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Day 43/ Visit To the Derm

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Well.... I don't know how to interpret my trip to the derm today. Based on all the research and testimonials I've read, I NEVER expected that my skin should be a lot clearer by now. I haven't read one posting on ANY website I've visited stating that my skin should look a LOT better at this point. So.... going in to the derm's office, I was confident in what he may say about the progress of my skin. I thought he would've said something to the effect of, "Okay, looks great! Your skin is breaking out, but that's what it's supposed to be doing." Instead, he asked me if I thought it was getting any better and it doesn't look like there's much change from the last time I was there. I took everything he said with a grain of salt because of course, he doesn't remember exactly how my skin looked the first time I went to him. I think he was a little disappointed that the Minocycline hasn't prevented all of the breakouts, but I don't understand how he could expect me not have any active pimples when I'm in the first 6 weeks of using Taz. From what I've learned, I'm on track... but I went along with what he was saying anyway.

I asked him about the hyperpigmentation and he said the continual use of Taz will take care of the dark spots on my face. So, he didn't prescribe me any hydroquinone to help the process along.

For the next 6 weeks, he advised me to continue using Taz at night and to take 100MG of Minocycline once a day. He also added Clindamycin Foam to my morning regime.

My Assessment Thus Far: True, my skin doesn't look much different, but I know there's a difference. The cell turnover is much faster. When a pimple pops up one day, it's usually gone the next. If the pimple is not completely gone, I can clearly tell that it's drying up on it's own. Before Taz, if I didn't treat a pimple at all, it would take a least a week for the pimple to be completely gone and then there would be a dark spot left. I don't have any new hyperpigmented scars from new pimples... which is FANTASTIC in my book. I wish there were more noticeable results right now, but I'm still hopeful and can make a true assessment when I reach 12 weeks. I have faith in the 100's of testimonials I've read that say "stick with it."

There you go and I hope this doesn't discourage anyone from trying Taz... I visit the derm again on March 3... that's a little less than 6 weeks, but that's the only time I could make an appointment.

Please ask any questions or share your experience with me. I would love some feedback!

Until Next time...



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Okay, I'm with you..I would stick with it. I went to the derm yesterday and saw a different derm in the office because my usual one wasn't there. She made it seem like I looked horrible, granted my face isn't clear I had some new white heads but she made it seem like my face should've been crystal clear, she therefore proceeded to give me injections. Now one thing I did like she seemed truly concerned. She said it was time to be more agressive and that its better to just use the Taz as spot treatment instead of applying it all over. She increased my minocycline to 135 mg instead of the 115 I was on. Sad part is I can't start the higher dosage until a month from now. Just like you I thought I was on track with all the other post I read but she shot me down real quick. I refuse to do Accutane and those harsher treatments so I'm going to ride this out, hopefully you will too.

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I'm with you. I'm going to ride it out because I refuse to believe that all the testimonials I've read are lies. Everything I've read about it's effectiveness if you stick with it, is in line with what the official Taz website says. I refuse to do Accutane too because my skin is not that bad. I've had a really bad breakout and that's it. I had the same type of breakout when I was 21 and I rode it out and my skin was clear until September 2009. At 21, I changed colleges and in Sept. '09 I started planning my wedding. I really think my acne is hormone/ stress related.My husband was in the bathroom with me while I washed my face last night and said the doctor was crazy for thinking there was no progress. He said my face is smooth although the scarring is still there. He even noticed the pimples that were on my face yesterday morning and were gone by last night. My skin is a lot smoother because when I apply powder, you can't see any differences in the texture of my skin.. which is a start. It just looks smooth.I guess we have to take what the docs say with a grain of salt because they see hundreds of patients in between the times we visit them. I'm in it till the end and we should definitely ride this out together cause I think we're really on track.(Also... I noticed you said something about putting Taz all over your face. I'm not sure if your derm told you to only apply Taz on the infected areas of your face. I was told not to put it on the healthy skin that doesn't breakout. If you do, the Taz will cause you to break out in those areas too. Like me... I only apply Taz to the center of my cheeks. I had a minor breakout on my forehead and chin when I first started, but I leave those areas alone because those aren't problem areas and they're clear now.)

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I'm with you. I'm going to ride it out because I refuse to believe that all the testimonials I've read are lies. Everything I've read about it's effectiveness if you stick with it, is in line with what the official Taz website says. I refuse to do Accutane too because my skin is not that bad. I've had a really bad breakout and that's it. I had the same type of breakout when I was 21 and I rode it out and my skin was clear until September 2009. At 21, I changed colleges and in Sept. '09 I started planning my wedding. I really think my acne is hormone/ stress related.My husband was in the bathroom with me while I washed my face last night and said the doctor was crazy for thinking there was no progress. He said my face is smooth although the scarring is still there. He even noticed the pimples that were on my face yesterday morning and were gone by last night. My skin is a lot smoother because when I apply powder, you can't see any differences in the texture of my skin.. which is a start. It just looks smooth.I guess we have to take what the docs say with a grain of salt because they see hundreds of patients in between the times we visit them. I'm in it till the end and we should definitely ride this out together cause I think we're really on track.(Also... I noticed you said something about putting Taz all over your face. I'm not sure if your derm told you to only apply Taz on the infected areas of your face. I was told not to put it on the healthy skin that doesn't breakout. If you do, the Taz will cause you to break out in those areas too. Like me... I only apply Taz to the center of my cheeks. I had a minor breakout on my forehead and chin when I first started, but I leave those areas alone because those aren't problem areas and they're clear now.)
Sometimes I don't know what to believe, I want to believe that they know what they are talking about because they are the professionals, but I truly question some of things they say. Such as in the beginning I was only applying the Taz to the affected areas and things were clearing up. All of a sudden I get this bright idea to do exactly what my derm said and put it all over, so I tried it two days this week & you should see how much new stuff sprung up. Boy do I regret doing that but its okay it'll go away hopefully by Monday.

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I totally understand what you're saying. I take what the testimonials say and size it up to what the derm advises. If he says anything that contradicts my research, I ask him about it. I'm sorry the healthy skin on you face is breaking out. It should go away since those areas don't normally break out. Today is one of the first days I don't have ANY pimple on my face. Hallelujah! I hope it keeps getting better from today on.

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