Giving Ziana A Try

We first told you about the new acne prescription Ziana about a month ago. As soon as I learned about it, I knew its anti-acne and anti-aging benefits are exactly what I'm looking for. As a refresher, this prescription topical contains tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) plus the antibiotic clindamycin. I tried topical clindamycin back in my teens to no avail, but I saw my dermatologist last week and asked him what he thought of Ziana. He told me that they just got samples of it last week and that he was thinking of trying it himself. He gave me some samples and I've been using it for five days. It's a clear, yellow gel-liquid that goes on easily and absorbs quickly. And unlike Retin-A cream (I've tried that too), it doesn't leave any white residue. I know I need to give it a month or two to see results, but so far it's going great. I'm not seeing any irritation, but my skin is starting to flake just a little bit. Stay tuned for updates!
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Please help, have been using Ziana for about two and a half weeks. It has made my acne so horrible. I constantly have to pop white heads and they are huge. I look like a mess and even when I pop the pimples I can feel a lump under my skin where I popped its filled with more puss. Please tell me this is normal and that the gel is just getting everything out.
Posted January 14, 2015 11:57 PM EST
I have also been using this generic ziana, combination medication of Tretinoin–Clindamycin for a week and I see reduction in the severity of Acne. I am not knowing if generic would have the same effect of brand. I got this generic online at International Drug Mart. If any one has used the generic please let me know if the generic drug is more than enough.
Posted March 11, 2014 7:20 AM EDT
I have been using Ziana gel for 8 months and have noticed some changes since my last review on my blog after 3 months. Check out how environmental factors changed my skin and my use of Ziana gel at ameeme dot blogspot dot com.
Posted February 12, 2014 6:49 PM EST
I'm 22 and have moderate hormonal acne. Its almost exclusively on my chin with the random rouge spot on my forehead (usually a small cystic one by my eyebrow) or cheek occasionally. I do have some dark spots on my cheeks from previous blemishes that I picked at (bad bad bad!) I've been on Ziana at night and Aczone in the morning for almost a month now. Here's what happened to my skin. Week 1: Skin improved over night, bumps on chin less inflamed and less red, small cystic on eyebrow feels smaller Week 2: Skin starts peeling and feels dry on chin (where the bulk of the acne is), dark marks on left cheek from old blemishes start to fade Week 3: Three new blemishes on right cheek and two on right jawline (figured out this is the side I sleep on, so possibly my pillow making things worse), still peeling on chin only Week 4: Same as week three I'm at the end of week four now and the peeling is finally stopping, almost completely. The dark spots on my left cheek are 80% less visible than before I started using ziana. I have no new blemishes on my chin, just the marks of where blemishes used to be and are now healing. The breakout I had on my right side of my face is going away too. Like Julia said, the skin around these bad areas feels amazing and I do think the excessive peeling in my chin is because the medicine was cleansing that area. Some other changes I made: Washing my pillow cases at least once a week to get rid of bacteria, drinking TONS of water (think completely clear pee), eating more fruits and veggies, limiting dairy (this was huge), and taking vitamins E and D (the skin vitamins). Everyone is different though,what works works for me might now work for you, but that's what sharing our tips is all about, helping each other find something new to try and hopefully something that works! Best of luck, keeping fighting the good fight!
Posted November 05, 2013 11:11 PM EST
Been on solodyne and just started Ziana 2ish weeks ago. I am 22 years old and I went on accutane when I was 19 years old to get rid of the severe cystic acne on my face. After my 6 months on accutane (COMPLETE AND UTTER HELL) My skin was amazingly clear and glowed for the last couple years until I turned 21. It started with just a couple break outs around my period and would clear up quickly, but eventually the breakouts would linger for longer periods of time until it was to the point where i was constantly breaking out and my face never stayed clear. It got so bad again that my derm put me on solodyne 65 mg, and i felt that this dermatologist wasn't getting to the problem and just kept prescribing me they often do... So i went to this women and she put me on ziana at night and Aczone in the morning. What I feel is happening now to my skin after using the ziana, is VERY similar to my experience with Accutane just less severe and much less painful. Its working in the same way... 1st the skin is irritated from the peeling and dry, but this is good! You're shedding all that bad surface layer of epidermal cells and the antibiotic is working on the bacteria. Its itchy and my face feels tight, I have new bumps appearing everyday, but don't focus on the breakouts, focus on the skin around them. You should notice that your skin is becoming more smooth and your pigment is becoming even and has almost a nice glow. The bad bumps will go down I promise. For those of you who want to go on accutane, if Ziana works, seriously, stay with Ziana. Look, I went on Accutane and its all coming back. I was very depressed on Accutane and i was tired I literally felt like my whole body was just toxic it was a sick ill feeling i cant describe. My skin looks like shit right now, but It's purging and it will be clear! I can already tell Ziana will work. Have faith and acne doesnt make you ugly. Just remember you are beautiful. stay strong.
Posted October 30, 2013 12:06 AM EDT
I have mild to moderate adult acne (age 28). I've been on Ziana for about a week and as everyone said, it gets worse before it gets better. Thankfully, however, I have not experienced any drying, peeling, or redness. My dermatologist gave these instructions: wait 30 minutes after cleansing face at night, then mix a pea-sized amount of Ziana with CeraVe moisturizing lotion and apply all to the forehead, cheeks, and chin (only to the crease), and avoid the sides of your nose and upper lip because it is too drying for those areas. For the first two weeks, use every other night. Then, use every night. He also has me on BenzEFoam in the morning (apply for 1 minute and rinse off). I will have to continue this treatment for a year to "train" my face to not withhold bacteria.
Posted July 16, 2013 1:09 AM EDT
It really does work. My dermatologist prescribed it to me and it really is clearing up my acne. It takes a while so you have to patient about. I only use it before bed and when I'm outside I put oil-free sunscreen on my face because I hav oily skin. But I don't wear makeup so I don't know if the makeup will it affect anything.
Posted June 16, 2013 4:33 PM EDT
I am 13 years old and I just started using Ziana. I would say I have moderate acne. Nothing too bad on my cheeks but i have a lot of clogged pores on my forehead which cause bumps and pimples up there too. I also get acne on the sides of my mouth and nose. Its weird though because I will get acne on one side of my nose or mouth then as soon as it goes away acne will come up on the other side of my nose or mouth. Since I started Ziana my skin has gotten worse, but I'm not really worried though because like I said, I just started using it about two days ago and I have heard your skin has to get worse before it gets better so honestly I'm kinda glad I'm getting all these breakouts at once because that means they will all go away at around the same time instead of one popping up and then right when that one goes away another one pops up. I wash my face with step one of acne-free, mosterize with CereVe AM in the morning and PM at night, and then I put on Ziana. Hope this helps! XOXO
Posted June 16, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
So,im 12 turning 13 and i've been using ziana for about like 2 weeks and have been pretty impatient with it, my doc told me that my face needs to get worse before it gets better,and im really nervous about this. My face has been getting red patches and my acne has gotten worse so after reading theses post i feel pretty good about ziacna but im a bit worried that it will permanently stay like this, and i feel a bit ashamed about leaving the house, however, i wear foundation from time to time to cover the acne I need help! from your experiences, does ziana show visible results? And does foundation affect the way it works (my mom always says that) :D Thanks
Posted May 06, 2013 9:47 PM EDT
I've been using Ziana for about a week and I can tell it's really working. Although you should note that when you put it on, if you want to put on a moisturizer as well, put in on after using the gel because it always needs to be the closest to the face. And only a small amount it needed (about the size of a pea) or it will clog your pores and your acne can get a lot worse.
Posted May 04, 2013 10:50 PM EDT
I've had acne for years and tried so many different things. I finally switched to ziana, and I saw INSTANT results in about a week. My skin hasn't looked this smooth or felt this soft since I was probably 14, and I'm 21 now. I understand it's not the right fit for everyone (like many other acne meds weren't right for me) but I was lucky enough not to go through a red flaky period before it worked. I use it at night in conjunction with cetaphil wash and Acezone in the morning. Can't say enough great stuff about ziana!
Posted February 06, 2013 8:29 AM EST
I have been using ziana and spironlactone for 2 months now.... My acne got worst the first two weeks because I was using genereses fe birth control .... For some reasons the two did not interact well... My face was so bad I was ashamed to go out. I stopped the birth control and omg my face is clearing up with spirononlactone and ziana at night... I m so happy now my skin looks I look much younger too
Posted January 16, 2013 9:12 PM EST
I am an avid lover of Ziana. I have been on Differin gel and cream, anitbotics, and much more and Ziana is by far the most effective gel to date. It is a bit spendy so I would suggest getting coupons off the manuf. site to help curb costs. Also note you only need a pea size or less for your entire face. I have African American skin, and oily/combination skin. I have suffered from acne since age 12 and this is the first time in years I feel like I can go out in public without makeup on. Give it a good 2-3 months to take effectiveness. I use Ziana in addition to an oral antibiotic.
Posted December 26, 2012 2:08 PM EST
I am a 16 year old guy and I started breaking out at about 14 which wasn't as bad and at 15 it started getting worse. I was perscribed ziana at about 15 years old and I used it for about 6 months and didn't notice many results it seemed to control the acne but didn't really improve it. Out of frustration I quit using it around 6 months ago and started just using a OTC acne medication and my acne just flared up like crazy. I started using ziana again about a week ago and have been using the OTC at the same time and it seems to be clearing up so I'm hoping for results!
Posted December 03, 2012 10:46 PM EST
This stuff works great! of course, if you have sever acne, this product will make your skin tight and dry but after continued use it does get better! A BIG THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT YOU SHOULD THE ZIANA WITH A MOISTURIZER (CERA VE or CETAPHIL) AND THEN APPLY TO YOUR FACE. You will notice that the ziana does not react so harshly with your face and is still just as affective.
Posted November 09, 2012 6:42 PM EST
I have been on Ziana since Dec. 2011 and it is miracle drug! It did take a couple of months to see complete results, but my skin instantly started clearing up. It is smooth and for the most part pimple free! And I suffered from severe breakouts, all of the time. I have had one breakout since then and it is nothing compared to what it used to be. It is expensive but so worth it, I am scared I will never stop using it!
Posted October 10, 2012 3:39 PM EDT
Just got a prescription and some samples of ziana today.. Glad I found this site.. I use neutrogena pink grapefruit scrub with a dab of tea tree oil and a drop of baking soda.. The zania is for acne on my neck.. I get a little acne on my face but not enough to risk the peeling.. Thanks for the tips and I know to Use sparingly Let my neck dry 30 minutes before applying Stay out of the sun I'll keep you guys posted!!!!
Posted September 27, 2012 10:43 PM EDT
Mom Renee
My thirteen year old son started having breakouts on his forehead and chin about 5 months ago. In late August I found him a dermatologist and she put him on Ziana. We were told that it would get much worse before it gets better. Well I didn't think it would get worse so soon after trying it. We were given samples to use and told to wash his face with cetaphil and to also use their moisturizer for dryness. After day two my son woke up with small bumps on his cheeks which were fine to start with and even more bumps on his forehead and chin and also there was some peeling skin on his cheeks and chin areas. We were both horrified I immediately started doing research and I'm not sure if we will continue because my son really doesn't like the peeling and dry skin. I also noticed that his skin appears to have more skin discolorations in the areas that were breaking out at first. Not sure if we'll continue .
Posted September 16, 2012 4:18 PM EDT
Hey guys! I was on Ziana and a sulfur sulfacetamide wash about 3 years ago. IT TAKES AT LEAST 3 MONTHS OF CONTINUED USE TO GET THE GREAT RESULTS! dont give up! You first go through the flaking, and redness stage, and then the ziana starts clearing your skin from the INSIDE OUT that is why your seeing worse acne for the first 8 weeks or so! Its clearing everything up underneath the skin and then once that is cleared, it will begin to clear the surface, I too was frustrated at first even though my derm told me it would get worse before it got better, I stopped using the ziana for the last two years and now I am on it again going through the initial stages but I know it works! It clears all the blackheads, cystic acne, surface acne, and hyperpigmentation (spots you are all seeing), so don't stop it because you think your skin is irritated and its not working, because it is! It just takes time, I know how hard it can be because I am a very impatient person =) Also, if you need further help with scars, either IPL laser treatments, vit C serum, or chemical peels will all help tremendously with scars if you have the money! Good luck everyone!!
Posted September 12, 2012 12:30 PM EDT
I am 16 years old and I guess I have pretty moderate/ severe acne. It's not that bad because I can cover it pretty well with makeup but I am really tired of it. I went to the dermatologist in may and he put me on ziana and the pill called moradox. Almost 11 weeks later, I am seeing results but mostly my skin is just really smooth but the marks are still there. I'm still hoping it will work more but it is doing something. Cetaphil face wash has been amazing though. I will keep you updated on my face and see what happens. :)
Posted July 29, 2012 10:14 PM EDT
I recently went to the derm and he also placed me on ziana i really hope it works as a teen i had acne problems and tried so many medications from benzol perixode to retnol a nothing work i saw a few people talked about actune it was the only thing that ever worked for me after that i went years with out the use of any medication my skin was flawless so i only hope to have the same results with ziana
Posted July 20, 2012 7:40 PM EDT
I just want to give some hope for people currently starting ziana or considering taking it. I had moderate acne on the face, mild on the chest and severe on my back. With nothing having worked in the past, I was finally prescribed Ziana along with Spironolactone 25mg, Minocycline 65mg, Yaz birth control and Aczone gel(which doesnt really work). I am now into my 7th week of treatment and have my followup in 2 days. the first 4 weeks were very frustrating as I would see some improvement then purge again but my skin was feeling incredibly smoother each day. I knew I would purge and with the improvement I would see at times I knew it was working just had to be patient. The last 2-3 weeks my skin was improved 90%, huge improvement compared to before when I was embarrassed to be in daylight. My chest is 100% clear. My back has not one pimple but tons of scars which I hope to get something for the scars when I see the derm this week. My face currently has one tiny pimple on my chin, everything else clear and smooth! light facial scarring, but makeup takes care of that. I am completely satisfied with the results and happy I didnt give up on Ziana. By the way I stopped using Aczone around the 4th week because I really didnt feel it was doing anything and I got off the Minocycline during my 3rd week because of some side effects I experienced. So I really just have Ziana and Spironolactone to thank. Don't give up, this stuff works but it all takes time. Goodluck.
Posted July 16, 2012 7:46 AM EDT
HI there, I've had mild to mod acne on my chin only for the last five years, I've tried a lot of different things. Thursday my new derm put me Ziana. i was excited at first because I thought retinoids get rid of acne and erase fine lines! lol. then I started reading the posts.... I've only put it on two nights now, and I feel that it brought out a cystic pimple that would't go away, but was at least flat and concealable. Now, after the Ziana, it has erupted and is quite large. I gathered that the general concensus is to try Ziana for at least 12 weeks? I figure, what have I to lose? Also, she perscribed an antiboitic. Will that give me a yeast infection? It's something like Sol......
Posted July 07, 2012 7:07 AM EDT
Jan P
I am a 47 year old African African female and last week I found out I had Rosacea, uggh. My dematologist prescribed the following: Cerave cream, Aczone, Zizna and Metrogel. I wash my face with Cerave Cream a.m. and p.m. and apply some under my eyes at night. I use Aczone all over my face in the morning and at mid day. At night I use the Ziana to bumps and apply Metrogel to red ares after washing my face with Cerave PM. So far this combo has worked fine. I am also suppose to apply sunscreen (Antioxidant) in the morning, but I don't, since I've been home on disability. Before I went to the dematologist my face (nose, cheeks, chin and forhead) was covered with red tiny cyst-like bumps; my nose was red and the bumbs hurt. Today, I have a few bumps which are hardly noticeably. I do have this one huge bump that feels like a rock under my nose that just won't go away. I found that when I element the foods I am allergic to I don't have this problem. I would suggest anyone suffering with this problem go to an allergist to find out what allergies you have and element those foods and see if that helps. I knew what I was allergic to dairy but continued to eat it giving me those unsightly bumpbs. So, I am doing better at not eating dairy foods which I know is the biggest culprit.
