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  1. 14 entries

    So it's been a week since I have taken my last tablet. My dryness is starting to subside, and I think my eyes are feeling a little less teary/dry.  

    I still have some spots on my bum/underneath, which I'm not happy with, and I have one on the back of my left shoulder, but that doesn't seem to have erupted to the usual standard which is good.  I know the medication will stay in my system for another few weeks so I do hope that it all goes away and leaves me alone forever.  If not, I will be back to let you know!!me.jpg

    Now to move on to those pesky wrinkles!!

    Love and peace xx


  2. 11 entries

    Week 5 update.
    (from 15th Feb - 2nd March)

    I have decided to to start blogging weekly or every 2 weeks depending on the changes in my skin. 
    Firstly I had my month 2 review with my dermatologist on Thursday 22nd Feb. She was really happy with how skin has reacted to the accutane and also that my mood had not been affected. She increased my dose from 40mg per day to 70mg per day. I collected my prescription today (2nd march) so will start my increased dose tomorrow.

    Over the last couple of weeks the biggest change in my skin is the dryness, all of a sudden the oil production just seems to have stopped. Literally overnight I noticed one day when driving home from work when looking in the mirror that my face wasn't shining like a mirror! Also that my makeup had not moved, usually by the end of the day at work my makeup has broken down and looks awful because of the oil my skin as produced, but no more! 

    My lips!! Oh my god I cant keep them moisturised enough, they are starting to peel and seem to be dry no matter how much I apply product to them. My hair also is not getting half as greasy as it was, usually I would only get 2 days maximum from a hair wash and have to use loads of dry shampoo between washes. But now its very different, I had my hair done on a Saturday and didn't have to wash it until the following Wednesday! 

    I had my period 2 weeks ago and I thought it was lighter than usual, not sure if this was anything to do with the medication or not. During my period I had a couple of very small pimples pop up on my face, I have been excessively moisturising as my skin is so dry, so I'm not sure what was the cause of those. 

    I have one small spot on my chin and one on the side of my nose today, which appeared yesterday, I thought that this morning they would have followed the usual pattern of my skin and got a lot bigger but they haven't, if anything they have gotten smaller. 

    Overall still very happy with my progress, will be interesting to see how my skin reacts to the higher dosage! 

  3. 6 entries

    So my insurance didn't pay for Doxycycline but it did pay for Minocycline which is the same exact thing pretty much. I've been on it for 6 weeks now, my doctor gave me a 3 month supply and she said by the end of it my skin should be significantly clearer, that it would help my active acne and my lesions, so far it's not going so well. My skin texture is smoother but I'm still getting big painful pimples, she told me I wouldn't have a "purge" phase while on this. And everytime a pimple leaves a deep pink scar is left behind, my face has NEVER scarred like this. At this point I just feel hopeless, my self confidence is the lowest it's EVER been. I can't get back in until April so I really don't know what to do. I feel like my last hope is Accutane, I've never had cystic acne until now and I feel like that would be the only thing to get rid of it. I remember when I NEVER wore makeup, now I have to wear it everyday to feel comfortable. I know they say beauty is skin deep but I'm just so sad. I'll keep updated if anything changes. 

  4. 7 entries

    ~3 month Update(104 days)


    Ok I just finished writing this and it's SUPER long so I apologize in advance lol but I felt I had so many updates and things to report :)


    Okay so it's been about 3 months and a week. I haven't updated in awhile because things have been starting to look up and I honestly didn't wanna jinx it lol. When I last posted I was in an awful place. My skin was just so bad and not getting better whatsoever. I was on 100mg spiro and 100mg doxycycline. After about 2/2.5 weeks of that nothing really changed and the cysts were continuing to pop up pretty much every day. I feel like I know my skin fairly well and decided to add another 50 spiro everyday so I'd be taking 150mg of the spiro and 100mg doxy. (I know not smart to do without consulting my derm but I wasn't seeing her for awhile and I just knew I needed a higher dose) Anyways after about a week or two of upping to 150 all my really bad cysts started to dry up and kind of flatten out if that makes sense lol. What I also noticed was I wasn't really getting any new ones. I'm not sure if it was the doxy that has caused this shift or the upped dosage but I think it's a little bit of both. I had a couple great days where I barely had any raised bumps on my face. I currently have a few pimples but they aren't like what I had been getting constantly. And I'm pretty sure they aren't really hormonal but more so from not washing my makeup off fully and eating really unhealthy/drinking this weekend. My face feels so much smoother where there isn't any active pimples. My whole left cheek is pretty much al smooth aside from two small raised bumps that are slowly diasappearing. My right is where my bad habits this weekend seemed to show.  There's about  three raised bumps I can feel. One kind of big one that's still trying to heal on my chin from a previous bad breakout and the others are not bad at all compared to what I have been dealing with the last couple months. I am by noooo means where I want to be and my skin still looks pretty awful. Most of the marks though are scars now and just really dark spots that I have to start working on but at least I can cover most of it up pretty good with makeup. I feel way less depressed and don't feel the need to constantly hide in my bed and cry because the state of my face now is so much more manageable with makeup and I don't feel gross going in public now because like I said my face is mostly smooth aside from a couple active bumps so they don't look gross under foundation at this point really. 

    Anywaysssss, I had a dermatologist appointment today and I told her how I started to add a 50mg and it really seemed to be helping along with the doxycycline. So I'm going to stay doing the 150mg of spironolactone and she wants to up my dosage of doxycycline to 150mg - she had this whole explanation about how it's different or something then what iv been taking and should really help but we talked about so many different things I don't even remember her exact wording. So I'll be taking 150mg doxycycline now which my skin responds really well to so I'm really excited for it to improve even more than it has in the last few weeks. I'm also going to start taking my doxycycline at night as opposed to with the 150mg spiro in the morning. Taking all of that at once is just way too much for my body to handle. I have to eat a huge breakfast and lay down a lot taking all of it at once and it just makes me so out of it and not feeling great for the rest of the morning/day. I know I should've been splitting it up since the beginning but I had started out doing it all at the same time and since I was seeing a silver lining finally I didn't wanna mess with what I was doing. So tomorrow I'm going to pickup my new doxycycline prescription which actually won't be ready till after 3pm which is good so I'll be forced to take it at night and get into that habit lol. 

    Last but not least for my update, I was prescribed a new topical which is mostly to help my scarring and dark spots so that's a good sign that we are starting to work on that since it seems like I'm getting less active pimples. (Fingers crossed). 

    It's called Tazarotene cream(.1%). I'm only going to use it once or twice a week o start because I don't know how my skin will react and I'm pretty sure she said it can be extremely drying and peely- something I hate cause that looks so bad under makeup. If anyone has used this PLEASE tell me your experience. I've been trying to read up on it and I'm seeing a lot of mixed reviews. A lot are saying it gets worse first and I'm like uhhhh??? I JUST went through the whole it gets worse before it gets better for months with spiro so like if that's the case no freakin thanks. Still some reviews are super positive. I think I'll just use it as a spot cream on dark scars for now ? My derm said I could do that. And maybe on some of the lingering pimples. I really don't know what to make of it so any insight would be awesome! 

    Oh also at my appointment she mentioned Aczone which I'm suppose to still be using? However I felt like it wasn't doing anything because I was still constantly breaking out so it just felt kind of pointless. I used a moisturizer instead every night and even during the day that has benzoyl peroxide in it and I think it's been one of the main things to help my skin. I'm not 100% positive because it could be a mix of many things finally helping but I think it works way better than the Aczone. However she told me Aczone can help with dark spots as well so I'm like do I start that back up again now that my skin has calmed down somewhat ? So again if anyone has experience with Aczone or Tazarotene I would love to hear what you think!! 

