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#3438317 Hormonal Adult Acne Must-Read (Long Post)

Posted by frenchie86 on 27 June 2014 - 09:04 PM

Hey guys,
This is my story...
I'm 27 and I have been battling acne since about age 20 (came out of nowhere although I suspect stress or genes or stopping birth control).
I would get spots every now and again (very mild, like any other person) but also very big, red, painful cysts and those were the problem.
They didn't cover my face, I'd get about one a month or so but they were so unsightly, PAINFUL, impossible to cover up and I'd always pick at them until I'd get a huge scab!
Anyway they'd come monthly or so, so I could live with that, even if very frustrating/depressing.
However last year I had anorexia for a few months after a very stressful time and lost loads of weight, I also started exercising excessively. My period stopped.
Then came the proper acne, I was covered, it was awful, I'd breakout daily without fail and my confidence was at an all time low, so bad that I wouldn't socialise anymore and started self harming.
Fast forward a year and I'm completely clear and happy again!
This is what happened:
At first I tried topicals (prescription and over the counter), antibiotics, changes in diet, putting on weight, stopping exercising, relaxation, you name it. Nothing worked, I started considering accutane although I was reluctant and would only take it as a last resort.
Dianette (which is a birth control pill) saved my life. I honestly had no hope and was so completely depressed, even suicidal, started taking it in mid-September 2013 and now a year on I'm completely clear. I didn't start seeing real results until around January, so about 4-5 months into treatment.
I also have a easy but strict skin care routine which has worked for me.
I don't wash my skin (too harsh), I use a salicylic acid based toner upon waking up (applied with cotton wool), then apply LaRoche Posay's Effaclar Duo on my problem areas (honestly best product out there in my opinion and many agree), I do not use any kind of makeup on my problem areas (for me that is my chin, upper lip and around my mouth), and when u want to cover any redness or a small blemish I use Witch's liquid concealer which treats the skin as it covers the imperfection. It is oil free and very gentle - truly amazing.
I never touch my skin during the day.
At night I remove makeup with Simple's cleansing lotion, then apply the salicylic acid based toner again and put a dab of Effaclar duo on my problem areas again. And voila!
I haven't had a single spot in months.

Here are things I've learned whilst dealing with hormonal acne (NB: worked for me, might work for you, might not):
FOOD HAS ZERO IMPACT ON HORMONAL ACNE! Most dermatologists will tell you this too. Ok sure eating a good, balanced diet rich in vegetables will give you a nice glow and will help heal lesions faster but it will not help acne in any way.
DO NOT USE HARSH TOPICALS ON YOUR SKIN! Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Epiduo, that stuff won't work if your acne is hormonal, mine was made so much worse, irritated my skin too.
YOUR ACNE MIGHT STILL BE HORMONAL EVEN IF YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE NORMAL IN A BLOOD TEST! My acne clearly is hormonal as only a hormonal treatment (birth control) worked. However several blood tests showed all my hormone levels to be normal.
NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES ABOUT YOUR ACNE HALF AS MUCH AS YOU DO! Ok this is no real comfort when you have acne but trust me on this. Also you can find love and be fancied with acne. I got with my ex when my acne was at it's worst and that's when he fell in love with me, he couldn't have cared less about my acne. We have split up since after 1 year together but I ended the relationship.
DONT PICK YOUR SKIN! Easier said than done but it's honestly the worst thing you can do, nothing good comes out if this, ever.
DONT MIRROR-CHECK! It's very time consuming and reminding yourself you have acne every half an hour will not make you feel better, will it? It will make you worse.
PEOPLE WHO SAY MEAN OR INSENSITIVE THINGS ARE ASSHOLES! Period.
YOURE NOT ALONE! This website was a tremendous help when my acne was at it's worst and I made some great friends too!!!
IT WONT LAST FOREVER! I honestly thought it'd never go away, I was at my wit's end, but then something works. It does happen and will happen to you! In the meantime, read, watch movies, enjoy spending time in nature or with animals. Most humans are so disappointing, you're not missing much and anyway once you feel at ease socially, you'll make up for lost time (although to me, spending time alone reflecting and learning is never "lost time").
STAY POSITIVE! Smile, even when you're dying inside, do things you enjoy even if you don't feel like it, see friends who you know love you and confide in them, never lose hope. I know how challenging and awful acne is but it won't last forever.
GO ON BIRTH CONTROL AND STICK WITH IT FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!!! If you have hormonal acne, try birth control, after all it has helped millions of women! But don't expect it to work overnight, again it took nearly six months to work for me and it did get worse before it got better!

