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    Hey y'all,
    I have horrible acne all over my body and I've tried almost everything. My dermatologist has put me on so many different medications and I haven't seen any improvement. The acne ends up leaving scars that are everywhere.. I look like a cheetah. I know that some of the acne is from ingrown hairs (ew) and some of the acne isn't. So I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer or give me tips on.

    1. Laser Hair Removal? Anyone have experience with this procedure? Was it pricey? Where'd you get it done? A dermatologist or a medspa? What were the results? Any pain? etc.

    2. What has helped you with treating body acne and body scars? Products? Homemade solutions?

    3. Any medications that you would suggest I ask my doctor about taking?

    Hope someone can help.
    Thank you <3

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    Well, I've heard of Acutane.
    Never heard of acne from ingrown hairs
    Have you tried black soap?
    Biore brand has one also they have a liquid cleanser w baking soda & a bit of scrub in it.
    For scaring, I've used Burt's Bees dark spot corrector, it's a serum
    I'd be careful w/lasers on top of a skin issue
    Have you tried looking into natural health stuff, also consider a cleanse maybe?
    Good luck

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    I was on Acutane and it didn't help my acne at all. I've tried African black soap, many different "natural" soaps, pinterest "mixtures"..
    I do need to look into my health overall with food and what all I put in my body. Hoping to do that soon!
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    You're welcome!
    One thing that helped me, I took a liquid tincture of herbs for kidneys & liver.
    There's a site theorganicpharmacy.com, I got it from there, but you can look around, there's many sites that sell herbal stuff.
    Try to get organic herbs
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    I've had acne for 16 years now and like you, tried loads of pills and lotions from my dermatologist without results. Until now. What's working for me is doxycycline capsules twice a day (took over a year to work but my back is clear now), Zineryt lotion in the morning and Duac (clindamycin + Benzoyl Peroxide gel) at night.

    I used to recommend head and shoulders used as a lotion on bacne but soon found it came back with a vengeance.

    Skincare wise I stick to very simple and gentle moisturizer and cleanser. A micellar water and Cetaphil cleanser + moisturizer. It's tempting to load up on "spot fighting" over the counter products but I find keeping it gentle and letting the dermatologist prescribed products do their work is the best way forward.

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    I feel for you. I've struggled with acne ever since I was 12 and I'm 30 now. It has gotten better though. I use Biore charcoal bar soap on my face(it smells like mint and gives a cooling sensation) and alternate between witch hazel and tea tree oil, depending on whichever I happen to have at the time. When my face gets really bad I use the 10% benzoyl peroxide as spot treatment. I once applied too much of it and my face looked reptilian, dry and flaky which seemed to make my acne worse. I didn't want to use chemicals when I was pregnant so I just used apple cider vinegar and applied it with a cotton ball to the places where I had acne. I did experiment with diaper rash cream as well, as a spot treatment. I'd read that the zinc in it could help and it seemed to work but it makes a mess so I only apply that at night. It works for my daughter too when she gets those red bumps from eczema.

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    Look up the dairy / acne connection.

    My skin got much better when I stopped milk and limited cheese ( I can't stop it entirely ).

    How did you respond to the accutuane ? Mood swings ect. ? What mg were you on ?

    I did a round of it for 6 months 8 years ago and had perfect skin for about 5-6 years . I was on 40mg ( 5'8'' 155 ) .

    When I was overseas I was able to see a Derm and get another 6 month low dose round ( 6 months at 10mg ) at around 1/5th of the cost it would have been to start the medicine in the U.S

    I'm seeing some improvement after 2.5 months but I have had to stop here and there from having violent thoughts ( unfortunately for me I have a lot of emotional side effects ). My mood improves overall much more in the Spring than in Winter so I plan to finish it soon.

    You may need a 2nd course of it. The dosing is more of "cumulative" thing. You usually need to get on it and stay on it for 6 months to show improvement.

    Also, look at your shampoo / dryer sheets to make sure they don't leave residue. Many do and cause bad skin on the face / back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpvc View Post
    I've had acne for 16 years now and like you, tried loads of pills and lotions from my dermatologist without results. Until now. What's working for me is doxycycline capsules twice a day (took over a year to work but my back is clear now), Zineryt lotion in the morning and Duac (clindamycin + Benzoyl Peroxide gel) at night.

    I used to recommend head and shoulders used as a lotion on bacne but soon found it came back with a vengeance.

