/b/, my acnes killing me and I'm sick of it. It's either I shave or I don't and it turns out terrible from my face down to my belly. I know it's just not razor burn but I'd love some advice on that all or some stuff I should get. I've tried a lot of products, even ones from my dermatologist. Nothings working though. Help guys? Please? ;~; I'd post a picture of me, but it's pretty dark. So, pic related.
>>552344819 Well, it can still get worse. Mine was at it's worst during age 19, 20, 21. It didn't stop until I was about 27. I was never able to effectively stop it. I was barely able to control it & treat it when I had flare ups. Nothing would really prevent or stop it from happening.
Now, almost 30, I have no acne at all. My advice would be to not overreact aggressively towards your acne, you want to avoid having scars in your future.
Roaccutane is the shit you fucking want. Your acne will get a tiny bit worse for about a week, then it will fucking stop existing. Roaccutane will fuck that shit's brains out until your acne rolls over and dies of an overly prolapesed anus. Your acne will dissappear into the vast gaping hole that is the anal crevasse of the universe.
Exercise, sun exposure, lack of greasy foods, daily rinsing face with hot water (enough to exfoliate and cleanse pores, but don't use any shower gel or soap as that strips skins natural oils which are the good kind that will help prevent acne), drink lots of water, and some food grade hydrogen peroxide on the face daily should work wonders.
>>552346063 You shouldn't use this now because it's summer. You can get sunspots because it makes your skin thinner and vulnerable to sunlight and those things can be worse than acne scars. Wait until september and use it but first go to a doctor and do some blood tests as it has tons of side effects and it will affect your liver and kidneys
>>552344668 >no dairy (probably biggest thing you can do) >lots of water, no other drinks >lots of sleep >exercise >cool/cold showers >evening showers rather than morning >rinse your face in the morning (just with cold water/wet cloth) >eat less wheat, meat, sugar, and oil >remove stress from your life >don't use accutane etc, it will do more harm than good long term >cashews and lemon juice can supposedly help (unsure if true) >rubbing aloe vera on your skin can supposedly help (unsure if true)
OP, I'll be a huge bro to you right now since I have the time, and I sympathize with you having had terrible cystic acne in the past.
Any problems manifesting on the skin are the red flags that something is wrong in your stomach or intestines.
What happens OP, is if you have ever taken antibiotics, you completely destroy your stomach flora (probiotic bacteria and good yeasts) and if you eat a standard (assuming American) diet then you're getting a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates that break down into sugars.
What happens then, is you end up feeding a yeast called Candida albican.
Basically it takes over your stomach, and you start craving sugars and carbs. Eventually, if you eat enough GMO corn and pesticide-laden wheat you'll end up having "leaky gut syndrome," which means some of your food will enter your bloodstream.
This is how allergies to food, and especially wheat nowadays happens. Your body initiates an autoimmune response to the invaders in the blood. Eventually you develop an autoimmune response to clear these toxins, and as your toxins build up, the last place to release them is through your skin.
Acne, psoriasis, shingles, hives, IBS and crohns are all interrelated and have to do with the gut.
Fortunately, there are supplements you can take to repair your stomach over time. >Probiotics >Fermented foods >Aloe vera (soothes stomach lining) >Digestive enzymes (helps with absorption of nutrients and eases digestion) >Essential fatty Acids (omega 3-6-9) >Multivitamin >High dose Ester Vitamin C and Vitamin A through carrot juice (drink with fatty food to help absorption. Accutane is a high-dose synthetic vitamin A, but will fuck you up long term.)
I might have forgotten a few things, but I hope this helps.
Oh also, don't eat wheat or GMO corn. I swear to you this was the basis for my acne and my underlying digestive problems.
I just gotta say that I vote for sun too. It works for me as I get bad acne on my back and only my back. I used to get it on my face but it just stopped. Also, don't go out in the sun too long. Like a little burn is good not baking yourself.
One thing that does work is using benzoyl peroxide, LOTS of it. It makes the skin extremely basic and neutralizes acidic skin that makes it inflamed. It will burn like hell at first but what it does is short-circuit the pores and shrinks them, making them largely inactive.
The biggest problem with benzoyl peroxide is that it is a bleach, so if it touches any of your clothing it will bleach them unless they're 100% synthetic. I once absentlymindedly wiped my face with my t-shirt while I was mowing the lawn and the benzoyl peroxide made a huge bleaching stain on the front of my shirt.
Other than that its very cheap to buy. Don't be fooled by those expensive subscription face cleanser scams....they all use the same ingredient, benzoyl peroxide which can be purchased for $1 to $3 at any store.
ProActive is a FUCKING SCAM, $20 a month for $1 worth of benzoyl peroxide.
I had the same exact problem. I'm your age and my mom saw somewhere that apple cider vinegar helped, got me some, and I just put it on a washcloth or some toilet paper and rubbed all over my face at night right before bed. It burns if you let your face get too dry but it seriously helps. Like within 2-3 days it cleared my entire face up and I had it totally bad.
>>552350534 >Nuclear Vitamin B bomb PROTIP: Never take Vitamin B, Niacinamide or B3 supplements in large amounts. It is quite damaging to the body and makes your skin worse.
The Niacin "flush" is a well known side effect and will make a bad acne problem 10 times worst. Thats why accutane people get a massive outbreak of acne when they start the regimen, then over time it damages their pores permanently, causing dry eyes, itchy skin and plenty of unintentional side effects like crohn's disease.
dairy products processed meat starch sources like potatoes smoking's a really bad one--any kind of smoking wheat germ was a biggie for me, when i quit eating it, everything improved deodorant soap can exacerbate acne, too
going vegan was the only thing that helped me. dealth with acne for 10+ years :( went vegan when i was 27, acne got a little worse for the first couple months (detox?) then smooth sailing from there. not to mention got way more energy, smell better, happier, fitter, joints and stronger, the list goes on.
just make sure its high carb low fat get out 30bananasaday com
>>552347505 gotta admit it works although the side effects can be a bitch and the relapse rate is pretty high (~60% uncertain about the source) did one treatment of it for 6 months and was acne free for a while but it just came back. won't do it again because it fucked up my eyes while using it
>>552344668 Accutane is literally the only full-proof no bullshit cure, OP.
Don't worry about >eating healthy >physical exercise >washing your face three times a day >changing your pillow every day >never touching your face >soaking your face with a hot towel >soaking your face in lemon juice >any other bullshit routine people convince you to try
Accutane is literally the only cure. I had two sessions and it changed my life. A doctor will tell you it is the most extreme method and that's because it fucking works. You have to push for it. Otherwise they will have you spending truckloads on external products that do little to mitigate the symptoms and do nothing to fix the internal problem.
Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane and Roaccutane is the only cure that will help it get a way for a while. You just have to wait it out, enjoy the scars. I come from family with 3 generations of males with severe acne. All still bear the scars. All had Isotretinoin.
>>552346063 Despite what people say. It's not all that bad. Been taking it for just over a month, Turned from dominoes pizza to only having mild acne. Only side effects i've had is dry lips and nosebleeds which are easily cured by putting Vaseline up your nose (lol) The side effects are mostly an inconvenience and usually nothing severe.
>>552354178 Actually two factors in diet can cause acne to be more severe in some people. Spikes in insulin and consuming Insulinotropic foods can make acne worse. Examples of foods that do this are high sugar foods, refined cards, and milk.
So yes diet can matter, so please stop spewing this bullshit that it doesn't. In some people cutting down on their dairy, sugar, and wheat consumption can really help.
>>552354815 I should note that the stronger evidence that milk and diet influences acne is VERY NEW. The real evidence has only been discovered within the last 4 years. The myth that diet has nothing to do that acne is now a myth, but it'll probably persist for a bit. Even some dermatologists aren't totally in on it yet. But these days the knowledge that diet affects acne is pretty much confirmed. The big one is milk. Cutting dairy products can often help.
>21 >still have acne >covers face, nose, upper arms >shit genetics, my dad had same >tried accutane and every other medication >pretty sure my acne has evolved to be resistant to antibiotics now >wat do /b/
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