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  1. Let me start off by saying that this is my first experience with acne in this way. Other than the occasional pimple before my period, I had clear skin straight through my teens and twenties. I am now 29. I eat a pescatarian diet - primarily plant-based with one or two servings of seafood during the week.I barely eat dairy. I don't drink milk - I use almond milk for most of my needs. I stuck to this diet for almost 5 years, with no adverse effects, until SOY. In an effort to mix up my diet a bit, I began replacing almond milk with soy milk. From the end of January to the end of April (4 full months) I had a serving of soy milk almost daily. Whether it was with cereal, oats, smoothies -- I just had a ton of soy milk. Just wayyy too much. One month into my soy-life I noticed a cystic pimple on my cheek, but I paid no attention to it because I assmued it would vanish after my cycle. WAS I WRONG. One cyst became two, five, seven and by April, my cheek and chin was covered in massive, PAINFUL cysts that take forever to heal! Obviously I lost my mind, hemorrhaged money on various products etc. but nothing worked. My lightbulb moment came at the end of April, after my mom encouraged me to keep a food journal to keep track of what I was eating. I realized that the ONLY change to my diet had been the soy milk - literally the ONLY change. And then I read up about soy, and phytoestrogens etc. and concluded that it had to have been the culprit of my new cystic acne. I don't think I have an intolerance to soy, because the acne came fairly gradually. But I do think it has caused a sever hormonal imbalance, one I am still struggling to cope with even now. The last time I assessed my hormones (about a year ago) everything was A-OK. I quit soy on the 25th of April (went cold turkey). So its now been 6 weeks. I had a pretty severe breakout right after, but then I felt like things started to slow down. I still get pimples alright, but they are fewer in number. They also seem less...cystic ...if that makes sense. They heal relatively quickly (relatively is the operative word) and don't hurt as much. I have a bunch of questions: 1. Has anyone else experienced a hormonal imbalance caused by soy milk/phytoestrogens? 2. How long after eliminating soy/phytoestrogen did your condition improve? Did you continue to experience breakouts after? 3. Any other information on how long it takes for your hormones to readjust once you remove what was throwing them out of whack? What can I expect over the next few months? 4. Did you need any interventions? Spiro? Or did things fall back into place on their own?
  2. I have been suffering from acne since 6th grade and I'm now 22 years old. I have oily skin and lots of pimples and acne scars. I have been on the nuvaring for almost 2 weeks now and I'm starting to break out even more. I heard lots of success stories of nuvaring clearing their acne. How long does the process take before I notice results?
  3. I started the Yasmin pill on the 26th of April in order to clear my hormonal acne which I only started to develop this year at the age of 22! But look at my poor skin it's only deteriorated, the full face image is when I took my first pill, the other couple of images is today while ending my second pack. I had blood tests and everything was perfect apart from low estrogens so I know it's hormonal. Should I continue to stick it out?! Or change to another pill? How long did it take you to clear your acne on the bcp? I'm losing faith!
  4. The other week I had a hormonal blood test because I had acne and missing periods (for 18 months). Yesterday I went back to get the results and my doctor said the hormones were all completely normal. Also, my period came back yesterday for the first time since January 2017. im kind of happy that my hormones are all normal and my period is back but I’m confused as to why I have acne that are cysts around my mouth, chin and jawline (hormonal acne). I do have acne on my forehead too though. I have no idea what is causing it if all my hormone levels are normal, what am I supposed to do? I’m taking vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, omega 3. I’ve tried differin and I can’t go on BC because of migraines. My only option left according to the dermatologist is accutane and I really don’t want to go on that is it likely that my hormones will settle down therefore clearing my skin now my period is back ? My acne started 2 months after losing my period due to low oestrogen levels
  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 I quit birthcontrol after being on it for over 6 years a year ago. But I got scared and took the plan b a couple of times within the past year. The last being about 4 months ago. Ever since stopping birth control I’ve had horrible acne. It started off with closed comedones/ Whitehead’s all on my forehead. Now it’s mostly on my cheeks really bad closed comedones. And some still on my forehead. I also developed dandruff after stopping birth control. I don’t know if it’s due to brith control or i also took antibiotics on and off. Every time I look it up it’s either due to stopping birth control or people say it could be fungal acne. I’m wondering if anyone had this problem after quitting birth control and what hey did to fix it! Please help!!!
