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#41 hatesacne

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 04:17 AM

I'm taking 100 mg. spironolactone(a.m.), 45 mg. solodyn(minocycline)(p.m.) and using tretinoin .05 %. started w/atralin(tret)on 10/17. Before that I was using differin 0.3% which was too strong for me. Interesting that you've been moisturizing before using the tret. I haven't used moisturizer at all and I'm not peeling very much(also not going outside very much and being a recluse b/c I look so horrible). Unemployed and trying to interview for jobs is extremely difficult when you look like you've been doing meth or something and have sores all over your face:( Maybe that's because I'm using .05% and you are using 0.! % or maybe b/c I'm much older than all of you. Mine was doing well until I decided to "help" it along and now it's red but drying up the cysts nicely:) please keep updating so I can get a sense for what's coming up for me. Thanks. I'm so glad I found this site. Not really convinced I want to continue taking meds. for acne!! BTW: my derm told me it's good to change antibiotics every once in a while, to prevent becoming immune to them.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:34 PM

QUOTE (MisterTwo @ Oct 28 2008, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Soapybubbles @ Oct 28 2008, 11:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
oh, hey!

my progress is steadily improving. I still have some active pimples and i still get some new ones, but they are NOTHING like those horrible cysts i was getting during my initial breakout. I still have red marks, and i am considering purchasing this MAMA lotion stuff that everyone on this site raves about to help get rid of them.

Basically, i'm doing a lot better than my last post. I'm not hiding out in my apt. anymore at least, lol.

and yeah, i decided i needed pics... liven things up a bit.

i haven't checked your updates yet. how are you doing?


I am pretty much in the same boat as you. Getting active pimples still, but they seem to come to head much quicker. The major breakout I had when I started the regimen is finally gone and most of the marks are fading quickly. I should probably look into the Mama lotion as well. Overall skin is much smoother though.

I think we got another month before drastic improvements come, or at least that is what I have read. Good to see your not hiding out. comfort.gif Life is too short to be a recluse. I will post a pic eventually, gotta muster up the courage.


yeah this mama lotion stuff- i might want some of that too
glad to hear you're both doing better in the break out department


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Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:47 AM

QUOTE (hatesacne @ Oct 30 2008, 02:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm taking 100 mg. spironolactone(a.m.), 45 mg. solodyn(minocycline)(p.m.) and using tretinoin .05 %. started w/atralin(tret)on 10/17. Before that I was using differin 0.3% which was too strong for me. Interesting that you've been moisturizing before using the tret. I haven't used moisturizer at all and I'm not peeling very much(also not going outside very much and being a recluse b/c I look so horrible). Unemployed and trying to interview for jobs is extremely difficult when you look like you've been doing meth or something and have sores all over your face:( Maybe that's because I'm using .05% and you are using 0.! % or maybe b/c I'm much older than all of you. Mine was doing well until I decided to "help" it along and now it's red but drying up the cysts nicely:) please keep updating so I can get a sense for what's coming up for me. Thanks. I'm so glad I found this site. Not really convinced I want to continue taking meds. for acne!! BTW: my derm told me it's good to change antibiotics every once in a while, to prevent becoming immune to them.



Everyone's skin is different so that is why I believe I need to moisturize right out of the shower. If I wait 10-20 after I shower, my skin becomes more flaky. I would rather not have to moisturize as I don't want to have my skin be dependent on it, which I think it already is. I hope my log gives you insight on things to come. I believe it is situational in what people experience, to an extent. I hear some people don't peel at all, which I experienced a good amount.

I know how you feel about being a recluse too. My self-consciousness was getting out of control that it dictated what I did in my life. I hated that feeling and felt at a really low point in my life. I have done my best to overcome that obstacle, and have gotten a better view towards life as a result. I think the hardest part about acne is overcoming the fear of facing the world knowing you look the way you look. Wish you luck on your regimen and hope that clear skin is at the end.

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:18 PM

Hey, decided to join the topic, I recently started .025 tretinoin. I'm 15 and after trying BP, and clindamycin the derm switched me to tretinoin, and I've already been on Doxy for 3 months 100mg. I mainly have acne on my face chest back and butt, but didn't didn't tell her about the latter for obvious reasons and it's not real bad there. I'm about 90% sure the antibiotics, doxy cleared up my chest and back, and now on my face I'm using the following.

Wash with 5% Sodium Solfmaide(something like that) with sulfer. AM

Wash with above, then after drying moisturize with neutreguna oil free, combination lotion.
then apply the tretinoin. im not sure weather to do every other day or every day. PM

Anyways I have really fair skin, (I'm a redhead, please don't call me a ginger) and I'm wondering how bad will the redness be. My acne really isn't that bad it's started in 6th grade a few pimples here and there, I made them worse by picking. Progressively got worse tried OTC garbage, just destroyed my face. Now im getting little bumps on forehead, and bigger ones on temples, nose, chin and inner cheeks.

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:35 PM

also does anyone have any before and after pics of tretinoin? or pics of how bad the peeling and redness is now? Thanks

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 08:31 PM

Oh hey!

Secretly I have not read any of these posts. I had an impulse to take a pic of me and my large kitten.

