For the past week now my acne has been pretty bad. At first I attributed it to me being on that time of the month, but that's been over for about 4 days now, and being on my period doesn't usually leave me with cysts like I'm dealing with now. I want to say I'm just purging, since I've been using a turmeric face mask (not for the purpose of treating my acne) for around the same time. So hopefully it is just that and my skin adjusts soon and I can get back to feelin okay. Along with the turmeric mask, I started using the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser. I'd been using the Yes to Cucumbers cleanser, but I didn't feel like I was getting a good cleanse with it (possibly another factor in why my acne is coming back), so I went and got myself the Cerave one and I like it so far. Only thing is my skin has gotten pretty dry, and, again, I can't tell if it's due to the new cleanser, or just the cold weather we're getting. So that's the update. I'm planning on making an appointment to see my dermatologist again. Not necessarily just to start up another oral medication, but just to get a chemical peel. It's been a loooong time.
Last week I mentioned that my acne was coming back and it was likely because of how unhealthy I've been since I started working at Dunkin' Donuts. Well I won't have to worry about that much anymore because I got laid off!! :'D Yes, that's sarcasm. I'm actually really bummed out. Only worked there for 2 months but, damn, I made a lot of good friends. And I was finally making money. But it is what it is. I was laid off because my hours of availability weren't fitting with that they needed, and that's because I'm back in school and taking 5 classes. Now instead of just finding another job, I'm looking into volunteering at clinic like most of the other people in my major. Back to acne talk: Now that I'm off acne meds, I actually break out whenever I'm on my period. I mean yeah I'm broken out practically all the time nowadays, but I've noticed my acne is much more aggravated when I'm on that time. And I've also noticed that it's always my left side that's broken out more, so yea, I do indeed now have a "good side" when I take photos. I'd also like to mention that I'm kinda done with Epiduo. I really REALLY don't see it doing anything anymore. Some months ago I said I didn't see it helping my acne, but because I was told it may still help hyperpigmentation I kept using it. But now I really don't see any improvements in my skin, so I'm pretty sure that once I'm done with this bottle, I'm DONE. Lastly, I mentioned back in December that I'd ordered the LUSH coalface cleanser and that I was super excited to try it out because I heard it was great at controlling oil. Welp I've been using it for weeks now and it hasn't done anything for me. :'( I still have an insanely oily face in the mornings, and when I put on foundation it only last about 2 hours before my face is a greaseball. But at the same time there are some foundations I try targeted towards oily skin that leave a bunch of dry patches on my cheeks and chin! :'(( Whhaahh.. when will this end...
It's been almost 4 months since I stopped taking Bactrim, and my acne is coming back again :[ To be honest, I'm pretty sure I know why - I've been so unhealthy for the past few weeks. I do 8-hour shifts at work, and since I have to wake up at 4am sometimes I don't get a chance to make myself lunch, so I buy something at work. And if I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm working at a fast food place that sells greasy sandwiches and donuts. Also, I haven't been drinking as much water. My skin is usually really good during the summer because I'll have like 2 bottles a day because its soo hot and I get really dehydrated, but during the winter I just don't crave it as much. I still take bottles of water to class, but I don't drink as much as I would in the summer. Lastly, I haven't worked out in FOREVER. It's one of those things where you plan to work out but you have school and work and then things get in the way so you don't get to it and you get angry at yourself because to everyone else it looks like you're just avoiding it. I haven't been to the dermatologist in about 2 months, either. I cancelled my last appointment and said I would reschedule once my work schedule was set, but I haven't. I feel like if I go she'll suggest putting me on medication again, and before that I want to see if hopping back on the healthy train will bring my skin back up again. But then again maybe I should make an appointment to at least get a chemical peel..
