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  1. 2 entries

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

  2. 2 entries

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

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

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

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

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

    P/s all pictures  are taken one month apart.

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    Month 2



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  3. 77 entries

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


  4. 9 entries

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

  5. 7 entries

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


  6. 14 entries

    Hey All,

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

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


  7. 2 entries

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

  8. 1 entry

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

  9. 6 entries
    WEEK 11 (2.5 MONTHS):
    - I stopped posting for a while because midterms started coming up and I got very busy. I think I may be posting less frequently though as i don't see me having any skin epiphanies anytime soon lol
    - I have currently a few spots (active) and a lot of healing ones on my cheek (those honeslty kind of come and go and I swear it's due to not washing my makeup brushes frequently enough)
    - I have not had any super inflammed or itchy/painful hormonal spots around my mouth anymore & I can say with confidence that I am absolutely certain it is becasuse of the zinc! I plan to continue to take zinc from now on. I am convinced that it has had a positive impact on my skin and acne issues

    Here are some pictures from tonight:




  10. 1 entry

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

  11. 26 entries

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


  12. 1 entry
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    It's late at night Monday, so its really Tuesday so to keep the math simple in the future, its going to be day 2 and I started on Sunday. I'm back a year and a half later STILL WITH BAD SKIN. I really have to have decent skin going into college because I can't be hiding in makeup 24/7. 

    Some things I have learned about my skin in the past year and a half:
    -My acne is most likely hormonal. I have noticed this because of when it occurs worst as well as the fact that it is mostly on my cheeks and jawline. 
    -I don't have oily skin (especially after what I've been doing with spearmint tea, continued below) so i need to target products other than just "oil stoppers". 

    If you have suggestions for me keep this in mind:
    -Money is not a problem when it comes to skincare for me. I am so desperate for something to help my skin ANY SUGGESTION will be taken into consideration no matter how pricey. Good skin is priceless. 
    -I have worn out my dermatologist with all pills and creams besides Accutane, so I am exploring my options of what else is out there.
    -I am trying to not have to go on birth control, I want to solve this skin issue on my own.

    Because I am almost certain a big acne problem of mine is hormonal, I have been drinking a cup of spearmint tea everyday because that is supposed to help it. They recommend drinking 2 cups per day, but i did a month with just now cup and I have noticed less painful jawline, under the skin, cysts. As of yesterday (Sunday) I started drinking a cup in the morning, and one at night. Hopefully I'll see double the results.
    My skin is slightly dry from my evening spot treatment, so I was the remaining ~crust~
    I use a light moisturizer and then I go in with the makeup I am wearing for the day. I do primer (Smashbox photofinish primer) and then foundation. I try to use the IT Cosmetics CC cream because it is lighter and better for your skin, but I do use the clinique 2 in 1 foundation if my skin looks really bad or I'm going to a party or something. 

    I use Clinique "Take the Day Off" cleansing balm to get my makeup off then I put a mask on and jump in the shower  or just jump in the shower and use Noxzema. Then once I'm out I use the same lotion as the morning and then I go live my life. Then, before I go to bed, I use Mario Badescu Chamomile Night Cream and then some MB buffering lotion, drying lotion, and special healing powder on the places that need each specific product. 

    Throughout the day I use the Mario Badescu rosewater spray to keep my skin fresh. (I am slightly obsessed with Mario Badescu).

    Attatched is my skin starting out:

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  13. 2 entries

    Whilst I was healing from my acne health condition I used the experience as an opportunity for my personal growth and for attempting to rebuild myself to be a more kinder person to others and myself.  On some days the acne on my face did effect my self esteem and going out in public.  So in my journal I made a chart and recorded the days I did go out in public and do activities, I recorded this information to show myself that I can go about my activities and I was not letting the health condition get me down. 

  14. 28 entries

    I have nothing to report....well, that is actually what this post is about. It's been 8 months since I finished my last course of antibiotics and with nightly use of Benzac benzoyl peroxide (only on my mouth & chin area) my skin has remained clear. I have had the occasional spot over the last 8 months but nothing big or distressing. The longest I've been able to go without antibiotics (in recent years) is just 4 months, so having doubled it is a big milestone. I *think* that the continued nightly use of benzoyl peroxide is what the key is. I know a few women who seem to get the same big chin spots that I was getting and I'm tempted to tell them what has worked for me...but I don't want to give advice when it hasn't been asked for.

    Here's to hopefully another 8 months of clear skin!

  15. 6 entries

    Hello hello, 

    It has been well over a month since my last post. I think as the tablets become a daily routine and as your skin starts to clear up, you just seem to forget how big of a deal it was when starting on them and therefore forget to update! So lets just recap... 

    Month 1 I was on 20mg a day  - had a horrendous breakout (worst I've very had in my life)

    Month 2 I was upped to 30mg a day  - Breakout continued and was not seeing much improvement. I was almost giving up and felt like NOTHING was going to help my acne. I was convinced that acne was just something I was going to have to live with for the rest of my life! I was so down and helpless at this point for about 2/3 weeks.
    Towards the end of the month, it cleared up significantly and I regained faith in the tablets!


    Month 3 - Almost 2 weeks ago on Halloween day, I went back to my derm for my monthly check up. Blood test results came back perfect so she upped me to 40mg a day. I have only seen improvement from here on out. I actually cannot believe my eyes! The cluster of painful cystic spots I had on both sides of my
    jawline have totally vanished.. I currently have 2 or 3 active spots (2 on my cheekbone and one on my chin) and a few bumps here and there and where the cysts used to be, but nothing compared to the 20/30 spots and cysts I had this time 1 month ago. Any spots I get now come and go within a day or two which is AMAZING. I've been left with quite a lot of scars though but I'm not going to worry about them until I'm acne free. I want to treat my acne before treating scars.
    (Someday I will be smiling in these photos, promise!) :smileys_n_people_24:

    Also, I know you're not supposed to but I've drank quite a bit over the last month or two due to my birthday, holidays, halloween bank holiday, etc and the tablets do not effect you when you drink. But my godddd do they make you feel it the next day!! Obviously with the dehydration in your skin caused by the tablets and then the alcohol on top of everything, you get a major headache and feel like no amount of water will make you feel alive again.. so if you're going to drink, maybe drink water in between each alcoholic drink... or more importantly..... just don't drink at all!

    Side effects:
    • Dry skin
    • Very dry lips
    • Dry irritated eyes 
    • Tired almost all of the time  - but this could be due to endless college assignments too!
    These side effects are just part of the parcel and nothing out of the ordinary. They're still totally bearable.
    I'm going to do a blog shortly on the products I've used and been using because when I was researching before going Roaccutane, I found it hard to find good lists of decent products used to battle acne whilst helping to moisture the skin too. 

    Until then, chin up! x
  16. 1 entry

    I decided to start this blog because my acne has returned. Four years of clear beautiful skin after accutane here I am again. I wish I wasn't part of that 20% that relapses after taking 5 month of claravis . I started this long acne journey in 2011 after using proactive for years I stopped using it and hell broke loose. I saw my first dermatologist , he prescribed me Retin A  at night , Bactrim once a day , and benzoyl peroxide wash in the morning. That worked pretty nice until I stopped taking bactrim and my acne came back worse . After that I cant remember how many topicals and antibiotics I tried , wasted a lot of money and tears until in 2013 I finally decided I was already depressed enough that it didn't matter that accutane caused depression. And so I tried it and it worked . However, the side effects are truly as horrible as described by every other person here. The worst one for me is terrible anxiety and thats the reason I cant do a second round because I am still trying to cure myself from it . I am currently putting my hopes in aczone 7.5 at night and doryx once a day , cetaphil as my cleanser and ceracade as moistourizer hoping i can get at least decent skin so I dont have to stay at home embarrassed because of how my face looks.

  17. 4 entries

    My birthday was on Wednesday and I finally turned 14. I also started benzoyl cream again. I pray to god that this is the cure for my acne :smileys_n_people_97:.

    i am using the regimen but using my own cleanser and moisturiser which is the cetaphil one. im excited for the future!

    "give yourself credit for the days you've made it when you thought you couldn't" Milly xxxx

  18. 1 entry

    Whilst I had break outs of acne I would place amethyst crystals on my face to heal the area with crystal healing

  19. 1 entry

    Hello! This is my first post about my acne treatment regime.
    Here are a few facts about me to help you determine if this review will be helpful for you:
    Sex: Female
    Age: 24
    Skin type: combination
    Acne type: Hormonal, light-medium acne in my T-zone and jaw line

    Products bought from Travel size Benzoyl Peroxide
    Products bought elsewhere: Oil based makeup remover and cleanser, moisturizer, facial oils, sunscreen

    Week 1 skincare routine:
    I start by washing my face in the morning with some water and occasionally a light exfoliator. I pat my face dry and apply benzoyl peroxide on my affected areas only. I wait until it dries then apply a little bit of rosehip oil and moisturizer. I let that sink into my skin (approx. 20 min) and apply sunscreen (SPF 50). After my sunscreen has sunk into my skin, I go on with my makeup routine. 

    I start by washing my face with a light oil based makeup remover followed immediately by a gentle cleanser. I found that this combination really cleans all my makeup off and leaves my skin fresh, but not stripped of hydration. I pat my face dry and apply benzoyl peroxide only on affected areas. I massage argan oil into my skin (after benzoyl peroxide has dried on my skin) and apply moisturizer. 

    Results/Comments: I've noticed that benzoyl peroxide is a very fast-acting acne treatment. I had little bumps on my forehead that I could never get rid of until I started using benzoyl peroxide. My tiny bumps started drying off and disappearing after the first use. After a week, my forehead feels completely smooth. I only have a couple mini bumps here and there. The rest of my "actual" acne started clearing as well. They're drying off quickly, only leaving little red marks behind. I am going through a bit of a purging period which means that after a couple uses, I got new breakouts on my forehead and chin/jaw line. They were noticeable but they were contained and didn't get out of control. I also have small dry patches on my skin: chin, forehead, a little patch on my face/cheeks. 

    Tips: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I make sure that I use facial oils along with my moisturizer because benzoyl peroxide is very drying and regardless of your skin type, you will get dry patches. I really take time to massage facial oils into my skin to put back the lost moisture. I highly recommend using an oil-based makeup remover because, again, it will keep your skin less irritated and therefore less likely to develop redness and flaking. USE SPF! benzoyl peroxide creates free radicals in your skin which leads to premature aging of skin cells. It's also more prone to sun damage.  Putting antioxidants (found in facial oils) back into your skin will help reverse the negative effects of the treatment. 
    If your skin still gets excessively dry, stop using benzoyl peroxide or reduce the amount you're using. Switch to tea tree oil=It's nature's benzoyl peroxide. It shares the same benefits as BP but it's more gentle on your skin.
    I would even reduce (BP)  application  times to 1X day.  I only use a tiny bit of benzoyl peroxide (no bigger than a pea size). A little goes a long way! You want to have just enough to treat your problem areas. No need to dry out the rest of your face. 

    Makeup: try using water based foundations and apply a light layer. I don't recommend foundation sticks or very heavy/matte coverage. It dehydrates your skin. 

    Overall: I'm very pleased with the results so far:) 

    PS: More in-depth info to come!


  20. 5 entries

    I wanted to post two pics-one with bad lighting and one with good lighting. 
    Lately, things have been ok. My face is still scarred, but I'm trying to get over it. I try not to look but it's like the mirror is always calling, and I constantly want to take pics in different lighting to see if it's "that bad" (it is).



  21. 1 entry

    I have done some research and everyone is saying all these terrible things will happen if you OD acutane.  I have about 80 pills of 30mg and I took 15 at once (450mg) and nothing has happened. No stomach pain no headaches or anything. Tomorrow im going to take the 60ish that are left and hope for better results. My question is do you think 1800mg of acutane is enough to kill me if 450mg had no effect? P.S. im not looking for the suicide hotline or anything I have legitimate reasons for suicide.

  22. 1 entry

    Let me start by giving you some background. 

    I've struggled with some sort of acne for as long as I can remember. I remember periods of semi-clear skin, but I've never had a pimple-free face. At 27, I never thought I would still be struggling with acne.

    I have tried so many skincare ranges and spent too much money on facials, blue light treatment and microdermabrasion. I've cut everything from my diet; dairy, caffeine, carbs, etc.   I am not interested in taking birth control as my husband and I are planning to start our family in the next few years. 

    I recently visited a dermatologist after blue light and microdermabrasion treatments did not work for me. He explained my acne was likely hormonal and that birth control would fix the issue. He prescribed me Doxycycline 100mg a day and Biacna. I had tried Biacna before and it broke my face out in some sort of burn. It looks like the entire top layer of my skin had come off! Needless to say, I was nervous to try it again. 

    Everything seemed to be going well during my first week, pimples were getting smaller, I didn't have any cystic spots and if I did get a pimple, it didn't stick around for more than a day or two. 

