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  1. Hey guys, So I've been on accutane for almost 4 months now and it has been a roller coaster. I got a HORRIBLE initial breakout that began with my chin and then spread to basically all of my face. I broke out horribly on my cheeks and i rarely got pimples on my cheeks. Also, i had mild acne before starting accutane. My dermatologist put me on it because i would get one or two large cysts here and there which required a cortisone shot. He told me "its not about the amount of acne of acne you have, but the severity". Anyways, I've needed 3-4 courses of prednisone because my acne was so bad, and also a sulfur drug. Finally approaching my fourth month, i am about clear now, i just have a lot of hyper-pigmentation and my skin is just pretty red, overall. My big concern is some spots on my face seem to have some indentation in them. I know for a fact that the acne that i got on accutane caused these. To anyone who has been on a course of accutane before: while you are on the drug, did it seem like you had indented scars? and if you did, did they go away after the course was finished or were they permanent? They are really discouraging, and i am beginning to regret going on this, because all it has done is harm Someone with any sort of answer would be great!
  2. thedayacneceased

    Constant Redness

    I constantly have redness stemming from the acne on my cheeks, chin, forehead, and around my nose. This, I think, is from my face being dried out, by using face washes that claim to cleanse and treat acne using 2% salicylic acid, from Clearasil. Even the face wash, called Hydro-blast, which advertises that it's for sensitive skin and hydrates the skin dries out my face. Keep in mind, this is even after using Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, which is said to be the best, most gentle one out there. It should also be noted that I'm not washing my face more than twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. So why is my face so dry? Why is it so red? I'm guessing my acne is simply flaring up from being irritated, not having enough moisture, despite my moisturizer. Any suggestions that require little to moderate effort to fix this would be appreciated, as I've tried cucumber slices which do nothing for me, or rather, I'm not sure if it takes weeks of doing so to get rid of redness using them, which would be -tedious-. Last night I tried icing my spots in the form of being wrapped up by a paper towel, and this helped initially, but when I woke up; my spots were still just as red as before. Should I try icing the spots every morning/night? I've read that an Aspirin exfoliate can help, not only with acne but also with redness, and maybe even with scars. In contrast, I've also recently read from some forum users that this can harm your face, as a scrub is not gentle for those with ice pick scars and I've just recently developed them, or some small cases of pitted acne. I'm honestly not quite sure what it is and will provide pictures below. Additionally, I know some would recommend using Aloe Vera, to which I've never had, and would not know how to go about obtaining. My nearest convenience store is Walmart or Publix, which I imagine would offer a form of lotion or gel that's main ingredient would be Aloe Vera? I'm not sure which product is the most popular for acne and general facial redness. I tried using cortisone 10, but this did little at all to help my acne, nor the cysts on my chin. It should be noted that I've gone two weeks without dairy, I drink plenty of water, and usually get adequate sleep. My face also tends to get more red after exerting myself physically, such as at work or walking home. Naturally, I sweat, have to rinse it off my face (cold water to not irritate my skin), and don't have access to lotion at work; and it's still dry all day and extremely red. Thank you for taking the time to read, and please let me know how I might combat this! I actually feel as though I'd be a lot more confident about my face and acne if my entire face were less red in general.
  3. Ellizabethsar

