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First Blog...ever.

Hello, everyone! I'm a 20 year old female from winnipeg, MB (canada). I have been suffering from moderate acne for as long as i can remember, but recently it's become quit severe. I am here blogging due to the lack of success in my acne cure journey. I don't want to bother my family and friends anymore about my acne, because they can't relate to this problem. My self-confidence from a 1-10 is at a stand still 2. I'm ashamed to go out in public and if I do go out I need to cover up. It's gotten so bad that I quit seeing friends and worse, quit my job. My boyfriend (of 4 years) and family are the only ones who i can be around without feeling disgusting. I've tried a billion-god-zillion medications and nothing has worked!

Home remedies- face masks:


Egg yolk/whites


baking soda




coffee grinds

tea bags (green tea)

strawberry leaves


crushed Tylenol

tea tree oil



aloe vera

sea salt


rubbing alcohol

cayenne pepper

and last but not least...


prescription medication:

5 different birth control pills - (can't remember which types)

Adapalene(differin) acne tropical gel 3% - (currently on it, been on it for 3 years)

minocycline(antibiotic) - currently on this drug. I'm on week 2 and zero improvement. I'll keep updates towards this drug for those who are interested.

Tetracycline(antibiotic) - Did nothing for my skin besides made me a moody as hell!

Benzoyl peroxide - made my skin SUPER red. I was a human lobster, no joke!

I just honestly can't remember all the creams and gels that my doctor prescribed me in the past, all I know is they didn't do diddly-squat!

Local medications(in pretty much all drug stores):

Spectro jel

neutrogena products - pore cleansers..etc.

clean & clear products - Foaming facial, spot treatments, cleansers..etc.

dove products - exfoliating daily facial, soap bars...etc.

clearasil products - daily face wash, whipping pads...etc.

aveeno products - radiant cleansers, soap bars...etc.

Garnier pure 3 in 1

Noxzema triple clean antibacterial lathering cleanser

St. Ives apricot scrub

The body shop tea tree skin clearing facial wash and spotting treatment

Lush products - scrubs, facemasks, soap bars.

Biore blemish cleanser

oxy products - pads and creams.

Well, I think you get the picture =)

The products that I do use and don't make me breakout are:

Mayan magic

cetaphil - lotion, cleanser, and bar.

Urine (I'm not sure if it's helping or not. Still on week 1)

Anywho, I'm just trying to reach out to others that feel the same way and vent my feelings out to those who feel similar.

If you have any questions or answers feel free to contact me.

Have a beautiful day =)


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If you've tried that many things and your acne is getting worse ask for Accutane. It seems like a scary drug but if it's monitored correctly it really isn't. It's pretty much the only acne medication that is almost 100 percent guaranteed to work and there is a 70 percent success rate for people who go on it, meaning 70 percent of people don't experience an acne relapse.

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i never heard of using Tylenol, hmm

my skin is pretty clear right now but i do have a huge zit on the corner of my mouth :(

other then that i try to stay away from anything that was made in a factory. just because if your using muiltple products the cemicals can react with each other and ruin your skin (like they did to me)

the only then im doing right now is using olive oil as a moisturizer and warm water to clean my face.

i have a question about the garilc. did you eat it or apply it on our skin? i know when i did it tropically it didn work at all. but now im taking garlic concentrate pills (8 cloves in every pill) every 2-3 days and drink lots of water.

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I'm just soo frustrated and I'm not sure if accutane is even an option for me. I've read so many negative AND positive things about the drug and i'm just not set on what i should do...I'm on minocycline right now..I havent seen much improvement on my skin yet. its only been 2 weeks and 1 day, but I was reading about the drug and people said they started noticing slight improvements on the first week. The crappy thing is i'm so white that every tiny blemish is SUPER noticeable and i have sooo many! My face is really red. its hard not to pick at my face...

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