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      Doesn't seem to be much improvement yet. Maybe you could try naproxin sodium to reduce the inflammation?

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      Hi..

      I am also on the same track as you. I took Retin-A with antibiotics almost 5 weeks ago, and at first I noticed some improvement, but then the acne just got worse. Your cheeks look similar to mine, but I have some brown pigmentation and annoying red marks. I do notice that the bumps are decreasing, but sometimes new small ones still pop up. It is so annoying and I am frustrated. Wondering when will this medication start to kick in. I have an appointment with dermatologist at the end of this month. Hope he can help me

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      Doesn't seem to be much improvement yet. Maybe you could try naproxin sodium to reduce the inflammation?

      Hey soxyroxy,

      Unfortunately there isn't as much improvement as I would like. It takes at least 3 months though for retin a do anything good though so I'm hoping that I'm not wasting my time. What is naproxin sodium? Have you had any luck on it? By the time I see my derm. it will be 3 months on retin a and I hope it gets rid of my acne! It's only gotten worse as I've gotten older. I would like retin a to work though because it's supposed to be miraculous for wrinkles and we all have to face those later on in life. Thanks for the post. :D

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      Hi..

      I am also on the same track as you. I took Retin-A with antibiotics almost 5 weeks ago, and at first I noticed some improvement, but then the acne just got worse. Your cheeks look similar to mine, but I have some brown pigmentation and annoying red marks. I do notice that the bumps are decreasing, but sometimes new small ones still pop up. It is so annoying and I am frustrated. Wondering when will this medication start to kick in. I have an appointment with dermatologist at the end of this month. Hope he can help me

      Hey LostinTranslation,

      Well, good luck to you! This gallery has really helped me continue with retin a. It also helps to wear makeup since you feel better about your skin when you don't look like a tomato. Remember it takes at least 3 months before improvements are made. How old are you? I'm 24 and I take spironolactone for hormones as well and I haven't broken out as bad on retin a as I thought I would I think because of that. I don't like antibiotics because if you rely on them too much you can get candida and eventually they're efficacy is decreased. I've noticed my acne gets worse at I get older; not cool at all. Well, good luck with your derm. appointment and try to stick it out by wearing makeup to cover up any blemishes or red marks. I really believe that retin a will work and if you continue it your skin will be wrinkle free by the time your 55. Here is a helpful site with comments on retin a (http://www.askdocweb.com/retin-a4.html) and some people give really glowing reviews like:

      Subj: Almost no wrinkles

      Date: 6/23/2004

      I have been using retin-A since invented...I am 70 years old, almost no wrinkles, complimented on skin, no more brown spots, love the product. I have always used it very sparingly to prevent problems and avoid sun as it causes photosensitivity, shall use it forever

      Grace

      Subj: Retin A for 15 years

      Date: 7/26/2004

      I've used Retin A for 15 years. I am 55 years old. I do not have any wrinkles. I would not use it around my eyes. I receive a lot of compliments on my skin. I have had friends use it because of the results I received. I use it at night after I have washed my face-let dry for at least 20 minutes. I wash in the mornings with oil of olay soap. At first you will have some peeling and drying. I started out with the lowest dosage. I now use the highest with NO problems at all. I also use oil of lay moisturizer, make sure you use the ones without perfumes.

      Connie

      Subj: Very positive results

      Date: 9/20/2004

      I really don't think you want to print anything positive about retin a. I have used it 15 years. The results are very positive for me. I have an identical twin. I am 55. She is the one who got me started using it. I get comments all the time how I do not have any wrinkles. She quit using it because she likes to tan. She has a lot more wrinkles than I do. Retin a will help even out the skin spots. I endured the flaking and peeling. Now I use it 3 time a week to keep the results. I alternate an abrasive scrub on mornings I don't use it. Retin a is great. People need to be well versed on how to use it. I read an article a Dr. wrote about 15 years ago. I follow his directions. Most of what is printed is negative on Retin A.

