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Old 12-11-2000, 10:02 AM   #1
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Retin A and cystic acne

I've been on Retin A for 1,5 week and i've just started getting cysts..I'm so frustrated because i didn't have cysts for a long time..I'm also on Diane 35 (5 months) and doxcycline (1 month)..Just thinking all that stuff isn't working makes me cry..My derm thinks i have mild acne..(with cysts???)and will not prescribe Accutane..and i don't know if i should keep using Retin A..Any help would be appreciated..

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Old 12-11-2000, 02:52 PM   #2
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Re: Retin A and cystic acne

i used Retin A for a long time and it made my skin worse over time. sorry and i hope it is different for you


Old 12-11-2000, 06:00 PM   #3
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Re: Retin A and cystic acne

I've heard this a lot about Retin-a, that people got worse. But I think maybe this is the initial breakout period that might occur and they just quite using it before it really has a chance to work. My derm also prescribed Retin-a micro and doxycyline for my mild acne. I had to stop using the doxy because it gave me gas and the Retin-a micro is too harsh for my sensitive skin.

Old 12-11-2000, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: Retin A and cystic acne

Have you tried Vitb5?


Old 12-20-2000, 12:16 PM   #5
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Re: Retin A and cystic acne

Retin A takes some time to work - just like with most meds, your skin usually gets worse before it gets better. Give it at least a month or two.
Also, if it's too harsh for your skin (like another poster said) try Retin A Micro if you haven't already. It's the strongest Retin A and it's the least irritating. Also a good way to apply the Retin A is to take a q-tip and apply TINY dots all over your face, and then blend in. Don't use too much or it'll just irritate your skin - it won't make it any better. And most people need to start by using it every 3 or 4 days, then gradually every other day, and if possible every day.

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