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  1. 20 entries

    I really think i am allergy to accutane is been a month and for the past 2 days my whole body is covered in red rashes. Have anyone experienced that before??? It seems like an allergy to me... On my way to the derm ... :wavey:

  2. 1 entry

    I'm 7weeks pregnant almost going to 8 and I must say it's cool to be pregnant. Sometimes....

    I had been breaking out with zits but, it's no big deal how I just to break out.

    Here's is my belly pic!!

    click here!

  3. 3 entries

    Not much has changed except I'm getting really dry and extremely itchy. Like I said, only during the 30 minutes that i let the stuff soak in before using the moisturizer. Still, those 30 minutes are so uncomfortable!

    Today I got one new whitehead on my forehead. I have a lot of little bumps there as I've mentioned before and they'll pretty much all be whiteheads at some point I'm sure. Or alteast the bigger ones. I've also got one pretty big bump on my left cheek that I had before but it's gotten a little bigger, luckily it's flesh colored, most of my bumps are so I can almost actually go somewhere without makeup.

    Didn't get around to taking any pictures today. Ah, maybe tomorrow.

  4. 10 entries

    It's hard sometimes, but I think I just need to think ahead and have patience.

    I am already counting down the days until my next derm appt. on Aug. 20th. She is supposed to put me on Retin-A. I fear an initial breakout from that since I am on the Clindamycin topical and getting a little clearer. But the combo worked well for me a few years back, but I went off of it. So I am praying that it will work again.

    I can tell that my skin is starting to peel a little on the forehead, nowhere else. I had a couple little blemishes pop up near my temples and the far outside of my cheeks. Nothing big, but I noticed them. It looks like my chin is getting a lot better. Only a couple old whiteheads there that are healing. Red marks are the biggest problem on my chin. I think everything else is healing, but even those ones are leaving small red marks. Makeup covers them up pretty good. I can't wait until I can go w/out makeup again. Oh glory day!

    I got some Neutrogena sunscreen spf 45 today for the amusement park trip on Saturday. My sister is lending me a hat and she has agreed to wear one too so I am not the only one who looks like a dork. She's cool. We should have fun.

    Tomorrow will be one week on my meds from the derm.

  5. 6 entries

    I feel slightly better today, i had a good night out last night to watch the Sunshine Undergound and went to the pub with some mates.

    My skn on the other hand is so unbelievably dry, just around the mouth area and its making me insane. No matter how much i moisturise it is still visible, i even used a overnight face mask that usually leaves my skin soft and rehydrated- it did nothing!

    Becuase of this i will be just using the cleanser and moisturiser, until my skin returns to normal and then start the BP slowly, followed by the Witch Hazel.

    Anyway i'm looking forward to tonight- we're going to a club in which Noel Feilding (The Mighty Boosh) will be doing a DJ set! We're all going ELECTRO! haha i'm going to look funny :wavey:

  6. 1 entry

    Hey Everyone! I'm a 20 year old female whose been coming to for a few months now, but am finally taking the accutane plunge. I started 40 mg Amnesteem 10 days ago. I am having the most horrendous initial breakout, and was wondering if anyone could give me any insight. I just can't take this anymore... I am so tired of feeling ugly all the time. This whole acne thing has completely shattered my self-confidence. Is there any guarantee this whole accutane thing will actually work for me? I know I need to be patient, but that's hard to do when your face is exploding in acne and looks the worst it probably ever has. Please give me some advice or help or anything...

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    Hi Guys!

    im setting up this blog for a few reasons

    one is to keep a journal of my skin

    i can never really remember what my skin was like a month ago and therefore cant compare if its better or worse so i want to have a way of tracing my progress

    and the other is so i dont slack off ( ha we will see if that works).

    ok to start off im going to describe my skin type and its current state, history, habits,products and just whats going on in my life (stress tests periods you know)

    so my skin is dry and oily... oooo yes you know how they say your skin is either one or the other? yep my is both (more dry this time of year but yeah)

    my skin is oily under the first layer and then dry in patches close to my nose and chin

    what this means is that some days i wake up... wash my face dry it put on moisturizer and then after it drys i can sometimes pick off flakes of dead skin that have like an 1/8 of an inch circumference(yuck)

    when i was a little younger my skin was even oilers and i refused to put on moisturizer cuz it make my skin feel nasty( even oil frees actually more with oil frees)

    moving on... brake outs all shapes sizes and forms. in general i get a fair amount of black heads(pretty small the kind you have to really look to find) large round white heads (usually not with allot of red around them and lately(within the last year and a half) the newest addition deeper rooted white heads you know the ones that hurt.


    iv been gettin brake outs since i was about 12 or 13 it was the Worst! when i was about 14-15 i cant even look at the pictures from back then.

    no one in my family has acne the way i do... they brake out every now and then... my mother has more now that shes older but still not so many.. my sisters get them around their period

    i always get worse when i travel my skin could be clear as day and when i start traveling i start braking out all over the place... i tend to get lots more black heads and zits around my chin.

    i didn't scar at all until about a year ago and since then its been getting worse (allot of the reason im starting to worry more)


    i think allot of you can relate to this so i dont feel so horrible saying it

    since iv had acne for so long... one of the bad habits i cant get rid of is picking at my skin..

    popping.. scraping squeezing etc. you put me in front of mirror with nothing else to do and no matter how hard i try i always go there.. iv gotten better.. im really hyper clean about it, i wash my face and hands use neosporen.. but i still do it

    its so bad... you know when your leaving the house in like an hour and you know if you pick at your skin it will get all red and make it just look worse? but you cant stop you just want all that nastiness out?

    wow i feel so much better now that i have that out there

    ok so normally this is what i do with my skin

    if my lazy

    im lazy... always have been always will be no denying it try and work with it

    i use these wipes called ponds dramatic results they have vitamin A, retinol and collagen

    what they are suppose to do is even skin tone and help with wrinkles (im 24 have olive skin dont spend to much time in the sun but i feel its never to early to think about that)

    ok but what they do thats so great is Really get all the dirt from the day off.. kinda like stridex pads but they dont burn or dry out your skin

    if its night time i just go right to sleep if its morning i use Johnson's baby lotion mildness.

    iv used sooo many different kinds o moisturizers on my face (really trust me sooo many)

    and this is the only thing i really like (i use something different under my eyes though)

    ok but if im not lazy...

    i use clean and clear daily pore cleanser, iv been using this for years along with other stuff and alone.. i love it it makes me feel clean but isn't harsh and helps take away some of that dead skin i was talking about... normally i use it with a pretty wet face but if i was to exfoliate more i use it with less water and spend more time working the little "micro scrubbers" into my skin.. i have huge pores so i like it when i feel like something i getting in there and getting the dirt out.

    i pat my skin dry (never rub or be aggressive with a towel thats something i learnt along time ago and its taken me a long way)

    once my skin if dry i give a few more seconds to Really dry and brush my teeth (p.s. also something that has helped my skin in that past... the better your oral hygiene the better your face.. i dont know why i just know when im really good with my mouth my face thanks me)

    ok so right finish brushing put on lotion depending on the way my face feels.. that how i test how much to put on.. if it feels oily i dont put on as much if its feeling super supper dry i put on a layer let it dry for about 10 min then come back and put on another layer.

    i dont wear allot of make up eye shadow liner a little bronzer sometimes i put cover up in small spots and under my eyes. i might need more but i hate that look of bumpy makeup face.. id rather just do nothing at all.

    current state

    my skin is somewhat dry, i have little bumps on my all over and this big old zit on my left upper cheek that wont go away.. i pop it.. it gets filled with puss again.. i pop it a few days later it becomes big and red i put something on it it gets puss in it an so on..

    i just got these two twin zits on the right side of my cheeks and one in the middle of my lip.. i feel one coming in on the left side of my nose.

    i have little bumps near my ears and some white heads on my forehead. i

    i have a zit that hurts coming in on my left eyebrow and a few others here and there.

    here is what im trying... im NOT putting BP into my mix im trying HP hydrogen Peroxide Aaron's brand (cuz it doesn't have stabilizers)

    im trying this b/c i happened to run into allot of stuff online about while i couldn't sleep last night, its cheap! about $1 for a 16 oz., the idea is right... your body needs oxygen HP has more then water.. that helps cleans your skin, if it works on your teeth maybe it will work on your skin (did you know that all crest white strips are is peroxide?thats what sparked this all for me)

    i this doesn't work the next step is BP.

    ok so i got home today with my new bottle of HP and im sitting in front of the TV and i grab a cotton things (you know those flat one i dont like the balls i always feel like i have cotton all over my face after) and i pour some on and i start lightly going over my skin for about hmmm 5 minn.. after that i go into the bathroom and put on Johnson's baby lotion.

    my skin feels really soft right now

    so good trial run.

    so heres the plan

    do what i do but... use the HP twice i day after i wash my face and before i moisturize.

    here it goes!

    i know that was all kinda a bor but i hate it when people dont lay down the ground work..

    some other notes.

    i think diet plays a huge role in your skins health (also lifestyle but im not about to preach about that)

    i think right now my body is kinda unhealthy. i love junk food and salt and i hate drinking water.

    allot of my friends are really centered in caring for their bodies and they cleanse and watch what they eat. they have all been huge role models for me so im going to try and go in a similar path and do some good for my body.

    about two weeks ago i stopped using refined sugar...

    ok let me say that again that.. when i make something i dont use sugar

    i use grade B maple syrup its better for you in SO many way look it up!

    im not so good about it every now and then i eat something with sugar in it..

    the difference? now after i eat sugar i feel sick my veins hurt!

    i also cut down on coffee and drink Mate tea with milk and MS (maple Syrup) in the morning.

    pretty soon i want to o the master cleanse (also suppose to help with acne) but i want to wait till i feel like i can really do it.

    also im cutting down (slowly) on processed food and wheat

    i use to eat pasta almost every night.. this has been kinda hard.

    and im trying to trick myself into drinking water..but i still dot like it.

    i also switched to a tea tree tooth paste with baking soda.. so that might effect my skin to

    we shall see

    bye all im off to wash my skin


  8. 1 entry

    so i am going to start accutane here in about a month.

    i am very nervous about it becaue i have been reading about the side effects it has on people.

    They dryness and the aching of joints/muscles really makes me nervous.

    I hope it goes away.

    I hate having dry skin.

    I hate having a dry face even more.



  9. 1 entry

    Day 1: July 18th, 2007

    male: 21 years old.

    Hi everyone-

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. First off, let me start off giving you all a background about myself and my acne. For the past year and a half, my acne has gone from pimples to cysts and some nodules which basically appear more frequently on my back. My face however, is a much better case because I managed to clear up taking Doxycycline. Since I had been taking Doxycycline, my acne has been under control, but my back acne has been at a constant condition of nodules and cysts. Up to a point, the antibiotics stopped working for me, and my doctor put me on Tetracycline for a few months, and that had little effect as well. I made many trips back and forth to the doctors, and I did ask him once about accutane. He said at the time, my acne was not severed enough. *** However, when I visited him today, he said he would refer me to the dermatologist, and he said I might be put on accutane. I would have to wait a few weeks because that department(Dermatology) is slow (I am with Kaiser). My doctor said only the derm can prescribe accutane for me. Nevertheless, my doctor now put me on "Erythromycin" and the "Tretinoin 0.1%" cream. Until Kaiser contacts me back about the appointment with the Derm, I will have to wait and take this antibiotic and use the Retin A cream (Tretinoin 0.1% cream).

    Taking: -Topical: Tretinoin 0.1% cream

    - Antibiotic: Erythromycin 260MG

    Waiting: For an appointment with the dermatologist (wait: few weeks to one month).

    *** Thanks for reading my blog. I said that I did ask for accutane few months ago and my doctor felt that my condition. I know my cysts and nodules are inconsistent, and if the day of my appointment comes along and the acne is reduced, I'm afraid the derm would not prescribe me accutane.

    Goald: For those who have seen a derm, and have been prescribed accutane, how did you guys all manage? Did the derm just take a look at your skin and put you on it, or did you acquire about it? Please feel free to provide feedback, comments, they're all welcome!! I really appreciate everyone's help, THANK YOU!


    Van P.

  10. 2 entries

    So this is day 4 and successfully i havent picked anything

    I have been thinking what is causing all my clogged pores....

    I have decided it is either shaving ... or i dont know wht the other one is.. but i have decided to buy a sensitive face scrub to try and remove them

  11. 1 entry

    ha this is oging to sound stupid but i just started me accutane yesterday and i want to be involved on this can someone please kinda like guide me through?? lol im alrady registered

  12. 2 entries

    When i first began using Truderma I didnt see immediate results.Dont expect to see dramatic changes instantly or within the first week,i know we'd all like it to be that way but, it just dont work that way.Into the first week of using Truderma i noticed my skin got very dry,but at that time i wasnt using the moisterizer they supplied.But i think the drying of the skin is a natural occurence of the epidermis getting use to the BP.Just in the first week i noticed that i didnt breakout with new pimples,but the ones that had already surfaced were healing and improving a lot quicker(good thing).I've tried several moisterizers before including the follwing,Olay complete(sensitive with spf),cetaphil(made me breakout more,plus its too greasy/thick),Eucerin(calming effect,way too oily),Lubriderm(original and the one with sea kelp).,they all sucked cajones(balls).All the lotions that i tried were high ranked ones too,i made sure i did my research first before i went out to purchase them.By luck i came across the Truderma stuff and found their moisterizer to be very light and it sorta gives the skin a balanced feeling(Its also alcohol and oil free).I was amazed how it felt so light on my skin and it did'nt make me look all greasy(sticky icky).Another benefit wuz that it was sensitive enough to use around the eyes.Now wit every good thang there has to be a fall back,right?My only complaint was that the bottle is so small that you run out before you finish the rest of the kit(sorta leaves you hanging).Also i admit Truderma doest make your skin acne proof,but it does make it acne resistant.Remember to be gentle with your skin,dont do any picking,i know sometimes its hard to resist,but from experience i noticed every time i picked at a lil whitehead,most of the time the next day i would wake up with a larger pimple in the same area(coincidence?). If any of you happen to purchase Truderma, the kit i got came with the three steps plus the lotion(red looking label,tall skinny bottle) and a microwipe clothe.The total cost if i recall correctly was around $56.Take care all and Goodluck on the quest for clear skin.

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    So, last night I broke down and went buy a Zeno. [i hate buying expensive things so close to paying rent :/.] So far I've used the Zeno a couple of times a few hours ago. I also will be using the asprin and honey mask twice a week, and taking B5 daily.

    I'm so worried that I spent all that money on the damn Zeno and it won't work. So many people have had such great results, it's just that...considering the way things usually work for me when it comes to new remedies--well, they don't work--I'm worried I'll be in the small percentige that gets the adverse affects and it only makes things worse for me. I feel the same way about the asprin mask and the B5.

    Anywho, I'll try to update this as much as possible. Maybe every three days to a week to show progress. Unfortunitly, my camera is broken at the moment so I can't put any before shots up. At the most I can tell you I'm very stressed out, and am PMSing, so I'm quite broken out.

  14. 4 entries


    My entire face with the exception of my forehead looks GREAT. I think the scrub is really helping with a lot of the dead skin cells that cause my cheeks to look dull and uneven. It works to prevent breakouts, so that's why my skin is so clear.

    Unfortunately, my forehead looks like a disaster area. Even though the skin itself is healthy-looking and glowy, just like my cheeks, the papules that I had from the weekend are still there, and because I've been picking at them they look the same, even with BP spot treatment and the SA in the stress control products. I don't think SA can do much about my forehead because the breakout is already there- once I get it under control, I think that I can prevent future breakouts using just the stress control line.

    I don't think there is much that I can do about my forehead, except keep my face really clean and no picking, and keep following my regimen. I'm going to go pick up the Neutrogena Cleanser/Mask with BP in it so that I can put that on as a spot treatment overnight. Spot-treating with masks seems to really help getting the pimples down to a manageable state (ie not super red or the size of a volcano).

    My goal is to really clear up my forehead by next Saturday, since I'm going to Guatemala for 10 days with my boyfriend and don't want to worry too much about having to spot-treat and blah. Plus it would just be unfortunate if I had pictures from the trip where my face looked disgusting.

  15. 1 entry

    Today I started my new Acne Regimen consisting of Doxycycline delayed release tablets taken once a day, Duac in the morning and Ziana at night. Im really exited and hope to see results soon!

