My Retin-A Gel (0.04%) Experience (Prescribed 8/16/2010)
Used in conjunction with Doxycycline (100mg 2X daily) which I have been using for ~3 years prior.
Used in conjunction with CeraVe body wash and moisturizer.
*skin seems to take longer to heal. scars are more visible for a longer period of time. possibly due to thinning of skin?
*at this point (one day before week 7), skin appears to be less oily. this may or may not change, we'll just have to wait and see.
â˜…~2-3.5 weeks, clear. Benzamycin was used in conjunction. was applying waaaay too much. i estimate about triple the recommended dose, don't do this! you will make your skin so thin that it becomes weak and makes it easy for other bacterium to invade!
â˜…~3.5-7 weeks, bad breakout. Benzamycin use continued until ~week 6.25 based on the belief that it's drying effects were causing increased transpidermal water loss (thereby increasing cell "stickiness").
=+:affected areas were sides of face, beyond cheek area below ears and directly below on neck
=+:some breakout on forehead
=+:worse area was below corners of mouth on the chin
â˜…use of Neutrogena exfoliating wash begun at approximately week 6.5
â˜…one day before week 7: chin is clearing up but still has many bumps. bumps are much smaller in size than in weeks 3.5-7. much less irritation observed. sides of face, in areas just below ears, much less infection.
Recommendations thus far...
â˜…It is very easy to overdose on this medication therefore, use as little as possible. it should be just enough so that you feel the wetness of the medication touch your skin and absorb and dry. but it should NOT be too much that the alcohol makes your skin burn or even tingle! seriously, use as little as you can. in fact, i would recommend using just a tiny amount at at time on your finger (like half the size a piece of rice or smaller) and apply in sections to your face. For instance, apply to half your cheek, then get more and apply to the other half. Apply to half your chin, then the other half. If you apply it to your face in sections, you're less likely to overdose!
â˜…How can you tell if you are applying too much? (Overdosing): if, when you take a shower, you notice alot of skin peeling, you're applying too much. if you wake up in the morning and your skin is red, you're using too much. if you apply just the right amount every night, your skin will be so well balanced, you won't even need to worry about the sun since your skin is exfoliating at just the right rate.
â˜…EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!!
â˜…MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!!