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Erythromycin Liquid 4% + Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5% [Differin Gel Cancelled] Personal Log

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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.

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3/31 Going today to my derm. Can't stand anymore the breakouts and super oily skin. Will see what she says and if i kept using differing or add something else.

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On 11th week still having breakouts on cheeks and near mouth...but still hoping atleast it will clear till week 12..first suffered from dry skin with rashes..n now oily skin with IB...:/ hoping for best..:)

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On 11th week still having breakouts on cheeks and near mouth...but still hoping atleast it will clear till week 12..first suffered from dry skin with rashes..n now oily skin with IB...:/ hoping for best..

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Update : First day using both products. Already felling dry skin and got a bit of peeling. Nothing to serious. Moisturized after 20 mins of applyng benzoyl peroxide gel,and so far skin seems hydrated. Used a really tiny amount of it,but enough to cover all my face at least.

Lets see how i wake up tomorrow,i'm hoping an minor dryness.

Amazing how my face went to super oily,to pretty dry in one day. Had to change my oily skin moisturizer to a normal one.

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Second day with the regimen: Waked up with minor kinda moderate dry skin. Applied erythromycin,that it seems to be more dryer than the benzoyl. Maybe because i apply more since i'm kinda afraid of using way to much bp ?. Nothing to serious for a moisturizer cream with vitamin to handle. Already peeled off an hyperpigmentation stain i had. Looks a lot better,but it is still there. My skin is finally not shiny or usable for car gas.

Will update in some days to see major changes / effects.

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72nd day of differin..no improvement. Just more n more acne..:/ got tiny bumps on my forhead this morning..it should have started working but it aint..but as i have come so far i will just stick for 12 weeks..:/

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72nd day of differin..no improvement. Just more n more acne..:/ got tiny bumps on my forhead this morning..it should have started working but it aint..but as i have come so far i will just stick for 12 weeks..:/

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I got tiny lil skin colored bumps on my nose under my eyes ( which makes me look like an old lady and rough skin :( ) i got whiteheads on my chin covered with that tiny stubborn thingy..:( and differin aint doing anything to them. I mean its same as it was like when i started using differin actually i feel its spreading..:( i got dry and itchy skin newr my nose n under my eye..and after applying differin at night n waking up at morning my face is oily. Well lets see will update ya after i see atleast a lil difference thou..:/ :D and yeah coz of differin i scratched my face which caused wound n den it peeled off n now der a dark brown spot..thanks differin for all this..well still hoping for best lol :D

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I got tiny lil skin colored bumps on my nose under my eyes ( which makes me look like an old lady and rough skin ) i got whiteheads on my chin covered with that tiny stubborn thingy.. and differin aint doing anything to them. I mean its same as it was like when i started using differin actually i feel its spreading.. i got dry and itchy skin newr my nose n under my eye..and after applying differin at night n waking up at morning my face is oily. Well lets see will update ya after i see atleast a lil difference thou..:/ and yeah coz of differin i scratched my face which caused wound n den it peeled off n now der a dark brown spot..thanks differin for all this..well still hoping for best lol

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Update 4/04 - Friday: 5 Days in the treatment. Started to use BP 2 times per day since yesterday,because my skin was responding amazingly good. Now im experiencing some redness,and prolonged minor sting. No peeling or dryness.

Seeing changes. Forehead is a bit cleaner. 2 actives pimples that are painful. 2 on my left cheek and 2 on my right cheek. Only one of them hurts. These should be gone in two-three days. These things dry pimples super quick. My face fells smoother and not oily at all

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Saturday 04/5 Day 6: Going trough some side effects caused by the two use per day of BP. My skin it's like i been tanning or exposed in the sun without sunscreen. It's not burned at all,just experiencing redness,stinginess when applying bp and moderate dryness. Im reducing to using one time per day bp,and only on my active / healing pimples (spot treatment),till my face recovers a bit. Maybe for the next two days. Will keep using the erythromycin twice a day,since it just dries me out a bit. Moisturize is a must.

About my acne,im having some good improvements. The ones on my forehead are drying out (they are scabs),but one is coming out. On my cheeks most of them are drying out,just one is active.

Also.. THE RED MARKS THO

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Thanks dude..:)

Its getting drier now..flakey around my nose and mouth. Been using sweet almond oil at morning for dryness. But it aint moisturizing.

BEST OF LUCK..glad u r seeing good improvements...:)

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Thanks dude..

Its getting drier now..flakey around my nose and mouth. Been using sweet almond oil at morning for dryness. But it aint moisturizing.

BEST OF LUCK..glad u r seeing good improvements...

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Starting week 2: Seems that my initial breakout is calming down / clearing. Weird that i had it the first week. Maybe because i was already having the differin purgin effects and the BP + antibiotic rushed it ? Don't know. Experiencing moderate dry face but no redness or any other side effects more than a bit of stinging after applying bp.

Drying is good in a certain way. It really helps with pih marks since it peels it off,making the fade process super fast.

Actually 4 pimples actives. One bastard under the skin that is hurting like a bitch.

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04/10. In the middle of week 2. Skins seems to be getting used to this products. No redness at all,very little stinging when applying bp that fades away after some minutes. Anyways the erythromicin seems to be the one that dries me out the most. Still using moisturizer after morning application. Two actives pimples at the moment.

PD: Red marks / PIH that faded away time ago,are appearing again. It's true that BP prolongs / reappear old acne marks. Fucking sucks,it heals something but fuck up something else. After ending week 2,i will be adding an daily bha neutrogena scrub and salicilyc acid cleanser,also from neutrogena,obviously bp only at night.

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4/10 new update : damn two new pimples on my right cheek for picking blackheads. when i'm going to learn that picking makes thing worse.

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4/12: Almost ending week 2. No active whiteheads :). Just one under the skin red bump that should fell better by tomorrow. Dealing with marks and pih that re-appeared due to the bp. Zero improvement on closed comedones,i have to add an bha exfoliant in the next week and give it a try.

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4/13 Fuck shit..i am having an allergic reaction to BP. Moderate itchness and redness. I toke a antihistamine. Face looks bad. Seems that bp is way to harsh for my skin. Weird that i have it after 3 weeks of use. The good thing is that BP + erythromycin kinda fixed the shit differin caused so i may change to my old routine with drugstore products,mainly from neutrogena. Cleanser + lotion + daily exfoliation.

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4/15 - I was having an allergic reaction to the erythromycin,no to the benzoyl peroxide. Face seems to be recovering,pimples are back.

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4/16 so i decided to relay on OTC products. Each treatment has,or worsened my skin or my acne. I still have mild acne to moderate(less than 15 inflammatory lesions) so this treatment is to harsh for me. Allergic to benzoyl peroxide,antibiotics point less,just temporal fix and bacteria becomes stronger. Acuttane,dah i don't need it at all and is super expensive.

I used to have an controlled acne with the religiously use of astrigent + secative mask. So,im back to that.

Personally i think acne is a business. Treatments should be for extremely / pretty severe cases / persistent acne after teenage.

Acne is a stage that most of us go trough,applying harsh chemicals that MAY damage the skin forever,putting antibiotics on your body just for an aesthetic porpoise (ALL of them have side effects) it just doesn't worth it. Acne will go away on his own,if you are a teen like me,whose brother and father had acne and disappeared completely....DON'T WASTE MONEY IN TREATMENTS

Deal with your NORMAL teenager acne. Don't screw your skin if u don't need it at all.

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