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  1. Hey, guys! I know it's been forever since I've updated on these forums. I'm super happy to say that I mostly have my adult acne under control. However, I definitely still get hormonal breakouts every month. They never get too bad anymore, but honestly that's because I've finally found out how to properly spot treat whiteheads! So, I found this product called Dots. They're hydrocolloid blemish patches that you're supposed to put on before you go to bed and sleep with them. So, that's what I did. I gently popped ( I know, I know) my whiteheads, cleaned them out, then put a Dot over them. In the morning, OH MY GOSH, all the gunk in my pore had LITERALLY been sucked out of my face. When I peeled off the Dot, I actually could see all the pus (Sorry, gross) and bacteria in the bandage itself. Some of my whiteheads were gone completely, others were flatter and less inflamed. I swearrrrr, after 10 years of dealing with breakouts, this is the BEST overnight spot treatment I have ever found. And no, I'm not selling. Check my profile, I have blog posts dating back years and years lol Anyways, just wanted to share what's been working for me. So, yeah, they're called Dots Blemish Patches. They're super cheap and they're crazy good. I just get them from the website, which I'll link for y'all here. Let me know if anyone else uses them! I get so passionate talking about these little Dots lol
  2. So I have been using Murad’s sulfur mask since freshman year of college. It used to seem to help when I was on both birth control and antibiotics but I don’t notice a super big difference anymore in terms of helping with acne. Since I started using benzoyl peroxide I feel like the mask contributes to overdrying. Does anyone else feel like masks are pointless? What are your thoughts? I know people who do them every once in a while and others who do use them everyday. Since you wash them off does the amount of time they absorb into the skin for skin for even help?
  3. I suffered for many years with really bad acne, i tried a couple of products, bactrim, aczone, benzoyl peroxide... All of this made my acne worse. I got tired and stopped using all products altogether, i started binge eating, gained weight and became suicidal. I could barely look at myself in the mirror. My marriage almost ended, because I neglected my husband and my kids, I was so selfish, so concerned about how I looked without thinking about the people who love even with my acne. I was depressed and with every treatment plan that did not work, my depression got worse. In a bid to save our marriage, my husband took i and our kids to dubai, that singular trip changed my life. I went to the mall with the kids and went to a store, at the counter while I was paying for the items we bought, the attendant spoke to me, she could see I was shy and wouldn't look at her directly in the face. She had such smooth skin, I'm sure the last time I had a face like that was probably 25years ago. She asked me what treatment I was using for my skin and I told her nothing. She asked for my number, I wrote it for her and she wrote a Web address for me. She said, "try them, you'll love it". I thanked her, walked away and threw the paper containing the website into the trash, i wasn't about to waste any more time or money. I WAS DONE. tired of constantly wasting money on products that do not work or work for a while and then stop. I forgot about that encounter, until I got a whatsapp message a couple of days later; "Hello, were you able to buy it easily" I asked to know who this was and she told me, she was the attendant at the mall. I told her no, that I don't want to waste any more money. She just said "Hmmmm" and proceeded to send me about 5 pictures of her when she had really bad acne, her face was worse than mine, she had really bad acne. It seemed like it was two different people. Immediately I told her to send me the link again so I could place an order. Needless to say, this was the best decision I ever made. Its been 3 months and every day, I can feel and see my skin getting better. God bless my husband for not giving up on me. God bless Amalia for introducing me to Stacea products. To everyone suffering from acne and feeling depressed, do your research, there are products all over the world that can help you heal your skin. Don't give up hope. Stop feeling depressed. If you need help with natural products, I can help you, just send me a message
  4. Hello everyone, i got acne since i was like 18 and it all started when i went to the military for some reason..don't really know why but that's when the first pimples and blackheads, etc. started to pop out..anyways i'm 23 now and this is how my cheeks look as of today..Is there anything you can recommend to me doing ? Like is my only option to visit a dermatologist or can i fix this on my own? Thanks in advance !
