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  1. A couple of things to consider: 1. Using both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (in the Epiduo) will severly dry your skin. When your skin is dry it produces more sebum to compensate, which can cause more acne. 2. With retinoids (such as Epiduo) you should wash your face, wait a few minutes and apply the retinoid. Any other creams, toners, etc. might buffer it and make it less effective. 3. Expect to purge. It takes 12 weeks for a skin cell to turnover, which means it takes 12 wee
  2. It's been about a year and 5 months now since I started using Epiduo. I still use it every night. It cleared my skin, healed pigmentation scarring and improved my overall skin texture. The only downside I've encountered is it makes my skin a bit dry sometimes and a bit oily other times. I would take this over acne any day, though. This is me, sans make up. I'm really happy with the results. I would recommend trying this.
  3. Sorry I haven't really come back for updates. This website reminds me of some of the most difficult times in my life, so I find it hard to log on. I hate seeing the pictures of my skin all broken out. I'm doing pretty good. I'd say I get 2-3 spots a month now, but Epiduo definitely keeps things under control. I don't wear much make-up anymore. I still pick at my skin when I'm stressed, even though there's nothing left to pick at.
  4. Wah. Clear skin spoils me, because now I care about every little blemish. I had a cyst above my lip for two days and now it's a scab since I still keep picking at my skin. Whoops. Other than that, I'm still clear. The cyst is in a place where I don't use Epiduo (above my lip, in the mustache area) so I'm wondering if I should start using it there. Thing is, on the usage directions they say not to use it around your mouth. Hm... But that's where my acne is
  5. Beender, I had that problem ocassionally, but it ceased around the 3rd month. However, when I was using Retin-A the problem just did not go away. Maybe Epiduo doesn't work well with your skin chemistry, in the same way Retin-A didn't work with mine. The way I see it, your options are a) Switch to a different retinoid and hope for better results b) Add a drying acne cream into your regimen - something with BP or salicyclic acid or c) Deal with it. I recommend trying out the second option an
  6. I would have to disagree with the above post, because it worked really well for me without any other treatments - and my acne was pretty bad. But he's right in the sense that it's a weaker retinoid. Talk to your derm about moving on to something like Tazaroc. It's also in the retinoid family, but it's stronger. You could even use it in combination with another non-retinoid cream (Aczone, Acanya, Finacea, etc.) for a better chance. If you haven't seen results with Retin-A in 5 months, I wou
  7. Accutane is more of an oral retinoid than an antibiotic, though it can be dangerous in other ways. I used antibiotics for my acne a lot, and I regret it. I get a lot of weird infections now that I'm off them. My immune system isn't what it used to be and I have digestive problems. Not to mention the antibiotics didn't improve my skin. I would highly advise sticking with creams and not pills.
  8. Sean, I'm really glad my words were able to help. My derm never explained retinoids to me, so I've used almost all of them and quit because of lack of results. The two times I stuck it out - I got clear. I hope you have the same success. I think people who claim to get better after a few weeks just have very mild acne cycles. I remember having the ugliest, deepest zits by the end of month 2 and thinking "What the hell, shouldn't this stuff be working?" But by the beginning of month 3 it was calm
  9. Benzoyl Peroxide should help with both inflammation and residual bacteria. I wouldn't recommend anything higher than 5%.
  10. I did something similar once. Polysporin or Neosporin can really speed up the healing process and prevent a scar. Make sure you get the gel and not the cream, as the cream is comedogenic and can clog pores! Good luck
  11. I think you were on the topic I was referring to in my last post, the one about diet and acne. I completely agree with you. I just get frustrated with people who insist diet is everything for everyone. I've done all sorts of long-term diets without the smallest improvement. I wish I had worked, but it just didn't. Obviously that's no excuse to be unhealthy either, but I don't sweat it anymore if I eat Taco Bell once in a while. I know Epiduo's got my back
  12. I gotta say, this website gives me anxiety sometimes. So many people shouting their opinions like fact and so much conflicting information. In the end I would say just trust your doctor. A little thought for anyone who's ever felt the same way on here. It's actually why I stopped going on halfway through my Retin-A treatment.
  13. I generally avoid this board because you guys are all high and mighty about doing it the "natural way." Sometimes that doesn't work for people. I'm not new here, I've done all the diets. I'm just informing you that they actually (sadly) don't affect some people. I'm going to keep eating my favorite foods and using Epiduo, and you do your thing. I just wanted people out there to know there's more than one way and not to panic if dieting themselves to death doesn't work. That there is altern
  14. Comments like this just make me want to tear my hair out in frustration. No, you're wrong. IT EFFECTS EVERYONE! And people like you make me want to tear my hair out in frustration. You simply do not have the authority to speak for everyone and you have no freaking business telling us we're wrong about our own acne triggers. I think we know ourselves better than you. I don't care how many years you've spent "talking" about diet. You're entitled to your opinion, but you need to stop being
  15. I just finished the first tube, but luckily I have a second one! I'll be seeing the derm again next week as a check up. So far, so good. I have a little cyst by my mouth but I have to stop and be thankful for how much better I've gotten, instead of bitching about one blemish. Gosh. Clear skin spoils me rotten.