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Fish Oil Good Or Bad?

18 July 2013 - 02:39 PM

I have been timid about taking the fish oil I recently bought. I have read many reviews and studies stating that is is good for the skin, hair, nails, brain, heart etc. and people saying it helped decrease their oil production and breakouts. But then I have read a bunch of anecdotal stuff online, including on this site, about it causing breakouts in oily skin. Anyone have experience with supplementing fish oil? 

Moisturizer On Oily Skin?

18 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

This seems to be something that is widely disagreed upon by dermatologists and aesteticians...I have had derms tell me it doesn't matter what you put on your face, its your internal hormones and genes that determine how much oil you will put out. I have had derms tell me, your skin's oil COULD be effected by environment and most aesteticians swear up and down that outside stuff and climate causes more or less oil production. I have read that if you have oily skin you should not use moisturizer unless you feel dry, but have also read that you should always use it whether your skin is oily or not. 


Does anyone have any advice on whether oily skin can indeed benefit from moisturizer? I live in a dry climate and my skin always feels pretty oily.

What Should Your Acne Goal Be?

12 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

I have been on a topical retinoid for the past 5 months. My face is 80-90% clearer than it was (in my head), but I am still getting new clogged pores. They are all really small and unnoticeable to others (says my husband)...I have a hard time telling what is "normal" or not and tend to freak out about every tiny new one cause I fear going back to the mess using the oil cleansing method caused me (worst breakout of my life when I had previously been clear for my entire life). Sometimes I wonder if the way I over exfoliate my face now (Differin and BHA and AHA) could be causing tiny clogs. 


Does anyone know if never having any tiny bumps/clogged pores is achievable? After the trauma of the breakout I have been dealing with over the past 10 months, I have a hard time remembering what my face was like before. I never looked at it as closely or examined it every day like I do now...so I wonder if I just didn't ever notice the tiny clogs before or if I really do have more now...I think I lost site of what my actual goal should be. Any advise much appreciated. 

Oil Cleansing Method Wrecked My Skin

19 June 2013 - 07:02 PM

I discovered this blog here on OCM and all the negative experiences these women had that exactly matched my own. - Read all the comments - http://beautyeditor....e-on-your-skin/


Around April of 2012 my boss told me about OCM and finally convinced me to try it so I bought castor oil in the drug aisle and mixed it with my extra virgin olive oil in the kitchen. I used it off and on maybe once every 2 weeks for several months...never noticed a major effect but did start noticing slightly more clogged pores than usual. I attributed it to stress and stopped using OCM for a while and used gycolic acid...I picked OCM back up more frequently in Sept-Oct 2012 and then we moved to Colorado Springs. I started noticing more and more clogged pores around my mouth and nose, where I normally did not get pimples (I have always been Tzone for breakouts). I attributed this to the dry air we had moved to and started using OCM even more. Early November I bought grapeseed oil and used it to clean and moisturize my face almost daily...my face continued to get worse and for some reason I thought I needed more oil. In mid February I went to see an aestetician for the first time and she told me not to use the oil since I was already oily. I stopped and went back to moisturizer and in March is pretty much when all hell broke loose. Since I wasnt really using OCM at that time anymore I didnt think of it...it was like every single pore in my lower face was clogged and I started getting swollen breakouts too (which are not common for me). In April the derm told me it was hormonal and recommended Spiro to accompany my retinoid use. March-April were the worst acne I have ever had in my life. I think the antibiotics were finally controlling the swollen ones...but I had to literally manually extract every single clog as the retin a was bringing it up over the period of 2-3 months. I don't know how many I extracted...but they were all stuck under the skin. I always commented that my skin had seemingly changed in the way it functioned...Ide never had major issues on my cheeks and jaw...and some of the clogs were in lines across my cheeks, like every pore effected and took sooo long to come out. After finally getting most of all that gunk out (4 months after stopping OCM) I am still getting occasional clogs rising to the surface, but it was nothing like it was. After reading the comments in that blog as well as the negative reviews on makeupalley - http://www.makeupall...sp/itemid=73176  and her story - http://beautyandinsp...-review-be.html I finally realized how what had happened to be was EXACTLY what happened to so many of these women, seeing effects for months later. I even read some saying there's took over a year to correct after OCM. Mine has gotten so much better in the past few months that I am hoping my skin is pretty much clear of all that stupid oil and possible infection now. I am still going to take Spiro to control any excess oil and antibiotics for the next month. I hope I am over it, but I can't believe I was the cause of it. I am 90% sure using OCM was the worst thing I could have ever done to myself. It caused so much anxiety and trauma over the past several months. The stress caused from that may very well be affecting my skin too....but I cant imagine that my experience is a coincidence if so many women using OCM had literally the exact same experience, type and location of pimples. I have my 6 week derm checkup tomorrow and will be talking to her about this in depth. The retin-a micro (and microdermabrasian) has been a godsend in getting this stuff out of my skin much faster than it would have. 


This gives me hope in that this shouldn't continue. Since I caused it myself with oil...once all that is out of my skin it shouldn't be something inside of me that is causing it...however it makes me so angry at myself...that I did this to myself. Such a simple stupid mistake could cause such terrible effects. Wow. What I did to myself in the pursuit of perfection. It is definitely humbling. Anyone reading this, DO NOT TRY OCM!!!


