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paigems

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#3489100 Help! Squeezed Too Hard - Tissue Slipped And Left A Huge Scab.

Posted by paigems on 23 July 2015 - 10:31 PM

I would just leave it alone. I find my scabs heal best if I leave them dry until the very end when they're about to fall off. When they feel like they're about to fall off I usually cover them with vaseline to try to get the scab to stay on there a few more days so it has extra time to heal.


#3489082 Is Acne Anyone Else's Dirty Little Secret?

Posted by paigems on 23 July 2015 - 08:37 PM

Hey leelowe!

I'm 24 and I've had acne since I was 12, so 12 years now. I get all kinds of acne (blackheads, white heads, big pustules, cysts, etc.) If I don't put things on my skin that clog me I usually only get black heads and some inflamed bumps every now and then. My skin never looks healthy if that makes sense, though.

I'm actually the opposite of you. I'm very open about my acne. My family knows, boyfriend, and even some of my friends. I talk to my family and boyfriend about it the most because I feel like I don't want to burden them with it. My family and boyfriend are very supportive. My boyfriend is probably the most supportive. He loves me even though I have problem skin and he's willing to listen to me talk about it if I ever feel like I need to. I feel like it helps to some degree, but in the end I don't want my acne to go away for anyone else but me. So when my boyfriend or family say I look fine I still just feel like it would go away so I could agree with them.


#3479825 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by paigems on 03 May 2015 - 08:16 PM

I'm feeling super frustrated tonight. I'm into my 4th month on accutane and my skin is not improving like it did in my last course. I still have quite a few blackheads and my skin is still getting oily. I'm getting a lot of anxiety because of this.


#3479116 3.5 Months Of Accutane- Acne Worse After Switching To Amnesteem

Posted by paigems on 26 April 2015 - 10:37 PM

My skin actually got better after switching to amnesteem and I have less side effects from it. Just because you have lost a side effect does not mean it's not working.


#3477926 [Pics] Depression And Roaccutane Log. (40Mg) (Could Use Support)

Posted by paigems on 14 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

I usually don't respond to threads like this because, although I can totally sympathize with them, I sometimes don't know what to say. Like you I struggle with the negative mental effects that acne can cause. I'm prone to anxiety and when my acne gets bad I get panic attacks. Sometimes I feel like I want to die because I feel so awful. I'm now taking accutane for the second time (I'm on month 4) and it's working again. Sometimes I still have bad days (and you will too), but we both have to remain hopeful. I hope your course goes well, and if you have any accutane questions feel free to ask me since I've already been through this once before.




#3476585 Help Spironolactone Side Effects?

Posted by paigems on 31 March 2015 - 10:57 PM

Side effects are the reason I had to stop taking spiro. I wouldn't give up on it just yet, but if you don't start feeling better after a few weeks then I'd reconsider whether you want to stay on the spiro.

 

Just for reference, the side effects I had on spiro were extreme fatigue, dry mouth, and hair loss.




#3476091 What Kind Of Scarring Do I Have?

Posted by paigems on 27 March 2015 - 10:16 AM

It just looks like hyperpigmentation to me. Try using some sort of aha on them (glycolic, lactic, mandelic). If you could buy some low strength peels that would probably work best. My facial skin is not very prone to hyperpigmentation, but the skin on my legs is. One I got a horrible rash from shaving and was left with red and purple hyperpigmentation that I thought would never go away. After using lactic acid for a few months it faded, thankfully.




#3476090 Has Anyone Experienced Noticeable Hair Loss On Spironolactone?

Posted by paigems on 27 March 2015 - 09:50 AM

Hi - I hope someone comes across my post since this thread is so old..but I am searching for answers...

 

Was prescribed Spiro (100 mgs) about two years ago and had great results about 5 months in. Just under a year of my initial start date I noticed my hair seemed different. Blood tests always came back normal. Finally another 6 months later I realized my hair really was thinning and brought it up to my Derm. He said it was stress. Well it kept thinning and I finally stopped taking Spiro in October since that was the only common denominator when it came to the timing of my hair loss. It's now March and I'm not seeing any changes. Did anyone who stopped Spiro because of hair loss have success with it growing back? How long did it take? 

 

Thank you so much for reading and responding I feel really lost and depressed about this. 

I had success regrowing my hair after spiro. I was on a very low dose (25mg) and it took 6 months or more for it to stop falling out. My hair is much thicker now.




#3475917 Diet Affects How Well My Skin Heals

Posted by paigems on 25 March 2015 - 06:39 PM

Over the past year I've realized just how much what I eat impacts how my skin heals. I thought I'd share with you guys what I have learned. This may not be new information to some people, but I think maybe it will at least help someone.

 

Last summer I was eating a completely vegan diet and my skin was healing really poorly. Pimples that would not usually scar were leaving indents and hyperpigmentation. Pimples were also healing very slowly. I eventually came to the realization that my poor healing was due to the lack of meat in my diet and I added some back in, though not a lot, and my healing went back to what I considered "normal."

 

Lately I have been eating a paleo diet (and incorporating bone broth) and my skin seems to suddenly have super healing capabilities. I had abdominal surgery semi-recently, and at a follow up appointment with my surgeon when he was checking on the several incisions on my stomach, he commented that I was healing "like wolverine." When I noticed that my skin was healing so well I damaged some of the old scarred skin by picking at it, and after it healed some the indents filled in and just left a little pink discoloration. I'm guessing I could achieve the same effect by needling or doing tca cross, but I just decided to pick at the old marks because it was easiest lol..

 

Anyway, my skin isn't perfect. I still have acne and some scars. I just thought I'd share what has been helping me.




#3474783 What's Wrong With The Website?

Posted by paigems on 16 March 2015 - 10:46 AM

The website looks off to me too. I can barely use it at all. It has been several day for me now. I've tried several different browsers and no luck.


#3473880 Vegan Diet For Quite A While, Still Not Clear

Posted by paigems on 06 March 2015 - 07:53 PM

Vegan diets don't work for everyone. Grain breads, pastas, and vegan junk food could be the reason for your lack of improvements.

 

Have you tried eating a low glycemic load diet?




#3472930 One Year With Hormonal Acne! Help , Please!

Posted by paigems on 26 February 2015 - 10:38 AM

If I were you I'd talk to your doctor about getting a typical birth control pill that helps acne like ortho tri-cyclen, yaz, zovia, etc.

 

Mint tea never really did anything for me. I think you'd get much better results from sleeping well, eating well (low glycemic impact diet), working out, and making sure you don't put anything comedogenic on your skin. In fact, I'd probably try doing these things before turning to birth control pills.




#3472928 Sugar & Acne

Posted by paigems on 26 February 2015 - 10:33 AM

A couple chocolate bars would a day would not be good for my skin or my health. I'd try reducing that to a few squares of quality dark chocolate a day if I was you.




#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.




#3471982 Extreme Caveman Regimen 2 Week Update (Advice Needed!)

Posted by paigems on 17 February 2015 - 12:43 PM

Filtered water has a neutral pH so I'm not sure how it would upset the skins pH. The only way I can think of this happening is if the water had something in it (hard water) that could be causing an issue. I have heard of some people who had issues with the water in their homes breaking them out and their skin improved by installing a filter.

 

Sometimes even natural things like honey can cause breakouts. Several natural things cause me to breakout like coconut oil, silica, etc.

 

If you'd like to try cleansing with an oil, it's best to do a patch test first to see if it will break you out. Pick a spot that is breakout prone, and only apply it to that spot for a week and see what happens. For me that spot would be right next to my nose. It really is hit and miss what oil works best for you. People say high linoleic oils like grapeseed, safflower. sunflower, and hemp work well for acne prone skin. All of these oils clogged my pores, though. I have had the best luck with meadowfoam seed oil and watermelon seed oil. I currently cleanse with just watermelon seed oil and if I'd dry I leave some on for moisture. What's good about cleansing with oils is that when you find one that works for you, you can massage them into your skin causing some of your clogs to just pop out because oil dissolves oil.