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  1. Day 3 Back to work today so I’ve had make up on all day. Also I’ve been too busy to really have the time to inspect my face and pores so there’s been zero picking today! Here’s what I look like with some makeup on - I can hide the spots reasonably well but the texture of the clogged pores shows in some angles and light. H x
  2. Day 2

    Blogs 30 Day No Face Picking Challenge!

    Day 2 Hello! Hope you all had a good day. Thanks to it being a sunday I had another day without makeup. Even though it’s only been one day without touching my face there is already an improvement. My skin is less red, some scabs have healed and flaked away and there are no new spots today. I did knock the head off of one tiny whitehead under my eyebrow today before I realised what I was doing. But that was it, and everytime I found myself leaning in towards the mirror to inspect the state of my pores I managed to make myself stop and step away. My period started today so I’m praying for no huge hormonal spots! Day 2 was a success! H x
  3. NO CHANGE

    Blogs NO STARBUCKS RELATED DRINKS :)

    hi it’s been 9 mos since i posted an entry about me taking spironolactone and since then there was still no change of my acne condition in fact it gotten worst, i havent taken any pictures since then, ever since i had acne i don’t like taking pictures or looking at my face in the mirror. so this was my acne 9mos ago. i have been thinking constantly on ways how to get rid of it i even tried oil cleansing those youtube vids and at first i thought it was working but it didn’t it has gotten worst so imagine this face 9mos ago plus it has gotten worse after trying oil cleansing hahaha but anyway i thought of doing something that i really wanted to try but i coudn’t because i was an addict, yes i am a coffee addict. starbucks is life, gong cha is lifer, boss’ cafe caramello latte and coffee bean’s cinnamon latte makes me day comeplete and i drink it almost everyday. i come to this idea years ago that sweets or sugars can contribute to acne but i ignored them since you know addict. but last month i didnt know but i thought im 29 and i still have this face all my friends has this smooth skin, and im still stuck into this condition, so i decided to try no dairy or same products for a month. and yes it has been exactly one month i didnt have sugar or any dairy products. and you know what??? im so happy right now, because my face improve a LOT. tha second picture was taken today, comparing to my face 9 mos ago with agree red papules my face now has dark brown not angry looking acne and when i touch my cheek no papules smooth the only thing is the dark brownish color and my pores are visible. and this has been the bestest condition of my face ever since my acne broke out years ago. before i cant completely cover my acnes when i put foundation but now when i put foundation 80% is fully covered and my confidence level has increase. i can talk to people now eye to eye not like before. its been a month and my face improve a lot how much more after another month?? 3months? 4months??? hehehe and i also stop eating fast foods like mcdonalds yip i only eat home cook meals now if im work i pack up my meal then i only drink water yes water, but i cant leave my coffee addiction behind, i still drink but the local kind of coffee and guess what im not breaking out for a month now hehe so i will continue this no starbucks thingy and i will post again after a month hahaha yes im blaning starbucks coz you know im a starucks addict haha or in other words dairy drink addict anyway.... see yah i must not forget to update or i must not succumb to temptation this 2nd month byeee
  4. HELP!

    Forums General acne discussion

    Can someone please tell me if my skin is irritated from acne or is it rosacea? My problem areas were mainly my forehead and I’ve never dealt with problematic skin in my cheeks before so please help out.
  5. Day 1

    Blogs 30 Day No Face Picking Challenge!

    Day 1 Hello readers! I hope that by keeping a daily blog on my progress that I can motivate myself through this challenge and help combat my utter lack of self control. Today has been a stay at home day so I’ve not worn makeup which is nice. I picked and squeezed the hell out of my face these last few days so right now my face is a red, scarred, blotchy, scabby dry mess. I tend to pick when I look in the mirror. I always find myself looking for imperfections as I suffer from low confidence and self esteem. But then after picking my pores which obviously makes my skin look worse it only worsens my self esteem which in turn has me examining myself in the mirror again - a vicious circle of self sabotage. There has been a few moments today where I caught myself leaning in towards the mirror to look for clogged pores but I managed to catch myself and stepped back from the mirror. Day 1 has been a success! H x
  6. I wash my face day and night with Cerave foaming cleanser and moisturize with Aveeno lotion. My forehead is covered in SO many tiny bumps, some that do not have any puss and some that are hard and if i pick at it, a tiny hard grain will come out. My skin is extremely oily and i look like im covered in grease in photos with flash. My cheeks also have bumps and the pores are visible. Before my breakout, i didn’t have enlarged pores. The breakout started last december out of nowhere and nothing has changed since. My diet isnt the healthiest, but i’m lactose intolerant. Please help! I want to get clear smooth skin before school starts!
  7. For anyone who has done a colon cleanse/liver cleanse I would appreciate the help. I'm suffering from long-term side effects of accutane (awful hair loss, dry eyes, joint pain, and more) and stumbled upon colon cleansing as a way to get accutane out of your system for good. When I try to do research on it, there are just too many different methods used and I'm confused. Is a fast enough for accutane? What supplements, if any, should I buy? Do I need to see a specialist? It's really hard to find detailed information on it, so if anyone has done a colon cleanse with success, please help! thanks. If you don't know what a colon cleanse is then please just ignore this post, thanks
  8. Acne

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    When will companies figure out that oil does not cause acne! Ugh. I'm so annoyed by all these companies that offer acne solutions by drying up you skin. rant over.
  9. Advice needed

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hey everyone! New to this forum and thought it would be a good way to educate myself and learn how to deal with acne. Recently I’ve been getting bad acne and was prescribed to take a antibiotic (Minocycline HCL 50Mg 2x per day), and topical product (Taro-Benzoyl Peroxide/Clindamycin). The first few weeks were rough... I had a lot of breakouts/purges and still get the occasional cyst. I’ve been on the medication for 3 weeks and my skin has gotten MUCH worse. Is this normal? I was wondering if what I should do to improve my acne and if the mark on my right cheek will ever disappear. I’m not expecting any miracles. The first two pictures are recent and the last two just before I took the medications thanks!
  10. 6 Months off Accutane! I cannot believe it has been 6 MONTHS since I have been off Accutane and 1 YEAR since I started! First off, if you are reading this, I encourage you to start reading my blog posts from the beginning to see the stages of my skin and the progress I have made throughout. Being on Accutane for 7 months came with a lot of self confidence issues as my skin got significantly worse throughout the process. After reading many blogs and talking with my dermatologist, I was told that my skin would get worse before it got better. That was definitely correct! Seeing that I was a picker, I would pop all my cystic acne and whiteheads knowing that the consequences of scaring. Today, my skin has never looked better... I cannot believe how much it has transformed! After coming off Accutane, my dermatologist told me that it can take some time for redness to fade (which it did). I was told not to do any facial treatments for at least 6 months to let my skin re-adjust and breathe. He put my on Retinal-A cream which has definitely helped with the post scarring marks and redness. I have NOT had a single pimple/cyst since coming off Accutane (Knock on wood). Post Accutane Side Effects As people on Accutane know, you experience very dry skin. When I was on accutane, I had dry skin mostly on my face and also a dry scalp. I could go 1 week without washing my hair as it never got greasy which was amazing! Now that I have come off Accutane, I do have my oily skin and hair back but not to the extent that it was before starting accutane. One thing that I did notice after coming off accutane was some hair loss. Every time I showered, I would lose a chunk of hair which made me very nervous. However it did slow down after 2 months of being off Accutane. If I had to guess, I probably lost 20-25% of my hair but seeing that I have a lot, it didn't really make a difference. Don't let this scare you as I was told that not everyone can suffer from this side effect! Makeup - IT Cosmetics After coming off Accutane, I did some research around makeup knowing that I wanted to be very cautious with what I was putting on my skin. After a trip to Sephora, I came across this line called IT Cosmetics (https://www.itcosmetics.ca) which is supported by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to help people cover rosacea (Skin disease causing red pigmented skin). I decided to give it a try seeing that I had post acne redness and some scarring. I wanted makeup that felt like I wasn't even wearing it. Let me tell you... YOU NEED TO TRY THIS BRAND! I was so impressed on the coverage I got from the products I used. You don't have to use a lot and it instantly transforms your skin by reducing the redness! Products info below: Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream - Put this on first before applying a foundation. You can even use this as a quick cover up without anything on top if it matches your skin colour! Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ - I use only 2 pumps for my entire face. It blends beautifully and leaves my skin glowing! PLUS it has sunscreen!! Your Skin but Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder - When I don't feel like wearing the CC+ Cream, I use the powder version for a quick touch up! Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finishing Airbrush Powder - Helps keep a matte look. Skincare Routine Update Here is an update on my skin care routine. Face Wash - Cerave Hydrating Bar Toner - Lush Tea Tree Water Moisturizer - Cerave Daiy Moisturizing Lotion Prescription Medication - Retinol A Cream 0.025% Remember for those suffering with acne, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I encourage everyone who is on Accutane to document your progress. You will be amazed at the progress month after month. Feel free to comment if you have any further questions or are looking for support! Stay Positive!!
  11. Hey, i recently came across this article about face mapping and what may have caused acne on that particular area on the face and i just thought that i would share what was written in it to you all. Forehead: Acne here may be connected to your digestive system including constipation Brow bone: may be connected to the liver or even an unknown food allergy Under eye: may be connected to the kidney Right cheek: may be related to your lungs or a high sugar intake Nose: could be associated with your heart and blood pressure Left cheek: the left cheek is linked to the liver, so acne in this area could point to eating too much dairy or sugar Above mouth: Digestion could be the root of acne in this zone, which is linked to the intestines Mouth: breakouts at this point may be pointing to digestive issues Chin and Jaw: Hormones and added stress Neck: acne here could be related to problems with your immune system. you could be fighting off illness or experiencing stress
  12. Vitamin D3 works great,but....