Posted June 25, 2012 9:44 AM EDT
I've been on Ziana for 5 weeks now. My skin has improved and got worse all at the same time. I originally went in to see the doctor for super tiny bumps under my skin that seemed to be stuck. My pores weren't purging them out so they weren't growing or shrinking. At about the third day on Ziana my skin color changed to red, my skin began pealing, and my skin was so sensitive that even talking hurt. It was very embarrassing. The area around my mouth and chin especially was the area that became detest. I literally had skin hanging from my face. Any moisturiser I tried burned to the touch. I stuck to it and eventually I built resistance and stopped pealing although I cannot get away with not using moisturiser as my skin still remains on the dry side. What happened after my skin got used to the Ziana is that I started to break out all over my face. I'm 28 and looked worse than my teenage sisters. My tiny little bumps that I went into the doctor about turned into huge giant zits all over my face. I since then have decided to only apply the gel to the problem areas. After reading everyone's comments I have decided to stick it out until 12 weeks on the treatment. I'm currently depressed and frustrated about my situation. My acne is currently out of control. I really hope there's light at the end of the tunnel and I am able to have beautiful skin in two more months.
Posted June 20, 2012 9:29 PM EDT
Ive had acne problems for a while now and Ive tried to use mostly everything out there and so far it never did any work. I went to my dem recently and he recommend Ziana for me and Ive been breaking out from various spots however those sports where Ive had clear skin it has stayed that way. Ziana my doctor gave me a trail for a month to see how its would take effect to my skin. Ive had seen some changes in my skin since I began to use it. Also another thing that people should take in consideration some change of weather can cause skin problems and what you eat. Try drinking alot of water one of the side effects of the Ziana is dehydration so adding more water and fruits to your daily diet might help. Also exercise even if its just a mini walk or such it will work wonders for your skin. Another tip while using Ziana WEAR SUNSCREEN! If you look up online and do actual research its better to use sunscreen dont use moistures that add load of oil and such. Try to use products which wont make your skin oily and use sun screen. I recommend Neutrogena SPF 15 lotion oil free its what I use and it certainly doesnt irritate my skin. Another tip also do some research on what causes acne its the simple things that might trigger it. Keeping your hair in your face, constantly touching your face, even as far as not washing your pillow case every week. I hope this helped in a least bit .. .Good luck and Ziana works like any other treatment you have to give it time to work its wonders.
Posted June 17, 2012 1:38 PM EDT
I've been using the Canadian version of Ziana (Biacna) - samples, that is, for TWO weeks only. It was given to me by my general doctor, and I can't say that I trust her too much as she told me "it should start working right away", but I knew the effects of Tretioin (Retin-A) so I knew to expect a worsening period. I've been taking it with MINOCYCLINE, an antibiotic. I started both at the same time, two weeks ago, so I cannot say which one has worked on me. I only get acne on my cheeks, occasionally my T-zone. The first few days weren't really different, but then a little into the first week, my skin improved SO much. It was like, half as bad as it'd been before. I was really surprised, as I'd expectd it to get worse first. Now, though, it seems my acne is coming back, or going through the worsening period. I'm starting to get many many red spots all over my cheeks, and it's starting to frustrate me but I'm going to persist. I'm graduating soon (going to high school), but definitely don't want to look bad for the ceremony, since it'll probably be my last time seeing some peers. If this is how bad the worsening period is, then I really don't mind, but I doubt it's this mild. I'll continue to update - unless it appears i'm not helping anyone at all - but yeah, hopefully it doesn't get too bad. I really hope to get rid of this sudden on-set acne that I've been battling for the past year. Minocycline is said to take a couple of weeks to kick in too, so let's be hopeful.
Posted May 21, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Ive beem dealing with acne since since the 6th grade, my doctor gave me benza clin after awhile i didnt really pay attention to the acne as much,until high school. I started getting alot of pimples on my cheeks and on my chin. It was so embarrasing because people started noticing it. So My mother took me to the doctor and he put me back on Benza clin after some years, it started making my face really dry & i was also on some pills, after a few month nothing helped so i went to the derm. and she put me on Ziana, i hope it works ive been using it for 3 nights now, i hope it works
Posted May 13, 2012 5:40 PM EDT
I must say when I first started using this, I thought what the H!@#! My face broke out even more! it was peeling like crazy..I stopped taking it. I had a follow up appointment with my dermatologist she told me to please get back on the treatment, that things might get worse before they get better I must say she was right. I'm so glad I did. I've been on it for about 4 months my face hasn't been this clear in a really long time. I have tried everything, cried many nights. I don't even have to wear make up if I don't want to! My face has never been this smooth. It is amazing. Please give it a try It just might change your life like mine.
Posted May 12, 2012 4:23 PM EDT
Please please help me ... I feel my derm (actually he was only the PA - couldn't get in to see the derm for a month) didn't listen or even look at my skin properly. I have very mild acne after coming off the birth pill 4 months ago and have just been prescribed Ziana. I have always suffered with eczema on my chin in exactly the same place where my acne is worse. I tried to tell the PA this but he was acting extremely busy and didn't seem to want to listen. I moved to Las Vegas a year ago so you can imagine how this dry climate is playing havoc with my eczema. Well tonight I read that you shouldn't use Ziana on areas affected my eczema! My poor poor chin is red raw with flaps of skin peeling off in great chunks. My Dermalogica moisturizer for sensitive skin makes me go through the roof it stings so much. I am far too vain to go out without makeup because of all the eczema and acne scars, but where my poor skin is so dry the makeup just makes me look worse. I am terrified I am going to permanently damage my sensitive skin which wasn't even that bad in the first place. Can anyone give me some advice? I'm devastated at how horrific I look.
Posted March 24, 2012 11:59 PM EDT
Ok, three weeks now. Boy, it sure gets worse before it's supposed to get better! My doc said to give it 8-12 weeks before judging. My face is the worst it's ever been, but I'm only 3 weeks in, so I will be patient & hope for the best by the 12 week mark. Will check in again in 2 weeks. *sigh*
Posted March 19, 2012 10:39 AM EDT
Wow! I love all of the reviews here! I have been taking solodyn and ziana for 7 days now. I was so worried to start either one! I am 32 yrs old and my acne was never too bad until about a year ago and it got bad. Lower face/chin area. Derm days horomones. Anyway, today I noticed the peeling is starting. Sometimes my face itches a bit but nothing unbearable. My acne has seemed to heal with no new acne. But I do still have a lot of red marks and scars that will hopefully go away. So far so good I'm pretty happy but we'll see in about 12 weeks! Good luck to everyone!!! P.s. I'm also looking forward to seeing the anti aging benefits of zizna as well!
Posted February 27, 2012 5:19 PM EST
I have "over-40" acne & have tried tons of doc-prescribed meds in the last 2 years. I'm on day 3 of Ziana, and my face is already softer to the touch. A pea-size smudge over my entire face (avoiding mouth & eyes) each night will hopefully do the trick & make all the yuck go away. Each day, my skin is flaking away and is taking the layers off my blemishes and smoothing them. My blemishes are perhaps redder than they were, because new skin is being revealed each day, but I know they will gradually disappear in time. That's what retinoids are designed to do...get rid of the top layer of skin, so that the Clindagel can get to work. I've read many of the reviews, and so many people seem to be surprised at the redness and flaking, but I'm not exactly sure why. It's a retinoid, and it's doing what it's supposed to do. I tried plain Retin-A, but it was much harsher on my skin than Ziana. Perhaps Ziana is comprised of a gentler retinoid formula. Will post again in a couple of weeks. Crossing my fingers.
Posted February 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST
I just started using Ziana, and as soon as I put it on I saw results. I cleaned my face, applied it, then after it dried I applied moisturizer,(Oil/alcohol free, AND organic!). While looking through the comments on this page I looked in the mirror and noticed that my usually red pimpled face was more clear, and all the redness seemed to disappear within that time. It is an amazing product.
Posted February 20, 2012 4:22 PM EST
I too have recently started ZANIA, I believe it has been about two weeks now. My derm said that after first it would make it worse, then better, then possible worse again until about the 12 week point in which if things weren't better then it was time to try something else. So far my skin has gotten a little worse, which worried me at first too, cause who wants that! But it is starting to clear up again so I am excited to see how it looks! Definitely try giving it a chance, I'm going to!
Posted January 30, 2012 9:26 AM EST
i have been using ziana for about 2 weaks now and it has done well....nothing!!! before ziana i wuz using neobenz micro 8.5% it helped a little i just need to now how many people ziana i working for???also are u supose to spread it all over your face or just dab it on one zit at a time???
Posted January 22, 2012 11:55 AM EST
Kristen R
Make sure your face is COMPLETELY DRY when you apply the ziana gel! Otherwise it will be too harsh and burn your skin.
Posted January 21, 2012 6:36 PM EST
I have just been puttin this on my pimples not spreading it throughout my whole face. How does everyOne else usenit
Posted January 19, 2012 7:10 PM EST
Ok girls, you have to understand that the flaking means it's working. The flaking Is what you want!!! You are trying to get to the good skin below the layers of milia, blackheads and acne scars. Yes, it sucks. But Accutane is apparently much, much worse.
Posted January 01, 2012 2:34 PM EST
I am 41 years old with adult mild acne chin & cheek area. I have been on Ziana and 15 days supply of Docycycline. I didnt take the antibotics for the first 2 weeks of treatment just applying Ziana at night after washing my face with Cervae daily wash. The 1st week my face had great improvements even my family noticed the change. The 2 & 3rd week my face got bad. So I started the antibotic treatment along with the Ziana. I almost stopped treatment but read reviews that it can take up to 12 weeks for true results. I am on the 4 week and its showing great improvement.Night time -----I am using a sulfur wash at night & a mild retinol moisterizer/ and Ziana(Ziana was drying my skin too much)If I had a pimple coming up after I moisterized my face i took a qtip with a dap of witch hazel to dry out the pimple.Morning treatment - Cervae daily wash and retinol day cream with SPF20 * I added 4 products to my facial treatment of acne 1. Oil of Olay Microderabrasion Treetment to my weekly facial care (30 bucks at Target ) - 2 to 3 times a week and it help alot. My face glowed-- I followed up with the retinol cream2. Philosophy - Help it is a good retinol cream (LOVE IT) $40 bucks a tube 3. Oil of Olay - Sulfur mask - 20 bucks at target - I put on my pimples to dry it out and can be useed 2 times a week for facial treatment ! 4. Oil of Olay - Professional Pro X Cleaning brush . it helps with the Microabrasion treatment - I found using my fingertips was irritating. I hope it helps , I didnt want to write this but I know how it feels to have no info.. Thanks for all your reviews !!
Posted December 10, 2011 4:40 PM EST
Anyone using Accutane STOP and anyone else DON'T use it. My little brother used it and he killed himself. I did a lot of research on it after that and found that a LOT of people commit suicide while taking Accutane. I can't believe they still give it to people. Please try anything else. There are plenty of other medicines out there that work.
Posted December 10, 2011 6:47 AM EST
I have been on Ziana for a YEAR now, I can personally say this stuff is amazing. At first they put me on a combination of Ziana and antibiotics because my face was moderately bad. My dermatologist said the Ziana would take a few months to take full effect, and the antibiotics worked right away. After 5 months i stopped the antibiotics and kept using the Ziana and I must say I have never gotten more compliments on my clear skin, and I don't wear makeup anymore! At first there was some peeling and irritation on my chin for the first 2 months or so, but mild cleansers and lotions got me through that. I will never go back to anything else. This stuff is amazing, and I save so much money by not buying the new facial cleansers and "blemish covering" make up anymore. Just a mild cleanser, Ziana and a little mascara ;)
Posted December 01, 2011 11:26 AM EST
I trying Ziana. I went to the Derm a week ago, the right side of my face was crazy, super red, bumpy, like a rash, while the left side of my face is normal. The right cheek texture was way off and had red spots. I am getting more wrinkles around the eyes and a few brown spots too, and all my old acne scars are showing up and becoming more prominent. I asked if this was normal for my age @ 30 yrs. I was on Differin Gel in highschool and it helped, with no problems since. So I go to the Derm, and he said it was ACNE! Really shocked. I had small tiny whiteheads, and blackheads on my nose. I guess those red bumps were very deep/cystic or nodular acne that never surfaced? Been on Ziana for a week, and Ive seen purging and emerging pimples, but noticed the texture/tone of my skin already evening out! My cheek is looking so much better and is not lumpy/bumpy as before. My mother can see the difference too. So smooth already. My texture is improving, the small wrinkles are fading, my pores look clearer and smaller, and my tone is just fabulous. I'm noticing some dryness and itching, but thats ok. Im using Oil of Olay SPF 15 mositurizer and its working good. Im concerned the purging/emerging pimples might get worse. I had two new tiny pimples come up on my chin, but I can deal. I hope I don't get more; we will see. I did however get a compliment on my skin yesterday, and about died with happiness! I wasn't wearing any makeup! I see others use it on their backs/body acne so I will try that too. What about on your arms? Has anyone tried that to fade brown spots/red bumps and old scars? I've always had a patch of red flaky bumpy skin on my upper arms, and the Derm told me that was normal for my pale celtic skin. I'm tempted to put a pea size on my arms and see what happens. He gave me Betamide Lotion for my arms, but I hate the smell. Side Effects: I might have slight diarheea, but since I tend to constipate, it's ok. Ha ha. I'll just wait and see
Posted November 13, 2011 11:05 AM EST
@ Brian, I, too, have been using Ziana for over two years, I started using it because I starting experiencing acne around my temple area, initially I thought it to be oil secreting from my hair, although I am African-American, I very seldom put grease in my hair, rather a light oil based product; however, since using Ziana, I have not had a pimple, honestly since using this product, it's like a little miracle gel in a tube, although it's quite expensive even with insurance. This product works so well, even men, yes other men, have approached me and asked what I use on my skin, ladies, too. They often comment" you have amazingly clear skin for a man" I guess that's compliment. Someone else mentioned the youthful glow, that, too, has been used to identify my complexion since using Ziana. I am almost 40 and ppl say I can pass for 32. If I were a celebrity, this is one product I'd endorse. One thing I failed to mention is that I use Ziana in conjunction with Neutrogene Acne Face Wash, not the Grapefruit one, the plain one, along with a toner, which is called: Acqua Glycolic, again my girfriend had this in her medicine cabinet. Lastly because my skin is very oily I don't feel the need to use facial lotion/moisturizer. I know everyone's skin is different but give this product a try. If memory serves me correct, Ziana started working in 2 weeks and at month's end, I saw a tremendous improvement in my skin and I know men that shave have an added advantage, shaving acts as a sort of light skin peeling. Again, users don't give up!
Posted November 11, 2011 6:32 PM EST
Ok, so I just went to the derm Tuesday (it's Thursday), for my acne. It started getting worse when I got off birth control (3 months ago) because the bc was making my body feel like crap. I would wake up a feel nauseous every morning. Anyhow, my derm put me on 5 different things!!! I was thinking to myself "ok, i know i have VERY mild acne, and it is not that bad to where i need 1000 things to treat it!!" I am on Solodyn, spironolactone, Ziana, Duac, and i have gylcal pads ON TOP OF washing my face every morning and night (which i did prior to). So anyways, I used the Ziana Tues night and woke up Wed thinking "wow, this stuff must be working super fast on me because my acne isn't that bad.." TOTALLY NOT THE CASE!!!! I woke up this morning to find that my face is TERRIBLE. My derm did tell me that my face would get worse before it gets better but that part should last NO LONGER than 2 weeks from the use of Ziana. So she told me in the AM to wash my face, use a glycal pad, then use Duac for spot treatment, said to take the pills whenever (pref in morn because the spironolactone is a diuretic and can cause increased trips to the restroom). So I have and it is only day 2 and my face is the WORST it has ever been in my 19 years of living. i can't even look in the mirror without wanting to cry. I AM HOPING THAT THIS IS JUST FOR THE BEST THOUGH! She said all my pimples underneath would surface and that's why it would get worse for a little bit. She did say I wouldn't see full results of everything until about 2 months and I promised her I would trust her! Before I started all this, I started breaking out a little on my forehead but they were so small it seemed almost like a rash (but my derm claimed they were just very small pimples that needed to surface). My derm has been in InStyle magazine and is one of Dallas' top derms.. so i hope she knows what she's talking about! I will update as the days go on...
Posted November 10, 2011 11:03 AM EST
There are allot of people on here saying there face got worse after begining use. Why do these DERMS not tell us that. Eve nmy husband noticed. He tried so hard to be nice and not upset me. He gently told me he does not think it is working. It's sort of coforting and reassuring to hear that I'm not the only one. I have been thinking maybe nothing can help me. I have tried EVERYTHING and nothing has ever helped enough so that I do not have to cover myself in makeup before leaving the house. I'm an adult. I'm married with 3 kids. I should not be so embarrassed and humiliated to show my face to anyone with out makeup. I'm so sick of dealing with this. My derm put me on Ziana, 65mg Solodyn. He aslo gave me some Differin and said if I need to use it in the morning then go ahead. He also said to tkae 2,000MG of B6 per day. It helps control the hormonal flareups around my cycle. I really hope this all helps me. I want to be able to look at my little girls first thing in the morning without them asking me why I have so many boo boos on my face.
Posted November 02, 2011 9:05 AM EDT
I just started taking Ziana about 6 days ago and i can see the bumps under my face surfacing, which many have said to you is supposed to happen before it can really work, HOWEVER. My skin was never completely that bad until i started using the Ziana. My face is completely red and flaking EVERYWhERe. I am beyong embarassed because i just wanted a few little bumps under the skin to go away and now my face is an atrocious mess. I stopped using the Ziana all over my face and am just trying it on my forehead to see how that works out.
Posted October 25, 2011 8:17 PM EDT
I started using Ziana about 4 days ago. It has made my skin oily and break out worse than it has in years. I also take 65mg of Solodyn. Keeping my fingers crossed. I am 37 and too old to have skin like this.
Posted October 07, 2011 10:13 AM EDT
So i have never had an acne problem and still dont. I normally get like 1 few pimples every month but they are little and normally go away quick. I went to the derm and she gave me script for ziana but i dont know if i should use it. help?
Posted September 29, 2011 3:50 PM EDT
I have been using Ziana for mild acne for over a month now. My skin has more pimples and is extremely oily. It hasn't dried me out, but it has had the opposite effect. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Posted September 25, 2011 7:05 PM EDT
I am so beyond happy that I found this thread. In my 24 years of living I have never has bad acne. Occasional break outs due to my menstrual cycle but that is it. Exactly 3 weeks ago my dermatologist put me on a routine for my new found break outs. Am- gentle cleanser wash with my Clarisonic and topical gel- clindamycin phosphate Pm- gentle cleanser was with my Clarisonic and then ziana in an anchor shape on my face All I want do is cry. My face has never been this bAd. It looks bumpy and red and i am continuing to get pimples. Im not aure if iam having an allergic reaction or if its supposed to be like this, Does anyone have any advice. Please help!!!!
Posted September 24, 2011 10:22 PM EDT
I'm so happy I found this thread because I am so annoyed right now! I am 20/F and just started using Ziana about four days ago and about to go on a script of Solodyn (I've been on it before, and it has helped, but I stopped a couple of weeks ago thinking it was about time because my skin had been relatively clear but nope false alarm came back full force!). Until this last year, I never used to any severe/moderate acne, my face was usually so clear, maybe an occasional pimple on my forehead or nose or sometimes my chin. This past year however, I have been getting all these small bumps on my forehead, most of them mini mini whiteheads, or red spots where it looks like my pores are slightly inflamed but there's nothing there yet. They don't look bad, or noticeable, until you stand in front of me or look at my face close in the mirror and then I go crazy because the surface of my forehead is all bumpy =( I'm also breaking out on my chin and around the sides of my face by my hairline - but this has only been the last three weeks and I'm hoping it was just stress I took the MCATS a few days ago so I'm hoping now that THAT is over I'll just be left with the bumps again. Anyways, I was wondering if any of you have had the small bumps problem on the forehead? It's def not milia, I've already checked that. Also, I'm about to start using a facewash called Glytone again (I stopped using it bc it was a pain having to reorder it, but it worked at least so I'll try again despite the ordering part) at night and then switch the mornings with an apricot scrub and 10% benzyl peroxide. The Glytone I used in high school and the first year of college - back when I hardly EVER broke out - and I will see if this helps like it used to. I would def suggest it, but I know I am not a dermatologist so be warned! But for now I'm using Ziana - and so worried because I don't want all those tens of small bumps to become HUGE or ha
Posted September 07, 2011 4:10 PM EDT
My derm just prescribed me Ziana so no results to post just yet but I wanted to address the problem of the flaking skin others have reported. When I got it filled the Pharmacist said that she uses it herself and gave me a tip to prevent a lot of the flaking that others have experienced. she said after you shower or wash your face at night to wait about 20 mins before applying Ziana to let your face get really dry. And by the way, she didn't have a blemish on her!
Posted August 05, 2011 11:44 PM EDT
Well, after over two years in using this stuff I can honestly say it has changed my life. I still get a pimple every now and then, but who doesn't? PEOPLE WHO DOUBT THE PRODUCT: STICK WITH IT. THINGS WILL GET BETTER. I was in your place two years ago, not knowing what to do. Seriously, stick with it. It will change your life.
Posted July 31, 2011 8:26 PM EDT
So, I could probably write an entire book on all of my struggles with acne, but anyways I'll start with the basics, I've had acne since I was 12 years old, I am now 17, a full five years of acne, and it's caused me a lot of heartbreak. Anyways, I've tried everything out there, and I mean everything. Almost a month ago, I got laser resurfacing done for my acne scars, and some of my existing acne, it wasn't much though. At first, my laser treatment seemed to be successful but shortly after all the peeling was done, I BROKE OUT LIKE CRAZY! Like you wouldn't believe, it was terrifying, anyways after a few weeks it finally seemed to be clearing up. I told my parents I wanted to go to the derm so that I could have clear skin for good, although I have had bad experiences in the past with derms, probably due to my horrible patience, I went about 4 days ago, she prescribed me Ziana and Doxycycline, the first night I used Ziana it made me break out like crazy, and I was not happy. It is now 3 days later and I'm the most broken out I've probably been since 6th grade, which is absolutely upsetting. Makeup is even bad looking on my skin now, my skin is very red and flaky. I have a lot of new breakouts. I'm trying to be patient and let the medicine do what it is supposed to but I really cannot believe how bad my skin looks, I've read research on Ziana and I have read that it does make you purge, I'm hoping that this is all that is. I will give it three weeks then go back to the derm, because I really don't want to start my senior year with worse skin, I really wish I could just be put on accutane, but apparently my acne isn't "bad" enough. Also, my parents do not believe in that drug and do not want me on it. I just really hope that my skin starts to clear up so that I can have the clear skin I've always wanted, I really wish the purging would be over=(
Posted July 23, 2011 1:27 PM EDT
Taylor B
Just started using a combination of washing my face with Cetaphil everynight, patting it dry, then smoothing on the gel all over my affected areas (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then waiting for it to dry and soak in. Then I will wake up, cleanse with Cetaphil again, and apply clinique's dramatically different moisturizing gel moisturizer! I think I have a fairly good & simple routine here. Im crossing my fingers! My acne has always been there, but it's never been just absolutely 'horrible' Which, I'm very thankful for. But I have tried EVERYTHING over the counter, drugstore brands, namebrands, you name it! And it just won't leave, it's just pesky! I even tried proactiv, which completely over - washed my face, and just stripped it of it's radiance, and natural glow, it was way too harsh. Not to mention, it enlarged my pores, and made my oily skin, even OILIER! Tour skin doesn't need something that hardcore when it's breaking out, it needs to be handled gently, not abbrasively scrubbed and soaked in alcohol and benzoyl peroxide products & toners, like some people may think. I've learned a lot from trying so many different things. I hope that this combo will finally be the one that works me and my moderate acne! Keeping my fingers crossed and my hopes high! -Goodluck everyone
Posted July 15, 2011 9:32 PM EDT
Hi guys. I've been on Ziana about 3weeks now and it's been tough to stay on it. I had pretty clear skin before I went to the derm but I went because with age, my skin has been changing. In my 20s it was radiant and clear. I had no issues with acne and I don't even remember fussing about my skin at all. Age at 32, things seem different. I break out alittle more noticeably and I feel like I'm stressing about it. I started getting once monthly facials and the facialist had been doing alot of extractions. Something was going on and I was really concerned. Went to a really well-established, big shot dermatologist downtown Chicago and he prescribed me Ziana and also a combination Flutamide+Clinda lotion to apply once daily. No luck with any improvements, in fact I went to get my eyebrows waxed and the girl that does it (I've been going to her for years) mentioned how I am breaking out! I told her I was on a Retin-A type combo medication and she tells me to stop immediately. She's a facialist too and doesn't seem to believe that it will get worse before it gets better but I'm trying to hold on to the "science" of it. Just trying to find feedback on the product. FYI: My face right now stings alittle and it's lumpy on the forehead (nothing like this before I started it). It is also REALLY sensitive, so much so I think the eyebrow wax actually pulled some skin off and now I have some red marks from the wax! Never happened before. Any thoughts???
Posted June 16, 2011 5:02 PM EDT
I just started Ziana almost 2 weeks ago and it didnt bother my skin at all, usually I have a bad reaction to face gels the second I put it on. About two days ago out of no where my skin has red patches and is very dry.. I dont know if ziana caused this. I need to know if anyone else had this problem. I know it says be careful in the sun, and it could be that I wasn't careful enough. So please if anyone has any advice, let me know. thank you
Posted June 05, 2011 1:45 PM EDT
I have been on Ziana for about 5 months now. I have had moderate acne all throughout high school but since I have come to college (this is my first year) I broke out everywhere and worse then ever, especially my back, chest and shoulders, it is devastating!. I'd give anything to go back to my skin I just had senior year. I went to the derm over christmas break and he put me on monodox (which I have used before) and Ziana. He said to use Neutrogena face wash in the morning and then Cethapyl at night with the Ziana. The beginning it just got worse but I stuck through it because I was told it must purge all the bacteria out before it can start working. I even then went and got on birth control, thinking the stress of school and being away for the first time was the reason for my outbreaks (hormonal). About 3 months into it I stopped with the Neutrogena because from prior experience it always has made me break out on my cheeks and jawline, and that is exactly where I was having the most problems. So, I went back to using Proactiv, just in the morning and the Ziana still at night. (Proactiv, of everything I have tried, has contained my acne the best; it usually left my forehead and cheeks perfectly clear). 5 months in and I don't seem to be seeing any improvement, but it is hard to tell. My chin and jawline are the worst, with a few pimples on my forehead. I am just praying for summer to come so this stress can be over and maybe my skin will go back to normal. I know I don't eat well up here, and I definitely do not drink enough water or eat enough fruits and vegetables. This, along with the stress and hormones, can all be the cause of it. I plan on trying juicing when I go home. I've heard it really works. Then along with exercising to help the stress, and drinking a lot more water, I hope to get rid of this disaster. Maybe the birth control pills will start working as well. =/
Posted May 03, 2011 8:32 PM EDT
I am 29 and I have been on Ziana for 3 month's. LOVE IT! first 6 weeks were hard! major break out's, my skin felt like it was peeling off, and then one day it just started getting better and better. Everyone one keeps saying my skin is beautiful! What? No one has ever said that. I think I look younger and I don't have to use make up when I don't want too. I can't tell you enough stick it out! I even have 2 friends trying it now. I do personally think this product is for 20+ in age, I don't think this should be used on teenage hermonal acne.. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! also I use Vit E 10,000 cream on nights I am to dry.
Posted April 25, 2011 8:34 PM EDT
Ryan S
Ive been on Ziana for 1 month now and ive noticed my face is much smoother and my acne has improved a little bit (nowhere where i want it...). Oh im also on solodyn and another cream which is supposed to reduce my face's redness. My face hasnt been peeling like a lot of you are talking about, but i put some Ziana on my chest a few days ago and i got a wierd rash... So far so good though.
Posted April 10, 2011 1:44 PM EDT
So far so good
One week ago, my dermatologist prescribed Ziana and Aczone for adult onset acne. I am 32 and have never had major skin issues. The cystic acne that recently cropped up on my cheeks didn't respond to anything. My first week on the drugs prescribed has made an enormous difference in my skin texture and tone, not to mention how well it has cleared up my acne. It is virtually all gone. The last 2 days I have noticed some flaky spots - mainly at the corners of my mouth and around my eyes. It has also reduced the oiliness of my skin, which is a welcome secondary effect.
Posted April 06, 2011 5:20 PM EDT
I'm on this and a pill, and my face has a bunch of red patches. I use this everynight, for the last week. Everytime i do something, or put something on my face, it burns. What should i do? Also, Around my nose, where the crease is for your nose and cheek, next to your nostirls. It is very Flaky, as in it hurts and i peel a lot there. Thanks.
Posted April 05, 2011 8:11 AM EDT
chloe c
My derm just prescribed ziana to me yesterday along with sumaxin wash. After reading all these comments i am extremely nervous! i am now questioning if i should use it at all! I can not risk my skin getting worse. I have very few pimples now and only about 5 left over flat red acne marks. I dont know if i should just leave it alone and it will go away naturally, as i am 14 and maybe it is part of puberty. I am so nervous i dont know what to do!
Posted March 20, 2011 2:22 PM EDT
I just started using ziana with Doryx (antibiotic) about 5 days ago and I felt like I saw a difference within 2 days, maybe this isn't possible? I suppose it could be the doryx, but my face is visibly less bumpy and red. I only use the pea-size amount as prescribed. I did notice some flaking, but I have been using lots of moisturizer which helps. I had 3 really big spots that are definitely not bumpy anymore and not as red.
Posted March 17, 2011 1:22 PM EDT
I love ziana it has change my life it really works!!!
Posted February 15, 2011 6:43 PM EST
After using Ziana can you use a facial skin moisturizer?
Posted February 05, 2011 3:51 PM EST
hi i just started using ziana about 10 minutes ago! i hav to put ziana on at night and aczone on in the really scared now because i read the previous comments... i was hoping it wouldnt make my face worse..i really dont like waiting for resluts but as long as i get my perfect skin back i guess il try anything... :/
Posted February 03, 2011 5:16 PM EST
Brandon h
I just started useing it I am I guy 17 it seems to be getting worse but I read to wait a while so I will
Posted January 12, 2011 9:47 PM EST
im 13 years old and have been using ziana for at least one month my acne has improved SO much but my skin is still very dry and i reccomend using a little bit of a good moisterizer on top. i wear makeup regularly (foundation) not to much but enough to cover my thinking about switching to a diffrent cream should i stick with this or wait longer? is it really worth the semi- dry skin and not full clearing of acne?!
Posted January 08, 2011 6:10 PM EST
Grave's Disease
I am writing in response to Shelly's post.... I have had acne since I was 12 years old. I am now age 44 and still break out. I've been on almost every acne topical as well as pills imaginable. In my 30's I was diagnosed with Graven's disease. It's is an autoimmune disease. At the time, I wasn't aware that acne is also an autoimmune disease but recently have been doing research on both acne and Grave's and low and behold, they are both autoimmune diseases. I wont get too into it, but I put two and two together when I started having trouble finding a good Endocrinologist to treat my thyroid properly due to the majority of the medical community lacking in current research on thyroids rending my thyroid to either being over medicated or neglected due to the outdated and useless TSH testing. So, still having thyroid imbalance symptoms, I started doing my own research and have found that acne is an autoimmune disease. So, long story, long - YES YES YES!!!! I do believe it's hormonal etc... and once I have myself back in balance strongly believe my acne will subside as it did in the past when my thyroid was in balance. In my case, an endocrinologist isn't the way to go though again, due to the lack of doctors maintaining current, updated research and still using the outdated/useless TSH testing.
Posted September 03, 2010 1:28 PM EDT
So I went to the dermatologist almost 3 weeks ago, and he put me on Ziana and Cetaphil face wash. I, too, put it on nightly. He told me to wash with Cetaphil morning and night and wait one hour after washing at night to put my Ziana on. My biggest problem is with the little pearly-white-ish hard ones under the skin, whiteheads....and blackheads too but I care more about the whiteheads. So far the little whitehead things haven't done much, and my skin is definitely gettin worse cause I have started to break out in the red pustules which I normally don't have. So, that's depressing lol..But I know it's supposed to happen so I look at it as a good thing. I've been taking pictures weekly and saving them in my computer so I can see for myself week to week what my skin is doing. But, I'm gonna be optimistic here.. My derm told me to come back in after 6 weeks and if he thinks I should switch to somethin else or not. Good luck to you all! And me I hope! :)
Posted August 23, 2010 7:09 PM EDT
Just started Ziana and Solodyn with CeraVe (face wash 2X daily) and Neova's Z-silc spf 30 for a day moisturizer/spf. OMG my face is peeling horribly bad and i've noticed a few red splotches on my cheeks...I hope this stuff starts working soon. Did anyone else experience these results in the first week of treatment? This is the first time i've been to a derm....
Posted August 16, 2010 1:31 PM EDT
Ally L.
I tried Ziana for a month and didn't see any amazing results only extremely dry, flaky skin. i lack patience therefore i decided to try something i've been trying this wash (it has kind of a weird name) sodium sulfacetamide 10% and sulfur 5% wash. honestly i wouldn't even bother posting if i hadn't seen results BUT i have seen results!! i know that many of you are skeptical (as i was)to try yet another acne treatment but this was is something you schould consider!! i've also been drinking lots and lots of water and working out so maybe that has contributed as well. Hopefully one day acne will forever disappear, until then good luck to all!!
Posted July 25, 2010 7:48 PM EDT
Ive been using Ziana for about a week, and my skins improved.. Ive only 3 or 4 new pimples come in.. But more have disappeared. Im taking Minocycline with it.. Which is a really good anti acne pill.. Step below the Acutane. But anyways.. I havent noticed all of that other stuff with the ziana Just improvement i see it in clearing more than its breaking out
Posted July 20, 2010 11:56 PM EDT
wow, my name is an acne cream huh? weird. i was born first tho, so ha. this is really odd tho....funny too. and legit, that is my name. i ain't lying. funnny stuff here.
Posted July 15, 2010 9:42 AM EDT
nicole f
i just started ziana a few days ago. i have pretty bad acne on my back and chest. my face currently has a few small pimples. im nervous to use ziana after reading these comments. i dont want my face to get worse before it gets better. i went through that with differin and i dont want to do that again. can someone please give me straight reviews whether i should use it or not? And if i do use it should i just focus it on single areas of pimples?
Posted July 02, 2010 8:07 PM EDT
hi there i am reading all of your posts and think i am experiencing the same thing.. about two weeks ago i started using ziana and now i am very oily with tons of little tiny whiteheads all over! and im pretty itchy. is this from the ziana, and should i keep using it and wait it out? i feel like its bringing everything out but its very frustrating because i feel like im in middle school again! any suggestions help a lot!
Posted June 28, 2010 5:09 PM EDT
I never had acne as a teen sometime dyer the birth of my second son it started, for my 30th birthday I was gifted with cystic acne. I tried proactive with mediocre results. A few weeks ago before a photo shoot I had a terrible cystic acne break out. My dermatologist gave me ziana, I was super skeptical after reading some reviews. The first week things got worse, but now on week 3, I'm super excited to say my skin is looking amazing. I'm hopeful it keeps working
Posted June 27, 2010 2:51 PM EDT
It has been 9 days since I started using Ziana, and my face is clearing up so nicely. Even the smaller pimples that my derm said were due to hormones and wouldn't go away unless I was on the pill, are actually going away! (I knew it wasn't hormonal, but all derms think that) I am noticing a bit of peeling, but it's nothing that is horrible and it isn't even that noticeable. For me, this product is great. I love it and I will continue to use it. I am so happy at how clear my skin is getting and I have not had a new break out since day 2 or 3. Which is totally not how it used to be. I have gone 6 days without a single break out and that is def a plus. Because I had new pimples everyday. I am so glad I finally found something that works for me. Remember everyone's skin and acne are different. So what works for me, may not work for you, but it's always good to give things a try. I am a very happy consumer of this product!
Posted June 14, 2010 8:27 PM EDT
Oh, and my derm told me to give it 3 months. He urged me to not become impatient and stop using it. So it obviously doesn't work over night. How I use it is I put a dime sized amount in the palm of my hand, maybe smaller then a dime and I use that amount over all my affected areas, which is my whole face. I told my pharm that I use that amount and he said that was fine but not to use more then that. The more acne you have the more you will have to use but on the affected areas only use a small amount. That's how I use it.
Posted June 07, 2010 7:56 PM EDT
My derm prescribed Ziana and Ampicillin for me. I have only been using both for 3 days now, so I don't have much to report. First thing I noticed was it did make my skin oily and I don't have a problem with oily skin, but that is only when I wake up in the morning. Once I wash my face with Olay daily facials which my derm said was good, I am fine. My skin does feel a bit sticky after I put it on, but it could be just how it is reacting with my skin type. Everyone is different. I have had two new breakouts since starting, I'm not complaining but I was a bit sad about it. One was a cyst and one a small pimple. However the cyst came out fast but is already almost gone, strange.... One thing my husband and I noticed today, the third day using it is my face looks healthier, yes I still have all my gross breakouts, BUT, my skin is looking nicer, and as my husband said, it' glows. I understand it may get worse before it gets better, but I am willing to give it a shot. Will keep all posted.
Posted June 07, 2010 7:45 PM EDT
I used to have porcelain skin. Then at 22, for some odd reason,I developed acne. I'm now 26, i know what works for me is a clindamycin & retin-A. My skin doesnt tolerate benzoyl peroxide well, making benzaclin out of the question. I was still breaking out w/the clindamycin alone. I'm now on ZIANA & I love it. LOOOOVE IT. I started to use it when the bottom half of my cheeks broke out to the point where i didnt want to speak because my face felt sore. It dried my skin, to the point of flaking but revealing beautiful, healthy skin. After the initial flaking, which was noticeable but not disgusting, it's just fine. I now use it only two/three times a week & do a glycolic acid peel once a month. My skin is doing GREAT. It's almost perfect, except for light acne scars... Nothing crazy... I love ZIANA & maybe the combo w/the glycolic acid peels is what making the world of difference on my skin.
Posted May 29, 2010 11:17 PM EDT
Has anyone considered seeing an Endocrinologist for hormonal irregularity? I really believe this problem comes from the inside out. I have tried every drug topical and oral on the market as well as accutane and Blu U light therapy. Im giving up on the dermatologist, all they want to do is prescribe you with the newest drug on the market that their drug-reps are giving them incentives for selling. So fed up; anyone else seeing an endocrinologist or has anyone been diagnosed w/ a hormonal syndrome like Poly Cystic Ovarion Syndrom (PCOS)?
Posted May 18, 2010 8:17 PM EDT
Hi everyone i have come back to comment...i have been using ziana along with spironalactone and i broke out alot as well but it cleared up but it wasnt getting rid of the i went to my 2nd derm appt and told her it wasnt clearing the spots, so she up dose on my spironalactone and added tri-luma for spots...i have to alternate (ziana one night, tri-luma next night)them. also told me to start using aveeno cleanser and moisturizer(with an spf, so that the medicine can work properly). so i started alternating and i see it clearing some...just started using the cleanser and moisturizer(with spf30) i have a glow from the cleanser and moisturizer (bought aveeno positively radiant it helps even out skin tone and the spf helps block the suns ray from darkening my skin any further) please get the spf it helps the medicine to work better, using the medicine without an spf is defeating the purpose of you using the medicine...hope this helps gives someone else hope!! i'll keep posting
Posted April 19, 2010 10:16 AM EDT
I am a 39/F who has always had problems with acne cysts. I took Accutane when I was 26 and was clear for the better part of ten years, but I have long-term side effects (poor night vision, chronic dry eye), and I am hesitant to go through it all again (including pregnancy tests, etc.). I start on Ziana two weeks ago, and my skin is a mess, much worse than when I saw my derm. He too is telling me that it will get worse before it gets better (which is true of Accutane too for any of you who think you might avoid that part if you go on Accutane instead). I have no less than five acne cysts on my chin right now. I'm not sure I can make it to the three-month mark - if it really takes that long to show improvement.
Posted April 15, 2010 6:55 AM EDT
My daughter and I both had awful breakouts with Ziana. What I just found 2 weeks ago is Lerosette. I'm telling everyone I can about this product because I've been suffering with cystic acne for 22 years and spent thousands of dollars on "new" products and nothing worked until last week. It's a clay mask made by Gunilla of Sweden. I'm amazed at how quickly it worked. I had over 36 cystic zits on my face last month. Today I have ZERO. For the past week I've had ZERO. My 12 yr old daughter had her small clusters of zits on her chin and forehead clear up too. I'm angry our dermatologist never told us about Lerosette- no $ for the drug companies to bribe her with so that's probably why she continues to prescribe drugs. Go to
Posted March 25, 2010 10:08 AM EDT
My 15yr old son started having acne about 9mnths ago & it has gotten progressively worse-not all over face, bad on forehead and chin area. Dermatologist tried Differin, didn't work. He started Ziana and Doryx(oral)about 6 wks ago.The dermotologist did say that it would take several wks to see an improvement.OH MY! His face looks so bad. Terrible breakout- on forehead, chin, along jaw line-but nothing on nose or cheeks. I called the doc and told her and she said it was the Ziana, but insisted we stick with the regimen for 6 weeks. Well it is now week 6. We see her on Tuesday. I feel very bad for my son because he keeps believing this stuff will work and his face will clear up.I have my doubts.I want him to stop the Ziana, but I need to hear from some of you out there first. Tell me what your experience has been with the Ziana. Should it have worked by now for him? He is a red head, blue eyes with fair skin. I have an older daughter that never had one pimple. This is all new to us. H
Posted March 21, 2010 2:49 PM EDT
I have been using zania for more than 5 months . Its difficult for me to sit back and just watch pimples form . But lately its beeen getting better. Kind of. Well if I wasn't using zania or my face wash called neobenz proscribed by my dermitoligist my acne would still be way worse. I'm glad my face had cleared up as much as it has but it could be better . I definetly reccomend this !
Posted March 09, 2010 3:22 PM EST
I used ziana for 8 weeks and my face on my cheeks were so red and irritated that I finally stopped. I know your face gets worse before better but I didnt have it all that bad to begin with. Now that I stopped its been a month my face is slowly healing but iam stuck with these awful scars .. Very dissapointed wish I would have stopped sooner..
Posted March 03, 2010 9:36 AM EST
i just started using ziana along with spironolactone for acne and hormonal breakoust along jaw and chin...anyone on the same treatment please make a comment so i know what your results are...thx!
Posted March 02, 2010 9:17 AM EST
Hello! I'm a 21 year old female. My dermatologist started me on Ziana about a week ago. I have been using it for 8 days & I have not noticed any changes @ all. I normally have moderate acne & it all usually shows up on my cheeks and chin. The majority of my "visible" acne is from blackheads and clogged pores that I pick it and make worse. I never had acne until this past summer, which I figured was from working in a restaurant and the summer heat. But of course, my face continued to break out throughout the school year. This was my first time visiting a dermatologist (she is highly spoken of) and she recommended Ziana. She told me not to use any other acne wash and to steer clear of toners in the beginning if I could. She recommended that I use just a gentle facial cleanser and if I don't think my face is drying out too bad I can start a toner and of course a light moisturizer (non comedogenic). So far my face has not dried out or broken out. I'll keep updating t
Posted February 24, 2010 6:40 PM EST
my acne first started about 7 or 9 months ago. at first i went every other week for a chemical peel and that did nothing. I then went to a derm and he gave me solodyn(the weaker one) and ziana. After about 6 to 7 weeks on the drugs, almost nothing happened. he then gave me a face clenser called triaz and now, about 10-12 weeks into my medication my ance is finally starting to clear up. My numerous scars are SLOWLY fading, and general break outs are less and less severe and less frequent. however i dont want to speak too soon, i am going to stick with this trio of drugs for about another 4-5 weeks. Hopefully by then they will have cured me of this horrible condition.(Stick with triaz personal experience tells me 14-16 weeks of MINOR [and i mean minor] application of this stuff should work)
Posted February 23, 2010 6:32 PM EST
So i have scarring on my face from picking my pimples(1 or 2 hormonal here and there) nothing crazy but I've been tanning for 13 years so I think this may be the reason for the damage. Its not so bad but I want the airbrushed perfect glowing skin look..flawless. I went to the dermatologist for the first time and told him my situation and he prescribed this for me. I do not have "acne" just like a pimple here and there but I do want to fix my blackheads and give me some of that glow this the product that will work for me? or if i stop using it will I get a breakout because I don't want to make things worse when things aren't so bad to begin with.
Posted February 17, 2010 3:06 PM EST
I've been in and out of the doctor for almost a year. I first friday differen and it worked then made it worse. After 4 weeks i switched to duac and an antibotic for mild acne. Finally it began to work. I used aveeno cleansers and nuetrogena soap, along with my medicine. I switched to a topical called aczone and used minocycline. my face really cleared up and i was having zero to maybe one pimple or zit a week. that lasted for 8 months and out of nowhere, my face began to breakout, worst than it ever has, and one spot, my forehead, which i never had problems with. my doctor perscribed ziana, but i havent taken it yet cuz im scared to cuz its retinod. I dont know what to do. Should i take it? or wait out to see if my face clears with what I'm on. I'm very self conscience about it and worried it. Any advice and tips would be great? does it really work? is it worth it? does it really get better if i use this?
Posted February 15, 2010 6:05 AM EST
I really don't know what to think after reading these comments. I've never had acne until about 2 years ago at age 30. I went to the dermatologist for the first time 2 weeks ago because my acne is only getting worst and I'm getting married in 3 months. I don't know if Ziana is worth it right now if it will only make my acne worst and give me scars before it will get better. I've gotten a few really big deep red bumps under the skin in the past 2 weeks of using this product. Is this what is referred to as cystic acne? I'm really stressed about the wedding as it is and having my skin completely out of control is actually making me dread my fast approaching wedding and I should be really excited about my wedding instead! All these comments only make me feel nervous. If it wasn't for my wedding, I don't have a problem sticking with it to see if it works, but if Ziana doesn't work for me in 3 months, then I don't have time to try anything else! I don't know what to do...
Posted January 27, 2010 11:00 PM EST
I have been on ziana for 7 wks now and I am trying my very hardest to keep it up but its sooo hard. My face broke out worse then it was and its soo embarassing esp. at my age. I am going to try to stick it out until 10 wks. They say three mts so thats pretty close, if I get results I will post..
Posted January 20, 2010 4:03 PM EST
i just started ziana about 4 weeks ago....i never bad severe acne but i started to get a rly bad breakout so i went to the dermatologist and she gave me this. my skin is still pretty bad but i think for the most part there is slight improvement..ziana has helped with the bigger breakouts but has also gave me rly little bumps that i never used to get. im gna give it another couple of weeks to really work tho otherwise ill use a pill like solodyn
Posted January 15, 2010 5:39 AM EST
Morgan ... Ziana works. If u haven't noticed then only bad comments are comming from pol who haven't given ziana time to work. If u want perfect skin just wait for it. I promise u it will come before u know it and it will all be worth the wait . Just please don't give up on it b .c it truly is a wonderful
Posted December 28, 2009 8:09 PM EST
okay so about five weeks ago i went ot the derm for the first time in my life. Im 12 but i have had acne since i was 9. Sucks right? YUP IT SURE DOES. I wear a butload of makeup to coverup all these blemishes but it still buggs me that i dont have the clear skin like everyone else in my grade. I can just remember going ot the clinique counter to get a refill in makeup. I remember the woman telling me "You know if you washed your face you wouldnt have thse horrible pimples." it made me cry- literally. I got in the car and cried. Now its different. Well.. not really. Im trying to lay off the makeup. Anyway, i have been using Ziana for 5 weeks. Its looking a little bit better... im worried though. Will it ever clear up? Please help me!!
Posted December 28, 2009 11:38 AM EST
Everyone let me tell u that Ziana really does work! U have to give it time because there is no such thing about clearing acne over night!! P.s try to avoid wearing makeup for a while this will deff speed up the process! Hope I helped
Posted December 22, 2009 6:44 PM EST
I have been on Ziana for about 8 weeks. My acne has recently gotten really really bad . Do you think it will get better? My doctor said it will take time, but it's never been this bad before.. I hope it clears up
Posted December 21, 2009 7:08 PM EST
nisha p
hey everyone im in my teenage years and just wanted to get rid of some of my acne... and most of your comments are scaring me!! I don't have time to wait half a year for results ! If anyone knows a faster solution please let me know! Thanks
Posted December 21, 2009 4:47 PM EST
Ziana worked wonders on me 2 years ago;i stopped using it and now my acne came back. My dermo put me on ziana again, its been less than 2 months. i have seen results. i know it will be worth it in the end :) Does anyone know if i continue using ziana after my acne clears up? or do i stop using it? because if i stop; wont my acne come back again over time? someone please respond.
Posted December 08, 2009 7:12 PM EST
I have been on ziana for 10 days now and I went from mild acne around my jawline to having my entire face broken out and my chest a bit but I have not used it there. My skin was super oily to start and then I started getting acne so that's what prompted me to see the derm. I am beside myself! I don't even want to go in public. Ok I am being a bit dramatic but I have gone from having flawless skin my whole life to this! I'm 34. My derm said it would get worse before it gets better so I am going to be patient. I go back to see her in 4 weeks and if there is not any improvement I will request something different. My face is a bit flaky in some areas but nothing bad that a scrub can't remove. I am also on that spiro...whatever it's called twice a day and I swear it's giving me insomnia. Also I feel like I drank like 50 cups of coffee everyday. Don't know if that's the meds or not. Anyone else have that happen? This is so depressing to me! Now not only do I have acne but I can't sleep.
