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  1. Hiya!

    I'm on both Mino and Spiron as well. I've noticed a significant improvement and its been less than a month. I also was prescribed a topical tretinoin cream - Stieva-A to use at night before bed. I've noticed really bad skin peeling around my ears (I had bad cystic acne behind them and along my jawline) and a bit around my nose, but thats it. I get hand tremors every now and then and my fine motor functions can be a bit clumsy at times. I'm also on a raw food diet for the next month and I've always noticed that my detoxes (with fruit especially) seem to make a drastic change to my skin.

    I didn't have an initial break-out on these meds, however, when I was on Accutane a few years ago, I didn't notice one then either. I think its best to stick with both. If you start to mess with your dosage of antibiotics, it can potentially disrupt your future usage of it. The top no-no for misusing antibiotics is changing your dosage, missing/not taking it at all and then stopping altogether if you think you're "better".

    Wishing you luck :)

  2. I think the St. Ives Apricot Scrub with walnut granules is actually what made me break out at my worst. Its extremely abrasive and way too harsh when you have acne. I use Benzagel Face Wash & BenOxyl5 Lotion for my skin as well as Spectrol Gel for Sensitive skin. It works wonders for the "baby acne" that popped up on my forehead post-accutane. My only problem areas are my chin and mouth with tiny whiteheads - possibly just hormonal acne. I really don't recommend the St.Ives.

  3. snyperbid !!!!!!!1 lol made me laugh that ,gotta watch out fot those deadly snyperbidders , ha

    lol, it's the only way I win!


    I've heard that the Vita-K stuff stops working if you stop using it and only after you've achieved major results with it will it be permanent....so in other words, you have to keep buying it....one box won't do much as far as long term effects go.

    I'm not going to bother buying it.

  4. Seriously, SERIOUSLY thinking about chucking my 'tane into the toilet!

    I really can't take the side effects much longer. My job is relatively hard on the body and its really starting to effect my working habits.

    I get sore and stif really easily - especially my back. Today I kept having spasms in my ribs and its hard to crouch down when my legs feel like jello. Sleeping yesterday was a complete nightmare....as with the rest of the week past. I keep tossing and turning, never really achieving a good rest because I wake up with sore everything....which makes me change positions all the time.

    I was thinkng about throwing them out for a few weeks now....its only since the really bad back pain and insomnia kicked in that I've been considering it quite a bit.

    I try to weigh the pros and cons, but when you feel this miserable, its hard to want to keep putting this medication inside your body, no matter how hard I keep pushing myself to just suck it up and keep taking it.

    Is anyone else experiencing some hardcore side effects that really make you hurt?

    I really don't want to break out again if I quit taking them too early....its almost been 3 months.

  5. do you know if this would be something i could use while on accutane? or are the ingredients cause irration? i really want to try this but kind of afraid...

    Yeah I was told that - but it sucks!

    I've probably spent atleast $30 on different brands of lip balms/chap sticks.

    I finally ordered Aquaphor off eBay....


    I'm not going to bother with the Vita-K stuff until someone has seen incredible results.

    Plus I've decided to ask my tattoo-ist at my next appointment if she's heard of needling and wants a guinea pig to start if she hasn't (and of course does research) - haha.

  6. I started tane on Dec 22nd, 2007 - I was given 40mg for 2 weeks, then upped to 80mg until this past Monday - my first derm appt and after my first course of tane.

    I really thought I could talk my derm into giving me a lowered dosage. I work nights, so I'm already being hard on my body without pumping this anti-acne poison into it. I've experienced a lot of side effects - the usual drying, flaking and chapped lips, crazy dandruff. But the joint pain, foot pain, back pain, blurry eyes, insomnia, retarded frikken dreams, headaches, and extremely lowered immune system are the worst.

    And no, I'm not just being a whiny baby about it - this drug has really taken over my life.

