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Almost 4 weeks- and still going strong

Well acne.org users... This week will be my 4th week on tretinoin/duac. I must say that I have stopped waking up to feel my face immediately. Although I do still run to the mirror right away to see what my skin is looking like! I have had a few small break outs here and there, but nothing like I had before I started this regimen. I used to have those really deep painful, large, pimples on my cheeks that would ALWAYS leave a scar. The red marks are slowly fading- although it seems that my face gets MUCH dryer in the spots where I have scars. Now if I can just get myself to stop picking- even at the little ones! I have had ups and downs....there was a time that my skin was so friggin dry- no matter how much moisturizer I used, it was so dry and cracked! There are still times when I wash my face, and it burns....or when I put the cream on , it stings a little. I just have to remember to take it one day at a time....it's nowhere near perfect- but it's much improved.

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

 

2 WEEKS TOMORROW WITH RETIN A

Ah, the time just goes so quickly... Tomorrow night will mark my 2 weeks on the retin a treatment. At this point, I am LOVING my dermatologist for prescribing me this regimen. I have to admit, at first I thought she was full of it, and her suggestions were not going to help. However, as it turns out....My face is like 99% clear right now! Yesterday for the first time in a very long time, I was without make up for several hours throughout the day, and I wasn't ashamed! I still have a few of the red scars left, but those are drastically fading. Now, with tomorrow being my 2 week mark, I am fully expecting a major break out coming my way- I have not experienced any kind of IB what-so-ever. I think it's still too soon to know? Anyone else go two weeks without getting the IB? Either way, I am preparing myself mentally for the purge. Here is my regimen- In the morning I wash with Cetaphil gently, and just gently massage my face with it, a lot of the "dead" skin just comes right off. Apply Cetaphil moisturizing CREAM, and then my foundation. In the evenings, I take a shower, the steam (my opinion) has really been good for my skin. Wash face with cetaphil, and twice a week I will use the apricot scrub. Apply Retin-A pea size, and take the Doxycycline. My mood right now as you can probably guess is GREAT!! Will update again next week...

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

 

No IB

So last night when I put on the retin a cream- my face got really really red...I looked like I had gotten a severe sunburn on my face! It didn't hurt or anything just looked terrible. I'm so lucky to have a loving husband that doesn't make fun of me when I am looking like this!! I don't believe that I am at that IB stage yet- probably too early. Skin looks pretty good, things are clearing up, and I am getting used to applying chapstick all the time! Although I still have some pretty good red scars on my cheek... I am just happy that nothing new has come up in that area- they hurt! Tonight will complete my first week on the cream, so cheers to the first week passing quickly! I wonder if other people have noticed an improvement in my skin? I hope so! But nobody has said anything... Ciao!

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

 

Last night was night #5

Well....here it is MOnday morning...the weather today is kinda drap, and with day light savings time this weekend it sure made it hard to wake up this morning! Last night was my 5th time using the retin a cream. My skin looks much better than it did at this time last week, that's for sure. Although this last weekend, I was SO dry I couldn't believe it! I scared myself when I looked in the mirror...I had to run to the shower and wash and re moisturize! But from everyone on here that I have read, that is part of the cycle. I will be getting into my 2nd week of using the cream this week, and I am certainly expecting the IB to show up. I only have 1 new small zit this week, but I think it's because Aunt Flo has arrived! I am really trying hard not to get too excited about my face right now, because I just know that IB is right around the corner. I have a friend that is using Ziana, and she is into her 3rd week...she said that she broke out just at two weeks...BRING it ON, so that way I can get it over with! Oh, Also my lips are SO VERY dry and chapped... I don't even use the cream on my lips! WTH?? So far, so good... everyone...At this point I would recommend trying it to everyone, but I'll update that again next week.

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

 

DAY 2 OF THE TRETINOIN...

ah.....TGIF everyone! I woke up this morning in a great mood, and part of it is because my face is looking a little better. I find myself anxious to shower at night so that I can put on my cream! The first night I used it, I didn't really notice much of anything happening. BUt after reading some blogs yesterday I find that it might be because I moisturized BEFORE I put the Tretinoin on. So last night I used Tretinoin, and honestly didn't really need moisturizer. My face felt a little bit tight, but not too bad. And to be honest, I kinda like the feeling of my face feeling some what tight. Is that weird? So.... this is morning two of the cream, and so far...things look to be inproving SLIGHTLY. When you have acne, you find yourself feeling your face the minute you wake up, and running to the mirror to have a look... A little bit of dryness, but nothing that I can't cure with some moisturizer. I know that the "IB" is coming, but hopefully it won't be too bad, and for too long....My husband and I are going to the bahamas in April, and I'd love love love to be make up free for that! Guess I better go to the store today and get some Cetaphil wash...everyone says it's supposed to be really gentle....Sounds like I'm going to need it.... More tomorrow!!

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

 

MY FIRST TIME...

Good morning to all....I have been reading posts on this site for quite some time, and I have finally decided to join, and share my experiences with all of you... Let me introduce myself....I am 29 years old, married with two daughters. After my last daughter was born (May 2009) my skin totally changed! I have been dealing with this for what feels like forever, and I have finally decided to do something about it. I used to do a lot of modeling before my 2nd daughter was born, and had beautiful skin! I had never had a problem with acne before, but just recently it has gotten a lot worse. I have tried everything from cetaphil, to proactiv and everything in between. I even used the "extra strength" proactiv! So I finally decided it was time to go see the dermatologist. Even though, I felt embarrassed to go there and have the doctor look at my face. I sucked it up, and went anyway. I could feel my face getting red with embarrassment while I was explaining to her my skin problems, and she got up close to have a look. Anyway, I left her office with three prescriptions. Duac Doxy Retin - A I couldn't help but think to myself...geez my acne must really be bad to warrant all this stuff to clear it up!! I hadn't really heard of any of these products, and was very sceptical of using any of it. So I got on the internet to look for some reviews....that is when I found this site. So I have been sitting here, reading reviews of all these products for several weeks. Some good, some bad. I started taking the doxy right away, and have been using the duac at night. Even though the derm said to use it in the morning. I am just so scared to have bad side effects! Has anyone else been afraid to start the meds, but know you probably should just DO IT- it's the only way to get better? Ah....So I spent a good hour yesterday looking at reviews on the Tretenoin (0.05%). I have to be honest, and say that everything I read SCARES me about this product. About the "IB" and the burning etc... Despite all of that- I finally, after weeks of having the prescription, went and picked it up from the pharmacy last night. I was anxious, but nervous to try it out. I read and re read the instructions. Once I had it on, I was expecting a burning feeling, or tingling or something. But nothing! I was happy about that, but at the same time I wondered- um is it even working?? Anyway, I think I will try to keep a log on here of my progress. My ups, and downs- and hopefully this will have a happy ending.! So here it goes... Day 1 Used the retin a cream last night for the first time, and was worried what my face would look like when I got up this morning. I didn't feel any buring, itching, nothing. My face looks the same this morning as it did yesterday. Nothing better, nothing worse....Maybe I will be one of the lucky ones that the "IB" isn't all that bad?? I can only hope....

2GIRLZMOM

2GIRLZMOM

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