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  1. skin always feels sticky/tacky

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    hey, everyone, I've been using for a little over a year. I use cerave moisturizer though instead of the one because my skin was becoming very dry so now i use a large amount of moisturizer. But I've noticed that my skin always has a tacky feeling to it. i don't think it has to do with because when i was using products from my dermatologist my skin felt the same way. my skin is oily and i have to blot often but i can get dry spots from the amount of bp i use. does anyone else experience this....
  2. I have many many closed comedones. Full face. Only lips and nose is free. 20-30is small. Do not look good. 50-60 is very small. And only great observation and sharp light need to see it. It's Not too noticeable(don't like typical acne). Also i have very oily skin. sometimes i wash 3 times a day. Many many whiteheads and few blackheads. Please help. what do you recommend. I used salicylic acid 2%, but it doesn't work, it's make worse my skin. I used only ice, it's improves my skin. But not solved.
  3. I’m pretty sure that I have PCOS (almost positive)- irregular periods, ovarian cysts, acne, hormonal imbalance , etc. Sometimes I have clear skin and sometimes I get huge flares. This month 1/2 I got a terrible flare. My skin feels rough/ waxy like I’ve never felt it before. I have tiny bumps all over my face that won’t go away no matter what topical medication I use. Does this look like a food allergy? Can it be something other than acne that’s mimicking it? About 10 years ago I had such a flare that my entire face was red and there wasn’t an ounce of skin that was clear... I’m afraid I’m heading down that path again. I have done the BC pill and Spiro in the past (which worked for a few years and then stopped). Right now I’m on Metformin, tazorac (0.5) cream and Clindamyacin solution.
  4. Just started my seventh week on Ocella, and up until this point each week my skin has been getting progressively worse. It has reached the point now where my skin is extremely oily and I am getting a new set of breakouts every day. I'm not sure what to do. My acne had not been this bad in years before this pill. Should I wait it out for three months? I am so scared to stop the pill for fear that it has fucked with my hormones and will make my acne worse.
  5. Hi guys, I would really appreciate your help! I’m 20 y/o and I’ve been suffering with mild/moderate acne prone oily skin for almost 10 years now. I’ve tried many things over the years such as proactiv, Salicylic acid cleansers and toners, BP spot treatments and cleansers, low dose tetrinoin, tea tree oil, also I’ve taken vitamin D, zinc and I’ve tried spearmint tea. The only time my acne was very mild was when I was on the pill (ortho tricyclen lo) however after 2 years it started getting to the worst it’s ever been to the point where I thought the pill was causing my acne. I was also dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety, which seems to aggravate my acne x10. I came off the pill and I know my hormones need time to regulate, it’s been 5 months but my acne is still back and it has even spread to my back and chest. I usually get whiteheads and lots of clogged pores with an ocasional cystic pimple. After so many years I’ve getting tired of dealing with this and it really eats away at my self esteem so I’m just looking for some advice... is there anything else I should try? Or is accutane my only option at this point?
  6. I suffer from extremely bad oily skin. I have tried absolutely everything and spent hundred of pounds trying to find a cure to this, but have never been successful. The oily skin affects my mental health severely as I feel every day is spent obsessing over my face, and I have had enough. I previously had oily acne prone skin but I have been on antibiotics for the past year and my acne is not as much of an issue any more but it still remains, but it is the oily skin that is the real struggle. My face looks fine after washing, my pores don't look as an enlarged but after about an hour my face is completely shining and my pores are then huge. I would like to know if going to my doctor and asking for a low dosage of accutane to stop the oil production would be possible/beneficial?
  7. Hello, Im 21 year old. I have dusky and extremely oily skin. I have had tiny flesh coloured bumps on my forehead and tiny black bumps on my chin and cheek since 14. My doctor prescribed me salicylic soap and clindamycin in the mornings and Benzoyl peroxide at night. This cleared my forehead bumps. But the black dots are still there as you can see in the pictures. I never had any dryness and peeling because of BP. Does it mean that BP doesnt suit me? I also use a mild moisturiser and sunscreen. Im reading about sulphur soaps and adaplene. Should i use them?
