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So I started going to another doctor rather than my family doctor. The place is called Obagi Dermatology. So after meeting with the doctor about my acne and all that, I told her that I used a moisturizer with SPF 15. She said that was a big no no and she wants me to stop that right away. She said I'm too young to use a moisturizer. I'm 17 btw. Then they gave me some stuff that would make my face dry and peel so that new skin would come out because I have scars. Then they gave me accutane n all that.

So my question is, what did the doctor say to you about moizturizers? Did they tell you to use one or did they condemn it?

Oh yeah and she doesn't want me to use moisturizer not because of my current regimen. She doesn't want me to use a moisuturizer ever at my age. She said they're for old people whose skin can't produce enough whatever to make their faces smooth or something to that effect.

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So I started going to another doctor rather than my family doctor. The place is called Obagi Dermatology. So after meeting with the doctor about my acne and all that, I told her that I used a moisturizer with SPF 15. She said that was a big no no and she wants me to stop that right away. She said I'm too young to use a moisturizer. I'm 17 btw. Then they gave me some stuff that would make my face dry and peel so that new skin would come out because I have scars. Then they gave me accutane n all that.

So my question is, what did the doctor say to you about moizturizers? Did they tell you to use one or did they condemn it?

Oh yeah and she doesn't want me to use moisturizer not because of my current regimen. She doesn't want me to use a moisuturizer ever at my age. She said they're for old people whose skin can't produce enough whatever to make their faces smooth or something to that effect.

my family doctor told me that moisturizers are bad because and i quote.."anyone even someone with perfect skin will breakout with moisturizers" ...but i dont know...........i still used... you need it if you are using something thats drying out ur face!

are you using Retin-a??

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No I'm not using Retin A. I'm using stuff washes and etc from the Obagi thing. Its ok for my face to dry out right now because its summer. No school yet. The doctor also said if I used a moisturizer, it would slow down what I'm doing. We're drying out my skin on purpose, so a moisturizer would be useless.

Oh yeah and let me say that my skin is absolutely horrible right now. I'm on day 11 of accutane and the past two days my face has broke out like crazy I'm embarassed to even go out. I counted 13 or 14 whiteheads. Some on my cheeks but most of them are around my jawline I am so grossed out by my own face its depressing.

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No I'm not using Retin A. I'm using stuff washes and etc from the Obagi thing. Its ok for my face to dry out right now because its summer. No school yet. The doctor also said if I used a moisturizer, it would slow down what I'm doing. We're drying out my skin on purpose, so a moisturizer would be useless.

Oh yeah and let me say that my skin is absolutely horrible right now. I'm on day 11 of accutane and the past two days my face has broke out like crazy I'm embarassed to even go out. I counted 13 or 14 whiteheads. Some on my cheeks but most of them are around my jawline I am so grossed out by my own face its depressing.

hang in there...for encouragement read other people's blogs :)

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Hey thanks Boot. Oh yeah and you were right I am using Retin-A. Let me post my routine.

Morning

Foaming Gel

Tepads

Exfoderm

Evening

Foaming Gel

Tepads

Complex-A (Retin-A) with Blender

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You say "Then they gave me accutane n all that". Do you mean you are on roaccutane? If so you MUST moisturise. You're never too young to moisturise - it doesn't do you any harm.

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What do you mean roaccutane? Well they perscribed me accutane and I bought some at Costco under the name Sotret (Ranbaxy), a generic brand. What do you mean I must moisturize? I'm not trying to start an argument I just want to know because the doctor told me I musn't moisturize.

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Why are you on accutane (sotret) and retin a at the same time? I thought you weren't supposed to use any other acne treatments while on accutane because of how fragile it makes your skin...someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems to me to be a much bigger no-no than moisturizer!

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Well, I find that I brake out more when I'm dry - so moisturizing is a must for me.

I have notice the same thing. When at first my skin was oily, every 2-3 nights that i moisturized i broke out,

but once i slowed down too much on that, my skin became too try and i started breaking out.

Now i have killed/dramatically reduced breakouts on my skin and maybe have zits that last 2 days usually before they start fading. With dry skin, moisturizer does not make me break out as much, in fact i think it actually helps, allthough somewhere dan said it can 'glue' dead skin and clog pores.

I wouldnt tell you uninformed information, but I will tell you that I'm now shooting for skin that is not too oily, but not as dry as these past few weeks. I find gently,rubbing your face with your clean and dry finger to rub off flakes to be very effective. I also notice that if I utulize too much cleanser, it actually brings out flakes. So i try to use as little cleanser as possible just so long as I feel that its cleaning my skin.

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Why are you on accutane (sotret) and retin a at the same time? I thought you weren't supposed to use any other acne treatments while on accutane because of how fragile it makes your skin...someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems to me to be a much bigger no-no than moisturizer!

Because the doctor put me on both of those at the same time......... :confused:

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I am anti-moisturizer myself, who knows what kind of chemicals they put in there that will clog your pores!!! I mean, what sense does it make to moisturize oily acne-prone skin...makes no sense whatsoever!

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Now I'm getting a little worried. After reading some posts, I feel like I'm committing facial suicide by taking accutane and retin-a at the same. The doctor can't possibly be that dumbfounded can she? She's a skin specialist from Beverily Hills!

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Now I'm getting a little worried. After reading some posts, I feel like I'm committing facial suicide by taking accutane and retin-a at the same. The doctor can't possibly be that dumbfounded can she? She's a skin specialist from Beverily Hills!

I'm under the impression that most dermatologists are dumbfounded, regardless of what geographical area they're from!

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Now I'm getting a little worried. After reading some posts, I feel like I'm committing facial suicide by taking accutane and retin-a at the same. The doctor can't possibly be that dumbfounded can she? She's a skin specialist from Beverily Hills!

She put on on the Obagi system & Accutane at the same time? Really, you're skin could be dying.

What dose of Accutane are you taking? If you are only taking 10 mg, maybe it's not as bad as we think.

I don't believe anyone should moisturize unless their skin is dry. There is no need to suffocate your pores.

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I'm taking 20 mg. Once a day at night.

The Retin-A is: Retinoic Acid 0.1% usp

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I'm sorry to say this, but I think your dermatologist is a bit of a quack... Didn't you know that dry skin actually contributes to acne? Clogged pores are caused by the sebum from your pores mixing with dead skin cells. The more dry your skin, the more flakes to get mixed up with the oil on your face and the more clogged and inflamed pores you'll have! And judging from what other people are saying, she shouldn't have given you retin-a at the same time as accutane... From what I know about retin-a, it actually takes off the top layer of skin and you have to be really careful about adequate sunscreen after using it. Did she at least tell you to wear sunscreen?

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I'm taking 20 mg. Once a day at night.

The Retin-A is: Retinoic Acid 0.1% usp

That's a really low dose. I'd wait and see. If she ups it, then I'd worry.

You are using retinoic acid. It's not as powerful as retin-a. Exoderm is an exfoilient too. I used to be on the Obagi system. It was okay, nothing spectacular. The Blender was a b*tch as mine had hydroquinone to fade scars.

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Why are you on accutane (sotret) and retin a at the same time? I thought you weren't supposed to use any other acne treatments while on accutane because of how fragile it makes your skin...someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems to me to be a much bigger no-no than moisturizer!

Because the doctor put me on both of those at the same time......... :confused:

OUCH! RetinA and Accutane at the same time??? No moisturizer??? There is something wrong there. Please call your derm and confirm that that is what she wants you to use together...perhaps you misunderstood???

Ang

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Moisturizer can contribute to acne. If your skin is fine without moisturizing, you should certainly go without it. However, it your skin is peeling and krusty, you should definitely be moisturizing. If you are on Retin-A and Tane, I can only suspect your skin is going to get pretty freaking dry and moisturizing would be advised. (Also, I had was told that topicals were NOT to be used while on Accutane. You could call another doctor and ask, call a GP or something.)

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You guys, remember how I told you how i counted 13 or 14 whiteheads yesterday? Well I counted this morning and I have over 30 whiteheads! I don't believe that the IB is this bad is it? Someone help me! My face has never been this worse and I'm inclined to believe that I will get even more scars from this.

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If you're just starting on the stuff your doctor prescribed you, that may be the lesions under the skin coming up quickly because the process is being sped up. Usually a treatment makes things worse before they get better. I still think you should moisturize though...

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What's the solution for oily skin then? If I don't moisturise, my skin gets oily, but if I do, depending on the moisturiser, it stays oily, or with some moisturisers (which usually are irritants) my facial oil levels becomes more balanced

Thanks

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What's the solution for oily skin then? If I don't moisturise, my skin gets oily, but if I do, depending on the moisturiser, it stays oily, or with some moisturisers (which usually are irritants) my facial oil levels becomes more balanced

Thanks

I have combination skin... my forhead, nose, and chin are always really oily and my cheeks and temples have a tendency to become very dry. I moisturize with Cetaphil daily moisturizer and it works pretty well... It feels oily for a couple minutes after I apply but I usually wear makeup over it and my face is great--not too oily, not too dry.

I think it really depends on your skin whether you should moisturize or not. If you're using a drying product, you should definitely moisturize... I learned that the hard way. Was using Retin-A and I didn't think I needed to moisturize... until my face started becoming so dry and peely that it formed deep cracks that bled. By that time the moisturizer wasn't effective to help... took weeks for my skin to go back to normal after I stopped the Retin-A and was using Eucerin at least four times a day. Moisturizer only works if you use it before your skin is toast... it's more a preventative measure than anything else, in my opinion.

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