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Popping whiteheads while on Retin-A

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I'm on Day 4 (only...sigh) of using Retin-A and my skin is a lot worse than it was. I expected this, so I'm not terribly upset yet since it is so early in the game, but I'm wondering - the pimples are coming up so much faster than before, and becoming really ripe whiteheads VERY fast (the course of one day, it seems)...should I be gently releasing the whiteheads, or just leaving them completely alone and applying the Retin-A on top? Do they pop themselves or does the Retin-A just get rid of them? I'm kind of confused...

I hope my IB doesn't last too long....I did 6 months of Accutane a few years ago and never had a breakout like this! I have no redness, irritation, burning or peeling yet though...the only reaction I've had is a pimple explosion!

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