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  1. 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: 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.
  2. So I have struggled with small bumps on my forehead for about half of my life (since my teenage years). I had MASSIVE forehead envy whenever I saw someone with a smooth forehead. It seemed too that when I was stressed or tired the bumps would get worse, which made me think it could be some kind of allergy or rosacea for a while. Now I won't oversell my problem - the bumps were colourless and only noticeable when the light caught them, so it could have been worse. I've also had a touch of acne rosacea on my left cheek my whole life, which recently (due to a massively stressful year) exploded into what looked like adult acne all over my chin (which would NOT go away). I won't go into everything that I tried to clear my skin, because - trust me - I tried it all: dandruff shampoo masks, elimination diets, antibiotics, every lotion and potion known to humankind... I stopped short of lazer therapy - although I believe that probably would have helped enormously. I also saw dermatologists and doctors with mixed success. Below are my two significant skin issues and what worked for me, FINALLY. ------------ Small bumps: I looked into every theory under the sun around small bumps - malassezia yeast, rosacea, pimples, mites, etc. At the end of the day, based on what worked for me I think they were actually just clogged pores... Yep. I am dead serious. SO clogged that nothing would shift them. I think the reason they got worse when I was stressed was because my skin probably became more congested or flushed and the oil, etc. had no where to go. So what worked? Chemical exfoliation. It was seriously that simple. But you have to get something of decent quality. I had a few false starts in this area until I went to a lazer clinic and had a series of chemical peels and hydrofacials, which dramatically cleared my skin. I later had a hydrofacial which did nothing, so I determined it was the chemical peel that made the difference. But I didn't want to be trucking off for an expensive chemical peel every month, so I looked for a good at-home product. What has worked for me is Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel. And NO moisturiser, etc. You basically have pores that are prone to clogging and unable to clear away blockages - treat them as such. Acne Rosacea: So I would suggest everyone suffering adult cystic acne to consider whether they might actually have rosacea. Is there a trigger for your acne - eg stress or diet? Does it flare up and then calm down within 24 hours (but not actually ever go away)? Then it is likely rosacea. I had to go to the doctor because a cluster of what I thought were big pimples on my chin would not go away. They were red and angry and no matter what I put on them they stayed right where they were - except when I went on a couple of days holiday, during which they almost disappeared. The doctor put my on a low dose of antibiotics (doxycycline) and told me to never put the steroid cream given to me by the chemist on my face again... BUT while I think the doxycycline is definitely helping, my acne rosacea suddenly went away when I realised I was VITAMIN B deficient. I worked this out because there were strange glossy patches on my tongue I had never seen before. I looked it up and apparently it indicates a vitamin B deficiency. I looked at the list of symptoms of deficiency and realised I had many of them - including skin rashes due to the body not being able to deal with inflammation! I had also weirdly bought Vegemite a week earlier (very high vitamin B content) because I had a craving - and I HATE Vegemite! So I immediately bought a good quality vitamin B supplement (Blackmore's Executive Stress Formula, because I know the deficiency and resulting rosacea were all triggered by stress) and within two days the rosacea began to disappear. Four days later my chin was clear again. That will teach me to stop taking my daily multivitamin! --------- I know the above might sound simple, but it really was a long journey to get there because it was so confusing to work out what was happening with my skin and there were SO many products and so much conflicting information (I seriously spent a small fortune trying to clear my skin). I felt as thought I had already tried to treat my clogged pores, so had dismissed that as a possible cause of the small bumps. I was just using the wrong products (physical scrubs that just irritated my skin). I sincerely hope this helps someone else facing these two skin problems. Good luck!
  3. Help!! My skin has erupted in loads of spots whiteheads and cysts as well as loads of little bumps with lots of redness. I used to have isolated chin acne (it was no where else) Even my cheeks were super clear- I’ll put a before and after pic below (the before is from last year) I feel like I’ve tried absolutely everything from natural remedies to creams and topical treatments right now I’m using the neutragena clearing face wash and the Liz Earle moisturiser and toner and I occasionally use the Barnier pure active face mask. I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve probably wasted £100s on treatments and it just goes in a circle:I get slightly clear and then bam I’ve got spots everywhere again it’s so embarrassing. I’m going to be 19 soon and I feel like I have the skin of a 13 year old it’s really getting ready down. Please can anyone help???
