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Used hydroquinone 4% last night, and my skin was okay with it, so I think I might use it again tonight.
The pimple on my cheek blew up. Its really swollen and absolutely huge. I have been icing and heating, but its not doing much. Its one of the super painful cysts that I don't have much experience with.I'm so sad and scared that Ocella may not be working for me. I freaked and called my doctor. She gave me Doxycycline to help ease the breakouts while my body is transitioning to the pill. Nervous that the doxy will mask what Ocella is really doing to my skin, and once I run out my face will breakout. Will keep you updated!
Officially the first day of the sixth week of Ocella; I am experiencing small whiteheads on the tip of my nose and the two painful cysts (on forehead and cheek) are still there. My skin was extremely dry today and as a result, seemed a bit more oily, I think this might be from adjusting to the Tazorac
Story time: I'm on last pill of the fifth week of Ocella. About two weeks ago, I had a pregnancy scare and ended up taking Plan B. The next four days I had a horrible cystic breakout and then my period came. I don't think I can entirely contribute my acne to the Plan B because I had been breaking out a little before then, things definitely did spiral out of control after. 2 weeks later, and I'm still trying to heal that breakout.
Morale is low tbh. I have a pimple on my left cheek which I am nervous might blow up as well as one on my forehead. Both are extremely painful which is unusual for me. In addition there are little bumps almost like blackheads popping up around my forehead and upper cheeks.
I'm 19 and I have been battling acne for the past five years or so. Like most my skin dips up and down constantly, some years are worse than others. This past year I had a flare up, and so I went back to Retin-A. While that did help my skin a lot, I was still left with pretty tough and extreme breakouts right before my period. In an effort to combat this, my doctor suggested Birth Control. Took Levlen for a month and that screwed up my stomach so I stopped. Then I started Microgestin Fe 1/20, which at first was a godsend. By month three, I was having an extreme cystic breakout and had to stop.
SO naturally I schedule an appointment with both my dermatologist and OB/GYN. OB suggested I switch to Ocella, which is a generic form of Yasmin. My dermatologist enthusiastically agreed with this choice, she also switched me to 0.1% Tazorac and 4% Hydroquinone to combat acne scars. I want to blog my journey - because I want to finally overcome my acne once and for all.
I finished my second week of accutane a few days ago and my skin is blemish free! It’s been years since I’ve had not one spot on my face!
My skin hasn’t broken out in over a week now but I’ve noticed that in certain lights my skin does look more uneven and my pores look larger. I’ve read from other people’s blogs that their pores became less visible after a few months so I’m hoping this happens with me too.
My lips and skin aren’t as dry anymore so I haven’t felt the need to use moisturiser this week or apply as much lip balm. I feel like when one symptom goes away another appears, as my eyes are starting to hurt and feel quite dry now. So far I feel quite lucky with my experience, I’m only on a low dose at the moment so I hope things continue to stay this way when my dosage increases.
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I just got off accutane in May and my skin didn't like the change. I went from clear skin to mild to sometimes moderate breakouts. SO FRUSTRATING. I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed me tretinoin cream .005%. I've tried tretinoin in the past and wasn't a huge fan, but my skin was not in good shape then (ha). I officially completed week 2 and I'm feeling hopeful, but still discouraged. I know the first few weeks are hell, but my skin broke out so much within the last two weeks. It's finally starting to clear up just a little. Did anyone else have a similar experience? Here's to better results for week 3!
When deciding on Accutane I didn't realize how vigorous and demanding going on the drug was. If you've been struggling with persistent acne like a lot of us out there, Accutane seems like the holy grail of acne medicine. Many dermatologists recommend that people who are interested in going on Accutane need to explore other options (if they haven't already) such as doxycycline or azithromycin to fight acne. These are antibiotics that target the acne-causing bacteria from within the skin. Many dermatologists also prescribe a topical retinea cream to dry out the acne. I've learned from experience that these medicines seem to work at first but in the end, don't seem to be very effective (at least for me). Then if the patient is still not happy with their skin, they can talk to their dermatologist about going on Accutane. This is what I did, and my doctor was hesitant and wanted me to try another type of antibiotic before going on Accutane. I explained my constant confidence issues with my skin and just the havoc it brings to my life, and she finally agreed that Accutane would be the right choice for me. Soon after she explained the various side effects such as depression, weight loss, severe skin drying, cracking lips, gastrointestinal issues, and many more. The main things doctors talk about when going on Accutane is pregnancy prevention. In order to go on Accutane, you must be on two separate types of birth control such as hormonal birth control and condoms. This is very important because if you do become pregnant while on Accutane the baby will have very serious birth defects. You get a very large packet when you leave with all the side effects and how to prevent pregnancy. In order to qualify for Accutane, you must pass two pregnancy tests and get bloodwork done before starting your course. From then on you must go every month for blood work and a pregnancy test, and you must fill out an online questionnaire before being able to get your prescription filled. Accutane is a serious medicine and your doctor must take the proper steps to keep you safe while you are on the drug. In the end, its worth it if you want to finally clear your skin!
