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I Stopped Retin-A 0.05% And...

15 December 2013 - 01:38 PM

I am in my late 20s. I've been using Retin-A 0.05% for acne since I was about 15 years old. While it did help my skin all those years, it never did completely clear up my complexion. I lived through my teen and young adult years with oily skin and at least one new zit each day.


Do not assume that Retin-A will clear your skin up completely; it won't. But it will prevent you from becoming a bubble face that is constantly exploding with zits that then become huge pock marks later.


Now, in my late 20s, I decided to move towards a more natural lifestyle and get away from meds. I consider Retin-A to me a medication, and it does have side effects, including severe consequences for your unborn baby if you become pregnant. Well, I'm married now and I could become pregnant, even though I'm on the pill. So, about 3 months ago, I quit Retin-A cold turkey.


And my skin stayed the same. Zero changes.


My skin went from oily to normal when I went on a low-carb diet 8 or so months ago. Also, when I went low-carb, instead of getting at least 1 new zit per day, I had 1 new zit or fewer per week. That's really what clears my skin. Low carbing. I aim for 100 or less grams of carbs per day, but the fewer I eat, the better my skin is. Turns out that I also have high DHEA-S. It's higher than the normal range. And I have hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. So my acne is, and has been for many years now, caused by my body's intolerance to carbs. I never even needed to use Retin-A.


If I had been on a low carb diet my whole life I wouldn't have had acne. I am sad I wasted my time and money on Retin-A when I didn't need it.

I Have A Confession To Make

15 July 2013 - 05:21 PM

I'd never tell anyone about this in real life, but I'm sure I'm not the only one...


Breakouts/pimples/zits bother me. A lot. I mean really a lot. So much that I cannot resist; I must pop them. And when I pop them, they take, on average, 20 days to completely heal. And this is not acceptable. I want to somehow mitigate this.


See, this is the only reason I wear makeup. To cover a place where I popped a zit while it heals. The makeup makes it take longer to heal though. And the makeup causes more breakouts. So.


There has to be another way. Is there some type of "super fast healing accelerator" thing I can buy that will make me heal up much faster? Or is there a way to cauterize it without causing an ugly scar? Or is there some way besides makeup to cover it up?


I must find alternatives besides waiting 20 days and using makeup. Help!!!

Where Can I Buy Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate?

29 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

I really really like the surfactant sodium cocoyl isethionate. It is so mild and feels luxurious on my skin. I'm using a non-soap bar that has this ingredient and I'd like to just buy this ingredient in powdered form and make my own cleanser with it. Does anyone know where I can buy it at a good price? Thanks.

Difference Between Tretinoin And Hydroxy Acids?

29 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

So I've been trying to figure out exactly how tretinoin works in the skin, in lots of detail. All I have been able to find so far is that it quickens cell turnover. I was reading about alpha and beta hydroxy acids and I was like, so what is the difference between tretinoin and the hydroxy acids? Tretinoin is a drug but the acids are not, so tretinoin must be more intense/dangerous than the acids. Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks.

An Odd Question: How To Come Off Of Tretinoin?

11 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

Hi guys, after over a decade of using Tretinoin topical cream for acne, I wonder if I need to be using it anymore. After starting a low-carbohydrate diet about 3 months ago, I rarely get new zits. I still do have blackheads though, and I'd like to make those stop completely but not sure how.

I'm wondering if I should stop using this medication. If I were to stop using it, what would that do to me? How long would it take for my skin to normalize? What would the new normal be like? Would I have more oily skin than I do now? Would I start breaking out? Would I continue breaking out? It scares me to think about it but in a few years I plan on having children and I'll need to stop it anyway because I just read today that there is a risk that it will cause a fetus to get a birth defect.

How long does tretinoin stay in the body after discontinuing it's use?

Thanks guys.