    Mirena vs. skyla breakouts

    Hello, so back in October 2014 I got the Mirena and I had that IUD for about a year. My face cleared up tremendously during that time frame, however I got terrible yeast infections so I got it removed. December of 2016 I got the skyla put in and my face is so congested and it's at its worst. I have cysts on my jaw, cheeks, chin, around my mouth, and then congestion on my forehead and chest. I am about to get the IUD removed today but I wanted to know if anyone had any similar experiences. It does not make sense to me that the mirena helped my face but the skyla made it worse. What oral birth controls have you all used that that has benefited your skin? - also I did start shaving my face (I totally regret it). I have used the female face shaver me I believe it also contributed to the cysts onmy cheeks
  4. So I have noticed over the years that every time I eat McDonald's it seems my face breaks out in cystic acne, I know I know simple solution Don't Eat McDonalds. My question is anyone else have this happen? This doesn't happen with any other fast food place. I have emailed McDonald's they claim their oil is all vegetable. It seems there has to be something weird in it, or they are cooking all the foods together? The fish maybe? I am prone to cystic acne but only seems to flare when provoked. While McDonalds is awful for you I still love it I'd hate to give it up completely forever but I may have to. Just curious if this has happened to anyone else.
  5. Hello- I had great success with YAZ and Spiro together. I took 100mg Spiro with Yaz. I'm 38 yo, have struggled with acne for what feels like FOREVER!!!! I am so sick of it:( My skin was great off of yaz for about 6 months (still taking 100mg Spiro). It went kind of rogue at that point, with a cyst or 2 per month. I went up to 150mg spiro in October. I really thought it was my miracle worker, and I keep seeing people saying that here, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I take LOTS of supplements- Methyl Guard, dim, super milk thistle, accnutrol, fish oil....probably more....I get a microderm every month or so. I also did one month straight of Solodyn (which helped) and have used it as a spot treatment. I am still getting cysts and I am so frustrated. I'm considering another month or two of Solodyn. Has anyone experienced this?? The Spiro not working as well without the BC combo???
  6. So I've been on monodox for 4 months now and it's just not working. It's gotten a little bit better but I still always have at least 3 cysts on my face (it used to be like 6) My derm has been telling me that he has to start easing me off of it and it should've been working by now so he switched me down to a lower dosage even though the cysts hadn't stopped and now I have like 8. They definitely get worse around the time of my period but I still have them at other times of the month. I was reading online that this type of medication (not monodox specifically but the generic name/type of medication) is the only thing that treats cysts. Is this true? If so I am doomed
  7. juanjo


    Hello Guys, so I have started taking Accutane about 5 weeks ago. As I am very interested in the topic and have been reading a log of logs lately I thought it might be nice to share my experience with you. First, a little bit about myself. I am 16 years old, I am from Germany (so pardon any grammar mistakes) and I have been suffering under acne since I was about ten. I have had all levels of acne. It started out really light and kept getting worse until I was 14. Then it went back and for a few months I was actually really comfortable in my skin (although I was still far away from clear skin). But since summer 2013 it is very, very bad. I have cysts and blackheads all over my face. As for my prior treatments, I have basically tried everything. I took antibiotics three times, I was on Duac, Salycic acid, Benzoyl peroxide..... you name it. So a few months back my dermatologist recommended Accutane for me (actually in Germany it's called Aknenormin, but it's the same stuff). Although I did a ton of research on side effects and isotretinoin itself, I was very sure I wanted to try it. So 5 weeks ago I started my treatment. To give a really brief summary on what accutane does, it basically makes your sebaceous glands smaller. so the changes it makes to your body will last even after finishing the treatment. I'm not going to talk a lot about possible side effects, Im sure you guys already know most of them. I started out light, a 20mg pill every two days for the first two weeks to give the body time to get used to the medication, the I increassed the dosage to 20mg a day. The first thing I really noticed was my lips. They were getting dry as hell, and started cracking and bleeding. I've tried like a thousand different lotions and have found one that works really well (apply one 5-6 times a day and you're gonna be fine). Over the few weeks I've been on it now I've had nosebleeds twice, but was prepared for that and it didn't bother me too much. Despite the fact that I use moisturizer twice a day my skin has become very dry and you can actually see the old skin shed (yea, it's gross.) So that and maybe a little joint pains is all I experienced as far as side effects go. My skin itself had gotten worse the first four weeks, but over the last week it has actually improved a lot. But keep in mind, I have just started the treatment. What I thought might really help you guys out are some dos and don'ts I would avoid any kind of peeling or facial (absolutely none of the prescription stuff you may still have lying around your bathroom). Actually ask your ermatologist before using any kind of facial care. Especially for dudes, that might be a big change but don't wash your hair every day (which doesn't mean don't wash your face )) and if possible, don't blow dry it, your hair might become thinner or even fall out. Never never never pop your pimples. When on accutane they will take incredibly long to heal and they will get incended. Always try and keep your face as clean as possible So that's it for my first entry. Thank you for reading andI will try to keep you guys up to date!!! If you have any questions or anything just leave them in the comment section )
  8. KSG1996

    Before Accutane

    From the album: Accutane Journey Results

    This and the other picture are right before Accutane. The quality of the image kinda blows because it was taken with a webcam. If you can't see clearly, I have several whiteheads, my nose is covered in blackheads and a couple of cysts around my face. I also had hyperpigmentation, but it cannot be seen in the picture.

