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#21 Sue Finn

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:14 AM

Hi girls

I just wanted to message you to say hang in there! I am 31 and have had terrible experiences of coming off the pill (Dianette - British version of Diane) with acne flaring up each time causing me terrible upset and even depression. The last time I came off the pill was to try for a baby after getting married, then 3 months into my pregnancy my acne was worse than ever, so much so that I wouldn't leave the house and was prescribed antidepressants, it was the worst time of my life when it should have been the happiest. As soon as I gave birth I went straight back on Dianette and was prescribed a course of Roaccutane (Accutane).

And now here I am...having been back on bcp since Jan 2012 and my skin is better than it has ever been . However I've now decided that I need to bite the bullet and attempt to stop the pill to finally fight the acne which WILL DEFINITELY return in a few months. My strategy is to start the regimen tomorrow morning in the hope that it will prepare my skin for the impending horror that awaits me and prevent the acne from returning.

I look forward to following your journeys - good luck x

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:55 AM

Hi girls

I just wanted to message you to say hang in there! I am 31 and have had terrible experiences of coming off the pill (Dianette - British version of Diane) with acne flaring up each time causing me terrible upset and even depression. The last time I came off the pill was to try for a baby after getting married, then 3 months into my pregnancy my acne was worse than ever, so much so that I wouldn't leave the house and was prescribed antidepressants, it was the worst time of my life when it should have been the happiest. As soon as I gave birth I went straight back on Dianette and was prescribed a course of Roaccutane (Accutane).

And now here I am...having been back on bcp since Jan 2012 and my skin is better than it has ever been . However I've now decided that I need to bite the bullet and attempt to stop the pill to finally fight the acne which WILL DEFINITELY return in a few months. My strategy is to start the regimen tomorrow morning in the hope that it will prepare my skin for the impending horror that awaits me and prevent the acne from returning.

I look forward to following your journeys - good luck x


Oh wow that is great that you are going to go on the regimen. I am on day 12 and it is such a journey! I look forward to reading about your journey on the Regimen :)

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:53 AM

Hi girls

I just wanted to message you to say hang in there! I am 31 and have had terrible experiences of coming off the pill (Dianette - British version of Diane) with acne flaring up each time causing me terrible upset and even depression. The last time I came off the pill was to try for a baby after getting married, then 3 months into my pregnancy my acne was worse than ever, so much so that I wouldn't leave the house and was prescribed antidepressants, it was the worst time of my life when it should have been the happiest. As soon as I gave birth I went straight back on Dianette and was prescribed a course of Roaccutane (Accutane).

And now here I am...having been back on bcp since Jan 2012 and my skin is better than it has ever been . However I've now decided that I need to bite the bullet and attempt to stop the pill to finally fight the acne which WILL DEFINITELY return in a few months. My strategy is to start the regimen tomorrow morning in the hope that it will prepare my skin for the impending horror that awaits me and prevent the acne from returning.

I look forward to following your journeys - good luck x



Awesome, welcome to the group :) We are all here to support eachother in this journey.
Thanks for the encouraging words! I think it's a smart strategy to start the regimen before coming off the pill...
I should have done that and perhaps would have avoided all this scarring.
I look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

I'll post my official update later this evening.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:45 AM

Hey guys,

Mood: Posted Image

Just a quick update today to say that, last night OMG my face was burning soooo much after doing the regimen last night!
It was like I set it on fire for at least an hour... I'm a little scared and not sure why this is happening.
I didn't apply a lot BP, just two pea sized amounts, let it dry for 5 minutes then put on the moisturizer and that's when it started to BURN and my skin got red like a tomatoe!
I almost washed it all off but decided to stick with it, not sure how I fell asleep...
In the morning my face felt dry but did not hurt anymore.

Anyone else experienced this? Did it get better with time?
Is this normal or should I stop the treatment? I am chemically burning my skin?

I'm only applying the treatment once a day so I don't get it... I know I have very sensitive skin but never had so much pain and burn on it before.

I'm really sad if it means I have to stop because I want this to work SO badly!!!


Hey! Are you still getting this burning? I couldnt sleep last night because it burned sooooo much! Has it subsided?! Hows it going in general? Hopefully you're seeing improvements :)

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

Day 11

Mood: Posted Image
  • 3 more breakouts since last night
  • Old resilient acne spots are decreasing nut I have new spots replacing them... yay
  • Skin looks disgusting, dry and reptilian like
  • Last night my skin was SO itchy ... Clara my face is not "burning" anymore but it itches
So far I'm not liking this at all. I decided I will tough it out for 3 weeks but after 3 weeks if I am still breaking out I will stop because it is not worth the horrible damage being done on my face. Of course this wasn't going to work for me... obviously :(

*sigh*

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

Day 11

Mood: Posted Image

  • 3 more breakouts since last night
  • Old resilient acne spots are decreasing nut I have new spots replacing them... yay
  • Skin looks disgusting, dry and reptilian like
  • Last night my skin was SO itchy ... Clara my face is not "burning" anymore but it itches
So far I'm not liking this at all. I decided I will tough it out for 3 weeks but after 3 weeks if I am still breaking out I will stop because it is not worth the horrible damage being done on my face. Of course this wasn't going to work for me... obviously Posted Image

*sigh*



Yeah the burning has also disappeared, but now I am feeling soooo itchy!
And please you need to be in the right state of mind to continue this regimen. You can't keep thinking about all these breakouts even though they are all the time just like mine. If you quit this regimen, what is next?


And also you would be quitting way to soon.
If you quit, and come back to the site 2 months later to see mine and Clara's skin 80% percent clear, you are going to regret it :(

Trust me I am probably getting like a pimples every 3 hours or so and it sucks so bad but I am not going to let acne win again.

You have many supporters here for you. I am here for you. We can get through this, and in time, we WILL have clear skin :) Stay with it.

Be patient. Because there is always hope.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:42 PM


Day 11

Mood: Posted Image

  • 3 more breakouts since last night
  • Old resilient acne spots are decreasing nut I have new spots replacing them... yay
  • Skin looks disgusting, dry and reptilian like
  • Last night my skin was SO itchy ... Clara my face is not "burning" anymore but it itches
So far I'm not liking this at all. I decided I will tough it out for 3 weeks but after 3 weeks if I am still breaking out I will stop because it is not worth the horrible damage being done on my face. Of course this wasn't going to work for me... obviously Posted Image

*sigh*



Yeah the burning has also disappeared, but now I am feeling soooo itchy!
And please you need to be in the right state of mind to continue this regimen. You can't keep thinking about all these breakouts even though they are all the time just like mine. If you quit this regimen, what is next?


And also you would be quitting way to soon.
If you quit, and come back to the site 2 months later to see mine and Clara's skin 80% percent clear, you are going to regret it Posted Image

Trust me I am probably getting like a pimples every 3 hours or so and it sucks so bad but I am not going to let acne win again.

You have many supporters here for you. I am here for you. We can get through this, and in time, we WILL have clear skin Posted Image Stay with it.

Be patient. Because there is always hope.




Thank you so much girl, your words are encouragement are really helping me. I'm not quiting just yet, and you're right, I have to be more positive. Or at least not freak out about new breakouts in the next few days because I should expect that. I think it's all about expectation. I had no breakouts for the first 6 days so I was really pumped up... and then I started "purging" and that was a huge disapointement. I'll try to keep busy and not think about the new spots.

*Hugs*

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:51 PM

Yup same with me. Had a wonderful first week and now----Gross.
Also can I also add, if you are using the BP as a spot treatment, then the other areas that do not have pimples can then get pimples. Because the BP does prevent pimples after a certain amount of time, but if you are not putting this everywhere ( well for me it is everywhere because I am acne everywhere practically) then you can expect a breakout there. BP does prevent breakouts eventually but it has to constantly applies there morning and night. Maybe apply a thin layer even where you do not have pimples now? So that there is NO chance of it breaking out after you get clearer skin.

Do you know what I mean? Or am I just confusing you haha. Sorry.


And right now I hate putting on the regimen! I used to like doing it too haha but now with so many pimples on my face it hurts even putting it on. Bleh.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:52 PM

Yup same with me. Had a wonderful first week and now----Gross.
Also can I also add, if you are using the BP as a spot treatment, then the other areas that do not have pimples can then get pimples. Because the BP does prevent pimples after a certain amount of time, but if you are not putting this everywhere ( well for me it is everywhere because I am acne everywhere practically) then you can expect a breakout there. BP does prevent breakouts eventually but it has to constantly applies there morning and night. Maybe apply a thin layer even where you do not have pimples now? So that there is NO chance of it breaking out after you get clearer skin.

Do you know what I mean? Or am I just confusing you haha. Sorry.


And right now I hate putting on the regimen! I used to like doing it too haha but now with so many pimples on my face it hurts even putting it on. Bleh.


Yup I totally agree, I hate it too. I liked it at first and now it's just gross... I just applied the BP waiting for it to dry in order to apply moisturizer. It itches so bad! And every time I touch my skin, chunks of flakies fall off... ewww.
I know what you mean about applying it twice a day, but I'm going to stick to doing it once for the time being. We'll see.
I can't belive it's alread been 11 days! Feels like I started this 3 days ago. Weird how time flies. Let's hope the next week flies just as fast and I'm on my way to clear skin!

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

Yup I just put it on, sooo time consuming these days. For me it is going to be 2 weeks tomorrow! And yes the itching is so annoying. I sometimes find myself just grazing my skin my my finger and then i just flaking and itching like crazy haha. Ugh. I start back to the university in less than a month now so I am praying the itching will get a little better. I just looked at myself in the mirror and I am red. I looks like I have a sunburn when I am done applying everything on my face. These next weeks are going to be the most difficult I think. I need to keep a positive mind set before I completely lose it haha.

Okay well I will update tomorrow :)
Goodnight mystory.
Talk more tomorrow!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:07 AM

Morning of Day 13

Mood: more or less Posted Image
  • The regimen seems to be more bearable, less itchy. However, keep in mind I am only using the treatment once a day.
  • No new breakouts since last night. Right now I have :
    • 4 active pimples on left side of the face but not painful anymore
    • A small clutter of active pimples on right side of face (about 4 - no longer painful) + 2 tiny ones around the jaw
    • Lots and lots of red traces
  • Skin still feels really tight, and yesterday when looking at my pictures I looked terrible.
  • Although it appears to be improving, I am still really afraid to start breaking out again like last week. So I am not keeping my hopes up just yet. But trying to stay positive.

Yup I just put it on, sooo time consuming these days. For me it is going to be 2 weeks tomorrow! And yes the itching is so annoying. I sometimes find myself just grazing my skin my my finger and then i just flaking and itching like crazy haha. Ugh. I start back to the university in less than a month now so I am praying the itching will get a little better. I just looked at myself in the mirror and I am red. I looks like I have a sunburn when I am done applying everything on my face. These next weeks are going to be the most difficult I think. I need to keep a positive mind set before I completely lose it haha.

Okay well I will update tomorrow Posted Image
Goodnight mystory.
Talk more tomorrow!


Congrats on the two week mark!!! And me too it looks like I have a sunburn. Good thing it's summer and we can prentend Posted Image
You're starting university in less than a month and I have a big trip coming up, we need to get this under control quick! Let's keep it up Posted Image

Edited by mystory, 28 July 2012 - 09:07 AM.


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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:17 AM

I know! I know! My face feels a little better this morning compared to the last few days. Thank goodness for that.

And yes! I do not want to start the University again and look like pizza face, and you do not want to o on vacation like that either, so come on Regimen :)

My itchiness is also going away, it is mostly the redness that looks bad, and is also making all my other pimple look more imfammed than they might actually be because of that. I can't wait till my face get a little more adjusted to the BP! I hope to update a picture soon, but it was just that I was breaking out so bad so I could not :(

Lets hope things go better this week :)

I am so happy that you saw a little improvement today :) Just do not be upset if things get a little worse again. I am expecting more breakouts for me though :/

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:51 PM

Yeah I've been telling everyone I had a bad reaction from my suncream and that's why I'm burnt and spotty...sorry Garnier haha

But yeah I'm with you guys on the itchiness, it's crazyyy bad! Just thought I'd mention I'm on day 10 today and my face is freaking out. It's scaly, full of pussy whiteheads and just generally looking gross- so you're not alone guys! I'm hopeful that things will improve for all of us, especially because we seem to be matching the 'what to expect' bit. Anyway yeah, thanks for posting this- it's nice to have yet another source to relate to :) We can do it!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 12:49 PM

Hi guys,

Very quick update today, since I'm in a bit of a rush. Will post more details tomorrow.

Mood: :(
  • Feels like 1 step forward, 3 steps back today.
  • 1 new pimple on right side, 1 new pimple on left side
  • Woke up with really red face/marks
  • Had lots of deserts and wine last night, is that to blame?
  • Changed my concealer to LaRochePosay as Cover FX is difficult to apply. I think that might have broken me out.

Clara and TIAH I really appreciate your support, let's keep it up ladies.

TTYL,
MS

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:44 PM

Yup! We are not going anywhere, I am sorry :) My face is not looking too great but we will keep moving forward. I am still waking up to new actives every day, but my face is not red anymore and also much less dry and flaky, which is a huge plus right now haha. Anyway more updates tomorrow!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:29 PM

TWO WEEKS COMPLETED

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  • 2 new breakouts today, one deep one on my chin. Yay
  • Skin still very dry but less flaky
  • Bumps on right side of cheek have significantly flattened out but got new bumps on left side.
  • Overall: skin does seem better but I'm still breaking out. Let's see where this next week takes me.

Sincerely
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:39 PM

I am still breaking out everyday with no sign of it stopping. I asked some people who have been on the Regimen to give me a timeline that is more realistic that Dan's What To Expect Timeline and here is what some said. I hope this give us a little more patience. Posted Image


"don't get your hopes up looking at Dan's What to Expect timeline.

for most people:

-initial breakouts and the worst of them happened between weeks 3 to 6
-smaller breakouts still happen during 7-12
-your optimal results will show after 12 weeks of use. "


Edited by thereisalwayshope, 30 July 2012 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:51 PM

I am still breaking out everyday with no sign of it stopping. I asked some people who have been on the Regimen to give me a timeline that is more realistic that Dan's What To Expect Timeline and here is what some said. I hope this give us a little more patience. Posted Image


"don't get your hopes up looking at Dan's What to Expect timeline.

for most people:

-initial breakouts and the worst of them happened between weeks 3 to 6
-smaller breakouts still happen during 7-12
-your optimal results will show after 12 weeks of use. "



Thanks it just feels like a looong road. I guess in my head I was expecting to clear up in 2-3 weeks, and now I have to change my expectations.
Part of me still wants to believe I will magically clear out this week. I tend to be a little irrational when it comes to skin cures. :(

I wanted to mention that I really think drinking alcohol and eating desserts (i.e. sugar) has an almost immediate negative effect on my skin.
Why do I say that? I appear to break out the worst on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Following the weekend. Skin seems to improve Thurday, Friday. After which I start drinking again on saturday, etc... So I never give my skin a full break. I want to try completely cutting sugar + alcohol and see if there is a correlation with my breakouts.
I just think my system can't process all the toxic stuff and my body breaks out to try and get rid of the toxins.

It's just so terribly hard for me not to drink socially, example, what do you do at a wedding when everyone else is tipsy?
I just have to try really hard and see what happens
I'm adding this to my regimen!

Cheers
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:46 PM

I do not know. For me I have tried cutting out all dairy for months and there was no difference so I reintroduced it back onto my diet. My acne stayed consistently bad. Right now I am eating pretty healthy, but I tend to eat whatever I want in moderation of course. I do not know how dairy, sugar, and drinks affect my acne because I never see any results after cutting them out :/ I think as long as you keep things in moderation, you have nothing to worry about right now. However, if you feel they are contributing to your acne, then stop consuming them, and listen to your body.

And definitely, we have to start changing our expectations. We want results FAST! We want that CURE! But we have to be more realistic and understand that it is going to be a while before we begin to see positive results. I am just staying the course and continue everything I m doing. Thankfully my face is no longer dry and flaky whatsoever, even after being on the full dose. I am glad I am on the full dose of BP, but there was about 3-4days that were sooo completely terrible because they made my face red in pain, and completely dry and flaky. My face is completely crazy right now. Pimples galore at Day 17. I am keeping busy so that I am not focusing solely on my face haha :)

So once you get to that full BP, expect some bad conditions in your skin until after about a week, then things will be smooth.
I ordered some more BP because I know I am going through that stuff like crazy haha. Also what are you doing about SPF? Are you using it while you are on the regimen?

Anyway more updates tomorrow :)

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:51 PM

So once you get to that full BP, expect some bad conditions in your skin until after about a week, then things will be smooth.
I ordered some more BP because I know I am going through that stuff like crazy haha. Also what are you doing about SPF? Are you using it while you are on the regimen?


No SPF right now as I barely go in the sun, I don't know what I will do once I will need it. I've had such terrible experiences with SPF in the past I don't want to make my acne worse. Are you using any?