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  1. Hi everyone! Recently I had two pimples on my cheek and was very irritated by the large size of them. There was a little white in each center of them so I thought it was ready to pop. Well I was wrong! I popped them prematurely and they’ve left a big bump onto my face and it looks Iike bad rash. I’ve applied aloe vera gel and rosacea gel, which was what I originally thought it was, but none of it helped. Plus it’s super itchy and looks very inflamed, and is impossible to hide with makeup! Please help me!
  2. 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?
  3. Acne is such a cruel and underrated disease and I'll never understood why we never get sympathy but people with other diseases do. Besides that I've been alone since around 14 and i'm 22 now. Acne just wrecked my teen years and after two courses of Accutane its finally gone minus some redness. How am I suppose to salvage a social life at this point. I have major trust issues because everyone avoided me in school because of my face. No one at this age seems open to making new friends anyway.
  4. im 20 tahun ...saya punya jerawat kistik yang dimulai pada bulan Desember 2017, terburuk ... sampai sekarang Mei 2018 (6 bulan +) wajah saya mereda tetapi kemerahan di wajah saya kuat :(, semua cara pengobatannya hampir saya coba, tapi tidak bisa menghilangkan kemerahan dan jerawat saya.Sekarang saya mencoba mengobati jerawat saya dengan obat (bukan accutane) dan krim malam dan pagi hari, tentu dianjurkan dengan dr saya dermatologis. Sekarang im hanya menunggu keajaiban ke wajah saya ... karena jerawat saya, hidup saya sangat sepi ... saya malu, tidak percaya diri, dan saya tidak ingin keluar rumah ... terutama di siang hari karena jerawat saya akan sangat terlihat, orang tua saya orang tua saya tidak berpikir ini adalah hal yang serius, tetapi bagi saya ini adalah hambatan dalam hidup saya yang saya rasakan yang paling sulit, saya tertekan SETIAP HARI, sampai kepala saya sakit, saya di sini merasa berjuang sendiri dan hanya saya yang tahu saya masalah 2 hari yang lalu saya menemukan blog ini dan saya ingin mencari teman yang sama untuk berbagi cerita dan berbagi, adakah seseorang di luar sana yang menderita hing dan mau berbagi? kirimi saya pesan ... mungkin sedikit melegakan saya ... karena saya malu untuk memberi tahu orang-orang di sekitar saya, Terima kasih banyak.
  5. It has now been about 8 months since I have started taking spironolactone as well as acidophilus. A couple of weeks ago, I was starting to get spots again, so they decided to up the dose from 100mg to 150. Honestly, I didn't see much improvement. I then was prescribed amoxicillin to take for 8 weeks. It is supposed to help my body absorb more of the meds. It has only been a couple of weeks, but I don't think it has really kicked in yet. My skin is not bad right now, but I do have a couple spots on my jawline that are getting a little painful, and I have texture on my cheeks. It is really just little spots and bumps. What is really getting to me though is the PIH. I am thinking about getting a chemical peel this summer, maybe even micro needling, but that is my last resort. I doubt it was my diet, but I am trying to clean it up a little bit and I think I am going to switch from foundation to a cc cream to maybe free up my pores. I am also trying to drink more water and green tea to try and get rid of these spots. The face wash I used before was the Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser, and I think my skin really liked it. However, it wasn't exactly drugstore, so once I finished the bottle I switched to the Biore baking soda foaming wash. Maybe my skin is adjusting to it, and that is what is creating the texture. I just hope it goes away soon. Other than that, my skin hasn't changed much. I have been thinking if going on birth control and ditching spiro would be a good idea because on spiro people still get occasional spots and I'm wondering if birth control would work better? But at the same time, I cant go through another initial breakout again. It's not my best skin day, but it's definitely not my worst. I even started going out without makeup. (for hiking, I didn't want to risk breaking out from it) but its something i guess. It's not much of an update, so sorry if this entry is a little boring. But I guess boring is good in this case.
  6. My wife started having some heavy acne for the first time in her life, so when she visited dermatologist they recommended Benzoyl peroxide 5%. After applying it twice, once in the morning and once at night, the following morning her entire face was dark red, peeling, it was horrible she looked like a tomato. As soon as that happened she stopped using the cream right away, it's been two weeks since that happened and her inflammation has only gotten worse. We had to wait two weeks since the local dermatologist wouldn't be back till then we live in a pretty rural area in Japan, this was during Golden Week, a famous time in Japan where the majority of business go on vacation for 2 weeks. She is also suffering from intense insomnia from her ketogenic diet during these two weeks she's been super stressed out and only being able to get 3 hours of sleep on average maybe less. I fear that the insomnia, stress from the extreme redness is only making her more depressed and making her inflammation worse. Today my wife was prescribed Protopic but it makes her skin so itchy. We're both hoping that this will get rid of her intense redness. But the thing she's worried about the most is she's afraid that she will have permanent skin damage from the damage Benzoyl peroxide has done and her face will never look the same. She started developing a puffiness under her eyes, and the inflammation was pretty intense puffiness the same day before getting the Protopic cream. Is it likely that her skin will never return to the original pale color, will she have permanent skin damage? the doctor gave us a really unclear answer if all of the redness would disappear which made her really depressed, she's afraid to go outside cause her face is extremely red but only her face. We're going through this together hopefully after the first 2 weeks of using Protopic all of her redness will disappear but do you think there's a chance she will have permanent pigment damage? And if so is there anything we can do about it?
  7. just thought i would share a recent treatment which is working well on my adult skin problem (redness,small spots and cysty lumps), which is pure tea tree oil applied topically. since using tea tree oil ive stopped getting acne lumps and my redness has subsided. i had used tea tree oil in the past but it must of had other chemicals added as it made skin extremely red (pure tea tree oil = no redness for me) tea tree oil kills demodox mites and is antiseptic.
  8. Today is the end of my 4th week on the regimen. I am 17 yo male, mild acne and bright skin. Up until last week i only used the bp at night, and half of the amount Dan says, because my face couldnt take it, and ever since i tried using it at the morning my face is so red, people ask me why do i look like that. The regimen is not working currently, im breaking out as always. I understand it is because i only use the treatment at night, but it is not possible to do it twice for me.....help....?
  9. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  10. I have a red/pink mark from a cystic pimple above my lip which resolved about 3 months ago. The color of the "scar", or PIE as I think it is, is about the same color as my lip. There is a small indented scar near where the center of the pimple used to be, but I'm most concerned about the redness surrounding that area, which is quite visible in some lighting, especially when I am smiling. I have been reading a ton online about PIE and options for treatment, and I'm expecting that this will improve over time. However I also wan to consider pulsed dye laser to resolve the redness. However my dermatologist says that the laser would be too risky near my lip as it could burn or change the color of my lip. This surprised me as I didn't think the laser could burn the skin at all. I'm going to get a second doctor's opinion anyway as my dermatologist kept referring to "pigment" in my skin although the redness is entirely blanchable, which makes me think it is the result of capillaries formed during the inflammation. Has anyone had experience using lasers for PIE on or near the lip? Or any other advice? Thanks!
  11. Hi all! I've come here with a few questions for you and would love any and all input First off, my nose has been red for almost 8 years now (I'm 20) and I'd just like some opinions on it, I've had severe acne since about 13 and it's really taken its toll on my life, my confidence has always been awful, I've struggled to make meaningful relationships with all but a few people, and that's due to going to school with those people, I've recently moved to a new area and although some of my old friends are only a bus ride away, many of them are busy and/or at uni, so I HAVE to make new friends some how but I can't with the way I look and my awful confidence, and romantic relationships have been out of the question for years. Now my acne has cleared up a little (it was quite bad and has left me with quite a scared face) the only thing truly bothering me at the moment is my ridiculously red nose, not only is it huge (I'm not sure if it swollen or not) it's also red, and has been since 12 or 13, anyway if anyone has some suggestions I'd love to hear it (I've attached some photos by the way). The second is my post accutane results and what I'm to do next. I'm not exactly super happy with the results, these photos are just over a week after my last pill (40mg a day for 6 months), my dermatologist was very happy with the outcome but I'm not too thrilled, there's still plenty of redness everywhere and I even still have some deeply inbedded cysts on my left check and my nose, though I haven't had a white head in months which is quite nice. I also would like some information on what I'm to do about scaring, my dermatologist said there isn't much I can do on the NHS which really sucks because I don't have the money for private treatment. What, if anything, would you guys suggest I take as my next actions? Thank you all
  12. Was wondering if these are hyperpigmentation marks like I know I have scarring but Lately these have gotten me depressed like I wish I can get rid of them I am trying palmers fading cream from redness I'm hopping it takes some what away
  13. Please help me, my insurance has repeatedly declined helping with accutane and my back has changed my lifestyle for over a year, causing pain, scratching, and lots of bleeding.
