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  1. Hello I am kind of concerned about this pimple on the side of my nose. At first I thought it was a pimple and at this time I wasn't aware that it was bad to pop it so I took a clean needle and poked the head and squeezed but only blood and clear liquid came out so I left it alone. After a while I tried again but I noticed it was numb and this was distressing I took the needle and went to see if I could feel anything at all and I swear I must have went a cm deep before I hit the end of this hole, I squeezed again with a pimple tool thing and some weird pus that was gooey and looked like mucus came out. I'm not sure what this is or if I will have a scar from doing this but the main thing i'm concerned about is why it is numb.
  2. I got a cyst last week on my foot. It pooped on it's own so I had been draining it and covering it with antibiotic ointment and covering it. I made sure to go get a antibiotic pills from my doctor before it popped because I knew a guy who had a foot amputated from a Infected cyst. But that's not why I'm here. I was cleaning out pus from the cyst like I did for 4 days now but today I started to squeeze it gently and something new come out. A hard black thing with a green head. It was hardish and kept it's shape. I had never saw anything like this before. I can say it was the equivalent feeling of taking a big poop except on my foot. It felt good to get that out but I had no idea that thing was inside. I saw a post before on this website about something like this but they didn't have a photo. I do and here it is. Does anyone know what the hell it is? It's about as long as a bean.
  3. I've been dealing with closed comedones above my chin for the past 5 months now. I'm down to only a few left on my right side and that's it! However, there's one that had a LOT of pus inside. I'm not even sure if it's a comedone tbh. The next morning it grew to an ENORMOUS whitehead. I stupidly didn't drain it (because people say not to and that it'll fall off on it's own). Well bad news. It didn't fall off, but instead went back into my skin. Now I have a large comedone that won't come to a head again (it's been five days since it went back into the skin). Will the pus eventually drain into my body, or should I lance it now and try to extract the contents? The thing is I'm worried that if I lance it, all that will come out will be blood and no pus and then I'll have to deal with a scab for no reason.
  4. I was clear for a few days and then this odd-looking pimple/cyst started forming on my chin a few days ago. There's this solid yellow mass in the middle, and it looked so close to the surface that I decided against my better judgment to try to pop it a couple days ago. I first tried with my fingers, and nothing came out, so I got desperate enough to try to lance it with a needle (bad idea, I know). I thought, even if this left a scar, at least the contents of the spot would be drained and I wouldn't have a big lump anymore. But even the needle didn't puncture the yellow spot and no solid pus ever came out; just clear yellow oil. I'm confused because the yellow head is so obviously visible and it looks like whatever's in there could just burst out any second, but nothing has come out and it hasn't shown any improvement, even when I don't touch it. I'm wondering if anyone else has ever had a similar pimple with a visible yellow ball lodged so deep in the skin, and if so, how they may have been able to draw it to a more superficial head or made it go away faster. Thanks! I'm in my second month of Accutane btw.
  5. Possible abscess?

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    So I had this red pimple on my thigh, close to the buttocks, it was red and kinda swollen, didn't hurt, had no head, it got worse since it's an area I sit on and is moving all the time, It got a head, and after picking at it a bit, I noticed that it's not ready for me to touch it, and just used benzoyl peroxide to clean and help with it, right now I'm using antibiotics to help with the pain, it clearly has a lot of pus clogged up, which I am not touching and just using warm water and alcohol to clean, and I just wrap it up with sterile gauze pads (which everytime I change have yellow pus on it, had some blood in the first few ones but not anymore) swellness came down as well. Should I just keep treating it like I wrote, or could it be something more serious? It's painful, but not too much, red - but not swollen. I added a photo of what it currently looks like, excuse the quality.
  6. Help! A couple months ago seemingly out of nowhere I got what looked like a random dry patch between my eyebrows, no biggie, I applied some moisturizer and went about my business. As time went on the patch still hadn't gone away and was now not only even flakier, but had a few slightly raised pimple-like bumps and spread with some swelling. okay, must be my hormones doing something funky to my skin, right? I lightly exfoliate the area, apply thin layer of persa-gel 10, and moisturize often. long story short this THING between my brows not only stuck around for a good month or so, but it was a big red, deeply scaled eyesore from hell! nothing I did (or didn't do) seemed to help and when it finally went away it left a scar that luckily has faded with time. few months later this thing has shown up again in the same spot, so far its not too bad but with new years coming I want to look good and honestly would rather not have Franken-zit living on my face and screamingat people. I wash my hands, clean my face, and practice good hygiene, so what is this? why is it happening, and how do I treat it? is it even acne? HELP!! p.s: sorry for poor picture quality, it was hard to focus in and I was NOT going to ask my father to take a picture for me lol.