    Forums Diet & holistic health 2 replies

    So last 2 years I've been trying diets like Keto, Vegan. Not eating dairy, grains, sweets (which helped a little). Started looking for cure in supplements. I've just started taking vitamin D3 8000ui and it works amazing- I still have red face but no cystic acne! And I'm wondering if anyone who tried D3 and then stopped taking it, had great experience and acne didn't come back? I tried lowering dose to 4000ui but got small cysts So I'm still thinking about accutane.... > Male, 21 If you want pics of my face while on D3, just let me know!
  13. How bad is my acne?

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    I’ve been breaking out terribly for the past few months ever since a botched micro needling treatment that my “wanna be dermatologist” mom wanted to try on me. Before then my skin was clearer than ever. Now my old regimen does nothing but break me out along with just about every other product I’ve tried. I’ve gone completely cold turkey for a couple weeks using nothing but bottled water once a day, eating only fruits and veggies, exercising and staying hydrated. I don’t think there’s been much improvement but it’s difficult to be objective about your own skin. So if anyone has any advice to shed, please do so. And thank you.
  14. I’m 18 and I’ve had acne since i was 14 but it was never bad until the past two years. As you can see my face is really oily in the T-zone, however i have no problems with the other parts of my face. I’ve been having those little bumps on my forehead & my chin for almost two years now, I tried everything, i wash my face regularly, i’m using face masks (mainly Lush products ) cleansers, but nothing seems to help. There are also pimples on my back. Please help me what to do, they are driving me crazy
  15. Yasmin (HELP) should I lose hope?

    Forums Hormonal acne 3 replies

    Hello, I'm 19 and still suffering from hormonal acne. I have tried accutane and different kinds of antibiotics & topical creams but in the end nothing works. My last hope was the yasmin pill since I've discovered that my acne is hormonal. I've almost finished 2 months now, however my skin only got worse till now. It hasn't been this bad for 2 years. Should I still have hope? Does anyone have experience with yasmin pill for hormonal acne, and if so; how many months before you saw a difference?
  16. Tiny bumps on cheeks and forehead

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Last month my face was clear then suddenly small bumps appeared on my face. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather, because now it’s starting to get hot in here. Or because of the food I’m eating. I’m also not sure if it’s because of the products that I use because I’ve been using my products for a long time now and this just happened last month. I’m using La Roche Posay Effaclar for face wash. Lush Tea Tree Water for toner. Cetaphil for moisturizer. And Epiduo every night, because I had a bad case of acne last year but it already cleared up, but I’m still using it for maintenance. I was also using Pixi Glow Tonic before but i’ve stopped using it. And once 1 week I use Aztec healing clay or the Lush Mask of Magnaminty as face mask. I have the same small bumps on my other cheek and on my forehead.
  17. The best my skin ever does - regardless of diet, vitamin supplements, etc... is when I’m using benzoyl peroxide. I have been on accutane, all of the antibiotics, birth control pills, supplements (some of which I do believe help), and of course all the millions of acne products. Recently, my skin was doing so well I thought maybe I didn’t need benzoyl peroxide anymore. I started feeling concerned about putting the chemicals on my face etc... and wanted to try a more natural approach with vitamins and was hoping my salicylic acid face wash and tea tree toner would be enough (which I still swear by, I love Lush’s Tea Tree toner). Well I was wrong! The only thing I changed about my routine was stopping benzoyl peroxide. After stopping the benzoyl peroxide lotion, my face broke out bad! At first it seemed fine, just a couple zits... but I started getting lots of closed comedones all over my face (UGH) and then cysts started appearing along my cheek/jaw area. Right now my face is a mess. And I recently started dating too, which now I have to cancel all dates until my face clears up because there’s no way I’m going to be seen like this. So, I decided to go back to using my benzoyl peroxide lotion as of today. I have heard of this happening with other people. I think that I just have no choice but to permanently use the BP. I think without it, my acne will just always be. I’m just curious, have any of you had success going off BP without breaking out? Did you go back to it? Is it just something that acne-prone people need forever? If it is, so be it. Anything is better than the acne. Edit: I am concerned because the BP lotion because some of the ingredients in it and one includes a type of alcohol which I hate the idea of putting on my face.
  18. Acne

