Long time I've posted anything yes, sorry about that. Anywho, my skin is improving. Still not quite clear yet though. But the first time I use Retin-a, it took around 5 1/2 to 6 months for complete clear skin. So I'm giving my skin another two to three months to see clear skin. Staying positive! - Cheers xx
It's been exactly 30 days of using retin-a. So right now I'm almost in the middle of week 5. I'm seeing VERY slow results, but it's definitely working. With this stubborn skin of mine, this process gets frustrating. I'm very positive that my regimen will work, but it's incredibly slow. I do admit that I am self-conscious again because of my mild acne. It has just completely eaten away my self-esteem. I've made myself a goal a few days ago. To clear my skin, then get my confidence, and my self esteem back. I'd do both at the same time, but I'd rather do one thing at a time. I have many problems going on in my life right now, so doing one thing at a time is where I'm at. I just want to say that this experience isn't easy for me. Just to put that out there. I know how hard this can be mentally, because it's seriously not fun. Waiting and being patient for your acne to go away is a rather hard process, well, it is for me anyway. Especially because Retin-a takes time. Just waking up and looking in the mirror hurts, looking and not being happy with yourself. It's all quite discouraging and depressing. I'm getting through it though, and I'll obtain clear skin once again. Sorry to be Captain Depressed, so I'll have a happier post next week, I'm sure of it. Cheers xx
Hello! Progress with my skin: Last week I had the initial breakout, so obviously my skin isn't brilliant right now. I am seeing improvement though, a slight and slow improvement. Most of the smaller blemishes have gone, and a few bigger blemishes have left my face also. I have also experienced dryness, but it's not too bad. Putting a little extra moisturiser helps greatly. It's rather frustrating though. My skin is a bit stubborn, so patience is the name of the game. I cannot wait until I see great results!! Hopefully in a few weeks, My skin will look a lot better than it does right now. By the way, here are the products that I use on my face (other than Retin-a): Wash: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (I use this both morning and night) & Lancome Exfoliance Confort (I use this twice or once a week during the summer, and twice for sure in the colder seasons.) Moisturiser: Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream (I absolutely love this product!) Clarins Bright Plus HP Serum (To brighten the scars, it's expensive but works brilliantly.) & Clarins Eye Contour Gel Clarins Everlasting Foundation (Colour 103 Ivory, yes, I have very fair skin.) & A bit of BareMinerals fairly light foundation (It's a powder) Cheers xx
Week 3: Good news! What you ask?! I've gotten... the initial breakout. So actually, not very great news. This week I've had a horrid initial breakout. Obviously, it's complete and utter rubbish. I have around six inflamed zits, and many blemishes that are not too bad. UGH. Also to mention my skin feels rather itchy at times, and slight redness. I'm most probably going to put a little extra moisturiser on my face to relieve the itching and redness. I'm really hoping week 3 and 4 go bye quickly. Cheers xx
Using Retin-a gel 0.025%, Doxycycline, and Tri-Sprintec. Week 1: A few of my zits went away. No irritation, redness, or pealing. Week 2: Nothing new in the beginning of the week, the last day of week two I got a fairly rubbish breakout. (This should be the start of the initial breakout)
Right, so over a year ago, my doctor prescribed me Retin-a and Doxycycline. My acne was moderate, so it took awhile for my skin to clear up. Then finally after six months of waiting, my skin was completely clear! I had beautiful clear skin for around nine months. But then I stopped using both Retin-a and Doxycycline because I had clear skin. Honestly, that was one of the most stupidest mistakes I've ever made in my life. My face went completely downhill once I stopped Retin-a and Doxycycline. So now, I'm back on Retin-a and Doxycycline. I just started both on 31 July 2012. But this time, I'm also on birth control. My doctor put me on Tri- Sprintec, which is a generic name of Ortho Tri-Cyclen I believe. I started taking the birth control approximately ten days ago. So obviously, I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well with this combination!!