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  1. RESTARTING REGIMEN (HELP!!)

    Okay so a while ago I posted about having flaky skin and it has NOT went away. It only improved a little bit. The actual reason for this post is that I am thinking of restarting the regimen! I am STILL breaking out and it is my 4.5 month using it! I did start with a lot but it was because a pea size just wasn't enough to cover my whole face. I have tried switching moisturizers so the flakyness could stop, but it has not. So, I have a goal of no flakes and almost clear skin before July! I want to stop using it for a week (Or maybe even recommend less/more time?? or to just use it once a day??) and that week has to be after the 13th of May! Do any of you think I will achieve being clear and having no flakes by July? Should I keep going? Should I just stop using it once a day for a couple of days before I stop using it? MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PRODUCTS (including AHA) Cleanser - It is SO COMPLICATED to make it lather up so I end up touching my face with my bare hands with the little amount of lathered up cleanser. - Makes my face DRY. Benzoyl Peroxide - It is so complicated to measure it, but I do use 4ml (as compared to 3 pumps) -IDK if it works or not. -Only helps have a few pimples, but not be completely clear. Moisturizer - SO ANNOYING - Makes my face red for some reason -Does not help controlling face oil - STINGS when putting on AHA - Made my face tight when using it daily at night with half moisturizer (I could not even speak properly!) - Makes skin more flaky - I drink lots of water. - I have cutout dairy.
  2. Turning point - no filter selfie

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    I took at no filter selfie at work today in horrible bathroom lighting to commemorate the moment I looked it the mirror and wasn't disgusted with what I saw. So glad, in this moment, to have started my journey.
  3. Month 5

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  4. Month 5

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  5. Month 5

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  6. Turning Point

    So, in the past two weeks I've and two really defining moments for my skin. One happened late last week at work. A coworker came up and asked what I was doing to my skin because it looked so much better. Needless to say this meant a ton to me. Especially as I knew it wasn't empty as it was unprompted and from someone I'm not close with. I considered this a win. And then there was today, also at work. I went to the bathroom and as I was washing my hands I actually LOOKED in the mirror. I always, always avoid looking at my skin the mirror when I'm not at home. The harsh florescent lights never do me any good so I just don't. But today I did. And then I looked closer. I got right up in there. And I was PLEASED with what I saw. I was happy. I wasn't disgusted or immediately forced to look away. I even took a selfie. No filter, nothing. Because if I can like how I look in horrible lighting, this is a day I need to remember. I am still on a journey. I still want to have my pitted scars dealt with, at least so I can look good whenever I manage to have a wedding (ha). But I am so glad with the progress I've made and I am so glad I've started this journey. Don't let past failure with your skin get you down. Keep trying things. Learn what your skin will and will not tolerate. Don't submit yourself to just avoiding it forever. But most of all, don't let it consume you. No one sees your faults as much as you do. Take care of yourself and love yourself and the rest will follow.
  7. Hi everyone!! I am currently working on helping my acne scars and hyper pigmentation. I do have a breakout every once in a while but my routine I have created has really helped. I have cut out a lot of dairy, drink almost a gallon of water a day, and eat a lot more healthier. Although I am currently not on the acne.org regimen, as I have found it after my routine, I did just order the AHA + glycolic acid. Heres what my routine looks like - morning: wash my face with my clinique redness solutions cleanser and tone with half ACV half water solution I made. MY derma recently told me I don't need to use moisturizer so sometimes I will use organic rosehip oil. at night - after I take all my makeup off I will cleanse my face again and tone again. On different nights I use different products. I recently started using Peter Thomas Roth vitamin C sleeping mask and it is AMAZING!! I absolutely love it. I also use the tretonin cream before i put that on. That is what a normal day is for me without any masks or if i don't use my banisher. So heres what I do extra - 1 possibly two nights a week I will do an indian healing clay mask mixed with ACV. After that I would just put on my organic rosehip oil. 2-3 times a week I use Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask with is also amazing and smells like pumpkin pie! after that, I just put on my oil, or my vitamin C serum and sleep. 2-3 times a week (usually 2 so i don't experience skin trauma) I use my banisher from banish acne scars. This has been helping, but I am really looking to bump up this process and make sure I am being safe to my skin. When I receive my AHA + from acne.org, I plan to mix it half and half with moisturizer and only use it on nights I don't use my banisher because you are not supposed to exfoliate. NOW HERE IS MY REAL QUESTION AFTER THAT RAMBLE.... If i purchase the glycolic acid face cleanser, is it safe to use every day? Or should I use it once at night instead or morning and night or what?! Any feedback and suggestions would be helping y'all
  8. Start of week 4 and my skin is still very red after applying bp, and I am still breaking out about 8 pimples every single day.. when can I start using aha I want to clear up my acne scars
  9. Hi there, I'm looking for clarification when it comes to clearing my dark spots. I bought the acne.org treatment (cleanser, BP treatment, moisturizer and AHA). I don't currently have any active acne other than little bumps that showed up as you see in the pictures below while using the BP. All of the dark spots that I currently have on my face, chest and back are due to excessive picking. (Although I know I shouldn't, it's due to anxiety that I pick at the pimples I would get). What I'd like to know, do I have to use the benzoyl peroxide when only looking to fade dark marks? I was thinking of only applying the AHA every other night on my face/neck and nightly on my chest. I pray for clear skin again!
  10. First 4 months

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  11. Month 4 - Stagnation?

    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!
  12. Month 4

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  13. Month 4

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  14. I currently have Paula's Choice BHA 2%, Paula's Choice AHA 5% and a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%. The comedones are mainly on my cheeks where one has inflamed and become a nasty pimple. What product or combination of products should I use to get rid of the comedones asap? I'm not really after the long term because I'm pretty sure they're only there because that's the side of my face I always sleep on hence why they are only on one cheek (have been changing pillowcases every 3 days as a result). Currently have the BP sitting on my face as a spot treatment for the comdones and the one nasty pimple. It stings a little bit but it's only my first day using it. Mainly I'm just after assurance that I'm on the right track here to get rid of them because they're really starting to bother me and all I really need is assurance it will get better.
  15. Hi, I have been on the regimen for almost three months. My skin is slowly improving, but it's definitely not clear yet. While I am aware that my skin will continue to be dry until it adjusts, it's a bit frustrating. I use Jojoba oil in my moisturizer at night, but not in the mornings. While it's helped the dryness, it's still hard to deal with and prevents me from wearing makeup. Would the next step be to add in the AHA+? I own a bottle of it but have not used it yet because I am very busy and am afraid of dealing with the irritation/itchiness that may occur during initial use. Would it help the dryness go away? Also, if I do start using it, what is a good way to slowly incorporate it into my routine? I appreciate any help. Thanks
  16. ***Update: I did the TCA cross (100%) on the 1st of February. All of the scabs are now off. It seems the best results are from the spots that the scabs remained on the longest. Three of them stayed on until the past couple of days, and they are almost level with the rest of my face already. I have some improvement with some of the others, some not so much. I am going to Cross again mid-March. I had quite a bit of redness in the scars when the scabs came off, but they have faded rather well. Is there a way to keep the scabs from coming off early? I would like them to stay on as long as possible. I wonder if I should wear bandages at night when I go to bed to keep them from rubbing on the pillow, and to keep me from scratching in my sleep (if I was). I am going to take "before" pictures before my next Cross. I am insecure about my face, obviously, but I will take pics through the next session and post them here. *** ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After much research, I have come up with nothing. Perhaps I am just not looking in the right place! I did a TCA Cross 6 days ago, and I am wondering, after all of the scabs have come off, how soon can I go back to using my Mandelic Acid Cleanser and Toner? Thanks!
  17. Hey Ladies- Mirena And Acne?

