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  1. Please help me... I have had these little dots all over my chin for a good few months now. NOTHING has helped clear them at all. I’m starting to think maybe they are fungal and that’s why they aren’t responding to treatment. They aren’t visible in all lights but in direct sunlight they are very obvious.
  2. This is my first post so have patience if I do things wrong. I am a 69 year old male and have had acne problems since I was a teenager. I have seen several dermatologists over the years, none have impressed me, none seemed very interested to be honest. had a course of Roaccutaine about 20 years ago which did work but as soon as the treatment stopped the acne returned. My GP put me on Ant-biotics (Oxytetracycline) which kept me reasonably clear for about 15 years before the Ant-bionics just stopped working. Since then I have just used Acnecide (Benzoyl Peroxide) which has done a reasonable job for about the last 5 years. Recently I decided to grow a beard (big mistake) which made it difficult to use the cream. I have had a massive Acne breakout on my chin / nose and even after shaving off the beard the Acnecide does not appear to have any effect. I have had the breakout about 3 weeks and it seems to be getting worse. To add more complication I have been on Testosterone Replacement Therapy for the last few years which has certainly made the acne worse. I am at a loss now to know what I can do. I don't want to be dramatic but my chin feels almost as thought its alive - large cist type acni that hurt and itch as well as white heads. I am adding a picture and would be grateful for any comments / thoughts about what I should try. Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi everyone, I had light acne since starting college, and then decided to go to the dermatologist to learn if they can get to see why was I getting acne in the first place. Instead, I was prescribed spironolactone and birthcontrol, without even them seeing if there was something wrong in my body (organs, etc). After taking both for over a year, my skin became perfect and crystal clear, BUT I started getting headaches that I haven't had before, so I decided to stop taking them. Right after I stopped the intake of birthcontrol and spironolactone, my chin started to HORRIBLY break out like never before, I got huge underskin cysts all over my chin, several at a time. I have never experienced these types of hardcore acne in my life! Then I went online read many blogs on cystic (hormonal) acne, bought all the OG products that were praised on youtube and google, my chin was covered in ichtammol 24/7, and the cysts didn't stop coming. Then, I learned that I had issues with my pancreas, it was not producing enough of juice like its supposed to, so I started to take pancreatin for it from Vitamin Shoppe. The first day of taking it, my chin started to finally clear up, thanks to GOD. The bottom line is make sure that your prescriber or whoever works with you, gets to have you check up the internal organs' effectiveness of yours. Birth control is never a solution, it makes things worse. All the best.
  4. Hi, Iv had a spot on my chin since, nothing ever came out just a lump. It burns and hurts... Iv put ice on it, aloe Vera, savlon. But still won’t go. The doctors have given me Fusidic Acid cream.... I just want the redness to go down....
  5. (Skip to the middle where it says "importnat part" if you don't care to find out if we've tried similar things or have similar types skin, etc. and you just know you have hormonal stuff going on.)Hello, so I have been using products for a couple years, loved them, the do help, but it's expensive and time consuming, don't want to buy regular and travel size etc. My mom had deep, deep acne as a kid and still has scars at 53 as we know cystic acne can be genetic My acne is mostly on my chin, cheeks, near mouth, on neck, and back indicating a HORMONAL link. I get deep ones on my neck and cheeks especially I tried to balance my hormones to combat it and eat little dairy to help that as well. I exercise and carry a massive 64 oz water bottle that i go through 2-3 times a day every day. I get 6-10 hours of sleep every night usually around 7. Never sleep with makeup on, always go through my elaborate skin care regimen (mostly stuff besides cleanser, and also use glossier aha+ solution.) And have little stress in my life that's unman aged, I meditate, have a good attitude, and rarely have to face anything too terrible so that's not it. So I'm doing all the things you're supposed to...... I tried Skin care exposed many generic drug store products (cetophyl, nutragena, Clearasil, etc.) ACNE LASERS (do not recomend, it actually got worse, and I'm not sure why. I did over 10 treatments I believe because my boyfriend wanted to help me conquer this he paid for it so I'm not certain, but it was very painful, expensive, and ineffeftic sadly.) Trtroin cream and gel Many cycles of antibiotics (doxy) Llysiene DIM (did help a lot but didn't fully clear, best thing I've found besides spironolactone though, but more expensive.) Etc. (We've all tried lots of things, you get it, but I thought it might be relevant for people trying to figure out what they should try first or what might work for them based on our possible similarities) IMPORTANT PART: My