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  1. Readysteadylove
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    I made it to the end of Week 2 and I'm much happier with my skin. 

    Took some side profile pictures as well to get a better look at my cheek areas (one of these days I might work up the nerve to post my full face).  In this lighting you can definitely see some of the flakey skin that I've been dealing with but it's not nearly as bad as it had been.  No active lesions on my face, just lots of red spots from old acne. They seem to already be fading compared to last week.

    This past week is typically when I start to see a flare up in my acne but so far, nothing new has really cropped up other than a few white heads that were easily removed and didn't leave behind any marks or redness.

    I seem to be having a much much better experience this time than I have in he past. I think the biggest difference is that I'm much more patient and I'm treating my skin far more gently.

    Yesterday was my 2-year anniversary with my fiancé and looking at some of our photos today, I'm really, really happy. I did wear makeup out to dinner last night but normally it doesn't "cover all". My face looks nearly flawless now when done up. Hopefully my skin can someday look that way too, without the coverup. Fingers crossed.  

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  2. Hello, 
    My mindset is more positive even though my skin is worse. Im not sure why. But anyhoo, my skin has made me fed up if im honest. It is pretty damn bad and popping up in places im not expecting which is STUPID. 
    So, my forehead feels a little less angry, my left cheek has erupted, my right cheek may have a couple coming through and my chin is red and spotty. Hairline is getting flared up again. 
    It is all quite upsetting but it will be fine. At the end of the day it is only skin and it shouldnt dictate bloody everything. 
    My mission for this week is to keep a more positive mindset. Be generally a more positive person and not let this dictate me. I know it is difficult when i feel unattractive but it is fine. Is it that bad to be ugly? 
    All i need to do is get through this week and hopefully I will be fine. And then i get to go to the dermatologist and talk finally to a professional. 
    x

  3. I'm noticing some improvement for the acne that is on my forehead and cheeks. There is still acne,  but they have minimized! I have experienced flaking,  but it seems to lessen every week.  I hope there will be more improvement for my acne soon. 
    I am becoming a little bit more comfortable without concealer. I still wear some light eye makeup on the weekend,  but I am adjusting to not having face makeup. For school,  I use a mixture of Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light. I mix these two because the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light is kinda dark and a tad bit orange. I think if I got the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair,  I would use it solely because it has good coverage by itself. To set my face,  I use Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 in Transparent. Transparent is dark and it's supposed to be the lightest shade,  so when I use the powder,  I tap off the excess powder from my brush.  It keeps my makeup on for school,  but it doesn't combat the oiliness I get throughout the day.  I also smells really strongly of sunscreen. That is just my face makeup routine for school and I hope everyone has a positive day! ❤
    xx Shelby xx

  4. Writing this I have a heavy heart. I wanted so bad for this to work, knowing I believe in holistic = health = happiness but I have ended this water only regimen at around day 62. So 2.5 ish months. Although my facial redness and facial oiliness decreased significantly doing this regimen, I can say with confidence that, for myself, it did not prevent acne. After my infection cleared, I realized I still had some bumps that had not disappeared and had been around since the start of the infection so I ran to the clinic and the doctor reassured me that the infection was gone but that I am now dealing with mod severe cystic acne on my face... I never really had a cystic issue before the oil cleansing ordeal. He suggested accutane. this has really been a struggle for me and I have tried almost everything so I am finally at a point where yes, I am in fact considering accutane. I have such an inner conflict about this medication, and have put it off for several years until now. 

    I'm mad at my body because I gave it every chance at healing itself holistically and on its own without having to come to a point of using the tane. The long term effects of accutane scare the heck out of me but my acne has also held me back from so much in life and changed my personality from an outgoing social butterfly to someone who would rather chill alone all the time watching Netflix. So I really need to weigh the pros and cons. I do not feel that my face exudes how I feel inside- inside, I'm confident with who I am, I love myself, I'm happy, yet I look in the mirror and I remember that I have acne and it brings me down. I'm really over it all, I want to look outside with the same confidence of how I feel inside for once in my 9 years of struggling with this disease. I wanted to know what the heck caused my acne but I just can't figure it out. I see the derm in 2 weeks to get the blood work rolling for the tane... In the meantime the doc gave me Epiduo, which surprisingly had deceased a lot of the active cystic bumps, but my face is really red tight and hurts... Very dry so right back to where we started prior to the water only.  

    The only thing left is to check my hormones out I guess, or get an allergy test done prior to going on accutane. A person only has so much energy to put into one thing and I am so sick of having this control my thoughts daily and affect me from doing what I want to do and what I would normally do. I deserve, and you guys deserve... All of us with skin diseases, deserve to look in the mirror and be proud and happy with how we look. I fought it off emotionally for many years but this year it's really coming to a head. Haha excuse the pun. My bf did accutane about 4 years ago and his skin is so soft and clear and I can't see a pore on his face. He doesn't seem to be dealing with any adverse long term side effects (yet anyways). From the research I've done it seems accutane has some mild side effects on the t then people report 5,10 years later some severe side effects pop up (Erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, constant hair thinning, IBS, premature aging and crazier stuff like personality changes, psychotic episodes and permanent mood disorders). Sounds fan-freaking-lovely don't it. but again correlation does not equal causation... There's always a lot of factors that play into someone developing a condition later in life. 

    I don't want to promote this medication because it is very very serious and really needs a lot of thought put into it before you choose to go this route.If anyone is following this blog and has tried accutane please comment below and let me know if it was worth it or what long term side effects if any you are dealing with. I've read a lot of horror stories and I'm scared to poison my body... Thank to all for following this blog. Hope the water only is working better at clearing your acne

  5. Hello again! :)

    So, today I started treating my acne with benzoyl peroxide. The products I'm using are:
    Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash
    Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash
    Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer

    The cleanser was already foam when you squeezed it out of the bottle so I didn't really know how much to take, but I did use more than 4 ml.
    Then I used the BP-product and it was a little different from the acne.org regiment. Besides having 5% BP instead of 2,5%, it also had to be washed off after 1-5 min, so I waited approx. 5 min and then washed it off.
    The moisturizer seemed pretty simple, the only thing is that 4 ml seemed to be a lot, I don't know if I should use less with this moisturizer or if it's supposed to feel like a lot. Also, I haven't used any of the acne.org product so this comparison I'm making is solely based on the regimen video and the instructions.

    Lastly, If anyone reading this have used or is using these products I'm using feel free to comment how you used them and what you thought of the results :)

    I'll do an update in a week or two! Bye!
     

  6. achristinaaa
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    I've been breaking out the last few days & it sucks ! I've had like 7 or so new pimples within the last 5 days :((((((
    Accutane is so up & down, I was clear for about 2 weeks & my face was looking great & now I'm breaking out again! I think it could do a little with how my diet has been, I'd been binge eating the last two weeks, chocolate, fast food, etc so maybe that could have contributed to it but idk :/
    The last two days I've upped my dose to 40mg a day so we'll see whether I start breaking out some more from that. I was hoping that I wasn't going to have anymore breakouts & the road would be clear from now on but no -_- 
    The only good part about the pimples is that they usually dry out & flatten once they surface.

    Anyone whose taken 20mg, how long till you stopped breaking out & got clear?!

  7. Even if you're eating right, getting enough sleep and a bit of exercise, those breakouts can be super sneaky. Nothing is more frustrating than having these acnes just before your big event day or job interview. If you are pressed for time and are looking for options to get glowing skin overnight then you must consider these tips that help you get glowy skin overnight:

    1. Clear Oils and Dirt From Your Skin

    Wash your face twice a day to remove the dust and oils and always wash your face before bed. If you're not washing away all the dirt and sweat from the day, you're asking for a breakout. Stash cleansing wipes on your nightstand for nights when you're too tired to move. 

    2. Skin Tightening Face Mask

    Whip up a spa-worthy mask right in your own home using strawberries and yogurt to help smooth bumps and unclog pores. 

    3. Hydrate Your Skin 

    A dry face is much more prone to wrinkles and aging. Simply wash your face before you sleep and applying a rich, non-pore clogging lotion with anti-aging properties will make a huge difference in the texture of your skin. 

