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  1. (My face looks oily because of moisturizer) occasionally these really small spots cover my cheeks, more severe on my right one (in picture) and it gets red. Some are black heads some you can’t feel like they’re flat against skin and some are pimples. It usually goes away in a couple days and 1-2 weeks later happens again. I use a simple non fragrant cleanser and a non fragrant and non comogenic moisturizer with aloe Vera (the aloe helps with my redness which I always have regardless of if this happens or not). I never switch up products and they work really good. What does this look like and how do I stop it. it’s not a regular breakout
  2. Acne mystery

    Forums General acne discussion

    Hi guys! I'm trying to solve one big acne mystery. I've been suffering from acne almost 10 years now (I am 23 years old now) and I have tried many things but nothing has helped. Over those years I have eliminated foods that are breaking me out like dairy, sugar(chocolate, sodas, sweets etc.), fried foods, potato chips, nuts, citrus fruit and processed meat (ham, salami...). These are foods that definitely worsen my skin condition. I have even tried for some time vegeterian diet as well as gluten free diet but those didn't help at all. The thing is, even when I stopped eating those foods, there is still something hidden causing my acne. I feel I'm getting close to finding what is the solution but I can't seem to connect the dots. But this summer something strange happened, that's the reason I call it a mystery. Well the mystery is: I am from Slovakia in Europe and I was graduating in June at my university back home and the skin seemed to be ,,normal'' - sometimes breaking out more, sometimes less, according to my knowledge in random patterns. But after graduation I left to New York, where I was working for the whole summer as Work and Travel student. And guess what happened. My skin cleared a lot there. It improved by 80% while I was in the States. Even my first food in the plane to USA was fried chicken (I had to eat it, imagine being hungry on 10 hour flight). And next days no pimples no nothing. Just like that, everything (not really everything, but ~80% is A LOT) changed in one day. Of course I was still on my diet, but occasional fries/ chips didn't break me out, only when I ate a lot of them. My condition started to get back to ,,normal''(my normal) by the end of August and by the September, when I left New York and started to travel (NYC, Miami, California), it was like back home again. By the end of September I got home and like a week after, my skin worsened a lot. It's been now two painful weeks and you can see on the pictures how my skin looks like most of the time now. Right picture is from today. I thought it's because I ate some grapefruits and pomelos during first days home as I know citrus fruit breaks me out. But then my skin improved and after three days it broke out again so I have no idea what the problem is now as I'm still on my diet. It's also good to mention that my type of acne is almost always white inflamed zits, most of the time around mouth and in the chin area. I get some of them on the back, shoulders and middle of chest as well. Sometimes a painful cyst appears, usually around ears or neck but most of the time it's those white zits. And my skin is really dry. I have a lot of clues to solve my mystery but I still can't find any connection. I hope I will find someone wiser than me with more knowledge to help me out. So the clues are: 1. At home my skin is always dry, sometimes even flaky. When I was in USA, my skin was oily almost all the time (like really oily - but no acne). There are several external reasons I thought about. Either different air humidity, different hardness of the water or generally different weather. I have no idea about internal reasons. Only thing I know about - I read that avocado can moisturize your skin from the inside and I know I ate one half almost everyday (because it's really cheap there 98 cents wtf!!). But I'm not sure that 3 avocados a week can make your dry skin much oilier and if they can, who knows if the oiliness is my reason for clearer skin. Could this be the reason my skin started to break out in September - because I left perfect climate to travel across the country? 2. I had two jobs in USA, one of them was housekeeping, which is physically really demanding (don't do housekeeping, if you plan to go on WaT, believe me). Could I have some problem with insulin or IGF-1? I don't have a lot of movement at home and I was moving all day back in USA. Also something similar happened 4 years ago, I worked for three weeks in Czech Republic as construction worker (10 hours a day and even more physically demanding work) and I could even eat cheese back there and no pimples at all. What I noticed is, that when I wake up, my skin is always calm and it gets more red and inflamed over the day, which can be happening because of eating food -> increasing insulin levels. Other thing is, I tried water fasting two times (no food, just water) for 3 and 5 days, respectively. Both times my skin got clear for like a whole week after ending the fasting. But when I tried intermittent fasting last year, it did nothing at all to my skin. Contrary, as my father has diabetes, I had possibility to take that blood sugar test they do and my sugar levels were normal before as well as after eating food with carbohydrates. 3. Stress levels. As I'm graduate, I'm going through big change in my life right now, which can be really stressful. I delayed this stressful time period with my visit to USA and closer it was getting to going back home and to looking for a job, the more stressful was I getting. 4. I suffer from social anxiety, I have been even prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. The change in environment could have made some difference on my mind and my psychic, maybe even on those stress levels in no. 3. My condition was really better during the summer and when I got home it worsened again (past negative memories in that place, aquaintances etc.) I really hope there is someone, that could help me and thank you if you have read all of that. Have a nice day ya'll.
