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  1. does being on antibiotics for acne (not a high dose) mess-up the process of birth control pills as far as them clearing your skin and what not? or does it just affect the effectiveness of the pill against babies? and does it affect the actual birth control aspect a lot? thanks
  2. Ive been on Loestrin 24 Fe for almost 3 months now. I will be done with the 3rd pack in a week or so. Should it have started helping my skin already? Because for a while my skin was very good but then all of a sudden im breaking out again..? do you think its just cuz im about to get my period? i dont know what to think of this birth control. Also, if i switched, is ortho tri cyclen a good choice?\ ETA: i also recently got a sunburn, could that be the reason im breaking out of nowhere?
  3. i cant be positive but your acne looks a lot like some kind of rash or allergic reaction to me. was your acne like this before you started tazorac? if not, i would talk to your doctor. being your at almost 3 months, i would give it maybe another month and if there is no sign of improvement, i would ask about other options.
  4. so i have been on ziana (clindamycin & .025% tretinoin gel) for the past 9 weeks or so. i have seen some improvement, but nothing drastic. i have 3 questions. 1. is it normal to still be purging this late into a retinoid? 2. when i go to the derm next should i switch my prescription? idk if i should move up to a higher strength of retin-a. i do get occasional peeling and redness but its not too bad. my concern is that if i move up to .04 or .05 retin-a.....would my body react badly without
  5. hi mimini! thanks for the encouraging words (: my ib started around week 3 too! and its still going on, but definitely not as bad as it was. that post you linked was very encouraging! yet, she seems to also be on an oral antibiotic so you dont really know which is helping her the most...the retin a or the pill.... but still very encouraging! was your acne bad at week 6? thats where i am and its pretty terrible ! also, for some reason my face got really red todayy out of nowhere, like its not u
  6. hey ive been on tretinoin (retin-a) 0.025% [and clindamycin, if that matters] for about 6 weeks now. i do see changes in my skin, but no overall improvement... i have a couple questions. 1.is it normal for me to still be breaking out this late in the game? i'm not sure if its purging because i thought i had gone through that earlier when my face was a mess...but i do still get pimples... is this normal? 2. my red marks seem to be more prominent. they are very noticable now and i thought tretin
  7. I'm on ziana, been for about 3 weeks. Im definitely purging but not peeling...does this mean its not working? so confused...
  8. hey, just letting you know i used retin a micro years ago, so thats probably why i still got an initial breakout from ziana. prior to ziana i was just using really harsh BP products that weren't doing me any good. just clearing that up! let me know if you use the sumaxin!
  9. hey there, my derm also prescribed sumaxin and ziana for me.i didn't use the sumaxin because it seems like it would be too harsh on my sensitive skin, but idk if i shouldve. as far as the ziana, im on week 3 and let me tell you.. there is an initial breakout. i'm not sure if mine is over yet, but there definitely is one. i'm gonna give it time though, hopefully we both have success.are you going to use the sumaxin wash?i feel like i should have
  10. hey im on ziana too. its been about 2 weeks. for some reason though, it never has dried out my face. is this normal? also, did you get an IB bc i think i am going through that
  11. i don't seem to need a moisturizer on ziana, im not dry at all really. my skin is rather oily. you found that cetaphil cleanser broke you out? it's so gentle though...
  12. Day 13 I really hope this is the initial breakout because my skin looks terrible. There are a lot of pimples in spots that I normally don't get many. Skin is still pretty smooth. SO hard to not lose motivation. Does anyone think this is the IB? I really hope so!
  13. hey im on ziana too! for about 2 weeks now. i hate initial breakouts but good luck!!
  14. Okay so I know I should've started a log earlier because now it is about my second week on Ziana. I started Oct 29 doing every other day until Nov 3 when I started every night consistently. I'm gonna start from Nov 3 and say this is my 12th day on my regimen. Regimen: 17, female. Morning: wash face with cetaphil, NO face makeup, Night: wash face with cetaphil, wait about 30 min, apply pea sized amount of ziana Day 12 So I think I'm going through an initial breakout phrase right about now. It'