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Clenia, Duac, .05% Tazorac, Doxy 40mg

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Day 5 - TAZORAC

Day 5 with Tazorac at night. Also doing Duac in the morning. Today peeling started, maybe a little bit last night but today lots of skin came off, mostly chin area. More irritation and reddness on my chin and overall on my face. Cetphil I think was just sitting on top of my skin, felt really greasy and I think it might have been making my face sting and feel red and irritated. This new moisturizer feels SO great. Going to do Tazorac every other night. On mornings where I do NOT use Tazorac the night before I will use Duac and I'll try to not use Duac on other mornings. Still have problem areas on my chin. It's really the SAME things that have been happening for months just not resolving and coming up and then going down and again and again. I hope that they can be resolved without coming to the surface, that would be ideal. If not, I should get them extracted since it's much better then me trying to do it. Just worried about creating more scars and open wounds on my face but i know they need to come out. I think i'll wait a week and see what happens with them. My face is starting to feel tight and dry . So I'm going to try every other night with Tazorac for 2 weeks.

27inLA

27inLA

05/03/2010

 

Back to a Regimen

Dermatologist Appt this morning. Skin in a state of "going to break out soon" I have lots of bumps underneath, more are forming, I can feel painful twinges, puffy, swollen, dry, RED, irritated, blotchy. big pores and blackheads all over forehead and nose and cheeks, lots of red marks, brown marks. Feel like I am starting from Day 1. Which I am. Hoping to rule out anything I might have a reaction to or that a combination of something might not be working for my skin. Starting off with just tazorac and slowly adding things in. Staying on ORACEA antibiotic. If anything crazy happens calling doctor. Next dermatologist appointment in 3 MONTHS. Nervous and once again hopeful and ready to stick to to another attempt. I got a new moisturizer from the doctor, his own brand. I think the cetaphil in the morning is making my skin super greasy and making it hard to apply make up. I like that this new one I can use sparingly and has antioxidants in it. NEW PLAN Week 1: - April 28th - May 4th AM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Dermatologist's lite antioxidant Moisturizer PM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Cetaphil Taz .05% every other night Week 2: - May 5th - May 11th AM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Dermatologist's lite antioxidant Moisturizer PM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Cetaphil Taz .05% EVERY night Week 3 & 4: - May 12th - May 25th AM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Dermatologist's lite antioxidant Moisturizer *** ADDING DUAC *** PM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Cetaphil Taz .05% every night Week 5: - May 25th - AM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Dermatologist's lite antioxidant Moisturizer Duac *** ADDING CLENIA *** PM Wash with Cetaphil Moisturize with Cetaphil Taz .05% every night

27inLA

27inLA

04/28/2010

 

Update

Quick Update: All of my reaction, bumps, rash is completely gone. Cyst on chin is slowly healing. Still very red and big and raised. Lots of unevenness, redness, peeling skin on one side. One spot on upper cheek acting up but so far its small. Rest of face feels ok but looks like lots of large pores and blackheads. Chin: always problem area. Right side: little bumps coming up. Anxious to get to my dermatologist appt. next wednesday. Then I can schedule an appt. for a 2nd extractions appt. something i really need. LOTS of red and brown marks. but that's something to deal with once i'm clear.....when not if....hopefully... Again, anxious about seeing my doctor next week. and using Clenia twice a day again and hoping to add duac... maybe holding off on taz all together? not sure.... Need to get oracea refilled. it WOULD be 4 weeks this coming week. but i took a week off from the reaction rash... Not sure if that means i'm starting on Day One again.

27inLA

27inLA

04/25/2010

 

Skin Rash Update

The past week has been up and down. My sun rash bumps are completely gone. I can't believe how gross the rash was and how long it took to go away. But just glad it's gone and no scars or marks. I used the locoid lotion night and day. i think it might have helped but also the fact that the rash was already on it's way to healing. Had a pretty bad cyst on my chin. it came to the surfaced and drained a little bit. All along my right side of my chin I have a line of about 8 bumps (small) under my skin. worrisome to say the least. I started using Clenia on my face since I'm just worried about breaking out a lot since i stopped using other things while using the locoid for 10 days. Getting back into my doctor's office the 28th for a check up and going to start trying new products one by one. Though I really think that the rash was solely the mircoderm and some sunlight reaction. I guess the good news is that I'm not getting anything new new right now. I have bumps coming up but they are all in places I know where there. Though I lied I can feel like there might be others on my chin. Frustrating but a little better knowing my dermatologist is on my side. Excited for May and Olay bringing back their zinc oxide formula.

