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Day 1 Plan for Next 2 months

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Regimen Plan for this month - Dec '10 (will not be trying for pregnancy):

Morning:

Wash face with luke warm water

Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Toner: Dermalogica Multi Active Toner

Moisturiser: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, followed with Dermalogica Sheer Moisture SPF 15

Night:

Wash face with luke warm water

Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Medication: Epiduo - pea size amount applied to problem areas on my skin

My skin has been extremely dry since using Epiduo, and so I have had to use the Dermalogica Hydrating Booster. It provides good hydration, and you only need a few drops.

Epiduo has really helped. It has taken about a month to see real results, but it has significantly reduced my acne, and the "peeling effect" of it has helped with reducing my hyper pigmentation. The initial burning, redness and tightness of skin with the Epiduo was a struggle, but my skin has gotten used to it. I always wear sun screen and try to avoid the sun. I am quite happy with the current state of my skin (less active acne, hyper pigmentation fading). My plan for this month is to make some lifestyle changes (improve sleep, diet, and stress, and no picking!) and see if it helps my acne, in conjunction with reducing the use of Epiduo as my skin improves.

Regimen Plan for next month - Jan'11 (will be trying for pregnancy):

I spoke with my doc (who is very supportive, and understands adult acne because she has had it herself), suggested this:

- From 1st day of my period until day 11 of cycle (before ovulation):

Continue treating my face with Epiduo (as you cannot get pregnant during this time).

- From day 11 - until my period:

Cannot use Epiduo (as I can get pregnant over this time, and Epiduo cannot be used in pregnancy). Use clindamycin phosphate lotion (antibiotic) instead to treat acne. Clindamycin lotion is safe to use during pregnancy. I personally don't like clindamycin because it makes my face oily (have used it before), but it's better than nothing. My doc said that I should not use products with: adapalene, BP, retinol, vit A, glycolyic or salicylic acid. Which rules out almost every acne treatment! So frustrating! She did say I can do mirco dermabrassion to treat my hyper pigmentation during this period (just not when I am on Epiduo, and ideally I should be off Epiduo for a week before doing it).

My plan is to follow my doc's advice and try this approach next month. I will continue using my other Dermalogica products as well. I am also looking into whether mandelic acid (which I have heard so many great things about on this website) is safe for use in pregnancy, and looking into natural remedies (dead sea salt, honey) etc as other treatment alternatives - in case my skin goes crazy when I am not on Epiduo. The next 2 months should be quite a journey * fingers crossed!* !!



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