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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:40 PM
What were your experiences? How did you use it? Was it successful? How long did it take? What should I be looking for?
By the way, I'm also taking Bactrim once a day and using Duac in the morning. This helps bumps that come up depress down quickly I suppose, but they leave awful pigmentation and new bumps are continuing to come up everyday.
Someone please give me the assurance to stick with this. Or tell me that this really just isn't something I just mess with any longer. I feel like my dermatologist and doctor are extremely unhelpful and not really concerned at all, so I really don't wish to consult them about the medications.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:46 PM
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:33 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:30 PM
You have to give it time. I mean, if you want to have a baby and you get pregnant, five months into it you can't be like, "Where the hell is this baby!?!?" You have to be patient, unfortunately.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:31 AM
Today my skin is not looking so good, once again. My stubborn areas that exploded around my cheek-mouth area are *slowly* fading I think, but I still have at least 3 small inflamed areas. The rest is mostly depressed and hyper pigmented. My chin has two whiteheads I guess, one of which is more inflamed and red than the other, but the bumpiness has overall decreased. My forehead (especially the area around my eyebrows is still broken out and there are several bumps along my hairline. I finally have a few inflamed spots on my jawline and the sides of my face that recently surfaced, but after one night with the Differin they have noticeably swelled and are less painful.
Overall I really do think my skin is smoother and softer and the actually bumpiness of my skin has decreased significantly (when I wear makeup, a bit of the redness peeks through, but most of the spots are flat or only slightly inflamed). My skin is very uneven however and while I guess the differin is helping to fade my scars, certain areas have just left very unsightly marks that are a deep red color and make my acne look worse than it actually is. I'm just gonna give myself another couple weeks before I judge the improvement or lack of improvement of my skin and hopefully stop breaking out soon
Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:20 AM
I am in month 3 of atralin (tretinoin .05%) and breaking out again and it sucks but.......this too shall pass. I'm giving myself till the 4 month mark to go back to my derm and getting her opinion on things. In the meantime, i can only just continue to live my life and and focus on all the positive things that are happening.
Good Luck and keep your head up
Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:36 AM