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AshleyC83

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  1. I just got mirena a few weeks ago and it actually cleared my skin. This year my skin started flaring up again after success with accutane 2 years ago. After which I figured I'd have to go on another course in the near future, which I was not happy about. I got mirena in hopes of lightening/stopping my period and also to not have to bother with daily birth control. At first I was worried about it making my acne worse. Its been about 4 weeks since I had it inserted and its actually gotten much
  2. Many of us are probably using condoms while on accutane. So its not a good idea to use vaseline on the genital area, even if its just to mositurize. Vaseline breaks condoms and there could still be some there if you were to wash it off first.
  3. I empathize with you about that. Unfortunately, peristant/adult acne is a very marginalized and overlooked medical condition. I'm about 6 weeks into my course of accutane and I'm wondering how my skin will react after I go off of it. The only thing that comforts me is the number. 90% go into remission after finishing the course. So that helps. I was on an antibiotic/ocp/retin a course prior to accutane that was working fairly well. So if I relapse, I will most likely go back on that befo
  4. Hey everyone. Haven't been on here for a while. I just started accutane to treat my adult acne. With accutane being such a controversal and harsh drug, I decided to keep a video diary about it and I encourage others to do the same. My youtube address is http://www.youtube.com/user/ashleychurchill I also have some student films from when I was in film school, if you're bored enough. Thanks! -Ashley
  5. Hey everyone. Haven't been on here for a while. I just started accutane to treat my adult acne. With accutane being such a controversal and harsh drug, I decided to keep a video diary about it and I encourage others to do the same. My youtube address is http://www.youtube.com/user/ashleychurchill I also have some student films from when I was in film school, if you're bored enough. Thanks! -Ashley
  6. Hey everyone. Haven't been on here for a while. I just started accutane to treat my adult acne. With accutane being such a controversal and harsh drug, I decided to keep a video diary about it and I encourage others to do the same. My youtube address is http://www.youtube.com/user/ashleychurchill I also have some student films from when I was in film school, if you're bored enough. Thanks! -Ashley
  7. I did it to get rid of the red marks after my acne cleared. It did the trick, but I got a sudden flare up of breakouts and many red marks came back. Expensive and has a 4 day recovery. Don't bother unless you've gone a LONG time without a breakout.
  8. I'm going for a microlaser peel later this week. I'll let you guys know the results.
  9. I don't think your acne can be resolved by a certain cleanser alone. If its been going on this long, you should consider speaking with a dermatologist. In the meantime, I suggest you apply vitamin A cream at night. It naturally helps your skin shed dead skin cells and bacteria more effectively. I used every OTC product under the sun plus every other antibiotic before I found the treatment plan that works for me. If you decide to add a vitamin A oral supplement to the mix, be sure not to exc
  10. The sad thing is that there is no one treatment regime that works for everyone. If you have tried OTC products and nothing has helped, you may need to speak with a dermatologist. But there are a few things you can do until you get an appointment. Some acne will not resolve without prescription meds. In my experience, I have found that many products in drug stores are not that helpful in clearing acne. I've used everything available and the only face wash I've found that works is Vichy Norma
  11. I understand how frustrated you are. I dealt with acne for 12 years until I found my regimen that worked for me. And in my experience, some acne will never be successfully treated without prescription meds. So if you're one of those people, its time you get over your hang ups and get serious about treating your acne. Not all meds will make your skin peel off. You just have to keep trying until you find the meds that work for you. The first step I suggest you take to start applying vitamin
  12. I've had alot of success with two versions of clindamycin. I use Dalacin T in the morning and Clindoxyl every other night. I also use Retin A and Ortho tricyclen.
  13. You entire regimen is OTC. Have you spoken with a dermatologist? I dealt with acne for 12 years before I found the routine that worked for me. First off, I ONLY use Vichy Normaderm face wash and I ONLY use Elizabeth Arden concealer, foundation and powder. In my experience, sadly, price does make a difference. Everything I've used from a drug store was ineffective. Drug store make up made it worse. I use two forms of Clindamycin (antibiotic). I use Dalacin T, (topical solution that resem
  14. I took it years ago. I didn't notice any improvements and I really hated being on an eating schedule. Also, I didn't experience any side effects, but there are known side effects of tetracycline. It can permanently stain your teeth and cause UTIs, among other things. So if you don't notice any improvements, don't hesitate to switch to something else.
  15. I know using products like this can be a tad emasculating. But we're talking about 20 seconds out of your day to apply it. So just suck it up and do it. If I have to listen to my male peers fart and belch, you can apply moisturizer twice a day. And if you're going to apply moisturizer, you might as well use one with an SPF. Sunscreen can increase effectiveness of some acne meds when you're using the right one. If whatever you're using is increasing your breakouts, maybe its just not right
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