Patient Comments: Acne (Pimples) - Length Symptoms Lasted


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Comment from: Acneohno, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 09

My acne lasted for 1 and a half year, but due to the help of some exercise and home remedies it vanished and again I got my healthy skin back.

Comment from: Presco, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

It’s just agonizing that at 24 years I am still heavily pimpled. Acne started when I was 13 and I received my first treatment at 21 years. I was given doxycycline pills and a peroxide topical and the pimples dried off, it worked. A month later the pimples reappeared and I went to another physician who prescribed me with a topical cream which never worked on me. I was very worried to an extent that I used calamine lotion which resulted in the growth of very big and many pimples on my face. I temporarily gave up my battle against pimples and spent hours locked in my room and avoided social meetings, all because of the pimples. Later on this year after feeling the heat of this loneliness I visited the doctor again and he prescribed me a stronger drug and I was delighted only to find out that the drug was not even accessible in almost every pharmacy in this country and this is a heart breaker. The prescription is in my hands and I only go out at night because am shy of the pimples.

Comment from: B Freed, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Unfortunately there is no magical cure-all for acne. I have discovered after years of trial and error with my temperamental adult-onset acne, that the prescription topical gels and creams tend to be too harsh, exacerbating the condition with more inflammation. For me the best strategy has been to use gentle products and to exfoliate regularly. I like the skin care line "Simple". I use the gentle facial scrub daily and find that the little granules do a nice job of removing the top layer of dead skin cells, which I feel are the culprit in the clogging pores and the formation of those unsightly spots, which in my case, leave dark pink spots for months to follow. For post-acne pigmentation, I find glycolic acid pads and/or regular use of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to be most effective; it still takes diligence and patience, but AHAs seem to keep skin more clear and uniform in general. Some of us will just never be blessed with porcelain skin but we must work with what we have!

Comment from: Christina, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have suffered with acne since I was eight years old, around the time of puberty for me. As a 24-year-old, I still battle pimples that just will not go away. I am currently taking an antibiotic and a topical gel for my acne twice daily…for both. This seems to help, but not eliminate the acne. Some of my pimples will last three to five days, but the redness can last up to six months at a time. I have found that using the over-the-counter cleansers that help with rosacea also really help my hyperpigmentation that I experience with acne. The pimples go away, but the redness leaves a lasting reminder that you will always have an imperfection. Sometimes, all I can think about when I’m in public is how horrible I look.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Well, I have had acne since 6th grade and I am about to be a 9th grader and it is very irritating at times. Some days it makes me cry, but I always seem to stay strong and still be the pretty girl I am, but I have tried proactive for 4 months and it only made it worse. I tied clear skin which also made it worse. I’ve tried several other products, but nothing seems to work. I visited the doctor and they gave me a product called tretinoin and I’m confident in this product because it seems to be working. Acne is a terrible thing to live with because I can’t express myself how I want to. I always seem to hide behind a shield which gets to me. I HATE IT.!

Comment from: Kyla, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 03

It depends on treatment and skin type. It is important for you to know that acne or pimple will leave ranging from a few weeks to a month. People with dark complexion of skin likely require a longer time to heal acne as the skin comes with more melanin which has a higher risk of getting scarred.

Comment from: lara_1989, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Stay away from antibiotics and other dangerous stuff! Better go for natural treatments guys. I think it is very important to know where your acne is coming from. When I was younger I always had a very uneven skin tone and also my skin was very oily which I think led to my acne. It was a horrible time in school. Very glad I'm finally cured after so many years. As you already say in your article what you put in your body could have been causing your acne all along!

Comment from: SUSIE, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

Good morning. I am a faithful user of Clearasil ultra, and it really, really, works. My face had black pimples and dark spots, which now after three months of everyday use, looks and feels softer than ever. I told my niece about this and now she's using it.


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Comment from: Lindsayboo, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

Wow I’ve had acne since like the 5th grade, I didn’t get my period until I was 14 so me and my doctor didn’t think it was hormonal. It recently just turned into cystic acne, but it has been worse. I was just put on minocycline and in two months if no results I will start on Accutane. Thank god for insurance because I was put on the Differin Gel in the 6 grade and it would have been $400. I am a sophomore now and I don’t feel my acne is embarrassing at all. It doesn’t stop me from dating or making friends. I’m just doing it for my mom because she feels its bothering me, but it is not so. If you still have acne. I suggest not to worry at all it won’t stop you from achieving things.

