My moderate but consistent acnes started 17 months ago. .I never understand why I broke out like this as I've got a healthy diet, i don't drink or smoke, and I have dry-normal skin.
I had some success with antibiotics, but it turned out that it's just a temporary fix as my acnes came back just 2 months off antibiotics.
I've also tried various contraceptives and topical medications including rentin-a and differin, none of them worked. The initial breakout for retin-a gel is horrible!
Acnes really ruined my life.. I'm the kind of person who cares a lot about my appearance so you can imagine how these moderate acnes destroyed my confidence and self-esteem. For the past 17 months, I haven't had any social life, I haven't went out seeing anyone as I feel disgusted about myself, and I haven't had sex.. Everytime I look in the mirror I just want to cry.
There was a point where i had to throw all my mirros away.
Then my GP FINALLY agreed to refer me to see a dermatologist in private. I went to the dermatologist, had my blood test done, and I'm going to start Roaccutane (50mg ) tomorrow.
By the way, if you are in the UK, the consultation fee with private dermatolgist in 200 pounds, plus 50 pounds for the blood test. You could go under NHS, but that means you'll need to wait for 3-4 months until being seen by the dermatologist!
So if you are as keen to get rid of acnes as I do, ask your GP to refer you in private.
I'm really excited but worried at the same time! what if the initial breakouts are so bad? and what if the drug doesn't work for me at all??