  4. does anyone know anything on how to get rid of rosacea/blackheads/pimples on nose? thanks
  5. Hey folk, I need help. I am going to GPs and skin clinics etc too. But it would be helpful to hear from those who suffered from the same looking condition. I have been "diagnosed" (by GPs without any skin analysis or skin biopsies) with Rosacea once, Perioral Dermatitis twice and Folliculitis was suspected by another practitioner. I have had a mite going crazy on my skin when I was about 23 years old, when my immune system wasn't strong enough because of the antibiotic I was taking (for the first and to this day last time in my life). Cryotherapy (nitrogen therapy) helped in less than three weeks then, and only because my skin specialist was just amazing. Haven't had flare ups since then. This time (and I noticed from my selfies on insta as well it's been there on the left side of my chin for at least a year now but in a very mild form - maybe one-three small spots/tiny pimples) it flared up after I went overseas (left Australia in summer to travel to Austria, Germany, Georgia and Russia in winter). I obviously ran out of my skin products and used a whole bunch of whatever was available in the hotels or at home in Russia. I was very careful in hotels however, I never sleep on their pillowcases, I have mine on me when I travel, same with towels and I haven't used face towels since I was maybe 20 years old, just cotton disks. But also there obviously was a change in lifestyle - lots of drinking, no sleep, some stress too. And I was very stressed before I went overseas because of work and came back to the same stress after travels. I did eat not very well during winter here in Australia too - lots of takeaway food, burgers, chocolate, not enough water. I also worked with charcoal powder without a mask (I am an artist) for about three months straight and had a bit of a depression so stayed in that same room where I worked most times, even though I kept it clean I think charcoal dust is very fine and could just be everywhere. And this is when it went full on on the left side of my chin. Question here. Does perioral dermatitis appear only on one side of one's chin or is it always symmetrical? Could this be it or is it something scarier than POD. And I know it's hard to cure and it's already made me feel very alienated and depressed. Can't put make up on, and even when I do it looks awful so I don't anymore. I've read a lot about POD so I know all about the do's and don'ts but just wanted to see if any of you had something similar and could potentially confirm this could be it? Photos are: in black jumper - when it was starting to flare up a few months ago, the straight up photo that looks just terrifying is how it looks now. It got worse after I waxed the top of my lip and it just broke me out and it went all the way up to my eye almost sorta thing. It either caused it to spread or it just broke me out and they are two separate things. I am also prone to acne. I am not sure how the photos will upload, so apologies ahead. Thanks! Maria
  6. 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?
  7. I'm 22 and I've only just started to get acne. I'm beyond frustrated. I've seen a dermatologist who told me I don't have a rash, just minor pimples. According to him, my redness on my cheeks and nose is "from being fair skinned". I know I have hormonal related acne on my chin, but these burning/itching dots on the sides of my face are completely new and I have no idea what to do or put on them. I'm terrified they won't go away. Does anybody know what this even is? is this fungal? I haven't been using any new products so I don't know what I could be reacting to. I don't want to wait another 4 months for a dermatologist to tell me to use salicylic acid cream about a month ago I took antibiotics for a tick bite and I had the CLEAREST skin of my life, and now it's like I'm breaking out worse than ever a few weeks after stopping them. please help if you can, and let me know if I shouldn't be posting here. Thank you
  8. Hello everyone! I’m new to this site and recently been having some bumpy skin. It doesn’t seem like regular acne to me, but more a rough/bumpy skin texture that is concentrated on my forehead, and large pores. I’ve been scouring the Internet, and I’m wondering if it’s fungal acne or possibly rosacea. I don’t know if this looks familiar to anyone, but I’d appreciate some advice. I’ve been to a dermatologist (about 3 months ago) and she gave me clindamycin antibiotic gel which definitely has helped with the regular acne breakouts. (My skin is also very sensitive to salicylic cod and benzoyl peroxide. It tends to do well with sulfur washes though). Thank you!
  9. 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??
  10. Hi World, I have been suffering for 7 months with horrible cystic acne on my lower chin right side. No clear cysts...just a mass of hardness under the skin. The whole right side of my lower face was swollen and I looked like a chipmunk. I have seen 2 dermatologists. One said it was hormonal since I'm menopausal and put me on Spironolactone and Aczone cream. It did nothing. The second dermatologist told me that was a wrong diagnosis and it was Rosacea. He put me on Doxycyclin. Again, no result and antibiotics are terrible for you. I was so incredibly desperate and began to search on the web for other options. I stumbled upon Demodex Solutions. I don't work for them so don't even go there. This is a good deed as I am trying to share this with others that are not seeing any improvement and are desperate as I was. I decided to try it. I did not scrape my chin to test for mites. I just ordered the cream from Demodex Solutions for $56, threw away my pillow and made sure to clean the bed sheets with hot water. I have literally been using it for 10 days - twice a day and the improvement has floored me and motivated the trouble to come here and post. I will not be answering questions back and forth. I am just sharing what this did for me and the risk I chose to take. As far as secret ingredients go, what is better? Spironolactone or antibiotics? I am willing to take a chance with the so called secret ingredients. On a separate note, I also went to a holistic doctor from Taiwan and she has me drinking Cilantro water (boil water with organic Cilantro) to get rid of the metals (mercury) in my body. I also cut out fish. I had been eating a ton of tuna and, for a moment, I began to associate the acne with that. To recap, after 10 days (and improvement started happening within 5 days), using Demodex twice a day, drinking the Cilantro water, and eliminating fish has been nothing less than a Miracle. It is 90% improved and my chin looks pointy vs. one side being puffy. I hope this helps someone. I feel normal again. Good luck! Vivita
  11. Hi guys, my skin has been looking this way for the last two weeks and all of my pimples have become red. My pimples normally took a week to heal before my horrible breakouts but now take up to a month. Can anyone tell me what is going on and how to fix it? Also does anyone know if these pimples will leave me with scars in the future? Thanks!
  12. Can someone please tell me if my skin is irritated from acne or is it rosacea? My problem areas were mainly my forehead and I’ve never dealt with problematic skin in my cheeks before so please help out.
  13. What is this ?! NEED HELP ASAP

    Forums Oily skin 4 replies

    What is this and how do I fix it. I always had mild acne but the past few months my pores have expanded and acne has gotten worse. What is this and how can I cure it???
  14. Hi everyone, I believe i am suffering from steroid induced rosacea. I used a demelanizing cream, which i now suspect contained steroids ,for about two years. While I was using it I didn't have any idea that it could contain steroids and could have potential side effects. Last December my skin began to flareup randomly.As soon as i started to get these flareups i instinctively ditched the cream immediately though it didn't cross my mind even at that time that it could contain steroids. I haven't used it for six months now. Though there is not any permanent redness on my face yet(after about six months of flareups) but my cheeks now have various rough patches that sting most of the time and turn a little pink when my face is very hot. My face and the rest of the body(especially my neck and arms) remain very hot all the time as if i have fever but my body temperature is perfectly normal. Sometimes my skin itches a lot. I also get red spots on my face resembling pimples(Which are itchy) but they usually disappear within a day.The redness because of the flareup goes away when i wash my face with cold water or put aloevera gel on my face. I cannot stand heat and sun at all. I instantly get a flareup if i am hot or under the sun. Initially i used to tolerate sun very well in January and February but i guess it was winters then and now its summers and the temperature is around 100 F mostly. I cannot exercise anymore because of this condition which i used to enjoy a lot. Because any heavy physical activity triggers a flareup, Also when i panic or i am under stress or eat something hot my skin flaresup.I also get random flareups without any reason. This condition has a huge impact on me psychologically. I never had any hint of redness on my face before. I did struggle with severe acne as teenager as all teenagers do, and still get occasional pimples now and then in my twenties but i have never experienced anything like this before. To be honest i have never experienced anything this horrendous my whole life. I am a 26 year old brown girl with Pakistani background. Obviously none of my family members have any history of rosacea. So, i just really