Patient Comments: Acne (Pimples) - Length Symptoms Lasted

Question:How long did the symptoms of your acne (pimples) last?

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: 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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