    Skincare wise I stick to very simple and gentle moisturizer and cleanser. A micellar water and Cetaphil cleanser + moisturizer. It's tempting to load up on "spot fighting" over the counter products but I find keeping it gentle and letting the dermatologist prescribed products do their work is the best way forward.
    Doxycycline is an antibiotic, so you may want to add in a good pro biotic and/or fermented food and yogurt with that.

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    I used to get cystic pimples on my cheeks, big swollen deep ones ugh. What helped mine go away permanently was

    Laying off the makeup, that shit really isn't good for skin. Spot treat if you must but don't cake it on , in the US makeup is not regulated enough and a lot of it is full of bad-for-skin irritants and chemicals

    Wash with cerave, and moisturize with a good non comedogenic ph balanced cream or butter. Ppl with acne don't tend to moisturize and it throws off your skin. I love unrefined Shea butter myself. Spot treat blemishes with tea tree oil or stridex pads. But be careful w them, they're powerful. You wanna help keep your skins barrier intact, so using rose hip oil helps with that and acne scarring. So does emu oil. I hear derma rolling or micro needling helps heal scarring on the face too.

    Red light therapy

    Keep phone, pillow cases, sun glasses etc clean!! And don't touch your face

    The biggest for me was quitting smoking, drinking, sugar, junk foods (all of these are horrible for skin and cause acne as well as wrinkles) and drinking a lot of water and matcha green tea and cleaning up my diet big time, sleeping a full 9 hours, and laying off stress. People really underestimated how much stress can affect your hormones and contribute to hormonal acne.

    Have you been checked for PCOS? You mentioned hair removal,and ingrown hairs and that with the acne sounds like a hormonal imbalance that need addressing
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    Have you tried going raw vegan? I know it sounds extreme, but extreme measures for extreme cases.


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    DAIRY! Dairy is the devil for my pores. Eliminating it worked for ME, personally. I did a detox and purged out excess oil and zits, after that... no more zits. Never went back to dairy!
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    Ask your doctor about erythromycin. Doxycycline is good for breakouts but if you are getting the cystic type on your body it won't work.
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    Be careful with antibiotics. Though doxy did work for my acne, it can also throw off vaginal and gut flora, causing gas and yeast infections which are not fun, especially for a dancer...Lol

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    Everyone is so different.. be careful taking our advice. Some people swear that X food causes acne (dairy, for example) when that may not be the case for you. Dairy definitely has no negative effects on my skin, whereas processed sugars definitely do..

    It seems like cleaning up your diet is a good place to start. Taking out processed foods and replacing them with whole and minimally processed foods.

    We have lots of great threads on this topic - run a few searches!

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    Don't spend money on Lasers they're a scam and not a permanent solution
    Don't use fillers (silicone, or juvederm or restalyne)
    Microneedling can help
    TCA cross from a dermatologist for bad scars (ice pick or boxcar) (bout 300$ per treatment and can only be done on white skin as the risk of hyper pigmentation on asian or black skin is high)
    Exfoliate
    Clay masks

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    I am in the same boat...completely cleared up between 21-23 years old, tanned a lot then but otherwise ate a very shitty diet.
    I am 35 and have the worst backne...I have done a lot of research in my case I believe it is due to hormonal changes. In most cases, acne that is not effected by products requires a clean diet, exercise and cleansing of liver/kidneys and overall gut health.
    I have been eating a really shitty diet, not exercising.
    Acne like this is also caused by inflammation. Acne in general is an inflammatory disease. Eating an anti inflammatory diet and dairy free diet helps me immensely. I incorporate fish oil, coconut oil and green tea into my routine as well as multivitamins and zinc. Anyone ever used tissue salts? I have read a lot about these and they are essential salts and those with acne are deficient in certain salts. They also make certain tissue salts for every ailment from arthritis to hormonal imbalances.
    Nothing topical works for me so I know it is all about my diet, hormones, stress and gut heath.
    I read a lot about traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine and ancient Greek medicine and although western medicine will deny that alternative medicines are b's, the theories make so much more sense to me. Reading about how other ancient medicines would address the issue offers a different perspective that helped my acne.
    Ridding toxins from the body and your orgams helps. Organic Apple cider vinegar really helps the liver and will help with many ailments. Take 1 tablespoon with lukewarm water on an empty stomach. If you cannot take the taste, a half of lemon pretty much offers the same benefits. Dry brushing helps move stagnant lymph thru your lymph nodes. Unlike the heart, your lymph does not have a pump to move it thru the body. Dry brushing and exercise moves lymph. Stagnant lymph will not aid in the removal of toxins.
    Taking a soak in Epsom salt, sea salt or even baking soda cleanses as well. Epsom salt it's especially helpful because it contains magnesium..many acne sufferers are deficient in magnesium. Sea salt is packed with trace minerals. A magnesium supplement will usually get destroyed in digestion, soaking allows the magnesium to enter your body thru skin. Even soaking your feet for 20 mins will allow your body to absorb.
    And of course we all know tons of water only helps our bodies. Now, if I could only practice what I preach lol.
    Side rant, I am Jewish ethnicity and get dark spots...I apply Lemon juice to fade the spots but am not strict about it. I have been thinking of doing red light therapy at a tanning salon which I have read helps with acne and spots (reduces inflammation) I refuse to tan to preserve my skin. Anyone do red light tanning? Your experiences?
    Topically I have found nearly every store bought product does not help. I remove makeup with organic cold pressed coconut oil, cleanse gently with backing soda or sea salt, and tone with my best friend Apple cider vinegar. I spot treat with tea tree oil. Cutting out products has helped and also keeps me looking young at 35 I can pass for years younger. I give the vinegar and oils credit for this one.
    Yet, I do not practice what I preach so I still have acne. I am looking to get back into dancing so must resistive this asap, or wear a fishnet top with bikini top over it to mask the appearance lol.

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    I realize this is an older thread, but just thought I'd share some informative videos that I've come across since I've been struggling with this as well! Of course you have to do what feels right for you, but I would definitely recommend trying this before resorting to conventional medicine. And in my experience, topical treatments do not work longterm because acne is an internal problem!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yHH-YsSjWE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0B7...A13F&index=104

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mODSv8Iatt4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIod...A13F&index=103
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    My sad story of acne, and also my boyfriend (he was treated in the 1970s-80s, so our treatment plans differed a lot)

    * I had cystic acne that was mostly genetic in nature (my dad had it too.) Aside from OTC treatment, the only thing that cleared mine up was regular dose Birth Control pills. I assume my acne was caused by imbalanced hormones.

    Lucky for me after age 26 my skin was consistently clear & I had no more breakouts unless I ate a lot of fatty/bad food.


    * My boyfriend had bad acne and allergies so he was prescribed Accutane. It worked but it was painful & the side effects can include damage to internal organs.

    My personal opinion is that Accutane is a last resort treatment given the strength/age of the medication. If you are careless with treatment....Accutane is not worth the risk.

    Science has now discovered that gut flora affects skin health, and also- dietary changes can reduce acne breakouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComaRose View Post
    I am in the same boat...completely cleared up between 21-23 years old, tanned a lot then but otherwise ate a very shitty diet.
    I am 35 and have the worst backne...I have done a lot of research in my case I believe it is due to hormonal changes. In most cases, acne that is not effected by products requires a clean diet, exercise and cleansing of liver/kidneys and overall gut health.
    I have been eating a really shitty diet, not exercising.
    Acne like this is also caused by inflammation. Acne in general is an inflammatory disease. Eating an anti inflammatory diet and dairy free diet helps me immensely. I incorporate fish oil, coconut oil and green tea into my routine as well as multivitamins and zinc. Anyone ever used tissue salts? I have read a lot about these and they are essential salts and those with acne are deficient in certain salts. They also make certain tissue salts for every ailment from arthritis to hormonal imbalances.
    Nothing topical works for me so I know it is all about my diet, hormones, stress and gut heath.
    I read a lot about traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine and ancient Greek medicine and although western medicine will deny that alternative medicines are b's, the theories make so much more sense to me. Reading about how other ancient medicines would address the issue offers a different perspective that helped my acne.
    Ridding toxins from the body and your orgams helps. Organic Apple cider vinegar really helps the liver and will help with many ailments. Take 1 tablespoon with lukewarm water on an empty stomach. If you cannot take the taste, a half of lemon pretty much offers the same benefits. Dry brushing helps move stagnant lymph thru your lymph nodes. Unlike the heart, your lymph does not have a pump to move it thru the body. Dry brushing and exercise moves lymph. Stagnant lymph will not aid in the removal of toxins.
    Taking a soak in Epsom salt, sea salt or even baking soda cleanses as well. Epsom salt it's especially helpful because it contains magnesium..many acne sufferers are deficient in magnesium. Sea salt is packed with trace minerals. A magnesium supplement will usually get destroyed in digestion, soaking allows the magnesium to enter your body thru skin. Even soaking your feet for 20 mins will allow your body to absorb.
    And of course we all know tons of water only helps our bodies. Now, if I could only practice what I preach lol.
    Side rant, I am Jewish ethnicity and get dark spots...I apply Lemon juice to fade the spots but am not strict about it. I have been thinking of doing red light therapy at a tanning salon which I have read helps with acne and spots (reduces inflammation) I refuse to tan to preserve my skin. Anyone do red light tanning? Your experiences?
    Topically I have found nearly every store bought product does not help. I remove makeup with organic cold pressed coconut oil, cleanse gently with backing soda or sea salt, and tone with my best friend Apple cider vinegar. I spot treat with tea tree oil. Cutting out products has helped and also keeps me looking young at 35 I can pass for years younger. I give the vinegar and oils credit for this one.
    Yet, I do not practice what I preach so I still have acne. I am looking to get back into dancing so must resistive this asap, or wear a fishnet top with bikini top over it to mask the appearance lol.
    I am am more yellow/olive French Canadian and also get dark spots from acne. Try shisheido total brightening. It's 100$ because it works. Lemon is very harsh and will dry out skin doing nothing for the scar tissue. You said nothing works topically but this is not an acne treatment, it's a treatment to even skin tone that is healing from acne.

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    Yes it's true acne is connected to inflammation inside the body.

    Someone also mentioned eating raw garlic helps a bit with acne, most people do that to kill stomach issues/ ongoing infections but there seems to be a positive side effect in clearing up skin breakouts.
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    Have you ever heard of fungal acne? I tried EVERYTHING for my acne, even went on accutane and had terrible side effects although my skin was great! Some of my spots re-emerged and I got worried, so I started looking into different acne treatments. I learned about fungal acne, took the steps recommend and BAM! Clear skin. I read this blog post abs it really helped.
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    There is a natural supplement that is nature's accutane that a dermatologist recommended to me, he is a personal friend. I had bad backne and neck acne. I made dietary changes (no dairy) took a powerful anti inflammatory supplement and that cleared me up after many many years of battling this. I didn't know it could be so simple. I did plan my regimen by signing up to acne Einstein. It listed supplements that I have never heard of to fight my specific type of acne. All acne stems from hormonal issues and inflammation. I cant remember the name of nature's accutane but I will post it.
    Otherwise, for inflammation berberine. A good multi vitamin, and zinc. I also take a high quality acacia fiber, it aids in digestion and is a prebiotic. I know what works for me may not work for you, so I highly recommend actually signing up for acneeinstein. I'm not an affiliate. I want to log in here soon, it has been a while. I remember reading a post about a bodybuilder who had no choice but to take whey protein powders. I am trying to gain weight and shouting dairy is difficult at the time. Dairy is one of the best things for weight gain. If there is another supplement I can take to counteract it's effects I'm sorry for it. I have read about vitamin a countering dairy's acne side effects. I did avoid gluten as well but I reintroduced months ago with no bad effects.
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    Oh I also found via Einstein that I may be insulin resistant. Berberine is not only an anti inflammatory but helps balance blood sugars
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    I'd like to mention that if you are fighting different kinds of inflammation in the body, cutting dairy products out of the diet can help a lot.

    & As much as I hate to admit it, dairy is fatty as hell.
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    I've had absolutely beautiful skin for as long as I can remember. The only pimple I've ever gotten was when I was in my teens, and I actually remember it.

    Now, as I'm aging past my 30s, I've noticed that the quality of my skin is not what it used to be. When I turned 30, it's almost as if my skin turned oily overnight. I think I also have a subclinical hypothyroidism, so my skin can also look very dry at times but it is still oily with bumps and enlarged pores. I notice that it is worse in climates with higher humidity. It was at it's absolute worst in San Francisco. It was much better in LA, with the arid climate. It's better than what it was in San Francisco now that I'm in another city, but still not what it was before my time in San Francisco. Not sure if it was the water in SF, the stress, the weather, or age. My mother and grandmother never had this skin issue, so it's probably environmental, as we grew up in two different cultures/countries.

    I've yet to visit a dermatologist but at this point, I think I'm desperate enough to try birth control. This is something the gynos were pushing all through my twenties before iuds became more popular, but I refused bc I didn't think I need the extra hormones at that point.

    I'm gonna go on Ocella, which is generic for Yaz. Yaz and Yasmin are two products that are known to clear up skin. In my case, my estrogen levels are probably less than what they were in my 20, so the testosterone is higher relative to the estrogen, and oily skin is the byproduct. I guess every 5-10 years, women go through a change in hormones, which may be your issue as I am almost certain it is mine.

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