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Initial Breakout On Clindamycin, Minocycline, Bp Wash?

12 November 2014 - 07:04 AM

Hey everybody,


I've been on Clindamycin Phosphate 1%, Minocycline 80mg 1x Day, and BP Fash Wash 5% for a week now (all in the morning). So far, the only things I've noticed is that my face is much more red, and I've had an initial breakout. My chin and jawline just has multiple whiteheads compared to the 1 or two it had prior to the medication, and my forehead is still with small, bumpy pink acne spots.


Is it common to experience an initial breakout with these products? 


PS: I take Vitamin D3 and Fish Oil supplements. Could that be interfering with the effects of the minocycline?


If pictures are needed, I can provide them.


Thanks! :)

Moisturizer To Use With Tazorac (Retin-A)?

11 November 2014 - 05:36 PM

Hey everyone,


It's been a long time since I've posted anything, so I'll try to be more active in the community. ANYWAYS


Recently, I have been having problems with my skin. I've been having breakouts and my red marks haven't completely faded, so I decided to go to the dermatologist. My dermatologist has prescribed me Clindamycin Phosphate 1% Topical, Benzoyl Peroxide face wash 5%, Solodyn (80mg Minocycline), and two weeks from now I must start Tazorac (Retin-A), to which she gave me the option of going either 0.05% or 0.1%, and I have decided to pick 0.1% to get these red marks faded completely once and for all.


I know that Tazorac dries out your skin a lot, and I'm trying to prevent my skin from becoming even more damaged due to it. Does anyone know of a good moisturizer that doesn't make your skin oily, break you out and feels light on your skin? Basically, a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic. I have tried many moisturizers in the past, all to which make me breakout. I have used Cetaphil and yes that breaks me out as well. I tried a Skinceuticals brand, I went natural with Aloe Vera (my skin rejects it now since I used it for such a long period of time; it makes me break out now), etc.


And for those curious on my routine, it's as follows:



-Wash face with Benz. Peroxide wash, pat dry, apply Clindamycin Phosphate around my face.

-Take Solodyn (Minocycline) pill



-Nothing (Until 1 week from now where I must begin to use Tazorac at this time)



Much is appreciated!

Best Type Of Zinc To Battle Acne?

20 October 2013 - 04:36 PM

Ok, so there is multiple variations of Zinc out there, and I don't know which one would be the best to choose from:


-Chelated Zinc

-Zinc Glucose

-Zinc Picolinate


Those are the three types of Zinc I've read about that best work for combating hormonal acne. Accutane, Doxycycline, BP, Retin-A, Tretinoin cream, and Tazorac have not worked for me, so don't suggest them please. I've read the symptoms for lack of Zinc and I match every single one of them. I'm definitely taking Zinc no matter what starting tomorrow, but I need people who know about it to help me choose the best one.


Also, what would be the best dosage? And how many times a day should I take it? I've read that anywhere from 25mg - 40mg is a great dosage, but I'm not sure.


Lastly, if you have taken Zinc for acne, how was it for you? Any results?


Thanks in advance :D

Does Climate Change Cause Acne?

19 October 2013 - 10:40 PM

Hey all,


Well I've noticed a pattern with my skin. During the summer and fall, my skin tends to breakout every year ever since I moved to Miami, FL (3 years ago). If you've never been in Miami, the climate here is hot as balls and extremely humid due to the oh so wonderful Everglades being our neighbor (The Everglades is a swamp, if you didn't know).


I, naturally, have oily skin and, to top it off, have sensitive skin as well. I've noticed that during the winter/early spring periods, I don't break out or get acne at all. The overall climate here drops during the winter due to the cold fronts, something I love. So from the usual 88-93 degrees Fahrenheit, it drops to 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Today, I went to volunteer for a local festival to get community service hours. I've been taking doxycycline for a month now to get this acne under control, and before I left, all the pimples I had were drying up, basically dieing out. After being there for 12 hours helping out (by helping out I mean moving heavy boxes, going outside where it's hot, entertaining the little kids with sports and selling products; in other words A LOT of sweat) I come home, only to see myself in the mirror EXTREMELY OILY and all the pimples I had that were dried out were whiteheads.


So my main question is, can this climate I live in (and climate/seasonal changes) be causing most of the acne I'm getting? It's been since the last 3 years ever since I moved over, and it hasn't stopped since until I reach winter/early spring.


Thank you all for your help and time! :D

How Long Do I Have To Be Off Doxycycline To Use Zinc?

18 October 2013 - 08:02 PM

Hey all,


I've been taking Doxycycline 200mg a day (two 100mg tablets; one every 12 hours) for the past month and a half, and honestly, I have seen almost no results with my acne. In fact, I believe it has gotten worse periodically. My acne is 100% hormonal and my skin is of oily nature, and I've taken doxycycline before but with huge results (left me clear 2 years ago for around 3 months).


My acne has been consistently on my jaw and chin and lower cheeks. I was reading online that breakouts only in this area is linked to your hormones, therefore it's hormonal acne. I took Accutane last year and ended my course December 2012, and it got rid of all pimples I had for like 6 months, but it gradually came back. Now I'm back to the cysts every here and there and whiteheads. I began the Doxycycline hoping that it would clear me up temporarily in the meantime, but it hasn't done jack. Cyst appears, stays for 2 weeks, and goes away; only for a new one to flourish 2-3 days later.


I've been reading about Zinc for acne online for a while, and it has incredible results for people with my condition. It also keeps oil production to a minimum, something I really need. I also live in a humid, hot environment, therefore my sensitive skin can't handle the excessive oil + sweat combination, causing acne. However, I'm not sure how soon I can begin to take the Zinc once I'm off Doxycycline.


So my question is, when can I begin to take Zinc once I'm off Doxycycline? I have 3 more days worth of Doxycycline tablets left, and I really want to get rid of this persistent acne.


Thank you all for your help and time to read my thread. I really appreciate it.