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UPDATE 1/3/14: The closed comedones are back with a vengeance this winter, UGH! Last winter I was able to keep them at bay with sunlight, sulfur ointment and improved lifestyle. I am still convinced lack of sunlight is large a factor, but that has been hard to attain with crappy New England weather and a full-time job. The hardest part is the picking; I feel like I have to pick the comedones order for them to go away, but then it creates scarring and red marks. MUST STOP. I was using diluted ACV and the De La Cruz Sulfur ointment last winter with success, but this winter they seem to be having minimal effect on these comedones. So, I ordered Paula's choice 2% BHA Gel and have been using it daily for only four days. I've already noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin and there's minimal irritation, so I'm hoping the bumps and red marks go away in a few weeks! Has anyone noticed an improvement by taking high/regular dose birth control? I've been on a low-dose pill for about four years and I feel like my skin's been more acne-prone since then. I recently bought some BareMinerals foundation to replace my existing foundation; I've heard it helps with acne or at least improves skin texture. I know I'm throwing in a lot of treatment factors here, but I am desperate to get rid of these things! Here's my current regimen: Wash 2x a day with Burts Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser - this stuff is gentle and mostly natural; great at melting away makeup and does not irritate your eyes
Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel
Moisturize with either L'Occitaine or Keihls. I was using organic oils (joboba and coconut), but will cut those out for now
If my skin is feeling/looking extra bumpy or congested, I gently exfoliate with the Sephora beauty brush (it looks like a baby brush)
I'll report back over the next few weeks to see if PC gets rid of the comedones and improves my red marks.
Overall my acne is mild, but it's the scarring and red marks that kill me. I know the comedones will go away (hopefully) in the spring but then I'll be left with hyper-pigmentation and scarring. So goes the vicious cycle.
Original post Winter 2011/2012
I've never had perfect skin. I started getting closed comedones when I was ten, and so began the neverending ritual of washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, treating, obsessing. The closed comedones went away, but my skin was certainly acne-prone. I got the occasional whiteheads, usually after skimping on washing my face or experiencing high levels of stress. I had enlarged pores and blackheads on my nose, which I still have at 25 (I'm convinced they'll never go away). My skin was simultenously oily and dry, though I don't classify myself as having true "combination skin." I started using powder or blotting sheets to manage the oily nose and forehead.
At 23, I started working in an office full-time. I packed on 15 pounds after a few months, thanks to sitting on my ass all day and indulging in the endless supply of snacks. My forehead also exploded into a mess of comedones, which I first blamed on trying the oil-cleansing method. I still think it may have been a factor then, but we'll get to all the factors soon.
Utterly exasperated with my new appearance, I cut out all sweets. I started doing intense cardio and dropped most of the weight. But the comedones persisted.
Worst of all was the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In the past, any marks faded in a week tops, but these seemed deep, permanenet. I cried often about my face, and wondered what the hell had happened. I'd always gotten compliments on my skin (regardless of it not being perfect), and now I felt like one of my good features was destroyed. I was ugly.
In the spring, the comedones finally went away, some of the PIH faded, and I was able to mask the rest by tanning and using sunless tanner. In the summer my skin looked AMAZING - clear, glowing, moist. I could pretty much put anything on it and I wouldn't break out at all. I concluded it was because of:
--LOTS of sunshine and fresh air --> the weather in New England was awesome all summer, and I was outside a lot - I even went away to Cape Cod for a week
--rapid exfoliation from tanning (and sunburns...oops)
--lower stress levels
--improved diet and lifestyle
However, once fall rolled around, my tan peeled off and the COMEDONES RETURNED. Extremely disappointed and frustrated, I turned to the Internet (especially Acne.org!), trying to find answers. I started thinking, "Hmm. The comedones showed up the EXACT same time last year. What is it about this time of year?" The many articles about vitamin D and acne caught my eye.
The comedones showed up in October each year. The link between acne lack of sun/fresh air/vitamin D seemed like a possibility. So, while I was maintaining a healthy diet, I started running outside on my lunch breaks. It not only cleared my skin, but also made winter seem much less depressing.
I was amazed at how quickly the comedones disappeared. Fortunately, the fall and winter have been mild (and sunny!) in New England, so there was plenty of sunshine to be had. I'm sure the intense cardio from running also helped, as it just does many good things for the body and mind in general.
It's now February and the comedones have not returned. I do still have PIH and large pores, but sunless tanner and makeup has helped me ignore them.
So...on top of the other factors listed, I'm jumping on the acne and sun/fresh air/vitamin D link. To reiterate, I think there are MANY factors that cause acne, and will be different for each person. However, all we can do is trial and error. So, I think I've finally found my answers.
Now to battle blackheads, enlarged pores, and PIH
My current face regimen:
AM and PM Face Regimen Wash face with Yes to Carrots Cream Cleanser
Exfoliate with Sephora beauty brush OR First Aid Facial Radiance Pads -- I had to cut down on exfoliating since I started getting little whiteheads. I now do it once a day, every few days.
Moisturize with The Jobaba Company jobaba oil
Moisutirze with Jergens Natrual Glow for face (Every few days) -- this isn't a good moisturizer, but it gives you a fake tan. Good for hiding PIH and making you look like you're not a corpse in the winter
Pimple treatment: Clearasil Adult Treatment Cream (tinted)
hey, this is a super EASY tip. Try disolving EPSOM SALT (salt of magneseum) in warm water. About 2 tablespoons of salt per cup of water. I have been using this as a toner acutally AFTER i moisturize, because It holds in moisture. After 5 days (of day and night use) my skin is clear of any active acne and red mars are fading and skin looks much brighter and smoother (no mirco bumps.) the reviews for epsom salt on this site are amazing, and you defiently cannot beat the price! it's super cheap and also great for adding to baths to deminish body acne. <3 hope this helps. It has been a miricle for me. My routine: when I wake up 1. Was face with a super gentle soap, I'd reccommend Dr. Ohira's Kompuka Soap bar because it has probiotics in it, cleans well, is completely natural leaves skin soft, but doesn't dry out skin and remove healthy skin oils. but you really just need a soap that is gently 2. I moisturize. EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut oil or Dr. Ohiras Probiotic Moguruku skin lotion (also contains probiotics) and moisturizes super well and is all natural. I massage either this or the coconut oil into my skin for 1 minute (so basically just moisturize very well and then finally the EXCITING PART ((: ) 3. I have a bowl of my epsom salt water, and I use a cotton ball and wipe the epsom water all over my face. 4. Allow that to dry completely and you may see a white powder on your face (that is just the salt) 5. You can rinse off your face now and only reapply to problem areas, allow to dry and finish make up as usual. (never noticed a problem with the salt residue on face because it is easily wiped off.) Night: same thing! & it has really changed my skiN!! The epsom salt is most definently what gave my skin the most progress & I know this because I used the soap bar and lotion from Dr. Ohira for months before I tried the epsom salt (nevertheless they are reat products) but don't clear acne all alone with out the epsom salt booster. (also ** Epsom salt help to retain moisture! So it does not dry out skin but it will pull icky stuff out of a zit if you put a semi dissolved pile of it on top of a zit and let it dry) lol You can defienently sleep with this on your skin with no problem! does not over dry, is deminishing black heads over time, redness decreases more and more with every use. Do NOT go crazy. Because as great as this is, everything can be over done / used. You do not need to apply a million times a day. Just once in the morning, once at night and maybe one more time throughout the day on problem areas if you really feel you need to. To bathe with this salt, pour two cups of it into the bath and let the warm water disolve it. You may need to stir water with hand to help quicken the process. MAKES YOUR SKIN SO SOFT! and trust me if you keep up regular use you will see a huge difference in your skin. This is so great for those scabs that you want to dry but not over dry and reopen, and to kill bacteria, brighten skin, clear infection. AVOID eye contact directly because it does sting, but I use a Q-tip to apply to my dark circles under my eyes which have lightened tremendously more than any eye cream did for me. Another great thing about this is you can easily bring your one thing of soap, and a little (tupawear?) container or zip lock bag of the salts to a friends house, borrow a cup, melt it in warm water, use a cotton ball and you don't have to worry about horrible break outs away from home! and you don't have to have a million products either ((: Litterally this cleared my skin in 5 days. Even a cyst I had came to the surface within a day and I was able to prick it with a sterile safety pin and remove the icky and put the epsom salt water on it multiple times a day and you litterally cannot tell it was there now!!
Argan oil acne treatment is one of the most effective, natural skin treatments. In the current cosmetic market, there are several acne treatments and most of them produce varying results. Amongst these treatments, argan oil is one of the products that stand out. To fully understand how argan oil works to get rid of acne, it is important to first know how acne develops: How Acne Develops The human skin has its own natural oil known as sebum. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands that are situated under the surface of the skin and are normally attached to the hair follicles. This oil acts as a protective coating that lubricates and waterproofs the hair and skin of an individual, but it also happens to be nourishment for the bacteria that causes acne. The production of too much sebum blocks the pores of the skin. This situation forms the ideal breeding ground for acne-causing bacterium, resulting into the development of acne, blackheads and pimples. Argan Oil Acne Remedy Argan oil assists in the regulation of the production of sebum, keeping the bacteria that cause acne at check. It not only lowers the production of sebum, but it also rich in vitamin E and has anti-inflammatory properties which are known to be very effective in the treatment of acne. Vitamin E is the perfect nourishment for the skin as it helps in the repair of damaged tissues and cells. In addition, argan oil eliminates marks and scars from old acne, leaving the skin smooth and spotless. This oil ought to be applied on a regular basis for the affected individual to achieve the desired results. Furthermore, argan oil is also useful in the treatment of eczema. Argan Oil – Components Argan oil is obtained from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree. This oil is rich in carotene and phenolic compounds that provide the antioxidant property. It is also rich in healthy fats (omega 3 and 6), which play a huge role in making the skin look young and supple. This form of acne treatment also contains Sterolins – these help in keeping the skin’s cell membranes healthy. This compound functions by boosting the skin’s metabolism and reducing inflammation. All these components work hand in hand to provide one of the best natural skin remedies available in the cosmetic industry today. Getting the Best Product The nutritional qualities of argan oil obtained directly from the tree are not always the same with the products that are available in the market. If you decide to purchase refined argan oil, its nutritional value would be substantially less than that extracted from the argan tree in Morocco. This is due to the fact that the refining process consists of bleaching and heating which kills most of these active nutrients that make this oil valuable to the skin. A better alternative would be the cold pressed or the totally pure argan oil to take care of this skin condition. Cold pressed option is quite effective because it is subjected to very minimal processing thus their nutritional qualities are not lost. Products that contain pure argan oil will produce the best results for acne sufferers. As long as it used on a daily basis, the user will experience positive changes on the appearance of their skins and restore the natural glow of their skins. How to use Argan oil Before applying this oil, wash your hands thoroughly using mild soap. Using dirty hands will make the oil less effective. Once you are sure that your hands are clean, place two drops of the oil onto your palms and gently massage it on your face. The high penetration power of the oil guarantees that it will be absorbed by the skin almost instantly. Argan oil should be used twice everyday; in the morning and evening. This way the user can enjoy the full benefits that this oil brings. Under normal circumstances, the acne will heal completely after a 21-day period of application. For some people, it may take up to 2 months for this skin condition to heal properly. Argan oil for the treatment of acne scars In some instances, scars may form on the skin after the acne clears away. This leads to skin discoloration and blights the appearance of the skin. Normally, these scars take a very long time before they fade away. Clinical studies have shown that when this oil is used everyday without fail, it eases the occurrence of scars on the skin. This is enabled by Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) contained in it. Provided that the oil is used properly, scars will disappear on the skin after a few weeks. Benefits of using Argan oil Argan oil has been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of acne, as opposed other over the counter remedies. Since it is extracted from natural compounds, it is safe to use and free from side effects. This oil is affordable and very easy to use. Using it involves a simple application process on the face. It facilitates the balanced production of sebum and the unclogging of the skin’s pores, hence allowing the facial skin stay free from acne naturally. Having a natural, good-looking skin will boost the confidence of an individual and provide them with an attractive look. The more confidence a person has, the more success they enjoy in their day to day lives; in their careers, social lives and education. This can be only achieved when proper skin care products such as argan oil are used as recommended. Argain oil is readily available to users. You can make purchases online and have the product delivered at your doorstep. Conclusion From the above points, it is easy to see why argan oil is a popular and highly beneficial skin care therapy. Nonetheless, before you decide to use this form of skin treatment, it is advised that you consult a doctor, particularly if you have suffered from acne for long periods of time. Rest assured, argan oil has been medically proven to be safe for everyone to use. www.arganlife.net
Hey Everyone! When I use to be a face picker, (a habit that still creeps up on me from time to time) the worst part was that I was left with a huge scab on my face from picking it to death. As we all know scabs on your face from picking pimples and acne are the same as most other scabs you have anywhere else! Itâ€™s even worse on you face though, for a few reasons. Obviously a massive ugly scab can never be covered up well (I always layered on the makeup but by the end of the day, it was worse than ever!), and it also can infect your pore worse than it already was from the pimple. Trust me, a pimple within a scab is probably the worst combination ever. So how do we avoid this? Stop picking your face for one, but since that doesnâ€™t happen overnight, let me share some of the secrets and tips I used during this bad habit phase. So the worst has happened- you picked your pimple and are now left with a horrible looking scab on your face (maybe even your foreheadâ€¦the worst). Just know that it will NOT be healed in a day, only time can heal this scab, along with a little help from you. In the best case scenario (depending on the size of the scab), I have had some heal by end of day 2. Go by yourself some Aloe Vera gel (not the bright green kind in the drug store â€“ you will have to go to a health food store for this.). It is clear and kind of like a gel, and you will have to keep it in your fridge when you are not using it. One of the biggest benefits to acne sufferers may result from the use of aloe vera to heal the skin. Using aloe vera for acne treatment speeds the healing of skin by increasing blood circulation and stopping cell death. Aloe vera benefits skin afflicted with acne by speeding the healing of skin. This rapid healing process can stop an acne breakout from worsening as well as will help acne scars to diminish over time.To use it, dab some on your picked pimple at night and whenever you are just sitting around the house. If you have the guts then donâ€™t wear any makeup over it for the next few days, If you have to wear makeup or cover-up then make sure it is oil free and safe for acne prone skin. One thing I found worked well for me is that, at the end of the night when I would go to wash off my makeup, I would leave my cover up on over my scab. I found when I washed over it (because makeup will make a scab moist and loose), it would come off and the whole process would start from scratch. Where as when I left it on â€“ literally only over that ONE tiny spot â€“ in the morning it would have had the chance to begin constructing a new layer of skin. I would brave having it on my face for work or school the following day (still covered up), and after repeating it that night as well, I was usually able to peel it off the following morning. I treated the pink spot of skin with some moisturizer to finish up the process, and voila! I sometimes combined Aloe Vera in this process or on top of my cover up. You can experiment yourselves too! Best of Luck