  5. I have these tiny bumps all over my forehead and some on my jawline. I assume they’re clogged pores or closed comedome bumps and not pityrosporum folliculitis because they DONT itch and they DO pop if i did try to squeeze them (which i don’t). Nothing helps to fade them or improve the texture, even exfoliating. I have had them for years now. So far I have tried clindamycin phosphate gel, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid face washes, oil cleansing method, witch hazel, adapalene gel, tea tree oil, paula’s choice 2% bha liquid, and curology. i’ve tried all these things for a substantial amount of time throughout the past couple of years. They didn’t cause a bad reaction but did not help with these small texture bumps. Most of the things i’ve tried have helped with normal pimple breakouts. i have even tried nizoral when i though it was pittrosporum folliculitis. I can’t see a dermatologist bc it’s expensive and i just moved and haven’t worked out my doctor situation yet. Please if anyone knows some miracle product or soemthing that could help, please help me out. Some of the photos are with makeup and some are without but the bumps show up just as harsh either way.
  6. Do anybody know what type of acne this is and what the best way to get rid of it, I’ve had it before and it went when I went on the pill yaz but it’s come back after I had a couple of weeks off the pill however I’m back on it now for about 3 months and it’s still not got better it’s so bad, especially whennjnwhere makeup?? Please someone help:(((
  7. I’m 19. I didn’t have bad acne growing up, mostly just blackheads on my nose. I would say I have combination skin because it’s oily on my forehead and chin, but fairly normal everywhere else. However, for the last year, I’ve had a moderate amount of ance on my chin. Everywhere else on my face is completely clear, save for the occasional clogged pore on my cheeks. The acne is literally just on my chin. It isn’t deep cystic acne, they look more like white-heads. The only time my chin clears is when I’m on my period. However, those are fairly irregular. Sometimes they are on time for months, and then other times they don’t show up for months. Like, my last one was fifty-five days ago. What could be the cause of my chin acne, and how do I treat it? I’m going to the doctors next week for my acne, but it’s really uncomfortable to say all this. Thanks!
  8. 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???
  9. Hi how long would it take antibiotics to work for acne ?
  10. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  11. So I’ve struggled with acne all my life but after accutane my acne cleared up and only got the odd few spots here and there (nothing crazy) then a couple of days ago out the blue my chin started to go crazy? I don’t know what this is, or what’s causing it. I changed my cleanser to the Botanincal Lab. clay mask and a nip and fab moisturiser and wasn’t sure if that’s what’s caused it? Is this this an example of purging? Whiteheads? Balckheads? I really don’t know! If anyone could offer advice as to what this is that would be hugely appreciated I’m totally baffled!
  12. I have many many closed comedones. Full face. Only lips and nose is free. 20-30is small. Do not look good. 50-60 is very small. And only great observation and sharp light need to see it. It's Not too noticeable(don't like typical acne). Also i have very oily skin. sometimes i wash 3 times a day. Many many whiteheads and few blackheads. Please help. what do you recommend. I used salicylic acid 2%, but it doesn't work, it's make worse my skin. I used only ice, it's improves my skin. But not solved.
  13. I’m a teenager and acne’s been an issue for my since I was 12, so about a year and a half now. It’s clearing up with my African Black Soap and Bentonite Clay, but I still have small colourless bumps under the skin that I can’t get rid of no matter how much water I drink or clean my skin. I really want to know how to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads too without pore strips or scrubs as they’re bad for your skin. How do I get rid of these bumps, blackheads and acne scars safely? (apple cider vinegar breaks me out; so does Tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil and honey).
  14. I’ve been using African black soap for a month now too. When can I expect to see results if it works?
  15. I've struggled with these blackhead like bumps on my forehead for a long time and I need help! I have white heads and black heads along my chin and whiteheads on my cheeks. Especially on the one side I have huge pores that are bumpy. Please help me! Anything that might help. I sometimes break out and get puss pimples.
  16. I've always struggled with white heads and blackheads my checks have small little skin coloured bumps that when squeezed are whiteheads and my chin and forehead have skin coloured bumps that are a mixture of whiteheads and blackheads. My forehead has lots of blackheads and I don't k ow what to do! Please help.
