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  1. hi! i am new here. i have a HORRIBLE CASE of acne due to PCOS and nothing seems to work. i just started on birth control pills for my PCOS and hopefully it will work on my acne as well. and recently, i have started using BENZOYL PEROXIDE (BENZAC AC 5%). it has been a week and a half and yea, it helps dry out my pimples (but there are still new popping pimples) and i am grateful because the situation has improved even for a bit. but it really makes my skin dry but nothing that couldnt be helped with moisturizer. but then i woke up this morning and my face is itchy all over and the areas i put BP on was MAD RED. really really red. nothing like this happened before but the previous night i might have put on a little too much of BP on my skin. i am worried. and scared. i just want my pimples to disappear. will this pass? should i stop completely or should i just wait for my skin to calm down? ive put on moisturizer on the pic thats why my skin looks shiny. i got lots of acne marks. its kind of depressing when i see my face in the mirror. i used to be acne free. my college friends were so jealous asking what i do. i dont have a routine before, i just was my face morning and night. then this blasted PCOS came. i cant do anything but sigh. thanks for those who will read and reply.
  2. should i change my routine to BP and AHA of i have no idea what should i do to my skin now Currently routine Stridex Pads(pm$ the ordinary niacinamide (am) the ordinary alpha aburtin (am) the ordinary azelaic acid(am) dickinson astringent the blue one (am/pm) cerave cream moisturizer (pm) neutrogena sunsc spf 70 i want kms i cant stop breaking out
  3. I am in my mid 30s, and have had acne scarring for > 10 years. I still get occasional active breakouts. Recently I visited an Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr Daniel Chang, who assessed and explained the key to my acne scar was 1. Control my acne 2. Target my scars with subcision, fillers, and rejuran 3. Resurface my skin with peels He explained that I can do without lasers. Other doctors I met all wanted me to do lasers first. So I like to ask, how important is doing lasers for acne scarring?
  4. I was on Spironolactone 75mg for almost a month, Minocycline 65 and Adapelene. I didn't have IB on it. My jawline acne is very much in control. I am very much happy about it, otherwise I would have got scarring. still have hyperpigmentation to deal with :(. But I was still having zits here and there on cheeks, forehead everyday. My oiliness was very much reduced though. So I have started Isotretinoin 10mg 3 days ago. Right now I am on Spironolaction75 and Isotretinoin 10 both. stopped Mino as I am starting Accutane. Dryness is still the same like it used to be with spironolactone. Not too dry, very much manageable. I cannot feel any difference/side effects yet. I am going to blog my Accutane/Isotretinoin journey here. Day 1 - Taken first medicine. Day 2 - 1 zit/pimple on forehead. Day 3 - The one on forehead went away, new zit on cheek, looks like might come with whitehead. Does not look like IB though. Will keep on updating.
  5. I’ve been trying everything to get rid of it. i’ve had these breakouts for a few months now and they never get bigger or smaller in size they just stay there no matter what products i try. i’ve been using glossier the solution, thayers witch hazel toner, clearsil face wash, the body shop tea tree oil daily solution ,and the ordinary rosehip seed oil. my dermatologist also prescribed me mino cycline 50mg twice a day and i’ve been on and off taking that for about a month (it makes me nauseous) and my skin seems to look the same. any suggestions of what i can do differently or what this may be caused by. its also worth mentioning i have hypothyroidism so it can very well be caused by that...i just want to know how i can make it go away. thank you so much
  6. Day 11 I woke up with 3 huge under the skin pimples on my chin and I could feel one under my skin on the right side of my cheek bone. I'm assuming this is the initial breakout? I never get pimples on my chin..these are the worst pimples I have ever had. The only good thing about them is that they are under the skin and not red at all. Day 12: I woke up with another pimple on the right side of my face, however this one is a small whitehead. I put on makeup today and it looked horrible on my skin. It was a really weird texture and made my under the skin acne stand out more. I have decided to start doing the oil cleansing method with Jojoba Oil so I can really get all the dirt out of my pores and add moisture to my skin at the same time. I did put Epiduo on my pimples last night, and when I woke up this morning they seemed smaller but now my skin is very red/ irritated in the areas i put on the Epiduo... looks like I wont be spot treating anymore. Day 13: When I woke up this morning my skin looked amazing! The hyper pigmentation was very faint and the pimples on my chin are down in size by about 60%. When I put on makeup today the texture was perfect. My skin looked very smooth and I didn't have any oil throughout the day( I don't think I have ever experienced a day without having to blot my skin every two hours)! My scalp Is very dry and itchy, its so hard to stop myself from scratching it, I am going to invest in a really good deep conditioning treatment for my hair because i'm really scared it'll start to fall out. The corners around my nose are starting to become very dry and my lips are still about the same. They are no longer uncomfortably dry and I'm gonna have to give all the credit to Aquaphor for that one. Day 14: WOW! I woke up this morning with my skin looking the best that I have seen it in a while and I strongly believe this is due to the oil cleansing method and Accutane combined. I have been doing the oil cleansing method for the past three nights and let me tell you I should have started doing this a looooong time ago. I was just scared that if I tried it I would wake up with ten new pimples on my face. I couldn't take the dryness in my face anymore and I decided that since I am on accutane already I might as well just go for it. I remove my makeup at night with Jojoba Oil and then wipe that off with a warm paper towel, I then get more Jojoba oil and massage it into my skin for 2 minutes and remove it with a warm paper towel after, Finally I wash my face with a cleanser and apply CeraVe Moisturizer. My acne is down by about 90% and the hyper pigmentation is also down by about 50%. I'm so happy with the results so far and I do believe the OCM and Accutane combined have really helped my skin. Now I am not to sure if this was my initial breakout? I was expecting it to be a lot worse, I'm still going to expect the worst just so I don't feel discouraged if I do get another Purge. But for now things are looking great and my skin has never looked so good! I am loving this Jojoba Oil!!!
  7. What’s going with my face

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    So I been trying to get my face cleared up for months now. I never had this problem till now. Last year my face wasn’t clear but was good enough for me. Some lil acne here and there. The year before that was when I had the clearest face and I miss that. I don’t know how to eat with this anymore. I wash my face and keep it moisturize, I drink a lot of water. I watch what I eat but I still get this disgusting bumps and pimples on my face. Yes sometimes out of rage I just pop one or two. I currently use a neutrogena toner and gel moisturizer and also I use the Black African soap to wash my face. Something my girlfriend told me to use since she has clear skin. I don’t have insurance or the money to visit a dermatologist. I’m trying to save up but I need help
  8. So I have been using Murad’s sulfur mask since freshman year of college. It used to seem to help when I was on both birth control and antibiotics but I don’t notice a super big difference anymore in terms of helping with acne. Since I started using benzoyl peroxide I feel like the mask contributes to overdrying. Does anyone else feel like masks are pointless? What are your thoughts? I know people who do them every once in a while and others who do use them everyday. Since you wash them off does the amount of time they absorb into the skin for skin for even help?
  9. This is probably my last ditch effort before going to see a professional to see if there's something I'm missing when it comes to this acne. The short of it: I'm nearly 30 years old and have persistent mild acne on my jawline and occasionally chin. I very seldom get it anywhere else on my face and can always attribute it to something when I do (ie - wearing a beanie occasionally gives me a lone pimple on my forehead). I get clear skin for sometimes 2-3 weeks at a time. But then a solid breakout (5-15 pimples on my jawline) which lasts a couple of weeks before going clear again. I wish I could say there was some pattern to it but there isn't so I don't feel like it's hormonal. So I figured I'd keep a food dairy and try to work out what was causing it. I feel like at my age it has to be dietary related as my supplements and skin care are impeccable and always have been. It seems that cocoa powder is an aggregator but not the whole problem, I haven't had it in over six months. Dairy I have cut now for two months, still no permanent fix. Sugar I keep to 50g a day. Is there something I am missing here? I am attempting to put on weight and without dairy and sugar I am down to a bare bones diet of meat, eggs, brown rice, fruits and nuts. I drink one double shot coffee per day. I do not smoke and I would drink once every month at most and always in moderation. I am very strict on how much water I consume as well. I should also note that benzyl peroxide hasn't really helped and that's all I could get as I don't wish to take antibiotics for it and it's not serious enough for your heavy stuff. As I said earlier I will see a professional soon because I am so tired of cutting everything helpful out of my diet for this stupid problem. But my hope is that someone out there has an idea or maybe has had a similar problem. Thanks either way for your time and suggestions
