I have had acne now since I was 18, am now 30.
I have tried everything! I was on minocycline for 10 years nearly, which worked quite well but never made me acne free. The last 2 years on it my acne cleared up completely and I thought that was it it was forever gone. But it came back severely late last year and worse than I had ever had it I went on a medical trial to have pulsed dye lazer treatment which made no difference.
I then was started on lymocycline for 3 months with no effect at all and retin a cream with no effect. I went to a skin clinic to see about lazer therapy but it was too expensive with no guarentee it would work. I spent Â£60/$100 on cream and lotion there which worked by blocking hormone sensetivity in your skin, it helped but then had no effect after 4 weeks.
I refuse roaccutane as my doctor scared the hell out of me saying it can cause suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and fatigue...well I have M.E so I do not want anything to add to my condition so I wouldn't take it no matter how severe my acne is.
I consider my acne pretty severe now, it really does affect my confidence and I will not leave the house without full make up. i feel ugly, dirty and even with make up on I have blood and serum coming out of my face on some of my angry spots. so even with make up I still dont feel alot better. I have lots of scars now, red marks and holes in my face I think I look awful!
I hate going out in daylight as it shows all of my imperfections, at least at night I dont have bright light on my face!
Now I have just been prescribed oxytetracycline but have no taken it yet as I have nothing to lose with trying the regimen.
Am on day 3 now. And I made an error as didn't read the regimen fully and my own fault used too much BP so I have a very red face right now and it feels very warm and sore.
It does feel dry, but I have been using a non perfumed, non colored alcohole free rich moisturizer so it is dry but not flaky which I had when I used BP years ago (I lasted a few days on it because of the dryness) But I am going to stick to this as I have nothing else to try and nothing to lose.
Going to try and add my starting photos to this now!
3 days in, only 2 new spots have appeared, painful ones...but its better than 4 new spots a day!
Note: this is the worst my acne has ever been in 10 years!