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Some Advice Please? (Erythromycin, Duac, Differin, Salicylic Acid)

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About 18 months ago I suddenly got pretty severe acne, ie. cheeks full of big red inflamed cysts under the skin.

I was prescribed oxytetracycline with Duac and Differin for topical use, which worked pretty well in terms of clearing the majority of it up, but after 18 months still on it, I decided to go to my dermatologist and see if I still needed to be on oxytetracycline, as all that was left was some red scarring marks and still some small, skin-level red bumps.

In attempt to clear the last of it up, she has put me on erythromycin and added salicylic acid to the topical combination, which as you can imagine is ridiculously drying on the skin so I've postponed it a bit for now. Basically I don't really want to be taking the erythromycin as it just seems a fairly nasty toxic thing that I don't want to be repeatedly putting into my body, I'm not relaly sure what I'm asking here but basically, to people with past experience, what would you do here? I have quite oily skin and without any treatment the cysts can pop up again.


Edited by oldnight

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i would just stick with what is working for me. there are people who have been long term on antibiotics. if u want to cut down on antibiotics, try cutting it out, but if it comes again, get back on the pill. thats what i would do..

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