  10. i’ve been trying everything to get rid of it. i’ve had these breakouts for a few months now and they never get bigger or smaller in size they just stay there no matter what products i try. i’ve been using glossier the solution, thayers witch hazel toner, clearsil face wash, the body shop tea tree oil daily solution ,and the ordinary rosehip seed oil. my dermatologist also prescribed me mino cycline 50mg twice a day and i’ve been on and off taking that for about a month (it makes me nauseous) and my skin seems to look the same. any suggestions of what i can do differently or what this may be caused by. its also worth mentioning i have hypothyroidism so it can very well be caused by that...i just want to know how i can make it go away. thanks so much
  11. Day 10 First 5 days: Hey everyone so today is day 10 of being on 40mg everyday. The first 5 days I didn't notice any significant changes, however I did get a cluster of 4 big whiteheads around my chin/jawline. I was unsure if this was because of the Accutane or because I was about to start my period in a few days? I am going to assume the acne was a result of both the Accutane and my hormones because I usually never get such bad acne on my jawline. Day 6-10: On day 6 is when I started to notice the Accutane was working, I woke up with my lips feeling very uncomfortable. They did not feel dry, they felt more dehydrated (In my first post I talk about how I have very dry lips to begin with so I was concerned about that).I went out to buy some Aquaphor and that helped me so much! Now remember how I had the cluster of pimples on my jawline near my chin, well on day 7 I woke up with them completely dried over (almost like a scab) and my skin in that area looked like it was wanting to fall right off. I gave it a few hours before deciding to steam and exfoliate that area, right after I did that all the dried up pimples that I had were gone and the hyper-pigmentation in that area was very very light,it was like My sin had been healing that area for a month or two(usually right after I have a breakout that bad I get very bright dark red marks that do not fade for 1- 3 months.) Now for days 8-10 I have had extremely dehydrated lips, I have to apply the Aquaphor once every hour or more, I am going to have to start exfoliating my lips once a day because my skin is flaking off so easily. It doesn't hurt its more just a very uncomfortable feeling. One positive thing is that My hair isn't oily at all, Its been three days since I have washed it and it still looks fresh!!! I woke up with two very small whiteheads on my cheeks and a big pimple right below my lip, its not bothering me that much because it is not visible it just hurts whenever I touch it. Anyway that is my update for now, I'll be back in 5 days to update you all on how everything is going! Oh yeah I forgot to mention something.My period came about 5 days late, I am on hormonal birth control and my period is very regular so I am guessing its a mixture of the HBC and 40mg that made it come late? If anyone else has had this problem while on Accutane let me know in the comments because this is kinda weird.
  12. Hi everyone, Here’s some background information about me: I have struggled with mild to moderate persistent acne since I was 22 (I’m now 29). It was always manageable until about 1.5 years ago when my skin went from being a little oily to VERY oily which to my dismay = way more breakouts. I finally got an appointment with the dermatologist (it took forever - I’m from Canada) and decided that Epirus was the way to go. Im about to begin my 3rd week and I am definitely experiencing an initial breakout! My skin looks worse than before I started - it actually looks worse than I have ever seen it. I’m breaking out on my forehead and my jawline/chin and have a lot of closed comedones on my cheek which were there before starting my treatment. I hope my IB starts to calm down soon, it’s really killing my confidence!
  13. Please help me. My skin is oily for the most part. How do I get rid of these bumps and prevent them from growing back??? Any help is appreciated
  14. I have had pimple on my cheek for a few weeks. It's starting to go away. Is there any steps I can take to help prevent an indentation from staying after the acne goes away? It's red and I know that will go away. Thanks for any help you can provide.
  15. Hello every one. I'm Pin, a new member, and this is my first post on this website. I have a problem with acne and now, there my acne scars on my face. Could anybody suggest me how to heal acne scars? Please give me some advice. thanks.
  16. In the first picture you can see my acne right at the start of my accutane treatment. The second picture shows how my acne was after about 2 months (it was starting to clearing up). Shortly after I upped my dosage from 40 to 60mg. After that I’ve broken out badly. The third picture shows my acne at this time. Should I be concerned? I don’t like this at all. .
