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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Been there, done that..

Finally, I'm having a break after weeks of suffering from exams. I feel really really good to be home. In my previous post, I did mentioned about my intention to go to the specialist regarding to my allergic. Last Thursday morning, I went to Lim Skin Specialist. It's located in Georgetown, Penang and it took me about 1 hour to reach there since I'm leaving in the mainland. I chose the clinic after I did some research regarding the best dermatologist in Malaysia and Dato' Dr. Lim Huat Bee is one of the famous dermatologist that most people being talking about. After reading the testimonials on forums and blogs, I finally decided to go there. Furthermore, one of my friends used to be his patient and it's worth it although the cost is quite pricey.

Since it's my first time, I just followed the directions given by Google Maps and alhamdulillah I managed to arrived there safely even got sesat at first. Once I entered to the clinic, as expected the queue is sooo long. I've been told by my friend that the clinic is always full of patient. I also read from forums and blogs that the patient were from Indonesia and other countries just to buy the medicines for a 6 months time and it gave me more confidence that the doctor is very good. After waiting for about 2 hours, it's my turn to enter the consultation room to meet the doctor. He asked me what's my problem and I told him about my face blah blah blah and he diagnosed that my face skin is too oily and it caused the acne to popped up that much even within one night. So, it's all about the pimples not about the allergic like what it used to be. I just can't accept the fact that those were pimples but he asked me not to worry so much because it can be treated after 3 to 6 months time. It means that I need to see him once a month. All I need to do is just be patient and take the medicine as prescribed by him. He also asked me whether I'm married or not for about 2-3 times.

According to him, I must not get pregnant while taking the medicine. He said that I must stop taking the medicine 3 weeks before get pregnant and I was just laughing. I told him that I'm not even married HAHA. Then, he gave me like a card to put my sign on it to make a declaration that I must not get pregnant during the course. I must say that Dr. Lim is very nice and he's so friendly. He told me that Siti Nurhaliza used to see his friend who is also a dermatologist and I'm gonna take the same medicine like hers hehe. He then showed me 2 types of medicine to be taken everyday once in the morning. He also gave the skin care like soap, toner, morning and night cream.

Now, I just have to sit at home as my face being treated to avoid from sunlight. Everyday, my mom would be the doctor to see the progress and I can see the pimples are started to dry. I really hope that it won't take so long to heal since my god sister and cousin are going to be engaged by the end of this month. I don't want them to see me like this and I really wanna meet my friends too.. =(

62 comments:

spoilworks said...

Gl ayn~

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

ape yg gl?

XaXa said...

Hai there~
I just went to Dr. LIm clinic and he gave me almost the same cream like urs. but my face were like drying n some peeling around my nose and lips when I'm using the daylight cream, do you have the peeling and dry skin like my problem when using his daylight cream?

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Sue Yin. I am from Penang. I need to ask you about the med that you used from Dr Lim Huat Bee as shown in your photos. my friend recently went to see him and the doctor gave the same medicine. Two days later which is today she complained that her skin is too dry and starts to feel pain when she applies the night cream. did you experience the same condition when you used the medicine? 0124726860, if possible can you contact me? just message me and I will call you back kalau boleh. minta tolong sangat-sangat. I found ur blog online and i really need to talk to someone to help my friend.(i mean no bad intention, i am a trainee teacher)

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

XaXa, yes i felt d same too..it's d effect from the ubat makan dat makes ur skin n lips dry..i've been using it for about 4 months and as long as u take the ubat makan u'll feel d dryness all over ur skin but the acne are totally gone..he said dat my completion for taking ubat makan is 6 months and after dat i only use the skin care without eating the ubat anymore..

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

sue yin, i've texted u but u didnt reply..

hemon said...

how u apply then night cream
after u wash your face then lotion
terus put night cream on face or wait after 20minute just apply on face ?

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

hemon, after u wash ur face at night, apply the toner n straight away apply the nite cream too..u dun have to wait..=)

hemon said...

hemon here
u night cream name is retin-a ?right
?

hemon said...

apply on entire face or just acne part only because since i use the night cream 2month after still havent got any improve
the nurse didn't tell me how to apply the night cream..and sometime the night cream pop out some brown spot on my face..

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

hemon, how do u know it's retin-a? I dun know bcoz the cream has no label on the container itself..btw, juz apply on the acne part..my skin improved in juz 3weeks..maybe it depends on ur skin condition..