27inLA

27inLA

04/20/2010

 

UPDATE: Reaction from Microdermabrasion

Appt. Today with Dermatologist What I thought was sun poisoning turned out to be a reaction from the MICRODERMABRASION I was very nervous when I got this done....rightfully so My doctor said my skin was too sensitive and the esthetician was too rough and too aggressive with the device. He took me off all of my regimen for 10 days. I got samples of LOCOID. a prescription of hydrocortisone lotion. Makes me hopeful that I got in to the office today and got this checked out. He seemed very optimistic that this lotion would help. And I'm still taking the antibiotics so that should help with the acne while i'm off the topicals for a few days. bumps are better but not gone. more burning, stinging, painful, ice packs really help. Hoping in 10 days all of this rash will have cleared up.

27inLA

27inLA

04/13/2010

 

Sun Poisoning - Day 3

Day 3 of bumps from sun exposure. Got it late friday night. Today is the third full day. FRIDAY - suddenly broke out. freaked out! SATURDAY - really bad around eyes, forehead, across nose. thousands, little red bumps, some skin colored. inflamed. SUNDAY - EVEN MORE bumps. now broken out more on forehead and down to middle of cheeks and on chin and underneath chin. TODAY, MONDAY - I think it might be not getting worse. it looks a little better. at least, not worse. still super thick dense collection of bumps across nose, under eyes in the middle of my eyes. very bumpy. I feel like in the next 24 hours I should see some improvement. OTHER SKIN NOTES: no horrible new acne forming. a nice change from constantly breaking out a few weeks ago. It's almost been 2 weeks off Differin. I think this is a good new regimen, just too bad I have to deal with thousands of bumps. On top of being really frustrated with cystic acne, pustules and constantly breaking out on my chin, now this! i'm surprised i've been less angry. Still very upsetting but I haven't cried about it. I think it's working that I keep reminding myself, this WILL go away, its a rash not pimples and it will just take time. Shouldnt be more than 2 weeks. and shouldnt leave any scars. just feels and looks so gross. I have my appt. tomorrow. I hope that I am not yelled at because of this. I really didnt even go in direct sunlight which is why this is so confusing. I really made the appt. because I have a cyst that needs to be extracted. At my last appt. Thursday she did some extractions. this one used to be flat but turned into an infection underneath and grew. I'm really hoping that she can extract this one. and possibly a few others now that I know it will be worth the pain and a few days of bright red, dark spots and some peeling. I just hope that the sun poisoning didnt mess with my skin and ruin results from my medication or my microdermabrasion treatment. At least I can ask when I am there tomorrow. Today my skin itches and burns more. Also a lot of bumps are new from yesterday so really those bumps I'm only on day 2. Would be AMAZING if by Friday all the sun bumps were gone and what I get extracted Tuesday are healed/healing. Will be nice to look back on this and really not take my skin for granted and remember how scary and insane this outbreak of sun bumps was.

27inLA

27inLA

04/12/2010

 

Sun Poisoning....MORE!

Woke up to more bumps. Now pretty much my whole face is covered. All over my forehead. Sides of face. cheeks. Just horrible. Millions of bumps. Red. raised. very tiny. Feels horrible when I washed my face. Took Ibuprofen. Hoping that staying in for 2 days. relaxing. take medicine. icing my face. Also new breakouts on chin. Cyst on left side of middle chin is very raised and hard. Everything I have on my skin is really raised and impossible to cover. I am looking forward to this sun poisoning going away and won't take my clear spots on my face for granted. it will feel like a miracle when they are gone, it just seems like it is impossible for these things to be gone in a week. But it's a rash not acne, just need to keep thinking that. Looking forward to Tuesday to get some things extracted!! should have done this last time. hoping though that the bumps are less because I know that the esthetician will be furious that I was got a reaction. just depressed and anxious today. At least I don't have to go out til wednesday night for work. and tuesday for my appt. this is the second full day of bumps. though many bumps are new. trying to be calm and patient

27inLA

27inLA

04/11/2010

 

Sun Poisoning/Polymorphous Light Eruption

Sun Poisoning/Polymorphous Light Eruption Was in the sun a bit on a short walk and ended up getting hundreds of tiny red bumps all across my eyes, underneath, nose, forehead, between eyebrows, its really bad. really inflamed. looks horrible. Completely my fault. Just frustrating knowing that I need to just wait it out and nothing I can do about it. Last time I didnt know what it was and started using an exfoliator and think it made me breakout more. Looking forward to this finally going away. washing my face is so painful emotionally and feels awful. like millions of bumps, thick and dense. I should have never even been outside. Need to make sure this never happens again. also i need to be careful so i dont get it on my arms either. maybe that's why i'm tanning quicker. Today is Saturday. Hoping by Tuesday it's lesser. Tuesday afternoon I am going in for some extractions. I have at least one large infection on my chin that needs to go. It was looking flat on thursday when she was doing extractions. now its raised, hard and big. there's a change it will come to the surface before tuesday but unlikely and I'd much rather have her do it. And possibly take some other things out too. Now that I know what to expect and that it actually was worth it. I'd like some more done.

