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dunedain

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#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!




#3436241 Diane/estelle 35Ed Diary Log

Posted by dunedain on 14 June 2014 - 08:28 PM

Keep your head up! It took me 5 months on Diane before I cleared up for good. Sometimes I still get a pimple, but I can go for over a month with clear skin now. Dan's AHA+ cream is really good for getting rid of hyperpigmentation. You could also try light chemical peels like 40% lactic acid at home. They've definitely worked for me! 




#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




#3429845 Lol @ People Who Think "confidence" Gets You A Girlfriend

Posted by dunedain on 03 May 2014 - 09:25 AM

It's not going to get you a "hot" girlfriend. But there are plenty of girls who are "less attractive" who are also looking for boyfriends who also have their own problems because I'm sure they feel like boys don't even look at them. 

 

And I agree with what Alex wrote above^^^, complaining won't get you a girlfriend either. 




#3429262 Make Up For Ever Hd Foundation -

Posted by dunedain on 29 April 2014 - 04:20 PM

I love love love love LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation! I've used it for the past 4 years now and I think it's the best foundation out there (for me). I use it with the MUFE HD primer (#1) and together my makeup stays put all day. The coverage is great! It's so buildable that you can go from medium to full coverage just by applying more layers. I've only recently gotten clear so I've been using MUFE when I had active acne too. I don't think wearing make up helped my skin, but it definitely didn't make my skin worse. I never broke out from it, it never irritated my skin, and it would stay on all day. The only thing I would say is that it can feel a little heavy on your skin if you're layering for full coverage. One pump is usually enough for anyone (if not too much) so the bottle will last you a while. I would definitely recommend you give it a try! :)




#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. 




#3425504 Moisturizers For The Regimen!

Posted by dunedain on 10 April 2014 - 07:05 PM

I like Cetaphil more. I've tried CeraVe and it broke me out right away, even though it felt so light and hydrating on my skin. I use the Cetaphil moisturising lotion in the morning too. i saw in another post you were asking how to apply it gently? When I use it in the morning, I spread it all over my fingers so that it's really thin on my fingers and then just lightly swipe it on my face, doesn't really leave a mark or anything. 

 

I have never hated a moisturiser as much as I hated Dan's. It gave my skin this yellow tan and I didn't like the consistency. While it didn't seem to break me out, it made my asian skin tone even more yellow, which is arguably worse than getting a couple of zits. I've been using Cetaphil for years and I recommend it to everyone :) 




#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!




#3420465 Help! I Don't Know Why In The World My Face Is Breaking Out?

Posted by dunedain on 15 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

You're really young so I wouldn't be surprised if your hormones are all over the place still, and sometimes these changes can happen seemingly out of nowhere. You can look at hormonal treatments like birth control (make sure you get a high estrogen one) or something like spiro - talk to your doctor about it first. Birth control isn't a cure though, just something to keep in mind. You can also consider dietary changes/supplements if you'd like to do something more holistic. 

 

What kind of routine/regimen are you on right now? You mentioned ocm but I'm not sure what that's an acronym for? 

 

When I was in my teens I had acne like that. It was confined to my forehead and upper cheeks but it looked similar. I did eventually grow out of it, but still had residual acne to deal with 

I want to solve more naturally because I don't want to treat symptoms. O.C.M. stands for oil cleansing method. I have started cutting out dairy but I'm really starting to think the acne is just hormonal like you said. How long did you have acne? When did you grow of it? Thanks for your post!

 

I started getting acne when I was 14 on my forehead and that severity lasted up until I was about 19 lol, but I never really treated it. Eventually after that it got less severe, but I still had acne, just a couple of spots at a time, but still obviously a bother lol :(. Once I went on the pill though I cleared up (after like 5 months of it) and now I only get the occasional spot. 




#3420180 Help! I Don't Know Why In The World My Face Is Breaking Out?

Posted by dunedain on 13 March 2014 - 07:35 PM

You're really young so I wouldn't be surprised if your hormones are all over the place still, and sometimes these changes can happen seemingly out of nowhere. You can look at hormonal treatments like birth control (make sure you get a high estrogen one) or something like spiro - talk to your doctor about it first. Birth control isn't a cure though, just something to keep in mind. You can also consider dietary changes/supplements if you'd like to do something more holistic. 

 

What kind of routine/regimen are you on right now? You mentioned ocm but I'm not sure what that's an acronym for? 

 

When I was in my teens I had acne like that. It was confined to my forehead and upper cheeks but it looked similar. I did eventually grow out of it, but still had residual acne to deal with :(