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August 11, 2018 (week 6 day 2 ocella)

Used hydroquinone 4% last night, and my skin was okay with it, so I think I might use it again tonight. 

The pimple on my cheek blew up. Its really swollen and absolutely huge. I have been icing and heating, but its not doing much. Its one of the super painful cysts that I don't have much experience with.I'm so sad and scared that Ocella may not be working for me. I freaked and called my doctor. She gave me Doxycycline to help ease the breakouts while my body is transitioning to the pill. Nervous that the doxy will mask what Ocella is really doing to my skin, and once I run out my face will breakout. Will keep you updated!

19patel99

19patel99

08/12/2018

 

August 10, 2018(sixth week of ocella)

Officially the first day of the sixth week of Ocella; I am experiencing small whiteheads on the tip of my nose and the two painful cysts (on forehead and cheek) are still there. My skin was extremely dry today and as a result, seemed a bit more oily, I think this might be from adjusting to the Tazorac 

19patel99

19patel99

08/12/2018

 

August 9, 2018

Story time: I'm on last pill of the fifth week of Ocella. About two weeks ago, I had a pregnancy scare and ended up taking Plan B. The next four days I had a horrible cystic breakout and then my period came. I don't think I can entirely contribute my acne to the Plan B because I had been breaking out a little before then, things definitely did spiral out of control after. 2 weeks later, and I'm still trying to heal that breakout. 

Morale is low tbh. I have a pimple on my left cheek which I am nervous might blow up as well as one on my forehead. Both are extremely painful which is unusual for me. In addition there are little bumps almost like blackheads popping up around my forehead and upper cheeks. 

19patel99

19patel99

08/12/2018

 

What's Been Happening

I'm 19 and I have been battling acne for the past five years or so. Like most my skin dips up and down constantly, some years are worse than others. This past year I had a flare up, and so I went back to Retin-A. While that did help my skin a lot, I was still left with pretty tough and extreme breakouts right before my period. In an effort to combat this, my doctor suggested Birth Control. Took Levlen for a month and that screwed up my stomach so I stopped. Then I started Microgestin Fe 1/20, which at first was a godsend. By month three, I was having an extreme cystic breakout and had to stop. 
SO naturally I schedule an appointment with both my dermatologist and OB/GYN. OB suggested I switch to Ocella, which is a generic form of Yasmin. My dermatologist enthusiastically agreed with this choice, she also switched me to 0.1% Tazorac and 4% Hydroquinone to combat acne scars. I want to blog my journey - because I want to finally overcome my acne once and for all.

19patel99

19patel99

08/12/2018

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