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#3472032 Help A Man Out! Photos Attached

Posted by paigems on 17 February 2015 - 07:41 PM

Run the products you use of your face through cosdna (a website). Most likely the products you're using on your face are causing you acne.

#3471616 Acne Friendly Foundations?

Posted by paigems on 14 February 2015 - 12:19 PM

The only one I can really use is Meow Cosmetics Purrfect Puss. It's a mineral makeup.

#3471611 Supplementing

Posted by paigems on 14 February 2015 - 12:10 PM

It's safe, but it's really an individual thing as to whether it will clear up your acne. For example, fish oil and multivitamins break me out, but for some they are fine and may even help.

#3471572 Oily Skin Regimen -- 90% Clear

Posted by paigems on 13 February 2015 - 10:56 PM

I'm glad you found something that works for you. This routine would not work for me, though I'd probably have really bad acne if I followed it.

#3470909 Allergic Reaction? Please Help :(

Posted by paigems on 08 February 2015 - 02:26 PM

NP! One time I tried a mandelic peel and my face turned red and puffed up like a chipmunk. Then benadryl helped.

#3470522 Decision Time - Do I Take Accutane For My Moderate Acne?

Posted by paigems on 04 February 2015 - 10:26 PM

Thanks so much for your responses - hearing others' experiences really helps!


Have you tried spiro? I'd try that before accutane.


I have not tried spiro yet. I asked my dermatologist if I could. My acne is heavily focused on my lower cheeks, neck, and jawline, which I read is often related to hormones. However, my acne is bad all the time, I don't really notice a difference at my periods.  My derm said that means my acne is probably not hormonal and that spiro won't help (though he was still willing to write a script for me if I wanted it)

Do you think it's still worth trying?

Yes, I think it's still worth trying. My acne is hormonal and it does not have the typical jawline/chin look. Spiro helps me a lot, but I get too many side effects from it. I know many people who don't get side effects from it, though.

#3470468 Thought I Was In The Clear.. I Was Horribly Wrong.

Posted by paigems on 04 February 2015 - 02:04 PM



What did you do when you came off to help your acne? Did you get back on the pill? 

Yes, I had to get back on the pill. The pill alone does not clear me, though. It just helps. I have to watch what I eat and what I put on my skin to keep it looking decent.

#3470445 Thought I Was In The Clear.. I Was Horribly Wrong.

Posted by paigems on 04 February 2015 - 11:25 AM

I am sorry :( The same thing happened to me when I stopped taking the pill. Unfortunately, it can take a few months for your skin to calm down. Ortho cyclen is a good pill, though. It's better than loestrin I think.

#3466499 Paige's Stop Picking Log

Posted by paigems on 03 January 2015 - 09:44 PM

Hey guys! I have sort of fallen off the no picking bandwagon lately because I got a skin fungal infection due to a bunch of antibiotics I've been on for recent medical issues. The fungal infection has caused a bunch of itchy pustules (like whiteheads) on my legs, chest, back, and even on my face. It's not that bad, but it has been bad enough that it has interfered with my no picking efforts. I have a derm appointment on Monday and hopefully it'll start clearing up shortly after that. Overall I am still picking much less than I was before. I've also been regularly doing TCA peels and I think they give me incentive not to pick because if I destroy my face with a picking session I can't do a TCA peel. The peels also really help with clogs.


Jane3, it is really great to hear that you went a week only picking slightly! Think of that as a positive thing!

#3465314 Paige's Stop Picking Log

Posted by paigems on 25 December 2014 - 11:57 AM

Merry Christmas! I've been picking a lot lately, mostly because of stress. I had an appendectomy and colon resection back in september/october and I'm having some complications from that which has been very stressful for me. I also have not been able to exercise which causes me to have some build up nervous energy. When you guys feel like picking you should try exercising instead! It helps me,


Sooo....today will have to be day one for me again too.

#3464930 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by paigems on 22 December 2014 - 01:59 PM

I came back home for christmas in the middle of one of the worst breakouts ive had in the last couple months. My chin looks inflammed and it hurts, yet all the people is telling me that i look way more handsome now than i did in the summer. And i am not talking about my grandma telling me im the most handsome boy in the world, im talking about friends, acquitances...


I guess its because i gained 4 kg (i was quite skinny) and i my new hairstyle suits me better and etc


I feel quite ugly right now because of my breakout, but nobody seems to notice my acne. Im the only person who notices my pimples, and it doesnt surprise me. I remember a year ago when i had porcelain skin, i never cared about people's acne, so why would clear people care about my acne now


Do you have acne because you deserve it?


What kind of question is that. No one deserves acne.

#3464615 Paige's Stop Picking Log

Posted by paigems on 20 December 2014 - 11:50 AM

I'm glad to see so many people are also trying to stop picking! I wound up in the hospital a few nights ago, and that's the reason for my lack of updates. I almost went back last night because of some pain I was having. Thankfully, I didn't have to, but when I was in pain last night I picked at my face :( It doesn't look that bad, but I am so mad at myself because I went so long only picking at my nose a little! Oh well. I'll be starting again with you guys. Today is day 1.

#3463632 New anti sebum drug: MTC896

Posted by paigems on 12 December 2014 - 10:30 AM


you guys should really look into ditching the meds and actually CURING your acne naturally. get tests done for food sensitivities, gut health, and anything else.


It's the problem of the BODY, not of pills and topicals. so you gotta heal, not treat.

This does not necessarily work for everyone's acne. Even when it does work for acne, it does not necessarily always help oily skin.

Yeah.  I apologize.  I should've known better than to push my cure on everyone.  

Well I'm glad at least it's a cure for you! It definitely helps me, but it's not a total cure.

#3463045 First Time Tca Peel Strength

Posted by paigems on 07 December 2014 - 08:56 PM

This is such a coincidence because I just got the 15% TCA peel from skin obsession and did my first peel on Friday. I diluted it to 8% and wound up applying 2 layers because they first layer didn't feel like much to me. My skin is used to glycolic peels, though. A few days after the peel my skin just feels dry. I'll probably get a few flakes, but I don't think my skin will peel off in sheets like with a deeper TCA peel. I think it's best to start slow and work your way up. Better to be safe than sorry!

#3463003 I'm On Day 75 And Still Breaking Out

Posted by paigems on 07 December 2014 - 01:25 PM

When I missed a week of birth control pills once my skin went crazy! It could very well be that. Even if it's not, though, I still wouldn't worry too much. I've read about some people not clearing until the last month or so. I think I still had some big pimples at the point you're at. I know my friend definitely does too. He's still getting cysts.