gf has bad acne, she'll get inflammatory acne from her temples across her forehead, and sparse cystic acne on her lower lip/chin (although the in...

gf has bad acne, she'll get inflammatory acne from her temples across her forehead, and sparse cystic acne on her lower lip/chin (although the inflammatory acne is far more common). She told me she washes her face with very hot water so I told her to try using only cold water on her face for the next week or so. Google recommended chamomile tea. If you guys have better (let's say alternative) ways that have worked effectively for you, please tell!

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Accutane?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's come up but she doesn't want to go through the process/costs of getting a prescription if something else can do the trick. we're brokeass college students

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Wash your face, stop touching it, double cleanse every night. (Oil cleanser, then a foam cleanser) then dry face with a clean towel, retinol or vitamin c serum, let face dry, then add a moisturiser, let that dry and spots will stop appearing as the skin improves. use a clean pillowcase too.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Air dry don’t use towels like a moron, if you must then use disposable tissues.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah sure, air dry after a shower. Clever.
            Just use a clean towel jeez.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Air drying your fricking face you mong. You wash your towel each time after you use it on your face? Or do you have a stack of clean towels that you replace each time? That’s even worse than using a tissue to pat with you mong
              >I don’t replace towelsafter each use but I dry my face either way
              If you have ongoing acne all you are doing is smearing the bacteria that caused it in the first place, in a damp cloth that will encourage more bacteria growth by the next time you use it

              this
              instead of washing her face in the morning she should blot the oil with a tissue and then spray hypochlorous acid. she needs to not touch her face outside of applying skincare or makeup. contrary to what the other moron here said, makeup is not bad for skin. foundation may even be helpful to stop her from touching her face if that’s a habit of hers. differin is the best retinoid for acne and blackheads. salicylic acid is a great spot treatment and dissolves the sebum in blackheads. cleanser is just marketing, wiping the face with a fragrance-free baby wipe at night and then washing with lukewarm water is perfectly adequate. hot water is too harsh and cold water has zero benefits. she should let her face air dry. she needs to keep her hair out of her face and change her pillowcase/flip pillow to the clean side whenever she washes her hair.
              source? i had cystic acne and accutane failed me twice. skincare is something you do as a small addition to changing diet and finding triggers. carnivore is an excellent “reset” because it removes all carbs and is rich in nutrients most people are deficient in, like zinc, k2, d3 and iron. many plants contain anti-nutrients which hugely inhibit the absorption of zinc, especially WHEAT. ALL CARBS cause an increase in insulin and many people with acne are sensitive to insulin spikes and changes in blood sugar, which causes the acne.
              there is no easy answer, but this advice is a solid foundation for getting rid of acne once and for all. the longer she fricks around the more acne scars she’ll accumulate.

              Don’t use any kind of wipe if your skin is thin or sensitive, the wiping motion will irritate the skin. Foundation clogs pores unnecessarily.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                wiping skin gently with a wet wipe is not irritating at all, and makeup doesn’t clog pores, your own body’s sebum does. do you not wipe your butthole because the skin is “thin and sensitive”?

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Wiping makeup off or the remaining of it will, at the risk of it not wiping anything at all. Better off using a water based cleanser at morning and an oil based one at night, pat skin dry with disposable tissue or paper towel.
                I would know because my skin would fissure until I switched wipes to cleansers, if your skin is dry or sensitive you need to avoid physical exfoliation.
                Your comparison is also shit because paper and wipes can lead to bleeding hemorrhoids, a bidet or a shower is superior to a wet wipes which im forced to use at times anyway

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Try this:
          -Change pillow case every night.
          -Shower before bed, instead of morning.
          -No makeup to cover it up; creates a vicious cycle because makeup is bad for skin
          -Get sunlight on her face (10 mins a day minimum; dont over do it)
          -Drink lots of water; try avoiding alcohol as much as possible for college students
          -Get more sleep, less stress if possible
          -Use Benzoyl peroxide on outbreaks
          -Take collagen pills

          None of this is magic, but if you do the above you will rule out all hygiene potential causes and go to accutane. Accutane works but has side effects. Most colleges have basic nurse / doctor services for poor students so getting a prescription should be cake if she actually tries.

