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  1. Hey, new here. Begging for some help. Absolutely cannot take it anymore. I have been suffering from acne for years. All throughout high school and college. For years now i have tried everything possible to clear my acne, from going to a derm. And getting prescription to every over the counter product possible. I have had it. I cant look in the mirror without wanting to rip my face off. I have spent easily over $1000 on products/treatments and i am so depressed. I believe i have comdeonal acne be
  2. Hi. I've been suffering from these strange bumps on my cheeks and chin for a month and half now, I went to the dermatologist and he said they were closed comedones and suggested extracting them with a needle, but I'm a bit wary of it scarring since it bled (pictures included), so I only asked him to do few and then decide whether to proceed or not. The problem is, he picked at them with he needle. He didn't make an opening and didn't squeeze anything like some videos I've seen online. He also pr
  3. Hi guys . I need your help in my condition . I uploaded photos for more clear vision . I have this condition since my late childhood . Maybe 12 years old untel now . 30 . I can not shave the beard because it will irritate my face and all comes nasty . So i keep it on . But still pimples all over my face . Oily skin all day . I wash it 2 to 3 times a day with a cleanser . I tried tea tree oil but nothing . Tried other pharmaceutical tubes and nothing . Maybe the only thing it changed it a bit is
  4. Day 1 - I am starting of at a low dosage of 10mg/day as told by my dermatologist. I just took my first pill right after a heavy meal as I heard heavy meals help the pill to absorb better. My routine consists of gentle cleansing, toner, and moisturizer day and night. I will wear a cc cream with SPF 50 if I go out. Day 2 - I have not experienced any side effects, nor has there been any change in my acne. My friends tell me to try rubbing raw potato on my skin, as it can help clear acne fast
  5. Today was Day 20 on Spiro (75 mg), Benzoyl Peroxide face wash (PanOxyl 4%), and Atralin gel, aka topical retinoid (0.05%)! Overall, things are improving My face is doing so, so much better. The pink mark on my left cheek from that stubborn zit is fading and healing. There's a small pink mark on my right cheek that's fading. And there's a bit of a red mark healing on my lower chin/jaw from a pore that purged an acne seed yesterday. Right now, my complexion looks so much better! It's mor
  6. So yesterday I was browsing an old log that said to put desitin (diaper rash cream) on your face to get rid of acne and red marks. So me being tired trying everything from seaweed to vinegar wanderd over to the baby section of CVS. They had the desitin but I decided to take a chance and go a gentle route. I bought a baby wash, the desitin, and a baby moisturizer. These have oats, Aloe Vera, and calendula which have anti inflammatory soothing properties. When I got home I used the wash, a gentle
  7. Just looking for some feedback/insight as I re evaulate my condition and understanding. I'm a 34 year old female. Type of acne: I very rarely ever get small (what I consider the poster type of acne--little red bumps with white tops). When I do, BP is very effective for me to clear them up. 99.9% of my problem is always more cystic in nature. Although they do not seem as deep/large as they used to they still originate as painful bumps under the skin which make a red spot that you can't do any
  8. Hey guys id realllllllly appreciate some help. my sisters graduation is in florida and Im supposed to leave next friday to attend. However, i had two tiny white heads healing about an inch from each other and then a pretty large cyst came up in between the two and then started oozing and became raw so it turned this whole area on my upper cheek into a giant mess. its been about a week and a half (will be two weeks on Monday) and it still hasn't healed. Parts of it flaked away and left red shiny
  9. I FINALLY had clear skin last year for the first time in 5 years. However, due to amenorrhea I quit taking Yaz in December 2012. My face was amazing for about two months, then I started getting very tiny white bumps all over the jawline on my chin. In April I developed cysts on my chin and cheeks. Derm said it was probably hormone related and put me on doxycycline. After about a month, the cysts were much better but I had the little white bumps all along my jaw and each one was turning into
  10. sarahrulon

    My Retin-A Success Story

    This is just a link to my string of posts that I started when I began using Retin-A for the first time, 4 months ago. Just wanted to repost since now my acne is cleared up and I wanted to let it be known how amazing this stuff is! http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/316004-my-tretinoin-log-025-retin-a-adult-acne/page__gopid__3269753
  11. Hi there. So this past fall my skin sort of started acting differently I guess you could say than from what I have been used to. Normally I'd just get the usual pimples here and there around my chin and nose. Recently there have been marks that come and go on my forehead and cheeks, but for the most part, they haven't been anything to go crazy about or complain about. However in between my eyebrows and on the bridge of my nose are these 2 colorless dots that just won't budge! They don't
  12. peanutcrunching

    My Scaraway Experience

    Well I just got my ScarAway sheets today and cut one up and stuck it on straight away. As each week goes by Ill give updates. I wanted to post this because I have yet to see a proper review of it by an asian, and this is important for any dark skinned people using it as it affects different skin tones differently, and may affect the overall result. The scar is half an inch, very dark brown and slightly raised on my nose. It is VERY noticable. There is a deep closed comedone underneath it tha
  13. Hi guys! I have some clogged pores between my chin and lower lip. Well, pic is attached, see for yourself. You can see them only when I stretch my lip. The pores have semi-solid stuff in them that is often easy to squeeze out (but it is not pus, fat maybe?) and they are also EXTREMELY likely to get inflamed. I have tried BPO, gels with salicylic (sp?) acid and manuka oil on them, but they do not go away. I have also cleared most of them once, but they were back within a few days. I also try
  14. Hey there, So I have always been a silent reader on this forum but today I have decided to create my own review to mark the start of my journey. A little background about my skin: I am turning 20 soon and my skin had been perfect for the past 18 years until this year. I dont wear makeup at all, not even foundation or bb cream, seriously. I am starting to get cysts on the both cheeks near my nose early this year, like 4 to 5 cysts at one time. They appeared to be large red bumps with small
  15. nycskinproblems92

    Closed Comedones/sebum Production

    is it normal that when i use jojoba oil or any other natural on my face sebum/dirt/oil will start to come out. If i rub the oil into my skin I guess its sebum will start to come out in little clumps or balls, but it doesnt stop. I thought it would be helpful to use the jojoba oil to get all the stuff out of my pores but it never comes to a points when im rubbing it on my skin that all this stuff stops coming out. I could rub all this stuff out of my face for like an hour and it still would keep
  16. is wheatgerm oil considered comedogenic? i know jojoba oil is considered similar in constituency as sebum and is considered non-comedogenic. do u guys have any idea about wheatgerm oil (used in any product like cosmetics,sunscreen)??
  17. katie789

    Tazorac + Doxy Log

    Hi guys!! I'm an 18 year old trying to get rid of her acne once and for all I have suffered from acne since my freshman year of high school (mild to moderate). My acne was never really cystic - I had inflamed pimples and blackheads in my T-zone. Through trial and error over the years, I was finally able to clear my skin through using Retin A Micro 0.04% (RAM) at night, along with Aczone or Finacea in the morning (alternating each day). However, during the fall of last year, I began
  18. Here is my regime. Cleanse (w/washcloth): Kojie San Soap approx $5 for 2 bars or Giovanni Dtox cleanser $8 Eyes: Cetaphil moisture Treatment: Maxi Peel Exfoliant #2 (am &pm) approx $8 SPF: Rocky Mountain SPF 30 approx $8 I have not found a evening moisturizng for full face. I cannot use any "cones", waxes, butters, oils or I will break out. I have yet to find a moisturizer without these ingredients for night moisture. I am beyond ecstatic with my results w/ Kojie San Soap &
  19. I have a problem NO dermatologist has been able to help me with...so I'm hoping someone on here will be able to share my experience and lend some help! I've had clear skin all through my teens; nothing more than a few tiny clogged pores. I'm 20 now and my skin is acting VERY strange. It started in May/March with these little raised pink bumps on my chest/back/forehead. They'd ALWAYS itch and my doctor thought it might be Staph, so I went on Keflex. Which didn't really do much. However, shor
  20. So I have closed comedones all over my face, especially my forehead and cheek area. I started using the Paula's choice extra strength acne kit in February. My skin slightly improved but has not gotten dramatically better. Can anyone recommend other products they know that have worked on closed comedones or any other treatments?
  21. Hi i've been using the BP regimen religiously for 3 years and I don't want to knock it because it is a miracle for acne but I had to stop because I was still getting cysts but no pimples on the surface and I felt my skin looked unhealthy like it didn't have a glow to it. So, I decided to wean myself off at first it was okay but after two weeks my face exploded with all sorts of acne i've never had before. I use to get maybe 3-4 active spots but now I have maybe 4 cysts, 10 pimples, and millions
  22. From the album: Week Five

    WEEK FIVE I had a huge comedone on my nose that I popped, what's left is a huge scar. However, NO NEW BREAKOUTS! Recently, what looks like huge cystic acne bumps seem to form on my chin, however, they shrink and completely disappear the next day. I can notice that hyper pigmentation from old acne scars is slowing fading away! All breakouts are completely dried out - no new whiteheads. You can still see on my neck where the Benzol-Peroxide has darkened my fair skin, however I feel that over
  23. Here goes nothing. I have had acne since I was 10 years old. Followed by an emergency appendectomy and two large ovarian cysts being removed (yes at 10!!!!!!) I have had moderate but very persistent acne for 9 years. I have decided to compose a list of things I have tried over these past 9 years to defeat my demons, starting with my first attempts up to recent: Proactive A few other gimmicky three step kits Benzoyl Peroxide Salicylic acid Epiduo Clindamycin
  24. quickflash27

    Severe Whiteheads

    I've been suffering from whiteheads for many years, and not just a few here and there. The entirety of my cheeks, chin, and forehead are covered with small white bumps, to the point in which my skin looks almost scaly. I have tried every type of medication, including Retin-A, Differin, Ziana, Finacea, and many oral antibiotics. I've also tried face washes with BP, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Currently I apply Tazorac gel nightly, which is supposedly harsh on skin, but makes no noticeable
  25. Hi all, Yesterday because my face was so dry I used a moisturizer that was not non Comedogenic. We are on vacation and I didn't bring my moisturizer with me. I believe today I have a few clogged pores on my face from it, I am wondering if that is the reason. I can get rid of them, just wondering if the moisturizer was the reason. Thanks.
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