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    Hello! My name is Zoë and I’m 15. Before I start talking about the effects of this medication,I will start off with talking about the medication and later about my skin before I started taking it. When I first picked up the bottle of spirolactone from the pharmacy, I thought it was just another antibiotic. I had no idea about a peak breakout or that it takes three months to even begin to kick in. I wish I knew these things before I agreed to take it, so this blog is not only for me to track my progress, but also for people who are thinking about taking it or taking it already who could use some information. I have been on spirolactone for about two months now. (I am also taking acidophilus supplments. I can do an entry on that if you want) the first few weeks of being on spiro, I didn’t notice much. Nothing was better, and nothing was worse. After a month, my skin broke out badly. All over. Before spiro, I pretty much only broke out on my chin. Now at the two month mark,it’s in areas that haven’t broken out in years. All over my cheeks and forehead, and my chin as usual. My skin hasn’t been like this since the 5th grade. And now In the 9th grade, I feel like all I’ve done to keep my acne under control has been for nothing. All of it has come back just over the course of a couple days. My skin also gets these dark red marks after a blemish goes away. So it’s like the blemish never left. These are al over my jawline and cheeks. I contiplated giving up on the meds because I’m not sure how much patience I have left in me, but I only have about two weeks of pills left in the bottle so I’m going to reach the three month mark, and go from there. If my skin has not changed or is worse by that point, then RIP my self esteem and I’m going to ask my dermatologist for about the fourth time about birth control. If it improves, then I’ll get a refill and continue this blog. Keep in mind, everyone’s skin is different. Mine just happens to suck. Your experience might be a lot better than mine. This is just for some input from someone who has had experience. I hope this blog helps, and I’ll update next week. :) 

  1. sh1234
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    Okie dokie well here i am, the day after my December 22nd challenge.. and i must say im pretty happy with where my skins at right now. It was *decent enough* for my hair appt yesterday, and i found something while shopping yesterday that i think will hit it home. Its a retinol cream i found at winners, i used it last night and already could see an improvement this morning. Will keep using! My picking has been pretty under control since theres not much to pick at right now. However, I did have an under the skin golfball on my forhead for a few days. Like, i dont know what it was. It was like, not cystic, not a pimple, just my forehead swelled up LOL. I would put asprin mask on it and ice it and take an aspirin and eventually it went down. Merp.

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    I am in my first month of accutane and I hate it so far. I was able to slow down how dry I am already as I kept over moisturizing right when I started. But right now I am going through the first initial break out and I have never been in so much pain. This is unlike any there break out. This is extremely cystic and I have multiple at once. I have been doing warm compresses, ice, applying apple cider vinegar, hydrocortisone cream, etc. And onceI get rid of one, many others appear. How can I prevent the number of cysts DURING accutane and how can I decrease their life span? Thanks in advance.
  2. Helloooooo world. This is my pre-Accutane story. This post will be the first for a while, until I start my Accutane journey. I do realise that people probably aren't reading this, but I believe this is good for my thought process and mental health, as well as being someone to talk to.
    My acne really started when I was 14, which slowly flared up for a few months before I saw my GP who prescribed me Duac - a drying topical treatment. This supper dried out my skin, made it very red and made my face horrible to look at (Not only did I hate my skin, I felt sorry my classmates had to see it). A few months after this had failed to produce a result (other than worsening my skin) I was prescribed Lymecycline hard capsules by my GP. They were my saviour!!..... for all of 14 months. They cleared up my skin really well and made it well normal really. Fastforward to now. I'm 16 and I started college in September, the exact time that my skin started to deteriorate. I came off Lymecycline because I felt it wasn't working anymore (in hindsight a bad move) and was prescribed Oxytetracycline, which I'm still on now, along with a new topical - Acnecide. This having also failed me, has led to my GP referring me to dermatology. I will start Accutane once the cogs are in place.
    Currently, I'm frustrated at my skin, I am scared of the effects of Accutane, I'm optimistic of Accutane....but more than anything I feel isolated. My friends are not clued up on what ive been going through (apart from the appalling state of my face) and I don't know how or if I will tell them about Accutane. I dont know how I will deal with the effects, when already I hide my face in public with my hair, do anything to not meet peoples gaze in conversation, I dont turn on the bathroom light when I go in there so I dont have to see ho bad my skin is in the mirror, I cancel plans so people dont see my skin. I'm scared of becoming depressed and not being strong enough to find a way out of it. (blimey this has become deeper than even I intended)

    This will be my bare-faced blog, both literally and metaphorically, I want you all (if anyone is reading this)  to know what's going on inside my head as well as what's going on with my skin.

    Until next time,
    Rupy.

  3. Vanessa P
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    I have decided to change my routine once again. This should be the last time I change my mind!

    So I overestimated my ability to stop wearing makeup. After wearing makeup for two weeks and actually feeling pretty, going these past two days with no makeup was a serious stab at my confidence. I got pretty bummed out last night, drank a bunch of wine and binged on steak and chocolate. I know, weird. 

    So I decided makeup is going to have to stay in the routine. I found this website where you can copy and paste the ingredients list of your makeup and it will tell you which ingredients are comedogenic. (Here's the link: http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-ingredients/) I put in all the ingredients of the foundations I had used in the past and they ALL had comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients!! So I went through a bunch of different foundations ingredients list online and finally found a foundation that had NO comedogenic ingredients: Physician's Formula Organic Wear BB Cream. I'll start wearing it tomorrow and see how it goes! 

    I also am putting masks into my regimen (a dead sea/algae mask, a charcoal and coconut mask, a cucumber and aloe mask) and adding acne.org's AHA+ cream into my moisturizer at night. 

    Tbh the only time I feel acne form is when I'm wearing makeup, which is why the caveman regimen was working so well for me. So maybe all along my comedogenic makeup was the issue (although I KNOW dairy was a culprit too). So let's see if this switch and this regimen works for me!

    (This definitely is no longer a caveman regimen! I'm basically logging this as my own way of tracking data, so sorry for anyone who was following with the intention of seeing how the caveman regimen worked!)

  4. Given that acne is by far the most common disease in the world, I’m constantly surprised at the amount of misinformation there is about acne treatments. There are so many commonly held beliefs regarding treatments, which have no scientific or medical validity but continue to be passed on from individual to individual. More worrying is the possible consequences of trying some of these options. Here is list of common acne treatments that categorically do not work:

    1. Household cleaning products, even when diluted, should not be used to treat acne. There can be severe adverse reactions including chemical burns from pursuing this route

    2. Similarly, cleaning powders are ineffective for acne

    3. Washing up liquid does not work for acne

    4. Home facial saunas will do nothing for your acne, but will certainly aggravate already sensitive skin

    5. Sticky tape left on the skin overnight and removed in the morning will certainly remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but is likely to damage the sensitive skin, and may cause an allergy to the glue

    6. Prolonged exposure to the sun or using a sunbed will not help your acne and can be dangerous if you are also taking oral medication of certain types. For example, taking certain antibiotics in tablet form will make your skin highly sensitive to sunlight

    7. Sudocrem is an excellent treatment for nappy rash, but highly ineffective for acne, primarily because it contains a mixture of greases and oils which are bad for acne

    8. Taking high doses of vitamin A or B will not directly help your acne, and may cause other side-effects

    9. Squeezing your spots is universally not recommended in combating acne. Doing so will prolong and spread the acne to other parts of the affected area

    There are many other ‘not recommended’ acne treatment regimes, many of which will worsen an already difficult condition. Avoid these shortcuts and stick with a programme overseen by your medical professional, or one which is based on solid scientific and medical evidence. If you do this, you'll succeed in overcoming your acne condition.

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    Hey, you are an acne sufferer and feel miserable because of that ? Me too ! Wow, we have so much in common !! 


