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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. 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
  12. 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 ATM.my 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
  13. 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?
  14. What should I do?

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    What do y'all recommend for me to help my acne scars look better?
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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! http://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/102564/aesthetic-dermatology/acne-scars-improved-topical-epidermal-growth * Image removed by moderator for expensive serum $145 is ridiculous .
  19. 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 acne.org 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 acne.org 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!
  20. Hello. Iam still a fourteen year old girl. I know my acne could be due to hormonal imbalances. I break out midly. About two or three pimples. My only problem is fading these marks/spots that they leave after I have treated the pimple. I am in so desperate need of remedies because my scarring is just getting worse. How could i fade these quicker? Please be considerate of the products because i live in the Philippines so i might not find the products mentioned.
  21. Hello everyone! I specifically joined this forum to lend help to those who have tried a million different acne treatments and have failed. After many several attempts I finally found something that works for me that uses both over the counter topical cream and supplements to help clear cystic acne. Here's my story: When I turned 24 last year after a long night out I woke up the next day with the beginning of an acne breakout. I thought the reason it was happening was because I slept with my makeup on, the many tequila shots and mixed drinks I ingested, along with the crippling sense of dehydration I had when I woke up the next morning (Clearly are not good for you skin). Well, was I SO wrong. I would come to find out I would be out here on the battlefield with cystic acne for the remainder of the year. I never once had cystic acne so bad in my life. I use to have minor breakouts in high school all the way up until I turned 24. Over the months my acne continued to get worse and worse to the point where I didn't even want to leave my house. I went to my dermatologist and she told me I had the onset of ADULT ACNE. I sat there and I cried because I thought acne was something of the past that teenagers had to deal with. I finally pulled myself together and began researching various ways to get rid of acne. I'll be damned if I'm 24 and super single with cystic acne attacking my face. Here's what I did: 1. PanOxyl - This stuff really saved my life. My dermatologist new I tried EVERYTHING and this was my last shot at hope. PanOxyl is an over the counter acne face wash with the highest available amount of Benzol Peroxide. You can get this anywhere - Amazon, CVS, etc. etc. I started washing my face with this at least once a day massaging over my cystic acne for at least a minute. Then I started moving over to twice a day until I started to notice improvements. Warning: THIS will really dry out your face to be extra careful. I have sensitive skin and it really dried me out. 2. Argan Oil - After I wash my face I always moisturize with oil. I read the using oil is a lot better for cystic acne than using regular face creams which contain perfume and other irritating factors. Oil has a thin consistency and really holds in the moisture longer. 3. Clairsonic - Mia - I’m not saying you have to purchase because I know it’s a little pricey but it really did help me on my acne removing endeavor. The Clairsonic I used twice a week to help circulation on my face it also removed my dried skin from using heavy duty acne treatments. I still use it now twice a week for a light exfoliation and to get my circulation going. 4. Supplements - I stumbled upon an all natural acne forum. As most of you know, acne actually starts from within your body – if your inner body isn’t regulating properly or if there is a hormone imbalance your face will in fact breakout. I was kicking up the battle on my external body but I also needed to fix it internally as well. Here are the supplements I recommend to treat acne and they’re all over the counter: - Pro-biotics: sometimes your stomach produces bad bacteria and you need to bring in good bacteria to balance it out – if you have more bad than good you develop acne and inflammation. - Vitamin A: help prevent dead skin cells from sloughing off and clogging pores, reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, which also reduces pore-clogging, suppress androgen formation (androgens in the skin are a major cause of acne), protect fats from oxidation (which keeps cell damage and inflammation at bay) - Zinc: helps accelerate the growth and development of skin cells necessary for clear skin and also reduced inflammation Vitamin B complex: help convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It also promotes function of immunity, digestion and the nervous system which (if you look at the bigger picture) improves our overall body function of skin, hair, nails, etc etc. It also reduces inflammation. Lastly!! I started to eat a yogurt once a day to really keep on top of ingesting a pro-biotic. I put it in a smoothie or take one on the go. After also speaking with my dad he told me he had acne as well (curse my family for this bad acne gene) and he told me an old method of acne removal that really worked for me: using a hot compress to open your pores and then use a cold one to close them. This helps unclog your pores at the end of each day and I started doing it at least 3 times a week! Easier said than done but, don’t ever be discouraged because of acne. It happens to the best of us and we are all more than just a pretty face. One thing that helped me get by during my healing process was googling celebrities who had bad acne and you will really be surprised with what you find. Good luck!! Love + light xx.
