I wanted to post this topic as I've searched many places and can't seem to find an answer on it, and everyone on acne.org seem to have a lot more knowledge on such topics!!
I have been on Differin since mid-January, and I was fortunately one of the lucky few who did not have much of an initial breakout! Just a few tiny spots. A bit of history:
For the last few years I've had bad nodulocystic acne, which was incredibly painful - tried everything OTC but nothing worked, even tried homeopathy which I think helped a little bit!
In mid-Jan, I started on Differin, quite sparingly in the first week then every day after that - in the last few months, I have only had one cyst come up in the whole of that time, which is a MAAASSIVE improvement from getting 4/5 cysts every three days! However, I'm now in the fourth month of Differin, and I suddenly had a hugeee nodule/cyst appear overnight!! It was massive! And definitely bigger than the one I had in the initial breakout! It has lasted over a week, whereas the one a few months ago went within 3 days after using more Differin on that spot.
My question is, is this another initial breakout?!?! I went back to my doctor who said to not use differin on that spot, and leave it - but I've used everything I have in the cupboard to try and get it to go down in size and redness!! Tea tree oil, Calendula oil, Freederm, Oil of Wintergreen cream, and Differin because I believed it would make the spot better like last time.
Sorry for the long post, but I'm at my wit's end with this huge nodule on my cheek! Should I be getting another initial breakout after being on Differin for this long?
Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Differin made my acne wayyyyy better! My skin was clear all this time after the first initial cyst in the first month!
Edited by angelasoutheast, 21 May 2012 - 02:23 PM.