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h0peful11

Member Since 02 Jan 2013
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Acne Scars! Help!

10 March 2013 - 10:31 PM

Hello so I have been on this journey to get clear skin for the last six painful months!!! It has truly been a roller coaster ride trying to find the correct medications that are good for my skin to help it stay clear! I have now been on tretinoin for 12 weeks and my skin has cleared up a bit from before, however I still get some breakouts but am hoping that with time this problem will subside. One of my top concerns now though is ACNE SCARS!!! They are a real pain. Even after my ugly inflamed acne has gone, I am left with these horrible scars all over my face! I was hoping the tretinoin would help this but dont know if I am really seeing much of a difference in them. Will tretinoin help them over time? And also does anyone have any suggestions of other ways I could get rid of them? My derm suggested chemical peels, but I dont have the money for that at the time.So if anyone has any other ideas pleaseeeee let me know! I am desperate to get rid of them! Thanks a lot to anyone who replies


Tretinoin Cream 0.025 Week 6

08 February 2013 - 10:10 PM

Ok so this is now my 6th week of using tretinoin and I heard this is the time that I can expect to see some really positive results. Well....

I first started off using tretinoin every other night, then started to use it every night, but after getting alot of irritation and dryness I cut back my usage to every other day. I don't know if this is going to harm my recovery process but I feel this is best for my skin because otherwise it gets too irritated.

Well anywayy so I think that over time the appearance of my skin has gotten slightly better and maybe a little softer than before the cream. My major problem areas are my cheeks, with my right cheek being far worse than the left. The majority of my acne consists of whiteheads, blackheads and papules.Well over time, my right cheek really started to get a little better. I do have a lot of scarring but overall the amount of pimples I was getting started to go down up until about five days ago. I noticed that I am developing a massive pimple that is under the skin and looks like it may be a developing cyst. Also next to it, I have three large pimples. I also still have many whiteheads and blackheads all over my left cheek with some inflammation. I am at a loss becauseI was under the impression that this was the time in my treatment that I would start to see some noticeable results!! I am hoping that these new pimples will clear up rather quickly but as of now does not seem to look that way. Does anyone have similar experiences? Hoping to get some insight!! When can I expect to see a real difference!


Desonide Cream 0.05, Tretinoin 0.25, Do These Help?

25 January 2013 - 01:17 AM

Hello, so I have been battling with really horrible acne for the past couple of months. I started on a regimen of clindamycin wipes and tretinoin cream a month ago to try and combat this problem. Although I feel as though this combination of meds was slowly starting to improve my skin I was experiencing a great amount of dryness. I do not know if this is due to the cold weather or the meds but it seemed that no matter what I would put on my face, it would still feel dry and almost hurt. I made a trip to the derm today and she prescribed me a desonide 0.05% cream and instructed me to add that to my regimen twice a day because of the redness and dryness on my face. She assured me this would help me with the inflammation and improve the overall appearance of my skin. I am not sure about this cream though. I mostly get a lot of whiteheads and blackheads and some inflammation, and also have a ton of red acne scars from previous breakouts on my face, however I researched online and am seeing mixed reviews about this product. Has anyone else been prescribed this by their derm? Do you know if it is helpful?I was not aware of the fact that it was a steroid earlier but now just the thought of that is sort of freaking me out!!

 

Also I was confused as to why she would prescribe this to me when it has only been a month that I have been on my tretinoin regimen. Isnt dryness a normal part of the process? What I do not understand is derms tell you you have to be patient with your treatments and yet only a month in and shes already wanting to add more topicals into my regimen? I am so confused and not sure what to do. Maybe switching to a diff derm would help.

 

Hoping someone could give me some insight on this!


Keflex For Acne?

05 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

Hello, so I have been going through a really bad breakout for the past few months. I started taking keflex for a week due to a sinus infection and feel that it actually helped my skin a little bit. I am now on tretinoin cream and am scared of the horrid inital breakout so wanted to speak to my doc about staying on keflex for a few months. Does anyone know if this is a good idea? Do anitbiotics help with the inital breakouts? Any replies or help would be greatly appreciated