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  • babyyl0vebabyyl0ve Posts: 2Member
    Mystrillium wrote on 01 May 2011 - 04:22 AM:

    I saw both of your acne story videos, you have been through so much and been to many specialists. You really covered a variety of questions. Personally I rather gain weight than lose weight. I may visit a specialist because my menstrual cycle is really irregular (I'm 19).


    [READ IF YOUR PERIOD IS IRREGULAR AND HAVE ACNE - IMPORTANT]

    i recently went to the doctors to find the cause of my acne and get some medication for it and also because my period was extremely irregular (sometimes going for up to like.. 8 weeks... and then sometimes 3 weeks).
    he took a blood test and the results came back that i had a hormone imbalance (he didnt.. really go much into it)
    he suggested i exercise, record my period dates, etc etc
    when i returned for another blood test, i still had the same hormone problem

    he told my mum i might have a problem with my ovaries called
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    and that i should get it checked out by having an ultrasound

    i had the ultrasound and (unsurprisingly) i have POS and have a higher level of testorone
    in short, this ... illness isn't as frightening as it may seem but it basically means your quite infertile or going to have difficulty getting pregnant
    its symptoms include ACNE AND IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE (and some other ones as well which dont seem to apply to me)

    what i'm saying is, for anyone who has these two symptoms, i suggest you get it checked out.
    statisically speaking, you probably don't have it...
    my treatment for it will probably be BC pills because it has oestrogen in it and it should help with the acne and period, but i haven't received it yet so i'm not sure how effective it is...
    jenn
  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    babyyl0ve wrote on 30 April 2011 - 09:34 PM:

    [READ IF YOUR PERIOD IS IRREGULAR AND HAVE ACNE - IMPORTANT]

    i recently went to the doctors to find the cause of my acne and get some medication for it and also because my period was extremely irregular (sometimes going for up to like.. 8 weeks... and then sometimes 3 weeks).
    he took a blood test and the results came back that i had a hormone imbalance (he didnt.. really go much into it)
    he suggested i exercise, record my period dates, etc etc
    when i returned for another blood test, i still had the same hormone problem

    he told my mum i might have a problem with my ovaries called
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    and that i should get it checked out by having an ultrasound

    i had the ultrasound and (unsurprisingly) i have POS and have a higher level of testorone
    in short, this ... illness isn't as frightening as it may seem but it basically means your quite infertile or going to have difficulty getting pregnant
    its symptoms include ACNE AND IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE (and some other ones as well which dont seem to apply to me)

    what i'm saying is, for anyone who has these two symptoms, i suggest you get it checked out.
    statisically speaking, you probably don't have it...
    my treatment for it will probably be BC pills because it has oestrogen in it and it should help with the acne and period, but i haven't received it yet so i'm not sure how effective it is...


    That's exactly what I said in my acne story. Please pay attention to the videos to avoid repeating given information within the videos.=] But thank you for sharing.
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

    ROOKIE

    Once again, don't hesitate to ask questions.

    I would like to know which video you guys would want up next:
    • The source of acne
    • Acne scars and remedies
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  • MystrilliumMystrillium Near the CN TowerPosts: 210Member
    @babyyl0ve Woow thanks for the info! I have two of those symptoms. I had a blood test done but my doctor told me nothing was wrong and didn't mention hormonal imbalance. However I think the reason for my irregular menstrual cycle is because I'm very underweight and was underweight ever since I was a child til now. Each summer I aim to gain weight, but I`ve always been lazy =___=

    @hot-chocolate I would like to watch an acne scars and remedies video ^__^ In your video you mentioned going to a gynecologist but you also mentioned a doctor that diagnosed your POS (that your dermatologist recommended), what type of doctor/ specialist is that (name of occupation)? Sorry I'm not very clear with me question.
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    @Mystrillium: Darling, it was my gynecologist that diagnosed my POS the very first time. =]
    My hormonologist/endocrinologist diagnosed me with the return of those symptoms 5 years after my very first ultrasound (when I was 12), this very doctor was the one my dermatologist here in France recommended.

