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15 week update

Got to see my derm last Thursday. Told her my deal, that I was breaking out since I was just about to start my period, but that overall my skin's been doing good, I've just still got a lot of hyperpigmentation and scarring. She told me she was going to give me another prescription of Benzamycin and Tazorac, but that she would up Taz to 0.1% and make it the gel form instead. I told her that I was out of Ery-Tab but that to be honest I didn't want to use an antibiotic anymore, and she told me that it's totally fine and that she also wanted me to just finish it up and be done with it. So that's that. Just before I left I mentioned that my tinea versicolor was coming back, so she gave me a prescription for 2% ketoconazole and some other one that the pharmacy was out of so I wasn't able to pick up.
One thing she's mentioned during both my appointments is if I wanted to get rid of the 2-inch dark spot on the side of my face. You can see it on some of the photos I've put up on here, left side of my face. For a long time I thought it was just a birthmark, but my mom says I wasn't born with it, so I'm guessing its something that developed after years of not using sunscreen back in grade school. I personally don't care about it, but I guess I could see about it later.

I was heading to my dermatologist appt. on Thursday when this car on the lane to the right of me, just a couple cars ahead, merged into my lane, going at a really slow speed in order to decide whether he should pass the gore zone to get back on the freeway. With me going 65 mph and my breaks not being as great as they could be, I wasn't able to stop in time and slammed into the corner of his bumper. We're both doing okay thankfully, but it looks like our insurance isn't going to help pay for my repairs. And I already owe my dad $400 as it is so this all really sucks..

While waiting for the tow truck to pick me up I called my derms office since they have a $50 cancellation fee, and I wasn't about to have to deal with that.

My skin's looking really good, and I was so looking forward to seeing what my derm was going to say and suggest next.


9 Weeks

Stopped using the Revlon Colorstay foundation and my skin has been doing a whole lot better (honestly I'm still not sure if it was the foundation that caused my bad breakouts but I wasn't going to take any chances of course). I exfoliated last night for the first time in weeks and just now as I washed my face to get ready for bed my skin felt sooo much smoother. At the moment I do have 4 active/painful pimples but that's so much better than what I was dealing with a few weeks ago.

Dermatologist appointment this Thursday so hoping everything stays well until then!

Current skincare products I use -

Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

Benzamycin (in the morning)

Tazorac (in the evening)

Antibiotic: Ery-Tab

7 Weeks

About 2 weeks ago, my skin was doing great! It felt so nice and smooth when I washed my face. The only issue was the acne on my neck (it hasn't improved at all!) and hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately mother nature then decided to pay a visit, and so my skin went crazy. It's been a week since the last day and my skin still hasn't recovered. I've started thinking that maybe one of the foundations I recently started using has caused these breakouts, so I'm giving them up for the next two weeks.

What a bummer, things were going so well :/

While my skin doesn't look like it's getting all that better, I can feel it noticeably smoother!

I've got only about 8 small active pimples on my face (excluding all the subsurface bumps on my neck. They just won't go away) and a few that are healing and thus a little crusty. Still lots of hyperpigmentation and scarring, but overall I think we're heading in a good direction!

This Wednesday I've got my appt so we'll see if there's anything that we should start changing up. I was supposed to be taking Ery-Tab twice a day, but I noticed it was messing up my stomach. I was getting bad pains and was going to the bathroom a lot... so I stopped taking that second one in evening one for a bit, and then I just forgot to start it up again. What usually happens is I don't remember until after I've had dinner, and since I'm supposed to take it on an empty stomach, I have to wait about 2-4 hours for my meal to digest, so by that time I've usually already forgotten about it. I guess I'll start setting an alarm.

Last week I developed a pimple on the corner of my mouth, and when it scabbed over holy crap it was absolutely painful to eat or talk!! A few days later it got better, but then another appeared on the other corner! Luckily this one didn't cause nearly as painful an experience. But wow it was the worst!

Last week I had about five or six bumps on my forehead. As of this moment, it's relatively smooth, with probably one or two bumps. Acne on my cheeks and jawline is the same as usual, but acne on my neck has just exploded. Bumps all over. I'd say I only make it worse because it's so itchy, I keep scratching.

I'm wondering if the way I apply my topicals is having any affect on their effectiveness. I apply Tazorac at night - the website says to apply it after my moisturizer, so I normally cleanse, moisturize, and then apply it after an hour. In the morning it's Benzamycin, and that one's difficult to work with. It's really thick and leaves a lot of chunks of the product on my face. I first thought to apply it straight after cleansing, so I could feel like it's being soaked directly into the skin, with no moisturizer to block it. But on the few times I've used a moisturizer, and then waited an hour to apply Taz, I've found it spreads a lot easier, and melts into my skin better.

Little Rant

2 weeks since starting Ery-Tab, Benzamycin, and Tazorac. After my skin started getting really red I eased up on the topicals, using them only every other day. I have noticed my skin isn't as red, so that's great. Still breaking out badly though. I've developed a few painful bumps on my jawline. Yesterday as I finished up washing my face I noticed I was bleeding on a bunch of spots, presumably pimples that I'd accidentally popped.

Now, onto what's been bothering me.

The other day I went out without makeup because why waste my foundation when I'm only going to be gone 5 minutes?

I head to CVS, pick up my stuff, and head to the checkout line. The cashier is like "You know what works pretty well? Witch Hazel".

I pay, head to my car, and drive home, with that simple sentence being replayed in my head, over and over, for the rest of the day.

I get that strangers want to be helpful when they recommend stuff, but honestly it just irritates me. Friends are always saying "Acne doesn't define you!! You're beautiful with and without makeup!!" but that's really hard to believe when you get total strangers telling you what you should do to get rid of it. It basically just reminds me that people do notice my acne, and that even if I try to go to the store and buy stuff like a normal person, that's the first thing people will see about me.

Yeah, maybe he had acne and fixed it and just wanted to share it with me to help me out. But honestly, it hurts that he would suggest it at all, because that shows me that he thinks my acne has affected me that much.

A few weeks ago I saw, and it resonated with me so much. Although I don't have a youtube channel and don't get comments directly targeted at me, I see them all the time.

Doesn't wear makeup -

"You look tired"

"Do you even wash ur face?"

"Wow ur ugly :/"

"Honey you should really try _________ to get that fixed"

Makeup tutorial -

"Too much makeup. That's why you have acne".

"You're so fake"

"If you wear makeup it's because you're insecure"

"This is why I have trust issues"

I hate it. I hate that there's no way for people to stop commenting on how we look. Sure, maybe we wear makeup because we're insecure. That's our call. It makes us feel nice so we do it. Maybe we're tired of people telling us that we're beautiful without makeup, and yet constantly trying to show us how to get rid of it.

What I hate most is that I personally don't have an issue with my acne. I know it's just something that I have, and that it makes things a little more difficult (basically everything I said above). I know I'm not alone in this fight either.

I don't care that people notice it, because let's be real, the first thing you see on someone is their face.

I care that people act as though it defines me as a person, and that I won't be satisfied until I get it under control.

I just want my acne to be something as mundane as the bird crap on my car.

One week since I started taking Ery-Tab and using Tazorac & Benzamycin. Skin is looking the same in terms of acne production. I've got some pimples on my cheeks, a couple on my forehead, and some cysts along my jawline. I could say I've developed a lot of whiteheads and some papules on my nose too, instead of the usual blackheads. A noticeable change since last week is the redness - makes my skin looks super irritated. I bought the Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask yesterday after reading reviews about how it helps with skin irritated from topicals treating acne. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm really hoping it helps.

One thing that bothers me is the application of Benzamycin. After I first picked it up I read a review saying to make sure that the pharmacist mixes it well, because if not then it'll be super chunky and hard to apply. Well I look at what I've got and sure enough it's chunky. I tried mixing it as best I could but it doesn't help. When I apply it I feel like I'm not getting all that much product on my face because most of it pills (I can feel some of the product, I just mean what feels like a lot of it pills off). I keep it in the fridge like the directions say, but my derm said I don't need to do that (can't remember exactly why, I guess something about that hindering it's performance). So, last night I left it out to have it melt a little in the hopes that it'll be easier to mix and apply smoothly (Update: It did apply nicer, but still lots of pilling). Next time I see my derm, if she still wants me to use it, I'll ask if we can do the paks instead of the premixed version.

