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Pippin

Well, it's been quite a while since my last post. So many things have happened..first off, my face has kinda reached a plateau, I guess. I don't break out terribly anymore, but I do still have red marks, that I hope are going to fade. I get the occassional pimple, but it's not too often. The red marks are really making me flustered, though. D: I got my wisdom teeth taken out in April, and for ten days I wasn't allowed to take my pill (Minocyclin). The strange thing is, I was completely clear for those days. My face looked better than it had in a while! So maybe when I stop taking the pills, my face will clear up completely? I hope that's the case.

I am pleased with the results I've had, though. For prom, my biggest worry, I was basically clear. I got my makeup done at Lancome, and my skin looked flawless. O_O Yay for foundation, haha. The only really big thing besides red marks, is that the skin on my face is a different color from my neck. Reddish. Like I'm blushing all the time. Well, not that severe, but close. It's so annoying..but it's better than having acne. :/ I still have it, but it's going away.

Got a new bottle of pills today, as my second bottle runs out tonight. We'll see how things go! I've now graduated from high school, and I dearly hope that by the time college rolls around, I'll be completely clear. Maybe that's too much to hope for, but we'll see.

FACE STATUS

Few red marks, and the occassional pimple here and there. My chin is starting to break out again, and it makes me sad. :wall:

SIDE EFFECTS

Still none. Though, I did go to the beach today, and was exposed to a lot of sun. Of course I put sunscreen on, and I did get a little burned, but we'll see how it pans out in the next couple of days. Eep. I'm not too worried, though.

Pippin

So, I actually ended up NOT going to see my doctor about two weeks ago. He went into surgery or something, so the date had to be pushed back 'til today. I did go today, and I was in his office for about ten minutes. XD Heh. He just said to come back in four months, and if I ran out of pills again, I could just call and he'd prescribe me some more. I'm happy about that. :3 If three months have basically "cleared" me up, four more months of this will be a Godsend. We'll see!

Face Status

Red bumps are still there, but not raised like they used to. The right side of my face used to be the worst, now it's getting much better. My chin is starting to act up just a little bit for the first time in a while. But everything goes away before it ever comes to a head.

Side Effects

None, still! Though..Spring Break is coming up, and I'd really like to go to the beach without dying from the sun. >.>

Pippin

Day 105!

Three months is officially up! I'm..so pleased with the results, but I think I still have a little ways to go. I have not had a whitehead for a few weeks, and have not had a cyst for a month or so. Red marks and small red bumps are really all that remain. I do break out, but rarely. And they go away in a week or so. The whole breakout I mean.

Strange, how I feel happy and anxious at the same time. I go in to see my doctor on Wednesday, and he'll see how I've been doing, and check my progress, and then see what I have to keep doing. I hope he doesn't take me off of Mino. I don't want to have clear skin for a few months, and then go right back to the way it was before I took the meds. Hopefully it's gonna go away for good!

My ultimate goal, besides being clear forever, lol, is to be clear for Prom and Graduation Day. Both of which are rapidly approaching.

Face Status

No whiteheads! Some redness, and little red bumps, but they're fading.

Side Effects

Haven't had any lately. Like I said before, I broke out after I had been in the sun for a while.

Pippin

Day 95, I think!

Things are going very well. My skin is getting clearer, but the progress has kind of hit a plateau. I am so grateful, though, that I'm not getting a lot of acne on my chin. That was the most troublesome spot, and now..I haven't had a pimple there for weeks. WEEKS! Sure, I still get red marks, but those are fading too. The only places I that I really get zits anymore are on my cheeks or my forehead, but that's not happening so much anymore either. I just wish the redspots would go away. I have an appointment with my doctor the first or second of March. No idea what's gonna happen then..I know I won't be completely clear, but I think if I continue to take Minocyclin and use Differen, all my acne will be gone eventually. Maybe even in time for graduation..or better yet, prom. I'm hoping!

Face Status

Some red marks, no whiteheads, though.

Side Effects

Because of soccer, I'm in the sun a lot, and I've noticed that that makes me break out. My skin always gets worse after I've been in the sun. The season is basically over, so that won't be happening anymore.

Pippin

Day 62

How strange it is to look in the mirror and see smooth skin...

It has been a while since I've last had a zit or a large/noticeable bump on or around my chin area. This, probably, is the most satisfying thing to me. Some red marks are still there, but I can tell that they're fading. One more month of this and I'm confident that they'll most likely be gone! My breakouts have been minor. I tend to get them on my forehead now, which is weird, but no big deal, and they go away rather quickly. No cysts! :rolleyes:

Nine (Eight days, 'cause I'm really not counting today, as it's almost over) days until my 18th birthday! I'm going to go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show live to celebrate, and I'm hoping that my skin will be mostly clear and free of red marks by then. What a great birthday present that would be! :3

Face Status

A few zits/red marks on my forehead. But they're really minor. Red marks are still there, but they're slowly fading.

Side Effects

I've been in the sun quite a bit recently, and have gotten minor sunburns. My skin feels kinda..scaly afterwards. Hard to explain! But that goes away in a few days, so I'm not too worried. I have noticed, that I get a lot of headaches. Not severe ones, just annoying ones..I'm not too worried, though.

Pippin

Day 53, I do believe!

It's been quite a while since I last updated my blog. >.> Oops! I've been very busy lately, what with soccer and school and whatnot, so I haven't really had the time to post. But I am now! Whoot!

The past few weeks have been really good for me, skin-wise. My face is still continuing to improve, and even the red marks are going away! I don't get cysts anymore; I can't remember the last time I had one. I just have little breakouts, but nothing major like before. I'm so excited! A month and a half left of this, and I really think I may be clear by the end of it all. That's what I hope, at least!

Face Status

Red marks are slowly fading, skin is beginning to become more smooth all over. I do have a few whiteheads, but they never stay for long, so I'm not worried. My chin area is looking great..well, compared to what it was. Heh.

Side Effects

I was in the sun for quite a while for a day, and it says to avoid sunlight on the bottle. One side of my face became soooo sensitive! It hurt really bad, and felt uh..papery? to the touch. Like, really rough. It's gone, now, but I think that was my first side effect throughout this whole thing. If that's it, I'm grateful.

Turning 18 soon! Whooo! My birthday wish is to be clear..at least for that day. :3 Wishful thinking, maybe..

Pippin

Day 36

HAPPY NEW YEAR! :3

I am glad it has finally arrived! Another year older, another year wiser, eh? Cheers to you all, and I sincerely hope that the new year brings great things!

Just a short quip about my progress; my face is looking really nice at the moment. Just red marks and some white heads along the right side of my face. But I don't feel any cysts forming..so for that, I'm quite happy. I'm still hopeful that my skin will continue to improve.

FACE STATUS

Red marks and a few white heads. No cysts at the moment!

SIDE EFFECTS

Still none!

Pippin

Day 28 (Christmas Eve!)

I can't believe it's almost Christmas already! This month has gone by so incredibly fast...

My face has been clearing up, surprisingly. I have no new, painful cysts, and only a handful of zits. The red marks are still there, of course, but there's nothing underneath them about to surface or anything like usual. Maybe the stuff is finally kicking in? I do hope so!

FACE STATUS

Not horrible, but not great, either. Looking better! Only about four or five "noticeable" zits. The rest is just red marks that I want to believe are fading.

SIDE EFFECTS

Still none!

Pippin

Day 25

Almost a full month of taking Minocyclin! So..I haven't seen any drastic improvements, but they're there. I mean, sometimes I'll look in the mirror and go, "Wow. I almost look...normal." And to me, it's a comforting thought. Messed up, I know. "Normal". I can't help but think of it as that way..Bleh.

The other day I got my senior pictures from the professional studio that I went to for 'em. Of course, they did touch-ups, and needless to say...I was shocked. In the pictures, my skin looks SO flawless..it's almost angelic or something, I swear! I can't stop looking at the pictures, lol.. To see myself WITHOUT acne while I have acne..is a very strange experience. It gives me something to look forward to, actually. I'm hoping, that when the three months are finally over, I'll look somewhat like the way I look in my senior portraits. That would be a miracle. But I am ever hopeful!

FACE STATUS

It's looking better! I basically have no new cysts or zits. Maybe, four altogether. However..lol. Yesterday I had this MONSTER of a zit. O.O I've seriously never had a zit that huge before. It was like, Zitzilla or something. Luckily, I didn't have to go anywhere that day, and today it wasn't as noticeable..eh. Still have a lot of red marks. My forehead and the sides of my face look pretty good. They're getting better. Chin still needs work, though.

SIDE EFFECTS

The odd swelling I had in my fingers and hands has gone away. I think it was due to the cold. I started wearing gloves, and it took care of the problem. My face isn't as dry now, which is good. But dry is better than oily.

It's almost Christmas! I'm hoping my skin will continue to improve, so that when I go visit family for the holiday, my face won't be a total disaster. *Crosses fingers*

Pippin

Day 23

Wow. Can't believe it's been this long already...Anyway! It's finally Christmas break for me; done with all the tests and all the stress. Felt good to sleep in 'til noon to celebrate!

So far, my skin has actually been improving. Maybe not as fast as I would like, but some improvement is better than none, I would deem. I basically just got over a bad breakout that lasted for about a week. My skin is getting smoother, but the darn red spots won't go away..Not yet, anyway.

FACE STATUS

One super bright red something or other. Not really a cyst. I assume it'll clear up by tomorrow or the next day. One zit in the middle of my forehead. Yay..how fun. -_- Hate the really noticable ones the most. The ones that just pop up in the middle of all the clear skin. Bleh.

SIDE EFFECTS

Ok. The weirdest thing has been happening. My fingers/hands have been swelling up. Not like, huge, but enough to where it hurts a bit. I could just blame that on the cold/rain that we've been getting lately, though. Dunno. If it escalates, I'll look into it or start to get worried. But as of now, they look fine.

Pippin

Day 16

All I really have to say is...ehh. :/ What happened? My face was looking so good, and now it's back to the way it's always been. But with lots of dryness added to the mix. Fun, fun. My face hurt a lot yesterday. Luckily I don't have any huge cysts or zits, but I am going through a, uh, normal breakout, I guess. Lots of red around my chin..hate..that..I don't get it. Everything is clear and smooth except for my chin. What gives? Gah.

FACE STATUS

A few whiteheads and a few red marks/cysts. Nothing huge, but still...it hurts, too.

SIDE EFFECTS

I've been playing soccer every day, and for about an hour of practice, it's sunny. Now it says on the bottle that I should avoid sunlight..so far nothing has happened. I just hope I don't break out even worse or something. Been having headaches; minor ones, though. Nothing major, thank goodness.

Pippin

Day 12

Well. Missed a few days 'cause I was really busy. But I am back to blogging!

:P

Unfortunately, I've had a small breakout. My skin was clearing up for about a week, then went back to what it was originally. Bleh. How disappointing. Ah well, hopefully things will improve! I found out that my friend who also took Minocyclin, saw good results about three weeks in. So I'm only on week two at the moment, so I shan't get too discouraged. ;p

FACE STATUS

Lots of red, splotchy marks. A few cysts. Nothing too deep, though.

SIDE EFFECTS

I've been having really bad headaches, but that could be because of other reasons. I don't think it really has much to do with the medication.

Pippin

Day 7

Not much to say for today. Been getting the "feeling" of some cysts, like the itching you know, but nothing has come to a head, or they've all stayed basically small.

FACE STATUS

Breaking out a little, one or two whiteheads, but nothing major. Still have red spots.

SIDE EFFECTZ

Nothing, yet, thank goodness!

Pippin

Day 5

Yay for messing around with all the fonts/colours/sizes and whatnot. :3 Trying to make mah blog pretty. Whoot. Anyway! Day 5 of taking Minocyclin and using Diffiren at night. It's working wonderfully! My grandma complimented me on how she noticed my skin was clearing up.

Went back to school after Thanksgiving break, and I had just a tiny bit more of confidence. Looked in the mirror in the morning, and saw that my face was a complete mess. That's something I'm thankful for, at least. Hopefully things will just continue to improve!

FACE STATUS

Currently no whiteheads! Just red marks, but they are going down and healing. Most of them, anyway. Was washing my face the other day and one started bleeding, but it too is healing.

SIDE EFFECTZ

I have noticed that I am getting very..uh, flakey? My face doesn't feel dry, but it looks dry. I'm afraid to put anything on it to help at this stage, though, so I'll just bear with it. I'd rather have flakes and dry skin then be a grease ball. o.o Eck. Oh. And my left ear was "ringing" earlier in the day. Went away though.

Pippin

Day 3

Just to clear things up, I'll be posting on this blog every other day. Don't want to become to repetitive and tedious, you know?

Anywho! This is really strange...Is it possible to see progress this early on? O.O I mean, those cysts never came to a head, I only have one whitehead now, and the red spots are going down. This is like a dream. I just hope I don't jinx it or something, 'cause that would suck. D: But so far, I'm happy with the way things are looking, and hope that they continue on in a similar fashion!

Oh, on a side note, I'm going to start *trying* to sleep on my back, and not on the right side of my face. That side is worse acne wise, and maybe not sleeping on it will help. Eh. So uncomfortable, though. But I'll manage, I guess.

MAH FAIS

Currently not looking like a war zone! No new whiteheads, and I don't feel any cysts..yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My skin is actually starting to feel really smooth, but that could be because I'm using Cetaphil for a cleanser. Hmm. We'll see!

SIDE EFFECTZ

Had soccer practice with my team yesterday, (I'm Goalie :P), and I didn't feel achy or anything that they warn about on the Minocyclin paper thingy. I need to start wearing sunscreen, though, as it says to avoid sunlight. Feh. Hate the stuff.

So a question for anyone reading! Could you reccomend me a sunscreen that would be ok while using Minocyclin? Something that won't clog pores or make my face look greasy. I'd really appreciate it! (Yay for purple!)

Pippin

Day 1

Hey-o! And thank you for stumbling across my blog. I shall try to make it as exciting as possible, as well as not entirely bothersome! How incredibly fun, eh? How about a brief overview, then.

I've had acne for the past six years. It's never been severe, thankfully, but it has been enough to warrant stress as well as deliver a crushing blow to my self-confidence. (OH NOES D:) However, I have finally aquired a prescription for the first time EVAR, and am hoping that it will help, if not clear my acne once and for all!

And so, as of today, I have taken my first pill of Minocyclin, and will begin using Differin tonight. Hmm. It's a dark and stormy night tonight, and I'm hoping that that's not some ominous symbol of foreboding doom for my face. O.O Jeez... But we shall see! In the next three months, I desperately hope that my acne will have fled the scene!

MAH FAIS:

Strangely looking better than it has in a few weeks. Not due to the pills, just a quirk of nature, I suppose. Mainly lots of red spots around my chin, and some on the side of my face. I feel a cyst or two coming on. Oh joy!

SIDE EFFECTZ

None so far! I must be lucky! XD Jk, jk. Here's to hoping I don't go blind!

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