This blog post was originally intended for another blog that I was working on before I created this one. Due to it’s skincare nature, I decided that it would be better suited for here since skincare and skin issues are related to beauty and the way we choose our beauty products.
For any one that struggles with Acne it is easy to understand the feelings associated with the disorder. Self confidence can be severely affected despite knowing that looks aren’t supposed to be the most important thing. Imagine going through this experience as an adult that had the luck of skipping the dreaded awkward teenage Acne curse. I started having skin issues about 3 years ago…many years removed from being a teenager. Eventually, my treatment options brought me to Epiduo.
I started taking pictures to document the evolution of my experience with Epiduo after noticing the comments of various websites and blogs by users that declared Epiduo to be a bad product based on their expectations and experiences. I will continue to document the journey to give new Epiduo users an idea of what COULD be their experience. One of the things I noticed has been the impatience of some people and how quickly they will give up on a treatment because they feel the results were too slow or they thought that the initial purging (acne gets worse before it gets better) meant that the treatment wouldn’t work. For those people I thought it was important that they know real world experience from actual users…and it’s also important that they actually read the information provided with their RX (side effects for example) so they can know what MIGHT happen and be better prepared. Of course, for some people Epiduo will not work for them. But as is the case with any treatment, you have to actually give the treatment a chance. Consult with your dermatologist with any concerns you may have about your own experience and side effects.
Trust me when I say that I struggled with sharing this because who wants to show everyone photos of their skin when it’s at its worst? The pictures below were taken over a 20 day span. Unfortunately, I ended up being too busy to continue documenting the progress but I will say that my skin did get significantly better. I will add on a few pictures that show my skin right now. It’s not at it’s best (I had slacked on my regime and my skin begin to let me know it lol) but it is nowhere near what it was through the photos you see below. I want to show you today’s photos so you can see how much better it is now with Epiduo in my skincare regime. Then, you can see what I was dealing with and what I had to work my way from to get to where I am now.
Here are the photos that show my progress from day 1, day 8, day 12, and day 20. It definitely isn’t pretty and it was the most painful days of my journey. When I started, the acne on my face literally hurt…the ones you could see and the even more painful cysts that were below the surface. This is also why my journey wasn’t as quick as I would have liked…I had a lot going on that needed to be healed. My skin has since been at worst, the way it looks in the pictures from 10/31/2012 but usually much better for several months. So I don’t want anyone to think that it took until the end of October for Epiduo to truly work. By late June/early July my skin was close to what it looks like now with exception of some residual pigmentation.
Day 1 – 5/7/2012
Day 8 – 5/15/2012
Day 12 – 5/20/2012
Day 20 –5/28/2012