Hi! Im an Acne survivor from the Philippines. It was the beginning of summer this year, when I started to have mild acne. They started as 3-4 bumps on my forehead. As i wanted to see my face clear then, I changed my soap from dove to a carrot soap (kills acne fast). They just dried up fast but made my face really dry and the few small bumps gradually increases. After a week, because acne persevered, I changed my soap from carrot soap to kojie san (whitening soap and anti-acne but very harsh), that is when I started to feel burning sensation in this region of my face. And I was back again to dove. All burning/stinging and itch subsided. But acne was relentlessly colonizing areas of my face. I decided to see my wonderful dermatologist and I went on Differin 0.1% and Benzac(Benzoyl Peroxide) 5% with Cetaphil cleanser and Doxycycline oral for 14 days with her directions. On my fourth week, it made my acne severe. I stopped it. I had enough with all the side effects like dryness, itch, STINGS like shit and burning. I went through major depression because I've been socially withdrawn. There's no guarantee that i will get cleared up if i continued it up to 3 months. My dermatologist prescribed me tretinoin but i know it will irritate so i did not follow her prescriptions because of what she did to my face. But rather, tried something on my own. You know what, i started using Kojic Papaya soap, a product from Royale Business club here in Philippines which is my cleanser morning and night. And in 2 weeks time, all my pimples dried up like crazy and i see no new growths. I swear! I was overwhelmed with the soap because it's very cheap. It cleared up my acne and it lightens my dark spots/acne scars. Im now pimple free and blemish free. Truly amazing! Kojic papaya soap, a product of Royale is just a holy grail after i failed so many tries. I know it might be new to you but it's worth a try.
I am really loving grape seed oil! I've never had luck with oils and I remember always reading about the benefits of grape seed but never buying it, well I finally decided to buy it about 3 weeks ago and I'm so happy. I use it nightly and If I'm not going anywhere in the morning (such as now since it's summer) then I'll also apply it then. Here are my personal benefits: -regulates oil and helps with dryness. My skin is combination but has been really dry recently because of acne treatments and just damage from products. -incredible inflammation reducer. This is the biggest thing for me, it has REALLY helped with cystic acne. I put it on a cyst at night and in the morning it's 70% reduced and barely hurts. Even if I didn't catch it on time, it's just amazing. -rich in vitamic C = reduced PIH (post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation). I haven't been using it for too long, but GSO has reduced my marks by about 20% in 3 weeks. -heals and soothes. GSO has continuously worked, usually products stop working for me in a week. This has worked extremely well for 3 weeks. BP was helping my skin before this but it never got rid of the cysts fully, especially in my lower jaw, this has obliterated the cysts. I have 1 pimple in that area now. Also, 2 days ago I got a pimple (NOT a cyst! But painful & inflamed) in that area, put the GSO at night, and I swear I'm being honest, the next day it was dry and in another day it rubber off when I washed my face. I'm really excited to continue seeing the benefits because it's surreal. I've added about 2 tablespoons to my cleanser so we'll see how that goes. For a cleanser (I don't use it regularly though) I use the Whole Foods version of Cetaphil - really good (no bad ingredients such as parabens, it's great!) PS: forgot to say, currently I'm using the Whole Foods GSO in the cooking section, it's not the most natural but it's doing the job. I'm going to continue using it for a few more weeks and then try to buy an organic one.
Below is a list of ingredients, along with relevant studies or anecdotes, that are indicated to help reduce sebum production, either directly or indirectly. I posted this on the Oily Skin forum, but I want it here too so that it has a greater chance of helping anyone else who is also searching for an oily skin cure. My next blog post talks about a new experiment I'm doing involving products that contain a number of these ingredients. If you suffer from oily skin and are desperate for a cure, please consider experimenting with products that contain some of these key ingredients. The only way we will find a solution for oily skin is if we experiment. Green tea (camellia sinensis) 60% reduction of sebum after 8 weeks using a formulation containing 3% green tea extract: http://bjbms.org/arc...0-3/mahmood.pdf “Twenty mg of (-)epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in 0.2 ml 70% ethanol was applied to the left forehead twice a day for 6 days (FIG. 25). The L/R ratio decrease from 1.20±0.02 to 0.71±0.04 during this period . . . Clearly EGCG was more effective in reducing the sebum production from forehead than (-)epicatechin.” http://www.freepaten...om/5605929.html “we examined the effects of EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, on human SEB-1 sebocytes and in patients with acne. In SEB-1 sebocytes, we found that EGCG reduced sebum” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23096708 “Steady and statistically significant reductions in sebum secretions were noted for mono (green tea) and combined treatments (green tea plus lotus) compared to placebo treatment.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3738281/ Ketoconazole (Nizoral) “The sebum casual level appeared to be decreased by KCZ” “A 19.4% decrease in the mean sebaceous gland area was observed in the KCZ group” [Yes, the ketoconazole decreased the actual size of the sebaceous glands.] http://vipadenievolo...ampoo_Study.pdf “The sebum excretion rate is reduced with ketoconazole (-6.54%)” http://www.hairlossh...zoral1study.cfm Sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) “Concentrated sea buckthorn (H.rhamnoides) fruit extract was entrapped in the inner aqueous phase of w/o emulsion. . . the Formulation showed statistically significant (P < 0.05) effects on skin sebum secretion.