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Everything posted by Irin99

  1. I agree, stick with it! I've been using it for a year and a half now and have updated my gallery to show pics as of today. I am clear. I get like one pimple a month now whereas before, my skin was pretty broken out all of the time. For the first time in a very very long time, I have been completely comfortable going out in public without makeup!
  2. To go with my log here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Retin-A-Micro-and-26-years-old-t184761.html
  3. Was thinking of everyone here and wanted to finally update with some pics. I've been on Retin-A for about a year and a half now and it has been a miracle drug for my skin. Check out my gallery for updated pics. Thanks! http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...&album=7888
  4. Hey guys!! It's been a while! Now I'm 28 too...lol. Anyway, just a quick little update. Things are going so very well it's insane. Sure I get a pesky little pimple probably about once a month but when I think back (and LOOK back, ick) I can totally deal with one pimple. My scarring has decreased dramatically and I hope for even better results with continued use. Over the Spring as I cleared up I did stop using the Clindamycin but I recently started back up due to the rise in temperatures
  5. Hey didi, I just replied on your log. Yes, you've guessed it, I am CLEAR!!! I never thought I would see the day, but after over a year of RAM, my skin is fantastic. I've been getting maybe 1 pimple per month and they barely last. They are usually there and then they are not. I am still using RAM every night, but I do usually take a 1-2 night a week break from it. I love what it is doing for my scarring. I STILL need to upload some new pics to my gallery. If I have time I will do that to
  6. didi!!! How are you?? Looks like you are struggling a bit with your new regimen. As you may have guessed due to my lack of being online, I am clear, happy, and loving my skin!! I am now averaging maybe 1 pimple per month. I never thought I would be that way, but sure enough, I am now! A few tips from a fellow RAMer....If I take too long of a break between RAM applications and then start back up faithfully, I will begin to peel again, which takes about 2-3 days to subside. I can probably g
  7. You are 100% correct. Also promotes early wrinkling. You are better off using a retinoid like Retin-A or Differin which will also help with free radicals and premature aging. I've been on the BCP for years. I recently switched to Yaz and I really like it. I think it has helped with acne around the mouth (supposedly attributed to horomonal acne). Good luck!!!
  8. I was told BP & SA were fine during pregnancy. If not, it's too late for my now 7 year old healthy baby girl. I used both throughout my entire pregnancy. Otherwise, according to the quick search I did, you pretty much can't use anything when pregnant.
  9. Hey Stan, thanks for the advice. Maybe after my 2nd child things will get better....unfortunately a lot/most of my problems arose after I had my 1st. Oh well. I'd love to just have to wash with soap and not do anything and have flawless skin. maybe some day.... I think my pimples actually form all the time! LOL If they want to come, they will come. Dont' "they" say that pimples actually begin forming 3 weeks prior to eruption, or something like that....whoever "they" are....haha
  10. Yes, yes, yes.....I cannot pick but I do it sometimes anyway. Like you, my skin is so thin that just a few squeezes and my skin is done but sometimes I can't help myself. I know how fast things heal when I just leave them alone but most of the time I end up picking at a plugged/clogged pore that I know has one of those hard plugs in it and then I wind up tearing up my skin which takes way longer to heal. Also, I've found that if I mess with a very small clogged pore even just a little bit and
  11. I think I will work on a before and after sequence of pics this LONG weekend!! Of course, after I have a nice recovery after tonight! I agree, perfection is something we've all been trying to achieve yet when we get to a good point, we get even more picky about how we look. I am finally at a point where I am really happy about my skin. I mean, it's not perfect, but it looks really good now and I am anxious to see how things go in the next few months. My clindamycin is a liquid solution
  12. Hey guys, I've been doing a poor job at keeping my log updated. However, I'm sure you are all hoping it it good news....well, I would say I've pretty much finally found a regimen that works for me. It is NOT 100% but considering the fact that in 3 weeks I will have been on RAM for 1 year, I am 95% better/improved. My mom made an excellent point to me a few days ago. She said to me that now that my skin is almost perfectly clear (with the exception of slowly fading red marks) the occasional
  13. didi, fantastic news!! I REALLY hope the new regimen works for you! Sorry I haven't updated in a while but as we all know, no news seems to be good news here!! I too use Clindamycin however I use the solution. I usually use it in the morning only but the past couple of days I've been using it at night too before RAM since I'm having a small breakout and with tomorrow being NYE I want to get rid of these 2 pimples quick! Keep on posting I want to hear about your results. Off to update my lo
  14. Hey didi....can't wait to hear about your dr visit. Sorry to hear things aren't going so well!! I haven't gotten a cyst since last month but man do they suck. I hope things get better. keep me posted!
  15. Hey guys, it's been 10 days since my last post and this update is pretty darn good! Over the past 10 days, I've only had 3 pimples that popped up and went away very quickly....well, one just popped up yesterday, but it's on its way outta here! Unfortunately, my skin LOVES red marks even though I hate them (I scar easily) so I am dealing with some slight redness left over. However, I must say that my scarring is looking amazing. On my left cheek, there is just about nothing there. No picked
  16. Completely agree!! I stick to the basics too. That is the first thing I thought of when I read what you use on a daily basis. Your skin has no natural oils left on it therefore it is still overproducing to compensate for the loss. Recommended exfoliation is once per week. Good luck! I've been on RAM for 10 long months and still working my way out of breakouts. And I'm 27!!
  17. Sooooo, I've been a major slacker and haven't updated (clearly) at all. So I've now been on RAM for 10 months and bumped up to a stronger prescription for....what...something like 2 months..??? Anyway, things are actually looking up for me!! I was struggling with breakouts, however, my skin is looking pretty darn good. I need to post some new pics. Anyway, I've gotten a pimple here or there, but for the past two weeks, my skin has been looking great with only 1 new pimple appearing a coup
  18. Hey didi, I'm so sorry to hear you are breaking out....especially with cysts! Those things NEVER go away. It's a tough predicament but my only advice to you is maybe to go back to the doctor. See what they say. Clearly, if you are still getting cysts and breaking out then Differin is not working - especially after one year of use. Trust me, if anyone knows how you feel, it's me. In two months I will have been on RAM for one year. One year that feels like nothing has really changed except for
  19. Hey didi!!! How's the new regimen going? I just posted a lengthy update of my progress...or standstill...whatever you want to call it! How are you liking the Yaz? I think now that I'm going into my third month any other issues I had with it my body is adjusting. Can't say right now whether it is helping skin wise....as long as it's doing it's main job, HAHA!
  20. Ok, ok, ok, so I KNOW I've been away. I'm hoping that you were hoping I was away because my skin was miraculously clear. Errrrnt (insert incorrect answer buzz here). Nope. Not at all. Not bad, but not clear. So I've been on the new RAM 0.1% for about 3.5 weeks now and things are going decently well. Essentially, not much as changed as far as seeing a difference between the two meds. Basically my skin has tolerated the higher percentage dosage of RAM and clindamycin solution pretty good.
  21. Hey didi, I read your update on your log and glad to hear the honeymoon went well. I've now been on Yaz for about a month and a half and don't really think I had a breakout or anything. I don't know, we'll see. Anyway, on to the good stuff. So I went to the doctor's on Thursday and came up with a new plan. She bumped up my RAM from 0.04% to 0.1%. She said my skin was tolerating the RAM very well thus far. So far so good. Have been using a VERY small amount (compared to the 0.04%) to avoi
  22. It took me about 6 months to see decent results however, I'm still not quite happy with my results and am going back to the Dr's on Thursday to see about something else. MOST of the inflammed acne was taken care of but the cystic acne is a killer and stays around forever! Not like I have a lot of it, but jeez, 1-2 "active" cysts is enough considering the fact it takes weeks to months for me to get rid of one!