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At 23, I've been battling for 14 years.

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Now for two hours a night

Night 11 Haven't noticed any improvement, still broken out everywhere. Tried applying my Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Gel as spot treatment. Quite broken out on my neck and jawline. It sucks - plus I can't help but pick (trying to stop!) so it makes my face look red. Sigh. When is this stuff gonna work?! Well, only 3 more nights (including tonight!) til I'm leaving the benzoyl peroxide on for the entire night. I hope that will lead to an improvement...

RachL809

RachL809

03/15/2010

 

So broken out :(

Day 7/Night 8 Tonight I leave the BP on for a full hour. YAY! Since the second night when I accidentally left it on for a few minutes too long, I haven't had any dryness or redness from it. Today was the third time I used my Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA 10% Glycolic Acid 2% Salicylic Acid Acne Clearing Gel. I don't notice a difference at ALL. I am so broken out right now, will take pics tomorrow for a week milestone... Granted, most of these zits were just starting when I started the regimen, but I had hoped it would nip them in the bud. I get confused sometimes because of the constant rotation of days (every other day AHA, double the time of BP every 3 days) so it definitely helps having this blog! Hopeful20, are you still reading? I think you're my only reader!! Alright, it's 9pm now and I'm going to go tidy up before some friends stop by. Made lemon bars - yum! First time making them from scratch, hope they're good. Shabbat Shalom!

RachL809

RachL809

03/12/2010

 

Ugh More Zits

Day 5 Ugh, I have 3 new zits, one in the center of my face on my forehead next to my hair line and two next to each other (making it look like one big zit) on my lower right cheek. Grrr...I am only on Day 5 (well, night 5, day 4) of my new skin care routine, so I cannot place blame. It's most likely because I'm expecting "that time of the month" any day now. I'm anxious for it to arrive, because I want to go back on birth control to hopefully get my body acne back under control! I'm hoping the 30 min of BP will dry these new suckers up. Trying not to pick, but I did try to pop 'em...

RachL809

RachL809

03/10/2010

 

Onward! Day 4 Update

Day 4 So I am sitting right now with the BP 10% on my face, waiting for the 30 min to be up. On this regimen, every three days for two weeks I increase the time I leave the BP on until I wash it off. I love the way my skin feels afterwards - dry and smooth! Every other day I put on the AHA 10%. Yesterday was my first go around with it. I got the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel and it was nice. I followed the instructions to a T. I felt a tiny bit of stinging by my left temple (no idea why), but everywhere else it felt just like gel. Face status: My big red lesion over my left eyebrow close to my hairline cleared up, but this morning I woke up with a big white (pustule?) slightly higher than it on my forehead - oh joy. I must admit I popped it a little until it bled. But it looks very pop-able this evening. Fighting temptation... I don't get many ones like that, if ever. Related to the regimen? I have no idea... My current line of products has changed: Morning: Cleanser: L'oreal Pure Zone Blackhead Eliminating Scrub Toner: Careline Gentle Cleaner (Every other day) AHA: Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 15 Moisturizer Night: Makeup Remover: Garnier Naturals Clean & Fresh Cleansing Milk Cleanser: L'oreal Pure Zoner Blackhead Eliminating Scrub Toner: Careline Gentle Cleanser BP: Benzac 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cream Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Hope this nasty zit goes away. Otherwise, I haven't noticed any change in my zits on the rest of my face. Still quite bumpy... I'll post updated pics to my gallery at the end of the week to track progress.

RachL809

RachL809

03/09/2010

 

Accupuncture and Nutrionist?

Day 2 So a lot is going on. I went to the Natural Medicine Center (which is a part of my insurance provider) to sign up for treatments for my back and joint pain. I was prescribed Acupuncture and two nutritional consultations. Nutritional consultations? That means that I can possibly get a better grip on eating healthy! I eat oatmeal for breakfast when I have time, and try to cook healthfully for dinner, mostly some kind of chicken breast dish. I've still put on a few pounds this winter and give in to the occasional sugar craving (rugelach anyone?). Very excited to try this, as I've been reading about how diet is related to acne and breakouts. Not so sure about the acupuncture though... About the regimen; the Soft Touch Nutrimoist Face Lotion for Oily skin apparently has a pore clogging ingredient: Wheat germ oil. GRRRRR. It was 'spensive too I must have subconsciously suspected something, as I perused for more info on glycolic acid gels available locally here in Israel today. I found Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 2% Salycylic Acid 10% Glycolic Acid and I ordered it after reading reviews on Sephora.com and Makeup Alley. So I guess that will replace the now irrelevant cream. And it's much more potent, since the cream I bought had no percentage of AHA, just "contained" it. It's arriving by messenger tomorrow! By now I've invested significant money into this regimen, so I plan on sticking with it for a few months - or at least until I run out! Tonight I accidentally left the BP on for a minute or two longer, and boy, did it SHOW! I have pretty tough skin, I rarely get dryness from acne products, and this left me with what looked like a slight sunburn. OOPS! I'll be sure to stay diligent from now on...