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3146084/ Licorice (Glycyrrhiza inflata or glycyrrhiza glabra) Among the herbal extracts tested, polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U (product name) derived from Glycyrrhiza inflata showed the most potent testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, androgen receptor binding inhibition and antimicrobial activities, which are closely related to sebum secretion. In addition to the findings on polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U, clove extract and peppermint extract showed testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, arnica extract and rose fruit extract showed androgen receptor binding inhibition http://sciencelinks....804A0230063.php Clove Licorice study. Arnica Licorice study. Rose hip/fruit Licorice study. “Effects of rose fruit extract on sebum secretion were evaluated by determining the inhibitory effect on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding. Rose fruit extract showed inhibitory effects on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding.” http://www.personalc...aspx?Story=4113 Peppermint Licorice study. I experimented with peppermint oil and saw results firsthand: Saw palmetto (serenoa repens) Study: " The study participants applied a cream containing saw palmetto extract, sesame seeds, and argan oil twice daily for four weeks. . . a significant reduction of sebum levels was noted—up to 42% in oily spots." http://onlinelibrary...0306.x/abstract “In a study of 34 men and 28 women (18-48 years) topically applied SR [serenoa repens] extract in lotion and shampoo base for three months led to 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC2840915/ Sesame seed First saw palmetto study. Argan oil First saw palmetto study. Cedarwood oil "The two extracts- cedarwood and poplar bud extract retained their activity at 0.5%. and effectively reduced the sebum levels." “Cedar wood and elubiol application led to a significantly greater fall in the sebum reading at 6 weeks as compared to 3 weeks” http://www.freepaten.../EP1172087.html Anecdotal “After a couple of weeks, I noticed the chin was "dryer", indicative of less sebum being secreted than the other side . . . I can certainly assert that cedarwood alone helped that side of my chin to make less sebum." http://www.hairlosst...oil-test-notice L-Carnitine “topical in vivo application of a formulation containing 2% L-carnitine for 3 weeks significantly decreased the sebum secretion rate compared to the treatment with vehicle.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/22360332 Hydrolyzed wheat and soy protein “Mean sebum readings charts showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles versus Elubiol, with sebum readings decreasing with time, from 124-138 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 68-81 mu g/cm<2> at week 12.” “a similar trial in Australia on Australian teenagers . . . again showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles to elubiol with sebum readings decreasing from 145-155 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 117-124 mu g/cm<2> at week 12” http://www.freepaten.../EP1172087.html "We have demonstrated the inhibitory activity of [soy] isoflavone . . . suggesting that genistein and isoflavone would be used as an effective agent for androgenetic acne and for the inhibition of secretion of sebum by modifying androgen conversion" http://ift.confex.com/ift/2004/techprogram/paper_24710.htm Lavender "Transactivation of the MMTV-luciferase reporter plasmid by 0.1 nM DHT was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by both lavender oil and tea tree oil" http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa064725#t=article Anecdotal: "About a month-6 weeks ago I started using about 1 drop or less of lavender essential oil in my nightly moisturiser (Neutrogena Essential Moisture) . . . Since I made this change (and I have pretty much kept everything else in my pretty simply routine the same) I have noticed a huge difference- I now don't get shiny skin at all, but it doesn't really feel dry.” http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Lavender-Essential-Oil-O-t227604.html “I noticed that Lavender oil helped reduce the oiliness. But it also dries out your skin if you don't moisturize.” Tea tree oil Lavender study. Seaweed extract (laminaria digitata) “The findings taken together suggest that SOZC can significantly ameliorate symptoms of acne vulgaris, particularly in terms of reducing sebum production and populations of Propionibacterium acnes.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23752036 Green apple rind extract “These results suggest that GAR-E can be applied in cosmetics to reduce facial pore size and sebum secretion.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23563562 Zinc “Zinc displays 'in vitro' some antiandrogen activity through an inhibition of the 5 alpha-reductase activity” ttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8252759 Niacinamide “The results of the Japanese study demonstrated that the SER of the two groups was not significantly different at baseline, but the 2% niacinamide treated group demonstrated significantly lowered SER after 2 and 4 weeks of application. The results were somewhat different in the Caucasian study. After 6 weeks of treatment, the CSL was significantly reduced, but the SER was not significantly reduced.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16766489 Pumpkin seed oil “The oil fraction of pumpkin seed has been shown to inhibit 5 alpha-reductase. The mixture of delta 7-sterols has been shown to inhibit the binding of DHT to androgen receptors.” http://www.web-outpa...hp?Article_Id=5 Other Other ingredients that are purported to have an anti-androgenic or sebum-reducing effect but don’t have studies or significant anecdotal evidence to back them up (that I can find). Topical: Thyme, sage, nettle, rosemary, pygeum, azelaic acid. Oral: Curcumin, resveratrol, magnesium, lithium.
I started using Regimen from Jan 12,2014 so it is almost 2 months now I wash my face with its cleanser as mentioned..If you want to fight with your face its different thing Be gentle while washing face.. I have no pimple problem for 6 months or so. I am taking accutane 40 Mg per day and i have to take it for 3 months more. I use this cream in day time called KOJIGLO Gel. Believe me my dermatologist is best in India ( I cannot reveal his name ) He charges amount like $ 100/visit and he told me something very unique " What might be expensive might not be good also " This hold true for this cream..It cost hardly $ 3 and will last at least 2 weeks but you will see results in 1 week It is moisturizing..I am attaching photo of cream so that you can see it. I also use AHA + of regimen and combine mositurizer with Jajoba oil. I can tell you daily people who see me after 2 months or so ask me what am i using because my face shines and glows so much now ALSO FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE FOR SCARS..I CAN TELL YOU MY SCARS ARE HEALING..I DO NOT KNOW WHY DAN DO NOT MENTION IT BUT USING AHA + for 2 months now and there is healing in my scars Please do not use any other prouduct except this. Money is hard earned..Spend on it in wise manner I can opt for any expensive product you mention and i have tried all of them..Nothing worked for me. Use Kojiglo gel in day time..It will absorb..You wont feel it..Just let let it be for 20 minutes..You can then go out and in night use AHA + Use this for 2 months and notice difference.. Please do not thank me for anything..Help 3 people who who you see need help..I am doing same.. World will be nice place to live if we live on these principles !! In case of any confusion,please message me. I have more than 14 years of ACNE experience and you name any product, any laser treatment..I have tried all please keep smiling..Acne is stressful but life is more beautiful Drink lot of water Coconut Water Just do whatever but please do not take stress due to Acne..At end you will realize it is not worth it..Those who love you will love you with 100 pimples and those who do not love you will hate you even with clear face !! God gives human life 1 time..Live life king size IF YOU FIND THIS HELPFUL, PLEAS DO NOT THANK ME..HELP 3 PEOPLE YOU COME ACROSS AND NEED HELP.. ANY DOUBTS/QUESTIONS..LEAVE ME MESSAGE.
