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At My Wits' End...

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I'm on the verge of losing all hope in regards to my acne, just feel like crawling under a rock. I just can't seem to find a regimen that works for me.

I've tried so many things, some natural remedies, some not. I'm just fed up of spending all this money on treatments to not see much improvement if any. I've tried the caveman regimen but after a couple of months it had made things worse if anything.

I change my pillowcase every couple of nights and I don't have long hair that's in my face.

My diet is fairly good, could be a bit better but could be far worse.

About my skin:

-It's fairly sensitive

-Oily most of the time but can get easily dried out if I use the wrong product

-Main problem areas are my jawline, chin and cheeks

-Red marks on my jawline and cheeks from previous acne

I'm currently on yet another course of Doxycycline after seeing my GP. I was on Doxycycline for around a year (two six month courses with a bit of a gap in between). That course ended about a year ago and managed to clear me up fairly well but this time I don't feel it's having as much of an effect and I'm currently about 3 and half months through a 6 month course.

My current routine is wash face with warm water morning and night and I've recently been using this overnight serum with Mandelic Acid since I've heard good things about it. I've been using it every night but might reduce it to every other night due to slight irritation. It's still early days with this but I'm not feeling totally convinced it will work that well.

I don't like washing my face with cleansers anymore because they either dry out my skin or irritate it. And I don't want to end up having to use a moisturizer because all of them I've tried just seem to make my acne worse, even jojoba oil!

I've been thinking about asking my GP about Accutane but I don't think my acne is quite severe enough for that (I'd say it's moderate/mild at times).

I just can't seem to find anything to stop this stubborn acne, any suggestions? cry.gif

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Hi,

I have mild acne too and I will go on accutane in September. I decided on accutane, because I read many blogs from users on this website, who had gone on a low course for mild acne/oily skin and were very happy with it. Also many say it's the only thing that really worked for them.

You have already tried out more than I did. All I tried so far was apple cider vinegar and a fruit acid peeling, both to no avail.

Since your acne is mild you won't need a high dose (I'll take 10mg).

If Doxycycline won't work for you, you should definitely give it a try.

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Hi,

It seems I've found someone else with EXACTLY the same problem as me! I was on Doxycycline for a year as well, as well as a cream containing Benzoyl Peroxide 5% called 'Retrieve'.. And that seemed to make it go down a little for a couple of months last June/July- But then soon came back, even on medication. But this year I went abroad, and went off the medication completely, and my acne has gotten SO bad around my cheeks, jaw and chin- I've tried so many products, creams, washes, toners, scrubs- I even used to try using baking soda or oatmeal scrubs- nothing would work.. Exercise, diet, the works- nothing helps!

I'm almost at my wits end- I'm sixteen years old, and I've had this for nearly two years now. I was on Skype to my family back in my home country today and just cried and cried about it. I have no idea what to do- I wish I could help you, but I have nothing.. Just know that I am going through exactly the same thing, and I know how stressed, depressed, upset and angry it makes you...

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Hi,

I have mild acne too and I will go on accutane in September. I decided on accutane, because I read many blogs from users on this website, who had gone on a low course for mild acne/oily skin and were very happy with it. Also many say it's the only thing that really worked for them.

You have already tried out more than I did. All I tried so far was apple cider vinegar and a fruit acid peeling, both to no avail.

Since your acne is mild you won't need a high dose (I'll take 10mg).

If Doxycycline won't work for you, you should definitely give it a try.

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Hi again :)

I'm living in Sweden, but I'm from Australia- my sister from Aus came to visit me, and she bought me the doxycycline tablets i'd left at home, but there was only about twenty- i took them for about two weeks and then gave up again because they take so long to even show any results, and i didn't have enough for that!

Yep, it definitely holds you back!

I want to chat with a doctor about it, but doctors here sometimes don't speak english so well- I Skyped my australian mother this morning about it, and we talked about the possibility of Accutane- but I also have Celiac disease (gluten) so we're not sure how safe it will be-

but i'm so over my skin that I'm willing to put up with potential nosebleeds, joint pain, etc i think....

I'm just wondering if my GP here can automatically put me on Accutane? Because otherwise it will take SO long to get into a dermatologist here!

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Hi again smile.png

I'm living in Sweden, but I'm from Australia- my sister from Aus came to visit me, and she bought me the doxycycline tablets i'd left at home, but there was only about twenty- i took them for about two weeks and then gave up again because they take so long to even show any results, and i didn't have enough for that!

Yep, it definitely holds you back!

