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Everything posted by SiriBai

  1. NO NO NO. Accutane shouldn't be prescribed lightly - it should be a last resort. She's a teenage girl, for one thing, her acne is likely hormonal and will either regulate itself as she passes through puberty into her twenties, or it will continue as a part of her menstrual cycle. From what it sounds like, she hasn't tried enough other treatments and her acne isn't severe enough to the point where it makes sense to poison her body with Vitamin A (that's essentially what Accutane is).
  2. People need to stop being totally afraid of certain ingredients, particularly Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Chloride, as long as they aren't the first ones on the list, I would still try to avoid SLS. Honestly, the most success I ever had with my skin during my acne struggle was using brands like PanOxyl and CeraVe hydrating cleanser (I have sensitive, dry, skin, prone to inflammatory acne). I tried the "organic" stuff for along time, like neem and tea trea oil- and while it might be fine fo
  3. Hey guys - totally still using micellar water. The only drawback is that it's not enough to remove heavy stage makeup, so for about a month during the run of my last show, my skin sort of suffered, but Simple is still working for me! I've also gotten pretty lazy about my skin...so...
  4. Well, If you work out in the morning you should just wait to wash your face till you clean up after your workout. Then, if you work out again (which I'm impressed by) - use a gentle no-water makeup remover to remove your makeup, apply SPF if in the sun, and then do your full cleansing routine afterwards again, which is hopefully close enough to bedtime that you're not applying a full-face full of makeup afterwards. I hope this makes sense. You don't necessarily need to wash your face before
  5. Will this still work given what you see in the pic? Not to mention it seems like the two cysts right next to each other are joining forces. Neither pimples do hurt, nor is it super hard. Just purple/red and elevated I hadn't looked at the picture but I just did. If they aren't hurting or hard, then they aren't cysts. They don't look like cysts to me, just inflamed pimples. you would do well to be applying the topicals prescribed by your derm as directed.
  6. I second the above post. Panoxyl Benzoyl Peroxide Creamy wash followed by Clindamycin in the am, and then using differin at night following a gentle cleanser helped clear my skin. I recognize everyone's different, and my situation is different from yours - no Accutane ever. Have you ever been on birth control for acne?
  7. When I got cysts I would boil some water and sea salt, let it cool to comfortably warm - you don't want to burn yourself - and soak a cotton ball or clean washcloth in the solution, then apply it as a compress to the cyst area for several minutes, resoaking or replacing the cotton ball when it cooled. I'd do this every few hours to help draw it out and speed blood cells to the area to heal it. You could alternate this heat with ice if you wanted if it hurts and is really inflamed. You want to
  8. Hi guys, it's been a while, but I wanted to share my experience using Simple's Micellar Water to "wash" my face and my mostly-complete departure from acne products and traditional face washing using tap water. Basically, micellar water was developed in Paris because the harsh tap water in Paris was affecting people's skin, and we all know how serious the French are about skincare. It's been around for years and years. http://www.simpleskincare.com/our-products/product/micellar-cleansing-water.
  9. Powder products have a longer shelf life. The only reason I would consider tossing them sooner is if they oxidize (start turning orange). Stuff that goes tightly around your eyes should be replaced every two months or so (like your mascara, eyeliner). I don't do this but I should.
  10. Most mineral makeup, if not all, relies on zinc and titanium oxides... you might be better off using a regular foundation, or try to find one that only uses one of those to see if it is the zinc oxide or the titanium oxide giving you trouble.
  11. Why would I want to put corn starch on my face? also I think if I put cinnamon or cocoa powder I would look like I was attempting to perform in "blackface". No thanks, I'll pass!
  12. I believe it is an injection and it supposedly lasts several years, so I bet a lot of men would take it (my boyfriend included since he is in grad school and can't be saddled with a kiddo right now).
  13. When the FDA approves male birth control, I will consider this article. Until then I'd rather live with blinders on. =( Condoms suck.
  14. What are you on now? Yaz? How long did Junel Fe take to clear you or at least start to clear? Thanks for the reply((: I am on Yaz right now. I should switch to the generic because my insurance will not cover Yaz and I am therefore paying full price, but I am scared that I will experience negative side effects from a lower-quality, non-patented filler/binder, even if the hormones are the same. Junel I went on more so for my painful periods and birth control purposes but at the time I wen
  15. I'd rather not get pregnant at this point in my life, and I really do not enjoy condoms, so if I stop hormonal birth control anytime soon, I will be switching happily to an IUD. But I understand your concerns. I went off birth control for a time because I did want to be more "natural" but my skin got so much worse that it wasn't worth it.
  16. When I switched from Aubra (the generic levonogestern/ethinyl estradiol pill from hell, no thanks, planned parenthood) to Yaz, I did NOT experience an initial breakout. This may have been on account of already using a benzoyl peroxide wash (Panoxyl) and starting a dermatologist-prescribed regimen of clindamycin and differin. If there was an IB, it was minimized by these topicals. Also, the first time I went on birth control, it was Junel Fe and I also didn't have an initial breakout, my skin
  17. I like this post. I personally take birth control pills - Yaz - because I am sexually active as well as wanting to clear my acne. However, if I was not sexually active or was and was fine with using condoms or another method, I would probably not want to rely on it, and regardless, avoiding processed foods and plastics is a good idea, as well as dairy and soy if they are triggers for you. I am currently in the process of switching from plastic containers to glass water bottles and jars, and
  18. Can you please go into a very detailed and informative explanation of what Estroblock is and how it works and why you think it helps acne? I'm very curious about this because it sounds like it does the opposite of what those of us with androgen-linked acne want. The original poster says she has PCOS. It seems to me that if you suffer from PCOS, you maybe shouldn't take an estrogen-blocking agent, because your androgen (testosterone) levels are probably abnormally high.
  19. Hey guys My regimen (listed below) has gotten me clear for the most part (I can handle the odd white head from stress/late-night rehearsal/alcohol) but my skin texture without makeup is really awful on my chin - where my acne has been concentrated for the most part. I only use Differin every other night or so, but I feel like it has done nothing to improve my red marks and I feel like it's turned into teeny-tiny rolling scars. It's really only evident when I smile, but my chin feels bumpy, r
  20. For some reason this thread reminds me of the time I was working at a summer camp and we hosted a camp for amputees, and some above-the-knee-amputees were sitting around late at night talking about how much harder they had it than the BK (below-the-knee) amputees. Not to say that it wasn't true in some respect - because prosthetics for AK are vastly different than those for BK, and having knees is great if you're an amputee... But my point is that acne is a personal battle and the psycho
  21. Have you ever had a UTI (urinary tract infection)? Most people get other symptoms than the cloudy/bubbly urine (burning, frequent urination) but sometimes you can have an infection without noticing symptoms much.
  22. Hi! congrats on having a baby! I have never been pregnant, so I don't know from personal experience, but I have heard about Belli Skin Care, which is designed and formulated for safe use while pregnancy. Their cleansing washes contain Lactic Acid, which is known to be safer than other topical treatments. I believe it is available on Amazon. It has some mixed reviews but has worked for many people.
  23. It could take some more time for your body to adjust? Some people are just really sensitive to changes in hormone levels, even one as small as changing doses. I would suggest using a topical treatment - maybe a BP wash - on your affected areas to help calm it down and see if it gets better. Sometimes once you get a breakout going on, the infection in the skin continues to spread and new blemishes continue to form, even if hormones are no longer the direct cause. Especially on an area that
  24. SiriBai


    It is normal, but it may not be the right combination for you. I would stick it out one more month if you aren't having any other really hard to deal with side effects... I did two months on a pill (Aubra - a devil pill) before switching to Yaz, and I haven't looked back. (FYI, Yaz uses the same progesterone as Yasmin: drospirenone, but has less estrogen)