Welcome to my Blog/gallery. - Picture March 2013 - 5 minutes apart w/makeup & without
I have decided to document my Acne story for my own personal reflection and to help any others also struggling who may read my posts and think "Wow I am not alone..." . I would also like to post about my makeup routine to cover acne scars.
I have been struggling with Acne for 10 years. I don't mean "struggling" like how sometimes people who do not have severe acne talk about their three little dots on their cheeks - NOPE! I am talking to the those of us who understand the joy when seeing a big cyst start to heal to the sadness/anxiety when you bring home that Accutane binder.
This is my first time really dealing with severe acne again since my second round of Accutane that ended in 2009. Over two months my skin went from being clear and normal back to painful swollen cysts, monthly injections, and the emotions that come along with it. I am a teacher and it hit me hard when one of my concerned young students politely asked me what happened to my face that I was once again facing a big problem. As of this point, (Mid March) emotionally, the sweet temptation of considering a third time of accutane is difficult to ignore , however for now, that is not hopefully where I end up.
This is my Current Routine:
Solodyn 105mg @ dinner
Epiduo @ morning
Finacea @ night
Injections 2x-4x weeks by derm
LUSH Fresh Pharmacy - cleanser bar
Aveeno - moisturizer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Makeup Forever full coverage concealer
BOING by Benefit concealer
A bit of background...
2003 Age 13 - moderate acne (topical medications)
2004 Age 14 - moderate acne (topical medications)
2005 Age 15 - WTF is happening? severe acne/cysts/boil-like cysts -(injections every 2 weeks)
2006 Age 16 - First round of Accutane
2007 Age 17 - 100% clear skin (no medication)
2008 Age 18 - 80% clear skin - mild/moderate acne (no medication)
2009 Age 19 - Second round of Accutane
2010 Age 20 - 100% clear skin (no medication)
2011 Age 21 - 100% clear skin (no medication)
2012 Age 22 - 100% clear skin (no medication)
2013 Age 23 - WTF is happening? severe acne/cysts as bad as 2007 - (injections once a month, upped to 2x a week, 2 topical medications & antibiotic)