roommate had really bad, scattered, cystic acne and one day it really started clearing up I asked what she had been doing and she said her doctor prescribed spironolactone. I asked my doctor to do the same, she was all for it. I take 50 mg The first month was really bad, I broke out REALLY hard. But I had seen all the positive reviews and photos that said this would happen and to stick it out, so I did. Month 2.5 I was so happy with my skin, it's SO SOFT and clear. It's incredible to be able to touch my neck and face without tons of textures. My skin did peel really badly around month 1.5-3 so be prepared. It was annoying, but worth it. MONTH 3 I HAVE ZERO active pimples and some red spots that are still healing (I did kind of keep picking throughout the months but I think I will break that as I have nothing left to pick) My makeup goes on incredibly, I am so, so, so grateful. I was so close to trying accutane but have been putting it off as a last resort because of the side effects. Now I'm free. I sent my doc a thank you card I'm so happy. Please, if you know anyone with hormonal ance, tell them about it, or try it yourself. With my very basic, terrible insurance it's FREE I don't pay a dime for it which is just yet another amazing perk. I want other people to be able to find their solution too.
  6. Hi so I really need advice !! I've always had acne but never really a cyst. For this long underneath my skin. It started with an inflamed huge pimple on my chin but now after a week there's still a huge bump underneath my skin and there is no white opening. What should I do? Wait ? Make an appointment? Needle it myself? Help
  7. I have been on a birth control pill to control my acne for around 6 years now. I had severe acne all over my face when I first went on it and it cleared my skin completely. I was acne free for about 2 years then got the occasional pimple. Now I am 24 and am experiencing some bad hormonal acne (i think it is hormonal as it is just on my chin). Nothing has changed for me recently for me to start breaking out like this, although I have had trouble over the years with random big break outs. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience? Or since I went on the pill when I was younger, has my body changed and my pill no longer controls my skin how it used to? I would like to go off the pill to see what would happen but I am terrified that I might look like my 17 year old self and I'm also about to go travelling for a while and I don't want to have to worry about my skin too much.
  8. Hey everyone. I have had white spots on my face for about 5 years now, I think. When they first started I didn't think much of it, I think they were mainly on my chin, then some on the right side of my nose. The ones on my chin are basically what my face is now, I don't remember my face without them. And I tried for the longest time to not care about them. I've had acne before, not too crazy but stubborn acne. I've never played with them. Never popped them. I never tried to craft some home remedy I wasn't sure about. I just let them be. And I tried to do the same with these white spots for some years now. But It's getting worse and worse. When I squeeze my cheeks, or the place between my brows, or my chin with my hands, there appears even more of them, that I previously couldn'T without squeezing. I went to three dermatologists, one of them said it might e past acne scar, one of them said they might be fat glands, and the last one said he didn't know, and gave me "acnelyse" which sheds skin and "sivex" which is a protective lotion I believe. I'm going to include some old photos and the ones I just took with the phone's flashlight, zoomed in. This one is from June 2016. I know it's low res but the sun makes the spots better visible, as if they already werent. September 2016. Obvious raise in chin & right side of nose. October 2016. Low res again. Now for the photos I just took. Left side of my nose. Note that when my skin is stretched, these spots aren't visible, they don'T even leave a trace when I stretch the skin. they just dissappear. So it's not like acne where it would be more visible when you stretch the skin. Left side 2. My nose also has 3-4 bumps, one of them is very visible, right on the upper side of the mini mole on my nose. Squeezing my cheek. Left side acne & spots. Many on the chin also visible. Right side again. this is where it's worst. Left side photos look worse but right side is actually much much worse irl. Chin. Flash makes them look less by destroying the shadows but they're still visible. Last one, squeezing my chin. I'm a 21 yo male. I've tried the "acnelyse" the third derm gave me and it doesnt seem to do much. Maybe it's my mood bur they definitely feel worse on some days and better on some days. So maybe it's an allergy of some kind? I smoke but thse started long before I started smoking. Only thread I've found with almost the exact spot photos is this: Some users say they have the same thing but when I search their post history, I find photos that are nothing like mine. Mine have never been red, always whiter. They don't burn or itch, they're just there. They're not squeezable, they're like a part of the skin. My first phost here. I don't know if I've done something wrong. thanks in advance. If you're going to recommend a doctor, I live in Turkey.
