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  1. Hi everyone, Long time reader, first time poster here. I have been suffering from moderate to severe acne for the last 3 years and I have been using Epiduo/TactuPump. I am also currently on an antibiotic. I apply the cream every night before bed, and without fail I wake up with my T-Zone covered in sebum. I am wondering if the Epiduo is causing this? I also get oily skin 4 hours later into the day. What should I do?
  2. Hi, all, Has anyone heard of, used, or spoke with someone who has used Theraclear? I went to a new dermatologist back in February and he recommended it because it supposedly has no side effects and is not medicinal. I thought about it and decided against it. Then yesterday, I went to the same office but saw a different derm and she highly recommended it, saying that they currently treat many patients in their office with this machine, have seen great results with it, there's nothing to be sca
  3. Hey! I'm female, 28, uk. Month 1 - 30mg per day Month 2 - 50mg per day (I think) Month 3 - 50mg per day Month 4 - 50mg per day Month 5 - 60mg per day (stopped 1 week early) I took overall around 125mg per 53 kg body weight over 4 months and 3 weeks. I'm 5 foot 6. I missed a few pills during the entire course if I stayed away from home and forgot to pack them so my total takes that into account. I pretty much grew up using this site and I always intended I would update again when I wa
  4. The acne regimen is not an effective method in permanently stopping acne. It just masks the symptoms. Here are the causes of acne, and how to permanently stop acne. Hormones - Most of acne is caused by hormones. Certain hormones signal the skin to produce more oil and sebum, which causes acne. The ONLY way to stop acne permanently is to shrink these things permanently. One fact that isn't as known as it should be is that DAIRY PRODUCTS CONTAIN TONS OF HORMONES. You should stay far away from
  5. Hi all, I get these odd bumps around my lips, not too noticeable to others, but very much so to me. I've tried using scrubs and masks and even using extraction tools but I cannot get rid of them like a normal blackhead. Someone suggested it may be fordyce spots. I cannot afford to have them looked at by a professional, can anyone help or give some advice?
  6. I've been doing tons of research on herbs that will reduce sebum production when taken internally and found that saw palmetto seems to really do the job. However, I don't want to try it because of the side effects ; the reason why I'm looking for an herbal solution is because I want to avoid side effects. Sooo basically I came across a web page that said rosemary could help lessen oily skin but that was the only web page that mentioned taking rosemary internally to reduce oil production. Other w
  7. I've been going to a very patient aesthetician for 4 years using Electrolysis for a simple removal of stubborn chin hair (tiny areas at the corner of my mouth). The reason it took 4 years is NOT because I was inundated with large amounts of hair but because the hair that needed to be removed was held captive in sebum& keratin plugs. The plugs prevented the complete removal of the entire hair so it would snap off, leaving the hair still trapped (and growing) in the plug. The plugs are like mi
  8. These things have been found to be different in acne prone skin. This is specifically about what's going on in our skin, not about the various other factors going on elsewhere in our bodies that worsen the acne condition. For the most part, other people have those things happening too, they just don't get the symptom of acne. These are the differences between us and all your friends that can eat all the junk they want and make whatever other unhealthy lifestyle choices and even have other horm
  9. 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...
  10. What Is Comedogenicity, and What Ingredients Are Comedogenic?

    All acne lesions start with clogged pores, which are called comedones. Comedogenicity is a scientific term that describes the potential of a substance to cause comedones. In other words, when a substance is comedogenic, it is likely to clog pores and lead to acne. To test a substance's ability to clog a pore, scientists can use two methods: Rabbit Ear Assay: testing on the skin of rabbit's ears - less reliable - faster, less expensive [Note: Acne.org does not...
  11. 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...
  12. How Long Does It Take for a Pimple to Form?

    Scientists believe that for main factors contribute to acne development: Inflammation - inflammatory molecules in the skin start off the whole chain of events Skin cell overgrowth - skin cells overgrow, causing a clogged pore Skin oil (sebum) - skin oil gets trapped in a clogged pore Acne bacteria - acne bacteria overgrows in the clogged skin oil1-4 However, researchers have been unable to conduct studies which can accurately observe the timing of each of these four factors because they...
  13. The Role of Inflammation in the Development of Acne

    The Role of Inflammation in the Development of Acne There are two major theories of acne formation. The newer theory points to inflammation as the main factor in acne development. The more we learn, the more this theory asserts itself. The traditional theory contends that inflammation plays a much less important role. The more we learn, the more outdated this theory becomes. Research in recent years has led to more scientific support for the newer theory, and to the...
  14. The Role of Hormones in Acne

    Androgens are male hormones found in both males and females, although they exist in a smaller amount in females. Androgens are responsible for developing the sexual characteristics of males. The pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain, regulates the production of androgens. This gland stimulates the adrenal glands - which are found near the kidneys - the sex organs, and the skin itself to produce androgens in both genders.1 In acne, androgens are...
  15. The Role of Sebum (Skin Oil) in Acne

    Acne forms when a skin pore becomes clogged. A skin pore is basically a tiny hair follicle. Attached to this pore are skin oil glands called sebaceous glands. At puberty, these glands start to produce skin oil, called sebum. Sebum is required for the formation of acne, which is why we start seeing acne when puberty starts. Sebum and Acne Formation Sebum production is a normal bodily process. Sebaceous glands release sebum into the bottom of the...
  16. Which Season Is Worst for Acne?

    Study results on what season tends to coincide with more acne are a mixed bag: Four studies conclude that acne worsens during winter and improves in the summer Three studies conclude the opposite--that acne worsens during summer and improves in the winter Five studies conclude that there is no association between seasons and acne So, as we can see, it's too early to confidently confirm any answer to which season is worst for acne. However, slightly more evidence points...
  17. Dry Skin: Causes and Treatments

    Dry skin, also called xerosis, is characterized by scaling, flaking, and itching of the skin. It can range from mild and temporary to severe and chronic. The outermost layer of the skin provides a property called the barrier function. When the barrier function is healthy, it keeps water inside the skin and keeps harmful substances out. However, if the barrier function is weakened or damaged, water inside the skin evaporates and the skin can become dry and...
  18. How Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) Help with Acne

    Introduction to BHAs Types of BHAs Used to Treat Acne How Salicylic Acid Works to Clear Acne Salicylic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of a BHA Product Side Effects of Salicylic Acid How Well Salicylic Acid Works on Acne Introduction to BHAs Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are a group of acids used to treat skin diseases like acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin. Of the several types of BHAs, salicylic...
  19. How Lactic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Lactic Acid How Lactic Acid Works to Clear Acne Lactic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of a Lactic Acid Product Lactic Acid Side Effects How Well Lactic Acid Works on Acne Introduction to Lactic Acid Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin. Lactic acid is...
  20. How Does Jessner's Solution Help Clear Acne?

    Introduction to Jessner's Solution How Jessner's Solution Works to Clear Acne Jessner's Solution Treatment Side Effects of Jessner's Solution How Well Jessner's Solution Works on Acne Summary Introduction to Jessner's Solution There are several types of chemical peels used to treat acne, and these peels normally contain one acid. Jessner's solution is a different type of chemical peel, made with a combination of ingredients. The components of Jessner's solution are: Salicylic acid (14%): Salicylic acid is a...
  21. How Often Should an Acne-prone Person Wash Their Towel?

    A good rule of thumb is to wash your towel once a week in hot water. But don't stress about it too much. Used towels are unlikely to contribute to acne. Let's have a look at exactly why this is the case. Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Towels are often damp, and are stored in relatively warm bathroom environments, making for an ideal breeding ground for microbes, including bacteria. This causes some people to be...
  22. Whats up with my skin, it has a weird texture, white solid protrusions which on removing leave small holes/scars . I feel that some parts are also raised above the skin a little bit. Please help!!
  23. Does anyone suffer from sebum over production and is lookin for answers? I have suffered with this problem for years it comes out from all the pores on my face and i am gettin close to the answer i think i was just lookin to see if this is a common problem? If anyone is looking for answers give me a message.
  24. I started taking Nizoral shampoo (active ingredient ketoconazole) a couple of weeks ago. I think around the 22nd of October. So it's been a couple of weeks now. I think it's an anti-fungal and anti-dandruff shampoo and i have been using it on my face and scalp after a shower. I remember seeing it being mentioned as somehow working for acne as well, i think it is supposed to be a DHT inhibitor, or something like that, it can reduce sebum production maybe. I have never bothered with it in the
  25. Hello everyone *(Picture attached)* I've been battling with this wired type of skin / facial hair on my chin for a long time (1 year). I personally believe that it's caused by harsh products that I've been using. Before my summer holiday I completely stopped using any skin care products, except for a moisturizer (that isn't harsh). I hoped that this would allow my skin to heal, but after some time I can conclude that it's hasn't changed. My description of the condition: After using harsh pr