1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
2. Benprox 5.25% Wash
3. Fougera Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion 1%
4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
5. Makeup/Foundation: Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (Sand) and Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation (Sunny Beige)
6. Doryx 150mg
1. Shills Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil
2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
3. Benprox 5.25% Wash
4. Retin-A Micro 0.04% Gel
5. Cerave Moisturizing Cream
My skin looks awesome right now! A lot of the red acne pigmentation has faded, and my skin has peeled off (from the Retin-A Micro) to reveal brighter skin. I do have three big scabs on my face from some giant acne that formed, but other than that, the rest of my skin is pretty smooth looking. My face overall looks a lot more even toned and less red all over. Its a pretty bright complexion overall.
The Retin A is really doing a good job at exfoliating and preventing the acne from coming - I can still see my skin flaking from it but it's not too bad if I moisturize enough.
More Makeup... lol
I got a chance to go to the mall yesterday with some friends. I'm so lucky to have friends that drive... haha, being a New Yorker, it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll never get my driver's license until I'm 22. But yeah, I got a chance to check out the Laura Mercier counter and I got an Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. Now that my skin looks a lot better I didn't really need a full coverage foundation at this point - just a hint of coverage to even out my skin tone. I also got my full face done at the counter, and I might buy the mineral loose powder in the future to set my makeup with, since it's not drying. The ingredients that Laura Mercier have in her foundations, powders, and tinted moisturizers are interesting; they're not really formulations that are very common in most skin makeup.
When it comes down to skin makeup in general (foundations, powders, tinted moisturizers) I've learned the hard lesson of investing in some quality stuff. Its ten times more worth it to invest in better quality skin makeup especially if you have acne prone skin, or just skin problems in general. The makeup may seem expensive but the payoff is so much better in the long run. I've gone through at least 20 foundations in my life from low end to high end before I found the foundation that works well for my skin (Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation). It's frustrating to buy a drugstore brand because it's cheap, and because you hope that it'll work for your skin- only to find out that it aggravates your face and causes you to break out more... and you think "Oh, just wasted $15/$10 (or whatever else I spent) on crappy drugstore makeup." It eventually adds up to the price of the makeup that actually works on your skin, so in the long run, you really spend less because you buy a foundation around $30-$50 that works as opposed to buying several that add up to $50 that don't work.
So I dunno. I think I might become a Laura Mercier convert. That's where my next paycheck is going...
'Til next time folks. Hope your journey to clear skin is improving day by day.