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#1 BiggP1017


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:08 PM

So I've been using differin (gel) for like 2 months now and my face is still red. It looks like Differin didn't help at all.
I started using tea tree products from BodyShop last week. I use the following in the morning (in order): a toner > a skin clearing lotion > an expired tea tree oil (from Boots)

Should I get something else prescribed after another month ? If so, what do you recommend?

Oh btw the pics are from less spotty (haven't been on differin for long) to more spotty (been on differin for a while)
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Posted 10 November 2013 - 11:45 AM

Sometimes Differin can take 6 months to a year to see full results. Also Differin will purge your pores by bringing all the microcomedones to the surface and causing you to have an initial breakout. However, you know your skin better than I do so I think you should bring this all up to your derm, such as if you think it's not just an IB and it's worse than that. I just want to point out these, I've been on Differin for about 4 weeks now and I've been getting an initial breakout as well so it's normal.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:24 PM

If you are looking for something stronger or more aggressive I think Tazorac would be your next step. It is very intense and those able to tolerate it for 3 months tend to have great results. It was too much for my skin to handle but others rave about it!   It is my understanding that retinoids typically go in this order:


Differin (mildest) <  RetinA <    Tazorac (strongest)



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:39 PM

Hey I'm in my fifth month of using Differin and I love it.  I'd say in my second month I was noticing my acne getting less but still had a lot of redness and some breakouts, it took until about month three for the breakouts to stop and really month four/five for the redness to fade, but now it's fading fast and skin is looking better each day.  Don't give up if you think it is working just a bit, stick with it.  Also go easy on it too, I only put it on at night, just a pea sized amount if I can I don't use a moisturiser afterwards, but a few nights I do just to help with any dryness, and make sure to be gentle to your skin during the day and use gentle cleansers and maybe drop the tea tree as it might be making your skin a bit irritated if used with the Differin.  Hope this helps, just wanted you to know that it can work, but I know everyone is different, good luck!

Current Routine



Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe.  Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals:  Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter



Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week


Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask


Oral medication:  Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish.  For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:54 PM

one thing to about a red face is all the products ur using that all have bad ingredients. get a dove unscented beauty bar or cerave foamoing facial cleanser, should be less red.

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