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no, it was not difficult for me to start retinoids.

differin is a third generation retinoid. so its milder. (it also comes in many different formulas/gels etc)

Tretinoin (retin a) was a little more harsh. so i only used it every third night starting off. i could see that it was working - the top layer of my skin was starting to slough off. i used a facecloth or a clarisonic brush (i have a knockoff of the clarisonic) to take off the flakes.

i also moisturized twice a day.

i am also not out in the sun very often at all - so that keeps the irritation down.

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no, it was not difficult for me to start retinoids.

differin is a third generation retinoid. so its milder. (it also comes in many different formulas/gels etc)

Tretinoin (retin a) was a little more harsh. so i only used it every third night starting off. i could see that it was working - the top layer of my skin was starting to slough off. i used a facecloth or a clarisonic brush (i have a knockoff of the clarisonic) to take off the flakes.

i also moisturized twice a day.

i am also not out in the sun very often at all - so that keeps the irritation down.
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I don't know what to do anymore, my skin is a complete disaster this month. I didn't change my skin care routin, only been using organic rose water as a toner for two weeks (a couple of times per day) and then stopped, because I noticed strange reactions on my skin - dryness, redness, like an irritation and then clogged pores and a break out which I didn't get rid of till now; I stopped using it 4 days ago, only that I am not sure this was actually the cause.
I wanted to order Grandma's Acne Control Bar Soap which Fabulyss suggested, but they don't ship it to my country.

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Aww Try the vinegar + water toner I recommended! I would love to find out if that helps you or not (I would give it at least 2 weeks of daily use). It's super cheap too.

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I can't find it anywhere, so I was thinking of making it by myself, since we have a domestic produced apple vinegar. I would check in what ratio it should be mixed.
I the meantime I would also check if Grandma's soap is available to ship to anywhere else.

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Yes the toner is do-it-yourself, not manufactured! That's what makes it so cheap. Honestly I just dab a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and very very quickly rinse it under a faucet (for one second!). Then I apply it as a toner all over my face, every night. It's definitely helped clear my skin (it also exfoliates as it's acidic).

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I tried using apple cider vinegar mixed with water as a toner too, but in my case it didn't work. It was too harsh for my skin. Now I'm making my own toner with colloidal silver water (which I buy) with a few drops of lemon essential oil or tea tree oil... I recently started writing about the cosmetics industry on my blog, it's fascinating how chemical products are today and how much damage they can actually cause. I would always recommend natural products vs. synthetic ones.

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I really hate that my spots just won't leave me alone I'm petrified of trying any new foundation or cream anymore because my skin always reacts badly to them. I've decided I don't want to take any pills for it and neither do I want to use harsh scrubs and washes on my face as I'm scared it will leave my skin dry and damaged in the long term. I was on the clinique anti blemish regime for a good two years but it didn't make any difference other than drying my skin out. Now I just use wash my face with organic honey at night (mixed with bicarb once a week for scrubbing) and moisturise with jojoba oil in the morning. I used to use argan oil but since it finished I decided to try jojoba and it's working pretty well!

I'm waiting for my skin to calm down a bit and hopefully will start microdermabrasion for my scars etc. I hear they won't do it if you have acne? Has anyone tried it?

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I tried using apple cider vinegar mixed with water as a toner too, but in my case it didn't work. It was too harsh for my skin. Now I'm making my own toner with colloidal silver water (which I buy) with a few drops of lemon essential oil or tea tree oil... I recently started writing about the cosmetics industry on my blog, it's fascinating how chemical products are today and how much damage they can actually cause. I would always recommend natural products vs. synthetic ones.
The first time I tried apple cider vinegar, it was too harsh for my skin too; I almost gave up on it entirely b/c of that. But you can dilute it 80% or 90% to make it gentler. This was when it started working for me (I have really sensitive skin).

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I will try that. Have you tried drinking diluted apple cider vinegar too? I heard it't good beacuse it balances hormone levels.

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I will try that. Have you tried drinking diluted apple cider vinegar too? I heard it't good beacuse it balances hormone levels.
I haven't, but I'll definitely try that too! Thanks

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I've read somewhere that coconut oil helps acne - anyone who can confirm it?

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^Apparently it exasperates breakouts too ><

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^ that sucks.
but maybe it can be the case of getting worse before getting better?

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Coconut oil is comedogenic, so I would not use it on acne prone skin.
Oils are a big no no for me though, even the 'light' ones, like rosehip, grape seed oil and even tee tree.

I am using apple cider vinegar for four days now and seems like it helps me. Will order Grandma's soap bar on ebay too.

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