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Adapalene 0.1% clindamycin 1%

I tried almost everything on my face to treat my moderate acne but nothing cleared my acne.. last week i had an appointment with a dermatologist he prescribed me adapalene 0.1% and clindamycin gel 1%. Adaplene night time regimen and clindamycin day time..and advised me to stick with it for 8 weeks you ‘ll see results . I’m adding benzyol peroxide 5% as spot treatment. And quiting dairy products and fast food.  i hope this will workfor me . And i’m so worried about initial breakout (purging) . But This time i’m sticking to this regimen  . I’m stressed  af.   I ‘ll update you guys with pictures every week. Wish me good luck . Bye
 

Afzaal1

Afzaal1

09/06/2018

 

Day 5

How longs does it take for Roaccutane to kick in?  I mean I'm mildly itchy which I attribute to 'something' happening but and I have one painful joint at the base of my thumb (RSI from googling 'roaccutane' on my phone and playing HQ trivia maybe?? haha) and I would say am mildly less spotty than usual for 'this time of the month' but other than that...nothing. Is that normal??

Most people seem to report extremely dry skin and lips literally within a couple of days...I guess I'll see how things are at the end of week 1 - I know I need to be more patient.

On the plus side, I don't really feel like my mood is being affected detrimentally in any way - if anything I feel more upbeat than usual and am feeling positive about the decision to take roaccutane.

Becs85UK

Becs85UK

09/05/2018

 

Accutane Journey

20 years old, 125 lb, 40mg for the first 2 months - 50mg from 3rd month onwards.

So I started Accutane towards the end of May this year. I expected to see results straight away, despite constantly reading blog posts and watching videos that told me otherwise. I was nervous but after a 5 month wait on the NHS I just wanted to start the course. My lips did become chapped and dry after the first week or two so I ordered Aquaphor lip ointment from amazon and slathered it all over my lips. This made them feel better but I hate the feeling of dry lips, as its something I'v never had in my life. Anyway, after 2 or 3 weeks (exam season was over, thank god) my face started to become dry, with patches all over peeling off and looking very red and irritated. I got a few more spots but nothing i hadn't had before. Then a few weeks later, my hair started to become dry, which meant I only had to wash it every 4 days or so (even then I didn't really need to wash it, I just felt like I should).My scalp was so itchy it kept me awake at night. I’ve never seen anything like it- my scalp was literally flaking off and I had to keep slathering coconut oil on it every night to make it stop itching. This only lasted for about a week but it was awful. I found that Vosene shampoo or T-gel shampoo really helped. This stopped completely after my 2nd month and from then onwards my hair has not produced any oil or been itchy.

I continued to break out randomly - nothing awful. The worst part was that I would pick at those spots (a habit I have never been able to break) and then awful red marks would replace the spot due to the skin being so thin. I got a lot of nosebleeds for the first 2 or 3 months- probably around 4 a week (not always big ones and I am prone to getting them anyway). To help this- I put Aquaphor up and around my nose). My nose also peels EVERYDAY. I feel like this might be my fault as I pick at it but its hard not to as even if I leave it, flakey bits start to form around my nostrils and the side of my nose. Imagine really thin layers of skin just peeling off your nose everyday. Its gross and leaves my nose constantly red. So that sucks.

After month 3, I started to become really tired. My eyes were very dry (which made wearing contact lenses hard) and I felt exhausted all the time- I am unsure whether this is due to waking up earlier than usual due to working during the summer or whether it was the drug. Nevertheless, its a horrible feeling but I tried to push through it and go to the gym or not sleep during the day. My face became very dry and I ended up putting Aquaphor all over my face at night with moisturiser on top (Epaderm or Cerave), which seemed to help a lot. 

I drank and went out quite a few times whilst on Accutane - apart from really bad hangovers, I didn't feel that different. It was the fear of what it was doing to my liver that stopped me drinking the most. My friend drank/did drugs whilst she was on it too, but its all down to the individual and what you think is best for you. (I'm not saying its ok to do this but i did and this is just my experience). 

