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  1. Ok guys .. so I'm on my second week of tretinoin and my skin just gets WORSE AND WORSE and I'm crying everyday and not going out anymore . I don't have much drying anymore . I have deep cysts with no head on my left cheek . Please help and comment if you think anything can help .. I'm desperate do you think I should go on Accutane ? Or continue the retin a cream ? Or try something else ? Thank you guys so much
  2. Hi I was put on Ocella (the generic form of Yasmine) around 6 weeks ago. A little background on my skin - I have suffered acne for around 5 years, with extreme progress on retinoids. I do however notice that I am extremely oily and have pretty bad breakouts around my period. As a result, I am taking Yasmin. This past month and a half has not been good. First month was okay, but I had horrid breakout right before my period. The second month, my skin has been getting more oily and I have been breaking out in more whiteheads and cysts (especially in areas that I normally breakout before my period). I just want to know if this is consistent with anyone else's story? Will it work for me? I leave for college in 6 weeks, and I am terrified. Thank you!
  3. Story time: I'm on last pill of the fifth week of Ocella. About two weeks ago, I had a pregnancy scare and ended up taking Plan B. The next four days I had a horrible cystic breakout and then my period came. I don't think I can entirely contribute my acne to the Plan B because I had been breaking out a little before then, things definitely did spiral out of control after. 2 weeks later, and I'm still trying to heal that breakout. Morale is low tbh. I have a pimple on my left cheek which I am nervous might blow up as well as one on my forehead. Both are extremely painful which is unusual for me. In addition there are little bumps almost like blackheads popping up around my forehead and upper cheeks.
  4. Hi, I tried to diagnose myself and did a lot of research. However, I wasn't able to get rid of cysts on my back. Maybe you could point out what I'm doing wrong in my routine or offer some ideas. DIET: I'm dairy free (eating only Greek yogurt) I don't drink coffee I don't eat high GI carbs (except high GI fruits like grapes) Eating a lot of veggies like spinach, cucumber, celery, carrots, ... I eat 1 zinc Picolinate pill daily I eat 1 cod liver oil pill daily TOPICAL TREATMENT: I use retinol for the night I use BP (Benzacne) for the day (I have the impression that it makes my cysts worse sometimes) Occasionally I apply Hydromol as a moisturizer I wash myself once or twice per day with Sulfur Soap
  5. Hi I have moderate acne with numerous pustules and papules i was on bp 2.5% doxy 100 mg differin etc didnt clear up my acne . I was also recently diagnosed with pcos so have made necessary lifestyle changes my doc has put me on 20 mg accutane once a day with azithromycin 500 mg thrice daily every ten days. im entering my 3rd week and my acne is worse than before have many whiteheads and under the skin cysts.. dont feel like going out.. how can i control it can i continue using differin and salicylic acid 2% face wash how can i bring it under control and how long will it last? please help me guys!!!!
  6. 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.
  7. Hello- I had great success with YAZ and Spiro together. I took 100mg Spiro with Yaz. I'm 38 yo, have struggled with acne for what feels like FOREVER!!!! I am so sick of it:( My skin was great off of yaz for about 6 months (still taking 100mg Spiro). It went kind of rogue at that point, with a cyst or 2 per month. I went up to 150mg spiro in October. I really thought it was my miracle worker, and I keep seeing people saying that here, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I take LOTS of supplements- Methyl Guard, dim, super milk thistle, accnutrol, fish oil....probably more....I get a microderm every month or so. I also did one month straight of Solodyn (which helped) and have used it as a spot treatment. I am still getting cysts and I am so frustrated. I'm considering another month or two of Solodyn. Has anyone experienced this?? The Spiro not working as well without the BC combo???
