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  1. If you have chronic acne, you know that walking down the face care aisle can be a nightmare. There are only 12,000 choices when it comes to acne wash and so much conflicting information surrounding acne care and products. It can get really confusing and to be honest, I’m still not sure what’s “right” and “wrong” for my face. In high school, antibiotics did the trick, but I think they destroyed my stomach. In college, apparently lack of routine and living on pasta was working for a wh
  2. My chin under my bottom lip is the favourite place for these little beggars at the moment. They are big. I have noticed all these spots seem to be coming to a head around three times which is strange. My skin is a lot drier now and flaking most places, the creases around my nose are quite dry. My lips have the usual need for lipbalm 24/7. The Bare Minerals foundation came. The colour is a great match, Pure brightening serum foundation in Bare Linen. The coverage is nowhere near as full as I
  3. So here's the story. I have been on Accutane...twice. Both times I cleared up beautifully but after about 6 months post treatment the acne comes back...like clockwork. Clearly, Accutane isn't going to help me here. I've even been on good maintenance plans with tretinoin, which isn't really helping either. So recently I've been going to the doctor for my seriously high blood pressure. (203/118 at times) I'm almost 29 years old, 5 ft. 4 in., 125 pounds, super healthy in great shape. My doctor's a
  4. Hello, I'm almost 40 and STILL have acne. I think I've tried every cream, prescription, makeup, etc. available. I've been to three dermatologists and no one has been able to help me. I've also cut our sugar, carbs, dairy, processed/fast foods. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  5. Okay so I am a 22 year old male and I've had acne for about 3 years now and it is now at the stage where it is moderate and by the looks of it it will end up becoming severe. I have tried almost everything I can think of trying from natural remedies such as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and hundreds more. Have also tried almost every over the counter product plus benzoyl peroxide and I have been on oral antibiotics (oxytetracycline) for the past 3 months. I have had 5 salycilic peels and a
  6. I've been on 50mg of Spiro for a month. Today, I take my 100mg dose for the first time. I haven't experienced any side effects really. My body is getting used to taking more water in. I take my Spiro at 5:45 pm with dinner or crackers everyday and haven't had any stomach upset. The one time I took it with a smoothie only I was pretty dizzy. I definitely see a HUGE difference. The deep lesions I had on my face are filling in and lightening up. I only got one new pimple this week (I am supposed to
  7. Okay so - I wanted to share some before pictures. This is when I had hit my breaking point... I would have seriously burned off my face if it meant a beautiful new one would magically appear. I had stopped going to the dermatologist because the one I was seeing wouldn't believe me when I said everything I was dealing with on my face was totally hormonal and none of the stuff I had was working. I had been seeing her for about a year and a half. LUCKILY I found someone else but anyway... here's th
  8. I was supposed to start taking spironolactone at the end of January per my dermatologist, but I had a cross-country road trip planned for that week. All I could imagine was having a negative reaction to medication and being trapped in Kansas with nothing in sight to help me except tumbleweeds. Seriously guys, there’s NOT A DAMN THING in Kansas. I had a follow-up visit scheduled with my dermatologist last week, but I pushed it back to May to give my spironolactone treatment more time
  9. *backstorySo long story short (kinda) my skin has been clear and almost perfect all throughout my teenage years. Up until I turned 20 and had a realllly shitty break up which I believe the stress caused me to get acne. It was pretty terrible from going from having clear skin to pretty much my entire cheeks are covered with aggravated acne. I knew it was an internal issue because I would have a couple spots on my back or chest as well. This lasted a year and a half of me supplementing, cutting da
  10. I read billions upon billions of review on spiro. Okay, maybe I don’t have that much time in a day. Point is, I read to excess. I wanted to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let’s discuss some common side effects and my experience with them: Spiro tends to make you pee nonstop like a drunk college girl. I think this is mainly because spiro makes you thirsty and you need to/should drink more water than normal. My derma was smart and suggested I take it before bed. The
  11. Hi! I just created this log to see how my acne behaves and maybe help other people who have the same doubts about this type of birth control pill. I have moderate acne and I've tried to control it with natural things. I started taking them on April 10, they are called Gynorelle but are almost the same as Belara* and they have 2mg Chlormadidone acetate + 0.02mg Ethynilestradiol. The Chlormadidone Acetate is the antiandrogenic component and there's 24 active pills and 4 placebos. I'll post u
  12. Hi everyone! I actually posted here last week about considering a second course of accutane for my acne. I first took it 7 years ago (Age 16) and had clear skin up until 6 months ago (now age 23)! I have been thinking about it more, and thought that perhaps I should try another method before jumping back into it. However, I honestly just don't know what's best considering everything seems to have terrible potential side effects. My dermatologist was super unhelpful when I asked for advice, she
  13. I'm 26 years old and I've been suffering from acne since 14 when I first got my period . I've tryed everything from over the counter washes, proactive , Mary Kay, antibiotics, and nothing has worked. It's gentetic my mother had it like my brothers as well. But there's went away after high school and me nothing . Some days are better then other when it comes to my acne one day I can have a few , and another day full face of acne. So I tried going to a few dermatologist until my last one that put
  14. Hi everyone! This is my first post, just looking for a little advice! I took accutane when I was 16 after suffering for years with terrible acne. Nothing else worked. For me, it was a miracle. I had barely any side effects aside from the usual dryness and by the end my skin was clear. For 7 years I had perfect skin, aside from some scarring left behind. The scars have faded a lot but they are still there 7 years later, just to give some perspective on how bad it was. Since taking accutane, I'
  15. At the age of 32 I have finally had enough and started on Roaccutane. I don't have severe acne at all, but man its tough. It leaves those red marks that mean I am forever in foundation. Nothing works and I have tried everything. This is the last resort. It started at 17 and now at 32, i think 15 years? It's not going anywhere! My derm has started me on 30mg a day and today I started off with 20mg. I have a long history of Anxiety and depression and I also have BPD for anyone who is familiar
  16. I have read so many blogs and forums about this, and I even have personal experience dealing with it. Is it because proactive works so well no other systems can compare or is it because your skin gets a damaged and addicted to the product?
  17. Acne since around 14 years of age. Im now 29. Visited my GP about my acne when 16 and was told it's not bad enough for prescription and to continue working towards finding a OTC routine that works. This is is why I assumed a doctor couldn't help my acne and it wasn't until 29 years old I decided to bring it up again with a Doctor. GP prescribed Doxycycline 50mg once daily. I am documenting progress as by day two I have notable results!!! I'm counting days as 24 hours post Doxy. So this
  18. I have been dealing with acne since I was about 14, and I am 24 now. I tried every antibiotic, topical, pill, gel, cream, facials and even accutane at age 15. Accutane worked WONDERS. I had beautiful clear baby soft skin in a matter of months. I never wore a drop of makeup. Then somewhere around the age of 20-21 my skin got dramatically worse. I began getting stubborn cyst-like pimples that wouldn't go away no matter what I did. I cut out dairy, became a pescetarian, took tons of vitamins daily,
  19. I have been to countless dermatologists. I've tried the creams and pills (every-noin you can think of, another round of antibiotics, etc) and have tried nearly every natural remedy you’ve heard of: Apple cider vinegar? Yup! Smelled like a foot for months. Banana peels? You bet! I was sticky and craved a sundae. No makeup? Sure did and I wanted to cry every time I left the house. Around Thanksgiving this year, I began to break out in horrible cysts on my cheeks. This was an abnormally infl
  20. Hi guys, Another day, another dollar. I'm currently at work on a Friday afternoon and thought hmmm I haven't updated my "blog" in a while. Obviously when we have a breakout, we jump onto google/acne.org in the hopes of finding an answer. I'm just going to paste my skincare routine from my prev blog entry & then add some notes. This is less boring then reading paragraphs. Just to update you though, my acne has now shifted from my cheeks (relieved not to have to deal with constant cysts) -
  21. Today, my face looks like a pizza. Well, it always looks like a pizza but today there’s extra, extra pepperoni. My struggles with acne began in 2006. As a typical high school teenager, I wasn’t mindful of washing my face every day, eating healthy, or taking care of my skin. I cared about getting my license and who was on my AIM Buddy List. In fact, I only started to take notice of my skin once little red bumps started to appear on my forehead. In retrospect, these breakouts were harmless and
  22. So I am sick AGAIN. I have a cold which is usually not a big deal but this has been bad. It's going on a week now and it's only gotten worse... no energy, sore throat, fever / chills... ugh. I am ready to be healthy again. As far as my skin, it took a turn for the worst. I started taking probitoics (Dr Ohhria's Probiotics Professional Formula, paid $80 for them!!!) in early March and I think those are the cause. I got them after my last sickness thinking it would help to balance out my stomac
  23. I wanted to give you all an update. After nearly 16 years of untreated acne, (mind you Ive had it since I was ten) I am seeing progress. However Im still experience alot of discrmination. The good thing is that I know Im doing something about my skin and hopefully within the next 3 months I will see a HUGE improvement. Until then I will feel at least better knowing that Im improving. Back in December I had eight giant cysts on my face. If anything, I can rejoice that they are gone. Since Dece
  24. Hi all, I need some suggestions on hair removal please. Waxing obviously not an option. I've been warned off threading (which I'd normally use) and hair removal cream veet etc. Plucking will take too long & I'm not going to shave. Only thing I can think of is bleaching, but is that even safe? I'm about 6 wks through first (and hopefully last) course of treatment. Main side effects, lips swollen and absorbing all the lanolin I can get. Eyes dry & sensitivity on the face. I really wo