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Everything posted by luckycat

  1. You are obviously a beautiful girl. The right guy will be able to see that. There was actually a girl that I always thought was absolutely gorgeous and her boyfriend admitted that the amount of attention she regularly received was a challenge for him. I had no idea she had such extensive acne until she washed her makeup off one night. If I would have examined her closely at some point maybe I would have noticed, but her classically beautiful features were far more distracting than her blemishes.
  2. Actually, that is the way my then-doctor instructed I use it! Twice a day right off the cuff. I didn't have an IB either, but my skin was really peely all the time. I only use .04% of RAM, though. If I was using the .1% I would expect much more of a breakout. I think, too, if you are using .1% it would be better to use an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory during the day, just because it is more potent and irritating.
  3. I really like Jason's dandruff shampoo. It is not as drying as Head & Shoulders (which is my old faithful). It contains an interesting but effective mix of ingredients, including neem, sulfur, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil. H&S kind of always left a film on my hair that made my scalp feel greasy, but hair ends feeling dry. The shampoo by Jason just leaves everything soft and clean.
  4. I think they all contain some alcohol (as a preservative) but the quantities and other inactives may vary. I watched the video and it's nice that she explains the benefits of each ingredient- I don't know about the sugar, though. Every time I have used sugar scrubs, I have broken out in cystic acne. Massage is good for scar tissue too.
  5. Oh. I must have missed that part about not wanting antibiotics. Oops! I have a very sensitive stomach too. Most things upset it. I don't want to have to rely on a pill- antibiotics or BC- to control my acne so finding a successful regimen has been kind of challenging. I don't really know much about topical antibiotics since my skin is also ridiculously sensitive to the most seemingly benign substances, so I am using blue LED therapy in conjunction with my Retin A treatment. A lot of folks se
  6. You know, N.Clare...I went back through this thread and maybe I just missed it, but were you prescribed an antibiotic to use in conjunction with the Retin A? I think that is such a necessary step when using retioids, otherwise the experience can just be too traumatizing.
  7. Oh. I should have explained myself better. I was tired. It was the gel carrier that caused such a horrible breakout. All the alcohol in the base.
  8. Wow. This is a very large post. Interesting take on the reason why people have trouble making eye contact with people born with a physical defect. You and I cannot relate to people with severe ailments. If you want an unbiased, brutal opinion of how you look, ask a seven year old. Children are blunt creatures. I am polite enough to hold a door open for the person behind me, but that is the extent of my kindness for a fellow stranger. I am sorry, but real life does not play out like a liberty mut
  9. Look at it this way: The product you are using now is twice as strong as the one your skin has grown accustomed. That could definitely cause irritation and an initial breakout, but it shouldn't be as bad as the very first breakout you experience with retinoids. When I was younger I used the cream. The .1% in the red tube. The IB was not bad. Mostly I was just very peely and red. Later, I switched to Retin A Micro .04%. Same thing. Red and peely. This year- when I tried to use the gel at .01%
  10. It's a lonely feeling. I don't like going anywhere with pimples on my face. I know it is ridiculous to think like that, but it is how I feel. My acne is gone. I only suffer from a few pimples at age 25(!). I do have moderate scarring on certain parts of my face and it does bother me. I hope your situation improved. It is comforting that you have never felt repulsed by someone else with acne. Suffering is relative, and I am certain that if I did not have acne, I would find another flaw in my appe
  11. Don't quit. Don't quit on school. Don't quit on yourself. Don't quit on trying to clear your skin. Don't quit on anything that is ultimately best for you. Just don't quit. What you make of yourself is more important than acne.
  12. Well, antibiotics are not a permanent solution to the problem. Many people find that once they become resistant to a certain antibiotic their acne returns with a vengeance and is harder than ever to control. I doubt I have to point that out. Antibiotics are really just supposed to serve the purpose of interim management. I was on Doxy for two years, which is completely useless to me now. What happens in the event of biochemical warfare? I'll have to use Cipro and it makes me very sick. I'm makin
  13. I think there are a lot of hard facts pertaining to LEDs, but they simply are not fully understood. Compared to other scientific areas, LED research is still in its infancy. Like most things, light exposure seems to be a double edged sword, depending on spectrum, wavelength, and any number of additional variables that may serve as catalysts. For instance, some bacteria and proteins are deactivated by light, while the same light appears to aid in the virulence of other microbes. Sooo, while t
  14. I used Avalon Organics Lavender Day Cream (or something like that) and found it so hydrating and softening. Until my skin decided it hated lavender oil a year later. That's my finicky B.S. skin, though, and I would recommend it to a lot of people looking for a more organic alternative. My mother likes the Mychelle line, sold in most health food stores.
  15. I think if you are having success with topicals, you should avoid antibiotics and accutane all together! The side effects are hardly worth it if your acne is manageable.
  16. Blue is helpful for killing bacteria. It's actually amazing how many different bacteria it can kill!! It kills antibiotic resistant staph and the superbug (not actually a bacterium), p. acnes, the list goes on. I think combination light therapy is definitely the way to go in most instances. I suppose the blue light could be beneficial after dermarolling/stamping to treat or prevent any infections that may result.
  17. Red and infrared are considered best for collagen production and reducing inflammation. I don't believe enough is known about yellow light yet. I think infrared is supposed to provide pain relief, too. I use an LED device with blue, red, and infrared light (but no dermarolling or anything to that effect) and it definitely helps condition my skin and reduce swelling. I also use it for spot treating injuries- like cuts. Seems to take the sting out.
  18. Actually, no. I can't remember exactly how I felt when I had my first breakout. I think I thought something like, "Oh shit. This sucks. Someone better buy me some Clearasil." I had something really painful occur a couple of years ago that made me feel disgusting. Hideous, unlovable, stupid, worthless on every conceivable level. Every time I looked in the mirror, I wanted to be someone else. It's a strong way to put it but there were actually days when I wished I could just rip my face off. B
  19. A microfiber washcloth! Anything else is too harsh for my skin! They really do get the job done without being too aggressive. I feel like they kind of grip my skin a little bit. Like there is a slightly rubbery sensation that really pulls off all the flakes from my face.
  20. Oh God. I will never forget this: I paint. Pictures. You get it. Well, when I was 21, one of the biggest, reddest cystic pimples EVER cropped up right on the center of my cheek. I thought that if I just dabbed some super thick, possibly toxic, ultra smelly Rembrandt oil paint on it (along with a few additional well placed strokes of paint in other places), people would just think I was messy and cute or something. Uhm....it got horribly infected. Burned sooo badly. Had a scar for the longe
  21. I think it would even be too idealistic to hope that people could simply limit their value judgements to rare deformities, such as elephant man syndrome or small pox. I mean, obesity, poverty, baldness, mental illness, down syndrome, sexuality, just common conditions and lifestyle choices bear the brunt of ridicule and contempt every day. It is disheartening, it is wrong, and it is the world we live in. But it is not in everyone. I have had clear skin most of my life and I am not disgusted by
  22. Cookies Sure Were Good.