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Sunday, November 4th, 2012
9:42 am - Hello

I'm new to LJ and I'm going to blog about my experience with acne and things that actually work! I've been on Differen, Retin-A, Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, and Accutane *twice*. I'm trying a new natural way and thus far it has actually worked.

I know how it feels to cancel plans because you don't want anyone to see you... or skipping school because you can't even stand the thought of someone looking at your face... or completely shutting people out and becoming a recluse. I've been there and done it ALL.  So if you're interested in trying a new, healthier way to fight acne you can read my blog :) I can't even describe how great it feels to actually be able to go out without makeup.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011
8:44 pm - How can I get rid of an acne cyst fast?

Basically last week I got a horrible spot come up just under my eye, like the worst place it could be, but it's turned into one of them horrible acne cysts, n it's so red and big it's pretty much impossible to cover! I'm too embarrassed to go to college because of it! What is the best thing I could use or do to make it heal like within the next couple of days, or even just make it go down a little or get rid of the redness so it's easier to cover and less noticable. I've heard cortisone injections are the best but sadly they don't do them where I live :( I've tried the hot compress trick, hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion, none of it is working very well. 

Talking from experience what is the best product or home remedy to get rid of this horrible thing? Even advice on how to cover it up so it's barely noticeable would be a great help, I've got really good concealer but even that isn't working :/

I don't have really bad acne, I'd say I'm mild to moderate, but it really affects my self esteem, I've been on erythomycin for a while, but it doesn't seem to be working anymore :(
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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
12:27 pm - Lemon juice vs Vitamin E oil for red marks. The showdown!

Okay guys. I've read that lemon juice and vitamin E oil are good at fading red hiperpigmentation marks left over from spots. But which one is better?
Well, I'm going to do a little experiment. I'll be using lemon juice on one of my red marks and vitamin E on the other. It'll probably take about a  month to see results but I'll keep you updated and we'll find out which one is the winner!


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11:24 am - A thankyou

Thanks to everyone who posted to my message and answered questions for me, I really appreciate it.
At the moment, I am using non-comedomic skin products and I'm washing with Garnier deep pore cream wash for sensitive skin(used it before and it seems to keep the spots at bay) and I also use Simple soap at night. I stopped using a scrub after some woman on the Clinque counter told me they spread bacteria was she wrong?)
Anyway, my skin is behaving itself relatively okay at the moment, I'm on Diantette birth control, this might be it, but too soon to tell.
I'll stay on this for 6 months and if that doesn't work, it's maybe best to try Spironolactone.

Thanks guys!
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Monday, July 11th, 2011
11:29 am - Worried, stressed and at my wits end

Hey everyone. I've just joined Live Journal to try and get some support over my acne problems.
In all honesty, I have mild acne but it's destroying my self-esteem and ruining my relationships. I actually broke up with my boyfriend over it because I was so convinced I looked hideous and I just couldn't cope with him seeing me without makeup in the morning when i stayed over.
Thankfully, we are back together (he took me back because he knows how depressed i am right now)
I've been on anti-depressants and am in councelling for my low-self esteeem. I'm also currently on the contreceptive pill Dianette but am only on day 6. I'm also using Retin-A, but only at the lowest strength.

I have some questions to ask you guys and I really hope you'll get back to me as my acne is making me want to die sometimes(I'm sorry for being so extreme-but it's the truth)

1. Has anyone else been on Dianette? Or Dianette-35? Did it work for you and how long did you take it?
2. I have red scar marks on my face from previous acne. Should I get a chemical peel? Will it work? What type etc?
3. I smoke. It's terrible I know. Would this make my skin worse? I'm worried that if I stop my skin will get more oily and so...more spots
4. Lastly, how do you deal with the low-self esteem associated with acne?

Thanks guys

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Friday, February 4th, 2011
9:02 am - Dermatillomania Documentary! (and I need your help)

After working on my dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) documentary for over a year and a half, the trailer is out! Please share this in other online communities you are involved in, and to anyone. I want this video to go viral for the people who need to see it. Thank you!

My facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FOREVER-MARKED-A-Dermatillomania-Diary-by-Nova-Scotian-author-A-Hartlin/177738602694

current mood: accomplished
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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
1:19 pm

Hi, my name's Beth and I'm a 15-year-old from Canada who, honestly, hasn't been dealing with acne long at all. It's only been the last 6 months or so that I've been struggling with it.