The sun was also a concern for me. I went on two holidays and endured a heat wave (which is rare in my country). I am usually pretty bad with sun cream and remembering to apply it and i have naturally olive skin- so i basically just remembered to apply factor 50 numerous times a day. I only burnt once or twice and it wasn't too bad, however, if you have naturally pale skin I would stay out of the sun more than I did and be more strict about sun cream, as your skin is very sensitive

I am now on month 4 and my skin is pretty much completely clear- apart from I did get a big spot on my cheek last week but it went after 3 days. Its an amazing feeling and i must say I LOVE not having to wash my hair everyday. Always make sure to take the pills on a full stomach and to moisturise all the time and apply lip balm constantly. I notice that if iI drink a lot of water, my symptoms decrease (the dryness). So yeah - that's about it I think. I'm hoping my skin stays this good and I don't have to go back on Accutane because it is an annoying drug to be on. However, I'm annoyed at myself for waiting this long to mention it to my doctor as it has truly worked. My initial breakout was not bad at all and it started to clear from month 2 onwards.

Jade1234

Jade1234

09/05/2018

 

Week 5 on accutane

I’m a bit late updating as not much has really happened.
Just over a week ago my doctor upped me to 40mg, he warned me that because I had such a good first month my skin would likely get worse for a while when increasing my dosage. My skin has actually stayed the same, I haven’t had any breakouts, the only think I’ve noticed is that other parts of my body are starting to get really dry now too like my arms and knees. 

One thing that did surprise me is the price of the Isotretinoin. 20mg only cost me about £24 but 40mg cost me £58 which doesn’t really make sense.. 

After this month ill I’ll have two more months left at 60 mg then I’m all done! 

 

Clairee98

Clairee98

09/04/2018

 

Low Dose Accutane day 11

I think 10mg/day or every other day is definitely too much for me. For past 2 weeks, I got over 30 active acnes or more.. literally.. some got dried up and fell off, some just stay on my face and never come to the head, and I get at least 1-2 new acne every day. I am meeting my Dr this Thursday, until then, I think I should better stop taking Accutane. My new job starts next Monday so I must manage these active acnes first.. if these active ones got settled I am thinking about taking 10mg twice a week. 

+ my face got noticeably bumpy, I could tell right away when I was washing my face. A lot of small bumps over face. Face generally more dry. 


Gimozzi

Gimozzi

09/04/2018

 

Day 1-3

After a 'spot of bother' (pardon the pun, of course) obtaining my prescription via a very well known highstreet chain (it took 9 working days to get it!) I was hesitant to begin my tablets the day before a big social event. I held off until the Saturday morning and then (with a hearty full English in my belly) took the first 2 20mg pills with a big glass of water and my 'usual' dose of sertraline.

Yes, as covered in my 'about me' I am on an anti-depressant, not a high dosage and basically as a result of work pressure/anxiety, low self esteem and a family bereavement over New Year, but I was ordered by my dermatologist (who for the record is LOVELY!) at my first appointment to remain on the drug until after I complete Roaccutane - she said, given the 'horror stories', which I was assured were in some cases exaggerated by the media, it would be better to continue with it than to take me off it ahead of starting. I would agree, better safe than sorry right?

So in the run up to this point I also had the fasting blood tests done via my GP which came back with a slightly reduced kidney function but which everyone just put down to dehydration because of the very hot weather in July/August. They will check it on my next test to be sure it was a 'one off'. I also order pregnancy tests from 'Wish' which were cheaper than in the chemist and MUCH cheaper than the £56 they charge privately at the hospital *shocked face* and as expected(!) demonstrated a negative result after peeing on stick in the ladies loo and showing her in her office...surreal... I have the coil!


Above - Skin on a REALLY GOOD day - hard to see on image but I  as well as papules and pustiles around my jaw line and chin I have A LOT of comedones (blocked pores) all over my face which are the real 'problem' as they eventually become full blown spots and though I keep my face clean and try and unblock pores it is a losing battle...  

Anyway, so far - 3 days in and nothing major to report, a bit achey this evening and I think my skin is just starting to dry out - I have moisturiser and lip balm ready to go... COME AT ME ROACCUTANE - As a 33 year old woman not sure whether to use anti-acne or anti-aging products - I AM READY FOR YOU!!!



 

Becs85UK

Becs85UK

09/03/2018

 

Low Dose Accutane day 1-10

for 1-8 days 
- Initial Break out is happening
- No side effects are shown
- Acnes are getting dried up a little bit faster
- Few more little bumps appeared

for 9-10 days
- I skipped taking Accutane today, decided to take 10mg/ every other day
- Few stubborn ones seem to finally come up to the head
- 3-4 new acnes
- Many brown Spots
- Many small bumps on forehead and 2 new acnes in mian (I usually never break out on forehead/mian)
- Definitely dry lips
- Hair Thinning?

