Well, I haven't had any side effects from the birth control yet. It didn't break me out. My skin is still definitely not clear though, sometimes it will seem like its clearing and BAM a few more zits. It is just sooo depressing! Okay I have nothing more to write.
I am on day 4 of the BC, no bad side effects as of yet! My skin is slowly clearing I think. My forehead is mostly clear now and my chin is still a mess but it seems to be healing. I also recently just decided to stop picking at them, I will only pop them if it is really necessary (think whitehead hanging out). I just started that yesterday so we will see how it goes!
I haven't posted recently as I went on vacation for a while, now personally travel never fails to make my skin worse so I had to deal with that. I went to my OB/GYN yesterday and I was prescribed LoEstrin 24 Fe (birth control) for other problems and she said it might help my skin also. Now after doing research I am skeptical to start it as it contains androgens which actually cause acne so I am really worried that my skin will get worse (and I start school again soon ) I am going to give it a shot though. As for the face wash and gel, I think at the moment they are just clearing out all my clogged pores. I used to have all these tiny bumps in my t-zone that I presumed to be clogged pores, it has brought all of these to the surface and the bumps are now mostly gone. Fingers crossed!
Okay so I have been on this regimen for a week or so now, its going okay. My acne hasn't changed much but I think it is cleansing my skin because it seems to be bringing everything to the surface. Eeeek. But I must say it has made my skin a lot healthier, it isn't as dry and crusty as it used to be and it is really healing. I am hoping over the next few weeks I will see more of a change, especially when I get on the birth control. I confess, I am a picker/popper. I just cannot walk around with a huge whitehead hanging out on my face so I pop them, and I personally think they heal quicker that way. I am trying to limit this but it is so hard!
So its day 3 today and my skin has not gotten worse from this routine but it has only started to improve a bit. My skin looks a lot healthier and I think it is the increased cell turnover rate that is caused by the Ziana. The CeraVe moisturizer has made my skin so soft and it is really helping to heal the marks and pimples I have. This routine has not irritated my skin or dried it out and I would recommend it to sensitive skinned people! I am not yet on birth control as the only appointment I could get was August 10th after I am back from vacation, I was really hoping to be on it before then but thats life!
Hi everyone my name is Emma, I decided to start a blog to track my progress with getting rid of my acne. I am 16 and I have had it since I was 11, it really gets me down so I finally took a trip to the dermatologist today. My acne is inflammatory and slightly cystic, it is moderate and I mainly get it around my chin/mouth and sometimes on my forehead. My skin is super sensitive and everything irritates it! I have tried absolutely every OTC product! I was prescribed Pacnex MX 4.25 % benzoyl peroxide face wash and ziana gel. I was instructed to wash once a day with pacnex and mix a grain of rice size lump of ziana in with a moisturizer (she recommended CeraVe). She said to wash my face in the morning only if I wanted to with a soothing cleanser (I have chosen Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser) it is formulated with chamomile to soothe skin. I was really hoping to be prescribed birth control as I am pretty sure my acne is hormonal, she didn't even mention that so I am going to go see my General Practitioner to get a prescription as I have irregular periods that I want sorted out! Anyway so I will post updating on my journey to kill acne as often as I can!