I'm at the end of my 8th week post-Bactrim, and, well, I'm getting a lot of white heads around my nose and even some pimples on my cheeks and jawline again :/ I was scheduled to see my derm last week, but I had to cancel and say I would call to reschedule later because I finally got a job (hurray!) and had to go to orientation. Haven't rescheduled because I'm not sure what hours they'll have me working. Not to mention I still have two more finals next week. So, despite waking up to a super dry throat every morning because of the cold air of the coming winter, my skin is still super oily. A week ago I thought that it may be my cleanser (the Cetaphil antibacterial soap) that's made my skin this oily, so I immediately went online and ordered the Lush Coalface cleanser, since I hear that helps control oil pretty well. While I've been waiting for that to get here, I've been cleansing at night with coconut oil. I just rub some onto my face for a couple of minutes and then either wash it off with warm water, or dampen a washcloth with warm water and leave that on my face for a minute before I wash it off. I heard this would help control oil, and I think it may be working, but only a bit, for my cheeks. And like I said, I've been getting whiteheads around my nose and cheeks, so I'm wondering if it's causing that too. Also, I haven't been using Epiduo that much, just because once again I'm testing it to see if it really has been making a difference in my skin. Or maybe even just this winter is messing my skin up. Ahhhhhh---
It's been about 6 weeks since I stopped taking Bactrm and I'm so happy with how my skin has been. My biggest fear was that after quitting Bactrim my acne would come back and flare up just like the last time I stopped taking my oral meds, but nope! My acne has been pretty under control! Can't say I'm 100% acne free, or that I've had a day like that, but my skin is definitely looking a lot clearer. I still get whiteheads and pimples every few days but they aren't anything that keeps me from leaving the house without makeup on (of course I still use foundation just to even out my complexion a bit). As for the other part of my life, well I've only got about 2 1/2 weeks of school left. This semester just fleeeew by! It's pretty crazy. I'll finally officially be a junior (I was about 3 units short) and be able to take capstones and more classes in my department. I took Audiology this semester and it was probably my toughest class, but really interesting. A few weeks ago I had an interview to get a job at Dunkin' Donuts, and I got it! Last week I signed some documents and sent them over to the hiring manager and he said we would hear back at the beginning of the week, but that didn't happen, so hopefully this week for sure (since he said we would start training either the day before or after Thanksgiving). I'm really excited about this. I've never had a job before, and I've always hated how frugal I've had to be for everything. My friends would invite me out to places and I would either make an excuse not to go, or buy the cheapest thing on the menu just so I wouldn't have to waste so much money. I think it'll be pretty nice to finally be able to buy myself things (The last time I went shopping was about a month ago, and I only bought about $30 worth of stuff. Before that, I think it had been maybe a year or two since I'd bought myself clothes.) And of course I would love to be able to help my parents out. Things haven't been going well monetarily wise so I'd really enjoy if I could help them pay things.
4 weeks ago I finally stopped taking Bactrim. Felt nice to finally not have to worry about taking it every day, or always having to remember to bring it with me on trips. Saw my derm Monday and got a 60% chemical peel. Noticed my face burning a lot more than usual when it was on. Well, my skin was red for the rest of the day, and super super dry for about 4 days after. I usually wake up with an oily face and go to school and have to blot, but for those few days my skin secreted NO oil whatsoever. Sounds like a plus, but when I would feel my skin, it felt way too dry. Not to mention my skin was peeling, so that was a little embarrassing.. Thinking that maybe the new moisturizer I'm using made my skin sensitive. My friend gave me the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (Oily/Combo skin) 2 weeks ago and while I do love it, I'm guessing using it the days before my chemical peel made my skin super sensitive. So, how's my skin been? I've broken out quite a bit in the past few days, but I'm guessing it's because I haven't been using Epiduo, considering I have to avoid it for a few days after I get a chemical peel. Just started back on it two nights ago so let's hope things get back to normal soon!
Two weeks ago I moved down from taking one Bactrim pill a day to one only every other day. My acne hasn't flared up at all. I still get whiteheads and pimples, but they're definitely not as bad as they used to be. Still using Epiduo in the evening. Don't know if I've seen much improvement with my hyperpigmentation. I had a derm's appointment scheduled for Monday, but I've a project to work on so I'm going to reschedule it for probably next week. By then I'll already have been off of Bactrim for a week, so let's hope things don't take a turn for the worse :s Really hoping to start working on getting rid of my scarring!