  22. Okay. Here is my situation. I don't break out often and have generally what people call "clear skin". However, in the last year I've experienced some cystic acne around the time of my menstrual cycle- this has only happened twice so far. Six months ago I got a quarter sized cyst on my cheek that lasted a month, and because I couldn't wait, I popped it. Big mistake. It left an indented scar which I have now learnt to cover with make-up. The scar isn't big, but for someone who has never scarred before, I was shocked that acne can do that to you. I was pretty depressed for a month. Flash forward to my newest and second cyst. It's pretty small (2x2mm) but very painful and very red. The surrounding area looks like a war zone and funnily enough, same area as last cyst. Popped up yesterday and I have no idea what to do. Really considering a cortisone shot but the indented scarring would crush me. How likely is it that I will get an indented scar? Also, what if I just tried some topical treatments like BP and a touch of hydrocortisone cream with a hydrocolloid band-aid? You know, let it be for a week and see what happens? Side note: I am already on apo-cephalex (started today) because of a shin injury at resulted in a horrific cut. So should I wait for the antibiotics To kick in? Scarring is my number one fear.
  23. I have struggled with acne for quite some time starting at 16 whenI was prescribed progestrogene pills from my pediatric doc because I mentioned to her my acne was bothering me at that point it being fairly mild but still bothersome. She gave me this because I asks her of birth control pills which i hear helped. fast forward I continually took them for 6 months later developing moderate acne that was just not getting better when my parents and I decided to stop taking them after we consulted with my doctor. The consecutive months I believe my hormones became extremely imbalanced and I developed really severe acne went back to my pediatric doc who gave me antibiotics idk why not refer me to a derm or just get me right away to the door of ones office but the best she could do was 2 months. This time I was in all hell and literally could do nothing just wait see and this is the damage after and 2 accutane rounds. I was wondering if I could get some advice and how to go about treatment and if people have experiences what would you suggest. I honestly just want 6 rounds of TCA 35% jesssners peels and then see where to go from there by my derm. I want to have her layer it just on my cheeks but would you guys think an additive after these sessions like a filler would help on my rolling scars? I have a mix of scars boxcar and icepick and rolling but idk how to differentiate them because I obsess over them and don't know which are more prominent. I asked my derm of tca cross and she said 100% once and thats all I need but I'm not too sure and scared to fuck my skin up more. do you guys have any experience ? I was on a dose that went up to 160 mg of accutane a day for the last 2 months on my first course accutane and right now on my second course were ending again at 160 mg and I am worried of delayed healing. I weigh 120lbs but have only had dry lips as a side effect idk if my dosage is unusual i have relatives who have also take such a high dose without problems. but my deal is if I should also wait at least 12 months or okay to do at 6 months. we would do a patch test but even that scares me and i have that gut feeling . any of you guys had that? so Im wondering if my plan is a viable solution in others opinions and would appreciate the feedback. Is 100% too strong? Do you guys think peels a good step? I would try micro needling and lasers but Im not too convinced and the danger of losing fat in my face really puts me off and dermrolling Ive researched can do that. loss of fat really ages people in mores that acne scars but people can disagree and i also understand the scars to be degrading and devastating. I want to go to dr greg morgan roth in mountain view cali to get subsection after all these sessions if my derm approves and as a last step get fillers and subsections againIm just scared of losing fat in my face or getting more depression. I think I have more of a textural issue to my skin but idk would like so more opinions on that if people don't mind. my mother says there shallow but I have so many and i tried to capture them in a lot of different lighting to show the differences. one girl on here got phenomenal results for sub scion from greg while another with username "scar" something got more depressed region so it is not without risk but I'm thinking maybe if i get filler i won't have that problem again though; is it the best to just resurface with peels for now and then from there decide tca cross and fillers? I am very clueless to everything have come across this though http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25041112 and its why i kinda don't want to try demrarolling or laser but idkidk i could have just been feed lies by this study . the thing is that though people praise derma rolling and sometimes laser i have yet to meet anyone or see conclusive results except for Dragz and mr . Matt the later having laser just for resurfacing and smoothing purposes. .. dr..rahimi would probably be the one i go to as my last resort but idk maybe i don't have anything to fear but that gut feeling is strong. please help any advice is much appreciated. I actually have stopped using tretinion while one accutane and will start up afterword on .1 but don't use a vitamin c so if someone could recommend a good that would really help. Idk but my skin actually looks better that I'm not using it and just using sunscreen but it could be my imagination i know long term there are benefits when i start it again i probably use it less often maybe 4 times a week and 5 at most as it dryer out my skin and possibly was aging me in that effect even though it itself is for antiagin purposes.