Friday, June 11, 2010

What a difference a nurse practitioner makes...

I don't know about you but I often prefer nurse practitioners over doctors. Well, except for my general doctor. He's super sweet and will spend a lot of time with me. I guess I'm specifically talking about my woman doctor and the dermatologist I went to last summer.

Last summer I went to the dermatologist doctor woman who spent about five minutes with me. She told me that in a couple years I could get an eye lift and she gave me this bottle of eye cream...

The cream was fine but nothing spectacular. Yesterday I went to a different dermatology office and saw a nurse practitioner. She was AWESOME. She spent much longer with me and actually listened to me.

I found out a lot from her. She confirmed my high school dermatologist's diagnosis of Ichthyosis. She said that I have a very mild case and should be able to manage it well. She said I'll never have skin like other people's but I can manage it so that it's at least comfortable.

Of course I talked to her about the lines around my eyes. She made me feel a lot better. She said that she doesn't think I need cosmetic procedures yet (I was totally ready to begin them) and to revisit the prospect of them when I'm 40.

Check out what she gave me...

The big bottles I bought based on her recommendations and the small ones are samples she gave me. I'm most excited about those tiny tubes. In those tubes are Retin-A Micro. I will have a bigger tube today. She had to give me a prescription for that. Retin-A Micro will soften my fine lines. I just have to be even more careful with my sun exposure because it will make me very sensitive to the sun.

I did my first round of my new skin regime last night and really liked the results. I feel moisturized without feeling like I'm living under a coat of lotion. I am really really excited to start seeing the fine lines get softer. I'm also excited that at my new dermatology office there's a medical estitition there.

Nurse practitioners rock.

Have a great weekend you guys.

1 comment:

Natalie said...

I love nurse practitioners. Physician assistants too. That looks like quite the skin care regiment. Are you good about using stuff and keeping up with it? I find that I can barely wash my face before bed and most nights I don't even do that. Maybe I would have nicer skin if I wasn't so lazy.