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Everything posted by Lisaj1298

  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!
  16. I've recently started using a primer, for about 2 weeks now, and I don't think it's made me break out any more than usual. I was worried that it might as my skin tends to when I use a new product but so far so good! If anything I've found that it helps since it keeps my makeup on I don't have to pile any more on through the day which must be better for my pores. It might depend on the quality of the primer you use. I use Benefit and compared to some others I've tried in the past is very goo
  17. I know what you mean, I hate getting my photograph taken in any way shape or form! And it always annoys me when people ask what my problem is as I would think it's obvious that I wouldn't want to document the state of my skin. But! I'm trying to be positive and keep thinking that in a few years time when I have no photographic memories to look back on I know I'll regret it. So try to focus on what that photograph or selfie or whatever actually means to you - the moment, the person you're
  18. Thanks for the positive advice! In terms of accutane, I'm from the UK so I've no idea if it's readily available over here. My doctor is ridiculous when it comes to my acne. He barely even looks at my face properly when I go to see him. I've been given a few rounds of antibiotics and some topical treatments but none have worked. There's not a lot I can use topically as I have crazily sensitive skin. So now the latest thing my doctor very reluctantly put me on is Dianette which I'm hoping will h
  19. Hi all, I haven't been a member long but have realised how helpful this forum is. I'm just really struggling at the moment dealing with my acne on a daily basis and was hoping you guys could give me some positive thoughts on how you deal with the emotional side of things. Right now I would like nothing more than to curl up in a dark room for a while and every day seems to be a struggle. Getting up and realising more cysts have popped up overnight, trying to cover some of the worst with ma
  20. This is great, thanks for the positivity boost!! Especially number 1, this is something I must try to stop doing and I'm going to adopt that mantra!!
  21. Hi all, I'm getting to the point now where I'm really sick of the fact that I can't control myself when it comes to just leaving my face alone! I feel like I'm constantly feeling my face or looking in the mirror for blemishes and when I have a breakout (which is most of the time) I can't help myself from squeezing even though I know most of the time it only makes it worse. Especially those deep underground ones which hurt like hell but I always think if I can just get some of the nasty stu
  22. I'm not saying looks don't matter at all but there's certainly a lot more to it than that. Everyone has insecurities and that makes this difficult to believe I know that. But I didn't find my current bf particularly attractive when we first met but I think he's gorgeous now. I'm attracted to him because I'm attracted to who he is. I'm sorry you're having a hard time of it faceandlms but have you ever thought that your negative attitude is contributing to your single status?
  23. Thank you Hope7, I think you've probably hit the nail on the head there. Pushing him away will definitely be more of a turn off rather than just being comfortable enough in my own skin.
  24. I don't have a problem with my figure, people often compliment me on it but surely there's more to it than that? Personally I don't go for the type of man you describe. If he makes me laugh, that's the kind of thing I find attractive.
  25. Hi all! I'm new here and it looks like a great forum so I hope you guys can give me some advice/understanding on my latest acne woes! I've recently started seeing someone new after breaking up with my bf of 5 years and I think I'd forgotten how difficult a new relationship can be when struggling with acne. With my ex, it didn't bother me as much as he'd seen it all by that point. How do you guys normally broach the subject? It's obvious I have acne so I don't want to ignore it and have men