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Day One

mrswyatt

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I'm writing this a few days into my Isotrex journey but the pictures were taken on the very first day of starting it which was 6th January 2017. 

I have suffered with hormonal acne since 2007 ... almost 10 years now. It calmed down a lot 5 years ago after using a combination of various Lush products and only really got bad again last summer. The breakouts I was getting mimicked the ones I had been plagued with back at the beginning when all this started. I think going through a period of high stress and anxiety is what initially caused a hormone change and then I was going through a lot of stress again last summer so there's definitely a pattern. 

Anyhow, I have been prescribed Isotrex Gel 0.05% by my GP and here is my skin at the beginning of this journey. 

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I have also started taking Agnus Castus and Omega 3 supplements. I'm also a Slimming World member so do eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and limited sugar. I do need to up my water intake though. 

I do intend to introduce Azelaic Acid at some point to help the pigmentation. I've been using my current skincare routine minus the Isotrex Gel for a month and have found it works well. Up until my period was due, my skin was the clearest it had been in 6 months. I don't want to incorporate too many new products in one go as I find it can be counter productive. The cleanser I use from Dermalogica is almost running out and I won't be buying it again so before introducing Azelaic Acid, I need to replace that cleanser first and see how my skin reacts. 

I'm not setting a timescale of how often I'll post progress updates. Some weeks there might not be anything to report. However I will always post if there's anything new to share, be it good or bad. 

Wish me luck ... 
 



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Good luck on your journey. I'm sure the AA will help you. I also recommend trying Mandelic Acid if you have sensitive skin. Someone on here recommended Diana Yvonne's MA toner a while back...I found the post, took a change and ordered the 4% toner and I love it so far. I also find acids help my skin more than OTC spot treatments and clay, which usually just irritates the hell out of me. I also found Glycolic was way too hard on my skin. 

Also, I'd recommend getting a hormone panel run on day 21-23 of your cycle to see what's going on. Then, you can see where your hormone levels are at when you're about to get your period, so you can determine how to treat the acne on the inside. One major common cause of PMS breakouts is rising progesterone, which makes pores tighter and oil increase, and dropping estrogen. My friend has found a lot of success with supplementing with Copper 4-6 days before her period. 

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Thank you so much for your comment. I'll look into Mandelic Acid.

Like you, Glycolic Acid is too harsh for my skin too. I've done peels and all sorts with that and it never helps. The same with Lactic Acid, that made my acne worse. 

Getting a hormone test has been something I've thought about for a while. I think you're right and I should go for it.

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2 hours ago, mrswyatt said:

Thank you so much for your comment. I'll look into Mandelic Acid.

Like you, Glycolic Acid is too harsh for my skin too. I've done peels and all sorts with that and it never helps. The same with Lactic Acid, that made my acne worse. 

Getting a hormone test has been something I've thought about for a while. I think you're right and I should go for it.


You're welcome! 

I hope that somehow, you can get to the root of this and fix it. I'm sure with time and patience, you will. Same for me. I'm going for another hormone test in about 8 or 9 days. I tried Sprintec and my face exploded with acne, the WORST chin acne I have ever had, and 13 days off the pill it's still pretty horrible tbh. So I was thinking of trying DIM. I hope your hormone panel provides good insights that can help you. 

Ugh, I hate lactic acid. It actually caused me to break out painfully. Glycolic made me get painful whiteheads, but the lactic acid actually caused a cyst on my cheek. So weird. 

I'm rooting for the MA toner. I have a big event on Saturday and I'm not feeling too great about my appearance, so let's hope that helps. Also, I'm going to get cortisone injections in 2-3 cystic areas on my chin and 1 by my mouth. I highly recommend you try it as long as the doctor is experienced and the solution is diluted. It really helps prevent scarring. 

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