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I am a 34 year old female. I have had two courses of Accutane, with the last course being about five years ago. The Accutane seems to have cured me of the big cyst-like pimples and back acne. However, my current and ongoing problem is that I have whiteheads all over. They don't even come to a head, they just spread out under the skin and swell a little. I am also a picker! I am so afraid that if I don't squeeze the whiteheads, that I will end up with the painful red cysts again. I make myself look so much worse sometimes because of the picking. I take Yasmin, and I use Zoderm cleanser (a prescription benzoil peroxide wash), and Paula's Choice 2% salicylic acid topical beta hydroxy acid. I have tried Proactive in the past with no luck. I tried Murad and had a terrible reaction. I do use the sulfur mask from Proactiv occasionally. I have tried antibiotics, but usually end up with mild colitis and vaginal yeast infections, which causes me to quit taking them. I have used Differin gel, Benza-clin, and Duac. You name it, I've probably used it. I recently sent for free samples of the Affirm make-up which is supposed to HELP your skin breath, not just be non-comedogenic. We'll see. I really don't think wearing make-up affects anything, I still get blemishes even when I try to just wear powder. I am a Christian so I have prayed about this. I continue to have the acne, so I guess there is a reason why. It must just be my cross to bear.

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