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#3444535 Acne At It's Worst. Please Help

Posted by mrsrobinson on 31 July 2014 - 04:24 AM

it could definitely be the birth control, particularly if you were relatively clear before starting....talk to your gyno about other options....search this board for brands that work better with acne....good luck, and do try to relax....you are taking control, fighting back, give yourself some credit and a break from that mirror

#3433061 Cysts On My Face, And Keloid Skin :( And Whiteheads :'(

Posted by mrsrobinson on 24 May 2014 - 05:26 AM

so hard to say, for me alcohol is not an issue, swimming is GREAT- sweat is a problem when I exercise so I shower right after and put on clean clothes


for me with cystic acne, accutane didn't work so I journaled everything I ate for months and then eliminated wheat/gluten and dairy... I don't eat a lot of junk food, very little processed foods, and not a lot of sugar mostly in the form of dark chocolate


I have two keloids on my shoulders that have plagued me for years...I do a series of steriod injections and they flatten for a while then come back, ugh   but they are smaller


and the cysts that won't go away, yep, I've had them excised and had no problems with keloids after on my face, but that is a roll of the dice


good luck to you, it does make you crazy, but approach it systemically, keep a journal but do try to eat better if you aren't, and avoid processed foods if you can

#3431455 Avoiding Work,school, Social Events...etc Due To Acne

Posted by mrsrobinson on 13 May 2014 - 01:36 PM

we've all been there-  then when we beat the acne, it's the scars...


but keep going out, find good friends who love you for you, or family, you don't need many, but get out of the house


and make your plan to wage war against acne and scars and make continuous improvement

#3430820 Scarring?!

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 May 2014 - 05:38 PM

I agree with the other poster, taz alone won't help, you need to either try accutane or work on other change, ie diet


but to answer your question yes i did get a breakout that lasted a few weeks, but it was whiteheads...my 7 month initial breakout with accutane was ALL CYSTIC, not one whitehead...but again I'm a rarity, and I had a severe reaction to the wonder drug, but again a rarity


so taz will help smooth things out and keep pores clean which in theory helps, but cystic acne, true cystic acne needs a deeper treatment in addition

#3430704 Scarring?!

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 May 2014 - 06:56 AM

the joys of cystic acne-  we don't get little white heads that may leave PIH, oh no, we get the dark PIH that is deep under the skin and rolling scars


you have to get it under control or you know what happens...accutane was an absolute nightmare for me, an initial breakout that lasted 7 months and I have that initial breakout to thank for most of my scars, but it DOES work for a lot of people...for those of us with true cystic acne you need to do something


after the wonder drug failed, I tried diet changes, no gluten (wheat) or dairy EVER for me- I just don't cheat...and for me tazorac helped a great deal, i'm tapering off now and in LOVE with mandelic acid...I rarely get a cyst now


your triggers will be unique to you, it's hard work to find, but journal everything and keep track - gluten and dairy are big culprits but not for all


that's why this is so hard, but I'm sure you can find your triggers, just takes a LOT of work, good luck to you

#3428414 How Do My Fellow Ugly Guys Cope With Being Undesired?

Posted by mrsrobinson on 24 April 2014 - 06:31 PM

work on the things that really matter, as hard as it is...college doesn't last forever


work on getting an education, a good one, do leadership activities and think about that resume-- work towards getting a GREAT job and being a standout when you graduate (trust me getting a good job is going to be what's hot in a few years....trust me)


you'll have more time to focus on that, do something positive- graduate at the top of your class, and have a standout resume


I can assure, those hot guys will be working for you or pumping gas if they don't take their education seriously


focus your attention away from girls to something positive that will pay off...and continue to work on getting your acne under control- but if you feel down, just say screw it, shelve the chick thing and work on something positive!

#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!

#3415570 Food Allergies And Adult Acne?

Posted by mrsrobinson on 20 February 2014 - 08:49 PM

yep, that is what my dermatologists told me too...but after a failed 7 month accutane round (with two doctors who were both stumped) I took matters into my own hands


I kept a journal and started with gluten, no wheat and the results were quick for me...but I was still getting some cysts, and then I gave up dairy and that helped...I still get a cyst every two or three months but nothing like it was before the diet changes


and my dermatologist still says that can't be it, but let me tell you that is it.....and I have changed my diet in general, I try to limit sugar (I just can't eliminate that!) and I watch carbs and do not eat processed food, ever....so I'm eating much better all the way around...


so for me, DIET MATTERS, and it was my salvation

#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