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  1. So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  2. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Acne, Rosacea, ocular rosacea, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD. 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  3. Please help! I am desperate to fix these skin issues once and for all. I've had acne since I was 13, and I'm 21 now. I have recurring acne on my cheekbones and around my mouth and chin that pop up in the exact same spots, on and off for about two years. I have red marks on my cheekbones, mouth area, and forehead that will not go away no matter what. I tried proactive when I was younger and it set off some of the worst acne in my life. After that, I found out I was allergic to sodium laureth sulfate as well as tocopherol acetate (synthetic vitamin e) so I haven't been able to use any of the standard acne medications. I prefer holistic remedies anyway, and have seen some success with diet changes, but not enough to completely clear my skin. I started a whole foods, plant based diet in February, and completely went off meat and dairy. About two weeks ago I stopped eating processed oils (as well as nuts and nut butters) and cut my intake of processed foods down drastically (bread only every so often). All of this was for personal reasons, but I did read that cutting these things out could help with acne. I take Green Vibrance Powder, and drink 64-87 oz of water per day. (64 is the basic amount I need). I drink coffee, but I also drink ginger turmeric tea and skin detox tea intermittently. I do still have a good amount of sugar - it's the one thing I can't really kick. I often get coconut milk caramel frappuccinos when I'm working, and I still have jam occasionally and brown sugar quiet a lot. This could possibly be the source? I am moderately active - I work online so I'm often sitting, but I do walk every day and I go hiking every week. I use an all-natural aloe vera gel on my skin and wash my face everyday, I don't sleep with my makeup on, and I follow pretty much every skin care rule I'm supposed to follow for my skin. Still, nothing helps. I don't know what else I can do, and I am completely sick of dealing with this. I'm ready to throw out all of my heavy foundation and concealer (oil free and clean of ingredients I'm allergic to, but not organic or natural, unfortunately. I can't afford expensive makeup very often.) and never wear it again, but I can't. All I have wanted for the past 8 years is clear, healthy skin. I have had hormonal issues in the past (it runs in my family) and have seen my skin get better from using progesterone cream when I was younger. I do have some symptoms of low progesterone, but not a lot - almost every issue I had previously went away with the wfpb diet. Even my skin texture is better, but the acne and scarring will not budge. Any advice or tips are appreciated! Thanks for reading
  4. Hello all! I am new to the community but I have a few questions.. I have pretty light cystic acne that is hormonal caused by my IUD. I am 18 years old and have light skin. I have some scars but not a ton. Overall, my skin is pretty good but I get new cyst break outs about every 2 weeks and frequently have to get shots in them. I currently use AktiPak and have been on it for a few months. It has reduced my cyst breakouts to about 3 large cysts a month. Recently my dermatologist gave me Retin A claiming it would kill the underlying bacteria causing the cysts. I am very scared about starting Retin A! There is no good time to start it because something always seems to be coming up! I am just wondering if the side effects (peeling/redness/flakes/breakouts) will be was severe since my skin isn’t bad to begin with? Does it really work?! I’m afraid it will make my skin bad and never better again... I would love clear skin by June 18th! (it is currently april 2nd)... any thoughts/advice?
