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  1. Acne mystery

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    Hi guys! I'm trying to solve one big acne mystery. I've been suffering from acne almost 10 years now (I am 23 years old now) and I have tried many things but nothing has helped. Over those years I have eliminated foods that are breaking me out like dairy, sugar(chocolate, sodas, sweets etc.), fried foods, potato chips, nuts, citrus fruit and processed meat (ham, salami...). These are foods that definitely worsen my skin condition. I have even tried for some time vegeterian diet as well as gluten free diet but those didn't help at all. The thing is, even when I stopped eating those foods, there is still something hidden causing my acne. I feel I'm getting close to finding what is the solution but I can't seem to connect the dots. But this summer something strange happened, that's the reason I call it a mystery. Well the mystery is: I am from Slovakia in Europe and I was graduating in June at my university back home and the skin seemed to be ,,normal'' - sometimes breaking out more, sometimes less, according to my knowledge in random patterns. But after graduation I left to New York, where I was working for the whole summer as Work and Travel student. And guess what happened. My skin cleared a lot there. It improved by 80% while I was in the States. Even my first food in the plane to USA was fried chicken (I had to eat it, imagine being hungry on 10 hour flight). And next days no pimples no nothing. Just like that, everything (not really everything, but ~80% is A LOT) changed in one day. Of course I was still on my diet, but occasional fries/ chips didn't break me out, only when I ate a lot of them. My condition started to get back to ,,normal''(my normal) by the end of August and by the September, when I left New York and started to travel (NYC, Miami, California), it was like back home again. By the end of September I got home and like a week after, my skin worsened a lot. It's been now two painful weeks and you can see on the pictures how my skin looks like most of the time now. Right picture is from today. I thought it's because I ate some grapefruits and pomelos during first days home as I know citrus fruit breaks me out. But then my skin improved and after three days it broke out again so I have no idea what the problem is now as I'm still on my diet. It's also good to mention that my type of acne is almost always white inflamed zits, most of the time around mouth and in the chin area. I get some of them on the back, shoulders and middle of chest as well. Sometimes a painful cyst appears, usually around ears or neck but most of the time it's those white zits. And my skin is really dry. I have a lot of clues to solve my mystery but I still can't find any connection. I hope I will find someone wiser than me with more knowledge to help me out. So the clues are: 1. At home my skin is always dry, sometimes even flaky. When I was in USA, my skin was oily almost all the time (like really oily - but no acne). There are several external reasons I thought about. Either different air humidity, different hardness of the water or generally different weather. I have no idea about internal reasons. Only thing I know about - I read that avocado can moisturize your skin from the inside and I know I ate one half almost everyday (because it's really cheap there 98 cents wtf!!). But I'm not sure that 3 avocados a week can make your dry skin much oilier and if they can, who knows if the oiliness is my reason for clearer skin. Could this be the reason my skin started to break out in September - because I left perfect climate to travel across the country? 2. I had two jobs in USA, one of them was housekeeping, which is physically really demanding (don't do housekeeping, if you plan to go on WaT, believe me). Could I have some problem with insulin or IGF-1? I don't have a lot of movement at home and I was moving all day back in USA. Also something similar happened 4 years ago, I worked for three weeks in Czech Republic as construction worker (10 hours a day and even more physically demanding work) and I could even eat cheese back there and no pimples at all. What I noticed is, that when I wake up, my skin is always calm and it gets more red and inflamed over the day, which can be happening because of eating food -> increasing insulin levels. Other thing is, I tried water fasting two times (no food, just water) for 3 and 5 days, respectively. Both times my skin got clear for like a whole week after ending the fasting. But when I tried intermittent fasting last year, it did nothing at all to my skin. Contrary, as my father has diabetes, I had possibility to take that blood sugar test they do and my sugar levels were normal before as well as after eating food with carbohydrates. 3. Stress levels. As I'm graduate, I'm going through big change in my life right now, which can be really stressful. I delayed this stressful time period with my visit to USA and closer it was getting to going back home and to looking for a job, the more stressful was I getting. 4. I suffer from social anxiety, I have been even prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. The change in environment could have made some difference on my mind and my psychic, maybe even on those stress levels in no. 3. My condition was really better during the summer and when I got home it worsened again (past negative memories in that place, aquaintances etc.) I really hope there is someone, that could help me and thank you if you have read all of that. Have a nice day ya'll.
