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  1. Hi I'm Lex and I have been taking Accutane for 2 Months now. My acne has been controlled from day one of the pills, it almost feels too good to be true. I haven't experienced any serious side effects such as; depression, confusion, stress or any other mental side effects, for which I am grateful. I have some tips on the less serious side effects. I have experienced dry skin, scarring, dry hair and liver discomfort, all of which I have been able to control with my routine, which is why I thought I'd share. Firstly, my dose is 40mg a day and I'm on Oratane, which is just a cheap aussy version of Accutane, I wash my face morning and night with QV Gentle Skin Cleanser. Dry skin I never really experienced dry skin until the beginning of my second month, but to control it I use; Garnier Body Soothing Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin - Body (morning/night and any time my skin feels dry) QV Skin Lotion - Face (morning only, before makeup) Napoleon Pre-Foundation Primer - Face (only when I wear makeup, I put it on after the moisturizer, and since have never had a problem with dry/flaky makeup) I also take supplements: Blackmores - Bio Zink Swisse - Hair Skin and Nails (Liquid) Scarring/redness (I do not have surface scars just very red, discolored skin, so I'm not sure how this would work on people who have excessive scarring) At night after washing my face with a gentle QV wash I absolutely cover my face with Bio Oil (the original one) - I only started using this 1 week ago because my skin was looking awful (before I just moisturized with my QV skin lotion) but in the week I have been using it, I have noticed a significant change, my skin looks 100% clearer! At first I was afraid of putting an oil on my face but this stuff is like magic <3 Liver discomfort and digestion problems When I started my second month I started taking 40mg instead of 20mg, there was a significant change in my apatite. I felt sick every time I ate and felt like I wasn't digesting properly, it was uncomfortable, so I went out and got some things I thought would help. For 3 weeks I have been taking: Swisse - Liver Detox (Morning) Activia Yogurt (Morning with fruit and muesli) The effects of those were almost instant, very happy. Dry Hair My hair is pretty healthy, I think the Hair Skin and Nails is to thank for that, but it is dry (especially at the roots). I use Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly, it makes my hair feel soft and full of moisture. I also don't wet or wash my hair often maybe once a week or less (I know some people think it's disgusting but it works the best for me. The most important thing is to make sure you don't wet your hair (unless your washing it, obviously) but it really works and my hair is always complemented on. Thanks for reading and I hope I helped
  2. Hi all. So, I have no doubt in my mind that right now, I am depressed. I don't know if it's ever been this bad before....and my skin's never looked worse either. I've always struggled with acne, but during my first semester in college, I got the worst breakout I think I've ever had. It was weird because it was a ton of red marks on my cheeks, but not many raised pimples. So, I would just cover it with makeup and I thought I was okay. I wasn't taking any medication or doing anything because I was in college so I couldn't get to a derm. I think, in all honesty, my birth control is what brought on the breakout. Meanwhile, I have had this friend for months now who emotionally abuses me on a daily basis. We basically started off flirting with each other, and as the semester progressed and we became more comfortable with each other, he started teasing me a lot. The teasing has gotten worse and worse to the point where it seems like he actually wants to hurt me. He'll call me ugly, pretend to vomit when he sees me, talk about how stupid or useless I am, and then play off all these things as "jokes" if I seem upset. So, I played them off as "jokes" too. Meanwhile, near the middle of the semester, we started hooking up on the side whenever we were alone. He would only act nice to me when we were alone and then we would end up kissing etc. It made me feel as though he didn't mean all those "jokes" he made and actually cared about me. But now, yesterday, I came to a breaking point when I heard him make a joke about my acne to another good friend of mine. I was so hurt because he knows that I care about him yet he doesn't care at all about me, obviously, or my feelings. He's manipulative, and has threatened me before that if I made him angry enough he could make me want to leave university. He uses these threats to make me not stand up to him and then reels me back in with false, sweet words when we're alone. I honestly have never met anyone in my life who speaks to me the way he does, and it's with utter disrespect. It depresses me that I've allowed myself to be treated like this by someone, and someone I thought cared for me deep down. I have the support of my other friends, but it doesn't help my mood all that much. I feel so depressed about my skin, my social circle, everything. My skin is still pretty bad; the hyperpigmentation is bad. It could be worse, much much worse, but my depression is already set into motion. I feel like it's going to be so difficult to focus on my studies this semester, and I really need to make good grades this semester. I feel so broken and don't even know what to do anymore. Honestly, I wish I could be happy, I really do.
  3. Theboyingreen

    Scar Treatment Advice

    ok so I have a lot of these white bumby scars on my back. Went to see a dermatologist and she was all like "yea ur backs fu****...." I have a lot of purple/red scars but I know go down quite a bit so I don't mind em so much, I also have this large scar which is basically like a depression or a hole of sorts on one of my cheeks. How do I go about dealing with these three different scars? I'm on rooacutane which apparently spells bye bye for my spots and I have a good skin regime so I'm primarilly looking for help with these scars. Thanks.
  4. Brez718

    My acne solution..

    Hello folks, made an account to share what has helped me with my acne. I'm a 29 year old man. From the age of 14, I suffered from horrible cystic acne. The only thing that got rid of the cysts was accutane. If you have cysts and haven't tried accutane, do so. Asap. Before accutane I tried everything else. Antibiotics, creams, you name it. My folks while well intentioned, (a friend's son used accutane and had a mental breakdown) delayed my trying it by years. Immediate results, never had cysts again. Up until a few months ago, I still had pimples. What worked to clear that up was to stop drinking milk and other dairy. I also rest the side of my face on my forearm or back of hand instead of pillowcase. Try these things out. Acne has caused me a lot of heartache, I hope these tips help someone out there.
  5. Gut Pathog. 2011 Jan 31;3(1):1. Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis - back to the future? Bowe WP, Logan AC. Department of Dermatology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, 11203, USA. wpbowe@gmail.com. ABSTRACT: Over 70 years have passed since dermatologists John H. Stokes and Donald M. Pillsbury first proposed a gastrointestinal mechanism for the overlap between depression, anxiety and skin conditions such as acne. Stokes and Pillsbury hypothesized that emotional states might alter the normal intestinal microflora, increase intestinal permeability and contribute to systemic inflammation. Among the remedies advocated by Stokes and Pillsbury were Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures. Many aspects of this gut-brain-skin unifying theory have recently been validated. The ability of the gut microbiota and oral probiotics to influence systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control, tissue lipid content and even mood itself, may have important implications in acne. The intestinal microflora may also provide a twist to the developing diet and acne research. Here we provide a historical perspective to the contemporary investigations and clinical implications of the gut-brain-skin connection in acne.
  6. I have had pretty moderate to severe bacne for almost 20 years (I'm 42) and finally using Dans regimen it is beginning to clear up. However the scarring is ruining my life and I mean that - I think I have been in a depression for 20 years because of this. I am thinking about using a dermaroller on my back but its difficult to find any real evidence that this will give me the positive results I want as nobody anywhere seems to have done this on their back. My scarring is a mixture of rolling scars and sunken boxcar type scars. A few questions:- Has anybody had any scars improve using a dermaroller and if so, what kind of scars? Would a dermaroller work for skin on the back? What size of needles would I need? Again its difficult to find any good info on this?? Should I use Copper Peptides or Retin-A - What has given you best results?? Can anyone recommend a good roller to use? Any other advice would be very welcome as this really is my last chance to get some kind of quality of life back before I give up. Thanks, McGoo
  7. Hey Everyone, I'm new to the board and it's my 14yo son who has started Accutane. The first month he was prescribed 40mg 1 pill at night. He had dry skin, and things seemed like they were working after the first week with drying everything up. He had very chapped lips, 1 nose bleed and a little achy. He started his second month and was put on 80mg 1 pill in the morning, 1 at night. He's been on that now for 2.5 weeks (so total of 6 1/2 weeks on Accutane). He was doing good but then 3 days ago, 2 weeks into his higher dosage he got a massive breakout, he looks worse then when he first started. He is SO deflated but hanging in there but feels this is a major setback. I don't know what to think. The dermatologist made is seem that he will start seeing results end of month 2 and here we are a week and 1/2 away from that and it's just terrible!! I am wondering if this is common? I have noticed a few of the huge pimples are drying up and turning into scabs but he still has more that just appear like red boils. He said they don't really hurt unless you press down on them. I know Accutane doesn't work for everyone but our Dr. made it seem like the ones it didn't work for are ones that had to be taken off of it because of blood work or depression. She made it seem like if you are on it through the course it will DEFINITELY work. Is that true? Any input would be much appreciated
  8. OK here we go. I have been suffering with acne and adult acne for more that 22 years as well as back and chest acne. All being of moderate proportion, cystic in nature, and very tough to get rid of. It seemed to be multiple break outs of cycling acne and I couldn't stop them no matter what i tried (and I've used most acne products over the counter and prescription.) I have combination skin so its dry and oily at the same time, and Very tough to treat. So here's what helped me cure this annoying condition after struggling with it for a very long time. 1) First I assessed my level of stress and any other medical conditions that could be contributing to being a toll on the bodys over all physical or mental health. Stress, depression, pain conditions and so on can knock the body out of balance hormonally and lead to the over production of Oil and skin cell turnover. 2 of the leading contributing factors in this debilitating condition. The other being Propionibacterium acnes (skin bacteria). All of this needs to be treated and delt with what ever the case may be to put the body's hormones back in balance and restore healthy skin. 2) Exercise and water consumption is very important as well. It rids the body of acne producing toxins naturally and effectively reduces stress. I exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week and drink about 8 8oz glasses of water a day. It is also very important to shower after you exercise to clean away the impurities. 3) Medication, treatment and regiments. Heres what i do on a daily basis. I am currently taking Minocycline ER (Solodyn) 90MG once a day in the morning. It seems to be helping somewhat but I can tell it doesn't help as effectively as doctors might think it does. I've experimented with missing doses. In my opinion it might get you about a third of the way to clearing acne as this is how effective it has been for me. Thats why I do a 3 step combination approach. Next I shower twice a day once in the am when i wake up and once before i go to bed. I exercise in the am then take a shower and eat breakfast. I have skipped showers due to being tired in the pm and nothing happens and i dont get break outs either. Just thought I'd mention that as a side note. Ok what i use to wash. Don't worry its not some crazy complex hard to follow regimen like I've seen in the past.lol. I wash with a loofah on a stick (found at Walmart) with regular body wash (I use suave rosemary and mint) on the body ONLY to exfoliate. Also run luke warm water to shower in because the hotter the water temperature is the more prone the skin is to drying out and clogging pores. I have used every thing from Oxy to Neutrogena to Dove and everything in between. OILS in body-wash are very bad so dove is essentially the devil for people with oily acne prone skin.lol. The rest over dry and perpetuate the acne cycle. Here's an informative web site in-case you are sensitive to various types of products and washes. It rates ingredients on there pore clogging ability and I've found it extremely useful in choosing which products to use. Its savvyskin.com how-to-prevent-cosmetic-acne Next shampoo ( be careful not to get alot on your back or face and other acne prone areas.) It can clog pores if you dont wash it off very well before you get out of the shower. Just a tip. Then I use Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser and combined that with PanOxyl 10% Foaming Face Wash in equal parts enough to cover all of the acne prone areas on my body and face. Then I wash (ONLY using my hands because i exfoliated already with the loopha) my back, chest, face and torso (basically anywhere i have had acne prone spots in the past.) Where all the oil glands are. For my face I add ST IVES Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub Gentle about the size of a pea once a day usually in the pm as well. The Panoxyl also has glycolic acid in it so it clears out your pores very effectively as well as smoothing your skin. The benzoyl peroxide effectively kills bacteria and the Aveeno cleans and moisturizes the skin and dosen't leave it oily or with a residue of any kind. It dosen't clog pores either. It actually calms and moisturizes the skin which is good considering i use a lot of benzoyl peroxide. When i get out of the shower i towel off (make sure your towel doesn't contain alot of lint or other impurities and wash it once a week as well as the rest of your laundry in dye, perfume free, additive free laundry detergent. I use purex its cheap and very effective. Next I use Dan's Benzoyl peroxide everywhere I'm prone to breaking out.. It has been the best thing in the largest quantity that i have found yet. It glides on easy, doesn't clump, is orderless, colorless and is very effective. Also doesn't dry me out. That's it... I also use moisturizer sometimes if needed but cant tolerate lotion based moisturizers. They ALWAYS break me out and have tried them all. I actually use Garnier - Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel. Its not greasy and doesn't leave a residue what so ever. Doesn't clog pores either so its perfectly balanced for combination dry or oily skin. I also get a little oily around the t zone particularly around the nose naturally throughout the day and am prone to breaking out there, so i dab some Clearasil on the spots that get the most oily until it blends with my skin. I use Clearasil spot treatment benzoyl peroxide (the orig one in the 1 oz blue tube.) It actually fights bacteria and dries up the oil throughout the day like nothing else I've ever tried. Well thats it.. I have found this to be the perfect balance to my regimen and feel that fighting acne is a commitment with strict adherence needed to produce desired results. Treating it internally as well as externally with a combination approach is key in prevention and eradication. Hopefully this regimen can help someone looking for a direction to progress in. Good luck.
  9. OK here we go. I have been suffering with acne and adult acne for more that 22 years as well as back and chest acne. All being of moderate proportion, cystic in nature, and very tough to get rid of. It seemed to be multiple break outs of cycling acne and I couldn't stop them no matter what i tried (and I've used most acne products over the counter and prescription.) I have combination skin so its dry and oily at the same time, and Very tough to treat. So here's what helped me cure this annoying condition after struggling with it for a very long time. 1) First I assessed my level of stress and any other medical conditions that could be contributing to being a toll on the bodys over all physical or mental health. Stress, depression, pain conditions and so on can knock the body out of balance hormonally and lead to the over production of Oil and skin cell turnover. 2 of the leading contributing factors in this debilitating condition. The other being Propionibacterium acnes (skin bacteria). All of this needs to be treated and delt with what ever the case may be to put the body's hormones back in balance and restore healthy skin. 2) Exercise and water consumption is very important as well. It rids the body of acne producing toxins naturally and effectively reduces stress. I exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week and drink about 8 8oz glasses of water a day. It is also very important to shower after you exercise to clean away the impurities. 3) Medication, treatment and regiments. Heres what i do on a daily basis. I am currently taking Minocycline ER (Solodyn) 90MG once a day in the morning. It seems to be helping somewhat but I can tell it doesn't help as effectively as doctors might think it does. I've experimented with missing doses. In my opinion it might get you about a third of the way to clearing acne as this is how effective it has been for me. Thats why I do a 3 step combination approach. Next I shower twice a day once in the am when i wake up and once before i go to bed. I exercise in the am then take a shower and eat breakfast. I have skipped showers due to being tired in the pm and nothing happens and i dont get break outs either. Just thought I'd mention that as a side note. Ok what i use to wash. Don't worry its not some crazy complex hard to follow regimen like I've seen in the past.lol. I wash with a loofah on a stick (found at Walmart) with regular body wash (I use suave rosemary and mint) on the body ONLY to exfoliate. Also run luke warm water to shower in because the hotter the water temperature is the more prone the skin is to drying out and clogging pores. I have used every thing from Oxy to Neutrogena to Dove and everything in between. OILS in body-wash are very bad so dove is essentially the devil for people with oily acne prone skin.lol. The rest over dry and perpetuate the acne cycle. Here's an informative web site in-case you are sensitive to various types of products and washes. It rates ingredients on there pore clogging ability and I've found it extremely useful in choosing which products to use. Its savvyskin.com how-to-prevent-cosmetic-acne Next shampoo ( be careful not to get alot on your back or face and other acne prone areas.) It can clog pores if you dont wash it off very well before you get out of the shower. Just a tip. Then I use Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser and combined that with PanOxyl 10% Foaming Face Wash in equal parts enough to cover all of the acne prone areas on my body and face. Then I wash (ONLY using my hands because i exfoliated already with the loopha) my back, chest, face and torso (basically anywhere i have had acne prone spots in the past.) Where all the oil glands are. For my face I add ST IVES Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub Gentle about the size of a pea once a day usually in the pm as well. The Panoxyl also has glycolic acid in it so it clears out your pores very effectively as well as smoothing your skin. The benzoyl peroxide effectively kills bacteria and the Aveeno cleans and moisturizes the skin and dosen't leave it oily or with a residue of any kind. It dosen't clog pores either. It actually calms and moisturizes the skin which is good considering i use a lot of benzoyl peroxide. When i get out of the shower i towel off (make sure your towel doesn't contain alot of lint or other impurities and wash it once a week as well as the rest of your laundry in dye, perfume free, additive free laundry detergent. I use purex its cheap and very effective. Next I use Dan's Benzoyl peroxide everywhere I'm prone to breaking out.. It has been the best thing in the largest quantity that i have found yet. It glides on easy, doesn't clump, is orderless, colorless and is very effective. Also doesn't dry me out. That's it... I also use moisturizer sometimes if needed but cant tolerate lotion based moisturizers. They ALWAYS break me out and have tried them all. I actually use Garnier - Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel. Its not greasy and doesn't leave a residue what so ever. Doesn't clog pores either so its perfectly balanced for combination dry or oily skin. I also get a little oily around the t zone particularly around the nose naturally throughout the day and am prone to breaking out there, so i dab some Clearasil on the spots that get the most oily until it blends with my skin. I use Clearasil spot treatment benzoyl peroxide (the orig one in the 1 oz blue tube.) It actually fights bacteria and dries up the oil throughout the day like nothing else I've ever tried. Well thats it.. I have found this to be the perfect balance to my regimen and feel that fighting acne is a commitment with strict adherence needed to produce desired results. Treating it internally as well as externally with a combination approach is key in prevention and eradication. Hopefully this regimen can help someone looking for a direction to progress in. Good luck.
