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Aczone, Finacea And Ziana Combo With Sumadan Wash...wowza!

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Hey guys and gals! I am a 28 year old woman who is back to using topicals in order to try and control my acne versus curing it. I was on accutane for about a month and had to stop because of health issues. The last course was my third time on it and i think its safe to say that in the long term, it did nothing to control or get rid of my acne. This last treatment helped a lot though so as soon as i stopped, i rushed to my derm to get on a topical in order to gain control before the massive remergence of bumps that i now will take place. As of yesterday, i am on the following regimen:

AM

Sumadan Wash

Aczone

Finacea

Moisturizer/Sunblock (haven't settled one yet)

PM

Sumadan Wash

Ziana

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.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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DAY # 2

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).


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 4

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 headsneutral.gif . 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.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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i know how u feel! i have one underground bump as well! but they go away!!rolleyes.gif

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deedeeparis, thanks for the response. This blog has been dead...lol. Glad someone understands what it feels like.

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?


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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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! sad.png whenever u feel down this is a great website to come on it has helped me so much.

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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! sad.png 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?


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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I am actually on almost the same regimen, my derm put me on solodyn, ziana and sumadan wash. I will say the ziana is doing a good job so far. However i have found that i'm getting a lot of cystic acne especially on my chin and then little bumps on my forehead around my hairline. Not sure if its just a hormonal thing or if the sumadan is somehow maybe purging my skin or something.

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Hey eclectic29! I'm assuming Solodyn is an antibiotic. My derm wanted to hold off on those until she thought i really needed it. Throughout the years i have taken many a antibiotics so not really a fan. How bad is your acne and where is it centrally located? My derm said that pimples that were already on their way up would come up but not necessarily because of the meds - not until week 3 at least. I too have noticed that my pimples are not cyst like so i'm not sure what that's about. I'm not sure which med is doing what but it will make us purge - that i am sure of. I will definitely check out your blog if you have one. Not much to update today so we'll see how tomorrow goes.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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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!!

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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.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 11 - So it seems that the large cyst like bump has popped a bit and is not so hard. A very small amount of liquid leaked out (i didn't pick) but i can see there is some left. These pimples seem to pop on their own and look as if i picked them. Hope it doesn't scar. The small bumps on my chin have appeared to gone down but i will not lull myself into believing that all is well - my face is a tricky bastard so i know that it will probably turn on me at some point. I'm going to be starting weight training soon and i wonder how my face will handle the sweat and other changes in my body. Ahhh....not knowing what the future holds really blows. I plan on uploading pictures every week so i can track my own progress and hopefully benefit assist others who are about to start similar journeys


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 13 - Wow!, it's almost been 2 weeks since i started this log. So far, the big cyst like bump on my right cheek has gone down considerably but there is still a lump under it (possibly the start of another bump?). It left a big, red, mark (to my eyes anyway) so hoping that those disappear over time. My chin so far has been clearer (those smaller flesh colored bumps seem to come and go). I am expecting a breakout soon as my period should make an arrival this weekend :-(. I have been getting these red, under the skin bumps under both my ears and even though they don't bother me that much, i'm curious to know why i'm breaking out there of all places. On my lower jaw i've also noticed small whiteheads coming to the surface (i gotta stop touching that area). My cheeks have a lot of clogging, come manifesting in teeny tinny red bumps not hard or anything). Overall, i'm not sure if the meds have kicked in or if this is my normal acne (doc said it takes 3 weeks at a minimum for the meds to take effect). I am oily as a mutha though and no dryness - is this normal for everyone else? I'm thinking maybe i'll cut back on the use of cetaphil and stick to neutrogena. I will post pics this weekend.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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I started breaking out like 2 day of using retin a. Also I am oily as can be Im getting fudging tired of it lol. the glore of the ib.... I hope yours doesnt last that long fingers crossed for you :)

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Hey girl!! so ive been on it for about 8 days or so almost the same time as you, and i can actually see a little difference. Although pimples keep popping up, my instinct keeps telling me not to give up just yet, my only thing is i wish i had something that cleared up my acne scars!! I need to find something that actually works :(

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Day # 15 - Complexion is very muddy. I am flushing and of course, the acne is highlighted. I am definitely noticing more red bumps on my jawline - not too inflamed...yet. I'm not stressing yet though as my totm is coming and a flare up is expected. Still anticipating my initial outbreak - kinda scared but trying not to let it get me down. Anyway, will post pics tomorrow.