  3. Too much Benzoyl Peroxide?

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    hi! i am new here. i have a HORRIBLE CASE of acne due to PCOS and nothing seems to work. i just started on birth control pills for my PCOS and hopefully it will work on my acne as well. and recently, i have started using BENZOYL PEROXIDE (BENZAC AC 5%). it has been a week and a half and yea, it helps dry out my pimples (but there are still new popping pimples) and i am grateful because the situation has improved even for a bit. but it really makes my skin dry but nothing that couldnt be helped with moisturizer. but then i woke up this morning and my face is itchy all over and the areas i put BP on was MAD RED. really really red. nothing like this happened before but the previous night i might have put on a little too much of BP on my skin. i am worried. and scared. i just want my pimples to disappear. will this pass? should i stop completely or should i just wait for my skin to calm down? ive put on moisturizer on the pic thats why my skin looks shiny. i got lots of acne marks. its kind of depressing when i see my face in the mirror. i used to be acne free. my college friends were so jealous asking what i do. i dont have a routine before, i just was my face morning and night. then this blasted PCOS came. i cant do anything but sigh. thanks for those who will read and reply.
  4. Day 11 I woke up with 3 huge under the skin pimples on my chin and I could feel one under my skin on the right side of my cheek bone. I'm assuming this is the initial breakout? I never get pimples on my chin..these are the worst pimples I have ever had. The only good thing about them is that they are under the skin and not red at all. Day 12: I woke up with another pimple on the right side of my face, however this one is a small whitehead. I put on makeup today and it looked horrible on my skin. It was a really weird texture and made my under the skin acne stand out more. I have decided to start doing the oil cleansing method with Jojoba Oil so I can really get all the dirt out of my pores and add moisture to my skin at the same time. I did put Epiduo on my pimples last night, and when I woke up this morning they seemed smaller but now my skin is very red/ irritated in the areas i put on the Epiduo... looks like I wont be spot treating anymore. Day 13: When I woke up this morning my skin looked amazing! The hyper pigmentation was very faint and the pimples on my chin are down in size by about 60%. When I put on makeup today the texture was perfect. My skin looked very smooth and I didn't have any oil throughout the day( I don't think I have ever experienced a day without having to blot my skin every two hours)! My scalp Is very dry and itchy, its so hard to stop myself from scratching it, I am going to invest in a really good deep conditioning treatment for my hair because i'm really scared it'll start to fall out. The corners around my nose are starting to become very dry and my lips are still about the same. They are no longer uncomfortably dry and I'm gonna have to give all the credit to Aquaphor for that one. Day 14: WOW! I woke up this morning with my skin looking the best that I have seen it in a while and I strongly believe this is due to the oil cleansing method and Accutane combined. I have been doing the oil cleansing method for the past three nights and let me tell you I should have started doing this a looooong time ago. I was just scared that if I tried it I would wake up with ten new pimples on my face. I couldn't take the dryness in my face anymore and I decided that since I am on accutane already I might as well just go for it. I remove my makeup at night with Jojoba Oil and then wipe that off with a warm paper towel, I then get more Jojoba oil and massage it into my skin for 2 minutes and remove it with a warm paper towel after, Finally I wash my face with a cleanser and apply CeraVe Moisturizer. My acne is down by about 90% and the hyper pigmentation is also down by about 50%. I'm so happy with the results so far and I do believe the OCM and Accutane combined have really helped my skin. Now I am not to sure if this was my initial breakout? I was expecting it to be a lot worse, I'm still going to expect the worst just so I don't feel discouraged if I do get another Purge. But for now things are looking great and my skin has never looked so good! I am loving this Jojoba Oil!!!
