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  1. 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???
  2. Hi there, My almost 17 year old daughter has been battling serious acne for about 3 years. She has tried a number of different treatments, but nothing has worked so far. She had a consultation with a dermatologist about Accutane, but decided she wasn't interested in the commitment (birth control for at least 3 months prior to starting, bloodwork every 6 weeks, not to mention potential side effects). The most recent treatment she's tried was a chemical peel (mild...relatively ineffective...esthetician claimes you need multiple treatments) and now she is trying tretoinin (retin A gel). She's been using it about a month. So far, no real improvement...a lot of redness and flaking skin. Here's my concern: while she is attempting these treatments, she continues to wear makeup...a LOT of makeup. She is very good about removing it effectively and cleanses her face twice a day with a mild cleanser, but she is so self-conscious, she simply refuses to stop wearing makeup for any length of time in spite of what I tell her, what she's read and what the esthetician says. My question is this: is it possible for these treatments to be effective in spite of her make up use? Or is there definitive proof that they won't work as long as she keeps applying make up on top of the treatment? I'm worried she's trapped in a vicious circle...she wears makeup because she's self conscious about her acne, but her makeup could be making it worse or making treatments ineffective. She claims her makeup is non comedogenic and hypoallergenic...but I'm not convinced it matters. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  3. Hey everyone! So, my dermatologist prescribed me epiduo about a week ago. I've only applied it twice so far and have gone through the motions as directed- using a pea-sized amount on problem areas every other day, then applying moisturizer (I use Cerave's moisturizing cream). I apply it around my chin and forehead areas. I've definitely already started to experience the dryness that I've heard about, but my skin's more itchy and tight than anything, not peeling yet. However, I do usually wear makeup (a light layer of foundation and some concealer on my skin) and today I could feel it cracking apart a little bit. Really what I'm nervous about right now is the fact that my senior prom is coming up in about three weeks. I keep hearing about the effects of the "purging period" and I just really, really don't want to look like a lizard during my prom. I do also want to wear makeup that night- I can live without it in my daily life, but I want to have flawless-looking skin for prom at least, you know? Maybe it's a little superficial, but I'm worried that starting epiduo now will prevent me from being able to feel confident and pretty on a night that I've been looking forward to for months. Essentially what I'm wondering is if I should stick through with epiduo for now or wait until after prom has passed to start it again. My dermatologist told me to apply it every other night for two weeks, then to start using it every night. Should I follow that advice and just deal with the side effects as they come, or should I hold off and maybe try every three days or something? Also, if I do continue with epiduo this month, does anyone have any foundation tips they could share with me? I already use a setting spray that truly works wonders for me, but I've been considering investing in a high-end primer too. Honestly, anything that will help my makeup look flawless all night is welcome. Thank you!
  4. I am a 26 year old female with cystic acne for 10+ years. After jumping through hoops, I am finally starting my accutane treament on Monday. I think I am as prepared as I can be, but a still a little nervous- as this is a pretty serious drug. I want to TRY to make the process as comfortable, easy & hydrating as possible, so I've accumulated some products before starting, but still on the hunt. I am looking for moisturizing, non stripping "simple" ingredients in every product that I use, but I was curious if anyone out there had any suggestions for affordable toner, hydrating under eye brightening cream, setting sprays, liquid foundation & concealer, and lastly, (which I am most worried about) any serums or treatments to help with scarring! Please feel free to share other products if they have helped you, as well as any tips or advice you think might be helpful. Thanks!
  5. Makeup removal

    Forums The Regimen 1 reply

    I noticed that the cleanser does not remove my makeup. Any suggestions? Are you gals using makeup remover first?

  6. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)

    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  7. Can anyone recommend a good eyebrow powder (or pencil) that is not comedogenic (not clogging)?
  8. The dryness is back. My skin is really flakey and it is making it really hard to wear make up without it cracking and looking horrible. Really don't want to leave my house but trying my hardest to keep the dryness down. Spots are still there but not as angry.