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  18. Day 1

    Blogs Accutane Journey

    As you can see I have moderate acne, I will get maybe 5 cysts a year. I usually wake up to 2 new pimples every week which leave very bad hyper pigmentation that will last for more then 6 months. I am lucky in that I do not get bad acne on my forehead, back, and chest. I get all of my acne on my cheeks and recently it has been leaving ice pick scars, that is when I got serious about tackling my acne. Today is my first day taking 40mg, and the one thing I am nervous about is dry lips and eyes because I already have dry lips and eyelids to begin with. I'll be updating this once a week to let you know how each week has been and I will be uploading pictures of my journey once a month.
  19. Hi guys, I'm looking for some help - I have very mild bacne on my back (sometimes on my shoulders, sometimes lower down) and whilst I know this isn't a serious case, it's managed to die down a lot from my earlier teenage years - however, quite frankly, I'm now sick of it and would appreciate any help in getting rid of it once and for all. I have stretch marks on my back from a pubescent growth spurt and while these have nearly faded as well, and I moisturise this area daily which I am suspicious of inadvertently causing my body acne. My routine at present is: 1. in shower exfoliate back with soap which contains salicylic 2. get out of the shower 2. dry skin 3. apply benzoyl peroxide to back and shoulder and wait for it to soak in 4. apply moisturiser to scarred areas (i've had this routine for around a month) I'm just wondering what I'm doing wrong? If anyone has any suggestions for products please let me know, and I'm on a reasonable budget as I'm a student.
  20. Hi there to whoever will read this! im almost a 21 years old female suffering from acne of my face, back and chest. I have been dealing with this problem for the past 5-6 years and it has become increasingly unbearable for me to deal with it. During my teen years, my acne did not effect my mental health that much. However I am in college now and earlier this year, I had a flare up which led to significant damage to my self esteem and symptoms of intense depression. I'm currently using adapalene gel and benzoyl peroxide combo to treat my acne. Earlier I only used to use BP but I have incorporated adapalene after seeing a dermatologist a month ago. I'm on my fifth week of the treatment and I'm breaking out almost everday. I feel scared and stressed and exhausted after continuously living with acne. Everyday I wake up in gear and the first thing I do is check my face in the mirror to see if I have any overly concering pimples. My stress and anxiety also makes me pop up pimples which almost always make them worse and I find my self in a cycle of self hatred. I am worried about my mental health but unfortunately there is no where I can get help from. I don't want to go to therapy. I don't think I can afford it. I barely go to college once a week due to my acne and I can see myself become more and more mentally ill. My acne is disrupting my life and I have no clue what to do. I have tried every treatment that I could afford and there is no one I can talk to about this with. I'm so exhausted that I want to give. I just want to stop everything.
  21. Nose cysts. Help!

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    Ever since summer of 2018 started, I started getting nose cysts!! My acne isn’t usually that bad (except for small pimples on forehead or just random regular pimples that are tiny). I popped 1 on purpose, not knowing what it was. Then, I remember using the apricot scrub and punctured a lot of the cyst, causing a scar. I stopped using any scrubs. As soon as school, started, my nose cysts got worst. I currently have 3 right now. 1 is budging and it’s huge! The 2 other ones are small red irritated bumps. Please help! As a teenager, I get really insecure about walking around school looking like Ruldoph. We can’t afford a dermatologist so I want home remedies or medications. The cysts usually last up to 3 weeks to a month even!! And they don’t really go away unless I pop it. And I don’t want to do that.
