Yesterday I was browsing through my galleries (I take lots of pics/took lots of pics over the course of my treatment to check progress) and I noticed that I have made a bit of progress! I was feeling quite down, but seeing an improvement has cheered me up! I'll just run through my treatment history for those of you who don't already know it;
In December 2006, I wasn't using anything. I went to my GP in January 2007, he prescribed me Aknemycin Plus. I posted my first lot of pics in Feb (see my other gallery). I used the Aknemycin right up untill 1 June, which is when I went to see my GP (who's the best doctor you could possibly hope for!) for the second time. At that point I wasn't sure if I was making much of an improvement. For five months, I didn't feel the improvement was big enough (Maybe I had forgotten how bad it was before though!), he said that he thought it had improved and that I no longer had any cystic acne which was good, but he said that if I felt like I needed to try something different I could, or alternatively he said he'd book me in with a derm if I felt it was needed. I asked for something diferent, and so he prescribed me Differin Cream 0.1% along with Erythromycin Tablets (2x 250mg to be taken twice dailly). That's what I've been taking since 1 June. So far so good. I've also been steaming twice a week with a facial sauna. (GP adviced it). I think it's really helped. If I miss a 'steam', a seem to get a new whitehead or two pop up (Show's how much of an improvement I've made if I'm just complaining about the odd whitehead! ). But seriously - I think I still have a way to go yet. I'm over the moon at getting rid of much of the red mark type cystic acne from my cheeks, though there's still a few lingering 'areas'.