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  1. DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF
  2. I felt that I needed to share my story as a year ago it was me searching acne.org looking for a possible cure, feeling my lowest self esteem I have ever felt, feeling like everyone can see my acne even though I wear make up and feeling like my boyfriend cannot fancy me looking like this. I was willing to give anything ago now as my usual benzoyl peroxide was not working anymore, I went to my doctor who prescribed me epiduo (0.1% adapalene/benzoyl peroxide 2.5%) and started me on the contraceptive pill Diane, I chose Brenda the generic as it was a third of the price. I was sceptical about whether this would work for me as I had previously tried Yasmin in the past. I made a promise to myself that I would stick with the regime for 6 months at least no matter how much I wanted I quit and believe me I did! So in the first few weeks to a month of putting a pea sized amount of epiduo on a clean face every night my skin became very tender, dry, red and chapped I had been using cetaphil derma control moisturiser which made a stinging sensation and did not keep my skin moisturised, I later switched to neutrogina water gel and this stuff is amazing. During the first few weeks I went through the dreaded purging stage, I felt like giving up but I am so glad I stuck with it, in 6 months it was a vast improvement and a year later I have clear skin with the odd pimple now and again. To get my skin super clear and soft I do a turmeric honey and yoghurt home made face mask twice a week, apple cider vinegar mixed with water as a cleanser and neautrogena naturals skin cleanser to wash my face morning and night. I hope this helps someone! I know what it feels like for acne to make you feel worthless but there is something out there that work for you! If you have any questions about my regime please ask below
  3. What is the suggested dosage for over the counter L-lysine to help keep acne under control ? What is the suggested dosage for Vitamin E taken orally to help control acne ? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks !
  4. So here is my story. I've been battling acne since the age of 18. Initially my acne was not too bad, i had few breakouts on my forehead, but still it made me feel very uncormfortable.I went to see a dermatologist and he prescribed tetraysal antibiotic for almost 2 years, which has helped me a lot. No blemishes at all while taking it. I stopped taking it and my acne was under control until i got married at 22. since then my acne has changed. i started having small cycts on my chin. I' ve used a number of harsh anti acne lotions; clean and clear, murad, ZO skin name it. it helped me only for a bit. no success with cycts. i gave birth in 2015 and after that my acne went crazy. i started having cysts on my cheeks!!!!! my cheeks used to be so beautiful and now they are covered by pimples and scars from them. So i've tried everything; dairy free diet, candida diet, gluten free diet, sugar free diet. nothing helped. i've tried doing accupunture, regular sports, drinking lots of water- nothing. i even went to see a naturopath and paid lots of money to get supplements and vitamins against acne. It does help but only a little bit, my acne is not under control. it gets worse when i ovulate and when i menstruate. I am so against taking accutane, but sometimes i think it is the only option that i have... i feel desperate and ugly. my skin looks horrible. i lost confidence and i feel so sad all the time. i try to approach my problem by using natural and chemical free products, eating organic food... but it does not help. i am so depressed i don't know what to do
  5. I started taking a high quality omega 3 supplement (all epa/dha and high levels of it). A couple days later I added a hair, nails and skin supplement (contains A, E, B, D, zinc). Within a week my existing acne really healed up and I didn't get any new acne. I wish I'd known about this decades ago (I'm in my early 30s and have been dealing with this my whole life). Regarding which supplement did the trick, I had used omega 3 for about a year without knowing about the acne benefits. During that time, my acne cleared up, though I didn't realize the omega 3 had anything to do with it. I just figured my acne had finally cleared up because of my age. After I stopped taking omega 3 for a few months my acne came back with a vengeance. For the past few months I've been dealing with continuous breakouts and didn't realize omega 3 had anything to do with it until I realized that acne is inflammation. So I started taking it again, and then a couple days in learned about A, E, B, D, Zinc, so added a hair, nails and skin supplement and then it started clearing up really quickly. I just want to say that vitamins clearly play a big role at least for some acne sufferers. Also, regarding omega 3 supplements, make sure you're getting at least around 1000mg of dha/epa and make sure the supplement doesn't include any omega 6 since most Americans get too much of that. Also, disclaimer so no one sues me, be sure to consult with your your doctor before taking supplements.
