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Everything posted by Rasine

  1. So it's been a very long time since I've posted, but I have very good news. The sodium sulfacetamide wash is amazing, I use it morning and night on my face, and once a day on my chest and back. It's very gentle. The Ziana keeps my pores unclogged and really helps slough off dead cells, but I can only use it every other day because I peel so easily especially during the fall/winter. And lastly, my miracle pill, the light of my life, spironolactone. This stuff keeps me 99% clear, EVEN
  2. So bad news, after getting back from a vacation I took my dermatologists earlier recommendation and stopped taking my minocycline. Unfortunately my face exploded into nodules, as well as my chest and back. Luckily I had an appointment with my derm and she said that while she wants to keep me off antibiotics. She prescribed 100 mgs of spironolactone and a sodium sulfacetamide face wash. So now I feel like I'm at square one because the spironolactone can take 2 months to work. The face wash se
  3. Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting in a few weeks. I've kept being diligent with my Ziana, and I have to say that it's going REALLY well. My chest is completely clear of active pimples and so is my face. All red marks in the following picture are hyperpigmentation. However, my back is still kind of blah. I know I can't reach the whole thing with the Ziana, so I guess my shoulders and upper back are a bit better, but in general I still have a ton of black heads and get a few deep pai
  4. Hi Kaysean! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I guess you're a whole new week in now! A couple weeks ago I started my TOM and my face and chest exploded. Before that the Ziana hadn't really done anything besides break me out a little. I finally had enough so I went to see my OB/GYN and got put on a monophasic BCP to keep my hormone levels stable. Basically I went from Ortho Tri-Cyclen to Ortho Cyclen. My OB/GYN said it shouldn't break me out because it's the same thing I was on w
  5. So I've been doing a lot of research and I'm starting to thing my acne might be hormonal. I get these huge nodules and cysts right before my period every single month and it takes weeks to heal from it. I'm on a triphasic BCP and I've read that monophasics are better for acne, so I made an appointment with my OBGYN and PCP to test hormone levels/anemia and possibly switch BCPs. I'll keep everyone updated.
  6. Thank you so much Ariday, it's nice to think that in about 3 weeks all of my acne will be better!! So I'm about 3 weeks in currently, in 7 days I believe it will have been a month. My chest teeters from okay to horrible, and right now is horrible. My face is a WRECK right now but my monthly visitor is currently in town and I believe it has a lot to do with that. My back is absolutely covered in black heads which I NEVER had before the Ziana. I'm so discouraged right now. I'm hoping that I'll
  7. I haven't posted in a little while because I've been really busy. I've been using my Ziana faithfully, and my chest actually seemed to be getting better. However I woke up today with two large pimples on my chest which I'm trying not to touch. My back doesn't have active pimples per se but there are a lot of little bumps cropping up and a lot of peeling there. My face has been good for the most part but I got really sunburned when sitting outside at a restaurant with my friends the other day on
  8. Holy IB, Batman! My back, which usually has 5-10 pimples is PEPPERED in little pimples everywhere. My chest is an absolute war zone. My face is not too bad (knock on wood) but there's definitely a few little pimples popping up. Someone, please, I beg of you, tell me this goes away and I'll be left with beautiful clear skin. I'm almost through week two. I'm not going to post a picture of my face because I have a soothing mask on it but I'll show my chest. It surprisingly doesn't look as
  9. Ugh I know. Blah trust me I'm aware of how bad picking is. They wouldn't call it a compulsive disorder if it was easy to stop! I try my best not to though. Thank you so much for rooting for me, I really appreciate it!!! I'm not too worried about the IB, it's better than nothing happening! It's a pain in my butt though.
  10. There's been very few responses to this but I'll keep posting because I like to log my own progress. Please if you have tips, encouragement, or advice leave a reply! So my face is getting worse but I've been picking at it. I've noticed some peeling on my nose and chin but nothing excessive or upsetting. A little extra lotion does the trick. I've been picking at my chest too because it's been breaking out pretty badly, same with my back. I'm PRAYING that this is the purging I've read abo
  11. No improvement in my chest or back, if anything they seem worse, a few more pimples. Also got a few more pimples on my face, a few around my mouth and one on my jawline. I NEVER get pimples there. This was a weird time for me to start medication because I don't know if this is purging from Ziana or hormonal from the monthly visitor. Blah. I also blanked and put Ziana on my face tonight and then realized I had used it last night. I hope that doesn't freak my skin out because I'm only suppose
  12. Thank you for replying Kim, I hope I have success with it too! I hope the accutane worked for you! So I haven't posted a picture in a couple days because there's been really no difference in my skin. A couple of new pimples popped out on my chest, but I think that's because of the time of the month. My picked spots seem to be healing quickly, so that's interesting. I only use the Ziana on my face every other night so I'm not sure if it'll take longer for me to see a difference or what. I'm as
  13. Oh really? Well I sure hope it's like gold for me! What's your acne like? Mine's light on my face and probably light/moderate on my chest and back. Lots of hyperpigmentation and clogged pores/comedones on my face though. My dermatologist tried to get me to use it a few years back and I didn't touch the samples she gave me because I was so terrified of topicals. What did Ziana do to you?
  14. Hi ya'll. So I visited the dermatologist the other day. Ever since I started college my back and chest have been breaking out in these really painful pimples on my chest and back (not cystic, nodular I think.) I tried Mario Badescu Cleansing Lotion O and the Neutrogena BodyClear grapefruit wash (which smelled amazing but didn't do anything.) I've been on doxycycline 150 mg for a few months now and my face has been relatively clear. The dermatologist prescribed me Ziana for my chest and
  15. I've been really good about not picking the past few days. I'm quite proud of myself.
  16. I checked it out and posted, thank you so much for reminding me. It is so, so hard not to pick and most people don't understand that. Thank you for the support, I'm so happy for you that you have it under control right now! That's awesome, I hope to get to that point!
  17. Hi everyone, Merry Christmas Eve! Thanks so much for inviting me to this thread, it's so nice to know I'm not alone! I actually haven't picked in a few days and I'm so proud of myself. I just took a bath and exfoliated my face and all this dead and dry skin just sloughed right off. I have a lot of healed pink marks on my face, and a couple open picked spots that the scabs came off of on my forehead. I'm so happy I can look normal for tonight, I'm going to my friend's church with her for
  18. Well, I'm sitting right now with an ice pack on my face because I picked the crap out of it. I'm so horribly ashamed with myself, I'm not going to post a picture until it has calmed down a bit. I'm starting to think that my antidepressant dose is too low... when Lexapro was working for me I barely felt the urge to pick, and I wasn't depressed or anxious like I am now. I'm due for an appointment with the psychiatrist. Maybe an increase in dosage will help. It certainly did last time!
  19. Hi Heitea! I prefer the term compulsive skin picking too, dermatillomania just sounds unsavory. The candle idea is a fabulous suggestion, I just got some big candles from Costco so I'll put one to use in the bathroom. Thank you so much for your reply... it's so nice to know that there are people out there like me! I'll definitely check into your thread, I'm rooting for you too!
  20. Hi everyone, Even though I know no one will judge me, I'm kind of embarrassed to be back here again. I've been struggling with skin picking since I was 16 and for a while there I thought it was gone for good. Silly me! I struggle with depression and anxiety, like a lot of people with CSPD. I was on Lexapro for a good 3 years and it did a fine and dandy job until one day it just... stopped. I was six hours away from home at school, no psychiatrist had an appointment for weeks, and I was i
  21. Hi ya'll. I used to be a regular poster on this board, back in 2009-10. I suffered from CSPD like a lot of you. After about a year of therapy and SSRIs I drastically stopped picking. From 2011 to a few months ago I was doing great. Barely any picking, barely any pimples. My birth control, Yaz, did an awesome job until my mother found out about the trifold incident of blood clots with the drug. We scrambled around to find a new BC (I use it solely for acne), and after trying this ridiculous
  22. I'm 18, I started picking when I was 15. Like you, my acne is relatively light, but I pick the crap out of it and make it 300 times worse. I missed about 21 days of school due to picking, so don't feel bad. After about a year on SSRIs and therapy, my skin picking stop. Recently, with the death of a pet, college starting in the fall, and tension at home, I began picking again. I'm planning on going back on SSRIs for depression and anxiety. I was on Lexapro. It really helped me. My problem is t
  23. Ah, that's the worst, not knowing if you got it all. I've come to see that if I think I haven't gotten it all out, I probably haven't. However, I think you should put a dab of Vaseline on it and cover it with a band aid. I had CSPD for years and Vaseline takes out the redness and creates a perfect moist environment for the wound to heal. Wait for it to heal completely, and then wait for the root to come to the surface. At that point, you should probably be able to put very slight pressure to get
  24. oh girl.. you did it now! never ever ever pop a pimple! you tihnk it looks better and heals qicker when you pop but it doesnt!! it comes to a head again as soon after the hole is healed up! the white pus is actually a good thing! that means that the whiteheads in your skin are coming to the rescue to heal the damaged walls under the skin thats looking bacteria everywhere. when you pop a pimple not only does it just come right back but you push bacteria deeping into the pore causing bacteria bein
  25. The pin method has never once worked for me in my life. I am waiting. Trust me, I went through a few years of serious CSPD. I'm very, very careful with my skin. So don't recommend popping it because it is unpopable, haha!