I wanted to start a new topic because when I had previously searched through the forum, I found it very hard to find any stories for people with very mild, but persistent and long lived, marking acne. I understand that Accutane is marketed towards those with far more severe acne than myself, but I just wanted to be able to give some information to people who are in the same position as me.
I've tried several methods to keep my acne at bay over the years, successfully with Lymecycline, but only for a small period of time (4 month I believe) until once I began my degree. At this point I had a large break out on my chin consisting of a group of cysts, which I had never had before, which was understandably, quite a scare for me. I was switched to Minocycline to see if this could help control it again, but this had no to little effect after 5 month of use, and I'd been left with quite significant red marks on my cheeks and chin. My skin is extremely sensitive and these marks in my case, can last from 6 month to a year, they are also very noticeable. But still, my acne would only be classed as very mild, as I do not have a large number of active spots, I am more so prone to getting large, swollen pimples. Also, I get quite a few on my back and occasionally chest.
I finally arranged to see my dermatologist to get his opinion and he asked me if I would like to give Accutane a try. I had been offered this previously, but I had said no, as I wanted to give the antibiotics another chance. This time I said yes, and I am now on my first week of Accutane. I have begun a course of Accutane 20mg daily, which so far I haven't noticed any changes, though this is expected due to the small amount of time I have been taking the medication.
I understand that a lot of people may not agree with people with a low level of active acne actually taking this medication, which I totally understand myself, but I think the level of marking that some of our skin can produce can seriously lower self esteem, and with the persistence of this acne, I found this to be the right choice (so far!)
I will post pictures of the current state of my face shortly!