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    okay so its been a week since my last entry.

    I have stopped using ACV.
    The benefits i found was, it did try up pimples and slightly help scars, however the negatives outweighed this. 
    Open pimples got worse and any scabs were opened and got really red and grew. Also the little white dots that i mentioned in the previous entry, eventually became sort of dry rashes. Like the type you get in the crook of your arm and under your knee when it gets too dry. 
    To be honest, it was the worst I'd ever looked, i didn't even want to leave the house. Not only was my skin red and looked like i'd been burnt all up the side, but it felt revolting. It was extremely depressing, i even cried at one point. 

    However i havent given up on ACV, for multiple reasons.
    I stopped using ACV on friday, after which my scabs peeled quickly, although there are slight scars. The dry rash things left no scars however. Furthermore, at the moment, my skin is nicer than it was before i used ACV. Scars are very slightly faded, or maybe I'm imagining that, but it definetly has a nicer colour and looks healthier.

    I've decided either, the negativity of ACV is:
    -a result of undiluted ACV, although i truly dont think that should matter as i dont have sensitive skin.
    -ACV wasn't beneficial to my skin at that time (when i still had a lot of open or new scabs/pimples)

    It should also be noted while my skin is nice at the moment, i'm not sure that is a result of ACV use or stopping use.
    Since i stopped, i havent had a very strong cleaning routine.  I've barely been at home and have worn make-up alot, only washing my face in the morning. 

    I'm unsure what to do now, because if what i experienced was purging, although i don't think it was, i cant decide whether it would be beneficial to continue using ACV or not. 
    Furthermore as i cant tell whether this weekends routine will take a while to affect my skin, if so, I'll probably start breaking out soon. 

    I think at the moment i'll continue washing my face in the morning and night with my facial cleanser. If any pimples start to form i'll use ACV, however only on them, not the rest of my skin. 

    if i change anything, i'll mention it next time :) :)


  1. My current diet is not very healthy in these past months, despite the fact that I still get enough proteins, vitamins, and carbs to keep myself nourished. Although, I'm not sure if I'm properly digesting these foods, because I constantly feel fatigued and depressed. I am really concerned with my low serotonin levels, constant migraines, high stress levels (due to negative thinking and inconsistent decision-making), and overall high anxiety levels. I feel like I'm just not my optimal self, but I have the potential to be. I don't feel satisfied with my meals either. I'm sure, somehow, it's because of some of the crap that I'm putting into my body. Alright, so a basic outline of my diet right now:

    Breakfast is usually:
    -cereal with lactose-free milk (Lactaid) (Kellog's brand, or the ones you typically find in the front of the shelves in an American grocery store)
    -one (organic!) egg with hashbrowns (seasoned with spices [ground cloves, black pepper] or added sausage)
    -oatmeal (strawberry flavored)

    -Processed/frozen packaged meals
    -macaroni and cheese
    -turkey sandwich on whole wheat (with added fruits/veggies: avocado, tomato, celery, cucumber, etc.)

    -beef style meal (its a traditional meal made by my mother..she usually buys it frozen from the store or makes it herself) with added ketchup and avocado 
    -canned chicken noodle soup
    -one (or two on a good day) bowl of fruit (chopped cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, sliced apples, sliced peaches, etc.)
    -cheese or pepperoni pizza from Papa John's or Domino's (my father usually brings pizza when coming home from work)

    -Goldfish crackers (cheddar)
    -Potato chips (whatever flavor)
    -water (3-4 bottles a day when i'm lazy, 7-8 on a good day)
    -Chocolate (in any shape or form, dark or milk)
    -Lil' Critters Omega-3 DHA supplements (2 a day, I usually take it 3 or 4 days a week, but every day of the week if it's a good week and I don't forget or have no time...)
    -blah blah blah whatever candy I can find when I feel hungry and there's nothing to eat :P

    -The cereal I eat is probably unhealthy for me. The large number of various nutrients/vitamins that I find on the nutrition label might not be digested by my stomach. I've also heard that milk can make it difficult to digest these nutrients, so I may not even be getting any of those nutrients! (See image for nutrition label of Cocoa Puffs cereal which I ate today. There are a lot of additives/chemicals, and also 10g sugar. Not so sure what to think about that, but it tastes good, aha. I think a raw foods diet would serve my health better though, since I am always plagued with fatigue..)

    -Most of the fruits/veggies I eat are bought by my mother, so I'm not entirely sure whether they're organic or not, but most likely non-organic, since non-organic foods cost less than organic foods, as I have noticed when shopping with my mother. 

    -I'm not sure if the omega-3 supplements work, but it's better than getting no vitamins or nutrients at all! I've noticed that my height has increased from 5"4' to 5"5' to 5"5.5' from the beginning of summer to this month. My human growth hormone must have spiked which increased my bone length, or perhaps it's something to do with the increase of my testosterone levels?

