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#3356291 Can I Drink Alcohol While Using Topical Clindamycin?

Posted by asburypark101 on 08 June 2013 - 09:58 PM

I forgot to ask my dr. about that, I was wondering if it was safe to drink some alcohol when I go out. I'm just using topical 1% perfect clindamycin.


Yes it is safe, alcohol does not do more damage to the body while on a topical medication nor does it effect the efficiency of the topical medication. Now if you were taking oral medications like accutane or oral antibiotics, then alcohol may indeed have a more damaging effect on the body and can disrupt the effectiveness of the oral medication. 

#3354053 Accutane If You Have Anxiety/depression

Posted by asburypark101 on 01 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

Hey guys..question- if you have had problems with anxiety/depression in the past is it almost positive you will get depression/anxiety if you choose to get on accutane? Would this not be a good idea to get on it if this is the case? I have heard of some cases people becoming so depressed they commit suicide..scares me.


It is not positive that you will get anxiety or depression on accutane even if you have a history of anxiety and/or depression, although you may be more susceptible to getting anxiety/depression because of your history. One recommendation I would do is if accutane is medically necessary for you, then to agree with your dermatologist to see a therapist once a week to keep tabs on if you are experiencing severe depression or anxiety while on the medication. This way you have a good support system that will be there for you. Anxiety and Depression are quite common (approximately 50 percent of the U.S.  population has been diagnosed with anxiety or depression at one point in their lives), but suicidality is very rare and it is a very rare side effect while on accutane. 

#3325194 Best Moisturizer For Dry, Sensitive Skin Under Makeup?

Posted by asburypark101 on 07 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

So, I use Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel and my skin is actually pretty much clear for the first time in two years, but I still like to hide some marks with makeup. I have very fair, sensitive skin that gets quite dry and peels easily. I do have eczema but I only seem to get red rashes during the winter and on my wrists.
I can't use the BHA gel under makeup alone because my skin gets flaky and gross when I apply anything over it, so I can just use it at night if necessary. 
The makeup/BB cream I use is Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm. I just need to find a moisturizer that will not break me out and will allow for smooth application. I guess I need a veryy hydrating moisturizer made for acne-prone skin.
I feel like I added a lot of unnecessary details but I wanted to be thorough, haha. Any help would be appreciated.


I have heard that Cerave is a great moisturizer for dry skin. I use cetaphil, which I like, but it may not be as efficient for eczema. 

#3322144 Need Help With Scarring

Posted by asburypark101 on 28 January 2013 - 04:35 AM

Typically laser, fillers, or subcision are the most effective treatments for acne scars. But long term use of a retinoid or chemical peels can lessen the appearance of a scar, but will not totally get rid of it. I am not sure your hesitance to see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon that specializes in acne scars, but it does not hurt to go for a consultation to get more info about different laser, surgical, or even non-surgical procedures. Good luck and I wish you the best :) 

#3318948 Regimen And Blackheads

Posted by asburypark101 on 15 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

Benzoyl peroxide, the main ingredient in the regimen, is usually a mainstay treatment for blackheads as it will oxidize the blackhead and prevent it from turning into anything worse.

Will the blackheads cure themselves in time though?

It is possible for the regimen to cure blackheads it just depends on the severity of your acne and blackheads. I will say it wont make it worse and will at least get rid of some of them. Sometimes an added retinoid at night helps with the stubborn blackheads

#3311370 I Used Benzoyl Peroxide 10 % For 5 Days, Can I Switch To 2.5 %?

Posted by asburypark101 on 17 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

hi asburypark,

I'am actually using Cetaphil moisturizer after applying the BP 10 % but it stings but after i applied 2.5 % the other day it didn't sting too much, was wondering if should try Aloe Vera Gel base moisturizer to clam the skin down since it feels HOT when it stinging.

regarding the Jojoba Oil does it really caused breakdown to people like me? or maybe i used it wrongly?

will the Retin-A cause allergic reaction when the skin peeled after applying the BP? I'am still peeling as of this stage..

