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First Entry/intro

Cassie Reannan


Hey everyone,

This is my first blog post. I will probably use this blog to track my acne and the products I use. So yes, let's get started with a little introduction about myself before I go into detail about my regime etc...

I am 20 years old (turning 21) and I have struggled with acne since I was about 14 - 15. I grew up in a small town of about 5,000 people (and I still live here unfortunately, with my parents eusa_wall.gif ) that's in Queensland, Australia. I am studying nursing full time at university and am half way through my degree at the end of 2013. I work part time at Woolworths (representin') in a delicatessen. So when I'm not studying about care plans or handling various meats, I am hanging on the internet or am with my wonderful fiance wub.png .

At 15, I developed moderate acne on both my cheeks. I don't have any pictures to be exact, but I still have noticable scars today. I thought it was just a teenager thing, and since I was getting into boys and my friends were having sex I put myself on birth control (Juliet 35 ED, a BC for acne) to cure it. I was using Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer, and for a few months used Benzac 2.5% BP but I had very bad redness and quit it. Since I was working on slave labour minimum wage at the time, affording a birth control that was $30+ for 3 months was a lot for me but it cured my acne suddenly. When I was 17, I met my wonderful fiance and changed my BC to Levlen ED (generic BC) as I was "cured" and to save some cash.

Okay so should be the end right? Well... no. I got the odd pimple here and there until the end of last year. Suddenly, I had a more than a few pimples in one area (my chin on either side). I thought it was because I was changing products, but it didn't ease up and became worse. I was miserable... the worse I have felt in a year. I began my weight loss journey at the start of 2012 and since then have lost 30kg (65lb) and wasn't expecting my acne to ever return.

I bit the bullet and went to the doctor. She said is hormonal. She prescribed me doxycyline 50mg daily, but ordered me to take 100mg daily for the first 2 weeks. My BC was then changed back to Juliet 35 ED (I got the generic brand Estelle because I am a cheap nursing student!! tongue.png) and I have been on them for 3 weeks tomorrow. I noticed an improvement on my acne, but since halving the dose of doxy my acne has gotten slowly worse again.

So the TLDR version:

I have struggled with acne since I was 14 - 15. I cured it but now its back in another place.


Cenovis multivitamin x 1 daily

Doxycycline 50mg x 1 daily

Estelle 35 ED x 1 daily

Diet and exercise:

Mainly healthy, vegetarian since childhood.

Losing weight consistently for 1 year.

Aim for 3 hours+ of exercise a week.



Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Foaming Wash for Acne

Cetaphil moisturiser


Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Foaming Wash for Acne

Cetaphil moisturiser

Thursday Plantation Medicated Tea Tree Spot Treatment

Alternative treatments:

Manuka honey

If I am staying at my fiances I use Cetaphil cleanser for oily skin.

Things I am considering trying:

Dans regime tinydan.gif (although I don't know if I can be strict with it, failed before)

Pantothenic acid (5g) + B-complex 50


My skin before:


My skin after (today):



It seems to be concentrated on the lower half of your face so your derm was probably right about the hormonal thing. Switching back to your old BC will hopefully help. As for the antibiotic, hopefully you can get off that as soon as possible as it does more harm than good and your acne most often than that will come back worse. As for BP, many people have had success with it so here is wishing you the same.

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I know this was a very long time ago, but can I please ask how long it took for your acne to clear while you were on estelle ? I've been taking it for 3 months and haven't seen any improvement :( 

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