I see a lot of gloomy despair in these forums and I'm wondering if that's because the people suffering with severe acne are not getting the help they need under a dermatologists care.
Perhaps it's an issue of health insurance for those in the United States? Here in Canada seeing inflammatory acne out in public is not common as we have socialized medicine so everyone with an acne problems gets the help they need regardless of budget. Anyone with resistant acne just gets prescribed Accutane and then they usually clear up and it's really not a big deal after that.
I did Accutane when I was 15, and now at 24 my skin is fairly normal, granted I'm still acne prone but I only get a few pimples here and there that I can manage with a topical.
I'm wondering if most of you are not getting help? Acne is very treatable, accutane can give you a very long and successful remission. Are you not able to take the drug because of lack of insurance?
Accutane may not be an option for me due to the side effects. I have bigger problems than acne.