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  1. I have had these bumps for 2 years have had extractions, am on birth control 2 months, tried alot of prescriptions. My derm isnt helping! Please help
  2. Hi, My first post on here. Just looking for some reassurance really.. I've been suffering with acne since I was 19 (now 22). Initially was only moderate, it then cleared up slightly (still had occassional breakouts, and alot of scarring), so I then ordered Skinoren online as I heard it was good for redness... biggest mistake I could have made! I broke out the worst I have ever broke out before! Cheeks are now covered in cystic acne, its really red and irritated. I stuck with this cream for 5 weeks, even though I was getting new breakouts each day because I initially thought this was just my skin purging (Really regret staying on it for so long now!!) So I've now switched to Differin. I've used it 3 times (spaced out every few days as I've heard its quite irritating) Touch wood I have had no new breakouts and the cysts I have from skinoren are now drying up and flattening (still have a lot of redness though! ) I was just wondering whether anyone has any experience on switching from Skinoren to Differin and whether I should expect to see another initial breakout (Surely if purging is true, then all of the spots I should have expected to see have already come out from skinoren due to its exfoliating actions?? ) I'm also on Oxytetracycline (been on 1000mg per day for 6 weeks) Cant really say whether its been working or not due to the hell that Skinoren caused. Would appreciate any advice!! I'm also using witch hazel, aloe vera gel and exfoliating pads on alternative days that I'm not using Differin...
  3. Hi, My first post on here. Just looking for some reassurance really.. I've been suffering with acne since I was 19 (now 22). Initially was only moderate, it then cleared up slightly (still had occassional breakouts, and alot of scarring), so I then ordered Skinoren online as I heard it was good for redness... biggest mistake I could have made! I broke out the worst I have ever broke out before! Cheeks are now covered in cystic acne, its really red and irritated. I stuck with this cream for 5 weeks, even though I was getting new breakouts each day because I initially thought this was just my skin purging (Really regret staying on it for so long now!!) So I've now switched to Differin. I've used it 3 times (spaced out every few days as I've heard its quite irritating) Touch wood I have had no new breakouts and the cysts I have from skinoren are now drying up and flattening (still have a lot of redness though! ) I was just wondering whether anyone has any experience on switching from Skinoren to Differin and whether I should expect to see another initial breakout (Surely if purging is true, then all of the spots I should have expected to see have already come out from skinoren due to its exfoliating actions?? ) I'm also on Oxytetracycline (been on 1000mg per day for 6 weeks) Cant really say whether its been working or not due to the hell that Skinoren caused. Would appreciate any advice!! I'm also using witch hazel, aloe vera gel and exfoliating pads on alternative days that I'm not using Differin...
  4. I’ve been reading about these bumps people are claiming they have and I wanted to start my own discussion on how you get them and what is the best solution to get rid of them. These types are cyst are caused my hormonal Imbalances & stress. Females and dark skinned people are more likely to suffer from this type of ance. You may also note that if you are female , you most likely will get these cyst while you are on your cycle. Since you can not technically treat it like a pimple, you need to “drain” it but using things such as Benzoyl peroxide,Silicic acid , or the crushed up aspirin trick where you ,hints, crush up an aspirin then add contact solution to make a paste that you apply over your ‘oozing cyst’. This treatments should eventually dry up your cyst, about a course of over a week. If results don’t show in a week take a longer trial , if results still don’t show you probably have a deeper rooted problem and should see your dermatologist to be prescribed antibiotics. - I’ve named a few treatments if you have more please add on
