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Accutane First Week

Hey guys! I just wanted to post an update on Accutane. I just started taking the meds this week and I am super excited!!!! I am on a dose of 40 mg a day, which I only take on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So I have only taken 3 pills, but omg the dryness really kicks in. Almost immediately my face started to start flaking and peeling. I look like I'm 60 years old with all the dry skin. I tend to get dry areas around my mouth and nose and around my nose. With the Accutane, I have dry skin pretty much all over, but now the dry areas are even more enhanced. I guess its time to buy a new moisturizer. I've also experienced more breakouts. I have 1 big zit type pimple on my left cheek which has been slowly getting smaller. I also have several smaller pimples on both cheeks. A strange thing was that I started developing acne on just the right half of my forehead. They are smaller whitehead type pimples, but they are still there. Anyway, that's all I have to say about Accutane for now. I haven't had any other side effects like sore joints or headaches or anything. I think i'll be posting weekly updates, just to keep it consistent. I also feel like this is an amazing way to vent any thoughts I have so far about the drug or anything else related to skin.

AcneSufferer5

AcneSufferer5

09/28/2013

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09/29/2013

 

The Regimen - Day 30

So it's been a month since starting Dans Regimen! And my skin has been really hectic to care for, its been oily, its been dry. It's been flakey, it's been tight. I had to add in Castor oil and Sweet Almond oil into my routine to keep my face moisturize and keep it from drying out. The castor oil has brought life back to my skin, it now has a 'dewy' finish instead of a dry matt look BP does. I still use jojoba oil but I find it just doesn't add enough moisture even if I add 10 drops of it to my moisturiser. Well I had to stop using BP for about 5 days because my skin just kept wanting to flake and I had enough of the tight feeling on my entire face. Also it got really red and sensitive from neglection and I thought I was getting allergic to BP but that wasn't the case.. I brought the oils and my face is just cooperating so well with me now! I can apply BP two times a day without not one bit of stinging or burning or irritation (unlike before) and my face just stays so well maintained. I have not yet added AHA into my moisturiser but I do use it on the days that I just can't find the time to do my BP routine in the mornings, and it acts really well as a..almost face primer? I don't really have a lot of options here in Australia and I don't really like online shopping on those sites like ebay and such as I have such bad luck when it comes to online shopping unless it comes direct from a retail website. I really want to add Dans AHA into my routine but I just really can't afford his postage so I really cannot wait until he fixes it all, because I am going to buy some of his BP as well! Really over this cream stuff... I have added in Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturising Lotion SPF30 and have removed Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser from me regimen because it was just really hurting my skin every time I used it, burning and made my face red. I might try to use it again some time again in the future in case it was because my skin was still getting used to the BP? But for now I will just stick to cetaphil products as they seem to love my skin. Also I was looking for another SPF because the Olay Complete Defence one kept balling up when I used it, But other than that I really love it! So I will definitely keep it in my cosmetics cupboard for other days. Well yeah thats my process so far, the past week has been really good ever since I added in castor oil and sweet almond oil I really would recommend those products to people experiencing the same effects.. Jojoba is great but just not enough by itself for me.

AmyyRose

AmyyRose

09/28/2013

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10/13/2013

 

O_O

I slept with my makeup on for the first time in MONTHS. So you can imagine the horror I felt waking up! But to my surprise.. clear face!!! I was thinking that Tarte's Amazonian full coverage makeup foundation was irritating my skin but now I think it's safe to wear. I won't do it ever again but it was great to see smooth skin this morning. I still have a few blemishes but they're not too terrible. I didn't use the BP last night so I'm thinking I should do it every other night to give my skin a break some days. I drink a TON of water and haven't been eating too sugary of foods (I'm a sucker for salty snacks ), avoiding dairy and gluten (as always), and plan to exercise more often to get that blood pumpin! I wish I had a workout partner though! Brazil Butt Lift just isn't the same alone hahaha. Wish me luck! x x Stephanie

stephzoars

stephzoars

09/27/2013

 

So It Begins...

I have no idea how to start this blog, never written one of these before! Have been stalking these forums for years but have been too chicken to write anything until now. Here's a bit about me I guess... I'm 24 and live in London with my boyfriend, my flatmate and my (new) very lovable bunny. I’m a teaching assistant in a special needs school (this is sounding like a job interview isn’t it…). I suppose I’m pretty average in a lot of ways, happy and easygoing. Apart from when it comes to my skin. I've had acne since I was 12, and at varying stages I can safely say it has taken over my life. It was at its worst at 15, where I had every centimetre of my face covered in pimples, papules, blackheads and bumps. It was also all over my back to ridiculous levels. It feels like I’ve tried almost every treatment available under the sun. Throughout the years I’ve tried countless over the counter washes, lotions and potions, and had a huge amount of topical treatments prescribed. (The ones I can remember): Duac gel (and cream), Retin-A (horrible!), differin, benxoyl peroxide of varying strengths, salicylic acid, the list goes on. I’ve also been on a bunch of antibiotics and pills. To list a few: lymecycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, yasmin. Finally when I was referred to a dermatologist the first time (aged 17) he prescribed Dianette as a last option before going on Roaccutane. Thankfully, this drug worked miracles for my skin. For three years I was on it happy as larry and my skin was beautiful. Unfortunately, because of the high risks of DVT, I was told it isn’t healthy to stay on it long term. I was forced to come off it, and every time I did my skin went crazy. I began to get large painful cysts along my jawline, which I had never had before, and got acne on my chest and neck in addition to my face and back. After each burst of 3 months being off Dianette I ran straight back to my GP to get me back on to it, and (to my utter joy) they did. This process repeated for about 2 and a half years, coming off Dianette after 6 months, having a break with my acne returning, then going back on the drug. I was finally told by a GP just under a year ago that I needed to try a longer break, and even I admitted that repeating this cycle was doing nothing to help my acne, or my confidence. Long story short, after having to repeat many of the topical and antibiotic treatments I have tried in the past (due to the fact, according to my GP, that my skin could react very differently to when I was a teenager – it didn’t!) I FINALLY got referred to a dermatologist again and was prescribed Roaccutane. Though admittedly I don’t have the severe acne I did when I was a teen, I still get moderate acne on my face, neck and chest, and get the odd cyst. Though my acne might not be considered ‘extreme’ it’s more the psychological effects that get me, and I’m sure many of you can empathise. On the days my skin flares up the worst it makes me dread social events, and I sometimes find myself scrutinising other people’s skin and getting angry at how greasy mine feels rather than enjoying myself. I have to plan regular trips to the bathroom to fix my makeup, and feel horrific if I see that my spots are showing. I never let anyone see me without makeup on, and I feel like it takes up a large amount of my day. I could rant on for hours about ways it effects me- how sleepovers where the girls all want to do facemasks are my worst nightmare, how I DREAD suncream, how I have to explain to people when they ask about my skin, how I have to shrug off and look grateful for comments that people make about trying such and such facewash (honestly you non-spot people, why is it you think this is self-inflicted from not washing our faces – who would choose this!?!). Rant over *breathe*. The point is I have been prescribed Roaccuatane, and I’m praying this will be the end of my spot-ridden angst. I’m on a low dose to start with, 20mg, which is probably to match my weight (I’m 55kg) and have just popped my first pill about an hour ago. I’m stocked up with some iron and vitamin C tablets, loads of moisturiser, Vaseline, and eye-drops. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to anyone undertaking Roaccutane as well. It wasn’t a decision I came to lightly, but I finally decided that at 24 enough is enough. Hopefully if anyone is reading this on the drug you are getting on well with it and seeing some positive effects. Won’t lie, am dreading the initial breakout. Will keep posting over the coming days and weeks

JennyBop

JennyBop

09/27/2013

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10/16/2013

 

Day 6 - Helps With Colds Too!

Let me start by clarifying that i'm not using green drinks as a substitute for anything. not a diet. i think i would starve to death if i did that lol. I'm using it as vitamins...the natural way. plus i take a multi vitamin when i remember. i think too many pill supplements cant be good for us. just my opinion. anyway....i thought i was getting a cold but maybe not. maybe the green drinks helped to keep it at bay. just a dry/sore throat for one day and done. I usually get a cold for about 7 days and they SUCK! I’m liking my drinks so far! cant say the same for my husband LOL...good ...more for me i've notice my skin is clearing up a bit but that may be because I’m done with my PMSing. sorry TMI. my acne comes and goes in waves. next week may suck...i'll let ya know. i'm hoping the one i have forming in my joules will not get any bigger and dry up. i hate those...right in the smile line...ick....so hard to cover. Currently - less dry, healing cheek, picked a stupid small one on my chin, smile line clogged black head (watch and see). DONT PICK!

nancypan23

nancypan23

09/27/2013

 

Isotretinoin Journey Begins!

