My Acne Story - The Lost Deity

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Acne Story

My Acne Story

If there is one thing I could tell my younger self that will be -- love your skin.

I enjoyed my teenage years not putting any product on my face neither to visit facial centers and a dermatologist. I grew up having the thought that I don't need to take care of my skin too much. So the need for facial products like foam cleansers, toner, sunblock, etc. never crossed my mind.

I was 19 when I started having a red bump on my face. No big deal, as if it will be all over my face. This was the time I became engaged in facial products. I used ordinary soap to cleanse and MaxiPeel Cleanser to tone or clean my face. Luckily, that one big red spot said bye but it left a big black mark. It was a disaster! even concealer cannot cover it. Then, I heard of this eRaser product endorsed by Toni Gonzaga, which claims to lighten dark spots in two weeks. I used it. It worked but not really in two weeks. From time to time, acne says hello to me and I became reliant on the products I mentioned.

And here the real journey begins...

It was June - July of 2015, I was 20, my period was delayed for three weeks. One thing scares me. No period = Pregnant. In fact, my period is ALWAYS regular, though I am a heavy bleeder. So, I got scared and I visited an Ob-Gyn. No, I am not pregnant but she found out that I have an infection and probably it is the reason why my flow never came. She prescribed medication, an antibiotic and Provera (generic name: MedroxyprogesteroneThis is a hormone pill. It was given to me to treat my hormonal imbalance.

I got my period. BUT. Pimples started growing on my forehead and stayed there forever!

At first, It did not bother me. Then I realized to start doing something because it is getting WORSE!
I purchased the Anti-Acne Set of Celeteque because I heard a lot of positive reviews about it. I used it for over a month, nope it did not work for me.

Watch here my Skin Care Morning Routine ft. Celeteque and see how ugly my face because of my acne.

I even tried using bar soap like SafeGuard, Dr Alvin All in 1 Placenta set - Professional Skin Care Formula , Maxi-Peel and Flawless Anti-Acne Kit and Facial Treatment! None of these products worked on my problem. As my acne getting worst, I still couldn't find the right product to use.

But there were two products who work wonders for my acne!
Yes, these two were my companions for months. I use the Pond's Acne Clear Foam Cleanser at morning and night. While the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to spot treat my active acne at night and it works like magic. One thing I hate about this Apple Cider Vinegar is it smells so bad even you put just a very tiny amount.

These two work for the outside and not the inside. Acne grows, I used these two, acne dried out, here comes another. It is like a cycle. And I am getting tired of it.

After two years of struggling, fighting, and finding the right product, I went to a dermatologist for a consultation. Yes, it is PRICEY but for now, I want to make sure I will say bye to my acne FOREVER!

ACNE TREATMENT

On my first consultation, she gave me a prescription of Cloxacillin, basically, it is an antibiotic, which I need to take three times a day after meals for two weeks. Then, she gave me Clarifying Lotion # 1 and Acne Gel for spot treatment. She also told me that I will undergo a Tretinoin treatment or Accutane for 6 months so I have to monitor my Laboratory results, something for the blood and liver. The next consultation is in two weeks.


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With the antibiotic and topical treatments, I could tell that it got better. No more swollen red spots. Only the prominent dark spots which I know it is really hard to get rid off.



Left. Before treatment. Right. After two weeks of treatment.

On my second consultation, my doctor told me that I should avoid fatty foods. No more acne just marks. She said to just continue using Clarifying Lotion #2 and the Acne Gel but she gave me another product, the Hypo Liquid Soap. I got curious about the formula for this product and I found out that this product's formula almost the same with the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser.

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I mentioned earlier that I will undergo Accutane treatment, on my second consultation, she already gave me a prescription for this treatment.

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One Isotretinoin pill a day for one month.

There are some precautions taking this medicine, if it happens you should STOP taking it. First, you should not be pregnant and avoid getting pregnant for one year. Second, do not take if you are having blurring visions especially at night. Third, severe redness of the skin, headache and back pain.
My doctor also said that it is acceptable to have dry lips and drying of skin when under medication of Isotretinoin. To prevent dry lips, she gave me  Araderm Ointment 2.

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It is Day 1 of taking Isotretinoin. Good thing I haven't had redness, blurry vision, and headache. It is only Day 1, I don't know where this treatment will take me. We'll see.

I will give you more update on this journey and hopefully, acne is gone by then.

Talk to you later!

ZAM

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