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Hi there. I am so happy I found this board. I am hoping you will be the light at the end of the tunnel! Let me tell you about me. I am 24 years old and up until September, I was always told I had amazing skin and my complexion was like a baby's. Well MY how things have changed. I think it is due to stress... I am in my 2 years of teaching 3rd grade and it is so stressful, plus I am about to start grad school, and i got my own apartment and am having money issues. This is probably what triggered the acne. I dont have it all over my face. I have been broken out on my chin since September, and now I have little ones on my forehead. But b/c I have had generally very clear skin, it is VERY noticeable. Plus, I am blotchy and dry. So, my dermatologist started me on Rozex (b/c apparently I have mild Roascea) and Retin-A Micro .04% I am also washing my face with Cetaphil facial cleanser and my body with cetaphil bar soap. I am moisturizing with Oil of Olay All Day for Sensitive Skin and using Eucerin lotion for my body. My doctor told me to use Rozex each night, then start Retin-A twice a week, then gradually increase to once every other night. WELL, I used it for the FIRST time Monday night, and now, Wednesday, my face is peeling ALL OVER. I only used it that one time. I may have gotten a few more zits too. But the peeling is hideous.
My problem is, I have a date on Saturday! I have been looking forward to this for a long time... and I am honestly considering cancelling if I cant get this peeling taken care of. I know it is supposed to pell, b/c it is exfoliating, and if I didnt have plans this weekend, I'd deal. My dermatologist is on vacation this week, so I cant ask her. I put vaseline on my chin before, but I think its too thick and pore clogging, Oil of Olay doesnt seem to be helping b/c its too severe right now. My apricot scrub made it worse.
I read something about mixing Cetaphil with sugar or baking soda??? Can someone explain this for me! Plus, is Retin-A Micro worth all this drama? Its not like I ever had severe acne all over my face, but I feel like there is a chance I could get worse from these side affects. I am sooo sorry for the LONG post, but I am so upset. And I dont wanna cancel my date :( Please help!!!!!!!
I have very mixed feelings about Retin-A (not using Retin-a micro). I was prescribed Retin-a .05% and a antibiotic (doxycycline) and i declined on the doxycycline and decided eh, one pimple med is enough. So being a total dumbass, i started it and used it everynight instead of prepareing my face for it by using it every 2-3 days. As expected, i was left with a lot of peeling and a totally red face, etc. It totally made my face worse in my opinion due to a lot of acne scars and red blemishes. 3 months later i went back for my check up to see how its fairing and of course i was complainging saying this didn't do anything but made it worse. My dermatologist then said, you should have taken the antibiotic along wiht the Retin-A for the full effect. WEll i decided to and now I'm Retin-A (5months now) and a antibiotic (doxycyline 2months) and i can say the results are pretty nice. I'm pleased and the red blemishes and scars don't appear as bad as it was like 2 months ago. Not to mention my skin is clearing up pretty nicely (knock on wood). Other than that, i would avoid using REtin-a if you can get another topical cream as an option.
[QUOTE=Kerr525]Whoa!! A few months?? Oh my God, that cant be true! I dont intend on EVER using Retin-A Micro ever again. That one application from Monday was my first and will be my last. That stuff will never go near my face again. I was thinking if I just stayed away from it it would be gone in a few days... Seriously, you think this will last for months after just one application? If thats true, this is the biggest mistake I EVER could have made. All this for a few breakouts on my chin. Ridiculous.[/QUOTE]

Hang in there, it should be better in a few days! Use a mild cleanser, and moisterizer such as cetaphil. When I was all peely and red, I used a washcloth to try and rub off all of the dead skin, and put on a lot of mousterizer, then waited about 10 minutes, and put on more mousterizer, then applied my makeup. This seemed to help keep my makeup from peeling off.

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