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Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 03-06-2007, 12:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,459
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Consequences of very sick schizophrenic mother..

I'm the oldest of 7 siblings that span 20 years. I recently acknowledged that I was unhappy and started therapy. This uncovered anxiety and eventually landed on post-traumatic stress disorder as my...
Board: Allergies 12-05-2006, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,501
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Newly diagosed wheat allergy - Need some advice

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I think I am just getting a cold that's due to the blizzard we just had, suddenly freezing temperatures and everyone in my office being sick.

However, I did find...
Board: Allergies 12-04-2006, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,501
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Newly diagosed wheat allergy - Need some advice

Care_berry: I wasn't tested for celiac but I think I may want to be just to rule that out.

Sannah: Did your symptoms disappear when you eliminated your allergic foods?

I was on an elimination...
Board: Allergies 11-21-2006, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,501
Posted By portrgirl
Newly diagosed wheat allergy - Need some advice

Hi there - I was recently diagosed with a wheat allergy. Barley also showed up (I wasn't tested for oats or rye) but not as strong. (Other positives showed up; everything was very cut and dry -...
Board: Acne 11-11-2005, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,381
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Good moisturizer?

I love Olay Complete with SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin. I used to use Cetaphil, which does work great, but Olay beats it!
Board: Acne 10-17-2005, 07:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,627
Posted By portrgirl
Re: What I've Experience with Differin Cream

Ispropyl mysirate is mainly in cosmetics (other forms are isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl isothermal, putty sterate, isostearyl neopentonate, myristyl myristate, decyl oleate, octyl sterate, octyl...
Board: Acne 10-17-2005, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,571
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Differin or retin-a

I actually started a thread recently about my experiences with Differin cream.

"What I've Experience with Differin Cream"
Board: Acne 10-17-2005, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,211
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Will this work?

There is a good chance that it will work. There's always the option of decreasing the dosage once acne is under control.

I was always reassured by my doctors that it's completely safe to be on...
Board: Acne 10-17-2005, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,627
Posted By portrgirl
Re: What I've Experience with Differin Cream

Hi! :wave: I'm going to try to answer everyone's questions...

Differin:
It can take 8-12 weeks for it to fully clean your skin and begin to keep it clear. Like all retinols (sp.) it is...
Board: Acne 10-14-2005, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,560
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Weird pimple help

You can put a hot press on it. It'll help bring it to the surface. DON'T try to pop it. It'll make it worse. Ice sometimes helps for the swelling, as does IB Profen.

Sal. acid (2% gel) helps...
Board: Acne 10-14-2005, 10:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,211
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Will this work?

I was on amoxicillian (250 mg twice a day) from the time I was 15 until this past March (age 21). It worked wonders for my skin. Unfortunately, it also gave me yeast infections when I started birth...
Board: Acne 10-14-2005, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,627
Posted By portrgirl
What I've Experience with Differin Cream

(Sorry if this is TMI)

I'm going on almost four weeks of using Differin Cream at night and Benzaclin in the morning. My last spot of acne is almost gone and I'm left with only a few red marks...
Board: Acne 10-05-2005, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,706
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Desogen Birth Control pills?

Desogen was WONDERFUL for me.

Unfortunately, a few months after I switched to the generic (Apri), my acne came back and I started spotting (sorry if TMI). I have no idea if that has to do with...
Board: Acne 10-04-2005, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,626
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Bumps on nipples.

I really think that's completely normal. It sounds like you're saying that you can squeeze these bumps and, like a whitehead, white stuff comes out similar to what's in a pustule. That can be a...
Board: Acne 10-04-2005, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,626
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Bumps on nipples.

When you say "pus," do you mean a whitish, greenish, bluish, cloudy, or clear liquid?

It is completely normal for nipples to leak a liquid when squeezed. According to *****, 80% of women...
Board: Acne 10-04-2005, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,383
Posted By portrgirl
Re: oil blotting tissues? Suggestions?

I like the Clean and Clear ones. Actually, those are the only ones that I can find in stores around me. I also like toilet paper and tissue. Works in the same way, but it's harder to not disturb...
Board: Acne 10-04-2005, 07:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,626
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Bumps on nipples.

I have quite a few also. They're suppose to be there. Some women have noticable ones while others don't. I believe the technical term for them is Montgomery glands. They enlarge during pregnancy...
Board: Acne 10-03-2005, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,571
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Differin or retin-a

Well, three weeks use of any retinoid isn't long enough to know if it's working. It generally takes 8-12 weeks before any progress is even seen. Acne can even get worse for a bit before it gets...
Board: Acne 10-03-2005, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 10,955
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Long Term minocycline use/Yeast Infections

I was on amoxicillian for my acne for years. I also got yeast infections from it (at least one a month). I took acidophilus every day, twice a day. For a while it seemed to help but eventually all...
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,608
Posted By portrgirl
Re: How do you use your moisturizer

I agree with Tracy. You just need to find the right moisturizer. I used to use Neutrogena Health Defense and that always gave me whiteheads and stung my skin. I switched to Olay Complete...
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,810
Posted By portrgirl
Re: can anyone reccomend a good bp cleanser?

Oxy makes a BP wash. I think it's 10% though. Look at the ripoff of ProActiv, Klear Advantage. Their cleanser (which you can buy separately online) contains a lower percentage of bpo and has...
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,959
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Acne is clear BUT...

Definitely, exfoliation will help a lot! I'm not a guy, but the bikini area is just as hard to deal with! ;)

St. Ives makes a wonderful line of scrubs for all different skin needs.
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,336
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Need help to reduce stress

Stress indirectly causes acne in some people. As in, you're stressing out, which causes hormonal changes, which leads to acne popping up in some people.

It's suggested that 5-10 minutes of...
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,969
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Differin Experiences

I'm currently using Differin cream. I don't apply moisturizer after I rub it in at night and my skin has actually felt BETTER (NO irritation, burning, dryness, etc) than when I was using my non-RX...
Board: Acne 09-30-2005, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,710
Posted By portrgirl
Re: how to quit Minocycline?

Wilma: You need to stay on an antibiotic for it to keep you clear. It doesn't cure acne, just works to prevent it. As soon as you stop taking the medication, it stops working. It's possible that...
Board: Acne 09-26-2005, 11:29 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 972
Posted By portrgirl
Wonderful moisturizer

I have to share a new find of mine (and see if anyone else has experienced this also).

Recently (for about a week now), I have been putting moisturizer on in the morning before makeup. I would...
Board: Acne 09-26-2005, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,265
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Retin-A + Clindamycin lotion + Minocycline

I also was prescribed minocycline by my idiot derm (I told her NO antibiotics) and nevre took it. I went to a doctor who actually listened and talked to me, and now I'm currently using Differin (a...
Board: Acne 09-26-2005, 10:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,924
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Spironolactone vs. Yasmin

I'm fairly certain that you need to be on some form of birth control pill while on Sprionolactone because it causes birth defects and irregular periods. You'd have to discuss this with your doctor;...
Board: Acne 09-26-2005, 09:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,578
Posted By portrgirl
Re: yasmin and acne

That was my experience with Desogen/Apri also! Great, until these past few months. :confused: The same thing happened when I was on Ortho-Tri too. Great for over a year, then suddenly BAD acne...
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,578
Posted By portrgirl
Re: yasmin and acne

You'd think all that, right? But why then is Ortho Tri the only pill approved for treating acne??
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 01:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,578
Posted By portrgirl
Re: yasmin and acne

I love Desogen also! When I changed drugstores, I started getting the generic form, Apri and I also started getting cystic acne again, as well as spotting (which I never had a problem with before). ...
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 11:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,578
Posted By portrgirl
Re: yasmin and acne

Yasmin is a birth control pill. It works like all bcp by releasing hormones into your body each time you take one of the pills. I'm not sure if it's available in the UK, but it's getting pretty...
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 987
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Second try for topicals?

It couldn't hurt to try it again. If you were on the cream, you could try the gel, which is suppose to be a tad bit stronger. Are you sure the Differin stopped working? Did you look around for...
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,896
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Pls help - very frustrated

Differin and Klaron seems to be a popular combination (also with minocycline). I did some research and asked my doctor for Benzaclin and Differin. It seems like people have a lot of luck w/ that...
Board: Acne 09-23-2005, 11:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,578
Posted By portrgirl
Re: yasmin and acne

I was on Ortho Tricylen. Before I finally switched I had bad mood swings, bad acne, etc. I switched to Desogen (Apri) and now, after another year and some months, am having troubles with that. In...
Board: Acne 09-22-2005, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,639
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Can't find a decentproduct to wash my face with

I am extremely acne-prone and the cleanser that I keep coming back to is Cetaphil for Normal to Oily Skin. It's the only thing that calms my skin. I also enjoy the liquid form, as opposed to...
Board: Acne 09-22-2005, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By portrgirl
Re: caffeine or Nuts

You're probably right about the whey protein. However, cutting back on coffe might be a good idea for other health reasons. :) Coffee, in smaller amounts, can actually have health BENEFITS, but...
Board: Acne 09-22-2005, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By portrgirl
Re: caffeine or Nuts

Wow. You drink an entire pot of coffee in the morning AND more in the afternoon? Is that a pot of 4 cups or 8?? I'm impressed! I'd be bouncing off the wall!!

Try keeping a skin journal. Don't...
Board: Acne 09-22-2005, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,639
Posted By portrgirl
Board: Acne 09-15-2005, 09:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,396
Posted By portrgirl
Re: cysts: topical treatments suck... i dont wanna live like this

I know, I think people are looking at me and thinking all those things. Truth is? They really don't see it, or at least not as much as we do! I noticed that I only see someone's acne when I'm...
Board: Acne 09-15-2005, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,760
Posted By portrgirl
Re: wearing makeup to bed...helps???

Check out Pure Luxe. It's my favorite. A tiny sample jar has lasted me for around five months! A 10gr jar is $8. That, along w/ my maybelline consealer stick, is a total life saver when I have a...
Board: Acne 09-15-2005, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,396
Posted By portrgirl
Re: cysts: topical treatments suck... i dont wanna live like this

Me neither. Antibiotics kept me clear for years. Unfortunately, it also wasn't the best for my body, so I went off of them last March. Since then it's been a struggle to keep my skin clear. I'd...
Board: Acne 09-14-2005, 01:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,795
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Long-term RetinA - If I DON'T stop using it...

Alright, I understand. You were pointing out that even though she's using these medications, her skin isn't reacting badly, while someone with more sensitive skin might. Not that because it's not...
Board: Acne 09-14-2005, 12:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,795
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Long-term RetinA - If I DON'T stop using it...

Just because she doesn't burn does NOT mean that damage isn't being done to the skin!! :eek: A tan in and of itself is damage! Say someone never burns, never really tans, but spend lots of time...
Board: Acne 09-14-2005, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,795
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Long-term RetinA - If I DON'T stop using it...

You shouldn't be tanning while you're using any kind of retinol product! :nono: Besides thinning your skin, it also makes it more susceptible to the sun (= skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, excess...
Board: Acne 09-08-2005, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,289
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Milk of Magnesia

Valley Girl: How often do you do this to control the oil? At night or morning? How well does it work for oily skin / acne compared to other masks?
Board: Acne 09-06-2005, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,760
Posted By portrgirl
Re: wearing makeup to bed...helps???

What do you normally do before you go to bed?
Board: Acne 09-06-2005, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,221
Posted By portrgirl
Re: Hormonal Acne Help

Look up vitamin B6, that can help PMS symptoms (which includes acne).

Also, zinc has been known to help acne but it can also be dangerous to take long-term. Talk to your doctor about this.
...
Board: Acne 09-06-2005, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,289
Posted By portrgirl
Milk of Magnesia

Has anyone heard of using Milk of Magnesia as a mask for oily / acne-prone skin?
Board: Acne 08-31-2005, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,351
Posted By portrgirl
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