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Posted by DEBBIE on November 08, 2000 at 21:28:39:

In Reply to: Debbie --RE: Azelaic Acid + UPDATE posted by lindsay on November 08, 2000 at 18:29:49:

: Hi Debbie and everyone!
: I have no idea why they sell azelaic acid at a hair site Debbie! Weird. I finished accutane November 1 and I am so excited! I don't know how well azelaic acid works for actual acne, what it is usually prescribed for, but it is AWESOME for red marks! My skin is getting better everyday it seems like! I just have faint red marks on my cheeks left. I think your skin really does get ALOT better once you finish accutane. It's still fragile cause I've only been off it a week, but I think it is gaining some "strength" or getting a little less fragile.

: It also seems like my skin COLOR is alot better. I don't know how to explain it, but I really never knew what my actual skin tone was like. All these years of breaking out, my skin was really red and then on accutane either red or very pale. Now I'm seeing that I have a yellowish colored skin (kind of light olive I think) and I really like it! I always thought I would be pale with flushed cheeks, I thought that was just my natural skin tone.

: I just want to tell everyone to have hope! I never thought I would get this much better. Right now, if the UPS man came to my door, I wouldn't hide like I used to, I would answer the door and be able to make eye contact with him without feeling too self conscious, but I wouldn't feel comfortable yet about going without makeup to school or anywhere else in public. But I can see that I will get to that point and it I know we all will! I have never felt better about my skin.

: I am using the azelaic acid every morning and night, and alternating at night between one night Cetaphil Soap and Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner and the next night St Ives Extra Mild Apricot Scrub. Last Wednesday I gave myself a 15% glycolic acid peel and one today also. It stung a little but that's it (no excessive redness or anything) I'm going to keep doing that every week and using a AHA BHA mask every week. I keep my skin moisturized all the time and I found this cool thing at a health food store. It's called "Aubrey Organics (they have a website) Sparkling Mineral Water Herbal Complexion Mist" Geez, long name huh? It contains mineral water, aloe, vitamin E and vitamin A and a few other things. (I figure the little amount of vitamin A it contains is okay, even though I've only been off accutane for a week) I spray this stuff on over my moisturizer to lock in moisture and over my makeup to make it look nicer. I LOVE it!

: My lips are almost back to normal, still a little dry but not too bad. Also, my mood has improved 110%. I'm finally going out with my friends again instead of making up excuses not to like I did while I was on accutane.

: Even though I don't really need to come here as much as I used to (since I think I have a good "plan" to get me where I'd be totally satisfied) I still do come here alot and I want you all to know that I always will come and answer any questions that I can. I won't stop coming here till we all find something that works for us! I know that there is something that will work for everyone here.

: Just wanted to let you guys know what's working for me, any questions just ask.

: Thanks for reading
: Lindsay

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