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About frenchie86

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  1. frenchie86 added a topic in Diet & holistic health   

    Salt Link To Acne?
    Hello everyone!
    I tried to find a topic about salt but couldn't find anything recent or that interesting.
    I was wondering if any of you found that eating salt was a trigger food or made your acne worse? Or has anyone ever read about it?
    My skin hasn't been too bad this past year as I eat better and went on accutane but it's been flaring up again lately and I wondered if salt might be the culprit (I'm not saying it is though, just looking into it).
    Thank you
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  2. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Puffy Eyes On Accutane   

    I don't want to go on a second course so I'm just doing diet changes, reduced my carb and sugar intake and my skin already looks better. My eye problem is still there but it could be unrelated to the accutane use but I doubt it somehow, I'll keep you posted
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  3. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Accutane Failed Me!   

    Accutane is clearly a band aid too since my cystic acne came back like 3 weeks after I finished!
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  4. frenchie86 added a topic in Diet & holistic health   

    Accutane Failed Me!
    Hey guys!
    My name is Lizzie, I'm 28 years old and have been suffering with cystic acne for the past 7 or 8 years which has really affected me, my life, my relationships and my work etc, I'm sure most of you know what that's like.
    So I've tried everything (over the counter topicals, doctor/derm prescribed topicals, antibiotics, birth control including dianette and even accutane!). Nothing really worked except accutane which worked wonderfully for the whole 6 months I took it (didn't get a single spot that whole time) however, one month post accutane, the cysts are back!
    Ok so a couple of years ago I was on a very strict diet for weight loss (not acne): no processed foods, no sugar, no simple carbs, no junk whatsoever, plenty of fruit and veg and plenty of water. I was on that diet for about 6 months and I saw a significant improvement in my skin, I had a healthy glow, no cystic acne at all however I did have these tiny spots on my forehead but honestly that's nothing compared to cysts so I was ok with it.
    So now that my cysts are back post accutane (so far only had one, but still), I've decided to go back on a strict diet again to see if they stay at bay. I would love some advice, tips and maybe a list of foods that helps fight cystic acne? The internet is very confusing on that subject!
    Here is a list of foods I've been eating the past few days and foods I'm planning to include in my diet, please let me know if one is potentially bad for skin!

    Porridge (instant)
    Salad/veg (except potato)
    Fruit (especially apple and berries/grapes)
    Lean meat (only chicken/turkey breast)
    Fish (salmon fillets)
    Tinned tuna
    Nuts (almonds and Brazil nuts mainly)
    Cows milk (only in tea and cereal, should I switch to alternative?)

    As for my skin routine, I do wear makeup but only powder (no foundation as I'm scared of breakouts) and eye makeup. I take it off with micellar water and then apply a salicylic acid-based toner. That's it!
    I also apply LaRoche Posay's effaclar duo gel on my "problem areas" (chin and around mouth) and it is very good. I keep my brushes and pillowcases clean and I never touch my face.

    I walk at least an hour a day but can't do cardio as sweating also breaks me out (not in cysts but regular pimples)

    Anything else I can do? Thank you!
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  5. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended   

    Thank you so much for your replies, it means a lot as I'm having a really bad day coping, I'm with my boyfriend and I've just spoken to him about why I'm so insecure about my skin and how it makes me feel. He's been kind and understanding but I don't think he can relate at all, I think he thinks I'm overreacting.
    I'm willing to do diet changes and I have eaten mainly whole foods since my cyst emerged on Monday (currently almost healed thanks to antibiotic course). But as a big food lover, it is hard to maintain but I am willing to stick to it and see. I did see improvements a couple years ago when I was on a very strict diet, I still got spots but never cysts.
    Ellie, I don't really feel the pill really would do that much for me, but maybe I'm wrong and should give a different pill a go. Maybe the combination of pill and healthy eating will help.
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  6. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended   

    Yes I have. I was on dianette for over 6 months and it did help a bit (not that much). Also I'd like children so it's not a long term solution anyway. Did you not consider going on a second course of accutane?
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  7. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Puffy Eyes On Accutane   

    Sorry to hear that. I've been off tane now for a month. The eye fluid buildup is still there and my cystic acne is back. Devastated. I now look worse than before the course with the eye thing!
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  8. frenchie86 added a topic in General acne discussion   

    Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended
    So I was on accutane 40mg/day for six months for cystic acne (only have it on chin and around mouth). I didn't get a single spot during the whole course and didn't get an initial breakout!
    My dermatologist was adamant my acne wouldn't return as I responded so well. However, 3 weeks after stopping, I got my first cyst. I'm totally devastated and it crushed all my hopes. Accutane gave me so much confidence, improved my social life dramatically, not I feel it's back to the horrors of acne and social anxiety. My boyfriend of 4 months had never seen me with acne until now and I'm petrified he will leave or that my acne induced depression scares him off. What should I do? Any help or advice greatly appreciated.
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  9. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Puffy Eyes On Accutane   

    Thanks Kim, I have no signs of infection, no redness or gunk, just a bit dry.
    I will give the hot compresses a try x
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  10. frenchie86 added a topic in Prescription acne medications   

    Puffy Eyes On Accutane
    Hey guys
    I've been on tane for 6 months now (2 more to go!), taking 40mg per day.
    Ok so I've had the usual dryness and aches and pains but for the past month or so I've noticed something that's really annoying but not sure if it's related to accutane usage?
    Basically there's like fluid buildup around my eye (both eyes) which make my eyelids really puffy.
    It's unattractive and I'm worried this could be permanent. Has anyone experienced this?
    Thank you )
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  11. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Sore/red Eye On Accutane?   

    Thanks guys! )
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  12. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Sore/red Eye On Accutane?   

    Thank you so much for your reply and advice!
    I just hope I didn't get some sort of permanent dry eyes condition because of tane!
    I guess time will tell!
    Thanks again!

    Lizzie x
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  13. frenchie86 added a topic in Prescription acne medications   

    Sore/red Eye On Accutane?
    Hey guys so I've been on accutane 40mg for the past 5 months, I still have a couple months to go I think. So far unbelievable results and minor side effects (I'm lucky).
    However the side effects are annoying dry lips, nose, eyes but manageable until now.
    My eyes are so dry, I put drops in and avoid makeup but still. One eye in particular. My eyes sting and are bloodshot, not a great look!
    Anyone else experienced this and have tips at all?
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  14. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Roaccutane Advice Needed Please   

    I also get the painful red pustules, they are horrid aren't they? Gosh I hope this works and I never get one ever again!!!
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  15. frenchie86 added a post in a topic Dianette Diary   

    I've been on dianette 11 months, it helped my skin but not as much as I'd hoped, I am now starting Accutane. Scary!!!
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