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Near Miracles!

Ameriwife

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Wow. I can't believe how good my skin looks.....Sometimes I honestly look in the mirror and remind myself that I'm NOT wearing makeup! My skin looks that great right now.

It's like, all the bumps and pimples just vanished after using finacea for a few days. I guess its been 2 weeks total. It says that it can take much longer like 8 weeks to see effects. I just can't believe it!

I went to an allergist today for a consult for the skin allergy test or blood test. She told me all the different things she would test, and I checked to see if my insurance covered it....and it's not. It's $700!!! My mom needs to think about it- which I totally understand. I guess I will continue avoiding those foods until I can actually get the test. I just want to be able to say "no I can't eat that- I'm allergic" instead of just being seen as a picky eater.

My diet hasn't been the greatest, but I'm determined not to give up lol and give in in just eating a bowl of icecream or bag of cookies.

I haven't worn makeup since Halloween party Saturday night. I wore it a few hours, and my skin was just itching on my cheek. Now there's a few tiny very minor bumps there....

Currently, I have two suuuuuper tiny pimples on my chin- right next to each other. I wonder if this is from greasy food/oily food?

I've been taking zinc, vitamin c, vitamin d3, garlic extract, and birthcontrol about every day for a week now... Maybe this has definitely helped my skin?

There are still red marks on my cheeks, and faint ones along my jawline- but I am CONFIDENT. The finacea has greatly reduced redness in my face and the red marks. My dad today said that my skin looks great, and I wasn't even wearing makeup! This totally made my day!

Ok, so I think considering accutane is definitely out of the question. I see now that my acne is totally related to what I eat- ESPECIALLY dairy and soy. I'm really excited about my skin and just praying that it continues to be clear for my birthday party this weekend. If I break out after that- I guess I'm fine lol. Yay! It's all good...



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Sounds like quite a turnaround! Happy to hear you're seeing good results.

It's interesting how fast some of these things can make an impact and how fast we can start to see changes. I remember my doctor telling me that it could take a month before I saw any changes on Doxycycline, but I was actually seeing a visible improvement in the overall state and tone of my skin after just four days. It did kind of go downhill for a couple of weeks once things started to adjust, but then it evened out again, to where it's now at in my latest picture. Perhaps a word of warning there I guess - don't be disheartened if it does seem to take a bit of a backwards step because that would only be in comparison to the surprisingly good results you feel it's having, and it would only be a temporary thing.

I was taking the same supplements and vitamins as you earlier in the year when I cleared up for a while so I'd highly recommend sticking with those. The only reason I stopped was because I ran out and never replaced them. After that, things went downhill again, which perhaps shows just how well those things were working.

I've started taking them again this week, only I removed Zinc because the leaflet with the Doxy says not to take Zinc with it.

I came to the same realisation about Accutane I think. I was disheartened when I was refused, especially as my doctor pretty much laughed at me and said there was no way I'd ever get a referral, and then I was kind of resentful of those people who can seemingly go ahead and get it with mild acne simply by asking. But, perhaps it was for the best. I mean, I have seen improvements and if I turn a corner with the Doxy and then maintain things myself when that comes to an end, it saves me having to go through the Accutane experience.

Speaking of Accutane, one other thing I did to the list of supplements is Beta Carotene. It turns to Vitamin A in the body and that's essentially what Accutane is. I figured that since I can't get Accutane, perhaps Beta Carotene could be the next best thing, and seemingly without the side effects. I suppose it still pays to be cautious though because of what it is, but I figure that as long as I follow a sensible and recommended dosage, it shouldn't create any problems. Thought I'd mention that, could be something you might like to try.

Sucks about the price tag on the allergy tests. I've often thought about doing something similar, just never really got around to it. I did look into it and there's a place near when I live who do allergy and intolerance tests so maybe I should go for that. I assume there wouldn't be much variation in terms of quality or accuracy, but there certainly seems to be a variation in prices between our two systems because, by comparison, it would only have cost me the equivalent of about $80. I don't know, maybe you could shop around, so to speak.

