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  1. loveyourskin

    Depressed without Accutane

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  2. I took oratane back in OCT 7 2016 up until JULY 7 2017, so for 9 months at 40mg/day. Before that I tried everything OTC from drugstore to highend, and prescriptions ever since I was 13 such as clindatech, epiduo, duac gel and 4 rounds of antibiotic minomycin. I also went vegan for 2 years, to improve my skin, however that was useless. I’m 16 yrs old and female. BACKSTORY - (YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ THIS) This was when i was 13/14/15 years old - Before going on oratane, I remember previously studying and having to face the excruciating pain of pimples and the oiliness that just exacerbated the issue. My motivation and self esteem was lowered significantly because I was only one of the few kids who had to suffer. I was one of the only ones who had to not only stress about assignments/homework or school academic in general, but my skin on top of it too. I also remember the big container of glycolic pads I had to take with me overseas when i went to europe (which in total took 24 hrs flight time). The main thing about this trip is I vividly remember how anxious i was explaining to security before boarding at every country i stopped at, that I used them to wipe my face down every 2 hours. No one understood and the security were confused, they probably never experienced anything with their skin and I would think to myself, Why me? I also remember when stopping in Dubai I needed to urgently wash my face privately and in peace because i get super oily within 2 hours, and if i washed my face properly i could be at ease for another 3 hours in flight. Anyways, I was eager to wash my face privately in a room, so I went to occupy the babies bathroom for a while, and all of a sudden i heard the door being banged not even knocked, I was so terrified so i didn’t even get to wash my face, I went out to the ladies bathroom and i asked my mum if it was her knocking but it was another lady, that wanted to change her babies nappies and instead had to do it on the bare floor because the babies bathroom was busy due to me in it because of my skin. I remember before I had exams in school instead of using the extra time to study, i would have to go wash my face in the bathroom, to give me refreshment and get rid of all my oils, especially before science practical exams because we wore goggles. And I remember when I would go to the bathroom at school and wash my face and the teacher would always check on me/question me to see where I was because I took quite a long while. My younger and older relatives would question and commentate about my skin. Friends would make me feel shittier when we discussed our skin concerns. It became apparent that everyone seemed to hate me because of my skin. I always tried to stay positive but no matter what my skin wasn’t improving. I thought very low of myself due to my skin, so i purposely isolated myself and became lonely. The thought of my terrible oily and acne prone skin was the first thing that always came to mind. The very very oily skin and acne made my life tougher and more stressful than it was supposed to be. It lowered my self-esteem and confidence dramatically and made my day-to-day life harder. On a daily basis my excessively oily skin and acne piled up with other mental/social health problems, was hard to deal with. I never went out nor socialised with anyone, i would stay at home 24/7, i lost all my friends, i stopped going to school, going to relatives and going out entirely. In general I had lost nearly 4 years of my youth due to being dominated by acne and oily skin. I remember feeling suicidal at times. And Yeah, those are just a few of many stories which don’t seem bad to some but in my opinion were some shit skin experiences that just exacerbated the already poor condition of my social/mental health. MY QUESTION - PLEASE HELP ME Anyhow, back on track, I have had a great accutane experience, it makes life so so so so much easier, stress-free. I am finally able to look myself in the mirror for once, i am also confident enough to look people right in the eye, submerge my cheeks fully under the shower head with ease and no pain, wake up in the morning and not be in a negative mood because of my very oily skin, and for the first time in many years lay my face on my pillow thus having spectacular nights sleep. And just to sum my accutane journey all up, I never have to feel shitty about myself no more, I am full of hope and confidence, pimples cleared and only left with cheek hyper pigmentation and redness. I am starting to improve the state of my health gradually to this day, one concern at a time. HOWEVER that feeling of hope/confidence/being comfortable was whilst I was on accutane having great skin days, no pain, no oil, etc is utterly gone, now that I have been off accutane for nearly two months. I feel like now I am back to where I just started, with the excessively oily skin issue. I am also very paranoid and anxious because it is only post 1-2 months of my first course of accutane and I already am getting very oily around my t-zone especially after taking a nap or waking up in the morning and throughout the day I produce a greasy sticky film on top of my skin which bugs me a lot because oily skin can lead to blackheads, clogged pores, more acne and in general congested skin, i am already seeing a few very tiny/minor spots (2-3). I want to go back to the accutane normal/dry skin fantasy that I was living, and not have to deal with vulnerable, high-maintenance, troublesome, and dominating oily skin. Accutane made my life much more easier, and I was only beginning to get somewhere in life and had begun to improve but now I am basically back where I had started with excessively oily skin. I have been vegan for 2 years and that did not help oily skin, my diet consists of an abundance of fresh fruits/nuts/veggies/fish, I consume a healthy diet so that is not the issue. I exercise regularly, but recently haven’t because I am depressed, alienated and overthinking what will happen to my skin and life now that I’m beginning to get oily. My skincare is very simple cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise. I am thinking that the oiliness is genetic or hormonal. I have heard and researched of low-dosage long-term accutane, which could help reduce sebum production and congestion, but do you think my dermatologist will allow me to go on accutane again after 2 months? I just really hope she doesn’t give me any bullsh*t creams/gels that are a waste of time, because I want to enjoy the Australian summer and Christmas time of the year. I told my mum to book an appointment with my derm, which i will probably be seeing in approx 4 weeks time. Previously my school told my dermatologist that I am “depressed" but the thing is that it is not accutane that is making me feel this way, IF ANYTHING IT MAKES ME HOPEFUL BECAUSE I SEE AND FEEL GREAT RESULTS, and I need her to know that i have always had underlying depression ever since and that it has nothing to do with her nor the medication? Because I really want to go back on accutane to control my sebum production. When I visited at the beginning of July at the end of my accutane course checkup this was when my skin was in great condition and heard the “depressed” news her response was the cliche “just enjoy your life, you’re young”, i just nodded my head and smiled. It’s been 2 months post-accutane, do you think there is a good chance that she’ll put me on a 2nd course accutane on a lower dosage to control sebum production or is she going to give me another useless cream? I’m scared there is a chance she will disagree and won’t put me on it however I will mention it to her. I really want to go on it, accutane is a miraculous drug. Its nearly Christmas/spring/summer and i just want to have a good one for the first time in a long while, actually i just want to finally be at peace with myself and genuinely be happy. What has your accutane experience been like and is there another way to combat oil production besides accutane?
  3. loveyourskin

