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unlovely2011

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  1. Hi dramafan, 

    Similar to funny guy, I'm only clear when I'm on a topical antibiotic (aczone) and a topical retinoid (tretinoin.) During the initial use of the tretinoin treatment, an oral antibiotic also helps tremendously with the cystic acne in particular. I have closed comedones, inflammatory acne, and cystic acne, and after several months on tretinoin, I see tremendous improvement in all areas. 

    Like funny guy said though, you have to keep up with the treatment or risk it returning. For me, I got lazy about a year ago and I was fine for a few months. Then it crept back up slowly, then suddenly I started breaking out badly again. So i'm back on the combination mentioned above, but I will quit the oral antibiotic after 1 month. I'll probably keep using aczone as long as it's needed, and then I'll try to get by with the retinoid only. But I think I'll be on the topical retinoid for the rest of my life. It helps with wrinkles and stuff too, so I ain't complaining' :P

    Hope that helps!


  2. 8 hours ago, Mainaf2016 said:
    On June 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM, unlovely2011 said:
     Maina, 

    I never had enlarged pores, before or after using tretinoin, so I can't speak to it's efficacy with that problem. It takes MONTHS for tretinoin to work, so you absolutely will not see any relevant results in as little as 5 days. Tretinoin is a type of therapy, and with each use it affects your skin cells at the molecular level, urging your skin cells to 'act healthy.' For whatever reason, people with acne are experiencing a malfunction in keratinization and/or oil production, and tretinoin regulates both of these processes, however it takes TIME. Last time I did this, I purged for about 10 weeks before I saw lasting relief, and this time around it appears to be happening the same way for me. As for thinning the skin, from what I've read it's not actually thinning it, but it does make it more fragile, which people confuse with thinning skin. Hope that helps!
    Thank u so much.. Am struggling with clogged pores on my nose along with  closed comedones which can be seen when i apply makeup...i have used bha 2 for 2 months which along with comedone extraction has reduced the clog but still the pores on my nose look large.my nose is dry now and even slightly oily due tothe bha liquid....thinking of getting a salicylic peel of about 15% to clean my pores on nose... Do u think it will help...

    No, you absolutely should not be using salicylic acid, glycol acid, or any other kind of chemical exfoliant while on tretinoin.

  3. Yeah don't take on an empty stomach, drink lots of water, and avoid dairy before and after taking the pill. And don't take it before laying down or you can get heartburn! Antibiotics take time to build up in your system and work their best, that's why they're prescribed in monthly rounds. You really should not stop once you begin, unless you're having severe side effects. And a worsening of your acne after only 3 days doesn't sound severe to me!


  4. 22 hours ago, Mainaf2016 said:
    hi unlovely... Just wanted to know few things about tretinoin-
    1. Can it purge out clogged enlarged pore content on nose??
    2.if 0.05% is used daily (been 5 days) under and over moisturiser(since i have dry nose) how long will it take to work?? i mean what is the usual time to purge??
    3.does tretinoin thin out skin? Some people complain that their pores look larger.. Any idea why that happens???
     Maina, 

    I never had enlarged pores, before or after using tretinoin, so I can't speak to it's efficacy with that problem. It takes MONTHS for tretinoin to work, so you absolutely will not see any relevant results in as little as 5 days. Tretinoin is a type of therapy, and with each use it affects your skin cells at the molecular level, urging your skin cells to 'act healthy.' For whatever reason, people with acne are experiencing a malfunction in keratinization and/or oil production, and tretinoin regulates both of these processes, however it takes TIME. Last time I did this, I purged for about 10 weeks before I saw lasting relief, and this time around it appears to be happening the same way for me. As for thinning the skin, from what I've read it's not actually thinning it, but it does make it more fragile, which people confuse with thinning skin. Hope that helps!

  5. 16 hours ago, Mainaf2016 said:

    Hii thank u so much for replying.. I also have enlarged pores on my nose whixh when i press with comedone extractor expels gunk!!!! Will tretinoin help with those gunk filled pores??? Plus my pores look huge using tretinoin??? Should moisturizing with a heavy moisturiser help with this issue??

     I think so! You just have to give it time. How long have you been using it? You should avoid squeezing/extracting them, it may be prolonging your healing. And moisturizer is key! I don't know how heavy you're thinking, but i use neutrogena for sensitive skin and it works for me. Use as much moisturizer as you need!

