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Halfway There..hopefully!

I am a month and a half into restarting my birth control. Last time it took 3 months to get things under control so I just half a little ways left to go! My face was doing ok..I had a stubborn pimple on my left cheek (extremely common breakout place). Now that's healing but yesterday I broke out in about three more pimples all on the right side of my face. A small cluster on my chin, one whitehead near my mouth, a big red one on my nose (hello rudolf!), and a small one on my right cheek. Not hor

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

03/04/13

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03/04/13

 

Hmm..a Bit Better

After the yogurt/lemon mask last night (kept on for 20-30 minutes) the redness in my face went down significantly. Love that mask! For anyone who wants to know, I used 0% fat Greek yogurt. The redness has not come back this morning and I feel the pimples have become smaller although that could be just be the lack of redness. Started my diet this morning and had a very satisfying breakfast of grapefruit and toast with peanut butter. With breakfast I took one maca capsule and one DIM capsule th

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/19/13

 

Hello Ugly

Here comes breakout number two. It's all around my nose..not many, just two or three. But man are they red! I haaaate them but its part of the process. Taking maca capsules 3x a day, as well as drinking lemon juice at night. The only difference it MAY be making is I've noticed my finger nails are much whiter..or so it seems. But for my face, it seems to be doing zip. I'll keep it up for now though. I bought maca powder to put in smoothies today as well as DIM to take 2x daily. All part

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/19/13

 

Healing

The breakouts around my mouth have fully healed and I busted finished week 3 on ortho tri cyclen. For the past week I have also been drinking a cup of cold water with juice from half a lemon every night before bed. Not only is that great for your overall health, the reviews related to clearing acne are fantastic. I haven't noticed a definite lemon-related change although my complexion has definitely improved the past week. Hard to know if its the BC or the lemon or just natural healing. My face

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/17/13

 

Full Two Weeks In

My breakout around my mouth is definitely drying up more and more each day. However, my complexion has just turned blotchy (even where I had no breakouts) and red. I've also got a breakout in my forehead coming to the surface. Foreheads usually clear for me so I know it's due to the BC. Overall my complexion has taken a major turn for the worse this past month but I'm on the road to recovery (sort of, if you can call being clear through artificial hormones recovering). It does scare me that BC i

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/08/13

 

Middle Of My Second Week On Ortho Tri Cyclen

I woke up this morning to some pimples having turned into whiteheads. I popped them gently using my needle method and did not squeeze but simply washed. Others seem a bit more dried up after popping them yesterday. I'm doing my best not to stress about it. Besides that first day of this major breakout, I have been ok emotionally. I've been having to wear a little makeup to work which i don't like doing but it's all right. I know makeup on my upper lip will certainly not cause any more brea

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/06/13

 

I'm Baaaaaack!

Well folks, I'm back after nearly 5 months. To answer your question, yes, my routine of daily Trinessa (Birth control) plus 20% sal. acid cleanser plus grapeseed oil as a moisturizer plus Tazorac at night kept me clear. I would ONLY get a small breakout if I went a few days without cleansing or using the Taz. Well.....I forgot my BC for a few days and just decided, to heck with it, I'm just not going to take it this month. WHY I decided that I have NO IDEA. Well, my skin was fine until ab

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

02/05/13

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02/05/13

 

Second Month, Third Week On Trinessa

The breakout continues. I've only been on Trinessa birth control (generic of Ortho tri cyclen) for 7 weeks, one week short of two months, and I think I see a pattern of breaking out the week before my period. It's not HORRIBLE, two little whiteheads on my upper cheekbone, one clogged pore near my nose on the right side, a trail of three small pimples on my ride side as well, and two big ones under my nose, above my lip, which I NEVER breakout there. Those two are the biggest, reddest and most

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

09/07/12

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05/19/15

 

