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vituperative last won the day on May 3 2013

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  1. Hi all. I took a 2 year hiatus from this forum but my acne never went away during this time. I'm 28 now and I can't believe I've been battling cystic acne for 17 years. When I think of ALL the money I spent on creams, gels, face masks, antibiotics, face washes, moisturisers, sunscreens, pills, pillow cases, shampoos and god knows what else - all in an effort to cure/minimize my acne, it's just mind-blowing. I always repeat this but when I started getting acne at 11, everyone said by the time
  2. I will patch test it starting tomorrow on the side of my cheek that is really affected. However hopefully starting tonight I will use the neutrogena clear pore cleanser mask with benzoyl peroxide at night, starting with a small amount to not irritate my skin and in the morning I will wash my face with ABS and moisturize. Do you recommend that I use the mask everyday or every other day or less as a start? Personally I would say use the mask every second day for starters. If you think your skin
  3. Looks like blackheads to me - especially on the nose. It could be a matter of hormones due to your age but it wouldn't hurt to use a face mask targeted towards acne. If you look up "face mask for blackheads" you'll find a variety that might help. A simpler solution if you don't feel like doing that is to put honey on your nose and cheeks, leave it 10 minutes and then wash it off. Also, using a 100% Witch Hazel toner before bed might help you a lot, it'll tighten the skin.
  4. I dunno if it's proven or anything but typically all vitamins make me break out. I don't know if there's an ingredient that's to blame or maybe the way my liver reacts when it comes to filtering it (possibly a side effect of Roaccutane maybe?) but when I take any type of vitamins a couple of days later my cheeks and chin go crazy. Once I stop, the breakouts lessens again.
  5. Thanks, but i dont think i have any blackheads in this photo, those black dots are just my pores and are smooth and feel like normal skin, nothing like blackheads so i am confused Well, I have a lot of blackheads and while they seem to feel smooth to the touch, when I actually squeeze the skin the contents start purging outwards and it's usually yellow in colour. I know photos don't tell the whole story and I could be completely wrong (especially since lighting plays a factor in images) but ju
  6. I can definitely see it - I have one of those on my cheek and it's been there for many, many months (I've had cystic acne for 17 years tho, so I'm not saying yours will stay there as long as mine). What face wash routine do you currently have? Judging from the picture the rest of your skin is quite beautiful, so maybe go see your doctor and ask for a topical cream that you can just apply to that area. Something like tretinoin cream might help dry it out. If your doctor doesn't want to prescrib
  7. Everyone's gonna have a different opinion here but have you considered cutting out dairy products like milk, butter, yogurt, ice cream, cheese? I say this because as someone with cystic acne who also had A LOT of white heads and pimples, cutting out dairy stopped those "smaller" breakouts. I still get hormonal cysts which are very deep and painful but the smaller stuff around my cheeks/jawline/chin reduced significantly after cutting that stuff out. Also using a witch hazel toner at night time
  8. Never overdo washing. It usually seems like a good idea because you think you're doing the skin a favour by drying it out but what you're actually doing is making it over-produce oil to compensate for what you've removed. Always follow instructions - for example, if they say "use a pea sized amount" then you should actually use a pea sized amount (I know it's hard to believe that it will work/be enough but it usually is). What I suggest is using a 100% Witch Hazel Toner at night. Squeeze some
  9. It looks like slight scarring but it also appears as though you have some deep blackheads going on which aren't allowing the skin to heal. I think if you take a reaaaaally long shower, or do the old 'towel covering head over a pot of hot water' you can open up the pores and try to squeeze them out. Make sure you use hand sanitizer on your hands beforehand to kill the bacteria, then gently try pushing the blackheads out with your fingers. If they are stubborn and don't seem to come out, do not fo
  10. Cysts can last months. I currently have one on my cheek that's been there for 7 months already. Occasionally it sort of dies down and appears almost non existent (apart from redness) and then suddenly it forms again. Mine hasn't made a head in 7 months tho, there's nothing to pop. Typically the fastest working things to reduce redness is washing that area with salt. Salt is very good with reducing redness and drying out zits and pimples, then I find that dabbing the pimple with Tea Tree Oil ma
  11. Exactly how long have you done this and when did you see a difference? I've been doing it for six months and noticed a difference after about 2 days. My redness went down A LOT and I got less cysts. Obviously everyone is different but I'm hoping others have good results too :)
  12. You're not using any kind of lipgloss/balm on your lips are you? I used to get severely dry lips and put vaseline on them just before I went to bed to ensure I didn't end up with cracked, bleeding lips and that made me break out like crazy. At first I didn't make the connection but once I switched to a natural lip balm and applied the absolute bare minimum I saw those tiny pimples fade away.
  13. I agree, DO NOT BITE the Accutane tablets! It is very damaging to your health. All I can say is, that despite your condition, you are still a very good looking individual. I hope you realise that many people will see past the marks and see the true person underneath. I wish you the best!
  14. I have a towel that I used just for my face. I dry my face on one side in the morning and at night on the other side then use a new one the next day. I go through a lot of towels obviously (but they're small) and I wash them with this: I feel that it helps me break out less. I also change my pillow cases every 2 - 3 days.
  15. Well aren't you sweet Thanks for the kind words. Many people these days are kind, they don't say anything about my acne (unlike high school). It's just my own issues I need to get over. Accepting that this is who I am and maybe somehow acne shaped me to be a better and more understanding person. All the best to you, too and good luck with finding something that works I have not heard of this before but I will definitely read up on it! Thank you for the suggestion, I am always looking for ne