Jump to content
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

The Regim + Retin-A for Adult acne/aging?


I'm a 35 year old woman with hormonal acne that presents as cysts (painful, red and full of stuff), usually 1, 2 or (rarely) 3 at a time during ovulation week. They stay for at least a week, sometimes 2 and they are HUGE, so though the rest of my face is clear pretty much all the time, these 1 or 2 pimples really make me feel self-conscious.

I've been using Retin-A cream .1% for the last year; before that I had the gel which was better, same strength, and used for the previous maybe 2 years. I also used Finacea cream during the day, and occasionally spot-treated with BP (though it never worked and always seemed to make things look worse/too dry/more noticeable). It seems that in the last 4-6 months the Retin-A stopped working to control my hormonal acne, and in desperation, I started the regimen a week ago.

After about 8 days on the regimen, the 2 big bumps I started with on my face are still the only thing there but have gone down quite a bit, though they are still red -- something I'm not used to since the Retin-A always made pimps, red spots, etc. disappear really quickly after they were "dead." My face is dry, beet red and looks awful.

My question for those of you w/experience is this: I'm worried about going off the Retin-A for too long, since it took so long to get used to (IBs, adjustment) and I like the wrinkle-fighting power. I just know that I need something stronger/different for the hormonal stuff that comes out on ONE side of my chin/lower cheek once a month, always in the same exact spot.

Options I'm considering: Using the Retin-A at night and the regimen during the day only on the effected area, asking a derm for the Retin-A gel and trying that again w/modified regimen during the day, getting off RA all together and doing a salicylic acid/BP combo (another thing I tried once at a derm's suggestion and worked for a while) or using the AHA I've already bought but not used (too soon on regimen) for anti-aging...???

If anyone with experience in this area could give me feedback, I'd appreciate it. I feel like the insane irritation my skin is experiencing w/the regimen is overkill for the 2 zits I get every month, but on the other hand I'm reeeeeally sick of those 2 zits and how they take over my whole face for 2 weeks out of every month. These are not just little bumps, people, but monsters.

Anyone had similar experience and found something that worked for them?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes