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#7401 Pianina

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 11:02 AM

Winter climate is my worst enemy, especially when it's below zero... Breaking out a bit and struggling with dryness. Hope it will soon turn into a milder winter :/


Diagnosed with PCOS/Insulin resistance

Currently clear from acne.

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control 
- Spironolactone 50 mg
 
Skincare:

- Paula's Choice

Supplements:

- Innate Response Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium, for blood sugar balancing 
- Innate Response DysBio-GI, against candida

Extra:

- Peppermint tea 2 cups/day
- Licorice tea 1 cup/day

 


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 06:43 PM

The waiting period is so hard. Will it work this time, am i doomed to fail....again? This has not been my toughest battle to date but it has been my most persistent. I just want to wake up one day, look in the mirror and think, 'damn, that's a good looking girl right there,'

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 07 January 2015 - 11:51 PM

I literally haven't posted on here in a year, but to hell with it. I've been upset and I need to vent. 

 

I am clear now of acne but I have a skin picking problem. I basically create my own trouble. I haven't picked in 2 years, until now. I was bored, and didn't think it would do any major damage. So I went to the mirror and got to picking. I ended up squeezing the shit out of a virtually non-existent blackhead, which eventually turned into a big spot and scabbed over. The scab fell off a few days ago and it's now pink skin. It's not big, but not small either...

 

I just feel like I've back tracked on all of the progress I had made. I haven't picked anything in 2 YEARS. My skin was great. There was nothing wrong with it. I felt like I was on top of the world. I had beaten acne, AND skin picking. But no...I HAD to pick and now I have this brand new pink spot on my face. It's on my cheek, so it's not like you can't see it. I've been holding in my emotions all this time because I didn't want my parents to see me freaking out, but I finally lost it tonight over dinner and started crying in the restaurant. I just feel my emotional state going back to when I had acne, when I picked my skin, when my skin was bad. That was the darkest time of my life. I had never felt so depressed, hopeless, ugly, even suicidal until that time. And I got through it, and I'm so glad, but having something new on my face brings back all of those dark feelings. I've got one half of my mind saying I need to keep it together, and the other half telling me how ugly I am now and how everyone is going to see it and think I'm hideous.

 

Thankfully my parents were not mad at me. But I'm leaving them to go back to school now, and I just wish I could stay longer now. I wish I could stay another month to see how the spot looks then. But I know how ridiculous I'm being. I know if I told these things to like, any other person in my life, they would think I'm crazy. Who puts their life on hold for a spot on their face? Me, I guess. I don't know when I got this fucked up, or how, but it's like I can't let go of the obsession. Ever since this new spot appeared I keep looking in the mirror, taking photos of it to assess it, asking my parents how it is, and cursing myself to hell for picking at my skin. Those are all things I did years ago, too, back when I had acne and acne scars. It's all come full circle.

 

I just want to be happy with myself no matter what my face, or skin, looks like. That's all I want. I see so many people with acne and acne scars living life joyfully and without fear. How do they do that? How do they just not care? I want so badly to be like that. I want to be able to go outside without worrying what my skin looks like. 

 

Anyways, I'm sorry for the random post in here. I haven't posted for a year but all of these problems recently surfaced and I'm having a lot of trouble dealing with them. 


[CURRENT REGIMEN]

AM:

Wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel (European version) + Clarisonic Mia

Apply CeraVe AM Moisturizer w/ SPF 30

Apply Aczone (dapsone) 
 

 

PM:

Wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel + Clarisonic Mia
Apply CeraVe PM Moisturizer 
Apply Epiduo (adapalene + benzoyl peroxide)
50 mg of Spironolactone 

 

[CURRENT STATUS]
90% clear

 


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 06:11 PM

I haven't posted here in like over a year!! that's because I have overcome acne. I don't break out anymore, well I do, but no white head, etc. I hated those so much!!!   I'm here because of the scars. They're annoying me now. :( as I age, the worse they get.


Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.
Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.
Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!
I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 04:56 PM

I haven't posted here in a year either also mainly because my skin has become better as well. Thanks to the new stuff I've been using for almost a year...I still get breakouts on my chin but not as much. And the best thing is that most of my pitted scars are almost gone!! I was examining my skin under harsh light this evening and it didn't make me cry like it used to. My face looks a lot better. I almost feel normal. I still have one scar on my cheek but I don't think that one will ever disappear...I can't believe one huge zit ruined my cheek. :/

I can't say I'm totally happy. I'm just happier.



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Posted 11 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

Hey everyone, long time no "see". I just wanted to pop in and let you know what's working for me lately. It's something I've talked about on here in the past but I always went back and forth on it. Now I know for sure that it helps. This is my "face washing" regimen:

 

-I shower once a day, in high pressure, lukewarm water that streams directly on my face for a few minutes.

-I don't rub with my fingers or use any soap.

-I get out of the shower, dry off my hair and body with a towel, then go to my room and pat dry my face with the inside of a clean t-shirt.

 

My face looks red and irritated, plus a little dry and flaky, for a couple hours after doing this. But it never itches. So I usually shower at night, or very early in the day if I'm going out later on. After a few hours it looks practically flawless. Although I usually have 2-3 spots at various stages in their cycle, because I have days where I second guess this regimen and do it differently, which breaks me out.

 

My diet is dairy free, red meat free, with limited sugar intake. But that's for general health and animal welfare reasons. I don't know if it makes a difference for my skin but I thought I should mention it.

 

Doing this keeps my skin clear and never oily. It does look a little rough and red at times, but I'm probably still transitioning.


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Posted 14 January 2015 - 01:33 AM

eh, I've been better, but also have been worse so ..


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Posted 14 January 2015 - 07:41 PM

This process is a one step forward, two step back deal and its testing my patience.  I think one of the hardest part of dealing with acne is not accepting it but having others accept it.  Would you say to a person in a wheelchair, "man, what's wrong with your legs?"?  Probably not.  Then why do people think it's ok to point out the flaws of others "hey, you have a red lump or 10 on your face."  If people treated me as a person and did not point out my acne, I would probably have already accepted it as part of my being.


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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Posted 14 January 2015 - 11:16 PM

Winter climate is my worst enemy, especially when it's below zero... Breaking out a bit and struggling with dryness. Hope it will soon turn into a milder winter :/

Ugh. I'm on the SAME page. I thought my dryness was dealt with b/c I went to my derm. in November when it started getting cold. But apparently, that was FALL in chicago. FALL. The past few days have been constant breakouts, flaking like crazy, tightness. Also probably has something to do with the fact that I started a new tube of Tazoarac, which means it's probably more potent than my older tube.  stopped all my topicals tonight and slathered on CeraVe. I want to re-normalize my skin, even if it takes a few days before I add the topicals back in gradually and in small amounts. 


Winter routine: 
AM:

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

 Clarisonic every other day

1 pumps CeraVe PM

DHC Water Base Moisture  (A LIFE SAVER for Chicago winters!!!)

CeraVe Lotion

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42 (sometimes) 

 Night 
CeraVe hydrating cleanser 

DHC Water Base Moisture

1 pumps CeraVe PM

CeraVe Lotion

Dan's BP or Tazorac (every other day)

 

 

 


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Posted 15 January 2015 - 07:01 AM

Winter climate is my worst enemy, especially when it's below zero... Breaking out a bit and struggling with dryness. Hope it will soon turn into a milder winter :/

Ugh. I'm on the SAME page. I thought my dryness was dealt with b/c I went to my derm. in November when it started getting cold. But apparently, that was FALL in chicago. FALL. The past few days have been constant breakouts, flaking like crazy, tightness. Also probably has something to do with the fact that I started a new tube of Tazoarac, which means it's probably more potent than my older tube.  stopped all my topicals tonight and slathered on CeraVe. I want to re-normalize my skin, even if it takes a few days before I add the topicals back in gradually and in small amounts. 


Try getting a room humidifier and eat a lot of avocado. It really helpt me recently :D 


Diagnosed with PCOS/Insulin resistance

Currently clear from acne.

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control 
- Spironolactone 50 mg
 
Skincare:

- Paula's Choice

Supplements:

- Innate Response Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium, for blood sugar balancing 
- Innate Response DysBio-GI, against candida

Extra:

- Peppermint tea 2 cups/day
- Licorice tea 1 cup/day

 


#7411 skinnie

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 01:00 AM

 

Winter climate is my worst enemy, especially when it's below zero... Breaking out a bit and struggling with dryness. Hope it will soon turn into a milder winter :/

Ugh. I'm on the SAME page. I thought my dryness was dealt with b/c I went to my derm. in November when it started getting cold. But apparently, that was FALL in chicago. FALL. The past few days have been constant breakouts, flaking like crazy, tightness. Also probably has something to do with the fact that I started a new tube of Tazoarac, which means it's probably more potent than my older tube.  stopped all my topicals tonight and slathered on CeraVe. I want to re-normalize my skin, even if it takes a few days before I add the topicals back in gradually and in small amounts. 


Try getting a room humidifier and eat a lot of avocado. It really helpt me recently biggrin.png

I have one! This is WITH a humidifier, haha. And, unfortunately, it's quite hard to get my hands on more than just the basic fruits and veggies where I live. I'd have to travel about a 1/2 hour there and 1/2 hour back to get to a grocery store with avocados. Just not something I have time for in med school. :\ I have been eating yogurt, though! That's supposed to help too. 


Winter routine: 
AM:

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

 Clarisonic every other day

1 pumps CeraVe PM

DHC Water Base Moisture  (A LIFE SAVER for Chicago winters!!!)

CeraVe Lotion

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42 (sometimes) 

 Night 
CeraVe hydrating cleanser 

DHC Water Base Moisture

1 pumps CeraVe PM

CeraVe Lotion

Dan's BP or Tazorac (every other day)

 

 

 


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:00 PM

My TOTM is starting on Friday and it was shaping up to be better than before and then BAM, a cyst like lump on my right lower cheek.  It's hard but not painful and flesh colored but raised.  Why oh why is my face playing a peek a boo with me?!?  I am 4 weeks on differin and doing hormonal supplements for roughly 1-2 months so I can't tell if things are working or not because of the inconsistency of my acne.  I know it could be worse but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.  Hoping the next few months will bring with it some stability. 


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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Posted 21 January 2015 - 01:59 PM

ehhh… not good. was fine a week ago and then BAM i get u huge cyst on the upper left side of my nose….. :(



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 06:13 AM

Feeling low about my scars and myself in general... Might be I'm developing a BDD and yet I'm obsessed with laser procedures and saving money for plastic surgery. I can barely look at beautiful women and avoid mirrors with all costs (my bf thinks it's funny that I pee, brush my teeth and shower in darkness, though sometimes I lit a candle or so). I'm determined to get a nose job in spring, even though I realize I might have a mental disorder. It's getting out of hand and I didn't even notice when it happened, I thought I was happy... :/ wtf?

Diagnosed with PCOS/Insulin resistance

Currently clear from acne.

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- Yasmin birth control 
- Spironolactone 50 mg
 
Skincare:

- Paula's Choice

Supplements:

- Innate Response Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium, for blood sugar balancing 
- Innate Response DysBio-GI, against candida

Extra:

- Peppermint tea 2 cups/day
- Licorice tea 1 cup/day

 


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:30 AM

So, I feel really good. My face is completely clear because of the whole cutting back on the topicals and moisturizing bit. Now I'm using no meds every other night. And rotating Tazorac and BP on the nights I do use meds. I'm washing my face with CeraVe hydrating wash and using a clarisonic every other day. My skin is just as clear as summer! I really wish I'd figured this out earlier. I knew that I needed to control my dryness during the winter, but I guess I never tied that to cutting back on topicals. I always though that meant topicals + extra moisturizer. And I actually used more topicals in the winter. I'd break out more so I'd use more on my skin. In fact, my cheek acne started when I started using the regimen all over my face (even though I really only had acne on my forehead). It started in the winter. And my skin was unbearably dry. But breaking out. I would use more BPO and the acne would get worse. It got better b/c of tazorac but probably because I became meticulous about controlling dryness/moisturizer. 

 

This is CRAZY. 

 

How did it take me this long? 

 

Let's see if it lasts...


Winter routine: 
AM:

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

 Clarisonic every other day

1 pumps CeraVe PM

DHC Water Base Moisture  (A LIFE SAVER for Chicago winters!!!)

CeraVe Lotion

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42 (sometimes) 

 Night 
CeraVe hydrating cleanser 

DHC Water Base Moisture

1 pumps CeraVe PM

CeraVe Lotion

Dan's BP or Tazorac (every other day)

 

 

 


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 01:25 PM

I feel great about the progress i've made but I just think the red marks should be fading by now. GO AWAY. 


Current status: Mild acne, hyper-pigmentation on chin, no new cysts!

Treatment plan (since Jan, 2015):

Morning: 

Panoxyl Creamy Wash 4% BP

Clindamycin 1%

Artistry Youth Xtend Protecting Cream - SPF 15

Evening: 

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

Differin (Adapalene)

Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Cream

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Just started Yaz 28 >_>

dairy free...for real this time. I'm trying...

 


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 07:36 PM

In the beginning stages of another purge as I delve into my 5th week on differin.  Frustrating, upsetting and so draining.  I've been a bit stressed with finding a supplemental job and just trying to sort my life out.  Making some progress but still have some ways to go.  I wonder if i'll ever get to the point where I can be unshakeable in spite of my circumstances.  God has a plan for me, just wish I could be patient and see it through the ups and downs.

 

BTW: Keep New York and the East Coast in your thoughts and prayers as we go through our first real storm of 2015


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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