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Hi all,

I have been on my treatment plan of Benzaclin in the morning and Differin at night for two weeks now. On Monday I started taking doxycycline. I suffer from mild acne, but it is inflammatory so it's more of the treatment-resistant kind. I don't get blackheads and I don't get whiteheads. When my breakouts occur, they tend to cluster together around my jawline and subside at around 5-6 medium-sized lesions. My derm recommended the Benzaclin/Differin/doxycycline mainly because my zits tend to get inflamed.

A friend of mine suffered from extremely severe acne (she had mainly papules and pustules covering the majority of her face) and was treated using a medicated benzoyl peroxide wash, Benzaclin, Ziana, Solodyn, and was switched to Retin-A Micro about 2.5 months into her treatment. It took about 5 months for her acne to completely clear.

I know that my medications are different from hers, but my question is, since my breakouts are much milder, should it take less time for my skin to heal using the medications I am on? My next derm appointment is scheduled for 7 weeks from my initial appointment, and she told me that I should see improvement within 6 weeks. I think I am in the purging period though because this week my breakouts have been flaring quite a bit. It's disheartening when they tell you 6 weeks, but at 2 weeks, you are breaking out and it seems like it will never stop!!

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