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How you can improve your skin

Be patient. Improving acne takes a long time, even with the most powerful treatments from your doctor. Do not expect much improvement in the first few weeks of any treatment.

Do not squeeze! Discipline yourself not to squeeze or fiddle with your spots, because this encourages scarring. Relaxation techniques may help you break the habit (cassettes, videos or books may be useful).
 
If you have a large yellow spot containing pus that you feel you really must get rid of, pierce it with a needle and gently squeeze the pus out using a tissue. Wash your hands and sterilize the needle in a flame beforehand.
 
For blackheads, you can buy a ‘comedone spoon’. It has a hole in it, which you press onto the blackhead to release it from the pore; abandon the attempt if the blackhead does not come out easily.
 
Wash carefully. Wash the affected area twice a day with a pH-balanced, unperfumed soap. Antibacterial soap is no better than ordinary soap, and harsh soaps can irritate some skins. Alternatively, use a gentle antibacterial facewash; a variety of brands are available and can usually be found alongside the anti-acne products in pharmacies and supermarkets. Avoid facial scrubs and abrasive cleansers, which might increase the inflammation of the skin and make scarring more likely.
 
Spot creams, gels and lotions. Do not waste your money on anti-acne preparations that simply describe themselves as medicated. Most have very little effect. They are also expensive, and you are likely to need to continue your anti-acne treatment for months or even years. Similarly, expensive creams containing alpha hydroxy acids (also called AHAs or fruit acids) are sometimes advertised for treating acne, but there is little scientific evidence in their favour. The Acne Support Group (see Useful contacts) says that some cosmetic companies are preying on the vulnerability of acne sufferers, and wants tighter regulation of the cosmetic industry.
 
Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties, and might be worth trying if your acne is only mild. Apply a small amount of the 5% strength twice a day after washing, taking care to avoid your eyes.
 
Nicotinamide gel (available from pharmacies) may be helpful if the spots are inflamed, but not very severe.
 
Benzoyl peroxide. Your best bet is to ask the pharmacist for 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. This zaps skin bacteria, and is available as a cream or gel. The gel releases its active ingredient more effectively than the cream, but is more drying. Before using benzoyl peroxide, draw a diagram of your face on a sheet of paper. Mark in the areas where your spots are, and roughly how many. This will help you later to decide whether the treatment works.
 
Apply the treatment thinly twice a day after washing, avoiding the lips and eyes. Its main action is to prevent new spots, so apply it over the whole area – do not just dab it on individual spots that are already there. After a week or two, upgrade to the 4% and then the 5–10% strengths, unless you have excessive peeling and redness; some slight peeling is usual. If your skin feels very dry, use the treatment every other day, and use an oil–free moisturizer (for example, Neutrogena Clear Pore, Johnson & Johnson's Clean & Clear) on the alternate days. Keep benzoyl peroxide away from your clothes as it has a bleaching effect; you may also find bleach marks on coloured bed–linen.
 
After about 2 months, decide whether your spot count has improved by about a third. If it has, continue with the benzoyl peroxide. You may need to continue it for several months. If there has not been improvement, see your family doctor for some stronger treatment.
 
In 60% of people with acne, their back as well as their face is affected. Applying a cream or gel to the back can be tricky. Acne specialist Professor William Cunliffe suggests applying the cream on your back as far as you can, putting an old T-shirt on, sitting on a hard-backed chair and rubbing your back up and down.
 
Pore strips. Be cautious with pore strips. These are not really a treatment for acne; they do more harm than good if used on red, inflamed spots. But they can lift out blockages at pore openings (blackheads) and may prevent an inflamed spot developing, in addition to improving the appearance of the skin. The problem is that the adhesive is powerful and can damage sensitive skin. So:
  • do not use pore strips more than once a week
  • peel the strip off very carefully
  • if pulling the strip off is painful, dampen it with water before continuing
  • after use, wash your face with a gentle antibacterial wash.
Avoid greasy make-up. If you wear make-up, avoid heavy and greasy make-up; oil-free make-up is available in some ranges. Remove it at night with a gentle cleanser before washing. If your acne is all over the face, with lots of blackheads, your make-up might be the cause, so try different brands. To disguise an individual spot, use a medicated spot concealer stick or cream a couple of shades lighter than your normal skin tone to counteract any redness. Apply it with a tiny brush to just cover the spot, removing any excess by tapping the area gently with your finger. Do not apply it to a large area or you may make the skin sensitive.
 
Check your contraceptive pill. The label will tell which progestin it contains. The newer progestins – gestodene, desogestrel and norgestimate – are least likely to worsen acne. The pill containing drospirenone (Yasmin) also seems to be a particularly good choice for women with acne. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a contraceptive pill containing norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) for treating acne in women.
 
Consider a zinc supplement. One study has shown that zinc may be beneficial in acne that is inflamed (Dermatology 2001;203:135–140).
 
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Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Friday, February 7th 2014

 


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Posted by Phoebe on 18/10/2014 at 04:24

I'm 12 and I hate my skin. It's oily and I already have some breakouts on my back, chest and face. I also have some blemishes and scars on my face. All my friends and everyone at school have perfect skin and I feel so jealous!! I love Bethany Mota too and her amazing skin makes me soooo jealous! I just want to have perfect skin. I don't wear any makeup. And btw I don't exfoliate or anything, sometimes I cleanse my face with a gentle face cleanser. Please help me!! I REALLY am worried about my body image. Thanks!

Posted by Saurabh on 30/09/2014 at 06:42

Hi,my age is 18 nd i m frm india i have pimples on my face nd its marks too...plz hlp me vit a proper treatment that vil be effective nd hlp me in fewer days....

Posted by williams on 30/09/2014 at 05:32

i have this black tins on my face i have been trying to get rid of it with medicine but its nt working.i tend to stay anyway frm people a lot and have this low self esteem arund people coz this tins have made me ugly to a large extent.i need medicines that can make my face clear

Posted by had enough on 21/09/2014 at 05:46

I have struggled since being 18 years old I have literally tried everything every oral product available from the doctors creams gels nothing works I went on oral contraception pill dianette worked great 1st time 4 yrs later on it again not worked at all. Doctors will not send me to a dermatologist loosing the will to live Iam not the same person I once was i need some serious help :(

Posted by Lee on 21/09/2014 at 02:31

I've had pimples for as long as I can remember,since I was 9 years old till today (20 years old)the journey has been so much frustrating,well it still is...I have blackheads, spots and dark marks all over my body and face...I've never worn a vest alone all my life because I'm afraid people will pick up on me everywhere I go...I hide under the make up because I'm afraid to face the world with my pizza skin,I really need good products to fade this things,I've tried almost all the things and nothing works,please please please help,I can't take this anymore,my life really sucks...I always wear long round neck sleeve shirts whether its winter or summer...I really really need help with my skin

Posted by Optional on 17/09/2014 at 08:31

i've had pimples for about 3-4 years but the major problem is that i can't discipline myself to start rubbing anything on my face for three days straight

Posted by Optional on 13/09/2014 at 03:56

Hi, I'm 20 and I work in a fish and chip shop and it's given me terrible acne and greasy skin. I don't wear makeup, I wash my face twice a day and I don't eat at the shop, so what can I do? Please help me! My skin is also very sensitive.

Posted by kiran on 12/09/2014 at 07:52

i like your recommendations thanks alooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot doctor

Posted by Anonymous on 06/09/2014 at 10:14

Hi.. I am 19 yrs old i am from india,my skin is sensitive and very soft i have lots of black and brown spots,dark circles,blemishes and small holes on my face also it allergic to anythng hlp me plz

Posted by Carine on 18/08/2014 at 11:53

Good day Please propose an good South African product to be used to clear up minimal spotting and small little pimples visibile on my cheeks . Sometimes my cheeks gets red and one can see the pimples. Thank you Regards

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2014 at 10:19

Hey.. I'm 21year old gal... Sufferin from acne... I just really wana get rid of it... I did many researches n have tried many home remedies ... But nthng worked... I've taken 7-8 chemical peels sessions... Bt nothing cured my acne... Even worsen my situation... I'm verry depressed n have lack of confidence.... N loose my friends because of my weird behavior... Pls... Suggest me some remedies or medicines which is actually affective on my skin

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2014 at 08:26

i've tried everything but now my skin is even worst than before (crying)please anyone help me

Posted by rain kapoor on 15/08/2014 at 08:30

my acne is clear now but the acne scars embbres me pls sugguste me what to do for my acne scars...???

Posted by Mymunat on 28/07/2014 at 06:19

Still tackling it for the past 3 years nw no positive result

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2014 at 12:21

I am a pale and freckly light brown haired 36 year old. For a good year now I have suffered with huge, painful blind spots that can last for up to 4 weeks. They appear mainly around my mouth/chin area, the nose area and even above my top lip. Ouch! Some of them come to a head eventually, some don't ever ever show their ugly head! I have used Duac for years prescribed by my Dr as I have always got spots but never really so much as to call it 'acne'. I'm struggling to find a good cleanser/wash together with a good moisturizer as I am nearing 40. I would be grateful for any suggestions or advice of even why I might be getting these painful things. Sue

Posted by Omolola on 11/07/2014 at 10:14

Ave tried all medicine n cleanser on my face to cure my pimples n spot on my face bt is getting worst,can anybody tell d kind of medicine or treatment I can use to cure it plssss

Posted by lol on 03/07/2014 at 09:38

I have really bad scars,blotches,pimples on my genital Area and i got 98% of them from waxing I waxed twice And the first i got them and i waxed again and i still have them plus some more Im pretty sure i didnt get them throught uncleanness or like from lack of hygine I use a wash-genital gel and a depileratory gel They 'er there most because of ingrown hair I dont know what to get rid of them because they are really bad,and i i havent had sexual intercourse or anything like that. Help please?

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2014 at 04:18

i have acne scars on my face plz sugest the best natural treatment to get rid of them...!!!

Posted by Salis on 01/07/2014 at 07:56

I have pimples and i have try all medication prescribe by the doc it does'nt work for me.pls can somebody show me the right drug to quell my pimples.

Posted by Optional on 17/06/2014 at 05:53

my son is a 14 year old boy, he turn 15 in December 2014. He's developed a bad skin problem. I'm not sure if it's adolescent acne or if it's something else. We haven't tried anything yet, wanted him to see a doctor before trying anything. thanks Nomsa

Posted by xee on 10/06/2014 at 01:00

actually in rest of my life normally I never face acne problems but when I eat something oily or spicy my pimples are appears and one more thing when I do hard exercise they also appears the problem is that my compalextion is fair and even I got one pimple its looks weird 3 months ago I start my exercise and again I got 4 or 5 pimples now pimples is gone and left behind their red brownish marks and I really hate these marks and I wanna get them off without drugs if they go away by their own that's' fine I m wait for this 6 or 7 month s but I afraid if they weren't go then I don't saw them on my face tell me what is the best solution for them.... thanks

Posted by abraham on 05/06/2014 at 06:17

hi i am 15 year old and like many teens i also have acne and i am also using medication (clindmycin solution and adapalene) which have proved helpful but the worst thing is they leave a red and brown mark on my face is it something to worry and how much time it will take to heal?????????

