So it's been about a week since I started the Taz. My face seems to be getting used to it a bit because the redness and flaking have decreased. Overall my face just seems bumpier and feels like everything is moving up closer to the surface - which is what we want. Out with the old skin in with the new!
No new huge blemishes just little ones here and there. More than usual but nothing unbearable. Still not wearing any foundation because of the flaking. I'm hoping that once the Taz starts to clear up my face I won't have to wear foundation at all! I can't even imagine what it would be like to be one of those people with clear skin and no make-up on! I will keep my fingers crossed.
I'm drinking tons of water to keep hydrated and taking vitamins too!
I have read the reviews of Tazorac and I am really hoping this will be my miracle product. However I have read that things tend to get MUCH worse with the Taz before getting better. I have definitely experienced this already - and I'm only on day 5. Great.
So here's my first review. I am using Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleansing Pads as my morning cleanser and Aveeno Clear Complexion Pads as my night cleanser. Along with the Aveeno Ultra-Calming moisturizer and Neutrogena Clear Skin foundation, Maybelline Oil-Free compact and loose powder, and Faerie Organic Mineral Make-Up as concealer. This regimen DOESN'T make my acne worse. So I've stuck with it because I've tried many different cleansers and make-up etc. And over the past 10 years or so I've spent - oh I really don't want to know - how much money on trying to clear up my face.
Back to the point. I have been cleansing (with products above) and then at night I have been putting on my Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer then applying a thin layer of Tazorac to my whole face.
This is day 5 for me on Tazorac 0.1% cream. So far it's doing a great job of making things way worse. I have two nodules that are swollen and red and I never get nodules. I'm not even going to mess with them - cause I know that'll only make it WORSE. The rest of my face isn't terrible but seems to be bumpier and oilier. I am experiencing peeling and redness mostly around my mouth and chin area. So it's dry and oily at the same time. And basically I can't wear foundation because that's only making it look worse so I am just putting some of my mineral concealer on the spots that are terrible. But I am already not wanting to go out in public because I was self-conscious about my face BEFORE using the Taz and now I am REALLY self-conscious! Ughhhhhh! Hopefully it'll get better. I'm going to drink plenty of water and take my vitamins and hoping for the best. I just hope it won't be weeks of my face getting worse because I don't know if I can handle that.
I wish I had a guarantee that it was going to be worth it....
Ok so here I am - new to this whole "blog" thing but I have been battling acne for years and years. I have tried everything from ProActive, AcneFree, Minocycline, Doxycycline, birth control, OTC EVERYTHING - salicylic acid products, benzoyl peroxide products, sulfur products, all natural products and the list goes on.
I am always looking for what I call my "next thing." Meaning my next trial stuff. All I want is clear skin and I feel like this shouldn't be such a battle! I would classify my acne as moderate. I have blackheads and small/medium blemishes, but what is the real problem is my whiteheads/milia. I say whiteheads/milia because dermatologists can't seem to agree on what it is. Well I got Tazorac cream 0.1% from my derm awhile ago and I didn't use it at the time because I had just started a new treatment program (that I found on my own). Needless to say it didn't work so now, I don't know how long later, I am trying the Tazorac now. My whiteheads are mostly around my mouth, chin, jawline area. And there are SO many of them it's crazy. I can't handle it. I am desperate for something to work. I am 22 years old now. When I started getting acne I was about 12 and back then people would say "It will pass with time." Well it hasn't. It has just changed and evolved with time but never gone away. Truthfully my skin isn't terrible except for the fact that I have literally hundreds of whiteheads.
I am very fair skinned and the rest of my skin on my body is crystal clear and smooth. So what gives with my face?! Geez!