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#3431810 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 15 May 2014 - 02:30 PM

Hey everyone. Not sure if the same people are still hanging out here, but I wanted to drop in and report that I am happily still clear. :) The scars and discolorations have faded quite a bit within the past year thanks to argan oil, grapeseed oil and the AHA lotion. I still have some pretty bad scarring around the edges of my mouth where I always got the huge cysts, but it's getting better. I might try the needling thing one day, but I'm not sure.


Also, I ended my toxic relationship with my ex and have a wonderful new boyfriend! I left North Carolina and am currently living in gorgeous Denver Colorado, the stoner capital of the world! lol... Life is great and I just wanted to remind everyone to keep hope, always try new medications and never give up. When I first began the regimen, my skin was a red, peeling mess. I have better skin than most people I know now, and I actually get complimented on my "pretty soft skin!"




ps. For those who don't know me, I had VERY severe cystic acne.

#3385197 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 27 September 2013 - 01:21 PM

I'm doing good, thanks! Figured I'd stop by and check in. I still read on the site, I just don't post often because I feel silly saying "still clear" over and over.. what a terrible problem to have I know, lol. I eat pretty much everything now with no problems, although I still steer clear of gluten. I even went out to eat, which was huge for me! smile.png I pretty much only break out if I drink a ton of coffee, which I rarely do since I know it causes me problems. Once I eliminated coffee, most of my health problems seemed to get better.


I used mostly raw honey when I was doing it, not the Manuka and not the regular. Like I said, I don't think it made it worse exactly, it just was getting worse anyway the longer I went without using the acne meds. I didn't really have a reaction, I just got sick of coating honey on my face every night and still breaking out. I've tried thousands of things but nothing has really consistently helped other than benzoyl peroxide.


What kind of reaction did you have? They say you can easily be allergic to honey.

It's nice to hear you're staying clear. smile.png In what way do you think coffee affected your health? I have a definite addiction and drink a couple of cups a day on weekdays, and I've always wondered if it's bad for my health or acne, but I just haven't come across anything to give me the incentive to quit. They even claim coffee is healthy these days, although I don't believe it. Maybe my coffee habits are one of the reasons I still battle with acne.



Here's my theory:


Basically, anything that stresses your adrenal system is going to be bad for acne. This is just my experience and the experience of many others. How many of us break out after a fight with a boyfriend, problems at work or some other issue? That's stress--it inflames the human body, plain and simple. However, emotional stress is only part of the equation. There are also physical stresses, and bombarding your system with caffeine is one of them.


If you ever have gone a long time without caffeine and then drank a cup of strong coffee, you will feel the effects. It makes shaky, jittery, almost like you did a hard drug or something. This effect, although it might not be noticeable after you get used to caffeine every day, is always there. It's always affecting your system like that. So if you drink a few cups of coffee a day, you're bombarding your system with a drug that inflames you and stresses you. Ever day. Think about that.


I'm not saying we can't enjoy a cup of coffee once in a while, but I urge anyone suffering from bad acne to consider giving it up for a long period of time. I gave it up for 3-4 months and that was when I saw the most improvements in my heath. I continued to see improvements even weeks later. Now, I usually break out from coffee but there are times I don't. I think that's because I happened to drink it in a time where my body wasn't as stressed. I think we all basically have a "stress threshold" and when something pushes us past that, it makes it more likely for us to get acne. I think a lot of things can push up the stress load, including emotional stress, harsh drugs like caffeine, bad foods, hormonal shifts (pms, steroid use, etc). This is why people see reactions to so many of these things but not consistently. There is no consistency usually because it all depends on the balance of various things going on at any given time. This is why I constantly broke out when I had my eating disorder even though I was avoiding every "bad" food on the planet--I was constantly stressed and worried. Now, I eat a lot worse but I look and feel better. Why? I decided that life is short, food is good and I don't have that stress anymore. Much less of it as I continue working in recover, at least.


It's just funny, I've been on these boards a long time and seen soooo many people go down the road toward eating disorders from avoiding so many foods and trying to follow all these special diets. It seems like a lot of people are willing to adjust their diet in any way necessary but most aren't willing or don't even realize they can get off the daily coffee train and see major improvements. Coffee is such an accepted part of everyday life in our society, most people don't understand how terribly unhealthy it can be. But google some studies on caffeine and how it affects the body. It's scary. Coffee should be an occasional treat only.

#3374560 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 13 August 2013 - 09:23 PM

I'm on Week 6 of the Regimen and it has been so trying.  I broke out in cysts about a year ago and have been trying to get rid of acne ever since...although it's not so bad anymore, it's still a huge pain.  It seemed to calm down a while ago, but once I couldn't afford to see a dermatologist anymore it came back!  Argh!  So now, my skin's been flushing hardcore, and I've been removing whiteheads to try and speed up the process/for appearance's sake, but of course my face is ridiculously red.  The BP also made it redder/darker.  It is getting clearer, but it's hard to look at this messy face.  sad.png


Just needed to vent a bit.


Keep going! I remember having my last major breakouts between weeks 4 and 6. Things improved a lot for me since then and only continued to get better over the next couple of months. <3

#3374179 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 12 August 2013 - 10:11 PM

Hey guys! I've been coming here less frequently but I still wanted to update you with anything new.


I had a cup of caffeine the other day. And by caffeine I mean the weakest form possible--green tea. Guess what? After almost 2 months with no breakouts (not even a small pimple), I got a painful bump on my chin. I already was fairly sure but at this point there is no doubt in my mind: caffeine is bad, bad news.


About a week before that, I had a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie that had soy in it. That was my big test of soy. And zero reaction. Not even a tummy ache or anything. I don't think I'll be eating massive amounts of tofu, but knowing I can handle trace soy and corn is a HUGE thing for my life. It means I'll be able to eat out at restaurants again in the future! :) I've been eating cheese and sour cream again too. :) Yay.


My theory is that caffeine is just too hard on my stomach and it inflamed everything and made me more sensitive to foods. Now that I'm not bombarding my system with a stimulant every day (or bombarding it with massive amounts of those probiotic drinks) I seem to be able to digest food like a normal person. I'm sure easing back into a normal diet after years of disordered eating has something to do with it too.


I'm using less BP every day and being super casual about how I apply it. I basically just slap it on now. No more being ultra-gentle with my skin and spending ages rubbing in the BP. I treat my face like a normal person. Wake up, wash, slap on some lotions and creams and I'm out.


I keep making these posts so you guys will have hope. And please--if you haven't considered giving up caffeine yet, please give it a try. I can't say for sure why it affects me the way it does, but I would imagine that if we all suffer from the same condition, we likely aren't too different. It's worth a shot anyway. but NOTE: It took being off caffeine for over a while before I began to see real changes. I think I noticed my skin getting better after a couple weeks and it seems that it's only continued to improve over the few months I've been caffeine free.

#3372364 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 06 August 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hey guys!
I've been using lactic acid products for 2 months now and it has totally changed my complexion. I used to whine a lot about how flaky, dry, but at the same oily my skin was and no moisturisers could help me cope with that. Lactic acid saved me ass! It completely balanced my face, it feels like baby skin again, so smooth and moist. Even the fine lines around my mouth disappeared. It never gets oily either, only at the time when all normal people get a layer of sweat on their faces - when it's really hot or when I'm exercising. But it's easy to wash off with simple water.
What I do: wash my face with lactic acid gel (it doesn't foam much), wait until my face dries and apply lactic acid cream. It doesn't get absorbed easily, takes 10 min until it does. But it really gets absorbed, you won't get the feeling you're scrubbing it off your face when you rub it a bit later (that happens with some moisturisers).
I'm using a Swedish product bought at a pharmacy, but maybe there are some similar ones available in other countries? 

Just really wanted to help those who have dry skin, try lactic acid cream instead of your moisturiser! 

What else has improved my health lately:

I started drinking crazily much water like 2 weeks ago. It goes up to 3-4 l a day, if I move a lot (and I do walk big distances everyday). One thing I noticed immediately - my lips, my chronically chapped painful cracking lips are finally soft!!!   

Writing food diary! I've been doing that patiently for a month now. Writing down every little thing I ate and at which time. Also, I write all kinds of stuff that may affect acne and health, like WC usage that day, stress, how much water I drank, if I got any breakout....
Food diary helped me realise that I break out from potatoes and rice, if I don't use WC for "serious business" for more than 1 day, and... going to sleep very late...     

While my improvement are mostly due to Diane35 + Androcur, I only noticed satisfying results when I added other things to aid it. So don't rely on just medications!

And drink water, omg!  




Yay! :) I'm so happy for you! What's WC?


Me: I ate a "regular" gluten-free cookie the other day... regular in the sense that it was processed, not organic and contained milk chocolate with soy in it... Probably the most "junk food" type thing I've eaten in years. NO BREAKOUTS!


That means my soy sensitivity, at least to small trace amounts, is apparently over now. I fixed myself somehow... It's so good to know that can happen. I wonder if I'm still gluten sensitive. Way too scared to try it right now as I'm doing so good and it was always my scariest sensitivity and the one that I know for sure was (at least, at the time) very real.


It's been over a month since I had any sort of pimple. I've reduced by benzoyl peroxide to 50 percent... 1/2 finger in the morning, 1/2 at night. It's going good. :)

#3371209 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 02 August 2013 - 10:25 AM

Hi guys. I don't post much anymore because things are mostly the same. But I wanted to report that I didn't break out AT ALL this past month, including with ovulation and before/during my period. I don't think that has happened....ever?


An entire month with zero acne? And I ate whatever I wanted this month, including sour cream, potatoes, etc. Things that always broke me out in the past. I even had a few bites of a gluten-free pizza from a restaurant that has gluten...something I never would have done. Nothing happened.


I think my eating disorder must have just weakened my digestion so bad that I couldn't digest anything for a long time, and this made me react to food and get acne. It's crazy but once I started eating everything again, my body slowly began learning how to process stuff. I guess this is why so many people who constantly eat junk seem to always have clear skin and so many people who are giving up food groups to heal end up with more acne. I don't know exactly what the answer is... but for me, eating a little bit of a huge variety of foods and not worrying about it seems to be the answer.... Along with properly medicating my skin, of  course. But I think it's only a small part of it because in the past, I still always reacted to foods and broke out even while using the regimen... now... honestly this is the most perfect-looking skin I've ever had. I'm not trying to brag about it, but it's amazing and I used to have such horrible acne even 1 year ago. I can only pray it gives some of you guys hope.

#3367369 Clear Skin Or 100 Million Dollars?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 18 July 2013 - 03:40 PM

I am shocked with all the people choosing clear skin. It's 100 Million Dollars!!! You and your family will live a life free of want and hardships, and my god if skin was an issue you could probably hire a dermatoligist and nutritionist to live with you haha.


Well, a dermatologist was unable to help me with my acne in the past. And personally, I don't think I'd even want 100 million dollars. Too much taxes, too much responsibility, too many people wanting something from you, etc. I honestly don't want for much now. As GUNNKE pointed out, the things I long for are not things money can buy. They are things like confidence, a happy spirit, a good relationship with God, a loving marriage, etc.

#3366435 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 14 July 2013 - 08:46 PM

Good luck with your interview Randall! Awesome you found a new girlfriend, too! Excited for you. <3 :)

#3364297 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 06 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

Thanks and yes, still doing the regimen. I need to update my signature with what I'm currently doing--BP morning and night, although I'm down to a half-finger length in the morning. Every other night I use the AHA lotion. Every morning I use Dan's regular lotion. Every night I don't use the AHA, I use pure argan oil instead. :) This regimen has almost completely removed all of my red marks (the rest are fading fast) and my scars are starting to get less deep as well.

#3364264 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 06 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Hair/skin pics






No retouching/airbrushing or changing the lighting. That's my real skin! Just showing you guys what the proper medications, diet and skincare routine can do. As a reminder, here was my skin a little over six months ago:




^^And this was a GOOD day....

#3363814 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 04 July 2013 - 11:01 AM

Thanks! Yeah my skin is doing awesome. It doesn't really look like I ever had bad acne now. I'm kinda regretting my hairstyle though. Not because I don't like how I look with the shaved head, but because the way it isn't symmetrical is freaking me out so I sort of want to shave the other side and just rock a lazy mohawk now. But I'm not sure if I'd get sick of that before it would grow out.


edit--screw it. I mohawked. :D

#3363594 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 03 July 2013 - 12:54 PM

So the picked blackhead kind of turned into a zit so I popped it...I think I got everything out which hopefully means that stupid blackhead is finally gone!! Kind of messed up though that I had to scratch up my skin to get it out.... :/ Oh well. It's scabbed over now, which means it's healing, and in a few days the scab will fall off. I hope it looks better before I have to work again though cause I'd prefer to not have a scab at work! But whatever...the rest of my skin is looking really good. I'm excited to see the new derm in a few days who will hopefully get me started on a new treatment for my hormonal acne!


Ugh that happens to me every time. There will be a big clogged pore that will last ages, it will finally come out (usually I have to get it out or it will just stay forever) and then the next day I get a big huge zit in the spot where it was.


My skin is doing okay. Mostly clear. The one big one I got from eating tons of potatoes is just a red mark now. No soreness anymore, so that's good.


I worked my last day cleaning today also! Woo hoo! No more getting up at 6am, no more having to stare in the mirror while I clean, nothing. I'm officially a working writer. smile.png


edit-- made another get ready with me video

And yeah I shaved part of my head! I always wanted to do that but I spent way too many years growing my hair super long--so I just shaved one side.

#3363331 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 02 July 2013 - 11:09 AM

I love that feeling of seeing the red marks fade! Most of the ones I had from my severe acne on my forehead are totally gone now. After a certain point my skin is going to be one solid color. I can't even remember a time in the last 10 years when that happened.

#3361705 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 26 June 2013 - 11:34 AM

I'm mostly cleared up now.

#3361198 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by dejaclairevoyant on 24 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

Mildly broken out. I'm back home in North Carolina and things are pretty good. I missed my house and my boyfriend seems to be in a better place mentally. We are trying to be friends and treat each other with respect and give each other what we need (including letting each other go if necessary). I have more time alone now that he has a job, so that's nice. I'm planning on quitting my cleaning job soon(yay, no more having to constantly see myself in the mirror) and focus all of my energies on my freelance writing career. This is a huge move for me--the first time in my life I will be supporting myself 100 percent with the creative arts. smile.png I'm also busy working on my first proposals/query letters seeking an agent to represent me and try to sell my first novel. Writing this novel has been my life for the past six years and I have more love for it than most people probably have for their firstborn child. I'm not expecting miracles but I do hope and pray I can become a published author one day.


Acne: mildly broken out. I've been eating whatever I want (CHICKEN AND MASHED POTATOES LAST NIGHT MMMM) and not caring. I think the AHA is super important for skin texture because I didn't use it for a few days and my skin got really flaky, dry and gross looking again. Broke out a bit more too. So I'll need to order some more AHA soon.