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  1. Shaving with acne

    I'm wondering what product I should use when I shave my face to avoid clogging pores and reduce irritation. Right now I'm using the neutrogena shaving cream with disposable 2-blade razors. I'm getting mixed results and I'm trying to figure out if this is causing my breakouts because they seem to occur a few days after shaving. I only shave once a week because my facial hair doesn't grow fast. I would most likely go for something natural with no chemical ingredients if possible. Thank you people!
  2. Hi all - thank you so much for taking the time to look at this! I am a male and I have had acne problems since I was about 16 and am now 21 - so you can imagine its getting pretty tiring. The pimples I have been getting in the past 3 years or so are all located around the mouth, chin, jawline and under the chin. My skin condition is fairly inconsistent, one week it wont be too bad, the next week it will be quite bad, however there are never any prolonged periods of time in which my skin is 'good'. The older I get, the more self-conscious I am becoming about them and they're restricting me in social, educational (uni) and economical (dirty work) aspects; hence I thought I'd ask you guys. Firstly, I have chronic liver disease (autoimmune hepatitis), ulcerative cholitis (colon) and primary billary cholangitis (liver) which restrict me from having Vitamin A tablets such as Roacitane which are apparently a good solution and anti-biotics. So, I have tried Vitamin A topical cream, a range of other after shower creams, moisturisers and face cleansers prescribed to me by GP's and dermatologists. I exercise every day, ride motorbikes, surf and skate; so I am sweating quite a bit. I try to eat as healthy as possible (no white bread, white rice, junk food, etc etc) and I drink probably once a week. I know this is quite long-winded and apologise for that in advance, but any help is much appreciated! Does anyone know anything else I can try please???
  3. Hi guys, I'm a 32 y/o male and while I got through my adolescence without much skin trouble, my 20s saw an increase in pimples and the occasional cyst. After a period of severe stress and trauma which led to a year on Venlafaxine, I developed a severe and fast spreading rash. Blood tests, elimination diets, allergy tests... nothing. I was healthy. But my face was being eaten. Finally it seemed I had atopic eczema, and hormonal acne. While my skin improved with diet, the variability of the outbreaks led me to believe it was a different cause. I quit smoking weed and allowed my empathic self to deal with my pain which drastically improved my condition. So great, moisturising and keeping stress free sorted that for the most part. But my cystic acne continued to have outbreaks. I have a vericocele which tends to lower the amount of testosterone produced in my testis. As such, when the pharmacist informed me that the action of doxy was not simply antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, but also helped regulate hormones (oestrogen dominance in my case), it made sense as a prescription for my hormonal acne. Furthermore I was ensured that as it is a relatively mild antibiotic , the gut can adapt after a short while and that it would take about 6 months for my body to internalise the regulated hormonal production. At which point I could come off and benefit from a newly regulated system. I've now been on Doxy for almost 2 months, and have mostly cut out dairy and gluten. Without being pedantic about it. After a brief flare up, my wounds are healing and my skin is clearing. Wine and excessive drinking of other alcohols appears to cause a rash which i treat with a steroid cream diluted in moisturiser. It's mostly under control. I appear to respond well to doxy. I don't have stomach issues, I'm not overly sensitive to the sun, I have no diarrhoea or gas. My diet includes mostly veg, free randge meat, limited starch and carbs, and minimal gluten and dairy (I don't cut them out entirely as I think encouraging some mild tolerance of them is a good thing). I assume a healthy low-sugar, low-PUFA and relatively low carb diet help keep the dodgy bacteria from taking over my gut in the presence of doxy. SO HERE'S MY QUESTION: If I'm responding well, without any obvious side-effects, does it mean that the doxy is successfully regulating my hormonal imbalances? You hear the horror stories about it not working, about developing IBS and chest infections, etc etc. But what of cases where it regulates hormones, and due to a relatively healthy gut, does not lead to severe bowel inflammation? I feel like I've finally found the solution, and that by some coincidence, the lack of constipatory elements in my diet has meant that the doxy goes where it needs and passes with relative ease. Am I deluding myself and setting myself up for horrific reactions when I get off doxy in 4 months, or might this actually be doing what it's meant to do?? I'd appreciate any responses, advice or affirmations here, and hope that this might end up being informative to others... Thanks!