    Pimples returning after accutane

    I put bio oil on my face and overnight I woke up with a new spot on my nose, and i NEVER EVER get pimples on my nose area. My nose has alway been crystal clear Thank god it didn't break me out in other areas, now im praying that witch hazel can clear that tiny unappealing bump on the right side of my nose quickly. Im never going to put it near my face ever again! And yes witch hazel is a god sent product, im already seeing improvement within like 3 days im so glad!! ive never tried acne.org's products, however i was contemplating to try it before i started accutane but their products were so basic and i had similar things already in my own home. The E45 spray is only sold in the UK, and to purchase it from a UK ebay seller i will have to pay 3/4 x its original price in the UK including shipping. Honestly I rarely moisturised my skin that much, toner was enough for me, I went from being incredibly oily to dry/normal when i was on acctuane and I loved it! I moisturised my skin only at night every second to third day and only before I applied makeup, but now that i am off accutane i feel like a good moisturiser can help fade and soothe my skin a little. I hope everything goes well with your accutane journey, let me know if the acne persists/minor spots after you've finished the entire 7 months. goodluck
  4. loveyourskin

    NEVER apply this to your face!

    NEVER apply this to your face!

    I would give bio oil 0 stars if i could. I applied this to my face and it broke me out on my nose - a place where i NEVER EVER get pimples! I now have an aggravating spot, it doesnt hurt or have a head, but the spot does feel bumpy. I had clear skin with no active spots up until i put this trash on my face, woke up the next morning with a SPOT on the right side of my nose! I seem fussy but i'll be using this up on my body, never on my face again. When i looked at the ingredients i was skeptic as to why this product had so many ingredients and chemicals. If you want to self inflict and introduce acne then buy this product. DO NOT BUY THIS UNLESS YOU USE IT ON YOUR BODY FOR STRETCH MARKS, BODY SCARS, AS A BODY OIL, ETC, JUST NEVER APPLY IT ON YOUR FACE I WARNED YOU!
  5. loveyourskin

    my ride or die

    my ride or die

    epiduo dries out pimples and if you breakout epiduo is there to save the day. However after using this epiduo for months and months and years and years relying on it, it irritated my skin and made specific places where i applied the epiduo very red, sensitive and irritated (maybe because i did not apply a pea size amount). HOWEVER, i still think this is one of the best topical pimple treatments out there, and definitely by far the best one ive tried out of duac, clindamycin toner, etc.
  6. loveyourskin

    Dont even bother with it

    Dont even bother with it

    i went on minomycin around 3 times or so and it only cleared my teenage pimples up the first time, the 2nd and 3rd it didn't improve my skin and was an utter waste of time. not sure why multiple doctors gave me this same antibiotic 100mg a day, which was useless time after time. I was so faithful and truly believed that the minomycin would cure my acne but i was wrong. i would give it 0 stars if i could.
  7. duac discontinued

    Duac where i'm from Australia is discontinued and many chemists did not stock it no more, however I was eager to try it out thus my dad found a chemist who had one tube left for sale at the price of roughly around $45. The pharmacist said the tube would only last for a month then have to be thrown out because it would be overdue. I used this gel for a month, when i first started to use it on my teenage pimples it did not irritate my skin however around the 5th time i put it on my face and chest to treat pimples it irritated my skin immensely and made it itchy, stingy and red. It made a red patch of skin which looked unappealing and took 3 days to calm down and go back to my original colour. generally this duac gel will never be put on my skin again unless i want to look like ive been severely sunburnt in specific areas.
  8. loveyourskin

    bang for your buck!

    bang for your buck!

    love this mask and is just as good and if not better than the higher end masks i've tried (glam glow supermud, glam glow youthmud). my sister recommended this mask and it is amazing at pulling out impurities and giving your skin a pick me up! I would've given it 5 stars if only it didnt make my skin red for hours after using it.
  9. loveyourskin

    Pimples returning after accutane

    me too i apply spf if i do go out, which isn't often, but i still have extremely red cheeks. The redness isn't from my scarring/blemishes but its just irritation and im not sure why? When i wake up my skin is relatively calmed and only slightly red on my cheeks, however throughout the day my cheeks tend to get redder and redder. my face is usually warm/hot although it is winter in Australia so i think it is hot because of stress maybe? also when i get out of the shower my red cheeks are at their very peak. do you know why?
  10. I just finished my course of accutane, im 16 yrs old and i took 20/mg for the 1st month and 40/mg the next 8 months, i had the typical teenage oily skin, clogged and pimples on my chin + cheek area, it wasn't severe, and my other GP (i have 2 GPS) disagreed with my decision to go on accutane, but it got to the point where i stopped going to school, couldnt look people in the eye, didnt look at myself in the mirror, avoided friends/family and its a long story to explain. friends/family commentated about my pimples and it made me feel like absolute crap, because i not only had problems with my skin but other issues and it seemed to all pile up. also not to sound rude, but those drug paragraphs i only skimmed through because idk why you would even go near any type of drug? each to their own lol i kind of resonate with you though and i've gone through similar emotional/social/mental problems due to my skin. im only 16 but i feel like i've wasted some of my youth too and its not only cause of my skin but other factors too. anyways im really glad to hear your journey, youve made it so far and good on you
  11. you literally have 11/10 skin, but if youre that worried then maybe see a facialist and what they have to offer.
  12. loveyourskin

    Pimples returning after accutane

    i hope that the bumps aren't reoccurring and they clear up in a few days! i've got the exact same issue; hyperpigmentation worsening on my cheek area and 1-2 bumps/tiny spots on my left, however my skin is still very smooth and theres no texture. Do you apply a SPF on a daily basis? I rarely go outdoors in the sun but my cheeks are still so red
  13. loveyourskin

    Pimples returning after accutane

    Thank you! im not quite sure why thats happening, but i went on 20MG a day for the first month and then for the next 8 months i was on 40mg. I think you should listen to what your dermatologist recommends because ultimately they know whats best. I guess you should stay faithful, unless you have major side effects? Personally, accutane took a while for it to work on me and the results were slow BUT gradual. At my 1st-2nd month my skin was worse than what I had begun with, and i doubted the drug would work. However as time went on, I remember at my 3rd month on 40mg, I began to notice there was a slight improvement and difference in my skin in terms of the smoothness of my skin, most of my accutane purging breakouts had cleared up and there were some red blemishes & scars. I became more and more faithful in this medication. Then month after month my skin improved ever so slightly and it was only up until my 4/5th month at my half-way mark I could see a dramatic difference. But overall now that I have completed the entire course of the drug and stuck around with it, just at the finish line, I can see the miracle accutane has worked on my skin. I remember feeling the same way that the process was long and draining and I was frustrated at the 2-3month mark that I didnt get "perfect" skin that accutane promised immediately. Listen to your derm, finish the FULL and ENTIRE course of medication and then judge whether it has worked or not. Just listening to your dermatologist is key. Also thanks a lot for the advice, I had witch hazel in my drawers but never leaned towards using it, it has already calmed my irritated skin down in one use and now I hope that my spots go away too. The thought of putting bio-oil on my face terrifies me, have you personally tried it and does it break you out?
  14. im 16 yrs old and recently just finished my 9 month course of oratane (the australian accutane or whatever) 40mg/day! In australia we dont get higher dosages in a shorter period of time, or at least thats what my derm put me on cause of my weight, etc. im so grateful for this drug, i am finally able to look people in the eye, go to school, socialise and look at myself in the mirror. accutane is actually god sent & worked miracles on my mild acne. When i started accutane i never had terrible and problematic skin, however i was oily and would break out in my chin area and sometimes on my cheeks, many of my pimples were small and some were painful. i can't describe or remember my skin before because oratane thankfully made me forget and erase the hell that ive been through with my skin in the past. in a nutshell i had those regular teenage breakouts with extremely oily skin but it got to the point where it interfered with my lifestyle such as school, mental health, etc. Anyhow thats a long story to discuss for another day. My main concern is that it has been 1 week since ive finished my course of accutane, but i still get very minor and tiny pimples here and there on the very front of my cheek. Like 2 days after i finished my course, i had a bump on my right cheek. Theyre those invisible pimples, aren't painful, not inflamed, but just very tiny bumps? at the moment i have two on my left cheek, overall my cheek area is so red too and has been during my medication. why am i getting these bumps when accutane was going to seal the deal and rid of my acne? what should i do and is this common after a course of accutane? I also threw out my epiduo and mario badescu drying lotion so i have nothing to put on these bumps besides the glamglow supermud mask as a treatment for them. do you have any recommendations? I just showered and used: - peter thomas roth complexion correction pads on my left cheek as a "spot" treatment - estee lauder advanced night repair serum - cerave PM moisturising lotion
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