    I do act pretty differently too, and perhaps the stress I've faced during school last year pushed me to think and improve the blood flow to my brain, increasing activity throughout my body and brain? I've always been lazy, and felt like there wasn't enough blood flowing into my brain, causing my thoughts to be unclear. And I've always had difficulty breathing rapidly without getting tired. It could also be low blood sugar levels, I've noticed my blood sugar levels go crazy, going high and low at times! My father has diabetes, so I could be at a higher risk for diabetes due to my inconsistent and unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. Yikes D:

    The supplements contain 10% of Vit A, C, and E, and 25% of Vit D. It also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid (plant-based, from flaxseed oil) in 68 mg and DHA (purified fish oil concentrate) in 32 mg, which is basically 100 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.
    Found this review on this product on Amazon:
    "If you are an adult that take these fish gummies for taste and convenience (you give these to your kids so you might as well take these too) DON'T. There just is not enough Omega 3's in this product to be beneficial. Sure, any amount of Omega 3's are better than nothing. However there is only 32 mg of DHA! The rest come from plant derived sources. There are less studies showing the benefits of Omega 3s derived from plant sources. According to WebMD which obtained its info from American Heart, NMCD, Harvard Med, and other reputable souces that:
    "The ideal dose of an ALA supplement is not so clear. There's less evidence and more variability in how a person's body will convert it into omega-3s."
    This means in order for an adult to achieve the recommend dose of Omega 3's, you're going to have to take ALOT more than 2 gummies per day.
    Not all fish oils are created equal. Find a brand that will provide a good amount of EPA and DHA. This product is not one of them."

    Yeah, I should probably look for better supplements, that are for my age (i'm a teen)...or just adopt a better diet...which is more difficult but not impossible..

    Anyways, I need to focus primarly on eating more complex carbs as opposed to simple carbs. [Whole grain breads and pastas, brown rice, veggies, legumes, beans, lentils, peas, starchy veggies like sweet potatoes and parsnips.] These make it easier to convert tryptophan (comes from protein) to serotonin. I could try eating lean turkey with chopped-up veggies, with a bit of cheese and a handful of nuts. Also, maybe an omelet which combines eggs, meat, and veggies. 

    I've considered becoming vegan because I love animals and think they shouldn't be treated cruelly, but I've found it difficult due to my lifestyle. I've considered becoming only a semi vegetarian. I will eat limited or small amounts of beef, chicken, and pork. I will also consume honey, eggs, and only a small amount of diary since i'm lactose intolerant (yogurt, cheese), and also plenty of fish. 
    The hormones in milk basically turns on oil glands which could cause more acne. Get hormone (rBGH) free, low fat, organic milk which does not contain added vitamins or whatever. Almond milk is good too. Try going without milk or any dairy at all for one or two weeks and see if my acne improves. (Anything that contains dairy: milk, cream, butter, sour cream, cheeseburgers, pizza, casein, whey) If it doesn't, excess oil is probably not an issue. I mean, hey, excess oil can be good for your skin because it prevents the wrinkling and old looking, aging skin once I'm older. The issue I have is mainly small acne on my chin and forehead (caused by dead skin cells), and inflamed acne scars on my chin and cheeks. Sunscreen, moisturizer, and hydrating face masks would help.
    I should do this, basically:

    • Select whole grain products - whole wheat bread, wild/brown rice, whole grain cereals
    • Make sure your diet is varied
    • Choose low or non fat dairy products (if you wish to continue consuming dairy)
    • Do not eat more than three or four egg yolks per week (some studies are disputing this, suggesting there should be no limit)
    • Plan ahead when you go shopping
    • Read the food labels carefully when you are out shopping
    • Find out where your specialist stores are
    Benefits include living longer, reduced cholesterol, lower body weight, lower risk of developing cancer and several diseases, although vegans and vegetarians generally have a higher risk of developing Vitamin B12 deficiency due to the inability of the body to use the plant-based form of this vitamin.
    Supplements information
    -need it to improve acne and mental health
    -5-HTP supplements: 5-HTP is a naturally occuring neurotransmitter that functions as a precursor to serotonin. Look for pure 5-HTP, no fillers or additives.
    -Vitamin-B supplements: Vitamin B-6 improves serotonin and dopamine production. Vitamin B-12 if not eating animal based products (getting it from plants..) 10g of vitamin B3? Perhaps try Vitamin B-complex, which includes various B vitamins.
    -Anxiety supplements: - US&utm_term=supplements for stress&utm_expid=104515727-0.jt_tE2e6SL-BYSSB0qDDbg.0&
    -Niacin supplements: 3 days:100 mg +3 days: 200-300 mg +then: 400-500 mg (30-60min flush..or just take nonflush) It lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
    -apparently zinc is good for hormonal acne, and niacin is good for acne which is caused by metabolism problems?
    -saw palmetto (320 mg/day)
    -Isotetrinoin (20-40 mg every 3 days for 5 months)
    -try spirulina 