  10. princess kay

    HELP!

    I'm fourteen and I've been suffering from Acne for about 2 years. I have tried literally everything except roaccutane, which I'm not allowed to be put on because of my depression. I'm getting fed up with having horrible skin. I have extremely low confidence and self esteem, I even had to give up wearing foundation and trying tinted moisturizer and my skin still seems to be dry. It almost seems as if now the only way to fix all my problems is if my skin has cleared up. I'm on Levlen ED right now which is a type of "pill" and I tried doxycycline but it only made my acne worse. I've used a Vitamin A cream called Trentinoin Retrieve Cream which makes no difference now, as well as Benzac AC which made my skin extremely sensitive and sore while making no difference. All types of scrubs and washes seem to hurt and sting my skin. I've tried Clearasil, Clean and Clear, Garnier, and numerous other scrubs including a benzoyl peroxide scrub that only dries out my skin. I just don't know what to do anymore, no products are helping my skin and nobody is giving me any advice. I've asked my doctor, dermatologist and my parents and for the last two years all they say is "Lets see what happens." Could anybody please give me some REAL quality advice? Thankyou.
  11. Hello, Recently whenever i think about my current circumstances i just feel totally drained and tired and then i can lie on my bed and sleep for many hours, even when it's 10:30 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon, I also find myself looking through pictures of good looking men/women imaging how good my life could be if i was like them, is this depression? :s
  12. Hey, I heard White Willow(AKA Salix Alba L) is good for cleaning the blood. Is it good for acne? Are there any side effects? I have tend to have depression, cancer(many people in my family had) and chron disease(my dad had it). May it cause any of these things? I take Citalopram, Milk Thistle and a lot of vitamins. Are there any interactions? If possible, please post a research or a FDA article. Thanks!
  13. Just felt like talking ranting a bit.. Lately i've been suffering from extreme anxiety and depression. I've never ever been to a doctor for this before, and never been on meds. I've delt with depression on and off before throughout my life, but this time, its just controlling my life.. Its been 5 years since I took accutane and had acne, and ive been clear since, but im just extremely depressed and im not sure the exact reason, and its just a tough situation for me. I miss the acne days . When I took accutane and had bad acne back then, yeah I was extremely depressed throughout the whole process, I used to cry alot back then, atleast a few times a week. But it never controlled me, I worked a fulltime job back then and performed well with that and graduated highschool. after that, I went 3 and a half years without crying 1 single time, even though I got depressed on and off. Last year everything went great for once, I graduated college, was a straight A student, moved out, and worked a few different jobs, all of which came at the right time, I even got promoted at 1 job. Since I graduated college, not sure the exact reason, but i've been having extreme depression problems, where unlike in the past, this time it just prevents me from fully living. i'm just not fully focused, I feel over whelmed and like i can't do anything at times, im distracted, and i feel like if i was in school still, i'd fail out because i just dont have that same focus and drive that i once had, and i have no motivation anymore. I only work part time now and even thats too much for me atm. I've had alot of bad breaks throughout life, and since i graduated college, nuthing went right. I had 2 bad relationships that really hurt me, theres just no jobs out there and its just tough to get started. I'm afraid to seek help, because i landed 1 career in law enforcement right now that im going through a recruitment process for.They do a thurough check on everything, and if they find out im going to a counselor/on medications for depression, it can cost me a career. I used to be a hard worker and managed a business when I was only 18,and always felt i was capable and deserving of any job, now im just so dead from depression i dont feel i can work hard anymore and i dont feel like im even worthy of this career. And even worse, if this career doesnt happen for me, if i fail any of the recruitment steps or just flat out dont get in due to economy or other reasons, theres nothing else out there for me right now. i'm 22, and i worked so hard last yr, only to graduate to nothing, and on top of that get my heart broken 2 more times. Ahh thats my rant. I really wish i could be the depressed 17 yr old kid with acne i once was, cuz atleast then i dint have the pressure of getting my life started, and atleast then my depression somehow wasn't holding me back like it is now.
  14. Most of my life i had bad skin. i had 2 of my friends tell me straight into my face how ugly i looked in middle school. i had alright skin for some time, when i was on birth control, but i had to get off of it for health reasons, and now it's worse than ever. this is the worst i've ever looked, as far as i can remember. It just affects my confidence so much. i'm so tired of having this never ending problem. it makes me feel like less of a woman. it makes me feel gross. makes me incredibly insecure and bitter. i know i can cover it up if i want, but i find that fake, and i hate being dependent on make up like that. it makes my personality worse too because i feel depressed and unworthy. when i can't help but complain, people tell me im too obsessed with my looks and that i need to be less shallow. but they don't know how it feels to look in the mirror and see this mess. why does it have to be me. i already have so much to deal with. i already have poor body image and depression and anxiety disorder. it's so hard for me to relax and be happy right now.
