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Today I went to the doctors about my skin. I ment my grandfather in the waiting room, who commented that my face was a mess. Immediately I wanted to run home and hide (any bravado I'd managed to work up going there without make up was instantly shot down).

Anyways. The doctor took a look, and said that the acne wasn't going to go away on it's own without medicine. She prescirbed me an oral antibiotic and a gel for nighttime. I'm returning next week for a blood test. This might seem completely unrelated (or maybe totally related, I'm not sure). My mum has an overactive thyroid condition. She suggested I got checked because I've been showing symptoms of that (sweating, hand shaking, heart racing - good times). When I mentioned this to my doctor, she said that my skin could also be caused by that? This is the first I've heard on that but I thought it was worth mentioning here.

Well, I left the doctors feeling pretty deflated. As mentioned before I'm not very comfortable taking medicine. I don't like the idea of putting something into my body that I don't know much about.

As soon as I got home I started reading some reviews of the medicines. Tetralysal and Differin respectively. After reading these reviews and talking to my mother, I've decided, regardless of whatthe doctor says, to dry Differin on it's own first.

Now, that might seen crazy to some people. However, I mentioned last week that I'd tried various 3 step systems. After having a skin test in boots last week, the specialist said my skin was severely dehydrated and that 3 step acne systems will not make a difference. Since then I have switched to using a vichy cleanser and moisturiser. No acne treatments or specialities at all. A lot of the inflammation I was having has gone down since then.

I'm not a medical expert. In fact my knowledge of medicine is slim to none. But unless this is a fluke, I see a tie between those products and my acne. My flare ups only got particularly bad at Christmas when I started using pro-active, and I'd been using the clinique 3 step system from february until now with no change.

A week after ceasing this, the acne decreases. Coincidence? I'm still not certain, but I'm not convinced that antibiotics are the best route for me just yet.

Any input on this would be welcome (always welcome).

Am I making a smart choice?



My name is Ellie, and as this is my first blog post I'm going to share a little bit about myself and my skin.

I'm 23 years old (soon to be 24 - boo ) and I have moderate acne.

It started about three weeks after I turned 19, up until that point I'd had clear skin my whole life. It came in patches around my cheeks, the right hand side being the worst.

Silly teenage me decided to take the pill to try and fix her acne. I used Dianette for 2 years and it cleared up a treat. After I came off of it (as I was advised) I was clear for around a year more with only ocassional hormonal break outs.

Then, around a year ago, I started breaking out more seriously again. The doctor prescribed me various different topical creams and to no avail. Since January, my face has been the worst I've ever seen it, and every week seems to be getting more inflamed and broken out.

My acne tends to be more cystic than pustules, thought that was worth mentioning.

I've been trying to get by with skincare routines and a good diet, because I'm not a fan of the doctors or prescribed medication. I'm a fan of natural healing.

My skin has been so bad lately though that I have caved and booked a doctors appointment for this coming Thrusday.

And that's basically where I'm at. That sounds a bit wordy and long winded (and irrelevant?) for an introductory post but ah well, it's typed now. I'll go into a bit more detail about my current situation later but yeah, a brief history of moi.


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