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  1. This is my skin. (See pictures) I'm 17 years old, female, and I have been dealing with acne since I was 12, but it properly started when I was 14. A brief background to my skin: I used Duac when I was about 15. It helped with my acne, but caused my skin texture to react leaving me with an orange peel-like texture, large pores. I think it is also due to over-exfoliation. I was prescribed differin later on, honestly didn't really do much at all. Just made my skin dry, the pore size stayed the same. (Ive tried DML lotion too. Applied it thickly like 6 times a day and it did nothing.) I have been dealing with this condition for 2 years now. I had poreless skin at about age 14. I am certain it is not to do with genetics either, both my family and parents don't have large pores. I will be going to try Paula's Choice 10% niacinamide from an FAQ that suggested it on here. Reviews are relatively good regarding the pore size, many saying their skin texture returns back to normal. But please anything you know is appreciated!! I am stuck. What's out there that I can use so my skin can return to normal? I am honestly so desperate. I have read all the forums there is out there.
  2. Hi beautiful people! To begin with, I've suffered with moderate acne for about two years now. I've had acne since I was about 14 though but it was pretty mild. Anyways, I got cystic acne when I was 16. Theyre mostly gone now, but unfortunately they left pretty ugly acne scars. And that's what I wanna talk to you guys about! I discovered tamanu oil two weeks ago and ordered it after I read that it clears up acne scars by promoting new cell growth. So, I took pictures of my progress and expected to see results after a month since my acne scars are pretty dark and gross, BUT I was so shocked to see this much of a difference in just a week! I'll attach the collage I made of my progress. I zoomed in very close because i generally don't post pictures of my face online for personal reasons, but I really wanted to show you guys my improvements with tamanu oil! I'm still absolutely shocked and really excited and will continue to update you guys with it if you want. Honestly, this has been a miracle product to me and I urge all of you to at least try to out if you suffer from acne scars.
  3. I'm gonna make this real short because I'm on the toilet and my phone's about to die... been on accurate twice.. worked amazingly both times! Got away with super clear skin and no permanebt damage thank god! But after the 3 month mark I started getting spots again..I absolutely panicked..saw my deem, she said it wasn't bad enough for a low dose accutane course like I asked for..even tho I told her It was getting worse knowing my skin.. ended up getting accurate online.. off a very repu table site my friend had self medicated with and worked.. anyway..Theres a bit of backstop for you.. A week before I started my low dose of 20mg a day I noticed random scarring! Not super deep but like shallow rolling scars and long lines out of NOWHERE in places I didn't even have spots..I monitor my skin A LOT so I know they're 100% new.. A month to 5 weeks later and I'm still noticing new scars! Honestly wtf is going on I'm having a fanny fit! It can't have anything to do with the accutane because I had this shit starting a week before. I'm also getting like a rash of little headless come done looking bumps on my skin in clusters and apparently that and the random scarring are effects of a disease called AMVC..I'm pretty spsp00ped tbh! Please help! Oh I take vitamin C and Zinc tablets every day too and before any of this started..I used effaclar duo+ which used to sting a lot while I was using it..Only used it like 3 times tho but apparently it had salicylic acid in it.. If that's the cause then why am I STILL getting random scarring?
  4. Allantoin

    I wonder if it will work. Probably not. Why would it ? Today was a day that meant a little less than yesterday. Warning: graphic content ahead
  5. Lately