  6. Yeah you really can't keep switching up your treatments every couple months... especially with retinoids and antibiotics. Both of those medications have a cumulative effect, and retinoids in particular WILL get you worse before you get better. Possibly MUCH worse. So if you went off retinoids for 2 weeks and then went back on, yeah, you're probably gonna have another reaction. Accutane is pretty extreme, and I would avoid it at all costs. Just pick a retinoid + topical antibiotic combo and stick with it for at least 3 months, and maybe throw in a round or 2 of oral antibiotics to get through the initial breakout it causes. If that doesn't work, THEN consider accutane. I mean just take a look at these forums, accutane causes a lot of nasty side effects. Anyway, good luck to you!


  7. On June 11, 2016 at 0:59 PM, Redfacedandraging said:

    Hello everyone! I'm happy to say that my acne has been much better this past week. The doxy seems to prevent too many pimples at a time, but I still have at least 2 or 3 monsters at once. Dealing with lots of pih still but hopefully it'll go away with time. Still not clear but starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel


    Glad to hear it! Retinoids are no miracle cure-- they're tough to use correctly and they make you suffer before they work, but the point is that they DO work for many people. I haven't even been on doxy for a week yet and I've already seen a huge difference. I'm 6.5 weeks into the retina-a+aczone combo and I think it's finally about to turn a corner, thank goodness.

  8. On May 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM, isabellaaaap said:

    Hi,
    About two months ago I started taking doxycycline! The only problem I had was I can't swallow pills. I usually just keep it in my mouth until I am finally able to swallow it or take it with food. I know this isn't the correct way but its the only way I can take it!!! No difference in my skin has really shown at all and I wonder if its because of the way I'm taking the pill? Should I just stop taking it? I also will add that I'm currently using retinae as well (which hasn't worked yet either). I wake up with new breakouts everyday and my scarring sucks. I'm just frustrated and need answers!!!


    That is strange that you have seen no difference at all. I would imagine you're diminishing the effectiveness of the antibiotic by letting it dissolve in your mouth, instead of in your stomach, but I doubt that's the whole problem. Maybe you need a stronger dose, and perhaps you also need to tackle your acne from the outside too. I am using retinoids to purge my skin and regulate cellular turnover + aczone which is a topical antibiotic + I just started doxycycline 100mg just to get me through the initial breakout. Definitely speak with your doctor about it if you're not seeing any changes after 2 months. Good luck!

  9. 1 hour ago, BruceWayneIsBatman said:

    Week 12.5-
    Having big breakouts on my forehead. Cheeks are nearly clear with some hyperpigmentation. Just unhappy with the recent big breakouts on my forehead. I will post some pics soon. I can't believe I have come this far and it has been nearly 3 months of pimples. Any idea when the forehead will start to get clear ??


    Sometimes different areas purge at a different rate, maybe due to the thickness of the skin? Who knows. All that matters is that it's working and you stick with it. Last time I went on retinoids I got 'clear' by 12 weeks, but that doesn't mean I didn't still get the occasional breakout for a few months after. It's a process. By 6 months or so, I would expect the nasty breakouts to have completely subsided, save for a little baby zit once in a while (this was my experience anyway.) I restarted retinoids about 6.5 weeks ago so I'm going through it again now too.:smileys_n_people_9:

  10. Have you had a bad reaction before? We see a lot of extreme stories on here, but there's no reason to believe that a round of doxycycline (the typical antibiotic prescribed for acne) will cause a severe reaction. I think danger lies in staying on antibiotics for months and months as a long-term solution. Also, supplementing with probiotics is a great way to counteract the healthy bacteria loss. I'm 6 weeks into restarting retinoids and my mother-in-law was so horrified by my initial breakout she brought me to the derm to get an antibiotic. I could probably do without it, but it'll make the next month a little easier, so I figure why not. :) 


  11. It's hard to say whether you have something to worry about. I definitely have a terrible initial breakout on retinoids, but I can also see the closed comedones on my skin, so there's no question. If you only have the cysts, and the rest of the texture of your skin is COMPLETELY smooth, I would imagine it wouldn't be that bad. But maybe it could make the cysts worse for a while? My cystic acne flares (along with everything else) when restarting retinoids, but it doesn't last. It all gets better after about 3 months. Hope you find what works for you!


  12. Tretinoin doesn't cause acne so much as it triggers a nasty "purge" breakout. After about 3 months, most people have purged most of the clogged pores out of their skin and see drastic improvement from there. But it has to be used correctly! Dermatologists don't explain this process very well and people give up too easily, it's a shame


  13. Hello Goldenears! It's hard to say whether your acne will clear up from lifestyle adjustments alone. If it does, it will be a slow process. I never tried adapalene but 0.1% sounds very high (I started on 0.05%, now on 0.08%.) That can only mean it will be an aggressive treatment, which is good! Your initial breakout will probably be rough, but it always is. Just be sure to stick with your healthy diet and prescription skincare regimen for at least 4 months before calling it quits. Accutane should be considered a last resort! See how bad my acne got in my gallery, and you can read my story at my blog, just search for Creation Despite.


  14. I can't say I ever experienced anything like that. I started with 0.05% Atralin and was fine until I got lazy and stopped using. Now I'm on 0.08% Retin-A and going through a new IB, but I can't say it's worse than before. If anything it's more mild... Maybe you need something else to help you through? My derm always prescribed the retinoid with Aczone to keep the breakouts from getting nasty. You can see what it was like for me 4 years ago in my gallery, and on my blog you can see current pictures. I'd provide a link but the mods keep removing it =/

    Also, maybe you're just having an allergic reaction to something entirely unrelated? Only you can know for sure what may have changed around the same time the pimples came back. Could be dietary, stress, hormones, etc.


  15. Sashamarie,

    I agree with pinkberry, don't look at it as slowing your progress. If you're skin is dry and uncomfortable, it's not HEALTHY and healthy is what we're all striving for right? Healthy skin takes care of itself. Using the retinoid as frequently as possible WITHOUT uncomfortable dryness is simply helping your skin get back to it's natural healthy state where it can heal and purify itself.

    The retinoid itself should not be causing inflammation, but since it's thinning the outer layer of skin it's bringing all the yucky stuff stuck in your pores to the surface, which then becomes easily infected. Infection leads to inflammation and white blood cells rush to the area resulting in a swollen, painful zit with a gross white head. I'm no doctor but that's my understanding. Anyway, if you've got a lot of clogged pores, they all come up at once and it starts to look and feel like a warzone on your face. Just remember you gotta get through it to get through it. The dryness however, is NOT a necessary part of the process. 3 times a week is probably a better starting point than every other night if it's really that bad. And on your off nights, slather on some coconut oil before bed. It may be a little messy but oh well. I also had great success mixing Bio Oil with my neutrogena moisturizer, I'm not sure what's it in but it's marketed for stretch marks and scars and it smells and feels amazing. I used to wash my face with it in the shower too. You can get it at CVS or walgreens.

    As for aczone, my dermatologist explained that it would minimize the IB caused by the retinoid. I can't imagine what it would have been like without the aczone, it was rough. ( I looked like a burn victim lol ) Aczone is unlike anything I've ever used... it absorbs quickly and gives instant redness relief, isn't drying and doesn't mess with anything you might put on top (moisturizer or makeup.) You're not supposed to use it as a spot treatment but when I've only got one zit I do it anyway and it still works. It's good stuff and much cheaper than the retinoid (with or without insurance.) There's a link to the manufacturers coupon on my blog too, make sure you take advantage. I don't think you have publix where you are but if you go to sam's or costco's pharmacy, that should be pretty cheap. Most people don't know you don't need a membership at sam's/costco to use their pharmacy. ;)

    Glad you liked the blog post, it's a shame the mods here keep removing my links. I think many people would find my story comforting. I know when I was in the worst part of my IB I liked nothing more than reading about other people's experiences. It's not spam if people find the information useful!


  16. Don't give up now! It gets worse before it gets better. Retain-A Micro and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Sometimes your skin stops flaring for a spell and you think it's over, but over several months you'll notice the severity is less and less and your zits heal faster till one day... you've been clear for weeks and didn't event notice!! The retinoid also helps with the dark marks and even has anti-aging benefits so don't you dare quit it! Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite *MOD EDIT*


  17. You could try coconut oil or bio-oil (from CVS) mixed into your regular moisturizer. Also you may just want to cut back on the retinoid (atralin.) Maybe use it every other night for a while. I never used solodyn but I can say with a retinoid It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite *MOD EDIT*


  18. Sorry, I know how all this must feel. It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite *MOD EDIT* URL Removed


  19. I hate benzoyl peroxide. I had to learn through trial and error what works for me: prescription strength topical retinoids. They work wonders, but It gets worse before it gets better. Atralin and topical retinoids in general are wonderful products, but you have to stick through the initial breakout. Take a look at my gallery from 2011 then go and read all about how I beat hormonal acne and reviews of each product I swear by at Creation Despite. Hope that helps! xoxo *Mod edit* URL removed

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