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Acne

Acne vulgaris on the back

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When talking about how we switch on to the opposite sex during puberty, comedian Eddie Izzard once said: “You think, ‘I want to get off with people, so I’d better look my best. Then Mother Nature says, ‘No! You will look the worst you’ll ever look in your life!’”

The common skin condition, acne, is often to blame, with around 80% of teenagers afflicted with some degree of acne between the ages of 13 and 18 years (although, a minority of cases may also start in adulthood). Commonly occurring on the face, arms, back and chest, acne occurs in puberty because of changes to hormone levels, which cause the sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum that blocks the hair follicles and causes spots ranging from blackheads to painful red nodules. Acne can often correct itself, but there are also a number of over-the-counter and prescription treatments available.

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I'm 14 and I have had these spots all over my arms, legs, face, back, stomach, head/hairline and pubic area since I was 12. To make matters worse, I subconsciously pick and have scars and scabs covering my face and legs. It's taking over my life, as it has caused me so much distress and completely knocked my confidence. I'm getting bullied about it and I really want to know what it is and how to get rid of it. I'm now on antidepressants and don't even attend school because the anxiety has taken over my life. I really want to get my life back on track because it has put such a strain my relationships with family and friends so if you know anything about it please reply. And why can I not help picking them, even when I know I shouldn't and it's making it worse, but it's like I'm addicted to doing it, it just comes naturally?





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hey i'm 14 and I have acne on my face, back, chest, shoulders and arms! I really need some help so can someone tell me anything pleaseeeeeeee?!





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i suffered from acne as a teenager ..blackheads oily skin spots pimples etc i just wanted to hide...it did clear eventually ..but now im 42 nearly..ive got oily skin ..blackheads..open pores..and sore spots which r imflammed ,bright red and i know i shouldnt squeeze but had to..nothing comes out ..these can last fr a month or more driving me crazy with itching..like somethings eating my skin alive and in the end i pull out all i can describe is a long white plug of squashy white fatty stuff..which feels ok but next day there is about 5 of them..its a vicious circle..its left my face with lots of scars the size of a ten pence..any ideas plz? i hve been to the doctors 2 yr ago when i started getting these and she said its stress ..i dont believe it and havent been bk since ..

any doctors on here that can see this plz comment bk x

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I'm almost 15 and have suffered with acne since I was 10. At first I only had it on my face but eventually it became a massive problem on my back and my chest. This can be very damaging to your confidence and can be something that is actually quite painful when wearing bras or even just carrying a rucksack. I have tried everything possible, and yes I have taken my problem to the doctors, but the harsh truth is.. Acne is not totally curable. There are however several things I would do that work to improve my skin, for instance I wash my face twice a day, have one shower a day, I have a fairly healthy diet, I have cut any juice or sugary drinks out of my diet and I exfoliate, which I find is a main key to keeping my breakouts under control. Although I admit I struggle to completely leave my skin alone, I can assure that picking or squeezing only makes the issue ten times worse. The best treatments I have found are usually soap-free light face washes for sensitive skin, a gentle exfoliator and I find using a toner before you go to sleep improves the overall look for your skin when you wake up. I would also suggest freederm spot gel for any severe pimples. If anyone has any tips or suggestions they would like to share back to me, I would very much appreciate it.





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Hi I'm 32 and struggled with acne since my teen been to doctors and bought so many products but still cant find anything to work for my black skin .so with all those product still no change so I gave up and learn to live with it.now I have an 11 year old daughter and she has the same problems so I'm back on the hunt to find something to help her it pain me to see her struggle the way I did and don't want her to under go bulling like I did.any suggestions please thank you





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i have awful acne my skin is scared i avoid seeimg poeople.some.times it bleeds and no even makeup.will cover it! i avpod seeing my bf friemds.unless i habe my makeup theh all think.im.rude! i.am so self conscious i cant look at them.its all all the time and i am on amti depressence because of it! :(.doea anyone nonof anything that can help me.xxxx





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I'm nearly 23 and my skin is just getting worse with age. It was never a problem in my teens. I have been to the GP over and over for the past few years. I've tried all sorts of anti biotics like minocycline and doxy cycline, I am now on lymecycline and a gel called Adaplene. The Adaplene worked amazingly well for the first 2 weeks but then my skin deteriorated AGAIN and it's now like my skin is immune to it. I have been back to the Drs again, and again they have told me to persevere with it. But it's getting to the point where I won't leave my house unless I layer on my make up and I know wearing make up isn't going to help my skin at all! I try not to leave the house as much as possible so I don't wear make up. I can't live like this. I pride myself on my appearance and it's literally making me depressed. I have new spots appear every single day, they are red and sore and just look plain angry! They're also on my shoulders, my back, between my breasts and have started at the top of my bum!!! It's not attractive at all! What else can I be offered? What else can be done? Can anything more be done? Please help me!





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Hi I've had acne for a few years now and with medication its thankfully calmed down, although I still have these red lumps on my shoulders. I'm having injections for them but they don't seem to be working just wondering if there's anything else I can do? Please help as its affecting my day to day life.





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I have had acne on my bk frm i was a teenager and im 31 now and cant shift it have tried every cream and antoibiotic going no use





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I've never had acne when I was a teenager but when I was 20 or 21 it started and I still have them and I'm now in my 30 the Dr's say I'm body is making too much yeast and it's going down the hair follicles then they said that they don't know what's happening and I have used over the counter and what the Dr's have given me they just slow it down but stopping it. My acne is itchy and I have small rashes that gets worse when I finish in the shower. Please I need help it's now effecting my day to day life.





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Im 18 and have acne but it Is surrounded with with discoloured skin, almost looks like à tan any ideas on What to do?





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Acne is a chronic skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The symptoms of acne can be mild, moderate or severe. Read More »

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