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  1. 2 entries
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    I just finished the first week... 

    OMG it's been horrendous! I woke up every day with 2-3 new spots, some were really quite nasty while others weren't. I've been getting a lot of whiteheads on my forehead and a few cysts around my cheek. I feel like they come to a head farely quickly, but they leave behind raised scars. This is super confusing to me because it seems like I am breaking out more than I was originally on the pill. It's really difficult for me to think that I'm going to have to be on this for 3 whole months. I'm getting extremely discouraged as my skin has never been this bad. 

    I start week 2 today;  I'm not expecting to see much improvement as these breakouts show no sign of clearing. 

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    Day 28.

    Basically the same, more dryness. All pimples from last update still on my face with new pimples but I noticed they are being dried a bit faster. They still take forever to get dried up though. Going to go get extracted AGAIN tomorrow. I got extracted last Friday.. yet there so much more to extract tomorrow yoohoo!

    Few days ago, I woke up with extreme itchiness on both my hands (it literally woke me up at 12:30pm) and I could not sleep for a long time because of this extreme itchiness. 

    This side effect is quite harsh.. so I decided to even lower my dose to 20mg/week. I am going to take 20mg/week for at least a year and going to start treating my pitted scar with TCA Cross treatment within few months when my face become completely stable with low dose Accutane.Hopefully, the side effects and initial breakout are less severe for 20mg/week..

    - Not much difference on spots treated with TCA Cross. They still look pink/worse. 

    I will probably update weekly/monthly from now. 

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    ight so i doubt anyone is gonna read this but imma post it anyways. I have always had mild to moderate. I honestly can't remember when i started to get acne, all I remember was my older sister who also has acne telling me to start washing my face because im gonna get it soon lol. . So then when it started to get worse I would use my older sisters old prescription creams and I don't remember what they were. My acne started to get worse, and at some point I went to the dermatologist and got doxycycline I think, probably like 2 years ago. That cleared my skin well, I think i was on it for like 3 months or so. Then when I got off that I started to use the regimen on here. Followed it strictly and had clear skin with about 2 to 3 white heads a week and sometimes deep ones that don't come to the surface. My acne is mostly around mouth and sometimes nose and between eye brows. This regimen worked well for my pimples but not for my overall skin. I gained super sensitive skin, but i thought it was a worth it trade, red skin and no acne rather than acne and normal color. Also, I surf every day that I can, so its getting tough to use bp as my skin is becoming more and more sensitive, basically I always look sunburnt and people always comment on it. One day I was looking at the posts on here and I came across the caveman regimen. I thought this would be super sick because I hated how much time the regime takes to apply and I felt weird doing it sometimes because no other guy seemed to have to put in so much work and worry. So I tried it and the first 2 weeks were super good. I basically did the surf version of this in that the only time my face came in contact with anything was salt water for about 2 hours. When I would first jump into the water I could feel all the oil come off my skin and it felt acidic, which I thought meant it was working. I only would have like 1 white head and I could see normal skin color coming back into my face and i was super excited and honestly started to have a different outlook on how my life would be without having to worry about a regimen. (I went throught a whole thought process for 2 weeks deciding if I was going to do it or not and one reason i thought it would work was because i've never had acne on my back or chest or neck so I thought maybe it was caused When the purge stage came, I couldn't bare it. It was the worst It had ever been in my life and I was breaking out in places that I never had acne before. Felt pretty depressed and didn't want to hang out with anybody. Then I went back onto the acne.org regimen except I was dumb and went straight for the full bp instead of easing into it cuz I thought my skin would still be used to it. So I basically came close to chemical burns and my face was straight red all over. 3 Months later of the regimen and depression, My skin came close to  back to how it was before the breakout. Except now I had acne that I had to control next to my nose and on my temple  and some on forehead.  So over It went from a 3 to a 5 on my personal scale(the breakout was a 9) So after a while of the full regimen I decided that there were other things that could help with acne and redness, so I stopped dairy (my favorite food is cereal and ice cream), starting drinking green tea, take zinc supplements, drink table spoon of acv, ate healthier (less sugar no more drinks besides water, etc). I also started to only do the regime once a day, which was working at home but then went to college were it is humid and isn't working as well. That brings us to where I am now, mild to moderate acne that acts differently than any acne i've had so far. I have small bumps and white heads on the area next to my nose mostly on left side, around mouth, in between eyebrows, and little bit on temples. I am writing here because I can tell that It is getting worse as time moves on, maybe because humidity? It seems that using the regimen once a day isn't  even reducing the redness that much. So I wanted to write on here and see if any of you guys have had similar stories and maybe could think of a regimen that is similar to bp but not so harmful and can balance with surfing and sunburnt life style. 

