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  1. I’ve been trying everything to get rid of it. i’ve had these breakouts for a few months now and they never get bigger or smaller in size they just stay there no matter what products i try. i’ve been using glossier the solution, thayers witch hazel toner, clearsil face wash, the body shop tea tree oil daily solution ,and the ordinary rosehip seed oil. my dermatologist also prescribed me mino cycline 50mg twice a day and i’ve been on and off taking that for about a month (it makes me nauseous) and my skin seems to look the same. any suggestions of what i can do differently or what this may be caused by. its also worth mentioning i have hypothyroidism so it can very well be caused by that...i just want to know how i can make it go away. thank you so much
  2. So I have been using Murad’s sulfur mask since freshman year of college. It used to seem to help when I was on both birth control and antibiotics but I don’t notice a super big difference anymore in terms of helping with acne. Since I started using benzoyl peroxide I feel like the mask contributes to overdrying. Does anyone else feel like masks are pointless? What are your thoughts? I know people who do them every once in a while and others who do use them everyday. Since you wash them off does the amount of time they absorb into the skin for skin for even help?
  3. Hi all. i'm 18 and i have struggled with acne on and off since i was about 13 or so. i used proactiv (worst thing ever), and then when my insurance changed and the dermatologist was covered, i went. whatever they gave me worked almost instantly and it continued to work for about a year or two. my acne started to get worse when i was seventeen. i would get these huge, painful zits underneath my skin that would stay for weeks. i broke out mostly on my cheeks, chin. and forehead. my dermatologist suggested that i go on accutane, however i dis not think it was the best choice for me personally. i kept with whatever the dermatologist originally prescribed. after doing a lot of research, i decided to try to work from the inside out. i began taking a multivitamin with collagen, vitamin a, and other skin clearing properties, probiotics, vitamin d, and zinc. these vitamins all improved my skin overall, but it was still was not where i wanted it to be. at this time, my mom suggested that i go on the birth control pill before college, and as an added bonus, she said it helped with her acne as a teen/young adult. it didnt work overnight, but after being on the pill for several months (im on loryna) i saw great imporovement. other than birth control and vitamins, here are the skincare products i use and absolutely love: simple micellar water- makeup remover cerave renewing SA cleanser- face wash thayers rose petal witch hazel- toner rosehip seed oil (miracle for scars and hyperpigmentation and did not break me out!) vitamin e cream- moisturizer corsx pimple stickers- spot treatment, sucks all of the pus out of zits i also do face masks from time to time. my favorite is the indian healing clay. anyway, these are my tips on how to get clearer skin. it works very well for me, but everyone is diferent. i hope you all find what works for you...
  4. Help!! My skin has erupted in loads of spots whiteheads and cysts as well as loads of little bumps with lots of redness. I used to have isolated chin acne (it was no where else) Even my cheeks were super clear- I’ll put a before and after pic below (the before is from last year) I feel like I’ve tried absolutely everything from natural remedies to creams and topical treatments right now I’m using the neutragena clearing face wash and the Liz Earle moisturiser and toner and I occasionally use the Barnier pure active face mask. I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve probably wasted £100s on treatments and it just goes in a circle:I get slightly clear and then bam I’ve got spots everywhere again it’s so embarrassing. I’m going to be 19 soon and I feel like I have the skin of a 13 year old it’s really getting ready down. Please can anyone help???
  5. Hi guys I started the regimen nearly 3 years ago I had really bad skin that came out of nowhere all over my cheeks and chin it Took almost 9 months but I was completely clear didn’t get any spots and hardly wore make up. I still used the regimen but ran out for a while so didn’t use for about 6 months but stayed clear. I then started getting a few spots here and there so started it again about a year ago. I now keep getting spots on my chin mainly my right side they clear up really quickly but come back again I may have a few days complexly clear but always get another spot In few days. My cheeks and forehead are completely clear my forehead always has been. I am worried as when it started to get bad it started with the chin and then went to the cheeks. Has the regimen stopped working? Do I need to use more BP? I’ve only ever used a pea size amount and it got me clear when I tried using more I broke out before. I use cetaphil cleanser and simple moisturiser I only moisturise in the morning and this routine is what got me clear to start with. I have noticed the i have a off day and forget I cleanse or use the treatment I will break out but I have not done that in the last few week. Any advice. Pls ??
  6. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  7. I was in a severe auto accident a year and a half ago. I have a TBI that included damage to my thalamus. I've had clear skin all my life, now at 23 I'm having severe acne. Dermatologist put me on doxycycline, epi duo forte, benzoyl peroxide, nothing is working, it has only been about 3 weeks. I just don't see it getting better. the acne is covering my forehead and the sides of my face, not my t zone at all. The dermatologist said I had too much androgen. About 5 days ago I started Yaz bc, hoping that may help. In a week I go see an endocrinologist hoping he may have some answers. Understand if this was a few zits I'd just deal with it, but it's like 50, and it seems like more everyday..I'm embarrassed to be seen in public. Wondering if anyone else had a brain injury and then dealt with haywire hormones. Thanks!
  8. hi there! I’m new in the forum so please forgive me if this is not the right place to post this. I mainly made an account to meet people going through the same problem I’m facing, and maybe finding a bit of hope for when the acne demon brings me down. I’m 27 yo and I’ve been struggling with cystic acne since I was 16. Back then my dermatologist prescribed me Accutane after every topical and antibiotic treatment failed, and I took it for 1 year. I was also indicated to take Diane for birth control, but since I was not sexually active and the bcp caused me a lot of awful side effects, I dropped it after a few months. My skin finally cleared up, leaving me awful boxcar scars that have haunted me ever since and never went away even after trying with creams, peels and many intense pulsed light sessions. However, 3 years later the acne came back, and before it made a disaster like the first time, I immediately visited my dermatologist who once again prescribed me Accutane but this time in a lower dose, and along with it I started Yasmin and regular peelings for the damage. The problem was under control, with occasional pimples coming out but nothing to worry about. After I finished this second round of Accutane, I continued with Yasmin for another 7 years, until I made the big mistake of leaving them. After 4 months free of bcp, my acne came back with big painful cysts. The last 5 months that passed I’ve visited 3 different dermatologists and went through many different topical treatments and a round of tetraciclines with no success, if anything my acne got worst. I was determined not to take Accutane again, so I started reading a lot online and found out that my problem could be hormonal, so I visited another dermatologist with the purpose of asking for an hormonal blood test, which I made and the results confirmed what I was suspecting: the damn hormones were the root cause of my big acne problem. So she prescribed me Spironolactone, starting with 25 mg, increased to 50 mg after one month and finally 100 mg which I started 3 weeks ago. Since I was not seeing any results with spiro alone, and since I am very impatient, I asked my gynecologist to prescribe me bcp again. So I started taking Yaz 3 weeks ago along with the spiro. I was told by many physicians that spiro was safe to take for young healthy women, so I only take the precaution of drinking plenty of water, reducing potassium intake, and will have my blood tested in a few months. So far the side effects of it are nearly to none, other than occasional tiredness. I was vegetarian already, but I decided to quit dairy (almost completely), reduced significantly my sugar and carbohidrates intake, and started eating more atioxidant vegetables. So far I have not seen any results. Nothing seemed to have helped. I have currently 5 cysts, 2 in my cheeks and 3 in my neck/jawline, and many red pimples. I read all about skin care routine, so I recently started cleansing my skin twice daily with jojoba oil, effaclar gel, a bha/aha toner, tea tree oil, non comedogenic moisturizer for my dry skin, and at night I alternate Salycilic acid 6% with Benzoyl Peroxide. This last one caused flaking and much dryness in my skin so I barely use it. I confess that I am obsessed with my acne. I don’t want to go through the nightmare I lived when I was a teenager again, I am 27 yo and never imagined I would have to go through this again. I am mostly worried about the scarring, because the first time I had cystic acne it ruined my skin. I know I have to be patient, that spiro and Yaz take at least 3 months to show results, but I can’t avoid to feel anxious and get mad everytime I see my face in the mirror. So... has anyone gone through something similar? Do you have any advice? My dermatologist recommended me 2 sessions of IPL for the red marks and then starting a treatment with glycolic acid + hydroquinone for the scars, does anyone know if it works? Thanks for reading xx
  9. I’ve been using African black soap for a month now too. When can I expect to see results if it works?
  10. It has been 15 days that I have been on Doxycycline and topical retinoid treatment. My dermatologist wants me to continue Doxycycline for another 15 days and then start Accutane. My gynecologist has prescribed me Diane35 for hormonal treatment. Can I intake Accutane and Diane35 at the same time?
  11. So, I was on accutane for about a year. I took it in 2015 and ended towards the summer of 2016. I don’t remember the transition of dosages but I believe I went up to either 60 mg or 80 mg. For the past two years, my skin has been clear. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a week, I’d get 1-2 little dots on my face. For the the past two weeks, I’ve had heavier breakouts. I was not on my period when this began and I still am not. This was my skin two weeks ago:And here was my acne prior to accutane: Lastly, I’m going to post my skin at the moment. While it seems to be drying up, I have a new little red dot or small pimple on my face everyday for the past two weeks. Ive been washing my face twice a day and don’t know why this is happening. I’m worried sick and may consider seeing the dermatologist again. I know there is no cure for acne but I hope the accutane assisted with my skin not coming back to what it was. The newest pimple is the one that appeared on my chin last night:
  12. Roaccutane journal 10mg /day I am 24, female, and have been struggling with chin/jawline acne. This is a week by week journal of my skin while on 10mg/day roaccutane. I am currently 3 months in and will update as I progress. Week 1 (ending 9/6/18): Slight lip dryness (dry from winter anyway-not sure if this is a side effect) No new breakouts Still lots of existing congestion under skin around chin area (large cystic as well as little bumps) Week 2: (ending 16/6/18): Around 4-5 new whiteheads on chin Lips getting a little drier than they usually do in winter Skin a little drier than usual One new cystic pimple on chin Existing congestion still there Week 3: (ending 23/6/18) Whole chin/jawline breaking out. Looks awful, sore to touch Lips a little dry Week 4: ( ending 30/6/18) 3 new pimples Still lots of existing congestion and redness Lips a little dry Week 5: (ending 7/7/18) Exactly the same as week 4 Week 6: (ending 14/7/18) 2 new pimples on chin Skin a little dry A few nose bleeds Lips quite dry Still lots of congestion under skin Week 7: (ending 21/7/18) Congestion under skin Lips dry 2 new pimples Week 8: (ending 28/7/18) Dermatologist appointment, staying on 10mg/day I told derm I hadn’t noticed any improvement yet she said it’s still too early and to be patient 2 pimples from last week still here 3 new pimples Congestion Dry lips Week 9: (ending 4/8/18) 6 pimples Some congestion still Lips cracked and bled on their own for the first time Skin dry but manageable with constant moisturising Week 10:(ending 11/8/18) 5 new pimples Lips very dry white and flaky Pimples went down by Thursday Noticeably less congestion this week (from what I can feel when washing my face) Still have redness on chin area Week 11: (ending 18/8/18) One pimple on forehead Almost no congestion under skin 2 tiny whiteheads on chin that I popped Week 12: (ending 25/8/18) Almost no congestion under skin No active pimples so far Week 13: One breakout on chin week 18: no breakouts since week 13!
  13. Hey guys! I am in need of some help with my hormonal acne. For the past year or so I have had consistent hormonal acne on my chin, specifically on the left side. I have comedones, blackheads, white heads, dry skin, and redness in that area specifically, with some small instances on the middle of my chin and left side. Occasionally also on my forehead and nose. While I’ve always had acne, I’ve never really struggled until I got the Kyleena progesterone IUD. Since then it’s been non stop mini breakouts, including my first ever cyst (which is still going strong) and my first ever acne scars. Hasn’t been a nice experience, and it’s really messing with my confidence honestly. I really need help with what to do to help it out. What to eat or not eat, vitamins to use, and product ideas. I currently do consume a lot of coffee/caffeine and also a lot of dairy. Should I cut those out, and if I do how long should I wait to see if that’s my problem. My skin routine is thus: Morning - wash face with spin for perfect spin brush (regular head) and green beaver green tea citrus wash. Then apply skin cuticles blemish and age defense to breakouts as a spot treatment. Then apply the ordinary’s niacinimide treatment to whole face. Let dry and apply dr. Haushkas quince day cream. Do not apply a sunscreen, because I am afraid it will mess with my sensitive skin. Nighttime - wash face with spin for perfect skin brush and green beaver green tea citrus wash with spin for perfect skin (regular head), apply the ordinary’s niacinimide serum, then apply benzagel 5 on breakouts (on 2 nights one night don’t apply) and then dr. Haushckas quince day cream again. I also sometimes use corsx acne master patches over night on breakouts. While these have been working, I still need that something to get rid of this stubborn acne on my chin. Looking for product recommendations, things to try or take out of my routine. Or is my routine fine and I just need to change my eating habits??? Any and all advice is welcome! TLDR; looking for routine/life advice on stubborn hormonal chin acne, for fixed and prevention. Side note, please rate my acne!!
  14. Hey guys. So I have mild acne here and there, usually triggered by eating habits but lately I have not been having anything out of the ordinary.. no extra sugar or sodium. I’ve had dairy products sparingly but that’s it. I notice thought, that I frequently (every week or so) get breakouts of a cluster of white heads(?) around my mouth and on my cheek. They’re the type that if I was to scratch it lightly it would pop but they also sting a bit if I exfoliate over them. They usually go away within a week but I’m getting super frustrated. If anyone can offer any insight I’d be super happy.
  15. 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!
  16. Yasmin is making me oily?

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    I'm on Ocella (generic form of Yasmin) and have been taking it for the past 6 weeks in an attempt to clear up my period breakouts. I've noticed that in month 2 my skin has gotten a lot more oily, resulting in white heads, clogged pores, and a few cysts of week. I am aware I need to wait it out- but has this happened to anyone before? I knew my skin would get worse, but I didn't think it could get even more oily!
  17. I am a female, 22 years old. I've been on 2 rounds of Accutane and my acne came back. I've tried Doxy, Minocycline, Tazorac, etc. My dermatologist sort of said this was the last chance I had at getting better with this strong medication. The Retin-A is 0.1% and Spiro is 50mg. Now, my forehead is covered in white heads that are hard to get in photos and my cheeks are just as bad. Could my forehead be a fungal infection? Another course of Accutane isn't an option due to me developing severe migraines from it during the second course. I am also allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide. My current skin care is the Salicylic Acid Cerave cleanser in the AM along with Cerave SA lotion and Neutrogena clear face SPF. Evening is Cerave hydrating cleanser along with the Cerave SA lotion and the Tretnoin when my skin is dry. I would appreciate any advice! Thank you in advance!
  18. Hello, I am wondering if anybody has tried this or think it will work: 18 months ago I had terrible breakouts after my antibiotics stopped working, I was prescribed Dianette (took 3 months to work then cleared my skin for 6 months) the past 6 months my skin has been gradually worse and Dianette no longer seems to be working for me I have an appointment for accutane. The dermatologist has an opt out of birth control option so should I stop Dianette now as it’s no longer working and I will breakout anyway but hopefully accutane will stop the post pill breakout or just stay on Dianette til I need to come off and have a breakout after accutane. I can also try weaning off Dianette whilst on accutane to avoid a hormonal breakout. I want off this pill because I want to balance my hormones naturally and I’m scared of pulmonary embolisms.
  19. Hi, I have a new dermatologist appointment tomorrow and I know for a fact that they'll just suggest new antibiotics or a second round of accutane. Standard treatments. So I just wanted to get some ideas here first so that I would be able to present them tomorrow. Back story: I've had acne since age 14, I'm 19 now. I've tried doxycicline, minocycline, duac gel, treclinac gel, different kinds of topical creams. I've been on a full 6 month accutane course, the acne returned after a year. I've done a chemical peel I've been on birth control (yasmin) for 3 months now. No improvement. I don't think giving it more time will do anything? it just gave me a bad initial breakout and I'm back to square one now.. So my doctor (not the dermatologist) told me that I should wait for 4 months for the birth control to kick in. So I have an appointment with him in about 4 weeks. With university and everything coming so close I have no energy or time to wait for nothing. Thus the dermatologist appointment tomorrow, I wanted to see if there were other options bcz I'm pretty sure birth control won't do anything (I know my skin). Which sucks because it works amazing for so many people and I tried almost everything else and I literally locked myself up for months waiting for this to work. Anyways. Any ideas? Should I change birth control, or wait? add spironolactone? I don't even know if I have hope or patience anymore for any of these but still any ideas would help and are welcome.
  20. Hi all, I've been inspired by so many progress posts on this site, that I decided it was time for me to contribute to the community as well. I am a 32-year-old female who suffers from moderate but consistent hormonal acne. I take no oral birth control but have a Mirena IUD. My breakouts include cysts and white heads. Last week I started taking the following for my adult, hormonal acne: Vitamin D3 (4,000iu) Saw Palmetto (500mg) Stinging Nettle (500mg) I also started taking the following to combat excessive bruising on my arms and legs: Vitamin C (1,000mg) And for the past year I have been taking: L-Lysine (2,000mg) Women's Daily Multivitamin Gummies Here is my progress thus far. Hoping to track and share my progress weekly. Fingers crossed for results and patience. Day 1 Day 7 It's too soon to really see any results, but at least psychosomatically, my acne seems to be "drying out" more quickly. I've had bout 8 new pimples this week, but it's quite possible they were already there and just hit the surface this week. For week 2, I am considering adding the following into my new supplement regimen: Evening Primrose Oil (1,300mg) Calcium (1,000mg), Magnesium (500mg), Zinc (25mg) Stay tuned, and please let me know if you have any questions or advice!