    I woke up this morning on my second week and am feeling very defeated. I have about 4 cystic spots and they are incredibly sore. I'm trying to stay positive, but I'm finding it very difficult. Covering it with make-up almost makes them look worse! 

    I struggle with anxiety to begin with and when I look in the mirror I begin to feel sick to my stomach about my appearance. This makes my anxiety much more heightened. I'm finding myself avoiding going anywhere but to work and home because I'm embarrassed by my appearance. I'm also having a hard time seeing friends and family as they only seem to talk to me about acne and tell me all of the things that worked for them. I'm tired of being suggested products and listening to people tell me it's my diet, cut dairy, cut carbs, cut caffeine. 

    This might be a bit of rambling, but I Felt I needed somewhere to get my feelings out. 

    Trying to stay positive!

  23. 1 entry

    This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach.  While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority.

    It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places.  It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any clear skin whatsoever.  Facial acne is at least somewhat socially acceptable, and back and chest acne can be hidden with clothes, but what about areas that can't be hidden?  It's as if acne is determined to win this fight.  It's as if it's trying to give me a clear signal that I am not allowed to have any clear skin - and that my social and employment prospects are dead.  Having face and back acne all these years wasn't enough, so it had to spread to my whole body.  When I was young, I was normal and healthy.  Not so anymore.  By spreading to my whole body, it's almost as if acne is erasing my very existence.  I doubt that I can be accepted in society without looking at least somewhat healthy.  When I was young and healthy, I had prospects, but I've feared that those prospects would become non-existant if my acne spread to my whole body - and became particularly severe.

    My acne spreading is especially scary because I've feared that this would be permanent.  With the exception of my forehead, once my acne has established itself in a certain place, it's there to stay.  I cannot get rid of it.  So imagine being stuck with acne on the forearms, hands, and stomach the rest of my life.  It's just absolutely horrible.  It's horrible to imagine not having a single square inch of clear skin - having absolutely no way to cure it - and having potentially diminished social and employment prospects as a result.

    Anyway, as it started getting out of control, I started more actively seeking solutions to cure - or at least control - my acne.  I first looked into benzoyl peroxide - but eventually became skeptical since I had sometimes used hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol, and I still got pimples where I rubbed the sanitizer.  It seemed to have no effect whatsoever.  I think that I had seen some posts on this forum - saying that hand sanitizer was just as good - if not better than - benzoyl peroxide.  If true, then if hand sanitizer didn't work, then why would benzoyl peroxide be any different?

    Then, I became interested in spearmint tea to lower my testosterone (yes, I'm a guy, and I think that my acne is hormone-related).  However, as of now, I haven't yet tried it.

    Recently, I became interested in Vitamin A supplements because I had heard that Accutane is basically a form of Vitamin A.  I had been on Accutane, and it was only one of two drugs that had any significant effect on my acne (the other was doxycycline).  Accutane worked great for me, but my acne gradually came back after I stopped taking it.  If Accutane was a form of Vitamin A, then "normal" Vitamin A might work similarly.

    Finally, after putting it off for a long time, I bought some Spring Valley Vitamin A supplements a few days ago.  I took my first softgel pill on October 25th at around 4:00 PM.  Each pill supposedly has 8,000 IU of Vitamin A, and I was aware of the potential toxicity that could arise from taking too much Vitamin A.

    More than two days later, and so far, the results have been inconclusive.  A number of pimples on my back and chest have hardened, but the ones on my back were like that BEFORE taking Vitamin A, so I don't know if Vitamin A really has been helping - or if my body is just continuing the process that took place before taking Vitamin A.  In any case, I've still gotten a few small pimples on my upper arms and stomach, and I've had some cysts on my face that haven't gone away.  I realize that I shouldn't expect results overnight since, when I was on Accutane, it took a few weeks before my skin got clear, but I would think that I would at least not get any new little pimples.

    Due to this lack of definite effect - and my skin gradually getting worse, I've felt so frustrated.  There just seems to be nothing that I can do.  The worst part is that I'm getting acne in places that I can't easily hide.  What am I supposed to do - wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves in the boiling-hot summer?  Given the fact that nothing seems to help my acne, I've resigned to the fact that I might have to.

    Yesterday, I tried some Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector to experiment with hiding the spots on my stomach - and some scars on my right thumb and forearm.  I really wanted to get some Dermablend, but people were coming in and out of the makeup aisle, and it was embarrassing being there, so I eventually just grabbed something to experiment with.  It didn't blend perfectly with my skin, but I didn't care since I just wanted something to hide the horrible red spots.  I was fairly satisfied with it on my stomach, but my forearm was a different story.  The Neutrogena seemed like it wouldn't dry well, and it probably wouldn't be as durable as the Dermablend that I wanted, but I felt that I could still have problems with Dermablend, too.  I've decided that if I ever permanently got acne on my hands, I'd just have to wear gloves.  Makeup for the hands just isn't practical.  My skin is so pathetic.

    As far as I'm concerned, my natural, organic skin doesn't exist anymore.  It's dead, pathetic, and useless to me.  I've written it off.  It's too far gone.  As far as I'm concerned, my clothes are my real skin.  That's sad.

    It's sad to think that my clothes make a better skin than my real skin.  My real skin is living supposed to be durable - and able to protect itself against the environment.  But it can't.  My skin is just a weak, broken, and worthless organ.  I wish that I could beat the ever-living crap out of it and destroy it.  I wish that I could teach it a lesson for being such a worthless piece of crap and make it wish that it never existed.  I wish that I could trade it in for some REAL skin that wouldn't be so weak and pathetic.  But for now, I just have my clothes.  My clothes make a better skin than my real skin.  They don't get pimples - but my real skin does get pimples - and can't get rid of them.  That is so pathetic.

    I'm sorry for ranting, but I just really am frustrated with my skin since I've been getting acne (yes, I do think it's actual acne) in weird places.  I intend to try Vitamin A a while longer - and maybe some other things, but I am also prepared to just give up on my so-called skin and cover it up almost completely.  However, I hope that I can find a real solution for my acne.

  24. 5 entries

    Hi guys! I just went to my 3 month Dermatologist appointment last week. This was my first time there since I got prescribed my medications. She ended up telling me we probably didn't need to reschedule and I am guessing that is because she really thinks I am on a good treatment plan. No, I still am not clear. I have seen definite progress and reduction in acne, but I still get pimples pretty often.  I still have small pimples on my forehead, a couple nasty ones on my right cheek, and some random ones in other places. It is much improved, but I still would say I have acne and not a few pimples.

    When I went to my appointment, she said we could up the dose if my blood pressure was at a healthy number. I was textbook perfect for my blood pressure three months in. I upped my dose to 150 MG from 100. I am confident this will knock out my acne completely by Month 6... I hope sooner! 

    She gave me the option of adding a new topical or an antibiotic to speed up the process. I am proud of myself for saying NO. One month ago I would have for sure taken her up on that. I am trying to learn patience and I think I can wait this out. One month ago, I would say my acne was significantly worse. 

    I am so so happy I hit the 3 month mark. This is when the work should really start kicking in. I have been saying lots of positive affirmations and learning a lot about myself dealing with acne again. I have finally tried to see a positive side to this. I now know that my boyfriend still loves me with bad acne, I am still beautiful and strong, and I know that quitting my birth control was a big reason for my acne returning. Speaking of birth control, I love my Orthto Tri Cyclen. I feel so happy and stable compared to the Nuvaring. I am in the middle of my second pack of the pills, and I have had a pretty small initial breakout. My emotional stability was worth the switch. I can't wait to see how this combo continues to work in the next 2-3 months. I can do this!

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    I have been battling pimples my entire adult life. But for the last 14 months I have been experiencing the worst acne of my life. This time there is something different, this acne is more persistent. 

    In my future blog posts you will read about my history with acne medications, birth control pills, treatments, ointments, the list goes on.

    I was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which I will elaborate on in another post.

    But for my first entry, I thought I would discuss my current routine.

    What I am taking: Diane 35 (or 'Estelle 35') 

    Today is Day 11. So far no improvements, but I am hopeful. Birth control has worked for me in the past (well, to some extent) so I am holding out hope that it will work again.

    I wear makeup every day to work, and I use a variety of cleansers, depending on the condition of my skin that day. This evening I used Simple's Micellar Water to clear away makeup followed by the Neutrogena Pore Refining Daily Cleanser (this is comprised with AHAs and BHAs) with a spin brush and the Simple Rich Moisturiser. 

    Tomorrow morning I will simply use the Micellar Water to clear away dirt and oil from my pillow case and the QV daily moisturiser containing SPF 30.

    I try to keep my products and steps minimalistic, as I try my best to avoid irritating my skin.

    Feel free to leave comments/questions about any of the products.

    Thanks :symbols_v1_2: