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  1. Please Help!!!!

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    I’ve never had spots, I’ve always had amazing skin but in January started getting a cluster of spots on one cheek. I thought it was due to a face wash I was using so changed but it didn’t get better, it started then to progress onto my chin, forehead and my other cheek. They turn into yellow heads which some get very big then when it pops it leaves a red mark. I’ve been on oxytetracycline and it didn’t work so my doc prescribed me a DUAC cream and it didn’t work so now I’m on Lymecycline, I don’t think they’re working either. I want to go on accutane I know the side affects but it doesn’t bother me, do you think mine is bad enough to get it or not. I’m so self conscious hate looking in the mirror and not wearing makeup and I used to be a confident person, help
  2. Hi all, A little bit about my situation: I’ve never had horrible skin, just a few hormonal breakouts every now and then. I started birth control about 3 years ago and about a year in I started getting horrible side effects (weight gain, breakouts, greasiness, anxiety, etc) so 2 months ago I decided to stop taking the pill and all the side effects went away except my breakouts which turned into a raging case of nodular acne. Since I’ve tried literally every topical and oral medication for severe acne my dermatologist is insisting I try accutane, however, I know I need to be on some type of birth control in order to take it. My question is, if I go on birth control for my round of accutane then stop a month after the accutane is over, will my face start breaking out again due to hormones or will the accutane have been strong enough to prevent hormonal acne?
  3. Hi I'm a 19 year old girl and have just completed my first year in college. My struggle with acne started when I was in 7th grade but it started to get severe as years passed by. It spread to my back and it is still full of acne marks. It is so bad that you can hardly see any skin.in school I would mostly be this girl with low self confidence and I pretty much turned into an introvert. I would talk less and would always worry that the other person would notice my acne more than my words. So many times I was called names like spotted dear. It's hard to focus on the good things in life when people keep reminding you about your weaknesses. When in school I thought that by the time I would reach college my skin would be clear. I went to so many doctors but every time it turned out to be a waste of my parents' money and time. So many times I felt like killing myself and just end this once and for all but I won't ofc. I'm just tired of people asking me if it's chicken pox on my face. I'm tired of wearing full sleeves even in the hot summer. All I want is a normal life like my friends. You know like start dating but I can't.Acne has cost me a lot of precious years and what not. I'm just tired and this is the first time I have opened up about it. Please tell me how I can I can help myself.
  4. Hi. I have dealt with acne forever. I can't really remember what my acne was like in my teen years pre pill but I don't remember it being as bad as dealing with it while on the pill. After a year on the pill and poor eating habits I saw a dermatologist who did facial treatments on me such as Derma and light therapy. A year later the treatments have helped tremendously.. to this point my about two years into the pill. I got so clear at one point. I have been on BC since 2-3 years at this point and started face treatment a yearish into BC. I'm unsure if it was the pill or BC that cleared my skin. But my derma quit her job and ever since my skins gotten worse it was perfection at one point and my diet wasn't even that great. Now I'm eating so well, no diary be refined sugars so it's strange I'm breaking out. I keep producing oil around my chin and cheeks. Also, I originally went on BC to regulate my periods. Again, I don't remember my skin pre BC but a year into the BC and before seeing my dermatologist, my skin was the worst it's ever been!!! I just wanna know if I'm guaranteed to get worsened acne when come off it. At the moment skins pre bad but not as bad as pre facial treatment and 1 year into pill I'm about 3 years into pill now and haven't done facials for like 8 months - gets worse slowly. I once when off it in the middle of the pack for two weeks but when I got off had been eating well and good skin then all of a sudden I was eating very very badly like 3000+ calories of junk of daily as a result of being on a restrictive ridiculous low cal diet. Then when I went back on I didn't follow correct instead I carried on and took the pill that I was would be even up to had I not stopped. When I stopped I took doxy which dried my skin so bad. I'm rambling I'm just head on certain my skin will worsen. Bc should stop oil production instead it doesn't. Again I can feel remember my skin pre bc. I'm taking it purely for regularion reasons but wanna get off it because I'm tired of putting fake hormones into my body. Advice? I've tried ocm, salycic acid, differin, antibiotics etc. And nothing helps!