Over Ziana

I finally saw a dermatologist for the first time in 2 months. It's a clinic I haven't been to before, but making an appointment there meant being seen 3 weeks earlier than if I had made one at my usual place (but the drive there SUCKS..) So, this derm seemed a lot more thorough than my usual PA. She had this little app where she took all her notes and had this little model she could mark on to show where I had my acne. She even took a pic of my face to compare to in the future. Unfortunately, after telling her about all the topicals and oral antibiotics I've taken and my experiences with them she goes "Well, that really limits our options here". She wanted to put me on Accutane because at that moment my skin was insanely oily like holy crap I looked like I'd just run a marathon, but after looking it up and finding out that it may possibly make my intercranial hypertension come back, she decided not to. I was trying so hard to remember the topical that leelowe1 recommended (Atralin) but I couldn't :(

She prescribed three things:

  1. Benzamycin in the morning
  2. Tazorac in the evening
  3. Erythromycin (twice a day)
I know I said that I wanted to stay off of antibiotics, but I just feel like my acne is so bad at the moment, they're the only thing that will help, at least for now. Since my last post I've developed several cysts along my jawline, and lots of pimples all over the place.

The plan is that once Erythromycin clears up my face (assuming it does) I can just continue with the topicals. If the acne comes back, I'm going to start on the Regimen. I've been putting it off for soooooooo long.

I've been noticing quite a bit of acne popping up on my neck lately. I'm looking at my progression photos and that acne started popping up around June 20th, and has gotten worse since last week. They're basically forming all over where I apply the majority of my skincare and makeup products, so I'm wondering if something I'm using is causing this.

So, all products I use on my face and neck (with some possibly irritating ingredients) include -

  1. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Toner (Contains: Alcohol - I've been using this for months though)
  2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with SPF 15 (Contains: Glyceryl stearate)
  3. CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation (Contains: Sodium Chloride - which is in pretty much every foundation, even ones I used that didn't mess with my skin..)
  4. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (... nothing really bad)
  5. L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Setting Spray (Contains: Alcohol Denat. - I don't directly apply it to my neck though)
  6. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 (couldnt find the irritant rating for a lot of ingredients)
So, I'm going to take a week off of each product and see if there's any one that shows itself to be the culprit.

Besides that, I'm in the middle of my 12th week of Ziana, with still no improvement. Like, NONE. I was supposed to finally have my derm appt. tomorrow buuuuuuuut of course with some relatives from Mexico in town my dad wants us to go visit Big Bear. .-. Really getting tired of having to reschedule my derm appointments. I haven't seen her in two months :( Luckily I did find another that'll see me on Wednesday. Just hope it's not too expensive..

I've finished 10 weeks of Ziana, and unfortunately, absolutely NOTHING has changed. I'm still going to use it until I've done 4 months, but the fact that I haven't seen any changes at all is really disappointing. At the moment I'm having a bad breakout since I just started my period, but honestly it's not all that different than what I normally experience. I've been getting a lot of acne on my neck, which is usually how I know my acne is bad. It's also been a month since I gave up milk, reduced my dairy consumption, and started taking vitamin D-3, and unfortunately just like with the Ziana I haven't seen any changes at all. :(

I'd been thinking about getting the Clarisonic for a while now, but my family and I are having a lot of financial issues at the moment (I just found out I'm not going to be getting the Cal Grant, so I'm going to have to borrow about $4500 in loans). Even so, my dad's been begging me to see a "better" dermatologist, saying that he doesn't care how much it costs. All this said, I'm most likely going to instead be getting the Sirius Skinsonic. If anyone has any experience and thoughts on whether it's worth it or not please let me know!

Week 8

Just finished up week 8 of Ziana. Can't say I've seen any improvements to my skin. I really want to consult my derm to see about starting birth control but unfortunately I've had to keep rescheduling my appt., and so as of now it's not until next month.

