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  1. Hey guys, I have been using differin for just over 3 months. Most of my face is clear (or almost) except my right cheek is covered is small cysts! I am wondering whether anyone else got a big cyst breakout as their last big bang of the initial breakout? (I usually rarely get cysts...) I recently experimented with fish oil and found out the hard way that it makes me breakout..so that may be related.. I guess I'm just wondering if anyone out there has stuck it out past the 3 months on differin and seen positive results? I really want this to work..and it looks like it might...just getting worried that I am still having a pretty bad breakout.. thanks!
  2. From personal experience which has worked better for you? DIFFERIN or RETIN A?? Can you tell us why either one has worked best for you???
  3. Through my most difficult times I was reading through acne.org forums and I promised myself that if I ever cleared up my acne for good I would make an account and share my story. I first started getting acne when I was 10. At first it was only a bunch of tiny bumps on my forehead that weren't noticeable until you came up close. In the following two years, it developed into severe cystic acne over my entire face but somehow it didn't get to me too much, probably since I was still quite young and I didn’t care much about my appearance. My mom took me to see the GP for the first time when I was in 8th grade and I was prescribed birth control. It took a while to work but eventually I only had one or two pimples on my face at a time. During this time I also used proactive which didn't really do much. Around the time I started high school, the tiny bumps on my forehead came back but it was nothing I couldn't deal with. I switched to the Exposed Skin Care regimen and bought myself a Clarisonic. Everything was under control until I turned 14. The acne on my forehead became bigger and redder so I went back to the GP and was prescribed Differin. It took about two months to clear up the bulk of it. However, a few months later the cystic acne returned over my face and I felt extremely insecure about it. They were painful red bumps that were really noticeable and it even with makeup it looked terrible. This time, I begged my mom to take me to see the GP again. The GP prescribed me with tetracycline which I took for about 6 months and by the end my skin was the clearest it had been in 4 years. I definitely took this for granted. My skin had stayed clear for a solid period of time and I got used to having only the occasional pimple. When the acne came back in full force after only a few months of stopping the antibiotics it hit me harder than ever. I became extremely depressed. I hid in my room, cried a lot and lashed out at my parents constantly. In complete honesty, I felt the way I did partly because I had credited an easier life to having clear skin. I don't believe acne can prevent you from accomplishing something but because I am not a strong person, it took away my confidence and prevented me from doing a lot of things. Anyway, I booked an appointment with my GP and spent a month in my room just counting down the days until I could receive some sort of treatment. I cried every single day. When the day finally came, my GP gave me epiduo (or tactupump depending on where you’re from). I used it religiously, praying that it would work. It made my skin raw and painful to the touch. The pain made me even more frustrated and I would just cry and cry. Eventually, my skin got used to the epiduo and it would only become slightly irritated when I applied it. But still, the acne was as bad as ever. By this time my senior year had started and I spent the days hiding away and never looking anyone in the eye. I honestly felt so ugly all of the time. When I went for my follow-up the next month, my GP switched my birth control and put me back on antibiotics with a low dose for a shortened 3 months and told me to continue using the epiduo. When I ran out of the pills I would cry worrying that it would come back. I read people’s horror stories saying the acne always came back since antibiotics are never a permanent solution. I eventually realized I was wasting my time and stressing myself out for no reason. And funny enough, my acne hasn’t come back since. I’m still using epiduo every night because I’ll always be a little paranoid but it doesn’t bother my skin anymore. I use Shiseido face wash (since I realized Exposed Skin Care also didn’t really do anything) and Eucerin calming cream in the morning. My skin has become quite sensitive so I use sheet masks regularly and I stay away from any sort of clay mask that is supposed to combat acne. No change in diet has ever greatly impacted my skin throughout my struggle with acne, but it might be helpful to note that I don’t drink milk because I absolutely hate the taste. Now, I go bare faced almost everyday. I hope this was helpful to somebody. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. I’d be happy to explain any part in detail since I did try to condense 7 years into a few paragraphs. Good luck.
  4. Hey guys, I’m currently on Differin 0.3% and Minocycline 100mg twice daily. I’ve been on the Differin for 3 months and the mino for less than 2 weeks. The Differin was doing absolutely nothing but ruining my skin, and the mino has helped me out a lot. BUT, I’m still getting new pimples every day, and I’m not too fond of the Minocycline. I’m looking for people who have transitioned straight from retinoids and/or Minocycline into Accutane and if you had an initial breakout? My face is FILLED with PIH (literally jaw and cheeks are almost as much PIH as normal skin) and I really would like to avoid another severe breakout, or at least know what I am getting into so I can mentally prepare.
  5. First off, I am so sorry for constantly asking questions! I'm just kind of freaking out, because I've been reading too much... So, my derm prescribed me Differin 0.3 gel and Clindamycin for comedones and whiteheads on my forehead and cheeks. I am on my third week, and I have noticed a bit of an IB. Sadly, I haven't noticed any changes with the whiteheads/comedones, and I am really worried that the Differin won't help with those, because I've read many people saying that it didn't help them. I'm just really sick of all the bumps, and I hate the uncertainty of it all. I know I'm only on my third week, but the anticipation is killing me. Thanks for your answers!
  6. Exactly 1 year ago I finally went to a dermatologist for acne that had suddenly onset 6 months ago on my cheeks- painful, "pustule" like, and AHA's and Clarisonic were not working. I tried Adapalene, antibiotics, retin-a, and birth control (in that order). At one point I was on antibiotics and retin-a, and my acne did not clear completely till I started birth control. Now, about 3 months after stopping birth control, my acne is starting to come back. I am still using retin-a and keeping up with the same skin-care routine. It is not as bad as it once was, however, I don't think i should accept the situation considering I had perfectly clear skin for months. Should I go back to my dermatologist? Has anyone else had a similar experience?- if so, what did your dermatologist recommend?
  7. Hi all For the past year I've used differin and lymecycline, Epiduo and doxycycline and now Duac and Epiduo. Apart from the Epiduo and doxycycline which worked for a few weeks none of these products have been working and I want to give the acne.org regimen a go. Will it work for me? Right now I have mild to moderate acne with very small bumps and whiteheads.
  8. ellejaysays

    Doctors Bound

    Today I went to the doctors about my skin. I ment my grandfather in the waiting room, who commented that my face was a mess. Immediately I wanted to run home and hide (any bravado I'd managed to work up going there without make up was instantly shot down). Anyways. The doctor took a look, and said that the acne wasn't going to go away on it's own without medicine. She prescirbed me an oral antibiotic and a gel for nighttime. I'm returning next week for a blood test. This might seem completely unrelated (or maybe totally related, I'm not sure). My mum has an overactive thyroid condition. She suggested I got checked because I've been showing symptoms of that (sweating, hand shaking, heart racing - good times). When I mentioned this to my doctor, she said that my skin could also be caused by that? This is the first I've heard on that but I thought it was worth mentioning here. Well, I left the doctors feeling pretty deflated. As mentioned before I'm not very comfortable taking medicine. I don't like the idea of putting something into my body that I don't know much about. As soon as I got home I started reading some reviews of the medicines. Tetralysal and Differin respectively. After reading these reviews and talking to my mother, I've decided, regardless of whatthe doctor says, to dry Differin on it's own first. Now, that might seen crazy to some people. However, I mentioned last week that I'd tried various 3 step systems. After having a skin test in boots last week, the specialist said my skin was severely dehydrated and that 3 step acne systems will not make a difference. Since then I have switched to using a vichy cleanser and moisturiser. No acne treatments or specialities at all. A lot of the inflammation I was having has gone down since then. I'm not a medical expert. In fact my knowledge of medicine is slim to none. But unless this is a fluke, I see a tie between those products and my acne. My flare ups only got particularly bad at Christmas when I started using pro-active, and I'd been using the clinique 3 step system from february until now with no change. A week after ceasing this, the acne decreases. Coincidence? I'm still not certain, but I'm not convinced that antibiotics are the best route for me just yet. Any input on this would be welcome (always welcome). Am I making a smart choice?
  9. masterwong888

    Week 6.1

    From the album: Acne Progress

    Start of new medication oxytetracycline with differin cream 0.1%. I would say, not much has changed however, i have stopped breaking out as much and so i'm guessing the meds are working.

