Hello All... Its been a long time since I've written a blog entry... probably a little less than a year. Since I have a little time at work to post in lieu of my skin regimen change, I thought I'd post something. If you read the beginning of my blog, you'll learn that I used to love Proactiv Solution but when I turned 21, my skin started reacting to it in the weirdest way. Needless to say, I stop using it and fortunately, was able to maintain clear skin for the next 6 years by simply
Hello... This Thursday marks 20 weeks since I've started Taz and I feel BEAUTIFUL again. I mean... I really feel good about myself and I don't wear make-up except for special occasions like going out to dinner or something. But for every day work... no! I don't try to cover my face or hide my cheeks with my hair. I'm just open and more confident. Needless to say... I'm clear and don't feel anything underneath the skin. I won't bore you with a long post... IT WORKS!
So, I'm in love with this product. It's working for me like none other. Ohhh... I'm so sorry for taking 4 (almost 5 weeks) to post something. I've been extremely busy at work and moving. I've been exhausted and tired. It's been bad. But what's been good is my Taz journey. I've been using Taz religiously for 17 weeks and my skin looks a world of a lot better. Over the past four weeks, I've missed about five days (not consecutively) and never woke up to a pimple. I had one random pimple near
I don't mean to boast, but my progress is getting better and better... and better... and better. Not one single pimple this week and the hyperpigmentation is getting better day by day. I'm almost feeling like myself again and my skin is the best that it's been since the summer. I think I know what the key is... NO MOISTURIZER!!! I know. I know. We've all read article after article... after blog after blog stating that us "acne folk" need to moisturize even though we breakout. Wel
I'm going to keep this very short.... Yay! I made it to the 12-week mark and I couldn't be happier. Everything is going well with my skin. I got a couple of small blackheads this week but I easily extracted them and they didn't leave a scar. The hyperpigmentation is fading day by day. And not using moisturizer in my regimen is working wonders. For the first 10 weeks I would moisturize my face after washing in the mornings but when I told my derm what I was doing last week, he told me to stop usi
Actually, tomorrow will mark 11 weeks that I've been on Tazorac... but who's counting. I went to the derm today and again, I don't know how I'm supposed to feel. During my last visit, he asked me if I thought the product was working. I was rather confused because he's the derm so shouldn't he be telling me if the product is working or not? This time, he didn't say it was working but, he didn't say it wasn't working. I told him that I was pleased with the product so far because the results
10 Weeks! Can you believe it. I've actually made it to week 10 of my Taz journey and I couldn't be happier at this point. You're probably thinking: "Why did she name this blog entry '10 weeks/ I'm African American'?" I wanted to remind African Americans who seek out acne.org for answers to their acne woes that there's a faithful, ethnic person blogging about a product outside of Accutane. As an African American, I've found that many people don't have answers to our skin problems because of
Thursday, February 18 marked my 9-week anniversary on Taz. What I've concluded about this week is... ONLY PUT TAZ ON THE PROBLEM AREAS AND NOWHERE ELSE! I'm so serious when I say this because if you start putting Taz on areas where you usually don't breakout, that part of your skin will begin to go through the initial breakout stage just as the problem areas did. Taz can't judge what areas are better or worse than the other. It will treat all skin the same and if there's underlying elements that
The good thing is, I've made it to 8 weeks on Taz. I believe the initial breakout stage is over for me, but I had a slight breakout this week. I don't believe the three pimples I got were from using Taz but from drinking too much milk and my cycle started this week. I know consuming dairy products doesn't add to the clarity of my skin, but I've just been having a craving for milk lately. Now that I see the effects on my skin, I'm going back to only drinking water and not the occasional glass of
Whoooooooo Hooooooooo! I've made it to 7 weeks on Taz! I can't believe it. I'm more than halfway to the recommended 12 weeks. I think the initial breakout is coming to a close. The breakout has been going on for 4 weeks with me. It's been an annoying process but this week, I've only had one small whitehead that was gone by the time I went to bed. The hyperpigmented areas are getting lighter but aren't as light as I would like them to be at this point. If the progress continues in this direction,
I haven't had a pimple in 3 DAYS! Yayyy! I'm so happy. The pimples I was getting didn't hurt and weren't big... but it would be an annoying whitehead that would pop up on on my cheek and get larger throughout the day until it finally dried up and flaked off. It's amazing to see how fast the cell turnover is. I can literally see a pimple come and go in less than a day. Today was the first day I've worn my hair in a ponytail in a long time. Although there are still numerous, visible hyperpig
Well.... I don't know how to interpret my trip to the derm today. Based on all the research and testimonials I've read, I NEVER expected that my skin should be a lot clearer by now. I haven't read one posting on ANY website I've visited stating that my skin should look a LOT better at this point. So.... going in to the derm's office, I was confident in what he may say about the progress of my skin. I thought he would've said something to the effect of, "Okay, looks great! Your skin is breaking o
The good new is... I've survived 6 weeks so far. The bad news is... I don't believe the initial breakout period is over. Today, I have about 4 hard whiteheads on my face, but the trend has been; here one day and gone the next. The breakouts aren't really that bad to me because I've been breaking out since September 2009 and wasn't on any treatment at all and those pimples would hurt. The bumps that are appearing since using Tazorac are unsightly but don't hurt. I'm really looking forward to the
This will be short and sweet... I don't think the breakout phase of the "Initial Tazorac Breakout" is over, but I at least experienced a little relief today. My husband even made the comment, "Wow your face is really clearing up." That really meant a lot. There are still blackheads surfacing, but the pimples are gone. At this point, the hyper-pigmentation is the worst part. I cant wait to go to the derm and discuss some potential combination therapy for the scarring. All in all... I'm stil
I started the "initial breakout on day 23" and... This sucks! This sucks! This sucks! When people say their skin PURGES, they weren't lying. Currently, I'm not working so I have the liberty to walk around the house without any insecurities or wearing tons of make-up. I swear, during the day I can feel my pores unclogging. Blackheads surface my skin and practically push out on their own. I may gently brush my face with my hand, and sometimes a blackhead with roll out. That sounds really gross...
It's day 32 of my Taz journey and the "Initial Breakout" started on day 23 (I started blogging about the breakout on day 25... if you want to read.) Yesterday, I had several hard whiteheads and a couple of blackheads. Throughout the day yesterday, I could really tell how fast Taz helps the skin turnover because several blemishes surfaced before I went to bed yesterday... and the blemishes that were SOOOOO obvious yesterday, are hardly noticeable today. I didn't pop or extract any of the ble