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#21 AllynRose

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:15 AM

Hey, I think your skin actually looks pretty good. Obviously not clear, but it's mostly red marks with a reduction in active spots, no?

By adding BP or ProActivce to your regimen, you might overdry your face. That makes your skin try to overcompensate by producing more sebum, which means moooooore pimples.

If your skin's still oily though, maybe Dan's BP could help dry it up. Every derm I've talked to thinks the proactive kit is a scam, so I feel obligated to warn you about blowing money on that, unless you've had success with it before.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

hey I am still applying ram but I added salicylic acid for the morning with nuetrogena on the spot mix with clindamycin . i guess ill give it another week. I have so many mark n I cant stop picking this whiteheads. I use panoxyl for my body acne n I doing very good with that also with bp n clindamycin. I know I should use a mosturizer but my face is so oily still. nclare I also keep track of ur progress :) helps me out alot with the emotional part of this. I know I am not alone n I can relate to others. u guys r the best :)

It did for 3 yrs but I start to notice that when I ran out of a product I would break out. it dnt help with the cystic acne either. I havent order anything yet. just changed my routin up.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 05:59 AM

good morning guys well I have a derma appt today with a different doctor
i want to get a second opinion. I think I am going stop using salacyid acid bc it made my skin peel like crazy. which I wouldn't mind if it wa ram doing it..as far as my skin goes its looking a but better the areas my skin is broken out looks lighter.also my left cheeck where I had a bad brake out the pimples r dry but they are still like 2 active ones. I have 2 whiteheads on my chin n 3 nice red ones in the middle of my forehead. does anyone know if its ok to wash with panoxyl bp n dn apply ram? my doc said to do this. as far for Halloween im be a kitty m my son who just turned 3 yesterday is going to be woody from story. ill take some pics n post them here happy Halloween Posted Image

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:24 AM

just finish coming from the derma and I have about a couple of zits that are cystic I really like this doctor she was very nice and informative she injected the cyst which I have about 6. also she prescribed me acanya its so crazy how bad my acne got she said that retina a isn't suppose make break out that bad. she said keep using ram 1%. my usually routine and add b6 to my vitamin intake and take 1 pill before my period so it can help out with the cystic acne i am getting. I am going to see her again in a month. we talked about taking antibiotics but I am not sure about that maybe next time if I don't clear up a bit by then. here are some pictures I add new ones

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:00 PM

Your skins looking good! Left cheek is clearing VERY well :) Not too long to go now! x
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:31 PM

week 7

I am having another breakout which are filled with pus I am guessing clogged pores. I am tempted to pop them there so gross. how long more of ib. the acanya is doing its job drying them out n keeping them small. I have one under my nose my skin is dry bc of the bp so im cut down on the bp at night. my back is clear n my chest is ok. my marks are still there some are lighter. my nose is black head free.
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nclare thanks thats the side thats clear.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:59 PM

Hey, Nclare is right... it's hard but it just takes time for most of this stuff to work... It took 7-8 months of Accutane for mine to clear up.... just hang in there and don't pick!!!!! It will be worth it in the end ;)
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:37 AM

glx thanks I end up picking one bc it poped when I was taking a shower. my god my face is horrible today its like I took a couple steps backwards. my chest is breaking out a bit. my pr is going to be here soon in a week. I am thinking I should try out spiro bc my worst breakouts around my pr but I dnt know yet I really dont want to go through another ib. emotionally I cant this process has drained me out. I am so down today. I bought bcomplex vitmains bc my doc said to take b6 a week before my pr. but now I have been reading that it can causes breakouts I sure dnt need anymore of that. my brother asked me why did I have so many pimples n how can my bf kiss md when my face looks like that. he is 14 n he so far has clear skin. w.e im just going to try and put on a happy face.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 01:57 PM

How's the progress going now?
Morning:
  • Wash my face with Cetaphil Cleanser
  • Wait 20-30 minutes then put on Retisol-A (Tretinoin) 0.025% [this cream has a built-in SPF and moisturizer
Night:
  • Wash face with Cetaphil Cleanser
  • Wait 20 minutes, put Cindoxyl Gel.

If my face is super dry I use Cetaphil Moisturizer before each medicated cream!



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Posted 06 November 2011 - 03:25 PM

not much red marks,inflamed pimples with white heads on them they hurt. some of my red marks are a bit lighter here a pic of today. my sanity is the one thats suffering lol

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:38 PM

Ah I know it's hard not to pick. . . . :/ I'm sorry your brother said something. He's probably too young to understand. The real reason I started going to the derm again is because my girlfriend mentioned something about my skin :( just keep thinking about how good your skin will look at the end of your course!
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:22 AM

Hey Gems. My skin is looking a little like yours too... really weird actually, on Saturday I woke up with all these pimples with heads. I havent had any heads on my breakouts in ages! infact I NEVER really got heads... just inflamed angry cysts lol. The temptation to pick them really is too much! I recommend taking a hot shower, or steaming your face as this will open the pore and it should just come out gently.
I think your skin is really looking like its about to clear up... Just red marks? x
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:29 AM

I hope so nclare I am not wearing any make up todat omg this is going to be one intersting day lol. I think the pictures are a bit deciving bc in person I think looks a bit worse. I know what u mean I wake up with white puss filled ones its like a pimple per day. by the way does ur acne get worst the time ur pr is about to start?

glx I know he is small so he doesnt understand embarssing how im older and I look like im going through puberty all over again lol. 5 more weeks till I hit the 3 month mark. my realtionship with my bf suffers a bit bc im a bit insecure and I dont want to go out anywhere unless I have to. how was ur accutane experience? and thanks again :)

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:04 AM

Yeah I think my period effects my skin, but I have bad skin all the time so its just I'll get more around the lower part of my face and they are usually the big inflamed kind.

I have a million different foundations which I wear, because my skin is always changing from dry to oily or red... I use different ones depending how it is. At the moment I usually use this mineral powder foundation by l'oreal because it covers up the red marks well and doesnt seem to clog up round the dry skin as much as others. When my skin was a bit clearer but still had red marks I used estee lauder super stay makeup... which was really good at just lasting all day and you could layer it if you needed more coverage... but its expensive and does seem to dry up quickly. I have a pressed powder, a cream and another liquid also so sometimes ill use a combination...I also have a green concealer which is good to cover red marks (I dont recommend on dry acne though as it looks green and flakey!)
Best for me at this point of retin a is the mineral powder. :)

I admire you for going out without makeup though! only place I go without is to the gym... and stil sometimes ill put a little on just to cover up some of the redness.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:18 AM

I think wearing make up is affecting my skin even more and not in a good way. thats one I am having right now the ones that hurt. what are the ingerdients on the loreal? I think the make up I bought 2 weeks ago made me breaking out on my forehead. I hate how my skin looks without make up though :/

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:51 AM

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (3.0%), Zinc Oxide (5.0%). Inactive Ingredients: Talc, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Camauba) Wax, Cetyl Dimethicone, Trimethyl Siloxysilicate, Triisocetyl Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panthenol, May Contain:, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides ...LOL I have know idea what it all means but zinc oxide is good! x
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:42 PM

I hope so nclare I am not wearing any make up todat omg this is going to be one intersting day lol. I think the pictures are a bit deciving bc in person I think looks a bit worse. I know what u mean I wake up with white puss filled ones its like a pimple per day. by the way does ur acne get worst the time ur pr is about to start?

glx I know he is small so he doesnt understand embarssing how im older and I look like im going through puberty all over again lol. 5 more weeks till I hit the 3 month mark. my realtionship with my bf suffers a bit bc im a bit insecure and I dont want to go out anywhere unless I have to. how was ur accutane experience? and thanks again Posted Image


My accutane experience was horrible for about 7 months.. then all of a sudden I had 0 spots and my skin looked amazing! It was the best thing I ever did.. With my job I would hate to experience a massive IB from it. My joints are still a little odd from taking it.. even after a few years. I had nosebleeds, sore joints, tons of dryness and redness but in the end it was amazing. :/ If this doesnt clear my skin after the 4 or 5 months w/e it is then I'm gonna beg to go back on it. Your boyfriend probably thinks you are beautiful with or without acne if you are still together. I wouldn't feel insecure around him! I'm not sure about the whole PR stuff... thankfully I don't have to deal with the hormonal changes like you guys do :P
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:38 AM

morning everyone well I keep getting these big pimples filled with puss that break and leave
a big mark on my skin. I had a break down and told my derm I couldnt handle it any more because its the same puss filled pimples that come back and I felt that when my skin was healing a week later I would get a mess of pimples that left more damage. she prescribed minocyline 100mg once a day. just to give my skin a chances to heal. I tried the no antibotic route but after a month and almost a week on ram I couldnt. thats all for now hugs and have a great day :)

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 09:29 PM

Good luck! I'm tetracycline resistant so minocycline didn't work on me, but it should work on other people.

Hang in there! (:
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 02:23 PM

I have been using Tretinoin 0.05 since July and it worked for me.

Hang on there and cheer up.

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Dr Bronner Baby mild castile liquid soap

Kiehl's Ultra moisturiser

Wait 30 mins

Tretinoin Retino 0.05
Have been using tretinoin cream 0.05% since 7/23/11
Tretinoin gel 0.1% on 2/6/2012 on my neck every once in a while only

Salmon oil diet supplement
Vitamin A&D

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http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/303198-tretinoin-005-log/

Current status
99.9% Cleared.
Mild scars left but are fading.
Big pores on my nose and center of my face.
Blackheads reduced.
Virtually no dry skin.