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  1. maplesyrupmama
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    No news is good news....2 weeks post antibiotic treatment and continued use of benzoyl peroxide and no new spots.

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    Day 1 - 
    I am starting of at a low dosage of 10mg/day as told by my dermatologist. I just took my first pill right after a heavy meal as I heard heavy meals help the pill to absorb better. My routine consists of gentle cleansing, toner, and moisturizer day and night. I will wear a cc cream with SPF 50 if I go out. 

    Day 2 - 
    I have not experienced any side effects, nor has there been any change in my acne. My friends tell me to try rubbing raw potato on my skin, as it can help clear acne faster. Does anyone know if this actually works, and if it is safe to do it while on accutane? 
    My dermatologist also tells me that it is okay to put benzoyl peroxide on my skin to help clear the acne faster, is this actually advisable? Wouldn't it be too harsh on my skin while I am on accutane? I have a really sensitive skin combination skin btw. Oily everywhere except on the jawline where it is really dry. Like it's always really red after shower or if I accidentally touch or scratch my face.

    NOTE: Most of my acne is located on my cheeks, eyebrows, jawline, and neck.

    I am planning to take vitamin E and zinc supplements. Does anyone know if this is good to do while on accutane?

    Thanks for reading! I will be posting pictures for each week after week 1 ends.

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    Hello Everyone, 
    I would like to take the time to post here and document my journey for me and others to read. 
    I am 27 years old, and I never had any trouble on my skin up until 1 1/2 ago.  It has been 1 year on different topical medications with no success. 
    It seems to me that my acne might have started due to stress or hormones or New Mirena IUD change (6 year total time on it) or protein supplements.  I am not sure what caused it or keeps causing it. Some background, I am Hispanic and my family has no background on acne, I am also super active - I workout 5 - 6 times per week so almost everyday, I do yoga twice a week, I meal prep my lunches (most of my meals consist of Salmon and brown rice or chicken and brown rice or beans or something healthy never fried or over the top) -  I have a very balanced diet I would say. I will stop my pre-workout and protein to see if this helps. 
    I started going to my Derm about 1 year ago:
    First visit  - She gave me topical aczone  - No success 
    2nd visit - She gave me topical aczone again but up the % - No success
    3rd visit - Today - I went in sad frustrated, and I was a lil nervous about what is she going to give me now?

    Day 1 - ACTICLATE 150 MG antibiotic doxycycline  and Onexton topical to the acne
    Maybe this is it! I am trying to stay hopeful and have some faith that my adult/hormonal acne will go away.  She said 6 months on it. 
    If I can get off of earlier trust me - I will and I will let you know the results. 

    I just wanted to let you know - Life is precious and we need to stay positive love yourself and don't give up! 



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    Here's my thoughts on the microbiota as of late:


    I have my doubts about the importance of lactobacilli.


    I've never really seen any difference when taking probiotics. But I'm interested in the Clostridia. They're spore-forming soil organisms. Some research even suggests that Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is one of the most prominent gut bacteria accounting for something between 5 and 20% of microbiota. What's interesting about them though is that they adhere close to the gut wall and are prolific producers of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that are potently anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating.

    The thing with Lactobacilli is that their metabolic end product is mainly lactic acid. Lactic acid is fine but the gut and immune system is more influenced by SCFA metabolites like butyrate. They prevent intestinal permeability by strengthening the gut wall. They even seem to affect GI motility.



    Among inflammatory bowel diseases it's a common finding of reduced Faecalibacterium prausnitzii. There's a really interesting article called “Among Trillions of Microbes In The Gut, A Few Are Special” that talks about how there may be certain microbes that need to be in the microbiota and that without them we might be predisposed to inflammatory disease. A few cornerstone species. That western disease may not be because of an infection or something but just a lack of something needed.


    From the article:


    ...The exact cause of inflammatory bowel disease remains a mystery. Some have argued that it results from a hidden infection; others suspect a proliferation of certain bacteria among the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human gut. But when Sokol did a comparative DNA analysis of diseased sections of intestine surgically removed from the patients, he observed a relative depletion of just one common bacterium, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii. Rather than “bad” microbes prompting disease, he wondered, could a single “good” microbe prevent disease?...


    ...Sokol transferred the bacterium to mice and found it protected them against experimentally induced intestinal inflammation. And when he subsequently mixed F. prausnitzii with human immune cells in a test tube, he noted a strong anti-inflammatory response. Sokol seemed to have identified a powerfully anti-inflammatory member of the human microbiota...


    The Clostridia seem to occupy a special niche: in close contact with the gut wall, stimulating mucus production and providing SCFA to the colonic epithelium and induction of T regulatory immune cells (immune homeostasis).


    What I've noticed though is that among acne-less societies they're always in close contact with soil. The Kitavans and Inuit both bury food in the ground to ferment. That's interesting in light of the fact that some of the most powerful gut microbes are anaerobic organisms that can exist in soil. Ever notice how they subsist largely off of ROOT TUBERS? It's interesting because the rhizosphere (roots) of plants is where the greatest microbial diversity exists.


