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  1. Hi, I’ve been using Zineryt for the past few months and it really helped clear up my skin, however, recently my skin has started getting worse. Should I stop using the zineryt as I have seen some reviews that are bad after long term use. Thank you!
  2. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  3. Hi guys, so I started getting back and shoulder acne when I was 11/12, I’m 14 now. I got shoulder acne way before I started developing facial acne. My first treatment was Zineryt lotion and Duac gel( when I was 12 or 13), I had a big allergic reaction to the duac gel I felt like the zineryt didn’t help at all and it was spreading bacteria due to the application. Last October my face has NEVER been as bad in my life than then( foundation was my saviour). My blemishes were painful and embarrassing. My shoulders flared up as well, so I went to my GP and had Lymecline antibiotics which cleared up my face a little but not my back acne. Quinoderm antibacterial face wash cleared up my face.I’ve just finished my 6 week supply and I don’t really think I’ll carry on as I want something stronger. Does anyone reccomend anything ( not accutane) as I’ve been covering up my shoulders for the past few years due to the acne and I finally want to clear it up once and for All. Right now, my shoulders are smooth and only 4 or 5bumpy spots but there is still loads of red little smooth ones.... All responses will be highly appreciated xxx
  4. I have been prescribed zineryt lotion along with antibiotics and it works amazing for my skin. My skin will clear in a matter of days due to this lotion and has worked wonders for me over the years. Can anyone recommend anything for scarring? I don’t have server acne but mine is moderate my face is more scarred than anything and would definatley love if anyone could give me some advice on how I could at least reduce the appearance of scarring x
  5. Hi i’ve had back/shoulder acne for nearly 3 years now but recently it’s been getting really painful and more irritated. I’m 14, last summer i was prescribed Zineryt lotion which didn’t really help as i thought t spread bacteria so i stopped using it, and since then i’ve been letting it breathe and sometimes putting tea tree or witch hazel toner on the area. My face isn’t clear i normally have a few breakouts on my chin or cheeks. I went to the doctors a couple weeks ago and i’ve now been given Lymecycline hard tablets 408mg a day which helped my face for the first week but i feel like it’s wearing off a bit, has anyone tried Lymecycline tablets? Did they clear your acne? I want to order some Quinoderm antibacterial face wash, is it any good? please reply with some suggestions for my acne X P.S my shoulders/back has only recently gotten red and irritated. A couple years ago it was only minor
  6. Hi all just looking for some guidance, I've just started using Aztec healing clay and Shia butter, I'm wondering as I use the clay then shower then apply the Shia butter, would I be able to apply the Shia butter after using zineryt topical as I have been prescribed this of my doctor along with lymecycline
  7. Hi - I'm new here. After years of ups and down with my acne (currently 39 yrs old) I went to the doctors as I simply couldn't stand it anymore. I gor Zineryt, that seems to work just after a couple of days. So I'm pleased with that. But the after taste on my face is unbearable, once I put my moisturiser afterwards it spreads on my mouth etc and it makes me sick. Once I touch my face with my hands the taste transfers to my hands, my little daughter doesn't want to cuddle with me anymore as she says I taste bad... Any good replacements on the market that I can ask my doctor for?