Saw my derm yesterday, and one of the first things she said was "Wow your skin has gotten so much better!!" Last week I was reading on some ways to help control oily skin, and I heard about using a clay mask, so I went out to CVS and bought the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay mask. I used it every day for 3 days, for just 5 minutes, and the evening of that 3rd day, as I was washing my face, I realized my skin was super soft! It's been 3 days since then, and it amazing - I don't have any pimples! (At least not any noticeable ones!). Back to the appointment! Despite my skin being very red from a slight sunburn, and still lots of hyperpigmentation and scarring, my derm said my acne looks really under control, and said that I can go down to just one Bactrim pill a day. She also mentioned that if in 2 weeks my acne doesn't come back, I can go down to one pill every other day, and then in another 2 weeks, if I'm showing no signs of a flare up, I can finally stop! Hoping things will work out! I'm still cleansing with the Cetaphil antibacterial gentle cleansing bar and using Epiduo, but I'm wondering if Epiduo even does anything for me anymore. I'm supposed to stay off of Epiduo for about 3 days before until 2 days after my appointments since I get chemical peels. What I've noticed is my skin doesn't really get any worse while I'm off it. Not sure if it's just not that long of a break, but I'm contemplating whether I should give it up for a few days to see. I mean, last time my insurance didn't cover, so I got it at $50, but if it's not doing anything for me then what's the point? My derm said that Epiduo can help scars fade but I can't find any sources about that online.
I had a dermatologist appointment on the 19th and I TOTALLY FORGOT so I had to reschedule for the 15th of next month I look through my Bactrim album and I just love seeing how well my skin has been doing in comparison to when I first started. I've still got a lot of scarring, and I still get small pimples here and there, but the hyperpigmentation seems to be fading away, and overall I'm just really liking how smooth my skin feels (AT TIMES. I mean, when it's not feeling super oily. I really think it's my moisturizer.. the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer). I actually feel perfectly fine going out in public with no makeup on. I wasn't super big on makeup when I was in middle school/high school. It wasn't until senior year when my acne got really bad that I felt the need to cover my face up. Nowadays it's like, if I'm going out and I'm trying to look nice, then I'll put on my liquid foundation. But if I'm not in the mood to dress up, I'll just apply a mineral foundation that really doesn't offer much coverage. If I'm not leaving the house (which happened often during the summer) or I'll just be out for 5 minutes, then I won't bother with either. Basically, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Oh, and I've just started my 3rd year of college. It's only been one week, but I know the stress is coming, and I'm hoping it doesn't ruin my face too much :v Photos:
Derm appointment last Friday. I've been going to that clinic for almost 2 years, and this was the first time I had my appointment with the head derm, hah. Even though he'd never seen me before, he still said "Seems your skin is doing a lot better!", which is actually a bit true. I'm still getting pimples here and there, but haven't had any cysts in a long while. And when I compare my skin to the photos I took last month, it does look like my hyperpigmentation is fading. I wanted to mention to him that I want to try a new medication, but I want to wait until my next appointment, since on the 30th I have an ophthalmologist appointment where my doc will let me know if I'm finally done with Diamox. Got my usually chemical peel (I think we moved up to 60%). Derm said that I didn't look like I needed any cortisone shots, but that I could get some scar injections. I've had this small atrophic scar on my forehead for the past few months, and I guess I have some "ice pick" scars around my cheekbones, so I got the injections and I can't tell if it did anything for the ice pick scars but looking at scar on my forehead and yeah I can definitely see it doesn't look as deep! I'd run out of Epiduo, so he gave me a new prescription and sent me on my way. But sadly once again, my insurance doesn't cover it, so I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to make a call and see if there's anything they can do. And that's about it.. Really looking forward to Fall so I can stop waking up with such an oily face!!
Unless I've miscounted, today marks 101 days of Bactrim! So last time I saw my derm, I mentioned that the first I picked up my prescription of Bactim, I got double strength, and that after that I got regular strength. Turns out I was never supposed to have taken DS at all. However, they're the same price, and my face cleared up really well after a few weeks on DS, so I guess it all worked out anyway. It's summer, and my skin is oily than EVER. I've continued washing my face every morning and night with the Cetaphil soap bar, occasionally make oatmeal, milk and honey face masks, and also started applying some Epiduo in the mornings, and I have to say things have been okay. I've still got scarring and hyperpigmentation from my last flare up, but I'm happy to say that I can apply my foundation (which I don't do often, mind you) and cover up my scars pretty well. I haven't gotten any painful red bumps recently, either. Even so, I'm wondering if I should move on to something else. My dad's constantly pestering me about how there's got to be a better medication that will keep me totally acne-free, and for longer, since even though Bactrim has helped a lot, I do still get pimples here and there. I don't know.. I don't think I've ever been on a medication this long. Not sure when it's time to try out other things. I'm almost off Diamox, so maybe in a few months I'll be able to try BC.
Day 63 on Bactrim... and I might have to go back to Day 1 all over again.. So my skin's doing pretty well. Every now and then I'll get a cyst and a few pimples but it's nothing too bad. I finally finished finals so hopefully my skin can recuperate haha Alright so what's really making me freak out is that last week I noticed that I only had about a week's worth of Bactrim left, so I called my pharmacy to get a refill and they said that they would need my doctor's approval, and that they could do that themselves. So, I let them. Finally ran out today, and I'd been getting calls saying that my prescription was ready so I said "alright time to go pick them up!" Well I pick up the medication, head home, and realize it's my other prescription, Diamox! [Now, I'm going to see my ophthalmologist on the 30th, and judging by the fact that I've gone from 6 pills a day to just 1, he might end up telling me that I don't have to take it anymore... so that sucks...] Anyways, I head back to the pharmacy and I tell the pharmacist that I meant to pick up another prescription, and what do you know?? They're still waiting for approval from the doctor!! I call my derm, and guess what it's Sunday so they're not open!! And so, by the looks of it I'll be skipping Bactrim for a few days, and I'm just freaking out that my acne's going to come back and really bad, because I think that's what happened with Ziamox - I ask for a refill and they tell me they're going to ask for my doctor's approval, my prescription runs out before my refill's come in, I go about a week without taking anything, they tell me the doctor still hasn't approved my refill, and after I finally get my refill and have taken it for about 2 months it does nothing.. (P.S. Is it just me or are a bunch of images and emoticons on these posts suddenly really huge???)
Day 49 on Bactrim. It's been a month since my last update, and I've got some things to say! First off, the reason I haven't posted in a month is because I've been really busy with school, and so my face was the least of my worries. However, I can still say that my acne has improved quite a bit. I remember mentioning on a previous post that I wasn't sure if Bactrim was working, and that I wanted to change things up, but a few of you users told me to just keep at it. Well, about 2 weeks after I made that post, my skin started showing signs of clearing up! I'd wash my face and it didn't feel as rough and bumpy as before. My cysts weren't randomly stinging during the day. I didn't have to apply as much makeup to cover acne (or so, I didn't feel the need to cover as much). Overall, I just felt a lot better. Yesterday I saw my derm. She asked how the acne was, and I told her that I actually felt my face had improved since the last time I'd seen her. She agreed, saying most of what I had on my face was just hyperpigmentation, and yeah still a few cysts, but overall it wasn't as bad as last time. The nurse came in, gave me some cortisone injections, a 50% peel, and sent me on my way. Oh yeah, I'm still cleansing with the Cetaphil antibacterial soap and applying Clindamycin and Epiduo. Alrighty, time to get back to my paper. Just one more week of classes left, and then, finals!
I took some photos of my face, but I didn't put them up because they look almost exactly like last week's photos... I've been on Spring Break, so I went about 6 days without putting on makeup, and still, nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed since last week. I'm still washing with the Cetaphil antibacterial bar, applying Epiduo and Clindamycin, taking Bactrim DS twice a day, and my skin looks just as bad as it did 2 weeks ago.. I ran out of mineral foundation, and since I don't want to be applying liquid foundation every day, I went out and bought myself the Neutrogena mineral sheers loose powder foundation (I used it last year and liked it, but then again my skin wasn't that bad...). I also wanted a new concealer, so I got the Physicians Formula Conceal RX. Now I'm a bit worried about the PF concealer because I just realized that it has sodium chloride, and doesn't that have a comedogenic factor of 5?... But I've been looking around and I've seen a few people say it doesn't break them out, so I guess I'll give it a go.
15 days on Bactrim DS. Still no improvement whatsoever. I'm still cleansing with the Cetaphil antibacterial gentle cleansing bar, applying Clindamycin in the mornings and Epiduo during the evenings, but continue waking up every day with the same flared up face. I even have red bumps on my forehead; I hadn't broken out on my forehead in months!! My dad keeps pestering me about it. "You need to see a new dermatologist. I hate seeing you like this". I tell him I just started a new medication and that it's just taking a while to take effect. I've actually been thinking about something - It doesn't seem like my topicals are doing anything anymore. That's how little a change I've seen in my skin. My next derm appointment is in 3 weeks. I'm wondering if I should wait 'till then to see if Bactrim will start taking better effect (since so many people seem so positive it'll work), or if I should already try something new. Like I said, I'm cleansing with the Cetaphil soap bar, but my derm had actually recommended I cleanse with the Cetaphil DermaControl Foam Wash (it was just too expensive for me, even with the coupon). I'm really considering purchasing Fresh Farmacy by Lush again. I cleansed with that about a year ago and it cleared me up really well. I've just got so much hyperpigmentation now, I'm really worried that waiting any longer for better results will damage my skin even more. Photos today: I noticed the lighting actually minimizes the redness I have. Especially on the left side, it's pretty bad. That affected area entirely red from pustules and cysts..
