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  1. iamdonelol
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    iI'm not even expecting anyone to read this cuz imma just gonna rant:
    3 of my spots became inflamed after the end of today, which is freaking ridiculous because I just reported that everything was fine yesterday. I realized that this cycle has been going on forever - never really resolving itself. Even though my acne is in no way severe, it is extremely persistent. I'm going to my first derm appointment in nsc on 22nd Dec (they made me wait a whole freaking month just for this appointment!) and I'm going to request for accutane cuz I'm freaking tired of this acne crap lol.
    I've been reading up on accutane and I'm aware of all the side effects and risks that come with the medication. But it also appears that accutane is the one medication that truly nips the problem in the bud. Sure, I've read some reviews where acne relapses after stopping accutane, but it is quite rare and in most cases, people report very little to no acne years after stopping accutane. 
    Honestly, I don't know if the derm would prescribed me accutane considering I don't have severe acne and also, i heard nsc will usually start off with antibiotics. But if I explain that I've already been on antibiotics (dalacin t) and differin for 3 months maybe they will consider putting me on accutane. Urghhh, I'm in a dilemma here!
    On one hand, I am leaning towards asking for differin 0.3 and a new antibiotic cuz it seems like dalacin T has lost its efficiency, but then I have to go through this regimen for at least 3 months and if it doesn't work, then that will be 3 months wasted!!!!! And on the other hand, I'm pretty sure accutane will work but some of the side effects really do sound quite nasty - but at least I don't have to waste soooo much time testing out one regimen after another to see what works and what doesn't!!! And then on the other other hand (so many hands!), I've got a bad feeling that the derm might just end up doing whatever he or she wants to do without considering my requests and then I have to waste even more time (I dunno how nsc works but I've heard that they tend to give inexperienced doctors to subsidized patients and usually these doctors have no clue what they're doing). 
    Damn I really don't want to stress over this but I can't help it! I just went out with some of my friends today (haven't met them for close to a year) and I was so embarrassed by the state of my skin (which may I remind you worsened overnight). My self esteem has taken a huge ass plunge since these last couple of months and this is really affecting me cuz I used to be quite confident and shit.
    Ok whatever! No point worrying about the unforeseeable future!! I just really wish that whatever decision is made on the 22nd Dec will yearn good results. I don't mind tiding through another 3 months as long as I can have my clear complexion back. 
    Ok, end of rant. Gonna go back and hide my face.
    P.S. posting these pictures and looking at the ones I took yesterday is making me very upset lol. I'm circling the spots that have become inflamed. 

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  2. Hello,
    No massive changes with my skin but I think its on its way up. My face is peeling like crazy, my eyes have no moisture and my lips are as dry and cracked as a desert. With regard to my actual skin, there is now a bit less redness, and a few less spots- barely any whiteheads left on my chin either which is amazing.
    What's making me excited, however, is that I now have a few patches on my skin that are so insanely soft, which hasn't happened in so so long.
    I think the really badly part is *hopefully* over now! :smileys_n_people_9:
    Ellie x

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    Day 3! The beastly spot is starting to scab over - I'm piling Aquaphor on which seems to help, still looks vile though ha!
    I feel like I'm having an IB at the minute, not a crazy one but my skin is definitely worse than normal and in places I wasn't breaking out before. It's weird because the 2 previous times that I've used Roaccutane I never had an IB this quick/one at all! I guess the sooner it comes the sooner it goes away. I'd love to be totally clear by Christmas which is in 23 days... fingers crossed! 
    As far as side affects go, I'm not experiencing anything at the moment, I thought I was starting to get dry skin around my nose but I think thats a result of overly blowing my nose the past 2 days. I imagine they will start either tomorrow or the next day. 

    Im going to London today with my husband to Duck and Waffle, I'm not going to wear make up because I sometimes thing that covering acne makes it appear worse, so I'm embracing the natural look. 

    And I'm just going to leave this here as a reminder to my future self: Don't pick your face!!!!

