February 4th, 2013 PHOTO UPDATE AT BOTTOM! (Last 3 taken yesterday)
LATEST REGIMEN USED FOR 1.5-2 MONTHs:
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser every morning after showering, clindamycin lotion after im out of the shower, and drinking 3 teaspoons of Psyllium Husk powder in water every morning! Check out the results after just a month and a half :
Hello virtual community,
I have joined the ranks of those who are (or previously have) suffered, both mentally and physically, from acne. Let me begin with saying I am currently 20 years of age, male, and had acne for only 4 months and NEVER had acne before -- just the occasional whitehead\pimple that would go away within a week COMPLETELY. My face was completely clear.. But now.. that is not the case (SIGH)
PICS PROVIDED BELOW + Please move this topic accordingly if its in the wrong section. Thanks:
Once I turned 20 (literally the week I turned 20), I started getting acne. At first, there were just red bumps that appeared (there was no acne there ever -- before or after the bump -- there were just red bumps that formed out of the blue!). I thought my diet and whey protein were the cause, but after stopping that completely for a good month, it didn't do anything at all -- things just got worse! NOTE: My forehead NEVER and STILL HASNT got acne.. its smooth as a baby's butt, and as clear as one too, but the rest of my face isn't like that... is this significant??
Within this month, the red bumps started becoming more than just bumps: some of them actually formed into cysts!! They HURT! With some of the cysts, I could feel them moving and pulsating while I talked and the pain in just that was very annoying, and saddening.
EDIT: Sasch83 helped bring this up. From the first day of acne, I started drinking a LOT more water, did not eat fried foods (which I barely did because of the gym), and ate a lot more vegetables from the beginning). Plus, my dermatologist said that food only has little to do with the acne, especially if youre already eating relatively healthy. Thanks Sasch
I went to a dermatologist (for the first time ever) and she told me I had adult on-set acne. Here is what I have taken over the 4 months I've had acne:
1.) Regular face washes (day and night)
-- (Weeks 1-2) St. Ives Apricot scrub (BAD FOR CYSTS, GOOD FOR WEAK ACNE).
-- (Weeks 2-5) Clearisil Ultra (Didn't do anything)
2.) Both face washes did nothing, so my dermatologist gave me a topical cream instead:
-- (Weeks 5-7) Tazorac and Aczone creams. Taz at night, Zone in the morning. Both were HORRIBLY drying and turns out they are not the best for cysts. I stopped this after 2-3 weeks because they were just BURNING my skin and nothing really suppressed\stopped the cysts.
3.) After telling my dermatologist that this does not seem to be the right method, she prescribed me 3 things to use as a regimen:
-- Weeks (6-15) (NOT PRESCRIBED, JUST GIVEN BY DERM): Cetaphil Gentle Oil-Free Cleanser -- Day and night, then use the following:
-- Weeks (6-15) Minocycline Antibiotic -- twice a day (Said DAN 60 on each pill, so that may be the strength? Im not sure)
-- Weeks (6-15) Ery 2% pads (Erythromycin) -- After washing face with cetaphil
-- Weeks (6-15) Clindamycin phosphate 1% topical lotion -- After washing face and applying pads
Number 3.) was the only method that did work (temporarily, at least). My cysts started going away and I had literally 1 or 2 white heads that appeared within a course of a week or two. I was very hopeful! This combo was the method for me, but just like all my fellow acne sufferers, I`ve done over 9000 hours of research on all antibiotics, methods, accutane, spironolactone, all that fun stuff, I found out that antibiotics are just a temporary cure\relief. Just as expected, after i stopped taking Minocycline for just 2-3 days, BAM. Another cyst and more small red bumps.
I am officially fed up (despite this being only 4 months of acne) and wish to cure it. My derma told me to simply go straight to accutane as my acne was cystic, so I had grounds to going on it. However, I did extensive research and, knowing all of the side effects + having a friend who went on it and loved it, I am optimistic in taking it; however, till I get more feedback from the forum, I will leave Accutane for now till I finish discussing my issue. I am VERY WILLING to go on Accutane, just want to get my story out there first and get some feedback.
EDIT: Added new photos as of January 17th (taken this day). Analysis info added below!
PICTURE ANALYSIS [SEE BELOW -- the beginning, how it is now, and how clear my skin was BEFORE all these face neighbors:
-- The first and second pictures (my face from both sides) shows my face after the first 3 weeks that I noticed bumps (this was the starting of my acne\cysts)
-- The third picture is the epitome of my first breakout -- cysts everywhere that hurt and red bumps that accompanied it.
-- The fourth and fifth pictures (last 2) are my face now. This is much better because I was taking antibiotics, so it would have been worse! This picture contains mainly red bumps, and only 2 cysts. I really dont know how else to classify them so if anyone has info on that, thanks!
-- The 6th and final pic is just for explanation purposes: It was me just a month before this catastrophe hit my face. This is to show how badly it hit me and how clear I was before. (I literally had like 1 blemish, which went away as quickly as it got there) -_-
EDIT: New photo information below and actual photos at the end of this topic post!
-- 7th pic --> Front view: I have not had any active acne on the front area of my face and cheeks, but Im COVERED in marks
-- 8th pic --> Left view: This side is much clearer, even with marks.. however a new inflammed THING on my jawline (which you can see clearly) developed. It popped by itself so its just going down now.. more marks..
-- 9th pic --> Right view: This side is probably the worst.. red marks EVERYWHERE, and a nodule or two right ON my jawline and RIGHT BELOW my jawline (you can see them!). Despite all of this, my acne has been getting better in terms of cysts\papules, but I did get 2-3 pimples since my last update.. so things slowed down but are going still (ERY pads+clindamycine lotion)
So what do you all think? Should I screw the antibiotics (which I've slowly stopped taking because lets face it, acne comes back once you stop) and just go on Accutane (what was your feedback, if taken?)? What else can I do? Its only been 4 months since I've been suffering acne and I've never suffered anything like this before, but I dont want this to last for months, or even years, nor do I feel like I can bear the emotional and physical stress its putting on me for longer..
Thank you very much for ANY AND ALL contributions, and all the best to my fellow sufferers.. I truly sympathize
Here's the pictures:
Edited by Sheraz, 04 February 2013 - 09:17 PM.