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Everything posted by fletch1978

  1. hey joker...so sorry to hear about the myriad of derm problems you seem to be having when did you stop using the retin-a? i know that its a real bummer that with topical retinoids, ince you stop using them, your skin (sometimes rather quickly) reverts back to its pre-treatment state. i hope you don't revert that quickly! as for the blocked pores, i doubt the clindamycin will help get rid of them, but it could certainly keep them from becoming inflamed, which is always a good thing glad to hear
  2. hey space...sorry that youre feeling down. i know its hard waiting for a treatment to start working. with an antibiotic, i think its wise to give it at least 2 months before you see whether or not its working for you. also, i was wondering why you stopped using any topical creams? oral antibiotics can be great, but i think theyre consistently shown to work better when used along with a topical medication, like the ones you listed above. but i understand not wanting to do to much and not know wha
  3. hey matt...wow, looks like your doc is being really, really aggressive in treating you! 3 topical meds, all started at the same time, if i understood your post correctly? i have no experience with plexion or duac, but know that they are pretty common for mild to moderate acne, and the retin-a is also a common topical retinoid, which IMHO, is really whats going to be the power-house here. but it's going to take some time. i'm glad to see youre using some of the gentler cleansing products and a go
  4. i'm sorry you're having a rough go of it but what youre going through is par for the course when you use a topical retinoid like differin. if you look at it from a treatment perspective, the IB is a good sign that the differin is working, so now its time to play the waiting game and see how long it lasts and how long before you start to see (positive) results. i hope youre on your way out of the IB now, and that clear skin is only a few weeks away best of luck, and keep us posted!
  5. ok, so i might be throwing monkey wrench into my regimen, and if i am, then i know what to go back to. i am turning in the tretinoin cream in exchange for tazorac cream. i'm doing this after a long debate with myself because i've heardand read studies about the tazorac being *significantly* better at treating closed comedones (ie blackheads) than tretinoin. it also has mild antinflammatory properties, something which the tretinoin does not. i have the better part of 3/4 of a tube of the tretino
  6. not for nothing, but it looks like your skin is doing fine. your IB looks much much tamer compared to mine, and i understand the heartbreak that happens during this time period. i think you're skin type (from what i can tell from the photos) is exactly the type of skin that will respond nicely to the retin-a. youre well into it now, so don't worry about it getting worse, cause it probably wont. btw, are you using a sunblock in the am? just wondering because when your using a topical retinoid,
  7. hmm...i think benzyl alcohol is one of the 'ok' alcohols in terms of skin, in that its not like denatured alcohol or SD alcohol, which are the drying, awful for your skin types. but good to know its a nice product thanks for answering my question!
  8. so, its been almost 3 weeks on the mino, and was wondering if the side-effects have gotten any better for you? i'm glad to hear youre seeing results from the mino, but still a bit worried about the difficulty swallowing side effect youve been having. if its not intolerable, which it sounds like its not, then perhaps its something youd learn to live with in exchange for the benefits. i do hope it clears up soon, though...it shouldn't have to be uncomfortable in any way to have to control your acn
  9. in my experience, my doc didn't exactly say that *nothing* else would work in case my acne was or became resistant to the minocycline, but as far as the other tetracyclines, i think its fair to assume you may have cross-tolerance (ie no efficacy). though, there a a number of studies out there that say that mino is not the strongest, its often just thought of that way, and that most antibiotics do most of their work re their antiinflammatory actions anyways. however, my doc hinted that bactrim is
  10. hey britt...can't leave a long post cause i'm running late for work, but just wanted to say that you're doing great you're at the most difficult stage right now, the point where most people give up. DON'T DO IT! i think you can count on clear skin by new year's...if not sooner. best of luck, and keep checking in. talk to you later
  11. week 12 - so this is it. this is the the time period that one is supposed to wait to see if their treatment is working. and, i'm happy to say, it is. it's working BRILLIANTLY i'm still applying the tretinoin every night, i stopped the topical clindamycin and cut back the mino to one 100mg capsule in the evening. now as i write this, i'm concerned about the slow drop off of the mino. did the tretinoin work as well as it would have without the mino? is long term tretinoin going to be enough to ke
  12. glad to see the lymecycline has been helping...as far as i know, in a few more weeks you should be seeing the full effect of the antibiotic. i know medicine is practiced differently in the uk than here in the us, and that antibiotics seemed to be prescribed in 3 or 4 month courses there. here, most docs keep patients on antibiotics long term, as long as they continue to help and aren't causing problems. and youre absolutely right...an oral antibiotic is no substitute for a good topical treatmen
  13. phew! its good to know that youre not in harms way. thanks for the update, and i hope that you finish adjusting to the mino soon! now you have to promise to keep us posted on the results you get from the mino best of luck!