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    I’m going to do some monthly posts instead because weekly posts are becoming more and more monotonous and I don’t have time to post weekly. The past month was kinda rough, with lots of rounds of breaking out, calming down, and then breaking out again. The closed comedones are still being stubborn, though they have noticeably decreased. The few that come to heads are somewhat painful and contain a yellowy-white hard grain, like ¼ of a uncooked grain of rice. Switching into college was complicated for my dermatillomania and I’m still trying to get back on track with that, since the second I walk out of my room I’m looking into a huge vanity mirror. And I’m stressed. It’s great haha. I’m breaking out along the sides of my chin and a little on the middle of my cheeks, and the spots are usually the deeper (but not cystic or papule-like) breakouts that are probably from old closed comedones.


    Products used:

    -Aveeno Sheer Daily Moisturizer: morning and night

    -Neutrogeena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (SPF 15): mornings when I plan to go outside.

    -Burt’s Bees chapstick: use in morning and throughout the day

    -Aquaphor tube: apply at night before bed

    -Dove micellar water body wash

    -Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap: Distilled 1:2 of soap to water in a separate glass bottle. Used in morning and in evening.

    -Heliocare oral supplement: on days where I plan to go outside a lot (still wear sunscreen, though!)

    -Kirkman’s Multivitamin without vitamin A or D

    -NAC supplement: for OCD, anxiety, depression (many sites suggest also taking a vitamin C supplement with NAC; I take the daily multivitamin below and a little bit of an “Immune+” Emergen-C packet [the type w/vitamin D, since my multivitamin doesn’t include it] every other day)


    Symptoms:

    -Dry face: Not considerably; getting some dry patches on arms

    -Dry lips: Yes, a little worse than in the past but not tragic

    -Dry nose/eyes: Not really, maybe a little with my eyes.

    -Depression: Same as usual

    -Thirsty: I definitely have to drink more water, especially when I wake up in the morning, but it’s a good habit to get into :)

    -Hair loss: Much less than past few months


     
  7. 14 entries
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    So I've been off Accutane for 2 months now and it's been interesting to see how some things have changed. The first thing I noticed was about 3 weeks after stopping Accutane my hair started getting oiler and oiler. I now can barely go without washing it every other day whereas on Accutane it was over 3 days. I was hoping it wouldn't go back to this but at least it's not as bad as before Accutane....yet. About a month after stopping Accutane, my face got oiler (though that could have been the extreme summer heat also). Now there are days where i don't even moisturize and I've had to change my products again. I have also gotten a couple small pimples since stopping but nothing to really worry about at all. The best part is that I still have not gotten any cysts and that is really all that matters to me. I know it's still early but i'm hopeful that 6 month or a year from now I will still be cyst free. When I went off of Sipro, I began getting cysts worse than ever about 4 or 5 months after stopping so we shall see.  

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    Hi everyone, I am just finishing up my first week of Accutane and I am noticing many improvements. I know many people say you cannot notice any changes until usually a month in but mine are substantial. As you can notice all of my acne has completely stopped forming and my old pimples/scars are now healing.

    Current Accutane Skin Care Routine
    I have been using argan oil and cer-ve as a moisturizer for my face, Aquaphor for my lips, and Cetaphil as my cleanser. So far I have noticed my skin is a little drier than normal, but with my intensive moisturizing routine, I have not noticed any peeling. I apply the argan oil first then add a layer of cer-ve on top to lock in the moisture morning and night. I wash my face once a day at night before I get in the shower. I apply Aquaphor at least once every hour to combat the imminent lip dryness. This has kept my skin moisturized and healing the scars very quickly. I also drink 4 bottles of water every day which helps keep your skin moisturized as well as combat some side effects such as headaches and muscle cramps.

    Side Effects
    The only side effect I have noticed is 2 days after I started taking the medicine I had pretty intense muscle cramps in the upper part of my leg. I had not had any physical activity the day before just a normal day at work, so I'm almost positive that was caused by the Accutane starting to affect my body. I also had a mild headache my 2nd and 3rd day but drinking a lot of water helped that subside. Since then my side effects have passed and I pray they stay away.


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    Thắt lưng da cá sấu – cá sấu Hoa Cà biểu tượng của chất lượng và giá cả

    Chất lượng sản phẩm thắt lưng của công ty đạt được độ bền, đẹp đáng ngưỡng mộ như vậy do nhiều yếu tố quyết định. Không chỉ kỹ lượng từ khâu chọn da, mà ngay cả quá trình thuộc da theo đúng tiêu chuẩn chất lượng. Những tấm da cá sấu sẽ được cắt theo kích thước của những mẫu thiết kế và sau công đoạn xử lý để da bóng và có độ mỏng phù hợp sẽ tiến hành ráp may thành phẩm bởi những người thợ thủ công giàu kinh nghiệm. Thắt lưng da cá sấu được làm thủ công hoàn toàn nên rất chắc chắn, tinh tế.

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    Thắt lưng da cá sấu chất lượng

    That lung da ca sau  được làm từ nhiều phần da khác nhau với kiểu dáng và mẫu mã đa dạng. Da cá sấu rất đặc biệt bởi vân da mỗi vị trí là khác nhau trên một chiếc thắt lưng bạn có thể thấy nhiều hơn 1 loại vân da. Nếu là thắt lưng da cá sấu nối sẽ có 2 đến 3 tấm da nối lại với nhau tạo thành thắt lưng. Mỗi tấm da sẽ là một đặc trưng vân da riêng.

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    Thắt lưng da cá sấu cao cấp

    Thắt lưng da cá sấu nguyên con không nối sẽ đặc biệt hơn rất nhiều, là phần da nguyên từ đầu kéo xuống đến đuôi thì chiếc thắ lưng của bạn sẽ có cả gai lưng, vảy đuôi. Các tín đồ của da cá sấu luôn ưu ái lựa chọn những chiếc thắt lưng da cá sấu đặc biệt như vậy. Tuy nhiên thắt lưng da cá sấu nguyên con không nối trên thị trường rất ít, bởi không phải con cá sấu nào cũng có thể làm thắt lưng da cá sấu không nối.

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    Thắt lưng da cá sấu nguyên con con nữ

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    Thắt lưng da nữ tại Cá sấu Hoa Cà

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    I tried almost everything on my face to treat my moderate acne but nothing cleared my acne.. last week i had an appointment with a dermatologist he prescribed me adapalene 0.1% and clindamycin gel 1%. Adaplene night time regimen and clindamycin day time..and advised me to stick with it for 8 weeks you ‘ll see results . I’m adding benzyol peroxide 5% as spot treatment. And quiting dairy products and fast food.  i hope this will workfor me . And i’m so worried about initial breakout (purging) . But This time i’m sticking to this regimen  . I’m stressed  af.   I ‘ll update you guys with pictures every week. Wish me good luck . Bye
     

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    How longs does it take for Roaccutane to kick in?  I mean I'm mildly itchy which I attribute to 'something' happening but and I have one painful joint at the base of my thumb (RSI from googling 'roaccutane' on my phone and playing HQ trivia maybe?? haha) and I would say am mildly less spotty than usual for 'this time of the month' but other than that...nothing. Is that normal??

    Most people seem to report extremely dry skin and lips literally within a couple of days...I guess I'll see how things are at the end of week 1 - I know I need to be more patient.

    On the plus side, I don't really feel like my mood is being affected detrimentally in any way - if anything I feel more upbeat than usual and am feeling positive about the decision to take roaccutane.

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    20 years old, 125 lb, 40mg for the first 2 months - 50mg from 3rd month onwards.

