Acne Support Group

Having a bad skin day? Year? Life? Join the club. The most common form of acne is known as "acne vulgaris", meaning "common acne." Excessive secretion of oils from the sebaceous glands accompanies the plugging of the pores with naturally occurring dead skin cells (corneocytes) blocking hair follicles. Here you'll find how others are coping with their acne issues, plus new ideas to try.

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  • Nessmord

    Severe Cystic Acne

    Hi everyone. I've had severe cystic acne for two years and I am having a hard time with my self esteem. I wonder if anyone one else feels the same way.
  • Hi, I'm Apple0054. I just joined this site in the hopes that I might be able to connect with some people who can identify with me. I have moderate acne. My 19th birthday is in a few days. and I've dealt with what feels like horrid skin since I was 15. It only gets worse, though it moves from region ro region on my face. In the beginning, it was arround my nose. That left some serious scars. Since...
  • So I was recently diagnosed with Acne Rosacea, which from my understanding means that my acne is caused by my rosacea? I was prescribed Metrogel and switched to a gentler cleanser. Otherwise, I'm wondering if anyone else has this and how they deal with it? As you can imagine, it's been difficult and I'm excited to get my life back under control.
  • Has anyone had luck with the Home Derma-roller? I've been using one for a bit @1.25 for some deep/boxcar scarring on my cheekbones, but haven't seen much yet. Testimonials look great for various rollers, just not sure if they are BS.The spa's are way too expensive for me.Thanks,Brooke
  • sandy04

    Advice for skin picking?

    Please tell me i'm not the only one experiencing this!Anyone else with this type of compulsion?
  • melissa2487

    Chest & Back Acne

    Any ideas how to get rid of Chest Acne?I've had it for 20 years... I've tried everything from apple cider vingaer, to over the counter meds, to baking soda. I have not been to a dermaologist just because I don't have money to go. But anyone have any ideas? All these things always work but for a short amount of them and then they stop. What worked for you guys?
  • deleted_user

    Adult acne

    I am a woman in her 40's and I have ad an acne problem since I was in my teens. I still break out and it aggravates the hell out of me! To make things worse, because I am an adult, acne of this kind is worse than the adolescent kind and it's harder to treat!
  • caracm

    Adult Cystic Acne

    I have been suffering since puberty (I'm 31) with regular-ish acne but for the last three years I've suffered from horrible cystic acne like I'd never had before. This is my first attempt at seeking support for this and I've vowed to get more aggressive about battling what has become a HUGE and almost all-consuming physical and mental problem. I've spent THOUSANDS on facials and top of the line...
  • meganrjohnson


    Has anyone tried Unblemish for their acne by Rodan and Fields? It is from the doctors that created Proactiv and has been great for acne in both teens and adults.
  • dambrc

    Spironolactone and Birth Control

    Hey, I was wondering if anybody here was on spironolactone for their acne. I've been taking 100 mg a day combined with my birth control (zarah) for 6 months and I'm still breaking out...but it's the weirdest thing... around the time of my period my breakout goes away and clears up. weird right?! usually its the other way around. For about a week and a half i have nice skin, then the other 3...
  • elzbthnjhnsn

    First time without Make Up

    I am not entirely sure what I am getting at by posting this, but last week I went camping in Moab, Utah with one of my closest friends and for the first time in 12 years I went outside in the open for one day. I decided I would try it prematurely because I knew we were camping, but it was definitely difficult. I cried that morning knowing I wouldn't have a mask and it was really hard for me to be...
  • jayee

    Starting Tazorac

    Has anyone on here used tazorac? What are your experiences?I'm currently using tazorac twice a week to avoid irritation as much as I can. I'm already getting the initial purging, and it's honestly making me lose my mind. I look super ugly, and I really don't want to see anyone right nwo.My dermatologist prescribed me with 0.05% tazorac cream and oral doxycycline twice a day.
  • I've suffered from acne for about 6 years now. Over the years it's gradually gotten worse and worse, but I've been using Murad Acne Complex Kit which has helped wonders by preventing future breakouts. However, I'm currently in high school and dealing with multiple things at once. The amount of stress I've been under has been making my acne a whole lot worse. Does anyone have any advice on helping...
  • VIP

    Treating Acne

    Still suffering with acne? Thinking of going on strong medication such as Roaccutane or antibiotics, with nasty side-effects?Bad skin is a very stressful, upsetting and emotional skin problem; sometimes leading to anxiety and depression. After 28 years of being a skin care specialist I can highly recommend these products - for problematic skins - clearing 'stressed out' teenagers through to...
  • Hey everybody,I'm a product evangelist for a company called Scrub Love that do coffee body scrubs and we are looking for a few people to get some feedback from and to review our products if your interested?