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How effective are facials? What the hell is my derm talking about?

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I'm getting my first facial today as recommended by my dermatologist. He says that they are going to help my skin a lot becaue I have a "nest".. Whatever the hell that means. So I went to see the facialist yesterday at the hospital and she says I have a cluster of ingrown sebum and that with three facials my skin is going to see a big improvement. The facials each are 65 bucks. I am planning on making the investment. The derm also gave me retin-a and doryx which I've been on what is going to be a month already. My skin continues to break out. I am thinking of quitting doryx since I don't see a damn difference, continuing retin-a and starting birth control pills to help my acne and since I need birth control anyway, I might as well kill two birds with one stone. Am I doing good?

Morning:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash (Dermatologist says it's too gentle and that I should switch to something that dries up my oily skin some more, he suggested I buy this astrigent at his damn office for $30!!!! As if I'm Paris Hilton or something. I said no.)

I apply Neutrogena Healthy Defense Sunscreen/Moisturizer after cleansing in the morning and sometimes then some foundation that's oil free blemish fighting by Neutrogena.

Night:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash and Retin-A Micro

Doryx

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I'm getting my first facial today as recommended by my dermatologist. He says that they are going to help my skin a lot becaue I have a "nest".. Whatever the hell that means. So I went to see the facialist yesterday at the hospital and she says I have a cluster of ingrown sebum and that with three facials my skin is going to see a big improvement. The facials each are 65 bucks. I am planning on making the investment. The derm also gave me retin-a and doryx which I've been on what is going to be a month already. My skin continues to break out. I am thinking of quitting doryx since I don't see a damn difference, continuing retin-a and starting birth control pills to help my acne and since I need birth control anyway, I might as well kill two birds with one stone. Am I doing good?

Morning:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash (Dermatologist says it's too gentle and that I should switch to something that dries up my oily skin some more, he suggested I buy this astrigent at his damn office for $30!!!! As if I'm Paris Hilton or something. I said no.)

I apply Neutrogena Healthy Defense Sunscreen/Moisturizer after cleansing in the morning and sometimes then some foundation that's oil free blemish fighting by Neutrogena.

Night:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash and Retin-A Micro

Doryx

It might help, depending on what they are using on you. I was getting natural purifying facials for awhile and though it lessened my breakouts and even my skintone, I'm not really sure it was worth $70 every three weeks. I do think that chemical peels were more successful for me. I did fruit acid peels and then glycolics after my skin got used to them. Make sure you know what is going on your face. Ask questions. Understand the process. If anything they helped relax me which made me less stressed.

As for Neutrogena. Not a fan of most of their products with the exception of one or two of their moisturizers. If anything it broke me out more and didn't do a damn thing to unclog my pores. If anything it left a filmy residue on my skin no matter how much I rinsed. An astringent or clarifying lotion is good for very oily skin if it's PH balanced correctly. I suggest you hunt around for one that has AHA/BHA properties like the Alpha Hydroxy line which is cheap compared to the one your dermatologist wants you to buy. I get their products at Ulta or online. It really controls oil on my forehead to the point where after continual use, I no longer need to blot in the middle of the day. But if you use AHAs, it's reccommended that you not use them on the same nights as Retin-A. You also need to wear a high SPF to protect you from the sun. I use 30 SPF even in the winter.

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I'm getting my first facial today as recommended by my dermatologist. He says that they are going to help my skin a lot becaue I have a "nest".. Whatever the hell that means. So I went to see the facialist yesterday at the hospital and she says I have a cluster of ingrown sebum and that with three facials my skin is going to see a big improvement. The facials each are 65 bucks. I am planning on making the investment. The derm also gave me retin-a and doryx which I've been on what is going to be a month already. My skin continues to break out. I am thinking of quitting doryx since I don't see a damn difference, continuing retin-a and starting birth control pills to help my acne and since I need birth control anyway, I might as well kill two birds with one stone. Am I doing good?

Morning:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash (Dermatologist says it's too gentle and that I should switch to something that dries up my oily skin some more, he suggested I buy this astrigent at his damn office for $30!!!! As if I'm Paris Hilton or something. I said no.)

I apply Neutrogena Healthy Defense Sunscreen/Moisturizer after cleansing in the morning and sometimes then some foundation that's oil free blemish fighting by Neutrogena.

Night:

Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash and Retin-A Micro

Doryx

It might help, depending on what they are using on you. I was getting natural purifying facials for awhile and though it lessened my breakouts and even my skintone, I'm not really sure it was worth $70 every three weeks. I do think that chemical peels were more successful for me. I did fruit acid peels and then glycolics after my skin got used to them. Make sure you know what is going on your face. Ask questions. Understand the process. If anything they helped relax me which made me less stressed.

As for Neutrogena. Not a fan of most of their products with the exception of one or two of their moisturizers. If anything it broke me out more and didn't do a damn thing to unclog my pores. If anything it left a filmy residue on my skin no matter how much I rinsed. An astringent or clarifying lotion is good for very oily skin if it's PH balanced correctly. I suggest you hunt around for one that has AHA/BHA properties like the Alpha Hydroxy line which is cheap compared to the one your dermatologist wants you to buy. I get their products at Ulta or online. It really controls oil on my forehead to the point where after continual use, I no longer need to blot in the middle of the day. But if you use AHAs, it's reccommended that you not use them on the same nights as Retin-A. You also need to wear a high SPF to protect you from the sun. I use 30 SPF even in the winter.

Okay, I got back from the facial and I am traumatized. I had never had a facial before. The lady got this needle and prickled all my face and extracted everything I had and then put this thing on my face and then an ultraviolet light. She says it will heal and to make an appointment for three weeks from now. My whole face is red and I refuse to leave the house until it gets better. Is this normal??? Did I just pay 65 dollars to have a lady pop all my zits????

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