Hi everyone, this is my first post although have been looming around here for a while now as a guest.
I have had acne now for 20 years, got my first spot on my last day of primary school and it just got progressively worse from then on. I would say its always been pretty moderate with quite severe breakouts a 4 or 5 times a year. The last few years its kind of got a bit better, with bad breakouts every now and then but a lot clearer than I used to be. I have always just used topical creams, with Duac being my most recent and effective treatment. I have never used antibiotics or anything as I have always been a bit anxious about taking medicines unless Im really, really sick and just thought I could keep it (sort of) under control with the ointments.
Well, I am now having the most awful, horrendous break out I have EVER experienced. Ive had bad ones before but nothing like this. It started on my forehead about 3 weeks ago (where I hardly ever get spots) and has now spead completely over the whole forehead and down the left side of my face in these huge, angry clusters of cysts and pimples. I actually look disfigured. I have had to take 2 weeks off of work and havent left my house except to take my daughter to school and get shopping in about 2 weeks, as I cant even wear make up anymore and cant bear people to see me like this. I have also hardly seen my partner as Im just too embarressed and cant explain to him why. So its having a pretty detrimental effect on my life to say the least!
So basically, I went to the doc today and she has perscribed me Lymecycline and Acnecide cream, as I cannot use my Duac while on the tablets. Im really nervous about taking the Lymecycline though as I have heard it can make things worse before making them better, and I dont know if can honestly take it getting any worse! So im just wondering if anyone could share their experiences of Lymecycline and Acnecide for severe acne, bad or good, so I can maybe get an idea of what Im dealing with here? Im a woman on the edge at the moment!!!