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  1. This is my first time starting a forum! I’ve been on these message boards for weeks now looking for support so thought I’d go for it. I started dealing with a resurgence of acne in September of last year, age 28 (now 29). It was consistently mild and linked to my period. After several months of trying spironolactone, changing my diet, and changing up my skin care, I saw no improvement. It actually got worse. So my dermatologist put me on Tazorac .1% cream every other night and finacea gel mornings. I declined antibiotics because they’ve made me sick in the past. But as the weeks went on, my skin FREAKED OUT. I had a cluster of cysts along my jaw and more appearing on my cheek. My jaw was so swollen I looked like I’d had my wisdom teeth removed. I agreed to go on antibiotics, but they didn’t help much. I changed my morning topical to Aczone gel and upped my dose of antibiotic, and together that seemed to help for a few days, but it didn’t last. I kept reading forums and everyone said Tazorac makes it worse before better, but this just seemed so extreme. I’ve never had acne even close to this bad in my life. I was depressed for weeks. I went back to my dermatologist again and we agreed it was time for Accutane. I started last week at 30 mg 2x/day. I feel like I’m already seeing some improvement, but then I have nights like tonight where I wash my makeup off and I panic because I feel like the cystic ones are itchier than the night before or more tender or more red. It’s an emotional roller coaster. And I think the hardest part is just wishing that I’d never done Tazorac. I look at pictures of my skin when I started and it was nothing like it is now. Just wondering if anyone else had a similar situation and how you’re doing now. I’m hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel. <3
  2. How do I layer Tazorac and hydroquinone? Do I put on Tazorac first or hydroquinone first? By the way, my hydroquinone is a cream the the Tazorac is in gel form.
  3. I've done a lot of research regarding the uses of Tazorac and Duac, but have found very little information. It's been a while since I've used these products, and have lost the notes my doctor prescribed to me. What is a regimen designed to incorporate these two products most effectively? Currently my regimen is as follows: I wash my face using CeraVe foaming facial cleanser in the morning and night. I put CeraVe moisturizing cream during the day. I apply Duac and Tazorac at night, alternating between the days I apply them. (e.g. on Monday, Tazorac at night - Tuesday, Duac at night - Wednesday, Tazorac - Thursday, Duac - etc.) I was wondering if I could use Duac in the morning and leave it on for just one hour, and then at night I apply Tazorac at night (instead of alternating it nightly every other day).
  4. I am starting Tazorac .1% next week and I was wondering if anyone has been on it and how it was for them?
  5. I'm 19 years old, I have cystic acne mainly on my forehead, and some on my jawline near my ears, and I first experienced acne at 16. My mom has never had acne and my dad has adult acne. My acne tends to come and go, and I have combination skin. In the past, i have been able to clear my acne up with medications such as clindamycin, oral antibiotics, retinas, and sulfate washes and experienced several month periods without any pimples and just oily skin. This year it came back when it usually comes back, right before I start school, and it was the worst it has ever been. So I started on Tazorac, clindamycin gel, an oral antibiotic, and dapsone, which has drastically helped my acne. But I wanted to know if anyone could tell me, from their past experience with acne, what could be the cause of my acne and if in their opinion if I am likely to grow out of it. There is no way that my diet could be causing my acne as I have a very restricted diet, for the most part I stay on top of my skin regimen, I exercise almost daily, change my shower towels/pillowcases, I try not to touch my skin as little as possible. I was thinking it could be pubertal acne seeing as I hit puberty only 3 years ago (which is when it started), but I wanted to hear other peoples opinions on what the cause could be and if I'm likely to outgrow it.
  6. I'm 19 years old, I have cystic acne mainly on my forehead, and some on my jawline near my ears, and I first experienced acne at 16. My mom has never had acne and my dad has adult acne. My acne tends to come and go, and I have combination skin. In the past, i have been able to clear my acne up with medications such as clindamycin, oral antibiotics, retinas, and sulfate washes and experienced several month periods without any pimples and just oily skin. This year it came back when it usually comes back, right before I start school, and it was the worst it has ever been. So I started on Tazorac, clindamycin gel, an oral antibiotic, and dapsone, which has drastically helped my acne. But I wanted to know if anyone could tell me, from their past experience with acne, what could be the cause of my acne and if in their opinion if I am likely to grow out of it. There is no way that my diet could be causing my acne as I have a very restricted diet, for the most part I stay on top of my skin regimen, I exercise almost daily, change my shower towels/pillowcases, I try not to touch my skin as little as possible. I was thinking it could be pubertal acne seeing as I hit puberty only 3 years ago (which is when it started), but I wanted to hear other peoples opinions on what the cause could be and if I'm likely to outgrow it.
