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Purging Like Crazy On Retina (Tretinoin) & Benzoyl Peroxide Regimen

04 May 2015 - 06:06 PM

Help :(

I've been on a regimen of a Benzoyl Peroxide face wash (PanOxyl 4%) in the morning, 75mg of Spironolactone for hormonal acne, and Ortho Tri Cyclen birth control. At night I use CeraVe facewash, then CeraVe moisturizer and then 30 mins later, a topical retinoid (RetinA 0.05%). 

The past 6 weeks have been a ROLLERCOASTER. Some days my skin is purging, others it's healing, and others it actually looks a lot better and I only have to use a few dots of concealer. 

Right now is an AWFUL purging time. My face is purging on my cheeks, above my lip, on my jawline, and on my temples. I really can't stand this anymore! Advice, encouragement--both needed!!!

I have marks from previous pores that purged all over--on my temple, cheeks, chin, below my lip, forehead, etc. And about 5 actives, too!


Accutane Initial Breakout Questions--What Should I Expect?

26 July 2013 - 11:18 AM

Hey everyone!


I start Accutane next Wednesday and i'm pretty nervous. I am really hoping that I don't have an initial breakout due to the Accutane, but I know I need to prepare for the worst and expect the best. I have moderate persistent acne, but I've been using a skin care regimen (topical antibiotic, oral antibiotic, topical retinoid, and benzoyl peroxide face wash) that has cleared out most of my blackheads and clogged pores. I am hoping this lowers my chance of a bad initial breakout.


What did you experience for an IB?

Was it bad? What was your dose? Was the acne easy to cover up with makeup, or was it difficult with the dry skin? 


Please comment with advice! I need all the answers I can get!