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Things are looking up

MonroeQT

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I had a TERRIBLE week, but finally my skin appears to be recovering. I have chronic depression, and last week was just terrible for me. I think I wrote in my last post that I had to cancel my therapist appointment because I was too anxious to be around people with my oozing scabs(that I created). Well, I thought I had learned my lesson from that, and I vowed that I would NEVER pick again, but that didn't last very long. I experienced a bad initial breakout from my daily Manuka Honey masks and out of frustration, I tried to pop the dozens of pimples that literally appeared overnight to no avail. Of course, that made everything SO MUCH worse, they weren't even large ones, just a bunch a small pimples with no head. But after I was done, every single one had turned into an inflamed mess. I have a feeling that if I had just left them alone, they would have went away really quickly, but hindsight is 20/20. I haven't experienced an IB since accutane, so I did not know how to handle it at all. I also was using a soap that I think did more damage as it brought my angular cheilitis back(something I haven't had since accutane). So, now I'm back to using my Konjac Sponge for a cleanser, and it's really helping the healing process. I'm still using the Manuka Honey, but I'm using one with a UMF of 15+ instead of the 10+. It's honestly amazing how fast my skin started to heal after I cut out my cleanser. I'm pretty disappointed though because that sucker was 28 dollars, and it was given a perfect score from Paula's Choice. I haven't seen one bad review on it, but my skin is ultra sensitive and it burned like a mother when I used it so it's got to go. I still have a few active pimples, but I refuse to touch them. Picking is seriously the worst thing you can do to your skin. As much as Pimples suck, oozing scabs are 10x worse, so I'm done. I forgot to mention that I bought the clear skin pack from Innate Skin. It contains vitamins to improve skin, and it has great reviews online, so I hope it works for me as well as it has for others'.



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Hey there...was wondering how you're doing. Glad to hear you're feeling better though. As for me, after like 10 days of no breakouts something made me break out in 6 spots, the itchy food allergy kind. I went to a carnivasl and had caramel funnel cake...but also eggplant. Likely the sweets lol. Anyway, I am pissed at myself but I finally started taking the doxy and hoping not to throw up or anything.

Have you tried Cetaphil antibacterial bar? I like it...and as for supplements have you tried garlic or turmeric supplements?

Let us know how you're doing. I just went blonde and not sure how I feel about it haha.

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On 6/17/2016 at 9:14 AM, snarkygirl said:

Hey there...was wondering how you're doing. Glad to hear you're feeling better though. As for me, after like 10 days of no breakouts something made me break out in 6 spots, the itchy food allergy kind. I went to a carnivasl and had caramel funnel cake...but also eggplant. Likely the sweets lol. Anyway, I am pissed at myself but I finally started taking the doxy and hoping not to throw up or anything.

Have you tried Cetaphil antibacterial bar? I like it...and as for supplements have you tried garlic or turmeric supplements?

Let us know how you're doing. I just went blonde and not sure how I feel about it haha.

Well, unfortunately the relief I experienced was only temporary. I'm sorry to hear you broke out after having clear skin again. It always sucks 10x worse when you breakout after a period of clear skin. I'm very glad you shared that with me though, because I eat nightshades EVERY day. After doing some research I think it might be a trigger for me as well. So I cut them out a few days ago and so far I haven't gotten any bad breakouts. Surprisingly, cutting out potatoes, and tomatoes was harder for me than cutting out cheese(which I love). I haven't tried the cetaphil bar. I'm learning that my skin does better when I use my Konjac Sponge. My skin is ultra sensitive, and every cleanser seems to irritate it more. Blonde is a bold move! I went blonde once and I actually loved it. Looking at my profile, you probably wouldn't think it would look good on me, but it actually did! I didn't go ultra-light though. How is your skin doing now? Edited by MonroeQT

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8 hours ago, MonroeQT said:
Well, unfortunately the relief I experienced was only temporary. I'm sorry to hear you broke out after having clear skin again. It always sucks 10x worse when you breakout after a period of clear skin. I'm very glad you shared that with me though, because I eat nightshades EVERY day. After doing some research I think it might be a trigger for me as well. So I cut them out a few days ago and so far I haven't gotten any bad breakouts. Surprisingly, cutting out potatoes, and tomatoes was harder for me than cutting out cheese(which I love). I haven't tried the cetaphil bar. I'm learning that my skin does better when I use my Konjac Sponge. My skin is ultra sensitive, and every cleanser seems to irritate it more. Blonde is a bold move! I went blonde once and I actually loved it. Looking at my profile, you probably wouldn't think it would look good on me, but it actually did! I didn't go ultra-light though. How is your skin doing now?
hey there!
At the moment I'm actually feeling good because I've stopped getting new spots...I have two left but I've been putting hot compresses on 3 times per day and I think tonightthey will open and drain. I was really bummed to have breakouts on vacation, I wore a hat and sunglasses the whole time.
I stopped the doxy and am on minocycline which doesn't make me sick. I also got duac gel ( I tolerate benzoul peroxide well). 
i use Cetaphil bar in the morning and I've been just using oatmeal with water at night. It feels nice.
Yeah I love potatos but I heard they also have a high glycemic index or whatever ( bad for blood sugar). I stopped coffee as of today just to see if it helps. I've read inositol helps too but not tried it yet. I'm going to read into so e books on low histamine diets and anti inflammatory diets.