    Look at this, and notice the high bacterial diversity towards the base of the root:




    Thinking about Clostridia though, it's almost like humans need to have them. They produce a lot of SCFA like butyrate and the gut actually relies on butyrate as its primary energy source. The fact that they produce it and that the gut needs it to be healthy suggests a unique relationship among humans and the Clostridia.


    Stephan Guyenet says this about butyrate:


    Why does butyrate have so much control over inflammation? Let's think about where it comes from. Bacteria in the gut produce it. It's a source of energy, so our bodies take it up readily. It's one of the main molecules that passes from the symbiotic (helpful) bacteria in the gut to the rest of the body. Could it be that the body receives butyrate as a signal that there's a thriving colony of symbiotic bacteria in the gut, inducing immune tolerance to them? The body may alter its immune response (inflammation) in order to permit a mutually beneficial relationship between itself and its symbionts.


    But it also makes me think about the effect that herbicides and pesticides are really having. I don't think it's a stretch to consider that they really impact diversity.


    I also find the fact that I only ever started getting acne after I had my appendix removed after relocating to a colder climate. Here's what a study on the microbial composition of the appendix says about appendicitis:


    The presence of Fusobacterium spp. in the mucosal lesions correlated positively with the severity of acute appendicitis, and the presence of other fecal organisms, including members of Bacteroides, Eubacterium rectale, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, and Akkermansia muciniphila inversely correlated with the inflammation of the organ


    The fact that those microbes are largely Clostridia, Verrucomicrobia and Bacteroides is interesting. Soil bacteria.


    Shortly after I had my appendix removed I started getting acne. But I also noticed that I stopped dreaming in my sleep like I used to in California. I didn't know then but I know now that inflammation can actually interfere with sleep. A lot of people experiment with resistant starch (RS) and notice deeper more restful sleep and vivid dreams. It's thought it's because the resistant starch is fermented by gut bacteria that produce SCFA from it. The SCFA then dial down inflammation and promote better rest.


    Gut bacteria influencing your dreams? Crazy shit, indeed!


    If you're not getting good sleep, it could be a sign of inflammation in your body!


    ...our gut microbiota produce byproducts when they ferment fiber from plant foods — short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate, acetate, and propionate. And these metabolites are known to be used locally and directly by the intestinal tissue as an energy source. They are also metabolized by other adjacent bacterial populations, in what is known as cross-feeding. None of this is controversial. It is well supported and documented, much like the evidence we have for your liver producing bile, and your heart pumping blood. As such, it’s a pretty decent premise to have for a blog about gut microbiota.


    Where we begin to drift away from established fact, and more into the land of argumentation, is when we start to explore how important these metabolites are, and why they are important. But we don’t stray too far, as there is quite a bit of research supporting our argument here as well. What’s that argument? That these metabolites are very important, mostly because they regulate our immune system...


    ...SCFAs have long been known to modulate the immune response. Acetate, propionate and butyrate represent the most often described SCFAs that are capable of immune activation. SCFAs affect neutrophil function and migration, and inhibit tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) or interleukin-1 (IL-1)..


    TNF-a and IL-1? Those look familiar.


    ...A combination of the three SCFA causes a shift in the T helper lymphocyte phenotype towards a more anti-inflammatory phenotype and this might explain the protective effects of fiber...


    ...It’s pretty common wisdom that the quality of our sleep has a lot to do with our immune system. But that wisdom tends to go in just one direction: that adequate sleep is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy immune system. And that’s almost undoubtedly true. But as I’ve suspected for a while now, that is only half the story. I believe, and a decent body of research supports the idea, that our immune system has a tremendous impact on the quality and structure of our sleep..


    ...Much data demonstrate that at least two cytokines, IL-1b (hereafter referred to as IL-1) and TNFa (hereafter referred to as TNF) are involved in the regulation of sleep. These two cytokines may be considered as sleep regulatory because data derived from electrophysiological, biochemical and molecular genetic studies demonstrate specific effects on sleep-wake behavior...


    ...Interleukin-1 beta (IL1) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) promote non-rapid eye movement sleep under physiological and inflammatory conditions...


    Inflammatory cytokines promote NREM (non-dreaming) sleep!


    ...SCFAs downregulate cytokines that increase NREM sleep and decrease REM sleep. And they upregulate cytokines that do the reverse. More REM, less NREM. Not much dreaming in NREM. All the vivid dreaming in REM. That’s it. That’s really it? Just like I dreamt about, no doubt after I hit the potato starch too hard one night? Speechless...


    ...In other words, the resistant starch / sleeping & dreaming connection is now a major piece of proof for the broader and much more important theory that gut bacteria, through SCFA production, profoundly modulate the human immune system and result in a systemic anti-inflammatory effect...


    ...SCFAs modulate the production of inflammatory mediators by macrophages as shown in Table 1. SCFAs, mainly butyrate, suppress the LPS- and cytokine-stimulated production of pro-inflammatory mediators including TNF-α, IL-6 and NO. Butyrate also enhances the release of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10...


    Makes you see sleep aid commercials and herbicides in a new light, for sure. “It's biodegradable and works on bacteria, not humans!” FALSE. Why? Because 90% of our genes are microbial! If it works on bacteria then it MUST work on humans. And it's getting delivered right to our gut, right where the soil bacteria they're meant to kill live.


    Anyways, I've never noticed shit from any lactobacillus type stuff. I think there are more important microbes.


