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  1. becky3991
    This week I had a moderate breakout on the right side of my face. Nothing worse than I normally have, but still upsetting. I haven't really had any active acne on the left side of my face all week, just lots of red hyperpigmentation. I took pictures this morning and I think my skin looks slightly better in real life. Although my skin is still very red, my make-up goes over a lot smoother. The skin on the left side of my face looks almost completely smooth with foundation, and the only problem with the right side is the bumpy texture where I've had new spots.

    Even though it's only been a month, and I was told that Lymecycline/antibiotics are very slow-working, I feel like my skin is improving. I know that a lot of people say that antibiotics only work in the short-term and are not an effective solution to acne, but this is the first proper medical treatment I've tried and so I'm definitely going to see this through. My skin has been a little dry first thing in the morning, but nothing major. I've started feeling a little nauseous in the morning when I take the Lymecycline, but again nothing major.

    I have a face-to-face job interview tomorrow for a summer job in a call centre. I have to take part in a role-playing assessment, a competency test and then an interview. I'm absolutely terrified! My skin just makes me even more anxious because I'll be paranoid all the time that they're staring at my acne and judging me. I really really REALLLY hope I don't break out in the next 24 hours!!

  2. becky3991
    I think my skin has become accustomed to the Epiduo as it doesn't sting when I apply it any more and my overall skin tone is less red. I've had no side-effects from the Lymecycline thus far. I'm still getting new spots, but less than I normally do.
  3. becky3991
    This week my skin continued to be irritated by the Epiduo, but I started applying heaps more moisturiser (simple, rich) which seems to help. I had a few whiteheads during the course of the week, but not as many as I would normally get. My skin looks very red, but it does feel smoother.

  4. becky3991
    I've suffered with acne from the age of 13. Now, a few months from turning 21, I've decided to finally seek professional treatment. I have been prescribed Lymecycline (hard capsules, 408mg) and Epiduo for up to 10 months.

    To give some background on my acne, it began as typical teenage spots which were fairly minor. When I got to around 15/16 my acne became worse and was mainly concentrated on my forehead and chin. I went to my GP and was given some sort of topical cream (I can't remember what it was exactly). I had some success with this, but it didn't last very long. Gradually, my acne returned and worsened. Between then and now, I have tried every type of over the counter vitamin/mineral/face wash/cream etc. available. A month ago, I decided to bite the bullet and go and see my doctor who prescribed me Lymecycline (commonly known as Tetracycline) and Epiduo.

    My skin is naturally very pale with red undertones which does not help at all! My acne mainly consists of white heads, with the occasional larger under-the-skin bump. I also suffer from red hyperpigmentation which takes a VERY long time to heal after a spot. My acne is the worst it's ever been. I only get the occasional spot on my forehead, but the rest of my face is COVERED. This has really affected my self esteem and confidence. As all acne sufferers will appreciate, just having to deal with this every. single. day. sometimes feels like too much to bear. I just hope I see some improvement in my skin as it's really taking a toll on every aspect of my life.

    Week 1

    I seemed to get less new spots than I normally would. The Epiduo really irritated my skin and left it very red, stinging and scaly :/
    I've attached pictures from the end of week 1.