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    (Original post by rachel.h)
    If your acne is caused by an underlying health issue, such as a hormonal imbalance...
    I never knew this was a cause of acne. Would explain a lot though.
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    (Original post by alexs2602)
    I never knew this was a cause of acne. Would explain a lot though.
    Yup. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, for example, is the ***** that causes my acne.
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    Poor you, acne sucks. I am 21 and had really bad acne (like I NEVER had clear skin) between the ages of about 12 and 20.

    I did manage to get rid of it, but first, I've learned a few things from the experience of having terrible acne / having clear skin as I do now:

    - Other people care / notice than you think. Once my skin was clear I felt able to talk about it (before I was too ashamed), and my best friend said - honestly I think - that even though she obviously knew I had acne, she knew me so well that she really hardly noticed it, and it didn't bother her at all.
    - Getting rid of acne won't make everyhting better. The flipside of this is that having acne doesn't make everything worse. When I had acne, I thought getting rid of it would mean I would become way more popular etc, but actually barely anything changed socially once I got clear. I had great friends and a really lovely boyfriend when I had acne, and I had the same great friends and - ironically, perhaps - no boyfriend when I had clear skin.

    So maybe my message is partly to not stress about it too much!

    But these things helped me:

    - going on the pill (just ask GP) definitely helped through teenage years at keeping hormones more under control. Some Pills are better than others for acne, so talk to GP.
    - I found creams from GP (especially duac) did make a difference, so worth trying. Ditto antibiotics.
    - DEFINITELY go to GP as a first attempt. This may cure it for you, and is absolutely worth trying. It costs nothing, and don't be ashamed, GPs see this all the time and it is absolute not a bit deal for them.

    - I was unlucky and found normal GP stuff not strong enough for me (though def helped) and so after trying everyhting I went to a dermatologist and was prescribed a drug called roaccutane. It is a miracle drug and completely cleared me up, but it is a last resort so try other stuff first.

    - after roaccutane, I found completely cutting dairy and gluten from my diet maintained the results. If I slip up I will always get a spot without fail. I wonder if this was actually the problem all along, so it might be worth experimenting with cutting dairy/gluten from your diet for a couple of months and seeing if that helps.

    I am sure there will be a way to crack this problem, so experiment and don't be afraid to seek professional help, but in the meantime also don't let it get you down too much!

    good luck!
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    This seems like a good thread to try... I don't suppose anyone can offer some advice? I was going to start a new thread but then thought I might as well join this one as it's sort of related :P

    Anyway, I don't have acne, but I do get very raised, deep breakouts on my cheeks and chin. I occasionally get spots on my forehead, but these are usually very small and are rarely an issue. But the lower half of my face.. I know it's most likely a hormonal issue as I do use products containing salycilic acid etc. and hardly get spots on more oily areas. My main problem however, is the red marks these breakouts leave behind. I can't seem to get rid of them! Again these red marks are only ever located to my cheeks and chin, and take forever to fade. So to other people it looks like I have a load of spots when in reality I probably have about one, maybe two active at a time. Usually :P

    Also my skin is prone to redness so I try to stay away from things that might be too irritating. Don't want to make problems worse! Anyway, I've ordered some stuff from Paula's Choice in the hope that using something with the correct PH will help to fade them.

    Anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you deal with it?
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    I had terrible acne when I was younger, after which I tried Duac. It works miracles!

    To make skin glowing and clean I also use turmeric (regular), aloe vera gel and caster oil (for tiny old blemishes that may linger). Use the oil if you want the spot to heal without leaving the scar.
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    (Original post by Kateislate)
    I'm a sixteen year old girl, I've had acne since I was 12 and I'm getting to a point where I'm so frustrated I could cry. Having bad skin is such a burden. I'm good with makeup and can make myself look half decent but nothing truly covers it.

    Heres a bit of background: My skin is not particularly oily. My spots are almost all on my chin, but I have the odd few on other parts of my face. They get very red and eventually become "whiteheads" which I try not to squeeze. They're always very raised spots. I also have very large, clogged pores on my nose and kind of under my eyes.

