Stop me if you've heard this one before:
I'm 20 years old, 6'1", 149 lbs. I've had acne since I was about 15. Started out as one or two whiteheads at a time. Soon after, I noticed the appearance of stubborn blackheads, and my acne started to get nastier, with bigger nodules etc. I developed cystic acne around 17, and have been dealing with frequently occurring cysts and many persistent red marks ever since.
I've tried a wide range of over-the-counter topical cleansers and exfoliants. Salicylic acid certainly helped to reduce the oily, glossy appearance of my skin but seemed to do very little else.
I tried three separate courses of doxycycline, after which I had to admit to myself that it just wasn't working. It caused minor stomach pains and had no effect on my skin whatsoever.
I had some success with benzoyl peroxide in combating blackheads, but overall was unsatisfied with the progress I'd made, especially now that I'm out of my teenage years.
I've been on low dose (10mg) accutane (branded as "oratane") for two and a half weeks. I will report on my progress elsewhere in the forum when more time has passed, but so far, so good!
I am looking forward to sharing my experiences on accutane. I believe that providing honest first-hand experiences and opinions to be considered, dissected, rebutted or nodded at by others is a hugely beneficial process for both participants and bystanders. Healthy intellectual debate is a wonderful thing!