Posted by Optional on 31/05/2014 at 12:26

my skin is so sensitive that i can hardly use any washes, scrubs and facial wipes and any type of make up! What should i do?

Posted by kate precious on 14/04/2014 at 01:12

hy am tired of dis pimples they hve been on my face since i was 13 am so sick of it i hve pimples and spots all over my face i hve tried alot of tins bt no improvement i cnt even go out am so ashamed am currently on antibiotics jst hope it works and non of my sis hve pimples

Posted by OptionalCEME on 15/01/2014 at 08:03

OMG!!... I just want to die. It feels like someone is sticking Tiny puns all over my face! I've spent a fortune. And I am scaring not only physically but emotionally! What happened to my beautiful skin? It's been about 2 years now. I was in a car wreck. I'm very Stressed out. It's SO painful... I wonder if it's the demodex mites But here in the U.S. They seem not to even consider that as a possibility! I'm not sure how much longer I can take this!

Posted by liz on 22/11/2013 at 11:54

hey i've rashes that leaves a brown spot on my face and a i've tried everything but nothing sim to work coz my face is now rough on places where i have rashes plz hlp

Posted by Fair on 30/10/2013 at 02:40

Hi, I've been getting adult acne recently around my chin especially . After it's gone, dark spots take it's place . I'm very impatient and want instant results but I know it cannot be that way. After researching on the net, I found that a hand held device with red and infrared led light works for dark spots,redness and inflammation. I only have to use this twice a week for four weeks, 20 mins each time and it costs usd279. I bought it online and after using it 4 times , 2 weeks, my acne is almost gone and new ones are smaller, my dark spots are almost gone and I'm sure they will vanish after the recommended course because with each application, I can see great improvement . I'm so happy that my dark circles under my eyes are also lightening. I also bought the blue light hand held device which is cheaper to get rid of any future acne/pimples. I also use retin a on my small pimples at night and meladerm spot eraser twice a day. I am getting my old clear skin back. The skin with no spots and acne is flawless,brighter and smoother. I'm also using lapraire non comegenic foundation because I work out an hour a day. Great results.

Posted by Har on 12/10/2013 at 01:31

I have a little black spots on my face what did u recanted ... Which cream I can use normally I can use Olay seven effects

Posted by Optional on 05/10/2013 at 06:52

I have a dark spot on my face and a big pimple on my chin I'm scared to go back. To school

Posted by thembi on 04/10/2013 at 01:43

I need help,, been suffering for years with skin prblm,, tried lots of meds,, folic acid,bco,testicycline, ect my skin is really really bad,, black spots,rash and painful acne dont knw what to do anymore lost self-esteem all i do is to be indoors bcause of my skin help please....

Posted by Optional on 18/09/2013 at 08:31

I have spots all over my legs and sometimes pimples still develop and it becomes a dark spot when it heals. What can i use to avoid this and make them fade away?

Posted by Optional on 14/09/2013 at 04:16

How can i remove my dark marks easily?

Posted by nandanie on 11/09/2013 at 07:14

hi i am 15 year old an i have pimples on my face an back with black spots can u please tell me what can help me

Posted by Sara on 16/05/2013 at 11:25

Which acne cream should I use during breast feeding??

Posted by Optional on 06/05/2013 at 11:12

Yes I did,n what can i use to remove my dark marks left by pimples

Posted by Optional on 23/04/2013 at 08:42

Hi sorry to hear about all of this:( I feel really sorry for all of you'se. Just keep trying out stuff but make sure its safe:( well real sorry but ders nutin I can really do BTW Seriously I saw sum1 wantin ta commit suicide 1 thing: DONT! Trust meh der IS Ways, just keep trying. If you reallly r prepared ta spend loads of money, go to a doctor and see if they can get them fully removed, If you really dont feel comfortable with your face, put some foundation on r sumtin but da best ting ta do is ta let it breath, if u r puttin make-up on MAKE SURE To take it off wen ur friends r gone r sumtin It isnt very gud fawh ur face xx :)Bye:) xx

Posted by Optional on 22/04/2013 at 05:56

would Jamaican honey help also?

Posted by teddy on 08/04/2013 at 01:28

I never actually got pimples until two years ago and these nasty dark spots in my face, which is very embarrassing. Don't waste your time & money on those expensive antibiotics or chemical peels from the.dermatologist! It doesn't work for African Americans... I been drinking a liter of water everyday and notice a huge differences in my skin. Honey also leave the skin looking nice,but only let it sit on your face10 to 15 then wash with Luke warm water. Place tomato,or lemon juice on the dark spots. Avoid wearing makeup when possible, and don't use products containing oil if you have oily skin. Birth.control pills work miracles and gives you that glow, but only take them if u have no plans of starting a family anytime soon

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2013 at 10:54

Would oxygen therapy tank help improve skin acne?

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2013 at 04:46

I could not get the information I wanted. I have this problem: sometimes I find molecules of salt cover my skin and my skin is not smooth and attractive. I have patches of black spots on my skin. How do I solve my problem?