  6. Well, I think I've found it... I think it's finally over! it's been about 2 months, and *no new breakouts*. Absolutely none. I'm... shocked! After all this time, I think I finally found the acne cause and solution, for me. Two months ago, I started taking vitamin D supplements, about 1000IU per day. Nothing else changed: work has been no more or less stressful, my diet hasn't changed, nothing significant in personal life. I just noticed that my skin is always better after getting a little bit of sunshine, so decided to try taking vitamin D... and, voila! My skin has *never* looked better... It actually looks kind of pretty! It's hard to believe it could be so simple, yet it kind of makes sense: I never had acne until moving from Arizona to Seattle, and, it always got worse in the winter. The only other time I had acne in my life was while still living in Arizona, I tried a brief stint of eating a very, very low-fat diet (yes, I was young and foolish), and wearing sunscreen religiously; perhaps since vitamin D is fat-soluble, and I was avoiding the sun, I was just unable to synthesize or absorb it. And, sure enough, once I abandoned the low-fat foolishness, the acne disappeared as well. Until I moved to Seattle, that is, when it returned with a vengeance. The only heavy-duty medications I tried were retin-A for a year, and orthotricyclen for four months. Both were ineffective, unfortunately: the retin-A had absolutely no effect (after a frickin year!!) and on orthotricyclen I still had reliably regular monthly breakouts, plus some in between. I tried eliminating various foods from the diet: chocolate, dairy, peanuts, and citrus, all to no effect. Also, I absolutely don't eat processed foods, and very little sugar; mostly whole foods, lots of veggies, low sugar, lots of fish oils, only grass-fed organic meat when I do eat meat, blah, blah, blah, etc etc, all the usual recommendations. I got extremely sick of claims that acne is punishment for dietary transgressions -- I *don't* eat crap, at all, yet still had acne. Anyway! All this is to say that after 3 years of trial and error, I've been pretty much stumped! Until now... taking vitamin D. It's very weird. It's possible that this one simple thing, vitamin D deficiency, has been the problem the entire time. Wow. It's been about 2 months, so I'm hoping this keeps up. If anything changes, I'll let you guys know, but... so far, so good! If anyone is still trying the litany of various dietary/medical/vitamin tricks, well, don't forget to give this one a try. Not the cause for everybody, I'm sure, but if there are any others out there like me, maybe this will help!
  7. Dessert Recipes and Ideas

    Since our new moderators unpinned it. We didn't seem to have one of these threads so I'm starting one for the resource. Here's a fancy looking one from Martha Stewart. Very pretty and elegant if you arrange the slices back into pear shape. Granola-Almond Pear Crunch Ingredients Serves 1 * 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice * 1 ripe Bartlett pear (red or regular), cored and sliced lengthwise into 8 wedges * 2 tablespoons almond butter (or melted dark chocolate) * 1/4 cup granola (or better yet, make your own mixture of nuts or oatmeal and spices.) Directions 1. Spread one side of each wide bottom of pear wedge with almond butter. Place granola in a bowl and nestle pears, almond-butter-side down, in the granola. I notice they neglected to tell you what to do with the lemon juice, but it's usually sprinkled on fruit to prevent the fruit from turning brown due to the anti-oxidant activity of the vitamin C. Picture
  8. Hi all, I know people are posting with amazing cures all the time so I don't want to say that this is going to 'cure' everyone's acne and it is 'the' treatment for everyone. However, I do want to share my results b/c they've been a shock to me. Just for a short background, I've had acne for 10 years tried everything. The only thing that ever worked was Diane 35. However, I react badly to bc pills so I had to quit and my acne came back worse than ever afterwards. I was almost at the point of doing another treatment of accutane when I read somewhere that evening primrose oil can regulate hormones and help with acne. I thought, well since I know that my accutane is related to hormones, I should try this....knowing that I've tried a million supplements before that were supposed to "cure" acne. So three weeks ago I started taking 500mg of evening primrose oil with 15 IU's of vitamin E every day. (I also take a multivitamin and Vitamin A everyday). I figured it's probably not going to work so I start scheduling my appointments to get myself accutane. Three weeks later and I can't believe it. My skin is clearing. Right now I only have 2 active pimples. The rest of my face is clearing (no active acne, just scars slowly fading). I can't believe this. I've tried everything and this thing I decided to just throw in for kicks is actually working. I don't know that this is going to work for everyone since I know my acne is hormone related, but if your acne is related to hormones i would suggest adding this to your supplements. It's great b/c you don't have to change your regiment at all. Good luck to anyone else who tries evening primrose oil.
