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#3461790 Accutane Journey

Posted by Lilly75 on 29 November 2014 - 05:23 AM

Topic moved to accutane logs forum

 

All the best for your accutane journey! :)




#3451693 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 12 September 2014 - 01:23 AM

Breaking out a lot lately! Mostly across my jaw but some on my cheeks too :/ It's annoying but it's slowly getting better again. Still dealing with loads of red marks too. Overall my skin is probably the worst it's been in a while. But still loads better than pre-regimen. I've been super lazy with the regimen lately and also tried to reduce the amount of BP I use but obviously my skin doesn't like that. So that, combined with a bit of stress and a few other things going on are probably all creating this breakout.

I'm making an appointment to see a derm soon, really just to see what he says and find out what other things I can try. The regimen has been great for me but it's time consuming - and it's hard for me to maintain good results on it when I don't have the time to apply BP in the mornings. It keeps my skin under control, but doesn't keep my skin clear by only using it once a day. I'm also only using about 1 to 1 1/2 pumps at the moment. If I use 2 pumps that obviously gives me better results.

 

I've been carpooling with some girls from my uni to our 'work experience' / placement, and the other day on our drive, somehow the topic of skin / acne came up. My first reaction was to freeze - I don't talk about this stuff with people face-to-face. But it ended up being a great little conversation - we all swapped stories about how shitty acne can be and all the treatments we've tried, what helped, what didn't etc. A couple had taken accutane in the past. And I would never have guessed their skin bothered them now. Their  skin looks 'normal' to me. Yeah, they'll have a little breakout now and then but to me it looks minor / mild and I've never thought anything of it. I had one of them comment the same to me - that they don't notice my skin (I find that hard to accept / believe but it was nice to hear). Anyway, it was nice to just openly chat about it a bit and have some people "in-real-life" who just get it. It actually made me feel a bit more self-confident, and weirdly, like I wasn't 'hiding a secret' or something like that...

 

Guys my activity around here has dropped off significantly in the past year (mostly due to being really busy) but I'm going to try to get back to a point where I check in at least once every few days. This forum helped me a lot  during some rough times and I know how low the constant acne struggle can make someone feel.

 

A little update on me: I'm still on the Regimen. I use it only during the night and it's been the most effective treatment I have EVER used for my acne aside from a few semi-successful antibiotic treatments from the derm years ago. The Regimen is not a cure...but it definitely helps keep my acne under control and to the point where it's manageable. As I type this I have a pretty big spot on the upper side of my nose (a spot where the BP never goes) and a few small spots along my chin and upper lip. My chin has always been kind of a "hot spot" for me in terms of acne so even on the Regimen I get a fair amount of acne there.

 

I've had no major side effects to speak of from the Regimen (aside from the occasional itchy area of skin if I use too much BP on a certain section of skin) and I'm interested to hear if some of the people I used to talk to on here are still using the Regimen? How effective has it been for you guys? Any updates?

 

But yeah, my thoughts are with anyone who is struggling right now...I've been there and I know how hard it is.

Hey Randall - good to see you around again

 

That's great the regimen seems to still be working well for you. I agree that it's been one of the most effective treatments I've tried for my acne and I'd recommended it to people. I am still using it, albeit lazily, as I mentioned above. When I'm it more religiously and using the full 2 pumps once a day, then my skin is a lot more under control.

 

Do you see yourself sticking with it for the time being? 

 

Im feeling suicidal. Before taking doxy i had mild acne, 4 active spots or so. 4 pills after, i have around 12, including cyst is both my cheeks, where i havent had a pimple in my whole life, and those red marks are going to stay there for at least 2 months.

 

Im going to stop taking it, but im so afraid about quitting doxy in the middle of the initial breakout, i feel like my skin is gonna go crazy or something.

 

I had already told my parents that ill be probably skipping college this year, and they understood, so imagine how bad my skin is looking right now. My only chance is stop taking doxy and hope that this breakout calms down in around 2 weeks, but my skin is gonna look worse anyway just because of the red marks.

 

I still cant believe im going to lose one year of my life staying at my parents house because of acne

Sorry to hear that 

How are you doing now? Hope you're feeling better and the breakout is starting to improve. Did you end up stopping doxy?

 

I know the feeling of wanting to skip out on college / hide away because of your skin. But I also feel like you can't put your life on hold because of acne. I know I let myself miss out on things in the past because I let my skin 'control me' like that, but I really try not to do that now. It's easier said than done, but it's worth it.  And remember you are more than your skin!  

 

 

I'm so depressed. The Regimen was working amazingly for me. I went several months zit free (a miracle!), but then I had to make a lifestyle change that made it all go to shit. For financial reasons, I had to go from living in an apartment alone to renting a room in someone's house. There's like 8 people and only 1 bathroom. I try to cut corners while doing the Regimen because I can hear people complaining that I'm taking too long in the bathroom. I stopped letting my face dry between steps, etc... Some nights I can't even do the Regimen because I can't get more than a minute or so in the bathroom without people banging on the door to go pee. Now my face had gone to shit again. Huge zits. I can't really afford to get an apartment right to have my own bathroom. I don't know what to do. So deppressed. I finally found a cure after 2 decades of acne, and I can't figure out how to fit it into my life anymore.

Sorry to hear about this too

I also struggle with getting the regimen to fit in with my life - I just don't have the time in the mornings to go through it all. And when I have had the time, I can't manage to get makeup to work over the top of it. And I feel like I need foundation too much to just not wear it...

Do you have your own room where you're staying? Could you get a mirror for there and apply the BP and moisturiser there, out of the bathroom? Even if it's a shared bedroom, you could just apply it there anyway. Who cares what they think? :P If anyone asks, just tell them you like having time to 'pamper your skin' or you like sticking to a skin routine and this happens to be yours and that it's not big deal. And really it isn't, all you're doing it applying some creams :) I find that if you say something confidently to someone, then that's how they feel about it too, if that makes sense. Anyway, hope you figure out a way to fit the regimen back in to your day, seeing as you said it worked so well for you :)

 

 

 

Hang in there everyone - You're definitely not alone in what you're going through or in how you're feeling. comfort.gif




#3451565 Thereisalwayshope Accutane Log

Posted by Lilly75 on 11 September 2014 - 03:04 AM

Good luck! Hope it all goes well :) 




#3450851 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 06 September 2014 - 05:27 PM

 

I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

 

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

 

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out 

 

Haha I know exactly what you mean with the pale skin and the red marks showing up so easily / standing out so much 

 

Just because the derm suggested doxy, doesn't mean you have to take it. If you're ok with how your skin is right now then just keep doing what you have been doing. You can always take doxy later if you feel like you do start to 'need' it. 

I took doxy years ago. I can't remember for sure now if it did cause an initial breakout for me (I probably wouldn't have noticed because my skin was worse then...) but it did take time to work. It was about 3 months of taking it before I saw really noticeable results and my skin was under control. That's just me though. I've read stories here where it's worked more quickly for other people and stories where the results lasted longer after stopping doxy too. 

 

Thanks for answering!! It's my second course, i took it for a pair of months a couple years back and i was acne free until this summer, so i decided to give it a go again. Just taken three pills amd im starting to breakout, i hope its an initial breakout that will be over before college starts, but im reading reviews about people whose acne got worse permanently with doxy, so now im all paranoid  . 

No worries :)

That's good you've got that history of taking it ,so you can have an idea of how it might work for you this time too. Because of that, I wouldn't worry about those stories of people's acne getting 'permanently' worse. 

Hope it goes well and any initial breakout doesn't stick around too long! 




#3450758 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 05 September 2014 - 08:16 PM

I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

 

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

 

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out 

 

Haha I know exactly what you mean with the pale skin and the red marks showing up so easily / standing out so much rolleyes.gif

 

Just because the derm suggested doxy, doesn't mean you have to take it. If you're ok with how your skin is right now then just keep doing what you have been doing. You can always take doxy later if you feel like you do start to 'need' it. 

I took doxy years ago. I can't remember for sure now if it did cause an initial breakout for me (I probably wouldn't have noticed because my skin was worse then...) but it did take time to work. It was about 3 months of taking it before I saw really noticeable results and my skin was under control. That's just me though. I've read stories here where it's worked more quickly for other people and stories where the results lasted longer after stopping doxy too. 




#3448339 First Week

Posted by Lilly75 on 21 August 2014 - 06:01 PM

Yeah that's right - for about the first week, only apply the BP (benzoyl peroxide) step once a day - you can choose which time of day you'd rather do the BP - (I think night is better personally - but do whatever works best for you). So maybe you'll choose to apply the BP at night - so you would do the steps for cleansing, then BP, then moisturising at night. And in the mornings just cleanse and moisturise. Remember to wait in between each step and be gentle in how you apply each step. After the first week you can start to increase the amount of BP you use and eventually work up to applying the BP twice a day and at the full amount.

Remember to go slow with increasing the BP. Don't rush to get up to the full 2 pumps. The first month of the regimen is really about getting your skin used to the BP so patience is key! Follow the instructions for how to use the regimen as closely as possible! 




#3446620 Intense Burning?

Posted by Lilly75 on 11 August 2014 - 03:28 AM

Topic moved to The Regimen forum which should be more helpful 

 

Burning is normal on the regimen for the first few weeks - I remember it being really bad for me but it stopped once my skin had adjusted to the amount of BP I was using. You might experience burning each time you increase the amount of BP until you've gotten up to the 2 full pumps and have been at that point for a while (when your skin has adjusted to the 2 full pumps). 

 

How much BP are you applying at the moment? Remember you should be using a small amount at first, once a day, and slowly work up to applying more BP. Patience is key with the regimen - especially for the first few months. (Check out the info pages for the regimen if you haven't already - for instructions and info on what to expect when using the regimen). 

 

You can always take a day off and give your skin a break though or maybe try every second day for a while and see how your skin handles that. That might reduce the burning feeling too.




#3446323 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 09 August 2014 - 05:24 AM

Sending a big hug out to everyone who isn't feeling so great lately comfort.gif  Hang in there - it's hard at times but you will be ok! and you are more than your skin!

 

I'm breaking out a bit but my skin hasn't been getting to me lately. Uni is keeping me busy and my mind occupied and I've had other health related things on my mind that I find more worrying than acne. Even though I completely understand how horrible acne is, and I will still have bad days where it can depress me a lot, I really think there are worse things to have out there. Don't wait for a 'worse,' more permanent, more life altering condition to put that in perspective. You might not agree, and that's fine, it's just an opinion I wanted to mention.




#3445982 Female Acne - Do You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, And Don't Know?

Posted by Lilly75 on 07 August 2014 - 05:59 AM

Moving topic to hormonal acne forum




#3443445 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 26 July 2014 - 12:57 AM

Sorry to read the posts about acne worsening.... mine has been a little too lately, but mostly it's stress and diet-related. I wish I could tell you all that when skin problems become more manageable, your life will be better, but that may not be the case unfortunately. We all have to find happiness within and not rely on the approval of others or even on our appearance. I keep thinking how short life is, and how much of it I spent worrying about things that shouldn't matter.

 

Anyway, I'm sending positive vibes to all of you, even though my luck has ran out. Do you ever feel like everything in your life is going downhill and you can't do anything to prevent the downward spiral? That's how my life is right now...I'm just hopelessly watching my life fall apart, no matter what I do :/ 

 

(Sorry for being a downer...I needed a place to vent)

Agree with what you said about finding happiness within ourselves and not relying on appearance or the approval of others. We waste so much time being concerned over our skin and I know in the past I've let it stop me from doing things I really wanted, and it's not worth that. I don't want to put my life / enjoyment of life on hold until I'm happy with my skin. Realistically, that day might never come. Worrying doesn't help it anyway. I think learning to accept it and yourself and knowing all the other good things there about you and your life are the more important things to focus on.

 

Sorry to hear it's been tough for you lately.  Really hope things start coming together and working out for you soon WishClean! Sending positive vibes right back to you




#3443302 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 25 July 2014 - 04:06 AM

Still not feeling great about my skin - no improvements yet but at least it isn't too much worse. The texture is just horrible though - I hate having my entire forehead covered in all these bumps (plus the rest of my face having breakouts too). Having to feel it when cleansing / applying creams etc is upsetting too... I'd forgotten that things like that get to me when breaking out this much. I'd had enough time with better skin on the regimen to actually forget that...

 

But despite not feeling great, I still went out the other night to a comedy show with my brother (glad I went - it was a great night out and I needed a good laugh). And I've been out shopping for things I need for uni. -included clothes shopping - which I never find fun when my skin is breaking out. The last thing I want to do is be in front of a mirror. I've also been putting off getting my hair cut (which it really needs) because of the mirror thing too - but maybe I'll do that tomorrow.




#3442935 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 23 July 2014 - 08:16 AM

Struggling with my skin lately. It's been about a month - maybe a bit more than that - of not really using BP. I did start to use a new treatment system with glycolic acid and salicylic acid actives in it recently. I thought it would work well because once I added a product that had AHA and BHA to the acne.org regimen, that's when I saw the best results with the regimen.

I've only used this new system for about a week, so I know it's early to quit something, but I'm breaking out like crazy and feel like I need to go back to something that I know will help (BP). I've got loads of tiny whiteheads everywhere (couldn't even try to count them) and clogged pores. Really gross and my skin texture is a mess. Only 2 larger spots though.

I've just wanted to stay in bed these past few days and I'm dreading going back to uni with skin like this. I've had a rough month or so with other things on my mind regarding my health and the health of other family members too, so dealing with my skin getting worse on top of all that has honestly been really hard to manage / cope with. 

 

I'm going to start with the regimen again at night but use this glycolic/SA stuff in the mornings (because it's quicker than the regimen and I can still wear makeup over the top). And at least I know BP works for my skin so hopefully I start seeing improvements soon. 

Keep your head up Lily.  Quitting BP has been a nightmare for me too and have been off it for almost 3 months.  I go to my derm tomorrow as she wants me to try  a salycic acid based system since BP and pretty much all retinoids aggravate my BP induced eczema.

 

Keep us posted and good luck!

Thanks :) I'm trying

I've been through quitting BP before and it was just as bad to go through then. I don't think I can manage it right now with uni starting up again so that's why I'll go back on it for the time being. 

 

Hope the SA system works well for you and you're seeing improvements with your skin soon! 




#3439164 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by Lilly75 on 03 July 2014 - 04:13 AM

hi everyone, hope you're all coping well. I don't post on this thread that often anymore, but today I'm having a particularly hard day. My career and everything I worked hard for is falling apart, and I feel that everything else in my life will soon fall apart as well no matter what I do. If you have any motivational quotes, no matter how cheesy or cliched, feel free to throw them at me. I'll take anything at this point

Sorry to hear things are tough for you at the moment. Hope it improves and you're feeling better / in a better frame of mind soon. 

As for quotes:

 

I've always liked this one and found it to resonate with me. I suppose some people wouldn't find it as encouraging or as motivating as I do or compared to other quotes but I thought I'd share it anyway:  "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On." - Robert Frost.

 

A few more too... 

"Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert H Schuller

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them". 

 

You'll be ok regardless of what happens - hang in there comfort.gif

 

 

 

Sometimes cliches, quotes, and positive words don't do much more than kick start a realisation inside the suffering person. That in itself is powerful I believe. So I hope the above quotes can help you somewhat.

I agree completely with this bit in particular. They can trigger a realisation in some people - probably why I like quotes / finding some nice ones when I'm having a rough time myself. 




#3438327 2Nd Week On Regimen - Is It Okay To Reduce To Once A Day?

Posted by Lilly75 on 27 June 2014 - 11:25 PM

Moved to the regimen forum




#3436013 Acne Making Me Cry

Posted by Lilly75 on 13 June 2014 - 04:48 AM

Moved to emotional and psychological effects of acne forum

 

I know how having acne after a certain age can make you feel alone, but I assure you, you're really not alone in this!

Everyone here would understand how you're feeling completely.

 

I know it's easier said than done, but try your best to not think about it so much - try and find things to distract yourself. Keep yourself occupied with something you enjoy doing or have to do (for me, at the moment it's studying for upcoming exams :/ ). Make yourself get out of the house even for a little while each day - go for a walk / run - I always find that makes me feel better. Limit your time in front of a mirror as much as you can too.

Remember that there's so much more to you than your skin :) Yes acne completely sucks, but it doesn't mean we have to let it 'control' how we live our lives. We can still find a way to be happy and enjoy life despite acne - and we all deserve to. 

 

It can seem like a never ending battle but have hope you'll get there / find what it is that works for you eventually. What have you tried doing for your skin? You could always go to / go back to a derm/doctor and talk to them - let them know how you're feeling and see what options they suggest for treating your skin. There's also a diet / lifestyle approach to consider if you haven't already.

 

Anyway, if nothing else, I hope you can find some sort of comfort / support in knowing that you're really not alone, especially not here. comfort.gif  We know how it is :P