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  1. Sorry this is kinda long... but if you're interested in proactiv, it's worth it. I'm really suprised to see so many people who didn't like proactiv. That stuff was a lifesaver in high school. I used it religiously (2 times a day, every day, all products plus moisturizer) and it worked all 4 years. A few months into college, my hormones changed because of stress and it no longer worked for me. It was so difficult for me to accept that it didn't work any longer, because NOT ONLY did it cure m
  2. Hi Guys, I haven't been on this site in a while.. it has really grown! Anyway, my acne is under control ( ) but for as long as I remember my shampoo has caused breakouts around my hairline. When I realized this, I went on a search for shampoos with minimal oils and discovered Herbal Essences Anti Dandruff Shampoo didn't cause breakouts. Well, guess what... I can't find it anywhere anymore!! I think they discontinued it. Has anyone else been through this? If so, what shampoo do you use/rec
  3. PS Be sure to drink lots of water when you're on spirro--if you become dehydrated, that's when you'll experience the side-effects!
  4. I'm taking yasmin and spiro together actually. The reason they're both diuretics is because yasmin has spiro in it already. You will probably need to reduce your dose of spiro so you're not overdosing on it... I take 50mg of spiro with yasmin (I'm around 100lbs). If it's a different dr prescribing it, tell him/her that you're on spiro when they prescribe the yasmin and they'll adjust your spiro.
  5. Nevermind, I looked at the links.. it looks really interesting. I'll def look into it more. Thanks for the help!
  6. Thanks for your advice Stasia... sounds like the same exact thing that happened to me. Proactive worked for 4 years then just stopped when I went to college... guess I'll have to find another way to get that glowing skin again. Sorry you have had such a tough time switching back to your regimen. As for the other questions, here we go: So, my derm explained her treatment as treating hormones, bacteria, and clogged pores all at the same time (basically all 3 causes of acne). Yasmin/spi
  7. Just to let you know, drink a lot of water when you're on spiro. The reason it lowers blood pressure is because it dehydrates you... hence lower pressure. My derm said you will avoid all side effects of this medicine as long as you stay hydrated. You won't be a sluggish and stuff, plus your skin will be less dry! good luck with it... it's working for me so far
  8. Hey guys, I used to visit this site and occasionally post but stopped about a year ago because my acne finally calmed down. I'm now a 20 year old female, premed--my acne pretty much correlated directly with starting classes freshman year. As a result, my dermatologist realized it was stress related (androgens--silly male hormones) and put me on a bunch of stuff... here's the list: Retin-A Micro Yasmin Doxycycline--only take a few times a week as needed, but started out taking it every day
  9. I used to occasionally post here. But since then, I have been completely clear. Your regimen sounds almost exactly like what mine was. My doctor said bp at night (gave me the choice of none, 5% or 10%), retin a micro in the morning, mild soap twice a day (I use Body Shop's vit E Cream Cleanser... very good for dryness) doxycycline (100mg) at night and yasmin birth control pill. After about a week of this, I severely burned my skin when I put sun screen on. Since then, (about 9 months ago) I
  10. I've been on Retin A Micro .1% for about 5 months now and I feel that I need to defend it in this post. It irritated my skin for the first couple of weeks, but after that I had no burning or redness. What else do you guys do to your skin?? How much do you use?? Be sure to only use a pea-sized amount... any more of it will not help any faster and will ONLY irritate. And I've gotten the impression that .025% doesn't do anything other than preventing wrinkles and helping with red marks.
  11. If you use the benzoil peroxide and retin a micro at different times of the day (ie bp at night and ram in morning) they won't neutralize each other.
  12. Most of it has to do with the attitude that you pressent. If you let the scars bother you, then your social life is going to be affected. But, if you have an outgoing, cheerful personality, people will forget about the scars and it will become a feature of your face (as opposed to an "evil disease"). There is one guy at my school who has HORRIBLE scars, but he always has girls around him. It's because you forget about the scars when you see his outgoing personality shining through the scars.
  13. You may want to consider taking birth control pills that are designed to prevent acne. I'm on Yasmin... talk to a dermatologist.
  14. I used to use proactiv all the time but now I have switched to retin a micro, BP, doxycycline and Yasmin birth control. It's really working for me (proactiv stopped working for me after 4 years of usage so I've completely given up on it). I am only down to about one pimple at a time (I've been on micro for 4 months and the others for 2 months. I used to have moderate to severe acne). I would be really careful about using the proactiv with the retin a micro cuz in the beginning; your skin wil
  15. Yeah, I've always been really nervous about going to those counters too... it was really tough. The lady was SO nice though. Not the usual types just trying to sell stuff--she actually liked makeup and wanted me too look good haha So, try it, maybe you'll have a good experience too... it was def worth it. I got some good stuff (with a price to pay of course....)