    4. Spot Treatment

    Before bed, use a spot treatment containing a combination of sulfur and salicylic acid. After cleaning your face with this treatment lotion, use a Q-tip to apply a spot treatment directly to any budding blemishes. 

    5. Use A Clay Mask

    The ingredients will penetrate deep into your skin and clean out excess oil and bacteria. This can also double as an exfoliator to open pores and get rid of the gunk clogged inside. 

    6. Oatmeal Mask

    Combine cooked oatmeal with lemon juice and egg. The oatmeal's antioxidants will bring down swelling, while the acid in the lemon kills bacteria in your pores and the vitamin E in the egg will tighten your pores and shrink the size. 

    These are the few tips that help you get back your glow naturally and prevent such acne problems without even using any treatment cream.
  8. Since I´ve started with the treatment, I´ve been thinking about my diet.

    We are what we eat, aren´t we?

    So, was it the reason why my hormones were imbalanced?

    And I´ve realised that, when i was a kid and during my puberty, I was drinking TONS of milk. I´ve always like it, and I drank two big glasses a day, sometimes even more. And I was drinking a lot of Coca-Cola, too! Also, eating a lot of sugar in my diet.
    So, I have this question now. I´m not a doctor, nor nutritionist, or anything like that.

    Does milk make your testosterone levels increase? Is it true that it has male hormones? In woman, could it be the reason of masculine facial features,  hormonal acne, even Polycystic ovary syndrome?

    I know that your genetics count, it´s obvious, but thinking that I could have been doing this harm to my body... It makes me angry. On the other side, I don´t know if this Internet theories are true! 

    What is your opinion about this topic?

    Thanks.

  9. After a major mental breakdown about two weeks ago, I finally went to see a derm and asked her to put me on accutane. I told her that I had never been on anything prescription-strength, but I wanted to go on accutane right away because I had had enough of this dirty face. The doctor did not decline my request, but told me that I would have to wait for a month anyway for two negative pregnancy test results before I could start taking the drug. She prescribed Doxycycline - an antibiotics, and told me to wait patiently until one month later. 

    I started taking Doxy a week ago. I noticed that those giant cysts on my face have been calming down. I'm under a lot of stress lately, and could not resist the temptation of drinking coffee. Good news is, I have not gotten any major breakouts after having a cup of coffee or two. I think the antibiotics is working, but I understand that once I stop taking it, those pus-filled giant cysts will soon come back. Last night I looked into the mirror and thought, maybe I don't have to go on accutane? My face now is nowhere near clean. There are still cysts, whiteheads and marks, but less painful. I'd be kind of happy for it to just heal slowly like this. However, I know that this is only a band-aid solution. Doxy is not a cure. I will have to go on accutane eventually, and I'd rather do it soon. This is my last few months in college. I can choose to suffer through these few months and the summer, and have a new self the I start grad school in the fall. 

    Anyway, I've become much more social even after my face only cleared up a tiny bit. I'm actually head out for dinner with friends tonight - which never happened before with those people. I'm genuinely happy. 

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    jesuislouise
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    Quite a lot has happened since my last post. I've since come to the conclusion that the rash around my mouth is intact Perioral Dermatitis, I don't need a confirmation from a doctor, it's pretty obvious. Since discovering this I've been able to make the changes to prevent further outbreaks, like cutting out all SLS (I now use an SLS free tooth paste and face wash). I managed to clear the stubborn PD with Nobles Zinc soap and apple cider vinegar which did the job in literally 2 days. I used my Cetaphil cleanser this morning and last night and the rash is starting to come back so that confirms my suspicions! I'm going to continue using the zinc soap and see how I get on, the only down fall is that it's reality drying on my already parched skin. 

    My skin is generally looking good, although i did damage it when the PD had spread to my eyes and I put pure ACV on it. OMG the burn and OMG the dry skin the next day. Today it's looking a lot less blotchy and I'm managing the dry skin with tons of moisturiser and Aquaphor! 

