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About MissSac17


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  • Interests Fitness, good food, reading blogs, spiritualism, learning, self-medicating.

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  1. Em Isotrex is a topical form of accutane, it contains a tiny amount of the drug (0.05%) so no you don't need to get blood work done. You've only been using Epiduo for over a week now? I really wouldn't jump to another retinoid because you will irritate your skin. Has your doctor prescribed you isotrex too? Have you spoke to him about Accutane? Accutane isn't a quick fix, you must realise that.
  2. Hi I've just come across your journey and I look forward to seeing it all. My skin itself looks exactly like this. I've been using Isotrex (active ingredient of accutane) retinoid gel which brought all these comedones up around my neck which I've never experienced. Before isotrex I still had bumpy skin just not quite as severe. My doc has told me tissue that roaccutane may be a good option for me but in nervous tbh because of the possible joint pain. Anyway good luck and if you need someone to talk to you know where I am.
  3. Was your skin this red when using the retin a? When you were using it, we're you religious about using sunscreen too? I feel somehow that 15 is very young to be given retin a! If you are suspecting rosacea I would really consider you visit a doctor and talk about it.
  4. No I'd stick with the Epiduo, definitely. It contains Adapalene, a retinoid, which generally can take upto 8 to 12 weeks to show full improvement. Assess tour skin after another couple weeks and see how it looks. My skin actually looks very similar to yours.
  5. On regimen but have major clogged pores

    How long have you been using the AHA? Normally glycolic acid is good for things like that. I wasn't on the acne.org regimen but I was using a very similar routine and after a while I experienced the exact same thing. What might help also is perhaps a salicylic acid cleanser to use in the morning before your BP and moisturiser, or perhaps even a salycilic acid serum of some sort in the morning after your usual cleanser. BHAs like salycilic is meant to help "unclog" the pores.
  6. Skin looks OLDER!! HELP! !!

    Are you using moisturiser? It might help to add in Jojoba oil to your moisturiser. It's only been 3 weeks so no I would not discontinue usage. Maybe your skin is just drying out
  7. Struggling I'm struggling

    I appreciate that Sasch I do
  8. Lost hope

    I understand completely what your saying, people really don't notice things as much as we do. I went back to work today after being off for 3 weeks due to a sprained ankle and a woman said to me 'Stacey your skin is looking good'. I was like 'hhuh? Your kidding me' lol. I don't believe her though. I never do Ugurl, I never believe anyone when they give me compliments or say I'm beautiful or anything. I agree life is too short but im just in a place where I feel I need to have clear skin to be "accepted" which is actually ridiculous. I have this motto that in used to say to myself all the time. "Life loves me". Its A mantra which I haven't voiced in a long time so I'm trying that again.
  9. Lost hope

    I'm sorry you went through a similar eating disorder. I think they really set you up for a life long hateful outlook on your body and personal appearance, it seems my body dysmorphia has manifested to my face rather than my body. Which anxiety meds do you take? I've been reading up a ton on them, and I used to be on Prozac (considering going on it again tbh), the things I read and in my own experience with Prozac.. things got better and even my skin got clearer. It seems that when you dampen down the stress/anxiety/worry you theoretically help control your acne - if stress is a contributor of course. I've never heard of buckthorn oil!
  10. Yeah I'd keep your workouts reduced at the moment. Weight lifting is great, I miss it dearly. But personally when I would lift weights my body acne would be worse plus I'd find a new spot or cyst somewhere within the next couple days. Maybe even add in some extra cardio and see how that affects it. The whole diet thing is very controversial and also individual. If it doesn't affect you then that's great. I'd say stick with the yasmin for another 2 months and also keep a record of anything you change/do differently during this time.
  11. A 30 year old with cystic acne

    Honestly your skin looks fine. With a good regime it will help. I know you feel helpless, I do too, but it's not worth your kid missing school not at all. Have you got any friends to talk to about how your feeing? With your regime I don't see any acne fighting products, have you tried benzoyl peroxide? Also are you on any hormonal birth control or anything?
  12. For hyperpigmentation specifically I would recommend a glycolic acid product, essentially an AHA. I feel an actual peel is far too strong however so you may benefit from an AHA serum. I would look into Paulas Choice AHA 8% glycolic acid serum or alternatively Dan's AHA from this site. Could you post a pic of your skin?
  13. Constant forehead acne

    Do you get you eyebrows threaded or waxed or anything? Do you tend to put eyebrow pencil on? What have you been using specifically in the past 2 months to treat them? Your acne is still quite mild so don't worry, it looks fine. We just need to try and stop them from recurring.
  14. I would agree to stick with it at least a couple more months. Have you changed anything at all during this past month? Stress? Diet? Workouts? Skin care?
  15. Sounds okay yes, cetaphil is a gentle cleanser and BP can fight the acne. What else are you using on your skin?
  16. I completely agree with Alex on this one. You need to chose one or the other. Tanning in itself dries out the skin.. not to mention causes wrinkles years down the line on top of other things! If you combine both of these weekly your skin will NOT BE happy amd will be very dehydrated so please reconsider this.
  17. Take a look at this.

