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  1. Post as of 18/02/2016 Hello folks, I am 18(5'8"and weigh 65 kg)and of Southeast Asian-American descent.After battling with acne for over five years,I finally got accutane!You can think that my acne isn't bad enough to start accutane,but the real reason for starting the drug is that I'm extremely prone to scarring(whether I pick or not),even from whiteheads!I have also got body acne-nothing bad but quite extensive.Another thing that bothers me is that the scars also have Post Inflammatory Erythema(PIE) which seems to stay forever.I do also happen to have PIH at patches. I've apparently exhausted all possible anti-acne antibiotics and topicals and after fighting with mild-moderate acne for five years I'm finally here able to take accutane.My daily dosage of accutane has been adjudged to 50 mg a day-30 mg in the morning and 20 mg at night. BTW-I'll be taking ROACCUTANE since I'm outside the USA. I'll be uploading pictures weekly and when I'll have a bad breakout or a noticeable improvement.I hope that I don't get the initial breakout.WISH ME LUCK! Below are some before pictures.As you can see,my acne is mainly cystic and all of them cause scarring.front with flashfront without flashleft with flashleft without flashright with flashright without flash
  2. Not actually the same but on the last few day , it hasnt improved much so i cant really tell does it work or not. Beside , its only less then a week and im trying to be patient so hope its okey !! Like i told you before , i got these underskin acnes since i was at grade 10 grade and stuck there for 2 years,im at grade 12 now. i want to have the most wonderful year so i chose the regimen . I dont want my last year turn out to be horrible. I took a few photos of my cheeks the other days so you guys could see my condition right now Yeah... Its really disturbing to see ...those things but i want to memorize it so i can easilly tracking my step of improvement. As you can see,there are many many acnes on my face , so u are not alone.the white things around my mouth are dried skin. Thats all for today , thank you for reading,see you soon
  3. 14th week on Yasmin

    This week I started my 4th pack of Yasmin and it's the first time that it didn't broke me out at all (not complaining about the one teeny tiny spot I got) like it used to do while starting a new pack. My face hasn't been pimple-free since ages. Yasmin has work wonders for me so far. My periods are the most regular they have ever been. It hasn't done a lot to prevent my excessive hair growth, but the doc told me that I'll probably see difference after a couple more months of using the pill. I did changed my diet (back to being vegan, but not HCLF), just to make me feel happier and more energetic throughout the day. Also I've added a new skin care product, 1% Retinol treatment from Paula's Choice. Have been loving it since the first application.
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  5. 2nd week on Yasmin

    It was my second week on yasmin and what a week. Let's start with the positive things I'm not feeling nauseous anymore and my appetite is completely back. Also I went from anA cup to a B cup. Yay boobs. Time to face the downsides. I gained 2 kilos. Ingrown facial hairs. My pimples aren't healing at all and I decided to stop using Erythromycin since it makes my pimples look more reddish and it hasn't done anything to diminish them in 2 weeks. Spots are still coming up. Especially under the skin mostly on my forehead. I'm still going to post pictures of the right side of my face. It makes me emotional to know that this cheek was completely clear 2 week ago whatsoever I gotta stay positive...
  6. Week 13 - Month 3

    So week 13, it's gone quick. Ill be finish in 2 months according to derm! Positive experience all round. Symptons havent been as extreme as i anticipated. Dry lips and a dry inner nose is the only issues for me. Dry inner nose is sore and constant vaseline poking up my nose! Seems to have calmed down though Lips are fairly constant. But my skin in flawless except from odd spots i mean 1 or 2. Still have lots of scars but no bumpy oily spotty skin. Skin isn't dry. Just not exactly oily. Its great. Don't want to go off accutane incase it comes back!! I drink on accutane aswell you aren't supposed to but haven't had any negativey on me. Good experience, skin has neve rbeen this clear!!
  7. Skin Picking Breaking Bad Habit Journey

    hey guys! I'm currently on accutane and been on it for 3 1/2 months. my results so far have notbeen very good considering I can't stop picking so starting today I'm going to make a daily blog on breaking my bad skin picking habit. if anyone has some advice it would be greatly appreciated! Day 1: The morning went okay and I didn't pick because I wasn't too tempted to do so. After school I came home and used a hot compress and left it over my skin and washed my face. Afterwards, I dabbed hydrogen peroxide on each pimple/scab. One of the pimples came to a complete head, but it was quite odd because it was like the hydrogen peroxide got into the pimple and made it bubble inside so I popped it gently I also picked off a tiny already flakey scab, but it didn't do any harm. One of my biggest issues is touching my face throughout the day. I keep running my hands over my cheeks to feel any pimples/scabs which is making it worse as well.
  8. One Month

