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My First Time Using Prescription Medication

13 October 2012 - 01:17 AM

I had another personal regimen log (with OTC products), but I didn't know where to post this one because I would fall under birth control and antibiotics.

The last couple things I did were 1) Green Cream and Salicylic Acid - my acne is inflammatory so Green Cream was not the product for me and 2) The Regimen, I used it for 8 weeks...I really liked the moisturizer!

My hormones were tested, my thyroid was tested, I was tested for diabetes, I was tested for anemia. I have none of those things. I think my tiredness might be mental-health related and I still need to make the appointment. I think I need help with some depression, social anxiety, body dysmorphia issues. I even worry about what others think about me on acne.org which I think is stupid, but I have been waiting until I suck it up to see what replies (if any) I got on my last posts.

The root of my acne just might be my genetics. I still have food intolerances to rule-out, but the doctor seemed to think that was just "the big thing right now."
I get itchy inside my throat and inside my ear and I also itch at the back of my neck, but she said she saw flakiness, so I guess I'll just start using Head and Shoulders.

Since BP made an improvement, I asked for Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion, I read the reviews and I watch Cassandra Bankson do her makeup and she uses it. So I got that.
The doctor brought up Doxycycline and I said I was interested in that because I have been getting a lot of PIH and I am scared to use a retionoid because of inflammation, he gave me that.
Then, he said if I were to get pregnant that would affect my baby's teeth and asked I wanted a birth control, I told him I haven't been sexually active lately, but I said I would like Yaz since it has spironolactone.
So, he also gave me that.

But, I will not have insurance after I turn 21 (in November) and I recently left my job because I don't have support, all I had was negative comments, but I am going to try to be strong and not let my family members and landlord control my life. I am a single mother and I have a daughter to take care of, they need to understand that I don't want the government to take care of us. Back to jobsearching, for a job that doesn't interfere with my job-training I've been doing.

I'm confident these products will clear me up. but I know acne comes back full-force sometimes after stopping BC and antibiotics.  One thing I don't want to do is go on Accutane. I also hate my PIH (you'll see from my picture I'll be posting soon that I have full-on red blotches with acne and indents) and wonder if I should work in glycolic acid peels or retinoid products? For my indented scars (some from picking and some I left alone, but they're there anyway...I didn't really think my acne was cystic because it's not painful...but big?) I want to do some collagen fillers, but it sucks that they're not permanent. Lasers in the future maybe.

That's all for now...I'll post a picture of my before look soon. It looks horrible...but then again, the camera always seems to look worse than the mirror.

Job Interview. A Guy I'm Into.

10 July 2012 - 03:24 AM

I have an interview in 12 hours and instead of sleeping, I'm up thinking about it. It's my fault, I had a nap and caffeine late in the day. I'm planning on doing my makeup and hair so my acne is the least visible.

At my last interview (several months ago), I wasn't hired and the job was given to someone less qualified who quit. I maintained good eye contact and was nice. My acne was worse and my hair was up. I don't think I didn't get the job because of my skin. It seems like luck gets you the job. I'm bothered because I have several "big ones". But, maybe they'll get smaller by then. Silly? Probably. I just need to get into a winning frame of mind.

I am also thinking about how I can look good in pictures. They don't need to be highly edited. My front view is better than the sides. It makes me feel fraudulent because if they haven't seen me in a while, the pictures are better than real life. I have been talking to a guy who I have a mutual friend with for several months. He hasn't seen me in person, but I want to meet him (maybe in several months). Hopefully I'll be pretty clear, I'd have scarring. But, I'd let him know that beforehand...if it doesn't sound awkward. It'd sound awkward. I like his personality, I'm thinking he's liking mine. I want him to meet me face to face. He's cool with me having a kid and he has kids too.

I have a child support case happening. He wants a dna test. I don't want him seeing me in the court room and I don't want my mouth swabbed because they'd take a picture of me. I'd rather have nice skin and be like mmhmm I'm looking good. Cuz his new girlfriend tries to make me jealous. Superficial, I know. My skin was worse when we were together...clustered medium bumps instead of random large bumps. I had no scarring though. What I have isn't bad.

I just had to write this to get these little things off my mind. I'm feeling better. I'm remembering that my skin improves a little more as I try to find what works. And now the pimples don't look as bad (weird how it's the frame of mind that makes the difference).

This post seems kind of pointless now since all it took was writing out my feelings. If anyone is actually reading, I can relate to many of the posts, so it's nice to know I'm not all alone and if anyone wants to talk, I don't mind.

The other "he" is my baby's father. The guy I am interested in doesn't want a DNA test.*

It's My Turn

06 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

I've been reading posts for about 7 months...today is the day I start my log, so I can keep track of progress. I will add photos later.

I began breaking out on my cheeks when I was almost 19, now I'm 20. Then, I was avoidant of social situations and only came out at night. Now, am still self-conscious, but I will get things done. Slowly gaining back confidence and slowly beginning to like what I see in the mirror.

I have gone through a lot of routines, using tips I've read.
2 times a day alternate between Neutrogena Naturals face wash and scrub
Witch Hazel as a toner
Garnier Moisturizer
Clean and Clear spot treatment and popped pimple relief paste
Almay concealer and cover up

There were results, but they weren't as evident after a month.
Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask by Neutrogena (3.5% BP)
Oxy Clinical Clearing Treatment (5%)
Cetaphil Moisturizer
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

I saw improvement about every 3 days, some days felt clearer than others.
Oxy face wash (10%)
Oxy spot vanishing treatment (10%)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion (AHA)
L'Oreal True Match Naturale concealer and powder
Green Tea
Aloe Vera Gel as primer

I knew this wasn't the smartest routine...my skin adjusted two weeks later. After a month, cheeks were better, I still had spots on my jawline and neck.

I have a popping problem, I have scars, I have PIH.
Cetaphil Cleanser, A gentle scrub occasionaly, Persagel occasionally, Cetaphil Moisturizer.

Way simpler. What I have been sticking to. I have been introducing Pore Refining Toner and Healthy Skin Face Lotion for AHA and BHA qualities.
I did a round of 35% Glycolic Peels although I'm not completely clear. I am doing round two.

After round two, I want to use the Level 6 and 9 Green Cream...

Another day, I'll go over diet & other issues.