Posted by mohona on 24/03/2013 at 03:30

i am suffering from pimple problem for last one month.my doctor suggested me benzoil peroxide 10% for 1 month.i am just fade up with my treatment bcz people commented very badly on me.i can't sleep,eat as i am so tensed.i also get anaemia bcz i didn't eat food well for last one month.what should i do?my doc says it needs time.my spots are decreasing bt due to tension pimple is increasing.i think i would die

Posted by lady J on 15/03/2013 at 12:30

Hi I'm jeanette I love you're site I've found a lot of tips but actully not what I want I wanne know what I can use for my face my face has a lot of marks on cause I wear a lot of makeup and I'm looking for a brand that can remove blackheads pimples ect and I also wanne know what I can use for my nails so that they can look healthy again and they keep on braiking and it is kind of embarising!so what can I use for my nails and face?? Jeanette

Posted by kunj on 03/03/2013 at 12:21

My skin is very sensitive, i m still suffering from acne and spots I'm using benzoyl peroxide gel but can't get results help me out if possible need solution at homemade

Posted by shubha on 24/02/2013 at 03:50

heyy m 23 now n i hv been suffring frm acne since i ws 14 so nw its being a long tym n made me habitual of ds daily struggle of getting rid of acne.. bt to some extent m quiet satisfied wd d present result after trying some home remedies.. lyk i use lemon juice n tomato pulp daily n message it slowly till it gets absorb n dn wash it off n it worked wonder to me.. secondly for scars i use potato juice be4 goin 2 bed.. apply it allover ur face n it reduces mah scars day by day.. n d last bt nt d least product s d pack of turmeric n gram flour wd a pinch of baking soda helps regaining my complexion which ws lost somewhere due 2 harsh chemical products and treatments.. fynally m happy enough gettin back 2 my luks.. n frnzz plzz dnt get disappointed.. give these home remidies a try if in case it helps u tooo...

Posted by Adi on 18/02/2013 at 03:52

Plz,can anyone help me remove my darkspots...I just want to get rid of these darkspots...plz help me...I have lost my fair skin, and I totally feel embarrasing...Plz help..

Posted by Lori on 28/11/2012 at 12:39

I just cleaned my face then put toothpaste on my face then waited about 10 mins then washed face again then put alcohol on with a washcloth. the washed again and the pimples turned white. what happened.

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2012 at 06:50

i have black spot cause by benzoyl peroxide percuna 2.5percent how it can be cured

Posted by Philip harris on 30/09/2012 at 10:15

I have had spots all my life and do feel I have had creams and washes and I still get spots I feel that poeple are looking at me Not just looking at my face full of spots .

Posted by Anish shrestha on 25/08/2012 at 12:48

;-(, i have been struggling acne since 3 years ago, still the condition of my acne is worse. I have tired every possible remedies like proactive, anzliv, asepexia.. I drink alot of water everyday,cut of all jucky food, still my acne hasnt cure, nothing worked it has driven my nuts which make me feel to commite suicide.. I have spent alot of money about 60 thousand so it feel shy to ask other for parents, so here i m looking for good review, plz any1 of u plz understand me and my problem, i beg u to give me right information about how can i cure my acne;-(? I am all depressed, no meaning of life.. Please a warm request help me!! Hoping for ur postive respond!!

Posted by Somina ogolo on 03/05/2012 at 10:50

I really need something that works in my country, or a dematologist's contact in my country

Posted by sarah jane on 24/03/2012 at 12:38

ive been using many drug store products including benzol peroxide and it still did not clear up my pimples, best thing to do is use oil free cleanser toner and use a good moisturiser to replenish any moisture lost, and use a good facial exfoilating scrub which will help clear dead skin which can bring out spots.

Posted by Optional Angelita on 11/03/2012 at 11:15

I have blackhead all ova my face, i was given a product of johnson and johnson 5 month ago was helpful but now the face is rough again what do i do my face is scary

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2012 at 10:49

I'm also experiencing the skin problems,i've consulted a doctor but his medication didn't work.can't i get something that remove scares within a month o two?

Posted by s.sekhar on 09/02/2012 at 05:25

hello sir my name is sekhar iam feel about the black spots on my face,sir iam already consult the doctor but no use and much more dark spots increase on face, sir my age is 19,spots are held on my face from 3 years, iam feel very sad about this please help me sir

Posted by emmanuela on 04/02/2012 at 09:20

i ve had chronic acne for the past 3 years now.it started when i was 18 and since then i ve been battling with it.during the 2nd year it subsided thanks to the frequent use of clean n clear continuous control acne cleanser which i use twice a day and retin-A,a topical cream applied during bed time only.after three months of dis medication i saw improvement but along the line i line it keeps poppn out then it becomes okay again.my acne is not stable at all.please help me.im gettn sick n tired of this acne.it has reali scared ma face.

Posted by Fildah on 05/01/2012 at 03:35

I heard some people talk about that jelly from snail removes spots,does it really work??

Posted by Optional on 27/12/2011 at 07:57

i m 30 and worried about my red spots which does not go off, please suggest

Posted by Optional on 13/12/2011 at 09:55

Despite what most people believe, there is without a doubt a direct link between acne and sex, for many people being the prime cause. Sex and masturbation cause rise in hormone levels, and loss of semen, which contains the most important nutrients and minerals your body needs. This is why you are tired in the following days after sex as your body is "repleneshing" itself. The process of this happening and the spike in hormone levels are what causes acne. Wait right there though, you are probably thinking if you stop sex/ masturbation that your acne will go away. However this is not true, although it may calm down a little in the short run, lack of sexual release will cause your hormones to go crazy causing even more acne than before. There is really only one way to fix this problem you can read about it at www.curetheway.com.

Posted by Rahul S on 09/12/2011 at 05:08

I dink lot of beer,does this cause pimples? I get lot of popped pimples on my forehead(just above my eye-brows..how can i get rid of it? and can alcohol/Beer be used to clean pimples?

Posted by Optional on 07/12/2011 at 08:36

which medicine can out scars 100%?

