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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:31 AM

Congratulations with the progress. 

I was wondering: did you squeeze the worst pimples, or did they just burst or disappear on their own?

I use differin, but I don't have the patience to wait when the Differin pushes the trapped sebum to the surface so I squeeze the upcoming bumps or papules, or maybe they are cysts,  but damage my skin in the process.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:48 AM

Congratulations with the progress. 

I was wondering: did you squeeze the worst pimples, or did they just burst or disappear on their own?

I use differin, but I don't have the patience to wait when the Differin pushes the trapped sebum to the surface so I squeeze the upcoming bumps or papules, or maybe they are cysts,  but damage my skin in the process.

 

thanks, sorry it took so long. when I already see the head, I prick it with a needle and squeeze the gunk out, haha, its bad i know, but it heals a lot faster than waiting for the gel to work, just try to leave them alone. how long have you been using differin?

 

UPDATE: Im now using retin-a every other day, face is less oily, still get a few zits every now and then but not as much as before and not as big, and they wouldnt last for 3 days. skin is smoother, helped a lot with dark spots, scars are shallower, smaller pores. HAPPY!



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:28 AM

wow absolutely amazing! honestly, i cant see any scars at all :P 

may i know how long you have been on retin a? i started about 2 weeks ago and apart from the peeling, it's going great! im surprised that i hvent gotten any purging yet and i worry that it might happen in the future?
which moisturizer do you use? i used the a neutrogena moisturizer but it couldnt combat the excessive peeling. ive been using cocoa butter at night and it's a life saver! only at night cause i cant go to school with a slick of oil on my face haha. 
i have been using the 0.05% and after some months have passed by, do you recommend me to upgrade to 0.1% even though im getting great results with the former?

congrats on your amazing skin! teehee.gif



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:12 PM

Wow, your skin looks amazing! That is such a dramatic difference. I wish retin-a made my skin look good like that.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:48 AM

I'm really sorry. It's been a while since I checked my account here. I was really busy with school. Anyway, my skin is already used to tretinoin. My face doesn't turn red or flake like before when I was using it for the first 5 months. I've been using it for more than a year now. But I think it's not working on me anymore. I guess it still does, but not like before. I started to get zits again, not as many and as big as before though. Anyone here who has been using retin-a for more than a year? Should I try another brand? What brand would you guys suggest. THANKS IN ADVANCE... =D



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

Do not stop or change brands. Just try and incorporate a 10% glycolic acid gel in the mornings and take zinc supplement/a multivitamin. I had same results using retin a. Cheers

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:31 AM

Do not stop or change brands. Just try and incorporate a 10% glycolic acid gel in the mornings and take zinc supplement/a multivitamin. I had same results using retin a. Cheers

 

thanks. I think I'll try the peter thomas glycolic acid hydrating gel. how long have you been on retin-a?



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 06:05 AM

About 10 months now and am loving every bit of it. However, in my 8th month, started having zits again so I started taking zinc supplement 50mg and using alpha hydrox 10% glycolic acid gel in the mornings and my face has never been clearer.

When getting the aha, watch out for the other ingredients added and read reviews before buying. Cheers

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:50 PM

please keep posting! your skin looks amazing. one of the greatest transformations I have ever seen.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:40 AM

About 10 months now and am loving every bit of it. However, in my 8th month, started having zits again so I started taking zinc supplement 50mg and using alpha hydrox 10% glycolic acid gel in the mornings and my face has never been clearer.

When getting the aha, watch out for the other ingredients added and read reviews before buying. Cheers

 

was your face oily before you started retin-a? my face pumps more oil than kuwait and retin-a helped a lot, but now my face gets really oily again. Also, what zinc do you use, citrate or gluconate? Sorry if i ask a lot of questions. =D



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 02:31 AM

@itsakstubimi, yes my face was very oily and still oily to an extent. I stay in a very hot region so isn't helping matters too . lol at pumping more oil than Kuwait. However, I use a clay mask weekly to control the shine.

I noticed the aha also controls oil too. The zinc I use is gluconate. I learnt its better for acne. And no you aren't asking lots of questions. Hugs

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 02:42 AM

@itsakstubimi, yes my face was very oily and still oily to an extent. I stay in a very hot region so isn't helping matters too . lol at pumping more oil than Kuwait. However, I use a clay mask weekly to control the shine.

I noticed the aha also controls oil too. The zinc I use is gluconate. I learnt its better for acne. And no you aren't asking lots of questions. Hugs

 

haha, thank you so much. you've been very helpful. I hope the zinc and glycolic gel will work on me. eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif  cheers  hifive.gif



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:27 AM

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. :)



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:53 PM

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. smile.png

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. banana.gif



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:13 PM

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. 

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. 


Me too, I never wear sunscreen although I want to try one bc it's a must when using Retin-A. But I'm scared it will just break me out, my face is not used to having a greasy feeling, I get irritated and would eventually lead to breakouts, so. :)

Thank you, the next time I visit my dermatologist, I'm gonna ask him if I can do treatment/peels or whatever. Because when I talked to him before about my red marks, he just told me it will fade over time. So chemical peel, huh? Did it make your breakout after the treatment? I just want this red marks to be gone, it really sucks.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

 

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. 

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. 


Me too, I never wear sunscreen although I want to try one bc it's a must when using Retin-A. But I'm scared it will just break me out, my face is not used to having a greasy feeling, I get irritated and would eventually lead to breakouts, so. smile.png

Thank you, the next time I visit my dermatologist, I'm gonna ask him if I can do treatment/peels or whatever. Because when I talked to him before about my red marks, he just told me it will fade over time. So chemical peel, huh? Did it make your breakout after the treatment? I just want this red marks to be gone, it really sucks.

 

no it didn't. my skin was a lot better after. dark spots were reduced, smaller pores and face became less oily. if I could only have a chemical peel every week, I'd do it. anyway, do you use a moisturizer after applying retin-a?



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:52 PM

 

 

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. 

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. 


Me too, I never wear sunscreen although I want to try one bc it's a must when using Retin-A. But I'm scared it will just break me out, my face is not used to having a greasy feeling, I get irritated and would eventually lead to breakouts, so.

Thank you, the next time I visit my dermatologist, I'm gonna ask him if I can do treatment/peels or whatever. Because when I talked to him before about my red marks, he just told me it will fade over time. So chemical peel, huh? Did it make your breakout after the treatment? I just want this red marks to be gone, it really sucks.

 

no it didn't. my skin was a lot better after. dark spots were reduced, smaller pores and face became less oily. if I could only have a chemical peel every week, I'd do it. anyway, do you use a moisturizer after applying retin-a?


No, I never use any moisturizer since. Like I said, my face doesn't like a greasy feeling and besides my dermatologist never told me to wear one, so. Do you? Also, what type of chemical peel did you get? My red marks are on my cheeks, most of them are slightly fading and turning into pink. I hope it works for me, never had any treatments done before.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:05 PM

 

 

 

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. 

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. 


Me too, I never wear sunscreen although I want to try one bc it's a must when using Retin-A. But I'm scared it will just break me out, my face is not used to having a greasy feeling, I get irritated and would eventually lead to breakouts, so.

Thank you, the next time I visit my dermatologist, I'm gonna ask him if I can do treatment/peels or whatever. Because when I talked to him before about my red marks, he just told me it will fade over time. So chemical peel, huh? Did it make your breakout after the treatment? I just want this red marks to be gone, it really sucks.

 

no it didn't. my skin was a lot better after. dark spots were reduced, smaller pores and face became less oily. if I could only have a chemical peel every week, I'd do it. anyway, do you use a moisturizer after applying retin-a?


No, I never use any moisturizer since. Like I said, my face doesn't like a greasy feeling and besides my dermatologist never told me to wear one, so. Do you? Also, what type of chemical peel did you get? My red marks are on my cheeks, most of them are slightly fading and turning into pink. I hope it works for me, never had any treatments done before.

 

I don't either. lol. I had 2 30% tca peels and they were the only treatments I had. do you have a photo of your red marks? mine was more of a maroon than a red. lol



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:44 PM

 

 

 

 

Wow, your skin looks amazing. Do you use a sunscreen while on Retin-A? Did you also get hyperpigmentation or red marks? If so, what did you do to help it fade? I'm using Retin-A too but red marks are my main problem right now. 

 

thanks! I actually don't use sunscreen, i know... I should have, but they're too thick and greasy, made me break out before so I never used any sunscreen again. maybe they were just initial breakouts from using retin-a, but I wouldn't know. lol. I used to have persistent red marks, 2 chemical peels got rid of them, most of them anyway and retin-a got rid of the rest. you should definitely try tca. don't do it yourself though, I know someone who did it by herself and her face and neck got darker, it has been 4 months and the dark patches are still visible on her neck. keep me posted. 


Me too, I never wear sunscreen although I want to try one bc it's a must when using Retin-A. But I'm scared it will just break me out, my face is not used to having a greasy feeling, I get irritated and would eventually lead to breakouts, so.

Thank you, the next time I visit my dermatologist, I'm gonna ask him if I can do treatment/peels or whatever. Because when I talked to him before about my red marks, he just told me it will fade over time. So chemical peel, huh? Did it make your breakout after the treatment? I just want this red marks to be gone, it really sucks.

 

no it didn't. my skin was a lot better after. dark spots were reduced, smaller pores and face became less oily. if I could only have a chemical peel every week, I'd do it. anyway, do you use a moisturizer after applying retin-a?


No, I never use any moisturizer since. Like I said, my face doesn't like a greasy feeling and besides my dermatologist never told me to wear one, so. Do you? Also, what type of chemical peel did you get? My red marks are on my cheeks, most of them are slightly fading and turning into pink. I hope it works for me, never had any treatments done before.

 

I don't either. lol. I had 2 30% tca peels and they were the only treatments I had. do you have a photo of your red marks? mine was more of a maroon than a red. lol


Hahaha, wow. I used kojic acid soap before and I believe it helped completely fade my hyperpigmentation problems. My acne just came back late last year, and i'm happy that i'm like 95% clear now. :) By the way, what's the downtime of your 30% tca peel? I'm really considering it because I want all of it to just fade away. 



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:24 PM

UPDATE:      

 

just had my 3rd tca peel 2 weeks ago, most of the dark spots are gone except for one pink spot that loves my skin so much it doesn't want to leave. THREE box scars raised to a point that its not obvious anymore under any lighting aside from being pink. my one and only rolling scar also raised, I just hope its not because my face is still swelling. those are the good news. the bad new is, I have 14 lovely zits on my face and 2 of them are so close to each other that I think they are a couple. i think my zits are having sex... they keep on multiplying!!! comfort.gif   I just hope that the 5% BP I ordered will help get rid of them asap. eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif eusa_pray.gif






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