    © by ME! >.<

  10. Hey is it okay to use Differin at night and Sudocrem in the morning? (with using Vaseline in between) And washing my face with manuka honey soap?
  11. Let's see I guess i'll start off by giving you a little idea of who I am. I'm a twenty something year old who works with dogs in sunny Southern California. I enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. My favorite things to do are hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking You name it! I've always struggled with hormonal acne, but not until a couple years ago I started breaking out with tiny little nodules under my skin, and soon they spread ALL over my cheeks, and chin. Thanks to adulthood I successfully achieved a full blown case of adult acne. I've tried EVERY home remedy you can think of (honey&lemon, rose water, tea tree, caster oil etc) and I've spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter products but what I've struggled with most is my self-esteem. I've never felt more uncomfortable in my skin than I do right now. Three days ago I finally walked into my first dermatologist office. I felt nervous, but excited that I was potentially on my way to clear skin. She walked in, and had me sit under a bright light, and quickly glanced over my face. She explained to me that I had a moderate case of cystic acne, and there were different options we could take. She asked what products i've been using. (cetaphil gentle skin cleanser, arithmetic acne control complex, Murad Oil Control mattifier, and rose water) I was doing everything right, but for someone with "normal" skin. We went over how Accutane works, and how it could be an option. I didn't like hearing all the side effects, but it was music to my ears when she said "It could go away for good. We both decided that it was best for me to try some other medications before taking the plunge into the crazy wold of Accutane. So My journey begins with an antibiotic called Doxycyline Hyclate 100mg, and a gel called Differin 0.1%.
  12. Hi does anyone know whether you can use differin along with a moisturiser that contains aha/bha? I am using a moisturiser by Avene which contains these but am planning to go back to either differin or retin A as my skin looked best using them - but I still want the exfoliating effects from the Avene! Thanks!
  13. I've been using Differin .3 and .1 for a year now. I know that Differin still works for me because I've gone off it for a week before and my skin got worse. But I feel like it's less effective then it was in the beginning. Has anyone else experienced this? Did you try switching to Retin A or Tazorac? I know they're supposed to be stronger so I thought that could help. I've tried EVERYTHING else! Including Aha and/or Bha in the AM as well as Finacea, etc. My acne is mild and non-hormonal- just small whiteheads/bumps but they're right on my nose! The worst place to get acne! Thanks guys!
  14. I've been fighting acne for 4 years now. I started on Proactiv like everybody else, and it worked- for 9 months. Then my acne got progressively worse and worse. My derm put me on differin (did nothing), benzoil peroxide products (nada), and tazorac. I stuck with taz for about a year. It didn't seem to help, but didn't seem to hurt it either. I used to use benzaclin to spot treat, and it worked when I was younger, before any of this major breakout stuff happened. I read about holistic treatments, and went to strictly a cleanser (Clinique rinse off foaming cleanser- it didn't seem to break me out, but i could never tell), and coconut oil. twice a day. Things seemed to improve, my skin stopped drying out, but the acne stayed. In the past 5 weeks or so, I've been doing the following (3x a week): -cleanser -apply coconut oil in a paste, let it sit for ~10 min -rinse off, apply Bragg's organic ACV -re-wet face, apply coconut oil. -sleep In the morning, I just use the cleanser and coconut oil, as the rest seems harsh for 2x a day. Once a week, I do a mask with aveda's outer peace mask. Suggestions? I'm getting really frustrated at this point, and my acne is the ONE thing making my self esteem lower than it should be. Like I hate shaving b/c i know i'm going to break out again and I can see all my spots. I just want it to go away finally and i feel like i'm the only upperclassman in college still with acne. My pic is attached, tell me how bad/good/easily better it can be. I need support
  15. I noticed this guy at Target and one my Walgreens. Decided to pick it up because even though I'm post accutane and on differin - I'm still getting small irritation pimples. I'll be be trying it out in the AM and using the over the counter 0.1% differin gel at night. I'll post with how it goes. https://www.target.com/p/differin-daily-care-bpo-wash-4-fl-oz/-/A-52584273?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Health+Beauty+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Health+Beauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9016983&gclid=CjwKCAiA_c7UBRAjEiwApCZi8Qm5pySPFfuTmYvkggtnKTiaqCUaebiOVMG2t9kbofkwh6ZMYu-N7xoCassQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  16. So I used differing .3% for a while, it eventually worked pretty well, but i still had redness and some red marks. i took a break from it, didn't wash my face that much. Acne didn't come back, but lots of clogged pores, premature aging and roughness came. If you stop using retinoids cold turkey, does it cause clogged pores and aging? or was that from not washing my face? I started washing my face with dove soap, and used differing twice over the last week, and my skins improving, can retinoids work that fast or is the improvement just from washing?
  17. Hi all, A little bit about my "regimen": - I've been on Differin for 3.5 months - I've been on Doxy for 1 month - I now use Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion (switched from Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream a week ago, before from Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 several weeks prior) - I cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser Before I started this regimine my acne was on and off for several years. I would be clear for a few months, then have acne for a few months. It would mostly be pustules and whiteheads, but it was never as bad as it is now. About 3 years ago I was cleared when using a combination of Differin and Clindamycin (although I'm not sure if it was due to the meds), but my acne was never more than mild until 2 years ago. It took me about a year to get clear, but I got clear through a lot of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, in conjunction with differin. When I was clear, I got rid of the benzoyl peroxide and differin. Regrettably, my acne came back a half a year ago and about 4 months ago I visited a dermatologist. I figured since Differin worked the other two times, it should work now. It was getting better and clearer approaching the 12 week milestone, but then I had to go back to Massachusetts for winter break (I go to college in Los Angeles), and the combination of the cold weather and the plane flight (or at least I assume) made me break out like crazy. Now I'm back in Los Angeles but my skin seems to be just as bad, if not worse. Remember that saying where Differin gets worse before it gets better? Well it's only gotten worse. I need advice on many things. Should I stop the Differin and Doxy (because shouldn't the Differin have shown effectiveness by this point)? Should I add/remove anything from my regimen? It also seems like I am getting 2-3 new pustules a day no matter what I do. I also change my pillow case frequently and try to not sleep on my face. I cleanse and moisturize twice a day. Also, you may be able to see from the picture, but everywhere except for my eyelids seem to be very red (like a sunburn). However, I'm not in the sun often, so I doubt its a sunburn. Could I be allergic to one of these products? Sorry for the loaded post, I'm just a bit frustrated at the moment. And thanks to anybody who read through this entire blurb, I appreciate any constructive feedback regarding my current state.
  18. So, right now I'm on the Aczone and Differin treatment. I take apply Aczone once in the morning, then Differin once at night. I also take Solodyn orally every morning. I've been on this treatment for about 4 weeks and I'm curious to hear other people's experience with this regimen (or regimen like it). I don't feel as if it's making much of a difference. My skin peels a lot and is almost always dry (which is irritating). At first, I thought it was just because I was starting a new regimen, but I feel after 4 weeks, my skin would at least not peel and feel dry. Some days my skin looks okay, other days it just looks horrible. My acne isn't horrible, but I have bumps and scars and it doesn't seem as if this regimen is doing much of anything, but giving me dry skin. Comments?
  19. BadWolf93

