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Hey JJ, Well, as of today Iím still doin the sameÖslow progress. Itís been about 20 days since I stopped eating wheat and a full week since starting to take the Yasmin and bactrim. I really wish that I was brave enough to not take the bactrim, but I really wanted to do everything possible to avoid having multiple gross lumps on my face during the holidays. It's going to be a stressful time anyway with what we have going on.

I donít know if youíd be up for it; but possibly you could talk to the doctor about taking some sort of antibiotic during the first month or two of yasmin?? It might put your mind at ease a little knowing that something would be working against the breakout. It does for me. And seriously, a couple of weeks ago, I was depressed, sad, moody, self esteem was terrible; but I have been feeling much, much better. Iím sure that itís that my face is looking better; but Iím also possibly thinking that it is from being off of the OTC also (????). Itíd really be something if that has been the root of my problems for the past few years!

I sincerely hope that this combination of not eating wheat, taking the yasmin and bactrim will do the trick. Hopefully in a month I will be off the bactrim and everything will stay just fine. As of right now, Iím only just washing my face with St. Ives Clear pore gel cleanser (tea tree oil, chamomile, and primrose (also has salicylic acid in it, but I donít think itís a lot, because it doesnít dry me out like other harsh cleansers do)). Then I put on the regenerist serum. I only have one ďactiveĒ pimple right now, the rest are old spots and are healing (SLOWLY!!!! ARGGGG!!!!).
I wish that I wasnít so fair skinned so that they wouldnít be so noticeable.

You pretty much covered what you have to avoid. Read the ingredients if you are unsure about anything. Some stores have wheat free cookies and crackers. Iíve tried one chocolate chip cookie that was pretty good; and one that was nasty! You should be fine with oatmeal; also, if you like cream of wheat hot cereal, there is a cream of rice alternative that I think tastes about the same. Honestly, not eating wheat hasnít been too hard for me. Iím so determined to have a clear face that I just donít even think about it as a hardship or anything. I eat a lot of brown rice, soup, fruits, chili, casseroles (with rice of course (not pasta)). Even tacos Ė just make sure you get the yellow shells. I havenít really ventured out to try and cook much but I do have a book of simple recipies that I found on the web that I want to try.

Hehehe, I think that our boyfriends went to an acne support group or somethingÖ., they are saying the same exact things :) I think that they are doing both- being sincere but also saying the things that we want to hear and trying to make us feel better. I mean, like you said Ė they see the same thing that you see. If you have a huge zit in the middle of your chin itís not like it is invisible to them just because they love you (that, and that cover up makeup that works oh-so-well (yeah right!!))

My chiropractor put me on the adrenal gland pills after I ďfailedĒ his kinesiology test. The adrenal gland is basically in charge of handling stress for your body. I guess that apparently, mine doesnít work too well. I do worry a lot, get anxious, and let things bother me quite a bit instead of letting them goÖÖ These pills have a large amount of B-vitamins which help with stress, fatigue, carbohydrate metabolism, and cell regeneration. Also it has PABA (para-amino-benzoic-acid) in it and Iíve read that is used highly for skin and hair health. A lot of people say that taking extra B vitamins help with their skin. I also take a pretty good multivitamin, extra calcium, magnesium, zinc (all in one pill), and an extra vitamin E & evening primrose capsule. I know it sounds like a lot, but itís really not; I take some in the morning and some at night. And honestly, itís not all for acne; I do try and be healthy. We also make juice at home, about once a day and add flax oil to it. My boyfriend is in charge of that Ė he puts in apple, carrot, and spinach. Doesnít taste bad (honest :)) .

Well, sorry for the long post. Good luck with starting the yasmin, let me know how itís going for you. Also, let me know if you have any other questions / or just wanna vent.
hey JJ, Iím sorry that things are going like they are for you. Howís your face today? Improve any overnite?

I was exactly where you were at a couple weeks ago. A big welt on my cheek and like 5-8 (some old, some active) pimples all around my chin. Right now I still have the old marks that are fading away SLOWLY on my chin (like 5-6 of those) and a nodule on my cheek that Iím hoping will flatten out enough to Ĺ way cover with makeup by tomorrow. I thought all was going well until I woke up this morning with a new pimple under my lower lip. If I remember right, this is one that I messed with before, and it went away kinda quicklyÖ.wonder if itís just decided to come back for a second fight.

My forehead and nose are normally my safe spots; I rarely get anything on them. My cheeks normally are too, but the past few months Iíve had some bumps pop up.
I feel for you, because Iím able to basically come in and just work with the same handful of people and could hibernate in my cubicle all day. You have to work with all those children, so I suppose that it would be hard to do that AND have to deal with being in such a depressed mood. Donít feel bad for cancelling at your Grams; I would have done the same thing.

What have you been eating? Do you drink enough water or drink sodas? Have you given any more thought to doing a low carb/no wheat/no sugar diet? Have you ever tried Bactrim or are you allergic to sulfa drugs? Iíve been told that bactrim is a quick acting antibiotic that should clear you up, and is one of those ďlast alternatives before taking accutaneĒ, but not something to take long term. Thatís what Iím taking now. It hasnít cleared me completely by any means ---, but I do have a few things going on here, and I did still start the yasmin Ė so who knows where I would be if I wasnít taking it. In the past month Iíve:
1. stopped eating wheat
2. started the adrenal/b-vitamin supplements
3. started yasmin and bactrim
4. started applying tazorac to my trouble spots & rinsing it off (I know now to only do it at night!!!)
5. TRY my best to drink 8 glasses of water or tea a day. (do pretty good)
6. added to my daily vitamins I take.
a. Good quality multivitamin (has way more than the RDA% in it, which I was told wasnít enough for people to rely on)
b. Good quality calcium
c. Adrenal/B-vitamin pill
d. Extra calcium; magnesium, zinc (these are also in the multivitamin, so with both I think that I get as much zinc as I should without going overboard)
e. Evening primrose oil (donít know if this does anythign, but figure itís not hurting.
f. Vitamin E capsule
g. And I do a carrot/apple/spinach juice 5 days of the week w/added flax oil)

So, you see, I was making sure to drink the water and eating healthily for a long time now (even before the start of this month). I donít do perfect, but itís very frustrating to know that I do all of this and still break out but yet all these other people EAT CRAP !!!!! Itís nerve-wracking!!!!! And yeah, itís JUST NOT FAIR!

When you use the tazorac, do you put it on your whole face? I guess tazorac is just really exfoliating and can bring up the crud before it starts to prevent breakouts, so yeah, I guess you are right that it may be culprit. I know how you feel, but Iíd say to try my little routine with it at night Ė or even every other night just so that maybe then you will get used to it. ?????

Trust me, I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to see anyone, talk to anyoneÖ, I wonít even open my door to my neighbors most of the time and itís 100% because of my face (and god help me if Iíve just washed it and donít have on any makeup and we have someone pay us a ďsurpriseĒ visit. I just want to hide. I wish I was invisible..)

Take care, and keep your head up. I know itís easier said than done, but try and be thankful for the things that you do have, your close family and your caring boyfriend, etcÖ., things could me much worse. You could have acne AND be dying from some disease, AND be all alone. This is what I try, try, try to tell myself when I get so depressed. It doesnít work to get me out of the depression; but it lightens it a LITTLE bit, and I can use all the help I can get in those times. You arenít alone; I'm here for ya :wave:

Take care, and let me know how youíre doing.

Oh, and I've never done the massive dose B-5 thing..., thought about it, but just haven't done it yet.

I'm thinking that if the Yasmin and diet changes don't work, then I'm going to get on spironlactone. But, THE YASMIN IS GONNA WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[This message has been edited by knut (edited 10-24-2003).]

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