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About sickofcysticacne

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  1. Ugh... ProFractional really screwed up my skin. It's been 7 months since I had it done and I wish I could go back and warn myself to never mess with it. My skin is more sensitive, gets red and blotchy very easily, cannot handle Retin A micro anymore - none of these were issues in the past. My scars are also more obvious. I can't believe I paid to do this to my skin Anyways, be careful if you are considering this. The reviews seem extremely mixed. I am not the only one that has ended up with
  2. I am learning more and more about just how closely acne and diet are related. I've read a lot of books regarding nutrition and how it plays a role in either creating acne or encouraging clear skin. I never used to believe that eliminating certain foods could actually benefit skin health. I've seen it all first hand now though and I believe it more and more. Over Christmas and Thanksgiving, I indulged too much. I'm sure I'm not alone in that! It's such a hard time of year to stay on track but n
  3. I'm still healing from the profractional treatment I had a couple of months ago. i still have faint areas of 'track marks' on my face from the laser. I'm actually starting to worry that they might never go away I try not to think about it too much but it definitely bothers me. At this point I wonder if I made the right decision by choosing to go through with it. I'm still working on my diet. My skin is holding up pretty well but, as always, the diet takes it toll. Pores are more clogged, I l
  4. It's been 6 weeks since I had an aggressive profractional treatment on my cheeks to try and treat my acne scars. I re-started my Retin A Micro regimen this past week. All signs of redness are gone but I still have some fain track marks from the procedure. I am having a hard time telling if there is any improvement. Sometimes I wonder if it actually made my scars worse (see the videos below for before and after pictures) My diet has been up and down. I did wonderful for almost a month and my
  5. It's been about a week and a half since my ProFractional Laser Treatment specifically targeting my acne scars. My doc went quite deep so the treatment was pretty aggressive (way more aggressive than I was expecting!) I wish I had done more research on profractional before just going ahead with it. I didn't realize how much of a hassle the recovery would be. I looked pretty awful for at least 5 days and was constantly covered in greasy moisturizers and my skin was tight, a bit flaky, and a touc
  6. Congrats on starting a youtube channel! I am on youtube as well if you want to look me up ( Healthy Shay https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWOM9de5SDto7k1hBJo8-Kg ... I'll be sure to sub to you - I love supporting fellow youtubers. Also, I love the meaning behind the title of your channel
  7. Just a quick update that I'll be getting Broad Band Light treatment tomorrow (I think it's an updated type of intense pulse light treatment). It's supposed to help with sun damage, pigmentation issues, and overall skin health. It supposedly can help decrease your change of developing skin cancer in the future too which sounds like a nice bonus to me. I spent basically my entire youth frying in the sun and then my skin got scars from all my cystic acne so my skin has been through a lot. I figure
  8. My diet has been all over the place and it shows on my skin. It's probably the worst my skin has been in a while. My poor body is sick of all the back and forth with diet. When I am eating clean it shows up on my skin in the best way possible. Too much sugar and grains and crappy oils and it goes downhill pretty fast. I really need to get a grip on being more consistent rather than all or nothing. I'm hoping to adopt a less restrictive approach to paleo based eating so that I can keep up wit
  9. So I am sick AGAIN. I have a cold which is usually not a big deal but this has been bad. It's going on a week now and it's only gotten worse... no energy, sore throat, fever / chills... ugh. I am ready to be healthy again. As far as my skin, it took a turn for the worst. I started taking probitoics (Dr Ohhria's Probiotics Professional Formula, paid $80 for them!!!) in early March and I think those are the cause. I got them after my last sickness thinking it would help to balance out my stomac
  10. Yes, doctor thought either food poisoning or gastroenteritis. I have two little kids so I live in a germy household!!
  11. I was following the paleo diet (no grains, sugar, dairy, or beans and focusing on fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, lean meat, etc.) and it was not only helping my body but also my skin. It looked a lot firmer, healthier, and had more life to it. And no breakouts in sight. A month into my diet, I got sick... very sick. I won't go into the nitty gritty details but I ended up in the hospital needed fluids due to dehydration and also just double checking that it wasn't anything serious. I have never bee
  12. It's been a little over 2 months now of Retin A and I'm really happy with how it's going now. My skin adjusted nicely and I'm looking forward to seeing it improve even more with continued use. I cover a lot more details in the video below if you are interested. Also, my diet has been very beneficial for my skin. Between my clean eating and using Retin A, my skin is in wonderful shape right now. Retin A Micro .1% - 8 Week Update: My Acne Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz8
  13. Hi! Sorry for not seeing your comment until now... I have been using the retin a about 4 or 5 weeks now (this is my second time around using it... the first time I used it for about 3 months and was getting really happy with my skin by month 3). Ugh - it's so frustrating to try and figure out what the heck is going on... so sorry you are having troubles! How often do you use your retin a? How are things going for you now? How long have you been on the pill? What is your diet like? lol, I think
  14. It seems like my face is peeling a little bit less. I think it's been around 4 or 5 weeks since I started using Retin A Micro. I am using it 2x per week now (on the in between days I use nice moisturizers or tamanu oil). Just the other day, I noticed that the tone of my skin seems to be improving. It's hard to describe but it seems to be getting more even and maybe a touch of a glow to it. I'll take it! I am still getting random bumps here and there but nothing out of the ordinary. I don'
  15. Quick Retin a micro update... Still using Retin a micro but as of last week I started using it two times a week as opposed to one. I am still experiencing the same side effects as before - flakiness... which seems to show up about two days after I apply it and last for about two days. I haven't noticed anything else such as redness or sensitive skin. On the nights I do not use retin a, I am using very healing moisturizers, tamanu oil, or my paulas choice intensive weekly peel (I have been usi