  5. Just wanted to pass this along for anyone who has swelling from picking/extractions, acne redness, and rosacea. This mask from Stylefox is eco-friendly, vegan, all natural and contains a super effective list of ingredients without harsh preservatives, chemicals or fragrance. It knocks out the redness and swelling fast and helps heal the skin. You can get it here: https://stylefox.com/collections/beauty/products/stylefox-anti-redness-calming-mask There's a sale going on too for 20% off. HTH! Ingredients: kaolin clay, bentonite clay, organic aloe barbadenis leaf powder, colloidal oatmeal (avena sativa kernel meal), zinc oxide, sulfur, chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower powder, green tea extract powder, rosa centifola (rose) powder, arnica montana.
  6. I have been using the acne.org bp along with my own wash and a prescription rentinol treninoin for the past month. My skin is definitely better in terms of breakouts but it’s gotten so red. I’ve been using the bp during the day and the treninoin at night. I think what’s really irritating my skin is the amount of bp it says to slather on it seems like way too much. Do you really need that much bp? I’m 26 I really don’t want to be overdrying my skin but I’m not sure if it will be as effective in small quantities. Should I switch to using it at night and alternate it with the treninoin? Does anyone else use this combo and have a problem?
  7. HI THESE ACNE MARKS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY ONE IN PARTICULAR. PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO. I HAVE TRIED MANY ONLINE AT HOME REMEDIES THAT ALL SAY THEY WORK BUT NOTHING IS WORKING.
  8. I have mild acne but when I even get one bump forming I become obsessive. I had this bump that hardly was there but I saw some white so I decided to pick at it. After some picking I realized the pus was deep and the pimple was not ready. The spot instantly got swollen and darker than the rest of skin. (A pink and purple) But I being dumb I continued trying to pop the area. I got some out after a while but when I wanted to squeeze more a ball of water formed. Yes a BUMP of water. I was scared and tried covering up for the day but went to pop the ball of water at night. After some time a scab formed and it fell off a week later in the shower. The spot was very red. However, I realized it was still raised and knew there was still puss. After a day the area finally came to a head the white was sticking it so I popped and all the gunk came out. However, now I have a very red mark with indentation thats been here for 3 weeks. I wanted to ask if anyone had any tips to help it heal or fade the red away. Thanks so much.
  9. Hey guys so I really messed up and picked a bump. This is how things went down: I have mild acne but when I even get one bump forming I become obsessive. I had this bump that hardly was there but I saw some white so I decided to pick at it. After some picking I realized the pus was deep and the pimple was not ready. The spot instantly got swollen and darker than the rest of skin. (A pink and purple) But I being dumb continued trying to pop the area. I got some out after a while but when I wanted to squeeze more a ball of water formed. Yes a BUMP of water. I was scared and tried covering up for the day but went to pop the ball of water at night. After some time a scab formed and it fell off a week later in the shower. The spot was very red. However, I realized it was still raised and knew there was still puss. After a day the area finally came to a head the white was sticking it so I popped and all the gunk came out. However, now I have a very red indentation thats been here for weeks. I wanted to ask if anyone had any tips to help it heal or fade the red away. Thanks so much.
  10. Rolling scar?

    Forums Scar treatments 1 reply

    I tried poking at a pimple that was not ready during February and injured my skin.(Why am I like this...ugh) I thought I saw a whitehead coming but it never did form and I was left with a really red mark. (The first picture is from February.) The redness has faded but now the area is indented. Im guessing its a rolling scar? I wanted to ask what might help with my scar. Remedies or lotions that might help it fill in or fade Thank you.
  11. Hey, guys I have been suffering from acne for 3 years now. I have tried many different products to help reduce my acne scars. I have tried aloe vera, tea tree oil, and The Ordinary cream, etc.I have read a lot of good reviews about the Acne regime, and I was wondering if it will work well for me.
  12. This is what my face looks like. I’ve been off accutane for 4 months now. I feel like if this redness was from acne it would’ve faded by now, could this be rosacea? Are there any laser treatments to get rid of this?
  13. So for the last 2 months I had a small skin colored cyst on my cheek. (I could tell it was not a pimple because it didn’t go away for two months.) Anyway I went to my doctor before coming back to school. (Normal doctor, couldn’t get a derm. appt. soon enough) and he said “as a doctor my advice is to use the product Differin to treat your skin with medicine, but I would also say pricking it with a sterile needle isn't a bad idea.” Long story short I finally pricked the stupid thing today (regret that) and the red mark on my cheek that it left behind after squeezing everything out is pretty big, bigger than the original cyst pimple thing and it's BRIGHT RED. It’s just making me nervous because it’s stayed pretty red all day and I don’t know what to do. I shouldn't have squeezed so hard... Anyway if anyone has recommendations I’d love to hear them. I went out and got some Differin to just start using anyway but I’m not sure if that matters at this point. The time frame for all this is I pricked it this morning around 11am and its now 1am and the pictures are what it looks like now. For most of the day today I had a bandaid on it with neosporin. Sorry to ramble on I just wanted to make sure I explained everything.
  14. I have this red/purple indent on my cheek. I was wondering what could help heal it or make it less visible. I’ve had this for some months maybe 4? Thank you!
  15. To start off, I am going to try and start posting once a month at least, hopefully, more often than that. As for the update on my skin, it hasn't been the best few days. I think that is because I have run out of acidophilus that I pair with spiro, and my skin is not liking that. I forgot to call in the refill before the weekend. As a result of that, I have a few new spots on my cheek that are honestly really bothering me. I can't feel them, but my skin was looking good before this. It might also be a result of me not using many products to help with acne (For the past week, I have only used calamine lotion as a spot treatment at night.) I am taking a break from the other stuff because I have to get my picture for the yearbook + my drivers license this week and I am trying to avoid dry skin. Some steps of my usual skincare routine could dry skin a little, so I don't want to risk that. However, I will be doing it all again after I get those pictures done. I thought for this entry, I could share my skincare routine because it has as much of an impact on my skin as the spiro. In the end, I will include a picture of all of these products so that you know what they look like in case you are interested. I will also add where I got all of these. First off, I have three cleansers: 1) CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - for when I have dry skin 2) Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash for Redness-Prone Skin - for when my skin is clear, and not dry + for mornings 3)Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser - for when I have spots/breakouts For my nighttime routine, I usually use the Bioré cleanser, and then if my skin is not dry, I will apply the Thayers rose petal witch hazel to my skin using a cotton round. Only if I feel especially down about my skin and I know I won't be putting on makeup soon, I will use Differin Gel. It could be pretty drying after a few uses. I'll then apply the Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream while I let the other products sink in. Then I put on the Cetaphil Redness relieving Night Moisturizer. Then if needed, I put the Walgreens Calamine Lotion on my spots. If I have a spot that I just can't stand, I'll put the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment (2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide) on it, and that makes it flatter so that it is less visible underneath makeup. However, I rarely use it because I have noticed that is leaves behind especially dark red marks after it takes care of the breakout. I then put on some chapstick and I am done. I think pretty soon though, I will be testing out Bio-Oil to see if that helps with my scarring, and later I will be trying out The Body Shops Drops of Youth for the same reason. But for now, I just end with the calamine lotion. When my skin is clear and/or dry, I would just skip the witch hazel, spot treatment, and different gel. For my morning routine, I use the Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above). I then use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+. (Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage and supposedly helps fade acne scars when used daily.) Then I use the same eye cream as before and some chapstick. After I take a shower (The steam helps open up the pores), I sometimes put on a face mask. The type varies based on how my skin is that day, but the ones I usually use are the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask, the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask, and the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask. Both the African Black Soap and the Origins Mask are for acne, and I think they work very well. Also, once a week (after a shower) I use the Health and Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask paired with water. There is a lot of hype around that mask, and I agree that it works super well for treating hormonal acne (which is what I have). It works especially well if you use a toner after you take it off (I use that same witch hazel one). I also then use the Mario Badescu spray (the green one) after a mask and when I get out of the shower. And one more product I use every few days is in the shower: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel. I use it as a facial scrub, and it makes my skin super smooth and glowy. Vitamin C is also supposed to help with scarring. I stick to these routines because for me personally, all of these products work super well for me. I believe the reason I am breaking out now is just that I have not taken the acidophilus in a few days. I hope this helped if maybe you are looking for a good skin care routine or just a product or two. I think the next time I post, I will do an update + a makeup routine that I do to cover my acne + scarring, (including a before and after) because I know I could've used that a couple of years ago. Take care, and I hope you have a good day! Products: Walgreens: -Bioré Cleanser (above) -Differin Gel -Neutrogena On-The-Spot Treatment -Blistex chapstick/salve Ulta (Most are drugstore and can be found at places like Target or Walgreens): -Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above) -Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer -Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen (above) -Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream -Both Shea Moisture Masks (above) -Bio Oil -Mario Badescu (green) facial spray -CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser Target: -Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel -Walgreens Calamine Lotion The Body Shop: -vitamin C Liquid Peel (above) -Drops of Youth Origins mask (above) was at a mall in Spokane, but can be found in many malls + online, and the Aztec Secret Clay (above) was on Amazon.