I have been using BP for years, and tretinoin for about ten years. I've tried proactive too. More recently, I was on Doxy, but then switched to Minocycline three months ago. So frustrating to still be breaking out. I hate it. It taken so much from me over the past 17 years, which is more than half of my life! Its time to take the next step. I've been going to my GP for the past few years, but now that I have insurance I finally can see a dermatologist. Today is Friday September 27, 2013 and I have an appointment to see the Derm on Friday October 1, 2013 to see if I am a "candidate" for accutane. I believe I am. While its not as bad as some of the cases I've seen online - it is definitely persistent and hasn't responded to other forms of treatment. It has also caused scarring - both physical and emotional. I'm have one more semester to finish law school and I know it has caused delays for me in reaching my goal of becoming an attorney. Who wants to have a lawyer with bad skin? Its terrible but I know people judge. I'm so sick of it. Sick of waking up and seeing it. Sick of dealing with it. Sick of obsessing over it. Sick of wishing for clear skin and never having it. From what I have read, I have to my blood work done, get registered with iPledge, take the quiz and then I can get accutane. Since my Dr. is two hours away, I hope she will work with me and allow me to get it that same day. I know you have to wait 30 days if you are a woman with the potential to get pregnant, but thats not me. So I hope to start my accutane journey next month, and to be in starting my fourth month when I go back to law school in January. I'm thankful I have some downtown while I am on a leave of absence. i just hope and prey the Dr. will give it to me and won't make me try more topical and/or antibiotics.

featherbriefcase

featherbriefcase

09/27/2013

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12/31/2013

 

8 Month Update: Totally Clear

Well, it's been eight very slow-going and difficult months since (re)starting the DKR after foolishly going off of it and having the Worst Cystic Acne of my Life. Please look at the top two pics above of my progress---the discoloration is just hyperpigmentation that I'm "working" on through the use of Dan's AHA lotion and Tamanu Oil...but other than that, I have no breakouts. I get maybe a tiny one here and there but never cystic. Sadly, I have some ugly rolling scars, as you can see, mostly on my left cheek. Not much I can do about it, though; I've done a ton of research and most of it shows that most treatments are useless... Hey, I'm just ecstatic that I'm clear now. I do wear a bit of BB Cream sometimes and that helps my confidence regarding actual scarring, but for the most part, I must say I'm so happy to have clear skin again and not be suffering like I was. Also attached is a photo at the bottom from earlier this year when I was at the peak of having the severe cystic acne. Ugh, it was so painful and everyone had an opinion to throw at me, it was so embarrassing. I'll update you again every couple of months like this so we can look at the hyperpigmentation progress together, and also see if my rolling scars (specifically on my left cheek) smooth out even a tiny bit... Let me know any questions, I'm here. Also, at the end of the year, I will post my Regimen---as admittedly, I use the DKR to a T, but also in addition use a different moisterizer than he lists, plus the Tamanu Oil with Jojoba mixed in (because Tamanu Oil is a bit drying for me---but definitely useful with the hyperpigmentation...)

birdreem

birdreem

09/26/2013

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09/29/2013

 

10 Weeks

Ahhhhhhh...... I feel like I am making progress. Last week was horrible. It really got worse even the pictures can't show how bad it really looked. My face was just not right. I really feel no matter what products I use, it doesn't make a difference. I been sticking with the Cetaphil gentle face wash and lotion and 50 sunblock, BP in the morning after face washing, then I changed to use less than a pea size retina a on my face not adding to my chin area and just using whatever cream left over that was maybe on my fingers and rubbing it on my chin/jaw area. The Bare Minerals I use to use just wasn't covering my spots so I tried Cover Girl and Loreal. Finally, broke down and went to Ulta where I ended up buying this completely expensive Napoleon stick foundation and powder which I guess hides them somewhat better than the other stuff, i wouldn't say $90 plus better. Anyhow, I really can't take much more and was about to throw in the towel and try the birth control pills which my doctor did give me before but I have a fear of birth control pills. I am pretty convinced my acne is related to hormones which my hormones really stated to go out of whack when I turned 30 and have been progressing to get worse and come through my face as well. I went and bought some DIM, finished a bottle but didn't experience much difference in taking them. Last week, I went and got Estroven. I waited until my cycle finished and started the Estroven a week ago. I really feel it is making a difference, if not, then it could be just my TOM ended and my face is looking better until the next TOM. I been staying on the Estroven and taking one every morning and one every evening. Hopefully the pics look better too since I upgraded my phone finally.

susie5565

susie5565

09/26/2013

 

Day 35 (?) Doxycycline!

So over the past couple of weeks I've noticed my skin has basically stopped improving - still 5+ new large whiteheads and lumps per day, constant itching and swelling (especially if my hair touches my face, I wear a scarf, I pull a T-shirt over my head, the air around is me is too hot/cold/dry/humid, you know, just, all the time). And I've also been really depressed - basically every day I wake up and think of 10 excuses not to leave the house, but so far I've still managed to force myself to go to work every day. Anyone else out there just feeling mentally exhausted by hating your face all the time - I feel you. It's been exactly 5 weeks since I started the epiduo, and while I think it gets rid of my spots once they've got really noticeable or been squeezed, it doesn't seem to be doing much yet to prevent the new itchy bumps/big nasty spots from forming in the first place. I'm really keen to keep using it, as I know it takes a long time for acne treatments to really work, but I was at such a low point last weekend that I booked myself another appointment with my GP to talk about my skin, hoping there might be something else she could do to help me out. I went along today, and was SO impressed by my doctor's reaction. She took me seriously as soon as I mentioned why I was there, wasn't patronising or dismissive, and suggested straightaway that I take an oral antibiotic (Doxycycline) in addition to using the epiduo. While she wrote out my prescription, she also asked me (without any prompting from me at all) how it was affecting my stress levels, and if I needed to talk to anyone about it - I was super impressed by that, as often the self-esteem and mental health aspects of having acne are really difficult to bring up without feeling trivialized or vain. I'm currently training to be a clinical psychologist, and hoping to specialise in body image disorders, so I'm all too aware of the mental health problems associated with this kind of thing - body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), social phobia, depression, anxiety, etc etc. So I was really happy that my doctor seemed to be aware of that aspect of acne, and willing to help me out in that respect if I needed it. For the moment I told her I was feeling pretty depressed about it, finding it hard to be in social situations etc, and her responses were really helpful and practical. I didn't feel like I needed any counselling or anything (I'm still going to therapy for my eating disorder anyway, so I'm kind of covered), but it was so awesome that she offered! Anyway, so I'm continuing to use the epiduo, and now adding in the Doxy, which I'm feeling pretty positive about. I'll keep updating on how that goes, and hopefully my skin will clear up enough soon that I can take some exciting, non-depressing progress pictures soon! Hope everyone reading is feeling ok in their skin today (or at least managing to leave the house )

emily2013

emily2013

09/26/2013

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09/26/2013

 

Dermatologist Update

Hey, so I seen the dermatologist yesterday. He said that he was really pleased with my progress and that I have responded better than usual to the differin and dianette combination. He advised staying on dianette for another few months and hopefully after that the differin should keep things clear, I'm a bit scared tough, I just want to stay on Dianette forever, but I am going to look into other alternative birth control that can help or at least not aggravate acne...any advice girls??? I also asked him about my scarring, he said I have mild atrophic scars, very shallow, he said that I should get some re modelling and eventually only I will know that they are there, he used a wee torch with a magnifying glass and said he was looking at my skin in the most unflattering light you can get. To be honest I was hoping he would say they would go away completely...I guess in the back of my mind I always knew that I would be left with some marks. I have seen people on the gallery who have shallow marks and the seem to completely disappear or are virtually un noticeable...what are your experiences?? I asked about laser, he said if in a year or so I am still un happy then I could consider it, but he wouldn't recommend it and I should see how much they fill in in that time. He said if I do go ahead then mine are the easiest to treat. I asked about that cyst that hasn't budged and he said it will just take time, apparently I have a mild sinus tract..where cysts join together, it isn't active anymore and you can't see it just feel it, he said I may always feel it and it will probably get smaller but is now scar tissue under the skin, but will not be noticeable on the surface. To be honestly I am still upset about the scars...you can only see then if I hold the mirror under my chin and shin light on them and I am hopeful that another few months of this regimen, now that things are clear, will help to improve them further. I need to learn that no one is perfect, and stop thinking why me? why did I get that big cyst? I literally have no other ones on my face so I think it was from a bad reaction from products I was using, so please be gentle to your skin! Anyway onwards and upwards....and any advice on scarring or birth control would be great Gill xx

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/26/2013

 

Missing Out

So homecoming is this Friday at my school. Needless to say, I will not be attending. I used to love putting on makeup, doing my hair, and putting on a nice dress. I wanted to be a cosmetologist for the longest time. I'm pretty good with doing other girl's makeup and hair. It's like an art form--painting someone's face. I like the feeling of making one someone feel beautiful. Makeup isn't what makes a girl beautiful of course, but it enhances her true beauty. Unfortunately, when I put on makeup, I don't view it that way. It's one thing to apply foundation to a girl with flawless skin. It's completely different when I apply it on my acne infested face. I have to cake on the makeup in attempt to hide. When I wear makeup, it is not to enhance any beauty of mine. The sole purpose is to cover up and hide and even I can't completely hide everything. I'm pretty sure everyone on campus knows I have an acne problem. Anyways, I'm depressed that I can't attend any of the events I want to because of my acne. I know it is technically my choice to not attend but there's no point since I'll just be miserable anyway. I'll feel self-conscious the whole time: worried that everyone is staring at my acne. I know I am probably exaggerating and no one usually notices or stares that hard, but that's no comfort. I want to feel pretty when I make an effort to go out, and I just don't have that luxury. In fact, I even postponed my engagement to my boyfriend because of my acne. There's NO WAY I am taking wedding pictures with my face how it is now and I don't want to be photoshopped either. If the acne doesn't go away, I simply won't get married, plain and simple. That may sound stubborn and honestly stupid, but I can't help it. I'm diseased. Not only do I look diseased on the outside, but it's messing with my head, so I'm diseased on the inside now too. It's a shame really, because people used to say how pretty I was. I don't get that at all anymore. If I do, it's from people who are biased (i.e. family and my boyfriend). Friends are non-existent because of my social anxiety due to my acne. It's so bad that if a bus or train is too crowded, I'll wait another hour to get on another one because I don't want people getting too close and seeing my flaws. I know I probably need professional help, but I simply can't afford it. Besides, if the acne went away, I know that eventually I would go back to normal. It might take awhile, but it would happen. I don't think the acne is going away anytime soon. Sure, I've only been on the new birth control for about two weeks, but I just give up. It isn't gonna happen for me. I'll be one of those 40 year olds with acne until that is replaced by wrinkles. I've thought about accutane but I'm pretty sure my acne isn't classified as "severe" enough. Plus, I already have so many mental problems going on in my head, that a drug like accutane would probably drive me insane with depression. I can't afford for that to happen. Well sorry for the rant, and if anyone actually took the time to read through this, well bless your heart.

acl94536

acl94536

09/26/2013

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09/26/2013

 

Day 19

Not really any major updates. My skin is quite clear I don't know whether that's down to the accutane or the erythromycin. Lips seem to be getting dryer, I'm using Nivea moisturising lip balm which is keeping them soft and smooth. I'm hoping I'm not going to be one of those people who get a late IB!! My derm said I'd be on accutane for 4 months. Is this long enough saying as I'm only on 30 mg a day. I'm 159kg.

Marie761

Marie761

09/25/2013

 

Wondering If You Guys Experienced This

Alright! So it's been two month since I've started the regime properly. I had immediately noticed a difference and had chronicled my progress over the first month with detailed obs once a week along side taking pictures. *gasp* my skin had cleared up within the month! Better yet, my hormonal acne didn't sprout up. I'd still get some breakouts, but they were small and cleared up quickly. However, I noticed that things changed during the second month (beginning of Sept-now). My skin is clearer than it's been pre-regime, but some of my acne that went away in the first month has returned, hormonal and all. I'm a bit at a loss as to why it's returning (mildly). I stick to the regimen now especially closely, the hardening effect's subsided, there's no burning and what not...but I'm finding my skin not as clear as the first month. I'm curious as to whether anyone's experienced this, and if you've turned to adding AHA, how's that helped/not helped.

