Im new to the forums and would appreciate any of your advice or guidance. Ive been on erythromycin since April for recurring acne (pustules mostly on my chin/nose area). Prior to that I'd been on doxycycline from February but it'd made me feel quite ill. I feel mostly fine on the erythromycin apart from a gut flora imbalance (which Im trying to manage).
I know antibiotics arent great and kill good bacteria and I was apprehensive about using them but the acne has really been getting me down and affecting my confidence etc. I seem to have breakouts in almost a monthly cycle with around one week where my skin effectively begins to clear up. But the pustules always return. It got to the stage where my skin wasnt having enough time to heal before the next breakout so it became almost permanent.
Ive tried so many therapies and alternative treatments and remedies! Antibiotics were a last resort and they appeared to work at first, with less pustules and clearing them up quicker. But this month theyve increased again and dont seem to be clearing up as quick. I never wanted to stay on antibiotics long-term but my GP told me that they sometimes keep people on them for a year and more! I sort of loathe going to my GP about it because they dont seem to think it's a big deal. Although I dont have large pimples everywhere, I still feel uncomfortable with the pustules on my chin! Ive pretty oily skin too, probably overactive sebaceous glands, which started around 2005. The only good thing is that I dont really have any lines or wrinkles yet (Im almost 34) but Id almost rather have them than recurring pustules :-/
Anyway, the fact Im still having breakouts implies the anitbiotics arent very effective so...are there any other treatments you've had success using? Could this be hormonal or something else? Ive tried diet changes before without lasting results. The only other thing I can think of is stress as a cause? I went for a session of laser treatment in 2005 and it was a few months afterwards that my skin became excessively oily skin in 2005 - not sure if that's was just a coincidence or the laser somehow triggered the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive!