Blog posts : "skin care"

Clindoxyl Gel Dependency

Do you develop a dependency to Clindoxyl Gel? In short, no. (See bottom of entry for dependency info)

I seem to be getting a lot of traffic for the search term "clindoxyl gel dependency," so I thought I'd make a more-to-the-point post than my previous blog entries about it. Clindoxyl is a gel that usually comes in a tube and does not require refrigeration. It is a mixture of benzoyl peroxide and an antibiotic. It takes up to 6 weeks (6 full weeks!!) To see optimal results and, between weeks 0 and 6 of its use, it might seem like it's making things worse.

In my experience, Clindoxyl gel worked wonderfully. At about 4 weeks of use, my face must have been 1.5 times worse than before I started using it, but after 6 weeks of use, my skin was amazingly clear and I went on to use benzoyl peroxide for a year or two with perfect skin until it stopped working.

Do you develop a dependency to Clindoxyl Gel? In short, no. You are prescribed this gel when you have moderate acne... This acne is not generally something that can be "cured" through topical ointments or gels. However, it is something that can be maintained or controlled through topical medications. Clindoxyl works by fighting bacteria that lives deep in your skin while the benzoyl peroxide acts as an antiseptic deep in your pores to help the antibiotics reach further down and to help bring oxygen to where it's needed. Once you stop using clindoxyl, you will break out... This isn't due to a dependency of the gel, it is due to your pre-exiting acne condition which you had previously been controlling with the prescription cream.

If you are well controlled with your clindoxyl, you can try using pure benzoyl peroxide as it might be better for you financially. I used clindoxyl for about 3 months prior to switching to straight benzoyl. I purchased mine from

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Tetracycline Course Completed

I finished two months of the Tetracycline paired with Benzamycin (a topical gel that lives in the fridge, containing erythromycin and benzoyl eroxide). They both worked pretty well up until the last week. During the last week, I broke out in about five nodules. It was working so well, too. Oh well...

I wasn't really using the tetracycline properly, anyway. I had to eat something with it or I would throw up as I always did whenever I tried taking it as ordered -- 1 hour before food or three hours after food, never within a close time-frame of diary/calcium-rich or iron-rich foods.

The benzamycin gel worked alright... I really hate that it creates a large dependency on consistent use. You skip a morning or a nightly application and you will break out, without a doubt. When you are on a flip-flop schedule like mine, you can't really work a product like that into your schedule very easily. Not to mention the severe drying it does to your skin, the fact that it bleaches all hair it comes into contact with (eyebrows, surrounding hair line) and it discolours most fabrics... Uhg. I don't want topical solutions anymore. I'm sick of them and how much they limit lifestyle... I won't even get into the time I tried camping and came home with a polka-dot face, ha.

So now... I'm getting myself back onto the health wagon. It's time to stop eating junk food and restart taking my main vitamins; vitamin E and vitamin B (complex). I'm on day three of this, so we'll see how it goes. I want to exhaust all methods, even though I've tried most of them before. Last, last resort will be acutane which I would really love to avoid.

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Nodular Acne - I Know, It's Exciting!

I've been batteling with nodular ance since I was 21. In fact, I started breaking out shortly after my 21st birthday. As I've mentioned in the past, nodules are a step down from cystic acne. They are essentially the same thing, though they are smaller than.

When I first went to my doctor about it, I had already gotten to the point where I didn't want to leave the apartment for any reason. I was even embarassed to be around my family with the harsh looking break-outs. Not only are they an eye sore to look at, they are very painful and can sometimes be so deep that they cause numbness and facial swelling. Awesome stuff!

Anyway... For the first year and a bit, benzoy peroxide seemed to work pretty good, but I got the occasional breakout regardless of my religious face washing twice a day, application of benzoyl, and following that all up with a special formulated moisturizer. It left me absolutely paranoid of people touching my face at all and bleached each of my pillow-cases.

Then I tried going vegetarian, even went vegan for a while. I kept a great diet with no processed sugars in it for many months before I fell off the wagon and none of those changes to my diet helped at all. I tried supplements such as Vitamin E (helps complexion for sure), vitamin C, even the birth control pill all in an attempt to stop these constant break-outs.

I tried the oil cleansing method which helped reduce the number of breakouts, but didn't completely get rid of them and actually caused me to break out with pimples (white-topped comedomes) as well as blakc heads.

I tried quite a few other things. In the end, I had to come to the realization that these are not generic acne -- they can't be stopped alone. Off to the doctor I went for an Rx for Tetracycline. Finger's crossed!

There is ittle information out there on nodular acne and I look forward to sitting down and writing up a good informative article for those of you suffering from it, be it it through a friend, family member, or personally.

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