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Off Label BCP Usage - Pregnancy Risks

Yes, I'm going to ask my doctor this when I'm in in about three weeks, YANMD, etc. Just wondering what other people's experiences are here with taking birth control pills off-label. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Dec 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Best Practices: Light Therapy for moderate acne

Do you use blue or red light therapy for acne? Does it work? A friend is looking to phase out the topical ointment she currently uses for acne treatment. She's going to ask her dermatologist, but wants to have some information prior to that meeting, and a lot of the information online is very obviously written by the manufactures of the devices. [more inside]
posted by Svenny on Oct 31, 2016 - 3 answers

Should I go on Accutane / get screened with PCOS?

I have moderate acne, and it's not responded to alternative treatments for years. But nervous to take the Accutane prescribed to me, and wondering if I should pay up for the expensive tests to see if I have PCOS. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Jan 31, 2016 - 15 answers

Explain how my one monthly chin pimple comes to exist.

I get a pimple on my chin every month just before my period. It's kind of hard. It leaves a dark mark behind, and the back of my head hurts if I touch it(weird, I know!). I know that the basic mechanism is hormones, but I don't understand why these hormones only affect my chin and I don't understand why there's always exactly ONE and never more than one or it never skips a month. Do all my pores get together and vote for one pore to be the host? How does this work? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Jan 19, 2016 - 18 answers

What skincare routine can help with my hormonal acne?

I recently started on Jolessa birth control and the main side effect seems to be a lot of non-cystic acne on my face. How should I fight it? [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Hair products causing acne

I've rotated through a ton of shampoo products in the past year, but my skin keeps breaking out. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 15, 2015 - 22 answers

Options for old, dark hypertrophic scars on back/shoulders from acne?

Scars are 5-10 years old and my derm doesn't think they can be faded! Would love to wear tank tops, bikinis, etc. but hate showing these dark scars on my shoulders. [more inside]
posted by leftshark on May 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What are some natural remedies for adult acne?

I am a 27 year-old woman and have had acne for the past two and a half years. I have tried an oral antibiotic and two prescription creams (all very expensive and ineffective), and am looking for other routes to treatment. I am looking for any holistic remedies, such as products to use topically, and dietary and lifestyle measures. Any advice is welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on May 28, 2015 - 58 answers

Clindamycin 1%/Benzoyl Peroxide 5% alternative?

Generic Benzaclin for acne works but no longer covered by insurance. Antibiotic alone still covered. Might that work alone or with OTC B.Z.? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 19, 2015 - 2 answers

How To Fix Ongoing Allergic Reaction to Makeup Used Two Weeks Ago

About 2 weeks ago I tried a new makeup primer from ELF Cosmetics and after 1 day of use it turned my skin into a nightmare. You'd think that, given my history, I'd know better than to try something new, but Pinterest can be very persuasive. As of today, my skin is still extremely broken out, covered in red blotches and scaly patches, and flaking like no tomorrow. What can I do to heal my poor face? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Feb 25, 2015 - 25 answers

How to keep my skin looking young and fresh?!

I am in my late 20's and I am starting to notice my pores getting bigger, I have some acne scars, I am starting to notice small brown spots on my cheeks and have fine lines around my eyes. I have been getting Botox since I was 24 (crows feet), I have had 1 microdermabrasion, and I have had a couple facials (which felt like a waste of time). I would like to try some type of chemical peel but am nervous because I have sensitive skin. Also, since my early 20's I have developed Cystic acne around my chin before my period, which are the worst, and last for a couple of weeks. Anyways, I am looking for some advise on ways to keep my skin looking young, healthy and fresh.
posted by jk9119 on Dec 29, 2014 - 21 answers

Oil-based facial moisturizer that won't cause breakouts?

I'd like to switch from creme/lotion facial moisturizers to something oil-based. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Should I go to a dermatologist or a cosmetician for my skin problem?