      Constance

      Subj: 29 years on Retin A

      Date: 2/1/2005

      Hi, I started using retin a at 15 for acne, I remember my doctor telling me stay on this and by the time you're a lady you'll look youthful. Well I have and now I am 44 and am complimented always. My husband is 10 years younger and when we first met he thought I was really young. I love it. I have no wrinkles. So after 29 years no one has ever came close to my real age. In fact my husband loves going to the clubs and waiting for the bartender to ask for id and they always do. Be patient, use it faithfully, wear sun block year round and you will definitely reap the benefits....god bless and peace,

      Geneva

      I hope that helps to keep you going! Good luck! :D

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      Hi,

      Thanks for the post. I am 23 years old and same here.. my acne got worse as I got older. Before I hit my 20s, I rarely got pimples and now it is out of control. Do you think the Spiro will help for me? I don't know if my acne is cause by hormones. Not really sure since I never had problems with my period or anything.

      Btw, I have some dry skin and it is hard to put make up on to cover the red marks. Do you have this problem too?

      Thanks again!

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      Hi Lost in Translation,

      Spiro is usually used for hormonal acne which is probably what you have. When you're around your late teens or in your early twenties and still have acne then it is normally hormonal related. Spiro is an antiandrogen (when you have elevated levels of androgens then you have acne) and it really helps me with acne. If you see your derm you can get it prescribed to you. It only costs like $4 at Walmart pharmacy so if you get a prescription and don't have insurance then Walmart is where you would want to get it filled. The derm can also detect whether you have elevated androgens or not with a blood test. I didn't have to go through a blood test; they just put me on it when I was 20 and since you're 23 you shouldn't have any problems getting on it. I also don't have any problems with my period. In fact, I remember I took depo provera for about a year or two and went off it. When I went off it, I had crystal clear skin for like 6 months. I know my acne is hormone related even though I didn't get a blood test because more than one dermatologist has prescribed me hormone altering medications. I also find that I have NO side effects with this medicine at all. You can check out reviews on spironolactone on acne.org; just look under prescription meds and type spironolactone in the search bar and you'll see reviews from other people who used it.

      I took spiro 2 weeks before I started retin a and I really think that I haven't broken out as bad on the retin a because I took the spiro a little ahead of time. I've tried retin a before and it was just bad; I did, however, use far more retin a than the dose recommendation. Make sure you're using the correct dose because more really doesn't make it work better; you'll just end up with more side effects (burning, peeling, redness, itching, etc.).

      Since your using retin a as well then dry skin is normal. I have pretty dry skin as well around the chin area (it flakes off and makes it annoying to put make up on). Make sure you put a face lotion on after using retin a. Wait 20 minutes after putting the retin a on before applying the lotion. Also use an spf in the day when you go out since your skin will be sensitive to the sun. You probably want to apply some lotion on before putting your make up on and see if that helps. Are you having any side effects from retin a besides the dry skin (redness, itching, burning)? If you have any of these and they're uncomfortable then you might want to skip a day and then go back to using retin a. I recommend using aloe vera on your face if your face feels burnt or really red. I use "lily of the desert", it's 99% organic aloe vera; it stings after you apply it but it really helps soothe the skin. Just remember, it's okay to take time off from retin a; I find it is necessary a lot of times just to let my skin normalize again since retin a is so harsh. What retin a strength are you on? Do you have a derm appointment coming up? Even a doctor will prescribe spiro if you have a general doctor that is easier to see. Well, I hope all that helps. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask. I should post my week 5 pics today. Well, ttyl.

      Shae

      Hi,

      Thanks for the post. I am 23 years old and same here.. my acne got worse as I got older. Before I hit my 20s, I rarely got pimples and now it is out of control. Do you think the Spiro will help for me? I don't know if my acne is cause by hormones. Not really sure since I never had problems with my period or anything.

      Btw, I have some dry skin and it is hard to put make up on to cover the red marks. Do you have this problem too?

      Thanks again!

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