I have always suffered with the odd pimple here and there but it was never a real issue. I did however visit my GP a number of times as, being a 15 year old, it was THEN a major thing. Looking back on my skin then I can't help but laugh.
I am now 21. I recently came off my birth control pill (Marvelon) around May, after being on it for just 4 months, (had to come off due to mood swings!). I have now broken out like a 13 year old just hitting puberty! I mean totally, all over my face, makeup cannot even hide it. I look back at pictures from only June last year and I haven't a single blemish on my face.. what a year can do eh?
Anyway, I have recently started taking Oxytetracycline. At first, I didn't really see an improvement, it was almost getting worse. 4 weeks in, I can see that my skin is a lot calmer. Not necessarily clearer, but definitely calmer. Unfortunately, Accutane is a big no-no for me. Even if I were to consider it, I doubt my GP would let me be a candidate for a number of reasons.
I have tried this whole 'inside out' thing too. Cut out dairy, no sugar, chocolate or sweets, no fizzy drinks and tonnes and tonnes of water and fruit. Smoothies, honey facemasks, lemon and eggwhite facemaks, Vitamin A, Zinc, Evening of Primose oil and Vitamin B complex supplements - the list is literally endless.
I would consider the Pill again I guess - I have a dermatology appointment 1st Oct so we will just see if that is the answer for me... acne or moodswings - tough decision!
I was just wondering if anyone else who has extremely persistant acne had any positive outcomes from this antibiotic. (Persistant - I have tried Retin-A which just dried out my skin something terrible, numerous BP products, salicylic washes, you name it)
I look forward to hearing your comments!