    Don't hesitate to ask further questions.
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  • MystrilliumMystrillium Near the CN TowerPosts: 210Member
    Would it be a good idea to seek a gynecologist or a hormonologist/endocrinologist? All this information is really insightful ^^
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

    ROOKIE

    Mystrillium wrote on 01 May 2011 - 02:45 PM:

    Would it be a good idea to seek a gynecologist or a hormonologist/endocrinologist? All this information is really insightful ^^

    I suggest a gyneco. Simply because he/she will be able to do the ultrasound.
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  • MystrilliumMystrillium Near the CN TowerPosts: 210Member
    Okie then, I don't think I'll see a gynecologist soon, perhaps I will in the future. Thank-you for answering my questions, I shall look forward to your upcoming videos ^_^~
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

    ROOKIE

    @Mystrillium: Thank you =) Hopefully you get to find the source of your acne!
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  • YunHe^^YunHe^^ I hate them, mirrors FinlandPosts: 196Member

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    edited May 2011
    Hi there!
    Another acne sufferer here.
    I'm sorry for this rant but I need to let the steam out a bit; I never really complain about my skin to others, because if I do, they usually just say that "you having bad skin doesn't matter - you're pretty and lovely person" blah blah blah. Or well, that's what my parents say, so it really doesn't console me much.

    Thanks for your story, it's always somehow therapeutical to see that, yes, there are other people who suffer from acne, too. Among my friends, though, I'm the only one who suffers from acne anymore; have had it for almost 6 years now. Acne bothers me to the extent that I have actually been suicidal had suicidal thoughts for the past year and it really frustrates me because at the same time I want to just live my life but the idea of not suffering from depression caused by acne + other issues is very tempting sometimes.

    I had my first period when I was about to turn 15 - yeah, quite late compared to other girls. And what happened to me was that I had my first period but my second period didn't come after a month - but after 6 months! I didn't really care much because I knew that period may be irregular at first and mine indeed were for a year or so, now they are quite regular. The reason why I mention this is because I have only lately realized that after having my first period, my acne began as well - before that I had NEVER had acne and my skin had been so perfect. So this really made me think IF I should go for BC pills (I haven't had them because I'm quite afraid to go to the gynecologist) because it seems like nothing else does the trick really. And trust me, I have tried everything. Trying everything has left my skin oily, scarry and really red (because of the scars) and.. basically ruined my life, I'd say.

    This has also left me unwilling to go see a dermatologist anymore because none of their tricks has helped me. And what dermatologists here in Finland do is that they basically look a bit at your face and say "Yeah, I'll give you a prescription for antibiotics" - and that's it. That's why I've been trying home remedies and all.

    You are lucky to not have that much acne on your face (plus your skintone is really even!). I would be interested to hear HOW YOU COPE WITH ACNE IN DAILY LIFE because I'd really need some tips plus it seems like you have had it for so long that you know already how to cope with it. I'm almost 20 myself but I'm really emotional when it comes to my skin. Everything is all about skin, skin, skin - these days the first thing I take a look at on another person is their skin. In many cases, seeing others' clear skin on a daily basis is much pain for me. Wherever I go, I always worry about my skin. Skin, skin, skin. The whole mindset really ruins my whole life atm. -_-

    Best of luck to you (with school and your skin as well!) and hope to see some more videos from you!
    And, once again, I apologize for ranting. ):
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    edited May 2011
    YunHe^^ wrote on 02 May 2011 - 01:35 PM:

    Hi there!
    Another acne sufferer here.
    I'm sorry for this rant but I need to let the steam out a bit; I never really complain about my skin to others, because if I do, they usually just say that "you having bad skin doesn't matter - you're pretty and lovely person" blah blah blah. Or well, that's what my parents say, so it really doesn't console me much.

    Thanks for your story, it's always somehow therapeutical to see that, yes, there are other people who suffer from acne, too. Among my friends, though, I'm the only one who suffers from acne anymore; have had it for almost 6 years now. Acne bothers me to the extent that I have actually been suicidal had suicidal thoughts for the past year and it really frustrates me because at the same time I want to just live my life but the idea of not suffering from depression caused by acne + other issues is very tempting sometimes.

