If I may I'd like to make a couple of comments about antibios (you probably know this already but I think it deserves reiteration for others that may be less aware):
- for women they can play havoc with your vaginal flora. I'm sorry to be blunt but thrush can be AWFUL!
- Also they can play havoc with gut flora too because all the commensal bacteria ("good" bacteria), that help us digest our food, are killed as well.
- Third, doxy can increase photosensitivity which means that your skin may be extra sensitive to light and therefore you should remember to use sunscreen! Especially since melanin production is the skin's natural remedy to sunlight and is also the reason for permanent dark patches on skin after acne lesions.
In summary, antibios are great as a short term remedy to cope with immediate problems and if they're working for you, great! Just that they are not a panacea and there are some serious side-effects that people should be aware of.
Your skin looks really healthy (you have a lovely dewy complexion and beautiful colour) and after your pigmentation goes you won't even be aware you ever had acne!
Thanks for keeping this log because it's a real inspiration.
Oh p.s. a couple of sunscreens that are oil free and have never made me break out:
1) avene face spf 50 oil free (very white)
2) Banana boat sun wear faces oil free spf30 (lovely matt finish)
3) sunsense daily face spf 50 (very oily finish but no breakouts)
Gems, skin is looking amazing - in a few months time you'll hopefully be clear. Question for you, after you wash your face/before you apply your meds, is your skin dry? Did this happen at any point during your treatment. My skin is soooooo dry after i wash and even worse after i add my meds. Moisturizing after still leaves flakes behind. Will these symptoms ever let up (i'm almost 7 weeks in)
I just saw this comment and wanted to quickly ask you whether you are moisturising only in the morning and evening or whether you moisturise during the day too?
Second, do you make sure you drink at least 2l of water per day?
I found that when my skin is healing that it's worth just moisturising whenever and wherever you need to (even in the office, at my desk! I just purigel my hands to clean them if I can't leave my desk, then wet wipe them. Whip out my little pocket mirror and apply moisturiser. Clean hands on wet wipe. Back to work!). I have been known to moisturise 7-8 times per day. Also if I wake up at night to go to bathroom, I also moisturise! I'm a bit OCD perhaps but I think it helps.
Also I use an emolient such as sudocrem which I've found on the spot it is fantastic for dry skin, and helping to heal acne too. It has the downside that it stays very white and not easily rubbed in so may be just an at home remedy, but can't recommend highly enough.