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#6861 P1nky

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

So so low, my chin is an absolute mess, I can't bear to go out or let anyone see my skin. I cry everyday. It's ruining my life and all doctors say is it's 'mild' so most treatments they won't give me. Going to see another tomorrow and see if some antibiotics might help get over this massive everlasting breakout. I look and feel so ugly x

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:25 PM

Feeling tired.  Just spent four glorious days with my god-daughter and it was the highlight of my week!  I love being around her child like innocence and sense of humor.  Acne wise, i think the Regimen has done about all it can do for me.  My acne healing has stalled and i unfortunately still have bumps that have been there since the very beginning....sigh.  I am going to focus more on diet and exercise in moving forward as treating this thing from the outside is not working as well as i' hoped and i feel like shit.  I hate being 30 and still dealing with a teenage ailment.  But in the bigger scheme of things, i'm alive so for that, i am grateful.


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Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:39 AM

Falling into my self obsessive patters again (mirror watching).  I have to try to ween myself away from this.  My eczema on my neck has returned so i am back to my steroid cream so hoping it will go away soon.  Also, signed up for the YMCA so hoping that i can get back into working out.  I recently had my yearly physical and i dodged a bullet where my health is concerned.  Not taking the risk this time around.  As for my acne, hating it, dealing with it, shifting focus to my mental, spiritual and physical health and hoping that down the line, my acne will get the memo and get the hell out of dodge.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

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Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 03:38 AM

Hey guys!
I'm rarely logging in here, but this time I just wanted to say that any side-effects I was initially having from Yasmin+Spiro have disappeared some time ago and I literally have no acne any more. Sometimes I instinctively take out my retinoid cream to do some spot treatment and after I rarely ever try where to apply it. There are no breakouts, not even small. 9 months on Yasmin and 6 on Spiro -  I'm 100 % clear.
My example is individual of course, and acne might come back after I stop taking these medications, but I can only share my positive experience so far and hope that maybe it will encourage someone with PCOS to look into birth control, as it's not such an evil.
 


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Occasional acne + rolling scars

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- Yasmin birth control 
- Spironolactone 50 mg
 
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- Dermatologica Ultracalming Cleanser
- Paula's Choice Skin Ballancing Moisturizing Gel or Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer
- Occasional AHA masks 



 


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:38 AM

Note to self: check in on acne.org when I am clear. I am upset with my skin condition right now. Especially since I came off months of having great skin. I went through the Winter dodging plenty of bullets and didn't suffer any big breakouts like last Winter when I was eating red meat and sweets a lot. Then by the end of it I really started to pig out. It all finally caught up to me and I am left with a couple zits by my nose and a reocurring whitehead under my lip.

 

The zits beside my nose were deep. One came out pretty quickly, the other one was pink for days. Both swelled up. The one that came out quickly healed and wasn't much of a problem. The pink one finally came to a head yesterday after a week of being an annoying pink lump. I've been mirror watching it simply because it is so painful and I am curious to see if it came to a head. I know that once it gets a whitehead, the pain and swelling subsides. This one has two whiteheads.

 

Last night I went to go check on it in the mirror, and one of the whiteheads became loose, and was wet and sitting on top. So I took a toilet paper piece and gently wiped it off. Then, a minute later, all of this blood came pouring out of it. I was cleaning my floors at the time so it splatted on the floor and was like a horror movie.

 

Really horrific. It just sucks I spent my entire weekend taking care of this breakout. Almost caring too much. It completely took over my life. I had to work yesterday with the public. No one cared, but I did. I felt like a leper.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:29 AM

Feeling pretty meh about it all. Im praying that tazerac works for all these closed comedones and they all don't end up becoming inflamed :(. Im annoyed that when a pimple leaves me face I get a blackhead in its place..not cool. Im praying and praying that my face goes to its pre pill state eventually because this has become really difficult for me.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

Ok 6 months into Spiro and as of today my skin is clear :) I did get one cyst right under my lip that hurt like hell but its now gone and I don't have one single pimple! I asked my gyno to change my birth control to Ortho Tri-Cyclen and she did so I took my first pill today. I really hope the new birth control and the continued Spiro will keep me clear from here on out. I have a dermatologist appointment on Tuesday and I think he's going to up my Spiro, if he does I will ask for 75 mg and wait on going up to 100 mg. I'm really happy with my progress.


