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  1. Minks
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    Today's the day that my face has started getting drier and a bit itchy. Acne seems a little calmer though. I picked like 5 scabs off from pimples that I popped yesterday. Surprised they were ready to come off that quick. My lips haven't really had the chance to get dry as I've been moisturizing them like crazy with blistex. Still super thirsty. I also forgot to mention that Accutane delayed by period by like 4-5 days which is no biggie, but it did make me worry a bit. My hands are getting really dry as well which is really unpleasant for me. Actually, just everything feels dry lol.

  2. A week ago I promised myself that I'd definitely go back on BP this week, because of all the whiteheads on my lower cheeks, forehead and the cysts on my chin. I took a pea-sized portion of BP, and very carefully put it on spots on my forehead, lower cheeks and chin. I went to bed. Six hours later I got up, and saw GIANT red patches on my lower cheeks. The shapes are irregular, and I can tell that the redness definitely came from applying BP - and I put on the finest amount! I immediately washed my face and decided that I'd never ever use BP on my face again.
    I remember when I started on BP four months ago, this did not happen. My face did get dry and red, but nothing so drastic like this. I think it might have something to do with the eczema outbreak I had towards the end of my BP treatment. My skin has been incredibly sensitive since. My forehead and chin still look normal, because the oil production in those areas is really abundant, which protects my skin from being irritated.
    I am freaking out. I immediately moisturized my face, and those red patches feel really warm under my moisturizing mask. The only console I have is that they don't sting or itch. I guess right now it's just an initial warning that my skin gave me. 
    I will just stick to the Chinese herbal medicine regimen. I came across a supplement called L-lysine online. I ordered it and will give it a shot when it arrives. Ugh. 

  3. analiese23
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    So I was doing really great for like a week, and I was getting control of my skin again and everything was great. Then, randomly these last three days my depression was awful and I didn't leave my bed all day, and I mean that literally. I was dehydrated and sick because i wasn't going anywhere. I have no idea why I was so unmotivated to move, but depression does that so. I caved and picked everything. It had a horrible effect on my skin and my emotional stablilty. The day I picked my skin, I thought I was doing better and by picking at it, I went into a downward spiral again. I feel awful and I know I shouldn't beat myself about it but I can't help it. I just want to hide in my room and avoid everyone. Unfortunately I go to school. I'm mostly disappointed because I know I should let my skin breathe by I know if I don't cover it up I will feel super self conscious and probably pick at it. Anyway. I feel like I should start updating on this more, hopefully keep me on track. 

  4. Chris1234
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    Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. :) I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.

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  5. Hey everyone,

     

    So I kind of broke the rule last night. Kinda sorta, but not with chemicals… with honey. I’ll explain:

     

    The area I got a major purge in was clearing up quick but all of a sudden about a week ago it really started to slow down compared to the initial rapid clearing I saw the first few weeks. I woke up with a sore in my nose a couple days ago, and within the past few days to a week the breakout area seems to be itching more, not going away fast, and reddening. This really freaked me out because I got a staph infection in my acne a couple years ago that started exactly the same way but went undiagnosed as just “bad acne” for two months before the doctors clued in. I had assured them it felt way different than my normal acne. Anyways, as disheartening as this is, I got the tell tale signs again and yesterday I slept with Manuka Honey (natural antibiotic- this stuff is amazing do some research on it) on the area of my breakout to help kill whatever wants to start a home there. 

     

    I’m super upset If I have to break the cycle, as I went to the doctor today and was prescribed topical antibiotics. I may or may not have to use a cleanser if ill be applying topical antibiotics. I noticed improvement over night from the honey so will try again tonight and switch to the antibiotics if i really have to. I hate the medical world, antibiotics are horrible on the body not to mention creating resistant strains that lead to people getting these staph infections, but sometimes you cant play around. I guess maybe my nose was carrying the bacteria around waiting to pounce on a good breakout. I am still left with horrible scarring from last time i got the infection, and i cant let that happen again. Last time was so mentally painful, I hardly left the house except for work, It totally killed my self confidence. If you think acne sucks, battling a staph infection IN your acne is something else.. I hope none of you ever have to go through that. I felt the need to put this out there because if you find your skin is changing, or something doesn't feel quite right, its important to keep an eye on it before it gets out of control. Itching/redness is usually the start and a fever is a sign the infection has set in.