Gems and Eclectic, thanks for sharing your experiences. It helps me stay strong knowing that others are going through this as well


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Good luck :) I think different people have very different responses to these topicals. I have found its been a VERY long process and Ive read on here others who have only had a couple of weeks to deal with. I think the important thing is to carry on until you finally reach the other end with it (however long that may be) and also check in with your doctor to increase/decrease or adapt your meds accordingly. I am going to go on Monday to see my doctor and ask for a slightly higher percentage (im using Retin A 0.025% and I think I can take 0.05% now).

Keep going with your log, especially when your struggling. Its important to get the support and not give up :)


Regime...

Morning

Splash face with cold water

Moisturise w/ Kimberly Sayer ultra light day cream SPF 25

Evening

Remove eye make up

wash face with water

Apply Epiduo


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Day # 17

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 chincrazy.gif . 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.

Thanks everyone.

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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It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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I recommend Kimberley Sayer, Ultra light facial moisturizer SPF25... Its a little expensive, but you get masses so actually works out quite good value. its really nice and light and has never caused me to breakout :)


Regime...

Morning

Splash face with cold water

Moisturise w/ Kimberly Sayer ultra light day cream SPF 25

Evening

Remove eye make up

wash face with water

Apply Epiduo


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N Clare, thanks for the moisturizer recommendation - it received some great reviews so when some funds become available, i'll look into purchasing it.

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 idea.gif. 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.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 20

Ahhh.....acne how you are the gift that keeps on giving... SIGH. SO my forehead is breaking out in small red bumps. I am hoping that it is as a result of the threading and that it will die down soon but i am not so sure. I sure as hell hope it's not because i started eating Almond Butter (which i LOVE and i am using to help me gain weight) or the cheese i eat (usually only 2 cheese sticks per day). Because of my prediabetes i have cut back on carbs and currently, the only carb rich foods i eat are Quinoa, beans steel oats and maybe two slices of sproated grain bread (per day).

My face is so damn oily (as always - i don't think i've ever experienced normal moisturized skin) and dry and red ALL AT THE SAME TIME! It makes me look as if i am constantly blushing. My chin continues to toy with my emotions as i can see and feel under the skin bumps but they won't come up (not sure if that's a good or bad thing).

Taking it day by day and realizing that my acne could be worse and that in my minds eye, it is bigger to me than it is to everyone else

I go back to my derm in 2 weeks so we'll see what happens (not sure what the point of that is since it takes at the very least, 2 months to see any type of progress or lack there of).

Thanks for all the support-it keeps me going and going and goingrolleyes.gif


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 23

So one major change in regards to my diet is that i am cutting out gluten and dairy. My whole reasoning behind this is that i am experiencing some gastric issues so i am trying to eliminate possible culprits. if my skin happens to clear up as a result then WOO HOO :-)

Skin wise, same ole same ole. Still oily as a mutha. Still breaking out in bumps that don't get whiteheads.I believe that this may be the start of an initial outbreak - a MILD initial outbreak. I just want to be three months in and raving about improvements - the wait is killing me.

Uploaded week 3 pictures in the Gallery Section.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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i know the feeling about waiting!! I'm one month in and see lots of improvement. In my case it helps me a lot when i just don't worry bout my skin and let epiduo does its thing, lol.

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i know the feeling about waiting!! I'm one month in and see lots of improvement. In my case it helps me a lot when i just don't worry bout my skin and let epiduo does its thing, lol.

