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I am continuing to use Skinoren at night (it leaves an oily film on my skin) and BP during the day, despite the fact that Skinoren increases my oil somewhat. I have stuck with it for one reason--it seems to be the best thing I've found other than BP to keep my skin stablized as far as texture, tone, and color. (I like BHA too, but I'm trying to keep my products simple for now and give this a chance so I only use it maybe once a week.) It does not fade redmarks on me like some say, and in fact a few old ones have taken much longer to fade than is usual for me, maybe because I stopped using BP at night. It also has not decreased pore size, but it does keep them in a holding pattern and my face still feels tight like I like it, even if it doesn't look tight (actually a benefit since BP alone made it too tight). Because B5 keeps my skin from breaking out, I needed something to stablize it as my skin is sensitive and gets irritated easily. I think Skinoren does help build up thicker skin or balance the skin's pH because that is the one benefit I see--less sensitivity and blotchiness/redness. I can rub my skin now if it itches,and I won't leave a red mark that lasts for a half hour--something I could never have done in the past. While this may sound like a trivial reason to stick with Skinoren, since I don't have breakouts anymore anyway, it has always been extremely hard for me to find anything I could use besides BP that didn't make me red or blotchy if I used it EVERY day, AND I wanted to use something a little moisturizing since I'm getting older (ain't we all?). Skinoren just seems so gentle and neutralizing. I'm hoping in the long run it has other more dramatic benefits than just stablizing my skin--like diminishing the oil better after I put it on, and clearing pores better (so I don't have to treat my skin a few times a week with B5 gel to remove plugs). This strikes me as a medication that works slowly and over time, so I think I really won't know the entire benefits for a few months yet. In the meantime, it's not hurting, even if it isn't an overnight miracle, so I'm sticking with it.
All other Skinoren/azelaic acid users please respond with your updates! I have a feeling those of us who started around the same time a while back may need more time to really know what this treatment is capable of, but I would like to hear how you are all doing so far!
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- I started Skinoren in January and it REALLY helped. I stopped in April and like I had said before it didn't clear me, but really began the process. When I started i had large nodules everywhere and they were so frequent. When I stopped taking in April, I got one or two every couple of weeks that hung around for a long time. It did make my skin very oily and didnt reduce red marks. It's the an acne cure by any means, but its the best product to start finding a cure for acne. I'd recommend people use Skinoren in morning/BP at night and then after 3 or 4 months get your doctor to prescribe Klaron and use it in place of Skinoren. All the while take antibiotics whether you think they work or not. This should in fact help most people that have baceteria induced acne...which is most people that are over the age of 20 (past puberty).#1; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:26:00 GMT
- So tell us more about Klaron lotion and why it is better than Skinoren. Does it have the advantage of not making you oily like Skinoren does? What's the active ingredient?
Thanks, and Klaron users report your results to help us out here.#2; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:27:00 GMT
- Hi PoreOilyMe! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif
I am still using my Finacea gel(azelex) and have been using it 2 months now. Still love love love it!! Maybe that's why I am not visiting the board as much as I did in the past. I am also using Retin A micro still, and Minocycline(when I remember). Something is keeping me clear, and I say it's this Finacea. In all my acne experience(25 plus years and varying degrees of it) I think my skin loves this because I have NEVER used anything like it...it has responded so well to it. Who would have thought that a medication geared towards Rosecea would be so effective for my cystic acne!
I tried Klaron briefly...P.O.M- you would hate this stuff. It is a mild medication but it has moisturizing benefits that I think would just make you shinier and oily......in my opinion, this one is not for you. Feels nice on the initial application, but then left me too shiny during the day. Good luck! D~
[This message has been edited by DeeDeeWith3 (edited 07-15-2003).]#3; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:28:00 GMT
- My experience with klaron is that it is pretty ineffective. It was one of the first things that I was perscribed, back in the antibiotics days, and its effects weren't lasting. It seems to be a light coating of some sort that makes you feel less oily but I continued to break out on it. Today, my skin is more under control than it ever has been in 5 years, and I'm almost positive I break out dramatically less when I allow my skin to emit its natural oils during the day.#4; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:30:00 GMT
- I liked Klaron better because it is not oily to me. It's just like putting water on your face its so thin. See Skinoren leaves that film that makes you oily almost immediately. Klaron is very gentle and Sodium Sulfacetamide in general is more powerful than Azelaic Acid. They are both bacteria killers, but Sulfactamides are just a bit stronger. I like both products but in time when you get so oily from Skinoren that you can't stand it, Klaron is better to use because its almost like you are putting nothing on.#5; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:31:00 GMT
- but remember for those that didn't see results with Sodium Sulfacetamides, most docs will tell you that you won't see effects for about 2 months thats why I think everyone should use Skinoren first because it works faster and when things start to get better, use one in morning, one in night, and then completely change over. I experienced the same thing with Klaron that it didn't work and was just like putting fluid on my face, but in time, things just got so much better to where I only use Klaron and QH mask and my skin is virtually blemish free most of the time. However, it all starts with Skinoren/Azelex. I wouldnt dare recommend Klaron without recommending Skinoren first.#6; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:32:00 GMT
- I like Skinoren best cause it keeps my face at a good ph level and it stays on your face till it washes off.I also love the face that it will hide my red marks somewhat till they heal which is important for me since I do not like to wear makeup .Makeup never blends into my face and never seems to cover anything.Skinoren blends into my face without a flaky look.Skinoren does not make my face oily at all.For me it keeps it from getting that oily look and keeps it looking matte.#7; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:33:00 GMT
- It will be 7 weeks Friday for me and Azelex. My face is 95% clear. Only thing left are those stupid little bumps, but I've recently added glycolic acid to my regimen so I'm hoping that will help get rid of them. Azelex is by far the best product for my skin in the 6 six years I've been fighting acne.#8; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:34:00 GMT
- There is a new product called Clenia that is as gental as Klaron but in a cream form and it does not leave an oily feel at all, it is good for the stubborn pimples yet not too drying.
I also use Finevin in the morning (azelaic) but I don't find that it leaves me oily it is also in a cream form not a gel I think creams absorb better.#9; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:35:00 GMT
- for Tummy..as far as the sodium sulfacetamides...I love my Plexion wash, and neglected to mention that I have been washing with this along with using Retin A micro, Finacea gel, & Minocin. This combo is doing the trick. Bacteria killers in the Plexion wash? Ok, whatever is in there is killing these babies!#10; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:36:00 GMT
- hi, you are right, skinoren is great, does the job of clearing the skin without the theatrics of retin A.also the skin doesn't have that "under medication" look..right?
i think its a good starter treatment and also good for maintenance too.i can't use bp for more than a week though, it works but causes too much dryness and valueless irritation for me.i think it's for teenagers!
good luck.#11; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:37:00 GMT
- Does anyone use jojaba oil as well as the azelaic in the morning, if so which do you put on first?
Thanks#12; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:38:00 GMT