 

Gimozzi

Gimozzi

09/02/2018

 

Low Dose Accutane / TCA Cross / Subcision / Scar Revision

Hi guys,

I am writing this to help and to get helped by people who are suffering from acne (and scars) like me..

I am 26 years old Asian guy and I live in Canada.

I have taken a full regular dose Accutane course about 2 years ago. I was cleared up after taking Accutane for about 7months and stayed acne free for about 6 months but it left me a lot of severe acne scars.. After 6 months, it started breaking out again, nothing really serious though. Acne was pretty much moderate and under control but the major problem was severe acne scars left after the course of Accutane.

Recently, I was planning to do some scar revision treatments and have scheduled TCA CROSS + Subcision. At this time I had only few active acnes on my face, so my Dr prescribed me low dose Accutane to make my acne under control before the treatment (my Dr said it is okay to do TCA Cross and Subcision while on low dose Accutane). I am currently on 10mg/day, 8th day, but Initial Break out started I believe.. 

Just wondering if anyone here experienced Initial Break out from low dose Accutane, when it started/ended, how severe it was.. and anybody here did some scar revision treatment while on (or after) low dose Accutane? 

Currently, I have few whiteheads, several small bumps on both side of my face.. 3 stubborn red acnes that stayed at least 2 weeks on my face which seems to be never come up to the head surface.

Those new acnes basically become white heads > dry up > fall  off one day eventually > become brown spot. I have gotten at least 15 brown spots for past 2-3months..

I decided to postpone  my scheduled treatment because I was certain that it is not a good idea to do any type of scar revision treatment with active acne on my face. I am going to take low dose Accutane for maybe few more weeks/months until my active acnes are fully under control and then going to start treating my acne scars. (I am planning to take low dose Accutane for at least one year btw).

I am planning to update this thread until I finish treating my acne (low does Accutane) and acne scars (Subcision + TCA Cross + ETC)..I will keep it updated.. I am planning to upload pictures too.

Gimozzi

Gimozzi

09/02/2018

 

Issues with Fatigue, Irregular Acne, slightly less awful intro

Apologize for the awful introduction last time, here's a quick overview of the diet: No Oils, eat mostly starch based Carbohydrates, the diet is vegan so no animal products. No nuts because of their high fat content. The diet is inherently moderate in protein (around 30-60 grams, depending on legume consumption), and very low in fat (10-15 grams).

Day 8:
Foods I ate yesterday: oatmeal, potatoes and sweet potatoes curry with brown rice and some assorted vegetables. Spoonful of wakame for iodine mostly.

Status report: Fatigue has been an issue. In fact my first entry was written in a borderline psychoactive state as evident by it's weirdness. Anyways, I do feel better today so I'm banking on it being a transitional period of sorts. 

Acne has been strange. I'm getting quite a few whiteheads which I rarely get. I counted five whiteheads this morning. Generally my acne is red and cystic. The whiteheads are formed around my left cheek and chin. The redness and thick flesh of my cheeks seems slightly better, though it's hard to tell objectively. It's a bit disheartening for such an extreme diet to have negative affects but it's only been 8 days so I'm going to try to persevere for 60 days.

 

LareBear

LareBear

08/31/2018

 

Intro

Behold.. the glory of dietary science.
Witness, one man, as he DEEP DIVES into the arduous, underground world of high carb diets.
Watch, as he tackles the ONEROUS ONSLAUGHT of:
potatoes,
sweet potatoes,
and rice of the brown variety.
Will he buckle under the immense pressure and glucose overload?
We will see my comrades.

Age: 29
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: Japanese/Anglo (mostly Irish/Scottish)
Type of acne: mostly cystic cheek acne/redness/rough skin. Blackheads on nose. Sometimes chin Acne.
Skin type: combination: oily nose, oily to normal cheeks/ dry around mouth area and lower cheeks.

Day 5 (didn't start this blog right away)

foods today:
1 cup of steel cut oats, used waay to much water, life is learning.
big 'ole dollop of rice, couple dollops of sweet potatoes and potatoes, boiled in curry powder and water.
spoonful of wakame.
B12 supp.

Changes:
Nose feels a little less oily than usual.
3 white heads that I didn't have before.
Seems to be a decline in redness of the cheeks but hard to say conclusively.

