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Old 03-01-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy 3 months on RETIN-A Micro and still breakingout...what should I do?

I have been taking Retin-A Micro 0.04% for 3 months now and I continue to have new breakouts almost weekly (whiteheads and sometimes red pimples with no heads). I'm starting to think if I will ever see the results I hear so many talk about. I read I should see full results in 12 weeks but I have also read that others suggest at least a 6 month regime before giving up. I'm not sure what to do...please help!

The dermatologist explained to me that the retin-a micro will force all the bad stuff deep down in my skin to the surface. BUT does the bad stuff ever stop!? Or does my body just continually produce bad stuff that will continually be forced to the surface? I feel like I'm stuck in a cycle. Can anyone relate to this same problem after months of using Retin-A.

I've tried so many things in the past...I so badly want this to be the answer I've been so desperately looking for.

Old 03-30-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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Re: 3 months on RETIN-A Micro and still breakingout...what should I do?

Hi,Retin-A micro didn't help me much either,and I was on it for a year.
You could ask to your dermatologist to give you a short supply of oral antibiotics to help get your through this "initial breakout" period,but it may just be that this retinoid isn't the best choice for you.
I was switched to Differin XP 0.3% and had much better results.

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Old 04-10-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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Re: 3 months on RETIN-A Micro and still breakingout...what should I do?

Depends on how bad your acne is. If its really bad and damaging your skin and affecting your life then maybe accutane is something you should try if other antibiotics do not work. Its something to consider if you have the really bad skin type.

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