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  1. Hey forum I've been on a treatment for 4 months which kinda worked, but I stopped because I wanted to try the regimen. A part of my old treatment was to exfoliate twice per day, however I just got really dry skin from doing it. I therefore asked my cosmetologist if this was supposed to happen and she said it was supposed to happen. So I continued but now I litterly have flakes of dead skin on top of my skin. It feels and looks awful and has completly taken all confidence from me. I'm pretty sure this is a result of over exfoliating, so I completly stopped doing that. I hope the dead skin will subside naturally (it has now been 4 weeks without exfoliating and it's stille there) but I'm not quite sure and would like to get rid of it! I am cleansing and moisturizing evry morning and noon. My cleanser and moisturizer is from Exuviance and are formulated with AHA (the cleanser) and PHA (the moisturizer) and I'm thinking about switching them out because they may cause more dry skin??? So do you know how I can get rid of it? Keep in mind that this is not just dry skin that you get from using BP, but flakes of dead skin cells covering my face... I've been looking at Glycolic Acid but I'm scared of exfoliting my skin after my past experiences. Please help -Chris
  2. Hello Beautiful People, today marks the day for a new upload on my Youtube channel. Please check on my face washing routine using Acne.org products. I have been using the regimen for 8 months, and I have achieved GREAT results. PLEASE subscribe to my channel to stay updated on future content. Feel free to Like, Share, and comment on the video. -Chaz Marie
  3. AmLactin 12% on face?

    So I can't really access the acne.org regimen, and I was wondering if I could replace their 10% aha cream with the 12% AmLactin(which I already own)? I have occasionally mixed it with a very neutral no-perfume basic body lotion and aloe gel and put it on my face, but I was wondering if anyone else have used it and how, or if it's very horrible for my skin.
  4. First a little background information · Girl, currently 19 years old · Started getting acne around 14 years old · Dry, sensitive skin + large pores (the most ironic combination) · Few big ones on my forehead or near my mouth / chin, never my cheek, often pretty deep with no head + ooze for a really long time · Doctor prescribed me clindoxyl(Benzoylperoxid/Clindamycin), did not do much but irritate my skin · Dermatologist who put me on lymeceline pills (two years ago), helped with the inflammation + my pimples went away faster + removed the ones in the lower area of my face near my mouth. · Still used the clindoxyl cream but was also described isotrex gel(isotretinoin) which only dried out my skin in a weird film like way · Sometimes skin would be almost clear other times it would be bad(I also a have pretty serious picking obsession) · Was advised to stop taking the pills in summer time = instantly bad(or worse) skin again + inflammation would stick for longer again Half a year ago I started little hard bumps around my jawline, hair line and neck that I couldn't/can't stop scratching and I've also gotten more dandruff(could be seborrheic dermatitis?). Some of the bumps are 'poppable'(they dont really 'pop' like they that, it's very much a pushing process) and the things inside them are very firm, sometimes like a grain, sometimes just like a hard string and I suspect that they are ingrown hairs, because i have found little hairs inside the the 'stuff' sometimes. My dermatologist said they were acne and I also get the little bumps on my shoulders. If I pick them until they bleed, they often form a weird scab / scar looking surface and they won't really properly go away. Sometimes I squeeze/pick them again and a very grain like/black head looking thing comes out(sometimes with a little hair)! Only then will they disappear completely. It's also often really easy to squeeze something out of the bumps(makes it even more addicting ). She then prescribed me Finacea(15% Azelaic acid) but that didn't help. The bumps have only gotten worse and more irritated and I don't know what to do. My keratosis pilaris has also gotten worse on my chest / neck / shoulder area, it's like literally every part of my skin is filled with poppable bump. My routine used to be/is: La Roche-Posay Effaclar H cleanser + Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant + La Roche Posay Effaclar H moisturizer I would also sometimes use pure acv directly on pimples to 'burn' them away because at least then it would form a scab instead of the constant oozing. I know it's a terrible method because of scarring, but the longer it would stay on my face, the more i would pick it and the scar would have become deeper. I have now switched the BHA liquid with the clindoxyl because i find that it's better to stop the oozing but it's still not getting completely rid of my acne. It has taken a huge toll on my confidence and especially the acne around my jawline / neck since it's hard to hide with make up. I already only wear long sleeved shirts because of a million scars and red scabs on my arms from picking my keratosis pilaris. I use Amlactin which helps and a tough scrubbing glove but the urge to pick doesn't help and the scarring is still too visible. I know physical exfoliating is a no-go but i have SO MUCH DEAD SKIN on my body, it's crazy. Especially on my back. Sometimes I even use my nails when I shower. I've just ordered mizon snail recovery gel in hope that it will help with the scarring. I'm seriously considering getting my facial hair lasered away because I suspect my hair follicles so much for causing all these bumps but it's so damn expensive. I also had red spot between my eye / nose / cheek area. There was a white part visible but it wasn't bumpy per se. I tried to squeeze it out but it was like the white part was too deep down. It would always end up with a messy scab and after it had healed, there was still a red spot with a white dot. Then finally yesterday I went at it one more time and out came an ingrown hair!!! I had been dealing with it for 6 damn months. It's like my body/skin hates me. Anyways, I'm really getting desperate and the fact that I have been on antibiotics for two years straight scares me a bit(a lot). tl;dr - acne + keratosis pilaris + sebhorric dermatisis(maybe) on forehead, jawline, neck, shoulders, lots of small firm bumps with no head but with stuff inside - dry senstive skin with large pores - have tried: clindoxyl, isotrex, finacea, pc bha liquid, amlactin(aha), hydrocortisone cream - been on tetracyclin for 2-3 years - i drink 2-3 litres of tea a day(no sugar or milk) - nearly dont eat any dairy(a little cheesy maybe twice or thrice a week, no milk), tried no gluten(didn't help) tried drinking water mixed with two tbs acv a day(didn't help) - considering laser hair removal, otherwise pretty desperate - somewhat irregular period(interval is anything between 20-40 days), could be hormonal problems? I have attached a link to a picture of my forehead, jawline and back just in case. http://imgur.com/a/6yo9w Any advice is appreciated so incredibly much! I'm so sick of my skin preventing me from being happy and living my life and spending money on it. Also im sorry for any grammar mistakes.
  5. Should I use AHA?

    I've been using the acne.org regimen for 6 months now and I've seen really great improvements! I haven't had a pimple in a really long time! I'm really happy with the results but I still have some hyper pigmentation, i think that's what it's called, and some scarring as well. I've heard that AHA helps with that but I'm not sure if I want to use it if it won't really help with the scarring that is left from my acne. Is it supposed to help with scarring? Or just to help the appearance of your skin?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Month 5

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  9. Month 5

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  10. Month 5

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  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. First 4 months

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  16. 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!
  17. Month 4

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  18. Month 4

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  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. ***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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Week 6

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    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.