Day 111..i Think

So, last night i took my first pill to start week 3 in my cycle. And, Boom, breakout today. Minor, simply small clogged pores, but I have about 5-6 when I average 1-2 now. I was a bit surprised as I took off my makeup tonight and saw them because I don't remember seeing them yesturday or even this morning. A bit annoying, yes. So, it's seeming like the third week of my BC cycle is the week I breakout. Anyone know if this will balance itself out in time? This is only my second month on the

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

09/03/12

 

Day 93

Well, speak of the devil, I had a little breakout last week. One small yet deep pimple (kind of like a cyst). I haven't had one of those in months. It was right below my eye which is unusual. Then I got one tiny tiny whitehead on either cheek, a very popular place for breakouts, and a few dots on my forehead which I don't fuss at all over. 6 months ago, I would think today was a magical, miraculous looking face day. But obviously now that Im more used to a clearer face, this had upset me.

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

08/16/12

 

Day 84 On Taz And Mino. Day 21 On Bc

So, good news everyone! Within just about two or three days on the generic version of Ortho Tri Cyclen, I could tell a difference in the oiliness of my skin!! Now I'm at the three week mark and there's vast improvement on my oiliness. I was using Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 powder foundation along with a little coverup and found that my skin was oily when I wore that but when I woke up in the morning (obviously without makeup), my skin appeared perfectly balanced. So, suddenly I wa

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

08/07/12

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08/09/12

 

Day 69 (I Think). Bc

So tonight was my very first night taking my very first birth control pill. Im taking it, ultimately, because I am getting married in October. But I also requested an anti-androgen BC to see if it helps at all with, not only my breakouts, but with my oily skin. As far as I have learned from my research online, oily skin is caused by an excessive amount of androgens, or, more specifically, DHT, a product of androgens. So, by taking Trinessa (the generic of Ortho tri Cyclen), I'll be (hope

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

07/23/12

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07/23/12

 

Day 62. 2 Months Now...

So, it's been a bit over two months and I'll explain how the journey has been so far: Minocycline 100 grams, twice per day, kept me fairly clear. I wasn't getting big, nasty whiteheads much anymore but was still getting small whiteheads and more clusters of clogged pores/white heads, which is unusual for me. I thought that the antibiotics just weren't clearing me completely, but in fact I was just experiencing the "purge" or "initial breakout" from using Tazorac cream once per night. The

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

07/16/12

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07/18/12

 

Day 55 And Doing Well

I sure hope I'm tracking my days correctly. Anyways, it has been almost 2 months and I'm doing really well! I accidentally missed my follow up dermatology appointment which I need to reschedule but I've lowered my antibiotic intake to one pill once a day instead of twice per day. No increase in breakouts as a result. My red marks are fading pretty nicely and I'm simply using Tazorac once at night, trying to wait at least 10 minutes (up to 30 minutes) after washing to apply. I use a p

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

07/09/12

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07/13/12

 

Day 45

My forehead is a little broke out now. No idea where that came from..my forehead is almost always clear. Oh well. The little bumps are finally starting to rise up around my mouth. I hope that means they heal soon. I'm getting scheduled to go in for birth control tomorrow. I'm hoping the BC can help regulate my hormones and thus help the acne.

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

06/29/12

 

Day 42. My Lucky Number :)

So it's day 42 and I'm still using Tazorac every night along with 100 mg of minocycline twice a day. I now have developed these small, flesh colored bumps all around my mouth. It looks like your common hormonal acne ( you know, the small zits that always appear around the chin/lips), but I've NEVER had this kind of acne before. So, I assume it's the Tazorac. I'm almost kind of thankful that SOMETHING is happening. I take these breakouts as a sign that Taz is doing its job. I'd had cons

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

06/26/12

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06/26/12

 

Day 33

My skin doesn't seem to be QUITE as oily as before. I've had two days where it seemed my oil production was actually normal (as in, not excessively oily at all), but for the most part, I just seem to be back at my normal excessively oily level. I'm still getting little clogged pores and whiteheads and I just know it's from the oily skin. I'm wanting to get birth control with an antiandrogen so hopefully it can help that. The thing about my using Tazorac, I haven't experienced ANY side