HELP! I didn’t know I wasn’t able to wax on accutane bc my derm never told me about it. I have skin ripped off under my eyes and school starts in a week and I need it healed before school!! Will it heal before school if I apply Vaseline to it everyday? So far I’ve been applying it for the past 2 days but it looks the same??? Help!!
I am currently on week 5 of my Accutane journey. Nothing crazy has happened, probably because I'm on a low dose of 30 mg a day. I have my next appointment this week and my mg will probably go up and I may experience more side effects. The only side effect I have had is dry lips (but still tolerable at this point), my skin has cleared slightly as in no new cysts have formed but I still have the ones that were there pre accutane. Excited to keep on this journey and crossing my fingers this minimal side effect thing lasts.
I'm on day 30 and I had a doctor's Appointment. Just a normal physical because I'm going for my drivers permit. She took one look at me, and I could tell, all she saw was my acne. She asked if I was using anything and I told her some products I tried, but that I had stopped using them because they didn't work. First thing she did was prescribe a antibiotic to kill the bacteria inside that was causing it. Then she prescribed a gel that you put on the acne that speeds up cell turnover. She told me to take these pills and when I finish the bottle I m done. Then I didn't get the gel because it's an over the counter thing, so she recommended a product called OXY 10 which is a benzoyl peroxide face wash. I was leary to use this but I'm going to give it a try. Needless to say, the caveman didn't work for me. It may work for others, but not for me. Which I should have known because I have acne on my shoulders and back too. Anyway, I'm hoping this will work. I wouldn't discredit the caveman, it was a good learning experience. But I think moderation is better then abstinence. She also said that using the gentle Dove soap bar as a cleanser after I sweated is great because it moisturizes on it's own and doesn't have hash fragrances. I'm glad she said something, but I'm also embarrassed that it had to get to this point. I wish my parents would have said something. Anyway, I'm gonna be optimistic about this new routine and we'll see how it goes. I'll probably start a new blog about it.
This week’s plan will be focused on clearing out all the active breakouts I got from last week’s fail.
I figured that maybe Avène Cleanance Expert made my skin worse because it was targeted for oily skin. My skin type is combination but a bit more on the dry side on the cheeks.
I decided to start washing my face only once a day in order to keep the natural moisture my skin produces. This sounds crazy but I’m willing to try this and see how it’ll affect my skin.
So here is this week’s skin routine:
- Cleanse with Garnier Micellar Water
- Spot treat my pimples with tea tree oil
- wait for 10 minutes then use Azaelic acid
- wash my face with VLCC mandarin and tomato face wash
- use Avène TriAcneal emulsion
I know this is not a perfect skin care routine as I won’t be using a moisturizer. Not moisturizing my skin doesn’t cause me breakouts som I’m ok with that. Plus, I said the goal here is to clear all my active breakouts. Also, I’m minimizing the skin products I’m using so I’m able to pinpoint anything that could be causing me more breakouts.
I haven't felt a need to update because my skin has relatively been the same. I have noticed that the black heads on my nose are sort of "pushing" themselves out. I don't know what to do about that. I've been sticking to exfoliating once a week. You would not believe how amazing it feels to get the grease and dead skin off. Some mornings I will wipe with a warm wet wash cloth. I'm not as itchy as I used to be. I just got some zinc tablets and I've been taking them for three days now. No change yet. Being 20 days into this, I can't say Its worse for me. It's nice not wasting so much time and money on products that don't work. I will pray stay with this even if it's just for the sake of not needing to wash my face and not being addicted to those products. But I can't say it's helping at all either. I wish I had the same success with this that others did.
