There’s no gentle way to put this. The trio I got from Avene? It was a major let down. It clogged my pores LIKE CRAZY and I ended up having acne surgery last week. Acne surgery’s something I’d like to believe that’s beyond me since I’m turning 30 in a few months. Boy I was wrong when I 911’d my dermatologist and she told me I needed more than just a facial. Being in a relationship with her half my life (I’ve been a client since 1998, 15 years now!), those words just hinted me I’m in trouble. Big trouble.
So for good 1 hour she went pricking, injecting steroids and giving me the sermon once again – just like the prodigal daughter if I may put it. The result? This is my forehead (link, pardon the extra messy hair) and right cheek (link). It’s so bad all over that 1) I won’t dare take a frontal shot and 2) won’t post those photos in this entry just so you can just open the links/photos at your will, hoping you’ve already had breakfast as you read this. *snicker*
The damage doesn’t end there. I was told not to wear foundation until I get over this treatment. *sobfest* If I absolutely must, my dermatologist, Dr. Rose Gatmaytan, only approved face makeup from 2 brands (good thing I have some items on hand): Clinique and VMV Hypoallergenics. Since I also broke out along my hairline, my usual shampoo and conditioner has to take a step back and be switched to either Neutrogena or Aveeno. Naturally, I have to stop all commercially available products and go through another round of her prescription. I’ve been on different cocktails for years and I go back to this every so often just because it damn works. Zero luxury, pure pain, 100% results. LOL
11am: 16 minutes late *eeep*
Phoebe’s Anti-Acne Maintenance Treatment Prescription
As you can see, the bottles and jars (on top) are labelled AM/PM then numbered. 15 years of doing this and I cannot for the life of me still memorize what goes in first.
what hurts the most
I had my acne surgery last 26 January and so far, most pimples have dried up and I’m starting to itch and peel like crazy! I have a few beauty commitments this week so please cross your fingers with me that my skin will behave and heal faster the next couple of days.
Dr. Rosario “ROSE” Gatmaytan, M.D.
3rd floor EUROCREST Building
#126 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village II,
Makati City, Philippines
NOTE: Please do not self medicate using my prescription. Call the number above to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gatmaytan (the receptionist will not make any recommendations).