The main thing is you're seeing the results you want. Here's hoping that continues. And the fact that you're happy with it and feeling confident is brilliant - can't put a price on that! :)

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Hey Paul,

Thanks for your thorough response and encouragement. Yes, I'm excited about my current skin, but I know that I am not out of the woods yet. I almost expect a breakout around my period, or a random zit here and there. Thanks for the reminder of not getting discouraged if it goes downhill, because I know I will compare my skin to what it is now. At least, I know now what is keeping me 90% clear and I hope to continue doing it. You are so right- I can't put a price tag on feeling confident.

I think if I asked my derm for accutane he would have discouraged it. I told him I don't want to take oral antibiotics because of all the other side effects they cause, and I'm allergic to many antibiotics already. He agreed. Plus, I really don't think I could go through that hell again with accutane. I see now that acne is related mainly to a combo genetics, diet, and bad skin products- at least for me. After reading random accutane blogs I'm turned off to just the idea. Yuck.

Yes, I believe the supplements are really helping, and not just a coincidence. I mean, taking them nearly everyday for a few weeks and my skin clearing up has to be related. I've thought about taking a vitamin A supplement or eating foods higher in vitamin A. I just don't want to kill my liver on accident lol. I think I'll look into the beta-carotene. I already eat a lot of kale, carrots, squash, and veggies that have vitamins already.

An $80 allergy test? where do you live? haha. Ya, I don't know if my family can afford the allergy test, but at least I've made the steps instead of just ignoring it. I can see your profile pic and think your skin looks great. Whatever your doing is working. :)

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No, I don't suppose killing our livers is the best idea we could have, accidental or otherwise. :lol:

Sounds like you're doing pretty well with the vitamin intake from the foods you eat though, certainly puts my diet to shame!

I remember seeing variations in the prices of testing, depending on whether they were for allergies or intolerances, or both. Ranged from about $80 to about $400, but it's still a lot cheaper. I did see some which are like DIY kits which they send you, you send back a hair sample and they send you a list of your intolerances and how bad they are with a full breakdown and explanation of what it all means. They're amongst the cheapest ones, I might give that a go at some point. Seems like a handy way for me to avoid getting a blood test or something as I really don't like needles.

I'm in England so if it works out cheaper for you to buy a plane ticket, come and hang out for a while and get a test done here. :P

Thank you for the compliment about my picture by the way, very kind.

I'm happy with how it's going on Doxycycline and with the supplements I mentioned, feels like I'm turning a corner. I'm just trying to stay positive because I know that if I get my hopes up too much and then my skin gets a little worse again, I'll get all disheartened about it. Still, I'll just keep on keeping on and see where it gets me. That's as much as we can all do really. :)

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That's such greats news!!! I'm happy Finacea is working for you, unfortunately it didn't do anything for me. And super good news you don't have to go on accutane!!

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That's such greats news!!! I'm happy Finacea is working for you, unfortunately it didn't do anything for me. And super good news you don't have to go on accutane!!

hey, how long did you use it for? Ya, it's pretty mild stuff so I'm sure it isn't powerful enough for really stubborn acne. Differin and BP are pretty powerful (at least for me) so those things helped initiall to get rid of stubborn acne, then this finacea is just maintaining it I think. Thanks for the encouragement. My skin is suuuppperrr faaarr from perfect, but I'm still pleased and amazed.

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Hi! I can't really remember, probably for a month or so? according to my dermatologist it's a milder version of skinoren and usually prescribed for rosacea but i guess it works for both. unfortunately creams doesn't do much for me. your skin looks good judging by the pictures! :) I went to see my term this week and she told me I have to make up my mind about accutane if it's something I want. I keep changing my mind every other day so guess I have some figuring out to do. would you do it again?