    Okay I think that's finally it for this months update. I'm going to continue 150mg spiro in the morning and the 150mg doxycycline before bed. As for the topicals I think I'll try out the Tazarotene in small dosages maybe once or twice a week and kind of ease into it because if it's gonna be another initial breakout before it gets better it ain't for me lol. If you've made it this far thanks for reading my super obnoxious long update! I hope my next update will be even more positive than this one! Here's to clear happy skin :)

  5. 9 entries


    this is probably one of the worst moments in my life. I got many cysts up on my face. I am scared. It is the return of my nightmare again. I can't even look myself in the mirror. I hate my scars, my redness. Acne keeps coming up without reasons. I am totally depressed. I want to cry out loud and claim that I want to sjrremder myself to acne. I have been fighting it for many many years. It has never been better. I have spent hundred thousand baht to clear myself but it never work. All dermatologists remedies didn't help me. It hurt me so bad. I am hurt. I want it to stop coming up. Why does it keeps poping on my face and always comes with redness. I haven't done anything bad to my face or did I? I have been using the same product for a year now. T T . Sorry for this unhelpful entry, but I need to let it out. I can't keep this anymore. 

  6. 4 entries

    I tend to forget to update regularly haha but it’s now day 20 and the joint pain... oh my word it’s been killing me. Well it’s not actually that bad, it’s just noticeable and annoying. I can feel when I’m about to experience joint pain and it doesn’t last long but it’s definitely unpleasant. I think I’ve been getting dry lips, I’m not sure because I’ve always used lip balm even when I didn’t have dry lips but lately I’ve noticed the lip balm sinking in instead of sitting on top of my lips. I’ve also gotten dry skin which is AMAZING I know that’s probably weird to hear but I have very oily skin so this is good. When it’s hot outside my skin doesn’t get oily anymore which is a great thing. But the downside is all the flakes. Moisturiser can only do so much and I’m not keen to buy a new moisturiser (broke life) so I’m dealing with it. Last thing - cystic acne breakouts. Not enjoying it. It’s painful and looks awful but it’ll be gone soon hopefully. The quality of my skin fluctuates so it’s not always terrible but there are definitely days I’d prefer to lock myself in my room and go nowhere. Almost 3 weeks and it’s surprisingly quite normal apart from the joint pain and the cystic acne pain.

  7. 3 entries

    Friday February 23, 2018.  Today is day 17 of treatment.  This past week I feel like I've noticed more of an effect.  My lips are significantly drier than normal, it's not just the winter air.  But so far if I keep up with aquaphor and lip balm that is enough to keep my lips happy.  I've also noticed the skin on my face getting drier.  Around the corners of my nose almost got to the point of peeling before I realized I need to be applying moisturizer more.  So obviously the oiliness I mentioned last week is has passed.  Also I noticed the back of my hands felt really grainy when I washed my hands this week and it took me a while to realize it's due to dryness.  It hasn't cracked or peeled yet and it doesn't even look dry.  It just feels sorta rough.  If it progresses I start paying attention to moisturizing them better.  My skin is looking pretty clear.  I had one huge pimple earlier this week.  A really deep painful one on my nose which is an unusual place, but after popping it it cleared up in just a day or so.  Overall things are still going well, so far I am pleased.



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    So..I think it might have been my moisturiser that was making my skin break out, I have stopped using it and my face seems to of calmed down. I still have the horrible under the skin spots and a lot of redness. 

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    So this is Day 5 following a pretty aggressive subcision kind of procedure. 

    Basically the doctor used a cannula to get under my skin all over and cut through scar tissue. She said it’s the worst scar tissue under the skin she has ever seen. It has caused previous fillers to be lumpy and make my skin worse.

    im convinces it is the reason my skin doesn’t heal anymore, why it’s so crinkly etc.

    as of now, my skin is too horrible to contemplate. I wanted some prp and I broke down and cried in the doctors sugery. She said this would help. I’m so desperate, and I kept crying and asking her if it would make my skin worse, after the disgusting effects of the procedures performed by a very ‘reputable’ doctor in Australia. 

