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  1. Long time acne problem

    Hi everyone, I am facing a acne problem from my teenage. I have consulted 3 to 4 doctors and followed the procedures but it is not curing. Some say acne will fade when age goes forward. I am 26 now and it is still there. I don't know what to do now . I have attached my picture of my acne. Also the acne in the picture is somewhat reduced but it is increasing and reducing day by day. Can anyone please help me with this? Thanks
  2. Tell me how you did it. Your acne journey. Since when did you got it? what makes it worse? is it severe or mild? for how long have you been suffering? How have people been treating you? And if you had succeeded, how did you do it? Natural or with the help or medications? Is it cleared 100%? Go on, just tell me everything. Let it all out
  3. Those of us revisiting this thread once again for answers, for a product that works, for another human to relate, we all have one thing in common. We suffer daily, or once monthly, or for the lucky ones once a year. Regardless of the frequency or intensity of your breakouts we all know how painful and embarrassing this condition can be. The thing is when you make the choice to go out the door in the morning and face the day, you have just made a very important choice whether you realize it or not. You have just taken a brave action. If you can go out in the world, push through the pain and ignore the anxiety associated with being seen full breakout, you can conquer ANYTHING! I want all acne suffers out here to realize that we are all cut from the same cloth and we wouldn't be dealt the shit-skin hand if we all weren't strong enough to fight our way through it. Please consider this the next time you feel like saying no to going out with friends or going out to lunch with your family on the weekend. Remember the badge of courage you wear on your face and that those that matter most to you don't mind and wouldn't have you any other way. Look I started this a week ago and I will not give up. I hope you feel inspired, Love and Peace abides!
  4. So I was picking around my face (I know I'm sorry) when I accidentally ripped off a scab that was over a healing pimple, and now there's just this bare red small bump with no skin on top of it. Is this bad and if so is there anything I can do to treat it?
  5. I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis. I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose. I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis. I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness. Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse. A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited account that you can check on Reddit.
  6. I had this red bump on the side of my face but now it looks darkish. Can anyone tell me what this is and what treatment I can do? In case you're wondering, I never intentionally touch it, I let it be. Also I am Filipino. Here's a pic:
  7. Hey guys so i popped my pimple on my nose puss came out it got smaller but there is still a red bump on my nose and its not going away what shall i do?? heres a picture
  8. I visited skin specialist and he gave me these medicines I also told him about my past allergy on hands and wrist and side of face but I doubt these will work for blackheads and whiteheads and clear my face so I'm asking for a good advice and wants to save money to buy perfect cream
  9. Hello my friends I hope you can help me I got this huge acne on my ass and is bleeding like no stop , it's coming too much blood , I have this huge pimple almost a 5 months ago she come Beck and go , every time she come.beck.plesse help me i don't know what to do here is a photo of that pimple .
  10. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  11. Part I: Avoiding Harmful Products When Buying Products Don't Buy Cleansers That: 1. Contain harsh surfectants like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. 2. Are in bar form. These contain harsh cleansing agents like sodium cocoate, and the ingredients that keep them in bar form can be absorbed into the skin to clog pores. Also, many bar soaps have alkaline pH levels, which actually encourages bacterial growth. 3. Are daily scrubs containing uneven particles like walnut . These can tear at the skin and cause irritation. Look for scrubs with smooth, round, bead-like particles. 4. Contain waxy, pore-clogging thickeners. Products in cream form tend to have these. 5. Contain animal oils*. Animal oils resemble human sebum and can clog pores similarly. 4. Give a "tingly" or "cooling" feeling. That feeling is caused by skin irritants like menthol and camphor. 5. Are medicated. If the medication contains a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid, the cleanser is almost certain to have too high of a pH (over 4) to allow it to act as an exfoliant. Chances are that the majority of any medictation used in a cleanser will be washed away before having any real effect. If you let a medicated cleanser (either one containing a chemical exfoliant or one containing benzoyl peroxide) sit on the skin in hopes of giving the medications time to penetrate, than chances are you'll also be allowing the cleansing agents time to irritate the skin. * Emu oil for some reason seems to be an exception according to users of this site. Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That: 1. Contain drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients, as these can encourage bacterial growth. Don't Buy Salicylic Acid Products* That: 1. Contain skin irritants like drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Have a pH higher than 4 or else the salicylic acid will not be an effective exfoliant. A good idea of a product's pH can be obtained with pH indicator strips. 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") * Most salicylic acid products are not pH correct, contain irritants, or both. Don't Buy Benzoyl Peroxide Products: 1. That contain skin irritants. 