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  1. 194 entries

    Skin has been pretty much the same. Will be good for a while then get shit again. Endless repetitive pattern.

    Last few months i tried fish [cod liver] oil and Vitamin D, i've never trusted the fish oil but i thought i'd try anyway, it certainly didn't help and if anything my skin was as bad as ever with a few nasty breakouts so i just stopped.

    My sleep and digestion has been shit recently so hard to blame any food in particular really.

    One thing to note is i have had a few of the nasty cyst/boil type things i tend to get every few months - like red lumps that never come to a head - almost look like bites - i had one near my hairline that luckily faded quicker than usual and now i have 2 near my ear - luckily not really visible because of hair. Almost like they are some kind of allergic reaction maybe. Looks unlikely i'll ever work it out.

    My digestion really has gone to hell. I can't seem to digest any carbs, fruit or veg properly apart from pure evil sugar itself. I digest dairy fine but i am not sure i trust it, i always hear people going on about avoiding dairy for your skin.

    Just because you have fcuked up digestion and shit skin doesn't mean they are linked - the interenet's favourite saying: correlation doesn't = causation.


    Possible reason for cysts/boil type thingies:

    Shit sleep. - disrupted circadian cycle etc

    Fish oil and/or vitamin D

    Had a yogurt

    Too much dairy

    Had some ice cream.

    Saturated fat - dairy fat - had a couple of pizzas.

    gut bacteria is fucked

    Lectins and all that shizzle[bs]

    Had a chocolate chip cake/muffin - god knows what was in it.

    GOD only knows.

    I might try some kind of Ray Peat bs, basically orange juice, sugar and meat, maybe eggs. Try it without dairy at first, or maybe just whey. Sounds like hell and unlikely i'd stick to it but i'm sick of my fucked up guts and skin and would be interesting to see what happens, apart from dropping dead.

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    Keeping a list of previous products and their ingredients so I know what ingredients I can safely use.

    Loved the Dove Deep Moisture facial lotion with spf 15 even though it was for dry skin. Never caused a problem and made my skin so awesome. Had green tea in it, too! They discontinued it.


    Active: Octinoxate (5.5%), Octisalate (3.0%), Avobenzone (2.0%), Ensulizole (2.0%). Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Stearate, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Stearic Acid, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Cholesterol, Bisabolol, Sodium Pca, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Sodium Lactate, Peg-4 Laurate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Corn Oil, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Bht.

    Derma E Anti Wrinkle Vit A moisturizing gel

    Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Fragrance.

    Please note: This ingredient list for this product has recently been updated either due to reformulation, a change in FDA rulings or ingredient specifications. Your purchased product may vary.

    Previous product ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

    Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Acid Cream

    Purified water, 10% glycolic acid polymer (extracts of sugar and rhubarb), extracts of pumpkin, peach, sage, cornfrey, chamomile, witch hazel, vitamins A,D,E, safflower oil, sunflower oil.

    Olay Definity Cream

    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Polycrylamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydrantoin, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbaensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Laureth 4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Laureth 7, Carthamus Tinctorus (Safflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Vaccinum Marcocarpon (Cranberry Fruit Extract), Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hayaluronate, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

    Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Clear Skin Cream pH 5

    Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, PEG-32, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Retinol, Erythorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Steareth-21, Coco-Glucoside, Steareth-2, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Fragrance

    Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

    Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Potassium Accylates Copolymer, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance

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    Below is a list of ingredients, along with relevant studies or anecdotes, that are indicated to help reduce sebum production, either directly or indirectly. I posted this on the Oily Skin forum, but I want it here too so that it has a greater chance of helping anyone else who is also searching for an oily skin cure. My next blog post talks about a new experiment I'm doing involving products that contain a number of these ingredients.

    If you suffer from oily skin and are desperate for a cure, please consider experimenting with products that contain some of these key ingredients. The only way we will find a solution for oily skin is if we experiment.

    Green tea (camellia sinensis)

    60% reduction of sebum after 8 weeks using a formulation containing 3% green tea extract:


    “Twenty mg of (-)epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in 0.2 ml 70% ethanol was applied to the left forehead twice a day for 6 days (FIG. 25). The L/R ratio decrease from 1.20±0.02 to 0.71±0.04 during this period . . . Clearly EGCG was more effective in reducing the sebum production from forehead than (-)epicatechin.”


    “we examined the effects of EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, on human SEB-1 sebocytes and in patients with acne. In SEB-1 sebocytes, we found that EGCG reduced sebum”


    “Steady and statistically significant reductions in sebum secretions were noted for mono (green tea) and combined treatments (green tea plus lotus) compared to placebo treatment.”


    Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

    “The sebum casual level appeared to be decreased by KCZ”

    “A 19.4% decrease in the mean sebaceous gland area was observed in the KCZ group”

    [Yes, the ketoconazole decreased the actual size of the sebaceous glands.]


    “The sebum excretion rate is reduced with ketoconazole (-6.54%)”


    Sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides)

    “Concentrated sea buckthorn (H.rhamnoides) fruit extract was entrapped in the inner aqueous phase of w/o emulsion. . . the Formulation showed statistically significant (P < 0.05) effects on skin sebum secretion.”


    Licorice (Glycyrrhiza inflata or glycyrrhiza glabra)

    Among the herbal extracts tested, polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U (product name) derived from Glycyrrhiza inflata showed the most potent testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, androgen receptor binding inhibition and antimicrobial activities, which are closely related to sebum secretion. In addition to the findings on polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U, clove extract and peppermint extract showed testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, arnica extract and rose fruit extract showed androgen receptor binding inhibition



    Licorice study.


    Licorice study.

    Rose hip/fruit

    Licorice study.

    “Effects of rose fruit extract on sebum secretion were evaluated by determining the inhibitory effect on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding. Rose fruit extract showed inhibitory effects on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding.”



    Licorice study.

    I experimented with peppermint oil and saw results firsthand:

    Saw palmetto (serenoa repens)

    Study: " The study participants applied a cream containing saw palmetto extract, sesame seeds, and argan oil twice daily for four weeks. . . a significant reduction of sebum levels was noted—up to 42% in oily spots."


    “In a study of 34 men and 28 women (18-48 years) topically applied SR [serenoa repens] extract in lotion and shampoo base for three months led to 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction”


    Sesame seed

    First saw palmetto study.

    Argan oil

    First saw palmetto study.

    Cedarwood oil

    "The two extracts- cedarwood and poplar bud extract retained their activity at 0.5%. and effectively reduced the sebum levels."

    “Cedar wood and elubiol application led to a significantly greater fall in the sebum reading at 6 weeks as compared to 3 weeks”



    “After a couple of weeks, I noticed the chin was "dryer", indicative of less sebum being secreted than the other side . . . I can certainly assert that cedarwood alone helped that side of my chin to make less sebum."



    “topical in vivo application of a formulation containing 2% L-carnitine for 3 weeks significantly decreased the sebum secretion rate compared to the treatment with vehicle.”


    Hydrolyzed wheat and soy protein

    “Mean sebum readings charts showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles versus Elubiol, with sebum readings decreasing with time, from 124-138 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 68-81 mu g/cm<2> at week 12.”

    “a similar trial in Australia on Australian teenagers . . . again showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles to elubiol with sebum readings decreasing from 145-155 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 117-124 mu g/cm<2> at week 12”


    "We have demonstrated the inhibitory activity of [soy] isoflavone . . . suggesting that genistein and isoflavone would be used as an effective agent for androgenetic acne and for the inhibition of secretion of sebum by modifying androgen conversion"



    "Transactivation of the MMTV-luciferase reporter plasmid by 0.1 nM DHT was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by both lavender oil and tea tree oil"



    "About a month-6 weeks ago I started using about 1 drop or less of lavender essential oil in my nightly moisturiser (Neutrogena Essential Moisture) . . . Since I made this change (and I have pretty much kept everything else in my pretty simply routine the same) I have noticed a huge difference- I now don't get shiny skin at all, but it doesn't really feel dry.”


    “I noticed that Lavender oil helped reduce the oiliness. But it also dries out your skin if you don't moisturize.”

    Tea tree oil

    Lavender study.

    Seaweed extract (laminaria digitata)

    “The findings taken together suggest that SOZC can significantly ameliorate symptoms of acne vulgaris, particularly in terms of reducing sebum production and populations of Propionibacterium acnes.”


    Green apple rind extract

    “These results suggest that GAR-E can be applied in cosmetics to reduce facial pore size and sebum secretion.”



    “Zinc displays 'in vitro' some antiandrogen activity through an inhibition of the 5 alpha-reductase activity”



    “The results of the Japanese study demonstrated that the SER of the two groups was not significantly different at baseline, but the 2% niacinamide treated group demonstrated significantly lowered SER after 2 and 4 weeks of application. The results were somewhat different in the Caucasian study. After 6 weeks of treatment, the CSL was significantly reduced, but the SER was not significantly reduced.”


    Pumpkin seed oil

    “The oil fraction of pumpkin seed has been shown to inhibit 5 alpha-reductase. The mixture of delta 7-sterols has been shown to inhibit the binding of DHT to androgen receptors.”



    Other ingredients that are purported to have an anti-androgenic or sebum-reducing effect but don’t have studies or significant anecdotal evidence to back them up (that I can find).

    Topical: Thyme, sage, nettle, rosemary, pygeum, azelaic acid.

    Oral: Curcumin, resveratrol, magnesium, lithium.

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    I have dry flaky skin on my chin and nose due to accutane. I have been off accutane for a couple years now, but i think the side effects are still lingering around. I am currently using jojoba oil to help with the dryness, but I keep getting whiteheads around my chin area. Does this means that jojoba oil is clogging my pores and causing these whiteheads? Or does it mean that I am purging? I have been using the jojoba oil for three days so far. How do I prevent whiteheads from showing up? Do I simply just exfoliate with a scrub regularly due to the dry skin and flakiness? Or the I solve the dryness first?

    Oils in general are not actually moisturizing. Oils are sealants. They seal off your skin from losing moisture it already has, but they do not actually add moisture to the skin.

    Remember that oil does not equal moisture. Moisture is related to water retention. You can have oily and dehydrated skin at the same time. Or moisturized skin that is not oily.

    You will need a moisturizer with good humectants. Humectants attract water to the skin. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is a good, light moisturizer that sinks into the skin. If you want something a little heavier, they also make a CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.


  6. 16 entries

    Hello, I am a 17 year old girl and know exactly what you are going through trust me! Black heads and acne suck! I have finally found something that helped me though and it's cheap and not very hard to do at all and has helped my skin so much!

    I have been through many trial and error and have realized commercial skin products just make things worse.

    The supplies I use to maintain healthy good looking skin (as best I can) is different types of salt and a very gentle soap.

    My soap is made by Dr. Ohiira (called a beauty bar) which has all natural ingrediants and probiotics to help kill of bad bacteria on the skin but maintain the good bacteria that heal your skin. You can order this soap online, but if you want something from the drug store try Dove's unscented soap bar. I reccomend going to a health food store instead and getting a very natural soap instead though.

    Next after washing your face with a mild, gentle cleanser you are going to need:

    Epsom salt (salt of magnesium) you can get this at any drug store for very cheap. It is great for the skin, aches, buises, scrapes, etc and it even helps kill bad bacteria and retain moisture in skin.

    You can either put two table spoons of this in pretty warm water and stir it around until it is cloudy white ish and tastes bitter. You can use this as a toner for your skin with a cotton ball and let it dry as a mask. You can even sleep with this, but it will dry as a slightly white salty film so I would sleep on a towel or some sort of pillow protector although I never have noticed a noticible salty film in my bed or anything. The toner helps all oilyness and seriosuly reduced redness so much. A less potent toner with less epsom salt would leave a less white residue and could be used for daily wear, under make up even.

    The next way to use epsom salt is to grind it up into a almost a powder like form. I do this using a coffee bean grinder (I do this because the grains are to big and don't scrub as much and the sand like texture helps more when using as a scrub). I then mix it with either a creamy gentle cleanser, or just a little bit of water, or some sort of natural home made mask and use it as a scrub / exfolient and the grains will eventually disolves soaking into your face and then you rinse.

    There is yet another way to use epsom salt, and this is good for body oilyness and acne. Put two cups of epsom salt into a hot bath and soak. This is very effective plus relaxing as the magnesium sulfate (that makes up epsom salt) is very soothing to your muscles as well as good for taking out redness and inflamation in the skin.

    Two other types of salts I use on my skin are Hemilayan Sea Salt (naturally a light pink or greyish color) and I also use Dead sea salt.

    A hot compress can help those big ones to surface and pop! If you put raw honey on the zit it usually brings it to the surface fast and helps it to be a lot less sore. Hot water and epsom salt can be soaked onto a towel and held onto sore big pimple to help bring out the infection. Do not pick at the pimples, try to juse dry them out with sea salt/epsom salt water and cotton balls / Q tips for the next few days.

    Both of these salts are great at fighting blemishes and reducing oils but are a more drying salt for the skin. If you choose to you can add 1 tea spoon of each of these salts to 2 cups of warm water. OR even more effectively you can make a toner using all three, (Hemilayan, Dead Sea, and Epsom salt) into one toner.

    I would alternate between using the mixed salt toner, and regular epsom salt toner so you do not dry your skin out to much but to keep it balanced.

    Apple cider vinegar used in the ratio 1:1 with water makes an excellent claryfying agent and even lightens the skin (: (apple cider vinegar half and half with water on a Q tip and through out the day keep applying it to the pimples I swear it will help them!) I had a huge scab and it litterally fell off within 2 days of using this over and over and it looks so good. As well as it kills bacteria, will dry it out and help the infection.

    You can look up the reviews for most of these items too and see how other people rate them also. The sight acne.org has a lot of info on products and skin even if you don't have acne it can be helpful. ! Hope this helps with everyone’s skin! XO (:

    table salt should never be used on the skin because it is bleached and will actually harm your skin as well as your body. Eating pure sea salt is a million times better too!

    You may be surprised at how many of these items you probably already have!

    email me if you have any questions or comment.

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    So its been about 3 months since I've been off Acuutane, and the whole time I've been breaking out. So I made an appointment with my derm and she basically told me that the brand of Accutane I used (Claravis) does not work in many cases because it doesn't absorb into the body. So she told I could go on it again in another 9 months but for now she put me on Epiduo and told me to take probiotics and not to eat anything with Dairy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, soy, sugars. Which I think is insane and impossible for me to do, but I've defiantly tried to cut back quite a bit on those types of food. Also I will be getting my hormones tested because I think that also might be a cause of my breakouts.

  8. 84 entries

    I think in my last blog I said that I needed to stop eating chocolate and dairy products...well now I'm really motivated. For the last month, I continued to put cream in my tea, drinking it almost everyday. I haven't had that "mouth" acne for a looooong time, and the last few weeks I've been getting new zits in that area. Ugh. They aren't very deep and go away in a few days, but it reminds me of how my skin was waaay long ago. No wonder I stopped eating dairy! eusa_wall.gif I have to hide the chocolate my friend gave me from Germany. lol. Out of sight...almost out of mind. I hope that in a few weeks my skin will calm down.

    Over Easter break, I took a trip up to northern California, where the weather was 40 degrees F and humid. It was cold, but the air was so moist that I hardly needed moisturizer. It was weird. I woke up and my skin didn't feel parched, and my eyes didn't hurt because they were so dry. I really noticed the difference the day I came back to SD. I felt I was dehydrated for 24 hours! Now, my skin is back to the same old dry, flakey self...ugh. Goes to show that weather really does effect skin!

    Now onto good ol' high fructose corn syrup. I avoid this ingredient like the plague because it seriously is so awful for you. It's good because it eliminates wasting money on expensive drinks at Starbucks. I almost always sweeten something with honey (or if I run out I use Stevia). But the other day at Starbucks I decided to get iced tea, sweetened with a little of their classic sweetener, and I had the WORST headache ever. It almost felt like a migraine. I was thinking it was my contacts, weather change, etc. Nope. Today, I bought a bottled iced-tea and halfway through drinking it I felt a headache coming on. I looked at the ingredients and guess what's the FIRST ingredient... high fructose corn syrup! Like not even TEA is the first ingredient lol. So, this twinging headache is reminding me never to touch that stuff again. Ugh. I'm getting mad that the FDA approves of this artificial sweetener, because it's probably related to more heart disease and diabetes that we realize.

    Anyways....that's my vent!

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    I'm back! And I have some good news. My acne is clear, and it's only taken 3/4 months. I do get spots still but doesn't everyone. In fact, I'm happy when I get them because it means my face is still alive and I haven't killed it with all the tampering haha. I'm so happy and I really hope people read this little blog just so you can all get here as well. It may not be the end, anything could happen but i'm making the most out of every day. It feels so good to look in a mirror and smile with confidence.

    So how did this happen? I wrote a bad entry last time round but in the month that I didn't come on here things started to change. The spots were still coming up but they were getting smaller each time they came until eventually I'd get raised bumps without any colour. I still get them even now, but believe me, they are un-noticeable.

    So to review:

    Month 1 - Big difference, solved the worst part of the acne and made pimples less aggressive. Brought out larger spots in white/yellow heads. There was a lot of dry skin. Use simple moisturiser, it's clean and works as well as an expensive cream.

    Month 2 - Not much change, new spots were coming up but were easier to handle, less sore and were getting smaller. No sign of large white heads. Dry skin remained the same. Continue using simple.

    Month 3 - Started to have an initial break out which lasted ages. Large aggressive spots however went down after a day only for new ones to pop up.

    Month 3/4 - Spots started clearing with only a few surfacing. Redness disappeared, no soreness, very small pimples. Forehead cleared, and chin cleared. Continue using simple moisturiser and also simple face wipes.

    Month 4- Clear skin finally. Red marks remain but are easily covered with barely any oil-free tinted moisturiser. Continuing with simple moisturiser.

    Definitely 4 months worth it to get the clear skin. I feel like me again.

    Good luck everyone, and please, if nothing has worked so far, or even if you haven't been on a product before, please consider Acnecide. It has worked wonders and doesn't leave your skin itchy and and icky.

    Left a picture of a recent night out. I'm in the white. I chose this one because apart from my eye make up, I haven't got foundation on, only moisturiser and you can see how clear my skin is. The light hides the red marks. Hope this blog helps, here's to fighting acne!

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    Hey people. It's been quite a while since i last wrote a blog post so i thought i would update you all on how i have been getting on. In the November of 2013 I finally decided to purchase Dan Kern's regimen that i had been pondering over for a hell of a long time. I was reading all the thousand's of reviews that spoke so highly of it and thought I might as well give it a try.

    So I am about 2 and half months in now, nearly hitting the 3 month mark; and my the regimen has helped clear my skin pretty well; however not all of it. I love having a regime that i can follow easily and which helps my skin feel clean and fresh and it gives me peace of mind that the regimen is friendly to the skin. My acne scars/pigmentation is still very bad however the regimen has helped clear my cheeks of acne very well and currently i only have 1 active spot on my right cheek. However the main concern is still my forehead which just seems immune to every single medication possible in the world, IT JUST WILL NOT HEAL!!! About 2 weeks ago my forehead was relatively clear and all i had to deal with was the terrible redness, scars and pigmentation; but just like always that hope was quickly eradicated as a few days later i got acne again, and right now my forehead is full of painful, inflamed red spots that i have no idea of to why they have formed.

    The regimen is slowly helping however i honestly do not think it will be the thing to totally help get rid of my acne. I still get new spots every week or so, especially on my forehead. I honestly have no idea on what to do, or how to stop my body/face producing them. I am on the verge of starting a course of accutane for the very first time which im nervous about, but when you're at rock bottom, you just need a miracle.

    I am also currently saving up (even though i havent got a job due to my severe acne/depression) for the 'York Test' food intolerance test. It is the most highly regarded and precise food intolerance test out there and checks your blood for over 100 foods! I desperately need help to know what is causing my body to still produce acne on a regular basis; and not just little spots, i am talking big painful red spots! I know that gluten, wheat and dairy cause me to break out and i havent consumed any of that for a very long time now, so i know it must be something else that is causing it. Whether that be food related or what, i just dont know.

    I will continue on the regimen for as long as i can afford to keep buying it, but it's looking bleak at the minute as my face will just not heal. It seems like nothing will ever work.

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    7 months after Accutane!

    All I can say is..I have the "out of sight out of mind" syndrome lately.

    No acne, no researching stupid expensive makeup, or "special" face washes-just simple, clean, non-oily, soft skin that I LOVE

    Its worth it, stop dwelling on the "if's" and do it, because if you hide out like I did, and wait until your fed up with your acne, your gonna think "Im so fed up now, and Accutane makes it worse, I cant handle any worse" lalala whelp, lemme tell ya. YOU CAN, as humans we want the "NOW now NOW" factor along with everything. Accutane is truly a cure, which means no overnight fix, no fancy scrub. Just Vitamin A workin on stopping your oil glands from causing you any more acne, and after 5 months you are free and clear...FOREVER!

    ok Ill get off your back now

    I guess Im just wanting you to know that I hated my skin and constantly worried about it, and now that I dont have to...its so refreshing!

    I dont know how to feel looking at my before tane pics, kinda sad and like "holy shnipes, it was worse than I thought"....kind of strange to be so used to my new clear skin that I feel bad for my old self, if that makes sense. hahah!

    Anywho, it has been a very long time since I was on, I was thinking of things that I am thankful for ,and not gonna lie I'm a little stoked to put up pics that I can be happy about smile.png

    Happy Thanksgiving and good luck!blogentry-150809-0-74654300-1353565675_t

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    Argan oil acne treatment is one of the most effective, natural skin treatments. In the current cosmetic market, there are several acne treatments and most of them produce varying results. Amongst these treatments, argan oil is one of the products that stand out. To fully understand how argan oil works to get rid of acne, it is important to first know how acne develops:

    How Acne Develops

    The human skin has its own natural oil known as sebum. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands that are situated under the surface of the skin and are normally attached to the hair follicles. This oil acts as a protective coating that lubricates and waterproofs the hair and skin of an individual, but it also happens to be nourishment for the bacteria that causes acne. The production of too much sebum blocks the pores of the skin. This situation forms the ideal breeding ground for acne-causing bacterium, resulting into the development of acne, blackheads and pimples.

    Argan Oil Acne Remedy

    Argan oil assists in the regulation of the production of sebum, keeping the bacteria that cause acne at check. It not only lowers the production of sebum, but it also rich in vitamin E and has anti-inflammatory properties which are known to be very effective in the treatment of acne. Vitamin E is the perfect nourishment for the skin as it helps in the repair of damaged tissues and cells. In addition, argan oil eliminates marks and scars from old acne, leaving the skin smooth and spotless. This oil ought to be applied on a regular basis for the affected individual to achieve the desired results. Furthermore, argan oil is also useful in the treatment of eczema.

    Argan Oil – Components

    Argan oil is obtained from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree. This oil is rich in carotene and phenolic compounds that provide the antioxidant property. It is also rich in healthy fats (omega 3 and 6), which play a huge role in making the skin look young and supple.

    This form of acne treatment also contains Sterolins – these help in keeping the skin’s cell membranes healthy. This compound functions by boosting the skin’s metabolism and reducing inflammation. All these components work hand in hand to provide one of the best natural skin remedies available in the cosmetic industry today.

    Getting the Best Product

    The nutritional qualities of argan oil obtained directly from the tree are not always the same with the products that are available in the market. If you decide to purchase refined argan oil, its nutritional value would be substantially less than that extracted from the argan tree in Morocco. This is due to the fact that the refining process consists of bleaching and heating which kills most of these active nutrients that make this oil valuable to the skin. A better alternative would be the cold pressed or the totally pure argan oil to take care of this skin condition. Cold pressed option is quite effective because it is subjected to very minimal processing thus their nutritional qualities are not lost.

    Products that contain pure argan oil will produce the best results for acne sufferers. As long as it used on a daily basis, the user will experience positive changes on the appearance of their skins and restore the natural glow of their skins.

    How to use Argan oil

    Before applying this oil, wash your hands thoroughly using mild soap. Using dirty hands will make the oil less effective. Once you are sure that your hands are clean, place two drops of the oil onto your palms and gently massage it on your face. The high penetration power of the oil guarantees that it will be absorbed by the skin almost instantly.

    Argan oil should be used twice everyday; in the morning and evening. This way the user can enjoy the full benefits that this oil brings. Under normal circumstances, the acne will heal completely after a 21-day period of application. For some people, it may take up to 2 months for this skin condition to heal properly.

    Argan oil for the treatment of acne scars

    In some instances, scars may form on the skin after the acne clears away. This leads to skin discoloration and blights the appearance of the skin. Normally, these scars take a very long time before they fade away. Clinical studies have shown that when this oil is used everyday without fail, it eases the occurrence of scars on the skin. This is enabled by Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) contained in it. Provided that the oil is used properly, scars will disappear on the skin after a few weeks.

    Benefits of using Argan oil

    Argan oil has been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of acne, as opposed other over the counter remedies. Since it is extracted from natural compounds, it is safe to use and free from side effects.

    This oil is affordable and very easy to use. Using it involves a simple application process on the face. It facilitates the balanced production of sebum and the unclogging of the skin’s pores, hence allowing the facial skin stay free from acne naturally.

    Having a natural, good-looking skin will boost the confidence of an individual and provide them with an attractive look. The more confidence a person has, the more success they enjoy in their day to day lives; in their careers, social lives and education. This can be only achieved when proper skin care products such as argan oil are used as recommended.

    Argain oil is readily available to users. You can make purchases online and have the product delivered at your doorstep.


    From the above points, it is easy to see why argan oil is a popular and highly beneficial skin care therapy. Nonetheless, before you decide to use this form of skin treatment, it is advised that you consult a doctor, particularly if you have suffered from acne for long periods of time. Rest assured, argan oil has been medically proven to be safe for everyone to use.


  14. 36 entries

    Feel like I need to change the title of my blog since I'm neither on 40mgs a day nor am I probably going to be off this stuff in 5 months. So, after my derm appointment on the 24th, I'm still on 60mgs a day - and I ended up having a little breakout last week - probably stress related. My ever problematic jawline had 2 little ones develop (which I popped) and I developed another pimple in that problem area on the apple of my left cheek (which I also popped). The good thing is that these pimples are small - the bad thing is that they still don't dry up and go away, they really just sit there (hence my popping). The red abcess on my nose is finally starting to go away, but there is still a bit of a red mark.

    Otherwise, things are good! Still really just dealing with redmarks - and my right jawline, though almost perfect, is not completely smooth yet. I'm beginning to wonder too if the accutane accentuates redmarks? The ones on my cheeks just don't seem to be fading at all!

    So, technically I should only have to do one more month of this - but because of the breakout, I expect I'll be on it for another month. My derm said she'll keep me on it until I have a full month of clear skin.

    Have to say I'm kind of ready to be done with it. I'm tired of the chapped lips and feeling tired all the time. I really do feel so low energy on this drug. Can't wait to be done...argh. Definitely worth it for the results - my skin has never been so healthy in the last ten years - but I'm tired of being on drugs all the time.

  15. 20 entries

    Hitting my one year anniversary and I couldn't be happier. My skin barely breaks out, and if it does, it's a tiny clogged pore and is gone within 2 days. I haven't had a cyst in a really really long time, I can't even remember when. Such a drastic difference from last year -- I would literally have 4-5 large painful cystic breakouts on my chin and cheeks at all times. Dermatologist visits happened almost weekly, so I could get them injected with cortisone to ease the swelling. I'm so happy I stuck with the spiro and made the decision to stop taking antibiotics. And I'm also very happy that I never took accutane, even though my dermatologist told me numerous times I "needed" it. Looking back, here are the factors that I think helped my skin improve:

    • Moisturize in the morning and at night, every day! I like cerave AM and PM, it's gentle and really effective without being greasy.
    • Don't pick, ever!!! This was the hardest thing for me. I used to squeeze and pick and do all sorts of icky stuff to my face, and it never ever helped. It always made it worse, and I have the scars to prove it :(
    • Don't use harsh ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you're using any kind of tretinoin cream. These ingredients were making my skin so much worse - they were not helping at all.
    • Use tretinoin cream every night, and always moisturize after.
    • Eat veggies and fruit and drink water! If I have a crazy weekend and eat a lot of carbs and junk food and alcohol, my skin always suffers. It looks dull and I have clogged pores and it takes a few days to get back to normal after that. I really noticed how an organic, healthy diet that is low in sugar has helped my skin look and feel great.

    And of course, use the spiro. I think my hormones played a large role in the ups and downs of my breakouts, and now that they are under control, I hardly think about my skin anymore. Literally, my skin was ruining my life. You can read some of my earlier posts to see just how bad it was -- but I was basically depressed and always worrying about my makeup covering up my inflamed red skin and who was looking at me and it totally took over my every thought. I didn't want my boyfriend to sleep over (see me without makeup?? no way!) and I didn't want to go swimming in the summer and all sorts of other activities that I really missed out on. Now, I'm living with my boyfriend (with a ring on the way soon I think smile.png ) and I hardly give two seconds of thought to what my face looks like. My best advice is to stick with your treatment, be patient, and have hope, because I struggled for a long long time, basically from the age of 15-29, and I promise it can get better if you find the right solution!

  16. 173 entries

    It has been officially 7 months since my last accutance pill and I am still 100 percent CLEAR!!! hifive.gif

    I just got married on saturday and viewed my pictures and they look AMAZING! My skin looks spectacular with no enhacements!

    I can't believe how happy I am with my results!

    My skin at this time has gone back to my normal oily self and so has my hair....the oil came back around month 5 to 6 and I was nervous since I thought the acne would come back with the oil...but so far my skin has staid comptley clear. I don't even remember what a black head or white head looks like....cool.png

    Funny thing is that I still have nightmares that my face is complety covered in acne...LOL...rolleyes.gif I guess your really never forget.

    For those who have just started with accutane hang in there the results are well worth the aches and pains! And yes my body has completly gone back to normal - No joint pain, no headaches, dryness gone! teehee.gif

  17. 42 entries

    Hey guys,

    So, this is it! I've reached the end of my Regimen journey. It's been quite the adventure!

    After the full 3 suggested months, I'm finally clear. I still have hyperpigmentation issues, but that will also go away. :) After everything I've been through, I don't mind some temporary red marks.

    I just can't believe I've come this far. My skin is better than it's ever been on any other treatment I've tried. I would seriously recommend this to anyone with acne. This is the first thing I've tried that works.

    A few things I've learned while on the Regimen:

    1. Patience is key: You will go through hell getting your skin the way you want it to be, and you just have to hang in there.

    2. Lose old habits: I had to learn how to stop touching/picking my face, and even stopped wearing makeup for a while. I'm a lot more comfortable with my naked face now. :D

    3. How to listen to your skin: I feel so much more in touch with my skin than ever before; I can usually tell what it can handle and what it can't, and how it'll react to most products.

    There's so much more, but I feel like those are some of the more important ones.

    I'm also so grateful to everyone on acne.org and the support I found on this site. :) It's really been an amazing experience.

    I plan to keep using the Regimen for the next 3-6 months or so, and then I might try to cut down on BP and see how my skin reacts. I'm also still taking Ortho Tri Cyclen-Lo, which is now a great fit for my skin. I'm also currently using AHA and moisturizer every night, and AHA on its own every other night. I also use it in the morning on my marks. I'm working hard to get a clear complexion!

    Meanwhile, I ended up finding a great foundation from Cover Fx. It's way better than the Tarte one, which was too orange on my skin. I'd highly recommend it! It's very hydrating. My skin is still a bit flaky, and I was considering switching from Dan's moisturizer to Cetaphil.

    Anyways, I'll be on here every once in a while. I wish all of you the best of luck! :D <3



  18. 245 entries

    I now have two white head spots on my top lip.

  19. 109 entries

    Day 1,037:

    Not much to post about lately. Obviously. I'm still sticking with my Dove Sensitive Skin bar/Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner (with AHA and BHA)/Acne.org BP/(sometimes) Cetaphil moisturizer routine, and it's working fairly well.

    Yes, I still get some clogged pores, and yes, I still break out sometimes. But, for the most part, my skin's looking good.

    Right now, I have clogged pores that mirror each other. Just above each eyebrow, and near the crease of each nostril. (Sigh.) Oh, well. I washed my face, used my toner, and dabbed a bit of BP on each one for now. Full BP at night. ; )

    So... yep. That's about it. Wicked exciting, I know. But then, this is a blog about my acne, so what did you expect? Robot dinosaurs from space?