  8. Day 7 on Spiro 25mg

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    So I'm on Day 7 now and I feel worse than I did yesterday. I woke up with new cysts popping up all alongside by lower jaw and under my chin and forehead. It's absolutely horrible, I don't even want to look in the mirror anymore. I'm also currently in the middle of my exams for university so I think I might be breaking out due to stress as well. I've also been using Epiduo on active acne in the evening to get them to shrink down and all but not much of a difference because when one goes another cluster pops up. I only have two more exams left and literally feel like I have to put on a brave face and go out and sit these exams and then I can officially stay home and deal with this initial breakout. 25mg of Spiro is causing me to breakout like this, I'm worried about upping my dose to 50 mg next Thursday. My hormones are a bloody mess. I'm praying this works, cause I don't know what to turn to anymore. I know this is going to take time, as I've read so many other peoples experience with Spiro. But I'm just trying to be strong for this breakout. If anyone has been on Spiro - How long was your initial breakout?
  9. Hi. I have dealt with acne forever. I can't really remember what my acne was like in my teen years pre pill but I don't remember it being as bad as dealing with it while on the pill. After a year on the pill and poor eating habits I saw a dermatologist who did facial treatments on me such as Derma and light therapy. A year later the treatments have helped tremendously.. to this point my about two years into the pill. I got so clear at one point. I have been on BC since 2-3 years at this point and started face treatment a yearish into BC. I'm unsure if it was the pill or BC that cleared my skin. But my derma quit her job and ever since my skins gotten worse it was perfection at one point and my diet wasn't even that great. Now I'm eating so well, no diary be refined sugars so it's strange I'm breaking out. I keep producing oil around my chin and cheeks. Also, I originally went on BC to regulate my periods. Again, I don't remember my skin pre BC but a year into the BC and before seeing my dermatologist, my skin was the worst it's ever been!!! I just wanna know if I'm guaranteed to get worsened acne when come off it. At the moment skins pre bad but not as bad as pre facial treatment and 1 year into pill I'm about 3 years into pill now and haven't done facials for like 8 months - gets worse slowly. I once when off it in the middle of the pack for two weeks but when I got off had been eating well and good skin then all of a sudden I was eating very very badly like 3000+ calories of junk of daily as a result of being on a restrictive ridiculous low cal diet. Then when I went back on I didn't follow correct instead I carried on and took the pill that I was would be even up to had I not stopped. When I stopped I took doxy which dried my skin so bad. I'm rambling I'm just head on certain my skin will worsen. Bc should stop oil production instead it doesn't. Again I can feel remember my skin pre bc. I'm taking it purely for regularion reasons but wanna get off it because I'm tired of putting fake hormones into my body. Advice? I've tried ocm, salycic acid, differin, antibiotics etc. And nothing helps!
  10. A quick overview of the last few months: prescribed Lymecycline for worsening moderate acne beginning of Feb. Ever since then I've had awful cystic acne.(never had this before) Doctor told me to stick with it for 3 months. I wish I hadn't. Finally off those god awful tablets but have 4 very inflamed, very painful, very red and very LARGE cysts on my face. They have been active for weeks, two of them over a month. Nothing I do seems to help. They are most probably infected- doc prescribed flucloxacillin which did nothing. Been referred to a dermatologist and left to deal with it solo for now. I have a good skin routine but have had to only use gentle products for a while due to the pain and broken skin. (i.e no BP/sulfur.) I have a clean diet with nothing that could aggravate acne. Taking a lot of supplements and superfoods to try and boost immunity/help fight the infections. Losing my mind a little. My skin has never behaved like this and the pain and swelling are constant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  11. I end every day thinking, well hey now, at least it can't get worse than today. It's all up from here, man. And every new day I am proved wrong. Fourth May '18, New levels of low. Gigantic, inflamed, infected cysts showing zero signs of healing after months.They are just kind of there and persistently painful/unsightly/anxiety-fuelling. Sleeping hurts, smiling hurts, talking hurts, eating hurts. Every day in work customers ask me what's wrong with my face, what's on my face, (or my personal fave), what have you done to your face. Self worth non existent, anxiety levels perpetually through the roof. My skin is doing weird and gross things and I don't know how best to help it heal. My last appointment with a doctor was a major let down. I am working towards being able to pay (a lot) for a private dermatologist. I miss who I was. I don't remember the last morning I woke up when my face didn't THROB. I don't go out unless I have to. I'm trying v hard to be more hopeful.
