I think that I’ve learned my lesson. Well. It’s going to be a New Year’s Resolution for me to visit the dermatologist every month. AND I MEAN EVERY MONTH!
Way back last July, I was happy with my face. And my dermatologist. She would tell me that it would be at least one cycle for the skin, which was three months, to reveal younger, better looking skin as long as it was well-maintained , and cleaned ( by the dermatologist ).
Well, I sinned. In the name of beauty. After July, I didn’t show up until this December! My schedule pretty much hindered me from visiting my dermatologist even if she was just a few streets away from me, and when I started breaking out just last week, to the point that I was already depressed over them. Shallow as it may seem, hey, I live for beauty. I was telling my dermatologist, “Look at me, look at me” with such a helpless face, and her explanation to me was,
“Dearie, you let more than 3 months pass you by without cleaning. What happened was that there was buildup of dead skin cells, and dirt.”
Wahh…:( Despite my religious skin care regimen of applying AHAs, night creams, squeaky cleaning my skin before I go to bed, apparently, it wasn’t enough. My dermatologist explained to me that my skin was just unusually oily, had microcomedones ( I don’t have those occasional breakouts, really, but my pores just secrete so much oil ), and my face just has to undergo cleaning and intense exfoliation ( like diamond peeling ) every month to ensure non-buildup of oil, and to further prevent breakouts. Sounds complicated? Well, just take it like this : I’m one of those unlucky enough to need to go to the dermatologist every month, and I’m dead envious of those people who don’t even need to go to dermatologists with their just effortless, pore-less skin. Oh well, life is still good because she’s just a few blocks away from me!
With that, she prescribed to me two topical antibiotics and antiacne medicine : Differin Cream (Adaplene ) and Sansacne Gel ( Erythromicin ). Sansacne Gel draws out the dirt from the skin, makes the comedones surface and “ripe” enough for cleaning in time, and differin calms the redness of breakouts. I love Sansacne because it feels alcohol-y on the skin ( I know, alcohol is bad for the skin but I so love the feeling , this isnt alcohol anyway haha ), and after my injections for my four bumps ( this is a first, I swear, I never get cystic acne ), and applying medicine for two straight days, my face has calmed down, and the bumps have flattened. Apparently injections speed up the healing process of the inflamed comedones ( meaning, the visible red pimples ), and dry up in days. My skin’s fine right now, with the exception of marks. I need to get rid of those. Fast.
So for all of you who have flawless perfect skin, thank God! You don’t need to splurge so much on dermatologist treatments. For those who have extremely oily skin like me – well, just be thankful that our skins don’t dry up that fast, and we will have wrinkles later than the normal skinned ones – just don’t forget your sunblock!
Tata for now!