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Maya2010

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  1. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, my face went insane after I went off of Yasmin and took Retin-A for three months. I considered going on Accutane but have decided against it--turns out my acne was completely hormonal and now, two cycles back on Yasmin, my face is totally clear. I decided that for me Accutane is not a drug worth taking as a preventative strategy... Sprio is my other alternative. However, I have absolutely no breakout (except for when I get my period... then I have maybe one)
  2. Sorry I neglected this for a while, I was super busy moving but am all settled in my new place now. Thanks once again for the replies, very interesting food for thought. I can't say I know what the answer is, I suppose in a sense all hormones are controlled by what we eat and the way we lead our lives, but if you are genetically prone in some way to produce more (or imbalanced) hormones, and you can't just get rid of stress in your life and follow a strict food regimen, then diet may not be en
  3. Really interesting--I guess the bottom line is that all acne really is hormonal. My dilemma is this, though: On the one hand, Accutane is really bad for you and harsh on the body. I'm prone to dry skin so when I took it once years ago I quit in the middle because how bad my hands got (it was winter and they got snaky; it was horrendous!). And if I'm virtually breakout free on Yasmin, I imagine that Spiro could really help with the the few cysts I get before my period or if I forget to take a
  4. Really interesting debate. On the one hand, I'm usually inclined to not take any unnecessary medication. I'm young (24) and healthy and my body generally fights off things by itself. But when it came to this acne ordeal, it got really out of hand. I would say I eat generally healthy--I'm not anal, but I don't eat fried foods, not much sweets, whole grains when I eat carbs. At the same time, though, I have to eat out often and so my lifestyle wouldn't allow me to keep tabs down to the last gram
  5. Have you taken it for long? Any of the side effects? What I'm really wondering is if sometimes Accutane can cure hormonal acne for good.. I know in a lot of cases it doesn't, but can it? Thanks again!
  6. Hi everyone, So here is my story: I never realized how prone to acne I am until I went off of Yasmin 6 months ago after 8 consecutive years--my skin turned abysmal, horrible, out of control with cysts and whiteheads. Of course I suspected it was hormonal but I tried treating things otherwise (with antibiotics, retin A etc) because I thought my body just needs to adjust. It didn't. My OBGYN diagnosed me with PCOS and put me back on the pill. 2 cycles later my face is nearly breakout free BUT--
  7. Hi everyone, So here is my story: I never realized how prone to acne I am until I went off of Yasmin 6 months ago after 8 consecutive years--my skin turned abysmal, horrible, out of control with cysts and whiteheads. Of course I suspected it was hormonal but I tried treating things otherwise (with antibiotics, retin A etc) because I thought my body just needs to adjust. It didn't. My OBGYN diagnosed me with PCOS and put me back on the pill. 2 cycles later my face is nearly breakout free BUT--
  8. This is exactly what's happened to me! I had smooth skin my entire life (I'm 24 now) and 4 months ago I got pretty bad acne because of going off of the pill. All hormonal. The derm gave me Retin-A saying it should cure everything and sent me on my way. I've been applying it once daily for the past 2.5 months and my skin is beyond horrendous. Not only did I get the whole initial break, but it's just not stopping. I keep getting cysts every single day. And even though they go away quickly, they le
  9. Also, I agree that 10 minutes is way too long. They put SOO much foundation on me I barely recognized myself. It's weird to go from being all natural to thinking of applying make-up every single day in the morning...
  10. Brandon, thanks so much for the reply (and for answering even though make-up is not your "thing") I'm not sure how long it took my red-marks to subside. At this point, everything looks so bad that I can't tell. On the one hand, instinctively I'm sure it'd be better to just leave it be and not use any make up (until I can do a peel or microdermabrasion to actually treat the underlying problem). But, on the other hand, I'm starting a new job soon and I can't go in looking the way I do... What
  11. Hi there, So I'm 24 years old and got horrendous acne about 3 months ago (all hormonal, because I stopped taking the pill). I have been on RetinA for 2.5 months but it's only made it worse, and I am now waiting for my second iPledge test to I can start Accutane. I wanted to pose a question around here that maybe someone can help with: I have never used make up in my life--I never needed to until this whole thing happened. Now that my face looks really bad, I went into Sephora and tried FACE F
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