  3. I did salicylic peel today and the attached pictures are with me after the peel. I'm getting a lot of breakouts again. :( 
    So depressing.

    I should really start eating clean. I tend to eat A LOT of sweets over the weekend, but I think I should just stick to 2-3 desserts/week. Make it more rewarding, if ya know what I mean.

    Does anyone know if kefir helps with acne?

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  4. Jikasa
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    Hi there anybody who's following!

    [No one xD]


    I'm here at the end of Day Five and I honestly think this day was great.  

    Started off chugging water.  Doing some leg stretches.

    Breakfast was 2 eggs and a quinoa burger.  5,000iu Vitamin D3, 30mg Zinc, 400mg magnesium, 4 desiccated liver tabs, a mug of chamomile and I was on my way.


    The white head on my lip already dried out overnight - I put tea tree on it a couple times.  Sometimes this helps, others it doesn't.  I'm really glad this one drained so quick because I have a date tomorrow and I need my lips lookin' good. ;)


    As far as the rest of my skin - my neck is still getting new cysts as well as my back and shoulders.  I notice I’m more energized and confident though and they aren’t draining my confidence as much.  I have a good amount of hope that this is early in the journey and things will start to look up sooner rather than later.  


    Right when I got to work I saw a bag of cookies at my work bench.  My co-worker is a saint and saved me some of her gluten and dairy free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I had one of those right away with my tea and it put me in the perfect mood.  Maybe there was a bit more sugar in it than I needed, but I don’t give a care.  I took three more liver tabs.  My energy was crazy good today.  Had a mint chocolate RX bar and took another three liver tabs around 11:00am.  


    There was a pizza lunch provided today and I have to say that it smelled amazing, but I was glad to do my own thing.  I also took comfort that there is dairy free/gluten free pizza options out there for when I want to go crazy.  


    Lunch for me was a tuna salad, carrots, liver tabs, and unsweetened chocolate (nasty).  I don’t know what possessed me to think this chocolate bar would taste good.  It’s for baking, but I wanted to try it as an aphrodisiac haha.  I am still looking for a sex drive that doesn’t exist right now.  Through NoFap, I know it’s possible to get my drive back, it just takes time to reset.  Look at the subreddit if you’ve got any questions about that.


    I worked out after work (5x5 StrongLifts app), ran a mile, and then ate another cookie and a beef jerky bar.  After this I went home and had a green smoothie but no other food because I wasn’t hungry.  I’m hungry now at 10pm, but I’ll go to bed hungry.  I went to the library to check out a book called “The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson - recommended by the guy I had a date with last week.  After I got groceries for the weekend, walked my pupper for 20 minutes, and now I’m here sippin’ tea!  I’m gonna do an Epsom salt foot soak for extra Magnesium and start this book.  


    It’s been a mega productive day.  I probably won’t have time to log anything tomorrow, but I’ll try to write something on my lunch break.

    My acne shows no major signs of improvement.  We’ll see what tomorrow holds!


    Be happy, Be healthy!

  5. Helloooo !
    I'm lost. The regimen works. BUT, I still to have new pimples each day.. I do not touch them, they go away in one day..
    That's why i'm a litte bit confused.

    About dryness, I put a lot of Mosturizer (2 or 3 a day) and once at night. My skin is less dry than during the week 1 and it's a good point!
    The pricklings I experienced when I put Mosturizer still. My ski is itchy during 3 minutes after Mosturizer application!

    Generally speaking, it's a little bit better.
    I hope week 3 will be fine!

    Thanks for reading, see you in week 3 begening!

  6. Sarah35
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    I thought I would post some photographs of my progress since I started taking Isotretinoin 6 months ago.  I have 1 month left to go and still no spots, so I am incredibly happy with the results so far!

    Photos 1 and 2 were taken before treatment started in mid-April 2016.  Photos 3 and 4 were taken in June 2016, 3 weeks after starting treatment.  Photo 5 was taken in August 2016, just over 2 months into treatment and Photo 6 was taken in November 2016, so after 6 months of treatment.

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  7. When you look in the mirror and a big pimple stares you back, you'll definitely want to pop it immediately. You really want to squeeze it especially when they arrive on the worst time. Well there is no good time to get a zit on your face but seeing them on your important dates or just before a party or a big family reunion then you actually want to hide them immediately and most people try to squeeze them badly. Remember squeezing or popping big pimples at the wrong time can make your skin even worse and leave a red permanent mark on your face.

    There's another risk involved while poking, picking or picking a pimple, you force the debris and bacteria even deeper into your skin.Further, you may also introduce new kinds of bacteria from your fingers into the zit which can cause a pimple to turn red and more inflamed, swollen and infected. Also, these type of skin conditions sometimes leaves a permanent scar on your face.

    Here are the few important things that you need to consider while popping these pimples:-

    1. Don't poke too early until your pimple has a firm white head. The white top on you a pimple reflects that the pus is close to the surface and ready to be drained with proper squeezing.

    2. While popping off after popping the big pimples, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water, soap, and a fingernail brush.

    3. Before popping the pimple it is vital to sterilize a straight pin with a match or lighter. Let the pin get cool and wipe it with alcohol soaked cotton. Swab the zit with alcohol and pour some on your fingers as well.

    4. Dry your fingers and wrap a clean tissue around your fingers to protect it from the harmful bacterias.

    5. Position your pin and hold it right parallel to the surface of your skin and then gently pierce the very tip of the zit's white center.

    6. Use cotton balls for softly squeezing the pimple. Press around the white tip of the zit and if the pus doesn't come out then it means a pimple isn't ready to pop.

    7. Apply more alcohol or a very small amount of bacitracin ointment to the now-deflated blemish on the popped area to reduce the scope of infection.
  8. As I am nearing the end of my course I feel like my body is actually reaching its tolerable dose of the drug. I feel as if the minor side effects are starting up again. I have had some face stinging and burning and I feel a lot more dry in general. I suppose it could be because the weather has turned bitterly cold here, but I do feel like I am ready to come off these now. 30 tablets left...

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    Day 21 of Accutane (Claravis)

    Today I had an interview for my absolute dream job. I should have been solely focused on the interview, how I wanted to answer the questions, what I wanted to say, etc., but a big part of me was consumed by the four massive cysts on my left cheek. I wish that I could go out in public and feel confident, but no matter how hard I try, I know the way that my face looks, I know the huge cysts that people are staring at when they talk to me. I feel hopeful about the interview, it definitely went well, but I hate the way that I feel about myself. The chapped lips and dry skin doesn't help either...
    Hopefully in the next few weeks I will start seeing some improvement.

  9. cloudydreamer
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    I believe today is around the 30th day/1 month mark where I should have been on Spiro, 50 mg/day. I stopped this medication 3 days ago after my eyebrows and eyelashes began falling out HEAVILY. I remarked around the 2 week point or so that a few were falling out...well, those few progressed into 4-5 lost eyebrows per day, sometimes twice per day, and then my eyelashes as well. I am lucky I have thick eyebrows or else I would be bald. I took the plunge and decided to stop Spiro cold turkey...and literally the same day I stopped, I didn't lose a single brow/lash hair! I occasionally lose a lash or brow like anyone else but never like this, and it proved Spiro was responsible. I also began to break out on my neck for the first time in my life, terrible jaw pimples for the first time, and a cyst near my left eyebrow...unusual for me. All of these signs pointed to the drug making my androgen issues worse. 

    It seems like I am one of those people who can't take Spiro - and really, the issue might be that it was creating a hormone imbalance in my body. This is why I regret just accepting the drug and not doing a hormone panel beforehand. I do not think the drug itself is bad and I do not discourage every woman out there to avoid Spiro based off my experience alone. But if you notice weird symptoms like mine, i.e., unusual body hair loss early in, it's more likely than not that the drug is just not working with your body chemistry and perhaps acting as an androgen vs. blocking androgens. I did research and this is possible. Increasing the dose would have likely only hurt me even more and made a bigger imbalance. 