don't understand there could be any other reason for me to get this awful disorder. However, the timing of its appearance is very suspicious. Just before it appeared i had completed a course of an antibiotic to treat my urinary tract infection. After three days of its completion the flareups began to appear. So all this time i am trying to figure out a connection between that infection(which healed) and these flareups. Deep down i was not ready to blame myself for it for using that cream and bringing it upon myself. But now i am pretty sure that cream did contain steroids because as soon as i used it, it brightened my face immediately. Though it became less effective with time i kept using it(Height of recklessness!!!). I am going to get its ingredients tested to confirm the presence of steroids because i read a post of someone else complaining about the presence of steroids in this cream(I wish i was this careful before). If my rosacea is because of some internal problem then shouldn't it be very common because no one is walking around with perfect health. If there is any problem in their body , shouldn't it began to appear on their face??? And considering my ethnicity, its very unlikely for me to develop it(until and unless it is induced by steroids). My dermatologist who is very experienced is adamant that i don't have rosacea. He only prescribed anti histamines and a moisturizer . He is very nice as a person but an AWFUL doctor. According to him my skin is perfectly fine and there is nothing wrong with it. How can my skin be perfectly fine when its burning and stringing and flaresup now and then .How can he call this normal??? I am now thinking of going back to the doctor whom i visited in March. She did acknowledged it as an early stage of rosacea and prescribed doxycycline. I only took it for three days but i had a bad reaction to a sunblock she prescribed ( My skin is very sensitive right now, I havent used any makeup on my face for a long time)I ditched her whole prescription which i think was a mistake. I havent discussed the usage of cream with both the doctors which i now will on my next visits. I am losing my sanity now, trying to figure out whats happening to my skin and will it ever be normal again. Do you think i have steroid induced rosacea??How long it will take for my skin to heal. I am very hopeless at the moment. I have read the posts of an old member Mrs. Z about it. I will be very grateful if she can answer to my post.
  15. Hello all, Over the past year I have developed a rash type issue on both my cheeks that seems to be spreading and getting worse. I have recently revamped by skincare routine (including an antibacterial wash), I have oily skin incase any are wondering, and I have managed to control any huge breakouts and the only thing that is now bothering me is this rash type thing on my cheek. I have tried azeliac acid for a month now and had no improvement over the area (it has suggested uses for rosacea) but now i am wondering what if I don’t actually have rosacea but another issue? It has also started appearing on my forehead
  16. I started the regimen around January last year and discontinued after 2.5-3 months. My skin was red, irritated and inflamed, and I spent the next few weeks stopping and starting on a lower dosage, applying the regimen only once a day - all to no avail. It's a safe bet to say I'm allergic, which is unfortunate. After that my Acne came back, not as bad as before, but it did come back. I then went strictly non-processed vegan and my skin began to clear again, however not as great as with the Regime but it was a development. Then sometime around June I was diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disorder that saw me taking anti-rejection medication, same as a transplant patient would take, and my acne came back in full force. I stopped the medication and sought out a naturopath who treated the Autoimmune Disorder by targeting my Adrenal Gland (with the goal of lowering it). My skin hasn't been as bad as it was on those two medications since I was a teenager first breaking out with acne. I've never had really awful scars that left indentations (rolling, boxcar) and yet now every blackhead or whitehead I seem to have leaves me with them, even without me intervening by touching them. I've read that skin changes when you hit 26, which I turned late last year. I'm more worried that the targeting of my adrenal gland has left me with thinner skin (which I read is a side effect of an under active gland). I was also using ClindaTech topically to treat my skin around this time, recommended to me by my dermatologist said I could apply it generously. I was using: 1. 2. but my skin wasn't improving, despite blackheads just falling out at times - they still left a mark. What I'm using now: Serum: Day Moisturizer: Primer: Night Moisturiser: I just want to repair my skin of rosacea, scarring and indented scars. Ideally I want to treat the acne first but I'm worried my skin can't handle it. Everything just seems to leave a mark and my skin is already dry, when it use to be very oily, and it just doesn't respond the way I knew it too. I come out of a shower that is lukewarm with my skin looking like a tomato. I read that Rosehip Oil, MSM cream and Mederma would help with rosacea, indented scars and general scarring (in the order of products listed). That's where I'm headed next. I'm out of ideas, if you have any please help. :<