  20. 14 entries

    Hey everyone! So today is the end of day 70 and my skins been doing great! atm i have 4 small pimples, two on my upper left cheek, one on my right cheek, and one alongside my chin. All in all I'm pleased with the results i found with RAM ive noticed a lot of fading in my acne marks my skin has a nice smooth texture and im starting to be more confident! smile.png i found a great way to combat the dryness and flaking by using the Avene Thermal water spray! its great on my skin and doesnt break me out! im hoping that by the new year my skin will be acne mark free and blemish free! im glad with the amount of patience i had with this product! honestly i wouldve quit after i noticed the initial breakout but im so happy i didnt. im hoping that when i take school photos i wouldnt look like a red splotchy mess. but if i do... then ill get them to edit it out haha. i dont have much to say but! if you look at my photos from my last blog to this one you will notice a huge improvement! well at least i do :$ anyways keep on asking questions! feel free to comment, and dont be afraid to message me haha im a nice guy smile.png thanks for all the support once again <3 Please keep in mind that this webcam likes to exaggerate colours so the redness you see isnt the redness that is really there

  21. 160 entries

    8 Months Post Accutane

    Hi everyone. December marked the anniversary of when I started Accutane so I thought I'd give everyone a hopeful update. Outside of an occasion red blemish, I have had perfect skin. Now, I only have to worry about dry skin from the Chicago cold :) Anyways, stay positive and hopeful and know that it only gets better from here.

  22. 48 entries

    Hello - Just wanted to check back in to note that I've had no side effects, continue to have smooth clear skin and now my only skin worry is wrinkles. If you're on accutane or a similar product now, know that there are many people with positive experiences who just drop off this site when everything is cleared up, b/c clear skin isn't an issue any longer. Stick with it. 

    Favorite products during accutane and after - Aquaphor, skinceuticals phyto corrective gel and anything by Eucerin. 

    Good luck all! IMG_8113.JPGIMG_7942.JPGIMG_7714.JPG 

  23. 80 entries

    I am a month and a half into restarting my birth control. Last time it took 3 months to get things under control so I just half a little ways left to go! My face was doing ok..I had a stubborn pimple on my left cheek (extremely common breakout place). Now that's healing but yesterday I broke out in about three more pimples all on the right side of my face. A small cluster on my chin, one whitehead near my mouth, a big red one on my nose (hello rudolf!), and a small one on my right cheek. Not horrible. I'm handling it well.

    I've been taking DIM and maca supplements for hormonal imbalance (I've been off it about a week cuz I ran out and my mood has definitely been more sporadic). So I'll start on those again today and I'll also start apple cider vinegar pills (which showed good results after a months use in the past, as well as St. John's wort, which hopefully will help my mild depression. I'm using aspirin masks every few days and still using my 15% salicylic acid cleanser and I've started using my clarisonic once again. It made me breakout before but it also made my skin give off a little glow and helped redness. So I'm trying to be gentle with it. I know the clarisonic caused my nose pimple but I'm not sure if it caused my other pimples or if that's just hormones. Hard to tell.

    But the cleanser with the clarisonic plus the aspirin mask makes my skin softer than ever!! And that cleanser kept my skin very soft to begin with.

    Here's my regimen so far:


    -rinse face with water

    -take DIM

    -take apple cider vinegar

    -take maca

    -take St. John's wort


    -take off makeup with ponds cleansing wipes

    -wash with sal acid cleanser w/ clarisonic

    -(when needed, aspirin mask)

    -take DIM

    -take apple cider vinegar

    -take maca

    -take St. John's wort

    So not that difficult! I know I'm gonna have to wait about another month for more consistently clear skin. And! Once my skin does clear I'm going to start on a hyperpigmentation regimen.

    By summer, I'm hoping to have clear skin and a new job. What could be better?!

  24. 1 entry

    UPDATE 1/3/14: The closed comedones are back with a vengeance this winter, UGH! Last winter I was able to keep them at bay with sunlight, sulfur ointment and improved lifestyle. I am still convinced lack of sunlight is large a factor, but that has been hard to attain with crappy New England weather and a full-time job.

    The hardest part is the picking; I feel like I have to pick the comedones order for them to go away, but then it creates scarring and red marks. MUST STOP.

    I was using diluted ACV and the De La Cruz Sulfur ointment last winter with success, but this winter they seem to be having minimal effect on these comedones. So, I ordered Paula's choice 2% BHA Gel and have been using it daily for only four days. I've already noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin and there's minimal irritation, so I'm hoping the bumps and red marks go away in a few weeks!

    Has anyone noticed an improvement by taking high/regular dose birth control? I've been on a low-dose pill for about four years and I feel like my skin's been more acne-prone since then.

    I recently bought some BareMinerals foundation to replace my existing foundation; I've heard it helps with acne or at least improves skin texture. I know I'm throwing in a lot of treatment factors here, but I am desperate to get rid of these things!

    Here's my current regimen:

    • Wash 2x a day with Burts Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser - this stuff is gentle and mostly natural; great at melting away makeup and does not irritate your eyes
    • Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel
    • Moisturize with either L'Occitaine or Keihls. I was using organic oils (joboba and coconut), but will cut those out for now
    • If my skin is feeling/looking extra bumpy or congested, I gently exfoliate with the Sephora beauty brush (it looks like a baby brush)

      I'll report back over the next few weeks to see if PC gets rid of the comedones and improves my red marks.

      Overall my acne is mild, but it's the scarring and red marks that kill me. I know the comedones will go away (hopefully) in the spring but then I'll be left with hyper-pigmentation and scarring. So goes the vicious cycle.

      Original post Winter 2011/2012
      I've never had perfect skin. I started getting closed comedones when I was ten, and so began the neverending ritual of washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, treating, obsessing. The closed comedones went away, but my skin was certainly acne-prone. I got the occasional whiteheads, usually after skimping on washing my face or experiencing high levels of stress. I had enlarged pores and blackheads on my nose, which I still have at 25 (I'm convinced they'll never go away). My skin was simultenously oily and dry, though I don't classify myself as having true "combination skin." I started using powder or blotting sheets to manage the oily nose and forehead.

