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  1. I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis. I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: http://www.scienceprofonline.com/images/science-image-library/microbiology/growth-media/msa-pos-neg-bottom-SIL.jpg Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23377521 suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose. I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. https://i.imgur.com/6fiGHHH.jpg Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis. I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness. Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse. A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited account that you can check on Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/2t2cpu/elimination_of_staphylococcus_aureus_from_my_nose/
  2. Differin week9

    Hey everyone!! This is my update for week 9 of using differin. So my basic process is since week 8 is benzac 5% for 20 minutes and wash off before using facial wash. Then, apply differin and after it with benzac 2.5% overnight. In the morning, I apply benzac 5% for 20 minutes just the same in the evening before washing my face and apply cm lotion and sunscreen. Overall, acne seems to become less severe. What is on my face is being accerelated and push out faster than before. I think benzac has done it jobs really well. However, I still have 1 cyst on left cheek and another painful one on my right cheek. The one that is on my forehead is still there but less pain. I would give this week 7 out of 10 because acne is still coming up. It is like a nightmare to me. I would pray for a better tomorrow and I wish that I can wake up without worrying that there will be another acne coming up or not. Scars are everywhere o my both cheeks. I want them to fade away so I can bring back my confidence. Thank you for reading. Will update week 10 next week.
  3. My acne

    I want to know honestly how bad my skin is? I am very insecure bc i am the only girl in my grade that gets "acne" and it is very upsetting to me.
  4. Soo ummm i just popped a pimple for the first time on my chin because my boyfriend said it would be fine if i did it... and umm... this is what it looks like (pics attached). It was a cystic bump and I've probably had it for about a week now. I still feel a bump under my skin and its red on the surface, after I popped it I washed my face and disinfected it with diluted salt + water. Will this scar... should I just leave it?
  5. Serious question, I'm 21 and have zero experience with girls never even kissed one and this is all due to acne. Girls ignored me and thought I was grotesque in high school because of it and now I feel behind everyone else in the dating/sex scene and I barely have a social life as it is. Acne screwed me over hard when I was 14-16 now I'm clear but crippled if that makes sense. Anyways every girl already has a bf so getting a gf at this point is impossible. The only thing going for me right now is my job and I'm in college, also I have a few thousand dollars saved up so I can at least get a high end call girl. Only question is if I'm not sure if I would regret this.
  6. 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.
  7. So I've had acne since I was 10 and I'm almost 26 now and it still hasn't vanished. I had some good years in the between but the acne never left me alone completely. I've got treated by two different dermatologists over all these years but it keeps coming back. I drink enough water, take care of my skin, made many lifestyle changes but it just doesn't go. Lately I've had terrible acne on my jawline and chin. Big red cystic ones too. What am I doing wrong? Please can someone help me out? What am I missing here? If anyone can help me out in any way, I'll be so grateful!