Posted by Optional on 26/11/2011 at 08:57

I have dark spots on my face..these appeared as I picked blemishes and made them worse.. Well happened is happened..now, what is the remedy to get rid of these dark marks on my face...please help.

Posted by Sophie on 23/11/2011 at 07:17

I had bad acne and i was perscribed Benzoyl Peroxide, this really dried my skin out, burned and made my face stiff even after moisturising, i use it once a day but my acne has improved loads

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2011 at 12:02

Since i was 16years i been having dry lips as if i'm always in dry season. I have tried all i could, pls help me. Alex

Posted by Babatundey on 11/11/2011 at 02:35

Im not hapy wit dis pimples is 2 big plzzzzz o wat can i use

Posted by Monicah wamboi on 31/10/2011 at 07:36

Give me steps 2 follow on haw 2 clear it

Posted by pinky on 17/10/2011 at 11:02

very useful info thank you

Posted by Optional on 04/10/2011 at 06:33

nothing has worked, lemon juice toothpaste what else can i use

Posted by problem spot& oily on 01/10/2011 at 02:00

i've oily skin & spot.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me

Posted by Bongs on 30/09/2011 at 02:29

I have black heads,acne,spots and oil which i wanna get rid of within 3days pls help me

Posted by Samia on 30/09/2011 at 07:33

My skin is getting acne,inflamed. Holes in it with black head. And a few wrinkle lines.my skin is getting dry but a bit oily areas with the humidity here in pemba,mozambique. Iv started getting back acne too.I go to south africa once a year.what affordable product do u suggest for my problem? Help please

Posted by Rebecca on 28/09/2011 at 09:32

Hi ive moved into an area with hard water and ive started to come out in a few spots i mean i seem to be getting one each Day whats the best thing to do?

Posted by Sania on 19/09/2011 at 09:39

I have pimple mark and pimple on my skin so plz advice me hw to remove it within 1 week.

Posted by arsalan on 15/09/2011 at 05:49

hi sir i hve a acne problem tell me the cream how i cover it

Posted by Help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on 31/08/2011 at 07:23

Ive tried clearasil daily wash for my blackheads/blind spots/ very big white heads ... It seemed to work for a while on the blackheads (ive also tried strips it worked a few times but not for long) and i dont know what to do and i am VERY un happy with my appereance because of the spots i get PLEASE HELP ME O DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO

Posted by chris on 07/08/2011 at 08:33

i tried dis and it worked.so thanks 4 making dis site and ur advice

Posted by Optional on 06/08/2011 at 08:47

Have a problem of pimples on my face.which product should i use?

Posted by Optional on 20/07/2011 at 01:55

how can i remove my dark spots from my face ?

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2011 at 01:45

Very helpful

Posted by Optional on 03/06/2011 at 01:37

I have blackheads(brown/dark spots cause by pimples on my chin,forehead and cheeks can lemon juice get rid of it please

Posted by Scout on 14/04/2011 at 11:06

Great! Thanks

Posted by Eve on 29/03/2011 at 08:54

hello my name is Eve and ive been struggling with my spots and i really need help. Im 10 and i usually wear make-up.I found out wearing make up causes spots and im trying to rid of them but they wont go.Please could you find some way to help me.thank you

Posted by sam on 22/02/2011 at 12:21

hi am 14 my name is sam and i get realy bad spots ive had them now for about a year and a half. i get them on my back and some on my face but i also get littel white dimpels on my peius and quite alot on my head i wash every day twise i dont know what to do im to scared to show the docter and when i trie to sort it out myself it ends up me picking infront of the miror for an hour and at school i have to be late into my lessons so that i can get changed without any one seeing what i look like because every one els has perfect bodys pleasse someone help me im real inbarresd to tell any on thank you :(

Posted by Optional on 17/02/2011 at 08:36

hey

Posted by Optional on 16/02/2011 at 08:39

i regularly get spots on my chin and more so since i changed back to the pill i'd love to know why as it's leaving my chin scarred. I'm also growing hair on my neck and chin i've read its due to having to much testosterone in ur hormones is this true and how do i get rid of it.. Thanks

Posted by Chris on 12/02/2011 at 01:14

Hello, my names Chris I have been suffering with spots for the last few years and everything I have used hasn't worked very well at all I first started with external Stiemycin but since it started causing rashes on my face especially around the mouth area so my local GP has given me tablet version which doesn't seem to be having any effect what so ever I have taken it for the last 5 months and it gets worse and worse I just don't know what to do anymore could anyone point me in the right direction please?

Posted by joe on 18/01/2011 at 09:39

Thankyou, Very Helpful

Posted by steve on 05/12/2010 at 02:10

I'm 41 years old and a smoker but for some reason i still get spots on my back one month they are not there then the next i have lots then they go again carnt understand why this is,i was told i drink enough fluid could this be the proble as i do drink lots of coffee and beer but not enough water?

Posted by Yasmin on 26/11/2010 at 07:50

Natives of tropical countries usual are dark in complexion, yes of course excess melanin.Its seems fine till you get darker patches due to acne scars or exposure to strong sun rays then it doesn't look very nice. I take care of my skin and its very frustrating that however much we do, effects are not excellent even after spending money on so many products I wish someone will just come up with a tablet to reduce the melanin in skin this way life will be much easier. Articles on the net do help a lot thanks.

Posted by caza on 20/11/2010 at 05:55

If you want to get rid of spots blemishes and that odd black head well then you want to get a cotton bud with some whipped cream and honey and bananas mushed in and spread around your face leave for ten mins then wash off you will feel very refreshed afterwords and its like a miracal ther all gone in a flash the next morning.