  9. I hope I can be of help to all the acne sufferers reading this post right now. I have been an acne sufferer for the past 14 years. I could remember those darn pimples swelling on my face especially when my period comes along. Years have gone by, and I have noticed that my face had gotten worse. From mild to moderate pimples, I started to have moderate to severe acne I believe. I was even scared to look in the mirror just to see those ugly, big red bumps all over my face. After one bump or another disappears, 3 to 8 big, ugly bumps appear. I had big, ugly scars that I wanted to hide from the world. I have gotten tired of hiding from people especially my friends. Fortunately, they have been very understanding of my condition. I have not tried everything, yet I have tried sorts of soaps, exfoliants, creams, washing my face regularly, changing my diet, and hoping on green tea, sweet potatoes, and vitamins. I have tried Benzoyl Peroxide when I was in college. It helped to fade a lot of my acne yet leaving behind ugly scars. Ever since I got tired of using it, I noticed that my acne became worse to the point that I was not leaving home for almost a year because acne almost covered my entire face. I know the feeling of having that low self-esteem that my mother had even saw me crying to death because of this dreaded disease. After that year, I started to work in one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines when my acne started to clear a little while. My cousin there suggested that I use Golden Horse cream. It made my face became almost clear after an episode of horrible acne when first using the product. However, my face didn't clear up that much. However, acne still returns with a deep vengeance. When I got back to school again to pursue another course, stress swelled up and my acne worsen. I used creams to battle the acne off but to no avail. I just don't understand why my acne won't just stop. I know I just can't control my diet that I was even having a junk food for breakfast. When I realized that I was really having this gruesome difficulty, I started controlling my diet as I have learned from the Internet. I tried to eat sweet potatoes and green tea while avoiding sugars and processed foods (such as colas, junk food, bread, rice, pasta, etc.) for almost 2 months. I even almost overdosed myself with expensive vitamins. I lost weight and my acne was controlled, yet my acne still return over a short period of time after I started to break my diet. The worse thing was in every small pimple growing on my face, expect that it will grow to a horrible, big bump and would disappear in a matter of weeks or more than a month (or even months!) and more big bumps will grow before the old ones disappear. I was very desperate in searching for a solution. I searched websites to help me with this terrible problem that almost ruined my life. Finally, I have stumbled through an article in the Internet claiming that ginger tea works wonders. It made the author cure his severe acne and he was drinking 3 cups per day. Why not give it a try? So I continued to control my diet and started doses of ginger tea of 2 cups per day. Fortunately, I did see wonders. What I have done was this. I started to use lukewarm or even hot water to wash my face twice a day (can be very antibacterial as my sources have suggested) for I was only washing my face with cold water. From what I have learned in the Internet, a mild soap (I have been using guava soap. It had glycerin, olive oil, and guava extract in it. Very mild.) can be very helpful in reducing the inflammation caused by acne. I drank 2 cups of ginger tea per day, commonly for breakfast and before going to bed. As for the acne and small bumps that were still remaining, I have used zinc oxide plus calamine ointment after washing my face. I'm not rich, you know. I have to find means that are not costly. For a month, I noticed that my acne had been disappearing. I noticed almost unnoticeable very small pimples (slightly red) not growing to very big bumps that can be too pronounced on my face. I put some ointment on them everyday and they disappear quickly. The miracle here was my acne doesn't respond to any ointment I put on my face. The bumps took a matter of weeks or even a month before disappearing. And now, if I apply this ointment on my face after every wash on even a big, red bump, it disappears in 2 days or utmost, 5 days. At least I have found some miracle in here! Maybe I can attribute this to ginger tea as researches claim that this tea is anti-inflammatory. I have been taking doses of green tea and eating sweet potatoes for 2 months while having my diet controlled. I have lost only my weight but the acne still continued after breaking my diet. I started ginger tea with my diet controlled and it had worked some wonders. When I started to get back eating processed foods and all those nasty stuff that can contribute to acne but still drinking ginger tea, it really is a miracle that my face is still 96% clear up to now. MY FACE HAD NEVER BEEN THIS CLEAR. Now, I am drinking ginger tea once a day only at breakfast. My only problem now is that there are still acne scars left on my face. Maybe I can find a natural way to remove these in the future. Maybe those who have read this post should try. There's nothing to lose in trying. I hope I can be of help to all those battling with terrible acne.