  8. Hi everybody first sorry for my english. my story I have extremely extremely oily skin. I am on isotretinine treatment that has worked at 60mg per week but my dermatologist wants me to take as little as possible. so we try 20mg a week but the oily skin comes back is not enough for me unfortunately. I have researched new treatments to reduce sebum. 1) SB204 of Novan therapeutics 2) ASC-J9 Of Androscience 3) Winlevi of Cassiopea (success in phase3) What do you think? I'm mentally exhausted from having to wipe my face every 30 minutes or 1 hour maximum
  9. So having oily skin, my first question is, is this really right for me? Is it good to just leave the oil on my skin without washing? Wouldn't that cause problems? I've read about people who have oily skin and had success with the routine, but I'm still a little worried. That's why I've been gently cleansing here and there. I definitely like the less is more approach. I don't know if I'm comfortable with doing nothing. Could using a gentle cleanser at night and rinsing with water in the morning be what my skin needs? But I don't want to defeat the whole purpose of the caveman routine. Next, am I just not committing to this enough or giving it enough time? If I completely stop washing, except for a water rinse, will the oil subside? Like I mentioned, I've never really had trouble with oil until the last two years. I'm thinking the harsh products I was using has caused my skin to pump out lots of oil. It's just really unbearable and it's really hard to not reach for the cleanser each morning. Does skin 'purge' on this routine? I never had whiteheads, and now I do in places I never break out. This is the only excuse I have for them. But if it's not the case, I'm wondering what I should do about it.Should I exfoliate once a week? Does this ruin the whole process? I'm thinking it's probably good to remove some of that dead skin, but I don't want to ruin the acid barrier.Does gently cleansing at night ruin the process? I believe the skin can heal itself, and I can't believe I've been treating it so harsh and stripping my skin so much. I know it needs time to heal, but does cleansing nightly, with nothing harsh, really affect it? For some reason, I can't justify leaving dirt, oil, and whatever else my skin gets exposed to, on my face while I sleep. And water doesn't seem to clean that well. Is there a middle ground? I get that this routine has worked great for others, but I've discovered that I am nothing like others. I saw I guy who cleansed and moisturized the first day, only cleansed the second day, and did nothing the third day, then repeated the process. He did this until his skin cleared up, and said eventually he could go a few more days without cleansing and moisturizing. So instead of going cold turkey, he weaned himself off the products. But again this just seems like a less is more approach. It's kind of what I'm doing now. Minus the moisturizing, because my face just doesn't need it. Does this approach properly allow the skin to heal? Or are you stripping it again as soon as it starts to get better? And lastly, what next? Let's say I go through with this routine, only using water to rinse, and my skin clears up. Even if the oil goes away, I'm not keen on letting sweat, dirt and other bactiria sit on my skin. Would it be okay to reintroduce a gentle cleanser? I don't want to go through all this trouble to see my skin break out again. I'll never use toners or harsh spot treatments again (I threw my benzoyle peroxide out after reading about the caveman) but I am a clean person. And maybe not all the time, but just like you need to take a shower, sometimes you just need to wash your face. I'm very concerned about my skin, and tired of waisting time and money. I want to do things right this time. Any reply would be much appriciated. Even if I could have one question answered, I'd be extremely thankful. I might follow the 3 day method for the time being.
  10. I was really desperate when I found the caveman routine. Now, this freaked me out, and I know why. Because I was addicted to the products I was using on my face and the false hope they would clear my skin. But reading about it, it made sense. And did I want to live the rest of my life with a 10 step routine that didn't even work? The worst that could happen is nothing and I'll just go on living with bad skin, but at least I won't be wasting time and money on products. So I started caveman over a week ago. I was only rinsing with water and using a makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. At first, it was scary, but then it felt like a relief. I wasn't obsessing as much as I used to over my skin, and I wasn't getting as many breakouts. ..Yet. On day four I started getting whiteheads all over my chin, upper lip, on my forehead and in the creases by my nose. I was concerned about this because I hardly ever get whiteheads, and for the most part, my forehead is clear except for looking like a frying pan. By the end of the week, my face felt so gross. I had to exfoliate it. I just used a product I had by Aveeno, which was the Aveeno naturals gentle exfoliater. It felt a little better, but still super oily. So for a few days, I battled with blotting my skin and dusting with a pressed powder to control some shine. I'm rinsing with water morning and night and switched from using a makeup remover to some olive oil on a cotton swab to remove mascara and eyeliner. Aside from the powder, I use a concealer on a few really bad scars I have, and this hasn't seemed to cause a problem. My skin is so oily it usually removes the makeup by the end of the day, but I do wipe over those areas with the oil. This also hasn't seemed to cause a problem. I know, why am I adding oil to more oily, you're probably thinking. But this hasn't seemed to make my skin any more greasy. It works like a moisturizer and keeps my skin feeling pretty soft. And I will rinse with water after using it, so really no problems. My skin is still oily and whiteheads are still there three days into week 2. I did cleanse my skin again today, which I'm hoping didn't effect anything. I know I shouldn't but the feel of my skin is so unbareable. I'm going to stick with this caveman routine and update on how it is affacting my skin. I hope for the best. I do have some questions about it, so I will post on that later.
  11. Hi, I am an 18 year old female who has been struggling with acne for about 8 years. My skin currently is moderate to severe with VERY oily skin. I have gone to the dermatologist over the years and have undergone so many different treatments and nothing has given me long lasting results. I have tried differin, clindamyacin, Proactive, Rodan & Fields, natural treatments, etc, and they either didn't work, or were only temporary solutions that my skin got dependent on. After this point I was desperate and fed up, and went to the dermatologist again and they prescribed me Accutane (May 31st, 2018). Words can't describe how happy I was when I finally got prescribed Accutane because it's something that I've been thinking about for so long, and the closest thing to achieve being clear skinned since I was little. The month that I had to wait before finally being cleared to receive the drug was SO LONG my god. I finally got my prescription July 5th. My skin is currently pretty bad, and it has really brought my self confidence to an all time low. I feel so dumb saying this but I let it get in the way of my life and barely leave the house unless I have to, and when I do I am caked in makeup and I HATE IT. If there's anything I hate it's foundation and having to use it makes me so mad. I have had moderate acne for most of my life but only recently has it been getting really bad. I just came back to the US after a year abroad so I think that could have also affected my skin. When I was abroad my skin was clear for the most part except for some past scars sand the occasional breakout and I was the happiest I have been in my life. I have now realized how much acne can affects someone's self esteem because I honestly feel like a different person now, not the outgoing adventurous I used to be. Bad lighting, being in the sun, and being in social settings for too long are situations I now tend to avoid. I always keep my hair down now too as I find that it helps mask some of my acne, but it sucks because where I live it gets in the 90s with harsh sun everyday. I am praying that Accutane gives me the solution to make me feel good and confident again. In this blog I am going to be giving updates on my skin and keep like a log of how my skin reacts to it. Thanks for reading
  12. Hi guys, this is my first time posting. I've lurked on here for a while due to dealing with super oily skin throughout puberty and early adulthood. I felt the urge to post about my success for the past 3 weeks with niacin, in relatively small doses and exercise. Basically I had read on a few forums that niacin helps oily skin, along with high cholesterol. I had pretty bad acne when I hit puberty and from then on my oily skin has lingered. It's not as bad as some of the people I have read about but it is still off putting and I've been searching for a cure. Anyway, I began supplementing niacin in doses of 100-200mg a day and at the same time started running 30 mins a day. Nothing too drastic just enough to get the heart rate up and have an achievable goal for each day. The benefits from the first week were pretty mild. I increased my dose of niacin to 200mg twice a day and aimed to flush as I read that that brings about some of the positive effects. Well by week two my skin had drastically decreased oil production. Another unfortunate by product of oily skin has been huge pores on my nose and cheeks which has also led to unsightly black heads. After starting this little regime my pores have shrunk noticeably and are beginning to unclog. I cannot believe how amazing of a solution this has been. Not only that but I feel the best I have felt in the past 2-3 years! The flushing takes a while to get used to but i have come to somewhat enjoy it. I currently only take 200mg twice daily and normally without food so my flush is fairly drastic. I know niacin has already been talked about on here and it is still early days for me but my skin is truly only improving. Even just touching my skin now, I haven't washed it since I have woken up and there isn't a hint of oil!
  13. I finally feel I am in a place comfortable with my skin, take what you wish and what’s helpful for you. to clarify, ( I may get one pimple a month?) I’ll cut straight to what helped me, I have very dry skin and then sometimes it’s very oily. St Ives Blemish control (wash face once a day at night) do NOT put a lot on your face. If your face feels dry afterwards, you have put on way to much. my moisturizer is Aloe Vera, (this is when I really experienced a huge difference in my skin. My guess is it will for you too) lotion is just too irritating. NOT just any aloe Vera though Alba Botanical Very Emollient after sun. This is important. These two two things are all I put on skin, less is more. Sometimes I’ll gently wipe my face with water in morning but find it really does strip natural oils away so if I do, it’s usually just wipe forehead and cheeks. This alone doesn’t make skin clear, there’s a couple other things I do. Suppliments: if skin is very oily, Zinc (50mg) every other day) multi vitamin (don’t buy cheap brand) omega 3 for when face feels dry most important I recommend is probiotic 100%. Twice a day keep upper lip line clean when eating. Vit D from sun is a game changer! Make sure you are hydrated and have not overdone it with stripping oils from face. Take omega 3 if it’s drying. Read into Vit D role in acne, huge difference and a tan is always nice. Diet: gluten free I try to do. I think sugar isn’t the best. Coffee def trigger for me. My suggestion is to not focus on what you can’t eat, but just start consuming more salads and fruits. Veggies, etc. allow yourself to “cheat” on foods. Working out, I need to be better at as it helps skin rejuvenate. For men, stop shaving for a couple weeks. I noticed shaving can cause me to break out if I’m doing it all the time. Stop, stop picking at your skin. Even small Whitehead’s, give them a chance to go at naturally on their own. Lastly surround yourself with good people and find what you are passionate about and do it. Best of luck.
  14. Last month my face was clear then suddenly small bumps appeared on my face. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather, because now it’s starting to get hot in here. Or because of the food I’m eating. I’m also not sure if it’s because of the products that I use because I’ve been using my products for a long time now and this just happened last month. I’m using La Roche Posay Effaclar for face wash. Lush Tea Tree Water for toner. Cetaphil for moisturizer. And Epiduo every night, because I had a bad case of acne last year but it already cleared up, but I’m still using it for maintenance. I was also using Pixi Glow Tonic before but i’ve stopped using it. And once 1 week I use Aztec healing clay or the Lush Mask of Magnaminty as face mask. I have the same small bumps on my other cheek and on my forehead.
  15. Hi everyone. I'm 24 yo female and have been struggling with my problematic skin since I was 16 which has led me to serious mental health problems. I'm taking antidepressants so I can manage my life somehow but problems with skin haven't gone away which make me question for what it all worth. My skin is oily especially in T zone, I have large pores on my forehead and both cheeks at the side of the nose. Pores are clogged. Texture is rough and I have those small bumps all over my face plus décolleté (pic) from which nothing seems to come out. Exfoliating doesn't help. I have tried everything including tons of products (literally everything recommended), healthy diet, oral contraceptives, different vitamins and herbs etc. There seem to be no way out. Currently I'm on the new pills "Valette" which don't do any job at all, though the doctor told me they're known as those which clear the skin. I feel like I'm alone with such a condition. People say "you don't have acne", yes I don't have red acne but that isn't the only problematic skin condition which a person could have. Always having my pores clogged, always being excessively shiny, it's disgusting. Is there any cure?