  5. Hi Im 24 years old girl and im writing here for the first time .Its been 2 years since i deal with adult acne , ive been to severe dermatologists , tryin different creams and home remedies , but now i really cant help myself from WHAT i`m breaking out. There are days when my cheek zone and chin zone is so clear and it only have red marks , but after some days these red marks turn again and again into cystic acne (filled with pus) , that hurt and are all red and they gone after they do their job!!!! Can anyone help me , is it due to hormones or stress or sugar or whaat ?! Im changing my pillow case twice a week , im not touching my cheek with my phone , im not touching my face with my hands , im using vichy neutrogena gel cleanser , im using foundation for oily skin that ive been using since 5 years , im using a daily creme and witch hazel also , what is missing heree ?!!!!My diet is perfect , i drink a lot of water , i eat fruits and healthy meals , because i cook for myself every day ! Can anyone PLEASE help , how to fade away these acne from my face and also these red marks ???! i will attach some pictures of my face in this moment. BEST REGARDS , HOPE ANYONE WOULD HELP ME WITH THIS.
  6. Hi, I am 14 years old and I began Accutane almost a month ago. Going on this medication was a very difficult decision for me. I have struggled with acne from a very young age, and I can’t really remember life without a few pimples. Recently, I have been made fun of or judged for my acne, and it can be difficult because all of my friends have clear skin. Acne has begun controlling my attitude and outlook on life, and I really need this medication to help my self confidence. My acne can best be described as moderate. I have blackheads and a few whitehead’s, but the pustules are what bother me the most. Lately, I have began getting larger “under the skin” pimples, so I am glad that I could began Accutane before this got even worse. Like some people, I had my “initial breakout,” and I am still getting active pimples currently. I hope that this will lessen as time goes on. I also began with severely dry skin and lips, but products have helped with that. If you have any advice on products or just the emotional effects of acne in general, please share!
  7. I'm a 20 year old guy who's been dealing with acne since 2015. I've tried a lot of treatments - bp, clindamycin, adapalene. Some of them workes for a while, but now my skin has been deteriorating. I was on doxycycline for 6 months which cleared me up, so the doc told me to stop, 4 months ago. Its been downhill ever since. Currently I'm using bp 5% every night. I don't know what to do. Honestly, acne is causing me major psychological stress. I've lost count of the number of times I looked at picture of myself and felt like crying. I used to have perfect, glowing skin at one time. I take all hygeine precautions, stick to the doctors regime, watch my diet, eat healthy and clean. I don't deserve this. I'm sorry for the rant but this is how I feel. My self esteem has taken a major beating. I really don't know what to do. Im afraid of Accutane cuz of its side effects. here are the products I use - Cetaphil cleanser BP 5% Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture
  8. Hi all, this might be long but plz bare with me and I am looking for any type of advice I have been on this site and it has been a gift and a curse to be honest. Ever since i found this site, i have looked for hours (almost every day now) to try and find something that seems to help everyone no matter the severity of their acne, but it seems as though there isnt something like that. I am 31 and have dealt with acne since I was 15 years old. I have had low-severe, moderate and mild acne from 21 years of age thru now. Acne has plagued me all my life basically but i never started going to a derm until about 2 years ago. That was when i was initially prescribed doxy and epiduo. It took me a year to clear and good lord that was the most confident time of my life when I was clear. But then i went cold turkey and stopped taking doxy/epiduo and boom, my acne came back and came back worse after about a month. So i went to a new derm and he prescribed me mino with retin a micro. I have been taking mino for going on 10 months (100mg twice a day) now and i recently stopped applying the retin A micro because it gave me a skin wrinkle (about 1 and a half weeks ago). I also broke out after going on a chinese food binge for 4 days straight (pepper steak with pork fried rice) and it caused me to go to walmart and I picked up Panoxyl 10% acne foaming wash and i have been using that day and night for a week and a half now and so far it has lessened my acne and no new break outs have occured (fingers crossed it keeps working). A couple months ago I read