    I had my first period when I was about to turn 15 - yeah, quite late compared to other girls. And what happened to me was that I had my first period but my second period didn't come after a month - but after 6 months! I didn't really care much because I knew that period may be irregular at first and mine indeed were for a year or so, now they are quite regular. The reason why I mention this is because I have only lately realized that after having my first period, my acne began as well - before that I had NEVER had acne and my skin had been so perfect. So this really made me think IF I should go for BC pills (I haven't had them because I'm quite afraid to go to the gynecologist) because it seems like nothing else does the trick really. And trust me, I have tried everything. Trying everything has left my skin oily, scarry and really red (because of the scars) and.. basically ruined my life, I'd say.

    This has also left me unwilling to go see a dermatologist anymore because none of their tricks has helped me. And what dermatologists here in Finland do is that they basically look a bit at your face and say "Yeah, I'll give you a prescription for antibiotics" - and that's it. That's why I've been trying home remedies and all.

    You are lucky to not have that much acne on your face (plus your skintone is really even!). I would be interested to hear HOW YOU COPE WITH ACNE IN DAILY LIFE because I'd really need some tips plus it seems like you have had it for so long that you know already how to cope with it. I'm almost 20 myself but I'm really emotional when it comes to my skin. Everything is all about skin, skin, skin - these days the first thing I take a look at on another person is their skin. In many cases, seeing others' clear skin on a daily basis is much pain for me. Wherever I go, I always worry about my skin. Skin, skin, skin. The whole mindset really ruins my whole life atm. -_-

    Best of luck to you (with school and your skin as well!) and hope to see some more videos from you!
    And, once again, I apologize for ranting. ):

    Thank you for such an elaborated reply and rant =] Now Hun, this is THE place to rant about your acne because I will absolutely understand how you feel! I will never ban you from here nor get angry because you posted your feelings about your acne and how you cope with it. Really, you shouldn't apologize, you have all the rights to feel frustrated/angry/ sad about your acne. So rant all you wish, I will always answer back and try to help you!

    As for your period, it is best you get checked by a gynecologist or hormonologist, even if your period is regular you may have the possibility of having the polycystic syndrome. I heard that a lot of women have it even without their acne. But I'm not a doctor so I may be absolutely wrong. And about your dermatologist, you should tell him/her about the irregularity of your period before an d also tell him/her that antibiotics don't work. He might search for alternative solutions. A doctor is a doctor despite the ineffective medecine they give. You have to tel them everything, EVERYTHING. Because, not only that their medication can have brutal side effects due to any odd symptoms, but they might also be able to guide you to another doctor. All doctors have basic knowledge when it comes to common diseases.

    Acne musn't get your confidence beaten up. Never let it go over the toop and drive you crazy. You have to understand that it isn't the end of your life. True, acne and not having perfect skin like most people around can be quite painful, I know what I am talking about. I used to get insulted aloud each time I passed in the hallways, GOD I even received a bok straight in my face because they found me absolutely hideous and told me to hide myself behind the thick book. I had water/coke/orange juice thrown at me in the halls. I thought that I was going to hang myself because no one really cared and liked me because of my face. I had "friends" who would say "Your face got better" or "You look fine" but when you over hear them speaking and say "Jeez she should get her face ripped off or something. She barely looks human to me". Acne is painful but it's a medical state you have to accept and heal with patience, tenacity and logic. Patience because acne is like cancer, it needs time except that you can get rid of it for sure. Tenacity because, you should never let it break you down like some hammer. You aren't the nail, you're the hammer and you have to pound that acne until it says goodbye. Logic becaue, you can't self medicate yourself unlike some people in YouTube with their home remedies that either don't work or will simply not work for your skin. You also have to be logical with what you tell the doctor, precision is key.

    Remember, never compare your skin to anyone else's. No one has the same skin as anyone else. Your skin is yours and you must understand that when another person heals from acne within 2 weeks, this doesn't mean it will work for you. Your skin is like your personality, no one will ever have the same so you must take time understanding it. For example, when you lack sleep and the next day you break out, you are so not going to do the same thing and not get enough sleep. You have to understand your skin's demand! It's like a baby your taking care of, neglect it and the child might perish.

    If you have any other questions, please ask. I will try to help you. (: This is a place where no one has the right to hurt you because you have acne, you can tell me everything I will never make fun of it.

    Relax, be nice to yourself and smile darling (:

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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    edited May 2011
    UPDATES


    Everyone, please check out the first post for minor updates!
    And please share this forum with people suffering from acne whether it be good or bad. I would like to learn more about acne from different people!
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  • YunHe^^YunHe^^ I hate them, mirrors FinlandPosts: 196Member

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    edited May 2011
    hot-chocolate wrote on 03 May 2011 - 06:56 PM:

    Thank you for such an elaborated reply and rant =] Now Hun, this is THE place to rant about your acne because I will absolutely understand how you feel! I will never ban you from here nor get angry because you posted your feelings about your acne and how you cope with it. Really, you shouldn't apologize, you have all the rights to feel frustrated/angry/ sad about your acne. So rant all you wish, I will always answer back and try to help you!

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    Thank you yourself for the reply and such encouraging message!

    I have suspected that I might have polycystic syndrome, and some of the symptoms do match me but not all (which is no excuse to go and see the doctor, though). I know, home remedies and everything, they really won't work (at least all of them) - but at the same time I can't really help it and keep trying to find a solution myself. Like I said - I really lost my trust in doctors - but I guess I really should try to dig that patience out of me again. Right now I'm in so much depression, though, that it seems hard. Facing people, doing normal daily things - it's all painful! Even meeting my friends is sometimes hurting me because I feel like I can't enjoy their presence thanks to the fact that I'm always conscious about my looks. It's naive but my mind is built that way - having to hear at high school that my face is ugly and that I am ugly makes those old comments appear on my mind again and again. And because I really have no one to talk to (even talking with my parents is hard because I don't want them to feel worried about me) it all just piles up in my head. Mmhm, I'm quite introvert.

    Hearing that you have had to face such behaviour even from your friends makes me feel lucky that my friends never really cared about my skin or looks - they have been the best of friends for me. From elsewhere (classmates and such) I did receive some nasty comments about my face in general back in junior high school so it has left me pretty much paralyzed when it comes to relationships. You seem like a corageous person; for that, I do envy but also respect you. Despite your acne, you still can go on and try to look for a solution to your acne as well as listen to others.

    My previous post was made in a huge state of frustration so that's why I apologized for ranting. :--D Anyhow, thanks again for your reply; hopefully there'll be more people to keep the discussion going on. ^^
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    YunHe^^ wrote on 05 May 2011 - 10:33 AM:

    Thank you yourself for the reply and such encouraging message!

    I have suspected that I might have polycystic syndrome, and some of the symptoms do match me but not all (which is no excuse to go and see the doctor, though). I know, home remedies and everything, they really won't work (at least all of them) - but at the same time I can't really help it and keep trying to find a solution myself. Like I said - I really lost my trust in doctors - but I guess I really should try to dig that patience out of me again. Right now I'm in so much depression, though, that it seems hard. Facing people, doing normal daily things - it's all painful! Even meeting my friends is sometimes hurting me because I feel like I can't enjoy their presence thanks to the fact that I'm always conscious about my looks. It's naive but my mind is built that way - having to hear at high school that my face is ugly and that I am ugly makes those old comments appear on my mind again and again. And because I really have no one to talk to (even talking with my parents is hard because I don't want them to feel worried about me) it all just piles up in my head. Mmhm, I'm quite introvert.

    Hearing that you have had to face such behaviour even from your friends makes me feel lucky that my friends never really cared about my skin or looks - they have been the best of friends for me. From elsewhere (classmates and such) I did receive some nasty comments about my face in general back in junior high school so it has left me pretty much paralyzed when it comes to relationships. You seem like a corageous person; for that, I do envy but also respect you. Despite your acne, you still can go on and try to look for a solution to your acne as well as listen to others.