  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. Hey guys, I need some skincare advice as I am extremely upset with my complexion. I have always had clear skin up until March this year when I broke out massively, at the age of 22, I am talking twenty plus spots not one or two! Due to having anorexia for six years, I have never really had my periods regularly and I am still having them rather infrequently. I went straight to the doctors and I had blood tests done. My vitamins were all fine and my liver/gut both came back healthy however my estrogen levels and testosterone levels were both low, my estrogen levels being super duper low! So I have a testosterone dominance. I have been prescribed the Yasmin Birth Control Pill and I was told it would bring up my estrogen levels to make them balanced with my testosterone levels, clearing my acne. However, I have been on them for more than a month and my acne has not cleared and is still very persistent. If you have any advice or have been on a birth control for acne please comment below. I had to move back from university for a while as I wouldn't leave my room due to the acne and this has led to my depression returning. I also quit my job as it was very face on face and I just couldn't take it:( I just want to peel my face off. Thanks, Ells Other things I am doing: cut out dairy, eating more fruit and veg, started using Clinique Three Step Blemish Kit (hasn't seemed to help at all), using topical treatment Zineryt nightly (decreases acne by morning but acne will become worse during the course of the day), cut out coffee and soft drinks, drinking water and peppermint tea daily, already vegetarian, wearing non-clonogenic makeup (cut down on using foundation so much), switching pillowcases every few days, taking supplements which contain omega3 and zinc. Ive been doing this since march AND NOOOOOOOOO IMPROVEMENTS!
  9. PLEASE HELP Here is the short version of my acne story: In december 2017 I stopped taking my birth control pills. This sparked the fire that has engulfed the past 3 months of my life. I began seeing more acne than I was used to (I knew this was from stopping my birth control) so finally in March 2018 my dermatologist prescribed me 150mg Spironolactone. The first month of Spiro my skin was the worst I have ever seen it (purging from spiro). I am now in the second month and I can see the SMALLEST amount of improvement, but I am still breaking out. My entire teenage life I had taken minocycline to help my acne and it always worked great, but I stopped when I began taking spiro. I am now about to start taking minocycline again along with the spironolactone.However, I am very scared. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH SPIRO&MINO I need to know what this combination did to your skin if you have tried this. do you think it will be ok to start minocycline 2 months after starting spiro? PLEASE HELP
  10. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  11. So I stopped tri-sprinted (birth control pill) about a year ago and since then, my skin has been out of control. Based off what I’ve read, I’m pretty certain it’s hormonal. It was good for a couple months, and then had been progressively getting worse. It’s also unlike any acne I’ve ever had before. The texture is really gross looking, small bumps, lots of blackheads. I don’t know what to do. I’m awaiting an appointment with a dermatologist, and in the meantime I am using Beauty counter cleanser, cocokind natural products, and taking zinc supplements + a probiotic. Has anyone experienced this?! I keep waiting for my hormones to get back to normal but it really seems like it’s takig longer than it should. Side note: I was on the pill for about 6-7 years and have fairly sensitive skin. Help
  12. 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.
  13. Hi all, new to the forum here. I am a male 20 year old at college. I didn't start puberty until around 16 and 1/2 years old (later bloomer for sure). I grew 10 inches since then and am now 5'11. I've gotten zits (maybe 1 or 2 max at a time) over the years but last month I experienced my first breakout. I fully recovered and was followed by an even worse breakout. I also am getting more bumps on my chest, and a little more back acne. I also am starting to get acne on my butt. I have about 10 clear zits on my face as of now but forehead is also more bumpy and I am super diligent about washing face, using spot treatment and moisturizer, it just doesn't help. Is this hormonal? And is it due to puberty? My facial hair is also just starting to make a little progress so I am praying this is all just puberty. Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you.