     

    Don’t let this scare you, I have a feeling I just ended up being more susceptible cause its happened in the past. I really wouldn't attribute it to the regimen, rather my body's immune being lower than usual due to the past experience and perhaps Im still a "carrier" of it. The other areas of my face remain relatively clear, couple blackheads here and there but overall I am so happy with the progress. I did a “essential oil steam” for 20 min on my face a few nights ago (who knows maybe this caused something?) before the shower but i was pretty happy with the results after cause it ended up getting rid of whatever “nubs” I had left on the forehead. Other than scarring, my forehead is now relatively smooth and clear! 

     

    Ill check back in again sometime soon to update you all whether I can stick with the regimen presently or not.

    **update: I decided to start the topical antibiotics today cause i don't want to play around with this. I think ill have to be washing my face with some sort of soap during this time but I will absolutely be continuing with water only once this is cleared up because my face has remained quite clear all in all from this regimen, other than my purge breakout getting infected. Sucks, but its life. Once the infection is gone completely I will be doing water only so I'll check back in for that in a couple weeks. I do still highly recommend the regimen because I rarely heard of this happening to other people and I definitely saw a positive difference with it. Skin tone ever out to normal, my oil is almost non existent now and areas remain clear from new pimples. 

  6. So one month of the AHA and Retinol usage has come to pass. I haven't missed any applications and I'm feeling good about my decisions to do this. 

    I'm still not sure what kind of results I'm seeing, nor am I confident I will ever be rid of the pitted/rolling acne scars or the occasional break out.

    But! I will definitely take softer skin, less turn around between pimple appearances, and a somewhat more even skin tone of that happens to be what I get out of it. My mother, who anyone can tell has played a critical part in my skin issues, even said that my skin looks great. So, maybe there are noticeable differences after all. 

    Oh, and as for the surprise? I am a furrower. I'm constantly raising or knitting my eyebrows together. This has resulted in deep horizontal forehead lines, as well as two deep and visibly noticeable vertical lines between my eyebrows. I'm never going to get rid of the forehead lines, that's just life, but the lines between my eyebrows have gone away. I used to be able to feel the creases where they came together and this treatment I've begun seems to have started eradicating them! Hooray for unintended consequences!

    I still have pimples showing up around my jaw line and by my ears. They subside more quickly than they used to, although the left over pigmentation still happens. I'm not sure that will ever stop happening as much as start going away more quickly. I'm hoping that will eventually taper off, but it's hard to say. 

    I have decided to up my application of AHA at this time. I'm going with AHA, Retinol, AHA, break and etc. I think my skin should react okay to this and I should be able to avoid any nasty backlash. 

    So, here's to the continuing journey! I will continue doing updates of course and look forward to what's in store for my skin!

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  7. maplesyrupmama
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    So...I haven't updated in awhile. To be honest, there's not been much to tell. For the past 4 weeks, my skin has been healing from the terrible breakout I had before Christmas. I've just started my 5th week of lymecycline and this has been the treatment I've had on several occasions. My last treatment lasted 12 months (!) and my skin stayed clear for 4 months afterwards before beginning to breakout again. In the past, as soon as I started the medication, my skin stopped breaking out. This time, although it's 'mostly' stopped breaking out, I am still getting occasional spots erupting, although they do not seem to fully develop. Yesterday, I had the beginnings of three (!) tiny spots in the same area that is still red from the last breakout, just below my nose. They are small, but this area is still recovering and these have made it more red again. It's so frustrating! I used some BP on it yesterday and I think I am going to try to use it more, but gradually, so that my skin has a chance to get used to it and doesn't get completely flaky.

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    mrswyatt
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    Calling this day 10 is a bit of a lie to be honest as following the instructions, I've had to stop the Isotrex Gel for the moment. I had been using it every evening on the areas that I get my acne and to be honest, it's been doing a pretty good job. My worst side has been clearing up very quickly and the other side has been blemish free. Although my skin tone is dire as I do suffer with hyperpigmentation, the texture of my skin has improved massively. It almost looks flawless after foundation and concealer. The only downside is how red my skin is getting and the peeling! It's been getting worse as I continue to use it. 

    I read the instructions that came with the medication and it says that if you're experiencing redness and peeling to stop using it until the symptoms have subsided. I last applied it on Friday night and my skin is calming down now so I'm going to start applying it again tonight.

    These pictures were taken this morning. 

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  8. CeruleanHyena
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    Haven't posted for a while. Happy new year!! Hope this year will be the year that I am cured of my multiple skin issues. 
    I have been continuing to wash with the zinc soap followed by cetaphil spf 15 moisturizer in the mornings. I get lazy to do the same in the evenings which is why I feel my Seb derm is still noticeable. I also lost my ket shampoo and just ordered nizoral so will try it out as scalp dandruff is also increasing. My diet has been pretty bad also with strong cravings for sugar which may also contribute to the Seb derm symptoms not going away. This disease is so horrible as even a little bit of slack causes it to return. I will try to use zinc soap twice a day followed by moisturizer and also try the nizoral shampoo and see how things go. 
    I have so much discoloration and terrible skin texture all due to this disease. 
    As for the hive like bumps im so happy to report they have mostly stopped popping up. I'm really not sure of the cause and don't know what I may be doing that's caused them to stop but I'm just glad they're mostly gone. I'm guessing they may be related to Seb derm but  I'm not sure. Anyone else experience hives with Seb derm? 

  9. My skin has been really itchy and I've been getting hives on my back. My face is itchy but no hives there thank the Lord! The hives on my back are there mostly at night, I wake up with an itchy back lately. I know I'm allergic to a lot of things but I don't know everything that I am allergic too. I'm not sure what's causing the hives so I prayed and started eliminating scented stuff. I'm taking a few different allergies pills and using topical anti-itch products. Hopefully my doctor gets my referral in so I can go back to the allergist. 
    I've now been using Vanicream cleanser all over including on my hair!  Just trying to be safe;)
    I also did a lot of cleaning in my room too because I'm allergic to cats and dogs. I have a cat and a dog though because their my babies!:)
    I have eliminated the detox tea because that is about the only new thing I've been consuming. Maybe I'm allergic to danelion or burdock root?
    I started using the Meijer brand proactiv kit once or twice a day in problem areas. I've not been using it on my cheeks cuz they've been itchy.
    Then I added in a better moisturizer that I used to use when I didn't have much acne. It's the Trader Joes Enrich Moisturizer. It has Spf in it, which I haven't had in awhile.

  10. I finally got all of my acne medications yesterday so last night I started my battle with acne! I am so excited! This was my routine last night

    1. Washed face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser
    2. Moisturized with two pumps of argan oil
    3. Waited half an hour then applied Clindamycin
    4. Waited 20 minutes then applied Differin
    5. Consumed Flaxseed Oil, Vitamin E and Codliver Oil. 
    I won't be applying the Differin again till Monday night and tonight I will be washing my face with the Avar cleanser.  I don't know how my skin will look for the next couple of days because I ate a lot of junk today that typically effects my skin so we will see.  I drank a ton of water to try and flush everything out and I will start back at eating mostly paleo tomorrow :) Here are pictures I took last night before I washed my face.
    I'm so excited to see how things turn out!
     

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  11. watwatwat
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    increased my dosage to 75mg last 5th of january. upped it again to 100mg last 11th. really dedicated to get my acne over with. no gynecomastia yet. no erectile dysfunction. there has been a significant decrease in libido but it's not like i cant get it up whenver i want to. 
    i haven't noticed a decrease in oiliness but the my breakouts are smaller. my back is clearing up. will update again soon. 
    i  think im limiting my dose to 100mg. 
     

  12. cliff41
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    Almost one month down, and so far so good. Went and saw my derm today, and he say's I'm right on track to where I need to be. Will be increasing my dosage from 40mg to 60mg in a few days.

    While I'm certainly not even close to being better, it seems like my skin has kind of settled down. While there still is the occasional zit, for
     the most part everything that is on my face was from the IB or before. I’m a little less nervous for the dosage increase than I was in my last entry, but that's mainly because I’m trying to avoid thinking about it.

    So far so good with the side effects. I did get some back pain earlier this week, but it’s been greatly improving, and I think I probably just strained it from playing soccer. Still, it caused me some panic. Also, I’ve been using these little pocket sized aquaphor things every other hour throughout the day. While the dry lips still suck, I think this method is at managing it. I hope this keeps up, as it’s nice settling into a routine which actually kind of works.

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    tammu
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    Hello, friends!