2. To use in conjunction with prescription retinoids (with the exception of adapalene which is used in Differin). Benzoyl peroxide renders most retinoids unstable and should be applied only in the morning if a prescription retinoid is being used at night. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Tea Tree Oil Products That: 1. Contain skin irritants. 2. Have less than a 5% concentration of tea tree oil, or more than a 15% concentration. Too little tea tree oil is likely to be ineffective, and too much may be irritating. You can, however, buy pure tea tree oil and dilute it, so long as you aim for the right concentration. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Moisturizers That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Contain skin irritants. Don't Buy Sunscreens That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Do not contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mexoryl sx, or tinosorb; the ingredients recognized by the FDA to provide adequate UVA protection. 5. Do not have an SPF of 15 or higher. 6. Contain skin irritants. In General 1. Don't use products that contain skin irritants. Skin irritants prematurely kill skin cells, littering the skin with more dead skin cells than it can naturally slough off, thus creating a greater risk of clogged pores. Skin irritants also interfere with the skin's healing process, which can result in an increase in bacteria. Some common skin irritants are: Alcohols. Ethanol (grain alcohol), denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and SD alcohol should be avoided. (Exceptions: Ingredients like cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol are fatty alcohols. Some alcohols like SD alcohols can be used in small amounts. An ingredient is in a small amount if it appears at the end of an ingredients list). Ammonia Arnica Balm mint Balsam Bentonite (can be used in the occasional clay mask, but avoid frequent use or formulations which contain other "actives") Benzalkonium chloride (if it is one of the main ingredients) Benzyl Alcohol (if it is one of the main ingredients) Bergamot Camphor Cinnamon Citrus juices and oils Clove Clover blossom Coriander Cornstarch Essential Oils Eucalyptus Eugenol Fennel Fennel oil Feverfew Fir needle Fragrance (may be listed as "Parfum") Geranium Ginger Grapefruit Horsetail Jasmine Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Lime Linalool Marjoram Melissa (lemon balm) Menthol, Menthyl Acetate, and Menthyl PCA Mint Oak bark Orange Oregano Papaya Peppermint Phenol Rose Sandalwood oil Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate Sodium lauryl sulfate TEA-lauryl sulfate Thyme Wintergreen Witch hazel Ylang-ylang 2. Don't base your use of a product on whether or not it says "non-comedogenic," "oil-free," "hypo-allergenic," "dermatologically tested," and similar terms. These are flashy marketing terms that have no regulations, therefore, they can mean anything. As mentioned earlier, products with waxy thickeners and animal oils (not plant oils) are most likely to clog pores. Mineral sunscreen ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can clog pores, though synthetic sunscreens like avobenzone can irritate the skin of certain people and also trigger breakouts. Everyone is different and will be sensitive to different ingredients, so there is no real way of knowing what will or will not clog pores, just what may clog pores. One other thing- acne can take two weeks to form, so if you break out right after starting a product, don't assume that product was the culprit. 3. Don't use specialty products (chemical exfoliants, moisturizers, etc...) that are in jar packaging to minimize air exposure. Oxygen can render certain ingredients unstable. Also, with jar packaging, there is a concern for product contamination. Sunlight can also render certain ingredients unstable, so if you buy a product in clear packaging, be sure to store it in a dark space (such as a medicine cabinet or drawer). 4. Don't assume that the stronger a product (i.e. the higher the concentration of an active ingredient), the more effective it will be. Using a product that is too strong for you may cause irritation that can worsen acne. What is a good strength varies by person. 5. Don't assume that naturally-occurring ingredients are better for your skin. As can be seen by the list of common skin irritants above, there are plenty of ingredients both man-made and naturally-occurring that can be irritating to the skin. 6. Don't touch your face if you can avoid it so as to prevent the spread of contaminants. 7. If you have trouble with inflammatory acne, change your bedding often (once a week), and keep anything that touches your face frequently (like a phone or washcloth) clean and disinfected to prevent the spread of contaminants. 8. Don't use makeup testers on your face to prevent the risk of contamination. 9. Don't apply your moisturizer over areas of your face that are not dry. Applying moisturizer where it is not needed can increase the risk of clogged pores by mixing with excess sebum and "gluing" dead skin cells to the skin's surface. 10. Don't tan. Tanning only temporarily masks acne, damaging the skin in the process, which can actually lead to a worsening of acne. Even if tanning did help, it's not worth the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, cataracts, cellulite, and rosacea associated with unprotected sun exposure. 11. Don't steam the skin or rinse with hot water as this can cause irritation and capillaries to surface. It is best to wash with luke-warm water. 12. Don't give up on a new regimen. You need at the very minimum one month and preferrably two to see results. When using prescription retinoids, you need at least three months. 13. Don't over-scrub the skin as this can cause irritations. It is best to use gentle, circular motions. When drying the face, pat the skin dry as opposed to rubbing it dry. 14. Avoid doing anything to aggravate a pimple. It may be beneficial to pop one provided the pimple is ready to pop, but only apply light pressure. Never squeeze, scratch, or pick at it. If light pressure does not release the contents of a pimple, you will likely worsen it should you increase that pressure. 