          Questions for anons. Why do any of this shit? I don't do any of this shit and I have zero acne. Not changing your pillow cases is definitely not causing your acne because the last time I changed mine was 3 months ago and I'm acne free.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            myopic moron

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you can get it pretty cheap from online Indian pharmacies or research chem sites. that's what I did at 25 after trying everything else for years. cleared up my terrible bacne in ~6 months. it's greatly increased my self confidence

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Indian Pharmacies
          Frick off you pajeet shill, I'm tired of you poojeets recommending indian pharmacies in every single fricking thread. Imagine trusting online Indian pharmacies for ANYTHING, holy SHIT, much less Accutane. I wouldn't trust an indian with a dollar bill, last thing I'm going to trust them with is selling me legit medicine?! Literally, stay the frick in your own country and keep your shit out of America and American websites, got it?

          Anyway. OP, tell your girlfriend to go to a derm, I did and it changed my life. She will figure out the best method based on budget and what kind of acne she has. There are a lot of options. I was in my 30s and by that point had basically tried every OTC and prescription product in the book so she just put me right on accutane since it was cystic and starting to cause major scarring. With insurance it was $20/month, lol, but Accutane requires supervision of a derm to dial in a safe, effective dose and she'll need blood tests monthly.

          But there are other options like birth control, tret cream, etc. Yes, there are $5 products you can try at your local store, like benzoyl peroxide and salycylic acid lotions, and there's also differin which is more expensive. But I used to spend $50/month trying different products. Just go to a derm. Do it now before the scarring is permanent

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dont ever use that shit, last recurse, can frick you up physically, if you are a teen dont ever use accutane, do lots of exercise and showers.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Tell her to stop roiding homosexual

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically start nutting on her face.
    The Zinc helps with acne.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Vitamin A

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Try this:
    -Change pillow case every night.
    -Shower before bed, instead of morning.
    -No makeup to cover it up; creates a vicious cycle because makeup is bad for skin
    -Get sunlight on her face (10 mins a day minimum; dont over do it)
    -Drink lots of water; try avoiding alcohol as much as possible for college students
    -Get more sleep, less stress if possible
    -Use Benzoyl peroxide on outbreaks
    -Take collagen pills

    None of this is magic, but if you do the above you will rule out all hygiene potential causes and go to accutane. Accutane works but has side effects. Most colleges have basic nurse / doctor services for poor students so getting a prescription should be cake if she actually tries.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hot water feels incredible on skin conditions but it's the worst. Very drying, ruins the moisture barrier, and exacerbates inflammation like you wouldn't believe.
      >But a soak in a hot tub is great for bodybuilders after a lifting session!
      IDK why. But it's different when you're already healthy. When you've got a problem, avoid not just heat but specifically clammy heat and hot water. Dry heats like sunlight are fine or even good though. I don't know why. This is pure observation, but I talked to an acupuncturist Chinese witch doctor who said exactly the same shit. Go figure.

      These are ALL correct

      Hardest thing you could do but would 100% help: cut out added sugars and reduce carbohydrates. Blood sugar spikes increase inflammation. If she's lactose intolerant cut the dairy too.

      Also correct

      Carnivore diet. At least until she has it under control. Then slowly reintroduce foods until you find the trigger foods.

      I've heard very good things about Carnivore but when I tried it it turned my shits into mega monster rock hard logs and would make my butthole bleed every time I pooped. Plus I had to unclog the toilet with a quarter bottle of bleach every couple times as well. The shit was somehow rock solid and sticky at the same time. You could have build a skyscraper out of that stuff and wouldn't need any rebar. It was SOLID shit and my butthole couldn't take it. So I had to start eating veggies again.
      Anyway, you have my sympathy. I wouldn't wish an autoimmune condition on my worst enemy.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        regarding the bowling movements: did you have enough fat in the diet?

        mouthbreathing during sleep the bacteria expelled from mouth fall back on face and pillow causing acne

        it was a fricking mystery for me and it took years after it happened to figure it out.

        first time hearing something like this; have you started taping your mouth and noticed your acne started to gradually disappear?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >first time hearing something like this; have you started taping your mouth and noticed your acne started to gradually disappear?

          I can't help but mouthbreathe sometimes, but since I've discovered this, I went from new zits twice a week to maybe 1 pimple every 2-3 months.

          my worst breakout was in highschool when I was punched in the nose and couldn't nosebreathe for a couple weeks, which is how I figured it out to begin with, albeit years later. I still have scars from how bad it was.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I probably didn't have enough fat in my diet. It was mostly poultry, lean beef, and piles of liver. Looking back I'm stupid for not doing more pork. Should give it another go sometime... But right now I'm trying to gain weight by a certain deadline and that means tons of rice. Really should give it another go eventually, but if I do it's going to include a better diet plan than "whatever's cheap lmao".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      on top of this, i wear a clean hoodie to keep off any dead skin from my body getting onto the pillow case

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hardest thing you could do but would 100% help: cut out added sugars and reduce carbohydrates. Blood sugar spikes increase inflammation. If she's lactose intolerant cut the dairy too.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    change the birth control but it would be best to get her off it (for her own health)

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Carnivore diet. At least until she has it under control. Then slowly reintroduce foods until you find the trigger foods.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this
      instead of washing her face in the morning she should blot the oil with a tissue and then spray hypochlorous acid. she needs to not touch her face outside of applying skincare or makeup. contrary to what the other moron here said, makeup is not bad for skin. foundation may even be helpful to stop her from touching her face if that’s a habit of hers. differin is the best retinoid for acne and blackheads. salicylic acid is a great spot treatment and dissolves the sebum in blackheads. cleanser is just marketing, wiping the face with a fragrance-free baby wipe at night and then washing with lukewarm water is perfectly adequate. hot water is too harsh and cold water has zero benefits. she should let her face air dry. she needs to keep her hair out of her face and change her pillowcase/flip pillow to the clean side whenever she washes her hair.
      source? i had cystic acne and accutane failed me twice. skincare is something you do as a small addition to changing diet and finding triggers. carnivore is an excellent “reset” because it removes all carbs and is rich in nutrients most people are deficient in, like zinc, k2, d3 and iron. many plants contain anti-nutrients which hugely inhibit the absorption of zinc, especially WHEAT. ALL CARBS cause an increase in insulin and many people with acne are sensitive to insulin spikes and changes in blood sugar, which causes the acne.
      there is no easy answer, but this advice is a solid foundation for getting rid of acne once and for all. the longer she fricks around the more acne scars she’ll accumulate.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is the best advice in this thread

      Try this:
      -Change pillow case every night.
      -Shower before bed, instead of morning.
      -No makeup to cover it up; creates a vicious cycle because makeup is bad for skin
      -Get sunlight on her face (10 mins a day minimum; dont over do it)
      -Drink lots of water; try avoiding alcohol as much as possible for college students
      -Get more sleep, less stress if possible
      -Use Benzoyl peroxide on outbreaks
      -Take collagen pills

      None of this is magic, but if you do the above you will rule out all hygiene potential causes and go to accutane. Accutane works but has side effects. Most colleges have basic nurse / doctor services for poor students so getting a prescription should be cake if she actually tries.

      All of this stuff is good, too, but as supplementary advice if the elimination diet doesn't work.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Clean diet. Try zinc also.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds like it's an internal issue. Dairy, refined sugars, and gluten are all well documented to worsen acne prone skin, have her try an elimination diet to figure out what might be causing it

    a dairy free diet + differin finally fixed my shit, down to only occasional breakouts

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    birth control pills

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    fix her diet homie
    Even "healthy" shit can irritate someones gut
    She must eliminate irritating food

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    She is having hormonal acne nothing will fix it besides medication washing routines only work when the cause is external