  14. Hello, I’m not sure if anyone will read this. But I will start a spirno journey. A lot of people suffer from cystic acne and unfortunately I’m one of them. I hope we can all have each other tips and learn from one another. Here is where I’m startng out. I’ll be updating everyone every week or two. I’m starting off on 100 mg spirnolactone
  15. I get few pimples and couple Whiteheads, some blackheads on nose, but I get cysts around my eyes and nose and under my neck, most aren’t noticeable but I can feel them..... I have red blemishes too
  16. HELP MEEE!

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    Hello, everyone. I’ve had this on my left cheek for a while now, and I don’t know what it is or how to get rid of it. Does anyone have any clues?
  17. My skin had finally cleared up - until one big read pimple showed up right next to my nose.I made a huge mistake by popping it. I squeezed this stupid pimple until puss was oozing out and it was terribly red. By this time I had realized my mistake, but it was too late. I gently washed it and put some Adapalene Gel on it and then went to sleep hoping that it would reduce by the morning. The next morning, I wake up to an even bigger pimple with a scab and some puss on it. Not only that, but somehow that area around the pimple was red and it was covered with some plastic feeling thing (not sure how else to explain. It was kind of hard and brown looking) that wouldn’t come off. So now my blemish had just gotten three times bigger.I tried to put aloe Vera gel on it, tried to put Adapalene Gel (again!) on it, and washed it. I knew this was wrong, but I did it in blind rage and stupidity. Finally, after nothing worked, I just left it alone.... until I didn’t. I picked the scab and some of the saran-wrap feeling stuff off.Since then, I’ve left it alone and nothing has gotten any better. And even worse, I’m almost absolutely positive that this is going to leave a mark. I am so stressed out about the aftermath of this disaster. HEELPP I’m desperate for some kind of solution to the huge mess I’ve caused. Here you can see the pimple and the hard stuff (I have no clue what it is ) around it.
  18. so I have like red bumpy skin around my nose, sometimes its better sometimes its really bad, but it just looks dry and horrible indeed help, these photos are when its not looking so bad, but sometimes it gets worse
  19. Hi everyone. I have been suffering from acne as long as I can remember.. literally. Back in elementary school is when it started and when it ruined my life. I was made fun of on a daily basis for it and quickly became super insecure and I still am to this day (I am now 27 years old). I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my acne and NOTHING helps. Does this look like cystic acne? Maybe that’s why over the counter products are not working? I’m not familiar wirh cystic acne, so I don’t know. I just know I need help. Please! Any advice, input, insight. Also, are these icepick scars? How can I get rid of them?
  20. I’ve had little to no progress in this department for over a year. I still have areas of redness and spots here and there linger around even after a year of their formation, and the pimples that produced them weren’t even bad ones, most were mild and a few were perhaps moderate. I’ve tried the retinol cream (by Ann Webb) and an AHA product (by Earth Science) with no discernible improvement. I’ve been using a retinoid (adapalene 0.1%) for a little over 2 months and progress is barely noticeable, if at all. I’ve made sure to never go out in the sun without some sort of protection (I also have red hair), 30SPF on a mildly sunny day and 15SPF if no sun is visible (I live in Canada so this is common during the winter). Could it be something that I’m doing in my skincare routine that’s causing this? I cleanse twice a day using Exposed Skincare’s cleanser, and use the Madre labs green tea lotion throughout the day. Could the twice-a-day cleansing be irritating my skin without my knowing? Perhaps I should switch to once a day or to a different cleanser? My last guess it that this is some sort of post-Accutane side-effect. This ‘phenomenon’ of seemingly un-healing marks has only started when went on Accutane and got off it 5 months later. Before then, post-acne marks would heal with time. One side-effect that I’m fairly certain is caused by accutane is excessive dryness of my right hand when temperatures drop below, say, 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit). Any insight is greatly appreciated Thanks.