27inLA

27inLA

04/11/2010

 

Microdermabrasion, Extractions, Mask

10:00 AM Appointment I was VERY nervous because I had never had any kind of skin treatment done. I was shaking and nervous because I didn't know what to expect and didn't know exactly what she was going to do. I was nervous because I thought it was going to be painful and might irritated my skin and make me breakout MORE or make cysts appear where it was just a little bump. Microdermabrasion: felt like sandpaper rubbed hard all over my face, HURT a lot, less painful on forehead but over acne on my chin hurt so badly. hope this helps and wont make things worse. Extractions: I had no idea what to expect but I knew there would be tools involved. At first she was doing things very lightly and minimal. I think taking care of things that were really at the surface already. It was tolerable. Then she was going to extract things that were under my skin, not even at whiteheads. I was nervous. 1. about pain and 2. because i thought it might lead to getting a breakout. VERY painful. i was shaking a lot and trying to breathe. she kept telling me to relax and i just couldn't. luckily it wasn't too long. it was weird having her tell me she was getting infections out. She told me that if an infection if ready to come out, it's best to remove it. Just scared because I've never had any procedures before. HURT but short lived and hopefully worth it. when she drained a deep cyst it hurt the most. Calming Mask: smelled like apples. was ok. scared it was going to clog my pores or make be breakout. again nervous. face throbbing from extractions. 5-10 minutes, tried to slow my heart rate and breathing while lying there. Hydrating Fluid: again scared it might clog and make me break out. Only reason I considered this was because my insurance covers this and I just pay a co pay. Hoping I get good results. Right now trying not to look in the mirror since my face is all red and pimples are popped and bright red all over. next 2 days no regimen just cetaphil. ice packs, ibuprofen. deep breaths

27inLA

27inLA

04/08/2010

 

1 Week

Tomorrow it will be one week since changing to this regimen. I think the 4.5% BP wash was really irritating my skin and making everything worse. It burned, stung and was painful while washing my face. It has a grittiness to it that was really rough on my sensitive skin. I really wanted DIFFERIN and BP wash to work. It was tough to face the fact that this might not work for me and that I feel as though I wasted 4 months having consistently horrible breakouts. But moving on and hopeful. I noticed that my face has less little bumps that I could feel when washing my face. It is a lot less irritated I think mostly because I changed cleansers. I am loving the way this CLENIA feels. My face also drinks up the CETAPHIL lotion much better then before. Previously it would be very greasy and sit on top of my skin. I have three active clusters on my chin as of right now. all appeared in my last few weeks of using DIFFERIN. RIGHT SIDE OF CHIN: old cyst spot still dark and a small bump can still be felt. I have 5 active bumps on that side grouped together. nothing is at a head and none of them feel very deep but still deeper than a basic zit. New one came up closer to the old cyst spot. MIDDLE: deep infection right under lip. it was bigger than the size of an eraser tip and all white pus underneath, very wide but not too raised. this started off very small and grew. eventually a whitehead formed and pus came out. it looks much less red and irritated but still has white fluid deep underneath and a bump can still be felt. Cluster of closed skin colored bumps right in the middle. typical congestion. LEFT SIDE OF CHIN: one dark colored spot is a deep cyst. feels smaller than it did several weeks ago. Above it there is a section of puffiness and swelling I can tell there are probably cysts underneath forming. looks puffy when I smile or touch it. FOREHEAD: feels amazing, looks good. not flawless but nothing active. CHEEKS: as of right now no active spots NOSE: just blackheads, nostril edges less inflamed and painful. I get clogged pores. tiny white things that can be pulled out. its such a sensitive area. I am just going to use my cleanser and not touch them. PEELING: lots of peeling happening. even though I've only used Tazorac once on the 31st. I am waiting because I am going to the dermatologist on Thursday for a treatment. I tried a baby brush type brush but it was so painful and hurt and was way to rough. i'll have to use it for something else. Now i find using cetaphil and water and a cotton ball in circular motions does pretty good. and doesnt hurt. I really hope i didnt cause chaos by using that brush on my chin. at the moment it kind of stings and is very red. I think a key to this new regimen will also be using an antibiotic. hopefully a brand name birth control will help things also. From my upper lip up I look pretty clear. its just my whole chin area.

27inLA

27inLA

04/07/2010

 

Started 4/1/2010

Previous 4 months: Differin .3% at night. 4.5% BP wash morning and night. Result: cystic acne on chin just getting worse. found a new dermatologist who was anxious to change up my regimen. starting at day 1 again. hopefully with better success. AM Clenia (sulfur) cleanser Duac Cetaphil lotion 40mg Doxy Seasonale PM Cetaphil cleanser w/ cotton ball to remove any peeling skin Clenia (sulfur) cleanser .05% Tazorac (every third night, easing into it)

27inLA

27inLA

04/07/2010

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