it worried me when she mentioned "underlying acne" because months ago, there was no acne and what I'm seeing now is a whole skin issue and things that look like acne and scars which came in a matter of days. Things I've never experienced in my entire life, even during my time with cystic acne. So yea, I still don't know what to trust and what not to. I have to be cautious with everything I do to myself now. But I know that inflammation itself is also bad long term and my face has already been extremely inflamed for 3 weeks, I don't want prolonged inflammation to cause permanent tissue damage. So I'm stuck on whether I should use the cream or not. I should have asked whether it was necessary or just a comfort thing for the itching and burning. Idk..I'm just so far gone now that this has happened..who knows how long it will take to resolve..and if it doesn't I will surely be 6 feet under in no time. My skin was one of the only things I had going for me with these other things I have had to deal with in my life. And I already know how skin can cause more distress than a lot of other issues because I've already been there with the accutane thing 3.5-4.5 years ago. Many things took a backseat to that. Never thought I'd have to deal with skin issues again, esp to this degree. Not to mention its not even acne, but my actual skin itself. It's incredibly sad. I have the skin of an 80 year old working the fields in the hot sun for years right now. I want my poreless porcelain skin back, I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel when the damage looks so stomach churning and the online consensus is grim. I just can't believe this happened from only two uses and why it started off as red bumps and then suddenly turned my entire skin on its head. I know when I went to first doctor my skin was still white and texture was good, just oily and red bumps everywhere. The rest of this madness seems to have happened after the exfoliation (it was suds tho, not beads). I also used keto shampoo that I had previously because I thought this was a fungal infection at first. But the 3rd derm said that wouldnt have affected anything but that it woudnt have helped anything either. I just can't wrap my brain around it all. Other people have peeled their whole face off and scrub the life out of themselves every other week and are fine. My skin looks poisoned, ugly, and infested with no signs of improvement. This is a NIGHTMARE.
  20. I've been struggling with acne right on the apples of my cheek. This has been going on for a year now and yet again, I'm completely stumped. I'll sometimes get a few spots around my hairline or on my forehead, but my main concern is the cheeks. I don't even go out anymore. I'm obsessed with acne and conjuring up a "cure." As much as I try to let it go and wait for it to fade, it bothers me to the point where I feel completely depressed. My lifestyle, habits, everything is controlled by this acne. I've tried products, diet, working out, doing yoga to relieve stress, expensive facials, vitamins- everything. I know I have oily skin and the pores on the cheeks are very small. I'm assuming it's from excess oil but I'm definitely no expert. I've been told to change my pillow cases- I do twice a week. I've been told to cut out dairy- I did. I've been told to workout- I do everyday. It did start after I moved to a big city, so the environment could be an issue? But I don't understand why it would only be on one side. It used to be on both cheeks, always worse on the right though. I'm so confused about that. It's gotten to a strange place where it's really bad on the right side of my face and almost completely clear on the left. I'm hoping this is a sign as to what is causing the acne. My forehead also just recently broke out in these small, colorless bumps (the picture didn't pick it up.) Any advice is so appreciated.
  21. Hi guys I've been using differin cream 0.1% for about 2 weeks now, every third night and I've definitely been getting a lot more acne then usual. I've read everywhere that it gets worse before it gets better but I just wondered how long it's taken people to get past the " purging" stage!? I was so worried about this happening which is why I reduced it to every third night instead of everynight anyone's advice or help is extremely welcomed and helpful!
  22. 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 acne.org, 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!
  23. HELP

    Basically I have all these bumps/redness close to my chin and cheek and they are aren't going away. I've used masks and all types of stuff. Can anybody tell me what these are and how I can get rid of them?
  24. About 4 years ago I started getting these bumps on my forehead and ever since, nothing has worked for them except accutane. They never seem to go away, and I can no longer be on accutane because of the side effects. I have searched forums and such for help, but it seems like no one else's is quite like mine. Any ideas? Is this even acne? Could it be fungal? I've attached a photo, any help would be great'
  25. Hi all, So I am wondering if any of you can impart your wisdom as to how to get rid of a soft, red, raised bump left over from a pimple quicker... Background: So I have clear skin now and have done for around 9 months (*finally!*). In this time frame I have only had 1 large under the skin bumps; this one gracefully planted itself slap bang in the middle of my cheek 2 weeks ago right next to a icepick scar (so it looked super attractive) after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA the night before for the first time, but unlike any other papule I have ever gotten before it never developed a head and was there for 1.5 weeks before showing signs of going away. It's now two weeks later and the pimple is gone but it has left a slight soft, raised bump (that basically looks active still but is not at all). Please note I never touched it or even attempted to pop it, I left it 100% alone. Are there any products out there on the market you know to help it disappear any quicker than just leaving it to do it on its own? Thanks in advance! P.S. And let's just say I am never touching that BHA liquid ever again.