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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.

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    What a shit day at work. It is 105 degrees here and there was almost no shade. I wonder what it will be like after I'm taking the accutane. I probably won't be able to work unless I'm slathered in zinc and under a wide-brimmed hat! Actually, if I never worked at this hole again, that would be even better.

    I'm going to eat sushi and lie in the AC...perhaps life isn't that bad after all-- today this poor homeless guy who was probably burning up and exhausted came and sat under the umbrella. The manager asked him to leave and he seemed confused as to why he couldn't sit there. He probably just wanted a drink of water. That kind of stuff breaks my heart and puts my bad day in perspective.

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    So sometime this week, I'm going to get a psych evaluation to see if I need drugs for a mental condition that I may have. My mother says I might be Bipolar like her.

    Like crazy mother, like crazy son. :wavey:

    ~Mort \m/

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    What should I do if I hav\e just one pimple that has popped up...of course I want to get rid of it...but is there a way that will not leave a scar and/or make it worse......

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    It seems that every time I have a shower - I get horrible dry legs with white marks all over them! Its so disgusting, I'll post pics asap in my album.

    Begining to worship moisturiser!

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    so now i went to the doctors. and have fully stopped retin-a and benzeclin. i am just taking some antibiotic pill twice a day called doxycycl or something like that. its in the kitchen and i dont feel like getting up lol. So yea, that makes life a little easier without having like a five hour routine i the morning and night. just poppin a pill. im supposed to see results by the weekend and i just started it tuesday so thats really soon, and that would be awesome. there are no side effects so yea

    -tav

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    HELLO EVERYONE!!! :wavey:

    INTRODUCTION

    Skin type: Oily, mild/moderate acne

    I am a 19 year old African American Female with Hidradenitis Suppurativa which is a chronic disease of the apocrine glands (a form of sweat gland found on certain parts of the body). I became concerned with my skin when I spotted tiny pus filled holes under my breast. I developed very painful and scar prone nodular cysts in my groin area. I have been dealing with this problem for about 8 or more years now. I had cysts under my arms but found if I shave very soft the flare ups wouldnt be as bad. I have acne on my back, arms, neck, and face. About a year and a half ago I had a case of Pityriasis rosea or Eczema on my neck. My freshmen year in high school I used proactiv. I had acne really bad on my chin and I believe proactiv helped with that for a while. My junior year my dermatoligist suggested accutane, but I declined due to the side effects and took antibiotics doxycyline and tetracycline instead over a course of 3 years. This past year I began to use retin-a on my face and a 10% benzoyl peroxide soap wash on my back, shoulders, arms/pitts, and chest . I have very oily skin and excessive sweating (which probably doesnt have anything to do with my skin). My cystic flare ups can occur at any time and are totally random and I am thankful that its in a hidden place which I can deal with, but my main problem/concern especially with dark skin is the scarring and constantly being oily. Its quite embarrasing and irritating. Its very difficult for me to wear foundation, concealer, powder, blush and etc due to my excessive sweating and oil production.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON GOOD:

    OIL TONERS

    FACE WASH (CURRENTLY USING AVEENO)

    SKIN LIGHTNING CREME FOR SCARS (THE ONLY PRODUCT I KNOW OF IS AMBI AND MADERMA)

    HAS ANYONE USED BARE MINERALS OR SHEER COVER? IF SO HOW IS THE PRODUCT WORKING FOR YOU?

    ACCUTANE

    When I went to see a dermatologist a couple days ago he suggested Isotretinoin. If I still decide to go through with it I will begin the 1st week of August. I only know one person who has taken the drug. She took it our freshmen year in high school. When I didnt know she was taking accutane at the time she was always obsessed and worried about gaining weight. I remember her face peeling and she was constantly putting on chapstick (I eventually found out why lol). I've read quite a few horror stories and successful stories. Luckily for my friend she had her blood tested about every 2 weeks and she didnt have any drastic side effects. I understand the drug effects everyone in different ways, but the side effects are alarming. I am a pretty heavy set woman (5'9 about 180 pounds) is it possible to have a small dosage for the entire time (6 months)? Some other reasons I'm not sure is because I just had a viral infection almost a month ago that had some lingering side effects that I'm still not sure about. I already have dry lips and joint pains in my knees. My biggest concern would most definately have to be pregnancy. Lets say I want to get pregnant 3-5 years from now would the drug have an effect on trying to get pregnant or the baby itself? The whole situation is so sketchy because the drug is still a baby, but its nice to see growth in technology/medicine. Hopefully there will be better treatment for acne in the future.

    I would like to thank anyone who reads this and any suggestions or experiences are appreciated!

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    Hello there,

    First off, let me say that I have been browsing this site for weeks as a guest and have been so encouraged by the sense of caring and community among you all. I have neither met any of you face-to-face nor communicated with any of you online, but I feel as though you all are beautiful and courageous individuals. Each of you seems very genuine and compassionate, and I feel blessed to have found this website and forum.

    My name is Elizabeth and I will be 20 years old in 3 months. I am a second-year college student pursuing a degree in Music and Arts Management. I have dealt with acne since my pre-teen years up to the present day. I have experimented with an array of topical creams, antibiotic pills, strange smelling ointments that made my skin peel, sting, and itch (I'm sure you have, too!) and the notorious "ProActive" cleansing system and its similar brands/forms. I've also seen my fair share of dermatologists... it's always so difficult setting up an appointment with them! It seems as though everyone in the world wants their help, too.

    My first year of college was tough - I felt as though everyone on my hall (I lived in a dorm) had wonderful skin that required no special care. For example, I had a friend who had a job on campus cleaning bathrooms. She used to wash toilets and sometimes accidentally splash herself with toilet water (yuck). However, she would simply wash her face with water afterwards and go about her normal life! I never detected any angry cystic acne on her face despite her little-to-none facial cleansing routine. Discouraging? Yes!

    My years in high school and college alike have been difficult confidence/self-esteem-wise. I am sure each of you can relate, and I feel so sorry that you have had to endure such suffering. I felt as though my acne would surely disappear sometime in the near future - I would "grow out of it," but it never did.

    This is it. It is the summer after my first year in college. My skin looks so angry and irritated, and my mother feels terrible for waiting so long to inquire about Accutane treatment. She was always nervous about having me start it...

    Last month, I visited a new dermatologist who thoroughly frightened me out of my wits with an exhaustive description of the "iPLEDGE" program and its daunting requirements for "females of child-bearing age." I have been on birth control pills (reluctantly, mind you... I already practice abstinence with no problem!) for a month now, and in a few days (July 11th, to be exact) I have my appointment with my Dr. so he can prescribe Accutane.

    For my birth control pills, I am taking Ortho-Tri-Cyclen. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it would potentially work to clear up my acne, but I have been disappointed. On the contrary, my skin has exploded with cystic acne more irritated and angry than before! I have many more white heads and what seems like pimples on top of pimples, and the already numerous scars lacing my jawline have become even worse. Have any other females on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen experienced similar reactions? This is very discouraging to me...

    Thank you for taking the time to follow my progress as I try Accutane. I don't know how to use all of these blogging controls and I honestly cannot promise you that I will update faithfully, but please know that I am visiting your pages and gleaning much encouragement and wisdom. Perhaps as the months progress I will become more confident with this.

    Thinking of each of you! Do not be discouraged -- we're all in this together, remember?

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    Hi guys I decided to start a blog after I found this site and well all the information about Roaccutane and the support on here made me think it's a good idea... So anyway let me tell you my story.. I am a girl :D and since the start of high school I have had severe acne.. Yep it's probably the worst time ever to get acne. And well needless to say it really damaged my confidence and my trust in people.. I just hated the people that looked at me DIFFERENT, because I was the same as everyone else.. My word, I mean I also had a heart dammit.. :D I was already a shy introverted person and the acne just made me creep more into my own shell.. I remember coming home many times after school and just crying, with my mom trying to find the words to comfort.. Oh man and the movies about the "mean girl cliques" in school I can SO relate to.. I never had a boyfriend.. I used to pray to God that I would love just to HOLD a boy's hand one day and that I would be the best girlfriend ever, if someone just gave me a chance.. But ja it never happened.. So anyway, my mom took me to a dermatologist who put me on Dianne (birth control) and differin gel, which meant I couldn't take part in sport at school, coz I am very fair in complexion and the gel made my skin peel.. That didn't really help, it just made me more of an outsider.. I am very fortunate though, that throughout high school I had about 5 friends that were there for me through thick and thin, and funny enough I did the best in my class every single year.. I guess I just escaped into my school work.

    I finished high school and for the first time ever, I had to go away to university in another country.. I was so scared, coz it was the first time I had to leave my parents. And my confidence wasn't really up there you know.. Sometimes I thought I'd meet a boy at university and the next minute I'd think what a fool I was, coz no boy would want to date a girl that LOOKS like me.. As many of you can probably guess, the first year of university was hell for me.. I went with my residence group to a boy's res once as part of the orientation programs and one of the guys actually made fun of me.. indirectly.. but Im sharp lol so I got it.. unfortunately.. U guys know that song from the movie SHREK 1, "I'm a believer"... Well there is this one line saying something like... "THEN I SAW HER FACE...".. So this one guy was basically singing this song and when he got to that line he acted horrified and looked at me, plus all the guys around him looked at me.. I guess that was one of the lowest points in my life. :wavey: I wanted to go to my room and die.. I never understood why people especially GUYS would do that, I was honestly a sweet nice but shy person who never hurt a fly... Plus we had to arrange a concert with this particular res.. So at one point the guys stood next to the girls and we had to hold the hand of the guy next to us.. And well .. no one wanted to hold my hand.. The organizers said take her hand to the guy in front, but he actually refused. Ok people wanna cry with me? But ok I guess it made me stronger although it gave me a shit load of issues today, pardon the french...

    So.. finally my parents gave one look at me during a holiday and decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.. They took me to the best dermatologist around and he prescribed Roaccutane.. I didn't believe it will work you know, coz I had acne for years and years and years.. lol.. I wasn't worried bout the side-effects either, coz I knew that through all the years even though it was incredibly tough I wasn't the kind of person to commit suicide, I have my faith in God.. And I wasn't sexually active as I had NO BOYFRIEND, so I decided to give the treatment a go..

    And well I'll tell ya'll what happened in my next post, coz your eyes must be hurting already from all the reading lol... I just wanted to tell you bout my past first, I'm sure Ill come up with more stories about it.. And this blog is really meant for all those people that think they are alone in their pain and struggle with acne.. You really arent alone guys.. I wish I knew that in high school.. I had the worst acne in the whole school of like 800 people.. Can you imagine that?.. BUT I ALWAYS BELIEVED SOMEDAY.. And that single sentence is the reason I went on that treatment and my decisions after that..

    So see ya guys soon

    xx

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    Acne is very common and medically classified as a skin disease. They are caused by excessive secretion of oily substance called the sebum by sebaceous glands. Although sebum is very good in maintaining skin and hair texture, excess secretion of the same gets stuck in hair follicles and leads to formation of acne lesions. Due to the oily nature of sebum and its exposure to dust and dirt causes bacterial growth and results in what is commonly known as the pimple.

    Pimples are not the only outcome of such bacterial formations. Cysts, whiteheads, blackheads are also quite common depending on exposure and skin types. Occurring mainly in the age group of 10 to 40 years, these conditions need to be cared for with various acne treatments available.

    Various kinds of acne and various skin types need different treatments. Keeping this in view, there are some fast acne treatments while there are some that take some time to help one get rid of acne. Although acne treatments are available across drug store and on the internet, it is important to know one’s skin type and the kind of acne that they have been afflicted with before deciding on a cure. In case you cannot assess your skin type, it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist and follow his prescription instead of medicating yourself.

    Herbal treatments for acne are much sought after now a days, since traditional acne treatments have become very expensive and so have dermatologists. Herbal or alternative acne treatments have become more and more popular due to lack of considerable side effects that most acne treatments seem to have.

    Not only the lack of side effects, but also additional benefits like vitamin and botanical nourishments such as DMAE (anti-oxidant), anti-ageing compounds, vitamins and other supplements in alternative acne treatment make skin pristine, add tone and improve texture.

    Pharmaceutical cures for acne treatments have also evolved since and have stopped making the “magic pill†that fell out of vogue. Although many a company has made the magic pills in the past, their expensive touch and side effects have left them in the cold. Taking a cue form alternative treatment methods that comprise of herbal acne treatment, pharmaceutical medication for acne treatment have evolved to integrate the goodness of the additives in herbal medicines and have become more affordable and grown in variety to suit various skin and acne types.

    Alternative acne treatments also include no medication. Yes, no medication. Acne can also be cured over a longer period of time through sheer self discipline of eating nutritious, anti-oxidant diet, reducing stress levels, drinking more water, proper hygiene and through regular exercise.

    Diet recommended for people plagued with acne would consist of fruits and vegetables, no-oily and non-fatty food taken with a lot of fluids. This will help in removing toxins from your system and produce healthy sebum. This kind of diet is also good for overall health and contributes to proper digestion and detoxification.

    Reducing stress levels would result in reducing pressure thus controlling the secretion of sebum and. This can be achieved through meditation or even getting proper sleep of at least eight hours a day.

    Drinking more water helps in keeping your body hydrated, since dry skin also causes acne and inflammation. This increases kidney function and removes toxins via the urinary route.

    Exercise helps reduce toxin levels due to sweating and opens up pores on your skin. It also regulates the water levels in your body. Exercise also contributed to reduction of stress and contributes to overall health.

    Hygeine for acne treatment would include regular washing of the affected areas. Always wash with plain water, several times a day. Although, washing with water removes only surface dirt, this would prevent further development of acne. Never use harsh or oily soaps. Try to use a normal soap that would help retain the pH balance of your skin.

    Added to this, further alternative remedies for acne are available, which could be classified as grandmother’s cure. These remedies are local to regions and countries and have been developed with many years of experience. They are known to work because they have been made to the cure acne in specific environmental and pollution specifications of the said region.

    However, despite all these remedies and perspectives of looking at acne treatments, it is strongly advised to take the opinion of a qualified dermatologist before embarking upon any acne treatments.

    Acne Treatments | Natural Acne Treatments | Acne Products 2007

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    ok, anyone got an idea of how to remove scars?

    I tried the lazers for a while but that worked minimally for the over $5000 I have spent.

    I will also tell you a bit of my acne history as well

    *Let me begin by telling you that I tried curing my acne with birth control pills, anti biotics, herbal remedies, eating certain foods, lazers....You see I was following my doctors' advice. Anyway they were all wrong.

    To top it off while doing acne removal sometimes I also was doing scar removal. Even when my acne would go away it would shortly come back.

    Anyway the only thing that seems to be working for me is ZINC. I have only used it for abour 15 days now but wow, what a difference. I am lacking that mineral big time.

    For those who don't know-copper robs you of Zinc. We need both but there needs to be a balance. I don't take copper at all since appearantly I am saturated with it. Copper is in alot of creams, all birth control pills, added in foods....

    I am still getting acne but it is minimal and I think that there is a possibility that i wll always have some kind of acne but it will not stop me from getting rid of scarring. The acne I have is not sufficient to ruin a job of acne scar removal.

    You see if my acne completely stops til I am 100, I am not going to start looking at trying acne scar removal products till then.

    Anyway now I am interested in knowing who has tried what and if it worked and how well it worked, how much it cost and how did they use the product, how often....

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    It's two weeks into my first month of using Yasmin. I switched to this from the depo shot, which caused my acne to come back after getting clear using accutane. So far, the old marks are starting to clear up (though very slowly). it's been 5 days without any new ones. and, my skin is far less oily than it was. thank god! and the added bonus, my bras are starting to fit tighter. =) and to think, i had all those problems before just because i was using the shot, which contained no estrogen. i'll check back in about 3 weeks, when i've started the second pack, and see how things are going then.

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    The first thing to understand is that acne is a consequence of an underlying health issue. A healthy body does not allow the growth of acne. Once this is understood, everything else I tell you will become clearer.

    The Science:

    On the skin surface, there are glands that produce an oily substance called sebum which is used to moisturize the skin and hair. During adolescence these glands (sebaceous glands) enlarge and produce excess sebum.

    Now, in the human skin there is a common bacteria (pilosebaceous acnes) that uses sebum as a nutrient for growth. This bacteria occurs in different quantities in people and is found in larger numbers in severe acne sufferers.

    During the period of hyperactive sebaceous glands, this bacteria flourishes and attracts white blood cells from the body which produce an enzyme. Usually sebum is produced inside a follicle within the skin. However, this enzyme damages the follicle wall and allows the contents to enter the outside layer of skin (dermis).

    This ultimately causes an inflammatory response in the skin which is, as you all know, acne. Quite often the blemishes become infected. You will notice these most of all as they are the ones that are painful.

    You may also notice that your acne occurs mainly around skin that is prone to hair. Face, chest, upper back, etc. Due to the nature of the sebaceous glands, they are more common in these areas and produce more sebum because there is more to keep moisturized. In many cases, the hair follicle becomes clogged and there is nowhere for the sebum to escape to so again it is released into the dermis. To minimize this effect you should shave as often as possible. This not only reduces the amount of sebum that the body produces but also opens the hair follicle for sebum to be released.

    In my next post I will go into the root causes that lie behind this science.

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    So yeah, I used the stuff how I was suppose to. Its only been two days since I started using it. The first day after using it, my left eye lid started to get puffy and itchy. I didnt pay any mind. Then I woke up 2day and both my eyes were all swollen! ahhh! so I guess Im allergic to this dan's bp stuff. *sigh*

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what else maybe can work? and is not expensive, and you dont need a doctor for?

    Hope someone can help?

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    Hello im new to the blog, just finished my first month on accutane. lips look like crumbled crackers, i use the aveeno lip balm which works better for me than blistex. i itch on my forearms and back of neck. other than that i have no other serious side effects. i have already been complemented on my new skin. i want to know if all these extra supplements other people are taking really work, like omega 3 and vit E.

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    I have acne; obviously, or I wouldn't be here. I've had acne for a few years now and only in the past 2 1/2 years has it's been it's worst. My skin has gone threw a lot (and a lot of products and treatments!) I have gone to the Dermotologist and have used pills, creams, and gels for that. I've also used drugstore stuff and informercial stuff as well. I have even desperatly made my own way of "curing" my acne with home remidies. All of that either left my skin the same, improved it only a little bit and then stopped, or made it worse. I've spent thousands of dollars trying to find something that will work for me, get me clear, and keep me clear. I would consider my acne to be on the moderate level. My acne is all over my face; mostly on my cheeks and chin though and I struggle with it daily. I get acne on my chest and back too but since I've been tanning, my bacne is gone and ever since I simply wash my chest in the shower with cleanser, my chestne is gone too. As of right now, my skin has improved A LOT in the past few months. I am currently using Murad, but only the Clarifying Cleanser, Spot Treatment Gel, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer, and the Pure Skin Supplements. I use all of this twice, daily. I've been doing this since about last November. It costs about 160 dollars every 2 months or so. It's worth it. I get mine at Sephora in the mall. Murad uses Salicylic Acid. This product has and is working for me, but might now work for somebody else. My routine:::, I take 2 of the vitamins morning AND night, and then I wash my face for a little over 5 minutes. Next, I apply the spot treatment where I need it; if I need it. Lastly, I pat on my lotion. The way I see it, it's simple...wash your face to get rid of the oils and bacteria, apply some type of medicine to target the actual acne, and moisturize to balance it all out and keep the skin healthy. (Just don't get crazy and think that using more is going to do more, because that's not always the case.) & just don't touch your face or pop your zits. Also, don't worry about your acne, what it looks like, and what your going to do if what your doing now doesn't work because all that stress is going to make things worse (or itleast make you think inside your head that it is...) so let it go, get your mind off of it and before you know it, you'll be having clear, gorgeous skin! Of course it takes time, patience, and money; but it all depends on YOUR reaction to certain products (because everyone is different), your genes, and your case of how bad your acne really is. Never give up and always keep positive, no matter what. If it's hard (which i know it is at times), of course you should have support and even if I don't know you, I'll be here for you! =)

    PS: If your a girl, the best makeup that I have found for acne skin is Philosophy The Supernatural (foundation, powder, concealer, and spf 15 all in one)....it's awesome! 35 bucks at sephora...it won't make your skin look dry, has amazing coverage, is made of pure natural minerals, is easy to apply, stays on even in hot weather but easy to wash off at the end of the day, and is oil and fragrance free.

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    . Hi there, well it's been 4 days thus far being on accutane. I'm currently taking 30 mg's per day up until two weeks have passed, only then will I be bumping up my dose to 60 mg's per day.

    I have to admit that I was hella nervous starting these pills, I've heard a lot of mixed reviews but I really do hope that this is going to once and for all get rid of my acne. It's what everyone hopes when reverting to such drastic measures I suppose.

    Anyway, today is my fourth day and so far all I have to 'complain' about, well not rally I suppose; is my dry lips and really rosy cheeks. Which honestly doesn't bother me one bit. If you're currently taking accutane and have started around the same time I did, perhaps you could PM me and we could track our progress together?

    Anyhow, I'm out for now

    Start Date - June7th, 2007

    Currently Taking - 30mg/day .

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    So ive been on Accutane for 3 months, going on 4 next week and the first month was amazing. It cleared up so much, but then the 2nd and 3rd it got worse. Now its finally starting to get to where it was the first month again, but i'm going crazy thinking that this is just never going to work. Does it usually take this long to see good results? Am I just being too impatient? ::sigh:: i don't know, but I wish I could find some hope somewhere.

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    I have had Acne since about grade 8 and from there it got pretty bad through 9-10. But now I'm in grade 11 and things are getting better, maybe its because I'm finally out of the puberty stage. Technically it stops at 18 for guys but hey some of us mature faster then others. But the random pimple can still be a such an annoyance to the point where you feel like everyone at school is looking at that one pimple. Paranoia is sure to follow and then lowering your head in the halls so people don't see your face. Maybe its just me but I'm big on appearance and what people think about me, it stems from a pretty nasty elementary school. But things are looking up in the long run.

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    So after a lot of drama in my life..... I'm totally happy with myself. I quit my job a week ago, got another one.... and after talking with my old manager she told me she'd love to have me back.....so I'm thinking....should I work two jobs?? My new job pays more and so I would only pick up like two days a week.... weekends.... and to be honest I loved my old job...so now I'm kinda confused on what to do......blahhhhhh

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    Day 6

    I don't see any difference...

    My lips are kinda dry but I think it's because I've been licking them ever since I started (trying to see if they were dry)

    I broke out a little bit on my cheeks but thats not unusual, so nothing new to report. Maybe I should wait a couple weeks to repost with something interesting to say.

    I can't help it, I'm exciteddddddddd!! :wavey:

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    I know many of you think holistic treatments are a bunch of BULL and don't work. .I used to think that myself. I have suffered from acne for about four years. In the last four years, I think I have used almost every over the counter, non-perscription, homeopathic remedy, technique, cream, salve, etc available. I did a lot of research and finally found something that worked. I can now say that I have been acne free for almost for one year. I can personally say that I feel like a new person, and have never felt this good in all of my life.

    Here's how I did it.

    First, I educated myself about acne as much as I could. I read every book, clinical article, asked every health professional available. I came up with the following solution: No one knows exactly and definatively what causes acne!

    The results I came up with is that acne is a very complex physiological process. That is why no health professional can decissively say a certain factor or treatment causes or cures acne (which is extremely frustrating). It affects some more than others. And is caused by a multitude of factors. These factors include but are not limited to,, genetics, nutrition, hygene, stress, hormones, stress levels..... Basically, you name it...It is a contributing factor in acne.

    With this in mind, I determined acne is more of a "complex", rather than a single symptom affliction, and that no one single pill, cream, whatever would work. I found in order to cure acne, I would have to change everything about ME! There needed to be a more whole body cure. I did even more research and knew that I needed to cure the complex rather than the acne itself.

    Once again, I researched, and looked for a treatment that would acutally CURE my acne for good! Through this research, I came upon a treatment that was clinically aclaimed, was yielding phenominal results, and guaranteed. I am not going to bore you with extra rhettoric and details on how I researched the treatment in clincal medical publications etc. Simply, all the information about the treatment that turned my life around is located at

    http://maxmill68.buk028959.hop.clickbank.net/

    Long story short, I am now completely acne free and feel like I have been given a NEW LIFE. It's incredible how I feel now. Not just because I'm acne free, but how overall well I feel in general general. I have more energy, exercise more, eat better.... a difference in my life of night and day!

    I wish you all the best in your acne cure searches... this has worked for me... I recommend it to everybody!

    Best regards

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    I just found this website and it seems very helpful....I found a user named Delna. I just started her method today and I was wondering if anyone out there is also doing her method and could they help me along the way.

    First, with the egg whites can they be the kind out of the milk carton type thing called Egg Whites? Or do you have to crack an egg every single time?

    Second, Do you have to do anything with the egg whites and the lemon mixture like mix it up or anything?

    So far this method seems great according to the responders to Delna...I hope someone can help me!

    Thanks if anyone reads this...

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    I can't believe i'm going to graduate :wavey: Nobody lied when they told me that high school would fly by.. espessially senior year. I swear, I blink and its over.