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WestCoast82 last won the day on June 12 2017

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  1. I think a microdermabrasion is a bad idea, a chemical peel may be okay but judging by the pictures you have sensitive skin and they may cause more harm than good. If you decide to have a chemical peel done, you should tell your esthetician to use something like lactic acid as it is generally tolerated by sensitive skin individuals. How does your skin feel when you wake up, throughout the day, and after you cleanse your face at night? The neutrogena light mask is a scam in my opinion and the wave
  2. It’s going to take time for post inflammatory marks to fade. The tretinoin will absolutely help, but it can take up to six months to see a true improvement in the scarring. I know it sucks being patient but just know you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re using a quality moisturizer and one with niacinamide will help with post inflammatory marks. Cerve PM moisturizer is a good choice along with Elta PM therapy. Also do a patch test of new products before applying it all over because everyon
  3. You can apply the aloe Vera either before or after the epiduo it’s really up to you and what works best. If you apply it before it can work as a buffer to lessen any irritations that could be caused by using epiduo
  4. Thank you. It's so tough being a young adult woman with acne. I see all these other girls my age with perfect skin and NEVER see people with cysts like mine. I once went to a holistic doctor and he said I was sensitive to all yeast, bread, potato, yam, sugar, beer and a little to dairy. I wonder if it's candida but I can't exactly do a candida/no dairy diet as a vegetarian... Trust me I completely understand. Nobody is perfect and I promise no one is critiquing your skin the way you are. Have
  5. My first advise is to take a step back and realize your acne should never take priority over your acne. I know dealing with skin problems seems like a nightmare, but it will come to an end. However, if you wreck your body, you will be creating more problems and therefore more acne. I would speak with your doctor or dermatologist about stopping ALL medications and supplements, doing a full blood panel to detect if there's any underlying illnesses, and examine your diet. You may be allergic/intole
  6. This doesn't appear to be rosacea in my opinion. Rosacea usually includes acne in the form of pustules and papules. This looks like a form of folliculitis. There's two different types of folliculitis, bacterial and fungal. Fungal is often misdiagnosed and is often triggered by the use of oral antibiotics. Research both and come to the conclusion of weather or not you believe it to be bacterial or fungal. If you believe it's fungal, you'll need to research malassezia folliculitis. Type in "malass
  7. No there shouldn't be a purging stage with malassezia folliculitis (fungal acne). You should see improvement in the bumps. Gauging from your picture they look like they're irritated. What are you currently using in your regimen?
  8. Your skin is most likely dehydrated if you're experiencing oily skin as well. The difference between the two is dehydrated skin lacks water, and dry skin lacks oil. When searching for products, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is wonderful for the skin and it's best if it's applied on damp skin after washing. There's affordable pure hyaluronic acid serums on Amazon for a great price. I would also look for products that are specifically for dehydrated skin. Make sure you
  9. It's definetly a process of trial and error to figure out what products mesh well with your skin type. Be careful not to over dry you skin though, especially if you're using apple cider vinegar with salicylic acid. If you're not prone to true acne this can actually cause you to produce more oil and in return create a problem that doesn't exist (more acne). A fairly cheap priced moisturizer that works well for many people (including myself) is Cerve PM facial moisturizing lotion. How does your sk
  10. That's not weird at all, I'm so glad I could give you hope in a moment of sadness. Trust me when I say things WILL get better. You WILL get your skin back, and you'll have a whole new level of empathy for other people dealing with emotional conflict, skin issues included. Anxiety plays such a large role in our skins health. There's many things I do to manage my stress. I have a journal called "My book of positives" and everyday I write down three things I'm thankful for (it can be anything like
  11. Yeah I don't think that's clogged pores, that looks more like barrier irritation, especially if you said you're experiencing swelling. I would just take it easy and treat your skin gently in the meantime. Things will get better
  12. It sounds like you're having sensitivities to something in your diet. There are no shortcuts when it comes to eating clean unfortunately. The best thing you can do is listen to your body. Eat slowly, and notice any changes after eating such as bloating, tight throat, flushing, itchiness, etc. An elimination diet can also be useful when uncovering hidden food intolerances. If you believe your issue stems from a hormonal imbalance there are a few things you can do. Start drinking peppermint tea tw
  13. I have to respond because your story sounds so similar to mine. I am 24 years old as well and I eat mostly vegan (with the occasional fish) and I've dealt with random skin issues in the past year. I'm about to graduate from esthetics (skin care) school as well so maybe I can help you out. You're doing everything right, and you're treating your body the way you should, but mentality is key. My acne flared up TERRIBLY due to chronic stress from so many things that happened and I started breaking o
  14. If you are applying it as directed (and it seems like you are), then no that is not normal and I would stop using it immediately. Especially since you were buffering the diffin by using a moisturizer prior, that should have cut down any irritation. I would say ignore the minor acne as of right now and use nothing but a gentle cleanser and moisturizer to lessen the irritation. The skin is still sensitive even after accutane and if you're only having minor blemishes then I wouldn't be applying any
  15. You have beautiful skin so don't be self conscious by any means, but I do understand everyone wants clear smooth skin. To me it looks like you're experiencing just a little bit of congestion. What is your current skincare regimen? There are several treatments that can alleviate congestion such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. If in-office treatments are too pricey there are many at home treatments as well, but the results will take a little longer.