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About smashley007

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  1. This stuff is awesome, but it's not a quick fix!

    I am a 23 year old female who has been suffering from acne since before puberty. My acne runs the gamut from blackheads to whiteheads to severe cysts. I went on an oral contraceptive when I was a teenager and that helped keep my skin clear for a few years, but about a year ago my cystic acne returned with a vengeance. I would say it was worse than it had ever been, and nothing topical was helping, so I went to my dermatologist. She explained that spironolactone is a good option for women who are
  2. It seems like you have this problem under control, but I just wanted to say that anytime you introduce a new product to your skin, even if you've been using some of the active ingredients beforehand, you run the risk of having a reaction. The puffiness could have been the food (I know tons of people that swell up when they eat MSG, the stuff is horrible) and probably was, but even if it wasn't one of the negatives about starting a new skin care regimen is the potential of a bad reaction. But fro
  3. I'm not sure about this question, but I just wanted to say that I've been using Acanya for 4+ months now and I LOVE it. It's really helped reduce my moderate acne and it doesn't dry my skin out. I highly recommend it and hope you have a good experience with it too!
  4. Maybe beer causes you to break out because it contains gluten (unless, of course, you drink gluten-free beer), and that is an acne trigger for many people. Grapes on the other hand are great for skin (and overall health), so I can see why wine would help. Just a thought.
  5. It's probably the dairy component of the fro-yo that's making you break out, not the sugar (although that can be a huge trigger for lots of people). A lot of people can't tolerate dairy-- and if you're one of them, that's okay. Just try eliminating yogurt for a while and see if it makes any difference.
  6. I have several blackheads on my nose and even with repeated use, the Biore pore strips don't work. I think you'd be better off gently exfoliating and using a comedone extractor.
  7. I only apply jojoba oil at night. I really don't care what I look like when I'm asleep so I am pretty generous with it before I go to bed, and I've found that as long as I wash my face in the morning I'm not any more oily than when I don't use it at all. I think that just one application a day is enough, and I actually have noticed my skin looks better when I'm using it consistently in my night regimen.
  8. I've had a great experience with Acanya. My derm put me on it at the beginning of June because I was breaking out TERRIBLY and it really helped my acne calm down. I didn't have any initial breakout. Since it has BP it can be drying if you use it twice a day, but I find that just using it at night gives great results. I've only had two or three small pimples since starting it. And I haven't had any problems with skin discoloration or bad irritation. I think that everyone has unique skin and react
  9. I am currently on Doxy for the third or fourth time (I know, it's ridiculous) and this is the first time it's really been making a difference in my skin. The first few times I used it my stomach was reacting in a way that I just couldn't justify; I was running to the bathroom every minute and felt horrible all day long. But in May of this year I had a terrible breakout and finally got to the point where I had to try again, so my derm put me on a low dose (100 mg a day) and I'm glad to say it's b
  10. I second the Shiseido recommendation. I am a sunscreen fanatic and have tried LOTS of products, but Shiseido is by far the best I have ever used. It doesn't cause breakouts and makes my skin look smooth and even. I'm not in the sun that much so I use the SPF 38 version (it's called Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream) but I have heard a lot of good things about the SPF 55 too. I think it's definitely worth the money.
  11. First I take a long, hot shower, and very gently exfoliate my face with a washcloth, focusing on the nose area (that's where my blackheads are too). Then, after getting out, I sterilize a comedone extractor (you can buy these at the drugstore, they should be in the beauty tools section) with rubbing alcohol and then extract the blackheads. Be very gentle when you are extracting and you shouldn't have any trouble with lingering red marks; mine usually disappear by the next day. I hope this helps!
  12. I was on the Regimen for a good six months, and unfortunately my skin is just too sensitive to BP for it to work for me. Despite starting slow and using lots of moisturizer and jojoba I just couldn't take the dryness. I'm not trying to discourage you, because I know that this Regimen has helped SO many people with their struggles, and if your skin can handle BP, then it will probably work well for you. I'm one of the few unlucky ones whose skin is just too sensitive. I would suggest that you sta
  13. I've been using Acanya since the beginning of June and I really like it. My skin has improved drastically (granted, I'm also on Doxy right now so that's definitely part of my success) and I've only had one small cyst since I started using it. I started off using it twice a day, but that was too drying so I switched to only using it at night and I find it works just as well. I use more than recommended (like a blueberry size dollop instead of a pea) followed by Dan's moisturizer at night and my s
  14. I think this is a good point. I personally don't think that my acne is caused by food, but from just being on the Acne.org message boards I can tell that food can be the determining factor for many people. I have been tested for food allergies, done elimination diets for just about everything, and I was vegan for a year but I still have some acne. However, I will say that when I'm active and outside in the fresh air, free of stress, my skin and body just feel better, regardless of what I'm eatin