I have been on the antibiotic minocycline for about three months now. I am fifteen years old and had terrible acne on my forehead. I have had this acne for about three years and it has seriously affected my self esteem. The Minocycline has produced fantastic results and after about two months my skin is 90% clear.
My self esteem is incredible. I don't have to spend ten minutes trying to cover up my acne with makeup, only to wash it off and stay home. I don't even need to wear makeup anymore. I am having a lot of anxiety though. A friend of mine was also on minocycline and she said that when she ran out of medication her acne came back. I am seriously making myself sick over this. My medication is almost running out and I don't want to go back to where I was before. I am so paranoid and I am literally crying as I write this.
Acne has been one of the most torturous things for me, especially considering the fact that I have to go to a high school where very few girls have acne. My dermatologist said that if tetracycline (minocycline) stops working he will put me on accutane. I DO NOT want to go on accutane. I have heard horror stories about hair loss, birth problems,weight gain, mood swings, depression (I had depression two years ago and I WILL NOT go down that road again.) And I will have to go on birth control even though I am a virgin and I don't even want to have sex. Birth control can make people gain weight, be moody, right?
I am so worried that my hair will fall out if I take accutane and I am FREAKING OUT I am crying so much because I don't want my acne to return. I know I shouldn't be worrying like this, but I can't help it. This summer I am going to youth camp with other teenagers and I really, really, can't handle having crappy skin again. Please, any advice/comfort? My parents aren't being supportive at all. Thanks everybody.