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  1. What is this ?! NEED HELP ASAP

    Forums Oily skin 3 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???
  2. Hey, just wanted to share with you guys my 9 week progress with my acne. I am so proud! So I changed to a paleo diet, I had a very dry skin, so I started using a proper moisturizer. I cut out dairy COMPLETELY (tough decision). And my results have been awesome. Can recommend this to anyone who are lost with their acne and have tried everything, cheers Image linked
  3. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you my personal progress on how I cleared my acne in 6 weeks! Now I feel way better, and I finally have gotten my life together Here is my video on how I fixed my skin, cheers!
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm wondering if anyone has/had a similar issue to the photos I'm showing.. I have these tiny bumps (some are hard like whiteheads), along my jawline and on my forehead.. right after a shower I can squeeze some stuff out of them and the bumps will go down.. but I'm not gonna do that all over my face because I'll definitely end up with a few pimples the next day (as you can see this is a main cause of the redness and pimples on my forehead). I also deal with a bit of hormonal acne on my chin and my cheeks which for us ladies is super annoying. I'll have amazing looking skin for a day or two throughout the month, and then boom.. back to little baby pimples and scars. I'm soon going on birth control in two weeks or so as recommended by my doctor, at least for a couple of months to help with hormonal acne. I've heard of these bump issues also being an overproduction of yeast on the skin or in the body, and I really don't know how to fix this. I try my hardest to eat healthy, I wash my face nightly and remove all my makeup.. I don't know what to do anymore. I've heard of Nizoral for this yeast-bump conspiracy. Has anyone tried it? Please leave any tips/tricks. I appreciate it greatly!
  5. Hey everyone I'm looking for some advice. I'm at the end of my ropes. I'm a 22 year old female who has struggled with acne since I was ten. I get a little bit of everything which is why I think it's been so hard to tackle. I've been to several different derms and tried a million different things excluding accutane. Up to date I've tried several different kinds of birth control (currently on orthotricyclen), antibiotics, creams, gels, washes, diets, natural remedies, chemical peels, extractions, you name it. I have strange skin, in my opinion, which produces a lot of oil but can still look dry and dehydrated. Every day, I drink only water (no caffeine or alcohol) and sports drinks after I exercise. My current treatment is oral birth control, spironolactone, retin-a gel, benzoyl peroxide cream, and oil free moisturizer. I cleanse with cerave(used to use cetaphil). I thought testosterone may be an issue so my dr. Prescribed spiro to see (no dramatic results yet but oil production has decreased). I do get red hormonal pimples around my period but the closed comdones and black heads have been a constant since I was 10 and are especially noticeable when I smile. I have no family history of acne or any skin issue really. I eat the healthiest, drink the most water, and sleep well most of the time so it seems unfair really when my brother can drink alcohol and mountain dew, eat cheetos and fried foods, sleeps about 5 hours every night and sits in front of computers all day has perfectly smooth skin!! I attached some pictures and I'm praying SOMEONE out there has experience and solved acne like mine! I want to see what everyone else has done that may help me since I've exhausted all my options. I'm desperate! (also my skin generally isn't so red as the pictures are making them see, i think it's just the camera, sorry!!) -sandypaws
  6. after i cleanse my face, my forehead looks like this. i usually look better once i put the rest of my skincare routine, but i’m wondering if anything i’m doing is actually working to remove these bumps. i’m using a 2% bha wash (i typically prefer medicated washes to leave on products just for time efficiency) day and night and focus on hydration so i keep my routine to just: cleanse, hyaluronic acid serum, moisturizer - are these clogged pores?? if so, how long will they take to go away? i’ve been using bha for about 2 months now on/off (there are smaller ones that the camera couldn’t capture too) - is there something more effective for this type of problem than bha? i’ve been looking at sulfur and buying a sulfur cleanser instead since it seems to help with acne and pityrosporum folliculitis as well i sadly can’t visit a derm at the moment so any help is appreciated!
  7. Guys!!!! Please advice me what kind of acne is that and how it should be treated! Cant withstand it and more :((( Thanks in advance!
  8. I'm new to this site but have had acne for about 3/4 years. I'm 15 years old and currently I wash my fave twice a day with The Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser, then toner and a simple (as in the brand) moisturiser. In the past I have used Clearasil, freederm, Clean and Clear etc, and recently tried an Acnecide benzoyl peroxide gel but it did not go very well. I eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg everyday and do not eat meat, I do eat crisps and other junk food but I honestly don't think it affects my skin, at least not for me personally. I drink 2 litres of water and I don't understand how I can help my acne?? I've tried so many different creams and gels but it's likely that hormones are to blame as I am a teenager. What could I do to help this? Also as you can see from the pics (which are very bad quality sorry lol, also excuse the big white head I'm hesitant to pop at the moment) my forehead is the worst area but I usually get a few red+painful spots on my upper cheeks too.
  9. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  10. Hi. I have dealt with acne forever. I can't really remember what my acne was like in my teen years pre pill but I don't remember it being as bad as dealing with it while on the pill. After a year on the pill and poor eating habits I saw a dermatologist who did facial treatments on me such as Derma and light therapy. A year later the treatments have helped tremendously.. to this point my about two years into the pill. I got so clear at one point. I have been on BC since 2-3 years at this point and started face treatment a yearish into BC. I'm unsure if it was the pill or BC that cleared my skin. But my derma quit her job and ever since my skins gotten worse it was perfection at one point and my diet wasn't even that great. Now I'm eating so well, no diary be refined sugars so it's strange I'm breaking out. I keep producing oil around my chin and cheeks. Also, I originally went on BC to regulate my periods. Again, I don't remember my skin pre BC but a year into the BC and before seeing my dermatologist, my skin was the worst it's ever been!!! I just wanna know if I'm guaranteed to get worsened acne when come off it. At the moment skins pre bad but not as bad as pre facial treatment and 1 year into pill I'm about 3 years into pill now and haven't done facials for like 8 months - gets worse slowly. I once when off it in the middle of the pack for two weeks but when I got off had been eating well and good skin then all of a sudden I was eating very very badly like 3000+ calories of junk of daily as a result of being on a restrictive ridiculous low cal diet. Then when I went back on I didn't follow correct instead I carried on and took the pill that I was would be even up to had I not stopped. When I stopped I took doxy which dried my skin so bad. I'm rambling I'm just head on certain my skin will worsen. Bc should stop oil production instead it doesn't. Again I can feel remember my skin pre bc. I'm taking it purely for regularion reasons but wanna get off it because I'm tired of putting fake hormones into my body. Advice? I've tried ocm, salycic acid, differin, antibiotics etc. And nothing helps!
  11. i have these tiny clogged pores please help me because these clogged pores giving me scarred pores i am using salyclylic acid facewash but still not so improvement please help me i dont want to get scar further because i already have scars from Chickenpox and AMVC i want to get rid of these clogged pores any help would be apeericiated
  12. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Rosacea, ocular rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex, etc. The mites can go anywhere on your body that there is an oil gland / hair follicle. Only palms of your hands and the soles of your feet will escape the mites.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)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.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  13. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Rosacea, ocular rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)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.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  14. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Acne, Rosacea, ocular rosacea, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)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.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  15. Hi everyone. I have been suffering from acne as long as I can remember.. literally. Back in elementary school is when it started and when it ruined my life. I was made fun of on a daily basis for it and quickly became super insecure and I still am to this day (I am now 27 years old). I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my acne and NOTHING helps. Does this look like cystic acne? Maybe that’s why over the counter products are not working? I’m not familiar wirh cystic acne, so I don’t know. I just know I need help. Please! Any advice, input, insight. Also, are these icepick scars? How can I get rid of them?
  16. I don't know how many of you heard about the acne no more program(mike Walden). Is it a scam ? Please I want honest reviews about it.
  17. Hi, I’m new to this forum please excuse my English as I’m not very fluent and so sorry for the lo g post. I came here looking for a solution, I honestly have no idea what is happening or what to do anymore. I’m a 37 year old female with acne prone skin all my life. It’s always ranging from mild - moderate. Whenever it gets any worse than that I would always run to the derm. Last year early July it got really bad that I went to the derm and did all sorts of treatments every week. By mid August my face was clearer than ever and it stayed that way until January! But then by the end of January I noticed a Whitehead on my lip line. The next day another one appeared. The day after that a pimple on my nose, next day forehead, more and more appear every single morning I would wake up to 1-4 new pimples on my face!!! I went to the derm right after the second pimple btw, as I was so scared it might spread, and yet... here they are. I started doing the treatments every week again as I did in July, but none works. I would get a facial / diamond peel and get 4 new pimples at night, and another 2 the next morning. I don’t know if what I’m writing makes sense at all. I even get very emotional writing this I know I probably don’t make any sense. The Whiteheads on my lip line continue to appear as the pimples on my face keep popping up everywhere! My derm isn’t helping anymore. Please help me!!!