  7. Tazorac week 7

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    So I've been on tazorac for 7 weeks now and still getting cystic acne. Should I just stop and ask the doctor for a different medication?? When I originally went it was just hormonal acne on my chin, but now it's on my cheeks and their big and cystic. I take bactrum and wash my face with cetaphil face wash. Any suggestions??
  8. Post #4: 2 months

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    So today marks two months on Spiro. I recently went on Minocycline 100mg to combat the persistant breakouts I've been having since week 4, and my dermatologist prescribed me Tazorac and Aczone, which are really helping (much more than the Retin-A, which I think was just too rough for my sensitive skin). I'm feeling hopeful now that I'm taking minocycline and have been good about taking all the medications at the same time every day. I feel less self conscious about my active breakouts and the overall texture of my skin has definitely improved. My whole family tells me my complexion is worlds better but I still haven't seen enough improvement to be satisfied - but I'll hang in there. Hopefully by 3 1/2-4 months I can reassess and see some changes.
  9. After one month of Accutane I was forced to quit due to high liver enzyme levels. Luckily, my acne wasn't/isn't too bad. I'd say it was at sometimes moderate, but now is mild...enough. The month on Accutane really did wonders on my oil production. It went down significantly. All I'm doing now is using a 10% BP wash morning and night as well as using a honey mask at night, most nights, and using a Tanda Blue and Red light thingy that I got off of Amazon recently. I had 3-4 cystic-like pimples pop up on my forehead and left temple the other day. One on my chin several days ago...Besides that, I just have fairly noticeable red/brownish scar/marks on my forehead and temple. Cheeks and chin aren't too bad. Today, I went in for a Blue Light treatment. 16 mins 40 secs. Also got a script for Tazorac .05% from my derm, which I purchased off of a Canadian online pharmacy for $110 sans insurance. I was going to do it with the Levulan, but decided against it due to work and the down time required...mostly. $200 for just the Blue light or $700 with Levulan. Seems REALLY STEEP!? I guess that's South Florida for ya? Nothing to report or say about the light as of now, nor do/did I expect anything crazy for the first treatment. I AM debating on getting it with Levulan next time, though. I like this derm, but damn is that expensive. I might want to shop around a bit. So, with that said, does anyone have any experience with this treatment and care to share? I've read numerous reviews already on here and Real Self, but am still looking for maybe a little more reassurance before I take the (expensive) plunge! As far as downtime goes, did anyone have relatively short DT or excessively long DT? Experiences and opinions are welcome!
  10. So for the past two years I have been using tazorac 0.1%. My skin is lots of scarring all over my cheeks with some active break outs and lots of redness. I don't breakout around my jawline or forehead typically and this area is spot and scar free. I was tired of not seeing any results so I started the regimen. I use ultra repair cream as a moisturizer with acne.org jojoba oil with cetaphil face wash. Right away I noticed improvement especially with my redness decreasing along with active large breakouts. I noticed my face became textured so I bought jojoba oil to improve the dryness however I realized my skin wasn't dry, it was full of tiny pimples. (It's difficult to notice because of my scarring). All over my cheeks and the places where I don't usually breakout (forehead and outer cheeks) are full of tiny bumps. I don't want to stop the regimen because of the progress I already made but the bumps are so unsightly and really bothersome. Is this my way of purging? I'm really concerned the bumps will not go away because my sister used the regimen which cleared her skin but she's left with tiny bumps as well.im sure what to do or what these bumps are. I started the regimen two weeks ago and my sister suggested juice beauty green apple tea peel for the bumps, but I Am scared to try something new. If anyone has any idea why my skin is now breaking out with tiny bumps like crazy please help! The first week this isn't happen!
