It’s been two years since I met my dermatologist, and I’m about as happy as I can be – skin-wise. Looking at my skin now, it was just a far cry from my problematic skin years ago, when I convinced my mom that I really needed to see a dermatologist. My mom and dad had good skin, so they did not understand my comedone issues, and think that my zits will just go away if I start ignoring them. Good thing I was very assertive – that my skin’s looking better now! I also do not mind the effort, and money spent – my dermatologist’s charges quite reasonably, and the results are more than reasonable! haha!
Hello! This is my Halloween photo for you guys. Guess what I am? I am…the Betadine ghost! Figure out why! Hahaha!
Kidding aside, this was a photo of me taken right after my appointment with my dermatologist, Dr. Marledi Dizon. I just had my monthly cleaning session + PCA Skin Peeling Session. The “betadine effect” is the Aesthetic Peel applied on me to complete and enhance my skin’s exfoliation process. I went home like that – good thing I didn’t commute, as I was planning to do so! Would have really scared someone. Hahaha!
Thinking about it now, it’s been two years since I first visited her office, seeking help because of my pimple-infested skin, with lots of inflammations and comedones (whiteheads+blackheads )! We started out with mild extractions, diamond peels, and changing my skin care, and progressed with PCA Skin Peels. During the first few visits, I had so much injections because of my inflammations, and the first few months made me switch to Obagi Clenziderm ( I finished around two sets ) for clearing my comedone-infested face. I was also introduced to MaMa Lotion ( now called M2 Refinish ) that really changed my life ( a MUST-have for all oily skinned people out there, take my word for it ), and thinking about it, all the skin care recommendations by my dermatologist, plus her gentle, but effective cleaning and peels on me, really made my skin improve. I can also credit my good skin to my switching to mineral makeup years ago, as they don’t clog my pores and cancel out my treatments, and be at war with my skin for some instant beauty. Mineral makeup is just heaven sent! Right now, my dermatologist could only smile at how drastic the improvement of my skin is – as she’d glide on a part of my face and exclaim on how fine the area is already, but still manage to treat some remaining areas that still need some work.
I found myself admiring my bare face for days before my session with my dermatologist as well. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have the perfect skin, nor have fine, flawless skin. I still have depressed scars – a reminder of my reckless youth, and spots here and there, as remnants of my acne days. It’s just that comparing my face two years before and now, it’s just unbelievable that my skin’s improved that much. The inflammations have been kept at a minimum – I hardly use spot treatments because I don’t have any spots to treat, and the pores on my nose are finer now. I guess, my competent derma Dr. Marledi’s techniques, plus her skin care wisdom and recommendations have really helped my skin. I’m a happy, happy girl. Before, I could not go to clients without applying makeup and such. Now, I could just wear my skin bare on normal days because I’m a “bit” confident about my skin ( not quite, but going there already ).
With my routine of Nu Skin’s Pure Cleansing Gel + Clindamycin Toner + Nu Skin Celltrex Hydrating Fluid by day, and M2 Skin Refinish by night, I was advised by my dermatologist to try to switch from antibiotic toners ( which is the clindamycin ) to something non-antibiotic, as antibiotic toners tend to make skin resistant/immune to it in a short span of time, so my clindamycin toner is now changed to a more gentle glycolic toner. I was also nagged by Dr. Marledi that the best anti-aging product is sunblock, so no matter how potent my serums are, sunblocks are always #1. With my whining on greasy sunblocks has her excitedly tell me that there’s a new, phenomenal sunblock product that the distributors of M2 Skin Refinish have brought in Manila – it’s called SkinWithin Sunblock. When it glided in my skin, it felt like super-waterbased, so I immediately got one for me ( I’m THAT easy to please! ) I will be updating you how it goes on me, and if it is worth the 2,000php I splurged on this. Haha!
Anyways, orange-faced me will be experiencing facial peeling for the next few days as an effect of my monthly peeling sesh, but will totally be patient and excited with my new, good skin! Whoopee!!
So girls who are planning on self-medicating, specially those who have problem with comedones and acne, I really advise against that. I did that before, and it left me scars. I think I was a bit late when I came around and sought a dermatologist’s ( a good one ) help, but if given the chance, I would have saved all my allowance money to see a dermatologist when my skin was still fresh enough to save. The scars are going to be more expensive to have fixed, I tell you!
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*If you’d like to get in touch and give my dermatologist a try, a regular cleaning session costs P 1,500.00 ( with glycolic peel, I believe ) while a more customized cleaning + PCA Skin Peel costs around P 2,500.00 per session. Totally worth it! I am a paying client, and am not paid to endorse her. I just happen to love her services, and will be sticking with her for good. Haha! You can get in touch by calling her secretary at ( 02 ) 711-91-86 ( Dr. Marledi Dizon ). Her office is at Hi-Precision Diagnostics in Retiro, Quezon City