    All this has me thinking a lot about their exposure to soil more than westerners though... I mean... It's kind of hard to believe that people who are living in conditions that are nowhere near as “sanitary” or whatever are free of these types of conditions. It's like a sick twist of humor but we can't even seem to understand yet alone manage acne for the most part while these blokes are like “what's acne?” after waking up from (just about) sleeping in the dirt and having not likely washed their faces in months. Incredible.

    So at least know that dirt doesn't cause acne. If anything for all we know it could be the answer to acne.


    No diabetes, no acne and no obesity... No teeth either!

    Well, I guess you trade one for another haha..

  2. PhilipL
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    I just overcame my stomach bug and started Claravis, 30 mg twice per day (60 mg per day), last week.  So far I have had very few unwanted side effects, including occasional dry lips and facial peeling, with an occasional joint ache.  My acne is already beginning to dry out and fade, with very noticeable results within the first day.  My skin and hair feel way less oily and very soft.

    I have dwindled down my haircare and skincare routine.  My shampoos/conditioners are still the It's A 10 moisturizing and Joico K-Pak protein shampoo.  I have been using Nizoral infrequently just to combat hair loss, but I have not noticed increased shedding.

    Bath/shower once or twice per day
    Cold water
    Wash and condition hair
    Wash body with 10% benzoyl peroxide bar from CVS
    Apply SkinCeuticals Simply Clean to face and body
    If my face is peeling, I exfoliate with anything I can find

    Immediately after shower
    Apply Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner to face
    Spray body with Murad Clarifying Body Spray
    Moisturize face with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
    Moisturize body with Kiehl's Crème de Corps

    I comb through my hair with a wide-tooth comb or Wet Brush depending on the style I am going for.  I have decided to stop using a blow dryer and hair clay until my Accutane treatment is over.

    In the morning, I use Bag Balm (lips and nostrils) and alternate between Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm and Nova Scotia Fisherman Lip Balm as necessary.

    At night, I use Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (hands) and Kiehl's Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas (feet) and Bag Balm (lips and nostrils.)


  3. You wake up all prepared to give power pack performance on your big day until you see that spot on your face in the mirror. That pimple not only causes you annoying pain but also lose your confidence. However, don't worry this blog will help you get rid of these red bumps in a day.

    Here are the few natural yet home remedies that will help you heal these painful pimples in as little as 24 hours. Let's a look at these remedies:

    1. Orange Peel and Juice To Remove Pimples

    As suggested by many skin care experts, the acidity and vitamin C substance in orange makes it a flawless cure for pimples and acne. First, wash your hands before touching your skin, since dirty hands can acquaint bacteria with the skin. Then wash you face with warm water as this helps to enlarge the pores. Gently rub the orange peel on the affected area. You need to use the separate orange peels for every a pimple. Generally, there is a high risk of bacterial infection from one area to another if you use the same peel. Leave the juice on the pimple for around 15-20 minutes and then wash it with cold water. 

    2. Use Green Tea

    There are many studies, which proves that the green tea has shown magical effects on acne and pimples when used externally. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG that help in reducing the sebum production, bacterial growth, and inflammation in the acne-prone skin. Take few green tea leaves and pour it in a cup of boiling water. Let it be cool for 15-20 minutes, meanwhile, you can wash your face. Use a cotton ball to apply the cool green tea water on your face or where you see the breakouts. Leave it for 15-20 minutes then wash your face with normal water. 

    3. Use Toothpaste Overnight

    Toothpaste is an extraordinary treatment to remove pimples overnight. Also, it best utilized and gives a better result after washing the area and then apply it on the pimple. It is essential to note that while toothpaste must be utilized instead of using any gel-based toothpaste to remove pimples. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the pimple or affected area and leave it overnight. Wash your face in the morning with normal water to have the best result. 

  4. Technological advancements are evident in every field and in photography also. In order to create perfect pictures wedding photographers in Hertfordshire look forward to the latest inventions in the field of photography. The expertise of a photographer not only depends on his skills but also the gadgets that he uses.

    The gadgets that can help every Hertfordshire wedding photographer are as follows:

    •    Holography Lens:

    When you need vibrant colors and best quality pictures then a holographic lens is what you need. These lenses can sync in with your phone camera. They produce the best holographic images and videos.

    •    Instant Camera:

    Instant cameras come with a mini film that produces small photos instantly. If you find a photo lover in a wedding then you can impress him/her by providing them with their instant photos.

    •    Ring Camera Light:

    As a Hertfordshire wedding photographer you will obviously love this gadget. This ring of light can be affixed around a camera lens. This device works with the camera flash to boom the exposure of the

    •    Storage Cube:

    This cube shaped device that wedding photographers in Hertfordshire use to store their camera photos. They can see these photos whenever they desire.

    •    Digital Camera:

    Digital camera produces digital photos. These cameras have a screen so that you can view the clicked pictures. Its good quality lens produces high resolution pictures. These pictures can be transferred anywhere by syncing the camera with a phone, laptop or a computer.

    •    Leveling Cube:

    This cube is instilled with levelers so that you can use this in order to know the suitability of the surface where the picture has to be captured. These levelers give the best panoramic shots because they keep the camera in control.
    •    Multistrap Leather Belts:

    This belt has many straps on which you can hang around a number of cameras. Being a photographer you always carry different types of cameras and equipments with you and hence you need something which will make the task of carrying multiple equipments easy. Multistrap belts serve this function well.

    So if you want a successful photographer to shoot your wedding you should see that they utilize all these gadgets to enhance the quality of your photos. A photographer’s work is only demanded when he is able to provide sufficient proof of his skills and abilities. You should ask your photographer about the kind of devices he uses before appointing him.

    Author Bio:
    The author writes a lot about wedding photographers in Hertfordshire. He also shares information on Wedding Photographer Herts, visit

  5. Minks
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    Since upping my dose to 60mg ten days ago, I've been feeling a little nauseous and have been experiencing mild heartburn which has been unpleasant. Also a little moody.. almost started crying at work yesterday due to how agitated and annoyed I was by literally nothing. I've also definitely experienced a bit of a breakout as most people tend to when you start taking a higher dose. Skins been a bit dryer as well. And this pimple I popped on the side of my lip has been around for like a week and a half continuously opening and bleeding when I yawn or eat. So annoying and looks like I have herpes. It's started to show signs of going away this morning though!

    At my my last appointment I asked my dermatologist if he would prescribe me some sort of cream to lighten my acne scars/spots that cover both my cheeks and he said no, that we could do that after I was done accutane. Now, I didn't really like that answer soooo, I asked my doctor for the same thing two days ago and she gave me a prescription. I'll be picking it up tomorrow :) No need to wait and do one thing at a time when I could be fixing my acne scarring as well....

    I still have like maybe 50 little bumps under my skin that need to come out and they continue to do so by themselves here and there or sometimes I do it myself with the extractor. I did that last night and my face is a bit spotty and red ...aftermath of popping. That's expected though and it'll be gone within few days.

    i have this fairly large pimple on my right cheek right now that won't come out and this small but very red pimple below my left eye around the cheekbone and that's the most bothersome stuff I have right now. well actually, tbh majority of my face at this point is not acne but rather the red spots left over from previous pimples. That's why I really feel the need to start using this hyrdoquinone cream. Really hoping it works well and doesn't irritate my skin!

    I might be going on vacation around April 20th so Im really worried about tanning because it says to stay out of the sun. But I usually tan like 6 hours a day when the weather is beautiful. But apparently you burn up like a lobster within 20 mins when In the sun on accutane /: That's my favourite part of vacations so I'm probably going to try tanning anyway and see what happens lol. 


  6. Hi!

    I've been using BP for a full month now and I honestly can't see much of a difference. I don't know if I'm gonna order the products and try them. I was kind of hesitant to use BP in the first place, because I believe the best thing you can do for your skin is just keep it clean and leave it alone and the BP clearly irritates my skin even now after a month. So idk, these 4 weeks hasn't given me more confidence in BP that's for sure. :/

    I'll do an update if I do decide to do anything.

    The products I'm using:
    Cleanser - Basiderm Oil Control Foam Wash
    Benzoyl Peroxide - Basiron 5% AC Wash
    Moisturizer - Basiderm Oil Control Daily Moisturizer

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    Weddings in all parts of the world are celebrated with great joy and ceremonies. However, an important part of an Indian wedding is jewelry. The wedding is the most imperative part of any individual, and most importantly for the bride. One of the customs of Indian wedding relates to dressing up of bride with ornate and auspicious jewels. Weddings are considered holy so great significance is given to the ornaments worn by the bride. As it is considered to signify and strengthen the bond between bride and the groom.

    Wedding jewelry is selected with much care as it should be according to the dress of the bridal. Although the latest trends are considered, but still more importance is given to the religious and cultural beliefs. This holds true not only for the bridal dress but also for the jewels that she wears. Gold is the preferred metal for preparing accessories of Indian bride. This is because gold is considered the most sacred for Indian weddings. Ornaments made from different metals such as silver, diamond, white gold or platinum can also b used for the bride. Precious stones such as pearl, ruby and emerald are used in jewelry as a complement for the bridal dress.

    Although there are cultural differences among people in India, still jewels worn by Indian brides are similar. One of the most common accessories is the Mangtika or Shringar Patti. It is worn on the hair parting and may come down to ears through the hairline. Earrings and necklaces are common in all regions. Brides usually prefer wearing heavy weight earrings and necklaces matching with their bridal outfit. Precious and colorful stones are used in necklaces and earrings as this jewelry has to be accompanied with the bridal dress.

    A nose ring is worn on the nose and may have a long chain attached to it. The other end of the chain is attached with the hair. However, nose piercing has become a trend these days and girls wear small nose rings o0n their nose. Bangles are an accessory that is common in each and every culture and every Indian woman wears it. Apart from bangles, rings, bracelets and armlets are used to beautify the arms and hands of the Indian bride. This ornament is also made up of gold along with the usage of precious stones.

    Other jewels that are worn by the bride are the waist bands, toe rings and anklets. Different designs and styles are available for anklets and toe rings. Toe rings are worn by married women also and it is worn in the fingers of both the feet. The waist band is generally made from silver, but can be of gold too.

