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how long does the "purging" stage last?

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i started using diacneal(0.1% retinol, 6% glycolic acid) to help my mild acne. before i started using diacneal i would always have at least 3-5 pimples on my face at all times.

now 3 weeks into diacneal, my face is literally COVERED in pimples.. i would guess around 25-30ish.. i went from 5 pimples to 30. :/

i've read a lot of places that retinol can take up to 3 or 4 months to start seeing results, so am i going to have to endure 2 more months of all these breakouts? do you purge all the way till you get clear? or do you just get a few initial purges?

also: is it ok to use BP as a spot treatment during the day? i only use diacneal at night.

any info would will be appreciated. thanks in advance

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