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#1 Jakesta

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:34 PM

I actually got a few questions I wanted to ask. I'm 17 and a guy, and I only really started getting a few pimples about the start of this year. I did very rarely get the odd one or two tiny pimples sometimes before then, but at the moment I'd say I got mild acne. Not sever, but it makes me have low self esteem. My questions are:

1. Is it normal to get acne at this age? and is it more then likely it will go away with time?

2. Will seeing a dermatologist help, should I be hopeful? will they be able to look at my skin and determine what needs to be done to fix it and what could be causing it?

3. Will he/she be able to give me a routine kinda thing to do to clear it up even more?

3. Will this acne get better?

The honestly only different thing thats happened is at the start of the year I got a haircut, it's shorter, and when it was longer I didn't have the same amount of acne, so I doubt my haircut could have causes acne.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:24 AM

I hope this was in the right section by the way ...

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:48 AM

I don't know if my answers are correct since I'm still 18 but I'll tell you from what I know.

Yes, its right to have acne, till your late 20s.
They SHOULD help, but in my case it didn't, I visited over 10 different dermatologists, same products, same results.
Yes they should, if you want to follow it its your choice.
Depends on every person, it could get better, it could get worse. I had bad acne for over 4 years and I don't think it will get better soon.
The haircut isn't the acne trigger, its just a simple coincidence.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:07 AM

Do they actually talk to you for a bit and work out things to help the acne etc instead of just saying "yeah I'll just give you this, come back in 2 weeks." And has your acne reduced through time at all, now that you're 18?

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:49 AM

FUnny thing I'm going to the Dermatologist next Tuesday (NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME) I am 1 step away from taking accutane at this point. Let me tell you my small story.

I had acne since 12, usually that is a sign that i will have severe acne throughout my life due to genetics. out of all my uncles only 1 had severe acne like me. Ok the first time i saw a dermatologist was like you when i was 17, my pediatrician tried to handle it with Benzoyl and light antibiotics, but it did not work, so she sent me to a Derm.

The Derm Prescribed me Minocycline (a very high dose at first and then told me to take 1 pill instead of two a day) THIS WORKED WONDERS, but sadly Antibiotics only work for a while, and then my dermatologist wanted to stop me from taking them,


Long story short , i saw my skin fine so i stopped using my medication because i thought i got rid of acne-------THIS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. I had to take new medication that did not work, and for 1.5 years my dermatologist did not let me take antibiotics nor let me try Accutane.

In all honesty you got acne at a late stage of your life. You dont have acne scarring like i did when i went my first time to the Dermatologist. You are lucky, make sure to follow regularly with your Dermatologist. They most likely will put you on Tretenoin or the new Salicylic/Benzoyl (two in one treatment) since you have mild moderate acne.


HEHHEH the "YEah LETS try this and Come back in a couple of weeks" is exactly what all my dermatologists do". They cant do much, only guess what you need and that's it.

But let me give you some tips. If you really think you have acne, dont take it easy and say, o this could be temporary to your dermatologist because if you take your acne lightly your dermatologist will probably not take it seriously either.

Dermatologists are the guardians of the best Acne medications out there. All the acne solutions like Proactiv, Murad, Max Clarity are all simple solutions that are not meant for acne, they are meant for people who get 3 pimples a year. Dermatologists have only 3 solutions, Retenoids, Antibiotics, and Accutane. Specialists can also help you out with Lasers , but that is for serious cases. FOr you i am guessing Retenoid and an Antibiotic either topical or oral. good luck. And make sure to buy a good spf , acne medicines will make you prone to sun burn.

if you need more help im glad to help. Im going next week too

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:34 AM

I actually got a few questions I wanted to ask. I'm 17 and a guy, and I only really started getting a few pimples about the start of this year. I did very rarely get the odd one or two tiny pimples sometimes before then, but at the moment I'd say I got mild acne. Not sever, but it makes me have low self esteem. My questions are:

1. Is it normal to get acne at this age? and is it more then likely it will go away with time?

2. Will seeing a dermatologist help, should I be hopeful? will they be able to look at my skin and determine what needs to be done to fix it and what could be causing it?

3. Will he/she be able to give me a routine kinda thing to do to clear it up even more?

3. Will this acne get better?

The honestly only different thing thats happened is at the start of the year I got a haircut, it's shorter, and when it was longer I didn't have the same amount of acne, so I doubt my haircut could have causes acne.


