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#3420701 Sometimes There Really Is No Hope

Posted by mrsrobinson on 16 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

been there, and it is tough....accutane didn't work for me, made things worse, guess I'm the 1% oh joy!


scarring cystic acne, that only responded to steroid injections...for me, diet changes worked, I eat ZERO gluten and ZERO dairy...may not work for you, but it might!


I'm working on my scars, I've had many laser treatments which have smoothed out my skin, but I have many rolling scars, which I now derma stamp myself...things are slowly getting better.


I also have a fulfilling career, and I am married, I just kept going, tried to be confident, kept working on self improvement, education and career...it can be done, and no one looks at our face as deeply as we do. 


So get that acne under control, keep a journal and do some diet eliminations, don't give up!  Then start to work on the scarring...depending on the depth, either fraxels or a full laser resurfacing to smooth things out and you go from there.


Do not give up!  Ping me privately if you have any questions, there are many here in the same boat....chin up!

#3420043 Acne With Dairy Products

Posted by mrsrobinson on 13 March 2014 - 06:04 AM

there could be many things leading to the breakout....if you've always worked out without problems, then keep working out


if you just started new supplements and then contain dairy, then stop them


keep a journal of what you eat, topicals you use, physical activity, mood, etc...and keep track of lesions


you don't have to avoid everything, just your triggers, but it takes work to figure out what your triggers are....hopefully it is that easy for you and you can avoid dairy, and do everything else you do and stay clear


they are your triggers, and you are unique....everyone else here can share theirs but at the end of the day, you need to figure out YOURS- good luck to you!

#3419051 My Story

Posted by mrsrobinson on 07 March 2014 - 09:38 PM

well awareness is the first step, so you've taken the biggest one!


why not do the old rubber band trick on the wrist, when you feel the urge to pick, whack your wrist and do something else, take a walk, clean the house or the car, do something positive...keep busy, idle hands and minds really are the devils workshop


but good for you, you want to make a change, that really is a good start


we are rooting for you!

#3417878 A Positive Accutane Experience

Posted by mrsrobinson on 02 March 2014 - 07:49 PM

good for you, and for most people it does work, I had the huge cysts on the back of my neck too...horrible


unfortunately I tried accutane and after 7 months of stops and starts due to some pretty bad side effects and an initial breakout that lasted the full seven months I stopped....it is so depressing to be in the small % accutane doesn't work for.....so consider yourself lucky!


I did manage to get it mostly under control now with a very strict diet and a crazy topical routine, that I may have to keep up for life, but at least I found my triggers.....but oh to just take a pill, I'm envious

#3417687 Am Done

Posted by mrsrobinson on 02 March 2014 - 06:33 AM

Take some positive action, now.  Go back to the clinic as soon as possible- insist on seeing the Doctor.


They are your records, you paid for the laser treatment so #1 get the detailGs on the settings and type of laser used.  This will be very important later down the line.  #2 what does the doctor recommend?   5 weeks out is still pretty fresh, and the skin continues to remodel up to skin months, building collagen.   So make sure you are using the right topicals.


Look at the copper peptides on the owndoc.com forum, read up there about after needling care....pixel is needling with heat (in a way!)....but don't you give up and retreat....no way, don't lose the next couple of months of skin healing, find the best topicals for you!  Check out the skin biology site too, I have their copper peptide serum as well (I alternate those two after I do the dermastamp).


And take a good vitamin C, at least 500 mg twice a day, to help with the healing.


Consider yourself hugged, now get going!

#3417357 Im Going To Start Loving Myself

Posted by mrsrobinson on 28 February 2014 - 07:11 PM

Good for you-  we are our own worse enemy....yes many of us have active acne and scars, but we magnify everything, everything


So hard not to do it, so hard....but we need to work on what we can control, diet, supplements, the right topicals, and then just get out there (I forgot to mention, concealer!!)-  get outside, get some son, find good friends that you love and love you the way you are, you don't need a lot, just one or two makes all the difference


But good for you-  chin up, keep going!!

#3416181 Big Mouth Family

Posted by mrsrobinson on 23 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

let them know in private that you'd rather not discuss things beyond the immeadiate family...you can try that


and for the most part people do try to be helpful, especially family....but sometimes it backfires!

#3415566 Popped A Pimple Too Soon, Please Help

Posted by mrsrobinson on 20 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

I'm a fan of this zinc cream I got on amazon called margarite zinc cream...it's very drying and it's flesh colored, so I like that too


but I put a very tiny dab over the area that popped, I find it treats and dries it out


my other favorite thing is sudocrem, but that is a thick white cream, reminds me of diaper rash cream...again just a little tiny dab on there

#3415563 2 Weeks Without Acne.org Treatment

Posted by mrsrobinson on 20 February 2014 - 08:40 PM

good plan, I'm not a BP fan, but when I was on it, I used it only at night, so it didn't bleach out anything other than my pillowcases!

#3415410 2 Weeks Without Acne.org Treatment

Posted by mrsrobinson on 20 February 2014 - 08:15 AM

i would start slow again, if you can stay clear without it how nice would that be!


maybe go every other night and see if that works for a month or so, then taper from there


great news, fingers crossed for you!

#3414991 Best Solution For Acne Under Ears

Posted by mrsrobinson on 18 February 2014 - 01:45 PM

same as everywhere else, try either BP or SA....change your pillowcases every other day and use free detergent (no dye no fragrance)

#3414229 A Desperate Plea For Help My Son Has Severe Acne

Posted by mrsrobinson on 15 February 2014 - 06:49 AM

let's not hijack this post with arguments about pro or con accutane...a mother here has asked for help, if you want a personal conversation, please keep it to yourselves and don't hijack this post- enough



as far as the protein shakes go, use almond or coconut milk, ice cubes and add hemp, rice, or pea protein (I use a heaping tablespoon of each)...and you can add some frozen pineapple or other fruits....no need to do with out protein, just avoid whey and milk

#3413506 A Desperate Plea For Help My Son Has Severe Acne

Posted by mrsrobinson on 11 February 2014 - 01:02 PM

okay, accutane is not 100% guaranteed, it's not, and he's struggling with psychological side effects, so please everyone, enough with that already- no accutane for him, he won't take it, so let's move along PLEASE


it didn't work for me either, horrible side effects, initial breakout that lasted 7 months and my derms (yes derms because I was such an unusual case) told me to stop


what works when accutane is NOT AN OPTION...for me diet, no dairy and no gluten, there are plenty of good options for him if he wants a protein shake, there is hemp protein, pea protein, egg white protein...stay away from soy and whey protein...I like coconut/almond milk, blue diamond makes a blend that is great, and you can make ice cream, etc...


minimize sugar and eliminate process foods...clean pillow cases every other night and switch to a free detergent no dyes no chemicals


I'm not a BP fan, I prefer salicylic acid, but the BP products here on acne.org work for many, so try that...or stick with your topicals which seem to be working now


patience and love, he is very lucky to have you in his corner!

#3412932 Clueless Need Help.

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 February 2014 - 07:00 AM

if you have money, do a few fraxel laser treatments with a good derm who has done many...concurrently have them do subscision on your deeper indented rolling scars, you'll have to have a few treatments of each


check out MrMatt posts, he is the expert here on subscision and has had great results


you could do fillers, but that is only temporary, unless you are brave enough to try silicone, and the results there seem positive but it just seems scary to me


our scars are very similar...I've done the fraxels, and know I concentrate on my remaining rolling areas with a derma stamp, just 0.5mm but I keep at it every 10 days or so


if you don't have money to do the bigger treatments, go to the owndoc.com forum and read up on self rolling...sounds scary but done properly it does give results particularly to our types of scarring


good luck, keep us posted and let me know if you have any questions...I've been there done that

#3412929 Is There Anything I Can Eat That Won't Break Me Out?!

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 February 2014 - 06:54 AM

i would ditch the soy protein, read up about it, even if it isn't causing you to break out, it's likely causing other problems especially for males, I wouldn't take any chances and there are alternatives ....the rest of your diet sounds good, but the 'I eat these every day' thing is not rotation....rotate good foods, try not to eat the same thing every day


and 3 days without dairy isn't a very prolonged trial....so many things effect our acne, so many, I kept a journal of many different things, trying to gauge stress levels, etc...I gave every diet change 30 days


control what you can and like we are saying dairy and wheat are triggers for many, no one ever said all, acne isn't that easy as you know...we all have to work hard to find our own triggers


but be smart, good foods rotated -  and give the elimination diet a fair chance