Diaries Magazine

Zit Attack

Posted on the 13 September 2011 by Tisay91

They say that vanity comes with being a woman and I  beg to disagree. As a woman I am not that overly preoccupied with my looks. Rather I am particular with how healthy my skin is. Since my high school years I have been one of those girls who have an average type of skin. A little bit oily, having minor breakouts here and there, but all seems well with my skin. During my college years, I could say that the condition of my skin was getting better. Maybe because I am done with my puberty years. And my hormones have decided to stick to their “woman” level and not something in between.

After I got my first job, my skin was at its best! Though my job requires me to put in forty hours of work a week, my skin coped with it and all of the other pressures and stress that comes with the job. I go to work with minimal make-up on. Work on the weekdays and party during the weekends, but it was all okay.

As I age and being exposed to the environment (which is sad to say gradually deteriorating) daily, it is but unavoidable that skin problems would surface. Just last month, I had been under a tremendous amount of stress (see my previous blog) and my skin could not take it any longer resulting to a few breakouts. *sigh* This prompted me to see my skin’s best friend: Dermatologist Dr. R. Eusebio.

I had been under her care even before I got my first job up until now (six years and counting). She is not that aggressive when it comes to treating my skin problems because for her they are just “minor” pimples that pop up every now and then. Easy for her to say, when it is I who would see these small red spots every waking day.

At the first sight of my stubborn pimples I called her clinic for an appointment, unfortunately she was not around as she was in a conference held outside of the city and she would not be back after two weeks (that’s just great— I told myself). Anyway, I searched through my magazines at home (Cosmo Philippines) for some worthwhile advice about getting rid of pimples, I even tried the web. But to no avail, they all tell the same story — having a good skin takes time and pimples won’t disappear overnight.

However, I remembered a story of a friend on how she got rid of her pimples back in her high school days. I searched for her homemade remedy on the web and of how effective it was, and to my surprise her concoction was indeed popular for girls who suffer from stubborn pimple. Her secret? Eskinol facial cleanser + clindamycin. Yes, you heard me right.

Desperate as I was, I tried it for myself. I went to the nearest mall and got myself a small bottle of Eskinol facial cleanser and used it to dilute a 300mg capsule of clindamycin which is by the way one of the leading antibiotics used in treating acne.

Zit attack

I have never tried Eskinol before even if it had been popular for so many years now. I remember back when I was twelve, girls my age had been using this product to clarify their skins. I wanted to try it once, but my mom was skeptic about it. She said it may make my skin ugly or worse “burn” it.

There is no turning back now as I have it on hand already. After washing my face with Dr. R. Eusebio’s Glycolic soap, I patted dry and moistened a cotton ball with my new-found concoction. I swiped gently it on my face starting with my forehead and gawd! It stings! I had to run in front of a fan to cool off my face. I told myself maybe that’s a normal reaction since I am a new user. So I tried again on my temples and worked my way down to my chin gently. It was adjusting and was okay now. Whew! I did this twice a day — morning and night-time.

A week after using this product the condition of my skin did not improve. My skin became dry and too tight. So I asked another friend who was an AVON dealer if she had any product that can cure my pimple problem and I found one. AVON’s True Pore-fection Toner.

Zit attack

By the time that I was supposed to use this product my Dermatologist came back from her conference and I decided to see her ASAP before using anymore products on my face.

The day of my appointment I was uneasy all because I wanted my zits gone and fast. I even brought with me all of the skin care products that I have been using on my skin aside from her own blends. When it was my turn she was surprised to see that I made it to my appointment, since I have not been compliant with my follow-up check ups with her in the past. And she even told me that had I been consistent with my follow-ups I would not be bothered by my zits anymore.



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