I am 30 years old and I started having cystic acne problem when I was 27. Basically the only thing I could link it to was coming off the pill (Cilest). It could be just a coincidence but something to take note of.
Anyway, for the first year it was manageable and well gradually it got out of control. I visited a dermatologist and over the course of the last year I have tried the following
- Tetralysal - this worked, only had one break out but once I stopped, acne came back
- Minocil - this worked, cleared skin up perfectly but when i stopped the acne came back
- Differin - made no difference
- Nicam - reduced inflamation
Basically, antibiotics were not a long term solution for me and well I refuse to pump my body with antibiotics for years.
So I was sent on my way for a liver test. Bloods came back clear. I have a complete Cholestrol of 4.6. I am now on Roaccutane 30mg a day for the first month (I weigh 47 kg). I have also started on Yasmin as birth control.
Well my skin at the moment is a disgrace. I only have cysts on my chin and the rest of my face is clear. The pain is killing me. I have applied concentrated Tea Tree gel on the area and now it's throbbing. I have been taking Yasmin for the last 8 days and well I am guessing I have an initial breakout from that. My skin is very oily - I almost have a constant waxy feeling to my skin.
Edited by irishlassy, 07 October 2010 - 09:19 AM.