This my first post, although I've followed product reviews on this website for years now. I desperately need some advice.
I've been using both Tazorac .01% Gel for almost a year and Minocycline for about 7 or 8 months to treat my severe cystic acne. I also supplement my treatment with "Zinc for Acne," B Vitamin Complex, Apple Cider Vinegar (internally and topically), and Aloe Vera Juice. As compared to where I was a year ago, my face has dramatically cleared, although typically red, dry, and sometimes shiny. Still, every once in a while, I'll get a spot located near the bridge of my nose and at the corner of my right and/or left eye. These spots tend to become inflamed, causing sometimes excessive swelling and making me look absolutely ridiculous. Before starting my current acne regimen, I was actually hospitalized and pumped full of IV antibiotics after developing a terrible infection located near the corner of my left eye, causing my eyelids to entirely swell shut. My dermatologists have said these "eye things" are simply inconveniently placed and stubborn cysts.
Ultimately, I am seeing a new dermatologist who's told me that I can't be on the antibiotics much longer and additionally because I still have some cystic acne and get swollen "eye things" every once in awhile, the only real solution is accutane (which I have resisted up until now). I don't want to do accutane, but I feel I don't have other options at this point (or at least that's the impression my new derm is giving me).
Furthermore, I graduated from college last December and have been looking for work ever since. I finally managed to get myself a pretty great job. I am EXTREMELY concerned about appearing professional and presentable to my colleagues and clients at work while I am on accutane, especially because this is my first real job and I need to make a good impression. I am terrified of the initial breakout commonly associated with accutane and I just cannot afford to be extremely broken out for months on end. I have heard prednisone helps a lot, although I'm not sure my derm will be willing to prescribe that. Additionally, I'm concerned about doing five or six months on accutane, only to relapse as soon as the treatment ends.
Before I start the accutane treatment, I'd really appreciate some insight and guidance from people with experience.
Thanks so much guys!
Edited by JKarl1, 25 April 2013 - 12:20 PM.