Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Getting off me Meds.

Acne creams & lotions. I've been using them for the past 4 years, and finally decided to stop. 
They've worked very well for me, but I'm so tired of having to use them. I want to be able to wash my face, put on moisturizer/SPF, and go!

I've never had acne in my teens, so imagine my shock when my dermatologist told me I had a "common" thing called Adult Acne.  
Why now? I thought.  
Why me? I thought.

Because your skin is fickle.
An answer came...from somewhere.

And it's true. I've had both impetigo & dermatitis, as a child.
Eczema all my life.
Most recently my skin has also welcomed, vitilago & steatocystoma multiplex.
Both of which, my doctor's assure me are nothing to worry about.
But...I digress.

When I see my dermatologist (and he is a very good doctor), he says words like, hormones & stress & immune & sunlight & sunscreen.
When I asked him about stopping use of the acne medications that he prescribed, he said...whenever I felt ready.
"Just stop & see what happens." were his words.

I was a bit disappointed.

I guess I wanted him to say:
"Marie, you don't need prescriptions. You've never NEEDED prescriptions. Eat more fruits & vegetables. Drink more water. Exercise. Laugh & smile more. Get more sleep & Stop taking EVERYTHING so seriously! Just take better care of yourself...on the inside, and things will clear up for you on the outside."

Well now...if it isn't obvious that somethings, you don't need a doctor to tell you! You just know your own body & what is required to take better care of it.

I suppose I should have went home to see my parents for that diagnosis. LOL
After all, a doctor is a doctor; and doctor's write prescriptions. Yes?!

Of course, everything I wanted him to say...I already knew.
I just didn't want to & couldn't motivate myself to actually do those things.

I will say that with the help of my Dr., I did discover that most of my skin's fickleness, was/is brought on by stress, and my immune system is not as spectacular as it could be, to fight them off on my behalf. All because, I don't take good enough care of myself, on the inside.
Though he never said this to me, he did help me to realize & understand this.

I stopped using my medications on 2-28-11 (I lied.) 2-27-11.
I'm very curious to see my skin come this July, after I've first taken some baby steps, then major steps towards being better to my body.

I want to start taking better care of myself, on the inside.
So, I am.



At March 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM , Blogger jtbrown said...

How is your skin with Biotin? Have you ever used it? I've been blessed with great skin and I know it's a blessing but my sister wasn't as fortunate. I also med up like a monster every morning. 2 chew-able vitamin C tablets, 1 biotin, 1 prenatal, 1 multivitamin and 2 potassium pills (I get a lot of muscle cramps) and then I drink a glass of OJ on top of that. I have a 2.2L jug of water that I put in the freezer ever night w/ just a little lemon juice in it and I drink on that all day and I get my daily water intake. I've always loved veggies, now if I can fall back in love with being active I'd be good to go!

Go Marie, you can do it! I just felt like Jenny yelling at Forest when he was trying to run. Not to say that you're like Forest Gump...okay, I'm gonna stop now. YAY for no RX meds!

At March 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous NaturallyChy said...

Co-sign on jtbrown's comment!! GO Marie Go!!!

At March 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Marie said...

Awww...thanks so much ladies:)
~Marie runs & the steel begins to break away from her legs, up into the air, then onto the ground...~ LOL

JT: I've never used biotin, but have taken everyday vitamins & omega-3 supplements, since I'm allergic to most fish & don't get all the nutrients I need in my daily diet.
My wish is to not take any pills at all...at least for the next 4 months.
I'm really curious to see how my body responds to getting those "real deal essentials"(more water, fruits/veggies, sleep, and laughs). Exercise is completely new to me; nevertheless, I want to try it all with zero assistance from RX & supplements.

I like the idea of storing daily water intake inside a jug. That way I don't have to keep up with, "Ok, how many cups did I drink today?". "Two??? Felt like at four to me!" LOL

Thanks so much for the cheers!!! They warm my heart.
This is not going to be easy.

At March 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Retromus-ik said...

I've had acne since puberty hit:( I took accutane last year, and while on it, my skin was amazing. Now? not so much! I actually want to get back on that medication. I drink a lot of water, eat healthy, but still nothing is working! I hope it works for you:)

At March 3, 2011 at 5:18 PM , Blogger Marie said...

Thanks Retromus-ik! And I hope the accutane works for you again:)

At March 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM , Blogger simplychic said...

i've had what they call congestion on my forehead forever. it's those really itty bitty bumps that you can only see close up. i use it as an excuse to get a facial every 6-8 weeks and it's been helping. good luck! i look forward to hearing abt the results.

At March 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Marie said...

Thanks Simplychic:) I'll probably do an update in a month.
Facials...Niice!!! Glad they're helping you.


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