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Skintuition

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#3367326 Summer Challenge! Clear Skin For Back To School! (Hopefully!)

Posted by Skintuition on 18 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

When I first came on here last year, I was convinced I was the youngest person on the site struggling with acne, lol. (i was 13, i am 14 now) so don't worry, you're not alone. 

I could go more in depth with my story, but basically after trying so many things and having horrible self-confidence for 3 years, I was done. I had enough. My medication that I was on cost WAY too much money and wasn't very effective, so I needed something else. I tried the acne.org Regimen on a whim, and I got what I wanted! Clear skin for the summer. It has been more than a year since I've been using acne.org products (I don't really follow the regimen exactly any more, once my skin was clear I experimented with ways to perfect it) I still break out sometimes, but my skin is so much better than it used to be.

 

THE TRICK TO SUCCESS: Stay determined, dedicated, and have faith! Never give up.

Your skin is looking great by the way! Good luck! 

 

ps. Remember, start slowly! A big mistake I made was using way too much bp way too fast. Be patient, and start VERY slowly. 




#3361409 It's Not The End Of The World.

Posted by Skintuition on 25 June 2013 - 09:39 AM

Ok, I'd like to start off by saying, I suffered from acne at a pretty young age. I KNOW the scars go deeper than just your skin. Acne had really shaken my self confidence for a brief period in my life. It seemed like the more I tried to make it better, it got worse. I would cry and cry, wishing I could just be somebody else and not have to worry. So basically, I'm in your boat. I know how it feels to have acne. It's devastating.

I also understand the need to rant and just get your feelings out. Trust me, I've done that plenty of times on this website.

 

With all that being said, I for one have learned that fear and complaining will not get you clear skin. I see people on here practically begging for attention, saying "Things will NEVER get better," "I just want to die", "It's hopeless," "Acne is STUPID".... Now I can't tell you what to feel, but I can tell you right now that these words will NOT produce the results you want.

These claims are a sign of depression, you should see a doctor.

If someone offers you a hand, take it. Don't shoo them away and complain that they don't understand you. Don't make your acne anyone's problem but your own. If you complain to your mom that your acne won't go away, what do you think she's going to do? She's going to tell you it's fine, or not to worry. She might try to help you with some products or comfort you. She's not a genius, she doesn't know how to read your mind, all she wants to do is see you happy. SHE DOESN'T DESERVE to see her child suffer like this. So don't make it her problem.

Now, let me get one thing strait: IT ISN'T YOUR FAULT that you have acne. You can't blame yourself, or anyone else for it. It just happens, it's a part of life.

 

Skincare is about hard work, research, devotion, and faith. Don't cry like a helpless infant until somebody offers you a magical potion that will clear your skin. You have to dedicate your own time and energy into finding a cure for your acne. This site is great because the people here are very helpful and offer very good advice. The reviews section is also wonderful. Remaining optimistic is your best bet, I'm telling you,

YOU MUST HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK TO RECEIVE A POSITIVE OUTCOME. Things will get better! It may not seem like it now, but they will. Keep your head up, and don't let acne define you. Don't let it be who you are. Don't let it control your life.

 

if you ever want to talk about anything, I WILL BE HERE. Feel free to ask questions.




#3361300 Rant Of The Day ... Sorry!

Posted by Skintuition on 24 June 2013 - 08:53 PM

I know how it feels to have acne, to feel ugly, to despise yourself with a burning passion when you did nothing wrong, to want to cry when someone offers you advice because it means they noticed your acne... I know how it feels to be stared at, for people to comment about it behind your back, dumb people asking what's on your face.... I know, believe me.

But you know what's the best feeling in the world? Someone making a comment about all the crap you put on your face, then you turn to them, your skin glistening in the light, and you say, "Well CLEARLY I've done something right, it's not all for nothing," then you turn to face the mirror, a pair of confident eyes staring back, and you think to yourself, "Acne doesn't define me anymore. Even if I get a zit, it doesn't matter. It's not who I am."