  9. Hey all, Previously ive been so lucky not to have suffered from acne however about two months ago I had a breakout of 15+ spots all over my face (first forehead, then cheeks and chin aswell). I have no idea why as my lifestyle is the same as the last 22 years! Over the last two months I’ve made sure to be more aware of what I’m doing, cleaning face properly, wearing less makeup, cleaning sheets often, eating more vitamin rich foods, taking vitamins (as I’m vegetarian), drinking more water, sleeping with sudacreme on spots etc but my face has not improved in the slightest. ALSO IM NOT POPPING THEM. I’m so unsure where to go from here, I find myself hiding away in my room too upset to leave. I’m falling behind in everything and loosing everything I’ve worked hard for. What do I do!? And also what is this on my chin it looks like they’re upcoming pimples!? This was my face just two months ago and as I had like three spots I thought I was spotty, all I want is that lovely complexion back:
  10. Hey all, Previously ive been so lucky not to have suffered from acne however about two months ago I had a breakout of 15+ spots all over my face (first forehead, then cheeks and chin aswell). I have no idea why as my lifestyle is the same as the last 22 years! Over the last two months I’ve made sure to be more aware of what I’m doing, cleaning face properly, wearing less makeup, cleaning sheets often, eating more vitamin rich foods, drinking more water, sleeping with sudacreme on spots etc but my face has not improved in the slightest. I’m so unsure where to go from here, I find myself hiding away in my room too upset to leave. I’m falling behind in everything and loosing everything I’ve worked hard for. What do I do!? And also what is this on my chin it looks like they’re upcoming pimples!? This was my face just two months ago and as I had like three spots I thought I was spotty, all I want is that lovely complexion back:
  11. I have really noticeable marks on my chin. I’m not sure as to whether or not it’s acne : panpipes nodules. Or if it’s due to shaving. I shave with my foam wash as of recently, and I used to with a shave cream but that would cause bumps. These marks on my chin I can’t feel with my hands, it feels smooth but they’re noticeable as seen in the pictures below. please help!! I’m 16
  12. Fungal acne..?

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    I've been reading a lot about how papules/pustules/whiteheads can be caused by the overproduction of candida... do you think this could be it? I used treatment before but I always had a few large papules remaining on my cheeks.. hen after getting off due to the unbearable itchiness of BP, my skin went into a frenzy and now I have this acne. My skin always feels like its tingling and crawling then I get whiteheads around my chin the next day. t(a little scarring because I due tend to pick at them) I just started using Lotrimin ultra on my skin 2x a day (started yesterday)..... wondering if this could help. below the first is a picture of my skin at its worst!!! (November 30 2017) and the second picture is my skin now
  13. Hi all, I have had acne since I was 14/15 and I am now 19. My acne is only on my chin and nowhere else, not even my jawline. It is also worth noting that I don't have any symptoms of PCOS either. Firstly, I tried all the topical creams, none worked. I then got put on Dianette and have been on and off it for years. When I have been on it, my acne has disappeared completely! After coming off Dianette the spots returned and I have been put on lymecycline which has made my acne disappear completely also. However, last week for the first time in 9 months I had a breakout of about 6 spots all on my chin!! They have since cleared with topical spot cream. However, I have been on lymecycline for around 9 months now but I have read that dermatologists should not be putting you on antibiotics longterm and they are just masking the issue? Has anyone else had similar issues? Is my skin hormonal or? I find that I am the one guiding my dermatology appointments and suggesting new treatments, he is not very good! I have an appointment on 20th December. In the mean time I am on the waitlist for any cancellations with other dermatologists. Should I be going into the appointment in the mindset to ask to come off the antibiotics? Should I go onto another birth control pill? Should I cut out dairy/gluten?! Anybody else got any advice?!?! Thanks so much!
