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How do you deal with it, if you have ever, like I, had the misfortune?
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on Roger Rabbit.
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A stick of explosive. Would definitely clear the acne (and a lot else besides).
I got some stuff from the chemist that dried out spots that worked pretty decently, but also stained all my clothes. I think acne probably held back my confidence more than anything else at that time in my life. It's really sad how many kids have such a massive part of their formative years ruined by spots. :(
They'll give you antibiotics / topical gel cream thing which might keep it under control.
I've been using Duac for over a year and will probs have to use it for the rest of eternity every night before bed. It's a fucking pain in the arse because it bleaches EVERYTHING. On the leaflet inside the packet it says you shouldn't use it for more than six months but the doctor said it was fine. Hmm.
and still usually have a few minor blemishes on the go and fairly regular nastier and deeper spots that look and are sore but don't 'do much' for a week or so. I've lived with it since being a teenager and the only thing that bothers me is feeling like I look unprofessional (because of my complexion) - that and my young children pointing them out.
I find there's very little I can do - dietary control doesn't work, I use tea tree oil soap, which doesn't dry me out or strip out the oils, and that's good.
I did post a thread on the one-stop table you can take - Roaccutane - people had very mixed opinions on whether to use it. I think if you have severe acne, it may be worth it, but there are lots of side effects. For me, I can usually hide the day to day issues, so I muddle on without it.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do - I sympathise entirely.
depends if it's hormones, genetics, diet or lifestyle.
I had terrible acne from 13-16, covered all over from face to whole of back, grim stuff.
I went to a doc, got prescribed roaccutane, which is pretty hardcore stuff, totally dries out your skin. It's a controversial drug which is linked to suicide/depression as extremely rare side-affects. But, for me it was pretty much a miracle pill, completely erased any trace of spots.
But yeh, go to the docs
worked pretty well, much less hardcore than most but depends how bad it is i guess.
I had perfect skin until I hit 25, then it got progressively worse for a number of years. mine's hormonal and entirely cyclical, so the only thing to help it is the combined pill or pregnancy.
I've found that a simple regime (I use coal tar soap and simple moisturiser, with a rich moisturiser from lush on dry parts) is the best for keeping my skin clean but not overly dried out. You can help slough off dead skin by exfoliating- I prefer glycolic type peels to the beaded scrubs. the sun also helps me, and avoiding too much cheese. Lots of sleep is also good. But let's face it. if it's hormonal and not helped by vchanges to diet, then you either need to treat the casue or spend your entire life stripping your skin with topical treatments that get your skin to 'just ok' and which are overall not great for your skin (although roaccutane is menat to be great if you do it properly). try to work on the cause if you can.
they go away if I don't go for a while so it's presumably related to sweat.
I use quinoderm as a preventative measure during exercise-heavy periods, which sounds like it might be what Pegfeet mentioned above. You can buy it without a prescription and it's pretty effective. The downside is it'll bleach everything if you're not careful. Probably best not to think about what a substance that can bleach a t-shirt is doing to your skin of course.
that's cause it's 10% benzyl peroxide (quinoderm 10, which is avaliable over the counter)
you can get a 5% strength as well i think
your skin can get used to peroxide.
cleansing: you don't want to completely strip your skin with soaps and foaming cleanser, which can contain harsh surfactants - if it's oily it will just try to overcompensate. i've heard rave reviews for cetaphil and you can get that in boots.
moisturising: you have to try things out to see what ingredients your skin likes, although really heavy/rich ones don't always moisturise 'more' (you're best friend for hydrating dry skin is often water) - cream can often be the culprit for acne when it comes to non-hormonal breakouts.
exfoliating: i would recommend a topical exfoliant (scrubs aren't great for active spots or healing wounds) but they're often quite pricey (particularly ahas - glycolic, mandelic and lactic). you can get cheap ones with salicylic acid for a few pounds from supermarkets and chemists - clearasil do a tub of pads with a decent concentration.