    -DMAE (50-100 mg)

    -essential fatty acids (250-1000mg)
    -gamma linoleic acid (250-1000mg) (found in borage oil, evening primrose oil)
    -vit a, c, b
    -chromium, selenium
    -grape seed extract (30-100 mg)
    -turmeric curcumin (250-1000mg)
    -zinc (25-30-50 mg) (zinc gluconate)

    -Lemon water in the morning: detox to help fush liver, when chilly try lemon tea (boil water and squeeze 1/2 lemon in it) (ginger root tea also good)
    -ACV on blemishes?
    -Quiet time (meditation, reading, relaxing, napping, hobbies, etc.)
    -Exercising 30 min/day
    -face washing: oil cleansing method or water 
    -Check hormones to see potential causes of acne? (thyroid (T4, T3), testosterone (total and free, direct), adrenals (cortisol, aldosterone), DHT, progesterone, estradiol
    -low-glycemic diet?
    -avoid processed grains, eliminate salty foods
    -drink green tea, high quality matcha tea, dandelion tea?

    Current regimen to control acne:
    -Era Organics manuka honey face wash
    -glycolic acid toner 5% with hyaluronic acid or rosewater
    -wait until face is dryer, then apply Benzoyl Peroxide 5% topical gel on affected areas.
    -Wait until dry, then apply Erythromycin 2% topical gel on affected areas.
    -Wait until dry, then put on non-comedogenic, hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen.
    -Night: Same steps, and then apply Tretinoin 0.025% cream on affected areas.

    *I have been on this regimen since 9/25/15. I have noticed some improvement in my skin, such as less pimples on my cheeks, but I still have red acne scars and milia/whiteheads. My skin has become a little bit more sensitive, and I need to find a better sunscreen+moisturizer...


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  2. I've been receiving emails from lately so I decided to pull up my old profile. So interesting to look back and remember what I went through.

    My face is still clear of acne! I do get pimples now and then but it is nothing like it used to be. I mostly get them right before my monthly visitor and then they go away.They are not nearly as big and red as before.

    I've attached an updated photo of my date night I had with my husband last night. I actually chose not to wear makeup. What?!

    All the pain and trouble I had while taking Accutane definitely paid off.



  3. I had a couple of annoying small clogged pores that I messed with and my face is healing from them. There's two small pink marks on my skin. I have one more small pore on my left cheek that I tried to clear up, and probably should have just let it purge on its own. 

    I'm trying to remember to be gentle with my skin. I'm not going to use Atralin tonight on the spots that are sensitive. Things are getting clearer each week, but my patience is definitely being tested. 

    Say a prayer if you could, that I can stay patient and be kind to my skin!

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    So quick backstory, I am 14 and I've had acne for a few years now. It was at it's worse last winter and has calmed down a lot since then but I still have scars and pigmentation problems along with the occasional fresh breakout. Most of my acne is just on my cheeks. I started breaking out a bit on my chest, though. That's kind of alarming to me because I've never had acne there.

    I've tried every medication, topical treatment, antibiotic, laser treatment, and acne peel. I've been through numerous dermatologists and all of them all just wanted to prescribe me another useless topical. So about a month ago I FINALLY found a derm who agreed to put me on accutane (All the other ones argued that I was too young, my skin wasn't that bad, etc.) I did my first round of bloodwork and filled out all the papers and I'm going back today to get my first prescription of accutane.

    I'm prepared for dry lips/dry skin. I have all my moisturizers and stuff ready. I naturally have dry skin already so I think I'll know how to take care of it. My skin's actually been pretty calm lately so I'm hoping the initial breakout won't be that bad. I just had a major breakout a few weeks ago, so I hope that got a lot of stuff out (ew)

    I don't know the exact dosage I'll be on yet but it probably won't be that much, I'm pretty small and don't weigh that much for my height.

    So yeah thats pretty much it I'll update this blog in a few days when I start the medication.

    (Enjoy these awkward pics of me, I tried taking them in the brightest lighting possible so im in front of a window)



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    It's getting worse :( I feel like by the end of month 3 on birth control it should have improved somewhat. I feel hopeless, depressed. I dont want to go out, I dont want to look in the mirror. This is really rough for me, especially since a lot of my future job and past hobbies (modeling) are based on my looks. Someone tell me this has happened to them.

    its almost been a month on Spiro so I was able to bump up the dose to 75mg today. Since theres about 20mg in the birth control, im not at a normal dose. I am constantly paranoid of blood clots, too much potassium, and all the other side effects. I literally drive myself sick worrying. I just want this to work. 