Anonymous said...

Ayn, I really need your hell regarding Dr. Lim. So how long you've been using this med? I wanna try it too. Text me or just reply me here. 013 420 5990. Please.

Anonymous said...

ASAP

Anonymous said...

i just went to consult dr.lim too on satuday. my skin now is starting to peel and i feel pain. is it normal? do u feel the same too? Can i use make up at this moment? because i am working and i need to cover up all the impurities. T.T

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

I've been using it since January but I've stopped since my face is totally ok rite now and I juz wash my face with the soap only..

yeah, in the beginning I feel d same too..so, dun worry juz carry on its normal..as for me, better dun use any makeup to cover it..since u r in the healing process juz let ur face be free frm makeup for temporary..plus, u have to apply the toner and also the cream in the morning..it's juz enuf if u wanna cover it with compact powder but make sure ur face r dry after u apply the toner n cream otherwise, the powder will be not even on ur face..hope this will help..=)

Anonymous said...

Just now after washing my face, i used the " Lotion ". the same one as you have in your photo. the one in red bottle. once it touches my skin, it hurts alot. it is normal? does this happened to you as well at the beginning? i am starting to get worried now as my face is quite painful. :'(

please give me more advice on it. im so depressed. T.T

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

the one labeled as lotion is actually the toner..n its painful once u apply it after wash ur face n it happens to me all the time..its normal coz it will dry out ur pimples even there's no pimple..my face will be red after applying it..

Anonymous said...

So that means even it burns really bad, it will not leave any burn marks after it is fully recover? roughly how long will my skin be peeling? Thank you so much for your previous advice.

p/s: i am so sorry if i asked too much, because i am new to it and kinda worry.

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

yeah it'll not leave any marks so dun worry..in my experience, it will end till ur acne is totally gone..no prob u can ask anything..last time I asked on many blogs but nobody replies so, I have to experience it by myself..

Anonymous said...

do you use sunscreen during your skin is peeling? because i am working, so i tend to get exposed to sun during the lunch break. i was wondering whether i am allowed to use sunscreen as this is my 1st week of skin peeling. thank u so much. i really do appreciate your advice and replies. :)

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

I dun use sunscreen coz my skin will be oily when I use it..I juz put on compact powder with high SPF..if u r comfortable using sunscreen after using the doc's skincare, juz proceed..=)

Anonymous said...

owhhhh~ i see.. thanks alot yah~ =) its been a week now, and i am starting to see improvement on my skin. and its not as painful as the past few days. =) thanks for all the advice u shared with me. ^^

Natasha said...

alhamdulillah your skin dah ok (=

wenjing-970304 said...

hello
what time u apply night cream before sleep or ??

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

natasha, alhamdulillah..=)

wenjing, after I wash my face before sleep..

wenjing-970304 said...

hihi
no i mean what time u apply u night cream
?around 8pm or like 11pm u going to sleep then just wash u face then apply ?...
izzit that cream can fade u scar ?

Anonymous said...

Hi, the night cream and morning cream is the same rite?
Same colour
Same code number. Just the labelling; morning&night different. AM I RITE? O.o

btw isit retin-A cream?

wenjing-970304 said...

can u list out the step?
thanks

wenjing-970304 said...

can u list out the step?
thanks

Anonymous said...

HI Ayn

Read your blog about Dr.Lim, useful information provided by you.
I also suffered from acne, looking for a good dermatologist, before visiting Dr.Lim can you tell me the medication fees that you have spent in seeing him? Just want to get an idea the price range of his treatment. Then given I traveled a lot for work, how regular is the checkup consultation after your 1st visit? your thought will be very helpful, so looking forward hearing from you. Thanks

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

sorry for the late reply guys kinda busy lately..

wenjing, I usually apply them just before I go to bed..usually around 12am-2am..I wash my face with the soap, then apply the toner n night cream.

anonymous, no, its not the same..the colors are different too..morning cream is like a crystal clear gel while night cream is like the vaseline color..I dunno about the name since there are no labelling on them..sorry yea..

anonymous 2, for my 1st appointment, I've to pay rm250 including the medication for a month..the price is basically depending on your face condition..one of my friends have to pay about 300++ coz her face is in pretty bad condition..for the follow up u can meet the doc every month..the price is still the same for the medication..it depends on how long u have to consume the medication..as for me, the doc asked me to consume the medication for 6 months and now I just use the soap without taking any medication anymore..btw, I don't meet the doc every month since I'm in KL, I just order the medication and they'll use courier to send them and it's kinda safer for those who are not living in Penang..hope this little info will help u..

