So, I'm trying something new to combat my acne.
I'm now on birth control (ortho tri-cyclen to be more specific). I'm sorry to say that Dan's Regimen, The Acne Cure, and the low glycemic diet have all failed to cure my acne. I patiently tried all of these "cures" in their respective order. Out of the three of these that I've tried, I'd have to say that Dan's regimen works the best and is the easiest to follow. It didn't stop the hormonal, cystic acne though. The regimen certainly helped with surface acne and shortened the life-span of the nodules...it just didn't stop them from forming and unfortunately, my nodules were forming faster than the regimen could handle.
But now I'm a grad student and I can go to the University's clinic again. (I couldn't see a doctor for years b/c I don't have health insurance and during that time my acne went crazy).
The University doctor put me on the pill and it is an affordable $10/month. I don't want to jinx myself but I think I'm seeing some improvement. I'm only in the second month of treatment, and I have gotten some zits but they're healing quickly. The major difference I've noticed is that I'm not getting several new nodules everyday. My make up is actually covering up my red-spots too! W/o makeup I still look pretty bad--but it's just because of the hyper-pigmentation. I only have 1 or 2 small, active zits at a time now. So my makeup can actually do it's job and cover the scars! yay!
The doctor said it would take about 3 months for me to really see a difference so I'll blog about any more changes in about a month. I've also been reading the product reviews for the bc pill and it seems like it either works really well or it makes acne much worse. So far I haven't seen any indication that I will experience acne worse than what I had before.
Check out my new pix. I do have makeup on but I look much better than I ever did with makeup on before. I HOPE that this is what I will look like once the red scars begin to fade.
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