    © KSG

  9. nicolels97

    Hormonal Acne Triggers?

    So..for the past month and a half my skin has been going downhill progressively. It's driving me crazy as I have been trying everything I can think of but nothing is helping! All through highschool i would get the odd pimple but nothing crazy. During my final few months of highschool however, I broke out the worst I ever had and I'm pretty sure it was due to stress ( I had also had my mirena IUD for six months) Now a year and a half later, my skin has gone on a roller coaster of okay (never as good as it was early highschool age) to terrible. I had to get a new IUD Mirena this june and ever since then my skin has been getting worse and worse. The reason I got the mirena in the first place was because i had terrible periods (that the pill did not help) and would last months on end. I dont consume dairy and I am very careful with keeping my skin and pillow cases and what not clean. I feel stuck because the IUD is the only thing helping my periods but I feel like it is only masking a deeper issue that I am not sure how to fix. Does anyone have tips for someone struggling with seriously out of whack hormones?
  10. I had very clear skin up until I turned 18 I started getting cysts around my mouth I'm now 20 and wondering if it is hormonal when will they go away for good? And if I decide to get on spironolactone wont it just come back soon as I get off it? I just want clear skin again with out having to do the regimen for the rest of my life my self esteem has gone down so much I've become so anti social because I hate how I look Did anyone have any luck with natural remedies? Or a specific birth control?
  11. I’ve been reading about these bumps people are claiming they have and I wanted to start my own discussion on how you get them and what is the best solution to get rid of them. These types are cyst are caused my hormonal Imbalances & stress. Females and dark skinned people are more likely to suffer from this type of ance. You may also note that if you are female , you most likely will get these cyst while you are on your cycle. Since you can not technically treat it like a pimple, you need to “drain” it but using things such as Benzoyl peroxide,Silicic acid , or the crushed up aspirin trick where you ,hints, crush up an aspirin then add contact solution to make a paste that you apply over your ‘oozing cyst’. This treatments should eventually dry up your cyst, about a course of over a week. If results don’t show in a week take a longer trial , if results still don’t show you probably have a deeper rooted problem and should see your dermatologist to be prescribed antibiotics. - I’ve named a few treatments if you have more please add on
  12. WishClean

    My Pcos Is Gone For Now!