I could see you in many hair colors even red! You have nice features and a skin tone that's not too sallow or pink. Your hair wavy or straight? Mines just wacky with kind of waves bit not really.
Only other thing I'm doing is taking turmeric tablets to help the inflammation. I finally fixed the other post that now has a pic of my break out.
Im glad you're still so adamant about finding a cure I refuse to ever give up...screw you acne!

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all i can say monroe is that you are so lucky you dont scar. i wish i could go back in time to when i had acne and prevent scarring, if only. scarring is so much worse than acne. id trade 100 pimples on my face anyday (if it was gaurenteed none would leave a scar) than 1 scar on my face and no pimples

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2 hours ago, ScarFace6556 said:

all i can say monroe is that you are so lucky you dont scar. i wish i could go back in time to when i had acne and prevent scarring, if only. scarring is so much worse than acne. id trade 100 pimples on my face anyday (if it was gaurenteed none would leave a scar) than 1 scar on my face and no pimples

CAN one prevent acne scarring? I mean isn't it genetic...?
I think the grass is always greener...most people with acne would rather have scars and vice versa. I'm lucky in that I don't scar but I'm constantly scared of another break out. Edited by snarkygirl

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scarring isnt genetic my dad had acne but his skin is smoother than a babys butt . my mom never had acne a d my sister gets occasional spots never leave scars. my whole skin texture is bad. i have volume loss and fine lines at 21

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8 hours ago, ScarFace6556 said:

scarring isnt genetic my dad had acne but his skin is smoother than a babys butt . my mom never had acne a d my sister gets occasional spots never leave scars. my whole skin texture is bad. i have volume loss and fine lines at 21

sorry to hear that. Would collagen help maybe?

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I've heard of taking collagen supplements or collagen creams to plump the skin...maybe it would benefit scars.

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On June 23, 2016 at 0:40 PM, snarkygirl said:
hey there!
At the moment I'm actually feeling good because I've stopped getting new spots...I have two left but I've been putting hot compresses on 3 times per day and I think tonightthey will open and drain. I was really bummed to have breakouts on vacation, I wore a hat and sunglasses the whole time.
I stopped the doxy and am on minocycline which doesn't make me sick. I also got duac gel ( I tolerate benzoul peroxide well). 
i use Cetaphil bar in the morning and I've been just using oatmeal with water at night. It feels nice.
Yeah I love potatos but I heard they also have a high glycemic index or whatever ( bad for blood sugar). I stopped coffee as of today just to see if it helps. I've read inositol helps too but not tried it yet. I'm going to read into so e books on low histamine diets and anti inflammatory diets.

I could see you in many hair colors even red! You have nice features and a skin tone that's not too sallow or pink. Your hair wavy or straight? Mines just wacky with kind of waves bit not really.
Only other thing I'm doing is taking turmeric tablets to help the inflammation. I finally fixed the other post that now has a pic of my break out.
Im glad you're still so adamant about finding a cure I refuse to ever give up...screw you acne!

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Is that your hair? It's very pretty! I'm glad to hear your skin is getting better and I hope it stays that way. My skin is worse than ever now. I went to my endrincologist and he told me I have PCOS(which I suspected), and he put me on Spiro. I'm excited to be on it, but I fear the IB. I wish I would have been offered Spiro 10 years ago, because Accutane obviously hasn't worked for me even after 2 rounds. I now have IBS as a result, and it didn't even fully clear my skin up. I'm trying to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet right now as much as possible, so hopefully my IB won't be too terrible. 
On June 23, 2016 at 5:11 PM, ScarFace6556 said:

all i can say monroe is that you are so lucky you dont scar. i wish i could go back in time to when i had acne and prevent scarring, if only. scarring is so much worse than acne. id trade 100 pimples on my face anyday (if it was gaurenteed none would leave a scar) than 1 scar on my face and no pimples

I actually have some pitted scars on my cheeks, temples and forehead, but I haven't posted pictures of that area because my breakouts are currently focused on my jawline and chin. When I was younger, my acne was very bad, but I never broke out on my chin. After my first round of Accutane, my acne became cystic in nature and only present on the lower half of my face. Luckily, my chin is not prone to scarring, but my cheeks are. I'll personally take scars over acne any day.  Edited by MonroeQT

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My scarring is very mild(to me), but yes, I do scar lol. My acne was TERRIBLE. My derm even told me that I was the worst case she had treated, so that's probably why I prefer scars over acne. I'm very surprised I didn't scar more though. Here's some pics of my skin to reference:

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On June 23, 2016 at 0:40 PM, snarkygirl said:
hey there!
At the moment I'm actually feeling good because I've stopped getting new spots...I have two left but I've been putting hot compresses on 3 times per day and I think tonightthey will open and drain. I was really bummed to have breakouts on vacation, I wore a hat and sunglasses the whole time.
I stopped the doxy and am on minocycline which doesn't make me sick. I also got duac gel ( I tolerate benzoul peroxide well). 
i use Cetaphil bar in the morning and I've been just using oatmeal with water at night. It feels nice.
Yeah I love potatos but I heard they also have a high glycemic index or whatever ( bad for blood sugar). I stopped coffee as of today just to see if it helps. I've read inositol helps too but not tried it yet. I'm going to read into so e books on low histamine diets and anti inflammatory diets.

