To start off, I have had mild to moderate acne since 8th grade. Although my acne is mild/moderate, and I know some may judge or think that I am vain for going on isotretinoin in the first place, it did bother me-my confidence isn't what I'd like it to be, so I didn't see as much of a harm in trying to eliminate acne or at least most of it.
I've tried pretty much everything-
-Acne.org regimen (worked a charm the first two cycles but this was only a "temporary" relief because my acne would come back if i stopped. it also proved to be quite expensive, as there is no insurance coverage and often dried my skin out. it really did clear up my skin and made it soft, but at a certain point stopped working because my acne is just hormonal)
-So i went on BCP (loryna)-didn't notice too much of a difference at all actually, other than having "regular" breakouts (and not random). they do make periods even lighter and reduce cramps tremendously however, so that may serve a better purpose
-Doxycycline Hyclate (worked quite nice as well, but didn't want to develop a dependency on this antibiotic. a very inexpensive "short-term" solution, especially when using the month before going on isotretinoin)
-Duac (very harsh and itchy in the beginning, but worked great as well-results similar to acne.org regimen)
-ProActiv (very irritating to my skin, too expensive, and overly hyped by celebrities...it dried out my skin which caused overproduction of sebum. although it got rid of small comedones on my forehead, it inflamed the pores in my cheeks and broke out)
-Clindamycin - didn't notice a difference and was itchy and irritating.
-bactrim: i was allergic and the sulfametoxazol caused hives in my thighs! however, i feel as though it worked wonders for my skin because i had a couple large papules and they were dried up within 2-3 days.
-prednisone (great for very short-term "emergency" prevention for acne-used for prom and graduation)
-Differin cream (the first time I had a terrible experience because it was incredibly itchy but i stuck through an entire cycle/bottle of it and found that over time, i no longer had smaller comedones and blackheads. i still had monthly papule breakouts [these leave major hyperpigmentation] i tried differin again but only as spot treatment. this usually softens the pimple so it can drain faster/without scarring)
-Adapalene gel (same as differin results, but less oily. seemed less harsh as well)
-Atralin gel (this works soooo well. although very very drying, seems to work the best besides the Regimen)
Keep in mind that i have tried all products (either alone or combined) for at least 2 months each.
-Spironolactone: this really is a diuretic so as stupid as this sounds, they're not kidding when your doctor/derm tells you to hydrate. this, along with the loryna keeps my skin the clearest it's been (as long as its not near my TOM)
Sorry, not much happened or changed this first week so I didn't want to post everyday just to say the same things. I noticed a bit of peeling around my mouth, but wasn't sure if this was due to the isotretinoin or the atralin because it happens quite often. As of now, I use clean & clear dual action moisturizer and occasionally apply small amounts of atralin. wish me luck and i'm sorry this is a such a lengthy post-i just hope to help someone out there!!
Edited by aznpnkplumeriagrl12, 31 May 2012 - 04:53 AM.