  17. It started off as a red rash around mouth and now these tiny pin sized whitehead’s are multiplying and getting bigger by the hour! I haven’t started using any new products.
  18. I have been struggling with persistent tiny whiteheads all over my face, on my chest and on my shoulders ever since I turned 16 (21 now) but in the last year they have gotten so much worse. Most of them are tiny and on and around my nose. Whenever I squeeze these, a small amount of white substance comes out and the next day the pore seems to refill. There is no inflamation or damage to the surrounding skin, so I figure squeezing them isn't so bad. The whiteheads look like the tiniest skin coloured bumps on my nose that you can't really see unless you look closely, however, it's got to the point where I'm so sick of them. What's the best way to get rid of them once and for all? I don't think the issue is hygeine as I'm very particular about keeping my face clean.
  19. What does this thing called? I have it all over my face and nothing seem to get rid of it. I have it on my cheeks, side, and forehead basically everywhere
  20. Hi, ive had these bumps under my skin for a long time now and they are usually hard to see unless under hard direct lighting. ive been prescribed Accutane and am on week 6 now. my skin has always been oily combo. im 22 and have had acne and skin issues since the age of 14. unfortunately, my dermatologist said i have kp on my cheeks, because of the nature of this condition its made me paranoid about every bump. any time i find a bump anywhere on my face i worry its related to kp! the 3 pictures ive included are my forehead chin and pores around my nose, if anyone has a similar texture or any knowledge it would be greatly appreciated.
  21. A little while ago I had a huge breakout all over my face. I only ever get cystic pimples, no only one or two at a time on my cheeks, but I had breakouts all over the place. I ended up getting my period a week later and the breakouts slowly calmed down a little, down this time I was seeing my breakouts leave red marks that last a while. Fast forward to now. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me minocycline 100mg twice a day, clindamycin, and told me to get a benzoyl peroxide wash. Then he told me to get a gentle wash from cerave for when I’m not using the benzoyl peroxide. I’ve been doing this for 19 days today. My skin was doing really great at first, and then about a week ago my skin started breaking out again. This time with lots of closed comedones. Since starting the treatment I haven’t then a large pimple at all, and I only got two normal pimples around the time of my period. Except I had a ton of closed comedones too, which I never had before. I figured it had to be something I was putting on my skin, and since my skin felt oily, I assumed it was the Cerave hydrating cleanser. I read about a few others who broke out in closed comedones from this. Today is the first day taking this out of my regimen, but my skin looks so bad. I guess I was looking for reassurance, suggestions, or advice. I’ve been feeling incredibly down lately, and i have to stop myself from crying all the time. I don’t even want to leave the house. I feel even worse knowing that I probably made my skin worse with that cleanser. I really don’t want to break out more than I already have, and I don’t know what else to do. Right now I’ve just been using the prescriptions and washing with benzoyl peroxide 4%. My forehead and nose are completely soft and smooth, but my cheeks and chin seem to be struggling. I know that it’s only been about two and a half weeks since I started anything, but when should I start seeing results? Is it possible that this is an initial breakout from the benzoyl peroxide or something? Should I talk to my dermatologist about changing up something or should I just stick it through for a month or so? I’m incredibly stressed about the breakouts and even more stressed that I’m getting red marks left behind.
  22. I’m 16 years old and I’ve had cystic acne, acne, blackheads and whiteheads for the past 3 years. It’s left my skin a bit dull looking and full of hyperpigmentation. (Also I should say, I drink enough water, I don’t eat diary, and I exersice 5 times a week. My diet/lifestyle is not the cause.) Last year I discovered that if I double cleanse with coconut oil my cystic acne and most of my little pimples disappear completely. I did that for 2-3 months until I had to travel for a week and I couldnt exfoliate so my skin broke out and got bad. So I replaced coconut oil with jojoba oil which didn’t worsen or better it. I am now retrying coconut oil and again, my pimples and cystic pimples are gone but this time my pores are going crazy.I have milia, enlarged pores, blocked pores, blackheads, whiteheads and all that. Currently I double cleanse then use rose water and a bit of jojoba oil to moisturize in the morning, and at night I do the same but with my Clarisonic and also spot treat with tea tree oil. I’m completely lost on what to do. I’m scared of going to a dermatologist since the last time they prescribed me a face wash and epiduo and it didn’t work for me at all, and caused me to switch to completely natural skincare. (Although unfortunately everybody’s holygrails like witch hazel, african black soap, and rosehip oil break me out like crazy.) I’m so lost. I don’t want to lose my progress but what I’m doing now isn’t 100% working. My skin is very very sensitive and tends to get dry so it overproduces oil. Right now it’s clear from pimples but I have really bad pores and also hyperpigmentation. What should I do? My acne makes me cry almost every day. Thank you if you read all of that. I appreciate any input or thoughts.
