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Hi fellow acne-sufferers ..

I have been suffering from acne since i was 12-13 years old, and i'm soon turning 18 (18.juli, wiii )

For the last 2 years my acne have been mild incomparison to a more moderate breakout that i'm used to.

However, for the last 3 months I have been experiencing more acne on my face, first as small bumps but then developed into full mountain acne. I haven't used any spesific acne-products for 1-2 years, only cleasing, (sometimes toning) and moisturizer.

Therefor I have been thinking about starting to use Differin, but i'm very scared that it would do more harm than good. I don't have thaaaaaat much acne on my face, but enough to trouble me from going out without makeup. So should I starts using it or do you recommend something else? thanks.

Some information:

I'm Vietnamese, living in Norway ( for the most very dry weather)

Combination skin = dry around my nose, mouth and eyes. Oily on my forehead and a little on my cheeks.

Mostly breakout on my cheeks and forehead.

I have used:

* benzyl peroxide (example epiduo): it have cleared me up, but also broken me out. It also leaves discoloration after the acne is gone. Can be very drying,

* Differin : tried it, but can't remember the results or how long i used it . .

* Clinique 3-step: sucked. dried my face up, but strangly made my forehead extremly oily . . hmm.

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I HATE differin. I just got off from using it and let me tell you my face is so uneven and full of dark spots and I hate it. My left cheek use to be kind of clear, but after I started to use differin, I have so many dark spots on that side of my face from break out after break out.

I was on differin for more than 12 weeks and it just made my acne so much worse. It was so weird that after I stopped using it and started scrubbing my face with honey and sugar, my acne is now gone, but I still have numerous small dark patches all over my cheek. I really do NOT recommend Differin, but it could work for you so, it's best you continue using it and see. I wish I hadn't tried it though.


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I recognize that different things work for different people, especially when it comes to acne. I kid you not, for almost every acne treatment on the market (including over the counter and prescription topicals, antibiotics, hormonal treatments, holistic methods, and dietary changes), I've heard both miraculous and horrific stories. As a result, the trial and error process that frequently accompanies treating your acne can be quite discouraging at times. I have been using Differin cream every night on my forehead for over three months and have had great results. Before using Differin, I had approx. one hundred closed comedones (non-inflammatory bumps) on my forehead, mostly situated in the center of my forehead and in between my eyebrows. From a distance, they were barely noticeable. But they were extremely stubborn and drove me completely nuts. I was so frightened by the thought of using a retinoid on my sensitive skin that I waited a full three months before going to the dermatologist. My skin did purge on Differin, but instead of every little bump coming to the surface at once, about two to three would get inflamed every week and the Differin would heal them extremely quickly. Like I said before, everyone's skin reacts differently, but don't discount ANY acne treatment out of fear alone. Having said that, I believe that acne is a multi-factorial disease and looking at all aspects of the situation (hygiene, potentially irritating products, allergies, hormones, stress, diet, etc.) is very important before using any new product, whether its' over the counter or prescription. My best advice is to find a great dermatologist who will help you examine the different possibilities for what's causing your acne and work with you to find the best products for your skin. And if you do end up on Differin, I recommend starting it slowly by using it a few times a week at first and building up to using it daily depending on your tolerance level. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!


Background Information:

Twenty year old female with mild-moderate acne

Started getting breakouts in April/May 2012

Closed comedones on forehead cleared with the help of Differin

Have found great information from acne.org, skinacea.com, and my wonderful derm!

Current Concern:

A handful of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation spots along jawline (hoping to resolve these with monthly chemical peels)

Skincare Regimen:

Wash face twice daily with Agera's Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Follow with Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin

Apply thin layer of Differin cream to forehead every night

Apply thin layer of Aczone to chin every night

Spot treat any inflamed blemishes with Differin both morning and night

Prescription Medications:

Spironolactone 50 mg every morning

Yaz at night

*Diligent about taking medications at the same times every day

Hygiene Habits:

Make sure hands are clean BEFORE washing face or applying topical treatments

Change pillowcase on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Keep hands away from face

Talk on speakerphone when using cell

Diet:

Eat mostly lean meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts with the occasional sweet treat

Gluten and dairy free!


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