So I’ve just finished my first week on Accutane! It’s annoying how slow it’s going I’m on 20mg a day and will eventually be upped to 60mg during a 4 month course. I haven’t suffered really with any side effects other than my lips being a little dry but Carmex seems to help. I was really worried about potential hair thinning too so I’ve bought some Nioxin shampoo to try and prevent that from happening.
My skin is already looking better than when I first started but I can feel some spots coming around my nose. My chin is completely clear which is unusual for me as It’s normally my worse area for spots. I’m hoping to be one of the lucky few that doesn’t have an initial breakout but it’s still very early on.
It really worries me that I won’t hit my cumulative dose and my acne will return after treatment. A four month course seems a little short compared to others..
Okay, so as I mentioned in my last blog, I really liked a product from Avène Cleanance range.
I decided to get another product from that range and start a new skin routine since whatever I was doing wasn’t working anyways.
Avène Cleanance Expert- emulsion has so many great reviews and a lot of people swear by it. It claims that it is a moisturizer that eliminates and prevents spots. After I did my research I decided to buy it and use it as my daily moisturizer.
The skin routine I came up with for this week is:
- vlcc mandarin and tomato face wash
- Avène Cleanance Expert- emulsion
- vlcc mandarin and tomato face wash
- Azealic acid 20%
- Morrocan Clay mask
- Avène Tri-Acneal expert
here’s what happened:
First thing I noticed was that my pimples got larger and some other pimples formed white heads. My first thoughts were, great this is working it’s pushing everything out. It took me three days to notice that maybe it’s LITERALLY pushing EVERYTHING out.
I started getting new pimples and white heads like crazy and the older pimples didn’t even go away.
I didn’t want to believe that something was wrong and I convinced myself that my skin is maybe purging. I kept using it for 6 days until I noticed new pimples in areas that has been clear for months.
That’s it. That was the last straw. This new routine sucks. Off to the next one.
Oh, one more thing. In no way am I bashing the brand or the product, like i said it worked for many many people. It just didn’t work for me. When I say it sucks I mean it sucks for my skin. Actually never mind, my skin just sucks.
Before I start going through my painful failure for this week. I want to share the products that I have tried and liked. I will definitely incorporate some of them into the skin routines I try out.
- Azealic acid 20%
It really helped out with my acne and some of my acne scars. I’m not really sure how it works but my skin loves it
- Avène Tri-Acneal Expert
Somewhat helped with my acne scars and Has a soothing effect. It does not eliminate breakouts like the brand claims though.
- VLCC mandarin and tomato face wash
I discovered this face wash back when I was in college. At the time I barely had the time to wash my face and my acne wasn’t my biggest problem. I notices that just switching to this face wash improved my skin dramatically.I love it so much I recommended it to my siblings and now it’s like the family face wash.
- Now Morrocan Clay mask
Many masks can make me breakout and this one doesn’t so I just kept using it. I can’t really tell if does much helping with the acne but I like how it makes my skin feel after using it.
- a mixture of aloe vera gel and bio oil
This mix is very soothing and moisturizing but isn’t greasy. I use it to moisturize my body after every shower and I think it’s the reason I don’t breakout on my shoulders anymore. So because I liked it so much as moisturizer for my body, I decided to start using it on my face when I was clear of acne and all i had was acne scars. It worked for a while but when my skin broke out again I started having second thoughts on it
So I decided to join this community and write a blog because I need all the support and help I can get with my struggle. I decided to start a blog here because this website is like a Wikipedia for our pores
Now let’s dive in to the history of my lovely acne before I get to where I am now.
When I first started to get acne all of my acne was on my forehead, my chin used to break out sometimes, and my cheeks where completely clear. By the time I graduated high school my face was somewhat clear.
Cut to my late teens to early twenties, all of my breakouts moved to my chin and jawline and my forehead was completely clear. I can’t really remember when did i start developing acne on my cheeks. But I know for sure that I had them when I was 23 and I have them now at the age of 24.
I think what helped with the acne on my chin was Azealic Acid. I use 20% and it’s my favorite acne fighting product.
