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  1. Hey everyone. I'm writing this as a summary of my Accutane experience. I'm a 34 yo Male who's suffered from moderate to severe acne since my mid-teens. I know it's cliche, but I've done everything under the sun (basically all products) and very expensive food sensitivity tests and monthly esthetician visits. My acne would go through brief periods of clarity (although there was always a little acne) and then breakout quite regularly. About once a year i would have a MAJOR breakout where white heads would pile up on top of each other. It would last about a few weeks and then go back to my regular (but steady) breakouts. Early this year I decided I wanted to FINALLY do Accutane. I had previously abstained from doing it mainly because of the initial breakout (i had heard horror stories) and some of the side effects. I ultimately decided to bite the bullet, as the breakouts were causing me to be antisocial and really affecting my quality of life. In short (and so far), it's been the best decision I've ever made. The initial breakout was minimal- no more than a normal breakout- and lasted only a week or so. I had all of the usual side effects: rushed face, dry skin, bloody nose in the morning, very dry lips, a few sporadic rashes on my hands and arms... nothing crazy. I will say a rather odd side effect i got was sweating in places I wouldn't normally sweat: my eyebrows and the tip of my nose. I never had any major side effects or experienced any change in mood. In terms of the acne and breakouts, I started seeing results almost immediately. I'm now on my sixth month and haven't had a single pimple in over 2 months. My doctor put me on Absorica, which is better absorbed into your system and doesn't require you to take the pill with a meal (although i always tried to take it with a meal or snack for better absorption)...My doses were: Month 1: 40mg/day Month 2: 60mg/day Month 3-5: 70mg/day Month 6: 40mg/day I'm really excited (and anxious) to see what happens after I stop taking the medication. I can say (even with the annoying side effects) that my quality of life have greatly improved- I don't have to worry about waking up to a new breakout or constantly checking for new zits or dreading pictures or mirrors. I remember reading these forums all throughout my early adulthood and finding comfort and support in people's stories. I hope this might encourage someone who's on the fence to make a decision or at least consult a doctor about taking Accutane. I will post a few months after i complete my treatment and let you guys know how I'm doing. Best, D
  2. DAY 16 update. So the combination of YAZ and Spironolactone has resulted in my period being extended to the current 15th day. My menstrual cycle is usually painful, heavy, and lasts around 5 days. (So heavy that I have to go for iron infusions at the hospital.) Presently, my bleeding has ranged between light/medium. The combination of starting the birth control pill again (after a long while) along with spironolactone has resulted in my hormones going slightly unhinged. While my hormones are still adjusting, I've been developing cystic acne in random places I never had to worry about. Hopefully this phase will soon pass!
  3. Thought I'd update again as it's been awhile. It's been 15 months (next week) since I finished my last course of lymecycline. I have been keeping my skin clear with nightly use of benzoyl peroxide (Benzac AC 2.5% which I have to buy from either eBay or Amazon since it's not available in UK shops for some reason). I still don't eat much dairy, I use almond milk on my cereal instead (but I still eat some dairy, I love cheese too much to never eat it!) but no longer take any supplements or ACV. Whether my skin has remained clear due to the BP, or maybe the fact that I will be 50 next year and it's bloody well time my skin started behaving itself, who knows? But I don't plan to stop using the BP anytime soon as it really seems to have been the one thing that has kept my skin clear. I actually came back here to read through my past posts to find out how long it took to get clear the very first time (5 weeks) because I gave a friend a small tube of BP to try as she's started to have the same problem (she just turned 36) - cystic acne is definitely not just a young person's problem!
  4. So far, DAY 13 hasn't been great. I'm getting cystic acne in places I usually never have to worry about. For the past 2-3 days I've had a small/medium cysts growing on my forehead, hairline area and on my nose(!!it's big and red!!). Places I rarely have acne ffs! I think my hormones are trying to find middle ground (at least I hope) because YAZ has extended my period to 12 days. I will wait for my hormones to return from war. I've also started doing LED blue/red light therapy twice a week at a skincare clinic. Will go to my fourth session tomorrow. I think it helps? I've been using my Foreo ESPADA portable LED light daily as well for consistency in LED treatment. I have noticed that consistent use (and maybe including clinical sessions) has shown some improvements to the 1-2 cystic pimples I've had (near my hairline and on my chin). The one near my hairline disappeared and the one on my chin has almost been defeated! As for the aforementioned cysts on my forehead and nose, no luck :' ( My self confidence has been pretty low. I rarely leave the house unless I have to work or attend an appointment. Like most people suffering adult acne, it's been difficult and taxing on my mental health and social life. I loathe attending social events because I know I won't leave the house without makeup. The whole process of applying colour correctors, foundation and concealer drives me mental!! Don't get me wrong, I love make up...but not for reasons of wanting to conceal my imperfections.
  5. So I have officially been on Accutane for 8 months now. Cyst free for over 5 months! A couple weeks ago I decided to go down to 20mg (10mg in morning and 10 at night) as the sides of my mouth were so raw and peeling the size of a penny. I looked like the joker, haha, but really it wasn't funny. As soon as I decreased the dose, it healed up and so it will just take me a week or so longer to finish up my course. While my lips are super dry, the rest of my skin isn't and I just need my regular lotion once a day. Hair has been status quo and besides one tiny whitehead a week ago, skin has been great. I'm excited to get off of Accutane but also quite nervous. I'm trying to be hopeful. Though the knowing that I could go back on if needed is a helpful safety net (even if it's not a guarantee it will work a second time).
  6. Hey. I was recently diagnosed with acne conglobata, which I'm told is a severely inflammatory type of cystic acne. couldn't find much personal logs of this hellish thing and navigating healthcare has been challenging to say the least so I decided to talk about it online in the hope of connecting with people also familiar with it, (which is equally terrifying as it is liberating.) currently waiting to start roaccutane treatment -and learning how to access dermatology healthcare in the UK. Having a miserable time emotionally and physically, trying to stay hopeful, and aiming to document the process. Here is some acne chat for anyone who may find it useful
  7. Hey everyone I'm looking for some advice. I'm at the end of my ropes. I'm a 22 year old female who has struggled with acne since I was ten. I get a little bit of everything which is why I think it's been so hard to tackle. I've been to several different derms and tried a million different things excluding accutane. Up to date I've tried several different kinds of birth control (currently on orthotricyclen), antibiotics, creams, gels, washes, diets, natural remedies, chemical peels, extractions, you name it. I have strange skin, in my opinion, which produces a lot of oil but can still look dry and dehydrated. Every day, I drink only water (no caffeine or alcohol) and sports drinks after I exercise. My current treatment is oral birth control, spironolactone, retin-a gel, benzoyl peroxide cream, and oil free moisturizer. I cleanse with cerave(used to use cetaphil). I thought testosterone may be an issue so my dr. Prescribed spiro to see (no dramatic results yet but oil production has decreased). I do get red hormonal pimples around my period but the closed comdones and black heads have been a constant since I was 10 and are especially noticeable when I smile. I have no family history of acne or any skin issue really. I eat the healthiest, drink the most water, and sleep well most of the time so it seems unfair really when my brother can drink alcohol and mountain dew, eat cheetos and fried foods, sleeps about 5 hours every night and sits in front of computers all day has perfectly smooth skin!! I attached some pictures and I'm praying SOMEONE out there has experience and solved acne like mine! I want to see what everyone else has done that may help me since I've exhausted all my options. I'm desperate! (also my skin generally isn't so red as the pictures are making them see, i think it's just the camera, sorry!!) -sandypaws
  8. Ok so idk if anyone will care to read this but Hii! if you’re on here I’m assuming you’re going through a similarly hard time and I wish you the best and hope you find what works for you soon! ok backstory I have had acne since I was 13, I have it on my face (rarely on my cheeks though), and on my back and chest (though I am better at dealing with that for some reason) after years I came to the realization my acne was hormonal. I get painful “blind pimples” and whit heads, the worst of it is around my chin/jaw. I did everything suggested, including ridiculous things like oatmeal to the face only one thing worked, doxycycline, and for a year I was clear and it was as wonderful as I thought it would be...i think that is why it was so hard when it came back. I tried everything I could for the 10 months following it’s awful return. Unfortunately, spironolactone was last and did not work. So, well, here we are, the end of the road. I never wanted to go on accutane, but I’m 21 now, nothing else worked, and my level of self confidence is lower than the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. So, i give in and i hope it will take the one course and never come back so i can finally move on with my damn life! Month 1 day 7 So not much has happened...I think my face is starting to feel a little drier. I’m still dealing with a really bad hormonal breakout. I knew it was coming but it sucks that it corresponds with the first week of this medication. *little rant ~ My worst nightmare happened yesterday! Since my acne is around my chin, i have trouble