How I cured my cystic acne

I have been struggling with acne since 2008. With the help of the dermatologist, I was able to cure my acne back then. Since then, I have been consistently going to my dermatologist until 2014. After that, I had only occasional breakouts of less than 5 acne per one time, so I tried to experiment on my own skin and tried to find skincare products that worked well for me. My skin had no reaction until the year 2016. Although I had little white bumps starting December 2016, I just thought that it would go away on its own. So I still continued to find other skincare products for my skin type (oily acne prone skin). It only got worst around the 1st quarter of 2017 and was so stubborn to cure it on my own without any dermatologist’s help. It was only until January 2018 did I seek my dermatologist because nothing that I used seemed to work. Sadly my previous dermatologist died so I had to look for another dermatologist.

 

Products that I used last 2017 that didn’t work for me:

  1. Clinique acne solutions line (cleansing foam, clarifying lotion, clinical clearing gel, bb cream). This was so costly!
  2. Cosrx line for acne (BHA skin returning emulsion, centellla blemish cream, advanced snail power essence, aloe soothing sun cream, good morning gel cleanser, bha blackhead power liquid, BHA skin return a-sol, acne pimple master pach and one step pimple clear pads)
  3. And a lot more which I can’t remember

This was my face on January 2018. Angry cystic acne all over my face.

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This was what my dermatologist prescribed to me:

  1. Intake Tetralysal once a day after meal. Tetralysal is an antibiotic known to treat acne. I was taking this from January 2018 to April 2018. This costs around P90 per piece in my dermatologist. This needs a doctor’s prescription before you can buy this at rose pharmacy which costs around P107 per piece
  2. Trichloroacetic acid peel (TCA peel) or black peel. I was undergoing either peel simultaneously once every 2 weeks. I am also advised to be avoid sun exposure for 3 days after the procedure and to use an umbrella or large hat and sunglasses when walking under the heat of the sun. The black peel costs around P1,500 per session and the TCA peel costs P800 per session.

 

My skincare regimen:

Morning

  1. Wash face using Acnoff soap. I forgot how much was this.
  2. After drying my face, I used Clindamycin as a toner. This costs P300.
  3. Azelaic acid for lightening the scars. This was only given after my acne were all gone. This costs P400.
  4. Sunblock. I used Sunskeen Protech Sunblock. This step must not be skipped! This costs around P650.

Evening

  1. Wash face using Acnoff soap. This is the same soap used in the morning
  2. After drying my face, apply Epiduo Gel (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) to the whole face. A little goes a long way. This can be bought in rose pharmacy. This can be bought in shoppee by acne.orgalternatives for P1,599 (This is already for 30g). This is more expensive in Rose pharmacy (price is higher than my dermatologist, I forgot how much) and in my dermatologist (P1,400 for 15g).

Please note that all my products can only be bought from dermatologists unless indicated.

This is my current face (June 2018)

I will be undergoing laser for acne scar removal for my acne scars soon.

Please note that what worked for me might not work for you so it is best to consult a dermatologist. For all who is curious, my dermatologist is Dr. Aileene Dumdum.

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My Testimony from tithing 10% of my income to God

It has been a constant debate on whether we should tithe 10% of our income to God. Others say it’s not applicable nowadays because the passage about tithing 10% of our income is written in the Old Testament of the Bible. Numbers 18:26 “Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD’s offering.

However, we must remember that everything came from the Lord our God. So why are we withholding 10% of what He is giving to us. Besides, we are still enjoying 90% of our income through His blessings and goodness. Without Him, we are nothing.

The only verse where the Lord said to test Him:

2 Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

From here, I would like to share my own personal experience on tithing. I started tithing 10% of all my income last January 2018. It was hard because it meant that I would forgo to buy the things that I wanted. I was earning P35,000 per month as salary for working in a family owned corporation, so that meant that I had to tithe P3,500 per month. This was already a big amount for me. Aside from that, I am also selling my items in Carousell and Shoppee. So whatever income I earned from selling, I also tithed 10% of it. However, I trusted God that He will provide me everything that I will need. 1Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 

On June 2018 (5 months after from my first tithe), my salary increased to P40,000 (P5,000 increase from my previous salary of the same Company). The increase was even bigger than the tithe I had to give monthly. My items in Carousell and Shoppee were also selling faster than before. I believe that it was the work of the Lord.

I also dropped my addiction of randomly looking at online shopping sites like Zalora, Lazada, Beautymnl and other local instagram stores. This made me saved a lot of money. However, I still can afford on the things I need.

Note that I am also saving 20% of my monthly income for investment and rainy days and still continue to do so even after tithing.