    MY break outs are still happening. When I say breakouts I literally mean 2 spots and although that isn't much the PIH lingers for weeks so even though I'm acne free I still have a lot of red marks which is annoying. The spots I'm getting are really painful deep ones that come out over a few days and linger for a while. 
    I was given the option to bump up to 40mg at my last derm appointment which I'm definitely going to take him up on. My skin is good but not amazing and I feel like that extra 20mg will be the boost I need. 

    The thing I'm really struggling with is how parched my skin is, particularly around my mouth where I had the PD, it's just really red and you can see fine lines where its just lacking any kind of moisture. SO annoying. 

    Apart from that I'm doing fine, my achy joints have gone and eczema has replaced it which I'm not bothered about. I'll update in a week when I'll hopefully have made the call to my derm to bump unto 40mg! 

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    Catwoman1990
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    So here it goes...

    About me:

    I am a 26 year old female from the UK. I developed cystic acne at the age of 21 which as you can imagine I was over the moon about after getting through my teenage years spot free! I started tetracycline 4 years ago which worked for about 3 years but I am guessing my body became immune to the antibiotics after been on them for so long. 

    After a huge breakout on a trip to Iceland in November, I decided enough was enough and visited a private dermatologist at Harley Street. She took one look at my face and said Accutane which I was VERY hesitant about. After reading hundreds of blogs and scary stories on this site I decided there were no other options and took the plunge. I was prescribed 20mg for the first month and then 60mg for the remaining course until I reach 9,000mg over the whole course.

    Week 1:

    I popped my 6th pill today so I have nearly completed my first week. Side effects so far have been non existent. I have no dry lips, no dry skin, no headaches, no joint pain, no nothing. The only slight side effect I have noticed is my skin is slightly more red and feels a little sunburt. I have had no breakout and my skin is clear at the moment (apart from old marks) with no active spots. I have religiously been moisturising my skin, lips and nose twice a day and I take my tablet with my dinner about 7pm in the evening.

    Products I am currently using:

    Cetaphil gentle cleanser
    Cetaphil moisturiser
    Blistex intensive moisture (love this stuff) in the day (lips)
    Aquaphor on my lips and inside of my nose at night
    Nivea for body

    I also have some jojoba oil on standby for when my skin turns like the Sahara desert!

    So that's it for week 1. Hopefully that gives you a little insight and if you have any questions, please let me know. I would also love to hear your own personal experiences so we can go through this together. I will update again in a few days.

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    This time last year I went for my first dermatologist consultation from a real adult dermatologist. The first thing she did was prescribe Spironolactone. Of course, I fought her on this, I did everything short of stomping my foot. I knew that this wasn't a medication that has worked for me in the past, so I had reservations about it (also, I am notoriously horrendous at remembering to take pills). She looked me dead in the eyes and said: "In six months you will have reduced your acne to 1-2 breakouts per month." SOLD. She was right, and for six months I took pills on time, never missed a single one, and my skin cleared up! 

     
    We did a Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) treatment, which was covered by my insurance, and I was walking around looking like a blueberry muffin for the better part of my spring break. When it healed, I was expecting a clean face, no redness, no remanence of what genetics had done to my face (thanks, dad). I almost cried when I saw how many red marks I still had, I almost gave up on myself and my dermatologist. Until I saw some before and after pictures we took. WOW.
     
    I kept up with the Spironolactone. Then over summer break, I got another treatment, and again. WOW. 
     
    But afterward, I had gone about 6 months without seeing my doctor and I started forgetting to take pills, my face started breaking out, and every single time I got a breakout it lasted for 1-2 months, and the scar stayed around until my last laser.  My dermatologist put me back on the Spironolactone with an inspiring speech, and I stayed on for about 2 months. My acne cleared up so fast my mom thought that I was wearing makeup when I came home for a visit. I cleared up the remaining scars with a third PDL treatment and the scarring went from purple to baby pink. 
     
    It has been a month since I did my treatment and I am kicking myself because I KNOW I have to take the damn pills, but I just don't do it. I don't know why. My acne is back, and going down my neck this time. It is nowhere near as bad as before my first visit, but it is still upsetting. 

