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This is my weekly progress while on a Tazorac and Monodox prescription for my acne which has been awful lately, as you can tell from the pictures. The diary begins from the end of Week 1.
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In shower, I wash with CeraVe Face Wash
**On dry skin I apply Clindamycin Phosphate pledgets all over my face
Once the C. Phosphate dries, I apply Neutrogena Combination Skin Moisturizer all over
After moisturizer, I begin my makeup...pretty much dreadful since it takes so freakin long
First, I use[s] Clinique Even Better foundation in Buff [/s]L'Oreal Infallible foundation in Natural Ivory all over my face with the Ecotools Bamboo Powder brush. (I like the Infallible WAY better than Even Better. I feel like Even Better is more for dry skin types, with my oily skin E.B. tended to slide right off. The infallible lasts way longer and gives far better coverage if I layer it twice). I know the brush is meant for powder, but I like using it for liquid foundation because it makes it look very smooth and even. Sometimes I use a buffing brush to buff out any cakey looking spots..
[i]****Sidenote: I don't use primer anymore because I've had some bad breakout experiences with them. I don't trust any primer, even if it says non comedogenic[/i]
Next, I apply Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in shade 5 to any very noticeable pimples and under my eyes. I use the Ecotools concealer brush (I always use brushes and I wash them every day - much cleaner than using your hands) On more noticeable pimples, I apply 2 layers to give full coverage.
Next, I set with a powder. My powder if the one thing I'm always changing. [s]Right now I'm using Physicians Formula Mineral Face Powder. I use my buffing brush to buff it on. I like using a buffing brush for powder because it just gets rid of any cakey-ness and blends everything together. I'm really not too happy with this product though. I find that it oxidizes so badly, and also feels heavy on my skin and doesn't absorb oil well. I plan on changing powders once I have the time to go out and try some[/s] Now I'm using Maybelline Fit Me powder in Ivory. It's okay, not my HG by any means. I'm still searching for my HG products. Trying to save up for Make Up For Ever HD Powder...$30 is kind of ridiculous for a small tub of silica powder though. I ordered the E.L.F HD powder dupe, I'm pretty excited to try it out.
After doing my face makeup, I do my blush and eye makeup but that's not really relevant here. I usually have to touch up my makeup about 1-2 times a day. I blot with Clean & Clear oil-absorbing sheets in school and reapply makeup as needed.
I start by washing my face with the CeraVe face wash again.
[b]**[/b]After washing, I apply the C.P. pleget all over my face
Next, I moisturize. Somtimes if my skin is extremely dry, I use Cetaphil Moisturizer but if it's not too dry i just use the Neutrogena moisturizer .After moisturizing I use the Tazorac. On the Tazorac website, they tell you to moisturize beforehand. I find that it really makes a difference. It makes it easier to spread the Taz and also helps with the dryness.
[s]I always take the Monodox with meals, as it is an oral medication. If not taken with meals it can cause nausea. I take one with breakfast and one with dinner[/s] As of 11/15/12 I haven't been taking Monodox
Attached pictures are after makeup.
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[size=4][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]So to start my acne diary, I'm going to rewind to February 2011 when I was 14 in Freshman year. I started breaking out like crazy on my forehead at this time. Then again, I wasn't taking SUCH great care of my skin besides washing 2 times a day. It was only on my forehead though, and I never experienced acne on my cheeks or jawline, only occasionally around my nose. I went to the dermatologist for the first time and she prescribed me clindamycin phosphate lotion and Epiduo. Holy crap did this stuff work miracles! I had a short-lived initial breakout and then my skin started clearing up so much from about April 2011 to about August. Well, this was when my skin started breaking out again. For the months before that I hadn't broken out AT ALL. It had given me so much confidence and I was so afraid of losing that again. My sophomore year started in September and I was breaking out, but not as much as when i began the meds. No sweat right? Up until about January 2012 when i started to get huge pustules on the right side of my face. This was just the beginning of my cheek and jawline acne. I took another visit to the derm and she didn't really do much to help me. I continued to break out not only on my forehead still, but also on my cheeks, jawline and chin. It progressively got worse. I was afraid to put the Epiduo on my cheeks because I wasn't sure if it was a transitory breakout. June 2012 came around and I was so afraid to face the summer, but my skin always clears up in the summer (less stress & more sun & more sleep!!) During this past summer, I tried to ignore the acne and I stopped wearing cover-up. I was stress-free and always with my closest friends - I felt happy and confident for the first time even with acne on my cheeks and forehead. At this time I was still using the clindamycin and Epiduo combo and it was clearly not helping too much, but I felt I could deal. However.....Junior year unfortunately came September 2012. The sudden transiton from 10 hours of sleep a night to 5 as well as a huge workload (stress!!!) completely exacerbated my acne. The clindamycin and Epiduo was pretty much obsolete. I started experiencing the worst breakout of my LIFE in just a month! Since then, my confidence has been completely shattered. I wear makeup and I'm extremely careful about what I put on my face. Even with makeup, all I can see is my acne. It's awful, almost all over my face. So finally in the beginning of October, i went to my dermatologist. She saw how inflamed and numerous my acne was and FINALLY put me on a stronger medication!!!!! (I had visited her about 4 times prior due to the clind. and Epiduo not working and I guess she had been waiting to put me on a stronger med) So, I'm currently on Monodox and Tazorac.[/font][/size]
[size=4][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif] So this is the left side of my face after one week on Tazorac and Monodox. The Monodox is a doxycycline which is an antibiotic to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria in my pores. Tazorac is a strong retinoid that clears pores. So for starters, at this point I was experiencing the worst of the dryness. HOLY CRAPOLA....my skin got SO dry on this stuff. And I also have incredibly oily skin, so that says a lot about how strong this stuff is. It is so itchy, flaky and irritated. Week 1 is when the initial breakout began. I hadn't seen much progress at all, in fact it's worse. I know that Tazorac takes upwards of 3-4 months to really show results, but I'm not letting myself get discouraged. I just want it all gone and I will dedicate the patience to do so. My next blog entry is going to be my regimen and all the makeup products I use.[/font][/size]