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    Millyagarx
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    Hello to anyone who is reading this. If your interested this is going to be my acne story as a 13 year old. If you have any questions or advice please comment! 

    Ill try try not to go on and bore you lot but I think it needs to be said having acne isn't easy at all. "Normal" people will moan about having one spot on their face when you have to walk around with a face full of nasty, painful spots which leave marks on your gorgeous skin. I'm 13 (turning 14 next month) and have suffered with acne for nearly 2 years now! Enjoy....

    Backgroud, in primary school I had a problem with my skin because I had bad pimples (teenage spots). At this time I was only 9,10 and 11. This is hard for me because i looked different from others and I felt "pushed out". That cleared up because I got special cream (sorry can't remember it lol).
    I then go onto to start secondary's school aged 12 and I had clear skin. I was loving life. December I started developing them small pimples again, in my head I thought oh it's just hormonal because I'm growing up and I didn't think much of it. This got worse from about January - April. Little did I know I developed acne. I was starting to feel "not right", I say that because that's not the worst I've ever felt. My mum took me to the doctor and I got prescribed with Benzoyl Peroxide which U clogs pores. It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne, pimples and cystic acne (which I had). This made my skin worse at first but eventually got better, but I still  wasn't happy. I felt ugly. Worthless. Dirty. And all bad stuff that a 12 year old doesn't need to feel and rightly doesn't want to feel. I got sent to see the dermatologist who gave me antibiotics. This wasn't now June? I'm questioning myself because I can tell even remember lol. Anywaysss, tjis worked but I was still left with bad bad bad scars on my face. I went on holiday and I stopped applying my cream but still took my tablets. I came home and I started doing the cream again. My face was finally looking better and actually clearing up. Let me skip from October-June because my skin was so clear and so gooooood, life was amazing. June was when I started getting pimples again and they were only small. I didn't kind this due to the fact I had clear skin. *editing this and reading it over, yes I got spot she during my period like any other normal woman* jus before I went on holiday I had my last visit to the dermatologist and she told me to stop the antibiotics. This was a massive step for me because i thought that wasn't saving my skin. I went on holiday antibiotic free and had a great time. i came home and things went down hill from then on tbh. I started getting more and more teenager spot so and I had more acne. My mum made a appointment to go and see the doctor again because it was getting me down and I dontwant it coming back because it was sooo bad. She prescribed me with the Yasmin pill (birth control) to try and reduce my spots. I tried this for a week and it still wasn't good enough so I sent back on the anitbiotics.  

    So right now 17.10.17 I am on 4 antibiotics a day, 1 birth control pill (for obvious reasons) and still doing the cream. 

    This is is my story with not very muchhhh detail. I didn't add how I've felt about the wholeeee situation and I will hopefully do that in another blog post. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and yeah, see you next time❤️❤️❤️

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    jPablo
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    5th week of anti biotics.

    I went to docs last Monday asking for more zinyert but he gave me Skinoren cream Azelaic Acid.

    I think things have started to calm around my cheeks, however I've still got some red marks below my eyes/upper cheeks.  Haven't shaved since last Wednesday, letting my skin heal the best I can.

    Everyone tells me week 6 is the big turnaround if antibiotics have worked so here's to hoping for next week. 

    cya!
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  1. Hi all

    so...my face is on the up again which is good! I have a lot less redness and no new spots which is good!

    The 2 big cyst like spots on my chin are still there but much smaller. One of them has almost gone now it has reduced so much. The other is still there but had a head this morning (sorry to be gross but I popped it) not much came out though so i would imagine it will come up again! 

    My skin doesnt feel that dry I have been using number 7 moisturiser and it’s great i have always loved it.

    I am also gluten free at the moment which is not that bad actually. That could be helping too! I don’t have a smoothie today so will have to go and get some fruit at lunch instead as I think the fruit and veg really helps. 

    I havent had any side effects from Yasmin yet really... i’m tired and my boobs hurt but that’s about it which I can stand. Hopefully my boobs hurts because they are getting bigger?!

    Will write back tomorrow 

    Porsher
    xxx

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    tane02
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    Hi guys. I've been pretty busy these past 2 weeks but I'm now on day 18 of my accurate treatment so I'm in my 3rd week. I have just started taking 40mg, up from 20. 

