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hitea

Member Since 19 Aug 2011
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Heitea Is Leaving Acne.org!

09 January 2014 - 09:44 PM

Hi guys,

 

I've decided tonight that it's time for me to leave. I've found something that works for me (beyaz and spiro)-- so continuously doing research and arguing online is not good for me or my soul. I become obsessed with looking up information and helping other people if they have questions regarding things I know about. It's fine in theory, but in reality, I feel like I'm losing a bit of my life to it. I'm leaving in three weeks to begin my Air Force career-- I need this time to focus on more important things.

I thank everyone at acne.org for their help in spreading such wonderful information, but I'm sad that there are people on this site that hurt others and give out false information as fact. It makes me stressed out, and stress only means one thing for me...acne and more picking.

Anyway, for those of you who helped me with my compulsive skin picking, I thank you. I also thank everyone for helping me find what actually makes my skin consistently clear... It has been life-changing to say the least. I'm almost to the point where being without makeup doesn't scare me to death.

 

Please keep the positivity alive on this site. Acne is such an emotional rollercoaster for people...stop being so cold and matter-of-fact with things. There are ways to convey information without hurting another person or making them feel stupid. Be nice. We are not robots, we are living, breathing souls that deserve each others' truest sympathies.

 

Good luck and clear skin to you all :)

-heitea


What Beyaz And Spiro Have Done For My Skin So Far (Pictures!)

03 January 2014 - 10:25 AM

Hello fellow acne sufferers!

 

I let acne consume my life, and I finally found something that is making it go away. I've tried the Regimen, the natural route, supplements, Paula's Choice CLEAR line, and so much more besides accutane. This was pretty much my last hope.

Anyway, I started taking Beyaz about 6 months ago (I have 3 more pills in my 6 month pack). I decided to switch from my Mirena IUD (which was causing me severe cystic acne) to this new birth control. I was seeing a great improvement, but was still breaking out around my period. I decided to try Spironolactone to see if it would get me even clearer. Well, dangit, I wish I had done this sooner...because I'm getting the results that I've wanted for so long. Now, I'm not *perfectly* clear. I'd probably have to eat no sugar and no dairy to get that way-- I'm assuming. But, I just don't feel like doing that. haha. I like food. I'm a runner, so I exercise daily. I still get a stray zit here and there every month or so, but that's nothing compared to the daily struggle of waking up with 3-6 more spots on my face that weren't there the night before.

It now takes me 2 minutes to cover my red marks with BB cream and then throw on some mascara...compared to the 45-60 minutes it used to take me to do my full face of makeup including foundation, concealer, powder, and blush. THEN I'd have to do my mascara. I feel more free than I've ever felt.
 

My gallery photos show my progress. I do still have red marks and my face is actually naturally pink in some spots (which I don't mind...so it's not a big deal to me.)

Before (not even my worst...and you can't see the microcysts ALL along my jawline or the cysts that are developing on my neck.):

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After: I'm still working on those red marks. They're slowly fading. Also, sorry about the lighting. It's not the greatest and actually makes the red marks look worse, not better. And that little blob of clay mask is on a tiny zit that never came to fruition. Wee!

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Another thing that has also helped me is lessening my compulsive picking. I'm not completely where I'd like to be with it, but I'm no longer spending hours a week ripping at my face.


Anyone In The Military With Acne?

10 December 2013 - 10:04 AM

Hi!

 

I feel really silly about this post, and I'm a little embarrassed about it because I've heard countless times that "acne is the last thing I should be worrying about when in the military!" I can't ask this on the air force forums because they're really insensitive about it all.

 

Regardless, I'm going into the Air Force as an Airman First Class (E-3). I'm a 23 year old female-- I'm enlisting, despite having a bachelor's degree, and I couldn't be happier or more excited for the chance to become a Cryptologic Linguist! I leave for basic (BMT) in February, and of course, won't be wearing any makeup during that time. The thing is, makeup has been my "security blanket" for the past 7 years or so. I'm nervous about people seeing me without it, and I'm nervous that I'm going to be the oldest one there, but with the most teenager-y skin. The great thing is, I've almost completely cleared my active acne through birth control and Spironolactone!-- but my red marks still make it look like I have bad skin. I'm not very nervous about the PT part of BMT because I'm a runner and I've been preparingly physically for about 6 months now. I'm not afraid of being yelled at or told what to do. I'm nervous about not being taken seriously because of my skin (not by my superiors...I know they won't take me all that seriously...but by my peers).

 

So, here are my questions for the tl;dr kids:

1. Will I be able to continue to take my medications when I get to basic? I know that I can bring my prescription papers, but will I have time to take it? It's one pill in the morning, and one at night.

2. Will I be the only female with bad skin? I was looking at the BMT facebook page, and it looks like they all have nice skin! Will they respect me as a peer?

3. Will I be made fun of by the TI's at basic because of my skin?

 

I want to mention that I'm not a "prissy" girl, and I'm not afraid of looking "uncute" for anyone. I just feel very uncomfortable without makeup.  Thank you to anyone who has any insight on this!