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My regimen.

About two weeks ago I stopped using products on my face, washing with only water about every other day. My skin calmed down a little bit at first, but there wasn't a really significant improvement, so I've decided to start using prescription medicine again.

My daily regimen:

*Nicomide tablet after dinner.

*Wash face--with Nivea Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream once a week, Clinique Rinse-off foaming cleanser the other 6 days. Mildly warm water. No wash cloth. Pat dry with towel.

*Let face dry thoroughly (important!).

*BenzaClin gel. Let gel dry thoroughly.

*Dab Olay Sensitive Moisture Therapy Lotion on any particularly dry patches.

And absolutely no makeup, ever. heh.

Oh, and lots and lots of water consumption.

That's it. I'll keep you guys updated, with pictures. I posted pictures today, I guess those'll be my "Before" pics.

(I'm not sure if these links will work)

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2555

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2556

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will you put a link to your before - i'm setting up a dermatoglist appointment myself. Good luck!

My daily regimen:

*Nicomide tablet after dinner.

*Wash face--with Nivea Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream once a week, Clinique Rinse-off foaming cleanser the other 6 days. Mildly warm water. No wash cloth. Pat dry with towel.

*Let face dry thoroughly (important!).

*BenzaClin gel. Let gel dry thoroughly.

*Dab Olay Sensitive Moisture Therapy Lotion on any particularly dry patches.

And absolutely no makeup, ever. heh.

Oh, and lots and lots of water consumption.

That's it. I'll keep you guys updated, with pictures. I posted pictures today, I guess those'll be my "Before" pics.

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Well, it's almost been two weeks. I modified my regimen--no washing with any kind of cleanser, just water. Anything else is really too drying. But I have been taking the pills and applying the bp gel and moisturizer. The results haven't been too spectacular...meh. But I have a derm appt. on the 14th (Valentine's day!) and I'll ask him if he thinks Accutane would be a good idea for me. I really want to get cleared up before I leave for college this summer.

Oh, and I got a haircut.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2660

Yep. As you can see in the pic, my skin hasn't really gotten any better. :-/

Oh yeah. I got my eyebrows waxed like last week or something, and there was the potential for a huge breakout but the bp gel kept it somewhat under control.

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Your acne looks almost identical to mine. In fact, it was nice to see your pics because it put my acne in perspective a bit- it really doesn't look too bad. If I were you, I wouldn't do Accutane because it doesn't seem bad enough to go through the potential initial outbreak and annoying side effects. But that's just me. What else have you tried? I doubt your derm would give you 'tane if you've only tried one topical. I've also tried Benzaclin... it was pretty good, but never more than 85% clearing and it was too expensive. If you do try something other than Accutane and it works, enlighten me.

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you are lucky to be one of those people whos skin tone stays even when you have acne. and you look simply fabulous even WITH acne, like my friend zoe.. actually you look just like her... huh.. i think she might even have a sweater like that... well GOOD LUCK WIT DA REGIMEN it worked for me (to a certain extent) and i am positive it will work for you smile.gif just stick with it

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Well, it's been ten days since my last post. I did indeed go to the derm on Valentine's Day (with a migraine headache. it was a blast. not.) and he prescribed me new medicine. I'm to take:

Dynacin ( form of the antibiotic tetracycline ) pill 2x a day

Differin in the morning

Benzaclin at night

So I've been doing that for about a week, I guess. Has my skin gotten any better? You decide.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2740

Blah.

I suggest that anyone who feels down play DDR (dance dance revolution) for at least an hour or two, ideally every day. eusa_dance.gif It rocks. hard.

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im a ddr freak :]

i think you look beautiful girl . Im only 15 and i guess it's reverse pedophile . But look at what i gotta say.

a guy that only looks skin deep - isnt worth the trouble , you prolly have a great personality .

and i do see inprovement

- mike

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Aw!

Thanks Mike. I think you're really cute.

So. It's been a week.

And I am finally starting to get optimistic about the possibility of my face looking decent someday. The right side is clearing up beautifully (I prolly just jinxed it...) and the left side isn't too far behind. My only complaint is that my nose has decided to be a brat and develop weird red spots that aren't quite zits or pimples...but unattractive nonetheless. Oh, and the scarring/lingering redness on my cheeks. But overall, I'm pretty happy! biggrin.gif

Oh yeah, and I switched to Dove soap. Bar-form.

Three pictures today. Aren't you guys lucky? lol.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2840

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2841

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=2842

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I notesed your biline was "untill i beg my derm for accutane" accutane is no fun and your acne isn't that bad, even if you think it is. I would first ask to try antibiotics because these can work wonders in people with skin like yours, and the side effects are MUCH MUCH less. and i also think your suing too much on your face. Using too much can be just as bad as using nothing as using too much can irrate the skin and cause you to break out more.

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you are really cute so you have nothing to worry about. i think you look so much better with that short haircut. i think your medicines will do great for you and i see improvment already! differin didn't work for me but benzaclin is working really well. just hang in there and keep us posted!

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right, so it's been two weeks and a day.

the acne is mostly confined to the sides of my face. and there's not too much of it. the red marks probably make it look worse than it really is.

pic from today:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...cmd=si&img=3047

updates in my life:

going to see the mars volta in philly in may! w00t!

found a prom dress! w00t! (i'll post pictures when it comes)

alright. guess that's it. eusa_angel.gif

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