My skin is doing great. It's finally used to the Epiduo! One little problem is that sometimes I pop blackheads, and I have long nails so you can already imagine the mess. I have one small scab in one cheek, and then I have one small papule forming in my forehead (which is kind of hurting, so I decided to put the Epiduo on just that pimple during the day). The pimple formed because it was a failed attempt at popping a blackhead.
Moral of the story: Don't PICK at your skin. I already promised myself that I wont get a closeup of my skin in the mirror. I'll look at it from far away, that way I wont be tempted!
I also have some redmarks which are from the past scabs that I had, but they're going away really fast.
Still no side effects from the doryx. I don't think I'll have any short-term side effects...
Other than that everything is good. And despite that ugly pimple and the scab, I feel very confident!
So last night my face did not burn at all when I applied the Epiduo. This morning after I washed my face I also noticed that the dryness is really going away. I remember yesterday it was maybe 5/10 of dryness, today I can say that it's at a solid 3/10 (0-10, 0 being not dry at all)
I did get one new pimple on my forehead, an inflamed whitehead. I also had these two huge pimples two weeks before I started Epiduo which weren't making any progress, and as of today they're finally gone. There's just a mark which should fade away soon.
That is all for today. Have a nice day!
I forgot to mention in my first post that I have mild to moderate acne. My pores are large and I have a lot of blackheads. Every once in a while I'll get some papules or pustules. Birth Control really keeps my acne at bay, but I still have acne-like skin. Unfortunately I stopped birth control, so we'll see what happens.
Anyway, my skin was really dry this week because of the Epiduo. I started using a moisturizer during the day along with the sunscreen and I think that helped. My skin doesn't feel tight and dry. My face is burning less when I apply the Epiduo. It seems like I'm getting used to it. I've had one whitehead pop up and that was the only new pimple I got from Epiduo. No initial break out yet!!
Still no side effects from the Doryx. Unfortunately I found out this week that my insurance will only cover my Doryx for three months, which is useless. So I'm gonna finish this month's supply and when I go to the Derm for the follow up I'll ask to be switched to something else. There's no way in hell that I'm gonna pay out of pocket $673.
I'm feeling positive. Hopefully what I get put on will cover the outbreak I'll be getting from stopping the birth control use.
On May 18, I was prescribed Epiduo as well as Doryx 150mg, both once daily. What drove me to the dermatologist was the desire to get off birth control. On Sunday May 22, I finished my birth control and decided that I was just gonna stop taking it.
So far I've seen a slight decrease in the size of my pores along the nose. My skin is really dry and somewhat blotchy. The dryness is enough that my PCA Skin SPF 15 moisturizer is able to hide it. I have some burning when I apply it at night but it doesn't last too long. I haven't had any initial breakouts yet, or new pimples.
I haven't seen any side effects from the Doryx yet.
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