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update after aaages!! finally clear!!

I have not been on here for aaagges!! So I just wanted to come on and update about my situation. I am finally acne free!! I am currently off all acne medication and my skin is doing well. It has been 9 months since I have been off the birth control pill, and my skin is finally under control. I am no longer using Epiduo or Clindamycin to manage my acne. I have weaned myself off both! Currently, I am just using Manuka Honey(UMF 15+) as a mask every couple of days, and using Dermalogi

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03/24/11

 

Survived 1 week without Epiduo!

It's been a while since I've blogged... Skin has been going pretty good. Had a few small pimples but nothing major. Luckily, I have not picked. It's sooo hard not to pick but I have been so scared of scarring/more hyper pigmentation on my skin. Few things I have noticed: 1) There has been a huge reduction in my whiteheads/blackheads. I really think that Omega 3/6 is helping with that. Since I started taking chia seeds, I have seen a huge reduction. Been a few weeks now. Also, perha

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01/09/11

 

Survived 1 week without Epiduo!

It's been a while since I've blogged... Skin has been going pretty good. Had a few small pimples but nothing major. Luckily, I have not picked. It's sooo hard not to pick but I have been so scared of scarring/more hyper pigmentation on my skin. Few things I have noticed: 1) There has been a huge reduction in my whiteheads/blackheads. I really think that Omega 3/6 is helping with that. Since I started taking chia seeds, I have seen a huge reduction. Been a few weeks now. Also, perha

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01/09/11

 

Day 30 - annoyed!

Totally annoyed! Just don't get my skin... It's New Years Eve and I have social plans and my skin has to let me down again - great timing argggh!. Woke up with a couple of inflammed pimples on my cheek this morning and they hurt plus the one on my chin hasn't gone down - even with Epiduo treatment last 2 days. What's frustrating about it this time is that I have been following these strict lifestyle/diet plans for the last few days (which I have been a HUGE CHALLENGE for me but I have

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12/31/10

 

Still going okay

Happy to report that things are still going okay! Been following my normal skincare regimen and really focusing on lifestyle changes. Have been sleeping well, eating well (less sugar/junk, more fresh food), and drinking 2-3L of water/green tea. Have also been taking Chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds for Omega 3. Have had one small pimple on my chin (today), but nothing else. No new blackheads/whiteheads. I have been hardly using Epiduo (yay!)... except I am now treating the new pimple are

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12/29/10

 

Going okay

Been feeling good the last few days! Skin has been pretty good... Haven't had any new breakouts. Still have a few existing whiteheads and lots of hyper pigmentation, but it's a relief not to have to worry about new pimples. Have accepted that there isn't much I can do about my hyper pigmentation - I have to wait for them to fade (in a hundred years time argggh) Not sure why things have been okay... having a few good skin days is really scary... i am just waiting for it to turn bad... My l

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12/26/10

 

Day 22 - struggling with hyper pigmentation & whiteheads

Last time I was on here, I was having a pretty crappy day. Things have improved slightly from then... Still struggling, but don't know, feeling a bit more hopeful. So the pimple on my cheek that I picked a few days ago (shouldn't have I know!)...has healed and the skin has peeled off. Applying Epiduo on the area after it healed, helped it peel off the next day - Epiduo is really good with peeling. Unfortunately, now I am left with a red patch on my cheek where the skin has peeled,

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12/22/10

 

Day 20 - ACV not for me...

...so my skin was going okay 3 days ago (on Epiduo and Clindamycin) and I thought I'd trial the apple cider vinegar again - you know give it a good shot this time. After all,all the reviews on it have it have been so positive and i really wanted to try some natural products. plus i was desperate for something to help fade my dark marks... they take soooo long to fade and my face is covered in it But ACV = BAD IDEA for me... i regret trying it. Within 2 days, my skin started

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12/20/10

 

Day 17 - Going ok

It's been a while since I have blogged... Have felt quite lazy and unmotivated the last few days! Well I've had a lot of whiteheads/pimples come to the surface of my face lately. I've picked a few - couldn't help it! Now I have to deal with more hyperpigmenation! I kind of blame myself - haven't been sleeping well, not drinking much water, not eating right...etc.... what did I expect! I always have good intentions to change my lifestyle, but it is soooooo hard! Why is it soo hard!!

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12/17/10

 

Day 12 - Going back to using Epiduo

So I tried to get off Epiduo altogether (cold turkey) but then decided against it! I went for about 4 days without it. During this time, I started trialling Apple Cider Vinegar and continued with my Manuka Honey. I found these products worked well on my skin (reduced oil, and evened out my skin tone), but they drew the whiteheads on my skin (which were under my skin) outwards and so suddenly it was all raised to the surface of my skin. So there it was a cluster of raised whiteheads all over m

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12/12/10

 

Day 7 - Experimenting!

So usually, on a day to day basis, I am so stressed over my acne and obsessively analysing it and treating it, that I have no time to think about other things. But over the last few days, since my skin has been pretty good, I've had some time to reflect on my life and acne, and ask myself some questions: I am nearly 30 but why do I keep having acne (although it is mild/moderate)? Will I have to keep taking strong medications to treat it for the rest of my life? Is there something wrong with m

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12/08/10

 

Day 6 - plan to wean myself off Epiduo

My skin is going well so far on my regimen. The pimple near the corner of my mouth and my chin have both almost disappeared. I haven't picked it, and it just seems to have gone down. I have written a mental note on the mirror "hands off, or suffer". Just a quick reminder. I have also realised that having whiteheads is normal. Lots and lots of people have it. We might not realise it because we have to be really up close to someone's face to notice it. I think the trouble is, when you have ac

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12/06/10

 

Day 4 - Survived!

So I went to my first social event in 3 months and I survived it! I was so anxious about it, but once I was in the company of my friends (who I have not seen in so long), I kind of had fun and eventually forgot about my skin... well maybe the alcohol helped lol! But seriously, it was good to get out of the house and just chill out. I have missed that. I don't regret being anti-social over the last 3 months - I really needed it for my own mental health, but it's nice to break that pattern.

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12/04/10

 

Day 3 - No sleep = bad skin

I had a late night yesterday, and got very little sleep. And it has really affected my skin! My skin looks awful. It's dull, uneven in skin tone and the hyper pigmentation marks seem darker... sucks!! I also have a pimple forming on the right side of my mouth. It hurts to open my mouth. Sleep is so important. I need to get to bed earlier... I hate being a night person! I love staying up late... But NO not anymore... I have to take care of my skin! I can now add sleep to the list of

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12/03/10

 

Day 1 Plan for Next 2 months

Regimen Plan for this month - Dec '10 (will not be trying for pregnancy): Morning: Wash face with luke warm water Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Toner: Dermalogica Multi Active Toner Moisturiser: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, followed with Dermalogica Sheer Moisture SPF 15 Night: Wash face with luke warm water Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Medication: Epiduo - pea size amount applied to problem areas on my skin My skin has been extre

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12/02/10

 

Day 1

Been thinking about starting a blog for a while... so here goes... Brief Intro: My dreaded ACNE began at age 18. I am now 29, and still struggling with it. I have non-inflammatory acne - mainly blackheads all over my face. Leaves terrible dark spots (hyper pigmentation) that take forever to fade on my dark skin. Like everyone else, acne has affected my self-esteem and confidence. I have often isolated myself from others, and felt very depressed and lonely. I hate it. What I know:

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12/01/10

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