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  1. Hey everyone, Well it's been awhile since I have posted on this board. After battling my acne for a bit I seemed to have finally got in under control. My dermatologist said overall my complexion was good despite my red marks and scars left by the acne. She suggested that I do chemical peels to help with that. My appointment is tomorrow and I have to admit I am kind of nervous. I am going to be going through a series of 3 of them. I've heard for some it hurts afterwards others it doesn't and th
  2. Hello everyone, So today I went to my dermatologist today and she changed my prescriptions to Duac and Bactrim I won't be able to pick them up from CVS until tomorrow but I wanted your thoughts on these prescriptions. Are they helpful? Do they work? Anything I should know about them before I start?
  3. Hang in there Crystal! You know you always have the people on here to talk to and vent to and to help you in any way we can. I'm sure you will get the 40 mg, and you will start to see even better results. Hug!!!
  4. Thank you guys, it's nice to know that I can vent about how I feel on here. And it's hard to hang out with my friends when they have perfect skin, and they know that I also use to have good skin but not anymore. It's just "the look" that people give you, without saying anything... I hate that when they see your face. I really do try to be positive but I swear it's like every where I go people have flawless skin, funny how I never really payed any attention to this before. It's just also frustr
  5. What I find that helps at least reduce the size, it doesn't make it go away completely but helps a lot I think, is to use Tea Tree Oil on it. Just dip a Q-Tip in it and then lightly put it over the spot. You may need to dilute depending how well your skin can handle it. Hope this helps.
  6. Rather than making a new post about feeling down, I thought I would just add to this topic I made already. I'm feeling even more depressed about my skin then when I made my original post. It has only continued to get worse. My left side which I prided on being the better side, has started to become over run with little red bump acne. And my right side which is red marked from cystic acne, and I thought the Epiduo was keeping it at bay because I hadn't had any on that side in awhile, I should h
  7. I've heard of Everyday Minerals is it really better then Bare Minerals you think? I switched back to using the Original after thinking that perhaps the Matte version was contributing to my face breaking out again. However, I have to put so much make up on lately to cover up my face and the redness, being fair skinned makes the red marks stand out a lot more, so that's why it feels cakey to me if I start to get sweaty or hot because I have so much on my face.
  8. I agree about the make-up wearing in the summer time. It's awful, I hate that feeling of when you start to get hot and you can just feel your make up getting worse and cakey because your getting sweaty. I'm also dreading a friend's lake-house party tomorrow, I'm already trying to think of excuses as to why I can't swim all because I don't' want to get my face wet and show everyone what I really look like without "my face" on. Sighh.. Curse summer heat!
  9. I use the Clindamyacin every morning on my whole face. This is the first time I have used the lotion version of it though, I use to use the gel form before. I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes either? I'm sorry to hear about your purple marks that doesn't sound fun .. And I know what you mean about being pale, I am also fair skinned, so my red marks are eve more pronounced ... Yeah I think I might ask to try a different kind of antibiotics, I have heard of Bactrim, but don't
  10. Yes, I'm taking Minocycline with food, it says you are suppose to on my bottle. And in the past if I tried to take it without, it made me feel really nauseous afterward. I don't drink milk anymore though. Also, I forgot to mention I am taking the generic form of Minocycline, not the pellet capsules, I don't know if there is much of a difference between the two, but thought I would also add that.
  11. Well, it's been awhile and I figured I would just post an update on my face on this topic. This Thursday will make 4 weeks of me being on this regimen. I sadly haven't seen much improvement. The only thing I could say that has improved is the fact that I no longer get painful cystic acne, if they come up at all its more like small red bumps. And it's even more depressing is the side that was affected the most by the cystic acne, has left red marks so I have nice little reminders of them. I'm ve
  12. I'm sorry, I wish you luck though! And hope you still get to enjoy your graduation!
  13. "Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing." - Oscar Wilde "You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them." - Elizabeth Taylor "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." — Marilyn Monroe
  14. Any chance you could make an appointment with dermatologist to give you a cortisone shot perhaps? If you can't you can always try to put Tea Tree Oil on it. I found that to help reduce the size of cystic acne for me. However, you have to be careful not to put too much on, use a Q-Tip and just lightly dab it on the spot. Hope that helps!
  15. I understand how you feel about the acne making you feel ugly. It does the same thing to me . And you aren't weak, your taking charge of your face and doing all you can to make it better. I know it's tough, I feel really down about my face a lot, but there's people on the board here for you to listen and help in any way that they can.