    I'm a big skin picker. It's gross, it's making my acne worse, it's making my scarring worse, it's making it harder to apply makeup,  but my studies are so stressful that without even knowing it I pick my pimples and ruin all the work I've put into making it go away. I have yet to find a solution to my skin picking problem. 

    I hope that someday I have enough self-esteem to post my acne before and after pictures, but for now, I will leave them to my eyes only. 
  10. Nana335
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    A little side note/ update:  I have officially stopped taking birth control as of 2 weeks ago and I am waiting for my insurance company to approve my coverage of my copper IUD. So far all is well. A lot of the side effects I was experiencing are seeming to subside (this could honestly just be a placebo effect but I'm happy nonetheless). 

    So today marks day 3 of being on accutane (I started 2/10/17). The day after I took my first dose I noticed almost all the pimples I had on my face had come to a head (aside from 2 very stubborn cysts but they feel like they should be surfacing within the next day or two). I've never been more happy to wake up and see white pustules on my face. It seems like all of the oil is being extruded from all my pores. After taking my showers I notice those sebum worms (yes gross but we've all been there) coming out of my pores on my more clogged areas (i.e my chin, chest and nose). Even the cyst that has been chilling in my ear since hector was a pup is starting to surface. I did not expect to see changes so soon. I'm quite honestly so excited haha. 

    As for side effects so far my lips are no more chapped then they usually are this time of year. My scalp has been itching me a bit today so I sense its getting a little dry. I need to be more on top drinking my pills with a ton of water because I have gotten a head aches every time I have taken them. It also probably didn't help the that 2/3 times I took them I washed them down with a mix of water and beer. In my defense both times it was only one beer and I nursed them for the rest night. The headaches weren't too bad I could still function but I was just a bit on edge.

    That's about it. I'll try and update at the end of the first month with before and after pictures to track my progress.  

  11. So I haven't posted in a while. I basically lost hope and stopped bothering as my face was only getting worse.   Turns out I had a very rare reaction to isotretinoin. They only see a handful of cases in the world every year and I was unlucky enough to have it.....  They even asked if i would mind having my photo taken and if i would sign a release form for them. And I ended up in a medical journal, this obviously doesn't make you feel great when a dermatologists wants to take a pic because your case is so bad.  They brought in 5 dermatologists on the ward to take a look and discuss what treatment I should have. Value for money I guess.  

    2 biopsy were then taken, one from each cheek to rule out infection or fungal reactions which thankfully returned the all clear.  I had over 10 blood tests for various viruses and infections all on my first appointment to asses what on earth was going on with my face.  I discontinued my isotretinoin and was given dermal lotion to remove the crusts from my face. The dermatologist then gave me a powerful topical steroid to deal with the hyper granulation tissue left. Nightmare doesn't begin to describe the monstrosity that was left on my face.  This is caused by the increased sensitivity of your skin from the medication, large cysts can deteriorate and cause oozing ulcers. 

    Here is a photo while i was cleaning it once the lotion had soaked the crusts off. The irony is my face is relatively scar free and acne free (apart from the obvious) so people are often perplexed what I have wrong with me and don't draw acne as the conclusion. These oozed pus due to the large amount of inflammation and chucked out old pus that was simply lying there for months. As the tissue shrank it would uncover more old pus that would surface and discharge. This is the grossest thing I've ever see  had to deal with. Thankfully they responded very well to the topical steroid and flattened out very quickly. The only annoyance was that i had to use special dressings that didn't  stick to the tissue and cost quite a lot of money. Mepliex border dressings are silicone dressings with a foam absorbent pad and when they are £2.50 each I spent and I've worn them for over a month that's more than £150..... Its either tat or rip off your face every day changing dressings.

    So all in all, a private derm costing around £1500 to end up in a worse position than when I started 4 months ago. 



