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  1. Hi, I was wondering if anyone has been through the same thing and could help. I’ve never had great skin, and as a teenager always had mild acne, but once I got to 18 it evened out to the point where it had minimal impact on my everyday life. I’m 24 now, and around May/June my skin got so bad - moderate to severe acne - on areas of my face I’d never got spots before - with big painful cysts. I went to my doctor and was prescribed Epiduo which I eagerly used too much off and ended up with a chemical burn on my face. (I think almost anyone who has used this has done the same) It was so painful I couldn’t even wash my face. I slowly figured out how to use Epiduo best - every other night to get used to it - only a tiny amount - and eliminating all other harsh products from my regime. I’m now using it every night and using Avene cicalfate cream on areas that get dry or irritated. I’ve now been using Epiduo for two months and two weeks ago I was also prescribed an oral antibiotic to take alongside it. Currently my skin is terrible. I have been getting more breakouts instead of less, some areas of my face are extremely dry and painful whilst my t-zone is suddenly really greasy and oily which I’ve never had before. Also my scars and hyperpigmintation are dark and obvious regardless of any make up I put on to cover it. I started a new job two weeks ago too, Thinking if I was occupied and busy I would not have as much time to obsess over my skin and get depressed. But it has done the opposite I now feel anxious and panicky - have no idea how to get out of the job as I doubt anyone would understand the extreme impact my skin is having on me. It’s a really high pressure job in a law firm - and I’m guessing the stress may also be adding to my skin. And then I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and feel sick. I then feel so angry and frustrated and hate myself. And he spots hurt so even if I avoid all reflections I can feel them all day - with some of them giving me headaches. I have a blood test tomorrow to test for PCOS and my doctor said if I have it there will be more treatment options and it may explain my mental health difficulties. My worry is the test will be negative and I’m stuck with what I’ve got. If nothing works soon I don’t know what I’m going to do. I keep thinking about hurting myself and suicide (several times everyday) perhaps as the only way to escape. If I leave my job I’ll feel like a failure and probably get quite depressed but if I stay im going to continue getting so anxious and stressed (over job and skin) that something bad is gonna happen to me. Please, I just need someone to help me or I don’t know if I can cope.
  2. I've been on epiduo for a couple of years post accutane, and have had fairly clear skin (think a pimple or two at all time, but clear other than that). 5 months ago I took plan b and it WRECKED my skin–worse than I've ever seen it before (even pre-Accutane), cystic acne and whiteheads and blackheads everywhere. After a few months of hoping my body's hormones would adjust, I gave up and went to my dermatologist again, who just prescribed me tazorac. I'm only 4 days in and already experiencing an initial breakout. What has your experience been when you've switched retinoids? Desperate to know how it's effected other people.
  3. Hi. So I began using Epiduo on my skin for only a few days, which was subscribed by a dermatologist and I noticed that when ever I used it my skin and first would have a tingly sensation and would begin to itch and later turn Red. I noticed two days after applying it on my skin the areas that would itch and turn Red which was along my jaw area became darker than the rest of my skin and left me with dark itchy patches on my skin. I'm not too sure if it burnt my skin or maybe it was too harsh for my skin but it didn't help my skin condition at all so I later decided to stop using it. What can I use to improve the dark patches it's left on my skin?
  4. Accutane

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hey, I have acne since January and i’ve been to the dermatologist, she told me that my Acne was moderate, she prescribed me a creme ( epiduo gel). She told me to take Tetralysal if i had no results after 2-3 months using epiduo. Now it’s almost 3 months, my Acne became almost severe. I wanna take accutane, I have a rendez-vous with a new dermatologist wednesday. I wanna ask him accutane but I don’t know if he will prescribed me if because I never took antibiotics. I know my brother took it, he had less acne than me and he didn’t take antibiotics before this treatment. It was his first treatment for acne.
  5. Moisturising...yes or no?

    Forums Oily skin 9 replies

    I visited a dermatologist about two months ago as I've struggled with acne near enough all my life (I'm 32) and he told me I should limit using moisturiser. I've been Epiduo for a few months and Doxycyline 100mg tables and while I've been taking the tablets, I haven't been putting the Epiduo on my face every week. I try once or twice a week when I can. I started putting the moisturiser on in the morning and not in the evening after a shower and lone behold a week later I had a breakout. I switched to Freederm's oil-free moisturiser as I get oily skin in the t-zone area and read it was best to use an oil-free moisturiser but I still get mild breakouts. I've used aloe vera gel sometimes (only sparingly) but I'm not sure if my skin reacts to that or not. I've been trying Manuka honey as a face wash too. I was told to use just water and it worked for a while before it worn off. I bought a Cerave foaming facial cleanser which on its first use doesn't seem to dry out my skin. Would you recommend to moisturise day and night? which moisturiser is best for a sensitive, combination skin? I get small flakes of skin usually around my mouth which is mainly where my breakouts are.