  16. 1 entry
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    Well, this is awkward.

    I'm not one of those people that like talking about their skin, I suppose. I have mild-to-moderate acne, and not a lot of self-esteem. 8| I've been suffering acne for a few years- I'm only a teenager!

    Enough introduction, as I doubt anyone would read this anyway..

    I just broke out! Gah. And my friends are planning to go to the beach soon. Sunny, water reflecting more light. Great. I loved the beach as a kid, but I'm not quite sure anymore.. I sure hope I clear up before the day comes. I really want to go, but y'know, not much confidence when I break out for no reason.

    I'm trying my best to leave it alone to heal, most of it is on my forehead, luckily, and I have bangs. Yay. Now if there was just something I can do with my enlarged pores..

  17. 1 entry
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    Today was the worse day of my life!!! i went to the doctor to see bout my acne & it turns out that i have Rosacea but just mild. I read all the papers that the nurse gave me on Rosacea but it really really freaks me out!!!! The more i read it the more i freak out & worry too.

  18. 5 entries
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    Hi everyone....

    I just got this from a concerned "viewer"......check out my website for more on the products we are discussing...

    hello christopher,

    i stumbled across your blog while reading a page from and was so happy and fascinated to find another makeup/beauty lover who also takes into consideration that many common ingredients in cosmetic products today are super toxic to your body and make your skin look shitty...i basically started breaking out like CRAZY when i was 21...which, coincidentally, was when i started really wearing makeup on a regular basis. i have a very oily complexion, not limited to the t-zone by any means, and i'm also very sensitive...and have come to believe that i will get acne when i'm exposed to chemical preservatives and all that stuff in makeup/facewash/serums etc, not just oil-based/non-comodogenic products's driving me crazy. im not able to put anything on my face at all anymore, except for my murad acne treatment gel, without waking up in the morning with an inflamed, zitty face. i need to find a way to wear makeup without upsetting the balance and health of my body.

    i went to your website, and i would love to find out more about ordering some products from you. i can't use bareMinerals because i get that "itchiness" that you attested to in your blog...i think that comes from a zinc allergy.

    well...thankyou for reading, and i'm excited to learn more.

  19. 1 entry

    I'm so sleepy...

    ANYWAYS. yeah. first blog... skin status: kind of blotchy... i picked at it. it's red cause i drank a dr.pepper. im SO addicted to them, but yeah... doesn't caffeine make your skin red? :wavey:

    W/E... i saw the 5th harry potter yesterday... but yeah im bored... im going to probably go shopping for more skin stuff tommorow, ANY ADVICE?

  20. 1 entry

    Well this is me, Abby. And yeah, I just joined here today. Why? Because its nice to meet some people that are having the same problems as me for once...

    I'm getting sick of all this crap going on. I'm sick of acne >=[

    I was on doxy something for like, a year about 3 months ago. See I got sick with something like a year ago, then my acne just totally went away for no reason. It was a miracle! Ok, so it didn't go away but I hadn't had a break out in about a month. And it was bad, dude.

    So I went to the dermatologist to see what was up, and he put me on that doxy thing to make sure that it stayed that way. And it did! I didn't break out at all for 6 months! No zits! :wavey:

    But then, bad thing happened. My mom took me out of the high school. And I started stressing, like a lot. So I started getting a few zits, which I thought would go away, but they didn't.

    And now here I am writing this, my face is a mess. I don't think this is just from stress anymore. I'm breaking out all over my cheeks. And I never break out on that part of my face. And it's bad and painful =[

    So madre' took me back to the doctor and now in a couple weeks I'm going on accutane. I'm kinda worried about it though because of the side affects it has on chicks. I should be fine though I just got my blood drawn today for one of my tests before I go on it.

    I just hope this shit works =/

  21. 1 entry

    So it's day two on Differin 0.3% and I was actually able to use the gel again last night. They told me to start with every 3rd day and work up so that the irritation wouldn't get bad, but so far things have been fine. I was a little dry yesterday and this AM, but by yesterday afternoon I was dabbing away the oil from my forhead as usual. So far, no redness and haven't notice any sign of an IB yet.

