Whats ur Favorite Acne Product for AAS Use?
03-10-2007 09:05 PM
I got minimal results from all the otc stuff and from antibiotics.
I had never given tretinoin (retin-a) a real good shot (cuz the stuff I had initially was way too concentrated for practical human use.) But right before I signed the waivers to start accutane I happened to try mixing antibiotics WITH tretinoin. My derm said it was the best he'd seen my skin, so Im sticking with it for now. If it plateau's again, then he'll probably put me on isotretinoin (accutane).
My current regimen is as follows:
1) take my first dose of oral minocycline.
2) Wash skin w/ either benzole peroxide, nizoral, (or sometimes sallisylic acid, wich is my least favorite of the three).
3) I apply clyndamycin trans D and tretinoin cream to trouble spots.
If I can, I prefer to devide them up by a few hours for better absorption through the skin, but sometimes I'll use them at the same time if Im in a hurry.
4) I take my second dose of minocycline several hours later.
5) I rub in cetaphil moisturizer as needed. (Ussually in the middle of the night.) To deal with the dry itchy chaffing effects of the tret. I read that alot of people use it w/ accutane too. Another one I have but have yet to try is Aquaphor. I've read good things but have no first hand experience w/ it yet. This is important to me because choosing the proper moisturizer (so as not to exacerbate the problem your trying to combat) is an often neglected topic when discussing the use of tretinoin and isotretinoin.
I also take vitamin D, and vitamin b5, but im not sure if those really do anything for serious acne vulgaris cases. Those probably only work for minor cases or cases that part of the cause was a severe deficiency in those vitamins. Kinda like those weight loss supps that have nothing but vit's and min's in them. They wont do anything for someone who allready had a good diet and supp regimen.
03-10-2007 09:20 PM
03-10-2007 11:30 PM
OTC Nizoral as a body wash.
03-13-2007 10:11 PM
Oral antibiotics are best. Safe, effective, and fast acting. Creams and lotions take too long to work and are mild. B5 is hit or miss. Accutane has a negative impact on lipids for some people, and that's bad when used with AS. Only catch with oral antiobiotics is they shouldn't be used for more than 4 weeks per year because you run the risk of developing resistance to them and they also destroy beneficial bacteria.
But outside of steroid use, creams/lotions are best because they are safest for long-term use
03-13-2007 11:28 PM
topical tretnoin gel is workin well combating my acne
03-14-2007 07:09 AM
Salicylic acid and nizoral shampoo. The nizoral worked wonders for me. I had acne on my upper arms, back and some on my chest and within 3 days of cleaning with the Niz my acne was getting better. Its now 3 weeks later since I first tried it and my back has cleared completely and chest about 80%. The acne was from a test/winny cycle.
03-14-2007 02:04 PM
Thanks bro. If my experiences can save anyone else some time and frustration Im happy.
Originally Posted by P4D2A022
03-14-2007 03:56 PM
i believe that is run of the mill retin-a. no? that stuff was a little harsh for my taste.
Originally Posted by youngstunna50
03-14-2007 08:51 PM
Originally Posted by jomi822
Retin-A is the most well known brand name for tretinoin. There isnt really any difference between Retin-A and generic tretinoin. But they do come in several different concentrations. The first batch I tried was too harsh for me. Just as what you experienced. It was like even a little dab would cause dry itchy painful chaffing. But now I use the 0.05% version and it's alot easier to cover the whole affected area without too much of the drug being systemically distributed. Maybe you'd have better luck with a lower concentration. I know I couldnt even stick with it longer than a week or so w/ the stronger concentration because the sides were absolutely excrutiatingly unbareable. They even make a 0.025% version if youre really sensitive. Plus the right kind of moisturizer is key.
I like cetaphil. Some people like regular vasoline intensive care or aquaphor. My derm gave some other kind too, but I forget the name. (he only gave me a tiny sample.)
03-15-2007 01:08 AM
My dermo had me on tetricycline and then minocycline each for like 18 months a piece. My skin never really completely cleared up during any point of those 3 years of usage. Are you saying that I was taking antibiotics that I was immune to for 148 of those 156 weeks?
Originally Posted by lifthardheavy
03-15-2007 12:23 PM
Same, I was on different anti-biotics for 6+ months solid and got zero help from it after the first month or two.
03-16-2007 12:42 AM
i used proactive and didnt really work.. now i use Oxy the face wash(10% benzo) the little oxy pads (2% salicylic) and the oxy cream (10% benzo) and it works great
03-16-2007 01:48 AM
who makes this oxy line bro?
03-17-2007 01:58 AM
Buy Oxy Acne Wash, Maximum Strength Online at drugstore.com
hmm buy all 3 and use together,, make sure its the 10% benzo and the oxy pads (2%sali) i get mine from walmart
03-17-2007 01:58 PM
yo thanks bro! im gonna try it out
08-19-2007 08:17 PM
AHHH....hell yea, old scool trick. i'm glad i'm not alone on this one. this meathod works the best for me, others are spending much money on this or that.....i can pick up a bottle of Dawn for 3 bucks, and get results.
Originally Posted by jomi822
08-19-2007 10:06 PM
those medications do not always solve the problem. if your acne was bad enough that those medications did not solve the problem i am surprised you and your doctor did not look into accutane. did he even run simple blood tests to determine if it might be an option? tretnoin medications? topical antibiotics?
it sounds like you acne cleared up simple because of aging out of puberty, rather than antibiotic use.
08-24-2007 04:25 AM
This might sound odd, but Melanotan actually cleared up a lot of my acne.
08-27-2007 12:32 AM
Thats funny, I acctually work at the plant that produces all of the dawn, joy, and ivory dish soaps. A big pipe busted open one day spilling soap all over the roof. After squeeging the roof off for hours my feet were soaked with water and dish soap and not a pair of dry socks to be found, so I walked around with soapy shoes for the next 10 hours. next day noticed my feet itched really bad, took a look at them and the entire top layer of skin on my foot had died off and was starting to peel.
Originally Posted by jomi822
I'll have to try this method, considering I have first hand experience on how powerful that Sh!T is!
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