    Wish Me Luck

    Okay, so this is my first post on here. I've had issues with acne since I was around 12 or so. I used to develop these really big painful ones all over my nose. I ended up being prescribed birth control for that by my doctor when I was 14 or so. That really seemed to calm them down a lot. I never was completely clear as I always got a couple every once in a while, but I was happy. It was good enough for me at that point. Time went on and I ended up quitting the pill last year in June 2013 when I was 19. Everything seemed fine at first so I thought that maybe I didn't need it anymore. I had gotten tired of taking it anyways and at that point it was causing issues with my emotions so I decided to quit. A couple of months later, I would say around September when I turned 20, I made the mistake of trying a make up primer that didn't sit well with my face. All hell broke loose. My face broke out everywhere. Especially around my cheeks. I've tried everything since then to go calm my face down but nothing worked. Underneath all my makeup I was red and swollen and everything hurt. I didn't feel like anything was working, which is why last month I decided to talk to my doctor about putting me back on the pill and referring me to a Dermatologist. So,as of July 2014 I am currently back on the birth control pill. Hopefully it works again this time. My first appointment with the dermatologist was on August 11. They prescribed me Clindamycin Phosphate, Differin 3%, and Doxycycline. I had an allergic reaction to the Doxy so they decide to prescribe me Bactrim instead. I'm still waiting to receive that prescription. As of right now my daily schedule includes: *Morning: 1) washing my face with Neutrogena Acne Soap 2) Applying a Witch Hazel Toner 3) Applying the Clindamycin 4) And applying a moisturizer sold by the Dermatologist. My night time ritual is about the same the only difference is step 3. Instead of the Clindamycin, I put on the Differin. So that's it. Hopefully I'll start seeing results within a couple of weeks. Wish me luck
  20. masterwong888

    Week 10.1

    From the album: Acne Progress

    Just abit better than the other side.

    © by ME! >.<

  21. ihateusernamesx

    Week 1 Vs Week 11

    I never thought I had an IB. I never thought my skin was that bad. But tonight I finally found the courage to look at my progress pictures album. I took a photo every day in July and carried this on but now I only take a couple a week. I never thought I had an IB because I thought it could't happen in the first week. But the before pictures here were took on 11th July which was 12 days into my treatment. Yeah my skin is still red but it's CLEAR of acne and bumps. For some silly reason I put the 'after pictures' on the left and the 'before' pictures on the right lol! Not bad considering I still have a full week of 'treatment time' left, eh?
  22. Could someone please recommend a daytime medication--especially one that could be used beneath makeup--that may pair well with Differin applied at night? I'm a long-time acne sufferer (age 41) who stopped taking prescription birth control 13 months ago. I knew to expect the return of oiliness and some acne, but my skin's oil production is worse now than it was in my teens--and nodulocystic acne has been an issue for about last 5 months. About 3 months ago, I began using Differin at night and applying a Sulfur/ Sodium Sulfacetamide cream beneath my makeup; I ran out of the Sulfur cream and my insurance no longer covers it. I now am getting nodulocystic acne--much of which requires Cortisone shots to reduce in size/inflammation, as icing/ taking Ibuprofen/ applying Tea Tree oil won't do squat. NOTE: I can't take long-term antibiotics due to gut-health issues and my body does not tolerate Accutane. Also, I would not say that my current condition requires Accutane, even though my skin does scar from nodulocystic lesions. It simply doesn't heal well. Thank you, PI
  23. Hi so I took Accutane for 7 months from February to September. This was a year ago so I don't remember every little thing. But I always felt like doing this because I spent so much time researching this drug and people's journeys. Im going to leave this near the top cause I know a lot of people wonder about drinking on accutane. Through my whole 7 months I lasted1 month sober. I was drinking every Friday and Saturday and it wasn't just one or two drinks I would drink to the point of blacking out or almost blacking out. Once I get drunk I don't want to stop. That's just the way I drink and every month my blood results came back fine. I was 21 at the time. Hangovers were twice as bad on accutane. I would almost always just lay in bed the whole day to recover lol but it's so hard to not drink when you look at yourself the mirror and a new person with acne not holding you back anymore. Also I noticed I would pass out a lot when drinking probably cause accutane already makes you tired all the time. I have an appointment to to see my dermatologist in a couple months so I'll try and get my progress pictures. Im revisiting my dermatologist because I want another round of iso. Right I'm using the iso gel .1% which does worker pretty good but I'm tired of using creams and gels to keep my oily skin under control. After my treatment a month later a started noticing the oils returning with some black heards. If I got a pimple it would be very small and go away within a day or two. I will return later to update this post
  24. I’ve started using Differin again after not using it for around 6 months (I’ve currently used it for around a week). I’ve noticed that yes, my acne has decreased, but now my face has is starting to peel, it’s red in the areas I moisturize and apply the Differin to, and I heel scratchy and hot around my jaw line. This didn’t happen before, so should I stop or switch to a new lotion and wash?