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Everything posted by gentlesoul

  1. I used to use sulfur but it never worked for me, always stuck to bp. But what I want to say, and I've been preaching this to no end, is to stay off antibiotics. First, they are temporary fixes, and in my case, even a heavy dose did not work, and it ruined my stomach (3 courses over different times). Second, there may come a time when you will need to take antibiotics because you have no choice, as I did for a UTI and you need to know that they will work instead of being resistant to them. I'
  2. ita, you took the words right out of my mouth. Take it easy on your skin.
  3. I don't see how a herbal medicine will help. You need a topical treatment. Have you talked to a derm?
  4. @kelbell812 @Blue83 I really appreciate what you guys have written. It's like you're thinking what I'm thinking. Same with me, once I started to use dan's regimen (around 10 years ago) and my skin started to clear, that's when I gained confidence. It just hasn't been perfect since then, due to stress, or being overworked or lack of sleep. And it's true that I have had a difficult time accepting my acne. Actually, I don't. It annoys me that I have to deal with it well into adulthood, as t
  5. I've got the same thing. I've had it ever since I can remember. I honestly can't be bothered with it.
  6. I would ditch all my acne medications; continue to treat my skin like gold as I do now; feel free to look people in the eyes (I'm shy but clear skin would boost my self-confidence); feel the freedom from the nuisance and stress of maintaining my skin for so many years; and pray that my skin would remain clear. But clear skin isn't enough. I have some mild scarring that I wish I could address. But I'd be on cloud 9.
  7. I have to agree with the above poster. I can't just stop worrying about things, including having acne, and I do have a perfectionist personality. Trying to change the way I think to change how I feel does not work for me. I can't say I accept having acne, or maybe I accept it but still don't like it. But I'll never embrace it. It's a lot of work mentally and practically. I did not grow out of it and my skin does not recover as quickly or as well as it used to.
  8. When I took antibiotics, which was many years ago, not one of the three derms told me how to protect my stomach during or after the courses on the rx. I'm upset because it was a heavy dose each time, barely helped and then the acne came back. I had to take the antibiotics on an empty stomach; they made me tired and burned my stomach. To this day, I cannot tolerate soft drinks or anything acidic. I had to take medication to treat my stomach pain a few years ago and that gave me side effects
  9. There are certain vegetables , like kelp and soybeans, and nuts as you mentioned, but of course milk and yogourt are the quickest way to get your intake of calcium, barring supplements. But you do need calcium to prevent osteoporosis, especially later in life.
  10. Yeah I actually watch Brian Turner, but I actually started using the Acne.org Regimen so we will see how it works out! I always recommend the regimen when I see acne in your condition, which seems like mine, untreated. I've been using the regimen for years with relatively good success. Hope it works for you. Keep us posted.
  11. I thought I'd chime in here, after reading through this thread. Dan's aha is effective at keeping my skin exfoliated. But I can't use that on top of even a 2.5% bp, let alone the bp and any moisturizer. It's too strong. I use bp alone at night. I like to keep things simple. It's just too much for my skin to process. Yes, the aha is meant to leave on. I just find it excessive to use with another product. I use the aha or one of my moisturizers, not both. I'm telling you this from a wel
  12. I can tell you many stories of family and friends making comments on my skin, and each time it would just stun me. My sister telling me, you have bad skin. A friend saying, your acne's better. As though I'd asked them for their opinion. This kind of thing has been going on for years. They have no inkling of what I've been through, not having suffered from acne the way I have. I find it annoying and inappropriate. I've even had salespeople at stores tell me, your face looks red. Unbelieva
  13. I still struggle not to pick as well but I'm able to restrain myself better than I used to. I used to do this chronically. I just tell myself, if you pick you'll likely get a scar, which is true for me, so that has helped. But the real key for me is to prevent the acne from forming. If not, there's still some temptation.
  14. I wish I had seen this sooner. I was put on antibiotics by three different derms when I was a young adult. I had told the second and third derm that antibiotics did not work, and that each time I got off them, my acne came back worse. I also had a very upset stomach for the many months I was on them at a time. I also overdosed the third time. I have always wondered if that's why I have stomach problems today, including reflux and food intolerances. I agree with the above posters to stay aw
  15. I have been living my life. It's primarily due to getting older and not caring as much about what anyone thinks. But I'm still on the self-conscious side. It's hard to help. I do have some mild scarring dating back I don't know how long, I've lost track over the years. I'm just continuing to try to prevent new scarring at my age. It has become harder and harder for my skin to bounce back like it did when I was a young adult. I have to admit I have never been able to accept the fact that
  16. I have to say, that having suffered with acne since age 12 (I'm in my forties now), all the maintenance, trips to the derm, always looking for a better product, sunblock, etc., always having had people comment on my skin, especially insensitive family members . . . it's certainly taken its toll me. I'm worn out by it. It has added greatly to my anxiety. Sure, bp has helped greatly over the years. But when I've been ill, or just couldn't sleep, bp has never worked. Anytime I've been in schoo
  17. Good substitute when 2.5 percent not available

    For years, I used PanOxyl but it was discontinued. I found this Life Clear Action 28 g tube recently in my local drugstore. It works well, is completely effective; but it will be more drying than the lower bp percentage. I took off a star because half the tube was clumped up and I needed to cut it open. I use it all over and it lasts for about two months usually. Not the easiest gel to spread when it gets thick.
  18. I lift weights daily, so of course my face sweats. All I do is blot my face gently with a towel, just enough to stop the dripping. That's it. I want to keep the moisturizer I've applied for the day on my skin, and not have that rinsed off, even though there is probably some loss of it due to sweating. This is a simple, effective, non-irritating method that I've been using for years. I do the same in the summer with high humidity or whenever I sweat. My skin does not get oily thanks to the
  19. The last thing I want to do is frighten you, but after using Proactiv for a year and a half, I came to this conclusion. The little beads in the cleanser tore away my pimples, and that's why I have little craters. When it worked, I had the nicest complexion I'd ever had in my life. But for some unknown reason, I also got the worst lesions I'd ever had, in occasional breakouts. So I couldn't trust the product. I would also get irritated on and around my nose. I tried to be very gentle, and
  20. I have never liked makeup, never ever wear any. I would be so happy to be acne-free one day, that the last thing I'd want to do is wear makeup. I prefer to keep the goo on my face to a minimum (I only use a moisturizer and bp), and let my scars and PIH be. I have always found it unusual, compared to other guys, that both my brothers can't stand makeup on women (they date women who don't wear any). Their attitude has always made me feel good about not wearing makeup, though I wouldn't no matt
  21. I apply my moisturizer lightly, which tends to be thick whichever I'm using at the time. I let it absorb on its own, since I'm trying to avoid unnecessary manipulation of my skin. If it doesn't absorb completely, that's fine. I use a generous amount morning and night. I have noticed that the sunscreens I use for the day absorb with little application just on their own, even I know you're supposed to rub these in well. It's not worth it, since my skin becomes red when rubbing.
  22. I have only used bp once at night ever since I began using it 25 years ago, and I have maintained 98+% clear. I only get the very occasional blemish. I do use a generous amount, but virtually two fingers, since I need one finger alone for my jawline, which is very stubborn. You can always try to use one application, and see how that works for you. I can't tolerate two bp applications, since my skin becomes too dry, even with small doses of bp in the morning. In the morning, I simply wash
  23. I can really relate to what all of you have said. I ruminate a lot over what I could have, should have done, what I could have done differently, and especially, what I wish I had abstained from doing. I was looking at the oldest threads on this site, because there is such valuable information from people who've tried certain scar removal methods, and they wound up exacerbating their scars. Had I encountered this site earlier, I could have spared myself so much grief and anxiety. I don't know
  24. I have bad skin texture (bumpy and patchy), which bothers me a lot. When I used Proactiv, for the first time in my life, my face looked nice, or at least nicer. But what upset me so much was suddenly getting lesions I had never seen before, still superficial or non cystic, but rather large, and it would take months before my skin would remodel, and imperfectly at that. And I don't know why I got these. I also noticed that the area around my nose and my nose itself would become irritated, and
  25. Hi, I am 36, and have been suffering from mild to moderate acne since I was 12. It is hard enough to deal with life without the additional stress of managing my acne every day, and the resultant PIH and mild scarring. I have always wondered what it would be like to have to think of a skincare routine for flawless skin, which I have not had since I was a child. I can't even imagine it. I have never had a break from acne, not for a day, since its onset. I deeply regret the useless antibioti