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Alright, so, since I’m not on some form of hormonal contraceptive my face is... less than stellar, not bad just not what I want. Acne is one of the ‘side effects’ to my IUD, it’s really just going from something that’s good for your skin to something that doesn’t help it at all. This summer was particularly less than awesome and my confidence is not always there. I am almost 27 years old, I should not have pimples :| The weather is changing and my face is getting butter but I still wanted something that could help me out that isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. I was originally looking for stuff(s?) I could snag in a drug store and was ready to do that until I stumbled on acne.org. They tell you exactly what’s in their products and how you go about finding your own in a drug store. I’m lazy, though, so I ordered a 1-2 month supply to test. You’re supposed to see results in about 2 weeks. At which point I’ll figure out if I want to order more or not.

Anyway, my kit came on Saturday and I started using it yesterday. Here’s to clearer skin!

To anyone saying ‘change your diet!’. I can’t think of anything to change. I don’t eat like crap all the time, very little greasy food or chocolate. I’ll have a pop occasionally but I try to stick to tea/juice/water.

Date: 2011-10-04 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draco751.livejournal.com
I was one of those experiment kids that was on accutane for some time. Had blood work done every other weekend (3 vials each trip), the pills smelled horrid, and the handful of side effects were less than pleasant as well like being much more susceptible to sunlight. But in the end, it worked, oh my god did it work well too. I was really bad in my early years of high school, and in a matter of a few months my skin was so soo much better. The drug is very controversial and they pretty much won't prescribe it to women unless you sign wavers out the ass! It worked for me though, but I defiantly don't recommend it to many others. Any more I still have a few bumps from time to time, but I mostly attribute those to shaving and the havoc that stubble can wreak.

Date: 2011-10-04 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
I think I remember hearing about Accutane, most notably to stay away from it or only get a hold of it if you REALLY needed it. That's the problem with being a girl, if I go to a doctor they're just going to prescribe me antibiotics and tell me to get on the pill :|

Date: 2011-10-04 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arphalia.livejournal.com
Skin is such a weird thing. What works for someone, won't work for someone else and all that. :| That said..

I've found that anything with a decent amount of salicylic acid works well for me on a daily basis. (I use this Olay daily scrub. Its in a big blue tube and the stuff is a light blue, clearish gel with blue scrubby bits, though when they first made it, it had no scrubby bits and worked about the same.) Pretty much anything with salicylic acid though, works nice for me.

I don't have super oily skin, but its certainly doesn't get dry unless its REALLY dry out, like in winter or something. When it does get dry, I use a tiny bit of moisturizer I get from Sally's. Its all hippie-like and made from hemp. ;p Its in a small gray-silver tub with a black lid that says Hemp on it. It moisturizes without being greasy (which is one reason I stayed away from moisturizers for the longest time). I really only use it when I need it and put it on right after a shower so the wetness on my skin from it will spread it around and allow it to seep in.

One more thing I do from every other month is to do an acid peel at home. It can burn like hell and you can only leave it on for 2 minutes (or actually get chemical burn) and you'll have a few days of redness and shedding skin but dude, the stuff works great for as a recharge on the face! I find zits I never knew I even HAD by using this stuff. It basically surfaces everything in one shot and makes them get the hell outta dodge. It can also be used between mass extermination by dabbing on strays that wanna linger around.

For the acid peel, you can either search google for "skin rx glycolid acid peel" or click here and see if the link will work. http://skinrxclinic.com/view.php?cat_ID=292&prod_ID=2oz-skin-peel-kit&name=2oz+Home+Skin+Peel+Kit&cat=Home+Skin+Peels&sub=Jessner+Skin+Peel

I also use the microderm abrasion right BEFORE the peel (not after though, I only had to do it in reverse once to know NEVER AGAIN) http://skinrxclinic.com/35/Anti-Aging/Glycolic+Acid/1/SRX_MP2/Microdermabrasion+Peel+2+oz+net+weight+jar

The cost is kinda scary online at the main site but you can find it cheaper if you dig around for it. Also, the content will last forever since you don't use a lot each time. If you ever go for it, have a moisturizer for afterward even if you don't normally use one cause you'll want it! :)

Date: 2011-10-04 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
Yeah, stupid skin, I wasn't EVER this bad in high school.

I should mention the things I've tried already which are, Neutrogena Oil Free Cream Cleanser, which is salicylic acid (and alcohol, which is apparently a no-no) based and I switched to Antibacterial Dial bar soap a few months ago (it's gold colored) because that's what worked for a friend of mine. Both have helped but neither have made the pimples go away completely.

The info on acne.org says that irritation is one of the leading causes of acne, I have to not scrub my face with my towel when I get out of the show, but gently pat it dry. Also, lack of moisturizer doesn't help at all. Which, like you said, finding one that's not oily is such a pain! The acne.org kit came with 3 bottles, cleanser, treatment, moisturizer. I have to say the moisturizer is quite light and not greasy/oily.

I'm not going to lie, that skin peel scares the bejeesus out of me. I think that may be a 'last report' thing for me. My face isn't really that bad, just enough to bother me.

Date: 2011-10-05 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kriscynical.livejournal.com
Mary Kay makes a GREAT non-oily really light moisturizer in their Velocity skin care line. My face is still fairy oily even though I'm 27, so I have to be really careful what kind of moisturizer I use so I don't turn my face into an oil slick or the Sahara. I've found that the Mary Kay stuff has just the right balance. It feels light when it goes on, it absorbs into the skin immediately so it doesn't feel greasy, and my face still feels clean after putting it on. They have a facial cleanser to go with it, too, although I usually use a Dove gentle exfoliating scrub in a white tube a couple times a week to take dry skin off of my face.

Date: 2011-10-05 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
I will also keep this in mind :) Other then the stuff acne.org included in their kit I have this Amlactin stuff that used to be prescription, but now isn't and is only available at like, Costco or some such, I had a coworker go snag some for me when we were talking about non-greasy lotion one time.

Date: 2011-10-05 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kriscynical.livejournal.com
I return bearing links! If you want to give it a try it's right here: http://www.marykay.com/skincare/moisturization/10001500/10001500/default.aspx I got to try a lot of Mary Kay stuff at Ringling since my CA roommate Rachel was a Mary Kay rep. :P

I found the Olay stuff, too: http://www.olay.com/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=075609040320&productline=OlayProfessional

I hope you can find something that works for you!

Date: 2011-10-05 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
Woot! Now I know what the bottle look like, thank you :D

Date: 2011-10-05 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kriscynical.livejournal.com
Although I am on hbc I still get small breakouts on my chin at the same time every month. I want to try some Olay stuff I saw on TV that is supposed to be specifically for women our age on into their 30s and 40s who still deal with acne and breakouts in general. I think it's called "Pro X Acne Relief" or something. They also advertise Proactiv for 20-30 somethings as well as teens which could be worth a shot. My niece was on it for a while and it seemed to help her.

....and it still doesn't sound right to me to call "soda" "pop". ;)

Date: 2011-10-05 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
Yeah, I thought about Proactiv initially, but wanted to try some other things first. I'll keep the Olay stuff in mind if these regimen doesn't work.

It'll always be 'pop' to me, no matter how many 'soda' people I live around X)

Date: 2011-10-12 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xzadfor.livejournal.com
I think right after I hit my 20's the acne technology increased so much you rarely see pizza faced teens anymore.

I never noticed your face had a problem, myself.

Date: 2011-10-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahrkale.livejournal.com
It was a development over the summer with the season change, really. It was hardly noticeable before that. And even prior to treatment it wasn't really that bad, I just hate having acne, period.

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