8 days since my last update. I decided to switch back to cleansing with the Cetaphil antibacterial bar. Well, my face looked to be getting better, but yesterday things got pretty bad. I bought a new foundation last week, the Revlon Colorstay, and wow do I feel like I've made a mistake. Not only is it not my color, but this foundation is sooo thick I can't even get it out of the bottle!! I have to dip my finger in it to get any product out, and then when I put it on my face it cakes up and emphases my dry spots and scabs and ugh I just don't want to use it anymore. I do know you should blend quickly because it dries pretty fast, and that because it's so thick you don't have to use much, I know. I even use a damp sponge, but it still doesn't look right. Anyways, I still felt really uncomfortable going to school with my face bare, so I just went back to my Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. It's not amazing, but it is lighter than the Colorstay, and gives me some coverage. So that's what I've been using for the past couple of days, and I'm wondering if that may be what's caused my bad breakout. I mean, I was already badly broken out, but like I said it seemed to be getting better, and then it wasn't The good thing is that I'm on Spring Break right now, and since I'm planning on spending 90% of it at home, there really is no need to put on any foundation It's been really tough. Not only in the way it affects my self-esteem, but I mean I'll be in class and my face gets really itchy, and I try not to scratch, but I can't help it, and then suddenly I'm bleeding. Worse is when I'm just sitting there and I start feeling these tiny stings (some bacteria destroying going on in my skin?) and it just really hurts. So, here's the damage.
4th day taking Bactrim DS, 1 tablet 2x day. I made the mistake of making several changes to my regime, so now I have no idea what's caused my outbreak. Here are some notes I took: 3/18 - Seems that the cysts are starting to clear up! I doubt it's the medication since I just started taking it 2 days ago. Maybe the sulfur soap is already helping? 3/19 - My dad was sent to the hospital. I visited him and they said he'll be fine. While I was in the room, there was another patient with a visitor, some lady, and she asked what was up with my dad because his condition gave him these weird hiccups. At some point, she brought up my acne and started telling me what I should do to clear it up because apparently it was that bad.. Washed my face later and it feels like the cysts are coming back.. Today: Yep. Washed my face in the morning and the cysts on my jawline were totally inflamed. It's starting to physically hurt again, even when I'm not touching my face. And I know I shouldn't have, but it looked so bad I ditched that Neutrogena Skin Clearing mineral powder I just got and applied a liquid foundation for more coverage.. Got home from school and dad was back, but he was asleep. Once he woke up he came up to me and told me that he wants me to see a new derm because "clearly she isn't doing a good enough job". He means well, of course. According to my mom he had really bad acne when he was younger, and I guess he just doesn't want me dealing with it. But I don't think it's that my derm isn't doing a good enough job. My first derm put me on Solodyn, and I took it for almost 2 years and saw pretty good results, but it gave me IIH. Switched to Zithromax by my second derm when the first one went on maternity leave, and, I don't know, maybe the BB cream I started using gave me the insane flare ups. Now I've just started Bactrim, and I'm hearing that it's amazing, so I'm really hoping this works out soon. Like I mentioned before, I started washing with Sulfur soap when I started Bactrim, so who knows if it's actually helping or contributing to this inflammation. My derm thinks I'm still using Cetaphil. I wonder if I should go back to it... Also wondering if maybe Bactrim isn't working because I'm still on Diamox... Anyways, here's the face:
I started this post on March 11 but published it the 15th so yeah March 15 is the correct date I've been on Zithromax for 3 months now. From what I can tell, it stopped working about 2 months ago. My face is just a total mess. It hasn't been this bad since before I started seeing my derm. I had an appointment with her yesterday, but before I get into that, here are the notes I took last week (tl;dr below). Routine - Cleanse with Cetaphil foam wash; apply Clindamycin in the mornings (on bumps), and Epiduo at night. Friday - Face feels pretty sensitive, and I've got a few zits and bumps on my jawline. Still wondering if this is all happening from stress, or my medication just isn't working anymore. I'm still taking Acetazolamide for my IIH, so I'm not sure if maybe there's some interactions going on between them. Saturday - I think I may have what is called cystic acne.. Not exactly sure, but I'll call it that. It just hurts so much. So many painful bumps and pimples all around my jaw and cheeks. Decided to try out an aspirin & honey face mask. Sunday - Bumps on my forehead, wow, haven't seen that in a while. Cysts still all along my jawline. I just hate how I can't wash my face without accidentally busting a pimple. Monday - I've got about 4 maybe 5 cysts on each side of my face. Bumps on forehead showing up. Noticed 2 new cysts, each on my cheekbone. Face has gotten super sentive, burning a bit even when I wash with the Cetaphil foam wash. I made myself a banana, honey, and milk face mask. Tuesday - Like I said, my face has gotten really sensitive. My chin looks as if it's been burned. Have 2 cysts and 2 pimples on my forehead. Cysts along jaw still there, but they seem to be healing, just a bit. Still painful, though. Decided to try out the aspirin & honey mask again. Didn't really notice anything last time, but I'm just getting desperate. Wednesday: Noticed a few new pimples. Cysts still here and are not improving at all. Like I said before, I keep accidentally busting them, whether from washing my face too roughly, exfoliating, or just trying to scratch an itch. For that reason they keep coming back in the same spots. I just want it to be Saturday already. Who knows what my derm is going to suggest. Thursday: I haven't mentioned it but I've got a lot of scabs and I'm guilty of picking at them. I just hate how noticeable they are when I apply my BB cream. Also, embarassing moment when I was hanging out with my friend and I scratch a pimple/scab on my cheek and started bleeding badly -_- Friday: Cysts seem to be going down, but I've still got some pimples hanging around. Oh, and two of the small bumps on my forehead got bigger and make it look like I'm growing horns. Anyways, I had my Ophthalmologist appt. and they told me my optic nerve is practically back to normal, so we've cut me down to one Acetazolamide tablet a day. I still don't think that'll have any effect on how the Zithromax is working, so we'll just have to see what my derm recommends tomorrow. Also, running out of Cetaphil foam wash. It was a sample my derm gave me, and it was too expensive to get myself (even with the coupon) so I got myself the antibacterial soap bar, BUT FIRST I'm going back to my Sulfur soap for a while tl;dr: I had a really bad flare-up, filled with painful bumps you could probably say were cysts. I couldn't smile because my face hurt so much. My confidence was lost. Alright, so! Here's what happened at my appointment: We came to the conclusion that Zithromax is not helping anymore. I'm still taking Diamox for hypertension, so maybe that's kept it from working? Anyways, she wanted to move me onto BC and Bactrim. But, because I'm still taking Diamox she said I shouldn't get on BC just yet. Got some cortisone injections (she told me that my cysts were healing, so that's good), a 40% chemical peel, and I was done. What left me tearing up a bit was when I told her that I use BB cream. She told me that was most likely contributing to how bad my acne had gotten, so she wanted me to stop. Of course - when you get told that you need to start going out without makeup, letting people see how bad your acne is, it hurts. Luckily I asked if there was anything I could try and of course she said it just had to be something non-comedogenic like Bare Minerals (tried that a couple years ago. I enjoyed it but it's too expensive for me right now), so I went out and got the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder (I know it's a powder and it won't cover as much but I tried it on yesterday when I went out to dinner and it wasn't too bad). Also, as I mentioned on my note for Friday, I ran out of Cetaphil Foam Wash so will go back to using the Sulfur Soap with Lanolin. Hopefully my skin doesn't react too badly to all these changes. And that's that. Here's the photo update. I've heard some good things about Bactrim, but I'm worried that it'll interact badly with Diamox..