  16. I have been on the regimen since March 11th and I'm confused because initially I had bad breakouts on my cheeks. That cleared up very well with the treatment in the first month then I began using AHA+ on April 11th. I loved the results I saw from the AHA as well, but Around April 17th I noticed tiny bumps popping up on only 1 side of my nose and they progressed to both sides and actual nose as the weeks went by. I wasn't sure what was causing it and thought maybe I wasn't cleaning well enough since it was only 1 side at first, but I just stopped using the AHA+ this month (June) just to see if it was the cause. This isn't an area where I normally breakout so I'm not sure what to do. Has anyone else experienced these same bumps around their nose area? What should I do? I'm so self conscious, my birthday is this month and I just want them gone! Early April (Right before breakouts started) The Breakout (Last week, but they are still coming)
  17. Hi! I was just recently prescribed Accutane and I am about to start my first course of 60/mg day tomorrow. I have been using the regimen EVERY SINGLE DAY (BP followed by AHA+ mixed w/ moisturizer) for about 2 years now, and I'm terrified of what is going to happen to my face if I stop cold turkey. I was thinking of gradually decreasing the amount of BP I use from two pumps down to one until I feel the Accutane is making my skin too dry to use any more. My face has always been extremely oily and I honestly don't remember the last time I had dry skin, so I'm not too worried about the BP drying me out immediately after starting Accutane. Does this sound like a good plan? Any suggestions? P.S. If anybody has any suggestions for good supplements to take while on Accutane that would also be greatly appreciated
  18. Spironolactone log

    Forums Personal logs 8 replies

    Hi guys! I just got my prescription of Spiro 50mg/day for three months to see if it's effective for my skin. I decided to have a log on to update you on the results (if any!) Background: stubborn acne, started when I was ~9/10 years old, am 21 now. I did Accutane when it was severe (face, back, chest - inflamed, red, etc). Since getting off Accutane my skin + hair became oily again, and I have been experiencing more comedones and some inflamed pimples on my face and chest again. My pre-emptive move was to try Spiro in case the breakouts got out of hand again. My diet is low-carb and low in dairy. Day 1 and so far, nothing to report!
  19. Hi guys, first post, just need to get some advice. I wouldn't say I have acne, I'll get a few random pimples a week and that's it but it still sucks. I would contribute it though to my oily skin. I get really oily skin in the winter and after washing my face in the morning, a few hours later I'm lathered in oil. Is it normal to have some amount of oil on your skin? I definitely don't get a normal amount though.. Anyways, I'm dairy free etc. don't eat processed foods and watching my diet the past 3 months. I'm also taking vitamin D3, vitamin A and probiotics. Anything that could help with this problem with you guys experience? Was thinking of getting on accutane but seems a bit excessive and would be a last resort. Thanks in advance! <3
  20. I've been trying to hold off from writing this because I know I should be patient and maybe this is temporary since it's only been 2 1/2 months but my self esteem has gone down badly. first off, my prescription is .025% tretinoin cream along with 1% clindamycin. over these 2 months, ive noticed my skin has gotten extremely oily. I actually miss my oily skin (and basically overall skin) before tretinoin since it was much better. honestly at first i was happy to use tretinoin since i heard it dried the skin and I would much prefer to have dry skin than oily skin. instead i got something worse. I've been trying to stop myself from using masks and scrubs because i know its bad. My skin texture has significantly turned worse too. I see bumps on my cheeks but when I touch them there's no bump? my cheeks look like plastic. They look shiny and like stretched plastic under my bathroom light but when I touch them they're soft. my pores are big around my nose area. Seriously like the skin around my eyes is smooth and nice and then you go slightly down and it's a whole different skin texture and color (red). I've begun using aloe vera again to maybe help with the oiliness. I hate using makeup but I had to use translucent powder to mattify my face at school like every 3 periods. As for dosage, I used to use like 3 pea sized amounts for my face but i began to use less and buffered it with moisturizer. anyone can help?