What was once my best friend is now my enemy. In the beginning, benzoyl peroxide helped me prevent acne and get rid of the current acne that I had. Eventually, it caused my skin to become dry and oily at the same time. It happened so gradually that I didn't realize that benzoyl peroxide was ruining my skin. I started using benzoyl peroxide religiously my sophomore year. There were a few times when I would use it on and off, but altogether, I used benzoyl peroxide for 3 years. At first my skin was normal. Not too oily, not too dry. It was completely fine. I just needed those annoying pimples to make like a tree and leave. It worked for me in the beginning, and it worked for me in the end. However, I decided to quit benzoyl peroxide because it was just too irritating for my eyes. When I applied bp, my eyes would get so red and watery that I couldn't bare to open them while and after I applied bp. I also realized bp was doing something weird to my skin texture. After a year of using it, my skin switched from normal to oily, and a year and a half of using bp, I noticed that my skin was dry even if it had sebum sitting on top. I was so confused, so I used different moisturizers: creams, gels, lotions, no moisturizers, spearmint tea, even the Clarisonic Mia, but nothing worked. "It's got to be this darned benzoyl" I thought. I didn't know the science behind it, but I knew one thing: having oily skin that was starting to wrinkle on the forehead and would show pronounced little lines when pulled was not good. Finally in May, (if I had to give a specific date, I would say May 7 although I know I quit earlier than that) I quit using benzoyl peroxide cold turkey. Has my skin gotten worse? Oh yea, but i'm not going to put my skin's age in danger even if it means having less acne. I decided to go for a different approach, a holistic approach, for my acne and let my skin recover from the ravages of benzoyl peroxide. I'm at that "2-month mark" when people supposedly get worse acne when they quit using these acne products. My skin has definitely gotten worse than it was the beginning of the summer, but it happened gradually. Now, I have whiteheads and comedonal acne, but no cysts (thank God). It is highly likely that my skin is responding to my quitting benzoyl peroxide, but I'm not 100% sure. There is also the chance that my skin is detoxing due to recent diet changes I have made.
Hi, So its almost been 2 years since I last posted on Acne.org and kind of feel that I owe the community something after it helped me so much in my time of need. First off my name is Tim and in January 2010 i started a years course of accutane finishing this January gone (2011). My dosage at first was 20mg which then rose to 60/80mg then gradually back down towards the end of my treatment. I found life on accutane very, very hard. The drug is a BITCH, but at times we need a bitch to put us right and my god did accutane put me and my skin right. There were times when I was on the drug where I cried. I remember the worst feeling was after about 6 months: From reading all about peoples accutane experience on acne.org the general idea I got was that the course was about 6 months. Not for me. My dermatologist took the opinion that I should drive every last trace of acne from my body. So at around 7-8 months I would go and see him having maybe one spot and he would say 'we will give it another month'. Another month of hell as far as I was concerned. I was at the opinion that hey my acnes pretty much gone why are you putting me and my body through this?! Months 9-10 go by and I'm back again to see him and again he sends me away with a fresh prescription of accutane. Months 11-12 and I go to see him expecting once again to be send away with a fresh box of pills, but to my delight he said I think thats enough. At that moment I felt the weight of the whole world had been lifted of my shoulders and I could finally start a new chapter of my life. With the befit of hindsight I can not be more grateful to my dermatologist for pushing me on through a prolonged course of treatment. So in January 2011 I started my new chapter. This new chapter has been just as difficult though. Before my acne I was a very sociable person who was never afraid to have all the attention on me. That all changed once acne took its grip upon me. Once accutane cleared it up new problems emerged. My skin (especially my face) would always be red which I absolutely resented. This drove me into a social recluse with only a few friends, a recluse without girls, all being the opposite to how I once was. In any social situations I became awkward and would often get embarrassed starting the chain reaction. Reddish face -> get embarrassed -> go even redder -> . So I eventually gave up trying to socialize with people where awkward/embarrassing situations may arise. Even being off accutane and being spot free my life still seemed shit. DON'T WORRY IT DOES GET BETTER! After about 3-4 months post accutane things started looking up. The redness in my skin began to die down . With this improvement my confidence slowly started creeping back (very slowly) and still is. I began to talk to girls and a wider group of people at school once again. As my confidence improved I found that my flushing decreased. Although accutane didn't help with the flushing I believe that a large part of the cause of it is mental. I found that if I found my self thinking about it saying to myself, 'omg this girl is fit I hope I don't blush and go all red', low and behold I would. So as I was saying as my confidence grew my flushes fell. Where am I today? Although the title says one year in fact I'm about two months short of that but oh well. As I'm typing this I'm currently happy with the way my skin is. Admittedly my cheeks are a little rosy but its nothing I can't handle. My confidence, although not being as high as it once was is at a 3-4 year high. I can only see things getting better. I do get the odd hot flush here and there, maybe once or twice every few weeks but thats nothing compared to what it once was. On a final note, if there is one message I wish to put across in this post, is that don't give up on accutane. It may seem like its fucking your life up now but it does wonders for your future. Keep looking forward and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for reading and thanks to all the amazing people that helped me through my time with accutane. I don't know what I would have don't without the community!
Okay guys, so this is a post thats VERY hard to share but im hoping that if i can give at least one person hope ill be succeeding with what i initially wanted to do with this post. So if you guys have been following my posts ive talked about having very bad nodular cystic acne and up until now i was so afraid to post any photos just because looking at them hurts me, the pictures show a different person than who i am. And i know thats weird to say considering its been a month and a half but that guy in that photo has no self confidence, didnt want to go out in public, cried a lot because of his skin condition and just felt like nothing was going right for him. The same guy posting this blog however is a confident happy proud guy who cant wait to go to the mall and hang out with his friends. ive noticed a HUGE change in myself since my skin cleared up. right before i started RAM i was depressed and i tried to hide it when i was around my friends and act like there was nothing which worked but that didnt make me feel better. i tried avoiding my problem rather than tackling it head on. My depression caused bad diet bad skin care routine etc... while on RAM i realised something which i probably mentioned in all of my previous blogs. if you want to get rid of your acne you have to change your lifestyle completely. but enough of me talking on and on lol so for the update. my skin still looks great, acne marks are fading, skins smoothing, not as much flaking. still burning but its not as bad as before! my confidence is just rising and i feel great. my health is good, ive been eating right, drinking plenty of water and tea had a can of pop this month but i felt like treating myself for my birthday haha. so the before photos are very personal and quite embarrassing so please dont write any rude comments im trying to show my progress and that better skin is possible with a few changes . leave some questions and comments please and thanks to everyone whose been reading my blog :$ you guys are awesome! hope i can touch one person! and if i do leave a comment or a message in my inbox <3
****EDIT 09-29-2012 I still take vitex daily but after moving (which kind of changed my diet) I had some small cysts popping up. Not cool acne, not cool! This finally led me to consider the role of sugar and dairy in my diet. That blog post coming soon******* Hi I wanted to add my support for vitex! I have not seen a lot of posts about it on Acne.org and I wanted to get a conversation going since I truly believe in it. I've been using vitex for the last six months and it has worked well for me. At first I was very skeptical. I'm NOT someone who takes all kinds of vitamins at all but a friend of mine suggested this since it worked for her. At that point in time I had been using RetinA and skinoren with pretty good results. At first they cleared my skin completely but over a few months a cyst or two would pop up on my cheeks. It seemed like the topicals were not enough. According to my doctors I could either go on Diane BC or accutane. Both of those were options I desperately did not want to try so I gave Vitex a go. I've been taking one pill a day regularly (except for July when I went on vacation, and moved cities). So in short, I like it, it works and I recommend it as worth trying. I'm going to go into detail about it below just for the benefit of whoever wants more info My kind of acne: My hormones have been tested and found to be only slightly out of whack according to my doc. He was ready with a BC rx but I was not! My acne was severe a year ago and with the help of medical topicals and cleansers I was able to get it in check (not cleared). Even after my acne was in check I still had a bad breakout before my period every month (papules, pustules, inflamation, redness, etc). It would take forever to 'recover' from the breakout. Then right when my skin recovered from that breakout the process started all over again. Sound familiar? Vitex is not the kind of thing that works really fast. I'd say into the 2nd month I noticed a change. The change was that my monthly breakout was not so severe. Instead of several pimples I might get one or two of the non-inflamed variety. These healed and went away instead of staying and inviting friends. Since then I've had months when I didn't break out at all. Like I said, my acne was not severe when I started using vitex but if yours is I would use vitex in conjunction with whatever topical your doctor might suggest. For my part I am thankful to have found an alternative to birth control or accutane. I'll finish this post by admitting that I am excited about this supplement. I know I look like one of those people who are raving about the one thing they found that works. It is so easy to go through this website and read post after post about someone's wonder-cure. It can even be overwhelming. My advice is that if you are considering giving Vitex a try do a little research about the supplement. There are a few articles I found online from experts (NOT in forums) that helped me decide. One thing I've learned is that no two people are alike and so it takes time for us to discover what is the true cause of our acne and the right solution for each individual. I'm glad we have this website where we can at least share these experiences (the joyful and the painful). I like this website because it is research based: Vitex link & Acne link
Hi, I have been using Spiro succesfully (200/day) for almost two years now and have a question that I hope some one out there could help me with.. Maybe someone has had this side effect too: as long as I've been on spiro my periods stopped completely. It really helps with my acne though, so I'm affraid to discontinue it. I'm guessing it's because my body can't produce enough estrogen, because of the low testosteron level, what do you think? Any idea how this could be possible? Thanx a lot and good luck!
Dealing with the emotional side effects of having bad skin This time last year I couldn't look my Dad in the eye, my skin was the worst it had ever been and my confidence rapidly shattered. I couldn't bare the pain of waking up each and every morning, walking into the bathroom, not turning the light on, looking into the mirror and having to look at my acne-ridden skin. Some days were better than others, some days there would be no new heads and like most days I would see a cluster of new pustules. For months I had hope that this new cream or tablet that the doctor had given me would make me back to "normal", that's all I wanted; to fit in. With acne, you wear the condition on your face, the first thing that people see is your face. What do people see? They see clusters, lumps, bumps, cysts, pigmentation, scars, redness, they see an unhappy face and a young boy looking down with no backbone to face the world. What do they think? Oh he's just a teenager with acne, believe me it's worse than that. As human beings we thrive to connect with people, to be accepted and be part of a group. Having acne makes you feel excluded. The amount of parties, sleepovers, walks with my family, days out, chances to meet new people and photos that I missed out on in the time I had acne was dreadful. I remember looking around constantly scanning people's skin with my eyes to see if they had a single blemish, that way I could somehow connect with them; I then wouldn't feel left alone. Small story Many people don't understand what it's truly like to have a bad skin condition, it changed my life. People would comment "Have you ran out of cream" or "Your skin looks bad"- that was the worse thing I ever heard. I remember the day I came back from Christmas break of 2012, my skin developed a much adverse type of acne; Severe cystic acne, covering almost 95% of my face. Starting at my chin, either side clustered with sizeable lumps, then receding across both cheeks, progressing up my temples and then to the forehead (Which was like a mountain). It was painful, not only emotionally but physically and I couldn't bare to squeeze them...who doesn't? So I was sat there in my room, on my bed, legs crossed. It was the day before school, looking at my self in the mirror and dreading going into school. I felt incurable, a failure and unwanted. In a desperate reach for hope, I grabbed my over-sized tube of benzyl peroxide(BP) 10% (Any acne sufferer will have encountered BP before), exhausting the bottle of its contents. I felt like a drug addict, it had to work. It was like starting all of your revision the night before an exam; it never really works that well. I applied the cream to my face, I spent over 10 minutes massaging the thick, unpleasant paste into my skin. Slowly the BP began to dry, it was a mask and I hated the agonising pain; it made me feel stuck, it became tighter and tighter. At this point I couldn't break a smile, I couldn't even move my eyes without the mask feeling discomforting. I slowly fell asleep, not knowing what to expect. *Buzz buzz buzz* my alarm was screaming at me to wake up, I switched it off. I didn't feel tired, my skin was moistureless. I felt my skin, still I could feel the lumps...everywhere. There was no hope. I entered the bathroom, looked into the mirror; I felt like breaking down, my skin had erupted. White heads and red lumps masked my face. Running parallel to my nose was a colony of spots, they aligned perfectly with the shape of my nose, it was awful. I squeezed my nostril and out like cheese the puss oozed from my skin. Then I had to do the same with my chin, cheeks, sideburns, temples, forehead, it was a strenuous task to do every day and night. I then cleaned my skin and applied a moisturiser, at that point I stopped wearing BP to school as it was too uncomfortable and made me look unreal. I clothed my self, styled my hair and headed down stairs for breakfast. I made my eggs and dipping toast(My favorite) then sat with my head down. My step Dad said to me "What are you doing today?" (He does every morning) and I would sit staring at my egg, avoiding any possible eye contact and reply with "I don't know". All I wanted was for someone to not make a comment about my skin, so I made minimal conversation and eye contact. I continued with my eggs, sat there at the table scared and felt like crying. My mum spoke to me, I responded with minimality. She knew there was something wrong. I had that feeling that you get before crying, then I felt the cold tears began, my face shrivelled, my hand met my forehead. I had been so strong for so long, I kept it inside "I can't do this anymore"I said. My mum hugged me and we moved to the living room to sit on the more comfier sofa. "I can't do it anymore mum, I can't put up with it" I cried for a long time, it was the first time since my uncle Phill had died that I had cried. It felt good to cry, it released my true feelings and was an opener to my mum. She gave me some advice and I pushed on, she gave me a lift to school. "Have you lost your spot cream Will?", "Your skin looks bad", "You had it bad a year ago, it got better and now it's really bad, what happend?". The repeated comments really got to me, I am a sensitive person as such. I did what most people would do as a first reaction; hide. I wouldn't walk in the corridors, too many people, I would spend most of my lunch walking about on my own and pretending I had something to hand in or had to see someone. I had changed completely, before i'd spend my lunch time chatting to my friends, making jokes, feeling a sense of happiness and a sense of part. The people around me changed; there was a prejudice towards me, I was an outsider to the world. Anyway, comment if you think I should continue this story, as it's pointless writing anymore if people don't like this set up in my blog; some people prefer simple structure, but I felt that I had to express my emotions and hopefully this bit of text put your through my feelings. Please comment what you would like me to write about next. Thank you, William.