Anyways, so about my skin now. I have mild acne that I wasn’t too bothered about. I didn’t even follow any skin care routine. However, one day I visited my GP and he seemed to be bothered by it so he referred me to a dermatologist. I was then put on Doxycycline for a month and I was advised to continue using Azealic acid and start using Tretinoin 0.025%
To be honest I don’t think Doxycycline helped and right after I stopped using it my skin started breaking out again. But for some miraculous reason my skin cleared out completely (except for acne scars of course)
My happiness with my clear skin lasted for two months before my skin started breaking out again.
It could be because I tries using bio oil for my acne scars, or because I decided to use Foreo Luna to cleanse my face, or because my face just sucks.
On my next post I’ll share the products that I love and want to keep using and I’ll also share my first skin routine fail.
Ok so here we are, summer 2018 and thankfully my skin has not had its annual summer dermatitis breakout so thats good. I think things are coming along quite nicely to be honest. Went swimming, got my face wet, no problem, looked fine afterwards, ect ect, all the good things. Mainly due to this new brand i found and have been using which i amazing! Its called The Ordinary, everything is super cheap im talking below $10 for most stuff and it works! I've been using some cool serums and stuff from them which have REALLY worked wonders. First thing is the Glycolic Acid toner which is amazing, plus Alpha Arbutin + HA serum, Niacinimide + Zinc serum, 2% retinoid +Squalene and their Rosehip oil are all really helping so much! PLUS, i found this cool face tanning toner from Eco-Tan which also has HA and helps blend any scarring so all of this combined is amazing. Plus the weather has been super hot and humid which my skin always seems to love so i a m doing good.
My spots are healing really quickly now, or more specifically the scabs I get from picking at spots. The closed comedones on my chin are beginning to come to (somewhat painful) heads, and after starting 80 mg I had a second mini break-out that’s still healing. My body acne is almost entirely gone now though, which is wonderful. I had a deep, almost cystic spot on my cheek that concerned me for a bit because I had hoped those were gone for good, but it’s going away on its own. I am really trying to not pick, and I started taking NAC supplement (it's safe with Accutane, according to my derm) to help take the edge off of my impulses and anxiety. It’s actually working pretty well I think, it seems to be easier to stop myself from picking and I have been a lot more productive overall
-Aveeno Sheer Daily Moisturizer: morning and night after toner dries
-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)
-Heliocare oral supplement: on days where I plan to go outside a lot (still wear sunscreen, though!)
-NAC supplement: for OCD, anxiety, depression
-Dry face: Not considerably, but my whole body is noticeably drier than when I was on 40 mg/day
-Dry lips: Yes, but manageable
-Dry nose/eyes: Not really, maybe a little with my eyes.
-Depression: Less than last week, I’m a bit of a mess lol (NAC also seems to help)
-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: Less than last week actually, or at least I seem to notice it less
So tomorrow will be 10 weeks on spiro. Just 2 weeks ago, I had my follow up appt at the dermatologist. She upped my dosage to 100mg, instead of 50mg, and I started Yaz that following Sunday. Just wanted to give an update.. acne is still there, hyper pigmentation still there, new breakouts are still occurring, but i have seen a slight improvement. I go back in 4 weeks to the dermatologist and if I do not see a significant improvement, i have already begun the iPledge process to get on accutane, which is why i began birth control.
Help me guys to remove this big whatever plzze guys
I closed on week 2 of my new regimen, and I'm feeling pretty good about improvements. My active breakouts are starting to heal and my new pimples have mostly just been small whiteheads. An ongoing cyst by my right ear "refilled," but I'm hoping to leave this be and let nature do its work. Pics below compare day 14 to day 1.
To reiterate, for the past two weeks I have been taking:
Vitamin D3 (4,000iu)
Saw Palmetto (500mg)
Stinging Nettle (500mg)
Vitamin C (1,000mg)
Women's Daily Multivitamin Gummies
The past week I added in:
Evening Primrose Oil (1,300mg)
A new moisturizer with Aloe, Vitamin C, E, Retinol, Green Tea, CoQ10, Kukui Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, MSM, etc. + a few drops of Evening Primrose Oil (I realized I may have actually been overdryingn my face with all the washing.)
I'll try hard to keep the lighting and angles the same on my future pics. Stay tuned!