At the start of week 3 my skin was looking a little bit better than it did when I first started Epiduo. By the 3rd day into week 3 all hell broke loose on my face. I think I finally got the bad part of the initial breakout. My whole face was covered in acne, a few pimples were cystic, and they took a while to come to a head. I had about 13 active pimples on my face in one day....they just appeared overnight. This made me really sad and I worried that it was not working. I wanted to give up, but I called my derm and she said it is normal for my face to get worse because it is pulling all the stuff out of my skin. I know I have to wait, but I was on retinoids up until a month and a half before I started Epiduo. I felt like crying but I decided I would stick through it and use it properly. My next appt isn't until I am at the end of week 9 so I decided to try and think positively about this treatment.
Into week 4 my skin started to clear up from the breakouts I had the previous week. My skin tone looked a little bit better but I was still breaking out everyday. Most of the dryness from the Epiduo is gone and my skin is self exfoliating less than it was. Almost all of the redness is gone as well.
Into week 5 is when I started to see the most improvenment in my skin. I am now finished with week 5 after tonight and so far my skin looks way better than it has ever looked since before I started Epiduo. My forehead is completely clear, my temples and the right side of my face are almost completely clear as well. The left side of my face is still broken out a good bit and the scarring is worse bc of the breakout before, but all in all my face looks way better. My blackheads are finally starting to go away...I can tell a big difference about them this week. It still burns a little bit when I put on the Epiduo but it goes away after 5-10 minutes.
I am not ready to go without makeup, but I can now use way less than I was originally using.
AM: Wash with Loreal Sensitive Skin Wash (I like foamy washes..haha),
Makeup: Covergirl Aquasmooth Foundation or Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation>> This one was recommended by my derm
I usually add a thin layer of Physcians Formula powder to set my makeup
PM: Equate makeup remover wipes, Wash with Loreal Sensitive Skin Wash, wait 20 min after shower to apply Epiduo