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  1. lookingfortheawnsers

    My Acne Story

    Hi everyone, i'm a 16 year old girl. l've been fighting this battle for going on 5 years. The reason i'm starting this blog is because i've spent hours and hours reading people's stories, and watching Youtube videos. l hope my story will help someone else. SOME HISTORY: My mom never had a problem with her skin. My dad on the other hand had severe cystic acne on his nose, jaw line, arms, chest, and back. ( He still gets huge cysts sometimes from stress.. ) WHEN IT STARTED: l started getting acne right before highschool ( perfect timing right ). l remember the first day of grade nine l had 2 big red cysts on my right cheak, just for year book pictures, awesome right... lt started as a pimple here and there, then a cyst here and there. And only went down hill from there. l've always had Moderate Acne, or thankfully here and there only Mild MY STORY: When l started getting acne, l was clueless. l didn't have internet back then so l couldn't do research, none of my friends had acne so there was so help there. At first l started wearing coverup, then l bought some sort of Clean and Clear Acne wash. l was so self-concious that back then l would wash my face like every hour. lf anyone, or anything ever touched my face, i'd immediatly run upstaires and wash my face. l didn't know l was doing more damage then good. My face became very bunrt and dry very fast. lt was oily as hell because l washed it so much. But because it was so try, l figured l should use vasaline to give my face some moisture. So that's what l did, at this pont l had Moderate acne, burnt, red, dry, oily, and greesy skin. NOT a pretty sight. l was sooooo embarrased and ashamed that l would not leave my house without a FULL face of makeup, not even just standing in my doorstep, or to go to the store. l'd wake up in the morning and spend over an hour doing my makeup, then i'd look at myself and think " ew ", i'd either wash my makeup off, and re-do it completely, or i'd wash my face, go back to bed and miss school. ln grade 9 l missed a total of 2 months of school. Just because l didn't want anyone to see me, or to judge me, the way l judged me.. When l did go to school between every class i'd go to the bathroom and put more powder on my face. There were so many times when i'd be sitting in class and l would have to go to the bacthroom, so i'd ask the teacher if l could go, i'd go to the bathroom, then when i'd be washing my hands i'd look in the mirror and feel hopeless. l'd fight the tears and l would sit in a bathroom stall where no one could see me and wash off all my face makeup ( with hand soap... ) and do it all over again, and then go to class 15 - 20 mins later. l would stand in the mirror and tell myself l was ugly. Every. Single. Day. When l would go to my dad's house i'd wake up before everyone else ( my dad and big brother ) and put all my makeup on so that even they wouldn't see my face. l had alot of other problems going on in my life at this time too, so that was the hardest and most depressing time of my life. Then came Proactive, when l got it my mom bought it from the mall by my place ( $100 for the package ). l stopped washing my face so much cause of how much it costed, l washed it 3 times a day then. Before school; After School ( to wash off all my makeup ); and before Bed. ln the Proactive package l got the refining mask. lf l was at home, l ALWAYS had this on my face. 24/7, literally, either as a spot treatment, or all over my face. So my skin was still so burnt. l stopped hanging out with my friends, completely isolated myself. l'd make excusses as to why l could never hangout. lf my mom had company she HAD to call me and tell me so l could go in my room and no one would see me. After this, l still use proactive, tho it doesn't work as well anymore.. last year, ( grade 11 ) my skin cleared up dramaticly, l started only wearing concealer on my blemishes, and powder, then only powder, then nothing at all. You can see how BIG of a deal that was, l came soo far, l won this war. Then this past summer 2011, one cyst here, one cyst there. One after another, as soon as one goes, another comes. EVERYTHING has been leaving marks, touched or not. l take great care of my skin now, moisturize and everything. l spent $100 on micodermabasion for the marks - made my skin soft but did nothing else. Spent $150 on Red light Treatments - helped but l keep breaking out, so it's undoing everything. l missed school yesterday, today, tomorrow l have an ortho appt ( oh yeah, l got braces this sumer too... ) and monday l have an appt at my derm's, i'm starting Accutane, l already got the blood work done. l'm gonna go buy some Face makeup tomorrow ( non-comedogenic + acedogenic ) so l can work this weeked without wanted to call in sick.. l have 2 jobs, i'm in my last year of high-school, and i'm so tired. This is never-ending. l KNOW how beautiful l could be, but without acne.. lf l didn't have to deal with this i'd feel amazing. lt's had such a huge effect on soo many parts of my life, l just want it to be in my past, only my past. l'll keep everyone posted on how accutane goes for me. l hope this helped someone, or made them feel like they aren't so alone, cause you're not. lf ANYONE has any question or comments feel free to msg me or comment and i'll make sure to get back to you. Much love, goodluck everyone, xox <3
  2. Hi guys! Literally just signed up but thought I would tell my story and perhaps you guys can give advice. I got acne about 1 and a half years ago, i'm now 17. I had been taking minocycline since the beginning of February this year and by June my skin was getting fairly clear and I felt more confident apart from a few marks but they would fade. I was using exfoliator, moisturiser, taking vitamins, drinking water and eating healthier. Before that time (and sort of during) I had a lot of anxiety and would skip school and always feel paranoid and I really hated it, i would leave school early too! My attendance was 70% but thankfully I got AAA at AS in economics, maths and chemistry (at least I didnt mess this up) So by the beginning of September this year, I had been on minocycline for 7 months and felt like i was immune as some acne would come back and eventually it did come back but not as bad, so I felt beat up I hate it ((( I stopped taking the mino as i felt it was unhealthy for my liver and unnatural, some more acne has come back and I feel awful, im skipping school and I feel so self concious and have no self esteem (( I started using salicyclic acid from powder and mixing it with tea tree and witch hazel and some thick acne serum and using that and I can see a little improvement (little) but my face is still bad and i feel like it is getting worse Im eating really healthy and drinking so much water.Sometimes when i go to school i wear a little bit of mineral powder lol as it does cover up a bit and i like it! Can someone tell me where im going wrong in my specific regimen and also when the minocycline will stop making my acne so much worse ( noticing a few cysts/ thick spots that dont have a head and hurt so muchh) morning: actimel, multi vitamin and cod liver (small tablet) daily exfoliator, quinoderm face wash, then e-45 moisturiser, then sometimes mineral powder hhehe after school: quinoderm faqce wash evening: quindoerm face wash, e-45 moisturiser, tea tree and witch hazel night gel (boots), then sudocrem with a little sailcyclic acid. twice a week (maybe three) i mix my slaicyclic acid powder and do a chemical peel i would say around 20% Well thanks for reading my story, just wish I could get up, be clear, feel fresh, be confident, go to school, have an amazing day and just feel so happy in everything I do. It definately holds me back. Thanks again, I really appreciatee it guys, I know it was long! Alex
  3. I'm a Vet! (2400 users online) This will be my last topic for a long time. I only do topics if I feel necessary, but I'ma chill on that stuff for now. So, I'm not trying to kiss acne.org's or ass or anything, but I was surprised to see no one created a topic like this before. Acne.org has done so much for me and others over the years. Two people even met and got married on it! So I just wanted to create this out of appreciation, and for everyone to share their stories on how this website changed their lives. For me, it helped me on my path to clear my acne. Short summary of my experience: Got acne at 11, turned cystic at 12, started using acne.org at 16 when I got tired of acne ruining my experiences. I thought masturbation caused my acne when I was 16. I came on here and saw the 100 day abstinance from masturbation challenge (which was hell) and failed miserably all the way through age 17. At 18, I saw a post on here about vitamin D supplements. Around that time, I figured I should heal from the inside and figure out what is wrong with my body for me to have acne. I fell in love with someone, which helped me to stop masturbating. I didn't even realize it until I realized I went 2 weeks without doing it. So I studied food allergies and saw a naturopath. I got a food sensitivity test and since then, I've been clear when not cheating on my boring shitty diet. I'm also a veggetarian since May 23 or 24. I know it's unrelated. Whatever.
  4. adfreak1991

    Week 3 With Dan The Man

    Hey kids. So I just finished week 3/started week 4. And I'm still pretty pleased w the results of the regimen! As a reminder I'm using 1/3 fingers length of bp twice a day, with dans cleanser and Cerave moisturizer twice a day too. I also just started my 3rd month of the bc pill Trinessa... I try and wear as little makeup as possible. Some Clinique concealer under the eyes and on any zits usually makes me half presentable for a day at work. But I'd like to start trying maybe adding a primer and/or bb cream to even out my skin tone. Any suggestions? It looks like the brand smash box gets good reviews, but I'm just worried about backtracking on all the progress I've made. Most face makeup makes me break out so I usually avoid all powders and foundations. But any recommendations from a similarly plagued individual would be delightful. As for the state of my breakouts, I'm obvi breaking out less. Not 100% but definitely a solid 80%... And the pimples I am getting are smaller and heal quickly. I totally think the whole "gentle" factoid from Dan is spot on. I notice much less redness and oiliness overall, and although I am a bit dry, I'd take that over shine any day. I think it's because I'm not scrubbing or rubbing my face really hard anymore either. The lather from the cleanser does such a great job that when I rinse it off any trace of makeup or flakes is completely gone! Well anyway guys this has been a long one so I'll spare you any more frivolous banter! Cya in a week, dudes. Peace
  5. TrueSomebody