  8. Yasmin / Lymecycline / Spiro Log

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    So after years of reading blogs on this site I decided to take the plunge and create one myself. I have suffered with acne since I was 15 - I am now 20, turning 21 in a few months. I have been on roaccutane twice in the past and finished my second course last October. The second course was really tough, as my initial breakout was AWFUL, the worse acne I have ever had in my life, and I was left with loads and loads of red marks of which some are still visible. My face stayed clear after the roaccutane with the help of a really good dermatologist - she changed up my skin care routine to include non-comedogenic cleansers and moisturisers like La Roche Posay etc. and introduced Isotrexin gel to my nightly routine (this was about 9 months ago). I tried Duac but my skin is extremely sensitive and couldn't tolerate it. I also tried Finacea (azeliac acid) but had the same problem. All was well until this summer when I started breaking out again. In an unrelated appointment with my gynaecologist (I have had irregular periods for the last 4/5 years) and lots of tests/ scans, I was diagnosed with PCOS. My gynae put me on Yasmin on the 11th August and after reading lots of horrific reports of initial breakouts, my dermatologist put me on Lymecycline and Zineryt topical to put my mind at rest. I stated the two medications on the same day. Despite doing everything right, I still suffered the initial breakout, and still am. I finish my second pill packet today and have a host of new red marks and two healing cysts. I have decided to do a weekly update on here to monitor my progress - anyone who has been on Yasmin for their acne with success PLEASE comment to let me know your experience. Oh and btw, I eat EXTREMELY healthy and I am talking EXTREMELY. I eat no dairy, no sugar and no gluten. I still to a primarily plant-based diet with lots of veggies and fruit. I eat wild/organic fish and eggs probably about 4/5 times a week max. My morning routine is: Take 1 x Lymecycline 1 hour before food. Wash face with LRP Toleraine cleanser, splash with cold water, pat dry. Apply Zineryt to spot prone areas with a cotton pad (I don't like the applicator), let dry. Apply LRP Toleraine moisturiser, wait ten mins. Apply Elta MD spf. My nighttime routine is: Wash face with LRP Toleraine cleanser, splash with cold water, pat dry, wait 20 mins. Apply Isotrexin to spot prone areas, wait ten mins. Appy LRP Toleraine moisturiser. 6 Weeks (Day 42): Lots of clogged pores, 2 cysts (hopefully on their way out), 2 pimples, LOTS of red marks. EDIT: Title changed of log - see post below.
  9. Hey guys, Let me stat by telling you a little about my journey. I'm a 22 year old guy btw. So I went through high school as one of the lucky kids who had next to no acne. I would maybe get one spot every 3 months but it was nothing at all, I had no worries about my skin. I was on zineryt at this point, and continued on it for about 4 years. Just to stress I was only ever on zineryt, wasn't told to add in BPO or anything like that. I know realise this was very bad as topical antibiotics shouldn't be used long term. So I went through high school with no worries and even won best skin in our year book! Flashforward to college and my skin started to deteriorate. I kept using the zineryt (topical erythromycin) but it was giving me repeated bouts of impetigo (skin infection). Went to the Dr and it turns out the bacteria on my face had become resistant to zineryt as I was on it for so long. I began to break out, very very mildly. I'd have a 2 little red spots on my temples, one on my forehead and maybe one on my cheeks. So I was given adapalene and found it useless. Tried proactive (useless). Bought BPO and found it quite good but it never removed my whiteheads, which my forehead was covered with. Visited my Dr and was given Duac, was initially good but nothing too amazing. Did more research and decided that since my forehead was covered in whiteheads that a retinoid is what was needed, and since the BPO had helped I decided to ask for Epiduo. Got Epiduo, and I've been on it for exactly 20 weeks. During the first 6 weeks my skin was amazing, nothing was wrong and I had so much confidence. However after about 8 weeks my skin was insanely oily. I look shiny all the time and i've tried the cetaphil oil control wash but nothing helps. Around about week 19 I added in a salicylic acid wash at night before epode to se if that can cut down on the oil. i also moisturise at night using cetraben. When I apply the moisturiser I can feel whiteheads on my forehead and my upper cheeks just below my eyes. This is super disheartening since I've been on epode for 20 weeks. My acne has never been bad. I feel bad complaining about it when i know most people have it so much worse. However for me I really find it psychologically tortorture. I think going from having perfect to skin to very light acne has been enough to give me the distress people with severe acne suffer. I constantly think about my skin, every day I wake up hoping today is the day its perfect. It's getting to the point where I am avoiding looking in