Monday, September 3, 2012

Dr Melinda Tong, Dermatologist: Highly Recommended!


So today was my fourth appointment with Dr Skin Goddess after my last one two months ago.

The moment she saw me, she's like, "FLAWLESS!"

She even wrote 'flawless' in my medical record file.  LOL.

So basically, today, and for the past few weeks, I am officially acne-free.

NO FACE MAKEUP, AND DEFINITELY NO PHOTOSHOP NEEDED!
There is a god, hallelujah!

My Acnotin dose has been reduced to twice weekly, and then later will be monthly, and hopefully, I will be medication free.

HOWEVER.

There is a slight problem here.  But a big ass first world problem.

To be medication free and acne free forever and ever, I have to totally stop wearing makeup (as in foundation/two way cake/powder).

I gasp with horror.

How am I supposed to face my tactless students?!

I am not so vain as I did go to work without makeup a few times (but those are for camps and non-academic activities).  But when the kids saw me, they're like, "Teacher, what the fuck's wrong with your face?!"  Well, not exactly their words, but you can see in their eyes that they were disappointed with their seemingly gorgeous and flawless teacher who actually has sallow, sickly skin and panda eyes when not wearing makeup.  I have to lie that I don't have enough sleep, whereas I did have the perfect 8 hour beauty sleep.

So I am in a real dilemma here.  Wear makeup to work and look like a super model, but have acnes forever and have to eat the damn liver-damaging Acnotin; or, not wear makeup forever and look like a Plain Jane, no, an actual teacher who puts the needs of her students before hers hence not caring how she looks, but skin will be flawless forever.  

IT'S SO HARD TO CHOOSE! 

It's like making me choose a favourite child.

Makeup to me is like second skin, and it's a great confidence booster knowing that you look prettier than the other ladies.  However, if I do have flawless skin now (which I do, albeit a little scarring here and there), I don't really need makeup 'coz the point of makeup is to cover flaws.  But I'd still feel naked without it especially when going for work.  

However, she's right.  Why do we wear makeup? To cover flaws.  But it will also cause flaws.  And you wear more makeup.  And it will never stop.  It's a fucking vicious cycle.

Therefore, I will, no matter how hard it will be, to consider not wearing makeup to school.  Someday.  She said it's okay to wear foundation once in a while.  For special occasions, and definitely not for 5 days a week.  According to her, the level of harmfulness of face makeup from least harmful to the most is this: loose powder < powder < two-way cake < liquid foundation < BB cream.  Or something like that (she speaks really fast).  So if I really, really, can't possibly go to work without makeup, I'd have to use just loose powder.  And still have acne.  Fuck.

On a side note, I did ask her about anti-ageing serums and collagens, using my mother as a pretext for my own use, 'coz well, I'm obsessed on looking forever young, besides having clear skin.

Here's something that would be very useful for you beauty junkies out there.  Over the counter anti-ageing serums do not have any active ingredients, therefore are allowed to be sold e.g. Estee Lauder, SK-II.  No matter what the advertisement says, they do not contain the active ingredients permitted to be sold for the masses without the prescription of doctors.  Therefore, it will not promise you baby butt skin so it will be a waste of hard earned cash.  If you want an actual working serum, go to a dermatologist who will prescribe you one after numerous questions, blood tests and hormone tests.

As for collagen drinks, they're just as good as eating steaks.  'Coz they are just protein from whatever animals.  So yes, you're very much welcome as I have made you saved a lot of money from buying a RM300 elixir of youth.

So I asked her, what is the secret of a youthful skin and being?  Basically the things that we already know: enough sleep, lots of water, veges and fruits, no smoking, no drinking and sufficient exercise.  Don't be lazy, she said.  There's no miracle cure for ageing.  But she did suggest on taking calcium and fish oil.  Vitamin C injections don't work either, but laser treatment for scars and wrinkles do.  Botox should be alright (judging from her fabulous cheeks), but it's better to get it done by a doctor, rather than a beautician who makes you buy stuff and do things you don't really need.

Funny how you never listen to your mother, but when a stranger tells you the same thing, you'd listen to them instead.   So, for the first time, as I was having breakfast right after my appointment with her, I ate the veges in my bowl of yee mien.  (I need to stop chastising my younger brother for never listening to our advice but for listening to others')

So, in conclusion, being a living testimony to her awesomeness, I highly recommend her for your skin woes.  And tell her I said hi if you ever decide to meet her. :D

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

im having skin problem too..So tell me whereabout she is so i can go there n tell her u say Hi..hihi..

regards,
saldivlla

chegu carol said...