Things that have improved it in the last few years: not wet shaving as often, and not using as much moisturiser.
I also found since I started going to the gym more it has helped but I'm not sure if that is directly related.
Seems to get bad when I'm stressed. I remember really stressing about a job just before I got married and my skin was terrible - some really crappy wedding photos because of it.
I was prescribed antibiotics and a peroxide cream, which did help a little, but it was definitely the thing that made me spend most of my teenage years hiding away in my shell.
I still suffer from it if I'm not careful, but through reading up on it and trial and error I seem to be able to manage it better now.
- wash my face with mineral, rather than oil/fat-based soaps.
- never use moisturisers, especially oil-based ones. That includes on my hands - people underestimate how many times they touch their own face during the day.
- never use hair gel or wax - during the day it works its way down to your forehead and back, and across your face if you touch your hair a lot with your hands.
- have a beard rather than shaving (my stubble grows very quick and I needed to shave twice a day to prevent the hairs from growing back into my skin and causing spots)
- wash my hands after every meal. Diet doesn't really affect acne, but eating greasy food with your hands and then touching your face does.
- scrub my back with a brush when showering after exercise.
- try all I can to get a good night's sleep every night. This is the biggest factor affecting my acne now that I've got a handle on the rest of the above.
Everyone's different though - but if you're male you're unlikely to be getting cyclical acne, so hopefully doing some, or all of the above will help. I'd still speak to your doctor for advice though - don't feel awkward about asking them, acne can lead to all kinds of pressures and stress so you're never wasting their time.
My wife found using less/none helped her too, but people always bang on about how important it is to use.
I'm using a tiny bit at the moment because cycling to work in this cold was drying my face out too much.
then it's highly likely that your skin's not oily enough to cause spots in the first place, if you keep it clean.
Some acne treatments overdry the skin (it's one if the ways they work), so for some people using moisturiser could be useful, but you're basically putting oil back onto the surface of your face, so it could easily make the acne worse.
I could write a 1000 paragraph post here but the tl;dr is this...(disregard this if it's just a couple pimples here and there, that isn't acne and it's lifestyle caused)
first thing, cut out dairy for 2 months. If that doesn't work (and it likely wont but it might), then go to the doc. The doc will give you 1 of the following things:
benzoyl peroxide and other miscellaneous
oral contraceptive if you're female
if you're female, that last one has a fairly decent chance of success. If not, you'll probably find that none of these work for you as much as you'd like or they'll end up pointless because you'll just get all the acne back again as soon as you stop taking them. This process of going through those categories of treatments can take a year or more. That's when you'll be able to see a dermatologist and they'll ask you if you want to be put on accutane. Say. Yes. Say. Fucking. Yes.
Or if the derm is a hysterical accutanephobe or doesn't think your condition is serious enough, you can replicate accutane's mechanism of action by doing a controlled overdose of vitamin A. An alternative to this is a controlled overdose of vitamin B5.
So much more...ah. Also spit on anyone telling you you just need to change your pillow cases or whatever external bullshit like that. The problem is internal and if you have true acne and not just pimples, this will make no difference.
and most of everything else
i can't take the pill :(
It did take about 1 year before I got a dermatologist appoint, 1 look at my back and they put me on roaccutane. All the other stuff didn't work fort me, or saw very little improvement. Mine was particularly nasty though.
find it really weird that i get it there and nowhere else
not the red bumpy stuff so much, but every day there would be a couple of whiteheads to pop, so I was a bit of a pizzaface at times when they went all manky. I used the usual biactol and stuff. Oxy 10 seemed good, but it dries everything out too much so it makes it worse in the long run. Plus it bleached clothes. I found things actually got better when I stopped with all the scrubs and antibacterial stuff. I still get the odd one.
I believe things have got a lot better these days.
got roaccutance, drank loads of milk and used vaseline on my lips, only have a few scars on my back.
ive heard the pill can be good for acne. if your a guy this is no good obvs!