  6. Week 3 on Accutane

    Blogs My Accutane Journey 1 comment

    My third week of Accutane is over! My face had gotten a little worse if anything, my chin has broken out in about 5 spots but luckily they have all been small and don’t last very long. My nose seems to be covered in blackheads which I never really noticed before but I guess everything is being pushed out and it just means it’s working. I know I shouldn’t but I’ve been using epiduo on my chin and nose to try and help. In terms of side effects I’ve recently started getting bad headaches as well as feeling more tired than usual, but I’m not sure that accutane is the reason or it’s just because I’ve been busy at work recently. I’ve also noticed that my skin is super sensitive, My ring has caused my skin to flake on my finger and My boyfriends stubble caused a rash on my face. I have my next dermatology appointment on the 23rd so I’ll update with how that goes
  7. Please help me I'm desperate... I'm coming up to the two months mark of using Epiduo and my skin has completely transformed. I used to have extremely mild acne; some raised bumps on my forehead which were barely visible and the occasional pimple and I now have awful acne and the most awful scars. I'm wishing that I never even started Epiduo. My self esteem is ruined and I've cried myself to sleep these past few nights. My face now has so much deep, red and purple scarring (something which even when I constantly picked at my skin was never an issue before), I have acne on my cheeks where it never was before other than the rare pimple, my skin is still getting dry and I feel like my pores have gotten larger. So I thought I'd give you a run down of my experience... I've always been someone who picks at their skin and I think that probably caused me to have these minor skin issues such as barely noticeable small raised bumps on my forehead. I also started wearing foundation more often (NARS sheerglow) so in retrospect that probably was what was causing my skin to be that way. What annoyed me about my skin was these bumps and an increase in the occurrence of pimples so I wanted to go to the doctor to get rid of them so that I would stop picking at my skin which also gave it a flaky texture and could stop wearing makeup on an everyday basis. The doctor had a very quick skim of my face, said "it's acne" and prescribed me epiduo in conjunction with Doxylin 100 antibiotics to take once a day. So I began using small amounts of Epiduo on my forehead, on the middle of my cheeks (which I now wish I hadn't because I only had very sparse raised bumps) and on my chin where I has blackheads and under the skin bumps. In the first week or so I was fine and I thought I had mostly escaped the big Initial Breakout I had read about. Then it began. I got lots of raised pustules on my forehead and my face went extremely red and flaky. I hated it but I was fine because I thought I was on my way to better skin and I was in the middle of exam study so didn't go out very often or wear makeup. I also heavily resisted popping anything although I did slip up a few times but was still good. However my "initial breakout" was lasting much longer than anticipated and only seemed to be getting worse and I was getting proper pustule pimples on my cheeks which would come to a whitehead and also had a hard lump under the skin next to my mouth (is this a cyst? I've never had one before). My skin didn't burn as much when I put moisturiser on but it was quite red in the pimple ridden areas and was extremely flaky. During this period I would sometimes stop using it on my cheeks and use only a minimal amount once in a while. Keep in mind that I've never had more than 3 pimples on my forehead at once and during the few months before Epiduo had only had 3 pimples on my cheeks (which I think I picked and the scar and redness went away extremely quick). Up to the 6 week mark my skin was still awful and I began to get frustrated, especially as lots of the pimples would come to a head then never go away. So I would pick at my skin every now and then until about week 8 when most of my raised pustules were gone. However I was left with TONS of icepick, red scars (which never happened before) and I STILL HAVE BUMPS UNDER THE SKIN on my forehead. I also am still getting new pustules although not as many. Also my cheeks still had bumps under the skin, whiteheads and pustules also a few on my chin. I'm not sure how to explain it, but the type of acne I have now is really different to what i used to have and so much worse. I don't understand why picking at pimples now has caused icepick red scars when it used to sometimes scab, fall off, heal and look exactly the same. It's now past week nine and I'm just confused and extremely upset. I wish I had never gone on Epiduo and that the doctor had just referred me to a dermatologist who may have recommended me some simple products and to change my foundation (I now have begun using the bare minerals powder). I also use an even smaller amount of Epiduo on my forehead and only as a spot treatment on my cheeks. However, my right cheek (which used to be practically perfect) is just getting worse and worse and I don't know whether to stop using it there and possibly ruin it even more or keep on using it til I see results. Also I still easily get flaky, burning spots sometimes, generally around my mouth and the sides of my chin. It's annoying because now I have all these other issues and it hasn't even fixed what I wanted it to do in the first place. I feel like I've gone through a traumatic experience which is supposed to come out good... however I'm never getting to the other end and i know that even if I do, I will be left with intense scarring and texture changes which I would trade for a few bumps any day. At the moment I don't think I'm even using Epiduo to fix the issues I had before but using it to fix the problems Epiduo caused. Should I stop or keep going? I don't want anymore acne to come up and more scarring. But if I stop now I am just left with awful skin and this whole thing was a big mistake (which it already is). Also I'm worried that the new issues that have arisen will become ongoing issues even if I stop. Has anyone else had this experience? Will the scarring ever go away completely? Is it possible for my skin to go back to normal? I have no idea what to do I just want to reverse time completely and never begin Epiduo. I feel like it's ruined my skin forever The first two images are of my skin before Epiduo. The first one of my forehead was taken long before and at a particularly bumpy point(I probably had just been picking it), but you can see the texture of it although I think I had two pimples when I went to the doctors. Then my cheek was fine but I could see a few small bumps up close). The other images are during epiduo and the last two are my skin's current state.
  8. Hey, just wondering if anyone has had experience in quitting the use of epiduo altogether and what you used instead? I have been using the regular version since Feb. and switched to the forte version two months ago. It has been really great at managing my acne, but my face has become really sensitive, super oily and tingles all the time, not just after applying. It is even worse as it is warm right now and I can not go out as the tingling increases. I am just tired of feeling my face all the time. Even if I tried to stop obsessing over my face and acne and running to the mirror every 5 mins, I could not, as the burning is a constant reminder of something being there. My next derm appointment is in a few weeks, but I am hoping to get some insights through this forum.
  9. Hi, I'm about to start a course of 100mg of Doxycycline (dispensable tablets) a day along with epiduo topical gel before bed. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on the use of any of these? When is the best time to take the doxycycline and is there a purge period when using epiduo? If so, how long have people's purges lasted? How long have people seen their skin stay clear after stopping the antibiotics and continuing the topical treatment? Just wanted to get an idea of different people's experiences. Thanks.
  10. Hello, I’m using Epiduo gel for 6 weeks and 2 days ago. My acne localisated on my cheeks and in the bottom of my cheeks. The first week I Had a little breakout of 4 big pimples. The second week it was okay, I had few new pimples but they were little. Then since the third week I’m breaking out as no possible, I have everyday few red pimples which get white in one day or two but the purge/breakout don’t stop. I wear everyday sunscreen in order to avoid my hyperpigmentation to be dark. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation localisated where I breakout. My dermatologist told me to take Tetralysal if there is no improvement after 2-3 months of using Epiduo. I don’t know if I should stop it or still use it. Does anyone who used Epiduo had the same situation ? Ps : I’m french so sorry if i made mistakes.
  11. I have been prescribed Epiduo Forte yesterday by my dermatologist. She said that my face will get really dry and I would need to apply non-comedogenic moisturizer. I applied the Epiduo Forte last night, only using a pea size amount (maybe more). I just woke up and rinsed my face with water, and my face is not dry at all. Does this mean that I didn't use enough Epiduo Forte or used it wrong?
  12. I put a small amount of epiduo on my chin last night for the first time. I woke up today with extremely red skin. The skin feels slightly raised and very itchy. I’m not sure if I’m having an allergic reaction or if this is normal.
