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    Base: Honey (2 table spoons)
    turmeric (teaspoon)
    cinnamon (half a teaspoon)
    Tea tree oil (3 drops)
    apple cider vinegar (teaspoon)
    A dash of bentonite clay as a hardening agent

    put on at night after washing face. leave on for as long as desired, I suggest at least 20 minutes.

    *All amounts are optional, I find the best way to do it is to test it out and see what works best for your skin*

    best friend luck, please reach it with any questions/check out my blog for skin care regimen that cleared my skin :)

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    I've just learned about post-inflammatory erythema. What the hell, where do these terms end? Apparently, PIH denotes brown spots whereas red spots indicate PIE. Well, that's not the kind of pie I want. But, are they treated differently, or am I chewing on useless information?
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      I am a foreigner. I try to use it since two days ago. the same three things suggested by my website diagnosed.  but those things do not fit like what i thought and what i watched in the website.First, the cleaner. it is uneasy to make it thick even i use two pumps. Second, the treatment. according to the instructions i need to increase the amount of it. but my face is too big(i am a male). i have to use three times amount of treatment in the first week so that I can cover my face thoroughly. (normally,for the first they say use a pea size amount only once a day )    and for the moisturizer, i still need more.
      there is nothing happened after i use it so far. the only different is some time i can feel like some itch spot in my face in the daytime.(i normally wash my face when I get up or go to the bed. )
      I  literally follow all the the instructions from the website video. I will keep use it and i hope my skin will get better

  1. Marish

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    Wow I realized my first blog post sounded so whiny! Didn't think people would actually see/read it hahaha But it's true my acne has been depressing me lately! I'm sure a lot of people here have gone through the same thing. I don't know how to edit my posts yet so I'm just going to post a follow up here.


    • cetaphil
    • thayer's rose witch hazel
    • neutrogena naturals brightening with spf 25

    • burts bees cleansing oil
    • cetaphil
    • thayer's rose witch hazel
    • struggling with which moisturizer to use. Really want to use cerave cream because my skin is itchy and feels dehydrated but maybe i should stick with cerave SA because i've used it for a long time. I don't particularly like it and just realized there's mineral oil in it which might be bad but at least it's a consistent product. I usually also put vicks on my skin where it's itchy, i can feel a cyst forming, or there are tiny bumps. It usually clears the bumps but hasn't been working to clear them lately. Maybe I used it for too long and it dehydrated/clogged my skin? I don't want to have to use vick's on my face my whole life so I guess I'll just do cerave SA. 
    • clotrimazole 1% cream

    TLDR the new thing I'm trying is clotrimazole. I'm worried I might have yeast/folliculitis because I have a bunch of tiny bumps that cause rough skin and never go away. This is mostly between my mouth and my chin, and on my forehead. I never dealt with it before (at least not on forehead) until about 6 months ago. And I realize now that that's around the time I started taking a LOT of antibiotics for other health issues. Makes me think it might be yeast. Worth a shot.

    My GOD though this site is freaking me out. I got to the "weird side" of it apparently LOL. I though I was dealing with acne from birth control pills. Now I'm like... but wait what if it's milia, perioral dermatitis, folliculitis, gram negative folliculitis, demodex mite overgrowth, etc!?!?!? How can I know? I'm not even sure dermatologists consider all these options. Then I think-- I should put jock itch cream on my face, diaper rash cream, dandruff shampoo, manuka honey, zinc oxide, accutane, some miracle cure, freaking sliced potatoes. I'm so lost!!!

    Anyway last night was the first time I applied lotrimin, so I just put it on a few small areas to test for allergies. I woke up and seemed fine. I applied to rest of face. But this evening my skin has been itching SO MUCH around my jaw, and even a bit on my cheeks and forehead. Can't tell if that's a good sign (yeast die off) or bad sign (allergy)? Doesn't look red though. 
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    I've been reading blogs from this site for a couple of months now. I just wanted to ask, I am almost done from my 1st month of taking roaccutane, and 12th day of estelle 35. Just last week, I noticed my acne has been cleared up. But early this week, I noticed the presence of bigger pimples. Is it normal? Is it part of the medication? 



  3. aliyah niechelle
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    It's week 4 guys! And must I say I love this lighting because it is soo accurate! I'll start taking my photos with this light now. BP still isn't burning, a slight tingle every now and then but nothing crazy. Uh, yeah. Nothing really new. Just trying to drink a lot of water! 




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    started the tane at 10mg daily after dinner. felt so nervous before starting due to those horrifying posts i read on the side effects. but all is well. 

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    So I don't have horrible acne, every once in a while I'll get a horribly bad zit/pimple. I currently have one right now and it's a monster. And I'm a picker so I've made it worse. I pick so much at my pimples that there will be nothing left but a big hole in my skin, which is even worse than the pimple. I never know how to heal them. I always freak out and stress when I get them me try my best to heal them. But I feel like I'm putting too much stuff on my face where not only is the pimple a huge, red, inflamed mess, but the skin around it looks awful. Putting makeup on it to cover it up is impossible. Just makes it look worse. I feel so helpless. Where ever I go I can feel people staring at it which just makes me feel so embarrassed and red faced. These pimples affect me so much that I'll hid out in my apartment until they go away. I'll call into work, skip school, and not make plans with my friends. I hate how much this affects me. I feel so ugly. I'm just looking for some advice on how to heal them faster. They usually take about a week to heal but I'm still left with some redness after that.  I just need so freaking help 

  4. So I have been on this medication for around 7 months now and it has worked but not enough for me to be completely happy with my skin. So I went to the doctors and they have referred me to a dermatologist, this means a long wait for an appointment. Hopefully it will be worth it and I will get something that works :) 

  5. Current skin status
    99.9 %clear. Some blackhead on nose. Pregnant with baby daughter and is due in next two weeks.

    as tile suggested, I stopped using safflower oil for some time. Because if the oil is slightly ever being off, it breaks me out.. and I don't want to keep my skincare in refrigerator... 

    But I discovered a new HG facial cleaning product- Garnier micellar cleaning water- for sensitive skin (the pink one). In have gone through at least 4 or 5 bottles of it. Doesn't remove waterproof, cream or primer eyeshadow though, so I also have a small bottle of the same brand of micellar water but in removing waterproof make up version (blue one).

    recently I also have started to use baking soda as my in shower morning facial cleanser. Very satisfied with it. I feel it helped and improved my skin texture and brightness. I am also just started testing out Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner Cream to control my t zone oil. Not sure if it's working but it smells nice and doesn't break my out. Quite silicony so helps to blur the pores.

    I also stopped using Heliocare 360 gel sunscreen as well.. Even though I really loved it, it made makeup application difficult especially eye and under eye area. Since it's not water resistant and I get watery eye easily when applying eye makeup, it will melt off with tears and leave a line mark and cannot be blended.. And after I start to use baking soda as morning cleanser, my face is not that oily anymore so sunscreen part I just go back to Elta MD uv shield. I do put some primer on my t zone though (smashbox purple one).

    My skin has been pretty stable for quite some time. Don't know if it's due to my pregnancy or I have been using correct products for my skin... 

    Baking soda
    Baebody eye gel (testing out. So far doesn't break me out)

    Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner Cream t zone only

    elta MD uv shield SPF 46
    Smashbox purple primer t zone only
    makeup (I rarely wear makeup
    anymore since my skin is clear)

    Garnier micellar water
    baebody eye gel
    Tretinoin 0.05 (just restart using it for around a week due to pregnancy)
    Lip balm

  6. Hi everyone. I'm shocked to see how many hits these posts are getting. For anyone out there who wants to be updated; I have since stopped using topical probiotics for several reasons.

    1. My acne fluctuated between mild and severe over the course of almost a year,  never keeping a consistent trajectory of improvement. I used probiotic spray up to four times daily. 

    2. In my experience, topical probiotics don't work even if you ditch your facial cleanser which supposedly kill the friendly bacteria you need. My acne actually became significantly worse when I was just using water and topical probiotic spray.

    In the past week, I've managed to drastically improve my skin with a totally different ingredient altogether. My acne had gotten worse after the water-only method and in a desperate attempt I decided to try diluted apple cider vinegar. The results were almost unbelievable. I have read the reviews for ACV on and I noticed that it didn't work for everyone. And it may not work for you.

    Acne is cured at the source and not at the symptom. My personal journey with acne began when I was 18 and started wearing makeup. Because everyone had told me wearing makeup to bed was horrible and unhealthy, I scrubbed my face clean with TWO kinds of cleansers every night. Over three years, my face broke out from one or two pimples to full blown cystic acne on both cheeks, forehead and chin. I had never stopped using cleanser during that time. I attribute my horrible skin condition to prolonged overwashing, prolonged exposure to BP and clindamycin. My point here is I know the cause of my acne. My skin had completely lost its ability to function after years of abuse. It no longer performed the functions of protecting itself from bacteria and dryness that it did when I was a teen. And I sought to repair it. 

    Everyone who HAD clear skin up to the point where they started using facial products should consider the fact that your body is built with everything that it needs to care for itself. Sometimes we wear down those functions with our obsession with "cleanliness." So I stopped using cleanser. And in addition, I read the research on ph levels and skin. I knew I needed my skin to be slightly acidic. I knew it needed to be hydrated. I know exercise is good and so is a balanced diet.

    Combining all of this knowledge I came up with a routine to cure my acne from the source. It felt counterintuitive but I dont use cleanser at all. I use cotton pads dipped in organic safflower oil to gently wipe my face. I splash some lukewarm water on it, wipe dry and apply diluted apple cider vinegar to the skin. (It's important to dilute. I did 1 part acv to 2 parts water). I let the acv dry and apply a few drops of safflower oil to hydrate the skin. This is done twice a day, taking extra care to be very gentle on the skin. This is combined with exercise 3x a week and many vegetables, no dairy except for kefir which is probiotic. 

    In one week, nearly all pimples faded. No new ones formed. The acv was the only change  I made to my routine so I can be certain it is making a difference. Its also important to note that a different cause calls for a different solution. If your acne is more hormonal, this may not help. 

    Thanks for reading.  I'll update again soon.

    ----update 3 days later---
    I decided to test my theory about the connection between overwashing and acne. The last time I used cleanser was over a week ago. During that time I had almost no new bumps. 

    Saturday afternoon, I used Cerave hydrating cleanser after the gym. I used safflower oil afterwards as a moisturizer. 

    By Sunday evening, I had approximately three new pimples. 

    It can't be confirmed nor denied completely until I once again remove cleanser from my routine. Will update. 

  7. Hi Everyone,

    Peace and Love to you guys. I hope your journeys have been positive since the last time I posted. I am so sorry for waiting so long to update. Perhaps it's a testament to how well estroblock has been working for me!! Apart from a healthy summer in the sun, I really truly believe estro block is NOT a gimmick. I have had perhaps 3 or 4 pimples in the past 5 months of being on estroblock, but no breakout what so ever... I noticed my skin had the best results (not just clear but glowing and oil was at a minimum... I was drinking about 2L a day at high points in the summer) when I kept up my water intake because these pills help flush out bad estrogens from the system so water is key. It's for sure the only thing that's keeping me clear since I am not taking anything else (probably low stress season too is helping). I can't say whether the liver supplement is helping but to be honest I think it's better to take it since I've switched over to estroblock pro in the last month, just to help the liver out with flushing. I can't say yet whether the pro is better than the regular strength, I seem to be getting the same results which makes sense cause I was taking about 2 regular strength a day to maintain clear skin (~3 reg = 1 pro pill).

    I still have scarring from all my years of acne + the many infections I've had on my cheeks, and it really annoys me, but frankly I'm so happy to have found something natural that works instead of having to resort to accutane. Of course, I wouldn't have oily skin with accutane but what the heck, maybe the oily skin will prevent future wrinkles lol :) I think EB has proven to be a pretty excellent alternative to accutane for me! I highly recommend you guys give it a shot. Start with 1 regular for a couple weeks and if you aren't seeing totally clear skin up your dose. I went up to the pro because it makes more sense money wise then taking two reg strength a day and running out of the bottle quicker. I stopped DHT block about a month in cause I was not seeing much results with it, I may give it a chance again though cause I know it's really good for controlling oilyness which is my issue right now (more water intake would help though). I also notice my scarring is getting better slightly texture wise, and I honestly think it's using a facial brush daily. This has shrunk my pores, cleaned my skin way better than manual washing ever did and honestly I think the blood circulation is helping stimulate healing in scarred tissue. People have now started commenting on my skin which is probably the first time in my life people have done that. My confidence is regaining strongly and steadily. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions. This review is not at all sponsored by the company guys so everything I say is truly how the pills have affected me. I will actually look into posting some before and after pictures soon if I kept any. 

    Xx hugs to you all. Hold your head high, this too shall pass. 

    Ps- I have been eating tons of dairy products, wheat products and I have had a bit more sugar this summer than usual and I have STILL maintained clear skin on this stuff!!!! 

  8. K10S84
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    Eh. No change in acne at all. For every pimple that's faded away a new one has popped up. I stopped getting red, dry skin from the differin a few days ago though. I have pictures if every day from week one and from today, and there's no telling that they're before and after pictures. Not much of a blog post, but didn't want to abandon the blog yet. 

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    i'm 14 and i've had acne for at least 7 months now, at first it was a mixture of pimples on my cheeks, chin, forehead etc but it was very light acne - more of teenage breakouts but for the past 7 or so months i've had acne specifically on my forehead, which i think is cystic acne? 

    i've tried so many things and read up about it so much - i've tried different skin care like tea tree and so forth but unfortunately it just dried my skin out so much to the point it was crispy which was really gross and i've tried going off dairy too.

    currently i drink at least 3 litres of water a day and have started eating a really healthy diet which salads everyday and lots of fruit and protein as i read my acne could be due to high fats.

    my acne hasn't got any better and honestly i'm really frustrated as it's been like this for so long and it brings down my confidence so much!

    i know the photo really is horrible but if you could recommend anything or if you've had the same and got rid of it i would appreciate it so much if you could help me, thanks!


  9. Alice883
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    So just finished month 2, and I feel some major improvements!!! So my face is almost completely clear apart from some remains of cystic acne around my jawline but this is fading. My back is clearing up but this does seem to be a longer process and I am still getting regular whiteheads on my shoulders. 

    BUT I am having problems... my eyes ew bloodshot and get irritated quite easily. I she got some gel eye drops from the chemist which i am trying to use daily. I mean also using Dr Dans hydrocortisone lip balm 3 times a day because if I don't my lips get very dry and flakey. Apart from that I have no other apparent side effects which is a relief!! But hopefully my eyes will  down soon as they stand out a lot against my blue eyes. 

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    Hi guys, this is Don and I had hyperpigmentation and acne for 2 years I believe. I'm not sure what kind of skin I have. I don't know how to fix this problem but my products are Neutrogena Oil-free moisture, Nuetrogena stress control scrub, and Dr dennis Gross Skincare Smooth & Flawless: Peel + Moisturize. I am usually active and I do drink a lot of water. I wash my face twice a day and take showers everyday. 

    Please help. Thank you.



  14. This week I started on 70mg of isotretinoin/roaccutane/accutane – whatever you want to call it! Quite a leap from 30mg but if you want to find out more about the reasons behind that then you can read my one month recap post.


    Day 29

    Thursday 17th August

    Dermatologist appointment day! I stayed at my parents again this week as they were on holiday and needed a cat sitter, which worked out perfectly for me as the hospital is only a 25 minute walk away from their house.

    However. I mentioned earlier in the week that I was getting foot pain and this has definitely got worse. My ankle and heels were really sore this morning when I got up and walking that far on them was not ideal.

    My face was really smooth today though! Not a spot in sight, a few scars but to be honest if my face wasn’t so red I wouldn’t have felt the need to wear make-up at all and that’s HUGE coming from me.

    Here's a photo:


    Day 30

    Friday 18th August

    I woke up with a WHITE HEAD on my chin! WHAT! There was no redness surrounding it but it was still pretty big, this is the first proper spot I’ve had in about a week. It seems mad that I’m complaining about one spot when a month ago one spot would have been classed as an amazing skin day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still extremely happy with how this is going for me but I think I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security by avoiding an initial breakout in the first month. I think this is the start of it.

    My back and chest have completely cleared though! Just scarring on my back now, I can’t believe it.

    Day 31

    Saturday 19th August

    I developed a headache around midday which was a bit nasty but went away with paracetamol. I think this might be a recurring thing as I up my dose, as last month in my first week on 30mg, I started on the Thursday and got a headache on the Saturday too.

    The spot is still there, doesn’t look like it’s budging.

    Day 32

    Sunday 20th August

    Not only has the spot grown, it’s grown friends. It’s started to turn into a cluster of cysts, which are all quite swollen and red, and my chin is really sore. I can’t move my mouth without feeling them. I’ve not missed this.

    I also had another headache which was quite bad. It got worse when I was in the daylight so I ended up having to nap it off.