    On the plus side, the only side effect of this all has been breast tenderness which is tolerable, and somewhat of a plus. I lost a lot of weight in the past so my boobs look slightly deflated and this made them look like normal boobs so yay! But no mood, nausea, stuff like that so thats good. Thats why I really want it to work but Ive read a lot that when people go on zarah they break out. Idk if thats because of the actual med or because of the hormone fluctuation. Im giving it 2 more months and if it continues to get worse, im switching to a new bc and then getting off it if that doesnt work.
  5. SO! I am now 5 weeks in and let me tell you: going from 40mg to 80mg is actually a BIG change. I am twice as dried out, peeling twice as much, and twice as sad. :(

    I started my 80mg dose (40mg 2x a day with food) on Oct. 3 which was 30 days in. Almost immediately, I was peeling much more and a lot faster. My face is consistently peeling, even with tons of moisturizer now and whereas it was just my chin and around my mouth before, my forehead has joined the party. My lips are continuing to dry out, crack, and bleed and again, it's gotten much worse. It's much easier for them to crack. My eyes are also SUPER dry and a good 1/4 of my bottle of eye drops is already gone. Still trying to drink lots of water. My goal is about 3 water bottles a day but lately I've gotten about one so maybe that's why I'm so dry. 

    I have also been in a kind of... funk for this past week. I wouldn't label it as depression, maybe just anxiety, but I've been super sad and quiet and cried over the littlest of things. But it hasn't been just single-tear-for-a-few-minutes crying; it's been curl-up-in-bed-and-sob-for-a-while crying. It's gotten significantly better but it started basically the same day I started the higher dosage and lasted maybe 4 to 5 days. As of now, I'm fine though. 

    Joint pain has also gotten worse. Again, it's not something that keeps me from doing stuff but it does hurt. Early on, it started with my lower left back and my shoulders. Recently, it has moved on to my ankles. Especially after I wake up, my ankles hurt a lot and it takes me a few minutes to walk around and get rid of the pain but it dies down after that. 

    My acne is still pretty consistent. If new acne pops up it seems to go away a lot faster and not be as bad. Acne on my neck seems to be the worst right now but my face isn't too bad. Also, just to answer a question, I do NOT wear make up regularly to cover it up. I've always had trouble with make up adding to my break outs and I just don't want to risk it. I'll still wear it on occasion but not on a regular basis.

    So far, no hair loss. I can't remember if I mentioned it in previous posts but I just color stripped and re-dyed my hair to try and get back to my natural shade (I'm more of a dirty/sandy blonde and I dyed it auburn in July and I desperately want it back) and usually that's damaging to your hair but nothing fell out more than normal. So, hopefully I'll skip the hair loss side effect. And yes, it takes far longer for my hair to get as greasy and dirty. I'm shampooing every other day or so just because I don't want my hair to dry out too much but I still want it to be clean. 

    So, nothing too interesting this week. Minus the effects of the dosage change, but even that wasn't too bad. Just FYI: I'm not feeling discouraged or anything based on those side effects. I've got a great support group and if Accutane is as miraculous as people say it is then I feel that it's worth it. 

    See y'all next week! 

  6. By the end 4th month things were going so very well and I fell off on updating this "blog".  I'm guessing that happens a lot on this site.  At the end of the 5th month I was beyond thrilled with my results.  After so many years, hell decades of battling acne things were turning around, and accutane should have lasting effects!  I was elated.

    Unfortunately at the end of the 5th I got some bad news.  My platelets were low.  I know you're not supposed to drink on this drug and I did really well at first.  But how do you do keep that up when beer has been your coping mechanism to get you through these hard times for so many years.  How do you not drink beers on warm summery days at the pool?  I'm not saying that it was just the beer since Accutane is known to lower your platelets, but I do think it was a contributing factor.  Anyways the doc said I had to stop.  This devastating news was softened by the fact that everything still seemed fine.

    I saw my regular doctor and she said it was just the Accutane (no I don't tell her about beers) and that I should get a prescription from my dermatologist for an antibiotic while my platelets build back up.  I should have listened to her but after so many years and so many antibiotics I dreaded the idea of another.

    It was almost 2 months later when I started getting some breakouts.  At first just a couple but they were cystic and reminded me very much of what I had spent 6 months forgetting.  A week later I called my dermatologist's office and made an appointment, unfortunately I couldn't get in for a month.  At that point I should have got a blood test and got on standby for a cancellation.  Hindsight again.  So finally I get in to see her, about 3 months after she pulled me off Accutane.  The good news was that my platelet levels were great.  The bad news was that the side of my chin was covered in cystic acne.  Near daily puss and nastiness, worse than I had experienced in years since I wasn't on an antibiotic.