    As of tomorrow, I will have been on Zenatane (Accutane) for one week. Prior to starting this journey, I read countless of reviews and blog entries of other peoples' experiences before deciding to take the leap of faith, so I thought I would share my experiences for anyone else who is contemplating whether or not to start Accutane, and to share my struggles with others who are already taking it and are enduring the uphill battle for clearer skin. For reference, I'm 5'5" and my weight fluctuates between 115-120lbs. My dermatologist prescribed me 40mg Zenatane to start and expects my treatment to last roughly 5 to 6 months. I have very fair (almost pale) combination skin and generally use products tailored for sensitive skin. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would say my skin is a 7 in regards to the odds of breaking out (e.g., if I: get food on my face at all regardless of wiping it off ASAP, touch my face, take a nap when I have make-up on, sweat, etc.). Needless to say, I am genuinely looking forward to the day I can eat like a slob and not have to be paranoid that I will wake up to new face-demons tormenting me.

    Side note: I know Accutane is a controversial wonder drug, and I won't bore you with my insecurities and reasoning as to why I decided to go on it, but I have made my decision and hope that regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the route I chose, you respect my opinions as I do yours.

    Let's jump right into it!

    Progress Notes:

     

    ·  The mild acne spots on my left cheek have pretty much disappeared. Only scarring remains (for now). Currently very happy with this cheek.

    ·  The pre-existing pimples (3-4) on my right cheek have gotten larger and more sensitive. I should really stop picking at them but it's a bad habit I struggle to get rid of. Currently very saddened by this cheek.

    ·  The ones on my forehead have generally disappeared aside from the occasional small (and significantly less irritated) pimples - although I feel that a majority of these exist as a result from my stress.

    ·  I have one new pimple right at the tip of my nose. I look like Rudolph.

    ·  The pimples (2) that were by my neck and jawline have pretty much disappeared as well. They left scars, of course.

    ·  I don't really have acne issues anywhere else on my body, so the rest of my skin is pretty much the same.


    Side-Effects:

    ·  The dryness is slowly creeping in, but my skin hasn't flaked or peeled just yet. I also haven't had a nose bleed yet nor have my lips gotten chapped to the point where they'd crack or bleed. I definitely feel more dry than usual though, because my face will feel sporadically itchy in random places (mostly by my nostrils) throughout the day, and itching it burns due to the sensitivity (and dryness) of my skin. The rest of the skin on my body remains the same. The dryness is mainly only affecting my face at the moment.

    ·  The fatigue is relentless. I usually wake up before my alarm and have no problem getting out of bed whatsoever, but my energy levels are almost non-existent now - especially in the morning. Getting out of bed is such a struggle, and going to the gym is nearly impossible for me. I haven't gone all week. I'm telling myself I'm letting my body adjust, but really, I'm just exhausted all the time. 

    ·  I haven't experienced any joint pain yet. Probably because I'm being a potato and haven't exercised in 7 days.

    ·  I'm feeling a lot more bloated, a lot more often. I didn't change my eating habits to see how I'd be affected, but I'm thinking I need to cut some things out of my diet. It's for the best anyway - I eat too much junk food. This is an understatement.

    ·  I hear that some people get depressed when they're on Accutane, but my mood levels are generally the same. I'm trying my best to have a positive outlook on the whole experience, and keeping in mind that sometimes things get worse before they get better. Thankfully, I haven't had many horrible side effects yet, but I'm definitely bracing myself because it's only been a week.

    Products I Am Currently Using:

    ·  Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil http://seph.me/1iaTWRH

    ·  Clarisonic Mia 2 http://bit.ly/23JwIqn

    ·  Cashmere Cleanse Luxe Brush Head http://bit.ly/2iu0HCl

    ·  PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser http://bit.ly/2cReYqL

    ·  St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub http://bit.ly/2jNYaEE

    ·  Fresh Rose Floral Toner http://seph.me/2jNTHlv

    ·  Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment http://seph.me/22NOgzG

    ·  Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum http://seph.me/1f5Adly

    ·  Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion http://seph.me/2giSHjG

    ·  Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask http://seph.me/2ipucSc

    ·  Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion http://bit.ly/2jhmT3p

    ·  Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Gel http://seph.me/2jNT0ZE

    ·  Now Solutions Jojoba Oil http://bit.ly/2itXlPw

    ·  Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask http://seph.me/1hSTanb


    I'm going to make an effort to update this blog monthly since I feel like weekly would be too frequent to note any significant changes, but I will definitely post if anything drastic happens. Keeping my fingers crossed for the best, and wishing you luck on your journey to clearer skin!