Looking at my forehead right now I see 1 large papule and 2 pustules.The impacted pores that I said were receding two weeks ago seem to be coming back. Still breaking out around my jawline and cheeks and everywhere else basically,. I'm wondering if my new foundation (LORAC Natural Performance) may be contributing. At least my chin isn't doing as bad. It's still really dry recovering from previous acne, but it seems to be getting better.

I'm still using almond milk instead of regular milk and taking 1 2000 IU Vitamin D-3 capsule a day. It's been about 3-4 weeks. I've heard a lot of people say they saw results immediately, or at most after a week, and so it's discouraging that I haven't seen anything. Of course I'm going to keep on this regimen, at least until my next derm appt., but I've got my doubts it'll end up doing anything.

To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty sure my health has a lot to do with my acne. It's been so long since I've exercised. I just got a new job, and it's mentally exhausting, so whenever I have free time I want to just stay in my room and watch funny videos or play video games. It's sad, really. That said, I'm going to try to start running again. I really want to see a change.

Week 7

A week ago I bought some vanilla almond milk (sugar free) and have been using that instead of regular milk (just ran out last night so I'm going to have to go out and buy some more!) I also just yesterday started taking some Vitamin D-3 capsules (2000 IU). I'm no nutritionist so if this doesn't sound perfectly safe for some reason feel free to let me know.

Onto the skin - it's still pretty bad. Still using Ziana. Most nights I take off my makeup with coconut oil, and I'll usually end up unintentionally popping some pimples in the process.. But I have noticed that the impacted pores on my forehead are receding. I can remember a few weeks ago washing my face and feeling what seemed like 100 little bumps all over my forehead, but now I can only feel about 8.

The other day I was talking to someone about acne, and she asked if I'd ever tried birth control. My derm did suggest it about a year ago, but at the time my blood pressure was too high so she suggested I deal with that first. Thinking about bringing it up again at my next appt, just because for some reason I feel like I won't get my acne under control unless I go back to using an oral antibiotic (which sucks because I feel like it's slowly ruining my system in other ways).

Normally when I breakout, I breakout all over my jaw, around my cheekbones, and quite a bit around my mouth. But for the past 2 weeks, I'd say 60% of my breakouts are on my chin/around my mouth. To add, my lips have been feeling really dry lately. I still get acne all over my face (the impacted pores on my forehead are starting to settled down though) but I'd say it's been primarily centered on my chin. I saw my derm on Monday and she asked me if I wanted to get back on oral antibiotics because although Ziana would help me, it won't completely get rid of my acne. I told her I wanted to stay with just Ziana for the next few weeks before going back to that. I'm just kinda tired of antibiotics is all. After that first antibiotic I was on for almost a year sent me to the hospital, I've been really wary of them. I just want to see if a good cleansing routine can do enough. I've actually been considering trying out the Regimen. If I don't get any improvement with Ziana in the next 3 months, that's my next step.

I'll admit one factor to my breakouts may just be my diet. I still live with my parents and am still finding a job (actually I found one, I'm just in training right now) so I'm not the one going out and buying the groceries to make healthy meals - I just eat whatever I can find here, and my family isn't the healthiest. I'm sure there are healthy meals I can make for myself here, I just don't know what (i.e. I'm not a good cook). Let's not forget that because of California's drought, water's been getting expensive, so I only take a water bottle from our stack if I really need it.

Also, I'm just getting over a cold I caught during finals (around the 14th). And I just started my period last night too. I'm just a great mess right now lol

I'm also wondering if quitting dairy will do any good. The issue with that is that I LOVE MILK. I have milk in some way every morning, whether it's in my cereal, or with my waffles, or in my coffee. I just don't know how I could give it up :'(

Quick update - I think I'm finally in the purging phase. My breakouts are getting pretty bad. Not to mention they're leaving me with a bunch of dry spots all over my jawline, cheeks, and around the mouth. It's making it hard to put on makeup without it looking all crusty :[

Another possible trigger may be stress - finals next week! Actually I had my first one yesterday, and it totally kicked my butt. Now I'm studying for 2 more, as well as preparing for 2 papers, so I'm def feelin it.

Also: I'm no longer putting up photos on my gallery. I don't know how I did it when I had my severe breakout last year, but I tried putting one up the other day and I ended up taking it down. I keep the photos on my computer so I can keep up with my progress myself, but because of that I don't feel the need to put them on here anymore.

Not sure whether I've got an abundance of acne and subsurface bumps because of a purge, or because I was on my period.

My forehead isn't as prone to acne as other areas of my face, but I've got three pimples there right now. On the bright side, those clogged pores I've had for the past few weeks are receding.

Left and right sides of my face aren't looking all that different. Still got like 1-2 cysts and lots of little pimples, with lots of hyperpigmentation and scaring. And of course as usual I've got a bunch of stuff going on just below my jawline.

I'd say the biggest thing this week is all the pimples on my chin. I've got like 6, and they're in that state where I accidentally keep scratching them and making myself bleed :/

Should also mention that I'm starting my last week of school next week, and then it's finals, so yes I'm pretty stressed.

Gotta just push through now!

5 days ago my tube of Ziana came in. For the days preceding it I was super worried about this stuff. I heard a lot of negative reviews of how the purging phase lasted forever and that overall a lot of people were unsatisfied with the results. But there were quite a few that said you just need to know how to use it right, so I guess I'm willing to give it a shot.

I was supposed to take a photo of my skin today but I totally forgot and put makeup on, so I'll just post that tomorrow and link it here (Edit: here and here).

Anyway, it looks like I'm heading toward that phase already. My chin especially. It's getting painful; yesterday I had a bagel for breakfast and 2 of the blemishes are on the corners of my lips so it hurt so bad every time I tried to take a bite.

Hoping things don't get too awful!

Finally got to see the dermatologist after about 5 months. I went to a different clinic under the same guy, but I saw a different PA. She was pretty nice and thorough in her questions. Basically said that I did indeed have many clogged pores, lots of hyperpigmentation and scarring, with lots of pimples, and, uhh.. that I should have made an appointment earlier :/ But she was understanding of the situation. Since I'm not on any topicals anymore and none of the products from my skincare routine atm have any acne fighting properties, she prescribed me some retinoid (I think it's called Ziana) but that'll take about 2-3 weeks to get to me. So, yeah, I'm pretty glad I've finally got some direction.

Here are some picture updates:


It's been a month that I've been using a turmeric face mask almost every other night (1 part turmeric, 2 parts yogurt). Originally I was interested in using it to see some facial hair reduction, and then I heard it was used to treat acne too, so I decided to give it a go. Well, comparing my face from a month ago to now, my acne's gotten pretty bad. I've had some cysts on my jawline for days, and I'm getting several on my cheeks too ( ). I'm also getting a bunch of subsurface bumps on my forehead, which I haven't experienced since my severe flare up last year.

I just can't tell if it's my acne coming back with a vengeance since I've been off of Bactrim for 5 months now, or if it's the mask breaking me out. Or if I'm just purging, which I think I remember reading about on a thread about turmeric face masks. I really don't want to think it's the mask, since turmeric and yogurt are supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties, but I guess I can't totally rule it out.

I scheduled an appointment with my derm two weeks ago, and the earliest I could get was March 28. I'm not okay with it, but I'm not making a huge fuss. Unlike my dad - he's soo mad. He thinks my derm isn't good enough and that I need a new one (which I don't think is the case. Maybe if I'd made an appointment earlier they would've given me a new prescription). He tried getting me to schedule with a clinic in Beverley Hills, but I looked them up and read incidents of them not fully accepting people's insurance. So I just scheduled with my usual clinic, but this time not with a PA, but with the head derm (which I've only seen once, and tbh he kinda creeped me out lol).

Oh, should also mention that I ran out of Epiduo a week ago. I don't want to think that's contributing to the flare up too, since it wasn't doing anything for me the last few weeks I was using it, but I guess it wouldn't be so smart to exclude it completely.

3/19 Edit: Holy crap so I stayed away from the turmeric mask for like 2 days and I tried it again yesterday evening just to use up the last of the leftovers I'd made and just before bed I felt like I was growing some new 'friends' on my face and of course this morning I woke up with like 4 really painful, awfully large bumps :((( Gonna stay away from that mask for the next few weeks and see if my skin gets better.

For the past week now my acne has been pretty bad. At first I attributed it to me being on that time of the month, but that's been over for about 4 days now, and being on my period doesn't usually leave me with cysts like I'm dealing with now.

I want to say I'm just purging, since I've been using a turmeric face mask (not for the purpose of treating my acne) for around the same time. So hopefully it is just that and my skin adjusts soon and I can get back to feelin okay.

Along with the turmeric mask, I started using the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser. I'd been using the Yes to Cucumbers cleanser, but I didn't feel like I was getting a good cleanse with it (possibly another factor in why my acne is coming back), so I went and got myself the Cerave one and I like it so far. Only thing is my skin has gotten pretty dry, and, again, I can't tell if it's due to the new cleanser, or just the cold weather we're getting.

So that's the update. I'm planning on making an appointment to see my dermatologist again. Not necessarily just to start up another oral medication, but just to get a chemical peel. It's been a loooong time.

Stress Is Comin'

Last week I mentioned that my acne was coming back and it was likely because of how unhealthy I've been since I started working at Dunkin' Donuts.

Well I won't have to worry about that much anymore because I got laid off!! :'D

Yes, that's sarcasm. I'm actually really bummed out. Only worked there for 2 months but, damn, I made a lot of good friends.

And I was finally making money.

But it is what it is. I was laid off because my hours of availability weren't fitting with that they needed, and that's because I'm back in school and taking 5 classes.

Now instead of just finding another job, I'm looking into volunteering at clinic like most of the other people in my major.

Back to acne talk: Now that I'm off acne meds, I actually break out whenever I'm on my period. I mean yeah I'm broken out practically all the time nowadays, but I've noticed my acne is much more aggravated when I'm on that time. And I've also noticed that it's always my left side that's broken out more, so yea, I do indeed now have a "good side" when I take photos.

I'd also like to mention that I'm kinda done with Epiduo. I really REALLY don't see it doing anything anymore. Some months ago I said I didn't see it helping my acne, but because I was told it may still help hyperpigmentation I kept using it. But now I really don't see any improvements in my skin, so I'm pretty sure that once I'm done with this bottle, I'm DONE.

Lastly, I mentioned back in December that I'd ordered the LUSH coalface cleanser and that I was super excited to try it out because I heard it was great at controlling oil. Welp I've been using it for weeks now and it hasn't done anything for me. :'(

I still have an insanely oily face in the mornings, and when I put on foundation it only last about 2 hours before my face is a greaseball. But at the same time there are some foundations I try targeted towards oily skin that leave a bunch of dry patches on my cheeks and chin! :'((

Whhaahh.. when will this end...

It's Back.

It's been almost 4 months since I stopped taking Bactrim, and my acne is coming back again :[

To be honest, I'm pretty sure I know why - I've been so unhealthy for the past few weeks. I do 8-hour shifts at work, and since I have to wake up at 4am sometimes I don't get a chance to make myself lunch, so I buy something at work. And if I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm working at a fast food place that sells greasy sandwiches and donuts.

Also, I haven't been drinking as much water. My skin is usually really good during the summer because I'll have like 2 bottles a day because its soo hot and I get really dehydrated, but during the winter I just don't crave it as much. I still take bottles of water to class, but I don't drink as much as I would in the summer.

Lastly, I haven't worked out in FOREVER. It's one of those things where you plan to work out but you have school and work and then things get in the way so you don't get to it and you get angry at yourself because to everyone else it looks like you're just avoiding it.

I haven't been to the dermatologist in about 2 months, either. I cancelled my last appointment and said I would reschedule once my work schedule was set, but I haven't. I feel like if I go she'll suggest putting me on medication again, and before that I want to see if hopping back on the healthy train will bring my skin back up again.

But then again maybe I should make an appointment to at least get a chemical peel..

I'm at the end of my 8th week post-Bactrim, and, well, I'm getting a lot of white heads around my nose and even some pimples on my cheeks and jawline again :/

I was scheduled to see my derm last week, but I had to cancel and say I would call to reschedule later because I finally got a job (hurray!) and had to go to orientation. Haven't rescheduled because I'm not sure what hours they'll have me working. Not to mention I still have two more finals next week.

So, despite waking up to a super dry throat every morning because of the cold air of the coming winter, my skin is still super oily. A week ago I thought that it may be my cleanser (the Cetaphil antibacterial soap) that's made my skin this oily, so I immediately went online and ordered the Lush Coalface cleanser, since I hear that helps control oil pretty well. While I've been waiting for that to get here, I've been cleansing at night with coconut oil. I just rub some onto my face for a couple of minutes and then either wash it off with warm water, or dampen a washcloth with warm water and leave that on my face for a minute before I wash it off. I heard this would help control oil, and I think it may be working, but only a bit, for my cheeks. And like I said, I've been getting whiteheads around my nose and cheeks, so I'm wondering if it's causing that too. Also, I haven't been using Epiduo that much, just because once again I'm testing it to see if it really has been making a difference in my skin. Or maybe even just this winter is messing my skin up. Ahhhhhh---

Where I'm At Now

It's been about 6 weeks since I stopped taking Bactrm and I'm so happy with how my skin has been. My biggest fear was that after quitting Bactrim my acne would come back and flare up just like the last time I stopped taking my oral meds, but nope! My acne has been pretty under control! Can't say I'm 100% acne free, or that I've had a day like that, but my skin is definitely looking a lot clearer. I still get whiteheads and pimples every few days but they aren't anything that keeps me from leaving the house without makeup on (of course I still use foundation just to even out my complexion a bit).

As for the other part of my life, well I've only got about 2 1/2 weeks of school left. This semester just fleeeew by! It's pretty crazy. I'll finally officially be a junior (I was about 3 units short) and be able to take capstones and more classes in my department. I took Audiology this semester and it was probably my toughest class, but really interesting.

A few weeks ago I had an interview to get a job at Dunkin' Donuts, and I got it! Last week I signed some documents and sent them over to the hiring manager and he said we would hear back at the beginning of the week, but that didn't happen, so hopefully this week for sure (since he said we would start training either the day before or after Thanksgiving).

I'm really excited about this. I've never had a job before, and I've always hated how frugal I've had to be for everything. My friends would invite me out to places and I would either make an excuse not to go, or buy the cheapest thing on the menu just so I wouldn't have to waste so much money. I think it'll be pretty nice to finally be able to buy myself things (The last time I went shopping was about a month ago, and I only bought about $30 worth of stuff. Before that, I think it had been maybe a year or two since I'd bought myself clothes.)

And of course I would love to be able to help my parents out. Things haven't been going well monetarily wise so I'd really enjoy if I could help them pay things.

4 weeks ago I finally stopped taking Bactrim. Felt nice to finally not have to worry about taking it every day, or always having to remember to bring it with me on trips.

Saw my derm Monday and got a 60% chemical peel. Noticed my face burning a lot more than usual when it was on. Well, my skin was red for the rest of the day, and super super dry for about 4 days after. I usually wake up with an oily face and go to school and have to blot, but for those few days my skin secreted NO oil whatsoever. Sounds like a plus, but when I would feel my skin, it felt way too dry. Not to mention my skin was peeling, so that was a little embarrassing..

Thinking that maybe the new moisturizer I'm using made my skin sensitive. My friend gave me the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (Oily/Combo skin) 2 weeks ago and while I do love it, I'm guessing using it the days before my chemical peel made my skin super sensitive.

So, how's my skin been?

I've broken out quite a bit in the past few days, but I'm guessing it's because I haven't been using Epiduo, considering I have to avoid it for a few days after I get a chemical peel. Just started back on it two nights ago so let's hope things get back to normal soon!

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