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#21 lalaland24

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:22 AM

*hugs* im sorry your bad today. I know its a right pain in the behind! Its great that you have got a referral though :) im trying to get one too. all the best and if you feel too bad have a chat with someone if you can - ive always found it helpful to get it all out and have a good rant about it



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:44 AM

Day 21, skipping 7 day break and just starting second month. I'm covered in scabs healing from this week's horrendous breakout. I also have conjunctivitis. My relationship is falling apart and it takes great courage for me to go out looking like this. I still have hope Dianette will work eventually and that if not the dermatologist will give me Accutane.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 03:15 AM

Day 23, skin has calmed down again, scabs all fell off. I just have one healing small whitehead, no active spots today. I know it won't last so making the most of being almost clear. I still have an eye infection though :(

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:17 AM

Day 26. Aaaaand I'm breaking out again. Eye infection gone. More relaxed as I'm on antidepressants and getting counselling to help me cope with acne. Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser hasn't stopped me breaking out but my skin overall looks more healthy and glowing. Thinking of just eating fruit and veg next week as an experiment...

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:07 AM

Day 29, really breaking out. To be honest I picked and ate really badly all weekend. As sad as it sounds, I'm starting to get used to acne. I guess it's a good thing in a way. Yesterday I saw friends and two of them are struggling with bad skin at the moment so I felt less alone

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:38 PM

Day 31, my face is a mess. Covered in healing scabs, cysts, whiteheads etc but this time it's mainly my fault for bad diet and picking.
Today I'm going to try and eat very little and only vegetables and fruit (in moderation), drink plenty of water.
I had leg pain in the night :( hope it's not DVT!

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:32 AM

Day 33. My skin is slightly calmer and healing. I've been eating mainly salad and vegetables for the past 2 days. I'm still getting spots but my skin is calmer

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:56 AM

Day 35, skin has calmed down, I haven't touched/picked my skin and its made a huge difference. I also ate very well all week except yesterday (Saturday) but you gotta indulge sometimes! I'm nearly at the end of my second pack

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 03:49 AM

Day 37, three small pimples on my cheek but clear overall. I think mainly from not touching or picking my skin. I've been eating badly, craving junk food because of Dianette and anti depressants :(
My stress levels are better this week too and I'm getting a lot of sleep, even napping in the day. I'm going to do the 7 day break this month and see what happens

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 04:52 AM

Day 39. My skin has been so much calmer and clearer this past week. I don't remember being happy with my skin for an entire week in ages. I have one pimple on my cheek that's noticeable but that's it. I'm breaking out much less.
As for side effects my boobs are SO BIG, I love it. However I'm hungry all the time and eating all the time and I'm putting on weight but I'm not going to worry about it for now. I saw the doctor today who said I can be on Dianette for 2 years at a time, then take a 6 month break and then take it again if the acne comes back.
We've also said I'm going to stop antibiotics from next week and see how that works out.
I hope my skin stays like this!
And by the way my diet has been terrible but still my skin is good so clearly it's hormonal?
Unsure about whether I should take my 7 day break or skip it again.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:03 PM

Hi! I'm happy to hear things are looking up for you! :)

 

I'm starting Diane in a couple of days, I'm so excited! Haha :P

 

I went though a phase of cutting out potential acne trigger foods and I realised that basically it made no difference in my acne. I guess mine's mainly hormonal too.. of course I suppose a lot of sweets or dairy in naturally hyper-hormone times of the month would still be a bit damaging. But the good news is I don't need to give up cheese. Wahoo! surprised.gif



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:50 AM

Day 41. Amazing week I've stopped breaking out and am pretty much clear

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:29 AM

Day 42 I broke out again but to be fair I've eaten only junk food all week and wore foundation the past couple days (I've been with my man). Today is the first day of my 7-day break. My first break since starting Dianette. A bit scared but looking forward to getting a period! (Even if its fake).
Side effects: insatiable appetite, increased libido :P

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:08 AM

Day 44, skin is quite bad, breaking out quite a bit but it was so nice having pretty much clear skin for over a week.
I'm on my 7-day break from Dianette, I've stopped using Differin at night and stopped my antibiotics. Want to see how I do without them (doctor said its worth a shot). Obviously will resume use if my skin gets terrible!
I FINALLY got an appointment to see a dermatology specialist! Next Wednesday afternoon, I can't wait! Going to write a list of questions for her etc I hope she helps me!

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:00 AM

Day 46, breaking out so badly. I've been off Doxycycline and Differin for 4 days, restarting both today. Also on my 7-day break from Dianette. Don't know what has caused this breakout. My diet has been bad and not sleeping well. Stressed at work. Probably a combination. Looking forward to restarting Dianette on Sunday and dermatologist Wednesday

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

Day 48, my skin broke out like crazy the past few days, so much so that I got back on Dianette yesterday 3 days early. I'm also back on Doxycycline and using Differin nightly. I felt so low and discouraged! :(
I hope my skin goes back to being better asap

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:19 AM

Day 50
So... Treating acne is all about trial and error (frustration and tears too!).
It is day 50 of my taking Dianette and although I see a definite improvement in my skin and breakouts, I still have problem skin. I hope it just keeps improving.
I took a break from all acne medication for FOUR DAYS a week ago and my skin went nuts and is still healing from that breakout.
I've learnt from this and never will I stop my antibiotics or differin again. I won't take a 7 day break from Dianette again either, I don't care if it isn't healthy.
I see a dermatologist for the first time in 2 days and I hope I get help or try something new. I am going to try and get Accutane but I highly doubt I'll be prescribed it.
I have a really big cold sore too right now, I've had a horrible lonely weekend and I've hit another low. Acne is a horrible, horrible thing. The only thing that cheered me up is watching YouTube videos of Elaine Mokk, savannahandstuff and other acne sufferers. Savannah's channel is my favourite and we chat too which is awesome. On December 23 it will have been another 50 days. I really hope and pray that by then my acne will have cleared. Here's to another 50 days of fighting.
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:24 AM

Day 53
*Finally* saw a skin specialist yesterday... :)
We discussed so much and she was so helpful and understanding!
She said my current combo of meds was pretty much the best treatment available and that she thinks it will still improve but she agreed to refer me to the dermatology team at the hospital so that I can hopefully be put on Accutane (I was so happy, especially as I didn't even have to ask her!).
She said that it'll be a 2 month wait though and that because my acne isn't severe there's a chance they refuse but I live in hope.
I asked her for Epiduo (to replace my Differin) as I'd heard so many good things about it. I used it last night for the first time. It felt tight and stingy (from the BP). I'll review it once I've used it a few weeks.
She also said that what I eat doesn't affect my skin (...) and that I shouldn't pick/touch basically.

Ok so I feel better for seeing a specialist who fucking took my skin and feelings about it seriously, I was lucky. I'm just going to wait for my referral letter and my hospital appointment now!

Skin update: my skin hasn't been bad this week, I have a few tiny red spots here and there but my scabs have healed and there's nothing major going on except my cold sore which is healing still and looking ghastly (can't cover that up!).

I felt hope for the first time in so long yesterday :)

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:53 PM

Day 54
Ok I don't know if its the epiduo or dianette but my skin is drying up :) it used to be SO OILY. Really really happy about that, it feels like I'm getting my pre-acne skin texture back!!! :)
However I'm still breaking out, I have an angry, painful red spot under my mouth and the inflammation is so bad one side of my lip swell up pretty bad :(
I also picked last night :(
Despite all this I'm feeling hopeful as I'm less oily and I feel it's all slowly but surely getting better

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:53 AM

Day 57
My skin is the worst it's been in a long time, the epiduo has caused a huge breakout, eczema and cystic acne.
Where the cyst was I now have the biggest brown scab ever. It isn't coverable.
I couldn't spend the weekend with my boyfriend and I'm dreading work next week.
I've spent the day in bed can't eat or go out.
I'm so depressed, I feel like I can't go on and want to die.
I'm holding on tightly to the thought of receiving the letter for my hospital appointment soon to see the dermatologists and hopefully be put on accutane.
I feel it's a losing battle and I'm utterly depressed. I don't know how to cope or what to do anymore except smoke and feel sorry for myself




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