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About pinklilac

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  1. That sounds like a good plan...good luck! By the way, if you have an insurance plan that covers prescriptions, some will allow you to switch meds even before you have used up the current supply (so if you wanted, at the end of this month you'd be able to switch to Yasmin). You'd just have to call insurance company and see what their policy is.
  2. 1. Definitely switch to the CeraVe lotion as soon as you can. If you don't want to risk breaking out with the Vaseline, then see if the CeraVe resolves your dryness (it's definitely good at PREVENTING dryness.) If it doesn't, test the Vaseline on just a couple of spots. The Vaseline never broke me out; it just caused an itchy/burning sensation and some redness. 2. Limiting milk might be helpful for your acne, anyhow. Calcium is in other foods, like leafy greens and almonds. If you are wor
  3. It might be your birth control pill, because it contains a progesterin with moderate androgenic activity. All birth control pills contain an estrogen and a progestin. While the estrogen used is almost always ethinyl estradiol, different birth control pills have different progestins. Most progestins have androgenic activity, meaning they sort of act like the hormone androgen. Androgen is a testosterone precursor that has masculinizing effects; it promotes acne, body and facial hair growth, sc
  4. I took a holistic approach to treating my acne (topical and oral acne meds, hormone/diabetes meds, diet). The bad pic was taken in the spring of 2005. That same spring, I was diagnosed with PCOS and prediabetes. Clearly, insulin resistance contributed to the severity of my acne. Treatments which contributed to my acne clearing up include Glucophage (750 mg twice daily) and a low-glycemic diet to treat the insulin resistance, and Yasmin (a birth control pill) and spironolactone (100 mg per da
  5. I also felt like most non-comedogenic moisturizers were too light, and in fact I kept getting eczema in certain spots. THEN I tried some Cerave samples that came with one of my prescriptions. The moisturizer is hands-down the best moisturizer I have ever used; it contains ceramides, which really help heal skin and prevent flakiness. Cerave makes different moisturizers, all of which are non-comedogenic, but the one I use is the Cerave moisturizing lotion, because it is the best value (you get
  6. Comedonal acne (little bumps and blackheads) can take a long time to clear up. However, sometimes inflamed acne responds quickly to antibiotics. Inflamed acne happens when bacteria infect a comedone (clogged pore). The bacteria that causes acne is generally anaerobic, and thus it thrives in low-oxygen environments. Benzoyl peroxide helps to oxygenate the pore, which kills the inflammation-promoting bacteria. Many doctors favor an approach that addresses both the inflamed acne as well as the
  7. I used to use an oily hand lotion, and I would get a breakout on my face where I frequently rest on my left hand, but nowhere else.
  8. Acne starts when a microcomedone forms (a microscopic clogged pore). The microcomedone fills up with oil, bulging slightly and becoming a comedone. Then, bacteria infiltrate the comedone, resulting in an immune response (inflammation), and the comedone becomes a papule. If the infection gets worse, then a cyst may form. Certain things encourage the formation of microcomedones; high blood insulin levels is one of these things, so a low-glycemic diet can reduce or eliminate comedone formatio
  9. Here's a quote from an article I found on childhood obesity: "Severe skin changes correlate with elevated serum insulin levels and can be ameliorated by weight loss and consequent reduction in insulin resistance. Other skin problems commonly encountered include skin tags and keratosis pilaris (87)." Since high insulin levels cause "increased differentiation of basal keratinocytes"--i.e. hyperkeratinization--it makes sense that it can contribute to keratosis pilaris, just as it contributes
  10. The bumps in her picture don't look red enough to be contact dermatitis or some other kind of rash. However, the easy way to tell is to smear the area with triamcinolone cream or ointment (corticosteroid used to treat eczema and other skin conditions). If the bumps clear up, then they are probably some sort of rash. If not, they are likely comedones. Excess drying can lead to comedones, so that might be why you and chemicalcakes have been experiencing them since you've been on Accutane. O
  11. I looked at your picture, and those definitely look like closed comedones ("open comedones" are blackheads). A comedone is "pre-acne"--that is, it hasn't yet been colonized by bacteria. Here is an excerpt from the abstract of a paper by Loren Cordain ("Implications for the Role of Diet in Acne") explaining what the 5 causes of acne are: "In contrast, a large body of evidence now exists showing how diet may directly or indirectly influence the following 5 proximate causes of acne: (1) increase