So I haven't posted in a while. I basically lost hope and stopped bothering as my face was only getting worse. Turns out I had a very rare reaction to isotretinoin. They only see a handful of cases in the world every year and I was unlucky enough to have it..... They even asked if i would mind having my photo taken and if i would sign a release form for them. And I ended up in a medical journal, this obviously doesn't make you feel great when a dermatologists wants to take a pic because your
So after my initial progress I have gained no new cysts. Yay. This however has been traded it seems for the most severe cysts I've ever had. The flesh comes to a head and then scabs over and this puffy inflamed flesh is left under which is very sensitive and infected. My dermatologists more than doubled my dose of clindamiycin to 300mg 150mg and 300mg spaced evenly throughout the day. My skin isn't very dry nor are my lips chapped despite being on a 100mg dose. I rarely need to moisturise my fac
I finally visited a private dermatologist. The initial consultation was £200, the blood work was £200 and the medicine was £50. I could have had the blood tests done on the NHS but I felt like I had waited long enough. At this point I would say my acne was very red and my face was very greasy. The derm prescribed me antibiotics for 2 weeks before starting accutane to prevent a bad initial flare up.
was then given 40mg a day for a month and told to have another checkup then. For the first 2 w
A month later, drained cyst had refilled slightly so I ended up taking co amoxalave 302mg x3 a day for 14 days and augmentin 250x3 for 14 days. These antibiotics where pretty strong and so helped clear up the rest of my acne pretty effectively. Although It being a quick fix I was pleased with this. I found a warm compress helped fluid drain internally and much of the inflammation was just fluid and not pus. all the smaller marks are just red marks and purple marks, not actual acne.
I had d
I returned from holiday to have my condition get progressively worse for the next 3 weeks. I had multiple gp visits where I was essentially freaking out.
My triple cyst had full on ruptured and burst and I could feel it painful and pulsating as if it had a life of its own. It was over an inch wide and 2/3 inch tall and puffy. Now this is where I lost confidence in the Nhs in treatment of non life threatening issues.
After my 3rd gp visit I was in despair, they had given me a
I went to Thailand for 5 weeks as a reward for my hard work at university and working as a control engineer intern at a local factory. This brought to me a few issues. Sun, alcohol, and food.
I enjoyed my holiday a lot with lots of drink and other various things. This do doubt put a strain on my system.
However I love scuba diving and snorkelling and I spent around 50% of my time on the beach playing football (not the american boring version! (ruffle some feathers ) or swimming or just
The epiduo at first made my skin very red and painful. My condition worsened at first and then I saw a huge reduction in my small "zits". My face remained slightly oily however. The antibiotics where fine and i had no side effects. The first photo is poor quality however it does show how my cysts are still coming thick and fast despite the reduction in the yellow head spots. its like trading the pus filled nasties for more serious acne that will later look 10 times worse. I finished my summer ex
I'm on month 1.5 of accutane however ill be backtracking with the photos i have to show the extent of my acne and what worked for me. and highlight some issues with the nhs.
This photo if one of the only ones i have and is me in my summer exams revising sending a stupid selfie to my mates. I had just lost a friend in an accident had glandular fever and had my summer exams approaching so it definitely points my condition to have been caused as an response.
As you can see this is where my