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6 years on this website

And 2 years from my last post! Still visit often to buy my beloved BP haha! Just a little update as I always promised I would, even when I became clear. My routine is now: AM Wash face lightly with a Face Halo and plain water, apply a small amount of BP only on cheeks, 2% hyaluronic acid and finally Cetaphil rich moisturiser. PM Remove make up with Face Halo, cleanse with CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, apply Differin 0.1% and finish with 2% hyaluronic acid.  

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1 year 10 month update :)

For those who want to know I have been using Differin cream and BP. By accident of the pharmacy I am now using Differin gel apparently. I'll use this tube and see how it goes. First impressions are good. My skin feels leas dry and flakey but I don't know if that's from the gel (unlikely) or starting to use Cetaphils moisturiser. I heard everyone rave about Cetaphil but it's so hard to come by in the UK but my local drugstore has started stocking it and I am in LOVE!!! Here's a little photo updat

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Just amother little update... I cannot believe how long I have been using differin now! Although it is pretty much maintinence for me now. I seem to be clear all month and then BAM PERIOD big ass spot on my chin. And you know what? I am happy with this. Really happy. I am a woman and I have a hormone rollercoaster ride to go on every month so I would say I have normal skin haha! Recently dabbled with BC to see if it would stop this big ass spot coming every month but had to stop after 2 weeks. A

14 months of differin. Wow.

Heyyy! Just another long overdue update from me. Id love to update more but half the time there's nothing to report and sometimes I feel when I use this website *too* much I become obsessed with my skin and I am trying to break that habit. Basically been 14 months since I started my last ditch effort - Differin.  I have made the decision to start cutting down on how much I use now. I never, ever used a 'pea sized' amount (bad - I know!) and recently I used a full 45mg tube in less than a mont

Typical, will I ever be happy?

A year to the day since I began Differin and I am now battling a full blown breakout on my chin. HOORAY... Got 3 active and a whole load of clogged pores, bumps, who knows? I have no idea what's brought this on as I have changed absolutely nothing about my routine and overall I am a happier person mentally and physically than I have been in YEARS.  To be quite honest I never used Differin on my chin, only BP on the odd spot I would get. I am now on Day 3 of using it on my chin, so kinda hoping

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Differin - 1 year later

So it has been ONE YEAR since I started using Differin PM/BP in the AM... To cut a long story short I think it's amazing still.  I have had ZERO papules, whiteheads, big massive cysts since October 2015. NONE AT ALL. 98% of the time I have crystal clear skin but every now and then I get a group of clogged pores on my cheeks or chin but to most people there invisible. In fact to mark my Differin anniversary my skin has been SO KIND to me and given me about 10 clogged pores on my chin hahaha!

I have been 100% clear for the longest time since I was a child.

And it bloody terrifies me - in a good way. Helllooo, I am awful at updating my blog now. It's purely because I have nothing to report. However, it frustrated me to see others' blogs slowly fade into nothingness when they started to get clear so I didn't want to do that! Been on Differin (PM) and Benzoyl Peroxide (AM) for nearly 8 months now. I have been 100% spot free since October last year. This still freaks me out that creams have helped were Accutane (twice) didn't!  Due to the nature of

Half a year on differin

Quickest and craziest half year of my life! All in all I am pretty damm clear. I have 2 tiny cloggee pores atm, which are only visible when I have make up on!! BUT my skin quality had improved a lot. Redness reduced A LOT which is amazing and only a teeny tiny improvement on scars but I know thats gonna be ages yet.   Overall, I am still pretty damn happy with my skin right now!

Week 22

Still no acne :) But still got baaaad PIH and lots of shallow scarring. Do I think come New Year I will start looking into ways to combat these? Hopefully! Truthfully I cannot wait for this year to be over. I have lost my grandmother to breast cancer and my mum just got diagnosed last week. Good thing being it seems to have been caught early and she's now recovering post surgery & waiting to start her radio & chemotherapy. But it puts my skin worries into perspective and I have

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Week 19.

The blogs are getting few and far between but I am forever present on this website. I'm still using my same routine of benzoyl peroxide in the morning and differin at night.  And guys... I am still clear. Like scary clear. Even after 2 courses of roaccutane I wasn't this clear so please please please don't give up just because accutane hasn't worked for you!  

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Still fighting extreme dryness

Halfway through week 14 of differin and acne.org regimen and I am STILL clear. Must be a month (or more) by now?! However, I am still battling horrible dryness around my mouth. I don't get it because I use no kind of topicals anywhere near my mouth. I only cleanse and moisturise here. Anyone else experienced this? Attached a picture. Yoy can't see it too well, but it's the lighter patched and you can see some of the flakes.

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Week 13 of Differin update.

Helloooo. So I am still 99% clear. I have two tiny bumps only visible under bright light but I am trying not to worry. It's been two days and they haven't gotten any bigger, which is usually a good sign. Wanting to put it down to stress from work. Half of my staff are leaving and I have been put on ridiculous shifts. Also, because of my shift pattern I only had Differin on my face for 5 hours the other night. Still struggling to find an amazing moisturiser that doesn't make me worry I am gonna

So. I Did 12 Weeks Of Differin.