    FEAR ME! Yes! I quit benzoyl peroxide cold turkey.. One day I just ..STOPPED. OK. Well, I am at 1 month. I thought my acne was bad while on the REGIMEN. HOLY COW. This last month has been awful. I've broke out on my forehead and on my chin; places I've NEVER EVER got acne before. Not on my nose,however...strange. Not to exclude my cheeks and the sides of my face. During this last month I've had to prepare myself for college which means being out in public and showing them my ugly mug. I'm no stranger to a red bumpy face, I've had acne for the last 7 years. I've gone to junior high and high school with it, but never to such an intense degree. I'm super embarrassed and super ashamed. That does not stop me from continuing on, however. I've realized with great clarity that having acne is not just a physical thing, but very much an internal ... thing. Your perception on looks and who judges yo - yadadada i won't get into that who care.s Let me just say first off that I've been taking the regimen for about 6 months? I think. Maybe 7 and a half. It cleared up my skin by the very end, but my skin was TERRIBLE. As in, very very dry and irritated and looked like the desert dunes. You heard it here, folks. Benzoyl peroxide also causes aging. At least it does for me. My laugh marks (and that fine line beneath your eye that runes down to your cheek) aremore defined and very noticeable. I look about 25(I'm 19).Before the regimen, I will also add, I was on EXPOSED SKIN CARE (which is an overpriced overrated acne over the counter treatment). AND BEFORE THAT, I was on proactive. Back on route. So my skin was acne free when I stopped. It came back with vengeance in a week and a half. It happened over night. BAM. 4 white heads on my cheeks. The dream was dead. A few days later my forehead and chin started breaking out. I knew by then I was in for a deal of hurt. From then on till now I've had about 35 different pimples come and go. All of them were white heads, never the BIG DADDY. Those are the pimples that have been charging their power level for weeks deep beneath your skin. A GIANT bump that sits there on your face for a long time. None of those thankfully.When I lay in bed at night I can feel the pimples on my forehead pound. Whenever Iaccidentally brush my face with my hand, my acne stings for a few moments. Horrible, I'm sure this is hell. I'm also sure that I will be experiencing this for a very long time... I want to see this to the end. I want to be able to come back here, a year later or 2 years laterand finally write - HEY GUYS I'M FREE! Or will I write; hey guys. I still have acne and it sucks... I've gotten those little sebum things on my face almost everyday, so I have to use some facial cleanser. I've decided my weapon of choice...Cetaphil daily cleanser. It's okay. I've been using it for about a week and it's whatever. Sad it doesn't help myacne at all, but also grateful it doesn't cause breakouts. Just cleans pretty well. A personal reason why Iquit was because one weekend I traveled to Vancouver. It was abright sunny day outand I took a small boat to travel with these other people. I sat across from a young woman and she had this pretty white dress on and a matching bonnet. Then I saw her skin.I've never seen a condition like that before..She was covered in these large red bumps. Not just her face, but all over her body;her legs, her arms, and her face. They looked very painful. I didn't want to stare, so I kept my eyes glued to the water. But, I did sneak one quick look at her facial features. She was smiling at something I didn't see.'She isvery brave,' was all I thought of duringtheboat trip. She was out trying toenjoying herself despite how she looked. That really hit me hard because I knew if I had her skin, I wouldn't be out on a boat with a lot of peopleon a bright sunny hot day. I would be in my room, yes yup. With the light off.I realized then that that was true beauty. She was incredibly beautiful, she outshined everyone I saw that day. So, I admire her and I also want to be beautiful in that way. I'm going to go rogue on this regimen and try to let my skin heal itself. I'll write in a month, maybe show some before and after photos. For sure I will come back, that is a promise. TL;DR : FACE BROKE OUT HORRIBLY- SURPRISE!
