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  1. Hi unlovely...first of all.. Sorry for being a pain.. But u have been really helpful here on acne org.. Most of the members who post questions are not active after few months or years so very hard to get answers.
    i just realised that from using aha/bha and retinoid i have dehydrated my skin on my nose.. I mean its not itchy or red but after washing with water it looks wrinkly... Is this severe dehydration?? Am so worried. I stopped everything and just using milk cleanser and bioderma moisturiser that says it restores hydro lipid film.. I think that has been damaged.. Can u tell me ;only if u have any idea,how long it usually takes for skin like mine to heal??? Am so worried. I have an appointment for ISOLAZ WITH bha peel on 12th july .. Which means i have 15days .. Is that sufficient to heal my skin??? Am soo sad...aboveall these had to happen when i am getting married... If u can pls help me out...

    1. unlovely2011

      I have no idea, I am not a doctor and even if I were, everyone is different. Your skin hydration needs to be restored before you can continue with your treatment. This is why I was telling you not to use other exfoliants while starting the retinoid! Your best bet is to moisturize multiple times a day until it gets better, stop all treatment, and invest in a very good makeup artist for your wedding day. (Makeup can do a great job hiding your acne, but makeup can't hide dry skin. It will pass!

    2. Mainaf2016

      Yea am trying to moisturize with cerave day and night and not using ang exfoliants at all for now...thank u for replying..:)^_^

  2. Best medication for cystic acne?

    Hi dramafan, Similar to funny guy, I'm only clear when I'm on a topical antibiotic (aczone) and a topical retinoid (tretinoin.) During the initial use of the tretinoin treatment, an oral antibiotic also helps tremendously with the cystic acne in particular. I have closed comedones, inflammatory acne, and cystic acne, and after several months on tretinoin, I see tremendous improvement in all areas. Like funny guy said though, you have to keep up with the treatment or risk it returning. For me, I got lazy about a year ago and I was fine for a few months. Then it crept back up slowly, then suddenly I started breaking out badly again. So i'm back on the combination mentioned above, but I will quit the oral antibiotic after 1 month. I'll probably keep using aczone as long as it's needed, and then I'll try to get by with the retinoid only. But I think I'll be on the topical retinoid for the rest of my life. It helps with wrinkles and stuff too, so I ain't complaining' Hope that helps!
  3. The purge of Tretinoin Round 2

    Thank u so much.. Am struggling with clogged pores on my nose along with closed comedones which can be seen when i apply makeup...i have used bha 2 for 2 months which along with comedone extraction has reduced the clog but still the pores on my nose look large.my nose is dry now and even slightly oily due tothe bha liquid....thinking of getting a salicylic peel of about 15% to clean my pores on nose... Do u think it will help... No, you absolutely should not be using salicylic acid, glycol acid, or any other kind of chemical exfoliant while on tretinoin.
  4. From the album Initial Breakout 2016 (Aczone AM/PM + Retin-A PM)

    Other than the one bright red spot on my right cheek where I foolishly picked and squeezed, the doxycycline has really brought a lot of the inflammation down. There's still a lot of closed comedones to purge, but if my previous breakout is any indication, the worst is soon to be over.

    © Creation Despite

  5. From the album Initial Breakout 2016 (Aczone AM/PM + Retin-A PM)

    This photo marks 6 weeks on Aczone AM/PM and Retin-A 0.08% PM. I also started a round of doxycycline 100 mg this week.

    © Creation Despite

  6. Three days of doxy, feel awful!

    Yeah don't take on an empty stomach, drink lots of water, and avoid dairy before and after taking the pill. And don't take it before laying down or you can get heartburn! Antibiotics take time to build up in your system and work their best, that's why they're prescribed in monthly rounds. You really should not stop once you begin, unless you're having severe side effects. And a worsening of your acne after only 3 days doesn't sound severe to me!
  7. The purge of Tretinoin Round 2

    Maina, I never had enlarged pores, before or after using tretinoin, so I can't speak to it's efficacy with that problem. It takes MONTHS for tretinoin to work, so you absolutely will not see any relevant results in as little as 5 days. Tretinoin is a type of therapy, and with each use it affects your skin cells at the molecular level, urging your skin cells to 'act healthy.' For whatever reason, people with acne are experiencing a malfunction in keratinization and/or oil production, and tretinoin regulates both of these processes, however it takes TIME. Last time I did this, I purged for about 10 weeks before I saw lasting relief, and this time around it appears to be happening the same way for me. As for thinning the skin, from what I've read it's not actually thinning it, but it does make it more fragile, which people confuse with thinning skin. Hope that helps!
  8. Tretinoin on severe comedones [PICS]

    I think so! You just have to give it time. How long have you been using it? You should avoid squeezing/extracting them, it may be prolonging your healing. And moisturizer is key! I don't know how heavy you're thinking, but i use neutrogena for sensitive skin and it works for me. Use as much moisturizer as you need!
  9. *When you finally feel like your acne treatment is turning a corner*


  10. The purge of Tretinoin Round 2

    Yeah you really can't keep switching up your treatments every couple months... especially with retinoids and antibiotics. Both of those medications have a cumulative effect, and retinoids in particular WILL get you worse before you get better. Possibly MUCH worse. So if you went off retinoids for 2 weeks and then went back on, yeah, you're probably gonna have another reaction. Accutane is pretty extreme, and I would avoid it at all costs. Just pick a retinoid + topical antibiotic combo and stick with it for at least 3 months, and maybe throw in a round or 2 of oral antibiotics to get through the initial breakout it causes. If that doesn't work, THEN consider accutane. I mean just take a look at these forums, accutane causes a lot of nasty side effects. Anyway, good luck to you!
  11. 3 months on Tretinoin

    Glad to hear it! Retinoids are no miracle cure-- they're tough to use correctly and they make you suffer before they work, but the point is that they DO work for many people. I haven't even been on doxy for a week yet and I've already seen a huge difference. I'm 6.5 weeks into the retina-a+aczone combo and I think it's finally about to turn a corner, thank goodness.
  12. Doxycycline Help!!!

    That is strange that you have seen no difference at all. I would imagine you're diminishing the effectiveness of the antibiotic by letting it dissolve in your mouth, instead of in your stomach, but I doubt that's the whole problem. Maybe you need a stronger dose, and perhaps you also need to tackle your acne from the outside too. I am using retinoids to purge my skin and regulate cellular turnover + aczone which is a topical antibiotic + I just started doxycycline 100mg just to get me through the initial breakout. Definitely speak with your doctor about it if you're not seeing any changes after 2 months. Good luck!
  13. Tretinoin on severe comedones [PICS]

    Maina, that totally looks like a job for tretinoin! Those look like closed comedones to me. Retinoids work on comedones and inflammatory acne, but you should see a dermatologist just to be sure.
  14. My Retin A log (Updated Weekly)

    Sometimes different areas purge at a different rate, maybe due to the thickness of the skin? Who knows. All that matters is that it's working and you stick with it. Last time I went on retinoids I got 'clear' by 12 weeks, but that doesn't mean I didn't still get the occasional breakout for a few months after. It's a process. By 6 months or so, I would expect the nasty breakouts to have completely subsided, save for a little baby zit once in a while (this was my experience anyway.) I restarted retinoids about 6.5 weeks ago so I'm going through it again now too.
  15. Scared to go on antibiotics

    Glad to hear you're not so worried about it anymore. I'm not even a week into my doxycycline (100mg) and I already see a big difference, my skin is really calming down. Good luck!
  16. Scared to go on antibiotics

    Have you had a bad reaction before? We see a lot of extreme stories on here, but there's no reason to believe that a round of doxycycline (the typical antibiotic prescribed for acne) will cause a severe reaction. I think danger lies in staying on antibiotics for months and months as a long-term solution. Also, supplementing with probiotics is a great way to counteract the healthy bacteria loss. I'm 6 weeks into restarting retinoids and my mother-in-law was so horrified by my initial breakout she brought me to the derm to get an antibiotic. I could probably do without it, but it'll make the next month a little easier, so I figure why not.
  17. Retinoids on clear skin

    It's hard to say whether you have something to worry about. I definitely have a terrible initial breakout on retinoids, but I can also see the closed comedones on my skin, so there's no question. If you only have the cysts, and the rest of the texture of your skin is COMPLETELY smooth, I would imagine it wouldn't be that bad. But maybe it could make the cysts worse for a while? My cystic acne flares (along with everything else) when restarting retinoids, but it doesn't last. It all gets better after about 3 months. Hope you find what works for you!
  18. Does Tretinoin cream cause more acne?

    Tretinoin doesn't cause acne so much as it triggers a nasty "purge" breakout. After about 3 months, most people have purged most of the clogged pores out of their skin and see drastic improvement from there. But it has to be used correctly! Dermatologists don't explain this process very well and people give up too easily, it's a shame
  19. 3 months on Tretinoin

    Any retinoid (tretinoin) + antibiotic (doxy) combo should be effective. I'm using a topical antibiotic (Aczone) and starting one round of doxy tomorrow. I'm surprised a term gave you tretinoin without an antibiotic, that's just cruel.