  4. Men hormonal acne?

    Hey guys, Im male at 27years and I got acne from more than 10 years and very very oily skin. Its severe acne but its really annoying and I wanna get rid of it. I know that women can take pills to regulate their hormons. What about men? I wanna make hormonal tests, but don't know which hormon results I need and can men fix hormone disbalance somehow?
  5. Yo guys! First of all, happy new year! I hope 2015 was great for you and I hope that this new year of 2016 will be even better! Anyways, I'll try to make this as short as possible. (SKIP TO THE 2ND PARAGRAPH TO GET TO THE POINT IF YOU'RE IN A HURRY! ) I'm a 17 year old male that has mild scarring at worse. I would say that 87% of people with acne scars have slightly worse or way worse scars than me and 13% people with acne scars have less noticeable scars than I do. So in other words, I'm not too bad but I could be better. And to be honest, lighting has a HUGE part on how I look. In some lighting, I look very good, basically scarless even! But in other lighting... Yeah, NO... There have been numerous times where a reflection of myself (in bad lighting for my skin; lighting that makes me look bad) has been close to making me want to cry... No joke, it sucks. But, I have accepted the fact that acne scars will be a part of me for a long time and that I at least look pretty good in lighting that's not too bright and directly over my face. :') Since I still get acne (although MUCH less severe and numerous now; sometimes I go through periods of no break outs even!), and young and not rich enough to afford expensive scar treatments; I have been using Maybelline BB Cream Pure with 2.5% Salycic acid as a "small concealment" everyday I go out (school, weekends if I do hang out, etc). I like it because it does cover me enough to a point where I feel a little more confident bit and it's unnoticeable to others. Even my ex girlfriend (broke up 2 months ago ) couldn't tell I had BB cream on even when I told her! Anyways, the point is that I want to "up" or "get" a little more coverage than what I get covered by from the BB Cream. I've noticed that in some lighting, the BB cream coverage looks VERY minimal. And while that's great for people with dark/red marks, I do have some "real" scarring. What I'm trying to say is what make-up product(s) could I use to cover my whole face (or at least certain scarred areas) a little more than BB cream, while not looking super obvious that I'm wearing make up? Remember, I'm a male so I need something that ISN'T too obvious. If there are any other males here who wear makeup for the same reasons as I, it would be great to hear from you! Please help and sorry for the LOOONG post aha. Take care y'all!
  6. All you dudes out there, I have a question for you. Do you find that having facial hair either helps your acne, or contributes to it? I've noticed when I have more facial hair, my acne isn't as persistent as opposed to when my face is completely bare. What is your experience?
  7. If you have questions, please PM me, do not respond to this post. Introduction You thought you would "grow out" of your acne and didn't? You're not alone. Many men and women suffer adult acne in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. Adults with acne often have hormonal imbalances that linger after puberty, and these imbalances create disfiguring acne. Quick Review on Hormones The main sex hormones are testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Men and women have all three hormones in the body at different proportions. A more general term for testosterones is androgens. When you see "androgens" just remember that it means testosterone hormones in general. The Culprit: DHT DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, is a type of testosterone that is one of most potent androgens in the body. DHT is 2-3x more powerful than "regular" testosterone and 15-30x more powerful than other adrenal androgens. This means that small fluctuations in DHT can have enormous effects on the body. DHT synthesizes in the skin, hair follicles, testes, prostate, ovaries, and adrenal glands. Excess DHT and/or DHT sensitivity has been linked to: acne (men and women) balding, hair loss, hair thinning (men and women) excessive sex drive (men and women) facial hair or excess body hair (women) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS and endometriosis (women) prostate problems (men) low sperm count (men) Why am I sensitive to DHT? There is a lot of evidence to suggest that sensitivity to DHT is largely caused by genetics and the hormonal conditions of the womb while you were still a fetus. Genetics and prenatal hormone conditions work together to mold your adult hormonal state. Both are very powerful influences that a little ProActive is not going to fix. But the real answer is: I don't know. Neither does