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#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.

#3462959 Paige's Stop Picking Log

Posted by paigems on 06 December 2014 - 11:56 PM

Despite the lack of updates lately (was sick and busy with work), I'm still going strong! Today is day 13! That's officially the longest I've gone without picking! I have definitely been tempted to pick, but I've been able to resist. What has helped me the most is not getting very close to the mirror and using dim lighting. I've had a few small spots crop up, but thankfully they have seemed to go away quickly. My nose is actually the hardest thing for me to not pick. I have lots of blackheads/ sebaceous filaments in my nose and they drive me crazy. I feel like they look so gross and other people can see them so I get tempted to squeeze them out so my nose is more "presentable." I haven't done this in 13 days, though, and it has definitely been a challenge. My initial goal was to get past day 11 which was my previous record. I think my new goal will be one month.

#3461311 "scratches" Appearing On Face While On Accutane? *pics*

Posted by paigems on 24 November 2014 - 04:16 PM

I had this when I was on accutane. I scratched my face at night and I guess my skin was just so sensitive it left marks like that. Just leave them alone and they should heal.

#3455201 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by paigems on 08 October 2014 - 10:34 PM

Hi everyone...I've been MIA for over a month now, but now I'm back. I just want to say that if acne is your (and mine) biggest issue, then you will be fine. The reason I was absent from acne.org was because other life problems took up an enormous amount of energy and left me with no time to obsess about my skin. Which, in the end, was a positive thing because now I don't freak out if I get a breakout because I have bigger things to worry about. Not to say I'm not insecure at times, but I try to appreciate myself every day because if I don't, nobody will. 

In terms of practical advice, the best thing I did for myself these past couple of months was simplify my life. I removed things and situations that were causing me unnecessary stress, such as financial issues, and I have to say that a huge load has been lifted. Not only am I sleeping better, my skin is regaining its glow and my allergic reactions have lessened significantly (could also be due to the fact that I left the land of preservatives and GMOs).

So, my advice would be to try and simplify your life. Cut out unnecessary stress and toxic relationships....life is too short for that. 

I can totally relate to this! I was worrying so much about my skin and then I had to have an emergency appendectomy and now I'm having a second surgery for complications tomorrow. Of course I still am worrying about my skin, but there really are worse things that can happen to you.

#3454253 Indented Scars Do Disappear

Posted by paigems on 02 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

I've had some indents completely disappear as well. Thanks for sharing your experience :)

#3453620 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by paigems on 27 September 2014 - 09:34 PM

I may need to look into that as accutane is doing a number on me.  What were your side effects on Spiro?

I had to discontinue spiro because of side effects. I had extreme fatigue, dry mouth, and hair loss. Most people do not experience any more side effects than increased urination, though. Spiro was great for my acne. Cleared me completely.

#3451938 Pre-Roaccutane Regimen!

Posted by paigems on 13 September 2014 - 09:42 PM

Good luck with your new regimen! I'd try cutting dairy out of your diet too, if you haven't already

#3450104 Update And Photo's - Needling

Posted by paigems on 01 September 2014 - 04:09 PM

I see a difference as well! Also, I just have to say, you are so soo pretty! :)

#3449397 Skin Picking

Posted by paigems on 28 August 2014 - 12:20 PM

Yes, I do, but I have gotten much better at this lately. Some things I do that help:


-Don't look in the mirror, and if you have to, try to look in the mirror in dim lighting and with makeup or powder on.

-Don't touch your face. When you wash your face, only let a wash cloth touch it.

-Get some Nexcare acne patches and put them on big pimples that are ready to pop.

-Paint your nails or cut them really short. I actually have fake nails on right now which is helping me not pick.

-When you feel like picking, try to do something else like some stretches or something. 

-Tell yourself that your skin does not deserve to be picked at. Your skin deserves to be treated gently.

-Try to do something else with your hands or wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it when you feel like picking.

-Read books and forums about stopping picking.

-Keep a journal or log of your progress. Making a log on here is a great idea, because it can make you feel accountable.