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Week 6 regimen

So today is the last day of my 6th week on the regimen. I don't know how to feel about it. Last week I freaked out about a severe breakout on my left chink, which is still remaining today. It has calmed down a lot - still very visible, painful to the touch, but better. But yesterday I got three new breakouts out of the blue, and they are all on the front of my face.  So the breakout I got last week was on one side, and you probably cannot tell if I talk to you face-to-face. Now I have a giant,

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

11/16/16

 

Week 4 regimen and counting

So this is almost the end of my 4th week. I haven't felt so good about myself for so long. All active spots on my face are dead now. All I have now is hyperpigmentation on my cheeks (which are fading) and a raised bump (like a cluster of dead cysts) on my chin that does not hurt anymore.  It took me so long to realize how detrimental diary can be to my facial skin. I've been off of any diary strictly for a week. No more new cysts in my chin area, chichis awesome. Although it hurts to not eat my

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

10/22/16

 

Week 2.5 Regimen

I've been pretty lagged behind on updating my blog, mostly because I've been having all kinds of problems during the past week and I've been posting like a mad person on the forum. Here's the current situation: My cheeks are cleared up. I mean there's not a single active spot right now. Of course there's hyperpigmentation, and those red/dark brown spots are slightly raised, but I'm not too worried. My skin does not scar - thank God. From my previous experience, those spots should fade away in

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

10/15/16

 

Week 2 with Mononessa and Day 2 with Panoxyl

So I just finished my second week of Mononessa. I'd say that my chin and cheeks feel better - much less bumpy, but they do not look better at all. They are all covered with red marks. I mean really, really red in a well-lit room. Thank goodness my room never gets any direct sunlight, otherwise I wouldn't be able to look myself in the mirror during the day anymore. My face still looks depressing though, I guess partly because some of those cysts had just started to subside.  I added benzoyl per

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

09/24/16

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09/27/16

 

Week 1 with Mononessa

I had been on Mononessa for one year and a half. It cured my severe hormonal acne within a year, and my skin looked flawless for another six months. However, everything changed after I switched my birth control brand at the beginning of the year due to my break-up. The new pharmacy I found did not offer Mononessa, so I had to take Sprintec instead. I did not think twice, because they have the same active ingredients. How foolish I was! Especially for a chemistry student. I started notice minor b

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

09/18/16

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09/20/16

 

Time to really stay away from BP

A week ago I promised myself that I'd definitely go back on BP this week, because of all the whiteheads on my lower cheeks, forehead and the cysts on my chin. I took a pea-sized portion of BP, and very carefully put it on spots on my forehead, lower cheeks and chin. I went to bed. Six hours later I got up, and saw GIANT red patches on my lower cheeks. The shapes are irregular, and I can tell that the redness definitely came from applying BP - and I put on the finest amount! I immediately washed

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

01/17/17

 

The regimen brought disaster to me

So this is my 7th week. My relaspse has been slowly healing, and I was happy until the beginning of this week. I woke up with two red patches under my eyes on Monday, which I did not worry too much about, because something like this had happened before and it went away as I increased the amt. of moisturizer. However, three days later  - yesterday, the red patches had gone so big and noticeable that I could not longer conceal them with tinted sunscreen. I did not apply BP last night. I put on a l

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

11/25/16

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12/11/16

 

The pain is unbearable

I went to a beauty salon today to get my whiteheads extracted. I know that with proper equipments, you can do it at home, but I was so worried that I'd make mistakes and make my face look even worse. The lady at the salon really hurt the hell out of me. She managed to get those white heads out of my skin, but afterwards my face is covered with red angry marks that sting like a mofo. She told me that I produce too much oil, and the way to deal with it is to keep it moisturized - like I don't alre

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

12/24/16

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12/24/16

 

It all comes down to healing from the inside, hopefully

The other day I logged in and browsed the forum as I always did, and I suddenly noticed that my membership status changed from "member" to "veteran." Wow. It has been five months since I joined this community, and I've gone through a long difficult journey.  I still have acne. Unfortunately everything that I have tried so far - birth control, dairy elimination, and BP - the one that gave me so much pain and cost me so much money and time - did not work by themselves. However, I have to keep try

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

01/21/17

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01/24/17

 

Feeling hopeless

I had to quit the regimen because it ruined my skin my overdrying it. It's been three weeks. My forehead and nose now are covered with tens of whiteheads. I don't know what to do anymore. It seems that no matter what I do, how careful I am with my diet and skincare ritual, pimples keep popping up. I'm so tired. Mom asked me why I wouldn't go shopping or hang out with friends. I'm 21 and I'm still in college. I stay at home whenever I'm off school or work. I never go out. I'm afraid any dirt/heat

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

12/20/16

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12/20/16

 

end of 5th week...with regimen

i can't even look myself in the mirror anymore. i face got slightly burnt from applying too much BP. i thought applying more than the usually amt may help me get rid of my new cysts faster. but in the morning after i woke up i still had this cluster of painful red cysts... and the cluster seems to be spreading. now the left side of my face looks like hell. has the BP stopped working? what the hell is wrong with my face? i have not changed anything in my facial care routine...if anything i've onl

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

11/07/16

 

