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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 d
  2. I'm on my third week of Differin .1 + Clindamycin, and I thought I'd write about my experience so far, which has been... well, not good, not bad. I'm used to treatments either working immediately, or breaking me out to all hell (also immediately), so this has been a weird limbo experience for me. Week 1: (Used Differin .1 every third night, Clindamycin every morning and night.) Don't know if this was an initial breakout or just a reaction to a night of heavy drinking, but I somehow got a t
  3. tretinoin is supposed to make skin dry but it has made my skin oily. is it normal? will it go away if i stop using tretinoin or should i just continue and it'll just calm down? please help i've never been this oily before. thanks! it really does work btw. like i used to get a lot of cysts but now i only get super little pimples and my spots are fading.
  4. Hey everyone! So I'm doing pretty good right now (knock on wood. knock on wood. knock on wood). Summary of weeks 1,2, and almost week 3: Week 1 - Drying out. Skin shedding its top layer. Starting to get small bumps/ more zits. Week 2 - INITIAL BREAKOUT. Happened to forehead first, then in different sections of my face. Broke out on forehead, nose, chin, then right cheek, then left cheek, then chin again a bit, then right jawline, now left jawline a bit. Tons of small bumps, more zits, a
  5. supersonicsfan2

    Redness (Tretinoin)

    So back in November of 2012 I developed very oily skin and somewhat severe acne (18 year old male at the time), although I had acne before but not as bad. I was prescribed a topical tretinoin cream from my dermatologist which I started using every other night and then began to use it every night as I was told. I washed my face twice a day and moisturized in the mornings with Cetaphil. It helped but I still got acne regularly, it just wasn't nearly as bad. I noticed that the tretinoin was causing
  6. Is it okay to use the clarisonic while using tretinoin cream? Not everyday but maybe 2-3 times a week?
  7. hello everyone , so about 6 years ago ive been on accutane but my acne came back after a year.Since then ive never took any medication and just use all those natural remedies and never cleared up.So last week ive decided to meet a derm and then he prescribed me with accutane 20mg every other day(basicaaly 10mg per day) Differin clindamycin However,im a little confused as my derm told me to only apply the differin and clindamycin for spot treatment, as far as i knew, differin should be used
  8. Okay, so I have mild to moderate acne, mostly around my mouth and cheeks in form of whiteheads. I have very sensitive skin that gets dry and peels very easily. I was prescribed benzaclin about two years ago and used it sparingly, and it helped my skin but recently my skin has started to get not so good again. I went to the doc and was prescribed Retin-A Micro and Benzaclin again. What I usually do is wash my face with salicylic acid in the morning, moisturize with SPF, and at night use a BP/sa
  9. I've been suffering from acne since I was 8 years old. It's genetic because my mom had acne far into her adult life too. I had really severe acne in middle school, and nothing EVER worked for me. So at the end of 8th grade into 9th grade I went on accutane for 5 months (I want to say it was 60 mg twice a day? Can't remember.) It was the first time my skin had ever been clear! My face looked fantastic, and I felt so confident. That wasn't until 6 months ago... Since I stopped accutane my skin h
  10. Here in the UK, getting your hands on any tretinoin is a complete nightmare! Our only topical prescription containing tretinoin is Aknemycin Plus which is a solution in alcohol (very irritating) and it also contains erythromycin. We have no access to any medications such as retin-a micro or ziana etc. We used to have a product called Retin-A which was just tretinoin in a gel and then in October 2012 it was discontinued! I have been using differin but it just isn't quite strong enough. A
  11. watwatwat

    Oily On Retin A

    hey guys. so before using retin a, my skin was normal. it wasn't dry nor was it oily. but after using it, my skin started overproducing oil and i don't know if it's the retin a or it just so happens that my oil glands are overproducing sebum because of puberty (i'm 17). did anyone else experience this? if so, what did you do to at least control the oil production? could really use some help. thanks!
  12. nikkix3


    From the album: hyperpigmentation log

  13. I have been using Differin gel 0,1% for about 10 weeks now and I am quite happy with the result. I am hoping that by week 12 everything will be back to normal. However, I was thinking about what happens after I get off the medication. Does the acne come back when it gets out of your system? Can I just stop using it or should I wean myself off it for let's say 2 weeks? Also, how long does it take until my skin gets back to normal and I can go out in the sun without fear and use sunbeds again?
  14. I'm starting tazorac tonight. how bad is my skin? any advice on how to properly use tazorac and anything else that can help with my skin? thanks.
  15. From the album: retin-a micro: worth the wait? I took a picture of my face every week for 4 months