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    Bonus point if you played that jam on Youtube. If not, it's not too late : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HazJhPnrB8 You're welcome !

    No seriously, my acne is litterally running my life and I can't help it. So can I ?
    I refuse to delay my life because of a pimple. A few pimples. Okay, a lot of spots, a combination skin (oily but dehydrated, wtf mother nature ?!!) and acne scars. But that's fine, I am alive and I can afford an Internet connexion. I am healthy, life happens and my future is ahead of me. So why complaining ?? Why so superficial ???? Why all I can see is my face (not you, sry) filled with cysts and scars and so much disappointment ? How it has been an excuse to spend my day on Youtube, watching acne videos featuring girls with perfect skin and a lot of gifts. A loooooot !!

    Let's be honest, I can afford skincare and I am fortunate. But I don't want to spend hundreds of €€ on fancy skincare. Plus, I am not sponsorised. How would a cosmetic brand want to sponsor a face like mine by the way ? Cosmetic industry thinks that pimples are invisible anyway :
     
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    How it is supposed to work if there is no problem to begin with ? Cosmetic brands get some easy cash on our insecurities, no big news. What's fun, they are doing it by yanking our chain. Seriously :
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    No, I don't want to join the dark side of the force. I will take the red pill instead. What, it's not the same movie ? Whatever Hollywood, you can't understand me :smileys_n_people_30: 

    Well my dear, the whole Hollywood can't but some artists do struggle with acne. Alicia Keys for example ! She decided to go bare face on real life, on TV, even in some clips. She has perfect skin now you may think, and I agree with you. However, I assume it wasn't always like that. Try out "Alicia Keys acne". Or "AnnaLyne McCord acne". Or "Harry Styles acne". Yes, they seem confident and they do have acne. And why not me ? Therefore, I don't have to deal with fame and being recognised when I take the bus or whatsoever #nobodyblessed
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    30andNewtoAcne
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    Hey everyone - I am a 30 y/o female that is very new to acne.  Prior to a few months back, I had nearly perfect skin with a minor breakout every now and then.  I went from never even thinking about the skin on my face to not being able to think about anything else!  Acne has stolen all of my confidence and self-esteem!

    Anyways, a few months back I started getting more than one breakout at a time.  I was a little worried but also under a lot of stress so didn't think much of it.  Then, all of a sudden, I started to notice these little bumps under my skin.  They would never turn into a pimple, but if I squeezed them, stuff would come out.  So the first couple I got I just squeezed and moved on.  Then, what seemed like over night, they were all over my cheeks!  I panicked and booked an appointment with a dermatologist right away.  Turns out, I have very clogged pores.  She prescribed me doxycycline (75mg a day) and epiduo forte to put on at night.  

    After doing some online research, I understood that with the epiduo, things were likely going to get worse before they got better.  However, I am now on week 6 and my face is worse than EVER before.  I am talking multiple new cysts each morning, new whiteheads each morning, and still little bumps everywhere.  

    I am hoping someone who has seen results with epiduo and an oral antibiotic could give me their thoughts!  Has anyone else experienced this?

    I will put some photos from week 3-6 in my gallery.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Hi everyone

    I am on differin for 27 weeks now. What a ride for me. Still, acne shows up and cause me anxiety. I believe it is all about the hormones because I have chnage my routine to minimize the acne risk. I wash my pillows every week. I eat healthy food such as grain and almond milk. I sleep before 11 pm. Almost every day. I find a hobby to keep me stay away from stress and over thinking. I also do vbeam and smooth beam laser but help little with scars. I think I am going to use differin for the rest of my life for the best of prevention from acne although, it did. Ot perform 100% clear face. I also use benzac 2.5% and 5%. For 5%, I apply it before washing my face and 2.5% is for overnight as my skin uses to 2.5% with no irritation. So the combination of differin and benzac performs great for me but I wish they could do better in preventing acne. Sometime, I apply a dot of benzac on my little cyst for a hope of eliminating it overnight but recently it took 2 weeks to completly eliminate it. The cyst hurt me and create red mark which I hate so much. I wash my face and still feel the bump of it. I wish it could just disappear. By the way, I am 23 going up to 24 next year. So I guess I have late teen acne. It is suck to have it. I try to avoid looking myself in the mirror. It has been many months I look away from myself. Lucky me that I have short eye sight so whenever I look myself in the mirror, I only see my blurry face. It feel like my skin is better when not lookinh throught my glasses and that grow my confidence. How long does it take to completly steer clear from acne? I would ask myself for every night. I even pray for myself to wake up without finding new acne on my face. I don't want to feel the bumps on my face. So this is probably just my online diary now. I feel better when writing things out. You should try it if you bad about yourself. Hope everyone who read till the end stay safe from acne. Wish you all the best

  6. Hello Everyone,

    I've created a Acne Support Group in Meetup. If you live near or in Sacramento, CA, please come out to join me where we can share our struggles or simply someone to talk to regarding about yourself, acne, goals, etc. Here is the link to the Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Sac-Acne-Support-Group/
    Please make an RSVP so I'll know if you want to meet up. It doesn't have to be on Fridays, we can schedule meetups on the weekends.

    Please keep in mind that I'm new to this and may not know what I'm doing. I'm open to suggestions. If you find this post and the meetup group no longer exists, please message me. 

    Stay positive,
    See H.

  7. hi, i forgot about this blog!

    sooo the skin on my face is clear. i saw my derm today and he congratulated me lol. i realized i was using way too much stuff before. i'm embarrassed i posted that now lol. it's way over the top. anyway, below is my face routine and then i'll share about my body situation.

    i take doxycycline once a day btw. i'm worried my acne will come back once i stop that, but i'll see. i'm going to see my obgyn in janurary and i want to ask if i can go on birth control pills + spiro.

    morning:
    rinse with water or use thayer's rose petal witch hazel
    cerave pm
    bp gel
    neutrogena sheer zinc, coppertone waterbabies mineral, or blue lizard sensitive for face sunscreen
    use elf setting powder so the sunscreen isn't greasy

    night:
    baby oil oil cleanse - use a wet paper towel (need to get a wash cloth for my face) to wipe the oil off
    cerave hydrating cleanser
    cerave pm
    wait 20 mins
    tretinoin
    shea butter or vaseline if i remember

    weekly:
    colloidal oatmeal mask or bentonite clay mask

    ok so now onto my body: i have folliculitis and KP under my breasts. it's really embarrassing for me and it hurts my self esteem. my derm wasn't helpful about that. he said mine looked as good as it was going to get in that area cause the skin is touching. i don't believe that especially since it's gotten worse for me. sooo what i'm going to do is use benzoyl peroxide body wash (picked up some from walgreens) and use eucerin advanced repair lotion (has some stuff like urea and AHA that is supposedly good for KP! looked really nice and was on sale! i tried it today and i love it so far!). i'll save my more expensive cerave for my face tbh cause my body skin needs more intense stuff. i also started using cornstarch yesterday under my breasts to keep the area dry.

    alright!!!

    i need to order more tretinoin since i'm almost out. i'm tight on money. :/ acne is expensive.

    thanks for reading

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    Not really use to writing, but I thought this might be a perfect way to really keep a track of where I am going with - what seems like an eternity - of acne struggle. 

    A brief history of this struggle. 

    Upon starting puberty around 11 years of age, I started breaking out across my T-Zone area, my chin and the side of my face. This eventually went away by the age of 14 (when I got significantly sun-burnt - that's another story!). From then on, til the age of 19, I would get the occasional pimple on my forehead/ chin and sometimes on my top area cheek (the bony area). 

    September 2016, started new job, which is closer to home so less walking compared to before. I had a blood test done, which showed I had significantly low Vitamin D, and they gave me a high dosage 20,000IU/ 500mcg to bring it back up. 

    November 2016, I turn 20. For the first time, I got a pimple on the left side of my cheek (the area inline with your nostril - like the soft area of the cheek, where there is no bone). I visited my GP who prescribed me Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (alongside some oral antibiotics which I didn't take) - I applied this for the next month or so. 

    Around December 2016, I decided to hit the gym for the first time once a week.

    Come February 2017, and what was just a few pimples on the left cheek, manifested to my whole left cheek getting covered in spots. 

    August 2017, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I was prescribed Duac, which I didn't use. Diagnosis has made me very aware of my sugar intake. Cut back to adding any extra sugar to my food and tea. 

    October 2017, I decided to make a few changes. I started to take Zinc 15mg. For the first time in my life, I decided to put in place a skin care routine as my acne was getting out of hand (note: before this, I had never a skin care routine, just washing my face with water, and the once a week St. Ives face scrub). I am til now, using Cetaphil cleaner, then topping this with Salicylic Acid 2%, and neutrogena oil-free moisturiser. I am also using Rosehip oil for the very dry areas of my face. Acne has now spread to left cheek, still breaking out on forehead like before. 

    November 2017, I have also started taking multivitamin supplement, Vitamin C 500mg, Vitamin D. I am also trying out Spearmint tea, which I have read is quite good for PCOS. This I am drinking twice a day (sometimes may have green tea and spearmint). I have ditched the usual cereals for breakfast and have opted for porridge oats only. 

    That's all so far. We'll see where this go.

  8. It’s been almost a year and a half since I started Differin. It’s worked better than I could’ve ever hoped.

    My current routine includes no face washes (I have found that they do nothing more than irritate my skin), a pea-sized amount of Differin daily, rinsing my face with water about 5 times a day, and drinking more water than I think I need.

    I still usually have a pimple or two at a time, but I don’t fret about them. It has been very beneficial for me not to pick at them.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my starting Differin, it’s that other people are not as critical and judgement as you think. Many people that you see everyday have been through the exact same thing (or a similar skin problem). They understand. The way your skin looks says nothing about who you are. Don’t let it change you.

     I’m not sure whether or not my experience will help others out there, but I want these posts to give them hope. Acne is psychologically draining, but we all can beat it. Remember, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Surround yourself with people who value you for who you are, not your skin. Forget anyone who tries to make you feel insecure.

    I believe that God challenges us all in different ways. For some it is acne. Learn to see yourself and others around you DEEPER than the skin. It’s not easy, and I can’t say I’m good at it, but it’s something I try to do everyday.

  9. Small babies may develop acne because of the lingering maternal hormones after delivery, which may cause stimulation to the baby's sebaceous glands. Your baby receives these hormones from the placenta, after the delivery.

    Don't worry if your baby has pimples. About 20% of the newborn babies are affected by baby acne, also known as acne-neonatorum.

    Let’ know the various aspects of this peculiar type of acne. First things first, the treatment for infantile acne is not the same as that of acne treatment for any other age group.

    Infantile acne is gender-biased. Male babies are more affected than their female counterparts. Normally babies have the acne attack at the age of 3 weeks. Some babies have it from the time of delivery. Generally, the types of acne you find in infants are papules and pustules. Papules are red bumps and pustules are whiteheads. They have a collection of pus.

    Some babies also have acne on the scalp. Acne in babies does not require treatment as such. The lesions will take care of themselves within a period of four months. But do take the normal care of the baby as you would take care of its other body parts.

    Use mild baby soap and gently clean the face once in a day with water. Do not try harsher methods by using oil and other lotions which you think are good. They may at times, worsen the condition. Know for certain that infantile acne will disappear when it has to.

    In your anxiety to photograph the baby, don't stuff his/her cheeks with cosmetics and if at all you need to have the touch-ups, do it in an imaginative way.

    If you or your family doctor feel that the baby has severe acne, treat it with benzoyl peroxide, keratolytic agents or topical creams like retinoids.

    The ways of acne are indeed mysterious. If you have a family history of acne, that doesn't mean that your baby will have acne. And just because the baby has acne, it doesn't mean that it will suffer from the attack of acne, when it grows up. Acne has its own working style and attacking strategy.

    Infantile acne, which normally appears after the age of three months in a baby, quietly disappears after the age of 12 months. No special efforts of treatment are required. In some babies, the condition may last up to three years. It is due to the genetic makeup of your baby. You have something to contribute to it, as the hereditary part.

    You have nothing to do with the infantile acne, relating to the treatment part. Just observe its arrival and departure. Well, arrival with anxiety and departure with pleasure!

  10. Samara Jaide
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    so. i am 14, and have had flawless skin for my whole life. my skin has been perfect until i got the idea that i needed to have a skincare routine and use products. i’ve been switching from product to natural remedy, thinking that i just needed to find the one cure, but i’ve realized my acne is irritant based and also a form of folloculitis when i dry shaved my face with a leg shaver (don’t ask) i’ve realized the part of my face that i haven’t touched is flawless, smooth and balanced. i am going to run an icecube over my face morning and night to calm down inflammation and clean my face without irritating. i will update everyday

  11. I've been MIA since I've started my accutane course on 23rd June and my dermatologist consultant have officially stopped my course today. I've been on a very vigorous course for 5 months under her care. First month on 35mg, second month on 50mg, third, fourth and final month on a very strong dose of 70mg. 

    It was very tough during the first month as my skin really started purge and I felt like a frog, my acne was painful but after one week you can really start feeling the difference. Whenever the derm increased my dose I will have a week of purge where my skin feels the worst. 

    Overall, the worse side effect for me was chapped lips and when I was on 70mg dose my joints really started to ache especially my knees. I hope these side effects will  wear off now that I have stopped the medication.

    I have one final appointment next month just to make sure the treatment was a success and to go over any questions I may have.

    Im so glad I found Roaccutane, I wish i and gone on it sooner, my skin is looking better and i can't believe I'm finally feeling  good in my own skin again! My next plan is treat scarring and pigmentation.

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  12. Hi everyone.  So I wanted to wait a while before positing an update to see if things would change but after dealing with this for a while, I figure now would be a good time to update,  I’m breaking out frequently.  It’s inflamed, pus filled at times and occurring mostly around my mouth and chin area.  I recently started tracking again so hopefully in a few months, I may be able to notice a pattern.    I feel utterly gutted.  I just recently turned 34 and for the first time in a long time, I have begun to take leaps of faith such as changing jobs, putting myself out there with guys and trying to be more zen.  I just hate that something as superficial as acne affects me so deeply and that there is nothing I can do to change it.  

     

  13. EggplantSmirk
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    Today is day 71. My skin is getting smoother and the few pimples that have popped up I have not touched because there pretty small. Now that winter is  coming and the humidity is under 50 my hands and arms are dry. My face was getting dry too and my moisturizer wasn’t really working so I started using organic unrefined hemp seed oil. (Made by sweet essentials) I got it on amazon and it’s working. I drank like 8 beers this week. I think I drank four while I watched football and I felt fine. My back, arms, chest are completely clear now which is awesome. I have had some cramps but probably just cause I didn’t drink enough water. My joint pain has gotten better. Been trying to take fish oil at least once a day.  That’s about it this week

  14. Its been three weeks, I can definitely say that this is the best topical acne treatment I have used, across both prescription and over the counter products. This is the clearest my skin has been in years - am actually getting compliments on how healthy and glowy my skin looks! I literally can't stop looking at my skin in the mirror - my pores are smaller, scars and red marks have faded considerably. I was told to keep using as long as I am continuing to see an improvement - so am continuing to apply twice a day after cleansing. It's a very lightweight gel ointment, slight warming effect when it's applied, but it absorbs right away. I then moisturize and apply makeup as usual. I'm maybe halfway through my first 15mL bottle, so it goes a long way!

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  15. Hey All,

    Yes, I know it’s been a month, but one bloody grouse month for my skin!! I have honestly never been happier or confident with my skin!!! It is looking fresh, smooth and overall just glowing. I can honestly say that sticking to a routine is a must with your face!!! 
    Since I don’t really put anything on my face during the day, I have come to the conclusion that my face is definitely “oily” based. So with this, I tend to use products oil-free which has helped. 
    So 9/10 months in on ESTELLE contraceptive Pill with the help of other products, I can finally say I am happy and thrilled with the result and the wait was definitely worth it. 

    Thank you for reading these blogs, don’t worry, I will continue to update you all and answer any questions if needed. Xx

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  16. During the times of healing the acne health condition.  I practiced mindfulness techniques with the whole situation including the skin care products I was using the food I was avoiding and the food I was eating to try and clear my skin, I tried to have a non judgmental approach by using mindfulness. I had also stopped putting expectations on my skin and the acne I stopped saying things like" this acne will be gone in 3 weeks" or " I know this product is going to clear my skin in a months time" or looking ahead and dreaming and thinking this acne will be gone by this point in my life. I stopped putting expectations on my skin demanding all these things from it and decided to think I don't know how my skins gonna be in a months time but I will still love my appearance unconditionally so I took the pressure off myself I did this becuase In previous times I did wish the acne was gone and it stayed and I would become disappointed so I tried a new approach of not looking ahead to the future and my skin and just tried to be mindful and in the present moment. However I did have faith that the acne may go away but I wasn't going to take it by force and I would often just leave it to god the acne eventually went away but I did a lot to try not to worry about it so much. 

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    Cutting out dairy and making an effort to eat whole organic food that is not processed helped me overcome my acne. Other diet factors that helped is I would go vegetarian for two weeks kinda of like a detox diet and then I would go back to eating meat and just go vegetarian for a few weeks at a time in an attempt to reduce inflammation and it really helped Im not ready to go full vegetarian yet but I would often try it for a little while when I felt like it, worked wonders for my skin. Supplements that I took for my skin were probiotics, zinc, magnesium, B6 and fish oil.

  17. WEEK 11 (2.5 MONTHS):
    - I stopped posting for a while because midterms started coming up and I got very busy. I think I may be posting less frequently though as i don't see me having any skin epiphanies anytime soon lol
    - I have currently a few spots (active) and a lot of healing ones on my cheek (those honeslty kind of come and go and I swear it's due to not washing my makeup brushes frequently enough)
    - I have not had any super inflammed or itchy/painful hormonal spots around my mouth anymore & I can say with confidence that I am absolutely certain it is becasuse of the zinc! I plan to continue to take zinc from now on. I am convinced that it has had a positive impact on my skin and acne issues

    Here are some pictures from tonight:

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    Meditation and relaxation helped me heal my health condition of the acne. I would meditate for half an hour to one whole hour each day to work on my relaxation. I had also cut back on a lot of the activities I do to lower my stress. I have a lot of hobbies like sewing, making art and reading so I cut back on all these things so I would just do basic housework and work on relaxation and live more simply this helped me lower my stress.

  18. Hello everyone and anyone reading this. So this is a 5 year update since getting on accutane. I dont breakout at all now. The only time I get pimples is when I eat dairy and when I drink orange juice or eat oranges. I think I finally found out why I used to break out so much in my teens. I used to eat a lot of dairy food and drink acidic stuff like orange juice a lot. Ive read a lot on this and a lot of other people broke out because of dairy and when they stopped eating it they stopped breaking out. That is probably just one thing though to try out. I also drank a lot of protein drinks cause i used to work out and even now i notice after i drink protein shakes i break out so watch out for protein drinks as well. This is the second time im writing this as my first post closed on me for some reason and im about to get off the metro train. Take care everyone and add me on instagram if you like and ill add you back its adam60634. Heres a picture of me of how i look now. Oh I will finally go see a derm about these stupid acne scars cause they still bother me. If anyone has any suggestions on acne scars please let me know. Peace.

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