Hello Acne.org Family. First post here,after reading tons of them.
Let me start with my personal history.
I'm 17 years old,my name is Franco and i am from Argentina. I've have never been severe or even moderate acne prone. You know,regular white heads here and there,maybe one or two cystic ones (mainly because i used to pick a lot small whiteheads that spread the infection).
But my main problem,since i remember,is clogged pores / blackheads. On my nose,on my forehead and mostly on my both cheeks. I've been having this issue for years now,it's nothing serious because they aren't visible at all at distance,but if you touch my face or stretch it,they are pretty noticeable.
I used to pick at them,releasing the debris but that caused me LOTS and serious hyper-pigmentation (what i thought PIH was just from pimples) and of course,after some days they came back.
So after being tired of looking everyday at these ugly ass but not very noticeable clogged pores,i decided to visit a derm. (thing that i never had done it before,since i repeat, my acne is really mild)
The derm prescribed me differin gel 0,1% (i have sensitive skin and oily,thanks dad for that). Told me that it may take up to two months to see noticeable changes since my acne was mild,so i started using it and damn,i'm not happy at all.
Week 1~2 : Literally nothing. Maybe some minor redness when applying the differin in my face that fade away a few seconds later. No improvements,no breakouts.
Week 2~4 : Oh my god,im having acne. What is going on ?. Two cystic pimples on my left cheek,that i popped and two more RIGHT next to them appeared the next day. I remember being sore as hell,having scrabs while the other two weren't even developing a head so i had to treat them with hot washcloths,so i could pop them (of course leaving awful big PiH). Forehead looking pretty nasty,nothing serious but whiteheads were raising there and there,little bumps...way to much for me that i've never had experienced that.At least Right cheek looking good,no significant changes to my blackheads. Developing SUPER oily skin on my nose and forehead. Did the derm gave me poison or what ?. Started to do a cleansing face routine. Face cleaner (salicylic acid),astringent (salicylic acid),moisturizer two times everyday. . aHa exfoliator every 3 days. Differing at last,every day at night time
Week 4~ last day of week 5 [now]: No improvement at all. Forehead looks exactly the same. Actually i have three little bumps that hurt a lot,but they didn't developed a head or even redness. Popped a big white head (no cystic) last night with a warm washcloth. Hyperpigmentation faded away a bit on my left cheek but GUESS WHAT,two small white heads are EXACTLY were the PiH spots are,thanks you life. And i already have a couple of them so my left cheek is the most disgusting thing i ever had on my face. Thanks to a makeup i bought it helps to dissuade a bit. Also popped a awful pretty big white head on my right cheek,now is going to the scrab phase. Nasty. Still with super oily nose - forehead. NEVER had this kind of acne in my life,and i am really worried. I notice a really minor change in my blackheads. I see like open pores in my forehead and some of them fall off when i wash my face. But not at all an noticeable improvement. Clean routine helps the oil in my face and helps fighting existing white heads.
Week 6 : Starting it tomorrow,seriously i EXPECT to have at least some improvement. I know the acne i'm having now i would have it sooner or later since differin is bringing it faster to the surface. I'm almost the only one in my friends group that have acne now,and it's because this dumb differin thing. Anyways i have faith on it and i am at least using it till i reach the 10 week mark. It should be a lot better by then since I HAVE NEVER HAD ACNE LIKE THIS BEFORE. And i hope this blackheads are at least 90% clean on my cheeks.
So what can i say about differin now ? . Is crap but im attaching to it at least till week 10 mark. If it doesn't get better i'm sending a hitman to my derm for fucking up my face. I have an appointment with her at my 8 week mark,and told me that if it isn't getting better she will prescribe me antibiotics. But wtf ? antibiotics for what ? for the acne that the differin caused me ? I don't think is really needed.
Edited by mahninja, 31 March 2014 - 01:00 PM.