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Just a record of my acne :)

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Cassie Reannan

What Is This

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 cool.png

Cassie Reannan

Day 2

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

- Dried older pimples

- a new inflammed pimple on my cheek, but thats to be expected??

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... wacko.png 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? eusa_think.gif

Cassie Reannan

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. eusa_pray.gifeusa_pray.gifeusa_pray.gif

Cassie Reannan

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 eusa_wall.gif ) 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 wub.png .

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!! tongue.png) 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.

Medications:

Cenovis multivitamin x 1 daily

Doxycycline 50mg x 1 daily

Estelle 35 ED x 1 daily

Diet and exercise:

Mainly healthy, vegetarian since childhood.

Losing weight consistently for 1 year.

Aim for 3 hours+ of exercise a week.

Regime:

Morning:

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Foaming Wash for Acne

Cetaphil moisturiser

Night:

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.

Things I am considering trying:

Dans regime tinydan.gif (although I don't know if I can be strict with it, failed before)

Pantothenic acid (5g) + B-complex 50

Zinc

My skin before:

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My skin after (today):

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