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My acne story
Sep 17, 2010
I was first diagnosed with acne when I was 12 years old and since then I have tried countless medications and treatments for it. I've been on Minocin, Tetracycline, Erythromicin, Clarithromycin, By-Micin, Dianette, Yasmin/Yaz, Isotretinon gel, Differin gel, salicylic acid, Dalacin T and all sorts of prescription topical ointments.

When I was 16/17 I was put on Roaccutane for six months with a starting dose of 60mg per day. It wasn't until the fifth month that I saw any improvement. My acne was categorised as moderate-severe and was a mixture of pimples, blackheads and horrible cystic acne. For women, the only foundation that could be worn without going flaky was Lancome's Teint Idole with silcocks base as a moisturiser. It cleared my skin for about a year and a half and then the acne came back - although nowhere near as bad this time, initially.

Eventually it got bad enough for me to go back on antibiotics, and this time I was prescribed Trimethroprim which was an absolute miracle cure for a while - provided you never miss a dose. I have tried literally every Birth Control pill that is available in Ireland in the hope that one of them would help with the acne but none worked. Unfortunately I developed a resistance to Trimethroprim after about 1-2 years of use and my skin started to break out even worse.

In the meantime I was experimenting with new BC pills which could have also contributed to my skin getting greasier etc. For women with a similar problem to me, I don't have PCOS - I had a laparoscopy to check for endometriosis and PCOS and everything was fine on that end. And because of years of antibiotic use I am plagued by yeast infections which I am now taking acidophilus for (I get it at least 8 times a year if not more) that have also become resistant to most treatments! I also think my makeup may have contributed to my recent breakout as I changed it around the same time from Bare Minerals to Estee Lauder Double Wear and now I have cystic acne all over my cheeks and jawline (a place I never used to get spots). Although my skin is oily around the nose, wherever I have spots is ridiculously dry - so much so that they are the only two foundations that will go on over it without flaking off.

I did try the glycolic facials for a while, but with a recommended minimum treatment of 8 weeks at 75 a pop it just wasn't feasible to continue they say it makes your skin worse initially. I was diagnosed with depression shortly after being on Roaccutane which is why I am no longer a candidate to go back on it to treat this case. I am really at the end of my tether at this stage and don't know what other options there are, my GP is stumped and getting an appointment with a Derm is near impossible due to waiting lists!

I am just praying for the day when I find something that works. I have heard of alot of people from Ireland going over to Poland for acne treatment as they are supposedly the leaders in this field, and they definitely seem to be getting results! Although I have no idea what the treatment plan they use involves.

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