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Today there is this free event that I was planning to attend. But lately, My forehead got a few red spots and I'm embarrassed to go out. Whats worse is that once it will begin healing (given 2 or 3 days) it will break out somewhere else. At the moment I have just one red mark on my temple and its almost fully healed. And 2 marks on my chin, but they are from shaving. There are about 6 or so red spots on my forehead and its just painful to look at myself in the mirror because nothing I'm trying to get rid of it is working. I drink plenty of water a day, possibly 20 glasses. I exercise, I get sun exposure, I use dabs of neosporin on my current red spots along with an over the counter cream. Nothing is working, I'm so tired of it.
 

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Try taking 500 mg of Niacin daily. Look for the flush free kind. You could also try cutting out certain types of food from your diet, such as dairy, and see if it has any effect on your skin. If all else fails, you could give Accutane a shot, but I wouldn't personally recommend it. Full of nasty side effects.
 

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I have acne. I take 500mg of tetracyclene and wash my face thoroughly twice a day. It isn't completely gone, but it isn't very noticeable.
 

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Checkout Acne.org

Everyone's skin reacts differently to the many creams out there. It's just a matter of finding what works for you.

Also, despite what many dermatologists say, diet can influence your skin. Their views that diet doesn't is based on a couple flawed studies from many years ago.
 

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Diet definitely influences my skin. Guaranteed I'll break out if I go on a junk food binge. It's not exactly a question of coincidence after about seven years of experience.

Oh, whadda ya know, another resume addition. This site is really helping to pry them out of me. It's magical.

*seven, fun-filled years of acne experience

References available upon request. Don't want to look too good to be true.

On Topic: I just use Proactiv which is quite the expensive b****, but is well worth the money when used sparingly (and, of course, given your skin responds positively to it). I take Diane-35 but it's also a birth control pill.
 

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Well I'm not sure my diet has anything to do with it. I eat EXTREMELY healthy. Water is the only thing I drink. I cut out bad fats from my diet and I don't eat fried food.

Going back to Drew's comment about going to acne.org...
Well I checked something out on that site, specifically taking zinc supplements. So I started the other day and I'm not noticing any results because it is probably too early to tell, but I'll give it a few days.
 

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The only thing that ever works for me is a sulfer mask. I got a prescription from a dermatologist for one I use all over my face every night. My acne is gone thankfully, but it comes straight back if I don't use it.
I used to use a bit of the mask made by proactive, and that was a sulfer mask as well so it must be the ingredient that does the trick for me. Proactive isn't the best though. I'm glad I finally went to a doctor.
 

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Talk to your doctor about whether a topical solution of clindamycin phosphate would work for you. It has worked well for me and I actually regret not getting it sooner. But since all skin types are different I can't guarantee how well it will work for you. Using a good cleanser at night, exfoliating your skin, and keeping it moisturized is also important for obtaining a nice complexion.
 

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Accutane is the only medicine proven to have any genuine effect on acne, other treatments (including diet change) don't stop the cause of the problem they only (rarely) manage to calm the existing acne which means you'll have on going battle. A lot of topical treatments rely on bleaching agents to kill bacteria and fade redness but they don't actually achieve anything. Using makeup on acne will generally worse it, oil based makeups in particular only add to the cause of the problem in the first place - excess oil on the skin.

Accutane shrinks the oil (sebaceous) glands in your skin and stops them over-producing oil. If your skin is considered bad enough by a doctor you can request a course of accutane (usually 4-5 months long) but it is quite a hardcore medication and has lots of temporary side effects while you're taking it, the end result is well worth it though.

If your skin isn't that bad the other alternative is various courses of antibiotics that your doctor can also prescribe. Although they don't solve the root of the problem they will kill any bacteria developing as a result of it. This is only good for mild cases though.
 

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nothing worked for me

so I got a dermatologist to get me on accutane and that got rid of most the problem, with the ony side effect being feeling all dry. but acne still comes back, but not as bad as before.

I now use proactiv , which clears up my whole face completely with continuous use, which is awesome! problem is that if you stop using it, the acne comes back, so you would have to keep buying it.
They're main ingredient is benzol peroxide, and they also got the sulfur mask.

but how bout the new advanced pimped out technology!
I came across this
its phototherapy which is supposed to be more effective than benzol peroxide according to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phototherapy

its probably expensive though.
Im thinking of buying the handheld home version for 200 bucks, which would be alot cheaper than proactiv, cause its one time payment of 200 and then all it needs is electricity.

theres also a device called the zeno i wanna check out. its supposed to use heat to kill acne bacteria.
 

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Diet can affect acne, but in the way we think. We all could react to different foods. The digestion can affect the skin - washing keeps the pores open, though. I use Clearasil Daily Face Scrub and it seems to do okay.
 

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Diet can affect acne, but in the way we think. We all could react to different foods. The digestion can affect the skin - washing keeps the pores open, though. I use Clearasil Daily Face Scrub and it seems to do okay.
I use that as well. Nothing is working for me, even to control my mild acne.
 

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hey people

acne has ruined my life. i blame acne for having sa, depression, low self esteem, bdd...

even mild acne affects my mood so much. my skin controls nearly all my thoughts and how i feel i have gone completely mental over the past 15 yrs.

accutane helps the most, but it has some drawbacks.

anyway, such is my desperation i am going to take accutane again for 6 months, just on a low dose. i hope this will control my skin. after 6 months i will stop again, and probably i'll get worse, then take accutane again... and so on...

anyway, that's my situation...


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I stopped using all over the counter and prescription stuff and now I drink 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar a day. I just mix it in with tea and I don't taste it at all. I swear, you get used to the taste and it cleared my skin in 2 weeks!

google it, too--because i know it sounds crazy, but it works.
 

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I stopped using all over the counter and prescription stuff and now I drink 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar a day. I just mix it in with tea and I don't taste it at all. I swear, you get used to the taste and it cleared my skin in 2 weeks!

google it, too--because i know it sounds crazy, but it works.
I would try this.
I used apple cider vinegar before and it worked really good. I poured a little bit in my green tea.
Sometimes I would mix the apple cider and green tea with some honey/sugar. Then I freeze it and use it as a mask on my face. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash off. It felt nice on my skin, and seemed to cure my razor burn and acne. LoL. =)
 

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I stopped eating dairy, sugar, and greasy foods and my acne has improved a lot. The truth is that there is a link between diet and acne but the drug companies won't research it because there's no money to be made by advising people to eat differently.

I've had what many would consider severe acne for a few years now and Im sure it has contributed greatly to my low confidence.
 

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i have changed my diet, nothing really works though...

i'm gonna go back on accutane, i can't cope with even mild acne it effects my confidence too much and makes life impossible.


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I used to have severe acne. Acne is common in teenagers due to hormonal changes. I also break out close to my period, but that's common for a lot of women. Acne is really a sign that there's a lot of bacteria in your body that overloads your organs so much that the skin bears the brunt of it. I have found that changing my diet to include low sugar, wheat free, yeast free, and additive-free foods has helped. Also I take zinc 50 mg/day. Zinc is really good for the immune system and it promotes healing of wounds. And the reason why apple cider vinegar works is cause it tends to kill bacteria in the body, its a cleanser.
 
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