  23. I was really desperate when I found the caveman routine. Now, this freaked me out, and I know why. Because I was addicted to the products I was using on my face and the false hope they would clear my skin. But reading about it, it made sense. And did I want to live the rest of my life with a 10 step routine that didn't even work? The worst that could happen is nothing and I'll just go on living with bad skin, but at least I won't be wasting time and money on products. So I started caveman over a week ago. I was only rinsing with water and using a makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. At first, it was scary, but then it felt like a relief. I wasn't obsessing as much as I used to over my skin, and I wasn't getting as many breakouts. ..Yet. On day four I started getting whiteheads all over my chin, upper lip, on my forehead and in the creases by my nose. I was concerned about this because I hardly ever get whiteheads, and for the most part, my forehead is clear except for looking like a frying pan. By the end of the week, my face felt so gross. I had to exfoliate it. I just used a product I had by Aveeno, which was the Aveeno naturals gentle exfoliater. It felt a little better, but still super oily. So for a few days, I battled with blotting my skin and dusting with a pressed powder to control some shine. I'm rinsing with water morning and night and switched from using a makeup remover to some olive oil on a cotton swab to remove mascara and eyeliner. Aside from the powder, I use a concealer on a few really bad scars I have, and this hasn't seemed to cause a problem. My skin is so oily it usually removes the makeup by the end of the day, but I do wipe over those areas with the oil. This also hasn't seemed to cause a problem. I know, why am I adding oil to more oily, you're probably thinking. But this hasn't seemed to make my skin any more greasy. It works like a moisturizer and keeps my skin feeling pretty soft. And I will rinse with water after using it, so really no problems. My skin is still oily and whiteheads are still there three days into week 2. I did cleanse my skin again today, which I'm hoping didn't effect anything. I know I shouldn't but the feel of my skin is so unbareable. I'm going to stick with this caveman routine and update on how it is affacting my skin. I hope for the best. I do have some questions about it, so I will post on that later.
  24. Hello, recently I've started cleansing with oils and it seems to be working quite well? but at the same time not? Like the clear parts of my face are much softer and the skin feels nicer, I've barely had any acne since starting (maybe two new ones since then and even they went away quickly) but what confuses me are the whiteheads, I've had them before but it seems that there's more and the ones that were aleeady there are starting to appear more prominent. I am not sure whether this is supposed to be happening, I've read plenty of horror stories regarding ocm but they mostly include painful cystic acne which I still did not encounter. I don't know whether I should drop this method alltogether or keep trying? If I need to drop it can someone please reccomend me anything to fight closed comedones, they're my biggest issue. P.S. I believe that my blend was quite fine? At first I used tok much castor oil and it would dry out my skin but I decreased it and now I don't have that problem but this comedone thing really makes me??? And the other oil I use is rosehip.
  25. Hey guys, i have severe comedonal acne (whiteheads) and i need lactic acid (AHA) prevent more from appearing. I also need clindamycin to treat acne vulgaris. Can combine them? As in, using lactic acid and putting clindamycin on top? I have tidact gel 1% (contains clindamycin and alcohol) and eucerin active concentrate which contains concnetrated lactic acid and decandiol (doesnt say the percentage). Im just asking its safe to do that. Also if you guys have extra tips for dealing with closed comedones let me know. Thanks!