mirrors and not going to the gym. I also cancel events with my friends because I am so self conscious. I've spoken to them about my insecurities but they all say my skin isn't oily, they are trying to be nice but I know it sis oily. i bought oil absorbing sheets and when I wipe my face with them its like the are drenched in oil. I will say that I don't apply any acne creams to my shoulders and chest and those areas are covered in red spots, so if I wasn't so obsessed with my face I'm sure my face would be much worse. So my question; do you think I should see a dermatologist about getting oral isotretinoin. That would clear up my oily skin, clear my shoulders and help my whiteheads. I know I wouldn't need a high dose as my acne is minimal on my face but does seriously affect me. Or does anyone have any advice for me? Regimens: 4 years = Zineryt at night and morning. Then (4 months): Proactive 2 x day Then(4 months): BPO 2x day. Then(4 months): adapalene Then (10 weeks): Duac gel. Then (20weeks) : morning routine: wash face with water. Night time: Cleanse with cetaphil, wait then apply epiduo, then moisturise. Problems right now: Face oily and whiteheads. Should i cleanse in the morning to maybe control my oily skin? Thanks guys
  10. Hi!im totally new to posting anything about my acne! I've followed this site getting so much comfort from other's stories and advice, so thought I'd take the plunge and write one myself. Ive had acne for 11 years now, started when I was about 13 and I've never grown out of it. I generally swing between being devastated and accepting (although, this is usually when it's having an 'OK' day) I had had a brief period where my skin was immaculate! I was on the Qlaira birth control pills. It only lasted 6 months before I had to come off them. They gave me mood swings and a host of nasties.And the dreaded spots came back. Mine are cystic, white heads and black heads. Musically localised to my chin/ neck. Have recently been travelling North to my cheeks and forehead. Which is totally bumming me out as I've never had them there! I've tried everything under the sun- to list a few: Duac cream Zineryt LymecineAccutainLumie Clear light Indian mud mask Bio Oils And so many more prescribed/over the counter remedies.Here's a picture of my skin on a regular day, not bad and not good... Just the regular. And yet, today I'm in pieces over it, it's sore, unsightly and driving me to tears! I get the regular advice: drink lots of water, don't wear make up and wash your face properly. I exercise, drink only water and have a good cleansing routine. Ultimatly, unless you've had acne, you'll never truest understand that not one singular thing causes it and it's truly relentless!
  11. Hey everyone So i have what i believe is some fort of folliculitis that has been recurring on the back of my neck for what feels like forever. A few years ago i had severe acne, but after lots of different treatments and even going on accutane twice my body and face is back to a normal level. However, the back of my neck just refuses to get better, there's bad days and good days when its calm but for the most part its always 1 day away from flaring up and ruining my week. I have body dysmorphic disorder as well so even when its relatively calm is can have a massive effect on me due to me unwillingly obsessing about it and making it seem worse than it is. I get really paranoid and it can stop me from leaving the house. I've tried a whole bunch of stuff, not cutting my hair. Using Nizoral shampoo, having less sugar in my diet. A bunch of face-washes, moisturisers. Apple cider vinegar, zinc soap I change my pillow sheets every single night of the year, i have 2 showers a day (i have cold showers) Ive seen dermatologists throughout the years, I once waited a year for a result on a test to find out what it was and was told they had lost the results. Most recently I’ve being seeing a dermatologist at the Royal London Hospital who gave me zineryt (something i had been given years before and didn't work back then either) And Oxytetracyline tablets that had a positive effect for a few weeks then stopped making a difference Im at a total loss, because of my body dysmorphic disorder i can't just ignore it and it's ruining my life. Any help would be SOOOOO appreciated!! Heres a link with images of it at its worse and its calmest:
  12. Hi guys. It happened. Well. I should clarify, it's happening. And fast. And it's more painful than I ever thought it would be. Resistance. I noticed that there aren't many storys out there of long term antibiotic use. I mean longer than a couple of years. I've seen 2 years. I actually saw a comment of a seven year user, but I can't think of many that have gone on this long. Well here is one. I'm nearer 11 years. I should explain. I'm a guy. I had bad acne age 14-17. It wasn't scarring, but it was all over. forehead was covered, chin, cheeks, the whole lot. People would have looked at me at the time and said it was moderate. It wasn't damaging, but I had no confidence and it hurt. I used to just be incredibly shy. I dealt with it in my own way. I showered twice a day, and used to cover my face in antiseptic cream, thinking it'd