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Before I start on the regimen, I have body acne and generally oily skin. This has only been so for about a year and a half, don't know where it came from. My face is clear 99.9% of the time, don't know how because I've never done anything awesome to it. I have large pores on my nose but that's not even that bad. When I say body acne I mean acne it places that don't even make sense like my elbows/knees/thighs and then places that do make sense like my back.

I'm on my fourth week of Accutane and love how non oily my skin is. The dryness started on my face at the end of week one. Since my face was never oily to begin with it got hit pretty hard. My skin was literally peeling off and no amount of foundation could cover it up. I'd peel a bit of skin off and it'd just peel some more. It wouldn't moisturize at all and my body was still oily and started to break out more. I had read about this so I started working to stop before it got bad.

I've been drinking as much water as I can remember to which I think is helping.

I'm switching between vaseline, aquafor, Sugar Fix lip polish and lip balm, and carmex for my lips.

What I know has helped is Bella Terra Exfoliating Gel. I can go out in public again and my face skin is actually better than it was before and it stopped the worsening breakout on my shoulders and back. It's pricey as anything but it takes off all the peeling skin, opens up your pores so that your sin will soak up moisturizers, is made with all natural stuff so doesn't burn my now sensitive skin.

Other things I've been using and like: Urth Exfoliating scrub, Old Spice Livewire (I know it's for guys, don't really care), and Dove visiblecare renewing body wash. Also Head and Shoulders because I'm getting mad dandruff. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of moisturizer I'm using if I use it after the Bella Terra so I've just been using what I already had, St. Ives with Vit E.

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For everyone reading this, please read my success story after 12 years of suffering from acne due to hormone imbalance. I'm not trying to sell you anything either.

I'd like to share my story of acne and tell you that I think I have finally found a cheap and natural way of controlling my hormones. I am a 32 year old woman and have suffered with acne since I was 19. Funnily enough I developed acne not long after cutting out red meat from my diet and sometimes I wonder if this is the reason. Anyway, like all of you, I hated my acne and it got me really down, so I took Dianette for about seven years and then Yasmin for 6. I had breaks in between but my acne always came back after a month or two, families of spots around my chin, lips and sometimes huge ones on my forehead.

About a month ago I came off the pill yet again, mainly because my husband and I want a baby. I thought we could use protection until my body got back to normal. I started taking folic acid (as this is strongly recommended for mums to be) and was terrfied of my acne coming back, so did lots of research on acne forums and found that fish oil (not cod liver oil) is supposed to help regulate oil production. So I bought this too, which made my skin so soft and made me feel great. However, after 2 weeks I woke up with a huge spot on my chin and notoced my skin was really oily and that lots of tiny little spots under my skin were ready to pop up in the usual places.

Frantically I researched more and more and bought some zinc and vitamin B5 (panthenoic acid) the next day. I didn't take mega doses of B5, only 500mg (which is already 8,333% RDA), even though others recommend a mega dose. This is because I only had a few zits so far. The next day my skin was far less oily and since I've been taking this, my acne hasn't come back at all! I have been taking panthenoic acid for tow weeks and my skin is clear. I still have a redd mark from that bog spot on my chin, but so what? I think for anyone who has acne and wants a more natural way of overcoming it should clear their skin first through either taking antibiotics or the pill and while their skin is clear take the following:

Vitamin B5

Fish oil (omega3)

Zinc

(I take Iron with vitamin C and folic acid too, but this is because I am preparing my body for pregnancy and am a pescatarian)

I wouldn't recommend taking more than 500mg of B5 though, maybe better do it how I did. I'm so happy, I've never liked taking the pill, it gives me cellulite, makes me down and physically slower. If you have acne, please take my advice. By the way, you might be thinking my skin is clear because I am pregnant, well I'm not because my period finished today (1 month after stopping the pill).

By the way, if the above works, you'll never have to take medicine for your acne again. Think of how fake the pill is, supplying my body with synthetic hormones for so long, finally I can be normal again and just take the above once a day.

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