Beginning of isotretinoin

I cannot believe it has been one month since my first visit to the dermatologist. I remember crying in my room on a Saturday night because of my ugly face and not being able to get any work done. I went to see the doctor on 2/8. I told her right away that I wanted to be put on isotretinoin. She looked at my face and said, I think it will work for you. But you will have to wait for a month to begin. Here I am, exactly a month later. The needle wound on my arm from doing the blood work two days

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

03/08/17

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03/10/17

 

Antibiotics for transition to Accutane

After a major mental breakdown about two weeks ago, I finally went to see a derm and asked her to put me on accutane. I told her that I had never been on anything prescription-strength, but I wanted to go on accutane right away because I had had enough of this dirty face. The doctor did not decline my request, but told me that I would have to wait for a month anyway for two negative pregnancy test results before I could start taking the drug. She prescribed Doxycycline - an antibiotics, and told

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

02/15/17

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03/10/17

 

Another week - another cycle of depression

It's been as week since I updated last time. Actually I felt pretty okay about my face during the day - I guess the tinted sunscreen did hide some of my acne really nicely. However, I was literally looking at hell's pit after I took off the sunscreen with make-up remover. Every single acne mark, active spot, and pinkish-turning-to-cyst-like bump looked so, so bad. I have at least 3 cysts on my chin, 2 on my left cheek, and 3 along my nose right now. I also have a ton of acne marks and whiteheads

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

02/04/17

 

Almost 2 weeks - herbal medicine, herbal bath and diet

I am seriously considering slowly introducing BP back to my current treatment. Herbal medicine may be helping me regulate my internal health, but it sure does not do anything to help my face clear up faster. Right now I still have a bunch of active whiteheads on my forehead (painful), tens of whiteheads on either side of my jaw, and a bunch of other whiteheads scattered all over my face. Those PIH marks make my face look worse than it actually is. Sometimes even I mistake acne marks for actual a

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

01/06/17

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01/10/17

 

Accutane 1 Month

I cannot believe that I have not been to this site for over a month. I was really super busy with work, and honestly I was not so worried about my skin anymore. I just started my second month of accutane. Now I have only one active breakout on my entire face. One. It does not even hurt. It's just a big lump on my left cheek. I guess it was probably meant to be a full-blown cyst, but since my oil production was curbed, it did not break out as it normally would.  I am so amazed by the result so

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

04/16/17

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04/26/17

 

Accutane - 4th month

I cannot be happier with my skin right now. I just started my 4th month. My entire face is smooth and soft, and I no longer have to get up an hour in advance to pile on make-up anymore. Every morning I put on sunscreen and use a little bit of concealer to cover up redness , and I'm ready to go! My face doesn't get oily at all, and unlike so many people who are on accutane, I do not have dry skin problem. Cetaphil is a great moisturizer - it literally saves my life. I will  continue to be on Ac

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

06/26/17

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07/01/17

 

A new regimen...I don't know where this is going

Of course my mother took me to a doctor who practices traditional Chinese medicine. He wrote me a prescription consisted of more than ten herbal medicines, and asked me to drink it twice a day. It's been only two days, and my jawline is covered with new whiteheads. I'm 90% sure that all this came from the medicine I've been taking. "It's purging." Said my mom. Oh my god I don't even know. My mom for sure doesn't know. She trusts that doctor. She said the medicine will help me get rid of the toxi

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

12/28/16

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12/31/16

 

A minor mental breakdown

So it's been about 10 days since I truly started healing acne naturally. I swear it got better for a few days, and today, bam - tens of pimples on my chin, so many whiteheads popped up on my left cheek, and a bunch whiteheads on my forehead. Maybe it's the stress? The two cups of coffee I had yesterday and today? I vegetable oil I cooked with today? I don't know... all of a sudden my face feels painful to touch again, and I look absolutely detestable.  I know that lows are to be expected. Somet

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

01/27/17

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01/30/17

 

6 Days Herbal Medicine

It's been 6 days since I started taking this mysterious herbal medicine. The acne on my lower face exploded. I don't what the cause was. Changing of the environment? Herbal medicine? Herbal baths? Stress? Delayed response to BP withdrawal?... I can't imagine two weeks ago my face was mostly clear....Now when I wash my face, I can feel tiny bumps everywhere, like needles, poking at my fingertips. This is devastating.  A few minutes ago when I was washing my face, mom walked by and asked, are you

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

12/31/16

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01/02/17

 

5th week in the REGIMEN - not happy

It has been a rough week for me, since I'm getting terrible breakouts. My face was completely clear a week ago, and my confidence came back and everything was just great. However, without changing anything, I started getting new cysts on my left cheek. Now I have 5 in total. All painful, red bumps that are exactly like the kind of acne I got a month ago. Every morning I looked into the mirror and wanted to cry. Why? I was clear a week ago! I read countless posts on the forum to find people with

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

11/06/16

 

2nd month with accutane - DONE!

This past month literally flew by. It was insane. I'm graduating from college in ten days, and - I can't believe I'm saying this - I have perfectly smooth, acne-free skin now. I cannot believe it. This is too good to be true. Today I had to film a video with a bunch of friends for a class, and I was scared to death when sitting in front of the camera in a so well-lit room. I thought my skin would look horrible, but it didn't. My skin glowed in the video. I am so happy. I defended my thesis las

HarleyZ

HarleyZ

05/18/17

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05/23/17

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