  9. Hi there! This is the first blog that I'm adding to give some useful tips for acne. I'm sorry it took so long to add a blog. So first off, here's my current routine: I wash my face with water in the morning. I exfoliate in the morning with a toothbrush dipped in some epsom salt and baking soda, but I only do this twice a week after I wash my face with water. I then apply Cerave moisturizing cream to my face. At night, I wash my face, usually with the Dove sensitive skin beauty bar, or sometimes just with a gentle, natural bar of soap. After washing, I put on a mask. The mask that I use depends on the day. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I put a mix of epsom salt and baking soda on my face with some water so it becomes more like a paste. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I put calamine lotion on my face. I leave the face masks on for 15 minutes and then wash them off, but I leave the calamine lotion on for as long as possible. Then on Fridays and Saturdays I just put epsom salt and water on my face. I don't put on a face mask on Sundays. Before bed, on a clean face, I apply my prescription product, Biacna. And that's it!! I'm about 90% clear, and I know that my routine will probably change, but for now my skin is happy. Some tips that I have If anyone would like to try any of the aforementioned products: Biacna/Ziana is a prescription product. My dermatologist gave it to me. It's a combination of tretinoin and clindamycin phosphate, and it is extremely expensive. I believe it's around the 80-90 dollar price range, but the price may vary per location. You do get a lot of product, though. I personally wouldn't recommend it, the only reason I'm using it is because it isn't breaking me out and I hate wasting products. It doesn't seem to be helping my acne in any way, but hey! Results vary. The Cerave moisturizing cream is pretty cheap and available at Walmart or Target. It comes in a tub and has ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are both good ingredients for acne. It has a thick consistency, so a little goes a long way. It has petroleum jelly in it, so beware if that breaks you out. Go for the lotion instead, it doesn't seem to have any petroleum jelly in it and is more lightweight. Baking soda does alter the pH of your skin, hence why I use a balancing moisturizer and only put it in my face masks twice a week. Calamine lotion is a very thrifty acne remedy, I bought it for a whopping $2.50 at the dollar store! If your skin dries easily, only use it as a spot treatment, otherwise you can spread it all over acne prone areas with a q-tip. I don't think daily use of it is a good idea, as it can give you a couple of itchy rashes with prolonged use. (Like I said, it's drying.) As always, test each product out on a small area of skin before using it. Everyone has unique skin, and what might work for me might make you break out, and I wouldn't want that! This is just my routine. You don't need to do the same thing. As for my diet, I stopped eating a plant-based diet and moved to a low GI diet. This diet really has been one of the best things for my skin, but I can't say that I haven't slipped up and ate the odd corn or cookie. Nobody's perfect. I think anyone should try this diet for at least a few weeks. It's very simple and doesn't in any way feel like a diet. You never really feel restricted. This is pretty much it for my current skincare regimen. As always, comments and constructive criticism are always appreciated. I hope this can help someone. Have a lovely day!
  10. Enjoy, homies. Let me know what y'all think! ❤️ Ps sorry I just realized I kind of look like an alien lol please excuse the blue bug eyes and large forehead. I promise I'm a human!
  11. Here ya go! Now back to True Detective...
  12. 2 Months Into Dans Regimen! Whoop!

