Hi everyone. I thought I’d post a new thread instead of my ‘last chance saloon’ essay because I’ve changed my regimen which has totally changed my skin. I’m going to quickly go over what’s been happening and end with what Epiduo has done to me. Photos of course
My skin was at its worst about a year ago, constantly covered in active acne. It was mainly around my mouth and chin but still sporadically would appear on my forehead cheeks and nose. They would start as red lumps, then get quite big for 4 days then would get a white head for 3 days. One spot’s life would be about 2 weeks. So it was never ending.
I started getting involved with acne.org about 4 weeks ago, reading up on other people’s experiences and getting advice. I bought every supplement under the sun, spent £70 on Clinique products and would wear various different masks depending on what was in the fridge.
Emotionally I have been EXHAUSTED. It seemed hopeless. I was spending all my money on skin care, spending all my time in the bathroom and filling my head with non-stop thoughts of my skin. The worst was when it looked as if my skin was settling down… Then I’d break out all over again. It was so disheartening.
I finally got a derm appointment and she prescribed me Epiduo and Cetaphil Moisturiser. Epiduo is 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide (I’ve used BP Duac before with no results) with 0.1% adapalene (ingredients in Differin). She directed me to use it once a day. I didn’t use it for a while because I wanted to commit to a regimen for more than 6 weeks. In the end I caved.
Thursday 23rd June
Evening – I put a LOT on the affected areas + spot treated my cheeks and forehead + put it on my nose (I heard that it helps get rid of blackheads)
Friday 24th June
Morning – My skin ALREADY looked clearer. Spots that looked like they were going to explode had subsided. My skin looked a bit red/orange. Used Clinique foaming cleanser, clarifying lotion, epiduo then cetaphil. No makeup
Evening – Same regimen as morning. Wanted to double dose to enhance rapid results (WHY do I always think I am smarter than the instructions?!)
Saturday 25th June
Morning – REALLY red. Quite sore and tight. Had another promo job so needed to wear full makeup. Did routine again including the Epiduo underneath Clinique Moisturiser.
About half way through the day I couldn’t stand my face being so tight any more. My job was to be smiling and promoting but I couldn’t move my face. Looked in the mirror – my skin was PEELING OFF MY FACE! It looked HORRENDOUS. At first I thought my foundation was cracking with the strange weather but my skin was literally falling off.
Tried covering with makeup but looked worse.
Evening – took makeup off as soon as I could but my skin was just flaking so bad. I scrubbed with a teatree exfoliation wash when I got home and my skin was coming off in my hands – the sink looked disgusting.
I didn’t put any more epiduo on apart from on spots. I also put LOTS of sudocrem on the sorest areas.
Sunday 26th June
Morning (woke at 6 in pain) My spots were nearly gone but I woke up to a face that felt like it was on FIRE. I ran to the mirror and my skin was shedding even more. I called my mum in tears I was in so much pain who suggested Aloe vera. Bad choice, it stung for 20 minutes.
I gave my everyone orders “do not make me laugh or smile because it hurts and cracks my face, but please don’t make me cry because the tears sting my skin”. What a rubbish day. My skin carried on shedding and flaking through the day. I kept applying cetaphil and sudocrem but didn’t help. It looked like my skin was burnt.
Didn’t put any epiduo on in the night either.
Monday 27th June
My skin is still flaking but not as badly as yesterday. Only three spots left which are nearly dead. I put epiduo on again this morning and will DEFINITELY only use it once a day from now on.
Consensus so far –
Epiduo has worked at killing my spots quicker and better than ANY other treatment I have tried.
It has caused my skin to flake and be dry because I did not use as directed.
I am going to carry on using it and give updates on my progress.
Does anyone think I should stop taking any supplements to encourage oil production again because my skin is SO dry?
Photos taken Saturday and today. See my gallery for progress before
Edited by abigailwheeler, 14 July 2011 - 09:19 AM.