Hi everyone! I hope your weekends were good :D.
On Friday I had my dermatology appointment. The doctor agreed that I needed a bit more treatment for my back and chest acne than over the counter products can offer. She prescribed two different topical creams for me- one to put on in the morning and one at night. I love that I can feel the sort of tingling when I apply them. That makes me feel like they’re working haha. Hopefully it won’t take too long to start seeing some results!
Just for anyone who is curious, the products are clindamycin phosphate and tetrinoin cream. Apparently the clindamycin phosphate is supposed to help with the big guys that have already popped out and the tetrinoin is supposed to help clear the blackheads and keep the skin from breaking out.
I also told the dermatologist that my grandmother was recently diagnosed with melanoma so she looked over all of my moles (which there are a lot) and decided she didn’t like the looks of one of them. On the back of my right thigh, just above the crease that separates my calf and thigh, I have a mole that has always been black. None of the other moles on my body are that color so it’s always stuck out to me. However, I haven’t noticed it change shape or color.
The doctor looked at it and said that while black moles can be normal, she didn’t like seeing it on me because of the stark contrast with my fair skin. She decided to remove the mole and have it biopsied. I’ll the get the results in 1-2 weeks and I’m really hoping that it comes back ok! I’ll keep you guys posted.
One annoying thing about this mole removal though- it was big enough that it required a suture to close the wound. This means that I’m not allowed to do any exercise with my lower body until the stitch can be removed…which is in about 2 weeks :(.
Let me just tell you, this little guy has been painful! They numbed my leg to remove the mole and put in the stitch, but later on Friday evening it was definitely hurting. I tried to take it easy yesterday, but had to attend a CPR certification course. You don’t even use your legs when giving CPR, but after practicing my leg was feeling really achy! It’s amazing how many aches and pains such a small wound can cause. I’m also having a hard time crossing my legs and sitting back completely in a chair because anything that puts pressure on that spot produces pain.
I asked the dermatologist if I could at least walk and she said yes.I just can’t do anything that involves overworking my legs- so no running, lifting, ellitpicizing, biking, etc. It’s really frustrating because I won’t be able to do basically any of the workouts that I like to do until after Friday, March 9th. Grrr….oh well, I guess my upper body is going to get really toned ;).
I do understand what she means by me taking it easy though. I tried to walk on the treadmill yesterday and couldn’t go at what I consider a normal pace of 4.0mph. That spot on my leg started hurting so I had to slow down much more than I would have liked. Like I said, it’s amazing how such a small area can have a big impact! As much as I’m bummed about the lack of working out that will be occurring, I’m glad that the mole is being tested. I would much rather be safe than sorry.
So, if you all have any upper body and core workouts that you really enjoy, send them my way!
I hope you have a fantastic Monday!
Have you ever had a mole removed? Was it painful?