eating. Sometimes the painful under pressure spots will pop due to the chewing (ugh horrible I know) it had never happened in public but I was always terrified that it would. Well...Yesterday. Was. That. Day. We went to the beach and at least it was the end of the day when we got food. When I got into the back of the car I saw it. In the mirror. The horror. It was really sunny so I saw the light reflect off the bead of blood and nasty that had popped on side of my chin. I spent the hour long journey home covering my face with the sleeve of my sweatshirt, then holding my bag in front of my face so my friends wouldnt notice. (Im realizing now how dumb I must’ve looked like picture it...gets out car *voice muffled by large bag covering face* “great day guys! Really fun... What? Why do I have a bag covering my face? Uh well...Why don’t you have a bag in front of your face? huh?! I gotta go!”) man it was the fucking worst, I hit a new low I’m desperate for this to end it ruined my otherwise nice day Respectfully, Bag-Face Lady. (That is my new name)
  9. Hi guys . I need your help in my condition . I uploaded photos for more clear vision . I have this condition since my late childhood . Maybe 12 years old untel now . 30 . I can not shave the beard because it will irritate my face and all comes nasty . So i keep it on . But still pimples all over my face . Oily skin all day . I wash it 2 to 3 times a day with a cleanser . I tried tea tree oil but nothing . Tried other pharmaceutical tubes and nothing . Maybe the only thing it changed it a bit is accutane . But i used only one packet and stopped . Too much side effects and poeple talking dangerous things about it . So what you think i should do ??
  10. just thought i would share a recent treatment which is working well on my adult skin problem (redness,small spots and cysty lumps), which is pure tea tree oil applied topically. since using tea tree oil ive stopped getting acne lumps and my redness has subsided. i had used tea tree oil in the past but it must of had other chemicals added as it made skin extremely red (pure tea tree oil = no redness for me) tea tree oil kills demodox mites and is antiseptic.
  11. Hello. Curious to see what others were prescribed/advised these two and how you apply them. My doc said differin during the morning every 3 days and benzaclin each night. I had irritation from benzaclin on night 3 but figured that I might've used too much too fast. Because of this I did not start differin yet. I ceased use immediately. I have been using Neutrogena's BP clear pore wash for 10+ years and never had a problem, so I'm assuming that the concentration was too high for something I wasn't used to (the 5% BP and the clin.). I stopped all BP for a few days and used a gentle precleanse to help soothe my face but now my face is clogged up because I'm Dumb and knew better, not irritated though. Usually I get a few pimples in a concentrated area and it goes away, but now I'm having small white heads on my cheeks and nose. I was thinking of using benzaclin tonight but heard that it's better to wash it off after 30 mins or so to ease into it. But I use a nightly toner to help ease my redness, so washing it off would just wash off my other skin products. Either that or use it every other day once a day. How'd you guys ease into it? As for the differin… do y'all think I should wait a week or two to see how my skin reacts to benzaclin? Haven't had acne problems in years but my stress has been kicking my ass. Any problems with using benzaclin in the day? I work in an office so I barely see the sun but the UV rays from the lights still pose a problem. To combat the dryness I started using Cetaphil moisturizing lotion but realized it was for the body. So hoping the face one isn't too thick and I can still be hydrated without the whole clogged pore thing. I used to use Aczone during the day but RIP to this product because of my insurance.
  12. I end every day thinking, well hey now, at least it can't get worse than today. It's all up from here, man. And every new day I am proved wrong. Fourth May '18, New levels of low. Gigantic, inflamed, infected cysts showing zero signs of healing after months.They are just kind of there and persistently painful/unsightly/anxiety-fuelling. Sleeping hurts, smiling hurts, talking hurts, eating hurts. Every day in work customers ask me what's wrong with my face, what's on my face, (or my personal fave), what have you done to your face. Self worth non existent, anxiety levels perpetually through the roof. My skin is doing weird and gross things and I don't know how best to help it heal. My last appointment with a doctor was a major let down. I am working towards being able to pay (a lot) for a private dermatologist. I miss who I was. I don't remember the last morning I woke up when my face didn't THROB. I don't go out unless I have to. I'm trying v hard to be more hopeful.
  13. So it's been exactly 7 months since I first started Accutane. My doctor FINALLY realized the dose and length of time needed and so I have 2 more months to go. I have been clear (no cysts) since January and it is the best feeling ever. I actually have had the occasional nightmare about getting a cyst, shows how scared I am to go back to that life. My red marks have faded and the only place I use concealer now is under my eyes. It truly has transformed my life physically, emotionally and socially. Maybe it's sad to say but I am a better spouse, mother, worker and person when my skin is long-term clear. I am not scared for people to see me without make-up and I even let my partner take pictures of me without it, which is huge for me. My side lip cracks (both sides now) are annoying but not as bad as the last time I wrote. I am willing to put up with them like this for 2 more months. Eyes are still dry but managing. I love how my hair is not greasy all the time, I really hope it doesn't go back to that. I went off birth control a few months ago and thankfully I have not broken out due to it. I know it could still happen as my body is returning to it's normal after them but so far the skin is good. Like I said last time, I am more sweaty and my skin a touch more oilier as I haven't had to use as much lotion.
  14. Before using Accutane get a test for Demodex Skin Mites, bacteria and fungus (Malassezia, Yeast, etc). I see a lot of posts from people who have relapsed after stopping Accutane. The relapse may be due to not treating the correct cause of the acne lesions. Microscopic demodex skin mites can cause acne like lesions. If your acne is not responding to standard antibiotic treatment, your doctor should test for parasites. Demodex brevis live in the oil glands and Demodex folliculorum live in the pores When the mites die they may clog up the gland and/or pores and cause hard red cysts, pustules, whiteheads or blackheads. The mites live and die on a 2-3 week cycle so the acne may appear hormonal. Accutane has a lot of dangerous side effects. Accutane works by reducing both the size of oil glands and the oil output. The mites eat oil. Accutane may starve them, at least while you take it. Problem is the mites may not all die. After stopping Accutane, you may relapse if they get out of control again. There is an easier, safer, and quicker way to treat demodex. The scientifically studied treatment uses two old and relatively much safer drugs to kill the mites. The parasite treatment takes just 2 weeks and it is inexpensive with generic drugs ($13.03 with insurance / $52 USD full retail price). The parasite treatment doesn't have all of the dangerous side effects of Accutane. The parasite treatment also gets to the root cause of the acne lesions caused by demodex mites. The oral Demodex Mite Treatment was published in The International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Scientific Medical Paper is here : https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315X Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful. For fungal infections or demodex mites, borax shampoo and borax body soaks can be effective. Anti-fungal drugs can also be helpful for fungal infections. If demodex mites are the cause of the acne, treatment using generic Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole can put the skin into remission. If you don't have demodex mites, then this parasite treatment will not help. Before exposing yourself to the dangers of Accutane, it is worth asking your doctor to test for Demodex skin mites, fungal (Malassezia) infections and bacterial infections.
  15. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Rosacea, ocular rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex, etc. The mites can go anywhere on your body that there is an oil gland / hair follicle. Only palms of your hands and the soles of your feet will escape the mites.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  16. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Rosacea, ocular rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  17. Very oily skin

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    Hi guys, I have skin which floods with oil 15 minutes after washing. I have some huge anxiety/ocd problems which make me a serial picker, scratcher and toucher. I have tried everything to my knowledge to try and help matters. I am 32 now and struggle every day with this. Does anybody know how to cut back the oil production? I figure if i can try to train myself not to pick and touch my skin it will go a long way in preventing eruptions. I hear it is possible to have large pores and oily skin, yet not have eruptions.
  18. Hi Everyone, In 2013, at age 23, I started having mild pustule breakouts on my chin. I had a few pimples in my early teen years, but nothing major. The weeks that passed got worse and worse. I went to the derm, who diagnosed me with "textbook hormonal acne." I started at 100/mg of spironolactone and yasmin (ocella) birth control. After a few weeks of worsening acne, the spiro was my miracle. I was crystal clear FOR YEARS. An occasional pustule...maybe once a month? After a few years, my derm suggested I lower my dosage...again..no major issues 100>75>50. Until very recently.... After about a year of alternating between 50/mgs and 25/mgs a day...my hormonal acne is back and with a vengeance. I have not changed a single thing in my lifestyle: diet , exercise, skincare routine. I'm still on my birth control...but one after another, the pustules have started popping up again. I have about 5 active on my face right now. It's VERY similar to how my first initial skin issue presented in 2013. I'm so scared this will return to the state it was in 2013. Has this happened to anyone else? I've found older posts with woman saying the same thing. The drug had failed them and became ineffective. Any advice or insight would be appreciated.
  19. Hi I've currently been using the Acne.org regimen for roughly four years, before that I did the whole anti-biotics, creams and lotions from the doctors. It was actually Isotretoin that cleared me up but sadly my acne come back after (not as bad though). Now I'm 26 I would like to stop the regimen altogether, has anybody had any experiences of coming off? I can get anyway with just doing the regimen (with AHA) once a day at night before bed, without any major breakouts. However after a few days of not doing it I'll break out, should I ride the breakouts out in the hope I'll be clear after a few weeks? Any experience/ advice would be helpful. Thanks
  20. Acne has ruined my life

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    Ok. My story so far. I used to have normal skin. Not perfect but so bad i wont look in the mirror. About 8 months ago everything change. Right now is the worst my skin has ever been since I was 17 years old and in high school. Acne is ruining my life. I go to med school, so i have to study, theres no option, but i’m so depressed. All i can think is how horrible look, i dont wanna go back to uni, I dont wanna get out of the house, been to several derms, none has help. A doctor diagnosed me with pcos. I also have facial hair. I feel i look like a man. I feel so disgusting. Lately all I can think about is the fatest easiest way to kill myself. I see no end to this. I’m sick of it. I dont go out anymore, no one’s gonna love looking like this. I wish i could just dissapear. I wish i didnt have to wake up in the morning. I want to die. I cant go on living like this anymore. I ask god everynight why this happened to me and why cant he just kill me in my sleep. I know a lot of people have it worse, but this is important to me. I want to die, please god just let me die
  21. Hey guys! I have a question. I've had acne since I was about 11/12, (I am now 21 and it's gotten better but not completely). I have naturally very dry skin (I am not using any acne medication causing this) and I react to just about everything in makeup. I'm looking for a oil-free AND silicone-free foundation, because these have been breaking me out every time. I've had no luck for now, especially since my skin is dry and most makeup ends up settling into my dry spots. Does anyone know of a good foundation for dry acne prone skin which hasn't broken them out?
  22. Here are my pictures of my skin currently. I have like 2/3 active zits on my forehead but there are always little zits under the skin of my forehead that are not visible in pictures. I also have a lot of red/brown scars, overall redness, blotchyness and hyperpigmentation that you can clearly see.
  23. It’s been almost 4 months now that I’ve been on 100 mg of the Spiro and about 4 weeks ago I increased to 125 mg. I think I am seeing very slow improvements with each month that goes by but I’m still getting new zits every other day or every 3 days at least. I am continuing to try to keep positive but I guess I’m still waiting for this miraculous “perfect” skin that I read about on reviews. I’m seeing a new dermatologist in two days so I am hopeful she will give me some advice and a new perspective on this whole situation with how long Spiro can take. I am still getting the zits pretty much all over my face. It’s not cystic but just annoying pesky white heads and I get blind painful ones on my chin. I seem to get a lot along my hairline as well. I get ones that are flesh colored and that I can feel but that are not very visible unless I’m in certain light that shines across my face. This is what just drives me crazy. It’s like when will they just stop coming?? Sigh! My skin care routine is as follows is anyone cares..... at night I wash my face with watered down Dr. Bonners Tea tree castile soap, I then tone with the Pixi Glow toner that has 5% glycolic acid, and then I put on either Epiduo and a Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide mix every other night. The in between nights I’m using a serum that has glycolic acid in it from the same brand Pixi. I feel like both those Pixi products have helped alot especially with my black heads on my nose. I spot treat with Tarte Blemish Bully too, sometimes at night and sometimes I’ll use that during the day as well. In the mornings I only rinse my face with water and then use the Thayers witch hazel rose water toner, then I put on Paula’s Choice Salicylic acid BHA toner and then I moisturizer with Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel. This routine has seemed to be good and my skin is not dry or too flakey. I also use 3 different masks through out the week. I use the Magna Minty mask from Lush on Saturdays, the Pixi Glow Mud mask on Tuesdays, and then I use Pixi Peel and Polish now Thursday. I feel like keeping myself on this consistent schedule helps me know exactly what is working or not working for my skin. I try to post pictures tomorrow, again, for anyone who actually cares and reads my blog. Blessings to all!
  24. Hi everyone, I need some advice on what to do about my cancelled dermatologists appointment. I was referred to the hospital in December 2017 and after many back and forth phone calls to the dermatology department I was finally given a appointment date for April 12th . However, today I got a letter saying that my appointment had been cancelled. I rang the hospital for more information and was told that the dermatologist that specialises in acne and roaccutane is going on maternity leave! The receptionist then told me she couldn't offer me a replacement as they didn't have another doctor to take her place and had no idea when they would be getting one! I'm stuck on what to do next as I have now had acne for 6 long years (from age 16 to now age 22) and was so excited to finally have my first appointment. I'm also very frustrated I was given an appointment in the first place because they would of known about the doctor leaving so why would you give me an appointment, why not wait until the new doctor came in? so annoying. I'm really hoping that I don't have to wait another 4 moths for an appointment. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  25. Hello everyone,Let me start by giving a quick summary of my acne. At around 15 I started getting the occasional pimple her and there, but never anything too serious. However, about two and a half years ago when I was 17 years old my acne worsened dramatically. Within a matter of a couple months of this first big breakout, it got to the point where I felt the need to see a dermatologist.My derma prescribed me a mixture of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide. This helped to initially calm the new influx of acne I had coming in, but after a few months the effectiveness diminished. I then was prescribed tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A) and I began using it immediately. The first four months that I was on Retin-A was the worse my acne has ever been; specifically my jawline and the area under the corners of my mouth were affected. I even began getting a few cystic nodules at this time. After nearly six months on Retin-A my complexion began to improve. Not satisfied with the results, I went back to my dermatologist, and she then prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclate to take once daily. At this same time I began using a 10% Benzoyl peroxide wash. This combination seemed to work wonders for a while. My acne improved greatly to the point where I only had a few blemishes at all times (aside from some minor scarring). It may be important to point out that I also cut out dairy completely at this time. Though, to maintain this regimen, I had to use a TON and I mean a TON of moisturizer. I would have to apply loads of this Neutragena Sensitive Skin lotion multiple times per day. During this period I also became sort of obsessive with picking every pimple I ever got. In fact, I was (and still am) so OCD about this that I would often try to force whiteheads to pop when they were clearly not ready, and in doing this I would cause my skin to break and therefore scab. (I know this is counterproductive, but hey, I'm admitting that it's a problem of mine).Soon, I moved to college and was forced to limit the amount of time and energy I was putting into my skin. My new lifestyle and living situation first led me to discontinue my use of the antibiotic. I weened myself off of it well, and my skin didn't really seem to get any worse from this. I then began slowly eating more dairy, and I started to become less strict with my regimen (going nights without Retin-A, skipping the benzoyl wash, ect) mostly because I couldn't keep up with the dryness. I simply could not maintain this lifestyle of drying the hell out of my skin and then spending twenty minutes applying lotion every morning and night, all only to maintain mild acne as opposed to severe. Soon my acne worsened again slowly. I then started using the Benzoyl Peroxide wash only every other day to try and combat dryness, while using the Retin-A 5-6 nights per week. I also cut out 90% of dairy again and began taking 2000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements once per day. This has led me to where I am now. At this point I'd say my acne is mild, but to be honest it is really affecting me emotionally. I feel like my acne is always in the back of my mind whenever I'm talking to people, out in public, or really doing anything. I often find myself comparing my acne to other people's, and thinking of how people are judging me based on my skin. I have a meeting to meet with a new derma this Friday, and I'm hoping they have some advice. Currently, I'm considering doing a course of Accutane just because I'm so done with the physical and psychological effects of acne.If anybody has any advice as to some possible treatments that seem fitting for someone with my story please share! I've included some pics of my skin below as well.Cheers