    The End

    Hard to imagine this was the end result. This is what dedication can bring!
  6. UnspoiledDude

    December 14th 2016

    So this is my first entry, and I think I should start with who I am. Maybe this will help you relate and maybe stuff that helps me will help you! So I'm a 21 year old girl with not too severe acne but enough acne to lower my self-esteem. My journey so far: I had baby skin throughout puberty. Like. My skin was epic. Beautiful. Made from the gods. Okay, maybe not that good but you get the picture. And then it slowly said "F you UnspoiledDude, F you!" and changed into this mess of a skin. At about 18 years old I started to break out pretty bad and I didn't know what to do. So i tried self-made green tea cleanser and bought a completely new regimen based on natural cosmetics. And my skin just... It flipped out. Very badly. It got really dry and flaky and i broke out so much. I tried it for over two months so my skin could adjust to the new products. But it didn't! Who would've guessed that! Not me! So i tried a line called "Avène", it's from France. It should be this really good stuff made out of special magical water from France and they don't use any ingredients that could harm or irritate your skin. It helped a little but didn't actually do much for my skin. Eventually i just paid my doctor a visit and asked for any help. I didn't care what he would give me, I just wanted to have it. He gave me antibiotics called Tetralysal 300 mg and I had to take one pill a day for three months. They cleared up my skin pretty good and he told me that we're finished with the session. I stopped taking the pills but i went to the cosmetician once a month. My skin was okay until... October. I flew to Australia, which is a 24-hour flight and my skin didn't like that at all. Nope. Not at all. So i broke out a little bit. I tried to help my skin by using wipes with peeling effect and salicylic acid (can't remember the name, so sorry). They kinda worked but I made a huuuge mistake. I started to pick at my skin again - I used to do that very often when my acne was very bad. It's just something that I almost can't control. I sit at work, and start to think about something and my hand just... picks at everything. So back to the main story: I started to pick again and of course, my skin went crazy. I mean - hellooo?! What kind of a human being am I? I picked at my skin with my hands - full of bacteria. Of course my skin will get worse. So now my acne is almost as bad as it was in the beginning. Really tho? Really? I saw a dermatologist yesterday and HE PUT ME ON THE SAME TABLETS. What the. Okay, I could've said something, like "Why are you putting me on the same tablets? They didn't work that well last time, did they?". But I am too shy to say something. Life is eternal pain. Jokes aside guys. So what now? I don't want to take those tablets again. My stomach is really weak and antibiotics aren't helpful. So i ordered "Burgerstein Skin", it's supposed to help my skin renew itself and protect it from gross stuff from the air. Sounds nice, will try for two months, we will see. Maybe I'll take the antibiotics, maybe I won't. I'll try the Burgerstein Skin first, combined with: Drinking a lot of water Getting enough sleep Taking my hair out of my face when I go to sleep Not touching my face Eating as healthy as I can So let's start this journey again. At least I am hyped that I can write blog entries. Bye guys, UnspoiledDude
  7. MillieFox

    My Acne Story

    Hello there! I thought I'd start off my blog with an introduction into how I (unfortunately) got acne, and my experience thus far, with it. I'm 1/4 Polish, and my mother and everyone I ever knew used to tell me how lucky I was to have inherited my father's clear, poreless Slavic skin. At 14, I thought nothing of these comments, 'clear skin's no big deal' I would say, but I think I speak for all of us when I say how wrong I was. I first starting showing signs of spots at around 15, which is fairly normal, I was a young girl experiencing adolescence. A few spots were to be expected, right? However, at that time I had become extremely stressed with school, friends, family, (boys too) and I didn't have any methods to relieve my stress, so two cystic spots appeared on my cheeks. Now if that happened to me now, I'd put some Benzoyl Peroxide on them for a few nights in a row, and hopefully they'd be gone, or at least reduced. However, at that time, I had no idea how to treat spots, so I just left them. It's worth noting that at this time in my life, I was starting to go out to parties with my friends, and we'd try some (revolting) alcohol on occasion. I personally believe that this terrible trio; Hormones, Stress and Alcohol was what initially started the acne, and I often find myself wanting to tell my 15 year old self to grab some BP, ditch the vodka and not stress over that one guy because he's really not worth it! Sadly, life doesn't work that way, and although I've never been glad to have acne, I do try to look at positives in every situation, and acne has seriously opened up my eyes to how judgmental people can be just by appearance (I'll talk more about that later). So gradually, my skin started to worsen, the target areas for my acne (mostly cystic, a lot of whiteheads, once one spot had been taken care of, another one would pop up!) were both cheeks, one slightly worse than the other, and my chin (especially around that golden time of the month for us lucky ladies, yaaay!). I think those first two years of having acne were the worst, I tried TONS of topical treatments, mostly ones that aggravated my acne rather than soothed it. My GP put me on Erythromycin, which I believe helped decrease the severity of my acne, but only slightly, and I admittedly grew lazy with the routine and stopped using the drug. I then tried to change my diet, tried to flush all the toxins out of my body, drank only superfood smoothies for 2 days (never had something so disgusting in my life), and needless to say, it didn't work. I also tried to use 'all natural' skincare products, and similar to changing my diet, there were very few positives to come out of that experience. I did however, manage to find a few diamonds whilst searching through the coal. I cut out mostly all dairy products from my life (Yet I still treat myself to some ice cream or a nibble of cheese once in a while), and I saw a noticeable difference, I believe being lactose free is what brought down the severity of my acne, and I feel better in myself aswell, as sometimes dairy can make you feel heavy, sluggish and bloated. For those of you that can't live without a bowl of cereal in the morning, Almond Milk is a great alternative. You can use Soya or whatever you feel comfortable with, but it's all about trial and error, and I found Almond works the best for me. As for my natural skincare phase, I discovered the benefits of Rose Hip and Jojoba Oil, as I had, and still have red marks/scars from previous spots (Yes, I'm guilty, I picked at a few, but who hasn't?), and whilst Jojoba Oil is very good at hydrating the skin, Rose Hip is great at fading that horrible red scarring that acne so kindly leaves behind as a present. I'm 19 now, and I've nearly finished my 2nd week of The Regimen (I'll talk about that in my other blog posts). My acne has cleared up a lot in comparison to when I was 15, however it's nowhere near clear. You know, the clear that we all desperately want, and I honestly hope that we all find someday. I understand how tough it can be, there were days I just didn't want to get out of bed, purely because I didn't want to look at myself in the mirror to see the new spots that had formed overnight. Ooh speaking of night, I will say this, every time I had a good nights sleep and got in bed by 10PM, my skin would look 10x better than if I'd stayed up just a few hours longer, so if you can, do try the 'Baby Method' and get to sleep before 10, as I'm sure you all have heard before, it allows your skin cells more time to repair and rejuvenate etc etc (However it's 5:43 AM whilst I'm writing this right now, so I think Hypocrite of the Year award goes to..). But seriously, I know how shit acne is, we all do, and I'm so sorry if any of you have been judged or mistreated because of this condition. I still find it hard to talk about with people I know, I don't really like addressing the issue because in all fairness, I don't like addressing that I have it in the first place. That might sound totally mad to some of you, but I think we can all agree it's something we'd rather not have. And let's not even get started on the 'Try washing your face' jokes (Quite ironic in all honesty considering we probably wash our faces more than those without acne). If you've got to the end of this, then well done, and thankyou for reading. I hope you know that you are loved and no matter how you may feel or what other people say, you are very beautiful inside and out, and I hope you never forget it. On the upside, if there is one, at least we know what a skincare routine is, unlike the 14 year old me's of the world! Stay strong m'lovelies, and let's beat it together
  8. Hey everyone, recently started searching all about acne since I've had a very bad breakout about 3 months ago so I thought I'd share my story. First off I'm 19 years old and male, have oily skin and huge pores which I inherited from my mom. All throughout high school from grades 8-12 I thought my acne was really bad with around 4-5 zits around my forehead and my temples. In reality it was just me freaking out because everyone around me had perfect skin. I did use benzol peroxide 0.05% or 5% i forgot which, but it did help control my zits. After highschool I went to post seconday, where I had more time on my hands so i started working out more. I guess thats when puberty hit because i started breaking out more around my chin and jaw which is related to hormonal acne. The benzol peroxide effects slowly started not working so it got worse and worse. Here i am in my second year being through popping my zits and pimples and scarring my face mainly my temples, forehead and neck. Also a tip for everyone if you dont already know.. DONT PICK AT YOUR FACE. There was this music festival which i went to which changed the game for me. It was an indoor event which was really stuffy and sweaty. During the event i was touching my face alot which got it really infected and my whole forehead had inflamed red pimples. It started becoming a more serious problem as i was getting really insecure and depressed about it to the point where i woukd always wear my hood to cover my face, skipping school and even calling in sick for work on some days and not going out in public to hangout with friends. (Ps. Ive been told I am a very good looking male with a nice physique). So i went to see my family doctor who prescribed me minocycline 50mg for 30 days. Yep.. it just made it worse.. 2 weeks in i had at least 9 whiteheads on my forehead which looked horrible and maybe 10 more in other parts of my face. They did however dry out face and were easy to pop. BIG MISTAKE now my whole forehead and temples are scarred from it. I went to see an actual dermatologist because i felt like my family doctor didnt know shit about skin. My dermatologist prescribed accutane yesterday and i started taking my first pill of 40mg accutane and i had the hugest headache and felt like my brain was being squeezed hard. Maybe its because i didnt cycle off my minocycline yet but i stopped taking it since. I hope my acne doesnt get even worse before it gets better as ive heard online. Sidenote: I workout 6 days a week. For supplements i take protein, creatine , and BCAAs. I stopped taking protein because i thought that broke me out but no difference after 2 months. Although i stopped taking my omega 3 fish oils and noticed my skin is WAY less oily so maybe sometimes diet does affect your skin. Anyone else have a similar experience where it went downhill?Any advice or success story? id love to hear about it since now all i do i search up stuff about acne -.-. Hoping accutane works fast and clears my face. Thanks for listening, James.
  9. MarnieMarie