  10. i am a 41 yr old male and over the last few years have gotten a number sebaceous hyperplasia on the face. I have tried the following with results: -topical retin-a micro (tretinoin gel) 40% decrease in size of papule -topical tazorac 50% decrease " -topical epionce lite lytic lotion 50% decrease " -topical cp serum 10% decrease " -topical cellex-c 5% decreases " -benzoyl peroxide 20% decrease " -light electrocaughtery-not recommeded since approximately 1 out of 4 result in a noticable hole in skin due to unpredictable results. -levulan-decreases papules 75%-100% but result is temporary.lasts couple months.not worth the money and time you spend red and peeling to get final result. -fraxel-reduces papules by 60% but result is temporary not worth money spent -oral isotretinoin aka Accutane at 10mg per day 99%-100% decrease in papule within 14 days**this is the best solution i have found** switch to 10mg once every 2- 3 days. the only frustration is getting a dermatolgists to prescribe isotretinoin. none will suggest isotretinoin unless you ask and beg for it. this is due to the big scare with accutane and risk of suicide. the new mandate in the u.s. by the fda and ipledge does not allow a dermatologist to write a isotretinoin prescription for sebaceous hyperplasia. it is not a covered prescription on health insurance for sebaceous hyperplasia either. my dermatologist told me isotretinoin works great and nothing works better, and that no topical lotion will resolve sebaceous hyperplasia. but he was bound by the rules of ipledge. i had to persuade my derm docter to agree to give me a prescription, then go over the internet and order it myself from a canadian pharmacy. thus paying for it out of my own pocket. isotretinoin miraculously relieved me of sebaceous hyperplasia completely within 14 days. you are supposed to limit your alcohol intake to little or nothing per day due to the taxing affect alcohol has on your liver and the potential toxic vitamin a affect in isotretinoin. i have not been able to find any studies that indicate any negative affects of low dosage 10mg per day of isotretinoin. although with equal success, i changed to 10mg once every 3 days, after the first 2 weeks of daily dosage. i know with higher dosages for severe acne such as 80mg to 150 mg per day can pose some additional risks. in any case no matter what dose, it is suggested to get liver function tests periodically to check if your triglycerides are at the proper level.
  11. Hello all. I've been lurking around here for some time, occasionally posting where I could be of help. My acne has always been moderate, but bad enough that it affected my mood and I wanted it gone. Nothing I tried worked really well (I want to be 95% + clear) until pretty recently. Here's what I changed: 1) Started on a liver, kidney and blood cleansing tea 2)Started taking non-dairy probiotic These 2 things have had phenomenal results. But first, the details: 1) For the tea, I researched an extensive list of herbs. I buy: red clover flowers, burdock root, yellow dock root, dang quai root, milk thistle seed, cleavers, schisandra berries, echinacea, and dandelion root. I won't go into specifics but everything's in there for a reason. I grind the milk thistle and put a little bit of everything into a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Things that are more expensive I use less of. I drink this and then simmer and drink again, 2-4 times. 2) My Probiotic It has 4 billion cells per capsule, with 6 strains of bacteria. Rather than taking 4 at once, I take 1 between meals, 3-4 times a day. That's it. Costs me 1-2 dollars a day, if that. I highly recommend anyone explore these options before giving up. I almost did. My diet, cleansing and supplement regimen remain unchanged for 4 months of so so I don't think they've played a part, but here they are anyway: 1) Diet is pretty starving-student simple. I live on eggs, quinoa, soba, miso and veggies. 2) Supplements include fish and hemp seed oils, vitamin C ascorbate, grape seed extract, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. I take these not for my skin but for general health. 3) My cleanser is the best in the world. My cleanser I start with that and add a strong infusion of green tea, camomile, rooibos and honeybush. Then I add grape seed extract and matcha green tea powder. I am so happy it is beyong words. I've blown hundreds of dollars but it's all worth it now. Hope this helps some people and spread the word, liver and bowel health equals clear skin. (PS to al the skeptics like Ben, what of the studies that say silymarin, the main beneficial compound of milk thistle can treat chronic inflammatory skin conditions when taken INTERNALLY? Don't have references now but will modify post with them later.)
