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...