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About Pee

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  • Birthday 02/12/1990

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    I like listening to punk and garage music and dancing awkwardly to hip hop. I enjoy bright lipsticks, boy t-shirts, burritos, lego, old books, old people holding hands, and the sea.

    I cook vegan food at www.creepygreens.com

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  1. I haven't posted in over a year. I feel guilty about it. I logged in to this website every day when I was suffering really badly with my acne and the second it cleared up I abandoned it completely. I'm not sure if anybody read my blog posts (there were only 8), but if you did, here's a potted version of what happened to my skin this past year: At the beginning of January I visited a dermatologist, who prescribed me with Yasmin and minocycline. Within 8 weeks my skin was almost perfect. I had
  2. I've had acne for over three years, on and off. As I've gotten older, it's gotten progressively worse. My first outbreak was treated with Duac and cleared within weeks (I miss the days when a topical was enough to treat it!). When it returned 6 months later the Duac no longer worked for me. I was then put on a combination of Dianette and Differin gel. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed me with a 3 month course of tetralysal on top of that and within a couple of weeks I was completely
  3. This is the longest I've gone without seeing any great level of improvement while being treated for acne. Before, when I was using Duac, and on Dianette/tetralysal, I was halfway to being clear after a month, and on both occasions I was entirely clear by two. My friend Mags is a nurse and we were chatting about it the other night- apparently there's not really any way of getting around it- the topical retinoid is f'ing my face UP. I'm getting a lot more nodules than I ever have before,
  4. Thanks for the input leading force! That was my opinion too. I might lay off the gel a little bit in the run-up to my appointment just to be safe but I can't imagine there'll be much isotretinoin in my system anyway as I use the gel very sparingly. Thanks again! Pee x
  5. Always good to have a starting point: BEFORE STARTING ISOTREX AND MINOCIN: 3 WEEKS AFTER STARTING ISOTREX AND MINOCIN: It's pretty obvious that my skin looks worse since I started this treatment. The second 3 week update photo is of the right side of my face, which is suffering from a lot of red marks at the minute. I suppose it's better than the nodules/pustules that were there before, but it's still not the prettiest, unless you like your ladies with red skin bear
  6. Hiiii! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I'm allergic to penicillin so Amoxicillin isn't an option. I've tried Dianette and it hasn't worked for me so I'm pretty sure any other birth control pill wouldn't be enough on its own. Isotrex has isotretinoin in it so hoping that I'm just going through a pretty gross IB right now! I've heard good things about Spiro so I'll ask my derm about your other suggestions when I visit next month! Ideally I'd love to get away from antibiotics as I do
  7. The three pustules on the right hand side of my chin are drying up and crusting over nicely, the skin getting increasingly flat. However I woke up this morning and found five new red painful under the skin lumps (papules?) on the left hand side. I now have something resembling a red, lumpy, crusty beard. I'm trying to find the comedy in how ridiculous I look at the minute but it's hard. Especially since I've started developing lumps on my jawbone, just before my face becomes my neck, which was a
  8. Thanks for the suggestion! I used to have eczema when I was little and it was so bad I have scars in the creases of my arms from scratching! Sorry you had to go through that. Today there isn't any itching and the patches on my neck resemble dry patches on my face so I think it's just a bit of unsightly dry skin! I bought all the moisturiser in the world so hopefully that will help me a little!
  9. So I have an appointment with my dermatologist in January and if he agrees with my GP then I should be starting Roaccutane. Before this I wanted to get a tattoo so I could have something positive on my skin to focus on. I know that getting a tattoo while on Roaccutane and for up to a year after isn't advised and I'll definitely be abiding by that, but I was wondering if it was ok to get one before this kind of treatment? Also I'm a bit uncertain because I'm currently applying Isotrex gel to m
  10. Today is a mixed bag. I don't want to jinx myself but I THINK that I'm getting over my initial breakout. Nothing new came to the surface overnight- no nodules, no pustules, nothing. My face is continuing to look less red and angry, and the five pustules on the right hand side of my skin have shrunk a little bit. In fact all the spots on my face at the minute look a little bit drier and a little bit smaller. I am, however, very well acquainted with all kinds of false hope and I've been told the p
  11. My GP has prescribed me with Isotrex gel. I've been on it for over two weeks and the initial breakout has been horrendous. I'm still in it but I'm going to persevere because I've heard good things about it. I have persistent nodular acne and I've been prescribed Differin (both cream and gel) with no success and Duac, which was great at first but I think I developed a resistance to the clindamycin because it doesn't really do anything for me. Isotrex gel in combination with Minocycline is my
  12. So I had a massive red lumpen mass on the right side of my chin and I didn't really know what was going on. It's crusting over because of the Isotrex and I didn't want to start to picking and investigating it too much (trying to embrace scab life right now). I was worried it was some sort of underground interconnected set of nodules but this morning they all seem to have come to a head and are five pretty well defined pustules, quite small but sitting out far enough on my face to give me a bizar
  13. Hi LeeLowe Thanks for taking the time to comment! I guess the only retinoid I've taken before this was Differin (in gel and cream form) and I didn't experience any purging while using it. Having said that, I didn't notice it having any effect whatsoever! Duac used to be my saviour (no purging, v quick results) but I think I must have built up a resistance to the clindamycin or something because I find it doesn't really help at all anymore. It's definitely not enough to fight my acne on
  14. I was considering posting daily pictures but I thought it would be more effective if I shared them weekly- that way if there's any form of improvement it'll probably be more noticeable. Besides, there's probably only so many shots of my flaky, red chin that a human can handle! I'm not going to photograph the acne on my forehead either because the pimples are small, closed comedones, which I can deal with in comparison to my hot mess of a jawline! Yesterday evening I came home to see that th
  15. Today marks my 14th day on Minocin and Isotrex Gel. I take my one 100mg tab of Minocin when I wake up in the morning and I apply my Isotrex in the evening after I've cleansed my face with Cetaphil and moisturised with Elave. These are the only two products I use. I've experimented with too many serums, scrubs, powders and creams to add anything else to my routine. I cleanse and I mosturise and that's it. I actually feel lucky that I've found two products that don't upset my face or irritate me i