    The past 2 weeks haven't been great. I experienced some breakouts on my cheeks, some of which lasted longer than others. As well, now I have a couple new ones coming in. This may be the IB hat everyone talks about. However I don't know if I would consider them as going away so quickly. 

    Aside from this, the only other side effect I am experiencing a dry lips. I keep this under control with Nivea lip balm 
     
    here's to hoping I'll be clear by week 4! 

  2. Minor Breakouts... This past week I have had only 2 breakout which were very minor in which I extracted them due to them being a surfaced white head. On my left cheek, I do feel a cyst growing under my skin however I am hoping that it will not surface. The cyst is growing right where I had my 3 headed cyst from about a month ago so I am guessing it is trying to come back. 

    Flat, Smooth Skin... My skin still remains flat and smooth for the most part and if I wasn't looking in a mirror, I would think my skin is perfect. However, I still have a lot of hyperpigmentation that I will need to control once off accutane. 

    Surface Scars... If I look at the mirror closely, I do see some surface scars (that is what my dermatologist called them). Basically they look like little pin holes but are not deep like ice pick scarring. I read that one of accutane's side effects is scarring however once off it, your skin should regenerate to help those scars fade. I will be looking at different scarring treatment once finished accutane to help with the minor scarring I have. 

    Wearing Makeup... I still try to limit makeup as much as possible, but the last couple of weeks i've been wearing it quite a bit due to work. I still apply the smallest amount of foundation and it gives me the exact coverage I need and my skin looks flawless since there are no raised bumps! 

    Product Update... I haven't blogged about the products I am currently using at the moment so here is a list of everything I am using. 
    • Facial Routine
      • Face Wash - CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar 
      • Toner - LUSH Tea Tree Water 
      • Moisturizer - CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
      • Tinted Sunscreen - Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Mineral Defence Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
    • Makeup
      • Foundation (Liquid) - Estee Lauder Double Wear & Lise Waiter Teint Lumber 
      • Foundation (Powder) - Sephora Collection Matte Perfection 
      • Bronzer - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer 
      • Highligher - Becca Shimmering Skin Pefector Pressed Highlighter 

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    Start her period, which will happen every month until menopause. A period is essentially a time during each month when there is a buildup of blood in the lining of your uterus. One day when you are ready to have children and start a family, your period will be the reason you are technically able to. While a period can be an inconvenience, it’s truly a womanly gift. Also, it’s a completely natural process.

    Is There Any Connection Between Acne and Period?

    There is a connection between acne and periods. A lot of women will report that right before their periods or even during the period, their faces will break out pretty bad. Of course, it’s different for everyone. Some people will get acne before their period and there is a connection between the two. But, just because you break out before one period, doesn’t mean you always will. Some people will only get a pimple or two and other people will have full-blown acne breakouts. You may know some people that never break out, not even during periods. That is also a scenario. Another possible outcome is that you always have acne, regardless of when your period is. The worst is for those who already have acne, but they get even more right before their period. If you are amongst the unlucky, and there is a connection between your period and the acne on your face, don’t freak out. It is normal. While it may not be so good for your confidence to look in the mirror and see a face full of zits, it’s okay. You aren’t the only one. Many people in the world of all ages suffer from acne, and many people have acne that gets even worst during or before their period.

    The Science Behind Acne and Periods

    The science behind the connection of acne and periods can get complicated. A menstrual cycle is usually around twenty-eight days and there are many hormonal shifts throughout those days. In the beginning of the cycle, the main hormone is estrogen, but in the second part, the main hormone is progesterone. On the other hand, before and during menstruation, testosterone is higher than the female hormones. In a sense, the scientific reason for having acne during your period is tied into all of the crazy changes your hormones are going through.

    How Do I Know If My Acne Is Hormonal?

    Curiosity may have you wondering if your acne is hormonal. The truth is that all acne is a bit hormonal. But, some acne is not completely due to hormones. To know if your acne is definitely hormonal, you would need to get tested. However, there are some signs that will give you a pretty for sure answer to the question of whether or not your acne is hormonal. First of all, look into if you have other hormonal symptoms besides just the acne. The range of hormonal symptoms you can get is massive. Your hormones are very powerful. Some of the more obvious symptoms that a myriad of women experience is anxiety, mood swings, irritability, bloating, craving, etc.