This feels weird. I had to spend a week deciding whether I had the courage to start this but it's flew in. Week 1 through 4 was hell. My face was a riot, and that's an understatement. Both my cheeks erupted like a million volcanoes which weren't even that big. But there were so many of them, nearly every pore was clogged. Had another breakout on week 6. Then one pimple a week until week 9. I have been clear since then. My skin texture is still dry, a bit red and had small episodes of flaki

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Red & Dry

So I have officialy done 11 weeks on differin. Don't get me wrong I am still SO very happy with my results regarding my acne. I am still clear, I almost can't believe it now. Can't remember the last time I had a proper pimple. Fab, great, etc. Now. My actual skins condition is getting me down. My face burns when I put on moisturiser which hasn't happened since since 1-3. My skin is also drier than it was. Like accutane dry. When I wash differin off in the morning and then apply BP and moistur

Week 1 Vs Week 11

I never thought I had an IB. I never thought my skin was that bad. But tonight I finally found the courage to look at my progress pictures album. I took a photo every day in July and carried this on but now I only take a couple a week. I never thought I had an IB because I thought it could't happen in the first week. But the before pictures here were took on 11th July which was 12 days into my treatment. Yeah my skin is still red but it's CLEAR of acne and bumps. For some silly reason

10 Weeks Of Differin Done.

Isn't it funny how I am never happy?! I have now done 10 full weeks of Differin and for all intents and purposes I am the clearest I have ever been, consistently. If I am not acne free then I am only getting one small pimple at a time. And I am still technically 2 weeks away from the recommended treatment time for this topical so my results are breath taking and I am totally thankful for how smooth a ride Differin has been for me. But my acne worry is transforming into a general skin worry

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Differin I Love You! Even With My Crusty Bp Chin

Sooooo tomorrow marks 9 full weeks done on Differin and I am still happy happy happy. Ok I still get pimples. But it's like ONE at a time and it goes away within a couple of days in a bad case scenario, mostly goes away same day! I think it has to do with it always being on my right cheek. I lean on that side and I sleep on that side. Must improve in that respect. I must not lean on my hand and I mst change my pillow case more often!!!! I also have a crusty BP chin just now and its grossss! Thou

8 Weeks Of Differin Done!

Things are still looking good. I have one tiny pimple right now and it's really tiny and already shrinking even more so. I don't want to jinx it but maybe this is my cure. I'm sick (again) and as I said before when I am sick I usually break out but nope nothing! Right now I am more concerned about my health than my skin -never thought I would see the day! I have the cold and it's making me feel crappier than when I had the flu last month lol. At least when I had flu I could get ready for work w

Come At Me Week 8

Feels like I haven't updated in ages! My grandmother recently passed away, trying to sort her resting place and lots of stress in work have made my skin my last thought... However, after my small breakout a week ago my skin has completely recovered and I am clear again. I have already linked my acne and stress so I am truly surprised I have stayed so clear. Differin is really a lot of ups and downs, and I hope it all stabilises when I reach the famous Week 12. Overall, right now I think I can

Jumped The Gun

Lol woke up with 2 red sore looking spots. Arg. The operative word being 'looking'. It's 2 small red papules. And it's only 2. But they are beside each other haha! It sucks to have a breakout in my 7th week but I have to remind myself every day that by using a retinoid I am this for the long haul. I also pissed myself off because I cleared out an old handbag to use for work and I found two and a half full strips of accutane. Convinced myself that's why I am still battling this... because I forg

6 Weeks Of Differin Done.

I seriously can't believe I ever was scared to try Differin... It's working so well for me and for the first time since I was on accutane I have had a week with ZERO acne. Long may it continue. No comedones. No bumps. No papules. Only some redness after cleansing but it only lasts for 5 minutes. I have no idea if this is normal because I have had permo red tomato face from acne for so long. Honestly, right now, this is working better for me than accutane ever did. I let my diet slip 2 weeks ago

Halfway Through Week 6

Still no acne and the dead ones have completely gone. My period has been and gone and not so much as a tiny one. I feel this is too good to be true as I am only half way through the recommended treatment time. But I am going to enjoy this acne free spell for as long as it lasts haha. In fact the past few days my pigmentation has looked great but I am pretty sure it's because I am loaded with flu so I am overall very pale and sickly Right now I am not sure where the hell to apply BP as I had

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5 Weeks Complete And I Have...

No active acne. Seriously. I am so confused. Every post I read about Differin told me I would have a horrific initial breakout. My skin would shed off constantly. It only works a little. Need I go on? I am ...TMI ALERT... on my period and that's usually papule city time but NOTHING. It's actually quite eerie as I am still fully expecting this initial breakout to start appearing and be covered in my old enemy ...cystic acne!!!! I haven't had cystic acne in over 2 years and it still terrif

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