    My Story So Far

    I probably won't post in this blog very much, but I wanted to share my journey with everyone and have my whole story in one place so people know where i'm coming from. My battle with acne started years ago, probably when I was 11 or 12. I hit puberty early (I was 9) so I got to go through the awkward phase even sooner than most. Yay! I started out with the typical solutions to acne- when you're 11, mom says 'Just wash your face and you'll grow out of it soon enough'. When it became apparent I wasn't growing out of it, I moved on to an acne cleanser/acne moisturizer, and when that didn't work I started Proactiv. I was about 14, and even though it worked for maybe 5 months to somewhat clear my skin (I'd still have one or two zits, but not 10) it really screwed me up in the long run. It was over-drying and I would scrub so hard that I eventually caused a lot of scarring that has still not gone away. When it eventually stopped working and I stopped using it, the breakouts were so bad that I ended up with even worse scarring and hyper-pigmentation. Then the battle with bad concealers and an endless cycle of makeup that ends up causing new acne began. For the last 3 years i've been more careful about gentle, non-comedogenic products and been on a constant wash/ BP/ moisturize regime. However, nothing has really improved in that time so in the last 6 months I've gotten serious about my skin. I did a lot of research, bought the right products, and made an effort to stop popping and picking, which has always been a problem for me. I've been using this new regime in its entirety for only one month, but i've been introducing it part by part for a while now. In the past month my skin has improved drastically, but I know it could be a little early to see results. The major change in the past month it that I began Alesse birth control, so if it continues to work i'll let everyone know- I know its very androgenic but its a nice low dose option for me and its been great so far. My acne has gone from mild/moderate to very mild- I went from 6-7 inflamed lesions and perhaps 10 whiteheads at a time to a few whiteheads and between 0-1 inflamed pustules at a time. My skin feels smoother and looks so much more even in texture. It's less oily as well (although i've always been combination leaning towards dry, so thats not necessarily something I needed). Without further ado, my current regime! ORAL: 2 tbsp flaxseed, 1-2 tsp flaxseed oil 1 mulitvitamin (Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, D6, B12 and D, Beta-Carotene, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium, Chromium, Biotin) 50mg extra Zinc Alesse birth control, taken as directed at the same time each night. Morning routine: 1. Wash face with african black soap 2. Tone with 2 drops lemongrass essential oil diluted onto a wet cotton ball 3. Spot treat with Spectro's BP for sensitive skin (2.5%) 4. Moisturize with BB Cream+ 3 drops jojoba oil Morning Makeup Routine: 1. Prime and moisturize with Vichy's Pro-Even BB Cream + 3 drops jojoba oil 2. Apply 2 Parts BB Cream with 1 Part Make Up Forever Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer with a brush to hyper-pigmentation 3. Use pure concealer sparingly on spots that are still dark 4. Clarins Instant Light Blush for days I need longer wear (its a liquid so it goes on before my powder) 5. Finish with EITHER Korres Oil-Free Multivitamin Powder Compact (for a very light powder finish) or Purminerals Original powder compact (if I still need a bit of coverage) 6. Bareminerals loose powder blush for added flush if I need it 7. Everything else- eyes, lips, brows, whatever i'm in the mood for Nighttime Routine: 1. Remove eye makeup with jojoba oil 2. Wash face with african black soap 3. Treat all over with Spectro's BP for sensitive skin (2.5%), let dry 4. Treat hyper-pigmentation and budding acne with AHA 10% Glycolic Acid 5. Moisturize with Garnier Moisture Resuce Refreshing Gel Cream + as much Jojoba as I need 6. Moisturize the eye area with pure jojoba 5. Use store-brand topical antibiotic cream with 3 antibiotics on any scabs or popped acne
  10. Hello anyone who reads this! I am 16 and took accutane back in 2013, finished my first course in the August. It did wonders to my skin - changed my life. But of course it came with side effects, I think mine were quite serious. I will now tell you the journey briefly and would extremely appreciate any guidance given to what I should do next. I began accutane on 10mg in the February of 2013, everything was absolutely fine apart from the dryness and slight lower back pain - nothing was serious. I hated school, always have and something really bad began to happen in March. I started getting bullied by my own best friends and it really sent me on a rollercoaster, I had never experienced bullying before and I took it really bad. Anyway, at the end of March my dose was increased to 20mg. At this point, I was in a cycle of waking up everyday knowing I would be victimised and discriminated against, I would worry every night causing me anxiety and a lot of stress. The dryness and backpain were the same. I was bullied up until June when I left. I continued the Accutane up until August on 20mg and I had developed 'shaky hands' and the fear of being in 'social situations were I did not know people'. However these effects did not become worse since June, it just stayed the same. People told me that it may have been a knock in confidence rather than anything else but I am unsure. I have read about accutane giving people anxiety and affecting mental stability. A year has passed now and my face was crystal clear for 6 months but now the acne is coming back again quite rapidly - but still mild compared to what it was. It is on my neck this time and is painful, I am trying to use Epiduo and I am on the 3rd week but nothing is happening, it is just getting worse. As for the anxiety, my hands still shake sometimes in certain situations which never used to happen but that is about it and it is improving overtime, I am fine in social situations again. I now have the opportunity to go on accutane again but I am really unsure as it could make me anxious or it might have just been the bullying and the accutane had nothing to do with it. I have read online that a 2nd course almost certainly gets rid of acne for good. Do you think it was the bullying which caused the mental trauma or was it the accutane? Thanks for any replies, it is a big dilemma for me.
  11. StarryNebula