    This just isn't going away. I cleanse my skin with a gentle cleanser in the morning, and use the La Roche Posay effeclar duo, which has helped a little bit but not enough. To remove my makeup I double cleanse, so it's always thoroughly removed. I have good hygiene generally. I'm not stressed, but I know it could be hormones. I only get acne on my face, nowhere else.

    What products/foods/pills/ANYTHING do you guys use to manage your acne? What helps/doesn't? Any other comments/suggestions? I'm willing to try almost anything. Thank you!

    Okay so I don't have acne, but my dad had really bad acne as a teenager. He's 50 now and still gets breakouts from time to time!

    Thankfully as I said I don't have acne, but my dad always worried I would end up like him and he didn't want me feeling as miserable as he did, so always educated me on how to deal with the spots I do get, and just things that have generally helped his skin in some way.

    My dad swears by this stuff called Panoxyl. It's in a white tube and you used to have to get it by prescription only, but can buy it out the chemist now. You can get two strengths: 5 and 10, and I think this is so named for the percentage of the chemical in the product.

    It's a thin, white, cream-based product and you only have to use a very small amount on a spot. It smells rank though :/ Be VERY careful against using a lot of it and be sure to rub it in really well as it'll burn your face otherwise! I sometimes use a small amount on some larger spots I get by putting it on overnight for a couple of days and it dries the spot up well. DO NOT rub it all over your face like a face cream though, otherwise you will get VERY nasty burns so don't say I didn't warn you - use a very small amount on the head of larger individual spots - it's not really designed for all-over coverage and everyday usage, think of it as an emergency product!

    In terms of small everyday things, monitor your diet - and I don't necessarily mean eat healthy all the time although that's good to do in general! Certain foods can make your skin worse and it's important to identify what - if anything - makes your skin react. I get spotty after eating lots of sugar (meh :/), but with my dad citrus fruits, in particular oranges, always brought out his acne. Weirdly see if I was eating an apple and some juice got on my chin? If I don't go wash my face immediately I get a crop of spots - so weird! It's different for everyone so try and monitor to see whether anything makes you skin worse.

    Drink plenty of water as it's a really good antioxidant. I've only ever drank water my whole life and I honestly think my skin would be a lot worse if I didn't!

    Check your makeup and check if they're alcohol or oil-based products as these can cause your skin to break out. Although it may cost you more, try investing in some mineral makeup in terms of foundation, concealer, bluster, primer, etc - I recommend Bare Minerals - as it sits really nicely on the skin, but ALWAYS remember to take it off! Check out a guy called Wayne Goss on YouTube; his makeup tutorials are fantastic and he himself suffered with acne so has a lot of good videos on how to deal with the problem rather than just disguising it with products.

    Although it's important to clean your face be careful as to what cleansing products you're using. A lot can sometimes do more damage than good in that they're perfumed, have pH levels that are too alkaline or acidic, contain alcohol or are just generally too chemically - particularly the well-known and expensive brands, or they have with me! Over-scrubbing your skin in general can also burst the little blood capillaries in your face, leaving you with a fair bit of redness and shrubs away all the oils in your face, or too much oily products do the opposite and your skin tries to counter it accordingly, either by producing more oil which clogs up pores or by getting all dry and flaky.

    These are just some smaller things you can do that by no means cure but can help. To properly tackle the acne - which is much more than just teenage spots being a recognised skin condition - I suggest going to see your doctor. They'll be able to advise on you on what particular cream or facewashes will best suit your particular acne, as at the end of the day everyone's face and skin are different. If crease don't work they can also prescribe you tablets to try help you get rid of it, and if that again doesn't work I'd suggest trying to get an appointment with a specialist like a dermatologist to see if they can suggest anything further.

    Good luck and I hope you get something sorted soon x

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    (Original post by rachel.h)
    Yup. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, for example, is the ***** that causes my acne.
    I don't have much acne but I'm betting it's down to testosterone because of another of its side effects.
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    Okay so I don't have acne, but my dad had really bad acne as a teenager. He's 50 now and still gets breakouts from time to time!

    Thankfully as I said I don't have acne, but my dad always worried I would end up like him and he didn't want me feeling as miserable as he did, so always educated me on how to deal with the spots I do get, and just things that have generally helped his skin in some way.

    My dad swears by this stuff called Panoxyl. It's in a white tube and you used to have to get it by prescription only, but can buy it out the chemist now. You can get two strengths: 5 and 10, and I think this is so named for the percentage of the chemical in the product.

    It's a thin, white, cream-based product and you only have to use a very small amount on a spot. It smells rank though :/ Be VERY careful against using a lot of it and be sure to rub it in really well as it'll burn your face otherwise! I sometimes use a small amount on some larger spots I get by putting it on overnight for a couple of days and it dries the spot up well. DO NOT rub it all over your face like a face cream though, otherwise you will get VERY nasty burns so don't say I didn't warn you - use a very small amount on the head of larger individual spots - it's not really designed for all-over coverage and everyday usage, think of it as an emergency product!

    In terms of small everyday things, monitor your diet - and I don't necessarily mean eat healthy all the time although that's good to do in general! Certain foods can make your skin worse and it's important to identify what - if anything - makes your skin react. I get spotty after eating lots of sugar (meh :/), but with my dad citrus fruits, in particular oranges, always brought out his acne. Weirdly see if I was eating an apple and some juice got on my chin? If I don't go wash my face immediately I get a crop of spots - so weird! It's different for everyone so try and monitor to see whether anything makes you skin worse.

    Drink plenty of water as it's a really good antioxidant. I've only ever drank water my whole life and I honestly think my skin would be a lot worse if I didn't!

    Check your makeup and check if they're alcohol or oil-based products as these can cause your skin to break out. Although it may cost you more, try investing in some mineral makeup in terms of foundation, concealer, bluster, primer, etc - I recommend Bare Minerals - as it sits really nicely on the skin, but ALWAYS remember to take it off! Check out a guy called Wayne Goss on YouTube; his makeup tutorials are fantastic and he himself suffered with acne so has a lot of good videos on how to deal with the problem rather than just disguising it with products.

    Although it's important to clean your face be careful as to what cleansing products you're using. A lot can sometimes do more damage than good in that they're perfumed, have pH levels that are too alkaline or acidic, contain alcohol or are just generally too chemically - particularly the well-known and expensive brands, or they have with me! Over-scrubbing your skin in general can also burst the little blood capillaries in your face, leaving you with a fair bit of redness and shrubs away all the oils in your face, or too much oily products do the opposite and your skin tries to counter it accordingly, either by producing more oil which clogs up pores or by getting all dry and flaky.

    These are just some smaller things you can do that by no means cure but can help. To properly tackle the acne - which is much more than just teenage spots being a recognised skin condition - I suggest going to see your doctor. They'll be able to advise on you on what particular cream or facewashes will best suit your particular acne, as at the end of the day everyone's face and skin are different. If crease don't work they can also prescribe you tablets to try help you get rid of it, and if that again doesn't work I'd suggest trying to get an appointment with a specialist like a dermatologist to see if they can suggest anything further.

    Good luck and I hope you get something sorted soon x

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    Panoxyl's actually been discontinued now
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    I'm a guy and suffer from acne since 15. I'm 20 atm. None of the stuff GPs and dermatologists prescribed helped. However, if I stop eating meat altogether, my acne becomes less apparent on my face. I don't care about it too much but still it's a drawback.
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    I've suffered with spots since year 4 (9/10 years old) and am still prone to bad skin now. At one point I did visit my doctor for help however the treatment was pretty poor. It's been bad days and good days since then. I'm currently finding that boots witchhazel range is quite good. I'm using their spot wand with night time and day time sides. I also recommend a 'Dermilogica' facial. They map out your skin into sections and assess each individually with advice and products to help. They can be about £40 but I've found college based salons and training beauty parlours do them cheaper. My local college charges £14.50.
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    (Original post by rachel.h)
    Panoxyl's actually been discontinued now
    Oh really? we still have some in our bathroom lol. That's a shame if it has been cos it works!

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