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My Tactuo And Minocycline Treatment; Do I Need Accutane? Photos + Feedback Welcome!

libero18

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I miss my skin from less than a year ago. = (

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Hello Acne.ORG!!

I decided to join this community so I could get feedback, and also educate myself with other people's experiences, as well as not feel alone with dealing with my acne. As acne sufferers, we all know how much of a constant struggle it is to regain our confidence about our skin and appearance.

Today, It is my 18th day since I started Minocycline and Tactuo (Epiduo) treatments. Here is how my treatment has gone so far:

First week: Dry, Scaly, Burning.

Second week: Initial Breakout. Worse Acne i've ever had since i was a preteen.

Third Week (current status): No more painful cysts, Dried up pustules, skin texture is smoother, yet still a lot of scarring.

Face Wash- *La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Wash (Sensitive Skin)

Moisturizer- *Cetaphil Normal - Dry Moisturizer

Day Treatment under Makeup- Dermalogica Clean Start: Hit the Spot (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Night Treatment - *TACTUO/ Epiduo

Antibiotic- *Minocycline

After reading a lot of the message boards here, and comparing my own personal results, I am still remaining hopeful, despite being a little downtrodden and impatient. It is more of a shock to me as how not less than a year ago i had clear, if not, just mild acne.

Attached are photos that i took just now prior to posting this blog. I would really appreciate some feedback on the photos whether or not I should push and ask my doctor to get me on ACCUTANE, or to simply continue with my current regimen of MINO + TACTUO.

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well if your current regimen has been showing improvements then stick with it :D! look at accutane as your last resort, not because you want a super quick fix - acne is never a quick fix @___@;;

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well if your current regimen has been showing improvements then stick with it biggrin.png! look at accutane as your last resort, not because you want a super quick fix - acne is never a quick fix @___@;;

Thanks!! I'll definitely rough it out til i'm out of the Mino and the Tactuo tubes my doc gave me. Maybe then, I or he can pinpoint what my next step should be.

***I feel like i should just get on Accutane straight away tho. thoughts??

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I understand wanting to jump to accutane right away. if that's what you want and your doctor is willing to prescribe it then who's to say no o:!

For myself, it might be early to think about it but I didn't want to risk my future kids having deformities because of my medication history. I got lucky in a sense because when I was put on birth control it actually brought down my acne to tolerable levels so there was really no need for me to resort to accutane.

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Accutane is a wonderful drug , but as Cerulean says , you should only use it after you tried antibiotics and bp, beacause of the potential side effects.

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I agree with everyone above - accutane is a drug that has serious side effects if your one of the unlucky ones- thus should be taken when everything else has been tried. Keep up with your regimen for at least 3 months before deciding its not working.Since you are taking an antibiotic, i would recommend to add a probiotic as antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bacteria in your system

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Anti-biotics work! Take 'em. If you don't, the bacteria get out of control. I suggest switching anti-biotics. Amoxicillin works way better than minocin and its easier to tolerate at higher doses. Tell me if its true but I am guessing you only take 100-200mg a day of Minocin. Amoxil is prescribed at 1,500mg a day and it works wonders. No nausea or anything. Your skin was beautiful and I am convinced you will get that complexion back. Just keep doing what you have been doing. See your dermatologist and take all meds. Best of luck!

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Anti-biotics work! Take 'em. If you don't, the bacteria get out of control. I suggest switching anti-biotics. Amoxicillin works way better than minocin and its easier to tolerate at higher doses. Tell me if its true but I am guessing you only take 100-200mg a day of Minocin. Amoxil is prescribed at 1,500mg a day and it works wonders. No nausea or anything. Your skin was beautiful and I am convinced you will get that complexion back. Just keep doing what you have been doing. See your dermatologist and take all meds. Best of luck!

Thank you for the comment and feedback! Indeed i'm only on the 100mg a day of Mino and Tactuo. It has been a month now, and no improvement at all. In actuality, I have worse acne now than when I first decided to try approaching a doctor. Fairly discouraged, I don't know if its worth trying all these retinoids and such. -_-!

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