  2. ★Why does the DAILY use of SmartPhones cause PAIN in the HANDS and other parts of the body?★ Many users who touch the screens of SmartPhones for long periods feel a BURNING or ITCHING sensation on the TIPS of their FINGERS. The regular use of SmartPhones for months and years can even cause deformities in the nails of their fingers. The daily or regular use of SmartPhones causes PAIN in the HANDS of users because the low-voltage ELECTRICAL IMPULSES of their SmartPhones CONTINUOUSLY TRAVEL through the NERVES of their fingers and ALL other PARTS of their BODIES till the ELECTRICAL IMPULSES finally reach the EARTH through their FEET!! The PAIN is caused by the excessive stimulation and exhaustion of the NERVES, which can produce weakness and tiredness in the whole body. The PAIN can SPREAD to the wrists, arms, shoulders, back, neck, head, chest, waist, legs, feet and other parts and organs of their bodies! There can be an attack of PARALYSIS in the fingers, hands, arms, etc, even without a stroke which is associated with the presence of blood clots in the brain! When the NERVES in and around the bones are affected, ARTHRITIS and other bone diseases can occur. ★ALL the Organs like HEART are Affected★ As the NERVES are present in the whole body, ELECTRICAL IMPULSES from SmartPhones adversely affect the health of various organs. The HEART too is affected by the ELECTRICAL IMPULSES of SmartPhones travelling through its NERVES, which can cause arrhythmic beats, palpitations, heart failure, and even a cardiac arrest becomes possible without any blockage in any coronary artery! Constant ACHES & PAINS in the body can cause sleeplessness, headaches, depression, eye problems like blurred vision, etc. ★Other SYMPTOMS & DISEASES caused by SmartPhones★ ELECTRICAL IMPULSES of SmartPhones can also affect the lungs, kidneys, bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, pancreas, muscles, membranes, ears, nose, mouth and tongue, teeth, blood, blood vessels, lymph, lymph glands, etc, which can cause problems and diseases of these organs. ELECTRICAL IMPULSES of SmartPhones can also cause skin and hair problems, as there are NERVES in the skin and around hair roots. CANCER: Besides the low-voltage ELECTRICAL IMPULSES, the RADIATION from the SmartPhones is known to cause many other problems like CANCER in the persons who use their SmartPhones for many hours daily. ★★★You should NOT use your mobile phone or tablet when its battery is being charged. Holding and using mobiles and tablets, during the time of RECHARGING their batteries, is much MORE HARMFUL for HEALTH. When we use them during RECHARGING, more ENERGY (electricity) passes through our bodies constantly, which can HARM the heart, brain, other organs and tissues. The BATTERY CHARGER should be SWITCHED OFF or disconnected when we use the mobiles and tablets. ★We must STOP the EXCESSIVE use of SmartPhones!★ Forward this message to your friends and relatives, as this information can save millions of SmartPhone users from PAIN and suffering.
  3. So I've been dealing with acne since I was 15. Over time, it's gotten worse and worse, spreading from my face down to my shoulders and now to my back and chest (I'm 16 and 9 months now). I've been taking medication (mostly topical) from my doctor before I was advised to see a dermatologist after no success or indication of improvement. About 5 months ago, I was prescribed isotretenoin for the first time. Starting off at the 40mg mark. I experienced all the normal effects of it such as dry lips and dry skin, along with dry acne. But it soon began to become deep cystic red painful acne that shows no head. They took me off of isotretenoin afterwards and I was prescribed prednisone for 1 month. They then started me back on prednisone with 20mg isotretenoin (which had no effect visibly or physically what so ever). And just recently, I've been prescribed my original dosage of 40mg isotretenoin but with this time a light addition of prednisone. TL:DR I've been dealing with it my whole life, its spread to my chest and back, have been on isotretenoin. the issue is I've been physically limited by my acne and even working is difficult for me now due to my chest and shoulder and back acne. Moving the wrong way stretches or co no presses my skin in a way that is extreamly painful or causes some of the acne to burst. Every time I take a shower, (look at image *be warned its disgusting*) I get these open wound like aftermarks after the head of the acne gets removed in the shower. Its painful to the touch like a cut and will eventually become acne again that protrudes badly. My chest acne has been the same acne but growing. I've noticed that some acne has been destroyed/regrown in the same spot for over 2-3 months. I'm asking for advice on what to do. I'm afraid to tell my dermatologist because they will probably take the isotretenoin again which I know is going to help alot more than anything else but the pain is unbearable at times and being in hot temperature situations results in big cysts becoming bigger and alot of leaking and disgusting looking dried up acne that looks like scabs. I'm just about extreamly fed up with acne and am looking for any advice on what to do to lessen the pain or for a treatment to go along with my isotretenoin to help get rid of this deamon. Thanks so much for reading and I hope to get some more help here!
  4. What steps should a parent do when their teenager starts breaking out on the back and chest. It's nowhere as bad as mine was, but I am really worried. Do dermatologists do anything for this? They didn't help me. But I am sure times have changed. What about seeing a chiropractor? Would that help?