My story is: I have body dysmorphic disorder, and my obsession has always been with my skin. Since I was a little girl, 11 or 12, I've been caking on tons of makeup; foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, etc. to make my skin look clearer and more luminous. I look back at pictures of myself when I was 12, 13, 14 and marvel at how beautiful my skin was, yet I always thought it was disgusting and covered in blemishes and acne. I was unable to even put my garbage out at the curb without spending a few hours on makeup application.

Back in September my doctor prescribed me Stievamycin, but in the beginning didn't see a reason for it because my skin was pretty much clear. Stievamycin usually takes 3-4 months to work, and since it is a topical gel an initial breakout is expected. I used it up until December and then stopped, because oh boy did I EVER have a breakout . . . and then I waited, very patiently, for that breakout to clear, leaving me flawless. It never cleared.

Now, I'm struggling to clear up what Stievamycin did to my skin. I have bumps that aren't fully pimples all over my forehead, and a couple very hard, headless and noticable bumps underneath the skin. Around my cheeks I have flat blemishes that are bright purple-red and stand out against my pale pale complexion. At the left side of my face I have clusters of whiteheads that are sensitive to touch. Overall my face is red and patchy.

At the moment I'm washing my face twice a day with Noxzema Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser (Triclosan Medicated) and applying Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent (Medicated with 2% Salicylic Acid). 3-4 times a week I apply a Baking Soda Mask for 20 minutes and then rebalance my skin's PH levels with a vinegar solution that I wash off later. I also use sea salt scrubs every other day and am taking Yaz for birth control.

Am I using too many different products on my skin, and too often? It doesn't burn or irritate my skin it seems, I got use to the Stievamycin which BURNS like acid and peels layers of skin off.

I am just so sick and tired of this!! I'm so young, why do I need to wear tons of makeup? I go to school and see every other girl, radiant and freshfaced, and I'm jealous that they can just roll out of bed and not worry about applying foundation to hide their acne-riddled skin. :( I am at  my wits end, I barely goto school or go out with friends anymore because I don't want to clog my pores with makeup and I feel so uncomfortable with it on. I cry every time I look in a mirror, I can barely face my mother and her boyfriend whom I live with. I am moody all the time now and even feel suicidal. I hate myself more than anything and try as much as possible NOT to look into reflective surfaces. I wish I were dead:( I can't live like this anymore.

help please, I just need suggestions on what to do? thank you, i'm so glad this community is alive. <3
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Monday, December 13th, 2010
4:53 am - Best topical regimens
functionless Hello everybody! I am a long time acne sufferer that has really tired of talking about skin care with perfectly clear-skinned friends. (I have a friend who spent a lot of money on the clinique skin care line because her face was "getting really bad", which meant a cluster of pin point sized dots.)

Here is a little back story on me: I have had acne since I was ten years old. It started as the occasional bump on my chin or the end of my nose. By the time I was thirteen it had spread to my cheeks and I had learned to never leave the house without a thick mask of make up.

I don't have it as bad as some. I do a pretty okay job of hiding it.  But I have had people (mostly younger kids) come up to me and ask what was wrong with my face. I guess I'd describe it as moderate to severe.

From 13 onward I saw a dermatologist. I have probably been on three or four separate antibiotics over my life. I actually learned to swallow pills specifically to take these antibiotics. My regimen was always some pill in chorus with some prescribed topical gel. I have tried retin-a, differin, and I believe there was another that I can't remember. The pills usually helped a little bit until my body got used to them, but the gels I could go without and never notice any difference.

I am now 21 years old and I'm tired of all this nonsense. I was on cephalexin twice a day for a while and I would say that is the clearest my skin has ever been, though it wasn't perfect. Unfortunately, after using it for about three years, it started to become less effective. My dermatologist said that was normal and I needed to switch to a new antibiotic. The new antibiotic made me sick and that was pretty much the last straw for me. I didn't really want to spend the rest of my life alternating between antibiotics.

I slowly weaned myself off of this pill last year and started using a salicylic acid face wash twice a day and a very large amount of benzoyl peroxide at night. This seemed to work really well for a while, but over the last few months I have begun breaking out so badly that some days I have wanted to cry thinking about leaving the house. I tried cutting out all of the harsh chemicals and used a plain face wash twice a day and my skin broke out in huge, painful cystic acne that I have never had in my life. I then tried the acne free severe kit and although it seemed to be working well the first week (my boyfriend actually commented that my skin looked really nice) it seemed to start breaking me out. I stuck with it for a while, and after not seeing much more improvement, I added some other products to my regimen. Unsuccessful. Out of desperation, I have slathered so much benzoyl peroxide on my face over the last few days that my skin is flaking off- and my skin is not at all sensitive to benzoyl peroxide.

At this point I literally have no idea what else I can do. I can't think of a single product I haven't tried. I really don't want to be on any oral treatments anymore and my dermatologist never had any other suggestions for me. Is this really it? Is this really just something I have to live with?

My question is: is there anybody in here that has made miraculous strides with their acne simply through topical means? If you don't mind sharing, what are your regimens? What has worked really well and what has been completely terrible? I realize that everybody has different skin,  but I need to compare notes because I am simply not doing well enough on my own.

My skin is not sensitive at all and not prone to dryness, just very very TERMINALLY oily.

Thanks a lot! I am really glad this group exists.
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Sunday, July 18th, 2010
10:39 pm - bad acne? i can help


i actually know whats it like to have bad acne, when i was a lot younger i would do the toothpaste thing. Yeah it worked for a while. but what actually help clear my skin was avon's skin cleanser. it was so wonderful and affordable. Like other cleansers it would irritate and burn my skin, Avon's solution cleansers would calm and clear my skin and the part i liked about it was my skin didn't become irritated.
 i am very picky about what goes on my face. so i completely understand if you are skeptical about the product.  The name of the cleanser is solutions, complete radiance day and night, and it's only $8 so you really dont have a lot to lose but acne. Avon even have cleansers called clear skin that cost $5. so i you are like me and want to the reign of acne to be over then go to www.youravon.com/taitoyatucker and click on the skincare tab. I wish you all the best of luck with your acne.


p.s. and if you have any questions feel free to contact me through my blog or email, if anything i want to help people with issues such as these. :-)

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8:00 pm - I'm clear. It's been 10 months...

I haven't signed onto live journal in so long, but I thought I would share what's been going on with my face.

I'm of mixed ethnicity and have tan, oily skin that hyperpigments easily. I would say my acne was moderate and cystic...it did get extremely bad quite often. I would call in to work because of my face...I felt like a monster.

Anyhow, I have been clear for almost a year. Yup. I got clear kind of due to a fluke. I got put on Differin and started having that initial breakout everyone speaks of. The initial breakout turned into weeks of horror and nodules and just the worst weeks of my life. I stopped it. The nodules it left me with would not go away, so I tried topical clindamycin (Galderma), and my whole face started clearing up. It took only one week to see significant difference. I was clear after about two weeks. It heals everything quickly and with no scabbing and less redness/irritation. Sure I got a pimple here and there but my cysts were gone. Someone told me before that topical clindamycin didn't work on cysts, ha! It works on mine. I should have tried it earlier.

Fast forward to now, I am using retin-a-micro, topical clindamycin, and hydroquinone 4%. I was so scared to start retin-a-micro because of my adverse experience with Differin but it has gone on without a hitch. I started it about 2 months ago. I kept doxycycline on hand in case it got bad 'cause I wanted to stick with the retin-a. I took the doxy the first two weeks just from my own fear but realized I didn't need it that much. But I would take one at night if I felt a pimple coming. Anyhow...I decided to mix in a bit of the retin-a-micro with clindamycin. I would say a 1:2 ratio, respectively. I started slowly and did this every other night. I had dry skin (the flaky crap that retin-a does) but no IB. I gradually increased to doing this every night instead of every other. Now I use it every night, mix it half and half with my clindamycin. After this sinks in I put on hydroquinone to areas where I had a small bump or pimple ( I don't have to use it much anymore). I know Ziana has clindamycin but I feel retin-a-micro is gentler and I used the smaller dose, the .04%. I felt that this way I had more control than if I had just bought Ziana.

