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I've suffered from acne since I was 12 or 13. I get all kinds of spots (whiteheads, blackheads, the under the skin ones that last for weeks) and every tiny spot leaves purple or red marks (I don't squeeze, I don't touch I just let it go on it's own). I feel like my face is a mess. I've been to the drs on several occasions, I've been on antibiotics, prescribed face washes and creams. It temporarily clears up but never goes away and as soon as I stop the antibiotics it flares up. I'm 20 and haven't left the house without makeup since I was 13 because I can't bare to look at my own skin. It affects my social life, my confidence and I just don't know what to do. I know other people my age have skin problems but frankly I just feel alone and hideous. Nothing seems to work. Anyone relate?
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Go to the gp they help you out.
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One of my friends had terrible trouble with acne too, but she has manged to clear it now and the worst of it went within a few months! If you pm me I can ask her and let you know what products she used! xx

And chin up, it will sort itself out eventually if not <3
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To fade acne marks/scars/hyperpigmentatiom, you need to re-vamp your skincare routine and incorporate products with ingredients that directly target your concern. The most commonly used are: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Hydroquinone, Retin-A, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide (to name a few). These ingredients have the ability to exfoliate, bleach and renew the skin. This encourages it to either peel, revealing new skin or depigment, thus fading the marks.

I would recommend starting with a topical cream/gel such as Retin-A, which your GP can prescribe to you. Retin-A increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen production, it causes your skin to peel, revealing fresh new and mark-free skin. I used Retin-A to fade hyperpigmentation marks that I'd created by picking at spots on my face. It takes 2-3 months to see results but it does work.
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what is your diet like? what do you eat normally? what are your favorite foods?

Diet has a major impact on hormones, and this can affect acne in many people, in different ways (as each persons psiology is different).

Try going on a protein diet for a week and washing your face with only water, and not using any makeup products for while either (as you could be allergic to something in the make up as well, which is pretty common nowadays) - the protein diet is hard to do, but just if you can do it for a week, it can correct a lot of things.
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Keep going to the docs and see if they can send you to a specialist, might help if you tell them everything you just told us too. (How it affects you socially)
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Avoid milk/dairy products like it's a plague! I have not touched any milk or food containing milk for over half a year (on purpose, sometimes I eat food that contains traces of milk unknowingly) and the result is that I nearly have a spot free face now due to my strict diet. Talking from experience lol I had acne from early 16 and it peaked last winter (due to excessive consumption of protein shakes, milk and any food I can get my hands on since I started going gym and craved food constantly). I am 18 now and content with the current state of my skin (face, hands, legs, neck, back etc). Results do not lie!! PM me if you want to discuss more.
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Just don't stop the antibiotics then
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I've suffered from acne since I was 12 or 13. I get all kinds of spots (whiteheads, blackheads, the under the skin ones that last for weeks) and every tiny spot leaves purple or red marks (I don't squeeze, I don't touch I just let it go on it's own). I feel like my face is a mess. I've been to the drs on several occasions, I've been on antibiotics, prescribed face washes and creams. It temporarily clears up but never goes away and as soon as I stop the antibiotics it flares up. I'm 20 and haven't left the house without makeup since I was 13 because I can't bare to look at my own skin. It affects my social life, my confidence and I just don't know what to do. I know other people my age have skin problems but frankly I just feel alone and hideous. Nothing seems to work. Anyone relate?
I first got acne when I was 10. I started to get really upset about it when I was 13. That was when I first went to the doctors.
I am now 18 and my acne has pretty much gone. (I get very small stuff when I eat high glycemic index foods, and they cause stuff along the jaw line, so as some others have said, diet can affect your skin.)
Unfortunately you have to go along with all the crap medications before you can find something that works. My skin was just how yours sounds. You've gotta have patience.
Personally my skin wasn't sorted till I went on roaccutane. I even had to go on a longer than normal treatment. There are a lot of horror stories on the internet about roaccutane, but in the majority of cases it completely sorts out your skin. It has pretty heavy (but extremely rare) side effects and so lots of people are leery of taking it. Additionally because of the risks of it doctors only prescribe it once all the antibiotics and topicals have failed. So have patience my friend, and pursue treatment. Try roaccutane. In my case the only side effects I got were the dry lips, slightly itchy/dry eyes. The main issue is that it can damage your liver and causes slow healing, so you absolutely cannot drink alcohol while taking it, cannot get pregnant and must not have any operations.
Also, try to wear less makeup. It may hurt your confidence, but you want to get to the point where your skin is clear and you don't need makeup. I never wear full-face makeup, and I didn't during my treatments because you've got to think long term, not short term.
You are not hideous, and you are not alone. Acne is a serious issue and you should be treated thusly. If all the antibiotics and topicals have failed you then go on roaccutane. It is liberating to have clear skin, and all the side-effects and waiting were worth it.
I wish you the best of luck with getting proper treatment, and please know that you are not hideous, you are not alone, and there is always hope. xxx
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I've suffered from acne since I was 12 or 13. I get all kinds of spots (whiteheads, blackheads, the under the skin ones that last for weeks) and every tiny spot leaves purple or red marks (I don't squeeze, I don't touch I just let it go on it's own). I feel like my face is a mess. I've been to the drs on several occasions, I've been on antibiotics, prescribed face washes and creams. It temporarily clears up but never goes away and as soon as I stop the antibiotics it flares up. I'm 20 and haven't left the house without makeup since I was 13 because I can't bare to look at my own skin. It affects my social life, my confidence and I just don't know what to do. I know other people my age have skin problems but frankly I just feel alone and hideous. Nothing seems to work. Anyone relate?
Please tell your GP this. They can prescribe you stronger antibiotics that are more effective.

I was very much like you but when prescribed this drug: isotrotenoin, my acne has completely gone now.
I hope that you find something that works soon
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Please tell your GP this. They can prescribe you stronger antibiotics that are more effective.

I was very much like you but when prescribed this drug: isotrotenoin, my acne has completely gone now.
I hope that you find something that works soon
Cheese :hugs:
Isotretinoin**
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Isotretinoin**

(Commonly known as Retin-A)
That's the one :lol:
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Whatever you do, don't use topical steroids on your face or for a long period of time.
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Try having topical steroid withdrawal/eczema, it ****ing sucks
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That's the one :lol:
Yeah this is the one I was talking about too! (Aka roaccutane or just accutane)
Think isotretinoin is the official name rather than brand name.
(It's an absolute miracle worker.)
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Yeah this is the one I was talking about too! (Aka roaccutane or just accutane)
Think isotretinoin is the official name rather than brand name.
(It's an absolute miracle worker.)
yess :five:
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Really is. My acne was so bad and now I'm just waiting for a little scarring to fade!
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Like another user has said, I'd suggest a skincare routine revamp.

What's your current routine like?

Dealing with acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH; this is the red/purple marks a blemish leaves behind) is a multi-step process.

If you haven't already got a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, photostable and an SPF of 30 or above you should include that first and foremost as the sun can make the PIH worse. Both chemical and physical sunscreens are OK for this though some people might be sensitive to chemical sunscreens and conversely, physical sunscreens are less cosmetically elegant because they leave a white cast on the skin. No, the SPF in your foundation/moisturiser/etc. isn't enough, and to be honest, you should really reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Also, to properly remove sun screen you need an oil-based cleanser.

When you have found a sunscreen that works for you, the next step that you could try is to add in a CHEMICAL exfoliant, not physical. Physical exfoliants (looking at you St. Ives Apricot scrub!) are actually incredibly damaging to the skin and causes micro-tears in the skin which can leave you prone to more breakouts. Chemical exfoliants include things like AHAs (glycolic, mendalic, lactic, etc.) and BHAs (salicylic). BHAs are good at removing dirt from clogged pores and AHAs are good at brightening the skin. This is because BHAs are oil-soluble but AHAs are only water-soluble. If you do decide to use both in your routine I would advise that you only use them at night and use the BHA first. Additionally, the other reason why I suggest you first look into getting a broad-spectrum, photostable sunscreen is because AHAs can make your skin more photosensitive.

Other treatments (apart from other things also stated in this thread, e.g. retin-A) that could help with your acne could be benzoyl peroxide, but I don't have any experience with this myself.

Other things to help with the PIH include things like L-ascorbic acid (aka VitC) and to lesser/varying extents its derivatives. Most people opt for L-ascorbic acid's derivatives due to it being so unstable when it's in water (which it usually is, although it can be more stable when it's in a formula with vitamin E and ferulic acid). It also can't be used at the same time as niacinamide as they cancel each other out. If you want to use both, I'd say use the LAA in the morning and the niacinamide at night as the LAA can boost your sunscreens effectiveness. Not sure if there's any contradictions with its derivatives though as most of them have much less research. I know The Ordinary by Deciem has an anhydrous version of L-AA and it's therefore supposedly more stable but a lot of reviews say it's pretty gritty and therefore not very good to use under makeup etc. Azelaic acid also has some research to support it's helpfulness in rosacea/skin redness but there's not a whole lot.

I would recommend looking at The Ordinary products though, they are pretty darn good for the price and they tend to be well formulated for the most part.

Other than that, perhaps head over to SkincareAddictions subreddit - loads of information over there, they all have way more knowledge than me. There's also a UK version of it too!

Also, it might also be worth talking to your GP for a dermatologist referral and drinking more water too. Diet plays a big role in skin condition, as does stress.

Good luck.

PS. Going without makeup might help too, if you're able to (don't forget to wash it off at night! Oil-based cleansers are amazing for this! The two-step cleanse method is really good. SkincareAddiction has a lot about it. )
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Try having topical steroid withdrawal/eczema, it ****ing sucks
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Are you going through topical steroid withdrawal? It was hell for the first few months for me. Went through it during A Levels, barely got the grades I needed
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You could get accutane. There might be a long wait for it so you could see a private doctor. It's a permanent solution and you'll never have acne again but remember it will get way worse before it gets better and takes several months.
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