Comment from: Andiden, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am fast approaching 41 and I have had acne since the age of about 16. I have tried so many over the counter soaps and even those prescribed by dermatologist. They did not work. About a year ago I start using Clearasil Ultra scar care and that seem to cut down some of the terrible outbreaks. They don't sell this specific wash anymore. I do know that my hormones are imbalanced; I have not had a regular menstrual cycle since I can remember. I am using an IUD but this has only sent me to a place of the unknown. I don't only have acne but I have spots from the acne. I am so frustrated that I have bought books to read on what to do and not do to help stop the outbreaks. In time past I've been to doctors that have prescribed tropical’s that seemed to help, but then the problem started all over again once I couldn't afford to continue the treatment. Well I pray that there will be a solution found for this most unwanted and unwelcomed condition. Stay encouraged everyone.

Comment from: mary, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I think that a hormone imbalance should not be so quickly written off for women. I am 23 and was recently diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). My only major symptom was acne. Finally, after years of searching websites, my sister and esthetician convinced me to do blood work. The knowledge of my hormone imbalance started me on a very fast acne recovery ... with the right medication it cleared completely within weeks. I thought I should mention that another symptom of PCOS is hair growth, and I never showed significant signs of this. Just wanted to let women know if this is your case, get your hormones checked!

Comment from: Jenna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I've had acne since I was 12, and I'm now 27 and a mother. It's a nightmare. In fact, the acne is worse now than it was when I was a teenager. I've tried all the over-the-counter treatments known to man, oral contraceptives, and antibiotics. I'm currently looking for a way to get Accutane prescribed for me.

Comment from: kbrown, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I am a 47-year-old woman that has had minor but visible acne for more than 10 years. I have tried tree tea oil, doxcycline, and a multitude of face cleansers. The problem with all of them is that they help for a while and then lose their effectiveness. Recently I started drinking a nutritional beverage with acai in it, and that surprisingly has made my skin better augmented with a combination of a salicylic face wash and targeted application of Clearasil.

Comment from: James, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I have had acne since I was 13 years old. I have tried a lot of treatments including benzyl peroxide combined with antibiotics. It didn’t work. I even tried oral antibiotics. Those worked and cleared my skin after a few days, but it didn’t keep it clear. Plus, I can’t take antibiotics all the time. Salicylic acid didn’t make much of a difference. I even tried herbal stuff such as aloe vera, and nothing worked. I did use astringent, but it only made my skin red. Then I noticed that when I am using a special soap, it makes all the difference. I am using an orange papaya soap, and now I am acne-free. But I don’t think it would work for everybody. I guess it depends on your skin. Find out which soap will work for you because my soap doesn’t work for my cousin. He uses sulfur soap, which works for him.

Comment from: Mpemvu, Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I’m an 18-year-old boy who has had acne problems for about seven years. I have tried many products that contain benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid, but they didn’t make any difference. I don’t know what to do anymore, and this is very embarrassing.

Comment from: cant get rid of this, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I've had cystic acne since I was 13, my first one erupted on my private area closer to my leg. Doctors drained it, and told me that I was going to have this all my life. I'm 31 years old, and to this day I still get them. I have two that are on my face, one in my arm pit, and so much scar tissue, that will probably produce more. I was on Accutane when I was 16, but it messed with my mind, I had to get taken off. I've tried so many things, that I gave up. I just use alcohol and a needle to try to drain the puss and the core out. It’s my curse that I have to live with all my life. It's hard to live all of your life in pain. But my concern is could you get a staff infection while you have something like this?


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Comment from: Aira, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I've had acne since I was 12.Now I am 16 and it has ruined my life.I just hate it.I dont know what to do.I have used so many soaps,creams and medicines but it seems to show no effect.Now a days I use Neutrogena with 2% salicylic acid and Sudo cream.I started it a week ago.It seems to show some improvement but not completely washed acne away.I hope it works like this or I think I have to quit it.

