Acne Update and YoDerm IV

Wow…all I can say is wow.  My face is the clearest it has ever been in years!

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Week 8– Right before I started my new treatment plan

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Week 4

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Week 1

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This is my new regimen that I’ve been using for a month::

AM:
– Onexton
– Minocycline
– Sunscreen
PM:
– Epiduo Forte
– Minocycline
– Moisturizer

 

Onexton and Epiduo Forte are topical and the Minocycline is an oral medication.

YoDerm Update I 

YoDerm Update II

YoDerm Update III

 

What is YoDerm? — Basically YoDerm is a dermatologist that you visit online.  I’m all for trying new things and I thought what the heck! You fill out what they call a “consultation” which is a detailed form about your past acne medications and treatments, how long you’ve had acne, and the like. And you also submit three pictures of your face! The fee for the consultation is $59.00

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^^^ If you would like to try YoDerm follow this link to get $20 off your first consultation! ^^^

:: Again, I’m not sponsored or paid by YoDerm to talk about them.  After my first consultation I was given a code to share with my friends that allows them to start at a discount and I will get a $20 gift card from Amazon if anyone signs up::

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Acne Update and YoDerm III

I just had my follow up visit via the inter-webs with my dermatologist! I don’t see a lot of improvement in my skin but I know that this is a process so I’m not giving up or feeling bad about my experience.  My dermatologist is going to make some changes to my regime and I’ll report back to her in another two months.

Week 1 (Hadn’t started any medications)

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Week 4 (four weeks on meds)

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Week 8 ( 8 weeks on meds)

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I’m still getting new spots and I do think with the medications they are drying up faster but like I said it is not a huge improvement.

This is my new regimen I start today!

AM:
– Onexton
– Minocycline
– Sunscreen
PM:
– Epiduo Forte
– Minocycline
– Moisturizer

 

Onexton and Epiduo Forte are topical and the Minocycline is an oral medication.

YoDerm Update I 

YoDerm Update II

 

What is YoDerm? — Basically YoDerm is a dermatologist that you visit online.  I’m all for trying new things and I thought what the heck! You fill out what they call a “consultation” which is a detailed form about your past acne medications and treatments, how long you’ve had acne, and the like. And you also submit three pictures of your face! The fee for the consultation is $59.00

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^^^ If you would like to try YoDerm follow this link to get $20 off your first consultation! ^^^

:: Again, I’m not sponsored or paid by YoDerm to talk about them.  After my first consultation I was given a code to share with my friends that allows them to start at a discount and I will get a $20 gift card from Amazon if anyone signs up::

Acne Update and YoDerm II

So I thought my skin was doing better until like right after I posted my initial update last week and then it was like a bolt of lightning and my skin broke out so bad!   But I was warned (as with most acne treatments) that there is a purging time and your skin will get worse before it gets better.

Here is what I looked like 4 weeks ago…

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Today…

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I picked up round two of my prescriptions yesterday and I’m scheduled to have another virtual appointment in four more weeks.  Thankfully I really haven’t had any problems with my skin drying out but I have had some dandruff which is usual for me.  When I tried Proactive years ago my face was still oily but was red, itchy and had dry patches and my scalp got sooo dry!   I’ll get monitoring and hopefully my scalp will adjust, dandruff sucks! But not as bad as acne… 🙂

See my first update:: Acne Update and YoDerm and me in the future… here is update 3

 

^^^ If you would like to try YoDerm follow this link to get $20 off your first consultation! ^^^

:: Again, I’m not sponsored or paid by YoDerm to talk about them.  After my first consultation I was given a code to share with my friends that allows them to start at a discount and I will get a $20 gift card from Amazon if anyone signs up::

Acne Update and YoDerm

So…. if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I’ve struggled with acne for what seems like forever.  We are talking about over half my life (great now I feel old…) I thought (and my parents thought) that this was just the normal run of the mill teenage acne and it would clear up but as I’m looking at hitting my 3rd decade of life this year and STILL have the pesky horrible bumps I decided that I should let a professional handle this.   If anyone has ever had acne you know what a toll it takes on your self esteem.  And you’ve probably heard from everyone what you should do.  And guess what you’ve probably done it all!  I swear I have used every single over the counter acne wash and treatment plan known to man.  Chemical, natural, nothing at all…. I’ve done it all and nothing works for an extended period of time.  I was browsing Pinterst late one night (don’t we all…) and saw an ad for YoDerm.  I will start out by saying YoDerm has absolutely no clue who I am or that I’m doing this.  I’m not sponsored by the company and honestly I don’t know how I feel about them yet anyways.

