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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: How Do My Fellow Ugly Guys Cope With Being Undesired?

25 April 2014 - 03:58 AM

Chemical castration!!!! That is a bit extreme.

I understand the frustration that comes with dating with acne, and I often struggle with my own self esteem, but...... and I don't want to seem harsh or judgemental here..... there always seems to be someone here making completely irrational statements about the opposite sex writing them off because of their appearance, seemingly with the sole intention of arguing with anyone trying to persuade them that actually people aren't that shallow or nasty!


Yes, acne can destroy your self-esteem, and yes, that makes it really hard to view yourself as attractive/desirable, but the thing that will actually put other people off is intense negativity and a complete lack of self confidence. If you spend the rest of your life feeling so intensely low and jaded, chances are you really will realise your worst fears and end up alone. Just try and be positive, do the things you enjoy, be friendly, meet new people and eventually your bound to meet someone who likes you just the way you are.

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 :)