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  1. It's the same old story. In Paris my skin was absolutely DREADFUL. Seriously huge spots, scabs that were impossible to cover. I came back and with the clay masks and lightbox I started healing again nicely. Now (with makeup) my skin looks OK. I guess it's either not being consistent with using the things that I know work, or it's hormones. I need to become more disciplined in recording the exact dates that I break out and when I start healing so I can figure out if it times in with my monthl
  2. I've had one for a while now - probably coming up to 3 months. No irritation, but also no change in oil or acne. Before I started using the clarisonic I used a manual soft face brush. I use my cleanser to clean it - Organic Pharmacy peppermint facewash, which is antibacterial
  3. Had a few ups and downs since my last post. I visited my sister last weekend and was so pleased with my skin that I didn't mind sitting around having breakfast with no make up on. That's something I've not been comfortable with for years, since I was on dianette. But this week I had a few small breakouts on one cheek and stupidly, rather than reaching for my dr hauschka clay mask, I picked. Then I started picking at my forehead. Then at my chin, and guess what, I grew monster spots - a giant
  4. Hi there, Good luck - sounds like you've got the willpower to make it work. I wouldn't recommend the Clarisonic though - I bought one a couple of months ago. I don't think it irritates my skin at all, it's just that it doesn't do anything to make up for it's cost. I used to use a manual (soft) face brush from the Body Shop or muslin cloths (changed daily) and they exfoliated as well and cost far less.... If you're exfoliating at all, and using peels then I don't think it will help any....
  5. I've been using the lightbox for over 3 weeks now. I was using it every day, then I had to travel for work so didn't use it for a while - that conicided with my period and I did break out. Since I came back, I'm using it at least every other day for 15 minutes. And I think it is helping. I'm by no means clear, but last night I actually considered going to the local shop with no make up on, which is something I would NEVER have considered before (I was too lazy to actually go in the end). I'
  6. I've been using the lightbox for nearly a week now, just doing it once a day for 15 minutes. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but since I started using it, I've only had 2 new spots, which is really low for me, and the other areas seem to be healing. Haven't been taking any supplements for the last few days, there isn't really a plan behind that, I just didn't think they were really doing anything and I want to see what the lightbox does (I'm renting it for 2 months so will have to decide if I'm
  7. My lightbox arrived on Friday, I've used it 3 times so far. My boyfriend thinks it's all "snakeoil" and can't possibly do anything, in fact he says he thinks it must be bad for me sitting in front of it. But I pointed out that my skin always does clear up in the sun, and that this isn't supposed to damage skin like sun does so... I know that 3 times isn't enough to be able to see an improvement, and that I always start something new and think it's working for me, and it turns out it's just my
  8. Hey, good luck with the Dianette. I know I'm getting desperate for something to work. I'm considering changing jobs at the moment, which would delay our plans to start a family for a few months and I found myself thinking yesterday, "so, maybe I could go back on Dianette for 6 months and do a massive detox or something so that when I'm ready to come off it again, my skin will stay clear". I don't know. I ordered a red/blue light box from beautyskin (renting for £36 a month) and I'm hoping
  9. Liking the Jane Iredale - got the hang of using it as a concealer with a concealer brush. Only thing is after a couple of hours, the areas I've concelaed tend to look a little lighter than the rest of my skin so I have to constantly check and blend some more. But covering alone isn't what I was after! As I've said, I'm not convinced by the Clarisonic. I don't think it's irritating to my skin, just that my problem wasn't that I needed more exfoliation or to cleanse better, I already did that,
  10. Hey, I was on Dianette for nearly 10 years (started it at 16 for my skin and contraception), doctors never mentioned any long term risks to me and I changed doctors a few times over the years as I moved away to college and then for work. My skin was practically perfect (maybe still a little oily, but no significant breakouts) the whole time I was on it. I stopped taking it a couple of years ago when I suffered from depression and I got it into my head that Dianette could be contributing to it,
  11. Decided the mineral make up was helping, so I bought some Jane Iredale foundation from my Organic Pharmacy store. I like the coverage, but it's a little too "glowy" for me and seems to sink into (and emphasise) open pores after a couple of hours. I'm applying my Dr Hauschka powder over the top and that looks quite good, and as long as I blot at lunchtime and after work it's OK though. May buy the pressed next time as I've heard that gives a more matt coverage. Also I think you can buy a pr
  12. Didn't use the clarisonic or flaxseed for a couple of days as I went away for the weekend. Not looking too bad at the moment - I definitely think the mineral makeup is better for me, just difficult to get the the right consistency mixing it with moisturiser to be able to spread. Maybe I'd better invest in a kabuki brush to apply as a powder. At the moment, I probably have 4 or 5 red spots, which are all healing. Quite a few raised bumps which I'm trying not to touch and which really aren't v
  13. Well, just in time for the weekend, my skin became terrible - greasy and lots of clogged pores. Had another picking attack, which didn't help. But by Sunday it was looking much better and clearer, In despair on Saturday, I tried using some samples of "essential minerals" foundation (it's a powder that I heard of on this forum, I mixed it with my moisturiser to apply as I couldn't get the hang of applying with a brush). It gives pretty good coverage and I think maybe I started reacting to my
  14. It's 5 days later. My skin's been quite oily for the last couple of days, had 2 new breakouts. And last night I went overboard picking. So as well as a couple of small spots, I have big red scabs on my face. Nice Apart from that, I've kept to the Flaxseed supplements and using the Clarisonic and I've done one more Bliss oxygen mask. Pores do seem to be clearer, so maybe the 2 breakouts were some final flare up and there will be fewer from now on?
  15. Hey k, How's your diet going? I know junk food does affect me - if I've eaten greasy food I can feel the grease coming out on my skin. Good luck with it