    Why do I Break out Before My Period?

    Breaking out before your period is completely normal and it most likely happens because of your hormones. There are no exact causes of menstrual cycle acne. The cause would be your period, not something else.

    How to Treat Acne Caused by Period?

    While on your period, it is even more important than usual to maintain a good diet to keep breakouts to a minimum. Also, make sure you try your hardest to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Some other tips for avoiding acne during your acne breakouts, include not touching your face, have a skin care regimen, and make sure you don’t go to sleep with makeup on. Try to avoid being stressed because stress causes more acne, and keep your chin up. Acne won’t distract anyone from your true beauty.

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    alicano67
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    same process I just splash water in the morning and moisturized, still no changed face is a bit drier, no new breakouts, the old breakout are still there but they just keep drying up and shrinking also I still have a lot of scarring from before but so far it hasn't been bad so I am going to keep going

  3. TheHeartItRaces
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    Hi. On to the last week of the month on Epuris. What am I noticing? I'm definitely noticing the drying effects. I need lip chap constantly, which isn't bad, when I put the lip chap on it makes my lips nice and normal. I'm noticing a lot of drying in the face, after a shower and such, to combat it I just put on moisturizer and it's back to normal. In terms of breakouts, I am still getting constant breakouts on the back of my neck, which never really was an issue before. My forehead is getting some deep pimples, embarrassing at times, but I've been able to handle them to the point where they aren't as red and die quicker. My routine has been a shower a day, maybe a light exfoliation here and there. Afterwards I will moisturize my body with vitamin e oil (which I heard is good for scarring) and put lubriderm on my face, or vitamin e oil. After that, I put tea tree oil on the active big pimples. It's been working alright - just to the point where they're not staring me or anyone else in the face, which, if the end results end up with me acne free, are worth it. I will admit the pimples are getting a little embarrassing and dehabilitating, but hopefully things improve. I've been doing a good job of not pick or squeezing and if I do I'll put vitamin e oil on the parts i have. Hmmm what else? Oh yeah, after this week I'll be upping my dosage, if anyone is reading this, what can I expect from a higher dosage? More breakouts? More dryness? Let me know!

  4. sarahjaykayy
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    So today my skin is still red, mainly on my chin though.
    It's now started peeling just like sunburn would 0.o

    I went to a pharmacy to ask advice on what to do because this i can't cover with makeup anymore due to the peeling.
    (I was told it would be best not to put anything on it other than a gentle moisturizer)

    I added a photo i apologise for the poor quality. The photo doesn't grasp how bad it is haha.

    I really hope that nobody else has this reaction as in my experience it has only made me feel more self conscious.

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  5. Hello Girls,

    Just touching base on my journey. So far so good. I have continued doing the daily/ nightly routine as well as including the 'Witch Hazel Face Pads' within the routine. Honestly, having this product as a toner has been a God send. It makes my face feel refreshed and clean. I put it over/ under everything I do with my face. For example, after I wash my face, I cleanse my face the 'Witch Hazel Face Pads' and then continue the rest of my routine. As well as this, before I put on my makeup, I cleanse my face with this product prior to application of my makeup.

    I've noticed that using NON-COMEDOGENIC products is best for people who have skins like mine... hormonal acne. COMEDOGENIC products block our pores and that's how we can get the little pimples that are just annoying to have. I have made sure all my products specifically say NON-COMEDOGENIC so I feel comfortable in not having any breakouts. From my cleanser, to toner, to makeup foundation, they all are stamped with NON-COMEDOGENIC. So make sure to look out for this when purchasing products for your skin.

    I haven't had much of a change in anything that I'm doing, so this blog entry is just one to keep you all updated.

    From my last entry, within 2 weeks, I had 3 blind pimples... it was horrendous. Though sticking to the routine I mentioned, after about 5 days, they disappear. I do have slight pigmentation from them, but I'd rather that than a massive bump on my head.

    Here is what my face looks like today! I'm very happy with the state that it's in... who am I kidding? I'm over the moon!!!! The darker marks you can see on my face are from previous pimples, though, like I mentioned, I'm not too fussed with them, they'll disappear eventually as the skin shreds. I have purposely taken the photo outside to show my actual complexion. 
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    Anyway, like I said, I'm over the moon. I'm a little anxious this week though, it is the first time I'm skipping my period on the pill, so I'm just worried my hormones will freak out and I'll break out. But I'll keep you guys posted on that!

    Thanks for reading in. Please message me/ comment if you have any questions. xx
    P.S. If I can give you guys some important advice about your skin... DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE! It is the worst thing for it. When you don't have pimples to when you do have pimples... DON'T TOUCH IT! Check out this youtube video to show what not touching a pimple can result in! CLICK HERE

  6. WEEK 5:
    - last week I took my zinc pill at 1pm, literally right around the time I take my birth control pill and I started to bleed the next day and for many days after, barely stopped yesterday actually, I also broke out
    - It's finally getting better, it wasn't super terrible but it was a bad breakout generally
    - don't really have much more to update, I feel like next week will show more improvement overall, so here are some pictures:

     

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  7. Hey Hey...

    I haven't been posting much because I've been so busy with college and work etc and to be honest I just hadn't had much change to report.

    I met with the dermatologist on Monday. I didn't have too much to report to her apart from the fact my skin was really bad (breakout wise) and I was getting more and more cysts on my jawline that just seem to get comfortable and don't move for WEEKS! She told me she was hoping to move me from the 20mg upto 40mg but decided that we should probably only go to 30mg if I found my skin was breaking out pretty bad on the 20mg...
    She said by going on 40mg it could be all too much for me and the 30 will ease me into it.. she told me that my skin "WILL get worse"... This scares the absolute life out of me because my skin has NEVER ever ever ever EVER been this bad befor ein my life and the thought of it getting worse makes me soooo anxious and down :(   I'll be on 30mg a day for this month and then hopefully move upto 40mg for next month. 

    I'm currently in Portugal at the moment for a week, so I've been staying out of the sun as much as possible and using a high factor all over (SPF30).
    I'm SO conscious of what I put on my face as I really don't want to fuel this breakout even more so I've been wearing Coppertone Clearly Sheer SPF30 as it states on the bottle "won't cause breakouts". To be honest, I don't know if this has made my skin worse or better or anything at this stage, I literally have 2 or 3 new spots popping up very day with old ones staying for ages so at this stage I just give up.
     

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    I keep telling myself "it'll be worth it in the end"


    Also, on the make up side of things, I found an AMAZING foundation.. It's called NARS!! You can only buy it in BT2 in Ireland. I had seen so many make-up artists using it and it's also a water-based foundation so no oil.. So decided I'd give it a try. I went into BT2 hoping to buy a bottle of the NARS Sheer Glow as I felt it would suit dry skin as opposed to a matte finish foundation. The girl behind the counter wouldn't let me buy a bottle until I had tried it and made sure it suited my skin type and the colour suited my skin tone. Unfortunately she didn't have the sheer glow samples, she only had the sheer matte. Still, I wore the make up from 12pm until 3am that night (I was at a festival) and found it had AMAZING coverage and didn't seem to go blotchy or stick to the dry patches for the entire time I was wearing it. The tiniest bit goes a mile, you don't need much at all. I think I only topped up once and even after topping up it didn't look cakey! I might go back and ask for samples of the sheer glow and then decided which one to buy but either way I will DEFINITELY be buying a bottle :)

    I'll be back to post if there's much change, 
    wish me luck! x
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    Honkini
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    Gonna keep this simple and as clean as possible

    Discoveries:
    My initial reaction of being red like a tomato is a common occurrence.
    Might need to look into eye drops
    Sun won't be a problem during the swedish winter, but keep sun protection nearby if that's not the case for you.
    Perhaps cold wind will prove a problem on sensitive skin later on.
    This medication might help with the fact that I have to wash my hair daily, let's just hope I don't go bald... he. he... Oh man.. 
    :|

    Problems:
    Face is itchy, red and acne is popping up because I'm off my usual meds.
    Facial skin is sensitive to the slightest touch, turns bright red. Like an unwanted, intrusive sunset.

    Eyes are a bit dry, nothing extreme.
    Skin is a bit flaky at certain spots.
    My, not at all serious, eczema might be worsening slightly.
    Morale is not at an all time high.

    Solutions:
    Ordered moisturizing creams that I've only been hearing good things about:
    Supposedly targets red and irritated skin, perfect!
    http://www.aveneusa.com/cicalfate-restorative-skin-cream
    https://www.avene.co.uk/face/products-for-daily-use/redness-prone-skin/antirougeurs-jour-redness-relief-moisturising-0

    Should be arriving in about 3 days. Hopes are high.
    What inspired me to get them:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/5zf4nc/review_im_on_accutane_and_these_two_lotions_have/
  8. Lissy

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    lissyk
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    Hey y’all! I am 13 years old and all I want more than anything is clear skin. I’m not quite sure why I have so much acne because honestly I’m a quite clean and clear person. I have a very big insecurity about my acne even though i wash my face every morning and night. I do a lot of gymnastics which may have something to do with sweat. I really hope this blog will help me open up about my acne and even maybe embrace it.

  9. hotglue01
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    Wow, it’s definitely been a while since I last updated…

    I went off the grid for a while there partially because I was in Japan (in the US now visiting friends and family for two weeks!) and busy with Japan stuff, and also because I was thinking less and less about my skin. I’m still not really obsessed with it or particularly worried anymore – trying to be, anyway – but I’ll give an update:

    Face: Looking OK pimple-wise, with some stuff going on in my temples and at the tops of my cheekbones. To be fair, the latter area has had blackheads lodged deep in the skin for months and months and I’m happy that it’s finally coming to the surface. My temples… not so sure what happened. I think my hair causes irritation, and I also touch my face a lot (a hard habit to break, but one I’m sure I can do!). My cheeks look OK otherwise, with a few small, stray inflamed pore/dormant zit things. And last is my chin, which has made progress but continues to purge due to intermittent bouts of dryness that irritate my face and cause acne.

    Leading me to my main gripe. Does DKR work? Yes, totally, it clears up acne and teaches good skin care habits like being gentle with my face when touching and cleansing it, and of making sure products are compatible with my skin (gentle, fragrance free, etc). At the same time, this dryness is totally unacceptable. Unacceptable!! I’ve been doing DKR or some variant of it for over seven years now, and I’m frustrated because I don’t know what it is that I’m doing differently now that is making my skin so freaking dry. The flakes are irritating and cause more acne; they are also embarrassing. My skin feels tight and leathery and I’m not even using the standard “full, thick finger’s length.”

    That said, I understand that I’ve deviated from the routine slightly (using less BP sometimes, occasionally being inconsistent with how far apart I do it depending on what my schedule is), but the acne on my faced is so mild and should have totally responded at this point. I will say, though, that my back is looking great, and my chest – which experienced a folliculitis flare-up when I wore an irritating fabric – is doing much better since I started moisturizing it regularly.

    My gut has been telling me for almost two years now, or perhaps more, that it’s time to wean myself off BP. I don’t like the idea of rubbing this shit all over my face, and I HATE how out-of-balance my skin gets. When it’s IN balance, to be fair, it looks milky and dewy and nice, but those days are so few and far between now. My face seems to have a nearly constant layer of dead skin on top of it that’s shiny and scaly, and there are absolutely times when it’s not possible for me to do the Regimen EXACTLY as planned.

    My gut is telling me to focus on using quality moisturizers and to be gentle with my face, and to spot treat with BP as necessary – maybe once a day? And to use beautiful, gentle, organic (I know, I sound like a cliché, but this shit is becoming more important to me as I’m getting older—just turned 30!) products that I’m excited to use, rather than industrial-sized bottles of this bleaching agent that says fucking ACNE on it in orange goddamn letters.

    It’s time to get to know my skin again. MY skin – not the skin that fluctuates with any slight deviation with DKR.

    Oh, and flying? Going to a new place with a different climate? My skin turned almost totally red and was splotchy and uncomfortable during a short trip to the Philippines. First world problems, sure, but like… I am sick of this shit.

    Grateful? Yes. But I’m intuiting that I may have grown out of DKR and am ready to try something different.

    I’ll keep up with this blog, maybe…?

  10. Hi guys. So I'm back to the derm tomorrow for my second prescription. I have been quite surprised about how my body has reacted with the side effects. Lips are obvs dry and will no doubt continue to be so, but they are not cracking or peeling. The dryness on my face is very manageable and I generally moisturise morning and night and occasionally once or twice in the day. I have had no initial break out, but I have had spots and cysts. I have a couple on the top of my thighs and on my hips, a few on my back, but today, I have none on my face! There is still an under skin lump that came and is dissipating, and I still have stuff in blocked pores under the surface, but the overall look of my skin is loads better. Even the rosacea seems to be coming under control. My daughter said this morning that it looks like I just have a rosy glow!  One thing I noticed this morning that I am really pleased with, is that the skin under my chin and on my neck is usually very rough, like sandpaper. I went to put on my moisturiser this morning and was like, what the?? OMG!!  it's smooth!!  Not completely like satin, but it its smooth!!!    I was soooooo happy!!

    I'll update again soon - Have fun peeps! xx

     

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    Day 1 of taking 100mg a day. 

    Not taking it with birth control. 

    A handful of cysts but A TON (hundreds) of clogged pores that don’t show up too great in the photos. Oily beyond belief all over face. 

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  11. mony's blog
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    This week, an unpredictable things have happened on my face.My cheek areas have turned apple red and new bumps have generated in the mid eye region and also tiny bumps have generated on the cheek par.I noticed a color discolouration the upper lip part and also the jaw area

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    Base: Honey (2 table spoons)
    Ingredients:
    turmeric (teaspoon)
    cinnamon (half a teaspoon)
    Tea tree oil (3 drops)
    apple cider vinegar (teaspoon)
     
    optional:
    A dash of bentonite clay as a hardening agent

    put on at night after washing face. leave on for as long as desired, I suggest at least 20 minutes.

    *All amounts are optional, I find the best way to do it is to test it out and see what works best for your skin*

    best friend luck, please reach it with any questions/check out my blog for skin care regimen that cleared my skin :)
     

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    Symph0nik
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    I've just learned about post-inflammatory erythema. What the hell, where do these terms end? Apparently, PIH denotes brown spots whereas red spots indicate PIE. Well, that's not the kind of pie I want. But, are they treated differently, or am I chewing on useless information?
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      I am a foreigner. I try to use it since two days ago. the same three things suggested by my website diagnosed.  but those things do not fit like what i thought and what i watched in the website.First, the cleaner. it is uneasy to make it thick even i use two pumps. Second, the treatment. according to the instructions i need to increase the amount of it. but my face is too big(i am a male). i have to use three times amount of treatment in the first week so that I can cover my face thoroughly. (normally,for the first they say use a pea size amount only once a day )    and for the moisturizer, i still need more.
      there is nothing happened after i use it so far. the only different is some time i can feel like some itch spot in my face in the daytime.(i normally wash my face when I get up or go to the bed. )
      I  literally follow all the the instructions from the website video. I will keep use it and i hope my skin will get better

  12. Marish

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    Wow I realized my first blog post sounded so whiny! Didn't think people would actually see/read it hahaha But it's true my acne has been depressing me lately! I'm sure a lot of people here have gone through the same thing. I don't know how to edit my posts yet so I'm just going to post a follow up here.

    AM

    • cetaphil
    • thayer's rose witch hazel
    • neutrogena naturals brightening with spf 25

    PM
    • burts bees cleansing oil
    • cetaphil
    • thayer's rose witch hazel
    • struggling with which moisturizer to use. Really want to use cerave cream because my skin is itchy and feels dehydrated but maybe i should stick with cerave SA because i've used it for a long time. I don't particularly like it and just realized there's mineral oil in it which might be bad but at least it's a consistent product. I usually also put vicks on my skin where it's itchy, i can feel a cyst forming, or there are tiny bumps. It usually clears the bumps but hasn't been working to clear them lately. Maybe I used it for too long and it dehydrated/clogged my skin? I don't want to have to use vick's on my face my whole life so I guess I'll just do cerave SA. 
    • clotrimazole 1% cream

    TLDR the new thing I'm trying is clotrimazole. I'm worried I might have yeast/folliculitis because I have a bunch of tiny bumps that cause rough skin and never go away. This is mostly between my mouth and my chin, and on my forehead. I never dealt with it before (at least not on forehead) until about 6 months ago. And I realize now that that's around the time I started taking a LOT of antibiotics for other health issues. Makes me think it might be yeast. Worth a shot.

    My GOD though this site is freaking me out. I got to the "weird side" of it apparently LOL. I though I was dealing with acne from birth control pills. Now I'm like... but wait what if it's milia, perioral dermatitis, folliculitis, gram negative folliculitis, demodex mite overgrowth, etc!?!?!? How can I know? I'm not even sure dermatologists consider all these options. Then I think-- I should put jock itch cream on my face, diaper rash cream, dandruff shampoo, manuka honey, zinc oxide, accutane, some miracle cure, freaking sliced potatoes. I'm so lost!!!

    Anyway last night was the first time I applied lotrimin, so I just put it on a few small areas to test for allergies. I woke up and seemed fine. I applied to rest of face. But this evening my skin has been itching SO MUCH around my jaw, and even a bit on my cheeks and forehead. Can't tell if that's a good sign (yeast die off) or bad sign (allergy)? Doesn't look red though. 
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  13. Hi guys. I have officially completed 2 months of 100 MG of Spiro. I am still looking just as bad. I notice a lot of ups and downs. One week I swear it looks much better and the next week I have a bunch of new pimples. I am sick of feeling the acne on my face and not wanting to look in the mirror. I am sick of plastering my skin with drying gel. It is exhausting. I also have started to take Anti Depressants. My mental state keeps worsening as my acne doesn't improve. I have tons of small pimples on my forehead, despite my Clindamycin use. It helps, but not enough. I have like 3 or 4 big pimples on both sides of my cheeks. 

    -I had to switch from the Nuva Ring to Ortho Tri Cyclen. It is generic but it says right on it that it also treats moderate acne. I have taken this in the past when I was on Accutane and it kept me clear for awhile I feel like. I am hopeful this combination will be good. I really liked the Nuvaring, but the combo with Spiro was making me extremely emotional and I had a severe panic attack that I believe was from the Nuvaring. I used it in the past and it worked super good but now that I have acne again, the second time around hasn't been so great. I know it isn't supposed to help acne, so I think it am making the right move going back to my original Ortho Tri Cyclen. I haven't felt any emotional affects like I did on the NuvaRing. I really hope this isn't going to cause an initial breakout switching, because it already looks bad. I felt cloudy in the head until I switched to Ortho Tri Cyclen. It wasn't fun. I have been on the pill for 5 days now. It caused me to get my period a full week early, and that might be why my skin looks especially bad today.

    -I am hopeful this medication will work. I just keep missing out on social events because I am so insecure. I just want this to be done with. I am so frustrated. My appointment with my dermatologist is near the end of October. I remember her saying I might not be clear by then. It will be the 3 month check up. I haven't been there since I got prescribed it. It is frustrating seeing people say it cleared them up in 1 month because I have had my initial breakout well over 2 months. I saw a few Youtube success stories, from girls with worse acne than me, getting clear at 6 months. It is so hard to wait that long. I don't have severe acne, it is more moderate. I feel like mine should clear up faster than that. Will someone comment and tell me how long it took them? I was hoping I would be back with a positive update. I am still going to keep moving forward and give it the full 6 months before I think about quitting. I hope I will get my dose raised at the appointment, or it will be clear by then? :) My birthday is November 29th and I will be devastated to not have clear skin by then...It is possible but also could very well not happen. Please comment! Support is always welcome!

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    I've been reading blogs from this site for a couple of months now. I just wanted to ask, I am almost done from my 1st month of taking roaccutane, and 12th day of estelle 35. Just last week, I noticed my acne has been cleared up. But early this week, I noticed the presence of bigger pimples. Is it normal? Is it part of the medication? 

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