Posting Daily Retin-A (Tretinoin) Log

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Update:

It has been 26 days since I started Retin-A, and I am sorry I am late to the party. I have been on Accutane before and my dermatologist has advised I move onto Retin-A to maintain my skin.

My thoughts so far on Retin-A have been positive. I definitely did get the initial breakout but it went away pretty quickly and my face is a lot more calmer. I am applying it every night on top of my moisturizer and I think that helps with the flakes and dryness. Initially, I did get flakes but now I do not. Face is redder than when I was not using Retin-A, but cannot really tell.

I decided to do this daily log because I am hoping (as long as it works!) to take this for the rest of my life, and I want to jot down how it goes. I will check in daily and keep updating the log as much as possible.

My skin type is combo, acne prone, possibly dehydrated. After Accutane, I would my skin is fairly under control but I am still prone to mild acne. Keeping my fingers crossed for Retin-A sealing the deal.

If you have questions or comments, post away~

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That's great yunchang! Ive been on retin-a for over 10 years now and I love it !! Not only does it help with acne but with wrinkles yay lol that's a plus for me since im in my 40's. I hope you have continued success with the retin-a !!! :)


MORNING

Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

NIGHT
Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


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Thank you Valerie~

I bet you don't have any redness or flaking after taking it for 10 years =P

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At first I had tons of redness but no flakes....I started off using it every night but that was too much for my skin to handle so I went down to every other night for a few weeks then back to every night and that helped a lot!! Im using Neutrogenas Sensitive Skin Moisturizer and I exfoliate once a day :)

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MORNING

Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

NIGHT
Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


MAKEUP

Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Water Proof in Black Lace


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im glad to hear that you got used to the side effects! hopefully i do too. my face is definitely tighter.

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I think once your skin adjusts to the retin-a you wont feel that tightness as much :) Feel free to message me any time if you have any questions :)


MORNING

Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Take Minocycline 100mg (when needed)

NIGHT
Take Spironolactone 50 mg
Wash face with Skinceuticals Simply Clean
Apply Aczone 5%
Retin-A .1% (waits 20 to 30 mins before applying)


MAKEUP

Origins Silk Screen Powder in Light Spice from Macys

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
Lancôme Blush in Shimmery Pink Pool
Origins Lipstick in Buttercup
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Water Proof in Black Lace


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It's been nearly a month since I first started, my thoughts so far:

Face is definitely more red, dry, and flaky. I had my initial breakout very early on and I still have blemishes on my face. No cysts, but inflamed zits, hopefully calming down now. redness makes my skin look blotchy. My skin does look worse but I am in this for the long haul! Hopefully I have better news next time. take care y'all.

Oh and i might just use it once every other day for awhile to battle the dryness, however, I am worried that will delay things.

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Update:

Day 30 - Face feels tight and dry. Skin is blotchy. Few breakouts that are creating pih marks as they come up. But all of them are pretty small and nothing is forming into anything serious. It just sucks that they leave red spots. Most of my acne is concentrated on my right cheek, not sure why. I still have a slight red tint to my face. Face is not peeling anymore, rarely flakes.

It's a real struggle. I fee like I am on Accutane all over again.

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Wow, I can honestly say I hate my skin right now. Kinda wish I did not start this treatment. I know that I am only 1 month in, but I already want to quit. Please work faster!

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Face feels much better since I started taking it every other night instead of nightly. hopefully it is just as effective!

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wow. so much redness!!!! the acne is very small but it makes the surrounding area red and then leaves.

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sorry I have not updated in a long time! I am in love with tretinoin right now! pores are tighter, PIH is dissolving, and my acne is...uh I have none! ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank god I stuck with it.!

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Did you have acne before going on retin A (i know you said that you were on accutane before starting). If so, how bad? How was your IB?


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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http://imgur.com/5mYGrUt,PYCSOFQ,s0mWu6x

my skin in two weeks!

Did you have acne before going on retin A (i know you said that you were on accutane before starting). If so, how bad? How was your IB?

Yes I had mild to moderate and highly persistent acne. Everyday I would get at least a spot. And now and then a moderate breakout. My IB on retin sucked hard. not as bad as others but it was bad for me since I never had that bad of a breakout before (even accutane IB is a joke compared to the IB i got on retin a). But I am so glad I stuck with this stuff! It is amazing.

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Update!

Sorry I have not been posting daily! But after about a week of clear skin, my skin broke out again. I got these tiny whiteheads in random places around my face. Sucks. But I think they are going away. I've been applying retin a every single night now....Wish me luck!

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retin a doesn't play nice. When i was on it, at week 10 i had one pimple and thought, 'wow, i'm turning a corner finally'. Yeah right! Be prepared to have up and down skin until at least 3-4 months in. From your last pics though, things look very promising.

stay positive

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It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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retin a doesn't play nice. When i was on it, at week 10 i had one pimple and thought, 'wow, i'm turning a corner finally'. Yeah right! Be prepared to have up and down skin until at least 3-4 months in. From your last pics though, things look very promising.

stay positive

lmao you were so right! it is very very up and down! worst breakout I had in years. but now things are looking up again! this rollercoaster is a blast. haha

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retin a doesn't play nice. When i was on it, at week 10 i had one pimple and thought, 'wow, i'm turning a corner finally'. Yeah right! Be prepared to have up and down skin until at least 3-4 months in. From your last pics though, things look very promising.

stay positive

lmao you were so right! it is very very up and down! worst breakout I had in years. but now things are looking up again! this rollercoaster is a blast. haha

Any update yunchang? I'm about to start tretinoin and will be coming off my low dose tane in a couple of months.

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So sorry that I have not updated for such a long time. But here is a pic of me now.

243 days on Retin A. Clindamycin and Azelaic acid is required for me.

I will let the pic speak for itself:

http://imgur.com/RdDIugt

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Wow, dude! That's amazing, what Retin-a has done! I'll try that.

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So sorry that I have not updated for such a long time. But here is a pic of me now.

243 days on Retin A. Clindamycin and Azelaic acid is required for me.

I will let the pic speak for itself:

http://imgur.com/RdDIugt

how do you use Clindamycin & Retin A at the same time ?

[Edited]

Sorry, I thought Clindamycin was topical.

Edited by fightzits0077

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hey you look great! were you able to control your oily skin? if so how did you do it? thanks! i'm on my 9th week on tretinoin. i used to have normal skin but ever since using it my face got oily.

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