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

06/16/12

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06/17/12

 

Day 27. One Month. Clearer But Not Clear

Tomorrow marks one month on Tazorac cream and minocycline twice daily. I'm not perfectly clear but I am no longer very concerned about my complexion (though i still am, I'm just not obsessing anymore). I have a couple small bumps around my mouth but I just started my period and I'm wondering if that's why (though I normally never notice any breakouts in association with my cycle). I'm thinking it's either that or the fact that I often have my blankets touching my chin area when I sleep. I al

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

06/11/12

 

Day 22

I had been clear for a good amount of days but I have about 3 small pimples pop up on my left cheek now and I think it may be because I ran out of makeup remover wipes and have just been washing once with my Juice Beauty milk cleanser. That cleanser claims to remove all makeup but nothing ever seems to really except my Ponds wipes. So I need to go out and get more of those. I also missed my tazorac last night because I was just too dang tired. I fell right to sleep, I didn't want to wait 30

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

06/05/12

 

Day 14. Lookin Good

Today starts week 2! I'm curious to see if I'll start getting that dreaded IB this week, as this seems to be the popular week for it to start. I only have one pimple right now and it seems to be healing after I zapped it with some shots of benzaclin and OD'd on the Tazorac. Still no flakiness or dryness, my skin is soft and pretty smooth. Red marks seem to be fading some. I went to Six Flags this weekend and didn't wear my usual sunscreen foundation (just concealer) to try to get a tan to he

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/29/12

 

Day 11-Still Popping Up

Well, as one pimple goes into the healing stage, another pops up. It seems as though I can never be 100% clear, but I'm not complaining because I'm loads better on this regime. And the pimples are so small they aren't even really noticeable, more like little bumps, but obviously I'd much rather go without! This little booger is on my left side, just to the left of the bottom of my nose which has been a common hangout for pimples the past few months. Not sure why, but it's like I'll hav

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/26/12

 

Day 9

I had two small pimples pop up on my right cheek. They're still there but aren't really noticable to anyone but myself. I had one pimple on my chin but I popped it and it is healing easily. I popped another pimple on my left cheek and it seems to be healing over nicely. All around, this is the best/smoothest/clearest my skin has been in who knows how long. Thank you minocycline! I used my Burts Bees deep pore scrub tonight. I like it because it is all natural, the second ingredient

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/23/12

 

End Of Week One-Day 6

Well, tonight marks the end of day 6 on my new regimen which consists of: Morning: Rinsing with water and taking minocycline Evening: Remove makeup with Ponds towlettes, washing with organic cleansing milk, waiting 10-30 minutes to apply Tazorac, take a second minocycline. The antibiotics have been keeping me pretty clear. I did have a couple small pimples pop up these past few days. One above my lip, one on my lip (both unlikely places for me to get pimples), one on left cheek a

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/21/12

 

Day 3 Of New Regimen.

Here we go! I went to the derm (who barely even glanced at my face, but she gave me what I want) and I got minocycline which I'm to take twice a day and tazorac. I was wanting retin a but they're pretty much the same thing so I'm not complaining too much. (total side note: don't you hate it when you feel you know more about acne than your derm does? Yeah, me too!) So this is day 3 and I'm pretty clear. I had one small whitehead pop up throughout this day but I popped it very easily with

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/17/12

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05/17/12

 

Looking Good

Things have been looking better this past week. My left side is clear, chin is clear, right side has like two spots which are hardly noticeable and forehead has one new bump that won't turn into anything. So far it's looking like I'll have good skin for graduation which would, obviously, be AWESOME. Benzaclin works well for me. It doesn't make me 100% clear but it's the best thing I've used. As for the hair loss or shedding or whatever it is, I'm not as freaked out by it as I was. I do

Peaches0042

Peaches0042

05/08/12

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05/10/12

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