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Michelle Reece

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#3420339 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 14 March 2014 - 04:36 PM

BTW, you can reduce byte size by compressing your pics through GIMP or Yahoo's smush.it  :)

 

Your scars are fixable, and you could greatly improve it as little as 1-2 treatments if CO2 lasers are right for you. :)




#3420327 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 14 March 2014 - 03:12 PM

 

 

 

 

Week 17 Update-


Dosage: 60 mg (30 mg/2 x daily)

Not much to update on this week, since I just wrote my last update a few days ago. Thankfully, my anxiety has subsided quite a bit. I do believe that much of it had to do with what was taking place (hormonally) in my body. I had just finished my menstrual cycle, and I think that the anxiety was intensified for that reason. I was still anxious this week, but not as much. It's surprising, considering that I have an exam on Monday. Things like tests always make me extremely nervous and worried.

Sadly, I cannot take better pictures this week, since I have too much to to this weekend. I will try my very best to publish some next week.

 

Good luck on your exam!

Thanks so much, Michelle. I am so ready for this weekend to be overwith, and for this exam to be done!

 

The exam will be over in no time, as long as you focus on doing a good job. I hope you ace it!

I made a 91% on my algebra exam on Monday. Woohoo!

I could not be happier about it. It's the first A I've made on a math test since I was in 9th grade. A LONG time ago!

 

Excellent! :D

 

Time to dance!

 

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#3420155 Yes, Another Accutane Newbie!

Posted by Michelle Reece on 13 March 2014 - 05:25 PM

I can understand how that might sound weird to someone. I feel like I never have relief from the discomfort of oiliness. I'm so clogged, and the greasy feeling is AWFUL. At the end of the day, if I didn't blot, it would look like someone rubbed cooking oil all over my face.

 

Thanks for the moisturizer recommendation! Any recs for moisturizer w/spf?

 

L'Oreal's Liquid Silk line, EltaMD's UV Clear one (most moisturizing) and Neutrogena's Dry Touch are nice ones. :)




#3420118 Reducing Exposure To Chemicals - Recipes, Alternatives, Etc.

Posted by Michelle Reece on 13 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

If you are going to consider a study   to be flawed because it uses rats, then you have to apply that to a hell of a lot of studies into your beloved pharmeceuticals & cosmecueticals.   

 

And one of the biggest flaws in studies that decide chemicals are safe is that they don't study them long enough or study the cumulative affects of the massive amount of chemicals we come in contact with today.  

 

Also, a hell of a lot of things are lumped into alternative medicine.  So yeah.

 

Yes, rat studies are extremely common. Rat studies are used as a jumping board, not solid, irrefutable evidence that it does the same in humans. One shouldn't imply or claim that results from a rat study would be the same in people, especially all the time. One should also know how to interpret the results, as well as look into the study's quality.

 

Investigators determine whether a chemical is safe by looking at its bioavailiability, how it could accumulate, and what the chemical be used for and it what dosages. Inhaling vs. ingesting vs. topically applying the chemical makes all the difference between dangerous and safe. Again, you must look at study quality.

 

True, there are some treatments called "alternative medicine" because of how the surveys worded it.




#3419195 Differin 0.1

Posted by Michelle Reece on 08 March 2014 - 04:41 PM

So i have started differin 0.1% gel from january 19th its been 7 weeks i guess. My skin is not getting better in any way. I have large pore n acne and black heads on ma upper cheeks and white heads on my nose n chin. Full of white heads..tiny tiny full..its disgusting. Differin from 7 weeks has done nothing good to whiteheads either as its said whiteheads are the mildest form of acne and are easy to treat. But my aint going. And i have got rashes on my neck, back of ears. I have got wounds on my face near mouth, neck and cheeks..its like i am scratching at night the next morning i am like where the hell it came from..:/ 1 i got near my ears it big. sad.png

I am planning to stop differin after i finish my tube biggrin.png

Do you think i should stop using differin? Or should i give it a try till 12 weeks. I have been getting bad comments from my family members and relative that whats wrong with you. You are just ruining your face applying this thingy n all..:/ its so damn discouraging. I cant look my face at mirror these days. Its getting dry, sensitive to touch, and just weird.

And then azelaic tragedy with me. It caused rashes on my chest 12-14 days back. And its still not healing. Got acne on chest cause of that and the whole is red still. Cant see my self anymore .sad.png


Has anybody else experienced something same with azelaic acid 20% (Acnederm)????

 

Wait until 12 weeks. With most retinoids, you can't apply it nightly right away.




#3419182 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 08 March 2014 - 03:25 PM

 

 

Week 17 Update-


Dosage: 60 mg (30 mg/2 x daily)

Not much to update on this week, since I just wrote my last update a few days ago. Thankfully, my anxiety has subsided quite a bit. I do believe that much of it had to do with what was taking place (hormonally) in my body. I had just finished my menstrual cycle, and I think that the anxiety was intensified for that reason. I was still anxious this week, but not as much. It's surprising, considering that I have an exam on Monday. Things like tests always make me extremely nervous and worried.

Sadly, I cannot take better pictures this week, since I have too much to to this weekend. I will try my very best to publish some next week.

 

Good luck on your exam! :)

Thanks so much, Michelle. I am so ready for this weekend to be overwith, and for this exam to be done!

 

The exam will be over in no time, as long as you focus on doing a good job. I hope you ace it! :)




#3419032 Please Help, Don't Know What Conditions I Have/treatments To Use

Posted by Michelle Reece on 07 March 2014 - 07:54 PM

It looks like you have some residual redness, possibly hypertrophic and icepick scars, and enlarged pores with your acne. You may have seborhoeic dermatitis due to the location around the mouth.

 

I would discontinue scrubs, and it may be making your skin worse.

 

I think you should go to a dermatologist to rule check if you have seborrhoeic dermatitis.




#3419002 Aczone Gel

Posted by Michelle Reece on 07 March 2014 - 04:39 PM

This stuff is very expensive but I started two weeks ago. The jury is still out, but seems very effective for "normal" acne, less so on cystic acne. Though it does seem to tame cystic acne/flatten it slightly, not as effective as cortisone shots.

 

Cystic acne is very resistant to topicals, that's why antibiotics, steroids, anti-androgens, and/or Accutane is commonly prescribed for this.

 

From what my derm told me when I was using Aczone, it helps with redness, not much else. It should be used in conjunction with something else. That was my understanding anyway. Glad you're getting some improvement with it though! smile.png

 

It's always a good idea to use Aczone with a retinoid. ;)




#3418559 Tretinoin 0.025% Not Working!

Posted by Michelle Reece on 05 March 2014 - 04:19 PM

But shouldn't I at least have SOME response? Its like I haven't even been using it at all. My skin is exactly the same.

 

How bad you acne is, what the percentage of tretinoin is and how you ease into it are major factors into seeing a response. With tretinoin, you're supposed to start using it nightly every 2-3 nights for 2 weeks and work your way up from there.

 

So, it'll be about 2 to 2.5 months before you can apply it every night, provided you're not too dry or irritated.




#3418541 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 05 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

 

Michelle, 

Haha. I actually do use moisturizer every day. On the days I go out of the house, I use Cetaphil's Oil Control SPF 30 moisturizer (http://www.target.co...CFRQV7AodhXsALw). I have to use 3 times as much moisturizer as I used to, and it still doesn't quite give me all the moisture I need. That's why I slather on the Vaseline at home. I think that's why I feel like I can see my acne scarring more on days I use the Cetaphil moisturizer. My face is drier, thus showing my scarring in more detail. Yuck.

 

Argh, I forgot to answer why I thought I'd want 1-3 excisions. Yes, I do have a few icepick scars, but 3 of them are deep and in odd places in and by my ears. The rest of them aren't as deep, and could probably be improved with TCA CROSS or with lighter chemical peels. It's a little difficult to gauge whether I need more excisions, considering I have a patch of blackheads on my right cheek I've been combating for a while. I don't think those will become scars yet.

 

3x more moisturizer, so past the typical dime-sized amount? Good idea to buy the 16 oz containers!

 

Oh, I do hope you don't have to deal with the dryness for more than a year! That would be horrible, and I'd argue it's worse than greasy skin.

What kinds of treatment have you had for your scarring so far?

I shouldn't have to deal with the dryness for more than a year after a 6 month course, right?

 

None in particular so far. I did go on topical adapalene and sodium sulfacetamide for my acne a year ago, but insurance went through some changes, and dropped it. Now, I think I can actually go back to a derm. amused.gif I'm saving up, just in case it's pricier than what I think.

 

Typically, most people deal with dryness during and a few months after a course. It can be permanent, but it's seen with higher doses, like 80+ mg.




#3418437 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 05 March 2014 - 01:47 AM

Michelle, 

Haha. I actually do use moisturizer every day. On the days I go out of the house, I use Cetaphil's Oil Control SPF 30 moisturizer (http://www.target.co...CFRQV7AodhXsALw). I have to use 3 times as much moisturizer as I used to, and it still doesn't quite give me all the moisture I need. That's why I slather on the Vaseline at home. I think that's why I feel like I can see my acne scarring more on days I use the Cetaphil moisturizer. My face is drier, thus showing my scarring in more detail. Yuck.

 

Argh, I forgot to answer why I thought I'd want 1-3 excisions. Yes, I do have a few icepick scars, but 3 of them are deep and in odd places in and by my ears. The rest of them aren't as deep, and could probably be improved with TCA CROSS or with lighter chemical peels. It's a little difficult to gauge whether I need more excisions, considering I have a patch of blackheads on my right cheek I've been combating for a while. I don't think those will become scars yet.

 

3x more moisturizer, so past the typical dime-sized amount? Good idea to buy the 16 oz containers!

 

Oh, I do hope you don't have to deal with the dryness for more than a year! That would be horrible, and I'd argue it's worse than greasy skin.




#3418408 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 04 March 2014 - 09:43 PM

 

Michelle,

No, they're not getting any worse. I've heard the scars can look temporarily worse while on Accutane, due to the thinning of the skin. Is that right? I take quite a bit of care to make sure that that I protect my skin from the sun. Of course, there's not much I can do about age. 

I eventually hope to get some lasering done for my acne scarring. I've already had two chemical peels, and you can read about my experiences with them in this thread I created here; http://www.acne.org/...ring-with-pics/

A year to 6 months after being off Accutane, I plan on getting more punch grafts and excisions. Later on, (like a couple of years down the line), I plan to have some laser work.

Why do you want IPL? That's a type of laser, correct? Why would you prefer getting that over any other kind of laser?

 

Accutane doesn't thin the skin per se, though it can make red marks, wrinkles, and indents look worse due to the dryness.

 

Hmmm, the Obagi Blue Peel. That's a kind of TCA peel. 35%, IIRC.

 

IPL is intense pulsed light, which is very good for discoloration. The most bothersome is the brownish discoloration around my chin. Not quite sure if I'd qualify for Fraxel yet, though.

 

I'm likelier to qualify for a salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and/or TCA peel for my scarring and acne. I'd imagine getting excision in only 1-3 areas.

I definitely have noticed that some of my indents look worse since getting on Accutane. It may be because my skin has been more dry on the days I don't use Vaseline.

Come to think of it, I had some pulsed-dye lasering done just prior to my 2nd Blue Peel for discoloration. Here's a link for it on realself.com; http://www.realself....e-laser/reviews

Is that laser similar to IPL?

You only want excision for yourself in 1-3 areas?

 

Blasphemy! How dare you not apply moisturizer every single second of every single day! grinwink.gifteehee.gif

 

IPL and lasers are different because IPL delivers many different wavelengths, whereas lasers are just one.

 

Both IPL and pulsed dye lasers destroy the pigment in blood (haemoglobin), but pulsed dye lasers are a more effective and come with (sometimes) more tolerable side effects.




#3418399 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 04 March 2014 - 09:07 PM

Michelle,

No, they're not getting any worse. I've heard the scars can look temporarily worse while on Accutane, due to the thinning of the skin. Is that right? I take quite a bit of care to make sure that that I protect my skin from the sun. Of course, there's not much I can do about age. 

I eventually hope to get some lasering done for my acne scarring. I've already had two chemical peels, and you can read about my experiences with them in this thread I created here; http://www.acne.org/...ring-with-pics/

A year to 6 months after being off Accutane, I plan on getting more punch grafts and excisions. Later on, (like a couple of years down the line), I plan to have some laser work.

Why do you want IPL? That's a type of laser, correct? Why would you prefer getting that over any other kind of laser?

 

Accutane doesn't thin the skin per se, though it can make red marks, wrinkles, and indents look worse due to the dryness.

 

Hmmm, the Obagi Blue Peel. That's a kind of TCA peel. 35%, IIRC.

 

IPL is intense pulsed light, which is very good for discoloration. The most bothersome is the brownish discoloration around my chin. Not quite sure if I'd qualify for Fraxel yet, though.

 

I'm likelier to qualify for a salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and/or TCA peel for my scarring and acne. I'd imagine getting excision in only 1-3 areas.




#3418375 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 04 March 2014 - 07:20 PM

Michelle,

Oh yes, breathing so much better. smile.png

No, my scarring is not much worse than what my most recent pics are showing. You can see almost exactly how it looks in some of my previous updates on this thread.

And yes, being pale is a blessing in some ways.

 

All right, just checking to make sure your acne scars didn't somehow get worse. That can happen without proper sun protection and age.

 

Are you considering chemical peels or lasers to fix your scars? For some reason, chemical peels sound better to me than lasers--then again, I want a chemical peel or IPL. :P




#3418365 New To Accutane! Here's My Thread (With Pics)

Posted by Michelle Reece on 04 March 2014 - 06:57 PM

I like your description, "constellation of acne scars". That's creative!

 

Good thing you've stopped smoking! Your skin will thank you in the long run!

 

How are you tolerating the Vaseline? Is it too greasy for you?

 

From your heavily pixelated pics, it doesn't look your acne scars are too bad. Is that a good thing?

I quit smoking about 2 years ago. One of the best decisions I ever made!

I like the Vaseline. It is very greasy, but I think the effects are worth tolerating the grease for. When I wake up in the morning after having Vaseline on my face for the entire night, my skin looks so well-rested and moisturized.

No, it's not a good thing. I want to show my scars as they are. I'm using a different camera next time.

 

Yay! I'm pretty sure you're breathing a lot better now. :)

 

Slathering moisturizers makes my skin look a lot better, too. And it looks not as oily! Muahaha! :D

 

Hmm, is it a lot worse than what the pics are showing? wacko.png

 

The nice thing about being pale is that more options are available to you!