Post # 1
I never really had skin problems until I got to college — even then, it was never extreme breakouts. Just a few zits here and there, mostly caused (I think) by stress.
I started a new job in January and have had a lot of stress from that, a long commute every day, and planning the wedding. I’ve been broken out in my hairline and on my nose and chin, and on my upper back/shoulders.
I finally bit the bullet last week and went to the dermatologist to see what could be done, because I want perfect skin for the wedding — especially because my dress is low-backed and my hair will be up.
I was wondering if anyone else is taking doxycycline hyclate? Has it worked for you? I just started it yesterday and my doctor said it would take 4-6 weeks to kick in… Just in time for the wedding.
Post # 3
Hmmmm, I took “Accutane” a while back- it worked wonders!! I still don’t have breakouts like I used to, but I’m not sure if it’s the same thing…. I can tell you though, that we tried EVERYTHING to get rid of my acne, and the only thing that worked was going to the dermatologist and getting a prescription. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!
Post # 4
I took tetracycline for a while (same family as doxy) and it definitely worked. Ultimately, I didn’t like taking long-term antibiotics so I switched to spironolactone. Still in the beginning days, so we’ll see how it works!
Post # 5
I am really debating about going to the dermatologist! I started getting horrible acne ever since I had a biopsy done on my cervix a YEAR ago. I know women aren’t exactly briefed about the hormonal response your body has when things like this are done to you. I also cried the whole day that it happened even though I wasn’t sad, I just couldn’t stop bawling. I am almost positive that it changed my hormones for good since I have new pre-menstrual symptoms and horrible acne now. Is that weird to think?
Back to your post: haha I hope the prescription works for you, let me know if it does! & I might go ask for Accutane!!
Post # 6
My skin stays pretty nice (with minor breakouts around princess week) on Spironalactone. I have noticed that Spiro paired with my BC keeps my skin consistent. Best of luck!
Post # 7
I have taken every prescription pill out there (excluding accutane). Doxycycline worked for me. The only bad thing about it is that you have to take it about an hour after you eat because it can really make you sick. If you don’t take it at the right time you will throw up. I had a couple of incidents where I just randomly threw up because the doxycyline bothered my stomach so much. It also makes your skin REALLY sensitive to the sun. I went down south to Mississippi in college for Habitat for Humanity in February and the sun exposure made my face bright red even though it was 45 degrees out and my complexion tans.
I took tetracycline after. This medicine also had the same effects as doxycyline. It worked but again, It was a pain worrying if every time you take it, if it will make you sick.
I have been on a new antibiotic, Vantin for a little over 6 weeks now. It is making some of my red marks disappear, but I still get a pimple here and there. I hope in the long run it makes my face clear, because frankly I am so sick of my skin issues!
I hope doxycycline works for you like it did for me. Since summer is coming up, just be extra cautious when going outside and make sure you take it on a full stomach. Good Luck!
Post # 8
I took doxy & other antibiotics on and off for years. Everyone’s skin is different, but they usually worked for me at first. I finally decided to try accutane, which I start in about a week. I second the comment about food, but I actually had to eat about 20 minutes after i took it or I’d feel nauseaus for hours. The derm. said it would still be absorbed enough to work. And yes to the sun sensitivity- I never burn, and I would get red from just being out for an hour (even in Vermont in the winter)
Post # 9
I’m currently on my 4th month of accutane. This has provided me with the best results yet and I wish I had gone on it sooner. I was initially hesitant b/c of all of the side effects, but it is no worse than all of the other products i have been on. It doesn’t have the weight gain i got while on the spirolactone and I don’t have the skin irritation I had on retin-A, differin, etc.
Post # 10
Are those the antibiotics pills? If so, I took those a few years ago. It got worse… then got better… and then I decided to stop taking them cause they kept making me sick. Plus, I hate having to eat at a certain time so I can take them. And I hate taking pills everyday in general. When I stopped taking them everything just came back. I now just have a regular face routine and I have no problems 🙂
Post # 11
Last year I started to finally take better care of my skin, it only took 28 years lol. I started to use SPF everyday and stopped basking myself in the sun June-Aug (which is really hard). I started to notice some sun damage on my arms and thighs (in high school i frequented the tanning salon, I know, all I can say is I was young, stypid and felt invincible), and a little on my face, as well as my laugh lines beginning to hold foundation in, ewww. So I started taking Retin-A, the lowest dose offered, I apply it nightly, let it soak in after I was my face, and then put a layer of Cetaphil mosturizing cream on top to prevent excessive dryness. I have seen a huge difference in my skin! In addition to the occasional pimples that would come and visit for 2 weeks straight have shortened there frequency and stays to about 2 days! If you use Retin-A, since it generates cell turnover you have to be really good about avoiding the sun, you dont want those newly exposed cell so take in the rays 😉 Make sure to wear an SPF daily. Retin-A has done the best of both worlds for me. I’ll be so sad when its time to have kiddos and I have to stop using it. I also started to order it online through Alldaychemist.com, its super cheap since it comes form India. At first I was a little concerned but its manufactured my Johnson & Johnson and for $3 it can’t be beat! I did get a prescription form my doc first, but my insurance wouldnt cover it since its unneccessary. While I was at my eye appt. I asked the Dr. for a prescription for Latisse, which is $110/bottle and I now get from ADC for $10 too. Now I have fabulous eyelashes too! The only thing i have to mention if anyone is going to try Alldaychemist.com is that months later I had my credit card number stolen. I don’t use it many places and it made me wonder if it was b/c I used it on ADC? Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but now I use a prepaid debit card when I order just in case. They charge $25 to shoip so if you do it, go in with a friend to split shipping or but a few months worth, I usually get 6. Definitely ask your doc if you want to rejuvenate your skin and prevent fine lines. Retin-A is not as strong as Accutane but I hear that Accutane does a doozy on your liver and other things. Oh and they say not to take Retin-A if your preggars or breast feeding.
Just thought I would share.