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  1. having one of those days where i miss being on accutane and how awesome my skin was. i use duac on my back and chest, and recently ran out for a few days, so i broke out a little more. i'm remembering how easy it was to get out of bed or the shower, not have to apply medications all over, and still be confident that i didn't have acne. i used to struggle with acne on my back a lot--i would never wear my hair in a ponytail if i was wearing a tank top or bathing suit, and i hate feeling like i mig
  2. def still purging...still have clogged pores coming out. i had a big red clogged pore pop up near my mouth on friday, and a couple small ones. i'm getting my period and i've figured out that weeks 5/6 are the worst for me with retinoids so it makes sense. the big clogged pore had a white head on it that was really deep, so i popped it out and now it's healing into a red spot. hoping it will go away soon.
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    Day 53/day36

    not much new, except i did get a red spot near my mouth last night that had a whitehead on it this morning. it came off when i washed my face. the only other weird thing is that, after not having any issues with burning after applying tazorac in weeks, last night my face burned like CRAZY. i moisturized and by morning everything felt normal, but it was so random and uncomfortable. wonder why that happened out of nowhere?
  4. i'm feeling pretty cautiously optimistic about tazorac. my forehead looks smoother, pores look smaller. i'm still getting some clogged pores, but they come and go fairly quickly. spiro keeps working on my hormonal acne--haven't gotten one of those inflamed whiteheads in a couple weeks. i am still getting random red clogged pores on my jaw/cheeks, but they're not that noticeable, and i think it's probably from switching from retin-a micro to tazorac. i also really like the consistency of tazorac-
  5. finally dealing with less peeling...before i would moisturize and everything was fine, but when i washed my face i was still rubbing off a ton of skin...that's better now. also switched to olay sensitive skin foaming face wash and i like it. bottom half of my face is doing well, and my forehead still has some bumps but looks a little smoother i think. i get primarily clogged pores/non inflamed acne on my forehead, and with tazorac i'm seeing the bumps come out, hang out for a few days, and then
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    Day 28/day11

    today is 4 weeks of using tazorac every day on my forehead...still very bumpy. it's so weird because yesterday i thought it looked awesome, and today it looks like the bumps are bigger. other than that nothing is really new, except for the fact that yesterday my face got super peely...not dry, just peely...like when i washed my face last night and this morning, a ton of skin was coming off easily. is that good? bad? i didn't have anything like that with retin-a micro...with retin-a micro when i
  7. lb111923

    Day 23/day 6

    think i'm getting a little more into an initial breakout...a couple of the giant clogged pores on my forehead around my hairline have gone down, but more popped up. i have a few more clogged pores on my cheeks, and one of the whiteheads i had last week that went away has left a red mark...and i'm pretty sure another pimple is popping up in the exact same place. hate that! oil is still the same, sebaceous hyperplasia is about the same. i'm not adding anything new to my regimen for 12 weeks, but a
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    Day 21/day 4

    3 weeks of tazorac on my forehead...i think the clogged pores are purging, especially around my hairline, but the good news is that they seem to be going away within a few days, instead of popping up and sticking around. i'm getting a few more clogged pores/red spots on the bottom half of my face, but nothing i can't handle. i'm not trying any new products until 12 weeks is up so i can see what tazorac can do!
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    Day 19/day 2

    decided i should stop using misleading labels for these entries...i'm definitely not almost 300 days into tazorac, although i guess i am almost 300 days into spiro, which i still like. i'm at 19 days of tazorac on my forehead, 2 days of tazorac on the rest of my face. i used tazorac on and off every 3 nights, then 2 nights, leading up to this. i had some dryness problems when i first started, but since then i've been okay. when i wash my face there is still skin coming off on my fingers, which i
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    Day 328

    the dryness/burning is subsiding, esp when i apply just a little bit of moisturizer around my mouth before using tazorac. that's good because probably my least favorite thing about retinoids is feeling like you can't move your face. when i was in high school and using retinoids (incorrectly), every time i smiled the skin around my mouth would crack...eek. a few of the clogged pores on my forehead have gone away, with a few more popping up mostly around my hairline. skin tone is pretty good, and
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    Day 324

    i've been using tazorac on my forehead every night for a week now, and have been using it everywhere else every other night for almost a week (the skin on the lower half of my face is much for sensitive). eventually i'll use it every night. no problems so far, except some burning when i first apply it, and some dry skin around my mouth. i don't want to moisturize before i use it to lessen the strength/makeup of it, but i think i may start applying moisturizer around my mouth before tazorac, kind
  12. lb111923

    Day 315

    so i went to the derm last week, so told me that SOME (not all) of the bumps on my forehead are sebaceous hyperplasia...which you aren't normally supposed to get until you're in your 40s or 50s. lucky me! they're basically overgrown/damanged sebaceous glands, that form these flesh colored bumps that can't be popped. she put me on tazorac .1 (gel, not cream) and i've been using that every 3 nights for the past week. i had been considering upgrading retinoids anyway, and apparently they are suppos
  13. lb111923

    Day 296

    my forehead is so bumpy. i made a derm appointment for tuesday. i've been exfoliating with baking soda...i really like it but i'm definitely getting more clogged pores on my forehead. hoping it's purging because there was def still some stuff in there, but i hate waiting to find out if it's just a bad product or an initial breakout. i've also been trying to be better about taking off all my makeup before washing my face. i'm thinking about asking the derm for a stronger retinoid, toner or face w
  14. lb111923

    Day 280

    bad skin day. my forehead looks suuuper bumpy. improvement, but not great. i feel like i need to exfoliate more but my skin is so dry. thinking about going back to the derm. this is so frustrating--i feel like i'll spend my entire life trying out different things to make my skin better
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    Day 269

    quick update: ever since i switched toothpastes/starting taking my spiro with water, i have had probably 4 whiteheads in the last 3 weeks (significantly down). not sure if it's due to those changes or spiro finally taking effect--i've been reading that it can take 6 to 9 months, and i've been on it just about 9 months now. either way i'm happy! but now i'm wondering if i should switch over completely to retin-a .1 or if it's enough to just use that on my forehead. i'll have to call my derm about