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  1. I am now a month into using Retin-A Micro 0.08% gel, along with Clindamycin gel or Clindamycin Topical Solution. I am still breaking out, but not as much as I was before and my skin tone looks a little better than it did before I started. I had a lot of little bumps on my forehead, between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and a few under the skin pimples that were a little big. My skin tone looked really horrible as well. I don't get huge pimple or pimples all that much any more. I think the Retin-A
  2. I am now two weeks into my new skin care routine. I have added a few different changes to my skin and makeup routine. One changed added to my skin care routine was recommended to me by my dermatologist and it is working quite well, even with my skin being sensitive to most things. She told me to add in Neutrogena Clear Pore face wash into my routine. That is a wash that she loves and usually recommends to her patients. I love this wash! It has helped so much with black heads and it has also help
  3. I just went back to my dermatologist on 11/20, after two years of trying to keep my acne under control. It was going well as long I used my topicals. I was currently on Epiduo and Aczone 5%. Unfortunately I had another flare up with my ulcerative colitis and after being put on prednisone for so long/adding in a new medication for my uc, my skin became super super sensitive to anything, even cetaphil or moisturizer. Unfortunately after this, I could no longer use Epiduo because my skin could no l
  4. Hey to everyone, I haven't been on here in a while. I have been really busy with my school work. I finally acheived clear skin during the summer 2014. I was put on Epiduo in February and Clindamycin gel in May. It took up until May for my skin to finally start clearing up and it kept getting better from there. It didn't stop breaking out until the middle of May I think. The clindamycin gel played a part in that because I can't use any other face washes besides cetaphil gentle skin wash b
  5. I am now into my 7th week of Epiduo. About two days into the 6th week my skin looked sooo terrible. I had huge pimples and tons of breakouts. I thought my skin was about to get better but it just did a total 360. My skin was a little bit more red and drier. Towards the end of the week it started to clear up but I still have some of the scarring because the breakouts happened in clusters. I ran out of my Loreal Paris Sensitive Skin face wash so I finally bought Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  6. How much BP is in Dan's wash? I would suggest Simple Rich Moisturizer. A little goes a long way and it is free of parabens and anything that would clog up pores. I had my derm take a look at it to make sure. I would suggest leaving your face damp after you wash it and taking a very time amount...dime sized probably and dotting it onto your face and then rubbing it in. It should be soaked in well by the time you leave for school in the mornings. It doesn't take long to dry...just make sure not to
  7. If you are using a retinoid I would think it would be important to wash your face with a cleanser. Have you tried Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Cereve Moisturizing Wash? If your retinoid or acne meds are not that thick on your face then I don't think there would be a problem with you washing your face with just water. I have heard of people doing it bc of how dry their skin is and it didn't make them break out or break out worse. I would say go for it but make sure the water is luke warm and
  8. My skin has come a long way since those first weeks. My skin was horribly red (looked sunburnt) and dry to the point where I could hardly move my face after I took a shower. No my skin is still really dry and still a little red. My derm told me not to use a moisturizer but I see her again in 3 weeks (at the 9 wk mark actually) so I am gonna ask her if she will change her mind bc my skin is super dry at this point and it will hardly exfoliate any more. As far as breakouts I am still breaking out
  9. I can't take any oral meds because I have Ulcerative Colitis. No antibiotics, topical antibiotics, or birth control. So I can only stick with topical prescription meds that won't efftect my UC.
  10. At the start of week 3 my skin was looking a little bit better than it did when I first started Epiduo. By the 3rd day into week 3 all hell broke loose on my face. I think I finally got the bad part of the initial breakout. My whole face was covered in acne, a few pimples were cystic, and they took a while to come to a head. I had about 13 active pimples on my face in one day....they just appeared overnight. This made me really sad and I worried that it was not working. I wanted to give up, but
  11. I agree it is great so far and yeah the epiduo was causing me cysts but so far they have completely stopped.
  12. My experience with Epiduo is going well so far. Going into week 2 my face was really red and very sensitive to almost anything. I had to keep manually exfoliating my face with my fingers in the shower because of the peeling and how dry it became. Also it didn't matter how long I waited after washing my face, the epiduo burned after I applied it and continued to burn for about 20 minutes after application. As far as breakouts go, my face started breaking out more in week 2. I guess it is more
  13. I just went to a new derm a week ago and she prescribed me Epiduo. Everyday I wash with Loreal sensitive skin, non-medicated wash and at night I apply a pea sized amount of Epiduo. I have Ulcerative Colitis so unfortunately I am unable to take any oral meds because of the condition of my UC. Before I started Epiduo my entire face was broken out. There was not a even a spot on my face that was clear. I didn't have but like 2 or three cystic pimples. The rest were clogged pores, like little ti
  14. Thank you so much for your advice! That kind of calms me down a little. Lol. I am freaking out right now because my skin is a little red and I have broken out some since I have started using it. I understand that it has to bring everything to the surface and I haven't used a retinoid for about a month before I started Epiduo. By Thursday night I will be a week into Epiduo so hopefully I can see a little improvement. *fingers crossed* I am just lucky I am on spring break right now so I don't have
  15. I am kind of bummed because I am on spring break from college right now. I am hiding in my apartment because of how bad my skin looks. I am too embarrased for my friends to see how bad my skin looks without makeup....so no pool time or beach time for me this spring break. So I finally decided to go to a new dermatologist last Thursday. My last one kept prescribing me stuff that either dried my skin out too much, burned it or gave me a allergic reaction. I went through loads of prescription