View Full Version : Help With Acne!!!

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 15th, 2003, 11:58 PM
Okay...it's like this. I'm a guy who's goign through the whole teen-to-adult phase...and the worse part of it? You guessed it...acne :fiery: :mad:. I've tried nearly every over the counter acne treatment available and now I'm getting sick of it. Sometimes my skin remains acne free for a while....and then...kaboom...I look like I starred in some horror movie. Do you people have any advice? Anyone else going through the same thing? Any advice would be good.

P.S. I do have oily skin which I wash all the time with...you guessed it...Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash...to no avail. :fiery: :fiery:

Jan 16th, 2003, 12:13 AM
First thing I have to say is, poor u :(

I totally sympathise with ya as I used to have awful acne myself. It really got me down.

There is only one option if you have tried everything and that is to go to your doctor. First I tried something called Oxytetracyline (tablets), they were orange tablets that worked for a while then stopped working...

So then I moved on to Erythromycin (sp?), or something like that, little tablets with "E" on them... they worked but again only for about six months...

I then went to see a dermatologist and he diagnosed me with having extensive acne. He put me on a new drug called Roaccutane which is like a massive dose of Vitamin B, and I don't mean a supplement, it's a big dose. The drug was kinda on trial and I got £500 worth of the stuff for nothing on the NHS. It worked, but the side effects were quite bad... the first three months saw me with desert-like skin, seriously my skin has never been so dry. The first couple of weeks saw me with the worst acne I had ever had but the dermatologist said it was normal and would get worse before it gets better.

Other side effects included migraines, jaundice and mood swings.

But if you want to get rid of your acne, that's the way to do it, it is a last resort. I have no regrets going on it except teh fact my back is a bit dodgy for spots, the rest is pretty much ok and loads better than what it was, with very little scarring.

But yeah, see your doctor, get an appointment with a dermatologist and they can disgnose how bad your acne is and what treatment u need,

Hope all goes well :)

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 16th, 2003, 12:20 AM
Thanks Joey...I think i have no other choice but to visit a dermatologist. This is totally shitty....ugh!!!

Jan 16th, 2003, 12:32 AM
yeah it is awful, hope everything goes well for u :)

Jan 16th, 2003, 01:08 AM
If you can afford a dermatologist, go and get medication. If not, take zinc, or fake an ear ache or bladder infection with a general practitioner. The antibiotics for those will clear your face up instantly.

Jan 16th, 2003, 01:53 AM
I took Accutane and stopped a couple of months ago. I will say that after the 6 months on accutane it is IMPOSSIBLE to get another zit (you'd have to roll around in shit and not shower for 5 months for it to even start forming lol). However, the medicine is super hardcore so I would advise you to be careful with it. Some people can be on it, some can't. The first few weeks are pretty brutal. I had a cold sore with some funky crust on my lip that spread an inch past my lip and stayed there for a week. Your skin also gets really really dry and irritated too. Slowly it gets better though and the results are amazing. However, try other prescription stuff b4 going to that. I never had bad acne, but what I did have wouldn't fucking go away and I sympathize with how much it sucks.

One more thing..if you are depressed DO NOT go on accutane..there have been suicide cases linked with teens on the drug.

Jan 16th, 2003, 01:58 AM
Awwh. Poor you. I think a visit to the dermatologist is a step in the right direction. You might want to try the antibiotic doxycycline. My friends had awful acne and it cleared up pretty well. I'll find out from Mom for ya k?

Also take a lot of cod liver oil tablets. I wonder if that interacts with the antibiotic though? :confused:

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:01 AM
i remember i had bad case of zits, wasn't acne, but i just didn't touch one zit, i was suprised i could resist the temptation for a long time, and it was gone...so whatever u do don't touch anything, i know it is hard, but that is the only way u can battle it not to get worse... go see a dermetologist(sp?) is u find the time...the sooner the better, becuase once u have taken action u will feel better right off the bat...
good luck.

