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Just a record of my acne :)

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So I have some time to post about my acne. I have been very busy the last few days due to my nursing placement and my weight loss anniversary... I have to report that my skin has been pretty clear the past few days!! I have been eating absolute crap too. I don't know what I am doing right but it's something [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png[/img]

Day 2

By Cassie Reannan,

[font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][color=#800080]Hey guys,

Day 2 of the regimen. I use BP only at night (pea size amount) to my problem area which is my chin. I am starting to take 50mg of zinc everyday now, in conjunction with my multi-vitamin.

Side effects so far:
- Itchiness[/color][/font]
[font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][color=#800080]- Dried older pimples
- a new inflammed pimple on my cheek, but thats to be expected??[/color][/font]
[font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][color=#800080]Today I had uni so I wore make up and it felt so yuck.. I need to get a new foundation because the one I have is horrible and is too dark for me... [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/wacko.png[/img][/color][/font][font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][color=#800080] Other than that I guess I see a bit of an improvement? I don't know if it's the regimen, the doxy or my pill? [/color][/font][font='lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][color=#800080][img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_think.gif[/img][/color][/font]
Hello again,

Progress this morning. Went to the city and bought the cetaphil clear skin acne control kit for $25. Cetaphil Clear Skin Acne Control Kit is a complete kit that helps to fight acne. The three-step system contains a Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, a Benzac AC 2.5% spot treatment gel, and a Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion.

So yes, I am now starting the regimen. Since next week is the start of my clinical placement I wont have any time in the morning to put on BP, as I have very very early shifts. For the first 2 - 3 weeks I am applying BP at night only, and on the weekends I will be putting BP on in the morning as well. When I run out I will buy acne.org's BP and stock up on Cetaphil.

A little bit nervous. I am starting tonight. [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_pray.gif[/img][img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_pray.gif[/img][img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_pray.gif[/img]
Hey everyone,

This is my first blog post. I will probably use this blog to track my acne and the products I use. So yes, let's get started with a little introduction about myself before I go into detail about my regime etc...

I am 20 years old (turning 21) and I have struggled with acne since I was about 14 - 15. I grew up in a small town of about 5,000 people (and I still live here unfortunately, with my parents [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_wall.gif[/img] ) that's in Queensland, Australia. I am studying nursing full time at university and am half way through my degree at the end of 2013. I work part time at Woolworths (representin') in a delicatessen. So when I'm not studying about care plans or handling various meats, I am hanging on the internet or am with my wonderful fiance [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/wub.png[/img] .

At 15, I developed moderate acne on both my cheeks. I don't have any pictures to be exact, but I still have noticable scars today. I thought it was just a teenager thing, and since I was getting into boys and my friends were having sex I put myself on birth control (Juliet 35 ED, a BC for acne) to cure it. I was using Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer, and for a few months used Benzac 2.5% BP but I had very bad redness and quit it. Since I was working on slave labour minimum wage at the time, affording a birth control that was $30+ for 3 months was a lot for me but it cured my acne suddenly. When I was 17, I met my wonderful fiance and changed my BC to Levlen ED (generic BC) as I was "cured" and to save some cash.

Okay so should be the end right? Well... no. I got the odd pimple here and there until the end of last year. Suddenly, I had a more than a few pimples in one area (my chin on either side). I thought it was because I was changing products, but it didn't ease up and became worse. I was miserable... the worse I have felt in a year. I began my weight loss journey at the start of 2012 and since then have lost 30kg (65lb) and wasn't expecting my acne to ever return.

I bit the bullet and went to the doctor. She said is hormonal. She prescribed me doxycyline 50mg daily, but ordered me to take 100mg daily for the first 2 weeks. My BC was then changed back to Juliet 35 ED (I got the generic brand Estelle because I am a cheap nursing student!! [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.png[/img]) and I have been on them for 3 weeks tomorrow. I noticed an improvement on my acne, but since halving the dose of doxy my acne has gotten slowly worse again.

So the TLDR version:

I have struggled with acne since I was 14 - 15. I cured it but now its back in another place.


Cenovis multivitamin x 1 daily
Doxycycline 50mg x 1 daily
Estelle 35 ED x 1 daily

[b]Diet and exercise:[/b]

Mainly healthy, vegetarian since childhood.
Losing weight consistently for 1 year.
Aim for 3 hours+ of exercise a week.


Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Foaming Wash for Acne
Cetaphil moisturiser

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Foaming Wash for Acne
Cetaphil moisturiser
Thursday Plantation Medicated Tea Tree Spot Treatment

Alternative treatments:
Manuka honey

If I am staying at my fiances I use Cetaphil cleanser for oily skin.

[b]Things I am considering trying:[/b]

Dans regime [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/tinydan.gif[/img] (although I don't know if I can be strict with it, failed before)
Pantothenic acid (5g) + B-complex 50

[b]My skin before:[/b]

[b]My skin after (today):[/b]