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About *Emily*

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  1. I've just started using Bohemian Chic Minerals after discovering that Clinique (which I was previously using) test on animals. Bohemian Chic products are vegan, not tested on animals and pure (no nasty chemicals) developed by a lady who has very sensitive skin. You can build up the coverage as much as you like - I no longer need to use concealer on my breakouts as the powder covers them well.
  2. btw, I spoke to my dr yesterday, although they can't get plain BP any more, they still have BP & clindamycin, so your GP may be able to prescribe that for you.
  3. Oh no, I didn't know that about panoxyl. I'm thinking of not taking up my accutane prescription and just sticking to self-medicating with BP, due to toxicity/side effect worries. I have bought it at my local chemist in the past but have a tube of Dan's still in use at the moment - good job it comes in a big tube as shipping really hikes up the cost! Think the Oxy one is any good? I can't see what the % of BP is. There's Brevoxyl @ 4% http://fragrances.oversupplywarehouse.co.uk/Brevox
  4. I agree with nbkyrww. I used it for a year and my skin was mostly clear, with just a few breakouts, maybe one cyst a month and some little barely-there spots the rest of the time. Then in a bid to be finally "cured", rather than use BP for the rest of my life, I tried microdermabrasion and lots of herbs/supplements/diet changes/antibiotics and topicals from the doctor. As soon as I stopped the BP my skin got awful. I've gone back on it now after being off it for about a year, and it is hel
  5. Yes, it seems so unfair that some people eat and drink rubbish yet have perfect skin, while some others of us scrutinise everything we eat for signs of "bad" ingredients, and eating out is a minefield, since pretty well everything on a normal menu contains wheat, dairy, sugar or a mix of all 3. Might be worth adapting your diet for a bit and see if it makes any difference long term, or getting allergy/intolerance testing. If it makes no difference you can always ditch it and go back to what
  6. That determination will take you a long way! Do go back to your dr/derm. I wish I had been more persistent and not allowed myself to be fobbed off, or got depressed when things weren't working and just didn't go back. If I'd kept pestering my dr I probably wouldn't have so many scars now, and maybe my skin would even be clear. If you get the chance for any cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) it's worth a go. It can be good for getting insecurities under control, as it gets you to look a
  7. So true. When we have acne not only do we scrutinise our own skin, but also other people's, for comparison. I would say - what do you think when you see someone else with scars or acne? Do you think "they're ugly" or any other of the other mean things we think about ourselves? Probably not. I notice every little detail on other people's faces, purely because of my own insecurities, but generally I look into their eyes. And even if there is an "imperfection" of some sort I don't judge them f
  8. I reckon I could grow a beard, what with my dodgy hormones! Would only give people something extra to stare at though!
  9. Hmm, i'm a bit wobbly with scar classification. Mostly I have deep (ice pick?) pitted ones on my temples, and my chin is a bumpy mess, with lots of scars that seem like raised lumps (I think the dr said they were rolling). Some days I think they look better than others, but I think it is mostly down to lighting. I had a couple of CACI laser treatments about 5 years ago and the therapist said she thought they looked better afterwards but I couldn't see any difference myself. Plus it was p
  10. Are the anxiety and depression still there when your skin is clear? I find it a bit worrying that your psych might be labelling you with a number of extra disorders if they are just caused by your skin. It is normal to feel those things when you have acne, you are so not alone. Easier said than done, but if you can, try not to worry about what the psych says about your mental health. Having acne affects almost all of us emotionally - I get extremely agitated whenever there are cameras arou
  11. I'm 38 and have been scarred since my teens. Haven't noticed them getting any worse yet, (fingers crossed) but still getting the odd new one come up. I recommend shady areas and low lighting. I find if I'm a passenger in a car and catch sight of myself in the wing mirror with all that natural light it looks shockingly bad (plus highlights all the new age lines and wrinkles too!). Also, any sort of nightclub toilet harsh flourescent strip lighting is a killer. Oh, and once after putting ma
  12. Good luck, I hope your third proves to be your final round. I also am hyper aware of people's skin and it often feels like I'm the only one with any skin problems, but you never know how many people are already on some sort of treatment that's keeping it under control and have been where you are now. Funny though, last time I went out I noticed quite a few people with skin problems. It was most unusual, and reassuring (though of course I felt sorry for them!)
  13. I have known blokes to use foundation. Certainly an ex of mine did. Most have been goth-types though so more acceptable in those circles. I guess if you could keep it subtle you might get away with it without people noticing.
  14. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bentonite+clay&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a#q=bentonite+clay&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ZuO&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ei=9ChsUNy5NIqGhQeh0oHIDg&ved=0CA4Q_AUoBQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=81298c5ac53487c&biw=939&bih=584 Long link, hope it works! Not sure where you're based, but here's a cheap one
  15. Not much to report - the BP is starting to have an effect on my face, though my scalp is terrible and sore at the moment, so I know it's only a temporary topical improvement rather than systemic. Still some breakouts happening, and that lovely lizard skin effect of the BP, but not as bad as last week when I had loads of big painful red lumps. Thought I may as well try Perfectil Platinum and Tejaswini, what have I got to lose? (other than £65?). I did some basic maths and discovered I probab