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  1. maryamy, Thank you very much for the detailed post! That was exactly what I was looking for. I had not taken into consideration exposing different parts of my digestive tract to isotretinoin. The Claravis literature explicitly states how damaging it can be to the esophagus, so it only makes sense to be cautious and not let it interact with different internal organs. lionfish, thanks for your reply. I did read numerous people's personal regimen logs who stopped taking isotretinoin and waited
  2. I am trying to half my isotretinoin dose for the next few days before I see my derm to have it lowered next week. The redness and flaking I'm experiencing are just too much. The claravis capsule I'm currently taking is filled with a beeswax type material. I'd like to open each capsule and squeeze out half of the contents into an empty gelatin capsule. I'm not a chemistry savvy person, so I'll leave this out there for somebody smarter than me. Is there a problem exposing 13-cis-retinoic aci
  3. Not using SA and AHA at the same time seems to be helping the redness.
  4. jWeBB

    Mild Acne

  5. Note: on February 19th I added two steps to my regimen: 1 tbsp of ACV taken internally (PM) OLAY SPF 15 moisturizer (AM) I also moved the AHA+ application to night-time so that I wouldn't be using 3 different products in the morning, but rather 2 in the morning and 2 at night. The one inflammed spot I had on my left cheek has subsided, so at this point I am completly clear of 'break-outs'. Hopefully I'll stay clear and I can focus on reducing redness. Another note. I've switched to shavi
  6. Thanks Tom. I'm already mostly clear. So basically the purpose of this log is to stay clear and ween myself off supplements and topicals.
  7. Have faith that your skin will clear up, and is clearing up already. If turning to God helps you believe you skin will get better, then you need Him. If you can believe your skin is healing without God, then you don't need him. Prayer works because of belief. The brain is like a super-computer, and it will work to achieve whatever you think about most. Use the power of positive thinking to your advantage. Want to know why the placebo effect is so powerful? It is because of faith.
  8. The goal of this log: To develop a simple regimen that keeps my skin clear. This entials keeping both my seborrheic dermatitis and mild acne at bay. I am open to both topical and internal solutions. I would like to get to the point where I no longer have to take any supplements, and perform a minimalist skin-care routine. Current Regimen: AM pHisoderm 2% salicylic acid facial wash Acne.org AHA+ (pea sized) PM Warm Water Cleanse Acne.org BP (pea sized) I currently am not moisturi
  9. I have mild seborrheic dermatitis, and through trial and error I've found the best way for me to control it is to use a salicylic acid cleanser every day. I'm currently about to finish my bottle of pHisoderm 2% SA gel wash... I'm not really pleased with it, so I'm not going to order another bottle. I have very sensitive skin and it has left my skin a bit irritated and red. With that being said, I would like to try a new salicylic acid facial wash. I need it to be extremely gentle. I'd like to
  10. Looks like this thread has died. However, the answer to your question is yes, zinc can cause an initial breakout normally it doesn't last longer than a couple weeks.
  11. I don't know about the file limit... I've ran into that problem too. Hopefully a moderator will see this and help out. I used aczone/epiduo and after about 3 months I was almost completely clear... I started with mild acne. First three weeks or so my skin got a little worse and a little redder, but it started getting noticeably clearer at about week 5-6, then it just took another month or so to clear up. I think if you stick with it for 2 months like you said in an earlier post you will start
  12. Thanks for the support everyone. I have the pumphead that is larger than a quarter, so the two pumps I have been using isn't the full dose. Thanks for the tip on cetaphil moisturizer Max... Needless to say I'm perplexed as to why this time on the regimen is so much different. Last time I was on it I used 1 pump of cetaphil and 3 drops jojoba oil and my flakes were under control. Based on the feedback I got from everyone, I'm going to cut my BP dosage down to 1 pump for a 2-3 weeks and see
  13. I haven't researched the topic thoroughly myself, but there is a post on these message boards from somebody who really dug deep with their zinc research. She found that zinc picolinate was more effective in treating acne than any other type. I used zinc picolinate for a while and did have good results, then like you, I opted to switch to a generic zinc gluconate. The initial breakout was the only real downside. I think after the initial breakout, the zinc gluconate worked just as well.
  14. Seborrheic dermatitis is a essentially dandruff of the skin. While its root cause is still unknown, it is believed that certain types of yeast growing on the skin cause scaly/greasy flakes to sit atop the skin. Effective treatments of it, have been zinc based topicals, antifungals, and steroids. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seborrheic_dermatitis I read stories of several people on here who said benzoyl peroxide helped their SD, and it made sense to me that BP would kill all of the yeast. Ho
  15. Absolutely. When I switched zinc types I broke out two days later and I continued to get new pimples for another 4-5 days before my skin calmed down... At this point, even if you were to go out and buy that more expensive natural zinc, the pimples that are forming right now will still probably come to the surface. Once your body gets used to the new zinc you'll be coasting again. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but thats just how the cookie crumbles.