I just needed some advice from you guys..I recently came across a book called "The Acne Cure" by Terry Dubrow and was wondering if it was worth purchasing??...Does this book really contain useful information and will it really cure my problem??? Or is it a complete waste of money?? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated....
I have tried the acne cure and it didn't work for me.
My mom saw it on some morning show doing a story about him and his book. So she wrote down the main things to do and I tried it with no luck. How bad is your acne?
Sounds great....We can start off by using this thread but if we find we are taking up too much space we can continue via email...What do u think??? Today I had some major redness from the Retin-A (Stieva-A in Canada) so I had to drench my face in cream just to calm down the burning feeling..How severe is your acne??? How do u find the Retin-A so far??? Maybe our posts on this subject may benefit others who are contemplating the use of Retin-A...Oh, I can't really enjoy the outdoors too much this weekend, face is soooo sore, so I was told to stay out of the sun :-(
That sucks that you had to stay inside! I too missed going to a football game b/c my face was peeling sooo bad, but it has stopped now. I have mild acne, around my period it gets moderate. I think so far it is doing its job, I have had these red scars on my jawline and now they are basically gone...and that happened within 6 days. I am extremely happy with it so far. What do you use to moisturize your face? Have you had an initial breakout?
I think I already had the initial breakout but then again I breakout pretty frequently so I can't tell what "the initial breakout" is supposed to be...Right now I have about 1 cyst and 4 regular pimples...I can't see the Retin-A doing anything yet other than smooth out the surface of my skin...Its supposed to peel and be red for 2 weeks after starting it and you should start seeing improvement after 3 weeks....I am using Complex 15 as a moiturizer (derm recommended)but its water based so I have to keep applying it every few hours....But it doesn't make me breakout...What about you?
I was using dermalogica active moist, but I came to a conclusion that i didn't really like it. Plus I wasn't sure if it was non-comedogenic. So until I go to Walmart(tomorrow, lol) I am just using this Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion, it does very little moisturizing, but for now it will do. Complex 15? what brand? where can I get it? Did it irritate your face at all, once you started using Retin A?
O! I forgot. I havent had the initial breakout either(i think) but like you, I break out frequently. Have you cut out anything in your diet to improve your acne? I dont drinker any more pop. I drink a minimum of 10 glasses of water a day and no fast food.
Complex 15 is the brand name and its created by dermatologists...It's called Body Lotion and its Unscented, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic and Oil Free.....Its definately the best I have tried and its cheap too.....I found it at the pharmacy behind the pharmacy counter....It's made in Canada but hopefully you should be able to find it in the US.....If you can't find that try using Aquatain Lotion its really comparable to Complex 15...Both are recommended by derms......I am not too impressed with myself at the moment because I was trying to speed up the peeling process by picking the dry skin off so I put on Complex 15 again and it got rid of the redness due to picking...By the way, how old are you??? I am 26....Just goes to show acne ain't just for teens anymore....
Same here Elizabeth..No pop, only water...No fast food...Lots of fruits and veggies...I also take Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin B6....Eliminating dairy has helped alot...fewer cysts...And absolutely no nuts!!! Green tea has helped alot too...I do eat carbs though, too hard to cut that out so I don't think that sugar matters in my case...I do eat desserts and that doesn't make a difference either....Do u notice any patterns??
I was wondering where you were today...Anyhow, this morning I got "the initial breakout"...I have been down all day....You will know when u get the horrid breakout because my pimples are much bigger and more inflammed I would say...Been trying to get my mind off of it but its hard...I am almost done two weeks on it...The first week was amazing, seemed like it was clearing up so fast and I would wake up with no new blemishes...But at two weeks...BOOM, ugly explosion...I am worse then I was when I started...How u doing today??
My skin is peeling really bad, but any moisturizer I put on burns and stings. So i dont knwo what is wrong!?! I am getting 3-4 'big ones'...they dont really come to a head tho, they are just more like a form of a cyst, if that makes sense...Im sorry your really down about your breakout, but just think of afterwards and the amazing results u should get! It will be wonderful!
I have the same big cyst like things....It sounds like u are getting the initial breakout at the moment...Did u try the "Complex 15"??? I think u get the burning feeling just because of rubbing the moisturizer in, or because of some ingredient in the lotion that is irritating u...If u get a chance get a bottle of Complex 15 or Aquatain lotion...I have sensitive skin too but these two moisturizers are awesome...Also, I put the Retin-A on when my face is a bit moist after washing which I find prevents me from putting on too much because it spreads better when the face is moist...When I put it on after waiting the suggested 20 mins, it burns and I apply too much in an attempt to cover the entire face...Also, apply only a pea size amount which u probably already know...The only thing that helps with my dryness is frequent application of my lotion....Dinner is waiting, have to run for now...Will be back on in a bit...Good Luck and thanks for the help!!
I got some cetaphil stuff, just to try it and man was that a big mistake. I start school tomorrow!
O well, I will survive. I can't wait til I see the finished results. Time will pass though, so I'me not frettin' it. Well gotta hit the sack. Nighty Night All.
Hi, I have used Retin-a for over 2 years. Some advise I would give you is, watch what other things you are using with it. For example cleansers and other topicals, some things just do not work well when U are using retin-a. As a fatter of factly the thing i find that causes the most irritation while you are using Retin-a , is actually your moisturizer. Whenever I have used anything with SPF...wow the redness and irritation. i actually don't suffer any redness anymore by it, but i definately did when i started. I think I have learned how to use it over time. I would also say, do not use it ALL OVER your face, only on acne prone areas and/or current breakout areas. its not very practical to use all over and its continuous dryness. i would say retin-a is a quality topical at controlling breakouts, but no miracle for cysts. it just makes them heal better and not get quite as bad. But good luck to you.
Thanks for the reply Big_Wreck...How long did it take you before u noticed an improvement with the Retin-A?? Also, I noticed something about it which maybe you can give me some advice about...I notice when I first applied the Retin-A my face in a few days became so dry then a few days later peeled off...The skin looked great when the top layer peeled off, but on the second week it is forming a dry layer again...Is this normal??? Will I eventually stop forming the dry mask on my face???
You girls might like to consider giving "The Acne Cure" another chance. My guess is that you were doing something wrong or missing a step or something that's why you didn't get the right results. I've been following it for a week and a day now and it's doing me wonders.
I just hope I see more dramatic improvements as days go by.
And please stop the Retin-A already. It seems it's doing you more harm than good.
Actually Retin-A is also advised in The Acne cure but with The Acne Cure's 4 basic steps. It's really down to how you are following the system.
I highly recommend you check it out.
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