Post # 1
Has anyone had any experience with Tetralysal/Limecycline?
I went to the doctors today because I’m sick of my teenage skin, so as I turned up without makeup and mentioned what I had gone to see her for, she said “Good! Because when I saw your skin I thought *well if she’s not come to me about that then I’m definintely going to mention it!*”
Haha, bless her. She’s a blunt woman but my god she’s good!
She said we should go ‘agressive’ with Tetralysal and if that doesn’t work, go for Accutane (but a GP can’t prescribe that – only a consultant at the hospital can). I was really worried she’d brush it off as *it’s only cosmetic so it doesn’t count as a problem* but she was so supportive and helpful.
I’ve been given a 3 month prescription for now.
She also mentioned changing my BC (I’m currently on Nexplanon) to Yasmin but thought that if I were to go to Accutane it’s best I stay on the implant to absolutely avoid pregnancy.
Has anyone got any experiences of any of these? Or any advice?
I’ll use this thread as a sort of diary to keep people updated on how it’s going. I really want clear skin for my wedding!! Fingers crossed!
Post # 3
I’ve had problem skin since I was 11. I still have breakouts now at 29. I’ve been on oral antibiotics and prescription topical meds in the past, but as soon as I went off of them my breakouts came back full force. I don’t want to take antibitoics for the rest of my life, so that’s out. They did really help at the time and whenever I’m prescribed antibiotics for another reason, like a sinus infection, it clears up my skin. So, they do work and would reccommend doing it for your wedding, but not long term.
I have heard HORROR stories about Accutane. Some doctors think it cause serious long term affects and has been linked to crohns and colitis. I don’t think its worth it. I had a friend in high school that was on it and his skin literally fell off. His lips were always bleeding and he had slather vaseline all over his face. I haven’t talked to him in years, so I don’t know if he suffered any long term affects.
Have you tried eliminating certain foods from your diet? I eliminated gluten and most sugars (I still eat fruit sometimes) and I have seen an amazing improvement in my skin. I still get small white heads and black heads sometimes, especially if I fall asleep with makeup on, but I never get the big, painful kind of pimples that I used to have on a daily basis. Some people have a reaction to dairy as well, but I’m too stubborn to give up cheese 🙂
I think it’s acne.com that has information about the role diet plays in skin health, but I’m not 100%. If you do try eliminating foods, do it one at a time so that you can pinpoint the one that you are reacting to.
Good luck and I’m sure you will look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what!
Post # 4
I have coeliacs disease so I cut out gluten 2 years ago and no change – boo 🙁 I also eat very little dairy, too. I went vegan when I was first diagnosed and although it did wonders for my stomach, nothing changed with my skin!
My brother was on Accutane for a while and he’s been fine. It’s been 2 years since he came off it and the only thing that stuck with him were dry lips so he just carries lip balm with him.
My two biggest concerns are the red scars and oiliness – 6 days in and I havent developed a single spot! So now I’m not wearing any makeup and trying to reduce the scars. Then hopefully something can control the insane amount of oil.
Sucks how much hassle can be caused by the skin on your face 🙁
Post # 5
okay so it’s been 1 week on the antibiotics and i’ve also been taking a skin, hair and nails multi-vitamin.
i haven’t worn make-up at all in this time, and i’ve stopped using any chemical cleansers. in fact, i’ve been using oatmeal as a cleanser (google it – amazing) and 1 part apple cider vinegar-1 part water as a toner.
there has definitely been some improvement! and i would say most of this improvement has actually been in the past 2 days since using the oatmeal and toner. my skin feels a lot smoother and the skin tone is beginning to become more even.
here’s a picture I took on Friday last week, and one I took this morning. the 2nd picture isn’t as sharp – but i still think you can see a difference!
Post # 6
I thought I would check back in with you. These results are amazing. Good luck & sorry my dietary suggestions weren’t helpful! Just keep on trying until you find something that works for you!