  5. Hello I have suffered with body acne for many years, it has recently got worse and I have decided to put all my effort into getting rid of it. It's very embarrassing especially at my age, in some ways its worse than face acne as its unexpected when seen (I do also have mild face acne). So far I have tried: Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera gel mix Coconut Oil Neutrogena Body Clear Eating much more fruit and vegetables plus dose of fish oil tablets Having a second shower in the afternoon just using cold water And some medication Are there any other things I can try? None of the above have really worked so after a couple weeks I kind of gave up and moved onto another remedy (apart from the one about eating healthy). Thanks, and I guess look on the bright side...! Here are some pictures for those interested (It looks worse in daylight):
  6. I took steroids in 2017 and got some acne on my chest from it. Thats the first picture. That was it in November. I stopped taking steroids then. By December it looked like the second picture. I was on antibiotics but nothing was working. By january it looked like the third picture. By February it looked like the fourth. And now it looks like the last picture. i have been kept overnigt in hospitals, seen derms, i go to a dressing clinic every second day to get the dressing changed. Im an 18 yr old white male. There is no healing. I quit smoking. Im seeing my derm again tommorow. Can anybody give me suggestions, possibly maybe skin graft surgery? I cant live like this anymore, havent gone to the gym in 6 months, this wound has taken over my life. I was diagnosed with acne fulminans but i dont even think i have that now as all my acne is completely gone its just this now
  7. I've been dealing with acne ever since the 8th grade and I'm still battling it! I have tried everything and NOTHING has worked AT ALL! Im so fed up with it all! However, my breakouts come and go as they please and what I mean by that is my acne goes away then flares up bad at random times of the month. & it's honestly so annoying and I hate it so much because it ruins me and my confidence but I've had a small area of red acne on my chest for about a year and has not gone away at all! Plus the neck acne I have is so embarrassing and I really need to get rid of it asap but don't know what products to use! Can someone please give me advice on what to do and what to use??
  8. Hey everyone. I've posted about this before a couple of months ago but got no replies, the problem is still here so I'm trying again! Back in March I changed to a new BC pill (Dianette) along with a Duac gel. Everything was great for 2ish weeks and then I started getting lots of tiny whiteheads all over my neck and chest. Since then it has moved up to around my face and sometimes forehead. I also have even smaller bumps around my mouth & nose area and occasionally my eyes. The rash almost has a cycle. It will be very mild to non existent and then suddenly whiteheads will start popping up throughout the day and for the next couple of days, they eventually turn into small brown scabs and disappear. My skin is then almost clear for a week or so and they return. The bumps on my face are similar, they are skin-coloured normally but whenever I rub or wash my face they turn red, sometimes there's more sometimes less. I have long stopped using the Duac gel, tried stopping most of my skin care products and right now only using two very light and non irritating products to moisturize which haven't been part of my routine back then. I changed shampoos, body washes, toothpaste etc. The only constant is the bc pill, could this somehow be triggering it? I've seen my doctor and was prescribed Rozex gel which helped a little around the eyes and Lymecycline, which made things a hundred times worse. Just to show how drastically it changes in the span of a few days,the first two pics are of my skin today which looks almost clear! This is at it's "good" stage and unfortunately happens almost every time I try to schedule a visit with my GP. The day before this I used Nizoral and left it on for 10 minutes so perhaps that helped? I've tried anti-fungals before and they seem to somewhat work but my skin gets worse every time anyway. Next two pictures are just 3-4 days ago, the spots on my face are the ones that show up when washing/rubbing my face. Here is a pic of the bumps around my mouth, they are difficult to see and are more noticeable in certain lights. The skin is redder and more "scaly" in those areas. Lastly here are some pictures of the flare up I had when I tried to go on Lymecycline. Immediately after I stopped it calmed down. I currently have a prescription for 5 days worth of steroids but haven't taken it yet because if this is fungal it will only get worse Really at a loss on what to do because it seems like at this point I'll never have clear skin, any help would be appreciated.