    So I started Accutane towards the end of May this year. I expected to see results straight away, despite constantly reading blog posts and watching videos that told me otherwise. I was nervous but after a 5 month wait on the NHS I just wanted to start the course. My lips did become chapped and dry after the first week or two so I ordered Aquaphor lip ointment from amazon and slathered it all over my lips. This made them feel better but I hate the feeling of dry lips, as its something I'v never had in my life. Anyway, after 2 or 3 weeks (exam season was over, thank god) my face started to become dry, with patches all over peeling off and looking very red and irritated. I got a few more spots but nothing i hadn't had before. Then a few weeks later, my hair started to become dry, which meant I only had to wash it every 4 days or so (even then I didn't really need to wash it, I just felt like I should).My scalp was so itchy it kept me awake at night. I’ve never seen anything like it- my scalp was literally flaking off and I had to keep slathering coconut oil on it every night to make it stop itching. This only lasted for about a week but it was awful. I found that Vosene shampoo or T-gel shampoo really helped. This stopped completely after my 2nd month and from then onwards my hair has not produced any oil or been itchy.

    I continued to break out randomly - nothing awful. The worst part was that I would pick at those spots (a habit I have never been able to break) and then awful red marks would replace the spot due to the skin being so thin. I got a lot of nosebleeds for the first 2 or 3 months- probably around 4 a week (not always big ones and I am prone to getting them anyway). To help this- I put Aquaphor up and around my nose). My nose also peels EVERYDAY. I feel like this might be my fault as I pick at it but its hard not to as even if I leave it, flakey bits start to form around my nostrils and the side of my nose. Imagine really thin layers of skin just peeling off your nose everyday. Its gross and leaves my nose constantly red. So that sucks.

    After month 3, I started to become really tired. My eyes were very dry (which made wearing contact lenses hard) and I felt exhausted all the time- I am unsure whether this is due to waking up earlier than usual due to working during the summer or whether it was the drug. Nevertheless, its a horrible feeling but I tried to push through it and go to the gym or not sleep during the day. My face became very dry and I ended up putting Aquaphor all over my face at night with moisturiser on top (Epaderm or Cerave), which seemed to help a lot. 

    I drank and went out quite a few times whilst on Accutane - apart from really bad hangovers, I didn't feel that different. It was the fear of what it was doing to my liver that stopped me drinking the most. My friend drank/did drugs whilst she was on it too, but its all down to the individual and what you think is best for you. (I'm not saying its ok to do this but i did and this is just my experience). 

    The sun was also a concern for me. I went on two holidays and endured a heat wave (which is rare in my country). I am usually pretty bad with sun cream and remembering to apply it and i have naturally olive skin- so i basically just remembered to apply factor 50 numerous times a day. I only burnt once or twice and it wasn't too bad, however, if you have naturally pale skin I would stay out of the sun more than I did and be more strict about sun cream, as your skin is very sensitive

    I am now on month 4 and my skin is pretty much completely clear- apart from I did get a big spot on my cheek last week but it went after 3 days. Its an amazing feeling and i must say I LOVE not having to wash my hair everyday. Always make sure to take the pills on a full stomach and to moisturise all the time and apply lip balm constantly. I notice that if iI drink a lot of water, my symptoms decrease (the dryness). So yeah - that's about it I think. I'm hoping my skin stays this good and I don't have to go back on Accutane because it is an annoying drug to be on. However, I'm annoyed at myself for waiting this long to mention it to my doctor as it has truly worked. My initial breakout was not bad at all and it started to clear from month 2 onwards.

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    I’m a bit late updating as not much has really happened.
    Just over a week ago my doctor upped me to 40mg, he warned me that because I had such a good first month my skin would likely get worse for a while when increasing my dosage. My skin has actually stayed the same, I haven’t had any breakouts, the only think I’ve noticed is that other parts of my body are starting to get really dry now too like my arms and knees. 

    One thing that did surprise me is the price of the Isotretinoin. 20mg only cost me about £24 but 40mg cost me £58 which doesn’t really make sense.. 

    After this month ill I’ll have two more months left at 60 mg then I’m all done! 

     

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    Apologize for the awful introduction last time, here's a quick overview of the diet: No Oils, eat mostly starch based Carbohydrates, the diet is vegan so no animal products. No nuts because of their high fat content. The diet is inherently moderate in protein (around 30-60 grams, depending on legume consumption), and very low in fat (10-15 grams).

    Day 8:
    Foods I ate yesterday: oatmeal, potatoes and sweet potatoes curry with brown rice and some assorted vegetables. Spoonful of wakame for iodine mostly.

    Status report: Fatigue has been an issue. In fact my first entry was written in a borderline psychoactive state as evident by it's weirdness. Anyways, I do feel better today so I'm banking on it being a transitional period of sorts. 

    Acne has been strange. I'm getting quite a few whiteheads which I rarely get. I counted five whiteheads this morning. Generally my acne is red and cystic. The whiteheads are formed around my left cheek and chin. The redness and thick flesh of my cheeks seems slightly better, though it's hard to tell objectively. It's a bit disheartening for such an extreme diet to have negative affects but it's only been 8 days so I'm going to try to persevere for 60 days.

     

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    Here are some current pictures

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    To start off, I am going to try and start posting once a month at least, hopefully, more often than that. As for the update on my skin, it hasn't been the best few days. I think that is because I have run out of acidophilus that I pair with spiro, and my skin is not liking that. I forgot to call in the refill before the weekend. As a result of that, I have a few new spots on my cheek that are honestly really bothering me. I can't feel them, but my skin was looking good before this. It might also be a result of me not using many products to help with acne (For the past week, I have only used calamine lotion as a spot treatment at night.) I am taking a break from the other stuff because I have to get my picture for the yearbook + my drivers license this week and I am trying to avoid dry skin. Some steps of my usual skincare routine could dry skin a little, so I don't want to risk that. However, I will be doing it all again after I get those pictures done. I thought for this entry, I could share my skincare routine because it has as much of an impact on my skin as the spiro. In the end, I will include a picture of all of these products so that you know what they look like in case you are interested. I will also add where I got all of these. First off, I have three cleansers: 

    1) CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - for when I have dry skin

    2) Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash for Redness-Prone Skin - for when my skin is clear, and not dry + for mornings

    3)Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser - for when I have spots/breakouts

     

         For my nighttime routine, I usually use the Bioré cleanser, and then if my skin is not dry, I will apply the Thayers rose petal witch hazel to my skin using a cotton round. Only if I feel especially down about my skin and I know I won't be putting on makeup soon, I will use Differin Gel. It could be pretty drying after a few uses. I'll then apply the Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream while I let the other products sink in. Then I put on the Cetaphil Redness relieving Night Moisturizer. Then if needed, I put the Walgreens Calamine Lotion on my spots. If I have a spot that I just can't stand, I'll put the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment (2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide) on it, and that makes it flatter so that it is less visible underneath makeup. However, I rarely use it because I have noticed that is leaves behind especially dark red marks after it takes care of the breakout. I then put on some chapstick and I am done. I think pretty soon though, I will be testing out Bio-Oil to see if that helps with my scarring, and later I will be trying out The Body Shops Drops of Youth for the same reason. But for now, I just end with the calamine lotion. When my skin is clear and/or dry, I would just skip the witch hazel, spot treatment, and different gel.

     

        For my morning routine, I use the Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above). I then use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+. (Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage and supposedly helps fade acne scars when used daily.) Then I use the same eye cream as before and some chapstick.

     

        After I take a shower (The steam helps open up the pores), I sometimes put on a face mask. The type varies based on how my skin is that day, but the ones I usually use are the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask, the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask, and the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask. Both the African Black Soap and the Origins Mask are for acne, and I think they work very well. Also, once a week (after a shower) I use the Health and Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask paired with water. There is a lot of hype around that mask, and I agree that it works super well for treating hormonal acne (which is what I have). It works especially well if you use a toner after you take it off (I use that same witch hazel one). I also then use the Mario Badescu spray (the green one) after a mask and when I get out of the shower. And one more product I use every few days is in the shower: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel. I use it as a facial scrub, and it makes my skin super smooth and glowy. Vitamin C is also supposed to help with scarring. I stick to these routines because for me personally, all of these products work super well for me. I believe the reason I am breaking out now is just that I have not taken the acidophilus in a few days. 

     

      I hope this helped if maybe you are looking for a good skin care routine or just a product or two. I think the next time I post, I will do an update + a makeup routine that I do to cover my acne + scarring, (including a before and after) because I know I could've used that a couple of years ago. Take care, and I hope you have a good day!:)



    Products:

    Walgreens:
    -Bioré Cleanser (above)
    -Differin Gel
    -Neutrogena On-The-Spot Treatment
    -Blistex chapstick/salve

    Ulta (Most are drugstore and can be found at places like Target or Walgreens):
    -Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash (above)
    -Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer
    -Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen (above)
    -Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
    -Both Shea Moisture Masks (above)
    -Bio Oil
    -Mario Badescu (green) facial spray
    -CereVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

    Target:
    -Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel
    -Walgreens Calamine Lotion

    The Body Shop:
    -vitamin C Liquid Peel (above)
    -Drops of Youth
     
    Origins mask (above) was at a mall in Spokane, but can be found in many malls + online, and the Aztec Secret Clay (above)  was on Amazon.



     

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    Roaccutane journal 

    10mg /day 

    I am 24, female, and have been struggling with chin/jawline acne. This is a week by week journal of my skin while on 10mg/day roaccutane. I am currently 3 months in and will update as I progress. 

     

    Week 1 (ending 9/6/18): 

    Slight lip dryness (dry from winter anyway-not sure if this is a side effect)

    No new breakouts 

    Still lots of existing congestion under skin around chin area (large cystic as well as little bumps)

     

    Week 2: (ending 16/6/18):

    Around 4-5 new whiteheads on chin

    Lips getting a little drier than they usually do in winter

    Skin a little drier than usual

    One new cystic pimple on chin

    Existing congestion still there 

     

    Week 3: (ending 23/6/18) 

    Whole chin/jawline breaking out. Looks awful, sore to touch 

    Lips a little dry 

     

    Week 4: ( ending 30/6/18)

    3 new pimples 

    Still lots of existing congestion and redness 

    Lips a little dry 

     

    Week 5: (ending 7/7/18)

    Exactly the same as week 4 

     

    Week 6: (ending 14/7/18)

    2 new pimples on chin

    Skin a little dry 

    A few nose bleeds

    Lips quite dry 

    Still lots of congestion under skin 

     

    Week 7: (ending 21/7/18)

    Congestion under skin 

    Lips dry

    2 new pimples 

     

    Week 8: (ending 28/7/18)

    Dermatologist appointment, staying on 10mg/day

    I told derm I hadn’t noticed any improvement yet she said it’s still too early and to be patient 

    2 pimples from last week still here 

    3 new pimples 

    Congestion

    Dry lips 

     

    Week 9: (ending 4/8/18)

    6 pimples 

    Some congestion still

    Lips cracked and bled on their own for the first time 

    Skin dry but manageable with constant moisturising 

     

    Week 10:(ending 11/8/18)

    5 new pimples 

    Lips very dry white and flaky 

    Pimples went down by Thursday Noticeably less congestion this week (from what I can feel when washing my face)

    Still have redness on chin area 

     

    Week 11: (ending 18/8/18)

    One pimple on forehead 

    Almost no congestion under skin 

    2 tiny whiteheads on chin that I popped 

     

    Week 12: (ending 25/8/18)

    Almost no congestion under skin 

    No active pimples so far 

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    - refined sugar 
    - natural sugar alternatives 
    - sugar-free natural sweeteners 
    - artificial sweeteners 
    - soft drinks 
    - juices 
    - dried fruits 
    - high-sugar fruits (mangos, bananas, pineapples, grapes, melons)
    - flour 
    - starchy vegetables (beets, edo, parsnip, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, turnip, yam, corn, peas, plantain, pumpkin, squash) 

     

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    Hi Everyone!!

    Wow it's been a long time. Sorry about that guys. I've been wanting to do an update for a while now but things have been so hectic. I think this will be my final update for this blog, since I no longer use Estroblock. 

    First off, it definitely worked for me, hands down. I actually stopped taking it back in January 2018 because I got so busy with things I just forgot to take it daily and my skin was completely clear at that time (and I even had a whole lotta stress at the same time). By then, I had been taking it daily for 9 months straight. When I stopped taking it, I didn't see any changes. No new acne came back. So I just stopped it altogether and my skin has been clear since. I will say though, that i think it was a combo of estroblock and my facial rotating brush for evening cleaning that did it. I don't think I would have the clear skin I do if I was just doing one or the other. So all in all, the electric facial cleaning brush (you can get these anywhere guys, I got mine half price on a website called vanity planet) and the estroblock together worked wonders. I no longer feel the need to keep up a daily pill if I'm still getting fantastic results with just the facial brush. 