Basically YoDerm is a dermatologist that you visit online.  I’m all for trying new things and I thought what the heck! You fill out what they call a “consultation” which is a detailed form about your past acne medications and treatments, how long you’ve had acne, and the like. And you also submit three pictures of your face! The fee for the consultation is $59.00.   Honestly I was willing to pay this amount because a few weeks earlier I had decided to finally book an appointment with a local dermatologist and found someone covered by my insurance and booked an appointment… for four weeks out.  That was the fastest they could get me in.  And the office visit was going to cost me $50.00.  So for $9 more I could have a doctor get back to me within 48 hours… Sounds like a win-win.

Right now YoDerm is available in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Washington, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota & Colorado;  As this is where they have licensed dermatologists.

I filled out the consultation and submitted my photos on Wednesday night March 30 and before 6pm on Thursday March 31, my assigned Doctor had reviewed my information and sent me my treatment plan and my prescriptions had already been sent to the pharmacy I had requested on my consultation form.  My treatments plan is as follows::

AM:
– Aczone
– Sunscreen
PM:
– Aczone
– Differin
– Acticlate
– Moisturizer

So I have three different medications.  Aczone and Differin are topical and Acticlate is oral.  Today is 3 weeks since I’ve started the process and I can see some minor changes.  I know that this is not going to be an overnight fix and my instructions were to use the three products for two months before getting back in touch with my dermatologist via YoDerm.

I am hopeful that my acne will finally be cleared up and I want to help other people who have the same issues.  I know what it is like to hate your face and skin and if I can help one person then its worth it 🙂   Next Friday I will include an update with pictures of what my face looks like now compared to my initial submitted pictures which are below.  And trust me this is my skin on a good day and it has improved since my teenage acne but its still not great.

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^^^ If you would like to try YoDerm follow this link to get $20 off your first consultation! ^^^

:: Again, I’m not sponsored or paid by YoDerm to talk about them.  After my first consultation I was given a code to share with my friends that allows them to start at a discount and I will get a $20 gift card from Amazon if anyone signs up::

** Updates– Update 2; Update 3; Update 4

Clarisonic Review

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I finally broke down and bought a Clarisonic about nine months ago.  I have debated with myself for several months over if I should buy one or not.  It just seemed like a lot of money to pay for a motorized brush for my face. I should have broken down earlier! I love my Clarisonic and have seen such an improvement in my skin since I’ve been using it.

I have super oily, acne prone skin.  When I say oily I mean I can fill up three blotting sheets in less then 2 hours of putting on make up.  While I don’t think the Clarisonic has “cured” my horrible skin, it has led to improvement.  I feel like my skin is cleaner and more of my make up is removed when I wash my face.  Also I think the texture of my skin has improved dramatically.

When I first got my Clarisonic I used it twice a day, morning and night. After about two weeks I just started using it at night.  My routine at night is to use coconut oil to remove my make up. I slather the oil on my face and then wipe my face off with a make up removing wipe.  After that I wet my face and the Clarisonic Brush.  Then I put what ever face-wash I am using on brush and a little on my face and go to town!

Several times I have just used the coconut oil and a wipe and then used my hands to wash my face.  Then I take another wipe and go over my face again, there is still make up on my face!  I have done the same thing after using the Clarisonic and there was virtually nothing on the wipe.

I bought my Clarisonic Mia from Amazon.  There are several different models and styles but I just went with the basic, no frills model and I am very happy with it.