  5. I’ve been reading about these bumps people are claiming they have and I wanted to start my own discussion on how you get them and what is the best solution to get rid of them. These types are cyst are caused my hormonal Imbalances & stress. Females and dark skinned people are more likely to suffer from this type of ance. You may also note that if you are female , you most likely will get these cyst while you are on your cycle. Since you can not technically treat it like a pimple, you need to “drain” it but using things such as Benzoyl peroxide,Silicic acid , or the crushed up aspirin trick where you ,hints, crush up an aspirin then add contact solution to make a paste that you apply over your ‘oozing cyst’. This treatments should eventually dry up your cyst, about a course of over a week. If results don’t show in a week take a longer trial , if results still don’t show you probably have a deeper rooted problem and should see your dermatologist to be prescribed antibiotics. - I’ve named a few treatments if you have more please add on
  6. I’ve been reading about these bumps people are claiming they have and I wanted to start my own discussion on how you get them and what is the best solution to get rid of them. These types are cyst are caused my hormonal Imbalances & stress. Females and dark skinned people are more likely to suffer from this type of ance. You may also note that if you are female , you most likely will get these cyst while you are on your cycle. Since you can not technically treat it like a pimple, you need to “drain” it but using things such as Benzoyl peroxide,Silicic acid , or the crushed up aspirin trick where you ,hints, crush up an aspirin then add contact solution to make a paste that you apply over your ‘oozing cyst’. This treatments should eventually dry up your cyst, about a course of over a week. If results don’t show in a week take a longer trial , if results still don’t show you probably have a deeper rooted problem and should see your dermatologist to be prescribed antibiotics. - I’ve named a few treatments if you have more please add on
  7. Hello! I notice there is a lack of articles and threads here concerning permanent cysts. They have many names; epidermal cyst, inclusion cysts, milias etc. They seem to bee quite common amongst acne sufferers. What are your experiences with treating your permanent cysts? Please do share! Links are appreciated too if you have found a good article or thread about them.
  8. I am in my first month of accutane and I hate it so far. I was able to slow down how dry I am already as I kept over moisturizing right when I started. But right now I am going through the first initial break out and I have never been in so much pain. This is unlike any there break out. This is extremely cystic and I have multiple at once. I have been doing warm compresses, ice, applying apple cider vinegar, hydrocortisone cream, etc. And onceI get rid of one, many others appear. How can I prevent the number of cysts DURING accutane and how can I decrease their life span? Thanks in advance.
  9. Unseen cysts

    Long story short, I used to take medication (doxycycline monohydrate) for my problematic skin (lots of cysts and pustules), then for months and months later I haven't been having anything drastic happen, but lately (one year later after stopping medication) I've gotten two visible cysts and after a while under my skin, there are some bumps that develop that also feel like cysts, but you can't see them at all, but they're all around the visible ones. What should I do?
  10. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  11. Severe Acne Conquered

    Hello everyone! I've been on acne.org for quite some time as a non-user and I have to say I love the honesty of this community. I don't know what I would have done without it. Acne has been a severely lonely endurance.. In real life I do not know anyone else that has suffered like I suffered. So here is a little bit of a backstory (photos included), my skin was everything to me. I loved doing makeup artistry so I felt like my skin really complimented that. Just like some people like their eyes, their hair, lips whatever.. My thing was my skin. Fast forward to when I was 21, I started to get cysts. I had a lot of trauma emotionally and I want to attribute the original outburst to that. I think though, being Italian and oily, I was predisposed. I tried everything for the past four years. I'm going to make a list of things that not only didn't work, but somehow also made me worse- • RETIN-A!!!! Damaged and ruined my skin with prolonged use. • Benzoyl Peroxide. I'm sorry, it's too harsh. It might work for a while but it's not worth it. Gave me wrinkles around my mouth at 21. Then everything came back with a vengeance. • Antibiotics over and over again. Bye, bye stomach! • Regular facial peels. Lactic.. Salycidic.. Jesner.. All of them. (I had them professionally done) • Regular facials • Basically anything you buy at the store. • A comprehensive allergy test.. I just got anxiety about stupid things. • Complete diet change, definitely messed me up • blue light BS • Hormone tests, didn’t make me worse but I tried it a few times and my hormones were okay- just to throw that in there (so I never did birth control or Spiro) • using the sun to "dry up" acne.. Yeah ok. • Korean ten step, steal my wallet system. • Going too natural with the wrong things. Tea tree oil. Lemons. Aztec Indian healing clay BS.. Apple cider vinegar… Baking soda.. All so harsh. • And finally *drum roll* the worst of the worst.. Cherry on top one month of Accutane! It made me so ill they pulled me off.. I am still on and off sick with my stomach. It has been six months. Not only that but the purge gave me the worst acne scars I have ever gotten in my life. I only got scars and sickness both physically and mentally from only ONE MONTH of Accutane. Maybe it is a godsend for some, but it is certainly a gamble and never let people tell you otherwise. So what finally cured my acne? Treating my acne as if it were a math equation. I had to sit down and objectively really look at what was going on with my skin. After four years my skin finally got so dehydrated that I no longer had full lips. I no longer had any oil. I no longer had MY skin. It was so tired, so aggravated. I looked at how sick my stomach was. My world had finally hit rock bottom. -What ended up working for me was- -Non comedogenic makeup. All of it. Even the powder. -Hemp seed oil to remove makeup and use at night before bed, I made sure the oil was non-comedogenic and anti-inflammitory. People have different reactions to different oils from what I’ve gathered.. -ground up organic quick cooking oatmeal on my skin twice a day. A mess and annoying but 100% worth it. Will take down any inflammation on your face and soak up oil. Leave it on for a minute or five or an hour. It helps BUILD up your protective barrier. I noticed that most of the things I listed earlier that messed me up absolutely destroy the barrier. -Cutting out dairy most of the time. I’m not crazy about it either, I don’t believe in stressing myself out over my skin anymore, but being mindful is nice. -Working on my emotional issues, they destroyed my immune system and a part of me believes that my skin suffered too. Guided meditation and therapy are amazing. Please don’t be afraid to go to a therapist if acne is ruining your life too. Don’t let it take years off of your life like it did for me<3 I wish I had someone tell me this. And the thing is too.. I made sure my winning regimen was simple. Each just one ingredient. Lush/Whole Foods skin stuff broke me out. Too many mixtures it’s impossible to keep up. I just needed healing, and anti-inflammatory. Not drying but also not clogging. Those requirements are what I believe most people with acne could benefit from. What started as just a bad breakout at the wrong time in my life, spiraled into four years of insanity. Try things little by little… Never introduce more than one thing into your regimen.. Also don’t believe in “purging…” It’s not real. I’d have so many less scars if I didn’t believe that. When I found my winning regimen it worked right away, no purging, just healing. I’m sorry this is so long but I’m hoping MAYBE, just maybe someone might benefit. Please be kind in your responses<3 I’m very open minded. photos described: Me (a few months before I ever had cystic acne), *my first* flare up of severe cystic acne out of nowhere. I’ve had many flare ups like this since for the past four years… And me now, yes I am wearing makeup but it fills in my scars so ironically if I were wearing this makeup over acne it’d just make it worse and you’d see the bumps in this lighting. /novel
  12. Diane 35

    Here is my story of starting Diane 35. So I first got my acne when I was 14 as I remember, until this point of my age of 22 nothing helped. I have never suspected that it can be hormonal until I actualy read all the hormonal imbalance symptoms and I decided to visit a gynecologist. I made a hormonal test checking all the hormones and also made an ovaries check to see if they are polycystic. Luckily everything turned out just great, no hormones above or under level, ovaries great.. But still my gynecologist decided to prescribe me Diane 35 just for my bad acne. I took two doses, no change, then made a break for one month cause I was having a leg cramps (suspected that I had a blood cloth but luckily I didn't. Checked and results were negative) So my gynecologyst told me to continue with the pils and this month I took one dose, but still no progress. I got my standard cystic acne on my cheecks and even got small bumps on my forehead where I had never broken out before. I am desperate, I think on quitting. My friend was on Jasmine - Jaz pills and she used to have the worst acne which started to dissapear only with her first dose of the Jasmine. She took them for 4-5 months and she is completely free of acne now, a true miracle. Should I ask my gynecologist to change my prescription to Jasmine instead of Diane? HELP ME WHAT SHOULD I DO?