  17. Effective, Inexpensive oral treatment for Demodex Skin Mites (parasites not bacteria) - can be curative! If you are not responding to standard antibiotic treatment for acne or rosacea, I strongly recommend that you get tested for demodex skin mites. I had misdiagnosed demodicosis for many years. None of the 4 board certified dermatologists who treated me for acne ever tested me for demodex - they should have. It was misdiagnosed as bacterial acne and allergic conjuntivitis - standard anti-bacterial acne treatment did not help. I had symptoms of Rosacea Type 2 (P&P) and Type 4 (ocular) but without the typical redness of rosacea type 2. Demodex can cause redness but can also not cause redness - depends on the individual's response to having demodex. Every human over the age of 5 has these microscopic mites. They may become overpopulated if the immune system is low due to an illness, etc. The mites eat oil. Any drug or diet change that reduces or levels out the oil production of your skin may appear to improve or control the mites. Drugs like Accutane or possibly birth control pills work by basically by starving the mites and reducing the population. As soon as you stop that drug, the mites may rebound. The oral parasite treatment kills most if not all of the mites. The oral treatment is effective over your whole body to kill the mites down in the glands not just on the surface of the skin. This oral treatment is effective for the eye lids, where you can't use a topical treatment that might burn or irritate your eyes. Demodex mites can infest any oil gland or hair follicle. The combined oral parasite treatment in Case 1 is what worked for me. Oral treatment took 2 weeks. Face and eyes still clear at 10 weeks post treatment. The good thing is that this oral treatment uses 2 old drugs that are available as cheap generics. My insurance copay for both drugs was $13.03 - without insurance full retail price was $52 USD. The treatment that worked well for me was: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful. Here's a list of reported case studies indicating repeated success using Oral Ivermectin and/or Oral Metronidazole in treating demodex mite infestations (diagnosed as demodicosis, demodex folliculorum, rosacea, ocular rosacea, blepharatis demodex, acne, hormonal acne, adult acne, body/back/scalp acne etc.). Case 1: Scientific study of 120 people with skin lesions and anterior blepharitis (ocular rosacea). Compares effectiveness of Oral Ivermectin alone versus Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole. The combined treatment was highly effective at putting the demodex infestation into remission or showing marked improvement. Case 2: Combined treatment Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole. Note: initial use of topical metronidazole gel (aka Metrogel) was not effective. Oral Metronidazole made a big difference in recovery. "The diagnosis of demodicidosis was confirmed and the patient was advised a single oral dose of ivermectin 12 mg and daily application of topical metronidazole gel. After a few days, the pustules started to subside. However, the response was slow and so the patient was put on daily oral metronidazole. Rapid recovery was achieved with oral metronidazole therapy. Subsequent follow-up evaluation showed excellent control of the disease and repeat skin scrapings were negative for Demodex mites." Case 3: Treatment with Oral Metronidazole only. Success on a patient with demodex folliculorum, that had been unresponsive for 5 years to Oral Ivermectin only and a variety of topical treatments. Case 4: Treatment with Oral and Topical Metronidazole. I suspect the oral drug was what worked. In another report, scientists put demodex mites into liquid metronidazole - it did not kill the mites. The oral drug is believed to kill the mites by changing something in their environment or something that the mites consume. Case 5: Treatment of scalp folliculitis with Oral Metronidazole + Topical Permethrin cream. Case 6: Severe Demodexfolliculorum–Associated Oculocutaneous Rosacea in a Girl Successfully Treated With Ivermectin Interesting: Initially Treatment with doxycycline and topical tacrolimus for 2 months achieved temporary improvement in the skin lesions - did not help the eyes. Doxycycline was discontinued. The patient had a flare 4 weeks after discontinuing doxycycline; restarting the drug did not result in improvement. A trial of oral isotretinoin was administered for 2 months. She continued to use topical tacrolimus. There was some improvement in the skin lesions; however, the eye issues were not improved . In this case a single dose of Ivermectin cleared the eye and skin issues.
  18. Before using Accutane get a test for Demodex Skin Mites, bacteria and fungus (Malassezia, Yeast, etc). I see a lot of posts from people who have relapsed after stopping Accutane. The relapse may be due to not treating the correct cause of the acne lesions. Microscopic demodex skin mites can cause acne like lesions. If your acne is not responding to standard antibiotic treatment, your doctor should test for parasites. Demodex brevis live in the oil glands and Demodex folliculorum live in the pores When the mites die they may clog up the gland and/or pores and cause hard red cysts, pustules, whiteheads or blackheads. The mites live and die on a 2-3 week cycle so the acne may appear hormonal. Accutane has a lot of dangerous side effects. Accutane works by reducing both the size of oil glands and the oil output. The mites eat oil. Accutane may starve them, at least while you take it. Problem is the mites may not all die. After stopping Accutane, you may relapse if they get out of control again. There is an easier, safer, and quicker way to treat demodex. The scientifically studied treatment uses two old and relatively much safer drugs to kill the mites. The parasite treatment takes just 2 weeks and it is inexpensive with generic drugs ($13.03 with insurance / $52 USD full retail price). The parasite treatment doesn't have all of the dangerous side effects of Accutane. The parasite treatment also gets to the root cause of the acne lesions caused by demodex mites. The oral Demodex Mite Treatment was published in The International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Scientific Medical Paper is here : Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful. For fungal infections or demodex mites, borax shampoo and borax body soaks can be effective. Anti-fungal drugs can also be helpful for fungal infections. If demodex mites are the cause of the acne, treatment using generic Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole can put the skin into remission. If you don't have demodex mites, then this parasite treatment will not help. Before exposing yourself to the dangers of Accutane, it is worth asking your doctor to test for Demodex skin mites, fungal (Malassezia) infections and bacterial infections.
  19. Hi, It's been over a month now since i started using the regimen and my face is still red as if sunburnt. Is this gonna go away soon or am I allergic to the regimen (bp?) Check out pics below. Warning: looks horrible.
  20. Fungal acne..?

    Forums General acne discussion 1 reply

    I've been reading a lot about how papules/pustules/whiteheads can be caused by the overproduction of candida... do you think this could be it? I used treatment before but I always had a few large papules remaining on my cheeks.. hen after getting off due to the unbearable itchiness of BP, my skin went into a frenzy and now I have this acne. My skin always feels like its tingling and crawling then I get whiteheads around my chin the next day. t(a little scarring because I due tend to pick at them) I just started using Lotrimin ultra on my skin 2x a day (started yesterday)..... wondering if this could help. below the first is a picture of my skin at its worst!!! (November 30 2017) and the second picture is my skin now
  21. Hello all, Hoping this gives me either piece of mind! I have been on isotretinoin, specifically myorisan, and have entered my last 3 months at 40mg x2 daily. In my last two weeks, starting Jan 16, 2018, my face almost randomly started to get flushed when: under a harsh light in the studio, computer screen, sun, and when embarrassed. Now, before I get the "why haven't you been ______?!" or the " well duh those things will cause that", keep in mind that this WAS NOT as severe as before when it was irritated. I take it with fish oil ( until recently I switched to flax seed), I put Neutrogena anthelios 60spf on every day, drink lots of water, moisturize, and am careful to not take the pills too close together. It has happened at random times when none of the situations listed above are present. I am afraid this is permanent and am confused by its sudden appearance. Can anyone relate? Can anyone advise? Does this continue after? I have received advice to take Zinc 50mg orally to help with the sun portion of the problem and as of today returned to fish oil ( taken with both doses of 40mg )
