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My Retin A Journey So Far (W/ Pics)

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Hey all I have been following acne.org for a while but it never occurred to me to actually sign up and write a personal log until now because I am so frustrated with my acne and would like to share my journey with everyone with the various products i use until i succeed! anyway this log will be about retin-a aka tretinoin.

One thing is certain, I hate acne. 3 weeks ago marked the start of a brand new Regimen for me, RETIN A (0.025% cream). I think that by making this diary and posting pictures and such I will be able to document my results and get advice from all you guys. I promise you that I will not backout of the treatment and will give it a decent show....no matter how irritated my skin gets.

My current regimen includes the use of:

Morning:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash

Clindamycin phosphate lotion 1% (every other morning)

Moisturize with Cetaphil moisturizer for dry skin

Night:

Wash with gentle wash

Apply Retin-A Cream Tretinoin 0.025% (every other night)

Apply moisturizer after 30 minutes

Since it has been 3 weeks already, I'm going to explain the first couple of weeks in words and show a few pictures now.

To be quite honest, my skin is really odd and it'll be clear for 2 weeks and breakout really bad after a week, and that's what I hate. The very first day I used Retin A I woke up and I felt like my skin was already clearing up, but obviously it was just my mind. So for the first week, my face pretty much stayed the same, maybe even looked a little better at the end of the week. But by week 2, I woke up with a big underground (cyst) pimple on my chin and I was horrified because I have never had one before and it just hurt so badly and I just wanted it to go away. Unfortunately, the next morning 2 more small ones appeared above my eyebrows.

End of Week 3 (as of right now)

You can see my skin is really bad on my right cheek, but it has gotten a little bit better except a few pimples have popped up but nothing serious. post-368226-0-62445300-1388305312.jpg Front view.post-368226-0-57934000-1388305354.jpg Right cheek.post-368226-0-68267700-1388305385.jpg Left cheek.

Do you consider this mild, moderate or severe acne?

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Mild to moderate in my opinion! I've seen many girls who have it far worse than you. And yeah the first 2 months of Retin A suck (moisturizer is your best friend), but let me tell you that it is completely worth it. I'm on month eight of my Retin-A Micro 1% regimen and my face is completely clear and I used to have it so bad. It not only stops the acne but it somehow makes it soft to the touch and just rejuvenated it. In my opinion, it is a miracle medication. Best of luck!

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I'm also on this cream for the last 2/3 week, except I'm on the 0.05 version.

How's the dryness of your skin going? Mines dry but I can handle it but I'm a bit pink from the treatment.

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Sorry for such a late update! But now I am 11 weeks in retin-a going on the 12th. Here are some pictures

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Sorry for such a late update! But now I am 11 weeks in retin-a going on the 12th. Here are some pictures

Edit: Whoops, the "before" pics just loaded for me.

Actually, your skin looks really good now! Could be the lighting/flash, of course, but I only see a few red bumps!

Yay, progress!

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wow congratulations - your skin looks great. so were you using two prescription products everyday? (clindamycin and retin-a?) was that super expensive? did it dry your skin out a lot while it was clearing it up? thanks in advance - your skin looks great!

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Sorry again but here's some pictures on my 17th week on Retin-a 0.025% and clindamycin.

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