    When I first started writing this post at the beginning of the summer, I was in the throes of the initial breakout caused by starting topical retinoids. Hyper-keratinized plugs and god-knows-what-else built up in my pores, and now the retinoid was forcing it out. My face erupted in multiple places with huge, swollen bumps. As each lesion resolved, 2or 3 new ones would begin forming on skin still red and tender from the previous weeks breakout. The only thing keeping me sane was this: I have a pr

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  16. My dermatolagist perscribed me Differin 0.3 due to an insane amount of whiteheads and bumps on my cheeks and forehead. I just started my third week and so far I'm not noticing any changes except for peeling and itchiness, especially on my cheeks and chin. As well, my face is quite red and bumpy. I have TONS of whiteheads/pustules on my cheeks, which are really embarrassing, so I inevitably use foundation to cover them and the redness a bit. The makeup I use is Almay Clear Complexion. It is non-c
  17. Becjane1988

    Day 79

    From the album: Epiduo

    Status:CLEAR just working on my scars
  18. Hi, I'm new here and I'd really appreciate some thoughts on a question I have! Ok - here's the deal. I used Retin A 0.025% for a couple of years (for the last year with antibiotics) and it worked reasonably well. It was then discontinued in the UK so I was put on Differin which did bugger all! I've now been prescribed Isotrex gel (0.05% topical isotretinoin) which I'm thinking will act in much the same way at the Retin A! I've been using the Isotrex for a week now, and have seen a slight
  19. Hi, i just wanna know if it's okay to use retin-a (tretinoin) and AHA at the same time (night)? I tried to look for answers on the internet and it's very confusing. There were people saying that you can't because the AHA will deactivate the retin-a, so they were saying to use AHA in the morning and the retin-a at night... and then I saw this post from Paula's Choice website, and she clearly stated that it's great to use both at the same time because the AHA will help the retin-a to get into
  20. So I came off accutane at the start of December (was only on a self prescribed super high dose for a month..yes I know it's bad, I'm just adding context. I was on 2 proper courses with my derm but my skin got bad again 4 months in and the derm wouldn't see me.) and have been on Ziana (Treclinac here in Ireland) for around 3 months now.. with the occasional few little spots here and there but easily ignorable.. the Ziana has definitely kept my skin clear but right now out of nowhere I've noticed
  21. Just looking for some feedback/insight as I re evaulate my condition and understanding. I'm a 34 year old female. Type of acne: I very rarely ever get small (what I consider the poster type of acne--little red bumps with white tops). When I do, BP is very effective for me to clear them up. 99.9% of my problem is always more cystic in nature. Although they do not seem as deep/large as they used to they still originate as painful bumps under the skin which make a red spot that you can't do any
  22. Tomorrow marks 7 months of this regimen: Topical retinoid- Atralin brand (0.05%) a pea-size amount, applied once per night, 30 mins after applying moisturizer and letting it sink in to my skin. Also, I've been taking 75 mg of Spironolactone each morning, and one pill of Ortho Tri-Cyclen. My skin has been a rollercoaster of purging, healing, and then being clear. But I have to say that my face continues to improve, week by week. Some weeks are better than others, though. I've had my period more
  23. JordanM98

    The Retinoid Purge

    I've just started a course of Epiduo (adapalene .1%), and I can say that I have definitely seen an increase in active acne. Nonetheless, I will keep going for the sake of clear skin. I'd love to hear your experiences with Retinoids and the purges that come along with using them. How long does it last and what biological mechanism makes it happen?
  24. The image shows my current left cheek. Now, I have these frustrating red marks that arent exactly pimples/not bumpy but are just sort of kind of there. Some of these are marks left by previous acne but most of them never really developed into a full sized pimple and just have been lurking there below the surface in all their annoying red faced glory. Note: they're a lot redder than by what you can tell in the picture and it really takes a toll on my confidence. So. Here's my questio
  25. Hey Everyone! So today I saw a dermatologist who prescribed me Retin-A Micro. I suffer mostly from non-inflammatory acne/closed comedones. I had a lot of whiteheads and bumps under the skin. I've been using clindoxyl, which is an antibiotic topical cream w/ benzoyl peroxide, but it doesn't seem to help much. I do get the occasional cyst, but most of the time it is my whiteheads that turn into pimples, so that is the issue I am most concerned about. I've been instructed to used this 3 t