    Since the culture is the most influencing for Indian brides. So, a large variety of designs may be seen. Brides from east go for beads, while brides from western parts like stones and mirror styles. Northern brides like carvings in their ornamental designs and southern brides like temple designs.
  8. Already doing 4 months into this birth control pill... 
    It has been a roller-coaster trip.
    Emotionally and physically.
    The good news? My ACNE has get a lot better, but it hasn´t disappear completely. I have already said it, but the thing of the breasts getting bigger is 100% true!. Also, my hirsutism has improve. And I don´t have massive, long periods as before. 
    The bad side effects? First things first, my mood: I feel sometimes SO depressed, not knowing why. And my tummy is swollen as it has NEVER been before, I feel as if i was pregnant or something. And my appetite has increased a lot!

    In conclusion, it´s the pill worth it? Definitely. Is it going to make your life better suddenly, will all your problems disappear? Absolutely not.

    I don´t know, This is what I feel about it now. I will continue posting.

  9. Hi everyone, 


    Thanks to those still checking in on this blog post. Hopefully my journey with various things I try has been helping some of you out.


    I just wanted to update that I stop taking accutane about 1.5 weeks in for personal reasons. Every day I took a pill I felt something in my gut that told me it wasn't the right thing to do. wouldn't solve the actual root issue. My results for 1.5 weeks alone were great though. all my acne disappeared except a few small cysts which was nice. Maybe seeing this made me realize my skin is not serious enough yet to go on accuatne. I think its a really personal decision and if you feel its right for you, and you are fully informed, then its your choice. I personally just don't feel comfortable with it until i am really at the ends of the earth last resort type situation, because in my heart i know acne is my body telling me something is off and drying my entire body out wont help int he long run. I noticed hair loss, swollen wrist joint, joint cracking and back pain in my first two weeks. Maybe I was misattributing them, cause Im a hypochondriac. 


    Ive been doing quite a bit of research and decided to stop the tane for the next month while I do a bit of a trial run if you may- Ive discovered something called estroblock… the love vitamin and others on youtube talk about it directly in relation to acne. Both men and women can take it. Its the idea that we are getting overloaded in our enviro with bad estrogens thats completely throwing our natural synergy of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone off balance. This can play a direct role in acne as your hormones fluctuate and your body tries to rid toxins through the skin etc… now, Im not affiliated with this company whatsoever, but they are natural pills (whohooo!) and there about 30 some pages of reviews on Amazon on this stuff and no joke guys, theres more positive reviews on this stuff then even accutane!!! I don't even know if I saw a negative review (yes Im still being wary, I'm not that gullible). Yet, I came across this in my first week of accuatne and I could not get it out of my head. Some of the reviewers said they've taken 2-3 rounds of accutane and nothing worked as good as this natural pill. WHAT?! seems like another gimmick but I'm still super intrigued. take the websites quiz, tells you based on your feedback what potential issues could be misdiagnosed. 


    anyways, I received some in the mail and I am now on day 3 or 4. I think if this doesn't work within the next month or two I'm gonna say to H*&% with it all and go back to accuatne. but intuition is powerful and I really felt myself being gravitated to try this first… namely cause I never considered my hormones to be an issue with my acne (hormone blood results always normal- but apparently blood tests are a bad analysis for hormone levels since they are truest first thing in the morning? don't quote me on it though). 


    Anyways guys, I will definitely keep you updated on progress if any. Im also taking MSM (powder form in water) everyday for the past couple weeks and noticed a huge reduction in facial oiliness, which is a first for me. Ill know it was the accutane though if it starts to get oily soon again. 


    heres the link to estroblock if you want to read up about it: 

    and the amazon reviews:


    Hope all is well and clear skies for you all!! P & L

  10. So I'm into my 4th month of using my regimen and I'll be 30 in a week. It's almost here! This is the last week of my 20's. And while I have a lot of feelings about it, at least one of them is an okay feeling. And that's about my skin. 

    By no means do I have the poreless, scarless, even-toned skin of my dreams. But I think I've come a long way from my teens where I was applying every harsh painful chemical to my face my mother could find. And my 20's where I was jumping from one magic cure to the next.

    The breakouts I was having seem to have been a purge. Maybe it helps that I cut out gluten and maybe it didn't. But I do know that I believe in AHA and Retinol. Once I'm out of my current supply I'll be moving up to stronger percentages and easing into it all over again. 

    I have experimented with some new products thanks to my ipsy subscription. Pure Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask and Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator. 

    I like them both. The Pure Botanicals is something to do really quick if you're suddenly going out and realize your skin seems a little dull. Dr. Brandt is a once a week crystal formulated physical exfoliator. It can feel a little harsh, but just rub it in for a minute and rinse and it does a great job of getting gross, dry winter skin off. It's too early to tell if it works on wrinkles like it says, but I like it. 

    I'm going to keep with this and update again in a month. Here's to my 30's!PicsArt_03-20-09.57.32.jpg

  11. eclarue
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    Day 18 Update

    Had a horrible migraine for 5 days. Not sure if it was from the accutane. I used to get migraines but take meds that have kept me from having one for months, so could be the accutane or maybe not.

