Acne getting worse, losing hope

Hey guys,
my acne was really mild, some zits here and there but after my derm gave me some brevoxyl-4 my face got worse than ever, i don’t know if it was the medication or the timing. I started to take some b5 and vitamins and still no effect, in fact my acne is worse than ever, i just breakout everyday in my cheeks area where i never had trouble before and now in my forehead, i am getting some around the mouth area too.

I really have no self-esteem, it’s hard to think this will fade when it just gets worse and worse. I haven’t looked in a mirror for a while because i feel bad about how i look, i’ve skipped college because of the same fact.

I’ve been using emuoil + BP and no results.

I think i’ll go back to my derm to see if he can really help me, if not i’ll just try to get trough this one day at a time.

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10 thoughts on “Acne getting worse, losing hope

  1. I know how you feel, I’ve been going through the exact same situation since January. I’ve never have perfect skin but I started breaking out in my jaw line area and this is ridiculous. This acne has taken my life away. I stopped going to college, I cut my working hours and I try to spend as much time alone as I can. Always in search of a posible solution. I’ve tried so many things.

    Right now Im taking Doxysycline 100mg two times a day, Erythromycin gel in the morning and Renova at night. I’m going to switch to Tazorac soon.

    If want to try this meds, I recomend this websitehttp://www.111drugstore.com/

    You can buy some of these without prescription and really cheap.

    Some people say that Minocin is better than Doxycycline so if you want to get an antibiotic, is up to you which one to get.

    My advice to you: Dont waste time trying over the counters that will only make your skin dry and won’t help your acne at all. Tell your dermatologist to give you something fast and effective. Sometimes you have to be straight with them or they won’t listen.
    Do some research on Retin A Micro, Tazorac, Renova and ask your derm wich one is right for you and why. Tazorac is the strongest, faster and more effective, though.

    Good luck and I hope we both get better soon so we could enjoy Spring with a clear face. 🙂

  2. we’ll my skin started breaking out and it hasn’t stopped, i feel as my acne is getting worse and there is nothing i can do about it and all the derms have appointments for next week or the other so i feel rather alone since i would like to take care of this now and no one can help me now.

    This is destroying my life, i hardly socialize any more, i feel so alone i really don’t know what to do, still writing this won’t help my acne, it sucks to cry for something so vain but it really is destroying me inside.

  3. hello, have u tried the benzoil peroxide/saliclic combination yet? it seems to work for a lot of people, u can read about at acne.org, what worked for me was a glycolic/saicylic acid, 4% hyodrquinoe cream works for the dark blemishes, good luck!

  4. Stressing about your face is making it worse. When you are stressed and anxious your face will show it. I would try doing a liver cleanse or juice fast, start drinking a lot of water, and you should also think about doing an elimination diet. That’s what I’m doing and since I started it I’ve realized that my body was having a reaction to wheat. With the elimination diet you only eat foods that people very rarely ever have reactions to and then after a couple of weeks you start to reintroduce foods one at a time that do cause reactions in people such as wheat, yeast, dairy, sugar, etc. If you react negatively towards the food then you know to eliminate it from your diet or at least eat it in moderation.

    I would say one of the most important things to cut out regardless is SUGAR- it is a silent killer and studies have shown that people with acne are not able to break down glucose as well as others. Try taking supplements- chromium, selenium, zinc, MSM, ALA, vitamin A, E, and a multi. Those are just some of the supplements you can take, I would also suggest that you take Milk Thistle because it helps to protect the liver and taking a bunch of supplements has the potential to harm the liver, especially if it was already unhealthy.

    You should also eat a lot of fiber, studies have shown that people with acne improved quite dramatically when more fiber was introduced in their diet. You don’t have to get fiber from wheat if you are allergic to it, you can also get it from veggies, fruits, other grains, legumes, and if you still have trouble getting enough fiber try taking guar gum, pectin, or psyillium husk capsules.

    Aside from food allergies you might also have an overgrowth of candida, which is common in people who have taken antibiotics for extended periods of time. DO NOT TAKE ANTI’S if you can help it because I took them for three years and they made me get an overgrowth of candida albicans, a natural yeast that lives in our intestinal flora. I would put candida in the search engine and it will pull up a lot of information. These are some of symptoms of Candida-
    Candida symptoms

