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lifelong confusion

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  1. Decided to do another update to sum up the past year (late, I know). Cystic acne is back! Started out 2 years after my last bad breakout, as always. So far strangely it seems to only ever be on my chin and my topicals are really struggling to keep it at bay this time. I'm still on Yaz and Aczone/Ziana. My skin is getting very sensitive and worn out from the harshness of the topicals, so I don't use them every day, but more every other day, though I apply some locally as spot treatment everyday.
  2. After a couple years of vigorous although not high dose tretinoin (in the form of Veltin/Ziana) I'm starting to notice broken veins in strange places like my temples, as well as some new ones on cheeks and chin. For those of you who have broken capillaries and have used tretinoin, has this ever happened?
  3. 1 Year of Aczone/Ziana update: So I realize it's been a while, so I decided to make an update. Since about 2-3 months on Aczone and Ziana, I haven't really had a problem with acne. Aczone seems to revert new growing breakouts if caught early, it's incredible as far as anti-inflammatory topicals go, and Ziana is good for exfoliation and not letting pores become clogged. Every now and then I do use an over the counter salicylic acid wash, but mostly I cleanse with Dove soap once a day or use a mak
  4. Already giving up alcohol for the most part bc of the problem I have with broken veins, I was wondering if I should be giving up coffee as well. I probably have millions of very very tiny less than 0.1mm veins and bigger ones all over my face, I do laser treatments regularly. I love coffee, but is it just not worth it for the risk?
  5. I keep hearing about this happening more and more, especially with Spiro, and unfortunately this has happened to me as well every time I took birth control (Yaz) for more than a few months I think our bodies do get used to it and adjust. What helped me is getting on a PCOS diet, exercising, and taking Inositol supplements, but I'm struggling to commit to the diet as it is very hard to follow, and I still breakout in typical hormonal acne on my jaw.
  6. I'm a girl and whenever my testosterone spikes I also get dreams like that, and I always know that I'm going to get some painful bumps in the next few days. It's really sad. Like how are we supposed to even enjoy sex when we end up associating it with acne? Fucked up. Sadly I don't know how much you can do about it. I don't know if abstinence will do any good. I've read on a body building forum that testosterone goes down after orgasm (though it would be soaring RIGHT after) and it's going to a
  7. If it's hormonal I doubt glycolic acid will do much to prevent it, however, it worked well for my closed comedones and especially the leftover marks from acne.
  8. I don't know why but I feel like this is just super hard. Last year it seemed way easier for me to regulate my fat and sugar intake and eat mostly healthy, months later I struggle just to not overeat on top of already eating unhealthy. PCOS diet, while it may have worked, is very bland and depressing to me. And I'm always starving trying to limit my calorie intake. I think the only thing that's actually made decent difference for me is when I stuck with 30g or so fat a day (very hard now, becaus
  9. Day 1-28 update (a week late): So I had one large breakout on the bottom on my chin and about 4 medium ones. The topical antibiotics seem to be working for the closed comedones as I have almost none now and hardly any new ones popping up, but I still get inflamed acne. Wondering if it will get any better if I give it another month or two. Who knows. Diet is hard. I can't really stick to it anymore, same with lifestyle, it's all been kind of out of whack. Getting a lot of mood swings making regul
  10. Hey! thanks for the reply were you afraid of the skin pigmentation though? I read that it's rare but you can get it on Mino and it's permanent? That seems scary
  11. I've tried it but I don't think it made that much difference as far as acne. For the pigmentation I would recommend glycolic acid, it worked great for me.
  12. I've checked out the reviews for both of them. So what do people do in the scenario? Do they move on to other types of antibiotic topicals? Seems like a very short term solution.
  13. Have any of you guys tried these? I got them prescribed this week because the pill, diet, lifestyle, or supplements won't clear my hormonal acne anymore. In my experience every time I find something that works, it eventually stops working/being enough. Is that likely to happen with these topicals? My derm said that wasn't the question, that it was about whether it's going to be enough to clear me up. I just like to think ahead. I'm so tired of thinking I finally found something that works, only
  14. Day 1-28 update: so last cycle wasn't any better. I got about 3 large breakouts and overall 15 large/medium/whiteheads. I called my new derm and got prescribed Aczone during the day and Veltin at night. I started today, so let's see how this goes. I have been eating worse because I'm assuming the topicals will make it easier on my skin, but I'll still try to stick to an overall healthy diet.
  15. Hi there. I was looking for a good product for hyperpigmentation and so far glycolic acid lotion has been the best thing for me. It really does help with the redness. I use the 10% one by Alpha Hydrox. The color will even out, however the texture will probably need either peels or laser to get better. I don't have much experience with that but I hope you find what works for you. Good luck!