Wednesday, 18 June 2014
30 Before 30 Update - Taking Serious Care of my Skin
When I decided to start this blog, I had envisioned it to revolve solely upon my 30 things to do before 30 list. Well that ship has long since sailed, and after taking a long hard look at my original list, and all the subsequent tasks still left to be done, I decided that I need to get a move on it - I am well into my twenty ninth year! The next task that I chose to get started on is an ongoing ordeal that I have been dealing with since my early teens - taking care of my skin or, more specifically, dealing with acne. Read on for the full story.
I have had some sort of acne for the better part of my life, usually mild but it has worsened in my adult years. Having adult acne is nature's cruel joke - just as you hope and pray to hurry into your twenties where you've been reassured will be the time that you grow out of it, it takes on a whole new level of gross. Having acne in your adult years lends to some pretty uncomfortable social situations - try being the girl that always wears makeup to the beach and pool, or rethinking an impromptu social invitation due to a particularly bad breakout. Not only do I deal with pimples, my face is a war zone of scars of pimples past, making me very guarded with who is able to see me sans makeup - don't even get me started on my ninja-like secret makeup application moves when first starting to date a guy! Years of feeling self conscious have left me fed up with the entire situation and ready to make a serious move to get my skin under control.
After waiting over a month for a referral from my Doctor, I finally had an appointment with a Dermatologist last week. I was happy that this particular doctor was open to listening to my concerns with more aggressive treatments, specifically Acutane - I'm just not comfortable with the side effects that go along with some of the more severe (albeit more effective) acne treatments. Plus you can't drink at all on Acutane, and Mama loves her gin so it was a deal breaker.
Enter Epiduo (or Tactuo as it's called in Canada). This topical gel boasts the power of two acne-fighting ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide and Adapalene, supposedly very effective in clearing up even the deepest of cystic acne (notice all the little white bumps that I have all over my top photo - those little guys become irritated and develop into large, swollen, red spots from hell.) The dermatologist went on about the additional benefits, but she had me at 'cures cystic acne' and it was everything I could do not to rip the prescription out of her hands and sprint my way to the nearest pharmacist to get it filled.
There is a catch though - the topical gel does take a minimum of 8 weeks before you start to see any results at all, and things will get much worse before they get better. I have been applying a pea-sized amount of Tactuo every night for a week, and already I am starting to feel the beginnings what promises to be an epic break out brewing. My face is also quite dry from using the gel, but this is a side effect that I was expecting based on the reviews that I had read online. No matter what the side effects, I am committed to using this gel diligently, and am hoping to report some sort of improvement within the next eight weeks.
Do you suffer from Acne? What have you found that has helped keep adult acne at bay? I would love to hear from you!
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