    I'm pretty depressed and not sure where to go from here, but it seems like a monophasic BCP and Accutane is my best route. I'm a also going to try Stridex for the cc's. 

  10. I finally visited a private dermatologist. The initial consultation was £200, the blood work was £200 and the medicine was £50. I could have had the blood tests  done on the NHS but I felt like I had waited long enough. At this point I would say my acne was very red and my face was very greasy. The derm prescribed me antibiotics for 2 weeks before starting accutane to prevent a bad initial flare up.
     was then given 40mg a day for a month and told to have another checkup  then. For the first 2 weeks my acne stayed the same and I got the occasional pustule but no cysts. Then my skin dried and my lips began to get chapped. I also noticed i started to get blackheads a little bit more often. 

    At this point my acne is exclusively on my cheeks in an area the size of  the bottom of a pint class and very condensed. 

    After the month I returned to the derm however I had  forgotten to sort my bloods out so when i visited my gp and it was apparent I wouldn't have time to get them done on the nhs.  I had to pay £329 for the consultation and the bloods. And then a further £150 for the accutane and antibiotics.  At this point I wouldn't say my acne had worsened but the mega cysts I had where now finally coming to a head after months of being on my face. This is easily the worst my acne had looked in terms of severity.  And with my face being virtually totally clear apart from these two areas on my cheeks it made me look like a bit of a clown.  I was given 100mg a day of accutane and 150mgx2 of clindamyicin. 

    Being a university student it was hard not to drink, my derm simply said don't get smashed and don't do it often and you will be fine. My close friends were very understanding when i told them the things i could and could not do, even going as far to suggest sober nights out. My rugby team mates weren't as understanding with the typical banter being thrown around. However me being me and also 40mg being a low dose I got paralytic a couple times and my bloods came back fine (Round of applause for my liver) although I'm not so sure about doing that on a 100mg dose. And I haven't drank at all really since. 

    I have a derm appointment this weekend and will give details of that and the month following this entry so i shall finally be up to date. 

    Total: £929 (could have had about 350 off if i just waited for NHS bloods)
    This is me just prior to treatment, sadly I don't really have any more photos apart from recent ones. but i had 2 cysts on the other cheek as well witch where right next to each other,

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    I just wanted to write a brief history of my experience with acne before going into writing accutane blogs. 

    I have had acne since I was nine years old. When I was younger it was only a few pimples but it got worse throughout middle school. It seemed to calm down in high school and college but I still never had clear skin. Now after graduating college it has all flared up again. 

    When I was in middle school I used Retin-A and differin topical creams that were prescribed to me by my primary care doctor. But those only seemed to dry out my skin and did not help so eventually I just stopped using them. Throughout high school and college I did not really use any medication for acne and it seemed to be getting better. But toward the end on college I started getting awful red pimples so I decided that I should finally see a dermatologist. I told them that I wanted accutane since I have had acne for so long but they told me that I should try other medications first and prescribed me minocycline but after about a month I started having awful headache everyday so they switched me to doxycycline. I was on doxycycline for five months and my face was becoming so smooth and clear but during around May 2016 I started getting these small tiny bumps all over my face called Closed Comedones, which I had never gotten before. I immediately freaked out and called my dermatologist for an emergency appointment and I asked to be put on accutane. They told me that accutane probably wasn't necessary because topicals usually work for closed comedones so they prescribed me retin-a and duac.

    At this point I was very frustrated because all this time they have been prescribing me medications that weren't working and I only really wanted accutane and it all felt like a waste of time. But I started on retin-a and duac anyways and used it for two months. When I went back for my next appointment and told them I saw no improvement, the dermatologist said " have you ever heard of accutane?" and I wish I could have just eye-rolled at him since I told him from the beginning that that was what I wanted. 

