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Michelle Reece

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#3422257 This Website Sure Isn't What It Used To Be

Posted by Michelle Reece on 24 March 2014 - 12:30 AM

 

 

 

I've held this back for a while but I  have to say this...

 

Okay, I remember posting here back in 2005 when I was 15 years old and it seemed acne.org was such a positive place for people dealing with active acne looking for support. Back then people were less judgemental and everyone seemed to (relatively) get along.

 

Now this websites mentality has changed, there is a fanatical push on obsessively healthy diet here as a "cure" for acne and a resonating "blame the victim" mentality which results in constant bickering. There are people being chastised by other members for taking accutane and critiqued for their diet/lifestyle. There are members leaving because they can't take the negativity.

 

What happened here? Does anyone else who has been around this web community for a while recognize what went wrong here.

 

I came across acne.org right around 2007. Granted, I was an occasional visitor, but I do recall the taurine, B-complex supplement and liver detoxing fads.

 

I suspect that the alternative medicine and "natural is good" notions spread very quickly right after the acai berry and green tea fads during that time. That's when online advertising became more sophisticated and prevalent. Many of the "high-tech" and "revolutionary" advertising companies that are now ubiquitous either started 2007-2008 or experienced massive growth.

 

The "natural, DIY is best" mentality is rife in the other skin care forums too. It really doesn't help that you can get a lot of stuff on Amazon and eBay, particularly with dangerous chemical peels.

 

I definitely see an enormous change over the last nine years. Before there was much more logical posts in regards to the skin response to p.acnes and the proposal of a vaccine for inflammatory acne. Now the mentality has sadly switched over to "natural is best, government is evil!" ect. - yet we're no closer to finding a "cure" or more effective treatments for acne.

 

**edit** I do remember the green tea/herbal laxative colon cleansing fad around 2006 on these forums but it was never this aggressive. Now we have minimally educated people claiming that acne is self induced and that genes can be turned "on" and "off" like a light switch with good eating. They also (as you read earlier) are claiming that all cancer can be cured and prevented entirely with herbs, rick simpson oil and a rawfood diet.

 

I wholeheartedly wish there was more moderation on this website in regards to the hollistic forum (that seems to be spilling over into practically every section) so these people wouldn't have so much power.

 

I think the holistic advocates got more aggressive lately, especially when others started questioning more of it.

 

Yeah, I do agree more on the moderation part. I've read post advocating outright dangerous nonsense. Could be trolling, sure, but there should be a line drawn somewhere.

 

Not to mention all their bold and scientifically unfounded claims. For example "leaky gut"? - that's the oldest quack diagnosis in the book.

 

Here's a website that lists made-up diagnosis quack doctors commonly give to patients

 

http://www.quackwatc...Topics/fad.html

 

 

Recognize any of them? I see leaky gut, candida, adrenal fatigue, imaginary food allergies. discussed at length on acne.org as "real conditions". So many people lack natural skepticism.

 

Yep: leaky gut, toxin overload, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance (what does that even mean?), progesterone deficiency, IgG food allergies/intolerances, blood sugar spikes causing/contributing to acne...it's just insane. The basics in biology and chemistry escapes a lot of people here. Granted, some of them are under 16, but you'd think that someone who took biology in high school or college would remember this stuff. Mention anything about epithelial cells and a lot of people's eyes would glaze over. Epithelial cells were covered in my biology class--not as much as anatomy, though.

 

And you're right about lacking skepticism. A part of that originates from not having enough education/remembering facts, and another to desperation.




#3420861 Acne And Masturbation

Posted by Michelle Reece on 17 March 2014 - 01:21 PM

does Masturbation causes acne or pimples?

what are the bad effects of masturbation?

 

Probably very little, as hormonal spikes are temporary and controlled and a lot of people with acne have hormones in the normal range.

 

The DHT is probably local, AKA in the dermis itself.




#3420680 Accutane Log, Male & 17

Posted by Michelle Reece on 16 March 2014 - 03:58 PM

Day 89-95

Skin definitely feeling much better at the moment, I currently have a couple, if any, active spots and am thinking about starting to treat my hyper pigmentation. I've bought tea tree oil and Aloe Vera creams that have been recommended to me so that when I'm ready I can start the process of healing the skin. Quite happy right now about the general condition of it though!

 

Hyperpigmentation as in brown spots or red marks?




#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.




#3419381 Accutane Log, Male & 17

Posted by Michelle Reece on 09 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

 

Day 72-79

I had my 18th birthday this last week, therefore I had a few drinks, which I thought was fair enough. Anyway, I think this brought along a mini breakout, which has died out around now. Otherwise, I've noticed that maybe my skin tone is getting paler (which is better than it was) and my skin is a lot drier now! Have a derm appointment in a few days, will see what happens then!

 

Happy Birthday!

 

What are you using to combat the dryness?

Thanks! I'm a bit clueless in this area.. I haven't been using anything and leaving my face to look dry - the Cetaphil moisturiser broke me out the last time I applied it so I'm reluctant to use this...



Day 80-82

Face maybe getting a bit smoother now which is great. Just had my derm appointment for the end of my third month and I'm staying on 40mg for this month then moving up to 60mg for the last two months of my course. All seems to be going okay, albeit slowly, scarring (hyperpigmentation) will be an issue, however I'm much happier dealing with this than active acne!

Fingers crossed

 

Vaseline, Vanicream's Skin Cream, Eucerin's Aquaphor, and Theraplex HydroLotion are good options. The HydroLotion is the most compatible/feels less greasy on oily skin, but they're all similar. Aquaphor is more hydrating.




#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. ;)




#3418651 Finally On The 'tane! | 19 Male | Month #4 | 40Mg/day | Pictures

Posted by Michelle Reece on 05 March 2014 - 11:55 PM

@Michelle - Haha, thanks for the compliment. Too bad I'm camera shy! Btw, this is the mosturizer I'm using, It's does the job quite well:

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@philopower - Thanks!! Luckily, the redness is pretty much gone now

 

Week 7 (MONTH 2) : --

Week 8 (MONTH 2) : --

Week 9 (MONTH 3)

Day 1 (6 MAR): Many things happened since my last post. The most notorious one is that I've been pimple-free since last week, which is very encouraging. My face seems to have finally adapted so no more peeling-ocaust, and no redness. Instead, I had atrocious lip-peeling, which now is almost gone.

 

But, of course, there's a counterweight: Eczema. As weeks passed, my obliques and arms have become filled which ezcema patches that itch like a mofo and leave temporary marks. I saw my derm today, and he prescribed me a cream for it (I can barely understand my derms writing though). I was only applying mosturizer to my face so that's why it happened, he said.

 

As things are going rather well, my derm decided to keep me on the same dose (40mg/day) for the remaining 4 months. I have to admit I've been very lucky so far not to have joint/back pain, nosebleeding, etc., but I hope I won't have to endure eczema forever.

 

Let's see how everthing goes in the next weeks.

Take care everyone!

 

You're not using Vaseline or Aquaphor? Gasp! *faints dramatically* teehee.gif

 

The kind of eczema it sounds like you have is xerotic eczema. It likely won't return after the course.




#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.