make a difference. The difference was barely noticeable. Then, a routine trip to the doctors for some other illness and I was prescribed erythromycin in the form of Zineryt. I didn't expect it to work. But oh my god did it. From the first application, my acne started to clear. My clogged pores vanished, the bumps flattened out and within two weeks, my skin was baby soft. I had the best year of my life. Right before going to university. However, in the first few weeks of uni, I noticed the topical wasn't destroying spots anymore. They'd stay after application, and then more appeared. I was distraught. I ran back to the doctor, who prescribed me Dalacin T. I couldn't go back to how things were. Not in my first year away from home, trying to make friends etc. Dalacin did nothing and the slide continued. On my third trip to the doctors in about 8 weeks, I was prescribed mino. After 10 stable weeks, I was still sure it wasn't working. But looking back, I'm sure it was. Just not as effectively as the Zineryt had at first. I was getting 2-3 spots at a time, nothing major, or like how it used to be, but not as good as the zineryt. I could cope though. Over the next six months, it got better. I'd get maybe 1 or two spots a month. Normal skin. I worried every day that went by, that it would end. I read horror storys on line, where people's acne came back worse. It was working well, just a few spots a month for about 18 months. After about 18 months I had a few more spots for a while, so I decided to start the regimen as well. I didn't realise that it could be beneficial in preventing resistance at the time. It was just a coincidence that I was starting up something that was beneficial. I did it because I wanted even clearer skin still. I was still worried everyday. After another year or so, my skin was still good. It was stable. Just a few here and there, same as everyone else. No. It was better than others' because my spots would be gone in a day or so on account of the antibiotic. As time went by, I'd collect my prescription again and again, thinking; just a bit longer, I'll grow out of it and then just stop needing all this. Just a bit longer. From time to time I'd miscalculate how many tablets I had left and be short over a weekend, maybe miss three or four days. Every time, my skin would get a bit worse. three or four spots over the weekend, instead of the month. So I picked my prescription up again. Carried on. The minocycline continued to keep my skin calm. No lumps or bumps. Just a few spots here and there. Nothing to worry about as the rest of my skin was so smooth. In secret, I'd sometimes put a bit of blemish concealer on the marks of dead spots to make my skin even more flawless. I was confident. I could enjoy the feeling of sun on my face without being self concious. I could look people right in the eye and tell them what I thought. This carried on through the next few years. I had scares. I was in Thailand on a long holiday and I was convinced the Mino was failing. I had a lot more of those small bumps on my forehead than usual, you know, the ones that are more like lumpy clogged pores but can't be squeezed. I don't think anyone but me would have noticed though, and a few weeks after returning, they faded away. I finished Uni. Travelled and got a job. A public facing job, working on creating new business for an scientific company. I had the occasional blood test to make sure I was okay. Not annual, but every now and again. By this time, I'd been using minocycline for 5 years. I was worried it was losing effectiveness as the 1 or 2 a month had become 1 or 2 every 10 days. No one would have noticed. I carried on. The spots became more regular. 1 or 2 a week. But who cares about 1 or 2 a week. Especially when they're gone completely in a couple of days. And you can chuck a bit of sneaky concealer on that I mentioned earlier. It could have been the stress. Me being relaxed about touching my face. Anything really. Nothing to suggest it really was failing. 6th year, 7th year. More time passed. I tired of the endless morning and evening regimen, worrying about bleaching bedclothes at other people's houses etc. But it was working. Even if it did seem to be ageing my face. I'd rather have dry skin than full of spots I thought. I couldn't just stop what was working. Especially as it seemed that in the trials where I did stop.things got a little worse. I needed to just see out the phase of bad skin. Around the 9th year, my prescription suddenly changed to Lymecycline, without consultation. The note at the chemist just said "better treatment". I assumed it must be almost the same as the Mino. So I started taking it. Things seemed fine. Six months later, I had a few more than usual, nothing to worry about. Then around Christmas this year, I really started to notice a change. More regularity. Few spots every 2 - 3 days. Sometimes small. Sometimes the odd bigger one. It was starting to concern me, but I thought it could be a blip. January was slightly worse, but still people would have thought my face was clear. February, slightly worse again. It's a blip, it must be. I upped my regimen use and it helped a bit. March was slightly worse than the month before. April the same again. It seemed to be escalating. We're almost at present day now. Around about the beginning of May, I started to notice the skin around my temples was becoming uneven again. Like the non-spot filled skin when I was 17. All clogged pores and lumpy. I nuked it with bp. Hopefully if it was a resistant strain, that'd kill it. My skin was red and peeled a little for a week or so, I couldn't really tell what was going on underneath. When the skin finally recovered, the bumpiness remained, except now it had spread further down the side of my face. I tried everything, washing delicately, a scrub to clean out the pores, eating a tonne more fruit for a few weeks, cutting dairy. It became real. The Lymecycline was no longer working. The acne was resistant. I booked an appointment with my GP. I tried to convey my anxiety but I don't think it got through. She just asked if I'd like to switch back to Mino. I did. I was desperate. 10 years with great skin and now returning to the crushing anxiety that acne causes, not being able to look people in the eye, putting off social events, having days where you don't want to leave the house. I'd been there before. I can't explain the anxiety of it. She also prescribed me with epiduo, a topical retinoid and bp. She couldn't see really what I was fussing about, only four or five spots and uneven skin. It wasn't the worst day, typically. I had seen how much it was advancing though, and it was really gathering pace. I used the epiduo immediately. I'd always thought Roaccutane was a last resort if things ever got bad again. but I'd almost forgotten what it was like to have bad skin, so I thought things would never come to that. If I had any success from epiduo, it'd be a good sign that accutane could work if I needed it, I thought. I tested out the epiduo, but my anxiety was through the roof. As soon as I applied it, the thought of months of building up a tolerance, praying that at the end it'd be worth it, but still being worried that I might lose control again was too much. I was borderline collapsing at work with anxiety. I started just walking round in a daze. Every time I tried to concentrate, I'd be distracted about the situation. I could feel my skin getting worse. Present.... I've been on Mino for two weeks now and things continue to get worse. I have three to four active spots on my cheek under my eye. A few on the other side. Some under my nose. a couple on my forehead. A lot on my neck and a lot of red marks. The clogged pores and uneven tone is everywhere though. Even the skin that looks clear has minor inflammation around some pores, the kind of spots that are under the skin, waiting to arise. I'm already afraid to go outside in direct light and things are still getting worse. There's no telling how bad it could get. It's bad enough as it is. May face is oilier than ever, I can literally see the outline of my face in a tissue after dabbing it and my face itches, probably new spots forming. I'm seriously struggling to cope. I've had a cumulative 11 years of not having to worry. I know I should be grateful, but I don't know how to deal with it anymore. Especially as this time I'll be dealing with it at a time when everyone else has already found a way to deal with it or grown out of it. I have two to three new spots a day now. It's just starting to be noticeable at work. Acne has haunted me all these years and now it's returning. It's been my biggest fear. I have another doctors appointment tomorrow to lay it all out, the anxiety, the worsening skin, my fears about what long term antibiotic use has done to my gut, to my liver. The underlying problem has been there this whole time. Perhaps even exacerbated now by my poor gut flora and any potential liver issues, along with the state that years of BP has left my skin in. I feel like I've been an 11 year ticking time bomb. Antibiotics have been a mask and now I'm having to deal with the consequences of that mask slipping. I've talked too long already, and I don't suppose anyone will read this, but I figure it's best to get this story out there in case somebody, somewhere, finds it of use, like I might have done. Acne is bad, really bad. But imagine if you thought it was gone. You thought you were over it. I can only think of it like post traumatic stress syndrome. I'm being dragged back to a really painful time in my life, when I'd finally learned to stop worrying about it. In the short term, wish me luck with mino. Maybe it'll work again, like it did over a year ago, pre lymecycline. I doubt it though. 100mg twice daily for two weeks has made no difference, in fact, it seems to be accelerating the decline. Long term, I have no idea how this will pan out. But I'll probably need you all to help me through. Thanks for reading.
  13. So, just popped along to the doctors to discuss my cystic acne on my jaw line/chin area. Previously I was prescribed the oral antibiotic Oxytetracycline which worked a treat but this time she has recommended that I try Zineryt which is an Erythromycin-Zinc solution that you apply to the skin. Has anyone had any experience with this ointment? And what were your thoughts and results?