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unlovely2011

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  1. I hate benzoyl peroxide. I had to learn through trial and error what works for me: prescription strength topical retinoids. They work wonders, but It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite. Hope that helps! xoxo *Mod edit* URL removed
  2. Looks like closed comedones to me! Retain-A Micro and other retinoids are perfect for purging that. But be forewarned, it gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite *MOD EDIT* URL REMOVED
  3. You will probably experience what appears to be an increase in severity of breakout after your switch. Differin is like a watered down version of tretinoin. I used Atralin 0.05% and now Retin-A Micro 0.08% so if your concentration really is 0.1% that is a higher concentration so it will be quite powerful. It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 the
  4. I doubt it will have a huge difference on your progress, but I would imagine if the gel is stronger it should speed up the initial breakout/purge process! That may feel like your acne becomes more severe, but that's because all your breakouts are surfacing simultaneously instead of over the course of months. I've been there and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick
  5. It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite. Hope that helps! xoxo
  6. Hi SashaMarie! Sucks that you're having such bad dryness. Trust me I've been there-- but it's worth it! You can try a bunch of different things to add back moisture to your skin, but you're probably better off just using the retinoid less frequently. Try every other night and if your skin can tolerate it, work up to every night. Sometimes it just needs a break! You can read more about the skincare regimen that finally worked for me here on my blog *MOD EDIT* URL REMOVED
  7. It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin is a wonderful product, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. You can read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at *MOD EDIT* Url removed. Hope that helps! xoxo
  8. Miracle Beauty Cure Sent From The Gods

    When used correctly, tretinoin is a miracle beauty cure sent from the gods. With anti-aging benefits and powerful acne treatment properties, both tretinoin products I've used pack a one-two punch. I had success with Atralin as well as Retin-A Micro, you can read my full review at my blog Creation Despite.
  9. See my improvement 4 years later: a confident entrepreneur and model! Follow to keep up with my lifelong struggle with acne. Read all about how I finally beat hormonal acne and what combination of prescription and OTC products I swear by here!
  10. unlovely2011

    8 weeks

    See my improvement 4 years later: a confident entrepreneur and model! Follow to keep up with my lifelong struggle with acne. Read all about how I finally beat hormonal acne and what combination of prescription and OTC products I swear by here!
  11. unlovely2011

    8 weeks

    wow thank you! ^.^
  12. See my improvement 4 years later: a confident entrepreneur and model! Follow to keep up with my lifelong struggle with acne. Read all about how I finally beat hormonal acne and what combination of prescription and OTC products I swear by here!
  13. See my improvement 4 years later: a confident entrepreneur and model! Follow to keep up with my lifelong struggle with acne. Read all about how I finally beat hormonal acne and what combination of prescription and OTC products I swear by here!
  14. See my improvement 4 years later: a confident entrepreneur and model! Follow to keep up with my lifelong struggle with acne. Read all about how I finally beat hormonal acne and what combination of prescription and OTC products I swear by here!
  15. yes unfortunately i've experienced recurring cysts too. that's how i learned my lesson not to pick!
  16. jeez, that's nothing. stop obsessing. stop touching it and picking at it. it would have probably shrunk down and the mark from it would probably be gone by now, but every time you try to pop it you're introducing more bacteria, increasing inflammation, and most likely breaking the skin and spreading infection (deeper and/or outward.)
  17. some people are just predisposed to scarring. my cheeks scar for longer than anywhere else too. it could also be the type of acne you are getting on your cheeks is more inflammatory than, say, you're forehead where you are not scarring. inflammation during the breakout means worse scarring. you may want to see if you can get a prescription for some treatment, since all you use is water. i use aczone and atralin... the aczone seems to calm my skin and decrease redness aka inflammation. the atrali
  18. i was just about to suggest you both be moisturizing... it may help to soften his hairs. depending on his nationality of course... if that doesn't help he may be better off just growing his beard out so the stubble won't be so sharp. and there is always waxing which can cause the hair to grow in more softly and slowly for some people. i've never know a man to wax his beard off or what kind of problems it could cause but it's worth looking into.
  19. about the dryness after washing--- i get that too. it was worse before when i'd use hot/warm water. make sure to use temperate or even cool water. and when you go to dry your face just pat dry gently (never rub) and try to leave some of the moisture on your face if you can. if you still have a problem, you'll just have to moisturize after and then wait to apply topicals... i don't think it makes a huge difference in the effectiveness of the topicals, i've had to do it numerous times.
  20. well if you went from 3 cups of coffee (with milk and sugar i'm assuming) to 1 pill with a certain amount of milk at breakfast, perhaps it is because you are consuming less milk. you didn't specify anything about dairy, but i find that when i stay away from dairy, my skin is a bit better but more interesting is my localized eczema clears right up. eczema is allergy related and i think acne can be too. maybe you too have a dairy sensitivity?
  21. that was a bad move. nothing good comes from popping cysts. use neosporin, but not for more than a week at a time. when these cysts come, you just have to let them run their course and continue with whatever regimen you have. some over the counter medications and cleansers can actually make our skin worse, so be very careful about what you use. ask a dermatiologist to prescribe or recommend something. all that said, ice can bring down swelling (but don't over-do that either because that can be i
  22. i have an iphone now and was able to take clearer pictures than the ones i took on my webcam in the past. as promised here is my skin after 7 months on aczone and atralin... (note: the first one shows my right side which did not break out too badly early on. but the discoloration by my nose marks a cyst or cluster of comedones which got really inflamed and painful a couple months ago, but shrunk back down and has been fading ever since. the spot lower on my cheek is a ripe one, started forming a
  23. i totally agree. all sunscreens i've used have made my skin burn and stay oily all day. i switched from neutrogena oil-free moisture w/ spf 35 to neutrogena extra gente moisturizer w/o spf and that seems to have made all the difference because i love the latter. my mineral makeup has spf 15 in it so i dust just a bit on for most days and do my best to stay out of the sun, wear sunglasses, hats, etc.
  24. it sounds like you messed your skin up by using topical retinoids incorrectly. the chemical breaks down in sunlight and damages and inflames the skin. on top of that, you say you never moisturized, so your skin must've been extremely dry and irritated. you did these things for months on end you say... & now you're on accutane, which thins, dries, and weakens the skin. i'm honestly surprised it's not worse! but yeah, you need to start taking care of your skin. did you tell your dermatologist
  25. i've had a lot of luck with neutrogena oil-free moisture for sensitive skin withOUT spf. (i've found the one with spf stings my face and leaves it greasy.) maybe give it a try?
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