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  1. Hi, I'm using benzaclin(clindamycin phosphate and bp) which has cleared up my mild acne but has not done anything for those. I keep convincing myself that my body will just dissolve it on it's own or one day it will just come out and be ready to extract and so far it's been an uphill battle. I think at this point I will just keep treating it with the tea tree oil and keep using the benzaclin as usual. I'm also doing manuka honey masks; hopefully I will see an improvement in a month. If I don't s
  2. Thanks for the suggestions, I've already tried using the icing method and ibuprofen but they really do nothing. I don't have any inflammation unless I mess with it and this seems to go down overnight. The ice and ibuprofen seem to work at only reducing inflammation/redness but like i said its flat unless I mess with it. The ziit method seems to work only on new cysts that are barely forming. I'm looking for something that will get rid of it completely. I'm not looking for an overnight miracle bu
  3. Hi all! For a few months now I have been dealing with these 2 cyst/clogged pores on my inner cheek(close to my nose) For the most part, I'm pretty clear, just a few tiny clogged pores and some left over hyperpigmentation but these stubborn bumps have been haunting me for MONTHS. When I say months, I mean..3, 4 months? It started out as clogged pores from what I can remember, however I did the mistake of wanting to take them all out, so I went ape shi** on my skin, thinking that I was doing good
  4. I want to take the time and thank you all for taking the time out of your day to write these encouraging and truthful words. After much thought and contemplation, I did not end up going to vegas with my friend, but only because I had a midterm on monday and I knew I couldn't pass it if I went(truth) before I realized this I had dug into my closet and gotten out a couple dresses because I was determined to not let my acne ruin another event. However, I did end up going out that night for drinks w
  5. I know what you mean. For the longest time I've kept telling myself, it'll get better and when it does i'll be able to go out and enjoy myself like I did before. But truth be told I don't know when it will get better, and my life is just passing me by and I'm missing out on the best years of my life due to this, and I hate it. In fact I know some girls who will be going to who's skin is a lot worse than mine is, full on acne, and I feel guilty for thinking mine is just as bad when I know it isn'
  6. Hello all, this is more of a rant, considering that this is the emotional and psychological effects of acne forum, I thought I'd share my thoughts. This week I was invited to vegas for my best friends 22nd birthday. Having acne to some degree it always impacts my mood and will to go out and enjoy myself. I don't think my acne is as bad as I personally perceive it, but I can't help but to think otherwise. About a year ago when I had ad good skin, going out was never a problem, trips, spending th
  7. I know how you feel, like I really do. About a year ago I made the worst mistake I could have made, got on birth control. I never thought twice, so I took them, not being prepared for the breakout I was in for. I broke out everywhere. Before on BC, my skin was pretty clear, I had the odd pimple usually on my forehead, nothing that concerned me or stressed me out. This year I turned 21 and it has been by far the most depressing year of my life. Here in the states 21 is the legal drinking age, so
  8. Finally! Someone that has the same kind of breakouts I get. While this doesn't happen a lot, these are the kind I always get, 80% of the time. I know what you mean by not being able to understand or describe them. They're sometimes hard, and under the skin, can't really see them, but once I tilt my head up a certain light, you can see the shadow, and you can definitely feel them if I run my fingers across my face, sometimes I'll have to push a bit with my finger tips because I can't feel them ot
  9. Hi ladies, Like many of you I had a very hard time getting my skin back to normal after BC. I'd like to talk about my skin before BC, during and after. I got on ortho tri cyclen lo in June of 2012. I mainly got on it to keep my very mild breakouts under control. By mild I mean 2-3 a month. Now, many of you are thinking 2-3? Really? Yes. Here's the thing, whenever I broke out, it wasn't a simply whitehead. It was those deep under the skin pimples, or cysts as some call it. They would take FOREV
  10. Consistent use of 10% salicylic acid every other day for about a month improved my clogged pores significantly. I suggest the 20% BHA or 40% lactic peels because they work a little faster. Thank you for this, where would I go about buying these? Drugstore, online? Thanks for the info. I've tried extracting these little suckers myself and they usually come out, I keep thinking they'll just go away by themselves since I really hate squeezing these out because they require quite the pressure, not
  11. Thank you for the advice. I think I will just post-pone this appointment. In fear of making things worse by forcing something that may not want to come out yet, the last thing I want is to traumatize my skin. They really aren't that bad, but still annoying. I think I'll just wait it out, keep exfoliating, and hope they just come up to the surface or disappear. Has these peels worked for you or are these just general methods that work?
  12. Hi guys! So I'm getting an extraction done tomorrow. Although I don't have acne or even mild, I have these under the skin bumps/pimples that have been there for months The kind that you can't see unless you're in visible light or you stretch the skin. Even though they're not that noticeable, they really bother me. Most parts of my face are really smooth, but then we have these(on my cheeks) that are somewhat bumpy. I can feel them if I push lightly on my skin, I want them gone! If I stretch my
  13. First of, I'm sorry about your experience. However, telling everyone not to buy their products is a little far off. I personally really enjoy the cleanser. My face feels smoother, cleaner, and just better after using it. I don't however use the toner, or the lotion(dries me out too much) but I really enjoy the cleanser. I think proactiv has gained a really unfair reputation as an acne system. Just because it didn't work for you, doesn't mean it doesn't work. I had a friend that used the cleanser
  14. A couple months ago I went on ortho-lo. Needless to say, worst decision I could have ever made. I'm going to say that my skin was never perfect, however it wasn't bad at all. I had some mild hyper-pigmentation from past breakouts and never more than 1 pimple on my face, sometimes it was clear, but for the most part I always dealt with hyper-pigmentation thanks to my olive tone complexion. I decided to go on ortho-lo for skin benefits, as well as "baby proof protection." I knew the risk of taking
  15. Redness will fade in time. I know it's a b**** to deal with. I personally have hyper pigmentation due to my olive skin tone. I break out occasionally and it always leaves a dark spot, no matter if I pick or not, I know your pain. Exfoliating helps a lot. However you want be very careful of not over-exfoliating. A lot of people have had great success with the baby brush method for exfoliating, there's huge thread on here, google it, I'm sure you'll come across it. When you exfoliate you're gettin
  16. First class mail is pretty reliable. I sell on ebay and ship hundreds of packages a month all over the world, using first class mail. It's reliable but the wait averages around 1-3 weeks. Also, depending on the value of the products they may write it on the customs form and you may have to pay taxes(however that would be unavoidable with any mail service used)
  17. My dark marks look almost exactly like yours. I am of hispanic descent and my skin tone is a bit lighter than yours, more like olive complexion. Well, breakouts always scar with dark spots. Look into using lemon juice/tomato juice/rosehip oil. If left alone, they should fade within 6 months, but if you use certain things like those mentioned above, they should be gone by 3 months.
  18. Hi, aloe vera is good for spots, added benefits is the soothing/moisturizing properties, however if you want to fade those bad boys up, LEMONS. Seriously, it's the only thing that works great and fast. I started using it recently again after having a bad breakout, I remember using it a while ago to fade mild spots and it worked like a charm, saw results in a matter of days. The only thing is you MUST wear sunscreen while going outside. Lemon makes your face more photosensitive. Use it once a da
  19. I sort of kind of had the same thing. I never really had "acne", just suffered from the odd pimple about 2-3x a month, but it always left the brown dark spot afterwards so I went on Bp to prevent it all together, I was still breaking out after 2 months. Considering I had very mild breakouts I don't think it should of taken that long to prevent them, it SHOULD of prevented it. I decided bp wasn't for me, it dried me out horribly, and it was all for nothing, so I quit and researched a lot of othe
  20. This has been on my mind for a while now, I don't have acne, however when I breakout, I get those under the skin pimples(cystic) that never seem to go away or come to a head, you can't really see them, unless you look closely or are under bright light, however they make me so self conscious. Right I have clear skin, however I got these 2 cystic pimples a few weeks ago and they're still under my skin on my cheek. I don't pick at them, just because there's no point since there's no white head, and
  21. Thanks for your response, however I've done some research on hydroquinone and it seems that it seems to work better on lighter skinned tones, and not so much on darker complexions. The reason I'm posting in this forum is I'd like to get advice from people that are using the BP and have noticed no improvement on their dark spots. Also since my problem doesn't seem to be much of the pimples but more of the dark spots(obviously breakouts lead to the dark spot) but I'll break out on the average abou
  22. Hi all, a little back round on me, olive skinned stone(breakouts leave dark spots if I pick or don't pick at them), I've never really struggled with acne, I got on the regimen to prevent breakouts since these breakouts would always leave these hideous dark spots, so I wanted to prevent them all together. Anyway, I've been on the regimen for about 2 months now, while it seems to be working at preventing breakouts(most of the time if I do get one it'll dry up fairly quickly and won't really form)
  23. have you considered that this may be hormonal acne? Most acne IS hormonal acne, OP stated that when she was using BP as advised and recommended she was not breaking out and had clear skin, the only reason she decreased it was because her skin was too dry.
  24. Cleanse, bp, wait for it to dry completely or else the AHA+ will ball up with the bp, use a thin layer of the AHA, it might burn, but since you've been on the regimen for months I don't think it will, wait for that to dry, then apply some moisturizer if you think your skin still feels dry after that. I personally apply a moisturizer over the AHA, its own personal preference, you test out what you like. Good luck!
  25. Yes, many people who still deal with the dryness and flakiness is because they have NOT added the AHA+, are you mixing the jojoba oil with your moisturizer? That helps too. I had dryness/flakiness and even when I moisturized I could still feel the dry patches, I felt so subconscious, when it hit the 1 month mark I added the AHA+ and problem solved! Holy moly, no flakiness, no dryness, my skin feels supple and soft, my makeup goes on so well. I'm surprised you haven't looked into it yet after usi