  18. Guys I'm struggling for comedonal acne for 3 years. I tried benzoyl peroxide 2.5 epiduo but it didn't work for me so I'm now going for home remedies to fix my issue but I don't know where to get started so guide me ma homies!
  19. I did a blackhead extraction myself, which i know is fucking stupid and I hate myself for doing it, because now it looks like my skin is scarring. The areas where I was the most rough was on my forehead, nose and chin, and they are now a week later still really tight, and showing signs of scabbing. When I wrinkle my skin, the dead(?) scarred(?) skin looks weird. I've tried giving the areas lots of moisture, washing it less and with the outmost care, and nothing helps. The areas keep wrinkling weirdly, feeling tight and irritated. I really don't know what to do at I am so scared and on the verge of crying thinking that I might have done irreversible damage to my skin. Please don't tell me that I'm stupid because I am quite aware of that, but please help me!
  20. Hormonal Acne Advice!

    Forums Hormonal acne 1 reply

    Hello everyone! I know long post... please give it a read?:) Ok, so I’ve been reading this forum form or years. You all seem to be very educated and know what you’re talking about when it comes to acne. I’m really hoping there’s someone that can give me some advice or suggestions for my acne. So backstory... had acne since 13, mostly just whiteheads and some pastuels on my forehead. Never on the lower half of my face where the hormonal acne “should be”. That bothered me so very much tried multiple different diets, creams, supplements... to no avail. Fast forward to when I turned 18 I started noticing more pastuels and some mild cysts along with the whiteheads. Again all localized on my forehead, but the cysts where only on my temples. My acne started to become more severe for me, but still classified as moderate. Again I started to try diets, vegan, paleo, Atkins pescatarian... etc. Tried many topicals for otc and perscription. Tried supplements, zinc, pantetheine, vit a... you name it I’ve probably tried it:(. So, I thought that my acne must be hormonal since no diet or amount of probiotics helped. So, I got my dermatologist to prescribe me Spironolactone. I was on that for two months OMG. No pimples after about a month. I was in what felt like bliss with my skin... but not in my head lol. The problem with this drug was it gave me severe depression, so I had to come off it. Within two weeks... boom, war zone on my forehead. So, then I had a DNA test done and he said that my testosterone was low and that I had estrogen dominance. Which had me very confused. I’ve taken dim for a month long before and my acne was at its worst, but maybe it’s detox? Or maybe Dim should raising free testosterone? Not sure. I know very confusing:( anyways, I’m only 20 and it’s T-zone acne which makes me think it’s puberty androgen induced acne since Spironolactone helped a lot! I have been on saw palmetto for months and that didn’t seem to do anything. But then again I seem to have estrogen dominance and I know. That phytoestrogens cause acne. Oh forgot to mention. I was on Diane 35 for a year and that also really helped my skin when I was 16. I am also female if anyone has some advice please please please let me know!!! I think I’m driving myself crazy over here
  21. 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 acne.org 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
  22. So I am 19 years old, and haven’t had any major problems with acne until about a half a year ago. I went from having mild to (overly) moderate acne on only ONE SIDE of my face. My left side however, is fairly clear. There’s a huge difference between the two. About 2 and a half months ago I started using a salicylic acid wash and gentle moisturizer. I exfoliate with a clean and clear gentle exfoliant twice a week and put aquaphor on my acne scars/red marks to try and help them heal. I was noticing an improvement until about a week ago, now all of sudden my right cheek is flaring up like crazy again. It’s not my pillow case, I change it ever 3 days and use a different (clean) part of the pillow every night. Im kind of at my wits end. I don’t know where to go from here, whether I should stick with the salicylic acid or try something else. I’m not even sure where the breakouts are coming from? If I can help it I want to avoid going to the dermatologist for now, I can’t afford it.
