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Clindamycin & Doxycycline Or Retin-A (Tretinoin 0.1%)?

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So I recently started using Retin-A/Tretinoin (0.1%) for about a month now. I have been experiencing really bad breakouts (cystic acne; to the point that I have to pop it to release the nasty pus inside) and peeling ever since on it. My skin is so red and flakey, and just so bad in general. I know that this is supposed to happen (initial breakout, side-effects, etc). I have cut back to using it every other day and waiting at least 40 minutes to apply it after I was my face. I also moisturize in the night and use a SPF sunscreen in the day, yet it is still making my face so blotchy and bad.

I was prescribed Clindamycin and Doxycycline last year prior to going on the Retin-A and it made my face clear up completely. I then stopped/took the Clinda and Doxy on and off (not routinely) and my acne started coming back again. Now I am using the Retin-A and my acne has never been this bad. Should I just go back to using the Clindamycin and Doxy (it worked) or should I just stick with the Retin-A? Thanks!

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Unfortunately you're going to have to give the tretinoin another 2 months or so to see if it's really going to work. Either that or talk to your derm again and explain what's going on.

Doxy really isn't supposed to be a long-term solution, so maybe you can use another round to get clear, but you'll probably have to find something else, too (that may be where the Clindamycin comes into play).

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So I recently started using Retin-A/Tretinoin (0.1%) for about a month now. I have been experiencing really bad breakouts (cystic acne; to the point that I have to pop it to release the nasty pus inside) and peeling ever since on it. My skin is so red and flakey, and just so bad in general. I know that this is supposed to happen (initial breakout, side-effects, etc). I have cut back to using it every other day and waiting at least 40 minutes to apply it after I was my face. I also moisturize in the night and use a SPF sunscreen in the day, yet it is still making my face so blotchy and bad.

I was prescribed Clindamycin and Doxycycline last year prior to going on the Retin-A and it made my face clear up completely. I then stopped/took the Clinda and Doxy on and off (not routinely) and my acne started coming back again. Now I am using the Retin-A and my acne has never been this bad. Should I just go back to using the Clindamycin and Doxy (it worked) or should I just stick with the Retin-A? Thanks!

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