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Accepting my condition (Tried everything)

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So, i'm here to say that I gave up fighting my acne.

24 years, tried everything (or almost). I'm lost, hopeless and sad about my condition.

Been already on 5 full courses of Isotretinoin, courses of antibiotics, several topical creams (Epiduo, Azelaic Acid, clindamycin, BP), already cut out dairy and gluten, drink lots of water everyday, eating healthy, supplementing with Zinc and Probiotics, Acupuncture and thats all, and acne still right here laughing at me.

I still have a closed box of Isotretinoina at home, but i'm refusing to take it again, because my body can't accept this drug anymore, my gut is fucked up.

Acne literally has destroyed my life and I had to write somewhere, because I'm surrounded by people who think this is a big bullsh*t, but they do not see how it hurts.

I have lost strength and hope of fighting it, and I am accepting my condition. My acne is not severe, but extremelly persistent inflamed and some whiteheads, enough to look like sh*t. I'm fighting it since 2007 when i was 14, and I never thought this would be my biggest challenge until now. 

I need help, I didn't want to give up, but I do not see any options for me.

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Hi Turko.

I know the feeling.Believe me i ve been there.I'm 53 and have had acne since i was 14.Thats a lot of years!
I started using a product Oxy Wash in the late 70s with Benzoyl peroxide.Used to work great but dried up the skin.Was using this all through
the 80s.I was still getting the odd spot here and there but mostly my skin was kept under control.
They then decided to discontinue it here in the UK.So then i tried every thing.from soaps without perfume (Simple) etc all to no avail.
In fact they made my face worse with horrible break outs.Even tried Panoxyl Wash but that made me break out as well.Tried Minocyline in the early 2000s which cleared it up pretty well but is supposed to be bad for the liver long term usage.Have you tried taking Niacin tablets (vitamin B3) or Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)?I had some success with these but my skin seemed to have got used to them over a period of about 3 years and just wasn't that effective any more.Hope you can find something.I'm still looking after about 40 years

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20 hours ago, Disco Dave said:

Hi Turko.

I know the feeling.Believe me i ve been there.I'm 53 and have had acne since i was 14.Thats a lot of years!
I started using a product Oxy Wash in the late 70s with Benzoyl peroxide.Used to work great but dried up the skin.Was using this all through
the 80s.I was still getting the odd spot here and there but mostly my skin was kept under control.
They then decided to discontinue it here in the UK.So then i tried every thing.from soaps without perfume (Simple) etc all to no avail.
In fact they made my face worse with horrible break outs.Even tried Panoxyl Wash but that made me break out as well.Tried Minocyline in the early 2000s which cleared it up pretty well but is supposed to be bad for the liver long term usage.Have you tried taking Niacin tablets (vitamin B3) or Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)?I had some success with these but my skin seemed to have got used to them over a period of about 3 years and just wasn't that effective any more.Hope you can find something.I'm still looking after about 40 years


hey, wow man, 53 and still fighting against acne? That's way too much for me, ouch, have you ever tried Accutane during these years?

I've never tried this kind of vitamins but i've read that B5 causes massive hair loss (permanently), i'm a little bit scared of this. Did you take B3 oral or put it on the face?

I had an appoinment last week and my derm prescribed retinoic acid and hydroquinone... i'm so tired of this trial and error stuff, i will give a try.

I MUST find the root of my acne, i'm sure that is an internal imbalance, could be hormones, could be the gut, could be the liver or the blood who nows... the so many agressive treatments that i've tried messed up all my body and made my acne extremelly persistent and thats worrisome.
 
6 hours ago, LifesWaitingToBegin said:

If you haven’t already try drinking lots of green tea.


I have it at home, but never tried, this worked for you? Isn't toxic to the liver?

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If you haven't tried Niacin give it a go.You cannot overdose on it because it is water soluble.There should be some things on here about it.Or just google 'Niacin Acne',It was very effective on 2x500 mg tablets a day.It causes a flush for about 15 minutes where your skin itches and turns red but that's the capillaries opening and letting the blood rush through.Or you can buy No Flush as well.As i say,it worked well for about 3 years then i think my body started rejecting it and wasnt that effective afterwards.It also tightens the pores and makes the skin less oily.

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2 hours ago, Turko said:

hey, wow man, 53 and still fighting against acne? That's way too much for me, ouch, have you ever tried Accutane during these years?

I've never tried this kind of vitamins but i've read that B5 causes massive hair loss (permanently), i'm a little bit scared of this. Did you take B3 oral or put it on the face?

