Aczone, Finacea And Ziana Combo With Sumadan Wash...wowza!
Posted 19 November 2011 - 08:09 AM
Moisturizer/Sunblock (haven't settled one yet)
I go back to my derm in a month to follow up and i plan to post updates once a week or so as from what i remember....topicals work or don't work slowly.
I'm scared to break out bad as the accutane has cleared me up a lot in one month but such as life - i got to work on my patience.
DAY #1 After applying my AM regimen, my face got red and burned a bit. After 5 mins though, it stopped. It's definitely dry though, even though i applied moisturizer so i'll see how that progresses. It's 40 degrees in NY (bummer) so it looks like i'll be walking around with my moisturizer just in case. Hoping to get some feedback on what other users on this combo have experienced (or your experience with a single topical that i mentioned). My derm recommended these meds because they are less irritating that other stuff.
Wish me luck!!!!!
BTW - starting this journey with:
small bumps on my forehead
2 inflamed bumps on my chin
3 under the skin but rising stars on my left lower chin/cheek area
a mass of small under the skin bumps under my jaw and on my right chin/cheek area.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:30 PM
Ok so i know i said i would post once a week but i think i'll post whenever i notice something new and guess what folks....i noticed something new:
My face is dryer than the sahara and bumps are coming to the surface. My derm said that i shouldn't have an initial outbreak but to expect that bumps that were already forming to come up and play. Washed my face tonight and noticed numerous small bumps all over my jaw. One under the skin one on my right cheek and two more popping up on my chin. The ones o my left cheek are slowly coming up to join the party. This sucks as i went through this drama in the first few weeks of my accutane treatment. But like everything else in life - victory tastes sweeter when you have to struggle to achieve it.
Would love to hear others experience with these topicals (together or separate).
Edited by sasch12, 20 November 2011 - 09:31 PM.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:17 PM
Oh acne how i hate ye. So i thought i would be one of those lucky souls to skate on by without an initial breakout but alas, it is not to be. These suckers are deep under the skin bumps that don't rear their ugly heads . Trying to not get too down about it as everything is a process and i just have to roll with the punches. Could definitely use some encouragement from other members who are at the beginning or towards the end of their acne journeys.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:25 PM
Posted 24 November 2011 - 03:13 PM
Day # 7
Well, my regimen is going. I am such an impatient person and i want results like yesterday...sigh. Well so far i had another under the skin bump surface and many of my small bumps are visible in the mirror. Apparently my acne looks much worse to me than to everyone else and the pictures don't do them justice. My texture does feel better though but i most likely attribute that to my short stint on Claravis. I posted my face as of today in the Gallery section. Dryness is down as i am using cetaphil and that bad bout is THICK. My face is also greasy but i figure once i get my acne under control, then i can worry about shine control. how do others deal with the emotional effect of watching your skin go to shitz while everyone around you is carefree and acne free?
Posted 24 November 2011 - 03:32 PM
Edited by gems2889, 24 November 2011 - 03:35 PM.
Posted 25 November 2011 - 10:36 AM
hey and be patient it take retiniods a long time to work. I also had whole bunch of under the skin bumps they eventually made there presence known lol. oh and for me it was very hard to get use to my skin because i always had clear skin about 99% of the time now my face is full of red marks. but I try to keep myslef remind that this is just a phase and it will eventually go away when I keep my acne under control. I have cried, had panic attacks and isolated my self for sometime but I now feel way better since my face is looking a bit better with makeup on. I try to stay postive and be happy but its hard my skin has always been one of those things that I ocd about and when its not behaving I freak the fudge out! whenever u feel down this is a great website to come on it has helped me so much.
Thanks so much for the insight! This community has been awesome since i joined. My family and friends look at me like i'm neurotic and maybe i am but come on folks....i'm an adult and most adults i know don't have to deal with this. I am also going through a stressful time as i found out i am prediabetic and i am adjusting my eating habits accordingly (trying to gain weight while cutting back on carbs is harder than a mutha). I'm definitely going to be tapping into these supports as the weeks go on cause i'm preparing for the worse. I'm glad though that someone understands.
Day # 8
Face is oily, under the skin bump on the side of my right jaw seems to have gotten bigger and more inflamed. One on my chin seems to want to develop a whitehead but is taking its own sweet time. I have lots of small flesh colored bumps along my jawline that want to come out and play and a few under the skin bumps that will be joining the party soon....sigh....when will this end?
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 06:31 PM
hello! my derm gave me antibiotics but I'm not taking them! My initial breakout was not bad. just keep up with your regime n be patient. i know how u feel when u just want your skin to hurry up n get clear!!
Yup...just want to be clear like yesterday. But still holding steady. I'm very greatful for the support of the org.
Day # 10
So another hard bump has presented itself by my mouth on the right side (not as huge as the one on my lower cheek but lots of potential to get that way). Lots of small bumps on my chin and i predict that they will be inflamed VERY soon. If i click my heels three times, will they go away? The large cyst (?) on my lower cheek hurts when i wash my face and shows no sign of coming to the surface. Hope this is not indicitive of the type of future breakouts.
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:36 PM
Gems and Eclectic, thanks for sharing your experiences. It helps me stay strong knowing that others are going through this as well
Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:33 AM
Keep going with your log, especially when your struggling. Its important to get the support and not give up
Posted 04 December 2011 - 09:58 AM
So i finally uploaded pictures and i find it so helpful to be able to see the differences from week to week. I am definitely experiencing more dryness and flaking and some burning sensations. Also i am getting a lot more clogged pores, especially on my fore head and chin . It is not too bad...yet. But i am not getting too complacent. I know that an initial outbreak is coming......soon. I am wondering if maybe my face is becoming irritated as i find myself flushing so much more easily. Should i maybe cut back on some of my meds? A few days ago my ace was this dry.
Also, can someone recommend a good sunscreen that won't leave white streaks and won't clog my pores.
N. Clare, your input has been invaluable to me. I definitely am not the most patient person out there so i needed to be clear lie yesterday....lol. But I have committed to seeing this through.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:04 PM
Day # 19 - My face is not so great right now. I believe that the medicine is drying me out as my skin is splotchy, i have dry spots and it occassionally itches. Is this normal and to be expected? I'm wondering if maybe i should stop everything for a few days and see what happens. The fact that it is winter here is not helping matters. As of now, i have stopped using the Sumadan wash as it was contributing to the dryness. My chin is breaking out ever so slowly with bumps that hide under the skin. They are not that apparent from far away but i wouldn't be surprised if they came out to play. I am thinking about maybe cutting out dairy and glutten for a month to see if it helps my skin. The only thing with glutten that i currently eat is bread and with dairy, it's cheese. i've been itching lately and wondering if its because of the dry skin or from food allergies. I am staying positive though as it is not as bad as it was BEFORE i started accutane. If it gets to that point, then maybe i'll hit the panic button . In the meantime, i'm holding on tight for the ride.
BTW, got my eyebrows threaded and of course i now have bumps all around - MEMO to self: never thread when area is already irritated.