Thursday, October 22, 2009

Skin Diary + Update

Good morning everyone! I know it has been a long time since my last post. Actually, aside from my job hunting experience, I don't know what to post this past week. I don't feel like posting any FOTD/EOTD because my skin is acting up (again!) and I don't feel like putting on makeup for a week already. I also don't feel like doing any product reviews coz I have not tested them that much too since I stopped using all the new products I bought for 2 weeks already to isolate the cause of my breakouts. And I don't want to give you all any reviews that I'm not confident about so I decided to start testing them when I'm clear again.


I want to show everyone a picture of my face now but it is not possible as of the moment coz I don't have a digital camera with me so I decided to just describe it..I know this is gross but bear with me please since I also use my blog as a diary on my skin progress so I will know my progress..here goes..

I have a lot of cystic acne that doesn't go away and keeps on multiplying..it started 3-4 weeks ago with one huge red acne that is so painful on my right cheek and another one that had not yet erupted but you can already feel it under your skin. I had the painful one injected by my doctor..I asked her if she can inject the deep one too so that it won't breakout anymore but she couldn't feel it that time and decided not to do anything..then a few days later, that deep one became a big red bump that doesn't cause any pain or have any sign of pus formation. So I just let it be and I also don't have any extra money for another visit to my dermatologist anyway at that time. Then a few days passed by and another big red bump appeared just an inch below (near my nose) then after a couple of days another one appeared still on my right cheek..so I thought, maybe this is caused by my dirty pillowcase again since I usually sleep on my right side (this is the most comfortable position for me) and the only place on my face that have acne is my right cheek..so I tried sleeping on my left side that night..lo and behold, when I woke up, I have a new zit on my left cheek! Eversince that day, I tried my best in sleeping flat on my back and stay that way throughout the night..but it is so hard..I then tried sleeping with just my temple on my pillow last night hehe so that my cheeks won't be in contact with my pillow again..but sadly, when I woke up today, I have a new zit on my temples..waaaaaaah!!!! I really don't know what to do anymore..my topical meds don't work on cystic acne because mine are caused by deep seated bacteria that just waits for an opportunity before erupting..

I know, you all are wondering why I allowed my skin to become worst before I consulted my derma..the reason is because I'm so unfortunate..kidding aside, she is out of of the country for a convention in Germany for 1.5 months..I'm supposed to visit her for a checkup before she go but my grandparents are here in Manila and there was a typhoon that time so I have no time to go..she will be coming back on November 15 (i think)..I don't think I can wait that long so I called her clinic to ask for the schedule of her reliever but our sched don't match so I will just set an appointment this weekend for a checkup..I hope everything will get back to normal..I really am hating my skin right now and I don't want to look in the mirror any more coz all I see are my huge zits :(

LESSON I LEARNED: Keep your pillow case fresh and clean every night and try to sleep on your back so that the dirt and oils ffrom your hair and pillow won't come in contact with your precious skin..also, this can give you an instant face lift because of gravity..

Thank you so much for reading this very long post..please give me some suggestions on what else can I do to prevent breakouts..till next time :)

11 comments:

GirLWithGLasses said...

hi crystal :)

oh no... i hope you get better soon...

take care girl...

Pammy said...

Oh no! It will get better soon. :)

Chelle said...

Sorry to hear that... try placing a clean towel over your pillow so you won't get the germs from the pillow, or change the pillow cover if you can =) hope that helps!

Ida said...

i've also been having bad breakouts lately and i hate it! i hope your skin clears up soon :)

Soapaholic said...

Oh no, sis, I'm so sorry to hear that. Especially since I think of you as my anti-acne comrade! Hehe. Are you still using the meds from your derma, sis? Maybe you should stop everything you're using except those.X_X I know it's hard for curious girls like us, right? Well, I'd really really like to recommend Proactiv since it worked SO WONDERFULLY on my skin but I actually still think that being monitored by a good derma is better, and it seems like your derma is good.:) Plus it also has mixed reviews. Do try a topical antibiotic like Bactroban or even Terramycin on the cystic ones though, especially if they're painful. I really really hope the breakout goes away soon!!! Let us know.:)

Askmewhats said...

sis try not to stress and worry more about it as it may aggravate more... *hugs* hope she comes back!!!

Crystal Gale said...

Jing - hi! thank you sis :)

Pammy - thank you! I hope so too :)

Chelle - hi! thanks for the suggestion..I now plan to buy 7 cotton pillow cases :)

Ida - oh no! I hope you get better soon too..

Soapaholic - I know what you mean hehe..naku I don't think Proactive will work for me coz I don't respond to benzoyl but thanks for the suggestion..I'm really happy for you coz you responded well to it..let's continue to update each other with products for our acnes :)

Nikki - thank you! I'll try to do that..I'm really a paranoid when it comes to my skin hehe I can't stop thinking..I hope she comes back soon :)

herroyalbleakness said...

oh gale, i can relate... alot! minsan nga i feel like i can live with cystic pimples for the rest of my life, like they're pretty much a part of me already.

i think finding a very good derma is the key sis. ive tried soooo many products only to figure out that i should've consulted a skin doctor for my problem since day one. im really surprised na pwede naman i-battle yung cystic acne and they can be eliminated :)

i noticed that puyat (yep, sleeping at 2,3,4,5 am) breaks me out sa chin area, kaya avoid it. tas eat lots of fruits and vegies... madalas kasi ine-eliminate natin siya sa meals. lastly, get a good skincare line to maintain a great skin.

Crystal Gale said...

hi arg! since I have found a good derma already, I think sleeping early and eating lots of veggies ang kulang ko hehe I'm not really fond of veggies kasi..medyo mapili ako sa gulay..I'll google about the veggies and fruits that can help with my skin.. thank yoU! =)

abby said...

hey there! This is abby, remember??? I'm really sorry if I wasn't able to text you back again before..My cellphone got a virus, so aun, it's gone, along with my contacts! I was browsing through my side column when I noticed your post. I remmber I owe you a huge THANK YOU! for directing me to your derma. ABout my skin, super nag-improve na. i don't have huge bumps anymore, just few whiteheads (which may turn out to be cystic pimples anythime, but I'm hoping they won't). Pero great improvement tlaga. ung marks lang tlaga prob ko. Tahnk you talaga! kc I really found help from Dra. Michelle. super bait and accomodating nya. Too bad she's out of the country right now, so like you, I am very worried. kc anytime pwede ako mag-break out ulit. steroid withdrawal daw kc, pwedeng bumalik, so aun. Sana talaga umuwi na c dra. michelle sooon noh! I haven't had an appointment with the reliever, kc parang i feel more comfortable kung c doc nlng kesa iba. and wla nmn tlga kong prob n emergency so i think i could wait. what topical nga pla ung sau? ung nagwork s'kin acne repair. and the rest are blahs. hehe. hirap kc pag steroidal acne. one of the worst daw sbi ni doc. Aww sis, I feel for you. I hope that your skin would be okay already....update us ha???? During the times n super down p nmn ako, i usually browse on your blog, kc it uplifts me n may pag-asa pang bumalik ung skin ko. will pray for you, and for me din n magtuliy-tuloy n tong pagclear up. don't worry too much. bka anxiety din cause nyan. huuuuggggg. don't feel too bad. This too, shall pass =)

Crystal Gale said...

abby - hi! I'm so happy to hear that your skin is getting better na..I'm glad your skin is responding to Dra. Manuel's regimen..it will take time for everything to clear up especially the marks hehe I still have some and now I have more because of my last breakout haha my skin easily gets scars kasi so it's really hard for me to be scar free..by the way, thank you din for the sweet words..my skin is better now..no more painful bumps so I'm happy..and yeah, I hope Dra. Manuel returns soon! :)