So now, I have the best skin I have ever had. With clindamycin, I was as clear as I thought I could get and I was happy. I decided to start retin-a to curb the evils of aging and wow...I didn't know it would completely clear my skin. I LOVE my skin. I do. I can go without makeup and I can feel beautiful even when waking up. I don't have to hide my face or make up excuses. People can see my freckles now because I don't have to cake the makeup on. It is so freaking nice to finally have something work for me. I tried for years and I am just glad I didn't give up hope. I'm hoping this lasts...
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Sunday, April 11th, 2010
4:23 pm - Spot Treatment and Lotion Question

I just wanted to say that I recently purchased Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, and it actually worked really well for me. I have used it on multiple "budding" spots and it cleared those little nasties right up :)

I have pretty dry skin on my face and I need some recommendations of good, noncomedogenic, face lotions (the more natural the better). TIA!
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Sunday, March 28th, 2010
8:59 am

How many of you are using, or have tried, blue light therapy? I just got the Tanda system yesterday, mostly because I'm at wit's end how to deal with this and I had a $150 discount in the store. The facewash and acne gel it comes with reek, so I'm not using that for the time-being.

Has anyone had results with this type of thing? I have moderate acne that's gotten worse over the past year for reasons I can't figure out. This is my last-ditch effort before pleading with my GP to give me a referral to a dermatologist.
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Friday, March 26th, 2010
11:09 am - Too Much?

Hello! This is my first time posting, and I have some questions.

In the beginning, I used to only use facial soap to wash my face. After going for facial sessions, it hasn't really seemed to help, except for the fact that my blackheads are periodically being removed and pimples squeezed. The lady who does my facials told me to get some products. So now, I'm using a facial wash, cleanser, toner and moisturizer [for oily and combination (sensitive) skin, which I have]; a clay mask which I use twice a week; and an exfoliator which I use once a week. My skin seems to be getting better, but not much. I have used all these products for a couple of months now.

Yesterday, when I went for my facial, the lady told me to get a purifying mask as well. I don't know about all of you, but it seems to me that I'm already using enough products! It's horrible because most of my friends just wash their faces twice a day and they have radiant skin.

So my question is: do these products really help? If not, what else can I do to help improve my skin condition?

I do exercise, and I drink plenty of water. I eat my vegetables and try to avoid fried foods. I don't touch my face and I make sure my hair is always pulled back away from my face. But yet I don't understand why my skin doesn't seem to be improving as much as I want it to be... It's terribly frustrating! Help, anyone?

Another quick question: Would working in a, let's say, fast-food restaurant compared to a yoghurt shop have any difference for my face? I'm thinking of switching jobs but I'm wary of places that deal with oily food...

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010
6:20 am - Accutane, the sequel

Howdy all. After much deliberation, I have decided to start another round of the very controversial Accutane. Not a decision I take lightly, given the novel long list of side effects, but I felt it was worth the risk to me.

A little background on me, I am a 44 year old male, a bit older than your typical acne sufferer for sure. I suffered from HORRID cystic acne in my teens and tried every remedy in the book to no avail, until a new drug appeared on the market and saved my high school life. Accutane was very new back then, VERY expensive but oh so effective at basically putting an end to my acne. Not only that, but basically my entire 20's were acne free as well. Shortly after I turned 30, I started having a few breakouts here and there and it's gotten worse over the years. Nothing like it was in my teens of course, but in my case the problem is that even one cyst can get so painful and be completely humiliating. A few years back I finally decided to see a dermatologist again and was prescribed Doxycycline, which was somewhat effective for a while. I have also been getting injections when large cysts rear their ugly head (no pun intended) but that gets really expensive. And so, after much thought, I decided that I am tired of paying so much for injections, taking Doxycycline twice daily and living with the constant fear of when the next breakout will occur. After talking with my dermatologist, we decided to give Accutane a try.

From what I can recall, when I took it 28 years ago, my side effects were very minimal. Just some dry skin. The hoops you have to jump through now in order to even get your prescription filled are rather staggering. Monthly blood tests, doctor visits, pledge program, signing over your first born.... and that's just for a MALE to get it. God only knows how difficult it would be for a female with all of the birth defect warnings. Since the drug has not changed much in 30 years, I figure I am somewhat safe from the scarier side effects, but I will certainly keep a close watch on things.