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 16th, 2003, 02:24 AM
Hans, wait till you see me next time. You might not recognize me. Thansk everyone for your advice though. Lord knows I need it. :wavey:

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:31 AM
there's an excellent line of skin treatment that you could try altho' i don't know how u will get it in Guyana. here's the URL. the stuff is fantastic. just browse to the "acne" section.

skin care (http://www.ddfskin.com/Pages/homePage.aspx)

Jan 16th, 2003, 03:10 AM
I had a bad case of acne before, but my aunt brought some taiwanese face medicine that worked on my cousin, so my mom gave me a bottle, and it worked on me. Now i only have a little still remaining on my face, but MUCH better than before...no drugs, tablets, dermatologist. iunno the name, but i have their phone number if u wanna make a long-distance phone call to taiwan :o. If u decide u wanna try it out PM me and i'll give u the phone number ;)

Jan 16th, 2003, 03:21 AM
start from the inside and work your way out.

drink lots of water... stay away from sugar... it keeps the skin glowing.
try to stay free of stress [so hard, i know]

don't do a product overload either. dont pick... itll only make it worse.

cant recommend any products cos i dont know whats available to you out there.

but if you want the redness to go away for awhile use eye drops that take away redness... if its bumpy you can take a spoon... crush up advil [or any other anti-inflammatory] and put some eye drops on there... freeze it.
next morning take it out and apply it the the problem area for like 10-15 minutes... it should reduce swelling and take the redness away... by a lot.

Jan 16th, 2003, 04:09 AM
wow :eek: that's sumthin new...

I've heard about putting food on ur face (my mom made me put eggs on my face once) but eye drop is sumthin new...

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:35 AM
I was on Roaccutane too and it worked (yes, the first couple of months my skin was awful but then it was better than ever); now, 2 years later it's not as good anymore (but I don't use anything special), but it's much better than before. So I would recomend using it - but be careful with the doses, It's really strong. I didn't have the worse case of acne so I thought going to the doctor is stupid (just for some zits), but I've tryed EVERYTHING before (creams, lotions, diet, herbal stuff) - so go to the doctor as soon as possible. I know how much it bothered me, so I hope you get better.

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:42 AM
don't eat oily stuff

wash your face everyday and everynight

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:48 AM
Yeah basically if you've tried the lot, go for Roaccutane, it's like the nuclear weapon of acne destroying weapons.... (it's not radioactive tho, u wont grow another head or something...)

Yeah I would also say that if you are depressed, seek something alternative (as in an alternative drug, not alternative medicine as we all know that stuff is all a load of rubbish). I took roaccutane during my family breaking up, the drug made me an emotional wreck... but my skin is a lot better than it was.

I used to produce an unbelievable amount of grease, you could have probably powered a small town with it if you could have extracted it from my face, my face ain't greasy at all now!

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:50 AM
When I was like 13 or 14 I had problems with acne too but after I started taking the pill I finally got rid of it... anyway, since you´re a boy so my advice wouldn´t help you at all. :o But just try washing your face twice a day with something oil free. I´ve also heard that mixing eggs with honey and putting that on your face helps. I´ve tried it out too but it didn´t work for me.

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:40 PM
Wash your hands a lot and use antibacterial soap.

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:51 PM
First of all, Neutrogena is absolutely the WORST thing you can use on your face. I could break out just looking at the jar.

I would try drinking a lot of water, staying away from greasy food, using only a mild soap and water and checking with your doctor about what your alternatives are.

I'm sorry to hear about your trouble..acne can be so embarassing and ruin a perfectly good face. It can be dealt with though, so good luck :)

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:52 PM
has nothing to do with it

serious acne is coming from inside and has nothing to do with how clean you are

oh yeah the soap doesn't work either. even the medicine the dermatoloog doesn't work anymore:(

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 16th, 2003, 03:27 PM
Thanks alot you guys. I'll try your suggestions and use the process of elimination to see what works and what doesn't. That site tennischick suggested I visit, most of the products contained tea-tree oil, so last night I put some tea-tree oil in some warm water and washed my face with it. When I woke up, some of the really bad, red, irritated ones weren't as bad as they were last night. So that seem to be a slight victory for now. But I still see the dermatologist next week and I still try some other stuff until then. :wavey:

Jan 16th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Accutane might be the best invention ever. Either that or the blow pop.