the negative reviews of minocycline and I tried weening myself off of it by taking only 1 pill a day instead of 2 and within 1 week I had a breakout with inflamed pimples and I panicked and have been on two pills a day every since and honestly it crushes me mentally and now I feel like acne is taking a control on my life more than it ever has...even when I had severe acne back in my high school/military days. I think about this shit every single second and It has even affected the time i spend with my kids as I find myself always looking for things to keep my acne at bay and have me get off of minocycline/any antibiotics for good. i have went to 4 different derms during my 2 years of going to them and the last two went straight for me to take accutane, but again, reading all the reviews on this site and on the internet about accutane, i am scared shitless of the side effects (especially erectile dysfunction) and I am also afraid that once i stop taking mino and go into accutane, that I will break out until accutane starts taking effect. i wanted to see if there was anything that anyone knew that would help with the initial breakout from stopping antibiotics and going into accutane? Would low-dose accutane be worth a try or should I go for the full course? i really would like advice/input from others because this is taking a toll on me and I dont want to continue this cycle as it has been affecting even my time eith my kids. The break out from stopping the antibiotics and then going into accutane is scaring the crap out of me...if the panoxyl acne foaming wash doesnt continur to give me results, i really dont know what else to try other than accutane... thanks in advance to those who can provide helpful input.
  9. Hi everyone. I have been suffering from acne as long as I can remember.. literally. Back in elementary school is when it started and when it ruined my life. I was made fun of on a daily basis for it and quickly became super insecure and I still am to this day (I am now 27 years old). I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my acne and NOTHING helps. Does this look like cystic acne? Maybe that’s why over the counter products are not working? I’m not familiar wirh cystic acne, so I don’t know. I just know I need help. Please! Any advice, input, insight. Also, are these icepick scars? How can I get rid of them?
  10. Hi guys. Was wondering if my acne was mild moderate or severe. Generally dont get much acne on my forehead but my cheeks are where I get most of my breakouts. Might take down this post soon as I dont feel comfortable with my face in public
  11. hi, i am a new and i can see in this web site -> [link removed -- website name: yudypinzon] like one doctor speak about laser treatment; what is your experiencia in this theme (she is one doctor escialic in acne and laser medic)
  12. Hey guys, I'm going to try to not make this too long. I visited my dermatologist and her resident in mid-January for severe and persistent cystic acne. After the resident got me all excited about the possibility of finally getting accutane, my dermatologist decided I should try doxycycline 100mg twice a day in combination with Diane 35 and a benzoyl peroxide cream. I reluctantly agreed, knowing she's the professional and that accutane is a pretty intense drug. I started taking it right away and have been very consistent and strict with it. My question is, when will I see results? I noticed initially it helped a bit but now my skin doesn't seem to be getting any better - one pimple goes away, a new one takes its place. It wasn't very bad on my back or chest but now I have pimples all over my back, arms,chest and even my legs! My skin is so red, dry and flaky. My eyelids hurt if I don't put on a cream right after a shower or washing my face. I got a nice large rash all over my chest and neck. I know these are all side effects of both medications, but is my acne going to go away anytime soon? Has anyone been on this combination of medications and and seen results? I don't think I can deal with it for much longer. I'm using cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and first aid beauty moisturizer along with the glamglow mask for acne (i know it's a little harsh on sensitive skin but it gets rid of all my redness!) Is there any other products I should be using? My dermatologist only said cetaphil and a good moisturizer so that's what I stuck with but now I'm wondering if anything else might help. Sorry, this is such an incredibly long post for only a few questions but I feel like if my acne doesn't start cleaning up soon i'm going to have a breakdown. I never want to leave my room because I feel like people are staring and my self-confidence is at an all-time low! Hopefully, someone else has been put on this regimen and had success!
