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#3483566 Lactic Acid Making Scars Darker?

Posted by dunedain on 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. 

#3473582 Any Luck With Chemical Peels?

Posted by dunedain on 03 March 2015 - 09:37 PM

I use the 40% lactic acid peel, which is the one people recommend to start off with because it's not too strong. For me, I've definitely noticed a big improvement with my PIH. At first it didn't seem like anything happened, but when I took pictures and actually compared side by side I didn't realise what a difference it made!


I don't know how tough your skin is but I'd still say start off slow. If you go up too fast you might do some real damage. I also did get an initial break out, but not everyone does. I tend to break out a little when I switch products anyway. The first few times dried out my skin so make sure you keep moisturising :) 

#3470263 Coming Off Birth Control After 9 Years=)

Posted by dunedain on 02 February 2015 - 09:28 PM

I hear that many women who come off birth control are clear for a few months but after about half a year that's when the bad breakouts really start?

Hopefully your diet will help manage that! I've never adjusted what I eat for my skin because food is one thing I love more than clear skin :P

#3469103 Should I Take Yaz Or Not?

Posted by dunedain on 22 January 2015 - 08:31 PM

I would also like to know how old you are as I think age makes a difference when it comes to BCP. I took Yasmin (which I think is the same as Yaz but a bigger dose?) when I was 17 and I don't recall remember getting an initial break out. I was on it for about 4-5 months and it did help my skin though not 100% cleared, although I've never had cystic acne. The only reason I went off it was because I didn't have a need for contraception anymore and I had never meant to take it for my skin anyway. My skin stayed pretty much the same after that, no crazy breakouts or anything. I got some pretty weird side effects like intense cramps and rashes. :/


I'm on Diane now which has almost cleared my skin to 100% but I don't know what the consequences of going off that will be like since I'm 24 now. 

#3463161 Using More Than 2 Pumps Of Bp

Posted by dunedain on 08 December 2014 - 08:52 PM

I'm surprised you need quite that much BP when you're not even applying it to your whole face. Doesn't it take forever to dry then?? 


I guess it all depends on your skin - for me, >2 pumps would dry out my skin so fast. Personally I find less is more. How long have you been using that much BP? 

#3459631 Sunscreen For Oily & Sensitive Skin

Posted by dunedain on 12 November 2014 - 06:23 PM

I personally use the Cetaphil DermaControl oil control moisturiser (long name :P) and it has "broad spectrum spf 30". I've been using it for a couple years now and it's definitely helped with the oiliness (especially in the summer). And for anyone who wears makeup, it's helped keep my make up from sliding off my face from oiliness at the end of the day haha. 

#3455669 Things You Learned/gained From Having Acne/and Tips To Help Stay Positive.

Posted by dunedain on 12 October 2014 - 07:33 PM

I still rely a lot on make up, but I have a very loving and supportive boyfriend who sees me without my makeup and loves me all the same. He even tells me my skin looks better without makeup (as if!). But I appreciate it nonetheless. I feel pretty lucky for never having too many family members/friends comment on my acne or "suggest" things like ProActive as though I've never tried it before. They would never say anything negative because they knew it upset me and would encourage me to try something new to help my acne. 


Like you, my battle with active acne is over, but I have some scars and hyperpigmentation that is just as hard to get rid of. Still, this long journey (10 years!) has taught me to be nicer to other people. I wish I didn't need to have acne to learn this lesson, but I'm thankful for it anyway. It's made me be more considerate because I know we all have insecurities, and a lot of the time people like to pick on those to make themselves feel better. But having been on the receiving end of that for so long, I would never want to hurt someone like that. 


It's nice to be reminded of all the good that has come out of it. And just in time for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. :D

#3454864 Flakes Even After Aha And Jojoba Oil?

Posted by dunedain on 06 October 2014 - 07:58 PM

I agree, AHA shouldn't be immediately incorporated into your nightly routine. I started with maybe 2-3 times a week and I would mix 1/2 moisturiser + 1/2 AHA. I have heard the flakes take a while to fully resolve, but if the regimen works for you then stick with it. 

#3454433 Is Anybody Here Just Thrilled With Their Foundation?