  9. Have had this on my chest for a couple years now and want to get rid of it does anyone know what it is and how to help get rid of it https://[link removed]
  10. This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach. While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places. It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any clear skin whatsoever. Facial acne is at least somewhat socially acceptable, and back and chest acne can be hidden with clothes, but what about areas that can't be hidden? It's as if acne is determined to win this fight. It's as if it's trying to give me a clear signal that I am not allowed to have any clear skin - and that my social and employment prospects are dead. Having face and back acne all these years wasn't enough, so it had to spread to my whole body. When I was young, I was normal and healthy. Not so anymore. By spreading to my whole body, it's almost as if acne is erasing my very existence. I doubt that I can be accepted in society without looking at least somewhat healthy. When I was young and healthy, I had prospects, but I've feared that those prospects would become non-existant if my acne spread to my whole body - and became particularly severe. My acne spreading is especially scary because I've feared that this would be permanent. With the exception of my forehead, once my acne has established itself in a certain place, it's there to stay. I cannot get rid of it. So imagine being stuck with acne on the forearms, hands, and stomach the rest of my life. It's just absolutely horrible. It's horrible to imagine not having a single square inch of clear skin - having absolutely no way to cure it - and having potentially diminished social and employment prospects as a result. Anyway, as it started getting out of control, I started more actively seeking solutions to cure - or at least control - my acne. I first looked into benzoyl peroxide - but eventually became skeptical since I had sometimes used hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol, and I still got pimples where I rubbed the sanitizer. It seemed to have no effect whatsoever. I think that I had seen some posts on this forum - saying that hand sanitizer was just as good - if not better than - benzoyl peroxide. If true, then if hand sanitizer didn't work, then why would benzoyl peroxide be any different? Then, I became interested in spearmint tea to lower my testosterone (yes, I'm a guy, and I think that my acne is hormone-related). However, as of now, I haven't yet tried it. Recently, I became interested in Vitamin A supplements because I had heard that Accutane is basically a form of Vitamin A. I had been on Accutane, and it was only one of two drugs that had any significant effect on my acne (the other was doxycycline). Accutane worked great for me, but my acne gradually came back after I stopped taking it. If Accutane was a form of Vitamin A, then "normal" Vitamin A might work similarly. Finally, after putting it off for a long time, I bought some Spring Valley Vitamin A supplements a few days ago. I took my first softgel pill on October 25th at around 4:00 PM. Each pill supposedly has 8,000 IU of Vitamin A, and I was aware of the potential toxicity that could arise from taking too much Vitamin A. More than two days later, and so far, the results have been inconclusive. A number of pimples on my back and chest have hardened, but the ones on my back were like that BEFORE taking Vitamin A, so I don't know if Vitamin A really has been helping - or if my body is just continuing the process that took place before taking Vitamin A. In any case, I've still gotten a few small pimples on my upper arms and stomach, and I've had some cysts on my face that haven't gone away. I realize that I shouldn't expect results overnight since, when I was on Accutane, it took a few weeks before my skin got clear, but I would think that I would at least not get any new little pimples. Due to this lack of definite effect - and my skin gradually getting worse, I've felt so frustrated. There just seems to be nothing that I can do. The worst part is that I'm getting acne in places that I can't easily hide. What am I supposed to do - wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves in the boiling-hot summer? Given the fact that nothing seems to help my acne, I've resigned to the fact that I might have to. Yesterday, I tried some Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector to experiment with hiding the spots on my stomach - and some scars on my right thumb and forearm. I really wanted to get some Dermablend, but people were coming in and out of the makeup aisle, and it was embarrassing being there, so I eventually just grabbed something to experiment with. It didn't blend perfectly with my skin, but I didn't care since I just wanted something to hide the horrible red spots. I was fairly satisfied with it on my stomach, but my forearm was a different story. The Neutrogena seemed like it wouldn't dry well, and it probably wouldn't be as durable as the Dermablend that I wanted, but I felt that I could still have problems with Dermablend, too. I've decided that if I ever permanently got acne on my hands, I'd just have to wear gloves. Makeup for the hands just isn't practical. My skin is so pathetic. As far as I'm concerned, my natural, organic skin doesn't exist anymore. It's dead, pathetic, and useless to me. I've written it off. It's too far gone. As far as I'm concerned, my clothes are my real skin. That's sad. It's sad to think that my clothes make a better skin than my real skin. My real skin is living supposed to be durable - and able to protect itself against the environment. But it can't. My skin is just a weak, broken, and worthless organ. I wish that I could beat the ever-living crap out of it and destroy it. I wish that I could teach it a lesson for being such a worthless piece of crap and make it wish that it never existed. I wish that I could trade it in for some REAL skin that wouldn't be so weak and pathetic. But for now, I just have my clothes. My clothes make a better skin than my real skin. They don't get pimples - but my real skin does get pimples - and can't get rid of them. That is so pathetic. I'm sorry for ranting, but I just really am frustrated with my skin since I've been getting acne (yes, I do think it's actual acne) in weird places. I intend to try Vitamin A a while longer - and maybe some other things, but I am also prepared to just give up on my so-called skin and cover it up almost completely. However, I hope that I can find a real solution for my acne.
  11. I'm 28 years old, male, weighing 76kg. I'm on my 2nd month of Isotretinoin 40mg per day the brand is Acnetrex. There's only 10mg per capsule that is available here in the Philippines and I'm still a little confuse about on how to take this per day. Currently, I'm taking twice in the morning (20mg), then one in the afternoon (10mg), and one at night (10mg) to achieve 40mg a day. Am I doing it correctly? Also, my dermatologist told me to take it this way. If you have better suggestions, please feel free to comment here.