your doctor. The fact is that treating a DHT sensitivity often clears acne. So I focus more on what can be done rather than why it happens. Can I get a test that will tell me if DHT is causing my acne? No. Medical testing for a sensitivity to DHT does not exist. You can get a test on your testosterone levels. Some people with acne actually have higher levels of androgens. But some have "normal" levels of androgens, yet still manifest symptoms. Well then why should I treat my acne as if it's hormonal? - You can completely prevent acne from occurring through hormonal treatment. - Antibiotics are only a short-term fix. - Accutane users find their acne coming back a few years later because the sebaceous glands grow back. - Benzoyl peroxide and retinoids can't prevent deeper cystic acne, and the redness and peeling caused by these products are almost as bad as the acne itself. How to reduce DHT Reducing DHT involves avoiding DHT triggers in the food you consume, providing your body with the pre-hormone D3 so it can metabolize hormones efficiently, and using a DHT inhibitor to fight your built-in DHT sensitivity. 1. Eliminate dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt). Dairy is naturally loaded with hormones (even organic dairy). Remember that cow's milk is made for baby calves to help them grow to maturity. It contains all sorts of growth hormones that only "grow acne" in adult humans. Most commercial dairy manufacturers also add synthetic hormones to keep the cows lactating constantly. 2. Eliminate sugar, refined carbs, and high loads of simple carbohydrates. Both increase insulin levels which directly stimulate bad hormonal activity that leads to acne. What is a refined carb? Fruit juice. Soda. Candy. Chocolate bars. Crackers. Pretzels. Potato chips. Maple syrup. Sweet tea. Anything made with white flour (most breads and pastas). Anything with sugar added (many frozen or pre-packaged foods). You may be thinking, well what do I eat? Vegetables. Meats. Eggs. Whole grains in moderation. Whole fruits in moderation. Google the "paleo diet" for more ideas. 3. Eliminate coffee, energy drinks, soda, teas, and caffeine in general. Study upon study has shown that caffeine, even in small amounts, stimulate bad insulin and hormonal activity that exacerbate acne, just like dairy and sugar. Kick the caffeine habit!!! And what about tea? Many blends have a significant amount of caffeine. Many people on these forums tout green tea but I would stay away from it. Its negative hormonal activities outweigh its good features in my opinion. One recent study shows green tea increasing DHT by 194% and testosterone by 74%. 4. Reduce or eliminate alcohol. Just google alcohol and acne. Not only can the chemicals in alcohol create acne, but alcohol is a huge stress on your liver, and when your liver suffers, it purges itself through your skin. 4. Get adequate sun exposure. Vitamin D3 is not really a vitamin, it is a pre-hormone. Your body cannot regulate hormones without D3. Many acne sufferers are in a habit of avoiding the sun, slathering on sunscreen, or simply live indoor lifestyles. Important facts about vitamin D3: Dairy is fortified with vitamin D2, which is not the vitamin D3 you need for hormone regulation. You cannot get D3 when you are blocking UVB light with sunscreen or makeup. Glass blocks the UVB rays required to produce D3 (so sitting in the car or by a sunny window don't count) The prescription shots are vitamin D2. I either recommend a lot of outdoor sun exposure, or if you must take a pill: 5,000 to 15,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day Take it with an omega-3 supplement (fish oil), because D3 is not absorbed from a pill without good fats taken at the same time 5. Stop using "workout" supplements. Many workout supplements and protein powders (especially whey protein, which is dairy!) are designed to stimulate androgenic activity, which supposedly helps you build muscle faster. Unfortunately too much androgenic activity = acne. If you don't want acne, you may have to accept that professional bodybuilding is not in your future. 6. Women: Pay attention to the type of birth control you are using. With birth control you are putting hormones directly into your body. This has HUGE effects on acne. All pills/implants contain some type of progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone). If that progestin is highly androgenic, you may as well be throwing gasoline on the acne fire. I have made a separate post on this topic: 7. Take anti-androgen drugs or herbal supplements. This is ESSENTIAL to clearing hormonal acne. Even if you fix everything else, you need to attack the DHT directly. An anti-androgen mutes some of the DHT activity in your body so that it stops creating acne. If you have a DHT sensitivity problem, your body is freaking out every time your DHT spikes a