I just read over your posts and I'm sorry to hear you've had a crappy experience with tretinoin. I noticed a couple of things I wanted to share with you in case your dermatologist keeps you on tretinoin.
- The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne's active ingredient is salicylic acid, which is bad news when combines with tretinoin. Salicylic acid is essentially an exfoliant and one of the effects of tretinoin is to thin out the layers of your skin. If someone exfoliates "thinner" skin the likelihood of serious irritation is huge. So try and steer clear of anything with salicylic acid when on tretinoin.
- Bactrim is not actually an antibiotic. It's a "sulfa-drug," which many people have poor reactions to. So if you were throwing up from it, that makes total sense.
- Minocycline and tretinoin by themselves definitely have their limitations. However when they are combined, their sum is greater than their parts. We see a ton of patients who have tried one or both individually, but when they combine them some magic happens.
Anyways, I know this is unrequested advice, but I felt your struggle and wanted to share. If I could say anything else, I'd add that you're putting so much on your skin! Talk to the dermatologist about all of these treatments and how they react together. Many times putting on a bunch of treatments will make them all worse less effectively. Just something to consider.
I really wish you the best on your path to clear skin. Good luck!