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  1. Advice? Help?

    Forums General acne discussion 5 replies

    Alright so I literally never post on anything like this and this is my first time. I am 24 years old and I have struggled with acne since I was about 14. (10 years of this shit). My acne has never been insanely terrible in the sense of it’s covered my face from forehead to chin but it’s also not a “spot here and there” type deal. ITs pretty consistant. My face almost never 100 percent clear which sucks. I get pretty severe acne too. Cysts (I think) and all that. I’ve always got after marks/scars to deal with. I’ve tried a ton of different stuff to help. Over the counter stuff a bunch of home remedies like salt water, honey and cinnamon, tea tre oil etc. out of all the stuff i have tried the best was neturagema stubborn acne cleanser and that worked pretty well for about a year but now it doesn’t any anymore. I have suffered from severe depression and have bascially zero self confidence because of acne. I can barely look my wife in the face without feeling insecure, we cant even have dinner at the table without me having an anxiety attack over it. I don’t talk to anyone else about my battle with this. Antways, I’m at a bit of a crossroads over the last month my face is worse it’s ever been and I’m lost. I started the caveman with water routine to just stop using everything. I’m about a week into it hoping that it will “reset my skin” or something. I can’t add afford to go to a derm. I’m kinda thinking about trying the regimine on here or trying to get accutane but honestly I’m defeated. I’m tiredness of trying to fight this I feel like I could be a different person if i didn’t have acne. I’m afraid of becoming “dependant” a product, I just want normal skin, but honestly I’m to the point where I don’t care how I get it even if stuck on a treatment for the rest of my life. So any advice?
  2. Hi there I’m Sergio from south of Mexico. I’m 23 years old and I’m a newbie here in he forum but with the acne and scars, not really. I would like to know which treatments you can recommend me to improve my acne scars, I’m pretty stress out and even depress about living with them, I swear that it’s a daily fight with my own self and the mirror. and that’s why I’m kind of desperate to find the better option to improve them. Thank you so much, it’s kind of nice to know that there’s people outside living with my condition.
  3. There is a user from 2003 who proposed his theory on Keloids. Worth taking a look even though he's inactive. Basically, he and I have experienced keloids disappearing after a whitehead comes out of it. I've seen it happen numerous times and have actually tried to somehow force a whitehead to appear on my keloids...Which is weird, but it actually works... He recommends using bentonite clay and vinegar to draw them out, which I am going to do now... I'll update ya''ll....
  4. I used to see a dermatologist but I stopped because of family insurance problems. My dermatologist gave me pills that helped clear my skin so much! But I can’t get a refill anymore. Since then I continued using the Epiduo Forte she prescribed for the morning and Veltin with Flurandrenolide Lotion USP 0.05% at night. ( This medication is used on the skin to treat acne. This medication is a combination of adapalene (a retinoid) and benzoyl peroxide (an antibiotic and skin-peeling agent). This product may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that do appear. Adapalene works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel off. ) ( Veltin gel is a precription medicine used on the skin to treat acne vulgaris) I still continue to use also a sulfur wash everyday which helps a lot as well. Now that I ran out of the Epiduo and Veltin, I have nothing to use. Are there any other good products similar to those like drugstore products or at a beauty store like ULTA/Sephora or online where I can purchase? Without like a prescription? My acne used to be really bad. It cleared up, so now I get pimples every now and then. I barely get them on my forehead. They are more spreader out like my cheeks, chin, or even jawline. And they become red and irritated and big or zits. I really don’t want to break out horribly again like I used to. If anyone knows some type for product I can use for my skin which is combination that would help clear pimples/zits/cysts please let me know. Or any similar products to the ones I described the Epiduo and Veltin ^^ Also if anyone knows of any acne remedies to get rid of acne holes and deep scars please let me know as well!
  5. Hi Guys ! I got several sources of information (dermatologist, books, forums)... But I find hundreds of different opinions. I just want to know your opinion on this specific situation : Would accutane work for mild to moderate acne with 30mg or 40mg per week and with how many weeks will the skin change? Thanks for your time!
  6. New here.