    I got my script thinking it would all be over soon.  Some hassles with insurance and finally it was filled.  I took the pill like it was going to save me.  A month later things are worse than ever.  My platelets are still good and I got my next refill but I'm in a really low place.  Normally I keep some scruff on my face but I've been letting it grow out for the weekends in a mostly ineffective attempt to hide the truth about what I look like, what defines me.  I think the dermatologist could tell because she prescribed a strong (so I read) antibiotic Ceftin to help clear up my chin while the Accutane kicks back in.  She also wrote me a script for Clindamycin lotion.  I'm going to go full-bore with these 2 until the chin clears up and then hopefully drop them.

    I was on the Accutane for 5 months the first time.  I'll take it for the rest of the year and then some if it's up to me.  I don't care about the dry skin or the red coloration or the need to carry chapstick everywhere.  Just make it all go away.


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    i've just took my eighth pill. my skin and lips have been getting quite dry. aside from the dryness, my skin is not looking not bad. i tend to get a whitehead or two (sometimes even three if i eat a bunch of crap!) on the lower third of my face every day which SUCKS, so i hope accutane stops this cycle soon. the actual pimple is usually not big or anything, but i just hate the hyper pigmentation they sometimes leave. i haven't noticed any more or less pimples since starting accutane. i hope i'll be lucky enough to get away with no IB!

  8. Okay so Im on day 110 coming up to the end of my fourth month of Accutane and things are finally starting to have a noticeable difference. I have 0 active cysts. The cream that my derm prescribed me has seen to the remaining few that were there. I have one large pimple on my back but its not a cyst and I know its not going to leave a huge red mark like a cyst would so I'm happy.

    There are patches of skin on my back that have become clear from blackheads and clogged pores which haven't been clear in years. Most of the blackheads are more prominent and I have been told that they are all starting to rise like little bumps so I'm hoping that this is them getting pushed out of my skin. 

    In a week or so I was going to start some light exfoliation on my back, mainly to help speed up my PIH recovery a bit, alongside my vitamins. I know this isn't recommended while on tane but I thought it would also help bring my clogged pores out also. 

  9. First week on accutane has gone!! I remember you my regimen:

    FIRST 10 DAYS : accutane 20 mg (1 pill\day) , moisturizer and a gel with clindamycin and tretinoin (in the nights)
    THE NEXT DAYS : accutane 40 mg (2 pills of 20 mg\day) + the same creams.

    To be honest, in the first 5 days it was like I was taking no medications.
    By day 6, however, I started noticing an overall dryness on my face, especially on the nose and in its sides. In fact, I'm starting to peel off in this area. I can also see a general redness of the face. I think I'm starting to break out a little bit , indeed I got 3 new pimples (however, it's not a new thing for me, you know).
    My lips are still fine and my hair is still oily as always.
    I don't have any other side effects for the moment.
    By the pictures it's not possible to see any differences between the "before accutane" and now.. so for this week I'm not posting any photos.

    See you soon!!

  10. Helloooo.

    So I am still 99% clear. I have two tiny bumps only visible under bright light but I am trying not to worry. It's been two days and they haven't gotten any bigger, which is usually a good sign. Wanting to put it down to stress from work. Half of my staff are leaving and I have been put on ridiculous shifts. Also, because of my shift pattern I only had Differin on my face for 5 hours the other night.
    Still struggling to find an amazing moisturiser that doesn't make me worry I am gonna be flaking half way through the day. But overall things still seem to being okay, however I am going to ask my derm about getting tretinion on it's own. Can't wait to see her, it's been three whole months without seeing one!

  11. Hi, this is my first time posting a blog on this site. But i just wanted a place to vent after seeing alot of really interesting, relatable posts here. I'm 18 years old and I have always had mild to light acne. I also used to pop my pimples, like religiously. It was scary at first, but after seeing it become a simple mark that fades in time with no actual scarring nor does it make more pimples, I thought i hit the jackpot. It became mostly easy to deal with acne in highschool and so I got through highschool and my freshman year of college with relatively clear skin. I still had breakouts once in a while, but never too bad and so acne and skin problems were never truly in the forefront of my mind until the last 2 months.

    I was working a summer job as a server for a catering company and I started notice as time passed that I was getting a few pimples here and there, no problem though, I just popped them when a whitehead came. Whiteheads come up pretty easily for my skin. However as fall semester was approaching I got more and more, still popped and they faded. Then about my first week into the semester (I took a break from the job), one side of my face started getting covered in pimples, WAY MORE than i've had in a while and MUCH MORE concentrated in one area than I ever had. So I waited it out, popped pimples, and hoping my skin was strong enough to deal with it. But finally it kept continuing, so I decided to stop popping and turned to some acne medication my sister had leftover- clindamycin phosphate gel with benzoyl peroxide. Its been more than 2 weeks in and I honestly can't tell if its working. In fact i feel that while it takes away some pimples, it just gives me more really red ones and makes it spread out more. Sometimes i fall into my old habit when it gets bad, as i've said- whiteheads come easily to my skin, so i popped a few still. Now looking at the mirror, I see a small dark scar and some ice-pick scars here and there on my skin and its wrecking my confidence. I should have been good by this point of time in terms of bad acne. My skin should have gone through the worst during my highschool and middleschool days, college should be my time to finally shine.  It seems like some cruel irony that it shows up when school starts rather than appearing during the summer when it could have been much easier to deal with. I mean almost everyone in college has got great skin at this point, and they should, we are at the age to have more tolerable skin. But that no longer seems to be the case for me and its kinda crapping on my college experience.I'm not saying i shouldn't get any acne, but I should simply deal with the acne i've always had and knew how to deal with. It feels like this is something else entirely, like someone switched my skin and put me in the dark on dealing with this.