  14. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  15. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Acne, Rosacea, ocular rosacea, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD. 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  16. Please help! I am desperate to fix these skin issues once and for all. I've had acne since I was 13, and I'm 21 now. I have recurring acne on my cheekbones and around my mouth and chin that pop up in the exact same spots, on and off for about two years. I have red marks on my cheekbones, mouth area, and forehead that will not go away no matter what. I tried proactive when I was younger and it set off some of the worst acne in my life. After that, I found out I was allergic to sodium laureth sulfate as well as tocopherol acetate (synthetic vitamin e) so I haven't been able to use any of the standard acne medications. I prefer holistic remedies anyway, and have seen some success with diet changes, but not enough to completely clear my skin. I started a whole foods, plant based diet in February, and completely went off meat and dairy. About two weeks ago I stopped eating processed oils (as well as nuts and nut butters) and cut my intake of processed foods down drastically (bread only every so often). All of this was for personal reasons, but I did read that cutting these things out could help with acne. I take Green Vibrance Powder, and drink 64-87 oz of water per day. (64 is the basic amount I need). I drink coffee, but I also drink ginger turmeric tea and skin detox tea intermittently. I do still have a good amount of sugar - it's the one thing I can't really kick. I often get coconut milk caramel frappuccinos when I'm working, and I still have jam occasionally and brown sugar quiet a lot. This could possibly be the source? I am moderately active - I work online so I'm often sitting, but I do walk every day and I go hiking every week. I use an all-natural aloe vera gel on my skin and wash my face everyday, I don't sleep with my makeup on, and I follow pretty much every skin care rule I'm supposed to follow for my skin. Still, nothing helps. I don't know what else I can do, and I am completely sick of dealing with this. I'm ready to throw out all of my heavy foundation and concealer (oil free and clean of ingredients I'm allergic to, but not organic or natural, unfortunately. I can't afford expensive makeup very often.) and never wear it again, but I can't. All I have wanted for the past 8 years is clear, healthy skin. I have had hormonal issues in the past (it runs in my family) and have seen my skin get better from using progesterone cream when I was younger. I do have some symptoms of low progesterone, but not a lot - almost every issue I had previously went away with the wfpb diet. Even my skin texture is better, but the acne and scarring will not budge. Any advice or tips are appreciated! Thanks for reading
  17. Hello all! I am new to the community but I have a few questions.. I have pretty light cystic acne that is hormonal caused by my IUD. I am 18 years old and have light skin. I have some scars but not a ton. Overall, my skin is pretty good but I get new cyst break outs about every 2 weeks and frequently have to get shots in them. I currently use AktiPak and have been on it for a few months. It has reduced my cyst breakouts to about 3 large cysts a month. Recently my dermatologist gave me Retin A claiming it would kill the underlying bacteria causing the cysts. I am very scared about starting Retin A! There is no good time to start it because something always seems to be coming up! I am just wondering if the side effects (peeling/redness/flakes/breakouts) will be was severe since my skin isn’t bad to begin with? Does it really work?! I’m afraid it will make my skin bad and never better again... I would love clear skin by June 18th! (it is currently april 2nd)... any thoughts/advice?
  18. Hi. About almost 2 weeks ago, I began using apple cider vinegar on my forehead to get rid of the millions of small bumps that randomly appeared. I've been struggling with cheek and temple acne, but had been mostly clear on my forehead for a while. Anyways, the apple cider vinegar worked very well in the beginning days, even started helping fade some hyperpigmentation on my temple, but now I'm continuing to get small pimples on my forehead. They get very irritated. Aside from them, the skin of my forehead is now drier and smoother than it had been for weeks. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of them? I don't THINK they're hormonal, but I could be wrong. I always linked them to my on-going digestive problems. I've cut out gluten to no avail. The small bumps are completely gone, it's just these red little inflamed pimples. Here's my current routine: -neutrogena pore refining cleanser (AM and PM, i use a clarisonic brush with it in the evening) -apple cider vinegar as toner (i only use it on my forehead, temples, and one side of my jawline where i have a lot of trouble spots; AM and PM) -cerave moisturizer (i moisturize everywhere but my forehead - i tend to get little bumps when i do; AM and PM) -occasionally tea tree oil (as a spot treatment) -st. Ive's green tea exfoliating scrub (just purchased today and used it for the first time, so i can't yet just its affectiveness; planning on using it PM only) any suggestions on how I could improve my skincare? I'm also considering trying evening primrose oil to balance hormones internally. I was diagnosed with endometriosis a few weeks ago, along with irritable bowel syndrome. My doctor and I are developing a treatment plan for both, and she suggested the EPO. In the mean time, I'm trying to use natural methods to at least manage my acne. Any tips would be greatly appreciated
  19. Hello all who is out there reading this, I’m James, a 23 year old male & I have been suffering from acne since age 11. I’m not quite sure on the exact cause so I’ve come here to hopefully seek some wisdom from maybe those who’ve been in my shoes. Get ready for a bumpy (face of a) ride. Here’s my journey. A brief background on my acne. I’ve tried pretty much all over the counter products. Cleansers Moisturizers Topicals: BP, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Essential Oils Minocycline, Doxycycline, & eventually 6 months of Acutane. All have done there fair share of either helping slightly or damaging my skin. I would say my acne has always been pretty moderate. Anyth region above my eyes has always been crystal clear but my cheeks, chin, & forehead never have been clear. My current regimen includes: VITAMINS & MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Beta Sitosterol (active compound in Saw Palmetto), Probiotics, & Fiber capsules. AM: Wash with a gentle gentle cleanser in the morning, use Thayers Witch Hazel (rose water) as a toner with a few drops of Salicylic Acid Moisturize is Aloe Vera gel. Before I head out the door I spray my face with Green Tea water mixed with Thayers. PM: Recently switched to a 3% Sulfur cleanser to help my dead skin cell slow turnover rate. Thayers again as a toner. Also recently switched to Azelaic Acid (20%) as my topical. Lastly I use a Retin-A . I found that Azelaic Acid & Tretinion compliment eachother. MY DIET: This last month I did a full month long colon, liver, & full body detox cleanse to insure my acne wasn’t purely internally based. I am a very health conscience person and happen to be allergic to dairy & gluten so those two factors are already out the window. I stay far from excess sugary foods & hydrogenated oils. Other than that I eat a high fiber/omega-3/omega-6/ diet. Lots of beans, lentils, veggies, avocados, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, almonds & cashews. No alcohol. I drink about 3-4 cups of Green Tea a day as well as 1-2 Spearmint or Chamomile teas at night before bed. I also drink plenty of water (at least 100 fluid ounces per day). I believe I may have Hyperkeratinoisis which is a buildup of protein on the skin that clogs pores with dead skill cells. Add my excess sebum (oil) and it’s a mixture from hell. I do get stressed out but not any more than the average person. I’m a fairly calm & level headed human. Depression has taken its toll on me over the last few years after I’ve seen a dermatologist for about 2.5 years which did nothing. I actually obtain more clear skin by researching for myself and trying more holistic approaches. The best thing a dermatologist offered me was Tretinion which I still use to this day. SIDE NOTE: My acne or at least sebum production goes into overdrive after masturbation. I’ve tested the theory and I have broken out bad masturbating consistent days. Also I’ve held off work about two weeks and yes my skin got better but never fully cleared me up. The most frustrating part of this whole journey to clear skin is the teasing of new practices I implement. I try something new & it works, starts to clear me up then out of no where either backfires or stops working. Some examples of these are... Green Tea. Lost its effectiveness so I bumped up to Matcha green tea which was strong and worked again but slowly diminished strength. Pure Tea Tree Oil (huge clogger of pores). My skin was beautifully clear after dabbing pure Tea Tree Oil on my face daily unless it clogged my pores horrifically. Took 3-4 months to unclog them. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lost its effectiveness. High Fish Oil intake. Stopped its high effectiveness & to thin out my sebum BP. Always overdried me & made my breakouts worse. It’s like my body becomes immune to all of these wonderful options and just wants to make my facial inflammation worse. There’s a few questions that I am eager to have answered. Such as products I’ve been curious to try but have not yet. So without further ado I’ll fire away. Borage Oil over EPO (evening primrose oil)? Does the higher GLA content really make a huge difference Can eating eggs & almonds truly cause more acne? Topical Spironolactone? Anyone have positive experiences with Azelaic Acid? Anyone have positive experiences switching to Sulfur cleansers? If I’ve tried Beta Sitosterol & it didn’t work should I still bother with Saw Palmetto? Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur Topicals/Lotion effectiveness ? Should I try these Best products for Hyperkeratinosis acne? Best acne bacteria fighting/non-drying/non-comedogenic day time moisturizers? Does it does as if I have hormonal acne? Any advice Alpha Hydroxy Acid products? Very curious to try them out if Azelaic doesn’t pan out well. Thank you so much if you got this far. I hope that some of this info can shed new light to those out there struggling because I know some of these products work well for many acne sufferers. I haven’t found my answer yet but I’m still striving to do so. Keep fighting everyone :)!
