Yes, I'm 100% Clear as of 12/21/2008. Not a single zit in a week, my skin looks so much better, just scars and some red spots for my Purge breakout. The purge from resuming Tazorac was a total bitch but worth it. I'm so happy I'm back on the Taz and doxy. I am going to have to make a Derm appointment to get my prescriptions filled, but now that I have insurance I can go back to getting my drugs from the local pharmacy as opposed to alldaychemist.com. Tazorac was cheap buying overseas but you have to wait almost 2 weeks. the stuff worked.
For those who are not having luck with tazorac, I can give you some tips. Tazorac may make your skin worse for awhile. I got a big cyst on my chin for about 2 weeks. But with diligent use and buffering the Tazorac with Olay Regenerist serum in the fragrance free version before applying the Taz, I found that it worked well, gave me less irritation and it helped heal it faster. Buffering is for those of us who are very sensitive and turn red from things like Retin-a, taz etc. I found that using taz in combo with any other acne topical made my skin raw and breakout more. So, I kept it simple.
Neutrogena Fresh foaming cleanser is inexpensive, non-irritating, got all my makeup off completely. A little drying but now that my skin is used to it, it's not so bad. then I apply the fragrance free Regenerist serum, wait about 5-10 minutes to let it sink in and then apply my pea-sized amount of tazorac soending about 2 minutes massaging it in on my entire face. I mean, really massage it in good. Don't just spot treat. Then I wait awhile and then apply the Olay Active Hydrating Beauty fluid which is non-greasy and goes on smooth. If I'm really dry in spots, I dab on Aquaphor healing ointment, which does help with dry patches. I am on 200 mg of Doxycycline. I hate being on antibiotics but I think after I do 2 months of doxy, I will wean myself off again. Cutting back to 100 a day for about 2-3 weeks and see how I do before quitting cold turkey.I hate the stuff mainly because it makes my stomach hurt If I don't eat something first and it can stain your teeth. I just got a Oral -B sonic toothbrush for Christmas and I'm using a whitening program from BJ's Wholesale made by Berkeley and Jensen. It's better than Crest Whitestrips and it's does whiten very nicely. I am also using the whitening rinse. My teeth stains are dissapearing and when I go back to the dentist or my twice annual cleaning, I'll get them to work on the tough spots.
I feel so much better about my skin right now, despite the acne scars, I'm just using a foundation , a lightweight powder to set it and almost no concealer. I can't remember the last time I didn't have to slap on tons of makeup to look better.
I'm determined to stay on taz forever. It's the best topical I've used. the rough period of thr dry matches and the peeling is tough to get through, I wanted to quit. I did find that if I got really red and irritated, I had to stop using it for about 3 days to recover. Buffering is the key. Olay regenerist is good because it's not greasy, it come fragrance free and it has some silicones in it which create just enough of a barrier to make the Tazorac less irritating but still work like it is supposed to.
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