    Forums Adult acne

    Hi there, I decided to give this forum a go seeing as I seem to be the only 30 year old in my town with crappy skin. I'm female and have been getting cysts and boils on my face since I was 10. It became much worse after being on minocycline, as soon as I stopped the course my face erupted in so many cysts I could barely move my face, ever since then they flare up several times a year. I finally found a Dr at the age of 28 who decided to try oratane, I was on that for 6 months and it was magic!! The dryness sucked but my skin had never been so clear. About 2 months after stopping the treatment I started getting the odd pimple which then slowly turned into getting cysts again, at the moment I have had at least one cyst on my face for about 2 months. They are so vile. At their worst I hid for a week, I refused to leave the house and was so down about it. I went back to my Dr and have been given a whole raft of medications. It's just so rubbish.
  7. Hey everyone, so I suffer from the occasional cystic pimple but this one seems to be really persistent. It’s a hard bump under the skin right in between my eyes (embarrassing) and it doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. It also doesn’t hurt at all anymore, though it did when it first formed. Anyone know any remedies for a pimple like this? It’s driving me crazy and I’m scared it will scar. Thanks!
  8. I am looking for treatments, oils, masks, pretty much anything you can buy online or in store to treat those pesky pitted scars left over from acne. I want to find everything possible out there before reaching out to dermatologists and or high end treatments.
  9. So I put on my face like always the Vichy normadem purifying gel but when I woke up the day after, my face was and still is 3 days later dry and flaky. What should I do to reverse this?
  10. I have suffered from acnes for a long time and left with so much scarring. Given my Asian skin type, I didn't want to try laser due to the possible side effects. Therefore, I opted to try Infini RF Microneedling for 4 sessions over the course of a year because it was hard to take time off every 6-8 weeks. However, I only see little improvement (if any...) I think spreading out the treatments will not affect the results as Infini is supposed to help with collagen production for up to 6 months to 1 year. I have mixed scars and don't know what treatments I should try next... Too scared to try TCA peel/ cross at home even after reading the FAQ (again, Asian skin type...). Would I be a good candidates for TCA peel/ cross? Please help! I live in the Bay Area and there are not a lot of doctors to offer TCA peel/ cross and/or subcision... I read some forums here but feel like SoCal have more options and no one seem have to have found a good doctor who performs a wide range of treatments here. Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Bay Area? I went to Dr. Ransom for Infini. He's nice and doesn't seem to be interested in checking the progress and just performs the procedure... don't really feel like going back to him. But, someone said he does offer TCA cross... Also wonder if I should try 2 more Infini for a total of 6 sessions to see the difference... Right now considering if I should give Dr. Emer a visit even though he's expensive. Does anyone know what is the price difference btw Dr. Emer in Beverly Hills and Dr. Rullan in SD? Getting time off is also a problem Thanks!
  11. This device is safe?

    Forums Scar treatments 7 replies

    I used dermaroller for a straight year at first I felt an improvement in the skin but over time I was noticing a worsening in texture and scars. In the last session I was very aggressive with 1.5 mm and seems to have got worse. I am a year without using any invasive treatment and I want to start using this device in conjunction with 15% TCA. I would like to know if it is safe to use in the size of 1.00 mm. I have some indentation, boxscars, ice spick and rolling is mild and are located on the cheeks.
  12. does anyone know what these bumps are and how i can get rid of them? theyre really annoying and i really want them to go away
  13. I'm 20 now and have been taking antibiotics since I was 13... Honestly feel like I've tried everything so any help appreciated. Been on Lymecycline, Erythromycin, Roaccutane for 8 months (this 100% worked but my skin got INSANELY bad before it got better and don't really want to go on that again, even if I am tempted). I've used pretty much every topical cream prescription under the sun, and have tried Kefir regime for 2 months but this didn't seem to do anything. I am currently on Doxycycline, using Tretinoin cream and the La Roche Posay 3-Step Effaclar Regime, as well as birth control. I also use Rosehip oil as a moisturiser daily, which definitely helps with scarring. For like 1-2 years when I was 18/19 my skin was GREAT but then I came to Uni in Scotland and everything went downhill, cystic acne and all. Honestly just so pissed off at my skin right now so any help at all as to how anyone actually cleared up their skin would be a lifesaver.
  14. Dianette Treatment Log

