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Things Are Starting To Improve-- Pictures

I've been through a lot of ups and downs the past few weeks. Things were getting better, and then suddenly I had a lot of new cysts form. I have to say, I am much less inflamed now and I feel like I am making progress. My face is still terrible, but I really do feel like things are moving in the right direction.

I have about 4 huge cysts on my cheeks that are taking forever to go away. They are in the worst spots too-- really visible and impossible to cover with makeup. They are finally going down, but I did notice another one popping up in the same area. I'm getting more small pimples on my forehead and cheeks instead of the big cysts. This is an improvement, I suppose. I'm worried, though, that my makeup is clogging my pores and that's why I'm getting the non-cystic acne.

I just got some samples for Arbonne makeup, which is apparently non-comedogenic and very natural. I'll see if I like it and then hopefully order some.

I went back to my Exuviance liquid foundation, but I definitely use too much of it. I use concealer over pimples and foundation all over my face. I also use Bare Essentuals bronzer, mostly on my cheeks and forehead. I love this bronzer! I am worried that it is causing me to breakout, though, even though it is noncomedogenic and I've seen great reviews from people who are acne prone.

I'm washing my face with Cetaphil mixed with Jojoba oil. I was first just using Jojoba, but it definitely made things a lot worse because it caused all the bad stuff to pop out all at once. I also read that Jojoba is great for getting the bad stuff out, but it can also bring the bad stuff in! So, I'm not using it as a foundation remover. Instead, I've been either mixing it with cetaphil to get makeup off, or using cetaphil to wash my face and jojoba after my face is already clean. I really like it so far. It moisturizes my face, so I don't really need to moisturize before putting makeup on. I also think it's helping with the hyper-pigmentation. I've been using it as a conditioner for my hair as well. And it's also great as a moisturizer after I shave my legs. Right now I have an expensive organic bottle, but I think I'm going to buy a cheapy from Trader Joe's to use on my hair and legs.

I'm still using Aczone on my face. I'm also using Ziana about every other day.

I just hit the three month mark for birth control, and I've been on Spironolactone for about 2 months (I think?). People have told me that it takes about 3 months on this stuff to get the hormones regulated, so I'm hoping that I'm on track. Like I said, I have been feeling like things are calming down.

The heat has not helped anything! The city was close to 100 degrees yesterday. I sweat every day in the subway, and I have to wear that makeup all day at work. I've been trying not to wear makeup on the weekends to give my face a break. Today I think I'm going to the beach. Hopefully that salt water will do my face some good :)


You have beautiful skin! Stay strong and keep doing what you're doing! I don't use the Jojoba oil unless my skin is ULTRA dry... I notice that I breakout when I habitually use jojoba oil. I just use it for that extra and instant moisture boost.

Have you thought about washing your face at work and apply your makeup there? Just to avoid the potential irritation that the heat of the subway will bring?

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I think you could benefit from an anti-biotic...Spironolactone here too...not sure how well it works...

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Yay for improvement! Your Breakouts look like mine and I am also waiting for spiro to kick in. How much are you taking? My first month on it sucked--acne got a bit worse but I am hoping 100mg of spiro & 100mg of doxy will be kinder to me after 2 months in. I love your photo updates. How's it going now?

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How are things going for you now? I'm on spironolactone and I am about to start tretinoin and aczone. Hope all is well.

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