Jan 16th, 2003, 07:46 PM
Go for the roac!

(I think accutane and Roaccutane are the same thing)

From now until when you go on it, use vitamin B supplements.

Jan 16th, 2003, 07:49 PM
Oh yeah and persistent washing will not stop acne. Of course you should wash your face, but it is to do with your body's production of a substance called sebum, which your body needs, but you can produce too much of it.

Check for some glands under your neck (just under your chin), there should be about 3 in a triangle, if they are prominent then your body is producing too much sebum. Mine used to be visible it was that bad, now I can't feel them.

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:25 PM
Joey, sweetheart, Roaccutane and accutane are vitamin A preparations not vitamin B - vitamin B wont help in the slightest. Trust me :kiss: :kiss:

Jan 16th, 2003, 08:52 PM
I need help in that resppect. I had acne at age 11 and it was so bad my mm didn't want to take me out anywhere. Thank the Lord it didn't scar. For a few months there my skin was okay but with having exams and there being stress involved my skin has started to flare up. The only thing that seems to help is dabbing pure tea tree oil on the spots because it dried them up, and I also use sunbeds which seem to help too (although they tend not to be recommended for obvious reasons ;)).

Jan 16th, 2003, 11:29 PM
Julie, sweetheart, whatever it was I went on it and I still have some left, although it expired March 2001 (god it was that long ago since I took it!)

It contains isotretinoin, and MUST NOT be given to pregnant women :)

Hmm, sure it is a high vitamin b dose...

Jan 17th, 2003, 12:24 AM
I used Proactiv for several months and it didn't help. The week of Christmas I saw a commercial on TV for Dermafina. I bought it that same day ($45.00 US) and now (3 weeks later) my face is the clearest it has been in a long time.

Benzoil Peroxide will dry your face out and make it worse. Dermafina has a different active ingredient and my face feels good after I use it. There are 4 products in the system-- a cleanser, an exfoliating gel, an oil-free moisterizer, and a spot treatment gel. They are numbered so you know what order to use them.

I was on antibiotics for more than a year. Plus Accutane for 4 months. They would clear my face for a few months but then it would flare up again. I gave up on meds because I hate putting drugs into my body. I prefer topicals. Plus Accutane is no joke-- they have to do blood tests to make sure it isn't damaging your liver and I had to sign a form saying I wouldn't get pregnant and that I was using protection- as if!

I honestly swear Dermafina is the best thing I have ever used. They have a website www.dermafina.com if you want to check it out.

Good luck. I know exactly how you feel. Acne sucks but now mine is almost clear.

Jan 17th, 2003, 12:28 AM
Oh yeah I had blood tests! god i have just remembered, they do tests on your liver and iron rate in your blood... crazy I know but if your acne is really bad go on it...

Jan 17th, 2003, 08:03 AM
Roaccuatane and Accutane are brand names for medicine containing derivats of vitamine A (large doses). You have to get tested because it can destroy your liver. If it doesn't work the first time (correct amount of drug is essential - it depends on how much you weight, so you musn't gain any weight while you are taking it), you can have second series (but the side effects can be even bigger).

Washing your skin too much will only irritate it and make it worse (more oily) - 2 or 3 times a day is recomended, if your skin is very oily it's better to use paper tissues to wipe it of (DO NOT RUB YOUR SKIN - that makes it produce more oil).

Drinking a lot of water might help or not, but I would recomende it, since it can't hurt and it's very good for other things - if you hate water try herbal teas (without sugar).

Tea trea oil products are very good - I used them while I was on Roaccutane (because of the dry and flaky skin) and I still use the cream (it makes the skin more smooth).

Jan 17th, 2003, 09:15 AM
The dry skin I got when on the Roaccutane was freakish...

Jan 17th, 2003, 09:22 AM
oh the stuf I got from the dermatologist totally dried my face out too, but maybe I also put to much on it;)

Jan 17th, 2003, 09:27 AM
The link between fatty foods (chocolate and so on) and acne has never been proven. It's an urban legend. Also, washing a lot doesn't help. Acne has nothing to do with a lack of hygiene.
Most people suffer from acne during puberty, it's quite normal and there's no real cure. You can tone it down though.
If your acne really is as serious as you claim, I'd see a dermatologist. It's not good to try out different products. It takes time for it to work. If you try it on your own, you tend to give up on a certain med too quickly because there are no results right away.

