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Week 22 Dianette And Differin

Hey, So as promised my monthly update. Well since my last entry I've had no new spots, apart from the odd bloked pore, and by that I mean I can only see it by tilting my mirror from all angles since I analyse my skin far too much. I've been keeping up with my routine and introduced a clay mask twice a week, it's starting to get quite drying since winter has started so going to drop back to once a week. My scarring is still bothering me, but the redness has gone down a lot and it's reall

gkitten25

gkitten25

11/28/13

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12/21/13

 

Blog Day One

Hi..... Well the first one is always going to be the hardest to write. I guess I should start with my history. I turned 27 at the end of last year and I have suffered from acne in some form or another for about 11-12 years. When I was in high school it was my forehead that was my main problem, inflamed red spots, occasional cysts. I can't remember exactly when but I went to my GP and eventually a dermatologist and seemed to get endless creams, that, looking back, I think were far too h

gkitten25

gkitten25

06/02/13

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07/03/13

 

Week 9

Hey, so week nine of Dianette and week 8 of Differin. Still having ups and downs with my skin but now It's much more about the red marks and worrying about scaring. I'm trying to stay hopeful that once the red marks fade and my skin isn't fighting the acne then It will heal, I can already notice a big difference in the texture, much smoother and with my make up you can't see the marks unless you were up close, but there is always room for improvement and since I'm only really at the month 2 ma

gkitten25

gkitten25

08/26/13

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09/02/13

 

Week 7

Anohter week...another update. So I'm into week seven of Dianette and week 6 of Differin. Had a good week (well as good as things can be until my skin is back to normal) The only active that I really had was the residual cyst. It wasn't too bad, but still bothering me. I actually thought it looked like it was coming to a head so tried to pop it...bit of a mistake. Ok I thought keep calm. I'm sick of benzoyl peroxide to spot treat, just makes things take longer to heal. I remembered someon

gkitten25

gkitten25

08/12/13

 

Week 6 Ish

Hey So that is me half way through week 6 since I started Dianette and 5 1/2 weeks since I started Differin use every night. In the last week I have still had my up and down moments. However since last Saturday I noticed that the texture and feel of my skin on my left cheek (which is my worst) is a lot smoother, even putting moisturiser on it feels a lot better now. The old marks are fading quite quickly and right now the only active I have on that cheek is from this residual cyst that

gkitten25

gkitten25

08/06/13

 

Nearly One Month

Hi there Well it's about one month since I started using Dianette and Differin. I'd say about three weeks of nightly use with Differin as at first I just did every couple of nights to see how my skin would react. I think I see progress. Well I do but I don't want to speak to soon, I know it's still early in the process. From about Monday last week I noticed that the left side of my face, where most of inflamed spots are, was looking a lot less angry, there was still spots there and so

gkitten25

gkitten25

07/16/13

 

Week 8

Hey...so this is into week eight of Dianette and week 7 of Differin. I'm still having moments where I hate my skin, but now it is mostly about red marks and texture, which I'm hoping now my acne is under control (touch wood!) a bit better that these things will improve with time and a little bit of tlc. So that is kinda what I have been working on this week, being a bit more gentle. The first change I made in this respect was to stop spot treating with DUAC, which has BP in it, I don't like B

gkitten25

gkitten25

08/19/13

 

Week 10

Hey there...so week ten of dianette and week 9 of differin. When I say week ten of dianette it is ten weeks since I started. I've had my weeks break every month, so just about to finish one of those the now and start back on dianette tomorrow for what will be my fourth pack, so although it is fourth monthly pack, there are only three weeks per pack (and I ran on and didn't take my weeks break) so that is why I count it in weeks and not months. (Confused...I am! lol) Anyway, last week was

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/02/13

 

9 Months Of Differin And Dianette

Hey guys Just checking in with my monthly update. Nothing new to report except that my skin continues to improve, not had any active acne for a good few months so my skin is getting plenty of time to heal. Still have days where I think my red marks are never going to go away, but then the next day I think it looks so much better, so there are still highs and lows, but I am happy with where my skin is at. In terms of my regimen it is still the same, cleanse with my Elemis cream cleanser

gkitten25

gkitten25

03/31/14

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04/01/14

 

More Detail To Keep Me On Track

I'm finding this blogging very therapeutic, so apologies for the overload of blogs in the last two days. I find it's great for keeping positive and sticking with something and seeing it out, at least for a few months, something I'm not great at. Well I thought I should probably make more notes on how my skin is actually doing to help me track my progress. I wish it was just one area of my face (it usually is) but my whole face is in meltdown right now. Mostly clogged pores and oily skin, bu

gkitten25

gkitten25

07/05/13

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07/06/13

 

5 Weeks Ish

Hey there I may have been a bit off with my timings in my last entry so it has been five and a half weeks on Dianette birth control and about 4 and a half of nightly Differin use. In my last entry I was seeing progress and this did continue there were days I was like wow this is really going down but then there where others where I felt it looks the same or worse? I wasn't getting any major new spots, I had some cysts under the skin that came up again maybe two or three on my cheek

gkitten25

gkitten25

07/30/13

 

10 Months On Plus Makeup And Skincare

Hey, So not much new to report this month, skin still doing great, love doing my make up again and really looking forward to summer. Scars are really healing well now, my redness is pretty much gone and a couple of indented scars are filling out well as my skin heals and the redness goes, I'm not gonna say it will be perfect but it looks pretty much just like normal skin, and I'm hoping the next year will even things out even more, as I've heard it take up to 2 years for scarring to heal.

gkitten25

gkitten25

04/28/14

 

I Forgot About My Blog

Hey I totally forgot I had started a blog. Something's have changed since then. I finally went to the dermatologist, he didn't ask too many questions and I didn't think he was very thorough, but hey he's the expert. He prescribed be differin 1% and to go back on the birth control, I thought this over a few days and I thought well If I never try, I'll never know. I've read a lot of horror stories with differin (so please don't tell me anymore lol). But it's been just over a week,

gkitten25

gkitten25

07/03/13

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07/04/13

 

Things Still Going Well

I thought I should keep my blog up to date as I hate when people just leave and you never know if their skin stayed clear or not. I am happy to report that things are still going great with my skin, I have been on my regimen for over a year and a half and have been totally clear of acne for just over a year. For those don't know I was put n Dianette birth control and Differin 0.1% gel In June 2013 after suffering from a really bad breakout which had been building up for about six months, cysti

gkitten25

gkitten25

01/09/15

 

Week 11

Hey, you will all be sick of my weekly updates. I was going to wait and do one after three months of everything, but I'm just in the habbit of updating every week, plus I figure it will help me keep and eye on my progress. So week 11 of dianette and week 10 of differin. Things are continuing to improve, that's the only way I can describe it, my skin just feels more manageable and now it just seems to be improving every day. I haven't had a new spot in over a week, the only one I have is

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/09/13

 

6 Months And A Bit

Hey, so as promised here is my monthly update for you all. It has been just about six months or maybe a little bit more since I started using Dianette birth control and differin to help with a really awful breakout and general terrible skin I was suffering from for about six months. I have keep weekly, then monthly blogs to help anyone else who is starting a similar course of treatment. I think I have mentioned in my previous entries that my breakouts stopped about the 2 and a half to 3 mont

gkitten25

gkitten25

12/30/13

 

7 Months

Hey, so just checking in with my monthly update. Nothing new to note, month seven of dianette and differin. No breakouts, scarring still fading. Feel so much better with and without make up. I think it will take me a long time to get over my insecurities about my skin because my last breakout was the worst I have every had. This regimen is keeping me clear and giving my skin time to heal. I am hopeful that in a years time things should be even better, as I have heard that hyper pigmentatio

gkitten25

gkitten25

02/02/14

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02/10/14

 

A Year Of My Regimen

Well a few days short of a year but I started my regimen at the end of June last year. It's been a tough journey, very hard at the beginning and a lot of low points. But I am happy to say that after a year of dianette and differ my skin is looking the best it has in a long time my hyperpigmentation is pretty much gone and the handful of shallow scars seem to even more more and more as time goes by and most are pretty much non existent...my skin is back to what it was and I am really happy. It

gkitten25

gkitten25

06/16/14

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07/04/14

 

Dermatologist Update

Hey, so I seen the dermatologist yesterday. He said that he was really pleased with my progress and that I have responded better than usual to the differin and dianette combination. He advised staying on dianette for another few months and hopefully after that the differin should keep things clear, I'm a bit scared tough, I just want to stay on Dianette forever, but I am going to look into other alternative birth control that can help or at least not aggravate acne...any advice girls??? I als

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/26/13

 

Week 12

So 3 months mark of dianette and 11 weeks of differin. Not much difference to report, I did get one spot/blocked pore in my breakout area on my cheek, I burst it (I can't help myself). It kina scabbed over a wee bit and is now away apart from the redness. Stil have that blocked pore/cyst but though in the last day or two that it was maybe going down a bit. Chin is still very clear as is the rest of my face. I keep getting frustrated thinking I might be left with a couple of scars. but as ti

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/16/13

 

Week 14

Week 14 of dianette and 13 of Differin. Not much new to report except that the cyst/blocked pore that has been bothering me has went right now, so now I pretty much have no active spots. PIH has went down a little again and I guess I am just working on that now. Feeling a bit more confortable in my skin and concentrating on healing. From now I am just going to update once a months unless anything major happens. My GP is happy to keep me on dianette which is great and I feel a lot more relax

gkitten25

gkitten25

10/01/13

 

8 Months

Just checking in, nothing new to report, except tat my scars are really starting to fade now . Feeling really comfortable in my skin now. Even my small pitted scars, about three or four, are starting to fill in a bit and look more even. I guess time really can heal all wounds. I think this may be due to my dedication to using differin every night, I might take one night off, but on the whole I use it consistently and apply my salicylic acid serum during the day ( its lovely, light weight, inv

gkitten25

gkitten25

03/10/14

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03/10/14

 

Week 18 Or 4 Months And A Bit

Hey, so I thought I would just update since it's been about a month since my last post and I said I would try and do monthly updates as I hate when people just stop blogs and no one knows how they got on in the end..not that this is the end, I'll keep updating every month. Four months of Dianette and Differin. As far as active acne goes, pretty much none (touch wood) since my last update, apart from a blocked pore sort of spot, only way I can describe it as it wasn't red or inflamed and I

gkitten25

gkitten25

11/01/13

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11/17/13

 

Week 13

Hey...so week 13 of Dianette and week 12...3 months of pretty much daily use of Differin. No actives..apart from that damned clogged pore/cyst I have, you can't even see it, just feel it, just need to wait it out I guess. But apart from that my skin is doing well. I have some body dismorphic issues wit my skin...I am convinced I have a couple of indents under my red marks...but the gradually seem to be evening out. And I trust differin. If it has reduced my active breakouts in three months

gkitten25

gkitten25

09/23/13

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