  12. Please excuse me for this post, but I am so frustrated with my body acne. I am such a freak that I get acne even in weird places like my forearms, hands, and stomach. And yes, I do think that it's actual acne for reasons that I will explain later in this post. MY RANT Having weird body acne is so frustrating because I'm such a freak. Virtually nobody else gets acne in such weird places. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face, back, or chest. It's frustrating because, even on this forum, it seems that there are so many naysayers that doubt that acne on forearms and hands is possible. I have managed to find a few people on this forum that have had acne in such weird places, but there are so many naysayers. People have often responded by saying, "Are you sure it's acne?" and "It's probably not acne - but keratosis pilaris [or some other skin condition]." Nobody seems to accept that, as rare as it is, acne on the forearms and hands IS possible. It seems almost as if the few inflicted with acne in such rare cases are looked down upon, not taken seriously, and treated like freaks. It seems as if there's nowhere for them to turn. Worst of all, unlike acne in other places, it's harder to hide forearm and hand acne. Wearing a shirt can cover back, chest, and stomach acne, and makeup can cover acne on the face, but those aren't as good options for places like the forearms and hands. Anyone that wore gloves on a regular basis, especially if it wasn't winter, would be looked at strangely, and in some cases, wearing gloves might not even be possible. Also, unless waterproof makeup was worn on the hands, it would just wash right off when washing the hands. Plus, even if that weren't a problem, think about how weird that is. How many people have to put makeup on their ARMS and HANDS for crying out loud? MY STORY I'm 28 years old, and I've had severe cystic acne since I was 14 (August 2003). Despite being well beyond my teen years, my acne has never been worse (with the exception of my forehead). I first got it on my face and back - common places to get acne. For my face, I tried a number of different things - like washing more frequently, a soap for sensitive skin, pads to remove excess oil, Clearasil pads, and various other creams and cleansers. Nothing made any noticeable improvement on my acne. Over two years after I first got acne, in early 2006, I was finally put on doxycycline and Accutane (though obviously, I didn't take them at the same time). Both worked wonders, and in the case of Accutane, I had no severe side effects except for chapped lips. However, almost immediately after my course of Accutane was over, my acne slowly started coming back over the course of several months. Five months after I quit Accutane, in January 2007, there was no denying it: my acne had come back in full force. My acne returned to everywhere I had acne prior to Accutane. There seemed to have been no improvement whatsoever. Several months later, in September 2007, I went back to the doctor, and I was put back on doxycycline temporarily, and as was the case more than a year earlier, it worked like a charm. But a few months later, as a result of not getting a refill in time and having to skip it for a few days, the doxycycline was much less effective. Up to this point, I have never since returned to the doctor for acne treatment due to a number of factors - including lacking health insurance - and having other priorities. Also, sometime in early 2008, I started getting cystic acne on my neck - just under my ears. I'd say that sometime in 2010, the acne on my forehead virtually disappeared. To date, my forehead is the ONLY part of my body with acne that got better on its own in the long term. I should also note that it got better completely on its own. I took no medicines and had no cleansing rituals. From 2010-2015, my acne was pretty stable, and I became less concerned about it. But around March 2015, I started to get more acne more regularly on my chest and cheeks. A year later, in 2016, I started getting some very small, minor pimples on my arms, but it was very rare. In regards to my chest, I had tried a number of things - including toothpaste, supposedly a drying agent, but that had no clear effect. Finally, this year, I started getting acne much more frequently on my arms and hands. My acne has also slowly been working its way from my chest to my stomach, as well. Keep in mind, this is at age 28 - when I've already had acne for 14 years. Getting acne on my forearms and hands is practically my worst nightmare because those areas seem harder to cover up, and they are also among the few, last places where I've had clear skin. It's like my body won't let me have an inch of clear skin. My acne is eating me alive. Also, those areas are such unusual places to get acne, so I'm essentially a freak. As it stands now, my forearm and hand acne isn't too severe, but that is no comfort because I've feared that it will just get worse. At first, my chest and shoulders had relatively mild acne, but it got worse over the years. WHY I THINK IT'S ACNE Many will probably say, "It's probably not acne," but I doubt that it is anything other than acne. I say this because the pimples on my arms are not itchy like keratosis pilaris, and also, they've been appearing in tandem with the pimples spreading to my stomach. Also, from what I've read, acne is possible everywhere on the skin except for the palms of the hands, and to date, I haven't had any pimples on my palms - but have had pimples on the tops of my hands and fingers. The pimples on my arms also have been following the same patterns as the acne elsewhere on my body. Any cleansing or non-cleansing methods have virtually no effect - whether good or bad. Like elsewhere on my body, the pimples just come and go whenever they want. It doesn't matter what I put or don't put on my body. Also, I first got relatively mild, rarely-occurring pimples on my forearms and hands. However, with time, they became bigger and more frequent. The same exact thing has been happening with my forearms and hands. CONCLUSION I feel so frustrated that I've been getting acne on my forearms and hands since I haven't been able to treat my acne elsewhere, and the forearms and hands are far worse places to get acne since it's seemingly harder to hide, and there could be hygenic issues. Worst of all, of the few people that I've found online - including this forum, not many seem to believe that acne on the forearms and hands is possible. In my case, it's even worse because my body is already messed up. I'm short at only 5'3," don't look my age, and have even started losing some hair. My body is so freakish. I'm such a lemon. I wish that I could get a new body because this one seems beyond repair. Since topical treatments seem to have no effect on my acne, I've thought for some time that I might have some kind of internal and/or hormonal problem. I've thought that might explain why I don't look my age - although I've already been to an endocrinologist, who didn't seem to think there was any correlation between my acne and appearance. Also, I've hated that most of what I can find online about hormonal acne pertains to females, but it seems that guys can get hormonal acne, too. Anyway, I'm sorry if I offended anyone with this post, but I just wanted to vent my frustration, and I hope that I can find some way to effectively treat my acne.
