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Aha Comparison?

15 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

Has anyone used AHA+ from acne.org AND Paula's AHA 8% gel all over your face? Could you share your experiences? I know Dan's AHA would be a lot cheaper but I haven't used it in ages (and back then I only used it as a spot treatment). I use Paula's AHA under my moisturizer, so if anyone can remark on texture, irritation, dryness of skin, perceived efficacy etc. 

Warning? Just An N=1 Experience

25 January 2015 - 01:48 AM

Hey guys. So...I just realized that the reason my acne flares up in the winter is because of dryness. I'm completely clear in the summer! 


Which made me realize...that I might have gotten the acne on my cheek because of the Regimen. It was my first winter using the regimen when I got the "hormonal" acne on my cheeks.  It subsided in the spring apparently because of tazorac but resurged again the next winter. And the next winter. And then again this winter. This winter, I decided to stop drying my skin out and cut back on topicals. Lo and behold, my skin is as clear as during the summer. 


I need topicals...in the summer. 


I need BPO...for my forehead. 


But my cheek acne? I'm now convinced It's almost entirely an artifact of dryness. Becuase, my acne would get worse in the winter. I would add in more topicals and be more aggressive with the treatment. It was a vicious cycle. I'll update in a month to let you know if this policy is still holding true for me. See my signature to see what i'm doing. still using topicals but only every other day. And even then, sparingly. NOT when my skin feels dry or itchy. 


Something to consider if your acne flares up in the winter.... say that the regimen was working in the summer but come winter, you find yourself dry, itchy, and breaking out more often. Something to take into account. 

Cutting Out Sugar

28 December 2014 - 09:32 PM

Hey all! So, the acne on my face is pretty well managed. It doesn't bother me -- I still get an occasional pimple or two but it's nothing I can't handle. It doesn't feel "out of control." However, my back is a mess. I've been using Panoxyl and it's made things better, but still not where I want to be. My back still has active acne. I wouldn't really give a second thought to it, except I noticed something: my acne is acting up now that I'm at my parent's house on break.  Especially on my back, but I would also say that I've gotten more/more frequent pimples while back at home. My diet is wildly different here because my parents use sugar (I use honey in my tea because I like the taste) and my little brothers love sweets. When I'm at home, I don't buy sugar and I limit my purchases of sweet things because I don't need them and they're an extra grocery cost. So, based on that, I have a hypothesis that cutting out sweets completely might clear me up.  My goal is to cut out sweets completely for at least a month and fifteen days and then re-assess. It's actually not too lofty of a goal for me, considering I don't eat too many sweets to begin with...except some dark chocolate every day, when i get it from people, and during exams/during my period. So my goal is to cut these things out. The dark chocolate can often be my reprieve. I might replace that with a glass of wine or a cup of chamomile tea (I love love love chamomile).  Anyway. Here goes. I kind of just want to use this blog as a way to "remember" my goal, to think about it, and to write about any difficulties. 


From a medical point of view, sugar is an awful thing to put into your body on a regular basis. 


My diet at home looks something like this: 


Breakfast, if time. Cereal (Bran Flakes) + milk  OR yogurt, muesli, and honey. tea or coffee. 

Or Kashi bar. 


Lunch -- often skip. If not, go home, eat pasta or something leftover. quick lunches include quesadillas or pb/fruit sandwiches. 

sometimes turkey sandwich. sometimes salad. 


snack - whatever I can get my hands on. Maybe some fruit. Maybe a kashi bar. 


Dinner - usually some sort of pasta with veggies. some dark chocolate. 


Yeah, so my diet is pretty uninteresting and the only sugar involved is the chocolate, the milk (yes that counts in my book), and the kashi bar. Or if someone gives me free sweets. Or if my friends and I go out somewhere specifically for sweets -- like a donut shop or Ghirardelli. I can make a conscious decision to try and not be in these situations or choose not to buy sweets. I need to find a replacement for the kashi bar as a snack -- I'm thinking banana or an apple and a nut/bran cereal mix will have an equal caloric/nutritional equivalent. I think I'll switch to almond milk. And I've already addressed the dark chocolate! 


I'm still at my parents' house. It shouldn't be too hard to find alternatives to sweets here because my parents' pantry and fridge is STOCKED. 

Chicago Winters -- Dry Skin

21 December 2014 - 03:07 PM

I can't post a new product review because the site won't let me. (An error occurs every time I try!) Anyway, just wanted to throw the rec out there in case anyone is struggling with dry skin. Dry skin makes my acne worse and my treatments don't help because they're just adding to the dryness.  But heavy moisturizers break me out.  


Anyway...my dermatologist gave me samples of this stuff called Hyalis, but when I went online to buy it, it was RIDICULOUS how expensive the stuff was. I couldn't afford it, basically. So I found a similar product that I actually think works better. It's called DHC water base moisture. I use it under my CeraVe PM and I've been using it for around 2 months now and haven't struggled with any flaky or dry skin at all. If I'd had this stuff when I was on the regimen, it would have been a god send! 


Anyway, it's like 17 bucks and I think it's really worth it for the job that it does. That said though, I can't use it alone. It's the combination of the CeraVe and the DHC that does it. I use like 3 different meds on my face and live in Chicago so I feel like if it can help my skin it could probably be useful for a lot of other people! 

Dealing With Dryness In The Cold, Wind? Possible Solution...

07 July 2014 - 07:44 AM

Hey ya'll! So I used Tazorac and really struggled with it during the winter months because of the dryness. I know a LOT of acne medications dry you out, so a lot of people must really struggle with dryness in the winter months/wind. I have a possible solution, for women and men. 


Runners often use silicone to protect themselves against the wind/chafing. Many moisturizers have silicones in them, but many don't. For women, it's really easy to wear foundation with silicones in it. True match is one that's great for light coverage in the winter. If you're still finding that wind irritates you, you could add a silicone based primer underneath. For men, buying a clear primer or some sort of serum might be an option. Maybelline has one called baby skin. (haven't tried it, but I've heard good things.) There are sports ointments that you could look into that look "manlier" in a tube. Runners often use silicone when running in the wind/cold to prevent chafing. 


 I know silicone gets a bad rap, but I know that as long as I wash it off properly, I'm usually fine using it. Using some sort of makeup remover or makeup removing wipe before using a face wash is helpful. Alternatively, the facial cleansing cloths by Olay are really effective at removing makeup and cleansing.  For me, dryness is such a big issue during the winter months and silicone based products during the day really make a world of difference. Opinions? What do ya'll think?