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Stopping Retin A

It's been four months now on retin-a and my skin is just getting worse and worse. My doctor wants me to keep trying. it's like he thinks it's supposed to work on everyone but i don't think it works on me. I tried it before and it didn't. Although last time it didn't make my moderate acne into severe nodules and cysts which now have...plus my skin is irritated. So I just want to stop. I think for a week or so I'll just wash my face and moisturise at night. Nothing else. And I NEED that moi

tanna23

tanna23

03/03/2014

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03/04/2014

 

So Depressed

I'm so depressed about my skin. I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. I spend all my money on things to get rid of my acne that just don't work. I have an upset stomach everyday from medication that doesn't work. My face hurts from a medication that just doesn't work. And people are still mean idiots who like to point out any imperfection and right now they're just so many. I don't remember ever feeling this bad about y skin. I've been hose before and cried myself to sleep before but i

tanna23

tanna23

02/17/2014

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02/19/2014

 

Retin-A Week 14

It seems like my skin is just getting progressively worse. I now have three cysts on my chin. The doxy is still making me sick. I have an upset stomach all day and I'm gassy. It's embarrassing. My stomach growls like it's empty sometimes and it's not. I've actually been eating more to just quiet my stomach. I'm trying to always stay full. Maybe i'm breaking out more and more because i'm always eating... who knows. I've had another week feeling like i couldnt leave my house because my skin

tanna23

tanna23

02/14/2014

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02/14/2014

 

Week 13 - Retin A

I feel like my skin was better without the retin a. I have 21 small pimples on my forehead, they're small but all together my forehead looks like shit. I also have some small bumps where my sideburns would be if I had them and a few on my cheeks. I don't understand how I'm breaking out again. I'm not close to my period. I didn't sit and eat a bucket of sugar and milk. There's really nothing I can think of. I feel like just stopping everything. I've completely lost hope in this medication.

tanna23

tanna23

02/07/2014

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02/10/2014

 

Retin-A - 3 Months

I honestly haven't seen a big improvement in my skin since starting retin-a. Right now I;m just hoping that all "purging" is finished and that I've finally found something that works for my skin. My skin looks and feels less irritated. I still look shiny. Whether my skin is tight and dry, or at that point where when I touch it it feels like i stuck my hand into a deep fryer it looks shiny. Obviously it looks worse when I'm leaking oil too. Some of the marks that I had before i star

tanna23

tanna23

01/28/2014

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02/04/2014

 

Week 10 - Another Breakout?

I think i;m breaking out again on this stupid retin-a. It's irritating my skin AND it seems to give me a breakout every few weeks now it seems. Also the doxycycline is now making me feel really sick. I have an upset stomach most of the day and it's just not right.

tanna23

tanna23

01/14/2014

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01/23/2014

 

My Current Regimen On Retin-A

Every Morning I was my face, back and chest with Zakuro black soap. I take 100mg doxycyclien after breakfast. Every Afternoon In the shower I wash my back and chest with the black soap. I rince my face with plain water. I take my one-a-day women's multivitamin with my afternoon snack. Night time I wash my face with the black soap. Pat dry. alternating days Allow my face to dry for 15-30 mins. Then apply a pea sized amount of retin-a 0.05% or

tanna23

tanna23

01/23/2014

 

Week 11 - Breakout Is Gone

So no more breakout. My skin looks and feels a lot less irritated except right after washing. So that's good. I think i'll have to stick to using the retin-a every other day. Maybe I'll reach the point of no irritation. The doxycycline is still making me feel sick. I had two painful pimples, one at the corner of my lip and a huge cyst under my chin. I also had a zit on my cheek which left a nasty mark. The one next to my lip left a weird dry patch and strangely there's no evidence of the

tanna23

tanna23

01/23/2014

 

Retina A - 2 Months In

Time really flies... i've been so busy with school, work and family. I hate holidays. During week 5 or 6, i broke out a little more but nothing serious and it faded away quite quickly. But afterwards my skin started looking and feeling really tight, shiny thin and irritated. My face would hurt. it was aweful so I went to see my doctor who was convinced that I overused my cream because of the breakout. I didn't use it any differently and I got so pissed at him for accusing me of that bec

tanna23

tanna23

01/06/2014

 

Weeks 3-4

So i've been breaking out since last week... started out as tiny little bumps that would go away easily... now they're bigger and not going away. hopefully they fade soon. I haven't had any new ones for like the past two days but i got quite a few between last week and this week which are still there. I'm thinking of adding benzoyl peroxide back, but there really isn't a time i could use it. I sweat all day and night time i use the tretinoin. I have a mask on now... hoping to shrink these

tanna23

tanna23

12/05/2013

 

Day 17 - Doctor Visit

Today I went to see my doctor and he actually convinced me to start antibiotics which he's been trying for a while. I caved. I guess because I haven't seen any difference in my skin really. He said he can see a difference which is why I asked why he wants me on antibiotics. He said they should "protect" me from the initial breakout that's waiting for me and also so I can clear up faster. So... I guess I'll try pretty much anything after he promised to put me on accutane. So my skin has

tanna23

tanna23

11/23/2013

 

Retin A - Day 8 Why Im Trying It Again

My mom was wondering why I was trying the retin a after I tried and failed last time so just in case anyone read my review and is also wondering... here's why: - My acne on it's own is much less severe now than the first time I tried retin a (and from what ive seen it seems to work on mild acne) - my doctor back then was a quack, the one now worked out a system for me. Im actually starting off just using it every other night until i go back to see him - im on a higher dose : 0.05% now a

tanna23

tanna23

11/13/2013

 

Retin A - Day 1

I've given up on benzoyl peroxide. It just dries out my skin and leaves a bunch of marks all over my skin. I was hopeful that it would work this time round (for no particular reason other than being sick of breaking out) but it didn't help. I still have a million little bumps on my forehead. It almost looks like two million right now. Don't know where they came from. But they're still there. I went to my regular doctor since I still can't find a real dermatologist (and not some quac

tanna23

tanna23

11/05/2013

 

Week 15 - A Million Little Bumps

Since my last post I started breaking out on my forehead with these tiny little bumps. There're soooo many of them. There're like two million of them up there right now and I've got some on my cheeks too. No clue where they're coming from. My skin is so damn frustrating. It feels just as bad as it looks which is different, my skin doesn't usually feel this aweful. I'm thinking of what I've been doing differently lately and I can't think of anything except the soap so I stopped using it an

tanna23

tanna23

09/15/2013

 

Week 11

I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with the BP. My skin doesn't seem to be improving anymore. It's oily again. I guess it was just a matter of time before I adjusted and started making more oil. I like not having skin that hurts when I smile but at the same time I hate being shiny. I hate that when my friends want to make plans with me a week in advance all I can think about is what my skin will look like in a week because I never really know. I had couple horrible pimples that left

tanna23

tanna23

08/23/2013

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09/06/2013

 

Weeks 13 - 14

My skin went through a dry patch lately since I switched from my regular cleanser to a sulphur soap. But it's the regular dryness I get where I still break out. Anyway, as always I'm back to an oilier state. I'm a living oil factory. smh I also started taking my contraceptive pills again - it's ethinyl estradiol and cyproterone acetate (Krimson or Ginette where I live, Dianette in other places). I started taking them in 2010 for my menstrual problems, stopped because I was sick of taking

tanna23

tanna23

09/06/2013

 

Week 8

The past two weeks haven't been all that bad. Last week I started alternating the days with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid and my skin was much softer and not as dry but I did get more pimples. Then this weeks I went back on the benzoyl peroxide everyday and its dry again but the pimples stopped. It's not that I hate the dry skin that much but I feel like I can see how dry it is and it just looks bad. It looks like it's being dried out too much. I hate how it looks not to mention how it fee

tanna23

tanna23

08/04/2013

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08/05/2013

 

Week 6

So, I ate pizza this week, which wasn't such a good idea, two new pimples. They'e not excessively huge, but I just hate having them there. My face is really dry. It hurts, not only when I smile but once I rinse it during the day it gets super dry and I can't take any wind or anything. So I think I'll have to cut back on something, I guess I can cut back on the toner. I don't need to use it every night. I know originally I had planned to cut back on the benzoyl peroxide but I don't think that'

tanna23

tanna23

07/21/2013

 

Week 4

One whole week with no pimples on face. Been using the 10%bp everyday and its working. No cysts since I got rid of the zinc. Never ever trying that again. Not worth the risk. I now have some horrible black marks on my chin because of it. It might be that bad because the bp tends to make my marks worse but I wish it wasn't there in the first place. My face is so dry it hurts when I smile. My regular moisturizer isn't helping. I think I'll cut back on the bp. I might be able to use it every

tanna23

tanna23

07/07/2013

 

Week 3

I know this is late, been busy. It's been a bad week. I got a bunch of cysts on my chin (3 more) and I started breaking out even more on my back. I even got some tiny bumps on my chest, which freaked me out. Really really freaked me out. So I stopped taking the zinc. It seems like my acne got worse when I started it, and even worse when I upped my dose. The last day I took zinc was Wednesday and started using 10% BP lotion Wednesday night. It's pretty drying but it's helping to hea

tanna23

tanna23

07/01/2013

 

Week 2

So it's now just over two weeks since i've started taking zinc (17 days) and it really doesn't seem to be helping, so i decided today that i'd increase my dose to 50 mg. Hopefully this works because i've been breaking out more this week. i've been using my multivitamins everyday, washing only twice and using my toner at night. Still haven't gotten my BP lotion yet, i've been leaving my house before the pharmacies open and leaving work after they close. Hard week To be honest I'm a little r

tanna23

tanna23

06/23/2013

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06/24/2013

 

My Regimen And Acne Story

My Story I started getting acne when I was about 10 or 11. My extremely vain mother started me on treatment at about that time. . I'm now 22, I've tried a lot of things along the years but nothing seems to work. My acne started out mild to moderate, then when I was about 14 it became severe. I cut out all sugar from my diet and saw no improvement in my skin, but I felt better so I stayed off it. When I was about 18 I removed dairy from my diet and saw a little improvement. Over the years I've

tanna23

tanna23

06/14/2013

 

Week 1

I've decided to document my struggle with my skin. I'm hoping it will help me keep on tack in some way. I can update once a week or so and let you guys know what's working for me. New Stuff: - Started zinc supplements - 25mg/d - Continued taking my multivitamin + mineral - Went to 9 pharmacies looked for b5. Had some dummy tell me "b5 doesn't exist" tried to figure out a way to order it to my nice wonderful 3rd world haven without it coming up to the equivalent of $50USD or more

tanna23

tanna23

06/14/2013

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