  13. I've been having breakouts recently, all which I've attempted to treat with various products out of desperation (we all know how well that goes). As a background: this is completely unlike my usual skin behavior. Typically, I'd get occasional forehead and back acne, with some spots of bumps on my arms. But for the past months, I've gone though extreme life changes, and my skin is not letting me forget it! Now there are bumps on my forehead, cheeks, neck, chest, breasts, back, stomach, and legs. I have tried applying natural substances like castor, argon, and jajoba oil - but no luck. They also seem to worsen or "wake up" after showers. I know stress is likely causing this - but now that makes me stress over de-stressing! It's all terribly discouraging, I'm feeling so defeated that I'd love any input at least on the situation. What type of acne is this? What would help?
  14. Hello, I'm 22, i have noticed that i have acne since 18 years old (maybe earlier), i had acne on my temples (dark spots) and a little on jawline. It wasn't bad at all, I didn't take it seriously. But in winter of 2017 my acne got worse and spread on forehead, chest, and upper back, shoulders. So i tried to clean it every day but it didn't help much. On the face my acne is in T-zone, cheeks are clear. On the back it's in triangle or T shape. I read about that and someone said that it's acne vulgaris which is genetic and 10% people has that, because of triangle. I am going to try Salicylic acid on the back and benzyol peroxide on the face (duac gel). Someone has similiar symptoms? like triangle on the back? check photos
  15. well here it goes! About four years ago i developed very severe nodular cystic acne. What started out as your normal whitehead bacne quickly escalated into one of the worst cases most doctors i went to had seen. I used to have a posting up about my fight and problems and i removed a while back. I am finally here to recap and review and to ask for advice on this new proposal into permanently curing this issue from my body. The photos posted will show what i had to go through, days, weeks, and months of over 50 open cysts that would re open and bleed all over my clothes, bedsheets, and pretty much anything my back touched. It was a norm for me to wake up in the morning stuck to my bed because the cysts had dried up with the bedsheets, fusing me to my bed. Every morning was a series of dealing with the pain and ripping myself out of bed. After numerous dermatologist trips, no one knew what to do. It started with doxycycline, and then bactrum, and minocycline. Finally i found a dermatologist that was making progress with improving my acne and finally helping me start the uphill fight. She hit me with the accutane. after 3 weeks and a crap ton of cortisone, my body gave up. I had upped the dosage to 40mg per day and the flare ups caused all the cysts on my back to double. It was living hell. It wasnt thee accutane that gave me depression, it was living with all the cysts afterward. Plan B was to start me on a high dose of doxycycline so inflammation would recede and allow some of the cysts to clear up. Two years later, i was acne free. the occasional cyst would show up on my back, and my face was that of a normal teenagers with normal acne. and well my back has turned into that of a freak show, with deep big connecting scars that look like that of a burn victim (made for a cool "i was in a fire cover up story). And now here we are in the summer of 2017. Doxycycline has become ineffective, so i stopped taking it. after a couple months i still had no acne and was used to the occasional back cyst that would come up and dry away after a couple of weeks on its own. graduation and senior year ended with a very bad mishap. I was jumped and suffered a broken jaw, surgery and meds along with all the trauma and stress really threw me off of my clear skin streak, and the flares restarted. in a quick burst, now my chest has broken out in the "stage one" cysts. These are what i call the small cysts that later turn into the huge ones that i had on my back. I quickly used some of my own medical knowledge and past experience to fight this. I started on 1000mg of fish oil, 50 mg of zinc, and twice a day probiotic pills respectively; along with using a tretinoin topical cream for my face (0.05%), my face has returned to its nice and 95% clear state. My chest has drastically reduced, there are no new flare ups, and now they are slowly going away. now i know this is only a temporary solution to this ever plaguing problem i have been dealing with on my back and now chest, and being on vacation in lebanon, i decided to go for a second opinion to a very well known dermatologist in Beirut. After the initial consultation, she saw all the scars on my back and the new cysts on my chest, and immediately prescribed me accutane. Im ready to pull the trigger again on this drug, but she gave me a very odd and apparently "new protocol" to taking this drug for people that have severe nodular cystic acne. for the next 6 weeks i will be on tetralysal 300 in order to reduce the inflammation around the cysts and to clear up my body so i can start taking accutane. But here is the weird dosage idea. Apparently here in the middle east and europe, this is a very common route to take to combat this type of acne. she wants to put me on 10mg a day, every other day for 8 weeks. If my body can handle it she wants to up the dosage to 20mg a day every other day or, if i cant handle it, to keep me on the 10mg cycle for another 8 weeks. Basically she said im looking at 2 years on accutane. The attractive side to this is i can expect little to no normal accutane side effects, and i will be able to prevent the "first month flare up" that accutane causes when taken normally. I dont know about this i feel like im going to be a guinea pig for this weird trial type regiment. Please feel free to lerave your opinions/experiences with low dosage accutane, and hopefully this will be my last fight i have to fight with this dumb acne!!