  20. Week 5 update. (from 15th Feb - 2nd March) I have decided to to start blogging weekly or every 2 weeks depending on the changes in my skin. Firstly I had my month 2 review with my dermatologist on Thursday 22nd Feb. She was really happy with how skin has reacted to the accutane and also that my mood had not been affected. She increased my dose from 40mg per day to 70mg per day. I collected my prescription today (2nd march) so will start my increased dose tomorrow. Over the last couple of weeks the biggest change in my skin is the dryness, all of a sudden the oil production just seems to have stopped. Literally overnight I noticed one day when driving home from work when looking in the mirror that my face wasn't shining like a mirror! Also that my makeup had not moved, usually by the end of the day at work my makeup has broken down and looks awful because of the oil my skin as produced, but no more! My lips!! Oh my god I cant keep them moisturised enough, they are starting to peel and seem to be dry no matter how much I apply product to them. My hair also is not getting half as greasy as it was, usually I would only get 2 days maximum from a hair wash and have to use loads of dry shampoo between washes. But now its very different, I had my hair done on a Saturday and didn't have to wash it until the following Wednesday! I had my period 2 weeks ago and I thought it was lighter than usual, not sure if this was anything to do with the medication or not. During my period I had a couple of very small pimples pop up on my face, I have been excessively moisturising as my skin is so dry, so I'm not sure what was the cause of those. I have one small spot on my chin and one on the side of my nose today, which appeared yesterday, I thought that this morning they would have followed the usual pattern of my skin and got a lot bigger but they haven't, if anything they have gotten smaller. Overall still very happy with my progress, will be interesting to see how my skin reacts to the higher dosage!
  21. Hi I’m every new here! im 18, at uni, healthy sporty and arty guy and I’ve been struggling with acne for 6 years and it’s at it’s worse and it’s killing everything I care about and love. I’ve been to the doctors a gazillion times and nothing works apart from Nicam (freederm) occasionally however the spots keep coming, bigger, redder, more painful and leaves scaring and pigmentation all over the place. My acne is mostly in the t zone on my face and it’s pretty bad and also on my back. I know accutane is all the hype but just straight up want to avoid it. Acne is killing my confidence so much and stopping me from doing things which is the worst feeling. Can anyone offer some advice? Has anyone been in this position, what worked for you? Is there anything I can do? Thanks in advance!!
  22. So basically I started using a regiment from an esthetician which cleared up my forehead mostly but did nothing for my chin because it was hormonal. I hen switched to cetaphil about 2 weeks and it dried out my skin too much so I went back to Neutrogena deep clean cleanser with a sensitive skin moisturizer which is what i used before this acne started. I also started a Neutrogena spot treatment benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. Recently I just went in for a light chemical peel Microdermabrasion with extractions. This is my second day after the facial and in the areas where the extractions were done I have pimples coming back that are whiteheads. Although This is normal for me, I was just getting over a pretty bad breakout before the facial due to the time of the month. so I was just wondering if you guys think that it’s purging or it’s a bad reaction to the facial? They hurt pretty badly.Another question I have is what your opinion is on Retin-A and clindamycin which is what I got prescribed my doctor but haven’t started yet. I’m nervous that I’d start purging or get even worse acne from them. Please any advice would help! Thank you and sorry this is so long Also, because I was told to use a gentle cleanser after the facial, I bought the dermalogica special cleansing gel which is made for all skin types and is supposedly very gentle for your skin
  23. Days 13, 14 & 15 - Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg tablets with breakfast. I have had a couple more small pimples come up, nothing major or like my usual. Cant tell if it because of the accutane or my period...or both. Skin is getting very dryer, feeling very tight in the morning and evening after I have cleansed. Noticed that my hands are getting a lot dryer now as well. My skin is looking a lot less angry and smoother. My hair also feels quite dry on the ends, again not sure if its the tablets or I might just need a hair cut!
  24. Days 11 & 12

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    Days 11 & 12 - Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg with breakfast. Skin is getting a lot dryer though I am producing a fair bit of oil still but not as much. Haven't had any of my usual cystic acne breakouts. I have had a couple of small pimples on my chin pop up, but again nothing like the normal cystic lumps that I get. This could also be down to my period being due in a couple of days. My cold is still hanging around, which is annoying, Other than that nothing else to report, so far so good!