    Hi ladies, Yes, I was told today that I no longer fit the PCOS patient profile!!! I'm not sure how long this will last, but for now I'm pleased with my progress ;D I don't think one can "outgrow" or fully treat PCOS, but I certainly think it can be kept under control and cysts can lessen with the right holistic approach (as in, considering the WHOLE body and tailoring a treatment accordingly). Some of you have been following my journey for a while now. Acne helped me figure out a lot of things going on in my body & general surroundings, and I had to make some lifestyle changes for the better. I was diagnosed (and re-diagnosed several times) with PCOS since 18 years old, but today I got an ultrasound follow-up for a procedure I had done (hormone-related as well), and the doctor confirmed that I have very few cysts on each ovary (5 on each to be exact) and no longer qualify as a PCOS patient. I still have some ovarian cysts, but he said I no longer have the PCOS "syndrome". Since I removed a demoid cyst back in April (detailed in my other thread), I noticed that I had fewer hormonal issues (e.g. fewer facial hair, thicker hair growth on head, lower sex drive rather than crazy high drive, etc). I'm glad to see I'm on the right track to fixing yet another issue, and I am cutting back on some supplements and lowering the dose to maintenance -- only a few times a week/ month as needed. Anyway, I just wanted to share this for those of you who feel discouraged, as I did many times. I never gave up and tried to listen to my body and modify my lifestyle accordingly to show people that there are other options besides traditional treatments & medication. If you need more details, check out my signature below.
  13. I'll start off with an update on my "progress", which is not good. I have developed three cysts on my face, one on my hairline (which is quite painful), one on the side of my nose and one on my eyebrow. Gah! I'm doing nothing different; I'm still taking antibiotics once a day, and using the benzoyl peroxide/retinoid gel, and taking the Pill. So I think I need to seriously consider seeing a dermatologist. The longer I leave it the more scars I accrue. I don't think this is the flare up from makeup use that I was worried about, because of the style of the breakout and the fact that it coincides with my scalp also suddenly becoming bad too, yay(!). Another weird thing is last night I developed a rash on my back and shoulder blades, which meant I couldn't apply the Epiduo. I've taken photos of it, so may post them later, as well as some awful update photos. Bleh. So, now onto the more cheery stuff, yay! Have I mentioned how much I love weekends? No? Well, it's a lot. Not that I've done anything especially exciting; Friday night I declined an invitation to the pub with the boys, and watched DVDs with my housemate. On Friday I also witnessed a drug raid at the local train station, which in theory was very exciting. In reality, despite the ten cops, sniffer dog, six security guards and two transit officers, it was pretty anticlimatic. I know, talk about being prepared, right? The raid was much less dramatic than I expected (I guess I have false expectations from watching The Bill many many years ago, and COPS now [i love COPS so much]), and those that were busted were disappointingly well-behaved. Is it too much to ask for someone to try and bolt, only to be tackled by a cop, or attacked by a police dog? I don't think so! Anyway, I've attached a sneaky shot I took once the hubbub had died down, and the possession citations were being issued. Obviously the dodgy quality is me trying to be surreptitious, hehehe. Saturday I got up before 9 am (it was a lot more difficult this week), and went to breakfast (I had French toast) with the girls, one of whom told me that she and her partner are going to start trying for a baby(!!). Woah! She's younger than me (just turned 26), so that was a bit of a shock to the system. And I'm not extremely traditional, but she's not married... And, oh wait, there's also the tiny little fact that he's still married to someone else!! Say what now?! Yup, he's not technically divorced yet to his wife. Hmm, that's more than a little messy, right? Well it gets even worse, because the reason he hasn't got a divorce is apparently because he "doesn't have the money to pay for it". Yup! He doesn't have the money to pay to pay for a lawyer or do the online thing, but yet they're planning to get pregnant. Uh huh. Confused? Yeah me too. So that was extremely exciting, and it was one of the rare moments when I have no idea what to say to someone... Okay I just realised this is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. Ha! I'm full of excitement. Well. Now anything else I say is going to pale in comparison. I did have more to say too, but can't remember what that was, I got distracted by the drug bust and the potential knockup-to-a-married-man thing. Maybe I'll post this now, and then think of doing another update tonight, with the dreaded photos attached, and whatever else I was supposed to report on. Bye!
  14. So, my skin has been pretty bad for a while now, but the last few days it has gotten significantly worse. Then today, I got my period and now I'm laid up in bed with the WORST cramps, possibly an ovarian cyst. A little backstory... my mom and several other female relatives have PCOS. I'm pretty sure I do as well, though I've never had an x-ray to prove it, but my last OBGYN always referred to me as having it, and I've experienced (very, very painful) ovarian cysts a handful of times in the past. In general, I get horrible cramps when I get my period, which are even worse when I'm not on birth control. I went off birth control about 6 months ago because I didn't like the side effects, mainly the changes in my mood. About 2-3 months ago, my skin broke out horribly and has only gotten worse since. I know that breakouts before menstruation are common for women with acne, and I know my acne is related to hormones, but the relationship between my worsening skin and my PCOS have never been as clear to me as today. So I'm reading online and trying to figure out what that relationship might be, and finding some really interesting stuff. From what I can tell, PCOS, hyperandrogenism (which causes hormonal acne in women and I'm 99% sure is the cause of mine) and insulin resistance/high blood sugar are all extremely intertwined. It seems doctors aren't really sure which ones are symptoms and which ones are causes of the others. I will hopefully have health insurance soon, though I'll likely be paying for it out of pocket so going to a doctor for something like Spiro is still not ideal. I know Spiro has worked really well for so many people, and since it's an anti-androgen it would probably help both my skin and my PCOS, and I definitely haven't ruled it out. But I would prefer finding a more natural, long-term, non-prescription solution if one exists. So my questions to those of you who either have experience with PCOS and acne, or who know a lot about nutrition and insulin and hormones and things like that: Does it seem possible to interrupt this vicious cycle of PCOS, hyperandrogenism and insulin resistance with things like diet, exercise, vitamins, supplements, herbs, and anything I'm forgetting that is not a topical acne treatment or a prescription from a doctor? If so, what would you recommend? I'm trying to stick to a low-GI diet right now, which is only difficult for me because I'm broke. But I really don't know a lot about nutrition and every time I try to learn I end up more confused than when I started, so I would love specific recommendations in terms of foods to eat or avoid and supplements to take. I read fish oil is supposed to be good for insulin resistance but I tried to figure out the Omega 3/Omega 6 balance thing and could not. Is it okay to just take fish oil anyway, without really understanding that whole equation? I'd really like to find a long-term solution to what's happening in my body so that I don't have to worry about when/if I lose health insurance again, or Rx mixups which have happened to me regularly. I've also been looking at a supplement called AcnEase. Does anyone have experience with it? What have been your experiences with PCOS and acne? Have diet or exercise helped you? If I do go back to a doctor for a solution, has anyone dealt with this through an endocrinologist? It's frustrating to go to a dermatologist for my skin and an OBGYN for my PCOS when I think it's really all one big problem and neither of those doctors are really getting at the root cause. But I don't really have much of a sense of what endocrinologists do and if this is something they would deal with. I think that's all... sorry for such a rambling post. I'm trying to process all of this while I'm researching and learning. I'm really hoping some of you have experience or insight.
  15. shelaine

    Dry dry dry

    I started thinking that maybe my last post was a little spammy so I'm just gonna say real quick that I am in no way affiliated with Clarisonic or any distributor. I've been lusting after one for about a year now and scored a good Black Friday deal lol so that being said - DANG! It has been so cool and dry in SoCal lately, my skin will not stop looking red and peeling! I don't want to kick Triretnoin from my regimen so I decided I'm going to back off the Clarisonic a little bit and only do it once daily in the evening rather than 2x daily. I also learned that you're supposed to apply Triretnoin creams/gels 15-20 minutes after you wash your face in the evening. I have been applying it almost immediately after I pat dry my face (for like, 3 years now,) which could very well explain the intense skin irritation I've been having. I'm now combining the Triretnoin with a blob of Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel moisturizer. That stuff has been tried and true for me since I was in my early 20's. I will say that since I've been using the Clarisonic I've noticed that my "juicy" cysts on my cheeks are starting to heal but I have a few small cysts that have rapidly bubbled up on both sides of my jawline. I see the term purging a lot and but with a Clarisonic brush I can see how the first few weeks are looked at as a purging process. I'm hopeful it will get better. As for my dry skin, I'm thinking about mixing a little shea butter with marajuca oil/evoo to create a little super hydrating mask for my face but I've never done one before and I'm afraid it'll clog my pores. I'm so freaking dry though!
  16. hollywoodlexa


