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  1. I have a question for anyone who has an answer! How long does it take before you start seeing results when taking birth control? I'm about to complete my first month of Ocella. I don't think I have hormonal acne (i.e. the chin acne); I have overactive oil production that may or may not be due to hormones... I'm giving Ocella a shot to see if it does anything. So far, the only difference I see is that my skin is a little drier. However, I'm also using tretinoin cream and I think that's the true
  2. Are you sure it isn't the lack of products that you are using on your face that is improving your skin, Lughna? It sounds like you serious cut back on a lot of things. I tried washing my face with just water but I could only do it for so long. The mitt is a good idea though. I'd like to get that instead of using the Clarisonic.
  3. I've never seen that before. I would see a derm. I don't think that's a pimple or a blackhead.
  4. Of course it will! Consult with the person doing the microneedling though. Generally, it takes about 6 treatments before seeing major results (at least that was my case) but since yours are so much smaller, you should see quicker results.
  5. This treatment didn't work for me. I have clogged pores on chest, shoulders, and back but never whiteheads or cystic acne. So I just use a 2% BHA and that helps but it's such a pain when trying to reach. I'd rather use something else for my body. For a long while, my back was acne-free and I didn't do anything to it besides body wash and moisturize with aveeno. But now my body's changed and I'm back to having clogged pores there again x.x
  6. Ask a derm or an aesthetician. I have little dots under my eyes and I was told that they could be extracted physically--and I've had extractions done on my face and I know how painful they can be so I was like "No way!" They are very tiny and not hideous looking. I have no clue if they are related to sebaceous glands. Maybe? I've seen them on people with clear skin but they are also so tiny that it's not a huge deal. If it bothers you, though, definitely talk to a derm and see what can be done!
  7. I'm still experiencing some oiliness but since I've been on birth control (Ocella) I've noticed some dryness not just on my face but my hair too, so I know that the medication must be affecting my oil glands. That's not to say I have this wonderful matte look--no, not in the slightest. I still have a shine to my face and have to dab my face dry during the day. lol but it's an improvement, I suppose... I don't like having dry hair though
  8. tea rex

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    Be careful with this, but I've had some success with vitamin D supplements. Thing is, I stopped because I couldn't find a good balance. It's a fat-soluble vitamin so it stays in your system for a while. It would dry me out so much that I'd be thirsty and my skin would flake. So, in my experience, it zaps oily skin but in turn leaves you bone dry. I'm still trying to find a happy medium here. Right now, I'm not too upset with the appearance of my skin. I use a mild cleanser and moisturize with Ne
  9. Some people swear by green tea but I wouldn't put too much stock in it. I've been drinking green tea for years and it's never enhanced or worsened my acne. I say, drink green tea if you like green tea, but look elsewhere if you are trying a holistic approach. I saw your other post about ACV. Lol, I've walked your path already and holistic acne meds can be a bit of a downer. I haven't found any that worked exactly. Now, I will say that taking more vitamin D dried out my oily skin which later impr
  10. Cleansing with hemp oil has never harmed my skin. Maybe you are not wiping it all off entirely. What I suggest is still use the hemp seed oil (btw what kind are you using?) if you like as a pre-cleanse then wash off the residue with a mild cleanser. My skin is very VERY prone to clogged pores--I ain't kiddin'!--and I do not think that this is what's causing your acne to flare up. Perhaps the culprit is another product or cosmetic that you have in your routine? Make up? Moisturizer? Serum? Etc.
  11. ACV may help topically but I believe it is only temporary. In my experience, even when diluting it, the anti-bacterial benefits of ACV were not very powerful. And when I diluted the ACV less, it would aggravate my skin, thus causing more acne. I would be careful with it and not rely solely on ACV. There are much better and more effective treatments available EDIT: For the original poster, your "purging" may be a reaction to the irritants in ACV. You can try to dilute it more, but do not be at
  12. It very well may be fungal. I would get a second or even a third opinion from a different derm. It's not always good to self medicate but I also know that there are a ton of incompetent derms out there. I'm really sorry that you're going through this. You can try washing with Nizoral shampoo to see how that goes. It has anti-fungal ingredients in it. But since it's merely a wash, I do not think it will be the answer to your skin troubles. You probably will need a medication that will absorb into
  13. I'm taking Ocella (generic of Yaz) and I'm still waiting to see if it works with my acne lol so unfortunately I cannot answer your question. However, if you are still concerned about your skin around the time of your wedding, see if your derm will prescribe you 2 weeks of amoxicillan. That ALWAYS clears me up in about a week. Like, I'm talking real smooth, porcelain-looking skin. But keep in mind you've been on antibiotics for a long time and I don't know how your body might react to a new antib
  14. I was on accutane when I had really bad clogged pores (no whiteheads just clogged pores everywhere) and I saw results by the fourth day. It was great. Unfortunately, I think all it did was shut down my overactive oil productive glands. When I stopped accutane, it gradually came back (that was when I was in my early twenties. I'm 28 now). When it comes to oily skin and clogged pores, accutane will not be cure. It will work so long as you use it though.
  15. I'm very sorry you're experiencing this. I would call your derm and ask them if that's normal. Maybe a change of dosage may be required to reach the desired results. I know it's hard to stay positive when your all your hard work isn't meeting your expectations. Be gentle to your skin and try not to pick. See what your dermatologist has to say. Good luck and keep us posted!
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