RachL809

RachL809

03/07/2010

 

So Psyched!!!!

So I decided to go ahead and start Laura's regimen based on a PM confirming my suspicions that I have non-inflamed acne. So excited! eusa_dance.gif These are the (local) items I will be using. Sorry for the long list of ingredients, but since they are made in Israel, there are not many returns on google for certain products! Cleanser: L'oreal Pure Zone Exfoliating Gel Wash Toner: Careline Delicate Toner (The only toner w/o alcohol I could find!) Ingredients: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol & Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein & Adrenosine Triphosphate & Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Lecithin & Tocopheryl Acetate & Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride & Ubiquinone & Methylparaben, Fragrance, Benzophenone-2, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Triethanolamine, D&C Red #33 AHA (in place of Glycolic Acid, couldn't find it): Soft Touch Nutrimoist Biomimetic Action Oil-Free Moisturizing & Nutritive Cream for Oily Skin Ingredients: Water, C12y-15, Alkyl Benzoate, Glyrrhetinic Acid (AND) Pathenol (ProVitamin B5), Cyclomethicone, Propylene Glycol, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Butyl Ethoxybenzoylmethane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Soybean (Glycine Soja), Extract (Soy Isaflavones) Peg-40 Stearate, Jojoba, Borage Seed, Wheat Germ Oil, Sorbiton Tristearate, Lactic Acid, Grape Seed, Chamomile, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Retinol Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, (Vitamin A, E, C Esters), Bisabolol, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, CM-Glucan, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin (Phospholipids), Carnosine, Silybum Mirianum Exract, Fragrance, Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitro Propane-1.3 Diol. Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzac AC 10% Eye Cream: Soft Touch Eyelift Biomimetic Action Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream Ingredients: Same as other Soft Touch product (AHA cream) with: Ater instead of water, Farnesyl Acetate (AND) Farnesol (AND) Panthenyl Tiacetate (Unitrienol T-27), Carnosine So excited! It's 1am and I have to go to bed, but I just wanted to post this before I go and start the regimen! YAYYYY!!

RachL809

RachL809

03/06/2010

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03/10/2010

 

Having doubts...

Hello to anyone reading (if anyone is!). Today is would be Day 3, but I'm having second thoughts. The first two go arounds I didn't suffer any side effects that I know of except for the dry skin I mentioned, but I suffer from numerous things, such as depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. I have terrible joint pain and stiffness, and I'm 23! After reading more and more about Accutane, I have to wonder if it's a delayed side effect?? While Accutane is pretty cheap (yay socialized health insurance!), especially compared to buying my own skin care products, I'm extremely hesitant and don't feel I have exhausted all other possible options. My boyfriend, The Handsome, is concerned now after reading all of the side effects and asked me to try other OTC options to get my skin under control before I continue with the Accutane. So I guess that means I need to change the name of this blog! I have been perusing the forums and came across Laura's Regimen for non-inflamed acne and blackheads. I have a coupla big nasty red ones right now, but other than that I'm pretty "non-inflamed." I'm going to be going to the pharmacy later with The Handsome to buy some products. Going to upload some pics to see if anyone recommends going with the Acne.org Regimen or trying Laura's (a girl's got only so much money to blow on these products at a time!). I read about some comedogenic ingredients listed on zerozits.com, so I hope to arm myself with a list of forbidden ingredients when I go tonight - here's hoping I find something that works!

RachL809

RachL809

03/06/2010

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03/08/2010

 

The start of a long journey begins with a step.

