so tom, what was your skin like before the doxy and differin? ive just started differin and was going to do lymecycline along side it. but i am also thinking just go straight to accutane, my acne is i would describe as persitently mild... it gets worse when i pick at it and i find the marks take forever to heal.
what would your advice be? should i continue differin and see how that goes? or am i damaging my skin more? i feel like i am trapped because i am too scared to do an anti biotic, i did 2 types when i was 19 etc and now i am 26...
I've tried most treatments and, in my experience, antibiotics work great for the first time around, but your body also builds up a resistance to them fairly quickly, leading your acne to come back worse than ever afterwards. Diffierin is very effective, but it takes ages to work (I started in November 2011, it was April 2012 until I saw a noticeable difference), and the side effects were, for me, actually worse than Accutane. It really dried my skin out and I burned instantly upo In being in the sun.
How long have you been on the Differin for and have you noticed any difference yet? If your acne is only mild, then lymecycline and differin should work really well, but bear in mind that it may come back afterwards.
I'm really glad I took accutane, but you couldn't say my acne was mild - personally, if I only had a few spots, I wouldn't take it because while the side effects aren't that bad, they are still noticeable. 6 months is a long to go with peeling lips and nose bleeds!
Red marks took ages to heal with me too - personally I used a mild exfoliator to help, but only do this when you've finished with the Differin.
I'd say it's up to you to decide how much acne is having upon your life and then perhaps mention accutane to your doctor to see what they think - they'll only put you on it if they think it's worth it!
(For what it's worth, this is my treatment history:
October 2009 - April 2011: Oxytetracycline. I was clear from February 2010 - October 2010, then the acne slowly came back.
April 2011 - May 2011: Lymecycline. I had to come off it due to the metalic taste side effect driving me around the bend.
May 2011 - November 2011: Natural stuff! Tried every diet and potion you can imagine, my acne got really really bad during this period.
November 2011 - June 2012: Doxycycline
November 2011 - December 2012: Differin. Worked really well with the above, completely cleared me up from the horrible summer of 2011 but, alas, all good things must come to an end. My acne slowly got worse (but not nearly as bad as it was) up until...
July 2013 - January 2014: Accutane. Finally, sorted!!)