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  1. Oh and I forgot Spironolactone also helped in the short term. I used it about 8 months. There are lots of threads in the hormonal section. Basically it blocks androgens.
  2. Hey there, I have to agree that improving diet, especially reducing sugar and caffine, has worked wonders for me. I had a massive breakout when I turned 30 and this has helped a ton. I tried many things outside of diet and the following things have helped the most: Salicylic Acid, Derma-Wand, and Get Gorgeous tea. Unfortunately these 3 things can be used when prego or breastfeeding I hear.
    Haven't had a major breakout since I started this. Reduces my cysts almost overnight. Doesn't help with wrinkles, as it's supposed to. Needs to be used daily to be effective. I got this 2 months ago and have used it nightly for 5-10 minutes. I haven't had any major breakouts. I did get 2 cysts in areas that I didn't use the derma wand (neck), but when I used this on them, they were gone in 1-2 days. I've tried everything for my acne and this has been a lifesaver for me, but you do have to b
  3. I really like Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturizer. I wish the coverage was a bit better, but I really like how dewy it makes my skin look. I also have terrible texture and heavy make-up just seems to make everything look worse.
  4. I have the same problem but I also have melasma, so I HAVE to wear sunscreen. Unfortunately it makes me so oily and causes break outs. However, I've been using Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 & Antioxidants for about a month now with good results. It is not greasy and is a physical sunscreen, not chemical. I don't know if you're familiar with Paula's products, but they are pretty good. She explains every ingredient, so you can really determine what's in the
  5. After you stopped the soy, were consuming enough protein? I've heard some people say their acne got better when they started consuming more protein. I also drink Get Gorgeous tea, which seems to help (I drink 6 cups a day though).
  6. I don't want to give you false hope, but I had a few shallow scars after a major break-out and they have improved with time. Now I only have a few scarred pores. Perhaps as the redness faded, the scars improved or I just thought I had deeper scarring than I did because they were so red. Regardless, with time my skin is looking lots better. I am using a weekly exfoliant, niacinamide, aloe, and BHA, but all of those are to manage my acne and reduce redmarks, not for indented scarring.
  7. Just wanted to update that it's been over 6 weeks and my stubburn hyperpigmentation is fading. At this point, most of my redmarks are over a year old and they are finally fading. My skin tone is nicer than it has been in over a year. Of course I'm not there yet, but I can attest to LED lights working to fade my red marks. I also have melasma and it has not faded that. As a side note, it is also great for any active acne. They fade so much faster now and never get inflamed like they used
  8. I do think a retinol would have helped things fade faster, but I also have melasma and have to be really careful with what I use on my face. My skin is naturally tanand I think that's why my brown marks are taking forever to fade (my melanocytes produce more melanin than fair skinned people). I don't think peels will help with textured scars, with the exception of TCA and TCA cross. I have heard retin-a creams help, so keep up the Differin. I would caution you from trying a harsh peel like
  9. I agree, I don't think it will harm eyes. The FDA has approved the Lightstim LED device and they don't require eyewear. I have heard the blue lights can hurt eyes. Regardless, I wouldn't put the LED directly over your eye.
  10. Ha! I've been doing a ton of research on LED lights lately and actually had the idea to create this type of tanning bed. I didn't know they already existed. I think it'd be great to check out. I don't think it will help with indented scarring, but I bet it would help pigmentation and may generate collegen.
  11. Hi there, Good luck with your recovery. Our stories seem similar, so I wanted to post. I had a terrible breakout from Nov-Feb 2010 (never had acne before this) and the first picture is my skin last Feb. Make-up couldn't cover. I did a series of 6 lactic acid peels last March/April. Now I'm using an AHA scrub a few times a week, BHA nightly (to help with acne as I still get 1-2 a month), niacinamide/aloe gel, and recently added LED lights. I'm trying for babies, so no retinol for me. I al
  12. I think you should go with the LED Man light. Blue is for acne, red and infrared are for wound healing and reducing inflamation and amber (yellow) is for reducing redness. I have his device and I really like it. With his device, you can put several different lights on one device and switch on just the color you want. I've had it for about 3 weeks and I've seen less acne, but no change on red marks. There's a good thread on essentialdayspa.com about his lights. Hope that helps.
  13. I use it 5x a week for 10 min per area. After 6 weeks, you should be able to use it every other day.
  14. So I've been using it for 2 weeks, but nothing great to report. I think it will take 6-8 weeks, so I'll keep you updated. My red marks have been here for about a year and are pretty stubborn.