  23. Hi my name is Arizona, i’m 17. I’ve had these very tiny (thousands it seems) of bumps on my forehead, around my nose, nose, chin, nose bridge, etc. I’ve tried everything. It looks so horrible, i don’t even take selfies anymore or any pictures close up to my face because it looks bad. it has really lowered my self esteem. I don’t have acne and i don’t get acne: it’s not acne, it’s just bumps. It’s not red white black or any specific color, they don’t hurt, i don’t pick at them, they’re just there. From what i’ve looked up, i found out it’s clogged pores i guess? Before i used to think i had enlarged pores. So i did my research and ended up buying the Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Cleanser Nettoyant, and i used this clean & clear blackhead eraser with salycilic acid. The Dr. Brandt Pores No More is extremely expensive but i can’t lie and say it’s not worth it. After i use it it makes my skin feel sooooo soft it’s unbelievable and i guess it does help minimize my pores. But the bumps never went away. So i concluded that it’s not the size of my pores. I did more forum reading, and now i know it’s clogged pores, but i want to know what kind of condition it is. Because this is definitely not normal. The only skin problems i have is my dark circles, hyperpigmentation around my mouth, and whitehead’s on my nose and around my mouth. I attached pictures so you can see, and i hope to god that someone identifies exactly what it is. My main question though, is how the hell do i get rid of it!? Seriously it really takes a toll on my self esteem and confidence + it looks terrible. What i he tried so far (that i’ve read online) is Double cleansing, Last elk I just bought a deep sea clay mask, and the biore charcoal cleanser. i also have witch hazel but that’s just for my skin in general. What i’ve seen the most that people say is getting a Clarisonic today that’s like $200 i’d have to hustle for that. And people also say get a dermatologist but who has that kind of money. I would really really like to know what to do to get rid of these bumps. i want these to go away completely, whenever i rub my skin it feels like very very thin sandpaper, mixed with my naturally oily skin. I’d appreciate it thanks! Recommend any product to me, nothing over $60. Any regimen, anything!
  24. Hey everyone: I have been experiencing something recently and I was wondering if anyone could help me out/is or has experienced the same thing. At the beginning of November, I was placed back onto birth control for several reasons besides acne. Bottom Line is I need birth control in my life right now (female age 19). I took two birth controls in high school and had terrible side effects AND terrible acne from both so I stopped and regulated my hormones naturally up until needing to go back on in November (about four years from when I stopped BC). I was prescribed Vestura which theres not too many reviews or info out there, but it is a generic for YAZ. First month was fine, absolutely no changes besides skin getting less oily. Then in this second month (I just finished my second pack) all of a sudden I have become very ITCHY and am getting lots of little tiny fluid whiteheadish pimples scattered around. (the only thing they SEMI respond to is hydrocortisone which I can't use on my skin longer than a day or two really) Im wondering if anyone has had this happen? I called my obgyn and she said keep going (obviously the standard for BC is that it really takes 3 months to fully get regulated into your body's system which i know) but i was just concerned that I could be allergic or my skin could be on a downward spiral or maybe its just an initial thing and my body will level out after another month. My skin has gone through the worst year of life to the point i had to drop out of college last year and i have worked so hard to get it to the point i am ok with for this year, and I absolutely can't afford to have my skin get worse from this.
  25. Hey everyone: I have been experiencing something recently and I was wondering if anyone could help me out/is or has experienced the same thing. At the beginning of November, I was placed back onto birth control for several reasons besides acne. Bottom Line is I need birth control in my life right now (female age 19). I took two birth controls in high school and had terrible side effects AND terrible acne from both so I stopped and regulated my hormones naturally up until needing to go back on in November (about four years from when I stopped BC). I was prescribed Vestura which theres not too many reviews or info out there, but it is a generic for YAZ. First month was fine, absolutely no changes besides skin getting less oily. Then in this second month (I just finished my second pack) all of a sudden I have become very ITCHY and am getting lots of little tiny fluid whiteheadish pimples scattered around. (the only thing they SEMI respond to is hydrocortisone which I can't use on my skin longer than a day or two really) Im wondering if anyone has had this happen? I called my obgyn and she said keep going (obviously the standard for BC is that it really takes 3 months to fully get regulated into your body's system which i know) but i was just concerned that I could be allergic or my skin could be on a downward spiral or maybe its just an initial thing and my body will level out after another month. My skin has gone through the worst year of life to the point i had to drop out of college last year and i have worked so hard to get it to the point i am ok with for this year, and I absolutely can't afford to have my skin get worse from this.