 

By saying, "You don't need that stuff," your boyfriend is trying to tell you you're beautiful with acne or not. He cares about you, thus he doesn't want you to worry so much. I know how it feels for other people to not understand what you're going through, but that's why this site is here. Everyone on here is struggling with acne, and feels the EXACT same way.

My advice is, don't make it anyone else's problem. Don't complain to your family about it, because it's going to end badly. I know you want them to understand what you're going through, but they don't. You have to keep your head up, because IT WILL get better.




#3349065 Coconut Oil Is So Calming To My Zits/hormonal Acne.

Posted by Skintuition on 16 May 2013 - 04:59 PM

http://www.amazon.co...gin coconut oil

 

That one look okay? I'm going to get it as soon as possible! smile.png

 

Need an oil to cleanse with too, but a moisturising/spot treating oil would be good for now.

 

Is it supposed to come in a jar? Also, some of the reviews say it isn't...oily in consistency, wouldn't this be hard to apply? 

 

EDIT...again. Is 250g a lot for the price or am I getting ripped off?

 

and...sorry about this, how long does it usually last? Does a little go a long way?

 

I'm so annoying...

 

http://www.amazon.co...gin coconut oil

 

That one look okay? I'm going to get it as soon as possible! smile.png

 

Need an oil to cleanse with too, but a moisturising/spot treating oil would be good for now.

 

Is it supposed to come in a jar? Also, some of the reviews say it isn't...oily in consistency, wouldn't this be hard to apply? 

 

EDIT...again. Is 250g a lot for the price or am I getting ripped off?

 

and...sorry about this, how long does it usually last? Does a little go a long way?

 

I'm so annoying...

 

I'm glad to see that more and more people are getting into Coconut Oil! I owe it all to this post - I would've never known about it otherwise. The one I have comes in a jar, you should be fine. Coconut Oil can either go really quickly or really slowly, you don't need much of it. It depends on what you're planning on using it for. As for oil cleansing, you could try a 50% Castor Oil and 10% Olive Oil cleanse, there's recipes on line if you look. Steam your face with it and then wash it off. I hear great things about that cleanse.




#3348646 Bp & Moisturizer Doesn't Absorb Very Well.

Posted by Skintuition on 14 May 2013 - 08:53 PM

One word: persistence. You can't just stop, then start again and expect to have good results. That's not the way it works. You need to give your skin time to get used to a new skincare regimen. You also need to be gentle. Don't apply more Benzoyl Peroxide than you need to. I know Dan says to be generous with it, but I found that to be wayyyyyy too drying on my skin. Seriously, I looked like a lizard and there was nothing I could do.

These side effects are normal when first starting out: breakouts, itchiness, redness, irritation, dryness, etc. You will feel uncomfortable at first. It will go away gradually.

 

I personally didn't like the cleanser and moisturizer from acne.org. I recommend Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It's the most moisturizing moisturizer you will find on the market. Clears flaking, guaranteed. It's really thick and greasy, but it gets the job done.

 

Give it 3 months, do everything Dan says, if you get clear but you're still uncomfortable, start experimenting. If you find that your skin is worse by the end of 3 months, stop. It's as simple as that. Be persistent and have faith.




#3347976 Allegic Bp〜 Swollen Eyelid

Posted by Skintuition on 12 May 2013 - 05:08 PM

Avoid your eye area with BP. NEVER put BP on or near your eyes.

If you have a reaction like this I would discontinue use immediately. If BP causes you more pain than its worth, stop using it




#3347892 Coconut Oil Is So Calming To My Zits/hormonal Acne.

Posted by Skintuition on 12 May 2013 - 09:29 AM

Oh my Gosh... Ok so after reading this article I bought some Dr. Bronner's Magic All In One Unrefined Expeller Pressed, Virgin Coconut Oil (wow what a mouthfull) intending to use it as a moisturizer. I will admit I was skeptical at first. It does smell like coconuts. I tried some on my legs and didn't really see the full effect. It just felt greasy to me. I got brave enough to try some on my face.

I only applied a little bit to my chin (the place where the whiteheads never really went away on the regimen) the next day I didn't really see any difference so I went back to my normal moisturizer.

I felt bad leaving perfectly good Coconut Oil just sit there. So I tried it again, I applied it twice now and first of all let me tell you, my chin hasn't been flaky at all. This coconut oil really locks in the moisture. Also, a lot of the whiteheads have been greatly reduced and almost gone! I am impressed! I'm going to try this all over my face *fingers crossed* let's see how this goes!




#3344793 Anyone Want Clear, Radiant, Glowing Skin?

Posted by Skintuition on 01 May 2013 - 10:52 AM

So, I've recently stumbled upon a few products that spark my curiosity. I'm always looking for things that are good for my skin and I'm always open to new ways to treat it - however, I'm really tired of all these false claims that drugstore companies are making. "CLEARS ACNE IN ONE DAY," oh sure, tell me more. "KILLS 99% OF BACTERIA!" oh yeah, I bet. "#1 ACNE FIGHTING BRAND IN THE WORLD!" sure, suuuureee.

Yet we keep falling for these claims because there's something inside us that believes or hopes it might be true. Well, today I'm investigating a few products that are simply known to be good for the skin. I'm talking like, really natural, pure, organic products that have great reviews. I haven't personally tried any of these products, I'm still researching them and their many benefits, but if anyone else is curious, here's the list:

  • COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN, ORGANIC, UNREFINED COCONUT OIL: It's a moisturizer, antioxidant, antibiotic, multi-nutrient and multivitamin all in one! Coconut oil contains mostly fats, so it acts as an emollient providing a softening and soothing effect. The benefits of coconut oil are endless! The one worry for some is that it may be comedogenic.

  • FAT SOLUBLE VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is also really great for the skin. It helps with anti-aging and healing. However, topical serums are quite expensive so I don't think I will be trying Vitamin C lol.

  • AUBREY ORGANICS PURE 100% ALOE VERA: Aloe is also great for healing cuts and burns. It's an extremely popular sunburn therapy - yes I'm talking to you Benzoyl Peroxide users - ever get burned really bad in the summer? I know I have. Aloe is also an acne treatment! Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. Here's a link to buy it off of Amazon: *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules.*

  • 100% PURE, ORGANIC, UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER: Often used with African Black Soap, Shea Butter is one of the most natural moisturizers out there. It's perfect for you natural-organic junkies. Here's a link to buy it off Amazon for fairly cheap: *Moderator edit, URL removed* (for the benefits of this product, read the description on this listing, HOWEVER I WARN YOU THIS PARTICULAR LISTING HAS VERY MIXED REVIEWS)

  • MICHAEL TODD TRUE ORGANICS HONEY & OATS CLEANSER: I've been looking for a natural cleanser and this one just caught my eye. It's kind of on the pricier side but it has amazing reviews and I feel like it would be worth the money. The entire brand is organic, and if you're interested, they also have a blemish control line, so definitely check out Michael Todd products. I haven't tried them yet but I can't wait to! I'll let you all know how it works out.

Other great oils you might want to consider include Jojoba Oil (which I've used for over a year and I LOVE) and Avocado Oil; which I have not tried. I hope this helps you!




#3343270 How Do I Get Off The Regimen Successfully?

Posted by Skintuition on 25 April 2013 - 12:34 PM

If you don't want to constantly reapply benzoyl peroxide and treat your acne, then I would forget the regimen entirely. The Regimen isn't a cure, (meaning it won't eradicate your acne for good) it's a treatment - and a VERY effective one at that. Again, if you're worried about benzoyl peroxide being harmful and it's too expensive where you live I would consider something else.

If you're going on the regimen just to come off of it, like I said before, I don't think the regimen is for you. It requires lots of time and dedication to your skin. If you want to make the regimen work for you - give it a shot. Try it for 3 months max, and if it works, keep doing it. If it doesn't clear your acne within 3 months then you should quit.

HOW TO QUIT THE REGIMEN:

*if you are clear from the regimen and you decide to quit it, your acne WILL come back, maybe even worse than before. That's just something to keep in mind*

Slowly decrease your amount of benzoyl peroxide as the days go by, and move onto different products. That's how you quit, it's not that hard really.

 

PS. Remember that Benzoyl Peroxide itself is only harmful if used improperly. ALWAYS use SPF in the summer, and always use moisturizer. If you do that, BP shouldn't be all that damaging. It only increases aging if you aren't moisturizing and using SPF, because it does dry out your skin and make you more suseptable to sunburn.




#3341858 Taking Care Of Acne While Travling (18)

Posted by Skintuition on 19 April 2013 - 06:52 PM

Oh I hate doing my skincare when I'm traveling. I feel like everybody's judging me. I am a self-proclaimed bathroom hog, and everybody makes fun of me for it but I just shake it off because I know that what I'm doing is worth it.

I've picked up a few tricks along the way.

#1: SHOWERS. Showers are a perfect excuse. If you take a shower every night, you can take your "drying off" time to do all your skincare. When people ask you why you took such a long time just simply say you like to feel clean.

#2: Waking up before everybody else. This is crucial. You'll be out of everybody's way, and everyone won't be knocking on the door trying to rush you out.

#3: Mini product containers. Don't take your full-sized products with you - unless they're small enough to fit into a toiletry bag. Toiletry bags are easier to disguise than back packs.

#4: Be organized. Make sure to keep track of your towels and products so that way you won't be fumbling around for 20 minutes trying to find what you're looking for. That is probably the biggest mistake I've made on vacay. I just shoved everything into a backpack that weighed a million pounds. Bad choice.

#5: If you get back to your hotel/house late, ask if people are going to need to use the bathroom, and if so, let them go before you so when you take a long time you won't have to explain to them why.

 

I hope this helps! Good luck.




#3309609 Benzoyl Peroxide Not Working? Please Help!

Posted by Skintuition on 09 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

aggh don't use 10% you don't need it, 2.5% works just as well... just don't go lower than 2.5 trust me that will do literally nothing, been there used that. Here's my estimation for how long it'll take for your skin to get cleared up using the regimen/benzoyl peroxide, if it even works for you at all:
Very Light (non inflammatory acne, just whiteheads): 2-3 weeks
Mild Acne (minor irritated, discoloration skin, whiteheads and pustules): 3-4 weeks
Moderate Acne (papules, pustules, inflammation) 1-3 months
Moderately Severe Acne: (cystic, inflamed, sore, skin) 1-5 months
Severe Acne: (severe cystic acne + other types of severe acne),  3-6 months (very low change that it will work)
Extremely Severe: (speaks for itself) 6+ months (with little to no chance of BP working at all)


#3300495 Yay 1St Day On Dkr Regimen! To Cure My Cystic Acne !

Posted by Skintuition on 06 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

i hope things are going well for you goodluck!


#3289440 I'm New To The World Of "the Regimen"...any Tips?

Posted by Skintuition on 24 September 2012 - 07:00 PM

I actually had kind of a similar situation. I was on adapelene gel and it was costing a fortune so I couldn't afford it anymore. It didn't clear up my skin, but it had improved it. I was so scared that something bad would happen. Then I stumbled upon the regimen, tried it, and it worked better than adapelene, PLUS it's cheaper. WIN WIN WIN.


#3288922 Everything You Need To Know About The Regimen

Posted by Skintuition on 22 September 2012 - 10:09 PM

I've been reading the forums lately and it seems that everyone has lots of questions, but very few have answers. I'm going to share all the tips and advice that I've learned along my acne.org regimen journey in celebration of my 6th month anniversary with this skincare line. DISCLAIMER: I am not a dermatologist nor do I work for acne.org; the opinions stated in this article are purely what has worked for me, and you can follow this advice if you want, no absolute guarantees that this will work for your skin because everyone is different.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I feel like this is probably one of the most asked questions here on the forums. Everyone wants to know when their skin is going to start clearing up. Trust me, I did too when I first started. Acne.org does have a page of what to expect, but here's my version... A realistic version:
WEEK 1: You're probably going to be clueless on how to do stuff since this whole skincare thing is new to you. It's going to seem impossible and though as if it takes forever to complete in the morning. Washing your face, applying BP, moisturizing... What a chore! Oh, and don't forget the redness. You're probably going to experience a lot of redness and dryness. (REMEMBER TO START USING BP VERY SLOWLY, THEN BUILD UP TO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET YOUR SKIN CLEAR)
WEEK 2: For some of our lighter acne readers, week 2 you will probably notice a dramatic improvement in your skin acne wise, though the texture is probably going to be very scaly from using all this bp that your skin isn't used to yet. For our more moderate acne sufferers, you're probably going to be frustrated with new breakouts. You may even contemplate giving up. DON'T. Your skin is just getting rid of whatever was underneath.
WEEK 3:
Week 3 is personally when my skin mostly cleared up. Don't panic if yours doesn't. People with lighter acne will probably we quite pleased with their skin since it seems to look very nice. People with moderate acne are probably going to be experiencing a lot of the side effects of BP, mixed in with breakouts. Old breakouts will be clearing and you may be left with red marks. Don't worry. It's normal.
WEEK 4: Lighter acne suffers are feeling invincible with their clear skin. The acne.org regimen has become a part of their life and they are happy to deal with it... Except for the fact their skin is still very dry looking. People with moderate acne are probably clearing up by now, with dry skin still. (DON'T PANIC IF YOU ARE NOT CLEARED UP BY THIS POINT, GIVE YOURSELF AT LEAST 3 MONTHS TO SEE RESULTS)


REGIMEN FAQs
Q. I live outside of the states... What about shipping?
A. If acne.org doesn't ship to your country... Have no fear! Just look at the "finding products" page here on the website. Then you'll be able to make a trip down to your drugstore and pick out products.
Q. What about the sun? Does BP cause skin damage? Will the sun hurt it?
A. Just use a good, non comodogenic sunscreen during the summer, or you will fry like a little fish my friend, because now that you're using BP, your skin will be more sensitive to everything including the sun.
Q. Why is my skin peeling, and how do I stop it?
A. In the beginning it's normal for your skin to flake a lot. After awhile if your skin is still flaking and peeling, decrease the amount of BP you are using (I have this problem a lot and still struggle with flakes)

TIPS & TRICKS FOR ACNE.ORG REGIMEN USERS
The regimen shouldn't control your life. You modify the regimen to fit your life. It's a wonderful thing if done correctly. Balance is key.

When you are staying overnight somewhere it can be tough to still take care of your skin. Keep a duffle bag with all of your skincare products next to the closest restrooms so you can sneak it in when no one's looking. A popular excuse is "I have to change my clothes", and sneak your duffle bag with your clothes and skincare products in. It's easy folks.
If you have a demanding job or just a busy life in general, keeping up with the regimen can be hard. Go to bed a little earlier, set your alarm for a little earlier in the morning so you can still have time for your skin.


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE I HOPE THIS TOPIC WAS HELPFUL TO YOU! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE COMMENT


#3288412 Dead Skin From Regimen?

Posted by Skintuition on 20 September 2012 - 08:40 PM

agh don't use 0.1% adapalene if you don't have to it didn't clear my acne. :/
anyway I get a lot of dead skin and flakes from the regimen, trying so hard to stop it, Idk what to do (i use cerave as my moisturizer and i add jojoba oil) and i was kind of wondering the same thing, (except i really dont want to use aha+ because of sun damage)