    So I finally was prescribed accutane. And I took my blood tests but my dermatologist never gave me the slip for the pregnancy test and only gave me the slip for the other blood tests so when i went back a month later to get my prescription he told me I have to wait another month. So, I was insanely angry.  I waited another month since I had already been waiting so long and started in October 2016. So far everything is going well but I will update on the next blog post.

  11. It's been 6 weeks since I had an aggressive profractional treatment on my cheeks to try and treat my acne scars.

    I re-started my Retin A Micro regimen this past week. All signs of redness are gone but I still have some fain track marks from the procedure. I am having a hard time telling if there is any improvement. Sometimes I wonder if it actually made my scars worse (see the videos below for before and after pictures)

    My diet has been up and down. I did wonderful for almost a month and my skin showed it!!! It was radiant. Thanksgiving was hard (as it is for most people!) but I'm hoping to eat clean again and stay that way through Christmas. My skin shows such huge benefits from eating clean that I just have to stick with it.

    I am also taking some new supplements as of a few weeks ago. Here is my complete list: Vitamin D 2000-4000IU a day (I am low on Vitamin D and trying to get my levels up), magnesium (transdermal spray), probiotics, CoQ10 (occassionally), B complex, Vitamin C... I feel these supplements have helped my skin put up with my crappy diet the past week and have also been helping with my mood. I also eat a lot of salmon (and if not, I try to supplement with fish oil). 

    If you want to check out any of my profractional videos for before and after pictures or more details I'll list them below:
    -ProFractional Treatment 6 Week Update & Pictures:
    -ProFractional Treatment Cost, Details, & Recovery:

  12. Having pimples and scars is not only a painful and unpleasant experience but is rather detrimental to our skin. They usually develop dark marks and due to inflammation they leave visible scars even after they have been removed.  The bigger the inflammation on the skin  the greater the scarring. In order to repair the damage, the skin creates additional collagen itself which provides skin with flexibility and strength. However, what is done cannot be undone. The damaged spots can never be completely healed and the beauty and flawlessness of our skin can never be fully regained. Nevertheless, with the right treatment and prevention the prospect of living blemish-free seems entirely possible. Here are a few ways how to diminish the adverse effects acnes have on your skin and enhance skins smoothness and healthy look.


    Cosmetic chemical products

    Significant medical advancements have led to the development of a myriad of cosmetic dermatologically-approved products that are highly beneficial and effective in terms of bypassing blemish scars. Most of them contain a number of healthy high-quality chemical ingredients essential for protecting the skin from future breakouts and shield visible skin imperfections. Some of the most vital ones are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, hydroquinone used as a scar/lightening ingredient and an effective skin transforming ingredient vitamin A, commonly known as Retinol. These are just a few out of many remarkably effective ingredients used in skin treatment. Apart from cosmetic chemical products, the organic natural products have recently been gaining considerable popularity thus becoming top selling medical products.

    Home-made products

    While cosmetic products undoubtedly offer favorable results, there are many home-made remedies for acnes, dark spots and scars. Even though the process of making them while hoping to achieve positive results can bi a bit time-consuming, it surely is the safest alternative when compared to various cosmetic treatments. Coconut oil is an undisputed champion when it comes to natural moisturizers. It has incredible healing properties that greatly  improve the health of the skin by fading marks and healing infections. Also, aloe vera, cucumber and lemon can be used to promote healing and ultimately revitalize the skin.



    One of the techniques that has proven to be highly efficient is a cosmetic treatment. There are various types of cosmetic treatments such as a cosmetic surgery in Perth that can minimize the damaging effect and the visibility of acne scars. For scars with deep pitted area, dermatologist usually suggest injecting dermal fillers with a substance that bring volume to depressed areas, widely known as hyaluronic acid. Certain fillers are designed to permanently correct all the imperfections and remove shadows from the skin. Collagen treatment is the most popular as it offers a permanent result.