    Just yesterday the left side corner of my mouth got dry, cracked and feels like it is ripping when i open my mouth. Its not terrible, not bleeding, but still uncomfortable. The rest of my lips feel tight and have started to feel really swollen. No peeling or cracking on the rest of them yet. Still using bite beauty lip mask and Vaseline like crazy. Skin on my ears is a bit dry.

    My face is still really oily. I don't necessarily want the dry, peeling skin that comes with accutane, but will be glad when the oiliness decreases. I still wash my face when I get home from work at 4 because its that oily. I can't wait to get home and wash it.

    I still can't resist the temptation to try to pop blackheads and so have 2-3 red scabs. I repeat, don't pick at anything if you can while on accutane. It will scab over angry red and take about 2 weeks to go away!

    I just went up from 40 mg to 60 mg on day 15 so I imagine the next few weeks I'll notice more side effects. No real change in skin, pores, or acne yet.

    products using:
    Bite beauty agave lip mask (lips)
    Vaseline (lips, ears)
    Trader joes unscented body lotion
    Argan oil ( hair and add 1 drop to face moisturizer)
    Mychelle clear skin lotion (face)
    Fish oil (take orally)
    Biotin (take orally)
    Probiotic (take orally)

  12. GGPiexx
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    It is nearly the end of the week. In about 2 weeks time I will be beginning Isotretenoin, otherwise known as Accutane. I feel like acne has changed me for better and worse. I mean, i have almost come to accept acne which is really strange but good at the same time. When I look in the mirror though, I don't recognise myself. I look tired and sad and spotty. It makes me upset to think that a skin condition has made me feel so down about myself. 

    But I am trying to power on the best way I can at university, with loads of important events coming up. That is stressful in its own right. 
    By Day 90 of my Skin journey, I will be starting again with my accutane journey from scratch in a new blog. This is to help me start afresh with a new experience and no more expectations. 

    On a side note: I am still taking lymecycline. I still don't think that it is making an ounce of an effect. I am still getting breakouts all over my face. But i have established a few links. 

    1. Water helps everything 
    2. Dairy i think has a tiny effect on my breakouts 
    3. Makeup doesnt help

    Skin: Sunday 19th March 2017
    - Cheek has erupted
    - forehead is angry 
    -in between eyes is going to break out. I know it
    - chin is going to break out too 

    I will be fine and before I know it, this process will be over
    G x

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    i've been washing my face with aloe vera and water. it was going fine in the first 3 days but my skin feels really dry now. like extremely tight and uncomfortable. i don't know what to do, i just want it all to be gone.


  14. This persistent condition is more than skin deep. It can leave not only physical, but also emotional scars, and that’s why it’s particularly hard to deal with it. Acne is one of the most common dermatological issues, and according to some estimates, as much as 85% of the population suffers from it at some point in their lives. It’s characterized by greasy skin covered in pimples, blackheads or whiteheads.

    Many adolescents have to deal with sudden acne outbreaks, which are mainly triggered by the hormonal changes during puberty. However, adult acne and cystic acne are even more disturbing as establishing their causes can be complicated.

    Although dermatologists insist on using all kinds of chemical-laden medications, it’s crucial to start treating acne from within.

    Use Natural and Organic Skin Care Products

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    Natural and organic skincare products play an important role in the topical treatment of acne. No matter how expensive they are, lotions, creams, and cleansers that contain harmful chemicals aren’t good for the skin and they usually fail to deliver. There are five types of skin: dry, normal, oily, combination, and sensitive; so, it’s important to determine the skin type before choosing the skincare regimen.

    Natural ingredients, found in every kitchen, can be used for homemade cosmetics. A facial scrub made from cinnamon, nutmeg, and manuka honey can effectively relieve spots.  A clay mask can efficiently unclog pores, and it’s excellent for oily skin. Removing make-up in the evening is necessary; so, the oil cleansing method is a good idea. Natural oils, such as hemp seed, castor, olive, or coconut oil, are the best option.

    However, some of these ingredients aren’t available or people don’t have the time to make their own natural cosmetics. Luckily, it’s possible to find commercial quality organic skin care products and stay away from all the harmful chemicals.

    Change Your Diet

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    However, it’s not enough just to treat your skin and polish the surface. Changing your diet is equally important. Processed and junk food are among the main culprits behind acne, as well as many other skin conditions. Greasy foods create fertile ground for all kinds of inflammations, not to mention hormone imbalances which, in turn, make acne even worse. The same goes for high-glycemic foods, sugar, and cow’s milk.  

    A research study which tried to establish the relationship between the diet and acne reported, among other things, that commercial milk usually comes from pregnant cows, which might be the reason why it aggravates this skin condition. The effects of chocolate are still under scrutiny, but one thing is for sure: only dark chocolate should be consumed but in moderation.

    Organic foods and home-cooked meals are a must for fighting acne. Foods that keep the digestive system running smoothly, such as vegetables, fruit, and flaxseed, can prevent accumulation of toxins and reduce outbreaks. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, stress, and anxiety; so, they should be an inevitable part of any well-balanced diet.

    Change Your Lifestyle

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    Bad habits can also affect acne and make it worse. That’s why it’s necessary to introduce certain lifestyle changes that will improve both your skin condition and overall well-being.

    Unsurprisingly, stress has a lot to do with this chronic skin disease since it increases the production of glucocorticoid. Scientists say that stress can be prevented by a good night’s sleep, which means that day naps don’t count.

    Exercise is vital for reducing stress and improving blood circulation, which provides the skin with more oxygen and removes dead skin cells. The lymphatic system, which is instrumental in helping the body regenerate and get rid of toxins, relies on muscle movement in order to be able to move fluid through the body. In order to boost it, lymphatic drainage massage is recommended.

    Drinking water detoxes the whole body and hydrates the skin. Also, cell phones are riddled with bacteria, and it’s important to frequently sanitize them.  

    Acne may be persistent, but by changing your diet, lifestyle, and skin care products, it’s possible to keep it under control.

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  15. Hey guys, so I just finished up my first box of the tane (2 days into my first box but I skipped 2 days of pills somewhere within the month) and it has been a rollercoaster. Thankfully the ride only had one major drop so its been pretty much smooth sailing otherwise. 

    Week 1: Everything was pretty chill. The morning after popping my first pill almost all the active pimples I had came to a head. It looked a little off putting but I was super excited to see it already having some effects on my skin. The rest of the week pimples kept coming to a head and popping soon after. My lips and skin were otherwise normal. Skin was still mildly oily and my lips were fine.

    Week 2: The week started off well enough my skin was continuing to purge but it really wasn't to bad. It was actually looking better each day. Then towards the end of the week all hell broke loose. My face was doing fine but my body was not taking the adjustment so nicely. The major issue was my lips started to break out in tons of little blisters. Yes blisters. And it was all over my lips. I started to freak the fuck out because it was super uncomfortable and I looked like I had a outbreak of herpes (which I did, not the sexually transmitted disease type but the common cold sore type). So I bought some abreva, and some carmex and bathed my lips in them until my lips returned to looking normal about a week later. I also encountered my first nosebleed, headache and body sores during this week. My lower back was and still is the most affected but after walking around D.C on a trip with my family everything was sore and I had a splitting headache. Needless to say I was irritated that whole week.

    Week 3: Things began looking up. My lips where back to normal and my face continued to heal. Body dryness really began and my eczema was acting up. Nothing some moisturizing and my eczema cream couldn't fix. There was a solid 2 days where I had zero pimples so that was awesome. I started to notice all my under the skin whiteheads on my chin and nose started to come out. I'm a picker and over all weird gross person so I loved to see this suckers come out. Even just scratching my nose some of the hard sebum would get scrapped under my nail (sorry if that was too  graphic).

    Week 4: Face started to look alot better. Skin is so much smoother and my white heads continued to pop out . I still was breaking out but I would have at most 4 active zits on my face (compared to 13 which was my everyday reality a few months ago) Lips started to dry up more. No peeling but they began to become leathery if I didn't have any lip balm on.

    Week 5: Face continues to look better. Hands a little dry. And I feel like I spent the night in the desert when I wake up in the morning. I need to start using my humidifier again.

    Week 6: Same as week 5 but I have noticed myself becoming more lazy. Like idk if this is me trying to us accutane as a cop out but I sometimes just don't have the willpower to do some stuff. I'm just really hoping my depression isn't trying to rear its nasty head back in my life. My skin is getting better but I want to have my body looking a certain way too and I've been slacking at going to the gym and eating (I'm trying to bulk up and I had been making good progress up until a month ago). And my cold sores came back this morning so that was a wonderful surprize. And I know TMI but I've had this YI for a few days now and its pissing me off. So that's my little rant for this week haha. Skin is looking better and better everyday but each week brings something new, good and bad. 












  16. So it's been over a year since I've posted on here, and I've gotten to the point in this experience where I really don't know if it's affecting my skin at all. Looking back at photos there have been many moments in my life where my skin looked completely beautiful and clear, even as recent as a few months ago. But then, as always, I will wake up one day with a giant pimple- or even worse, multiple giant pimples. They just form now, I don't know if I'm immune to it or if the Regimen is just ineffective for me at this point. It's so frustrating because I haven't skipped a single day or night since January of 2015. Every time I start to feel or see a tiny blemish forming, I make sure to coat it in BP. I wash it gently, pat it dry, apply two half pumps of BP, followed by 2 half pumps Cetaphil lotion (I had to drop the Regimen lotion early on) along with 5-6 drops of jojoba oil AND a pump of AHA+. I pay for the entire big size of the Regimen all the time and at this point it feels like I'm doing so much work with so little results. It's not like my face looks horrible- but even in the beginning it didn't look "horrible". I just always had pesky pimples that would stay too long and I couldn't control them and they were getting in the way of my life. Now it feels like I'm right back where I was. Nothing really feels like it's working or "tingling", my face is just so used to it and it sucks. Like I said, there are always times where it looks great too, but lately it has not been one of the times. I have a bright reddish purple pimple on my cheek that hasn't gone away at all for a few days. I still have marks from previous pretty recent ones on my cheek, one by my eyebrow and a few on my chin. The point is, my face does not look or feel like porcelain. It feels like I'm wearing too much on my face and from all of the oil and products it's like my face stains things and feels greasy no matter how long it's been on. Yet the times I've gone WITHOUT the jojoba oil my face feels completely dry and it'll flake throughout the day, especially now in NYC winter. 

    If anyone has any suggestions on how I can save this I would greatly appreciate it. I don't want to stop using the regimen. I'm used to it, I like having my face clean and medicated throughout the day and knowing I'm trying to take action. It just simply isn't working anymore. I've spent too much money and time trying to get rid of my pimples for good, I've started eating healthier lately and I always stay pretty active. I have an interview for a flight attendant job at the end of this month and because I don't wear foundation I simply can not afford to be breaking out with pimples all over my face as a flight attendant. I won't be hired. Pleeeeeeeease help

  17. So it's been around three months since I finished my course and I thought I should update. I still am very relieved my skin is so much better. In the last three months I have had maybe two small pimples, and I mean small. It's such a relief. I wish I had done the drug years ago, my skin would look amazing if I had had done. It's great now but all the years of acne I had mean it could be smoother but I am still so happy. Anyway added some pics 100% make up free!!! 




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         I'll be going into my fourth week of Accutane tomorrow and side effects are already heavily present. I already struggled with dry lips before this and its just been multiplied now. Just before being prescribed i was getting my skin to where I wanted it ( with moisturizer not as far as acne ) and now I struggle with the flakes everyday. Before starting accutane I was on Doxycycline and Tretinoin for a few months and they just weren't doing anything for my skin. I went back to the derm and saw a different doctor and right away she said we should start accutane and I was excited and nervous because I had read about this incredibly powerful drug and the after products but also the intense side affects. She assured me that the things such as depression were not as severe as some made it out to be. My mom and I sat and signed tons of papers, I took a pregnancy test, and had to get blood work. I am only on my 4th week so I haven't seen any changes in my acne but definitely many other changes. Look forward to bringing updates on my journey and seeing where I end up after the 5 months.

  18. I came across African black soap recently and gave it a try. I've been washing my face with it every morning and continuing to use ketoconazole shampoo on scalp. The soap is okay but by the end of the day the flakes and the gunk in the pores starts creeping back up again so its not effective just like everything else I've tried so far. Also the shampoo has lost its effectiveness too. My dandruff has become worse (not flaky but rather oily, yellow and sticky)  If any of you have a treatment that actually works to keep Seb derm symptoms under control, please let me know.
    As for the stinging bumps, they still show up randomly and I'm still not sure what's causing them. My left eye bumps are also still there and I'm still waking up with swollen crusty eyes. I plan to see another derm soon and hope to get some answers.
    One change I've made recently is to cut out sugar from my diet. I love sweets and crave them badly but I know sugar can lead to yeast overgrowth which can contribute to Seb derm so I'm hoping making  this change will help with my symptoms. 
    Willing to try anything at his point - even give up delicious sweets 

  19. So the seventh week is finished! My acne is (obviously) still on my face,  but I still see progress.  In the morning,  my face looked almost clear!  However, now in the afternoon, I can see the redness and pimples show. Does anyone know why acne looks worse in the afternoon? Please comment below if you know the answer! 
    I watched Thataylaa's video on confidence with acne and it was honestly so inspiring. It is so refreshing to see a youtuber with skin issues like the rest of the world. She does a bunch of reviews on foundations, which is so helpful. This week has been pretty boring, so I don't have much to write about. If you have topic suggestions, please leave it in the comment section!

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    Im still suffering from a minor breakout. I just have a few pimples dotted around my face, the skin coloured ones that don't really come to much. I think its definitely down to the fact that my dose has double so maybe its just bringing stuff to the surface quicker than 20mg would have. My overall skin texture is good, I have PIH on my right cheek which annoys me because my left side looks completely clear but i know that will fade in time. 
    I feel a little bit gutted at how long my skin is taking to clear, last time I was on roaccutane my skin was reaaaallly clear by this point. Im hoping that in the next couple of weeks the 40mg a day will really kick in and I will start to see a vast improvement. I still have like 3 months left though so there is still time! 
    Theres not much more to report on, the rash on my hands seem quite stubborn and aren't disappearing as quickly as they did on 40mg. My skin doesnt seem anymore dry which is a bonus! I definitely feel more tired though, yesterday I nappy for 2 hours because i was just so exhausted! 


  20. I cannot believe it has been one month since my first visit to the dermatologist. I remember crying in my room on a Saturday night because of my ugly face and not being able to get any work done. I went to see the doctor on 2/8. I told her right away that I wanted to be put on isotretinoin. She looked at my face and said, I think it will work for you. But you will have to wait for a month to begin.

    Here I am, exactly a month later. The needle wound on my arm from doing the blood work two days before is still a little sore. I'm headed to the dermatologist's office in two hours. My accutane journey will soon begin. I am very, very excited to start taking this drug. Although my acne now is not as bad as it was a month ago, I want to eliminate any possibility of it flaring up really badly again. I have been suffering for seven long years. It has done enough damage to my self-esteem and self-confidence. I am not going to let it beat me anymore. 

    Will update on this site as often as needed to record my journey. Sometimes I would go back and read those posts that I wrote previously when I was using BP and natural remedy. I sounded so hopeful back then. I thought they would work with minimal damage to my body. But now I'm disillusioned. There's a price to pay. There's no way I could get clear skin without trading my health away. Fine I'll do it to counteract my cursed genetics. No big deal.