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Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

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Take Spironolactone 50 mg
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:45 AM

Yay!!  So happy to hear. I'm just under 4 months and the increase to 75mg in the last few weeks really really made a difference.  The oil production is about 50% less, so I hope you also see that as well.  Fingers crossed the small increase helps even that much more.  I am so excited to see consistent results and hope you continue as well.  :)

Ok 6 months into Spiro and as of today my skin is clear smile.png I did get one cyst right under my lip that hurt like hell but its now gone and I don't have one single pimple! I asked my gyno to change my birth control to Ortho Tri-Cyclen and she did so I took my first pill today. I really hope the new birth control and the continued Spiro will keep me clear from here on out. I have a dermatologist appointment on Tuesday and I think he's going to up my Spiro, if he does I will ask for 75 mg and wait on going up to 100 mg. I'm really happy with my progress.


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:10 PM

Thanks CarpeMomentum :) So happy to hear your doing well too !!!! Now you have me excited about upping my dose so my skin can be even less oily  yay lol Did you get another break out going on 75 mg? Im so afraid of that, I don't think I can mentally handle another IB :'(


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Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


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Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Water Proof in Black Lace


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:48 PM

Hardly ever come on here any more but as I`ve recently received a couple of PMs from members on here, just thought I would post to let everyone know how I`m getting on these days. Acne wise my skin isn`t perfect but I`ve reached a stage in my life where I don`t really care that much any more. Having slightly less than perfect skin doesn`t define me or make me a lesser person. I don`t have masses of self-worth or self-esteem but I believe I`m inherently a good person irrespective of my skin.

 

I had a serious bout of depression which culminated in me virtually having a breakdown and wanting to end my life back in January. It`s taken a while but I believe I`ve more or less recovered now. I still have to take anti-depressants and I have psychotherapy with a therapist once a week but I`m in no way depressed anymore.

 

I`m back at work now and much to my surprise, I`ve become very close friends with someone who I met on a forum at the end of February. We initially started chatting at the end of February by PM on a website and this then extended to Facebook. We only live 50 miles apart and we have met up four times and on each occasion, we`ve got on really well. smile.png Right now, we are just friends and that will remain the case but in the future who knows.

 

Us meeting proved to be a real turning point for me. She has helped me to move on from things that have happened in the recent past and has helped me to forgive myself for mistakes I made whilst I was ill and to know that I am a good person with worth, value and inherent good qualities. Furthermore, meeting her has helped me to forgive and move on from those people who have used or hurt me in the past. Forgiveness isn`t about forgetting things that have happened or necessarily letting people who have used and hurt you back into your life. It`s about letting go of the bitterness, shame, remorse and anger that you feel towards yourself and others. It`s just my opinion but I cannot stress how important forgiveness is. Being angry and bitter is so destructive and you can never trust or open yourself up to anyone you meet in the future unless you let it go. It`s a sad fact of life but people who have trust issues generally carry a lot of emotional baggage and find it virtually impossible to form healthy and successful relationships in real life.

 

Sorry for the previous paragraph - just wanted to share what I have learned about forgiveness.

 

Hope all of you out there are doing okay and not letting acne beat you. I know it`s really hard to believe but having acne doesn`t define you and you shouldn`t let what others say to you define you either. Everyone of us was born with worth, value and self-esteem - it`s only experiences throughout our lives that make us believe that we don`t have these commodities. Irrespective of the condition of our skin, everyone of us has value, worth, importance and we all matter. I know it`s hard but if you can try to remind yourselves of those facts and learn to believe and accept those things for yourselves, you`d be surprised how  much easier life becomes.

 

Take care everyone. smile.png


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 05:02 PM

Hardly ever come on here any more but as I`ve recently received a couple of PMs from members on here, just thought I would post to let everyone know how I`m getting on these days. Acne wise my skin isn`t perfect but I`ve reached a stage in my life where I don`t really care that much any more. Having slightly less than perfect skin doesn`t define me or make me a lesser person. I don`t have masses of self-worth or self-esteem but I believe I`m inherently a good person irrespective of my skin.

 

I had a serious bout of depression which culminated in me virtually having a breakdown and wanting to end my life back in January. It`s taken a while but I believe I`ve more or less recovered now. I still have to take anti-depressants and I have psychotherapy with a therapist once a week but I`m in no way depressed anymore.

 

I`m back at work now and much to my surprise, I`ve become very close friends with someone who I met on a forum at the end of February. We initially started chatting at the end of February by PM on a website and this then extended to Facebook. We only live 50 miles apart and we have met up four times and on each occasion, we`ve got on really well. :) Right now, we are just friends and that will remain the case but in the future who knows.

 

Us meeting proved to be a real turning point for me. She has helped me to move on from things that have happened in the recent past and has helped me to forgive myself for mistakes I made whilst I was ill and to know that I am a good person with worth, value and inherent good qualities. Furthermore, meeting her has helped me to forgive and move on from those people who have used or hurt me in the past. Forgiveness isn`t about forgetting things that have happened or necessarily letting people who have used and hurt you back into your life. It`s about letting go of the bitterness, shame, remorse and anger that you feel towards yourself and others. It`s just my opinion but I cannot stress how important forgiveness is. Being angry and bitter is so destructive and you can never trust or open yourself up to anyone you meet in the future unless you let it go. It`s a sad fact of life but people who have trust issues generally carry a lot of emotional baggage and find it virtually impossible to form healthy and successful relationships in real life.

 

Sorry for the previous paragraph - just wanted to share what I have learned about forgiveness.

 

Hope all of you out there are doing okay and not letting acne beat you. I know it`s really hard to believe but having acne doesn`t define you and you shouldn`t let what others say to you define you either. Everyone of us was born with worth, value and self-esteem - it`s only experiences throughout our lives that make us believe that we don`t have these commodities. Irrespective of the condition of our skin, everyone of us has value, worth, importance and we all matter. I know it`s hard but if you can try to remind yourselves of those facts and learn to believe and accept those things for yourselves, you`d be surprised how  much easier life becomes.

 

Take care everyone. :)

So good to hear you are doing so well! Great to hear you're not so bothered by your skin, you're feeling better, have made what sounds like a great friend and it's also great to hear you saying those positive things about yourself.

Totally agree with you on the forgiveness point - I've had things happen in recent years with people who are close to me. I can't completely forget what they said/did or have them in my life in the same way as they were but I agree with being able to let go of any bitter feelings so you can move on with life and be happier etc

 

Anyway - Really happy for you and hope things continue going well for you too.  :)


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:06 PM

Sooooooo happy to have read your update and you are doing so well.  I just joined in December and remember reaching out to you.  I too went through my own depression not to long after and have come out the other end.  I also have to thank this board for the support in helping me get through this tough time.  It warms my heart to hear you met a friend and that itself is a beautiful gift.  I wished you continued improvement and progress! 

Hardly ever come on here any more but as I`ve recently received a couple of PMs from members on here, just thought I would post to let everyone know how I`m getting on these days. Acne wise my skin isn`t perfect but I`ve reached a stage in my life where I don`t really care that much any more. Having slightly less than perfect skin doesn`t define me or make me a lesser person. I don`t have masses of self-worth or self-esteem but I believe I`m inherently a good person irrespective of my skin.

 

I had a serious bout of depression which culminated in me virtually having a breakdown and wanting to end my life back in January. It`s taken a while but I believe I`ve more or less recovered now. I still have to take anti-depressants and I have psychotherapy with a therapist once a week but I`m in no way depressed anymore.

 

I`m back at work now and much to my surprise, I`ve become very close friends with someone who I met on a forum at the end of February. We initially started chatting at the end of February by PM on a website and this then extended to Facebook. We only live 50 miles apart and we have met up four times and on each occasion, we`ve got on really well. Right now, we are just friends and that will remain the case but in the future who knows.

 

Us meeting proved to be a real turning point for me. She has helped me to move on from things that have happened in the recent past and has helped me to forgive myself for mistakes I made whilst I was ill and to know that I am a good person with worth, value and inherent good qualities. Furthermore, meeting her has helped me to forgive and move on from those people who have used or hurt me in the past. Forgiveness isn`t about forgetting things that have happened or necessarily letting people who have used and hurt you back into your life. It`s about letting go of the bitterness, shame, remorse and anger that you feel towards yourself and others. It`s just my opinion but I cannot stress how important forgiveness is. Being angry and bitter is so destructive and you can never trust or open yourself up to anyone you meet in the future unless you let it go. It`s a sad fact of life but people who have trust issues generally carry a lot of emotional baggage and find it virtually impossible to form healthy and successful relationships in real life.

 

Sorry for the previous paragraph - just wanted to share what I have learned about forgiveness.

 

Hope all of you out there are doing okay and not letting acne beat you. I know it`s really hard to believe but having acne doesn`t define you and you shouldn`t let what others say to you define you either. Everyone of us was born with worth, value and self-esteem - it`s only experiences throughout our lives that make us believe that we don`t have these commodities. Irrespective of the condition of our skin, everyone of us has value, worth, importance and we all matter. I know it`s hard but if you can try to remind yourselves of those facts and learn to believe and accept those things for yourselves, you`d be surprised how  much easier life becomes.

 

Take care everyone.


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#6873 Valerie44

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:10 PM

Just came from seeing my dermatologist and to my surprise he said my skin looked great so he's keeping me at 50 mg of Spiro for another 6 months then he will up it to 75mgs :) Today I feel as tho my skin is doing well so im happy :)


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Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

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Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


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Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:03 PM

Not to great :( Just started using a new product , which has mandelic acid in it .I've actually never heard of mandelic acid till I saw some mentioning of it and I said I'll give it a shot.  I have had problems in the past with BP causing itching welts/ hives on my face causing my acne to explode so most products with BP I am weary to try . Ergghhh I thought this was going to work I've used it for two weeks and I know that's to short of a period to know but the first week I looked absolutely great , but second week I am so sad. Plus the fact that this cost 30+ dollars hopefully will see results in the future.

I have also started easing myself back into using salicylic  acid , starting with the Sensitive Stridex Wipes + Aloe which have about %0.5 in them, they seem to cause dryness so I am going to have start researching some lightweight moisturizers. Overall not to happy with my skin :/



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:30 PM

Feeling insecure about my skin but very positive about my life.  I refuse to give up and let this condition be the be all and end all of my life!


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

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Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:19 PM

I am feeling so so so fed up!
I had a giant white head on my chin this morning (I guess a bunch of small little ones in one spot), which started to go down and dry up. BUT I'm getting THE LARGEST zit in the center of my chin. My chin is always breaking out, I can't escape it. It hurts and red and did I mention large?! It's about the size of a quarter! I found myself thinking, 'why me? I'm too old for this'


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:03 AM

I'm finding myself being happier and happier with my Spiro progress :) I have not taken a single Minocycline pill in the last 2 weeks and I still haven't broken out yay!!! My derm did give me refills for Minocycline for another 6 months so I might fill one more just in case I need to take it around my menstrual cycle.  My blood work came out fine so I will continue with my Spiro and my new bc :)


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Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 02:23 AM

So fed up and sad, the right side of my chin is constantly broken out in lots of small red spots. Plus today I have a large sore papule too. All I can think is I have to go to work looking like this and see people. I look and feel shit and it seems never ending

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

Bad day :( Woke up to a bunch of new breakouts on my chin.



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    Acne has broken me down but i am hopefully that one day things will get better.
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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:27 PM

Bad Skin Week.  I stopped BP on certain parts of my face and as predicted, i have broken out in red mosquito like bumps that itch.  Damned if i do, damned if i don't....sigh


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.



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