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Everything posted by L7997

  1. There are way too many variables you're making assumptions for. if you really want to see if changing them does anything, you'll have to attempt to control one of them and see if there's a difference.
  2. I agree that it is fine. esp if you're just introducing it. take it easy. use as little as possible at first. use every other day if necessary. give yourself time and build to everyday. if BP is stinging and not getting better despite minimum use, then consider not using it. i don't see the point in continuing it esp if it may worsen skin. Decide once you believe you've given it a fair trial. Like the prev poster said, start small, build up. If you're making sure not to over do it, and your
  3. I think the best way to go is to drop cleanser altogether and use a hot/warm water with a towel. Especially if cleansers you test leave your skin too dry. this will just cause more breakouts due to irritation. I personally got better results with no cleanser and I don't use sunscreen or any cosmetics that need to be removed, so no cleanser is actually needed.
  4. I'm sure the posters here are genuine with their advice, but one of the things i want to make clear is that all these suggestions can easily lead you away from seeing your own case realistically, and treating it carefully. Don't just jump on board with everything being said. When it comes to anything you do to your body, judge it for yourself by watching the changes in your body. ~~~~~~~~~ Tips for treating acne: -When it comes to a basic skincare routine, use: a simple, gentle, non-irri
  5. crystalized sugar isn't the same as a whole grain slice of toast. they are both carbs though. *i think* there is a group of people who would argue that sugar IS a 'poison' and should be regulated in our food market.
  6. my experience was okay. my need to urinate and drink water increased till I adjusted to the meds. Results were subtle; I could see spiro tamed my hormonal breakouts a bit. Basically I broke out with smaller red zits. sometimes I would still get a deeper painful zit. I think it was after 3 months that I really adjusted to the meds and there seemed to be a pattern back in my period. I easily ignored the irregularity of my period though.
  7. Why not just ask for samples? I'm in the process of getting a moisturizer that wont leave me feeling oily and wont cause closed comedones and milia. I decided to try anything that is accessible and can be sampled. Your dermatologist should have samples to give out as well. Otherwise, contact the manufacturers. I used to use Olay Active Hydrating lotion. I bought it because a lot of reviewers said it was hydrating and absorbed well without leaving residue like cetaphil cream and lotion. I st
  8. so it's been 2 years since my first post, and I never started accutane. I can't believe it took this long just to see some serious recovery. my skin is pretty stable now. i'm so glad that this part of the healing process is finally here. Skin activity: -i haven't had huge cycstic acne in a long while, but i do get some medium sized zits during my period. -skin worsens when i stress out and do not sleep well but it's not always apparent. -i am still dealing with closed comedones. as environmenta
  9. the day i never return to this site is when you know, by then, my acne has cleared and is under control. But it's going to be some more years before i am satisfied. i kinda hate the internet right now. It's never done much good. if only i wasn't so impulsive. but when you want more and then your confused but you just follow along. No one really shakes you to stop; i mean, why would they? its not their skin, it's not their issue. anyway, just wanted to say that I am going to attempt accuta
  10. That's interesting. I didn't struggle to figure out what in the world my skin was sensitive to, but i will keep watch for alcohol and see how it goes. I like the cetaphil cream, tho it is thick and takes long to settle in, and my hair sticks to it if i don't keep it away. I'm planning to switch the acne.org cleanser to albolene, or something makeup removing and creamy, that also does not cause any reaction. acne.org does not cause any serious reactions but something, maybe it's the water, th
  11. Acne Activity: -at times i would breakout for a week, which would stop and allow my skin to heal with typical pigment marks leftover. i'm tracking the healing rate of one of these zits. I broke out in 12/17/2011. the red swell reduced fully in a span of 2weeks(more or less), but the pigment is still here, on 1/17/2012. -skin overall is sort of under control. not much i can do i think besides get a better more calming cleanser and have things to soothe the skin while i do get breakouts Other A
  12. Ah, yes. the breakout in September was most likely caused by the switch in Spironolactone brand (this is misleading. i am referring to the company that makes and sends in the drug to the pharmacy, i think). this may seem odd, because this shouldn't be an issue. Spiro is Spiro wherever you go, right? well, my experience obviously denies that. My sibling has also experienced this as well. December has been a great month for my skin; Minor breakouts, more during my period. this November i a
  13. arg this site really confuses me to no end. where is my blog post? i thought it was a personal blog and then i see a whole bunch of community blogs like. 0_o?? and, i thought this post was totally gone. Since it is here, i may as well. Let's continue, shall we? ... My skin is a bit better. However, this week i broke out like five times in a row? jeez, what is up. some of the things i did/changed/and other fluxes observed: a) wearing glasses more often. b) taking spirionolactone twice
  14. Rate of healing: (extreme approximation) acne from 10 months ago -are now scars (as in healed skin but of course no skin ever heals perfectly). no visible redness. -major breakouts: comedonal breakout, right cheek inflammation, left cheek inflammation (less major than right side). -Possible causes: hot steaming, daily scrub, (which led to...) ACV toner. acne from 5-4 months ago -are now scars or minimized red spots. -major breakouts: more chin acne and more inflammation generally after gettin
  15. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * = important italics = uncertainty Possible Future routine. AM spiro Purpose cleanser acne.org cleanser topical vitamin C serum Clyndamycin/BHA Cetaphil moisturizer tinted sunscreen PM spiro Grape seed Oil Precleanse & Purpose cleanser acne.org cleanser Cetaphil moisturizer tazorac zinc 50mg-100mg OCCASIONAL Honey mask sulfur spot treatmentsulfur to treat ONLY upper red lesions (not
  16. i don't understand the recent breakouts i've been getting. i think it is my hormones, and otherwise inflammation within (caused by various factors i'm sure) that then inflames my comedones (i really need to work on this. spiro does bring a lot of relief to preventing actual cystic zits. i think if i start a birth control pill inflammatory acne can be avoided. this combo isn't bad, actually it seems great. i'm curious. but being on another persciption sounds like a pain. i will try this if i get
  17. i had many ideas on what to do to further better my skin. i tried the grapeseed oil for a while but my skin didn't seem too great cause i couldnt tell if i was getting more whiteheads. scared i jumped bak to my regular routine. i couldnt get a comedone extraction done from the PA as she was not taught this procedure. the derm should be able to do this, i will see him soon. my routine has been pretty stable. cleanse, clyndamycin, moisturize, pill. same routine at night but w/ added tazorac. no
  18. why tazorac? why not something weaker?
  19. god damn! i bloody hate them. they are closed comedones (in other words, whiteheads). milia is different.
  20. my questions are this: do you have experience with tazorac? has tazorac taken care of all the comedones? do ppl get congested skin as i have continued to get after a year of tazorac? i "healed" from my outbreaks before with tazorac, but the result was not good enough so ive made bad changes that aggravated my skin by steaming and scrubbing. and tho my basic products were not all great, i had months of little to no red acne and few comedones compared to what i have now, which is after overdoi
  21. so i used the AHA as spot treatment two days ago. the next day ( or yesterday) i cant recall whether or not the zits changed. regardless, i used AHA again that day. today the comedones around one of the spot treated zits raised up. today i also broke out with chin acne. it seems hormonal, as my period hasnt arrived last month, er, i think @[email protected] i thought it would, but it never arrived. not yet. anyways, rather than using AHA to spot treat today i used tazorac in the afternoon. god the zits hurt
  22. alright so it is a definite fact that since i started AHA i began breaking out in deeper acne. acne that last longer than 2 weeks... now that i stopped AHA acne looks better. i must have overdone it. i thought that AHA spot treating and AHA every other night would be fine. i did over do spot treatment. my orginal intent was to use it at PM every oher night. i should have followed it to be sure. now i am confused. so do i try it again? AHA at PM every other night? BLEH. i really want to treat a
  23. it seems that, over the past three-two days i've broken out all over my forehead. four medium-big lesions, entirely new and two of them are pretty deep; and several comedones -> inflamed. so far about 8-9 red spots on my forehead ranging from different sizes. bleh. this was unexpected. i think its' the AHA. i don't breakout in these areas and the zits are taking on a whole new lvl than be4. i have been using AHA as spot treatment, and about 3x-4x PM during the week. this isn't a problem for
  24. @[email protected] so scared, so scared. i did mention that my right cheek had comedones too right? well maybe not, but they are certaily obvious now... has it been a week and 1/2 since i'be been on AHA and tazorac? comedones are still not budging. i've also been using a tool to extract some comedones. it's interesting, how the ones that can come out look like the ones that appear on my nose: yellow tint + follicle of hair, but there are many others that cannot be extracted. anymore of this extraction will c
  25. Skin Status: peeling skin inflamming acne. i broke out with 2 yesterday, 1 the day before. there is 3 total, average size. the comedones that inflamed on my left cheek are a bit smaller than average, but still red nonetheless. comedones have not died down. they are appearing above and around my brows. active around both cheeks. ..... i hope i can clear from this cycle of comedones soon. i am using AHA (since last week?) 2x a week now i'm trying every other day. the three red zits are so ugl