Posted November 10, 2009 11:21 AM EST
I have been on Spirlactone/Ziana regimen now for 7 weeks...NOT very happy. I feel like my acne has gotten much worse!!! And I have those fine little zits/rash all over my jawbone and cheeks(I had never had these before), oil slick on my face, put some blackheads in the mix and what do you have a MESS!! And lets add hyperpigmentation could I forget about that!! AAAAGGGHH!! I don't know what to do. I see the derm. next week, but I am at my wits end with trying a new regimen because you pay a bunch for new products, have go through the "it gets worse before it gets better" period and then the waiting for 8-12 weeks in hopes that it actually works!! Does anyone one have PROVEN results from a regimen?
Posted November 05, 2009 9:42 AM EST
It's been 3 mths and no improvement. My breakouts are still bad. I am extremely dissapointed!!
Posted October 17, 2009 7:58 PM EDT
Posted October 16, 2009 12:17 PM EDT
Ok, it's been 2 mths and not much of an improvement, per my expectations. It's time to see the derm to seek another medication. Ziana makes my skin sooooo oily, that breakouts persist. I'm dissapointed :0(
Posted September 19, 2009 6:16 PM EDT
I started on Ziana the first of July. I can't tell that my acne is getting any better. I'm 28 yrs. old and to old for acne (I think). Since I have been on Ziana I notice it looks like I have a rash on my forhead and checks, this rash is tiny little bumps all over add the regular zits to that and it makes for one heck of a mess. Anyone have the same rash? Please offer some words of encouragement. I'm starting to get depressed over this whole acne thing.
Posted September 07, 2009 5:48 PM EDT
I've been on ziana about 6 wks, and I have started to see a slight improvement. My skin is still super oily, and my skin is still flaking, but only a little. I think I will stick it out a few more wks, if there isn't a major improvement then I'll look into other treatment options with my doctor.
Posted August 27, 2009 6:21 PM EDT
been using solodyn and ziana religiously for a little over 2 months now. WOW. amazing results. i am so happy with how this stuff works on my face. i thought i was never going to find anything that works but this stuff does the trick.. before my face (mainly my chin and forehead) was horrible. now it's almost clear! amazing. stick with it!! seriously.
Posted August 12, 2009 8:56 PM EDT
I'm an my late 20's and have always had skins problems. I started using ziana a month ago, and i have not seen any improvement. At first it dried out my blemishes, then I got dark dry spots on my face. Then I noticed my skin got extremely oily through the day. I am dissapointed that it hasn't improved my skin at all. What's also weird is that my skin has been flaky, even though I moisturize daily! My acne has gotten worse, and I am planning on visiting my doctor if I don't see a noticeable improvement in 3 wks.
Posted August 10, 2009 5:16 PM EDT
I'm forty-five years old and have had acne since I was 15 years old. It's been devestating. Aside from accutane taking care of the cystic acne (thank god!), nothing has helped with regular acne and it's still been devestating (though less painful than the cystic ones). In addition to Aczone topical lotion, I've been using Ziana for twelve weeks now and I love it! For the first eight weeks I also took Solodyn but have been off those for a month. I was worried the acne would flare up again when I went off the Solodyn but my skin has only continued to get better. At about six weeks, I got some breakouts, but nothing too major. But now it's clear. I can actually go out in public without makeup - something I've never done before. The red spots from the old acne are also fading. I still have scars (from picking), but I can't get over how much I actually love my skin! I've never been able to say that. For any of you who are impatient or feel like it's getting worse, stick it out!
Posted July 31, 2009 7:12 PM EDT
I am a 42 year old female that has dealt with adult acne (only on my jaw line and neck) for a few years now. I tried Pro Active which worked wonders at first then quit working. I also tried several other products that worked for a while. Finally, I went to my derm and received Ziana about a month ago along with a Rx sulfer mask (smelly) and YAZ birth control pills. It made me break out even worse at first which was frustrating, but now at a little over a months time I can see that it is clearing up nicely. I guess that it does really take the time they say.... I would recommend Ziana for adult onset acne.
Posted July 27, 2009 6:22 AM EDT
Ask your doctor every question you can think of before accepting this Rx... I just started using it two weeks ago and for the first few days everything seemed fine. Last Sunday I woke up and noticed a rash of acne starting along my jaw line and chin. Every day since then it has gotten worse. I'm using witch hazel and a benzoyl peroxide cream to try and clear it up but so far these little whitehead bumps aren't going anywhere. My face hurts where the acne rash is the worst and my ENTIRE face and neck is covered in the rash. I am lucky to have some skill with makeup application and don't look like too much of a freak when I go out but I feel depressed and awful underneath. My acne was a mild annoyance before and something I have dealt with all of my life. My Doctor suggested I wait till my skin calms and then use it every 3 days instead of every day and gradually build up to everyday use. FAT CHANCE!!! I will never let this stiff near my skin again. I'm sticking with OTC methods for now.
Posted July 17, 2009 10:53 PM EDT
Hi! I have been using ziana for 3 days now and I am already seeing results. My face has already cleared about halfway. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop the pealing of my skin after using it. I still want to use it because I want clear skin still. thank you! Also personally I would stick with ziana because I really works well. I can't wait to have clear skin. :)
Posted June 29, 2009 3:39 PM EDT
Posted June 27, 2009 2:37 PM EDT
Hi! I just started using ziana since yesterday and I just got another new pimple today. UGH! I really hope this stuff works and doesn't have the same effects that it has had on others. :( I WANT CLEAR SKIN!
Posted June 27, 2009 2:33 PM EDT
It's been 2 weeks and a day since i was prescribed ziana and solodyn and it's been working great!!! at first it was getting worse and worse and i thought it was just "another treatment that didn't work", but it works great!!! i still have some acne but my face looks so much better than it did. hopefully in the next couple weeks it'll totally get rid of the little acne i have left. but this is definitely a great treatment... so far at least.
Posted June 24, 2009 11:20 AM EDT
I have had terrible adult acne for 3 years. Went under the care of 2 dermatologists and tried everything that they prescribed. Nothing worked until I tried Cleanse and Treat! Try it for 2 weeks and you will see a difference. Your dermatologist may have samples available. It is so convenient and easy to use. For me it is a miracle treatment! He just prescribed me Ziana more for the anti-aging benefits but now I am hesitant to use it after reading the posts. I do not want to take a chance on breaking out again. I'd rather have wrinkles than pimples any day.
Posted June 22, 2009 8:51 PM EDT
hey guys, i'm a 16 year old teen who is suffering mild, but harsh red bumps on my chin and lower jaw. i've just started Ziana and Solodyn and so far it's working decent. it's been about a week and my chin is looking worse, it's getting more red and i'm getting more bumps... what do you guys think would help with flaking? thank you so much!!
Posted June 13, 2009 5:49 PM EDT
I have terrible blackheads in my ear, nose and chin. My dermatologist said Ziana would surface the blackheads. I gave it a try on my nose, and instantly when i extracted them, they came out with ease.
Posted May 17, 2009 11:09 AM EDT
I've been using Ziana for a couple of days now and my acne hasn't gotten worse or better. My acne wasn't ever as bad as it is now. i always had a couple of pimples here and there but not until now has it looked this bad. When the bumps go away they just leave more red marks. My acne is not severe but its enough to have it bother me. Sometimes i look in the mirror in a dark room and my face looks clear. that's what i want to have:clear skin ...I hope i can get it or something near of it..I'll let you know how Ziana goes
Posted April 30, 2009 7:45 PM EDT
Mary Mac
Ok. So I saw a dermatologist about two weeks ago to get some advice on my adult onset acne. I had clear skin until I hit about 25, but in the last few years it started getting worse and worse, especially along my jaw line, but I had clogged pores along my whole forehead, and even at my temples and on my cheeks. My derm put me on Ziana and Spironolactone (supposed to block hormones that cause my acne). Two weeks in and my skin is the worst it has ever been. My forehead, neck, cheeks, chin, upper lip... basically everything has gotten blotchy and uneven. I'll stick with it for two more weeks, but if this doesn't improve soon, I'm going to stop. I have a wedding for a college friend in under a month, and I can't look like this then.
Posted April 28, 2009 9:23 AM EDT
Hi, has anyone been using ziana for at least a year or so??? I'm 24/F and have been using ziana for about a year and a half now and am not sure what to think.... I've posted on here before, and apparently I had success. However, I also started using it LESS because my face had cleared up. It didn't seem like I needed it anymore. I eventually used ziana as a SPOT treatment instead of continuing to apply it to my entire face (like the directions said). Well, a few weeks ago I realized that I was using it as spot treatment EVERYWHERE! So, I've tried to go back to the original directions and have been applying it to my entire face at night for about 2 and a half weeks now. Not really seeing improvement.... I'm curious if I will have to wait the usual 12 weeks for improvement even though I've been using it for a long time. I'm very confused about this product! I'd love some feedback from anyone who has been using this for a while...
Posted March 05, 2009 6:47 AM EST
My doctor just prescribed me Ziana today and luckily I came across this website and read previous comments. I've had acne for about 2 years now. Right now I'm on Benzaclin and it works pretty well and i also use a cream that contains retin-a and hydroquinone for my skin discoloration and I take tetracycline. My dermatologist is the worst Derm in the world.. I have to tell him what to prescribe me for my face which annoys me to no end! I actually got the retin-a/hydro cream from a local spa and she offered more advice to me than he did and Ive been using the 2 products well i actually alternate the 2 and it seemed to be working great!...Until I began to take diet pills(hydroxycut) they broke my face out very badly. I didnt ask to be prescribed Ziana I actually asked for a cream like I purchased from the spa and he gave me the opposite! I'm having second thoughts about using it.
Posted February 04, 2009 12:37 PM EST
Ziana has worked wonders for me. I have acne at 36. My doctor gave me Solodyn and Ziana. At first, my face was very sensitive to the retinoid, but after 2-3 weeks, my skin looks SO MUCH BETTER!! I had tried RetinA in the passed, but found out recently that it is alcohol based, which was just irritating my face even more. Apparently, the Solodyn took care of the big ones under the skin. Anyway, I'm very happy with the product and with my derm.
Posted January 23, 2009 5:27 PM EST
Hello everyone, I am a 49 yr old female with moderate acne. Started having acne problems in my 30's, therefore the dermatologist suggested it was hormonal. She started me on Spronolactone and Ziana along with a hydrocone mixture that she supplies in her office ( to treat the dark spots). I have been on this regimine for 3 weeks and noticed a marked impovement in my skin. It's softer, more supple, not as oily, the dark spots are fading. My friend told my yesterday, how good my skin looked, she said it looked like I was going for a photo shoot. Wow! that felt good. I have had not problems with Ziana at all, only using a peas size and only at night. I do however, think the Spironolactone is leaving me with very litle energy, but I also have a thyroid problem, so couple with that, it's just something that I will deal with. But, so far so good. I will continue with it. My dr. is in Dallas TX.
Posted January 07, 2009 5:53 AM EST
I'm trying Ziana -- I haven't had any problems yet, but it's only the first few dsys. For everyone who is looking for a cure for the red spots left over, google Candela's V-Beam laser. I just took a friend to get this done and she was so happy when we left the dr's office and all of her red spots were gone (it won't cure the dent or divet-- just the redness). Most drs never tell you about it, and I don't know if that is because they don't have one or they just don't know about it. Compared to a lot of other treatments, it isn't that expensive and the difference is that it actually works. In one visit, you'll see a noticeable improvement in redness.
Posted December 10, 2008 1:44 AM EST
I too just started taking Zania a month ago. So far it has made my skin worse. My face constantly feels oily. When I say oily I mean excessively oily. I have noticed the red marks that it leaves behind as well. My acne has always been along my jawline and cheeks. Now instead of having a handful of pimples, my skin has a great deal of pimples along with tiny bumps. I've contemplated seeeing a new dermatologist after the whole situation because mine did not tell me that it would take 12 weeks for a topical to really work. I guess i'm going to stick it out and see what happens.
Posted October 22, 2008 12:41 PM EDT
I usually never post comments, but stumbled upon this forum and felt as though I was reading about myself. I too have tried every acne treatment under the sun from accutane to proactiv and have never had 100% success, which I now realize was a pretty lofty goal. I am 29 and have have battled acne since I was 13. I have now been trying Ziana for one month. Like most, I have had terrible break-outs, but I think I have just passed that phase. The break-outs have slowed down, but I am left with reddness and scarring. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?
Posted October 02, 2008 7:01 AM EDT
Ok, I am 30 years old and NEVER had breakouts until I had my 2nd son 4 years ago. My derm called it hormonal...whatever...just get rid of it!! I have been trying EVERYTHING for the past 3 years. Proactive made my face worse and gave me more blackheads than before. I have found the miracle!! Murad!! You can get it from Sephora if there is one near you, or I am sure Murad has their own website. They have the ENTIRE acne kit. The cleanser,exfoliating gel w/ retinol (LOVE IT), and the Skin Perfecting Lotion (Bleaching Cream for those red spots I keep seeing you guys talk about! IT WORKS) My skin actually GLOWS! It looks better than it did in high school. I came across this site bc my derm prescribed Ziana for me today because I want to speed up the process of cleaning and shrinking pores and the anti aging chemical in Ziana wouldn't be bad either. Now I am scared bc I see that many peoples acne worsened!!! Ahhhh! Can't handle that again! Advice anyone??
Posted September 10, 2008 5:25 PM EDT
Hi Candace! I too am 27 and a few shades darkers than a werthers :) I have been using Ziana for about two weeks now and have not really seen an incredibly noticable difference. I do know from experience though that it takes time to heal your skin. I've been using skin care products by developed by derma out of Philly named Susan Taylor called Rx for Brown Skin. Her products keep my skin bright despite the scarring from previous breakouts. Oh and yes, it appears that when Aunt flow is here nothing works. Today I noticed my skin looked gross and to my dismay my visitor came shortly after. I'll keep you posted though on how the Ziana is working out.
Posted August 06, 2008 2:49 PM EDT
I have been taking Ziana along with Doxycycline for 2 weeks and my acne is soo bad , worse than ever. I was told that it might get worse before it gets better but this is just horrible and disgusting. I have huge red swollen cystic acne and I am not sure that the Ziana is working... PLEASE HELP if you are taking this medication.... I need advice !
Posted July 30, 2008 1:39 PM EDT
Hi all. I am so happy I found this article and message board, the testimonials are very helpful and give me a realistic expectation of what is going to happen with this product. I am 27/F and didn't develop acne until I was around 22/23 yrs old. It isn't severe, but it's an annoyance and none of the OTC products I used for years are working anymore. My derm prescribed Ziana today. She did warn me that it will take some time to see results and that I will probably have a breakout that is more severe than normal when aunt flo comes in a couple weeks. She said I should use a mild soap, apply the Ziana at night, and follow up with a moisturizer. I will wait 1/2 hr btw washing and applying Ziana, as suggested. I haven't tried any prescription products before, so I am anxious to see how this will work with my skin. If anyone has additional advice/considerations for darker skin, I'd love to read them. I am maybe a couple shades darker than a Werther's original. Thanks! :-)
Posted July 21, 2008 10:31 AM EDT
Phoebe P. Have you been to see your OB/GYN? It sounds like your doctor my think that you could have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS) I was diagnoised about 4 years ago. It is one of most aweful conditions a woman can have. I am a 44 year old white female. I have ovarian cysts which are the least of my concerns. I also have facial hair which most of it is too light to be treated by a laser, so I have to shave my upper lip and chin everyday. I also suffer from depression, I am an "apple" shape because I carry most of my weight around the middle, which is the worst place to carry it. I have severe cystic acne, migrains, irregular cycle and insulin resistance. These are all symptoms of PCOS. The medicine that I take for the insulin resistance (Metformin) makes make stomach upset everytime I take it. I will pray for you that you do not have it, but if you do. There is a lot of information on the web. Best of luck to you.
Posted July 15, 2008 7:41 PM EDT
I just started Ziana today. I was very excited until reading these comments. I never had problems with acne until I turned 36 years old. I have spent thousands of dollars on over-the-counter acne treatments that only work for a short time. Yesterday I went to the dermatologist and she started me on Ziana (which I started today). My acne was not bad when to compared to others. What got me was that it tended to come in clusters of three. Sometimes it was painful, other times it was itchy. Now I am worried because I don't want to break out really bad. My dermatologist never mentioned that could happen. She told me that I would start to see results in about 2 months and maximum results in 6 months. She stated that this was what she used when needed. Her skin looks great and youthful (60 looking 38-40 as a result of the Tretinoin). I am 38 and am told I look 28 but saw this as a way to kill two birds with one stone - stop aging and get rid of pimples.