I had an appoinment last week and my derm prescribed retinoic acid and hydroquinone... i'm so tired of this trial and error stuff, i will give a try.

I MUST find the root of my acne, i'm sure that is an internal imbalance, could be hormones, could be the gut, could be the liver or the blood who nows... the so many agressive treatments that i've tried messed up all my body and made my acne extremelly persistent and thats worrisome.
 
I have it at home, but never tried, this worked for you? Isn't toxic to the liver?
Green tea (along with other diet changes) has helped my acne greatly.It is only harmful to the liver if taken in extremely large amounts, I read that up to 10 cups a day is ok and I only drink 2-3. I think the risk is mainly for people who take supplements which are far stronger than just drinking the tea.Generally speaking green tea is very beneficial for overall health.good luck 

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How long have you been drinking green tea? My daughter used to drink it a few years ago for general health.I never knew about this for acne.

What was your acne like before and after drinking it?I might give this a try,Is there any brands i should be looking for. Thanks

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2 hours ago, Disco Dave said:

If you haven't tried Niacin give it a go.You cannot overdose on it because it is water soluble.There should be some things on here about it.Or just google 'Niacin Acne',It was very effective on 2x500 mg tablets a day.It causes a flush for about 15 minutes where your skin itches and turns red but that's the capillaries opening and letting the blood rush through.Or you can buy No Flush as well.As i say,it worked well for about 3 years then i think my body started rejecting it and wasnt that effective afterwards.It also tightens the pores and makes the skin less oily.


I have googled it, seems very effective! But many reported too much flushing not only in the face and itchiness, thats sound strange, i am white and become red too fucking easy, this is due to Accutane long term effects, skin become thin, and it gave me a little of Rosacea next to the eyes/nose, did you had the same effects with B5 and noticed hairloss?
1 hour ago, LifesWaitingToBegin said:
3 hours ago, Turko said:

hey, wow man, 53 and still fighting against acne? That's way too much for me, ouch, have you ever tried Accutane during these years?

I've never tried this kind of vitamins but i've read that B5 causes massive hair loss (permanently), i'm a little bit scared of this. Did you take B3 oral or put it on the face?

I had an appoinment last week and my derm prescribed retinoic acid and hydroquinone... i'm so tired of this trial and error stuff, i will give a try.

I MUST find the root of my acne, i'm sure that is an internal imbalance, could be hormones, could be the gut, could be the liver or the blood who nows... the so many agressive treatments that i've tried messed up all my body and made my acne extremelly persistent and thats worrisome.
 
I have it at home, but never tried, this worked for you? Isn't toxic to the liver?
Green tea (along with other diet changes) has helped my acne greatly.It is only harmful to the liver if taken in extremely large amounts, I read that up to 10 cups a day is ok and I only drink 2-3. I think the risk is mainly for people who take supplements which are far stronger than just drinking the tea.Generally speaking green tea is very beneficial for overall health.good luck 

Thank you! I bought it months ago and never used, it is worth trying. I've been lately searching about holistic treatments, based in plants with medicinal effects that help the body eliminate toxins, and thereby help clear the acne... Edited by Turko

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4 hours ago, Disco Dave said:

How long have you been drinking green tea? My daughter used to drink it a few years ago for general health.I never knew about this for acne.

What was your acne like before and after drinking it?I might give this a try,Is there any brands i should be looking for. Thanks

I have been drinking it for about a year now. Before I used to have horrible cystic acne pretty much all over my face it was a nightmare...I used all sorts of antibiotics which would clear it up but always stopped working and it came back.so I decided to clean my diet up so now I avoid dairy as much a possible,eat loads of fruit/veg,avoid processed food etc and drink green tea everyday.I just get branded plain green tea from the supermarket.Now I have red marks (which are fading) but no more cystic acne at all, I still get spots/pimples occasionally but nothing like as bad as before and not cystic and I can actually leave my house with confidence.I believe drinking the tea has helped a lot in terms of preventing the acne and avoiding the dairy/junk food has helped in terms of not aggravating it.

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If you go ahead with the Niacin i would advise taking it an hour or so before you go out or take it at night before bed.I took it about 5 mins before i went out,hopped on a bus and some woman asked if i was ok.The flush had started kicking in .With the B5 ithink it was only cost whicjh made me stop using it.I was taking 4 tablets a day compared with 2 for the Niacin.I'm losing my hair anyway so i don't think the B5 contributed to this.

Ive never tried Accutane.I've heard horror stories of people with dried cracked lips and sore joints.Its very drying as well and im starting to get lines around my eyes anyway because of age.

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