I hope all this was useful to you!
Good luck and take care of yourselves.
Lizzie


#3438316 Adult Hormonal Acne Must-Read (Long Post)

Posted by frenchie86 on 27 June 2014 - 09:03 PM

Hey guys,
This is my story...
I'm 27 and I have been battling acne since about age 20 (came out of nowhere although I suspect stress or genes or stopping birth control).
I would get spots every now and again (very mild, like any other person) but also very big, red, painful cysts and those were the problem.
They didn't cover my face, I'd get about one a month or so but they were so unsightly, PAINFUL, impossible to cover up and I'd always pick at them until I'd get a huge scab!
Anyway they'd come monthly or so, so I could live with that, even if very frustrating/depressing.
However last year I had anorexia for a few months after a very stressful time and lost loads of weight, I also started exercising excessively. My period stopped.
Then came the proper acne, I was covered, it was awful, I'd breakout daily without fail and my confidence was at an all time low, so bad that I wouldn't socialise anymore and started self harming.
Fast forward a year and I'm completely clear and happy again!
This is what happened:
At first I tried topicals (prescription and over the counter), antibiotics, changes in diet, putting on weight, stopping exercising, relaxation, you name it. Nothing worked, I started considering accutane although I was reluctant and would only take it as a last resort.
Dianette (which is a birth control pill) saved my life. I honestly had no hope and was so completely depressed, even suicidal, started taking it in mid-September 2013 and now a year on I'm completely clear. I didn't start seeing real results until around January, so about 4-5 months into treatment.
I also have a easy but strict skin care routine which has worked for me.
I don't wash my skin (too harsh), I use a salicylic acid based toner upon waking up (applied with cotton wool), then apply LaRoche Posay's Effaclar Duo on my problem areas (honestly best product out there in my opinion and many agree), I do not use any kind of makeup on my problem areas (for me that is my chin, upper lip and around my mouth), and when u want to cover any redness or a small blemish I use Witch's liquid concealer which treats the skin as it covers the imperfection. It is oil free and very gentle - truly amazing.
I never touch my skin during the day.
At night I remove makeup with Simple's cleansing lotion, then apply the salicylic acid based toner again and put a dab of Effaclar duo on my problem areas again. And voila!
I haven't had a single spot in months.

Here are things I've learned whilst dealing with hormonal acne (NB: worked for me, might work for you, might not):
FOOD HAS ZERO IMPACT ON HORMONAL ACNE! Most dermatologists will tell you this too. Ok sure eating a good, balanced diet rich in vegetables will give you a nice glow and will help heal lesions faster but it will not help acne in any way.
DO NOT USE HARSH TOPICALS ON YOUR SKIN! Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Epiduo, that stuff won't work if your acne is hormonal, mine was made so much worse, irritated my skin too.
YOUR ACNE MIGHT STILL BE HORMONAL EVEN IF YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE NORMAL IN A BLOOD TEST! My acne clearly is hormonal as only a hormonal treatment (birth control) worked. However several blood tests showed all my hormone levels to be normal.
NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES ABOUT YOUR ACNE HALF AS MUCH AS YOU DO! Ok this is no real comfort when you have acne but trust me on this. Also you can find love and be fancied with acne. I got with my ex when my acne was at it's worst and that's when he fell in love with me, he couldn't have cared less about my acne. We have split up since after 1 year together but I ended the relationship.
DONT PICK YOUR SKIN! Easier said than done but it's honestly the worst thing you can do, nothing good comes out if this, ever.
DONT MIRROR-CHECK! It's very time consuming and reminding yourself you have acne every half an hour will not make you feel better, will it? It will make you worse.
PEOPLE WHO SAY MEAN OR INSENSITIVE THINGS ARE ASSHOLES! Period.
YOURE NOT ALONE! This website was a tremendous help when my acne was at it's worst and I made some great friends too!!!
IT WONT LAST FOREVER! I honestly thought it'd never go away, I was at my wit's end, but then something works. It does happen and will happen to you! In the meantime, read, watch movies, enjoy spending time in nature or with animals. Most humans are so disappointing, you're not missing much and anyway once you feel at ease socially, you'll make up for lost time (although to me, spending time alone reflecting and learning is never "lost time").
STAY POSITIVE! Smile, even when you're dying inside, do things you enjoy even if you don't feel like it, see friends who you know love you and confide in them, never lose hope. I know how challenging and awful acne is but it won't last forever.
GO ON BIRTH CONTROL AND STICK WITH IT FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!!! If you have hormonal acne, try birth control, after all it has helped millions of women! But don't expect it to work overnight, again it took nearly six months to work for me and it did get worse before it got better!

I hope all this was useful to you!
Good luck and take care of yourselves.
Lizzie


#3438315 Adult Hormonal Acne Must-Read (Long Post)

Posted by frenchie86 on 27 June 2014 - 08:55 PM

Hey guys,
This is my story...
I'm 27 and I have been battling acne since about age 20 (came out of nowhere although I suspect stress or genes or stopping birth control).
I would get spots every now and again (very mild, like any other person) but also very big, red, painful cysts and those were the problem.
They didn't cover my face, I'd get about one a month or so but they were so unsightly, PAINFUL, impossible to cover up and I'd always pick at them until I'd get a huge scab!
Anyway they'd come monthly or so, so I could live with that, even if very frustrating/depressing.
However last year I had anorexia for a few months after a very stressful time and lost loads of weight, I also started exercising excessively. My period stopped.
Then came the proper acne, I was covered, it was awful, I'd breakout daily without fail and my confidence was at an all time low, so bad that I wouldn't socialise anymore and started self harming.
Fast forward a year and I'm completely clear and happy again!
This is what happened:
At first I tried topicals (prescription and over the counter), antibiotics, changes in diet, putting on weight, stopping exercising, relaxation, you name it. Nothing worked, I started considering accutane although I was reluctant and would only take it as a last resort.
Dianette (which is a birth control pill) saved my life. I honestly had no hope and was so completely depressed, even suicidal, started taking it in mid-September 2013 and now a year on I'm completely clear. I didn't start seeing real results until around January, so about 4-5 months into treatment.
I also have a easy but strict skin care routine which has worked for me.
I don't wash my skin (too harsh), I use a salicylic acid based toner upon waking up (applied with cotton wool), then apply LaRoche Posay's Effaclar Duo on my problem areas (honestly best product out there in my opinion and many agree), I do not use any kind of makeup on my problem areas (for me that is my chin, upper lip and around my mouth), and when u want to cover any redness or a small blemish I use Witch's liquid concealer which treats the skin as it covers the imperfection. It is oil free and very gentle - truly amazing.
I never touch my skin during the day.
At night I remove makeup with Simple's cleansing lotion, then apply the salicylic acid based toner again and put a dab of Effaclar duo on my problem areas again. And voila!
I haven't had a single spot in months.

Here are things I've learned whilst dealing with hormonal acne (NB: worked for me, might work for you, might not):
FOOD HAS ZERO IMPACT ON HORMONAL ACNE! Most dermatologists will tell you this too. Ok sure eating a good, balanced diet rich in vegetables will give you a nice glow and will help heal lesions faster but it will not help acne in any way.
DO NOT USE HARSH TOPICALS ON YOUR SKIN! Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Epiduo, that stuff won't work if your acne is hormonal, mine was made so much worse, irritated my skin too.
YOUR ACNE MIGHT STILL BE HORMONAL EVEN IF YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE NORMAL IN A BLOOD TEST! My acne clearly is hormonal as only a hormonal treatment (birth control) worked. However several blood tests showed all my hormone levels to be normal.
NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES ABOUT YOUR ACNE HALF AS MUCH AS YOU DO! Ok this is no real comfort when you have acne but trust me on this. Also you can find love and be fancied with acne. I got with my ex when my acne was at it's worst and that's when he fell in love with me, he couldn't have cared less about my acne. We have split up since after 1 year together but I ended the relationship.
DONT PICK YOUR SKIN! Easier said than done but it's honestly the worst thing you can do, nothing good comes out if this, ever.
DONT MIRROR-CHECK! It's very time consuming and reminding yourself you have acne every half an hour will not make you feel better, will it? It will make you worse.
PEOPLE WHO SAY MEAN OR INSENSITIVE THINGS ARE ASSHOLES! Period.
YOURE NOT ALONE! This website was a tremendous help when my acne was at it's worst and I made some great friends too!!!
IT WONT LAST FOREVER! I honestly thought it'd never go away, I was at my wit's end, but then something works. It does happen and will happen to you! In the meantime, read, watch movies, enjoy spending time in nature or with animals. Most humans are so disappointing, you're not missing much and anyway once you feel at ease socially, you'll make up for lost time (although to me, spending time alone reflecting and learning is never "lost time").
STAY POSITIVE! Smile, even when you're dying inside, do things you enjoy even if you don't feel like it, see friends who you know love you and confide in them, never lose hope. I know how challenging and awful acne is but it won't last forever.
GO ON BIRTH CONTROL AND STICK WITH IT FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!!! If you have hormonal acne, try birth control, after all it has helped millions of women! But don't expect it to work overnight, again it took nearly six months to work for me and it did get worse before it got better!

