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  1. Thanks everyone, I'll look into it. I've tried the acne.org regimen and used to follow it religiously, unfortunately, I really didn't see much improvement. Accutane has always been an option that I never considered until recently since it seemed like the drastic last resort when all else fails. Retin-A, Differin, Duac, and a myriad of other topicals, cleansers or lotions never did the trick either. Alas, here I am. Also, can I expect to run into some difficulty when asking for (probably
  2. I'm just completely out of ideas as to what I can do to clear up my acne. I'm turning 28 y/o this year and I'm still suffering through it as if I was 16. The problem is that it isn't so bad as to warrant accutane, yet it's so persistent and bad enough to cause depression--which has taken a massive toll on my life. Topicals don't seem to work at all (if only temporarily before my acne fights back) and I remember several years ago trying a prescription from a dermatologist which did absolutely not
  3. Thanks for the heads-up. For me in particular, they're fairly easy to see without stretching the skin; I only had to for the sake of taking a better picture with poor lighting conditions. I haven't really looked into eye creams until recently, so hopefully that will help visibly reduce them. Does anyone have any recommendations?
  4. I'm not sure where else to post this, but I've had this problem for a long time and decided to finally do something about it. Aside from the dark circles I have under and inside the corners of my eyes, I also have these small white spots there too. I lightly stretched the skin out so you could see it better. Sorry for the poor quality, it was the best picture I could take: I could be wrong, but I'm not so sure it's milia. The spots appear to be under the skin, and it doesn't feel raise
  5. These days it seems the rest of my face stays pretty clear, however, the pores on my nose are always clogged. I eat healthy, drink at least a gallon of water each day, exfoliate, and also wash/moisturize (non-comedogenic) every morning and night. I should mention that while the pores on my nose seem large, they're actually pretty hard to see when they're clear. The problem is that no matter what I do, it's always the pores on my nose that tend to clog back up pretty quickly. Are there any tried
  6. About 3 weeks ago, I was able to pull out the root (or base) of an ingrown hair I had under my lower left jaw. However, as I was pulling it out, a portion of the hair broke off and remained under the skin (the tail end that was stuck). Several weeks later, the broken piece of hair appeared much deeper and now there is a small cyst in its place. Earlier today, I went to see my local dermatologist and tried to explain my situation as accurately as possible to him, however, I'm not sure he under
  7. I'll take that into consideration but I was hoping for something perhaps a little bit cheaper and easier to find. My skin is typically just dry and it's hard to find a moisturizer that lasts long enough without having to reapply it constantly throughout the day. As for exfoliating, could I maybe just use a wash cloth and use that with my cleanser to exfoliate or is there perhaps a more efficient, safer method I could use? I tried using exfoliating cleansers before, but they tend to be pretty we
  8. I tend to get really dry, flaky skin on and around my nose which is leading me to believe that it's what's causing all the blackheads and clogged pores. What would be a tried and tested moisturizer that is strong, long lasting, and non-comedogenic? Also, what would be the best way to exfoliate this area (or anywhere else in general) without causing any damage or scarring?
  9. I tend to get really dry, flaky skin on and around my nose which is leading me to believe that it's what's causing all the blackheads and clogged pores. What would be a tried and tested moisturizer that is strong, long lasting, and non-comedogenic? Also, what would be the best way to exfoliate this area (or anywhere else in general) without causing any damage or scarring?
  10. I showed my dermatologist the few small, raised scars I had on my nose and below my right eye and she definitely said it's sebaceous hyperplasia. She suggested a package of 3 treatments of a beta peel (to help with other scarring and blackhead problems I have) and a follow up with Retin A to help with the sebaceous hyperplasia. However, sebaceous hyperplasia is a clogged or enlarged gland that is under the skin, right? If that is the case, would those two treatments really get rid of them or mo
  11. I get the exact same thing. I'm beginning to wonder if it has anything to do with the shaving cream/gel that I use, more so than how often I shave. However, how often I do or do not shave may be a factor. I do know that a lot of shaving gels and creams can contain ingredients that can cause breakouts, so maybe something in the cream is irritating or stripping too much moisture from your skin? As of tomorrow, I'll be switching to plain aloe vera gel as a shaving lotion. I'll keep you updated if
  12. I apologize if I drag this on longer than it should. I'd appreciate it though if anyone can read it so they know what's going on. Anyways, a couple of months ago, and after giving up my battle with acne and blackheads, I decided to go all out and try a regimen that I gathered together after reading a few success stories and praises for mandelic acid: Morning: Dan's Cleanser GoW Mandelic Acid 10% (No alcohol/seaweed) -Wait 30 mins- Green Cream 6 -Wait 30 mins- DMAE Cream Emu Oil Bedtime
  13. Thanks guys, I'll keep it up then. The breakouts actually seem to be less and less intense as the days go by. Right now, I mostly just have a few brown spots left and the oral ibuprofen seems to help as well. Also, like I said in my earlier post, I'll be going to Florida in the next couple of weeks. Should I avoid the sun as much as possible while taking the Green Cream or would it be alright to be outside with some SPF 30 over it?
  14. So I just started using Green Cream level 6 about a week ago; lo and behold, I have the initial breakout from using it. However, I'm wondering how long these breakouts tend to last? I have college coming up on June 30th, and would like to look my best if possible. However, I have heard that these breakouts can last up to 3 months. If that is the case, should I really continue with the cream or just tough it out? I'm finding that I'm getting a lot zits, many of which are inflamed, where I usuall
  15. Thanks, I'll look into it. The scar I have on my nose isn't as big or raised as the ones in that pic. It came from a zit I had on my nose a few years ago and it has since been a little raised scar. I'm not sure how the other one got there, but it's like an impacted or depressed pore with the skin around it being very slightly raised so it sticks out a little. I thought about steroid injections too, but I dunno how expensive that'll be or if it's necessary to treat or remove smaller hypertrophic
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