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Bkatlynn26

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  1. Yes, my breakouts are very mild, and the Retin A cream has worked for me until the derm switched me to the micro, which I was told it was less irritating, so I'm a bit confused with that. For me, the Retin A is the only thing that helps keep my skin clear. Just need to figure out if the cream or micor is the better choice, especially in the long run.

  2. I'm curious which is better between the micro or the cream? I've been using the cream .025% since November and didn't have many problems just a little dying so my derm switched me to the micro .04% and my goodness it has done a whammy on me! I broke out on my chin which I haven't had in 4 mths, and I started peeling, so what gives? I thought the micro was suppose to be less irritating? Why would it cause a breakout?

    Also, does anyone know if one is better than the other the micro vs. the cream in the long run in treating acne and what about the strengths, is a higher strength better? Hope someone can shed some light here.

    Allison

  3. I know this is not the Retin A forum, but they don't seem to be answering posts over there so I figured I'd give it a try over here. I'm curious which is better between the micro or the cream? I've been using the cream .025% since November and didn't have many problems just a little dying so my derm switched me to the micro .04% and my goodness it has done a whammy on me! I broke out on my chin which I haven't had in 4 mths, and I started peeling, so what gives? I thought the micro was suppose to be less irritating? Why would it cause a breakout?

    Also, does anyone know if one is better than the other the micro vs. the cream in the long run in treating acne and what about the strengths, is a higher strength better? Hope someone can shed some light here.

    Allison

  4. I've been using Retin A cream .025% since november and it has done an excellent job with clearing my skin, well 2 days ago the dermatologist switched me to Retin A micro 0.04% and all of a sudden I have 2 pimples on my chin area, and they hurt! This has NEVER happened with the Retin A cream, also, i noticed i'm peeling in that same area! What the heck is going on?! Could this be a reaction from switching to the gel? He told me the gel was less drying and irritating, so what gives?

    The only other new thing I've been using is Cetaphil gentle cleanser, could that be causing any breakouts? Hope someone can help! Thanks.

    Allison

  5. does jhonsons baby powder(the white one) cloges pores? Is it ok to use it to my pimple prone face?

    I've been using Johnsons baby powder for years to set my foundation and have never heard of it causing breakouts. Now, in my 20's I used it gernerally all over my face when i wanted to achieve that "Matte" look and at that time i didn't have any breakouts. When i got into my 30's I backed off the powder in certain areas like around my mouth and chin because they seem to be more dry and the powder will only increase that.

    However, I still to this day, every day put a little in the T Zone, and a little on my forehead which gives a nice smoothe, non oily appearence. I have never had any breakouts in this area. It really is a great product, as long as your not allergic to talc. I use the one that says "Pure conrstarch with aloe & vitamin E" Also, you want to be careful on how much you use, because it can turn you white, lol, I've made that mistake before. But, make-up artist have been using it for years to set the foundation, and it really does work, just be cautios on how much you use.

  6. Yes! I'm 32,so having dry skin makes me look older too (cant have that!!!)

    LOL...I'm getting a humidifer this week.My hands are the worst,but everything is dry and sore.

    I had to skip a day with my retin-A it got so bad and that seemed to help some...hopefully it wont break me out.I'm due to go back to my derm too,so I'll ask too.

    Thanks all for the advice.You guys rock ;)

  7. I have just noticed within the past week or so my face has gotten dryer and more sensitive due to the weather getting very cold here and its really bothering me as well! I am also on Retin A and was doing so great until this cold weather kicked in, its also giving me tons of static in my hair too! LOL Anyway, I've been sitting here debating whether to back of the Retin A a little, because even with my favorite lotion CeraVe, its still not helping. I'm just scared of my face breaking out if I back off. However, you ever notice the dyer your skin, the worse everything looks, almost like it magnifies all imperfections!

    Good thing is i go back to the Derm on the 26th for a follow up so I plan on asking him what the best coarse of action is. But, I think any acne med, espeically Retin A during winter mths can be drying and more irritating. For those of you using a cool mist humidifier, let us know if that works, at this point i will try anything! There has to be an answer for this!

    Allison

  8. If I were you i would seriuosly rethink the Mirena. Last yr when I was researching bc, I researched the Mirena because my doc really wanted me to do it, well THANK GOD I did because i found numerous boards with posts of women complaining that it caused MASSIVE acne breakouts with some women, and some were saying they never had problems with acne before. i mean to tell you there were so many complaints about this it was horrifying! Another thing I noticed is most of these women were saying that even when they had it removed it took several mths for their skin to clear up.

    Well, i asked my doctor and he said yes it can cause acne with some people, so I said "Thanks but no thanks!" The only thing I can take is the minipill but thats ONLY when I'm using Retin A.

    I would definately ask your doc about this, because imo, bc is not worth ruining your skin! Good luck, and let us know what your doc says. Take care

    Allison

  9. Where I live I was told 3 mos which I thought was crazy, but let me tell you what i did, i called twice a day every day to see if there were any cancellations and guess what I got in within a mth! They told me this: "Its the people who are diligent with calling every day get in." So, what can it hurt by trying this! Six mths will seem like an eternity when sufferning with breakouts! So go ahead and try, because i gurantee eventually there will be a cancelled apt.! So get to calling! Good luck!!!

