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I decided this would be a good idea for people who have used it before or are thinking about consulting a dermotologist to use it.

I am on day 14. My face is much more oily than normal and is beginning to break out some. The breakout started about 2-3 days ago. Its nothing too bad, but there are probably 5-6 small active pimples. They have popped up in the normal areas, but seem to be of a different look. They aren't red with whiteheads. They are red, with the blackhead in them. Its like the stuff has been pulled to the surface.

After I wash, using the Neutrogena Oil Free Foaming Cleanser, like the RAM website says, I wash away the oil in the morning. My face is kind of dry after that because thats the way the RAM works. There is some peeling, but nothing too bad.

I have done lots of reading and know this is a normal thing to happen and it means the prescription is working.

I would appreciate your comments and thoughts and concerns. Let me know what you think. I'll try to update on this thread, daily.
Hey,there! I've been using the Retin-a Micro for about 3 months now. I am very happy with the results. I'm on the strongest dose and my skin has had no problems with it! I broke out for awhile,too. It purges your skin and gets rid of all the junk. I got very oily at first,too. Then it subsided a bit. I can still get oily after wearing my makeup all day. (I've always had oily skin.) Are you using anything else? I also use Finacea Gel twice a day. The combo seems to be working for me. I use Aqua Gylcolic face wash in the am. and oil-free acne wash by Neutrogena in the pm. This combo also seems to help get rid of the clogged pores on my forehead and cheeks. They are slowly going away!!! :cool: I've tried so many different combos of cleansers... :rolleyes: I think sometimes I am obsessed with my face!!! LOL I need to get a life! LOL Anyway, keep in touch and let me know what's working for you!
[QUOTE=Kymberlee]Hey,there! I've been using the Retin-a Micro for about 3 months now. I am very happy with the results. I'm on the strongest dose and my skin has had no problems with it! I broke out for awhile,too. It purges your skin and gets rid of all the junk. I got very oily at first,too. Then it subsided a bit. I can still get oily after wearing my makeup all day. (I've always had oily skin.) Are you using anything else? I also use Finacea Gel twice a day. The combo seems to be working for me. I use Aqua Gylcolic face wash in the am. and oil-free acne wash by Neutrogena in the pm. This combo also seems to help get rid of the clogged pores on my forehead and cheeks. They are slowly going away!!! :cool: I've tried so many different combos of cleansers... :rolleyes: I think sometimes I am obsessed with my face!!! LOL I need to get a life! LOL Anyway, keep in touch and let me know what's working for you![/QUOTE]

Hello :)
The glycolic acid face wash doesn't irritate your skin at all? I used to use it before going on retin-a (to combat wrinkles) but now i'm just using cetaphil. Also, what strength retin-a are you on? I've been using 0.025% avita (generic retin-a) cream and doxycycline for about 3 months now. I noticed a big improvement during the first 2 months, but since then, my results have sort of plateaued. I was thinking about going back to the doc and asking for 0.05%, but i wasn't sure if it would help.
Day 33

My face hardly gets oily anymore. I can't believe how quickly over the past few days (perhaps week) how much oil I DON'T have. Its like during the day there is hardly anything. And even after I put the RAM on, it doesn't get oily like 30 minutes after I apply it. My face just feels dry.

My face is really dry now, especially around my mouth. I think this is a sign of it working, but lots of the closed comedones are coming to the surface, drying out and just falling off in my mouth area.

I also know a few blackheads just kind of come to the surface and fall out or are washed away. I really think this stuff is working. Lots of the closed comedones I have are shrinking, too. But there are still lots of them and they are still fairly visible.

Also, I have about 6-7 zits that are pretty noticeable. I hope they go away. I have also noticed that my face seems clearer in some areas. Like no faint purple or red spots, just pretty clear. I really think this stuff is working, but I know I need to be patient. It is only day 33. I'm still in the 3-6 week period where the acne gets worse before it gets better.

Please respond.
Day 33

My face hardly gets oily anymore. I can't believe how quickly over the past few days (perhaps week) how much oil I DON'T have. Its like during the day there is hardly anything. And even after I put the RAM on, it doesn't get oily like 30 minutes after I apply it. My face just feels dry.

My face is really dry now, especially around my mouth. I think this is a sign of it working, but lots of the closed comedones are coming to the surface, drying out and just falling off in my mouth area.

I also know a few blackheads just kind of come to the surface and fall out or are washed away. I really think this stuff is working. Lots of the closed comedones I have are shrinking, too. But there are still lots of them and they are still fairly visible.

Also, I have about 6-7 zits that are pretty noticeable. I hope they go away. I have also noticed that my face seems clearer in some areas. Like no faint purple or red spots, just pretty clear. I really think this stuff is working, but I know I need to be patient. It is only day 33. I'm still in the 3-6 week period where the acne gets worse before it gets better.

Please respond.
Thanks. I wish you all the luck, too. :)

Day 35

I was looking the mirror today and my face just looks so much more healthy. Like there are still some zits that have been purged from the RAM and I do get 1-2 small new ones every day or so, but I'm so impressed how quickly they disappear. And i'm impressed that there is hardly any oil anymore. Like very impressed. Because just two weeks ago, my face was oily as hell, especially 20-30 minutes after applying the RAM. My face isn't oily after applying it and doesn't really get that oily during the day.

The closed comedones seem to be disappearing, too. Thre are still some there, but they are less noticeable now. The ones of my chin area have really disappeared quickly and, the best part, they HAVEN'T CAME BACK.

I did have to use some moisturizer today, though. It has been fairly cold and windy (45-50 degrees) lately and it has contributed to my dryness. I am going to buy some of the Neutrogena moisturizer the RAM website recommends tomorrow.

Also, I have noticed how some enlarged pores and small scars have really lost their "purple" tone and shrank in size. They are hardly noticeable anymore, which is great, even though I only have a few small ones.

Nonetheless, I am still happy with this product. I can't wait for just 10, 15 or 20 days from now. I am very confident my face is going to be clear. :)

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