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6 month update: Acne and the prescriptions

Back to the acne update post.. How has my acne been fairing since I started going on the prescription medication for acne?

It is now 6 and a half months since I started using prescription medication for my acne.  It has improved dramatically…I have stop breaking out in cystic acne, although I still have the normal occasional breakout.  Each breakout now last about a week instead of a month or two.   I’ve gone to the dermatologist for a follow-up  check up.  He did not have very much to say except to briefly mention that the medication is starting to work and then proceeded to prescribe more antibiotics.  He did tell my that the I should not apply the creams too close to my nose/mouth as it makes the skin shed like crazy.

I’ve also started a new skincare regime which are products (serum, moisturizer etc) all from the same brand.  This has helped with my acne scar healing.

These are my before pictures..

Acne 4 month update
Before medication (left); 2 months in (middle); 4 months in (right)
6 month acne update
6 month in

Now, look how far I’ve come!

I’m hoping my skin will improve even more!

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

My Acne and the prescription meds : My first 2 months

So, it’s been a little over 2 months since I visited the dermatologist.  I was prescribed an antibiotic and 2 creams to apply externally.  When I first started taking the prescription meds, my acne started to exponentially clear.  Now, my skin is clearer than before but the clearance has kinda plateaued.  Also, I’m still breaking out a little.  Here’s a brief timeline…

Week one and two:

I was starting to break out a little more than usual.  The breakouts are not the usual deep-under-the-skin spots but more of the little tiny red ones (the ones that are easy to pop! lol!).  I was flaking so much in these initial weeks.  My skin was really dry and it looked like it wanted to flake but did not.  This meant that my make-up did not adhere to my skin properly and the application was extremely patchy looking.

(I was told by a pharmacist that it’s meant to get worse for the first month as the body/skin starts to get used to the medication.  I went to the pharmacist because the doctor did not tell me anything.  She also did not seem friendly enough for me to pick up the phone to ask a simple question.)

The remaining weeks up to today:

I am still having breakouts (maybe about 2-3 zits a week) but it has calmed down a little when compared to before taking the medication.  The skin has gradually cleared up.  However, those really deep spots (the ones that don’t reach the surface) still take quite awhile to go away and sit there for weeks and weeks.  Sensitivity wise, my skin is not as bad as in the initial weeks but I still flake around the more sensitive areas like my nose, mouth, eyes and sometimes around the jawline.

To be honest, I have not been feeling great since taking the prescription meds.  After taking the antibiotics in the morning, I feel extremely nauseous.  Twice, I was about to throw up on the train on the way to work (I had to find a corner and concentrate on my breathing).  Depending on the brand of antibiotics, it’s not too bad when I take food with my antibiotics.  The nauseous feeling does go away after about 2 hours, so it’s not the whole day.  However, I tried one particular generic brand of antibiotics and it just makes me sick THE WHOLE DAY.  Recently, my stomach sometimes throws a fit and just hurts for no reason.  I actually feel extremely miserable taking my prescriptions and question why I’m doing this to myself.

To make sure I still have a healthy tummy environment, I’ve started taking probiotic drinks like Yakult and started eating yoghurt.  Hopefully, this can make my tummy feel better. 

Well, here’s the before and after:

Acne before & after
2 months into the medication. A little bit of improvement? Maybe?

I’ll keep you updated on how I go.. let’s hope it gets better from here!

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment

Paw Paw Ointment.  First impression of the name.. “SAY WHAAA??” Yes, ointment from Paw Paw or Papaya.  This was recommended to me for my massive blisters.

Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment

The texture for Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment is quite thick and if applied too thickly can be goopey and sticky.  The product does not absorb very quickly or very well.  However, this ointment is seriously a one-product wonder.   It has helped me in almost every possible way and I carry a small tub of this everywhere I go.

Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment
Ointment on hand
Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment
Ointment after massaged into the hand

Here’s what I use the PawPaw Ointment for:

  • Lip Balm
  • Conditioning my cuticles
  • Making my massive blisters calm down overnight (apply just before bed and wear some socks!)
  • Prevention of blisters caused by shoes (apply on sore spots and wear those shoes!)
  • Stop my nose from flaking after a full day of blowing my nose (apply just before bed!)
  • Soothing mosquito bites
  • Soothing mild eczema (make sure to only apply a very thin layer)
  • Helping minor burns heal (make sure to only apply a thin layer after the burn has started to heal)

Please note that I’m not a doctor and all these were tried and tested methods by me.  However, they have proved to work!

Conclusion:

I love this PawPaw Ointment and would not leave home without a small tub of it!

Where to buy:

Pharmacists, Coles, Woolworths

Price:

AUD$5.99 for 25g

AUD$11.99 for 75g

Have you used Lucas’ PawPaw ointment before?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Helloooo there!

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

I’ve been suffering from adult on-set acne (as you’ve probably already know…or not…) and have been trying out several creams, lotion & potions.  I was shopping at Kit Cosmetics for my usual Mario Badescu Control cream when I came across this Healing Cream from the same brand.  I loved the control cream a lot, so I decided to try the Healing cream too.  The salesperson also mentioned that this product is particularly for acne.

This healing cream is meant speed up the healing of red, irritated acne erupted skin (it prevents minor pimples from becoming inflamed).  This product looks like a light green/brown cream texture and smells quite like some sort of herbal scent.  When I opened the container, the product applies very smoothly, however, as time goes on, the product gets a little bit tackier/stickier.  If your skin is very sensitive (particularly from the acne treatment), the product can be a little harder to apply (due to the tug and pull of applying the cream) as the container is opened for longer periods of time and the product dries out slightly.  You should transfer the product to a separate container to ensure the texture remains the same.

After a few hours of applying this product, I feel that my face gets a bit too oily, especially in summer.  This is great when you are using really harsh acne treatment when the treatment dries out your skin.  What I see after applying this product overnight is that the redness from my acne is slightly reduced and after a few nights of use, the scars from the acne does not last as long.  For those of you who are acne sufferers, I think you would rejoice at this.

Picture picture!

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Conclusion:

If I were using harsh treatment that dries out my skin, I will definitely use this product.  I would however, separate the product into different containers to ensure the texture remains the same.

Price:

AUD$26.95 for 14ml

Where to buy:

Kit Cosmetics at Myer

Have you used anything to help with soothing your skin after using harsh acne treatment?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam