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hi -

i'm in major need of advice. MAJOR.
i guess i'll begin with the basics.

i have mild acne - i break out a lot but am not consistently a person with type 2 or 3 acne. my regimen sounds harsh, but it's really just to control the breakouts. i sweat a lot from 3 hours of tennis daily and am often stressed. i am ALSO a person who is very self conscious.

i wash my face with an antibiotic face wash or a gentler one from my dermatologist. i then put on benza-clin monday, wednesday, and friday mornings. at night, every night, i put on retin-a. i am also on an acne pill, the name of which i don't know at the moment. i just recently started birth control (ok, i started yesterday) to regulate my period and hormones. after about 3 months, it should all kick in.

saturday afternoon i went and got a facial with my regular facialist. she performed a regular facial with a pumpkin-enzyme peel. it tingled and itched a lot, and was left on for 2 minutes, and then taken off. afterwards, on my chin and on 2 small areas on my forehead, the areas juiced (yellow-clear residue oozed out) and i dabbed it with a tissue periodically (which is to say, about every minute and a half). that night, i went to party and put on moisturizer and quite a bit of cover-up, as those areas were paler and i was embarassed by them. luckily, they were impossible to see due to the lack of light and in pictures the cover-up did a good job. meanwhile, a friend slept over and that next morning (sunday morning), i woke up horrified and burst into tears. the areas (my entire chin, two medium sized oval like spots on my forehead, and a circle next to my nose) made me look as though i'd been in a house fire and needed a skin graft. this is no exaggeration. i promptly put on Sothys moisturizer and avoided going outside all day long. i also seem to have a cold i got from a friend. i rotated the Sothys moisturizer with Clinique moisturizer and a Sisleys oil free face re-generator. Needless to say, none of these creams worked. these areas of my face hurt, and i haven't put on any medication, obviously, that is anti pimple, because although my skin is clear, the areas of the burns are very large and painful. that night, i washed my face with gentle Cetaphil and then put on vaseline, only on the burned areas. I woke up this morning (monday) to find myself look even worse. my mom let me stay home from school; it's that obvious and that painful, and chewing, speaking, or smiling pulls at the skin on my chin. i'm embarassed and refused to leave the apartment, even to get the mail. all day i've put on lipid moisturizers and the creams - i look just as bad as i did this morning except for that a small corner of the chin burn is making attempts to peel off. the pharmacist my mother talked to said not to put on anything with zinc oxide (which is what the facialist recommended after my mother called her, upset).

i'm upset, embarassed, and in pain. any ideas for what i should use, or be doing?


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to add to that post, just now i put on the lipid pearl gels. the chin part is peeling bit by bit but is very painful

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This is REALLY outside our arena, whoa. Scarleteen is a sexuality and relationships site with some bare basics per general health and such.

but this is advanced dermatology: the person to call is your dermatologist or facialist. If you have all the info you can have from them, there's very little we could add, I'm afraid. Just do what they are suggesting.

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Your very best bet would be to contact your dermatologist ASAP.

Generally speaking though, if you get a facial/enzyme peel, you shouldn't put any makeup on the treated areas because they often contain ingredients that can inflame the skin - it happened to me and I was told to avoid putting any cosmetics on the skin after a facial.

I also got a terrible burn from amateur facial waxing earlier this year, and was advised to apply pure vitamin E oil (in the highest I.U. rating you can find) to the affected areas, so you may find it of use to you. You can find pure vitamin E oil in a health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Using cleansers on the area was a huge no-no, as it only irritated the skin and stung even more.

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