  21. Hi! this is my first post on this website and i'm looking for possible ways to help improve my skin. Lately, my acne has been making me not want to hang out with my friends or see anyone because i'm embarrassed. I know i shouldn't be embarrassed and that acne is a normal thing but it stresses me out. All my friends have only like one or two pimples at a time and then there's me. I'm feeling so insecure and i just want to find drugstore products that will work. Heres some information about my skincare routine and acne. Every zit i have leaves a dark mark even when i don't pick. I think it's because i'm biracial. I believe i have moderate acne but i could be wrong. i have combination skin. My outer cheeks and nose are usually completely clear. Morning : - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer with salicylic acid - apply neutrogena sheer touch face sunscreen (only to hyperpigmentation) Night: - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser except with a rubber scrubber thing from sephora - spot treat with slightly diluted apple cider vinegar - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer again
  22. I need help,i dont know what i have! I went to many doctors and all of them gave differents answers but nothing helped me. I need to know whay i have. i have mix skin i believe, dry on cheeks, a bit oily in my forehead and nose. I've been struggling with these little bumps my whole puberty, teenage and now im 21, i cant longer say its bc im a a teenager Any idea of what can be? I dont even know if this is acne!
  23. Hi there, my name's Jane and I'm a 24 year old female. I have been battling acne since I was a teenager. It started out with some red spots and over time, it has slowly gotten worse to the point where not only is my face always inflammed, but the texture is bumpy and uneven. I have a feeling my skin is as bad as it is now because of a combination of things: hormones, from picking at my skin, overuse of products, usage of well water as I live in a rural area, and perhaps some sort of fungal thing. I have similar looking breakouts on my shoulders and some down the rest of my back as well which leads me to believe that it isnt just what I've applied to my facial skin, as I haven't used any products on my shoulders/back except for a few. I've tried all kinds of products and nothing seems to show any improvement except for 2 (but only minimal improvement): Nizoral (with 1% ketoconazole) and tea tree oil. The tea tree oil keeps pustules/cysts from getting more angry and keeps more from popping up overnight, but it can only do so much. My spots are constantly there. The Nizoral is helping with my tiny bumps, but not with the other types of pimples I have. (I'm thinking these tiny bumps could either be closed comedones or pityrosporum folliculitis?) I'm going to be starting birth control for the first time within the next few weeks (contains estrogen and progestin) so I'm interested to see if that helps. I'm going to see a dermatologist soon, but my insurance is not the best so I'm afraid they won't really try to understand, they'll just try to prescribe me something based off of past cases. From what I've seen and read online, acne is better dealt with internally when nothing seems to work. My blemishes have always bothered me, but as I grow older I find myself becoming more emotionally and psychologically damaged from it. I feel ugly and dirty, invalid, unhealthy, and unworthy of attention. I'm extremely fearful of exposing my skin. I just started a new relationship with a guy that I really like (we've been together almost 3 months) and I'm afraid that he will leave one day because of it. I don't want to go to work sometimes and I don't have a lot of friends because I don't want anyone to see my skin (which keeps me from being too social). I have half a closet of clothes I've never worn because of the spots on my shoulders/back. It's been years since I've gone swimming or slept over someone's house. I try to always wear makeup unless I'm at home with my parents. I mean, you can still see the uneven texture of my skin through the makeup, but it's better than having my face look as red as it is. It's at the point now where I just want to stay home until my skin clears up, but obviously that's impossible. I'm just here to ask if anyone has any insight on to what type of acne I really do have and if there's anything they suggest to help me clear my skin? Thank you in advance.
  24. Hii, Yes so my question to everyone with hormonal acne is: how did you discover your acne was hormonal? Feel free to answer, short or long doesn't matter. MY 'DISCOVERY' - STORY In my case, my doctor was too stubborn to do any tests. But after years of trying everything and researching I realized there was really no other 'reason' left besides my acne being hormonal. I even went on accutane and it did nothing after a year. Also my periods were irregular. Like really irregular. I'm on Birth control now but it's only been 2 months (yasmin) and I'm still breaking out. So if this does nothing idk anymore. I actually regret not telling my doctor more frequently to research what my hormonal imbalance actually is, but oh well.. Second question: How did you treat your hormonal acne? and if you still have it, what are you trying to do to get rid of it?