  13. Acne or Something Else? Need Help!

    Ok, this is going to be a long post so bear with me, please. I am desperate for help. I am 27 years old and back in school so I have no insurance and can't see a dermatologist. In August, I decided to switch from Rodan & Fields Unblemished to TULA. I was wanting to get away from putting all of the harsh chemicals on my skin. I had extremely mild acne growing up and there really wasn't a need for me to be using the product. When I started using TULA I developed these small bumps around my jaw and chin. If I tried to squeeze them, nothing would come out. They were the same color as my skin but they were raised so you could still see them when the lighting was right. I tried TULA for 30 days and decided my skin was having some kind of reaction to it. I returned to R&F hoping my face would clear up but instead I have what looks like extreme acne on my jaw, chin, cheeks (limited amount), and around my eyebrows/forehead. I have stopped using R&F and have been using some Mary Kay my boyfriend's mom gave me just because I have been spending so much money on skincare products and I don't have the money to spend in the first place. I have tried charcoal masks, Neutrogena's Light Therapy Mask, jojoba oil, topical vitamin C, peels, microdermabrasion. Today I decided to do more research because I can't continue to live like this. I started trying to figure out if this was acne or some sort of reaction. I thought it had to be acne since my face is covered in pustules. When they are ready to pop (I try to leave them alone as much as possible) a little white plug comes out of them (as well as pus) that I'm guessing is sebum. The pustules are painful and they itch. I originally thought the itching was from them healing since this is typical with cuts, but now I'm not so sure they should be itching. I saw some things about dermatitis and now I'm wondering if that is what's plaguing my skin. I'm wanting to try and find an answer so I don't continue to spend student loan money on every acne medication under the planet, especially if it isn't even acne! And then if it is something else, how do I treat it? I would really like this to be cleared up by February since my interview for grad school is that month and I would like to go into it with as much confidence as possible. I've attached pictures and will be more than happy to attach more if different angles are needed. Thank you in advance for the help and support! These first two pictures are from the beginning of October. These three pictures are from today. As you can see, it's gotten much worse over this month.
  14. For over a month now, I've been getting these bumps that mostly appear around the mouth and they turn into huge cyst like formations. They usually start as a small white looking bump that is only visible when the skin is stretched so like when i smile. Then they form into red bumps that are mildly sore to the touch but not extremely painful. Eventually they appear to form puss inside of them and look like a huge cyst. These also always appear to leave a scar as well. I even didnt pop one as it was transforming and it still left a scar. Now i know anyones first indication would be herpes but do herpes form this consistently? I've been having one of these form at least once every week or every other week. And dont herpes form in clusters and are usually extremely painful with alot of itching? And i believe herpes are not supposed to scar either. These cyst like things dont appear to have any of those features. Just mild soreness to the touch only and sometimes mild itch. Does anybody have any knowledge or experience themselves with this? These are extremely embarrassing and very annoying to deal with and try to treat.
  15. I'm in need of any type of advice or any tips you can give me on how I can treat my acne. My acne obviously flared up when I hit puberty (about six years ago) and it's been a long battle ever since. I usually get it on my jawline, chin, forehead, and sides of my cheeks although it only happens on my cheeks occasionally and it's usually just a few pimples at a time. I know that acne on the chin and jawline is hormonal and that acne on the forehead typically points to digestive issues. I also get acne pretty bad on my back. About a year ago I went to the dermatologist for the first time and they prescribed me minocycline. It worked for most of the winter time, but gradually it stopped and my acne was coming back. I haven't gone back, mainly because I'm trying to find natural and organic ways to fix my problem. I made the decision to go dairy and wheat free a few months ago; however, it proves to be pretty difficult for me and I occasionally slip up. Ever since I started taking minocycline, my skin has been pretty dry now which is very unusual considering I always dealt with incredibly oily skin before I took it. For a while, I was drinking coconut milk like crazy and using the Everyday Coconut facial cleanser along with the moisturizer. My skin was getting so dry that it was red and painful and I was getting a bunch of tiny bumps on my forehead that resembled folliculitis. I stopped using the cleanser and consuming anything coconut for a few weeks now and my skin is definitely not as dry as it was, but it is still pretty dry nonetheless. The bumps on my forehead are still there, I'm getting acne on my temples which is a very unusual spot for me, little bumps and whiteheads along my jaw and chin, now down my neck, and I'm also just starting to get acne on my lower back which, again, is a place I've never gotten it before until now. I really have no idea what's going on or how to fix this. I can't really afford to see a bunch of doctors about it or get tests done. I'm not willing to go on birth control either. I have been taking zinc and l-lysine supplements and I just ordered the Daily Cleanse pills by Hum Nutrition to see if they can help out at all. If anyone else has anything they can share or new supplements or really just anything that would be great. I'm starting to get a little desperate here.