      At 23, I started working in an office full-time. I packed on 15 pounds after a few months, thanks to sitting on my ass all day and indulging in the endless supply of snacks. My forehead also exploded into a mess of comedones, which I first blamed on trying the oil-cleansing method. I still think it may have been a factor then, but we'll get to all the factors soon.

      Utterly exasperated with my new appearance, I cut out all sweets. I started doing intense cardio and dropped most of the weight. But the comedones persisted.

      Worst of all was the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In the past, any marks faded in a week tops, but these seemed deep, permanenet. I cried often about my face, and wondered what the hell had happened. I'd always gotten compliments on my skin (regardless of it not being perfect), and now I felt like one of my good features was destroyed. I was ugly.

      In the spring, the comedones finally went away, some of the PIH faded, and I was able to mask the rest by tanning and using sunless tanner. In the summer my skin looked AMAZING - clear, glowing, moist. I could pretty much put anything on it and I wouldn't break out at all. I concluded it was because of:

      --LOTS of sunshine and fresh air --> the weather in New England was awesome all summer, and I was outside a lot - I even went away to Cape Cod for a week
      --rapid exfoliation from tanning (and sunburns...oops)
      --lower stress levels
      --improved diet and lifestyle

      However, once fall rolled around, my tan peeled off and the COMEDONES RETURNED. Extremely disappointed and frustrated, I turned to the Internet (especially Acne.org!), trying to find answers. I started thinking, "Hmm. The comedones showed up the EXACT same time last year. What is it about this time of year?" The many articles about vitamin D and acne caught my eye.

      The comedones showed up in October each year. The link between acne lack of sun/fresh air/vitamin D seemed like a possibility. So, while I was maintaining a healthy diet, I started running outside on my lunch breaks. It not only cleared my skin, but also made winter seem much less depressing.

      I was amazed at how quickly the comedones disappeared. Fortunately, the fall and winter have been mild (and sunny!) in New England, so there was plenty of sunshine to be had. I'm sure the intense cardio from running also helped, as it just does many good things for the body and mind in general.

      It's now February and the comedones have not returned. I do still have PIH and large pores, but sunless tanner and makeup has helped me ignore them.

      So...on top of the other factors listed, I'm jumping on the acne and sun/fresh air/vitamin D link. To reiterate, I think there are MANY factors that cause acne, and will be different for each person. However, all we can do is trial and error. So, I think I've finally found my answers.

      Now to battle blackheads, enlarged pores, and PIH smile.png

      My current face regimen:

      AM and PM Face Regimen

      • Wash face with Yes to Carrots Cream Cleanser
      • Exfoliate with Sephora beauty brush OR First Aid Facial Radiance Pads -- I had to cut down on exfoliating since I started getting little whiteheads. I now do it once a day, every few days.
      • Moisturize with The Jobaba Company jobaba oil
      • Moisutirze with Jergens Natrual Glow for face (Every few days) -- this isn't a good moisturizer, but it gives you a fake tan. Good for hiding PIH and making you look like you're not a corpse in the winter

      Pimple treatment: Clearasil Adult Treatment Cream (tinted)

  25. 2 entries

    Hey Everyone!

    When I use to be a face picker, (a habit that still creeps up on me from time to time) the worst part was that I was left with a huge scab on my face from picking it to death. As we all know scabs on your face from picking pimples and acne are the same as most other scabs you have anywhere else! It’s even worse on you face though, for a few reasons.

    Obviously a massive ugly scab can never be covered up well (I always layered on the makeup but by the end of the day, it was worse than ever!), and it also can infect your pore worse than it already was from the pimple. Trust me, a pimple within a scab is probably the worst combination ever.

    So how do we avoid this? Stop picking your face for one, but since that doesn’t happen overnight, let me share some of the secrets and tips I used during this bad habit phase.

    So the worst has happened- you picked your pimple and are now left with a horrible looking scab on your face (maybe even your forehead…the worst). Just know that it will NOT be healed in a day, only time can heal this scab, along with a little help from you.

    In the best case scenario (depending on the size of the scab), I have had some heal by end of day 2.

    Go by yourself some Aloe Vera gel (not the bright green kind in the drug store – you will have to go to a health food store for this.). It is clear and kind of like a gel, and you will have to keep it in your fridge when you are not using it. One of the biggest benefits to acne sufferers may result from the use of aloe vera to heal the skin. Using aloe vera for acne treatment speeds the healing of skin by increasing blood circulation and stopping cell death. Aloe vera benefits skin afflicted with acne by speeding the healing of skin. This rapid healing process can stop an acne breakout from worsening as well as will help acne scars to diminish over time.To use it, dab some on your picked pimple at night and whenever you are just sitting around the house. If you have the guts then don’t wear any makeup over it for the next few days, If you have to wear makeup or cover-up then make sure it is oil free and safe for acne prone skin.

    One thing I found worked well for me is that, at the end of the night when I would go to wash off my makeup, I would leave my cover up on over my scab. I found when I washed over it (because makeup will make a scab moist and loose), it would come off and the whole process would start from scratch. Where as when I left it on – literally only over that ONE tiny spot – in the morning it would have had the chance to begin constructing a new layer of skin. I would brave having it on my face for work or school the following day (still covered up), and after repeating it that night as well, I was usually able to peel it off the following morning. I treated the pink spot of skin with some moisturizer to finish up the process, and voila! I sometimes combined Aloe Vera in this process or on top of my cover up. You can experiment yourselves too!

    Best of Luck