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  1. Ok. It does NOT matter what kind of head my zits have; they will always hurt. Everything except blackheads, at least. But I don't those very often. Are they classified as cysts or papules/pustules. Though, I do occasionally get REAL cysts; hard lumps deep in the skin. So is there anyone that knows why all of them hurt?
  2. I love American Eagle Jeans. They have a ton of fits and washes. Price is from $30-$60ish. I have two pairs that have lasted well over a year.
  3. No she's not anti-dermatologist, my dad's been to one a few times. But she still doesn't see how bad my skin is and she overestimates the effectiveness of OTC products.
  4. I absolutely canNOT do this anymore. No one on this household gets it. My mom thinks I'm irritated because I can't get my restricted license today, but really I'm just having the worst skin day. I'm so sick and tired. I'm an emotional wreck. I only have two active lesions, but tons of redmarks. I counted them. Forty-six. The two zits I do have on pretty much on my lip and it hurts bad when I talk. I think I'm depressed, I have a ton of built-up stress and anger because I stopped cutting myself b
  5. Well, my skin looks least inflamed when I first wake up, so it's something like "Wow my face is shiny. . .I need to put my hair back up again. . .I have dark circles under my eyes. . .damn my contacts hurt. . .I wonder if I have any new texts. . .God I wish my mom would take me to a dermatologist."
  6. I have this ringworm on my leg, and I realized that the stuff my dad gave me to clear it up is actually an antifungal. I've heard about how antifungals (butenifine was the one mentioned, which is in Lamisil) can 'activate' the benzoyl peroxide. I'm using 2.5% BP once a day (at night), and thought it would be nice to try. But I'm wondering- will the kind I have (Tolnaftate 1% cream) be comedogenic or worsen my acne?? The only other ingredients are (in order they appear on the tube) BHT, PEG-400,
  7. Oh.My.God. That is a LOT. I'm going to throw away some of my stuff too. Thanks for inspiring me.
  8. Yeah taking the ACV is really hard, it tastes like vomit. I really want to try ACV tablets though, because taking it has made my skin less oily. Anyone have success with tablets?
  9. I don't think it would be scars, probably just post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I guess it would depend on the acne you had (inflammatory or non-inflammatory). Salicylic acid should actually help with scars, since it is an acid. If you don't like them, ACV helped me out a TON.
  10. I actually have had good results mixing Clean&Clear Advantage spot treating gel. I use a very small amount (a little goes a long way, less than a pea-sized amt) all over my face, and wait for that to try and then apply Proactiv BP. My skin hasn't been as oily the past few days. I only use the salicylic acid + BP at night, and I use just BP in the morning.
  11. I think she meant staph. It's a viral (I think. . .maybe its bacterial) infection that occurs when you have tiny cuts in your skin (from exfoliation and the like), and the staph bacteria/virus gets into those cuts. A lot of times it will look like a zit (pustular in particular).
  12. Wow. It's kind of appalling that you dermatologist would just tell you to hope that you'll grow out of it. I suggest seeing a different dermatologist, getting a hormone check, and possibly an allergy screening (is that what it's called??). It will take a while to get the results back, but I know people who have been cleared from figuring out what they're allergic to. Your acne also could be dietary. Gluten, dairy, sugar, and a truckload of other foods could be causing your acne. What about your
  13. No, 10% is a rather low dose. You can buy higher concentrations (35%, 50%, 60%) on Amazon and eBay. Those higher concentrations are more for peels. 10% in a cleanser will not provide results as quickly as a peel twice a month (which you can buy off the sites i mentioned above). 10% should be good for daily use.
  14. Yeah I pop them when they're ready. Then I put on a big glob of vaseline or Neosporin and they're pretty much gone by morning.
  15. Bar soaps tend to be alkaline, I would be careful about that advice. If you still want to follow your doctor's advice, Dove is a good brand; so is Cetaphil (their liquid cleanser would be a better option) and Basis. One with triclosan might be a better choice; that has some antibacterial properties.
  16. Your acne does sound hormonal- birth control would be my first reccommendation. I think Diane 35 would work well. If you don't want birth control, an antiandrogen without contraceptive would be your best route. If you really don't want a perscription, B5 would be the way to go, since topicals obviously aren't doing it for you.
  17. Ok, I'm still learning everything about skin, but I will try to tell you what the difference is. The salicylic acid exfoliator would be a BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid). It will typically benefit someone with blackheads, whiteheads, and somewhat inflammatory acne. I would actually NOT reccommend that one because it has SD Alcohol 40, which is very irritating, and it is one of the upper ingredients. The glycolic acid cleanser would be my first choice. Glycolic acid is an AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid). A
  18. It worked pretty well for me and my dad for some time. I stopped using it eventually because my acne was cleared, but in its place I had irritated skin. And it also stopped working for my dad after about 1.5-2 years. I had moderate forehead acne, and after it worsened considerably for about 2 months, it did get better. I think it's worth a try. I would try ordering it from the infomercials that offer it cheap (about $20-$30). If it isn't working for you after two tries, try something else. If it
  19. I was really hoping that this was going to be a really good product. . .But the reviews I've seen so far haven't been too promising.
  20. 1) I really like SM. It's the only mineral makeup I've tried yet. I only use 2 of their color correctors, a foundation and finishing veil. I also use a tinted moisturizer and liquid concealer. Stays pretty well (I went swimming yesterday and it kept up really welll, and it kept the chlorine from drying out my skin), but I get shiny during the day so I have to blot (with generic toilet paper or C&C Oil Absorbing Sheets; only about 2-3 times a day). But I definitely don't get as shiny as I did
  21. Update: Made my own ACV toner today. I started off by filling the bottle 1/3 of the way full with Green Tea water (the Green Tea was the honey kind and contains licorice root extract, which i heard helps with redness/irritation), and then mixed in three aspirin tablets, and filled the rest of it up with ACV. I must say that the diluted version doesn't smell as strongly of butt.
  22. You looked at my profile today at exactly 12:30 p.m. why?! :):) . . . Summer vacation is so boring

    1. Ok I did this yesterday and it immediately cleared up some of the bad redness on my forehead. I'm clear right now so I'm tackling hyperpigmentations. I have super-pale skin so its really hard not to scar or have red marks. Here's what I did and intend on doing for as long as possible: Morning: 1) Wash with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (in shower) 2) Mix baking soda with Cetaphil cleanser (I don't have the lotion), leave on for about 2 minutes, and GENTLY scrub (in shower) 3) Tone with ACV. I
    2. I JUST figured this out. I have pretty clear skin during the summer, when I can get 9-10 hours of sleep during the night easily with no interruptions, but during the school year I can get 8 and the most. WTF school is screwing up my skin this is wrong. Ok random but man that explains a lot