Derek C

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  1. Can you guys please post pics? Before/After ones would be great. Thanks!
  2. Post Accutane Update & *PICS*

    Awesome, thanks for the update! Your skin looks great, so glad it all worked out well for you. We need to hear more stories like this, imo! Very inspirational .
  3. Thanks for posting pics. TBH I don't think your hair looks thin, nor does your part look abnormally wide. I've seen much worse, on ppl who probably wouldn't say anything's wrong w their hair. Do you really think you lost 1/3 of your hair? IMO if that was the case, your hair would be much thinner...Do you have any before pics to compare? From your previous posts, the number of hairs you say you've been loosing, and the alarm at which you've stated your situation, one would think your hair was much thinner...again, it looks normal to me. I suppose the only way to really judge it is with a before pic...can you post one? What has your dermatologist said? Do they agree w your assessment of the situation? What does everyone else think?
  4. Hi, I'm 34 as well, and have had persistent mild-moderate acne pretty much my whole adult life. I use tretinoin .01% gel at night and clindamycin gel in the morning. I use cerava face cleanser. I use to use BP 2.5% in the morning, and the combo of BP and tretinoin was effective in controlling my acne. I rarely am 100% clear, but i've been able to manage w a few active blemishes, and the occasional cyst (or two :/). I switched to clindamycin in the morning because I thought the BP and tretinoin was aggrevating my helped controlled my acne (but never 100% clear), but my skin always looked dry and unhealthy. Switching, I've def feel my skin looks less irritated, and it's almost as effective. When I was a teen and in my early 20s, I used differin gel at night, which is basically tretinoin, and benzaclyin in the morning (bp plus clyndamycin). It was very effective, I was very clear at that time. However, as I got older, my skin could no longer tollerate the strength of those meds. So I tried different strengths, and settled on the most gentle strength of tretinoin, which is .01% gel. Speaking just for myself, I find the .01% gel is the most effective on my skin. So I have had success using tretinoin. Unfortunately, my skin is never completely clear, but it's managable. But after over 18 years of using topicals, and no end in sight, I have to admit, I'm getting fed up with even mild acne, and sadly I can't say tretinoin has cleared me 100%, but it's one of the best topical I've tried. Hope that helps.
  5. Hey Chicanery, and others who experienced this, can you post pics of your hair so we can see what you're talking about? Thanks!
  6. Sorry to hear you're having such a tough time. Can you post a pic of your dry thinning and brittle hair? So we can see what you are talking about? Obviously you can't post a pic of your IBS, but seeing your hair would help assess your situation and it's severity, and I think it would be very helpful to people. Thanks!
  7. Chicanery, and others, would you be willing to post pics of your hair loss? Even a before pic for comparison. I think it would be really helpful. We read a lot of these types of posts, but rarely does anyone even post a pic. Again, I think it would be a great help in understanding it and seeing exactly what you're talking about. Thanks!