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3lilpigs

Member Since 30 Apr 2013
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#3368028 Done With My Accutane Journey! (Pics)

Posted by 3lilpigs on 21 July 2013 - 02:02 PM

Florencienne, I was thinking the exact same thing when I looked at the pictures. Those lips are my what I dream of! I paid a heap of money for my plastic surgeon to make my lips look like his, to no avail. I didn't even notice any acne, your features are so perfect! I have parked my white van with tinted windows around the corner, waiting to creep on you! Lol, you are a very handsome young man, Congrats on the success of your clear skin! Now, get out there and make use of those fabulous lips; KISS the girl you have that crush on!! ;)


#3364831 No Probiotics For Months--Totally Clear!

Posted by 3lilpigs on 08 July 2013 - 12:57 PM

Link to one study on histamine rich foods:
http://www.michigana...histamine.shtml

Google: 'foods that cause histamine reaction', the studies and information are endless. The link I posted above is one of many.


#3364460 No Probiotics For Months--Totally Clear!

Posted by 3lilpigs on 07 July 2013 - 08:16 AM

You might consider looking into testing your reaction some of these other tested histamine rich foods: alcohol and long-ripened or fermented (and therefore histamine-rich) food, such as aged cheese, cured meat, and yeast products; histamine-rich food, such as bananas, spinach or tomatoes; or histamine liberators, such as citrus fruit, should be avoided.

I know several of those are a no brainer, but a few (spinach, tomatoes) were a surprise to me. I've been researching foods that cause histamine reactions to limit the enormous restrictions I had recently set on my diet. Like you, I'm trying to open my diet as not to trigger past disordered eating behaviors. I would prefer to know the exact foods that cause negative physical responses, as opposed to cutting entire food groups out of my diet. Hell, I have gone weeks where I ate only apples and almonds out of fear that I would breakout. I can't afford to slip down that slippery disordered eating slope anymore. Being aware of the exact foods that are the problem has freed up my dietary allowances, and my mind!

Thank you for being open about the issue of your eating disorder. It opens this topic up to show there needs to be a boundary on the lengths we will go to clear our skin. No one should needlessly go down the path of disordered eating as the means to end the problem of acne; having suffered through both, we know the path of an eating disorder creates far more anguish and destruction. It is a delicate balance.


#3364310 "wacky" Tips Recommended By Your Derm?

Posted by 3lilpigs on 06 July 2013 - 01:55 PM

Haha! Your derm is a HOOT! I was laughing outloud as I was reading your post. Back when I was in college, I had dermatologist that was a weirdo. He was very old, his office and medical instruments looked like they could have been taken directly from the 1920's. My first visit, he had me wash my face in his sink with straight Hibiclens (he had me using this at home too, without diluting) and then he 'treated' my entire face with a cotton ball dipped in a bowl of dry ice. This seemed to be his signature treatment, as he'd begin every visit in this way. He prescribed me accutane and, at the time, I knew none of the strict prescribing rules that are to be followed, as I was 20 years old, going to college hours from home and the internet was only just in its infancy. My derm didn't do any blood tests, never had me take a pregnancy test and gave no advice regarding alcohol consumption while taking accutane. I was a sophomore in college, a total party girl and taking this harsh poison prescribed by an ancient doctor because he told me to! I was under his 'care' for a year and 2 rounds of accutane, the last few months he just wrote out extra scripts for me, as I was moving to Italy for school for a year. I now look at that situation in HORROR! I knew something was amiss, as he didn't take insurance at all. Only cash. I wanted clear skin so badly, that I didn't tell my family I was taking accutane. I had brought up the strange methods of my derm at one point, to my sister who was in medical school at the time. She said he was a quack and I should go to another Dr. :-/

Triclosan is in many antibacterial hand soaps, body soaps and mouthwashes. Pay close attention to the ingredients of products that come in contact with your body, I learned this lesson the hard way.

Your derm seems a bit unorthodox, but she is right on the money as far as her advice and recommendations go. From your descriptions, she sounds as though she doesn't waste her time and energy on the mundane because she is too busy giving from her heart and putting her entire soul into her work. I think that is to be commended. :)


#3363666 How Often A Day Do You Cry Because You Do Not Have Model Aesthetics?

Posted by 3lilpigs on 03 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

A good friend that I grew up with is now a very successful male model. His face was on the Banana Republic ads, you know the HUGE posters hanging in the Windows of the store, and behind the cash register? That's him. I have known him since we were 13 years old; we are 35 now. He was not always that handsome. As a matter of fact, in high school we would tease him all the time about his big nose. He had zits, I actually remember one of his best guy friends teasing him because his skin was really broken out. He was popular, not because of his looks, because he was not good looking as a teenage. He was well liked by guys and girls alike because he has a great personality and was freakin hysterically funny. He was an all around cool guy. It wasn't until he was in his 20's that he 'grew into' his big nose (it's still big, but with his facial features and jaw structure, now it is distinguished) and his acne went away. He began modeling in his late 20's, although I haven't talked to him in about 2 years, I'm sure he hasn't let success go to his head, as his personality was strong to begin with. He hadn't been able to rely on his looks while growing up, so was able to develop character and work on his intellect. The good looks that came later sure are nice, but do not define him.


#3363336 What Does Clear Skin Feel Like?

Posted by 3lilpigs on 02 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

I have found I'm obsessing about other things now. Scars, my weight, my mental health...it's a never ending, self feeding cycle. I realize it's a form of body dismorphic disorder (see, there I go with the mental health stuff), because once I fix one thing, I find there's another, bigger thing that needs repair right away. My skin is lovely now, I get compliments on how clear & pretty it is, but I find flaws in it, inevitably. I am working on being mindful and grateful of my present state of being. I thank God, every morning, that my skin has cleared up and remains clear. It feels like a big relief to not be in a constant state of worry about a new cyst (or 10) breaking out on my face.


#3362554 Truth Revealed On Laser For Acne Scars**must Read***

Posted by 3lilpigs on 29 June 2013 - 09:32 AM

Lol, ok. Thank you for clearing that up for me. :)


#3362524 Cured! Vitamin D3, Calcium & Magnesium

Posted by 3lilpigs on 29 June 2013 - 07:08 AM

Awesome! I'm so glad you were able to pinpoint the one thing that cleared you up, and go back to it after the breakout came back. I added D3 to my supplement regimen 2+ months ago, and I am 100% clear right now. I haven't had any active acne in weeks! I changed several things (diet, cleansing routine, exercise, acupuncture, a few other supplements) at the same time that I added D3, so I cannot say if the D3 itself was/is the one thing that cleared my skin of acne. When I get a bit more confidence, I will eliminate one supplement at a time, to see which is helping, and which is extraneous. I am so.happy for you!!!


#3362004 Truth Revealed On Laser For Acne Scars**must Read***

Posted by 3lilpigs on 27 June 2013 - 12:20 PM

I had laser genesis, for acne scarring & pih, several years ago. My skin was clear of active acne at the time - a brief respite after accutane. I spent $200+ on each laser genesis session, five sessions to see results. The results were very minimal, at best. I would finish each session and study my before & after pictures, hoping to see the promised perfection offered by the plastic surgeon. The acne returned soon after, and the scars weren't diminished at all from the laser treatments. I've had much better results from inexpensive, holistic and homeopathic treatments, as of late.


#3361141 Acupuncture

Posted by 3lilpigs on 24 June 2013 - 06:16 AM

I've been having acupuncture treatments once a week for the last 6 weeks. I see an internist who is also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He says have heat in my liver and heart. TCM cannot be looked how we view western medicine. In referring to the organs, one cannot look at each organ as individual or separate from the system as a whole.
I devour all the available information I can find on TCM, both from my Dr and online, but I'm not good at explaining. I am a believer on this way of healing the body, for sure! I have suffered from severe, debilitating anxiety for 20+ years and taken all kinds of meds as well as abused illicit drugs in the past to alleviate the affects of anxiety on me. In my 1st session of acupuncture, I felt more calm and soothed than ANY drug has ever made me feel. This calm lasted for at least 6 hrs post session (which lasted 1 hr), and the rest of the week, my anxiety was lessened to about a 4 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being worst ever. Previous to acupuncture, I was at an 8 on a normal basis.
As far as the effect of acupuncture on acne: it is very hard to tell. I began taking supplements at around the same time; supplements that have cleared others 100%. I began a new, gentler skin care regimen at the same time, and changed my diet. I am happy to say that I am 100% clear of ANY and ALL acne today. I get a little pimple here & there, but that's nothing I can't handle. I have been afflicted with acne, ranging from mild to severe, for 20+ years. I've done 2 rounds of accutane in my 20's, tried every OTC product, prescription, antibiotic, BC pill, lasers, peels, diets, vitamins, etc. I've spent thousands of dollars on treatments from my derm & the plastic surgeon, all this and I still had severe acne at 35.
My skin wasn't this clear during or after accutane. Now after 2+ months of these lifestyle changes, I have almost no scars, and my skin GLOWS! Not like bright red, or pink or a weird color; it is a normal skin color with a luminous glow. I have to give credit to all the changes I've made in my life for how my skin has transformed. I am in a much calmer state on a consistent basis. I eat well, I take supplements, I exercise, I meditate daily, I get acupuncture weekly, I take care of my skin. I may have done all these things in the past, but never consistently or simultaneously. The body is an integrated SYSTEM. The skin is the largest filter in this system. If one part of the system is out of sync, all parts are affected. If all parts are working in harmony, the skin will reflect it. Lol, sorry, my mom is a hippie and I was raised amongst hippies.
Ask me any questions. I apologize if I wasn't clear in my explanation. It is difficult for me to give an intro course to TCM, both as a beginner and in a few paragraphs. if you have a specific question, it will be easier for me to explain.


#3349776 Lightening The Skin?

Posted by 3lilpigs on 19 May 2013 - 11:42 AM

Check out the Garden of Wisdom website. The products for skin lightening are great. I have been using Light & Bright amped up serum to lighten my pih & scars from acne as well as discoloration from BP. I have been using the product for several weeks and the hundreds of pink, brown & red spots are almost invisible now. Also, my face color has lightened up to the same color as my neck. I am only promoting this product because personally, I found it works. It's a bit pricey, but I've spent so much money on my skin, using a product that works fast, doesn't clog my pores, irritate my sensitive skin or break out my acne prone, easily clogged pores...priceless! It's all natural, no hydroquinone (cancer causing skin lightener).