    The 2 month mark is here! 8 weeks! This is a crucial milestone, people. A crossroad of sorts. This is the time I told myself I'd evaluate my progress and decide if I should continue... Well? What do you guys think? Is it worth sticking it out another month? Another 2 months? Forever?!?
  13. Fingers crossed my improvements stick! We all know how that can go
  14. Week 7. Werk!

    Same old same old me here, everybody. Still SO happy w my progress. Did get a few small zits here and there. But SMALL and FEW are the key words here. Never did I think I'd describe my acne that way! Woo hoo for small victories! Although I still have some dark leftover marks and one or 2 active pimples, I seriously am so happy I gave the regimen a chance. And to think of all the stuff I've been trying the last year! However, I'm keeping in mind the many factors involved here, and any of these (and problebly a combo of them all!?) could be the biggest influence: The regimen (Cerave cleanser, bp, moisturizer twice a day. Gentle, minimal application, minimal makeup) Trinessa (just started month 4) birth control pill. Generic for ortho tri cyclen Stress (10 weeks ago I started a new job.. Stress is down at least 50%, love my coworkers, been working out and being outside more) Diet (gluten free, minimal meat and dairy and alcohol, I do notice my skin gets worse when I cheat) So that's that. Yes my improvements are significant, but, like our trusty dermatologists say, there are MANY factors and variables involved with the cause and treatment of acne. One persons HG is not gonna be everyone's. Dan loves to glob on his BP like it's going outa style. My sensitive delicate skin can't handle that much so I stick to 1/3 fingers length on acne prone spots only. Dan loves his moisturizer. I couldn't take that stuff after just 1 week. So clearly although the philosophy behind the regimen can pretty much be applied to everyone, the little steps and ways you get there are unique. Listen to your body and don't fight it. You'll always lose. Til next week , lovers. Oh and PS: I went to a party on Saturday and totally got asked out! So much for tator tots and Netflix cuz this girl is on DA HUNT.
  15. Check This Out Week 6 Progress

    Dolla dolla bills y'all. Just hyperpigmentation now!
  16. Week 6 Can Get It!

    Womp there it is! Some amazing progress since I last posted. This pic is make up free and this is ALL hyperpigmentation!!
  17. Week 4 Optimus Prime-R...

    SOOOooo I mentioned last week that I wanted to try a primer/bb cream, yea? Yea, no... Bad idea. For only 2 days last week I tried the Smashbox primer light. It made my face dry as a dinosoar's ass. Needless to say, I live in the desert and it's over 100 degrees daily right now. PLUS the water in Vegas is super hard and terrible for dry, sensitive skin, like MINE OF COURSE LOLOLOL. So only 2 days of this stuff definitely made me break out. I went back to just my regimen and things are improving, slowly. You'll notice my chin is pretty pissed. But I think I need to come to grips with the fact that moisture is my BFF. I can't wear powder or a lot of makeup like I used to in Boston and California. With 2% humidity and -2% dew point ( ya that's possible, it happened today. It means rain would evaporate before it hits the ground. AWESOME.) I really need to minimize products and OD on moisturizer daily. I also broke out a little on my back the last few days, which I haven't done since before Trinessa. Wierd. Could be a weird body wash I used over the weekend when I was out of town? Who knows but let's hope it's a fluke cuz that's one thing Trinessa really cleared up nicely. Anyway overall things aren't bad and I can deal. The only bummer is that I was supposed to get dinner/drinks w this really cute guy friend of mine visiting town and I lied and bailed on him tonight. Because of my breakout. Honestly ladies and gentlemen this isn't the first time I've lied/bailed because of my skin and it just sucks. I'm 24 and single and it feels like everyone else my age has "grown out of their acne" and they just walk around with flawless skin they don't have to think about. Will that ever be me? I'm starting to prepare myself emotionally for the possibility that no, it'll never me me. Wah wah wah
  18. Week 3 With Dan The Man

    Hey kids. So I just finished week 3/started week 4. And I'm still pretty pleased w the results of the regimen! As a reminder I'm using 1/3 fingers length of bp twice a day, with dans cleanser and Cerave moisturizer twice a day too. I also just started my 3rd month of the bc pill Trinessa... I try and wear as little makeup as possible. Some Clinique concealer under the eyes and on any zits usually makes me half presentable for a day at work. But I'd like to start trying maybe adding a primer and/or bb cream to even out my skin tone. Any suggestions? It looks like the brand smash box gets good reviews, but I'm just worried about backtracking on all the progress I've made. Most face makeup makes me break out so I usually avoid all powders and foundations. But any recommendations from a similarly plagued individual would be delightful. As for the state of my breakouts, I'm obvi breaking out less. Not 100% but definitely a solid 80%... And the pimples I am getting are smaller and heal quickly. I totally think the whole "gentle" factoid from Dan is spot on. I notice much less redness and oiliness overall, and although I am a bit dry, I'd take that over shine any day. I think it's because I'm not scrubbing or rubbing my face really hard anymore either. The lather from the cleanser does such a great job that when I rinse it off any trace of makeup or flakes is completely gone! Well anyway guys this has been a long one so I'll spare you any more frivolous banter! Cya in a week, dudes. Peace
  19. Ready, Set Go! My Starting Point:

    Waddup acne peeps. SOOO This is where I started when I began Dan's Regimen. This blog is as much for me as anything, as this is the first time I've officially documented progress with any product. If people read it, grewl, if not, fine, at least I can see my progression after some time and actually see how far (or not far!) I've come... As you can see, most of my breakouts are around my chin/jaw and a tiny bit on my forehead lately. I know my acne isn't severe, but this is actually a time it didn't look that bad. It's mostly pustules that pop up for me, (inflamed red pimples with a fun white hat!) I've developed a habit of NOT popping them, as ready as they might look. I've noticed when I used to pop or scrub the white heads off, it would bleed, scab, then a white head (or 3) would pop right back up a few days/weeks later. So at this point I just let them go til they dry up and flake off on their own. Everyone around me at work just gets to say hi to my 6 or 7 friends on my face every day. DEAL WITH IT. I purchased Dan's cleanser, treatment and moisturizer 8oz each. This is ALL I'm using right now. I'm also 1.5 months into the bc pill Trinessa (which could also be playing a factor in all this! So sexy!) my GP put me on this after I was having spotting/cramping. She also said it should help w acne. We shall see! After the Differen 3% reaked havoc on my skin, I went back to aczone/ziana for about 7-10 days and my skin def calmed down a lot. But I just hate the oiliness and redness that these products give me and am hoping that this regimen can give me clear and normal human loooking skin. Feelin hopeful and excited! Also nervous and scared from all the reviews saying you go through a flake from hell before it actually works. But hey, I was one big flake for 2 years so it's nothing I ain't done before! If clear skin is on the other side of 2-3 weeks of lizardness, I'll take it. Flawless face here I come! <3
  20. Update: It has been 26 days since I started Retin-A, and I am sorry I am late to the party. I have been on Accutane before and my dermatologist has advised I move onto Retin-A to maintain my skin. My thoughts so far on Retin-A have been positive. I definitely did get the initial breakout but it went away pretty quickly and my face is a lot more calmer. I am applying it every night on top of my moisturizer and I think that helps with the flakes and dryness. Initially, I did get flakes but now I do not. Face is redder than when I was not using Retin-A, but cannot really tell. I decided to do this daily log because I am hoping (as long as it works!) to take this for the rest of my life, and I want to jot down how it goes. I will check in daily and keep updating the log as much as possible. My skin type is combo, acne prone, possibly dehydrated. After Accutane, I would my skin is fairly under control but I am still prone to mild acne. Keeping my fingers crossed for Retin-A sealing the deal. If you have questions or comments, post away~
  21. End Of Week 6

    Hello All, So I mentioned before that I was going to see my Derm this week to see where I was with my treatment etc. looks like my body is taking accutane very well, as my side effects are not as severe as what most people go through. 1. My initial breakout was a couple of big cysts, only lasting for just less than two weeks. Apparently some people can suffer from IB for a month. However, she did say that this can be curbed with antibiotics and it's rare that it should last that long - so don't fret! 2. I am only really suffering from the dry lips and eyes, but my hands and arms (rest of my body) all fine 3. No flakiness on my face, and only minor redness 4. No body aches or muscle pain (even after working out) 5. No headaches - she mentioned that a few of her patients previously suffered from quite bad migraines or similar All in all it looks like things are on the upside She is keeping me on the 40mg per day, rather than bumping me up to 60mg as this dosage is working magically so there isn't any need to up the anti. I'm happy with that, I've gotten used to the symptoms I am experiencing and delighted with the results so far. Scars are fading a little - I've been trying to do gather some info as to whether accutane helps the scarring that acne leaves behind. It seems that it doesn't get rid of them but initially, due to the dryness of your skin, you may shed the outer layers of skin a little faster which acts as a catalyst to fading scars. All this being said, accutane really just targets acne that in turn prevents any new scars being formed. Hey Ho, patience is the answer... It should be clean cruising from now really, I have another six weeks on 40mg before I see my Derm again and I reckon things will remain relatively the same - with the marks fading of course WIll keep you all posted, may even post a pic of two if my mojo feels like it.. Nico x
  22. End Of Week 3

