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I have some very wonderful news. I am an 18 year old caucasian female in my second year of college. When I was a junior in high school, my nearly non-existant acne morphed into cystic acne. However, since I only got about 1-2 cysts a month and I just thought they were acne, i tried to treat the problem on my own. The problem began growing from there. Towards the end of my senior year and into college, the problem got worse and worse. My cysts were up to the size of quarters and would be very painful, eventually exploding and peeling open, just to ooze oil for hours. I regret to say that I waited to get the problem checked out until late last year. After a few months of treatment on Differin gel and Differin cream, the problem was not getting better. My dermatologist put me on the generic brand of Dynacin, which is called Minocycline. I am very happy to report that after less than 6 weeks of treatment, I have the beautiful, clear skin I have always dreamed of. The only thing left are my scars, which are fading away quickly. I am posting this to give hope to those of you who are going through this now. I will never forget how depressed I would feel when I had a cyst. I would cry and cry every morning and not want to go anywhere. I would skip classes and work just because of the embarassment I felt. I missed out on fun times with my friends and boyfriend because I wanted to lock myself up until it healed. It is true that minocycline might not work for everyone, but it worked for me. Keep the faith, and always know that it could be worse. If anyone out there is depressed or looking for support, I am here to offer all I can give.

Kimberly

[This message has been edited by KimmieCat (edited 07-18-2001).]

[This message has been edited by KimmieCat (edited 07-18-2001).]

I am taking 100MG every night before bed.... I am using it in conjunction with Cetaphil face wash and Clintandel T Pads with Differin cream (not gel). Yeah, minocycline is exactly the same as Dynacin as I am told, and regardless the generic has worked for me, so I'm sure the brand works just as well.

Kimberly





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