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Day 34 / Derma Appt.



A little more than a week ago my skin was doing really well. It was finally clearing up, after having been on Zithromax for about 25 days. I ran out of cleanser so I went out and got the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, which I used to use back when I first started seeing a derm, and, well, boy did I regret it.

After about 2 days of using it I noticed my skin becoming very dry, especially around my chin and nose. Wanting to get my money’s worth and thinking that my skin just had to get used to it, I continued washing with the cleanser, and by the fifth day, I just couldn’t take it.

It made my skin so sensitive that I had to stop applying my Epiduo and Clindamycin topicals, because when I did apply them, my skin burned for like an hour. One day it was so bad my skin actually started peeling off. My chin looked as though it had had its first layer of skin burnt off.

Yesterday I had my usual monthly appointment with my derm. The assistant came in and wanted to start me off with a chemical peel. I told her my skin had been really dry, but she said as long as I hadn’t applied Epiduo the night before I should be okay. It burned, yeah, but it wasn’t so bad that I had to call her in before the 3 minutes.

So my derm finally comes in and I tell her the whole situation. She tells me that the Neutrogena cleanser is a good cleanser, but it does dry out skin, especially when you’re using topicals like the ones I’m using. She gave me a sample of the Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer and said I should start using those. She also said I should skip my topicals until my skin doesn’t feel as sensitive, and that once that happens I should only use Epiduo every other night, and should only use Clindamycin on my red bumps.

She also read through her notes and said she was surprised I went through with the chemical peel haha

So that’s that. I used the foam wash last night and this morning and I’m happy to say that my skin didn’t burn at all :)

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Wow...your regimen looks awesome...zithromax, epiduo and clindamycin. It willpay off even though it takes time for your skin to adjust to the medications. I have used Cetaphil oil control foaming face wash but it is too costly for me. $17.00 per bottle. Instead I use cetaphil antibacterial bar soap. It works just fine and it only costs a few dollars. My derm wanted me on epiduo before but my insurance won't cover it. Instead I use tretinoin and benzaclin so basically the same drugs touch my beautiful face everyday. My skin is clear now. I had severe acne all over my face and chin especially. Not much on my forehead and a bit on my temples.I can't wait to see your pics six months from now.

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Thanks!! My derm gave me some coupons for the Cetaphil wash and moisturizer so that's the only reason I'm using it now. If the antibacterial soap is just as good then I'll probably end up using that once I've used my coupons! Ahh I also had trouble with my insurance for Epiduo, still not sure exactly what happened but somehow things worked out and I got it for $25. Ahh thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing how things go too :)

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