Monday, October 15, 2012

Working on my ....ACNE

Hello Everyone! I know it has been quite a few months since I last blogged but I let a lot of things get in the way and now I am back to blogging. I have a lot of products to talk about, but I wanted to start off with a skin care post.

As you may or may not know, I battle with acne, more so, the cystic kind that deforms your face when it flares up. Yes, all acne is bad but when you experience one type so much, you almost wish for anything but what you’re experiencing.

Over the years, I have tried over-the-counter products, to seeing my PCM to get something written for me but I never saw a general Dermatologist. Maybe I was scared or maybe I was trying to make myself believe it wasn’t bad enough to see a specialist. After our move to Las Vegas, I tried new products to treat my acne (even bought a Clarisonic) started using many products to treat it and it would work for a week, then I would flare up. I changed my diet (no dairy), I made sure to take the right vitamins, I tried natural skin care and nothing would work. I finally decided to go without make-up, simple cleanser and moisturizer and see what would happen. I found out that my face my flare up due to my hormones (time of the month). At that point I knew, nothing I did on my side of things would work and I needed to see a specialist.

Two weeks ago, I saw a Dermatologist and at first, he wanted to put me on Accutane because it is the most effective way to get rid of acne for good. However, I wanted to go a less intense route first and re-visit it if this doesn’t work. He wrote me a prescription for Atralin (night-time use, will cause peeling of skin and is used to treat acne) and Aczone (daytime, used to treat acne). I won’t go into details on both products because I am not a doctor and I highly suggest anything that is prescription related, you should do your own research and talk to your doctor.

As it stands, I am over a week into my treatment and my face is peeling/drying out pretty bad. For the Atralin, it says to keep it away from the cracks of your nose and your mouth, I have but for some reason, it still has caused severe drying and cracking. I won’t lie, when I wash my face with my Cetaphil cleanser, I cry and shout out loud because it feels like I am washing my face with acid. I was close to my breaking point last night but my wonderful husband said to me “Even though your face is really red right now, it looks the smoothest it has looked in a long time.” Right there, is why I am just going to continue to suck it up and continue on with the medication. He even told me that I need to just stay inside (lol, I am wondering now if I am that ugly) and that if it is still bad on the weekend, he would go get the grocery’s for me. Such a wonderful man and he still tells me I am beautiful, even though I look hideous.

I will end my blog entry here and will post a ‘before’ when I feel like I have an ‘after’ picture worth sharing.

1 comment:

  1. Acne is one of the most difficult skin problems to treat. It’s sad that you had to experience such pain while treating it. Well, I hope the product the dermatologist recommended to you starts working soon. To help out your acne treatment, try to wash your face daily with mild soap and water. It can help a lot in cleansing your face before applying any treatment.

    >Marc Bryan