  7. today was ruined because my skin is breaking out I hate meeting new people I had to new my fiance's parents and pus was not the first impression I wanted to make worst of all his mother gave me acne tips in front of his family nobody needs to give me tips I am doing the best I can so when I got home I bawled my eyes out the wedding is in a few weeks and I do not know if I can stand in front of a crowd of people with my skin make up can not cover it and wearing make up will cause me to break out I am so scared acne will ruin my wedding day
  8. Hi everyone i have a question i been wondering for while now. Sometimes when i get a pimple on my body and im popping it, there is this long solid white pus like thing that comes out. It thicker than a hair but not to long. Sometimes when i pull off scabs they are stuck to the scab but they dont feel like normal pus. Are they a type of cyst or something else. If you know please message me with your thoughts. Thank you
  9. ●●●Simple Dietary Cures for Pimples & Boils●●● The excessive consumption of Vitamin B12, which is found in non-vegetarian foods, is one of the most important causes of pimples, acne, boils and other skin eruptions. Specifically, the excess of COBALT, which is a constituent of Vitamin B12, is the REAL CAUSE of the problem. ★★★According to the ORIGINAL RESEARCH done by me about 40 years back, the excessive consumption of COBALT-rich foods, drinks and dietary supplements can cause pimples, acne, boils and rashes in susceptible persons of any age group, which includes even OLD PERSONS!! The consumption of even small amounts of a COBALT salt like COBALT SULFATE can cause massive eruptions all over the skin of the face and the body of a susceptible person.★★★ The non-vegetarian foods may be eaten in moderation by those who are prone to pimples and boils. Eating 2 eggs per day can give me pimples, even though I am over 73 years old. The persons susceptible to pimples should eat only about 100 grams of meat, chicken or fish on 2 days in a week. If they eat more meat, chicken, fish, lobsters and other non-vegetarian foods, they should first boil them in a large amount of water, and throw away the water to reduce the Vitamin B12 content of such foods, before they cook them further. Even the vegetarian foods like chocolate (cocoa), some beers, some spices and condiments, dry fruits and nuts, which contain large amounts of COBALT, can cause pimples and other skin eruptions. The consumption of foods, drinks, and other edible preparations containing COBALT and Vitamin B12 must be restricted by all patients who have pimples, acne, boils, measles, chicken pox or rashes of any type, which produce pus in the skin, or even in other parts deep in the body. Besides the non-vegetarian foods like meat, fish, chicken and eggs, even the consumption of Vitamin B12-containing milk, butter, cheese, ice-cream and other milk products should be drastically restricted, or even avoided for some time, by the persons suffering from the skin eruptions. They can obtain CALCIUM from green leafy vegetables and from CALCIUM pills, instead of getting the mineral from milk and milk products. The patients who are prone to pimples and boils should NOT eat bread, cereals and other foods that are FORTIFIED with Vitamin B12. Such persons must also avoid the pills that contain Vitamin B12. If they require the B-complex pills, they should take the pills that do NOT contain Vitamin B12. As Vitamin E is an antagonist of Vitamin B12, it can help in reducing the pimples, acne, boils and rashes caused by the consumption of excess COBALT. The mineral SELENIUM, which produces a sparing effect on the need for Vitamin E, may also be very helpful in controlling these skin eruptions. The foods rich in Vitamin E and SELENIUM, like whole-grain cereals, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, help in preventing pimples and boils. Vitamin E can even be taken in the form of pills, but the daily dose should be restricted to about 10 to 20 milligrams if the treatment is for a long period. ★★★Persons susceptible to pimples and boils should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing any traces of COBALT. Their teeth should be free of COBALT, as otherwise such persons can continuously suffer from the rashes of pimples, acne, boils and other skin eruptions, which can lead to horrible scars on their faces and other parts of their bodies.