  5. Hi. About almost 2 weeks ago, I began using apple cider vinegar on my forehead to get rid of the millions of small bumps that randomly appeared. I've been struggling with cheek and temple acne, but had been mostly clear on my forehead for a while. Anyways, the apple cider vinegar worked very well in the beginning days, even started helping fade some hyperpigmentation on my temple, but now I'm continuing to get small pimples on my forehead. They get very irritated. Aside from them, the skin of my forehead is now drier and smoother than it had been for weeks. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of them? I don't THINK they're hormonal, but I could be wrong. I always linked them to my on-going digestive problems. I've cut out gluten to no avail. The small bumps are completely gone, it's just these red little inflamed pimples. Here's my current routine: -neutrogena pore refining cleanser (AM and PM, i use a clarisonic brush with it in the evening) -apple cider vinegar as toner (i only use it on my forehead, temples, and one side of my jawline where i have a lot of trouble spots; AM and PM) -cerave moisturizer (i moisturize everywhere but my forehead - i tend to get little bumps when i do; AM and PM) -occasionally tea tree oil (as a spot treatment) -st. Ive's green tea exfoliating scrub (just purchased today and used it for the first time, so i can't yet just its affectiveness; planning on using it PM only) any suggestions on how I could improve my skincare? I'm also considering trying evening primrose oil to balance hormones internally. I was diagnosed with endometriosis a few weeks ago, along with irritable bowel syndrome. My doctor and I are developing a treatment plan for both, and she suggested the EPO. In the mean time, I'm trying to use natural methods to at least manage my acne. Any tips would be greatly appreciated
  6. Hello all who is out there reading this, I’m James, a 23 year old male & I have been suffering from acne since age 11. I’m not quite sure on the exact cause so I’ve come here to hopefully seek some wisdom from maybe those who’ve been in my shoes. Get ready for a bumpy (face of a) ride. Here’s my journey. A brief background on my acne. I’ve tried pretty much all over the counter products. Cleansers Moisturizers Topicals: BP, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Essential Oils Minocycline, Doxycycline, & eventually 6 months of Acutane. All have done there fair share of either helping slightly or damaging my skin. I would say my acne has always been pretty moderate. Anyth region above my eyes has always been crystal clear but my cheeks, chin, & forehead never have been clear. My current regimen includes: VITAMINS & MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Beta Sitosterol (active compound in Saw Palmetto), Probiotics, & Fiber capsules. AM: Wash with a gentle gentle cleanser in the morning, use Thayers Witch Hazel (rose water) as a toner with a few drops of Salicylic Acid Moisturize is Aloe Vera gel. Before I head out the door I spray my face with Green Tea water mixed with Thayers. PM: Recently switched to a 3% Sulfur cleanser to help my dead skin cell slow turnover rate. Thayers again as a toner. Also recently switched to Azelaic Acid (20%) as my topical. Lastly I use a Retin-A . I found that Azelaic Acid & Tretinion compliment eachother. MY DIET: This last month I did a full month long colon, liver, & full body detox cleanse to insure my acne wasn’t purely internally based. I am a very health conscience person and happen to be allergic to dairy & gluten so those two factors are already out the window. I stay far from excess sugary foods & hydrogenated oils. Other than that I eat a high fiber/omega-3/omega-6/ diet. Lots of beans, lentils, veggies, avocados, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, almonds & cashews. No alcohol. I drink about 3-4 cups of Green Tea a day as well as 1-2 Spearmint or Chamomile teas at night before bed. I also drink plenty of water (at least 100 fluid ounces per day). I believe I may have Hyperkeratinoisis which is a buildup of protein on the skin that clogs pores with dead skill cells. Add my excess sebum (oil) and it’s a mixture from hell. I do get stressed out but not any more than the average person. I’m a fairly calm & level headed human. Depression has taken its toll on me over the last few years after I’ve seen a dermatologist for about 2.5 years which did nothing. I actually obtain more clear skin by researching for myself and trying more holistic approaches. The best thing a dermatologist offered me was Tretinion which I still use to this day. SIDE NOTE: My acne or at least sebum production goes into overdrive after masturbation. I’ve tested the theory and I have broken out bad masturbating consistent days. Also I’ve held off work about two weeks and yes my skin got better but never fully cleared me up. The most frustrating part of this whole journey to clear skin is the teasing of new practices I implement. I try something new & it works, starts to clear me up then out of no where either backfires or stops working. Some examples of these are... Green Tea. Lost its effectiveness so I bumped up to Matcha green tea which was strong and worked again but slowly diminished strength. Pure Tea Tree Oil (huge clogger of pores). My skin was beautifully clear after dabbing pure Tea Tree Oil on my face daily unless it clogged my pores horrifically. Took 3-4 months to unclog them. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lost its effectiveness. High Fish Oil intake. Stopped its high effectiveness & to thin out my sebum BP. Always overdried me & made my breakouts worse. It’s like my body becomes immune to all of these wonderful options and just wants to make my facial inflammation worse. There’s a few questions that I am eager to have answered. Such as products I’ve been curious to try but have not yet. So without further ado I’ll fire away. Borage Oil over EPO (evening primrose oil)? Does the higher GLA content really make a huge difference Can eating eggs & almonds truly cause more acne? Topical Spironolactone? Anyone have positive experiences with Azelaic Acid? Anyone have positive experiences switching to Sulfur cleansers? If I’ve tried Beta Sitosterol & it didn’t work should I still bother with Saw Palmetto? Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur Topicals/Lotion effectiveness ? Should I try these Best products for Hyperkeratinosis acne? Best acne bacteria fighting/non-drying/non-comedogenic day time moisturizers? Does it does as if I have hormonal acne? Any advice Alpha Hydroxy Acid products? Very curious to try them out if Azelaic doesn’t pan out well. Thank you so much if you got this far. I hope that some of this info can shed new light to those out there struggling because I know some of these products work well for many acne sufferers. I haven’t found my answer yet but I’m still striving to do so. Keep fighting everyone :)!
