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#21 mysecretinsecurity

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:02 PM

Week 6 - Things are finally starting to calm down. My skin has been so incredibly disgustingly dry and bumpy lately, I couldn't handle putting on make up or going out in public.

 

Basically, with Differin...it's drying out your skin. Your skin becomes sensitive (becoming painful, burning, etc.), and you can easily flake off and pimples/skin bleed easily. But that's just what happens when your skin becomes dry.

 

Although I still do have redness and PIH (which is of course what has replaced all of my previous acne)....my skin is becoming more smooth. Yes, I do still have acne, but somehow my skin is less flaky (still flaky, but less). 

 

No, I am not completely satisfied with the results so far, but things are definitely feeling better after what I went through the past few days. 

 

 

Notable notes:

 

- I have been using the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ~ it's really nice to get all of the "gross-ness" off on top of your skin, but you do want to be VERY gentle because your skin easily bleeds and tears off because of Differin. **Use only 1-2 times a week**

~ Aloe Vera Gel is AWESOME to apply after using this scrub. 

 

- I have stopped using the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream after the Differin (as requested by my doctor);

but I still do use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 in the morning (after washing my face of course). 

 

- I stopped taking minocycline a few days ago. My body was rejecting it...sigh. I wasn't even sure if it was helping, but I've discontinued it.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:28 PM

Week 8 - So things have changed dramatically in terms of bumps. But it seems that EVERY single bump on my face has turned into post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

I have always been known to get PIH (even before Differin; nothing too worrisome), but they always ended up fading away. But with the degree of it all over my forehead, it's really heart wrenching for me. It's not easy to cover them up either. Can I cry? sad.png

 

Just last week, I was actually almost excited to go to school, because my skin was no longer bumpy. I felt a bit better about myself, just because it was so much better than it was 2 weeks before that.

I still have been getting a few pimples, but it's nowhere near as many as it was 2 weeks ago. TRUST ME.

 

My main issue right now is the PIH, but of course I need to clear all of my acne first. My doctor told me that I have to clear my acne because I can worry about the hyperpigmentation.

But still, if it's there, you want to get rid of it, you know? Especially if it's more PIH then acne. 

 

So that is what is going on as of week 8. I will continue using it, because technically it's supposed to take "8-12 weeks for noticeable results". 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (Week 8):                  -excluding weekends/days I don't go out, slightly different regimen for those days-

 

Morning:

- Cetaphil Moisturizing Creme (yes, I'm using it again but only for dry areas)

- Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15 (only when I feel like my skin is very red in some areas, I try not too put too much.)

- Makeup. (It's not a perfect routine to cover all I want for sure, but it's what I have & what I know. I might have to do some more looking around for better products to cover PIH and such.)

 

Night: 

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Exfoliator ~ either the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub or the Cure Natural Aqua Gel (it's pretty cool, it's really popular in Japan.) *1-2 times a week*

- Differin Cream 0.1%

 

Current antibiotic:

- Have been taking Bactrim instead of Minocycline for about a week now; it doesn't seem to be doing much of anything.

 

 

Thank you for reading, I hope you have found this useful and please let me know about any questions you have or anything really.

 

Also, if you have some suggestions on makeup for covering post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and dryness...what works for you. Thanks again proud.gif


Edited by mysecretinsecurity, 09 April 2013 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

Week 9 - I am trying to focus on the more positive side of things because, I have been pretty negative on this journey so far for quite some time.

 

My skin is so much easier to manage now, it's not those crazy huge and disgusting bumps that are impossible to cover anymore. Now, I just cover up the PIH/redness that is showing on my face. Virtually, there are bumps that are very tiny and small.

 

These tiny small bumps sort of came from no where, because last week my skin was actually smoother. I think it has something to do with the fact that I just had a MASSIVE period. And I mean massive......probably the worst one yet (sorry if it grosses you out, I just thought I should mention it).

I've been under an incredible amount of stress, so that's probably another factor that contributed to the unusually huge period and the tiny bumps on my forehead. 

 

My skin is definitely so much better in terms of texture. I'm not done yet, but I'm definitely happy about the fact that I haven't had a huge pimple in these past few weeks. My skin is finally accepting Differin and letting it in....if that makes sense.

 

So on that note, I would just like to say...if you are considering Differin for yourself, I'd say go for it. Especially if you feel as if nothing is working for you, this will work with timeThere is unfortunately no miracle over night cure, so this is probably your best resort if you're looking for something to treat your acne that just doesn't want to leave. 

 

I must also say with anyone getting acne, do NOT get paranoid because that's not what you need. You need to just find the source of the problem and either fix it or get rid of it. (You should know also about how new acne products can "break you out" in the beginning and how that can initially be a good thing, hopefully you know...if not I can elaborate if someone needs a better understanding of that).

It can be hard finding out exactly what it is, and a lot of the times you can't even prevent it or help it.

 

I guess what I'm trying to say overall is: If you feel like you have tried so many things and there is just nothing working and your skin just keeps getting worse and you're not sure why, I would say go to your dermatologist and ask. Don't jump to conclusions!   

Also know that, you are not alone, acne is normal and we're not perfect people. In fact, we aren't people if we are perfect. So don't feel like you have to be!

 

I hope I have been helpful to at least one person documenting this journey for everyone to see. 

 

Take care, if you have questions or just want to talk about what ever you feel is relevant to this topic, just post a reply. 


Edited by mysecretinsecurity, 30 April 2013 - 07:59 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:12 PM

Week 10 - Mixed feelings...although I'd say I am 98% free of acne on my forehead (except this one pimple I formed because I took two naps with my make up on, I was so tired that day)...my skin is in a weird state.

 

It has VERY little bumps and also it seems to be a little indented and/or raised in some areas. Just last week it was just red marks....now my skin is just a little weird on the surface...but only under certain lighting. I checked to see on the site to see if anyone else was experiencing the same thing, and it turns out I'm not alone.

 

It's basically red marks that look a little indented in some lights. It's really odd, I'm going to ask my doctor about it when I come in.

 

Despite that, my skin is very smooth, no acne. Just left with PIH and I'm trying to heal as much as I can with it.

Btw, I'm asian, so it might have some sort of effect to how my skin is reacting and changing...but I'm not really all too sure about those things.

 

 

My face is not in pain anymore from painful acne lesions; I am so thankful for that eusa_pray.gif

 

 

*I have been using a mask and toner once a week that consists of:

- Apple Cider Vinegar

- Green Tea

- Lemon Juice

- Sugar

- Honey

 

It's flippin' amazing and feels wonderful. It's for acne and scars.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Again, feel free to ask any sort of questions; I'll find the time in my busy life to reply as soon as I can wink.png


Edited by mysecretinsecurity, 23 April 2013 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:54 AM

Week 11 - Things are about the same as I said last week. My skin has slightly raised and/or indented areas. I'm not sure what they are but I'm going to find out one way or another!

Also I have very little little bumps on the surface of my skin which is really odd to me because I've never had them before.

 

This is kind of crazy to even say this but, my PIH is actually fading.

I am very very picky when it comes to my face (as are a lot of people). I couldn't see the good side of my face for a few weeks......but I remembered how lucky I am to be in a better state than I was before. 

 

It's difficult to try and convince yourself that you are beautiful and that you are getting better when you're the biggest critic of yourself.

 

Overall: My skin is healing, red marks are fading. No more acne...can't believe I'm saying it but it's true.

 

~As far as makeup goes.....

My makeup is good now, good enough coverage to cover my PIH (which is difficult I think for anyone to do); but I'm trying to find a way to create a better makeup routine for warmer weather, yet good coverage. 

It's a struggle for a lot of people when summer comes around, I'm sure!

 

The concealer I recently bought (Cover FX Cream Concealer) is WONDERFUL for covering PIH....but it's a bit too expensive for my taste errr.gif

 

 

That is it for today; if you any questions or concerns or whatever really let me know. wavey.gif

 

*I have started taking a probiotic with the antibiotic, Bactrim. I literally just started it, but just thought I'd mention it.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:09 AM

Week 15 - WOW It's been awhile! Sorry I haven't been able to update every week, school you know.

 

Anyways, my update really consists of that fact that my skin is how it is now. It has red marks that I have to wait to heal (which is basically EVERYONE who starts an acne treatment) but other than that my skin is okay.

 

On days where I don't take very good care of my skin, it'll be a little more red and bumpy.

~ This weekend all I've been doing is working on school work so my skin looks really oily and yuck. Cleansing and a shower fixes that easily though.

 

However, when I do take care of my skin, it looks really good (less red, marks not as dark)

 

So it really does come down to how you take care of yourself...externally AND internally.

 

 

I can say that my skin is getting better very quickly in terms of marks, but I'm also trying my best to be patient.

 

I'm going to be starting a very simple new mask/scrub that is said to help lighten acne marks and treat acne.

It consists of:

 

- Green tea leaves

- Rice flour

- Honey

- Water or Green tea

 

*If you decide to do this too, remember, it's a scrub so it's best to do it only once-twice a week.

 

Song of the day ~ All About Your Heart - Mindy Gledhill

"Time is set to heal all wounds." 


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 02:38 PM

Week 19 - Hello again! I am happy to say that I am very pleased with the new mask/scrub I tried out a few weeks ago! (the one above) ^

 

I only used this mask/scrub for a week and my good friend already noticed that it was looking SO much better (in terms of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). She was like, "WOW!! I love what you're doing to your skin! It's a lot better! What are you using?!" She's also a spa specialist so it was nice to hear that from her.

 

I've kind of but not really changed up my routine and I think it's working out better than the way I was doing it before.

Before, I used to NOT put on moisturizer on the area that I put Differin (being that it was encouraged by my doctor)...but now that my skin is VERY used to it now, I felt like I needed to give my skin moisture; especially in the summer time.

 

Butttttttt yeah! My skin is doing well and I'm feeling well! The past few months were incredibly difficult, but it's in the past now and I plan on looking forward.

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (Week 19):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

 Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

Antibiotic/Probiotic: (once a day)

- Bactrim DS

- Nature's Bounty Acidophilus Probiotic

 

~~Yes, I got new LUSH products and shopped there once...I'm in love what can I say.~~



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:44 PM

Week 23 - Hello to you reading! wavey.gif

 

I'm not sure if anyone even keeps up with this anymore (it's fine if you don't, I understand completely), but it was originally for me anyways...but yeah. Moving on!

 

So, my skin is doing well in terms of fading in hyper-pigmentation. Due to the HEAT WAVE, I have been getting various minor breakouts that are still super tiny, but annoying. I have combination skin (very oily t-zone and very dry cheeks...fun right?) so this heat isn't helping at all. I can't wait for fall.

 

Still redness, but it calms down fairly well now and that makes me happy. It's only red when I exfoliate, cleanse, shower, etc.

 

Let's face it. I had horrible deep acne. It was painful, and now I'm left with shallow rolling scars. The only way I was to not get rolling scars was if I did not have bad acne...which of course, I did. 

 

It's a bit odd, because my rolling scars were not as apparent weeks before, and now are becoming more and more visible...

Idk if it's just my imagination but I don't know why this is happening?

 

Is it because I've been exfoliating? Does exfoliating promote more visible rolling/indented scars? I don't know.

 

Bottom line: Acne sucks. Painful deep acne sucks even more. Hyperpigmentation and shallow rolling scars were my fate! No surprise there!

 

 

Anyways, thanks for reading! Leave a comment and/or question related to this topic and I'll reply to the best of my ability. biggrin.png

 

**same exact regimen and antibiotic/probiotic as week 19**


Edited by mysecretinsecurity, 24 July 2013 - 09:44 PM.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:02 PM

Week 27 - No real change in skin, same as above!

 

(Not trying to be lazy, I just don't feel the need to repeat myself).

 

The only thing that has changed is the fact that I have stopped the antibiotic, Bactrim DS.

I took it for about 4 months, and I think that it's plenty of time...plus it's not good for your stomach.

 

 

Overall: Hyperpigmentation (improving every day), a few rolling/shallow scars, minor breakouts from the hot summer.

 

~ I will say that my skin is becoming less & less red...which is lovely.

 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (same):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

-  Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

**Quick note: School is starting in 2 weeks, so these updates will be even less frequent than they already have been (not that anyone cares, but just FYI).

If there are drastic changes or anything like that, I'll try my best to update! Thanks for reading as always! proud.gif


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:36 AM

Week 27 - No real change in skin, same as above!

 

(Not trying to be lazy, I just don't feel the need to repeat myself).

 

The only thing that has changed is the fact that I have stopped the antibiotic, Bactrim DS.

I took it for about 4 months, and I think that it's plenty of time...plus it's not good for your stomach.

 

 

Overall: Hyperpigmentation (improving every day), a few rolling/shallow scars, minor breakouts from the hot summer.

 

~ I will say that my skin is becoming less & less red...which is lovely.

 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (same):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

-  Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

**Quick note: School is starting in 2 weeks, so these updates will be even less frequent than they already have been (not that anyone cares, but just FYI).

If there are drastic changes or anything like that, I'll try my best to update! Thanks for reading as always! proud.gif

Hi! I've been reading your log and I wanted to ask you if you still use Differin every single night? I've read many Differin success stories, but what I'm nervous about is how to come off of Differin. From my research, it seems that retinoids are effective but only while they are being used, and once they are discontinued, the acne can come back. 

 

I've been using Differin 0.1% lotion for about 6 weeks now, and I THINK it's been slowly helping (I have good days and bad days). I want to give it the full 8-12 weeks to see results, but I also am scared that if it does work, I'll have to keep using Differin for the rest of my life! I don't want to become dependent upon putting such strong chemicals on my face every day :(



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:32 AM

Week 27 - No real change in skin, same as above!

 

(Not trying to be lazy, I just don't feel the need to repeat myself).

 

The only thing that has changed is the fact that I have stopped the antibiotic, Bactrim DS.

I took it for about 4 months, and I think that it's plenty of time...plus it's not good for your stomach.

 

 

Overall: Hyperpigmentation (improving every day), a few rolling/shallow scars, minor breakouts from the hot summer.

 

~ I will say that my skin is becoming less & less red...which is lovely.

 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (same):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

-  Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

**Quick note: School is starting in 2 weeks, so these updates will be even less frequent than they already have been (not that anyone cares, but just FYI).

If there are drastic changes or anything like that, I'll try my best to update! Thanks for reading as always! proud.gif

Hi! I've been reading your log and I wanted to ask you if you still use Differin every single night? I've read many Differin success stories, but what I'm nervous about is how to come off of Differin. From my research, it seems that retinoids are effective but only while they are being used, and once they are discontinued, the acne can come back. 

 

I've been using Differin 0.1% lotion for about 6 weeks now, and I THINK it's been slowly helping (I have good days and bad days). I want to give it the full 8-12 weeks to see results, but I also am scared that if it does work, I'll have to keep using Differin for the rest of my life! I don't want to become dependent upon putting such strong chemicals on my face every day sad.png

 

I'm currently using Retin-A (another topical retinoid) and have been wondering the same thing. I don't think retinoids cause any damage to your skin from prolonged use though. In fact I think a lot of women use retinoids long term to reduce the effects of aging on their skin.

I have a friend who had serve acne all over his face but is now completely clear with absolutely perfect skin, and he used a topical retinoid. He still uses the cream, but maybe only once every two or three days, and gets maybe one small pimple a month. Personally I'll just be happy to get clear skin, and if I have to keep using the cream for a while longer, then so be it.



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

Week 27 - No real change in skin, same as above!

 

(Not trying to be lazy, I just don't feel the need to repeat myself).

 

The only thing that has changed is the fact that I have stopped the antibiotic, Bactrim DS.

I took it for about 4 months, and I think that it's plenty of time...plus it's not good for your stomach.

 

 

Overall: Hyperpigmentation (improving every day), a few rolling/shallow scars, minor breakouts from the hot summer.

 

~ I will say that my skin is becoming less & less red...which is lovely.

 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (same):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

-  Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

**Quick note: School is starting in 2 weeks, so these updates will be even less frequent than they already have been (not that anyone cares, but just FYI).

If there are drastic changes or anything like that, I'll try my best to update! Thanks for reading as always! proud.gif

Hi! I've been reading your log and I wanted to ask you if you still use Differin every single night? I've read many Differin success stories, but what I'm nervous about is how to come off of Differin. From my research, it seems that retinoids are effective but only while they are being used, and once they are discontinued, the acne can come back. 

 

I've been using Differin 0.1% lotion for about 6 weeks now, and I THINK it's been slowly helping (I have good days and bad days). I want to give it the full 8-12 weeks to see results, but I also am scared that if it does work, I'll have to keep using Differin for the rest of my life! I don't want to become dependent upon putting such strong chemicals on my face every day sad.png

 

Hello! Yes, I still do apply Differin every night, just as a sort of precaution. Because my skin is so used to Differin now, it just feels like a protective layer, rather than drying out my skin. I would say that I don't have to use Differin every night. My skin is very very normal now (especially compared to how it was when I first started) and that I only get very minor breakouts. For those breakouts, I use the LUSH Grease Lightening Spot Cleanser and it works very nicely. It's very gentle and not as abrasive. Although, it might not be as effective on major/bigger breakouts.

 

Like patrick92 said, women use it for aging purposes as well. 

 

I would say for you, you should continue using it, being that you are 6 weeks in. It's not a bad thing, but it's worth it to continue. If you notice it starts to feel too drying or irritating, use Differin every other night. Technically, it's better to start Differin off with very little product at first, and then gradually start using it every night...but my doctor told me to use it every night when I first used it. Thus, it gave me much dryness and irritation.

But....my acne cleared a lot quicker than it would have if I used it at a slower pace.

 

Your skin does not have to become dependent on Differin. There are other products out there that will help with your minor breakouts. Differin clears out all of the problems that lie underneath your skin.That's how it works. It is quickening the pace of your acne and bringing all of it out.

 

It's rough, but I'd say that it's worth it because now I'm not worrying about major breakouts anymore.

 

With this product...you must be patient.

 

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. :)



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 12:03 PM

 

Week 27 - No real change in skin, same as above!

 

(Not trying to be lazy, I just don't feel the need to repeat myself).

 

The only thing that has changed is the fact that I have stopped the antibiotic, Bactrim DS.

I took it for about 4 months, and I think that it's plenty of time...plus it's not good for your stomach.

 

 

Overall: Hyperpigmentation (improving every day), a few rolling/shallow scars, minor breakouts from the hot summer.

 

~ I will say that my skin is becoming less & less red...which is lovely.

 

 

 

REGIMEN AS OF NOW (same):

 

Morning:

- LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

-  Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15

- Makeup

 

Night:

- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

- Differin Cream 0.1%

- LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Cleanser (areas where there are active breakouts only, which are very small and few and not very problematic at all.)

- LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer

 

**Quick note: School is starting in 2 weeks, so these updates will be even less frequent than they already have been (not that anyone cares, but just FYI).

If there are drastic changes or anything like that, I'll try my best to update! Thanks for reading as always! proud.gif

Hi! I've been reading your log and I wanted to ask you if you still use Differin every single night? I've read many Differin success stories, but what I'm nervous about is how to come off of Differin. From my research, it seems that retinoids are effective but only while they are being used, and once they are discontinued, the acne can come back. 

 

I've been using Differin 0.1% lotion for about 6 weeks now, and I THINK it's been slowly helping (I have good days and bad days). I want to give it the full 8-12 weeks to see results, but I also am scared that if it does work, I'll have to keep using Differin for the rest of my life! I don't want to become dependent upon putting such strong chemicals on my face every day sad.png

 

I'm currently using Retin-A (another topical retinoid) and have been wondering the same thing. I don't think retinoids cause any damage to your skin from prolonged use though. In fact I think a lot of women use retinoids long term to reduce the effects of aging on their skin.

I have a friend who had serve acne all over his face but is now completely clear with absolutely perfect skin, and he used a topical retinoid. He still uses the cream, but maybe only once every two or three days, and gets maybe one small pimple a month. Personally I'll just be happy to get clear skin, and if I have to keep using the cream for a while longer, then so be it.

I used Retin-A before I used Differin, and it was actually too harsh for me. The smell was weird, and didn't seem to do anything for my skin. But of course, everyone's skin is different.

 

The journey was tough, but in the end worth it.






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