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californiaEstie

Prescriptions that work .VS. Over the counter products

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Hi. :shifty:

I have been on Differin & Duac for a little over a year. I've never gotten as many compliments on my skin as this year (after I started them). My skin has been really really clear until lately when my dermatologist put me on Differin lotion instead of gel. But it's still been good by most standards. The problem is, this really intensively educated esthetician said that Differin & Duac are aging. OmG. I know BP isn't great for your skin but a retinoid?! Ughhh. I thought they were supposed to be ANTI aging. So now I have a dilemma. Go off my prescriptions and most likely break out (at the beginning of my career as an esthetician- doesn't look good), or stay on them and prematurely age.

Does anyone know more about this? I'm struggling trying to make a choice!!

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Well that is great information, thank you. That's what I had thought! But she totally psyched me out. She kept repeating "Anything that causes inflammation is aging."

I found this- "Apply a retinoid only at night. A retinoid itself is sensitive to sunlight so applying it during the day can cause inflammation."

I only do apply Differin at night, so therefore it wouldn't be causing inflammation/aging right?

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So I had stopped using them for about 4 days. I see a big pimple on my lower jaw and a medium one on my forehead... the likes of which had been banished. I don't think I could stop meds right now even if they were bad for me. :(

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I've read some things about how it accelerates aging, but I haven't looked too much into it myself. Perhaps you could look into something that will still help accelerate your skin cell turnover, like finacea?

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Hmm. I can't understand why! I've read so much info on how it's anti-aging. :P

Take finacea internally??

* Went off meds for 4 days and my face blew up. No one ever do this. I'm dumb.

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it's a topical with 15% azaleic acid, and I've seen some people refer to it as a friendlier version of a retinoid in the way that it turns over skin cells, is anti bacterial, and anti inflammatory. The problem according to my derm is that it hasn't gone through the same things that retinoids have, like double blinded tests and the like, so it's not FDA approved for all types of acne, and just acne rosacea. I haven't looked up too much into this, so don't take my word for it, but at kaiser, finacea is 180 dollars, while .01% Retin-A is like 10 dollars. I'd think that using other products with antioxidants would help though, I've never seen any actual claims of people using retin products and then reporting years later that their skin has prematurely aged, mostly just hypothetical stuff.

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