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I finally couldn't take it and so I have stayed home today. I have a huge cyst on my cheek and over a dozen pimples all over my face. I have to take the bus to work and then have all these co-workers see my face and I just can't do it.

For the last 2 1/2 months my face has been the worse it has ever been. I have tried everything...Benzoyl Peroxide, lemon juice, aloe vera, vitamins: Omega-3, zinc, Vit B, etc...

My face was fine before...twice a day I would wash with a mild cleanser, apply Benzoyl Peroxide and then moisturize but now even that doesn't work.

I'm so tired of all this. I'm thinking of stopping everything. It doesn't seem to make an inch of difference.

It just feels hopeless.
leonidas, I've had acne since my teens and now I'm close to hitting 30. Unfortunately, I react badly to antibiotics (I usually have to stop taking them after a few doses) and I've heard a lot of negative things about Accutane so I've avoided it.

I've tried every over the counter medication out there, and even herbal or natural stuff.

I'm just so tired of trying to be optimistic that the next thing would be it and rid me of this disease.

It's just so frustrating. My Benzoyl Peroxide regime used to help (I still broke out) but I never stopped using it. Now I'm thinking of stopping everything, the vitamins, the cleansers and creams, everything. My face is horrible right now and how worse can it get?

leonidas, how are you managing it?
I think you're right not to rush into Accutane...I tried it, and it made my skin absolutely horrific during my senior year of high school. My face has NEVER looked so bad as it did while on Accutane. And the breakouts never subsided after the first month or two like the derm said they would. After my treatment finished, my skin had less breakouts for maybe 3 months, then just started breaking out again. In college, my skin seemed to clear up quite a lot, and I didn't have to worry too much. Now it's my senior year of college....and this summer I started breaking out HORRIBLY again!

I still breakout, but for the past couple months I've been using a combo that has been helping:


Tea tree oil fash wash (Desert Essence)
Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment


Revitol Exfoliating Scrub with oatmeal
Revitol Acne moisturizing cream with benzoyl peroxide and aloe vera

The Revitol stuff had to be ordered online and it WAS fairly expensive, but I absolutely love it. I still get breakouts, but not NEARLY as bad. My main problem now is getting rid of all my red marks :(