A little more than a week ago my skin was doing really well. It was finally clearing up, after having been on Zithromax for about 25 days. I ran out of cleanser so I went out and got the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, which I used to use back when I first started seeing a derm, and, well, boy did I regret it. After about 2 days of using it I noticed my skin becoming very dry, especially around my chin and nose. Wanting to get my money’s worth and thinking that my skin just had to get used to it, I continued washing with the cleanser, and by the fifth day, I just couldn’t take it. It made my skin so sensitive that I had to stop applying my Epiduo and Clindamycin topicals, because when I did apply them, my skin burned for like an hour. One day it was so bad my skin actually started peeling off. My chin looked as though it had had its first layer of skin burnt off. Yesterday I had my usual monthly appointment with my derm. The assistant came in and wanted to start me off with a chemical peel. I told her my skin had been really dry, but she said as long as I hadn’t applied Epiduo the night before I should be okay. It burned, yeah, but it wasn’t so bad that I had to call her in before the 3 minutes. So my derm finally comes in and I tell her the whole situation. She tells me that the Neutrogena cleanser is a good cleanser, but it does dry out skin, especially when you’re using topicals like the ones I’m using. She gave me a sample of the Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer and said I should start using those. She also said I should skip my topicals until my skin doesn’t feel as sensitive, and that once that happens I should only use Epiduo every other night, and should only use Clindamycin on my red bumps. She also read through her notes and said she was surprised I went through with the chemical peel haha So that’s that. I used the foam wash last night and this morning and I’m happy to say that my skin didn’t burn at all Photos :
I've been on Solodyn (Minocycline) for a little more than a year, taking 115 mg once every morning. As I mentioned in my previous post, based on my weight, I should have been prescribed 80 mg, but I figured my derma knew what was best. I was pretty satisfied with the medication. I never had an entirely acne-free face, but it was definitely much better than it had used to be. Well, here's where it went downhill. 5 months ago, during a trip to Yosemite, I began getting headaches. I had one one day, and then another the next day. Strange, considering I don't get headaches often. I associated it with the high altitude we were camping in, as well as motion sickness from winding mountain roads. Once we returned home, I started my second year of college, and those first few weeks were hell. My headache wasn't going away. I couldn't pay attention to lectures. I started seeing blurried spots in my vision. My parents said maybe I needed new glasses, but I knew that wouldn't fix it. One Friday, I couldn't even drive myself to school. My mom drove me to the optometrist. She gave me an intense eye exam and found that my optic nerve was severely swollen. She said I needed to have a CT scan or MRI done, stat. Had a CT scan - no noticeable tumors shown. Spinal tap - he told me the fluid looked good but that I'd receive further results later. I had an MRI done a week later, and again, they found nothing abnormal. My doctor finally diagnosed me with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). What that means is that I've got increased cerebrospinal fluid around my brain, but there is no tumor causing it. Doctor said he had no idea how this could have happened because it normally occurs in severely overweight women. Because this condition may cause vision loss, my doctor recommended I see an ophthalmologist, who then prescribed me the medication Acetazolamide. Weeks later, right after coming home from picking up my prescription of Solodyn (in which my insurance no longer covered, so I had to pay $75), I found out Minocycline has been known to cause IIH. I couldn't believe that after numerous times of being asked what medications I was on, no one ever told me that my acne medication was the cause of this :'( I was just in shock - I'd been taking Acetazolamide, the treatment for IIH, along with Solodyn, what caused my IIH, for so long. As soon as I had my next dermatologist appointment, I informed my derma (my usual derma was on maternity leave so I had someone else) about my condition. She said she we needed to take me off of Solodyn, and she then prescribed Zithromax (250 mg). If I hadn't read myself that tetracyclines cause IIH, who knows if my doctor would have ever brought it up to me. But I've still no idea if what caused the IIH was my high dosage of Minocycline, or just having taken it for so long. Or probably both?
Day 17 of Zithromax. Still dealing with bad hormonal acne. Also, my skin has been dealing with a lot of dryness lately. There are several things that could be the reason for this, but who knows which is the real factor. 1) A week ago I started using Epiduo again, after having been off of it for more than a month. I'm thinking that my skin has to adjust to it again? 2) I've been using Clindamycin for maybe 10 days now, and at first I was saying "Yeah! My skin seems to be clearing up! Sure, it's a little red, and a little dry too, but my skin will adjust!" WELP. You know, my hands have also been affected by this dryness. I actually have a small scab on one of my knuckles from my skin having cracked and bled from being so dry. So, maybe the weather could be contributing to this too. When I wake up in the morning and have a look at my face, the sides of my nose are so dry I can see skin peeling off. When I wash with my Neutrogena Cream Cleanser, it BURNS. So, who knows. I guess I should stop applying Epiduo and Clindamycin to my nose, but I have dry spots everywhere, really. Ahh, it's been about 12 days since I last updated on my acne. On another note, I've started school again! I mentioned on my previous post that I was looking to get a BB cream. Well, I got one, and I'm not too thrilled. It's Rimmel London's BB Cream, and it does offer some decent coverage for $6, but since my skin is so dry, it emphasizes the dry spots and looks pretty cakey on me. Not to mention, I think it may be another reason I started breaking out pretty badly again..
