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  1. Caused major irritation

    After Accutane treatment, I tried this several times. Every time I used it for a week, my skin would get red and irritated, and small red bumps would appear on my face. I would get annoyed, thinking the Accutane had failed. Then I would stop the Cetaphil and my skin would clear up. But then my skin would get dry again and I reached for the Cetaphil. Finally I stopped using Cetaphil completely, and my skin is now completely clear. Some ingredient in this just did not agree with my skin, and I won
  2. It doesn't matter what your daily dose is, as long as you hit the right cumulative dose. Some people take 20 mg per day for a year, others 80 mg per day for 5 months. It works the same, although if you have more serious acne, the higher daily dose will attack it more quickly and somewhat more effectively in the short term. But over the long term it doesn't matter. Be careful not to overuse the sulfur - it can irritate skin that accutane is already drying out. Just watch out for signs that th
  3. Your skin looks much much better! Obviously you still have some problem areas, and the one big cyst sucks I'm sure. But overally, there is significant and obvious progress. For the cyst, I'd recommend icing it and using a sulfur topical. Clearisil makes one that is tinted and works well. It stinks, but it is a good coverup and I think it helps with cysts. Tea tree oil is also good for those, but don't overdo it or you might cause a bigger breakout. Use a little, once a day, and limit it to t
  4. Interesting. You can buy Barberry capsules online - look for "Berberis vulgaris L." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23038982 J Diet Suppl. 2012 Dec;9(4):253-61. doi: 10.3109/19390211.2012.726702. Epub 2012 Oct 8. Aqueous extract of dried fruit of Berberis vulgaris L. in acne vulgaris, a clinical trial. Fouladi RF. Source Medical Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. [email protected] Abstract Berberis vulgaris L. (barberry) is a very well-k
  5. Something I wish I had known after taking Accutane. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23274046 Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2012 Dec 26. pii: S1578-2190(12)00358-7. doi: 10.1016/j.adengl.2012.05.021. [Epub ahead of print] Acne Relapse Rate and Predictors of Relapse Following Treatment with Oral Isotretinoin. Morales-Cardona CA, Sánchez-Vanegas G. Source Oficina de Docencia e Investigación, Centro Dermatológico Federico Lleras Acosta Empresa Social del Estado Bogotá D.C., Colombia. El
  6. Interesting study showing that the active ingredient in Retin-A (tretinoin) appears to be just as effective if you wash it off after 30 minutes, with much less irritation. Something else your dermatologist won't tell you. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23167277 J Dermatolog Treat. 2012 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print] Short contact therapy of acne with tretinoin. Veraldi S, Barbareschi M, Benardon S, Schianchi R. Source University of Milan, I.R.C.C.S. Foundation, Cá Granda O
  7. I have found oil of oregano, mixed with Jojoba oil or some other carrier oil, deals with cysts very quickly. I would start with a ratio of two or three drops carrier oil to one drop oil of oregano and then make it stronger if you can tolerate it. Do not apply straight oil of oregano to your skin. Apply this mix two or three times a day to the cyst and you will see it shrink down in a few days. This isn't one of those "miracle cures" where you wake up the next day and the cyst is supposedly gone
  8. Is anyone trying this? My experience is that dilution of less than 10 to 1 water to oil is too irritating - it has caused flare ups. At the same time, this has definitely decreased the oiliness of my skin. I'm going to see what happens when I dilute 30:1 and add some tea tree oil (diluted 20:1). My sense is that it doesn't take much peppermint oil to work, but we'll see. Just a note, several people seem to be using peppermint oil to prevent hair loss. It apparently decreases facial hair, which
  9. The diet + antifungals + probiotics have really worked for me. I've been on that regimen for two months and my face is clear. I did break out around the two week mark--I think the toxins in my intestines were going crazy and pushing their way out however possible-- but I've had no real acne since then. (At least on my face -- the back acne is still there). Some words of caution: -Start slowly. The "die-off" can be really intense and really awful. If you start feeling much worse, you need to t
  10. You are going to experience some sickness at first. You may feel nauseous, dizzy, light-headed, or just totally out of it. I'd suggest taking it slowly at first. Work your way into the diet, then start antifungals in small doses, then probiotics. Also, you may experience a breakout within a week or two. That seems to be the toxins dieing off and pushing their way out to your skin. This will pass quickly, even if the other die-off symptoms stick around for a while.
  11. I was a skeptic myself, but I started the candida diet (or one of a thousand variations of it), took probiotics and antifungals, and after three weeks, my skin cleared. It's been two months, and my skin is 99.9% clear, day in and day out. Strangely, the acne on my back hasn't gone anywhere. But my face is remarkably improved. I'm not selling anything, but if you've been on several antibiotics over an extended period, or have just taken one massively powerful antibiotic (I took cipro, in additio