★★★ Among the other dietary factors that can trigger the eruption of pimples and boils is IODIZED salt, which should be restricted or replaced by non-iodized salt. Pickles, chutneys and other foods, which contain MUSTARD seeds, powder and oil, should also be avoided, as they are known to cause pimples in many people. Mustard oil should NOT be applied to the faces and hair, or used for massaging the bodies, by such persons. Other foods, which should be avoided by the persons susceptible to pimples and boils, include some mixtures of spices like GARAM MASALA, GROUNDNUTS (peanuts) and their oil. The consumption of protein and fat-rich dry fruits and nuts should be restricted, as they are also rich sources of COBALT. The excessive consumption of proteins and fats of even vegetarian origin can do great harm. ★★Lack of sex and the retention of semen for long periods in their bodies by young men can cause or increase pimples and boils in many of them. The regular ejaculation of semen prevents the formation of pus in the bodies of men, and thus stops the eruption of pimples and boils. The consumption of aphrodisiacal drugs for sexual stimulation can increase the formation of semen, which can trigger the eruption of pimples and boils in the persons who are prone to the disease. So, if they want to avoid getting pimples and boils, they should NOT use sexual stimulants.★★ ★★★Lactating mothers should NOT avoid breastfeeding their babies, as the retention of milk in their breasts can give them pimples!★★★
  10. Last 2months i started to experience breakout. Every time i wake up in the morning there's always about 3-5 pimples with pus inside on my face. They heal fast about 1-2 days they're gone but after that the pus always comes back on the same exact spot or near to that area(forehead,cheeks, and chin). I'm not picking it but sometimes i accidently popped some while in the process of washing my face. I just want to have my clear face back like before. age:16 skin type: oily;acne prone skin
  11. I do get the occasional pimples on the cheeks and forehead but there really small and goes away within 3 days. I notice that with every pimple I get it ALWAYS turns white then pops on its own and eventually fades, but as for my nose they become huge and really red then they slowly start turning white and pop on its own and it would bleed. Then it would turn white again and pop over and over. I have 4 big ones on my nose right now but one of them popped and has a blood scab. I wash my face twice daily following with a spot treatment containing salicylic acid and then a moisturizer. The pimples on my nose go away within 2-3 weeks and I've tried everything from Bp, tea tree oil, salicylic acid but nothing decreases the size of the pimple! How do I make the healing process go by faster and avoid future pimples on the nose! Also I keep my diet healthy avoiding greasy and fried food and I drink 2L of water everyday and I take alesse birth control which has helped my skin a little!
  12. Background: Female in late teens, have had acne since early teens. Escalated to moderately severe in my high school years. I had been seeing a dermatologist the entire time, their bp/salycylic acid/clindamycin regimen did NOTHING for my skin. I liked tretinoin. Antibiotics (specifically amoxicillin) CURED me of my acne. I was on it for 1 year+ and obviously had to stop. I have been self treating my acne for the past few months. Acne type: Moderately-severe. Skin is dry-ish especially in the winter. I sometimes get this horrible combination of extremely dry peeling skin+oil buildup on my face in the summer months. Regimen for 1 month+ and its results: Vitamins: Fish oil, all natural zinc, 2 garlic pills per day. Treatment: Gentle neutrogena fresh cleanser 1x per day at night, sometimes mixed with few drops of calamine lotion. occasional application of Povidone-iodine (Betadine) with a cotton swab at night. wash with just water in the morning. Diet: Spice and carbs heavy food (Indian food is very common in my household). NO junk food, no pop, little to no sugar. I will be able to take charge of my diet in a month when i start cooking again, and am thinking about eating a very veggie/fruit heavy diet. Exercise: Minimal, it has a very faint effect on my skin Results: Since i have begun self treatment cystic acne has stopped. Regular acne is still present in moderately-severe form. I am getting more whiteheads/pustules than I have ever gotten, despite being careful to gently exfoliate my skin and keep it clean. my acne is worst on one side of my face ONLY (from one the low cheek up to the browbone) I would really appreciate any help in diagnosing my acne and editing my regimen. I'm starting to lose hope and some days feel pressured to giving in to accutane.
  13. i use the rapid clear collection from neutrogena. i have combo skin. is it good if a small pimple turns into a pus filled one the next morning. what shd i do w it just leave it?
  14. Hi im 15 yr with combo skin. I have some very noticeable pimples around my mouth, one on my upper lip line, one just next to my mouth, and other ones but they cure easily. i use the rapid clear salycylic acid spot gel along with the scrub,cleanser and toner. ive been doing this routine w grear results for about 1 1/2 week and this morning. last night the acne on my upper lip line was half blood dried up and half just normal pimple. and the one next to my mouth r clusters and they were fine, today i woke up with a huge pus on the upper lip line and on the acne next to my mouth. i popped the upper one ok with an extractor but is now filled with white transqul kind of fluid or pus. and the one next to my mouth , i popped it wrong and i popped the skin of the cluster if that even makes sense. so basically the actual pus wasnt all out yet but i damaged my skin and is now bloody and swollen. what should i do with both of them? pls help...
  15. Hello, Ive been looking through these questions for about a week and I decided I needed help. I am 15 years old with combination skin, i dont take birth control, or any other prescriptions. I havent seen a dermatologist and please dont tell me i should because there arent any around where i live. My only goal this summer was to have clear skin before school. And i used korean acne products while i was in another country until this month. about a week an a half ago, i bought the neutrogena rapid clear stubborn acne cleanser, rapid clear foam scrub, and the rapid clear acne eliminating gel. It works so well! After few days I was left with a few noticeable pimples and just mostly flat pimples. Of course it also started flaking. So i went and bought the rapid clear toner and the grapefruit moisturizer as well! But the first night i used it i only got 2 hours or sleep for some reason and my flat pimples became red and noticeable so i couldnt blame the products. Anyways.. My pimples were just being on and off but my skin wasnt flaking anymore. Last night, I went to bed after putting on the rapid clear acne eliminating gel and the pimples that were NOTICEABLE, became filled with HUGE PUS! well only one did and 3 others were normal pus. I popped it with an extractor (the big one) and clear fluid did come out and right when i thought i popped it right, now it is filled with some kind of WHITE thing but doesnt look like pus. and the one out of the other 3 pus filled acne i popped was BLEEDING and now the skin around it is swollen basically and it looks like pus came back again.. So help me, what should i do ?????
  16. so I went to my dermatologist and she took a look at me and said the obvious: STOP TOUCHING, PICKING POPPING. I gotta tell ya, that's probally the worst part. It seems that humans inherently want to pick and pop no matter how many professionals give sound advice and provide facts about the damage you cause by doing so. Long story short: MY SKIN IS CLEARING UP :DDD I was prescribed a retinol 150 cream. The stuff cost me $80 !! With a price tag like that it better be good, right? Well I experienced a shit load of peeling and I still am getting some dry side effects and peeling when I apply it in the evening but it is making the pustules that were previously destroying my face stop appearing. I am so unbelievably happy that I've been able to reduce the 10 or so whiteheads on my face at a time to 1 to zero. But my complexion still looks like hell due to the relentless peeling so I avoid going out at night. But during the day all I have to do is put some moisturizer(I like actinage soothing gel) and it even helps fade the red marks from past pimples!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed as to the maintenance of my skin but I have high hopes for this retinol stuff. It feels like im typing this for nothing because i'm getting like zero feedback but idc, I just need to convey my emotions. When my phone is charged I will post progress pics. I'm very pale so my face kind looked like the surface of the moon. lol
  17. Hi everyone, I haven't posted for a long time but this past year, I've been having a lot of problems with these tiny bumps that keep forming on my forehead, cheeks, and on the sides of my face. Right now, I have the most on the side of my face. I have done many research on these bumps on acne.org and other websites and I have yet to find an exact description of the symptoms so I decided to start my own post. So these bumps I've been having, they show a lot when direct sunlight hits it and I can feel them when I touch my face. They feel hard and forms in clusters. I've tried to extract them before. The ones that I managed to extract, has this hard substance that comes out. Hard pus? The color is kinda yellowish, greenish, whitish, lol I don't know but it's hard and it usually comes out as a whole. Then, there are other ones that won't budge when I tried to extract. The part of my skin that these bumps appear on looks kind of shiny/scaly, like the skin there is very dry or something. I don't know if these appeared because of my face makeup(which I've been using for the past 3 years with no problem) or if it's because I've been overdrying my face. I've tried almost everything... retin-a, benzaclin, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid... etc.. nothing seems to get rid of these. It just makes the area very itchy and dry which I think causes even more bumps? A year ago, I'd only have a few bumps but since I've started to use these products, I've been getting more and everytime I stop using it, they still don't go away. I'm feeling very hopeless and frustrated right now because they just won't go away !!. I'm not sure if they formed because of overdried skin, acne cosmetica or if they're comedones... can someone please give me some advice as to what I should do to get rid of these ??? Any help or comments are appreciated! Thankss.