  9. Hi, I will be sharing my experience with Yaz with you I had very clear skin up to age 16/17 except for the occasional pimple. This was when I would sleep with make-up on, didn't own moisturizer (I feel physically in pain as I type this haha), did not know what toner was, used mattifying makeup when I had already dry skin , etc. Basically my skin was a miracle for all the stuff I was (unknowningly!!) putting it through. Fast forward to 2017, where in around February (aged almost 18) I start to develop acne deep into my skin, those kind of pimples that hurt when you talk but you can't pop because no whitehead ever appears. I blow it off due to exam stress and since my skin had never given me problems before, I'd figure I'd just wear make-up more often until it cleared up. But all it did was get worse and worse. By July I had full-fledged acne starting from my hairline down to my neck. Neck pimples were the worst, they'd pop up out of nowhere and don't leave for 3 months. No matter how much I cleansed, toned, moisturized and tried new products, I just keep breaking out week after week, regardless of my menstrual cycle. Somehow I continued putting off visiting a doctor, mainly because of the costs associated with it and because I genuinely thought that they were due to stress (exam time etc.). But by August I wasn't leaving the house anymore unless I had a full face of make-up on and I was miserable. I finally decided to visit a doctor and she could tell straight off the bat that it was hormonal acne. I had never been on birth control before but was already quite intrigued by it because of my irregular, painful and lengthy periods (sorry for the tmi). I was advised that my acne could get worse before it got better (which it sort of did as you can see in the pictures, but not by a lot. ) It was barely noticeable because my face was already so bad. I was prepared to wait for the first 3-6 months for it to start showing signs of imrpovements as a lot of women wrote that their bodies took a long time to start getting used to Yaz, and the acne didnt clear overnight. However thankfully, just 4 months after starting Yaz (so that's 4 packets in), my face is completely flat with no scarring except for the hyperpigmentation. Although the hyperpigmentation sucks, at least I can cover it now with makeup since my face is flat and not bumpy. I am honestly overwhelmed that all this progress took place in the psace of only 4 months time. I hope that by June/July 2018 my hyperpigmentation will have cleared up somewhat. Do you have any inexpensive recommendations for helping the hyperpigmentation clear up? I'd love to know Products I use: Uriage Tolederm hydra-soothing cream as a morning moisturizer and i use it before my make-up 1/4 parts uriage Xemose moisturizer mixed with 3/4 parts Uriage Tolederm cream (using the Xemose moisturizer feels a bit too heavy to work into the skin so I mix it) La Roche Posay Toleraine Softening Foaming Gel as my cleanser Every 1-2 weeks I will apply the L'oreal pure clay detox max (Charcoal) around my nose, chin and cheks (generally avoiding the forehead as this is my driest area). I use this a bit more often during the summer, around 1-2 times a week. I use also the Thalgo Bio-Soothing mask whenever i feel that my skin needs a little bit of extra moisture or whenever I haeve some more-than-usual redness. I think I use this around 2 times a month, give or take. That's pretty much it with regards to skincare. Makeup: La Roche Posay Respectissime Eye-makeup remover (the only one which doesn't burn my eyes) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Followed by washing with the Toleraine Cleanser. Every 1-2 weeks I will apply the L'oreal What foundations do you recommend for dry skin? Funnily enough, my t-zone is my driest area. My nose flakes horribly with most foundations. I'm currently using the Estee Lauder DoubleWear in shade 1N1 and 1N2 during the summer (although I still have to mix it sometimes as I'm so pale lol). I'm looking for high-coverage, heard about the tarte rainforest of the sea and huda beauty faux filter being good, but I wanted to get reviews from people who use it to hide the hyperpigmentation. Also, do you know of any deep-moisturizing masks that have worked well for you guys? Thankyou for reading!! Feel free to ask about anything else
  10. Hi guys! I am a female and I recently shaved my peach fuzz (light and sparse hair) on my face in pursuit of a smoother makeup application. Well, my foundation definetly looks better and lasts longer but my pitted acne scars are looking much worse (i even noticed some shallow ones i haven't noticed before). I guess my peach fuzz was covering my pitted acne scars. I just wanted to share with you my experience. Have any of you guys had a similar experience?
  11. Help with my acne please!!

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    Hi there guys I was just wondering if someone could tell me what severity of acne I have. I have had acne since I was about 12-13 much worse than it is now. Currently I use epiduo every night with aveeno moisturiser afterwards and I use a black pore mask once a week. However despite this I continue to suffer with large red pimples under the skin that are painful and take a long time to go away. Does anyone have any tips to help get rid of these because they make me extremely unhappy and make me not want to show my face at times. Thanks a lot any help would be appreciated.
  12. Makeup Clogging Pores?

    Forums Cosmetics & grooming 2 replies

    I feel like wearing foundation clogs my pores, but I can't leave the house without makeup. What can I do to save my skin?!
  13. It took me a long time to manage my scars with makeup and I would like to share my gathered info as a makeup artist! Preface- This post isn't about Bare Minerals, you can apply the techniques to anything BUT I own and love all of their makeup. Upon posting this I've noticed in this forum that many people suffer allergies from different types of makeup so always start slow. These techniques can be used with any of your favorite products but I'll include what I personally use so you guys can go from there. For those looking to cover indented scars: - The thinner the liquid foundation for every day wear the better. Pair it with a compact pigmented powder and it will give a "soft" effect for everyday. Any additional hyper pigmentation or discoloration should be addressed on its own with a concealer. I use- Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue BB/CC cream with the BarePro compact powder. The key element here is the brush too. I use a brush that is flat topped & densely but softly packed for buffing both the BB/CC cream and the powder. I own two so I don't get the powder wet. The softer the brush, the softer the look, the denser the brush the more coverage-- the flat top also delivers coverage more evenly. -For a more full coverage look with a thicker foundation I've found that you can actually "bake" on your scars with a translucent powder. Youtube can explain baking. I like to use the Bare Minerals BarePro full coverage liquid foundation with their mineral veil (bc it's blurring) all over and then I'll go back with more mineral veil and "bake" using a small fluffy brush right on the scars. If you're short on time or don't want to learn baking skip the baking and just use the small fluffy brush to add a bit more trans. powder on the scar. Always pair a thick foundation with a blurring, finely milled powder. - It is absolutely imperative that an appropriate blush AND a bronzer are used with your foundation because adding dimension back into the skin takes away the flat look and color that will draw more attention to scars w/o. Be careful with sparkly anything. I use a VERY loosely packed brush for the blush and a fluffly brush with a tapered tip for bronzers. I stick my blush on the apples of my cheeks and connect the bronzer into the blush from the hollows of my cheekbones and at the top of my forehead. Things I use: Bare Minerals blush in "Beauty" and their contour kit, but for starters they also have a bronzer for diff. skin tones. Physician's Formula offers these things non-comedogenic as well. -If you're someone who likes to be extra-- you can try to use primer ONLY in the spots of the scars. Some brands even make a pore filler that can be used like this. This will help give the illusion that only the scar is lifted instead of lifting the whole area by putting it all over. I have found that this method doesn't work well with a BB/CC cream though and I'd stiple any makeup on top to not move the primer around. It's a lot of info but I wanted to send stuff back into the world. Let me know if you guys have any tips I haven't mentioned! I work on clients with acne scarring very often so it helps me.
  14. I have a combination dry/oily skin, with intermittent acne and hyperpigmentation from old acne scars, as well as frequently having rough scars that are newly healing and flaky/scaly dry patches around my mouth and sometimes across my forehead. I've used so many products over the years but currently I've found some that seem to really work (note that I live in the UK and all of these products are available on the high street): Collection Primed & Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser with Witch Hazel - I only discovered this one recently as I think it's a new product, but it is amazing. It's a clear solution that glides on and leaves my skin mattified and silky, and provides a great base for my make up. Also I swear it has kept my face from being an oil slick by lunchtime like it usually is - it's still a little shiny if I've been running around all day but otherwise it's matte heaven! It also has a witch hazel formula to help with breakouts. I spread it from the centre of my face outwards using clean hands, especially focusing on the t-zone. L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream - I used to go in with the heavy cream and liquid concealers thinking that the thicker the coverage the better, but when I had clearer skin days and felt confident enough I began to try BB creams and I realised how comfortable my skin was in comparison. The L'oreal nude magique is specifically non-comedogenic! It comes out white and has a feather light, almost grainy texture, which when blended merges into your skin tone and doesn't leave a greasy sheen. I feel like it settles nicely into my pores without clogging or sitting on the surface, so instead of suffocating my face and having an obvious 'caked on' mask it gives a lighter coverage and it moisturises at the same time. I started to apply only a BB cream with a foundation brush just to gently even out my natural complexion, complimented with concealer only on the areas that need it and it is so, so much better. This