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April 04, 2017

I haven't been on Acne.org for a while now but I'm soooo elated to report that my acne has cleared up very nicely. It took 4 months for me to stop having active breakouts which was a result of patience but primarily due to the use of a 1% clindamycin gel, consistent use of the 15% AHA Neo Strata gel that made me break out in the first place and daily application of a aspirin honey mask for 4 months. The purging period initiated by that AHA gel was terrible and there were many occasions when I wa

niklaus

niklaus

04/04/17

 

Jan 01, 2016

Happy New Year peeps! I hope this year will be best year yet for your skin, self esteem and confidence.  Here's hoping!  I just HAD to make a post about a wonderful treatment I've been applying to my skin since December 26th; it's none other than the aspirin honey mask that I'm sure a lot of you guys would have come across when google-ing for acne remedies like I'm sure almost all of us have done countless times. Basically it's aspirin pills (I use two pills of 300 mg dosage) dissolved in a so

niklaus

niklaus

12/31/16

 

Dec 26, 2016

I remember exactly what I was doing on this day last year. Feeling just as shitty and depressed as I was that day; I've done a complete 360. Absolutely hate that nothing has changed. I just wanna curl up in bed under a blanket and dwell in my sorrow but I have a fucking 8 hour shift to do; it's Boxing Day here in Australia. The only thing I'm looking forward to is an aspirin and manuka honey mask. I've read a lot of good reviews online but then again I've been disappointed by the results, or lac

niklaus

niklaus

12/26/16

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12/31/16

 

Dec 19, 2016

I've been mentally beating myself up for the last three and a half months or so. I had upgraded from Neostrata 10 AHA solution to Neostrata 15 AHA gel. My skin was doing amazing well with the 10 AHA and I thought "hey, why not upgrade to 15 AHA because my skin is pretty used to 10 AHA and the results are consistent but I want to look better". I mean, who doesn't, ya know. BIG MISTAKE. Or is it? I guess only time will tell. I've been breaking out profusely (interesting along my chin and jaw area

niklaus

niklaus

12/19/16

 

Sep 04, 2016

I have been on birth control pills for 7 months now! For the first couple of months I was using Brenda-35 but one day when I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription they were out of it and gave me Estelle-35 claiming that it's the same thing. I believe Estelle worked better for me but I cannot be too sure. That being said, I will continue with Estelle from now on.  I hardly break out anymore which is something that I thought that I would never be able to say and it is a blessing that I

niklaus

niklaus

09/04/16

 

Jul 16, 2016

Ahhh it feels so amazing to scrub my skin again!! I've had quite bad luck with my skin for the past couple of months so I strayed away from scrubs like they were the plague (I used chemical exfoliants though - namely Paula's Choice BHA and Neostrata 8AHA). I searched for a mild scrub, my favorite from the past was St. Ives Green Tea scrub (btw, it smells divinel!) but the only St. Ives scrub I could find were the apricot ones. NEVER and I mean NEVER use that jagged ass shit on your face ESPECIAL

niklaus

niklaus

07/15/16

 

Jul 08, 2016

Damn, I forgot to keep tabs on my blog..  My skin has been doing pretty great lately! I was skeptical and worried out of my mind that the stress during exam time would get to me and cause me to break out like it always have ever since I got acne. This year because I'm on birth control pills, I haven't broken out from exam stress at all! I really should've been on these pills sooner but I was living with my parents at that time and I'm sure they would not have agreed to get me a prescription. I

niklaus

niklaus

07/08/16

 

Apr 06, 2016

Been noticing a drastic improvement in my skin! It's been 5 months since that horrendous break out I received during exam time. I was hoping that I would clear up after 3 months (like the last volcanic eruption I had) but this time it has taken much longer for some unfortunate reason. 

niklaus

niklaus

04/06/16

 

