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In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

26 November 2014 - 11:54 PM

Yep i'm still clear. No side effects or anything. Can't understand why more people don't give retin-a a proper try. It does take a long time to work but give it 6 months or more and the results are amazing.

In Topic: Noticing Lots Of Negative Topics...is It Just Me?

11 May 2014 - 12:37 AM

IMO there's nothing wrong with venting your frustrations or posting something a bit negative when your feeling down as theres lot of people on here who can help you feel a bit more positive again. I do however completely agree that there have been a select few  on here lately who seem to post the same old overly negative stuff all the time,  seemingly just to argue with others.
It's probably easiest to just ignore them as they seem to just want attention/an argument.

In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

19 January 2014 - 12:54 AM

Well I had a lot of blackheads on my forehead to start off with but they certainly didn't get any worse. Right now I probably only have a few that are barely noticeable even when staring very closely at my face. Everyone's different though so it maybe that you get more blackheads but personally I wouldn't worry about them.

In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

18 January 2014 - 12:44 AM

This logs filled me with hope. I'm just been prescripted the same combo as you (except thanks to being female the docs also swapped my birth control to dianette, between my sexual health clinic and the dermatologist they've decided to blame my acne on the implants I've been using for 7 years)

I've only been at it a week but my skin is pretty flaky from the retin-a, only on my nose, chin and around my mouth though. Little frustrating as I'd prefer the flaking to be happening on my cheeks to get rid of the closed comedones.

To the lady who asked about makeup with retin-a, I've used a clarisonic, set on gentle with the delicate brush head every couple of days to cope with the flakes. I find makeup is a pain right now, going without as much as I can. I find bobbi brown bb cream pretty ok for it though. I know the skin is suppose to adjust to the cream after a while. I did find using BP in the past far more sore and flaky, even though it did eventually help me. So retin-a is a better experience so far.


Glad your feeling more hopeful with your new treatment smile.png


If your like me the flaking won't last much longer than a few weeks but even if it lasts for longer the end results are completely worth it! 

All I can say is stick with it...There were times when I wondered if Retin-A was really doing anything to my skin at all but once I was 4 - 5 months in I noticed a MASSIVE improvement with my skin.  There are some people on here who say retinoids never did anything but make their skin worse, but IMO everyone (myself included) is so eager/impatient to see improvements in their skin they don't give retinoids enough time to start working properly. If you take anti-biotics to avoid initial breakouts and stick with retin-a, chances are you'll see improvements so good luck :)

In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

15 January 2014 - 12:28 AM

Awesome that this seems to have worked so well for you smile.png


I have questions! When you used the regimen in the past, did you experience bad flaking with that? The flaking with retin a, is it the same / better / worse than the regimen flaking for you?

And here's a potentially tougher one - if you had to imagine wearing makeup while using retin-a, do you think it would be manageable or does the skin become too flaky or peel etc? 

Not expecting an answer with the last question really but thought I'd ask tongue.png Maybe someone who's used retin-a and makeup will stumble across the thread and let me know tongue.png


Congrats on clear skin smile.png


Thanks :)

Sorry about the late reply...I keep forgetting to check this thread :P


When I used the regimen (or any bp treatment for that matter) I always had really really bad flaking - especially when I first started. Sometimes I would leave home thinking I had the dry skin sorted and then I'd look into a mirror after eating lunch or something and my whole chin would just be a giant flaky mess. Not nice and quite embarrassing. Personally with Retin-a I had very little flaking and it seemed to stop fairly quickly. It was so minimal it didn't bother me at all really.


Your right that is a harder one to answer :P Well first off you only apply Retin-A at night so your not going to have to apply make up over the top of it unless you went out late at night for some reason. As for the flaking I guess it depends on the person as some might experience more flaking than others but for me personally I had so little flaking I don't think make up would have been a problem at all - especially compared to the flaking from the regimen :P