15. Don't use more than one method of exfoliation at once. For example, don't use a scrub followed by a salicylic acid product, or a salicylic acid product followed by an alpha hydroxy acid product. You risk over-irritating the skin. 16. Don't generously apply products (with the exception of sunscreen, which should be generously applied). Usually only a dime-sized amount / thinly applied layer is all that's needed for the entire face. Over-applying products can be harmful to the skin. 17. Be happy! Who knows, your skin might even get clearer as a result. If not, it's better to have acne and be happy than it is to have acne and wallow in gloom. __________________________________________________________________________ Part II: Building a Regimen Here are some products you could use to help build your own customized regimen, which are also listed in the responses below. I recommend building a basic regimen that includes at the minimum these steps: 1) Cleansing with Lukewarm Water 2) Exfoliating 3) Disinfecting (If You Have Inflammatory Acne) 4) Moisturizing Dry Areas Only (Nighttime) 5) Applying Sunscreen to All Exposed Areas of Skin (Daytime) You can also include other steps in your regimen, like the application of toners which don't contain chemical exfoliants (not that toners containing chemical exfoliants shouldn't be used if that's your method of exfoliation) or of retinoids. Also, you don't have to apply all these products at the same time; for example, you can exfoliate as often as twice a day or as little as once every other day. You should, however, cleanse twice daily. Something I want to make very clear is that I am not advertising a cure for acne. The above mentioned steps follow skin care basics and are beneficial to most people. Subsequently, using a regimen following these steps may result in clear skin, but it may make absolutely no change whatsoever. If you use the wrong products or can't tolerate certain steps like exfoliation or certain types of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, it might even make your skin worse. If you're looking for a starting point to treating acne or have been following a damaging skin care routine and want to stop, I definately recommend giving such a regimen a chance, but I don't want to give anyone false hope that their acne will disappear from following it. You may have a stubborn case of acne that is beyond the help of over-the-counter treatments, in which case I advise you seek a dermatologist's help. I also want to stress that the treatments I recommend below are not the only decently formulated products out there (though the salicylic acid products I listed are the only ones I know of that are both pH correct and gentle). Some cleansers you may want to consider are: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild Formula Eucerin Baby Aquaphor Gentle Wash Eucerin Redness Relief Cleansing Gel Paula's Choice (any cleanser) Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash Some manual scrubs you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Essential Nutrients Daily Exfoliating Cleanser with Soft Massage Beads Nivea for Men Energizing Face Scrub (women can use this too) Some toners (not containing chemical exfoliants) you may want to consider are: Biotherm Biosensitive Soothing Refreshing Spring Mist Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion* Derma E Pycnogenol Facial Toner, Fragrance Free Nivea Visage Moisturizing Toner Paula's Choice Toners *This contains about a 0.5% concentration of salicylic acid at a pH of around 4, making it minimally effective for exfoliation, though you probably won't notice a significant difference in your skin due Some salicylic acid products you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Bare Vitamins Skin Rever-Upper (if it really has a pH of 3.8, as the company claimed in an e-mail) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizer Paula's Choice 1% or 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid products* Serious Skin Care Clarifying Treatment *Paula's Choice makes by far the best salicylic acid products Some benzoyl peroxide products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Dan's Clear Skin Regimen Gel (2.5%) Jan Marini Skin Research Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel (5%) Oxy Balance, Sensitive Skin Acne Treatment, Vanishing Formula (5%) Paula's Choice Blemish Fighting Solutions (2.5% or 5%) Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength (10%) Zapzyt 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Some tea tree oil products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Derma E Tea Tree and Antiseptic Cream* (5%) Desert Essence 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (diluted; aim for between a 5 and 15% concentration in your mixture) *This product is in jar packaging, so the vitamin E and other antioxidants won't be stable, but the tea tree oil should work. It is also in cream form, which users may want to be wary of. Some over-the-counter retinol* products you may want to consider are: Diacneal with 6.4% Glycolic Acid Green Cream Jan Marini Factor-A Lotion Makeup Artist's Choice Retinol Serum (which comes in clear packaging, so store it in a dark place) *Products containing retinol do not necessarily produce similar results to prescription retinoid products Some moisturizers you may want to consider are: Dove Sensitive Essentials Daytime Lotion (no SPF) Green Canyon Spa Skin Barrier Serum Malibu Hemp Moisturizer Body Lotion for Dry Skin Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel Zia Natural Skincare Herbal Moisture Gel Some sunscreens you may want to consider are: Clinique Super City Block SPF 25 Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protector M.A.C. Daily SPF 15 Light Moisture Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblocks Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunsblocks Proactiv Solution Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15
  12. Differin week 20

    Hi guys this is around my 20th week of using differin and around 10 weeks of using benzac. For the past 2 weeks, I had almost clear face. I mean no major acne outbreak. This week I have 3 cysts. BIG CYSTS. I hate them so much. I have no idea how they come up on my face. It is so annoying. I was happy and now I am panic. Wondering if there is going to be more tomorrow. I can't tolerate the feeling of cleaning my face and it hurts so bad. For a while, I have hope and it was vanished by cysts that I can't find the root of it. I hope benzac take care of them as soon as possible. I want to be happy again. Happiness without panic and nightmare.
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    From the album Carl Granger

  14. Hey guys. I was wondering if anyone wants to join a diet accountability group. I've had acne since I was 13 and found out several months ago that my poor diet is the cause. I had a change in diet but I've gone back to eating junk and my skin is getting really bad. Anyone want to hold each other accountable? I'm so done with acne, lol. Hope everyone is having a good day.
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    From the album Carl Granger

    7th day of using epiduo , and teranex soap
  16. What do you think to be better and why? On me, I know that popping some spots on my face leads to spreading, whereas other times the spot has gone and not returned. I know it’s not just me who wants to weigh out the pros and cons.
  17. Bumpy skin

    Y'all I've suffered with these on my cheeks for the past 3 years now I've tried eating clean, cutting dairy, no makeup,, water and too much more to type I don't think this is hormonal because they appeared after I used a hydroquinone/trentonin mix prescribed by my dermatologist(completely ruined my skin btw) Now I have these bumps and idk how to get rid of them or what they are I sometimes get the sebum filled comedones that I can extract but most are too flat to pop they just make my cheeks looks rough and I can feel them when I run my hand along my cheeks (mostly right cheek ) and they are most apparent when I stretch my cheek..So I'm lost guys what can I do to get my baby smooth skin back ? I see a lot of ways to cure this skin condition on the forehead but they don't seem to work on my cheeks..I feel like I'm the only one with this problem and it's not major but it's annoying af and it takes a toll on my confidence I'd love to hear from someone whose had this on their cheeks and managed to clear it up Side note I'm not on BC pills either Current regimen Morning Manuca honey Greentea/rose water toner Sunday Riley UFO oil(contains salicylic acid) Night Wonderfully naturals abs Greentea/rose water toner Sunday Riley UFO oil
  18. Bumpy skin

    Y'all I've suffered with these on my cheeks for the past 3 years now I've tried eating clean, cutting dairy, no makeup,, water and too much more to type I don't think this is hormonal because they appeared after I used a hydroquinone/trentonin mix prescribed by my dermatologist(completely ruined my skin btw) Now I have these bumps and idk how to get rid of them or what they are I sometimes get the sebum filled comedones that I can extract but most are too flat to pop they just make my cheeks looks rough and I can feel them when I run my hand along my cheeks (mostly right cheek ) and they are most apparent when I stretch my cheek..So I'm lost guys what can I do to get my baby smooth skin back ? I see a lot of ways to cure this skin condition on the forehead but they don't seem to work on my cheeks..I feel like I'm the only one with this problem and it's not major but it's annoying af and it takes a toll on my confidence I'd love to hear from someone whose had this on their cheeks and managed to clear it up Side note I'm not on BC pills either Current regimen Morning Manuca honey Greentea/rose water toner Sunday Riley UFO oil(contains salicylic acid) Night Wonderfully naturals abs Greentea/rose water toner Sunday Riley UFO oil
  19. Skin Frustration and Vitamin A

    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.
  20. 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.
  21. the struggles

    i finally finished my accutane and my skin was clear for a month or two and now i'm back to breaking out in bad cysts. why does this stuff always happen to me?? i'm sick and tired of this. i thought maybe i could stay cleared up and have a normal social life but i guess not. i just wish this would go away. i want to enjoy life and BE HAPPY. i don't want be in the same mess as last year.
  22. i popped a pretty big pimple that had a head, so it came out easily but still left a scab. today the scab was flaking so i pulled it off and now there's a big raised bump where the scab was!:( is this a scar? or is there still something under the skin? what can i do for this? please help:(
  23. Hey all, I am a 22 year old male and have recently had a breakout around my mouth of blind pimples. Does anyone know what causes this or can cure these or has had a similar issue? I use the regimen cleanser and moisturiser and it has improved my skin. I dont drink alcohol or smoke, and do a lot of exercise alongside eating a very clean diet. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks, Cam
  24. i have this really bright red pimple at the tip of my nose. it has no head and is sort of painful. i tried popping it but nothing came out. unfortunately, going to a dermatologist isn't an option:( what can i do to get rid of this horrible pimple? it's so annoying and sooooo hard to cover up:( from what i've read, i think i have a blind pimple. i've seen some websites saying tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, or hot water will help. what will get this out the quickest? thank you.