Spartan159

Spartan159

09/25/2013

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09/28/2013

 

Day 4 - Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Ok, so since I was denied the Accutane by my insurance, I took that as a sign that i shouldn’t go that route. Honestly, the IB and the side effects scare the crap out of me!!! i just went shopping for a bunch of fruits and veggies to make my green drinks. Turns out to be cheaper or about the same as one of my prescriptions LOL. I'll just think of this as another and taster one! What i bought: celery
bananas
pineapple
kale
parsley
melon
chia seeds
lemon
limes
cucumber
Not all in one drink LOL. i have a few recipes. if they are tasty I’ll post them! This is not a substitute for breakfast but an added drink in the AM or PM if i forget. i picked these because not only did the recipes sound the easiest and best but because greens (kale, parsley, celery) have anti-inflammatory properties and all of it is great for your skin. I don’t eat horribly normally, but i could improve and go more organic too. I also go back to the gyno next Friday to discuss my raging PMS as I’ve hit my 30's. Time for a change in birth control i think. Besides the migraine i had for the past day and a half i'm feeling optimistic. it's only been 3 days. Green drinks cant hurt ya! Currently: comedone on tip of nose (stupid me picked at it). cheek zit drying up thanks to Tea Tree Oil (TTO). PMS subsiding and feeling better, thanks! other scab/scars fading slowly.

nancypan23

nancypan23

09/25/2013

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09/26/2013

 

Where I'm At Now..

I stopped using crappy makeup, and while I liked the mineral makeup I purchased from Alima Pure.. it's just not enough coverage. So I went to Sephora and picked myself up some Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation and continue to use a Physician's Formula powder. My skin looks pretty great with the two, but I would still like to be using products with more natural ingredients. I still use Carley's Clear Skin line and really like it. I had wonderful skin about a week back but now that it's closer to my time of the month my face is raging. Honey at night before my moisturizer really helps and my skin looks brand new in the morning but by night time it's back to annoyed, red skin. I've wondered many a times if maybe I have hormonal issues. I asked my general physician if she could test my hormone levels but she said that didn't seem necessary. I think my gyno can do that so I'm going to ask really soon. I also switched my routine around so that I exfoliate / use the BP at night and bought Rosehip Seed Oil and used it last night and this morning. The smell is pretty offputting but I like the feel of it under my moisturizer and I've heard it can really even out the skin and prevent aging! x x Stephanie

stephzoars

stephzoars

09/25/2013

 

Hormones? What Is It?

Someone please help! I am so desperate… Ill give you a brief history of my acne story. I started getting one or two pimples in 6th grade and its progressed as I got older. At the time they were small and easy to cover up with powder. Towards the end of 8th grade I woke up one day with a patch of pimples down my cheek.. I thought it was a rash.. So that basically began the struggle I have till this day a Senior in high school. My acne is different from lots of pimples because a lot of times the pimples I get are the type that if you try to pop them they just bleed & SO stubborn to get rid off. I get cystic at time that are EXTREMELY painful. My skin was always weird. I would go to bed with no pimples and through out the day get a entire break out usually in one random area. They were stubborn to get rid of and makeup could not hide them. I have used every product under the sun.. Literally you name it I have tried it. Lots of different antibiotics, retina A, epidu, diffren, dermalogical, Lazer treatments, facials that burned and peeled.. I even went all natural and used no harsh chemicals, changed my diet.. Some things would work for a while but then the acne would come back full force. I know it sounds bad but it has ruined a lot of things for me. I know their are people that are in more serious situations.. This is just something that I feel has held me back. Ive missed dances and so many school days because of my skin.. I started drinking and I got so depressed because of it.. I ended up having to be put on anti depressants because a psychologist said I was depressed. I was able to snap out of all that after I realized Im not taking any more pills. I was able to control my breakouts to One a month and life was really good. i would still get the occasional break out that would be terrible. MY PIMPLES burn, bleed, and scab.. even if I don't try to pop them they always leave marks. Also I know makeup is bad for skin but I can't go in public without my break outs coverd.. I have very pale skin and the breakouts are so red and I have so many pink spots left from recent pimple Its bad.. My mom has spend over 10,000 on treatments for my skin including different makeups. I have a high grade makeup called Jane Irdel.. Im starting to think its not to safe for my skin.. Im having this problem around my mouth and chin for over a month now.. that pimples won't go.. At one point I had 5 cystic pimples on my chin.. terribly painful. Now I have pimpled on the skin around my upper lip. There corner of my mouth, cystic pimple in the middle, a culter of 3 pimples that look like blood boils, and a breakout on the other side of my chin.. Is it my hormones? Ive researched so many things and Ive tried taking birth control.. What is it? Why does my body get used to every treatment I choose… PLEASE HELP!!! I really want to be successful and I wish I could have the confidence go out with the breakouts but I can't .. I know its terrible and I feel like a brat asking for help but I really really need help..

Pumpkinelle

Pumpkinelle

09/25/2013

 

Hormones? What Is It?

Someone please help! I am so desperate… Ill give you a brief history of my acne story. I started getting one or two pimples in 6th grade and its progressed as I got older. At the time they were small and easy to cover up with powder. Towards the end of 8th grade I woke up one day with a patch of pimples down my cheek.. I thought it was a rash.. So that basically began the struggle I have till this day a Senior in high school. My acne is different from lots of pimples because a lot of times the pimples I get are the type that if you try to pop them they just bleed & SO stubborn to get rid off. I get cystic at time that are EXTREMELY painful. My skin was always weird. I would go to bed with no pimples and through out the day get a entire break out usually in one random area. They were stubborn to get rid of and makeup could not hide them. I have used every product under the sun.. Literally you name it I have tried it. Lots of different antibiotics, retina A, epidu, diffren, dermalogical, Lazer treatments, facials that burned and peeled.. I even went all natural and used no harsh chemicals, changed my diet.. Some things would work for a while but then the acne would come back full force. I know it sounds bad but it has ruined a lot of things for me. I know their are people that are in more serious situations.. This is just something that I feel has held me back. Ive missed dances and so many school days because of my skin.. I started drinking and I got so depressed because of it.. I ended up having to be put on anti depressants because a psychologist said I was depressed. I was able to snap out of all that after I realized Im not taking any more pills. I was able to control my breakouts to One a month and life was really good. i would still get the occasional break out that would be terrible. MY PIMPLES burn, bleed, and scab.. even if I don't try to pop them they always leave marks. Also I know makeup is bad for skin but I can't go in public without my break outs coverd.. I have very pale skin and the breakouts are so red and I have so many pink spots left from recent pimple Its bad.. My mom has spend over 10,000 on treatments for my skin including different makeups. I have a high grade makeup called Jane Irdel.. Im starting to think its not to safe for my skin.. Im having this problem around my mouth and chin for over a month now.. that pimples won't go.. At one point I had 5 cystic pimples on my chin.. terribly painful. Now I have pimpled on the skin around my upper lip. There corner of my mouth, cystic pimple in the middle, a culter of 3 pimples that look like blood boils, and a breakout on the other side of my chin.. Is it my hormones? Ive researched so many things and Ive tried taking birth control.. What is it? Why does my body get used to every treatment I choose… PLEASE HELP!!! I really want to be successful and I wish I could have the confidence go out with the breakouts but I can't .. I know its terrible and I feel like a brat asking for help but I really really need help..

Pumpkinelle

Pumpkinelle

09/25/2013

 

Skin Update (Week 6)

All pimples are flat.im still on my regimen and i wonder why the stingy feeling came back. My skin is so red because of the bp. But i think it stings bcause its effective. ) im still positive of having clear skin. How bout you? K bye. Till next week !

iamdfag

iamdfag

09/25/2013

 

Help Burned By Acv

I am a 15 year old, African American that lives in the Caribbean. I had a breakout and was desperate for a cure (quick). My skin was normal but contained pimples. I saw ACV and started using it. I diluted it then started using it concentrated. I started of as a miracle but soon my face was dried, peeling, irritated, burned (spots), Can this be cured and How. I dont have access to alot of healing creams and gels. So any home remedies?

Youngjay360

Youngjay360

09/25/2013

 

Second Time Lucky?

Lurked this website for so long, so decided to sign up and actually use the blog as a bit of therapy on my quest to finally get rid of my acne that I've been so lucky to have for ten years. Tomorrow I make my appointment to plead my case to be put on accutane for the second time. I was on it for a year when I was 16 (now 22) and my skin was great... for a year and a half. Slowly but surely my acne has came back full force and at the start of this year I was put on a course of lymecycline that I took for 6 months giving me next to no improvement. Experimented with vitamins and various other over the counter products, again next to no improvement. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of this mental and physical pain after this appointment

ihateusernamesx

ihateusernamesx

09/24/2013

 