I hope all this was useful to you!
Good luck and take care of yourselves.
Lizzie


#3438311 Depression

Posted by frenchie86 on 27 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

Are you on birth control? It totally cured my acne


#3436137 Effaclar

Posted by frenchie86 on 14 June 2014 - 06:49 AM

Hey guys
I'm 27 and unfortunately suffer from moderate acne and regularly get very painful acne cysts as well.
I'm currently on dianette which does help with oiliness and reduces breakout, I've been on it for 8 months and still get spots however but my skin has improved.
Today I bought 3 products from the LaRoche-Posay's Effaclar range, cleanser, their localised spot treatment and their effaclar duo cream.
I've used the spot treatment today and have already noticed my skin being calmer, less red and some spots seem to have dried a bit.
Any of you are using it or have in the past? What are your experiences?thank you


#3408705 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 18 January 2014 - 11:00 AM

Day 125

Still clear. No spots at all for well over a month :)
However my GP said I can only take Dianette for 6 more months :(
Until then I still won't go on accutane as I'm 100% clear.
I will only consider accutane if my acne returns post-dianette.


#3406181 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 07 January 2014 - 10:57 AM

Day 114

Still clear. I haven't had a problem for about 3 weeks now.
I am now menstruating for the first time since starting Dianette. Took my 7 day break at last and didn't break out.


#3403903 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 28 December 2013 - 03:00 AM

Day 104
Skin still perfect!
I think it's been at least 2 weeks since my last breakout :)
Very happy obviously, feeling so much more confident however still messed up from what I went through the past 5 months with acne.
Now I just really need to figure out what the plan is, I can only stay on dianette another 1 and half year and then what?
I hope other BCP will work on acne when I switch.
Decided not to go on accutane.
Happy new year everyone!
I might not update as often now?


#3403113 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 24 December 2013 - 12:24 AM

Day 100

It's Christmas Eve, my skin looks great and has done for over a week.
Still getting tiny red spots since stopping my antibiotics but not too bad, they are small but painful.
Just bummed out about having a big cold sore for Christmas but what can I do?
Gonna try to have a good time anyway.


#3402794 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 22 December 2013 - 05:42 AM

Day 98

I have a huge cold sore on my lip, obviously I'm really bummed out this is happening in time for Christmas but there's nothing I can do unfortunately. I am using Zovirax to treat it.
My skin has been looking great still, except for tiny red spots here and there. This could be because I stopped taking my antibiotics but I'll stick with my decision and wait a bit to see if I can manage without.
My skin has improved dramatically lately and I put it all down to dianette.
If my skin stays good in January I've decided not to take accutane. The potential side effects are very scary and since dianette is doing a good job I feel I'd rather try and deal with small breakouts than to take something like accutane. We will see.
I hope my cold sore subsides a bit by Christmas Eve/Christmas day, realistically it'll still be visible and not healed until around new year.


#3397916 3 Months On Dianette, Still Breaking Out

Posted by frenchie86 on 30 November 2013 - 12:05 PM

I WANT ACCUTAAAAANE!


#3396743 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 24 November 2013 - 02:46 AM

Day 70
My skin looks beautiful
Invested in a Dermablend concealer for my hyperpigmentation and scars yesterday


#3396264 Dianette Diary

Posted by frenchie86 on 21 November 2013 - 02:01 PM

Day 67
My skin is still holding up, looks and feels amazing.
I eat whatever I want, not using Differin, feeling happy, relaxed and confident.
I've managed to see friends I haven't seen in months this past week which is incredible.
I hope it just keeps improving, I just started my 4th pack, I've skipped the 7 day break as I broke out when I attempted to do it last month.


#3393484 Accutane Journey - Mild Acne

Posted by frenchie86 on 09 November 2013 - 08:35 AM

You don't have acne!!!


#3388700 :(

Posted by frenchie86 on 16 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

You're not alone, I feel your pain. I don't have a social life either these days. Wait it out, don't drop out. Find something you enjoy doing in your own time (and alone-if you don't feel like being with others) and find as much comfort in it that you can. Hugs!