  18. Hello, this is my first post. Thank you for reading and for any advice. Here are some pictures I took while composing this post. This is after a couple days of prescribed treatment and weeks of my own treatment. http://www.flickr.com/photos/91107560@N08/8269176345/in/photostream In 2008 I was diagnosed with folliculitis. It was on my face only. My entire face was covered in acne-like whiteheads and papules. I have suffered from mild to moderate acne since puberty. I knew that this was something other than acne. I went to the dermatologist and he immediately diagnosed me with folliculitis. He gave me a fungal shampoo. That didn't work. I went back a week later and he gave me a prescription for topical Clindamycin and an oral antibiotic. He told me not to sweat (difficult since I live in Florida). It cleared up. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of it. Over the past four years I have suffered from folliculitis. I am now 40-years-old and I kind of just live with it. I try to treat it with stuff I have: Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic acid cleansers, a combo clindamycin/Retin-A drug (Ziana), salycilic acid. This stuff doesn't make much difference. I have to wait it out. It lasts for about a week or so and clears up. I didn't go back to the dermatologist because I found that no matter what I used it cleared up on its own and nothing seemed to speed recovery. Folliculitis is very emotionally distressing. I'll have clear skin for months and suddenly notice clusters of pinpoint whiteheads and know I'm soon in for a face covered in papules and pustules. One year I probably had it six times per year. A couple years were great and I would only get a couple outbreaks. Even though my dermatologist advised me not to sweat I exercised and did hot yoga. When I was doing hot yoga I didn't have any folliculitis. I went to YMCA and did spin and aerobics and I didn't find that sweating brought on the folliculitis, if anything it seemed to be better when I was exercising. This was probably a coincidence. I realized that my folliculitis was not aggravated by sweat; it was something else that was entirely random and unpredictable. Random to me at least. I never knew what was or is causing it. I have wondered if my makeup or beauty products were contaminated. I wondered if it was my food. I wondered if it was poor hygiene. I am now beginning to believe it is a case of gram negative folliculitis (my doctor thinks it is) and not a contaminated product or hygiene. He did tell me to throw away my makeup. For the past 6 months, or longer, I have not had any folliculitis. In mid-November I had a UTI and was prescribed Bactrim. I had a rash on my face, neck, and chest (photosensitivity rash) and stopped the antibiotic. Soon after the rash I broke out in folliculitis. Like always I waited for the folliculitis to clear up like it usually had in the past. I still had some of the Clindamycin/Retin-A combo drug (Ziana). I put this on my face and it would look better but I couldn't get it to fully heal. Just when I thought it was clearing up, it would come back. I was never prescribed Ziana. My mother gave me a tube, to treat my regular acne, she was prescribed a few years ago. Maybe it was in 2008 when all of this started. I can't remember. I do know that I stopped using Ziana for a while because in the past, I noticed that it did nothing and was not useful in clearing folliculitis. I used it again this year because I was desperate and maybe it would help this time. It wasn't working fully (maybe it made it come back). I couldn't get rid of the folliculitis. This week I went to the same dermatologist that I saw in 2008. He took a look at me, asked me what was happening over the last four years, and told me it was probably gram negative folliculitis. He gave me a prescription for SulfaCleanse (sulfa face wash) and told me to buy PanOxyl bar. He told me to wash with PanOxyl in morning and Sulfa wash at night. He told me to lather the PanOxyl and Sulfa and allow it to sit on the face for 10-20 minutes. I have been doing this for the last two days. The folliculits looks a little better. My face is red and dry, and starting to scale, but that is to be expected. He told me the next step was Accutane and to come back when it was "particularly bad" so he could culture it again. In 2008 he cultured it and the results came back negative -- normal skin flora. Nothing grew in the lab. Here is what I have and haven't done: -I have NEVER been on long-term antibiotics. Over the last four years I have been prescribed an antibiotic four times. Levaquin