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  1. Ugh, I just tried to post this and I don't know what happened...hope it doesn't post twice! Can Retin-A make the skin look darker? I've been using it for two months now and I've noticed that my face looks darker than it used to. The most sun exposure I get is incidental..just walking outside to get to my car or something. I wear SPF 40 every single day. Tan does not look good with my pale eyes and hair..I love my pale skin! Does anyone else have this issue??
  2. Hi nsalim! I realize you posted this awhile back! I've been really bad about not checking in or updating. Lets see, I'm actually on my second month now! I just updated, and my skin is doing really well. It's looking better all the time. I would say that it's normal for you to get new breakouts by the second week. From what I've read about it from other people, the second week seems to be the time for the initial breakout. I honestly did not have much of an initial breakout, if any at all
  3. Wow..so I've missed a few weeks of blogging. Four weeks to be exact, and that's quite a bit. I hate that I've missed that much because I can't really remember the changes that took place during that time. I can, however, tell you how my skin is doing on week 8; exactly two months of Retin-a! So, this week I am home for Spring Break. I came in late on a Friday night, so I didn't really see my family when I got in. The next morning, the first thing my mom commented on was my skin. She tol
  4. Okay, It has definitely been a weird week.. It started off not so good with a major breakout (at least I would call it that). I never actually get regular pimples; I usually only have whiteheads and blackheads. However, this week I broke out with these huge pimples in random places. It all started on Sunday with one big one on my chin. Within a couple of days, that turned into two big one's on my chin, one on my left cheek, one on my right cheek....two along my jawline, and one under my c
  5. Hi again!I actually read your reply earlier in the week, but didn't have time to write back. Actually, I'm student teaching; so not quite a teacher yet, but I'm getting there! The little one's are a lot of fun and I like it, but it's still very stressful! How is ninth grade? How long have you been teaching?Anyway, I started with the clindamycin in the morning and Retin-a at night, and I must say that there is even more of an improvement with my whiteheads! I will definitely keep it up. Li
  6. I almost forgot to update! I've been really busy teaching a classroom of first graders, so things have been slipping my mind lately. So, It's week three, and I'm liking what I'm seeing! My forehead is Sooooo much better. It's so much smoother. Actually, my whole face is a ton smoother. I think I had forgotten what really clear skin felt like (It's been that long). I keep wanting to touch my face, but that's not good!! My nose, my cheeks, my forehead, it's all so smooth! It feels lik
  7. Hi beautyB! Thanks for sharing your experience so far! It sounds like we have the same type of acne, and if so, I want to fill you in on some really good news. I'm on my third week, and I never had an initial breakout with Retin-A. In fact, it's only been getting better and better as each week passes. My forehead is soooooo smooth. It's not perfect yet, but I'm just blown away at how much better it's looking. I'm not sure why I didn't have an initial breakout. Maybe it's because it was a
  8. That's an interesting point. I never really thought of how it might be opening my poors and letting the oil drain right out. It's strange though, because during the day, I am SO so so oily. At night though, after I wash my face, I feel dry and tight. I am finally peeling quite a bit though, so I think it's working. I don't really feel the need to add the SA to my routine anymore.
  9. I completely agree! My derm. spent less than five minutes with me, and it is so frustrating. I just wanted to let you know; the retin-a IS working very well. If you haven't started it..you may want to. It does make my skin red, and I am peeling now. It's working so well though and I'm only on my third week. At first I didn't think the 0.025 would be enough, but it is! I don't want to go to a higher percentage.
  10. Oh thanks for that!! And I'll definitely check that out! By the way, the peeling is getting much worse...ick, but I guess that's how it works.
  11. Well, I said that I would update every week on my Retin-a Experience. I'm really going to try, but things are about to get really crazy with my classes. Anyway, Week two....last week I said I was having absolutely no flaking or dryness. That has changed! By about Tuesday this week, I started noticing some peeling and flaking. Most of it's on my forehead and nose. It's not that noticeable yet. Last night I went to the Clinique counter to buy makeup (I love their makeup!). I could tell t
  12. Before I started Retin-a about two weeks ago, I did a lot of reading up on it. I do remember reading something about Retin-a causing hair growth. Since they're just random hairs, I'd say it's possible.
  13. I'm on the cream .025. I've actually heard the opposite from what you've heard. From nearly every review that I've read, retin-a makes the skin really dry and flakey in the beginning. I think the gel is supposed to be more drying though. I was surprised that your derm prescribed both retin-a and the pan oxyl. Does the retin-a and benzoyl peroxide not interfere with one another?
  14. How long did it take you to start flaking on 0.025? I'm on week two and I'm not seeing a thing. No redness or anything. 0.05 is the next highest right? Maybe you should try moving up to that. I have a feeling that I'll have to soon.
  15. I know you're not supposed to use Retin-A and Salycilic acid together because of the way they interact. I'm wondering though, Can I use Retin-A at night, then a Salycilic acid toner in the morning? I'm using Retin-A 0.025 for blackheads and whiteheads, and I've only been on it for a week now. I can already tell that it's helping to unclog my pores, but it's making me super oily. Especially when I first wake up in the morning. This seems kind of opposite of what I've heard it's supposed to
  16. Hello Everyone! I'm new to this, but very excited to become part of the acne.org community. I want to share my acne experiences; I feel like it could be a good way to cope, so I believe I'll do a weekly update. If I help someone else in the process, then that's wonderful! So, last week was my first visit ever to the dermatologist (I'm 23 by the way). It was definitely an interesting experience. He's the only derm in the area, and I must say a bit of a jerk. He seriously spent less than