The Pharmacist Knows Best

Since going off ALL my pills, potions, drugs, and needles I have been playing war games with my face and the wonderful acne that has decided to take over.

I thought I was suppose to have these problems while on all the hormones. Not once I stopped them, and not this long after. It’s been driving me mad.

A few weeks ago I was watching TV and the show had a lady from the US on who deals in skin care. She talked about sunscreen, makeup, wrinkle cream and acne cream.

She talked about how we cover our face in all terrible ingredients to try and get rid of our spots and dots, we put tea tree oil on …. Feel it buzz and think ‘ G that must be working, I can feel it!

Her answer to the problem of pimples was Benzac. I had never heard of it. She talked about how it really was the only thing that truly worked unless you went on prescription medication.

So off I trot down to my local chemist. Ask where I will find me some of this magic stuff.

The girl – who had the most gorgeous skin, looked like she had never seen a spot in her life, beautiful olive flawless skin – took me over to the Benzac.

She suggested I try the face wash first. Its not as hard on your face as the cream. You was it off so its not on your skin for hours. If that doesn’t work then the 2.5% gel would do the trick. I see the 5% and ask about it. ‘No don’t try that yet. That’s for extreme cases and you will find the wash will be enough. If not, come and get the 2.5% gel’.

She tells me there is a even stronger gel but there is no way I should put that anywhere near my face. She leaves, and I take the 5%!

I get home and read about how you should put it on and then wash it off after 2 hours for the first few days until you see how your face reacts. Then try it once per day for a few days and if your skin copes and your spots are really bad you can up to twice a day.


So I wack it on my face that night, don’t wash it off and after my shower the next day, wack some more on.

I do the ‘twice per day’ thing for about 4 days. I want these spots and dots gone. (Even though by this stage my spots and dots had just about cleared up themselves)

Come day 4 my face is FALLING OFF!!!!

My face (not just the little spots and dots I applied the gel to) is covered in little red lumps that are filled with clear fluid …….. Little blisters. My face is swollen, red raw. And itches like you would not believe. I cant stop scratching. My sister tells me I look like I have had my wisdom teeth out. (It is starting to look better now, but I have not used the cream for about 4 days)

I go to the chemist and get myself some Phenergan tablets to take the itch away. Phenergan is an antihistamine but I do have it in my medicine box as a sleep medication. I only ever have one and only at night. The chemist tells me just to take one because that makes me sleepy at night and as its the middle of the day I need to be able to function.

But I want the itching to stop so I take 2. Within 20 minutes I’m spastic. Siting in our lounge room, staring at the wall, body heavy. Can’t even think straight. I feel like I weigh 400 kgs. I go to bed and sleep for hours (yes the itching has stopped) but even when I wake up I’m rooted for the rest of the day. Walking around with my arms dragging on the ground like some caveman.

I did however learn one very important thing from all of this ………. Pharmacists go to uni for a very important reason. Due to the years they have been at uni, the information they give you should be listened to and followed VERY carefully.

My 10 years in Child-Care just does not qualify me to disregard what they or the back of the packet says!