    Anyways - derm appt. on Monday. I was in there for literally 7 minutes. Its like my derm didn't even want to HEAR about my side effects. It was all normal to him. He said no when I asked to go on a lowered dosage - said it went by body weight, so I can't go back down to 40mg unless I want to risk a flare-up that could possibly put me back at square one. I have to wait until my skin is in "remission" in order to decrease the dosage....who knows when that will be. I'm already clear and have been since around day 34.

    I have found out, however, that my acne is partially hormonal. I break out when my monthly friend is "due" - hence having like, 4 whiteheads/mild pimples crop up over the course of a week. When my hormones were tested, they turned out completely fine.

    I'm still having problems with my white blood cell count - in specific, my lymph cells. Asking what that could mean, my derm pointed to Leukemia, but since I'm healthy and "not sick", it might be something else. So now I have to see a GP and possibly get referred to a Hematologist. My WBC count was weird before I started the tane and actually 4 different blood tests were weird. My 2nd check-up confirmed that 3/4 went back within the normal range....but one is still high (normal is 1.1-3.3 - I'm 4.1, used to be 4.4). So now I gotta worry about that.

    And another thing - my derm didn't even give me my cholesterol and triglyceride count! WTF man!!!! Isn't that, like, supposed to be one of the most important test results? So now I don't even know what it is - or if I should improve more on what I'm eating. I changed my eating habits pretty drastically since I started and I think its helped. Obviously not a huge concern for my derm though, otherwise, he would've said something.

    Anyways - stupid tane for another 2 months. My next appt. is April 28th. After that, we'll just have to see.......again. :doh:

  7. MG68 i live in toronto, saw this post about a week or few days ago and made a visit to the shoppers drug mart near me to see if that product was there.is that what it exactly looks like or is there another pic of the product. i'd like to try it but if i can't find it in shoppers i'll just have to order it from ebay :S

    i just have red marks left from acne i get a bump here and then so yeah.i've been desperatly looking for a solution to my red marks while im still young.

    I think this is it....although we don't sell it at the Shopper's I work at either. I'm not sure if its available in Ontario.


  8. Got 2 Be products are the best for that.....There's a mousse, hairspray, and hair glue. Works wonders! (I've heard Elmers white school glue works great too).

    And I'd second the back combing brush - lots of bristles. And the hair crimper...or get some really tiny braids, then take them out after a week (without washing them). And patience....loooooots of patience. And maybe a buddy to help you out. And a blowdryer for extra oomph!

  9. I've had acne for 10 years now...non-stop - always had a blemish on my face. I tried many store bought creams, cleansers, toners, spot treatments, pads, exfoliaters, and masks - nothing worked. I tried ProActiv when I was 18 and that worked for awhile, but it dried me out totally and once I stopped the treatment, it only came back worse. I left it alone for over 3 years and finnaly saw a derm. We didn't even bother with antibiotics or other clinical treatments like Retin-A. I went straight to Accutane and cleared up within a month.

    Bad acne, including adult acne, runs on both sides of the family. I have aunts who are approaching 50 that still suffer from cystic acne. My mom frequently got acne along her chin and jawline - much where mine was the worst.

    I have a regular male customer that I see often - he must be close to 60 and he still has pretty bad acne on his cheeks, chin, forehead and nose.

  10. I use Maybelline's Pure Makeup on my lazy days. It's a bit more sheer, but it doesn't make me break out and it's made for sensitive acne prone skin. The colors are a bit slim, but I really like it. I have a lot of acne scarring and it covers that fine. Using a sponge will give more coverage, though it wastes more makeup than a brush or finger. I just use my fingers.

    I use the same stuff - its 50% water. I pretty HAD to switch because Maybelline discontiued my favourite foundation (one I've been using for like, 5+ years). So mad!

    And as for the colour options...I'm in the middle of Light 5 and Medium 1 so I just mix them. Plus some colours are only available in the States (I think its Dark 5 and Medium 4 you can't get in Canada).

    Its pretty good stuff and lasts, but it can separate if you sweat too much or get super-oily.

    A lot of make-up companies are coming out with new foundations/concealers/powders that are mineral-derived.

    Had anyone tried Physician's Formula? All of their products are for sensitive/acne-prone skin and are mineral-derived.

  11. any ideas on how i can get this in the uk?


    I found that on ebay....ask if they ship to the UK.

    Is this the correct one, the scar and bruises ??

    There is a uk seller selling these on ebay if it is but im not sure as the packaging looks different

    I'm assuming it is.


    My pharmacist recommended this:

    Dermatix Advanced Scar Remodelling Gel

    £29.99* for 15g tube or £89.99* for a 60g tube - *shipping extra

    DERMATIX C is a topical silicone gel with ester C (stable form of vitamin C) that creates an invisible barrier over the damaged area. Under its protection, scar tissue is remodelled and reduced. Studies have shown that scars treated with silicone gel can diminish by as much as 70%.[1] Ester C provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes healing of scar tissue.

    Dermatix C can be used to flatten, soften and smooth scars. It also helps

    to reduce scar-associated pain, itching and discoloration.

    Dermatix C can be applied to all areas of the skin, including the face and

    joints, where it dries rapidly to form an invisible and flexible "sheet".

    Some key benefits of Dermatix C are:

    -Easy and painless once daily application

    -Transparent, odorless

    -Cosmetics or sunscreen can be applied over Dermatix C , once dry

    -Suitable for even sensitive skin

    -Safe for use in children

    -Fast drying

    -Can be used on old and new scars

    -Helps to reduce scar related itching and pain

    Its about $50 CND at Shopper's Drug Mart and you have to ask for it at the pharmacy - its behind the counter. Its meant for really heavy scarring - like keloids and burn scars, but can also be used for acne scars.

    I also asked the pharmacist about the Advanced Solutions Neutrogena Post-mark Acne Peel - its $24.99 CND and he recommends it completely, although there's only 15g in it. But he's impressed with the ingredients and thinks it'll work better than Scar Zone gel.

  12. You realize how lame it is when you're older.

    I think that girls who do the whole "bend-over-touch the floor-back up the body" move is absolutely retarded.

    Dancing is cool, feeling sexy while doing it is cool, but when you're rubbing up against a guys boner, with only a few pieces of material separating you in a HIGHSCHOOL dance with teachers around, thats nasty.

    My principle yelled out, "3 feet" whenever she saw people kissing/holding eachother in the halls, nevermind a dance.

    At prom, a girl got kicked out for jumping up on a table and doing a pole-dance without the pole.

  13. Yeah I work at Shoppers....I think we have it....I know we have the blotchy skin one for sure.

    Although I've been told to use this Scar Zone healing ointment that you can get in the band-aid section.

    I've also heard Mederma works really well too.

    Netrogena also has this Post-Acne mark serum....probably have to read into that.

    I really don't want to have to pay into Microdermabrasion...too frikken expensive.

    It sucks sometimes living in different countries and having to try to find stuff online and then have it shipped to you if it isn't available where you live. We don't sell Aquaphor here at my drugstore and hardly any Eucerin products (which I'm told are the best for your skin)...So I had to buy some Eucerin Sensitive Skin SPF 30 Moisturiser from the States. Same with Mederma....had to look at eBay. I don't bother with Amazon.

  14. I think we're more worried about our acne than our S/O is.

    I mean, they probably wouldn't be with you in the first place if they were THAT superficial.

    I was so critical about myself when it came to my face. I'd be like, "Ew, why are you kissing my face, you realize you just kissed a zit right!?" He'd be like, "So?!"

    I think I was more grossed out about it than he was. Plus I always figured the bacteria in his spit made it worse.

    Now that I'm clear, the only difference in him is always wanting to pet my face because its so smooth.

    His quote: "Everyone picks out their own flaws, but the world sees it from a completely different angle."