Comment from: dodo, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I have had acne since I was 10 years old. Now I’m 20, and I don’t know what to do. I used medication and it disappeared, but it came back about 6 months after stopping the medicine.

Comment from: ginalee125, 19-24 Female Published: June 02

My 24 year old daughter has had acne since she was 14 and received regular treatment since then up until recently. She underwent 2 rounds of Accutane, saw the dermatologist bimonthly, took antibiotics for about 1 year, uses all the required face washes regularly, has Tazorac and had her hormone levels tested and still suffers regular breakouts. Does anyone have any further treatment recommendations? We are now at a loss.

Comment from: Melissa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have had acne since I was 12. I am 29 now. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish it would just wash away. Acne ruined my whole childhood. Plus, I was picked at by my peers. Now I can deal with it emotionally a little better. But the acne is still there. I've tried everything: Pro-active, Retin A. You name it, I've tried it. Some sort of helped, but it always returns. At least I know I'm not alone.

Comment from: becky, 25-34 Female Published: March 10

I have had severe acne since I was 12, and now I am 26. I am still suffering until this day, and it is more frustrating than anything I have been able to overcome in my life. Believe me when I say I have tried so many products, and nothing has worked to keep it away. It really makes a person get to the point of giving up, but I still have hope that someday I will find a cure.

Published: July 28

I have had bouts of acne break-outs since I was a teenager. Currently, I am experiencing a reoccurrence I believe due to premenopause. Whenever I experience hot flashes, I notice break-outs increase. I haven't found anything over the counter or from the doctor that seems to help, although currently I am trying acupuncture to relieve hot flash symptoms and I am hopeful that will calm my skin down.

Published: July 16

I am a victim of the side effects of prednisone, after it was prescribed for me by my doctor due to the allergy I developed. My face is covered severely with acne and blackheads, thanks to this drug, which I didn’t know had such adverse side effects. I’ve battled the acne now for almost a month.

Comment from: Megan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I do have oily skin and is suffering from having pimples every now and then. I had tried so many ways on how to get rid of these stubborn skin problems, but unfortunately I never succeeded. It also leaves my skin stubborn blemishes and scars. My problem is how to get rid of all these post- pimpled scars without any dermatological procedures. Are there any available over-the-counter meds or products in the market that I could use for my skin problem? I hope to hear from you soon.

Comment from: ihateacne, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I always used to get acne when I had my period. There didn't seem as if I could do anything about it. So I started to take vitamins, C, B and zinc to help, plus a multivitamin. It really did help but I just hated swallowing pills. They made me gag a little! When Better Nutrition recommended this Frutels vitamin chocolate for acne it was like my prayers were answered. Just eat a few Frutels chocolates every day and stop worrying. What a relief! I found them online.

Comment from: tressy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I have had acne off and on my entire life. I sometime have the boil like outbreaks. I continue to deal with acne at 40. I had medications, but I do not want to continue to take medications for acne. I wash daily with a face wash and it helps. Help, I still have breakouts!


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Comment from: cal147, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My first pimple was when I was in the third grade. Acne ruined my life and self-esteem. People don't see you the same way when you're left with scars all over your face. Most people think that you're not clean because of your appearance. You can try to cover it up, just like the feelings you have about yourself, but it doesn't go away. Most of the doctors I went to told me that I had to wait a few years before I could get treated. They thought it was nothing. It was a nightmare for me. It's close to 12 years since I realized I had my first pimple. A lot of heartache followed after that. I wish I was treated sooner. Maybe it would have saved me a lot of pain in my life.

Comment from: Jean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had acne for 20 years, from age 13 to age 33. Then I quit eating dairy products and have been free of acne every since. I kept my acne under control with Pernox, the only thing that worked, which used to be easily available, but now I can only buy it online. I still use it, as it removes dead skin, keeps my pores open and my skin looking young.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I'm 27 and I have horrible acne, all over my face neck and back, and I'm cursed, not only did I not start getting acne until I was 20, I found out, the hard way, that I am deathly allergic to benzoyl peroxide. Each menstrual cycle gets worse some of my pimples hurt so bad that I can't even think straight. When my period goes away it takes about a week for the really bad ones to go away, and then 2 weeks later it starts all over again. Wish there was something I could do to stop this horrible cycle.