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5 weeks/ A Little Relief

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This will be short and sweet... I don't think the breakout phase of the "Initial Tazorac Breakout" is over, but I at least experienced a little relief today. My husband even made the comment, "Wow your face is really clearing up." That really meant a lot. There are still blackheads surfacing, but the pimples are gone. At this point, the hyper-pigmentation is the worst part. I cant wait to go to the derm and discuss some potential combination therapy for the scarring.

All in all... I'm still happy. Since the initial breakout started, today was one of the first days of looking in the mirror and seeing my face before the scars. I guess that's always a good thing. I'm soooo ready for the day when I can really tell the difference and the scars are lightening and I'm not really getting any more pimples.

If this is your first time reading my blog and want to know more about my experience with the initial breakout, please start reading at Day 25.

Until next time... hopefully it gets better from here.



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Just some encouragement my face broke out a week ago or so and it cleared up after a couple of days and I haven't had any new breakouts since. Everyone around me has said your face is really clearing up fast. So hang in there, I think this Taz stuff is going to work for you. Also my derm prescribed Hydroquinone dexamthasone compound (THDH)at night. I only use it as a spot treatment on the dark spots every night. Ask your derm for his/her opinion... it seems to be working for me some of the dark spots I had one month ago have disappeared and I believe you and I are about the same complexion. Good luck I know how you feel about the dark spots I never had any prior to using the topical creme and I almost stopped using it because of them.

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Thanks for the encouragement and following me. It's so nice to have someone to relate to. I'm happy that I only have to use powder to make the dark spots blend a little better. It's still not perfect but a lot better. Do you use the hydroquinone at night along with Taz or at separate times of the day? If you do use it at the same time, is it irritating your skin at all?I really think Taz is going to work for both of us for the longterm... it's just a little disheartening when I see a new pimple. I'll definitely ask my derm about the treatment you're on for hyperpigmentation next week.

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Thanks for the encouragement and following me. It's so nice to have someone to relate to. I'm happy that I only have to use powder to make the dark spots blend a little better. It's still not perfect but a lot better. Do you use the hydroquinone at night along with Taz or at separate times of the day? If you do use it at the same time, is it irritating your skin at all?I really think Taz is going to work for both of us for the longterm... it's just a little disheartening when I see a new pimple. I'll definitely ask my derm about the treatment you're on for hyperpigmentation next week.
My daily regimen: Morning wash with cetaphil face wash-apply cetaphil moisturizer only where needed-apply taz after moisturizer has dried. Lately I've been wearing translucent powder to rid my self of the oily look the taz brings about. Lots of waterEvening: Solodyn pill-Cetaphil face wash-hydroquinoneI haven't experienced any irritation at first the tazorac caused my face to itch but it just felt like my skin was drying out. I'm using the prescriptions at different times df the day. I do get some dry skin and a little redness in the areas where I apply the tazorac but not as much as when I first started. For redness my doctor prescribed hydrocortizone it works really when I have to use it but I try not to because the less oil the better in my opinion. Keep me posted :-

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That's interesting... you use Taz in the morning. Just a thought: I found in my research, when Taz is used in the morning and if your skin is exposed to any UV light (sunlight), the chemicals in Taz are deactivated.... my derm told me this also. I may be wrong, but I read that in numerous sources although I've seen a couple of posts where people say they use it in the morning. My regime is the total opposite. I use Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap in the morning and night and moisturize in the morning and use Taz at night without moisturizing beforehand because I haven't experienced any major irritation. I guess we can compare how our experiences go using it at different times of the day.

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That's interesting... you use Taz in the morning. Just a thought: I found in my research, when Taz is used in the morning and if your skin is exposed to any UV light (sunlight), the chemicals in Taz are deactivated.... my derm told me this also. I may be wrong, but I read that in numerous sources although I've seen a couple of posts where people say they use it in the morning. My regime is the total opposite. I use Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap in the morning and night and moisturize in the morning and use Taz at night without moisturizing beforehand because I haven't experienced any major irritation. I guess we can compare how our experiences go using it at different times of the day.
I read that as well and wondered if it would still work. I'm indoors most of the time and winter in Cleveland isn't sunny at all so I guess that's why I can get away with it. The hydroquinone is very visible and doesn't get rubbed into the skin like taz so you can't wear it out the house. I believe that's the only reason she's having me put taz on in the morning. My derm also said the taz was good for blemishes also so hopefully the combo of both works asap. I'm getting married in July so she said she could have me cleared well before then so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Also I'm using the .05%taz what type of difference have you seen with the .10%? I have an appointment this week and was wondering if I should request the higher dosage.

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Okay... makes sense. I just got married in November and moved from Texas to Colorado. Using Taz in the morning wouldn't work in either place for me because it's too sunny. I'll definitely ask my derm about your regime to help the hyperpigmentation. I used the .05 for the first two weeks and been using the .1 for almost 4 weeks. I don't really see a difference except for the breakouts. It seemed like the the initial breakout was in full effect once I started using the .1 and I know that Taz will bring EVERYTHING to the surface before you stop seeing pimples.... so I was a little happy in the midst of the ugliness. Right now, I have a couple of whiteheads on my face, but you can hardly see them. The dark spots are lightening as well. a little bit of spot concealer helps my complexion look a lot smoother. Retinoids are known to lighten hyperpigmentation, but in everything it takes time. I hope the combination therapy works for you. Just to let you know: My breakout reached it's peak the week of my wedding and there was nothing I could do. I didn't start doing research about Taz until after the wedding because I figured my breakout was connected to a hormonal change. I'm sure that your skin will be clear by July, but in any case, rest your confidence in the person you've chosen to marry and how beautiful he thinks you are. I took 3 makeup classes that helped me to do my makeup flawlessly. I received so many compliments and the blemishes didn't show on my pictures. I didn't allow the breakout to dampen my mood or my day. I felt beautiful and my husband thought I was beautiful as well... that's all that mattered.

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Okay... makes sense. I just got married in November and moved from Texas to Colorado. Using Taz in the morning wouldn't work in either place for me because it's too sunny. I'll definitely ask my derm about your regime to help the hyperpigmentation. I used the .05 for the first two weeks and been using the .1 for almost 4 weeks. I don't really see a difference except for the breakouts. It seemed like the the initial breakout was in full effect once I started using the .1 and I know that Taz will bring EVERYTHING to the surface before you stop seeing pimples.... so I was a little happy in the midst of the ugliness. Right now, I have a couple of whiteheads on my face, but you can hardly see them. The dark spots are lightening as well. a little bit of spot concealer helps my complexion look a lot smoother. Retinoids are known to lighten hyperpigmentation, but in everything it takes time. I hope the combination therapy works for you. Just to let you know: My breakout reached it's peak the week of my wedding and there was nothing I could do. I didn't start doing research about Taz until after the wedding because I figured my breakout was connected to a hormonal change. I'm sure that your skin will be clear by July, but in any case, rest your confidence in the person you've chosen to marry and how beautiful he thinks you are. I took 3 makeup classes that helped me to do my makeup flawlessly. I received so many compliments and the blemishes didn't show on my pictures. I didn't allow the breakout to dampen my mood or my day. I felt beautiful and my husband thought I was beautiful as well... that's all that mattered.
Congrats on getting married! I get more excited by the day. That's a good idea about the makeup classes because I honestly don't know how to apply it I just dab on powder every once in a while. I honestly don't like to put anything on my face if I can help it, I've always liked the natural look. For the wedding I figured I'll just go to the MAC counter and let them work there magic hopefully by then I won't have anything to hide.

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I hate wearing makeup too but I learned how to apply concealer and the whole nine yards for my wedding. It looked very natural and was the only thing that got me through. I can't wait until I go to the doc on Friday to see what he says about the hyperpigmentation. I have a couple more whiteheads on my right cheek but they're already going away.I'll have a new post on Thursday. Have a great week!

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Just some encouragement my face broke out a week ago or so and it cleared up after a couple of days and I haven't had any new breakouts since. Everyone around me has said your face is really clearing up fast. So hang in there, I think this Taz stuff is going to work for you. Also my derm prescribed Hydroquinone dexamthasone compound (THDH)at night. I only use it as a spot treatment on the dark spots every night. Ask your derm for his/her opinion... it seems to be working for me some of the dark spots I had one month ago have disappeared and I believe you and I are about the same complexion. Good luck I know how you feel about the dark spots I never had any prior to using the topical creme and I almost stopped using it because of them.
Thank you so much for your post! I'd gone to the derm (I basically live there) and had hydroquinone 4% prescribed. I was too afraid to use it on the spots but it spreads slightly to the surrounding skin. I recently began using Taz .1 and have seen a bit of improvement...though I'm going through the initial breakout now, which (though bad) is a sign that it's working, to me. How long did it take to clear up your skin? Did it clear whiteheads as well? I know skin is all relative but I just want to gain perspective. Your post was very encouraging! Thanks again.

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