Just an early warning, please excuse any misspelling or minor grammatical errors. English isn't my native tounge and this post is written in a emotional tired induced frenzy.
I've been keeping a watch on this forum from time to time checking threads for possible solutions to acne outbreaks and just to find some comfort in knowing that I'm not alone one out there who knows the struggle.
I'm at the age of 21, male and have been in warfare with acne since the age of 14. Since then it has become progressivly worse and worse. I have tried the following;
Simple washing two times a day with carrot-soap (loads of A-vitamin)
The times I visited a skinderm I was deemed to have moderate acne with a hint of cystic acne from time to time. The worse of my acne was located on my face (of course, as visible as possible right?) and a few very tine marks of acne on chest, nect and back.
Just a few weeks after my 20th birthday I was finally put on accutane/roaccutane, and at the beginnig I had the wooorst outbreak of acne I ever had but within the 5-6 months mark I was finally cleared up! No acne, just a few acne scars to heal over time.
8 months later I start to see hints of acne by my jawline, chin and cheeks.
I now have acne again, not as bad as before, however still clearly visible acne. I guess the accutane course left a bit of improvement! I mostly only get regular acne bumps, red marks and and a few cystic acne every now and then that goes away if left alone after a week or two.
I'm not sure if I wrote this entirely in hopes to finding possible solutions from you guys, I suppose I just needed to write this down as I have no friends who can relate to my problem and who just says ''it's just acne'' or ''I don't even notice the acne anymore''.
I guess that's one of my fears, that I simple have to ''live'' with it. That it will always be part of my looks and people can't help but picture me with acne when they think of me.
I wanted to ask if you guys would recommend a secound course of accutane? If it didn't work the first time, how big are the odds it will finally put a permanent stop to the outbreaks with a secound routine? I'm a bit afraid of the sideffects, and the scaring that comes from the intial outbreak and of course the price of the medicine.
I'm currently trying out vitamin B5 to see how it might handle my skin and I will probably give it a few months to see what results it bring.
Sorry if this became a bit dragging and depressing. I guess I just needed to get it out to people who might know what it is like.
I'm fully aware there is more in the world then spotless looks and all.
However I can't help but feel a bit down everytime I look myself in the mirror. I'm okay with my looks but those damn bumps just gets to me!
Thanks to everyone who read this post.