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  1. 7 entries
    End of week 6 today:
    I've only been on 60mg for 3 days, but I can notice a difference from 40mg already. My lips are the same (Vaseline every 3-6 hours), but my face got drier (forehead flaking slightly which is new, and my mouth area and chin are flaking again - ew), and my side neck area (which I still have a lumpy breakout problem with) got much drier. I feel like this'll help a lot in the coming weeks. Overall the dryness isn't too bad. I recall benzoyl peroxide in 2013 made me just as dry as this (except lips).

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

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

    13th Aug:

    21st Aug:

    Side view redness compared in indoor vs outdoors:

    2-3 weeks ago:

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

  3. 4 entries

    Diane 35

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



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


    Patch Testing

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


    • Drinking spearmint tea every day.
    • Taking zinc, vitamin A, evening primrose oil, vitamin d3, and omega 3 vitamins.
    • Ate some dairy, gluten, coffee, wine, and soy at a party.
  4. 5 entries

    So if you read my last post you'd know that I had a pretty severe breakout approximately a week ago, but now it's mostly cleared up and my skin is doing pretty good. I've started using castor oil mixed with jojoba oil on my acne before I go to bed, and holy crap castor oil is amazing for literally ZAPPING my pimples. I still have a few remaining pimples and my skin is a little dull/rough and oily right now, but hey at least my breakout's cleared up. Just thought I'd update. 

  5. 2 entries

    This Friday marks the end of my first week on accutane. My starting dose is 60mg per day ( 1 30mg pill twice a day) which is about 1mg/ kg for me. I have to say, this week has been pretty rough but towards the end, things got better and I am feeling good now! 

    The first day of accutane was fine but the second day I woke up with a mild headache, which is unusual for me. The headache lasted about 3 days on and off and I just felt off. I began to worry so I called the derm and he said that I was probably dehydrated. I drank a ton of water and it went away! So I would recommend drinking extra water on Accutane! Around day 3, everything started to dry out. My lips have been mildly chapped and the skin on my face has been peeling around my breakouts. I have been using Cera Ve cream moisturizer on my body and Cetaphil moisturizer with spf on my face and I have been washing my face with Cetaphil for normal/ oily skin. The only thing that helps my lips is Aquaphor.

    As for the initial breakout, I have noticed some larger than usually marks coming up but they dry up really quickly. Another side effect I have been experiencing is sun sensitivity. I cannot tolerate being in direct sunlight for more than 5-10 minutes at a time no matter how much sunscreen I have on. My skin gets so red and irritated. The final thing I notice during my first week is joint pain. My job requires me to stand for extended periods and do heavy lifting and I have been coming home with some soreness. Nothing extreme or terrible, but noticeable.

    My week started out kind of bad with my side effects but I feel that my body is adjusting and I am feeling better now! 
    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day :) 

  6. 4 entries
    A much needed update: Claravis Month 4
    I have not updated, been super busy and actually not a lot has changed. 
    So heres how things are going: 
    I am now half way finished with month 4. I have been taking 40mg twice a day since month 2. My Dr thinks i will be done with treatment with month 5 and will probably not need to do 6 months. 
    For a while I felt disappointed because I still had breakouts. I still had pimples. I would think when is my face going to be clear. Well im finally at the point where my skin is actually clear. I dont have acne, Im not really seeing pimples. If i do have pimples they are small and not all over my face. Although my pores are noticeable, thats ok. Finding a regimen for my pores will be something I will look into soon. Overall things are going good. Glad to FINALLY have clear skin after 4 damn months of this medicine. 
    Now lets talk about side effects
    Dryness: I only experienced dryness on my face in the first 2 months or so. Overall my skin isn't too dry but i still moisturize before applying makeup and I dont tend to use moisturizer before going to sleep. 
    Face: Since I wasn't experiencing a lot of dry skin, I was still able to use my acne cleanser & creams. It made me feel better about my breakouts while on the medicine (even though it might not have helped). I have stopped using acne cleansers & creams. 
    For makeup remover I wash my face with my daughters Johnson & Johnson moisture wash with shea & cocoa butter. (I have not been able to find a makeup remover that my face agrees with). I just use this to wash my face at night and it removes my makeup well. In the morning I use CeraVe hydrating moisture cleanser. Also I always moisturize before applying makeup. 
    Hair: At first my hair was fine but now its Dry!!! My hair has broken off in the area where i lay my head on my pillow. In which I didn't used to have bangs but now I do. The hair right by my ear is not long enough to reach my ponytail anymore which is super annoying because now I constantly need gel & bobby pins. I put oil in my hair in that area before going to bed. I hope it grows back soon. Thats the only part of my hair that has been affected. 
    Lips: My lips are dry as hell! I cannot leave the house without Vaseline or auqaphor. I had an allergic reaction to some flavored chapstick so my dr said to use just straight up petroleum jelly. If I dont use anything they burn! And my lips get crazy looking and flaky a few times a day. Sometimes I have to rub all the flakes off my lip and apply a fresh layer of vaseline. 
    Nose: TMI but I have noticed a lot of dry boogers. Not sure if related to the medicine or if it's because the air is dry during summer months. But sometimes its so bad my nose is stopped up and hard to breathe. 
    Eyes: Never experienced dry eyes on the medicine 
    Body: My body hurts!! My lower back hurts. My knees and ankles. When I wake up in the morning I am literally hobbling out of bed to go downstairs to get my daughter milk. I thought it was because I gained weight. And because of my weight I started dieting and exercising but my Lower back & knees are so stiff and achey. I also started jogging, I thought maybe I didn't have the correct running form or maybe Im running wrong or something. But I just realized its related to the accutane. 
    Im kind of worried getting off the medicine. Like how long will the side effects still last? What if my acne comes back? We shall see. 
  7. 1 entry

    I don't know if my skin is mild or moderate. It's mild compared to what my skin has been but I recognize that my perspective is not everybody's. Right now I'm using Cetaphil's gentle skin cleanser with Simple's replenishing rich moisturizer. At night/after I shower, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser on my face (sometimes with the clarisonic), stridex max strength pads, and moisturizer. On my body (back, chest and arms), I use St. Ives sea salt scrub on those areas. Then, I wipe the stridex pad on those areas and moisturize my body with Aveeno 24 hours lotion. I started using the stridex 3 days ago and I haven't had a reaction. My body feels incredibly soft. If I start getting irritated, I'll rinse off the stridex after 30 min, then put on moisturizer. Before I add anything else, I'm going to keep using the stridex for at least 3 weeks just to see its effects. I will say that, even though I still have acne, my skin feels amazing!

    The next thing I will add will probably be Heritage's rosewater toner to combat dryness. If I still have acne, I'll add a leave on product with benzoyl peroxide. I do not react negatively to benzoyl peroxide (I mean... my skin does get dry and produce oil and peel). However, that goes away when I use the products consistently.

    I want to continue using the Clarisonic even though I don't think it does anything. I clean it every night though.

    It feels nice to unload my plans somewhere. I just graduated from college and still have acne. I honestly didn't care about it in middle or high school but now that  I am attempting to go to medical school, it's better if I try to find something that works.

  8. 1 entry

    Hi! Iveth here. I decided to make this blog about my accutane process in case there's people out there who need to see some experiences to help them make their decision to go on the medication. A little background information, I have cystic acne. I get big bumps that are underneath my skin that hurt A LOT and i also get whiteheads that are really red and hurt as well. I get them on my foreahead, cheeks, and chin. I've struggled with acne for about 5 years but I've always managed to handle it with topical creams. This year in february I ran out so i decided to try natural products. Big mistake. It got bad and I got tired to the point that it led me to visit a dermatologist. At first glance she recommended accutane which made me realize how bad it really was lol. This was in July 07, 2017 so I had to wait a month and I officially started on August 07, 2017. It's only been 11 days so i really haven't seen much improvement. I have gotten new whiteheads but not in an alarming rate. Plus, i've seen other blog posts that says it gets worse before it gets better. I'm really trying not to be so critical of my skin because I should be patient and not expect to see my skin clear up in a few days but it's so hard when the acne is terrible and my self esteem is so low :( the only side effects i have seen so far are dry lips and a bit of back pain. I will say this, I feel like the pimples i am getting are going away pretty fast. I'm going to post pics of how my acne looked the day i started the medication. My acne got waaaaay worse witht the treatments the doctor gave me for the month I had to wait to start accutane. The acne and redness in the pics are mostly from that medication. I used a face wash and a nightly gel. The face wash is called Plexion 9.8-4.8%, ad the gel is called onexton gel. Anyways i stopped using the medications when i started accutane.






  9. 83 entries

    I had a pretty bad outbreak all over my face two weeks ago. I still wear foundation due to dark circles around my eyes but two weeks ago they weren't too bad so I went out in just No7 powder foundation. Safe to say that it 100% should be avoided at all costs. My skin was itchy and within two days I was covered in pimples. It was depressing. I took to the differin everyday for a week, my face went sore but it worked and I am happy to say it seemed to clear. I was sure it was a relapse but now I do put it down to the powder.

  10. 5 entries

    Eurgh...the way my skin felt seriously worried me. Closest I could describe it as is if it had salt on it which doesn't come off when you rub over it. 
    The itching drives me seriously mad too. I haven't read anything about this in the other reviews, but for me..god... It's like that episode of Spongebob where Mr. Krabz is like THE DREADED SQUEAKING OF THE BOOTS except that my skin is the boots and the squeaking is the itching. I can't handle it. The only time I had it this bad before is when I was 11 or so and just started my bad acne. It itches where a spot is forming. 

    So, I washed my face again for the night and applied some magnaminty on the especially bad zits on my chin and a part which was super itchy on my jaw. I tend to leave this stuff on overnight usually, so I will today. If I can wean myself off of BP and move to purely washing/using this mask, I'll be damn happy. My issue is BP is that I have to get it from my doc. I use Duac. I haaaate relying on doctors. Prescriptions are bloody troublesome. Maybe if I could find an OTC one at least, I'd be happy with that. I might try Acnecide. Think I'll go look up reviews of it now.

    I'll see how I am in the morning. The regimen I was using was fairly good for me to be honest, I just don't like relying on make-up so much. I hate wearing it. Though, I don't look as bad without moisturiser. Maybe if I could find one which is lightweight and leaves my skin looking matte, I could go without it. 

    One thing that came from this is my hair is producing less oil! It still looks oily, and I'll have to wash it tomorrow to prepare for Monday's guests, but, maybe I won't need to wash it as often anymore. Maybe this experiment would have gone better if I used pure water. I might consider getting some bottled stuff to rinse off with. 

  11. 1 entry

    Problem ini mungkin sedang Anda miliki, yaitu kulit yang terlihat kucel, hilang cahayanya, lengket dan berminyak, serta memiliki jerawat. Kondisi kulit dengan banyak masalah seperti itu memang sangat mungkin terjadi. Bahkan menjadi sebuah keniscayaan apabila kita tidak rajin merawat kulit, sehingga membiarkan begitu saja minyak menempel sepanjang hari hingga terbawa tidur, kemudian ditumbuhi dengan jerawat.

    Penyederhanaan kasusnya adalah kelalaian dalam membiarkan kulit mati sehingga pori-pori tersumbat oleh kotoran dan minyak, menjadi tempat ideal untuk bakteri jerawat (propionibacterium acnes) untuk hidup dan berkembang biak. Bahkan masalah mungkin tidak hanya berhenti di sana, karena kurangnya pengetahuan dalam merawat kulit, sehingga tidak pernah melindungi dirinya dari terik matahari, maka kulit bisa menjadi belang dan terdapat hiperpigmentasi (atau flek hitam).

    Bagi seorang wanita, kondisi kulit seperti itu menjadi sangat mengerikan, dan menyiksa. 

    Ada juga penuturan seseorang yang pernah saya baca di internet, dengan masalah seperti ini :

    Kulitku sangat berantakan karena jerawat, kulit kusam, dan mempunyai bayangan gelap di bagian pipi serta noda hitam bekas jerawat. Walaupun usia belum 30 tahun, namun kerutan mulai muncul di sekitar bawah mata, dan sudut hidung serta mulut. Walaupun saya tidak merokok, namun pernah menjadi pecandu alkohol selama 6 bulan pada sekitar 2 tahun lalu. Kini penampilanku layaknya wanita 40 tahunan. Saya memang memiliki riwayat pernah terbakar sinar matahari hingga melepuh suatu hari. Harus diakui bahwa saya tidak pernah memakai tabir surya. Kini kebiasaan meminum alkohol sudah dihentikan. 

    Dan sekarang saya telah mulai memakai sunblok. Selain ini ada beberapa aktifitas perawatan lain yang saya lakukan, yaitu :
    - Mulai rajin mencuci muka dengan cetaphil serta air hangat.
    - Tidak memakai sabun yang keras, dan berbusa banyak karena khawatir mengandung detergen.
    - Memakai scrub 1-2 kali dalam seminggu.
    - Memakai asam salisilat 2% atau benzoil peroksida 2,5%. Namun kedua bahan tersebut tidak pernah dipakai secara bersamaan.
    - Memakai pelembab yang mengandung retinoid acid di pagi hari.
    - Meminum multivitamin, suplemen kalsium-magnesium-zinc, vitamin B, serta minyak ikan.
    - Melakukan olahraga lebih rutin dan teratur.
    - Meminum air putih sebanyak 2 liter sehari.
    - Tidur selama 7-8 jam setiap harinya.
    - Beberapa tahun lalu pernah memakai Retin-A, namun sekarang sudah tidak.

    Rasanya, apa yang sudah saya lakukan sejauh ini sudah cukup. Namun mengapa kondisi kulitku tidak kunjung membaik ? Malah kulit sepertinya semakin memburuk. Jerawat semakin banyak, dan kulit semakin kusam sehingga tidak enak dilihat. Sangat mengerikan. Apa saran terbaik agar semua masalah tersebut bisa diatasi ?

    Kondisi seperti di atas bisa jadi juga sedang menimpa Anda. Mencoba berbagai saran dan tips di internet, kemudian mencobanya sendiri. Namun prosesnya tidak terstruktur, sporadis,  atau hanya coba-coba.  Sehingga tidak fokus serta tidak menyeluruh.

    Jadi saran terbaik yang bisa saya berikan adalah untuk segera berkonsultasi dengan dokter kulit, bersabar dengan proses perawatan yang sedang dilakukan (tidak terburu-buru pindah ke metode lain). 
    Bila pertanyaan tersebut ditujukan kepada saya, ini lah jawaban yang saya berikan.
    Pertama adalah melakukan perobahan pola hidup secara total.
    Gaya hidup tersebut mencakup makanan yang harus dikonsumsi, dan harus dihindari.
    Jenis makanan yang harus dihindari adalah :

    • Minuman yang mengandung soda (carbonated), misalnya coke.
    • Makanan dan minuman yang mengandung indeks glikemik tinggi, serta yang manis bergula.
    • Susu sapi, karena akan meningkatkan jumlah insulin sehingga meningkatkan produksi sebum. 
    • Makanan cepat saji, karena akan merangsang fluktuasi hormon serta peradangan.
    • Gorengan, seperti ayam goreng, kentang goreng, onion ring. Makanan yang digoreng dengan minyak sawit tidak sehat. Sebaiknya minyak goreng diganti dengan minyak kelapa murni atau minyak zaitun. Minyak goreng sawit mengandung produk akhir glycation lanjutan tingkat lanjut.
    • Daging yang disuntik antibiotik.
    • Makanan dengan bahan pengawet.

    Lalu jenis makanan apa yang perlu dikonsumsi ?

    • Ikan yang kaya dengan omega-3. Manfaatnya adalah untuk anti peradangan.
    • Mengkonsumsi berbagai buah. Terutama pepaya, dan berry (strawberry, raspberry dan berry lainnya).
    • Sayuran berwarna hijau tua misalnya brokoli.
    • Telur.
    • Teh putih.

    Dan ini jenis perawatan kulit yang harus Anda pilih. Carilah produk yang bukan hanya membuat jerawat menjadi kering, tapi juga bisa efektif meluruhkan kulit mati. Kita harus memulainya dari perawatan jerawat, kemudian setelah itu bisa diatasi beralih ke mengobati bercak hitam hiperpigmentasi.
    Dari berbagai pengalaman saya dalam memberikan saran-saran perawatan kulit, maka ini produk-produk yang harus dipakai.

    1. Sabun khusus untuk jenis berminyak yang mengandung benzoil peroksida atau asam salisilat.
    2. Milk cleanser khusus perawatan kulit dari jenis non-comedogenic.
    3. Acne cream, atau acne lotion yang mengandung iso-tretinoin serta asam retinoid.
    4. Retinoid acid khusus yang dipakai pagi dan malam untuk meluruhkan kulit mati, serta untuk mempercepat penyerapan obat.
    5.  Pelembab khusus perawatan, yang berbahan dasar air, serta mengandung minimal spf15. Manfaat lain yang harus adalah memberi nutirisi lengkap bagi kulit untuk memperbaiki sel-sel kulit yang telah mati, serta untuk menjaga kelembaban. Karena perlu diingat bahwa kebanyakan acne cream/lotion akan membuat kulit menjadi lebih kering. Sehingga memakai pelembab yang lengkap nutrisinya adalah wajib.
    6. Sunblok dengan SPF 30, melengkapi produk pelembab yang sudah mengandung spf15.

    Pemakaian produk-produk tersebut harus dipakai pagi dan malam, serta kontinyu dan konsisten selama beberapa minggu.
    Bagaimana dengan hasilnya ?
    Perpaduan antara perubahan pola hidup sehat serta perawatan kulit di atas hasilnya rata-rata bisa dilihat di minggu ke 3 atau 4. Kulit akan lebih halus, cerah, dan jerawat sudah banyak yang kering.

    Apakah ada produk perawatan yang sudah dikemas dalam satu packag
    ed ? Ada, yaitu dengan obat penghilang jerawat Rich Amor.
    Bahkan bila memakai Rich Amor, hasilnya sudah dapat maksimal dalam periode minggu ke 3 atau 4, sehingga Anda bisa fokus kepada  mengatasi hiperpigmentasi .
    Sebagai aktivitas tambahan atau opsional, adalah melakukan facial di salon pada minggu ke 4.

    Untuk menghilangkan noda hitam, bayangan serta kulit yang masih belum sempurna kecerahannya (walaupun pada minggu ke 4 kondisi kulit sudah lebih cerah), dan untuk mengatasi kerutan, maka untuk melengkapi regiment di atas Anda perlu menambahkan krim malam, serta asam retinoid yang lebih kuat. Fungsinya adalah untuk merangsang regenerasi kulit sehingga mengganti kulit lama dengan yang lebih sehat, serta akan membuat kulit lebih elastis. 

    Proses menghilangkan flek hitam membutuhkan kesabaran lebih banyak dibandingkan dengan proses mengatasi kulit kusam serta jerawat. Namun biasanya dengan 6 regiment sebelumnya maka penampakan flek dan bintik hitam akan mulai memudar seiring waktu. Sehingga proses paska minggu ke 4 ini adalah sebagai kelanjutan untuk mempercepat penyembuhan bintik noda dan flek hitam.

    Dengan mengikuti prosedur di atas, rata-rata dalam bulan ke 2 dan ke 3 semua masalah kulit bisa diatasi dengan baik. Memang tidak bisa berjalan instan, tapi itu lah perawatan kulit yang paling cepat memberikan hasil terbaik.

  12. 1 entry

    My sister has acne. Like really bad acne on her face and while trying different remedies for her I started to learn a few things about this "condition".

    One of the most difficult and challenging periods
    of a person's life is represented by the teenage period. This is the time when you build and contour your personality and make the choices that will define your life in the future. In the same time, you want to be liked and to belong to a group of friends. In addition to that, you will have to face the changes that your body passes to transform you from a child to an adult. Unfortunately, this transformation also involves some negative aspects such as the growth of new unwanted hair in many places and the apparition of the nasty pimples. Everyone has faced this problem at least once in his other life. Pimples are that ugly swelling that appears on our face and make our life worse.


    In fact, this is a condition known as acne or in a medical term acne vulgaris. The word acne comes from the Greek "acme" meaning the highest point. This skin disease represents the swelling of the base of the hair follicles where the sebaceous glands are situated. Acne is particularly common among teenagers, but there are some cases in which acne can last into adulthood. The human parts affected by this condition are face, chest, back neck and shoulders.


    The sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance known as sebum. This substance is used to carry the dead skin cells through the hair follicles to reach the surface of the skin. In each follicle grows a small piece of hair. In people with acne these glands secrete more sebum and in combination with dead skin cells, dirt or bacteria can clump together into a plug and block the follicles, forming an accumulation of oil under the skin known as a pimple. For example, a bacteria known to thrive in these conditions is P. acnes, which can cause inflammation of the skin if it is present in great numbers.

    Acne is believed to affect people during puberty when the sebaceous glands start to release sebum, being stimulated by androgen hormone produced by adrenal glands.


    Rising the androgen levels may cause the growth of the sebaceous glands which leads to a higher production of sebum and the development of a form of acne. There are studies showing that approximately three-quarters of 11 to 30 year-olds are affected by acne at some time. Although is most common among teenagers, there are cases when people in their fifties still have this condition. It affects both men and women, but it may last longer in men due to the fact that men have higher quantities of testosterone, a hormone that can make acne worse.


    This condition can have a mild form, which everyone can develop at some time and a more aggressive form which requires a medicinal treatment. There are many types of acne pimples including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and pustules which are common and can be treated without treatment and nodules and cysts which are clearly visible on the surface of the skin and deep embedded in the skin. If they are not treated properly they can produce damage in the long term causing scars in the skin.


    Although there is a lot of interest concerning the development of this condition, the exact cause for getting acne is not known yet. To get the diagnosis and the required treatment you should see a dermatologist or other health care provider who will examine your affected skin.


    Scientists believe that acne is triggered both by genetic and environmental factors. The main cause is considered to be the high levels of the hormone androgen which is responsible for the growth of the sebaceous glands and thus of the production of sebum. This triggers a sort of domino effect because the more sebum our skin produces the more likely we develop the nasty pimples. Another cause in women is considered to be the hormone changes during the menstrual period and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are some studies showing that acne can be hereditary which means that there is a high probability to get acne if someone in your family has it.


    In addition to that, there are some factors considered responsible to increase the risk of acne such as certain medications that contain lithium and androgen. This includes some steroid medications such as corticosteroids and anabolic steroids which cause the development of pimples. Another factor which may trigger acne is the usage of greasy cosmetics. Some people have sensitive skin and may get acne of they use cosmetics and skin care products which contain comedogenic agents. In other words, these cosmetics may block pores and cause blackheads. Sweating and humid environments may be considered a risk factor for acne because excess humidity can block pores and develop pimples.


    Although it is not painful and affects us only on a superficial level, it can cause serious problems on an emotional level. Due to the fact that it affects our physical appearance, especially our face, we can get a negative self-image lose our confidence and become more stressed. In a long term, this may lead to a low self-esteem and depression

    which may interact with our ability to socialize and to get a job. There are also some ungrounded myths concerning acne which can worsen the emotional effects of it. All in all, we should know that acne is not infectious and can be treated. Poor hygiene is not the main cause of developing this condition and we should not judge a person only by his or her physical appearance.

  13. 71 entries

    Honestly just hate hindsight. I'm looking at my last update haha and my skin was half decent there, infact no it WAS decent. It's actually worse now and in getting cysts popping up under my neck and I can feel one brewing on my forehead. What the hell?? 

    My skin isn't in a good way at all. I'll post some pics of what I have now. I'm not comfortable showing my full face right now but this thing on my neck is painful :(
    I have paid to see a private derm next week to enquire about starting another roaccutane course. I just pray I can, I thought that because I'm going to pay for it Id have a much higher chance of getting it again since I feel the NHS derm will want me to do the rounds again you know? 

    Why is this so bloody hard. I recently got a new boyfriend  (nearly 3 months together) and he met me when my skin was pretty damn great. Now.. ugh. I wouldn't date me. He loves me he says but.. I just can't love myself when my face is a mess.



  14. 1 entry

    One fateful morning, I woke up to small bumps all over my cheeks and chin. At that time, I was in the second grade, and was too young to even know what acne was. After freaking out to my mom that I had developed some sort of horrible rash on my face, I was subjected to my first ever dermatologist visit. I say subjected because I, like most acne sufferers, have come to associate the dermatologist’s office with embarrassment, shame and the ever constant complaint that yet another new product “just didn’t work for me.”

    Now in my mid twenties, I am just coming to the realization that acne prevention is not about some “miracle cure.” It is also not about perfection. Acne is genetic and hormonal and quite frankly a pain in the ass. Unfortunately, there are just certain things that lay outside of our control. Like my ever constantly monthly breakouts, or naturally oily skin. I can’t do anything about the fact that I was born with large pores, or fair and sensitive skin. Coming to terms with the fact that I will never have Barbie doll poreless skin has been a rough road, but owning up to the things that I can’t change has saved myself a lot of grief.

    However, I have also come to the realization that skin care is a daily choice, a routine, and is not to be taken lightly. While there are plenty of things regarding my skin that I can’t do anything about, there are also things that I can control. Realizing what those factors are has been life changing. Thus, without further ado, my list of routines and life changes that have reduced my chronic acne to a mild (mostly) easy to deal with minor annoyance.

    ·      Change your pillow cases regularly. I’m not kidding-this tops the list because each and every night you lay your face down on a pillow covered in heavens knows what, and all that dirt, oil and makeup can and will plug up your pores

    ·      When it comes to washing your face-easy does it. I use cetaphil for sensitive skin and it has done wonders for me. After years of using harsh face washes that only succeeded in causing irritated and dryed out skin, gentle easy cleansers twice daily really is enough.

    ·      Benzoyl in limited amounts in your friend. As far as spot treatments go, Benzoyl Peroxide is top notch, however too much can dry out your skin and can cause pimple rashes and irritation. I use it sparingly and it really helps to clear up those obnoxious spots that insist on hunkering down for the long haul.

    ·      Your diet does matter. I can’t believe some dermatologist are still sticking to the notion that what you eat doesn’t cause acne, it’s flat out wrong. I have noticed a direct correlation between dairy, sugar, lack of water and acne flare-ups. Do your self a favor and see for yourself.

    ·      Skin picking is a problem. As a chronic picker I realize that I come across sounding a tad bit hypocritical, however the number of times that I have picked at a seemingly small blocked pore or bump and ended up with a giant sized lump has to be in the hundreds by now. If you can’t ignore those small blocked pores, invest in some pore strips (I like the Biore charcoal ones) or a good face mask that you can spot treat while you are hanging out around the house (I like Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Mud Mask).

    ·      Careful what household items you use on your face. There are a lot of blogs and articles out there championing the use of lemons, vinegar, baking soda, ect as DIY masks. While Im sure some of these skin care recipes do actually work, do your research first. No one wants to end up with a bad rash or burns from a badly begotten facial science fair experiment. That being said, I do often use a mixture of milk and nutmeg as a spot treatment as well as to lighten discolored marks. It is gentle enough not to cause any damage and does help with redness and inflammation.

    ·      The dreaded cyst conversation. While my acne has mostly been on the moderate side of the spectrum, I am no stranger to those hard, painful under the skin lumps that just wont go away not matter what you do. I’ve jabbed them with needles (please don’t do this, it has NEVER worked for me), I’ve doused them with rubbing alcohol (again-stupid, stupid, stupid), I’ve cried over them, complained about them and even gotten cortisone shots (probably could work but I was left with an indentation that hasn’t gone away in 7 years). What has worked is when I catch them early and ice the living daylights out of them. This method has reduced cysts that could last weeks down to about a week life span when I ice them twice daily. Unfortunately jury is still out about best topicals but I have heard good things about Renee Rouleau Cyst treatment.



    Most importantly, remember that at the end the day, your worst critic is you and more than likely the damage that you see in the mirror most people wont even notice. Your skin does not define you, how many pimples you have at any given time won’t make or break your life. Take it from someone who has spent enough time counting them to know. You are beautiful no matter how many blocked pores you have and it is time to realize that. I hope some of these tips have been helpful and if not, at least breath easy with the realization that there you are not alone in your struggles, not by a long shot.

    -If you are having problems with severe acne, don't let my post dissuade you from visiting a dermatologist. Whilst my own personal experiences have not been positive and I have personally sought after solutions that do not require taking medication for my acne, there is still plenty that a doctor can do to help. 
    -While I am aware that there is no scientific studies to date that correlate diet with acne, my own experiences have shown otherwise. If you are skeptical try out a mini experiment on your diet and see if you notice specific foods contributing to acne flare-ups. 

  15. 2 entries

    So last night i decided to not take the Lymecycline. I still put epiduo on my angry spots but its still getting worse. Anyway I ordered some tea tree oil to see if that helps at all... 

  16. 1 entry

    I've been desperately trying to get my skin back to the way it was in the picture attached. I have no clue what happened but my skin randomly broke out. Im not expecting my period but my skin sure is acting like it does when I am. 

    Two parts of my skin kin are scabbing so I will continue to put Aloe Vera gel and Neosporin on them. 

    I am ignoring my my hyper pigmentation spots until all the pimples are gone. I use a cream I got from my dermatologist and I don't quite remember the name lol. 



  17. 1 entry

    My name is Maya, I am 21, and I have mild acne. In middle school, my skin was bumpy, and I used proactive, which kept it consistent. When I started breaking out more in high school, I went to the dermatologist and was prescribed a topical cream. I started breaking out much more my last two years of college, but my dermatologist just kept prescribing topical creams. In college, I started taking antibiotics as well. I finally went on birth control when I went to Brazil, and it seemed to help a lot - almost completely clearing my skin other than a few occasional small pimples on my chin (which I attributed to the hormones) and leaving only the scars from previous acne. My skin was less red and I started to feel comfortable without any makeup! 

    Upon my return to the US, I realized it wasn't the Birth Control that cured my acne, but the humid climate! (I tested this theory on vacation to Puerto Rico, where my skin again completely cleared and I stopped wearing makeup). I got off the birth control, going back to antibiotics. Eventually, I got off the antibiotics, too, and found my skin stayed the same. My skin's "normal" was characterized by acne scars, very oily skin, little bumps on chin and cheeks, redness on my cheeks, one or two small pimples on my chin, and at least one large pimple always on one of my cheeks or my chin. ALWAYS one. 

    My skin has never been horrible, again, I have mild acne, and I am thankful for that. However, I don't feel secure enough to leave the house without a light BB cream, and the occasional heavier foundation (when I go to an event). If there's a chance for beautiful skin, I want to find it! This is what led me to start the regimen. 

    First Week

    I have now been using the regime for one week, and the results are wonderful! I am so happy. I haven't had any breakouts, and my skin has almost no leftover bumps. Since using the regimen I only had two small pimples pop up, which wer so small that I didn't even feel tempted to pop them, plus they cleared within the next two days. My BB Cream looks so much better on my face, and makes my face look almost completely clear because the bumps are almost all gone! My skin is a bit irritated - it's flaky and itchy and kind of stings, but that was expected. The moisturizer offers a sweet relief from the stinging the bp gives me when I put it on. I use the regimen exactly as instructed on the website, although I'm hoping to use less as I go on. My main problem are my scars, which I'm hoping the AHA+ will help with once I start using it a month in (as the site recommends). The pictures show what my skin looks like one week in (picture my skin with two or three more pimples and redder marks on my cheeks if you want to know what it looked like before I started).






  18. 19 entries

    Second week of down and I must say i see a difference but I must admit I haven't been strictly following my regime. I've been on vacation and I just haven't been doing what I'm suppose to do. This week forward I'm going to try to follow closely to my regime. I have notice I have 3 cystic like pimples hopefully the go away soon 













  19. 5 entries

    Late post but I did not have much change from my last entry.

    The last few months have flown by and I am almost done with my treatment. I consider myself lucky that the worst of my symptoms were some chapped lips and joint pain. i have been on 40mg for my whole course and will continue to be on 40mg for the remainder, which will leave me at a cumulative dose of 6,000mg or 120mg/kg which is the lower end of the goal dose. 

    I have had no change really only fading marks. No more symptoms to report. Pics below of my problem areas, amazing to see how far my skin has come. IMG_2341.JPGIMG_2342.JPG

  20. 1 entry

    I've had acne since the age of 19.  I am now 28.  Mostly mild over the years but in recent years it has become more cystic and painful.  Nothing worked long-term; various topicals (antibiotics, BP creams), oral antibiotics and one type of retinoid.  I was allergic to Lymecycline so the other antibiotics were a no-go.  Finally referred to dermatology in January this year and now starting Isotretinoin.

    Overview: Month one has been fairly easy so far.   Skin has remained largely the same as it was pre-accutane but I feel that it's healing faster (albeit very dry).  It's weird having dry skin when it's normally so oily.

    Symptoms: The main symptom is the dryness of my lips and skin all over.   The area around my nose is very dry and sore.  My lips peel and crack constantly.  Lip balm is an essential at the moment but I'm not finding I need to strictly use a certain type - anything helps really (see recommendations below for further information).  My head is also very dry and itchy.  

    Skin/spots: My skin appeared to improve with only a few cysts in my eyebrow area and forehead, all of which dried up very quickly and disappeared.  About half way through this week (week 3) I developed a very painful cyst on my inner eyebrow area (which in turn caused my already enlarged gland to become tender and more swollen; I have enlarged glands due to my acne) which wasn't good.  I used a tiny bit of Sudocrem to help dry it up and it's starting to heal.  This morning I gained another two white head type spots on my eyebrows and a cyst on my chin which feels painful but isn't as bad as normal. 

    Products I'm using/recommend: My regime is much simpler.  Starting with cleanser I am using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream to wash my face, it's really gentle and my skin feels very clean after using it.  This stuff is specially designed for people to use in conjunction with over-drying treatments.   I'm using La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser.  This is a godsend as it's really gentle.  A little seems to go a long way. I'm using more around my nose area as it's drier there.  For makeup I am using the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.  This is really light but coupled with concealer it gives a decent coverage of spots whilst not looking like you're wearing much make up at all.  

    I'm using Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion for my body and Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my hair.

    For my lips - the classic Carmex (the Strawberry one is good too as it has SPF 25 in), BabyLips by Maybelline is good too (the non-coloured ones).

    Let me know if this is helpful at all.

    Natty x

  21. 3 entries

    Wow so it turns out the shiny scab was just a normal scab, it just took a long time before it formed an actual one-looks like it will be easier to cover with makeup for the next few days, and will soon flake off-phew!!! For the redness on my cheeks, I went and bought some bp, I cannot believe how much of the redness around the pimples has gone down. There are quite a few whiteheads that have appeared since last night though, I don't know if that's the bp or just coincidence. I'll try not to pick at these and see if they go themselves (not sure if I'll have the will power though!). There are also whiteheads which seem more yellow in colour and don't appear to be raised above the skin, it will be interesting to see if these go with  the bp.

  22. 2 entries

    Sorryyyy I've been waaayyy too busy these past few days but heres my update for the past three days. The antibiotics are fine, I'm following instructions quite carefully like not lying down after taking them, drinking enough water, etc. I'm not sure how they are alone because I use differin in conjunction with the antibiotics so I can't really tell which one's doing the work. Or maybe it's just both of them, I have no idea haha. My skin has been slightly better. In the past few days I've only had one inflamed pimple plus a few white heads as opposed to 10 inflamed pimples and way too many white heads for me to deal with. During the first few days of using differin, my skin felt fine and didn't really sting or burn when I applied moisturiser. But for some reason, these past two nights, my skin has been stinging after applying moisturiser and I have no idea why. I heard that it's a common side effect so I'm not taking it too seriously now and just accepting it for what it does but should I be alarmed? I don't know. But yep here's my update.

  23. 5 entries

    Let me start by saying that I'm the worst haha. I was very consistent updating for about two weeks, then I went off the grid...oops. 
    Well, I am officially completely finished with Claravis! I was on it for a total of 5 months and I have been finished for about 5 additional months. My feelings towards this process is very two-sided. On one end, I really do have virtually perfect skin and no noticeable scaring. But on the other hand, my body basically went through hell, which I'll explain below. Overall? I do think that Claravis can be very effective, but I DO NOT RECOMMEND using it unless EVERY OTHER OPTION is attempted. 

    Here are my symptoms that I experienced/still experience (symptoms that I still deal with will have an *  by it):
    Physical: dry-itchy skin, oily hair, sunburn*, heat rash, sweaty upper lip*, dry mouth*, easy dehydration*, very low alcohol tolerance*, moderate and new allergic reactions*, headache, nausea, appetite fluctuations (both starving or not hungry for entire days), weight gain, red eyes
    Emotional/Mental/Psychological: mood swings, general anxiety, social anxiety, mild depression, occasional confusion, bouts of random crying, etc.

    So if you struggle with acne like I did, where you tried everything to no avail, yes, Claravis is an option. However, I would look further into other factors of your life. If you currently consume dairy or gluten, try going a week or so without to see if it makes a difference. If you have a bad habit of not washing off your makeup or wearing makeup most days, try going an entire week with a clean face or strictly removing makeup and washing your face morning and night. Or perhaps change your makeup to a natural or sensitive-skin friendly formula. If you consume processed foods or excessive sugar/candy, make an effort to reduce those products to a minimum. Wash your pillow ONCE PER WEEK. Wash your makeup brushes ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS. Try increasing your vitamins and minerals. Consider birth control pills as an option to regulate hormones.