    Chemical peels

    Another widespread medical treatment that has been gaining much interest recently is cosmetic peeling which can be done both at home and by  professional dermatologists who applies certain chemicals containing chemicals containing glycolic acid which stimulates the process where new skin cells are formed thus resulting in a more even and softer skin.

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    Moisturizing is an essential part of every skin treatment as moisturized skin has a tendency to loosen sebum within the pores. When choosing a facial  moisturizer that would perfectly suit your skin it is advisable to avoid purchasing the one that contains ingredients such as petroleum, mineral oil or silicones and opt for those that include salicylic acid and benzoyl  peroxide as these prevent any breakouts and retain its natural health.
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    Hello all,

    I will tell you how I cleared my skin problems (acne, eczema, candida, dandruff, hair loss). I consider myself acne free now as long as I maintain a healthy diet.

    I had suffered  acne since high school until I was about 33. I have always had eczema since I was born but it got worse over the years. My candida issues started to appear at age 32, As you can see, at age 32, I still had acne with eczema at its worst and candida which led to dandruff and hair loss.

    Now I am 35 and I am completely free of any of these skin problems as long as I maintain a healthy diet.

    For many years, I tried many things to get rid of my acne (bp cream, retin-a, antibiotics, accutane twice (have to say I loved it but acne came back), IPL treatment, microdermabrasion). Unfortunately, those were not permanent solutions and my acne just came back.

    So what did I do at the age of 32-33 to fix everything? It all started when candida appeared which led to dandruff and hair loss. By then I was used to my acne and ok to live with it the rest of my life but hair loss? No way, I was determined to stop my hair loss. So I made a lot of research and here's what I discovered.

    First I discovered that my dandruff and hair loss was due to candida. So I looked into candida and discovered that my internal body was unbalanced, meaning I had too much bad bacteria compared to the good ones. And it made sense, after all the antibiotics I took for years and the junk food I ate, I had to accept the fact that I had a very unhealthy body. I needed to reverse that situation and have a healthy body again. What did I do :

    1 - Detox your internal body. There are many ways to do it, you can make your own research and find a suitable one for you. I did it with bentonite clay and psyllium powder. Plus, I had a strict candida diet for about 2 months. I only ate celery, cucumber, tomato, quinoa. For taste, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt or mix of everyting,

    2 - I learned meditation. By resting my body and clearing my mind, I visualized by skin being healed and my hair regrow. All my energy was directed to healing by body.

    3 - Some yoga, some stretching exercise and some tai chi/qi gong exercise. This helps your chi (vital energy) circulate through your entire body.

    4 - For hair loss, I went to see a Chinese doctor. He gave me some Chinese herbal medicine to heal my kidneys. He said I had weak kidneys which leads to poor blood quality not being able to nourish hair follicles properly due to eating too much salty food.

    Two months later, I had no more candida, drandruff and hair loss. Coincidentally, my acne and eczema were also gone. That's when I realized all my skin issues were related to my internal body as the root cause. Now imagine yourself with a perfect internal body, there is no way you're going to have any kind of skin issues because all your body parts are interconnected. By writing this, my hope is that all of you can find health again and be cleared of any skins issues.

    Good luck to all of you and stay strong

    Here is another site where you can find more help :


  13. Hello! Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving :)

    My skin hasn't gotten better since last update. In fact, I have some new zits! The red, inflamed, ouch-y type. It's a Christmas miracle!!!!

    My skin looked great a couple of days ago, but I think this new Chanel foundation I was trying out broke me out. It had a lot of fragrance in it, so it probably irritated my skin. *sigh* The Accutane makeup struggle continues. Does anyone have any foundation recommendations? I'm at a loss here.

    As far as side effects, my face still isn't extremely dry yet, and neither are my lips. I have been noticing some eczema-like rashes on my hands. They tend to spring up if I wash my hands a lot. I've been putting hydrocortisone cream on them, which helps quite a bit. My joints are still a bit achy but it's very mild.