Posted by dunedain on 03 October 2014 - 06:49 PM

I LOVE Make Up For Ever HD foundation. I've been using it for probably 5 years now and it's been with me throughout my acne journey. It doesn't break me out and has AMAZING coverage! And you don't need a whole lot so I don't think it's too expensive considering how long it lasts. I have pretty oily skin too so that in combination with the MUFE primer will stay on my face all day. 

#3446396 Finally Starting The Regimen

Posted by dunedain on 09 August 2014 - 02:42 PM


>Your skin looks amazing! I'm glad the DKR worked out so well for you! Wasn't the same story for me, haha, but at least I found something else! I used jojoba oil too, when my skin got really dry. While it helped with the dryness, it broke me out a LOT too, plus it made my face yellow. I'm Asian so I already have yellow undertones so I just looked SUPER YELLOW. I used Pond's cold cream when I get super dry in the winter now. It doesn't break me out and it's really moisturising!

Thanks so much! I'm really surprised at how much of a difference it has made in my skin, although I still break out occasionally, it's bearable. What did you find that worked for you if you don't mind me asking?? And the Pond's sounds great, I've seen it around and always eye it but my cerave has been working great! Maybe I'll buy it for whenever I feel like switching it up  haha


I have hormonal acne so Diane 35 (BCP) is the only thing that has worked for me. And then I use AHA cream + clindoxyl gel to get rid of small bumps and maintain the tone of my skin. :) I wish the regimen would've worked though, I'd much rather be on that as opposed to taking synthetic hormones but ah well. If your skin ever gets really dry you should give Ponds a go, but I wouldn't use it on a daily basis. It would seem excessive to use it so much 'cause it's so moisturising, if that makes sense. It's my back up for really bad winter days :P 

#3440977 Finally Starting The Regimen

Posted by dunedain on 12 July 2014 - 09:45 AM

Your skin looks amazing! I'm glad the DKR worked out so well for you! :) Wasn't the same story for me, haha, but at least I found something else! I used jojoba oil too, when my skin got really dry. While it helped with the dryness, it broke me out a LOT too, plus it made my face yellow. I'm Asian so I already have yellow undertones so I just looked SUPER YELLOW. I used Pond's cold cream when I get super dry in the winter now. It doesn't break me out and it's really moisturising!

#3431171 Safyral (/yasmin) Initial Breakout?

Posted by dunedain on 11 May 2014 - 07:16 PM

I haven't personally been on Yasmin, but there's almost always an initial break out with any birth control you take. Some people don't get that, but they're the lucky ones 'cause 9 times outta 10 you'll hear people saying it gets worse before it gets better.

#3429850 Estelle-35 And Epiduo Log [W/ Photos]

Posted by dunedain on 03 May 2014 - 10:04 AM

Your acne and pigmentation look similar to what I had! I'm still struggling with the residual hyperpigmentation, but I've been on Diane 35 (Estelle is the same thing right?) for 9 months now and it's cleared me up! The first 5 months were a roller coaster ride for me, but I think I took especially long 'cause I started off with the generic one before switching to brand name, plus I have pretty stubborn skin.


Good luck :)! And I also have sore boobs, even after all this time. They did grow a lot though :P

#3428774 Should I Skip My Period Each Month By Starting A New Pill Pack Every 21 Days...

Posted by dunedain on 26 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

I don't know if it's better, but I've changed my cycle to 4 periods/year with Diane 35. So I just got for about 3ish months non stop with the pill and then have a period. I guess I do tend to break out a little when I finally go on my period, but I get a few during the other months too. As far as how long you can do this for, I'm pretty sure you can do this for as long as you want. For me, by the end of the 3rd month I start spotting a lot so that's why I just go right into my period otherwise it'll just get heavier. 

#3421937 Irritated Skin

Posted by dunedain on 22 March 2014 - 01:46 PM

If your skin suddenly reacts to the BP you may have to cut down on it. That happened to me around month 4 of the regimen, my skin just suddenly got really itchy and dry and red from using dan's BP and I had to quit. You didn't mention that your skin was scaly so it probably wasn't as bad as mine - it got so bad for me that I had to quit the regimen.


Have you been using the whole finger amount of BP for the past bit? Personally I think the regimen uses way too much BP and while some people have skin that can handle it, I think for others their skin might be too sensitive for that. I know some people don't use the full amount and have found the right dosage of BP that will keep their acne away and also the itchy red skin away too!