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Hi! I can't really remember, probably for a month or so? according to my dermatologist it's a milder version of skinoren and usually prescribed for rosacea but i guess it works for both. unfortunately creams doesn't do much for me. your skin looks good judging by the pictures! :) I went to see my term this week and she told me I have to make up my mind about accutane if it's something I want. I keep changing my mind every other day so guess I have some figuring out to do. would you do it again?

Hey blueberrie! Ya, the cream is very very mild, but it's wonderful because my skin is so sensitive. I imagine with the more stubborn the acne, the longer it will take. There's a woman here crystalwillow who didn't see results until after 6 months of using it, and she used it on cysts and hormonal acne on her jaw.

Thanks for the compliment. :) ya, my skin looks very very good, its just the red marks that need to fade.

Yeah, I agree with your derm that you need to decide if you will take accutane. If you aren't absolutely sure you want it, then if you were to go through the big hassle of getting it and start it and then quit, then it will be very discouraging. I wish I had taken accutane sooner. Of course, I would do it all over again, but I wish that I had knowledge about skin and acne. Granted, the beginning of this year my acne was absolutely awful. I managed to clear through the right birth control, the DKR for a little while, changing my diet, changing products, and all without accutane. But I believe birth control is the biggest reason why my skin is clear.

I went through hell on accutane, but I didn't have a very good support system, Went through a horrible excrutiatingly painful breakup, and worked a night shift full time. Talk about emotions and hormones going berzerk. I used horrible products, and I did all the wrong things while on it. I encourage you to get it, and then just be patient for it to work. I am glad I used it, because it got rid of the cysts and major acne for a long time. But whatever you decide to do- accutane or a holistic route- you HAVE to COMMIT to it for at least 3-6 months I believe. I have greatly changed my diet, and my skin has gradually gotten better. But when I didn't see results right away, I didn't just give up and say "oh well diet doesn't effect my acne." I hope this helps, and that you can make a decision :) just be prepared, whatever you do, to be patient for it to work. Please let me know if you have more questions or just need someone to vent to :)

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Hi! I can't really remember, probably for a month or so? according to my dermatologist it's a milder version of skinoren and usually prescribed for rosacea but i guess it works for both. unfortunately creams doesn't do much for me. your skin looks good judging by the pictures! :) I went to see my term this week and she told me I have to make up my mind about accutane if it's something I want. I keep changing my mind every other day so guess I have some figuring out to do. would you do it again?
Hey blueberrie! Ya, the cream is very very mild, but it's wonderful because my skin is so sensitive. I imagine with the more stubborn the acne, the longer it will take. There's a woman here crystalwillow who didn't see results until after 6 months of using it, and she used it on cysts and hormonal acne on her jaw. Thanks for the compliment. :) ya, my skin looks very very good, its just the red marks that need to fade. Yeah, I agree with your derm that you need to decide if you will take accutane. If you aren't absolutely sure you want it, then if you were to go through the big hassle of getting it and start it and then quit, then it will be very discouraging. I wish I had taken accutane sooner. Of course, I would do it all over again, but I wish that I had knowledge about skin and acne. Granted, the beginning of this year my acne was absolutely awful. I managed to clear through the right birth control, the DKR for a little while, changing my diet, changing products, and all without accutane. But I believe birth control is the biggest reason why my skin is clear. I went through hell on accutane, but I didn't have a very good support system, Went through a horrible excrutiatingly painful breakup, and worked a night shift full time. Talk about emotions and hormones going berzerk. I used horrible products, and I did all the wrong things while on it. I encourage you to get it, and then just be patient for it to work. I am glad I used it, because it got rid of the cysts and major acne for a long time. But whatever you decide to do- accutane or a holistic route- you HAVE to COMMIT to it for at least 3-6 months I believe. I have greatly changed my diet, and my skin has gradually gotten better. But when I didn't see results right away, I didn't just give up and say "oh well diet doesn't effect my acne." I hope this helps, and that you can make a decision :) just be prepared, whatever you do, to be patient for it to work. Please let me know if you have more questions or just need someone to vent to :)