    So now i am firmly trying not to pop anymore and also I trying to commit to the medicine for about one more week before I see a dermatologist for other options. But the clindamycin phosphate gel requires to be applied twice a day, however it leaves a white spot so I can't use it when I go to class, so i have to use it when i get home around 5-7pm, which doesn't give me alot of time to utilize it twice, but i still try. I just would like to know what others think of this medicine and if you have had the same experience as me when using it. Also, it would be nice to hear any experience similar to mine in terms of having a sudden uncontrollable breakout in your even though you've always had relatively good skin.
  12. So it will be three months exactly in a few days and still no improvment that's substantial my doctor said that at least 3 full months to even start noticing improvment a which I kind of discouraging but I'm gonna give another month and if four months goes by and still nothing I guess I put too much faith in Diane 35

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    Apple Cider Vinegar will be my new regimen, to see if it will fix my acne. I'm in my 20s and a male and I've had acne for about 7 years now, after my first date in high school (haha). I've tried proactiv, since high school, but it never completely got rid of acne. Regimen had the same effect, except I only used the BP bottle (Repair Step 3), from Proactive. I must be sensitive to BP, cause it makes my face red, and the redness never decreased even after months of use.

    I heard only great things from using Apple Cider Vinegar, both internally and topically, so I'll be drinking 1-2 teaspoons (in a glass of water) of ACV daily and applying ACV twice a day (half water, half ACV). I heard a lot about ACV on youtube and from many articles, with many success stories. 

    I also just use the cleanser (since I have some left), and Grape Seed Oil for a moisturizer. The ACV is said to help fade red marks so I'm hoping it will. Five drops of Grape Seed Oil or less is plenty, and it seems to make my skin very soft. Too bad it's covered in acne, but hopefully will be gone soon.

    I'll take some before pictures, and in case this works, after pictures. I'll be honest that acne has caused me to avoid social events and people and has definitely reduced my self-esteem, since it's hard to be confident when you have a skin disease on your face. 

    I'll commit to this regimen for a month, maybe more. I'll be back November 2, 2015... which is exactly a month from now. 

  13. Well my acne returned as expected.. now I have 10 active pimples from a pre-existing 5 ..

    To be completely honest, I kinda went off road with my diet lol .. greasy, processed, and sugary food combo (damn them cravings) .. and my time of the month is due.. so yea not bad at all. My skin texture has improved, still flaky but no longer rough and dry.

    My main reason for quitting BP for a week is because I have a laser hair removal session and my skin was in no condition to undergo those beams according to my dermatologist. So yea .. for now I shall watch my diet and sip some tea.

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    Hello everyone!

    So as I said before I went to the dermatologist today. And asked for spiro and without hesitation she agreed to put me on that at 50 mg a day (will up the dose if needed) with epiduo forte (it's like regular epiduo but with stronger medication) and to continue orthotricyclen.

    I'm very hopeful with everything she gave me and will stick it all out until the end.

    I'll post again after I start everything! Wish me luck

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    Hi world!

    I have been a long-time lurker of the forums and blogs on, so I finally decided I should contribute my own information.

    To start, I am a 24 year old female....and stillllllllllllllll have acne, ugh. Currently, I am experimenting with spironolactonone, doxycycline, and retin-a. I basically diagnosed myself with hormonal acne due to my age, its resilience and persistence, and the location of my acne. I have acne mainly on the medial portion of my cheeks and chin, with whiteheads and blackheads in my T-zone. If I were to rate my acne from 1-10, with 1 begin extremely light and 10 being severe acne, I would say it would be a 4. I normally have 5-6 decently inflamed pimples on my face at any given time, I will get the occasional cyst every month, and I consistently have whiteheads and blackheads in my t-zone. Oh, and tons of scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

    I have maintained my mild acne currently with:

    Purpose Face Wash (Morning and Night)

    Clearasil Benzoyl Peroxide 10% (All over face, night)

    Clean & Clear Acne Moisturizer w/0.5% salicyclic acid (Morning and Night)

    Seabreeze Astringent w/salicyclic acid (Night)

    Pantothenic Acid 250mg (Night)

    With this regimen, I have been able to keep my acne pretty mild. But, my acne never heals, it just doesn't get awful.

