I had acne as a pre-teen when I was about 11-12. I had some antibiotics for a while and found a really good sulfacetamide lotion called Sulfacet-R. This basically cleared everything up in less than 2 years. And I had clear skin for all of high school and university, thank god, otherwise, I'm not sure how anti-social I would've became.
About the last year of University I had a small break-out in my fourth year on my forehead. This subsided pretty much, but when i started working, I had a tiny breakout on the right side of my cheek. It must've been the stress, a new lifestyle with a new apartment living on my own with a really busy schedule, and hardly any time to take care of my general health. I was put on mino-cycline, for which had cleared everything up for a period of about 5 months.
I had gotten my ears pierced in late November, and i had an infection which also caused me to break out in a bit of eczema and bumps. I was back on mino-cycline back and forth.
I had tried microdermabrasion, which actually caused an infection and breakout. After that I started just using more minocycline and an AHA cleanser. This worked great for a period of 5 months. I had discontinued the minocycline at this point (which I regret, should've finished the course). On a business trip I had contracted a weird rash on my leg which spread up my face and body. Then when the rash had subsided, my face started breaking out like crazy. I mean it was crazy. There was nothing that my face would've react to.
All in all, it had been a bad journey of unfinished antibiotic courses and skin rashes. My dermatologist had mentioned about accutane if this mino-cycline does not work. Right now it seems like it's not been working. I"m seeing a new derm on the 6th of this month. I'm going to ask about accutane.
I've been going through a really bad breakup lately, (we were actually close to getting married too...so it wasn't because of the skin...) and it's been really hard on me emotionally. This really worsens the whole skin situation too. But lately I've been able to find something to help me with the emotions. Right now I can say I have a much more positive attitude.
Seeing this website has really encouraged me too. I"m just trying to hang onto God (I'm a christian) and I know for a fact that if things were meant to be, I will be reunited with the one I love again. If not, I know I will be able to recover from all this.
I will update this blog hopefully with more positive comments in the future. I know accutane takes about 6 months, and I'm hoping that in 6 months I will at least be able to put makeup on a smoother surface.
Leave me a message if anyone reads this, I'd love to join this support circle.