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paigems

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#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.




#3448715 My 30 Day Challenge- No Picking Face. This Time For Real

Posted by paigems on 23 August 2014 - 10:52 PM

sooner or later u gonna relapse friend 100% and then u gonna go picking cray all ova yer face n b back with red ass face again 



anyway

Why are you being so negative? Seriously, if you don't have anything helpful to say, then just don't say anything.




#3446776 Summing Up My Yaz Journey - To Worse, To Better, To Worse Again?

Posted by paigems on 11 August 2014 - 09:42 PM

Yaz and Yasmin clear me completely, but when I go off of them my skin goes crazy and becomes worse than it was before I started. After this happens it can take a long time for it to balance out for me. The first time I came off yasmin my acne got so bad I decided to take accutane. When my acne started coming back 2 years after taking accutane I decided to try yaz. I got off yaz because it makes my hair fall out (so does yasmin and spiro) and my skin became worse than ever. Every single pore on my face was clogged. Before taking the yaz just my nose and a few cheek pores were clogged. My skin has calmed down since then, but it took a long time, maybe over a year. I'm still clogged, but I don't think it's from that rebound breakout from yaz anymore. I think I just need to try other hormonal treatments or accutane again to help with that. Anyway, my point is that stopping the pill and restarting the pill could have messed up your hormones and they could take a long time to reregulate. You could also consider switching to yasmin which I've heard clears many up better than yaz (probably because of the higher estrogen). Spiro is great too if you can tolerate it, and it sounds like you probably will be able to since you don't sound like you're having any crazy side effects from yaz and yasmin which I was having. Just remain hopeful! I know it's hard. I'm about to try Belara (an anti-androgen birth control pill similar to yasmin), and just waiting for my next month of pills to start in two weeks feels like an eternity. Then there's the whole waiting 6 months for my hormones to regulate thing, and that's even harder. I understand. Just don't give up.




#3446580 Acne Was Cured. No Accutane!

Posted by paigems on 10 August 2014 - 08:35 PM

 

Ok, I found my labs from last year. I had some done this year, but I think last year's might be more indicative of what's been going on. Let me know if you want me to post the range. All were within "normal", but normal is so broadly defined that it's not that useful. Also, these results are from blood tests, taken only once during my cycle. 

 

Total testosterone: 45 ng/dL

Free testosterone: 2.9

Bioavailable testosterone: 6.2

Sex hormone binding globulin: 67 nmol/L 

Albumin, serum: 4.6

DHEA: 963

17-Hydroprogesterone: 38

TSH: 1.45

LH: 8.0

FSH: 6.2

 

BLOOD COUNT:

WBCs: 5.0

RDW: 12.9

Platelets: 231

Lymphocytes: 32

RBC's: 3.9 (this was 0.1 below the normal range)

Hemoglobin: 12.3 

hematocrit: 39

MCV: 99

MCH: 32

Granulocytes: 63

Mononuclears: 5

 

Notes: 2+ macrocytes ---> Doctor said I have macrocytic anemia. 

I also have PCOS.

 

Thoughts??? 

Even though your testosterone and DHEA were normal, I think they might be on the high end of normal. My testosterone was 69, dropped to 30, and then finally to 13. My doctor finally said I "was in the girly range" when I went below 20.




#3446570 Hit The Road Jack................

Posted by paigems on 10 August 2014 - 07:57 PM

Yay, you made a log! I hope spiro will work for you! I know waiting can be tough. Right now I'm waiting to start my next month of birth control pills so I can switch to belara (a pill with an anti-androgen like spiro, but not quite the same). It's just two weeks away, but it feels like an eternity! And then there's the whole "hormones take so damn long to regulate" thing. If you don't see success on spiro within the first few months don't lose hope. It took me over 6 months to clear on spiro, but when I cleared I CLEARED. It was like I was on accutane without the yucky flushed face and dry lips. Be patient and I will try to be too :)




#3446108 Want To Take Spiro But Pregnant. Is It Safe? Any Advice?

Posted by paigems on 07 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

No, you cannot take spiro while you're pregnant.




#3444257 Bha ( Salicylic Acid )

Posted by paigems on 29 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

Paula's choice has a lotion.




#3442148 More People Should Document Their Journey

Posted by paigems on 18 July 2014 - 05:25 PM

I started a log but I haven't updated it much lately because my skin has been causing me anxiety lately. I think I will start updating it again, though :)




#3441762 My Skin Is Causing Me A Lot Of Anxiety

Posted by paigems on 16 July 2014 - 07:08 PM

I just need to vent a bit guys. I don't usually post in this section of the forums, but I'm not sure why since I suffer from an anxiety disorder which is severely exacerbated by my skin issues. Anyways, lately my skin has been breaking out badly and I've started to scar a bit. All my scars right now are very shallow, but I'm having a very "I'm scarred for life, I look ugly, and the world is ending attitude." I have never had to deal with scars before and I feel like my new little ones are pushing my anxiety to the limit. Can you guys please offer me some reassurance or words of wisdom? I don't want to feel like I'm going to be scarred and ugly forever, but right now I can't help but feel that way.




#3440634 If My Diet Is So Great, Why Isn't My Skin Great?

Posted by paigems on 10 July 2014 - 02:38 PM

My diet has been great for a long time now. I eat a ton of fruits and veggies. I avoid wheat, sugar, and animal products. I don't eat vegetable oils or any oils for that matter. I eat good fats (cashews and avocado) and some gluten free whole grains like oatmeal. My skin is still sooo clogged up and lately it has been very oily. It was like this before I eliminated meat too. I exercise, get enough sleep, my vitamin D is not low. My stress levels could be lower, but I have an anxiety disorder so it's never going to be perfect. Why is what I'm doing not good enough to have clear skin?