A couple days ago, I made a post about some very itchy pimples/infection/allergic reaction/whatever I was getting on my lower jaw and just wanted to update everyone on how Clindamycin has been working for me.
Day 1 in the picture above is a day after I started applying Clindamycin. Even with the gel, the pimples still itched a lot though, mostly around the 2 scabs you see in the picture.
By Day 3, the two scabs fell off very cleanly, but 3 more white heads popped up. Overall, my skin in the places I applied the antibiotic started flaking a lot; pieces of skin half the size of my pinky nail were sloughing off. The double headed pimple (two whiteheads in one xD) was kind of painful, though the gel started helping the itching overall. Occasionally I'd get a sudden wave of itchiness, but it would stop as quickly as it started. The double headed pimple was a whopper, very tender and painful, and when I was washing my face, I accidentally popped it :\ It bled A LOT (this was Day 4-ish, sorry no pic) and formed a HUGE scab. The itching ramped up that day because I had to wear makeup for a big meeting at work.
However, by Day 6, most of the scab had fallen off (it was originally twice bigger) and by Day 7, the whole scab came off while I was washing my face and left a little tender spot. My skin had also stopped shedding so much, now it was mostly just "dust" like flakies coming off. The infected area had also pretty much stopped itching completely and no new eruptions were forming.
By Day 8, I started focusing on healing the open lesions and gentle exfoliation.
My Experience with Clindamycin
I have super sensitive skin and am prone to getting lots of strange allergic reactions, rashes and random pimples. So, I thought it might be helpful to do a quick writeup of Clindamycin, which is definitely the most effective acne/infection solution I've used in my life.
Clindamycin is a prescription antibiotic that comes as a clear non-sticky gel in a metal tube. You are supposed to apply a thin layer to the affected area 2x a day.
The gel is cool and non-sticky. When I first put it on my skin, it feels quite cool, but after a few minutes it "warms up" and makes my skin tingle for a few hours afterwards. It stops the itching almost completely though! For the first week, the gel caused my skin to flake (in the places I applied it) in veritable SHEETS. Huge pieces of my skin were coming off and the skin bits were big enough that it looked like residue from lotion. However, it did not hurt at all and I could see fresh, slightly pinkish skin underneath. The flakes would come off easily and cleanly in the shower. As time went on, the skin flakes got smaller and became dust-like flecks.
Since this is an antibiotic, your skin can become resistant to it over time, so I plan on cutting back the use of Clindamycin as soon as I can. I've read about a lot of users saying how they used to apply this everyday for years because it was so effective - then suddenly one day it stopped working for them and they were forced to find another skin solution. With that in mind, I've limited myself to applying this only to pimples (not my entire face), have cut back to applying this only 1x a day, and plan on stopping altogether once all the lesions have closed. Also, my doctor said that this antibiotic is actually the most effective on open lesions/already formed pimples, not prevention. So, I'll just keep this as a 'secret weapon' for when I break out :)
Overall, my experience with Clindamycin was pretty positive. Neither Tretinoin (am very allergic), benzoyl peroxide (am very sensitive), nor salicylic acid (no effect at all) have ever been effective on me, so if your skin is like mine, this might be a good solution.
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Last thing, speaking of skin troubles, a Singaporean beauty blogger, Juli of BunBun Makeup Tips recently popped up on Buzzfeed after posting pictures of her awful facial experience. I went through something extremely similar (a story I will tell someday), though my pustules were larger and caused by what I suspect was Tretinoin, which was prescribed to me by a dermatologist.
Anyway, for obvious reasons I've been following her blog closely ever since and looking at her pictures brought back a wave of sad memories for me. Bad skin affects self-esteem so much and though we all know in our heads that it's what is on the INSIDE that counts, I deeply empathize with those who have chronic skin problems and keenly remember what it was like to wake up to a very itchy face covered with red bumps, pustules, and blood....
*sigh* I don't know really know what I'm trying to say at the moment....so I'll just end the post here.