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Epiduo Day 3

I applied my third application of epiduo last night. My face is feeling quite itchy and my cheeks are relatively red... Apparently, this is normal though. :S My forehead is looking slightly clearer but it seems like the area around my temples are starting to look more inflamed and there are several new pimples coming to the surface at that area. I hope this is what is known as the 'initial breakout' I will continue to alternate days until my 5th application or so before I continue to apply epiduo on my t-zone everyday. However, I'll continue to alternate days for my cheeks because my dermatologist said the cheeks are a lot more sensitive. Oh well, this is about everything that I have to say. Adios for now~ Yours, Anordinaryteenagegirl C
 

Epiduo Day 3

I applied my third application of epiduo last night. My face is feeling quite itchy and my cheeks are relatively red... Apparently, this is normal though. :S My forehead is looking slightly clearer but it seems as my the area around my temples are starting to look more inflamed and there are several new pimples coming to the surface at that area. I hope this is what is known as the 'initial breakout' I will continue to alternate days until my 5th application or so before I continue to apply epiduo on my t-zone everyday. However, I'll continue to alternate days for my cheeks because my dermatologist said the cheeks are a lot more sensitive. Oh well, this is about everything that I have to say. Adios for now~ Yours, Anordinaryteenagegirl C
 

Epiduo!

As the title suggests, I will be talking about epiduo today. Epiduo is a cream that contains both benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. These two constituents combined together is supposedly very effective in killing the bacteria that contributes to acne. I have tried epiduo before and I remember the first time I tried it, my face was BURNT. My entire face was painful and red, and to make matters worse, it was looking very raw. I was afraid and I stopped applying the epiduo and told my dermatologist. She told me to use it on alternate days to give my skin time to adjust. I followed her instructions for about a week or so and when I saw no improvements, I stopped completely. Perhaps I should let you know this, I am the impatient kind. Although I know that it takes time for medication to work, I always give up halfway and toss it aside without giving it a chance. However my dermatologist prescribed my epiduo again! I decided that this time I would use it for at least 2 months to see if it worked. I am currently on my 2nd day. To be honest. I feel that my acne is getting worse. My face is looking redder and it feels itchy. I wonder if that is normal. I heard that like accutane, my acne will get worse before it gets better, so I am willing to give it a try. Hopefully, in about 6 to 8 weeks time(the time where the cream would have reached its peak), my skin will be looking a lot better. Adios for now. Yours, Anordinaryteenagegirl B

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01/16/2013

 

Just A Little Introduction

Hi. I am an ordinary 16 year old girl cursed with acne. I've had acne for quite some time now and I've decided that I want to document what medication I use on my face and whether they work for me. I started having pimples at quite a young age-12. While everyone else had clear skin, I was plaqued by the occasional spots on my forehead. Gradually, it became much worse, especially in the forehead region and I was distraught. I went to see a dermatologist and she prescribed several creams. Unfortunately, most of the creams did not work. As I grew older, the acne began to spread to my cheek area and my acne then was extremely bad. After several creams failed to work, it was in 2010 when my dermatologist recommended that I go on accutane-a powerful acne medication that was proved to be the most effective acne treatment out there. I discussed with my parents and did my research only to find out that accutane was so powerful that it would cause several alarming side effects. I remember that at that time, I was desperate. Desperate to rid my face of the ugly spots once and for all. I decided that I would take accutane and see how it worked. My dermatologist said that as I had no cysts and that my acne was not too severe, she prescribed me a low dosage of 20mg a day. I went online and found out that there were people taking 100mg a day and I was shocked! Just like everyone else who went on accutane, I experienced the initially breakout. Despite so, I remained relatively optimistic that my acne would clear. Well, guess what? After 2 months, my face was looking pretty clear! I was ecstatic! For once, I felt confident in my own skin, literally. However, the clear skin that I had was not to last. About 3 months after I finished my course of accutane, I found that my acne was coming back. Having had the taste of clear skin, one or two small spots would arouse so much anxiety in me. I was worried and I kept thinking of going back on accutane. Sadly, my parents didn't approve of this powerful and miraculous drug anymore because they felt that it would damage my liver and that it was just too costly. Having said that, that brings me back to when I discovered that it was always before my period that my acne was at its worst! I believe that it is because of the hormones? I don't really know though. As of now, my acne is a lot less when compared to my acne; pre-accutane. I still am struggling with acne though, just not as bad as it used to be. I am currently giving several creams a try to see if it will help clear my acne. I am currently giving epiduo a try, will elaborate more on my next post. Yours, Anordinaryteenagegirl A
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