  8. Hello, first post here. Im scared, so Im getting right to the description. So the other night I returned from a camping trip and performed my usual check for ticks. I found in my groin area a tiny, dark, not raised dot. I could feel it and assumed it a deer tick. This is what drove me to use tweezers. . . So I grip the black dot, and after some tugging it comes out, along with a large amount of a white wax-like mass. It was kind of like what comes out of a pimple or boil, but harder like wax you've softened with your fingers. Strange, but this is not what os bothering me. Out of the blackheads hole come out some kind of tissue. It almost resembles a skin tag, but its glistening like a wound. It is near painless, but does have sensation. It never seems dry, and hasn't remotely begun to scab. The area it is located where my thigh meets my groin. Please, any information or common experience will ease my mind.
  9. 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
  10. Ok, so a year and a half ago my nose got a very big pimple on it. But the pimple was underground so my nose was basically just red. Then after some time it went overground, so i popped it. But it kept returning so many times after popping it so i went to the doctor and got pills. The pimple dissapeared but now my whole nose has been red ever since. It doesn't hurt at all, it's completely flat like a normal nose but it's just red. It's like i'm sunburnt on my nose. And it's exactly on the front in the middle of my nose, like a red circle like 1-2 cm diameter. What do i do!!? I can take pics if u guys need Btw
  11. Does anyone else get cold sores and zits in the same spot?! I will get cold sores every so often in two different spots. This past year or so, I've been getting a reoccurring zit in one of those spots. It's on the edge of my upper lip. My facial lady confirmed the first time it was just a zit. I recognize now the difference, and they never do get horribly big and uncomfortable like my cold sores do. Still though, it freaks me out everytime, and I use abreva on it just to be sure. Why would I be getting a reoccurring zit in the same spot as I get cold sores?! I can't find any info on the subject.
  12. So I have this weird bump on my chin but you can barely see it or feel it. When you stretch the skin is the only time you can see or feel it. Before I popped it the first time it was pretty big because I've never really had horrible acne. When I popped it the first time a lot of stuff came out and it sort of dissapeared/flattened itself out. It came back but a few months later and it was pretty small but I popped it immediately. It's in the same exact spot and if you feel over it you can feel a weird bump. I want to get rid of it for good now but I really don't know how to because I have no idea what it is. It's not red or anything either and doesn't look like a whitehead. I suspected it was cystic but the pictures of cystic acne look way worse and completely dwarf my seemingly meaningless bump. Please help!
  13. Okay, so last night i noticed a under the skin pimple that was pretty swelled and red. I decided to pop it causing the clear fluid to come out and cause a scab to form over it. Today it is still swollen and there is still a scab and zit. It is in the middle top of my forehead and it is pretty noticeable. Does anyone have any remidies or advice?
  14. For example when I was in high school I wanted to kill everyone who bullied me for it. I also use to punch and break things because of how it wrecked my life. Now a few years later I still have violent thoughts in general because of it and constant anger.
  15. I squeezed a whitehead that wasn't ready (I know I shouldn't have and I usually wouldn't but I was feeling super anxious). The skin broke and now it is fairly raw and red, equivalent to a shallow wound. Currently, I have a hydrocolloid bandage on it (since I think there might be a little pus left) with a thin layer of lanolin over the wound itself to protect it from the adhesive. As long as I don't remove the bandage too prematurely, I'm hoping this will speed up healing. Any other ideas? Specifically any vitamins/minerals I can take orally or maybe foods I should eat? Looking for good lifestyle changes. I have an important event on Friday and I'm fully aware it won't be perfect by then, but I'm hoping it will heal over, so that I can at least cover up any discoloration.
  16. Annual Fall/Winter Breakout

