Renewed Confidence — Goodbye, Acne!

A few weeks ago, I talked about how I have been having a hard time posting blog entries (about skin care) due to recent breakout on the face and how having acne could really affect someone’s confidence, especially if it is of the severe type (read the blog post here).

Injecting some of the photos shot by my 8-year old niece.
Injecting some of the photos shot by my 8-year old niece.

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For more than a month now, I’ve been following a new skincare regimen as prescribed by the dermatology residents in UERM Hospital (free consultation *wink wink*). Here are the products I’ve been using day and night:

Morning:

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Clindamycin solution as toner
  • Azelaic Acid cream
  • Sunblock

Evening:

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Clindamycin solution as toner
  • Azelaic Acid cream
  • Clinique moisturizer

Clindamycin is an anti-bacterial agent while Azelaic Acid, aside from also being an anti-bacterial agent, also prevents development of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) into pimples. These two are effective for me since my pimples tend to be pustular (with pus). I also have a lot of comedones on my forehead so the Azelaic Acid cream helps in keeping them in that state (they did not disappear).

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All photos taken with iPhone5!

So, what have I learned after weeks of treatment? (I am still on this regimen, by the way, and I love it!) First, you should be diligent. Apply the prescribed treatment everyday without missing a dose. Even when I am on duty at the hospital, I never fail to use the toner and cream (talk about dedication!). Second is that you have to be patient. My acne did not disappear overnight. I noted the effect of the treatment on my skin after about a week of using it, and after two more weeks, I was happy with how I now rarely have pimples (because prevention is better than cure, always). Medicines are not like magic. You have to wait for them to take effect so, you just really have to be patient.

On another note, I just want to share how happy I am that I get to inspire some of you who read my posts. One reader sent me a message on Facebook, asking me how she’s supposed to deal with her teenage daughter’s acne problem which was having an impact on her self-esteem. I am not yet a licensed physician so after looking at the pictures of the skin lesion, all I could tell her was to take her daughter to the dermatologist since the acne was of the severe type. So they went to the dermatologist and updated me about the medicine prescribed to her daughter. It might be a simple thing but I was happy that I was able to raise awareness that acne does not only have an effect on the physical appearance of a person but also largely on one’s confidence.

So, what skin care products have you been using lately? 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not in any way promoting the use of Clindamycin toner or Azelaic acid without the doctor’s prescription. Note that medications are prescribed based on an individual’s needs (and skin type) so whatever works for me might not have the same effect on you. Moreover, Clindamycin solution should not be used chronically (for more than 3 months) since it is very likely for antibiotic resistance to develop. I just want to share with you how patience and diligence play a big role when using medications. 😉

*EDIT — August 6, 2015*

My regimen has been updated by one of the dermatology residents and I am so happy because I haven’t been experiencing breakouts recently. Also, my comedones are disappearing little by little. If you have skin issues and have been experimenting on different products for a long time already, maybe it is time to consult your doctor! 😉

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