Has anyone else had a similar experience with OCM they would like to share?

Spironolactone & Retin-A Micro Journey

18 April 2013 - 04:53 PM

I decided to start a log to help others and myself through the next several months. If anyone wants to join in on the journey, please do!


About five and a half months ago, my full blown acne started for the first time in my life. I am 27 and have never had acne issues. I moved from Texas to Colorado a little while before that and perhaps due to stress/change in hormones that often happens to women in their late 20s and who knows what else, my normally nearly completely clear complexion started getting a bunch of clogged pores and tiny pimples on my lower face. I tried OTC products for a month or so, eliminating any products with possible oil or comodogenic ingredients, did a few mild peels, scrubbed the crap out of my face, but things continued to get worse and the clogged pores (little skin colored bumps and blackheads) continued to spread all over my cheeks, jaw and around my mouth and nose. I have pretty much had relatively clear skin most of my life, I had some pimples as a teenager and went to the dermatologist once ever to get something for the occasional swollen pimple I would get on my chin in my college years and a few whiteheads, but as an adult I have had pretty clear skin and only ever wore makeup to cover a spot or two on occasion.


I went to a dermatologist about a month after I started noticing the issue and was originally recommended to go on Spironolactone and Differin gel. I refused the Spiro being the medicine avoider than I am and thinking this would clear up quickly with a topical since I had never had acne before. Possibly one of the biggest mistakes ever, because here I am now 4 months later…with a million clogged pores, hyperpigmentation from pimples past, white heads, pustules, papules and even a cyst or two. Oh how I have fallen…previously I would have never ever considered taking oral medications for acne, and always thought people who took Accutane and BC for it were crazy….well I didn’t know. I didn’t know how much of a living hell it was to wake up every morning worrying if I had anymore breakout on my face, spending 20 minutes or more in front of the mirror trying to cover everything with concealer and feeling constantly self-conscience and depressive about the hopelessness of my face. I think back to just a short 11 months ago when I was on a tropical vacation and how I had smooth and tan skin, and spent maybe a few minutes putting on some eye makeup before jotting out the door feeling confident and lovely. Well acne sufferers, now I know. At this point I will take anything and everything if it means clearing my skin, I have even gotten to the point of considering Accutane.


I used the Differin (which is the weakest topical retinoid) for about 3 months with little to no improvement. It would finally clear out a clogged pore after 2 months but then 3 more would sprout in its place. After I started getting swollen pustules with increasing frequency about a month ago I hit a new low and started frantically trying to get second opinions…I got prescribed Tazorac (the strongest retinoid) which made my face feel like it had a cheese grater taken to it and itch like crazy and oral antibiotics for the swollen pimples. Then I remembered the Spiro and did a bunch of research on it. I made an appointment with the dermatologist from months past and begged for the Spiro they had originally offered me. She took one look at my face and said that my acne is stereotypical female adult hormonal acne. She even told me she had the exact same thing happen to her in her late 20s and took Spiro to clear it up, so that gave me hope! In addition, she recommended Retin-a micro .04% which is better than Differin but less harsh than Tazorac.


So…after 3ish months of retinoid use, I am starting with Spiro 50 mg per day, Retin-a micro .04% every night and staying on the oral antibiotic (Doxycycline 100mg 2X day) for the first month to help with any initial breakout/adjusting. Since I have been on a weaker retinoid for 3 months and dabbled with Tazorac, I am hoping the IB won’t be as terrible…but we shall see how it goes. The derm also mentioned the Retin-a would help clear the now abundant red marks on my face from old pimples.


I will start out by tracking the days in the first week, then go to weekly as improvements really can’t be seen day to day. Here goes! Any advice/questions appreciated. 



So I went home with instructions yesterday that this will require PATIENCE. Little improvement should be expected in the first month when I have my follow up appointment. Real improvement will start to be seen at 2 months and then major clearing at 3-5 months. I am terrible at patience. Took my first pill last night and used retin-a. Continuing on Doxy with breakfast and dinner (and adding in a probiotic pill at lunch to stave off it tearing up my stomach).


Day 1 Week 0


This morning I gently scrubbed my face with a buff puff because I could feel a lot of dead skin coming off from the retin-a…however I think that’s something that needs to be kept to only once a week because my face feels a bit irritated today. Today is not a good face day…I feel like I have a million clogged pores pushing their way out the surface of the skin (probably from the retinoids, which should mean it’s working but it’s such a terrible process to get out all that gunk. Running my hands over my face feels sooo icky and bumpy and oily. I am hoping some of the clogs just get smaller and drier as the Spiro takes action and they don’t all have to come up as white head bumps.


RIGHT SIDE: numerous clogged pores, two pink healing pimples that I caused from picking, zero active pimples

LEFT Side: numerous clogged pores, one pink healing, one new active pimple starting

CHIN: 4-5 tiny clogged pores, 3 tiny pink healing, one hard cyst in left corner that isn’t doing anything

FOREHEAD: 3 clogged pores

PIH MARKS: 14 or so on cheeks


Don’t feel any difference at all from Spiro, but I’m sure it’s too early at this point. The clogs on my chin and forehead have not been typical for me…they all just appeared in the past week, not exactly sure why.