  12. Hey y’all!! Just wanted to stop by real quicks & drop my two cents on what helped me w my specific skin/skin problems. i made an account on here for the sole purpose of writing this post in hopes that it could help somebody out :-) So anyway, first things first I am in no way shape or form an expert on skin problems or nothing like that I’m just posting what worked for me personally. Alright so a lil background, I’ve had clear, smooth, baby-soft skin up until I graduated highschool in 2014. Then BOOM outta nowhere my face started breaking out. At first it wasn’t too bad, but it gradually got worse as I started stressing out about it & constantly picking at my face & using facial cleansers/products w out really knowing what it was. So that went on for a bit until June 2017 & then I had some kinda reaction to a clay mask I used & I was RED AF w no signs of it easing up. I’m talking about a patch of red w a couple cysts & of course scars from the picking. I finally thought to myself it might be time to go more natural, so i tried the oil cleansing for a bit which kinda helped but not really. Then i tried that wack ass fake black African soap from Shea Moisture & that didnt do NOTHING. So I started reading up on Cocoa butter when i came across SHEA BUTTER. Omg when i tell y’all that that is the best product EVER i am not joking. At first i Would use day & night after cleansing my face w that Castille soap & saw a lil difference. Then one night I got too lazy to wash my face so I just applied the Shea butter & lemme tell you that was when I found enlightenment & saw w my own 2 eyes the miracle of this product. My face was not firetruck red the next day but a more toned down pink, like some type of blush or whatever. Anyway your girl was onto something so from then on alls i did was wash my face in the shower w WATER ONLY (I used my spin brush like 2x a week, water only) & used Shea butter day & night. Eventually I started using it only at night & my skin has not stopped stopped thanking me for those changes. My skin is SOFT, my skin is SMOOTH, my skin is CLEAR :’-) SO TO SHEA BUTTER ps i don’t get pimples now but if i do I slap some tea tree oil on that bish & I go back to glowing BEFORE AFTER Diff lighting IK but work w me alright, I cant make night into day & I just wanna post this up already! Any questions? I’m happy to answer
  13. Intro: I'm starting a blog b/c I have nowhere else to turn to at the mo. If I moan and sob to the (very lovely) people I have in my life, I can't help but feel as though I'm bothering them. It also usually ends in getting a tonne of completely well-meaning but completely unhelpful acne fighting tips. (sorry Aunt Clara, but that post-BBQ zit you dried out with toothpaste isn't even in the same ballpark as inflammatory cystic acne.) Like I said though, lovely people. A bit of back ground: Long term sufferer of your typical run of the mill acne. It was always moderate at worst, mainly just persistent. Started around 12years old. Currently 22years old. A decade has seen me through good patches and bad batches, every brand of cleanser and toner and moisturiser and scrub and 48-hour-zap-that-zit serum possibly ever made. I'm not convinced fifteen year old me wasn't trying to buy shares from Clearasil. Every honey and oatmeal, green tea, lemon, and random botanical extract tea/smoothie/facemask you can find on home remedy websites. Every moderation of gluten free/vegan/low GI diets and superfoods recommended. As far as prescriptions go, I had the good old BP alongside me most of the journey, tried oxy and doxy a handful of times over the years. Then there's Duac and something beginning with Z I don't bother remembering because it was so useless. Nothing *really* got me clear, like 'sit close to me in direct sunlight' clear but I learned if I kept to a strict skincare routine and avoided certain foods, I'd mostly be ok. And as I got older I felt more and more ok with achieving 80-90% clear skin knowing that was still far better off than when it was at it's worst. I had mostly made peace with acne, though just for the challenge, the skin Gods would throw a handful of cysts