Post # 1
So I had a routine derm appt today for a skin cancer check and I in passing mentioned that sometimes I get some breakouts near my hair line–esp if I don’t wash my hair every single day. Well, my doctor then went on a frenzy writing down 6 (yes, six!) different products/washes/topical treatments I was to do for a treatment regimine, some for day and some for night (two products of which are prescriptions that I would need to pick up at the pharmacy). I kind of just sat there dumbfounded and agreeing w/ her–my acne is not all that bad–nothing a bit of makeup can’t cover usually.
Is this normal for mild acne treatment or did she go overboard? I have no idea how much this stuff even costs yet all together since I haven’t picked the other 2 up at the pharmacy… Just wondering if I should take her seriously or if she’s just on a selling kick (I bought 3 of the products at the office). I mean, I’d love to have perfectly clear skin, but hey, it’s gotten me this far…
Post # 3
@MrsPHopefully: 6 products sounds like a lot for a regimine. What are they?
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Does sound like a lot. I’ve never seen an actual dermatologist, but I would bring up my acne concerns to my primary doctor and she prescribed an antibiotic gel once and RetinA another time. Both were helpful but I couldn’t use them for too long because they were harsh.
Post # 5
@MrsPHopefully: I have bad acne and at most I’m on 3 presciptions. One foam, one gel, one oral antibiotic. Then she also gave me on some special French OTC cream to help. So, 6 for MILD acne seems like a lot. I have had to try about 6 things total to find a combo that actually works.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
That seems like a lot. I was prescribed 3 medications for my moderate acne, and that was slowly over time. I have 1 topical gel, 1 oral antibiotic and 1 androgen blocker for hormonal acne. We started with one medication, and when it wasn’t doing the trick added another and then another until I got the results I want. What are the products if you don’t mind me asking?
Post # 7
@MrsPHopefully: That seems like overkill to me. I had very, very, very severe cystic acne in high school. I tried every treatment out there before finally taking accutane when I was 15. Even when it was that bad, I never had more than one or two skin creams that I was prescribed.
Post # 8
@MrsPHopefully: I actually stopped seeing a dermatologist for this very reason – I just always felt like they were selling me tons of crap that I didn’t need, and none of it helped my breakouts anyway. I have been seeing a naturopath now, and I feel like my skin is slowly getting back on track. Maybe you could try that? Also, have you had your hormones checked?
Post # 9
It sounds like a lot to me (doesn’t sound like anything a good drugstore Cetaphil cleanser can’t take care of) but since you already bought 3 products, I would maybe give those a try. The problem with using multiple products is you never know which one is actually producing the results, or if it is truly the combination of them. Maybe you can check the ingredients and find less expensive versions of them on your own if these work for you.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@MrsPHopefully: I once read somewhere that dermatologists should not be confused with aestheticians. I happen to agree with that. I really dislike about 99% of the products and routines that my derm recommends to me.
a big example is Cetaphil. every single derm I’ve ever had thinks this is like the holy grail of face cleansers. but it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is rated by Paula’s Choice and The Beauty Brains to be irritating to the skin. (not to be confused with sodium laureth sulfate, which is also bad – it’s too drying.)
so anyway, I will pretty much only go to a derm for the annual cancer mole check, and maybe one day for a prescription for retinol.
Post # 11
2 of them are some sort of topical gel antibiotic, 1 is a medicated face wash they I guess had made specificially for their own sales, one is an OTC face cream, the other is a type of shampoo they also sell in the office in their own bottles. She also wants me to use a mild face wash (I use Paula’s choice)
I think I’m going to try it out, but if it’s crazy expensive I’m definitely not going to keep up with it.
I’m seeing her again in 2 months to check in and see how it’s going.
Post # 12
@MrsPHopefully: I went to the dermatologist about 6 months ago after I started getting cystic acne, which I’d never had before. She told me which face wash and moisturizer to get..and I actually ended up with 3 prescriptions…1 topical and 2 oral. The topical one I still use everyday..and while i was taking both oral antibotics every day until it cleared up (took about 6 weeks) I am down to just 1 of the oral medications and I only take it a few times a week. The problem with the cystic acne is getting a pimple becomes a huge thing bc if I get a breakout, if takes WEEKS for the damn thing to go away…its not a normal pimple that i can pop and it will go away 🙁 So as i start getting closer to the wedding i will probably start taking it every day again to avoid any possible breakouts. The topical cream I use just before bed. So as crazy as it seems…that list might not be so crazy after all.