I haven't posted in over a year. I feel guilty about it. I logged in to this website every day when I was suffering really badly with my acne and the second it cleared up I abandoned it completely. I'm not sure if anybody read my blog posts (there were only 8), but if you did, here's a potted version of what happened to my skin this past year:
At the beginning of January I visited a dermatologist, who prescribed me with Yasmin and minocycline. Within 8 weeks my skin was almost perfect. I had
This is the longest I've gone without seeing any great level of improvement while being treated for acne. Before, when I was using Duac, and on Dianette/tetralysal, I was halfway to being clear after a month, and on both occasions I was entirely clear by two.
My friend Mags is a nurse and we were chatting about it the other night- apparently there's not really any way of getting around it- the topical retinoid is f'ing my face UP.
I'm getting a lot more nodules than I ever have before,
Always good to have a starting point:
BEFORE STARTING ISOTREX AND MINOCIN:
3 WEEKS AFTER STARTING ISOTREX AND MINOCIN:
It's pretty obvious that my skin looks worse since I started this treatment. The second 3 week update photo is of the right side of my face, which is suffering from a lot of red marks at the minute. I suppose it's better than the nodules/pustules that were there before, but it's still not the prettiest, unless you like your ladies with red skin bear
The three pustules on the right hand side of my chin are drying up and crusting over nicely, the skin getting increasingly flat. However I woke up this morning and found five new red painful under the skin lumps (papules?) on the left hand side. I now have something resembling a red, lumpy, crusty beard. I'm trying to find the comedy in how ridiculous I look at the minute but it's hard. Especially since I've started developing lumps on my jawbone, just before my face becomes my neck, which was a
Today is a mixed bag. I don't want to jinx myself but I THINK that I'm getting over my initial breakout. Nothing new came to the surface overnight- no nodules, no pustules, nothing. My face is continuing to look less red and angry, and the five pustules on the right hand side of my skin have shrunk a little bit. In fact all the spots on my face at the minute look a little bit drier and a little bit smaller. I am, however, very well acquainted with all kinds of false hope and I've been told the p
So I had a massive red lumpen mass on the right side of my chin and I didn't really know what was going on. It's crusting over because of the Isotrex and I didn't want to start to picking and investigating it too much (trying to embrace scab life right now). I was worried it was some sort of underground interconnected set of nodules but this morning they all seem to have come to a head and are five pretty well defined pustules, quite small but sitting out far enough on my face to give me a bizar
I was considering posting daily pictures but I thought it would be more effective if I shared them weekly- that way if there's any form of improvement it'll probably be more noticeable. Besides, there's probably only so many shots of my flaky, red chin that a human can handle! I'm not going to photograph the acne on my forehead either because the pimples are small, closed comedones, which I can deal with in comparison to my hot mess of a jawline!
Yesterday evening I came home to see that th
Today marks my 14th day on Minocin and Isotrex Gel. I take my one 100mg tab of Minocin when I wake up in the morning and I apply my Isotrex in the evening after I've cleansed my face with Cetaphil and moisturised with Elave. These are the only two products I use. I've experimented with too many serums, scrubs, powders and creams to add anything else to my routine. I cleanse and I mosturise and that's it. I actually feel lucky that I've found two products that don't upset my face or irritate me i
I don't know why I didn't start a blog sooner- probably because I was hopeful enough to think that my acne would have been cleared again by now!
I had my first outbreak when I was 22. It started around my chin (a combination of closed comedones and cysts) and spread down to my cheeks and up to my jawline. Before then I'd always had perfect skin, if slightly on the dry side. I even remember once wishing that I could get zits because I watched the episode of My So Called Life where Angela Chas