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Differin (0.1%), Doxycycline (100Mg X 2 A Day), 18/male + Pictures - My Log!

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Decided to start a log to keep track of my improvements (if any!) and to help people who want to try this regimen as well (depending on if it works or not!

18 Year old Male

Acne for 4 years

Clear after 6 months tetracycline/Zineryt (erythromycin + zinc dihydrate) - This was 3 months ago.

Facial Acne has now come back, not sure what technical degree it is back with, but it's definately present.

Back and chest are clear.

Been on doxycycline for 6 weeks now, and differin 0.1% for 2. - Yes I take double the dose recommended by my GP. My stomach can handle increased doxycycline dosage for some strange reason, up to 5 a day and i won't feel any sickness. (I don't take 5..i have once for a test).

Unfortunately no before photo to put up - However i can insist it was a lot less red, but the same amount of spots.

Week 2 Differin, week 6 doxyxcline:

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What I do daily:

AM: Warm shower, wash with neutrogena oil free facewash. Dry with clean towel, apply clinque anti-spot treatment (hurts like hell) just to spots. Moisturise if necessary, usually not anymore (however the first two weeks of differin was BAD dry skin/redness). Eat breakfast, eat a doxycyline.

PM: Warm face wash, wash with the same facial cleanser. Dry, apply a PEA SIZED amount of differin (not too much as i found out the hard way...very sore/red). Sleep on clean pillow sheet. Eat dinner, eat a doxycyline.

Drink 8x glasses of water or more.

It seems to be going okay so far, IB has occured for sure. may still be in it, who knows!

I'll update whenever I feel like it (maybe once a week) - lots of work to be done right now!

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Today is much better. A lot less red and feeling great.

I'm also ill as fuck and have 2 exams today yeaaaaaaaaah. eusa_wall.gif

Switched to a water only face cleaning today, skin FEELS much better. We'll see what the next 2 weeks of nothing but water + differin at night in small amounts does.

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More pictures, I feel like coming off cleansing products and using a tiny amount of differin is helping, you be the judge if you think so/not so much.

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Note: I used no differin last night. This is 2 weeks and 4 days down the line of differin, I feel as if I could've done better not using it at all and just using water. The doxycycline helps, i will continue to use it forever and ever and ever.

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Looking good. Im on day 75 of differin and just starting to clear up


Absorica Aug 2013 -Feb2014

Claravis March 211 - July 2011


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Started using cetaphil cleansing bar + cetaphil SPF 50 moisturising lotion - highly recommend it, no dry skin + the added benefit of not having to hide indoors from the sun all day.

@creiss, nice job, saw your gallery, keep it up mate.

@thisisnothollywood, Well from what i've read/seen/been told by doctors etc if you stick to the differin once a day + good cleansing of the skin after 8 weeks you will see improvement. I'm beginning to see improvement as of today (week 4, day 2), but i put far too much on in the first week.

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doxycycline use is being linked to the development of crohn's disease.

http://www.nature.co...jg2010303a.html

my suggestion would be to get more fiber to feed the good bacteria, and eat less sugar, and drop the antibiotics.


#1.critical nutritional issues- b12(three forms exist), Calcium(yogurt, cheese or calcium phosphate supps) and vitamin d(sun or supps not to exceed 1000 iu). heme iron-most absorbable from meat only, clams are high. these are the most difficult vitamins to get and absorb. All others or about the same in difficulty in absorption. MAgnesium in our food supply is generally low as well, try natural calm supps.

#2 Fats- monounsaturated should dominate(olives), followed by polyunsaturated plant sources(nuts) but not if you have acne. the health benefits of fish oil and fish are controversial and i dont consume them due to mercury contamination and immune supression avoid processed fats if possible.

#3 Protein/amino acids- dairy and eggs best sources for tryptophan and methionine which convert to powerful antioxidants melatonin and glutathione.

#4 Carotenoids- alpha- beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein zeaxanthin, astaxanthin. these are vital to human nutrition, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, chili pepper and cayenne pepper are the best sources.

#5 Regularity-BM at least once a day, Moist, large stools, 1 piece ideal, no maldigestion, no floating stools indicative of maldigested fat. HOW- insoluble fiber- wheat and cooked vegetables. soluble fiber-oats/ good bacteria ferment soluble fiber making short chain fatty acids that inhibit pathogens.

#6 Circadian cycles-Light, get up with the sun, and expose your entire body to it. darkness-melatonin is released upon the sensing of absolute darkness. sleep in a pitch black room, try to ensure 10 hours total darkness, wear sunglasses before bed. do not eat too late at night.

#7 Desirable physiological states(positive moods/emotions) do precisely what you like and what feels good to you, but not regardless of consequences, just from a perspective that, you own your life, and can determine precisely what you do with it and need not answer or ask of permission from anyone,achieving maximum autonomy and self government.


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Today I woke up with no active pimples...wow. So right now just left with the inflamed spots !

Can't wait for exams to finish, i'm sure stress is related to this acne somehow! 13 days until they're finished!

Won't upload photos today as I don't especially want to see them, I will upload some at the end of the week.

Dropped the doxycycline out of my regime today.

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Almost week 5. Loving differin right now, really giving me smooth skin, getting rid of big red cysty lumps etc - has begun a phase of small whiteheads, but they don't bother me. I looked in the mirror today and actually saw a majority of my normal skin colour! :D

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sup crac, good to see differin working well for you, I was pretty surprised how smooth my skin got, just a little heads up your skin might go through ups and downs at first but that's just differin working, well that's how it is for me.

I hated cetaphil, it gave me so many clogged pores that made me go to GP for the first time in relation to skin.

Good luck, your face is looking a lot less red :)

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Thanks :) How long did it take you to start seeing noticeably 'clear' skin?

Thats strange, cetaphil seems to be working nicely for me, oh well, to each his own!

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Erm from week 1 onwards my comedones began to dry up and surface, things steadily got better till week 4ish when i started to get little red bumps here n there, i'm on day 41 now. I have a few days where it's all clearing up then a few days where new things pop up, but generally the extent of the worse days is decreasing further in to the treatment.

stick at it

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Sweet. The mornings always seem worse for me - red and urgh. but by 5pm or so it looks much better. Applying less differin from now on to see if its because im putting too much on at night!

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So it's week 5 day 3. I feel a lot better about my skin. Been off doxy for 5 days now, nothing serious has occured apart from feeling better! new pics too which i feel is a slight improvement!

The left side seems to be improving faster than the right side. but tbh im happier anyway!

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Week 6 today! Improvement? I think so. Will continue with differin usage for the next 6 weeks

Hi, i definitely see improvement. Your cheeks look much clearer - chin seems to still be struggling somewhat. Definitely looking forward to seeing your progress in 6 weeks


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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My regimen..

Morning: Wash face with Acne Aid Bas Soap

I let it dry and then I apply with clearasil lotion and then I put mineral concealer to cover the red spots but I put concealer all over my face except my forehead. This is so I could an even skin tone...

Night: Wash face with acne aid bar soap and let my face dry own its own and then I pud on Benzac...I let it absorb for two hours and then Rinse and before going to sleep I apply retin-a.....

I am fine now!!!everything is under control....

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So its almost week 12 and after a month of travelling and a couple festivals I can show the final photos. i will continue use but im still not clear sad.png! I am a little sunburnt/tanned/something its hard to tell in the photos - Belgium and Prague were VERY hot!

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To decrease facial redness (works very well for me!) i made up a gel solution of salicyclic acid, ibuprofen (both anti-inflammatory effects) and doxycycline (dissolved in zinc acetate dihydrate) for anti-bacterial effetcs. I apply it to my face once daily and let it soak in (applied using a soft rubber brush). Somehow it totally works.

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It got worse & I dropped it, started using BP (Quinoderm 10%) & Antibiotic instead - working really fast within 2 weeks, im almost 95% clear. Guess differin wasn't for me!

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