Monday, January 20, 2014

treatment update: Tactduo

So it's been about 3 months since I've been prescribed Tactduo with the instruction to apply to my face at bedtime - but I had since cut back to using it as a spot treatment when I feel little bumps coming up from underneath my skin because of sensitivity issues.

After using the gel religiously as instructed for the first week, my skin dried up considerably - to the point that my skin started flaking despite moisturizers and that it feels raw - and painful even.  My skin burns with pain whenever I try to sooth it with moisturizer - eventually I turned to moisture masks.  The one from Vichy burned the most, while the ones from Clinique and Clarins still mildly sting.  The only one that provides temporary relief is the cucumber aloe gel from Peter Thomas Roth - the radioactively green goop.

My acne didn't disappear despite the dryness - if anything, more little whiteheads had appeared in my trouble zones - especially on my chin.  Then most of them would eventually fade away but a few worsened to bigger zits than what I usually get.  The way they dry up also left some scarring/dark spots, but that's happened with other acne of comparable size prior to this medicated gel.

My girlfriend told me about using Tactduo as a spot treatment and I hesitated because the patient info leaflet specifically stated that it should NOT be used as a spot treatment - most likely because it could cause color blotches if not evenly applied to the face - but since the gel was causing my skin so much grief I decided to give it a try.  Since then my skin had been a lot more calm but still not acne-free, and occasionally I would get pretty bad breakouts.  But gradually it does feel like I'm not getting acne as often anymore, so maybe I'll keep using it.

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