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    regular 72-96h fasting cures inflammation, balances out the hormones and changes gut bacteria composition to be more beneficial for your body (in short, "bad" bacteria starve out as they mostly feed on simple carbs, "good" bacteria feed on the dead "bad" bacteria)

    carbs are bad for the skin and age you quickly, and contribute to high levels of propionic acid in the gut (which indirectly causes acne)

    go strictly low-carb/keto/carnivore for a month, and just in case cut out seed oils 🙂

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      me, I don't even bother telling normies how to fix things because I know they will be unwilling to apply the method that will resolve their issues.
      >muh skin is shit
      >then stop eating shit
      >WAHHH I CANT TOO TASTY!!!
      so let their face, show their sin.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cum on her face, no meme
    Also, remove trigger foods, probably sugar and milk

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    mouthbreathing during sleep the bacteria expelled from mouth fall back on face and pillow causing acne

    it was a fricking mystery for me and it took years after it happened to figure it out.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    drop the b***h

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Drop milk products and seed oils from diet.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >"Drop milk products"
      >butter makes my skin glow and have that matte finish
      >mfw you're a fricking moron

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >butter doesn't irritate my skin so it must not bother anyone elses

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ah the eternal israelite argument about muh subjectivity
          maybe dont eat shitty low quality butter you fricking moron
          its literally impossible for butter to irritate your skin unless there is foul play at hand, in which case butter is not the culprit so eat shit you smartass homosexual

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >maybe don't eat shitty low quality butter
            I don't, but assume more Black person.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's something in her diet. For me it was dairy and eggs.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    drink more water and cut out sugar

    also eat probiotic foods

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    try cut down on sugar, bread (literally impossible for women but still), simple carbs generally. same with alcohol, dairy.

    check allergies, foods or environment

    check vitamin deficiencies

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    stop eating garbage. track micros.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Non invasive, look into infrared light therapy (red light).

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cut out all sugar, dairy and alcohol.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      And rinse your skin for 5min every night (just let water run over it)
      Will fix any skin issue, promise.

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No idea if it'll help her, but my acne pretty much disappeared when I stopped using hair shampoo. In my case, it was because I went from short hair to bald for a while (yep, /misc/tier bald). Haven't used any soaps on my face and shoulders since then, and haven't gotten acne again.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Super reddit ITT

    >"lol just change your pillowcase hun!"
    >"omg sweetie I'm so sorry! stop touching your face try cutting out sugar, chocolate, and dairy and go vegan! worked for me!!"

    Go. To. A. Dermatologist.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      derm just puts you on accutane

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >"derms just put you on the only thing known to cure acne"
        OK? Not that you're right, anyway, the derm has a plethora of options that will actually work, and most derms today will only put you right on accutane if you have the type of acne that clearly needs it. A derm has about a half dozen options they can give you that also work, and if they do suggest accutane first you can always say "I'd prefer to try something else first if possible". Options include:

        >birth control (for women)
        >spironolactone (for women)
        >oral antibiotics
        >clindamycin + benzyl peroxide gel/cream
        >tret cream

        Dermatologists with push antibiotics that will screw your gut, because they know that having a clean lifestyle literally and figuratively is beyond a normie reach. Not unlike offering liposuction right away to someone overweight

        Then just tell them you don't want antibiotics? My derm put me on antibiotics briefly but stressed it shouldn't be long term. She also recommended dietary changes but I already tried them all over the years.

        You gays act like you go to a derm, they hold you at gunpoint, and say "ACCUTANE AND ANTIBIOTICS OR ELSE!!!" Most will work with you to find a solution you're happy with, and if yours doesn't... go to another one? I mean, you do live in America, right?

        Accutane gets a bad rep, anyway. I was on it for 8 months, got totally cured. I had dry lips for 8 months. Boo hoo.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >shilling birth control
          >shilling antibiotics
          >shilling treat without even suggesting clean diet and habits
          You’re fricking moronic to suggest birth control, you’re either a clueless or sadistic man, or a dumb fricking woman.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dermatologists with push antibiotics that will screw your gut, because they know that having a clean lifestyle literally and figuratively is beyond a normie reach. Not unlike offering liposuction right away to someone overweight

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >laughs at the fact that the replies resemble reddit posters
      >proceeds to post the most reddit response

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Super reddit ITT
      >Go. To. A. Dermatologist.
      Did you clap in-between each period you little homosexual?