  12. I was reading about magnesium deficiency and its causes. Some of them are eerily similar to some of the diet related causes of acne. Even stress can cause a magnesium deficiency. Has there ever been any studies on a possible link between the two? Here's the article I was reading about magnesium deficiency: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/need-more/
  13. I was feeling so good because my skin hadn't been breaking out for like two weeks. I went to a carnival and walked around feeling normal...the next day I had 5new spots, the kind I usually get from dairy. The foods I had that I suspect were Eggplant( baked not fried, no cheese) Funnel cake with caramel sauce(deep fried) Gummi vitamins for hair and nails, the reason I suspect them is because I'd run out and haven't had them in a whole, once I got them again it correlated to the time I broke out. So disappointed
  14. Acne Routine

    Hello! Brief introduction, I'm 17 this year and i'm Asian. I live in a humid country. My acne main concerns are on my cheeks as they are everywhere on my cheeks and get dry in the night but oily under the sun/will turn red. I have a few acne on my jawline too.Daily routineMorning:Slather my face with Raw Honey (Really Raw Honey brand) for at least 30minutes to an hour ; sometimes when i'm lazy or in a rush, i use Cetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserWash it off and apply toner (I use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, dilute 50-50 with water)Spray water mist (Miracle Bio Water from Bio-Essence)EveningHoney or Cetaphil, depending whether I'm lazyTonerWater MistI'm also taking Vitamin A (From Fish Liver Oil) 10,000 IU and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU daily before I sleep to help my acne. I'm not sure if there are any improvements as it's only been a week since taking them. I have just ordered Zinc Picolinate 50mg and Aztec Indian Secret Healing Clay and will give them a review once I tried it out.I have dry/oily acne prone skin, and I'm finding a suitable moisturizer for my face to use at night. I am currently not using any sunscreen as well in the morning because I don't know any good products for my face, in fear to break out. I wanna try using coconut oil as a moisturiser but I'm scared I'll break out... Any recommendations or suggestions?
  15. Morning... I forgot to take my Manuka honey this morning wahhhh! But I woke up super late! I was so tired after swimming. supplements: 3 PCOS diva, 0.50mL vitamin d, 2 probiotics, 2 spiru blue, 1 krill oil, 1 ashwagandha, 1 tulsi holy basil and 1 liver kidney. I haven't taken glutathione in 2 days and I didn't take my coq10 today. Just experimenting. I oil oil pulled, drank a mug of warm water with ginger and apple cider vinegar and a dollop of coconut oil & dash of salt sole. i feel off so I had my last cup of bone broth. I brought tons of snacks to work and tons of water. tonights supplements after dinner: 1 ashwagandha, 1 probiotic, 2 spiru blue, 1 krill oil and I got my new dr mercola supplements magnesium and a separate calcium supplement. I took one of each of those. after not washing my face with tap water for a good three or four months now, tonight I finally washed my face. Usually I would just put acv on it with a cotton ball and then hemp seed oil but I am going to see how I react. I used to wash my face with no issues (pre hormone phase) and I do believe everything is coming from the inside out. My largest organ, my skin, is constantly purging itself. Sssssooooo today when I got home from a grueling day at work I put a half a capsule of probiotics mixed with a good dollop of Manuka honey and mixed it together. I slathered that all over my beautiful face and then about 2 hours later washed it off with Luke warm water. Then I put straight apple cider vinegar on my face followed by hemp seed oil. i am so tired it's almost 11pm and I'm just beat down over all.
  16. My Acne Routine!

    Hello! Brief introduction, I'm 17 this year and i'm Asian. I live in a humid country. My acne main concerns are on my cheeks as they are everywhere on my cheeks and get dry in the night but oily under the sun/will turn red. I have a few acne on my jawline too. Daily routine Morning: Slather my face with Raw Honey (Really Raw Honey brand) for at least 30minutes to an hour ; sometimes when i'm lazy or in a rush, i use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Wash it off and apply toner (I use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, dilute 50-50 with water) Spray water mist (Miracle Bio Water from Bio-Essence) Evening Honey or Cetaphil, depending whether I'm lazy Toner Water Mist I'm also taking Vitamin A (From Fish Liver Oil) 10,000 IU and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU daily before I sleep to help my acne. I'm not sure if there are any improvements as it's only been a week since taking them. I have just ordered Zinc Picolinate 50mg and Aztec Indian Secret Healing Clay and will give them a review once I tried it out. I have dry/oily acne prone skin, and I'm finding a suitable moisturizer for my face to use at night. I am currently not using any sunscreen as well in the morning because I don't know any good products for my face, in fear to break out. I wanna try using coconut oil as a moisturiser but I'm scared I'll break out... Any recommendations or suggestions?
  17. Hey y'all! I hope you are having a fabulous Thursday. Work has been crazy as hell this mornin'! When I post myfitnesspal screenshots I will include photos from the insanity that happened yesterday on the main street outside of our office. My co worker's car got side swiped by some dumb bitch! She is going through the motion right now, I'm telling you. The joke is if you want a new car, park your existing one on the street and walk away. HAH! I put on my same face mask when I get home (well at about 7:30pm) and let it dry overnight then massage hemp seed oil on my face in the morning. I took colloidal silver in my water last night! Finally. And I also had a cup of calendula flowers tea which was very soothing. I drink "cold" well, room tempature spearmint tea at work and lemon water. Supplements this morning after my huge breakfast: half a tablespoon of manuka honey...OH MY GOODNESS Y'ALL. I crave the taste of manuka honey. 2 probiotic, 1 krill, 2 spiru-blue, 1 COQ10, 1 glutathione, 3 PCOS diva, 0.50mL vitamin D, 1 chasteberry and 1 ashwagandha. I'm still rotating my herbal supplements so tomorrow will be saw palmetto and then back to tulsi holy basil on saturday. So...I have thought about switching up my diet. And I was thinking about carb cycling but then I realized! I deprived myself of carbohydrates for an extended period of time and my skin just got WORSE. High fat, low carb and little to no fruits was not good for me. So maybe I'm like Stefani, from Paleoforwomen.com who thrives off of carbohydrates. I'm not talking about pre packaged foods with high calories, high carbs and extra crap-- but carbs from fruits! Also! I saw an interesting youtube video that talked about healing your candida by EATING sugar-- again not pre-packaged crap aka death for your immune system, but fruits! Tonight's supplements will be 1 probiotic, 1 krill, 2 spiru-blue, 3 pcos diva, 1 ashwagandha and 1 evening primrose oil. (I will be taking one a night until next tuesday.) AND!!! STORY TIME!!! ***Note in advance: I have not nor will I ever use drugs intravenously*** Piercings! Oh my. I have had my belly button, both sides of my nose, my septum, my monroe, snakebites (1 on each side of my lower lip) and two piercings on each ear. All of which I pierced myself. I always used the same hollow needle. But, I would pierce my friends and let them borrow the same needle. Cleaned with a little hydrogen peroxide of course. UGH!!! I cringe at the thought now-- I used to put hydrogen peroxide on all of my piercings/wounds and it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it now. But the moral of the story, I was tested for hepatitis and the tests came back negative thank god. I've always been concerned like maybe because I pierced my face in 7 different places with a shared needle it could have gotten some grossness embedded in my face; but I only get acne on my forehead and chin and sides of my mouth --- which leads me to believe I have perioral dermatitis. Every single one of my health issues relates to hormones and stress levels, cortisol, adrenaline, testosterone, my adrenal glands, my liver ect.. I have been making a conscious effort to "de-stress" and remember to breathe and not jump the gun and get aggressive. xoxo
  18. Update

    Hi guys, Another day, another dollar. I'm currently at work on a Friday afternoon and thought hmmm I haven't updated my "blog" in a while. Obviously when we have a breakout, we jump onto google/acne.org in the hopes of finding an answer. I'm just going to paste my skincare routine from my prev blog entry & then add some notes. This is less boring then reading paragraphs. Just to update you though, my acne has now shifted from my cheeks (relieved not to have to deal with constant cysts) - to my forehead, but only localized on my right side - not sure if this is hormonal, seems to flare up around TOM. I always feel like forehead acne makes your face look yucky if you have ANNNYYY tips to get forehead acne under control please please please let me know. The struggle is so real right now................. AMacne.org cleanser - still use to remove make up NEW - Mario Badescu Enzymes cleanser - i'm still testing this out cannot commentACV toner - I now only use this PM NEW - Mario Badescu Special Cucumber gel or whatever it's called - Still testing but liking. Not sure i'd buy this again PIXI - Glow Tonic - RUN out but been using since my last post. I do like it!! Gonna repurchase nowww in fact - makes my skin glowy and evenCetaphil moisturiser - Too greasy dont use NEW - La Roche Posey Effaclar H Moisturizer/Simple with Zinc - La Roch is great for winter, it's now spring so it's a little too heavy. Hopefully the Simple worksSmashbox Light Primer....makeup etc - yup yup all the samePM - post make up removalacne.org cleanser NEW - Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser - Still testing, let you knowclearogen cleanser - Mmmmm sometimes. Quite drying, only use when i'm desperateACV tonerLa Roche Posey Effaclar Duo+Cetaphil with a drop of EPO - damn maybe I should still use EPO in my moisturizer it was the bomb.com NEW - La Roche Posey Effaclar H MoisturiserSpot treatments (sparingly)sudocrem (errrday) PTR sulfur cooling mask - sometimesCortizone (only for deep cysts) - mmm sometimesMasksDe La Cruz Sulfur - still useAztec Indian Secret with Braggs ACV (I add de la cruz sometimes) - lifesaver but I should use moreSupplements Zinc - 100-200mg per weekEvening Primrose Oil/Starflower oilNow Foods Female Balance - THIS i think has shifted my acne from jawline to forehead. Not sure how i feel about this! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know if you have any experience on the above products, and let me know what you think. I really want to engage and share tips. I'd say I was 80% clear compared to my acne at it's worse (while on Yasmin ARGHHH) but this forehead thing is distressing. Bye for now
  19. Magnesium Supplement?

    What are your thoughts on supplementing magnesium? Any success or improvements? Which form/brands do you prefer? I heard magnesium glycinate is the most gentle form o f magnesium. What are your thoughts or suggestions? And how much do you take? Do you take any other supplements with it? Notice any bowel differences or differences in sleep pattern? Thank you very much!
  20. Seriously what is going on.. I had crystal clear skin growing up and now I started getting breakouts last fall/winter. I turned 21 last month. Is it hormonal? It started out as whiteheads/clogged pores next to my nose/cheek. Only on the right side of my face. But a few popped up on the other side. Now it's the chin area too which I 've never gotten before. I change my pillowcases, clean my phone, and I have a good skin care routine. I got a facial and extractions last month and my skin was pretty good after that. Then boom, started getting crappy again in those areas. And I'm wondering if my job has anything to do with it cause it's a daycare/preschool and I know there are germs there. I wash my hands constantly and I never touch my face. I started working there in August and got crummy skin in October/November mostly. I get red hot cheek randomly too but I've had that for years. I just got my period so I know that had something to do with it. Can anyone help?! Should I get checked for hormonal imbalances? I'm taking a multivitamin along with vitamin E, C, Zinc, and sometimes d3 and calcium. Should I take vitamin A or is that just too much? Should I slowly add the vitamins? I eat great and drink only water. HELP! And I tanned outside and my skin cleared up a bit, but then the chin breakouts started and even though the rest of my face cleared up/even tone, I had those. It like burned my acne marks. I know my chlorine pool/sun helped cause last year my skin was AMAZING when I swam and tanned.
