I know I haven't been on here for a while.. I wanted to log on post an update on how my skin is doing because most Solodyn logs I saw were incomplete and no ending results were noted. So, anyway, I was on Solodyn 60mg and Ziana for 2 months. I was still getting some inflammation and clogged pores. Then, my Dr put me on Atralin, Aczone, and Solodyn 80mg for 2 months. After those 2 months of the new regimen, my skin looks 99% better! My derm told me that I can start taking the Solodyn 80mg every other day now that my skin is looking really good. I still broke out a little during my last period (right after the derm appointment), but the blemishes were very small and manageable. Now, I am just dealing with the dark marks and some poor texture from the healing of my acne. I am using Lytera for my dark spots and I hope my skin will look even again soon! My skin is not perfect, but I guess I can't expect completely smooth skin, right? My skin is still like night and day from when I first went to the dermatologist though, and I am so thankful for that!!! I don't know.. I am going to ask my doctor about that in our next follow up appointment.
My skin is healing from the break out I just had for the past 2 weeks! It made my skin get to its worst... I have a lot of red and purple marks from them. They were nodules that wouldn't surface or go away. Finally, they surfaced though. Now my skin looks all irritated from them surfacing and healing... I'm so lucky to have a boyfriend that loves me for who I am.. I my skin is at its worst it ever been.. hopefully, it all goes up from here.
My face broke out again... This time it was all under the skin and there was three of them and one was massive. I'm not sure why I broke out this way with acne all under the skin. It was really embarrassing and I'm still recovering from it. Right now they are scabbing up... at least they are drying out I guess. I am just ready to see improvement and stop breaking out! I keep thinking that my only resolution is to find another birth control.. Can someone please shed some light on this for me? I'm so desperate.. This acne is taking over my life
I still have a good amount of blocked pores and inflammation. My Dr upped my dose to 80mg Solodyn and 5% tretinoin (Atralin) and added Aczone (morning cream) to my regimen. I've read good things about to Aczone, and my doctor said I should see good results in about 3 to 4 weeks with this new regimen. I am excited to see how things go. *Fingers crossed!*
Every time I think that my face is finally clearing up, I experience another break out.. It is pretty discouraging.. Despite that, I feel like my breakouts are unclogging my pores. I still have a good amount of tiny clogged pores and a lot of hyper pigmentation. Besides that, my face is pretty calm right now. Just a few tiny active pimples.. Second month is almost over. I hope the third month will show optimal results!! Also.. I'm on my fifth month of taking my birth control (after screwing up the order of my pills and missing a week).. I've been on Trinessa since 2010 and it only started to fail me this June (around the time that I was screwing up the order of my pills). That's why my Dr thinks the birth control will regulate my hormones again after a few months. I'm not sure if it will, but I hope so! Please, please, please work!
Everytime I feel like my face is finally calming down, a breakout proves me wrong... I broke out again this week.. I hate my skin.. I don't know if these medications will be my answer... I am very impatient. I honestly think that I just need to change my birth control because it is obviously hormonal (breakouts being on my lower cheeks and jawline). Tri-Sprintec and Tri-Nessa has worked for me since I was 19 (23 now), but obviously my hormones have changed. If I do this, should I switch to Yaz or Ortho Tri-Cyclen (name brand) instead of the generic that I have?
So, I had a breakout this week it sucked.. I think it had to do with this being my period week. I accidentally skipped my inactive sugar pills for my birth control (long story).. It is said that many girls do this to skip their period on a special occasion, so it is okay. I didn't do this intentionally though. My period was delayed, but it still came. A lot of my clogged pores on my right jawline came up and unclogged, thank God. I am currently past my breakout and still dealing with a few clogged pores (not as bad as before though). I hope that a drastic improvement will be noted very soon! I just hate how I don't know what I will wake up to. The moment I have clear skin and think things are finally improving, I get another breakout... Well, let's see how it goes this next week. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am going to have to see everyone! *fingers crossed!!*
The clogged pores are still surfacing with white heads along my jawline and cheeks. My face seems to be clearing, I think... My t-zone is really smooth and clear! I hope I start seeing a drastic difference soon!! I really want these clogged pore bumps to go away!!
