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Day 16

Day 7:

My skin began to feel extremely dry

Day 9:

Cetaphil moisturizer burns upon application, though I continue to use more as my face is incredibly dry and peeling.

Day 11

While I was on a 9hr international flight, my skin began to itch terribly and after I washed my face what looked like another staph infection (yellowish crust) began to cover my entire jaw/wherever I had broken skin.

Day 12

I return to the doctors, as my face is still itching and covered in puss filled yellow scabs. He takes culture tests and increases my Doxy to 200mg per day.

Day 15

The culture results are in and indeed, I have staph epidermidis. I'm prescribed Bactrim for the next 3 weeks and told to cleanse with Cetaphil.

This really starting to feel like a nightmare. Has anyone else suffered from recurring staph infections? What do you recommend for a moisturizer, as I believe I may be allergic to the Cetaphil brand. Any advice would be incredible.


Day 1

Today, I begin the road to recovery after completely ravaging my skin with: bad cosmetics (not washing them off, using bacteria laden brushes..), poor diet (fatty french foods), stress (traveler's lifestyle), touching/picking to the point of infection, and au naturale self treatments (including: oatmeal, honey, oil of oregano, zinc, omega 3, probiotics etc, etc!..)

After finally breaking down and visiting the doctor, I was diagnosed with a severe staph infection in the form of impetigo..I just completed 10 days treatment for that including antibiotics, antiseptic spray, anti-fungal cream, etc. This cleared things up a bit and today I start a new skincare regime as prescribed by my French dermatologist. With no alternatives, I plan to follow her advise with an open-mind and optimistic heart.


1. Tolexine Gé (Doxycycline Monohydrate) 100mg

Take at lunch time (12-2) with plenty of water and food for 3 months.

2. Pannogel 10 (Benzoyl peroxide 10%)

Apply every other night before bed.

3. Ketrel (Tretinoin Cream 0.05%)

Apply every other night before bed.

4. A-Derma Dermalibour Foaming Gel

Cleanse morning and night.

5. Avene Thermal Spring Water

Spray on after cleansing, leave for a few minutes and pat dry with a gauze compress.

6. Cetaphil Dermacontrol SPF 30 Cream

Apply in the morning after cleansing.

7. Stop taking vitamins/supplements


1. Eat Healthy

INCREASE: Veggies, Leafy Greens, Fish, Nuts, Avocado, Garlic, Whole grains, Water

DECREASE: Alcohol, Caffiene, Starch, Salt

STOP: Sugar, Refined Grain, Dairy, Processed Foods

2. Exercise & Relax

Walk at least an hour per day.

Practice yoga, pranayama, & abhyanga for at least one hour.

Create a relaxing environment with essential oils, candles, etc.

3. Cultivate the Mind

Focus on other interests and curiosities.

Consume at least 1 hr of intellectually stimulating content per day.

Stop mindless google browsing

4. Stop Touching, Picking, & Obsessing

5. Keep Makeup Clean and Noncomedogenic

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