little bit. SO many things spike DHT on a daily basis. Eating. Exercise. Sex. Stress. Basically LIFE spikes your DHT! This guessed have acne all the time. You have to mute some of this activity so your body stops having "acne freak outs". The key to this step is PATIENCE and remembering that it is PREVENTION. Anti-androgens prevent new acne. They don't make existing zits disappear any faster. PRESCRIPTION ROUTE Women. The most effective anti-androgen is prescription oral spironolactone. Most women succeed on a daily dose of 50mg - 100mg. It is hard to find a doctor that will prescribe spiro for acne. I recommend printing this website out and bringing it into your appointment. It describes how spiro is used for acne and cites medical journals. If your dermatologist still will not prescribe it, I recommend switching to an endocrinologist or ob-gyn, who tend to be more educated in hormonal issues. Men. Your prescription options are: Topical spironolactone. You cannot get oral spiro for acne because it is too strong for males. However, you can get spiro cream for acne with a prescription. (You can also order the over-the-counter hairloss version of the cream, which is perfectly safe to use on your face.) Finasteride (also known as Propecia or Proscar) is commonly prescribed to treat balding (which is also caused by DHT). If you already have a balding problem, a nice side effect of this medication is it can clear up acne. HERBAL ROUTE There are several plants that have anti-androgenic effects. You will get better results and less side effects when you combine two or more different plant types. I cannot stress this enough. Taking large doses of saw palmetto will not help nearly as much as taking moderate doses of multiple plants. You must use standardized extract supplements ("whole herb" supplements are not potent enough). Saw palmetto Stinging nettle Pygeum Pumpkin seed oil Beta sitosterol Men: Total dosage of all anti-DHT herbs combined should range between 320mg - 1000mg daily. Women: You should only be taking herbs if you are NOT taking spironolactone. Total dosage of all anti-DHT herbs combined should range between 640mg - 1500mg daily. I will say this again. You need to combine different plant types and customize your dosages to work with your body. Many people give up on herbal anti-androgens because they do not combine plant types, take too small of a total dose, or take too large of a dose of one plant. Okay, I'm doing everything. How long do I have to wait? It depends on how severe your acne is, how messed up your hormones are, and how strictly you follow all of the recommendations. I had severe nodular/cystic acne that took 8 months on 100mg of spironolactone to resolve. For the first 4-5 months, my skin looked EXACTLY THE SAME as when I started. If that's not discouraging, I don't know what is. Hormones are SLOW. Do not expect that you can be "tweaking" your regimen every week. Basically start from a good place, and slog through. If you don't see any improvements at about 4 months, then consider making changes. Can I speed this along? There really is not a quick fix for hormonal issues. For various reasons that I will not go into here because it would take far too much time, I DO NOT recommend combining hormonal treatment with antibiotics, retinoids, or benzoyl peroxide products. How should I wash my face? Less is more. The short version is that your skin needs an ideal pH level of 5.5 to fight off infection and heal itself. Get above or below that and your skin suffers. Most of you wash your face with alkaline city or well water, then you use an alkaline cleanser, then you slather on some acne product that is too alkaline or too acidic. Some of you do this 2-3 times a day. What you are really doing is leaving your skin in a disrupted state...all the time. (By the way, the marketing term "pH balanced" is crap. It's not regulated. It doesn't mean anything. Companies can slap this on whatever they want.) When I was going through hormonal treatment, this is the exact regimen I followed: Cleanse skin once a day with distilled water (this has a neutral pH) and CeraVe cleanser Moisturize once a day with CeraVe Hydrating Lotion Wear makeup/sunscreen as little as possible 30 minutes of sun exposure daily No caffeine, alcohol, dairy, or sugar. Diet low in refined carbs. How did it work for you? How long did it take you to have clear skin? I went from severe acne to zero zits after 8 months of following all of the steps above. It can be a very discouraging process. At month 4, my skin looked about the same as at month 1. But between month 4 and month 8, I saw zits slowly disappear. Expect this. The changes are slow. It is worth it in the end. How bad was your acne? My acne was graded by several dermatologists as severe. On the Leeds scale I was an 8 (out of 10), on the Cooks scale a 7 (out of 8), and on the Pillsbury scale a 4 (out or 4). After 8 months following the steps above, my skin was completely clear of active lesions. My exact regimen is as follows: 100mg of spironolactone daily Washing face once a day with distilled water and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Moisturizing with CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion NO caffeine, dairy, and sugar. Diet generally low in refined carbs. 30 minutes sun exposure daily (no sunscreen) What treatments failed you? Oral and topical antibiotics: Cephalexin, Amoxicillin, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Clindamyacin, Minocycyline, Azithromycin Topical retinoids: Differin, Retin-A Micro, Retin-A Benzoyl peroxide Acids: salicylic acid (BHA), glycolic acid (AHA), mandelic acid, lactic acid Light therapy: blue light, red light, infrared light Exfoliation regimens: Clarisonic, dry brushing, scrubs Washing regimens: Oil Cleansing Method, water-only method Vitamin regimens: zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B5, MSM, probiotics, digestive enzymes, fish oils, omega fats, iodine Will I have to take an anti-androgen long-term? I have to. I experimented with not taking mine on vacations and have broken out again. How is everything going now? My skin remains clear. I currently follow the same simple cleansing regimen, take my anti-androgen daily, and get adequate sun exposure. I never drink caffeine, however I now allow myself some dairy products and occasional desserts. I only wish I had known about the hormonal causes of acne sooner. Outside reading: Do Milk and Sugar Cause Acne? By Dr. Mark Hyman in the Huffington Post Female Acne and Hormones By Dr. Geoffrey Redmond and the Hormone Help Center of New York Progesterone: The Almost Forgotten Hormone By Energetic Nutrition and citing Dr. John Lee Saw palmetto reduced DHT levels by 32% in this study. If you have questions, please PM me, do not respond to this post.
  8. I am an Asian (Chinese) male 19 yrs old. So I had a severe breakout 2 months ago and was prescribed with low dose accutane (10 mg twice/day). Most of my acne has cleared up but they left a lot of hyperpigmentation marks which damaged my confidence becuase it covers most of my cheeks and jawline on both sides of my face. It made me look like I still have severe acne all over my face. So I'm considering to apply makeup to cover the UGLY RED/BROWN SPOTS.. The spots are flat but it covers large area of my face. I never use makeup before so I don't know how to start. Is it possible to cover it while still look natural???? PLEASE I NEED HELP ASAP Is there anybody that has tried the same thing?? Please if it is possible, I want the makeup to be unnoticeable. But I don't know if it is possible since the dark spots cover most of my cheeks. Thanks Before and After Pics are very appreciated if available. THANKS A LOTTTT
  9. So I am Asian (Chinese) male 19 yrs old. I had sudden moderate to severe breakout 2 months ago, but now it's under control as my face is almost clear from active acne. But unfortunately, the breakout left a lot of acne marks (seems like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) on both sides of my cheeks and jawline. It makes me look like I still have severe acne. It looks terrible and I know it needs time to fade. So while waiting for them to fade, I am seriously considering ways to cover the UGLY RED/BROWN SPOTS with cosmetics. I know I am a man and this is soo embarrassing. But it affects my confidence very much and the only way for me is to cover it. Please can anyone help me with recommendations about makeup or concealer to cover them? I would like to look as natural as possible because I am a guy. Considering that the spots cover large areas of my face, maybe I need medium coverage or even more. But all recommendations and insights would be appreciated. THANKS A LOTTT
  10. Ingrown Hairs

    A question do men here suffer from ingrown hairs when shaving??? Any tips or products thata ctually work to prevent them?? I've tried everything.....
  11. Hello, I have a really silly question but, how do you get it? I am hoping to get prescribed Accutane by my dermatologist tomorrow, so I was wondering how the process works for us male types because all I can find on here is how it works for the ladies.. haha. I know you have to get a blood test and all that, but I am hoping to start the regimen as soon as possible, so when would I actually start taking the dosages? Thanks so much guys, y'all rock and I hope everyone's acne stays away forever
  12. So I break out about once a week. In between then I usually get very few pimples. It's almost alway on the 5-7 day mark I will have another breakout. My question is, is hormonal acne even possible in men? I only see women having success in fixing hormones to treat acne on this forum. Would Saw Palmetto help at all?
  13. This is from my blog, please give it a read: *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules* The best tips for acne - from a person that had facial and back acne. These tips will not cure you, but they will help a considerable amount in your on-going fight against acne. For any aged acne sufferer, wether you've had it a week or 15 years...I hope that these tips will give you a bit of hope in reaching your goal of clear skin and also giving a confidence boost. Enjoy. 1) Be open about your problem, one of the main problems that acne causes is a loss of confidence and acne does slowly take your confidence. That only way to deal with it, or the only way I have ever found to deal with acne, is to be open to people about it. Tell your family how you really feel, tell your friends, tell your teachers, don't lock it up. I know that I kept my feelings a secret for so long, when I came out with my story, I instantly felt that buzz of getting such a big thing off of my chest. It's the best feeling. People around you change. People begin to respect you more, they feel your pain, if you don't tell them how you feel then they won't have the level of sympathy required to help you battle your acne. 2) Wash twice a day: Wash your face/back when you take a shower in the morning, preferably when you wake up. What I do is cleanse my face and then use the conditionner, just in case it g onto ets my face, the cleanser can somewhat remove it. From my experience I usually need a shower in the morning anyway to wash my hair. Also I heat my skin which can aid to squeeze the odd spot. Getting hair products onto your skin, will be bad for your acne. Wash at night before going to sleep.It doesn't have to be dead before you sleep, just aim it to be around 12 hours after you had your morning wash. On the night wash I tend to not use a shampoo or conditioner in my hair, what is the point? In the morning my hair gets greasy anyway, so I just wash it in the morning. *Note: since you’re washing your whole body (if you have back acne), you will need a shower, you will be washing your hair twice as much. Try not to get your hair wet in the shower when you don't intended to clean it. 3) Apply the products properly: This is 100x vital, so many people get it wrong and so do I occasionally. If you take a little longer doing your regime, slow it down and be really gentle to your skin, it works. I have realised this many times before and I constantly remind myself that I need to be extra gentle, just be very sparingly, if in doubt use more. If you run the products into the skin slowly, they will work a million times better; however if you put a big dollop of product on your face, it will not work as effective, it will work but not to it’s potential. This does work, from my experience using my products or any past products, if you use them precisely, be gentle and softly rub it into your skin, you can go almost a full day without a new pimple head or white head arising. Try it, it may be a silver bullet in your acne regime. 4) Don’t pop your pimples at night: I know how difficult it is not to pop a pimple, it’s so hard not to. It’s fun, it relieves pressure and you can get addicted to it. A million people must have told you not to squeeze spots, you can’t help it, you have to and you can’t walk around with white heads. The best number one solution to this is to follow standard procedure, heat the area, squeeze the spot and treat the area. But though from my experience the best thing is to just do this in the morning, twice a day is to much in my view. If you leave them overnight they have less chance of getting infected and also what’s the point? You’re off to sleep anyway, it just makes things worse. 5) See a dermatologist and get the right products: Seriously the best thing i ever did in my life. Go private if you must, you need to do it if your acne has lasted over a year, you’ve tried many things and you’re beginning to scar. You need to see a dermatologist preferably at a Danné clinic. They’re the best, i’m going through treatment now and i have never seen my skin this good in years. The downside is that you may need to ‘splash some cash’ on products and treatments. It’s going to come at a cost but it is 100% worth it. Making a regime up from the drug store may work or may not work, dermatologists know what they’re doing, they know what works. Drug store brands are a hit and miss in most cases and you never find the right regime that will cure your acne. Remember to follow me on Facebook : and Twitter: I hope that everyone is doing well. I had some good feedback on my previous post and i'd love to write more about that topic as well. I would like to keep the blog varied; different posts every few days, I would love to do that, but sometimes I get stuck for ideas and end up not doing anything. Please could you leave a comment below, just a general idea of what you guys would like to hear me talk about or direct message me on Facebook here: Thank you. William Rickard, Selby.x