Actually, tomorrow will mark 11 weeks that I've been on Tazorac... but who's counting.
I went to the derm today and again, I don't know how I'm supposed to feel. During my last visit, he asked me if I thought the product was working. I was rather confused because he's the derm so shouldn't he be telling me if the product is working or not? This time, he didn't say it was working but, he didn't say it wasn't working. I told him that I was pleased with the product so far because the results are matching the progress that my research said I should be experiencing at this point. And he said that's what he likes to hear.
If I didn't need the derm to write my prescriptions, I wouldn't go at all. I pay a $50 co-pay to hear something that I could've told myself in the privacy of my own home. It somewhat pisses me off because I have to accept that he doesn't have much to say because there's no way he would remember me out of the hundreds of patients he helps in between visits. The system is crooked but, I guess you gotta' do what you gotta' do.
Needless to say, my derm visit wasn't that enlightening. But on the bright side, at least he didn't tell me it wasn't working or say anything negative about my progress. He has lowered my dosage of Minocycline to 50MG once a day, clindamyacin foam in the morning after washing my face and Taz 1.0 at night. He also advised me not to moisturize in the morning unless I absolutely need it. He said Taz dries some people out, but if it's not drying me out, I should only moisturize if I'll be in the sun and the moisturizer should include some sort of sunscreen. He didn't prescribe me any additional medication for hyperpigmentation because he said that he knows for a fact that Taz will take care of it. I was a little disappointed, but I went along with it.
My assessment is that this stuff is great. My skin is smooth (although I have two small pimples in an area where I've accidentally put Taz) and practically pimple free. My cheeks are my problem areas and are clear. The hyperpigmentation is so much better than it was compared to 10 weeks ago. It's still not where I would like it to be, but much better. I'm really looking forward to how my face will look after two more months when I visit the derm again. I hope I'm all clear.
Would I still recommend this product? Yes! I'm not disappointed by the progress at all. I would love perfect skin right now but Taz will not give you an overnight success story. It takes time!
Until next week...