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  1. This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach. While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places. It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any c
  2. From the album: Doxycycline Progress

    Doxycycline ended up being ineffective for my cystic acne. My acne was cured using a combination of epidou, aczone, and birth control. There was pretty major scarring, but derm says it should fade with time and exfoliation.
  3. I'm a female who has higher than average levels of androgens. I haven't gotten this checked out and confirmed, but I have extremely oily skin, am prone to cysts and in terms of my physique I am naturally lean (build muscle quickly and low body fat, around 12%), so I think it's pretty likely. I've been considering going on the pill to balance out my hormones which I think could help my skin, but I'm concerned about other effects this would have, mostly weight gain. I have little to no active acne
  4. Hi guys, This is my first post here because I have no idea what to do about my face anymore. I had picture perfect skin just 2.5 months ago, now my skin is dripping oil, constantly breaking out. I made an apt for bc but I don't know which one to go on, or if I even truly need it. I have a fee breakouts constantly now, but 11 days before my period (every month now) I get tons of breakouts, especially around my eyebrows and my cheeks, and lots of small pimples on my chin and jawline. I use a
  5. Hi all! I just started taking i3c (precursor to DIM) and Vitex as directed by my naturopath. It has been a week since I started taking them, but my skin is resembling the condition a week before my period (when progesterone is the highest). No cysts. Just some bumps on my forehead and a few white heads on my chin, and nose. Nothing on my cheeks and jawline (knock on wood). Has anyone experienced an initial breakout or purge period? How long does it take to get over it? I did a hormone test
  6. Hello All, So Im new here but need some help figuring how to attack this acne issue.. So a little background I never had acne 3 months ago. I started taking Lutera and about two weeks in my skin became really oily in fact I started having severe night sweats. Weird right? So I switched about a month into it to Microgestin. My oil production was still pretty bad and pimples started to form on my cheeks and forehead. So I stood on this for another month until a month ago I decided to call it q
  7. I have competently cured my acne, so happy with it. I have suffered from mild hormone cystic acne for 2 years. I have done blood check my doctor told me I have high testosterone and prescribed diane-35 for me. It help but makes me gaining weight and feel depressed. After 6 months I stop it, and acne come back. I don't want go back on birth control pills and search for natural remedies. Here is my regimen: Saw Palmetto is a real miracle! It suppress the testosterone much better than diane
  8. I've been dealing with acne since I was twelve. I recently just after my wedding started to break out pretty bad... (thank god for clear skin on my wedding day!!!) I started to break out on my honeymoon in Cancun. I was preparing myself to break out because I was in a humid climate and I come from a very dry climate. Usually I get red bumps and cysts but on my honeymoon they were white heads Ever since my honeymoon I have had deep dark red spots that remained after my zits (and ongoing
  9. Hi everyone! I wanted to share this video with you all, because I finally have clear skin and if this video could help just one of you, it'd be amazing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh1O39ZNuEE Let me know how you get on! xx
  10. Why Do Some People Have Oilier Skin than Others?

    Oily skin (seborrhea), is a condition that results when the skin over-produces skin oil (sebum), leaving the skin looking shiny and feeling greasy. Sebum is produced all over the body inside the skin in glands called sebaceous glands, that are attached to the sides of skin pores. The face, scalp, and upper torso are most likely to experience excess sebum production.1-3 Even though too much sebum is unwanted, it serves several purposes for the skin: It protects the...
  11. Do Sugary Foods and Drinks Cause Acne?

    Some foods in particular, like candy and soda, contain lots of added sugar. Emerging research suggests high-sugar foods like these may not be ideal for acne. This is because of a concept known as the glycemic load. Glycemic load The glycemic load is a measurement scientists use to determine whether a food will cause an increase in the amount of sugar in your blood. Using the glycemic load, foods are mainly classified into either high glycemic load foods...
  12. Exactly How Does Acne Form Now That Scientists Believe It Is Primarily Inflammatory?

    In the past, scientists thought that inflammation was one of the last steps in acne development. Here's an abbreviated version of how they used to think it went: First, it was thought, elevated androgen (male hormone) levels caused skin oil (sebum) to be overproduced and skin cells (keratinocytes) to also be overproduced. The combination of these two things clogged pores. Inside these clogged pores sebum got trapped. Acne bacteria (C. acnes), which lives on skin oil, overgrew...
  13. What Is Acne Fulminans?

    Definition Incidence Causes Symptoms Acne fulminans vs. other severe forms of acne Treatment Summary Definition Acne fulminans is an extremely rare, severe form of acne with an explosive onset that normally affects 13 - 22-year-old white males, and comes with systemic symptoms (symptoms that affect the whole body) like fever, fatigue, and pain in the muscles and joints.1,2 Due to its severity, acne fulminans often leaves massive, disfiguring scars. This type of acne falls under the umbrella...
  14. Background I started getting the occasional zit and mild cyst when I was 14 years old; I normally used to just pop them. Then I turned 15 and my hormones went bonkers I got acne on my cheeks and between my eyebrows (after waxing there), along with sore cysts and pimples on my chin (especially after shaving) and nose. I have red blemishes from the old pimples and this is my last month on Purbac/Bactrim/Septra, so I reckon this is a good time to start a log of my Differin and Tetralysla
  15. Sup! So im breaking out again, yeah im clueless as to why. I thought i could power through before, just by being on a strict diet. Yeah so i did everything, don't want to go into cause it's long and complex. Just rest assured i've tried it. Anyway i am on a diet now and yes i've been on it for a long time, yes i've seen good results. Lately however i've realized the acne horizons are broader and are unbelievably, a bigger, better, more complex pain in my bottom! (ass). So im not eating g
  16. What Is a Blackhead?

    Open comedones (blackheads) are brown- or black-colored comedones (clogged pores) that mainly form on the face, but can also be found on the neck, back, chest, shoulders, and upper arms. Dermatologists classify blackheads as "non-inflammatory" acne lesions because they are not red, swollen, or painful. Blackheads form when microscopic hair follicles, often called pores, become partially clogged by skin cells and skin oil (sebum). Once a blackhead develops, it can remain on the skin for several...
  17. Hey guys, I hope to share with you what I have learned in my 12 years journey to clearing acne. I used to have moderate to severe acne. (I'm a guy btw) It took me 12 years to figure out because I was doing it by changing one factor at a time, and I wasn't really exactly focusing all my time and energy into it as well, that's why it took so long. 1 - Stress is my main root cause. Even at my best behaviour, I'll still get 1-3 medium spots when stressed. Acne worsens from 2X to 100X mainly ba
  18. I just got a hormone test done and found out that I am high in androgens, which is likely the cause of my persistent hormonal acne. I have tried many birth control pills in the past but have never found success so I am looking for a more natural solution. What are some anti-androgen supplements or foods I could be consuming to balance my hormones out??? I am already taking 30mg of zinc, which has helped a lot but not completely.
  19. Okay so we all know milk (obviously) causes acne, but milk is full of good protein and much needed calories. Whenever i was drinking lots of regular 1% milk, i broke out like crazy. My skin has just gotten under control and i'm wondering if i were to switch to a hormone free milk such as lactaid if i would break out? Does lactose cause acne? Does rbst cause acne? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  20. Are There Any Safe and Effective Treatments for Seborrhea (Oily Skin)?

    What Is Seborrhea (Oily Skin) And What Causes It? The medical term for skin oil is sebum. When the skin over-produces sebum, the condition is called seborrhea. Seborrhea is characterized by: Shiny, greasy skin Enlarged skin pores The primary cause of seborrhea is an increased amount of male hormones, called androgens, that are present in both males and females. However, there is some evidence pointing toward the possibility that lifestyle factors, such as excess sugar intake or high calorie...
  21. Hi everyone! I'm eighteen years old and pretty acne-prone. I've usually had a sprinkling of acne on my back but not a ton. The past month or so, it got way worse. Do yall have any ideas why this would be? Some factors that have changed...I've recently stopped taking my acne antibiotic because my face is looking better. I have light acne in my face now but not severe. Also its been cold so I got a heated blanket. I know that sounds weird but it may have an effect. Also, how can I treat t
  22. Tips on How to Eat Low Glycemic

    Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Low-glycemic Foods vs. High-glycemic Foods Examples of Low-glycemic Meals and Snacks Tips for Including Low-glycemic Foods in Your Diet High-glycemic Foods Raise Blood Sugar and May Aggravate Acne Studies Show Low-glycemic Diets May Reduce Acne What Else to Consider for a Healthy Diet Conclusion Takeaway Several scientific studies have recently shown that eating a low-glycemic diet, which includes foods that do not cause large increases in blood sugar levels, may...
  23. Acne In-depth: How Dead Skin Cell Accumulation Can Lead to Acne

    The skin renewal process of healthy skin goes awry in acne-prone skin, leading to clogged pores. Here's how: Healthy Skin: In healthy skin, new skin cells (called keratinocytes) are constantly being produced in the deepest layers of the skin. As these skin cells age, they move towards the surface of the skin. Over the course of a couple of weeks, these skin cells will die (then called corneocytes). The corneocytes remain in the skin's pores for...
  24. Hi Everyone!!! So three months ago almost I came on to this website, 1 week on spiro, really struggling with severe cystic acne all over and severe nausea. I have great news!! My pimples/cysts are GONE!!! I still have hyperpigmentation but oh my heck. Its been almost a year since i haven't had painful cysts all over my face! I take 50MG at night time every day. I still have mild nausea but nothing too bad. Keep with it even if you're struggling, I didn't see much progress until the last 2 wee
  25. Hello all! Long story short, people: Was on accutane for approx. 5 years, cleared majority of acne issues, still breakout mildly (2-3 painful ones at a time) around mouth/chin area and EXTREMELY oily skin. I believe it's hormonal issues I'm dealing with.. SO, my question, previously stated in title: how easy do you think it will be for me to get prescribed spiro for very mild, but persistent, acne and very oily skin? Everytime I visit the derm, my skin clears up and looks so good that t