Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:40 AM
I have suffered from moderate acne ever since my sophmore year in high school, i am a freshman in college right now. I had tried everything, from OTC products like neutrogena, clean and clear etc to proactiv. I finally decided to go see a dermatologist. Personally I didnt like my derm, she didnt seem to rlly care of spend too much time explaining anything, (my app. lasted like 3 min) before she handed me a prescription for Atralin (topical gel) and minocycline (antibiotic). I had never used antibiotics before, so my parents were a little skeptical bc of the side effects but I thought, well shes a doctor, she probably knws more than my parents do. For about 2 months I used this medication religiously, I didnt skip a single day, until I finally saw results happening. I was about to give up. But as time went on my acne cleared faster than I thought was possible, by 6 months I was completely clear, besides some scars that were easily covered with a mineral foundation. I was ecstatic!! I didnt think I would ever escape acne. However as good as my skin looked, I DID encounter side effects, that I didnt realize were from the pills I was popping. I felt bloated, tired, anxious. My mom constantly was telling me to stop taking them. About a year after I first went to the derm, I saw a few pimples pop up, which was weird bc the only time i ever broke out was around my time of the month and it was usually one tiny one. my face slowly started breaking out more and more so I just stopped going to the derm and stopped taking medication. All I used was cetaphil. My skin seemed like it was confused and went through weird cycles of breaking out, then clearing up but it wasnt too bad. Then I made the mistake of making ANOTHER app to a new derm. BIG mistake. He prescribed me more topicals (benzol peroxide and atralin) which did NOTHING. I used it for about a month. thats when I did more research and found that ppl who go on antibiotics can get immune to them as their bodies get used to it. What I am doing now is doing an all natural skin regimen, with honey and lemon juice. I just started so still keeping my hopes up. I say antibiotics arent worth it. you have to try to clear your acne by finding what is causing it in the first place and eliminating it. At least thats what Im trying right now. Good luck and sorry for a such a long response! hope this helps!!
Oh I am also trying a gluten and dairy free diet, some ppl have found this is their answer to clear skin!