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#3475612 Cystic Acne Back 3 Weeks After Accutane Course Ended

Posted by gkitten25 on 23 March 2015 - 04:34 AM

I too need to take the pill to control my hormonal acne, it's a small price to pay.  I've used the time on the pill to focus on my skin care regimen and finding topicals that help my skin.  I am hoping that when I come off the pill to have a family my topical regimen will see me through the worst of it and if I'm blessed to have a child then I'll be straight back on the pill once they are born, assuming my skin flares up, it might not I suppose.  Being on the pill has totally cleared my skin up so it's been easier to stick to a topical regimen, finding what works best with my skin, and I'm hoping that this consistency with my skincare will help when I need to come off the pill.  Don't get me wrong I think my topical regimen helped clear me up as well but the pill really helped with the hormonal flare ups.


Good luck in whatever you choose.

#3472651 Come With Me On My Subcision Expedition

Posted by gkitten25 on 24 February 2015 - 04:33 AM

Thank you for posting your journey and sharing it with us.  I have looked at subscion a couple of times but a bit nervous about the procedure, some of the before an after pictures on the net are so unreliable so it's great to follow real persons journey and honest opinion on the procedure.  I think 3 days is still fairly earlier, it will probably be the best part of a week before any swelling should noticeably reduce, stay strong and keep doing what your doing.  I would add any other treatments like suction in at the moment, let your skin heal from the subscision first. Remember that healing collagen formation can take time, months even so you may see your results getting better over time.  You're very pretty and seem like a lovely person, wishing you all the best

#3471131 Just Did Subcision :)

Posted by gkitten25 on 10 February 2015 - 09:57 AM

I think there is definite improvement, I would continue with the subcicion at the recommendation of your dermatologist, maybe hold off on the suction method, you seem to be getting good results from subicion you don't want to do too much at once.  Congratulations, we are our own worst critic and sometimes can't see how far we have come but I would say your results are looking great

#3466450 *skin Update W/ Photos* But Still Need Assistance

Posted by gkitten25 on 03 January 2015 - 02:51 PM

Your skin is looking great, keep doing what you're doing. Time and sticking to your regimen will gradually fade your marks, especially the retin a, don't rush in to anything the best thing is time, I know it's frustrating but your skin looks great and we are our own worst critics 

#3461535 Weird Bump On Cheek Lasting Forever. Will It Go?

Posted by gkitten25 on 26 November 2014 - 05:36 AM

Hey, I had something similar after a really deep cyst on my cheek, the lump left over wasn't painful but I could feel it and it was red and slightly raised.  I found using a retinoid cream (differin) and incorporating some gentle aha's into my routine helped to exfoliate my skin and gradually the redness and lump have went away.  Massaging the area also helped, every night for a couple of minutes with gentle pressure, as if trying to flatten it out when I applied differin at night. Read up on massage for cysts or scar tissue it can help your body to break down the scar tissue and reabsorb it.  It did take me pretty much a year for it to completely go but it got better and better over time, good luck xx

#3454918 Subcision~ My Journey So Far~

Posted by gkitten25 on 07 October 2014 - 07:23 AM

You can definitely see improvement, especially in your right cheek, it looks much less red and your scarring seems to have smoothed out a lot, a bit harder to see the left pic, but going by the right one it looks like everything is going in the right direction!  Have you been happy with your results so far?  A lot of people don't follow up after their treatment or don't get the results that they wanted so it would be good to hear a story with a happy ending :)

#3444667 Need Some Reassurance Or Something.

Posted by gkitten25 on 31 July 2014 - 04:34 PM

I feel bad since I said how much I like the priori cleanser, but I do know that at first when I used it along with differin I was pretty red and irritated too, it took about 3 months for some of the clogged pores on my chin to come to a head and then finally go, the one thing that really helps is lots of moisturiser afterwards. I know it's a long slog, but it was the bp that had caused my skin to get so clogged in the first place, I had never experience acne like that, I had just started using BP for hormonal spots at my periods but it left me with rough skin and when I came off it all my pores seemed to clog and get inflamed, it took the differin month to clear them out, I guess what I am saying is that it might be purging or maybe the aha and bp combo are too drying and irritating for your skin. I really wish I could make this all go away, I know these feelings all too well!  If you have any savings or spare cash and want to see a dermatologist sooner, I booked a consultation at a nuffield clinic, it was an experienced nhs dermatologist  that I seen and his prescription was still free on the nhs, it cost me £100.00 for the consultation but was totally money well spent.if the thought of waiting is stressing you out too much. Honestly your acne is so not bad at all, you dont have any scars or deep cystic acne, once you find the right treatment combination you will probably notice a difference so quickly! stay strong, you've got through this before and you will again! these things are sent to try us xx

#3443123 Cyst On Cheek For Over A Year...

Posted by gkitten25 on 24 July 2014 - 06:37 AM

Hey, I can only really tell you what  I have been doing to reduce the redness, which is still there but much less and with a dot of concealor you can't see it.  It has taken time, I don't do anything harsh, I've used differin for about a year, which control my acne and also helps with red marks.  I also use an aha cleanser a few times a week and a salicylic acid serum during the day, these things sound harsh but the serum is really gentle and I make sure that my skincare routine is gentle and always wear an spf during the day.  I don't know if you looked in to the massage therapy but it did help reduce my scar tissue a lot, just a little pressure for about ten minutes at night.   I hope this helps. 

#3442942 A Warning About Antidepressants

Posted by gkitten25 on 23 July 2014 - 08:47 AM

I'm sorry to hear that. I have been on Setraline for about six months and it has made such a difference to my life, I feel normal again.  I'm only on 10mg and I also take birth control and have used differin now for a year to control my acne.  I haven't found sertraline to have made my acne worse, although my acne was gone by time I took setraline, I still had some hyperpigmentation and shallow scarring and I actually found once I started to feel better mentally my hyperpigmentation and redness started to clear up a lot quicker and I felt much less stressed, my skin has just got better each month and I can live my life again.  I think it is about finding what is right for you, trial and error. x

#3440317 Cyst On Cheek For Over A Year...

Posted by gkitten25 on 09 July 2014 - 07:06 AM

Hey, not too sure since I can see what you mean but I had a really bad cyst on my cheek which lasted for months.  Once it went down there was still a red mark and I could feel a lump under my skin.  My dermatologist said that it could be the 'sack' that held the content of the cyst (gross I know) or it could be scar tissue under the skin, he said that it in either case it could resolve on it's own but that it wasn't noticeable for removal.  Here I am about a year later and only I know it's there, if I push really hard washing my face I can feel a small lump and there is a slight red mark there.  But the good news, it has went down a lot! And actually you can't even see it, and even the lump I could feel when washing my face has went down, most times I forget it's there.  I'm pretty sure that it is scar tissue, but I have found that using differin and also massaging it has helped, if you read up on massage therapy for raised scars there is a lot of information and at the least it wont do you any harm, but it really helped me out, and like I said it's pretty much non existent now but at first I was kinda freak out as well.  I hope this helps :)

#3432033 Starting The Regimen Day 1 Completed

Posted by gkitten25 on 16 May 2014 - 07:26 PM

Dont give up.  If you find the topical route isn't keeping you clear then treating the underlying hormonal problem is the best way forward.  I have found birth control and topical treatment to be a good combination, but give things time to work before considering accutane, not that I disagree with it, I really dont and if I needed to I would take it, but hormonal treatments take a while to work.  All acne is due to some sort of imbalance or sensitivity to hormone levels, I think they spiro will work well for you ;)  we're all here to support each other.

#3429178 A Good Sunscreen

Posted by gkitten25 on 29 April 2014 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for these :)..I already have the regenerist spf 30, it's a little bit heavy for everyday use for me just now.  Going to check out those shisheido ones just now :) spf 42 would still be fine for me, just looking for that little big extra.


Thanks again guys!

#3423667 Acne Cyst For Over Three Years. What To Do?

Posted by gkitten25 on 01 April 2014 - 06:27 AM



From what I know about cysts I think that when you get a pretty big one that is deep under the skin it is enclosed almost like it is in a sack.  Even when the inflammation goes down the sack tends to remain along with some scar tissue, if it has been there for a while, this makes it easy for the empty sack to get re infected and really the only way to remove completely is to have the sack that held the cyst taken out, but even then I have heard of people having recurring cysts.  This all sounds quite dramatic and having surgery isn't the only option, in fact it's the last option.  I had a bad cystic outbreak about a year a go, I had one cyst that would not budge for months and ended up creating smaller cysts near by that seemed to be connected (my dermatologist says that this is a sinus tract and it is the same sort of thing, it remain when the inflammation is gone).  It honestly took about six months for the inflammation to go down and then I could still feel lumps under my skin when I washed my face.  My dermatologist said that this was likely the sack left over or some scar tissue.  Since then I have been using differin once a day and got my acne under control, gradually the lumps I can feel under my skin have gone away, the dermatologist did say that the scar tissue or sack can dissolve in time on its own or basically reduce to nothing, which I hope is what has happened in my case.  Sorry this was so long winded, what I'm trying to say is, your not alone, it's quite common and if I was you I would find a regimen to get your breakouts under control and with time the cyst and anything it leaves behind should settle down.  I do think that a retinoid can help, I use differin which is very mild but it clears our your pores are helps to resurface your skin, so there is less chance of your pores becoming blocked and the cysts flaring up again, it also helps with the texture and any raised scar that the cyst might leave behind.  Once the cysts is no longer infected, massage is a great technique to help with any raised scar or if you still find it has left a bit of a lump.  I hope this help...don't worry it will get better :)

#3405138 My Girlfriend Is About To Give Up.

Posted by gkitten25 on 02 January 2014 - 05:16 PM

Hey, I know it always isn't the best thing to say, but it really does look mild, I would say her skin looks more dry and irritated rather than full blown acne.  Maybe all the harsh treatments before are to blame, but her skin tone is nice and she doesn't look like she has any scars at all so once she finds a routine that works she will have lovely skin.  I can only speak from personal experience what has worked for me.  I have been using differin now for six months, I know it can be drying, but maybe reducing use to a few nights a week or moisturising afterwards might help.  I also stopped using harsh soap cleanser and I use a cream cleanser instead and make sure to use lots of moisturiser (something nourishing that wont break you out).  I have also been taking birth control, has your girlfriend tried this?  Different pills work in different ways, so if she is on one maybe it is the wrong type?  I would say the main thing would be switching to a skin care routine for sensitive skin, gentle products and an acne cream like differin or dans regimen only in moderation or every other night.  It has taken me a good six months to really see improvement so it is important to stick to a regimen unless it is cause your skin to look worse or flare up.  I hope this helps, and it's such a nice thing to do to help your girlfriend out.