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Month Five

So...I have been on the Dianette and the Lymecycline for five months now. And my skin is finally clear! I'm still getting the occasional spot or two (mostly when I eat something I shouldn't, or don't drink enough water) but they are usually tiny due to the medication, and go away within a day. My face has been left covered in red marks, which were getting me down to the point that I started using Differin gel which, being a retinoid, is meant to speed up cellular turnover and help with re

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

07/02/13

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07/02/13

 

Month Two!

Well, it's been two months! I went back to the doctor a week ago, and she couldn't believe the improvement. I wasn't sure that much had changed, but she showed me some pictures she had taken before I started treatment, and wow! There really is a difference! I'm still getting a couple of spots, but they're no where near as bad as they used to be. They're small, instantly form a head which I can pop, and then they go away. Whilst I don't have active acne per-say anymore, I am covered

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

04/19/13

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04/20/13

 

One Month!

It's been a month! And in the past three days my skin has been a total rollar coaster. It felt like all of the spots on my face decided to pick up and move to my chin. I had twelve inflamed, under the skin nasty spots all on the right side of my chin. There were so many and they were so painful. But after an intensive course of steaming and hot compresses they all came to a head, were popped, and a liberal coating of honey was applied for most of the day. As of now my entire face is

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/22/13

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04/19/13

 

Day Twenty-Eight

I've been on the antibiotics for a month now, and in three days it'll have been a month on the Dianette. I'm on my seven day break from the pill at the moment and (fingers crossed) don't seem to have had a flare-up. So, my skin. It has improved, but it still looks awful. Due to all the red acne marks (which I never used to get) I look like I've got a mild case of chicken pox. There are red dots all over my inner cheeks, lower jaws, sides of chin and a couple on my forehead. But, in the ac

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/20/13

 

Day Twenty-Five

And I've changed my regime again! Just washing with water doesn't seem to do enough, and the epsom was making my face really red and irritated. It was certainly bringing the infection to the surface of my skin (loads of new whiteheads) but I think it's too harsh to use everyday. So, seeing as my skin seems to have become intolerant to pretty much everything, I asked around and a friend recommended the La Roche Posay products. I've seen them before, but never actually tried them. The bottl

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/17/13

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03/18/13

 

Day Twenty-Three

Right, I've changed my regime a bit. Well, a lot, actually. My face was bright red all of the time, more red than I think acne can cause. So I've got rid of the cleanser, and I'm not moisturising either because I'm convinced it breaks me out. Now I'm washing with water in the morning, and soaking my face in water and epsom salt at night. I've seen a huge difference this morning from doing that. My face is a lot less red, lots of the smaller bumps have gone, and a couple of the marks have

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/15/13

 

Breakout

Okay, I thought everything was getting better, but I woke up today to find that I have broken out everywhere. My forehead, my chin, my cheeks...most of them are lots of little white headed pimples, but there are at least four full blown giant spots. I'm trying to reassure myself by saying that this is the initial breakout to either the antibiotics or the dianette, as I hadn't had one yet. But I still feel miserable and ugly, so I'm hiding myself away for awhile and hoping that it'll get better.

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/13/13

 

Day Eighteen

Things are looking up! My skin is a lot smoother, and there are a lot less spots. My forehead and nose are completely clear, my cheeks are covered with red marks and dry flaky ex-spots, but both of these are fading/disappearing. My chin is still the worst area, with three active spots and a lot of marks, dead flaky spots. But it is so much better! And every day there is even more improvement. I do seem to have a rather large spot growing on the underside of my chin, by my neck, where I never get

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/10/13

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03/11/13

 

Feeling Down

So it's been over two weeks on the lymecycline, and it'll have been two weeks on dianette tomorrow. I'm just feeling down because my acne is still really bad, and I need to go back to university next week. It's one thing to hide away at home and convince yourself that it is getting better, but it is another to face reality. I keep trying to focus on the positives - my forehead is so much better, really smooth and only one or two spots. The tops of my cheeks just have marks on them, and my nose i

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

03/07/13

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03/08/13

 

Day Eight

Okay, so I cracked last night and used some moisturiser. I couldn't help it, my skin was so dry and felt really itchy! Apparently it was also quite red. I used the Simple hydrating light moisturiser, and I was utterly paranoid that I'd either wake up with ridiculously oily face, or tons more spots. But I didn't! In fact, I think it has helped a lot. My skin doesn't feel as rough or bumpy, lots of the spots which had reached the dry crispy stage have either gone or shrunk, and I'm not itchy anymo

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

02/28/13

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02/28/13

 

Day Six

So I have been on the antibiotics for 1 week exactly now, I started them on Tuesday the 19th of February. And I've been on the Dianette for five days, having started it on Friday the 22nd of February. I wasn't expecting to see results for a good number of weeks - although I did secretly hope it would be sooner. I can't say for certain if anything has changed, seeing as I am avoiding looking in mirrors in order not to pick and pop my skin. But my grandmother asked tonight if I was wearing

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

02/26/13

 

Day Two

No change yet. Not that it should come as much of a surprise! I'm going to start using the Simple Refreshing Cleansing Gel. I used it a couple of years ago when my skin wasn't as bad, and it didn't make it worse. In fact I think it made it better, although I was in a hot country at the time so it might have been the sun... I'm also taking vitamin D3 from reading the forums on here. Does anyone know if this can interfere with antibiotics? I'm taking the antibiotics in the morning and

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

02/22/13

 

Day One

So I've suffered from acne to varying degress of severity since I was about fourteen. It started off as the usual couple of spots around that time of the month, and gradually increased to five or six which would never leave. In the past year, it's become much worse. I can't remember the last time I had completely clear skin. My jawline and cheeks are generally the worst. At the moment my forehead is covered in bumps and four actual spots, I have 1 cyst on my cheek and at least ten other spots of

Kaelivia

Kaelivia

02/21/13

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02/21/13

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