**WARNING** Lengthy entry!
I've made it through my first month on Claravis! Tomorrow is my one month appointment, even though I'm on day 34 today. My doctor is going on vacation, so they had to schedule me out a little more than 30 days. I had to skip a few pills over the 30 day to compensate, instead of quitting for 4 days. It hasn't seemed to make a difference, as my skin looks great now. I just have 2 pimples now and they're small.
I've been on a quest to find new products that will help me through this, both good moisturizers and makeup. I pretty much had to replace everything that was for oily/acne skin. I have to worry about neither now. I have some pimples, but I certainly can't go slather benzoyl peroxie or tea tree oil on them, like I was before! I've also noticed that with the dry skin, my wrinkles and lines look worse. I've traded one problem for another. After a few trips to Sephora, where I'm pretty sure they know me by name now, I think I've hit the skincare jackpot!
#1- Cliniques's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. I am not expecting it to get rid of my old acne marks, even though this is what it's promising to do. Thanks to taking birth control pills, I have hyperpigmintation above my lip, along with a spot under one eye, and a patch on my cheek. It's such a wonderful side effect! As my skin is clearing, it's more noticeable.
#2- Philosophy's When Hope is Not Enough. I originally picked up Hope in a Jar, then came home and read some reviews from my favorite lady, Paula Begoun. This lovely product contains lavender oil causes cell death. WTF? I will not be putting that on my skin. It also includes sage oil, which is irritating to the face. Back to the store with that! I decided on Hope in a Jar's big sister, which is kinder and gentler. Whew. It sinks right in to my dry patches, which are the tip of my nose (weird!), and the corners of my mouth without feeling greasy.
#3- Bliss Steep Clean. Where have you been since day one of my Claravis journey? They should hand you this along with your prescription, no joke. I can no longer live without this product. This is "if I were stranded on a deserted island" stuff. The nice girl in the Sephora store told me that one of the other employees that worked there swore by this stuff while she was on Accutane. I wish I could go back to the store, find this person, and hug them! It's a fruit acid peel that's in 2 chambers that you mix together in your hand, then rub into your face and leave it on as a mask for about 15 minutes. It has shea butter and something else in it, so it takes the dead skin off and leaves moisturizer behind! Genius. It is rather expensive, in fact all of these are way more than what I'd typically spend. This was $40 something... BUT, I'm committed to getting my skin healthy. I'll use it 2 times a week, so it should last for a while.
#4- Make Up Forever HD High Definition foundation- The coverage on this stuff is so good, I don't have to use concealer. Now, I'm someone who is very self conscious about my acne scars and will cover every last bit up before leaving the house, and put concealer in my purse for touch ups later. I am very fair-skinned, so it's hard to find something that's not too dark or pink. There are many, many shades to choose from and you can build the coverage with this. I put it all over my face, then went back over the scars/pimples. It stayed put all day too. I love this stuff! It's amazing and will definitely save me some time during my morning routine.
So there you have it. I feel like I could write a book on my experiences with this already, what's worked, what hasn't. Oh, wait...I kind of am here with this blog. There has been such a drastic improvement after 1 month, I can hardly believe it! I hope it doesn't get worse again when I double my dose tomorrow... eeek! If it does, I'm prepared. Thanks for reading.
p.s. I'll post a picture tomorrow after my derm appointment.