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Life After Accutane

Seeing so many people post about uncertainties of starting Accutane, whether its worth the side effects and also people's journeys with Accutane I thought a few may be interested in what happens after Accutane. I wont focus a lot on my time with Accutane, more what happened after. Three years ago, after nothing else seemed to work, the doctor prescribed me Roaccutane which I took it for six months. I had no initial breakouts, and no real change in my skin for the first month. Then, slowly and

annie ell

annie ell

05/11/13

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05/12/13

 

Birth Control Pill For Acne.

So, after not taking anything and suffering yet another horrendous breakout, becoming increasingly depressed I dragged myself back to the doctors. A couple of years ago, Roaccutance did a great job of clearing up my skin for about half a year before slowly it began to return. I tried all the antibiotics and creams again without luck. I also tried birth control, which, after my doctor's visit today, I have got again. Hopefully, I'll begin to see great improvement in the next six months, altho

annie ell

annie ell

03/22/13

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03/24/13

 

Return Of The Breakouts.

So, I've been meaning to blog about how using the Dermalogica products the dermatologist recommended went. Not great, is all I can say. The daily microfoliator is brilliant, but it doesn't clear up my skin. the face wash isn't brilliant and I felt it dried out my skin. the toner seems to do nothing at all. The brighten up spf 15 tinted moisturizer was great at first, until I developed more spots and it just seemed to clog around them. I'm writing this in a particularly defeate

annie ell

annie ell

02/15/13

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02/16/13

 

Dermatologist

Today I'm starting the first of a set of appointments with a private dermatologist. If you guys can't see a derm for a couple of weeks I'd be more than happy to ask her some questions upon your behalf if you mail them to me! Also, I'll be posting any tips and products she gives me and although they'll be designed for my skin you may hopefully find them helpful. Happy new year!

annie ell

annie ell

01/03/13

 

Stopping Pantothenic Acid

I've been lowering my dose of pantothenic acid since it made my hair fall out and over Christmas I've stopped taking it completely. On the days I missed, no new breakouts occurred and so I thought its results would last a long time. However, I haven't taken it for about two weeks now and the other day, two spots appeared. This morning, another two had appeared. I don't know if it was directly because of the halt in taking pantothenic acid - I'm sure all the sweet, fattening shit I've eaten thi

annie ell

annie ell

12/31/12

 

Stress And Acne

This Tuesday I have an exam and quite frankly, I'm terrified. Furthermore, I couldn't help noticing that because of all the stressing over it these past few days, my skin has worsened which begs the question of: 'Does stress make your skin worse?' Well, I'm going to go with a yes. And if it does, then life really is a bitch. Its just like 'Hey, you seem stressed. Would a nice healthy dose of spots help with that?' Which subsequently makes you stressed over those spots, which seem

annie ell

annie ell

12/09/12

 

Tip #2

Lay off the dairy products. I've read that there is a strong link between the amount of milk consumed and acne. research suggests that although milk and other dairy products do not cause acne, they may be a contributing factor. I haven't had milk or yoghurt for 3 years now. I can't say I had a notable difference, but due to the amount of medication my acne has slowly been improving anyway. However I did notice that if I did happen to have milk everyday (such as when I was camping for

annie ell

annie ell

12/07/12

 

Tip #1

Change your pillow cases often! I read that pillow cases harbour bacteria and using the same one regularly may spread breakouts all over your skin. To try this out, I grabbed a couple of cheap ones and change them every four days. (I have two pillows, so I use a different side each night of both pillows.) I'm not entirely sure if this is a legitimate claim of spreading breakouts, but it makes a fair point and is always worth a try (:

annie ell

annie ell

12/05/12

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12/06/12

 

Life Gave Me Lemons. (And Acne)

Its now coming up to eleven years of having acne. Yesterday, I went to my room, curled up in my duvet and cried for two hours. I'm not sure why, it didn't make me feel any better, but I felt so miserable I didn't know what else to do. I was too unhappy to speak to my family, to text my friends, to even read a book. I lay there and, although I've cried so many times over acne since I first got it at six, I've never felt so miserable. I give up and quite frankly, there's nothing I want to do other

annie ell

annie ell

12/02/12

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12/05/12

 

Advise On Taking Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

After a real bad breakout, I researched more and more for something which would help until I found Pantothen. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the brand but I read that Pantothenic Acid capsules work just as well. If you're thinking about taking B5, maybe give this a read first. Pros: Cleared skin within a week, keeps spots and breakouts at bay, reduces spots quickly, slightly improves complexion, any annoying under the skin threatening spots do not emerge. Made me feel a lot happier and

annie ell

annie ell

11/30/12

 

Sleep

I have no idea if it affects acne, but sleep is a state where the body can rid itself of toxins and rejuvenate itself, hopefully flushing out nasties from your skin. More sleep also is said to lead to less stress, and stress is something which can cause breakouts, so its gotta be good, right? Pros: Its just great, stress relieving, restorative. Cons: Being unable to sleep sucks really bad. As does getting to sleep and waking up. If you have trouble sleeping, some remedies are: lavend

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

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11/30/12

 

You're Not Alone If...

As I've suffered from acne for so long and have now tried almost every acne remedy out there, I understand how badly it sucks to have acne, whether its one spot or hundreds of them. So, you're not alone if... - You ever feel completely depressed over you skin. I for one can say when I was younger I spent so many nights sitting in front of my mirror and crying at myself. At my face. But please don't do anything drastic, there are a catalogue of people who are willing to help you from

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

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07/21/15

 

Quinoderm

Quinoderm is a topical cream containing benzyl peroxide which can be applied on spots and breakouts. It can be purchased over the counter of through a GP or Dermatologist. Pros: Dries out spots. Cons: I used it too much and got a massive chemical burn from the benzyl peroxide which was very red, sore and painful. Recommend? No. Accidentally one night before bed I applied too much. It burnt my face at first, but after 10 years I'm used to things burning my face and sometimes find t

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

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12/31/12

 

Skin Care Routine

Here's a brief skim of how I try to keep my skin as clear as possible: Morning: Cleanse skin with witch hazel on a cotton ball or splash face with cold water. If there is a breakout, use a tiny bit of Shield Antibacterial Soap on a cold flannel and gentle wash skin. Rinse face with cold water. Pat dry. Moisturise using Simple Anti-Blemish Spotless Skin moisturiser. Evening (3 times a week): Remove make up with witch hazel or flannel. Apply Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facemas

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Sebrem Mr (Minocycline)

I was put on this tablet by my GP after a particularly bad breakout over August this year. I haven't much to say other than I was thoroughly disappointed. Pros: None. Cons: Did not clear spots. Made breakouts even worse. Recommend? No. This tablet made me breakout badly with cystic acne and worsened the already existing acne! Although I stuck to it for weeks in hope of improvement, there was none. I would definitely not recommend this.

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Witch Hazel

I use witch hazel on cotton wool balls to remove make up or to refresh skin in the morning. Its 'spot-fighting properties' supposedly can help towards breakouts, keeping them clean and (hopefully!) reducing them. Pros: Leaves clean, soft feeling skin. Is said to help improve spots. Removes make up well. Is very gentle. Cons: Haven't really seen improvements on my skin, but certainly no breakouts. Recommend? No. Although this is a gentle, natural cleanser and toner, one which reall

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Simple Witch Hazel Exfoliating Facial Wash

I've used this product for several months now and feel it has cared well for my skin. The witch hazel has helped major breakouts at bay and the exfoliating properties help refresh skin. Pros: Leaves skin feeling clean, toned, refreshed. Helped prevent major breakouts. Kind to skin. Cons: Can be quite pricey, may only show improvement on mild acne. Recommend? Yes. This product has really helped care for my skin these past couple of months.

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facemask

I use this product 1-3 times a week. I haven't seen much improvement, however it does reduce the redness of a spot. I continued to use this because its very soothing and cooling and seems to make a slight positive improvement to my skin (no breakouts!) Pros: Refreshes, soothes, cools. Reduces spot redness. Cons: Does not get rid of spots, messy (as are they all), container can be contaminated. Recommend? Again, if you're willing to spend a little more money, this product may

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Roaccutane

As I suffered for so long, the doctor's eventually prescribed me Roaccutane. Roaccutane is to thank for the massive improvement in my skin. However, I was told my acne would almost certainly never come back, and guess what? It did. But don't be disheartened by this! Pros: During the time - and for several months after - completely cleared acne! Skin was left unblemished and unmarked! Cons: Had to take lots of tablets. Dried out lips severely. Hair became dull. Skin was dry. (A small p

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Freederm Fast Action

Freederm Fast Action is quite pricey but an effective cream for mild acne. The gel is not too harsh and claims to reduce redness in 3 hours (it doesn't) Pros: The spot is reduced within a couple of days of daily use. The redness is reduced. The swelling goes down. Cons: Doesn't work as quickly as hoped. Does not completely rid of spot. Price! Recommend? If you suffer from light acne and/or are willing to spend a little more money, then yes. If you're quite tight, there may be

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

 

Sudocrem

One of the products I have used is Sudocrem. Sudocrem has worked pretty well for me, I use it as a facemask and sleep with it on or dab it on individual spots in the hope that it will clear them up. I'm not sure exactly how it works but in the morning, the spots usually seem reduced. Although its greasy, don't be alarmed, its designed for very sensitive skin and is moisturising and yet somehow helps to banish the odd breakout. Pros: Usually keeps threatening breakouts at bay. Reduces

annie ell

annie ell

11/29/12

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