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  1. Would you describe your skin as sensitive? I have very sensitive skin and my face couldn't take 10% or even 5% so I started with 2.5% and it has been really effective. Enough to keep my acne at bay with only the slightest amount of dryness. I might go up to 5% later on. Maybe you could try a lower percentage if the side effects are bothering you but they are relatively normal for a high percentage of BP.
  2. Hi all, As per usually a monster has invaded my face the day before my big engagement party! Does anyone have any suggestions of what I can use to spot treat overnight? I've tried so many things but nothing stops these things in their tracks, they just keep growing! I've used tea tree oil every night for years but find it only helps heal spots when they have already popped. Salicylic acid, sulfur treatments, I've tried so many! The only thing I haven't used is BP as I had a bad reaction a
  3. Get some witchazel on it, it's always worked great for me if I've overdone the squeezing! I just soak a cotton ball in it and press it on. The bruising will go down in a couple of days, don't worry!
  4. I'm so sorry you're having a hard time, especially at this time of year when you want to look your best! You're not alone though! I'm also from the UK so I'll tell you what I use to calm my skin down when I break out: I wash my face with cold water sulphur soap (might sound weird but it's really gentle and doesn't dry). I just got it from Boots, in a bar for a couple of pounds. Ask if you can't find it! I then tone with pure witchazel - this is so good for reducing redness. Again just got
  5. I had the exact same thing a while ago! Like ccharms above, I used hydrocortisone cream, along with a good gentle moisturiser and the rash cleared up in two days. I hope it gets better for you soon.
  6. I used to have these in the exact same place as you. The only thing that worked for me is Paula's choice BHA. I started off with 1% gel then went up to 2% after a few weeks. It certainly doesn't work overnight but with continued use, after a couple of months you should see a difference.
  7. I feel like every day is a CONSTANT battle with my skin. Even after my cystic acne has cleared up after going on birth control, I still feel like it controls me every single day. And it's exhausting. I still don't have clear skin, although it is better than it used to be. I'm plagued with blackheads, comedones, normal red spots and pustules, not to mention some serious hyperpigmentation. I feel like my life revolves around my skin. If I breakout just before an event I'm looking forward to, it
  8. I've been using Paula's choice BHA and have noticed an improvement in my comedones. Nothing miraculous and its taken a few weeks but definitely better. I also have sensitive skin so only use the 1% gel. At first my skin was a little upset by it but this was minimal and after continued use, it was fine. I have oily skin so use the gel but it also comes in a lotion for dry skin types. I understand that these kinds of products can be a bit scary (I've recently bought a mandelic acid peel which
  9. I had one of these monsters a couple of weeks ago, you are not alone! I also have sensitive skin so I went for the hot compress approach and this really did the trick. It took a while - a good week of compresses (I use a sock filled with rice, heated in the microwave) twice a day, but eventually it came to a small head. I gently squeezed this but it remained a big lump until a few days later after more compresses and it came to another head. This time it drained fully and the next day it was
  10. Thanks for the advice! I've never looked into microdermabrasion, is it suitable for even sensitive skin do you know?
  11. Hi all, I'm fortunate that since going on Diannette, I don't get much inflamed acne anymore apart from the odd cyst here and there. But I still have crazy congested skin. This is mostly on my chin where I have so many blackheads, closed comedones and a spattering of little red spots. It's frustrating that I've gotten rid of the worst if it but still can't get the clear skin I've longed for forever! It doesn't help that I have really sensitive, fair skin so any blemishes look really red, even
  12. Well I'm never sure if cold or warm is better so yes I might as well give that a shot thank you! And you're probably right about applying to many topicals, I just get so frustrated as I've never found a 'go-to' product when I get these kind of things!
  13. Hello all, I am reasonably clear at the moment after going on the contraceptive pill but a few days ago this massive thing has erupted on my face. I say 'thing' because I'm not quite sure what it is! It's bigger than a nodule but not sure it's big enough to be a cyst. It's just a massive hard lump underneath the skin, very round and smooth and angry red. It was very sore when it first came up but now it's just a bit tender. I've has this for nearly a week now and nothing seems to make it
  14. Hello! I'm now onto my 5th packet and pleased to say it's working great!! I would say I started seeing these results by my fourth month. I do still get the odd spot (usually around my period) but nothing I can't handle. No more cysts! Is honestly the best thing I've tried, I hope it works for you!
  15. I've been using La Roche Possay Effaclar Duo Plus for the last couple of weeks and I already see a difference in my post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It's really exciting as I've tried so much other stuff. It contains a small percentage of salacylic acid which is a BHA. I've also heard good things from a friend about Paula's Choice BHA exfoliants but haven't tried it myself yet! Good luck!