Well, I have about five more days of pills to go, but I'm effectively done. I'll still wait until then for the final monthly update. Red marks look a LOT better than they did on day 136. It's been over a year since my face has been doing this well.
Alright, into the home stretch now, month six. Here's a long overdue recap of month five:
- Began the month with 1-2 actives, and they stayed for the majority of the month; they're now gone. Currently have 0-1 active. - Side effects didn't get much worse, which surprised me; I thought they would given the dry wintry weather. In fact, I haven't gotten any of those red, rashy areas at all recently - More snail-pace progress with the red marks, but they really are becoming less noticeable - No new side effects; mood and whatnot has been pretty constant
That's basically it! I was under the impression that my last appt. with the derm was the final one, but apparently I have another. I'm hoping that I won't have any new actives this month. Going on here and reading other people's stories makes me remember how much waking up to three new bright red zits sucked, and I'm very thankful that it's not one more thing I have to deal with now. I know I complain about my red marks a lot, but honestly, if you told me nine months ago that I could take this medication for half a year and only have to wake up to red marks, I'd sign up in a second. It's easy to underestimate how much acne sucks when you don't have it.
In case you care to know, my routine is still much the same, and pretty minimal: CeraVe moisturizing lotion 1-2x/day, CeraVe hydrating cleanser 1x/day in the shower.
Just wanted to say thanks to you for keeping this log. Really detailed. Just started my course a few days ago. Best of luck man, your almost there!
No problem! I started this log mostly so others could benefit from it, so I'm glad you found it useful.
Over 80% done at this point. I haven't been updating as much lately because there simply isn't much to say; I still have a couple minor, lingering actives and my share of PIH. It's more or less a broken record at this point. I will say that I've been peeling a lot around the mouth the past few days.
When you run your fingers down your cheeks is it really smooth or bumpy?
Smooth. There are a couple little areas of some minor scarring where it's bumpy/crevassed, but yeah, smooth for the most part. My hope is that maybe some of the redness is tane-burn related and is just heightened by the thinner skin.