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  1. 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!


  2. 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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    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. 


  3. 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? 

  4. 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.

  5. 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!




  6. 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. 

  7. 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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    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.


    ·  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

    ·  Clarisonic Mia 2

    ·  Cashmere Cleanse Luxe Brush Head

    ·  PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

    ·  St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub

    ·  Fresh Rose Floral Toner

    ·  Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

    ·  Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

    ·  Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

    ·  Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask

    ·  Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

    ·  Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Gel

    ·  Now Solutions Jojoba Oil

    ·  Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

    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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    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. 

  8. 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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    I ordered 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 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 compared to what my situation 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. 

  9. 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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    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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    Hi there!

    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!


  10. 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!

  11. 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 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  


  12. Hi Guys!!

    So here I am, I can finally say I made it 1 month of just washing my face with water in the evenings. Wow, what can I say? I'm so happy I took the leap and... it wasn't near as brutal as I thought. 

    The big jaw breakout purge I got that started at the beginning of the 3rd week is about 60 - 70 percent better than it was. So recap of the first month, this is what I’m noticing: whiteheads came and went within one to two days, drying up extremely quick. Red bumps have been slower, taking longer sometimes up to 5 days to come to a whitehead. So far I only have a few red bumps left to come to a head, a couple whiteheads that are dried and waiting to fall off. Im just waiting on some older pimples that dried up to fall off as well. Depending on the size the pimple was, itll take a bit longer for the skin to release the dried scab/bit (yuck sorry not sure what to call it… the covering? lol). Pores significantly shrunk the first 2 weeks and remain tight and small almost everywhere expect purging places.


    I notice dead skin builds up way faster/more in areas that you are having pimples/breakouts. This supports my theory that the dead skin is used by the skin as a way to protect healing skin underneath. Less disruption less chance of scarring/hyperpigmentation so again keep the exfoliation to a minimum or don’t do it at all cause it seems to be really important to keep in tact. The skin will naturally slough it off during sleep when its ready. I can vouch that I’ve noticed my skin doesn’t look as good when I exfoliated even with a simple soft sponge. Lately I’ve just been rinsing my face briefly under the shower head which is usually enough strength to get rid of the loose flakes (but not long guys, or itll dry the skin too much). Whatever the water doesn’t get rid of for dead skin just means its still intact and doing it protective purposes. The bumps on my forehead are much much better, I can really feel the blackheads being pushed out. The bumps changed during the 3rd week to almost like hard tiny nubs sticking out (blackheads being pushed out). They are annoying and SUPER easy to pick away at if youre chillin, so best advice keep the hands off the face at all costs! Tons of bacteria under those nails/fingers and “irritation causes more acne” as Dan says. They are pretty annoying though, I do miss the feeling of a smooth forehead lol but honestly I know this too shall pass and in time the blackheads will be out and it'll be naturally smooth again:) If you feel like your skin needs some sort of exfoliating/feeling a bit greasy, just lightly use your fingers (clean) in the shower after your face has been in the steam at the end before you hop out to just lightly aid whatever is sticking far out to slough off nicely. This seems to work nice and is better than full on exfoliating with the sponge. 


    Alrighty, my updates for now! I’ll be back soon to check in. In summary, despite the purge Ive most definitely noticed a huge positive difference with this regimen. I am definitely sticking it through. Thanks to you all for checking on my posts, gives me some support to know people are interested in how this is going! Fell free to ask me anything in the comments if you have questions... strength and positivity to you all!

  13. A bit of background: I have suffered with acne ever since I was 12 and I have had a long and painful journey to say the least. Years of feeling insecure and suffering deep anxiety I just want it gone. I am very scared to start differin as right now my skin is ok but still have problem areas. My main problem areas are my forehead where I have large pores and spots, my nose consisting of blackheads, and my mouth and chin with spots. Weirdly enough my cheeks have always been clear.
    with my differin prescription I have also been prescribed lymecycline tablets to take for about a month, a question I have is that if anyone has experienced this combo what results have they had and how do they work together?
    another question is that one of my main problems is large pores, does differin help with this?

    i think i will do weekly pictures of my skin possibly depending on how i feel however here is my day to day update.

    Day 1: first day of applying, feels quite dry on the skin however no differences.

  14. A lot of whitehead broke out recently.It makes me feel like all my pores are purged.All my pores can squeeze out some puss....The main thing is my skin become more and more fragile......I picked a bit whole layer of skin gone....
    Before pick
    After pick


  15. I am learning more and more about just how closely acne and diet are related. I've read a lot of books regarding nutrition and how it plays a role in either creating acne or encouraging clear skin.

    I never used to believe that eliminating certain foods could actually benefit skin health. I've seen it all first hand now though and I believe it more and more. Over Christmas and Thanksgiving, I indulged too much. I'm sure I'm not alone in that! It's such a hard time of year to stay on track but now I'm paying the price with tiny whiteheads, dull and sallow looking skin, and no glow!

    I think back to all the years I had horrible, cystic acne and was completely miserable. I was trying every product - over the counter, prescription, weird home remedies. Looking back, I wish I had tried to fix my diet instead. I was going about it all the wrong way. I'd get scared of a certain food and cut it out (i.e. dairy) but then still maintain a diet full of other junk! I also got scared of foods that were actually health for me (spinach, eggs.... no idea what convinced me to think these could be bad). 

    I'm going to work on compiling a list of all of the most helpful foods (and the worst) for my skin based on what I have experienced the past many years. In the meantime, I'm going to fully re-commit to the paleo diet: 

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    SO day six was smooth and I didn't attack my face, but on day 7 I did mess with my skin a lot but I stopped myself so it could've gone farther. I was super stressed about a lot and sick so I just needed that for some reason even though I felt awful after. As for today (day 8) I think I've come to the conclusion that I am the only person who thinks about my acne, and that people don't look at me any differently and I'm grateful for that. I realized that for me to be able to do this I need to mentally be able to if that makes sense. Im doing better in the sense that I've come to accept my skin and understand that it's not perfect and that's okay. Sorry I forgot to add this entry until now but don't worry I'm still going. I'm probably gonna make this 2 week challenge longer and maybe just write in  once a week or something. I have 6 days left I'm hoping to have a really good ending to the challenge!