  11. I've been using tazorac for about a week now, and I've noticed my skin becoming slightly bumpy, mainly around the forehead area, and then a tiny bit on my nose and my chin. the bumps aren't red, or irritated, they're not normal pimples and I wouldn't even consider it acne. Just bumpy skin. I'm worried this will become the permanent texture of my skin after I stop using it. My skin was never like this before, and was rather soft. Now its bumpy and starting to become noticeable. Has anyone experienced this before as well? Any advice? I have also been taking doxy, then minocycline for about a year now, as well as retin-a for the same period of time. this regimen was perfectly fine and didn't give me any issues similar to this. The only thing my dermatologist wanted to change was the retina a, to tazorac, to help counteract the possible acne flareups as i taper off my oral antibiotics.
  12. Hi all! I started using Tazorac a couple of months ago when I got samples from my derm- I fell in love with it so decided to get a prescription. After finding out the cost of Tazorac I asked for the generic prescription which is the Tazarotene .1% cream. I've been using the cream for about 4 weeks using the short contact method (anywhere from 10-15 min each night) and I'm waking up in the morning with extremely irritated skin. It doesn't feel extra dry, but it also doesn't feel like it's healing the acne breakouts, only irritating them more and leaving the rest of my skin that isn't broken out, red. I'm just curious if anyone else has had any experience using the generic cream. I know that it is fairly new to the market, but any insight or feedback is helpful! I'm just not sure if I should just suck it up and pay for the brand name Tazorac. For the record, i'm 30 years old with mainly hormonal acne- I started using Tazorac to help control breakouts and to help with acne scars/discoloration and prevent fine lines/wrinkles.
  13. I am getting ready to start my second round of Accutane at the beginning of August 2017. Am I terrified? Oh, yes. Even after swearing by Accutane after my first treatment ended, I still have so much trepidation going into this second treatment... around 11 years after my first treatment ( age 15/16). Let me state.... Accutane works. But it's so damn slow. Your body has to adjust, your skin has to change, you have to go through the side effects. Basically, you have to walk through hell in order to enter into heaven. But, according to 16-year old me, "I'd do it again". Little did I know... I would have to do just that. Since my first treatment, I was clear for probably a good 5-6 years before the acne started to work its way back to my face. I never thought my acne was bad enough for another course of Accutane, so my derm would prescribe me antibiotics. Specifically, Solodyn which for a long time, effectively worked to keep the large, red and inflamed bumps at bay. That is until my newest derm told me that I couldn't keep resorting to antibiotics to clear my skin. 1.) My body was already building an immunity to it, thus the mgs had to keep getting increased, 2.) antibiotics are not safe for long-term use. So, when I started having my yearly acne flare-up (which had been occurring like clockwork around 8-9 months post-Solodyn), my derm decided to switch me to Tazorac and Spironolactone. The combo that initiated my downhill spiral into the worst acne I've had since high school. I tried to stick it out, but after having intense cystic places on my cheek, I scheduled a follow-up appointment. I burst into tears right there in the office. My face hurt, my makeup looked wrecked, I was fatigued from getting such little sleep due to my acne anxiety.... so, she put me back on Solodyn without hesitation. Solodyn began to slow the occurrence of new breakouts, but I still... kept... breaking.... out. I tried to be patient. I tried to let it get into my system. Three weeks in, I saw little improvement and my stomach began to hurt, something it had never done before when taking Solodyn. During that "crying-spell" appointment, my derm stated that after this, if there was no improvement, she recommended that I take Accutane again. To reiterate, three weeks in, I saw little improvement using Solodyn, Ziana & Aczone. My chin, a place I'd never had issues with before, had (and still has) deep, cystic places that would just spread and spread and spread. They were painful. I attributed these breakouts to the Spiro which targets certain hormones. It really messed me up hormonally , and I'm still waiting to have my period after 2 months being off of the medication. Anyway, during those three weeks I really started reconsidering Accutane again. I had already tried changing my diet, taking supplements, exercising, sleeping more, being more gentle with my skin, not picking, etc. But my skin would not make any postiive changes. It would not slow its breaking out. It was irritated. I was irritated even more. So, I stepped out of my office at work and made the call to my dermatologist. I said that I wanted to take the plunge... I wanted a second course of Accutane. Things happened so fast. The next morning I was filling out the paperwork and within two days I was all set. First pregnancy test cleared (as you have to take two negative tests before getting your first prescription). My second pregnancy test will be taken through my bloodwork on the 31st of July. After that clears and I answer my iPledge questionare, I will be prescribed 40 mg (20 mgs more than my initial Accutane course). So, what am I doing the month before my treatment begins? I am prepping. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually because I know that this process is... well, a process. I am getting by body ready for the dryness by "pre-moisturizing". I am making sure that I have all of the essentials: CeraVe lotions, Aquaphor, gentle hair shampoo (I opted for baby shampoo/wash), Eczema bath oats (as I got eczema the first time), eye drops (as I got an infection in both eyes), and the best of the best lip moisturizers. I am mentally preparing for another initial breakout (I had a pretty severe one my first time), and I am being selective on the information I choose to read/watch as to not spark any negative thinking before my treatment begins. I am being self-loving and gentle on my skin before I start the meds. I have no plans to share my "before photos" until I start seeing an improvement. This is a skin journey for me, and I don't want to display my skin right now until I am comfortable with my process. However, I would like to communicate with any other users who are currently in the "waiting" period before their treatment. Let's stay in touch!
  14. Which one of these 3 prescription creams is best to use a spot treatment for one large pimple that is being stubborn! I alternate between finacea and tazorac at nights, my skin is pretty clear with a few hormonal pimples here and there. Right now I have 2 big ones. Is one of these better to leave on overnight to try to shrink/get rid of spots quickly?
  15. Hi, My dermatologist prescribed me Tazorac and wants me to use the "short contact therapy" where i put it on my face for 5 minutes and rinse off.. Then work the amount of time I keep it on my skin up. She also told me to put it on my skin (dirty skin) which sounds sooooooooo weird to me. What is the proper way to do this? i dont really feel comfortable putting it on my dirty skin, (i.e - makeup, sweaty from gym etc) it just sounds so wrong... So can i wash my face regularly in the shower, than put the tazorac on for say 5 minutes.. then wash it off with just water? or wash it off again with cleanser? Then apply night moisturizer? I'm a little confused of the order to do this in. What do you guys think?
  16. Plan B Causing Breakout?

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    After having my acne under control for a few months, I have been quite disappointed these past few days. Two days ago I took Plan B, and since then I have gotten many, many new pimples. Not just any normal pimples, no... they are large and inflamed. Could plan b be the cause of this? Also, could this be a sign that my acne is hormonal?
  17. For the past year + I have been using Aczone (dapsone 5%) in the morning and also as a spot treatment, along with tazorac (0.1% dosage) at night. I wash my face twice a day with Cetaphil bad use Ponds as my moisturizer. Recently my doctor has prescribed me with Epiduo, which he said would be a less aggressive treatment than the one I am currently on. My new regimen was to use clindamycin phosphate (1%) twice a day (morning and after school) be then epiduo at night. After school yesterday i applied clindamycin and then at night I washed my face with cetaphil, used my ponds moisturizer, and applied Epiduo all over my face. Tazorac always burned my face after application even after using it for a year and i always suffered from dry patches, however, using Epiduo for the first time Friday was like any other pain I have ever experienced before. I can usually tolerate the burning from tazorac but it wasn't even ten minutes before had to run to the bathroom to wash off the Epiduo treatment. It continued to burn my face for a good half hour even after I washed It off. Applying moisturizer also made my skin worse. After leaving cool wet cloths on my face for 30 minutes I finally went to bed with only moisturizer on my Face (have not gone to bed hour anything on my Face in years). Now i have read reviews on EPiduo read other people's stories but am still scared to try it again because of how painful my first application was. Was it so painful because i was switching from retnoid to retnoid? My questions: 1) If i were to continue treatment of Epiduo should I cease using clindamycin until becoming accustomed to it? 2) Should I start EPiduo by using it every other day? Could i use tazorac on the fays i dont use epiduo? I am concered about going to bed every other night with nomedication on my face. 3) Should i start out using Epiduo as a spot treatment and then work my way up? overall im just not too sure how to go about using this new medication my doctor reccommended Epiduo for me because it was supposed to be less aggresive and more calming for my redness and breakouts, however, im concerend Epdiuo will only worsen my skin. Should i just stick with my tazorac which has kept my skin under somewhat control but has been losing its effectiveness. I did notice slight improvement Saturday morning, possibly from epiduo. after reading so many posts over the years i decided to make my own, really need your advice!