  16. Hey guys so I've been struggling with this since High School and can't seem to get rid of it. Every pore on my torso is raised and clogged. These pics show just my chest shoulder area but it looks like this all over. It seems to have spread and no demotologist will tell me what it actually is. I'd appreciate some suggestions.
  17. I have been using the Acnefree severe treatment for about a month now and it has almost run out. Although I have noticed a difference in my acne, there is a lot of redness and dryness. I am using all three steps in the morning and at night, but I can't help but think I need to combat the dryness. When I wear makeup, the three steps are on my face, however, I also apply a moisturiser as the makeup will not go on my face properly otherwise. I don't know if I'm using it in the right way and hope I'm not counteracting the results. I have also used it on my shoulders which are now completely smooth but still red and dry. What do I do ?? Should it have worked better by now????
  18. Chest Acne Help

    Forums Back/Body/Neck acne

    Hello, I've had this chest acne for around 4 months now. I shower ever day, and apply prescribed benzoyl peroxide every night. It seems to have gotten better, but really not much. Please tell me if i'm doing anything wrong or something I should be doing!! (note: the red skin at the top is just from me wiping my chest down with a towel, normally no red skin there)
  19. What's up guys! I'm really need help with my skin. All the pores on my body are clogged and have been for years. My back, neck, chest, even stomach! Some of the pores are raised and others look like the have a pinpoint in them. I have really oily and sensitive skin and sometimes I can scrape my skin with my fingernails and a bunch of gunk comes off! When they look even worse after I get out of the shower. The pores are filled with yellowish Plugs or white stringy gunk. If I squeez them they just come back the next day.I've never seen anyone else have this issue! Can someone please diagnose this and suggest a method to fix it?
  20. Acne or Folliculitis?

    Forums Back/Body/Neck acne 4 replies

    Hey guys, I've never had any real problems with my skin in the past, but in the last year i've heavily increased my exercise. I seem to get new spots on my chest and back after every workout. I've tried all the recommended advice- cool showers, salicylic sprays and soaps, drying sweat with a towel, changing tshirt instantly after a workout. I've spent a scary amount of money on various creams, moisturisers and body washes but to no avail. I've been to the doctor a few times, i'm currently taking lymecycline antibiotics and i have also been using duac cream- but that seems to leave scarring and doesn't actually prevent a breakout. After examining closer i notice that i have hair follicles coming o t most of my spots and i'm wondering if i may actually be suffering from folliculitis? Its really bringing me down and i really dont want to have to stop my exercising but i cant help but think thats what is causing it. Any advice on how to treat this or opinions of what it maybe is greatly appreciated
  21. Single recurring white head

    Forums Back/Body/Neck acne 2 replies

    For the last few years I've had this persistent bump on my chest that does not go away. Last month I bought a metal black and white head remover, so I tried it out on my bump. At first it just pussed then 2 days later I was able to pop it and have a long white head come out. After that the bump went away. Today I noticed the bump was back, this time I just scratched at it and nothing happened, about an hour later I pushed on it and it popped again, releasing another white head. My question is how do I keep it from coming back and why doesn't it go way when left alone for years at a time!?