Everything is possible with God.

New Christian Blog

I have decided to make a Christian blog because I want to share all my learnings and experiences from being a Christian. Hopefully, this blog will make people want to learn more about Christ our Saviour.

The bible states that go forth and make disciples. What better way to share the word of God through a blog. I honestly can’t share to people directly in person because I am a shy person. However, I feel that I won’t have to be when typing in front of my laptop.

I just want to  keep myself anonymous because some of my blog posts will be very personal and sensitive and I don’t want anyone to know that it came from me.

I hope that this blog glorifies God because this is all for you Lord.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of working in a public accounting firm

My Personal Background

I worked in an accounting firm in Cebu City, Philippines for 3+ years. When I resigned, my last position was an in-charge level under the tax division of the firm. This was my first job after I passed the CPA board exam.

In this post, I will share my experiences when I was still employed in the firm.

Advantages of working in an accounting firm:

1. Learning, Experiences and Growth

Working in an accounting firm made me apply what I learned from my undergraduate studies. I learned to appreciate my course as a practicing tax consultant.  

I also got to travel a lot of places in the Philippines because of the different locations of our clients.

I also got to attend free internal and external seminars hosted by the firm itself (Each seminar costs around P2,000 – P22,000 depending on the topic and the number of days required to finish the seminar).

There are endless learning and experiences when you are in a firm and its never going to get boring because your work today is not the same tomorrow. You will learn how to manage your time well.

2. Reputation

I meet various clients from different industries and they always had high regard to people working in an accounting firm and seldom they’re also scared of them. I remembered one client having a hard time in focusing when I was by her side. She would tell me to come back when she’s already finished. I actually made friends to some of them but I also made conflicts to some (but now we’re already friends). 

They usually trust the recommendation of the firm and its people and often ask for help when they need help. Sometimes, they also use the name of the firm if they have any problems with government agencies especially with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

3. Peers and Friends

When working in the firm, you will always be working with a team. Most of them are at your age range. They are easy to get along because they share the same experiences with you. They will be like your second family because you will be spending majority of your time with them. They can be your comfort in times of stress and sadness. They will also be your cheering team in times of your fulfillment and happiness. They will also lend their helping hand (if they’re not busy with their own work) in your times of need. They are mostly there for you.

The supervisors and bosses will also serve as your inspiration. They will teach you when you ask them something you don’t understand and they’ll be gladly to help you. You will be amazed at how they deal with clients (even to arrogant and demanding ones) and how they talk during the seminars. You will also be amazed of how patient they are. No matter how many times you were wrong, they will never give up on you. You will also wonder how they did it, how they endured all the sacrifices, how they made their decision to stay in the firm. We look up to them.

4. Income

As a starting salary, most accounting firms has a higher salary than most private firms (I’m referring to Cebu City setting). You will also receive lots of benefits like a promotion or a raise depending on your performance. The amounts will vary on which public firm you are in.

When you resign from a public firm, your market value will usually go up. I heard that some private companies offer a 6 digit income per month for those holding a managerial role! Lucky dude!

5. Fulfillment and Growth

Every finished engagement, there will always be that sense of fulfillment that you have helped the public with your sacrifices. It’s never easy and looking back, you will be proud of yourself of how you deal with the struggles.

 

Despite of all the advantages stated above, there are also reasons why I left the firm.

Disadvantages of working in an accounting firm:

1. Work is never ending

Whenever 1 engagement finished, there was always another engagement starting and it was a never ending process. Slack time is very rare. Since I was in the tax division, we were busy all throughout the year. I handled not only 1 client, but maybe 5-10 clients at the same time.

2. Lack of time for oneself and for loved ones

When I was in the firm, I often missed on family and friends’ gatherings. If I was in the parties, I was often late or I had to leave early during these events because of unfinished work. I seldom had any spare time even during in my non-office hours because I had to finish lots of work due to tight deadlines.

3. Compromise of health

In a public accounting firm, I worked even after my 8 hour shift. I often go home late or sometimes I don’t go home at all especially during the busy season (December to April). That’s why I get sick (coughs, colds, flu or fever) often during the busy season even if I drink vitamin C everyday. It was a really tough time for me. Sometimes, I even find myself crying while working because of how tired I was.

 

Conclusion

Overall, I still recommend joining a public accounting firm if you’re a fresh graduate and recently passed the CPA board exam. The reason I had to resign was because of my health and my other priorities. I am now working in a private Company and I’m really happy of my current job. I hope this post could help future CPAs decide whether to join a public accounting firm.