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  1. I am not sure if this is the right forum to post this in- I guess my thought was that fibromyalgia begins to show up in adulthood so it would be more relevant to adult acne (moderators feel free to move it if this is the wrong forum). Anyway, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a connection between acne and fibromyalgia. Lately I have been feeling pretty low, both mentally and physically and am at the point now where the joint pain and fatigue are pretty bad, so I have a doctor's appointment
  2. My skin has been pretty decent for the past several months- not perfect of course, but far better than ever before. And now, all of a sudden, I am breaking out like CRAZY! I am a getting whiteheads all around my mouth (a big cluster of tiny ones right under my lower lip) and nose, and cysts and bigger whiteheads on my cheeks, and a bunch of little whiteheads on my jawline. What the heck!! I haven't changed my skincare routine at all- the only thing I can think of is that I have been under some
  3. So I have been on OTC-Lo since January, and haven't really had any problems with it, and the upside is that my acne has really started to clear up. However, this month I have noticed MAJOR depression (hysterical fits of crying, insomnia, can't get out of bed, no energy, etc.) and 1 incident of spotting in week 3. I have been pretty stressed an upset over some personal things lately, so I am not sure if this has to do with the pill or with anxiety, but it seems a little extreme. I have also lo
  4. In the morning I use neutrogena extra gentle cleanser with a little bit of baking soda mixed in, just to get the lotion and BP gel off my face from the night before. At night, I like to use a little stronger cleanser to get all the crud from the day off, so before I go to bed I use neutrogena oil-free acne wash. if I need to wash my face any other time during the day (which i usually don't do, unless it is hot out and I am especially sweaty), I stick with the extra gentle cleanser, so I am not
  5. I have been using Neosporin as a spot treatment for a few months now, however I have noticed that while it seems to do a great job at shrinking down whiteheads, it leaves a bright red mark (it is smooth to the touch) in place of the blemish. These red marks are quite bright and do not seem to fade. Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know of anything I can do for these red marks?
  6. Ha ha naps in the middle of the day would be awesome! If only that were possible...... I do give myself 8 hours to sleep every night, but I don't actually sleep- I wake up every couple of hours. I feel like my current skin care routine is pretty simple and it has been working for quite awhile (until recently), so I am hesitant to change it. I am just hoping that some of this stress will subside a little bit (all I need for that to happen is for my boss to be fired in a public and humilating
  7. I use the regimen BP gel, so 2.5% strength. I used to exfoliate with baking soda in the morning and then use toner, but my skin was getting really dried out, so I cut the baking soda out of my routine. I kept using the toner though because it helped with the oily skin. I think stress has a lot to do with it, especially because when I am this stressed/depressed I don't sleep much or eat much at all. I have been trying to go running to de-stress (and tire myself out so I sleep better) but my wo
  8. I used to use aspirin masks, but always kind of wondered how much of it I was absorbing through my skin. Would you swallow 5-8 aspirin at a time? Probably not. So why would you want to put that much on your skin where it can be absorbed into your system? I looked it up and there are doctors out there who caution against this method for the same reason. They also say it isn't good to expose your skin to pure aspirin because it is abrasive and the chemicals in it can actually prematurely age an
  9. I am so annoyed! For the past several months my skin has been pretty clear- the occasional breakout of a few whiteheads, but nothing horrible. Now all of a sudden, I am breaking out all over the place- a cluster of BIG whiteheads on my jawline/side of my chin that will not go away, a big painful one on my lip, and then little groups of 2-3 of them on each side of my face by the hairline. And it seems to be ongoing- some finally go away, but more just crop up! I have tried ice and aleve for the
  10. I have read before that for people with allergies or asthma, milk can make symptoms worse- I think because people who are allergic to histamines are more likely to also be allergic to milk proteins or something? I really can't remember the specifics, but if there is a link between milk and acne maybe it has something to do with an allergy to the milk proteins (so for people without the allergy, it wouldn't contribute to acne)? Just a random thought.....
  11. I've been on accutane twice, didn't work either time. Also tried tazorac, minocin, retin-a, duac gel, and pretty much every prescription med out there. Also tried pretty much every over the counter and home remedy. No luck with any of them. I hate how doctors are always saying accutane is this sure fire cure, because for some people it ISN'T! What has been working okay for me for the past couple of years has been the BP gel, although I still have some red spots and a few small whiteheads. Ri
  12. I am in month 3 of ortho tri cyclen lo (which is not one that is approved for treatement of acne) and I did not have an initial breakout at all, and my acne actually improved a little bit (still some whiteheads, but they go away more quickly than before, and fewer cysts). I am having a breakout right now (definitely the most significant I have had since I started the pill), however I have also been sick with the flu for the last week, so that might have something to do with it.
  13. if the pus that comes out smells bad, maybe they are sebaceous cysts? those are usually flesh colored bumps that don't go away, although they are usually larger than your everyday whitehead.....
  14. It may work on the smaller red marks, but the larger one looks like it is raised still. Are you sure it is a red mark or is it a cyst? Might want to check with the dermatologist on that one. But for your other red marks, I think the healthy skin lotion is worth a try.