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LocalMack

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  1. How much are you using? You're only supposed to use a pea-sized amount for your entire face - other board users have described similar symptoms when they've mistakenly used a lot more. That being said, you're supposed to give any new medication 6-12 weeks. Acne typically takes 2 weeks to form anyway, so unless you're having an allergic reaction (which it sounds like you're not), you won't be able to gauge the effectiveness of the Epiduo yet. Red marks can take up to a year to heal, but lucki
  2. How much are you using? You're only supposed to use a pea-sized amount for your entire face - other board users have described similar symptoms when they've mistakenly used a lot more. That being said, you're supposed to give any new medication 6-12 weeks. Acne typically takes 2 weeks to form anyway, so unless you're having an allergic reaction (which it sounds like you're not), you won't be able to gauge the effectiveness of the Epiduo yet. Red marks can take up to a year to heal, but luckil
  3. Many people only wash their faces in the morning and before bed - in the summer, does anyone do it in the afternoon as well? I work a 9-5 job, and usually on Friday night I go out with my friends. I'll take a shower beforehand, but I've heard a lot of grumbling about washing your face more than twice a day. I just HATE going out without a shower after 8 hours in an office (especially since I tend to get oily), and if I try to shower without washing my face, my makeup is essentially ruined anywa
  4. Wow! Okay, no wonder you were getting red. But if you're spot treating with Epiduo (applying it to each zit), you're still not using it correctly. Take a pea size amount and spread that amount over your entire face. The adapalene (retinoid) in Epiduo is meant to exfoliate your skin and PREVENT future zits, which is why you should use it all over; the benzoyl peroxide in Epiduo is meant to treat existing zits. So make sure you put it evenly on your entire face!
  5. Hi Michellejayc! I'm not sure I would say I "saw results" immediately, but I haven't gotten one of the crazy painful nodules I had been getting previously once I started using Epiduo - which for me was what I was hoping for. As for "smoothness" and fading of red marks, it took me about two months to notice what was happening. Hang in there! If you're not having an adverse reaction to it, give it a few more weeks and track your progress!
  6. This is honestly unlike anything I've ever heard of. It sounds like you might be allergic to one of the ingredients, which would explain the sudden breakout - I mean, that's REALLY quick to develop cysts otherwise. I would discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor as soon as you can.
  7. Hm, I remember using the Clean & Clear ones when I was younger, but the website says they contain mineral oil, which makes me a little nervous.
  8. I started a new regimen about 5 months ago - wash my face with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Facial Cleanser, follow up with Clindamycin lotion in the morning and Epiduo in the evening, and Purpose moisturizer afterward. I really like it - it's a lot less harsh than ProActiv, which I was using (with success, for a while) before. I like to keep my makeup to a minimum - light foundation in my t-zone (Origins "Stay Tuned"), a little blush (Benefit's "Dandelion"), a little bit of eyebrow gel (Cover Gir
  9. Today marks my 3-month anniversary, and I couldn't be more pleased! The large one on my right cheek went down and, instead of coming to a huge, unsightly head and/or leaving a mark, it simply dried up and the plug fell out. The major change is that my t-zone has little comedones. However, these areas never scar for me, and my cheeks have been mostly clear. This is really wonderful - I'm basically back where I was around age 20. These are comedones that will be a little red after I wash my face
  10. Coming up on Week 10, and while my forehead has cleared up, I'm breaking out on my right cheek. This has traditionally been my problem area, but after so much success I'm really disheartened by yet ANOTHER breakout. One largeish one, most of the rest are small comedones.
  11. Eight weeks in. The comedones on my forehead seem to be going away! I also got two "spots" in the areas where I used to get the huge, knobby painful pimples. Of course I was worried, but stuck with the routine. They never got inflamed/came to a head! They stuck around for about three days and are rapidly receding. Very weird to see my skin behaving so well!
  12. Epiduo and the DK Regimen are practically identical, except Epiduo has an added retinoid (adapalene). If you're using Epiduo, you'd be cleaning with a mild cleanser, applying the Epiduo, and then applying a moisturizer. Epiduo has the BP that is in the Regimen as well, so there's no reason you'd need to use both. I prefer Epiduo because BP just wasn't cutting it for me anymore, and my derm recommended Epiduo because of the exfoliating properties of adapalene + the healing properties of BP. I
  13. Still breaking out on my forehead. Very few red comedones, but I'm annoyed by the increase. Luckily, nothing leaving marks on my face.
  14. Finishing out my sixth week this Wednesday. I haven't had any of the huge, painful pimples since the day I started this regimen. My last "noticeable" zit (ie with a head) was about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and I haven't used the Duac since that cleared up. The only change I've noticed recently is a small increase in comedones on my forehead. Luckily, nothing red or noticeable, and very easily covered by foundation!
  15. A word of warning from someone who found out the hard way: dry, tight, flaky skin can clog pores. If you're using a retinoid, you should be applying a moisturizer with a sunscreen anyway. I know you're hesitant about applying a new product to your face, but by not treating what is essentially dead skin on your face, you might actually be letting it build up in your pores.
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