I still can't give up make up. Or believing in collagen drink. Or many OTC products...cannotttttt

Momo said...

90% of the time I would just go to school barefaced. No, I don't have flawless skin. Yes, I am that lazy.^^

One time I wore make up to school; my form 1 kids actually giggled when they saw me."Teacher, you have make up on your face!" Nda tau mau rasa apa...terhina kali aa.

But I so envy your flawless skin!

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@Saldivilla: I hope you find her soon :D

@Carol: RIGHT?! Ergh, it's so hard!

@Momo: Haha..ada kebaikan jg jadi malas- ur skin nda rosak. Well, like i said, kids can be tactless :/. Hey, if you're willing to lose RM1k for ur skin, then u can be flawless too! :D

Vibrantkitty said...

I was like you, met a derma, cured, & now med-free. That was years ago. The thing is as we age, our hormone changes too. Hence, your skin will also evolve and getting use to YOU. I did not give-up on cosmetics, and I still buy over the counter products. So, can I say as we age, the skin problem will solve itself?

There's definitely some minor changes needed as in my diet and skincare products and practice. YES, I practice the right skincare RELIGIOUSLY and occasionally break my diet indulging in acne prone food :P Yes, occasionally, not rarely, I love Malaysian Food.

BTW, I'm also having occasional hot flashes and other symptoms, early signs of menopause WTF, FML!

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@Vibrantkitty: Oh..is that so? So that means I CAN still wear makeup and over the counter products? That's good to know. Sooo, as long as I keep a healthy diet, I'm good? Great news! Well, still considering though.Ooh...hot flashes are another whole new different problem i see...hopefully u'll get through it :D

Just said...

Hi. visiting via annieming's! makeup? naa.. malas!!

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@Just: Hi! na, ok la tu kalo malas. good for ur skin anyway :D

Santafire said...

Yes, BB Cream is the worst thing to touch your face. Drawing my brows are the only makeup I wear nowadays.

Once your skin gets better and you know you don't need any makeup to cover flaws, you'll know true freedom :)

I can't wait for that myself.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@santafire: me too! the drawing eyebrow part, if i go to town. but as for work, i still feel self conscious i dont wear foundation. i'll proll gather my courage for next year :D

V said...

Hi there besides acne problem, what other skin problem she could cure? Thanks. xoxo

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@V: Hey! Well, just about every thing skin-related.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@V: Hey! Well, just about every thing skin-related.

V said...

Hey Manda, well that's good.I have this kind of problem for so damn years and I truly hate it. Do you ever heard of Syringoma? Guess her treatment will cost me RM1k as well. Sigh.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@V: Hah! Just googled it. Hehe. Well, it is worth a shot you know? So be there at her clinic before 8 on a saturday :)

V said...

Manda, I have called 'em up and I only managed to get that appointment next January. *sigh* Hope it's worth the try! *finger crossed*

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@V: Woah, all fully booked huh? See, that's how good she is! Good luck!

V said...

Yeah cuz she was not around until 11th December. Thanks Manda. So, another appointment with her to go? :D

Amanda Christine Wong said...

V: I see...yep, my next appointment is next year too :D

V said...

Hah! Who knows bumped into you that time. :D

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@V: Yeah! Who knows :D

Suraya Nordin said...

hi senior! i guess this is my first comment here after being silent reader for years. myb u can try organic product. very good for skin :)

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@Suraya: hey there! to eat or to put on the face? Hmm...i don't quite fancy either. haha...i could try though :D

Anonymous said...

hello!! can you tell me how much you pay for the treatment?

Amanda Christine Wong said...

@anon: hey!well, my first treatment was about rm600. then the next was around rm200, and it got lesser for the next appointments...

Xuan said...

Thank you Amanda, ur entry about dr Melinda Tong was really convincing me to see her, tq very very much. ^_^

Angela lee said...

Hey. You look flawless!!!!!!! May I know how long it took for everything to clear up? 1 month? or 2 months ? :) Thank you so much :)

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Hey thanks! I think it took me about 3-4 months to start to clear up.and fyi,i'm medication free now but still using her products,and am still flawless :D

Anonymous said...

Hi there Amanda, so do you still take any medicine now to prevent it from breakout?

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Hay.Nope,stopped completely already.