Wow so I found out my make-up, Bare Minerals, might be the thing that is clogging up my pores! It contains mineral oils and other ingredients, like talc and bismuth, which irritates the skin! Plus, I use Benefit's Boiing concealer, and it is used on my affected areas.. So, I decided to go for Tarte foundation and concealer (paraben and oil free), and tomorrow I am going to buy a pur-minerals primer. The Tarte foundation covers more so I don't have to pack on the concealer.. and the primer is also color correcting. This foundation makes your skin look awesome by the way! On the bright side, I realized that my t-zone is really smooth and clear! My skin seems to be clearing.. My clogged pores are still surfacing, slowly but surely. It's been a month on these medications and my skin has proven to have less cystic acne but many clogged pores surfacing.
Everything is still surfacing and a few of my pimples get inflamed... probably from me trying to pop them. I know it is horrible for my skin, but I don't like to walk around with big bumps on my face! My skin tone and texture has never looked worse I don't think... I feel depressed. Today, I went to workout for the first time in a month and I think it's most likely cause I get too depressed to get out of bed for anything other than work and school (the things I NEED to get up for).. I feel horrendous, no matter how supportive my family and boyfriend are... I have never had skin like this so I don't know what to do.. I go back for my one month check up with my derm in a week and I am going to ask to get on name brand ortho-tri cyclen.. she might not want to do it because she said since I messed up the order of my birth control pills over the summer, it might take some time to regulate my hormones again and changing so many things (being that I started solodyn and ziana) can really make things go crazy... I just don't know what to do... UGH. I am so sad.. I feel so ugly... So, TONE: hyper-pigmentation everywhere TEXTURE: little clogged pores all over my jawline UPDATE: So, I called my derm and asked if it was supposed to be a one month check up or a two month check up because I wasn't too sure. It turned out she wanted to see me after two months of using Solodyn and Ziana. That made more sense since I keep reading that it can take up to two months to see a drastic change. I am so impatient with this stuff!!! UGH... I really hope this will be the answer to my prayers by 2 months of use... On the other hand, I have taken Tri-Nessa consistently for 3 months now... hopefully my body and hormones will be regulated again very soon!!! (FINGERS CROSSED!!!)
So at the beginning of the 2nd week my blackheads were surfacing. As the week came to an end, a lot of my clogged pores were surfacing as tiny whiteheads, and of course I just HAD to extract those little things! they weren't that bad though. Two of the whiteheads on my left cheek got inflamed though. I was not going to pop those but they got kinda big and I don't like big bumps on my face so I popped those last night... probably got inflamed from working two stressful and tiring double shifts at work.. I look fine with makeup.. can barely see my little bumps all over my jawline (clogged pores).. I hope they disappear soon. This waiting period sucks soooo bad.. why can't I just be one of those people who get clear in a week or two like a frikkin miracle! I hope this week isn't too bad. It's supposed to "get worse before it gets better".. so far it isn't that bad though, thankfully! Let's see what this week brings... Off to Week 3! (Still hating my hyper pigmentation... which half are fading slowly but surely...)
Okay, so I have read numerous reviews about Solodyn and Ziana. I have religiously looked up these reviews since the day I started using these products (October 13). I feel like there are so many different experiences and mixed reviews about these products. They make me hopeful and then discouraged. I feel like I need to write a review myself and log about my experience for myself and for others who don't know what the hell to believe or expect about these products. To start, I am 23 years old and I have sensitive and oily skin. I have never had to deal with bad acne until this summer (Summer 2014). I had some breakouts throughout high school but I always found something OTC to quickly solve the problem. It was no big deal. This summer, towards the end of June, something changed in my body and my skin went crazy. Since then, I have been getting very consistent acne. Some weeks, my acne would calm down and I thought that it was getting better, but the next week, I would break out again. I have tried Mario Badescu products, St. Ives, and benzoyl peroxide 10% products but nothing seemed to work. The Mario Badescu toner had too much alcohol in it as well, and I think it stripped my skin, causing more oil production and clogged up a lot of my pores and I haven't been able to unclog them ever since! I recently decided these breakouts are uncontrollable and are making me so self-conscious, depressed and anti-social that I must go to the dermatologist and get some professional help! I live with my boyfriend of 4 years and I even get self-consious being without makeup around him at home. I have gotten a lot of hyper pigmentation marks from my acne lately so when I take off my makeup, I feel like I look horrendous no matter how supportive my boyfriend is. He went suffered through very severe acne and took accutane in high school and it permanently cleared up his skin, so now his skin is perfectly clear. Anyway, last Monday, October 13, I went to the dermatologist and asked for her help. I have been taking the BC Trinessa since I was 19 and during the summer my pills got a little messed up because I went on vacation for 3 weeks and couldn't get a refill in time. My breakouts started right before the vacation so I don't know if that was really the cause for my acne. I think that I have adult on-set acne and I think that it is genetic because my mother and aunt had bad acne at my age as well. My doctor said that it could have been a factor, so she is keeping me on Trinessa cause it can take a few months for my body to be regulated again. She gave me some samples and a prescription for Solodyn (65mg; one step higher than the dose needed for my weight, which is 100lbs) and Ziana. She also told me to use Cetaphil foam face wash for acne-prone skin. I already use the Cetaphil acne-prone moisturizer. I have been washing my face with that as I use my clarisonic face brush. My acne is moderate I believe, not too severe, but it was deep and painful. I pop my pimples (I know I shouldn't!) so they flatten quickly, so I don't have many bumps on my face at one time. But, I have a lot of marks from them as I mentioned earlier. I have to use a lot of concealer (which doesn't help my clogged pores) to cover these dark marks, and even then, you can still see them. I'm asian, so I think we tend to scar darker. It sucks .. I know they will go away though, slowly but surely.. Sorry if I gave too much background info and such. I feel like I need to let this all out and vent for myself as well because I drive myself crazy thinking about it! So let me begin telling you about my journey.. By the way, I hate how long it takes for these products to work and I'm being very impatient! But here I go.. SOLODYN (65MG) AND ZIANA: (I'm not going to take pics because I don't feel like exposing pictures of my skin to the world, plus, I don't think they are that necessary if I can fully describe my progress) DAY 1: The day that I went to the doctor, I had about 4 pimples growing under the skin on my forehead, a pimple that I had just popped on my cheek, and three pimples on my jawline and chin under my skin, and one under my skin on my temple. They hurt and I wanted to cry. My doctor said that I was kind of severe at that point. I took the antibiotics right away after leaving her office and throughout the day two of the pimples surfaced along my chin and jawline and I was able to extract them. Then, at night, two of the pimples on my forehead came up and I also extracted those. Then, I put on the pea sized recommended amount of ziana and went to bed. DAY 2: The next morning, I woke up with no pain from my pimples! They seemed to calm down very fast and a couple of them flattened by the end of the day or the next day (I don't really remember cause it was more than a week from now). WEEK 1: The medicine brought up a few whiteheads here and there that I could easily extract, so it wasn't a big deal. I liked the thought of these pores finally being unclogged. All of the pimples under my skin either disappeared or were extracted. By the end of the week, my skin was pretty flat so I was happy. The last day of the week, I had 5 new small pimples that I could easily extract and flattened most of them within the same day. I think the breakout was from eating spicy foods. My mom also breaks out when she eats spicy foods. WEEK 2: A lot of my blackheads are surfacing. I tried not to touch them but last night I couldn't take it anymore, so I extracted a few of them. Today, I have a little bit more pigmentation from squeezing those but just a couple dots, nothing that can't be covered with makeup, which I already have to use because of all my other pigmentation spots. Im going to try not to touch anything anymore unless its a pimple with a whitehead that very clearly needs extracting! I keep thinking about how many people reviewed that they broke out bad the 3rd week of taking and using these products and I keep obsessively reading these reviews. I also keep thinking about how people say it barely worked for them after months of taking Solodyn and using Ziana.. But I keep trying to tell myself that I think it has been working because my face does not have any active acne now except for a bunch of the clogged pores that you can barely see.. and all of my cystic acne under my skin has been gone since the day that I started the meds.. and also, I keep telling myself that my doctor is good and she knows what she is doing and if this doesn't work out, with her care and help, I will find something else that works. But man, I really hope this stuff works! I hate obsessing over my skin every day and wearing so much makeup and being sad and ALL THIS CRAP! Ugh.. Please wish me luck!!!