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  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. Becjane1988

    Day 79

    From the album: Epiduo

    Status:CLEAR just working on my scars
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Is it okay to use the clarisonic while using tretinoin cream? Not everyday but maybe 2-3 times a week?
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. What Are Retinoids, and Why Are They Used to Treat Acne?

    Topical retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that doctors can prescribe to treat mild-to-moderate acne. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three topical retinoids for the treatment of chronic skin conditions, including acne. Those 3 are: Tretinoin Adapalene [0.1% adapalene is now available over-the-counter.] Tazarotene All three interact with skin cells in slightly different ways, but ultimately they all work to reduce acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation.1-4 Doctors can prescribe each of the three retinoids in...
  17. Is It Safe to Use Topical Retinoid Medications (Tretinoin, Adapalene, Tazarotene) When Pregnant?

    Doctors commonly prescribe one of the three available topical retinoid medications--tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene--to patients with acne. So far, there are not enough studies on any of these to conclude that they are safe to use during pregnancy, which is why it is important for any woman who is pregnant or trying to conceive to speak to her physician before using topical retinoids. What Are Topical Retinoids? Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that are important for...
  18. Keratosis Pilaris - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

    Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris Causes of Keratosis Pilaris Diagnosis Treatment Keratosis Pilaris and Acne Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris Keratosis pilaris may develop at any age but usually starts either before the age of 2 or in adolescence.1 The condition is very common: it occurs in up to 70% of adolescents and 40% of adults.2 People of all ethnicities are equally at risk. The signs and symptoms may include: Painless hard bumps 1-2 mm in diameter, which are often...
  19. 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.
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    From the album: hyperpigmentation log

  21. This is my skin at the moment I've been on isotrex and minoxycelline for just over a week. I'm upset and I can't deal with this anymore. This is my first time with acne. My skin has been like this for about 2 weeks. What do you guys think!
  22. Now, it is week 11 of my treatment (and technically week 7 of using adapalene and clindamycin). There hasn't been any major changes. The large pimples I mentioned last time have mostly gone down. There's only one large pimple now and my right cheek has become a bit smoother. Other than that, there's nothing interesting. Also, I forgot to mentioned in the last entry, but I am Asian with medium skin tone that can tan fairly easy. I don't each much junk food as I use to (a bag of chips every
  23. 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
  24. I'm just really bummed... My face is purging right now on my right cheek--upper, middle, and lower, chin, and starting to purge on my left cheek. I have 2 actives--one on my lower chin and one on my upper chin (inflamed red bump). The lower chin one looks like it'll come to a head tomorrow and purge/go away. I have a bunch of red marks on the right side of my face and a couple on the left. Looks like the left cheek will purge soon too... :/ Any encouragement/ similar experiences would
  25. It's commonly accepted that high androgen production contributes to oil production, which clogs up your pores, which leads to inflammation, etc. This is why dermatologists push birth control on me; they see that my skin is oily so obviously I must have a hormonal imbalance. Typical dermatologist visit (for me at least). This was probably true when I was a teenager going through puberty because my skin was oiler than the other kids and I would get small inflamed pustules all over my face. I al