Hi- Im on Retin a micro .04% for 11 days now. At first, I thought it was definately working. Now Im not so sure that im making progress. Unless looking worse, is considered progress like most acne meds seem to say.
I felt dry at first, not bad- but I was used to being totally oily. Now, I feel much oilier, without any dryness at all. I find this weird because most people say that they are super dry and chapped.
I also noticed that my red marks look a bit darker or more..visible, and my pores look a bit bigger...and I have a TON of red dots along the sides of my face/cheeks that I never had before. They arent itchy, and dont have anything in them. Are these my skin purging? I dont understand.. and dont know what I should be looking like at the almost 2 week mark.
If any can help me out, or give me their experience... id appreciate it. thank you.
Sounds like its working. Purging is done by making your face oilier. Don't expect 11 days to be enough. Id say judge it after a month or more. There are tons of clogged pores ready to become pimples, and this will force them to come out, but usually just a little whitehead instead of an inflamed pimple.
Just keep doing what your doing, make sure you use a pea sized amount for whole face (affect area with acne). Don't overuse it, and don't overwash your face. This sounds normal, keep on keepin on. Good Luck, and dont pick pop or squeeze...GL!
Retin-a micro worked wonders for me! Hang in there for the first month, it gets better. Your pores might look big because they are emptying and the red marks look more obvious because dead skin is being sloughed away revealing the stuff deeper in the skin. They will begin to fade too.
Be patient... Also, I used the .04% for the first month and then got the .1% which is stronger.
Thanks so much! Its so frusterating because I feel like no one has any answers. My Dr wants to see me at 1 month. I guess its hard to figure out what youre supposed to look like. She told me to expect dryness...and ive got oil. She said expect your skin to be lighter, my red marks seem darker.. so I guess I got a little nervous. What exactly does purging look like besides oil? Does it come out in tiny red bumps? I seem to have these red dots on the sides of my face..and that area used to be completely clear. Will this go away??? thanks!
yup just like they said, hang in there. it will get worse before it gets better. retin a did wonders for me also. what your experiencing now is initial breakout. retin a removes all the oil trapped in your pores so thats why you get so oily. at first i got so much initial breakouts and my face is so oily, this happened between 2nd to 4th week. and i was about to give up, but just like everyone is saying just hang in there, so i did that and now im clear except for dark marks.
I remember that oily feeling! Thinking the oil was just pouring out of my face! It was gross--but worth the wait! Now I'm clear and lovin' it!!! I used to have those small, red bumps and then after about 3-4 months, they slowly went away. Retin-a has been great for me and I plan to stay on it as long as it works!!! I'm so glad my clogged pores are gone! (I had the red bumps before I used Retin-a...they got worst before they went away!) Hang in there!!!
Yeah, the dark marks are another hurdle to cross! Whats the best solution for getting rid of these? Laser treatment or any other topicals?
Thanks so much for the replies, by the way! I feel a bit better, knowing this is normal. Its just so gross, ya know? Ill definately wait it out, though. Hopefully it will be my answer, too!