    Forums Prescription acne medications 11 replies

    I was looking back at photos from when I was 14 and I was amazed at how clear my skin was ! I was a late-bloomer, so puberty didn't catch up to me until I reached 15(ish) - It got me thinking, that maybe my acne was hormone related and so I have been placed on Diane-35/Dianette/Co-Cyprindiol. I've decided to do a weekly log (as such) so that I can hopefully look back and see some improvement ! Started: 26/10/17 (aged 17 and 1 month) Skincare Regime Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser (twice daily) Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exofliating Scrub (4 times weekly) Manual Cleansing Brush (twice daily) Witch Hazel Tea Tree Oil Acnecide Treatment (5% Benzoyl Peroixide) Biore Charcoal Peel Mask Oil Free Moisturiser Co-Cyprindiol (35mg) Pill Nivea Essentials Night Moisturiser WEEK ZERO (26/10/2017) Co-Cyprindiol - One Pill Taken First Day !! I'm not starting my skincare regime until Monday (30/10/17) so I'm trying to leave my skin be, i.e no foundation, makeup. I've told myself no touching, squeezing or picking. My forehead is bumpy and somewhat oily. The acne is worst on my left temple. Some whiteheads around my mouth and cheeks. Lots of Blackheads now my nose. *Fingers crossed* (Image as of 25th October 2017 in Bathroom Lighting)
  15. So back in 2015 i had gotten really bad cystic acne and was put on retin-a for a few months. in that time, my skin had cleared up a ton but about a year later i had started to break out all over again and went on proactiv and my skin cleared up tons. i recently have been starting to break out regally terribly again but i’m not sure if these are cystic pimples. some i believe are, but i have relatively small red bumps all over my cheek and they’re really hard. i’m not sure if it’s something other than cystic acne that i have?? it’s all on my right cheek
  16. Hi everyone thanks for visiting I am aged 25 I am facing acne from my teenage but it wasn't that severe like now. I tried using Clinique products (anti-blemish kit) it was very good later I went to laser skin clinic Australia to treat my acne scars and they suggest to use the skintitut Australian made products ,then I started to see more pimples I have spent $1000 nearly for the treatment they started the blue LED treatment to kill the bacterias before they start micro needling as my acne was severe I was in blue LED treatment for almost 5 weeks and i have done nearly 7 blue LED and i stopped booking further treatment from them face was far better before I started the treatment .. Has anyone used any one of the products ( clinique ,Skintitut) and Does glycolic acid prevents acne ?? I looked for many acne medications but I couldn't find an even single post which refers to Glycolic acid. so can you guys please suggest good medication to get rid of acne ??? I have attached few of the photos please suggest me something
  17. I am 15 male and am 100% confident that my acne is being caused by an androgen increase. My skin isn’t oily, dry, or sensitive. I wash my face with Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile and use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion afterwards. I drink a gallon of water a day, exercise, and have a fair diet. I have acne on my face, upper back, and the top of my thighs along with a few pimples on my neck. How can I get rid of my acne?
  18. What should I do?

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    What do y'all recommend for me to help my acne scars look better?
  19. It seems like I've tried everything, but I'm wondering if any of these things might help? These are just things I've heard before that've worked for other people. I don't have cystic acne, just lots of normal-sized pimples... everywhere. Along with some whitheads. Makeup looks horrible over it all. - No dairy? I've heard many many people testify to this, but I'm wondering if it's the change to healthy foods, or dairy. - DIY cold cream as a cleanser & moisturizer, instead of commerical products. - Dermatolgist perscription. Pretty hesitant on this one, as I know most people say it only somewhat helps your skin & isn't worth it. - Exfoliation. I exfoliate around once a week by using a gentle washcloth to wash my face with facewash instead of my hands. Is there an effective way to do this that isn't a $25 chemcial exfoliant? I use CeraVe moisturizing cleanser, for reference. - No washing. It might sound strange, but I don't wash my face at the very sides (where you might contour, I guess) because I've never broken out there, and didn't ever wanna mess it up. It's still always been clear. Maybe there's a link? Any thoughts or new suggestions are appreciated!
  20. As many people on here, I spend a lot of time looking through the forum or looking through the Internet for that one solution that will finally get rid of my acne scars and the more and more I look the more I begin to think, is it even possible? It's almost impossible to find someone on these forums who actually GOT RID of their scars, best case scenarios it's people that maybe got 40-50% improvement which is cool and all but the scars are still there. We spend so much time looking at our faces that to us 50% is a lot of improvement but in reality other people look and still see scars, they probably don't notice the difference. And all these Derms have so many treatment options (lasers, peels, su vision, excisions etc.) but it's impossible to find a before and after picture that actually REALLY made a difference. With the costs being so high and the results being so small I feel as though derms are really just trying to get there money and don't care about how we really feel. Please let me know if I'm just rambling but I just feel so exhausted and disappointed that no matter how hard I search, getting rid of these scars just doesn't seem possible.
  21. New Scars Treatments?

    Forums Scar treatments 1 reply

    History Hi, this is my first post, I'm a 19 year old male who had a little more than moderate acne from about ages 12 or 13 to around 17, I started the Proactiv+ 3 step program when I was 17 and after a little while I had almost complete grip on my breakouts, they barely entered my mind, although they still happened often but not too often. I just turned 19 and up until literally around a day or two after my 19th birthday, I had never had any acne scarring in my life, through my worst years of acne and several thing I probably shouldn't have done to my face, I was never left with anything more than hyper-pigmentation. I had pretty clear skin for all of my 18 year, and then near the end of the summer when the fall was approaching, I noticed a few more breakouts than usual, so I went to my doctor (not dermatologist) and although she said she thought my skin didn't need anything she prescribed me Clindoxyl gel, 5% Benzoyl Peroxide which was a double up of the 2.5% in proactiv. Although she assured me that this in no way would make my skin worse and the worst case scenario was that it didn't improve anything, long behold it made my skin 10x worse for the whole 2 months I was on it, and if that wasn't enough, a short while after stopping it and returning to Proactiv which returned my skin to it's previous breakout cycle, I noticed that it had left a handful of small indented scars on my cheek. Although I attribute it to the Clindoxyl, another possibility is that because it made my skin worse, the average pimple was staying on my face for a couple weeks and just progressively getting worse throughout its life cycle. Another possibility although I'm not sure if I'm convinced of it's logic is that due to a more rigorous routine I was over exfoliating with the first step of Proactiv's routine, a physical scrub exfoliant, as some tiny indents formed on places where pimples had been healed and disappeared for months, and only hyper-pigmentation was left. Question So my question is, since my scars are relatively new, (the oldest being a month and a half and the newest being 2 weeks or so) are there any treatments that can take advantage of a scar early in it's life cycle? As of now I wash and treat my face with the Proactiv+ routine daily at night on all areas of my face except the scars as I'm nervous they could have been hindering the healing process/contributing. And after I wash my face I put polysporin(similar to neosporin) on the areas and every other day or so put Aloe Vera Gel on them for 30 minutes and then wipe off. I also have a diet free of gluten, dairy, and virtually no refined sugar. I take a multivitamin everyday as well as just recently taking extra Vitamin C and A supplements to add to the multivitamin. My scars are relatively shallow, most a little less than half a millimeter, and none bigger than half a centimeter and are probably considered boxcar scars (I don't have the means of taking a photo right now). They are still reddish/pink and I am hoping there is something I can do to assist in healing and collagen production in the initial healing (like Vitamin C oil, copper peptides, HA?)! I'm aware that most talked about treatments on here are for scars that have fully matured, but I remember reading about a member who used copper peptides on new scars and had great success. I'm open to any solutions or recommendations! If I can take advantage of time I would like to! Thank You!
  22. EGF growth factor?