  16. Hi guys! I’m new to this site. I am hoping someone can help with my problem. I saw a video on YouTube about removing flat face warts using Apple cider vinegar. Last Friday July 27, 2018 I soaked a cotton pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar, put it on my two cheeks and secure it with a tape. It was a very huuuuge mistake I know I was not thinking. I hate myself for Burning my face. It left me with red rash, small white bumps and itchiness. (Photo on the attachment) I dont know what to do, I cant even go out of the house because I am shy with my face. And it is really hot here in my country, the itchiness is getting worse. I applied aloe vera gel and honey. It is disgusting and I’m worried it will scar. Can someone help me pleeeaaase.
  17. I dont know if this is melasma, PIH, PIE, but this uneven skintone has remained for over 5 years. There are some indentations, so am wondering if the indentations are affecting the color?
  18. I’m a 16 year old teenage boy, and I started my isotretinoin/accutane treatment 50 days ago. (1,5 months ago pretty much). I’m about 6”2 (187cm) and weigh around 175lbs (80kg). My derm. prescribed me a dosage of 40mg everyday. Each capsle is 20mg. So far i guess my skin has gotten somewhat cleaner, but it’s definately still irritaded and has alot of redness in both of my cheeks which makes my acne look alot worse. Still though, I’ve definitely NOT seen any sort of drastic transformation that I really hope will come eventually. I’m still breaking out, at some point it was much worse really, but I know thats normal. I believe that if it hadn’t been for the redness that covers most of my cheeks my acne wouldn’t even look that bad. Will the accutane fade the redness away or do I have to wait several years until the redness fades naturally? Ps. When it comes to side effects I’ve experienced chapped lips, back ache and excema. I regularly use my moisturizer so my face is not dry at all. Do you think I should ask my derm. for a higher dosage? I appreciate all the answers, I’m just an insecure teen who hope this treatment will eliminate my severe acne.
  19. I normally have relatively clear skin, however, I’ve had these red “indents” in my skin for around 2-3 years now and I’m not sure what they are but nothing I do helps make them fade or go away. I’ve tried cetaphil, cerave, micellar water, st. ive’s, and I’m now using plain old aveeno eczema baby wash and have seen no difference using any of those products. I spoke to my dermatologist about it and he said “it’ll go away in a few months” although I repeatedly told him it had been years since I noticed them. It has now been months since I spoke with the dermatologist about them and still no progress whatsoever. Does anyone know what these are?? Or tips on how to help make them go away??
  20. Hi, I've just finished a second round of accutane and I am clear of spots except one that just wont go away. It is sort of under my skin between my eyes and is visibly red which i'm quite embarrassed about. Also, the skin on my forehead feels quite tight and looks visibly red. I'm wondering if maybe I should request from my derm to have further accutane treatment or if the redness and the last spot will fade with time? Ps the treatment has been pure hell but worth the side affects! Cheers!
  21. Mr

    Forums Scar treatments 1 reply

    So i used to take many medicines to treat acne , which left scars and holes on face I have many scars especially on both left and right side of my face and on nose , it annoys me ... moreover I noticed my face gets red and hot whenever I take shower or Put a cream on it like moisturizer , or a sun cream Is there a solution to treat the scars ? And how can I reduce my skin redness? Thanks
  22. Hi, Iv had a spot on my chin since, nothing ever came out just a lump. It burns and hurts... Iv put ice on it, aloe Vera, savlon. But still won’t go. The doctors have given me Fusidic Acid cream.... I just want the redness to go down....
  23. I’m on week 2 of the regimen and I know its common for people to have dry skin around this time but whenever i aply the BP my skin feels itchy and it burns and it’s red in some spots, my skin feels extremely dry and i hate it idk if this is making my skin worse than it already was, I have mild to minimal acne and i had almost no acne scars and I feel like the treatment is making me have more scars? I dont know if im overreacting but this is making me want to stop the whole treatment. My skin is normally not sensitive or dry. Here are pics from before i started then the second pic is after one week and the last two pictures are my skin now
  24. I have this big red mark by my mouth from an acne scar that I picked. It’s been there for almost two months. How can I get rid of it?! I hate it and I feel ugly every time I look in the mirror.
  25. I used to have a lot of acne but now im left with some acne and lot of box car scars and redness, is the regime for me?