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Restarting Retin A Micro 0.1%

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Hi everyone,

I am new to acne.org but I would really appreciate some advice and/or someone's personal experience here.

I started using retin-a mico 0.1% about 2.5 years ago and have had a great experience (besides the initial breakout obviously).

In mid-march of this year, I ran out of the retin-a and decided to take a little break because I was going to vegas and arizona (lots of SUN!) for spring break and didn't want to have to worry about the sun-sensitivity. I never started up the retin-a again and my face was pretty regular until about 3-4 weeks ago. I've started to get more breakouts than I've had in a while and the recovery time is just not the same. I finally went and refilled my retin-a prescription but now I am a little hesitant about restarting because i don't want to break out MORE!

Has anyone had experience stopping and restarting retin-a within a 3-5 month period? Was the breakout bad? Less than the first time? Quicker to fade?

Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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So no one has responded, but I went ahead and restarted the retin-a Micro (0.04%). It's been one week and no peeling has occurred. My face is experiencing new breakouts (like on my cheek where I never breakout) and seems more oily over all. I am going to use up a couple of sample size bottles of the mid-strength retin-a micro gel (0.04%) before moving up to my usual dosage (0.1%).

I am also using Acanya (BP + Clindamycin) for topical spot treatment and around my mouth and chin because my dermatologist said the breakouts there were hormonal. So far I really like this topical. I told my derm that I didn't want to use BP because I know that's a no go with retin-a and have had bad experiences with peeling/scabbing before, but she assured me that this is very mild. And so far she's been right!

Hate that I have to go through an initial breakout again but I am hoping that because I used the product before that it won't be so bad, hopefully the topical treatment will help as well during the first twelve weeks.

I'll keep ya posted on my progress!

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So it's been 5 weeks since I started retin a micro 0.04% with acanya during the day.

The first few weeks went as planned, small breakouts, small patches of dry skin.

Week four, however, I woke up to horribly bumpy skin! I guess i had a bad reaction and my skin blistered and peeled horribly for a week. It's now been 5 weeks and the peeling is back to minimal. I had to stop using the retin a every night and switch back to every other night. (I am now using aqua glycolic cleanser 2X/day on days I don't use retin a).

My initial breakout is continuing as I remember the first time. Pimples that are very red and leave continuous red marks even after the pimple is gone :( Hopefully the breakout will dry up soon.

I am keeping a detailed log with pictures that I will post online when I see results after 12 weeks hopefully.

Anybody else experiencing a long initial breakout? Mine got worse around weeks 3-6 last time.


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I'm sort of the in the same boat. I'm giving Retin-A micro another shot after stopping a few months ago. I only used it for three months the first time and I saw little results so I'm not sure I was using it correctly.

Good luck and keep us updated.

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