I want to chat with a doctor about it, but doctors here sometimes don't speak english so well- I Skyped my australian mother this morning about it, and we talked about the possibility of Accutane- but I also have Celiac disease (gluten) so we're not sure how safe it will be-

but i'm so over my skin that I'm willing to put up with potential nosebleeds, joint pain, etc i think....

I'm just wondering if my GP here can automatically put me on Accutane? Because otherwise it will take SO long to get into a dermatologist here!

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Hmm... I've googled heaps about Celiac and Accutane, and I've heard that Accutane can cause Celiac Disease, but that's not a problem of mine because I already have it haha..

Ugh blood tests.. I'm not sure how they do things here in Sweden, and I hope they know what Accutane is- I google translated it, because some things have funny foreign names, but Accutane is Accutane in Swedish! I've had problems with GPs here before because I haven't spoken up when they've said nothing was wrong with me (I've battled severe stomach pains since I arrived here!) so I think you're right.. I might have a better shot with a GP if I make it really clear that I've tried everything and this is the last resort!

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Hmm... I've googled heaps about Celiac and Accutane, and I've heard that Accutane can cause Celiac Disease, but that's not a problem of mine because I already have it haha..

Ugh blood tests.. I'm not sure how they do things here in Sweden, and I hope they know what Accutane is- I google translated it, because some things have funny foreign names, but Accutane is Accutane in Swedish! I've had problems with GPs here before because I haven't spoken up when they've said nothing was wrong with me (I've battled severe stomach pains since I arrived here!) so I think you're right.. I might have a better shot with a GP if I make it really clear that I've tried everything and this is the last resort!

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It's okay, I'm learning to deal with stomach pains and all... I heard being gluten-free has cleared up acne on a lot of people, but unfortunately not in my case!

I'm an exchange student actually! I've been here for five months and I'm here for another 6-7 before I go back home banana.gif

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To be honest I would like to try Accutane and taking a low dose sounds like a good idea - haven't heard much about different dosages until now. My GP said it was a bit of a last resort type thing, so I might have to convince him a bit to let me go on it.

Can I ask, did you see a dermatologist or just a regular GP about going on Accutane?

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It's okay, I'm learning to deal with stomach pains and all... I heard being gluten-free has cleared up acne on a lot of people, but unfortunately not in my case!

I'm an exchange student actually! I've been here for five months and I'm here for another 6-7 before I go back home banana.gif

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Hi again smile.png

I'm living in Sweden, but I'm from Australia- my sister from Aus came to visit me, and she bought me the doxycycline tablets i'd left at home, but there was only about twenty- i took them for about two weeks and then gave up again because they take so long to even show any results, and i didn't have enough for that!

Yep, it definitely holds you back!

I want to chat with a doctor about it, but doctors here sometimes don't speak english so well- I Skyped my australian mother this morning about it, and we talked about the possibility of Accutane- but I also have Celiac disease (gluten) so we're not sure how safe it will be-

but i'm so over my skin that I'm willing to put up with potential nosebleeds, joint pain, etc i think....

I'm just wondering if my GP here can automatically put me on Accutane? Because otherwise it will take SO long to get into a dermatologist here!

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Haha that's okay and yeah mostly use kg over here. See im not so sure it works like that here; although im not 100% sure but I think to see a dermatologist on the NHS (which is free) you have to get referred by your GP. But I think you can go private without the referral; although that would cost money.

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Maybe you don't have to tell the GP you want to be transferred because you are determined to take accutane, but because you want to hear a derm's opinion which treatment is the best for you. After all a GP can never know as much about skin and acne as a real derm, can he?

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Hi again smile.png

I'm living in Sweden, but I'm from Australia- my sister from Aus came to visit me, and she bought me the doxycycline tablets i'd left at home, but there was only about twenty- i took them for about two weeks and then gave up again because they take so long to even show any results, and i didn't have enough for that!

Yep, it definitely holds you back!

I want to chat with a doctor about it, but doctors here sometimes don't speak english so well- I Skyped my australian mother this morning about it, and we talked about the possibility of Accutane- but I also have Celiac disease (gluten) so we're not sure how safe it will be-

but i'm so over my skin that I'm willing to put up with potential nosebleeds, joint pain, etc i think....

I'm just wondering if my GP here can automatically put me on Accutane? Because otherwise it will take SO long to get into a dermatologist here!

Really? I always thought the Swedish are good at speaking English. But aren't you good at speaking Swedish when you've lived there for 5 months?

Oh, you're from the UK. Most users on this website are from the US, that's why I automatically assumed that. Do you guys use kg, too?

I don't have to be referred by my GP. I can choose my doctors myself, luckily. I picked the new derm because she had very good reviews on the internet.

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