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HarleyZ

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  1. I cannot be happier with my skin right now. I just started my 4th month. My entire face is smooth and soft, and I no longer have to get up an hour in advance to pile on make-up anymore. Every morning I put on sunscreen and use a little bit of concealer to cover up redness , and I'm ready to go! My face doesn't get oily at all, and unlike so many people who are on accutane, I do not have dry skin problem. Cetaphil is a great moisturizer - it literally saves my life. I will continue to be on Ac
  2. yes. i never got any gum bleed when i was on 40mg/day. also, my hair totally dried out after i switched to 60, which is not a bad thing because i love not having to wash my hair with shampoo every single day.
  3. Reading this reminded me of myself. I can totally relate to how you feel. I documented my journey of finding a cure for my acne on this website, and the frustration that reeked through each post was not comparable to the actual despair that tormented me during those days. Birth control worked, then stopped working. Benzoyl peroxide started working, and I developed severe allergy to it. Antibiotics gave me bloody stool. Chinese herbal medicine made my entire face break out into a totally mess and
  4. This past month literally flew by. It was insane. I'm graduating from college in ten days, and - I can't believe I'm saying this - I have perfectly smooth, acne-free skin now. I cannot believe it. This is too good to be true. Today I had to film a video with a bunch of friends for a class, and I was scared to death when sitting in front of the camera in a so well-lit room. I thought my skin would look horrible, but it didn't. My skin glowed in the video. I am so happy. I defended my thesis las
  5. @Mia897 I used to get acne everywhere. On my forehead, on my cheeks, along my jawline, on my chin - you name it. Miraculously my face is not over-dried at all, at least for now. My skin just feels normal now - it was way too oily before. I use cetaphil day and night, and my skin feels amazing. However, my lips are constantly chapped, which can be easily fixed by slathering on aquaphor. The only side effect for me is the chapped lips, and it does not bother me much at all, because my acne used
  6. hey honey i can totally relate. this was me last year. i tried different birth controls and diets and numerous topicals but nothing worked at all. two months ago i made up me mind to take accutane. i had waited for so long because i was scared to death by those side effects that people talked about on online forums. however, it was the best decision. i regret that i did not start earlier and i missed so much in my college life. talk to a dermatologist and see if your body could handle accutane.
  7. @cakeycheeks23 I have pathological depression, but it started a year before I even considered taking accutane. I don't think the drug has worsened it in any way, because I actually feel much more confident now. Although I've only been on it for 40 days, I am completely acne-free now. I had really severe acne two months ago - I'm talking about at least 20 pimples along my jawline and on my cheeks. My face would hurt whenever I talked. Now I'm just generally mildly depressed. I would totally reco
  8. I cannot believe that I have not been to this site for over a month. I was really super busy with work, and honestly I was not so worried about my skin anymore. I just started my second month of accutane. Now I have only one active breakout on my entire face. One. It does not even hurt. It's just a big lump on my left cheek. I guess it was probably meant to be a full-blown cyst, but since my oil production was curbed, it did not break out as it normally would. I am so amazed by the result so
  9. So I FINALLY got my first month's drug supply from the pharmacy. I'm so excited. This is finally going to begin. I'm still working in the library and I don't think I'll be done by midnight. It's okay. Taking the first pill will be like a religious experience for me. For the first time I decide to put myself through potential danger by actively taking a drug that is so harsh. I am proud of myself.
  10. So everything was good...except that when I arrived at the pharmacy, the pharmacist told me that they did not have accutane in stock. Great. I will have to wait until tomorrow - which is not that bad because it's literally just a day. Well I did get a little moody afterwards because going to the pharmacy is not the easiest thing for me. I do not own a car and walking takes too long. Often time I would call a cab but it means extra money. Oh well there is an actual price to pay... I stocked up o
  11. Thanks for the warning and suggestions. I've lost all hopes for topicals and natural remedies. I know all of the side effects that could result from taking accutane, but I'm willing to take the risk. I have been suffering fro seven years without the help from a doctor. Now my skin is horrible enough to be put on the craziest drug one could possibly take for acne, and I'm doing it. All drugs are dangerous. Life itself is dangerous. I want to be able to live my life to the fullest:).
  12. I cannot believe it has been one month since my first visit to the dermatologist. I remember crying in my room on a Saturday night because of my ugly face and not being able to get any work done. I went to see the doctor on 2/8. I told her right away that I wanted to be put on isotretinoin. She looked at my face and said, I think it will work for you. But you will have to wait for a month to begin. Here I am, exactly a month later. The needle wound on my arm from doing the blood work two days
  13. I can resonate so much with you. I am about to stat taking it next week. It was a hard decision to make, since all of those horror stories online made me question whether or not I would want to risk my life for clear skin. The answer is yes. This is how badly I want to look normal. I'd rather have other complications than a face full of cystic breakouts. Acne hurts me mentally and physically... And honestly all drugs are dangerous. There's no guarantee that one drugs that works for others will b
  14. Hi Lily I'm really sorry to hear that. It is true that your acne is very likely due to hormones, but it does not mean that you should just let it happen. I started getting acne at the age of 14, and my mom did not let me use any makeup/treatment for it because she believed that it would go away on its own. Well guess what I'm 22 this year and my face is broken out in severe cystic acne still. I'd say definitely keep in touch with your derm. It may take a long time for you to find a treatment tha
  15. I can totally relate to you. Moderate to severe acne is not the result of not washing your face. It's mostly genetic. Some people could be treated with simple topicals or antibiotics, but others do not respond. I'm one of those. Tried topicals, elimination diet, vegetarian diet, herbal medicine, extraction, antibiotics and birth control - most didn't work, some worked for a while (longest was birth control, it kept me clear for about one year). Try out different things and some might work for yo
  16. I don't think stop your periods could help...I'm suffering from bad cystic, hormonal acne as well, and it flares up really badly one week before and after my period. I'm on birth control but it does not help any more. Have you considered accutane? I'm going on it next week. I've been waited for so long and it's time to end this skin disaster once and for all.
  17. After a major mental breakdown about two weeks ago, I finally went to see a derm and asked her to put me on accutane. I told her that I had never been on anything prescription-strength, but I wanted to go on accutane right away because I had had enough of this dirty face. The doctor did not decline my request, but told me that I would have to wait for a month anyway for two negative pregnancy test results before I could start taking the drug. She prescribed Doxycycline - an antibiotics, and told
  18. Hi friend. I am thinking about going on accutane, and I have been reading every post I could find online about its effects and side effects. I stumbled upon this guy on YouTube - Brian Turner. He had pretty bad acne years ago and he recorded his accutane journey online. It was a TWO-YEAR experience. So I guess for some people it does take longer. However, he now has beautiful clear skin, and you can see the small, slow transformation that he had by clicking through his videos. Don't give up!
  19. I have been feeling pretty alright about my face lately, until last night after I washed the makeup off of my face. My entire forehead, chin and sides of my cheeks were red, and covered with countless bumps. I looked so ugly. So. Ugly. I went to bed thinking that it would get better, but of course it did not. I woke up with a few more cysts on my chin. I did some research on accutane this morning, only to get more depressed. I am so scared of the side effects, and I've already been through so
  20. It's been as week since I updated last time. Actually I felt pretty okay about my face during the day - I guess the tinted sunscreen did hide some of my acne really nicely. However, I was literally looking at hell's pit after I took off the sunscreen with make-up remover. Every single acne mark, active spot, and pinkish-turning-to-cyst-like bump looked so, so bad. I have at least 3 cysts on my chin, 2 on my left cheek, and 3 along my nose right now. I also have a ton of acne marks and whiteheads
  21. @Adeel2111 This is so true. I miss having cream cheese on bagels, or pizza, or, steak, or pasta, or ice cream, or milkshake, or French fries, or maybe even just a warm glass of milk with sugar cookies. Food was my only console. Now there's no more comfort food. There's only green veggies and water and limited types of fruits that make me sick. You know, the worst of all is that you don't know what exactly you are doing wrong. Everyone else is having a blast at a dinner party, whereas you are jus
  22. So it's been about 10 days since I truly started healing acne naturally. I swear it got better for a few days, and today, bam - tens of pimples on my chin, so many whiteheads popped up on my left cheek, and a bunch whiteheads on my forehead. Maybe it's the stress? The two cups of coffee I had yesterday and today? I vegetable oil I cooked with today? I don't know... all of a sudden my face feels painful to touch again, and I look absolutely detestable. I know that lows are to be expected. Somet
  23. The other day I logged in and browsed the forum as I always did, and I suddenly noticed that my membership status changed from "member" to "veteran." Wow. It has been five months since I joined this community, and I've gone through a long difficult journey. I still have acne. Unfortunately everything that I have tried so far - birth control, dairy elimination, and BP - the one that gave me so much pain and cost me so much money and time - did not work by themselves. However, I have to keep try
  24. Hi Ryan - Congrats on surviving your 1st semester of college! Your plan sounds really awesome. Acne on your face definitely reflects inflammation inside your body. Topical treatments can only mask the symptoms, if they work at all, but not solve the problem. I am doing pretty much the same - healthy diet, daily workout, and supplements. You may want to look into turmeric and l-lysine - ample evidences have shown that they do a great job at reducing inflammation inside your body. Good luck!!
  25. Hey girl acne is normal for your age. It is still a difficult situation, though - everyone on this forum can sympathize with you, including myself. I'm in my 20s and I still have moderate acne that just never goes away. Don't let it stop you from doing things. I know it is hard - I was bullied in middle and high school because of my pizza face. However, that was probably what made me a genuine and caring person. You can do it. You have a boyfriend who doesn't mid your little flaws. There are so
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