  13. I am 25, turning 26 in May. I’ve had acne since I can remember, I’ve tried proactiv, all the drug store brands, and a couple higher end brands such as Vichy and Clinique, using some of The Ordinary skincare serums/oils to help. Right now I’m on Stieva-A (second tube, 2 months), I’ve been on accutane before for 3-4 months and it worked short term. Before/in the summer my skin is really oily, in the winter usually pretty dry, I get sore dry spots and it stings when I apply moisturizer sometimes. My acne, is mostly where it is in the photos, they’re like unnoticeable bumps, in clusters. Sometimes if I pop one a seed like pimple comes out (not milia) and the seed has a hair in it. Most times they don’t pop, and can dry out, but usually come right back. A couple bigger ones do hurt, but other than that they don’t hurt. What the heck is this acne? Is it hormonal? Potentially Folliculitis? First pictures are what it is now, (ignore my double chin) other picture (wing earing) is how bad it was before. Yes I am a chronic picker unfortunately, I also bite my nails and pick the skin around my thumbs (anxiety issues)
  14. so yeah, first post ever on acne.org, anyways. I have had these acne pimples on my chest for a long time. Once each one grows, it never goes away, ever, not a single one has shrunk in any way, and individual ones are there, first ones appeared several years ago. I have tried lots of stuff, Retin-A benzoyl, tetra, but these things are almost like they are not there, no pain, no itching, nothing. Each one is either a very raised and large shiny lump, hard and firm, or some are like very firm mosquito bites. surrounding skin is fine. I have no acne on my face, or very little. dermatologistis keep saying cystic acne, but cystic acne is painful, and single acne do not last for years. Like in my case. the tiny ones grow slowly but inevitably, those small ones will become to the large ones in a year. Also, no other recent symptoms, so not something like skin cancer. -is it even acne?
  15. Hi everyone, my name is Klarissa, and this is my first post! Today, I woke up with my acne worse than it’s been in about a year, and I freaked out and refused going to school, so I’m taking every step to trying to help my skin for good. I am 16 years old and started getting cystic acne at the age of 10. Yes, 10 years old. My acne then developed and started to cover my face entirely in cystic acne. It was more severe along my chin, under my eyes, and especially around my mouth, sometimes on my lip. I have spent years trying to clear my acne and have gone through countless drugstore cleansers, spot treatments, serums, ect. But none have worked. I have had 3 prescriptions for my acne, 1 oral & 2 creams, but after using each product fully, my acne did not improve, and while using the topical gels for the full duration, my skin actually got worse. The oral prescription was a type of birth control specifically for acne, and is only perscibed as one three month trial. I saw improvements about 2 months in, and at the end of the trial, I asked for more but they couldn’t prescribe a refill. Another prescription that worked well was a 3 week antibiotic perscribed for an infection in my foot, and although it didn’t work for what it was prescribed for, it cleared my acne while I was using it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a refill and my acne returned prominently after the 3 weeks were over. After multiple failures with chemical based treatments, I switched to an all natural regime and it had seemed to work up until this week, with no apparent reason. My acne is not just “hormonal teenage acne”, it is severe and painful and when I break out, they are swollen, bright red, and atleast a centimetre in diameter. I cannot cover them with makeup and I don’t have enough money for serious treatments and I cannot go on accutane, so I am really at a loss for what to do.