Billa said...

Hi Azhana
Thanks for your response.
Reading from your blog, you have talked highly about dr.Lim treatment.
I'm really looking forward to seek dr.lim acne treatment medication when I'm backed to Malaysia in Oct.
You mentioned you been using his medication for past 6 mth, and has seen major improvement on your skin and currently you're only using his soap. Apart from using his soap do you use any skincare product?
The consume medication that dr.lim prescript to you, can you advise what medicine are they? any side effect from taking it?
Also from the scar that you get from the pimples, how dr.lim treat them? did you went thru laser treatment?
Sorry that I'm asking so many question, just want to know more before I see him.
Looking forward hearing from you, thanks
Regards,
Billa

Christine said...

hey there, can i ask u sumthing?

Did ur acne get worse before it gets better during the treatment?

Did ur face get oily even though u eat the medicine given?

im asking this becoz i visited dr lim yesterday and he gave me the same stuff like urs but my face gets oily too :(

Wat colour is ur morning cream? izzit 100 percent colourless means transparent or abit light beige like that?

Anonymous said...

hi ayn. i am may. i have been using the same medication as yours for one month. after one month applying the medication and pills, my skin started to feel rash. do you have the same condition before? thanks =)

Anonymous said...

hi ayn. i am may here. i have been using the same medication as yours for the first month. my skin feels very itchy and rash. do you have the same condition before this? thanks =)

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

Hi Billa, the medication that I consumed named isotretinoin. U can simply google it. The major side effect is birth defects. That's why u cant get pregnant to consume the medicine. If u want to get pregnant, u have to stop consume the med 2 weeks before. Besides that, ur skin will be dry and ur lips will be chapped as well even though u drink plain water a lot. Apart from using the soap, I just apply bedak sejuk at night and if I want to go somewhere I just apply compact powder that's it. For the scar, I didnt go through laser treatment the medicine that I consumed is strong enough to clear my scars.

Hi Christine, my face got a major improvement just in 2 weeks and it's not getting worst at all it improves from time to time. Plus, my face getting dry. The morning cream is 100% colorless and the night cream is a bit beige like vaseline. If ur face is getting worst u better consult with the doc maybe u have a different problem.

Hi May, yeah I used to feel the itchiness because my face is getting very dry after consuming the med plus the toner but it will stop after u stop consuming the med.

Anonymous said...

okay thanks. how long do you have to consume the pills? as Dr Lim told me is 9 months. huh !!! ya. my face itchy and my leg's skin all itchy like mosquito bite.

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

I've to consume for 6months but my skin shows the improvement within 2weeks. The acnes are started to dry and gone.

wenjing-970304 said...

since april i went to see dr lim until now i apply the cream and eat medicine but it doesn't make the scar gone .even it stil there and pop out more black mark .i told the dr lim ady but he say it wont .like i lie him .what the hell .izzit the cream will clear up the scar ???

winnietoh said...

Hi Azhana,

I was being prescribed 'Isotretinoin' by Dr. Lim. I am still not confident to take as yet as I read around the websites stating that there are many side effects. Do you know what type of Isotretinoin he gives us?
6 mths is very long course. I need to find out whether I can discontinue if I am satisfied with the results. Do give me your feedback on your skin. Mine are not really acnes but oil seeds.Didn't have time to find out more from Dr. Lim. He can only afford like 5 mins with me each time. Nurses are also very busy out there.

winnietoh said...

Azhana, do you know what is the type of Isotretinoin Dr. Lim prescribes? 6 mths or 9 mths are very long course. I was prescribed with Isotretinoin today but do not have confident to eat as yet. I need to find out more info. b4 I start. There are many side effects stated from various websites. Can I know your feedback on the itchiness or dry eyes, dry nose, dry lips, etc? Is it bearable? Would you encourage us to try or it is the ultimate choice? TQ.

winnietoh said...

Azhana, do you know what is the type of Isotretinoin Dr. Lim prescribes? 6 mths or 9 mths are very long course. I was prescribed with Isotretinoin today but do not have confident to eat as yet. I need to find out more info. b4 I start. There are many side effects stated from various websites. Can I know your feedback on the itchiness or dry eyes, dry nose, dry lips, etc? Is it bearable? Would you encourage us to try or it is the ultimate choice? TQ.

