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Posts posted by Elanorci

  1. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm in as well!

    I pick a ton, but I also TOUCH my face a LOT. I'll constantly just run my hands over my face, feeling for new pimples/checking on the size of the old ones/etc... I'm sure it's causing a ton of my acne, but I can't seem to stop. Hopefully this will give me some accountability :/

  2. Dan:

    I tried the new moisturizer for the first time five minutes ago and just had to drop what I was doing and run upstairs to tell you how wonderful I think you are.

    This is, by far, the best moisturizer I have ever used. It smells nice, is extremely light, and, of course, moisturizes like no other. (I wondered the second after I touched it to my face if you had decided to add the jojoba oil and upon reviewing the ingredients was not disappointed-- great call!)

    I owe so much to you, Dan. You have cleared my skin and given me confidence. And now you have made the process of moisutrizing infinitely more pleasant. My skin feels light and tingly and nothing like the sticky mess that used to result from moisturizing.

    So, in short:


  3. I tried out my new Zeno last night and this morning.

    I had two spots, a rising pustule on my forehead and a formed papule on my cheek (I THOUGHT it was a papule, but even though I thought I could see the pus at the head, it wouldn't pop with some gentle squeezes). The zeno has GREATLY improved the spot on the forehead. It is much, much flatter and I have just treated it a second time.

    The spot on my cheek may or may not be better. It's not gone, but it may be smaller. It may not have helped, but at least it didn't hurt.

    Anyway, since I haven't gotten any new spots since buying the zeno, I haven't gotten to try it out on the newly-forming pimples for which it was designed. But my initial review is a positive one. I like the shape and feel of it, it's not painful at all after a few seconds, and although it does leave some redness (which is very noticable on my pale skin) it lessens significantly within an hour and can then be covered effectively with makeup.

    It's very comforting to know that if I see a rising zit, I can do something other than feel miserable and expect the worst. :)!

  4. Hey everyone.

    I've been on the a great regimen (DKR) for eight months now and have had amazing success. Amazing-- but not perfect. I still get pimples more often than I would like. I know that no regimen can stop all acne, but judging from testimony on the DKR board, I think most people on the DKR have seen slightly better results.

    This is probably to be expected, considering that I CANNOT STOP TOUCHING MY FACE!!!

    I don't pick at pimples (I used to do this compulsively), I just sort of run my fingers along the skin. It's mostly to check to see if any new spots have formed. I guess I'm just really paranoid.

    Anyway, I do this ALL THE TIME. Whenever I have a minute alone, the hands fly to the face. I've tried to stop, but most of the time I do it without really noticing... It's just a habit.

    Does anyone have any ideas of something that I could do with my hands to keep them busy? I think this habit is really hindering my fight against acne.

    Thanks! :)

  5. Man, I wish I could... I just don't have the courage to let up on the regimen at this point. I've only been on it for eight months or so and I still get a few pimples, so I can only imagine what would happen if I stopped applying once a day.

    I look forward to a time when I can think about letting up on the BP application, though. :)

    when I was thinking about what to do over the summer, I seriously considered skipping the camp because of the regimen... But then I decided that I didn't want to let my skin dominate my life. I'm taking a risk-- I could break out from the climate change or from being less careful about the regimen-- but I think I should try it.

  6. There's an idea! Haha, I can't believe I never thought of that... It's silly to need a mirror for the entire process.

    That really helps. I can apply the BP in the bathroom and go back to my dorm to rub it in.

    Thanks so much-- that idea may seem obvious, but it just didn't occur to me. :P

  7. Hey everyone.

    I'm going to camp for six weeks and will be sleeping in a dorm where there are two bathrooms per floor. I will also have a roommate.

    I am by no means ashamed of my skin care regimen-- after all, it's helped me so much! But I am slightly anxious about standing in front of a mirror for twenty minutes having everyone look at me.

    Surely one of you wonderful people must have been in this sort of situation. How did you handle it? Did you find that people were supportive?

    Thanks! :)

  8. Hey guys. I just got back from lunch, where I had a salad loaded with cheese (yum!). Then I glanced in the mirror and found a new pimple. Something I had read here came to mind-- dairy breaks some people out! I drink soymilk because my parents are lactose intolerant, so I don't know if I'm one of those people, but it could very well be the case.

    Are there any ways that I could counteract the possible breakout from eating all that cheese? Any ideas are welcome. Ahhh!


  9. Wow, thanks for all the info. Aleve? I wouldn't have thought of that. I'm going to try it straightaway-- I have a feeling this month's breakout isn't done yet! :doh:

    Unfortunately, I don't think birth control is a plausible option for me. My mom would probably have a heart attack. :P

    I'll look into all your suggestions and of course I will be happy to share anything that I find helpful. :)

    Thanks again!

  10. I know this is the common and unbearably cliche answer, but I know how you feel. I started getting acne far before most of my classmates and had a hard time in elementary school because of it. My self-confidence took a real hit.

    Please don't hesitate to seek help from your fellow acne sufferers. You are not alone in this.

    I know it's easy to let acne rule your life, but there's so much more to living than how your skin looks. I'm not giving advice from a high horse here-- I'm just as guilty of staying in the house when my skin isn't so hot-- but over time I've found that if I don't care that I have a particularly bad pimple, a lot of other people don't either. Your true friends are the ones who can look past the outside.

    Acne is not easy to deal with. It makes things a lot harder than they should be. You have every right to feel depressed. But you owe it to yourself to have some fun.

    Remember, the wonderful people here are amazing at giving support. :)

    Best of luck.

  11. I switched from 10% BP to 2.5% in August of 2006 and found that it did wonders for my skin-- not just the acne, but the skin in general. If your daughter's skin is always red, it's a good sign that the BP is too strong. Irritating the skin can and does cause more acne, so I would definitely talk to her about switching.

    I can't site my sources, but I've often heard that 2.5% and 10% are equally effective at fighting acne.

    Best of luck to you and your daughter!

  12. Please don't give up on the regimen so fast! The other posters are right: It really does take more than a month for the real effects to show.

    There's no guarantee that the regimen will work for you, but there are many people who have had amazing success with it. You owe it to yourself to stick with it for at least another month.

    Best of luck!

  13. In my experience, absolutely. All my friends/relatives know when I'm having a rough week because my skin gets so bad! :lol:

    Anyway, I think it's like that for a lot of people. Sucks, doesn't it? Like we need any more problems when we're stressed out.