     

     

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    fireflowers
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    Ok, so now I'm on Day 12, and it's going okay..

    I've had really dry lips, which I'm constantly putting Auquaphor on, which has given my mouth a slimy feeling. I think it's the Aquaphor getting into my mouth and coating it...

    I've also had some facial flushing. I already have some blushing from Social Anxiety, but the accutane has definitely made it worse :(
    oh well. I try to not let it affect me/my mood, and if it happens, I make sure to tell myself that it does't matter and in 10 years no one will remember anyways.

    I've also had a lot of back pain (lower back mostly), and tightness. 

  13. Can't stop picking your spots? Do you want to learn inexpensive ways to control your skin problems such as pimple popping, acne, zits, cyst, blackhead, and whitehead? If yes, then learn the best way to attach a pimple without damaging your skin. First of all, never attempt to squeeze your pimple because this will increase the chance of causing great damage to your skin and make it even worse. And pressing the healthy skin around the spot also damages it. Instead of using a needle cleaned with alcohol and attack the spot sideways, it is better to look for the best painless methods that help you get rid of these issues without leaving any scar.

    Here are the best beauty tips that help you shrink your pores and have a flawless skin:-

    Always wash your hands before washing your face!

    That's the trick to restrict the entry of such germs or bacterias that cause harm and infection to your skin. Before washing your face it is important to first clean your hands and they touch your skin. This is exactly what you need to consider while looking for the best ways to tackle your skin problems. The longer you wait to take care of them, the more stretched out and visible they become. So if you're facing these problems then spend your extra money on lobster ravioli and truffle salt to have super effective inexpensive treatments.

    Steam Your Way To a Filter Free Face

    Pores get stretched when they are filled with junk. Just like you clean out your closets to make room for new clothes, you have to do the same with your skin as well. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is an at-home steam bath. Estheticians use this method on their clients while giving professional facials so you will feel like you are at a spa without draining your pockets. The steam brings heat and moisture to your skin to open your pores and clear them for bacteria, toxins, dirt and dead skin. Further, if you want, then you can use such essential oils, flower petals or herbs can be added to stimulate your senses.

    Apply Skin Tightening Pack

    If you really want to reduce such skin infections and allergies then you have to apply such skin tightening mask once in a week that not only shrink the size of your pores but also minimize the scope of bacteria's to get enter in your skin.
     

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    Yd231998
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    I ordered acne.org today and i ordered this product because I've seen good reviews and i am frustrated with my acne. i only have acne on my cheeks and i am waiting on this product to help me and clear my face. Never give up specially when you're insecure about your acne just be happy and work on it immediately never ever just sit their and think about it all the time.

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    My cystic acne had begun to make me so depressed, looking at my skin feeling disgusting, 1 would clear and another would appear and the temptation to squeeze the hell out of them becomes too much and then you squeeze only to make it twice the size and red as rudolfs nose :( so I slap on the sudocream and hope and pray it improves by the morning. 
    My cystic spots begun to appear more frequently so I decided I need help from the gp who prescribed Zineryt. (So far so good) I have also reaserched about salicylic acid and how it is good to reduce oil and have also purchased a product by Vichy Normaderm bbclear as I need something to cover up my skin a little due to the blemishes and redness, the product contains salicylic acid and is available in light and medium shades, I went for light and it is a good match. Day 1 using bbclear I am impressed not heavy and skin is not oily, I will keep you up to date...

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    Hello Friends,

    I am one of those people who takes lot of stress. Stress can be due to anything:
    1) Personal life issues
    2) Professional issues

    Let me tell you What i am. I am normal person but acne made me hide myself from whole community. I was so horrified that i do not used to go out for weeks fearing how people will react people seeing me 

    I did not saw mirror for 1 year+. My face always used to be down and i used to cap to hide anything i can.

    My family supported me a lot and prompted me to go out..I was skeptical about going to School or Colleges as this is place where i fear being commented about my acne.

    I was not able to focus. I was not able to study. My family took me to psychiatrist.  He did nothing but to relax me by just sleeping, sleeping and sleeping..

    Those were anti depressants medicine. My academic had took a beating as i was hardly doing my part of work. 

    Even for this i came to know website myhomeworkhelp.com which helps in academic help. I just wanted someone to guide me through as I am not good in studies.

    I tried to take help from them. Not only they helped me in my academics, they have education counsellor who helped me immensely. 