brand also comes in a green CC base for redness correction, which is ideal, but I find it comes out slightly too orange for my complexion once blended - it's still good in a pinch though. MaxFactor CC Colour Corrector - this is a green crayon-style base concealer to counteract the redness in new spots and scars that I started using after other concealing palettes weren't cutting it. The tray type sets with green, lavender and yellow tones were useless to me as I only ever used the green, and the consistency was always really oily/waxy, so it would just slip off my skin anytime I tried to blend it and left a discoloured patch around the spot. I chose this because I can literally draw straight onto my face with it rather than faffing around with brushes, and it has a drier consistency so it actually stays where it's supposed to and blends in just with some gentle finger dabbing. It's also not a strong green so it doesn't show through my light BB cream (I use this after primer and before coverage). Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - this is what I use after I've done the rest of my coverage to fully conceal any spots or scars that aren't blended over - by this point I usually only have to dot a tiny, tiny amount directly over the spot or scar with a small concealer brush and just dab it in very gently with the tip of the brush, never directly with the built-in wand which is way too heavy handed. I use the wand to smear a blob of concealer onto the back of my clean hand first and pick it up with the brush from there, so I can control exactly how much goes onto the spot - the less the better as it's so thick, I can always touch up with more if needed, but starting with too much will end up caking. Powder - I usually just use Rimmel London Clear Complexion powder as it's a decent brand but cheap enough to not worry as I go through it quite quickly (I use translucent to avoid a cakey look) and dust all over with a kabuki brush, making sure to press in gently to the oily areas. Most powders are usually fine for me as long as they're translucent and non-comedogenic. Collection Primed & Ready Make Up Fixing Spray - once I've done the rest of my make up routine, I do a few spritzes of this all over my face at arm's length to set everything and give me a dewy finish. It gives my skin a toned/refreshed feeling and stops my makeup feeling heavy/getting oily or slipping off throughout the day. I don't touch my face at all during the day so I almost never have to touch up but sometimes I'll bring my concealer and a spare brush in a small cosmetic bag if I have a particularly large/weepy spot that might need readusting. I also always carry a pack or two of blotting papers to control any shininess as and when needed. And then I'm all set to go!
  15. Makeup recommendations

    Forums Cosmetics & grooming 2 replies

    Hi everyone does anyone have any good foundation and concealer recommendations that doesn’t cause break outs? Most foundations I have tried cause me to break out! Anyone found any good ones that are safe?
  16. This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach. While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places. It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any clear skin whatsoever. Facial acne is at least somewhat socially acceptable, and back and chest acne can be hidden with clothes, but what about areas that can't be hidden? It's as if acne is determined to win this fight. It's as if it's trying to give me a clear signal that I am not allowed to have any clear skin - and that my social and employment prospects are dead. Having face and back acne all these years wasn't enough, so it had to spread to my whole body. When I was young, I was normal and healthy. Not so anymore. By spreading to my whole body, it's almost as if acne is erasing my very existence. I doubt that I can be accepted in society without looking at least somewhat healthy. When I was young and healthy, I had prospects, but I've feared that those prospects would become non-existant if my acne spread to my whole body - and became particularly severe. My acne spreading is especially scary because I've feared that this would be permanent. With the exception of my forehead, once my acne has established itself in a certain place, it's there to stay. I cannot get rid of it. So imagine being stuck with acne on the forearms, hands, and stomach the rest of my life. It's just absolutely horrible. It's horrible to imagine not having a single square inch of clear skin - having absolutely no way to cure it - and having potentially diminished social and employment prospects as a result. Anyway, as it started getting out of control, I started more actively seeking solutions to cure - or at least control - my acne. I first looked into benzoyl peroxide - but eventually became skeptical since I had sometimes used hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol, and I still got pimples where I rubbed the sanitizer. It seemed to have no effect whatsoever. I think that I had seen some posts on this forum - saying that hand sanitizer was just as good - if not better than - benzoyl peroxide. If true, then if hand sanitizer didn't work, then why would benzoyl peroxide be any different? Then, I became interested in spearmint tea to lower my testosterone (yes, I'm a guy, and I think that my acne is hormone-related). However, as of now, I haven't yet tried it. Recently, I became interested in Vitamin A supplements because I had heard that Accutane is basically a form of Vitamin A. I had been on Accutane, and it was only one of two drugs that had any significant effect on my acne (the other was doxycycline). Accutane worked great for me, but my acne gradually came back after I stopped taking it. If Accutane was a form of Vitamin A, then "normal" Vitamin A might work similarly. Finally, after putting it off for a long time, I bought some Spring Valley Vitamin A supplements a few days ago. I took my first softgel pill on October 25th at around 4:00 PM. Each pill supposedly has 8,000 IU of Vitamin A, and I was aware of the potential toxicity that could arise from taking too much Vitamin A. More than two days later, and so far, the results have been inconclusive. A number of pimples on my back and chest have hardened, but the ones on my back were like that BEFORE taking Vitamin A, so I don't know if Vitamin A really has been helping - or if my body is just continuing the process that took place before taking Vitamin A. In any case, I've still gotten a few small pimples on my upper arms and stomach, and I've had some cysts on my face that haven't gone away. I realize that I shouldn't expect results overnight since, when I was on Accutane, it took a few weeks before my skin got clear, but I would think that I would at least not get any new little pimples. Due to this lack of definite effect - and my skin gradually getting worse, I've felt so frustrated. There just seems to be nothing that I can do. The worst part is that I'm getting acne in places that I can't easily hide. What am I supposed to do - wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves in the boiling-hot summer? Given the fact that nothing seems to help my acne, I've resigned to the fact that I might have to. Yesterday, I tried some Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector to experiment with hiding the spots on my stomach - and some scars on my right thumb and forearm. I really wanted to get some Dermablend, but people were coming in and out of the makeup aisle, and it was embarrassing being there, so I eventually just grabbed something to experiment with. It didn't blend perfectly with my skin, but I didn't care since I just wanted something to hide the horrible red spots. I was fairly satisfied with it on my stomach, but my forearm was a different story. The Neutrogena seemed like it wouldn't dry well, and it probably wouldn't be as durable as the Dermablend that I wanted, but I felt that I could still have problems with Dermablend, too. I've decided that if I ever permanently got acne on my hands, I'd just have to wear gloves. Makeup for the hands just isn't practical. My skin is so pathetic. As far as I'm concerned, my natural, organic skin doesn't exist anymore. It's dead, pathetic, and useless to me. I've written it off. It's too far gone. As far as I'm concerned, my clothes are my real skin. That's sad. It's sad to think that my clothes make a better skin than my real skin. My real skin is living supposed to be durable - and able to protect itself against the environment. But it can't. My skin is just a weak, broken, and worthless organ. I wish that I could beat the ever-living crap out of it and destroy it. I wish that I could teach it a lesson for being such a worthless piece of crap and make it wish that it never existed. I wish that I could trade it in for some REAL skin that wouldn't be so weak and pathetic. But for now, I just have my clothes. My clothes make a better skin than my real skin. They don't get pimples - but my real skin does get pimples - and can't get rid of them. That is so pathetic. I'm sorry for ranting, but I just really am frustrated with my skin since I've been getting acne (yes, I do think it's actual acne) in weird places. I intend to try Vitamin A a while longer - and maybe some other things, but I am also prepared to just give up on my so-called skin and cover it up almost completely. However, I hope that I can find a real solution for my acne.

    Forums Prescription acne medications 8 replies

    Heyyy all my acne friends!! I'm new to this page and wish I could get some help! 1,5 years ago I were prescripted antibiotics (tetralysal) for mine at that time moderate acne! I think that was the worst decision of my life, it made my face break out like never before and didn't even improve as I continued with the pills... today I still have acne not as bad as when on the tetralysal but still pretty bad for me and enough bad to destroy sooo much in my life! Depression etc from this... I have been wanting to take Accutane for a while now and even my derm suggested it for me! The thing is that I never SUPER afraid that accutane will make my face worse and not work as the tetra did!!! So my question is, has SOMEONE experienced worse acne from antibiotics and after started with accutane and it helped clear up the face even tho the antibiotics made it worse ???? SUPER HAPPY FOR ANY HELP AND ADVICE I CAN GET!!! Ps sorry for my bad English I'm European haha:)
  18. Makeup remover

    Forums The Regimen 2 replies

    Hi!! dans fash wash doesn't fully remove my makeup. Is it ok to use the Miceller Cleansing water with a cotton ball first to remove the makeup, then begin the regimen?