for UTI, Bactrim for UTI, a sulfa for UTI, and amoxicillin for an for a run of the mill upper respiratory illness. I have photosensitivity reaction (fairly common occurrence) to most antibiotics. In my entire life I would estimate that I have only been prescribed antibiotics around ten times. I do not seek out antibiotics unless completely necessary. I have not taken long-term antibiotics for any illness, including acne. -I have cleansed my face with a myriad of products. I will use everything from Dial antibacterial bar soap, to acne cleansers (PanOxyl, Neutrogena), to Ivory soap, to Ajax dish liquid for a quick cleanse in the kitchen sink (I know, not good). I use a glycolic acid cleanser called Wrinkle Revenge 2. Usually I cleanse my face with the soap that is in the shower and the Wrinkle Revenge a few times per month. Sometimes I use a night cream with retinoid in it by Neutrogena. After some preliminary research it seems that I may have destroyed the normal skin flora on my face with oral and topical antibiotics, even though I have not used antibiotics on a regular basis. I have read that when retinoids and benzoyl peroxide are used along with oral and topical antibiotics, they can have a synergistic effect. I do not think I have overused antibiotics but when combined with the BP and Retin-A, they were working together to destroy my face. Maybe? This is my educated guess, I can't know for sure. Right now, I am at a loss and pretty distressed. This last bout of folliculitis has lasted for a month. I have always been upset about going to work with folliculitis on my face (it's localized on my face only, never in my scalp, never on any other parts of my body). I thought I beat it for good when I hadn't had an outbreak in a while. What do you think of the PanOxyl bar and Sulfa wash my doctor has prescribed? Other than sulfa wash, and I know BP kills bacteria, I am not using the other antibacterials or antibiotics I have. I am never using Clindamycin and Ziana since I think these (combined with the antibacterial soap and other stuff I have been using) may be the culprits. Again, this is a guess and I don't know. The doctor told me to stop using antibacterial soaps and liquid soaps meant for hand washing. He told me to use Dove bar for sensitive skin after the folliculitis clears. I am afraid that the folliculitis will not clear and I will have to go on Accutane and I'm not to thrilled about that. Any advice or comments appreciated.
  19. Hi, Pictures here! I seem to just get horrible white pustules come and go around my mouth area and in the corners of my nose. I have been to the doctors 7 or 8 times in the last year trying to get rid of this. They have told me they think it could be a number of things. A bacterial infection, folliculitis, mild acne. I have been on Fluloxacillin (sp?) twice for 2 week period first (which very almost cleared it up fully), then a further 2 week period with little effect. I was then put on oxytetracycline, was on that for a long period with little effect and now they have put me in lymecycline. I take my medication religiously and have tried many topical treatments. Does anybody else have something similar, what can I try? I know its not as bad as a lot of peoples on here, but it really affects me as its right on the lip line in a lot of cases. Thanks.
  20. Please Read- I'm Miserable..

    Forums General acne discussion 6 replies

    Hey guys, I'm a 17 year old boy and I am fed up with acne. I started getting it around 15, and it has only gotten worse. I have tried EVERYTHING except accutane. I have tried: proactive clean and clear benzaclin astringent neutrogena prescription creams cetaphil aloe vera benzoyl peroxide salicylic acid Witch hazel blemish pads obey your body facial kits burts bees facial washes biore blemish pads clearasil and I samples skin ID. NONE of these worked in the long run, and i'm at the end of my rope with my acne. It has killed my confidence and I feel like i'm the only one with it this bad out of all my friends. Coming from a kid who is very confident in himself, acne really has been ruining me. I drink A LOT of water ( on average 5 poland spring bottles a day) I eat portioned meals for the most part, but I do admit, I eat sugary snacks frequently, but I don't think that's the problem I am an athlete (soccer, wrestling) and I'm very active. I live a very stressful life. I wash my face 2 times a day, then apply astringent, then a moisturizer (that's my new routine, hasn't been effective yet), but for some reason It just keeps getting worse. I really need some insight behind this. Thank you.