  22. As the title says, I'm in dire straits thanks to nearly two decades of acne treatments. In case of TLDR, I was wondering (hoping, really) whether anyone else has been through years of harsh acne treatments and found a product, foodstuff or regimen of any sort that helped them recover fully or at least partially? Over 18 years and a gamut of registered physicians and dermatologists, I was prescribed, and thus took a crazy amount of acne treatments. I can't remember all of them, but several were: tretinoin/ Retin-A (10 years use, twice daily) antibiotics (7 years use) accutane (high strength; 1 cycle) BP facewash (10 years use, twice daily) Salicylic acid peels (5 years; weekly) AHA peels (5 years; bi monthly weekly) BHA peels (5 years; bi monthy) Exfoliation (about 7-8 years; daily) A topical roll-on solution that I forget the name of (on and off for about 10 years; stopped due to developing an allergy to it) Never once did any of these professionals warn me or my parents of the dangers of prolonged use of any of these products (not even that I should use sunscreen with them), nor did they ever link them my systemic health problems, which began to develop in my late teens (namely: hypothyroidism; PCOS; adrenal insufficiency; poor night vision; severe IBS; sleep disruption; fibromyalgia; diffuse alopecia; prematurely greying hair). The only 'moisturisers' I was advised to use were mineral oil, vaseline, and one that I forget the name of (basically mineral oil with other occlusive agents). As I didn't have a clue, and blindly trusted authority figures, I never questioned any of this. I went from having super oily, youthful, olive skin (I'm mixed ethnicity), to extremely dry, flaky, dull, rosacea-like (face only) and apparently prematurely aged skin. I believe my gut was absolutely wrecked by the antibiotics and Accutane, and a lot of these illnesses stemmed from that. The topical products I believe compounded the situation by destroying my lipid barrier, acid mantle, then over exerting my hexamer (?) limit (amount of times skin cells can turn over) and exacerbating my photo-sensitivity and the damage thereof. Over the last decade I've spent a small fortune on dietary supplements (all the major ones recommended for skin and gut health), most of which never had any lasting effect. I've very recently cut them down to the essentials that I don't manage to get in my daily diet (zinc picolinate with ascorbic acid; magnesium bisgylcinate; individual b vits; algae oil; vitamin d spray; vitamin k complex). For the last five years I've tried to eat as healthy a diet as possible, getting my RDA of as many of the vits and mins as possible. I drink 3 liters of water daily. Since last year been getting my caffeine from 2 cups of matcha green tea, and only drink on weekends (about 4 units once a week). I'd love to exercise, but extreme pain and frequent fatigue due to fibromylagia have made this currently impossible. For the last few months I've been using a mixture of aloe vera gel (fresh from the plant) and argan oil after cleansing with raw honey (once daily), and apply home-made sunscreen whenever I know I'll be in the sun for any extended period of time, although all of this appears to be merely stopping things from getting worse, as opposed to actually repairing any damage. I'm wondering if anyone else has been through similar treatments and managed to repair the damage to their skin, gut, or both? Can the lipid barrier repair itself, or at least be repaired? What about the acid mantle? Can micro-tears be repaired? Can sebum glands be restored? Once collagen (and elastin; although that one may be beyond the scope of this discussion) are gone, are they gone irreversibly? Looking forward to your input! Esme
  23. Is what I have just hyperpigmentation from acne or does it look like rosacea?
  24. Hi I am 19 years old and new to this forum. I've been battling rosacea for about 2/3 years but it never got to a severe point until now. This year I had a septoplasty which flared and started my seborrehic dermatitis and it worsened my rosacea. For those who suffer SD, you know it's a horrible condition which no one actually cares about given that it is very misunderstood. I've tried everything and nothing works until my dermatologist prescribed me low dose accutane (20mg) for 4 months. I currently am in day 9 and my seborreah has flared and worsened like never before. It is very very painful to see my face and I know many of you will understand the feeling of not wanting to go out because of your face. My nose is currently bright red and scaling and I have flaked all over my face including moustache, chin, nose, sideburns, ears, eyebrows, under the eyes, etc. Is someone in this same situation or was in this hell of a journey? Does it get better and is it really worth the suffering? Thanks.