    Day 33

    Monday 21st August

    Thank god I’m off work this week. Hallelujah, because there’s no way I can cover the craters on my chin. I made the mistake of picking one and it went so juicy. I had to go and pick up my car today so needed to put some minimal make up on. After an hour of trying, I had to accept that the make up wasn’t going to cover it and go out with a big juicy open sore on my chin. I really, really, really regret picking it because it’s definitely going to scar.

    On the bright side though, no headaches today! But here's some photos of the cluster (after a HEAVY moisturising session), they don't look as bad as they felt because they were very deep and under the skin:

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    Day 34

    Tuesday 22nd August

    When I went back home yesterday to pick up my car, I also picked up my boots rapid action spot gel. I swore by this stuff before roaccutane because it would always help reduce the swelling on angry spots. The claim on the packet says visibly reduces swelling and redness within 2 hours but this was never the case before, it was more like 6 hours. However – I used it today and like clockwork, within two hours all of my spots started to shrink. What a miracle! I’m going to keep reapplying and keep you updated.

    Day 35

    Wednesday 23rd August

    OH MY GOD THEY’VE FLATTENED. They are dry and crusty AF but they’re flat and one cyst turned into a (really flat) white head.

    They were really easy to cover in make up and it looked fine for about 3 hours whilst I was out shopping,you honestly couldn't even see them. On the way home my feet really started to ache and when I got in I was hobbling around the house like a cripple due to the heel and ankle aches.

    When I looked in the mirror about 4-5 hours after applying my make up, my skin had really started to flake off around the spots but who cares! They’re flat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously go out and buy that gel now.



    Products that I’ve used this week


    Spot Gel – Boots Skin Clear Ultra Rapid Action Spot Gel

    Cleanser - Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

    Cleanser – Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser

    Spring Water - Avene Thermal Water Spray

    Moisturiser – Avene Hydrance Optimale Light

    Gentle exfoliator- BIODERMA Hydrabio Exfoliating Gel

    Moisturiser - La Roche Posay Effaclar H moisturiser

    Moisturising Face Mask - BIODERMA Hydrabio Masque Moisturising Mask

    Lips - Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and Nivea Essential Care lip balm

  15. End of week 6 today:
    I've only been on 60mg for 3 days, but I can notice a difference from 40mg already. My lips are the same (Vaseline every 3-6 hours), but my face got drier (forehead flaking slightly which is new, and my mouth area and chin are flaking again - ew), and my side neck area (which I still have a lumpy breakout problem with) got much drier. I feel like this'll help a lot in the coming weeks. Overall the dryness isn't too bad. I recall benzoyl peroxide in 2013 made me just as dry as this (except lips).

    Last week I got a couple of new lumps on my side neck. They're calming/drying now. I also got a couple of small spots. Overall I'm getting way less breakouts than before.

    My redness/scars are still bad, and look even worse in exposed outdoor lighting. I really hope this improves with time.

    13th Aug:

    21st Aug:

    Side view redness compared in indoor vs outdoors:

    2-3 weeks ago:

  16. So today marks two months on Spiro. I recently went on Minocycline 100mg to combat the persistant breakouts I've been having since week 4, and my dermatologist prescribed me Tazorac and Aczone, which are really helping (much more than the Retin-A, which I think was just too rough for my sensitive skin). I'm feeling hopeful now that I'm taking minocycline and have been good about taking all the medications at the same time every day. I feel less self conscious about my active breakouts and the overall texture of my skin has definitely improved. My whole family tells me my complexion is worlds better but I still haven't seen enough improvement to be satisfied - but I'll hang in there. Hopefully by 3 1/2-4 months I can reassess and see some changes.

  17. prettypinkbows
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    Diane 35

    • I finished the second pack of Diane 35. 
    • I’m unsure if it is having any effect now because of the spiro.
    • Increased appetite.



    • INITIAL BREAKOUT - A combination of CCs and 3 small cysts. My period does start today, so these pimples could be also a hormonal breakout which I am quite familiar with. 
    • I’m drinking water more frequently and going to the washroom in the middle of the night.
    • My skin is less oily and feels a little less dry.
    • I have to keep pushing through.


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    • La Roche Posay Toleraine Dermo Cleanser
    • First Aid Beauty Hydrating Serum
    • La Roche Posay Cicaplast


    • Drinking spearmint tea every day.
    • Taking zinc, vitamin A, evening primrose oil, vitamin d3, and omega 3 vitamins.
    • Ate some dairy, gluten, coffee, wine, and soy at a party.