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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 taking accutane in high school. Then out of no where my skin and hair became SUPER greasy just like you've described. I also started getting bad breakouts that were in completely different areas than I used to break-out when I was a teen. It was just like you described - I went from having skin that was normal (even sometimes dry) to having to blot my face every hour. My hair would also look greasy the same day I washed it - even right after I washed it sometimes! Like it would look gross even before it was completely dry and would have this weird, waxy looking texture. I never 100% confirmed why this happened, but I am pretty sure it was because of some extreme changes that I made to my diet/lifestyle about 6 months before all of that happened. I think those changes screwed up my hormones. Why do I think so? Because I went on birth control and within 3 months of it balancing my hormones my acne had cleared. I also changed my diet back to normal and slowly my hair and skin stopped being so greasy too. Hormones are really tricky... They can be influenced by so many random things and it's also really hard to tell when they are causing a problem. I saw a derm and two doctors when this was going on with me and no one could offer any possible reason why I just suddenly 'got oily hair and skin'. I even got blood work done a few times and it always came back "normal". But then I went on hormonal birth control and half of my problem got solved within a few months... I know our situations are very different, but I wanted to at least give my two cents because I remember being so frustrated when this was happening to me because my doctors weren't really helpful and I couldn't find much online either. It was really just me doing trial-and-error and figuring things out as I went along.
  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. kelbell812

    Can sleeping late, but enough cause acne?

    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.
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    Acne is ruining my life please help

    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 was hoping for a solution more in terms of skincare, you could ask her to make you an appointment with a registered aesthetician - they can help evaluate your skin and the best products to use to care for it.
  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 treatment. SA on the other hand, is a type of chemical exfoliant. It helps to speed up cell turnover and unclog pores. It can be especially helpful for those struggling with a lot of clogged pores, blackheads, oily skin, etc. That is why it is such a popular ingredient in cleansers, toners and moisturizers targeted towards acne. A big mistake people making when just starting to treat their acne is doing too much at once, resulting in skin dryness/irritation which can just make things worse. I think the best thing for anyone to do is to start off slowly with one product and see how your skin does with that first. Then, you can try adding in something else. Good luck!!
  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 that seem "obvious" to us, have probably never crossed their mind. So, when they comment, they aren't trying to be rude or mean - they are honestly just trying to be helpful. Especially older people, because they grew up in a generation where openly discussing/criticizing physical appearance (weight, skin, etc.) was more accepted. I have a lot of horror stories from my days working in a nursing home while having full blown cycstic acne.... Think about it - you only started researching acne when you got it, right? They don't know that we've already tried everything, or that we've heard the same advice before, or that we've spent hundreds on products, of that we've obviously already been to 3 different dermatologists, etc.... You get the idea. I imagine that's true for anyone that has a condition or disease that most ordinary people aren't educated on. I know that doesn't necessarily make it better, but it can make it easier to stay calm and not snap at people when they do comment on it. I've done that before to family & friends... it can lead to a whole other ballpark of issues with relationships. As frustrating as it is, it's something that we all struggle with. But know that your skin WILL get better, even if it doesn't feel like that couldn't ever happen. And when all of it is finally over, you will come out a stronger and more emphatic person because of it. Keep your chin up.
  7. kelbell812

    Caveman Regimen For Oily Skin

    @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 of other issues.
  8. kelbell812

    BP stops working suddenly?

    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 subsides (don't stop altogether though). - Make sure the other products you are using, such as cleansers, aren't over-drying. Combining overly harsh acne washes with BP can be a bit overkill and cause your skin to get irritated.
  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 opportunities that those medications provide. Unfortunately most dermatologists only discuss the symptoms and the medical approach without consideration for lifestyle choices. On top of that, when they do give you topical medications, they don't give you much instruction on skincare otherwise. So a lot of people either apply too much, apply it too frequently or use the medication alongside other products that are way too harsh and run into redness/dryness/irritation without any idea of how to handle it.
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    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 people do the reverse, but I've always had better luck combating dryness/irritation when doing it this way. And it doesn't make the medication any less effective. Too much of any product can cause breakouts. I think that if you try the above 2 suggestions, it will help with the dryness that you are experiencing so that you won't feel like you need to put so much on in the morning.
  11. kelbell812

    Dairy products ?

    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 almond-milk creamer for my daily coffee. As long as you are eating a healthy diet otherwise, drink lots of water and take care of yourself that should be enough.
  12. kelbell812

    Moisturizing and Soothing

    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 skin with old acne scars. I also love that it's natural and super simple - just one ingredient. My only complaint?? Having to move it back and forth from the bathroom and the kitchen all the time! Haha :)
  13. kelbell812

    Severe Dry Skin

    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 people. I don't know too much about Proactive but I assume their cleanser is more of a mild one, because there are 3 steps in total so they wouldn't want to make the cleanser too overbearing. If the cleansers you are trying are very harsh daily washes/scrubs designed for oily skin, and you are still using other products/treatments afterwards that might be the problem. I would try a more mild, creamy wash similar in texture to the ProActive one. Also, I think part of it has to do with you changing your regimen in general & your skin adjusting to new products after using the same ones for so long!
  14. kelbell812

    How I finally got rid of my cystic acne!

    Congrats! My Nana swears by the Dr. Bronners stuff - she's been using it for years.