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ozandangel

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  1. I used everything for my acne (except accutane) and Septra (aka Bactrim) is the only thing that worked for me consistently for many years. After about 10 years or more of taking it, I am now acne free. Good luck!
  2. I was on Bactrim for many years. I weaned myself to one tab a day and still did well with no flare ups. Then I started taking it every other day (once a day) and it still worked fine. I maintained that for years and after about 10 years, I stopped it altogether and have been clear since (about a year and a half now). I was always worried about taking it for as long as I did and if I were you, I would try to wean down to at least one tab a day and every once in awhile, try to wean yourself compl
  3. Hi! Not to be discouraging but I was on Bactrim for years (10 or so) and I weaned myself down to taking one pill every other day but every time I tried to completely get off of it, I always started to break out again. It was a gradual increase of pimples but it did come back. However, I have now been off of it for more than a year and I am acne free. I am not sure if it is a coincidence, if it is my new routine, or if the Bactrim somehow "cured" me of my acne. Sorry I don't have any more p
  4. I very much doubt that the WBC count is high due to your acne or any infected pustules. If that were the case, all of us who have acne would have higher than normal WBC counts. Do you have any other signs (fatigue, rash, fever, etc..) and, if so, did you communicate those to your doctor? Did you doctor want to recheck you in a few weeks? I doubt there is much of a concern but I would think she (he?) would want to check you again to see if it has gone down. If not, I would insist on a recheck i
  5. I always knew when they stopped working when I started breaking out again. I did not rush to stop it right away but if I continued to break out much more than usual and/or kept getting more and more pimples, I knew it was time to stop with that antibiotic. There were several antibiotics that worked for several months to a year or two and then stopped. I think I went through about 5 or 6 antibiotics before I found one that worked indefinitely. I am fortunate to say I finally no longer have acne a
  6. Hello everyone, The other day on the news I watched the following clip (http://www.kptv.com/health/19528721/detail.html) about a teenage girl who was prescribed Minocycline by her derm for acne. After taking it awhile, she never felt well. Doctor's tried for a long time to find out what was wrong. They finally figured out that she had drug-induced hepatitis from the minocycline. I had never heard of that before! The crazy thing is, she wasn't even on it for very long (I was on antibiotics for 1
  7. I really like Clinique's facial cleansing bar in mild (they also have oily and very mild). I had cystic acne and also dry patches and I have very sensitive skin and the facial cleansing bar helped with all those issues. I pair it with Paula's choice 2% BHA and I no longer have the deep, cystic bumps it sounds like you are getting. It is NOT expensive at all. Might be worth a try!
  8. Hi! I am super sensitive to chemical sunscreens but I am very fair skinned and need to wear a sunscreen every day. I have used Elta MD Ultra Shield and the Elta MD UV Sport with much success. Also Clinique Super City Block 25 and recently the SPF 40 one are good and gentle. I just bought Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++ because it has gotten great reviews for gentleness and great protection. It is suppose to be water and sweat resistant too. Look on the Skin Cancer Soci
  9. I too was shocked when, at age 21, the dermatologist told me I have acne- I had perfect, clear skin up until then. Never had an issue with pimples, even during high school. I thought I had a rash or something and when it wouldn't go away, that is when I went to the dermatologist. At age 35 I finally got it under control. Good luck and hopefully this will work for you! Thanks for the positive comments. I have been using that benzoyl peroxide daily for 3 days and it burned my skin. It made m
  10. I too was shocked when, at age 21, the dermatologist told me I have acne- I had perfect, clear skin up until then. Never had an issue with pimples, even during high school. I thought I had a rash or something and when it wouldn't go away, that is when I went to the dermatologist. At age 35 I finally got it under control. Good luck and hopefully this will work for you!
  11. I use her liquid form and absolutely love it. Works really well for me and I have sensitive skin. Definitely give it a try!
  12. Hello, since you only have a few now, have you tried things like 2% BHA? This might help? I use Paula's Choice, as it is not very expensive. Helps me with those cystic, deep pimples and clears them up in no time!
  13. Regarding how fast I saw results from Bactrim, it is hard to say because I went from Doxycycline to Bactrim. The Doxy wasn't working as well anymore so that is why I switched. I saw a clearing pretty quickly but that might be because it wasn't that bad since I was still on the Doxy. Remember, being on any antibiotic can cause a lot of yeast issues. I personally never had yeast infections BUT I did get a Candida issues with my stomach. First noticed the symptoms of extreme cravings for bread.
  14. B-vitamins. There are many. And they work together or high amounts of some can deplete others. Therefore you take them all together. BHA is salcylic acid. You were probably using it in the Murad stuff. But some aren't formulated correctly and don't work. Paula's choice is good. I recommend b-compex, zinc, C and omega 3 such as fish or flax oil. That was what I was taking and it made my skin a lot less oily and my face clear of inflammed acne. But then my diet changes cleared my complet
  15. Multivitamin High dose B complex (essential for keeping my acne from coming back) Calcium Vitamin D3 (2000 i.u.) Black Current Oil and/or Evening Primrose oil Since taking the multi and B complex and a tweak in my cleansing routine, I have kept my acne away completely and have been able to wean myself off of the antibiotics (the only thing that would keep my acne under control before).
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