  22. INVITING YOU TO MY JOURNEY WITH ACCUTANE...I AM 32 YEARS OLD WITH MODEREATE ACNE STARTED OUT WITH SEVERE ACNE AND THROUGH TACKLING WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND 3 STEP SYSTEMS OUT THERE I JUST CANNOT GET RID OF IT. THROUGH NUMEROUS VISITS WITH MY DERMATOLOGIST SHE HAS FINALLY GAVE IN AND PRESCRIBED THE ACCUTANRE FOR ME..YAY!! TRUTH IS TO GET TO THE MODERATE STAGE THAT I AM IN NOW I JUST STOPPED WITH ALL THE CREAMS AND ANTIBOITICS. I WENT STRICTLY CLEANSING MY FACE WITH CETEPHIL DAILY CLEANSER AND MOISTERIZING WITH AVEENO NATURALS AND MY FACE STARTED CLEARING ON ITS OWN, BUT NOT TO THE POINT I WAS SATISFIED AND WAS STILL GETTINNG BREAKOUTS. I GUESS I NEED TO ADD THAT I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH ACNE UNTIL HIS PAST 2 1/2 YEARS I HAD FLAWLWSS SKIN WAS SO PROUD OF. NOT SURE WHAT THE TURN TO WORSE CAME FROM BUT IT IS VERY DEPRESSING AND EMBARASSING. IT'S LIKE EVERYTIME I FEEL I HAD IT UNDER CONTROL SLAP IN THE FACE THE ACNE WAS LAUGHUNG AT ME LIKE " YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ME UNDER CONTROL SORRY NOT THIS TIME TRY AGAIN..LOL " SO I FAUGHT THIS BATTLE ON MY OWN CAUSE I AM A FIGHTER AND I ALWAYS THINK I CAN TAKE ON MY OWN BATTLES AND CONCUR THEM SO IT WAS ALMOST 2 YEARS BEFORE I SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH TIME TO GO SEE A DERM. WHEN I TELL YOU I YOUTUBED UNTIL MY EYES HURT LIKE HELL AND BLOODSHOT RED LOOKING FOR NATURAL REMEMDIES TRYING TONS OF THEM, TO PROACTIVE, OVER THE COUNTER 3 STEP SYSTEMS, CLEAN AND CLEAR, NUETRAGENA, ETC YOU ALL GET THE POINT, THEY WOULD WORK FOR A FEW AND THEN OUT THE BLUE STOP WORKING SO WITH TRYING NUMEROUS THINGS YOU CAN SEE WHY I WAITING SO LONG TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST, CAUSE I JUST KNEW SOMTHING I DONE WAS GOING TO WORK. OK, SO ENOUGH OF MY LITTLE STORY AND INTO MY JOURNEY. STARTED 01/09/2017 1ST WEEK..... I FELT OK JUST HAD THE WEIRD FEELING MY BODY WAS ADJUSTING TO SOMETHNG NEW. I CAN SAY AT NIGHT I EXPERIENCED SOME BLURRED VISION NOT TO THE POINT THAT IT WOULD PUT MYSELF OR ANOTHER DRIVER IN DANGER. MY COWORKERS WERE ASKING WAS I OK AS I WAS NOT MYSELF THE PAST COUPLE DAYS. I FELT JUST FINE, BUT THEY THOUGHT OTHERWISE. I HONESTLY THINK IT WAS JUST MY BODY GETTING ADJUSTED. ALSO EXTREME COTTON MOUTH, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER 2ND WEEK.... STILL FEELING OK, BELIEVE I HAD GOTTEN A LITTLE MOODY SNAPPING ON MY BOYFRIEND FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT DIDN'T AMOUNT TO THE POINT WERE I NEEDED TO SNAP. I HAD SLIGHT JOINT PAIN. ALL THE EPISODES ONLY LASTED A COUPLE SECONDS AND IT WAS OVER SO NOTHING UNBARABLE. LIPS BECAME CHAP SO I JUST WENT AND PURCHASED SOME BURTS BEES BRAND NATURAL CHAPSTICK. DRY EYES HAD TO GO BUY SOME EYE DROPS. 3RD WEEK UNTIL CURRENT DAY/TODAY.... FEELING GREAT NOT MOODY, NO MORE BLURRED VISION OR JOINT PAIN FOR NOW AND NO MORE COTTON MOUTH .STILL HAVE DRY EYES. IN ADDITION TO MY DRY CHAPPED LIPS MY CHIN AREA IS NOW GETTING DRY. I AM STILL USING THE BURTS BEES FOR MY LIPS AND I USE AVEENO NATURALS CLEAR COMPLEXTION DAILY MOISTURIZER FOR MY FACE AND CHIN. I WASH MY FACE ONLY ONCE A DAY NOW AS I FOUND WASHING 2 TO 3 TIMES DAILY WAS MAKING MY ACNE WORSE. I USE THE CETEPHIL CLEANSER FOR MY FACE AND MOISTURIZE TWICE DAILY. THIS HAS BEEN WORKING GREAT FOR ME. SO FAR SO GOOD.
  23. From the album My Face

    Accutane drying out face and lips, but slowly but surely curing acne
  24. Last week, I noticed a red circular shaped spot on the side of my left breast which appeared to be a ringworm. I wasn't sure what it was but I just left it alone. However it wasn't long after that that I began to form red spots all over my stomach and some on my bikini line area. At first I thought I was just breaking out because I tend to get red spots on my body however considering the amount of them and the fact that it's accompanied by the red circular shaped spot on my boob, I think it is a ringworm or pityrosis rosea because they both look similar. I get slightly itchy sometimes but it's bearable. I have been around a lot of people since I got it but nobody seems to be infected with anything. I just started applying ketoconazole cream on it before I make an appointment with the dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis.