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skinnie

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In Topic: Help! Acne.org Regimen Never Got Me Completely Clear Even After 3+ Years...

18 July 2015 - 07:30 AM


Is your face dry at all? (Does it sting when you put moisturizer on? Do you ever feel itchy? Is your skin flaky? Does your acne get worse in the winter?) For me, Dan's regimen worked really well to clear up my "baby acne" on my forehead summer after my first year of college but the dry skin eventually led me to develop cysts that winter. Now, four years later, I wish I'd never used it.  I realized this past winter ( for which I was in Chicago) that avoiding dry skin really is the key for me. That's why AHA works so well -- it exfoliates and gets rid of the dry skin but is also moisturizing, unlike BHA or Benzoyl Peroxide. 
Just a suggestion! Irritation and dry skin can make inflammatory acne a lot worse. 

Yeah, I think it's impossible to be on the regimen and NOT have dry skin lol. However, mine is nowhere near as bad as others I've seen here. I will sometimes get dry patches but nothing too bad, and I rarely get flaky. I've been using AHA for over a year now and I do think it has definitely helped the hyperpigmentation marks as well as dryness, but unfortunately I still break out.
I started supplementing with Vit. D a week ago and haven't had a new pimple since so *fingers crossed*.
Also, I've had keratosis pilaris since I was a kid so I believe my skin is just really bad when it comes to cell turnover and keratinization. That doesn't explain why my skin was perfect until my late 20s though.
I noticed from your sig. you are on Tazorac. Does that keep you clear? I think I'm going to just have to bite the bullet and try a retinoid again.
No the tazorac is really just for my cysts. And it's good for anti-aging so I use it. I still get really bad inflammatory acne on taz. For me, it really just is dealing with dry skin that doesn't exfoliate properly. My theory is that my acne is from plugged follicles from dry skin, which eventually get infected. With BP, I stop the infections but the dry skin gets worse. That's why it eventually gave me cystic acne.  During summer, my skin clears up completely and looks wonderful. The dry skin really is the trigger for my acne. My acne also got worse when I moved to Chicago. The winters are harsh there. Basically, for me, avoiding dry skin and exfoliation really is the key. My family is Indian.  My skin just wasn't made for dry cold weather. My mother actually got acne after moving from Delhi to NYC.

That said, I was able to clear my skin to summer levels in January, in the middle of the winter, by cutting down on topicals and exfoliating.

Anyway this is not the case for everyone. Just me, specifically. If you don't notice that your acne gets worse in the winter or with dry skin, dry skin is probably not the problem. I use heavy moisturizer, moisturizing face wash, moisturizing foundation if you notice. A drying foundation or a powder will break me out.

In Topic: Help! Acne.org Regimen Never Got Me Completely Clear Even After 3+ Years...

15 July 2015 - 09:02 AM

Is your face dry at all? (Does it sting when you put moisturizer on? Do you ever feel itchy? Is your skin flaky? Does your acne get worse in the winter?) For me, Dan's regimen worked really well to clear up my "baby acne" on my forehead summer after my first year of college but the dry skin eventually led me to develop cysts that winter. Now, four years later, I wish I'd never used it.  I realized this past winter ( for which I was in Chicago) that avoiding dry skin really is the key for me. That's why AHA works so well -- it exfoliates and gets rid of the dry skin but is also moisturizing, unlike BHA or Benzoyl Peroxide. 

Just a suggestion! Irritation and dry skin can make inflammatory acne a lot worse. 

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

15 February 2015 - 12:37 AM

http://www.xojane.co...ne-a-love-story . This hit home for me.


In Topic: Acne Has Controlled My Life Over The Past Two Years. Please Help

15 February 2015 - 12:37 AM

Read this. http://www.xojane.co...ne-a-love-story



It  might help to go speak to someone who can help you through some body dysmorphic issues. Talking to a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist might really help. 


In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

25 January 2015 - 01:30 AM

So, I feel really good. My face is completely clear because of the whole cutting back on the topicals and moisturizing bit. Now I'm using no meds every other night. And rotating Tazorac and BP on the nights I do use meds. I'm washing my face with CeraVe hydrating wash and using a clarisonic every other day. My skin is just as clear as summer! I really wish I'd figured this out earlier. I knew that I needed to control my dryness during the winter, but I guess I never tied that to cutting back on topicals. I always though that meant topicals + extra moisturizer. And I actually used more topicals in the winter. I'd break out more so I'd use more on my skin. In fact, my cheek acne started when I started using the regimen all over my face (even though I really only had acne on my forehead). It started in the winter. And my skin was unbearably dry. But breaking out. I would use more BPO and the acne would get worse. It got better b/c of tazorac but probably because I became meticulous about controlling dryness/moisturizer. 

 

This is CRAZY. 

 

How did it take me this long? 

 

Let's see if it lasts...