I'm 90 percent sure my skin is purging. Lots of active little pimples on my chin and a couple on the left side of my face. I expected a purging period since my skin hates me, ha. It is only the beginning of my third week with these medications so I'm hoping it'll start to get better next week when I hit the one month mark. Especially since I start school on Tuesday. I'd rather not show up with a face full of breakouts. I do find that the aczone helps with redness though! My skin is still slightly dry from what the differin did to it but I switched to the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser and their moisturizing lotion and that seems to be helping. I hope it starts clearing up soon!
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I decided I wanted to tell people about my experience with differin so I figured I would start a blog on here! Background on my skin, I started getting acne when I was in 6th grade, never severe but pretty moderate. Then my freshman year I decided to go on birth control to see if it would help, and it did a little bit but not much. During my sophomore year i found out I have sensitive skin that reacts badly to benzoyl peroxide, harsh face scrubs, and some other random things. Lucky me, right? At the end of my sophomore year I went to a dermatologist who prescribed me differin 3% and doxycycline. It took the full three months to get any results. I had no changes in the first month, just some minor flaking but moisturizer took care of it, the second month my skin began to purge these big painful pimples that seemed to take forever to clear up. And in the third month my skin was clear but more oily. At my three month check up he said I could try switching to the 1% to see if it would help with the oiliness. So I did. And that was the stupidest thing to do. My skin stayed clear for maybe two more months but then began to break out all over again. I was pissed. It was my junior year and I was back to feeling so insecure about my face that I would stay home sometimes just to try and clear it up faster. During christmas break I went back to using the 3% and my skin was awful. It was red, dry, and irritated. My skin was peeling off and leaving me with raw patches that only aquaphor would heal. You know how when your sunburns starting to heal and you peel off chunks of dead skin? That's what my face was doing. In May my face was still breaking out, but it was also so dry. I would get out of the shower and it would literally be a layer of dead skin on my face that you could see. It was like differin was just tearing my face apart. I tried cetaphil, cerave, ponds, clean and clear, and aveeno moisturizers and nothing worked. I switched to a cream cleanser by burts bees and it helped some but didn't take it away completely. My parents decided it was time to go back to the dermatologist and I asked for ziana and aczone. He said it was a good idea so I am now using those prescriptions. I will be tracking my progress! I don't know why my skin reacted so badly to the 3% differin the second time I used it but I will never go back to it. I know it works great for other people and I'm glad it does but it just didn't do it for me!