So, I am 6 cycles in now. Whatever heinous side effects I'm going to have, I can rightfully assume that I have.

And so, with this in mind, I want to start to share the things, tricks and tactics that have kept me feeling like a hottie when I also sort of feel like a lab experiment gone awry.

Today I am going to focus on my skin - something that tormented me feircly during my chemo, both my self esteem and pure physical discomfort! 

Say buh bye to Steroid Acne & Dermatitis! BOOOO YOU SUCK GO AWAY 


ORAL Prescription: 

  • Vita Tabs 1X day, I take it in the morning because many side effects of these little suckers are offset by taking them on an empty stomach, with no food 2 hours before or one hour after ingestion. So first thing in the morning (or even better, if you wake up in the middle of the night to pee) is the best time to pop it in. 

TOPICAL Prescription Treatments: 

  • Retin A .005 cream
  • Clindomyacin gel 
  • mixed with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin** (to prevent over drying and flaking)** Available without a prescription but prescribed by my doctor
  • Fluocinonide topical solution

  • Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick  with Salicylic Acid,tomatoes and ginger. A gentle, natural roller to battle those big pimply bad boys before they start to lurk by breaking up the bad stuff that causes them.
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash 9.1 oz more Salicylic Acid.I use this with my Clarisonic brush 1/2 times a week.
  • Sensitive Baby Wipes


  • Clarisonic Brush with Sensitive Brush Head  defeats any peeling from the Retin A and helps all your treatments absorb better.Since my skin is so sensitive right now, I only do it 1-2 times per week when I feel like I need it.
  • Tanda Clear (or the baby Tanda Zap if you just have a few) magical blue antibacterial light that kills those suckers before they pop all the way up or keeps them from hanging around too long. Really really good for those deep cystic painful zits that take a month to go away - especially if you catch them early enough.
  • Dr.Jart Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask This stuff is amazing and you only need the teeniest drop. You put it on before bed and wake up with buttery soft skin. The main ingredient is Hyaluronic acid which is one of the most potent moisturizers on the market - since it's naturally occurring in the body it's also very gentle. 
  • Moisturizing Mist Spray (Evian or the Soon to be Defunct Coconut Quench Hydrating Mist from Super by Perricone) The light mist really gets in theer and gives good moisture. 


Step 1: Wash your face. If you are tight or flaky, use the Clarisonic brush with the Neutrogena cleanser. If you are super lazy, and/or chemoxausted just rub your face down with baby wipes. Sigh languidly at the feel of your clean skin.  

Step 2: Layer the treatments. Prescription products go on first! I mix the first three together in a 1/1/1 ratio and slather on my face, head, chest, back, and the other places those painful cysts like to pop up and torture me.

Then I do a spot treatment with the Fluocozine, just where I have cysts or feel cysts comin up. It smacks them back down again like magic and helps prevent those ones you can feel lurking underneath.

After the prescrips I add the OTCs. The best rule of thumb is to apply things to your skin in this order: prescription, thinnest formula (liquids, gels, serums) to thickest (lotions, creams)

Step 3:Moisturize I finish with another layer of the Cetaphil (my skin got so dry from the stupid chemo!) or in desperate times I add the Dr. Jart Water Mask under the cetaphil. Remember, apply things in this order: prescription, thinnest formula (liquids, gels, serums) to thickest (lotions, creams). If I'm feeling dry I may also add a moisturizing spray first before everything else because it's so thin - otherwise I just spritz it on all day long...

Step 4: Antibac Attack Spot treat with the Tanda light for 4 cycles on each spot/potential spot. My Aesthetician swears by the antibiotic effect of an ice cube so if I can bear it, I'll also hold an ice cube on the spots for about 10 minutes - it does help and the less chemicals the better, right? 

Step 5: Go drink some water.

On my wishlist: 

Clarisonic Opal (from this awesome book "How to Look Expensive") 

which also treats dryness and peeling and is supposed to help with wrinkles, puffiness, sun spots,nausea**, self esteem etc etc 

**I made this one up but it could! we just dont know

More to come!

Dena (now super acne free!)