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About clarky2

  • Birthday 01/25/1995

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    Portland, Maine
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    surfing the net, running, music
  1. So my acne is usually mild to moderate, I don't get cysts, only blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples basically. In July 2011, my dermatologist put me on Retin A 0.04%, along with Oracea (extended release doxycycline), and in about 2 months, I had nearly completely clear skin. I stopped Oracea after about 3 months, as instructed, and expected that the Retin A would keep me clear. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and my skin got much worse, with huge pimples lasting weeks around my mout
  2. That has happened to me so many times. What generally happens to me, since the comedone has not been extracted from the skin, is a new pimple forms under the scab (but this time WAIT til its ready to be popped) then do the needle procedure again.
  3. Im on day 41 or 42 of Retin A 0.04% PM/BP 5% AM and i I feel that I'm definitely through the worst part at this point. I had my forehead initial breakout at about week 2, my left cheek/chin breakout at week 4, and my right cheek/chin breakout at week 6. I don't know why they were spread out, but when one area was breaking out, the others weren't. I remember when these breakouts were taking place, I would be in the worst mood all day and not want to go everywhere...but its a period your skin has
  4. I'm on day 29 of a Retin A 0.04%/BP 5%/Oracea (doxycycline) regimen. I'm at my worst so far in terms of the initial breakout. It's annoying because people think I shouldn't be stopping whatever I'm using but I can't because this is part of the process. Let's just think of this as our skin detox
  5. Hey I see you have a new forum for updates. I'm almost at the one month mark and I have seen a lot of improvement, and my experience sounds a lot like yours so far. but I'm still breaking out..mainly around my mouth like sides of my chin. I have red marks everywhere, but they're going away steadily. I agree with you, I want to fast forward these grueling months of misery to clear skin. My derm said the real retin a improvement would begin after 6-8 weeks, so I guess I can't complain yet.
  6. unless you are drenched, I usually just use a paper towel to pat sweat off..washing and applying no again is a bit irritating twice in one day.
  7. The instructions that came with my Retin A Micro prescription say to use 2 pumps once a day, at night. I used one pump at first, but 2 is fine. I don't find it to be drying at all, like benzoyl peroxide was, and in fact I think it's making me really oily. My dermatologist said to not use any exfoliants on Retin A, so I don't.. I just kind of scrub with my hands as gently as I can. The dead skin is supposed to come off easily with a simple cleanser, but you can't really see it because its not lar
  8. Hey! I wanted to reply to your post because I went to the derm for the first time almost 2 weeks go and was put on a very similar regimen to the one you just started. In the morning I use prescription grade benzoyl peroxide 5% (not combined with anything, but I got it from the derm) and at night I use 2 pumps of Ret A Micro 0.04%. I use CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer, nothing else with active ingredients, as directed by my derm. When I wake up in the morning I take Oracea, which is an extended
  9. I recently started Retin A Micro, and I can now say it doesn't even compare to glycolic acid or salicylic acid. I haven't had a single pimple since I started (which is incredible for me) and I have a lot of hyperpigmentation, but with Retin A, it's fading so fast.
  10. I started Retin A Micro 0.04% last night.. and I read the sheets that came with it saying it will make the condition worse for a few weeks, cause redness, dryness, etc. Are their any tips or important things that I should know from you (Retin A users)? Like what is the dryness going to be like - is it like benzoyl peroxide flaky dryness? I have mild acne, so how long will the initial breakout probably last? Thank you!!
  11. well i'm a guy, but I like the Organix brand shampoo (it's sold at Walmart), and Aveda products for anything that's not shampoo/condiitoner
  12. Dan recommends Olay spf 15 zinc oxide sunscreen but personally, zinc oxide breaks me out, so I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid sunscreen spf 70 and it doesn't sting, irritate, or break me out. So I would recommend that (personally)
  13. I'm going to the dermatologist in a few weeks (the waiting period for first timers is 6 weeks from the time you scheduled it...its the most popular derm in the area) and I want to know what to expect. I have only mild, sometimes moderate acne, on my chin mostly, sometimes jawline and forehead. It's not that bad, but it's persistant and something I've struggled with for about 2 years now - I'm a 16 yr old guy and going to be a junior in high school. I've used OTC products, Dan's Regimen and Obagi
  14. I didn't take this myself, but this is exactly what they look like. They're about 2.5 inches in diameter http://www.google.com/m/search?site=images...on%20rounds#i=2
  15. Yeah that's the right amount, the line could be a tad bit thicker though if you want