  18. Tazorac: Week 14

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    Hey guys, I'm on week 14 of Tazorac and I am starting to lose hope. At this point, I thought my skin would have improved. However, I am still getting breakouts. I went to see a new dermatologist over last summer 2016 because I was getting cysts on my neck (rest of my face was clear). She prescribed me a retinoid, however, I now looked worse than before I started. Background: 18, male and suffered from severe acne since aged 10. Took Accutane twice (8th grade and 10th) and both times have worked; however, mild acne returned 8-12 months later. Since the beginning of October of 2016, I was prescribed Tazorac 0.05% cream and dermo later increased dosage to 0.1% gel at week 6. I also was prescribed doxycycline along with the Taz 0.05% but she took me out at week 6 as she said that it would be harmful to me (even thought she recommended me for a third round of Accutane?) I have an appointment with another dermo in March so I was wondering if I should stop using Taz now or continue using it and wait for what he says? Regimen: Morning: Clean and Clear Daily Wash Cerave moisturiser Night: Clean and Clear Exfoliator Cerave moisturiser Taz (small pea sized amount)
  19. my hairs a mess sry. how do i cget rid of this nasty sh*t?!! im so sick of it! i used to use tazorac but it made my face so itchy that i couldnt even fall asleep.
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  22. I just picked up my acne medication and feel pretty overwhelmed. Despite always having clear skin (with the exception of lots of blackheads), I developed painful, persistent whiteheads and inflamed blackheads even in my dry patches. I was prescribed Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Topical Gel (1%,5%) and Tazorac with essentially NO instructions. I scoured the internet for what I could and still have some holes I was hoping you could help me with. To start out with, I'm assuming that the Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Topical Gel is for day and Tazorac for night and that the Tazorac should be used every other day. I started out with the Clindamycin/Benzoyl first and felt some irritation around my nose and chin, and while I know that is normal, I still want to make sure I did it right. I showered, waited a bit, used my Cetaphil and Clarisonic, and patted dry. As I applied the Clindamycin/Benzoyl, it felt like little pieces of dead skin were coming off, which was weird since I exfoliated yesterday, and if I rub my cheek, more dead skin comes off. It was really dry, so after 10 minutes, I applied my Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Combination skin and started to feel irritation around my chin (where the majority of the acne is) and my nose. Did I mess it up? As for Tazorac, all I can tell is that you apply your moisturizer first and use it every other day, and I know not to use any other acids that might cause further irritation. Now to my questions. I have no idea what I'm doing, so they may seem pretty stupid. Can I apply makeup using this medication, and honestly, should I be on this? I'm such a wimp because the burning right now is making me question everything. Has anyone else worked with this combination and had success with moderate/mild acne?
  23. Hey guys. So this marks the middle of week 5 on nightly Tazorac cream .05%. I've had some increased breakouts, but in terms of irritation, dryness, and redness, things haven't ever gotten that bad. I feel discouraged because my closed comedones, which are fairly visible, haven't shown signs of even beginning to surface. I don't understand this...if my skin has been rapidly turning over for 5 weeks, wouldn't there be ANY change? Enlarged, forming into zits, falling out, anything? Here are two pictures of my chin. Image 30 (where my lips are bigger) was when I started, image 29 is now.
  24. This marks the end of week 2 on nightly Tazorac .05% cream for my moderate acne, and so far...nothing. Had a little bit of what looked like a typical hormonal breakout. Otherwise, no peeling, redness, dryness, or purging. I have a lot of stubborn closed comedones on my chin that have been there for over a year, and those show no signs of surfacing. I was on Tretinoin cream for a week before starting Taz, and although I experienced peeling and dryness, I also saw that comedones starting to surface with that. I switched to Tazorac because a derm told me she sees better results with it than tret, but now I'm wondering if I made a mistake. Any encouragement or advice would help me.
  25. I'm a 24 year old female with acne on the lower end of moderate; about 5-8 cysts at any given time and TONS of clogged pores. My skin tends to be dry. I started Tretinoin 0.05% cream one week ago, and I'm starting to purge and flake, but irritation is not too bad. Recently, I've been reading up about the dreaded comedogenic isopropyl myristate in the cream. I panicked and went to another derm who prescribed Tazorac 0.05% cream short contact therapy. But now I see that tazorac contains mineral oil, which is ALSO pore clogging! I realize that this may be insanity on my part, but I just want to feel like I'm not going to undergo a traumatic purge just to find that I'm clogging and need to re-do the entire process with another retinoid. Should I switch to the Tazorac, stick with the Tret, or try to get another script entirely?? My skin is dry, so I'm worried the alcohol in the gels would be overkill. So discouraged. Any wisdom would be helpful! Please help!!