 

LareBear

LareBear

08/28/2018

 

Month 6

Month 6 was not to long ago. My skin is pretty good! i only have one whitehead.... i have blackheads on my nose any ideas how to get rid of those? other than that i could not be more happy with the results. im only taking 1 50mg a day because 100mg is a lot and i dont want to be on this pill the rest of my life. 1 seems to be doing the trick. Wishing everyone the best of luck because i know how dark and lonely i got during the worst of my skin days. I feel more social and now that i am back at college i feel like i can just live my life without hiding. 

MPI93

MPI93

08/27/2018

 

Week 3 on Accutane

My third week of Accutane is over! My face had gotten a little worse if anything, my chin has broken out in about 5 spots but luckily they have all been small and don’t last very long. My nose seems to be covered in blackheads which I never really noticed before but I guess everything is being pushed out and it just means it’s working. I know I shouldn’t but I’ve been using epiduo on my chin and nose to try and help. 

In terms of side effects I’ve recently started getting bad headaches as well as feeling more tired than usual, but I’m not sure that accutane is the reason or it’s just because I’ve been busy at work recently.  I’ve also noticed that my skin is super sensitive, My ring has caused my skin to flake on my finger and My boyfriends stubble caused a rash on my face. I have my next dermatology appointment on the 23rd so I’ll update with how that goes 

Clairee98

Clairee98

08/20/2018

Last Reply:
08/26/2018

 

Month 11 + Skin Care Routine

To start off, I am going to try and start posting once a month at least, hopefully, more often than that. As for the update on my skin, it hasn't been the best few days. I think that is because I have run out of acidophilus that I pair with spiro, and my skin is not liking that. I forgot to call in the refill before the weekend. As a result of that, I have a few new spots on my cheek that are honestly really bothering me. I can't feel them, but my skin was looking good before this. It might also be a result of me not using many products to help with acne (For the past week, I have only used calamine lotion as a spot treatment at night.) I am taking a break from the other stuff because I have to get my picture for the yearbook + my drivers license this week and I am trying to avoid dry skin. Some steps of my usual skincare routine could dry skin a little, so I don't want to risk that. However, I will be doing it all again after I get those pictures done. I thought for this entry, I could share my skincare routine because it has as much of an impact on my skin as the spiro. In the end, I will include a picture of all of these products so that you know what they look like in case you are interested. I will also add where I got all of these. First off, I have three cleansers:  1) CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - for when I have dry skin 2) Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash for Redness-Prone Skin - for when my skin is clear, and not dry + for mornings 3)Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser - for when I have spots/breakouts        For my nighttime routine, I usually use the Bioré cleanser, and then if my skin is not dry, I will apply the Thayers rose petal witch hazel to my skin using a cotton round. Only if I feel especially down about my skin and I know I won't be putting on makeup soon, I will use Differin Gel. It could be pretty drying after a few uses. I'll then apply the Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream while I let the other products sink in. Then I put on the Cetaphil Redness relieving Night Moisturizer. Then if needed, I put the Walgreens Calamine Lotion on my spots. If I have a spot that I just can't stand, I'll put the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment (2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide) on it, and that makes it flatter so that it is less visible underneath makeup. However, I rarely use it because I have noticed that is leaves behind especially dark red marks after it takes care of the breakout. I then put on some chapstick and I am done. I think pretty soon though, I will be testing out Bio-Oil to see if that helps with my scarring, and later I will be trying out The Body Shops Drops of Youth for the same reason. But for now, I just end with the calamine lotion. When my skin is clear and/or dry, I would just skip the witch hazel, spot treatment, and different gel.       For my morning routine, I use the Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above). I then use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+. (Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage and supposedly helps fade acne scars when used daily.) Then I use the same eye cream as before and some chapstick.       After I take a shower (The steam helps open up the pores), I sometimes put on a face mask. The type varies based on how my skin is that day, but the ones I usually use are the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask, the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask, and the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask. Both the African Black Soap and the Origins Mask are for acne, and I think they work very well. Also, once a week (after a shower) I use the Health and Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask paired with water. There is a lot of hype around that mask, and I agree that it works super well for treating hormonal acne (which is what I have). It works especially well if you use a toner after you take it off (I use that same witch hazel one). I also then use the Mario Badescu spray (the green one) after a mask and when I get out of the shower. And one more product I use every few days is in the shower: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel. I use it as a facial scrub, and it makes my skin super smooth and glowy. Vitamin C is also supposed to help with scarring. I stick to these routines because for me personally, all of these products work super well for me. I believe the reason I am breaking out now is just that I have not taken the acidophilus in a few days.      I hope this helped if maybe you are looking for a good skin care routine or just a product or two. I think the next time I post, I will do an update + a makeup routine that I do to cover my acne + scarring, (including a before and after) because I know I could've used that a couple of years ago. Take care, and I hope you have a good day!

Products:

Walgreens:
-Bioré Cleanser (above)
-Differin Gel
-Neutrogena On-The-Spot Treatment
-Blistex chapstick/salve

Ulta (Most are drugstore and can be found at places like Target or Walgreens):
-Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above)
-Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer
-Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen (above)
-Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
-Both Shea Moisture Masks (above)
-Bio Oil
-Mario Badescu (green) facial spray
-CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Target:
-Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel
-Walgreens Calamine Lotion

The Body Shop:
-vitamin C Liquid Peel (above)
-Drops of Youth
 
Origins mask (above) was at a mall in Spokane, but can be found in many malls + online, and the Aztec Secret Clay (above)  was on Amazon.



 

zhuls201

zhuls201

08/20/2018

 

Roaccutane 10mg/day

Roaccutane journal  10mg /day 

I am 24, female, and have been struggling with chin/jawline acne. This is a week by week journal of my skin while on 10mg/day roaccutane. I am currently 3 months in and will update as I progress.    Week 1 (ending 9/6/18):  Slight lip dryness (dry from winter anyway-not sure if this is a side effect) No new breakouts  Still lots of existing congestion under skin around chin area (large cystic as well as little bumps)   Week 2: (ending 16/6/18): Around 4-5 new whiteheads on chin Lips getting a little drier than they usually do in winter Skin a little drier than usual One new cystic pimple on chin Existing congestion still there    Week 3: (ending 23/6/18)  Whole chin/jawline breaking out. Looks awful, sore to touch  Lips a little dry    Week 4: ( ending 30/6/18) 3 new pimples  Still lots of existing congestion and redness  Lips a little dry    Week 5: (ending 7/7/18) Exactly the same as week 4    Week 6: (ending 14/7/18) 2 new pimples on chin Skin a little dry  A few nose bleeds Lips quite dry  Still lots of congestion under skin    Week 7: (ending 21/7/18) Congestion under skin  Lips dry 2 new pimples    Week 8: (ending 28/7/18) Dermatologist appointment, staying on 10mg/day I told derm I hadn’t noticed any improvement yet she said it’s still too early and to be patient  2 pimples from last week still here  3 new pimples  Congestion Dry lips    Week 9: (ending 4/8/18) 6 pimples  Some congestion still Lips cracked and bled on their own for the first time  Skin dry but manageable with constant moisturising    Week 10:(ending 11/8/18) 5 new pimples  Lips very dry white and flaky  Pimples went down by Thursday Noticeably less congestion this week (from what I can feel when washing my face) Still have redness on chin area    Week 11: (ending 18/8/18) One pimple on forehead  Almost no congestion under skin  2 tiny whiteheads on chin that I popped    Week 12: (ending 25/8/18) Almost no congestion under skin  No active pimples so far 

Week 13: 
One breakout on chin 

week 18: 
no breakouts since week 13! 

Bluejay1234

Bluejay1234

08/18/2018

 

foods to avoid

- refined sugar 
- natural sugar alternatives 
- sugar-free natural sweeteners 
- artificial sweeteners 
- soft drinks 
- juices 
- dried fruits 
- high-sugar fruits (mangos, bananas, pineapples, grapes, melons)
- flour 
- starchy vegetables (beets, edo, parsnip, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, turnip, yam, corn, peas, plantain, pumpkin, squash) 

 

uwuchan

uwuchan

08/17/2018

 

basics

deep cleaning with oil (once a week): 
- mix the 1:4 ratio of caster oil to carrier oil in a jar
- the dryer your skin, the less caster oil; the oilier your skin, the more 
- carrier oils: high quality organic, cold-pressed olive oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, or sunflower oil
- pour quarter sized amount of cleansing oil onto your palm and begin massaging your face in circular motions with your fingertips; focus on problematic areas
- after massaging for 5 to 15 minutes, take a wet, warm face towel and begin gently massaging the oil off; repeat 2-3 times
- cleansing oil can be used until either oil is expired
*** test patch on face 1-2 times before committing ***

moisturizing mask: 
- mix 1:1 ratio of honey and extra virgin olive oil 
- massage onto clean skin and then let sit for 10 minutes 
- rinse with warm water

gentle exfoliating scrub: 
- mix 1:1 ratio of honey and baking soda 
- gently massage onto clean skin for 1 minute 
- rinse with warm water
- apply moisturizer 

soothing oatmeal mask: 
- grind oats into a powder
- create thick paste with the oat powder and water 
- leave for 10 minutes 
- rinse with warm water 
- apply moisturizer 
 

uwuchan

uwuchan

08/17/2018

 

Post Estroblock & general skin update

Hi Everyone!!

Wow it's been a long time. Sorry about that guys. I've been wanting to do an update for a while now but things have been so hectic. I think this will be my final update for this blog, since I no longer use Estroblock. 

First off, it definitely worked for me, hands down. I actually stopped taking it back in January 2018 because I got so busy with things I just forgot to take it daily and my skin was completely clear at that time (and I even had a whole lotta stress at the same time). By then, I had been taking it daily for 9 months straight. When I stopped taking it, I didn't see any changes. No new acne came back. So I just stopped it altogether and my skin has been clear since. I will say though, that i think it was a combo of estroblock and my facial rotating brush for evening cleaning that did it. I don't think I would have the clear skin I do if I was just doing one or the other. So all in all, the electric facial cleaning brush (you can get these anywhere guys, I got mine half price on a website called vanity planet) and the estroblock together worked wonders. I no longer feel the need to keep up a daily pill if I'm still getting fantastic results with just the facial brush. 

In case anyone wants to know my current regime, and whats kept me clear for the past year now, check it out:

1. I got my acne under control using Neostrata's glycolic line, and used mild chemical peels on my skin every other day
2. When my acne cleared up almost 80 percent, I decided to switch to an all natural good quality skin care line since I didn't like the idea of continuing to use peels (i was concerned about my skin thinning long term)
3. I stopped neostrata and chemical peels completely, and started using eminence skincare (this stuff is expensive but incredible- been using for about 1.5 yrs now). I use the stone crop gel wash every morning and night, and I use the bright skin serum in the evenings (I saw a change in my red hyper pigmentation within weeks using this serum). i then apply a small amount of waxelene (all natural vaseline) before sleeping. Mornings I put on the vanilla day cream with SPF after cleansing and go on my merry way. Skip the makeup girls, I never wore makeup ever, and I think your skin needs to breathe while its healing itself.
4. I used estroblock in conjuction with the facial brush (only for evening cleaning, don't overdo this!) for about 9 months. I stopped and now I just use the facial brush.
5. Once or twice a week I like to use a good old strong clay mask (clay with apple cider vinegar thats it). It'll bring the blood to your face. I clean it off with water and then clean my face with cleanser and facial brush after to ensure all is off. I seriously think this has been helping to keep my pores clear, and also the blood flow has made a serious difference to my pitted acne scars wow. I use the "living clay" detox clay powder. 

My skin has never ever been better and I am so thankful I found a regimen. I used to think skincare was bogus and everything was coming from inside, which is still true but your skin also needs the right nourishment and protection from the outside. I've tried way too many things and finally realized no matter what you do inside (more water, healthy diet, etc...) the change is so gradual and takes SO long. Yes it will help, but quicker results come from dealing with the outside as well. Find yourself the right products to use- it took me years to find something that worked for my skin so be patient, and most of all whatever you pick STICK with it for at least a few months!! 

Hope you guys are having an amazing summer. Stay hydrated for your skin and remember that self love is the most important above all. When you love yourself for who you are, despite the acne, it will gradually disappear no matter what you are doing. Also, staying busy and keeping your mind off of the acne and negativity is massively important and greatly underestimated. I really implemented this and it helped.

Peace and LOVE homies <3

 

smiles23

smiles23

08/16/2018

 

Week 1... But still haven't officially started (tomorrow is the day!)

Greetings,

Well, I'll be honest. I don't have the right ingredients, and I went out and got some 5%, then some weird lotion from a drug store with SPF in it (currently on vacation in Canada, going back to the States tomorrow). My skin looked way worse yesterday, so I rinsed off all the products and didn't put anything on my face today.

Here's the deal. I came on this trip and didn't bring any acne meds with me, right? I really wanted to see if my face could clear up on its own. Now to be fair, my forehead did seem to clear up quite a bit, but I really don't know about my perception. My acne is definitely mild or a slight moderate at worst, but it's so persistent. I HATE slathering on the BP, but I think I have to accept that it's just where I'm at at this point. And I am willing to try clearing it up by doing DKR exactly as he says...

Right now I don't have any of the correct products on hand, so I'm just not touching my face and spot treating with 5% on the few active lesions I have. It definitely just irritates (and then breaks out) my skin otherwise.

I fucking hate this-- I do, I'm 30 years old -- but I KNOW, KNOW that when I get clear again this time, it's going to be for real.

So here are the goals:

1) Pretty much no active acne by September 1st (best friend's wedding)
2) No more/limited PIH by my 31st birthday (October 1st!)

These are my goals. I'm focused. I have Dan's BP at home, along with the jojoba and Cetaphil. I'M DOING THIS.

WISH ME LUCK-- I WILL GET CLEAR SKIN!!


 

hotglue01

hotglue01

08/16/2018

 

WEEK 7 of Accutane [80 mg/day]

Holy heck it is closed comedone time, my dudes. They are everywhere. I didn’t used to break out on my cheeks but now I am. I still believe that it’s the comedones being expelled because I shamefully picked one of the more painful spots and a small, teardrop-shaped hard piece came out of my pore, almost like a small piece of uncooked rice. From previous experience, that’s similar to what is in closed comedones - really hard semi-spherical bits (don’t judge me, this is science). Good news: nearly all of the blackheads on my nose are gone, my body acne is almost gone as well, and my neck no longer breaks out. Bad news, aside from above: I got a cystic spot INSIDE my earlobe somehow (it feels like an airsoft bullet is in the exact center of my earlobe, just above my earring hole) and my period is wildly late. My research around sites like these said that having a really late period in your second month is quite normal, so I’m just hoping that it doesn’t decide to show up in the next few days, as I am moving into my apartment on Saturday.
Products used: -Aveeno Sheer Daily Moisturizer: morning and night -Neutrogeena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (SPF 15): mornings when I plan to go outside. I hate the smell and oily texture of sunscreen immensely, but this product is actually pretty good. -Burt’s Bees chapstick: use in morning and throughout the day -Aquaphor tube: apply at night before bed -Dove cucumber moisture body wash: I use shower gloves for my body (GENTLY) -Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap: Distilled 1:2 of soap to water in a separate glass bottle. Used only in the evenings after showering, or if I pick my face. -Heliocare oral supplement: on days where I plan to go outside a lot (still wear sunscreen, though!) -NAC supplement: for OCD, anxiety, depression (many sites suggest also taking a vitamin C supplement with NAC; I take the daily multivitamin below and a little bit of an “Immune+” Emergen-C packet [the type w/vitamin D, since my multivitamin doesn’t include it] every other day) -Kirkman’s Multivitamin without vitamin A or D
Symptoms: -Dry face: Not considerably; worse in breakout areas and chin -Dry lips: Yes, a little worse than past weeks but not tragic -Dry nose/eyes: Not really, maybe a little with my eyes. -Depression: Decreased actually, potentially from NAC -Thirsty: I definitely have to drink more water, especially when I wake up in the morning, but it’s a good habit to get into -Hair loss: Yes, but I’m not going bald and I still have eyebrows. Less in the past two or so weeks. -SUPER late period, and a few scattered false alarm days where I got that feeling and just knew that it was gonna stab me in the uterus within the next 24 hours. Ladies, you know what I mean.

SaveTheBees

SaveTheBees

08/15/2018

 

WEEK 6 of Accutane [80 mg/day]

So I think my weeks may be one off on these posts, but when I go back and look, I can’t see where the mistake is… idk. Ever since my dosage was upped, I’ve been getting a long and irritating breakout. I know it’s probably my body expelling the deep acne in my skin, but it HURTS and my skin picking has become a lot more challenging as a result. My closed comedones have become more numerous and obvious, yet all of my mirrors in my room are covered to dissuade my picking sessions so I’m not exactly sure if my comedones are the exact spots painfully coming to a head or not but the breakouts seem to be in the areas where those are the worst. I thought it was PMS but now I really think it’s just the Accutane.
Products used: -Aveeno Sheer Daily Moisturizer: morning and night -Neutrogeena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (SPF 15): mornings when I plan to go outside. I hate the smell and oily texture of sunscreen immensely, but this product is actually pretty good. -Burt’s Bees chapstick: use in morning and throughout the day -Aquaphor tube: apply at night before bed -Dove cucumber moisture body wash: I use shower gloves for my body (GENTLY) -Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap: DISTILL THIS bc its super concentrated. I did 1:2 of soap to water in a separate glass bottle. I started using soap on my face again, but only in the evenings when I take a shower because I’m starting to need to wear more makeup to cover up spots and water alone won’t take off my concealer. -Heliocare oral supplement: on days where I plan to go outside a lot (still wear sunscreen, though!) -NAC supplement: for OCD, anxiety, depression -Multivitamin: Recently purchased Kirkman’s multivitamin without vitamin A or D bc it’s important to get your vitamins especially when on NAC, but DON’T take any more vitamin A while on accutane, since the medicine is derived from A.
Symptoms: -Dry face: Not considerably; worse in breakout areas and chin -Dry lips: Yes, a little worse than past weeks but not tragic -Dry nose/eyes: Not really, maybe a little with my eyes. -Depression: Decreased actually, potentially from NAC -Thirsty: I definitely have to drink more water, especially when I wake up in the morning, but it’s a good habit to get into -Hair loss: Yes, but I’m not going bald and I still have eyebrows. Less in the past two or so weeks.
 

SaveTheBees

SaveTheBees

08/15/2018

 

Week 1, Day 1

Hello,

OK, so here we are, a year later... 

After my last blog post, my skin had a miraculous clearing. It was a combination of limited stress, plus a drastic reduction of BP and a new moisturizer (a beautiful olive water from Japan). My skin was glowing, perfect, milky, creamy...

Then, I came back to school to finish my PhD (it's done-- except for the final PDF submission! Yay!), and some emotional stress, and my skin took a drastic turn for the worse. To be fair, it's not super bad-- it's mild/moderate, with some scattered (persistent) smaller pimples and a bunch of red spots... but I just feel insecure, frustrated, and ugly. I don't really get cysts or anything like that, but this time it has just very hard to get rid of. My forehead, like last year, broke out in tiny pimples and blackheads, and my chin keeps getting hit with medium-sized zits (the kind that turn yellow and then die... and then resurface right next door). I'm 30 years old -- actually, soon to be 31-- and I'm totally done with this shit. 

I want perfectly clear skin. And I will get it, by my 31st birthday (about 6 weeks from now). 

So, let's talk about DKR. As mentioned, I've been using some form of it for the past 8 (!) years, and at times it's brought me great success. When I had a major, severe cystic breakout 8.5 years ago, DKR cleared up my skin completely within six months (and that includes most red marks). Then, last year, it cleared up the moderate/severe breakout I had on my back quite beautifully, as well as a folliculitis breakout on my chest. It got things under control on my face, but the drying, the irritation, the redness, the flaking... I can't go through that again, and I am no longer convinced that slathering this stuff on my face is really going to help what is, in actuality, pretty mild acne. 

So this is the thing about DKR... can it be altered? For one, I don't want to go through the peeling again, and to have my face be reliant on these chemicals. The acne on my face is mild, and I don't know if I really need to put gobs of this on my face. Besides: I know he says there is no long-term consequence, but I don't feel good slathering all that stuff on my face. And I HATE the greasy feel of Cetaphil, Cerave, and Dan's lotion, too, that you need when you're putting so much BP on your face.

On the other hand, nothing I try to do on my own seems to be working, and I am ready for clear skin...

Over the years, I have found that, at least for me, the most important part of DKR seems to be 1) being gentle with my face, 2) having a clear routine with skin care (at least until clear), and 3) not touching my face at all. The thing is, I find I do get acne in placs where I touch my face, or where my hair touches my face, and so I am going to be diligent about this as I move forward. 

So, I'll be keeping a blog to track my progress as I apply BP and moisturizer (in smaller quantities), and hope to eventually wean myself off. The thing I know about 'my skin is that its much easier for ' cme to maintain it when it's already cslear than it is to clear it up. Also, writing about it keeps me focused and inspired-- and with my eyes on the goal, success is guarenteed. I believe in myself!

Onward... clear skin ahoy for us all!

hotglue01

hotglue01

08/13/2018

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