    I agree about Brians channel. I love watching that guy, I'm such a huge fan.
  18. Lost hope

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. it's a lonely place and I hate it. I'm glad I have this site to talk and write to. My life has become, I feel, pointless at the moment. @Ugurl - I hear what your saying about wanting clear skin and then always wanting something else, never feeling satisfied or happy. That's my life honestly. I know if it's not my skin, it'll be my weight even though I shouldn't worry about that, or it'll be an injury I'd focus on or my joint pains will be heightened. I've thought about therapy but I don't know who to go to, I don't really fancy asking my doctor. But it's something I must look into. @Alex9945 - I understand all too well about using too many things at once. Here is my routine. Morning: rinse with water Apply bioderma sensiblio cleansing water (now replaced with Eucerin 3in1 cleansing solution) Sometimes apply BP Dan's acne.org moisturiser (not all over my face because I'm sensitive to them) Heliocare sunscreen gel Night: cleanse with Medik8 BHA foaming cleanser (recently bought cetaphil to try) I tried the zinc noble 2% cleansing bar recently too since apparently that can help with folliculitus which I think it could be but I feel it's done nothing and broke me out in papules on my back. Apply Isotrex (retinoid) Sometimes I'll not use Isotrex and use BP instead I don't always moisturiser because I feel they make my skin worse I know that's bad though. I bought Cerave to try thinking it'd be fine but it definitely broke me out. I have dry/combination skin I think. In terms of supplements I take Turmeric and zinc Picolinate and recently a probiotic. I'm considering going on birth control pill. I don't take pics of my skin anymore, I hate to. It's very rashy looking and bumpy, kinda like pityrosporum folliculitus which I pray I don't have.
  19. Just read your recent post. Miracles do happen, have faith It's worked thus far so hopefully it will help more by tomorrow.
  20. Really I have. I am stuck and lost and running around in circles in my head and not leaving my house - which is interesting since I feel that I am my own worst critic yet worry what people think of me. I've berated myself and put myself down since I was 15 due to an incident which I shan't speak about. I've fought and beat anorexia, made it into a really good uni studying Nutrition - what I've always wanted to do - I've had good relationships and not so good/alright romantic aquantences (I have an awesome personality, hence the romantic endeavours), I have amazing friends and a lot of them who love me dearly, I've had many ups and downs with other shit but I'm still here. Yet, I'm not here. I've lost myself and it hurts. I've pushed people away unknowingly and regretfully. My mind is riddled with a comprehensive knowledge on clearing acne but every single thing I have tried fucks up, loses its efficiency. Ive had acne for nearly 15 years. I've been on a shit retinoid for 10 weeks with absolutely zero improvement, I was previously on differin with semi-good results but wanted something stronger, wanted perfection. I'm a perfectionist. .. ever since my eating disorder. I've just lost faith guys, and as someone close to me said last night "your here physically but not mentally". I'm an inward thinker and I truly believe I am an ugly person on the outside - probably came from a host of bullying in my early years. I'm not after sympathy, probably more empathy than anything else. I just wanted to write and possibly find someone on the same path and emotions.
  21. Struggling I'm struggling

    To make it through the day. Struggling to see the point anymore guys. I feel horrible and ugly all the time, I hate my skin and I hate my body. My joint pains worse right now getting xrays next week but I may need surgery. So on top of having shit skin and shit feet like wtf? Why am I actually here? I don't know anymore man, I do know I'm very very depressed though and feel like a burden. I've been using isotrex for 10 weeks now and it's done fuck all. I am actually considering a birth control pill. I'd take accutane if there was a guarantee that my joint pain would not get worse, but there's no guarantee.
  22. Isotrex Gel - Experiences?

    How long have you been on isotrex? What was your skin like before it? I've been on that antibiotic twice with no luck at all. Looking into the birth control pill now
  23. are abrasive scrubs and brushes bad?

    Of course abrasive scrubs are going to not be good for acne. 'Abrasive' - scrubbing, grinding, coarse, harsh. You want to be gentle with your skin.
  24. 1 MONTH

    Honestly it's been the isotrex that's irritated it. I'm asking about going on birth control too. I've actually used BP with success before in many strengths but it seems to have lost its efficacy however I still use it on alternating days from Isotrex or in the morning.