Dermatologists generally prescribe you some of the following:

a) A cream that kills bacteria on the skin, such as Benzoyl Peroxide or a topical antibiotic such as Clindamyacin
b) A retinoid cream that clears pores, such as Differin
c) An oral antibiotic (pill) that kills bacteria on the inside

The popular creams now are Duac (differin + clindamyacin), and Epiduo (differin + benzoyl peroxide). The antibiotic pill most derms go to first is Doxycycline.

Personally I would recommend going with the creams and stay away from any antibiotic pills. Antibiotic pills just come with a huge host of side effects and often can make acne worse in the long-term because they kill gut flora. Most derms prescribe antibiotic pills without any hesitation...I wish I had done my own research before I went through ten different antibiotics and shot my immune system in the end.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 05:01 PM

Thank you to Lakestone park and Green Gables! I've tried using Duac for about 3 weeks now and the acne is still there, so will the dermatologist have any other cream like thing that is just as good and will actually work? And are you saying I shouldn't take antibiotics he gives me? honestly, I just want clear skin, I don't want to have to use cream forever in my life just to keep acne away. I just want something in the mean time to clear it all up until eventually, I don't produce acne.

So will the dermatologist be able to help me to clear up my skin, and if he offers me antibiotics, should I decline? And would using the creams etc make my acne worse in the long run? like, if I use it, will I always have to keep using it so I don't get acne? Thanks.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

Thank you to Lakestone park and Green Gables! I've tried using Duac for about 3 weeks now and the acne is still there, so will the dermatologist have any other cream like thing that is just as good and will actually work? And are you saying I shouldn't take antibiotics he gives me? honestly, I just want clear skin, I don't want to have to use cream forever in my life just to keep acne away. I just want something in the mean time to clear it all up until eventually, I don't produce acne.

So will the dermatologist be able to help me to clear up my skin, and if he offers me antibiotics, should I decline? And would using the creams etc make my acne worse in the long run? like, if I use it, will I always have to keep using it so I don't get acne? Thanks.


I'm trying not to overload you with information. But if your acne is mild, you can very likely clear it up with only an occasional use of a cream and some diet changes. An antibiotic will give you short-term clearance but I would venture to say MOST people do not see permanent clearance on an antibiotic because you cannot take an antibiotic forever. You're only supposed to take it for a few months. Even derms will tell you that. What they did with me was I would get resistant to an antibiotic, and then would switch me to a new one, until I finally became resistant to pretty much every antibiotic available.

So if I were you, I would get some creams from the derm, just tell him you don't want to try pills just yet (a lot of people don't like taking pills, that's something he/she should understand), and let the creams deal with your acne for the time being. Then look into some simple lifestyle changes that can easily clear mild acne.

Anyway, here is a good detailed explanation of what antibiotic pills do and why they are bad in the long run:

Intestinal flora (bacteria) compromises of 95% of the total cells in the body. Antimicrobial drugs, better know as antibiotics, are drugs that destroy these bacteria. There is a common belief that antibiotics are good for the body. This thought stems from misconception and misunderstanding of how antibiotics really work.
There are two types of bacteria in the body.

  • Healthy bacteria, which exists to consume toxins and wastes ingested through unhealthy foods, and keep other otherwise damaging microorganisms, such as yeast, in check.
  • Unhealthy bacteria, which exist as a result of the bodies natural effort to localize toxins and wastes away from vital inner organs.
Antibiotics destroy ALL bacteria. They are not discerning towards which are good and which are bad. Continual use of antibiotics can have a devastating effect on the immune system, because healthy bacteria play a very specific role in the body. Destroying these healthy bacteria removes one major defense system put in place by your immune system.
Antibiotics only treat the symptom

Now if you’ve ever taken antibiotics for acne, maybe you’ve noticed that things got better at first. This is to be expected. Antibiotics are capable of destroying the bacteria that leads to acne. However, this is only treating a symptom and not the disease itself. “The symptoms of acne are not the actual disease.
A weak immune system allows this bad bacteria to overgrow in the first place. You can destroy the bad bacteria that has overgrown, but what happens when you stop? If your immune system is still weak, the bacteria will overgrow all over again. This makes antibiotics as an acne treatment, an effort in futility.
Bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotic treatment

