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  1. Do you put the persagel all over your face? The bumps might be closed comedones due to the persagel drying out your skin more than your moisturizer can "fix" and some of the dead skin cells getting trapped in the pores of your cheek. Since you're going on the acne.com regimen, I'm not sure what to say, maybe the bumps will go away, maybe not. If you weren't gonna change your routine Id say you could try a gentle chemical exfoliator once or twice a week, not a scrub, some AHA or BHA maybe.
  2. We're not doctor's here and you asked for opinions from people, not another doctor... and "top class education" means nothing, because every person is different. I'm not saying your doctor isn't good, but I personally have received bad advice before and I've been to 4!! dermatologists before the 5th one figured out what was wrong with me. If you do an internet search basically every dermatologist (real ones with "scientific study he has spent years on") unanimously agrees that you have to a
  3. Tou should probably trust your doctor. However it is crucial that you apply sunscreen in the morning every day while you are on tretinoin. Did he tell you that?
  4. Yes and no. Note that I think milk in any form and shape is for baby cows, but that's another discussion... There are multiple things in cow's milk which individually can contribute to acne. 1. most importantly! hormones, naturally occurring in even organic non-treated milk. these hormones are produced by all pregnant cows (they aren't added), and they are what makes baby cows grow big. Lactaid milk is NOT hormone-free. It just doesn't have artificial added hormones... it still hase nat
  5. The whole thing about the "location" of acne and the relation of that to hormones and diet and stuff is pretty much bogus. That said, your flare-up was most likely caused by the hormonal imbalances in your body after stopping the pill. Hard to say how long it would take to clear up. I stopped taking the pill in July last year and got an IUD. My skin flared up, and it took until November to start to clear up. My doctor said it would take some time so I waited... In the beginning of December
  6. That study is evaluating the overall anti-bacterial properties of some low-concentration alcohol extracts that are prepared in a very specific way using the RIND!! of the pomegranate aka. the part you don't eat when you buy the fruit. You'd also have found that the results showing narrow spectrum antibacterial activity to a "satisfactory" extent, which means it only "kind-of" works on a very limited amount of bacterial species. That said, green tea and pomegranate are great so please feel f
  7. It might be that you exfoliated a thin layer of dead skin covering the "black" stuff in there, aka. exposed the clog. Maybe it would be a good time to use some chemical exfoliator (usually some form of acid or enzyme).
  8. I think you do have dry skin. How does your skin look before applying moisturizer? Like if you waited 20-30 minutes after cleansing (that's usually about the time your skin starts to balance out after cleansing)? I completely agree with that lady that you should NOT exfoliate daily, chemically or physically. You also really don't need to, your pores will not clog in a day and you won't look older. I never exfoliate more than twice a week chemically, and rarely exfoliate physically unless
  9. The type of scar you would get from a piercing is different entirely from acne scars. Unless you're prone to get keloids (genetically) you can get a piercing anywhere. It is said to be more difficult to pierce through scars, but a good piercer will look at it and they'll let you know your options. Obviously, when you punch a hole in your body, there's gonna be a scar if you ever choose to take your piercing out. That's just the nature of the beast. The other type of scar that can form aro
  10. I tried making my own ACV concoctions but I could never nail the concentration... I also think you might be using it too much. I use this at night for two days then I take a day break: http://www.justnaturalskincare.com/9/acne/vinegar-acne-face-wash.html It's expensive but literally lasts forever for me. It started clearing my face visibly after 3 days (no joke...) I don't use it as a face wash though. I wash my face with my soap at night, then I put this on, wait until it dries, put o
  11. It's not recommended to use concentrated tea tree oil directly on your face, so I'm surprised it didn't cause you issues for so long. The max they recommend is diluting it 1:10 with another carrier oil for treating acne. 1:20 seems to be the most effective. It might be too drying in the winter, I would try diluting it and see if that makes a difference, since you haven't changed anything about what you do. It's quite possibly the weather.
  12. It's interesting that you don't want to take BC but you would take Spiro. While some forms of BC pills are proven to treat acne, "spironolactone as an acne treatment is considered an “off-label” use, which means it's not FDA-approved." It usually works according to most derms, but the side effects of that don't sound as good to me either. When I switched BC methods from pill to IUD my skin freaked out for about 4 months. I refused to take antibiotics or put them on my face after talking to
  13. As you age your skin changes. I'm 25/F and my skin was always 100% clear until I was almost 23 and there were a lot of factors that seemed to make my skin break out. I cleared my acne completely by talking to my doctor, a derm and a nutritionist and then experimenting with a mix of products mostly organic and natural. Depending on what kind of medication you're using it can definitely affect your acne (that whole thing about where on your face the acne is and mapping it to hormones or diet
  14. I think first you need to examine the cause of your acne and the condition of your skin. I would not recommend not cleaning your face for a day, though. I use soap in the evening, but only water in the morning. Also, no matter what, even if I don't leave the house, I use sunscreen every day, that's probably the most important part of my regimen. For me personally "traditional" acne stuff made things worse because I have dry skin. I started experimenting with diet changes to balance my horm
  15. you won't get results from any acne medication, oral or topical, in 2 weeks basically. it's a slow process, usually takes at least 6-8 weeks to start seeing real long-term results. not sure about this but i think isotreonin can make your skin purge, which means it can get worse for a little while before it gets better. just stick with it for a while and see what happens after 6-8 weeks.