    In case anyone wants to know my current regime, and whats kept me clear for the past year now, check it out:

    1. I got my acne under control using Neostrata's glycolic line, and used mild chemical peels on my skin every other day
    2. When my acne cleared up almost 80 percent, I decided to switch to an all natural good quality skin care line since I didn't like the idea of continuing to use peels (i was concerned about my skin thinning long term)
    3. I stopped neostrata and chemical peels completely, and started using eminence skincare (this stuff is expensive but incredible- been using for about 1.5 yrs now). I use the stone crop gel wash every morning and night, and I use the bright skin serum in the evenings (I saw a change in my red hyper pigmentation within weeks using this serum). i then apply a small amount of waxelene (all natural vaseline) before sleeping. Mornings I put on the vanilla day cream with SPF after cleansing and go on my merry way. Skip the makeup girls, I never wore makeup ever, and I think your skin needs to breathe while its healing itself.
    4. I used estroblock in conjuction with the facial brush (only for evening cleaning, don't overdo this!) for about 9 months. I stopped and now I just use the facial brush.
    5. Once or twice a week I like to use a good old strong clay mask (clay with apple cider vinegar thats it). It'll bring the blood to your face. I clean it off with water and then clean my face with cleanser and facial brush after to ensure all is off. I seriously think this has been helping to keep my pores clear, and also the blood flow has made a serious difference to my pitted acne scars wow. I use the "living clay" detox clay powder. 

    My skin has never ever been better and I am so thankful I found a regimen. I used to think skincare was bogus and everything was coming from inside, which is still true but your skin also needs the right nourishment and protection from the outside. I've tried way too many things and finally realized no matter what you do inside (more water, healthy diet, etc...) the change is so gradual and takes SO long. Yes it will help, but quicker results come from dealing with the outside as well. Find yourself the right products to use- it took me years to find something that worked for my skin so be patient, and most of all whatever you pick STICK with it for at least a few months!! 

    Hope you guys are having an amazing summer. Stay hydrated for your skin and remember that self love is the most important above all. When you love yourself for who you are, despite the acne, it will gradually disappear no matter what you are doing. Also, staying busy and keeping your mind off of the acne and negativity is massively important and greatly underestimated. I really implemented this and it helped.

    Peace and LOVE homies <3

     

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    Auto-Insurance.jpg.8cd408c219d02759e894b9eea923cc05.jpg

    It is important to pick car insurance in the state of Nevada, because not only is it important for your vehicle, it is also a legal requirement. You will not be legally allowed to drive in and around the city as well as to other parts of the state if you don't buy/have a Las Vegas car insurance. The state of Nevada has an Insurance Verification Program, which means that the state motor vehicle bureaus and insurance companies are linked; and every information about new policies; cancelled policies and renewals are automatically sent from one to the other.
    Nevada is a state that has some minimum requirements for insurance coverage. These requirements are:
    • $15,000 for one person’s injury or death in an accident
    • $30,000 for more than one person’s injury or death
    • $10,000 for property damage
    If an accident occurs, costs can go high depending on the nature of the accident among other factors.
    With that in mind, let’s take a look at what basic things do we miss out on while picking car insurance in Las Vegas, Nevada:

    1)Terms and Conditions:

    We normally remove or ignore the important factors and that leads to a lot of troubles because everything comes with some terms and conditions and if the same isn’t understood, then despite our car insurance giving us all the benefits we would end up being on the receiving end of some catch that wasn’t read or informed about during signing on the dotted line.

    2) Liability Insurance :

    Did you just hear this for the first time despite being a Nevada resident for life?

