I have had acne now, on and off, for 10 years. When its on its been fairly severe, when its off I still have acne mildly. I have always understood my genes were to blame as both my parents had some acne when they were young and my older sister had some. The difference was I still have my acne, and my sister knows full well her acne is down to triggers such as alcohol etc... Hers is not as severe as mine and clears up quickly when she has a detox and relaxes. Mine doesnt.
I have thought this is
I have had some further improvements... Its definitely getting generally better now.
My red marks are slowly fading away. I notice every morning my skin looks even better. I am getting little breakouts but they arent very extreme and my skin is getting the chance to catch up on healing the red marks. Most of the red marks are pink rather than VERY red... I still have a couple of more dark purple marks, which will take longer... but I have faith they will slowly improve too. I think the next 7 w
So today my skins been so dry and flaky looking again, all around my eyes and nose. I also seem to have a lot of clogged pores around my nose and start of my cheeks. I have had a few break outs AGAIN across my cheeks euggh... this is all just so frustrating! I know that retinoids do seem to have good weeks and then bad, but very disheartening.
I gave myself a cleanse with my glycolic wash to rid of the dead skin that was sitting on the surface... hopefully in a few days this will all calm do
So yesterday I had a day off from products... Ive really cut back on most of my products now anyway apart from the Epiduo at night.
Feels very good just to wake up and get on with it... no cleansing, no make up. I didnt actually leave the house (Ive been unwell), which meant i didnt freak out about not putting on make up (my HP is that bad).
My skin produced its natural oils... not too much, just dewy I guess. In the evening I splashed my face with some cold water to refresh and applied my epi
So I totally have been distracted by horrificnessss that was Retin A!
I had done soooo well in clearing my skin and nearly clearing my red marks when I last posted. However it went horribly wrong as about 3-4 weeks into retin a I got a terrible breakout from it.... everyone says stick with it for the 3 months, it always gets worse before it gets better etc... So, I did. It just got worse and worse and worse... red marks were being left everywhere and it was a total mess!
3 months came and it
I have been trying out different products for years, but really in the last 10months (after my acne went wacko when I came of the birth control pill) I have really tried EVERY possibility!
These are some of the things ive tried and my experience with them...
Cutting out dairy After I heard that cows milk has hormones in it I thought it would be a good idea to leave it out my diet for a while and see if it made a difference. It certainly did, just not really to my skin. It turned out I was
Ive been doing a lot better on the acne front recently.... Im rarely getting cystic spots, when I do its usually around my period.
I think the Saw Palmetto has been very good for me. And I have also been using Progesterone cream (a natural paraben free cream by emerita) which I really like and deffinately helps keeps the spots to a minimum.
Of course once the spots subside im still not happy as I have red/purple scars left over. I know these will fade in time but given some that I had from
Right so I returned monday and have since pretty much been sleeping and chilling out. Feeling A LOT more refreshed and energized. I read on here on monday eve that someone with similar issues to me (crazy hormones and extra oily skin) has had success with spearmint tea. She was drinking about 4 cups a day. So, I have been drinking about 3/4 cups since monday and I'm quite surprised to see that already my skin is less oily... Obviously this is just in a few days so would like to see how this cont
I have Just got back from working at Hopfarm festival where I went after Glastonbury festival. I have had to live out of a tent, showering when I could... generally I used simple cream cleanser and some clindamycin cream topically and I continued to take saw palmetto and and vit d3 internally.
My diet kinda went through the window as I was being catered for and that pretty much meant fried breakfast and some kind of pasta/meat/bun for dinner... not very exciting. I also have only been getting a
Just wanted to observe, i feel like ive drunk a strong coffee most of the day. Quite strange, im not sure if its placebo or i genuinly have a lot more energy and excitement buzzing around. Im going to work at glastonbury festival tomoro so i guess im quite excited about that anyway.
I'll be away for 12 days so will update this again when I'm back. Who knows what my skin will look like after camping in a muddy field for 12 days and having to eat whatevers available there...
As of today I am taking a combination of 1x liquid capsule, Vitamin D3 5000 and 2x liquid capsule, standardised Saw Palmetto 360mg
Since I stopped taking the Saw palmetto my skins broken out fairly badly and thats not happened since I started taking the supplements.
The D3, is partly because Im very tired a lot of the time and feel like my brains not very present. But Ive also read a lot about it normalising your blood sugar and I think that my acne can be linked to my fluctuating blood suga
I used this for the length of the bar, initially this made my skin very dry and then oily where my skin was overcompensating the moisture.... However, after about a week i noticed some improvement to the oilyness of my skin, and i didnt get any major breakouts while using this product.
It didnt live up to the hype I had read about it though... but it was only cheap so I wasnt too disappointed. I would say its worth googling, and try for yourself
Ive been pretty pleased with the way my skin has been since taking saw palmetto... Ive not been sure whether my skin is finally calming down after coming off birth control. To experiment I have stopped taking the saw palmetto for a short while (Sunday) Ive already got some bigger breakouts and its only Wednesday ( this might be due to consuming too much sugar over the last week).
I have been researching how your body uses hormones to level your blood sugar.... fluctuating levels is very bad f
A month or so ago I went to Marrakech, during my week there I had Hammams everyday at my hotel... These are basically steam rooms.
I really enjoyed what it was doing for my skin. My first one, I came out and looked in the mirror and I had a huge, ready to squeeze white head sitting on my nose where NOTHING had previously been. I thought WOW thats speedy work, and my skin improved so much over the week (im sure partly due to the sun also).
When I got home I decided to buy a facial steamer ( whi
So I have just ordered a 2mm Derma roller, this is for my scars rather than the acne ( Im only planning on using it on the clear parts of my face that have rolling scars and red marks as I suspect it would make live acne worse).
Anyway, I will update this post once I have done a number of treatments (its one every 4-6 weeks, So i think im gonna do 1 a month) Im really hoping this is going to make a big difference to the scars!
Also I am going to use Argan oil as a treatment with the derma ro
Last month I have been adding fiber powder (Benefiber) to my drinks twice a day...
I wasnt sure if there was much benefit from it, but i ran out last week and have since had a major breakout.
I noticed my digestion started working so much better than before (never bloated or gassy, and poo was totally regular) This is a big deal for me as I have a very sensitive digestive system (lactose intolerance being the big factor).
My skin seemed very calm over the last month, so I have ordered a few m
So a friend of mine recommended I took a course of milk thistle supplements as my skin is very oily. I've been taking them for about 2 weeks and I have noticed how good they are for dealing with hangovers! But so far my skin is still as oily as before, ive got another few weeks worth so will update with how I get on
So... I found that I was still oily. However I like taking them, especially at the weekends when I drink alcohol. Really think they helped. Your not supposed to take these contin
For the last 3 1/2 weeks ive been using a glycolic acid peel... this is one you do at home.
So ive used it 4 times now ( i do it about every 5-6 days). Ive noticed my skin really looks a lot brighter and im pretty sure my scars are fading quite a lot and im getting less break outs
Its still early days to tell fully how well this works long term, i have another 2 applications for this trial and then I have to have a few weeks off before I can use it again. So I will post back about my prog
So I have been taking Saw Palmetto to try a natural anti-androgen... which is what my birth control had. So far Ive not had any really big cysts... but its still early days, i also still have little pimples under my skin (which seem to just be permanent) but im hoping the cysts might have ended. Fingers crossed.
I will post again about this supplement
I have swapped to organic/natural products since my skin is getting a little older and had noticed my skin was starting to be very sensitive and had a dull look to it.
Id give a warning to all those using harsh topicals, I did for years and I regret that now!
However its on the mend...
I have been using moisturisers by Kimberley Sayer, the day cream with spf 25 for acne prone skin is really very good. I recently went to Marrakech and used it as my suncream protection for my face and didnt
This stuff is amazing! It really helps with red marks, and also reduces inflammation.
I used a bit mixed into calendula cream (or sometimes just water) and left it on for 30mins, or sometimes id leave it on over night, I found this method very good.
However turmeric stains everything yellow! its very messy and so I have got sick of using the stuff. my pillows, clothes, flannel and bathroom surfaces have a fluorescent yellow hue to them!
Highly recommend but stains be warned!
I think this is a cheap and easy thing for anyone to try. I found it was quite good at keeping my skin less oily and helped smaller pimples to heal up pretty quickly. Just mix with water 1/1.
Some people use this for red marks left from acne and have said its effective but I didnt notice any great change in them... at least no faster change than normal.
I also like drinking it. I boiled water and mixed a teaspoon of honey in with a tablespoon of the vinegar, when I used it topically as well
Im 24 and have had acne to some degree since i was about 14.... Though I think ive come to the realisation that because both my parents suffered from acne I will never be rid of it entirely, I have hope that I can do something about the severity of it.
Since coming of Birth control in October my skin has exploded with cysts and because of years of harsh treatments my skin now scars very easily.
I have tried so many products its quite ridiculous, I spend hours of my time researching all man