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#31 *Paula*



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Posted 23 May 2005 - 02:36 PM

I suffer too!! Spots and blackheads pretty much all based around my chin and nose, I had the hormone tests but all came back clear, the doc gave me the Brenda 35 pill too and it worked a treat....(but I am slack and hate taking it!!)

Although I have to amit that this wedding lark has sent me off to the salon and I have booked in to have fortnightly facials to hopefully clear my skin completely!

I am booked for the Ultrace*ticals facial peels - has anyone had these?? and more importantly do they work????!!! I have been using the pre-peel stuff for only a few days but I must say I already can see a difference!

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#32 Saffire


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Posted 23 May 2005 - 03:00 PM

Hi Girls

Amongst the other things I've tried (see prev post) I forgot to mention the pill. I was on Dianne 35 which did help but I seem to go a little mental on the pill.

Very recent studies have found a link between the pill (particular those with the girls' names e.g. Dianne, Yasmin etc) and depression.

Something else I'll throw in but more useful on the actual day is concealer. Some concealers are so good you can't even tell there's anything underneath! I use a really thick m@c one. It could almost hide a big nose... tongue.gif

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 10:38 PM

QUOTE (Wendy J @ May 20 2005, 05:59 PM)
I went to my gp today and got a hormone test so hopefully it may show up something. Anyway I got a script for the pill "Levlin" because I'm so sick of this acne problem, it's just driving me nuts!

I've been using Pro@ctive for a week and it helped a bit so far but my skin is now really dry, I will take your advice and only use it once a day I think. Last night I got a nice bit red blister on my chin and it hurts. So no, they are still popping up here and there. No big change in that department yet.

Hey there just wanted to let you when when I was 17yrs old I went onto Diane 35 which is a pill for girls with problem skin, although VERY effective it takes time, and I have now come off it and I am paying for it BIG time, I have not had my period since Jan 05, I know what you are saying yeah sounds good but my hormone levels are so low that I am not ovulating, and this is a side effect of the pill so my GP tells me... and thus my body thinks its pregnant, nice I even got to experience morning sickness!!!
So just be careful and look at the possibilites to help your skin rather than taking the pill for it!!!!!

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 11:12 PM

QUOTE (princessjess @ May 14 2005, 01:45 PM)
Hi guys

I'm not terribly concerned about engaging in rigorous beauty regimes in the lead up to my wedding, however one thing I'm a bit worried about is my skin. I tend to suffer breakouts and mild acne most of the time. I can generally keep it under control with various products etc., but given I now have a long lead time (10 months) to try and clear it up altogether, I thought I might take some action.

So, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of treatments or anything else I could start doing now so I'm not stressing about my skin in the weeks before the wedding!! I don't think my skin issues are linked to my diet - I am a very healthy lass and drink plenty of water, eat very little junk etc. I think it's just one of those pain in the @ss things that have carried over from my teenage years!

Has anyone else had this problem and found a solution they wouldn't mind sharing with me?

Go and see a beauty consultant who will set up a beauty regime for you! make sure you buy a good moisteriser and exfoliate once a week.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 10:34 AM

I have been using Diane 35 for years now but still having a few problems. I have been to a dermatologist and have used Dermalogica products for years which do help in the texture of the skin. The dermatolgist believed my problem was hormonal rather than an actual skin problem so I have just started on 'doxycycline' antibiotics. I did a google search on them once he gave them to me and they are well recommended in the treatment of acne. They are used to treat bacterial infections i.e thrush, rashes etc but also acne so will see how these go. Apparently a low dosage of these combined with the pill will clear the skin in no time so here goes!

Has anybody used the above antibiotic? I would be interested to hear your results.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 10:27 PM

QUOTE (Saffire @ May 23 2005, 03:00 PM)

Very recent studies have found a link between the pill (particular those with the girls' names e.g. Dianne, Yasmin etc) and depression.

Oh my god I have been on the pill since I was 18 (just over 2 yrs now) and was put straight on Yasmin as I was worried about putting on weight...the whole depression thing, I never thought of that! I wouldn't say I am depressed but definitely VERY moody, something I hadn't really been before I was on the pill.....maybe I should go to the doctor and change pills? I am worried now!!!

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:35 AM

I had problem skin in my early 20s and took zinc tablets which helped. I tried the harsh cleansers but they just dried out my skin.

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 09:13 PM

I know exactly how you feel. I am the same....

I went on the pill to get rid of my acne (YAAAY) not to control cycles but for that only and to help with mood swings..

The only thing i can suggest is, doing a regular face mask to help prevent black heads. Do not do it the night before your wedding always do it a few days before hand to let your skin settle.

Drinking heaps of water is also a good thing too...

Good luck

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:28 AM

Okay guys, I am trying one last thing before I start spending $$ on pro@tiv and the like....

The other night I bought a tea tree face wash at the supermarket. I have a tea tree mask that works wonders, so I thought I would give this one a crack before I start forking out for other things. It may not do anything, but if that's the case then I have only wasted $8. I am just about to take on a mortgage so at this point I'm trying to keep costs down where I can!!

I will update you in about a week and let you know how I go...wish me luck!

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:48 AM

princessjess, see how you go with the tea tree. I still recommend pr*activ@ as a short term solution, maybe just for 3 months before the wedding. I would just order one kit and then cancel from the club. And as some of the girls mentioned, maybe use it once a day instead of twice a day.
I can 99% guarantee you will notice a difference within two weeks. But I firmly encourage you to use a good moisuriser with it, and also after you have finished with it to keep your skin hydrated. I haven't used the system for almost 2 months and my skin is only now starting to heal and hydrate (it went really red and started to flake on my cheeks about 3 weeks ago).

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 04:15 PM

Hey princessjess, just to throw another idea at you!!

If the stuff in pr@act!ve is benzoyl peroxide and you're on a budget, can I suggest going to your chemist and getting a cream called Benzac. There's 2 kinds, the water based and the alcohol based (I think?) one, and it comes in different strengths. I had bad acne a couple of years ago, brought on by medication, and as well as cleansing 1 - 2 times a day, exfoliating once a week and drinking heaps of water (things I think everyone should do for their skin anyway, good or bad), using this cream on the affected areas cleared it up really quickly. I started on the 0.02% and moved up to the 0.05% as my skin got used to it, I recommend the water based it's much easier on the skin. Sounds like pr@act!ve because it also bleaches your towels and I've still got bleached pillowcases!! but it's heaps cheaper by the sounds of things.

Also when you can afford it, go and get a good facial, they really work and make you feel great! biggrin.gif
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Posted 06 June 2005 - 02:13 PM

I tried everything and found that no face wash works. When I started taking Dianne 35 it worked an absolute miracle for me, it took about six months but after that people would comment how great my skin is, but after several years I got brown patches on my face so I have just come off it (and this is just before my wedding - Arrrhhhhhhh). And I have only just got an explanation off i-DO for whilst I feel so pregnant (when I'm not!) - thank you to the girl who posted that!!!!!!
Now I would recommend Diane short term but girls, be wary of Doctors who tell you that there are no side effects for taking the pill long term........

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 11:26 AM

Okay, so the tea tree is not going too badly. I haven't seen any miracle results but at the same time haven't had any breakouts either.

StarGrrl - I've got the cream and you're right, it does work really well. I tend to use it for a bit then stop for a bit to give my skin a rest from the chemicals, but I think I might ramp it up again, with the tea tree, and see how I go. Thanks for your great advice.

I continue to have a problem with little 'bumps' on my face though. Up until recently I was exfoliating pretty regularly but it sort of only kept them at bay rather then eradicting the problem altogther. Any one else have this or any ideas?

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:30 AM

Since I was 13 I have had the type of skin where I would get the odd 2 - 3 at bad time 5 - 6 pimples all at once. I was a bit of a picker...but often these pimples were big and blind and almost looked like cysts or boils on my face. I have spends hundreds if not thousands on cleansers, toners, moisturisers, concealers, foundations, acne treatments, pills, masks - you name it I have probably tried it.

I have fair very dry and sensitive (and often itchy) skin. The best things I have found to work for me are:

* A face wash called Cet@phil. It is SOOOO cheap and lasts for ages. You can get it form the chemist for about $8 for a small bottle that will last you a couple of months. What is $8 compared to what you have probably spent in the past??!! At first I didn't like it as it didn't feel like it was 'cleaning' my skin. As those of you with bad skin would know if you aren't scrubbing and if it doesn't burn than it isn't clean!!
* Y@smin contraceptive pill. I too used Diane35, blew up like a balloon and I am impatient - after 6 months and 6 extra kilos I decided I would rather have slightly worse skin and not be so depressed by the weight gain. On starting Y@smin I found my skin cleared up within 4 weeks and the weight literally fell off me and I no longer felt bloated. In terms of cost it is similar to Diane35 but if you are with a private health fund and get a letter from your GP to say it isn't for contraceptive purposes your private health fund will reimburse you for some of the cost.
* A light foundation. I used to use a think foundation that had zinc in it as I was told this would help the dryness. It provided good coverage - but made me breakout even more. I have found a light foundation (just dab a bit extra on problem areas such as pimples) looks much better than caking on thick make up. While it is embarrassing and humilating when people talk to your pimple - it will clear up a lot quicker.

* Don't pick - if you have to - one squeeze per pimple. If you are prone to picking - AVOID THE MIRROR! If you go to the mirror - don't get too close!
* Don't wash your face more than twice a day...the more you wash the more pimples you will get. I used to wash my face up to 5 times a day when I had bad skin - but this just irritates that bad parts and makes you face produce more oil which = more pimples! I only exfoliate once every 4 - 5 days to stop irritation.
* Use a light moisturiser that you put on as soon as you wash/cleanse your face will your face is still moist - this will look in some moisture. I find that this works better than using a really oily moisturiser which people with bad skin are prone to doing as the anti-acne treatments are so drying
* If you use tea tree oil on pimples - dilute it in water first - otherwise it can irritate you skin and make the area really red.
* Take evening primose oil tablets - moisturise from the inside out. They also reduce symtoms of PMS (eg moodiness) which your H2B will be grateful!

Hope this helps!

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:43 AM

Are there any pills that clear up your skin, but don't make you put on weight? I went on Minulet when i was 16 to help with my skin, but 10kg later i decided that pimples were better then being depressed cause i was putting on so much weight. Plus, i don't want to start of a pill just before my wedding and then not fit into my dress.

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