I'm 23 years old and I have had rough tiny bumps all over my face for a few years now. They are not really acnes because they do not go away and are skin-colored. I have a good skin care routine, which I cleanse and moisturize daily and I use a Clarisonic about 3 times a week. Nothing seems to help my skin be smooth. I'm not sure if my condition should be seen by a dermatologist or not since it's not really a major problem. Should I go to a dermatologist's office or a cosmetic skin care center that offers chemical peels and microdermabrasions? Here's a picture of how my skin looks.
posted by missybitsy on Nov 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Sudden acne outbreak

I've managed to reach my mid-30s with no acne and suddenly it's AcneTown all over my face. Can you help me clear it up? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Oct 22, 2014 - 28 answers

Cortisone shot for acne in Paris?

I have developed a cystic acne that I'd like to get rid of before the weekend. My skin is fine otherwise, and although I have not tried the cortisone injection before, I've heard good things about it. However, despite calling many doctors, I cannot seem to find a dermatologist who would perform this in Paris. (It seems to be a very uncommon procedure in France). Does anyone have experience with this in Paris?
posted by snufkin5 on Jun 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Adventures in topical tretinoin (Retin-A)

I'm about to try a generic equivalent of Retin-A for acne, and I am nervous. "Purge phase"? Peeling? Redness? Am I in for straight-up Walking Dead Face before I see results? Personal experiences, insights and best practices would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger on May 28, 2014 - 18 answers

A couple of these things things are JUST like the others

Black cohosh and flax seed give me crackhead-style insomnia. Green tea breaks me out ... [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Feb 13, 2014 - 1 answer

agh, my faaaaace....

They're not zits, but they turn into zits. What do I do about them?? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Sep 29, 2013 - 15 answers

stupid sensitive skin

So I've looked at some previous questions, and since they're not quite what I'm looking for, I'm hoping the hive mind can help me out. I've always had somewhat sensitive skin, particularly on my shoulders and back. When it's hot out, I tend to get irritated hair follicles and something akin to cystic acne (big welts), particularly in areas where I sweat. Changing t-shirts extra often helps a bit, but only so much. Now that I'm training for a marathon, it's so much worse. Weird random (possible rub spots?) on my legs, sides, and the regular trouble spots are just a mess. Any help is sorely appreciated!
posted by canine epigram on Sep 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a face mask or other post-acne maintenance treatment?

After acne comes under control, are there face masks and other home treatments for maintaining good skin texture? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Need miracle cure for acne

I'm sick of my moderate adult acne. I feel like I've tried everything. I want to know what worked for you-- specific treatments/remedies but also lifestyle changes/diet/etc. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 17, 2013 - 55 answers

What is this skin condition and how can I treat it?

I have what seem to be, for lack of a better descriptor, permanent whiteheads on my cheeks. What treatments might help me get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 4, 2013 - 17 answers

I have the face of a 14-year-old...and not in a good way

What are the best products/techniques to get rid of pimples and dark spots on my face? [more inside]
posted by yawper on May 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Does blue light actually work for low-moderate acne?

I am an adult with low-moderate acne in the form of 1-2x weekly zits on my face. I have been intrigued by reading about blue light and in particular BlueMD. Anyone with experience using blue light for non-cystic acne (or any sage words about whether it is hokum)?
posted by stewiethegreat on May 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Has IPL helped your adult acne?

Since switching birth control as an adult in my early thirties, I've started getting acne again on my face and back. Retin-A helps control, but does not eliminate pimples. Has IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) worked for you in similar circumstances? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Apr 27, 2013 - 6 answers

What color clothing should I wear to downplay blotchiness from acne?

I have some redness and scarring on my face left over from old acne. I know there are colors which bring out other colors, and colors which do the opposite, but I have no clue how this works. For example, a friend told me I shouldn't wear yellowish-green clothes with my complexion. What color clothes should I (a) wear to minimize the appearance of redness, and (b) avoid? (I'm white, male, brown hair, blue-green eyes, if any of that info helps.)
posted by zeri on Mar 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Acne scarring and online dating

It doesn't show up in pictures. I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but don't want it to seem like I'm trying to hide something. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Feb 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Cold sore vs. zit (gross, sorry)

How do I tell the difference between a cold sore and a zit? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Feb 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Finally won a battle--help me win the war (against acne).

Washing my skin with just water has gotten rid of 90% of my acne. How can I get rid of the remaining 10%? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Jan 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Waxing with acne?

I have been looking forward to today's bikini wax for over a month. Yesterday, I noticed a large pimple down there. Is is still ok to get waxed? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jan 17, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm ugly right now. What can I do?

I have a bad (short and growing out) haircut, and I've been having the worst acne breakout of my life for the past 5 months. I feel very unattractive. I'm now under the care of a great dermatologist, and I'm searching for a new stylist. In the meantime, I don't feel like myself. How can I get back on track? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jan 14, 2013 - 25 answers

My skin is revolting. Help me lead the charge against this mutiny!

My newly 30 year old skin is acting like it wants to ruin my life. And my boobs are my skin's accomplice, apparently. What is happening with my hormones? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jan 8, 2013 - 31 answers

Three days of the month, I'm not all that fun to be around either.

I never ever ever want to have another period/breakthrough bleed. Which birth control should I be on? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Dec 6, 2012 - 27 answers

No really... I need to stop picking.

I need to stop picking my face. Now. I don't have much money or time or willpower. But I need to stop. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Nov 25, 2012 - 37 answers

How to get good good looking skin for men? Suffering from dry skin and back acne.

What's a daily mens skin care routine to have good looking skin? Also how do I get rid of back acne for men? I have had it for years and nothing seems to be working. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Nov 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Mirena and acne... is it forever?

IUDs and acne. How long should I wait before seeking serious acne treatment? Will the hormone acne subside? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Oct 17, 2012 - 16 answers

It's the body's biggest organ, you know.

Please help me figure out what's going on with my skin. I have either a rash or acne or something on my face and I don't know why or what to do! I've used Dr. Hauschka skincare for years and would like to stick with that if possible, but I am getting desperate. Details and gross skin photos within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 13, 2012 - 25 answers

Soy-free moisturizer for acne-prone sensitive skin?

Can someone recommend a moisturizer for acne-prone sensitive skin that doesn't include any of these things? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Oct 12, 2012 - 24 answers

Attack of the temporary killer tomato face!

My face is a mess thanks to prednisone. Tips on covering up/reducing the zits as best as possible, pre-job interview? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Oct 11, 2012 - 17 answers

The War on Breasts

Acne on the underside of my breasts is starting to become actually disfiguring. I don't have major acne anywhere else. Please help me manage or control this! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I clear up my acne scars?

I'm in in my 40s. I have scars on my face from teenage acne. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Blemishes, man.

How can I treat painful hormonal lip-line acne? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Aug 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Differin help

Acne-filter: I finally went to a dermatologist, who prescribed Differin for my adult acne. A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I fix acne leftovers?

I have leftover acne redness from 15 or so years ago, and I've finally decided to do something about it. The goal is to make my skin more even-toned and healthier-looking. What methods and/or products - preferably available over-the-counter - would you suggest? Pics of some of the offending areas on my face here, here, and here.
posted by st starseed on Jul 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Where can I find cheaper skincare products?

I'm looking for more affordable skin care alternatives to Rhonda Allison. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers


Dermatologist for acne in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Jun 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Why has my acne become so much more potent, painful, and permanent?

YANMD: (Almost) all of a sudden, my acne has become more cystic, leaving deeper and darker scars, and when broken stinging more. Have I been doing terrible harm to my body? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Dermatologist in Bellevue/Seattle area on short notice?

Looking for a dermatologist for acne treatment in the Bellevue/Seattle area that could see me--a college student here for the summer--quickly... any hope!? [more inside]
posted by mck9235 on Jun 8, 2012 - 3 answers

please help me with my acne

Please help me identify my acne and give advice on how to treat it. [more inside]
posted by Tiltedwindow on Jun 7, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me heal/cover these acne scars of fresh skin

I need help healing/covering these scars. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 1, 2012 - 9 answers

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