  16. Hello guys, I am new here. I am a 22-year old girl and I suffer from acne since my teenage years. I had ups and dows dealing with them, there were times they all of a sudden started to disappear and re-appear. Currently this is my situation and I must say that I have never had this kind of acne situation before so I ask for your help. Most of my acne were cysts and really big like grains but now I am dealling with this kind of red flat spots (I don't know how to call them). I have only 1 or 2 that are bumpy pimples-acne but all the others are flat if you can notice from the pics and I don't know what causes them. My skin is so red and inflamed :(. I am not using anything specific, I clean my face with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar water which I use for a couple of years now and I know they are not comming from it but I started using tea trea oil all over my face for two weeks now and I don't know if that makes them like this, better or worse. Also I have to mention that I am on birth control pills (Diane 35) which I was taking the past two months and they really made some progress but I had to stop them for now, I plan on continuing the next month..
  17. Hormonal Cystic Acne Help!

    i have had hormonal, cystic acne for years! Recently I have gotten my hormones tested and the results here in Canada were: high prolactin, low estrogen, lowish progesterone, low FSH, low LH, high cortisol and high DHEA with low free testosterone.. can anybody help me with this??? I am going to see a naturopathic doctor soon but unfortunately I don't have any insurance so it's very expensive.. just want to interpret this results if anyone has had anything fairly similar or any suggestions on what to do this acne is wreaking havoc on my life! Anything would be appreciated thank you!
  18. I have small bumps covering my forehead that are mostly colorless, small clusters on my cheeks, under skin, painful pimples next to my nose, forehead, cheeks and jawline. I'm currently using the cetaphil daily cleanser along with a turmeric oil cleanser which I use before cetaphil every night, a tea tree oil toner from the body shop, and a tea tree oil moisturizing serum. Nothing is working for me and my acne is constantly getting worse, especially around my period. Any suggestions? Sorry about these nasty photos
  19. A Lifetime of Acne

    One fateful morning, I woke up to small bumps all over my cheeks and chin. At that time, I was in the second grade, and was too young to even know what acne was. After freaking out to my mom that I had developed some sort of horrible rash on my face, I was subjected to my first ever dermatologist visit. I say subjected because I, like most acne sufferers, have come to associate the dermatologist’s office with embarrassment, shame and the ever constant complaint that yet another new product “just didn’t work for me.” Now in my mid twenties, I am just coming to the realization that acne prevention is not about some “miracle cure.” It is also not about perfection. Acne is genetic and hormonal and quite frankly a pain in the ass. Unfortunately, there are just certain things that lay outside of our control. Like my ever constantly monthly breakouts, or naturally oily skin. I can’t do anything about the fact that I was born with large pores, or fair and sensitive skin. Coming to terms with the fact that I will never have Barbie doll poreless skin has been a rough road, but owning up to the things that I can’t change has saved myself a lot of grief. However, I have also come to the realization that skin care is a daily choice, a routine, and is not to be taken lightly. While there are plenty of things regarding my skin that I can’t do anything about, there are also things that I can control. Realizing what those factors are has been life changing. Thus, without further ado, my list of routines and life changes that have reduced my chronic acne to a mild (mostly) easy to deal with minor annoyance. · Change your pillow cases regularly. I’m not kidding-this tops the list because each and every night you lay your face down on a pillow covered in heavens knows what, and all that dirt, oil and makeup can and will plug up your pores · When it comes to washing your face-easy does it. I use cetaphil for sensitive skin and it has