DeeDee i agree 100% My improvements are not THAT dramatic which is why i sometimes find myself discouraged but then i try to live my life and keep it moving.....it helps alot doing that. Glad that you're seeing improvement.

Day # 26 - almost to the 1 month mark! hifive.gif

I'm proud of myself for sticking with it this long without quitting....i guess i really am developing my patience.

Routine wise, for the past few days/night, i have been adding my moisturizer BEFORE the creams because my face has been unbearably dry and red. Has anyone ever done this? Does it diminish the ability of the meds to work properly? I'm going to see the derm for my 1 month follow up on Monday so i'll ask her. As soon as my face recovers, i'll go back to putting on cream BEFORE moisturizer.

Face wishe, the acne on my forehead seems to be holding steady....meaning i'm not breaking out as much on there. In a few weeks i hope to start clearing up. My chin has also been doing better. 1 or 2 inflamed bumps come up and shrink back down.....usually its 4-5 at any given time so i guess that is improvement. Also, the small flesh colored bumps on my jaw are diminishing....not as much as before i started this regimen and Claravis. Right now on my upper upper cheek i have a hard boil like bump that hurts, is inflamed and red as a mutha......hoping this bursts by itself soon and drains. I know it will probably leave a scar as those bumps tend to do that on my complexion skin.

Overall i think i'm going to have my derm keep me on this regimen (maybe minus the Sumadan wash as it really is too drying, even with moisturizer) as 1 month is definitely NOT enough time to tell if it's working. So far, i can say my acne has not exploded as i had expected it to (knock on wood). Here is to two steps forward.

I'll post Week 4 pics this weekend.

Thanks for all the continued support - it's made this journey so much more bearable!


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Day # 29

Ok....where do i start. I have made quite a few changes this week so lets start with Supplements. I now take:

50mg of chelated zinc per day

1 5000IU of D3

2 probiotics per day

Many people seem to be using all three in conjunction with other supplements so i thought those would be a good place to start as

A) I don't get as much sun as i should and i was tested deficient in vitamin D

B) My immune system is not as strong as it can be and i don't eat a lot of zinc rich foods

C) I've been on and off of antibiotics for years so who knows what madness has been happening in my gut.

I'm very skeptical about supplements but i'll give them a fair shake before i write them off - 3 months is a good time frame i think.

As for my diet, i have now been gluten and dairy free for a week now. Since i am prediabetic, i only eat complex carbs such as quinoa, steel oats, occasionally brown rice and whatever carbs are in vegetables (except for potatoes). I eat wild salmon at least 3 X per week and chicken, beef that is organic (as much as possible). I do a lot of coconut and olive oil and i eat egg, almond butter and avocados. My diet doesn't vary much but it is as healthy as i can make it. I also drink 2 glasses of green smoothies (no fruits) with spinach, kale, cucumbers, celery, parsley. For lunch and dinner i make sure to eat broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, string beans etc.

I weight train twice per week and do light cardio (as i am trying to gain weight) 3 times per week

My regimen is posted as my signature.

So i believe i am covering my acne on all fronts

Face wise, no major changes, thank God. I am getting a few inflamed pimples that leave behind scarring. Right now i am battling 2 under my lip (one of which is raised but still under the skin) and 2 on my right side near my upper cheek bone (one is noticeable red and inflamed but starting to calm down, the other is under the skin and ready to spring up). Numerous under the skin bumps on both my jaws (not noticeable right off the bat but they make that area of my skin red and thus, stand out). Clogged pores on my cheeks (closer to my nose) and blackheads on my forehead. The most noticeable improvement is the texture of my skin which to me seems smoother. This process is definitely dragging but i am finding myself focusing on other things beside my face which is a good thing. Hoping that with my new lifestyle plus the added supplements, i see more improvement soon. My 1 month follow up appointment is this Monday so looking forward to hearing what the derm has to say. My face is definitely more congested and more scarred today than it was then but in comparing it to how it was this summer.....still better eusa_pray.gif .

Will post this week's update in the gallery in a few.....wish i had a better camera so that you guys could see the subtle changes.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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