my way every now and again. During these outbreaks I learned the long and hard way that you should never ever mess with a cyst, even if it's teasing you with a convincing poppable appearance. I also learned I still had a lot of emotional baggage and shame surrounding my skin. But a few weeks would go by and the (very much untouched) cyst would dissipate and I would promise myself never to feel bad about having a bog -standard outbreak of teeny pimples again. More recent back ground: As well as bad foods and hormones and skipping skincare, stress tends to be a trigger too. Last summer I was under a good amount of stress. My skin didn't worsen too badly during that time. Ironically when my stress began to lessen and things in life were seemingly back on track and *then* my acne decided to make itself known. Nothing too major, more outbreaks than usual, still mainly 'zits', and then a cyst. Then another when that first one finally left. Oh and a couple more too in time for Christmas. They weren't massive and weren't problematic and I didn't get into too much worry over them. In January I got an abscess under my ear. I'd never had one before and still have no idea why it came about, but it hurt like nothing ever hurt before and I dragged myself off to the doctor's. Flucloxacillin for the infection and instruction to return in a week's time. The abscess left. The acne remained unchanged. I see my doc again who asks when the last time I was prescribed anything for acne was. A while I said, nothing really seems effective enough to warrant taking it and I've pretty much learned to live with it. "well, you are twenty two, and so if you were going to grow out of it, you probably would have by now. I recommend a course of antibiotics to see if it clears up the acne." Ok I say. Why not. I haven't tried antibiotics in years, my skin is playing up right now, I may aswell give it a go. Not a day goes by now where I don't wonder what I'd look like today had I said no. I was prescribed Lymecycline 408mg, once daily. I took them as instructed, not feeling too hopeful, just kind of decided it'd be a nice surprise if they did work for a few months. No change for a couple of weeks and then, out of nowhere, I get that all too familiar itchy tightness that says there's a cyst brewing you can't yet see. Sure enough 24hours later there's a ghastly beast on my cheekbone, protruding and red and throbbing. Two days later it explodes when I'm in the shower and largest amount of oozing white shit comes out. I was genuinely shocked how much was being kept in there. Mostly I was relieved this eruption lead to less pain. In no time at all it's gone and nothing but a dark purple patch of skin remains. I was amazed at how quickly this process was. That had to be down to the antibiotics right? Usually these things last weeks. Quickly after another gigantic red cyst pops up on my cheek. And then another the day later near where the first one was. These two also 'pop' on their own and drain (and drain and drain and draiiiin), and flatten. And then another, and another. And then the first dark purple patch swells up for round two. By this point my right cheek is taking a battering. It's red and inflamed and where one disappears, another will pop up. But the 'turnover' time between when it first appears and flattens after self-explosion is still ridiculously quick. So I'm telling myself this is the antibiotics. Maybe purging and clearing out old infections. Meanwhile my left cheek is looking clearer than it ever has done and my usual break outs have disappeared which is keeping me inclined to stick with the pills for the 3 month course. A couple more of these devil cysts pop up. I see my right cheek in a photo someone took - only now it's not only my cheek, but also areas I've never had acne before like my temple, eyebrow, and right by my ear. Seeing that photo was hard. One side of my face is now covered in red and purple lumps and scars where it wasn't before. Around 6 weeks in I get a very painful and larger than usual cyst - biggest I've ever had (at the time). The whole side of my face hurts. A few days later this cyst is still growing. I look like I have a golf ball on my face. Emotionally it's taking its toll. I'm about to throw the towel in with the antibiotics but I'm endlessly searching through forums any spare moment I get and seeing so many hopeful "it took a few months but it worked a dream in the end" claims. And I guess by this point I feel invested. Committed. As if not sticking it out for three months would make all the struggle obsolete. The earlier mentioned ear abscess comes back. I'm back with the doctor. Flucloxacillin for the abscess. I ask about Lymecycline, raise concerns how it feels like it's getting worse. (Different doctor to the one who originally prescribed them so he has no point of reference.) He assures me antibiotics don't make acne worse and I just need to wait it out, they will kick in soon, and my skin will 'settle down'. I believe it because why wouldn't I? But for two weeks I'm off lymecyclin for the fluclox. Towards the end of the two weeks - and I remember this very specifically because I was off to see my long distance girlfriend (who I don't know where I'd be without her undeniable love and support)- I felt like my skin was getting better. Two days before I left to see her this was confirmed when someone told me my skin looks a lot better. (He also said it looked raw and sore before but I'm trying to manually forget that part of the comment.) My girlfriend too confirmed this, though the previous couple of months had left my self-esteem and confidence in ruins so I was a self concious and anxious wreck still. I finish the fluc, back on the lyme and I get two cysts that put the previous golf ball I mentioned to shame. One on my left cheek first. I know already it's going to be a bad one. Then a smaller cyst beside it kind of merges with it. It's beyond painful. Next one is on my chin. I feel it for days before it's visible. I can feel the circumference under the skin and it's terrifyingly big. It's the most painful acne related thing I've ever experienced. By far the biggest too. I'm talking 5cm+. I'm back with my gf again and I can't smile it hurts so badly. I can't brush my teeth without whimpering. I can't open my mouth to eat food. The whole experience is nothing but miserable. It gradually starts to shrink but here's the real killer: the first golf ball cyst is still there. It flattened for the odd week here and there but always came back. The one on my left cheek is still there. The one on my chin is still there. And they are all weeping and oozing pus. Randomly, without warning, throughout the day. My life quickly becomes centred around how to minimise this happening in front of other people. Awful. Truly. Today: By this point I am exhausted. My face is awful. As well as the three big ones which are showing no signs of going anywhere, I'm still getting the smaller (but not at all small) cysts popping up all over the place. My whole face hurts. It wakes me up every night. I can barely eat or laugh or smile or pull a t shirt over my face.My anxiety levels are sky high and my self esteem is at an all time low. I can't usually make a day without a panic attack. I cry a lot because I don't really feel human at the mo. Customers at work keep asking me what I've done to my face or what's wrong with my face. I completely avoid looking in the mirror if I can help it. I've cancelled everything possible. I'm pretty isolated. Just leaving the house feels daunting. I came off Lymecycline recently and saw a doctor today who agreed it probably "wasn't having the desired effect". I had my face photographed to send off with a referral to a dermatologist. (A referral may take many months and I can't afford a private one.) I was told I have severe inflammatory cystic acne. This hurt to hear. Acne has always been a presence, always a niggling voice in the back of my head, but never would I have ever called it severe before now. It's all feeling kind of endless and hopeless and painful and itchy and unsightly. The past few months have been nothing like I've ever experienced. I am very low. I wanted to write it all out because it needs to go somewhere. Best wishes to all who are struggling right now.
  14. Hi guys, so I started getting back and shoulder acne when I was 11/12, I’m 14 now. I got shoulder acne way before I started developing facial acne. My first treatment was Zineryt lotion and Duac gel( when I was 12 or 13), I had a big allergic reaction to the duac gel I felt like the zineryt didn’t help at all and it was spreading bacteria due to the application. Last October my face has NEVER been as bad in my life than then( foundation was my saviour). My blemishes were painful and embarrassing. My shoulders flared up as well, so I went to my GP and had Lymecline antibiotics which cleared up my face a little but not my back acne. Quinoderm antibacterial face wash cleared up my face.I’ve just finished my 6 week supply and I don’t really think I’ll carry on as I want something stronger. Does anyone reccomend anything ( not accutane) as I’ve been covering up my shoulders for the past few years due to the acne and I finally want to clear it up once and for All. Right now, my shoulders are smooth and only 4 or 5bumpy spots but there is still loads of red little smooth ones.... All responses will be highly appreciated xxx
  15. Hi everyone, I have was prescribed to take 20mg of roaccutane for my mild cystic acne. I took 20mg a day for exactly 7 weeks but i have stopped taking the tablets due to lower back pain and blocked eye glands (dry eyes). I have been off of accutane for 2 weeks now and my skin is still clear (yay) and my eyes are 100% better. But my lower back pain is still giving me grief. Has anyone else experienced this lower back pain and if so how long did it take to go away after stopping accutane? thanks
  16. Looking for a bit of reassurance. Long term sufferer of mild/moderate acne (22y/o.) I was put on Lymecycline standard dose two months ago after my skin became slightly worse. (hadn't been prescribed anything but topical treatments for a number of years before this.) It has been terrible ever since. I've read a few hopeful posts about an initial breakout that eventually subsides but my face seems to be getting worse and I've just finished month 2. I would typically only have a handful of cysts over a year previous to lymecycline but since starting, I haven't had less than 3-5 active cysts on the go at any one time. Some days it feels as though it may be getting better and then some more painful, angry, huge ones pop up. It's very painful and my self-esteem is at an all time low and I'm having a hard time convincing myself to stick with the antibiotics. Wondering if anyone has had similar experience/words of reassurance? Thanks in advance!
  17. Please help me, my insurance has repeatedly declined helping with accutane and my back has changed my lifestyle for over a year, causing pain, scratching, and lots of bleeding.
  18. I get few pimples and couple Whiteheads, some blackheads on nose, but I get cysts around my eyes and nose and under my neck, most aren’t noticeable but I can feel them..... I have red blemishes too
  19. Hi, I am 31 years old (Indian origin). I have had clear skin all my life, until last year in September 2017. I started breaking out acne all across my jawline, chin and cheeks. A visit to the DERM and they put me on Doxycycline saying that i had hormonal imbalances. I took it for 4 months but my acne reduced only little bit and never cleared up completely. Once i stopped taking doxycycline, my face started breaking out again and this time much more badly including the forehead. I tired all OTC treatments like benzoyl peroxide and even stopped eating dairy completely. But nothing worked. I still continue to breakout badly with no respite. I made a second visit to DERM today and she prescribed me amoxicillin 500mg(twice a day) with food. I don't know if this will work or not? She told me that this will be a life long battle. I am really depressed and frustrated with acne breakouts. I don't feel like going anywhere out including office or meeting friends as my face is completely covered with marks, scares and acne(old and new). Please help -- If anyone has faced the same issue and got cured of severe adult acne. No one in my family has had severe or moderate acne before. Also, I don't want to go on any medicines/orals/topicals that are not pregnant friendly, since i am trying to conceive as well.
  20. HELP: Skin has been consistently breaking out for over a month, there seems to be no indications of improvement. Hey everyone! For some background, I started taking 40 mg absorbica November 28, 2017. I’m an 18 year old female, 125 pounds. I would say my acne was pretty moderate, but stubborn. My dermatologist prescribed me loads of topical treatments that barely worked along with medications like minocycline and doxycycline, which worked temporarily. Eventually I decided that my last resort was Accutane. Basically, when I started the treatment, I never really had an initial break out. Around the beginning of February (3 months in) my dose was raised to 60 mg and my skin started going downhill. My acne got to the worst point it’s ever been even before Accutane. I’ve been getting a bunch of cysts on my cheeks, which I’ve never had before. Since then, it’s been breaking out pretty consistently (now mid March). My derm increased my dosage to 80mg and I’ll be starting that later in the month. I don’t know what to do, not only is the acne lowering my self esteem, it’s also physically painful. Has anyone had a similar experience or is this unusual? How long do these breakouts usually last? I don’t know if this is just a late “initial breakout” but whatever it is, it’s been well over a month which doesn’t seem right.
  21. New here.

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    Hi there, I decided to give this forum a go seeing as I seem to be the only 30 year old in my town with crappy skin. I'm female and have been getting cysts and boils on my face since I was 10. It became much worse after being on minocycline, as soon as I stopped the course my face erupted in so many cysts I could barely move my face, ever since then they flare up several times a year. I finally found a Dr at the age of 28 who decided to try oratane, I was on that for 6 months and it was magic!! The dryness sucked but my skin had never been so clear. About 2 months after stopping the treatment I started getting the odd pimple which then slowly turned into getting cysts again, at the moment I have had at least one cyst on my face for about 2 months. They are so vile. At their worst I hid for a week, I refused to leave the house and was so down about it. I went back to my Dr and have been given a whole raft of medications. It's just so rubbish.
  22. 30 Days No Picking Challenge

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    Hi all, I'm planning on doing the 30 days no picking challenge to see if it makes a difference to my skin as I'm so sick of making my face appear even worse due to my incessant picking, leaving scars and scabs that take ages to heal and make it harder to cover up. I tried not picking for a few days a while ago and it definitely helped in terms of my complexion, so I want to try it again and see what happens, and whether it actually helps with breakouts and the spreading of bacteria. Anyone else up for doing it with me? It's probably easier when we can all motivate each other and share our progress!
  23. Hi all, I'm planning on doing the 30 days no picking challenge to see if it makes a difference to my skin as I'm so sick of making my face appear even worse due to my incessant picking, leaving scars and scabs that take ages to heal and make it harder to cover up. I tried not picking for a few days a while ago and it definitely helped in terms of my complexion, so I want to try it again and see what happens, and whether it actually helps with breakouts and the spreading of bacteria. Anyone else up for doing it with me? It's probably easier when we can all motivate each other and share our progress!
  24. Hormonal Acne Advice!

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    Hello everyone! I know long post... please give it a read?:) Ok, so I’ve been reading this forum form or years. You all seem to be very educated and know what you’re talking about when it comes to acne. I’m really hoping there’s someone that can give me some advice or suggestions for my acne. So backstory... had acne since 13, mostly just whiteheads and some pastuels on my forehead. Never on the lower half of my face where the hormonal acne “should be”. That bothered me so very much tried multiple different diets, creams, supplements... to no avail. Fast forward to when I turned 18 I started noticing more pastuels and some mild cysts along with the whiteheads. Again all localized on my forehead, but the cysts where only on my temples. My acne started to become more severe for me, but still classified as moderate. Again I started to try diets, vegan, paleo, Atkins pescatarian... etc. Tried many topicals for otc and perscription. Tried supplements, zinc, pantetheine, vit a... you name it I’ve probably tried it:(. So, I thought that my acne must be hormonal since no diet or amount of probiotics helped. So, I got my dermatologist to prescribe me Spironolactone. I was on that for two months OMG. No pimples after about a month. I was in what felt like bliss with my skin... but not in my head lol. The problem with this drug was it gave me severe depression, so I had to come off it. Within two weeks... boom, war zone on my forehead. So, then I had a DNA test done and he said that my testosterone was low and that I had estrogen dominance. Which had me very confused. I’ve taken dim for a month long before and my acne was at its worst, but maybe it’s detox? Or maybe Dim should raising free testosterone? Not sure. I know very confusing:( anyways, I’m only 20 and it’s T-zone acne which makes me think it’s puberty androgen induced acne since Spironolactone helped a lot! I have been on saw palmetto for months and that didn’t seem to do anything. But then again I seem to have estrogen dominance and I know. That phytoestrogens cause acne. Oh forgot to mention. I was on Diane 35 for a year and that also really helped my skin when I was 16. I am also female if anyone has some advice please please please let me know!!! I think I’m driving myself crazy over here
  25. 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