  21. Quitting The Regimen

    Forums General acne discussion 6 replies

    I started the regimen in January 2011, at the time my acne was moderate with a few cysts and nodules but mainly just pauples and pustules. I have also been taking Tetralysal since this date. I was 95% clear by about November 2011 with breakouts every few weeks that last only a few days. Still, the clockwork nature of the regimen and the harsh effects of BP made me want to stop, especially given as I am starting University in October where a long regimen will be logistically hard and potentially socially stigmatising. I stopped using the regimen at the start of July 2012 and began using deep action facial wipes, cleanser to clean and shave and BP only on spots as opposed to covering large areas of my face. This was fine for about a month, and I even went on a clubbing holiday with no real breakouts and reasonably clear skin. However about 1 week after coming back from this holiday and roughly 2 weeks after quitting the regimen I began to break out, with about 10 whiteheads when I wake up every morning and 4-5 red lumps that last for about a week, furthermore spots flare up within a couple of hours so I can leave the house at 10 and have a face full by 5 (the hours I work). I'd say my skin is about 60% as bad as when I started the regimen and I do feel like I have undone 19 months of work to a degree, but then again breakouts do come and go and I can't tell if this is a month long bad patch or just the new norm. Part of me says to plough on with my new regimen, as seen below: Shave with mild cleanser Pat dry Moisturise with cetaphil + jojoba oil Dab off with clean and clear wipe Touch up with BP 2.5% (I do this twice a day but just clean in the evening - no shave) Part of me says that if I can't live without the regimen which I seriously desire to, I should go back to my doctor and tell him the Tetralysal has had a minimal effect over 19 months, which, when only looking at the start and end of the period, is true. Is anyone in a similar situation? Has anyone else had the same experience? What have you done? What is the right thing to do? Will this bad spell ever end or is the regimen a never ending process?
  22. Lately, I have been getting constant pustules under my nose. As soon as one goes away, another one comes up. Now I have a cluster of pimples and marks, that are red, itchy and irritating. I've been trying hard not to touch the affected area. Aside from these pustules and a few red bumps under my lips, I'm pretty clear. I have been eating very healthy. My diet consists of green smoothies, fruit + veggies, olive oil, eggs, fish (sardines, salmon, tilapia), chicken breast, beans (not canned), brown rice, black tea, and lemon water. I avoid sugar, high GL meals, dairy, gluten, and most processed foods. I also exercise 1 hour everyday. As for supplements, I take turmeric capsules, a multivitamin and I drink diluted ACV everyday. Several weeks ago, in an effort to switch to a more natural skin care regimen, I stopped Dan's BP and I switched to Green Tea/Sea salt toner, and my skin was looking better than ever. I was still using knock off versions of Cetaphil facial cleanser and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer but I planned to wean off of them and replace them with natural remedies. Then, a couple weeks later, a few days before my period, I got a couple pustules on my chin and I ... kinda freaked out. I quit the cleanser and moisturizer I was using and I started experimenting with different things, like spearmint tea, epsom salt masks and aloe vera gel. My skin became pretty dry, itchy and irritated, which became even more exasperated when we my family got new carpenting, and there was all this dust and dirt in the air. The area under my nose was the most irritated and inflamed, but I also started to get pimples elsewhere, like my chin, cheeks, temples, and even one on my forehead (which I never get). After that, I decided to slow down, I quit the spearmint tea, epsom salt masks and the aloe vera gel. Instead, I decided to use a more gentle routine, with organic raw honey as a facial cleanser and the green tea/ sea salt toner afterwards. I also became more strict on my diet. Since then, my face has been calming down. The only place that is really bothersome is under my nose, and I have no idea how to get it to stop. I guess this is what I get for introducing too many things at once. Any help?
  23. My situation is that I've lots of blackheads on my forehead, and they often get inflamed and become pimples with pus when I leave them alone. I usually do squeeze out the blackheads when I see them. However I'm curious, should I be doing that? Squeezing the blackheads does leave a small scar, but when it gets inflamed and pus-filled it leaves a scar as well. So I'm kinda wondering what I should be doing.