Not sure if the results of Zithromax are finally starting to kick in (I believe it's been 10 days since I started), or if I'm just having really good results with Clindamycin, but my face is doing much than last week. I think it's been only 3 days since I started using clindamycin, but the majority of my pimples are drying up, and those painful, red bumps I had are finally getting smaller. Although, I've noticed a bit of redness and dryness as well. Oh, and after a month of not being able to get my hands on it, my package with Epiduo finally came in! So, my new routines should be as follows: Morning Routine: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Solution Olay Complete All-Day UV Moisturizer Night Routine: Grisi Sulfur Soap with Lanolin Epiduo Gel Clindamycin Phosphate (if needed) CVS Acne Fighting Moisturizer Back to school in 5 days! I'm thinking about getting myself a good BBcream tomorrow, since I'm not really pleased with the foundations I've got right now. Hoping I get the right shade!
It's been a week since I started Azithromycin and I guess I'm having that initial breakout because I've got about 10 yellow pimples and red bumps. But I finally got the call saying that they will be mailing out my prescription of Epiduo! Also picked up my prescription of Clindamycin! I've been hearing good things about it so I really hope I'll see a change soon - I start class again next week So I guess this will be my new regime soon: Morning Routine: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Solution Olay Complete All-Day UV Moisturizer (Sensitive Skin) Night Routine: Grisi Sulfur Soap with Lanolin Epiduo Gel (POSSIBLY a second application of Clindamycin, if I feel necessary) CVS Acne Fighting Moisturizer Kind of worried that the Sulfur soap with Epiduo and Clindamycin will irritate my skin. Zithromax - DAY 8 Figured I'd just add this here instead of make an entirely new entry. So I applied the Clindamycin last night and reapplied it again this morning. So far I'm not feeling too bad. Noticed some of last night's noticeable pimples have dried up (but maybe that's just because I've had them a little longer than I thought. That, or I'm just being optimistic). What did bother me was the smell. I applied the clinda solution with the sponge applicator it came with, and, I didn't read about not doing this until after I'd already done it, but I rolled it around areas of my face and oh boy it left me smelling like poop..
Taking one pill of Azithromycin every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 250 mg. Dermatologist appointment today. She has a look at my face and notices that my acne has gotten worse since she's last seen me. Has to do with me having stopped Minocycline from those severe effects I mentioned, as well as having no more Epiduo to apply every night. For that reason, I started washing with this Sulfur soap with Lanolin, but it really hasn't done as much as I would have hoped. It started out well, though. Maybe it's because I moved from washing with it twice a day to once a day. She prescribed me Clindamycin for the big, red bumps on my cheeks. She also mentioned that she will be refaxing my prescription of Epiduo to the pharmacy that was supposed to have sent it to me, but never did. Nurse comes in and gives me injections (2x as many as usual) and then gives me a chemical peel. Decided to go with the 30%, finally. Pics:
Hello everyone, this is my first entry! I've been hearing about this website a lot and I can't believe it's taken me this long to make an account here haha Alright - I've had acne since middle school. It was around high school that I tried Proactiv, but the effects of that only lasted for a few months. I've tried the usual over the counter cleansers and home remedies, but it wasn't enough. A little more than a year ago I started seeing a dermatologist. I visit every month to see how my skin's doing, as well as for chemical peels. I've been stuck on a 20% peel for maybe a year now, and my derma says I should try for 30% next time I believe my first prescription was Doxycycline and a topical that I really can't remember the name of. She also recommended I begin washing my face with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. After telling my derma that Doxycycline was giving me lightheadedness & nausea every single morning, she changed my prescription to Solodyn (105 mg) and Epiduo. Months later I mentioned to her that I'd stopped taking Solodyn for about a month (can't remember why) and so she rose my dosage to 115 mg. That's when I noticed that based on my weight that was a pretty high dosage; I should've been prescribed 80 mg, but I figured hey she's the derma so she probably knows what's best. I continued with the Solodyn, one pill every morning, and Epiduo, every night, for about a year, and did notice my face was significantly better than before. There were even some days where I had almost an entirely clear face. However, about a year later, I faced the severity of taking a higher dosage of a medication than recommended. I'll spill about that on a later post~ EDIT: