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Week 1: Retin-A 0.025

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Hello Everyone! I'm new to this, but very excited to become part of the acne.org community. I want to share my acne experiences; I feel like it could be a good way to cope, so I believe I'll do a weekly update. If I help someone else in the process, then that's wonderful!

So, last week was my first visit ever to the dermatologist (I'm 23 by the way). It was definitely an interesting experience. He's the only derm in the area, and I must say a bit of a jerk. He seriously spent less than five minutes with me and was edging toward the door before giving me my prescription. He didn't even explain how to use it really....sad, I know. Other people have told me that's just the way he is though :( .

I have strictly non-inflamed acne. It's all blackheads and whiteheads, but still very annoying. I have clusters of whiteheads pretty much all over my face. My forehead is the worst by far. I also have a lot of blackheads around my nose and chin.

Here's what I'm doing:

MORNING:

-Wash with cetaphil gentle cleanser

-Use PURPOSE moisturizer with SPF 15

-Follow up with a layer of Almay nourishing liquid makeup

NIGHT:

Wash with Dove Beauty Bar (to take off makeup)

WAIT THIRTY MINUTES

Apply pea sized amount of RETIN-A all over face

Results After One Week:

So far, nothing major, but that's wasn't to be expected. After reading reviews on Retin-A I expected to be breaking out like crazy, with dry, peeling skin after the first week. As of now, it has yet to make me red, dry, peel, or have any initial breakouts. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I'm afraid it's not working if I'm not peeling. However, I watched a review last night on Youtube where a girl said that she never experienced any side effects, yet it worked for her.

What I have noticed though...after a week, my over-all skin tone is very pretty. The little bumps are still there, and just as bad, but I have a pretty, pink glow to my cheeks. Kind of like I'm using a very nice blush, but I'm not. I'm sort of afraid that this dermatologist didn't give me a high enough dosage. I'm too scared to call and ask though, so I'll stick with it for at least three months. Who knows, I may start experiencing the normal side effects next week.

So, that's one week down!! Lots more to go! I'll update next week, unless something significant happens before next Thursday. So, if anyone reads this, let me know your week to week experiences with Retin-A! I would love to hear it! And if anyone else is dealing with non-inflamed acne, let me know how you treat it!



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I feel a lot like you. This has only been my third day, and I have no new acne. I know I have not even reached the week mark, so it might change; however, I am experiencing a lot of redness and peeling. I will take the "chemical peerl" over acne any day. We also (it seems) tend to have the same "type" of acne. I do not have cyctic acne but persistent whiteheads and black heads. I do definitely have a glow...mostly from the redness. One of my students asked me if I has blush on....it was the "sunburn effect".I am on Clindamyacin, Retin-A Micro, and the obagi system for scarring. I am really excited about the results, and cannot wait until I can go outide with no makeup, and a lot of confidence. Keep up the blogs :)BeautyB

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I feel a lot like you. This has only been my third day, and I have no new acne. I know I have not even reached the week mark, so it might change; however, I am experiencing a lot of redness and peeling. I will take the "chemical peerl" over acne any day. We also (it seems) tend to have the same "type" of acne. I do not have cyctic acne but persistent whiteheads and black heads. I do definitely have a glow...mostly from the redness. One of my students asked me if I has blush on....it was the "sunburn effect".I am on Clindamyacin, Retin-A Micro, and the obagi system for scarring. I am really excited about the results, and cannot wait until I can go outide with no makeup, and a lot of confidence. Keep up the blogs :)BeautyB
Hi beautyB! Thanks for sharing your experience so far! It sounds like we have the same type of acne, and if so, I want to fill you in on some really good news. I'm on my third week, and I never had an initial breakout with Retin-A. In fact, it's only been getting better and better as each week passes. My forehead is soooooo smooth. It's not perfect yet, but I'm just blown away at how much better it's looking. I'm not sure why I didn't have an initial breakout. Maybe it's because it was already at the surface since it was all whiteheads? I really don't know. One thing I would like to suggest for the peeling...a good scrub! That helped me soooo much. It got all of that dead skin off and made my skin look very polished. I've also heard that by exfoliating and helping your skin to shed that stuff, the medication will work better because it can be absorbed like it's supposed to be.So when do you use the clindamyacin? And is it the gel? I'm wondering because I actually have some of this gel. I Still have like a half of a bottle from this summer. I stopped using it because it didn't seem to work that well for my whiteheads. Does it work well with the Retin-A? Keep me updated on how your skin is doing! I'm really curious now to see if your experience goes the same as mine. Sorry for writing a book; I obviously like to talk. :-

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Hey!I read your latest blog entry and it mentioned you were a teacher:). I teach 9th grade. Yetm at time I wish I taught the little ones...Back on track...I use the Clindamycin in the morning only, right now. I have the cream, not the gel. If you apply too much it leaves a white film, but when done just right(after exfoliation), its great! I really like it. Sometimes I feel as though the Retin-A is heavy on my skin. The Clindamycin is light, and really tightens those pores. As I mentioned above, I exfoliated as you suggested. You were so right. I used a Neutrogena scrub, and then applied the Clindamycin (not Retin-A since it was midday). The Clindamycin did not leave a film because it was able to absorb completely into my skin, due to the exfoliation. From what I have heard, and am now experiencing, Clindamycin in combination with Retin-A is amazing! A coworker is also on the Retin-A /Clindamycin combination. A few yrs. ago, her derm placed her exclusively on Clindamycin. She had some improvements, but not many. Then, he switched her to Retin-A exclusively. She had major improvements, but some residual acne. She mentioned she wanted something on her face during the day as well as at night to counteract anything that might pop up. So, she began using the leftover Clindamycin during the day, and Retin-A at night....needless to say...her skin is flawless. I do not think I have ever seen her with a pimple anywhere. However, she did mention an initial breakout with the Retin-A, though she could not remember during which week it occured. It makes me happy to know that there are some people who do not have an initial breakout. I was thinking for awhile that I must be doing something wrong. It is only week one, but I am still going full steam ahead. Thanks for replying, and I will keep you updated :)BeautyB

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Hey!I read your latest blog entry and it mentioned you were a teacher:). I teach 9th grade. Yetm at time I wish I taught the little ones...Back on track...I use the Clindamycin in the morning only, right now. I have the cream, not the gel. If you apply too much it leaves a white film, but when done just right(after exfoliation), its great! I really like it. Sometimes I feel as though the Retin-A is heavy on my skin. The Clindamycin is light, and really tightens those pores. As I mentioned above, I exfoliated as you suggested. You were so right. I used a Neutrogena scrub, and then applied the Clindamycin (not Retin-A since it was midday). The Clindamycin did not leave a film because it was able to absorb completely into my skin, due to the exfoliation. From what I have heard, and am now experiencing, Clindamycin in combination with Retin-A is amazing! A coworker is also on the Retin-A /Clindamycin combination. A few yrs. ago, her derm placed her exclusively on Clindamycin. She had some improvements, but not many. Then, he switched her to Retin-A exclusively. She had major improvements, but some residual acne. She mentioned she wanted something on her face during the day as well as at night to counteract anything that might pop up. So, she began using the leftover Clindamycin during the day, and Retin-A at night....needless to say...her skin is flawless. I do not think I have ever seen her with a pimple anywhere. However, she did mention an initial breakout with the Retin-A, though she could not remember during which week it occured. It makes me happy to know that there are some people who do not have an initial breakout. I was thinking for awhile that I must be doing something wrong. It is only week one, but I am still going full steam ahead. Thanks for replying, and I will keep you updated :)BeautyB
Hi again!I actually read your reply earlier in the week, but didn't have time to write back. Actually, I'm student teaching; so not quite a teacher yet, but I'm getting there! The little one's are a lot of fun and I like it, but it's still very stressful! How is ninth grade? How long have you been teaching?Anyway, I started with the clindamycin in the morning and Retin-a at night, and I must say that there is even more of an improvement with my whiteheads! I will definitely keep it up. Like you said, the Retin-a does feel SO heavy! I was wondering if I was the only one with that problem. Clindamycin in the morning always make my skin feel so soft, yet my pores do feel tighter.Well, I hope all is still well with you and the Retin-a. Hopefully you're still seeing improvement as well!

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YEs , I didn't have any new acne until the second week .. is that normal ? How it go with yours since I believed now you're in the 3rd week, right ? I just wonder that 0,025 is just too small dose ?

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YEs , I didn't have any new acne until the second week .. is that normal ? How it go with yours since I believed now you're in the 3rd week, right ? I just wonder that 0,025 is just too small dose ?
Hi nsalim! I realize you posted this awhile back! I've been really bad about not checking in or updating. Lets see, I'm actually on my second month now! I just updated, and my skin is doing really well. It's looking better all the time. I would say that it's normal for you to get new breakouts by the second week. From what I've read about it from other people, the second week seems to be the time for the initial breakout. I honestly did not have much of an initial breakout, if any at all. I didn't notice much at all, other than a little peeling. I don't believe that's the typical reaction, so I'm not sure why it was different for me. I would say that the dosage they gave me was probably a little low, but It's still working, so I won't complain! What percentage are you on?

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