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Stressing Out Over One Spot :(

15 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

I've been clear for about 2 months now, but I will still get the occasional zit or two around my 'time of the month'. Somehow I find it harder to deal with 2 tiny pimples now than when I had a face full of acne.... I mean, I should be happy that I ONLY have 2 and the rest of my face is clear for the the first time in foerver but for some reason I can't. I cancelled all my plans today and stayed home over something so small and I'm so frustrated with myself!! 


Anyone else have the same problem? :( 

Switching From Generic To Brand Name

09 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

I've been on the generic version of Diane 35 for like 8 months now and it's been working fine. It's like a realllllly generic generic one though because I haven't heard anyone mention it. It's by novopharm or something and it's called teva-cyproterone whatever whatever. Anyway, it took like almost 6 months for it to kick in and now I'm clear except for the occasional spot which is fine.


I wanted to try switching to the brand name just to see if it would get rid of even that last spot...and if maybe my boobs would grow a little more :lol: I was wondering if that would give me an initial break out... but usually I hear that's only if you switch from brand name to generic. So what if it was the other way around? I know they're "supposed" to be exactly the same but I was hoping someone had some personal experience :o 

Tca, Glycolic Or Lactic Peel?

15 February 2014 - 03:46 PM

What's better for PIH? I've been using Dan's AHA 10% for 3 months now and wanted to do a stronger peel to get rid of my PIH faster. I was considering 30% glycolic acid peels just because I've been using the 10% and figured my skin would be more used to it than another chemical...but I've heard really good things about lactic acid and TCA. What would be better for a first time user? Are there any sites I can order online from? Amazon.ca seems really expensive and I wanted to see if there were any other options.


Also, would there be anything like an initial breakout with these kinds of peels?

Where To Get 50% Glycolic/lactic Acid Peel?

29 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

I'm looking to get some high % DIY peels - I wrote 50% in the topic because that's the one I've seen mentioned a lot on this site, but if there are lesser % ones I'd go for those too. I want to speed up the process of getting rid of my PIH. I use Dan's 10% AHA+ every night and it's been yielding magnificent results, but it's been about 2 months now and I know I've still got a ways to go.


Peronsally, I'd prefer using a glycolic acid peel as opposed to another acid just because I feel like my skin is probably better adjusted to it since I've been using the AHA+ and I don't know as much about lactic acid peels (or salicylic). I'm from Toronto, Canada and I don't think any stores sell it (I think cause of legal issues?) but I have seen some that you can order online and I think some fellow Canadians here get it that way.


Anyone have any good recommendations for brands/sites that they use? And also some tips on how to do a peel yourself?? 


05 December 2013 - 02:04 AM

Was wondering what people's experiences were on Bactrim specifically? I've been on a clindoxyl/Diane35 regimen for about 5 months and my skin has only barely improved. The moments when I do have clear skin are pretty great, but with Diane I practically break out monthly and sometimes these can take about 2-3 weeks to full heal....which leaves about a 1 week window of clear skin before my period. I would say I have moderate acne - I have never gotten a cyst in my life (knock on wood), but it looks a lot worse because of my PIH, which I'm currently using Dan's AHA for. Otherwise I only have clogged pores and even when I'm at the worst breakout I only have maybe like max 5 actives.


Anyway, I'm planning to wait until the end of this year where it'll have been a full 6 months of the pill before getting any antibiotics. I saw Bactrim was supposedly the next best thing compared to Accutane so I'm interested in that. My doctor suggested minocycline but I kind of want to go straight for the kill because I have been patient enough! I'm fairly certain I assume I'm not allergic to the sulfa-family since I have taken Apo-Sulfatrim many times for UTIs and such... 


Which would you choose, Bactrim of Mino?