  16. Hi everyone, my name is Klarissa, and this is my first post! Today, I woke up with my acne worse than it’s been in about a year, and I freaked out and refused going to school, so I’m taking every step to trying to help my skin for good. I am 16 years old and started getting cystic acne at the age of 10. Yes, 10 years old. My acne then developed and started to cover my face entirely in cystic acne. It was more severe along my chin, under my eyes, and especially around my mouth, sometimes on my lip. I have spent years trying to clear my acne and have gone through countless drugstore cleansers, spot treatments, serums, ect. But none have worked. I have had 3 prescriptions for my acne, 1 oral & 2 creams, but after using each product fully, my acne did not improve, and while using the topical gels for the full duration, my skin actually got worse. The oral prescription was a type of birth control specifically for acne, and is only perscibed as one three month trial. I saw improvements about 2 months in, and at the end of the trial, I asked for more but they couldn’t prescribe a refill. Another prescription that worked well was a 3 week antibiotic perscribed for an infection in my foot, and although it didn’t work for what it was prescribed for, it cleared my acne while I was using it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a refill and my acne returned prominently after the 3 weeks were over. After multiple failures with chemical based treatments, I switched to an all natural regime and it had seemed to work up until this week, with no apparent reason. My acne is not just “hormonal teenage acne”, it is severe and painful and when I break out, they are swollen, bright red, and atleast a centimetre in diameter. I cannot cover them with makeup and I don’t have enough money for serious treatments and I cannot go on accutane, so I am really at a loss for what to do.
  17. So my skin type is normal. So it'll started with little hard bumps I got on my forehead in the end of December. I regularly used salicylic acid facewash then and it really kept my skin clear. But these little things won't go away by salicylic. Regardless I kept applying it. It didn't make the bumps any better but it didn't make them worse either. So I went to a derm in the beginning of January to treat those bumps. She prescribed fusiderm topical and an oral antibiotic. I used to for about 5 weeks but there was no improvement at all. The bumps got a little, just a little worse. Then I went to the derm again and this time she prescribed clycin T lotion and some acne aid soap. I used that for 3 weeks. After using clycin t lotion for 3 days, I had a cyst and the bumps started to grow. I thought they were coming out and would peel off. But it's been three weeks and there worsening like hell and worsening everyday with no hope in sight. I'm really down rn. So please help me get rid of these. My diet is pretty good. I don't have dandruff. I exercise regularly. I'm slim fit. Change my pillowcase every week. I like to stay clean. I'll be uploading two pics here. First one is of when it al started and the second one is of now.
  18. Fraxel with CO2

    Forums Scar treatments 5 replies

    I got sunpoisiong on my face a few years ago . It was bad...very very bad ! It has left me with scars , hyper and hypo pigmentation, melasma, icepick scars , boxcar scars and these awful looking white circles where the little blisters were underneath the huge blisters . I've finally saved up enough money to have work done on my face. I've consulted my regular dermatologist 's office but they won't show me any before and after pics of folks they've worked on for privacy reasons. Needless to say, I'm gonna get a few more consultations elsewhere. I'm wondering if any of you have ever had fraxel laser done with CO2. What are your experiences? I just do not want to come out looking worse than I already do. Btw , they said it would take at least at least TWO fraxel treatments WITHOUT CO2 , but for $200 more I could have it with CO2 and it could probably be knocked out with ONE treatment and would actually be done by a board certified plastic surgeon instead of just an esthetician. I'd rather bite the bullet and get someone who's more skilled and knock it out with one treatment hopefully. I would appreciate your feedback. I've never done drugs but I feel like I look a person on meth without makeup on... heck , even with makeup on is not so good if I'm being honest. Thank you for your feedback...
  19. Hello everybody, I would like to share my experience and ask for advice, if possible. I had always had oily skin with a few pimples once in a while, nothing serious, until in October 2017 I got the WORST BREAKOUT I have ever had, exactly in the middle of my forehead. Since the inflammation didn't seem to go away (notice we are talking always of the SAME inflamed pimples...) in January I've used DALACIN T for about a week and that really put out my breakout. I was finally starting to feel confident again! However, a few weeks later I started noticing grapes and bunches of tiny sebum-balls-like things underneath my skin, always in the middle of my forehead, so I started using DIFFERIN (I had already used it years ago, I know it takes a lot of time to show results) and guess what... I'm back with that awful breakout once again! And also the horrible dark scars that the old breakout left me with are still there, not fading AT ALL after two months! I'm really embarassed and sad about this. I don't feel like this is myself, I always have to wear foundation and I hate when people look at me. On my skin I use aloe vera gel and an organic moisturizing cream twice a day, and my face except for my forehesd looks great, so I really don't understand why I keep breaking out in that exact place! In the photo most of the redness is actually acne scars. Do you have any advice? Thank you
  20. Hello guys, I’m a 19 year old who has severe acne scars caused by cystic, inflammatory acne. After a few years of dealing the pain of having this curse (started at about 13), I finally got put on Accutane (around age 16). While this cleared up all my acne, it came well too late. The damage was already done. I had a bunch of shallow scars left over from the terrible breakouts over the years. Now I’m left with the painful reminder everyday when I look in the mirror. My scars have kept me from going outside my bubble, meeting new people, starting relationships, etc. My life is pretty lonely, depressing, and flat out boring. I constantly obsess over my appearance every day. I suffer from low self-esteem among many things because of my face. And I’m really starting to lose hope. I just wanted you guys to see so maybe you can recommend what treatments would be best or to just give me any helpful advice. Anything would be appreciated. I’m under no delusion that my scars will ever go away completely, but any progress is something I’ll take. I’m on a budget as I’m attending college next fall and I’m currently unemployed, so laser treatments really aren’t an option for me. I’m pretty sure my scars are worse than the majority of people I’ve seen on here posting on this forum.
  21. Acne help

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    I’m 16 and I’ve had acne for a few years now and I was wondering what type I have and the best way to fix it. Is it severe? Also I have very small white things in places like around my mouth which when I squeeze comes out a stringy white substance. At the moment I have been using AZ clear foaming wash and AZ clear medicated lotion for a few weeks and my skin has slightly improved I think. Now it’s really bumpy and red and uneven and I hate it.
  22. Hey, I have had some really horrid, horrid, experiences of very severe acne and also roaccutane. I realised that all my existing coping strategies for acne involved curing or at least improving acne, which isn't always realistic, and leads to more emotional problems. I wrote a blog post about alternative strategies, and also highlighted the amazing work of the charity 'Changing Faces'- check them out if you're struggling! Please have a read, because these things helped me so much and I hope they might go some way to improving your life when it includes acne. They might help you to reconsider how you think and feel about your acne! https://[link removed]/ L xxx
  23. hey all! I have very severe acne, all over my face that has recently gotten so much worse than normal. i get cysts on my chin and i recently had one in my eyebrow and on my forehead i just started on a regimen of tactupump forte nightly, diane-35 bc and doxycycline 100mg (i think) twice daily. i started on wednesday. i have actually already noticed an small improvement in my skin, my guess is from the cream, but i'm wondering what the best mosturizer? i was using cetaphil but when i applied it the other night it burnt on my skin! i wait at least a half hour after putting it on to mosturize like my dermatologist said so i'm not really sure why it hurt so bad but now my eyelids are dried out (i did not put the tactupump on my eyes js) and the rest of my face is peeling. i know it's a side effect of the cream to have dry skin so what the best way to combat this? i have normal-dry skin to begin with and i don't think i can stand having intensely painful crusty skin for the next few months hahahah thank you!!
  24. My acne

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    For the last 3 years I’ve been struggling with acne and nothing seems to work it just gets worse and worse and just finds new places to go like all down my neck and back I shower every day used acne medicines and creams have tried diets and it’s at it worse right now. Decided to join this looking for help my acne literally crippled my social life please help
  25. I currently use unfliterd organic apple cider vinegar with `the mother ´on my face 2 table spoons of that and 2 of water and put it on this works great but doesn't help the scars or whatever the dark red spots are I've tried vitamin e but it makes my face very oily and cause more break outs.what have you guys tried for scars that helped that does not cause lots of oil ?