    Hey, lovely people! My name is Alex and I decided that to keep up my spirits/track my progress/meet other people with acne I should start a blog! So ... here I go! For the past four years I have been following Accutane blogs on this site and trying to deal with my persistent moderate/severe acne by going on countless topicals/prespcription meds/antibiotics etc. Needless to say, they haven't worked and so when my skin began scarring I switched dermatologists. My new derm has prescribed me 40mg of Accutane per day and I could not be happier. I know it will be a rough journey but I am ready to do whatever it takes to regain my self esteem and get rid of all the physical and psychological pain that comes with suffering from acne. Wishing you all the best. xx My stats: Age: 17, girl Height: 5'5" Weight: 120 Acne type: Persistent moderate/severe. Occasional cysts. (I'll add pictures soon.) Regimine: Cetaphil cleanser morning and night, Olay moisturizer after washing face, 40 mg Accutane @ night, Aquaphor for lips at all times.
  17. So my dermatologist has had me on Epiduo Forte and Solodyn for 13 days now, and it's been working great for my acne (cystic and closed comedones). Backstory: my forehead had been the worst the areas since 6 months ago when this all started. So all the products/treatments I tried mainly concentrated there. I still put makeup on the lower half of the face, but never on the forehead. and when my skin started to get better, I wanted to give a bit of concealer or even foundation a chance for my forehead. The same exact makeup that I've used for 5+ years and still work great for my face, instantly made my forehead break out into (what I call) little "oil" pimples and at some point even 2 of the those cysts that I was plagued with initially. this conclusion was drawn over a course of 3 days - a test run for two types of foundation (that I had and used for a long time) and a concealer (that I use everyday). I'm thinking that my skin barrier has been so damaged on my forehead that it can't even take the slightest bit of makeup. And I can't really give it time to heal since I want to stick to applying the epidou forte..... (which by the way has been drying out my skin, but not the intense burning that everyone says). I've went from twice a day to once a day for the epiduo in hope that maybe my forehead will take a tiny bit of makeup again. What can I do to help this? What's going on? are my pores totally screwed or something? Is the epiduo making them wide open, that's why my forehead can't take makeup at all? How do I strengthen my skin barrier while using epiduo forte? I really want to be able to at least tint some of the dark hyper pigmentation that's everywhere on my skin. Is this my skin forever? ): I need to attend a lot of events in the next month....losing hope
  18. sal1917

    Drug Free

    Sooo I went to my final derm appointment one month ago and he said I was good to stop taking accutane. This made me very happy!! After 13 months of medication, almost 10 of them being accutane it actually feels like I'm forgetting something in the morning without the need of medication! My face is still extremely pigmented with a few dints.. They are fading but I understand this will take a long time, I have an appointment with a skin specialist for 5 months time to get it looked at once accutane leaves the system. Another summer of me being scared to death of swimming! (No make up eeeek) all symptoms have left! Amazing that I don't need lip balm every hour and the joker like ring around my lips has gone . Also my hair has started to grow back which is amazing as it got pretty thin towards the end there! So all in all, I would recommend accutane but only if your skin is realllllly bad, i believe I got cysts that I would never had have ever if I didn't take it- and it was these cysts that left the purple/red marks that I still have almost a year after!! Good luck every one!! I'll post again in a few months
  19. Hi everyone, I have was prescribed to take 20mg of roaccutane for my mild cystic acne. I took 20mg a day for exactly 7 weeks but i have stopped taking the tablets due to lower back pain and blocked eye glands (dry eyes). I have been off of accutane for 2 weeks now and my skin is still clear (yay) and my eyes are 100% better. But my lower back pain is still giving me grief. Has anyone else experienced this lower back pain and if so how long did it take to go away after stopping accutane? thanks
  20. kitkat123345

    Reoccurring Cysts

    Does anyone know if when cystic acne is dried up by a topical if the sac will remain under your skin and form into a cyst again? Or is the bacteria killed completely?
  21. Meggles22224

    How I cleared up my adult acne

    I don't know if this will work for you, but it helped me so I wanted to share hoping it can help someone else. I have struggled with acne for a long time. I'm 31 now and had success with Accutane in my mid teens and again at college age, then Spironolactone when I was in my mid twenties. Spironolactone was the best! Until it wasn't. It stopped working for me after 3 years. I was so disappointed, I thought I'd found the answer. I started getting cystic acne again and it was brutal. It was all around my jawline, mouth and on my neck. So embarrassing and so hard to have self confidence with that going on. I tried not to pick at it but I would and it would obviously make it worse and start spreading. I'd cover it up with foundation which would also make it worse I'm sure. I read somewhere that someone had some luck with a vitamin cocktail. I kind of rolled my eyes, but I figured why not give it a shot. So on Halloween of 2016 I started taking Vitamin A 25000 IU, Vitamin E 400 IU soft gels, Zinc Gluconate 50mg, and Borage Oil 1000mg (all NOW Foods brand bought from Amazon) and kept a daily journal. Two weeks later my acne was not bad at all. One month later it was almost completely gone! Something else I've done since I definitely think some shampoos and conditioners clog pores on my neck (mostly ones with oils) is use Head and Shoulders Classic Clean shampoo and conditioner. I use two separate ones. It's not the best for my hair, but I think it has helped with my neck acne. It has zinc in it which I think is helpful. I wash my face with it as well in the morning. It's drying, but I don't care. Also, at the end of November I had PRK surgery done on my eyes, which is relevant because I wasn't allowed to wear any makeup or moisturizer for at least a month after. Nothing on my face (so it didn't creep into my eyes and cause infection). Luckily I wasn't too mortified to go outside without makeup on because my skin was quite clear aside from old scars and redness that I've always had. So perhaps Cetaphil moisturizer was making me breakout? who knows, but I don't really use moisturizer today unless I'm going on a date or something. I feel like that's against all of the rules but I think your skin gets used to not having it and provides its own oil. So take what you will from this. I try not to touch my face too much or pick at the few pimples I do get, but it's very hard for me, so I'm not always perfect at that. I twirl my hair a lot and then I probably touch my face. Huge no no, but it's a touch habit to break. Trying to be more mindful. But now I don't get cystic acne. Recently one of my coworkers actually said my skin looked AMAZING and asked what I was doing. No one has ever said that to me before! It felt really nice. So I hope this works for someone like it did for me!!! Hang in there
  22. runner7891

    Day 25

    Day 25 on Isotretinoin. So far, the white heads around my chin and lips have pretty much cleared up. Currently, I am experiencing a pretty bad breakout on the sensitive skin under my left eye/beside my nose. This breakout makes me nervous that I will have a scar due to the severity of the breakout (fingers crossed that I won't). Basically, I have a big cyst with two smaller cysts around it. It has been a rough week because this breakout is so very noticeable.. But, the other areas of my face seem to be clearing up pretty nicely. Still have a few cysts around my ears/neck area. These cysts however are getting smaller...little by little. I have a few small pimples on my forehead but they are drying up pretty quickly. My skin seems to have adjusted to the dryness. I keep applying lots of moisturizer and chap stick quite often. My dry/itchy scalp is much better and does not bother me now. Still on 40mg once a day. I will see the dermatologist next week, and will post if my dosage changes. Side effects: dry face and lips (not bad enough to complain), a little fatigue, and increased sore/achy muscles, especially after working out. Thanks to everyone for the comments and feedback! It helps to hear from others going through the same process! Keep moving forward!
  23. redredred

