Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:45 PM
I can absolutely sympathise with you - I'm 37 and have had varying degrees of acne, from mild to hideous, for the last 20 years. It's been on my back in varying degrees of discomfort but that I could live with. I have also tried countless anti-biotics, some of which work for a few weeks after I stop taking them, before my skin reverts to previous or worse state and I dread to think how much I've pent on crappy OTC topicals, that either dry my skin and make it worse or don't do anything at all. I've had two courses of Roaccutane - sadly in my experience the only thing that really works - but now that I'm a father with an almost 1 year old, I don't care to take all the associated risks that come from taking it again. I've followed various ridiculous threads on here but thought, 'shit, I'll try anything!', including dabbing my own bloody urine on it. Surprise, it made it worse and I smelt like a bloody urinal, which my partner really loved...I have n-lite laser treatment on the NHS (here in the UK) once every 3 months, which seems to work for a bit but there are always triggers for my crappy skin flare-ups which bring the little red bastards back again. Dairy? Maybe but doesn't seem to be all the time. Alcohol? I don't drink a lot. Fruit juice, eggs, cereals? the list is endless but I've come to the conclusion that for some reason, my stupid hormones are still all over the place and no diet change is going to sort that out. What exassabates the situation is that I'm also on steroids, and a mouthful of other drugs, after having a kidney transplant in 2001, so feel that whatever I do, or however long one product or another seems to work, there's some other damn tablet I'm taking every day to drag me down again. However, my skin is still the WORSE thing that's happened to me, which some renal consultants find hard to believe! I hate that my skin is the last thing I thing I think of at night and the first thing I think of in the morning. I hate that it's still important after the birth of my son but there's no getting away from it. Even in the damn maternity ward I was thinking 'how come I'm the only sad bastard with teenage skin in here?!' So,I guess I could say 'have you tried sleeping with your head in a bowl of yoghury?' or 'drink nothing but coke for the next month' - both probably recommended on here somewhere but my reality is, there aint no guaranteed and safe solution. Just drink a shit-load of water, try a get a full night's sleep and avoid walking past mirrors.
Good luck and if I stumble across THE cure, I'll be sure to let you know. Let's just both be grateful we're not dating anymore!