done wonders for me. After years of using harsh face washes that only succeeded in causing irritated and dryed out skin, gentle easy cleansers twice daily really is enough. · Benzoyl in limited amounts in your friend. As far as spot treatments go, Benzoyl Peroxide is top notch, however too much can dry out your skin and can cause pimple rashes and irritation. I use it sparingly and it really helps to clear up those obnoxious spots that insist on hunkering down for the long haul. · Your diet does matter. I can’t believe some dermatologist are still sticking to the notion that what you eat doesn’t cause acne, it’s flat out wrong. I have noticed a direct correlation between dairy, sugar, lack of water and acne flare-ups. Do your self a favor and see for yourself. · Skin picking is a problem. As a chronic picker I realize that I come across sounding a tad bit hypocritical, however the number of times that I have picked at a seemingly small blocked pore or bump and ended up with a giant sized lump has to be in the hundreds by now. If you can’t ignore those small blocked pores, invest in some pore strips (I like the Biore charcoal ones) or a good face mask that you can spot treat while you are hanging out around the house (I like Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Mud Mask). · Careful what household items you use on your face. There are a lot of blogs and articles out there championing the use of lemons, vinegar, baking soda, ect as DIY masks. While Im sure some of these skin care recipes do actually work, do your research first. No one wants to end up with a bad rash or burns from a badly begotten facial science fair experiment. That being said, I do often use a mixture of milk and nutmeg as a spot treatment as well as to lighten discolored marks. It is gentle enough not to cause any damage and does help with redness and inflammation. · The dreaded cyst conversation. While my acne has mostly been on the moderate side of the spectrum, I am no stranger to those hard, painful under the skin lumps that just wont go away not matter what you do. I’ve jabbed them with needles (please don’t do this, it has NEVER worked for me), I’ve doused them with rubbing alcohol (again-stupid, stupid, stupid), I’ve cried over them, complained about them and even gotten cortisone shots (probably could work but I was left with an indentation that hasn’t gone away in 7 years). What has worked is when I catch them early and ice the living daylights out of them. This method has reduced cysts that could last weeks down to about a week life span when I ice them twice daily. Unfortunately jury is still out about best topicals but I have heard good things about Renee Rouleau Cyst treatment. Most importantly, remember that at the end the day, your worst critic is you and more than likely the damage that you see in the mirror most people wont even notice. Your skin does not define you, how many pimples you have at any given time won’t make or break your life. Take it from someone who has spent enough time counting them to know. You are beautiful no matter how many blocked pores you have and it is time to realize that. I hope some of these tips have been helpful and if not, at least breath easy with the realization that there you are not alone in your struggles, not by a long shot. Disclaimers: -If you are having problems with severe acne, don't let my post dissuade you from visiting a dermatologist. Whilst my own personal experiences have not been positive and I have personally sought after solutions that do not require taking medication for my acne, there is still plenty that a doctor can do to help. -While I am aware that there is no scientific studies to date that correlate diet with acne, my own experiences have shown otherwise. If you are skeptical try out a mini experiment on your diet and see if you notice specific foods contributing to acne flare-ups.
  20. Is this cystic acne?

    is this cystic acne? and if so how do i get rid of it? i use panoxyl and apple cider vineger as a toner afterwards and an occasional face mask. i have been drinking water, my diets iffy. but ill do whatever it takes. ill be seeing my doctor asap but i want a second opinion, i dont pop my pimples but how do i prevent scars? and rid of scars if i do happen to get any... PLEASE HELP.
  21. can you tell me what type of acne i have and how to treat it? my pimples dont hurt to touch, i just really want to rid of them WITHOUT leaving scars
  22. Hormonal Acne from IUD

    Hi everyone! I've actually never posted anything here before, but throughout my long and hard journey with acne this place gave me a lot of good advice/hope. I just wanted to share a few photos and explain how I helped "cure" my acne (I still have some uneven skin texture, closed comedones, and hyper pigmentation, but i've come a very long way). It all started with the insertion of my Mirena IUD. I had the Mirena inserted in August right before I went to college. I didn't notice anything at first, a few small zits and some larger cysts on my chin but nothing I hadn't dealt with before (I've always had lightly problematic skin but nothing more than 2-3 spots at a time). Then it started getting worse and worse. By winter break my chin was entirely cystic acne. My chin was in so much pain and every time I touched it all I felt were the 6-7 large, painful cysts there. I still only had some light spots on the rest of my face. At that time I hadn't made the connection that it was my IUD causing the cysts on my chin, so I made a lot of uneducated changes in my skincare routine. I figured that my skin wasn't getting clean enough, so I began using Neutrogena makeup cleansing wipes all over my entire face before I would wash my face. I also read online to use witch hazel as a toner so I bought that too and began using it on a cotton pad all over my entire face after washing. My skin got wayyy worse. I didn't realize there was alcohol in the makeup wipes and the witch hazel I purchased was not alcohol free, and it broke out my sensitive skin so bad, especially on my forehead. I then went to the dermatologist, who prescribed me medication and told me that the major cause of my problems could be my iud. She told me that removal would shock my hormones again and only make my acne much worse and that I should keep the iud in and attempt to use topical creams and an antibiotic to fix my acne. I decided to get the iud removed anyway. I got my IUD removed in December and moved on to using the Philosophy brand "Clear" skincare line for acne treatment (because I didn't want to use what was prescribed to me by my doctor for fear of the "purge period"). The philosophy products brought noticeably good change at first. But after a while they just dried out my skin and made everything worse again. Fast forward to June, I was 6 months after removal of my IUD and found a skincare routine that nourishes my skin. I use the Burts Bees Apricot Facial Scrub (It is my favorite of ALL TIME - it is extremely gentle, despite what you might assume about an apricot scrub), I use apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner, and Aveeno ultra calming moisturizer. I don't use all of these products every single morning and night (except for the cleanser). But I use them whenever I feel like my skin needs them - I've figured out that less is more. It's July now, 7 months after my IUD removal and I couldn't be more grateful for where my skin is today. *Note- These photos are progress photos taken from about February to Yesterday (July) after most of my chin cysts had healed. I know you can't see much of the hyper pigmentation or my skin texture either, but I promise the difference is huge.
  23. Cleared my neck acne! :)

    So for several years, my neck would break out like mad. Cysts, whiteheads, you name it. Being a bit of gypsy, I found it peculiar that it only really happened when I was living in my home town on the coast of Canada. Coast of Australia? Nada. Coast of England? Clear as day. In the Rockies? Crystal clear! But as soon as I came back, without fail, my neck would be a busy beehive of acne. To this day, I haven't been able to find out what the root cause of that is, but I finally found a way to clear it up! Huzzah! Diet: I changed my diet to low GI, which has helped dramatically, and is way healthier anyways I had to go away on a trip so I didnt have my usual eggs every morning while I was gone. I saw that my skin cleared up a bit, so I tried going without eggs when I got back and voila cysts went away. So diet for me was a huge one. Facewash: I generally only clean my face/neck with room temperature water - no soap. I rinse once in the morning and once at night and that is it! No harsh scrubbing. I don't towel my face/neck off after either. Spot Treatment: I use a sulphur treatment mask to spot treat. I haven't had nearly as much to deal with these days, but I use it on any spots that try to pop up. I used to cake it on the spot, but now I just use a little and I rub it in so that I can't see the cream on there anymore - since I started to do that, the treatment seems to work better. I only keep it on for maximum 8 minutes. The Holy Grail: One of the biggest things I contribute to my clearing though? Neutrogena deep clean oil-free make-up remover wipes. I don't wear makeup. I did for a while because it had an spf in it, but I've since found a great suncream that doesn't make my face break out (more on that later). I decided to use these wipes because I watched a video by Cassandra Bankson (the model famously known for her severe cystic acne and her makeup tricks to cover it). She had suggested in a video to buy wipes with salicylic acid for use as soon as you're done at the