Mar 18, 2016

Planes rides are terrible for the skin because of all that recycled air and bacteria in an enclosed cabin. I wish I had the confidence to go to the airport and be on a plane without makeup but the idea of that is too nerve wracking. I was just looking at some bare face pictures of me from a few weeks ago and I'm happy to report that my skin has improved. I believe the main reason for this is the birth control pill I'm ingesting. Other products I'm using still are Banish Vitamin C serum and Paula

niklaus

niklaus

03/18/16

 

Mar 08, 2016

I dare not feel happy but I think my skin has finally reached the turning point. The light at the end of the tunnel if you will but I know that tomorrow my view point will be different. But for today I choose to be happy and optimistic. I've been breaking out terribly on my forehead and temple region for some time now. I was very apprehensive about using my Paula's Choice 2% BHA solution because previously I have experienced terrible dryness and tightness across my face. In the morning I apply t

niklaus

niklaus

03/08/16

 

Feb 29, 2016

I don't know if it's because of the birth control pills (Brenda-35 aka Diane-35), my oncoming period or just normal acne but my face has not been improving at all. I wouldn't say it has gotten worse but my forehead does seem to be breaking out quite often. Ugh saw my face under fluorescent light at Sephora. Didn't do anything to my confidence to see all those raised bumps peaking through from my makeup. I'm thinking of perhaps using my Paula's Choice 2% BHA because 8% BHA really helped my out la

niklaus

niklaus

02/29/16

 

Feb 21, 2016

I feel so relieved and feel like there is one less stressful thing on my mind now that I'm back to using my Banish Vitamin C serum (: I can really see the difference it has made to my skin in the last two days. My skin doesn't feel dehydrated at all! Also, I switched to extra virgin olive olive to remove my makeup, prior to which I was using coconut oil (heard that it clogs pores). EVOO smells divine! I was on a 14 hour flight recently and man oh man, by the time I landed, I had like 12 new whi

niklaus

niklaus

02/21/16

 

Feb 19, 2016

YESSSSSSSSS!!! After much thought and anticipation, I finally took the plunge to take birth control pills. I'm on Brenda-35 (which is the generic version of Diane-35) and I'll be starting today! Previously on this blog I asked if anyone from Australia (which is where I live) have any advice on obtaining these pills. I didn't get any replies so I'd like to help someone out by telling you how I went about it: - Scheduled a doctor's appointment. I have a Medibank card (note: not Medicare card whi

niklaus

niklaus

02/19/16

 

Feb 13, 2016

Ok so I finally went to a photo studio to take some passport pics, something that I've been dreading for a long time. I went with slight makeup because I didn't want a cake face and it certainly wouldn't have covered my redness and raised white head bumps (I use powder foundation with light coverage). I went in hoping that they would photoshop the picture like most studios do. Little did I think that I would feel insulted. I was 5 ft away from the man editing my picture and the sound of him clic

niklaus

niklaus

02/13/16

 

Feb 11, 2016

Today, for the first time in a long time I'm feeling surprisingly optimistic. I was looking through some old pictures of my skin (I like to document my progress) on my laptop. I don't know if it's wise to go down memory lane. More often that not I feel terrible just thinking about how my skin could've possibly been in that terrible state. Now a days I feel bad while browsing through those pictures because in high school I used to constantly think about awful my skin was doing but little did I kn

niklaus

niklaus

02/11/16

 

Feb 10, 2016

Woke up feeling terrible about myself this morning. So terrible that I didn't even bother to cleanse my face because why bother? Nothing I do seems to work. I don't think I can look at a mirror today. I don't want to sound over dramatic but it's how I genuinely feel. I don't want to say that I've lost all hope but I've been having a very negative mindset lately. Thought I'd post here to make myself feel better but it's not working.  When will this end? Hasn't it been long enough? Why me? These

niklaus

niklaus

02/10/16

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02/11/16

 