    Long Acne story

    My acne story started about 20 years ago. At first it was teenage acne that I treated with advertised product - ointment with 20% azelaic acid. It was semi OK - nothing too special, but it worked reasonably well and I do not remember bigger issues, apart of dehydration, and that it did not remove everything totally. Begin age 18: I started uni and tried the birth control pills. Did nothing for acne, but some nasty side effects. Dropped. Still semi reasonable - not clear skin, but not too bad. Age 25: traveled to foreign country with uni exchange program. Stipend was low, we bought cheapest stuff to eat. Returned - cheeks almost swollen from acne, red. After 3 months and still not improving, even my family started pushing me to go to doctor. Went to government funded hospital derm (no private health insurance country), she said "you did not wash enough" (though I DID wash more than usual), prescribed oral and topical antibiotics treatment and recommended to find a medic that does face cleanings (not simple "cosmetologist). Found one, she did some face cleanings with acids (she also commented how good my skin reacts to acids - almost no redness, no pain), and also commented that she did notice such problem (with inflamed acne on cheeks) from people who lived in foreign country and ate cheap food. Match. So, it did clear at the time. Acne fixed at the time. About ~26-27 yr old I got a sunburn on face - nothing very nasty, however skin started flaking, and I started getting more small bumps acne. I started looking into products to fix it, but everybody recommended products for dry skin, which did not help with acne, my skin was red, flaking and with bumps. Went to private derm at around 28-29. Without very detailed looking, according description and a glance at the face she diagnosed "Rozacea" and prescribed a bunch of products. Three months using these products with no improvement, I ordered (no local shops) a bareMinerals rozacea powder. After a week using it, my skin got less red than in 3 months using prescribed products. You bet I dropped the prescribed products and never visited that derm again. Started working on my skin myself. ~30 years old. After a while found a difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin, started using aloe gel based products - first few weeks my skin drunk it in a few seconds, even a thick layer. When I was finishing applying the gel, the parts where I applied it at the beginning were already dry (and I did apply quite thick layer). Skin gets less red, and less flaking, but is not there yet. I went to even other derm on government funded clinic. She heard the previous diagnosis, said it is in no way rozacea because I have no broken capillary or capillary knots visible. Prescribed antihistamin for a week. Did not work. Prescribed oral antibiotics and topical antibiotics, also ointment for flaking. Worked like a charm, all acne gone and no more acne for a year (don't count minor period breakouts). A year after: acne returns. Tried to go back to the last derm - she retired! Went to private derm to get same ointments. He did try to diagnose Rozacea as well, but prescribed the ointments from last derm. Did not help so well... Probably needed oral antibiotics as well. However, after such "diagnosis" did not return to this derm. Beginning of 2017: acne is annoying, especially when 35 is in a few months. Different country. Asked reference from my GP. Multiple visits, prescribed Doxycyclin, sulfur wash, Adapalene. Nothing works. At the time I tried NERD skincare, and it helped me better than what derm prescribed. Dropped the derm, as the visits were expensive and I did not see the results. NERD stopped working, went to Dermalogica acne series, PTR acne pads and mask (mask even broke me out), noticed reasonably good reaction to various acid products, but they caused redness and flaking. Any acne products show better results at the beginning, but later stop working. Found the spot treatment that did not stop working (it has mixed tea tree oil stuff and salicylic acid). Dentist prescribed Amoxicillin for 20 days. Hm... chin is clearing up. But all money goes to dentist and I do not want to return to previous derm as well. 2018: working on diet - cut out sugar at all. Also started on Korean skin products. Pluses: pores shrunk a bit, skin became less oily (from diet). Skin became way less dehydrated, almost no flaking or dehydration caused redness from Korean skincare (layering). Found out that most of cheaper Korean stuff DOES NOT break me out (95% of what I tried does not break me out opposed to ~50% of usual stuff). Ordered Keeva Organics Tea Tree Oil product, saw improvements on bumps. Neg: that still did not fix my acne. 2018 August: ordered Curology (4% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin, 4% Niacinamide). After 2 months skin cleared a bit, but not much. October: stopped Curology and went to other dermatologist. Got prescription for Amoxicillin (I made a note to mention her it did work for me, and list everything that did not work) and some samples of topical products. Evening product: not bad (can look up name later). Morning product: additional breakouts (small white puss filled ones). And finally - almost 2 months of antibiotics and topical treatments, will be taking for a month more. Today visited Derm and she was surprised how Amoxicillin worked for me, as she said it is not very usual antibiotics for acne. Results in photos - and this is after my period break out last week and terrible stressed almost no sleep travel also last week (that caused additional breakouts - but only the amount you can count on one hand fingers, and all are visible here: top right corner of chin, bottom corner of chin and cheek). Photo: August 1 - December 4th. My mostly problem areas were chin area - chin was all constantly red and with almost non-disappearing breakouts. I could flatten them a bit with acids, but not make them disappear. Another bigger problem area was skin-colored bumps in the lines from nose to lip corners (basically where others have wrinkles, I had bumps). Additional acne on cheeks and all over the face, though not too intense, but still annoying. Second photo is from today, I am wearing only my usual skincare and SPF cream - no colored creams or foundations, or powder. As you see, I have not tried any retinoid or similar treatments - none of the derms even suggested prescribing them. I hope my clear skin will hold for at least a year more. At least I found what works for me. I do have some minor darker spots as scarring from acne, however they are not too bad and I got some stuff to try from my derm today.
  12. GellyB

    My Acne Past

    Sooo...today is the day that I decide to create a blog of my acne experience. I'm doing this to tell other people what will or won't help me over the next months (6-12 months), and to help me keep track of my progress. Another reason was because I couldn't find answers to many questions through a plethora of google searches (such as when your face gets through the purging stages of stopping benzoyl peroxide cold turkey). Let me start off with my acne story... The earliest I can remember having acne is in the 6th grade, thanks to a fellow classmate pointing out that I had "bumps" on my forehead. My skin was normal back then (unlike the super oily skin I have now), but, like my fellow classmate had described, I had bumps of acne on my forehead. I'm positive these weren't cysts or even whiteheads and blackheads. I just remember them being annoying bumps that weren't really inflammed, possibly comedonal. Looking back, I'm not sure if it is more than a coincidence that my brother's and my acne developed after moving to another state (since the climates were about the same) If I had to decide, I would contribute my acne to hormonal changes since I started having my period that year or the year before. My straight bangs that covered just my forehead and genetics (my father's side) were probably helping as well. My acne over the next few years (7th, 8th, 9th grade) are a blur to me now. I can only remember having a lot of acne on my forehead and nose and maybe a cyst or two every few months. The year I started to seriously treat my acne was the summer before my sophomore year. My brother had gone to a dermatologist (probably around April or May) for his acne. His acne was much worse than mine: cystic-especially around chin area, and oily skin. Mine was comedonal, blackheads, whiteheads, and a cyst every month or two on the nose, forehead, and cheeks with normal skin. If I had acne on my chin, it was usually a cyst. The dermatologist told him a skin care regime that would eventually become mine. Unlike my brother, I decided to wait until summer started (start of June) to begin my new regime. This was the regime: MORNING: Wash face (Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser w/ 2.5% salicylic acid) Use clean finger to dab liquid clindamycin phosphate 1% on problem areas Use pea sized amount of benzoyl peroxide 5% to problem areas (soon I switched to 2.5% strength gel due to irritation) Finish off with Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion Use clindamycin phosphate 1% on chest and back morning and night NIGHT: Wash face (Aveeno Brightening Scrub) Use liquid clindamycin phosphate 1% again Thin layer of tretinoin .025% The results of this regime were wonderful. Aside from the initial adjustment my skin had to make (I was peeling really bad on the chin from the liquid clindamycin), my acne quickly reduced. I know that the Aveeno Clear Complexion and suncreen brightened my complexion because a classmate I saw the last week of July had commented that I looked pale (I'm Filipino so he was used to me looking a bit tan). I loved this skin care regime like a miracle. I got rid of my comedonal acne, reduced blackheads and whiteheads and the number of cysts I got. My cheeks were finally smooth and my forehead was mostly smooth. Over time the clindamycin I used on my face stopped working. I had never really used the clindamycin lotion for my chest and back because I was too impatient to wait for it to dry before I put a shirt on. I stopped using the clindamycin and my skin was fine without it. So la la la...my acne was better than it had been even if I still had it more that my classmates, but I had lived so long without smooth skin that I forgot what it felt like (I loved to rub my cheeks, they were so smooth!) But then I noticed something. Why was I waking up with such oily skin? My skin wasn't burning from the tretinoin anymore. Where was the even-toned, normal skin that I would wake up to after a night of tretinoin? Now I woke up with extremely dull, oily skin. What did I do? I stopped using tretinoin. My skin care regime was the same minus the clindamycin and tretinoin. Did stopping tretinoin make my skin normal in the mornings? Honestly, I don't remember, but I remember staying off tretinoin. Somewhere along the lines, I started using the benzoyl peroxide day and night. Now to the summer before my junior year. In June 2010, I had my first facial extraction which hurt like hell. Although I was left with scars on my cheekbones, it seemed to completely get rid of the acne on my jawline, cheeks, and temples. Aside from changing facial washes (too many to remember) I was still using benzoyl peroxide morning and night, but switched to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Face Lightweight Suncreen Lotion SPF 30 since the aveeno one made my face look too greasy too early in the morning. At this time, I had oily skin, but I never noticed it. I was too distracted by my new smooth cheeks. It wasn't until the middle of the first semester my junior year that I noticed my oily skin. My acne had reduced to a few bumps on my forehead, no blackheads, few whiteheads, and rare cysts. After that I tried moisturizers, masks, glycolic acid, salicylic, serums, toners, and spearmint tea to try to fix my oily skin in vain. My senior year pretty much ended up in the same way with me trying to solve this oily skin problem. It wasn't until the second semester of my senior year that I gave up and went to a simple routine: wash, benzoyl peroxide, sunscreen. Eventually I stopped using sunscreen because it made my skin way too oily. Then I stopped using benzoyl peroxide cold turkey (there will be another blog post on why I decided to quit using bp) June 2012: I read an e-book (AcneNoMore by Mike Walden) about healing acne holistically, the only method I have yet to use. It describes detoxing, enemas, fasting, flushes, and other ways to get rid of acne. Before hearing of this book in a Youtube comment (sometimes I check the comments to see what silly fight has started) I didn't think that diet affected acne. I was unaware of "detoxing" and the importance of the liver. I thought that unless someone ate by mashing their face into a plate of food, then diet really didn't affect acne. I also didn't think hydration affected acne. Water hydrates skin? Doesn't oil do that? What? I was so ignorant of the importance of getting my daily 10 servings of fruits and veggies. And so this is where I am now: acne spreading throughout my face and dry/oily skin. (At least I don't have any cysts) A healthier lifestyle..if this won't get me nice skin, I don't know what will. Even if a good diet doesn't help my acne, will I go back to bad habits? Nooo. I love the idea of being healthier. I'll still try to get my daily 10. I'll still try to use my juicer everyday and make the healthiest choices when eating out. I'll still play Dance Dance Revolution for daily exercise. I'm confident that living right will get me healthier skin, but I can't be too confident. I've got a few other tricks to help me along the way. Like, I was reading a post about how this guy stopped washing his face every day and his skin improved. That is one thing I haven't tried, so why not? What more could I lose? So that's it. That's my acne story that my memory can tell me. I'll have blog entries about how my acne has progressed week after week or even every few days. I'll write about what things I consume to help my acne. If you have any questions, you can leave one in the comments and I'll try to answer as soon as I can. I hope this blog can help someone else achieve clear skin or at least guide them closer to having a good complexion. My next blog entries will be about my experience with benzoyl peroxide and my previous diet.
  13. TrueSomebody