Hello everyone! I'm pretty excited about trying Accutane for the third time. I know, it is very rare (80% of first time users are free and clear and never need it again, only 20% need a second course), especially considering this is my THIRD time! Granted, spread out over 11 years. Lucky me. I have been suffering from acne since I was 9 years old. Yay puberty! My body acne was so bad that I didn't want to wear a nice dress for my Bat Mitzvah; I was super depressed about it. My Bat Mitzvah was a huge deal for me, bigger than a Sweet 16 because it meant that I was responsible for my actions, as an adult would be. I was super psyched to stand up in front of my family, friends, and community and read from the Torah, get a scholarship to Israel, and be an all around stage ham Because of my acne, though, I was dreading pictures and picking out a dress. Now I've always been a bit of a girlie girl, so this was pretty serious. My mother took me to her favorite doctor in Manhattan, and he prescribed Accutane for me. This was way back in the stone ages of Accutane, or 1999. I have no idea how long the course was or the amount I was prescribed, I just remember DO NOT GET PREGNANT all over the packet and pill pouches. My only side effects were big red chapped lips, especially at the sides of my mouth. In my 8th grade pic I had huge red lips cuz, silly me, I tried to cover it with red lipstick. I had no idea what it was or that it was caused by Accutane, but when I went to the Dr. and he took me off of it. That was around September of 1999, right after said mortifying Picture Day. My second round was when I was 15. By then I had a different doctor, my best friend's dad, and when I told him I wanted to go on Accutane again (teenage acne sucks just as much as adolescent acne), he made me take a blood test to make sure I wasn't pregnant! I was mortified that he though I was sexually active, especially with my mom right there. This was 2001/2002. Still don't remember how long the course was or the amount, but my skin stayed quite clear after that. Alas, despite being on birth control, the zits never COMPLETELY went away. I had what you would call mild to moderate acne, but acne none-the-less. I still had occasional zits on my chest and arms, but NOTHING like before. Even now, in my 20s, it has been mostly under control. But I still get horrible breakouts, especially on my forehead, chin, and the frame of my face - no matter how often I wash my hair! Thankfully my bf, The Handsome, loves me no matter how I look. I went yesterday to the dermatologist to have a mole looked at, and I brought up my acne (lately I have been having more frequent body breakouts, my back looks like a minefield!). He suggested Accutane (or in Israel, where I live now, Curatane). I balked, saying I've been down that path, had horrible side effects on my lips, and I want to have kids within the next 3 to 5 years, blah blah blah. I basically explained all my fears. Now, when I was 12 and 15, no one explained to me all of the side effects - try none! - associated with Accutane. I just knew about the birth defects and chapped lips. So when he explained to me that 10-15 years ago doctors were prescribing much stronger doses that caused more severe side effects, that eased my qualms about going down the Accutante path again. He mentioned that he has never had a patient need a third go around, and that it's especially unlikely given that i have mild to moderate acne right now. Also, it's good because it's several years away from when I want to start having children, so I do not need to worry about side effects. Apparently, women come in to get acne treatment before their weddings but cannot use Accutane because they plan on getting pregnant shortly after (common among religious Jews). He said that if I experience any side effects, just to stop taking it and we'll re-approach. I bought the pack last night and had KFC - naughty me! Especially since I've been trying to diet. I waited a bit before popping the pill though and hopped on here to check out what people were saying. I was shocked, to say the least. I had no idea that it was such an intense drug! It made me feel better that my Dr. prescribed me only 10mg for this first month. He's American, also, so that certainly helps in making me feel more comfortable! I am fluent in Hebrew, as I study in the language at University (in my second semester of my junior year), but a mother tongue is a mother tongue! And I stumble a bit when I talk about sensitive topics. Anywho, I popped the first pill around 10:30pm last night (March 4th). I hope because I was feeling pretty full it still works! I will be more diligent though, and make sure I really do take it with food. That's all he told me to do, make sure I take it with food. In a month I am getting blood tests done to make sure everything is peachy keen. So I'm not sure if today is Day One or Day Two, since I took my second pill this morning (ok, it was 2pm, but I was eating breakfast! ). Took it with my homemade oatmeal - delisssssh. I'm trying to eat healthier, as by Passover (end of March) in Israel it's beach weather and I want to look hot in my itty bitty bikini! Gotta shed the winter pounds, about 10-15 of the suckers. I tend to drop them pretty quickly when I make the right food choices, but that can be haaard. Thankfully, I love to cook so it's about buying the right items and being diligent enough to make the meal. Last night equaled KFC cuz The Handsome is quitting smoking - put on his first patch today! - so we wanted to celebrate by eating something cheap, yet satisfyingly naughty. Tonight is baked chicken breasts over whole wheat pasta though. We don't eat out a lot since we are trying to start a savings account. We realized last month that we truly live month to month, and if we want to get married within the next two years (I have a hankering he's gonna propose soon! ), we should start putting money away. Which starts, of course, with not spending more than we make a month...Sigh. I wanted to document my third (and hopefully last) course of Accutane. I have found the forums here helpful in what to do - and most importantly, what NOT to do - while on the 'Tane invaluable, so I hope to be here often, and contribute! Hope I didn't bore you too much. RachL

RachL809

RachL809

03/05/2010

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03/06/2010

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