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#21 libbycopeland

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 10:14 PM

QUOTE(LionQueen @ Oct 28 2006, 09:19 PM) View Post

Aleve is available over the counter ... it's with the rest of the OTC pain medications. It's a brand name for naproxen sodium, and you can probably get a generic or store-brand version that will work just as well.



You can definitely find this at the drugstore. I just picked up a generic version and am trying it this month for the first time. Hope it works! smile.gif

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:59 AM

I am trying this for the second time (tried it last month, and I think it helped). So far, no breakouts during PMS week - if I make it until day 2 of my period with no signficant breakout, then I will conisder it a complete success!


A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel
-Finacea
-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)
-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub
-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night
-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel
-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).


*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone
*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic


*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:
http://www.acne.org/...p...1620&st=460

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:43 PM

Lion Queen, you success has inspired me to try this!!! biggrin.gif My PMS week is usually preceded by a few sizeable pimples on my chin or cheek that take until the next month to go away (well....mostly). I'm trying it this month!! Yay!!!

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:21 PM

Thanks LionQueen, for the useful info. I am mid-cycle right now, and have taken Aleve once a day for the past 2 days. Only 1 small zit on the temple! Usually I have a cluster of them around my temples and jawline. Might up it to 2 a day next month, but worried about taking too much. Do you think 3 days in a row should be enough for mid-cycle acne?

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:24 PM

QUOTE(Fadonna @ Nov 3 2006, 06:21 PM) View Post

Thanks LionQueen, for the useful info. I am mid-cycle right now, and have taken Aleve once a day for the past 2 days. Only 1 small zit on the temple! Usually I have a cluster of them around my temples and jawline. Might up it to 2 a day next month, but worried about taking too much. Do you think 3 days in a row should be enough for mid-cycle acne?


Yeah, 3-4 days should be plenty ... and 2 per day should be no problem. The max dosage is actually 3 per day. Glad to hear it seems to be working for you!!
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Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:48 PM

LionQueen - do you know if this also works for people on BC? I'm on Yasmin BC right now and still end up with breakouts during PMS.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:58 PM

QUOTE(hellokittygirl @ Nov 4 2006, 04:48 PM) View Post

LionQueen - do you know if this also works for people on BC? I'm on Yasmin BC right now and still end up with breakouts during PMS.


I don't know for sure .... but I can't think why it wouldn't! Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 10:28 AM

hm i should try this out. unfortunatly im not regular enough to predict when i should start taking it though!
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE(rosiemarie @ Nov 6 2006, 08:28 AM) View Post

hm i should try this out. unfortunatly im not regular enough to predict when i should start taking it though!


I had to play catch-up one month because my cycle shifted. I started taking the Aleve as soon as I noticed the tiny spots popping up, and it did help .... the spots healed fast and I didn't get any more of them.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:52 PM

Is this stuff good for bringing down the inflammation/swelling of a pimple every any time of the month?
My current regimen:

AM
Cleanse with Avene Cleanance
Moisturize with Complex 15 only on dry areas

PM
Cleanse with Avene Cleanance
Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel (only 3x a week)
Diacneal
Tricyclen BCP

*Advil daily one week prior to menstruation
*drink lots of water all througout the day and stay away from pop.
*use mainly mineral makeup
NOTE: I totally stopped using BP as a spot treatment because it just dries the pimple out TOO much and the skin around it. The flakes end up looking worse than the pimple and it's impossible to cover. Plus it leaves a mark.

#31 LionQueen

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE(tc9 @ Nov 6 2006, 12:52 PM) View Post

Is this stuff good for bringing down the inflammation/swelling of a pimple every any time of the month?


I suppose it would be, but I don't recommend daily usage or anything like that.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:54 PM


Bump.

Still working for me. biggrin.gif
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE(LionQueen @ Nov 14 2006, 06:54 PM) View Post

Bump.

Still working for me. biggrin.gif


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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:53 PM

QUOTE(LionQueen @ Nov 14 2006, 07:54 PM) View Post

Bump.

Still working for me. biggrin.gif



Me too! Third month on Aleve during ovul. and PMS. I could feel it coming on, started taking it 2X/day right away for the 4 days up to my period. Only one measly little whitehead! And I attribute that to my friend giving me a makeover with crappy makeup.

Lion Queen, you rock!

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 09:19 PM

Hmm... I usually take aleve to help with cramps (or should I say "alleviate" cramps? ha ha), and I get hormonal breakouts like crazy, but maybe I will try taking it the week before and see if that makes a difference....
Morning:
Wash with Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser (mix in a little baking soda)
Moisturize with Biore Shine Control Moisturizer

Night:
Wash with Netrogena Oil Free Acne Wash (2% SA)
Apply BP Gel
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion-Night (contains AHA)

Aleve to reduce inflammation
Also take OTC-Lo birth control
No makeup

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:32 PM

I am definitely trying this next period. Nothing works for me, so if this does, I will be in heaven. Have to wait a couple weeks, though, my period just ended. Thanks for the tip even it it doesn't help!

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 10:16 AM

i think this is my third month of taking it and i can honestly say that it works..but it does upset my stomach.

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:12 AM

It Aleve only available in the US? I'm in Canada and I can't find it anywhere. Would Advil do the same thing?
My current regimen:

AM
Cleanse with Avene Cleanance
Moisturize with Complex 15 only on dry areas

PM
Cleanse with Avene Cleanance
Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel (only 3x a week)
Diacneal
Tricyclen BCP

*Advil daily one week prior to menstruation
*drink lots of water all througout the day and stay away from pop.
*use mainly mineral makeup
NOTE: I totally stopped using BP as a spot treatment because it just dries the pimple out TOO much and the skin around it. The flakes end up looking worse than the pimple and it's impossible to cover. Plus it leaves a mark.

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE(Ami @ Nov 28 2006, 08:16 AM) View Post

i think this is my third month of taking it and i can honestly say that it works..but it does upset my stomach.


Same for me - it does work, but it bothers my stomach after taking it a couple of days.


A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel
-Finacea
-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)
-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub
-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night
-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel
-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).


*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone
*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic


*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:
http://www.acne.org/...p...1620&st=460

#40 rosiemarie

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 03:16 PM

would this method still work if you're on birth control pills? which i've just started taking again.
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