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My plan of attack
Jun 26, 2001

I'm new to posting here, but I have been lurking for a few weeks. I appreciate everyone who posts here, you've given such great advice and I love the honesty about treatments and products.

Some background information about myself, I am 19 (will be 20 in July), and have had mild-moderate acne since I was 11. I suspect my acne is hormonal, but I'm not 100% sure. I have an appointment with my dermatologist in a month, and am planning to ask for Retin-A Micro. I've used differin and tetracycline previously, but differin dried my skin way too much, mine's very sensitive. As far as the tetracycline, antibiotics are very scary things to me, especially after working in a health food store and hearing all sorts of negative stories, so I definitely do *not* want to be taking any of that. I do have to admit it did help clear up the whiteheads.

From my lurking here, I've read about others success with B5, and have decided to give it a go for two months. I have very oily skin, so hearing this help dries that up is very encouraging! I'll be taking 1000 MG's, along with 320 MG's of Saw Palmetto, which I've also read is good for hormonal acne. I pray that this will help clear up my acne, because although it's not severe, it's still very destructive to my self esteem. I look in the mirror and only see the blackheads and whiteheads. Hopefully in two months time, I'll be able to report that my skin has improved by 50%! That alone would make me very happy.

I'm also curious to try the salt water treatment I've read today, but I don't want to over do it, as my skin is sensitive.

Here are my *hopefully* before pics:

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Best luck to all of you trying to get rid of your own acne.

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