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Something unbelievable happened to me a few days ago. My face started breaking out in small red spots and it looked like an allergic reaction/ contact dermatitis. The only thing I changed in my routine was my shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. And they all had Ingredients that are known to cause irritation. My scalp was itching me for days. Then I googled "shampoo and acne", and tons of people were saying that their shampoo caused them acne (not just on the forehead either) - the brands that people were using were ones I had been using too! I am now experimenting for a few days with homemade shampoo and body wash (hope I don't stink!) to see it that was the cause of this reaction. I had a similar reaction to a new toothpaste a few years ago, so it's possible. Please look into this if you think you might have the same issue!

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Away from my home.Away from my parents.Living in a stupid apartment.Eating disgusting food...Travelling like hell everyday from the apartment to my college.Dumb friends...Either playing PS3 or watching Television. They either eat pizza or loads of butter on bread.I miss the amazing food which i had at my home,i miss my mother... Leaving my comfortable hostel to join my friends in an apartment was the biggest mistake i ever did.Even my best buddy doesn't understands me anymore.He's getting carried away by my other dumb friends.I'm doing nothing to chase my goal which is to join a top B-school for my post graduation.Every day just passes by in a jiffy.I never lived like this.Such a nonintellectual life.

While my friends get involved in debauchery,drinking and having fun with their girl friends in their own rooms,i spend time typing sad messages here.I don't even have a girlfriend.Which is ok. But at least i should get to live the life i want to live.

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Awww! That makes me sad. Instead of wallowing in your dark feelings here make a of doable goals short-term and long-term. Then make a list of things you can do immediately to begin to reach those goals. Taking a proactive approach should help improve you mood. Sometimes we have to parent ourselves and be our own best friend.

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Feeling pretty good today. My face is completely clear and although there is still some HP on my neck from the breakout I had a few days ago, that is clearing up as well. Don`t think it is any coincidence that I`ve cleared up since I stopped eating bread. I know it shouldn`t determine how happy you are but being clear sure makes you feel better about yourself.

Something unbelievable happened to me a few days ago. My face started breaking out in small red spots and it looked like an allergic reaction/ contact dermatitis. The only thing I changed in my routine was my shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. And they all had Ingredients that are known to cause irritation. My scalp was itching me for days. Then I googled "shampoo and acne", and tons of people were saying that their shampoo caused them acne (not just on the forehead either) - the brands that people were using were ones I had been using too! I am now experimenting for a few days with homemade shampoo and body wash (hope I don't stink!) to see it that was the cause of this reaction. I had a similar reaction to a new toothpaste a few years ago, so it's possible. Please look into this if you think you might have the same issue!

I used to get quite bad scalp acne/folliculitis when I used a certain brand of shampoo/conditioner. When I switched over to an organic brand that was free from parabens, SLS and artificial fragrances, it cleared up dramatically. Won`t mention the name of the company but they are UK based and produce organic products.

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I have decided to take Accutane after all. Just need to wait until this summer is over, I like being out in the sun so I can't take this drug now and risk to damage my skin. I bought BP 5% to add to my regimen every morning and evening but only lasted 3 days - my skin is burning, stinging, itching when I apply it (maybe I'm allergic to BP). I don't think I'll ever be able to do the Regimen, so Accutane is the only way. I need my life back, I need my self-esteem back! How much more of my youth will I waste? I want to remove those ugly scars, but I can't while I still have active acne on that damn cheek...Gosh, how ugly my skin is...

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Mixed feelings today...

Not happy with my skincare routine (it isn't helping, but isn't making things worse...) and my skin isn't in its best shape.

I just want acne/skin problems eradicated from my life for good.

It's so difficult to get decent products here that aren't expensive as hell...

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Not good. Seems like I broke out overnight. Painful one near my lip and quite a few on my chin. Trying to use creams to calm it, but going to take doxy for a week or two, hope that'll calm me. Grr.

24 Saturday, still battling acne.

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I have decided to take Accutane after all. Just need to wait until this summer is over, I like being out in the sun so I can't take this drug now and risk to damage my skin. I bought BP 5% to add to my regimen every morning and evening but only lasted 3 days - my skin is burning, stinging, itching when I apply it (maybe I'm allergic to BP). I don't think I'll ever be able to do the Regimen, so Accutane is the only way. I need my life back, I need my self-esteem back! How much more of my youth will I waste? I want to remove those ugly scars, but I can't while I still have active acne on that damn cheek...Gosh, how ugly my skin is...

Good luck Pianina! Definitely a big decision to go ahead with accutane. I personally would suggest trying the regimen first though just in case it does help - it's 'side effects' are less severe than those possible with accutane. It uses only a 2.5% gel - anything over that is said to be just as effective as 2.5% but creates more irritation (which might be what you experienced with the 5% - you also have to let your skin get used to BP which can take a few weeks). But if you're really not able to do the regimen and think accutane is the best thing for you, then I hope it works out well for you, really :) We all deserve to have clear skin and we all have to do what's right for us or what works for us to get there.

Again, good luck!

Not good. Seems like I broke out overnight. Painful one near my lip and quite a few on my chin. Trying to use creams to calm it, but going to take doxy for a week or two, hope that'll calm me. Grr.

24 Saturday, still battling acne.

Hope you see improvements soon!

Happy birthday for Saturday :) Enjoy your day!

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Accidentally caught a glimpse of my face in my car window this morning. The shadows were unforgiving. It's another one of those "wanna burn my face off" days. Depressed. Came home, ate a cookie, feel worse.lol Will this ever end????

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upset and angry!

personal ,professional life sucks topped with my skin - i was whiteheads free for some good time but suddenly now i do have them around my mouth, plus tiny bumps on my forehead appearing every new day(which again was clear for good time now).

the PIH left after the sudden apparent dermatitis attack i had on my right cheek is loud and clear!

i dnt know what else to say!

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Yesterday morning my skin looked almost perfect, besides a couple pimples on my lip. I posted on here "I expect tomorrow my skin will look the best it has in years".

Well by the end of last night I was looking really oily and I could see some spots forming on my forehead. So I washed my face with this homemade bar soap I've had for a while and use every once in a while. I honestly thought it may have brought about my recent good skin, since I used it twice last week as well.

This morning I woke up looking all red and inflamed, as well as oily. Already feeling bad, I thought a sauna might help. In there I sweat more than I ever have in there before. Came home and 3 hours later (just now) looked in the mirror. YIKES. Looking absolutely terrible.

So what have I learned?

1) No more sauna

2) No more washing my face

I'm going to go caveman for the next couple of days. I have a big outdoor social thing Friday, and I hope to god I look better than this for it.

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I went the whole work day without looking in a mirror, and when I finally did I saw that my whole chin and around my mouth was peeling badly... Like really, really badly. I had just been talking and laughing with my coworkers, and then I noticed one of them was staring at me, so I went to the bathroom... I was mortified; I wanted to crawl into a hole and die. Ugh, will my life always be like this??

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Not good. Seems like I broke out overnight. Painful one near my lip and quite a few on my chin. Trying to use creams to calm it, but going to take doxy for a week or two, hope that'll calm me. Grr.

24 Saturday, still battling acne.

Hope you see improvements soon!

Happy birthday for Saturday :) Enjoy your day!

Thanks so much :)

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Anyone knows what can cause chronic chapped lips? No lip balm ever helps me and my lips are chapped despite the temperature outside. I googled for it but got lost among hundreds of symptoms. One of them stack out however - could chapped lips be a symptom of hypothyroidism? Has anyone had something like that?

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My face continues to remain clear but still have some HP and one or two spots on my neck. I`d like it to clear up but no one seems to notice and as long as I continue to limit looking in the mirror, I`m not that bothered about it.