    Apologies, normally I update this on a Friday - little late this week... But I have successfully completed week 3 of my course, one week on 40mg and the side effects are definitely there: - I don't even have to re=powder my make-up, there is literally NO oil on my face. No flaking (yet) as I have read from other peoples experiences and no redness either (I'm sure I have all of that to look forward to!). - There has been an explosion of black heads around my t-zone area and my nose. I really want to take a tweezer to the f**kers but I know that wouldn't be a good idea, so am reluctantly refraining. - I've had a couple of new spots, but nothing abnormal to the norm. Apart from this one large cysty on on my t-zone, it's not painful but it just feels really juicy and I don't think it's going away any time soon It's not whiteheading like the others. - My lips are SO DRY. Really, it's lipbalm every 10 mins no joke... - No dry skin in any other areas, hands and arms are fine. No back pain or join pain either. Muscles also fine, even after the gym. I think I'm going to change my skin care range, the la roche is too expensive and I go through it so quickly. The simple moisturiser could be stronger. So I'm switching to Body Shop's Vitamin E range, that has an intense day cream. Let's hope for the best. Have another 3 weeks to go before seeing my derm again to see if she ups my dosage. I'm not sure how it works really, but if I do hit 60mg I'm not sure I'm looking forward the side effects. I'm pretty sure that they won't be so lenient on me....! Let's see what week 4 holds.... Ta Ta for now x
  23. First Entry!

    Hi guys! I'm usually not very consistent with posting on blogs, but I'm going to try to be for this one because I decided I want to document my progress as well as show others (and maybe gain some advice). Here's a little background on my acne: I got my first breakout around age 9. It was pretty bad; I remember it being sore and there were 3 whiteheads all together in a cluster, just between my lower lip and my chin. Acne at such a young age is a sign that there will be more bad acne to come, or so I've heard. After that breakout at age 9, I never really had another one till around age 11 or 12, and those breakouts were very minor. My acne started to get more severe when I was a freshman in high school (I'm now a senior, 17 years old). I began going to the dermatologist around that age and they provided me with the usual minocycline, doxycycline, BP, salicylic acid, etc. Nothing worked at all. Then, in the summer going to my junior year, my best friends and I went to the beach AT LEAST 3 times a week, for 8 or more hours. Literally. I guess the salt water worked its magic on my skin because in about a month, my skin was COMPLETELY CLEAR. Summer break eventually ended, and it was back to school. I figured that if the salt water from the beach helped my skin, why can't I use natural sea salt that I could purchase and use at home? So I did just that. For about 3 months I took a little bit of sea salt in my palm and kind of used it as an "exfoliator" for my face, washing it twice a day (morning and night). It worked for a while but my skin started to break out into cystic acne once more. Simultaneously I started getting HORRIBLE period cramps (TMI, I know haha!) and my derm decided to put me on a birth control called Levora. It started to work well (for the cramps as well as the acne), but then for some reason they didn't refill my prescription on time, which messed up my hormones, and brought back the cystic acne... I continued with Levora for a few more months and ended up getting so sick of acne that I decided to go on accutane even though I had heard really bad things. I did more research and watched pretty much all the youtube vids, which made me so excited to start! Actually, I've been on accutane for 2 weeks now. I'm currently on 20 mg per day. Here are some pictures from Day 1! Left Side: Front: Right Side: You can see that I had a LOT of bumps/cystic acne/whiteheads on Day 1... Well, I didn't really take pics from then until now... But here are pics I just took! Tomorrow will be exactly 14 days on Claravis (: Left Side: Front: Right Side: My forehead has cleared up for the most part, the acne on my cheeks has pretty much gone away, and now I'm dealing with a lot of acne around my mouth... Between my nose & upper lip, and also between my lower lip & chin, as well as a few on my actual chin. (By the way, don't mind my eyes. I have makeup on only my left eye bc I was experimenting LOLOL). As for side effects, I haven't really experienced any yet. The only things I've noted are that my lips are starting to get really dry. They haven't cracked or peeled yet, but it just feels like I always need aquaphor on them. Aquaphor is a lifesaver by the way haha. Lately I've been going through minor personal troubles and when I get sad, it feels a little more intense than usual... But I don't think this is from accutane because I'm naturally very very emotional. Other than that, no side effects yet. (: As all of you know, acne takes a huge toll on your self confidence... Because I've had acne for quite a long time, it has made me feel extremely ashamed of what I look like. It's horrible what something like this can do to a person. Nowadays I don't even like to take pictures with my friends because I'm so embarrassed about my skin. It sucks because I just went back to school (came back from summer break) and everyone is seeing me break out like this. But I just try to remind myself that in a few months my skin will be looking flawless! Anyways, thanks to whoever has read this and I will try to post again next week! Bye for now!
  24. Mid Week 3-Ish