    Basically, Claravis did a great job making the skin on my face pretty, but it TOOK A MASSIVE TOLL ON THE REST OF MY BODY.

    Not only was the period during treatment hard, I am assuming some of the side-effects will last the rest of my life. I can now barely drink because I get drunk off of two or three drinks and feel like misery the following day. I have a new array of allergies that I have never experienced before, which is scary as hell because I still am not sure exactly what I am allergic to/if some allergic reactions are more or less severe. My upper lip sweats like crazy and I still have occasional mood swings/periods of anxiety.

    Below I have attached pictures of my clean face, about two minutes after washing, so you can see the results. But take into consideration all other factors besidIMG_7109.JPGIMG_7106.JPGIMG_7104.JPGIMG_7103.JPGes just the post-physical.

  24. 1 entry

    This is my first time v-blogging on this website! I've read many articles but I never thought about joining you guys!! 

    I'm gonna try to keep it short but make sure to mention everything... 
    I'm 19 years old and I have a semi-sensitive and oily skin. I have suffered from mild to severe acne and whiteheads since 13. During my middle school, I used a lot chemical products to clear my skin and none worked at all. Starting high school I fell in love with natural remedies so I started trying different things. I always eat clean but what I learned during these years, that eating anything sweet makes me breakout very quick. So my first step was cutting the sugar down as much as possible, both in my food and my drinks (I know it can be very hard for some of you guys but trust me, both your body and your skin will appreciate you in the long term).
    Next I increased my water intake daily from 30 ounces to 60 (the goal is to drink half of your body weight in ounces!) 

    I have searched so many DIY treatment and tried many things. I tried steaming method for 4 weeks and applied oils after but didn't see any changes on my skin. Then I tried oil cleaning method with hemp seed oil for 6 weeks but unfortunately made me breakout more and left my skin oily (I truly hoped it would work). 

    Three months ago I started this new routin:

    Morning routine:
    I mixed 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with filtered water (if you have a sensitive skin, use twice more filtered water. 1:2 ratio of ACV to water) in a spray bottle. In the morning, I wash my hands thoroughly (because bacteria is one of the common reasons for acne) and then i wash my face with warm water (a little too warm so it would open the pores) for about a minute. Then I dry my face off with tissues (I don't use towel because of bacteria being transferred to my face). Then spray my ACV toner on a cotton pad and whipe my face with it (you'll be amazed as the cotton pad turns gray due to the dirt and dead skin on the face!!!). Then I let it dry for 2 minutes and I apply my Elta Md sunscreen for acne prone face. I live in Florida so sunscreen is a must for me! I know it can be hard for some of you girls out there, but avoiding foundation helps acne to clear up so much easier because the foundation extremely clogges the pores. 

    Night Routine: 
    After washing my hands well, I wash my face with Shea Moister Africa black soap while using warm water. Pat dry my skin with tissues like the morning routine. Then I apply the same ACV toner with cotton pad. After it's completely dried, I cut a small piece from my aloe Vera leaf (you can purchase it from your local grocery store) and I rub the piece on my face, covering my face with its gel. Then, I rub my face till it feels like the gel is completely dried in your face. **don't forget to reastore the leaf in the refrigerator). Then I go to bed.

    My face has cleared miraculously!! My scars are also fading away! For the past 3 weeks, I only had one or two tiny pimples around my chin! The ACV might make you breakout the first or the second week, but be patient because it's bringing deeper clogged pores to the surface!! I also noticed my skin tone evened out and my face is not oily anymore since the ACV balances the pH level. ^^One thing to remember, make sure you change your pillow cover often, since oil and bacteria can transfer easily to your skin!

    one last thing, everything goes hand in hand. The routin by itself might not help as much. So make sure you eat healthy, drink good amount of water, sleep at least for 8 hout, and stick to the routine! 

    Today I purchased a bottle of witch hazel to mix with ACV because I've heard it can give better results. I'll definitely update how that one goes...


  25. 23 entries
    Soooo. I am back! Why am I back?? Because my acne is back.  So I stayed pretty clear the last couple of years since my last entry, and then I had a baby! Can't use most acne products while pregnant AND you can't use most acne products while breastfeeding.  So being pregnant and then breastfeeding for a year, that was almost 2 years of horrible horrible skin! With crazy hormones and all I just could not stay clear. I would say it was mild to moderate, but definitely still there.  I would say the last 2 months have been really bad. I kicked my prescriptions to to curb (spironolactone and tazorac) and started to use natural products.  Nothing is working. So I am back on my 30 day waiting period for round 2 of accutane. Am I a little apprehensive? Of course! But I am desperate at this point.  My 30 days will be up on July 12th.  
    Current condition of my skin; not a lot of breakouts, just a lot of hyperpigmentation. I'm a picker. I have to stop this, but it is soooooooooo satisfying.  I'm not one of those pickers that gets in the mirror and just goes to town. I'm an unconscious picker. I pick when I'm driving, I pick when i'm watching TV, I pick when i'm going to bed. I have to stop this. I know I am just making it worse, but I cannot help it.  I need pickers anonymous. I'm so tired of this. I'm tired of always thinking about my skin! I'm 37 and I still have acne! When does this end?????? Oh and I wish people would stop telling me it's not that bad! You are seeing me with makeup on so yeah its not that bad then! But guess what???? I'd like a makeup free day where I don't have to worry about people looking at my skin! So here goes.....round 2!!!!