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Shaye

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  1. Shaye

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    This looks 100% like acne rosacea. Have you tried a tetracycline?
  2. 7 Weeks, 1 Day... Hmmm, I'm not sure if anyone even reads these things... but I'm going to keep blogging my progress for me. Updates to regimen: I STOPPED Aczone. It just made my face too oily and the benefits (if any) did NOT keep up with the ridiculous cost of it. I SWITCHED from Solodyn to Doryx today at the dermatologist. She wasn't a fan of that rash on my chest that I posted in a picture a few posts up. They're both tetracyclines, but maybe we'll see a difference. If nothing
  3. Shaye

    Starting Week 3

    Week 3 and beyond... AM: Wash with Clarisonic & Cetaphil Aczone CeraVe Moisterizer (if face feels dry) EltaMD Tinted Sunscreen Makeup: Either powder over sunscreen, or very light mineral make-up. I cut out everything heavy until I clear up. Birth Control (Not for acne, but for low estrogen) PM: Wash with Clarisonic & Cetaphil Ziana at bedtime (1 hr s/p washing) CeraVe (30 min- 1hr s/p Ziana, ONLY if face feels dry) Solodyn 65 mg by mouth Sometimes: Glycolic gel- Mario Badescu Vitami
  4. After 28 Days. I stopped using Aczone as frequently. It just makes my face so oily to the point that blotting sheets are a waste of time. I've noticed no changes since I stopped using it. I'm not sure that $600 small tube of medicine is worth what my insurance paid for it. Who knows. Sorry these pictures aren't the best quality. My battery in my actual camera is charging, so I just used the iPhone. Nothing but sunscreen on my face.
  5. From the album: Starting Week 3

    I stopped using the Aczone as often. It makes my face really greasy all day long to the point that blotting sheets are just a waste of time. Nothing has changed since then. I'm starting to think it's not worth the $600 they charge.
  6. Shaye

    Pic Day 22

    From the album: Starting Week 3

    Whoops, this is actually my RIGHT side, not my left. Paintbrush wouldnt let me rotate the picture and I accidentally inverted it.
  7. Shaye

    Pic Day 22b

    From the album: Starting Week 3

    So, I've associated monitoring acne progress to monitoring weight loss. You're not supposed to weigh yourself every day. However, I am a bit obsessive about the acne, though. I'm hoping to wake up one day and it's ALL GONE. Porcelain skin OVERNIGHT! I know that's unrealistic. However, 2 days after taking my last pictures, I noticed some major changes this morning. First, there's been quite a been of improvement to my "acne wrinkles." That's what I call them. They're wrinkle
  8. Shaye

    My Differin

    BP, as in benzoyl peroxide? It's a completely different class of medications. BP you can get over the counter. Retinoids (like Atralin and Differin) work by increasing the rate of cell turnover. It takes a while to get results (with good results in 3-4 months, best results at a year) but topical retinoids are the holy grail for acne, after accutane (which is also a retinoid, but taken in oral form for severe or resistant cases).
  9. Hello, I recently read through a forum on a different website where women were placing topical estrogen on their face. Many of them are middle-aged. Some use a retinoid, then follow it up 20 minutes later with these creams. Many have mentioned that it has great anti-wrinkle properties and others said that it definitely helped clear up their hormonal acne. Several had this treatment recommended by their dermatologist (albeit, old-school doctors). Some used online purchases of estrogen, o
  10. WHOOPS! So I didn't realize there was a place to put our logs on here. I started a diary that I updated a few times on the regular forum... so I'm just going to copy and paste my progress over into this one so I don't annoy everyone in the regular forum . My regimen is in my signature. I finally started prescription medications on July 9, 2013 so I'm excited to see how this will turn out over the next year. Getting married in September 2014 Here is a copy of what I've posted so far.
  11. Day 20 on Ziana, Solodyn, & Aczone. Pictures updated in gallery.

  12. Day 20. I thought that I was over this so-called "purge," but I have had a few breakouts. Strangely, when they appear they are just red little macules that aren't fluctuant or painful. Then they go away. I did have one massive white-head on my left jawline. I went three days without messing with it and it just got bigger and bigger over a tender area of skin (think neck-like skin). So, I gently helped it out with a few cotton-tips this morning because I couldn't stand the pressure anymore.
  13. From the album: Starting Week 3

    Progress from start to Day 20. MOST of the redness is hyperpigmentation. I'm still having break-outs, but skin texture is definitely improving. Lots of work to go. I return for my first follow-up in about a month and a microdermabrasion scheduled monthly (Groupon, 5 for $100!!). My right cheek is my problem child. I wash my pillow cases, I don't press my phone to my face, I don't touch that side any more than the other... it's just a pain.
  14. Shaye

    Day 20

    From the album: Starting Week 3

    Day 20. I thought that I was over this so-called "purge," but I have had a few breakouts. Strangely, when they appear they are just red little macules that aren't fluctuant or painful. Then they go away. I did have one massive white-head on my left jawline. I went three days without messing with it and it just got bigger and bigger over a tender area of skin (think neck-like skin). So, I gently helped it out with a few cotton-tips this morning because I couldn't stand the pressure anymore.
  15. Shaye

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    Wow! You made some major progress in 6 weeks! I'm half way to that point How are you doing now, 4+ months later? I've been looking to see how things change over the long-haul, because I need some serious motivation to keep me sane throughout this whole process! Also, your skin looks MUCH less dry in these photos. So far I haven't had any peeling, but I'm only on Ziana which is 0.025%
  16. So far, so good.

    Strangely, it feels hydrating. No excessive facial dryness. Purging period has been very tolerable. This 60g tube will last MONTHS Cost ($500+/60g tube) without insurance. I know that I'm a bit early into this regimen to give it a completely review. I plan to update as I go along. However, I wanted to mention to those that are scared to death of the "purging" period... it seems to effect each person differently. I wasn't even sure if I was experiencing the purge. My acne had cleared up a lo
  17. Day 17: Redness over chest is not acne. I'm starting to think it's a mild reaction to the Solodyn. It is sometimes itchy and improves with hydrocortisone cream (regular acne would not). As long as it doesn't become terrible, I'm okay with this. These pictures are with some light mineral make-up without any concealer. I'm sticking to the bare minimum these days. I had a microdermabrasion complete a few days ago. It was FANTASTIC. I've had several before, but my skin never felt or l
  18. Hello, I recently had a very lengthy introduction on the forums, where I intend to keep a diary. I was recently started on Ziana, Solodyn, and Aczone for acne that I've had for years but never saw a dermatologist for. I'm getting married in a year... so now starts my journey to clear skin! I started out with mild-moderate acne, then recently had an explosion of hormonal acne within the past 6 months that prompted me to finally get treated. Cross your fingers! Derm wants to try Accutane next
  19. Shaye

    Day 17

    From the album: Ziana, Solodyn, Aczone. (& OCPs)

    Light mineral make-up on without concealer. It hardly provides coverage, but makes me feel less "naked." I posted a picture of the rash on my chest. It's not acne. I'm still blaming it on the Solodyn, but it doesn't bother me enough to stop taking it. It's occasionally itchy and improves with hydrocortisone cream. It initially started at my décolletage, then spread on both sides of my collar bone to my shoulders. I've had the random break-out on my chest-- this is not it. I'm not too worr
  20. Shaye

    Day 16

    That should say "you guys" not "guys." I can't edit my own note for some reason: "I would love ANY input from you guys on when this initial break-out is supposed to happen."
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