Day 1--Fingers Crossed

Today I took my first-ever dosage of Accutane. Well, technically it's the generic Isotretinoin. I took 5mg this morning and I will take another 5mg tonight, for a total of 10mg/day. I will maintain this 10mg/day for at least 2 weeks, and possibly as long as a month, depending upon how my body reacts. Admittedly, my acne is not as bad as it has been in the past. I have always secretly sort of hoped that my acne would eventually go away on its own. But, I'm going to be 23 soon and, honestly, I'm too old for this crap. My acne first surfaced when I began college (Fall 2008). I was almost 18. The first year was horrible. In high school I very rarely had any acne at all, and never had any reason to wear makeup, etc, so this whole acne treatment thing was new to me. I tried every kind of facial soap on the market that my college student budget could manage, I washed my face 5 times a day. Of course, all of this only made my acne WORSE. So, it took the first year or so before I learned that washing more than twice a day was doing more harm than good. In the meantime, I've tried a few topical prescriptions that I don't remember the name of. None of them worked. I've tried Doxycycline, which actually worked enough for me to forget to wear makeup a few times. I've tried probably 3 types of birth control. Birth control did not work for me, and I did not appreciate the side effects (mood swings and weight gain of nearly 15lbs). My doctor has never offered me Accutane. She loves beating around the bush and making me suffer. So, after having a really nasty breakout over the past few weeks, I began doing research on how to obtain Accutane (Isotretinoin) without a prescription. Because I'm technically self-treating, I am taking a low dosage. There has been much research that suggests a lower dosage of 20mg/day is equally as effective as 40mg/day. Plus, my acne these days is more on the moderate side as opposed to how severe it was a few years ago. It came in the mail yesterday and I waited until this morning to begin. I've got my fingers crossed for something good to come of it. Here goes nothing.

britszits

britszits

09/24/2013

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10/30/2013

 

Month 3: Clear! :d

Hey guys, So, this is it! I've reached the end of my Regimen journey. It's been quite the adventure! After the full 3 suggested months, I'm finally clear. I still have hyperpigmentation issues, but that will also go away. After everything I've been through, I don't mind some temporary red marks. I just can't believe I've come this far. My skin is better than it's ever been on any other treatment I've tried. I would seriously recommend this to anyone with acne. This is the first thing I've tried that works. A few things I've learned while on the Regimen: 1. Patience is key: You will go through hell getting your skin the way you want it to be, and you just have to hang in there. 2. Lose old habits: I had to learn how to stop touching/picking my face, and even stopped wearing makeup for a while. I'm a lot more comfortable with my naked face now. 3. How to listen to your skin: I feel so much more in touch with my skin than ever before; I can usually tell what it can handle and what it can't, and how it'll react to most products. There's so much more, but I feel like those are some of the more important ones. I'm also so grateful to everyone on acne.org and the support I found on this site. It's really been an amazing experience. I plan to keep using the Regimen for the next 3-6 months or so, and then I might try to cut down on BP and see how my skin reacts. I'm also still taking Ortho Tri Cyclen-Lo, which is now a great fit for my skin. I'm also currently using AHA and moisturizer every night, and AHA on its own every other night. I also use it in the morning on my marks. I'm working hard to get a clear complexion! Meanwhile, I ended up finding a great foundation from Cover Fx. It's way better than the Tarte one, which was too orange on my skin. I'd highly recommend it! It's very hydrating. My skin is still a bit flaky, and I was considering switching from Dan's moisturizer to Cetaphil. Anyways, I'll be on here every once in a while. I wish all of you the best of luck! <3 Love, Liz

lizardanne

lizardanne

09/24/2013

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09/28/2013

 

Increased Antibiotic Usage With Results

<<<<before regimen <<<<before regimen <<<<<Today <<<<<Today <<<<<Today I put before and after pics. My regimen is the same except that I abandoned my "take as prescribed" experiment. Long story even longer: I began, 3 years ago, after experimenting and measuring effectiveness...I learned that if I take more than 1500mg of cephalexin or amoxicillin, the break outs would cease. A few months ago I decided to take my antibiotics as prescribed. One 500mg pill 3x per day. I did that for about three weeks and the cysts began to return. I quickly upped the dose to previous levels. Skin smooth again. I am so disheartened that I will always have too take the higher doses, Its hard to do because I have two open prescriptions; 1 for Amoxicillin and one for Cephalexin. Other than that my regimen is still as follows: Antibiotics: 1. 6,000mg of amoxicillin daily for two weeks, then drop back to 3,000mg a day. (I had to spike my usage after taking just three 500mg pills a day for three weeks). 2. Wash with 0.46% Triclosan soap for antibacterial effectiveness 3. apply thin layer of tretinoin, on top of that mix in thin layer of benzaclin. Repeat. I also on occasion use HIbiclens on my face and throat or Walgreens antiseptic skin cleanser.

Leanna123

Leanna123

09/24/2013

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