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#41 unlovely2011

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 02:46 PM

that antibiotic will definitely help! hang in there!

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 09:02 PM

thanks guys :) u are all so helpful 8 week on friday.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:06 PM

love your blog! hope the medicine helps!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:13 PM

week 8
Hey there well I am 8 weeks in so far I am doing okay I have a couple of inflamed pimples with nice white spots, redness, dry skin, less oily, and itchy. I am happy to report I haven't picked. my PIH is still there I haven't notice any difference. I started my antibiotics 5 days ago as far as side affects I got a little sick yesterday I had a bad headache and felt dizzy. I am taking them in the morning 30 min before I eat. the pharmacist and the instructions said the same thing. I feel fine but I did lay down yesterday 10 min after taking them and I think that's what got me sick. my chest is doing a little better it had a relapsed lol and my back has 1 pimple on it. I am thinking of removing panoxyl from my regime because its over drying my skin I will be fine with acanya and purpose gentle cleanser in the AM in the PM it will stay the same. I also need to drink more water that's one that I have to accomplish. As far as my feelings I am in a happier place I don't feel as depressed. I am on a make up hunting mission for some good mineral makeup as well as sunscreen. I am thinking either meow, or hello minerals. I am going to post some pictures when I have a chance from my phone. excuse the pictures I have no make up and my hair osnt done yet.


I forgot I went to the allergist and so far I have no food allergies I am allergic to roachs and dust mites but nothing serious. I also made an appt with and endo my appt is on nov 27 we will see how that goes.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:58 AM

Endo meaning endocrinologist? if so, why are you going to one?

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:45 PM

hey dee mainly because I break out on my jaw,chin,and upper lip my derm said its hormonal. also because I have been getting cystic acne even before I started ram. I want get my hormone level tested. I also have been sweating under my arm pits more than usual. I am pretty sure something is going on bc u just dont break out the way I did in august. I wasnt on any bc pill just iud paragard which is hormone free. I removed it in sept and my acne did not improve.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:49 PM

oh ok! thnx for the reply!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:02 AM

your welcome dee. well I have some good news :) I am breaking out less all im left with are the marks. also the pimples are very small and when I dont picked them they flake off. I hope I improve from now on keeping my fingers crossed.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:28 AM

sounds about right. just don't get sucked into picking again and you should be just about out of the woods. :)

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:02 PM

unlovely-im trying my best not to pick its been 2 weeks since I last poked a whitehead. I just notice I have been on ram for 2 months yeah :)!

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:38 PM

hey gems, i hope you don't mind, i just wanted to post a couple more pictures here of my skin without makeup as of today. (18 weeks) my skin is by no means perfect, but hopefully it makes you feel better about the choice to use retinoids.
first one shows my left side, which broke out HORRIBLY in the first few weeks. i haven't had a pimple on that side in weeks, and the scars are almost totally gone.
second one shows my right side, which always had less acne, until a month or so ago. i still have a round mark by my nose from a big cyst/nodule but it's fading. you should also be able to see a pinkish mark around my lip where i squeezed a closed comedone that's been there for ages. not worth it, by the way! there is also some kind of stubborn plug on my cheekbone, if you can see it, which has been there forever and hopefully will go away with time if i leave it be. other than that, i have a few more clogged pores on this side on my cheek closer to my nose but they're virtually invisible (probably very deep) and i hope they come out soon!
forehead and chin are completely clear, though i only ever had very little acne on my forehead and virtually none on my chin.
last one shows my mouth, just to show how squeezing at that plug on my lip paid me back.

hope things are getting clearer for my fellow retinoid users!

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 01:14 PM

@ulovely amazing results!!

@Gemm 2889 hope your progressing! ^_^

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 03:47 PM

thanks dee Posted Image
unlovely- ur skin looks amazinggggg!!!! my god I wouldn't wear make up if I looked that decent without it. I remember covering my face with make up and I didn't need it Posted Image now I do and I hate applying make up every damn day.

I have a pimple on the side of my nose ahh and a couple new ones but tiny I am so damn sure its the flawless makeup which is doing it but I cant seem to find something I like....

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:12 PM

I know how frustrating finding a perfect products friendly to skin like ours.....I also keep testing out new things so whenever I buy a new product, I will try to make sure I can return it if that product doesn't work on me.

Regime


AM
Shower

Elta MD UV Shield spf 45

Makeup

PM
Kiehl's gentle cleanser

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

My log
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.


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:22 PM

Gems, it looks like it is getting better!!!! hang in there a little longer.

Unlovely your skin looks great! congrats
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:16 PM

ali- I know I hate it everything I use seems to break me out.

glx- thanks :)


I keep reading these things about taking antibotics and im little scared I dont want my acne to get worse after I stop taking them. my face is getting a little better and I only been on them for about 2 weeks I doubt it will work that fast. I am 2 guessing taking the antibotics. I have 4 inflamed pimples and one with puss that was a deep black head. it went away and it came back. any suggestions on the antibotics?

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:14 PM

keep taking the antibiotics! what kind did you get? sorry if you mentioned it already and i missed it. you should be able to notice the difference already... your breakouts should be smaller, less painful, and resolve more quickly. the reason you should not have a problem after using antibiotics for a month in conjunction with the tretinoin is that by the end of the antibiotic regimen, your skin should be thinning out which means the pores don't clog as easily and your body will be able to fight off any future infections by itself. of course, since you started them so late, you may not have as dramatic results from the antibiotics. but just think of all the dark marks and potential scars your sparing yourself by using them.
& those ones that 'go away and come back' are deep-rooted infections. it is absolutely imperative to keep hands off of those. the reason they 'come back' is because they actually never went away and picking at them could result in plunging the infection deeper into your skin, which will mean in a few weeks or months it'll come back for revenge. and the bigger the infection gets, the bigger the blemish will be, and the more likely it is to scar. i know it's hard when all you think about is your skin, but try not to obsess. stress is an acne trigger you know, regardless of using medication.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:53 PM

unlovely yeah that sucker is a juicy one lmao but I havent picked it. im taking minocyline 100 mg. also I need to stop obessing im getting better at it since I dont look that bad anymore with make up on.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:41 PM

100 mg twice a day? i had a 100 mg doxy pill in the morning and a 100 mg doxy pill at night when i used it. and it's good that your feeling better about it!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:53 PM

nope 1 a day I weigh 106 so im very tiny lol.