    That counselling assured that my academics are in good hands and i can just focus on myself. They infused confidence in me.

    I am sure all of those who had severe acne can understand this..I am posting 1 photo which will make you realize what i am talking about.

    Sometimes i felt why me ? Sometimes i felt this is not life but prison but I want to help people around me who asked me to wait and cherish life

    Main thing during acne breakout is that you do not take stress. Its easy said then done but that website did took my academic burden and give my mind whole lot of peace

    This photo is 50 times better ...as compared to what my situation was..you can imagine..

    I will keep you updated. If you want to ask anything, feel free

    PS: Just do not take stress...

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    So it took me some time to post this because I was upset for awhile. Turns out that there was a error in the Ipledge system and they had me down as starting accutane in February instead of January. So now I have to wait another month to start. I was really upset at first because I would be a whole month behind schedule but I've now come to peace with it. My skin is still breaking out but not as bad as before and my scars are not going anywhere anytime soon. And I have another month where I can drink till my hearts content and I can still go to the gym without having to worry about my joints hurting and slowing down my progress. So I'm just going to try to not worry about my face to much this month and just enjoy my time before I have to sell my soul to the tane. I'll be back February 9th when I will HOPEFULLY be picking up my first prescription. 

  14. mikklen
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    so, haven't posted in a while.
    my skin is the best it's been for about 6 years and it's winter!! I always break out loads in winter but with the help of a retinoid they have been few and far between, and cleared up easily. I have a clear forehead with a few tiny bumpy, the texture of the skin is slightly bumpy but it's probably scarring from old breakouts. 

    My cheeks are so clear, a few black head type bumps near my mouth on one cheek but the other is clear. Still abit of scarring but nothing like how it used to be.

    i actually switched from isotrex to differin and found no difference in the rate of my skin clearing. However, differin is more cream like and sits well under makeup. I was using differin twice a day however I'm just starting to use it at night like it reccomends on the bottle. Quite nervous about this as I have just got everything under control but it is quite drying applying it twice a day so we shall see

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    jesuislouise
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    I've just looked back at old blog posts and I've just realised that it was at week 8 that my skin looked amazing and not 6. Apparently it was at week 6 that I developed a rash around my mouth when Iw as last on accutane, how funny that the same is happening again this time around! Hopefully in 2 weeks everything will be perfectly clear! 

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    I've spent these past few weeks reading every accutane blog I could get my hands on in preparation for starting the treatment myself, so it only seems fitting to start my own blog now, both in hopes that it might help someone else, and in an effort to track my own progress and reactions to the drug.

    A little bit about me...
    Gender: Female
    Age: 18
    Weight: 130lbs
    Height: 5'6"
    Dosage: 60mg (30mg twice a day)
    Generic brand: Myorisan
    Acne type: moderate, persistent, dry and oily skin, mostly focused above, alone, and below the jawline.

    History: I've had moderate but persistent acne since 7th grade. In the past I've used both oral and topical treatments with minimal success. Some treatments did work briefly, but none were ever able to completely clear my acne, and no solution continued to be effective for longer than a year. In the past my acne has been relatively under control, in spite of it's existence, and it never effected my confidence. I was always pretty open to the fact that, as a hormonal teenage girl, acne is just a part of life. This summer my skin was the best it had been since puberty and I was optimistic that I'd finally survived the awkward teenage years. Unfortunately, halfway through a three month trip to Nepal (part of a gap semester before I begin my freshman year at Middlebury College in February) my acne became worse than it had ever been. Previously, I'd been excited to return home and share my stories, but by the time I got home I was so embarrassed by my acne that I avoided leaving the house at all costs, and only left with a proper layer of makeup. I gave it a month to see if the return to my normal diet and exercise would remedy the situation, but after a month with minimal improvement, I decided to give accutane a try. So here's to hoping it works!

    I took my first pill this morning, so obviously no side effects yet, but for the record the packaging is as difficult as it's rumored to be. I'll log side effects and improvements as I go, but I found pictures to be extremely helpful as well, so I'll try to add some new ones each week. Let the record show that I'm about to get my period, so my acne is a little worse than usual, but it should get better in the next week or so (maybe it will counterbalance the initial breakout? Maybe? One can hope...). There's currently a lot of scarring as well, which I'm hoping will fade when I finally stop breaking out over top of it. Oh, and I hate when people look devastated in their "before" pictures, so I smiled:) Here we go!