    aloha all Alright, so I know I'm only 23, but I feel like this issue might be more applicable to the "adult" population. More specifically, adult women. I had very mild, but extremely persistent acne that started when i was 18. A year later, a derm finally put me on accutane (highest dose was 40mg). It went great and my skin responded fabulously. Fast forward to 5 months ago. I decided to get the IUD mirena. It's got very low hormones (that i needed for my horrible periods) which are slowly released. According to my doctor, these hormones are released into the uterus, and do not enter the blood stream. A month after having it inserted, I started breaking out like crazy. I couldn't keep it under control. As a full time grad student, I didn't even want to go to class. I contemplated getting it removed, but other than what it's doing to my skin, I love it! I went to my derm and he agreed that he thought it was the mirena causing my acne. It's funny how doctors constantly disagree about the cause of acne! Anyways, have any of you ladies out there experienced this? If so, what did you do? No one i've met with the IUD has had any issues with it. I'm on a second round of accutane at the moment, and it's working great as it did the first time. I'm just scared as soon as i go off of it, the acne will come back because I still have the mirena. BEING A WOMAN CAN BE SO FRUSTRATING! mahalo for reading! have a great day
  18. Still can't decide whether I like the AHA lotion or not! It does a great job at clearing all the dry skin & flaking, but whenever I use it, my face turn bright red the next day, and whenever i do even the lightest scratch on my face (I tend to scratch in my sleep sometimes) my skin starts pouring out this clear liquid which eventually forms a yellowish crust on my skin!!!! I want to continue using this because it gets rid of soooo much of the dry skin & flakes, but it irritates my skin so much leaving it bright red and sometimes crust!! I NEVER just use the AHA alone, I use a tiny amount on each part of my face with a lot more moisturizer. Not even 1/2 AHA 1/2 Moisturizer. Probably like 1/4 AHA and 3/4 moisturizer! And, I'm already approaching my 4th month on the regimen!! (in 6 days it'll officially be 4 months) I've also reduced my BP to a finger's length only at night, once a day beccause my skin started getting red as well because of the BP and the drying never stops!!! (unless i use AHA but then again i get redder and the cycle continues) . Current status and experience with the regimen: Approaching my fourth month, and I've been experiencing a LOT of redness because of the BP. Some days will be redder some days it will be alright, so I reduced the BP for this month to once a day but a full fingers length. The first 3 months were the expected dryness, redness, etc. and my skin cleared up SIGNIFICANTLY. A LOT of my red scars and the normal brown ones have gone away, and i rarely breakout. Maybe a pimple or two every so often, but I was so happy, but still dry. Recently, my face has gotten SO dry and SO irritated, so i lessened my BP to once a day. I rarely go out of the house so I'm never really exposed to sunlight (I'm waiting for school to start again), and I never wear makeup unless I go out, which is like less than 5 times a month, and when Ido wear make up, its just powder with SPF. PRODUCTS I USE: ACNE ORG REGIMEN - cleanser, BP, AHA, jojoba oil CETAPHIL Moisturizer ROUTINE: Morning: Cleanser, moisturize + 8 drop of jojoba oil (If I'm extra dry, i put on a second layer of moisturizer and jojoba oil) Night: Cleanser, 1 finger's length of BP, moisturizer + jojoba oil Every few days (or once a week depending how flaky I am), I use the AHA with the moisturizer after the BP. My ratio is not 1/2 moisturizer, 1/2 AHA. Probably like 1/4 AHA 3/4 moisturizer ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED. PLEASE.
  19. Week 6

    From the album AHA & Retinol

    Definitely noticing some tone changes and some minor differences in my pitted and rolling scars. It's been a rough couple weeks with stress and lack of sleep and hormones and bad habits, but I'm skill coming out on top with my skin, I think.
  20. Week 6

    From the album AHA & Retinol

    Definitely noticing some tone changes and some minor differences in my pitted and rolling scars. It's been a rough couple weeks with stress and lack of sleep and hormones and bad habits, but I'm skill coming out on top with my skin, I think.
  21. Week 6

    From the album AHA & Retinol

    Definitely noticing some tone changes and some minor differences in my pitted and rolling scars. It's been a rough couple weeks with stress and lack of sleep and hormones and bad habits, but I'm skill coming out on top with my skin, I think.
  22. Hormonal Influx - Weeks 5 & 6

    I decided to wait 2 weeks to update again so I could really get a good feel for what was going on. I feel like the biggest enemy in anything like this, whether it be skin or losing wait or any other goal, is looking too closely at the results and judging them harshly. So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a step back. Let me start by saying that these have not been ideal skin conditions for anyone lately. I've been endlessly stressed and exhausted. The air is so dry and the heat isn't helping with that. And I'm off my birth control to get my period. Talk about a triple threat. So what have I noticed? The skin around my nose is coming off pretty dramatically and no amount of exfoliant or moisturizer seems to be helping with that. The cyst like zits that cropped around the end of week 4/beginning of week 5 on my jaw stayed for a longer time than I would have liked. They're now hanging out as raised left overs. They'll take some time to go away, but they're not true scars. But, even with the stress on top of stress mixed with terrible sleeping patterns and a couple nights of drinking alcohol (I've severely reduced this activity as well), I haven't had all hell break loose on my face. And usually is absolutely would. By now I'd look like a new mountain range was staking claim to my face. Which is amazing! I also feel like my skin tone has really improved lately and there's been some minor change in the depth of my pitted and rolling scars. I think the increased AHA was definitely a good call. After 2 more weeks I'm going to add in another day or so of the Retinol as well and see how that treats me! I can't quite say I'm thrilled with what I see when I look in the mirror or see pictures of myself. But I'm certainly making progress.
  23. Hi, does the regimen help with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation? Because i'm starting the regimen next week so i was wondering if it could help. I also got the AHA lotion but i'm gonna use it after a month.
  24. Week 4

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    One month has gone by and I'm seeing some progress here and there! I'm changing my regimen slightly, as mentioned in my blog, and hope to see continuing success and good results.
  25. Week 4

    From the album AHA & Retinol

    One month has gone by and I'm seeing some progress here and there! I'm changing my regimen slightly, as mentioned in my blog, and hope to see continuing success and good results.