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    Old 02-19-2002, 01:42 PM   #1
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    Differin Progress

    Okay, this may be a bit lengthy, but here goes:
    Four years ago when I was 16 I went on a five month treatment of Accutane for severe acne on my face and shoulders. It completely cleared up my skin. For the next four years I would get an occasional pimple, but nothing really that major. The blackheads on my nose came back, but I wasnít really concerned with them. I controlled my acne with OTC topicals. My skin was never better.

    Over the summer, in late July, I started exercising twice a day and I would not shower between excercising, and I would sit in my sweaty shirts, and this caused my back to break out terribly. Starting in early October I bought a Panoxyl Bar (BP) and washed with this, yet I didnít see very many results.

    And then, starting in late October of 2001 I started breaking out again around my chin and the corners of my mouth and a little on my forehead. At the time I began partying a lot more in college and I started getting a lot less sleep and starting drinking a lot more. I think this may have caused my breakouts.

    I started using the Panoxyl bar I bought for my back on my face and I think that this in combination with lack of sleep, alcohol, and a worsening diet may have caused my skin to break out initially.

    My skin got progressively worse and I tried controlling it with OTC topicals. I even tried doing nothing and didnít shave or use anything for about three weeks; I just washed my face and showered. I noticed that my skin felt a lot better at this time but I decided to make an appointment with the dermatologist anyway for my back and my face.

    The derm prescribed me Differin and Doxycycline. I started on the Doxy right away but not the Differin because I was afraid of the initial breakout. After two weeks of just Doxy and no results, however, I started the Differin. At first things were fine, and then after about three weeks I noticed some improvement, but then my skin started getting red. I also noticed that I would get little pus-filled zits in places Iíd never gotten acne before.

    I have noticed that my back has improved dramatically lately though, and thatís with minimal application of Differin on it; I donít even think I need to keep putting it on.

    When I went back to the derm my skin had returned more or less to a more normal color and he told me to stay on the Differin and then he prescribed me Cleocin T Solution. At the time my skin was looking better so I havenít filled the prescription yet because Iím afraid that it will make my skin red and dry.

    Its now been 8 weeks since I started the Differin, and my skin is starting to look red again. I have a lot of old red marks that are gradually fading, but my forehead is a mess, as is the side of my mouth. Iíve also developed two cysts in the past week and the red marks really arenít fading. I notice that when I miss a night or something my skin looks much less red the next day, so Iíve considered only using it every other day, but I really want to put in a full 12 weeks and see what the results are.

    Do any of you recommend starting the Cleocin T Solution? Or will it just make my face red? I guess Iíd be more satisfied with the Differin if it didnít make my face red; I really hate that. Its been 8 weeks on Differn so I assume that my skin would be getting used to it by now and the redness would stop. Also, my skin started getting really oily after I started using Differin, and that really hasnít changed. Iím thinking of giving the Differn four to six more weeks and then just forgetting about it altogether or perhaps going on another course of Accutane. I mean, I really donít have that many active zits, just about three to five at a time, its just the multitude of red marks and the red face that bother me. Has anyone else been on Differin and experienced similar results? Also, Iíve read that your blackheads are supposed to go away with Differin, yet I havenít noticed any difference at all. Does this just take a wile? I've really thought of just giving up on all of this crap and just going to washing twice daily, cause sometimes I think that I just irritated my skin to begin with and that all of my attempts to help it just made things worse.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or comments for me? My life was never better than when it was clear and I really want to get it that way again.

    Thanks so much for reading my post, any help or advice you can give me would be very much appreciated.


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    Old 02-19-2002, 04:10 PM   #2
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    Re: Differin Progress

    If possible I would try to stay on the Differin for at least 12 weeks. I had alot of redness and drying which took several weeks to go away. But when it did finally stop I had pretty good results. I was also using Brevoxyl face wash (BP) I dont know if that is similar to the wash that was prescibed to you, but I think the redness is only temporary. Good Luck <IMG SRC="">

    Old 02-19-2002, 04:14 PM   #3
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    Okay. Time for me to vent <IMG SRC="">

    I've been on Differin for about 28 weeks now. And my skin hasn't cleared up. People, WHAT the FSCK. Yesterday, I got *THREE* pimples all at once on my cheek, and I've been using Differin since August on my cheeks, and it's *still* not clear, and thus I still apply makeup. Differin = not working for me <IMG SRC=""> Acne 1, Ali 0.


    Old 02-19-2002, 04:18 PM   #4
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    I feel your frustration- has your derm considered putting you on anything else? Overall I got ok results from Differin but I would still get a big painful cyst every couple of weeks. Nothing ticked me off worse than having somewhat clear skin and thinking "Ahhh its working" Then...SORRY new cyst <IMG SRC="">

    Old 02-19-2002, 08:02 PM   #5
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    Yo Ali,
    I have been on Differin since last year JULY but stopped in October to switch to RETIN-A 0.05%, then back to differin again last month because RETIN-A made my face VERY VERY red.

    I still get zits EVERYDAY. This will be the last tube of Differin, then I'm going to quit acne meds altogether.

    What I get are reoccuring cysts. My derm wouldn't extract them because he fears it willon damage my skin.

    Old 02-19-2002, 10:28 PM   #6
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    Then I have to conclude the following. I just wasted about 6 months with something that wouldn't have ever worked. Seriously, it's like, it takes longer for the blemishes in the area on which I use Differin to fade compared to pimples I get in other areas. Sad. I think I need to pay my derm. another visit <IMG SRC="">


    Old 02-20-2002, 11:54 PM   #7
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    ok i am still on my path to figurin out the perfect stuff for my acne but i know this much there are alot of products to try but derms seem to only suggest very few, so ask and ask more, then research and by the way accutane is very very harmful to ur body, they are finding out also that acne can be from hormonal imbalance, its easy to find out if u have an imbalance they have saliva tests to find out. k i dont know bout differin but its probably pretty harsh on certain skin types. my skin is super sensitive so i have to be very careful with what i try..

    Old 02-22-2002, 11:14 PM   #8
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    Differin user here. I use to have those same breakouts after about three months of being on it but I noticed I needed to change my face care routine. I started using oil of olay which didnt clog my pores as my cetaphil daily sunscreen lotion. The night cream by Neutrogena contained mineral oil which would explain why I would always wake up with new pimples. Now My face is clear, been clear for awhile.
    I also do a weekly facial scrub, you can do this with a towel and water. I wash with cetaphil gentle cleanser. I got one pimple on my cheek about two days ago but before that I hadn't had a pimple for about two weeks. feels nice. <IMG SRC=""> Benzoyl Peroxide is clearing that pimple up anyway.
    Just start changing out stuff in yoru face care routine, do a scrub ever so often so your pimples don't get clogged. The results are going to be better if you adjust a specific routine that works.

    Old 08-26-2002, 09:51 PM   #9
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    Is Differin similar to Retin A in that it eventually helps pores to be smaller???

    Old 08-27-2002, 03:58 PM   #10
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    My results = im clear now, i started differing and for 4 months no results, 5th month hit and i changed my routine, wake up ususing salcy acid 2% to wash my face not too much, pat dry, wait 15 min , put on benzoly peroxide 2.5% a hefty amount finger length, 15 min i put on moisturizer to get rid of redness and i would take alot of vitamins which helped a ton, then half way throuhg the day i would wash my face with just water, pat dry, put on clindeyet pad, i also started Tetracyclin 2 times a day 500 mg, then at night what i think really helped was i put alot more differin than they say to put, works much more effectivley,...key is salcylic acid and benzoly , differen, and clineyet pads, Salc kills one type of bacteria, benzoly a diff kind, differin overall helps everything and clindeyet gets rid of redness on zits, now my face is basically clear, 3 zits at most a breakout, i know it sounds like alot but if you want to get clear i suggest this

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