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First 7 weeks

Week 1-3: So I started out like a lot of other people thinking that I could apply Epiduo twice a day and get quicker results and boy was I wrong. My face burned so badly and itched like crazy these first few weeks. I experienced TERRIBLE peeling and flaking which was highlighted by make up. But there was no way in HELL I was going out in public without make up to at least cover the redness. So after about a week and a half of applying the cream twice a day I went down to just at night and I was met with much less peeling and irritation. 
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So this picture is about a week after starting Epiduo forte. I was upset that I didn't discover this app to track my progress from the very beginning but oh well. 


Week 4:This is really when shit starts to hit the fan as far as the initial breakout goes... I feel like my cysts are starting to pop up a little more often and are slightly bigger and redder. But I am determined to keep going and push through this terrible period of my skin in hopes that I will one day have clear skin again. 
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Weeks 5 and 6: Well things are pretty much the same as far as the breakouts go, although I have started out with more acne on my right side of my face so thats why I have been taking my daily picture on that side, the left has far less breakouts so I am less concerned with that side. It is also at this point in my journey where I have introduced supplements into my routine after researching online, I now take the following every day:
Vitamin B complex, Evening primrose oil, Mega Krill oil, zinc, and a probiotic.

It is also at this point where I have switched from CeraVe moisturizer to a VERY TINY AMOUNT of pure organic unrefined coconut oil. I also use the coconut oil to remove my make up.
 Heres a few pics from these weeks...
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Week 7: So here is where I have possibly noticed a positive change. I think that the cysts have lessened and the bumpy texture of my skin has only SLIGHTLY improved. I still of course have lots of scars and hyper-pigmentation but hopefully with time this will fade as well. This picture is of my skin as of today. It might look worse as far as red marks but as of active pimples there seems to be less than the past few weeks. Hopefully this is a good sign?
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Hey AspireToDesign - I realize this was over a year ago now - but would you be willing to update your journey?  I am on week 5 and my acne is WORSE THAN EVER!  Trying to see if it all pulls through.  Thanks!

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On 12/5/2017 at 1:16 PM, 30andNewtoAcne said:

Hey AspireToDesign - I realize this was over a year ago now - but would you be willing to update your journey?  I am on week 5 and my acne is WORSE THAN EVER!  Trying to see if it all pulls through.  Thanks!

How are you doing?  Since you posted this you must be on week 10 now?

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Hey Hopeful74 - I am currently going into week 11.  Things are definitely getting better - I have a lot of scarring and discoloration; however, at the moment, I only have about three or four very small active pimples.  It definitely took a long time to get here and I still have a long way to go in terms of discoloration, but I really do think things are starting to turn around.  The texture of my skin is improving (most of the closed comedones are gone) and the pimples I do get are much smaller.  I will post pictures soon.  How long have you been on Epiduo?  Are you also on an antibiotic?  How's your journey going?

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11 minutes ago, 30andNewtoAcne said:

Hey Hopeful74 - I am currently going into week 11.  Things are definitely getting better - I have a lot of scarring and discoloration; however, at the moment, I only have about three or four very small active pimples.  It definitely took a long time to get here and I still have a long way to go in terms of discoloration, but I really do think things are starting to turn around.  The texture of my skin is improving (most of the closed comedones are gone) and the pimples I do get are much smaller.  I will post pictures soon.  How long have you been on Epiduo?  Are you also on an antibiotic?  How's your journey going?

Hey thank you for replying back to me.  I need to hear success stories.  Tomorrow will be week 5.  I am on epiduo forte gel and 100mg of minocycline 2x per day.  I have a lot of flat red marks too, it makes my acne look worse than what it is.  I still get new pimples everyday but I noticed that they do go away quicker than normal and that whiteheads, dry up quicker as well.  I always had only mild acne, ate whatever I wanted and never worried about it.  But I had a severe reaction to flonase, krill oil and a vitamin I was on and my acne went from very mild to severe in about 3 weeks.  Right now I have 2 whiteheads and 3 bumps on my left check and 3 bumps on my right check and only 1 on my forehead BUT tons of discoloration and flat red marks where acne use to be.  This will sound stupid, but how do I know what a closed  comedone is?  Acne is new to me, I feel bad for everyone and anyone who has suffered with it longer than I have. Edited by Hopeful74

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I am sorry to hear that your acne went from very mild to severe so suddenly.  It is such an adjustment.  Up until about five months ago I had great skin with mild breakouts every once in a while...then all of a sudden my face went crazy with texture and the epiduo forte brought all those clogged pores to the surface.  So honestly, I feel unrecognizable in my own skin - ur right about empathizing with those that have suffered for longer than us!  Acne takes so much away from you!  I don't even like leaving the house!

So a closed comedone is a clogged pore.  It's not red or inflamed like a pimple, it's just skin colored.  So it makes your skin look really bumpy.  That's not a stupid question.  I didn't know what it was until they appeared all over my face!

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40 minutes ago, 30andNewtoAcne said:

I am sorry to hear that your acne went from very mild to severe so suddenly.  It is such an adjustment.  Up until about five months ago I had great skin with mild breakouts every once in a while...then all of a sudden my face went crazy with texture and the epiduo forte brought all those clogged pores to the surface.  So honestly, I feel unrecognizable in my own skin - ur right about empathizing with those that have suffered for longer than us!  Acne takes so much away from you!  I don't even like leaving the house!

So a closed comedone is a clogged pore.  It's not red or inflamed like a pimple, it's just skin colored.  So it makes your skin look really bumpy.  That's not a stupid question.  I didn't know what it was until they appeared all over my face!

Other than Epiduo forte, what else are you taking?  What products do you use?

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I use a prescription face wash called Plexion - I only use it once every other day because it dries my skin out like crazy.  Other than that, just the Epiduo Forte and Minocycline (100mg a day).  I'm adding some pictures today of my 11 week mark.  The right side of my face is awesome - one small zit and a ton of scarring (but feels so smooth!).  The left side of my face is worse because I picked it yesterday when I was frustrated.  So now I have an open wound, one zit, and a scab from another pick.  Hopefully by next week (my 12 week mark) it's even better!  I think this stuff really does work...it just takes time, especially if your acne was severe. 

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On 1/16/2018 at 6:00 AM, 30andNewtoAcne said:

I use a prescription face wash called Plexion - I only use it once every other day because it dries my skin out like crazy.  Other than that, just the Epiduo Forte and Minocycline (100mg a day).  I'm adding some pictures today of my 11 week mark.  The right side of my face is awesome - one small zit and a ton of scarring (but feels so smooth!).  The left side of my face is worse because I picked it yesterday when I was frustrated.  So now I have an open wound, one zit, and a scab from another pick.  Hopefully by next week (my 12 week mark) it's even better!  I think this stuff really does work...it just takes time, especially if your acne was severe. 

I am 6 weeks today, epiduo forte at night only and 100mg of minocycline 2x a day.  My face has some acne, but the red/dark marks makes it look really bad.  I have 2 active spots on my left cheek, 4 on my right cheek and 1 on my forehead but I feel a new one on the side of my lip.  I saw my dr. yesterday, she said my face looks great and is responding.  At 3 months she wants me on only 100mg a day, makes me nervous!!!  She will taper me down and see what happens.  I would love to stop the epiduo as well, but I don't ever want my face to be that bad again so if I have to go off the minocycline, then I will stay on the epiduo.  Have you read about pure aloe vera gel for the dark spots?

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I have been told and read that staying on Epiduo indefinitely is ok.  So that is what I am currently planning on doing - in regards to the minocycline, I'm a little nervous to get off mine too.  I have heard about aloe vera for the dark spots, yes; I have also heard about laser treatment.  I think that once my acne is gone and I'm just left with the spots I will try aloe vera for sure.  

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1 hour ago, 30andNewtoAcne said:

I have been told and read that staying on Epiduo indefinitely is ok.  So that is what I am currently planning on doing - in regards to the minocycline, I'm a little nervous to get off mine too.  I have heard about aloe vera for the dark spots, yes; I have also heard about laser treatment.  I think that once my acne is gone and I'm just left with the spots I will try aloe vera for sure.  

You are only on 100mg of mino a day?  How soon are you going to try to wean off of it?  and do you think it helped you?

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Yes - my derm started me on 75mg a day of doxy then switched me over to 100mg a day of mino after the first month and a half.  I am not sure if it helped, as I took Epiduo Forte the whole time with it.  I think it helped and I'm really nervous to stop taking it because after three months I am still no where near where I want to be!

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On 1/22/2018 at 2:55 PM, 30andNewtoAcne said:

Yes - my derm started me on 75mg a day of doxy then switched me over to 100mg a day of mino after the first month and a half.  I am not sure if it helped, as I took Epiduo Forte the whole time with it.  I think it helped and I'm really nervous to stop taking it because after three months I am still no where near where I want to be!

Hey question for you, tomorrow is week 7 weeks for me, things are definitely better only about 4 active pimples but my skin is super dry and flaky over the past few days.  Did this ever happen to you, where you would go through periods of dryness and flakiness?

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Oh my gosh DEFINITELY!  My skin is still dry and flakes, and I'm on week 13!  It's not as dry as it was a few weeks back but it is definitely still dry.  I'm glad to hear your face is getting better!  That's awesome.  For the dryness, I bought a sonicderm (it's like a knockoff clarisonic) online for about 20 dollars.  At night I put Cetaphil face cleanser on it and massage it around my face to get all the dry, dead skin off.  I also moisturize every morning and night with CeraVe.  I hope the dryness eventually goes away completely.   

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59 minutes ago, 30andNewtoAcne said:

Oh my gosh DEFINITELY!  My skin is still dry and flakes, and I'm on week 13!  It's not as dry as it was a few weeks back but it is definitely still dry.  I'm glad to hear your face is getting better!  That's awesome.  For the dryness, I bought a sonicderm (it's like a knockoff clarisonic) online for about 20 dollars.  At night I put Cetaphil face cleanser on it and massage it around my face to get all the dry, dead skin off.  I also moisturize every morning and night with CeraVe.  I hope the dryness eventually goes away completely.   

I thought they said not to use something like a clarisonic as it could irritate your skin?  If it isn't irritating you, I may try it.  I just waited about 45 minutes after applying the Epiduo and applied a thick layer of CeraVE PM.  This morning it wasn't as bad, but its been colder here and being a runner AND putting on sunblock with zinc oxide may be drying me out a bit more.  I use the CeraVE PM morning and night and then use EltaMD UV clear 46.  I was worried something was going wrong when I got home last night and my face actually had little flakes on it.  Glad to know its all ok.  Thanks for responding to me. :) 

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Hey..how are you doing?  I don't think i have seen any posts from you recently so wanted to check in.  My face is doing pretty good, but for the first time in awhile my face stung a bit when I applied my moisturizer, not sure why.  Would love to know how you are doing....

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