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  1. I used accutane for about 6 months and then finished and now my acne has come back. I heard from my dermatologist that it’s common and would need to do another round. Since my acne is not as bad as it first was, she prescribed me 40mg of accutane and to take it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have suffered with acne since I was in 7th grade and now am close to 22. I have VERY oily skin and when I went on accutane, it was a dream. Not having to blot every 30 min and touch up was amazing. Unfortunately after having a break from it, my oily skin has come back. Now taking accutane 3 Times a week, my skin is still oily. I am planning to go to the Philippines in the summer and it is very hot and humid and I don’t want to have to blot every half hour. Is there anyone who has taken the same amount and has had their oily sebum reduced? Pls let me know, I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering. Thanks!
  3. Hi all, does anyone know, where from i can order the Azelex 20% and Benzamycin gel without prescription, in the UK? I have checked ebay and amazon, but they are not available unfortunately. Thank you.
  4. 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!
  5. 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??
  6. Hello. I recommend you view my other post before reading this one but if not it’s all good. Before I started accutane i had pretty bad facial redness. I fully blame benzoyl peroxide, and my dermatologist. I was prescribed BP at age 12 or 13 and i’d slather that stuff on my face. It has damaged it quite a bit. Anyways i’m on my last month of accutane switching between 80 mg to 120 every other day. My acne is cleared (just a few red spots from previous acne that should go away with time) and i’m happy with the results and only had the side effects like dry skin and what not. Anyways i’m still very concerned with my facial redness as i’ve dealed with it for literally years now. I’m very insecure about it. A few questions i’d love to be answered and you’ll be my hero. Will the redness fade with time? It’s not roasecea is it? Does my skin just need time to heal? Any products that’d help? I drink it’s of water and don’t eat to much junk food. Have fairly good diet probably more on the bad side though. Who does have a good diet at age 16 though hah. And i wash my face every other day (wash w room temp water every day though). But yeah jus pls help me out this is 5 months ago starting accutane this is me currently
  7. Hey guys, I am currently SOOO frustrated. Here is some background: I never used to have acne not even as a teenager, im talking not even one pimpleeee (knock on wood). I had a pretty bad diet in college and I STILL didnt break out. I never even thought about acne lol I used to be happy haha Anyway, I started law school this year and idk if it's the stress or what not, I BREAK OUT LIKE CRAZY on my cheeks and chin. like my skin is so bumpy and frustrated. It is dry and flaky and large pores. It is just bad. I wash my makeup off every single night with Almond Oil and then use a gentle cleanser morning and night. I make sure every bit of makeup is off my face before I sleep. I would moisturize every day as well (I have dry skin). I used ACV vinegar for a while, seemed to work a little but not enough so I switched into witch hazel (the Dickinson one) and that didnt have bad or good effects on my skin. I was still breaking out (everyday I would wake up with a new bump). I used witch hazel for about a month, did nothing so I switched into ACV toner (diluted of course). I thought it was gonna be fine since I used it before with no purging. BUT after 1 night of using it, I got like 10 new pimples on my cheeks AND I didnt change anything up... I am frustrated. Am I purging? I also used this before with no purging...I am confused and frustrated...
  8. Please help

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hi new to acne org, so I’m not sure if this is the right place to post something like this. Is anyone able to tell me what these ‘dots’ are on my face, so far I have tried to ice, use ‘nixoderm’ and tea tree oil and nothing has really affected them. I have attached a photo bellow, the bottom one is quite sore to touch - can’t think of any other information but please leave any advice or reccomendations, thanks!
  9. Hello I have suffered with body acne for many years, it has recently got worse and I have decided to put all my effort into getting rid of it. It's very embarrassing especially at my age, in some ways its worse than face acne as its unexpected when seen (I do also have mild face acne). So far I have tried: Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera gel mix Coconut Oil Neutrogena Body Clear Eating much more fruit and vegetables plus dose of fish oil tablets Having a second shower in the afternoon just using cold water And some medication Are there any other things I can try? None of the above have really worked so after a couple weeks I kind of gave up and moved onto another remedy (apart from the one about eating healthy). Thanks, and I guess look on the bright side...! Here are some pictures for those interested (It looks worse in daylight):
  10. Hi guys just started my 3 month isotretinoin prescription ( 2nd day ) I'm just woundering if I can still take some vitamins apart from vit a. Like zinc, vit d3 and I just started hydrochloride with pepsin as I though I had low stomach acid, serrapeptase ive just received today so im it sure if I can take this and also milk thistle what I stopped taking when starting this course of medication, I'm not sure what I can take whilst using isotretinoin. also for those that have used isotretinoin what foods did you guys eat throughout, I know your meant to take it with a fatty meal which I have been, but what did you guys eat day to day or did you not have a specific diet you followed. As before I started isotretinoin I was eating mainly fish and vegetables, some fruit and little bits of meat. But I seen some guy saying eat whatever so I may have over indulged in some sugary seeets yesterday. i just don't want extend the period I'm on isotretinoin by eating crappy foods which though made my acne worse before, I think a main culprit for me was gluten but I was never tested so I'm it sure but have stopped eating gluten stuff hope someone can help
  11. Hey! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the hyperpigmentation and scarring that I have. The scarring isn’t that deep and looks to be small boxcars and a few rolling right on the surface of the skin. Help is needed! Thanks.
  12. All these bumps popped up on my face that I am not used to. Please help me figure out what this is called or how to treat them. this skin I am used to is this ...
  13. MUST GIVE THIS A TRY^^^^^^ hello I'll try to make this short and sweet but basically I have been struging with acne (mostly hormonal but occasionally caused by other things) for many many years. Some years it as not as bad as the others but you understand. If you have been struggling please read! ive tied everything from proactive, clean and clear, neutrogena, clinique, pretty much all of those popular drugstore brands. Every single one promise results but at the most I just maintained my acne- never solved it. I eventually went on doxycycline and that seems to clear most of it but when I got off of it the breakouts starting up again and they were worsened by stress and other info like makeup. I tried birth control because everyone said it helped : made it worse and made me very insecure and sad. I got off birth control because it wasn't for me and continued to try new brands from ulta. I began sing a derm that recommended me to use clean and clears blackhead eraser scrub, ry night saying "i need to scrub"..? She seemed smart but she didn't really take too much time to help me out with my skin and tried to prescribe me a million pills instead just fixing my skin on the outside. I started working at a place that includes skincare in their service and I began seeing a Estitician there became friends. She commended some of the products we sold there were on the pricey side to very good quality. SPEND MORE MONEY!!!!! CHEAP PRODUCTS WILL NOT FIX YOUR PROBLEM!! I'm telling you this from experience. Spend the money. Will help in the long run. Don't feel pressured to take all these antibiotics to fix your skin, buy GOOD QUALITY .
  14. Hi everyone, I have was prescribed to take 20mg of roaccutane for my mild cystic acne. I took 20mg a day for exactly 7 weeks but i have stopped taking the tablets due to lower back pain and blocked eye glands (dry eyes). I have been off of accutane for 2 weeks now and my skin is still clear (yay) and my eyes are 100% better. But my lower back pain is still giving me grief. Has anyone else experienced this lower back pain and if so how long did it take to go away after stopping accutane? thanks
  15. I have red bumps and they can get really itchy at times, anyway to fix this or to stop the inflammation. I have really sensitive skin btw
  16. Hello all! I am new to the community but I have a few questions.. I have pretty light cystic acne that is hormonal caused by my IUD. I am 18 years old and have light skin. I have some scars but not a ton. Overall, my skin is pretty good but I get new cyst break outs about every 2 weeks and frequently have to get shots in them. I currently use AktiPak and have been on it for a few months. It has reduced my cyst breakouts to about 3 large cysts a month. Recently my dermatologist gave me Retin A claiming it would kill the underlying bacteria causing the cysts. I am very scared about starting Retin A! There is no good time to start it because something always seems to be coming up! I am just wondering if the side effects (peeling/redness/flakes/breakouts) will be was severe since my skin isn’t bad to begin with? Does it really work?! I’m afraid it will make my skin bad and never better again... I would love clear skin by June 18th! (it is currently april 2nd)... any thoughts/advice?
  17. Acne has ruined my life

    Forums Adult acne 19 replies

    Ok. My story so far. I used to have normal skin. Not perfect but so bad i wont look in the mirror. About 8 months ago everything change. Right now is the worst my skin has ever been since I was 17 years old and in high school. Acne is ruining my life. I go to med school, so i have to study, theres no option, but i’m so depressed. All i can think is how horrible look, i dont wanna go back to uni, I dont wanna get out of the house, been to several derms, none has help. A doctor diagnosed me with pcos. I also have facial hair. I feel i look like a man. I feel so disgusting. Lately all I can think about is the fatest easiest way to kill myself. I see no end to this. I’m sick of it. I dont go out anymore, no one’s gonna love looking like this. I wish i could just dissapear. I wish i didnt have to wake up in the morning. I want to die. I cant go on living like this anymore. I ask god everynight why this happened to me and why cant he just kill me in my sleep. I know a lot of people have it worse, but this is important to me. I want to die, please god just let me die
  18. This is both sides of my face. I have some acne but most of this is just red scars that are still red and haven’t really faded away. I used to pop my pimples and pick at my face a little bit and scratch things off of my face but now I don’t even pop my pimples. I feel insecure about my face without makeup. I feel like I’m not living my best life with this constantly on my face. I feel like I’m battling myself. I’ve tried lots of stuff for my face but nothing seems to help. I wish someone could HELP me because all I ever wanted is clear skin, so I can actually look people in the eyes during conversation and not be afraid to meet new people without them thinking I’m hideous. Because let’s be honest, I’d probably be considered way more attractive with a clear face.
  19. HELP

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Hi, I’ve never started/posted on a forum before, so thought I would give it a try. Basically, I’ve had acne since I was 11-12 years old. When I was 14, it got pretty bad, so I eventually went to the derm a couple years later and they proscribed me aczone. I’ve been using it for almost 2 years and my forehead/temples/(upper)cheeks are completely clear. HOWEVER my chin will just not stop breaking out. I feel like my chin has never been clear and can’t even remember what it used to look like. I get cysts a lot and used to just get them before my period, but now they come more frequently. I also get these little bumps that are skin colored and seem harmless but they eventually turn into whiteheads. I also break out a lot on my lower left cheek near my jaw and sometimes along my upper/lower jaw on both sides. I’m 98.9% sure this is hormonal acne. I’ve been on soo many forums and have read so much. I know that you have to treat acne from within, it’s not just a superficial concept. It still bothers me how some people, even derms, are so naive and believe that it’s not internal and only an external problem. I actually was prescribed birth control a few months ago and it’s just been sitting on my shelf because I’ve been so apprehensive about taking it. I know it may help your skin short-term but in the long run like when you get off of it I know your skin goes crazy and I just want to do what’s best for my skin in in the long run, even though it’s tempting. What I’m trying to say is I just need some advice/help on natural/any way(s) to treat, or anyone who has a similar situation. I honestly can’t deal with it anymore. I hate wearing makeup and having to apply all this concealer every time I step out of the house. It’s so, so depressing and really makes me feel beyond crappy. I know we’re all looking for answers and I could have it worse, but I just want to know if anyone has any real advice for hormonal acne. Thank you so much if you read this, I would insanely appreciate any help.
  20. Hi everyone, I need some advice on what to do about my cancelled dermatologists appointment. I was referred to the hospital in December 2017 and after many back and forth phone calls to the dermatology department I was finally given a appointment date for April 12th . However, today I got a letter saying that my appointment had been cancelled. I rang the hospital for more information and was told that the dermatologist that specialises in acne and roaccutane is going on maternity leave! The receptionist then told me she couldn't offer me a replacement as they didn't have another doctor to take her place and had no idea when they would be getting one! I'm stuck on what to do next as I have now had acne for 6 long years (from age 16 to now age 22) and was so excited to finally have my first appointment. I'm also very frustrated I was given an appointment in the first place because they would of known about the doctor leaving so why would you give me an appointment, why not wait until the new doctor came in? so annoying. I'm really hoping that I don't have to wait another 4 moths for an appointment. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  21. Hey. I'm new here, but I am in desperate need of some skin care help/advice. This will be a bit lengthy, but please read it all! I reallllly need help I am 16, and I've had acne since I was 13 or so. I have mild-moderate acne, ranging from some under-the-skin nodules here and there, and whiteheads. So, here's a little background info on my skin and the possible causes. My acne seems to be hereditary, since my father had cystic acne when he was a teen (thank god I didn't get cystic tho!) and I guess the acne problem got passed on to me (obviously). I have very oily skin, and very recently it's been getting oilier and oilier and I am stuck wondering why. I've tried drinking 2L+ of water every day, but it has done nothing for my skin. I just have to pee a lot. I've tried changing my diet and it didn't seem to work, although I would try it again, since I tried that a year or 2 ago. I can list my everyday skincare regimen below so you guys can get a better understanding. Oh, by the way, I am currently on 50mg of Doxycycline once a day for 3 months (this is my 2nd time on it, and it's working again, but the first time when I got off of it, my acne came back worse and I am left with the scarring it created. My face has like 5 active blemishes at the moment, I'm just left with LOTS of PIH..) Morning routine: Cleanser: Spectro Jel Blemish Prone (I wet my face and wash my face for 30s and then leave it on for another 15s or so, then I rinse it off.) Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (this stuff is AMAZING!) Nighttime: Cleanser: Spectro Jel Blemish Prone Spot-treatment: Neutrogena Rapid Clear 5% BP Gel (this works for me, but it is drying) Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Exfoliation (Once a week): St. Ives Apricot Scrub: Blemish Control (this also works well. It tightens my skin well and I leave it on for 30s to 1 min after scrubbing. I moisturize after.) I basically just need help on how to keep my acne at bay after I am done my antibiotics, and how to get rid of my scarring. Most of my scarring is post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, but it makes me look like I still have active acne... Thank-you in advance!
  22. Hello everyone,Let me start by giving a quick summary of my acne. At around 15 I started getting the occasional pimple her and there, but never anything too serious. However, about two and a half years ago when I was 17 years old my acne worsened dramatically. Within a matter of a couple months of this first big breakout, it got to the point where I felt the need to see a dermatologist.My derma prescribed me a mixture of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide. This helped to initially calm the new influx of acne I had coming in, but after a few months the effectiveness diminished. I then was prescribed tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A) and I began using it immediately. The first four months that I was on Retin-A was the worse my acne has ever been; specifically my jawline and the area under the corners of my mouth were affected. I even began getting a few cystic nodules at this time. After nearly six months on Retin-A my complexion began to improve. Not satisfied with the results, I went back to my dermatologist, and she then prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclate to take once daily. At this same time I began using a 10% Benzoyl peroxide wash. This combination seemed to work wonders for a while. My acne improved greatly to the point where I only had a few blemishes at all times (aside from some minor scarring). It may be important to point out that I also cut out dairy completely at this time. Though, to maintain this regimen, I had to use a TON and I mean a TON of moisturizer. I would have to apply loads of this Neutragena Sensitive Skin lotion multiple times per day. During this period I also became sort of obsessive with picking every pimple I ever got. In fact, I was (and still am) so OCD about this that I would often try to force whiteheads to pop when they were clearly not ready, and in doing this I would cause my skin to break and therefore scab. (I know this is counterproductive, but hey, I'm admitting that it's a problem of mine).Soon, I moved to college and was forced to limit the amount of time and energy I was putting into my skin. My new lifestyle and living situation first led me to discontinue my use of the antibiotic. I weened myself off of it well, and my skin didn't really seem to get any worse from this. I then began slowly eating more dairy, and I started to become less strict with my regimen (going nights without Retin-A, skipping the benzoyl wash, ect) mostly because I couldn't keep up with the dryness. I simply could not maintain this lifestyle of drying the hell out of my skin and then spending twenty minutes applying lotion every morning and night, all only to maintain mild acne as opposed to severe. Soon my acne worsened again slowly. I then started using the Benzoyl Peroxide wash only every other day to try and combat dryness, while using the Retin-A 5-6 nights per week. I also cut out 90% of dairy again and began taking 2000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements once per day. This has led me to where I am now. At this point I'd say my acne is mild, but to be honest it is really affecting me emotionally. I feel like my acne is always in the back of my mind whenever I'm talking to people, out in public, or really doing anything. I often find myself comparing my acne to other people's, and thinking of how people are judging me based on my skin. I have a meeting to meet with a new derma this Friday, and I'm hoping they have some advice. Currently, I'm considering doing a course of Accutane just because I'm so done with the physical and psychological effects of acne.If anybody has any advice as to some possible treatments that seem fitting for someone with my story please share! I've included some pics of my skin below as well.Cheers
  23. I am 25, turning 26 in May. I’ve had acne since I can remember, I’ve tried proactiv, all the drug store brands, and a couple higher end brands such as Vichy and Clinique, using some of The Ordinary skincare serums/oils to help. Right now I’m on Stieva-A (second tube, 2 months), I’ve been on accutane before for 3-4 months and it worked short term. Before/in the summer my skin is really oily, in the winter usually pretty dry, I get sore dry spots and it stings when I apply moisturizer sometimes. My acne, is mostly where it is in the photos, they’re like unnoticeable bumps, in clusters. Sometimes if I pop one a seed like pimple comes out (not milia) and the seed has a hair in it. Most times they don’t pop, and can dry out, but usually come right back. A couple bigger ones do hurt, but other than that they don’t hurt. What the heck is this acne? Is it hormonal? Potentially Folliculitis? First pictures are what it is now, (ignore my double chin) other picture (wing earing) is how bad it was before. Yes I am a chronic picker unfortunately, I also bite my nails and pick the skin around my thumbs (anxiety issues)
  24. Hi guys, I am currently on my second course of accutane. The first was two years ago, I was on 30mg daily for 6 months and this completely cleared my skin. My face started breaking out a little again (my acne was only mild, maybe 2 - 3 cystic pimples) so my dermatologist decided to put me back on 20mg a day to clear it up. I am now just over 2 months in and my skin is absolutely terrible! From week 2 onwards my face broke into REALLY severe cystic acne (at the moment I barely have any clear skin on my face and I can see a fair bit of scarring starting to happen). The acne I have at the moment is much worse then anything I have ever had before. I also don't have any dryness (not even my lips) or other side-affects. I contacted my dermatologist and he said that increasing my dose isn't recommended as I don't weigh much (48kg). What do you guys think?? The whole situation is starting to really get me down and I am beginning wish I had never gone back onto accutane Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!