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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:51 PM

thank you so much for your encouraging comments.

Update: I have run out of Tetralysal and decided not to renew the course (I can't really afford all these different prescriptions every month). I have had several blemishes appear since then but they aren't a big deal, just red and the size of a pin head. Nothing foundation can't handle. Also I see a direct relationship between how much water I drink and my skin - recently I've been SOOOO stressed due to uni assignment hell and so I medicate with a few gin and tonics in the evening. Alcohol = dehydration = blemishes. So it's a pros and cons game.

It's officially winter now. Super short days - sun rise is about 8 after I've left for uni and sun set is about 4. So absolutely no sunlight for me. I'm trying to work out whether it might help my health in general to take vitamin D tablets or to frequent a sun bed every few weeks. I'd rather the former as I am working on the classy pale look right now (using lemon juice to bleach my skin, fully saying good bye to my once loved orange look), and because I don't fancy skin cancer so much. But I also know that it is probably a less artificial method than tablets.

I'm struggling with shine at the moment. I use Cetaphil moisturiser and have an uncontrollably luminated face. Even wearing foundation and powder, the shine powers through. I look like a lightbulb in photos. Does any one know a good moisturiser as good as Cetaphil but less shiney?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:08 AM

Another update!

I am still using Epiduo and Tetralysal daily. I would like to wean myself off Epiduo because it's a huge frickin ballache to wait half an hour for it to dry before I can moisturise and go to bed. My boyfriend is getting really tired of my hour long bedtime routine (especially because in this hour I transform myself into a giant pyjama wearing, tired eye pale-skin mess who barks "do not touch my face it is wet")

My scars are definitely fading. To help this along I do a number of things: apply lemon juice (neat) with a cotton pad all over my face (this also helps my face get paler to match my neck), using sudocrem, applying BioOil all over (good moisturiser, also exfoliates and doesn't break me out), microdermabration (No7 brand, it's awesome! on my second tub, and with a Boots voucher it only cost £6!) and lemon juice and sugar scrubs.

I don't know if it is the scarring or the result of nightly Epidou but my skin often looks a bit like it's been burned... This is mainly when I wear makeup, it just looks a bit sorry and battered looking.

Makeup: Garnier BB cream is really good! I used to mix Clinique Anti Blemish foundation with moisturiser to get a light breathable coverage but BB cream is cheaper, smells better and does the same job. Only issues with this are that the lightest shade is a bit too dark with my skin. Same goes for Clinique. Won't be a problem soon though because spring is arriving. Yay!

Here is a photo of my progress. I like to stick around on here because it helped me so much during my worst days and I hope that I can help other people and stand as proof that there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm planning on writing to Epiduo with my before and after photos, thanking them for being my HG acne cure.

Anyone else having success with Epiduo?

PS I still can't be rid of blackheads all over my nose. I can't seem to find any products with AHA, anything you guys can recommend?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:15 AM

The home made toner sounds interesting.

Sounds like stuff they would recommend at http://www.acnenomored.com

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

i would not quit on epiduo if it works for you....

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:47 AM

For the black heads I would definitely recommend Acne.org AHA. It's a HUGE bottle that will last you a very long time.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:32 AM

Another update!

I am still using Epiduo and Tetralysal daily. I would like to wean myself off Epiduo because it's a huge frickin ballache to wait half an hour for it to dry before I can moisturise and go to bed. My boyfriend is getting really tired of my hour long bedtime routine (especially because in this hour I transform myself into a giant pyjama wearing, tired eye pale-skin mess who barks "do not touch my face it is wet")

My scars are definitely fading. To help this along I do a number of things: apply lemon juice (neat) with a cotton pad all over my face (this also helps my face get paler to match my neck), using sudocrem, applying BioOil all over (good moisturiser, also exfoliates and doesn't break me out), microdermabration (No7 brand, it's awesome! on my second tub, and with a Boots voucher it only cost £6!) and lemon juice and sugar scrubs.

I don't know if it is the scarring or the result of nightly Epidou but my skin often looks a bit like it's been burned... This is mainly when I wear makeup, it just looks a bit sorry and battered looking.

Makeup: Garnier BB cream is really good! I used to mix Clinique Anti Blemish foundation with moisturiser to get a light breathable coverage but BB cream is cheaper, smells better and does the same job. Only issues with this are that the lightest shade is a bit too dark with my skin. Same goes for Clinique. Won't be a problem soon though because spring is arriving. Yay!

Here is a photo of my progress. I like to stick around on here because it helped me so much during my worst days and I hope that I can help other people and stand as proof that there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm planning on writing to Epiduo with my before and after photos, thanking them for being my HG acne cure.

Anyone else having success with Epiduo?

PS I still can't be rid of blackheads all over my nose. I can't seem to find any products with AHA, anything you guys can recommend?


Abigail, glad to hear that you found something that works for you. I am almost 4 months into atralin (tretnoin .05%) and my acne is at its worst. I mainly get chin/mouth acne in the exact same spot and more recently, started breaking out on jawline are in cysts. Definitely thinking that Epiduo will be my next step.

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:19 PM

Hi Abigail!

I've just recently started a treatment of Epiduo and Tetralysal and my first week has been hell. Finding acne.org was a godsend and I'd like to say that your story has really given me the hope and encouragement I needed. I've had acne since 12/13 years old, on and off, and it got really bad when I reached 15/16. Used Clindi-something or other, a topical lotion, which seemed to clear it up but it never disappeared completely. I'm now 21 and my acne this year has been awful. I'm hoping Epiduo will be my solution. Reading your posts has been incredibly helpful and your skin looks so good! Hoping that'll be me in a few months time.
I want to start my own acne journal on here and was wondering which forum I post it in? Forums like these are so much more informative than all the official spot treatment sites.Thanks.

As for a moisturiser - I currently use La Roche-Posay EFFACLAR H, which describes it's target as 'Oily skin made fragile by over-drying skincare' and I find it moisturises well, is gentle, and doesn't produce too much extra shine. It's also non-comedogenic and contains glycerin. Also, the Body Shop do a seaweed day moisturiser that is designed to control shine, which I found was really nice to use and didn't provoke breakouts - though I'm not sure if it is non-comedogenic.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:21 AM

Hi Abigail!

I've just recently started a treatment of Epiduo and Tetralysal and my first week has been hell. Finding acne.org was a godsend and I'd like to say that your story has really given me the hope and encouragement I needed. I've had acne since 12/13 years old, on and off, and it got really bad when I reached 15/16. Used Clindi-something or other, a topical lotion, which seemed to clear it up but it never disappeared completely. I'm now 21 and my acne this year has been awful. I'm hoping Epiduo will be my solution. Reading your posts has been incredibly helpful and your skin looks so good! Hoping that'll be me in a few months time.
I want to start my own acne journal on here and was wondering which forum I post it in? Forums like these are so much more informative than all the official spot treatment sites.Thanks.


I felt the same about the org during my journey through acne. The support you will receive from here is invaluable, the advice is so enlightening.
I'm so glad that my story has helped you, I'm in the process of starting a blog which will include my adventures with epiduo hopefully to help more people. At first I was embarrassed to share the photos of my skin at its worst but now I see how important they are for showing the progress I made through Epiduo.

For a journal on here, I just started a post. I really recommend making a photo diary too, it will give you encouragement and allow you to see just how much progress you've made. When you're clear its easy to forget where you've come from, the pictures keep me grounded.

Do you have anyone in your life that you share your feelings with RE acne? Whilst these forums are so good for that it's also really important that you have someone to hold you tight and hug you when you need that extra support.

As for a moisturiser - I currently use La Roche-Posay EFFACLAR H, which describes it's target as 'Oily skin made fragile by over-drying skincare' and I find it moisturises well, is gentle, and doesn't produce too much extra shine. It's also non-comedogenic and contains glycerin. Also, the Body Shop do a seaweed day moisturiser that is designed to control shine, which I found was really nice to use and didn't provoke breakouts - though I'm not sure if it is non-comedogenic.


I did look into getting La Roche Posay Extreme fluid. After watching this video about sun damage
http://youtu.be/bUYXfovG6w8
I was really keen to get a high SPF that didn't break me out. Other than that I just carry a Clinique powder compact with me all the time to blot the shine. Makes me feel tres sophisticated getting my powder puff out in public Posted Image

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

Sunscreen is very important to my regimen. I have had skin cancer before, so preventative measures are important to me :]

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 05:56 AM

I felt the same about the org during my journey through acne. The support you will receive from here is invaluable, the advice is so enlightening.
I'm so glad that my story has helped you, I'm in the process of starting a blog which will include my adventures with epiduo hopefully to help more people. At first I was embarrassed to share the photos of my skin at its worst but now I see how important they are for showing the progress I made through Epiduo.

For a journal on here, I just started a post. I really recommend making a photo diary too, it will give you encouragement and allow you to see just how much progress you've made. When you're clear its easy to forget where you've come from, the pictures keep me grounded.

Do you have anyone in your life that you share your feelings with RE acne? Whilst these forums are so good for that it's also really important that you have someone to hold you tight and hug you when you need that extra support.


I've been keeping track of my skin and will hopefully post up what I've written so far soon. I did take some photos, but eventually deleted them because they were just so depressing. I'll have to get up the courage to take some more though because it's helpful to have some perspective.

Yeah, I'm lucky in that I have some great friends, wonderful family and a very supportive bf. I'm currently abroad and was when I started the treatment so none of them have really seen my skin up close and I'm hoping by the time I go back it will be looking better.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:58 AM

Hi Everyone. I've started writing a blog which is basically inspired from my experiences with acne and documenting it here. I'd really appreciate it if anyone would consider following me or maybe having a look? I only started uploading two days ago, it's pretty much reviews of products and details of my experiences with acne and maintaining clear skin.

Thank you acne.org xx

http://abigirlsdress...blogspot.co.uk/

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:10 AM

Hi! Your blog is super cute and informative!

Your acne struggles are similar to mine. I haven't tried Epiduo, but right now I'm trying Paula's Choice CLEAR system. It's actually working so well! I'm in my third month of using it, and finally am starting to not think about my acne so much due to the fact that it's not really there!! Posted Image I still have red marks, but the AHA I'm using is helping with those. Except I keep picking, so I get more red marks. Ooooopsies.

So, I read that you're looking for something to remove blackheads. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid is AWESOME for blackheads on the nose. Like, awesome. Cleans them right out. It's weird, but when you're rubbing it in, sometimes the blackheads just fall right out.

Posted Image So happy for you!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

Hi! Your blog is super cute and informative!

Your acne struggles are similar to mine. I haven't tried Epiduo, but right now I'm trying Paula's Choice CLEAR system. It's actually working so well! I'm in my third month of using it, and finally am starting to not think about my acne so much due to the fact that it's not really there!! Posted Image I still have red marks, but the AHA I'm using is helping with those. Except I keep picking, so I get more red marks. Ooooopsies.

So, I read that you're looking for something to remove blackheads. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid is AWESOME for blackheads on the nose. Like, awesome. Cleans them right out. It's weird, but when you're rubbing it in, sometimes the blackheads just fall right out.

Posted Image So happy for you!


Thank you for your feedback on my blog! I am really enjoying writing it. Even though I know the photos aren't very attractive I'm hoping that it will help anyone struggling like I did to feel not alone.

I have been really wanting to try an AHA or BHA for blackheads but I never seem to be able to find anything on the UK market. I'll put the Paula's Choice BHA on my christmas list!

I know this is terribly timed advice considering the season but I noticed a dramatic reduction in my red marks after going on holiday abroad (places much more sunny than the UK and I always spend heaps of time outside when I'm on my jollies), the other thing I found helped was doing a gentle lemon juice 'peel', basically putting lemon juice on my face while I'm in the bath. I know you've probably tried the latter because lemon juice is RAVED about on here.

Good luck though, I'm so happy to hear you've found something that's working for you! Isn't it just a super feeling when you realise that you've not worried about your skin for a whole day! The relief of not thinking about it all the time is nearly as good as the progress you see in the mirror.

xx

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

One more thing, for some shameless self promotion, I make my own toner specifically for keeping acne away and healing red marks and scars. I think it works well for me, maybe it will work for you?

http://abigirlsdress...e-fighting.html

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

My red marks are always less noticeable in the summer, so I think that Vitamin D helps the skin with the healing! You're definitely on to something with the sun theory.

I have heard about lemon juice "peels," but I have yet to try it out. I think that your toner looks great! I've tried all of those ingredients (besides the lemon juice) and have seen results with them. You're a genius for putting them all together! I'll let you know how it works for me! Posted Image I think the toner might also help with my boyfriend's razor burn.

Also, even though you have acne in your "before" photos, you're still beautiful! Seriously! :)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:23 AM

My red marks are always less noticeable in the summer, so I think that Vitamin D helps the skin with the healing! You're definitely on to something with the sun theory.

I have heard about lemon juice "peels," but I have yet to try it out. I think that your toner looks great! I've tried all of those ingredients (besides the lemon juice) and have seen results with them. You're a genius for putting them all together! I'll let you know how it works for me! Posted Image I think the toner might also help with my boyfriend's razor burn.

Also, even though you have acne in your "before" photos, you're still beautiful! Seriously! Posted Image


I looked through your gallery and I can barely see any red marks! Although I know from personal experience that you can't help but be drawn to looking critically at your skin. You've made amazing progress though, yay! Do you find the photo diary helps keep your spirits up? I think that marking progress and getting the chance to look at your face as a whole rather than your eyes just focusing on the worst in the mirror is really helpful.

Also, you are gorgeous! You have such beautiful lips.

I don't know where in the USA you are but I'm hoping that you've not been affected by Sandy. All you Americans have been in my thoughts. x

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

Thanks for the compliment! *blush*

Most of the pictures that I have in my gallery are from last year when I actually got pretty clear. Having those pictures did really help me. Now I have progress pictures on my phone which I have not posted on here that are helping me see which sort of results I'm getting.

My boyfriend and I have started using your toner. I really like it!! My boyfriend shaved and then used it, and he didn't end up with ANY razor burn and usually he gets it really bad! So, that's really exciting!
Do you usually use it twice a day or just once at night or in the morning?

As for Hurricane Sandy, I do live in the East, but not the Northeast, so we didn't get hit, thankfully. Those who did get hit got hit hard though, and I've got lots of friends up there, so thanks for your thoughts! :)

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:10 AM

Do you think a moisturizer is necessary with epiduo? My dermatologist said that i should be fine without one but looking at all these posts it seems that i need to be on one so i won't have as much irritation. Also how long did it take to see initial results from the prescription?

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