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Hi everyone!

I'm currently using benzoyl peroxide 2 times a day (morning and night.) In the afternoon if I feel oily I will use the OxyWipes which are benzoyl peroxide also. My dermatologist prescribed Tretinoin for nighttime and Clindamycin in the morning. I usually apply Witch Hazel as a toner after cleansing and before the medications. I'm also on Doxycyl a pill I take twice a day.

I've been on this routine for about 4 months and was starting to see great results. Although I used a friend's sunscreen 3 weeks ago and got a major breakout from it. I had never gotten such a bad breakout in my life. My entire face was covered in blemishes basically. All the bumps have gone away and I'm smooth now but the spots and discoloration is still there.

I think I've heard somewhere that benzoyl peroxide will slow the fading process. Is this true? Is there anything I should add or take out to make them go away faster? How long do they usually take? Thanks so much!

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Hi everyone!

I'm currently using benzoyl peroxide 2 times a day (morning and night.) In the afternoon if I feel oily I will use the OxyWipes which are benzoyl peroxide also. My dermatologist prescribed Tretinoin for nighttime and Clindamycin in the morning. I usually apply Witch Hazel as a toner after cleansing and before the medications. I'm also on Doxycyl a pill I take twice a day.

I've been on this routine for about 4 months and was starting to see great results. Although I used a friend's sunscreen 3 weeks ago and got a major breakout from it. I had never gotten such a bad breakout in my life. My entire face was covered in blemishes basically. All the bumps have gone away and I'm smooth now but the spots and discoloration is still there.

I think I've heard somewhere that benzoyl peroxide will slow the fading process. Is this true? Is there anything I should add or take out to make them go away faster? How long do they usually take? Thanks so much!

Hi - i don't have any answers for you but wanted to tell you I have a similar situation. My skin recently broke out badly (out of the blue) i never had acne before. Anyway it is under control now (Thank God) but i'm dealing with the after effects.... indented skin to some extent and red/brown marks.

To control the acne my doctor prescribed me Doxyclcine antibiotics which I later switched to Tetracycline (only because the price point was better for me). I took these pills twice a day.

Oral treatments: Apply Benzaclin in the mornings and Retin A at night.

These helped me tremendously with the acne - now i'm trying to wean myself off them and i've reduced the pill dosage to once a day and slowly going to start alternating days and get off it. Similarly with the creams I was annoyed at the slow healing process so he suggested I start using a 2% climadycin with neostrata (something)... he just gave me the prescription this morning. It's a form of a glycolic peel which should help with the marks. I would suggest you go see your derma again and change your medication to treat what the issue is now... scars not acne.

I'm also going to see another specialist tomorrow to get an idea if i'm a good candidate for microdermabrasion or any other peels. Let's see!!!

Hope my story helped!

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Benzoyl Peroxide is really effective at getting rid of pimples, but it encourages the redness in red marks. It is irritating. I suggest you stop using the BP for two weeks to see how your skin reacts. For the red marks, I recommend using an Alpha Hydrox lotion with 10% glycolic acid. Alpha Hydroxy Acid unglues dead skin layers and encourages them to flake and fall off, revealing the fresh unblemished skin underneath. I am not sure if it's a good idea to implement AHA into your regimen if you are already on antibiotics. Ask your dermatologist. AHA is strong and is the only thing that really works for red marks.

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What is AHA? Sorry i'm new to all this.

I think I will go for Vbeam laser to help fade the marks. I saw a cosmetic dermatologist and they said that would help with the marks.

Does BP really make the red marks redder? I haven't had a breakout in months now so I think it should be safe to get off that? Hmm...

I think the climadycin with neostrata is a glycolic peel. I'm a bit worried to stop the BP and start this - i'm also trying to get off the antibiotics (Tetracycline) so I don't want to do too many changes to my skin at the same time.

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What is AHA? Sorry i'm new to all this.

I think I will go for Vbeam laser to help fade the marks. I saw a cosmetic dermatologist and they said that would help with the marks.

Does BP really make the red marks redder? I haven't had a breakout in months now so I think it should be safe to get off that? Hmm...

I think the climadycin with neostrata is a glycolic peel. I'm a bit worried to stop the BP and start this - i'm also trying to get off the antibiotics (Tetracycline) so I don't want to do too many changes to my skin at the same time.

AHA is alpha hydroxy acid. It is an acid that is a glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar cane. BP prolongs red marks and it can be pretty irritating. If you do not want to use a glycolic acid, you can use Retin-A, or its counterpart Retinol which is found in most anti-aging products. Retinol is found in ROC products. You can read more about RoC's products here. I spoke with my dermatologist today about evening out hyperpigmentation. AHA works well, but retinol works even better and smarter since it it automatically targets the uneven spots.

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