Bacteria are living organisms which evolve and adapt, just like we do. When you take antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs are left to grow and multiply.
The bacteria that causes acne is no different. Antibiotics will usually alleviate the symptoms caused by acne the first or second cycle of dosage, but after continuous use, the bacteria will become resistant and overgrow even worse then before. Take a look at just few first hand experience with antibiotics to treat acne.
Acne sufferers experiences with antibiotics

A simple search on the acne.org forums show dozens of these cases:
Tetracycline (Antibiotics) Reviews – Acne.org Reviews


I was on tetracycline for about a year before i had to come off it because it made me lose so much weight and I was becoming resistant to antibiotics in general. It’s great for a temporary solution, but unfortunately when I came off of it again after a few months my acne went from being mild/moderate to severe when I went away to college and practically impossible to control since.


after a month all of the zits came back even in places on my face i never had them before


You have to keep using it, once you stop they come back. I have been on them for years. Everytime I think I should stop using them I break out all over again!!!


I stopped taking the pills for about two months and decided to start taking them again. I found that my acne had worsened. My cheeks are red and they feel/look almost like I have a rash. I’m not sure what to do. I’m frustrated.


later..after i was taking it for over a year, it entirely quite working and my acne got very very very bad. way way way worse than when i started a year earlier. this happened to be right when i started college.. really made it easy meeting ppl

Is it possible for antibiotics to make it worse? – Acne.org Forums


I have been on lymecycline before and it worked very well.
I stopped taking it for 6 months to see how it went and it wasnt good.
Ive just started again 3 weeks ago and my acne is worse than ever.


and she changed my minocycline to lymecyline, saying she couldn’t see any reason why it would get any worse, and it might improve things, and keeping me on dianette. now my skin is TERRIBLE

Antiobiotics make you worse? – Acne.org Forums


I was on Mino for around 8 months and I was the clearest I’ve ever been. Then a few months after I stopped taking the antibiotic twice a day, my mild acne came back and turned much much worse.

What’s even scarier is the fact that once the antibiotics cause your skin to get worse, unhappy patients go back to their dermatologist (the very same dermatologists that made their problem worse in the first place) and the derm prescribes them stronger antibiotics! It’s a never ending cycle of futile acne treatment that causes more harm then good.


My doctor put me on mino again but I’m seeing another doctor soon to see if I can get Accutane, because I don’t trust the mino.


I dont think Ill ever do Antibiotics again. Its all my one derm EVER wanted to give me. Its not good for you I dont think.

An inherit problem of acne is that sufferers are desperate. Everyday they have acne is a day other people will see it. Sufferers want to it gone ASAP (I know I did!) The problem with this is that it took many years of unhealthy eating to become sick enough to get acne in the first place. Antibiotics, and the Dermatologists that prescribe them, throw out the notion that your acne can be cured within weeks with a prescription drug. It doesn’t work that way!

Antibiotics Fact Sheet
  • Antibiotics destroy healthy bacteria that are necessary for healthy skin.
  • Antibiotics only treat a symptom of acne (superfluous bacteria,) and not the true cause.
  • Bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, acne comes back worse then before.
  • Doctors over prescribe antibiotics to acne sufferers that don’t need them. (See ‘Free Antibiotics: Wrong Prescription For Cold And Flu Season, Experts Say’ [10])


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:32 PM

I don't know if my answers are correct since I'm still 18 but I'll tell you from what I know.

Yes, its right to have acne, till your late 20s.
They SHOULD help, but in my case it didn't, I visited over 10 different dermatologists, same products, same results.
Yes they should, if you want to follow it its your choice.
Depends on every person, it could get better, it could get worse. I had bad acne for over 4 years and I don't think it will get better soon.
The haircut isn't the acne trigger, its just a simple coincidence.


What the duck, till late 20's? That's... Jesus... this will suck then. My acne started March of 2012 after Valentine's Day. Coulda' sworn that caused it. If the dematologist is just going to prescribe me BP, well, I can get it off of Dan. BP discolors my face.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:33 AM

Thank you to Lakestone park and Green Gables! I've tried using Duac for about 3 weeks now and the acne is still there, so will the dermatologist have any other cream like thing that is just as good and will actually work? And are you saying I shouldn't take antibiotics he gives me? honestly, I just want clear skin, I don't want to have to use cream forever in my life just to keep acne away. I just want something in the mean time to clear it all up until eventually, I don't produce acne.