    Pictures! Also, my skin is definitely not oily in the flash pictures. Just a sh-t ton of Vanicream!


  14. leelowe1
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    I must be going for some sort of record!

    425 days on spiro!

    Oh what a journey.  I have made many discoveries about myself and my skin which i will discuss in another post but for now, just the facts.

    Still acne prone, still breaking out but i have discovered via my derm that my chin is most likely a very stubborn case of perioral dermatitis.  Going to be trying soolantra for that so we'll see how that works.  Definitely still dealing with acne.  Not mountains of it, but definitely inflammed stuff but if you don't count the stuff on my chin/mouth, the acne is not that bad.  It's a struggle to still be going through this for the last five years straight but alas, we all have a cross to bear.  I love and value myself a lot more than I used to and i'm hopeful that God will see me through another year.

    Will definitely keep you all posted and if anyone is interested in following my journey, i have a blog with pictures up at  PM me and i'll gladly supply the link.

    Stay strong everyone and happy thanksgiving

  15. So this is my 7th week. My relaspse has been slowly healing, and I was happy until the beginning of this week. I woke up with two red patches under my eyes on Monday, which I did not worry too much about, because something like this had happened before and it went away as I increased the amt. of moisturizer. However, three days later  - yesterday, the red patches had gone so big and noticeable that I could not longer conceal them with tinted sunscreen. I did not apply BP last night. I put on a lot of moisturizer and went to bed. This morning I woke up with massive rash all over my face. I mean all red, small bumps, and they make my face feel like sand paper. 
    I could not just hide in my room all day and sulk. I have work to do. I put on moisturizer only and sunscreen and headed out. It was alright in the morning, but now my face is itching like a mofo, and I can see countless tiny red bumps all over my face under the tinted sunscreen.

    I have no idea what is happening. I am not allergic to BP. I have been using it for seven weeks and thought dryness/redness/flaking had occurred to me before, nothing serious like this had ever happened. Now I have trouble concentrating on my work because of the excessive itchiness. I don't even know what to do anymore. I've been asking for help on the forum, but no one helped. I will no longer be using BP from now on, and I want to see if the god-forsaken side effects go away within the next few days. 

    I don't know which one's worse. Acne or skin rash. They are both noticeable and emotionally debilitating. I hate this. 
    I don't understand why so many people can go so smoothly with the regimen, whereas my skin goes crazy every two weeks.
    I am so tired, and yet I am not allowed to even stop for a day and really think about my problem. I have too much work and too many responsibilities. 
    Please. I need a miracle. 

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    So this is my 90 day review my skin was amazing actually the best I've seen it, EVER. I was still only using the cleanser, the treatment, and the moisturizer, however I felt like at this point I needed to exfoliate my skin. Not to mention I also used the PMD Microderm face kit once or twice a month as well.. so my face was feeling a little flaky like dead skin was building up and I needed extra moisturizer through the day. these are the review pictures for August and September (2&3 'months into product )



  16. So.. 8 weeks done. Still on 60mg/day. Today i felt PAIN for the first time, but i guess its because i barely drank any water in the past 3 days and my body is aching for hydration. Everything hurt, my back, my legs, my arms, my hands.. it was awful. So now im going to drown myself in water :)
    Aquaphor is the best thing ever. I've been having tons of issues with my nose because of dry blood that hurts like hell.. so i just put tons of Aquaphor inside my nose and voila! Problem solved. Its a bit disgusting buti dont really care.

    Also, i had this horrible rash on my hands. It was itchy and red and then it started burning.. i applied some cortisone cream and that was it, it "died". Now i have like dead skin, dry, i will start applying Aquaphor there as well. 
    Lips are dry but could be worse. With constant Aquaphor and exfoliation im doing great!

    I have my appointment in 2 days. But i dont know if i want to upper my dose to 80mg. What if i start having side effects?

    ah,  scars are the same. I dont see any improvement there so its kind of annoying.... No new cysts, only 2 veeery small spots that disappeared in a day. 

