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  1. Seeing so many people post about uncertainties of starting Accutane, whether its worth the side effects and also people's journeys with Accutane I thought a few may be interested in what happens after Accutane. I wont focus a lot on my time with Accutane, more what happened after. Three years ago, after nothing else seemed to work, the doctor prescribed me Roaccutane which I took it for six months. I had no initial breakouts, and no real change in my skin for the first month. Then, slowly and s
  2. thank you! do you know how long the initial breakout lasted? I hope mine doesn't go on for that long, I don't think I could bare it I hope yours gets better! x
  3. So, after not taking anything and suffering yet another horrendous breakout, becoming increasingly depressed I dragged myself back to the doctors. A couple of years ago, Roaccutance did a great job of clearing up my skin for about half a year before slowly it began to return. I tried all the antibiotics and creams again without luck. I also tried birth control, which, after my doctor's visit today, I have got again. Hopefully, I'll begin to see great improvement in the next six months, althoug
  4. So, I've been meaning to blog about how using the Dermalogica products the dermatologist recommended went. Not great, is all I can say. The daily microfoliator is brilliant, but it doesn't clear up my skin. the face wash isn't brilliant and I felt it dried out my skin. the toner seems to do nothing at all. The brighten up spf 15 tinted moisturizer was great at first, until I developed more spots and it just seemed to clog around them. I'm writing this in a particularly defeated manner
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    Today I'm starting the first of a set of appointments with a private dermatologist. If you guys can't see a derm for a couple of weeks I'd be more than happy to ask her some questions upon your behalf if you mail them to me! Also, I'll be posting any tips and products she gives me and although they'll be designed for my skin you may hopefully find them helpful. Happy new year!
  6. I've been lowering my dose of pantothenic acid since it made my hair fall out and over Christmas I've stopped taking it completely. On the days I missed, no new breakouts occurred and so I thought its results would last a long time. However, I haven't taken it for about two weeks now and the other day, two spots appeared. This morning, another two had appeared. I don't know if it was directly because of the halt in taking pantothenic acid - I'm sure all the sweet, fattening shit I've eaten thi
  7. hey, I did a post about pantothenic acid on my blog: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/blog/6708/entry-25106-advise-on-taking-pantothenic-acid-vitamin-b5/ it really did improve my skin and showed the best results out of anything I've tried, but mind out for the side effects. all the best (:
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    Stress And Acne

    This Tuesday I have an exam and quite frankly, I'm terrified. Furthermore, I couldn't help noticing that because of all the stressing over it these past few days, my skin has worsened which begs the question of: 'Does stress make your skin worse?' Well, I'm going to go with a yes. And if it does, then life really is a bitch. Its just like 'Hey, you seem stressed. Would a nice healthy dose of spots help with that?' Which subsequently makes you stressed over those spots, which seems to c
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    Tip #2

    Lay off the dairy products. I've read that there is a strong link between the amount of milk consumed and acne. research suggests that although milk and other dairy products do not cause acne, they may be a contributing factor. I haven't had milk or yoghurt for 3 years now. I can't say I had a notable difference, but due to the amount of medication my acne has slowly been improving anyway. However I did notice that if I did happen to have milk everyday (such as when I was camping for 3 w
  10. I cannot thank you all enough. your comments meant so much to me and gave me hope. I always feel alone, but reading them really made me realise I'm not. I hope all of you beat acne and lead the lovely lives you deserve. thank you x
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    Tip #1

    Change your pillow cases often! I read that pillow cases harbour bacteria and using the same one regularly may spread breakouts all over your skin. To try this out, I grabbed a couple of cheap ones and change them every four days. (I have two pillows, so I use a different side each night of both pillows.) I'm not entirely sure if this is a legitimate claim of spreading breakouts, but it makes a fair point and is always worth a try (:
  12. Its now coming up to eleven years of having acne. Yesterday, I went to my room, curled up in my duvet and cried for two hours. I'm not sure why, it didn't make me feel any better, but I felt so miserable I didn't know what else to do. I was too unhappy to speak to my family, to text my friends, to even read a book. I lay there and, although I've cried so many times over acne since I first got it at six, I've never felt so miserable. I give up and quite frankly, there's nothing I want to do other
  13. After a real bad breakout, I researched more and more for something which would help until I found Pantothen. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the brand but I read that Pantothenic Acid capsules work just as well. If you're thinking about taking B5, maybe give this a read first. Pros: Cleared skin within a week, keeps spots and breakouts at bay, reduces spots quickly, slightly improves complexion, any annoying under the skin threatening spots do not emerge. Made me feel a lot happier and co
  14. Hey,I took Roaccutane and although it chapped my lips like a bitchhhhhhh, it really did make amazing improvements to my skin, so I wish you all the luck! (: Something which I take at the moment is Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid and it really, truly has helped. Acne is horrible, but I cannot stress how much I recommend this; within two weeks there was brilliant change to my skin.
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    I have no idea if it affects acne, but sleep is a state where the body can rid itself of toxins and rejuvenate itself, hopefully flushing out nasties from your skin. More sleep also is said to lead to less stress, and stress is something which can cause breakouts, so its gotta be good, right? Pros: Its just great, stress relieving, restorative. Cons: Being unable to sleep sucks really bad. As does getting to sleep and waking up. If you have trouble sleeping, some remedies are: lavender o