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#3461619 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 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.

#3407952 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 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

#3407247 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 12 January 2014 - 04:48 AM

I had completely forgotten I was writing this ( not that anyone but me reads it anyway :P) hence the massive gaps between posts.

So now I'm around 5 months into using Retin-a so I should probably sum up the main things I have found/experienced so far.......

1. My skin is now 95% clear. I still get one or  two very small pimples every 2-3 weeks but they fade very very quickly and leave virtually no mark afterwards.

2. When I first started using Retin-A I was also put on a 3 month course of doxy to prevent any initial breakouts. This worked very well as I had no noticeable initial breakout what so ever and haven't in the 2 months I've been off doxy either.

3. It's well known that Retin-A can make your skin more prone to sunburn and possibly even dry/irritated. Personally I haven't noticed any increased sensitivity (even during the current hot summer weather) and I haven't been taking any extra precautions. Occasionally I may wake up with slightly flaky skin but that's the worst irritation I've experienced with Retin-A.

4. It's also well known that Retin-a (and other retinoids) take a long time to start working properly. In my case this has turned out to be very true. In the first 3 months my skin remained pretty much the same - no worse than it had been but not significantly better either. Once I hit month 4 and 5 I really began noticing a change. I was hardly breaking out, my skin tone was nice and even , and hyper-pigmentation was fading faster. I haven't had an active pimple for 3 weeks now and the last one was tiny and faded in 2 days. There were times when I wondered if it was going to work for me but I can honestly say it was worth the wait.

In a couple more weeks I will probably have flawless skin for the first time in 6 years or so. It's taking a bit of getting used to seeing my face with clear skin, but it's safe to say it's a good problem to have. The thing I don't yet know is how long I will have to use it for. Only time will tell but at the moment I'm planning to keep using it as long as possible to avoid going back to my old skin.

If anyone should stumble across this and have any specific questions about using Retin-a feel free to ask.

#3388241 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 13 October 2013 - 09:41 PM

Day 68:


Haven't posted in a while because nothing has really changed over the past couple of weeks.


My chin is still doing well. It has remained clear apart from one small pimple on the corner of my mouth and the little bit of hyper pigmentation there is also nearly completely gone.


My forehead is still being difficult. I thought it had finally started to clear up as I hadn't had an active pimple there for a over a week and all the hyper-pigmentation was starting to fade nicely. Then a few days ago a broke out with 4 new spots around the center of my forehead which are very noticeable and have been constantly bleeding. I really though my forehead would have made a lot more progress by now considering how well my chin had been doing, however it's still better than when I started. I'm going upload more pics but will until I reach the 3 month point in a few weeks time.

#3386912 Relationships And Acne

Posted by patrick92 on 07 October 2013 - 04:15 AM

Hey guys. So I've been struggling with acne since I was 13 years old, and it's always been pretty bad for me. I'm a sophomore in college now and I think I'm really starting to deal with a lot of emotional garbage relating to it. It's mostly stemming from a lot of my friends getting into relationships, and I've never been in a serious relationship myself. That doesn't bother me necessarily, but what does bother me is that I feel like I won't be able to make a guy happy with my acne on my face and back/arms. It's worse on my face than it is on my back or arms, but it's still there. I know that I have a good personality that people like (not being conceited), but I'm afraid that a guy will regret being with me once we start to get intimate, and that scares me. So.. am I alone here or has anyone else dealt with this/conquered it? I'm just really afraid of getting into a relationship and disappointing them, and don't really know what to do about it.


I think a lot of people with acne struggle with relationships. I'm similar to you in the sense that I'm in college and have also never had a relationship, but a lot of my friends currently do. It's definitely hard seeing all the happy couples together when your struggling to find someone yourself, but there are still lots of other people our age who have also yet to have a proper relationship. It doesn't make us abnormal or weird and it also doesn't mean we won't eventually find someone.


From personal experience, low self esteem often makes you feel unattractive or that you would be a disappointment to the opposite sex, but we are way harder on ourselves than other people are. Chances are there has been someone who's liked you but you haven't noticed or were too scared to do anything about it. Don't let your low self esteem make you afraid of disappointing someone, because if someone was that shallow they aren't worth your time. Speaking as a guy, I don't find girls with acne unattractive at all, and would actually prefer someone with acne as I wouldn't feel so self conscious about my skin around them.

#3383932 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 20 September 2013 - 09:52 PM

Day 44


More forehead is really starting to annoy me. It doesn't seem to have improved at all since I started treatment, where as my chin has cleared up very nicely (so far).

I wasn't expecting it to be clear yet, but I thought by this stage I might have seen a little bit of improvement :/


I am lucky that I haven't had any nasty IB like a lot people using retinoids have had, and since I'm now over 6 weeks in I doubt I will get a bad one at all. Still no dryness, flaking or irritation at all either, and I haven't been sun burnt yet despite spending a lot of time outside lately. If anyone else is thinking about trying a retinoid, at least my experience has shown that not everybody will get bad breakouts or irritation when starting, so don't let that put you off. I still have another 6 weeks before the 3 month mark, so I'm still reasonably confident that this treatment will clear me. I just wish it would do it quicker!


I guess I'm just a little frustrated as I'm still extremely self conscious about my skin, and often feel like everybody is staring at my acne (especially girls for some reason but that's probably just a figment of my imagination). I find this often makes me often isolate myself from others some what, which tends to get me down a lot. I'm just looking forward to the day when I feel comfortable in my own skin again, as I have forgotten what that feels like.

Well that's really good that you haven't had an IB or bad dryness etc and that you have seen some improvements smile.png  Hopefully you'll see more soon.

Did you end up finding a good sunscreen?


I think more often than not, it's just our minds playing tricks on us - we can't shake the feeling people are staring at our skin because we're so concerned with it ourselves we think everyone else must be noticing it too. But we're our own worst critics (as cliched as it sounds, I think it's true) and I don't think other people really notice it as much as we think they would. And if people are staring it could definitely be for a different and better reason tongue.png You never know


I hope we all get to that point soon - where we all feel comfortable in our skin again. In the mean time, do what you can to still get out there (even when it's the last thing you want to do - I think everytime you do that it helps with confidence even just a little) and try and enjoy life. There's no real reason why we can't do that, and we all deserve to enjoy life and be happy. 

Hang in there smile.png


Yeh some improvement is definitely better than none. I've kept using the neutrogena dry touch sunscreen for when I'm out cycling, as even though it makes my skin look pale it's so strong I never have to worry about burning with it. For everyday use I actually went and bought that neutrogena spf moisteriser you suggested, which has been really good so far. I'm lucky that I don't burn that easily though so I don't use sunscreen everyday (probably should anyway though I'm just too lazy sometimes tongue.png).


It's so true though, we are our own worse critics. Even though people may look at us and notice the acne, they probably couldn't care less. I don't find other people with acne unattractive and I often feel more comfortable around people that don't have clear skin. I know it's not an attractive trait to have, but I've seen plenty of people with acne who are still really really good looking. Staring was probably too  stronger word to use. It's more like a longish glance when people walk past or sometimes I may inadvertently catch someone looking at me in class for some reason. Just little looks that make you feel I little uncomfortable or more self conscious if you know what I mean. Then again my low self esteem is probably just making sound like a crazy paranoid person haha. I'm sure people aren't looking for other better reasons, but it's a nice thought (dreams are free though right tongue.png).


I hope we are all getting close to that point too. It is so important to keep active as whenever I occasionally cave and hide away I always feel worse in the long-run.

And your right, we do all deserve to enjoy life and be happy so I hope your skin is continuing to improve and that your still gaining confidence smile.png

#3383745 Please Help With Emotional Damage

Posted by patrick92 on 20 September 2013 - 01:50 AM

I am having trouble dealing with the emotional pain

Well you not alone, that's for sure. Acne is often emotionally draining but lots of us on here suffer with low self esteem and various anxieties caused by our acne, so there are plenty of people who know how you feel (myself included). I find these forums are great not just for researching potential treatments, but also for venting your frustration and connecting with others who have similar experiences/problems. 

Anyway I'm sure you'll find lots of support on here.

#3376371 Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

Posted by patrick92 on 20 August 2013 - 02:20 AM

I took doxy a couple years ago - it worked well for me while I took it - no side effects that I can recall. I just remember my doctor saying to drink plenty of water with it (a full glass and not just a sip to down the pill) and not to lie down for a while after taking it. Did your doctor mention anything like that? I can't remember what the reason was behind doing that actually.... 


And there's a thread somewhere on the site where someone took doxy and has remained clear for months after stopping their course - hopefully that's the case for you too!


If you can get the neutrogena oil free SPF15 moisturiser that might be a good thing until you can find a better / stronger SPF/ sunscreen. Something is better than nothing! smile.png I've been using that in the mornings and haven't had a problem with it. The only other sunscreen I found that I liked and didn't seem to break me out was by Hamilton (called Everyday Face I think). I don't know if you can get that in NZ? It was SPF 30 which was great. (Only thing is that it's a matte finish and now my skin is too dry most of the time from the regimen that it feels weird on my skin). Let us know if you do find a good sunscreen!


Good to hear it's all going well so far. Hope it continues that way!

Yes my doctor also told me to take doxy with a large glass of water and not to lie down afterwards. According to them doxy can sometimes cause bad indigestion/heartburn, and lying down soon after taking it would increase the chance of this happening. I think taking it with lots of water is just to prevent any stomach irritation. Personally, I'm viewing doxy as more of a short-term fix while I wait for the Tretinoin to kick in properly (and hopefully it will control any IB's as well).


Thanks for the sunscreen suggestions, I will look into those. I actually just started using neutrogena dry touch spf 70, but its really thick and leaves your face looking quite pale/washed out. I think it will be good for my cycling, when I'm in the sun for hours at a time, but I'd like to find something a bit lighter.


I hope everything is still going well with your skin.