  21. Hi all, I’ve been reading lots on this site recently and it’s really helped me feel like I’m not alone in my struggle with acne as someone in their mid-twenties (25), though it feels like everyone around me has perfect skin and I never grew out of the teenage phase! I wondered if anyone has any good tips for products/regimes that have helped with extremely sensitive skin? To give you an idea, if I scratch/rub even the smallest area of my skin anywhere on my body, it will be bright red for a good 5-10 minutes, to the point where work colleagues or friends will ask if I have sunburn or if something is wrong. I have extremely fair skin which is highly reactive, in particular on my face, which is mainly oily in composition. Topically, I have tried antibiotics on prescription in combination with Epiduo (peroxide and adapalene) and basically every OTC treatment going, from high-end targeted products like La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range to natural remedies like the oil cleansing method in conjunction with going dairy-free and even vegan for a time. I never noticed any improvement despite sticking with initiative each for several months. The only thing which helped was Differin cream which I have used for over a year, but the extreme flakiness and sensitivity comes and goes every couple of weeks and I can’t bear how sore it makes my skin. I have read online that your skin adjusts and stops flaking but this has not happened for me despite using a good moisturiser as a buffer and taking days off from the Differin application. I do tend to get worse spots before my period so have tried many different types of contraceptive pill (including Dianette specifically for my acne). I am currently on a low-dose minipill as I have been told I can no longer take combined pills due to migraines and the stroke risk. The leaflet with this pill says it can make acne worse but at this point I am just happy to have found a pill that I can take, and I’ve not noticed that my acne is any worse than it was before. When I have extremely flaky spots, I do pick the flakes off as I feel so self conscious, shedding all the time. People tell me this is the worst thing I can do and I’ve been trying really hard to leave my face alone and not pick. It’s just very hard as it almost always hurts and itches so much that I can’t stop myself from touching it and checking I haven’t developed new scabs/flakes/weeping spots. They also develop in random areas of my face that I haven’t picked at - it’s totally unpredictable! At the moment mainly cheeks and chin but next month it could be my forehead and temples. I’m really unable to cope with my skin problems anymore and would love to know what worked for some of you. If possible, I would like to avoid taking Roaccutane/Rizuderm as I would be very worried about the side effects. However, I would be interested to hear positive experiences... If anyone has any advice at all, I would be so grateful. Thanks!
  22. I don’t know if this is hyper pigmentation. I don’t think it is because these are bright red and hyper pigmentation spots are usually dark brown spots if I’m correct? There is one spot which is a chemical burn from tea tree oil. In this pic I have aquaphor on. Idk if this will help remove the red spots. Can someone please help me? What do I do. Also the spots all the way on the right are so old. It’s been years. I don’t how to remove it. I used Sunday Riley genes lactic acid and that gave me a chemical burn and I had a yellow scab and now I have Neosporin on it to heal it. I’m just so sick of this. I get so depressed looking at my face. It makes it so much harder for me to go outside. Please can anyone help!
  23. I’m 18, I’ve had acne since middle school however it was never bad and never hurt my self esteem really until my sophomore year of high school. My acne started to become more serious but still wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I started washing my face and using salicylic acid regularly, my skin would get dry because I never used moisturizer but not flakey or anything and I had virtually no excess oil. The acne didn’t improve so I cleansed more and more harshly, went to the doctor and they have me a medication but It didn’t help and I kept cleaning my skin way to much. It got to the point where my skin was so dry that if water even touched it it would begin to flake off so I started moisturizing and ever since then my skin has been extremely oily. I was medicated for a while but it only made my skin dry red and the oil remained moisturizer only making my skin look more oily. I continued washing my face with hard cleansers for a while and my skin worsened, becoming red, blotchy, and the acne had become quite severe. I came to the conclusion that my products and medications were causing the irritation and acne and started the caveman regimen, about to be 4 months later and here we are. I’ll include pictures of what my skin looks like, almost all large pimples have gone away but my skin is actually terrible. It’s blotchy, oily, and has little bumps all over making my skin just an awful texture all around. I haven’t met anyone with similar skin to mine which is quite concerning. Today is the first time in a long time that I’ve properly cleansed my face (cetaphil normal - oily not) as I feel as if I might have some sort of fungus due to poor hygiene(the caveman regimen). After cleansing my face feels very tight and dry. I read that heavy moisturizers are bad for fungus as they thrive in moist environments so I haven’t put on any moisturizer. I’ve read many of the article on this site but haven’t seen many with similar topics to mine. I would love to hear ANYONE’s opinion on this. I’ve gone to a derm before and they looked at My skin hardly asking me anything, Gave me a 7% bp face wash, and shooed me out the door. Life has been reeeaaal bad lately and this is with out a doubt the root of it, and unfortunately none of the people around me understand.