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Flaxen

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  1. I wouldn't dispute that there are things that can keep acne at bay - "the regimen" worked very well for me for several years. My dermatologist said accutane is the only cure for severe acne which I personally believe to be the case until something new comes along but I understand now why your son doesn't see it as an option so good luck with the topicals. Some of them are very good.
  2. @dscully - Seriously?! What makes you think we haven't tried it all before? I did. And yes I'm talking about food too. I systematically excluded everything until I was eating nothing and ended up in an eating disorder clinic with anorexia nervosa. I'm by no means saying that that would happen to any more than the vast minority but many people are harmed in a less extreme way by "innocent" dieting. As for "pushing" it as the "one true solution" I/we are only echoing exactly what my dermatologist
  3. It really saddens me to hear people introduce food issues, especially so vehemently. Giving people false dietary requirements can be psychologically damaging and there is no scientific evidence for a link between diet and acne. I don't want to have an argument about it on here (again) but please seriously consider letting your son eat and drink what he wants! Especially if he is prone to psychological problems. I tried everything for acne before roaccutane and I really believe it is the only
  4. I know how you feel... My red marks used to be so bad it took me two hours to cover them up with makeup - I was exhausted before I even got out the house and even with all that on my confidence was affected and on the subject of photos, my sister said anyone looking through our albums would think I had died! Time helps, it does, but it does take a lot of time. There are products you can use that can help but you have to be careful if you are still on or have just come off accutane. Skin heal
  5. Hi, sorry to hear your acne is coming back. I don't know if using harsh products could cause your acne to come back as you describe but I agree that it is important to use gentle skincare products. For a while before accutane I didn't use moisturiser and didn't feel I needed it. It was someone at a cosmetics counter that seemed shocked at this and told me I should always use one before makeup and at night. Perhaps she had an alterior motive for telling me this! But she said that if I didn't use
  6. One of my patients randomly complimented my skin today - it made me wonder if she still had all her marbles... I'm feeling down about my skin. Sometimes, with a lot of make up it does look quite nice and glowy, but other times it is flaky and the makeup looks horrible and I can't predict when it will happen (I use chemical exfoliation every day...) I'm also very down about my red marks. I thought they were fading... They have faded a lot but I'm not seeing improvement any more. I don't want
  7. A man stopped me in the street the other day and asked if he could talk to me. I asked what about and he said "everything!" That he wasn't trying to sell me anything, he just wanted to talk to me because I had a "nice face." Then he bought me a coffee! All because I have a nice face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wtf! So I'm feeling very grateful for (ro)accutane and Dior!
  8. I think I have exactly the same skin type as you, oily yet flaky, very fair. It's remarkable that it make your skin flake even more, I would expect that it would happen in my case, but maybe I'm wrong about that too...My lips are very dry already, so I'd expect it to be quite painful in my case, hehe. I'm so sorry to hear about those terrible experiences you had in the past, Flaxen. Hope that most of it is left far behind, or at least it doesn't haunt you. I may not have share the same story,
  9. I'm so sorry When you say it doesn't react to anything... Do you think it could be accutane time? I'm sorry to go on about it but I really think it might help you! I know you were worried about psych effects but my psychiatrist (a professor) said the psych link is totally unsubstantiated and I have a history of very severe psychiatric problems but have had no problems at all whilst on accutane. My dermatologist said the other side effects have been blown way out of proportion too. The only side
  10. Oh I hear you I spend over an hour on my makeup too - it's exhausting! So unfair we have to spend so much time and energy and get up so much earlier than everyone else! And then still not look as good as they do effortlessly. But I have to challenge you here "the outside world does not deserve to see me looking like this!" Do you really believe that? You don't deserve your acne. The "acne-free" are lucky why should they be further blessed with not even having to look at an acne ridden face? Wha
  11. I'm so sorry When you say it doesn't react to anything... Do you think it could be accutane time? I'm sorry to go on about it but I really think it might help you! I know you were worried about psych effects but my psychiatrist (a professor) said the psych link is totally unsubstantiated and I have a history of very severe psychiatric problems but have had no problems at all whilst on accutane. My dermatologist said the other side effects have been blown way out of proportion too. The only side
  12. Interesting question! I've been lightheaded recently too for no apparent reason... So I've just done a literature search for isotretinoin and presyncope (lightheadedness) and came up with nothing. So it seems a link hasn't been recognised, which doesn't necessarily mean there isn't one but probably does... Is there any other reason why you could be light headed? Do you think you are drinking enough water/any change in your intake? Are the episodes triggered by anything like standing for a long t
  13. I think this is actually working! It could just be time, but my many many marks suddenly look much lighter - I can cover most of them with foundation alone now, I don't have to spend hours with concealer. I've been using it nearly five weeks.
  14. I'd say a thin layer over your face, that's what I did when I was on the regimen and my marks seemed to fade quite alot. If you place it on each one it will take you ages! And might not have the same effect of overall skin tone evening. Where spot treatment may be of benefit is if you see a new spot developing: Dan says if you put AHA on it as soon as possible it can help stop it from developing. From my experience I'm not sure if it works but it might help a bit.
  15. Lancome Dreamtone: "Ultimate dark spot corrector, beautiful skin tone creator" Benefits: corrects dark spots, uneven skin tone, colour irregularities (e.g. dullness & blemish marks) and brightens complexion. This just came out a few days ago. Usually I would wait til something had been out for a while and consumer tested and reviewed... Especially when it is so expensive... (£69) But I am so desperate to see improvements in my red marks NOW that I got it anyway... Has anyone else heard
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