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    I was taking  25 mg spironolactone from January to June, then I stepped up to 50 mg in the summer and started waking up with a puffy face and eyes every single morning. I felt extremely dehyrdated and my face and eyes looked dead, I ended up going back to 25 mg for 2 months then stopped the drug completely because I was tired of taking too many medications. I also take Yaz birth control pills. Its been a little over 2 months off Spironolactone and I still have the same side effects; puffy face every morning, extreme thirst and dehydrated feeling. I feel like my eyes swelling every morning is stretching them out and making them look so sold, my eyes look droopy now and wrinkly now. Ive tried to sleeping with bunch of pillows but i still wake up puffy and drinking massive amounts of water doesn't help. Anybody experience the same thing or have any advice?
  17. 2 months on my regimen! My skin felt smoother and improved 50 %! My mom even commented on my progress. Though to be honest i still feel insecure, mainly due to hyperpigmentation. Most prominent after face washing, but 1 hour later my face looks dewy and almost close to being clear (i dunno if optical illusion or something). And i still do get 2 or 4 small pimples a week, which resolves within 2 to 3 days with bp (spot treatment) and differin (whole face) ONLY at night. Well thats expected from what ive read from other differin users. Overall, im happier right now than 4 weeks ago. My advice to other differin users, is to use it only at night. True to its claims, it wont make pimples disappear faster if used in the morning. I've experimented on it, i noticed my pimple heal faster if i dont put anything in morning. I allow my skin to breath in the morning, rather than stuffing it with products. Hmm maybe at a microscopic level, the stuffs/oil/pus inside the pimple go out more freely than when you block it with a cream (even how non-comedogenic it is).  Keep your skin regimen simple. You'll be surprised that when you ask people with clear skin, they actually dont put anything at all on their faces. Avoid mirrors, youll be skin obsessed and its not good on your psyche. Good luck :)


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    Hey everyone! I want to start by saying I'm so sorry you are going through this but the good news is there is hope! I've never posted on here yet but I finally decide I needed to to help people like I have helped myself clear my skin, NATURALLY. 

     Face wash: Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soap in Pepperment*
    and/or THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD (research on youtube)*

    Toner: Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar*
    Spot treatment: OREGANO OIL mixed with castor oil and jojoba oil ***
    (Tons of other essential oils are great for acne, I also HIGHLY recommend sea buckthorn oil.)
    Serum: Cocokind Repair Serum

    Moisturizer: ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
    or Sanre Organics Aloe daily moisturizer 

    Turmeric Supplement*
    Garlic Supplement*
    Oil of oregano Supplement*
    1 shot of Braggs ACV
    Tablespoon of Bentonite Clay
    Healthy/organic eating

    *= Most importantly 

    I have tried everything, and this is what has finally worked for me. My number one recommendation is to steer clear of any topical or oral antibiotics,  they are so harmful and your skin will become addicted to it. Dermatologists are paid to prescribe medication and will always take that route rather than confess to the natural remedies that have been around for centuries. Also, acne is typically caused by something going on within which a derm I'll chose not to tell you. Best of luck and I am truly cheering for you! Feel free to reach out with any questions at all! 

    Best wishes :)

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    When I hit my 30s I hit my teenage acne stage.  I was lucky enough to not suffer with them at school unlike my brother but boy am I paying for it now.  I get these cysts under my skin that develop in hours to hard lumps which are painful and throb yet there is no head.  If I leave them they stick around for ages and no make up covers them up.  If I try and dispatch them I'm left with an angry scabby red mark on my face that is frankly embarrassing.  I've tried loads of creams and was on tetracycline from the doctors that worked but once you come off them the problem starts again.  The cream they prescribed was useless as it dried all my skin up and left sore patches everywhere.  I try and look on the bright side and think they are only spots but when you sit at work and all those around you don't get any yet you are sitting there trying to hide the fact that you have a huge crater on your chin that has its own heartbeat its hard.