  14. Cyst on Chin?

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    Hi, I have dealt with acne a little bit in high school, but not really in college. I am 22 now and have been dealing with a breakout within a square inch on my face for over a month now and I do not know what is going on. I think it started from mistreating a regular pimple, but now I continue to breakout in this one little area and it seems like as soon as one goes away, another one comes. I can have anything from 3-7 in that one little area. I have this one part of the area that is hard and is under the skin. I am wondering if it is a cyst, but it is not inflamed at all and does not feel sensitive to the touch, and It also doesn't protrude from the skin at all. I would not be worried about it at all because it is not visble (you have to feel it to even see that it is there). The problem is that pustules continue to form around all around it, but not on it. The pustules are inflamed, red, and protrude from the skin, and come to a head. I have been using a salacylic acid, Benzoyl peroxide face washes, and a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment but that has been drying out my skin too much, so I have cut out the benzoyl peroxide and been moisturizing with an oil free face wash to combat that. That has definately helped and i though i solved the problem but I woke up with another pustule today and the hard part under my skin is not getting better. I am wondering what this hard part under the skin could be and what I should do about it. I am also curious if that is causing the pustules around it. Thanks in advance!
  15. Chin Only Cyst Acne

    Forums General acne discussion 7 replies

    Hi everyone. I was wondering if there is anyone here who experiences similar condition. I am 24 y.o. and about a year ago I developed cyst acne. The thing is, I have only one or two cysts and they always appear only on my chin. I also developed milia that grows into acne sometimes. It is also only on my chin. The rest of my skin is perfectly fine and always was fine, hence my enormous frustraition with my new 'friend' cyst acne. It all started a year ago when I foolishly mistreated a regular pimple on my chin (overdryed, picked million times and then it just never went away). Maybe it worth mentioning that I moved to the States a year ago as well, however, chin acne started to appear one-two months after the moving. I have been eating salads every day, fruits, lemon water in the morning, I cut off dairy too (not 100% , I have milk chocolate sometimes). I use all sorts of products too: dermalogica cleanser for with salicylic acid, dermalogica daily microexfoliant, neutrogena blue light therapy mask, renee rouleau anty-cyst spot treatment (the only thing that seems working), renee rouleau detoxifying mask . Of course I always use spf (CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30) and cetafil mousture cream, and I get facials almost every month. And obviously cyst acne on my chin doesn't give a damn about any of the healthy stuff I am doing. Last time I got two nasty cysts right on my birthday, I am so desperate I can't even articulate it. Anyone has similar situation here? Usually I see posts about severe acne which is not the case here. What is the next step? I just can't beleive I have it. I am 24 and I have never ever had anything like that in my life.
  16. I've been battling with acne since I was about 13 years old. I am 18 years old now and For as long as I can remember my skin has never had a smooth texture. At a first glance you really can't tell much. With makeup on in pictures you can notice a few spots here and there and some redness but it doesn't seem like a huge problem. However, my skin has a whole bunch of bumps. Specifically on my forehead, between my eyebrows, chin, and nose. I don't usually break out on my cheeks but there are definitely minors bumps and redness around there as well. For for the most part I eat a healthy diet. Try to stay away from meat. I've cut out dairy completely, and I drink tons of water a day. But it never seems to make any difference. I was my skin twice everyday, see an oil free moisturizer, occasionaly use tea tee oil on active zits me I try to do an exfoliating mask once week. I don't take any supplements besides an everyday multivitamin. My skin on a "good" day is bumpy but no active zits anywhere. I have simply just grown so tired of being insecure about my skin's texture and I really just need some advice. Please let me know if I'm doing anything wrong or if there is anything I should do or add to my routine to get my dream skin! Below are some close ups of my acne. Thank you.
