Before I talk about how Retin A is changing/affecting my face, I'd thought I'd give some quick background info
I have [and still have though less severe than before] oily/combination skin which suffers from mild - moderate pustular acne [am 19, so for 5 years now] which has left several red marks over my face, especially on my chin and forehead, chin is probably the worst, as it constantly feels clogged/congested and I tend to pick that area too much
I also have moderate bacne/chestacne for which I've tried epiduo as well as ACV but am now regularly toning after showers with Garnier's PureActive toner which I think is keeping it under control, I hope
I've tried different combinations of BP, doxycycline and epiduo for almost 4 years now, as well as numerous supermarket cleansers but after finally seeing a derm, I'm using only Retin A and minocycline and washing with a Cetaphil OIly Skin cleanser
I'm on my 2nd week of using Retin A and minocycline now and although I can defs say that there are parts of my face where the texture feels better, the skin looks smoother and it appears that the superficial red marks left over from picking/pimples are fading, I've found my chin to be breaking out horribly
I've gotten never before cyst type acne bumps, I don't know if they can be called 'cystic' as although theyre painful and feel well under the skin, they come to a head and if pressed/popped, pus comes out
I believe the minocycline was given to help reduce the severity of the so called IB but my chin has never felt this clogged and bumpy before
Also until now, the area around my mouth/cheeks hasn't had too much pustular acne, yet now it's appearing all over this area
If anyone has any IB breakout stories to share especially what their skin type is, the type of acne they got, and how long it took to treat/resolve, I'd love to know
P.S will update progress as time goes on, and if confident enough, upload some photos along the way as they'll best show any improvements [fingers crossed]
Good luck to all those on this product too !
Into week 3 now, my chin cyst has finally reared it's ugly [white] head, though this time I'm determined to not poke around it or try to force any of the contents out
My chin is still getting pustules [I reckon the amount I've gotten on my chin so far in 3 weeks are what I'd normally get within 1 - 2 months]
My cheeks feel smoother though there seem to be pore plugs that fore [which hasnt happened before]. After a shower, I'm able to use tweezers and pull these 'plugs' out though they leave a visible red pore indent sorta mark
I keep thinking about epiduo since it's adapalene [a synthetic retinoid] AS WELL as BP, I'm not sure whether I should have suddenly stopped the BP, but I'm gonna put my trust in Retin A for at least 3 - 4 months.
But so far, I think it's doing everything it's supposed to
Into week 4 now, finally got a BB cream that i ordered online so hoping it'll help with the redness, but all in all going okayish with the occasional pimple popping up
Yday I decided to put epiduo on in the morning then retin a at night, but found that by midday my face was considerably red and looked like a tomato, so today I simply dabbed epiduo on the cyst and onto another new cyst that seems to haev appeared out of no where on my chin as well. Will skip retin A for tonight
Face defs looks smoother overall after I've washed it, just after moisturising and thanks to this summer weather, it ends up looking red, blotchy and my pimples/scars seem to get redder
Into week 6/7, just came back from holidaying in a really really sunny and humid place so yay uv light and retin A skin thinning. Atm forehead has small bumps and a pustule, chin has a pustule though the bumps are much less now as most seem to have surfaced quicker than normal thanks to the retin a, face still looks flushed and greasy and blotchy after a long day though when washed with cetaphil, seems to look actually normal for once, my moisturiser may be too oily i reckon, esp since its now summer here
I don't know if this is the true IB stage or whether I'm still experiencing it, but defs noticed more pimples all of a sudden emerging from nowhere, though I've been pretty slack with how consistently I've been taking minomycin on the trip, perhaps this played a roll
Otherwise, fingers crossed as always, and defs sticking with this cream until it finishes, i reckon got a good 2 - 3 months to go, scars defs seem faded after showering, but as said earlier, by the end of a long day, when my face is greasy and tired and non fresh looking, all those red marks suddenly seem to be so much more noticable :/
Into week 8 or so, broke out horribly in these white heady/pustular looking bumps on forehead though it may have been to me slacking off on the antibiotics [minomycin], theyre slowly clearing up. I've started reading into stuff about face mapping and acne, this site I found really interesting so thought to share
, though I don't know how much science there is to back it up. Still doesnt hurt to eat healthier and try something new, so will also be drinking ACV/water each morning before eating anything, hopefully helps.
Edited by WishfulThinker93, 10 February 2013 - 03:35 AM.