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Differin + Tetralysal: 16 Year Old Male (With Pictures)

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Background

I started getting the occasional zit and mild cyst when I was 14 years old; I normally used to just pop them. Then I turned 15 and my hormones went bonkers eusa_wall.gif I got acne on my cheeks and between my eyebrows (after waxing there), along with sore cysts and pimples on my chin (especially after shaving) and nose.

I have red blemishes from the old pimples and this is my last month on Purbac/Bactrim/Septra, so I reckon this is a good time to start a log of my Differin and Tetralysla

So to summarise:

-Sensitive skin

-Hormonal acne for 1 year (blackheads, zits, cysts)

-16 years old

-Old red marks and blemishes

-Antibiotics and Differin 0.1%

Routine (updated: 1 May 2012)

AM:

-Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

-Zinc 15mg

-Vitamin C 1000mg

-Clean and Clear Advantage spot treatment

-Clean and Clear Blackhead Cleanser

-Silica tissue salts (throughout the day)

-Omega 3 and 6 capsule (as of 1 May 2012

-Tibb Natural Antibiotic (as of May 1 2012)

-Tetracyline 300mg (course finished)

PM:

-Cetaphil

-Differin 0.1% gel

-Spot treatment

-Blackhead Cleanser

-Omega 3 and 6 capsule

-Tibb Natural Antibiotic (as of May 1 2012)

-Tetracyline 300mg (course finished)

http://www.tibbherbals.com/antibiotic.html

October, 2011

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Started: January 17

Week 1:

So far so good! Been using Differin every night on my chin and nose. Every second night on my cheeks.

Got three new whiteheads on my chin from the Differin.

Noticed that blackhead-like material has been coming through my skin (not actual blackheads, just the material coming through the skin. Can be removed with tweezers - weird).

Cheeks haven't really changed much.

24 January, 2012

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Will keep you all posted!

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Week 2

31 January, 2012

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Three sore zits on chin are gone, you can see the new marks there. Another small one next to where the marks were.

Two small bumps on my right cheek, thank God it's next to the marks that are already there.

of small little bumps on either sides of my nose.

Blackheads on nose getting darker.

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Congrats, your skin is clearing up well! I have used differin before and it made my skin really clear, am about to start using it again.

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Week 3

7 February, 2012

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Old marks visibly faded :) The newer pimples have reduced in size but I think will take a while to fade.

Blackheads have strangely appeared on either side of my nose. Three which are grouped together are slightly raised, going to get a blackhead cleanser for my nose.

No new actual pimples so far :) Very pleased for now :)

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Week 4

14 February, 2012

One month! My old marks are visibly reduced in size and lighter in colour :)

Got one zit slooowly appearing on my cheek, and another on my chin.

Stopped using the Differin on my nose, using a Clean and Clear Blackhead Cleanser there instead.

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Week 12

10 April, 2012

Most marks and scars are gone or mostly faded. Still getting occasional zits between my eyebrows (I pluck the hair that grows there) and sometimes small ones on my chin.

Sometimes small red ones form along my jawline (I shave there regularly) but I warm the skin to open the pores now and after showering I either rub a little tea tree oil in or I use the Clean and Clear Blackhead Treatment (it has some alcohol in it).

My nose is a bit oily now, but I haven't noticed that my skin is more sensitive than before starting the Differin. I do have blackheads on my cheeks here and there.

Finished a 3 month course of Purbac and 3 month course of Tetralysal (tetracyline) - making it six months on antibiotics. Hope to God I don't break out now that the anitbiotics are over.

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Mostly happy with the results so far. I pray that it's not just the antibiotics that helped.

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How's your skin doing since coming off the antibiotics buddy?


Accutane Log:

Month 1: 30mg

Month 2: 30mg

Month 3: 50mg

Month 4: 50mg

Month 5: 50mg

Month 6: 50mg

DONE! :)

161 Days, 6850mg, 103g per kg.

Routine:

Simple Cleanser

Aquamol Moisturizer


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How is the Epiduo working for you Gecko? I'm quite interested to hear how well it works. Haven't tried BP on my skin - it reacts badly to salicylic acid sometimes.

Week 15

1 May, 2012

Well, bad news. Soon after finishing the course of Tetralysal a few bumps that had been on my chin turned into full on whiteheads. My chin area has since become quite bumpy, with a few small heads and heads-in-the-making eusa_wall.gif

I've noticed another small red pimple on my left cheek and another three or four on the right. They are small and not sore, but they're still noticeable. They don't last long, and after a while their heads come off and I can gently press the liquid out (is that a good thing? eusa_think.gif )

I can cover most up with a little concealer. Skin is still a bit greasy and shiny, and quite a lot more sensitive to the sun now.

Still getting hard bumps between my eyebrows. They stay for about week and then go away, only to return. I don't seem to be getting more blackheads like I used to. The old marks on my cheeks are mostly gone, which is fantastic, but to be fair they had been fading before I started using Differin (probably sped the process up).

If you haven't noticed I updated the top of the thread, but here is what I've added to my routine:

-Omega 3 and 6 capsules

-Tibb Natural Antibiotics, 2 three times a day

I made a pledge to stick with Differin until June (which will be close to 6 full months) before I decide what next. I will also ask about Epiduo, and I am looking for some Jojoba oil to rub into my skin after shaving/plucking.

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