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  1. Extremely long-time lurker... very occasional poster. I feel like I should post this, as it may be helpful for other long-term suffers who have had no success treating their acne. About me: 34 year old male living in New York City, 180 lbs. I am in good physical health and exercise regularly. I have had acne for over 15 years. Background: I started getting bad skin in my late teens. Although it's got better since my early 20s, until recently I've had consistently very oily skin (part
  2. I, too, had an earache and was prescribed Augmentin - had exactly the same effect on me. However Augmentin's a really powerful antibiotic, and shouldn't be used for protracted periods. Also, antibiotics can damage your natural immune defenses so when you stop taking them your acne may get works. Unfortunately, in my case, bad skin returned a week of two after stopping...
  3. Are you using the cream or gel? The gel is much more drying. I'd recommend using the cream first, and then migrating to the gel as your body begins to tolerate it. Also, Tazorac is pretty much the strongest topical out there, so this is a fairly standard reaction.
  4. Wrong, accutane clears your acne completely!! Sure you may see some little white bumps and others harmless stuff under your skin but to the naked eye, your skin is flawless. He quoted me a 90% success rate for cystic, but said I was unlikely to come near that percentage... Hmm.
  5. That's what I reckon.... I'm sure he just simply thinks my case doesn't warrant all the hassle and possible side effects of accutane, so uses it as a way to persuade me out of it. Also, in terms of cystic vs mild efficacy, I'm sure it's merely a function of personal perception: I think people who've had cystic acne generally fell cured, even if they still have mild acne...
  6. Hi, I'm a 26 year old male, and have had acne since I was about 18. The severity has fluctuated but is now what my derm describes as quite mild. I am currently on tazorac, which has cleared up most of my face, except for my forehead and nose, both of which are very oily (I have to de-shine several times a day!) and my forehead has a great deal of small, red spots, mainly on the sides. I've tried all the available meds, with little success. While my acne is hardly severe and you may think me i
  7. Guys - I've been using Tazorac for the past two months, and it's been a huge success (see my post)... however, like most of these drugs, it works in different ways for different people and some people will have more success than others, sadly. Haley: sorry it doesn't seem to be working out for you. My only other suggestion is to NOT pay too much attention to your face (avoid the mirror if possible!) and don't aggravate your skin with too many products. Most of the products you mention will do
  8. Hi I'm 26 years old, and had really ordinary skin ever since I was 17, characterised by a very oily forehead and nose, as well as lots of random breakouts, usually on my forehead. I've tried pretty much everything (Dan's regime, Proactive, Differin, minocyclin) with very limited success. Dan's regime worked briefly but then I started getting large, cystic lumps on my cheeks after about 2 months so I had to discontinue. I went to the dermatologist about two months ago, and asked him if I coul
  9. I know I've posted about this before, but it's driving me crazy. I'm 25 years old, and have always had reasonably bad skin, particularly on my forehead, which has been bumpy and oily. I've been on the Regimen for several months now and it's had (largely) a very positive effect on my skin. I've been following it EXACTLY to Dan's instructions. My face is now significantly smoother, less oily and my forehead looks perfect. However, for some reason, I seem to get these large, painful red "mosquit
  10. Thanks man, appreciate it. take care..