  22. Hello everyone. So I'm taking isotretinoin (60mg per day) (cystic acne) since 13th of September and yesterday I saw in my one hand some kind of irritation like when you have an allergy or something. Could that be because of the pills? Thank you and sorry for my English (I'm Greek)
  23. I N T R O Hello! I am a 14 year old girl and I have these small colourless bumps on my forehead. I never really cared about my appearance or what people thought about me, until high school came along and then that’s when people’s thoughts really got to me. 1 2 Y E A R S O L D When I was 12 I had clear skin, I never really washed my face just put on moisturiser as I thought that I was too young to invest in skin products that I didn’t actually need. Towards the end of year 7 I noticed these small bumps appearing on my forehead and my pores becoming bigger, but I never cared. Then I realised it was the beginning of PUBERTY!!! Yes, puberty! The thing that everyone has to experience to be able to grow as a human, the thing that us people experience to show the fact that we are growing and leaving our childhood behind. 1 3 Y E A R S O L D When I turned 13, I noticed more and more small colourless bumps to appear on my face but I still didn’t care. As more of these bumps appeared on my face I bought my first face mask, face wash and moisturiser (Clean and clear foaming face wash, clean and clear moisturiser and a clay face mask from target). These products made me notice a difference to my skin but the problem was that it didn’t really help the small bumps on my forehead, but it did only help my pores and make my skin smoother besides my forehead. Later on the year I still didn’t care about my looks and just stuck to my studies. 14 Y E A R S O L D This year I became more self conscious about myself and to be more specific the way I LOOKED. I began to look at myself in the mirror more and became more concerned about these small bumps on my forehead. What I then did was watch a bunch of YouTube videos of these girls explaining their story on how they got these small bumps disappear and what products they used. As I began to watch these videos I began to invest in more skin care products and NOTHING WORKED! T H E P R O D U C T S - Bioré deep pore charcoal cleanser - Nivea daily essentials 2 in 1 wash and scrub - Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (Still using) - Neutrogena deep clean purifying clay cleanser and mask (Sometimes use as a mask) - Lush angels on bare skin fresh cleanser (Still use) - Natural aloe Vera - Apple cider vinegar - Natural lemon juice - Clean and clear daily moisturiser (Still use) C O N C L U S I O N Yes, I know I had used a lot of products and non of these have worked! Currently I am using the cetaphil gentle cleanser (to wash my face morning and night), the lush angels on bare skin fresh cleanser (night), neutrogena clay wash and mask (I use it as a face mask only sometimes) and the clean and clear daily moisturiser. All I want is to feel confident with myself and I constantly have hope but get crushed with every end results. Every time I go to school I see girls with such clear skin and wonder how it feels to have such a gift, girls that have clear skin don’t understand the pressure to feel humiliated to be the only girl in class to have these bumps on your forehead. I need answers!! Can someone please suggest a product or products for me to use. Can someone please tell me what these small colourless bumps are and what I can do! M Y S K I N - Oily T zone - Dry chin (Sometimes) - Dry under eyes (Rarely) - Dry forehead (Sometimes)
  24. Progress

    Blogs Accutane 80mg Journey 2 comments

    Starting this a bit late, but decided to record my progress. Currently ten days into treatment on 40mg of Amnesteem twice a day. During the first week I noticed a total change in how my acne behaved, while I still had breakouts (all whiteheads and one cystic on my right cheek) the pimples seemed to cluster together with smaller heads than usual, and they would heal and be gone by the next day. Up until the 8th day, I didn't experience any dryness other than slightly dry lips, but, oh boy did it hit like a truck. Woke up with a killer back ache (which may, or may not actually be from the tane seeing as it was gone the next day) and really dry skin and lips despite liberal moisturizing and aquaphore. Skin felt tight and hot, pretty uncomefortablefortable, but I guess its better than being extremely oily like usual. Tenth day, skin is even more dry, actually flaking around the corners of my nose and my chin area, lips might as well be a desert. And I'm noticeably redder in the cheeks area. So far feeling pretty confident in the decision to start taking it. Any tips on how to really fight redness and dryness despite good moisturizing?
  25. About 5 days ago, I began using a benzoyl peroxide face wash from Kasier Permanente at the advice of my dermatologist. Other reviews say that bp face washes cleared up their skin almost within a week but I don't see any results yet (although, I will keep using it for a few more weeks since everyone has different skin types). I've only been using washing with it for 30 seconds a day and using a lotion (Johnson&Johnson) or sunscreen after, but it seems that it might be worsening my acne. I mainly have groups of small bumps (I stopped getting cysts & large pimples before using bp and still don't have them) on my cheeks, that hurt a little if I press on them. I don't know if the bp wash is bringing up these bumps to clear out oils and bacteria underneath my skin. Has anyone experienced this? And does it really worsen your acne before improving it? I don't have any dryness or swelling at all, maybe a little itching. I also use a cerave facewash with salicylic acid at night. Should I be using the bp wash for longer amount of time (1-2 minutes?) for greater effect? Thank you if you read all of this and any advice will be greatly appreciated