Anyone else out there taking Accutane currently? What are your experiences with it? Thanks in advance, I'll keep you updated of my Accutane journey.
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3:41 am - Best makeup products for dark spots?

Hi everyone! I just joined the community.

I have been frustrated with my acne for a while. It's not super severe... most of the time I only have 1 or 2 actively infected pimples on my face, sometimes I have bigger breakouts where I get a whole bunch of pimples at once, but what bothers me the most is the marks that are left behind. I have very pale skin, and even if I get maybe 1 pimple a week, it will leave a huge, dark, purple/red spot on my skin, like a dark bruise, and these marks do not fade away for months, so at any one time I have these really bad dark marks all over the place. I was keeping track of a specific one because I remember I got the pimple on Thanksgiving, to see how long it would still be there. That mark has faded somewhat, but it is still clearly visible, after all these months! I just hate these because they take forever to go away and by the time they eventually heal I have new ones anyway. It seems like even if I don't have a lot of pimples, my skin will always look hideous because these marks take such a long time to heal. Do you bepimpled folks get these really dark discolored areas where you have had a pimple? I don't think they are actually scars, and they are pretty smooth, not swollen or bumpy or crater-like or anything, just dark colored.

I currently treat my acne with Proactiv, and I honestly don't know if it's even helping. It's not making my skin perfect or anything, that's for sure. I have tried various prescription stuff and that was about the same. Maybe it helped some, but I don't know, it wasn't that great. At this point I guess I can just deal with the fact that I will have a few pimples most of the time, and what I really want is to find makeup that will cover the dark marks. A lot of concealers just don't do it. I would like to share that so far my favorite product for covering them is called Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick! This stuff is pretty great, but I am really curious what other products people have found and would love to try some more products out. What makeup products have you tried that actually do a good job of covering acne and/or dark spots? I do use a good moisturizer all the time which I imagine helps the skin heal, but if there's anything else I should be doing to help them fade faster please let me know about that too! THANKS!
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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
11:29 pm

I recently went back to my dermatologist after not seeing him for years. It wasn't so much my acne (although I still have acne), but the fact that my skin was so dry and nothing would help. Turns out I had a type of dermatitis. I also found out, after much painstakingly itchy red skin, that I can no longer use benzoyl peroxide.

The BP was causing the dermatitis. I used BP for YEARS and all of a sudden, whenever I used it, it would turn my face red, itchy, and dry overnight. Made my face look like it was sunburnt. This was 2% BP, too.

So, now I can't use BP on my face. I'm allergic to sulfur (found that out trying to treat my acne) and I can't take oral antibiotics because they don't agree with my girly parts.

My derm has me trying another topical for my face.

Has anyone else had this type of reaction to BP?
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Sunday, March 21st, 2010
10:20 pm

Hi, community! I just really wanted to share what's been working for me lately. I'm really excited about the improvement I've seen in my skin over the past month or two.

The main ingredient here is Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap (in bar form, although I'd like to switch to the liquid form to experiment with dilution). I've heard mixed reviews on castile soap and acne, but after trying it out, I'm swearing by it as a personal solution. I've only had a handful of new pimples on my face since I started using it, and they've been showing up with less and less frequency. Not only that, but my bacne, which has not responded whatsoever to ANYTHING I've tried over the last 6 or 7 years, is starting to really clear up! I'm completely overjoyed about this. The only thing I've experienced is some pretty bad drying on my face, but a little Vitamin E oil daily has been helping, and I imagine it'll be even less of an issue once I get some liquid soap and dilute it for use on my face.

Other factors here include the fact that I no longer use shampoo. I've shaved my head twice over the past two years and noticed that when I was completely bald (and obviously not needing to use shampoo), my skin cleared up a little. I decided to cut out shampoo completely and I think it has definitely influenced the improvement in my skin.

The final thing that I think is influencing my skin's improvement is the fact that I no longer wash it obsessively. I've found a good frequency in washing that works for my skin. Washing my face twice a day every day seems to have just made matters worse. I started seeing the most improvement when I started cleaning my face LESS. I know that's not the solution for everyone, but it's definitely working out well for me.

