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  1. Has anyone found that your nodulocystic acne lessened as a result of using a retinoid? If so, which one did you use (including the concentration and formula type: lotion or cream)?   I've been told by some people that retinoids don't really help prevent hormonally-caused acne that occurs deep beneath the skin's surface. And I've also heard that they don't necessarily prevent scarring--as in real scarring (rolling, boxcar, etc.)--either. But I'm wondering if anyone here has experienced the opposite: a definite reduction in cysts/nodules and improved healing of the skin from cysts/nodules by using a retinoid?   Two drawbacks keep me from braving a retinoid at this point: 1) I don't think that I could use my trusty method for tempering a cyst/nodule--applying Tea Tree oil, then Benzoyl Peroxide--while using a retinoid at night; 2) many people on this forum contend that a retinoid makes existing scars appear deeper. (My derm. asst. that I see contends that a retinoid can't make scars look worse, but I lean toward believing acne sufferers who've used a retinoid on scarred skin.)   Thank you, PI
  2. I'm quite deficient in Vit. B12--to the point that I should be getting weekly injections for a while--but I know that high doses of Vit. B12 can cause acne. (I've read it on several websites and I also know from the last time that I attempted injections. I got one or two nodules by the fourth shot, which wound up being my last one.) Due to digestive issues, I can't take antibiotics for acne. I tried Accutane years ago and lasted a week on it. (I had a weird side effect--soreness/fatigue in my rib muscles--that made my then-derm. tell me to stop taking it.) So my only option to fight acne flare-ups due to Vit. B12 shots is topical meds. and Cortisone shots. And frequent shots get pricey due to a co-pay and a balance owed for every office visit. I see my primary-care physician today and will discuss my situation with her. But I don't see how I can get around not getting Vit. B12 at this point, as my level is so low and certain symptoms I'm having may be due to this deficiency. So this post wound up being a worry-wart vent. But if anyone has any advice/thoughts, I'm open to hearing them--especially about ways to fight cysts and nodules topically and/or with natural supplements.   PI
  3. I'm wondering if Tazorac (Taz) or Retin-A Micro (or the generic form of it) tends to work better for most people in their 30's/40's? I'm in my late 30's and have been a lifelong acne sufferer. (Got my first pimple at age 10, developed moderate acne in my pre-teens/teens and "graduated" to nodulocystic acne in my early 20's. I learned in my late teens that Accutane doesn't agree with me, so that's never been an option.) These days, I want brighter-, younger-looking skin without making my scars--mostly rolling--more noticeable. (A number of forum members have said retinoid use made their indented scarring appear deeper, so that "side-effect" is a concern.) Thank you, PI