a month ago
I will be doing a 6 month review here so as of today this is my review. I feel because you do go through a purge and have to get used to it that it’s better to have a play by play than anything. Background- I have hormonal acne. I had clear skin until I was 20 and went off the pill. My face blew up. I went back on the pill and my face went back to Ok but never back to normal. I’m 27 now and last year I decided to go off the pill again. My face didn’t explode but it’s not great. When I sent int my photos it was freezing cold in my city, I had just gotten out of a very hot shower, and my acne was as red as a pepper. I had a huge inflamed cyst on the side of my face and a number of clusters near my mouth. It was not pretty. I didn’t feel that the skin test/review was all that great. There should have been a couple pages worth of questions about daily life, items used, health, etc. Tomorrow I will be on Curology for a month. I am 4% Azelaic Acid, 4% Niacinamide, 1% Clindamycin. I hear this is pretty much the trial version that most people get. So much for “Everyone’s skin is different.” I ordered on the 15th of December, got it on the 20th, started using it right away. I didn’t have any feelings about the cleanser- mild, not exciting. Easily duped by drugstore. The moisturizer also wasn’t super exciting having come from more luxury and drug store versions. The gel formulation is nice but it isn’t enough for my skin. I actually need to use a pump of squalene to get enough moisture. Being a month in I can note that the top of my cheek bones, which get those tiny impacted pores, are super smooth. That’s about it as far as the healing goes. My acne hasn’t calmed down. I’ve got a cluster at the corner of my mouth and the stuff gave me a horrible impacted pore under my eye that was the grossest thing I had to deal with all month. As of today, 1 day short of a month, I’ve run out of my mixture. I used a pump every day at night and that was it. I’m hoping to have my new bottle soon. If you stop using clindamycin for too long, because it’s a antibiotic, it stops working effectively. That’s one of the reasons why dermatologists will no longer offer it as a oral remedy for acne- people stop taking it before a course is finished and you mess up the way it works for your body. Month 2: ordered the bigger bottle and after less than half a month it’s already pretty much done. Getting thick, congealed globs in it. However, my skin is actually doing a bit better. I’m still purging on my cheeks where I never got acne before, but, my jaw line is clearing up. It’s kind of a trade off I guess. I’m a little put off still as I think the introduction of Vitamin C has been helping more than the Curology at this point. At this point my 1 star is not changing and I don’t see myself continuing past the 6 month mark at the current cost.
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