    Shawna's Spironolactone Log

    Days on Spironolactone: 9 Days without Picking: 0 Forehead:Clear Right Cheek: 1 active Left Cheek: 1 active Right Side of Chin: 3 actives Left Side of Chin: 6 actives Back: 3 actives Scarring: Along my chin, jawline and underneath my cheekbones. Background: I had acne on my forehead as an early teen. When I was 17-18 my acne transitioned to my cheeks and chin and my forehead completely cleared. At this point, my forehead never breaks out but I do have enlarged pores due to scarring. When I was 17 I went on Yaz and I believe this helped regulate my skin a lot. I still had breakouts pretty consistently but they only consisted of 1 or 2 cysts that were very manageable. Finally, last year, I got an IUD (Mirena) and my skin has been horrible since. To be fair, I also moved across the county and have undergone a lot of stress in that time period, so I think my increase in acne could be related to that as well. I always have had irregular periods when I am not on birth control. Since my skin has been getting progressively worse, I decided to get my hormones tested. I am still waiting to get some of the results back, but I have been prematurely diagnosed with PCOS. My Lutenizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) ratio was 4:1 and it should be 1:1. Since I am not overweight (I've lost 30 or so pounds in the last few years), my doctor said it is no surprise that my androgen levels are normal. Androgens are what often cause acne and extra hair growth. Anyways, I'll update more on my blood work when I get the rest of the results back. I am still trying to interpret them. Since my androgen levels are normal, I'm also curious if Spironolactone will help since it works as an androgen blocker? In the meantime, my Dr. (an endocrinologist) has decided to put me on 100mg of spironolactone. I take 50mg in the morning and evening. Preliminary Results: It has been 9 days so far and I feel like there is no visible improvement in my skin, but I feel like the inflammation under the skin has decreased.... if that makes sense. These results could be meaningless, since spiro is not supposed to take much of an effect until after a few weeks/months of use. My major problem is picking. In fact, I just had a 10-15 minute picking session in the mirror about an hour ago. It makes me feel horrible and I know that I am not doing any favors for my skin. I wasn't always that bad, but the last year or so has put me to the test. My picking is the main reason why I have decided to post a log here. I know that documenting my results with spironolactone will help others, but posting here might also help me be more accountable when I'm in front of the mirror. I'd like to somehow replace the habit with something that is good for my skin, but I am not sure what. Ideas? I'm also thinking about controlling how much time I spend in front of the mirror, since I know that it is a really big trigger for me. The Rest of My Routine I have gone on and off Proactiv for about 7 years. I am not the biggest fan, but I find that when I use it after discontinued use I get good results for a short time. Maybe 1-2 weeks. Then my skin declines and gets overly dry and new breakouts start. I know that i can use it safely for one week, so I will go ahead and do that now to try and clear up my skin a bit more. Then, I'll use a gentle cleanser (CeraVe) and moisturizer for the remainder of the spiro trial period. In April I will see my endocrinologist again. I might request a larger dose of Spiro then if I do not see a lot of improvement. I'm also planning on seeing a dermatologist at some point. I would like to get Retin-A micro. In fact, I'm dying to get my hands on some. I feel like it is a great alternative treatment to benzoyl peroxide because it is known to actually improve the quality of the skin, whereas BP just dries it out. My plan is to update ~daily to help control my picking, and maybe ~weekly to talk about the spironolactone results. Thanks for reading! xx Shawna
  24. Just curious - has anyone found a gentle yet effective skincare routine/line of products? I am 32 years old with hormonal acne, isolated to my chin, ranging from mild (whiteheads) to severe (cysts) and even sometimes clear. I tend to go for products that are probably too harsh, doing more harm than good. With this type of acne, I'm not expecting a product to "cure me"...I just want to be good to my skin, and not exacerbate the problem. Just looking for your thoughts/suggestions! Thanks
  25. blackfire88

    I'm Done :/

    Hi Im Coy this is my happy story I had a lot of zits when I was in high school but I really didnt care at all that time but when I started college I break out so bad red inflamed cysts all over my face .The break-out is unstoppable ... people around me were disgusted by my face , kids make fun of me calling me a monster , people around me are asking if my face was cursed by a demon or if I wash my face atleast once a year .. my face is so dirty .. kids make fun of me , peers avoid me ............................ I give up ........ I hate my life................. I hate my face .......... I sometimes blame god for this .. I even tried worshipping satan for a cure.. but nothing worked...... my personal doctor and derma gave up on my skin .......... Ive tried evrything , acutane ro acutane retin-A ,zinc,vitamin c ,sulfur ,gentle soaps, moisturizers, witch hazel ,honey facial masks , pro active ,,etc. I also change my diet from being a carnivore to vegetarian , I drink plenty of water , I wash my face 3~5 times a day, .I exercise, I sleep early ...I also dont pick my acne , I dont touch it , nothing... I hate evryone suggesting me products bcoz they didnt know that I tried evrything for my acne .. I dont need any more products ..what I need right now is emotional support because all I think of now is dying ... I am 2 weeks absent from my school I also missed my exams , I dont think about my future , I have no future ... I rather have cancer than acne .. xoxo sorry for my really bad english , english is not my main language here is the pic