  19. Please excuse me for this post, but I am so frustrated with my body acne. I am such a freak that I get acne even in weird places like my forearms, hands, and stomach. And yes, I do think that it's actual acne for reasons that I will explain later in this post. MY RANT Having weird body acne is so frustrating because I'm such a freak. Virtually nobody else gets acne in such weird places. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face, back, or chest. It's frustrating because, even on this forum, it seems that there are so many naysayers that doubt that acne on forearms and hands is possible. I have managed to find a few people on this forum that have had acne in such weird places, but there are so many naysayers. People have often responded by saying, "Are you sure it's acne?" and "It's probably not acne - but keratosis pilaris [or some other skin condition]." Nobody seems to accept that, as rare as it is, acne on the forearms and hands IS possible. It seems almost as if the few inflicted with acne in such rare cases are looked down upon, not taken seriously, and treated like freaks. It seems as if there's nowhere for them to turn. Worst of all, unlike acne in other places, it's harder to hide forearm and hand acne. Wearing a shirt can cover back, chest, and stomach acne, and makeup can cover acne on the face, but those aren't as good options for places like the forearms and hands. Anyone that wore gloves on a regular basis, especially if it wasn't winter, would be looked at strangely, and in some cases, wearing gloves might not even be possible. Also, unless waterproof makeup was worn on the hands, it would just wash right off when washing the hands. Plus, even if that weren't a problem, think about how weird that is. How many people have to put makeup on their ARMS and HANDS for crying out loud? MY STORY I'm 28 years old, and I've had severe cystic acne since I was 14 (August 2003). Despite being well beyond my teen years, my acne has never been worse (with the exception of my forehead). I first got it on my face and back - common places to get acne. For my face, I tried a number of different things - like washing more frequently, a soap for sensitive skin, pads to remove excess oil, Clearasil pads, and various other creams and cleansers. Nothing made any noticeable improvement on my acne. Over two years after I first got acne, in early 2006, I was finally put on doxycycline and Accutane (though obviously, I didn't take them at the same time). Both worked wonders, and in the case of Accutane, I had no severe side effects except for chapped lips. However, almost immediately after my course of Accutane was over, my acne slowly started coming back over the course of several months. Five months after I quit Accutane, in January 2007, there was no denying it: my acne had come back in full force. My acne returned to everywhere I had acne prior to Accutane. There seemed to have been no improvement whatsoever. Several months later, in September 2007, I went back to the doctor, and I was put back on doxycycline temporarily, and as was the case more than a year earlier, it worked like a charm. But a few months later, as a result of not getting a refill in time and having to skip it for a few days, the doxycycline was much less effective. Up to this point, I have never since returned to the doctor for acne treatment due to a number of factors - including lacking health insurance - and having other priorities. Also, sometime in early 2008, I started getting cystic acne on my neck - just under my ears. I'd say that sometime in 2010, the acne on my forehead virtually disappeared. To date, my forehead is the ONLY part of my body with acne that got better on its own in the long term. I should also note that it got better completely on its own. I took no medicines and had no cleansing rituals. From 2010-2015, my acne was pretty stable, and I became less concerned about it. But around March 2015, I started to get more acne more regularly on my chest and cheeks. A year later, in 2016, I started getting some very small, minor pimples on my arms, but it was very rare. In regards to my chest, I had tried a number of things - including toothpaste, supposedly a drying agent, but that had no clear effect. Finally, this year, I started getting acne much more frequently on my arms and hands. My acne has also slowly been working its way from my chest to my stomach, as well. Keep in mind, this is at age 28 - when I've already had acne for 14 years. Getting acne on my forearms and hands is practically my worst nightmare because those areas seem harder to cover up, and they are also among the few, last places where I've had clear skin. It's like my body won't let me have an inch of clear skin. My acne is eating me alive. Also, those areas are such unusual places to get acne, so I'm essentially a freak. As it stands now, my forearm and hand acne isn't too severe, but that is no comfort because I've feared that it will just get worse. At first, my chest and shoulders had relatively mild