Before I started estelle 35ed...
- I had controllable acne when I was 13-14 that only came up on my T-zone which I used Proactiv, and that helped nicely for only a few months until my skin got use to it. So I stopped using Proactiv
- When I was 15-16 I had a few pimples here and there which didn't bother me as I could use concealer to cover up
- After 16 it hit me big.. I was getting painful cystic acne all over my face (including my forehead, which I normally do not get pimples in that area). So I had to do something about it.. I went to my family doctor and asked for some help, she prescribed me over 6-8 months 2-3 different antibiotics including minocyclin and 1-2 different antibiotic topical treatments. The oral antibiotics did not help one bit, it broke me out and left me with more cystic acne plus a white rash which I assume was an allergic reaction. The antibiotic topical treatments helped but only to a certain extent. It did not help with the cystic acne, only the acne that came to a head where it could use its power to penetrate the skin and destroy the bacteria. So I stopped taking the antibiotics and went to a skin pathologist where she prescribed me a personalised herbal solution mixture and some herbal pills, which heck was expensive (100-120 and 60 Australian dollars respectively). However it DID work and it worked great, it cleared up my skin beautifully and I was only left with acne scars which where on its way healing.. However I made a terrible and regretful choice with using a clarisonic on my skin. Man it broke me out good. I thought it was just the initial purge but the pimples kept coming (I used it nightly). My skin freaked out and has never gotten better since (I am now 18 almost 19).
- Now back to the present, I have been prescribed Estelle 35ed (a generic version to Diane 35ed) and I have been on it for about 3 months now. I am still getting breakouts (2 pimples have appeared) and I'm very sad that these birth control pills are taking longer than expected, although my doctor has said my skin has improved. But I guess because I look at my face everyday I don't see a dramatic change as she would? I don't know ! I get so depressed even if one pimple appears because that means another scar (I scar easily and it takes a long time for these scars to heal). I'm about to start my 4th pack and hope this month will be less of a roller coaster
Also a little FAQ, being a girl, acne has literally changed my life.. for the worse. I get so depressed and self concious that all I like to do is stay home and never go out with my friends.. It has affected me that much... Also to make it worse my family constantly (unintentionally?) brings up about how my face looks (in a bad way) saying things like why is your face so red, you'll get more pimples etcetc.
So I am doing this little diary to log my progress with Estelle 35ed so that it might be able to help other people out and myself as I tend to forget things easily
Btw does anyone know how to remove red pigmentation from old pimples? Also small indentation scars? Been using the personal microdermabrasion on them for about 3 times and only see slight results (nothing dramatic)
Edited by Citsy, 12 June 2014 - 08:58 PM.