    Depression, my scars consume me. They are getting worse. I've even o two different dermatologists who don't have answers. I'm scared to do anything else. why is this happening
  6. Hi! First, sorry if i have a lot of mistakes, english Is not my native language After lurkibg for years i decided to finslly post something. Basically ive been dealing with acné since i was 13 (im currently 21) and its a neverending battle. Ive been through so Many dermstologists and treatments. Last year i finslly got clear skin thanks to tretinoin but, after not using ir durig the summer after doctors reccomendation, my acné came back. It was so bad and infected that i had a swollen linf node and has to tske antibiótics (lymecyclin) . During that bad breakout i did something i had never done before, i picked At my skin (bad idea) now un dealing with scars, PIH , my still horribly oily skin, and numerous Whiteheads and blackheads. Im still on tretinoin aand i use bha and AHA ...i dont know why muy skin doesnt get better. Im starting to loose hope. Right now un trying out cutting diary and taking supplements (vitamin c and zinc for now) ill Update my progress soon
  7. Hi, okay so I need desperate help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is incredibly painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly became depressed over it and I am incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) I'm begging you to, I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated!
  8. Hey guys, I'm here to share my story about Retin A damage. I used Retin A for 2 months (exactly 12 uses) and it destroyed my skin. I had very nice skin before this happened and was only given Retin A as a preventive against aging and for a few chin breakouts. I'm extremely depressed about this, but I'm still hopeful that this damage can be fixed. I'm just short of 3 months out of stopping Retin A but it seems the damage has progressively gotten worse. This thread is a means to not only share my story, but to also warn others. Please do not respond with any negativity and/or any unhelpful comments. Putting my pictures out there makes me extremely vulnerable so although I'm depressed about this whole ordeal I'm not giving up. Feel free to share your own stories and whatever information you deem important and/or useful. Just remember this is totally individual and there is no "quick one size fits all" remedy for this. So keep that in mind and know that what works for one person may not work for another. Let's please support each other in this! 2 Befores And then close up After
  9. Hey everyone, so I've been using the for about 4 months now and so far I've been through all the flakiness all of the dryness and everything and finally all of that stopped. About 2 weeks ago all of my acne stopped and I was left with just scars which I was okay with because I'd rather just have scars and deal with those than have a bunch of new acne popping up. On my acne went away 2 weeks ago but then now all of it's coming back and I kind of feel like I'm right where I started again. How long did it take you guys for your regimen to work. I'm going to finish the products obviously but I don't know if I'm going to continue using it after that but I don't have any other options out there for me. Thanks Brooke
  10. Cystic Acne scars

    Hi there, First off I just want to say this last year has been the worst 365 days of my life. I developed really bad back acne and let it be. One day it became really painful so i visited a family physician and got myself checked out. He told me I had pretty bad nodular acne. He then gave me some general antibiotic to try and combat my acne. He also recommended me to try different acne creams and to visit a dermatologist. The pills didn't do anything and the creams didn't help either. Upon my first visit to a dermatology specialist. She then told me I had Cystic Acne. She recommended that I start Acutane (Isotretinoin). I of course have to do the IPLEDGE program and have blood drawn. I do all these things only to find out my insurance company has denied the treatment. That's another story for another day. 3 months go by and I finally get accepted to start taking Acutane. My doctor started me off at 40mg once a day. She told me she was starting slow to see how my body would react to it. After a few months she upped my dosage to 80mg a day. She said she would like to increase to 100mg but never actually did. I never got any horrible side effects from the drug, I honestly only got dry, chapped lips. The Acutane treatment lasted about 8 months. It was pretty effective at eliminating the acne on my face which was nice but wasn't my concern. After I finished most of the painful bumps went away. Now i'm left with some pretty nasty scars. I honestly have no idea if this is even fixable. I would love it if i could have some magic cure to get rid of all my scars but am doubtful. Maybe someone here could enlighten me one some tips to get these to fade. Picture 1 is before acutane. Picture 2 is 6 months on acutane Picture 3 is 7 months on acutane pictures 4A and 4B are current off of acutane. also please excuse my crude editing. TLDR; Had cystic acne, took acutane, left with scars, Any help?
  11. 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.
  12. Hi, I'm currently 17 years old (almost 18) and recently I've suddenly been getting bad breakouts on my cheeks. Even though I've gotten acne for a while now it's never been this bad and my cheeks were always pretty clear. I have oily skin and I've been washing my face daily as well as using a prescription acne medication. Most of the marks on my skin are red scars and not actual pimples. How do fade these or get rid of them?
  13. forehead acne

    i'm 14 and i've had acne for at least 7 months now, at first it was a mixture of pimples on my cheeks, chin, forehead etc but it was very light acne - more of teenage breakouts but for the past 7 or so months i've had acne specifically on my forehead, which i think is cystic acne? i've tried so many things and read up about it so much - i've tried different skin care like tea tree and so forth but unfortunately it just dried my skin out so much to the point it was crispy which was really gross and i've tried going off dairy too. currently i drink at least 3 litres of water a day and have started eating a really healthy diet which salads everyday and lots of fruit and protein as i read my acne could be due to high fats. my acne hasn't got any better and honestly i'm really frustrated as it's been like this for so long and it brings down my confidence so much! i know the photo really is horrible but if you could recommend anything or if you've had the same and got rid of it i would appreciate it so much if you could help me, thanks!
  14. hey, i am new here and this is my first post. I suddenly got bad acne in february, i begged my derm for accutane and finnaly got it. I have no acne now, but i am left with hyperpigmentation or scars. I am not sure, because when i wear foundation you can see dents, this makes me very upset and depressed. My derm said that it's just hyperpigmentation and that the red colour gives it an indented look, i really want to believe her, but when i do my make up, all i do is cringe about my "scars". Do you guys know what it is and most important what i can do about it. I really hope to fade them. But i have no idea what to do now with my skincare routine post accutane. this is how it looks

    Hey guys, i'm 24 this year having a tough time with acne/acnescars. i have no idea why even though i follow the routine step of cleansing>toner>moisturize everyday without fail, my acnescars wont fade and in fact sometimes my pimples will just pop out of nowhere. Now my main concern is my acne scars. i have manage to reduce the pimples but my last picture, my acne scars is bad. i need some assistance here. pls do comment or any suggestion be appreciated. Thanks!
  16. My acne has gotten way better but I have been left over with these red spots... What is the best treatment for them?I use benzaclin at night and Tretinoin in the afternoon along with a honey/lemon mask THIS IS A BEFORE AND AFTER 3 months... what do u guys think?
  17. 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 regiment but hopefully one day i can try it out.) I have scarring and not as severe acne.
  18. I have Hyperpigmentation and acne scars which have caused enlarged pores. They make my face look like they are a lot of holes. Also the dark spots are all allocated in one area on my face that it appears as if there is a line on my face as you can see in the second picture. I need help on how I can fix my face. I also start college again in two weeks and I already know people will judge me for this, or maybe I'm paranoid. Thank you.
  19. Has anyone seen improvement to their scars even under angle light where once the scars stood out?
  20. Hi i have been using tretinoin 0.025 and had results however my derm increased to 0.05 and it screwed my skin up. It caused hyperpigmentation and might have caused some indents i would like some help to diagnose if it is indents or just discoloration of darken skin. I have seem my skin under light and couldnt find any rolling scars
  21. Dark Scars From Spots

    Hello, Does anyone know a good product to help remove dark acne scars/marks? I have tried many lightening creams and home remedies, nothing works Hope I find something! Thanks
  22. Hi, I'm a 17 year old boy and well basically I have an acne story that goes right back to me being 11 years old. From quite and early age I started getting really, REALLY severe acne, like where my back, face, shoulders, upper body would be filled with purely just acne. I decided to see the doctor after like a year of constant severe acne. For the last 5 years doctors have put me on various antibiotics, all sorts of Tetracycline medications ranging from Lymecycline to Doxycycline (mainly because of drug resistance I had to change them once every now and then). I've had spots in every single part of the body you can imagine, from inside my eye right all the way up my buttocks. I've got all sorts of scars, but the ones that are bothering me the most are the one on my nose. They are raised, and one is very visibly raised right in the middle of my nose. I've had this one for 5 years now. I have no clue whether it's a keloid, hypotrophic or rosacea scarring, and also I have several other scars that are slightly raised compared to the one in the middle. Here's some pics to show you how bad and unattractive it is: It's worst under light, but either way it's really visible/noticable. Because of the scar in the middle, my nose looks like it has a bump. It's so unattractive. I've read it say somewhere that they fade away after a year or so, but mine hasn't :'( it's nearly 6 years now. I've even tried all the **** it says on the internet about exfoliating, using lemon and all the other crap that you're meant to apply on your face. This has actually ruined my life, I've had depression, tried to even kill myself so many times because of my appearance. I just want somebody to help me please before I actually jump a bridge. Even my counselor can't do anything apart from giving me the therapy talk bullshit. This might sound like an overstatement but it's ruined my teenage life, I always avoid people whenever I can and stay inside all the time. I just have no confidence what so ever. I've also seen the dermatologist who want to put me on Roaccutane, and I asked her if she could do anything about the scar, but she said NHS doesn't do anything like that. I even went to see a private dermatologist clinic, they advised me to go and take "Dermaroller" treatment, but it cost £99 per treatment, and you have to have at least 5 done. I just don't have the money to undergo any private treatment Also I've used Topical Solutions (Erythromycin) and they don't make the scars go away, nor to any face scrubs. Should I just stab my scars with the needle like a Dermaroller would like once a week? What about silicone gels? Dermatix? Does it actually work? It's really expensive though. Can somebody please help me, tell me what I can do? If I should just use a needle and do the same thing a Dermaroller would do? Should I just somehow try and cut it off using a knife? Please can someone help me, I'm just so depressed all the time. I'm desperate for help.
  23. Hello guys, I am new here. I am a 22-year old girl and I suffer from acne since my teenage years. I had ups and dows dealing with them, there were times they all of a sudden started to disappear and re-appear. Currently this is my situation and I must say that I have never had this kind of acne situation before so I ask for your help. Most of my acne were cysts and really big like grains but now I am dealling with this kind of red flat spots (I don't know how to call them). I have only 1 or 2 that are bumpy pimples-acne but all the others are flat if you can notice from the pics and I don't know what causes them. My skin is so red and inflamed :(. I am not using anything specific, I clean my face with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar water which I use for a couple of years now and I know they are not comming from it but I started using tea trea oil all over my face for two weeks now and I don't know if that makes them like this, better or worse. Also I have to mention that I am on birth control pills (Diane 35) which I was taking the past two months and they really made some progress but I had to stop them for now, I plan on continuing the next month..
  24. Hey guys, I have recently found a natural way to clear up my skin and I thought I would share it and my research that led me to my discovery. I have probably been struggling with acne since I was 18 or 19 and I am now 26. It's been a bumpy road (no pun intended) but I think i finally found a routine that will help me keep my skin clear. I have tried every acne product out there and the only things that has ever kept my skin clear was birth control and retin a. The only problem with that is that cream is extremely expensive and I just don't trust that it's good for you long term, but that's just my opinion. I have tried everything and then I stumbled upon the oil cleansing method anf I wear this is not a standard method. I tweaked my method since my skin was so congested and I couldn't figure out what was the cause. I through all of my products away and just started using a few things to "detox my skin". I used eminence probiotic cleanser, apple cider vinegar, thayers witch hazel with rose water, safflower oil, hemp seed oil, and rose hip seed oil. These have been the only things that have cleared my skin, moisturized, and targeted/prevented hyperpigmentation/deep scars. My skin was dry for many years and that was the cause of my acne. Once I began to speed up the cell turnover and balance my sebum production I saw and felt a huge difference! I have pretty dry skin and I dried it out even more once I started using acne products that just dried out my skin. I'm not an expert but I did find out that most people who have dry skin and acne are lacking in linoleic acid. The oils I use are high in linoleic acid and also have a bunch of healthy vitamins that are essential to your health and skin health. That's just a summary of what i did and I just read a lot of forums and watched a lot of YouTube videos. I think most acne can be treated by choosing the methods that are meant for your type of skin. We go to all these dermatologists and estheticians but rarely can they tell us what is causing our specific kind of acne.Oh by the way your skin will purge if it's congested. Anything to actually is working needs to get the bacteria and dead skin out of your pores so you can have clear smoothe skin. The cool thing is that you can actually feel and see the dirt come out when you're rubbing the oil on your face! I hope this helped! Make sure you choose the right oils for your skin type. My method won't work for everyone. If you have any questions please don't be afraid to ask. I can add my exact a.m. and p.m. routine! Good luck on your journey guys!
  25. Epiduo after Deep Fx?

    I got Deep Fx about 2 months ago. My esthetician put me on a Vitamin C/retinoid serum, but it is not controlling my comedonal acne. I was hoping to swtich the serum with Epiduo, as Epiduo has worked for my skin in the past. But I'm not sure if the ingredients in Epiduo are okay to use after Deep Fx? Will they inhibit my collagen production or my skin's healing? I have young skin, as I am only 18, so I am very prone to breakouts. I need something stronger than a vitamin C serum to control my acne. But I spent over $3,000 on Deep Fx, so I don't want to prevent my skin's healing from it; otherwise, I'd have spent all that money for nothing.