  21. Hi everyone! I’m new to this website so wanted to start off saying apologies in advance if I haven’t tagged this right etc. Anyway, I have acne and have started a new acne cream called Differin and it sorta helps but my god it dries my skin out. At at the moment my acne’s active AND I have old scars so rely on make up to cover it up. But covering it up is a a huge issue as my sling is dry and have tried countless moisturisers to no avail. Could anyone recommend a good mosituiser for me to try? (I’ve already used cetaphil oil free and the normal one). Many thanks in advance! Shangrilisa
  22. Hi, maybe someone has similar problems or could give me an advice. I don’t know what to do, these small bumps and red pimples appear on my forehead. My skin is normal, little to the oily side. I eat healthy, wash my face twice a week, use noreva acnomega cream and exfoliac foaming gel. Maybe some of you know natural masks, etc. that could help me get clear skin, or maybe these pimples/small bumps appear only because of my hormones, because i am 17 years old and I just cant do nothing about it?.. any kind of response would be nice.
  23. I'm two weeks away from completing a 6-month course of Accutane 30mg x 2 a day. I'm wondering, for those of you who have completed a similar course, how was your oily skin after finishing? Before starting Accutane, I had extremely oily skin. I think the oil might have honestly been worse than the actual acne. I really just want to know what to expect. I've absolutely loved not having to worry about my oily skin these last 6 months. What have been your experiences? TYIA
  24. Super oily skin

    Forums Oily skin

    Hi! I hace moderate acne and incredibly pily skin, and no products seem to help! Has anyone found products that help their severelyoilu skin? Thanks!
  25. My daughter was struggling with acne since last summer. We tried everything in store, proactive, etc. She went from small pimples on forehead to cystic. Accutane was the worst for her. After alot of internet research, including blogs on this site, by me trying to learn about skin we decided to try an organic approach. This worked for her calming her skin and reducing oiliness. She has oily sensitive skin. If you have this skin try washing your face with colladial oatmeal and a dab of raw organic honey. You can mix the Honey with a few drops of tea tree oil and store it in a seperate container. Test tea tree oil sensitivity. You have to store the aveeno oatmeal in a spice container and mix with water and honey mixture when you wash. Lather, leave on for a minute, rinse. You CANT get water in the container b/c mold will form. Then follow up with organic apple cider vinegar toner. Look up dillution online . Start with more diluted. Then follow all of this with organic aloe vera moisurizer. Get dollar store small Tupperware. The size for salad dressing. Mix aloe vera with 4 drops of organic cocunut oil ( melt in microwave in bowl), then two drops of tea tree oil. U could increase the latter a drop or two if ur skin is less sensitive but be cautious to make sure no allergies. The idea is to remove dirt from pores while maintaining skin ph and moisturize skin calmly. Be sure to use organic ingredients bc there are no chemicals. Regular aloe gel in particular has chemicals which may be fine for ur legs but not ur face. Vitamin shoppe is where we purchase. I would also recommend healthy diet, less sugar, lots of water. Take proper multivitamins to promote good skin. Avoid junkfoods. drink smoothues, eat whole grains, dark chocolate ( bc u have to have chocolate). Good night sleep. She does this and we saw a difference here too. I would post picrures but shed be embarrassed. For you moms, i wash my face with oatmeal and moisturize with aloe with 6 drops of coconut oil mixture. My skin has never looked better. It took a month or so but dark spots faded, small pimples cleared, and less bags under eyes even with 3 kids. i hope this works for you. And you are happier. Take care, happier daughter and so happier mom.