    Also, I am wearing a rubber band around my wrist. I'm trying to stop picking/touching my face so everytime I do, I am going to give myself a good pop. We'll see how it goes.

  22. 1 entry

    It's kinda like day 3, but anyway.

    I guess I should probably start by explaining a little bit about my self. Spots are in my genes, nothing cystic or anything like that. Clogged pores and a few pimples, plus a mild bacne at its worst.

    So basically, as i've got a summer holiday of 14 weeks, I thought, shove off acne, i'm not having you anymore. To be honest, before, I only really cared if I had a massive spot and would then proceed to squeeze and would just leave it. I used to spend 20 minutes in the bathroom squeezing everything out every night. Call it obsessive but in a way it was enjoyable, and I thought, beneficial.

    But now, i've realised there couldn't be anything worse.

    So I made a pact to myself to sort out my spots over the Summer.

    Here goes my plan:

    To completely stop picking unless in extreme emergencies.

    To use a decent cleaning regimen

    To have a good diet with lots of exercise

    With my overall aim to having 90%-99% clear skin by the time I start a college, a fresh start, literally and physically.

    So far, i've got rid of that 20 minutes a night thing, haven't done it for a few weeks, since I started GCSE's actually.

    My cleaning regimen,

    thus consists of:

    On an average day:

    Morning: Clearasil soap wash, then a Clearasil deep soaking thing which you leave on your skin and then apply rescue cream to the red areas/where a cut/scab is.

    I do nothing on my back in the morning, which is probably a bad idea so I will have to start.

    Then in the evening, I have a bath everynight, in which I don't use normal soap bars at all, all i'm doing is on alternate days, applying a tea tree face mask on my afflicted areas, then take it off, get in the bath, wash with clearasil stuff as usual, then I use a neutrogena blackhead remover.

    For my bacne, I just use the clearsil stuff and neutrogena blackhead remover.

    If theres a particularly red or cut area, I apply salt to it. However, I no longer get any big spots on my back and the red areas have gone significantly down.

    I think the main cause of my bacne was my constanty picking at it in bed before I went to sleep, I've completely stopped this.

    Anyway, when I get out of the bath, an hour later I apply the deep cleaning cleanser, then another hour later I apply rescue cream to any red areas. Perhaps salt if it's particularly bad.

    I'm also occasionally using an oatmeal face pack and am about to start trying an egg white one as i've heard thats its very good, i'll do this a couple of times a week, I guess that's a good amount.

    I'm also going to phone up a beautician tomorrow when I get back from London to book a facial.

    In relation to other things, my hair is almost annoyingly clean, even if I don't wash it for a couple of days it still shines almost perfectly. I don't smoke, have stopped drinking and don't do drugs. I even use clean towels for every bath I have.

    In relation to diet,

    I'm having my 5 a day, I'm having 8-9 glasses of water a day. I have an omega fish oil supplement once per day and am trying to get hold of some applecidervinegar.

    I wake up, have an oatmeal breakfast, with apply juice and an orange. The rest of the day goes similarly healthy to that.

    I rarely eat sweets anyway, and haven't for a week, I never eat junk food and haven't eaten chocolate for a week, which hasn't been so pleasant as i love the stuff. I also don't eat crisps.

    I guess that's about it, one thing I've really found thats helping me out is being happy! I'm normally a happy person anyway, very socially active etc(which is the main reason I want rid of this fricken' skin now)

    Seriously, being happy really does seem to clear my skin up, or maybe I'm just looking at it differently in the mirror? Either way, i'm happy with that.

    What I found helped was playing guitar, I'm aware thats not really an option or interest for anyone, but a hobby really seems to help.

    lots of love


    and no, I never wear hats.

    I forgot about exercise, well basically I play a lot of tennis anyway, go skiing every year if not more and am a keen cycler when I have a bike(which atm I don't).

    But anyway, I thought, as tennis doesn't really count as its more leisure I thought starting an exercise regimen would be a good idea.

    It's basically, do sit ups and press ups everyday and go for a jog twice a week for about 2 miles in ten minutes until my fitness improves. I'm already quite well developed physically so i'm hoping this should all pay off well, in terms of body and skin.

  23. 3 entries

    I was meandering around the house this morning and noticed: I'm going to get my period in a matter of days AND...I have no new cysts! And hey, wow! My face is a lot less oily than it would usually be.

    My mom also noticed that my face isn't as red.

    I still feel kind of weak and dizzy--but I don't know how much of that is from the drug and how much from anxiety (I'm also dealing with getting myself financially organized. It's a pretty big project!). Hopefully these feelings go away soon!

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    I have found that using a gentle water soluble cleanser works best. I use Cetaphil for normal to oily skin twice a day. I then use a 2% BHA in the morning after I cleanse and at night. I also like using benzoyl peroxide at night I usually use a 5% or 10% concentration. I have used Tazorac and Differin in the past but I never liked the side effects of these topical medications. I have been on oral antibiotics and I did notice some improvement but my skin was still very oily. I have been thinking about going back to the differin gel and hopefully I can use a good moisturizer and it will help. I dont know though I have read many reviews on this product from people on this site and no one seems to like it. It made my skin break out really bad. So I have tried being patient and hopefully this will all go away in time. :wavey:

    I always stay away from harsh toners and other acne products out there on the market that just make acne worse! I try using a simple routine and keeping as many products off of my face as possible. I also try using only powder foundation that does not contain cornstarch. Liquid foundations seem to clog my pores which are already a BIG problem for me. If anyone knows how to reduce your pore size please let me know. I have very large pores and you can see them from a mile away!

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    Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on common over-the-counter acne treatment products. The truth is, most of these products are full of chemicals that can actually slow down the healing of acne, and irritate your skin, causing farther breakouts.

    When an acne product has 20 ingredients listed on it, it can be hard to know if one of those ingredients is actually stopping you from having success. It can be even harder when you can't pronounce the ingredient, much less know what it is and how it is going to affect your skin. Most mainstream acne treatments are not only much more expensive than common household items, but they also don't always work as well either. With that in mind, I will list some basic household items that can work wonders on clearing up your skin.

    Baking soda ? A very cheap cooking ingredient that most people have in their homes already, baking soda can be used as a great scrub. The purpose of a scrub is to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin that can eventually clog pores and lead to acne spots. To start off, you'll want to mix a small amount of baking soda with some water for form a paste. Baking soda is very effective as a scrub, so you want to be sure to be extra careful when applying it to your face. Gently massage the paste into your skin for ten to fifteen seconds. Then rinse the baking soda off, and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

    Apple Cider Vinegar ? Though most people that use vinegar to treat acne use the apple cider form of vinegar, you can also use plain old regular vinegar. Regardless of which type you use, vinegar can be very helpful with it comes to clearing up acne. It can kill off acne causing bacteria, balance your skin's pH, and absorb extra oil on your skin.

    Starting with clean, dry skin, apply diluted vinegar (eight parts water to one part vinegar) directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and leave it on. If you want, you can also use a stronger vinegar solution (say, 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar), and apply it directly to problem areas, rinsing it off after ten minutes.

    Lemon or lime juice can also be substituted for vinegar. Both of these juices are rich in citric acid, and can exfoliate your skin very well, halting the growth of acne spots, as well as fading previous, non-active acne quicker.

    Egg Whites ? Rich in protein, egg whites can be used as a mask to heal and rebuild your skin. It can also help to absorb excess oil from your skin. To start off, crack an egg, removing the yolk so that just the egg whites are left behind. Beat these egg whites, and apply them directly to your face. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then rinse the egg off.

    Oatmeal ? As odd as it may seem, oatmeal can absorb unwanted oil and draw out impurities which reside deep in your skin. Cook some plain oatmeal like you would for consumption. Let it cool off, and rub it over your clean skin. Let it sit for a while, like you would a mask, and then rinse off. If you do this on a regular basis, you should begin to start noticing results soon.

    Tea Tree Oil ? TTO is a commonly used all-natural household antiseptic, which you can pick up at most drugstores or supermarkets. You can apply TTO directly to acne spots to kill bacteria, or, if you strongly dilute it with another oil (such as jojoba oil), over your entire face. Tea tree gel can be easier to apply than the oil, and many are made for applying over large areas of skin, so they aren't quite as strong as straight TTO and do not need to be diluted.