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  1. I think speaking with a dermatologist is probably your best bet. I know that's probably not what you were hoping to hear, but it really is best to speak with a skin care professional who can see and evaluate your situation in person. Best of luck and hope things clear up for you!
  2. Hi Everyone, I haven't seen any boards specifically related to acne and pregnancy on here - granted, I just had a quick look. Short background on my acne situation: got some as a young teenager, went on the pill for about 10 years and had great skin, went off and had a year of good skin, and then a year of moderately severe acne. In the last year I've managed to get it under control (I did antibiotics and then topicals). It's still not totally clear, but I can live with it. I just fou
  3. Hi all, I've posted on here before about my acne history (see: "It Came out of Nowhere" on the Emotional/Psychological threads), and after seemingly developing moderately severe acne all of a sudden, I'm now the clearest I've been in months. For anyone in the TORONTO (Canada) area, I HIGHLY recommend the Acne Treatment Clinics: http://www.acnetreatmentclinic.com/ They are certified dermatologists who specialize in acne care. They take OHIP and there is an additional $30 charge on top o
  4. I work at a university and recently have seen way MORE 20-somethings with acne than I ever noticed before. It may be just because I've been really aware of it since mine got worse, but I realize how much I didn't notice it on other people earlier. For instance, a secretary in our department (who I've interacted with many times over the last two years) has fairly severe acne scarring on her cheeks that I didn't notice until this past week and was like "huh, how did I not see that?" I also didn
  5. Just as an update or for anyone else experiencing something similar, it's only been just over a week since I originally posted this. Maybe it's that the antibiotics are working (though I'm still not supposed to see real results for 4-5 more weeks, apparently), but one thing that I've done is I've traded in my morning application of hydrocortisone cream for a 5 minute baking soda mask. My face is much clearer and the redness and oiliness are reduced during the day (just starts to get a bit oily
  6. Hi lja08, I am so sorry about your loss. I'm sure that the stress has definitely affected it. I find that my skin always gets much worse at times that I'm emotionally drained or stressed/burnt out. It's like some kind of really cruel but well-intentioned reminder to take some time for myself. I'd say, in addition to whatever course of acne treatment you choose, make sure to be really kind to yourself and give yourself a break wherever possible. I've never taken or done much res
  7. Thanks for the thoughtful reply, MJM. I feel like the antibiotics are starting to work... slowly. I guess it's a combination of patience and acceptance that's required in the meantime - not that either of these is easy when it comes to acne! I hope Minocycline works as well for me as it did for you! And I agree, I'm thinking that if this doesn't work, I'll try Diane 35 again for a year or so, just to clear up and hopefully get another year or 2 of clear skin and then see where I'm at. Fing
  8. when you sleep over at someone else's house and you have to wake up early to put concealer on before they get up.
  9. Does anyone else obsess about lighting in social situations? I feel like every time I'm talking to people lately, I try to position myself with my back to a bright light/tv/the sun/etc to have the most flattering lighting possible for my acne. I know it's ridiculous, but if people have to see my acne, I'd prefer that it be as subtle as possible. Also, I used to love natural light in rooms, now I feel like it's this very unforgiving, harsh reminder of reality. Anyone else do the same?
  10. I completely understand, hotburrito (love the name, by the way)! I don't think that you're vain or bitchy at all, particularly because you're so self-reflective about it. I just think that you enjoyed feeling good about yourself and now are struggling to deal with how to do that in a new way (I'm dealing with the same issue). I find that since I've developed acne, I work out less (because I don't want to go to the gym without make up on or go for a run in my neighbourhood where I might run in
  11. Hi everyone, This forum is such a great resource for people struggling with acne! I was wondering if anyone could weigh in on my situation or if they have experienced something similar. I'm a 25 year old female who experienced mild to moderate acne in my young teen years. I went on Diane 35 from about 15 - 23 and had fantastic skin. It was nearly flawless, just the odd black or whitehead, but never any big red zits. About 2 years ago I was told about the severe risks and side effec