Feb 09, 2016

I think Bio Oil is unfortunately breaking me out. However, my friend swears by it so I'm going to continue it until my next shipment of Banish Vitamin C serum arrives in combination with Retin A at night.  I've been researching how to get my hands on birth control pills to manage my acne. My student health care card doesn't cover the cost of contraceptives (I study in Australia) which I think is outrageous considering that many young people are sexually active. Although I am not and will not b

niklaus

niklaus

02/09/16

 

Feb 06, 2016

Been breaking out lately and it's hard not to be discouraged. I think it's because of any of the following reasons or maybe a combination of them: a) pimples from my period which I had recently, b) Bio Oil, c) Retin A or d) my skin is just being shitty on it's own. I desperately wish I had my Banish Vitamin C serum to battle them for me! The hyperpigmentation on the right side of my face is clearing up nicely but I try not to feel too happy about it in case I jinx it. Yes, I know that there is n

niklaus

niklaus

02/06/16

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02/11/16

 

Feb 04, 2016

*Sigh* Been breaking out on my forehead, temple and chin regions. I dearly wish that I still had my Banish Vitamin C serum with me. I'm scared of a massive breakout just when my skin was clearing out. Ugh I can't.. 

niklaus

niklaus

02/04/16

 

Feb 02, 2016

I don't know how many people are going to care about this post but I need to put it out there because I just need to express my feelings. I was sooo upset and raging mad yesterday! I accidentally spilled all of my product in my minuscule Banish Vitamin C serum bottle aka the miracle potion! The product is packaged into a tiny glass bottle with an eye dropper thing on top. A part of the eye dropper detached itself once a few weeks ago and I guess I didn't fix it properly (I didn't touch the part

niklaus

niklaus

02/02/16

 

Jan 30, 2016

After a surprisingly long period of time without dryness in my face, it's odd to have that tight feeling again now that I'm back on Retin A. Applying Vitamin C on those areas feels good but I can't say for sure if it has helped combat the dryness. I also applied some Cetaphil moisturizer (oily skin version) but there was the slight burning sensation that I'm used. Might need to change my moisturizer to something more gentle but a) isn't Cetaphil renowned for being a gentle moisturizer and b) IS

niklaus

niklaus

01/30/16

 

Jan 29, 2016

I'm pleasantly surprised with the power of my Vitamin C serum! I highly recommend the Banish Vitamin C serum or any serum with a high concentration of Vitamin C. The product I use claims to contain 99% Vitamin C but I'm sure that is a targeted incentive for consumers to buy the product. I read someplace that if a product claims such a thing, the rest of the ingredients are non-beneficial, harmful or something along those lines. Nonetheless, this serum that I've been using works wonders! Within t

niklaus

niklaus

01/29/16

 

Jan 28, 2016

Breaking out on my forehead and there is one huge spot right under my eye. Hard not to feel discouraged and think like I'm not making progress. Ugh I HATE hormonal acne!! On days like this I wish I was on birth control pills even though the thought of it scares me. I've been neglecting my Retin A so I've been using it again. It could be why I'm breaking out on my forehead come to think of it. Surprisingly, it makes me quite red in the face for about an hour after application which isn't normal f

niklaus

niklaus

01/28/16

 

Jan 26, 2016

Oh great, here we go again. I'm breaking out again, this time in places that have been relatively inactive. It's hard to not be discouraged during this time. I'm thinking of going on birth control pills because a) come exam time, I will have a massive breakout due to stress (right now it's been 2 months since my exams finished and I'm still dealing with the repercussions) and b) even after 5 years with dealing with acne, I cannot deal with the emotional toll and I don't think I can deal with bei

niklaus

niklaus

01/26/16

 

Jan 24, 2016

My skin has been quite good lately. I've been applying the Banish Vitamin C serum day and night. The only drawback with that product is that it makes me look like an oil slick. Yesterday the tiny bottle slipped out of my hand and half of the product poured to the floor. I was very disheartened when that happened because a) the product is quite expensive for such a small quantity and b) my next shipment arrives at the end of next month. My period will be coming soon and I'm dreading the wave of b

niklaus

niklaus

01/24/16

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