acne, but it got worse over the years. WHY I THINK IT'S ACNE Many will probably say, "It's probably not acne," but I doubt that it is anything other than acne. I say this because the pimples on my arms are not itchy like keratosis pilaris, and also, they've been appearing in tandem with the pimples spreading to my stomach. Also, from what I've read, acne is possible everywhere on the skin except for the palms of the hands, and to date, I haven't had any pimples on my palms - but have had pimples on the tops of my hands and fingers. The pimples on my arms also have been following the same patterns as the acne elsewhere on my body. Any cleansing or non-cleansing methods have virtually no effect - whether good or bad. Like elsewhere on my body, the pimples just come and go whenever they want. It doesn't matter what I put or don't put on my body. Also, I first got relatively mild, rarely-occurring pimples on my forearms and hands. However, with time, they became bigger and more frequent. The same exact thing has been happening with my forearms and hands. CONCLUSION I feel so frustrated that I've been getting acne on my forearms and hands since I haven't been able to treat my acne elsewhere, and the forearms and hands are far worse places to get acne since it's seemingly harder to hide, and there could be hygenic issues. Worst of all, of the few people that I've found online - including this forum, not many seem to believe that acne on the forearms and hands is possible. In my case, it's even worse because my body is already messed up. I'm short at only 5'3," don't look my age, and have even started losing some hair. My body is so freakish. I'm such a lemon. I wish that I could get a new body because this one seems beyond repair. Since topical treatments seem to have no effect on my acne, I've thought for some time that I might have some kind of internal and/or hormonal problem. I've thought that might explain why I don't look my age - although I've already been to an endocrinologist, who didn't seem to think there was any correlation between my acne and appearance. Also, I've hated that most of what I can find online about hormonal acne pertains to females, but it seems that guys can get hormonal acne, too. Anyway, I'm sorry if I offended anyone with this post, but I just wanted to vent my frustration, and I hope that I can find some way to effectively treat my acne.
  20. Makeup during regimen

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    I wear makeup everyday . Will the acne cleanser remove all the makeup . Anyone recommend it ? I bought the whole regimen but I do wear makeup everyday and wasn't curious .
  21. Before / during & after pics- you can probably guess which is which and why im so upset. I have always had mild acne but went on roaccutane years ago and have maintained pretty decent / clear skin for years with Duac gel and regular cleansing but recently I have been getting horrific "allergic reactions" to ALL of my facial cosmetics- just on my face- and cant even wear my foundation / use my facial cleanser without horrific results (see pics) . Basically now im house-bound and have been for months as i wont leave the house unless its to go for doctors/derm appointments and feel so horrific about myself i might have to drop out of uni . So depressing. Sometimes these reactions can clear within a week completely if i remove the culprit- at the moment, EVERYTHING is the culprit even water stings and burns and makes my face sore and bumpy. I take anti allergy tablets every day with little to no obvious help . I cant even use cetaphil cleanser at the moment without it burning/ itching and the dermatologist just said it was acne and i must be stressed........... it will probably flatten within a week though but i still wont be able to cover the marks because every foubdation i try gives me a similar reaction! so frustrating. Anyone been through anything similar? Im at a loss. So sad. Before: perfectly smooth skin (albeit with makeup.... but i didnt have one bump!) again, before: nice normal smooth skin: just before a flare up no makeup : ( my skin gets sore and red and itchy and uncomfortable and bumpy...... annnnnnd after a particularly bad 'reaction'..... (thankfully its not to this extent now but its still bumpy and sore and not right at all) bad. (^^^^^that awful reaction that got diagnosed as acne by a derm actually went completely flat within a week after i swapped laundry detergents and threw out flannels that i was using that were washed in the strongly fragranced stuff and liberally applied my beloved Duac gel which of course i am now sensitIve to and seem to have developed a reaction to after years of use) please help- desperate x
  22. So my dermatologist has had me on Epiduo Forte and Solodyn for 13 days now, and it's been working great for my acne (cystic and closed comedones). Backstory: my forehead had been the worst the areas since 6 months ago when this all started. So all the products/treatments I tried mainly concentrated there. I still put makeup on the lower half of the face, but never on the forehead. and when my skin started to get better, I wanted to give a bit of concealer or even foundation a chance for my forehead. The same exact makeup that I've used for 5+ years and still work great for my face, instantly made my forehead break out into (what I call) little "oil" pimples and at some point even 2 of the those cysts that I was plagued with initially. this conclusion was drawn over a course of 3 days - a test run for two types of foundation (that I had and used for a long time) and a concealer (that I use everyday). I'm thinking that my skin barrier has been so damaged on my forehead that it can't even take the slightest bit of makeup. And I can't really give it time to heal since I want to stick to applying the epidou forte..... (which by the way has been drying out my skin, but not the intense burning that everyone says). I've went from twice a day to once a day for the epiduo in hope that maybe my forehead will take a tiny bit of makeup again. What can I do to help this? What's going on? are my pores totally screwed or something? Is the epiduo making them wide open, that's why my forehead can't take makeup at all? How do I strengthen my skin barrier while using epiduo forte? I really want to be able to at least tint some of the dark hyper pigmentation that's everywhere on my skin. Is this my skin forever? ): I need to attend a lot of events in the next month....losing hope
  23. Hi guys,I discovered a new website where you can get your makeup looks reviewed by professionals. I think it’s pretty interesting and wanted to share with you guys. Here's the website:
  24. Hello people! I have been using the regimen for approx 2 weeks and it makes my skin super dry but then end of the day. This is to be expected for now - but is there anything I can do to ensure my makeup isn't flaky and dried out by the end of the day? I use bare minerals liquid foundation. Primer? Moisturiser? Tricks? Tips? With the dryness chill out soon? Any input is appreciated!
  25. Hey guys! I'm one week into the regimen and so far so good. I just have one question: does anyone have tips for applying makeup while on the first stage of this regimen? -I'll be posting my experience and progress on this thread- I'm 17 and will go to college after summer break, so around the end of august. My goal is to achieve clear skin before college because I can't imagine myself putting on makeup everyday for school. I was homeschooled all my high school years because high schools aren't that great where I live, and my parents worry too much about me so basically I never had to put on makeup on a daily basis because of my acne. Anyways, my acne was pretty mild when I was 14 and 15. To be honest, it wasn't so bad because I didn't really have that much acne scars, just pimples. When I turned 16, I began to use a lot of acne products because the acne on my forehead would keep increasing and I was desperate to get rid of them. Then I turned 16. Now I only used to get acne on my forehead but then, after using this acne gel by Murad, I broke out TREMENDOUSLY on my cheeks! I got cystic acne because of it, and I never had cystic acne before. I don't even know why I put it on my cheeks when they were so clear in the first place. My cousin told me to use extra virgin olive oil on my cystic acne but that didn't help them go away at all. That all happened in November 2016 and I stopped in January. I now have moderate acne. 80% of my cystic acne on my cheeks Were gone before starting the regimen. They went away with time I guess. I just used moisturizers and soon they went away. I used tea tree oil too but not that often. It's been a week after starting the regimen and no new cystic acne. The other 20% of my cystic acne cleared up, but there's one cystic acne left on each cheek in the SAME area!! Which is weird! I do have so many scars. And I'm talking a LOT of scars left from acne. Most are red which draws more attention and harder to hide beneath makeup in my opinion. About 85% of my face is filled with scars. I broke out on my forehead this morning when I woke up. About 3 pimples but they're shrinking already. I'm not that sad over it since I'm just so used to forehead acne. I was just so new to the cystic acne. I know I'm only a week in, but I've used the AHA+ twice so far. I heard it clears acne marks so I got a little too excited hehe. Of course, I experience a lot of dryness and flaking but I don't mind, I just get insecure around other people. I'm also very insecure because my face has gotten so much darker. I got about 3 shades darker than my natural skin tone. Maybe it's from the BP? Maybe it burned my skin? Not sure. I've been drinking plenty of water, I actually have to use the bathroom every 2 and a half hours. Since last month, I began to make sure to have a bowel movement every single day. I used to ever have a bowel twice in week. And that was bad! I think pooping everyday helped clear my cystic acne. But yeah! That's what I have to say so far.