  13. I used to see a dermatologist but I stopped because of family insurance problems. My dermatologist gave me pills that helped clear my skin so much! But I can’t get a refill anymore. Since then I continued using the Epiduo Forte she prescribed for the morning and Veltin with Flurandrenolide Lotion USP 0.05% at night. ( This medication is used on the skin to treat acne. This medication is a combination of adapalene (a retinoid) and benzoyl peroxide (an antibiotic and skin-peeling agent). This product may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that do appear. Adapalene works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel off. ) ( Veltin gel is a precription medicine used on the skin to treat acne vulgaris) I still continue to use also a sulfur wash everyday which helps a lot as well. Now that I ran out of the Epiduo and Veltin, I have nothing to use. Are there any other good products similar to those like drugstore products or at a beauty store like ULTA/Sephora or online where I can purchase? Without like a prescription? My acne used to be really bad. It cleared up, so now I get pimples every now and then. I barely get them on my forehead. They are more spreader out like my cheeks, chin, or even jawline. And they become red and irritated and big or zits. I really don’t want to break out horribly again like I used to. If anyone knows some type for product I can use for my skin which is combination that would help clear pimples/zits/cysts please let me know. Or any similar products to the ones I described the Epiduo and Veltin ^^ Also if anyone knows of any acne remedies to get rid of acne holes and deep scars please let me know as well!
  14. Week 1 I have completed my first week of Epiduo and my skin is irritated and it doesn't help that I've been squeezing my pimples and closed comedones. Yuck! But it's just this indescribable feeling of satisfaction, but I immediately regret it after. I wish my skin gets better because it's covered with acne scars, closed comedones and smaller pimples.
  15. Hi guys, just a quick question for anyone with experience of Epiduo or retinoids in general. I know the instructions say to only use a thin layer once a day but i have some stubborn closed comedones in a certain area that wont go away so i am thinking of using it to spot treat these in the morning as well as using the Epiduo all over at night. Is this a really bad thing to do with a formula that contains a retinoid? Will it harm my skin? Also while I'm posting about Epiduo anyway, what kind of time frame did you guys begin to see positive results in? i have seen some improvement but i still have some closed comedones that haven't come to a head yet, I've been using the Epiduo for about 9 weeks Thanks in advance!
  16. Hey everyone! So, my dermatologist prescribed me epiduo about a week ago. I've only applied it twice so far and have gone through the motions as directed- using a pea-sized amount on problem areas every other day, then applying moisturizer (I use Cerave's moisturizing cream). I apply it around my chin and forehead areas. I've definitely already started to experience the dryness that I've heard about, but my skin's more itchy and tight than anything, not peeling yet. However, I do usually wear makeup (a light layer of foundation and some concealer on my skin) and today I could feel it cracking apart a little bit. Really what I'm nervous about right now is the fact that my senior prom is coming up in about three weeks. I keep hearing about the effects of the "purging period" and I just really, really don't want to look like a lizard during my prom. I do also want to wear makeup that night- I can live without it in my daily life, but I want to have flawless-looking skin for prom at least, you know? Maybe it's a little superficial, but I'm worried that starting epiduo now will prevent me from being able to feel confident and pretty on a night that I've been looking forward to for months. Essentially what I'm wondering is if I should stick through with epiduo for now or wait until after prom has passed to start it again. My dermatologist told me to apply it every other night for two weeks, then to start using it every night. Should I follow that advice and just deal with the side effects as they come, or should I hold off and maybe try every three days or something? Also, if I do continue with epiduo this month, does anyone have any foundation tips they could share with me? I already use a setting spray that truly works wonders for me, but I've been considering investing in a high-end primer too. Honestly, anything that will help my makeup look flawless all night is welcome. Thank you!
  17. I had JUST 4 pimples when I first got to the derm and I was prescribed epiduo. After more than two months now I have SEVERE acne, I cannot even look at myself in the mirror, and my skin became SUPER oily! I regret so much doing this hell called epiduo... I had just 4 pimples. Now I have a pizza face. They want to put me on accutane but I am too scared of it. Screw epiduo.... it made not only my skin worse but also depressed. I stopped going out and always hide at home. Thanks epiduo.