  17. its been there for at least 5 years.. its skin coloured and it doesnt really hurt or anything, nothing really comes out of it and its just skin... i also have some on my nose..can someone help me? how do i treat this?
  18. Very unusual lesion

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    Greetings! I only just found this site about an hour ago and I'm not yet terribly familiar with it. I ask in advance for patience if I have chosen the wrong topic or if I make formatting errors. I'm pretty nervous by my discovery on my face. Recently ive had some prettt severe seasonal allergy problems that have been causing severe itchy and watery eyes, nose, and skin on my face. As a result, my skin has been terribly dry and combined with the scratching I'm obviously guilty of during the night I'm breaking out some. This alone is nothing unusual. I have a few pimplesat least 4-5 days a month. There was a zit on my chin yesterday and it was without a head but very red and painful. Normally these get left alone and will disappear in few days. Late last night I noticed that the previously rounded shape had begun to elongate down toward my neck. As the last 24 hours have passed it's gotten even longer and is still narrow. I can feel the whole thing from my bottom of my lip to the underside of my chin altnough the outermost parts aren't yet painful or swollen they're still palpable. Essentially it feels like a tube shaped lump and it's. Quite painful. In only 8 hours it's become a pretty concerning lump. The actual initial zit is still there she very hard. I haven't noticed any head or oozing. I've had tunneling MRSA before but in my thigh and a lot bigger. This is itchy and fast growing like a staph infection. Im just at loss. I've googled everything I. Can think of without any luck. I plan to make an appointment witha doc but I'll be a new patient and likely will wait to be seen. Should I go to an er? This thing is over an inch long and a 1/4 inch wide. It was normal until maybe 8 hrs ago when the incredibly fast growth began.
  19. Hello, I’m new here. I’m 16 and I have suffered with acne for a long time. I just started treatment, although I have tried other treatments before that didn’t work. I’ve noticed that my forehead has gotten very clear, but my chin and cheeks are the problem area and it looks awful. Will my chin and my cheeks also clear up, like my forehead? I read that usually the forehead is the first to clear up, but I’m unsure. Will the rest of my face be clear too, and when should I expect to see the change?
  20. So I've had acne since I was 10 and I'm almost 26 now and it still hasn't vanished. I had some good years in the between but the acne never left me alone completely. I've got treated by two different dermatologists over all these years but it keeps coming back. I drink enough water, take care of my skin, made many lifestyle changes but it just doesn't go. Lately I've had terrible acne on my jawline and chin. Big red cystic ones too. What am I doing wrong? Please can someone help me out? What am I missing here? If anyone can help me out in any way, I'll be so grateful!
  21. HELP

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    Basically I have all these bumps/redness close to my chin and cheek and they are aren't going away. I've used masks and all types of stuff. Can anybody tell me what these are and how I can get rid of them?
  22. So I have this weird bump on my chin but you can barely see it or feel it. When you stretch the skin is the only time you can see or feel it. Before I popped it the first time it was pretty big because I've never really had horrible acne. When I popped it the first time a lot of stuff came out and it sort of dissapeared/flattened itself out. It came back but a few months later and it was pretty small but I popped it immediately. It's in the same exact spot and if you feel over it you can feel a weird bump. I want to get rid of it for good now but I really don't know how to because I have no idea what it is. It's not red or anything either and doesn't look like a whitehead. I suspected it was cystic but the pictures of cystic acne look way worse and completely dwarf my seemingly meaningless bump. Please help!
  23. Clogged Pores on the Chin

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    I have these super annoying clogged pores on my chin I can't get rid of. Does everyone have this? Is there a solution? In he picture you may notice a cyst. That has since gone away but do the clogged pores have something to do with it being there?
  24. My skin condition: The skin condition that I want to address in these blog posts is only concerning the scar-like, soft, flesh colored bumps that have appeared along the center of my chin and out towards the corners of my mouth. They are not pimples, acne, or hypertrophic scarring (though I will get into eliminated diagnoses later in this post), and they have gotten increasingly more noticeable in the last 3 years. Please see pictures for reference. My Health History: To start, I am a 30 year old, 5'4" female who is approximately 30lbs over my healthy BMI weight. I have a history of: cystic acne that has been 'mostly' clear for 2-3 years. I occasionally have a breakout during my cycle, but these are rare and typically do not result in scarring and resolve within 1-2 weeks. My acne was particularly bad in my early teens and again in my early 20's. In my teens it was centralized in my T-zone, but during the later stages in my 20's was primarily along my jaw line. large pores excess oil production on my entire face, not just the t-zone. It is common for me to use 8-10 oil blotting sheets/day. mild hair thinning (within the last 5 years) mild male-pattern hair growth (mostly around the chin/upper lip area) excessive sweating Keratosis Pilaris on arms and legs As a child I had a rare form of recurring Pityriasis Rosea- my last episode was when I was 25. Woohoo! So, as you can see I was blessed with all the things that make women feel super sexy! Joking aside, for all of us struggling with these abnormalities, please try to remind yourself that there are people suffering with far, far worse. I know this condition (and others) can be embarrassing, unsightly, and all-together soul-crushing at times, but for every ugly bump we have is someone suffering from deforming burn scars, flesh eating bacterial infections, and life altering conditions that can't be treated or covered with makeup. I am CONFIDENT that we can not only treat what we have, but that there is a biological solution that does not require lasers, acid, or the use of a blade. My Current Skincare Routine: In the past I have used every form of acne cleanser, lotion, topical treatment, and miracle fix you could think of. I wish I would have known about taking the simple, more natural approach before destroying my skin with chemicals. I have never taken oral treatments such as spironolactone or antibiotics, but I did use a lot of acid based products that irritated, burned, and angered my skin. The following routine has been consistent for the last year and a half, with slight variations in brands. Night Routine: Remove makeup with hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic face wipes. I try to use something that is exfoliating. I particularly like Boots No7 Brand All in One Wipes. You get a lot for the price, they are well-saturated, and have never made me break out. I then tone my skin with witch hazel Next I take a damp cotton pad and add a few drops of jajoba oil. I smooth the cotton pad over my face for the purpose of a "final cleanse" but also to moisturize and prep the skin. Jajoba oil will not clog pores as it is very close to human sebum. It actually can trick your pores into producing less oil. I then use a vitamin C serum to moisturize and help treat my uneven skin tone, light scarring, etc. I have begun using Differin Gel in the last 3 months for the purpose of increasing skin cell turnover and improving my skin's texture and any residual scarring from my years of acne. I have been extremely happy with it and only had light redness and flaking within the first two weeks of use. Since then my skin has become more even toned, my scars have been fading, and I am able to wear a light coverage foundation (sometimes I wear nothing) without feeling as if my scars and discoloration are showing through. Morning Routine: In the shower or at the sink I wash my face with another face wipe (this time I add a tiny bit of baking soda for exfoliation) and then tone with witch hazel. I use a light moisturizer for sensitive skin and usually add a drop of jajoba oil for added moisture to my cheek area. That's it! I have not been breaking out on this routine and would feel comfortable recommending it to others. Both my night and morning routines are safe for people with sensitive skin with the exception of the differin gel. Prior diagnoses: I have been told that these bumps are hypertrophic scarring, sebaceous hyperplasia, cholesterol deposits, fungal infection, and flat warts. While sebaceous hyperplasia seems to be the most common diagnoses, nothing about them looks like sebaceaous hyperplasia, nor do regular treatments for SH work. I say all of these are wrong, and it is actually something internal with either a hormone imbalance or thyroid disorder. I will post tomorrow with pictures and an explanation of all things I have tried!