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).