Hi, been having a busy weekend. I had a couple of days when I thought everything was getting better and now today I'm upset again. I try to hold out hope but it is so hard. The new derm was a QUACK.....sat about 3 feet from me and told me what he thought and what I should do all in about 5 minutes. I spent more time with the nurse who asked me about my medical history. He came in and I gave him the benefit of the doubt....said I'm using the right stuff already (finacea-azeleic acid) and glycolic acid cleanser. Then he wrote a prescription for dermatopix moisturizer and pelexion LOTION to be left on all day....well needless to say $150 later I'm really mad. I came home and checked to ingredients on the zerozit chart and they BOTH contain ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE and a couple other things that are rated a 4 or 5 on the comedogenic chart....Why would he prescribe something with ingredients that are known to clog pores??? He was an older guy and had been practicing for 35 years and says he uses the azeleic acid on his own pimples.....That was the only encouraging thing he said the whole time. Said to come back (for another $100 of course) in 4 weeks . Then the girl said that you don't see the dr from now on, you just see the practitioner.......I'M DONE with this guy. What a waste of money that I can't afford.
I've been using the finacea for about 10 days now. In some respects I thinkI see improvement and in others I see it worsening. It does seem to dry everything out, but I'll have to wait and see if it is actually preventing anything. Also, I cant tell if it will actually bring things to the surface first as well?? I wish more people would write about their experiences with azeleic acid. I hate playing the waiting game with this stuff. I am still tempted to increase the accutane to 3 pills per week but have not done so yet. I woke up this morning with a couple new ones and the stubborn ones that have been there are still there......they have been under the skin since about January in some cases. I hold out hope the the azeleic acid will work.
I will update throughout the week.