  15. Where to start? I haven't been here since wow... forever honestly. Jeez it's so frigging crazy how time flies. Since then I've only been working on my skin getting better and better throughout the days and life has passed me by I forgot how to enjoy myself because of it. Masking my mental state of mind with prescription drugs, alcohol, drugs, whatever else I could get my hands on in my earlier years . It's been a really rough time. I've gotten through my mental perception of myself and it's really crazy how much my mentality on peoples sexiness has changed for me to try to find someone special that isn't only like myself you know - those crazy nights looking at the mirror wondering why you look like this - those crazy days wondering what you look like in each mirror that passes you by, and why the light is so bright (TURN THEM LIGHTS DOWN!) - those crazy moments which those stares sear your soul like no one else could understand but you - those insane situations where you think you're going to be different just because you're being judged like someone you're not. and unfortunately I hate to say this - it's true for most people that have skin disorders. After being completely clear after an insane 4 COURSE accutane treatment (one course done without any doctors supervision) and currently humira + other prescription drugs to control rosacea have completely cleared me people notice me different. I don't notice the people I've known differently though. I needed to get this out to the people that I would love to meet that I understand their pain. I want to share their lifestyles. I want to be there for them. There aren't many people like them around me. I would love to know others stories about how they have progressed through life like I have to succeed in ways of succession even if they DON'T clear up which they can be infinitely powerful as designed by their creator whether or not you have a religion you believe in or not. I haven't posted in years. I want to make this heard. I love every one of you for who you are and I -seriously- wish you the best. Just know that there is a man like me out there who understands EVERYTHING you've been through. Guy or girl. I just seriously wish you all the best. Life goes by so fast you forget to realize just because it's bad now it won't get better. It will; and after the insane insane time i've spent on here it's been well worth it. I just wanted to say if it wasn't for this website and kern making it I probably wouldn't be living right now due to other circumstances. I just wish I could find someone that is going through the same things I am. I feel that would be a connection that I could understand to experience a relationship... sorta like someone who's been through a battle before (just not as gruesome) but as mentally exhausting in a lot of circumstances. It's really insane living in a country that puts it on such a high pedestal. Well... that all came from heart without proofreading as it should. So be it. Thank you all and again acne.org... only place I could see it go was in this forum. Thanks again. <3
  16. Hello ill start off by telling a bit about myself , ive been having acne since i was in 7th grade i am now still a freshman in college and around my senior year in high school is when my acne got out of hand and was introduced to Murad which completely changed me forever. I had severe red marks and pigmentation so when i noticed they were all almost gone from using Murad i was a happy man but soon after it wasnt good enough for me i noticed i was left with alot of Acne Scarring that has just put me in a depression . So here i am 19 year's old in search of a normal life without acne. Im wondering what can i do at my age. I occasionally get that pesky pimple here n there but Murad has controlled my acne very very well. Now i am looking to improve the acne scars that were left behind. Is there anything i can start doing at my age or should i wait to see if any improvements happen. I uploaded photos and thank you! The photo's kinda suck because of my old iphone but i think they give you a good idea of what im dealing with.
  17. I've been on accutane for 11 weeks now on a 20mg dosage the whole time. I had mild acne, it's still getting worse but I'm hoping it gets better. However that is not my concern... I'm an extremely sporty 15 year old, do well in school and generally am quite popular, and I don't want accutane to ruin that. Can I get reasurance that accutane isn't going to cause me to die young? fall into depression? or put me in a horrible mental state forever? I'm just scared that i've made a horrible decision to take this drug..... Thanks
  18. I've been coming here and posting here and there with questions and such, I guess sometimes I get carried away and write a little too much. So I decided to to write everything all in one post, so maybe I won't be judged too quickly because though my scars are few and shallow, the amount they effect me is... severe, deep... Maybe this will be like a diary or something. Hopefully it will help. Right now I just need support. So here's my story. I feel like I've been going through one long reality check, my whole life. And so much so lately, (I'll get to that). Lived in a small town, had little growing up. Hardly ever went to a dentist or doctor.My childhood was nothing too great, I watched my mother be abused and relapse into a depression, all while on drugs. She's still a bit off, and she's still with said abuser, though things have calmed down, and drugs are no longer being used. Throughout school I've been picked on for being too tall, being too skinny, not having a perfect smile, being too quiet... being just.. different. And it used to never bother me. Until I got older, and started seeing things wrong with me. Even when anyone had told me that I should be a model, okay... maybe I believed in myself a little bit, I started to want to be a model. I thought wow, I'll show everyone who has ever hurt me just what I could be. And that hey, models aren't typical looking, everyones different. And this went on for a couple years and into highschool. I guess after people had told me I should be a model, I always had this skewed view on myself. How I should be. And throughout middleschool and highschool, I'd been dealing with acne. Moderate acne, not the kind that's red and extremely painful looking, but blackheads, whiteheads, and comedones. And I began picking. I compare it to self harm, because it gave me a temporary relief from my emotional pains. And I could never do what I'd seen those I love do, cutting themselves. I just don't want to be that way, no matter how much I hurt. I remember when I got my first scar, I remember searching frantically for a cure... everyday I looked in the mirror, I saw it staring back at me. It was like a third eye...