I'm 25 years old and have suffered with acne for much of my life. It was a constant menace throughout my adolescence and the various prescriptions of antibiotics did little to help. At one point, I came close to using Accutane but bottled out of it at the last moment because I was terrified of the side-effects. Over the years, my acne has naturally improved, however, I still get outbreaks on my chest/shoulders and the shaving area of my face. I went back on antibiotics (lymecycline) about six months ago (maybe longer) after my third sebaceous cyst operation. I've had one on my throat and two on my cheeks, which all had to be surgically removed. Since taking the antibiotics, I haven't had any cysts, although whether that's coincidence or not, I cannot say.
Lately I've been experiencing some stomach trouble, along with heart palpitations and I have reason to believe the long-term use of lymecycline has contributed to this. I don't want to be taking antibiotics long-term anyway, since they screw up your gut, and there's no way I want to take Accutane. I don't believe my acne is so bad that I'm willing to endure the initial breakouts and side-effects. So I've stopped the drugs for now, and I'm looking into natural supplements. I've used a combo of supplements before and had mixed results but I'm hoping this time I can find the right combination to control my acne and prevent the cysts.
Cod Liver Oil?
Siberian Ginseng? I've already been taking this for a few weeks for several health-benefits, but I also read it helps balance hormone levels.
If anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it!
Edited by Rockafella, 02 November 2011 - 12:34 PM.