    Allison

  10. I've never been on the depo, but I have heard horrible things about it, like weight gain, and yes acne! I am currently on the mini pill and that tentds to aggrevate breaouts but the ONLY way I can take it and have clear skin is by using Retin A. Let me tell you this, i started using Retin A .05% last year and went through about 4 weeks of peeling and redness and then it got better and my skinwas clear as well. Well, the summer rolled around and I decided to take a break (BIG mistake), one mth after quitting I got hit with bad breakouts and it took me awhile to get into the my derm who had to put me on antibiotics and bp cleansers and treatment to clear my skin, which worked rather quickly. i then started back on the Retin A but at a milder form, .025% and I hardly had any redness or peeling and believe me I have the worst sensitive skin!!! Its been since November since I started the Retin A and I'm happy to report my skin has stayed clear and has a very nice glow to it! I absolutely LOVE Retin A, and if you give it a chance it can really do wonders, you just have to give it time, with some people it takes atleast 6 mos to see good results. But it is my miricale worker! And it allows me to take the mini pill with no skin problems!

    If I were you I would really reconsider the depo and maybe discess with your doc other types of bc pills, they have ones that are suppose to help with breakouts. But, i can tell you that I was right there were you were a couple mths ago and it was terrible suffering with breakouts every day. But, hang in there it gets better once you find what wokrs best for you.

    Good luck

    Allison

  11. Hello,

    I am on a new regimen for the last 3 weeks and while it's helping keep new breakouts somewhat at bay, the bad thing is my skin has become VERY DRY.

    Here is my current regimen

    AM

    wash with just water or Cetaphil cleanser

    Smooth Glycolic pad over face

    apply finacea to help reduce redness and scars

    moisturize with Purpose

    apply make up (all oil free)

    Spironolactone 25mg

    PM

    wash with cetaphil cleanser

    Smooth Glycolic pad over face

    apply Duac (bp and clindamycin combo)

    apply differin gel

    apply netrogena on the spot BP

    moisturize with Purpose

    Spironolactone 25mg

    I am 39 y/o and prior to the regimen couldn't see any wrinkles on my face. Now since adding BP at night my skin is very dry and flaky and my face looks dry, stretched, and prune like in the area where I spot treat with the BP - on my chin and lower face area.

    I tihink I am using too much BP but I notice the more you put on the more it does shrink up the nasties. But I think it's irriating my skin in other ways...

    The regimen is working at keeping oil production down but I don't want to trade big ugly zits for prune like wrinkly skin. WTF, can't I ever just have normal skin??

    Can anyone recommend a good heavy duty oil free moisturizer that will NOT clog my pores or make me break out? The Purpose moisturizer has worked for me for years but not with my current regimen.

    Thanks in advance,

    Green

    Hello, in reading your post the first thing that came to my mind is that you may possibly be overloading your skin with too many different products. Of course I'm no dem, but those are a lot of different products.

    I can tell you this though, I'm 35 and was sufferning with adult acne and constantly had dry skin, with EVERY moisturizing lotion breaking me out and then my derm recommended CeraVE lotion, which was developed by dermatologists and it works to moisturize, restore and maintain a protective skin barrier. Let me tell you this stuff is AWESOME!!!! I have tried all kinds of lotion with no luck, but this stuff really works and it WONT cause breakouts! I even used it along with my Retin A and got great results, and my skin is clear now. Check it out on the reviews here, it got excellent reviews, and you can find it at Walgreens. Give it a try, you won't be sorry!

    Good luck!

    Allison

  12. Managed to get into the dermatologist yesterday, my appt. wasn't until next week, they had a cancelation so I got lucky. Anyway, of course I was diagnosed with "Adult acne" but a mild case, and I have a lot of hyperpigmentation, those darn red spots that take forever to heal. He told me to stay away from Plastic surgeons offices and Esthiticians, because they are only out for your money and sell you products, good for make up but not for skin, and the PS are good for tummy tucks and breast augmentation NOT for skin, lesson learned.

    So, anyway, here's what he prescribed me: An antibiotic Minocycline 100mg (said that would clear up the red spots), Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Creamy wash (use 2x a day),Clindamycin 1% lotion (use at night before bed), and Differin 0.1% (use at bed time). Now, I have to say I'm not so sure I agree with using the Differin vs 0.025% Retin A, because from all that I've read theres not a lot of difference between these 2 products except, that after the red/peeeling stage, the Retin A gives you nice glowing skin and improves texture of skin(thats what it did for me) where the Differin just clears acne, correct me if I'm wrong, please! I still have a few tubes left of the Retin A 0.025, so I'm debating.

    I explained how I was worried my skin was damaged because how dry it was and it didn't look so healthy in the area where I was broken out and he said he thinks it just needs time to heal, and he wants to see me back in 2 mths and if there's any damage then he can do Fraxil laser, about 3 sessions would correct anything. I told him that I have not read good reviews on that procedure and he said that the person needs to know what they are doing which he does and has done a lot of patients with no complaints, all had good results. He took a pic of my face and said, I just want to be able to compare so when you come back you can see the difference, but he things my skin will heal just fine.

    So, that will be my treatment for now and we'll see how it goes. One thing is for sure, I will, unfortunately need to be on Acne produtcs for the rest of my life, I mean, my mother is in her late 60's and STILL gets a pimple here and there, ain't genetics great?! I've also learned that babies who have "Baby acne" are more likely to develope acne as they get older, which is not good all 4 of my kids have had this, some mild and some severe, so this is what I have to look forward to! Anyway, thats my update, if anyone has any info on any of the meds I'm using or the difference between that Differin and Retin A please let me know, thanks!

    Allison

  13. Hello everyone, I am currently haveing breakouts, ever since I quit using Retin A back in June which I used for 6 mths and wonderful results! Anyway, like a fool I quit because it was summer time and now I am regretting it. I just now got back from my dermatologist and I was a little dissapointed in that he is putting me on Differn and not Retin A. I know I'm having problems with dry skin right now and I figured that was why he decided to go that route, however, doesn't Differin have similar side effects? I am so confused and nervous on trying something new when the Retin A worked for me so well before, but do I dare go against doctors oders? Does Differin improve skin like Retin A? Any advice? Thank you.

    Allison

  14. Hello everyone, I am currently haveing breakouts, ever since I quit using Retin A back in June which I used for 6 mths and wonderful results! Anyway, like a fool I quit because it was summer time and now I am regretting it. I just now got back from my dermatologist and I was a little dissapointed in that he is putting me on Differn and not Retin A. I know I'm having problems with dry skin right now and I figured that was why he decided to go that route, however, doesn't Differin have similar side effects? I am so confused and nervous on trying something new when the Retin A worked for me so well before, but do I dare go against doctors oders? Does Differin improve skin like Retin A? Any advice? Thank you.

    Allison

  15. Hello everyone, I'm new here and would like to join, if you don't mind. My name is Allison and here's my story: I just turned 35 yrs old and ever since I turned 30 I've struggled with break outs off and on that seem to be getting worse. I like many of you have tried a lot of these products that claim to work, like Proactive and OTC kits, but I really started getting serious about trying more expensive products last yr, thinking they would help. So, last October I went to a Plastic surgeons office and the Aesthetician there put me on a system called "Obagi Nuderm with Retin A" this stuff was suppose to clear my skin up and get rid of all those red marks left behind from acne as well as improve my skins overall texture. Well, I gave that a try and to my amazement, after about 6 weeks I found it did help with clearing my skin, and took care of those red marks, but that took much longer (about 4 mths), my skin also had a nice glow to it. However, I have sensitive skin and the Obagi nuderm system along with the Retin A was a little too much for me, so I discontinued that system after 4mths but kept up with the Retin A and my skin stayed nice and clear for all those mths. I mean every once in awhile I'd have a little breakout, but they were the small ones and they would be gone the next day! It was wonderful not having to worry about when I was going to get a break out of those large painful ones that take forever to get rid of!

    Anyway, the summer rolled around and I knew I'd be out in the pool a lot and knowing how Retin A causes sun sensitivity, I decided to give it a break, BIG MISTAKE! I guess I actually believed my skin was cured and that I'd be ok, but it wasn't. About a mth later I started having breakouts again. So, I went back to the Aesthetician who put me on an Acne system called Obagi Clenziderm, which is a system of Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide and it cleared up my face initially, but then they started coming back the very next week, but worse than that it was like someone set off a bomb on my face it was SO RED and DRY, I could hardly stand it! When I reported it to the lady she said to keep plugging away that my skin would eventually get use to it. So, I did that for the next 2 wks and my skin got so bad that after washing my face, I couldn't talk it was so tight!, and I started noticing little speckles of blood on my face along with flaking. After that,I knew it was time to stop and call a Dermatologist. However when I called they told me they couldn't get me in for over 2 mths, so here I've sat for the last few mths desperately trying find a moisturizer that would help my skin and not break me out. I've tried Avenno soap bar for dry sensitive skin and it broke me out HORRIBLY! I then tried products from Avon, even proactive green tea moisturizer all which broke me out!

    Sorry so long, but this is the worst my skin has ever looked and I've never been so embarrassed in my life! Its like I just want to dig a hole and get in it until my face clears up, it has literally devastated my self esteem! My face is constantly broken out and extremely dry on top of that, and it just looks awful, I can't stand looking in the mirror. The only way I can get it looking semi decent is if I pile on the make up which ends up looking a mess couple of hours later! It has put me in a bad mood which my husband doesn't understand (he's never had a blemish in his life!) So, here I sit feeling horrible about myself, really angry about discontinuing the Retin A in the first place, but afraid to start it up without seeing the doctor, which thank the goodness, is next Friday, but still seems like an eternity away! I just don't understand why I have these breakouts at my age, I never had this problem in my 20's!

    Anyway, sorry I've written so much but if feels good to be able to share my story with people I know can understand what I'm going through! Thanks for listening.

    Allison

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