    My new regimen will be:

    Purpose Face Wash (Morning and Night)

    Retin-A 0.025%(Night)

    Spironolactone 25mg-50mg (Morning, I will begin with 25 and work my way up to 50)

    Doxycycline 100mg (Night)

    Oil of Olay Sensitive Moisturizer (Morning and Night)

    Jojoba Oil (PRN)

    Pantothenic Acid 250mg (Night)

    *****I have noticed the Pantothenic Acid as prevented me from getting too many cysts, but I haven't seen serious improvements with it...but it hasn't hurt anything so might as well stick to it!

    Physician's Formual CC Cream & Powder (as foundation)

    **I would also like to mention that I was able to purchase the spiro, retin-a, and doxy all on All Day Chemist. I have been using this website for about a year now for my thyroid medication and Latisse without any issue. I was dropped from my dad's health insurance about a few months ago so this is my only route to obtain these medications here in the US.

    In the past, I have tried basically every over-the-counter option, most prescription topicals, and Accutane. I must say though, with the prescription topicals, I definitely did not use them long enough to make a valid opinion about them. After using Accutane, my skin stayed 90% clear for about six months after using it. I didn't have any horrible side effects with it, besides moderate dryness of my skin and dry eyes (I also wear contacts). Both of my brothers used Accutane when I did the course as well and they saw great results and have been clear for about two years now. So I would definitely say go ahead and try it if you don't have hormonal acne. So after much research, I have decided to try spironolactone.

    Day 1:


    I started my day off washing my face as usual with Purpose, I find it to be really gentle yet able to wash off my makeup, then applying Oil of Olay moisturizer. Then I apply my Physician's Formula CC Cream, which is also super moisturizing and has an SPF. I reallyyyyy love this CC Cream, it's super inexpensive and provides about a light to medium coverage, and I have never found it irritating to my skin. I wait about an hour or two after I have my coffee to take my 25mg of spiro, I don't want to double-diuretic myself so that's why I wait


    Wash face with Purpose, wait about ten to fifteen minutes to apply Retin-A (remember just a pea size!), then wait about another ten to fifteen minutes to apply moisturizer and jojoba oil to my eye area. This is also when I take my Pantothenic acid and doxy.

    End of Week 1:

    -I have noticed I do pee a lot more, but I normally drink tons of water and pee a decent amount anyways.

    -My skin is a bit flaky (just small little flakes, not really the huge peely flakes...if that makes sense)

    -I can see that I am going to start an initial breakout just because I got a few new pimples and I have more whiteheads all around.

    -No major side effects though.

    End of Week 2:

    -I am peeing a bit less now, I have had a few dizzy spells but I just sat down, breathed through it and it was over in about a minute. I normally have a BP of around 110/60 so I'm sure it dipped a bit low.

    -I am flaking a lot now. Mainly in my cheek, chin, nasal tip, and upper lip area. My forehead doesn't really get acne or's pretty tough no matter what I do to it. I used my clarisonic a few times a week to get rid of the huge flakes. Also, it's really hard for me not to pick at the dry skin...but I will try to be as hands off as possible. Also...the skin around my eyes is superrrr dry so I have been putting jojoba oil morning and night.

    -I am still getting more breakouts, I would say about a 50% increase in the amount of acne compared to when I started. But all of the acne has been sprouting up in the same areas before (cheeks and mouth) I have read that is a sign of a true initial breakout, rather than a product clogging your pores.

    ****The increase in acne sucks, but I have high hopes for spiro so I will stick to it!

    I also forgot to mention that I have a Mirena (hormonal IUD)...I am not too sure it affects my acne too much, it does regulate my normally heavy periods though. Thought I would put that out there just in case!

    Random "Others":

    -I eat relatively healthy everyday (I will have a splurge meal once or twice a week)

    -I exercise heavily (intense cardo+lifting) about three times a week

    -I'm a heavily stressed college student, but I feel I manage it pretty well

    -I do not have any food allergens that could be causing my acne either

    I hope somebody out there finds this helpful and I'll keep posting my journey!

  15. Okay so today makes exactly two week on treatment..

    So I haven’t been eating too healthy with the excuse that i need somewhat fatty foods for better absorption of the pill.

    And i feel like its catching up to me even if it’s only been two weeks.

    This morning i had a real bad episode of colic cramps.

    i haven’t been able to use the restroom at all. i maybe go like 2 days with no bowl movement.

    Today i sat down to try, and i guess i had so much build up gas inside ( sorry for the TMI) that i was literary paralyzed because any movement would cause the worst craps I’ve ever had. And i know this is due to the pill.

