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  1. Hey Nicki! you haven't been around for a while, I wonder how you've been doing ;)

  2. I got a kick out of this thread, mainly because I JUST went through the jean shopping horror recently. I'm sort of the opposite of most of the people in here ...I'm 5'3" and 130lbs, but it's all in my chest and tummy! I have NO ass and very fit legs. Whenever I buy jeans that fit me at the waist, they're loose in the thighs and butt. I have to buy the ultra-low waist jeans so that they fit at my hips (which are proportional to the rest of my lower body). I nearly had a panic attack when I f
  3. Jeez, you guys, I don't know what happened to my topic notifications! Anyway, uh, the bf is history; he was super-sweet, but he never wanted to do anything, and I got tired of fighting with him about wanting to do something with my time other than watch movies. But the real reason I came back to post, was that I wanted to give a quick update on my skin. See, after coming back from my Utah trip, I decided to see if I could cut BP out of my regimen entirely. I went back on the Retin-A, but l
  4. Darn, it seems that Acne.org is not sending my topic notifications as reliably as it used to. Anyway ... Queen: Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that next month! freshstart: I've done quite a bit of research on the topic (which you can read about earlier in my log), and am 99% sure that BP and Retin-A work harmoniously when used at different times of the day. Bobbi: Hola, chica, and thanks! Things have been busybusybusy for me, but I'm going to try to be on often enough to read some l
  5. Thanks, Queen! I've actually just had a setback ...a major breakout on the left side of my face, just in time for the start of the semester! :( I'm trying not to stress about it, and keep telling myself that it's not as bad as I think it is, but it's hard. The worst part was that I went to a party last night, woke up way late, and had to go out today with no makeup. :shock: Anyway, I think it may be because I started up the Retin-A again. It's either that, or because it's almost that t
  6. So, guys, I'm back from my Utah trip (have been for a couple weeks, but I've been busy). It was a blast! We did 4 days of hiking in the mountains, and 4 days of canoeing in the canyons, with a few days of camping in Moab in between. It was, in total, a 16 day trip (since we roadtripped out and back), and was the best travel experience I've had in a very long while. Of course, since we were roughing it, it meant I did NOTHING for my face for two whole weeks (not even properly washing it, sinc
  7. Hey guys! Sorry I've been on hiatus for a while ...it's been a busy summer! I'm taking summer classes, and trying to get settled into my new apartment. I don't have much new to report about my skin. Things continue to improve, bit by bit ...this month, my hormonal breakout was much better than last month, which was good news. Last week I started using Avene's Diacneal (thanks to Queen, who sent me her leftovers!), which I'm alternating every other night with the Retin-A. I want to see if I
  8. Yeah, it definitely sounds like the tretinoin is the next step for you. Feel free to PM me with any questions you have! In the mean time, here're a few tips that I learned from my experience: 1) Start out SLOWLY! You can't really tell when you're overdoing it until the next day, when your face starts to fall off! :( I suggest starting out with a very small amount of tretinoin every third day - do that for about a week, and if your skin seems to be adjusted, try it every second day, then tw
  9. I agree with Bobbi! You have such a great personality, and you always seem to know the right thing to say ...whether the person you are talking to is 15 or 45! I wouldn't worry about meeting new people ...you should make new friends in no time. :)
  10. Wow, I've missed a lot! I missed the whole fun shoe thread. I'm not much a shoe whore - I pretty much stick to flip-flops, year round, and every occasion! - but I really like those gold strappy things you both ...lovely! Glad to hear that your skin seems to be doing well. Maybe things are finally normalizing after the first few roller-coaster months of Retin-A! Mine certainly seems to be, and we're on a pretty similar schedule ...
  11. Sorry it took me so long to reply! Things have been kind of nuts with school, so I haven't been able to get online much. :) 1. I'm using 40g tubes of Retin-A 0.05% ...and so far, I've only used about half of one tube! I paid about $30 for my tube, which means that it's only costing me about $5/month. 2. I don't think I'll ever drop the Retin-A. I think it keeps my skin looking much healthier than the BP, and helps my redmarks fade much faster. Ex: I had a red mark that I got right at the
  12. Queen - I like the mandelic a lot! I think it does a really good job of cleaning out my pores, getting out all the stuff that the Retin-A has brought to the surface. I also think it's a good spot treatment for when those big, nasty zits are coming in. I can't wait for GoW to renew their stock so I can buy a full bottle!
  13. Good luck! The Differin/Duac combo has worked for tons of people ...and it's actually quite similar to the Retin-A/BP combo, which I can personally vouch for. It can be tough on your skin, at first, so don't be afraid to take a day or two off if things are looking overly irritated! Just remember, patience is key!
  14. Well, my chin seems to have finally cleared up! (knock on wood) In fact, I might even go so far as to say today was a WOW! day. No actives, red marks just a bit pink and barely noticeable, pores tight and clear ...it was a good day! Too bad I didn't have anywhere to be! Anyway, I thought I'd give a little update on what I'm actually doing these days for my regimen. Mornings: Wash face with Cetaphil and pat dry Wait 10 minutes, apply CSR gel liberally, everywhere but the nose (it's all
  15. That's it, chadors all 'round. :lol: Well, the chin is looking a bit better, today. The actives all seem to have died, so I've just got a few nasty red marks left. Phew! I'm glad it seems to be over ...