Posted by Martin on 16/11/2010 at 11:18

I used to have bad acne until my Doctor put me on something called Roaccutane, this is one of the strongest drugs for acne (women have to take a different version I think) This was 4 months of very dry skin and cracked lips which bled while taken the pills, but since i stopped taking them at 18 I have not had one spot on my once covered body, I am now almost 25 I went to my Doctors weekly until I got put on this pill, but beware there are some harsh symptoms, but it was worth it for my now clear skin Oh and you cannot drink while on these, I know all pills seem to say that, but trust me. I have a mate who decided not to follow the advise and he now has liver damage

Posted by Lady bird on 21/10/2010 at 10:37

I am 13 have just started secondary school. i have had spots for the past year they are getting worse. they started on my forhead and now they are all over my face. i am getting really sick of them. i drink lots of water . Have you got any suggestions ?? pleeease

Posted by Optional on 12/10/2010 at 07:41

i am 25 years of age and i have bad spots which are big lumps under my skin and are extremly sore, they are very red and i have used precription from doctors , clean and clear, sudocrem, u name it i have tryed, is there anything out there for this type of skin problem, as its horrible to look at and makes me feel ugly and discusting

Posted by key disosa on 23/09/2010 at 04:06

i hav black spots on my face my age is 16 how i can improve my face.

Posted by Zee-Nata on 26/07/2010 at 01:52

I strtd noticing rashes/tiny pimples abt 4wks ago on my face... I dnt knw y. Am bothered. Smbdy shld plz hlp out. I also hv spots on my forehead.

Posted by miss angel on 03/07/2010 at 12:29

dear Dr am very worried for ma skin ma skin is so oily and very rough with so many acne spots I am getting very depressed please help plxx

Posted by wishii on 03/07/2010 at 12:24

these all are very good tips for skin care thnx ...for this

Posted by Poppy Moore on 22/06/2010 at 10:51

I had a lot of spots when I was young but I stoped eatting junk food and drank lodes of water and now they are all gone! All I can say to you is if you want it soo bad and you would do anything to get rid of your spots then do this! It's soo good and soooo worth it! Now I have started off my job as a model! Soooo happy!! :) Hope you lot are as happy as me and trust me it works and is sooo worth is!! All my love, kisses and spot free skin (lol) Poppy Moore

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2010 at 08:31

Heres my advice.... Improve your diet and make sure you are drinking enough water each day (green tea is great for the skin). I disagree with using such harmful products on your skin (especially benzoyl peroxide, after all if it bleaches sheets and towels why on earth would you want that on your skin) especially if you have sensitive skin. Try natural products that contain essential oils. They improve the skin naturally. Don't give up if it doesnt happen straight away, it takes 28 days for the skins cycle. Be patient! Oh yeah and dont touch your skin, picking them just makes them more aggravated and takes longer to heal also it can scar. Hope this helps.

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2010 at 01:47

im 16 and i have only just got spots before my prom, they are not even big spots they are just red painful lumps that dont seem to go away, i think its worse sinse my fringe got long is that common?

Posted by lookin good on 18/05/2010 at 04:13

hi I have had acne since I was 9 I still have it now I'm 17. Over the years my acne has changed I don't hardly get pimples but now I have spots and scars but I know it will get better and change.i just want to tell you guys it will get better just don't give up keep trying because I know what it's like to look in the mirror and hate what you see but I promise with time and determintation it'll get better

Posted by Sharon on 15/04/2010 at 04:03

Hi, I have got spots on my right side cheek and they never seem to go away, I am using Clean + clear and other spot treatment, I am also getting brown spots under the skin, My makeup does not hide any of theses and I am getting very depressed please help

Posted by Eva on 31/03/2010 at 12:24

I am 12 years old and lots of spots and black heads. I have had loads of creams, and gels but nothing seems to work. I don't wear a lot of makeup and wouldn't dare touch foundation because it just makes it worse! Does anyone have any advice? :(

Posted by Loi on 16/03/2010 at 03:30

My pimples come and go and now they are in my neck,i hate looking myself in the mirror.

Posted by sujata on 22/01/2010 at 05:49

In my face so many pimples is their and blackhead what should i do for it

Posted by ;D on 18/01/2010 at 12:36

Well guys, just have a healthy lifestyle, eat alot of fruits and vegetables and don't each too much unhealthy crap like fast food. Exercise regularly but remember to wash after sweating. Exercising clears your pores when you sweat, it also releases endorphins I think they are called so it makes you happier and less stressed. Stress + bad diet + unhealthy lifestyle = acne. Good luck :-)

Posted by Ross on 05/01/2010 at 04:54

How much is this benzoyl stuff? And sunbeds do work, diet is a big thing, and most creams are useless! Sudocrem can clear redness but will not make em go away! Fact is, you can never get rid of spots through teen life but you can help make them better.

Posted by monis on 21/12/2009 at 09:02

hi i am monis i am 18 years old boy. i am livin pakistan.my main problem is acne.please tell me how to remove acne and acne spots in few week

Posted by -x-ocd-x on 24/11/2009 at 02:29

im 13 and have had spots for about 2years im wondering if the comedone spoon technique works and where to get it or any advice on how to get ride of my acne

Posted by sss on 31/10/2009 at 04:22

i am 22 and didnt have spots at the normal time of puberty, but they started comming up arounf the age of 18, and by now i have tried all the creams and face washes on the market as well as the recomended facials. does anyone have any advice please?

Posted by WHOEVER on 22/10/2009 at 01:44

HMMM .. I USE COLD WATER TO WASH MY FACE .. I FIND THAT IT KEEPS MY FACE BRIGHT AND CLEAN .. WITHOUT THE GREASE I GET FROM TIME TO TIME .. I THINK I HAVE SOME STRESS PROBLEM TOO .. WHICH SUCKS .. BUT YEA I FIND I HAVE A GOOD COMPLEXION .. EVER SO AFTER I WASH MY FACE!

