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  1. 84 entries
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    Well its well over a year, 18 months since finishing Roaccutane and I'm still clear. I have the odd pimple now and again, mainly cycle related. My skin is a little dry if anything, but only on my face and sorted with a little bit of moisturiser. I am still exceptionally happy with my decision to take it. Pics below are fresh out of the shower with no make up or products on at all.

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    Day two was a success....a few spots popped up but I managed not to mess with them apart from one, but I didn't squeeze it, so I'm not counting that one. 
    But in regards to my Accutane journey, so far it has been up and down, I feel that now I'm taking a new approach and trying not to touch and mess with my face it should become a bit more clearer. Overall though i don't get any large deep spots anymore, just little white heads. 

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    Given the huge range of lotions, brushes and supplements out there that claim to help reduce or even remove acne, it can be quite disheartening for people with the condition to be repeatedly met by failure or unsatisfactory results each time they try something new. Some products may be more effective than others, but there's more to preventing acne than simply trying to medicate it. One of the best ways to help battle the problem is to eat foods that are rich in minerals and vitamins that are not just natural and incredibly beneficial for the skin, but healthy for the whole body too.

     

    Nuts

    Not only are nuts full of natural energy, the majority are also packed with vitamins that are proven to be great for the skin. Look for unprocessed varieties such as kernels, almonds, pine and macadamia for example rather than those out of a packet coated in salt and oils. Such nuts contain plenty of selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and iron - that serve to keep the skin healthy and supple.

    Red Grapes

    Feel free to eat the seeds as well, as the entire grape is also full of antioxidants that can help prevent the inflammation that become apparent through skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Like nuts these can be nibbled on and picked at over the course of the day, keeping these beneficial chemicals constantly working through the body.

    Oily Fish

    Often called 'fatty' fish, salmon, sardines and mackerel are among the best because they are full of essential Omega 3 oils that help reduce the capacity for the skin to become inflamed while unclogging blocked pores. Omega 3 is available in supplements, but nothing beats naturally ingesting these foods for the maximum potential benefit.

    Avocados

    Not only delicious and highly versatile, avocados are one of the best and most efficient sources of vitamin C that not only prevents inflammation but also serves as a natural moisturizer for the skin. Try to eat a whole fruit a few times a week, ideally in a healthy salad (minus any creamy dressings!) or whole meal sandwich. In case avocado isn't to taste, artichokes share similar properties.

    Brown Rice

     

    Sure it takes longer to prepare than white but that's no excuse given that it's not just incredibly more nutritious but contains a wealth of acne fighting properties. Full of protein and magnesium, it is also a wonderful natural source of vitamin B that is a powerful regulator of overactive hormones - that in many cases is causally linked to the development of acne.

    Fennel

    This is a slightly more obscure ingredient but one worth mentioning for cooks who like to use plenty of fresh root vegetables in their recipes, fennel is a wonderful aid for the digestive system and helps encourage the excretion of toxins and free radicals that can be stubborn to shift. Remember that the skin is a bodily organ, and just like kidneys, heart, liver etc its performance is directly in relation to how well the rest of the body is. Maintaining a strong digestive tract should be key to anyone having difficulties with acne.

    Broccoli

    Perhaps most people's favorite super food, broccoli is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and K - the complete package when it comes to maintaining overall health, with great knock-on benefits for the skin. Like all such vegetables try to steam rather than boil to prevent nutrients slipping out while cooking.

    Garlic

    Renowned for centuries thanks to its health giving benefits, garlic is one of the best and certainly most easily available foods for its antioxidant powers. It prevents the inflammation of the skin and helps the immune system to function, and is available in concentrated vitamin supplements for those who find its taste too pungent.

    These are some of the recommended foods that prevent acne and by replacing your junk food with healthier alternatives, you are keeping your body healthy.

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    Here are my pictures of my skin currently. I have like 2/3 active zits on my forehead but there are always little zits under the skin of my forehead  that are not visible in pictures. I also have a lot of red/brown scars, overall redness, blotchyness and hyperpigmentation that you can clearly see. 

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    I don't know how many of you heard about the acne no more program(mike Walden). Is it a scam ?
    Please I want honest reviews about it.
     

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    Your flare up of pimples is finally over, but it has left behind some horrible scarring.

    Even without picking, acne lesions, notably cysts, may lead to scars resulting from the serious, collagen-damaging swelling with which they are interlinked. Surprisingly, you do not have to deal with the clear indications of a break-out permanently.

    What Can Lead To Acne?

    Rays of The Sun

    The simple truth is that sun light might actually make blemishes seem uglier and can make healing take longer. It's crucial to make use of sun-screen with not less than an SPF of 30 whenever you're out in sun rays for a long time period. Sunscreen must be reapplied soon after spending just a few hours in the sun and also after swimming. Also, reduce the amount of time you spend in the sunshine, and even dressing in protective clothing, for example a long-sleeved shirt, denims, and a hat, is beneficial.

    Not Giving Acne The Appropriate Time To Heal

    Scars, which are composed chiefly of collagen (a protein fibre), are the body's way of correcting itself. The loss in collagen from the skin frequently results in scars becoming indented. Scratching results in more inflammation and injury to the skin, which increases loss of color and scarring. Squeezing or attempting to pop a pimple will cause pus together with germs to filter deeper into the pores, resulting in a lot more collagen damage.

    Applying Vitamin E Solutions

    You may have read that applying vitamin E to a scarred area of skin helps it recover sooner, yet according to the discoveries of research, applying the vitamin straight onto a scar could actually thwart its recovery.

    What Makes Scarring Left By Acne heal?

    Ointments Tend To Make a Major Difference

    First of all, in the event that the scarring is crimson or swollen, apply an over-the-counter cortisone product to soothe the pores and skin. Cortisone is absorbed and minimizes puffiness. Inflammation will be minimized by the cortisone that is absorbed by the skin and pores. Next, you will need to pay attention to diminishing any colouring left by the scar. Kojic acid (an all-natural lightener comprised of mushroom extract), arbutin (aka bearberry extract), and even vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are amazing alternative ingredients to try to look for in non-prescription skin lightening ointments.

    Going To See a Skin Specialist

    If your acne scars don't fade away by themselves, it could be time for you to think about booking an appointment with a dermatologist. Within one to three sittings, modern skin resurfacing employing fractionated laser technology can level the skin's exterior and boost new collagen formation to help fill out acne scarring. Skin care professionals could also consider in essential to make use of injections which can mend the indentations left behind from severe scarring caused by acne.

    Waiting It Out

    The key to seeing acne scarring diminish is patience. Many new scars look pink for the reason that blood vessels start to provide nourishment to the skin after a breakout of acne. Many weeks afterwards, collagen will begin to reform, filling in the injured area of skin. The majority of scars caused by acne should have completely disappeared within a year.

  7. 6 entries
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    So I've over came my fear of acne. It's cliche that you receive treatment for it and after a few days progress is shown, but it will never all just pack up and leave. Trust me, I know the feeling. So I've come down to a tiny amount of small pimples mostly under my eyes where the nose bone is, (ha :) nose bone) and just a few on my nose barely noticeable. If you really want it to go away just drink ALOT of water, shower regularly and feel free to add a few vegies to your diet...it's not that hard. Try your best to avoid eating alot of sweets. Don't get me wrong, I love sweets and I still cheat a few days and have my fair share of chocolate. But :( , it may cause your acne to flare up or cause other bumps to form and we all know that nobody wants that. Another step is being confident. Don't look down when the guy/girl you like is talking to you. You may offend them. Besides, if they weren't intereste4d in you they wouldn't be talking to you in the first place. So, just be calm and polite and ALWAYS smile. People may start to wonder and say... "They have acne and they're always smiling. I wish I was as happy as they were." You are beautiful and NEVER forget that!!! <3









     

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    Having been diagnosed with PCOS really made me aware of the root causes of my acne. Unfortunately my hormones right now are still F’ed up and my face/skin is freaking out! LIKE FREAAAAKING OUT!!! 

    I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014, and began birth control. It really did help with keeping acne at bay I tell you that, however several months ago, I decided to let my body rest for a while - and now Acne is wreaking havoc again... i can even feel that my back is also acting up now! (Guess have been super busy with Life as well that’s why I was only able to go back here in this site now)

    I’m back on the pill and finished the 1st pack. Waiting for my (.) and I can definitely vouch that this is why my face is sooo filled with angry cystic acne right now especially in my jawline, chin and even neck! - My Ob gyn said that I might see some improvements starting on the second month of the pill...  i’m also taking supplements to help me with this battle, along with exercise and diet (avoiding dairy, sugar, coffee, gluten (i try) )

    Meanwhile, i just started out with a modified acne.org regimen. 

    Day 1 - Monday 03.19.2018
    Washed with subtitute cleanser Johnson’s baby wash
    Dan’s bp treatment
    Moisturizer - I live in the Philippines and I use Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Moisturizer which is water- based and non-comedogenic (has super few ingredients as well which I love, and this has always been my go to moisturizer)

    We don’t have the Acne.org regimen readily available here especially before, but I’ve seen some resellers and they will do! - I’m just relieved that somehow they are “available” (althoug almost always sold out fast!)

    I was using the Alba Botanica acnedote when i started breaking out in Feb 20 - but I really wasn’t seeing any difference at all. NSo.... shooting this write up into the black hole. I am really hoping and praying that this will work! IT WILL WORK!!! - Coz i’m at wits end. For the past few days I’ve just been crying and crying to the point where my eyes already hurt, puffed and swollen. 

    Dealing with PCOS, Acne, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder.... jeeeeezzz. What a PAIN!!!

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    Acne is a common disorder of skin which involves the appearance of pimples on your face, chest, back, shoulders and neck. Mostly, youngsters within the age gap of 15-25 get affected by this disorder. The pores in the skin get blocked and the dirt that is released through the pores start getting collected in the skin which rises into pointed shapes over the skin called pimples.
    Remedies For Acne

    Remedies For Acne

    The disorder is very common and can be treated very easily by cleaning the face properly and keeping the food habits low in oil and fats. There are people who have severe acne complications and it is not enough for them to treat the disorder by only controlling the diet or hygiene. One can Buy Prescription Acne Medication which would be effective in fighting the bacteria which develops on the skin.
    How Acne is Caused?
    The Sebaceous Glands in the skin continuously release an oily liquid called Sebum. This liquid is helpful in keeping the skin lubricated and soft. The oil contains dead cells of the body which are transported through a tube which is connected to the oil glands and the pores known as follicles.
    When there is any blockage because of excess oil release or hair growth on the pore's mouth, the releasing of the Sebum gets affected. The oil released by the glands is not able to come out on the skin's surface and hence starts getting collected under the skin. The walls of the follicles get bacteria deposition on them because of which the oil is not able to come out and causes the skin to produce bulges in various parts of the face, chest, neck and back. These bulges are known as pimples.
    They are raised red spots which have a white center which are developed because of the inflammation or infection in the follicles. The lumps which develop because of follicle blockage under our skin are known as Cysts. The oil releasing pores in the skin should not be confused with the sweat releasing pores which co-exist.
    Medications for treatment Of Acne
    There are online medical stores Where one can Buy Acne Medication Online. One of the most commonly prescribed medication available at online pharmacies is Accutane. This is an oral medication which is available with the generic name Isotretinoin at online pharmacies.
    This drug contains Vitamin A which helps in reducing the amount of oil which is released by oil glands in the skin helping the skin to repair itself quickly. Accutane is prescribed to people suffering from sever Nodular Acne. This is a complimenting medication to other acne anti-biotic medicines which are given before it. This medication is available in varied dosage quantities prescribed according to the level of severeness of Acne.

    About me:
    I am the proffesional writer at online writing services and I had problems with acne in chilhood and now I want to help people with same problems!
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    First blog post! My skin is oily as usual today, but the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has helped control oilness around my cheeks and nose. Small whitehead on my chin, but should be gone after a spot treatment. I recently got my wisdom teeth removed, so my face is a bit swelled and there is some post extraction yellow bruising around my mouth. Overall could be worse :)

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    I wanna preface this with this is all my opinion

    So we all see acne as this negative thing and lets be honest it really is, nobody is happy about having it but when it comes to a silver lining I personally can say for myself that there has been one.

    First we can start with one that I think we all have. I think as acne suffers we all have developed an empathetic trait especially to this suffering from acne since we obviously walked a day in their shoes (or still currently are). I think that is great to have as a good person in the world since their are shitty people all over. Just knowing that there are people out there who don't care, and know all the facts and don't give dumb advice like "wash your face more" is very empowering and gives people the feeling they're not alone. This will as well translate to other personal issues aside from acne and having empathy will only benefit the suffers.

    Now having acne pushes us all to try anything and everything in an attempt to be clear faced. I like many spent hours online checking out every theory to cure myself, including going plant-based. Many of us have done it and either tried it for a bit, kept it going for a longer period of time or just stick with it to this day. I am one of those people who have stuck with it and this is a silver lining for me. I think I am the healthiest I ever been and am just so self-aware of what I am putting in my body (calories, ingredients, macro / micro nutrients). I exercise for my job regularly and do things to control stress levels like meditation and or yoga. I personally think that a plant based diet is the healthiest diet out there and you may think what you want but that is just my opinion from the research I have done on the subject. I am just very happy to be healthy and healthier then most of the people around me (early 20's, most still living off that university diet). I'd recommend anyone to try a plant-based diet for acne since it did help clear some things up but to each their own. 

    So if you're feeling down about the way your skin is looking which I can say I have done a lot, try and spin the situation around and come up with something positive and help your situation out because it isn't fun to dwell on this negativity and just feel depressed, a gleam of positive thoughts even if just for a moment is worth it.

    -M
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    So I am writing this blog mostly to remind myself that these products dont work for me.
    Neutrogena glycolic acid moisturizer with SPF 15 gave me lots of new pimples, the worst!
    Ponds dry skin cream clogged my pores.

    Makeup Forever powder foundation, Bareminerals Pro Foundation gave me pimples as well...

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    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

     

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    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! 

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    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. 

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    ~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 :)

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    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.

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    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

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    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!!

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    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

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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. 

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    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.