    My skin is a horrible atm. How is this level of unevenness and scars and just ....how is this possible?225066FD-8DF5-46E4-91C4-75EED5280C68.jpeg16A5575F-3A36-4DF7-A0D4-F78EA58DB6EE.jpeg



  11. 3 entries

    Hi everyone , so I came back from the Naturopath and they ask about my blood type. Afterwards the doctor gave a correlation between the food I ate and my blood type. Wow I didn't know for the longest time that chicken is bad for me , so does lentils and buckwheat. Omg I've been eating all that pretty much everyday. Maybe that contributed to my acne. So I'm gonna stop eating the food that I should mainly avoid and see how it goes. I'll update you asap. And I just wanna say that I ordered toothpaste with is fluoride free and only contains natural ingredients . It just arrive and hope to use it later at night. That all haha takecare!!

  12. 9 entries

    So many changes since my last post, and only a few of them related to my skin. 

    About a month ago I moved from Asheville to Greensboro for a job promotion. And while it has been an amazing opportunity, it's also been hectic. I've been sick twice during that time, including during the actual move itself. I have had to make a lot of adjustments. Although I have been good about keeping up with my skincare during that time. 

    One of the set backs has been that anytime I am presented with a different water quality, my skin freaks out. This led to a couple of unfortunate cystic pimples cropping up. It has settled down now, and ultimately the water here is better, but it left behind two scars I'm trying to deal with. Of course. 

    My new bathroom also has much brighter LED lighting, so I think I can see my imperfections more clearly. And the lighting at my new job is florescent, which makes everything look terrible. But I try not to focus on that. 

    It's difficult knowing that I'm using the right products and having the progress go so slowly. I am aware that it takes time and none of this is a Mr. Clean magic eraser for my skin. But I sure wish it were. 

    I feel like there's been a lot of stagnation in my skin. It may just be time to bump up to a higher concentration of AHA and less frequent application so I can work my way back up. I'm not sure. Overall, I believe it has helped. But I still wish I could have the perfect, poreless skin we all dream of. 

    But I will keep on and hope that I can continue to make progress, one way or another. IMG_20180218_004353526.jpgIMG_20180218_004357125.jpgIMG_20180218_004401173.jpg

  13. 7 entries
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    so back to the drawing board, my skin this month has been Horrible...so heartbreaking. I'm on my period right now and have two large cysts that are awful so well see how long it takes to get rid of them. I just started proactive md so hopefully with the fourth month of birth control and the start of a routine things start looking good for me. 

  14. 16 entries

    I spent almost every day here in 2013/2014. I wrote blogs and read all of yours. I felt defeated then and I feel defeated now. My cystic acne slowly subsided for about 3 ish years. I would get the odd cyst here and there but they were few and far between. Lately they've been coming back. One after the other with clear periods lasting only a week or so. I feel like a shell. I've locked myself away from everyone this weekend. I've lied and told people I was busy all because I feel I can't face anyone. I know I'm strong and i know I've been through this before.. I just don't want to anymore. I don't want to think about the same fucking thing every day. 

  15. 9 entries
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    month 2 has been going alright. My lips are starting to get drier but still ok. The noticeable thing thats really annoying me is that my face has been becoming red and heating up a lot, as i said i have a bit of rosacea so this used to happen even before accurate but its still annoying. So far I've had two more pimples. 

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    Day 17 is Coming to an end and I think I might have jinxed my progress a little. The other day I was thinking that I was still been breaking out whilst on this regimen, but at least not on my cheeks. And like a letter in the post, the next day I had two spots on one cheek and one on the other. And all though this is a major set back, I am happy that the spots’ life cycle seems shorter. Before, a spot could be “brewing” under the skin for up to four days before coming to the surface, and then stay active for up to three days and then heal to an acceptable level for another two days. Now it seems it takes only 4 days for the whole cycle to run, so at least that is good news. I have also tried to increase the BP after week two, so now I am on full strength in the evenings, and half strength in the mornings. I will go up to full strength in week 4 and see how the skins feels. 

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    Urine Therapy For Acne O_O

    Ones own urine has been used for medicinal purposes for years. Different cultures all over the world have discovered a wide variety of ailments that have been helped or even cured by using your own urine.

    The correct term for treating a medical condition with your own urine is urotherapy or uropathy. When using urine to treat acne the idea is simply to dab and massage it into your skin as you would a facial toner.

    I must stress we are talking about your own urine for this treatment, not someone elses, the thought of applying pee to my face was quite something to get to grips with, the thought of using someone elses would probably have given me nightmares.

    Just briefly touching on not using your own urine, I did read somewhere that babies pee is even stronger and works much quicker than using your own and it suggested if you have a baby in the house just dab a swab in a diaper. I am sorry but that is something even I cannot get my head around.

    18th Century France - Bathing In Urine

    In 18 Century France, it has been reported that women used to take baths and soak themselves in urine, now I am unsure how they managed to fill a bath, with even the best will in the world and drinking solidly around the clock I don't believe I could actually produce enough pee to fill a bath, I can only assume that it wasn't all their own? Now that really is a Eww moment of grand proportions.

    Before we go any further the treatment we are looking at today involves dabbing urine onto your skin, no you are not going to be asked to digest or drink any and certainly not take a bath in it.

    So putting the cringes to one side this is not some old wifes tale, this is a natural home remedy to cure acnee that actually works and it isn't going to cost you a bean. When I say it works, I just want to clarify that it helps cure acne, it will help you obtain a clearer skin and clear up those spots. This treatment will do little if anything in helping you to rid acne scars that is a different matter.

    What Is In Urine

    Unlike a stool which is a toxic waste product, urine only contains a very small amount of actual waste, it is completely sterile and non-toxic. Urine actually contains vitamins, acids, minerals and hormones, the levels of each dependant on your current state of health. The active ingredients that assist in helping acne are:
    •     Zinc
    •     Vitamin C
    •     Urea
    •     Ammonia
    •     Bicarbonate
    •     Corticosteroids
    •     Salt and Magnesium

    How to Treat Acne: Urine Therapy

    If you have got this far you are either very curious or after trying everything else you haven't ruled out the possibility of treating your acne with urine. The next section details the few simple steps for this rather unusual acne treatment.
    •     We have already established that you should be using your own urine, it must also be the first one of the day as soon as you awake as this is the strongest as it has been in your bladder all through the night.
    •     When you first start to go to the toilet leave the first couple of seconds to flow, stop midstream and catch some in a small container, you don't need a lot.
    •     Using a cotton wool swab, gently apply the urine to your acne scars or spots.
    •     Leave the urine on your skin for between 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.
    •     It will not harm you leaving it on longer and believe it or not, as the urine starts to dry out there won't be any smell (no you won't smell like a public lavatory).
    •     As long as you have saved some in the container you can apply this at least twice a day.
    •     Just before retiring to bed you can apply the same urine for overnight use too, this is probably the best time to apply it.
    •     If you keep the urine in a container for more than 24 hours it will turn into a concentrate which you can apply to darker spots.
    •     Pop along to your local health center or doctors and ask them for a sample bottle, they will happily provide you with one and no you won't have to tell them what you want the bottle for.
    •     Don't over think about what you are doing, we apply creams, perfumes and chemicals to our bodies every day, if only we knew what was in half of the products we apply to our skin.

    Some people experience a very slight tingling using this method but keep the treatment up and you should notice an improvement in just a few days time. It is totally free and as long as you can get your head around the fact you are applying pee to your face what have you got to lose.

    Remember though, this isn't a try once and cure treatment, it is one that you are going to have to persevere with for a while although in using this method you should notice an improvement in just a matter of days.

    Peeing into a container is obviously easier for the guys so ladies, get yourself a spare jug and as you probably don't want to be collecting samples too often why not get yourself a small plastic container with a screw top lid, you can always leave it in the bathroom.


    Urine does help in curing spots and outbreaks of acne but for best results do not use it as some kind of wonder or miracle treatment. Don't see it as a one way attack on acne, see it as part of a routine that should also include watching your diet, consuming more Omega 3 and avoiding things that clog your pores and things that make your skin greasy.

    About Juan Koss:

    As a physician and research paper helper, I’ve always been drawn to the specialized practice of caring for the skin. I see each person’s skin as their canvas. A great work of art can only be achieved when you begin with the best canvas possible.

  19. 9 entries

    So it's almost the end of January now and I am almost 4 months finished my Accutane/isotretinoin journey. My skin is flawless still! I don't gain any acne except for tiny blackheads rarely , that's it!! I'm so happy in my skin and feel like a new person. I've gained much more confidence in myself due to the acne going away completely. I'm still working on reducing the scaring but I'm over the moon as my skin is now. The only products I use on my skin now are pure coconut oil obviously for cleansing , Aveeno skin relief moisture repair cream for moisturising and i use lush's rose water toner! :)image.jpeg


  20. TeenGirl14 Indianna
    By TeenGirl14
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    so I've recently gone to the doctors and was put on a medication called isotretinoin 10mg, it's really helped and it also I've changed my skincare routine so it's less drying and more hydrating, it has seemed to work and my skin is clearer than ever before literally, i'm enjoying this and the fact that I can eat almost anything except milk and still have clear skin cause the pill I've been prescribed is amazing.

    LIst of products:
    1. ST.IVES Even & Bright pink lemon & mandarin orange scrub61r7XRCUFOL._SY355_.jpgCountdown$10.00
    2. Garnier SKINACTIVE anti-blemish soap-free gel washPURE-ACTIVE-SENSITIVE-GEL-WASH-200ML-724079.jpgKmart$13.00
    3. BENZAC AC 5% moderate strength acne washImage result for BENZAC AC 5% moderate strength acne washCountdown$20.00
    4. Garnier SKINACTIVE bottle which i emptied and filled up with my homemade chamomile tea toner instead.
    5. by nature moisture replenishing Face SerumImage result for by nature moisture replenishing Face SerumWarehouse$10.00
    6. charcoal peel off mask *from the 2dollar shop*
    7. Natures care paw paw lip balm Image result for paw paw lip balmWarehouse$?

    List of tools I use:
    1. proactiv facial device $100.00 from life pharmacy with the silicone head $4.00 bought from Kmart which surprisingly fit.Image result for proactiv facial device
    2. Necessities Brand Bath hair towel turban $7.00 from the warehouse which I use for my wet hair.Image result for Necessities Brand Bath hair towel turban
    3. economy paper towels $5.00 from the warehouse which I use to dry my face with instead of using material towels.Image result for economy paper towels
    so that's all of it.
    next update is my skincare day&night routine




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    guys I have folliculitis on scalp and face. They have this yellow crust. I got it cultured and it came back as normal skin flora no bacteria and no staph. I don't know what to do. I have done minocycline and doxycline which worked temporarily. After the yellow crust falls of then it turns into a flake. SO my skin is very flakey but only where I get the spots. I get them in my beard, near mouth, scalp, near nose.  This is is wrecking my life. I had acne as a teen but it don't look like this at all. Now its crusty pustules. HELP please.

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    Hello! Let me tell you some background information. I'm from Venezuela and recently moved to Spain (Barcelona). Since I was 13years old I started getting acne, it wasn't very bad but it was very persistent. Then at the age of 17 it started getting worse, so from mild it went to moderate acne. I tried many products and all that stuff and it only made it worse. So i was really desperate and my derm recommend me using Accutane, very low dosage 30mg, I weight 64kg and my heigh is 174cm, and eventually i went from 30mg to 10mg since my skin did improve and a lot. Well now I'm here in Barcelona, the weather is not good on my skin,  mine is oily but very sensitive. I purchased neutrogena visibly clear face wash spot proofing, because i ran out of my products that i used to use in venezuela, and I think is harsh on my skin. My pores seems to get bigger everyday :c and i dont know what to do... I cleanse only at night due to the product and I moisturize when going to bed. I wash my face in the morning with water and then  moisturize. Well here are some pics of my skin, I would really appreciate if I can get some help. 

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    Now its been week 3 of antibiotics. I am heading towards the last week. I still get 1 or 2 off pimple. The redness of skin has subsided on right cheek but left cheek is a whole mess of colours and PIH marks. I dont think my face will ever be like it was before but i am visiting the derm next sunday and hopefully he can recommend me something for marks and bad texture. 
    Really depressed right now.

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    I am a 21 year old female. Up until a few months ago I had 0 acne. I wore foundation, washed my face, put on some moisturizer, and that was it. Starting in November 2018, I had a few late nights which resulted in me sleeping in makeup/not washing my face before bed (on accident). Anyways, my skin started to absolutely explode. I began having huge hard pimples on my chin that I had never encountered before. In high school I was on the cryselle birth control pill which apparently is not very good for acne, but I barely had any acne at all while using clindamycin/BP. I went off birth control about two years ago, so the sudden influx in acne does not seem to be related to that because from what I've researched the peak of acne after discontinuing birth control   is around 9 months. Anyways, the acne is extremely concentrated around my chin area. Since using the epiduo for around 4 weeks (only on my skin, just started using it on the rest of my face) most of my closed comedones have come to the surface and created an absolute purging sort of hell.  Anyways, I graduate towards the end of May, and I am praying for some clear skin by then. By no means do I ask for perfect skin but I would like to be able to smile or brush my teeth without the pain of deep acne flooding my chin. I am also hoping this birth control helps. I was going to go on yaz but the scary stories regarding blood clots steered me away. As annoying as acne is to me, it is not worth that risk. 

    On another note, I cannot believe how much this condition has influenced my life. I have never had acne so bad and it is only mild to moderate. I took the days of clear skin for granted. I cannot wait until the day where I don't wake up and automatically feel depressed and defeated from my acne. I am typically a very upbeat and happy person who loves life inside and out. I feel plagued by this condition and I'm feeling so hopeless. If anyone has had success with either epiduo or ortho tri cyclen I would love to hear them.

    Anyways, I have been on the birth control for a week and I have not noticed a negative nor positive effect on my acne. Also another side note- I was getting my period every two weeks for extended periods of time and my DHEA- sulfate levels were elevated (all other hormones were normal) which indicates some sort of hormonal imbalance. I am going to the dermatologist next week to discuss possibly going to epiduo forte instead of the regular epiduo. I have pretty hardy skin and I have tolerated the regular epiduo quite well. Has anyone had success with the forte? Let me know! I also use cetaphil face wash and moisturizer. I never exfoliate, and I wear foundation everyday especially now due to the scarring. Ok thats it! Mission get clear before graduation has commenced!

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    A bit of background on my skin , I first started getting spots at about the age of 13 . Just the odd few pimples here and there , coming up to around 15/16 this is when my skin got bad , I'd get breakouts on the sides of my face and around my chin area , I then decided to go make up free for a while as I thought that this was what was causing it , whilst I wasn't wearing make up I was on an acne antibiotic called lymecycline . My skin did clear up a lot during this period , so I then started to wear make up again , this was when I was on my last two months of this antibiotic and all was good . I then came off these and I did start to break out a while after , but these breakouts were not as bad as before . But then after being of them for a good few months my skin got a lot worse with lots of white heads and black heads on the odd pimples . Its now just covered in pimples down the sides of my face , and lots of whiteheads and blackheads basically all over my face , some more noticeable than others .