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NHS treatment / further OTC treatments

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Hi guys, I just wondered if anyone here has experienced success in getting treatment for moderate acne on the NHS, or even managed to get a GP referral to a specialist dermatologist?

I am also wondering if anyone else can recommend any home over the counter treatments?

I'm currently taking oral erythomycin twice a day, using huge amounts of quinoderm 10% benzoyl peroxide cream AND DUAC gel on my face (which contains both Clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) - This is having little to no effect at all.

Background info:

I'm male and in my mid 20s. I am mixed race and mainly suffer from bad back acne that leaves horrible dark marks for years after the spots have gone down. The problem has now spread to my face/neck and I'm getting really fed up with it, mainly because of the scarring/poor skin tone it leaves behind. (I can live with scars on my back but getting fresh acne scars on the face at my age is a bit much).

I have tried various antibiotics on and off over the last 5 to 6 years; tetracycline, lymecycline, and erythomycin to name a few.

I'm so sick of having to boil was bloody pus stained T-shirts and bed linen, I am wondering if I should demand a referral to see a skin specialist or if accutane my be an option.

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That sounds more than moderate acne to me mate. If you've already been through all the antibiotics and the rest you shouldn't have any trouble getting on accutane. I've an uncle who has real bad skin and he's on it. I don't even think he seen a dermatologist as I'm sure they would have told him to use a moisturiser as he's a bricklayer working out in the sun all day in the summer which couldn't be right.

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That sounds more than moderate acne to me mate. If you've already been through all the antibiotics and the rest you shouldn't have any trouble getting on accutane. I've an uncle who has real bad skin and he's on it. I don't even think he seen a dermatologist as I'm sure they would have told him to use a moisturiser as he's a bricklayer working out in the sun all day in the summer which couldn't be right.

Hi, thanks for that.

I'm not sure I would class it as severe because it really only appears on my back....... a lot of people on this site appear to get really bad acne on their face, which is obviously a lot more difficult to hide.

But yeah, I am going to see my GP in a few weeks time and I intend to push for a referral in the hope of getting something stronger. The side effects of accutane sound scary, but then again taking anti-biotics for this long a time isn't really very healthy or pleasant either.

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Moved to the Mild To Moderate Acne board. The UK Regimen Supplies board is for discussing products that can be used for the Acne.org Regimen that are available in the UK.

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