  7. 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!
  8. Hi I’m every new here! im 18, at uni, healthy sporty and arty guy and I’ve been struggling with acne for 6 years and it’s at it’s worse and it’s killing everything I care about and love. I’ve been to the doctors a gazillion times and nothing works apart from Nicam (freederm) occasionally however the spots keep coming, bigger, redder, more painful and leaves scaring and pigmentation all over the place. My acne is mostly in the t zone on my face and it’s pretty bad and also on my back. I know accutane is all the hype but just straight up want to avoid it. Acne is killing my confidence so much and stopping me from doing things which is the worst feeling. Can anyone offer some advice? Has anyone been in this position, what worked for you? Is there anything I can do? Thanks in advance!!
  9. So basically I started using a regiment from an esthetician which cleared up my forehead mostly but did nothing for my chin because it was hormonal. I hen switched to cetaphil about 2 weeks and it dried out my skin too much so I went back to Neutrogena deep clean cleanser with a sensitive skin moisturizer which is what i used before this acne started. I also started a Neutrogena spot treatment benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. Recently I just went in for a light chemical peel Microdermabrasion with extractions. This is my second day after the facial and in the areas where the extractions were done I have pimples coming back that are whiteheads. Although This is normal for me, I was just getting over a pretty bad breakout before the facial due to the time of the month. so I was just wondering if you guys think that it’s purging or it’s a bad reaction to the facial? They hurt pretty badly.Another question I have is what your opinion is on Retin-A and clindamycin which is what I got prescribed my doctor but haven’t started yet. I’m nervous that I’d start purging or get even worse acne from them. Please any advice would help! Thank you and sorry this is so long Also, because I was told to use a gentle cleanser after the facial, I bought the dermalogica special cleansing gel which is made for all skin types and is supposedly very gentle for your skin
  10. Days 13, 14 & 15 - Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg tablets with breakfast. I have had a couple more small pimples come up, nothing major or like my usual. Cant tell if it because of the accutane or my period...or both. Skin is getting very dryer, feeling very tight in the morning and evening after I have cleansed. Noticed that my hands are getting a lot dryer now as well. My skin is looking a lot less angry and smoother. My hair also feels quite dry on the ends, again not sure if its the tablets or I might just need a hair cut!
  11. Days 11 & 12

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    Days 11 & 12 - Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg with breakfast. Skin is getting a lot dryer though I am producing a fair bit of oil still but not as much. Haven't had any of my usual cystic acne breakouts. I have had a couple of small pimples on my chin pop up, but again nothing like the normal cystic lumps that I get. This could also be down to my period being due in a couple of days. My cold is still hanging around, which is annoying, Other than that nothing else to report, so far so good!
  12. Long post ahead! I've been on this thread for a few years getting lots of great advice from you all on different things to try for my acne, from topical stuff to natural remedies, but since my hormonal acne hit it's peak over a year ago, it really seems absolutely nothing has helped! I'm pretty much at my wits end (and frankly getting to that depressed don't want to leave the house stage) so I am wanted to see if anyone has any recommendations which I haven't tried. At this point I'm willing to try ALMOST anything, so please chime in with suggestions that have helped you (even the weird stuff)! My main concern is getting rid of the cystic acne, but if you have suggestions for the white and blackheads, that is also helpful! My Skin Type: Painful cystic acne around my jaw and outer cheeks, and occasionally one on the forehead. Lots of little white spots around the chin and forehead and blackheads around the T zone. Skin is very oily in the t-zone and very dry around the jaw and cheeks. Also the acne skin is very itchy. I also have endometriosis. Here is what I have already tried: Prescription * Dianette (contraceptive pill. Helped for a while, but was hell for my health and anxiety. Might have caused my endometriosis) * Various other contraceptive pills which didn't work AND gave me bad side effects (Marvelone, Jasminelle etc etc) * Tetracyclines (anti-biotics taken for many months, did not help) * Differin Gel (Topical retinoid which made my skin super dry but didn't help with whitespots or blackheads) * Zalna Gel (Klindamycin/tretinoin, didn't help) * Benzoyl Peroxide (the 5% stuff does nothing, but I tried a clean & clear set with 10% benzoyl peroxide which helped even though my skin was dry and peeling, but it did nothing for whiteheads and blackheads) Topical Products * The whole La Roche-Posay line (Seemingly helps the first week or two, then stops) * The whole Vichy Normaderm line (same as La Roche) * Clean and Clear Advantage (the set from the US, the UK one sucks. This worked but only for acne and not whitespots, and it was soooo drying) * Etude Wonderpore Line (helped A LOT with blackheads and pores but did nothing for acne) * Tony Moly Goat Milk Line (My skin was clear when I was using the samples, but then when I got the full sized stuff it had no effect) * COSRX Blemish Pads (did nothing) * COSRX Snail 96 Mucin (doesn't do anything bad, but haven't noticed any great effect and it's not very moisturizing) * COSRX Pimple Master Patch (THESE ARE AMAZING! Obviously doesn't cure my acne, but really helps them heal and not leave massive bumps after extractions) * Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask (I feel I break out less and my pores seem better, but it doesn't really cure anything. Plus it's so expensive) * Pure Centella Asiatica water toner (the Elizavecca one) * I've tried SO MANY other products but these are the most recent and noteworthy ones. DIY Natural Remedies * Essential Oils (Tried replacing my entire skincare routine with various oil blends mainly using argon and hemp carriers, and oils like teatree, lavender, geranium, frankincense, clarysage, neroli etc etc etc) At first I felt it helped, then it kind of stopped. * DIY clay masks (tried Kaolin, Fullers Earth, Lava clay, Charcoal, floral waters, ACV, essential oils etc.) I made a lot of mistakes here, and clearly don't tolerate many clay other than Kaolin, cause most masks left my face bright red and burning. * Masks with food crap, like honey, lemon, oatmeal, fruit etc (this literally did nothing and was a mess and waste of delicious food) Supplements * Vitamins: Zinc, Magnesium, Vit D, B6, Primerose Oil, collagen tablets * Spearmint Capsules (tried this for over 4 months, it didn't help and I started feeling pretty sick and having some liver side effects) * HRI Clear Complexion (Burdock root and Blue Flag Iris rhizome) Did nothing * Milk Thistle (didn't notice any big chance but only tried it for 2-3 weeks) Treatments * Facials with extraction * High Frequency facial treatments And finally here is what I am currently using (I'm having a bad breakout and I'm trying to use as little as possible to give my skin a break): * Etude O-Le-Mong One Shot Morning Gel Cleanser * Boots Botanical Rose mist * COSRX Snail 96 Mucin * 5% Benzyl Peroxide spot treatment * Mirena coil (Progesterone only IUD, I need it for my endometriosis, have had it 4 years) * Supplements: Primrose Oil, Vit D, Zinc * Still trying the High Frequency treatments As you can see I feel I've really tried everything, but if you can recommend ANYTHING I haven't tried I am willing to put in the research and give it a go! It's frustrating because SOME things seem to work for a week or two and then the skin just goes bad again. The one thing I won't try is prescription acne tablets like Accutane or ROACCUTANE or antibiotics again since they didn't work and made me feel sick. I'm very sensitive to oral prescription drugs and try not to take anything too strong when possible. I'm also willing to try a diet, but one place I read don't eat meat and dairy and sugar, then another places says don't eat grains and carbs and certain fruits, so it seems conflicting or like I'm going to starve?