  18. Hi I've just joined this forum. I was prescribed Epiduo Gel in Feb, but I actually started it seriously four weeks ago. I tried on Feb but I gave up after less then a week, then tried again and gave up a second time. Now I have decided to stick with it- and I am right in the middle of week 4. Honestly, the reason why I dropped it twice was the amount of side effects I had... redness, itching, peeling etc. I know it's ordinary but I couldn't take it. Four weeks ago, I decided to try it again even if I was still unmotivated... and I still don't know how I managed to endure these first weeks haha The side effects slowed down: currently my face doesn't really burn, it's very itchy after I apply it and the peeling got a bit better. I am still red but not as red as when I started it. Is it okay that the effects slow down like this on week 4? Or am I supposed to feel the burning and redness till the end? Because sometimes I truly think epiduo isn't working since many had the effects till the end About the "purging": I started to purge really quickly, before ending week 1, and it's ALL in my left cheek. My forehead has always been clear so I don't apply epiduo there, my right cheek is basically acne free. It has just two white heads that popped yesterday. So it's all up to the left one- which has about 5 pimples. I've noticed also that my scarring got suddenly better after epiduo, I have no scars but the recent ones due to the purging. My skin texture also became smoother but (as the title states) OILY! Idk how this is possible, I peeled, I am peeling but by skin is so greasy and oily! And these increased with epiduo. Sometimes I think it's the weather, because I live near the sea and it's very HOT, but I am afraid this could mean epiduo isn't working... That's why I decided to post here. I hope someone can tell me if everything is going alright or if I should ask my derm to change the medication. I hate oily skin and my left cheek, it makes me so unmotivated to go on, and it's gross too. Sorry if I wrote too much!
  19. Hi all, Little bit of background: my acne cleared up nicely with lymecycline, but now I've become resistant to it and my acne has been flaring up again (although not as bad as before thankfully). I've been using epiduo for almost 3 years and still want to continue using it. The thing is, I was considering trying out the regimen, but was wondering if I could try it out while using epiduo at the same time? Thanks!
  20. I've been using TactuPump/Epiduo for the past three weeks, and it's been hell. For the first couple days, nothing really happened. My skin got a little red as expected, with some slight peeling on the corners of my nose. But then all hell broke loose when I decided to use some drugstore makeup (Revlon, to be exact) to cover up the redness. I might have gotten too drug happy as well. I foolishly thought that applying MORE medication would speed up the process (I've now realized that the instructions literally say not to do this). As a result, my skin BURNED. Tears came to my eyes, and it felt like my face was on fire whenever I tried to moisturize (I read that CeraVe was good, but it was the worst moisturizer out of all of them). My chin is still in flakes. I haven't used the medication for two days and just started spot treating tonight. My questions to you all: Can I use moisturizer OVER the medication? If so, how should I do it (I feel like applying moisturizer immediately over the medication cancels its effects, but correct me if I'm wrong). My skin is also super dehydrated now, and my face feels really tight and uncomfortable. How do I rehydrate my skin? Thanks for any help!
  21. I'm going to try and keep this as short as possible. I went on Accutane January of 2017 and was on a 5-month course of 80mg. I experienced the typical side effects of dry eyes, dry lips, and a sore back. After I finished the course, my skin was perfect and glowing. 6 months after, however, my acne has come back and I don't know why. After Accutane, I was using CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner, and Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer. I switched my routine around a bit prior to this routine and noticed that my skin was breaking out more on the new one (I think it was the toner). After seeing my skin freak out, I tried the Caveman regimen to see if my products were causing irritation - bad idea. At first, my skin seemed to clear up. After two weeks, however, my skin texture and complexion was shit and I started breaking out. Today, my skin looks just as bad as when I started on Accutane. I went to the derm to talk about a second course and she said I would have to talk to the head derm about it since she was only the assistant (I guess) . So in the meantime she prescribed Epiduo Forte and said I could use CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel for a moisturizer... I just need help knowing what I should do!! Will Epiduo Forte help any? I haven't read too many success stories on it. Also, what should I do lifestyle wise? I exercise, drink water, cut out dairy and sugar... It feels like I'm doing everything right, but nothing's working.
  22. So..I think it might have been my moisturiser that was making my skin break out, I have stopped using it and my face seems to of calmed down. I still have the horrible under the skin spots and a lot of redness.
  23. Used it 7 times now and my skin is breaking out all over the place with big under the skin cycstic spots, they have all come at the same time too. I really hope they go down before the end of this week, I have an event to go to. I have switched moisturisers which seems to have stopped the dryness, which is good!
  24. The dryness is back. My skin is really flakey and it is making it really hard to wear make up without it cracking and looking horrible. Really don't want to leave my house but trying my hardest to keep the dryness down. Spots are still there but not as angry.
  25. So, I have used Epiduo 4 or 5 times now, I’m still only putting it on every 3 days anddd my face has, to say the least, reacted. I think this is the purge part of the process starting as I have new spots all over along with the dry skin and flaking, although this has calmed down a bit now. I will use it again tonight and see how my face reacts, hopefully it will calm down soon