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  1. So I have been using Murad’s sulfur mask since freshman year of college. It used to seem to help when I was on both birth control and antibiotics but I don’t notice a super big difference anymore in terms of helping with acne. Since I started using benzoyl peroxide I feel like the mask contributes to overdrying. Does anyone else feel like masks are pointless? What are your thoughts? I know people who do them every once in a while and others who do use them everyday. Since you wash them off does
  2. I have been using the acne.org bp along with my own wash and a prescription rentinol treninoin for the past month. My skin is definitely better in terms of breakouts but it’s gotten so red. I’ve been using the bp during the day and the treninoin at night. I think what’s really irritating my skin is the amount of bp it says to slather on it seems like way too much. Do you really need that much bp? I’m 26 I really don’t want to be overdrying my skin but I’m not sure if it will be as effective in s
  3. I know this post is from almost a month ago but as someone who’s also in their mid twenties and struggling with acne I figured I’d respond. I got on birth control in my early 20’s I believe it was right before I turned 22 I was on for a year and a half before having to get off but ever since then have struggled badly with acne that was alway mild and never really a problem before. Since going off the birth control the only thing that truly cleared my skin was cefadroxil 500 mg twice a day. I was
  4. Hello! I haven't been on here in quite a while. I first posted on here about two years ago after getting off Ortho Tri Cyclen which caused an extremely bad breakout after I discontinued it. For the most part before birth control, (which I was only on for a year and a half), I had mild but manageable and controllable acne. After birth control, which I got off due to weight gain, horrible constant migraines that caused vomiting, and just overall not feeling like myself, I had a terrible initial br
  5. For some people birth control pills make you break out in places you never have before. You're skin is probably just adjusting. Give it time, especially if your OB said it would take a while for you to get clear. When i got on bp it broke out everywhere in places I never had before. Nothing helped except time.
  6. Yup. Pretty much everytime my skin is improving and I'm like "yay it's getting better I can wait this out" I get my period and go right back to square one. Even the discoloration from where it's healed looks ten time worse during my period.
  7. I totally agree with you on the fact that birth control messes with your system. My migraines were so bad they lasted all day and led to spending a lot of nights vomitting. I already eat very well and exercise I've just never been able to controlled my acne fully before this. I do believe I have some sort of hormonal imbalance since my skin was very managable on the pill. I really would like to believe that I'll outgrow the acne but considering that now I'm almost 24 I don't think I will. My mom
  8. So thanks to the GI problems I started having my doctor has put me off all medications except one that I'm taking to help fix my GI. Until that's resolved she told me she I can't try a new birth control or any other oral medication. I'm having an EDG on the 9th which will hopefully tell me what exactly is wrong. The specialist I saw thinks it could be both an ulcer and acid reflux, which someone else also said could have possibly come from being on birth control and also taking a ton of advil fr
  9. Figured I'd update since its been a while. So while my skin has improved somewhat. Forehead is almost completely clear and cheeks aren't as bad as they were. I unfortunately had to stop taking all oral medications. I started have abdominal pains about two weeks ago which didn't go away along with some other stuff my doctor now thinks I probably have an ulcer. so I'm pretty much off medications while I wait to find out if I have the bacteria for h. Pylori. Idk if this is from all these different
  10. When acne is really stubborn you typically need the extra oomph of a topical. If your mom prefers you not have antibiotics or steroids you can keep trying the natural routine but you may not have much luck. My mom was the same way and my acne pretty much never improved till I saw a dermatologist. I would ask if you can see one just to find out what type of acne you have. If your acne is hormonal there's always vitamin supplements you can take to try to balance them out. I also found taking daily
  11. I've had that problem and what yours relates to have to do with a couple things. Do you know if your acne is hormonal or not? What have you been using for your acne, oral, topical, or other? One person I saw suggested I had a internal bacterial infection that made one side break out more. Where else do you break out and do you notice it more during certain times like your period?
  12. I was supposed to also get a gentler retina but found out at the pharmacy the retina wasn't insurance covered and would have been $150 which I can't cover. The pharmacy guy said he would call my Derm to see if they would send over a different one that would be covered. Side note I now feel like I have a mini anti-acne store in my cabinet what with the unused birth control pills, the Spiro, the cleotin t gel, and the doxycycline. Also if I end up not going the Spiro route is it still ok to u
  13. so when I went to pick up the prescription I also found Doxycycline Mono 100 mg also waiting for me. Antibiotics were what I originally said I'd rather try first. Should I just say fuck it and try these instead of Spiro?