(ridiculous, its okay to laugh...my family sure made fun of me for it...) Shallow, and small...it hurt but I eventually got over it, for the most part. I told myself, after I become a model, I'll have the money to make everything that hurts me disappear. And money was something I hardly had the fortune of having growing up. My sophomore year I became fearless. I fell in love with someone who I was forbidden from. I stayed up late, I snuck out. We were together in secrecy. I felt like I was living, like nothing could stop me. And towards the end of the year I did something, til this day, I regret doing. I picked a zit that wasn't ready on my forehead. It was a very large comedone, and after a few squeezes it started hurting, and swole up real bit... it hurt, so I kept going. What followed was hell, it was a huge, infected looking spot on my face. I still had hope it wouldn't scar, after all, I've picked before. But something was wrong, it didn't scab. It looked gnarly. I spent the beginning of my summer with honey, bandaids, and bandanas. And lying to anyone who asked what had happened. I would cry myself to sleep, I lost my appetite, I started being very moody, which is very out of character for me. But I kept telling myself that I've got to keep myself together. My family had been going through a lot, living paycheck to paycheck. Owing money. Fighting. He whole nine yards. And I didn't want to be a burden. I never want to be a burden. But when do my needs matter, I thought. Reflection upon reflection, of what is and what should and shouldn't be. I couldn't help but feel cursed. The only one in my family who ever had skin problems. This that and the other, wrong. I began losing it, I felt. I missed a lot of the new school year. I would be in the mirror everyday checking if the new scar had left me. It's affected me mentally, and physically. I began losing motivation, weight, happiness... my sense of hope for a better life. And one day I was rushed to the emergency room for my anxiety. And here I am. Scarred. I often wonder why I'm putting myself through this. But its my fault I'm like this. The only things keeping me from losing it completely is this one strand of hope I always had. That same strand as I watched my mother be beaten, that same strand that was there through every hurtful comment through school, that same strand. And my highly dysfunctional family. And my boyfriend I love dearly, he's never seen me upset about anything about myself... I know how unattractive insecurity is... and it kills me to not feel good enough. I don't feel the same about myself. I feel like a monster, that my whole life and myself is just a big joke, and that I'll just be barely there my whole life. Barely happy, barely pretty... barely. And I feel sick because I realise I'm being selfish, that I'm wasting my life feeling negative. But I cannot for the life of me do anything! I so scared to ask for help. I'm not crazy... I'd be better and feel better if I could better myself, these things, and have a chance at life. I just don't know what to do. I have so much to overcome I guess. I just don't know... And these scars I feel like they show the monster I am, the messed up life I've had. The bad things I've done. This isn't me :/ I just want to be happy... I should probably go see a dermatologist... but I'm so scared they'll say that I'm stuck like this forever. My newer scar turns red when I massage it... its about five months old... will this ever go away? And when I raise my eyebrows my forehead wrinkles differently. It dents in toward the scar... I'm thinking its tethered down. I don't have money for subcision... it it possible that it may level out, untether on its own? I'm just at such a loss. I wish I could go back. I know its only a shallow scar, that doesn't bother me its just, I'm so self conscious when I move my eyebrows. I feel like I'll never be the same. It's so noticeable. I've been dermarolling once every month and massaging in cocoa butter every night. I just want to hear there's something I can do. And for anyone with scars, how have they changed over time?
  19. clearplease

    Newbie Needs Advice!

    Hi im new to this thread but have been following it for long time. Its my first post so apologies if its a bit all over the place.. Heres my story and i need your help please ! I have very mild but extremely persistent acne around the area of my mouth. This is pretty much the only area where I ever have a problem, apart from the occasional one or two i get around my jawline and on my face to the side of my nose. My face is about 80% clear most of the time and then sometimes i get an even bigger than usual flare up around my mouth area.. I have anywhere from usually 3-7 small cystic acne spots around my mouth. If these were simply whiteheads or blackheads and come and go in a day or two I could deal with it but these spots are extremely painful and when they do show up last sometimes a week to a week and a half. They are always extremely irritated and red and sometimes painful to the extent that smiling and eating even becomes a chore. The frustrating part is that I'm currently 27 and have been trying to get this cleared up for going on 11 years now. I have been going to the dermatologist since I was about 16 and have been on just about everything. I have been on both topical and oral, differin, brevoxyl, retin-a minocin tablets,,....pretty much everything at one point or another. I'm currently on a duac with skinoren cream and was taking tetralycyl tablets with them. I was on accutane before for the same sort of outbreak and it cleared it up perfectly for about 2 years. Now im back right where i started all those years ago, constantly worrying about my skin and unsure when the next spot will arrive. I just want to be put back on accutane cos i know that works but because when I go in to see my derm all they see is someone with mild acne or no acne at all if they catch me on a good day, what they don't see is the fact that my face has been broken out about 75% of the time in some form or another for going on 10 years despite having been on a laundry list of meds for that entire time. No matter how much i tell them of the depression and embarrasment it causes it me they just seem to dismiss it and say accutane is overkill!! Iv ehad tried 3 different derms in last year to try and persuade them but no joy. I'm sick of the medications, the dry skin they give me, and the mediocre results. It seems unless i leave my skin get really really bad i cant get the "cure" i need in accutane.. Any tips or solutions on how to convince my derm to put me on it or anyone in ireland know any derm who is very favourable to prescribing it?? , is every derm just going to tell me its simply not severe enough suck it up. I just don't want to be doing this same routine in another 10 years. Thanks in advance for yer replies
  20. Newman

    Accutane Help?