Anonymous said...

how about your scars? yes, my face became smooth but the scars are killing me !!!

Anonymous said...

hai ayn.would you give me christine email?because i used dr lim huat be med and got the same effect with her.pls help me:(

Anonymous said...

Hello Ayn,

When did ur lips start to Crack?

Anonymous said...

But after you stop the medication,will the pimples come back again? Doctor asked you to consume Isotretinoin for 6 months right? End up did you consume the medicine for 6 months completely?
Oh ya,will him charge extra for the blood test to check the liver? As I'm going for 2nd appointment for blood test.

Ayn Nur Azhana said...

wenjing, in my opinion, the med that u consume will clear up the scar because it's very strong. Plus, u have to put on the skin care given by the doc. Of course he'll feel bad if we argued with his med. =)

winnietoh, I don't know about wht type of Isotretinoin that he prescibed. I just consumed like wht the doc asked me to. You don't have to worry much because in the healing process of course u'll feel the itchiness, dry skin, dry lips but it'll end once u stop consuming the med. I recommend u to try. As for me, my lips are started to dry on the 3rd month of consuming the med. After 6months of consuming the med, my lips become smooth like before. =)

Anonymous 1, yeah the scar is the hardest part to heal. If ur scar is just like black spot it'll gone faster but if ur scar is a deep scar, laser is the only solution.

Anonymous 2, sorry, I don't have christine email. To christine, if u're reading this please drop ur email here yea..

Anonymous 3, my lips become chapped on the 3rd month of treatment. Now my lips become smooth like before.

Anonymous 4, yea I still have pimple if I get stressed or before/during period but it's not like what I used to have before the treatment. It's under control. Yeah, I consume the med for 6months completely. I don't know about the blood test because he didn't offer me to do so.

P/S:If u'd like to ask me some questions regarding Dr Lim, just inbox me on my Facebook at Ayn Nur Azhana since I'm not log in to the blog regularly. =)

Jayne said...

Hi there,
May i knw what colour is ur soap? or the name of ur soap?

Erm...Is ur night cream yellow in colour?

Jayne said...

Hi there,
May i knw what colour is ur soap? or the name of ur soap?

Erm...Is ur night cream yellow in colour?

Anonymous said...

how long it takes u to heal?

Ayn Nur Azhana said...
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Ayn Nur Azhana said...

The soap is like cream color. I dunno about the name because it's not written on the packaging but my friend got JF sulphur soap. The night cream is like the vaseline color.

In a week the pimples are started to dry and within one month they are totally gone but I've to continue eating the med as the doc prescribed which is a 6-month-course.

Adams said...

What time of acne did u had? Cystic pimples, pustule pimple or wad?

Did u squeeze any of it during the treatment?

coz after using the things doc gave, the zits come up to the surface of the skin, isnt it?

Anonymous said...

What Fundation Will u recommend to conceal the acne and scars during the medication?

Anonymous said...

What type of acne did u had?

Joel said...

Hey i'm on my 6th/7th month on accutane d..my acne has reduced but still left many holes/scars. Did you have any scars and if you did..how did u manage to heal them?

hana aryanna said...

Asalamualaikum. hai there. saya nak tanya. awk continue guna pil makan tu rapa bulan ek? after six month ke? after tu? muka still naik jerawat lg ke? sebb saya pun dptkn rawatan di klinik ni. tp saya stop makan ubat makan tu dekat 2 bulan, x tahan bibir pecah, n then now jerawat pasir naik semula :(. need you advice

Anonymous said...

hello , may I know how much for the medicine please ?

Lin said...

Hello there,

Quick check, all in all how long does it take for your face to recover? And do you have any pimples attack since then? And the drying of face/lips was for how long? 6 months?

lucy's.life said...

i want to ask whether tomorrow dr. lim open or not? need help. thank a lot

lucy's.life said...

i want to ask whether tomorrow dr. lim open or not. need help? thanks alot :)

Anonymous said...

HI~ I'm suffering for serious acne problem. I get know about Dr Lim from a friend. Can I have your contact so that I can ask u a few questions about Dr Lim and the medicines? huixin.lee96@gmail.com
just email me ur contact ok? sorry if I'm disturbing you. Thank you very much :)