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  1. LavenderHummingbird

    ***UPDATED**** Foundations of Clear Skin

    I think some of it got bumped down - if you check out the first page of this thread and scroll down, Bob says something about "4 different kinds of people on acne.org" or something like that, and he talks about the effectiveness of each view. But there's a lot more info just mixed in when he answered questions people asked!
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    Battling acne for 9 years...

    Hi @MTD, I also have recently (the last few months especially) been focusing on healthy lifestyle choices such as eating less processed foods, adding supplements I may be lacking, researching and using a few essential oils, drinking more water, and trying to limit unwanted chemicals in things around me (in cleaning products, soaps, face wash, foods). Weirdly enough, my skin issues (cystic acne and lasting redness) have acted as if they are unrelated. I do all the usual things to prevent acne: wa
  3. LavenderHummingbird

    Even my principal noticed

    @Alwayssadandcrying Acne is definitely a hard part of life. Not everyone has to struggle with it, but some of us do. Just remember that you're not alone, and people may see your acne, but they know that you are not responsible for it being there and you can't really get rid of it. Your friends may notice a pimple every now and then, but your true friends don't focus on that- they may not ever even think about it! For sure, they don't think about it as much as you would. They're more focused on
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    Why does acne form only on certain areas of face?

    If you ever figure out the answer to this question, I'd love to know! I've been wondering the same thing... it's so weird that I don't get acne on my forehead even when I wear ball caps and bike helmets and all that, but I've got crazy cystic acne on my jawline and cheeks! I don't notice a correlation between the cysts on my jawline and anything touching my face (like people with whiteheads/blackheads talk about when they touch their face or something) or moisturizer clogging pores or anything.
  5. LavenderHummingbird

    Big cyst

    I've had one like that before as well, although I never tried cortisone shots. Mine lasted months and was a nightmare. It finally went away after I cut dairy out of my diet and have been on an antibiotic (minocycline). I know cutting dairy out isn't easy, but for me it was worth it. I can't say if it'll work for you, but it might be worth a try! Good luck!
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    I need an inexpensive oil free moisturizer!!

    I second this! CeraVe PM is also what I use, it's done wonders for me and is pretty cheap! Most drugstores have it, or you can order on Amazon. It's been a lifesaver!
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    Insulin theory - Hypoglycemia

    Woah. Y'all, I have the same issues! Just recently my blood sugar has been crazier than usual and actually interrupts my daily life at this point. I'm planning on going to a specialist soon, but I'm going to try a low- GI diet or low carb ish diet while I wait on an appointment. I have wondered for a while if high insulin levels could have something to do with acne! .... especially since both my cystic acne and my insulin/blood glucose seem to have gone haywire at the same time. I've not be
  8. LavenderHummingbird

    10 years of Acne.

    Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply, just saw this! I didn't experience an initial breakout from minocycline (at least that I noticed). I do have ONE big new ish cyst, but I think it was caused by a break in my diet. I am currently avoiding dairy and peanuts, both for my face and my gut (I'm lactose intolerant) and with my busy schedule I couldn't keep it up during crazy work hours and everything. The minocycline has kept the rest of everything at bay from what I can tell, and other problem
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    Spiro vs Spearmint: My Experience

    I'm so glad to hear you've found something that works so well for you! I suspected I had hormone issues as well, but my blood tests came out normal for that. Is spearmint only effective for ladies who have hormones out of whack or is it useful for acne in general? It's totally okay if you don't know, just curious! I definitely think diet and care for your body are a better option than prescription meds, especially Accutane.
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    10 years of Acne.

    My story is pretty similar to yours! I'm sorry you've had it so long, I know that sucks. I also believe my cystic acne is hormonal and recently did a lot of blood tests only to find that my hormones are supposedly "normal". I looked into Spiro also and wanted to take it but I doubt my dr will prescribe it since I had normal bloodwork. I tried birth control several years ago and I think you are right to avoid it. It didn't help me, especially in the long run. I'm currently on Minocyline, and I th
  11. I've been using CeraVe PM moisturizer morning and night (as recommended by my dermatologist) and it hydrates super well without clogging pores. Before that moisturizer, my skin was so dry that it literally was peeling, and it's basically back to normal now so I definitely recommend trying it! It's not too expensive either, you can pick it up at a drugstore or on Amazon. As for toner, I don't use any. It can make the dryness worse, and I've never noticed any toner helping my acne. Cetaphil and Ce
  12. LavenderHummingbird

    Not the best, but not the worst either.

    Not the best, but not the worst either.

    I tried this powder a while ago. It didn't break me out (that I could tell) so that was a plus, but the coverage wasn't super good either. It did have a nice matte finish but just didn't have a very strong coverage, which I prefer for covering redness and acne spots. *** HOWEVER, I have found that I really like the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream, which is not available to review here on this site. Just thought I'd throw it out there in case you're looking for good coverage without another b
  13. Recommended by my dermatologist, works SO well!

    In the last 6 months, my skin has been more dry than ever before, but still occasionally oily (I know, it hardly makes any sense) and riddled with acne and acne scars. After trying product after product to moisturize without angering my sensitive, acne-covered face, my dermatologist recommended this stuff. I've been amazed at the difference. My skin still is a mess, but this moisturizer actually seems to absorb and not leave any residue or have an after-application drying effect that occurred wi
  14. @SkinDeeply I see I'm a little late to hop on the train haha but thank you so much for the info! I've ordered a L-lysine supplement and I'm starting it today. After reading about how L-arginine and L-lysine interact in a diet, I believe I probably consume a bit more L-arginine than I should if I am trying to balance them. I'm excited to try this along with a slight change of diet and see if it helps with my acne as well as overall health!
  15. @Lrolfo I have similar problems as well! I'm trying to get an appointment with a derm and probably my gyno about mine, since I'm 99% sure it's hormonal cystic acne. It's driving me nuts, though. I know how you feel. I personally think my problem is related to a surgery I recently had that affected my hormones, so that's probably part of the issue for me, but I'm looking at birth control pills and antibiotics (both of which I have tried some of before) and possibly even Accutane. I'm glad to k