    Ive recently started accutane, over a month ago and am experiencing all of the side effects; dry lips, depression, dry skin, aches in muscles etc... However after finishing my first 30 pills and starting the next, I've notice quite an annoying rash/breakout on my stomach. it is very itchy and normal creams, moisturising or drying out doesn't seem to work. The rash is composed of many small individual spots and nothing seems to be working. As for the rest of my body (chest, face, neck and back), the acne seems to be getting better, however like most drugs it has seemed to plateaued, and now doesn't seem to be helping much. I know accutane does at first flare up the acne, however is this to late after one month in for it? I'm beginning to lose faith in the drug, however i feel after only being on 20mg/day of the drug for a month isn't sufficient justification to doubt the drug. have any of you experienced this, what did you do? any suggestions/help with the drug? thanks
  21. za25onthetane

    Cure for Acne Scars

    Hi Everyone, Like all of us on this forum, I too have spent countless hours researching on the web and trying to educate myself on any possible methods to totally (and not nominally improve) my acne scars. I too have spent hours in front of the mirror wondering why I had been cursed with these scars, when seemingly everyone around me has perfect, unscarred skin. I have spent so much time obsessing over how to get rid of these scars, and reclaim the normal, smooth skin that I enjoyed and was so proud of before I was ravaged by acne. My findings from all of the hours of crawlign the web, sleepless nights, serious bouts of depression and despair have led me to writing this post to share my idea with all of you. Firstly, it is most important for all of us to have hope. Because without hope we have nothing. I believe one day we can all have access to a treatment which lives up to the promise of erasing our acne scars, and letting us all carry on with our lives, and looking in the mirror with a smile. Close your eyes and imagine that day, never give up hope, because we will get there, together. And this is what has lead me to share a revolutionary idea with you. I am not going to say that I have found a miracle acne scar cure and now I am going to share it with you. You have no idea how much I wish I could do that. Unfortunately I studied Engineering and not Medicine/Dermatology. But I have a brilliant idea. Since none of the acne scar removal methodsm(and here I am not saying improvement, we all really want REMOVAL) have never met anyones expectations completely, it is time for all of us to get involved. I have seen many posts about people asking if there will ever be a breakthrough in modern medical science to enable us to erase acne scars. Some people say wait a few years, maybe there will be something. How do we know this, we are just waiting patiently after all. Then it hit me. For things to happen we need to get involved. What got me thinking is space flight. When I was a kid (maybe 10 years ago, space flight was considered a pipe dream, something far beyond the reach of the elite handful of astronauts. But a few people decided to change all that, and they came up with the idea of offering a prize to any non-goverment organization who could come up with a proven space exploration concept which would make space travel accessible to normal people like us). For further information on this initiative, check out : http://www.xprize.org/ and also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansari_X_Prize Who would have thought this would have been possible, yet today it is a reality. But what does this have to do with Acne scars and finding a "cure" for them. Everything! If we can start a similar initiative, and promote it amongst the dermatology and medical research institutes at Universities and scientific research institutions around the world, a cure will be found for acne scars. There has just not been any motivation for the best scientists and doctors to conduct research to help us. I am not asking for your money, we will need to find some way of creating a non profit trust which is responsible for managing this and raising contributions and donations. But we are a community, and with the wonders of the internet, we can all become involved in making sure the word is spread throughout the world. Acne scarring is a debilitating disease, and as someone on here has said before, If we want to change things and find a cure, we are the ones who need to lead the effort. Considering how much we all spend on acne scar treatments which never meet our expectations, perhaps this is what we need, to invest in something that can give us hope. The best scientists and universities can be motivated by the prize, and trust me, we can find a cure. We just need people to start noticing our plight and to strive to solve it, together, once and for all. Acne scarring can, and will oneday be cured. What are your thoughts, am I just being crazy, or does this sound like a good idea? I say lets do something about it.
  22. I wanted to repost this entry in my accutane log as it's own post. I know a lot of people search the web when considering how to treat their acne, and I figured this is the easiest way for you to find what you're looking for. I just wish someone had told me sooner, given me the strong endorsement I was looking for, so here it is. If you are on the fence about accutane... I strongly recommend you take it! First month off Accutane First of all, i want to apologize for not maintaining my blog all the way through the end. I have to say that it was half hectic-life and half embarrassment/fear that i was going to be the 1 in a million case where accutane didnt work. I wanted to explain and basically "finish" my blog because i am positive there will be other people in my situation, who are terrified that it's month 5 and they're still not perfectly clear. That was me for sure. I even got a pimple after I FINISHED my damn pills. But luckily, that was an isolated incident. I had stoped the tane on a sunday, and on Friday morning I had this tiny little guy that literally caused a semi-mental breakdown as I bawled on the phone to my mom that obviously this had all been for nothing. Flash forward to a month later.. totally clear. I mean, COMPLETELY perfect. So much so, that I will stare in the mirror (only allow myself to do this for a couple minutes) at night when I wash my face, as if to be looking, like waiting for something to have started. But there is nothing. I am so happy you guys, and I just want to tell everyone who is suffering from acne, or struggling with their course of treatment right now, that it is 100% worth it. Every tear, every IB, depression, dry skin, whatever! I have my life back. Really, it's been bazar because all these weird habits and anti-social behaviors, I am still having to break them, and remind myself that I am free now. I don't have to hide or be scared that if I go to the beach, I might sweat and cause a pimple... I am free. So yea, that sounds really dramatic, but I know I don't have to explain to you guys that it's because IT IS dramatic. Acne can ruin your life because of what it does to you psychological health and emotional wellbeing. So if you are on the fence about Accutane, I encourage you to let go of your fears and doubts and move forward with treatment. It's the best decision I've ever made and I only wish I'd done it sooner! M
  23. We all have those days where our mind seems to be focused on acne, 24/7. This is clearly not healthy, but sometimes you just can not help it. This is pretty much the way I have been feeling lately. It is important to find ways to keep our minds focused on more positive things though or the acne can become an obsession or depression can start to kick in. I will start off by saying I enjoy signing along to my favourite songs. Dancing too, when no one is looking. I also enjoy throwing on one of my favourite movies and just relax. So , my fellow acne.org friends, what do you to keep your mind off of acne? Get as creative as you like with your answers.
  24. I'll start straight, I'm picker and really bad one, I also have really bad acne, which sways from moderate to severe and curently I'd call it as calmed down to moderate, because I do what I can/know to cure it, however its still pretty bad (afterall you cant forget inflammation around cystics, scars all over and big black blocked pores that comes as a bonus present) but at least after the treatment n all teh stuff it looks a bit more being controlled, less red and at least seemingly starting to improve, and I even been at nature for 2 weeks, where all my face deffinatelly began to improve, seriously less zits, no redness, I was so high on thoughts its finally going away, but good times ended, have got to get back to air polluted city where I live and it seems it wouldnt even be as much of a problem if not what I did, what i did was a real bitch. today 1st sept. n well alot of you should know first school day, wasnt really a good day for me (duh) since I'm person that shits trouble and probs daily, I came home stressed, depressed, anxious, worried, troubled n all that emo shiz and then..I DID IT, yes you know it, i fcking picked my face, it was like hit on my head with a hammer from clear sky (wtf?), all the effort all improvment from like 3 weeks was killed instantly! it was completelly all of a sudden that my fingers was on my face, I didnt even have a time to give a second thought about it, to try to stop myself or run to get my gloves or rope to tie them up or piano to play with them or chair where to sit on them or even a fingerboard for them to skate with or whatever crap method you may think of, I just didnt have any chance or options AT ALL, I was back on earth only after ~30 mins after they have done their dirty job, my face was officially ruined, but it didnt stop on that however.. emotional breakdown followed because of what happened, you maybe know the feeling like if you are completelly drained out and like with huge weights put all over your body and you feel sooo heavy, sooo down, so sad, then you start to cry of all the frustration, sadness and desperation of what you did, I had it all but then it grew to huge anger for me, not often had it happened to me like that but this time I blew up quit hard, wanted to breake stuff, fight someone, beat up someone and I'm afraid even kill, I started to rage around room, I thought Im going to go insane from this anger, surprisingly I still had some sense in me to not hurt people but punch and stab pillow instead, my nerves were like sooo uptight, and here is what I want to WARN you about ppl, you know what happens when you are stressed and uptight like this? even more fun stuff happens.. so my nerves were so tense and I still was in insane mode, but then mom came to room and I didnt wanted her to see this face (destroyed again + tears + blowing anger = redder than tomato = fugley = pathetic = not cute aat all) so I hide under blanket as if I go to sleep, but I didnt calm down there just yet anyways, I kept thinking destructive thoughts at my head and crying, was still very uptight and then it happened, another shit, again all of a sudden.. ITCH, insane itch all over body, especially neck, head and back, so itchy i started to scratch, i became desperate and like wtf is going on, then it increased its itching area and power, and i jumped out of bed, looked in mirrors and omg rash all over my back and front, neck plus add my face, and was looking like a pimple monster, my mom was like holly cr.. and urged to look for anti alergic medicine, i drink it but it didnt help much, what helped me a bit was that I calmed down, turned off all of emotions, all of them, hollow state, numb..and only then it back off a bit so I googled this shit, and it turned out this kind of shit can be caused by stress, anxiety, nerves and all this kind of things, so this is what I wanted to warn you about, how emotions have big impact on body and can even trigger such condition so maybe acne itself too? well probably yea but it was for the first time in my life I got something like this plus so unexpectidly, that its like wow.. I know this was long and boring but I had to write this to not get angry again and if you read this not my prob blame yourself TL:DR improved acne + picking = huuge frustration= depression=stress=uptight nerves=sudden rash all over body=more pimples=itchy as hell=hell
  25. Hey guys. Just wanted to post an encouraging note to all you teenagers dealing with acne. I had moderate-severe acne (although rarely cystic) from the age of 11 or so, on my body from age 12, and I also have compulsive traits and picked at my skin relentlessy, making it much worse. My skin was also very sensitive and I thought I had beginning stages of rosacea, even paid several hundred dollars to have IPL a few times. Pretty much all makeup irritated and stung my skin, and I couldn't even identify "breakouts" as I was always broken out. Every time one pimple would disappear, two more would appear it seemed. I would go to the doctor and just cry, every topical they gave me irritated my skin and helped minimally. Every oral medication (antibiotic) they gave me upset the balance in my body. I never did find a magic cure, however, I began to realize at about the age 19 or 20 that I got virtually no acne. Looking back, it's hard to believe how much difficulty I had as a teenager with acne. My skin is also much more resistant and less sensitive and red, I do believe it is because I am not using any harsh acne products anymore. I was lucky and have minimal facial scarring, despite my picking, and although I still have very oily skin I am grateful for it in some ways.... in that, I learned in esthetician school (no, I didn't finish) as well as in books that oily skin, although acne-prone, doesn't tend to age as quickly as if my skin was dryer. Anyways, I just wanted to send out a quick blurb to those of you... I know what it's like to feel desparate. I know what its like to suffer from depression and poor self esteem stemming from acne. But there is hope... I was so afraid I'd never "grow out of" my acne, and am very grateful that I did. Most people do, or it at least improves greatly, at some point. So hang in there! Hopefully a day will come where, like me, you will hardly even think about acne anymore because it is virtually gone.
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