Jan 17th, 2003, 11:30 AM
Roaccutane works!

Jan 17th, 2003, 02:45 PM
I was once prescribed the Oxytetracycline medication and it gave me an allergic reaction that effected my kidneys, causing paralysis all over my body. I freaked out when I woke up one morning and coulnd't move my arms or my legs. I then started losing my hearing and losing my sight. I was so scared that I screamed. I couldn't even hear myself scream. Finally, I could feel someone touch my face and my eyesight and hearing slowly came back to me. My parents thought I was being murdered. I couldn't move a muscle. I was then transported to the hospital and made to wait in the emergency room for two hours on my back on a bed. Apparently, they were short-staffed that day. Several different doctors kept visiting me and I had to explain my situation seven times. Not one of them had a clue what was wrong with me. Finally, one of them just concluded that I probably had an allergic reaction to the Oxytetracycline. To this day, I still don't really know what was wrong with me. All I wanted to do was clear up a little acne, not end up in the hospital paralyzed from the neck down. I went back to see my doctor about the Oxytetracycline he gave me and he couldn't have been colder, simply sighing and then saying, "They usually work." He couldn't have looked more disinterested. I swear I'm not overreacting. This really did happen and they really did ignore me and treat me like a "thing."

Jan 17th, 2003, 03:47 PM
Joey, do a search, look up roaccutane and it will tell you that is a high dose vitamin A analog. I am a pharmacist and with things like this i can assure you im never wrong. And of course you cant take it in pregnancy for the same reason that you shouldnt eat liver during pregnancy - becasue both have a high vitamin A content and vit a is teratogenic. Now please enough of your vit B malarchy!!

Jan 17th, 2003, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by Bradshaw#1
I took Accutane and stopped a couple of months ago. I will say that after the 6 months on accutane it is IMPOSSIBLE to get another zit (you'd have to roll around in shit and not shower for 5 months for it to even start forming lol). However, the medicine is super hardcore so I would advise you to be careful with it. Some people can be on it, some can't. The first few weeks are pretty brutal. I had a cold sore with some funky crust on my lip that spread an inch past my lip and stayed there for a week. Your skin also gets really really dry and irritated too. Slowly it gets better though and the results are amazing. However, try other prescription stuff b4 going to that. I never had bad acne, but what I did have wouldn't fucking go away and I sympathize with how much it sucks.

One more thing..if you are depressed DO NOT go on accutane..there have been suicide cases linked with teens on the drug.

I don't suggest accutane. Sure, it helped my acne, but I have horribly dry skin now. I mean, I have to spread lotion all over to keep my skin from cracking open.

Jan 17th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Taken from the summary sheet for roaccutane

Isotretinoin is a derivative of vitamin A and overdosage should be expected to induce symptoms of hypervitaminosis A.

Manifestations of acute vitamin A toxicity include severe headache, nausea or vomiting, drowsiness, irritability and pruritus. Signs and symptoms of accidental or deliberate overdosage with Roaccutane would probably be similar. They would be expected to be reversible and to subside without need for treatment. Because of the variable absorption of the drug, gastric lavage may be worthwhile in the first few hours after ingestion.

Jan 17th, 2003, 05:35 PM
Hmmm, it's just a fase loads of teens go through I think... I had some skin problems too (altho it never was THAT bad either) until I was 16-17 maybe, but my skin looks fine now :)
I usually put skin-coloured camouflage cream on my pimples so nobody ever noticed I had them :) But that only applies to white ppl I think. Are there skin-coloured creams for black ppl?

Jan 17th, 2003, 07:29 PM

So, you're a phramacist. Good. I need something to give me relief for catarrh that works, I am gonna have to have my prob sorted out by an ENT specialist but in the meantime I just need relief.

Jan 17th, 2003, 08:56 PM
Toothpaste gets rid of acne ! It really works, it stings a bit but it gets rid of the redness at least