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  1. Good to hear it's working. Keep at it and you will see results. I have been on it for six months now and I swear my skin has never looked better! I can even go out without any (and I mean ANY make-up) and I am clear. People are amazed. Not to say that my skin was bad before, it just looks extra good. (excuse the grammer!) I would even go so far as to say it looks better than people with "normal" skin. Just keep at it. It took about 4 months to be completely clear. And the thing is you have to us
  2. I agree with Tmacdunk. Stick to the regimen. The medication is doing it's job. Stick to it. The hard part will be over soon! Trust us!
  3. Glad to hear that you are trying the Cetaphil. It'ss be a lot gentler on the skin. The anti-bacterial one is most likely too irritating. So stick to it. They say it takes about one month for your skin to see results with a new cleanser. Stick to it...
  4. I have actually heard that Tea Tree Oil is excellent for soothing. I use an acne medication given to me by my derm called Neo-Medrol. It is mild, doesn't sting, contains sulfur (which is supposedly an antibiotic) and it clears up the pimples. Ask your derm if you have one. I have been using it for years and it always seems to do the job.
  5. I have always had oily skin. I have learned that nothing but "growing out of it" will help. (Plus, the upside is that when you are older, your skin will look younger). The guy who said that using soap helps, well I have to disagree. In actuality the more you wash, dry out the skin, the more active the oil glands become. Also, using any alcohol based products or irritating ingredients will cause more oil. Maybe switch from using the Purpose soap, to something soap free and more gentle. (Cetaphil,
  6. Violeta, Are you spanish by any chance? I am and was wondering if you are...I also began getting acne at the age of eighteen and have been struggling with mild acne for about ten years now. I have used all of the products you mentioned as well. Tried Cetaphil, was okay, but not the best. So far the best cleanser for me has been Aveda's Sensitive Skin Cleanser (same consistency as Cetaphil, just not tested on animals and has more "natural" ingredients). As for moisturiser I use Neutrogena Sensiti
  7. No, I would stick with it. You will not regret it. There will be breakouts at the beginning, that's normal, but trust me your skin will clear up. people tell me that I have flawless skin right now. If you can believe it. But remember...be gentle. let me know how your progress goes... Manchita
  8. here in Canada we just got it, probably FDA rules etc. I've been on it for about 4 months now and am completely clear. And by the way, I'm female... :wink:
  9. Vixy, You are right, the BP will neutralize the Retin-A, that's why you should use the BP in the morning (since it's also great for shine) before the sunblock, and then the Retin A Micro at night. Never together. Now...as for lever 2000 on the face...I don't mean to sound like a nag, but that is probably the reason for the breakouts and the redness. You really need to be gentle. Soap is not gentle. And it is made with ingredients that cause more acne. So, if you really do like the feel of a so
  10. The only place in Toronto that has it is Holt Renfrew. Maybe in Quebec they would have it at a high end department store. For all the Americans, it's most likely at Sephora. Try it out, it's really a good product... Cheers! Manchita
  11. Doesn't sound good...painful And trust me I've experienced the redness and pain! But stick to it. I had to change my cleanser because what I was using before was way too harsh for my skin. I use Aveda Sensistive Skin cleanser...but what are you using? Also, for the acne on the forhead, what are you using during the day in terms of preventative medication? I use BP 2.5% (very small amount) all over my face in the morning and the Retin-A Micro 0.1% at night. maybe ask your doctor for the milder ve
  12. Hi Krysuk, Retin-A Micro is actually a new product that just came out on the market. I got it from my dermo (here in Canada) and when I requested at my skin care clinic, they didn't know what I was talking about. It is the sme effect as Retin-A , but is supposed to be less irritating. Check out the website: www.retinamicro.com You'll get all the info you need. And maybe you can order it from the UK, or go in and tell your doctor about it. Manchita :wink:
  13. Thanks Mandala! I'm glad I could be of some help...I agree with you that extreme weather does affect the skin. It's because we are more sensitive now, with the medication. Just to let you know (and hoping you don't give up on the Retin-A Micro), a good friend of mine was impressed with my skin. She said it looked FLAWLESS. It gets better and better. And, as much as it's all about what's on the inside, good skin reflects good energy and confidence..at least I feel really good about myself. Do y
  14. To the two people who asked about pea-sized amounts...there's a reason for this. If you use more, your skin will not get better, but will most likely get more irritated. I use Retin-A Micro as well and I have to use sometimes less than a pea size because of the irritation. I just kind of lightly spread it all over my face and it does the job. Trust me. Don't use more or else your skin will peel and hurt. Even if you think it's not covering your skin, it is. Try it and you'll notice a difference
  15. I have to agree with Honey Bee...baking soda and your cleanser (or Cetaphil) is the best exfoliant I've ever used. Also a BHA toner (which you just put onto a cotton ball after washing your face...simple, yet effective) One I use is Clinique's Extra Mild Exfoliating Lotion (the one WITHOUT alcohol!). It's excellent. Also, another gentle exfoliant for sensitive skin is Clinique's 7 Day scrub- extra gentle. I use this once or twice a week. But by far the cheapest way to exfoliate is baking soda an