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Starting to Understand My PCOS

I haven't updated for awhile because I really wanted to pay attention to my skin and get to the bottom of why my skin was still breaking out. I've been doing alot of research on PCOS and one of it's main symptoms, insulin resistance. What I've learned is that people that have insulin resistance don't process sugar and carbs normally. Consuming sugar and carbs can increase the levels of testosterone in the body and cause breakouts. Thinking about when my skin was at it's best over the years- it's

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06/23/11

 

It's a Bad Skin Day

Depressed today. Four new bumps after I thought my skin was getting better. I don't know why. I'm so sick of this acne rollercoaster. Still doing Proactive, & Yasmin. Did two 40% Lactic acid peels. Don't know if my latest breakouts are from the peels, stress, 'cause I've been wearing a motorcycle helmet again, or if it's just because I have crappy skin and always will. Some people wish for a million dollars. I wish for new skin.

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06/05/11

 

End Of Month 2- Getting There

I just started the last week of my second pack of Yasmin- the inactive pill week. As a regimen update, I'm back to Proactive with the refining mask and GT Moisturizer, and I've stopped the Differin. I used the Differin twice a day for 6 months and I feel it didn't do anything. In fact, alot of my hyperpigmentation has faded since I stopped using it- I think it was making things worse. As for the Johnson's 2-in-1 Acne and Mark eraser kit--- I did have some sucess with it, but the 10% BP and 2% SA

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05/24/11

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05/25/11

 

Frustrated

I'm on my third week of my second pack of Yasmin, and the good news is that I haven't had any new breakouts at all- which is pretty amazing. What's really frustrating, though is the few stubborn bumps that refuse to go away. They're very shallow, red inflamed bumps- not that big or anything, but still, they just won't clear up. Just when they seem to be slowly healing, one of them will swell back up into a bump. It usually go's back down after a few days, then another one swells up, like Whack -

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05/16/11

 

The Acne Stigma

"Mommy look at that lady!" I overheard a little girl say this as she looked at me in Walmart the other day. Now, my skin has been looking pretty good- when I have my makeup on it's not that bad. But before I realized that she was checking me out 'cause I was all dressed up to go out, I felt that "acne paranoia"...I had flashbacks to when I was 14 years old, and my skin was bad- I mean bad...no, no- worse than that. I remember using all kinds of things on my skin that just burned it and drie

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05/15/11

 

An All Out War

I've come to realize, that the best way to treat acne might be to go at it from every angle possible- a full frontal assault. My regimen has become treating through hormones, topicals, and diet and lifestyle. The Yasmin has definitely kept me from getting new breakouts every day, like I was before. It seems to be keeping things at bay, although I don't know if it would be enough to just use, with nothing else. My topicals couldn't knock out my acne on their own, but by adding

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05/06/11

 

Back on Track

Just finished my last week of (inactive) pills from my first Yasmin pack. My skin definitely seems back on track to getting clear. All of the old breakouts are healing and clearing. I have alot of hyperpigmentation. If I could get rid of all of it, my skin would be looking pretty good. I did get one cystic breakout on my jawline during the week of inactive pills. This may have been because I was away from home one night and had to wash my face with soap, I dunno. My new regimen is

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05/01/11

 

Setbacks

Ahhh...setbacks... I ran out of Proactiv cleanser almost a week ago, and I've been dilluting the last little bit left in the bottle to wash my face with. I noticed immedietly that the breakouts I still had seemed to stop healing/clearing up. To make matters worse, last night I went to bed bare faced, without applying Differin. When I woke up, I had a few teeny-tiny pustules, and one of the red spots that had been healing swelled back up into a cyst. So I picked up a Clean and Clear 2-in-1 Acn

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04/17/11

 

Week 2

I'm on week 2, and so far, my skin is getting dramatically clearer. I didn't expect it to work this fast, but all of the cystic acne and red inflamed breakouts on my cheeks are healing. I had 3 days left of Minocyclin, but decided to just stop taking it. Three months is waaaaaay to long to be on an antibiotic and let's just say I started getting some of the bad antibiotic side effects. I got a few teeny-tiny, shallow pustules right after I went off it, but they're pretty much gone already. I'm j

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04/11/11

 

(Still day 6-lol)

Forgot to mention- I'm currently using Proactiv cleanser, + I've been on Differin .1% twice a day, and Minocycline for 3 months which hasn't helped at all- I was still getting breakouts just about every day, with no flaking or peeling to show that it was even working. I started taking Zinc 2 days ago, hoping it would help my skin heal 'cause I have alot of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and some shallow scarring.

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04/08/11

 

Day 6 on Yasmin

Hi all- here's brief summary of my acne experience thus far: So I'm 27, and have suffered moderate to extremely severe acne on and off since I was 14 (depressing!) In my teen years, I had success getting clear using Minocycline and Differin 0.3% (the strong stuff) This combo worked great , but the first 3 months are horrible- terrible ib + flaking. Over the years, though, whenever I got clear and stopped the antibiotic, I would breakout again. My acne was mostly in my t-zone, the worst break

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04/08/11

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