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Everything posted by sosickofzitz

  1. will work but there's better options

    I've used this system successfully, and I've had good luck with most of these proactiv type three step programs. this one has quite a bit of alcohol in the toner which I dislike. you can get the walmart equate version or actual proactiv ones that are alcohol free and have glycolic acid. the amount of BP is a bit higher in this system than in others, I believe it is 3.7 percent. they have a sensitive skin version that has an alcohol free toner and a cleanser with salicylic acid rather than benzoy
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    my skin is super sensitive and I've never been able to use a moisturizer. BP works great to get rid of my acne but leaves you so dry. I used the cleanser and treatment from Dan for awhile and my skin was.....it just looked like my face was a pile of dandruff. but it did clear me up! I buy this 3 step system at walmart. I don't use the cleanser, I do use the toner once a day because it has an aha and I still get dry flaky skin but this BP lotion makes it much better. usually I only get dry around
  3. awesome. ya, none of the extractions I had done scarred, though I was a bit scabby for a few days and had to resist the temptation to pick them all off. I've seen alot of people say that extractions are the only thing that helps them get rid of them and do them regularly, either themselves or by a professional, so hopefully it works for ya!
  4. break outs

    I love how this moisturizer feels and smells. it's thick enough that it gets rid of flakey skin. however, I got a few small painful under the skin type bumpies just days after using this. that being said, i have broken out from every moisturizer i have tried and am still searching for the one. thankfully I was patch testing it on my chin. I've succumbed to temptation and have purchased this more than once over the years(aveeno stuff just looks so nice to me), but it just doesn't work for me.
  5. if done incorrectly, I'm sure extractions can cause scarring. however, none of the extractions I had from my facial scarred...but they did scab and we're a bit pink for awhile. you do much more damage with your fingers than with an extraction tool. isn't it so super satisfying to get all that junk out of there!?
  6. yup, loestrin is supposed to be one of the absolute worst pills you can be on for acne since it has low estrogen and an androgenic progestin. I've always been on it inbetween pregnancies...I've always had pimples, mostly those skin bumps and blackheads too but nothing that other people would probably even think I had an issue with. I thought by switching all my problems would be solved! nope! I honestly have no idea what my skin is like completely off the pill as I've only ever been off during p
  7. yes, I got super dry from lack of moisturizer but my skin was probably 90 percent smooth and clear so I would definitely recommend trying it. my breakouts were more u der control after that point and i switched to a different cleanser and just spot treated with BP for a few months until i started breaking out around my forehead and temples again. benzoyl peroxide will not bleach your skin, it will make you more sensitive to the sun so you'll likely either get a bit pinker or tanner if anything.
  8. possible allergy.

    I can't honestly say how well this works. I was prescribed it for perioral dermatitis. Basically every pore on my upper lip area and around my nose looks like an ingrown hair or something and it burns! I must have had a sensitivity or an allergic reaction to it because the area I used this swelled up. it took about a day to go down. it didn't cause any redness or burning upon application so I was confused when I started feeling the puffiness (I actually had a mild heart attack thinking I had de
  9. hopefully! ive never given anything with salicylic acid time to work because ive always relied on BP and get too paranoid to go without it. I did order the trial size of dans aha, I have yet to try it though! I actually have very oily skin which is why those creamier cleansers don't do me many favors. my main issue is dehydration I think, since I've never used a moisturizer. I was using the cleanser and BP from this site without the moisturizer and my skin was the clearest it has ever been. just
  10. ok, the metrogel felt great upon application and then the areas that I applied it started swelling! it was terrifying, I guess I have an allergy? they lrescribed me clindamycin instead but i havent tried it because im scared now haha. I'll just have to wait for it to clear on its own I suppose. good news is my skin is tolerant enough to start using the cetaphil daily cleanser (its super flaky and not great looking but it doesnt feel uncomfortably tight) so hopefully thatll help clear things up a
  11. ya, i would just switch back to the daily cleanser or start with the new one but my skin is still going through something weird from getting all irritated. I stopped in at urgent care and they think it's perioral dermatitis, it isn't red but I have alot of microscopic rash looking things around my mouth and it burns. they prescribed metrogel, a topical antibiotic, so I'm going to be trying that tonight. I know they prescribe that for acne and rosacea as well so hopefully it doesn't aggravate any
  12. ya. it was pretty bad. I thought my skin would purge it out so to speak but it stayed the same basically. if I wore makeup I think they would have been far more noticable. my skin also looked kinda dull and not super healthy. I've used harsh cleansers and scrubs and they left my skin a bit drier overall but it looked healthier in general. I'm trying to decide if I should switch to a different cleanser, the cetaphil daily cleanser that I typically use kept me pretty clear but my face always feels
  13. my skin generally looks alot better in the morning. I think it may be due to the fact that you're a bit puffy when you wake up and just well rested so everything looks alot smoother. personally though, I look like an oil slick in the morning. I know alot of people say they're less oily in the morning but my face is like a mirror. it's been that way ever since I can remember. I did call up my doctor today because I'm pretty sure that this birth control isn't going to work for me and want to go ba
  14. ok, I'm breaking out the same way I did when I was on the ortho tri cyclen. pimples on and around my nose (not a typical breakout area for me and I'm treating with BP to no avail) and little clogged pores everywhere. also a couple of under the skin bumps and my upper lip area is breaking out. I'm going to stop taking it and go back to my old pill. I'm glad it works for others though! my doctor said I must be sensitive to estrogen since I was on loestrin prior to this. I still had breakouts but t
  15. nope, they're actual little whiteheads or something. they are tiny but the nose is just a bad spot in general, you see everything. im slathering benzoyl peroxide on the whole area so hopefully it'll zap them quickly. my nose is not a typical breakout area for me, so not sure why its happening. my nose and cheeks are also covered in the sebaceous filaments, I have very large pores (as does my mom and grandparents, must be genetic) and they all get little black dots with the nasty things but it do
  16. by breakouts I mean a few under the skin sore spots around my chin...like one at a time and those Itty bitty clogged pores type of closed comedones. I also have a few random tiny limples/clogs on my nose.
  17. ya, foaming cleansers make me feel way drier than typical acne cleansers do for some reason. with birth control you have to give it about 3 to 4 months to let your hormones settle before switching or it can get worse. even if I were to switch back now, my hormones would be pretty confused for a few months. I have oily skin and live in arizona, it is hot and it makes my face feel just gross most of the time. and no, they didn't come back in the same spots. the breakout I'm experiencing now is act
  18. you and me both! it isn't anything major, just those dreadful clogged pores all between my nose and upper lip that never seem to go away and just look kinda gross. I'm guessing it was the Flux of hormones since I haven't had issues there for quite awhile. I'd say my skin was really good for about 2 weeks following the facial. I was only using cetaphil. then I started switching to my normal routine, dried out really bad and started breaking out and now I'm kinda back to square one. had I not swit
  19. I got a facial recently and they did alot of extractions. my skin was so smooth the week after, it was amazing. but I did have an allergic reaction to something they used and my face is in awful shape now from not sticking to a regimen and switching birth control last month. honestly, I have only ever used proactiv; which is a BP cleanser, an aha toner, and a BP lotion; various BP or salicylic acid washes; and something similar to the regimen on here, gentle cleanser and BP treatment. I also hav
  20. I'm going to bump this. i cant give you a definitive answer and am curious about this myself and want some actual experienced feedback. my main issue is closed comedones. I get blackheads as well but zits are only occasional for me. it seems that salicylic acid is often recommended over benzoyl peroxide for comedonal acne. I have only ever used BP, I still have closed comedones. does it diminish them? maybe but it's not like they disappear in days. I haven't used the aha from here, the moisturiz
  21. thanks for your input, Eli_G! I have been on ortho tri cyclen (generic) before (for 5 months) and I would get little whiteheads in my eyebrow area and chin that would mysteriously clear up every time I got to my placebo week. I have also been on loestrin(for 3 months) and while I had no like zits I had little skin color bumps (closed conedones?) that kept spreading. so, I'm on the ortho cyclen generic now and hoping it'll be better. I'm hoping that I won't have a major outbreak since the first m
  22. I know it drives you crazy, but it's just what some skins look like. Mine does anyway, and I think alot of it is simple genetics I have crazy big pores. they are the bane of my existance, along with the blackheads and little bumps they love to make and the super duper amount of oil that seems to seep out. but your skin doesn't look bad at all, no one is close enough to your face that they'll even notice.
  23. yup, lots of people don't like the acne.org moisturizer(but lots also do) or just prefer to use their own products. Doesn't matter, just use what works for you!
  24. I concur with Eli_G. if my face gets worse when I start using something, I stop and go back to what i was doing previously. granted, this may mean I never completely get rid of my lroblems, but I've seen way too many horror stories from people trying to make it through the 'purge' and not being able to go back. especially if things were under control before switching products. I would go back to what you were using before and stick with it before taking anything else.