Thanks so much for your feedback Posted Image

oh and i also want to know if anyone here use BP 2.5 % and Retin A in the same week,how would you use it? would you mind to let me know how would you schedule the usage of BP and Retin -A in the same week ?

Yeah the stinging is a common occurrence when using a moisturizer with BP. Im not sure why, but it happens to me and it happens to a lot of people. You are more than welcome to experiment with other moisturizers to see which one works best for you. Usually most people who use BP and Retin-A, use BP in the day time and Retin-A at night. If there is an increase in irritation, some people will alternate every other day of one product to allow the skin to adjust. Retin-A should not cause any allergic reaction unless you are allergic to it. If you are still peeling and it is uncomfortable/irritating for you, you can use retin-A every other night or every two nights to allow your skin to adjust and then gradually increase to every night. Also remember to use a "pea" size amount with retin-a, this will lessen the irritation.  I do not use jojoba oil, so I have no personal advice concerning it, but I hear most people really like it and it does not cause them to breakout. Good luck with everything :)

#3238095 Feeling Sad About My Face

Posted by asburypark101 on 25 April 2012 - 02:22 AM

If you have acne then it is best not to go with things like clearasil. I have never met a person it has cleared up.
Acne is not caused by dirt so cleaning won't clear you any more than just having 2 showers a day with soap will.

Acne is caused by the following:

1) hormones
2) genetics
3) immune system
4) hyperkeratinisation (blocks your follicles)
5) bacteria etc breeding in blocked follicles
6) producing too much sebum in follicles

treatments that work for you depend on which of these factors are more relevant to you

Main treatments are:


Benzoyl Peroxide
Azelaic acid
Retin A
Topical anti-biotics
salicylic acid

hormone pills

Also its important to adjust your lifestyle i.e. ensure you are getting enough sleep (teens need more sleep for their developing brains) and eating loads of veg and fruit and drinking enough water.... some people find that eating a reduced GI diet helps them also...

It is likely that an approach with multiple "parts" will be what works...

i.e. for me, azelaic acid twice a day/ shower with "ure" soap twice a day, minimal/non comodogenic makeup, getting enough sleep and changing my towels and sheets twice a week keeps my clear.

Try things one by one so you know what works and what doesn't so you don;t end up feeling trapped by more "rules" than you need to have.

Good luck!!

If you post a picture it can help us to see what type of acne you have and help us to advise you.

Thanks so much for the good advice! Its nice to know there are people like you to help me. Anyways, what should I do to get rid of the acne scars after clearing my acne? I will surely use your advice. Posted Image

Well it depends if your acne scars are truly scars. Sometimes after acne you get persistent red or brown marks called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) that can last up to a year or two, but they are not permanent. Typically PIH is flat without any uneven texture on the skin, while true scars have raised edges, small pinpoint holes called icepick scars, depressions in the skin, or any other areas where the texture of the skin is uneven. Now with PIH, retin-a and azleaic acid have been reported as effective. If you do have acne scars, I would go to a dermatologist to see what he/she would recommend because there are a lot of different treatment options for true acne scars, and you need a professional to determine the right treatment for your scar and skin type. Good luck and hope you get clear soon Posted Image

#3236199 Urgent! Is It Normal To Feel Itchy?

Posted by asburypark101 on 20 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

The itching maybe a sign of dryness, so I would suggest maybe putting a little less of the benzoyl peroxide or try using the benzoyl peroxide every other day. Also you may want to experience with using other moisturizers and see if that helps out with the itching. This may be a case of doing too much too soon with the regimen and this is how your skin is reacting. Just give your skin sometime to get used to it and most likely the itching will subside. Glad the regimen is working for you!!

#3235708 I Just Popped A Cyst On Month 5! Prevent Scarring?!

Posted by asburypark101 on 18 April 2012 - 11:58 PM

It doesnt sound like you really attacked the cyst, you just kind of poked at it and it popped. If this is the case then it sounds like the cyst was ready to pop and that means that the chance for scarring is minimal, even with you being on month 5 of accutane. The reason most people dont like the use of neosporin on the face is because there is a 10 percent chance of developing allergic dermatitis and some studies suggest a higher risk with the skin on the face. I would use 100% petroleum oil or a thick moisturizer like eucrin cream on the cyst to help it heal faster, but like I said I doubt it will scar based on how you described the cyst popped. Good luck!!

#3233364 My Face Feels Like It's Burning...

Posted by asburypark101 on 11 April 2012 - 06:04 AM

Well the tazorac gel is significantly stronger than the retin-a 0.01%, so this might be causing the redness and burning you are having. And on top of that the clind/bez mix (I know from experience) adds to the drying, burning, and redness. You may want to try to putting less of the tazorac and retin-a on your face, remember a pea size amount goes a long way. If the redness and burning sensation continues, you could ask your derm to change the tazorac from a gel to a cream, usually the retinoid creams are more gentle on the skin. Also you can ask the derm for a different topical of the clind/benz mix as this may be too harsh on your skin while you are using a retinoid. Typically these redness symptoms subside after a a few weeks and you have only started to add the tazorac and the clind/benz to your regimen for two weeks.

#3199885 Brevoxyl Allergic Reaction?

Posted by asburypark101 on 02 January 2012 - 03:18 AM

Because of the limited time you have used the medication it is hard to tell if its an allergic reaction or if your skin is purging, or if the breakout is caused by irritation. If you want to know if you are allergic though, you can put a small amount of the Brevoxyl on your arm and then the next morning wash it off to see a reaction occured. If nothing happens after a couple days, then most likely you are not allergic. If you are worried about over drying or irritation, try using the Brevoxl every other day until you skin adapts and gets used to the medication, then you can try using every day. Also it takes time, a given rule of topical acne medications is that it usually gets worse before it gets better. If you continue to use the Brevoxyl (that is if you are satisfied that there is no allergy) then I say use it for 2-3 months and judge the progress of your skin. If you are satisfied with it, then continue the medication. If you are not, than go to the doc and try other medications. Good luck and I hope it all works out for you :)

#3199254 Scars And Healing..... Tips And Trick..

Posted by asburypark101 on 31 December 2011 - 12:50 AM

Your skin looks great!! Congratulations on finding a regimen that works for you :)

#3198344 When To Stop The Minocyclin

Posted by asburypark101 on 29 December 2011 - 12:53 AM

The good news first is that minocycline has the least recorded amount of resistance of all the main antibiotics for acne (studies show it to be less than 1 percent resistance over a long period of time). So I would not worry about antibiotic resistance. I have been on minocycline for 4 years with some intermittent breaks.The bad news is that usually when individuals stop their antibiotics, their acne comes back worse than before, think of it like a rebound effect (trust me I know first hand). If your skin is no longer acne prone though, I hear that stopping the antibiotics wont have this effect, but of course how do we know that this "acne phase" has passed unless we do a trial and error and stop the antibiotics...so basically its a really crappy cycle. I do not enjoy being dependant on antibiotics, but I have to if I want to live a normal life.

#3198334 Cerave Cream Versus Cerave Lotion

Posted by asburypark101 on 29 December 2011 - 12:22 AM

Typically creams are thicker than lotions. Creams usually are better moisteruizers than lotions, but some individuals claim that the creams cause acne because of their thickness. Another complaint is that the cream does not absorb in the skin as well and can make the skin look more shiny than when using a lotion. I am not certain about CeraVe products, but this is general info on creams and lotions.

#3193028 Someone Who Knows What Theyre Talking About Please

Posted by asburypark101 on 16 December 2011 - 10:27 PM

It depends. I have read that some doctors will put patients on antibiotics and a topical medication for a limited time. When the acne subsides, then they immediately take the patient off the antibiotics or wean off from the antibiotics, but continue using the topical medication. Of course there are doctors out there that will put patients on antibiotics for an indefinite time as long as no side effects are showing and that the antibiotics are still having a therapeutic effect. So it really depends on the doctor who is prescribing the medication.