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Proactive Only

Hey there, I wanted to give a quick update on my skin. I have been off Diane 35 since August and I am currently using Proactive and limiting my dairy intake and my skin is clear, clear, clear. I have also been drinking a pot of Rooibos tea a day over the past few weeks and it appears to be making a difference in my skin. It is high in minerals such as zinc and it appears to have taken on an additional glow. Anyways, I will periodically update my state of my skin. So far, so good.

maria411

maria411

12/16/13

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12/16/13

 

Proactive Only

So I am currently off Diane 35 for a bit and I am using Proactive only and trying to avoid dairy products and my skin is the best it has been in a very long time. I was told the other day by someone "I am 60 years old and a nurse and have seen a lot of skin and you have the most beautiful skin". It meant so much to me because of all my struggles. I know Proactiv does not work for everyone but I use it sparingly, every night and the mask once in awhile and my skin is clear as can be.

maria411

maria411

09/13/13

 

Diane 35 And Proactive

Well my skin is clear after a few months on Proactive. I use the cleanser sparingly as well as the other products because it can be quite drying and I only use it at night.

maria411

maria411

07/26/13

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07/26/13

 

Clear Skin Diet, Diane 35 And Proactive

So my skin has been relatively clear with a few bumps here and there and I decided to try Proactive again. I have been on the regimen for around a month and my skin is clear as can be. Maybe the small bumps on my cheeks were likely caused by a product I was using. Anyways, Proactive is perfect for the summer - it might be too drying in the winter but we will see. I am still on the clear skin diet and Diane 35.

maria411

maria411

05/27/13

 

Clear Skin Diet And Diane 35

I am happy to report that my skin has been very well behaved since my last entry in December. By following the Clear Skin Diet my skin has stayed clear and I have not experienced any deep pimples. I had a few very small bumps on my cheeks but I know I need to use a strong cleanser with 2% salicylic acid to keep me clear. Diet appears to be the cause of my acne - it is very hard not eating dairy but it is worth it in the end.

maria411

maria411

03/22/13

 

Clear Skin Diet And Diane 35

I am off Spironolactone - yay! My skin looks great - I am still on the clear skin diet consisting of no dairy or processed foods and Diane 35 for about 18 months now. I am so happy it is working.

maria411

maria411

12/07/12

 

Spironolactone Day 141

So I have been traveling around South East Asia and my skin on my trip has never been better. The humidity works for me and I forgot to take Spiro consistently while I was away. I was in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and it was hot, hot, hot - I sweated all day and honestly I did not break out once. I have reduced my spiro to 25mg, 3 times a week and I am thinking I will go down to 2 times a week. I like the fact I never have to do my eyebrows because the hair growth is non-existent. I am

maria411

maria411

11/13/12

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12/07/12

 

Spironolactone Day 95 & The Clear Skin Diet

So my skin is looking very good - ever since I started the clear skin diet I have not had one deep pimple. Not one. I had some tiny, tiny bumps along my jaw line but it could be KP as my derma said but I am just being overly picky - my skin is glowing and people notice. My co-worker said I look air brushed. Eating clean makes a huge difference - there is relationship between acne and diet - especially for the acne prone! I am on 25mg daily of Spiro and I am going to do another month and

maria411

maria411

09/24/12

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08/22/14

 

Spironolactone - Day 75 - The Clear Skin Diet

My skin is very much responding to the Clear Skin Diet - noticably clearer and no deep pimples that need extraction. I am on Diane 35 and 25mg of Spiro. My skin is in much better condition than it has been for a long time.

maria411

maria411

09/07/12

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09/10/12

 

Spironolactone - Day 58 - The Clear Skin Diet

Sorry I have not posted any updates. I cannot believe I am on Day 58 of Aldactone - I started with 50 mg for the first 30 days and I found that I was too dehydrated. I read several reviews on acne.org and makeupalley.com and most ladies taking the medication decrease their dosage when the side effects are too harsh. So starting in month two I knocked my dosage down to 25mg. I had two large spots around my period on my left cheek and then one or two smaller spots on my right cheek. They have

maria411

maria411

08/16/12

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08/21/12

 

Spironolactone?! Day 5

Aldactone in Canada - so my skin has been reasonably good. No deep spots since I stopped with Retin A just a few small bumps around my jaw line. My doctor is amazed that my skin is not clear yet. I refused to go back on Retin A because it never worked for me - EVER! in the past 20 years of dealing with Acne - Retin A never worked for me. The only other medication I have not tried (and I have tried EVERYTHING) is Aldactone. So I agreed, my acne is no doubt hormonal and I wanted to try

maria411

maria411

06/27/12

 

Feeling Good About My Skin - Finally

So, my skin is getting better and better. I feel like I am jinxing myself by saying this but I have to share. So I stopped the Acne cure program because my skin cleared up and it is a bit of a hassle of icing and drying your face out with BP. I use BP once or twice a week as a spot treatment right now. I have not gotten any deep sore pimples for awhile and that is a blessing in itself. I went to the dermatologist this month and for the first time he did not have to inject anything! I have t

maria411

maria411

05/21/12

 

Clearing Up

So I am off Vitamin A Cream and I am using the "Acne Cure Method" which is BP and ice and it is working. My face is clear - I have a few small spots on my left jaw line but they are fading, my right side is completely clear. Vitamin A Cream does not work for me and I will not forget. I am hoping I am taking the turn for the better.

