I am a sufferer of acne for close to 30 years now having first started getting it around the age of 15 and I just turned 45 this year.
Over this long period of time I feel I have lost at least half my life or more to times of seclusion during bad breakouts where I just couldn't be comfortable talking with people, even family and has caused much emotional stress over the years. I hate acne with a passion and feel so sorry for others also inflicted with this terrible problem. Acne has also caused me to loose out on so many social and business opportunities and just general enjoyment of life at times that I honestly can not tell you how sick it gets me that there is still no real cure for this yet. Myself and countless other people are loosing out on life everyday.
When my skin is clear I am a completely different person and love life, I am very out going, confident and the people closest to me feel it to. During these good times I love to make the people closest to me happy because I know acne also hurts those around you too when acne takes control of your life during the bad times. From your parents to your wife to your kids and friends who all need you at times and want to spend time with you when you are often in a bad spell and just cant bring yourself to another day of humiliation, pain and discomfort trying to act like your happy, enjoying a dinner, party, business meeting, school event and so on - acne can really screw your life up so much.
Worse off those with good skin tend to believe you just need to stay positive, not let it stop you and so on but just don't get it. I have gone through so much severe pain from my cystic acne, crazy bleeding, oozing eruptions and so on where you cant just run to a business meeting or party with a smile on your face for instance with these open wounds all over that often take days or weeks to heal. Worse off new ones are already developing just when the old ones are healing in a never ending cycle. This has caused me to develop clinical depression, anxiety and many other health problems at times. I even think I have MRSA now after having taken antibotics for so long that my immune system is shot.
Anyway I have used everything imaginable over the years and the ONLY thing that has worked for me for a fairly long period of time was taking Bactrim DS the past 3 years. All the other oral antibiotics worked for short periods of times before I grew immune to them, or I developed side effects like hyper pigmentation and then they did nothing but screw up my stomach, make me sick all the time and eventually ruin my immune system. Now after taking Bactrim for nearly 3 years although it still helps control some of my acne (not all of it anymore as I grow resistant) I just cant take it any longer as it has caused severe stomach, bowel and other side effects including the development of kidney stones more recently. My side effects do seem to stop when I stop taking it but of course the acne comes back fast and furious.
So I just dont want to do any permanent damage to myself if its not already been done and at age 45 its time to try some thing new. I considered taking Accutane many times during the last 30 years and was prescribed it by my various derms at least 3 or 4 times but I never had the courage to start the treatments and always said no before starting it because I didn't feel it was worth the risks and went back to my suffering too scared to try it. Particularly the depression scared me since I developed strong depression from all my years of acne.
Now that I have been reading more and more about low dose Accutane successes, especially for adult acne that were confirmed highly successful with the clinical study done in 2012 all over the internet I really want to try this. It also seems in other countries low dose therapy is the norm and many have been on it continuously for years without side effects and great skin.
Unfortunately I lost my 14 year business, millions of dollars, my home and more during the crazy economic crisis and I now do not even have health insurance and I am unemployed to add to my terrible situation. I recently moved to Florida near Naples to start my life all over again and I want to try to see a derm who will put me on low dose Accutane. I know if this can keep me clear my life will be improved tremendously and I just cant give up the fight until I find a solution.
Could you please send me the name of your derm in the Naples area so I could contact him/her which would be much appreciated ?
Thank You SO much!