    As to my outbreaks... well they are still there, but I’ve noticed the pimples go away much, much faster. even if i pick on them, which i know i shouldn’t, but lets me honest, when they look like volcanoes of pus, you can’t help it ( i work with the public, its embarrassing)

    But I promise i have stopped...

    My lips get dry the moment my Vaseline wears off, which is the only thing that works

    at night I have been applying Aloe Vera gel. it has not been more than a week so i cannot tell if its fully working... but i do feel the texture is somewhat changing, and the redness from my previously active acne is much less.

    Talk to me guys! i love to read advise and how your experience is going!

    Much LOVE!

  16. I Find Acne On Women SEXY And BEAUTIFUL.

    To me, acne makes a woman look sexier and more beautiful.

    Acne, Acne Scars, Oily Skin, are sexy.

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    Hi there,

    Im new to this and have researched my problem everywhere but can't find anywhere someone with the same problem, even the doctors aren't really sure whats going on.

    I have been on Dianette for my hormonal acne now for about 2 years from the age of 14 and at first it worked wonders as i had severe acne, you could barely see skin without spots on, i still had spots but nothing compared to what i did have. Ever since my skin has been relatively clear but with the occasional spots. However in the past 5 months on around the 9th day of taking dinette, my skin has broken out in groups all around my face, causing me to not want to go out or do anything. I have found my skin to automatically clear up on the first day of the 7 day pill free week, thats when my skin is the best.

    I am completely fed up of spots and just want them gone.

    I've literally tried everything: sudocrem, tea tree oil, green tea, lemon water, no dairy, vitamins and minerals, creams and tablets from the doctors but nothing is working.

    I'm scared to come off dinette because I've heard horror stories but unsure what to do.

    please help!!!

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    The reviews seem totally fake and the product itself is horrible it does nothing to clear pimples if anything it makes them worse! The customer and by customer service Steve Wills is mean as hell he turns into the devil when you want to return a product. I would not recommend it and if you are allergic to nuts or evil people don't buy this product because it comes with both. The soap doesn't clean at all no wonder it is free, it is probably animal fat or something. Not a good product or company, please avoid...I wish I would have. Also it's funny how they don't have a contact number or address listed, this is a shady corporation that only defends themselves or rather himself because he has something to hide. BEWARE OF CARLEY'S AND THE OWNER STEVE WILLS!

    The reviews seem very odd as another poster mentioned they all look similar and some are nearly the exactly same, also for such great results their are no pictures, no videos except three pathetic ones on youtube that are 5 years old and they most likely were given free products, if you have never purchased from carley's let me tell you the offer free products for positive reviews, but not only that their site has a near perfect rating even though on many other sites there are over 100 negative ratings, ebay, doesn't have any description reviews except for fast shipping, good customer service (which is true) Steve wills is only nice when you give him money, if you have any complaint he is a word I cannot say on here. Go to, I didn't know they had a report on them, but I was searching for negative reveiws as I figured this company had to have some, The person who wrote it had similar experiences and inquiries as other people did on other message boards and sites, and the guy who owned the company sent a rebuttal that no professional ever should send to a customer, even inculded there username or something anyways STEVE WILLS insulted them personally, which I though was crazy, and he did it because they said what many people are wondering which is the reviews on CARLEY's seem very fake, and like they put it manufactured, I wouldn be surprised if he was writing them because he seemed pretty angry and defensive, I can only imagine what the guy says in a personal email that other people can't see, below are some reviews wondering the same thing about this shady guy and comapny. I will also provide the link to the ripoffreport later.

  17. Well folks after going weeks without any pimple i got one two days ago, it was a painful little whitehead, i popped and it went away in a day. Not bad considering it's been weeks since i got any blemish.

    My current regimen is the same as described in the last post. Also, it's cool that i went the entire Summer with clear skin! Also now that fall is here ive noticed my skin isn't as oily as it was during the summer, which was definitely way less than pre-accutane.

    nothing else, everything is cool.

    I'm gonna disappear for a while unless something major happens to my skin like all of a sudden accutane helps mother nature to kick in and i finally stop getting any blemish or acne returns! Who knows. Also in the next entry i promise to put a picture of myself in this famous blog

  18. I was heading to my dermatologist appt. on Thursday when this car on the lane to the right of me, just a couple cars ahead, merged into my lane, going at a really slow speed in order to decide whether he should pass the gore zone to get back on the freeway. With me going 65 mph and my breaks not being as great as they could be, I wasn't able to stop in time and slammed into the corner of his bumper. We're both doing okay thankfully, but it looks like our insurance isn't going to help pay for my repairs. And I already owe my dad $400 as it is so this all really sucks..

    While waiting for the tow truck to pick me up I called my derms office since they have a $50 cancellation fee, and I wasn't about to have to deal with that.

    My skin's looking really good, and I was so looking forward to seeing what my derm was going to say and suggest next.