Posted June 24, 2008 7:23 PM EDT
I have been out in the sun a lot and haven’t experienced any adverse effects as of yet but my skin (I have noticed through all the reading) reacts differently than most since mine is very, very, VERY oily. I have added the proactive cleanser trio as well as using the Clean&Clear moisturizer in addition to my antibiotics and Ziana treatments and that has helped the oiliness A LOT (for those of you experiencing the same thing I am). My face is no longer a massive oil slick (that could probably lower our gas prices if I could find a way to bottle the stuff!) and my acne patches have CLEARED UP! All that is left now is the redness which is very prominent. I never realized just how red it was underneath all that acne. I am thinking about trying that Eucerin product suggested by others in this forum to see if it can lessen the redness. I hope it wont make my face oily again - we'll see.
Posted June 16, 2008 5:48 AM EDT
i've been on ziana for like two months....i'm even sure how long. The thing is that it cleared up my face, but now its getting hot with alot more sun, and i'm breaking out this normal? I mean, has anyone else experienced this? I use sunscreen but it's just not helping....
Posted June 14, 2008 6:55 AM EDT
I have been using Ziana and Minocyclene for about 2 weeks now. I have very oily skin and use the Ziana a few times a day along with Clinique Dramatically Different Mousturizing Gel (oil-free). I have had some minimal peeling the first 2 days, but my trouble spots under each corner of my mouth (where I have a "patch" of zits consisting of over 10 on each side that I can NEVER get rid of) and neckline are definitely going away. I have noticed some random acne on my cheeks and nose where I usually never get it, but they are small and not very noticeable compared to my chin and neckline. I also have noticed red spots where my acne is clearing up but I can seem to hide those pretty well with my foundation so far. Hopefully they will fade. I have also noticed if I pick, its makes another red spot--a VERY red spot that takes quite a while to even start fading--wonder if thats an effect of the Ziana? So NOT picking is essential if you want your face to clear up and fade out.
Posted June 04, 2008 6:30 AM EDT
I was using Ziana last year in 07. First I was on another topical and it wasn't helping at all so I went back to the dermo and they recommended Ziana and I then started taking samples of it to make sure it works. My acne went away in weeks and I rarely had any break outs along the chin and neck/cheek area. Once in a while I would get one or two on my forehead but not often. I strongly recomment Ziana, but then again it depends on your skin. Some may want to consider visiting a medical Aesthetician. The peels really help but they sometimes can be a little painful. All in all though, it depends on your skin and how it reacts to different medications. I think Ziana is a keeper though.
Posted May 29, 2008 2:57 PM EDT
ok people ready for the reallllllyyy true story. ok so im 19, got my first zit when i was 6.!!!! yeahhh 6. one big one right in the middle of my forehead. eversince then ive been getting them blackheads on my nose, the big red ones on my forehead. before it was just the T-Zone then it went to my cheeks then all along my jaw line, my neck and now my chest. i know gross right. for the past 7 months. my face now had a second skin. it was like mars. red, bumpy, it was like i had an alergic reaction to something. and when i say red. i dont mean pinky, i mean RED!!!! i looked like an alien. i didnt give up. my face was like this for a while. but soon it started to fade. my skin was mine again. it was like when i was younger. 5 year old skin. my skin is now clear, smooth. im not even joking with you people, it really helps. if you want to be happy again and stop pouring the liquid makeup over that one big zit to save some embaressment, try this product. it takes time but it will work! promise
Posted May 15, 2008 9:42 AM EDT
3 months now since I first went to derm. I gave up on Ziana a month ago (used 2 mos, kept getting little bumps EVERYWHERE, healed quick but left marks & my skin looked terrible!) Went back to Retin-A micro which I tried before but was too irritating. I think Ziana, being half strength tretinoin of Retin-A, did help my skin to be able to handle Retin-A. Mild peeling in some areas at first, but now my skin has NEVER looked better! Think Solodyn helped keep big breakouts at bay (haven't had one of those the whole time!) until the Retin-A kicked in & also started fading spots from old breakouts. Tapering off Solodyn now & then hopefully Retin-A will be enough. FYI - other options derm mentioned for longterm include taking antibiotic week before period if having cycle-related breakouts, or longterm low dose of Solodyn (20 mg) which she says is safe. Will try to use just Retin-A, but not above going back on Solodyn to have this skin! Don't give up hope, you will find what works for you!
Posted May 14, 2008 7:00 AM EDT
I'm 16/f and I've been using every night Ziana for 10 days now, alternating Mimyx and Neo Benz in the morning. At first, my mild/moderate acne seemed t be getting better, but I woke up yesterday and it seemed to have gotten worse! I'm developing flaking and more red bumps, as well as overall redness. After reading the reviews, I do feel better because my derm didn't bother to tell me that it was SUPPOSED to get worse (thanks derm!), but how long is this going to take? I JUST got my acne to start going away and not it's coming back! Also, does running really help?
Posted May 11, 2008 5:11 AM EDT
I've been using Ziana for about a month - my dr. told me to wait 30 min after washing my face before applying it. Didn't think to ask her why at the time, but after doing some digging, it seems to be because Z can interact with things like salytic acid which is in a lot of cleansers. Also, like many others have said, use a small amount only on the areas breaking out. I take spironolactone, which has absolutely stopped the cyst type breakouts I was having for the last 2 yrs - tough at 48. I take Septra 1x day as well. I have a hard time with the drying, flaking, but if I keep a no-oil moisterizer on the area it helps. Although it's expensive, La Mer is wonderful and definitely helps heal the area and minimize discoloration. If you use La Mer - definitely follow the advice and let it warm up in your hand before applying, it makes it go a lot further and you don't need to use as much. It's very rich, so like Z - a little bit goes a long way. Here's hoping to clear skin by 60!
Posted May 02, 2008 10:05 AM EDT
i'm a 20 year old female. i started seeing my dermatologist after a year of stubbornly sticking with proactiv (which didn't work for me, but my sister). my skin was at its worse and i became extremely reclusive as a result. im in college and i was back home for a month during the summer and refused to see my friends. anyhow, my derm put me on a treatment of solodyn pills, benzaclin in the morning and ziana at night. that was last semester. now im in the middle of finals for my spring semester (about 8 months later) and my skin ISNT perfect, but manageable. i've just realized its something i'll have to deal with for the rest of my life and curse the proactiv gods for starting me on this awful, expensive ride. okay, that's a bit dramatic but ziana (in a combination treatment) really worked for me where proactiv did not. it's expensive but there are rebates online!
Posted April 30, 2008 9:42 AM EDT
Hello, I've been using Ziana for a year now. When I was 26 I decided to give Proactiv a whirl and gave my face millions and millions of zits which of course embarrassed me to no end. I went to the dermatologist and she prescribed Solodyn (which I was on for 6 months) Triaz face wash to use in the AM, Plexion cleansing cloths to use in the PM, and Ziana topical in the PM as well. I have noticed drastic changes in my skin. It really looks great. I started seeing improvements (there were no new breakouts) within the first 3 weeks. After 4 months my face was completely clear. Now at a year my face has remained for the most part clear. I do get a few break outs here and there, but nothing earth shattering. I promised myself that if I had the ideal skin that I would make sure to tell others about how well everything worked and how they too could hopefully get the skin of their dreams. For those of you that are on some of this medicine and it seems hopeless, don't worry it will get better!!!!
Posted April 28, 2008 5:30 PM EDT
To anyone who has tried ziana and you feel as though it's not working there are other options you may want to take to get a better result. first, I am an acne queen unfortunately, since I was 14 years old. My skin has lost its texture, smoothness and radiance ever since. Here are some tips that worked for me. Also do not give up on hope patience is beauty and virtue!!!! Give the product aleast 4 weeks to see results. Do not mix acne products together. If ziana irritate your skin, reduce the times you use it, maybe twice a week instead of everyday. Try getting chemical peels for 6 months. when getting a chemical peel also get your black heads extracted. Always ask your derm what chemical peel will be best for your skin. Drink alot of water and DO NOT DRINK SODA. Wash your face three times a day with your bear hands. No picking or squeezing pimples. Do not allow people to kiss you on your face. Use a good moisterizer with spf of 30-45. leave junk food alone chips, cocolate, candy, et
Posted April 27, 2008 5:55 PM EDT
I switched derms after trying EVERYTHING short of accutane for acne on my back. I've had dozens of scrips filled- from Triaz to Tetracycline and everything in between. You can understand that I'm more than a little skeptical now that I'm prescribed Ziana and minocycline (i've had 3 doctors put me on these tetracyclines and had no results)... the biggest concern i have is getting a "pea size amount" all over my back. i have no acne on my face so most doctors ignore my arms, legs, and back by saying i'm "lucky" but there's nothing lucky about a $60 ziana cream (roughly $1/gram) that I have to survive off of each month for mixed reviews. also, how necessary is sun protection? it seems like i'd want to wear tank tops if this stuff works, but won't be able to if it does. catch 22?
Posted April 20, 2008 6:56 PM EDT
Hi, Went to the derms office on Saturday...because during the last year, I have been experiencing these cyctic breakouts. I am olive complected, therefore, no sooner than my breakout would left awful blemishes on my fac, plus, no sooner than one breakout would fade another was appearing.Its just AWFUL because I am 38 and never even went though anything like this before. Its as if I am going through puberty. The doctor prescribed antibiotics and Ziana. I am going to see how it works out for me. But the reason I am writing on this post is because my doctor brought up something. He asked me if I have ovarian cysts. I know I have in the past. He then suggested I also go see my GYN which I am now scheduled to see in about a week. He says, many women who have ovarian cysts experience cystic breakouts, and he suspects it may well be a possibility. The thing is...I never knew that ovarian cysts could actually be a cause of acne. So girls its worth asking your docs...
Posted March 25, 2008 6:01 PM EDT
Wanted to update...called my derm last week, but didn't even get past the phone nurse who told me (as I expected) that "it's normal to get worse before it gets better." She said it's normal to clear up a little first and then break out and then clear up really good, and that they have been having great results w/Ziana. She told me I should be clearing up within a week, which would be right about now. Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to wait and see because I had plans for the weekend and could not bear the thought of my skin looking that way, so I used Duac for several days, which definately dried up all the little bumps. I started back on the Ziana last night and am really going to try to give it a fair run (hoping that stopping it for a few days is not going to put me back at square 1!)
Posted March 10, 2008 3:49 AM EDT
I am usually am not a "poster," but after coming across this board about Ziana I felt the need to post so we can all get the answers we are seeking! 28/F, using Ziana & Solodyn religiously for 4 weeks now. Weeks 1 & 2 were promising, my skin looked ok but it was during time of month I usually get bad hormonal breakout which did not happen(!). Week 3-almost overnight my skin broke out in tiny bumps. Some of them have little whitehead, some go away, some are just hard bumps that stay in the skin. No deep, inflamed pimples, but I feel like that's because of the Solodyn. But it's now almost end of Week 4 & they keep coming! Am trying to be patient, but I feel like some of the other posters..."what have I done to my skin?!?" Did not use Ziana last night, instead used some Duac I had to try to clear up the bumps. I am thinking about alternating Ziana & Duac every other night. Probably will call derm today to see if she can reassure me the bumps are normal. Will follow up soon!
Posted March 05, 2008 4:09 AM EST
Hey guys! It's been a week and so far so good. My skin is tight, dry and flaky, but the key is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Can anyone suggest a really good moisturizer? I've been using Cetaphil for ages, but it doesn't work well with Ziana. My face feels really oily after applying. Anyway, I haven't developed any new pimples, so that's a blessing and a really big relief. I'll continue to keep you posted on my progress and good luck with your progress as well. Take care!
Posted March 03, 2008 5:17 PM EST
Hi, i went to dermo last week he prescribe me the Ziana, after i read all of you guys comments i don't know if i wants to give a try.i use to acne now my face clear out, but i still have black spot. I don't know what to do thats why i went to dermo.I have a friend of my who told me about Murad product she said is very good.The name of gel is MaMa Lotion. If any one out there who knows something that work please reply.
Posted March 03, 2008 2:23 PM EST
Well, I feel like I could write a book about my struggles with acne, but I have been using Ziana for 9 weeks. I would say it is working well. It did take a while for my skin to look better, and I'm probably the only person who can tell it is better. But, my skin is clearing up. I have only really ONE pimple right now (and it's that time of the month for me, which is a real feat) and the rest of my t-zone has old pimple spots/scars. Basically, I'm waiting for past pimple scars to fade and using Ziana every night. I might try the vitamin-C stuff that some of you said works to fade scars. My advice to everyone is to be patient- I know it's hard, and wait at least 10-12 weeks- or even longer. My skin does dry out a little, but it gets better. Moisturize!! Do NOT pick or even touch your face if you don't have to. That was hard for me, but it's true. My face is healing and getting a lot better
Posted February 27, 2008 9:05 PM EST
Hey guys! My derm just prescribed Ziana for me today. I'm a little nervous about trying it after reading some of the posts. I have mild/moderate acne (so I've been told) but any form of acne can be embarrassing (especially at my age)! I've been on everything from Retin-A, to Differin, to Tazorac and now Zania. I pray that it works. Retin-A worked really well, the clearest my skin has ever been, but it lost its effectiveness after a few years. Differin was okay and Tazorac worked really well. But again, same problem: after two or three years, it stopped working. Now it's time to give Zania a try. I will keep you guys posted on my progress! Good luck and God bless everyone!
Posted February 25, 2008 1:53 PM EST
I'm a 32 yo female and after reading all of these posts I've decided NOT to try ziana (my derm prescribed for me today). I have moderate acne on my chin an small milla on my cheeks (fun). I'm going to try the photodynamic therapy next week. It's 4 treatments (once a month) and it's supposed to shrink your oil glands and reduce/eliminate your acne. We'll see. Right now I'm doing tetracycline and proactiv with moderate results. Thanks for your posts on ziana...don't feel like getting worse to get better...
Posted February 15, 2008 8:30 AM EST
Okay, it's been two weeks and my skin is responding wonderfully to the Minocycline,Ziana and washing with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face wash & Oil of Olay moisturizer (and lots of water). It seems to be glowing I've been told. I still have a few dark spots from the deeper cystic lesions I had but they are no longer tender or inflamed and seem to have healed. The rest of my skin however is just indescribable. It's ultra smooth and feels like silk. I don't need foundation, concealer or even powder. I understand that my acne wasn't as severe as some of you but if you are patient I'm positive you too will have great results. I also learned that if I stopped picking and scratching they healed 100x apparently everyone that told me to stop was right. It seems like they would disappear overnight. I'm just amazed and ecstatic that this treatment is available. Good luck to you all.
Posted February 06, 2008 8:00 AM EST
Hello all. I am a 30/f with a light case of hormonal acne. I was prescribed Ziana in addition to an oral antibiotic (myocycline???) I've been using it now for 4 nights. I'm very hopeful. The blemishes I had were pretty deep and I'm a picker, so I was really making them so much worse. I too am guilty of using too much Ziana. I was using a pea size on each area THEN going back and applying extra on each individual spot. NOTE: Very bad idea. When I would wash my face in the AM and dry >wipe hard< I noticed I was literally wiping away layers of skin. Didn't feel too good...but it did take off enough layers for me to empty those problem area pores... again BAD IDEA, that just left me with empty holes. But now that I'm using it 'as prescribed' everything is going along much better. Aside from the drying my skin is looking so much healthier. Blackheads are quickly disappearing and the areas that didn't have any breakouts look amazing. Just waiting on the rest of my skin to catch up.
Posted January 29, 2008 6:30 AM EST
I've been using ziana for almost 3 months now and my skin is spotless! It hasnt been this clear in over four years! I have to admit i was discouraged at first because I was impatient to see results. But it does work when used properly. Apply it EVERYNIGHT for at least 3 months before you can critisize this product. If you are experiencing redness or flaking, I reccomend the following: apply ziana at least a half hour after you've washed your face with a MILD cleanser(nothing with harsh soaps or chemicals, or anything abbrasive), dont use more than a pea-sized amount, and apply only to the areas on your face that have pimples. Also Eucerin makes a great face moisterizer thats called Redness Relief, you shuld apply it every morning right after you've washed your face. Some flaking can be good because the product has to get under the skin into your pores to really heal the acne growing underneath. For those of you loosing hope, dont give up just yet. It has worked wonders for me!
Posted January 26, 2008 11:37 AM EST
i've been on accutane when there were less restrictions. it kept my skin clear for a good year and a half or so. i don't even know if it's worth it now considering all you have to go through while being on it. based on personal experience, when you have a doctor that works up some strange miracle concoction that worked wonders w/o prescribing something new that just came out on the market just bc its new on the market then i think you have a keeper (btw, this doctor is no longer here so i am trying someone else out). cetaphyl is known to not be cleansing enough so i dont recommend it. also there were signs of lupis on patients taking solodyn. bet your doctors didn't mention that. not to scare/worry you but be sure to ask the right questions. finding a good doctor is like shopping for a good pair of jeans. i wish you all luck with your regimens and having a good doctor by your side:)
Posted January 20, 2008 6:19 AM EST
i am 26 and just started ziana about a week ago. i am also using brevoxyl face wash(started 2 mnths ago), cerave lotion and receiving chemical peels-glycolic peel-every other week(started a week ag0. i really dont feel the brevoxyl is doing anything for me nor do i like the cerave lotion but my doctor wants me to continue w/ it. as for the ziana we'll have to see. so far my skin is more oily and im breaking out more. although after my first peel i did notice less inflamation. there was a regimen that worked a miracle on my skin. i feel it stopped working bc i hit a stressing point in my life which is why i'm on this new regimen. it was Klaron and Ketoconazole 2%(Nizoral) in the am. and differin 0.1% and Duac at night. this worked absolute wonders on my skin. acne cleared up allowing my scars to heal. i used clarins face wash (i just like this wash) and a cream called Atopalm. i like Atopalm very much--moisturizing enough w/o leaving you greasy. for those with dry skin i recommend this.
Posted January 20, 2008 6:07 AM EST
Hi, I'm 34 & take Solodyn (a month so far) and have used Ziana for 2.5 wks. My skin looks worse now, but I'm guily of using too much Ziana which sensitized the area and resulted in more pustules. Also the closed comedones (clogged pores)are more obvious, but I believe thats the result of my skin being more exfoliated from the peeling. I may start taking Yaz (birth control) to help with the hormonal break-outs along the jawline & cheeks. Anyway, my skin is definately looking worse with all the red marks resulting from the healed pimples, but know that I have contributed to the problem because I have a bad habbit of fooling with my skin (picking & squeezing). I'm going to continue using these meds for now and will have to discipline myself to leave my face alone.
Posted January 16, 2008 6:33 PM EST
I was prescribed Ziana & Rosula wash by my dermatologist a couple of days ago. I've only been using both for only 3 days now and don't see to much change... I'm using the Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin SPF30 moisturizer also. Does anyone else use the Rosula? How long did it take to see results?? I really hope the Ziana works for me - I'm going to give it a couple of more weeks I guess...
Posted January 06, 2008 7:28 AM EST
I just started breaking out again after years of teen acne so I went to my dermatologist today and he gave me ziana and made me purchase cleniderm. I hope this works! I've tried everything from accutane to proactiv...retin A micro...differin...I'll keep you guys updated...
Posted January 03, 2008 9:42 AM EST
The best moisturizer I have come across that REALLY helps with the flaking is Purpose moisturizer. It has an SPF 15 that helps with the sun sensitivity, and it is really light & doesn't make your skin oily (I use it lightly on my nose and forehead, but you can use a liberal amount on your cheeks). It's so gentle & really soothes your skin if it is red/flaky/sensitive while on Ziana or any acne med for that matter. Purpose also makes a great cleanser that is really gentle & won't irritate your skin.
Posted December 17, 2007 7:42 PM EST
**Important Post for People thinking about Accutane as an alternative** I noticed a few people considering switching to Accutane rather than taking Ziana, and I thought I'd share my testimony. I've had moderate/severe acne starting in high school (now I'm almost 21), and I was on Accutane for 6 months last year. It worked miracles, but once I went off it my skin went right back to normal (three of my friends with moderate to cystic acne had the same results). Ziana has dried out my skin MUCH less than Accutane (I can actually smile without my lips cracking), and the results are much faster. Plus, if you are female, you have to go through HELL to get Accutane (birth control, signing contracts, taking online quizzes every month, getting your doctor to verify your results on time, monthly preg tests, I could go on!) Yes, things get worse in the beginning, but really, stick with it!! My skin hasn't looked this clear since middle school, and I have never been happier with an acne treatment.
Posted December 17, 2007 7:38 PM EST
Well, I officially stopped the Ziana. I just couldn't take it anymore. The flakiness, the dry skin with the oil sitting on top of it - Ugh. No thank you. I saw no improvement for the 10 weeks I was on it. I'd rather use cover-up on my cystic acne than have a gigantic flake sitting on it that I can't remove b/c it will sting/bleed/ooze/hurt like hell. My skin never looked worse than it did on Ziana and I officially give this product a huge thumbs down for cystic acne. It's back to J&J Clean & Clear for me. Good luck to everyone else - I hope it works for you better than it did for me.
Posted December 12, 2007 7:47 PM EST
Hi everyone! I'm a 22/f, and I just started Ziana 3 days ago. My dermatologist recommended that I wash with a gentle cleanser, and use a light moisturizer with spf. I have mild acne on my cheeks, forehead, and chin and have tried EVERYTHING, with no success. I hate seeing all these red bumps and feeling them every day when I wash my face... ITS SO FRUSTRATING!!! So far there is no difference in my skin, but I know it's too soon to see results. After reading all these comments, I'm starting to loose hope. As recommended, I'll try it for 12 weeks at least. Just thought I'd share my story and see if anyone else has any feedback about this prescription. Thanks!
Posted December 09, 2007 2:23 PM EST
Hello everyone! My new dermatologist presecribed Ziana and Yasmin birth control pills because she thinks that I have hormonal acne (which is why none of the topical medications have worked in the past). I wanted to research Ziana a bit just out of curiosity (I'm a pre-med student, I research everything lol) and I stumbled upon this page. Now I'm AFRAID to begin treatment with Zenia- it appears to have mixed reviews :(. I was feeling hopeful about the possibility of FINALLY finding some relief from my mild acne... now I'm not so sure.... Your thoughts?
Posted December 06, 2007 9:41 AM EST
I am currently using Ziana. My dermatologist has me on that as well as Solodyn. She also told me to use Purpose face wash with the Purpose Moisturizer. I have used Purpose in the past and it didn't help with my acne at all. Right now I have been using this new treatment for 4 days, and I know I need to give it 8-10 weeks but what face washes and moisturizers are some of you using with this treatment? I have been using purpose now for about 8 weeks. (Also the first cream my derm gave me was retin-a and it didn't work at all.)
Posted December 03, 2007 6:55 PM EST
Started taking Ziana with doxycycline 4 weeks ago. When I first starting taking it my skin appeared to clear up. The last two weeks have been horrible. I have large pustules around my chin and on my cheek areas. My forehead is very bumpy. How long should I wait until I see results?
Posted November 27, 2007 9:44 AM EST
Hi, I started Ziana about 4 and a half weeks week three it seemed to be working, then i broke out again and looked just like i did before i even started. It seems to be clearing a little again, so im just going to stick with it. My derm said i should see results in week 6. By the way, for everyone who is saying they have flaking and peeling, my derm told me that i should wait a hlaf hour AFTER i wash my face before putting on the ziana. it should help with flaking and peeling, and redness.
Posted November 11, 2007 6:12 AM EST
Hi, I'm a 22/F been dealing with acne since I was 12. Been there, done that, with everything. I started Ziana 2 weeks ago, my derm told me to except tons of flaking and dry skin, in fact she expected to see such. However, like Bridget R. my face has turned into an oil slick. The oil is soo excessive, I've has oily skin but nothing like this. I swear I can feel the oil creeping out of my pores. I use Cetaphil now, but are kinda scared to not use it. My dermo gave me samples of that and Cervae to use. Its making me get acne on my chest and neck now (however, I do not see the connection. I've completely cut out fried foods and refied sugars and carbs (which I secretly dream about at night).I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of how to keep me from drowning from all this facial oil?
Posted November 10, 2007 10:47 AM EST
I have been using Ziana since the middle of July and my skin has been nothing but a disaster ever since! I am officially stopping the use of this product. All it does it make my skin really flaky and dry. If you are just starting it I would advise against it.
Posted November 08, 2007 9:59 AM EST
Emily- When I started using Ziana, my derm told me to use it at night but to only moisturize in the morning (making sure the moisturizer is non comedogenic). sometimes derms have really specific directions concerning moisturizer...if I were you I would call the derm. Typically Ziana makes your skin worse before it gets better, but that is based on people who are using it for acne in the first place. If you don't have acne then it might not break you out? I know one thing..the burning sucks! I would get that in the summer when I would put sunscreen on after washing my face with a wash that had acne medication in it. I don't think it's a good thing...good luck and be sure to call to find out for sure!
Posted November 08, 2007 6:34 AM EST
emily j - I don't think that burning sensation while using moisturizer in conjunction with ziana is good. I read in the directions we were only suppose to use it once ever other day. As far a dryness is concerned, I'm not really having a problem after I put on my daily SPF moisturizer. I have milia too, but they don't seem to be as noticable since I've been using Z.
Posted November 08, 2007 5:19 AM EST
I have been using Ziana about one week now. That coupled with the use of the galvanic spa by NuSkin is working wonders for me. The two huge cystic areas that started on my chin and neck last week have really flattened out already. The other thing I have noticed is that the chin area seems to be bad my bad area - and I think it is because of so much cell phone use! :-) So now I am using those antibacterial wipes on my cell phone to clean it. As for the dry flaky skin - I am hoping it will get better.
Posted November 05, 2007 2:36 PM EST
Ok so maybe someone can give me some insight. I do not have acne but only some bumps around my cheeks, I have been told these are milia. I was given a script for ziana and have used it for 4 days now, in the evening after washing and under my moisturizer. So far no major issues except dryness, tightness and flaking. Plus my skin burns anytime I use the moisturizing cream. Is this normal and is my skin going to suddenly break out with zits or something? B/c I'll be pissed if this happens. Dryness/flaking I can deal with, but zits that don't go away, forget it... help before I keep on using this stuff
Posted November 05, 2007 11:11 AM EST
Hey guys! I've now been on Ziana for 6 weeks. I thought my skin was improving, but now I'm not so sure. It's so dry, and it seems that my individual acne spots take longer to clear up than they did before the Ziana. I use it every night now. My skin is oily after I put it on and in the morning when i wake up; all during the day my face is SUPER flaky. I use Neutrgoena to wash my face (that's what my derm said to use). I'm already staring to lose my patience with this product, but I promised my derm I'd give it at least 12 weeks. I'm scared it won't work and I'll be faced with the only option of using accutane (I HATE accutane!!). Oh well. Good luck to everyone - it's getting cold out, be sure to moisturize! :)
Posted November 04, 2007 5:51 PM EST
Yeah, I feel that Ziana makes my face oily when I am wearing it and until I take a shower or wash my face. But overall the outcome of Ziana is still (after four months) really drying my face out. For those of you that do not use Ziana every night but every other night do you feel its ok to do that? Like it doesnt make your skin worse? Because I think I may try that to try and reduce the dryness because it is pretty bad especially since the weather is getting a lot colder which only drys it out more! For those of you trying Spironolactone, how is that working? I think it has helped me...
Posted November 01, 2007 10:02 AM EDT
UPDATE: My skin looks and feels fantastic!!! I beleive that Z is really working and y Milia are starting to dissapear too!!!! There is minimal or hardly any flaking on my skin. I am stilly applying it every other night with a pea size amount to each area of my face. I don't feel like my skin is dry, nor do I feel that it's over producing oil. In reference to the comment above me, good luck with you your new face washing habits. I have found that Cetaphil leaves a greasy feeling on your skin. I think that beauty line is geared more towards people who have severe dry skin. I personally use Oil of Olay's Sensitive Daily Facials. I like it because the towelette lathers up nicely to remove the liquid liner and mascara off my eyes with out any irritation.
Posted October 31, 2007 9:00 AM EDT
Hi again. So things are still going well but had an update/question. I decided to change my face wash routine about 4 days ago (i know...risky). But I've been using Cetaphil the whole time I've been using Ziana, and it just doesn't cut it. I always feel like there is this greasy film left behind when i wash my fash. It never feels clean. So, I switched over to the Clinique mild bar soap and it feels great. My face transitioned fine. Here's my question... I noticed a lot of y'all are having problems with dryness and flaking. Has anyone here had the exact opposite reaction like me? After a week of using Ziana, the oil on my face went out of control. I guess it's a part of things just being drawn out of the skin? It's still a lot oilier than normal (i'll go maybe 3 or 4 days without any moisturizer). Anyways, maybe the bad face wash was connected. Has anyone else had a similar reaction?
Posted October 29, 2007 1:09 PM EDT
hi guys....just to give you all an update, my face is starting to flake a little bit, nothing that st. ives apricot can't fix. ;o)
Posted October 27, 2007 5:07 PM EDT
Hello to all! 26/F here. Just wanted to let everyone know I just started using Ziana the day before yesterday. So far so good (it's only the second day though). My derm has also put me on Tetracycline.....I haven't seen anyone else on this forum mention anything about Tetra RX. I don't have bad acne, actually the reason I get pimples is because I have a bad habit of picking on my face. I do, however, have a few Milia (I think that's how you spell it?), so frustrating. I will keep you updated on how things are going. I do feel like my face looks/feels better but that could be phsycological too. I told my derm that I want my skin to be the best it could; I want it to look fresh, clean, smooth, and radiant and this is what he prescribed me.
Posted October 25, 2007 5:59 PM EDT
Hey guys - thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in this! Bridget - are you spying on me? (lol!!) I can't help but scrub my face with a washcloth!! it's the only thing that gets rid of this flaky dry skin all over my face. I'll try to do it less though, I guess you're right about it being the same as picking. I'm probably going to spell this wrong, but I think I'll ask my derm about this "spirolactinone" (???). A bunch of you seem to be having success with it. My derm had mentioned it to me but I immediately dismissed it when she said it's primarily prescribed for high blood pressure. I didn't think something for blood pressure could also end up being good for my skin. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but my skin might be looking a tad better. Good luck to everyone!
Posted October 24, 2007 8:26 PM EDT
Hi! I've been using Ziana for 6 weeks now and am having success. I'm 23/female and have been breaking out since I was 17. My skin isn't terrible, but it's bad enough to the point where I feel self conscious without makeup. With the right concealer and the setting of a low-lit bar or 15ft of distance I could trick someone into thinking my skin is clear. However, I don't want to keep putting on a magic show every day! I've used Benzaclin, Proactiv, AcneFree, taken the Adoxa pills, and wasted money on every product Walgreens has to offer (including Zeno....awful). I use Ziana every night (applied to entire face) and wash my face with Cetaphil. Sometimes I moisturize in the morning if needed. My derm said it would be SLOW and take atleast 8 weeks to see results. My skin got a lot worse after one week, but the ones left are on the mend, and with 2 more weeks should clear up fine. TIPS: don't pick! or scrub hard with a washcloth...figured out that's just like picking. Good Luck!
Posted October 24, 2007 10:26 AM EDT
I have been taking spironolactone for a while now and it really does help. Ziana is really good too. Yes, it does make you flaky if you use too much, just use it every other day if it's too much. Eucerin just came out with some products that help redness too. My derm gave me some samples that have face wash, day cream/night cream, moisterizer and concealer. It is awesome. Its not greasy and makes your skin not so red. Glycolic peels on a regular basis help too. I don't recommend Accutane. I have taken it and consider it to be evil. It is very hard on your body and mind. I'm not doubting that you all are not diligent in your skin care regimes but be honest with yourself, make yourself go through the processes, eat healthy, sleep well and DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER. (Spironolactone is a diuretic so it's even more important to drink your water.)
Posted October 23, 2007 12:33 PM EDT
Hi Sarah- I have been afraid to try the bio oil :( I have now stopped the ziana completely but am taking the spironolactone. I am still itchy and breaking out and go back to the derm 11/7. I think I will show her the bio oil and see what she sayd before I try it. Kris- I had to stop the ziana because of the same things you are experiencing- extreme dryness and flaking was driving me nuts!
Posted October 23, 2007 3:43 AM EDT
Hello everybody! I just started Ziana about a month ago. Only within the past few days have I been able to use it everyday. It has been so harsh on my sensitive skin. My skin has been flaking and peeling nonstop! My derm said I may not see results for three months; she must be right because I haven't had any success with it yet. I have moderate cystic/nodular acne and the only thing that has ever worked for me is accutane, which I used almost 10 years ago. I'm trying the Ziana as a last resort because I DO NOT want to go on accutane again - way too many unpleasant side effects. Hopefully this stuff works; Retin-a and differin did nothing for me as well. Has anybody on here had any relief from this flaking and peeling? The pimples can be covered with makeup, but this dry skin is driving me crazy!!! Good luck everyone!
Posted October 19, 2007 12:19 PM EDT
Roseanne- How is the bio oil working??
Posted October 17, 2007 2:52 PM EDT
Does working out really help your skin?? I have been working a lot more the past few weeks, but was scared all the sweat and stuff would make my skin worse. This is not the case?
Posted October 17, 2007 2:51 PM EDT
Hey everyone! I just started Ziana about..... 5 minutes ago! I went to the dermatologist today and she prescribed me this and Brevoxyl wash for my mild acne. I was very excited and was very hopeful that it would work well but after reading these posts I am now quite nervous. Oh well, its worth a shot. I will make sure to repost after I start to see a change.... whether it is for the better or for the worse! Any suggestions from any other users? :)
Posted October 15, 2007 4:19 PM EDT
I just bought a tube of Ziana. And I stumblled across this website. I am sure that this product works, but let me tell you another things that works too, and helps improve your skin. Excersising, I think. The reason is that when youare doing a cardio workout, like running or biking, it not only gives your heart a workout but it pumps blood to all the minute blood capillaries in the skin and giving the skin a better chance to heal. I recently read that stress creates inflamation in cells and could be responsible for clogging your skin pores. There you go. Dont forget to run!
Posted October 15, 2007 1:20 PM EDT
Hi Sarah :) I stopped using the Ziana - it made me get a weird rash and my cheeks and was so itchy I could not take it and I only used it 3 times! I am very sensitive to all these things, although I hear great things about tretinoil. I am going to try and just use the spiro for awhile and see what happens, it seems to be making me less oily so that is a plus. AHHHH trial and error- so frustrating! I went to a beauty expo in NYC last night and they put something in the frebbie bags called bio oil...says it is for red marks, dark spots, scars, stretch marks so I will give it a try when the rash goes away completely and let you know if it helps. Thanks again so much for the feedback. Ciao :)
Posted October 11, 2007 4:53 AM EDT
And finally for the red marks...Nope. I even asked my dermo. what I could do for those or if there was anything she could prescribe to make them go away. And all she said was obvious things like don't pick at your face and the only real medicine to make them go away is "time". That made me really frustrated, but she also said there is something in the Ziana that does help red marks go away (I think it may be the Tretinoin?) I haven't seen that it has made any difference but who knows. Well good luck and please keep me updated!
Posted October 10, 2007 11:33 AM EDT
Hi! Yeah I know how you feel, I really like getting advice from others who are going through this too. But to answer your questions... I have been using Ziana for three months and my skin is JUST NOW getting a little better and I dont even know if its because the Ziana and Solodyn finally decided to start working or if its because of the spironolactone...But still to this day my skin is still dry because of the Ziana. Also, my sister is using Solodyn and Spironolactone and she noticed results within a month. It was really amazing for her. And that was in January and her skin is still very clear! So I really hope spironolactone works for both you and I! Your case is a little different than both mine and hers so I will be interested in seeing if the Ziana works faster for you. I really hope that it does!!
Posted October 10, 2007 11:29 AM EDT
sarah t- one more question...I saw an earlier post from you regarding your frustration with red marks- I feel your pain on that one- did you get any good feedback on something for that?
Posted October 09, 2007 4:35 AM EDT
sarah- also- how long did it take before your sis started seeing results?
Posted October 09, 2007 4:23 AM EDT
Hi Sarah T :) Thanks for replying to my post. It helps to hear from others oing thru the same things and to hear what helped them and what did not. I just started the spiro Friday 25 mg. I was on solodyne last month and my skin was worse that the 2 months prior when I was on Orecea. The ziana seems to be making me so itchy and flaky :( I am so tired of all this stuff :( but I will keep trying until something helps!
Posted October 09, 2007 4:22 AM EDT
Roseann, I am in the same exact situation as you are, but a bit younger. However my older sister has always struggled with acne and nothing ever worked her either until she tried spironolactone. This in combination with Solodyn has worked so amazing for her. I also just started taking spironolactone along with the solodyn and ziana. ( I have been using both of those for over three months) I really hope the spironolactone works. How long have you been using spironolactone for so far?
Posted October 08, 2007 12:12 PM EDT
I am a 44 year old woman who had great skin until my mid 30's. The doctors always say it is stress/hormone related. I have been to countless dermatologists and tried probably every antibiotic and cream (including pro-activ) and have not had any success. My acne is not severe, more like pimples but very itchy. It is so embarrassing and depressing that reading your comments made me post my own. I just started on Ziana and spironolactone, which is generally used to treat high blood pressure but has been given for acne. I am sick to death of trying something for a few months with no results. I also have red marks from past pimples. Any words of wisdom from anyone who has had good results with this combo therapy?
Posted October 08, 2007 6:38 AM EDT
i have been only solodyn now for 10 months and it took a about five months before i noticed an improvement, its a very slow process i have had terrible acne for a long time and solodyn is the only thing that has ever worked for me anyone that has only been on solodyn for a month needs to give it more of a chance beacause it has changed my skin tremendously =]
Posted October 05, 2007 2:14 PM EDT
If I were just starting Ziana now and knew what I was going to have to go through, I would NOT do it over again. I started using Ziana and Solodyn on July 15th and it is now the very end of September and my skin has NEVER been worse in my entire life!!! Its so terrible. I really dont want to take Accutane, but feel desperate. I'm going to try something new for another month called Spironolact (which is a hormonal supplement) that my sister used and worked amazing for her. And if after a month of using that and Solodyn and I STILL see no improvement I'm going to try Accutane. I just can't believe I have been on both Ziana and Solodyn for so long and my skin has done nothing but been the worst of my entire life. And I asked my dermotalogist about the red marks and what I can put on them to make them go away and she said there is nothing, that only time makes them go away :O(
Posted September 30, 2007 2:20 PM EDT
I have now been using Ziana for almost 4 months.Overall i would say it is working well, along with Solodyn.I knew it took awhile for it to work, and the last month i have seen much improvement;i have very few new pimples now; maybe just one a week which is so much better than it used to be. The only problem still is the red-ish/ hyperpigmented marks left from old pimples. I've researched treatments for that and it says Retin-A is one, which is an ingredient in Ziana, and they sya to stay out of the sun, as that darkens them.But being in the sun temporarily makes them less noticeable as it darkens your whole face. Anywhom. Anyone with ANY advice on the red-ish/ hyperpigmented spots, PLEASE help!! To those frustrated with Ziana- stick it out, mine got worse for more than 2 mo's before improvement, and even then it was slow but steady. If its just not working, i've been on Accutane before and it works wonders (but sometimes results last only a couple yrs), although it is a HUGE hassle.
Posted September 24, 2007 4:07 PM EDT
I have been using Ziana for exactly 1 month now and i amn not seeing any results...I have a lot more acne on the cheek bone area. I didn't have any before I started. I am thinking of stopping this treatment and start with a lemon mask that I used before. I used it every night and all the red spots went away even though the blackheads stayed i thought it looked well. Now I have red pimples on my cheeks. Before I started i had lots of balckheads on the forehead and they went away but new formed on my cheeks. I am very frustrated and hoping i see results in the next few weeks. I use physics formula powder foundation and it is a foundation for acne-prone skin. It covers most of my acne but i see bumps on my skin which I extremly hate. Any advise for how long I should continue using Ziana?
Posted September 24, 2007 3:43 AM EDT
I have been using Solodyn and Ziana for over two months now and my skin is STILL terrible!! The entire time I have been on them both my skin has ONLY gotten worse. I am almost all the way through my entire Solodyn refills. I am so frustrated. I am seriously thinking about trying Accutane.
Posted September 19, 2007 2:44 PM EDT
I'm 41 years of age and over the summer I began having acne more than I did even in my teenage years. Now older i feel more embarrassed for myself and not only am I dealing with acne but also wrinkles. I went to the dr last month and they prescribed ziana and the first night i used it without reading the directions or reading anything about it online. My skin broke out worse and became extremely dry. After researching I back down to every other night for the first two weeks and using ONLY the pea size amount. I also follow up with a moisturizer " positively radiant" by Aveeno in the morning which also my Dr. recommmed that I use. ( most moisturizers break me out) Aveeno has not am I am very sensitive to products. My skin has cleared up so much. So becareful how much you use and also stay out of the sun with this product. I also read that using a Vitamin C serum helps fades the scars which I have not tried yet but I am getting some soon and will let everyone know. A thumbs up
Posted September 14, 2007 4:01 PM EDT
This summer my acne got pretty bad; i had it on my chin and bumps on my cheeks. i decided to go to a dermatologist and she gave me ziana, and made it clear not to use more than the pea-size amount...people getting red flaky skin might be using too much?? also after 3 or 4 weeks the small bumps on my cheeks went away, and after another week my chin was completely clear. although i do still break out on my jawline its probably caused from sweating in team practices every day. overall ziana is a GREAT PRODUCT, gave me tons of confidnece
Posted September 06, 2007 3:02 PM EDT
i dont know of anything but i am in the same situation! this past week my face broke out maybe cause for a few days i forgot to take my Solodyn? or maybe it was the humidity or something i dont know but i was so frustrated! it had been getting so much better but then it just broke out again. I really hope this is just a one week thing and that it keeps improving. But i still have red marks from the old pimples and they are so annoying! so if anyone knows anything to make them fade please let me know as well
Posted September 02, 2007 5:34 PM EDT
I really hope you're right. It seemed to be getting a little better for a few days and then it was like it was right back to square one a few days later. And its jut so frustrating because not only do I have some many zits...I also have so many red marks from where the zits use to be are. SO theres no way the stupid red marks can even start healing when I am still waking up with a new zit every morning. O man ... So depressing! I wish there was something I could put on the red marks to help them heal. Anyone know of anything that would help them go away?
Posted August 30, 2007 12:30 PM EDT
definitely stick with it! my friend also is using Ziana but with a different derm and he told her not to expect results until 12 weeks. that is a long time, but its worth it in the end! my acne is not perfectly cleared up now- its now week 13 or 14 for me i think? im breaking out SO much less and i still have some red marks from the old breakouts but they are fading and with much fewer pimples it is getting so much better. I know it starts improving at week 12 so its not going to get perfect overnight and it probably never will be absolutely PERFECT but its a steady improvement and thats all you can ask for
Posted August 28, 2007 2:50 PM EDT
Well that is kind of reassuring to hear. I was just so aggravated because my derm. didn't mention anything about it getting worse before it gets better. - And then when I told her it was getting worse and not better she acted like that was bizarre and was not suppose to happen... so that scared me!! But I am going to stick with it for a few more weeks...
Posted August 23, 2007 11:20 AM EDT
I have always struggled with acne (both surface and nodule/cystic)and have tried about everything known to mankind, both over the counter and prescriptions. I have been so fed up with it...after my recent awful breakout, I went to a new derm. He put me on Ziana cream, as well as doing chemical red and blue light laser treatment. I have barely been using it a week but i noticed that its already making my acne worse, just as my derm said it should. For all of you who are worrying, it suppossed to do this! He said after the three weeks of proper use i should be seeing results.. so stick with it!
Posted August 22, 2007 12:42 PM EDT
I have been reading Catherine's comments for the past five or six weeks. We are both using the same treatments so I thought it would be helpful for me. I have been taking Solodyn and using Ziana for the past five and a half to six weeks and am still so frustrated. I didn't even have a lot of zits before starting any of this and now my skin is a disaster. It makes me so depressed especially since I just got back to college and am seeing friends I haven't seen all summer. I really don't know what to do. I hope it starts working soon, but what if none of this even works for me and all this time is just wasted for nothing! If anyone can give me some advice please do! All my doctor says is to give it more time. ANYONE with ANY advice, please help me!!!
Posted August 22, 2007 10:41 AM EDT
Hi, I've been on ZIANA for about almost 3 weeks now. When I first began using it I was not very confident but I trust my derm so I hoped for good results. After about the first week, my skin began to get red and flaky. My acne only got worse yet I know that seems to be the case with a lot of topical acne medicines. it is now the third week and my acne has gotten SO much better. I am not breaking out nearly as much and my doctor also gave my a concentrated dose of vitamin C that helps clear up all the red spots that my acne leave behind. I think it's safe to say that this is why my face is looking good in at only week 3. I think without the concentrated dose of vitamin c, my face would not have recovered from all the scars so well. This vitamin C absorbs thru my face and make me glow! I am excited to continue my journey with ZIANA. it has worked this well so far and i haven't been on it even a month yet. Good luck to everyone else. I'll make sure to update my status.
Posted August 22, 2007 10:20 AM EDT
I have now been on Ziana for 10 weeks and i am so happy with the results. WHen i was on retin-A micro awhile ago it took about 10 weeks for it to start working, and the same has been true with Ziana. My skin is so much smoother and the old red marks are fading fast with very few new ones coming up. While i still get a couple of new pimples due to the extreme heat and humidity where i live and when i exercise that makes me sweat, it is so much better overall. If you are using Ziana and are frusterated, wait it out! All the studies say it takes 10-12 weeks to see full results. It will be worth it, it was for me.
Posted August 12, 2007 9:17 AM EDT
So...the dermatologist gave me Ziana samples along with the Solodyn and I too noticed that my face seemed to be getting a lot more of those big red ones and my skin is flaking off. I have only used it for four days. Funny, I told my derm that I had a wedding to go to at the end of the month and that I wanted to look GOOD!!!! I have'nt responded to any other topicals so I don't think I will respond to this stuff. They're putting me on a low dose of accutane anyways at the end of the month, this is something in the time being to control it.
Posted August 03, 2007 10:59 PM EDT
I have been using ZIANA for one month now. At first it got worse, but now it is slowly starting to get better. Awhile ago i was using Retin-A micro and it took about 10 weeks for it to work, but it finally did. Then it stopped working and tahts why i went on something else- ZIANA. I had a chemical peel which i think helped, although it did make my face red and peel for a few days. The number of pimples i have is less, but the leftover red marks from old ones (which will go away soon) make it look worse. But the red marks are very easily covered with makeup. So i guess things are going well, i need to wait longer for full results though.
Posted June 30, 2007 3:29 AM EDT
I've been on a combo of Ziana and Cephalexin for about three weeks now. My whole life I've bad moderate to severe cystic/nodular acne. It has occured all over my face but mostly, especially in recent years, on my cheeks and along my jaw. My dermatologist said this location was indicitive of hormonal-induced acne. I have tried EVERYTHING over the counter. My last breakout was especially bad so I had enough and when to my dermatologist. I immediately had AMAZING results, but within the last couple days I've been breaking out a little, although not nearly has bad as before. I'm hoping it's just my body adjusting to the changes. It's only been less than a month, after all. The Ziana made me peel a little the first week, but it has stopped now. I plan to stay on Ziana for at least a few more months to see how it goes. Based on the initial results, I think it's a keeper.
Posted June 21, 2007 11:19 AM EDT
I had been on retin-a micro for about 6 months and everything was fine until the 6th month for some reason i started breaking out again very badly. I went back to the derm and he put me on ZIANA, alont with Solodyn antibiotic pill. I've onl been on it for 1 week and it has done nothing so far. I go to the derm this week to get a chemical peel which i got 6 months ago which really seemed to help. I hope ZIANA starts working soon..i'll keep this updated on how things go!
Posted June 10, 2007 6:04 PM EDT
I have been using Ziana for exactly one month now. I feel like crying! I have never had pimples like this before, all over my forehead and cheeks. The worst part is, they are red and itchy and they take forever to go away. I called my dermatologist who urged me to give it a few more weeks. I really hope that this clears up my acne. I only got about one new pimple per week when I was using differin, so I am not used to this at all.
Posted June 04, 2007 6:51 AM EDT
I have been on ziana for about a month and a half now. It has worked amazingly. Im still breaking out a bit but thats cause its pushing all the bad stuff out underneath my skin. Stick with it!! Dont give up if you see more pimples coming out. Its a good thing. Trust me please! This stuff works! I am also using Vitamin b5 10grams a day for about 2 weeks which I think is helping as well. If you have acne do not use retin-a or differin use Ziana!
Posted May 22, 2007 1:22 PM EDT
I just went to a dermatologist last week. I have never, except during puberty as ateenager, had acne problems. My skin has always been clean and clear. I never wore makeup. Only mascara and eyeliner. I am originally from Texas. We recently moved to California, Palm Springs, after living in Albuquerque for a yr in a 1/2, and now, I am having skin problems. Over the last few months I started getting adult acne. The derm put me on this gel. ZIANA. I have been using it for 1 week now. I started to feel concerned. Looks like my skin has been getting worse. I am wondering if it has to get worse before it gets better. I too am experiencing some flaking and some redness. I am just using it on my problem spots now. Tonight after showering I noticed my skin looking fresher but I also have noticed a few extra blemishes like maybe it's working its way out? I go back to the derm next week. I will just be patient and see what happens next. I will keep you posted too.
Posted March 19, 2007 6:36 PM EDT

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