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    Hello I have dealt with acne for awhile now but now I barley break out only when my period comes so I visited my dermatologist and she gave me trentinoin 0.25% which I am scared to use because of the initial breakout which I barley am breaking out but I have been putting it on just scared it might get worse then this
  19. Let me start off by saying that this is my first experience with acne in this way. Other than the occasional pimple before my period, I had clear skin straight through my teens and twenties. I am now 29. I eat a pescatarian diet - primarily plant-based with one or two servings of seafood during the week.I barely eat dairy. I don't drink milk - I use almond milk for most of my needs. I stuck to this diet for almost 5 years, with no adverse effects, until SOY. In an effort to mix up my diet a bit, I began replacing almond milk with soy milk. From the end of January to the end of April (4 full months) I had a serving of soy milk almost daily. Whether it was with cereal, oats, smoothies -- I just had a ton of soy milk. Just wayyy too much. One month into my soy-life I noticed a cystic pimple on my cheek, but I paid no attention to it because I assmued it would vanish after my cycle. WAS I WRONG. One cyst became two, five, seven and by April, my cheek and chin was covered in massive, PAINFUL cysts that take forever to heal! Obviously I lost my mind, hemorrhaged money on various products etc. but nothing worked. My lightbulb moment came at the end of April, after my mom encouraged me to keep a food journal to keep track of what I was eating. I realized that the ONLY change to my diet had been the soy milk - literally the ONLY change. And then I read up about soy, and phytoestrogens etc. and concluded that it had to have been the culprit of my new cystic acne. I don't think I have an intolerance to soy, because the acne came fairly gradually. But I do think it has caused a sever hormonal imbalance, one I am still struggling to cope with even now. The last time I assessed my hormones (about a year ago) everything was A-OK. I quit soy on the 25th of April (went cold turkey). So its now been 6 weeks. I had a pretty severe breakout right after, but then I felt like things started to slow down. I still get pimples alright, but they are fewer in number. They also seem less...cystic ...if that makes sense. They heal relatively quickly (relatively is the operative word) and don't hurt as much. I have a bunch of questions: 1. Has anyone else experienced a hormonal imbalance caused by soy milk/phytoestrogens? 2. How long after eliminating soy/phytoestrogen did your condition improve? Did you continue to experience breakouts after? 3. Any other information on how long it takes for your hormones to readjust once you remove what was throwing them out of whack? What can I expect over the next few months? 4. Did you need any interventions? Spiro? Or did things fall back into place on their own?
  20. I’ve suffered from acne for about 4 years and it has really affected my confidence and the way I acted when I was with other people. It got really bad earlier this year that I finally decided to visit a dermatologist to see what they could offer me. I have been on a variety of antibiotics before (can remember the names) and they have never helped so Accutane was the last thing they could offer. I have been on it now for 101 days (14 weeks) and I have we seen a lot of improvements, however I am still not confident in the way I look as have been left with quite a lot of red acne scars (especially on my neck) which is really getting me down because they have been there for a long time. I am currently on 40m/g day and was just wondering when I can expect these red marks to fade and my forehead acne to clear as it has bee there foreveeeer. thanks
  21. i dont know if i can do this anymore, I'm so sick of my acne. never had any breakouts throughout my high school years until april 2018, my cheeks started breaking out horribly. ive literally tried everything under the sun but nothing has worked and now my acne is getting worse. the post inflammatory erythema are so bad, they make my skin look like i have active pimples. ive cried several times because my acne, and i pray almost everyday for me to have clear skin again. and oh boy oh boy, i am a very sensitive person and two nights ago, my uncle had a small gathering at his place and the adults were asking me how my studies were going and stuff and then this one person had to say "oh you dont have to ask how her studies are going, you can just tell by her face". i was literally so close to tearing up and that comment made me so depressed. anyway, a few of the people that have seen me are quite supportive but honestly, i dont need any "motivations" or "tips" from them because that would just remind me of how visible my acne are. sorry about the grammar, I'm just typing out whatever i want to vent about
  22. Hi everyone! I’d reallllllyyyyy appreciate some help. I’ve paid A LOT of money for the acne.org regimen products as I live in the UK but I can’t bring myself to actually start the regimen Hear me out: Even though I’ve heard all the amazing success stories I’m really worried the regimen will mess up my already messed up skin. When I was teen (I’m now 30) I was given OTC benzoyl peroxide (i can’t remember the %) but it REALLY REALLY messed up my skin. I have sensitive skin but was told be persistent with the BP.. here’s what happened. - I’m black I used to be fair skinned but due to the BP my face became like 3 shades darker than the rest of my body, it still is. In hindsight I wasn’t given any information about photosensitivity/sunscreen. It was so bad that I used to get asked if I had bleached the rest of my body - MY SKIN PEELED- and I mean really badly, like 3rd degree burns peeling. It was traumatic. It didn’t happen right away hence why I’m worried about starting the regimen. Despite all of that my acne didn’t go away and I still have a face that’s darker than the rest of my body/ hyperpigmentation. I’ve considered doing a patch test and maybe building up BP use? Every other day intially? I’m also worried that as well as the dryness of BP/my sensitive skin I’ll end up with irritated skin which for me = hyperpigmentation!!! Any advice???? Any products I could use for hyperpigmentation during the regimen apart from sunscreen?? I’d be very grateful for some help. Thanks!!!
  23. I had the procedure done last friday, dermapen, for mild acne scarring. its been 48 hours, the estethician who did it to me told me not to use sunscreen for 4 days because of the chemicals that it has and that my skin is opened and dilated. However i think shes exagaggerating a bit and that by now i should be ready to use it ? zinc oxide sunscreen for now im only using moisturizing cream. thankks
  24. im sorryy i havnt been updating as often as i intended to do. My mood has been very down lately and im feeling super depressed. I am not sure if Aldactone is doing much for my acne as I am also using a topical treatment which I just stopped using because it was irritating my skin. My tummy cramps isnt as bad as it was now but I still occasionally get the cramps. I also noticed that my period came earlier than it was supposed to maybe due to aldactone. I might be stopping Aldactone and using chinese herbal medication instead as my dad noticed the side effects had more effect in me. He said that chinese herbal medicine would work better with no side effects so ye mayb switching to that soon.
  25. I have been suffering from acne since 6th grade and I'm now 22 years old. I have oily skin and lots of pimples and acne scars. I have been on the nuvaring for almost 2 weeks now and I'm starting to break out even more. I heard lots of success stories of nuvaring clearing their acne. How long does the process take before I notice results?