  13. Days 8, 9 & 10 - Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th & Friday 9th February 2018 I have blogged these days together as there really was not much to report between the days. Took 2 x 20mg each morning with breakfast. Skin is still drying out, producing a fair but of oil as the day goes on, but I am wearing makeup as well, which would add to the oil production. Lips are still very dry, constantly applying lip balms. Still haven't broken out with any of my usual cystic acne spots. I have had 2 tiny wee pimples pop up just above my lips but this is from applying the lip balm constantly. My cold is finally on its way out, so hopefully I will be able to notice if I have any other side effects from the tablets. I am drinking plenty of water 2-3 litres a day, I saw a girl on youtube who was convinced staying really hydrated stopped her skin from getting to that painfully dry stage.
  14. Hi all! I am 26 y/o female. I have been using Dan's regimen for about 5 months now. I have had some improvement, but am still seeing some hormonal acne in my chin and cheeks. I am currently doing BP and lotion in the morning, then BP and lotion + AHA at night. I am considering buying OTC Differin to add to my regimen and replacing the nightly BP with it. Should a lotion be used AFTER applying a retinol? Would anyone care to weigh in on this? I would like to incorporate a retinol into my routine for the anti-aging benefits, but I would also plan to just use AHA about three times weekly for the exfoliating purposes as well. Below is a summary of the proposed routine, thoughts? Morning: Wash- cleanser BP- BP Moisturizer- lotion Night: Wash- cleanser Differin (4 nights per week) AHA- AHA (3 nights per week)
  15. Day 7

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    Day 7 - Tuesday 6th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg tablets with breakfast. Nothing much different to yesterday, still feeling really crappy with this cold. My skin still hasn't broke out...yet (touch wood) Both lips and skin feeling very dry, also around my nails my cuticles are dryer than normal. Excited to take a picture tomorrow morning and compare to a week ago!
  16. Day 6

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    Day 6 - Monday 5th February 2018 Took 2 x 20mg tablets after breakfast. Still feel crappy today with this throat thing thats hanging about. Taking painkillers to ease the soreness of my throat and neck. Skin feels dry in some places, particularly around my nose and also my cheeks when I smile and talk I can feel some tightness there. Tonight I noticed that my lips are really dry, despite having been applying lip balm constantly since starting the accutane (it is also very cold here in Ireland so that probably doesn't help) Also noticed that my skin doesnt look as inflamed or angry as usual. And thats about it really for today. 1 week tomorrow since I started!
  17. Day 5

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    Day 5 - Sunday 4th February Took 2 x 20mg pills after brunch. Skin has some dry patches on it, not sure if that is the accutane or its the spot cream that I have applied. Spot on side of my nose squeezed again this morning, few other little sore bumps around my chin and lower cheeks, but nothing major, will have to see if they turn into their usual big and sore selves. Feeling crappy still today but thinking I have a throat infection or tonsillitis, my mum read somewhere that accutane lowers your immune system so that would explain why I have caught this. Skin felt quite dry tonight after cleansing before bed. Nothing else to report other that!
  18. I hope this hasn't been asked before, I couldn't find anything that answered my question. Quick Backstory: I've been struggling with moderate acne for over a year now and recently went to the doctor to get birth control and he prescribed me Taro-Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel instead (1%/5%) instead (slight eye roll). Currently I only have 2 actual white head pimples on my cheeks but tons of those under the skin bumps and black heads on my forehead (clogged pores?). I'm 20 years old and have combination skin. Currently it is EXTREMELY dry around my mouth area but I still have an oily forehead and get oily throughout the day. ANYWAY, my question is: how do I include the topical gel into my routine? I currently use a serum and a moisturizer. Do I apply the gel first? Or after my moisturizer? Does anyone also have any tips for this product? Thank you!!
  19. Going to be a long post but in desperate need of some advice!! in the past I have suffered from what I have assumed as a few cystic pimples that would come and go. Recentley I seem to constantly have atleast one or two extremely painful spots on my chin and around my mouth and nose. As soon as one goes, another one appears, they are very sore and usually last at least a week, they are like a hard lump under my skin, red, and never come to a head. My chin and mouth area is littered with red spots/ scars and painful lumps and nothing I do seems to help. At the moment I have a very painful one on my upper lip line, which is painful and unsightly, along with another on the crease of my chin underneath my lip. I honestly feel at a loss of what to do. For or some more info I suffer from very oily skin. Not sure if this could be hormonal or not as I’m an 18 year old female. i really need some advice on what I should do, do you think this requires a trip to the doctors? Anything I could do at home that has worked for other. Very great duo for any help!
  20. I have mild to moderate acne, nothing horrendous but enough to bother me and cause a lot of anxiety. I suffer from a great deal of self hatred, and even the smallest amount of redness or unevenness (bumps) cause me to become depressed and to tear myself apart. I cleanse daily, (double cleanse around my period), spray my face with witch hazel (a natural toner) and moisture every day. I use a medicated exfoliater (dermatologists prescription) and I am currently on Minocycline to help clear up my skin. I’m vegan (5 yrs) I eat extremely well, exercise daily and have very little artificial sugar in my diet. I don’t wear make up and only take warm showers, never hot. When I have bumps I put bepantham on them, which seems to help with redness and swelling a lot. I use a kaolin clay mask to soak up excess oil. Is there anything else I can do to help? Will a contraceptive pill help?
  21. I recently went to my GP to get a prescription for BC pills as I'm in a relationship again and my acne is still present (it's been almost ten years now and I have tried pretty much everything to keep it at bay). My GP prescribed me "Yaz 24+4" which, according to my GP, helps to fight acne. Even though I got my hands on something that actually might make a difference to my skin, I can't help but feel anxious about starting this BC, as I am aware of the possible serious side effects (pulmonary embolism, intravenous trombose) and I quit a BC pill in the past (Diane 35/Dianette) because of the extra risk it gave me (I've also read some articles linking Yaz to the risks I previously mentioned). Therefore I'm considering to switch to Mercilon as this one has a lower dosage of hormones. Do you guys have any experiences with either one of these BC pills? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers! P.S. Diane 35 greatly improved my skin when I was on it and this is the only BC I have used so far.
  22. Really need advice

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    23, Female Acne type: larger red pimples along jawline and cheeks. At least one new breakout a day. Also have blackheads on nose and milia (maybe just deep white heads) on my chin and cheeks and in between my eyebrows. Medications: birth control. And I take a vitamin A supplement every night I started getting acne when I was in grade school and I’ve and it ever since. I used Proactive in jr high and then quit it and started using over the counter products for about 3-4 years. I went to the dermatologist my freshman year of college and they prescribed me some creams that I never used for more than a few weeks because they made my skin so dry and it was like I was a snake shedding it’s skin. Then I tried proactive plus and it worked alright but I was still getting regular breakouts. Then I tried rodan and fields and the jawline breakouts have been so much worse and more painful. Should i just go back to the doctor and try the creams for a longer amount of time? What are your opinions? I will not go on accutane because of health history in my family.
  23. Hi Everyone! I wanted to share on here to hopefully help some people because throughout the years I have googled over and over to find tips and advice. And i found my cure by way of the internet so hopefully the word spreads and this starts helping people! History: I am 28 year old female, I have had acne since puberty middle school. It started around my entire face, forehead, cheeks, chin. At 23 I took my first 8 month course of Accutane. It was amazing. My side effects were not bad, just the usual. It cleared everything up and my skin was absolutely beautiful for 2 years. I barely even had to wash my face and I never got a zit. After the 2 years, my acne slowly started coming back but more on the lower part of my face on my chin and sides of my mouth. And it was more cystic. So larger nodules under the skin that would not come to a head for a few days. And they were big and red and sore. I tried to ignore it but it got worse and worse. By the time I was 26/27 it was SO bad. And it was all focused on the 2 lower side area of my chin below my mouth. I also was getting big cysts on my jaw line as well. And some times huge ones on my neck or a few clumping on my neck that wouldn't go away for a few weeks. These were all big, underground cystic pimples, red, sore, sometimes they would itch. And they would also leave scars. Sometimes indented scars and always always red hyper pigmentation. Also my acne never totally cleared. Maybe there was one day when a cluster of pimples had finally gone down (but my skin was still completely red & inflamed in the area) and no new ones were rising up, but the next day a new one was forming and I could feel it under my skin. And there were no certain times of the month for me , it was constant. I would cry over it. I had to put tons of make up, I was embarrassed infront of my boyfriends. My skin was bumpy and rippled and I had deep scars. And I couldn't believe at 28 years old i was STILL dealing with this problem. BTW up until this point I had tried everything in my acne history: antibiotics, topical creams, Spironolactone (which made me break out worse the whole 4 months I was on it) all face washes, face brush, retin-a, switched to all natural clean toothpaste, changing pillow cases every couple days, pulling hair away from face, cleaning phone, mixtures of vitamins, eliminated dairy, chocolate from my diet, cleaned up my diet, green diet, gone to facialists, had my hormones tested (which they were all normal and fine) blue light treatments, cortisone shots, peels, accutane EVERYTHING. I had tried everything. I went to demo and all she could offer me was Accutane. I didn't want to but I didn't want to keep living like this. So I tried it again round 2. I was only on for 1 month and towards the second half of the month my hair started falling out right in the front of my head where my part started. I started getting a bald patch. My eyelashes also fell out and I started getting darker skin on my mustache area. I was also feeling very depressed and down. So I stopped the accutane on the last day of the month and I was determined to find another way. So I did a TON of research and found a blog at Super good and lots of info and loved seeing her pictures. Her acne was in a different location than mine, but I still figured I would try her suggestions. At this point I had nothing to lose. It couldn't get much worse and I as not going back to accutane. So I bought Dr. Ohhiras Probiotics I take one pill first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach. I have a sensitive stomach and this is very gentile and does not upset me at all. I try to wait a little after before I eat breakfast, but sometimes I don't have time, so thats okay too. I have been on for 45 days, (so 45 pills out of the 60) and my skin has cleared up SO MUCH. RESULTS: My skin has never looked so good! My cystic acne has completely cleared up. And the redness can finally calmed down and cleared because there is not constantly new break outs forming as soon as the others go away. The type of my pimples has changed too. If I do get a pimple, it is smaller, and has a little head (more like a zit) and gone in a few days. It doesn't go deep down underneath the skin and hurt like the cysts did. I am SO HAPPY!!!! I literally ask my mom and brother to look and check it out because I cannot believe the results myself and I am so happy and proud to finally have clearing skin. Please do yourself a favor and BUY THE PROBIOTICS. Its totally affordable for a 2 month supply and there is nothing in these that can harm you only help you. So if it doesn't clear your acne, then I'm sure its going to help with your digestion or your daily deification or whatever. I think these can just help your body balance out whatever bad bacteria you have going on inside you that is manifesting itself outside your body and in my case through the lower part of my skin on my face. The girl in the blog said she only did a 2 month supply and then was cleared, but I think I am going to buy another box and do another 2 months because I think these can only help and I really want to cleanse my gut. Anyways hope this helps you all! Blessings!!!
  24. For the first time in a few months, I'm actually beginning to feel hopeful. Now that they've discovered I have an ovarian cyst, I think I'm getting closer to finally healing my solution. I just hope they can easily identify the hormonal imbalance/underlying problem. Anyone have any similar experiences with hormonal acne and an ovarian cyst? What finally fixed yours?