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am currently one month on doxycycline and my acne is pretty much non-existant. Best skin I've had in 10 years

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my gym nemesis had a bad acne outbreak last I saw her. Maybe why she keyed my car *shrug* Hope she's doing well. I'm not a stalker or anything fr, but switched gyms to avoid her stalker behavior.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How old is your gf?
    I ask because I really do believe all this stuff about changing pillow cases, drinking water, not eating dairy, etc. is bullshit.
    I had awful, awful acne, but once I reached 25, it just stopped.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the point of changing pillowcases is to prevent the proliferation of existing acne, dirty pillowcases are not the root cause of acne. people who are lactose intolerant need to stop consuming lactose. they should still have dairy products that don’t contain lactose, dairy is extremely nutritious and good for skin health.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Drink more water unironically.
    Acne is caused by an abundance of the sub glands under the skin. Generally men are most likely to have this and testosterone (DHT) is the cause. It's used to regulate body temperature by producing sweat during high activity times.

    Which is why it deals with testosterone, activity is the mechanism.
    By drinking water it reduces the fluid within the sweat to a more stable state which generally helps reduces the problem.

    Also buy legitimate face wash, store brands at walmart and such often have material chemicals that are pro-inflammatory.

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Acne is very irritating since the causality is typically very difficult to trace. The other advice in this thread is good for eliminating some potentials, but is ultimately unlikely to work. For people with acne the face, and skin generally is often demonstrative of gut & digestive health. This is why antibiotics often work as a temporary measure against acne, through forcing a clean gut. We want better measures, though antibiotics can be good if paired with other treatments. Eating freshly prepared, agreeable food made with high-quality ingredients for every meal, and attempting some form of digestive supplement (carrot salad, well-cooked mushrooms, cascara tea, bamboo shoots) could have a curative effect. Some things like sulfur soap work for others too. Vitamin A is also a common contributor. Eating a serving of liver once a week would work for this. Good luck.

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    She has to eliminate all milk and dairy and sugar. Otherwise she has no right to complain about it. These two will transform your face.

    t. Went through everything and they put me on accutane when I could've just done this instead

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >IST
    >very hot water
    >only cold water
    >chamomile tea
    >"you guys"
    >alternative
    >please

    being american and uninsured... not even once..

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No acne here. Gf doesn't get it either.
    Gf is farm hippie who doesn't use shampoo and only uses goats milk soap to wash. Neither of us wash our face religiously.
    Acne is caused by stress. Women are higher in neuorticism.
    Women's stress and anxiety is mitigated and controlled by the man in her life and whether or not he provides an environment that she feels secure in.
    Tell her to stop washing away all the oils her face needs. Also be a better partner.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That’s shit advice if they don’t clean up their diet or improve basic hygiene

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm an acupuncturist. Look for an herb the chinese call "zi cao," make a tea from it and use it topically. Internally, take yin chen hao granules with jia wei xiao yao san. If that doesn't work, use long dan xie gan tang. Stop eating all dairy, reduce sugar and eat more cruciferous vegetables. DIM and NAC might help balance excess estrogen.

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >If you guys have better (let's say alternative) ways that have worked effectively for you, please tell!
    I had the worst case of cystic acne all the dermatologists I visited had seen. I was 11. It went almost completely away after I turned 17, started working out, and changed my diet. No more processed shit, no more junk food: Mediterranean diet with whole grains only. If I wanted a snack, I grabbed a piece of fruit. Then I switched to keto, and my skin cleared up completely. No more dandruff (I had tons of that shit before) nor oily skin, either. Some of us are just too sensitive to sugars.

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the two biggest factors for my skin clearing up is daily vitamin D+K and my silver thread pillow case. That plus not touching your face, keeping it clean, getting enough water and sleep, etc. but those two were the main ones I credit for having decent skin.

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