Hahaha I am feeling so smug at the moment! For some reason this time I decided to save my most recent entry as a .txt file, which means I have a backup copy of the blog entries I missed, yay! So this just means I'm only half a week behind, because I'm insanely busy with a huge deadline looming over me... breathing down my neck like a vampire (and we're not talking about Angel or Damon here, by the way) with halitosis. Eek!
Wow, I can't believe it's been a month already since I started treatment! That is scary. Now I'm wondering what I've achieved in that time, since I still seem to be struggling with my research. Ugh. Anyway, I've got to add photos! I'm getting behind.
Hmm, where to start? Bad face day (~45% coverage), again. I'm starting to think the initial breakout (or IB as it seems to be somewhat affectionately termed) started later for my face, since it started off clear and then got worse. In summary; new, old and scarred sites on my forehead and hairline, a couple of small spots between my eyebrows, a couple of new spots near my mouth, one on my chin, nodule on nose is slightly smaller but still there. Besides that I've got a peely spot on my nose which is where a lesion used to be, that just keeps re-peeling.
I have one small fresh papule on my chest; this is the first new site I've got in ages (a week?), so I'm still pretty happy with the progress there (40-45%?, and mostly scarring and old sites at that). Back-wise, still not happy (probably at about 75% coverage). New large pimples are cropping up, dammit. My skin is itchy quite a lot of the time, probably due to the Epiduo, so it's hard not to scratch these ones and spread the infection. I am still noticing most new spots are concentrated in areas that are obviously from scratching.
I'm still gently exfoliating every other day, I'm not sure if it's good for my skin or not but it sure feels a heck of a lot better afterwards.
Today I had to wear a long-sleeved shirt when I was outside, since I haven't yet found a sunscreen to use (I welcome any suggestions!). I probably looked a little odd, since it's mid summer and gorgeous and warm, but oh well. Everything I've read says you need to be extremely careful about sun exposure when on these antibiotics, and I'd rather not risk it. Although I am Vitamin D deficient apparently (whoops!), so I will need to do something about that at some stage.
I think I'm actually down to about 30% coverage on my chest, yay! It's hard to tell, because the retinoid/BP cream leaves you pretty red and shiny, I'm guessing from the fact that it's, you know, bleaching your skin. Actually the shininess is something I'm really starting to notice in the last few days. I'm not sure if it was there before and I just didn't notice because of the pimples, or if it's a more recent thing. I don't mind it, because it's a whole lot better than it was, but I'd be interested to know how long it stays that way. Plus my chest is now almost smooth, with just a few tiny bumps from old spots/whitehead-type things.
Back is looking better, with about 65% coverage, and most of that is scarring. I think I only have two or three active spots, and am trying to avoid scratching them to prevent them from breeding.
Well, they weren't kidding about the sun exposure risk; I got sunburned on the strip around my collar where my skin was apparently exposed. Not too bad, will post a photo of it to show it. I'm glad I decided to wear the long sleeves though! My chest is looking really good, about 20% and that's mostly fading scars. There are only a few tiny bumps, so my skin is really smooth, it's amazing! I haven't had any new proper lesions in ages, just one or two pretty tiny sites that fade pretty quickly, and a handful of tiny whiteheads over that time. Face-wise (30-40% with scars) my forehead is still giving me grief. I have nodule-type pimples within my hairline, and putting the BP/retinoid gel on them is bleaching my hair! So I may have to starting avoiding those sites; I really don't want to get a bald patch there! My back is improving (I hope!) and is at about 60%, with two fresh papules on my shoulderblade/shoulder. Resisting the urge to scratch the lower back ones seems to have worked, with no further spreading.
Despite being ridiculously behind on something that's due tomorrow(!!), I might post this as a bi-weekly entry, since I'm now up-to-date and writing in it most days. I do need to get up to date with photos, but with the site being down last night that didn't happen!
Oh, by the way, I really recommend jogging for those who need an escape from reality. It's great for my frame of mind and self confidence. Even when I'm make-up free, acne-tastic and glowing with perspiration, I feel good when I'm pounding the pavement, with thoughts tuned solely to my body's movement, my breathing, the music, and the path in front of me. ...Man! That totally sounds like an advertisement for women's sportswear or something. Sorry about that! So the general gist of that is yes, I like jogging.
Which reminds me! If anyone can point me in the direction of some runner's socks (I mean proper, hard-core moisture wicking technology-type stuff) I would greatly appreciate it. At the moment my socks are driving me nuts (bunching and rubbing after about 3 km). I have some cheapish runner's socks at the moment but they're just not cutting it... I'm not sure I can bring myself to spend $35 on one pair of socks though, which is how much the good ones are in the shops!