    What I Did

    Golly, I would be lying if I said it was easy, but it was worth it. I had to really change my lifestyle, but it was for the better. Eating Habits COMPLETELY cut out soda and any sugary drink (occasional orange juice) COMPLETELY cut out dairy (almost, i love milk and cheese) lol COMPLETELY cut out frozen foods COMPLETELY cut out desserts Daily Routine Wash face with Clean and Clear 10% benzol peroxide wash (morning) Apply Neutrogena 2.5% benzol peroxide vanishing cream (morning) Apply Neutrogena Sport Face 70 spf sunscreen (morning) Wash face with Clean and Clear 10% benzol peroxide wash (bedtime) Apply Neutrogena 2.5% benzol peroxide vanishing cream (bedtime) Apply Differin Adpaline 0.1% gel (bedtime) My skin is VERY oily and this really dried it out so be cautious. I followed my routine and only missed maybe 3 or so days out of the year and I rarely broke my new eating plan. I know this is a short blog but I just wanted to make a quick post to inspire people not to give up. My acne was horrible, it ruined my self-esteem and confidence, it was a mental problem just as much as it was a physical. But after clearing it all up, it felt like my life was changed. If this blog gets attention I will most definitely post my full journey with pics and descriptions of what happened each month.
  14. ellgx

    Week 13 - Month 3

    So week 13, it's gone quick. Ill be finish in 2 months according to derm! Positive experience all round. Symptons havent been as extreme as i anticipated. Dry lips and a dry inner nose is the only issues for me. Dry inner nose is sore and constant vaseline poking up my nose! Seems to have calmed down though Lips are fairly constant. But my skin in flawless except from odd spots i mean 1 or 2. Still have lots of scars but no bumpy oily spotty skin. Skin isn't dry. Just not exactly oily. Its great. Don't want to go off accutane incase it comes back!! I drink on accutane aswell you aren't supposed to but haven't had any negativey on me. Good experience, skin has neve rbeen this clear!!
  15. StruggleIsReal

    A message to acne sufferers.

    First, I want to say that I hope nothing but the best for those going through the tough acne stage. I've been there before, and it's not easy for sure. For those of you who would like to add on or share anything, feel free to do so. I would gladly appreciate it. I want to share my personal experience to you all, hoping that it will be of some help. Here is my story. I am a 16 year old male and I had pretty severe acne as a kid growing up. At the moment I'm still going through puberty, and acne tends to be common around teen years. I have noticed a couple significant factors that greatly affected my skin over the long years of my acne stage. My acne flare ups started around the age of 12, so sometime during middle school. My type of lifestyle at this time was sedentary meaning lazy, unhealthy, with bad habits. I never went to the gym, and I was a huge couch potato. I ate junk food everyday and hated vegetables. So as a result, I had the worst skin possible, my forehead would hurt from all the cysts, the back of my neck had cysts and scars from picking at the zits, and my back just looked like fresh pepperoni pizza. My neck acne was so bad, everytime I would stretch my neck just to look at something to the side would hurt sooo badly. I grew hopeless due to the intense severity of my acne. I researched a lot online hoping to find natural remedies and solutions that would help fix my problem. I've tried honey for my back, benzoyl peroxide for the face and back, salicylic acid for the face and back, pads for the scars, pretty much most OTC products, but I had no luck with any of them. They dried up and aggravated my skin which caused even more breakouts. I remember that I cut out fish oil from my daily supplements, and that seemed to help a little, so for those who are taking omega 3 fish oil and have consistent acne, try eliminating that out of your system for a couple weeks and see what happens. I'm not promising fast results or clear skin, but I found it to be a cause in acne, from my experience. So fast forward 3 years later, I would be 15, I moved to another location where the weather was humid but had moisture, unlike the dry and harsh air from my previous home place. I took a visit to a dermatologist for the first time and he prescribed me some antibiotics called minocycline, and I took those everyday after breakfast to avoid the upset stomach side effect. This minocycline pill was a miracle, it worked and my face started clearing up and felt smoother over the course of time. Along with the antibiotics, I had to apply Tretinoin cream to the affected areas to help dry the pimples. This treatment process from week 1 to week 3 made my skin dry, that is the purpose of the medication, is to dry the pimple to eliminate the pus inside. I would apply moisturizer afterwards and it would alleviate the stiff feelings I would have on my neck. I thought this treatment helped me significantly but nothing is more important than a healthy diet when it comes to acne. Think about it. When you consume junk food, the bad toxins build up in your system and those toxins have to release out somewhere, either through your feces, urine, or the skin. This explains why I had so much acne as a kid, it was because I had so much junk in my body. So, I ate less junk, ate dairy once in a while but not much, exercised more often to maintain good health, etc. I also washed my face and skin once or twice a day in the shower; it mainly depends if I worked out in the gym. If you live in a dry area, don't wash often, you will dry out your skin causing more acne. What's good about the humid and moistured place that I lived in was that I had no worries about having too dry skin. So by practicing good habits like no picking at the pimples or skin, and going with a junk food free diet, my acne cleared up around 85% I would say overall in a period of a couple months. In recent day, my back acne is mainly covered with stubborn dark scars, my forehead is completely spotless, my cheeks and chin is 95% clear, and my neck acne is better looking than before but still a bit consistent with acne. Overtime I believe all this will eventually fade away, as I am still going through puberty. I'm still taking the same medications from before and instead of taking minocycline every day, I now take it every two days. I'm still using the tretinoin cream as well, but in small amounts so that I won't have super dry skin. So a brief summary of what helped treat my acne is: Good Diet, Exercise, Wash 2 times a day or less, moisturize when dry, moving to a moisturized environment (not saying that you should consider moving!), and finally, when in doubt see a dermatologist (trust me, you won't regret it!) . I'll also add that you should wash with Cetaphil (Facial Cleanser), and just lightly scrub your problem areas with clean fingers to avoid irritation. Cetaphil has always been soothing to the skin and has help calm my acne. I also recommend using Eucerin lotion for body acne and the Olay Face Moisturizer for face acne after washing, these are skin calming, non-comedogenic products that you would want specifically for acne. Also, drink more water. Not only does water help flush out the bad toxins in your body, it helps your skin rejuvenate. If you're getting really frustrated with acne, I totally understand where you're coming from. When I had bad acne, I kept thinking to myself, when is this ever going to end? How am I going to go out in public looking like complete crap? Well honestly, who's going to care about how you look like in the next 5 years? Also just think, there are people that have it worse than you and me both. I'd rather have acne than have cancer, a chronic illness, or a lifelong disability. At least if you have good health and the potential to treat acne, theres really nothing to be worried about! Remember, God has a plan for all of us, and he may not reveal it instantly, but soon things will be better! If you read the whole story, thank you for taking the time to do so. I hope i have helped out in any way, good luck guys, and have a great New Year!
  16. Hi all, I registered here on acne.org to share with you my Acne story and to help others who suffering under this burden. Until the age of 20 I had the prettiest skin, flawless you can say I was full of confidence and dated the hottest guys in the clubs. But when I turned 20, Acne came over me, it was like a curse. I developed nasty cysts all over my face, they were very deep and created disgusting bumps on my face which were impossible to cover up with makeup, not to mention the redness around the cysts. Some of them were even painful I was living a normal/healthy lifestyle, I rarely had fast-food, didn't smoked at all and only drank some alcohol on the weekends when out with friends, but I was always drinking responsible, I got completely drunk maybe twice a year. My life got turned up side down, I lost all my confidence. When people were talking to me they weren't looking in my eyes, they were looking at my pimples/cysts. I saw there disgust in their eyes, rarely someone said something, but they were all disgusted by me, I could feel it and it caused me many mental issues like anxiety, depression and other thoughts I don't even want to mention... Being in university with all this students made it even worse. I became extremely introverted, stopped going out, stopped going to the gym and only attended classes which were mandatory to attend, so I was mostly studying at home. My family told me that it will just go away with time, but I knew that this was bullcrap and I didn't had time to wait. So like many other fellow acne sufferers, I tried many different Products, Programs and over the counter products, from chemical treatments with Benzoyl peroxide to Isotretinoin (Accutane) and even natural treatments like natural clay and expensive supplements. Of course I also wasted my hard earned money on dermatologists from one private clinic to the other one. Most of them prescribed me strong antibiotics which only helped temporarily and gave me bad side effects. At the age of 26 I married my partner who also had acne at that time I am 31 now and about 4 months ago, my partner and I traveled from Germany to the South of Spain for a 1 week getaway. We booked a room for 1 week through AirBnB, the owner of the house was Austrian, which was great because we are from Germany, his name was Thomas. On the second day he made us breakfast and told us his Acne Story, I was really surprised that he had Acne because his skin looked amazing! Long story short, Acne destroyed his confidence and ruined his acting career. Instead of giving up, he studied for years all the scientific research that has been conducted for acne vulgaris. He cured himself and became a "Guru" helping others to get rid of Acne for free! I was amazed by all the scientific papers he showed us, they were mostly from the NCBI. So we thought we give it a shot And it was the best decision I ever made! He conducted veeeery detailed questionnaires with both of us. Thomas told us it was necessary because the cause of acne is different in every person. His approach was mainly from the inside but also from the outside. Like I mentioned before, his program is very individual so I am not going much into detail, for example my partner received a completely different program, his acne is also different, mine is more like a cystic acne, he had papules. We both started his program while we were still staying at his house, but even when we left he was available to answer our questions. Thomas told us that results depend on how strict you stick to the program. After one month continuing the program at home, I saw major improvements and after about 2 and a half months I was completely Acne free, it is such an amazing feeling to wash your face with water in the morning and don´t feel any bumps Especially after suffering for 11 years.... My partner was also acne free after following his individual program for about 2 months. Yeah I forgot to mention that Thomas did this all for free and he wasn't selling us any product. He said we can share his contact details if we know someone suffering from Acne, his goal is to help others with acne, that's it. After my partner and me became acne free we send him a nice gift package to his address as a small thank you
  17. Achever