maria411

maria411

04/22/12

 

Minerals And Yoga And Facing The Truth About Retin A

So I decided to go off the low dose Accutane even on 10mg my skin was dry and my lips we getting unbearably dry. I knew I didnt want to be on Accutane again which this round could be considered the fourth time on the drug. So, I remembered I broke out after the last time I finished Tane back in 2005 - I controlled the break out with BP and used the "The Acne Cure" method which is a book written by Terry Dubrow. So I did a little research and I concluded that I am low on Zinc - I workout

maria411

maria411

04/06/12

 

Low Dose Tane 10Mg - One Week

My skin is much better than before but I still have a few bumps on my right jawline. I had a few drinks last night and I paid the price today - do not drink on low dose Tane. I asked my doctor and he said it was fine but for me - I feel like I have been hit by a truck. I am hoping for clearer skin soon.

maria411

maria411

03/31/12

 

Low Dose Tane Day 5

So my skin has really improved in 5 days. All the bumps around my jawline are clearing up nicely and I the oil production is way down. My lips are dry but not uncomfortably and Aquaphor is doing the trick. So hopefully within two weeks my skin will be clear but my question is "what is next for me?" I can't be on Tane forever - I eventually have to wean off - or do I? Can I take 20 mg a week and be clear for life? It would be a small price to pay for all my skin stress.

maria411

maria411

03/27/12

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04/08/12

 

Low Dose Tane 10Mg

So I went to see my doctor on Friday and I wished I could say it was all in my mind but it is not and he agreed that the oil was coming back far too fast and I had a lot of bumps and white heads on my face. He said my acne is hormonal (duh?) and that low dose Tane will clear it up and we can decide next steps from there. So I started lose dose tane on Friday 10mg a day and I have seen an immediate difference - the oil has started to disappear and my face already looks clearer. I am disheartne

maria411

maria411

03/25/12

 

Omg Enough Already

So I still have bumps on my jaw line and a few whiteheads on my cheeks. I also have some mild acne on my right shoulder something I have never experienced before. I have stopped Retin A and I am using BP on my face at night. I cannot believe after my third and most terrible Accutane experience I am not clear. 80mg a day and currently weigh less than 50kg for 5 months. I am seeing my Dermatologist on Friday and I am going to request low dose Accutane maybe 10mg a week as he suggested. I am on

maria411

maria411

03/22/12

 

Getting Better But Not Fast Enough

So my skin is getting better but I still have these small tiny bumps near my jaw line and a few small bumps on my cheeks. When I wear makeup nothing is really visible but I can feel them. I am using Vitamin A Acid 0.05% at night and it doesn't seem to be helping these tiny spots. I have never been a fan of Vitamin A but my Dermatologist insists I keep using it. He said being on Diane 35 and Vitamin A Acid will prevent the acne from coming back full force. This is solution - only if I plan to

maria411

maria411

03/07/12

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03/11/12

 

Another Spot!

I went to the Dermatologist to have another pimple extracted that is 2 in 2 two weeks. I am gutted, and sick of acne! My doctor started bantering about low dose Accutane 10mg a day then to be weened off to one pill a week. Are you kidding me?! What is the point, I am in my early 30's and would hate to think my option for clear skin is low dose Tane. Anyways, I am waiting for my happy ending - and I am not giving up.

maria411

maria411

02/24/12

 

Not Happy

So I went to the dermatologist this morning, he told me to return the Clarisonic stat - I will. I stopped using it for a week and intend to never use it again. So my cheeks are covered with tiny white heads and then I had two sore spots that needed to be injected. This is so disappointing after a killer course of Accutane and then to break out three months after. I am hoping that this was a this is just a minor setback and clear skin awaits.

maria411

maria411

02/16/12

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03/11/12

 

3 Months Post Tane

So I am three months post tane and my skin has been pretty good. I woke up with a pimple on my right cheek - small enough to hide but big enough to have extracted. I also bought a Clarisonic and it was too exfoliating for my skin combined with Vitamin A cream - some people love it - I am luke warm about it. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow to extract my pimple - I am going to wait a few more month before I go off Diane 35. My skin is doing okay but it is not 100% crystal clear like I ha

maria411

maria411

02/15/12

 

10 Weeks Post Tane

My skin is clear but I have a tiny, tiny whiteheads on my cheeks. I am going to the Dermatologist to find out why - I have two more weeks on Obagi and my hyperpigmentation is significantly lighter almost gone. Obagi is a 12 week program so I will be glad to be done - I am looking a bit pale and have been loading up on the brozner and blush to give me some colour. Then I plan to use Obagi maybe twice a week for maintenance.

maria411

maria411

01/24/12

 

7 Weeks Post Tane

Not much to report my skin is as clear as can be. I had one small pimple on my left cheek but it went away. The Obagi is working very well and is lightening up my hyperpigmentation. I am using Retin A every night and I am on Diane 35.

maria411

maria411

01/12/12

 

One Month - Post Tane

So it is approximately one month post Accutane and my skin is as clear as can be. The oil is slowly returning to my skin which is great since it was so uncomfortable for so long. I have been using Obagi to lighten my hyperpigmentation and it is working slowly but surely. No more muscle aches, no more crazy dry lips - it seems like my tane treatment was years ago and I am back to super clear skin. But I know there is no cure for acne and I am fully aware that it can come back to haunt me. I a

maria411

maria411

12/13/11

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01/12/12

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