Now, a few questions:

1) In the future, I want to experiment with weekly or twice-weekly sea salt scrubs, which a friend of mine swears by. I think that could be the thing that'd push my skin into truly clear territory. Any experience with that here?

2) The thing is that I still have some light scarring and occasionally cover it with some drug store make-up, but I am looking to find something less likely to provoke my skin, preferably something mineral-based. I've heard great things about Silk Naturals; does anyone here have any experience with their product? Anything you've found that you like more?

3) While we're at it, what's worked for you in treating scarring from acne on your face or back? I'm thinking of trying out Mederma.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

ive started going to a place called belen its seems to really work has anyone tryed using demalogica acne treatments and has it worked for you?? 
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Sunday, February 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

my name is tarah im 16 ive been dealing with acne for 2 years now ive tried everything pills face creams and i just dont know anymore can anyone give me some advice on some good products thaty might help me  and has aqnyone had luck with doxycycline pills??5
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010
11:24 am


I broke out badly a few months ago, and the scars are still lingering on my chin & cheeks.  I decided to try Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile cream cleanser. I bought it a few days ago, it's working wonders already. I'm impressed. I like that its natural because I have very sensitive skin. Anyone else tried this stuff? What did you think?


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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
9:16 pm - BP


I've just went back to using Benzoyl Peroxide twice a day after taking a brake to try some natural remedies.  These natural remedies turned out to be a disaster.  Anyway, the BP is working fairly well.  It's no miracle, but I am having less break-outs.

I noticed a few days ago that my NEW pale purple pillow cases are being bleached by the BP.  They're turning pink.  ARG.  Of course I know BP bleaches and I try to be careful, but it's kind of hard not to put my face on my pillow at night.  I might have to switch to pure white pillow cases.

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Sunday, January 24th, 2010
3:06 pm - My boyfriend

This is not a post for me but for my boyfriend. He has had Nodulocystic Acne for years now. It covers most of his face and neck and he sometimes gets acne on his back. A lot of the time I can't touch his back in a certain way because it will hurt, he has told me multiple times that when he turns his head it hurts, he can't shave his neck most of the time because of how sensitive it is, he gets nosebleeds from the acne occurring inside of his nose, and he is completely frustrated and gets embarrassed by his appearance. I love my boyfriend with all of my heart and hate to see him in so much pain and see him be so angry with his own body. He has been to doctors, has taken medications, has used creams and etc, and has been through a horrible experience with a deep treatment facial and refuses to do one again. I, personally, like to use all natural treatments. I don't want him to have to use medication or any topical medications laced with any chemicals. I've tried those before with my own acne and they just dried the life out of my skin and I stopped using them as soon as I could.
So, does anyone know of any natural treatments my boyfriend could use or "natural" life changes, such as diet or vitamin intake, that he could start that could help him get rid of his acne? I just want him to be happy.
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7:53 am

PLEASE HELP.  i am incredibly frustrauted at this point.  
my skin in slightly sensitive and prone to being oily.  I usually have 5-6 pimples on my face at a time which is added to by huge black heads on my nose and chine as well as randomly scattered on my cheeks.  i have cystic acne (i take doxycycline for it which usually works, but theye been getting worse since i stopped using differein) and i have a ton of white heads all over my face and especially below my mouth and along my jaw line.  i stopped using differin about two weeks ago and substituted it with tea tree oil and witch hazel, i REALLY don't want to be on perscription medications anymore.  my skin improved at first but now its just the same again.  
i need any and all suggestions that reallly work, anything from diet to scrubs to oils and whatever.  i feel like i would be so pretty if i just didn't have acne.  i am so tired of it.  help.
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Monday, December 21st, 2009
11:43 pm - hello

Hello all =D

I'm new to the community, but not new to acne =( I started getting it when I was around 12 and I'm almost 19 now. It use to be very bad, my face would flare up and on my fair complexion It was VERY noticable. But then I started using Proactiv, which has worked surprisingly well. While it may not get rid of my acne it has minimized break outs and flare ups significantly. The little red pimples have subsided ALOT but recently I've been getting some bumps which I would call cysts. They're hard and painful, they do not flare to a great size; but they do change color which makes them a lot more noticable. They've begun to look like little bruises, they're dark blue and sometimes purple. I don't pick at them so I don't know why this could be.

