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Re: Acne problem
Mar 19, 2005
[QUOTE=maya04]Okay this is my situation i first started breaking out when i was in the 11th grade about 16 and now im 20 still suffering from it but just not as bad. My acne in the beginning was really bad from mild to strong with cysts that would form from my cheek and i would keep getting them in the same spot. I have acne on my cheeks, chin area and forehead. I would get tons all over in those areas as well as whiteheads and i have scarring now because of it that wont seem to go away. I have been treated by 5 different doctors so far and nothing seems to work. I have used monocycline, doryx, retinA, differin, murad, proactive, B prox, AHA oil and acne, astrigents, toners, benzcycline, ance surgery, injections with steriods and 11 microdermabarsion treatments (so expensive $195 two times a month) and although all this as helped me it hasnt done the job to get rid of the acne or the scarring. And just today i saw a dermatologist and she gave me tetracycline to take twice a day and im not sure about how well this pill will work for me or if its effective and unfortuntely she wouldnt prescribe me Accutane because she doesnt feel my acne is severe enough. For the microdermabarsions i have already spent $3000 and before $2000 and im tired of nothing helping me. I would like to know if i should try tetracycline and if there is anyone who can help me to do something that would be more effective for better and faster results. Like maybe photofacials or laser or chemical peels just anything that would help me. Please help. I dont know what to do! What are my options? Thanks[/QUOTE]

I have cystic acne all over my back and just normal pimples on my face. And yes a derm starts off giving you antibiotics like tetracycline, minocycline, erythromcin. Ive been on all of these and they did not work for me. The tetracycline did nothing but every one responds different. If you have tried any antibiotics and you have failed to respond to them then a derm should be putting you on accutane. Im on accutane and it has made a bit of improvement got 4 months left. You should try and see another derm about it. But i have heard off a treatment something to do with a blue light and livulan treatment which shirinks the glands permanently. I dont know much about it but if you search on the net put in blue light with livulan treatment you will find it. There is a post on here about it somewhere i think.
Re: Acne problem
Aug 7, 2005
everyone is different, of course, but for me, when I started doing less to my skin, it began to improve. I went off of birth control last year, and my skin began to breakout, getting slowly worse and worse. Up until about a month and a half ago, my cheeks were covered in small cystic acne clusters, my chin was full of small white heads and some cysts, and my forehead was completely covered in tiny bumps under the skin. I began reading threads on this site for ideas, and I wanted to try natural treatment. I had tried every otc topical and a few internals (no lasers), microdermabrasion, high frequency, facials, etc....
I stopped washing my face, first of all. Totally counter-intuitive, I know. I only use a cleanser if I've been wearing makeup (which I try to avoid). Otherwise I wash my face with water, and follow with a witch hazel cleansing cloth. That's it most days. I also started drinking lemon juice (a full lemon, everyday).
My skin really started clearing up after I started this (it takes a little while), and then when I was in Mexico for vacation and in the sea everyday, my skin got even better. So now once a day or so I do a sea salt "mask" and my skin is improving even more.

I don't know if this is helpful or not, but I wanted to give you some inexpensive, effective (for me) treatments so that you know there are alternatives to the harsh, time consuming, expensive (effective for some people, I'm sure...not me) treatments.

Also, I am 28 and have been dealing with acne off and on since I was about 17. So, as I am sure most people on this board can say, I've tried A LOT of stuff. The most important thing to me is staying positive, which I know seems impossible sometimes. But if there is one thing I know, it is that it is our attitude and personality that people remember. Our skin is just superficial, and I think walking around with a cloud over our heads is much more unattractive.
Only my opinion, I don't mean to offend or anything.
Anyways, hope I can help...

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