    Its finals week- so I wanted to go ahead and post about what is going on this week a little earlier than at the end of the 3rd week mark... back- clearing (almost completely clear besides red marks and slowly fading bumps that you can't really see, but that I can feel on my back) face- cysts are clearing, SLOWLY. So slowly. The bp is helping (still only spot treating), but I'm still getting other bumps on my face (not as bad as the cysts), so it is still not 100% clear at all. Have been taking bactrim for a few days now (3? 4?) and going to take my first othro tri cyclen pill tonight. hopefully within a month or 3 everything will be either back to normal or I will be back to trying a different birth control pill. I realy do beleive that my acne is hormonal...and probably stress induced too... it doesn't help that it is finals week... in the mean time: drinking lots of water (have to anyway to take the bactrim) and trying not to completely junk food out over finals time (SO HARD, my body loves sugar when I'm stressed) Everyone keep your fingers crossed that bactrim will help, because I don't want to have to ignore the pretty weather for a month all for nothing!
  25. Prologue

    My battle with acne started when I was about 13. It was terribly inconvenient, as that was about the time I started actually caring about my appearance.. but anyway. My entire face broke out. Literally, the whole thing except my eyes and lips. It was terrible. What was even worse was the fact that I didn't know any better and decided to slather on a layer of drugstore makeup to cover it. *cringe* The only thing I really used for it was pHisoderm face wash. I was unaware of the amount of products available for acne, so that seemed like enough. It was NOT enough. My mother took me to my pediatrician, who prescribed me a face gel to put on. Looking back, I don't even remember what the name of the gel was. I just remember that when I put it on my skin one night I woke up the next morning with my entire face red and burnt. Even though it wrecked havoc on my skin, I still kept using it. It dried my skin out awfully. I looked like I had a permanent sunburn, complete with peeling and topped with acne. I used it until the tube was gone. My acne was only slightly better, so I just decided to stick to my face wash and SA cream. About a year later I started dating. I was still in the "cover my entire face with makeup" phase, though I was using higher quality makeup. I remember going on dates with guys, and when we would kiss my makeup would rub off and then I would panic and go reapply, while the guy was very confused as to why his lips were now flesh colored. Makeup was my safety blanket. I never went ANYWHERE without it. Not to school, not grocery shopping, not to the beach even. I always had on makeup, and should someone want to come over before I was ready.. I would make them wait outside while I put on makeup. I got a constant barrage of, "Why are you wearing so much makeup?" comments. I didn't care. They didn't understand. At 15 I went on birth control and started using Exposed (a skin care line for acne, if you've never heard of it). It helped quite a bit. My face stopped being a lumpy mask of acne and started looking like actual skin, so that was nice. But I was still always broken out on my cheeks. After I finished my Exposed set, I started using Proactiv. It worked just about the same. Mostly clear skin, except cheeks and chin. I had more confidence, so I didn't feel like hiding all the time. It was manageable. My skin was actually pretty good from 16-20. I just had a few bumps here and there. I started taking way better care of my skin. I would get maybe a couple of cysts a month, mostly small and during my "week". I did get a few breakouts spreading across my cheeks. They went away relatively quickly though and didn't scar. That spout of pretty-ok skin ended at 21. I stopped taking my birth control for a few months while I was undergoing some tests for heart problems (which I don't have- at least some good things came from this). That's when it started. I would get patches of cysts covering both cheeks and my chin. Even after I went back on birth control (I went from Ortho Tri Cyclen to Tri Nessa) the breakouts continued. So here I am, at 22 trying to work and live a normal life but I'm all cystic and insecure and just want to hide under a rock. The battle wages on.