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Back From Doctors

Liam Foster

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So i have just come back from seeing my doctor and she has prescribed me a 10% BP wash and Doxycycline capsules. Felt like breaking down when talking to her about it, I could just see her staring at the massive pimples on my cheeks, felt awful. Hopefully this will relieve some of the mental pressure and get rid of some of the acne.



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It's never easy going there and basically inviting them to study your skin because it goes against that instinct to cover up the source of your insecurity. That was always my biggest problem and that's why it took me so long to sort it out - I was never brave enough to go when my skin was bad and I only showed up when I felt it was looking alright, at which point they'd logically tell me there wasn't much there. After all, they can only go on what they see.

10% is quite high for the BP wash (in my opinion) so my advice would be to go steady with it, don't over-wash. Maybe use it just once a day at first, or at least make sure you don't spend too much time with it on your skin. It's not a big deal but it would probably just save causing other problems such as excessive dryness and redness.

I've only ever had good experiences with Doxy. Just finished a course actually. Never experienced any side effects either, as long as I made sure I drank some water or took it with a meal, otherwise it made me a bit nauseated for a little while.

At the risk of getting all high-and-mighty for a moment, there is one piece of advice I'd give and it's not something the doctors mention. Whenever I stopped dead at the end of a course of antibiotics (including Doxy the first time around) once it was out of my system, my skin went crazy. Those are the only times I've experienced cystic acne. It seems the trick is to taper off and reduce the dosage gradually. Might depend on how long you're going to take it for. I'll assume that your doctor suggested something similar to mine; three month course, see how it's going, then another three months. If so, I'd personally start tapering off once you get to the final month's pills, taking them every other day, then every three days, then every four, then every five if you haven't ran out by then. The six month course I just finished should technically have finished mid-February. Ended up down to just once every five days so it kind of dragged things out for another six weeks or so, but it was totally worth it because I'm sure it's not in my system now and I'm sure that I would have broken out badly by now if I'd stopped dead. I'm sure the doctors would say it doesn't matter if you stop dead (mine did) but my experience of actually taking them says I totally disagree.

Here ends today's lesson. wink.png Fingers crossed for you, hope it all goes your way.

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Haha thanks man!! Yeah I mean she didn't actually say how long to take them for however it does say on the prescription that it only contains 28 capsules :/ So im assuming they wont last for even a month. She told me to come back in June to check on how its going. And yeah I'll be sure to use the wash every night i think at first, not day and night, then if my skin is ok with it, i will try and go for morning and night. And well I will see how doxy is and like you said if it works for me i'll be sure to taper off a little at a time :)

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Also to add, i only have 2 major pimples on my cheeks atm, one on my left cheek one on my right and thats about it, the rest of my cheeks and chin etc look ok, however it's my forehead which is the worst! And wow do they hurt like hell! I have so many hurtful pimples under the skin on my forehead which hurt like crazy so hopefully this new regime will help sort it out. One other thing i was wondering about is whether or not to use a facewash and a moisturiser with this BP wash?

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As I recall, my doctor gave me three months prescriptions to start with. Each of those was dated just within the month so I'd always have another box just before the 28 ran out. I'm assuming if she said come back in June, you'd be able to repeat the prescription in May and June until you see her again.

You could use your regular face wash in the morning and the BP wash at night, for example. Might be a good idea to have that 50/50 split to start with in case your face needs to get used to it. Otherwise, no reason why you couldn't replace your regular wash with the BP stuff - I guess that's the aim. Always best to keep moisturiser handy, especially where BP is concerned because it does have a habit of drying out the skin and moisturising a little would help you keep things balanced.

The wash may well bring out those pimples you mentioned and you may well get an initial breakout for a couple of weeks, but my experience was that the Doxy soon brought that under control so it might not be much of a problem. Only one way to find out, just don't be discouraged if things go downhill a bit because sometimes that has to happen before things start clearing up.

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Hey, I hope this really works out for you! I was on this regimen for quite a while and it worked very well for a long time. You said your doctor was staring at your acne, but I really think she was probably just evaluating your skin. Trust me, they've seen everything, so don't be ashamed! By the way, if that's you in your profile picture you're really cute! :)

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my heart aches for u because i was there...i had huge cysts for years..anyways..i will tell u now doxy will work for a little while and whatever else u try...but i have a regimen for u that i hope u listen to..it worked for me, and i know mine was worse than urs. first...i purchased the clarisonic(pricey i know) i still use it everyday w cetaphil antibacterial soap bar. thats my cleansing regimen morning and night. also, i ordered a bottle of 30% glycolic acid from makeup artists choice and used that once a week. now heres the ticket.. Go to amazon.com and order some L ascorbic acid POWDER by "NOW" foods. like 10 bucks, along w/ pure vegetable glycerine by "NOW" foods and a small bottle of jojoboa oil. L ascorbic acid is a powder form of vitamin c. vitmain c is a natural skin lightener, one of the best. Now heres how u make ur own high potency vitamin c serum. Mix 1/4 tsp of l ascorbic powder w/ 1/4 tsp of glycerin w/ 1 tsp of water. mix well until powder is dissolved. wash skin at night w cetaphil antibacterial soap bar, dry, and apply the homeade serum. it will sting because its high potency. store the remaining in a dark bottle in the fridge for about 4 days then discard. vitamin c serum boosts collagen building, natural skin lightener, and smooths the skin too. most companies sell for alot of money, but its junk because vitamin c oxidizes before u even get it. sounds like alot to do but its cheap and effective. use the jojoboa oil after it dries. this moisturizes. the vit c serum will clear acne as well. i learned this from ehow.com and livestrong.com. i did this also. i am on my 2nd week of this and my pimples are gone, and my red marks and hyperpigmentation are reduced dramatically. please try this!!!! lke i said, it stings and tingles, but its worth it..i understand u cant just go buy a clarisonic due to cost so get a bar of cetaphil antibacterial soap, use it day and night...buy a small bottle of 30% glycolic acid peel from MUAC..put it on w a qtip all over face on a friday night. leave on for 3 minutes..will burn. then rinse w cold water and apply neosporin. u wont peel it will just be reddish for a few days, but clears acne around the 2nd week. do it every friday night. then apply the vit c homeade serum sunday night through thursday night..so w that regimen..u will prob spend around 70 bucks all together but its going to work for u..im sure uve tried everything else..so please just try this ok??

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Thankyou savy Banana and yeah that was me when i was in good skin like a year ago believe or not, acne can flare up so damn quick! And thankyou slcta for your input :) I don't get my student loan till next week so I'll be sure to get these products and try this :) Thankyou guys for your support! Really means a lot!

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Yeah, I know what you mean about acne flaring up so quickly! I was relatively clear for about a year until January, then all hell broke loose! But honestly, I'm sure you're still adorable, acne or not! I bet the people in your life think the same thing. I read one of your other blog posts where you mentioned you were the only one in your family to have acne, and guess what? That's me in my family! To make matters worse, I have a fraternal twin sister who has absolutely flawless skin. :( Most of the time I just try and focus on my good qualities, but sometimes it really does drag me down.

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