    Hey all, EDIT: Preface: I have decided to change this topic into a cumulative, experiment report. In this topic, I have characterized Cyclic Fall/Winter Acne (the FW Cycle) as a moderate/severe acne break out cycle that occurs durring the Fall/Winter Season. This topic and report is devoted to finding the nature of and a possible, effective treatment for a reccuring acne symptom, the FW Cycle. In this report, I (and perhaps any willing volunteer acne.org-board-members) will propose and test treatments for this type of acne cycle. The purpose of this report is to: -log the results of experiments that will be proposed, discussed, and conducted in this message board topic. -and, hopefully, ultimately find a way to cure the FW Cycle. The results and conclusions are placed at the end of this post. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm starting to break out massively again but I think I'm beginning to see a pattern. I'm looking to see if anyone else is on the same boat as I am; and if there are people like me, maybe we can pin point a cause and find a way to solve this stupid problem for ever. :] I've been experiencing major breakouts during this time of year (Late Fall/ Early Winter) for the past couple of years (prior to 3 years, I generally experienced very mild acne). The pattern is as follows: -I start/continue to break out (whiteheads, pustules, some nodules and cysts) massively during the months of: Oct, Nov, Dec -New pimples/cysts/pustules stop forming but scabs/dark patches of skin remain on my face during the months of: Jan, Feb, Mar -I have very clear skin approximately during the months of: Apr through Sept -and the cycle repeats. This info may be useful: I am a 20 y/o asian male in college. I live in new england where the seasons change drastically. as mentioned before, prior to 3 years (before starting college), I generally experienced very mild acne and was relatively clear - even during winter. Also, during the clear phase, my skin is oily - especially during the summer; yet I do not break out at all (or have one or 2 minimal pimples). Unfortunately I did pick/mess with my face previous years (resulting in a bit of scaring last year). This year I'm trying not to mess with it at all. I want to rule out: -stress as I am equally as stressful during both fall and spring semesters; -food as I try to be as healthy as humanly possible all year round; -the cold since Jan/Feb is as cold if not colder than Dec (although this does not rule out the changing of the climate from warm to cold) [i say "want to rule out" because I can't totally be sure of it..] I did not keep good records of these patterns until last year. -------------------------------------------------------------------- So if your symptoms are similar please feel free to comment. In fact, I would really appreciate it! I am curious as to and would like to hear about: -If there are Similarities and/or Differences between my situation and yours. (ie. how long ago did you first experience this cycle, severity, time frame) -And what you've done/tried out to stop this vicious cycle -Theories as to what you may attribute this cycle to -And any other comments/questions you may have Please post in detail; I'm trying to understand all I can about this situation. I feel the more we know the closer we are to solving this problem once and for all. Together maybe we can find the cause(s) and figure a way to stop this affliction once and for all. Thats all for now, Thanks!! CM :] ps. Will update more if I get responses from people with similar experiences. pps. I originally posted this topic in the severe acne section thinking that Pustules were Nodules. EDIT: Please reply in the format listed above; makes it easier for me to see/log stuff; Thx! :] EDIT: Changed topic into report. Pre-face added. -------------------------------------------------------------------- This section will be devoted to theories and corresponding experiments: Format is as follows: Experiment # a) Theory b) Experiment Details c) Conclusion d) Other Comments e) Contributor Experiment 1: a)Lack of Hydration b)Drink 6 full cups of water every day, Cetaphil 15 SPF Moisturizer every morning c)-Still Testing- d)-Still Testing- e)Cookey Monster Experiment 2: a)Poor Diet b)Eat healthy; avoid fast food c)-Still Testing- d)-Still Testing- e)Cookey Monster
  17. I got a pimple 4 months back which was large on my face in the middle of the cheek which used to hurt. It gradually reduced in size and now is small red pump on my cheak that doesnt seem to fade. Any idea what could this be? Is it going to be there permanently? Anything that I can do to get rid of it? Note:I did face peeling right before.
  18. From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple the underside of my left forearm - more than an inch from my left elbow crease. This was a different pimple from the ones that I found on May 6, 2017, May 11, 2017, and May 22, 2017.
  19. From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple the underside of my left forearm - more than an inch from my left elbow crease. This was a different pimple from the ones that I found on May 6, 2017, May 11, 2017, and May 22, 2017.
  20. June 21, 2017 - Pimple on Left Hand

    From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple on my left hand - just below my knuckle. This was a different pimple from the ones that I found on April 23, 2017, and June 19, 2017. In fact, the scab of the one that I found on June 19th is visible in this picture.
  21. June 19, 2017 - Pimple on Left Hand

    From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple on my left hand - about 1.5-2 inches from the base of my thumb. However, when I found it, at least it was small and not pink. This was a different pimple from the ones that I found on April 23, 2017.
  22. From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple on the underside of my right forearm - about 2 inches below my wrist. I also thought that I found an even smaller red spot about 1/4-inch away from it.
  23. From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple on the underside of my right forearm - about 2 inches below my wrist. I also thought that I found an even smaller red spot about 1/4-inch away from it.
  24. From the album Arm, Hand, and Finger Acne

    I found this pimple on the underside of my right forearm - about 2 inches below my wrist.