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  • greatest_fish30 1 Mar 2008 22:32:51 445 posts
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    I am seventeen, I don't eat or drink much unhealthy food, I have two showers a day, I stay out of the sun, I avoid touching my face and use products that are supposed to prevent spots yet I am still plagued by this ugly skin diesease. I am going to a specialist on wednesday and hopefully it will improve but i am sure there will be some scarring. Anyway I was wondering if any of you guys have had much trouble with acne and if you have when and how did it improve?
  • NewYork 1 Mar 2008 22:36:32 24,838 posts
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    There's no proven link with any of that stuff.

    I'd advise anyone with acne problems to not put their faith in diets or products that feed on the insecure but don't really do much (Clearasil etc.) and just see the doctor ASAP.
  • Cadence 1 Mar 2008 22:41:42 1,684 posts
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    I had acne really really badly from the age of 15 (I'm 32 now). It was hell on earth for me, and I tried everything virtually. It's all due to your hormones, as you probably know, so there isn't much you can do, except eat healthily, do sports and take care of yourself generally. Once the hormones settle down you'll be fine I'm sure. For me that was around 18-19, but it's different for everyone. My skin is really good now, if that reassures you. I really thought I'd done serious damage to myself actually. I once rubbed a garlic on my forehead because I had a massive spot there. I went to school the next day looking like someone had given me a massive lovebite on my face. Needless to say I was laughed at for the next few days. God I hated school.
  • lost_soul 1 Mar 2008 22:45:12 9,369 posts
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    I got pretty bad acne when I was 17 and spent the next two years receiving crap advice from doctors and lotions that at best did nothing.

    Eventually I was given a lotion that I had an allergic reaction to, making the situation a lot worse, and was finally referred to a dermatologist. She put me on some pills (sorry, can't remember the name) for a couple of months that dried out the skin and completely cleared the acne for good.

    Left me with lots of scarring though :-(
  • murphy245 1 Mar 2008 22:47:55 55 posts
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    in my experience it doesnt matter what i ate or how clean i was spots were just unpreventable.thankfully i hardly get them now im almost 19.
  • Danoxth 1 Mar 2008 22:51:05 286 posts
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    If you do see a dermatologist, probably the best stuff you can get is Roaccutane (spelling could be out.)

    It dry's the skin up completely and while it can be painful and sore, after a 8-12 week useage it should be cleared up.

    Only down side is, only dermatologist's can authorise the use of it, your doctor can recommend you for it, but decision lays with them.

    It has the most insane health warnings ever, the girl friend had to take a pregnancy test just to proove she wasn't pregnant before they'd give it to her.

    Don't worry about scaring to much from acne, most of it can be removed by simple laser surgery which you will probably be offered should the go down the Roaccutane route :)

    It gets better, have some faith :)
  • heyyo 1 Mar 2008 22:53:42 14,374 posts
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    Spending too much time playing video games will give you Acne.
  • NewYork 1 Mar 2008 22:55:34 24,838 posts
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    heyyo! wrote:
    Spending too much time playing video games will give you Acne.
    This thread couldn't have been placed on a better forum.

    Except perhaps a paedo forum, the ugly f'ers.
  • mrharvest 1 Mar 2008 22:57:42 5,191 posts
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    My face looks like its been introduced intimately to a grater* and I'm 28.

    All I can say is this: You might think you won't get any action because of your acne. And it's partially true, but not because of your looks. If you think you aren't attractive, then others won't think you are. But if you are confident and don't give a toss, you'll find others won't think much of it either.

    My friend who had really bad acne tried a bunch of different medication. For most part they worked for the acne but gave him either really dry skin or even worse side effects.

    *Possibly a slight exaggeration.
  • lost_soul 1 Mar 2008 23:00:45 9,369 posts
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    Danoxth wrote:
    Don't worry about scaring to much from acne, most of it can be removed by simple laser surgery which you will probably be offered should the go down the Roaccutane route :)
    Really? I was never offered this :-(

    And it was Accutane that I was put on. Not nice stuff, but it did take me from looking like I'd just walked out of an explosion in a pizza factory to having acne free skin in two months.
  • Psychotext 1 Mar 2008 23:04:52 53,915 posts
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    Sadly it's all about the hormones. I never touched clearasil or any of that oxy madness and I never had spots when I was a teenager.

    I do feel for anyone that suffers from it.
  • greatest_fish30 1 Mar 2008 23:09:17 445 posts
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    Thanks for the help. I will ask my doctor about accutane. Does anyone know if the laser thing is expensive?
  • Stormflood 1 Mar 2008 23:23:52 2,263 posts
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    Big difference between acne and teenage zits. For those of you who cleared up before your 20's, you just had hormonal outbreaks. Acne can last well into your twenties, and you'll still have problem skin into your 30's.

    Best thing is to push for a referral by your GP to a dermatologist. They will be able to determine whether you have acne or teenage spots, and then advise treatment. This could be a course of Roacutane (isotretanoin) or antibiotics.

    As for diet... well you should eat properly whether you have acne or not, but it won't change your condition - eating well won't stop the over-production of sebum.

    The only working over-the-counter treatment is benzyl-peroxide. It will redden and dry your skin for a while, but it can help greatly after weeks of continuous application.

    Take a look here for a good regime: http://www.acne.org/
  • Psychotext 1 Mar 2008 23:25:53 53,915 posts
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    I'm going to take a guess and say you're a guy... if not, my missus tells me that when she had acne she was put on a specific type of contraceptive pill which sorted it out pretty much instantly.
  • Micro_Explosion 1 Mar 2008 23:27:47 9,695 posts
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    Stormflood wrote:
    The only working over-the-counter treatment is benzyl-peroxide. It will redden and dry your skin for a while, but it can help greatly after weeks of continuous application.

    I wouldn't recommend it.
  • Arcadiian 2 Mar 2008 01:15:14 830 posts
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    greatest_fish30 wrote:
    I am seventeen, I don't eat or drink much unhealthy food, I have two showers a day, I stay out of the sun, I avoid touching my face and use products that are supposed to prevent spots yet I am still plagued by this ugly skin diesease. I am going to a specialist on wednesday and hopefully it will improve but i am sure there will be some scarring. Anyway I was wondering if any of you guys have had much trouble with acne and if you have when and how did it improve?

    Um, your food intake doesn't have an awful lot to do with acne, unless you have ordinary teenage spots. The right food can help your skin, obviously, but your acne will remain. Also, acne has nothing to do with cleanliness (keep washing though!), that's just a common myth. Skin products do nothing for acne either, they only help with ordinary spots.

    I've had problems myself with acne, and found that avoiding ordinary soap helps. There's something called Aqueous Cream B.P, which can be bought at a chemist for about 2 that you can use as a replacement. It helps to avoid your skin drying, which is a problem, though most think that'd help. Also, an oil-free moisturiser is good. If it makes you feel girly, get your Mum to buy it, but Nivea Oil-Free Moisturising Fluid is the best I've found, and costs about 4.

    I've also had a lot of experience with Roaccutane plus other medication, so if there's anything you want to know, just PM me.
  • Dirtbox 2 Mar 2008 01:16:38 77,631 posts
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    I thought teenage acne was hormonal, too much testosterone or something.

    I recommend you wank more.

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  • phAge 2 Mar 2008 06:24:47 24,344 posts
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    /random witty comment
  • greatest_fish30 2 Mar 2008 06:37:41 445 posts
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    Stormflood wrote:
    Big difference between acne and teenage zits. For those of you who cleared up before your 20's, you just had hormonal outbreaks. Acne can last well into your twenties, and you'll still have problem skin into your 30's.

    Best thing is to push for a referral by your GP to a dermatologist. They will be able to determine whether you have acne or teenage spots, and then advise treatment. This could be a course of Roacutane (isotretanoin) or antibiotics.

    As for diet... well you should eat properly whether you have acne or not, but it won't change your condition - eating well won't stop the over-production of sebum.

    The only working over-the-counter treatment is benzyl-peroxide. It will redden and dry your skin for a while, but it can help greatly after weeks of continuous application.

    Take a look here for a good regime: http://www.acne.org/

    Thank you for posting that link it is really helpful.
  • Deleted user 2 March 2008 08:57:49
    Stormflood wrote:
    Big difference between acne and teenage zits. For those of you who cleared up before your 20's, you just had hormonal outbreaks. Acne can last well into your twenties, and you'll still have problem skin into your 30's.

    I don't really get bad acne on my face, but my back. And I'm 30 and still get bad outbreaks now and again. It's more irritating than anything else... I'm on a course of antibiotics right now because for some reason this last couple of months has been worse than usual.

    Roaccutane was only a temporary solution, I found.
  • Riala 2 Mar 2008 11:21:17 95 posts
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    squarejawhero wrote:
    Roaccutane was only a temporary solution, I found.

    If that is the case, then you did not finish the course.

    Roaccutane is the last solution before severe sittings under a laser. I took the full 6 month course, but after 3 months, my skin was totally cleared of acne that I had had severely for more than 7 years.

    After 2 months the pain of the acne and cysts had stopped completely, and after 4 months there was no more severe dryness from both my bad skin and the side affects of taking Roaccutane.

    I would strongly recommend anyone with extremely bad acne to try this, and push your GP for a referral to a dermo to get it, its the only way you can get it.

    Accutane is a milder form of Roaccutane.




    Editted for Typos cause I havenot had enough coffee yet!!
  • Arcadiian 2 Mar 2008 12:38:21 830 posts
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    Riala wrote:
    squarejawhero wrote:
    Roaccutane was only a temporary solution, I found.

    If that is the case, then you did not finish the course.

    I finished two courses, both lasting 5 months. The acne disappeared 95% both times, only to return a couple of months later, getting worse each month from then on. For some people, it is a temporary solution.
  • RunningMan 2 Mar 2008 16:18:42 2,391 posts
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    Hi,
    I had pretty bad acne at 17, short hair seemed to help. My hair is fairly greasy which made some sort of sense. Anti-biotics worked wonders at first. Freedem works well now when I get an outbreak. It will get better.
    RM
  • Davey 2 Mar 2008 17:02:52 594 posts
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    Some of my thoughts...

    I'm 20 and I wouldn't say I get bad acne, however I usually have a fair few spots. I find washing my face when it starts to feel a bit greasy controls it pretty well, could be a few times a day, plus the morning shower. Sometimes my skin can be completely clear, but if I don't do it at all I can get pretty damn spotty.

    Also shaving seems to start the spots for me, so I've got this king of shaves after shave balm stuff with tee tree in it, works a treat.

  • oceanmotion 2 Mar 2008 17:09:46 15,759 posts
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    Maybe washing too much. Your body does have good stuff, no reason to wash it off constantly. I rarely wash my face with anything other than water. Get out more, and get some daylight rays on you which is always good. May just be bad luck in the end.
  • Davey 2 Mar 2008 17:29:42 594 posts
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    WooHoo!!! wrote:
    Get out more, and get some daylight rays on you which is always good.

    Good point, my skins always best in the summer when i've got a tan, dont get many spots then.
  • greatest_fish30 3 Mar 2008 21:22:37 445 posts
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    I just got a referral from my GP (who reccommended roaccutane) to see a specialist and i am going on the 20th. Thanks for your help guys.
  • Stormflood 3 Mar 2008 21:48:18 2,263 posts
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    WooHoo!!! wrote:
    Maybe washing too much. Your body does have good stuff, no reason to wash it off constantly. I rarely wash my face with anything other than water. Get out more, and get some daylight rays on you which is always good. May just be bad luck in the end.

    http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/FAQ.html#6
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