It's almost been a year since I went to a dermatologist to get my acne under control, and I'm so so glad I did. Progress takes time, and it couldn't be more true than in this instance.
Here's what has happened in the last few months, since there is a pretty big gap in between my last post:
DOXYCYCLINE: Doxycycline, although I'm sure was helping my skin, turned out to be a killer instrument in destroying my intestines, and I'm sure my liver. I was getting what I call stomach panic attacks. I would be out with friends at a concert, going to a show, out at a bar...and I would feel my intestines inflame. I'd break out in sweats, get a mini-fever, feel nauseous. It was pretty much ruining my social life. I couldn't drink, and couldn't drink coffee. I got this in some of the worst times: hawaiian luau, before seeing a show in NYC that we had to sell the tickets to, my engagement dinner. I was even diagnosed my panic attacks, something I knew I had never struggled with before. But the panic I would have would be because I knew what could happen to my body at a moments notice. I had to cut the Doxy out of my life before something serious happened.
And I did. The first 2 weeks or so, nothing changed with my skin, but I lost the stomach attacks. Then, about 3 weeks-a month into losing Doxy, my skin started to break out. I went to the dermatologist and told her I had to stop taking Doxy, and she gave me a 1.5% clindamycin and 5% benzyol peroxide lotion for the day, and to switch between my differing and retin-A at night.
I broke out A LOT. To a point, whereI thought my face was returning back to my skin I had almost a year ago. I was devastated, but I continued. I didn't pick at the large whiteheads that would appear on my face, because I could feel they were painful and deep as well. It wasn't the prettiest time. My skin was so parched, and nothing seemed to quench it. I tried products from Vichy, face oil, everything. I was peely, red, with inflamed acne and cysts: I thought I was never going to get out of this acne cycle.
But then! I bought a thing of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream from Sephora, and this was literally my life saver. It's gentle enough only to moisturize and not clog pores, and not make my inflamed skin even more irritated. 2 weeks later...my skin was clear. It was like everything finally met together and worked.
My skin is SO SMOOTH. I never thought I'd say that!! I hope this lasts, crossing my fingers and toes.
There was some real repercussions with taking Doxycycline. I can't drink coffee anymore, and can't even drink more than one cup of black tea. Beer and wine seems to now be okay with me, which is nice. Stronger drinks I haven't really delved into. I take probiotic shots, which I did when I was on Doxy, to replenish my good bacteria.
I hope my journey helps you. Feel free to comment and ask questions! Acne's hard, you guys.
Purity by Philosophy facewash
1% Clindamycin and 5% Benzol Peroxide (Generic. Had to mix the two together, lasts 3 months)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Purity by Philosopy face wash (mixed with dermatologica daily exfoliant or Lush's bare angels or other light exfoliant)
EITHER - Retin-A 0.025 (generic) OR Differin 0.3%
If I'm super dry: a little bit of aforementioned First Aid Beauty cream
Spot treatment: aforementioned Clindamycin/Benzol Peroxide lotion
DAILY: Yasmin birth control.