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Hi Meruru,

I started using Differin and Duac over a month ago. Thinking that more is better,
I "dove" into the regimen, generously applying both Differin and Duac daily. That was
a big mistake. When the second week rolled around, my face EXPLODED with zits (the
worst it's ever been). I freaked out and vowed that I'd never touch Differin and Duac
ever again!

Five weeks later, I still have red marks from that horrendous breakout.

For the past two weeks, I've been back on the Clear and Smooth regimen, but again, C&S hasnt cleared my mild/moderate acne at all. So now, I'm looking to try something else.

It's interesting how you resurrected this thread of mine, because I was just over at another acne forum, and I read that, when using Differin, one should start slowly (e.g., apply it every other day instead of everyday), and expect an initial breakout.

So, here I am back to square one. I'm gonna risk it and get back on the Differin Duac
regimen again. This time around, however, I'll start slowly and be more patient.

Meruru, since both you and I've been on CS for the past few weeks (but havent had success with it) and now, that we're both on Differin and Duac, I was wondering if you like to keep a journal with me, to update our progress and provide moral support.

If you're interested, let me know how you'd like to set this up :)
Update for [B]Week 5[/B] using Differin:
[B]Day 29[/B]: Breaking out on the bridge of my nose.
[B]Day 30[/B]: 4 big zits on my chin :(. Big zit right between my eyes.
[B]Day 31[/B]: I see a bunch of small red bumps on my right cheek. These look like they are going to turn into a battlezone.
[B]Day 32[/B]: Left jaw has 3 big zits. Bumps on right cheek are bigger. 10 zits broke out on the right side of forehead.
[B]Day 33[/B]: Skin feels a lot smoother today.
[B]Day 34[/B]: Skin looks good today! No new zits :)
[B]Day 35[/B]: Forehead getting more bumpy again. 4 new zits on my right cheek. Definitely getting worse today.

I compared a picture of myself from last week and my skin looks better than Week 4. But its still worse than when I started... :(. When I look at the photos before I started Differin, I kind of wonder why I decided to try a new treatment... I had a bunch of zits before I started, but compared to now it looked clear!

I'm kind of surprised I stuck with it for 5 weeks. Well, I'm going to keep going...and if doesn't seem to be improving after the 12 week mark, I'll probably throw in the towel.

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