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Over one year later, and I'm still excited about how well avoiding certain foods (for me, tomato, avocado, grapefruit, safflower oil, cola, pumpkin + nightshades) and taking birth control has improved my complexion. I feel comfortable enough about my skin's resiliency to actually wear make-up now... thus the picture with make-up (eye shadow, eye liner, and lip color). For the record, I wash my face only once a day now, and I have been doing so for the most since over a year ago. It's funny, because I washed my face twice a day when my acne was really bad. My point is this--for people who think people have acne because their skin is "dirty"... GET A CLUE! One more thing! I use Wal-Mart face cleanser now! SO MUCH CHEAPER. Before, I would spend quite a bit of money on fancy products claiming to rid my face of acne (e.g. Sheseido, Proactiv, Murad, Aveda, etc.) Now I can spend $7 on a cleanser and $8 on a good SPF face lotion and call it a day! The point here is this (and a lot of you probably already know this)--expensive products, for the most part, claim to fix things that they can't fix, because the root of the problem is more than skin-deep!

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You look great! I'm actually going to start birth control next week, a bit nervous about it. Did you get any side effects? I also want to do a 48 days without chocolate thing to see if thats a trigger of mine (i'm obsessed with chocolate lol)

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On 10/13/2012 at 0:01 AM, loladiamonds said:

You look great! I'm actually going to start birth control next week, a bit nervous about it. Did you get any side effects? I also want to do a 48 days without chocolate thing to see if thats a trigger of mine (i'm obsessed with chocolate lol)


I can't believe I'm just now seeing this comment a little over 4 years later! Did you decide to try out BC? If so, how'd it work for you? I have actually since then gotten off of BC. I wanted to challenge myself to find I method that doesn't require medication. BC always caused issues for me like extreme nausea and cellulite (yes, cellulite went away when I got off the pill!) I think I also gained weight on the pill and my sex drive was relatively low. The pill was a relatively easy way to get rid of cystic acne though, and not everyone has the same side effects. Feel free to message me if you have specific questions!

I forgot to mention that chocolate is high in arginine, which can be further irritate skin conditions, so trying to avoid chocolate may be a good idea. I know what you mean about being obsessed with chocolate though... so good, lol!

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