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  1. I'm currently using Clindoxyl (a BP and clindamycin combo) with Differin every night. As Clindoxyl has a lighter density, I apply it first and wait about 15 minutes or more before applying Differin. It's been really effective so far and I haven't had much of an IB after 2+ weeks of use (hopefully that doesn't change!)
  2. I keep on getting these tiny pustules on my chin!! Aurghhh as soon as one goes away, another comes up again. The dermabrasion faded some of the red marks, but they are still very evident. Andd it seems like I have MORE tiny bumps on my chin now. Or maybe it's just all the mirror examining that is getting to me. In my distress, I am rather ashamed to admit that I have started picking at my skin again in an attempt to get rid of some of the clogged pores. It's rather disgusting as there is a st
  3. I'll start by evaluating the process itself: So Dermasweep credits itself for being a painless microdermabrasion method which cleans out the pores and removes dead skin from the surface. Now let me say this: the process was NOT pain-free by any means. This could have been due to the sensitivity from the Differin gel, or it could have been the fact that the esthetician was being enthusiastic with the resurfacing, but I definitely think the pain was worth it. I'm soo thankful for the procedure!
  4. Hey readers! Hope everything has been going swell for all of you. I just wanted to thank the people on this website for their sense of community spirit! Even as an inactive member (with the exception of this blog), I have really appreciated the positive encouragement which everyone seems to be feeding off of. We're all going through the same struggles, and I wish everyone the best of luck with their journey. Three more days until my Dermasweep! I'm counting down the days like I used to count
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    Dermasweep

    Hey everyone! So my battle with acne has been a rollar coaster to say the least! As I was saying in my last post, I had an appointment booked with a different dermatologist regarding Isolaz. When I went in for my consultation, I told the doctor that I had just started accutane. He strongly advised me to stop the treatment as most of my problems were clogged surface pores and accutane would not help much and cause more internal problems than it was worth; to say the least, he was horrified tha
  6. Hey guys and gals, Second 40 mg dose done. So far, I haven't seen anything horrible or miraculous happen. A couple of red spots on the side of my cheek have been dormant for a while.. I thought they were scars from some deep cyst, but running my fingers on them, they seem to be pushing out now. The chin situation is still rather horrendous. There aren't any major pimples, but the whiteheads are a nightmare to look at! A lot of them have dried up, but as tempted as I am to fiddle with them, I
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    First day!

    Hey everyone! Just swallowed my first 40 mg pill minutes ago. I'm on 40 mg to be taken every other day. From what I can tell, this is a relatively low dose. Hopefully that doesn't affect the length of my results. The way I see it, I looked like a complete mess three weeks ago. Thank the heavens that Benzaclin has cured me to a partial mess. Worst thing that can happen now is I get an IB and look like another complete mess. BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT. Hopefully this will be a relatively painless
  8. My life seriously is messed up. Since the last time I was on here, I: i) broke up with my boyfriend ii) cried for days on end iii) got horrid reception at school. A couple of my friends finally saw me since before this flare up started, and their faces were literally a jaw drop, followed by a "What happened to your face??" iv) cried so much that my mom considered taking me to the hospital for mental illness problems v) found out that, pre break-up, my boyfriend was seeing another girl to
  9. Wow.. I have become severely depressed within the last week-- due mostly to my insecurities with my skin, but also contributed to by my other problems, I completely broke down. I recently started school again and have felt unmotivated and embarassed by my skin. If only things would start really clearing up! I'm hoping for a better second week as Benzaclin claims that it takes at least two weeks to start seeing a noticeable improvement. Skin update: Less noticeable bumpiness Acne areas are
  10. Wow.. I never thought this day would come; by this, I mean an all time low. Let me begin with an introduction with myself: Flash back one month ago, I was a socialable, confident, and most importantly, happy person. I always had the occasional pimple but it had never affected my self esteem. I even used to get compliments on how beautiful my face was. I recently have gone through a lot of major lifestyle changes and it was at the ensuite of this time, that my acne really started to break ou
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