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kelbell812

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  1. I think you might be right about vitex/hormones being the cause. I can't say for sure, but that's what I am leaning towards. Seeing as your were clear while on birth control, and then the effects of accutane didn't last. Plus you are also experiencing greasy hair & anxiety, which wouldn't be caused by a topical acne treatment like epiduo. I experienced something similar about 2 years ago, though for different reasons. I was 22 and had been enjoying clear, normal skin for many years since
  2. Once your skin calms down, if you want to try going off the BP again I would try weaning off it slowly rather than stopping cold turkey. That way it won't be such a shock!
  3. What is your acne like? College stress and prolonged, weird sleeping habits can definitely contribute to skin issues overall & certainly won't help any existing issues. But that on it's own would only really cause a few more breakouts than normal. If you are experiencing more severe acne or a lot of deep, cystic breakouts, then I would say there are other factors contributing to that.
  4. Hey! I'm curious as to your mother's reasoning for not letting you take the doctor's prescriptions? I only ask because it seems strange that she would go through the trouble of taking you to the derm, but then not let you take the medication. What was she hoping to get out of the derm visit? It sounds like you already take super good care of yourself in terms of diet and lifestyle. So, at this point I don't think doing anything different with that will be the saving grace factor. If you mom w
  5. It really depends on the person! Some people have had success using both while others might find it to be too much. If you are going to use both, however, I wouldn't use them both as a spot treatment. I would recommend getting one spot treatment with BP or SA and then like a face wash or moisturizer containing the other. They each combat acne in a different way: BP is a more targeted acne medication - it directly targets the bacteria associated with acne. Therefore it's a popular spot tr
  6. The worst feeling! It is something that anyone who has dealt with acne will experience at least once in their life. The main thing to keep reminding yourself of is that they aren't doing it maliciously (most of the time). They are living in a whole different reality - they don't know how much we obsess over our skin and how much it affects us. Most people that haven't dealt with acne themselves don't know anything about it, so they don't get that it's not always easy to fix. All of the things
  7. @isabellaaaap I wouldn't recommend it. Especially on the days you wear make-up, you want to make sure that you are taking all of it off at the end of the day and water won't cut it. I think you would be better off using just a mild cleanser & your moisturizer/SPF. I personally think that simplifying your routine as much as you can is the best thing to do. You don't need to use a ton of products, but at the same time using nothing at all & not cleaning your skin properly can cause a slew
  8. Yeah, the biggest downside of BP is that is can really dry out your skin! It doesn't always happen right away either, which it why your skin was fine at first. Consistent, regular use can dry it out over time. Bright side - you found something that works for you! The dry skin is normal, and so it will be relatively easy to combat. - Make sure you are using a moisturizer if you aren't already. - If you are using the BP multiple times a day, try scaling back for awhile until the dryness subsi
  9. I agree with your way of thinking! I believe that using a combination of both is the best way to go - tackle acne from both inside and out. If you only rely on topical creams but change nothing else about your lifestyle, you will be less likely to see success because you would only be treating the issue from the surface. On the other hand, if you only try making dietary/lifestyle changes without using any topical creams you might not see success either because you are missing out on the opportun
  10. Hey! Sorry, but I am a little confused when you say that you can't use moisturizer because your skin is too dry? That seems like a direct contradiction. Maybe I'm reading it wrong? To start, your skin should not feel dry or tight after washing it. If that is the case, you should switch to a more gentle cleanser. Your skin should feel clean but not "stripped" of moisture. Next, I would apply moisturizer first right after washing, let it sink into your skin, and then apply the BP. I know many pe
  11. I would just try to limit it as much as you can. If you consume dairy protein shakes to build muscle, then just try to substitute dairy elsewhere for a non-dairy milk. If you know that the dairy is what is causing your breakouts, then there's no real "cure" to counteract it other than just limiting your intake so that you don't consume too much. I try to use a combination of dairy and non-dairy products so that I'm not eating too much. For instance I like regular milk in my cereal, but I use an
  12. Moisturizing and Soothing

    Coconut oil is amazing and has so many benefits for the skin. However, I do think it is best used in moderation for most people, especially if you are trying it for the first time. I think some of the people who have negative experiences with it tend to over-do it. I use it to cleanse my skin 1-2 times a week in the shower using the oil-cleansing method. I really like it because it gently takes off all my make-up & my skin is left feeling super fresh and soft. I have sensitive, normal/dry
  13. Interesting. Is your skin dry as in it feels very tight? Or is it flakey? Any other changes like redness or irritation? Also, I know you said Proactive helped your acne. Did it also make your skin more normal as opposed to very oily? What skin issues are you having now? Sorry for all the questions! My initial thought is that the cleansers you are using are too harsh. I find that a lot of cleansers advertised as "daily cleansers" really shouldn't be used more than a few times a week for many
  14. Congrats! My Nana swears by the Dr. Bronners stuff - she's been using it for years.
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