I know, not exactly acne related... but, ya know. I haven't been very active in the thread as of late, so I guess i'm making up for that...? if you like cats...? haha

Well, this pic does have my face in it, and even though I'm wearing makeup (have TONS of redmarks around my side-chin area...) I only have a couple of active pimples. My forehead only has one fading redmark, and my cheeks are pretty much spotless.

retin-a does work! Just give it time. i'll take a more close and personal/ embarrassing pic of my non makeup face soon. blehh

ok, on to reading the posts...

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 08:59 PM

Steve,

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First thing you should realize about people on acne.org is that they are excellent! I would never think of calling you a "ginger." People on this site are extra nice.

I mean... no one on I've come across on this site criticizes. Like... it's a site where people talk about pimples... so not glamorous...

So welcome!

I also have very fair skin and am prone to freckles, and am just embarking on my 8th week of tretinoin today. I experienced a TON of redness in my third to fourth week. I think it was those weeks... I'd have to go back and check the logs. But anyway, I was also on a topical antibiotic, and I know that that was a huge contributor to the redness. So, I can't exactly tell you how red I would have gotten without the topical antibiotic. However, I don't think it would have been even half as bad. The redness is something that's different for everyone. In my opinion though, a little redness for a couple of weeks is nothing when on the road to clear skin. Years of clarity is what's more important.

The only problem with fair skin is that the red marks after the pimples clear up are really noticeable. However, the tretinoin is supposed to help that (and is slowly doing so in my case) and I just ordered this MAMA lotion stuff yesterday, and that should help as well. I'll let you guys know how that works out when it comes.

I'm waiting until I see more improvement to show full before and after pics. I was really bad at taking pics throughout this experience, and I don't even have a real camera (I use photobooth on my mac, lol).

BUT! if it makes you feel better, I started tretinoin 3 years ago as well, and after all the redmarks cleared up I was clear for years (until i decided to go off of it for a couple of months).

Oh well, I'm over the initial breakout and hopefully the few zits I have left over will be gone in no time as well as the red marks.

My pores have decreased dramatically, and my skin is super smooth. The redness I used to have toward my jaw bone from very mild rosacea is gone as well. I'm very pleased! Stick with it!

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:45 AM

Do you have any oilyness using this?

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 05:59 PM

Thanks, Oh and I do like cats I have 2. I've used it for 4 days and no side effects yet. Is the redness able to be coved up with make up? I do have fair skin, but I guess I'm lucky my red marks only last about a week. When should I expect the redness and peeling? Also is it ok to use lotion first then 30 minutes later put on the tretinoin, do the same results occur? I thought putting lotion on second would move the medication around? thanks. I'm hoping to just control my acne till I hopefully eusa_pray.gif grow out of it.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:30 PM

Oh and I wasn't serious about the ginger thing, I know someone wouldn't say that, my hair is barely red anyways.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:43 PM

l3br0n23, I've only used it for a few days but you skin looks greasy when it's on, but your going to bed so who cares. But no my skin is still just as oily as it ever was during the day.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE (steveutter24 @ Nov 5 2008, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
l3br0n23, I've only used it for a few days but you skin looks greasy when it's on, but your going to bed so who cares. But no my skin is still just as oily as it ever was during the day.



yeah mine actually seems oilier, but not in the same way
i don't know how to explain it
anyways i jsut use blotting papers or tissues throughout the day

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:13 AM

I use to use like 4 blotting sheets a day, and it took more than one for my face, but I realized my face will looks just as shiny in an hour and when on a drying medication like retin, it is better to let your skin fully absorb the oil you put out. Oh and the oilier you are its actually a good sign because then you know the oil is on top of the skin not trapped in the pore.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 06:18 PM

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:44 AM

Updated. Been really really really busy with school. Can't wait til December when we get off.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 06:17 PM

yeah i still get those same cheek "break out patches" that you describe
best of luck mistertwo!

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:05 PM

Finally updated a month later wink.gif

Soapy/Joker you still around?

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 01:34 PM

haha, yeah, I'm still here.

But last night was the first night I had checked the site in awhile.

My skin has been looking pretty good, so I just wasn't thinking about it as much. Hence, I hadn't been checking the site as often.

MisterTwo, how soon in the future do you think you're going to ween off the retin-a?

Just wondering, because I did the same thing in late summer, and my acne tootally came back. Then I had to start the whole thing over again.

Plus, I did a lot of research on retin-a, and a lot of people use it past their 50's (some for acne reasons and some for beauty reasons). It apparently keeps your skin super healthy! It just keeps on renewing cells so you always look fresh. I don't plan on going off of it any time soon. My mom (who has never had acne) even uses it. Her skin looks so much younger than her age. You, of course, can do whatever you want. But just take my experience into consideration. I'd hate to see you back here starting over. eeek!

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:31 AM

I was planning to continue Retin-A indefinitely (well until I think I am grown out of it). I will probably end up using it every other day or every 3 days.

Good news that you are doing well. I have been making progress still. Not completely clear, but less frequency and less severe.

I am wondering if there are long term effects of using Retin A. The fact that the skin has less layers than usual concerns me for the long term. Anyway, thanks for the update and wise advice. biggrin.gif

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 01:43 PM

hey mistertwo
hope your new place is great!
just a suggestion- maybe you could try weaning off the antibitoics before you start cutting down on the retin-a? i dunno just think it'd be better that way for some reason lol

and as for doing the retin-a indefinetley, just think -once you grow out of the acne, you already have an anti-wrinkle regimen in progress!!!