    My previous post was made in a huge state of frustration so that's why I apologized for ranting. :--D Anyhow, thanks again for your reply; hopefully there'll be more people to keep the discussion going on. ^^


    You are more than welcome Hun. No deserves to feel frustrated and hurt by acne and by others!
    I am glad my post did seem to have enlightened you =] It means a lot to to help people with their acne because so many don't care about it. one of the reasons why I never gave up on my skin was simply because I wanted to learn more about how acne develops and from where it may come from. I might even think of going into dermatology to stop the legal prescription of roaccutane. It can be a deadly acne treatment! So honey if your doctor prescribes roaccutane, make a wise choice by doing some research.
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  • jennjenn Posts: 799Member

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    Hi,

    this is a great thread for all with the common issue of acne.

    treating and maintaining persistent mild moderate acne seems to be a common discussion for everyone.

    what about for the severe acne prone skin?

    are these treatments for the mild and severe the same?

    bcuz it sure seems harder to treat/maintain severe acne prone skin.

    i've been trying to figure out what works for me for years... and am still trying to figure it out.

    do you have any recommendations?


    also, did you take accutane to reduce your acne??

    do you think it makes a difference by using the generic or brand name version of isotretinoin?
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    edited May 2011
    babyyl0ve wrote on 30 April 2011 - 08:34 PM:

    [READ IF YOUR PERIOD IS IRREGULAR AND HAVE ACNE - IMPORTANT]


    Omg...thanks for this.
    I think i have this... :crazy:
    I basically had cystic acne 3 years ago (i took accutane 2 years ago and finished last year), i have irregular period up until now.
    Basically i don't get my period until every 2-3 months.
    my dermatologist actually told me to get a consult with a gynecologist, but it seems my mom isn't open about it...it's kinda awkward for me to ask her if she could schedule me to have a checkup with a gyne...i'm scared though...coz i might be infertile, coz i know irregular period like this isn't normal.
    i still get occasional pimples here and there..but not as severe as before.
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  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    jenn wrote on 05 May 2011 - 08:28 PM:

    Hi,

    this is a great thread for all with the common issue of acne.

    treating and maintaining persistent mild moderate acne seems to be a common discussion for everyone.

    what about for the severe acne prone skin?

    are these treatments for the mild and severe the same?

    bcuz it sure seems harder to treat/maintain severe acne prone skin.

    i've been trying to figure out what works for me for years... and am still trying to figure it out.

    do you have any recommendations?


    also, did you take accutane to reduce your acne??

    do you think it makes a difference by using the generic or brand name version of isotretinoin?


    Hello, thank you so much for posting and asking very good questions.
    I'm not in the medical field so I can't give you the theorical answers but I have a feeling that I sort of know. Severe acne, most of the time transforms into cystic acne. So which means that you skin is agressed by superficial cysts/surface cysts. I used to have a 1st degree case (out of 3) of cystic acne which I was able to heal with the hormonal medication I am taking. Though I am not sure the case is the same for males. I know it was very much related to my irregular cycle and the presence of the cysts on my ovaries.


    I think severe acne needs both dermatological and hormonological care. Lots of attention must be delivered to the type of acne. Though this depends on how bad the acne is (give me an approximative diameter of a pimple according to what you call severe, since this can go up to 6-7). I don't believe in severe acne being simply a skin problem, something must be wrong within inside of the system for the skin to manifest through severe acne.
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  • cutefluffyemilycutefluffyemily Posts: 311Member

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    Hi there, so I have a couple of questions regarding to the cystic acne i have and would really appreciate if you can help me:

    I generally don't have any regular pimples on my face. My t-zone gets a little oily but my face is generally normal/dry. I use face wash everyday and stay out of touching my face as much as possible. No problems there.

    However, (this might sound a little wierd), I got hordes of acne on my pubic area. So about a year ago, I had pubic hair and I just decide to wax it all off and shave for remaining hairs. At first, its alright. I never had pimples or scars over there. However, weeks gone by  and there white-headed pimple cystic i dont kno what exactly is it starts showing up.

    At first, I thought it was ingrown hair, so I started plucking the hairs out of pubic hair (Ouch!) and examine it everyday. And it seems like its not ingrown hair when I inspect the hair follicle. It goes like this: First I shave under warm bath water (I shave every other day). I pull my skin gently and shave in opposite direction for a clean touch. a-ok, no problem there. Then, I get out of shower and apply some cooling gel. But as hours went by, I will start getting hard bumps under skin. I don't see anything on surface yet. Then, the spot gets redder and a white -head like thing will form. Like if you squeeze it white pus will come out. Well I squeeze it if it bothers me. Anyways, then the scar heals for like 1 week or so (by this time its really itchy and i sometimes can't help but scratch). After it heals, it forms a brown spot scar :< And this cycle just NEVER NEVER ENDS.

    I tried putting on acne lotion on it (it somewhat helped) but they ALWAYS come back. I put acne mask on it (haha mask on ur pubes) and again no permanent results.

    Plus, the scars wont go away cuz the acne or whatever it is keeps coming back.

    /sigh~ wat to do wat to do?
  • hot-chocolatehot-chocolate FrancePosts: 311Member

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    edited May 2011
    cutefluffyemily wrote on 06 May 2011 - 12:09 PM:

    Hi there, so I have a couple of questions regarding to the cystic acne i have and would really appreciate if you can help me:

    I generally don't have any regular pimples on my face. My t-zone gets a little oily but my face is generally normal/dry. I use face wash everyday and stay out of touching my face as much as possible. No problems there.

    However, (this might sound a little wierd), I got hordes of acne on my pubic area. So about a year ago, I had pubic hair and I just decide to wax it all off and shave for remaining hairs. At first, its alright. I never had pimples or scars over there. However, weeks gone by  and there white-headed pimple cystic i dont kno what exactly is it starts showing up.

    At first, I thought it was ingrown hair, so I started plucking the hairs out of pubic hair (Ouch!) and examine it everyday. And it seems like its not ingrown hair when I inspect the hair follicle. It goes like this: First I shave under warm bath water (I shave every other day). I pull my skin gently and shave in opposite direction for a clean touch. a-ok, no problem there. Then, I get out of shower and apply some cooling gel. But as hours went by, I will start getting hard bumps under skin. I don't see anything on surface yet. Then, the spot gets redder and a white -head like thing will form. Like if you squeeze it white pus will come out. Well I squeeze it if it bothers me. Anyways, then the scar heals for like 1 week or so (by this time its really itchy and i sometimes can't help but scratch). After it heals, it forms a brown spot scar :< And this cycle just NEVER NEVER ENDS.

    I tried putting on acne lotion on it (it somewhat helped) but they ALWAYS come back. I put acne mask on it (haha mask on ur pubes) and again no permanent results.

    Plus, the scars wont go away cuz the acne or whatever it is keeps coming back.

    /sigh~ wat to do wat to do?


    Huney, go see a doctor asap. I know acne can appear in certain places which are inappropriate but close to the pubic part when you don't have facial acne is quite odd. First of all, stop pricking/popping them, not only it is bad for the tissues around the pubic area but it may not even be acne and you might be spreading weird bacteria which is why it is causing breakouts.

    Next thing it STOP, I mean it, STOP waxing your pubic area! Women these days do'nt understand how important the pubic hairs are, they protect your genital organ from taking in dirt, it is a very important part of our body which isn't actually meant to be plucked/waxed. Not only have you damaged your hair follicles, but you might even have cause an internal derm wound that is having a hard time to heal (yes hair follicles don't heal easily, I have that problem with my eyebrows, I tweezed them and it can't grow back quickly since the hair follicles are damaged and it takes time for them to heal).

    It may be itchy and gross to know that you are having pimples/bumps there, but stop touching it, specially in the shower or in a bath. Water even if it is hot, isn't deprived of bacteria. So if you extract hairs in hot water, you open up the pores and pull the hairs out and you risk letting water bacteria enter your skin. I've seen the same issue with my friend, she wears very low waist pants and I noticed bumps/pimples and scars close to her pubic area.

    Just please, stop waxing! The hairs on our skin aren't meant to be pulled out! I regret having tweezed my brows and wish for the to grow back, but in your case you can even catch an infection by doing so. No more waxing close to the pubic area, just follow your panty line and shave/tweezed out what depasses (like those hairs appearing on your thighs). And see a doctor about it, first ask a gynecologist since they are experts when it comes to the female genitals and pubic area. Next if she doesn't know, you might have to go see a dermatologist. Talk to it about your parents (if you still undego their financial support), it is important they know so that you'd be able to have someone close by when the doctor inspects your body (you never know, personally I always have my dad or mom with me at all times).
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