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dunedain

Member Since 11 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 29 2015 02:22 PM

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In Topic: 5% Bp As The Best Choice?

22 June 2015 - 10:13 PM

I used to use 5% BP regularly! While it didn't get rid of my acne, it was way better than Dan's 2.5% stuff. In fact I found that his dried my skin out faster, but that may just have been a different ingredient in Dan's. 

In Topic: When Would I See An Aha Purge / Breakout?

20 June 2015 - 10:32 PM

When I first started using AHA I mixed half and half with my moisturiser and used it every other day the first week, before slowly upping the dosage. In the first week it seemed okay, but by the second week there was definitely an initial break out that wasn't very pretty. I'd also add, however, I can't even use jojoba oil because it seems to break me out and also make my skin seem more yellow, so maybe we have completely different skin types. I tend to purge with any new product though.

Hopefully you won't! Personally I would wait until after the big event, just in case. Good luck :)

In Topic: Plan B, 1 Year Later

18 June 2015 - 01:47 PM

I took Plan B once and my acne definitely got worse for the next half a year. I wasn't on the pill then, so I let Plan B "run its course" and while it stopped getting worse after a while, it just kind of stayed bad for almost up to a year. By the end of that year I started taking the pill (Diane) which took about half a year to fully clear up my skin. I'd say your hormones are definitely out of sync but I feel like if you took out your bar your would confuse your hormones again which might cause another breakout? Also with a lot of reviews of antibiotics, it seems once you stop taking it the acne just comes right back... 

I would suggest to stick it out and maybe stick with a topical regimen and hopefully your body will balance itself out. :/

In Topic: Lactic Acid Making Scars Darker?

06 June 2015 - 11:57 AM

I am also Asian and have used 40% lactic acid for a few months and I don't think I ever noticed any darkening of the marks. For the first couple of days after the peel, my skin seemed more red and maybe the marks also looked more reddish? But about a week after it lightens up, it never stays dark. I also never did any additional exfoliating as the lactic acid on its own was enough.

If you're not happy with lactic acid, you can try 25% mandelic acid which is what I'm using now. I personally find it more effective and feels less irritating on my skin than lactic acid. 

In Topic: Is Lutera Going To Make My Skin Worse Or Is It Just Getting Worse Before It G...

07 May 2015 - 02:02 PM

 

 


This sounds like what happened to me. When I went on Alesse, about 2 weeks in I started breaking out everywhere and I also thought it was getting worse before it was getting better. But I was breaking out in places that I never get acne and it didn't seem like a normal initial break out so I ended up switching to Diane after I finished the first month of Alesse. I also found out that Alesse, like Lutera, is highly androgenic and one of the worst pills to go on for people with hormonal acne. Diane on the other hand is highly estrogenic and one of the best for acne. 
 
I had an initial break out with Diane, but nothing to the degree of Alesse. I would consider it a bad breakout...but not the worst acne I've ever had. So, in a sense it gets worse because you get a pretty crappy break out when you first start, but it shouldn't give you the worst acne of your life. You should definitely considering switching! 
 
Good luck :)


How long was your initial breakout on Diane?
Probably for about 4 months. 

4 months until you were completely clear? Or 4 months to just stop the bad breakouts? When did you see the slightest improvement

Um, it would steadily decrease in severity over the course of 4 months. I saw improvement with each successive breakout because my skin would look better but then in a week or two there would be another breakout. It took me 6 months to see consistent clear skin.