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Little Sarah

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  1. ARGHHHH!!! Attack of oil, which is apparently quite common during the first trimester due to increased levels of progesterone. Hoping this subsides in the second trimester when estrogen levels increase. At the moment I am managing it and it has not led to any serious outbreaks, just look like a greasy mess. I use Liz Earle cleanser and toner, followed by Panoxyl 5 and then Liz Earle moisturiser for oily skin. Before I put makeup on I use an oil freem mattifying primer and the Bare Minerals make
  2. Well, I checked about products that I can and can't use during pregnancy and annoyingly salicylic acid is a no no, so this means that I cannot use the Clinique 3 step skincare which I love. So I spent ages looking for stuff for oily skin that doesn't have salicylic acid in and I found some Clean and Clear and Clearasil stuff, which I'm going to use with the BP (which is safe), so fingers crossed it will keep blemishes at bay.
  3. Well, I found out a few days ago that I'm pregnant I've noticed some changes in my skin. The skin on my body is much more dry, but the skin on my face is the same. I have been getting a breakout on just my right cheek and it's only one at a time, so it's not serious. They seem to heal much quicker than before, but I'm using BP again to try to stop them from developing.
  4. Monthly cycle seems to be back to normal now, which is good. My skin got greasier during PMT and now it is quite dry, so I have had to stop using the BP. Will start to use it again on my T zone when it gets greasier. Got some spots on my chin and jawline when my skin was greasy, but they weren't too bad and could be successfully covered up. Don't have any active spots at present as they have dried up. Quite positive about how this is going at the moment.
  5. Sorry I haven't been updating you for a while, I've been really unwell. Progress to report: libido still better skin much oilier, but so far I haven't broken out that much because I've modified my regimen to suit my skin. I only have a couple of small ones to speak of at the moment Weight loss has increased PMT has gotten slightly worse (what I think is PMT anyway, I'm still waiting for that oneto materialise) Hair is much less dry and in better condition
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    I had been on Yasmin for 4 years and have made the decision to stop taking it in order to try to get pregnant. I wanted to write about the experiences I am having as I know that women are often worried about the side effects they'll get when coming off the pill. Well, so far I've only been off it for a week and I have had some side effects: Greasier skin - my skin has become more oily and I have had a few more spots, but these have been small and superficial. Started using BP again and that h
  7. Little Sarah

    Cleared skin well without drying it out. Caused an upset stomach and you can build up resistance to it. I was given the tablets of this to take for an unrelated infection, but I noticed that within a few days, it started to clear my skin really well. You may have to face a few days with an upset tummy though and I'm not sure that it can be used as a long term method of spot prevention.
  8. Hi, Benzoyl Peroxide is a pregnancy category C - this means that there is insufficient research on it to determine its safety. This means that some doctors are fine with you using it and some are not. Many people use Dan's regimen whilst they are pregnant. Salicylic acid is usually fine, provided that you stick to over-the-counter remedies and not peels which have a much higher concentration in them. Again there is mixed opinion on this. Retin-A - you should not use this as it has been li
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    Really good for oily skin. It does not clog the pores (in my case anyway) as it doesn't contain any oil or talc. I also like the fact that it has an spf in it as a lot of the moisturizers with spf clog the pores. The concealer that comes in the starter pack has zinc in it and I have found that it actually helps dry up individual spots. It is quite expensive (although a little goes a long way). The coverage may not be enough for some people, but it is possible to build it up (this is time c
  10. You could ask your doctor to put you on Skinoren topical (Azelex in the US). It has some good reviews on this website and is less likely to cause the reaction on your skin that retinoids have. Little Sarah :D
  11. Hi, I use PanOxyl AquaGel because I think that it is slightly stronger and is good for my skin. I think that PanOxyl is one of the better BPs available. If you think it's too harsh try Oxy On the Spot which is 2.5% and available in most stores. In terms of alternative products: azelaic acid (Skinoren) is a really good topical (see reviews on this website) which tends to be better tolerated than BP. It is prescribed by a Doctor and may sting when you first put it on. I hope this helps. Li
  12. B5 is used in hair products such as Pantene and V05, which are known to strengthen hair. It could be that your body has got used to this nutrient and now that you have stopped, it has changed the levels of moisture in your skin (?) I have heard people say that it is best to gradually reduce your intake of B5, rather than stopping all at once. Sorry I can't be of more help.
  13. Yeah, me too I love it. Went and had a look at the acne myths section on this site as well and the reason you are not supposed to wash your face more than twice a day is because it can aggravate acne. I use jojoba oil to take me make up off as well and I think it's a great all-purpose product.
  14. Hi, Jojoba oil is the same consistency as the skin's sebum. Too much sebum causes your skin to produce acne. What jojoba does is 'replace' the skin's sebum. This means that your skin does not produce as much acne-causing sebum, but because it's an oil it still sits on your skin in the same way your own sebum does. The fact that it is there instead of the sebum means that it has helped with your acne. Sorry I haven't used technical terms, but this is the way I understand it best. If you are con
  15. Hi, If you want to go down the natural route, then there are a few options: - Vitex and Saw Palmetto regulate hormones and can be effective in dealing with your hormonal acne - bovine colostrum is an excellent natural antibiotic which has had quite a lot of success (search it on these boards. - 10grams of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) each day has had effects similar to accutane, but is completely non-toxic, even in large doses. Again people have had some success with this if you search