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Let's face it, we've all experienced it at one point in our lives. It isn't exactly the most pleasent thing in the world either.<br><br>
I'm a late teen, so my acne is pretty bad. I'm using 4 different types of treatment at the moment (scrub, lotion, cleansing pads and tetracycline) and it has only scratched the surface of 'curing' the acne. I've also put up an appointment for the dermatologist, but the waiting queue is horrendous (I've been waiting for over 3 months now).<br><br>
I don't normally worry about how I look, or what other people think of me, but with acne it seems to be a whole other story. My head keeps getting fueled with paranoia, and definitely doesn't help me when I get a crush on someone...<br><br><br><br>
I don't know what the importance or relevance of putting a topic like this up was, I just wanted to know if anyone else here has acne or skin problems, and what they do about it.
 

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Acne is bad in our family. My mother and brother had to take Accutane (a nasty drug) to get rid of it. Mine is somewhat under control, compared to theirs. I put Differen (prescription topical) on my face in the morning, and Duac topical gel (also prescription) in the evening. I've been washing my face twice a day with Cetaphil but I just switched to a new cruelty-free soap (I'm not sure if Cetaphil does animal testing).<br><br><br><br>
I'm more self-conscious about oiliness than pimples. I use oil-blotting pads when my face gets really shiny. Wearing contacts instead of glasses and keeping my hair up helps.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have much advice, just wanted to say that I know how you feel.
 

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Diet and exercise can also play a big role in reducing acne, so make sure you're eating well and getting lots of exercise!
 

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When I turned 16 I had it took another 16 years for me to figure out it was dairy products. My belief is that almost all acne is some kind of food allergy
 
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yeah.... i'm nearly 30 and i've had acne since i was about 12 or 13. oh joy: that means i've had it for more than half of my life now, lol. i've had antibiotics, the pill, assorted creams, lotions, gels, and astringents, and a course of accutane too.<br><br><br><br>
i thought that accutane was horrible horrible stuff, (my skin peeled off, lips split, hair felt like straw, had to cover myself in vaseline, etc) but it worked amazingly for 12 months (i had the most perfect skin for a whole year) but then the acne came right back again. i declined to take it again.<br><br><br><br>
i normally use a benozyl peroxide regime from <a href="http://www.acne.org" target="_blank">www.acne.org</a> which works suprisingly well- as well as proactive, but without the cost or bleached clothes. but i'm lazy and didn't order any more gel, so my skin has flared up again recently.<br><br><br><br>
i'm also currently using MAC cosmetics (probably not veg*n but i never said i was perfect) to cover it- studiofix is the only makeup i've found that doesn't go orange and melt off my face within 3 hours, and which covers my skin beautifully without looking like a mask and making it worse. i guess that although i still have acne, at least it doesn't <i>look</i> like i have acne when i wear it.<br><br><br><br>
i didn't find that going veg*n affected my skin, or cutting out sugar, soda, junk food, or rubbing/picking/scrubbing it less, or using different products, or anything else like that which i've tried.<br><br><br><br>
if it helps though, despite my skin, i have found a wonderful man who thinks its fine, and really doesn't care if i have a billion zits and wouldn't be phased if i had an extra eye in the middle of my forehead. i think although people might see your bad skin in passing, most are too busy worrying and thinking about other stuff to give it a second thought. and the ones that count, they'll see you, and not your zits. the ones who fixate on your appearance, well.... stick your tongue out and your middle finger up, and let them see them too.
 

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i didn't find that going veg*n affected my skin, or cutting out sugar, soda, junk food, or rubbing/picking/scrubbing it less, or using different products, or anything else like that which i've tried.</div>
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Wheat?
 
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i haven't eaten wheat for oooh... about 9 or 10 years.<br><br><br><br>
for a long time i've been on a diet with strictly no eggs, no wheat, no gluten, no yeast, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no msg, and no moulds, fermented or brewed products. i've also cut out other allergens like soy and tomatoes before, with no effect.<br><br><br><br>
there may be an allergy link with many cases of acne, though i think its not the only factor, especially when cases coinside with puberty, or other hormonal shifts, like pregnancy, use of the pill, menopause, etc, unless thats caused by an allergy to sex hormones. i think mine is possibly hormonally based, but who knows. could be an allergy, i know i have food and environmental allergies and intollerances - so it could be an immune response, but it could also be loads of other stuff too. i don't think its a 'one solution fits all' problem.
 

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I was finally able to cure my acne by using tea tree oil. So I recommend trying that if you haven't yet. My face was basically rotting off due to severe ill health, and the tea tree oil seemed to miraculously fix the problem completely. This was adult acne, but I had acne as a teen also.
 

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My skin is worse now than it ever was....I'm blaming it on menopause, but I really have no idea what is causing it. I refuse to believe it's my diet since I've given up dairy/eggs, etc. Although, I'm wondering if it could be nuts since that is the only thing I eat more of now than I did before. I always ate lots of whole wheat products and it can't be the fresh fruits/vegetables...at least I can't imagine it could be that. And I drink more water than before. So, yeah, menopause it is.
 

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I had bad acne was I was younger. I had it through High school and throughout my 20s. It was normally pretty bad. Although, I would have times when it was cleraring up. In high school, my derm had me on tetracycline (which gave me headaches so he switched me to amiphicilian - something like that) and Retinol-A and some kind of prescription toner that I can't remember the name of. I would also get cryotherapy (I think that was what it was called - it was this freeze spray stuff on to my face) every time I went in for a visit.<br><br><br><br>
This basically just controlled the acne but I still had it. I can't remember when I stopped it but I did for a while because my face had gotten better (this was pre-veg). My face did get better until I did a juice fast and detox about 1 year after I went veg. My face broke out SO bad - some kid thought I had chicken pox.<br><br><br><br>
It didn't clear up after a while and looked gross - people stared at me. Even though, I didn't want to - I went back to the derm and he put me on Accutane - that finally got rid of it. (not recommending it or anything but that was the only that really seemed to stop it). I had many acid chemical peels to remove scars (I can't even remember how many). I can just imagine how my weird chemicals were floating around in my body.<br><br><br><br>
So, now I rarely get any pimples but I had to try so many things to get rid of it. I think that since I have been a veg for 17 years now and eat a very clean diet that is why it is staying better now. I still have some scars and have had microdembrasion done a few times to help it look better.<br><br><br><br>
I believe dairy products have a lot to do with it for some people. I believe dairy products were behind alot of my acne. Also, I haven't worn makeup for a long time and cutting that out definatley made a difference.<br><br><br><br>
If I get a pimple now, I use Burts Bees Blemish on it. Works pretty good for me. I am so relieved my 'acne torture' days are pretty much over. I had acne from age 12 to 30 - going up and down like a roller coaster.
 

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Oh, I forgot to mention - I hear that Neem oil is very good for clearing up acne. You can buy soap with Neem Oil in it (Neem Oil straight has a super strong stinky smell so I wouldn't recommend it - get it in a soap and you can't really smell it). I used it on my body when I had a weird rash and it got rid of it real quick and it stayed away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I have struggled with acne for more than half my life, I finally stumbled across the advice to stop using heavy moisturizers and instead "treat like with like" so now i just wash my face once a day with tea tree oil soap and apply vitamin e oil whenever my face feels dry. My blemishes just dried right up and i haven't seen any new ones yet.
 

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To the original poster,<br><br>
Caution! Try avoid scrubbing (or using scrub products) on broken-out skin!!<br><br>
I learned this the hard way!
 

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There are hormonal imbalances that cause acne. In women, PCOS may be to blame and there are meds that help including birth control pills. Do a search under PCOS and you'll find plenty of information. In men, it may be the male version of it and keeping simple carbs and sugars out of your diet to keep insulin down may help. High insulin can result in excess free unbound testosterone which can cause acne and other problems.
 

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One of the only things that help me get rid of mine was Jason's Tea Tree Satin Soap For Hands and Face. Tea tree contains healing properties (so I am told), and thus helps get rid of acne. You might want to give it a try.
 

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I'm 25 and have struggled with acne. Lately I've been clear though as I've been exercising regularly and I also cut out wheat from my diet.<br><br><br><br>
I also take a zinc supplement which I have always done.<br><br><br><br>
For pimples I use Burt Bee's Blemish Stick. It works great! It contains tea tree oil. I used 100% TTO before and didn't find it as effective as the Burt Bee's product.
 

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I don't know if it's been mentioned but while i was driving home yesterday I was listening to this little news report about acne. I think Harvard put the study out but according to these researchers, stress is a component because when we stress out some types of hormones are released. They looked at college students who had acne prior and post exam time and found more break outs during exams (er something).
 
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