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#3476091 What Kind Of Scarring Do I Have?

Posted by paigems on Yesterday, 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.

#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.

#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.