Well my acne as improved a ton since i stopped paying attention to my face other than washing it. No more picking, popping and squeezing. And my cysts and inflamed pimples when away, now i only get whiteheads. Sometimes my face is awesome, can go a few weeks without anything major, (1-2). But sometimes i get it pretty bad, and get about (4-5). Right now, im doing pretty good, but have about 3-4 whiteheads unpopped. It don't even bother me anymore since i just stopped worrying about my face, picking and popping gave me inflamed pimples and cystic acne. Wash 2 times a day and don't pay attention to it anymore.
Anyways, im going to derm tomorrow, and want to know what i should say, if anything. I have quite a few red spots that i want faded. (When i made this appt, my face was on a 4 week clear period, so i was going for chemical peel for red marks)
But now, my face started getting more oily for a little while and now pimples are coming back. So don't know if chem peel helps at all with actual pimples and prevention.
What do you guys think i should ask for, and what not to ask for. Face really isnt that oily anymore, since i stopped overwashing and jacking with it. But I do have pretty sensitive skin too.
Last edited by dfwgoodguy; 01-19-2005 at 04:03 PM.
Hm, since you don't get cysts anymore, you may want to ask to try Differin. It makes your face a bit red at first--no, actually almost a tan color (for me at least). It didn't even make me peel at all, and I have VERY sensetive skin.
However, if he perscribes Retin-A Micro, make sure it's .04%, because if you get the .1%, you'll be having fun with a ripped up, raw, and incredibly red face.
I would not neccesarily agree with that stuff about Retin-a. I used the .04% for about 5 months and then switched to the .1%. In that situation there was no noticable difference in the amount of peeling. There isnt much peeling at all. Only problem with Retin-a is that it doesnt really help the oiliness of the skin. Need clay or something for that.
I have been down that road before with wanting to do something about the red spots and still having some active acne. All I can say is, good luck!
I have found (and I have been to several derm's, hoping one of them would be different) that they won't do anything for the red marks until you are 100% clear. And if you think about it, that does make sense. Why would you want to do something to improve the red marks, only to get more red marks in a couple of weeks. That would be a waste of your money.
However, every derm seems to me a little different so you will need to let us know how you make at. With this being your first visit I would imagine that will probably put you on something like Minocycline and Retin-a-micro...that seems to be a pretty common "starting place"