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asmallchild

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  1. Been a long time visitor to this site and finally settled on a regimen that has kept me clear for >12 months Oral: Bactrim. Yeah, I go to a dermatologist who apparently doesn't mind prescribing Bactrim long-term. This is not a common practice. I am slowly tapering off Bactrim now. I have a feeling my resistance to the tetracyclines may have resulted from lack of compliance in taking the tetracyclines daily. Originally, 1 double-strength tablet a day. Now down to half a tablet a day. Soon to
  2. One tablet Bactrim DS daily Has almost completely eliminated my acne No breakouts in 12 weeks. Heck, I'd go so far as to say no acne in 12 weeks. I had a pretty nasty red boil/abscess next to my lip but it was so painful that it didn't appear to be acne-related. The question is, is it healthy to be on Bactrim for this long? I'm coming up on one year now. I've read that Bactrim DS is actually used for prophylaxis in HIV+ patients. Should I be on something so potent? Does this open the road f
  3. I've always been told to apply it in the evening. Would it make a difference if I applied it in the morning instead?
  4. I started DKR near the end of December after a horrific breakout of acne. Just wanted to let you know that I am 95% acne-free now! I started out the 1st 3 months with just DKR and Solodyn (a once daily minocycline). There was already a massive improvement from December. Even one month into the regimen, I could really start to see improvements. Unfortunately, my dermatologist noticed some clogging on my cheeks (could it be attributed to DKR? I'm not really sure) and prescribed Tazorac 0.1% gel
  5. I believe Derm 2 has it right. Tazorac is the strongest retinoid on the market. Out of curiousity, what is IB? Itching and burning?
  6. Been on Solodyn now for 3 months. Results have been astounding!! (To be fair, I started the DKR at the same time so it's hard to tell which one is kicking in) I've recently begun to relapse a bit as my dermatologist wanted to start me on Tazorac as well for the blackheads on my nose and the clogged pores on my face. I believe the roughness of the Tazorac is causing a recent rash of whitehead breakouts. But other than that, I intend to stay on the Solodyn as long as my derm deems acceptable (
  7. I am currently using 0.1% Tazorac gel. I have been experiencing quite a few breakouts since starting this about 2 weeks ago. Mostly white heads. Is this to be expected? A brief history: -MASSIVE attack in December 2006 -Antibiotics + DKR started. -By March of 2007, there was a significant improvement. Breakouts were down to one minor one every week or every other week, -However, the dermatologist wanted to push further (and noted a lot of clogged blackheads on my cheeks and nose) and prescribe
  8. I am currently using 0.1% Tazorac gel. I have been experiencing quite a few breakouts since starting this about 2 weeks ago. Mostly white heads. Is this to be expected? A brief history: -MASSIVE attack in December 2006 -Antibiotics + DKR started. -By March of 2007, there was a significant improvement. Breakouts were down to one minor one every week or every other week, -However, the dermatologist wanted to push further (and noted a lot of clogged blackheads on my cheeks and nose) and prescribe
  9. Morning: Cetaphil wash + 2.5% BP (Neutrogena OTS) + 1 pump of Cetaphil moisturizer Lunch: 1 Solodyn 90 mg tablet (it's an extended release form of minocycline) Evening: Cetaphil wash + 2.5% BP + 3 pumps of Cetaphil moisturizer + Differin gel (for the blackheads on my nose only) + Lustra (a bleaching agent for the red marks on my cheeks) FANTASTIC! I started DKR near the end of December and the results have truly been amazing! (I feel a bit guilty as I haven't posted here as much since my acn
  10. I've currently been on DKR for 6 weeks and I've found that it is working very well! I went to see my derm today, however, and he was a bit concerned about the dryness of my skin (I'm also on an antibiotic called Solodyn) He prescribed a 5.5%BP solution (supposed to be slow release and comes in a cream vehicle in order to alleviate dryness) and asked that I apply it once a day to my face instead of using the DKR. He also recommended a much smaller application. I hate to go to the derm, fork ov
  11. I've been taking Solodyn once a day. (It's a slow release format of minocycline) I use DKR in the evening and night. I apply Differin to my nose for blackheads at night only. I apply Lustra to my cheeks at night only (it's a fading cream for old red marks) For the first 2-3 weeks on Solodyn, I broke out horrifically. My acne had never been so bad. I was tempted to find a new dermatologist because the treatment was so godawful. It was at that time that I started the DKR. Ever since then, I hav
  12. I'm assuming you're talking about the lotion for moisturizing. Cetaphil certainly leaves my face feeling very shiny and oily as well (I do not believe that contributes to redness however. Redness is a result of inflammation from your acne) My only suggestion would be to use less or find a different moisturizer. While I find Cetaphil to be oily, I find it does do a fairly good job eliminating flakes so I've continued to use it.
  13. Solodyn update: The price is alleviated a bit by insurance but the copay is still considerably higher than any other antibiotic out there. I am about halfway thru my 3 month trial of Solodyn and it is working beautifully! (I still say my results are in part due to DKR but my dermatologist, obviously, would like to give the credit to Solodyn) At the end of the 3 month period, the plan is to titrate down to the 45 mg pill instead of the 90 mg pill I am on. I am still not completely acne free.
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