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  15. Hi everyone!
    Long time I haven't added an entry here! Soooo ! I put a lot of BP now and my skin is FLAKING whatever amount of Moisturizer I apply!
    I bought another regimen kit which arrived 5 days earlier! :D

    Annd! I tried AHA+ (1 day on 3). It works, scars and red marks fade BUT ! BUT it creates new PIMPLES.
    The day after AHA+ i've got new pimples. (And today there are no more.)
    A little bit lost about the use of AHA+, it's prickling on application (for 10 min max).

    If you've tried AHA+ and got same thing please tell me !  :)
    Take care!

  16. I'm a 20 year old female

    Recently I had a severe bad breakout due to hormones and finding out I have PCOS .

    I realised that I needed to go to the doctors to find out what was happening to my body because before I hit 20 my skin was fine, I did not have the best and the clearest skin in the world ( because I have large pores and bad blackheads around my nose and chin area ) but before I hit 20 I would only get a few pimples before I had a period or wearing heavy oily makeup. When it turned October of 2016 my skin started to break out , but not just break out I started to get large under the skin spots and loads of white heads and puss filled spots on my cheeks , forehead and chin. I was so shocked and depressed about this , I thought maybe I had an allergic reaction to something ? But no that wasn't the case I went to the doctors and found out I had PCOS if you don't know what that is Google it because if your a woman and get surprised acne out of no where that could be the answer. Anyhow I started doing everything in my power to get rid of my acne because PCOS isn't curable at first I stopped wearing makeup beacause that irritated my skin more. Then I started washing my pillow case every 3 days. (Now I sleep with a clean towel over my pillow to soak up any oil on my face. I also found out that dairy caused acne. So I cut out dairy I was on a fruit and veggie diet for weeks I was taking vitamins aswell but nothing NOTHING was working I felt so depressed I didn't even want to see my partner this was over Christmas and new year to so I didn't want to go anywhere I genuinely thought my life was over. I seen a blog on google about how lemon juice was supposed to cure acne and acne scars so I gave that a try ( it lighten my scars but didn't deal with the acne ) so I thought to myself am I going to have acne for the rest of my life. ? Would I have to go on harsh pills like accutane or spend a fortune on laser treatment. I wasn't ready to do either of them. So after 3 months of not getting my period ( I'm a virgin so I'm not pregnant) my skin WAS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY EXISTENCE I couldn't look at a mirror because I would cry I don't mean a little sob. I mean full on mental breakdown cry the acne was spreading to my neck back and arms I was ugly all over I felt people judging me looking at me and I can say it is the worst feeling in the world. So I was browsing the Internet when I came across acne.org banana peel to cure acne I thought oh great another waist of time blog. Btw I have used some pretty expensive facial washes and medical creams including benzoyl proxide soaps etc nothing worked ! So I tried the banana peel Facemask I had no hope for this to work but I tried it anyways. So what I done was I got a banana ate it ( I love bananas there so tasty ) I got the banana peel and I scraped the inside of the peel with a knife. The stuff that came off the banana peel I put into a bowl. ( it wasn't loads. More like a lump of goo) then I rubbed it all over my face I noticed it started to go brown and it stinged a tiny bit on my spots but not In a hurtful way. Anyways I went to bed and made sure I slept face pointing towards the ceiling all night. I woke up the next morning and I couldn't belive my eyes

    I'm not joking. I'm not lying I'm being 100% truthful when I say this ...

    It worked. ...

    It worked so well I screamed

    The redness of the spots went away like magic the sore under the skin spots weren't sore and went down in size

    The puss filled spots dried up and left scabs ( DONT PICK THEM ! )

    It worked so good better than lemon juice better than medical creams better than anything in my experience.

    I'm telling you as a person who suffered from acne for 3 months ditch the aloe Vera the honey the expensive face washes that don't do anything and use the damn banana peel Facemask after 4 days of me using this overnights my face has seriously improved I still have scars left but omg the acne has gone I'm really happy that I'm controlling it. And now. I still eat dairy I don't wash my pillow case every 3 days more like once a week I will have junk food if I want it. I finally feel like I'm winning with my skin. Plus the banana dosnent dry out or irratate your skin it leaves it soft.

    Anyways I hope you liked my review and try this out please let me know if it worked for you

    I'll be updating in the future about acne scars and what best natural products get rid of them  

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