    Having acne and being on dianette

    Hi! So although my skin has more or less settled now, with the exception of the odd spot, I wanted to share my experience of having acne as well as tracking my current experience of overcoming and accepting the scarring it left behind. Last summer, I moved out of my dads and moved counties to live with my mum. I won't sugarcoat it... it was pretty stressful!! and I'm convinced that this was what first brought on the beginning of the acne, as my most problematic area was my forehead-which is proven to be stress related. It began with manageable breakouts but gradually got worse and worse, and wouldn't clear up! so I.tried.everything... everything. I already had a very healthy diet and lifestyle in general, doing lots of running and exceeding my 5 a day. I went that extra mile, cutting out all the foods they say can provoke acne, potatoes, bread, milk etc. All products I used came from a natural skincare business with all naturally derived products, cleansers, face masks, toner, exfoliater (the lot!!) but nothing would help. My skincare routine was perfect, washing it twice a day, cleansing in the evening and exfoliating 2-3 times a week. I was due to start sixth form at this point, in a new county, with no friends and I was beginning to really worry about my skin and what other people would think. So I went to the doctors. .. big sigh....i made countless appointments, waiting weeks and weeks in between each one, just to be prescribed endless amounts of external creams that dried out my skin and made it worse, despite my complaints that they just werent working!!! Anyway, after weeks and weeks of worsening acne I was determined that I wanted to go on dianette.I started dianette and I was on it for six months, I had no severe side affects that I remember, other than feeling a bit nauseous on the first week and probably having some mood changes, although that's difficult to track when you're a teenage girl anyway! It cleared up my acne after about two months, including hard lumps I had under the skin that had been there for months and wouldn't surface. I was left with a lot of pitted and coloured scarring on my forehead, but now that it was less lumpy it was so much easier to cover with make up. Overall, I can say that dianette was a success story for me, it cleared up my skin and since coming off it, did not return to the state it was in before. HOWEVER, I am now into my 5th month since coming off of dianette, and I am having extreme hair shedding. I used to have very very thick hair, but it is slowly becoming very thin. Perpetual amounts of strands come out everytime I wash it, brush it, or simply when I'm not doing anything to it at all! I'm hoping this will subside but I will keep updating. Below are some pictures of my skin, although I don't seem to have any of it at it's worse because I think I was too upset to take any, and back then thinking about making a blog in the future hadn't sprung to mind. Most of the pictures are the start of the acne, and then the worst of the scarring and redness left behind when it first began to ease off. I felt so alone with my acne especially because it was such an uncommon place for people to have it, it wasn't like the more common cystic cheek acne. There were times when my whole forehead would be covered in big lumpy whiteheads and pimples. It was such an effort to wake up early every morning knowing that I was going have to spend so much time doing my make up, for my skin to still look dreadful anyway. People who haven't suffered with acne can never fully understand the feeling of looking at other peoples perfect skin and wondering why they don't have to go through it, why they can do stuff like go to bed with their make up on and still have the smoothest most flawless skin you've ever seen. No one tells you how painful it is to catch someone staring at your skin when you're talking to them or how difficult it is to hold a conversation when you're looking down at the ground in a desperate attempt for them not to see your face. No one prepares you for that overwhelming urge to burst into tears everytime you catch your reflection. No one tells you how ugly it makes you feel when you see your naked face in the bathroom mirror when you brush your teeth at night. But the most important thing is to know that you aren't alone. Whether there's not one clear patch of skin from your forehead to your chin, or whether you have a couple of spots on your nose, nobody can tell you that 'it's not that bad' it's bad to you, and that's enough. If it's bad enough to make you feel bad about yourself, it's bad. But it will get better, and you will be stronger and more aware as a result of it. I still get down about my scarring, still wear make up everywhere I go and still suffer with confidence problems but I'm in a much better place about it than I was. I hope something in what I've written can help somebody suffering from a similar situation. Happy to answer any questions!!:) (excuse the mellow dramatic faces, I wanted to be clear that i was not taking a selfie out of choice .... )
  18. I'm writing this post so that I can keep track of my progress and begin my attempt on the caveman regimen. I've never had acne my entire life. I'm 19 and I never struggled with acne ever, I would get compliments constantly on my effortless, flawless skin constantly. In February of this year I had my first ever break out and freaked the hell out, I didn't understand what was going on... When I look back now I actually only got my first ever pimple, it was so tiny and completely unnoticeable but it still greatly affected me. What's to come next was just silly on my part, I got one pimple which led me to acne.org and I was brainwashed into buying a ton of chemical exfoliants, cleansing products and different acne-fighting products. I look back at my skin now and realise I have caused such detriment to my skin. My skin was never oily and hardly ever had any blemishes EVER. Sure to a certain extent you can blame hormones because my first breakout was after I had a panic attack that was extremely severe on a train travelling back home. Straight after that breakout I was washing my face twice a day, trying cleansers, switching toners, sticking to products for 12-weeks, my skin became my life and I was completely obsessed by it. Today I sat down and got very emotional, I looked in the mirror and my skin is an absolute MESS. whiteheads, blackheads, dripping in oil. But what I forgot was, before my tiny breakout, my skin was virtually flawless. I never washed my face and picked a product up if it was near the shower while I was using it. I never thought twice about my skin and just let it do its own thing. What I've realised is I've been using so many products and obsessing so highly over my skin in the past few months that i've been causing the issues. I've been removing the protective layers and acid mantles of my skin, I went to a dermatologist and they actually SUGGESTED the caveman regimen. It's my family dermatologist and he just said, can you not remember before you started messing with your face that you never had issues with acne? It clicked. I am ruining my own skin, it's such an oily mess because the pH is so unbalanced and me stripping away my natural barriers are causing an over-production in the sebum which is resulting in my acne. Later today I'm going to do a follow up with pictures, I'm going to do the caveman regimen, live the way I use to without any stupid harsh products. I've seen the success storys, I was living it with-out even realising. I'm going to post pictures later today and give an update everyday until my skin has returned to its normal self. I created this topic so that I can finally see with my own eyes the problems I have caused my skin and that if I leave it alone, it will do everything it needs to do, NATURALLY. I'd like to hear other opinions on this topic, sorry if I seem very narcissistic, I'm just staying positive and staying hopeful that the only problem with my skin is me. Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Edit: For those who are unknown to the caveman regimen, it is ZERO washing. No products, for some not even water. Not even moisturizing, nothing, leaving your skin completly alone and letting it do it's own thing.
  19. I am now currently 18 years old and graduating high school next month. I started developing, most got slapped across and straight in the face with acne in the beginning of 6th grade. Now, 6th grade was extremely different than it is now. Hardly any girls wore make up. It was only worn for those little school dances. Unfortunately, I felt like I had to wear cover up/concealer/foundation at the age of 11 or 12. Ever since then I have been struggling and struggling with acne for years. At one point in time freshman year of high school I got so fed up with it that I thought poking my imperfections with a needle would make them go away. Ever since 8th grade I've gotten up at 5:50 AM to get ready for school because I had to shower then slather on makeup to attempt to hide my face that for some reason I was so ashamed of. For EIGHT years I have tried every acne treatment there is. When I turned sixteen & got a job I even paid for expensive facials to see if that would free me from a problem that I let consume me. Today, April 20th, 2013 at 2:50 PM this afternoon is the first day in eight years I walked out in public without any coverup on. My acne is finally cleared up. I broke down crying.
  20. michaelbrandon96

    My Acne Story

    Hi everyone so my name is Michael, I'm 15 years old from Canada and I suffer from nodular cystic acne. So for those of you who dont know what it is, nodular cystic acne is a severe form that happens deep within the skin (i think in the dermis), that is almost always painful and leaves acne marks! It's basically solid inflamed lesions on the skin that sometimes have white heads. I've personally been struggling with acne since grade 7, I'm only in grade 11 though but it's been a struggle both physically and emotionally. In elementary school i was teased for having acne although at that time it wasnt much, a blemish here and there, but as i got into highschool it got worse i would get them more frequently and more severly around my nose and chin. some days i would wake up and wish i could stay home cause i thought i was doing people a dis service for them to look at me, this was in grade 9. I actually thought that this was the worst of it... i was sadly mistaken. going into grade 10 my face was clear and i loved it, then somewhere along the way i started to get the acne again but not concentrated on my nose and chin like before. My whole face had it at least 7 on my cheeks and 5 on my forhead. it really took a toll on me emotionally when i would wake up look at myself and i couldnt even smile cause it hurt. Some days i would ask my mom to stay home cause i just felt terrible about my acne. All throughout my stuggle with acne i was made fun of and stared at. I didnt even want to go to the groceries anymore cause ONE time this child asked his mom what kind of disease i had. so half way through grade 10 i gave up and realized that acne is just something i have to deal with and became a self proclaimed pizza face. i was and am still very insecure about the way i looked. i mean i even tried covering it up with make up! ive tried many things for my acne and had it not work. ive done the stupid mistake of using 7 treatments at once in hope that it would cure me of this `disease` faster. ive cried because of it and have been extreamly depressed because of it also. Now im going into grade 11 with my skin almost clear, my head held high, and my self confidence boosted because of what has happened over the last 2 months and i want to tell you about how i was able to do something i only dreamed of a reality!
  21. Dealing with the emotional side effects of having bad skin This time last year I couldn't look my Dad in the eye, my skin was the worst it had ever been and my confidence rapidly shattered. I couldn't bare the pain of waking up each and every morning, walking into the bathroom, not turning the light on, looking into the mirror and having to look at my acne-ridden skin. Some days were better than others, some days there would be no new heads and like most days I would see a cluster of new pustules. For months I had hope that this new cream or tablet that the doctor had given me would make me back to "normal", that's all I wanted; to fit in. With acne, you wear the condition on your face, the first thing that people see is your face. What do people see? They see clusters, lumps, bumps, cysts, pigmentation, scars, redness, they see an unhappy face and a young boy looking down with no backbone to face the world. What do they think? Oh he's just a teenager with acne, believe me it's worse than that. As human beings we thrive to connect with people, to be accepted and be part of a group. Having acne makes you feel excluded. The amount of parties, sleepovers, walks with my family, days out, chances to meet new people and photos that I missed out on in the time I had acne was dreadful. I remember looking around constantly scanning people's skin with my eyes to see if they had a single blemish, that way I could somehow connect with them; I then wouldn't feel left alone. Small story Many people don't understand what it's truly like to have a bad skin condition, it changed my life. People would comment "Have you ran out of cream" or "Your skin looks bad"- that was the worse thing I ever heard. I remember the day I came back from Christmas break of 2012, my skin developed a much adverse type of acne; Severe cystic acne, covering almost 95% of my face. Starting at my chin, either side clustered with sizeable lumps, then receding across both cheeks, progressing up my temples and then to the forehead (Which was like a mountain). It was painful, not only emotionally but physically and I couldn't bare to squeeze them...who doesn't? So I was sat there in my room, on my bed, legs crossed. It was the day before school, looking at my self in the mirror and dreading going into school. I felt incurable, a failure and unwanted. In a desperate reach for hope, I grabbed my over-sized tube of benzyl peroxide(BP) 10% (Any acne sufferer will have encountered BP before), exhausting the bottle of its contents. I felt like a drug addict, it had to work. It was like starting all of your revision the night before an exam; it never really works that well. I applied the cream to my face, I spent over 10 minutes massaging the thick, unpleasant paste into my skin. Slowly the BP began to dry, it was a mask and I hated the agonising pain; it made me feel stuck, it became tighter and tighter. At this point I couldn't break a smile, I couldn't even move my eyes without the mask feeling discomforting. I slowly fell asleep, not knowing what to expect. *Buzz buzz buzz* my alarm was screaming at me to wake up, I switched it off. I didn't feel tired, my skin was moistureless. I felt my skin, still I could feel the lumps...everywhere. There was no hope. I entered the bathroom, looked into the mirror; I felt like breaking down, my skin had erupted. White heads and red lumps masked my face. Running parallel to my nose was a colony of spots, they aligned perfectly with the shape of my nose, it was awful. I squeezed my nostril and out like cheese the puss oozed from my skin. Then I had to do the same with my chin, cheeks, sideburns, temples, forehead, it was a strenuous task to do every day and night. I then cleaned my skin and applied a moisturiser, at that point I stopped wearing BP to school as it was too uncomfortable and made me look unreal. I clothed my self, styled my hair and headed down stairs for breakfast. I made my eggs and dipping toast(My favorite) then sat with my head down. My step Dad said to me "What are you doing today?" (He does every morning) and I would sit staring at my egg, avoiding any possible eye contact and reply with "I don't know". All I wanted was for someone to not make a comment about my skin, so I made minimal conversation and eye contact. I continued with my eggs, sat there at the table scared and felt like crying. My mum spoke to me, I responded with minimality. She knew there was something wrong. I had that feeling that you get before crying, then I felt the cold tears began, my face shrivelled, my hand met my forehead. I had been so strong for so long, I kept it inside "I can't do this anymore"I said. My mum hugged me and we moved to the living room to sit on the more comfier sofa. "I can't do it anymore mum, I can't put up with it" I cried for a long time, it was the first time since my uncle Phill had died that I had cried. It felt good to cry, it released my true feelings and was an opener to my mum. She gave me some advice and I pushed on, she gave me a lift to school. "Have you lost your spot cream Will?", "Your skin looks bad", "You had it bad a year ago, it got better and now it's really bad, what happend?". The repeated comments really got to me, I am a sensitive person as such. I did what most people would do as a first reaction; hide. I wouldn't walk in the corridors, too many people, I would spend most of my lunch walking about on my own and pretending I had something to hand in or had to see someone. I had changed completely, before i'd spend my lunch time chatting to my friends, making jokes, feeling a sense of happiness and a sense of part. The people around me changed; there was a prejudice towards me, I was an outsider to the world. Anyway, comment if you think I should continue this story, as it's pointless writing anymore if people don't like this set up in my blog; some people prefer simple structure, but I felt that I had to express my emotions and hopefully this bit of text put your through my feelings. Please comment what you would like me to write about next. Thank you, William.
  22. hey everybody I've never posted anything on a forum before and I probalby won't after this but i really felt I had to share this info with other people and I'm hoping maybe it might just help someone out, make their day a lil better... And sorry for all the typo and grammatical mistakes i might do, I'm really not the writing type. Anyway so what i would like to share is my frustrating, depressing experince i had with a "blackhead scar or pimple scar" i got over the la two weeks and like I said i hope some of the info might help someone out in that same situation. So two weeks ago I got a minuscule, tiny (i mean seriously i wouldnt even had bothered with it if it wasn t in that location) on the very most tip of my nose. So i decided to take it of,f not a big deal. Like always i take a clean needle, pierce it and then with the corner of a clean razor blade I gently take all the white off, away without pushing any of the puss back in and make sure its all gone( at least what one can see with the naked eye), then I hop in the shower and rince my face with ice cold water by letting water run down my face (specially on the current popped pimple area) for not to long (rince my face normally from 1 to 3-4 minutes) but just so it washes the pore and closes it up a bit. Btw i never squeeze a pimple, i used to to that and it made them worse and inflammed so if anyone has the patience to do the niddle way it might work better for them. Anyway so after the shower i patted my face dry with a clean towel and applied a bit of lemon juice like i always do ( ive been putting lemon juice on my nose everynight for the last 2-3 months and wash it off in my morning shower the next day and since I ve started its great, it seems it helps get rid off blackheads, or at least it bleaches them so u dont notice the as much) and voila the affected area was still a lil red and inflammed cause i got rid of the pimple but it looked like the cold water had done it some good, there was no hole and it seemed that it would be gone the next day, end of story. BUT NOOO how wrong was I. Over the next 2-3 days there was still red ring and there was a bit of dark and white scab, crust in the middle but nothing to big but it was kinda dark and on the tip of my nose so it was kinda noticeable so like a d***head i applied a bit of concealer (apparently that suff blocks pore and is not good ,...) on the area to make it less visible. By that stage i still thought it was nothing, that it would be gone in a few days, so i didnt really make any steps to heal it or moisturise it... So 3 days later i was still a red ring and the 'scab' was still there so i decide to remove the scab and thats when it all started.!!! Again if it was anywhere else i wouldn t have given a sh** but it was in the middle of the tip of my nose... I removed the scab and instead of the freshly healed, maybe slightly redish skin i was expecting after those 3 days, i got a hole, a bloody hole!!! larger than the initial small pimple and i was like daf** how is this possible fu*******!!!!! i immediatly riced my faces in ice cold water then lemon juice to try and close the hole down a bit but it didnt do much. And immediatly i freaked out, i was terrified that i would have a permanent hole on the tip of my nose (i have a hole on the far top right side of my nose from a big blackhead i got a few years back, its large but not annoying cause its in a place u cant even notice but i was scared i would get that on the tip of my nose) and that i would never be the same.I realised that a few months ago i tried to take out a small black head at that location but it was stubborn and took a lot of effort and trauma but it closed up (cant remamber if i actually got the blackhead out) and i never thought about it again but i was thinking maybe it never healed up all that time under my skin, maybe it was dormant under my first layer of skin and its already to late,it s a scar... Anyway i immediatly started doing research on the internet and I hoped that even if i haden t taken care of it and maybe dammaged it even more over the last few days with the concealer and stuff and not realising there was a hidden hole, maybe i could still try and minimise it. I just couldnt do anything and let it stress me out .So after heaps of research reading about healing scars, wounds, skin therapy, even started to research the if- it- goes-wrong options like dermabrasion, I collected heaps of info and tried to find a solution to fixing this problem. So i put a few bits and pieces of info from here and there together and decided this would be my routine to try and heal this bi***. Immediatly I started and I rinced my face three times a day in ice cold running water, patted my face clean then (here comes the time consuming part) i squeezed lemon juice (according to the internet acidity helps destroy some of the old skin making a turnover for newer fresh skin to appear and try to close itself up but a week later i found out acidity prelongs the scarring process which is not good but oh well i continued anyway lol) left it for like ten minutes then i got an ice cube (try not to touch the side that will go on the affected area) applied it to the hole for 5 min to try and firm and close up the pore even more and then i very quickly rinced the hole under ice cold water again, then straight after that i got a clean earbud soaked it in with hazel (i believed the witch hazel will clean the pore and sooth it out and aparently it helps to put it on just befor moisturising) and dabbed it on (no too much just a bit if there was to much i d dry a bit up with another clean earbud), then i d let it dry up and after a few minutes i applied blackmore s natural vitamine e moisturiser (vitamine e is good for skin and apparently a wound that is moisturised heals way faster and the witch hazel helps even more), not to much cause i didnt want to block the pore so i got a clean earbud put a wee bit on and i tried to just moisturise the edges of the hole and not triying to put too much directly into it so like i said it wouldn t block it as much and then i let the moisturiser soak in the skin (15 min) and after that i put a lil fresh piece of tomato on the hole (lil piece from under the skin of the tomato) that i cut out with a clean razor blade and put it carefully on with the blade without using my dirty hands and let the tomato on hte hole overnight. Apparently tomato has anti oxidents or something that promotes healing and stuff but i only put the tomato on at night cause it made the area look red and dark (if it looke worse dont worry its just the redness from the tomato) when it dries up and u dont want that during the day. And remember just rince your face quickly, you don t wanna overwash it and get dried skin and always do all this when the face is clean and just a lil bit of all these things, you dont wann go clogging the pore or irritating the skin anymore. So I did all this over the next four days, got heaps of fresh air (hepls healing) and a bit of sun, good slee pand drank a lot of water and ate a lot of fruit with vitamine c ( I always only drink water, rarely juice, never soda, only if its mixd with alcohol and i very rarely drink alcohol) and i started to close up slowly but surely. After a few days it was still red but almost closed up but i realised there was a bit of some sort of transparent skin closing up part of the hole,i thought that was fresh skin but it turned a pimple- white color after i applied the ice cube and thought that wasnt normal. so I decided to gently take that off and i was right, it was i think a bit of infection with some puss underneath and a timy miny blackhead underneath that and luckly i took that off but unfortunately it re-opened the hole to where it was a few days back but not as much as at the beginning. But even tho i had this step back that stressed me out hepas again, i didn t lose hope and continued my treatment ( but after a few days i went back to rincing my face two times a day) and the hole eventually started to close up and a week later it is almost completly closed. There is still a bit of an edge and the skin inside the hole is still a kinda purple ish/ red ish tone but its almost all gone and i hope soon it will be over. The only thing is that there is now a minuscule black head in the centre of that and its still pretty dark, but im happy with that ( at least there s not that hole), no way I m i gonna try and take it out cause its so small and i dont wanna go trough this eva again, Im just gonna apply the lemon juice on it twice a day and hope it will be gone or bleach itself out eventually. So all in all, I am no dermo, no doctor, I was just a desperat person who tried to fix somthing with the only info he had, i don t know if any of these remedies work or actually helped it close up or if it was just gonna close up anyway without all this time consuming stuff but this was one of the most sressfull and depressing times ive had in a long long time, my confidence is still broken and only starting to build back up (hopefully lol) and i hope this very long and boring post can help someone who is out of ideas and wanna give this a shot sraight away and not wait a few days like me but please if i did something wrong please post an answer so someone else doesnt to the mistake and if u have any questions please let me know and ill see if i can give more detailes. Peace .
  23. Disclaimer: This is probaly just a boring long post but I just wanted to share my story. Sorry for any English mistakes. Also, if this post is in the wrong forum/place then I am sorry, please move it to the correct one if possible. Hello, I rarely post here but I've been lurking for a while when searching for questions about my acne, I just want to share my own story of how my acne went from okay to the worst point of my life (today). I'm a currently a 16 year old boy and I know that is still pretty young but I still just wanted to share my story. I've been having acne since I was 12 years old, I still remember the day when it all began. Looking back at all these years I feel like it's my own fault that the acne has gotten so bad, up until recently I almost always popped anything on my face and I can't recall why I was so stupid to do that even after reading a lot about it, I don't do it anymore but I still have a lot of scars to remind me of my mistakes. It started out mildly and I didn't really mind having acne (almost everyone has it right?), I've probaly tried over 10 "Over-The-Counter" products and nothing worked so far. About 5 months ago my acne really started to accelerate and I started getting it on my cheek which was like the worst thing that could happen in my opinion so I went to see a doctor about my acne and I told him how many products and what I've been trying. He prescribed me something called Tetralysal 300mg (lymecycline) and told me to take 2 pills a day for 50 days. I'm currently at day 23 and so far I've seen no improvement on my face (I got a mix of cystic acne and a lot of scars), in fact it just seems like it's been getting worse since I visited him. He also prescribed something for me to take after the Tetralysal (apparently it would be too much to take both at the same time) which I sadly can't remember the name on, I only remember it was a "2-in-1" thing and one of the parts was a Vitamin-A preparation(not sure if that is the correct word) and that it would help about my scars (unsure) and that my skin could become dry when using it. I'm not depressed or anything but it's just kinda sad that my social life outside of my computer has been ruined because of something so stupid as acne and I just needed to share this story. My questions are: What could the "2-in-1" thing I tried to describe be and do you have any experience with it? What comes after my current treatment if it doesn't work? What's the next step? Any kind of reply makes me happy
  24. Hi my name is Brady, Im 15 years old and tomorrow I start accutane or roaccutane as they call it here in AUS, I'll be keeping you updated probably from day to day, but 1st I'll just share my journey, so i have had very mild acne like 1-3 pimples since I was 13, but this year I started to get really bad acne, like i have/had two huge cystic acne pimples on my cheeks for a month now and they are disgusting, they have been less inflamed lately because of this table called SONE but as far as I'm aware that's all SONE does, so right now I have been on the Regimen for nearly 3 weeks now and I was going to wait a bit to see if that did it but my mum thinks i should go on accutane and so does the derrm, with the regimen I have been going through the stages of results page, the itchiness etc.., so I think my skin has improved a bit it basically feels flat, but has so many red marks all over, if you want photos i can pm them to you, if anyone has any tips,comments anything please feel free to comment below or pm me, any help would be much appreciated thanks
  25. Hey Everyone! This is my first post. I even forgot that i have an account here.
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