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Altered ACNE Regimen

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Let me start off by saying I am not sure how severe my acne is but if I had to describe it, I would say medium severity. If it helps, I can get pictures of my face up.

Anyway, I went to the doctor for my acne and they prescribed to me Tretinoin Cream, USP 0.1% and Erythrocin 500 MG pills. This was after doing a few months on and off of Minocycline, which did not help much (that's why I got the cream and the pills). Having read the ACNE.org regimen, I feel that it would be best for me to use the pills along side the regimen in addition to substituting the BP for the Tretinoin cream. I think this decision is best for two reasons. First, Tretinoin cream seems to be a more powerful agent. Second, I tried Proactive I noticed the creams have BP in them. Proactive did not work especially well for me. So all in all, would the changes I make to the acne.org regimen be beneficial or should I just do the original regimen first?

Thanks for the help. Please ask any questions if you need clarification on some part of my post.


Just to clarify, with my own planned regimen, this is what a typical day would look like:


Wash face with a cleanser

(I just realized I should add BP here)

Apply moisturizer

Night time (before sleeping)

Wash face with a cleanser

Apply Tretinoin

Note that once at night and once in the morning, I will be taking the Erythrocin pills.

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Acne. org doesn't recommend mixing the BP regimen with prescription meds without a doctor's ok. So I would run your plan by your doctor or derm first (maybe you could email them??), make sure it's safe. :)

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