If anyone can tell me why this occurs or if you suffer from the same thing please leave a comment  it would be greatly appreciated =)
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
11:19 pm - Dealing with the bad self-esteem


I'm 30 (yes, thirty!) and my skin is worse than it's ever been. This is for two reasons. Firstly, I'm going through a huge amount of stress at the moment. Secondly, I was on the pill (Valette) and it was working beautifully for my skin. However, a few months ago I had a really awful four day long migraine, which my doctor and I thought were due to the pill. I took a break from the pill, then decided to go on a different pill that has a lower risk of migraines. Sadly, in that time, my skin has broken out like never before. I have huge gross pimples all over my face and my forehead has all these tiny bumpy pimples.

The ironic thing was when I was a teen my skin was never this bad. I only really got acne when I was in my twenties.

I'm currently using Differin which has worked in the past.

My question is: how do you cope with the low self-esteem? I can barely look at myself in the mirror at the moment. I just feel so disgusted with myself and feel completely ugly. Does anyone have any tips on feeling okay when your skin isn't?
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Saturday, December 12th, 2009
5:20 pm - Neostrata?

Does anyone have experience using "neostrata"? My dermo gave me a script for neostrata solution with clindamycin, but I have 2 unfinished bottles of regular clinda so I was wondering if it's worth it to pick up the new product now or wait.
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Friday, December 11th, 2009
9:04 pm - Moisturizer?

Hi everyone :)

Over the last 10 years I've had everything from the occasional blemish to severe acne. I'm using clindoxyl gel, which my dermatologist prescribed, once every two nights, and cleansing with spectro jel. At the moment my acne is moderate; oily face that also peels in some areas (sensitive skin), blackheads on nose and chin, and usually three or four bigger inflamed pimples.

On the nights I use the gel, my skin in the morning looks much clearer. However, the redness and blemishes are back at night. It seems the moisturizer is the problem. I'm also hoping to try a new cleanser eventually.

Which moisturizer would you recommend? Night cream (for the days off the gel)?

So far I've tried philisophy's hope in a bottle, aveeno clear complexion, dermalogica, pretty much everything from la roche-posay, lumene balancing cream, and the clinique line for acne.

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009
7:59 pm - Job interviews

How do most of you deal witg acne or acne scars when you have a job interview? I have an interview on Friday and, although I finished a treatment of Accutane over a month ago and have no real pimples, my skin looks like shit. In fact, shit probably looks better than my skin. My cheels are red and blotchy and when I put foundation on, the powder seems to enhance the unevenness of my skin. I was told to try some blush, but that seems to make my nasty face already worse.

Do any of you find it hard to get meaningful employment when your skin looks bad, especially women? I know men's appearances are somewhat more lenient, but women are expected to be flawless in a job interview. For those of you looking for a job or who have looked for jobs while having bad skin, what do you do to get the interviewer to not notice how bad your skin is? Are there any makeup tricks I should do? I know some interviewers get "distracted" by dangly earrings or a loud tie, so I'd think acne or red scars would be extremely detrimental in getting someone in human resources to actually listen to you.
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Friday, November 27th, 2009
2:15 pm

My acne keeps getting incresingly worse. Usually around fall/winter it clears up, but it's so much worse than it's been in years. I was in Europe for 3 months and I thought the climate change and such was the reason I was breaking out more. And since I've been home it's gotten so terrible.
I honestly don't have any money, so I can't afford to go to a doctor or be on any pills. I've tried changing my diet and nothing seems to be helping. I use benzyol peroxide twice a day, and I use a clay mask once a week.
I feel absolutely disgusting and I've had acne for 7 years. I thought when you were in your 20's you weren't supposed to have acne!

Does anyone have any tips that will help, or maybe any suggestions on why you think it's gotten so bad. Could I be allergic to something? I just don't understand! gah!
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Monday, November 9th, 2009
9:53 pm

I've been using Alpha Beta Hydroxy by Beyond Belief(clay mask) and Witch Hazel(astringent) lately, and it's working for me. Leave the clay mast on for 10-15 minutes, and use the Witch Hazel throughout the day, after you pop a pimple, or whenever you take the mask off. Just an idea, hopefully someone tries it and gets back to me. :)
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