WARNING: this is going to be a little lengthy. But I'll love you forever if you can help me.
It's been quite a while since my last post. Feels kinda good to be back...even though it means I'm having skin issues :/
So let's just jump right into it...I need your help!
I have been sitting on a prescription of Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion for a couple of weeks now, absolutely TERRIFIED that my skin will purge again.
If you've read any of my other posts, I had horrible purging with my BCP, Ortho Tri Cyclen about 4-6 months ago. Which I am happy to say has decreased much since I switched from generic to name brand...I'm still a hormonal mess.....but that's for another thread.
Anyway... My current predicament is that I've recently burned, and I mean BURNED my skin with Lavender Essential Oil. I was experiencing a very minor breakout on my jaw/chin and of course, as always, I FREAKED OUT and absolutely NUKED my skin. I used too much lavender ess. oil directly on the skin, followed by my moisturizer. I knew it would most likely burn, but I didn't expect the redness to last for more than 48 hours, which it has...and on top of that, I have tiny little bumps all along the dry/red/burned skin that I'm hoping don't become inflamed.
I have mixed my good 'ol dependable tea tree oil into my moisturizer (currently using the Alba Oil-Free aloe and green tea moisturizer), and the cooling sensation has brought some much-needed relief. Though my skin is still red.
However, I'm afraid of these little bumps that resulted from my "lavender oil burn" will become inflamed, and look like a full-blown breakout.
On top of all this... my ANNIVERSARY is coming up in the beginning of April! I only have about 2 weeks to fix my skin.
I have been avoiding the Clindamycin in fear that it will purge my skin during my anniversary. This cannottttt happpennnnnn!!! I would be destroyed.
I have read good reviews, though some are dated, and some are from the solution, not the lotion. I have the lotion. (it's in a white container with yellow on the label). Not sure if that makes a difference. Needless to say I wanted your direct feedback.
How was your experience with Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion? How did you use it? Did you purge? How long before you saw results? What's a good moisturizer to use on top of it, after it dries?
Though I love my Alba moisturizer, it doesn't quite moisturize as deeply as I would like. I have been in the market for a good moisturizer...the search is never-ending. >.<
I have very dry, obviously sensitive acne-prone skin. So I need a VERY hydrating moisturizer that will not break me out, especially if I begin using the phosphate lotion.
I'm hoping for some feedback ASAP so that I can go to bed...I'm sleepy
But this is plaguing me...and I'm unable to get to sleep.
Please help! I am extremely new to prescription topical acne medications...and extremely weary to try them. I am currently sitting on Clindamycin, Aczone, and Epiduo. I have yet to use ANY OF THEM. That's paranoia for ya.
I am asking about Clindamycin because that seems to have the best reviews. However, if you have another suggestion based off of the other prescriptions I have, please feel free to voice your opinion.
Sorry for such the long post....but I am at my wits end with how uncomfortable my skin is. I want to try one of these prescriptions and stop guessing with essential oils. I'm sure one of my prescriptions will work better than the E.O.'s...I just need to be pointed in the right direction. Should I start using the phosphate lotion now, and ditch the oils? Will I purge? How many times will I ask that?
Thanks so much, and I look forward to your feedback!!