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  1. Well here's my update, skin is clear except for post acne red marks but they have already begun to fade. I broke out badly in August, started back on Atralin/Aczone in September and went on ortho tricyclen lo in October. After a month I switched to tri linyah only because my insurance covered all costs. Anyway, things got worse before they got better but by the end of December things started improving dramatically and these past few weeks I've gotten 1 or 2 pimples but nothing like what I experi
  2. Yeah, it also got rid of my clogged pores which I've dealt with for years. Wish I could use it forever but unfortunately I'll have to wean off it as I will be trying to get pregnant later this year. My doctor and I have a plan in place which includes taking vitex 2 months prior to stopping birth control and continuing finacea while weaning off Atralin. Hopefully this works, we'll see. At least I know Atralin works for me.
  3. I figured I would provide an update on my progress. Its been about 5 months on Atralin and 6 weeks on Finacea. At around 4 months is when my skin really started to improve, I would have less than 5 active pimples at a time. Currently I am clear except for a few small cysts on my chin that have been there for weeks...they are hardly noticable though. I also have a lot of red marks on the sides of my cheeks but I am already noticing that they are fading. I'm guessing a few more months. But yeah,
  4. Not really, he'll get big pimples here and there but none that I would classify as cystic. I saw him a few days ago and he had a few big ones on his chin. But he has acne all over. I think his uneven skin makes it look worse than it is though. His forehead tends to be oily with some scarring while his mouth area is red and dry. I think him washing his face less frequently helped reduce the irritation but I'm assuming with the holidays and eating more sweets his acne worsened. I'd have to ask h
  5. My brother and I both suffer from acne ever since puberty, he is now 27 I'm 31. His acne is more severe than mine and it has caused some scarring mainly on his forehead. I'm currently treating my acne with birth control, atralin, and finacea. Along with eating healthy and taking supplements such as vitamin d3, omega 3, b-complex, and probiotics. My skin is doing very well, I'd say I'm about 85% clear. I want to help my brother though. He has never had clear skin. For me, birth control has alwa
  6. Sorry to hear. Sounds like your body is rejecting the BC and probably for a good reason. I experienced some nausea the first week on tri linyah but it went away and it was nothing like what you're experiencing. I'm glad you have an appt tomorrow, hopefully your Dr can provide some better answers for you. Hang in there!!
  7. I use Lily of the desert its 99% pure, Aubrey organics is even better
  8. Aloe Vera helps with redness, apply a generous amount at night. You can use it during the day to but it can be a little sticky. Natural aloe Vera is best but I use Lily of the desert which is 99% pure, Aubrey organics is also good.
  9. Yeah sea salt will do that, especially after a dip in the ocean. I also noticed that when I was using clay masks. They bring impurities to the surface. I would cut back on using the salt toner, it will make your skin harder to manage when more and more whiteheads appear. Over the summer I used clay masks multiple times a week and developed widespread whiteheads/clogged pores. Nothing was getting rid of them so I chose to go back on tretinoin which helped but now I also have inflamed acne that I
  10. somedayistoday

    aczone & atralin

    I used atralin from March until June. My skin improved but atralin seemed to stop working. Went back to dermatologist and she recommended adding aczone to my regimen. Regretfully, I decided to not try the aczone and stop using atralin. I started washing my face with honey and moisturizing with oil. A month later my skin took a turn for the worse. I decided to go right back into using atralin at night with the addition of aczone in the morning.
  11. Yeah I'm not ready to let go of atralin... it has done an incredible job at getting rid of my clogged pores and making my skin smoother. As I look back I started using it 14 weeks ago but there was an adjustment period so its really only been 6 weeks of using it every night. I think this is why I'm not clear yet, which is fine, just means theres still hope! I think aczone helps reduce the swelling of pimples but other than that it just makes my skin oily during the day. I'm eager to try Finacea
  12. Thats one thing I haven't done yet, is to actually get my hormones checked. I discussed it briefly with my naturopath and she said insurance doesnt usually cover it and costs around $150. But anyway I think its worth looking into if done right. Let me know how it goes
  13. Thanks for your input. I've been going back and forth on what to do. The fact that my Dr said my skin isn't going to get any better unless I go on Accutane or Spiro was a little disconcerting. It took all my strength to not cry in front of her, I was that upset. And to think I was actually feeling better about my acne... but now I'm in doubt once again. My gut tells me though... with a little more focus on my health/wellness my skin will get better. I think I'm going to stick with atralin and
  14. Had a dermatologist appt today but I'm not sure that I trust my Dr's opinion. I'be been using atralin and aczone for 13 weeks now and I am finally noticing my acne improving. My skin is a lot smoother, I no longer break out along my jawline, nose, chin. The left side of my face also has been holding steady with no pimples. I'm still breaking out along my eyebrows and right cheek. My skin still looks worse than when I started treatment because of all the hyperpigmentation. Doctor says I shouldn't