Posted by ms embarrased on 10/10/2009 at 11:43

i think i have used Benzoyl peroxide too much and now I have constantly flaking skin PLUS acne on my face and body at the same time and add to it, I am stressed and my acne is rashing up. if i didnt have to go to work i would lock myself inside. i started on 2.5% and self diagnosed a higher percentage because i thought it would work better. Help!

Posted by Callum on 16/09/2009 at 02:34

I did have spots but when i went to my doctor about them he gave me something called Isotrexin every since then i get the odd cupple but my face has really cleared up you all should try it ;)

Posted by fatti on 16/09/2009 at 02:24

i have got ber spots on my cheeks near my hairline and also on my fore head more towards my hairline wt can i do??? im very depressed and stressed

Posted by sophie on 11/09/2009 at 02:11

i have spots, and i really need to get rid off them but really hard to, i hate looking at my self.

Posted by Chloe on 09/09/2009 at 02:51

ive suffered from acne sice iwas about 13 and still 10 years on im struggling with it ive been on the pill dianette for years now and tried nearly all th elotions an dpotions out there still with no avail its on my face back and chest makes me feel like a freak and knocks my confidence i was jsut wondering if anyone had any extra advice or info to try and help my battle????

Posted by Samdeamigo on 17/08/2009 at 10:48

Hello, here's one treatment that works wonders. Mix four teaspoons of honey with five teaspoons of cinnamon powder, then add two teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix it ip to a smooth paste and apply as a facemask in the evening and wash off with clean warm water in the next morning. Also try picking one rose and sqwashing it in a pot of water until it is either pale pink or deep fuchsia ( depending on the roses original colour.) Mix this with lemon juice and it will magicly turn a bright peach colour. Apply this to the skin after washing and leave for half an hour then wash it off with warm water. Both of these remedies should clear the skin of acne in two weeks roughly.

Posted by Vicky on 14/08/2009 at 10:35

Hi All, Thought I'd see if I can offer any advice, I have always suffered with spots and never found anything that worked until I started using Benzoyl Peroxide. I found a website a few years ago which gave step by step instructions on how to use it and it really worked for me: 1. Use Benzoyl Peroxide, make sure it is 2.5% not higher (the site I went on said that anything higher than 2.5% is too strong and is the reason lots of face creams containing it don't work) 2. wash or cleanse your face - the trick is to try not to disturb your face so be REALLY gentle, it takes longer but is totally worth it. 3. Leave your face alone for 5mins 4. Apply the cream all over - it is drying so start with a small amount and buld up over a few weeks - again rub the cream in REALLY gently disturbing it as little as possible 5. Leave your face alone for 5mins 6. Moisturise your face This worked for me and now I just need to keep a tube handy incase of an odd spot which I now just apply directly and it is reduced loads. I use Panoxyl 2.5% Agueous gel, you can get it really cheaply from Boots or online. Good Luck!!

Posted by Anonymous on 13/08/2009 at 06:40

I'm trying some of these simply because of meeting this girl soon.But to be honest I haven't got bad acne but a little of it does seem to affect me as for on my nose or the side of my head as for where my hair goes down(near the ear).It seems to be more of a problem there as i get loads of them and they tend to itch. Body acne is a right pain,i got it all over my upperchest.

Posted by Lucy on 13/08/2009 at 05:49

My spots were so bad I didn't want to leave the house. My doctor prescribede me with long term antibiotics & within afew months they went away. I an still taking them but my spots are coming back & I'm scared I'm immune to them! I don't want to be depressed again & desperately need some advice, please help me! , x

Posted by Anonymous on 18/07/2009 at 09:22

i keep geting big red inflamed spots on the back of my neck. HELP

Posted by Just on 07/07/2009 at 10:51

Try three handfuls of freezing cold water in da morning, daytime and at night, but dont dry your face or touch it; even if it has a tingeling feeling! It worked for me! (Also cut down on chocolate)! xxx

Posted by Emily on 04/07/2009 at 01:11

My spots are really bad and i have a lot of breakouts none of my friends have spots its so unfair i have used a lot of products including clearsil and clean and clear and none seem to work on my skin can you recommend me anything?

Posted by sandeep on 01/07/2009 at 10:51

i have oily skin & a problem of acne

Posted by Pricilla on 22/06/2009 at 04:12

i get loads of spots and never wear make up and always clean my skin but they dont seem to go away.. im even taking tablets and iv'e tried 100s of creams and gels. I never buy alcohol or perfumed treatments and NOTHING seems to work. How can i get rid of these horrible things? Please Help Me! Pricilla_XO

Posted by Shozzy on 21/06/2009 at 06:09

hi, i have acne on my face and have had for a while now and also always get spots what can i do to get rid of it?

Posted by maddilin on 20/05/2009 at 05:20

i have had spots since i was 10 back then i had only a few but over the years it got worse ive tryed sudo crem witch dose help to make them go down but come back up again face wipes witch dont do anything toothpaste,tcp.pills ect. please please please help me even if you managed to get rid of a couple it will do xx :) xx

Posted by gem on 18/05/2009 at 01:48

I have had spots since i was 11 years old and since then it has got worse and worse i was on dianette the pill for 2 years and it improved my skin but the last year and a half my skin is awful inflamed and scars are now present too i use dermalogica special cleansing gel day and night tone and moisturise i eat right have alot of salad fruit and vegetables and still my skin is awful, so what am i too to do now? its very depressing and i feeling bloody fed up im quite happy with my body but this is just gettin too much my bf i have been with for 5 years, but hardly see's me without make up. what can i do someone please help!!!

Posted by spotie on 23/04/2009 at 09:24

iam 42 and my back is coved in spots that pop and pus all the time been to lots of doctors had no help from any

Posted by star123 on 06/04/2009 at 08:32

DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY! I got bullied because i had lots of spots.I got upset that i didn't want to goto school. I would try to get days of school.My brothers picked on me a lot.So don't get bothered by it because in time the spots or acne will will clear if you cut back on sweets and wash you're face in the mornings and evenings. If you are My age and at high school just ignore it! xxx

Posted by AYSH on 28/03/2009 at 01:42

My acne worsen before a week my period comes coming... New acne just pops up each day. And worst of all, i got a bad habit of squeezing them. The main problem i'm facing is the scar. Reddish pointed acne that i sometimes have a hard time to cover with make-up. And some scars are left on my face which upset me. I hope the scars could get lighten with some cream or something else... Any comments?

Posted by Anonymous on 25/03/2009 at 07:43

I am 17 and have spots since i was around 13, but they seem to be getting worse then better. I have tried alot of things but nothing works. I have been to my GP and have tried some gel and antibiotics but still no effect, so bascially i give up now, but i am not happy as all my friends dont have spots like i do, really upsets me. I do wear make up to cover them up but not much. My face is always red and sore, please help me, if there is anything else i can try please say?? thanks x

Posted by Lee on 18/03/2009 at 10:19

I have spots just round the sides of my face like ive been shaving, not alot but very sore under the skin and dont really surface, ive left them and they are going down but i have had them for months. Any advice?

Posted by Anonymous on 18/03/2009 at 05:29

For a few spots try a cream w/ Benzoyl peroxide. Just dab it on a few times a day and you pimples clear up nearly instantly! Stuff from the Clearasil works well and they have a good face scrub, 3 in 1. You can use that one as a face mask once a week and its sooooo nice to your skin. :)

Posted by dean on 02/03/2009 at 05:57

ive got spots that really hert what the best way to get rid of them ?

Posted by eunice on 20/02/2009 at 06:08

my spot really not good and ive tried every cream but its not helping

Posted by Danielle on 15/02/2009 at 08:03

Hi.I am 14 years old and getting tired of having spots. Nothing helps th get rid of them and they always turn up everywhere on my face.This makes me fel ugly which i dont want to feel ! Help???

Posted by Landa on 08/02/2009 at 04:03

Everyfin Sukz!!! I am 18 and I had spots since 11 I guess ill have it till I become a granny!!! I have tried nearly every product cheap and expensive but none of them seem to work.. I advice all of u to just to get on with it trust me your just going to depress ur self even more if you keep searching for something that will clear the spots because the chances are your just getting excited over nothing and then u'll put ur self down. And if you really do wana try something new there

Posted by amanda childs on 07/02/2009 at 09:50

my spots are really getting me down, i do where make up but i cleanse tone and moisterize every day, i mainly only ever get them around my mouth and my skin is quite greasy. i do smoke and im on the pill containing norgestimate and can not solve this problem as it is getting me down,could u please maybe give me some advise that may help my spot prone skin

Posted by alex on 21/01/2009 at 11:41

i start to get spots when i was about 13 then it just keep gettin worues and wours as i get older i have tired alot of products for them and at the moment i am using at the same time Soap then a face wash, then face wipes , then a 4 hour action gel and slightly diloted tea tree Is this to much?

Posted by Fruit pie on 20/01/2009 at 02:37

I recommend a natural and quite the homemade ordeal. Examples would incude, homemade facial masks ^__^. Try googling it to find a wonderful variety of recipes to better your skin that you can find easily in your own home. This is a much cheaper alternative to buying costly products. The fresher and more natural, the much more beneficial. Try an egg mask... Yolk- for dry to normal skin, heals blemishes. Whites- for oily to normal skin, absorbs excess oils. Or be creative and use ingredients to make your own mask for your own personal purposes. Be sure to leave the mask on a limited amount of time. After use, always thouroughly rinse off with water... then with cold water to close your pores. Lack of water is also a problem. So drink plenty of it! It helps your body rid of the toxins from everyday life and most foods in today's society.

Posted by samatha on 09/01/2009 at 06:11

i have spots they are on my cheeks and some on forhead but it is not that bad the main problem is that after it goes i get scarring. i cover it up with make up i know i should not but what can i do; plus before i had this everybody used to comment on how beautiful i am now even though they sometimes do it is not as much as before. i am so down i used to walk down the streets and cars would beep but know no its because of my SPOTS! that i have turned ugly!

Posted by sumbody on 08/01/2009 at 03:03

i have reli bad spot's and everybody bullys me about them i have had them for a year an there just not clearing up the doctors treatment dosnt work an they reli get me down could you please help.!

Posted by Anonymous on 28/12/2008 at 08:37

i have found that sunbeds or facial solariums can help clear spots.

Posted by some1 on 22/12/2008 at 10:36

HELP ME!! i feel really bad about my spots, i only have a few but i am meeting up with my old school friends and i am scared of what they will think of me. WHAT CAN I DO??

Posted by Anonymous on 18/12/2008 at 07:57

I have spots just round the sides of my face like ive been shaving, not alot but very sore under the skin and dont really surface, ive left them and they are going down but i have had them for months. Any advice?

Posted by GGG on 16/12/2008 at 05:33

I ind that a small amount of baby nappy rash cream 'Sudocrem' makes a big difference and improvement to red inflammed spots. Give it a try.

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