  14. i agree with tupac on this issue. if you're prone to ingrown hairs from shaving, then hot water, gel shaving cream, steamy hot water and a sharp 2 or 3 blade razor is a must. it may not eliminate all of the problem, but it will certainly help ALOT. also, try putting on a glycolic acid product after you shave. it may burn and sting for a few seconds, but thats normal. the glycolic acid will help your skin shed dead skin cells faster and lessen the chance of an ingrown hair. topical antibiotics ar
  15. i know that as adult men, we're in the minority when it comes to acne. i forgot the age brackets, but sometime around 30 i think is the oldest men usually have acne till. and most by 25 have all but completely stopped breaking out. sucks hardcore that i turned 30 this year and i'm still dealing with it...and if it weren't for the fact that i breakout on my shoulders alot, i'd say that going minimalist is the way to go. but.......i'm not so lucky. i'm happy that it's worked for some of the men he
  16. i know that galderma (the makers of differin) always touted the fact that differin was much better tolerated than the other retinoids, and i think that studies have shown this to be true. so the burning, peeling, redness, flakiness, scaling and general ick that can happen with retinoids is nowhere near as prevalent with differin. i dont think that it means its not working, but that youre lucky to avoid those pretty awful side effects people get when first starting retinoid treatment! and yeah, i
  17. np about the support...just ask anytime and i'd be more than happy to help if i can. i think youre wise to say that you'll deal with the scars after youre clear, because it makes no sense to try to fade scars if you keep getting more of them! for me, though, the tretinoin actually has helped alot in fading old scars and any new ones that form go away much faster now. i think the tretinoin is actually a good treatment for scarring, as well as for acne, so you get a 2 in 1 benefit just a word of
  18. btw, you may want to post this in the 'topical retinoids' section because that is a section solely dedicated to discussions about topical retinoids, like differin. you'll most likely get more responses there!
  19. hey, welcome to the wonderful world of topical retinoids its good to see that youre easing youre way into the differin, giving youre skin time to adjust. if you have particularly sensitive skin, then this is a great way to go. if not, i wouldn't be to afraid of applying the differin maybe every other night, as differin is MUCH better tolerated than other drugs in its class (like retin-a and tazorac). one of differin's mode of actions is to unseat any comedones and microcomedones you have in you
  20. nah, you'll be fine. if you missed a few weeks, i'd say you may breakout a bit, but since youre on the retin-a, you may not even need the mino. of course don't stop the mino, just saying youll be fine. oops...realized that this was a few days old :/ my bad. youre already back on the mino, huh? my bad!
  21. amazing yaz your photos are definitely like an advertisement for retin-a. i am at week 11, so i'm trailing you by about 5 weeks, but the results seem to be consistent with yours. i NEVER thought tretinoin could work this well! but you are definitely testament to the fact that topical retinoids can and do work. wish you the best with continued success
  22. hey elisadds...i to take minocycline 100mg 2X daily. i never had any side-effects to speak of with the exception of some dizziness and general 'spacey' feelings for the first week or so. that said, if you are having trouble swallowing, i would stop taking the meds until your doc gets back to you. it's not worth risking your health! and no one wants to see you end up, god forbid, in the ER due to a severe allergic reaction. i would like to point out that i am not in any way, shape or form a medic
  23. thank you SO much for your support i've been starting to worry that no one was reading this anymore... haha i have some questions for you accutane-wise, if you have the time to answer them. did you have body acne? did you take any vitamins or anything with them? what were your dosages like? how long ago did you take them? also, well, i don't have very dry skin and i sometimes get eczema. as someone who's taken accutane, what would your opinion be on taking it? no problem on t
  24. sorry for the late reply! it sounds like you're on a pretty typical combo of meds, using a topical retinoid with an oral antibiotic. now the topical cream youre using also has erythromycin in it, so youre getting a double whammy of antibiotics. ive heard mixed reviews about doing this, as some say it can lead to faster resistance, although i'm not positive about that, so take that with a grain of salt. the other ingredient in the topical is tretinoin, aka retin-a. it can actually make your acne
  25. hey...kudos on the cetaphil its what i use, and seeing how its basically thick water, you cant go wrong with it (unless you are allergic to parabens). about your question...differin is stable in the presence of benzoyl peroxide, so its ok to use together. in fact, i think there is a product that combines the two together either out now or in the pipeline. that being said, i do think that the differin is 'usually' applied once a day, 'usually' at night. if youre doc said to apply 2X daily, then