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  12. CeruleanHyena
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    I've begun using ketoconozale shampoo again which works better then nizoral. As for my face, I'm continuing to use the zinc soap and honey masks but I'm planning to cut out the honey..Im thinking of washing with a gentle cleanser in the day and zinc soap at night or zinc soap twice a day (but I'm afraid it might be too drying) I still have Seb derm and slacking off even one day causes it to creep back up. I don't know how to get to the root of it and cure it completely. It causes my skin to be so unpredictable. It's definitely much better then before but not cured. 
    The worst issue which is the hive like bumps still continues. They show up randomly on my face, sting, itch and drive me crazy! I just feel so helpless that I can't figure out the cause even after all these years. Atleast with Seb derm I now have some control but these hives are uncontrollable. 
    My lips and sides of mouth seem a little better probably due to better control of Seb derm. My left eye is still irritated. 
    There are good days and bad days. Still trying to get it all under control. 

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    Minks
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    So it's been a while since I posted but it's the end of the first month! As far as side effects go, my skins been REALLY dry, lips aswell, and my eyes have recently started getting dry as well. Kind of sting to open in the mornings when I wake up. I also got really bad shoulder pain the other day. My backs been hurting and today my tailbone felt like it had shocks going through it, weird stuff. Also it hurts to extend my back /: on top of the that, I got a throat/sinus infection around the 22nd I'd say and I was so sick, just getting over it now. I also got ear eczema because apparently my ear is really dry which I'm assuming is the accutane.

    My face actually got a bit better mid month but then got bad again. I also started picking at my pimples last night mostly on my right cheek and chin. Theres a pimple right on the outline of my lip which I messed around with so It it  just looks really bad right now. Went to my dermatologist on the 8th and he kept me on 40mg, he said he's going to keep me there until more of the acne under my skin comes up disappears or else if he put me on 60mg I would just get a huge flare up. He told me to use a comedone extractor to express some of the pimples. I did last night and didn't get far, I just managed to mess my face. So I think I'm just going to get an extraction facial. This gets rid of a lot them, I've done it in the past.  My right cheek looks so bad right now but whatever time will pass and hopefully heal my face and I'm going to try to stop picking at it. 

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    daisystrzelecki
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    Hi..
    crap skin may years..
    works for me..

    no dairy
    no caffeine (causes oily skin crazy hormones)
    flouride and SLs free toothpaste ( green people natural toothpaste)
    sls and als free shampoo ( odylique herbal shampoo)
    supplement magnesium taurate
    Water only face washing.

    Cleared my oily acne skin in a week. I have tried everything and I think that was the cause.. Benzoyl salycilic glycolic face washes. Natural stuff acv honey etc etc.. Baking soda.. Never worked. Was religious about washing face.. Silly a bit of dirt won't cause acne. My face mantle is so normal and perfect because I have stopped destroying it.. If u suffer from perorial dermatitis aka acne mostly on ur chin.. Change ur toothpaste.. For head change ur shampoo to natural.. Water in more than enough to cleanse face.. U will get a little bit of a dead skin mask but its natural and blends really well and protects ur skin from acne and pollutants.


     
  13. It's been a while! My skin is actually looking better these days. I don't get cysts anymore - just pustules, which are still annoying because they STILL leave scars. UGH. I think what helped was switching to 0.1% tazorac AND drinking kefir everyday. I am currently using gly-luronic serum from Makeupartistschoice and do a light peel every two weeks with salicylic acid 15%.

    Does anyone know what I can do for my scars? What type of scars are these? I'm thinking of getting microneedling from my doctor. It's for $400 though.

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    I recently just switched from Proactive to Bioclarity clear and used that from last Friday-Sunday and started breaking out terribly bad around my mouth and chin area (like a crop of small white pimples) I normally don't get this at all until I switched to bioclarity clear, how to get rid of this because going to work feels terrible with this on my face....

  14. Week 3 ended last Friday but I forgot to take pictures and was too busy to post anything so I took pictures today and am updating the blog (as you can see :))

    Last week got a little rough after I posted my blog post. My hormonal acne flared up and I got two cysts.  HOWEVER things calmed down quickly and the cysts were gone within 2 days and a half.  Everything seems to be continuing to heal nicely. . . My period started so my hormones should be returning to normal, so I guess so should my skin haha. 
    I ate some crappy stuff on the super bowl and am suffering the consequences of that - as you can see, I have a big zit on my temple.  Another zit appeared on my upper cheek bone and never came to head. I made a horrible decision and decided to squeeze it to force it to pop so now its just scabbing. 