gym. So I did. And since I'm lazy and only find myself at the gym once a month, I ended up using them at the end of every day instead. I use them all over my face and my neck, as well on my chest and upper back because they still have some juice left in them at that point I use these wipes to take the sulphur treatment off, so I'm not actually washing that stuff off my face the traditional way. Moisture: Lastly, I use an oil on my face each night. I tried several kinds, including argan and rose hip, and none seemed to be the winners for me. I had gone to a spa to get a facial a while back and they recommended this crazy expensive facial oil that they said was like "liquid gold" and did wonders to their skin. It's organic and blah blah blah. I wasn't really sold until they said that the tiny bottle lasts for forever because you only use 2-3 drops MAXIMUM for all of your face and neck. Desperate for a difference in my face, I bought it. It's called Facial Recovery Oil by Eminence. Tiny little 15ml bottle, but I've had it for a couple of months and you wouldn't know I've used it at all - that's how little you need. I don't want to say it will work for everyone - all I know is that it's not breaking me out, its not irritating my skin, and my skin isn't all flaky and gross anymore, so I'm happy with it for me. SPF: As mentioned I use suncream each morning. It's Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. Formulated specifically for acne prone skin. It is lovely. The Hair: Lastly, and I'm going to be testing this out once my skin is 100% clear so that I can confirm whether or not it has anything to do with anything, but I stopped using in-shower conditioner on my hair. I don't know if my locks are too pleased with that, but I've been worried that the conditioner exacerbated the issue on my neck. To ensure my hair doesn't get too fried, I just wash the roots with shampoo and leave the ends alone except for the water and the have seemed to be okay with that. I use an Aussie detangled spray when I get out of the shower. Alright! That's everything I can think of Seems like a lot, but it's actually far less than I was doing previously and I'm pleased with how drastic the change is. The hardest part is the low GI. Takes a little time to get used to, but it's actually been great. I'm quite thin, but I've managed to finally gain weight! And as an FYI, I don't eat fruit of any kind on my diet. Even foods high in natural sugars are off the table for me. Again, once my skin is clear, I will experiment to see if I can sneak some foods back in, but I want to have a controlled environment to test in first
  24. Hello friends, Past Events: 1st course: I first was on Minocin (I think it was about 50mg a day). - MINOCYCLINE 2nd course: i was prescribed with Decutan (50mg a day for 12 months) - ISOSTRETINOIN . Which clearned me up extremly well. I had almost clear skin with rarely noticeable small spots every now and then, but all in all it was a huge success. After about 5-6 months after I finished my 2nd course, my (which I consider is aggressive/cystic acne) reappeared. It was then I decided to go again to my dermatologist. 3rd course: He then prescribed me with Minaxen (100mg x2 a day) -MINOCYCLINE. Now, about 40 days after I visited my dermatologist and 40 days passed since I began my 3rd course. I'm not seeing major effects, but I noticed that small white heads are appearing besides the 2-3 cysts. I also have acne on my chest. Does Ice help with cystic acne? I apply ice but I am only seeing minor decreasing effects... How long does Minocycline take to see significant effects? Thanks in advance.
  25. So my dermatologist has had me on Epiduo Forte and Solodyn for 13 days now, and it's been working great for my acne (cystic and closed comedones). Backstory: my forehead had been the worst the areas since 6 months ago when this all started. So all the products/treatments I tried mainly concentrated there. I still put makeup on the lower half of the face, but never on the forehead. and when my skin started to get better, I wanted to give a bit of concealer or even foundation a chance for my forehead. The same exact makeup that I've used for 5+ years and still work great for my face, instantly made my forehead break out into (what I call) little "oil" pimples and at some point even 2 of the those cysts that I was plagued with initially. this conclusion was drawn over a course of 3 days - a test run for two types of foundation (that I had and used for a long time) and a concealer (that I use everyday). I'm thinking that my skin barrier has been so damaged on my forehead that it can't even take the slightest bit of makeup. And I can't really give it time to heal since I want to stick to applying the epidou forte..... (which by the way has been drying out my skin, but not the intense burning that everyone says). I've went from twice a day to once a day for the epiduo in hope that maybe my forehead will take a tiny bit of makeup again. What can I do to help this? What's going on? are my pores totally screwed or something? Is the epiduo making them wide open, that's why my forehead can't take makeup at all? How do I strengthen my skin barrier while using epiduo forte? I really want to be able to at least tint some of the dark hyper pigmentation that's everywhere on my skin. Is this my skin forever? ): I need to attend a lot of events in the next month....losing hope