I could see you in many hair colors even red! You have nice features and a skin tone that's not too sallow or pink. Your hair wavy or straight? Mines just wacky with kind of waves bit not really.
Only other thing I'm doing is taking turmeric tablets to help the inflammation. I finally fixed the other post that now has a pic of my break out.
Im glad you're still so adamant about finding a cure I refuse to ever give up...screw you acne!

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Oh! And my hair is wavy. Thank you btw. Red is my favorite so far, but it doesn't last very long. It used to be really curly, but hair changes texture every 7 years. 

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On 7/2/2016 at 4:10 AM, MonroeQT said:

My scarring is very mild(to me), but yes, I do scar lol. My acne was TERRIBLE. My derm even told me that I was the worst case she had treated, so that's probably why I prefer scars over acne. I'm very surprised I didn't scar more though. Here's some pics of my skin to reference:

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not bad . looks mostly like enlarged pores. 

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6 hours ago, snarkygirl said:
On July 2, 2016 at 3:10 AM, MonroeQT said:

My scarring is very mild(to me), but yes, I do scar lol. My acne was TERRIBLE. My derm even told me that I was the worst case she had treated, so that's probably why I prefer scars over acne. I'm very surprised I didn't scar more though. Here's some pics of my skin to reference:

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not bad . looks mostly like enlarged pores. 
Yeah, I can't say it's ever bothered me. When I wear foundation, you can't even tell. 

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I was just talking with my boyfriend about skin issues yesterday. We both have problem skin and tbh its nice to have someone who understands! He has more rosacea but he feels self conscious because people sometimes point it out, ask if he has a sunburn or if hr drinks a lot. I told him to ask his Dr for Finecea gel and to look into pulsed laser for the blood vessels.
My mom had acne too but she never really acts like it bothered her, she just put on a lot of make up. This sounds weird hut part of me is glad I have a partner who knows what its like to have skin issues. Even though I hope he finds treatment that helps.

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That's not weird at all, it's human nature to gravitate to those who share similar experiences. My husband has perfect skin, he had a great upbringing, he was never bullied, and he is healthy; we are opposite in all these ways. I feel like he truly doesn't understand what I'm going through sometimes. It's not his fault, he's just not experienced the same things that I have. I became instant best friends with a girl I met through school because we both had abusive childhoods. It's nice when you don't have to explain your hardships to someone else, they just get it. 

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5 hours ago, MonroeQT said:

That's not weird at all, it's human nature to gravitate to those who share similar experiences. My husband has perfect skin, he had a great upbringing, he was never bullied, and he is healthy; we are opposite in all these ways. I feel like he truly doesn't understand what I'm going through sometimes. It's not his fault, he's just not experienced the same things that I have. I became instant best friends with a girl I met through school because we both had abusive childhoods. It's nice when you don't have to explain your hardships to someone else, they just get it. 

Well for someone who has been through a lot, you have a really positive attitude. I've had friends who had abuse who ended up on drugs or in really bad life situations. You sound like you've risen above that rather than stay stuck in the more. Choosing as partner who doesn't have lots of baggage and issues is a good thing. I'm sure he sees you for yourself and not any skin problems.
I had a boyfriend who had great skin once...from the side he looked like Ricky Martin. From the front, not so good lol!

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On July 5, 2016 at 10:51 PM, snarkygirl said:
Well for someone who has been through a lot, you have a really positive attitude. I've had friends who had abuse who ended up on drugs or in really bad life situations. You sound like you've risen above that rather than stay stuck in the more. Choosing as partner who doesn't have lots of baggage and issues is a good thing. I'm sure he sees you for yourself and not any skin problems.
I had a boyfriend who had great skin once...from the side he looked like Ricky Martin. From the front, not so good lol!
I still struggle with major depression, and I became a full-blown alcoholic by 13 so I'm not perfect. My skin stresses me out but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be, and my acne pales in comparison to the other shit I've been through so it's easier for me to be optimistic when it comes to that. I try to put things in perspective, but trust me, I'm not always positive about things.  Edited by MonroeQT

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5 hours ago, MonroeQT said:
I still struggle with major depression, and I became a full-blown alcoholic by 13 so I'm not perfect. My skin stresses me out but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be, and my acne pales in comparison to the other shit I've been through so it's easier for me to be optimistic when it comes to that. I try to put things in perspective, but trust me, I'm not always positive about things. 
I had really bad anxiety and depression, a few years ago I was suicidal and went to a mental hospital but I'm on meds that work well...maybe too well, they make me complacent about things I should care more about. But its a trade off I guess. I was lucky I had a great mom she still helps with a lot of things in my life.
 

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