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How do you know when your acne is going away?

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I've had acne for something like 5 years now. It has never been terrible, but is very persistent. If I don't use my Duac (benzoyl peroxide/antibiotic ointment), then I will break out with at least 3 whiteheads in a few days.

I just turned 21, and am wondering how you know when your acne is going away. I've noticed that my chest acne and back acne are starting to fade (they were never too bad to begin with, probably 2-3 zits spread over at a time). I tried going off the Duac for a few days last summer, but broke out badly within a week.

Do you have to quit the regimen for a while (as your skin adjusts to its natural oil/dryness levels) to see if your acne has actually gone away? Or will you just stop seeing pimples while you are on the regimen?

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you will stop seeing acne when your on the regimen

once that happens either

1) immediately stop all treatment and see how your skin does unaided (faster)

or

2) start to back off the amount of BP slowly and if you start developing acne then you havent grown out of it (safer)

-bob

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Ask your parents. Chances are at least one of them had acne, and you're likely to grow out of it around whenever they did.

thats prolly real imprecise. i am not sure about acne genes, but most genes can be either active or dormant. they can pass on from parent to kid without the parent having it, but be active in the kid

still there is no harm in trying

-bob

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Yes, I know about recessive and dominant alleles (which is what I assume you meant), whatever, I'm not trying to present this as a hard and fast biological rule. But there are a lot of puberty-related things that happen to you more or less at the same time as they happened to your parents, barring interference from other hormones. Girls tend to get their periods at about the same age that their mothers did, perhaps a bit earlier. Both boys and girl develop acne at around the same time that a parent did, in many cases. "Active or dormant" genes or not, puberty timings still tend to be pretty similar in parent and child, including the age when they stop having active acne. It's a decent guideline for what to expect, is all, and probably better to trust it than constantly trying to wean yourself off of BP only to break out horribly.

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Yep, I agree. My Mum is 45 and still has acne...her and I are the same for everything. Same body type, same pregnancies, etc. Not to say this applies for everyone, but I will NOT be quitting the regimen anytime soon.

:)

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Yep, I agree. My Mum is 45 and still has acne...her and I are the same for everything. Same body type, same pregnancies, etc. Not to say this applies for everyone, but I will NOT be quitting the regimen anytime soon.

:)

*hugs*

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