    1. Intolerance of perfumes, odors, fumes, fabric shop odors and tobacco smoke.
    2. Complaints that worsen in damp, muggy or moldy places.
    3. Athletes’ foot, jock itch, fungal infections on the skin or nails.
    4. Craving for sugar, bread or alcohol.
    5. Prostitis or vaginitis.
    6. Diarrhea.
    7. Constipation.
    8. Abdominal distention, bloating or pain.
    9. Gas or flatulence.
    10. Rectal itching or rash.
    11. Colic.
    12. Diaper rash.
    13. Vaginal itch, burning or persistent infections.
    14. Kidney, bladder infections.
    15. Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection).
    16. Sinus infections.
    17. Joint pain or swelling.
    18. Acne.
    19. Hives.
    20. Rashes.
    21. Itching skin.
    22. Eczema.
    23. Psoriasis.
    24. Loss of sex drive.
    25. Impotence.
    26. Fatigue.
    27. Feeling drained.
    28. Memory loss.
    29. Feeling spaced out.
    30. Numbness, burning or tingling.
    31. Muscle aches.
    32. Muscle pains.
    33. Flu-like symptoms.
    34. Endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation).
    35. Cramps or menstrual irregularities.
    36. P.M.S.
    37. Spots in front of eyes.
    38. Erratic vision.
    39. Drowsiness.
    40. Irritability or jitteriness.
    41. Mood swings.
    42. Depression.
    43. Suicidal feelings.
    44. Headaches.
    45. Hypoglycemia.
    46. Feeling of swelling and tingling in the head.
    47. Heartburn.
    48. Indigestion.
    49. Belching.
    50. Intestinal gas.
    51. Mucus in the stools.
    52. Hemorrhoids.
    53. Dry mouth.
    54. Sores or blisters in the mouth.
    55. Bad breath.
    56. Nasal congestion.
    57. Nasal discharge.
    58. Nasal itching.
    59. Post nasal drip.
    60. Sore or dry mouth.
    61. Sore or dry throat.
    62. Cough.
    63. Pain or tightness in the chest.
    64. Wheezing or shortness of breath.
    65. Asthmatic symptoms.
    66. Burning or itching eyes.
    67. Burning on urination.
    68. Ear pain.
    69. Ear aches.
    70. Ear discharges.
    71. Painful intercourse.
    72. Food allergies or food reactions.
    73. Hayfever.
    74. General allergies.
    75. Thrush.
    76. Hair loss.

    Here is a self-test you can take to see if your symptoms are yeast-related
    http://www.silvercreeklabs.com/pdf/CandidaSelfAnalysis.pdf

    If you feel like you might have this you need to make specific dietary changes and perhaps seek medical advice. I scored a 261 on the self-test and apparently if you score over an 80 your symptoms are most-likely yeast related.

    Solomio and Denise are good people to contact if you think that you might have this, both of them had this and have helped themselves considerably with diet changes and certain supplements. It is definitely something to look into. I am starting my new diet changes this week and I will keep you informed of what happens.

    If you don’t think that you have Candida you are probably suffering from toxins in your body and you need to do a liver cleanse and you need to make modifications in your diet.

    These are things you can try until you are able to see your doctor. The best thing is to have an optimistic attitude. My face looks horrible right now (in the pics of me in the Ultimate picture thread my face looks fine but that was just the flash- in real life it is horribly bumpy and red)
    but I am hopeful- just like the other people on this site who have rid themselves of acne we are one day going to stumble across the right combination of treatments that will make us better, but in the meantime it is important to GO ON WITH LIFE. You can’t take back time and right now you are wasting it. Force yourself to get out and do things, go back to school, do the things you want to do. Easier said than done I know, but you have to have willpower. There are people who have worse acne than we do, I try to keep them in my mind and be thankful that I don’t have to suffer as much as them.

    Just remember that stressing about your acne is making it worse. Above all, stick to a regimen, eat healthy, drink lots of water and absolutely STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR. Taking chromium supplements will help your sugar and heavy starch cravings.

    Good luck and keep us updated on your progress- I’ll try to let you guys know how I’m doing with my liver cleanse and new diet program.

  5. Gosh!I scored 236!!! 😮 It says that’s most definetely yeast related 🙁

    I took antibiotics for my skin for ages.I remember in year 2000 that i had thrush afew times and had to have that treated.The doctor said that it was caused by the antibiotics that i had been taking.I took erythromycin for a year not stop!!! 😮

    Maybe i need to look into this.I’ve already been avoiding mushrooms because of the yeast as i had a suspicion.Although i do have cider vinegar on my salad at lunch everyday.Should that be avoided with it being fermented?

  6. Kelly I would definitely look into it. You have mentioned on here before that you feel depressed and that is one of the main symptoms of Candida overgrowth. If you scored that high you probably need to modify your diet. If the diet doesn’t help I would see a homeopathic doctor. (Most “regular” doctors don’t know a lot about it, probably because they prescribe all of the antibiotics that cause this!)) The books I have been reading say that salad dressings, even vinegrettes (sp?) have yeast and should be avoided. ( try garlic and olive oil instead) This is the diet I have been following, and I haven’t noticed improvement yet but it has only been 3 days. Apparently you need to change your diet until your symptoms are gone, which can be anywhere from 3 months to a year. And that is only if you follow a strict diet and keep up with taking your supplements. If I were you I would check either buy or get this book from your library. It’s the one that most people suggest. It’s called “The Yeast Connection” by William G. Crook.
    One thing interesting I’ve learned from research is that people with Candidas crave sugar and carbohydrates. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t go through the day without sugar even when I really really want to stop.

    Here is the diet I’m on:
    1. Avoiding refined sugar, including sucrose and fructose. – Sugars weaken the immune system. And Candida loves sugar! If you want to get well, you can’t feed these little yeasties. That means no sweets and a limitation of all carbohydrates. Also be aware of desserts that say sugar-free. They often contain fructose. If you take a little bit of extra chromium your sugar cravings should decrease somewhat.

    2. Limiting my intake of fresh fruit to one serving per day of only the following fruits- apples, blueberries, and other berries, cherries, and pears.

    3. Avoiding all canned and frozen juices.

    4. Avoiding milk and all of its products, except for butter. Milk sugars, like other sugars, promote yeast growth.

    5. Limiting my servings of wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, rice, potatoes, and millet to about one-half to one cup per meal. Only eating whole grains, refined grains have more sugar.

    6. Limiting intake of yeast and molds, which are found in commercial breads, rolls, and most crackers. yeast-free breads can be purchased at many health food stores.

    7. Avoiding beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.

    8. Avoiding salad dressings, vinegars, pickles, sauerkraut, relishes, green olives, commercial soups, potato chips, and dry-roasted nuts.

    9. Making sure that vitamin supplements do not contain yeast

    10. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter because of their high content of aflatoxins, a carcinogenic mold.

    11. Include generous amounts of garlic in your diet as it has anti-fungal properties. I buy odorless garlic capsules form the health food store.

    12. Use the spices ginger and cinnamon and the herbs thyme and rosemary in your foods and they contain very powerful anti-candida agents.

    13. Avoid herbal teas because of molds.

    14. I would also suggest doing a 3 day liver cleanse. I went on a juice fast and although weak during it, after the three days were over and I went back to eating regular food my skin looked better and I felt more energetic than before the juice fast

    Foods that can be eaten generously include all vegetables (except for those specified) legumes, fish, poultry, lean meat, seeds, and nuts.

    I don’t eat meat so that limits my options but I was a vegan already so avoiding dairy and meat is something I’m already good at. It doesn’t sound like you can eat a lot on this diet but if you like veggies you’re okay. I eat a lot of steamed vegetables and then I have my serving of whole grains with each meal. I like to eat nuts for snacks. I don’t know if you are willing to go these extremes to improve the overgrowth but I’m sure if you at least stay away from sugar, dairy, and commercial yeasts you will be fine as long as you take the supplements.

    Here are the recommended supplements I take-

    Vitamin B6
    selenium
    iron
    zinc
    fiber supplements (guar gum, pectin, or psyllium seeds)
    MSM
    ALA
    milk thistle- to help the liver and prevent toxicity from all of these supplements, it is a really good thing to take besides)
    cyprilic acid- this is the major candida fighter
    pau d’arco- this is also the major candida fighter
    chromium

    I think that Solomio said she was using Nystatin to help her but I think you have to get it with prescription. Since I think I must have a mild case of this I’m not going to see a homeopath unless i feel that I’m not improving on my diet after a few months.

    I hope all of this helped a little bit. I don’t remember the sites I went to to look up candida but the Yeast Connection book is helpful.

  7. Here is another test you can take, although I’m not sure if this one is a hoax. This company could just be trying to get people to buy their products. But took it anyway and it came up positive. You are supposed to spit in a cup, it’s not a question/answer type test.

  8. Stevi wot exactly can u eat!!! it sounds like a starvation diet!!! :crazyeyes

  9. Sugar seems to be a big no no here and I have the sweetest tooth in the whole world!! 🙁

    I eat so many that I was actually bought 2 big bags of fizzy sweets for my birthday last week – looks like I’m going to have to give them away…..

    Stevi – you sure know your stuff 🙂 Hope you don’t mind me PM’ing you anytime with any questions I need answering…

  10. The thing is a more or less follow this diet already.
    I eat;
    oats,one serving of fruit a day(plum at the moment but i’ll incorperate berries in the summer),fish,veggies,nuts,brown rice,beans,lentils,olive oil.

    Although i do have the cider vinegar as i said.Also,i’ve just finished roaccutane this week and i want to see how that goes.If in a couple of months my skin isn’t where i want it then i’d have to totally focus on the diet issue.
    Until then i do have some treats on my treat day.It’s so difficult to be saintly all the time :roll I bet you know what i mean :mrgreen So i do have some wheat,dairy and sugar on that day.

    Thanks for all the information,Stevi 😀 It’s much appreciated 😀

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