    All in all, I think things are continuing to be going down the right track.  Half way through the week I will have a scare of acne but then continue to put the         Differin on and things always turnout good in the end :)

    I will try to post again on Friday or maybe on Monday.  I am always so embarrassed about the pictures that I post on here - for some reason my face always looks very disproportionate haha. 

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  15. maplesyrupmama
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    Quick update here....On week 6 I began to get yet another spot in the same damn area so I started using BP again. I started using it very lightly to begin with because I wanted to avoid my skin getting red and flaky. It seemed to work and my skin has now adjusted to the daily use and not becoming overly dry and I haven't had another spot since. It's only been two weeks, but my skin doesn't really feel like it's "on the verge" of a breakout, like it has since I started the antibiotics. I've just started week 8, so I've got 5 more weeks to go. I'm nervous about stopping but maybe the BP will be my saviour.

  16. Week 2- day 15

    Just wanted to give an updated on my treatment- This is week 2 on Spironolactone 50mg once a day,  Doryx 120mg once a day and Retin A Micro 0.08%.

    My face is still peeling around my mouth and chin area very small peeling on my cheeks- My cystic acne on my left cheek pretty much gone just red/brown in color - my old scabs come off daily but need to be very careful since last night i was already in bed with a clean face and i rubbed my face from being tired one of my scabs came off and  i was bleeding so bad when i cleaned it up thinking i was going to leave a huge scar it was so small but yet so much blood.
    I have not had an IB- my left side which was my worst side has improved so much that my cystic acne has finally decreased in size. few new spots but nothing major. My skin texture has also improved- Still oily on my nose area 

    I did get a new clogged pore next to my nose and another on my chin and 2 above my upper lip. I know that sounds like alot but this is nothing compared to what i used to get. I think these new spots are from my period that should be making her appearance soon and not an IB- Ive read alot that people get an IB around week 3-5 so i am still waiting. I am hoping with the combo of Spironolactone, Doryx it will reduce my initial breakout.

    I have so much red/brown marks on both cheeks which makes my face look so so ugly, which i hate sooooo much makes my face look worst than what it actually is.My doctor said Retin A should help over time since it is only week 2 i have high hopes my face will clear. Makeup can cover this up but i cant really wear makeup since my face is still peeling- Will post pictures once i get home before bed.

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    Being in the 6th month of Accutane is not when I imagined starting a blog. I will be completely honest and say that I genuinely thought that I would be cured by now (How wrong I was) but I wanted to share my story (so far) as my Accutane journey was NOT like what I read about online.

    Firstly, I should explain that I have suffered moderate to severe cystic acne since around 12-13years old. I tried various treatments, antibiotics, over the counter products, Zinryt etc. and reached my mid twenties with it getting worse and worse. It has completely wrecked my skin to a point that even if I 'cured' the acne, my skin is now so horrifically scarred that I am not sure it will improve my appearance in anyway.

    so I stomped down to my GP and cried until he referred me to a dermatologist at my local hospital who almost instantly suggested Accutane on a six month treatment and I jumped at the chance.

    Oh, I did my research, sure. But I didn't care about potential risks or side affects. I WAS GOING TO HAVE CLEAR SKIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10+ YEARS.

    I read other peoples blog entries on the internet and smiled wide eyed at the computer screen when they wrote about how it changed their life and how they can now go out without make up on etc.

    I practically ran to the pharmacist with my prescription and flung it over the counter. The lady behind the counter quickly flung it back at me and said they didn't stock this usually and couldn't get it until the following week. A week? A WEEK? I wasn't going to wait a week to change my life. I visited a further 4 Pharmacies before I found one that could do it on the same day.

    The next few weeks were awful. DRY EVERYTHING. Lips peeled, skin chapped, headaches and an awful tummy upset.

    This all settled over time  (or perhaps I just got used to it?) and what felt like it would be the longest six months of my life actually slipped by surprisingly fast. One problem though, my acne is still worse than ever.  Even as I type this I have approximately 6 large boils/cysts on my face. Surrounding that are several other clusters of small whiteheads and raised bumps.

    When I went to my Dermatologist just a few days ago for my monthly appointment she told me I was 'still in the early days' of treatment, thus shattering the '6 month treatment' I had mentally prepared myself for. What if I commit a further year of my life to this and it still doesn't work? Why has it not worked or made some improvement yet like all the people I read about online?

    I started on 20, the following month I went up to 40 and then I have been on 60 since.
    No improvement
    Current Mood? FED UP!!!!!!!



     

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    My pregnancy unfortunately badly affected my acne-prone skin. My first trimester went rather good, but things got rather bad in my 4h month. Now that I am going towards the end of 5th month, my skin is slightly improving.

    Current treatment: My range of acne medications is limited because of the pregnancy. I wash my face twice per day with Dermavital soap. Then I apply a lotion with salycic acid, followed by Zyndacline gel all over my face (containing clymicin). Once per month I visit my dermatologist who performs glycol peel (35 %, 7 minutes). The last time I had a really bad reaction, half of my face swollen and lots of redness, as well as small pustules. And as usual, skin is shedding quite a bit after that procedure. I also take LED twice per week. It is all very expensive treatments, and the results are limited.

    General thoughts: I have adult acne. It is a skin condition due to over-activity of sebum-producing pores. Unfortunately all treatments that do not target specifically the enlarged pores are limited. No hormonal, topical or dietary treatment helps with that. The only treatment that really works is Roaccutane (which is contraindicated for pregnancy.) However, the length of effect of Roaccutane seems limited in my case. Every single time the acne came back. 

    Diet and lifestyle: I am following la ow-sugar diet which is the only thing that has an effect on my acne. I also limit FODMAPs to which I am slightly intolerant as well as histamine-provoking foods. I do not consume any milk (no dairy except of occasional organic cottage cheese and butter). However diet alone is not a potent enough cure for my problem. I am a dedicated yoga practitioner which I continue during my pregnancy. I follow healthy life stye, do not drink any alcohol or coffee, and I drink plenty of water.



     

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    Aloha and… hello.  So what is it, roughly week two? My skin is definitely improving.  The majority of it is clear(ish) apart from the bumpity bump bumps around my chin.  I don’t know if the clearing is due to anything new I have been doing, or if my skin is just having it’s one week of looking alright (it does this every month or two, it just clears up, I have no idea how, I’ve done nothing differently, and then it gets cloggy again.)

    As for the aforementioned bumpity bump bumps around my chin… they’re still there.  The Tactuo has started its process of flaking and peeling the skin (oh, how I remember now.)  A couple of the bumps have gotten whiteheads and gone away, and a couple have just gotten flatter.  The flaking is controllable, I just wet the area with the dead skin in the morning and sort of “buff” it off before putting a heavy moisturizer on it.  I only apply the Tactuo at night, so my skin has a bit of a reprieve from it in the daytime.  

    My charcoal soap has also arrived in the mail.  I’ve used it three times now (on alternating nights).  Can’t say I’ve noticed a difference either way.  My skin feels a bit tight after using it, but once my moisturizer sinks in it feels fine again.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t break me out, but I am well aware that my skin is capable of anything…

    Boy isn’t this an exiting entry.  Pah.  Basically, I just have to play the waiting game for these whiteheads to excavate.  I’m going on a ski holiday (I feel like a twat writing that.  I am taking a several days off from my soul-crushing job and am skiing at a resort that isn’t the one in my town, where I plan on being drunk for most of that time is what it really is.)  Because of how harsh the Tactuo is, I may stop using it a day before I leave, and not use it for the skiing, since I don’t want the raw skin to be exposed to wind, and I also don’t want to deal with the sides of my face flaking off the entire time.  Hmm… yes.  Now to make a hot chocolate and procrastinate for the rest of the afternoon.  The hot chocolate is birthday cake flavoured.  I am excited.