Just to follow up on my post from yesterday, my terrible seb derm acne breakout is starting to clear up. It was looking really bad yesterday. I don't think I've ever had an acne breakout quite like that before. I was getting so desperate for a remedy that I considered buying a traditional acne product from the store, which would have been the first time I had done that in years. I ended up deciding to hold off on the acne creams and give my current arsenal of products one more shot. This was a difficult decision since I had just spent the whole day out with people trying to hide my face in embarrassment. All I have to say is thank god for bentonite clay. As soon as I got home last night, I made a mixture of apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and slathered it on my acne-ridden jawline. As the clay hardened up and gripped onto my face, I hoped that the pustules on my face were being slowly suffocated to death once and for all. I just wanted to be done with this breakout. After 30 minutes I washed the mask off in the shower and used my zinc pyrithione bar soap. When I finished my shower and looked in the mirror, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of the pustules had dried right up and were starting to fall off. When I woke up this morning, roughly 80% of the acne from the day before was gone. There is still some left, and a couple new spots popped up, but overall it's a huge improvement over yesterday and I think this breakout is seeing its last days. I used the bentonite clay for my last breakout as well and noticed good results, but I wasn't sure if the results were due to the clay since I was using several products at once. Now I'm almost positive it's the clay that's making the most difference. I'm so impressed with this stuff that I may start doing regular clay masks every few days just for general skin maintenance.
Hi everyone, Today is day 46 of my Accutane Journey. The first few weeks I was having some side effects. (headaches, dry eyes, back pain, achy joints, sweating more, etc.) But since maybe 2 weeks ishh, I have no more side effects except for dry lips. I manage it very well by applying chapstick several times daily and they barely look dry. I was wondering if anyone else have seen their side effects disapear?? I find it kinda weird... I wonder if it means that the Accutane dose is not strong enough anymore? I'm seeing my doctor on December 14 and really hope he will bump me on 60mg. The course is supposed to last 5 months in total and I REALLY want it to work! I know it sounds weird, and I guess people would love to have no more side effects, but it makes me a little worry I've seen a LOT of improvements since I started the course, but I'm still breaking out here and there. Mostly around my chin and jaw line. I've also experienced neck acne, which is the worst so far... because everytime I get a pimple it lasts forever! I mean it will dry out after a few days but it leaves a mark/scar for months!! And I really don't know what to put on it to make it go away! And of course I have many red marks on my face from old pimples! My daily skin care consists of: AM: Washing my face and neck with Cetaphil and then applying Dalacin 1% PM: Washing my face and neck with Dove (sensitve skin - Fragrance Free), applying Dalacin 1% and most of the time I will also apply Protopic Is it suppose to work 'better' if the doctor puts me on a higher dose as the treatment goes? Thank you, Julie
If you have read my posts before, you will know that I have been on a quest for a healthier me (which will lead to healthier skin). Here is a recap on what I have been focusing on over the past 4-5 months: 1. Clear up constipation 2. Reduce stress and heal my emotional state 3. Heal colon and stomach (I have/had leaky gut) 4. Strengthen stomach and digestion Step 4 brings me to the gallbladder. I have been taking digestive enzymes for the last 4 months or so. About 3 weeks ago, I ran out and my favorite kind were on backorder. After only 1 week of not using them, my stomach was hurting, my anxiety was back and my acne was slowly making a come back. In addition, the annoying pain on the right side of my back just under my rib cage began acting up again. This pain had been gone for several months, I didn't understand what organ was hurting. I explained my symptoms to my homeopathic doctor and she told me this pain was coming from my gallbladder and that the gallbladder is responsible for working with the liver to create enzymes and bile used for digestion. I began taking my enzymes again (Total Enzymes by Nutri-west) and a supplement for the gallbladder called (Core Level Bile also by Nutri-west) and for full disclosure I am still taking the Chlorophyll tablet in the morning. Within a couple days the pain had subsided, my stomach again felt heavenly and my skin looks awesome. I still get a few small pimples here and there, but they don't even bother me anymore. I try to eat healthy, but I no longer worry about eating wheat or gluten, or sugar. I have my life back and I know it will only get better from here.
Hey readers! It's been over a year since I've posted. I must say, what a journey it has been. Over the years, I have tried so many different products in hopes of finding one that will cure my problem; acne. I started to get acne when I was 16 years old, before that, my skin was clear and smooth. Never would I have imagined my face covered in spots and bumps. But it happened. And it was embarrassing, and made me feel really self conscious. I began to experiment with different cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, scrubs, anything and everything on the market. Some worked for a while, but then stopped. Others just made my problem even worse. But after years of trial and error, I found my cure; dove soap. In October 2009, I posted an entry on my blog saying how dove soap, evian facial spray, and cetaphil moisturizer were my staples in my skin care routine. And boy it worked wonders. My skin really improved. ALOT. I should have stuck to that routine from then on, but continued to try different products. That's my problem. When I get bored of something, I go on to try something new. Well, my skin started to break out again. So I stopped using everything altogether, no nice smelling cleansers that foam up and make your face tingle, no moisturizer (never been a fan. my skin is pretty balanced, I think), no toners (not necessary!), no acne treatments (which dry and irritate the living hell out of your skin, no thank you!). I just started to use simple dove soap, the unscented one. Morning and night. And my skin began to improve again. Right now, I've been free of acne for a few months. Acne marks are fading very well. You can barely see them. The only makeup I use is an oil free tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier, which covers up my marks with no problem. I'm really happy with my skin at the moment. My mom has been using dove soap for years and she always gets compliments about how beautiful and young she looks for her age. She is in her mid 50s, but looks like she is 40! I always stare at her skin, envious. That's the whole point though, less is definitely more. Use what works for YOU. It did take me a while to see improvement, but I kept using it because it was moisturizing and unscented. I didn't feel any irritation, dryness, or redness. After a few months of use, the pimples began to diminish and acne marks started to fade on their own. I finally feel confident again thank you, Dove. And thank you, Daniel Kern for providing us with such useful information and effective products. I have tried the moisturizer, cleanser, and treatment. All of them are fantastic, but I just didn't want to depend on the benzoyl peroxide for the rest of my life, instead I made some changes in my diet. I think it's all internal anywayl. You are what you eat!
This site has been extremely helpful to me over the past few weeks. I've read multiple blogs from people who are taking Accutane and I've found everyone's logs to be a great source of support/encouragement. I suppose I should start with a little bit of back-ground. I'm 25 years old and I've had mild/moderate acne for over ten years now. During my teenage years it was what one might expect going through puberty. When I moved into my twenties though, it started to get worse. The past few years it has left scarring and like everyone here I'm totally fed up. I feel as though I have tried everything. I've seen so many dermatologists/doctors etc. Noone has had a lasting solution. Solodyn helped for a while but as soon as I stopped my acne began reappearing within the month. Accutane was always my last resort. I try to avoid medication in general if I can and Accutane certainly isn't your basic kind of drug! In an ideal world I would have found a 'natural' solution to my problem buuut even vitamin A, zinc, a completely changed diet or organic washes/creams etc did not provide results. SO, about five years later (the length of time I've been trying to find a solution in earnest) - here I am. One month into my Accutane treatment. I think the best way to describe how I feel right now is: cautiously optimistic. In terms of negative side effects I have not noticed a major IB yet - which might be because I'm distracted by the fact that my skin is SO dry. It is literally falling off in huge flakey chunks. My lips, eyes, ears, legs, nose - EVERYTHING. My hands are so dry that I've developed an eczema like rash that is scabbing and flaking (I only bought moisturiser yesterday so this is all entirely my fault - I should have been better prepared). My nose is cracking and bleeding and no matter how much Aquaphor I put on my lips, they too, are a cracking peely mess. But yes, despite the fact that probably a pound of dry skin has shed off my body this past month I am positive and excited to get to the end of month six! I have quite a lot of large pores on my nose and those already seem to be shrinking?? The only other side-effect of note is the joint/back pain. I move around like a 120 year old woman. I'm going to start going to this yoga stretching class at my gym to see if that helps to sort of loosen me up a bit. Right now the products I'm using are: Facewash: Alba Acnedote Face&Body Scrub Moisturiser: Eminence Organics Sugar Plum Oil Free Revitaliser Cover-up: Clinique Redness Solutions foundation Hands/Body Cream: Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Does anyone have any good suggestions for a foundation? I find the Clinique doesn't go on as well anymore. Does anyone know of a moisturising foundation that won't aggravate things?? Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Here's to positive end results!! <3 Marii03
About Me: I am 27 yrs. old and I have had acne since high school. It was pretty severe nodular acne that has left many scars that have faded over the years. However, in some areas the scars cannot heal because they are still acne prone. My problem area now is around my nose, mouth, and chin. It didn't use to be like that and I am not sure why it changed. After several months of pretty bad acne I decided to see a dermatologist and was prescribed Accutane. Note: Dan's regime works great. It reduced me to only having a few cysts once a month, sometimes less. But it is not a cure and the acne comes back if I miss a couple applications. Once I see results I get lazy and it often comes back full force. Accutane Journey: 30mg per day Month 1 9/12/12 - Day 1 I down the first pill with a large plate of chicken and pasta. I felt pretty dizzy during my work out and fell asleep very fast at bed time. I stopped Dan's Regime today. 9/13/12 - Day 2: My face is so oily from stopping Benzyl Peroxide. There are two large pustules around my lips. No dizziness today. 9/14/12 - Day 3: My face is less oily than yesterday. It seems almost normal. It is kind of itchy in some places. The pustules popped during sleep and now I only have a red spot that appear to be acne but doesn’t feel like it. 9/15/12 - Day 4: Small pimples are growing on my forehead and under my nose. They are itchy. 9/16/12 - Day 5: Pustules outline my nose. They are itchy and uncomfortable. Each of my eyes has a red line from the inside to the iris. I have dry lips today. 9/17/12 - Day 6: I woke up this morning and my problem area was very oily. It looked like I was sprayed with water. The red eye from yesterday went away thankfully, but there are still red veins. I woke up during the night to use the restroom and my eyes were very dry—So much so that it was hard to go back to sleep. Only 3 minor pustules today and the large ones popped during the night. My lips are dry throughout the day but no other side effects. 9/18/12 - Day 7: Wow 1 week already. My lips dry as usual, but no more than when I used benzyl peroxide. Dry eyes are gone. 9/19/12 - Day 8: Ugh, initial Break out? I don't know. I have clusters of pustules in a line from the right side of my lips to the left side of my nose. They are so itchy it's unbearable! I just had to pop a couple of them and now they itch even more! I also have two or three big pimples coming out the bottom of my chin! My lips are increasingly dry. No other side effects. Update: Yes this is the initial breakout. 9/20/12 - Day 9: It's just terrible! A colony of pustules has settled around near the left side of my nose and stretch all the way down to my lips. I have another big one on the other side with 3 pustules on it--another one matching this description above my chin—and another large one under my chin. It's so damn itchy sometimes! One or two of them actually popped during work and started oozing pus...right before I had to talk to someone! Lips are constantly dry. My problem area is also flaky! 9/21/12 - Day 10: It is even worse than yesterday. It's spreading to the other side of my face. The ones above my chin hurt so much when I eat. Sometimes they pop and just reform. Small pustules are itchy and the large ones are painful. Dry lips and flaky skin after a wash but the oil comes back after a while. 9/22/12 - Day 11: I wish my face would stop hurting so much. 9/23/12 - Day 12: It hurts less and I can eat easily but the pustules keep popping and coming back and I have to call off work for the entire week. My lips have been drying but it didn’t start peeling until today. 9/24/12 - Day 13: It is still very bad. I always thought to stop all other routines while on Accutane but the breakout has gotten so bad it made me desperate. I put benzoyl peroxide on the infected area and immediately it burns like heck! My skin has become so sensitive now that the five years of tolerance of benzoyl peroxide cream did nothing to ease the stinging. I washed off the benzoyl peroxide after a couple hours and felt instant relief! Having water fall down on my face is a great massage. I must have just sat in the shower for 10 minutes. I was very unhappy earlier I had to make another post to rant about everything that has happened. It is night time now and the old spots do appear to be healing but at the same time new ones are popping up! The infected area has moved downwards by one inch. Scabs are falling everywhere. I notice a few nasty ones on my bed earlier, all over my pillows too. My upper lips are still swollen from all the acne and it is still difficult to take in big bites. I have to eat very slowly and in small portions. I am better at applying Aquaphor on my lips. The trick is to not constantly drink water as your body is not dehydrated anyway. It always washes away the Aquaphor. 9/25/12 Day 14: Today is good. Aside from the morning peek I decided to follow the phrase "out of sight out of mind". Today, there wasn't much pain and by day's end the pain was gone. I do feel a lot of dry scabs all over my infected area and some of them are even half way ready to fall off. I'm constantly worried about them falling into my food while I eat. Good news, my lips are no longer swollen, but they are even drier! A whole layer has peeled off when I wipe them after spilling some water. I felt one or two pimples in the shower 10 minutes ago and I'm sure there is more. 9/26/12 Day 15: Today is MUCH better. I woke up with an unbearable itch but to only a few pustules. I don't look infected anymore. My face was covered in scabs from the past several days and I had to remove them because I had to go outside. I had hope they would fall off by now but I removed them myself to go outside. I think I went a bit far because two spots should have been left alone to heal the skin underneath. 9/27/12 Day 16: A couple new pustules formed. The old ones are fading in color. Scabs are almost all gone and they leave red skin. I have to apply Aquaphor to my lips more frequently. 9/28/12 Day 17: Initial breakout complete I still have some old pustules around my chin and a couple around my nose but nothing too bad. The flaky skin has reduced dramatically as well from all the pimples going away. I bought some Burdock Root today after I read that it helps the liver and lower triglycerides. Now I hope my face heal enough by Monday so I can go back to work. 9/29/12 Day 18: My face is red from the initial break out. I am still having some new pimples. Aquaphor is so amazing for my lips. Sometimes it feels dry but it doesn't crack or peel anymore. I want the same for my face because it is increasingly dry and flaky. It is still flaky at night so I must be producing a lot less oil. But I don't like the feeling of moisturizing on my face. I am also getting random pimples on my arms and belly over the last couple of days. 9/30/12 Day 19: I'm finally comfortable enough to put a little moisturizer on my face. It doesn't burn or sting any more. 10/01/12 Day 20: Wow, two packets down already. My face is darker and red. I am getting a random pimple on my belly and a random pimple on the side of my neck. They are very small.