  21. Day 7... Really Day 1

    Finished the summer off right. Went out to eat many times these past few days, eating whatever the f I wanted. Went grocery shopping today. Today is day 1 for me. As of today, I have two zits on left cheek drying up. A tiny one drying up on my right cheek. 3-5 drying up on my chin and two drying up on my forehead. Mind you, I ate a little bit of everything yesterday so a little dairy, gluten, nightshades, etc. Being good from here on out. I will update in a week! Pictures too! I'm expecting a massive breakout because of my Shitty diet these past couple of days. Maybe the chromium will help? We shall see.
  22. Ok lets just get straight down to business. I've had acne for not even a year and it has already amounted to this. Cystic acne started developing within 5 months of me getting acne and they haven't stopped since. I currently have 15 cysts on my face and I cannot touch my face without a pinch or throb of pain. Started Roaccutane (or accutane) 11 days ago and would like to share some photos with you guys to show you my progress throughout the 6-9 month course. I'm currently on 10mg for 1 month then bumping to 20mg. I am currently experiencing an initial breakout (or flare) like reaction and my lips are starting to dry up. This photo here ^ is well before I started accutane and was when I decided to do something about my acne. This is my first day on minocycline ^ , it had no effect - in fact (not the drugs fault) it got worse. I was getting acne on my jaw line I was so disappointed and made me so anxious to start accutane and get rid of this awful acne. So I did it's been 11 days, here is my week 1 progress photo(s). Please stay tuned for the weeks to come! Week 2 has arrived here are the photos for my second week of accutane, dry lips, dry eyes and very itchy legs. xD I don't know why but yeah.
  23. help!!

    I've recently started roaccutane since October and my hair on the top layer just seems to be snapping and is extremely broken. what can I do? ive tried everything from vitamins to deep cleansing but nothing seems to be working! please help.
  24. Help! I've been reading thru the forums and to be honest, I've been bombarded by all sides about different regime!!! First, there is Dan's regime (doesn't really work because it makes my face dry and red). Second there's Antony's regime (something that I really want to try but then there's too much products for me to use. Now, I'm using the Water Only Regime and it done great things for my skin. My pimples are less red and visible now and my skin is a lot smoother and softer. I feel really great now that I'm now using loads of stuff on my face. But then, I've been researching on the net for so many months on acne and the ways to get rid of acne that now my mind is all filled up with different stuff. I'm CONFUSED!!! OK, about my skin. I started to have acne when I was 12. First it was just very mild acne on my nose only and I treated it with OXY and OXY BP gel. However, at 14, my acne spreaded to my cheeks and jawline. This time, I changed to Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and it did okay. At 15, I went to a doctor and under went this to laser treatment and got some pills (Accutane or something, I don't know) and antibotics and some topical facial wash and creams. You know what? It actually worked! Okay that's not the point. My face stayed clear for 6 months before I started breaking out again (that's when I stopped using my medications, ran out). Now I have small little pimples around my cheeks and jawline and nose (my forehead is clear) and I really want to get rid of them bad! My skin is a combination, oily at the T-zone but quite dry and the cheeks. I have MANY small pimples on my jawline, a FEW small pimples on both cheeks, only one pimple on my nose (but it is covered in small scars) and no pimple on my smooth forehead. Can anyone advice me on which regime to use and what diet I should go on and what cleanser I should use and what supplements I should take (I'm currently taking Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin C, that's all). Really need help and I would be very thankful if someone can help me. P.S. Sorry about my ranting but i have to let it out of my system.
  25. Knowledge is Power

    Hey guys and gals, I notice so many supplements and vitamins being thrown around here and there to help with acne, and I always want to learn more. Problem is, there are so many websites out there that just want to sell you these things without providing clinical evidence or side effects. I don't remember how I found it, but examine.com is a great free resource that I want to share with this community because I think knowledge is power. According to their own description: "Examine.com is an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. We are not affiliated in any way with any supplement company, and we have a team of health professionals analyzing the full body of research." Just to be clear and hopefully not get in trouble with the moderators here, this has been a really great resource for me and this isn't some paid endorsement. I just think the idea is pretty awesome and allows the public to have information previously hidden behind pay walls for scientific studies. I was wondering if anyone else has found good resources for this kind of thing and wants to share?