    Most auto liability insurance policies contain the following major parts: liability insurance for bodily injury, liability insurance for property damage and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
     
    Bodily injury liability insurance does not protect you or your car directly if you are the cause of an accident in which other people (third parties) are injured. This insurance protects you against their claims for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. 
    This insurance coverage also will pay if a member of your family living with you caused the accident, or if it was caused by a person using your car with your consent. 
    Some insurance policies have a “drop-down” provision which provides only the minimum liability limits for permissive drivers that are not listed in the policy. Bodily injury liability insurance carries specific benefit limits. These limits address how much money your insurance company is obligated to pay for any one victim injured in an accident, and limits the amount the company must pay for multiple victims. 
    To make a smart consumer purchase, you must understand these limits for bodily injury liability insurance. Remember: Nevada law requires that you carry limits of $15,000 for the bodily injury or death of each person injured in an accident and $30,000 for the bodily injury or death of all persons injured in an accident. Please note, these minimum liability limits will increase to $25,000/$50,000 on July 1, 2018.


    3) Cost:

    Cost is essentially the most important thing and despite our efforts to double check costs and compare too, we still end up paying more than other users. It is because of our ignorance, the insurance companies end up getting more from our pocket than what they should normally get. It might sound weird but there is no comparison between two companies charges because they are bound to vary based on the cost of every insurance.
     
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    Greetings,

    Well, I'll be honest. I don't have the right ingredients, and I went out and got some 5%, then some weird lotion from a drug store with SPF in it (currently on vacation in Canada, going back to the States tomorrow). My skin looked way worse yesterday, so I rinsed off all the products and didn't put anything on my face today.

    Here's the deal. I came on this trip and didn't bring any acne meds with me, right? I really wanted to see if my face could clear up on its own. Now to be fair, my forehead did seem to clear up quite a bit, but I really don't know about my perception. My acne is definitely mild or a slight moderate at worst, but it's so persistent. I HATE slathering on the BP, but I think I have to accept that it's just where I'm at at this point. And I am willing to try clearing it up by doing DKR exactly as he says...

    Right now I don't have any of the correct products on hand, so I'm just not touching my face and spot treating with 5% on the few active lesions I have. It definitely just irritates (and then breaks out) my skin otherwise.

    I fucking hate this-- I do, I'm 30 years old -- but I KNOW, KNOW that when I get clear again this time, it's going to be for real.

    So here are the goals:

    1) Pretty much no active acne by September 1st (best friend's wedding)
    2) No more/limited PIH by my 31st birthday (October 1st!)

    These are my goals. I'm focused. I have Dan's BP at home, along with the jojoba and Cetaphil. I'M DOING THIS.

    WISH ME LUCK-- I WILL GET CLEAR SKIN!!


     

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    Hi readers

    I guess this is my 1 year and 2 months on differin. My situation right now is 70% better. The rest is uncontrol acne that would keep coming. I start to think that this is the most I could get from differin and benzac. I still have pastule, papule and cyst 2 - 3 in each week. Eventhough, I apply benzac all over my face at noght and spot benzac on the cyst itself, it does no effect or little effect to the cyst. My dermatologist recommend me to change to retin-a. Has anyone ever switch from differin to retin-a? Is it better with people who have problem with cyst? I have no idea how my skin got clogged and it forms a cyst every single week. Should I consider using something else to help the cyst? Please share your experince so I can end my cystic ance.

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    Used hydroquinone 4% last night, and my skin was okay with it, so I think I might use it again tonight. 

    The pimple on my cheek blew up. Its really swollen and absolutely huge. I have been icing and heating, but its not doing much. Its one of the super painful cysts that I don't have much experience with.I'm so sad and scared that Ocella may not be working for me. I freaked and called my doctor. She gave me Doxycycline to help ease the breakouts while my body is transitioning to the pill. Nervous that the doxy will mask what Ocella is really doing to my skin, and once I run out my face will breakout. Will keep you updated!

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    Time for some natural tips!

    Use lavender oil on the affected areas on your face, lavender oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory so its good to have around the house anyway for general skin irritations!#Tipoftheday

    Get Lavender oil here : 
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    I just got off accutane in May and my skin didn't like the change. I went from clear skin to mild to sometimes moderate breakouts. SO FRUSTRATING. I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed me tretinoin cream .005%. I've tried tretinoin in the past and wasn't a huge fan, but my skin was not in good shape then (ha). I officially completed week 2 and I'm feeling hopeful, but still discouraged. I know the first few weeks are hell, but my skin broke out so much within the last two weeks. It's finally starting to clear up just a little. Did anyone else have a similar experience? Here's to better results for week 3!