    Forums Scar treatments 3 replies

    Has anyone ever had any success or heard of any type of success using EGF serums or products. I stumbled upon this one clinical study that claimed to have significant improvement in acne scars using a EGF serum. Looking for any responses or help. I will link the study and and the before and after pics below, thanks! * Image removed by moderator for expensive serum $145 is ridiculous .
  23. Hey everyone! I'm a 24 year old woman and as you an tell by my title, I'm one of those lucky people who don't get acne just once but twice! yay I've written a detailed summary of my long and laborious Acne Odyssey. But here's for those who don't wanna read too much (cause ain't nobody got time for that): Super Short Summary DON'T take B-12 or other B complex supplements if you have acne-prone skin! (This is what mainly gave me acne the second time) See a professional (and be picky with them) Research good treatments Learn how to extract pimples correctly and safely Don't lose hope What I Do/Use/Recommend (*Disclaimer: Please remember eveyone's skin is different!*): Plasma injections Rhadha Beauty treatments (affordable and has no chemicals and no acid, so it doesn't kill your good bacteria.) Nerd Skin care treatment (Extremely costly -$200- but if you can afford it, it arms your good bacteria to fight off bad bacteria. This is what I'm using right now but don't know if I can keep affording it lol they do offer a payment plan but it's still costly) Lime, honey,yogurt mask at night: Mix half a spoon of plain Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lime, and a bit of honey and spread evenly across your face. Let it dry and wash off. Dry face with a tissue only. (Towels get dirty fast, no bueno.) Drink hot water with lime about 20 minutes before breakfast every morning to help clean your digestive system and balance you body's PH levels (linked with acne and other health issues) also calms the insatiable hunger I wake up with Journal writing helps when you find yourself in an emotional wreck, like I often do For those who want to read (probably because when you have acne, you're obsessed with it) My Kinda Long Saga Fighting Adult Acne Twice First Time: Globular acne (about two years ago) I tried so many household items which did nothing except worsen it. I was pretty ignorant about the correct way of treating and taking care of your skin so I used scrubs, chemicals which burnt my face, and did not moisture at all. Needless to say, it only got worse. Way worse. I was just a young grasshopper, I had much to learn about treating my skin right. At this point I went to visit Colombia, for three months. I saw people that I hadn't seen in years and the worst part about my ordeal was their incessant comments of my face. I would also plaster my face with not-so-subtle makeup, because I'd rather look like a mime with bumps all over my face than show my actual face to people. This is when I hit rock bottom. Depression, avoiding mirrors, but obsessing and bothering my face every time I caught a slight glimpse of my "Phantom of the Opera face"-not the hot Gerald Butler version but the actual gruesome monster- and crying myself to sleep every single night. ::sings "This face which earns a mother's fear and loathing!":: I mean, acne physically hurts, your face gets swollen and heavy full of puss and I remember those brief moments where I was able to forget my acne and smiled. And it hurt, smiling hurt, in fact just lying down still in my bed hurt, and therefore my ego and self-esteem would hurt even worse. I avoided people normally, but Colombian people are way harsher and have no filters, so me trying to buy milk would mean me listening to the cashier give me her magical acne remedy that had worked for her cousin's husband's third wife's son twice removed before she would scan my milk and I could go back to my fortress of solitude and crushed dreams. Much like Beast. In my last month there I was able to get in contact with a dermatologist. Now, I don't have spare money but my acne had gotten so bad that the pimples had three heads at least, grew purple (yes! purple pimples! Like bruised pimples), and they would burst alone just from a gentle wash, and much worse, the blood would come out dense and black at times. Sorry for the disgusting description but at this point I needed a professional. (Also, if this is happening to you, you might have globular cystic acne.) My first dermatologist made me wait forever, but when I got there she was nice and a bit weird, and made me laugh when she started "working" on my face with her exclamations of how bad my face was (which actually eventually happened with every new dermatologist I saw). My face looked really bad but it was way worse than it looked. Yay. The laughter didn't last long as extraction from a heavily infected area hurts a bunch. I think I have PTSD from it. Yet the worst part was having to go home on the bus. A lot of horrified stares from strangers and my never-changing bitch face to hide my embarrassment. Again, much like Beast. I went every week for a month but then I had to go back to the US. Back in the US I was almost finishing my acne treatment that my Colombian dermatologist made herself and trying to find a new dermatologist. During this time I went to a dermatologist whose acne treatments worked, but also had a terrible personality. She was aggressive, dismissive, and rude and recommended treatments such as laser and antibiotics. When I told her that I had already done the antibiotics but they only irritated my digestive system and didn't do anything to my acne, and that I wouldn't do laser because I had heard that it worsened acne for a lot of people, she screamed at me and told me that my acne was going to take long to heal if I didn't do that. I told her I'd rather it take long and heal properly than do more damage to it. Although I did one treatment with her, I never went back. <Be careful of healthcare professionals that make you feel that you have no say in your own health.> Anyways, during this time I also found and saw that its cleansing treatments were much like the one my Colombian dermatologist had given me. More importantly, I realized how many people were going through the same thing as me, and that I was not alone in this exhausting battle. This helped with my depression in so many ways. Much like if Beast found out there were other cursed beast princes around France. Therefore, I started my regimen and found my last dermatologist in the US. *With my new dermatologist, I would get extractions every two weeks (THE PAIN!) and get my plasma injected all over my face after the extractions.(The horror! The horror!) Now, when I first heard about plasma I thought it was freaking weird, but my dermatologist explained that it takes your blood's "mother cells", which are the ones that heal, repair, and fight infections and that since it was from my own blood, my body wouldn't reject it or anything. It still sounded weird, but I was so desperate I tried it, and thank god I did. I did this every two weeks for six months until my dermatologist told me we could do it every month. Although the first time she injected half plasma and zinc, and it stings like a bee (tying to keep it PG here people). This is the first and only time I've cried at a treatment, of any type, and it wasn't the one tear that slowly rolled down my cheek or a quiet sad sob, it was like an-infant-being-born-wailing. And yes, the pain was high but it was all the emotional pain being let out too (and a bit of the feeling of embarrassment from crying was there too.) During this time, she also told me to do a lime, Greek plain yogurt, and honey mask every night, which I find really works and also to keep a journal to sort out my feelings (it's a journal to God, but I think it'd help even if you don't believe in God and just write a journal to the universe or yourself even). It also weirdly helped that I did not have a job, and that my mom graciously payed for my treatments during that time. I had a hard time finding a job and was stressed but really, I was able to heal quickly because I didn't have to go out or put make up everyday to work. This really was a blessing in disguise. I finally landed a job and also my skin got better. Mind you, it wasn't baby smooth but it didn't have acne. I was so grateful everyday and every time I saw myself in the mirror. Now I have to confess, but after a while, I started going less and less to the dermatologist, because of money and time (3 hours per sessions plus a long drive) and because I'd have to coordinate it with a weekend where I wouldn't go out at all (so I wouldn't have to put make up and rest my skin because it gets much worse before it gets better). Second time: About a year after I had healed And about two months ago, I got acne again.............. ::long exasperated sigh:: but this time is way better. I know how to take care of my skin and how to extract pimples correctly, and feel more hope than the first time. I don't use treatments that have any acid anymore or weird chemicals that kill bacteria, because that means that it kills good bacteria as well, which is essential to the skin. I still get depressed and have my bad days but it doesn't compare to before. I started to go to my dermatologist again every two weeks and I'm way better. She also asked me coincidentally if I was taking any b-complex, and I was. I had become a vegetarian and my mom freaked out so much she made me buy a bunch of supplements even when my health exams came out "perfect" <-- seriously what my doctor said. Anyways, turns out B complex, like the B-12 supplements I was taking, make people with acne-prone skin to break out. Needless to say, I stopped taking B-12, folic acid, biotin, and Iron supplements (taking those iron supplements when I already had enough iron were causing infections in my digestive system.) I had gone to specialists for about a year but nothing came from it, but now my dermatologist is the one who asked the right questions! So glad I have her! So, right now I'm in the middle of WWII with my acne and after a month and a half of doing treatments, the difference is definitely there. However, I got more scars than before so after my acne is controlled I'm planning on doing Dermapen sessions with a professional (I've heard good things so far and I'm hoping to get rid of the tiny red scars left on my cheeks). As an ending note, I know it was long to read, as it was long to write (main reason why I've taken so long to do this) but I really hope this helps some of you as you go on your own journey to healing PS- sorry I don't have pictures. I tried but it was too damaging for my self-esteem when I was full of acne!