Haven`t got another CBT session now until 23rd July as my therapist is on holiday. Will miss not going as I have built up a good relationship with the therapist and feel comfortable talking about issues that I would not speak about with family or friends. Really starting to feel the benefits now and cannot believe that just over a week ago, I was contemplating giving it up just because I had a bad couple of days.

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What the hell.
I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

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I'm sorry you're dealing with that Pianina. :( I don't know much about it, other than there are people who suffer from it pretty severely because there was a forum on Curezone for it. I've only ever gotten them when I went from really humid environments to really dry ones. Some people say not to use lip balm because it makes you addicted to it, but I don't know.

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

Make sure you don't have any vitamin deficiency.Chapped lips and dry lips maybe a symptom of some deficiency.Take adequate vitamin C .

I'm feeling disgusting right now.But i'd tell myself everything's greeeeat! positive thinking hahaha :)

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

just one litre of water in one whole day?

thats certainly not enought.

u need 1 litre of water per 20kg of ur body weight.

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u need 1 litre of water per 20kg of ur body weight.

As if! I have 2 litres probably, which is about all I can manage given that I wait 2 hours before and after eating to drink it. And then I don't like to drink much before bed.

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

just one litre of water in one whole day?

thats certainly not enought.

u need 1 litre of water per 20kg of ur body weight.

I drink a lot of other liquids as well - lemon tea, stinging nettle tea, some juices. So I guess it's 2 l or something...

What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

Make sure you don't have any vitamin deficiency.Chapped lips and dry lips maybe a symptom of some deficiency.Take adequate vitamin C .

I don't think it's that, cause I'm taking multivitamins daily which include vitamin C. I just can't see any reason why I should have such dry skin and lips. Even my legs are always covered with dead dry skin, no matter if I scrub them or use oil. Sucks, but acne is anyway the worst and takes attention away from this problem, haha

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

Try vaseline it helped a lot my lips used to be like yours but they are now normal.

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

Try vaseline it helped a lot my lips used to be like yours but they are now normal.

I tried every vaseline and lipbalm on Swedish market, seriously :D

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Venting time, not only about skin but also work.

I have a part time job in retail, been working there for about 2 months now. Overall I like the job, but the sales lead girl acted as my manager this morning since no other managers were in the store. It was SO. ANNOYING. She criticized almost everything I did, but at the same time whenever I'd be ringing someone up or helping a customer, she'd butt in and try to take over. She'd also try to tell me how to do everything at the register even though I didn't ask for any help...it was just irritating, because she's not ACTUALLY a manager. And when I successfully got a customer to sign up for a credit card, she was like "I'm proud of you, it was like a team effort but I'm proud of you for getting that CC!" ...No, -I- got the credit card. I asked the customer, told her the benefits, and she agreed to getting one before the sales lead girl butted in. Wtf?

Aaaand not only that but my skin bugged me today. I'm actually clear right now but I always have combination oily skin, no matter what. The sales lead girl kept asking if I was okay cause I looked 'flushed'--I don't know if that was a more polite way of telling me I looked sweaty and gross. :/ I looked in the mirror and I didn't even think I looked that oily! It's just so annoying having oily skin....hopefully the Spiro will help that.

Frustrating day but at least I have no new zits. :D

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What the hell.

I drink like crazy (1 l /daily just of pure water), but my lips and skin are dry anyway. My lips are chapped and bleed even during summer and it doesn't matter how much (and of what quality) lipbalm I apply. Whenever it dries off, I need to apply again cause my lips get chapped instantly (as if I'm on Accutane, seriously). I even tried to switch toothpaste to the one that has no harsh chemicals in it, thinking it's an allergic reaction, but still. I read that it was be a symptom of hypothyroidism so I'll do some blood test tomorrow.

I've been having really chapped lips lately too. They're probably not as severe as what you're saying (haven't bled yet) but I've been putting jojoba oil on them and that seems to be helping a lot. Maybe it's something you could try? Or if you have another moisturising oil on hand, try that.

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