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Day # 1 - Treatment # 1



So as I stated in my previous post, I'm heading in a new direction as my current regimen is not working, my skin is uber irritated and I'm still breaking out ....wah. Well today I went in for my first facial and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. She definitely manipulated my skin which I wasn't a fan of but she explained the process from start to finish, explaining why she was using each product. Long story short, I had an oatmeal enzyme mask, minimal extractions, high frequency treatment and red light therapy.

She only extracted the pimples that had puss in them as I didn't have much blackheads. She also thinks I may have a mild case of folliculitis around my mouth/chin but she says to not worry about it as I reported that it comes and goes (weird). One thing at a time I suppose.

In any event, all those small barely there bumps have started to come up which she said could happen so praying it's not too horrendous. I don't think I have the strength to deal with shitty skin for months on end.

As of tonight, my regimen will be as follows:


Face reality sensitive skin cleansing gel

Face reality calming facial toner

Face reality broad spectrum SPF 30


Face reality sensitive skin cleansing gel

Face reality calming facial toner

Face reality 5% mandelic serum (every other night)

Face reality cranberry cream (on nights I don't use the serum)

I go for my 2nd facial at the end of the month.

At the least, hoping the dryness goes away as well as the eczema.

Will update as new changes happen.

As a side note, I liked the fact that the skin clinic took the time to talk about diet, supplements and the like. I like the combined skin care and holistic approach.


The day after has been pretty bad. More inflammatory acne which I expected and eczema flare on my cheeks and by my left mouth/chin which I did not expect. Looking through the new products, the cranberry cream has fragrance - shitz! My skin felt so dry and tight so I should have known something was up. I'm tempted to slap on some elidel cream but I'm going to wait till the skin care center gets back to me. I'm hoping the reaction is solely to blame on that 1 product than on the facial or my new purchases.

Emotionally I just don't know how to feel. I want to cry, fall into a bag of chocolates and never show my face again. Dealing with all of this feels so damn personal. Like God, what have I done to deserve this....seriously. I'm angry and sad and depressed but most of all, I'm lost.


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Don't lose hope! It's so hard to keep your eyes on the big picture and try not to fixate on how bad things are today. I've been there! If you find a routine that shows improvement after 8 weeks stick with it! You gotta stick thru the tough days in the beginning to make it to clearer days good luck and I'm rooting for you!!

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Thanks for the kind words. It's been rough, I can't lie and I'm having a hard time seeing the light at the end of this dark tunnel. I can't seem to even get my skin acclimated to a routine to see if it even works due to the eczema. Hoping it gets better but words like yours keep me grounded so thank you!

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Chin up Sasha. I know.you have the strength to get through how your feeling. It's normal for that to happen...I know it sucks though so so bad. But you know in your heart the more holistic approach is the way to go because it feeels right to you. Just keep you faith. And you know as well as I do that God Loves to test our strength and courage. I just hope, like you, thT we reap the rewards for such bravery. If it's any consolation my skin has gone to pot as well. X

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Hi Stace. I was sad to see you back here too. My skin is so dry and dehydrated and I don't know if it will ever repair itself (ok, maybe I'm being a tad dramatic ). Acne is one thing. Acne and dry, flaky, dehydrated and eczema skin is ..... No words to describe. Anyway, I'll be following your blog and hopefully we can chat soon. Thanks for the support!

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isn't that a little bit too much stuff on the face, eventually the skin will become stressed out as it adjusts to various creams, lotions, potions, etc causing break outs . Have you talked to the dermatologist?

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I agree itsallgoodfellas. I have cut out the cleanser as it definitely was contributing to that dry and tight feeling and replaced it with just plain oatmeal and water. I have used that twice and it definitely lessens the tightness plus it has no other weird ingredients that can interact with the other products I am/may use. I returned the cranberry moisturizer and they gave me a sample post treatment moisturizer to use until they can figure out what else to give me. I am definitely breaking out more, especially on my chin and cheeks. My forehead is also getting inflamed acne which is not the norm for me. My skin clearly cannot handle being off acne meds. At this point , the goal is to get my skin hydrated enough to try the 5% mandelic acid serum as retinoids are just too much for my skin right now. I have a derm appt August the 1st so we'll see what happens. I really want to give the facials a try as its insanity to me to do the same thing over and over again (retinoids and anti microbial ) and expect different results.

My regimen as of now is:


Oatmeal as a cleanser


Post treatment moisturizer



I am also cutting back on supplements and sticking to just four:

An antioxidant blend

Fish oil


Chromium Synergy (for blood sugar issues)

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