So will the dermatologist be able to help me to clear up my skin, and if he offers me antibiotics, should I decline? And would using the creams etc make my acne worse in the long run? like, if I use it, will I always have to keep using it so I don't get acne? Thanks.


This was exactly what i used to think, that you can use creams to stay away from acne and then suddenly and miraculously the acne disappears. It would be a lie to tell you that there is a cream out there that will eliminate your acne for good, and it would be a lie to tell you that acne can somehow be eliminated out of your system. If you really want clear skin, you have to fight for it, once you stop using creams it will always show up. Trust me, i remember getting clear with antibiotics and Retin-A micro .1% and then booom 6 months later im back with massive zits all over my face. Dont do what i did, Keep using the creams, most retinoids are good for your skin anyhow, you just have to wear sunscreen which is good for you anyhow and people use these creams to stay away from wrinkles so you're killing 3 birds in one stone. Just be happy if you find a cream that works, trust me, when you see the results you wont want to be away from it. TRUST ME!

Personally i've tried almost everything and two types of antibiotics by now, but both times i only used antibiotics for 6 months each. Minocycline helped tremendously , to the point where i would not take showers for two days and still not have a blemish on my face. IT WAS THE HAPPIEST YEAR OF MY TEenage LIFE.


3 weeks is not enough for any regimen to show anything at all. But i will tell you from experience that you will have to be using these creams long term if you truly have acne, but this is not that bad because most Retenoids combat with the signs of aging and wrinkles and is overall good for your skin. THE BEST REGIMEN i ever did when i took Retenoids was when i did Minocycline and REtin-A Micro (I would venture to say that Tazorac .05% also works really well) .

I would suggest you take the antibiotics with the Retenoids for two reasons.

1) THIS WILL help tremondously with the initial breakout phase by eliminating inflammation and acne lesions
2) this in Turn Helps you get help while waiting for the full 12 weeks you need to give the treatment in order to see results. REtenoids are the best , And Duac should help you out.

It's better to be on one cream that you have seen work, than to just keep switching every 3 weeks to something new and not see any results because you didnt give it enough time. With acne regimens it usually takes time to see great results. with Tazorac it took me about 3-4 months to see great results, but sadly i have broken out even while on it, and i think the only way now is either antibiotics, or Accutane...

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:34 PM


I don't know if my answers are correct since I'm still 18 but I'll tell you from what I know.

Yes, its right to have acne, till your late 20s.
They SHOULD help, but in my case it didn't, I visited over 10 different dermatologists, same products, same results.
Yes they should, if you want to follow it its your choice.
Depends on every person, it could get better, it could get worse. I had bad acne for over 4 years and I don't think it will get better soon.
The haircut isn't the acne trigger, its just a simple coincidence.


What the duck, till late 20's? That's... Jesus... this will suck then. My acne started March of 2012 after Valentine's Day. Coulda' sworn that caused it. If the dematologist is just going to prescribe me BP, well, I can get it off of Dan. BP discolors my face.


I don't think it means you'll have acne into your late 20's, it would depend on the person. That's just the age variety.

And LakeStonePark, thanks for the information! I will take note of all of that. I saw the dermatologist today just then, he said I have very mild acne, so on the lower end of the scale, and that what's causing it is just a normal hormonal thing that every teen usually goes through. And said it's a phase. He said nothing I'm eating or anything is causing it. And he prescribed me some Duac daily gel to use every morning after using a face cleanser (QV). And he gave me a day cream and night cream (QV) and some other acne cream like Duac ( I forget the name) and to use it every 2nd night for about 2 weeks so my skin gets used to it and then I use it every night. He seemed pretty confident and the next time I see him is in 8 weeks. He did not prescribe me tablets because he doubts I even need them.

A big question I want to know is this:

So say I NEVER used any cream like Duac, and the pimples were still there, but they eventually went away because I got out of that teenage phase. And they're completely gone. (For eg, say I got acne at 17, and it went away at 20.)

Would using cream like Duac and the cream he prescribed me make my skin rely on that stuff for ever? (For eg, I got acne at 17, used all the creams he gave me, and at 20, when it would have stopped without anything, would by using all this stuff make me have pimples for longer then I normally would?) or is the creams just going to get rid of pimples quicker until eventually my hormones settle down etc?

Thank you heaps!