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Purplestove

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  1. maybe try grinding it into a powder? Or buy a drain screen and just clean it out when you're done.
  2. I agree with the low carb results. 4 months ago I started seeing a nutritionist who recommended not eating wheat, dairy, soy, corn, or refined sugar and my skin is much less oily,inflamed and congested. It wasnt an overnight change and I still notice ups and downs depending on exactly what I'm eating and how much, but overall my skin looks much cleaner. can you give examples of your meals? I know the right foods but I have issues putting g meals together. I know the question wasn't dire
  3. Couldn't your derm tell you? I always heard it's 6mo to 1 yr wait time for it to be out of your system.
  4. I believe there are bcp that are low progesterone, though I've never tried them. Just ortho, which sucked. My skin has the same issues, it's always a mess during the 2nd half of my cycle. My doctor mentioned that I may have pmdd, for which he suggested antidepressants. I've read good things about chaste berry and b6 so I'm starting there. The chaste berry is supposed to balance your hormones and I believe the b6 is supposed to relax you and increase serotonin levels. I'm also taking maca root
  5. According to my blood results,my hormones are fine. My doctor said my symptoms point to PMDD (basically severe PMS) and said antidepressants work really well for it. It's like a sensitivity to changing hormones (which explains why ortho tri cyclin broke me out worse than ever). The symptoms I've seen online typically include acne. Do you guys think antidepressants will help my skin? He recommended either Prozac or Celexa.
  6. So I'm extremely anxious so I apologize in advance for my lack of helpful information, but I should be getting my results back for my blood and salvia hormone tests by early next week. The doctor was very reassuring, letting me know that if my hormones are normal there are a few other things that are linked to endo, acne and mood swings that are not hormone related. He didn't develge much on that, just said we'll see what the test says.
  7. I've spent a few years ignoring how my uneven skin actually looks. I take care of it, keep it clean, but I haven't really looked at my pores and marks closely until recently. Its driving me batshit! I know I've still got a long road ahead, but so far, I've gotten a couple of jessner peels (planning on at least 6), a microderm, and I also plan on using a dermaroller starting next month (if it doesn't break me out for my test patch). Anyway, does anyone know what these scars are and if I'm o
  8. I've spent a few years ignoring how my uneven skin actually looks. I take care of it, keep it clean, but I haven't really looked at my pores and marks closely until recently. Its driving me batshit! I know I've still got a long road ahead, but so far, I've gotten a couple of jessner peels (planning on at least 6), a microderm, and I also plan on using a dermaroller starting next month (if it doesn't break me out for my test patch). Anyway, does anyone know what these scars are and if I'm on
  9. So I tried maca root and swear that the lowest dosage calmed my skin, and also gave me some insomnia. And after just over a month, the insomnia got better and the acne came back. My hormones have been extra crazy lately for no apparent reason. And guess what follows? Greasy inflamed skin. So I finally ordered my saliva hormone test for estrogen dominance (just tests estrogen and progestrone) that I will be taking between day 18 and 21 of my cycle - always when my acne and emotions go hayw
  10. So I had a microderm between my scheduled monthly peels. The process was very relaxing (go figure) and my skin did feel much cleaner for a few days after, but that clean feeling didn't last nearly as long as it's felt after my last few peels. After a few more peels I'll probably get a micropeel (microderm + 7% jessner peel), but I prefer the peels. Hopefully they smooth out my skin, but regardless I think they've been helping clean up my clogged pores. Cheers.
  11. I commend your dedication but I'm not sure if the fasting will help with much more than decreasing oil production temporarily and allow you to weed out food insensitivies as you reintroduce solids again. A few years ago I did a 26 day juice fast (about a gallon of fresh squeezed juice from beets, carrots, celery, ginger, garlic- eveything good. I took msm and serrapeptase supplements to aid in collagen and "desolval" of scar tissue. My skin felt cleaner after, but absolutely no scar improvement.
  12. I just had my 2nd Jessner peel last week and this time I didn't peel or really flake. I did notice that I shed a very fine layer (i was dry and "scaley" day 4). My esthetician told me that if I'd ever like something slightly more aggresive she could do a Vitalize peel or perform microderm immediately before a Jessner peel. I'm considering the microderm before the Jessner, but I'm not sure if that would be too much for my skin. I had microderm once about 2 years ago and my skin tolerated it fine
  13. I recently have been noticing my skin getting less oily (from almost 10 oil-blotter sheets a day to about 4), but it's hard to pinpoint what's doing it cause I changed a few things recently. I've been drinking 2 concoctions per day of water with lemon juice and msm powder and taking maca root. I also started using a mix of aloe vera and msm powder as a toner 2x daily. I thought it was also from being extra healthy lately (green smoothies, salads, fresh veggies, etc) but I had my wisdom teeth p
  14. This is the first I've heard of retin-a causing that orange peel look. I've had this issue awhile, but I think it was just the way my acne healed (i guess I'm lucky I just have the pores and shallow scarring as opposed to deep ones). I only started using retin-a within the past year, but I think it's helped my skin look less oily and hasn't increased my pores.
  15. A few weeks ago I started taking maca root and so far I've got no complaints. I usually break out this time of the month and so far, knock on wood, I'm still clear.
  16. Yeah I've probably been about the same from retin-a; definitely costly for just flaking. But it did give me peace of mind about the full strength peel I'm doing next. Plus, even though I knew my skin would look crappy all week, I still got those nervous, "shit, now I just look worse," thoughts and had to keep reminding myself it would look better after. I might have panicked if I'd jumped straight to the full strength right off the bat.
  17. That's rough, I'm sorry. Did you ever find a pill to replace it and balance you out again?
  18. Thank you so much I have really shallow ones that are visible in the light that cover my cheeks and forhead, and actually my pores didn't get like that until I had a severe breakout 6 years ago. I'm hoping that the pores and remaining red marks get smaller with more treatments. Here's me with makeup on
  19. That's awesome! I'm that case, way to take care of everything at once. Wish you the best of luck and hope it works out!
  20. That's great that you're taking all these steps to treat everything. May I ask, aren't you supposed to be off isotretionin before performing micoderm or other scar treatments? I'm not trying to be rude, so please don't take that the wrong way. I've just read that it can inhibit proper healing.
  21. After a good deal of my own internet research I decided to get a 3 layer half strength jessner peel (7%) by an aestetition. I chose half strength because I'm in work and school full time and didn't want to feel too embarrassed with the week of peeling. Also because I wanted to see how my skin reacted since I still get regular breakouts. A little background: 25 yr old female, mild acne in jr high, severe acne in hs. It's been consistent but manageable for the past 6 years, mostly horm
  22. I've been using Everyday Minerals power foundation for years and I don't break out from it. Though I must admit, the coverage I get is good but not perfect because if I build I up too much it brings out my uneven texture and scars more. I'm also very oily so I loose some of the coverage from blotting half a dozen times a day. I'm considering finding a cream foundation to start with then set it with the powder.
  23. My derm does that to me. And constantly ends our sessions by pushing accutane, which I've said from the start I'd like nothing to do with unless my skin gets crazy again (my acne is consistent but mild these days, mostly scars that bug me. ) It's basically a list of 5 options, never changes. I just like the rx retin-a she gives me. I need to find a new one.
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