Yeah I do need to make up my mind. I'm just scared to death about taking it, after hearing about all the horror stories on here. But i really just wanna get it over with so I can go on with my life. I'm not sure how I'm gonna handle it since I've been feeling depressed and down for a while now. And my sister already has some mental problems (not because of accutane) so it's in my genes. Kind of worried accutane is gonna make it worse or possibly permanent. Did you experience any of these problems? I feel stuck. just want someone to tell me what to do! :P

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Hey blueberry, are you scared about short term side effects or long term side effects? Obviously, the longer you are on it and at higher dose you are at higher risk for those side effects. I guess the side effects I experienced were pretty mild, but I was on 20 mg a day I think. I'm not sure about long term side effects, but I think overall my skin seems more fragile, and I have a problem with flushing (but maybe I had that problem before?). I seem to always have problems with digestion, so I'm not sure the issues I have now are from accutane.

Honestly, I think having acne is depressing itself. If you know you're feeling crappy because of low self-esteem, then I'm not sure that accutane will make the depression worse. I think people that have committed suicide or reported depression while on accutane may already have been depressed or thinking about killing themselves. Do you know what I mean?

Mental illness like depression I guess *runs* in my family as well, and to some degree I've struggled with it for majority of my life. But honestly, I believe for me it is situational depression. I have a difficult living situation and my parents can drive me to that breaking point. Yes, it is definitely important to take depression into consideration, but if you are on accutane, make sure you have a friend or mentor to confide in and be honest about. Or use this site I guess. The point is to let someone know that you are on accutane, and be honest with your side effects.

If you have a "gut feeling" that accutane isn't for you, then don't do it. I find that my intuition or "inner voice" really tells me when something is wrong or to take action. If it's just something you're afraid of but are willing to try it, then go for it. I don't know how bad your acne is, but honestly accutane is meant for people with cysts and I believe hormonal acne. Like I said, I would do it all over again. I think I would have been too scared to take it if I read all the horror stories too, but I didn't want to know exactly all the things that could happen.

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Hi,

yea I'm mostly worried about the long-term ones. Dry skin or itchy scalp etc doesn't bother me, those kind of side effects are temporary. Its more the internal damage and diseases I'm worried about. You were on 20 mg for how long? I think I could handle a low dose and that seems pretty low. My skin has also become more fragile last couple of years, I didn't use to scar at all and now everything seems to leave a scar behind. I started noticing a couple of months after stopping accutane, (the 10 days i managed) but I can't tell if it was that or just that my acne got more severe.

You're right about acne itself causing self esteem issues. I don't believe anyone who hasn't been through severe acne can understand how heart breaking it really is and how badly it affects someones mental health. So yeah, maybe its not the accutane, though i think it could make it worse if you're already depressed when starting up on it. Like you mentioned.

I reckon it's my intuition that has told me not to take accutane and that's why I've been hesistant for such a long time. I do have trouble taking decisions concearning other things as well so it could be a mixture. Anyway I wish I could just make up my mind and get it overwith. It feels like I'm choosing between having acne for the rest of my life or getting some other chronic desease for the rest of my life and I can't tell which is worse.

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Hey Blue :)

I was on 20 mg for 3 months. I honestly believe I should have been on for 6 months as I was still breaking out, but nearly all the cysts went away. I seriously believe at a low dose and a 6 maybe 8 month course will be fine. I was rather reckless with my health when I was on it lol. (minus drinking alcohol cause I don't drink). The higher the dose the more severe side effects, and a possible back lash of initial breakout.

I don't know that I scar any worse now than before accutane. It seems that my acne usually left a purple mark even before accutane. Either way, I'm so glad I took it. It did not cure my acne, but for a very long time I didn't need to worry about cysts. Basically after that it was the same type of acne like a hormonal zit here or there. Nothing major.

If you have trouble making other decisions, then it probably really could be a mixture. Why did you only take it for 10 days? What does your regimen look like now? What medications are you using?

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Hello!!!

That seems alright, kind of low dose and short time though? How come you finished after just 3 months? Maybe i could do 20 mg if i tried again. They had me on 40 mg at the most when i tried it. Had to quit because i couldn't stand the side-effects.

Actually I'm trying a birth control atm. It's kind of new on the market and amazingly it seems to be working quite well. Trying not to get my hopes up though, it might just be a coincidence. Think I'm gonna wait at least another couple of weeks and see how I go. Hopefully it will keep my acne under control. fingers crossed...

You still going good with your treatment?

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My general physician prescribed accutane for me. He didn't refer me to a dermatologist (though....maybe I should have gone?) I guess he thought I only needed 3 months, which maybe he thought my acne wasn't THAT severe. Idk. Looking back, I wish I had been on it longer, but then I was going through hell so I was glad to be done. Ya, I couldn't imagine worse side-effects...20 mg was enough!

What kind of birth control are you on? How's it going? I find that birth control takes about 3 - 6 months to really work (as far as skin goes). Maybe just give the birth control 6 months and see if it helps your skin, because accutane is meant as literally a LAST resort.

I've been on ortho tri-cycline for about 9 months now, and my skin has FINALLY calmed down. I can get away with eating dairy and wheat and known acne triggers and seem to be fine. My acne is very very light right now...maybe a tiny pimple or two on my jawline or something. But I still get these weird zits that come up, not to monstrous or anything, and the finacea seems to do a great job at just zapping them and getting rid of them nearly the next day. So, I am very pleased with my regimen. The sunscreen and moisturizer I use I believe DO NOT clog my pores. I've tested my old ones and the next day or two I noticed clogged pores in my T-zone. Plus they are waaaay to greasy and thick. I dont moisturize at night, so sometimes my skin seems dry. Other than that, with my hormones balanced and a topical to kill the bacteria, my regimen is going great. :)

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Oh i thought only dermatologists could prescribe accutane? Yeah maybe i could stand 20 mg. 40 mg was def too much for me.

I thought I was doing pretty well on the BC but as it seems now acne is gradually coming back. Guess it was just a "good period of time" sigh. :( I should have taken the 'last resort' ages ago. I've been struggling for 7-8 years now, always thought I'd grow out of it. Seems like i won't. You reckon theres someone I could go and talk to, so that I could get some help with making this decision? Maybe a psychologist or something. Or would that ruin my chances of ever getting accutane? I am quite depressed so I don't know if that would put me off..

what is ortho try-cycline? some kind of bc? I'm so happy for you!! Must feel great to wake up and feeling ok about yourself. Hope it continues going great!

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Oh i thought only dermatologists could prescribe accutane? Yeah maybe i could stand 20 mg. 40 mg was def too much for me. I thought I was doing pretty well on the BC but as it seems now acne is gradually coming back. Guess it was just a "good period of time" sigh. :( I should have taken the 'last resort' ages ago. I've been struggling for 7-8 years now, always thought I'd grow out of it. Seems like i won't. You reckon theres someone I could go and talk to, so that I could get some help with making this decision? Maybe a psychologist or something. Or would that ruin my chances of ever getting accutane? I am quite depressed so I don't know if that would put me off.. what is ortho try-cycline? some kind of bc? I'm so happy for you!! Must feel great to wake up and feeling ok about yourself. Hope it continues going great!

Hey girl,

I'm so sorry this ordeal with accutane is such a struggle :( Yes, my general practitioner prescribed it. I think a medical doctor can prescribe anything he is comfortable with. Well, I was saying that if you to decide to take it, make sure you tell someone you're on it, and be honest with your symptoms is all I'm saying. I was really depressed while on it (but like I've said I think it was situational that brought it on) but I never thought of hurting myself or anything. Just make sure that you tell someone is all I'm saying. I believe if you discussed that you have a history of depression, but make it seem more it's because you have acne, maybe they would still prescribe it but use caution. Know what I mean?

7-8 years is a looong time. My skin was only really bad for about a year, then I went on accutane and back on birth control. I think a rare amount of people "grow out" of acne. For me, I'm battling my genes and hormones. It sounds like you're in the same boat....I would give it another shot with a low dose and see how you do. But...I feel like you have to be committed to stay on long enough for it to work.

Orthotricyclen is any other birth control, but each week increases a little in hormones, so one week is light and the third week is a different amount of estradiol or whatever. It really is the only birth control that has worked so well. I would honestly give birth control a good 3-6 months to work for skin. It can take a while for your hormones to settle down. I would say it was about 4 months for me, but there were a few months that I wasn't good at taking them, and my skin would break out. *Shrug*

Yes, it does feel great to wake up with clear skin- or at least no ginormous pimple on my face. My skin is far from perfect and my scars are still really visible and I hope some of them will fill in some day, but I'm going to be thankful. :)

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Heya

I'm trying to get hold of my derm, so hopefully she'll be able to call me at some point this week. Gonna ask her some questions like if it's possible to go and see a someone while on the medication in case I'd get very depressed. Would be good to have someone to vent with as well. My mum and I are pretty close so she knows all about it. I used to talk to her about it all the time and I think it affects her too much so I don't wanna get her too involved. She's already going through too much trouble with my sister.

So you were depressed even before accutane? Did it get worse while you were on it? Yeah it definitely situational, if it wasn't for the acne I wouldn't have any worries. I used to be the happiest person I'd know of.

7 years is a very long time, but it hasn't been this bad. I didn't used to scar before and it didn't really bother me that much. I could still look ok with make up on.

I think the bc I'm on is the same as yours!!! The hormones are different each weeks (pills have different colors) and as soon as I finish one chart i start on the next one right away (no empty days in between). They are the first ones I have ever noticed a difference with. They're supposed to be more like the natural estrogen produced by the body. Sounds familiar? It's been almost 3 months since I started, don't know how long I should give it. Thing is if it does work that means I'll have to be on bc forever?!

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I had a history of depression before accutane. I believe it's all been situational. I had a very very difficult family, which attributed to the fact that I felt horrible about myself. And when I was on accutane, I had just broke up with my ex-boyfriend, (who practically proposed to me), so with that alone nearly sent me over the edge. We were going through pre-marital counseling and planning a wedding- and then one day just ended it with me and almost never had any contact with me after. I also began working at night, from 11 pm to 7 am, and I was going to school full-time during the day. I was exhausted, stressed out, lonely, angry, and on top of all that on accutane. So...I believe the situational stuff going on is what attributed it to being "hell" while on accutane. I'm not that sure that accutane made it worse....

Ya, it could be a lot for your mom to take on...Well, like Paul mentioned ^^^ there is people on the boards here :) many people post about their journey.

Ya, actually there are like 4 different colored pills I have. After the third cycle, I'm supposed to start my period, and a few days later I do. I don't take the green pills that are the fourth week, because...my mom just told me they were sugar lol. So I don't really know if they contain anything or not...I absolutely HATTTEEEE taking pills, especially the small ones because I seem to gag more on those.

Ya, I feel like I'm going to have to be on birth control forever as well....when I have kids someday I guess I will deal with it then. At least, I know better. Maybe I can taper off or something lol.

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Sounds like a tough time. How did you get through all that? Did things just work out by itself after finishing accutane and as your acne disappeared? Or did you have someone you talked to?

Haha there's usually 7 of those pills. last week. The pills I'm on right now only has 2 sugar pills. I don't like taking pills either. but kind of got used to it now.. worst part is swallowing those big ones, like vitamin pills!! Hopefully time will do it's magic so we don't have to be on bc forever..

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Ya, I've been mentored by the same woman for 4 years now...I think at that point we had been mentoring a year. She is like a mother to me, since my mom isn't there for me emotionally at all. I guess it all just sort of worked out. I quit working at night and I was pretty much done with school...but... it was definitely hard. That's why I suggest having someone to talk to. Even if there's not much going on it's still wonderful to have.

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