Post # 17
I battled acne for years. Started getting pimples at 12 years old and I still have it at 23. Nothing over the counter works for me. I have found that the “-cycline” pills, doxycycline, tetracycline have worked for me BUT you have to take them at a certain time after eating because it does make you sick. I switched dermatologists because my orginial dermie wouldn’t put me on accutane. My new dermatologist put me on an antibiotic called Vantin. Works like a charm. The only thing I have now are the red marks that take 6 months to a year to go away. I am currently using Retin-A samples to diminsh the marks.
Good Luck, I know it’s a horrible battle but you will get there.
Post # 18
Ya’ll are awesome! I used Proactive when I was a teenager and it worked great… In the last year I moved to a totally different climate, and since then my skin has been on a rampage… It’s hot, and dry here (when I say dry, I’m talk single digit humidty in the summer), and the water quality leaves a bit to be desired. I think the water has the most to do with it. I was going to try washing with drinking water.
It’s just so frustrating… especially since i remember my mom telling me I’d grow out of it when I was 13… Ugh, I’m just glad I’m not alone!
Post # 19
Oh yeah, and I’m soy sensative… Aveeno does NOT work for me… Found that out the hard way… LOL
Post # 20
Anyone find any OTC creams or such that helped with scars? I have some on my chin that I’m thinking I might try to do something about.
Post # 21
I saw a dermatologist recently and was put on two prescriptions, Ziana lotion (a topical antibiotic and retinoid cream) and Solodyn (an oral antibiotic). For about a week, my skin was the absolute clearest it had ever been. Then my lips swelled up and I found out that I was allergic to the Solodyn. 🙁 It’s a shame because it helped SO MUCH.
I’m now on Ziana and Doryx (a different oral antibiotic). My skin isn’t as clear as it was with the Solodyn, but I haven’t gotten any big cysts like I used to. I only wish I had discovered this stuff sooner.
Post # 22
@kay01: Mederma scar gel is awesome.
Post # 23
Hi all.. I’m not into taking oral meds because I’m paranoid about long-term effects and when I start TTC so I always try natural stuff first. For the past few months I’ve been using the natural astringent, Witch Hazel, and it has been AMAZING. It’s so cheap compared to other astringents/creams/washes and it has truly worked for me. You can find it in any drugstore/walmart/etc in the aisle near peroxide and rubbing alcohol. It’s worth a shot for only ~$2.99 for a big bottle! Best wishes! 🙂
Post # 24
I’m 25 and still break out reguarly. I’ve consistently have acne on my chin and cheeks – it seems like when one zit goes away, two more pop up in its place. A couple of years ago I started taking Yaz (birth control) and went to a doctor who prescribed BenzaClin (topical gel). The combination cleared things up really quickly (a few months?) even though the BenzaClin damaged a few pillow cases and towels with ‘bleach’ spots. 🙁
Fast forward to now, I switched to using an OTC benzyl peroxide cream (Neutrogena On-The-Spot) as reccomended by acne.org and was off BC for about a year for personal reasons. The regular zits have come back and it’s (as OP said) a “mess”. I went back on Yaz last month and am hoping it will clear up soon (doctor says it takes about 3 months to take effect). I’m wondering if I should go back on BenzaClin or try another method. Talk about frustrating!
Oh, and I use Clean & Clear morning burst face wash, after a short time of using Cetaphil which exacerbated the problem. I do use the Cetaphil moisturizer though.
Post # 25
Sorry I know how much this sucks. I am 42 and still have acne.
I’m always saying how unfair it is. Wrinkles + acne. Arrrrg!!!!
Post # 26
I’m 29 and still get acne, actually it’s gotten worse over the years.
I finally got fed up with it last month and went to a dermatologist, who prescribed an oral antibiotic (Solodyn) and a topical gel (Ziana). It’s hard to tell if it is working yet since it has only been a month but I think I’m encouraged.
My skin was pretty clear a few weeks ago, probably the clearest it has been in a bit. This weekend it broke out a bit (four pimples) because it’s that time of the month. However it was FAR better than it was the past two months (seriously like eight zits). I still have a month until I go back to the dermatologist, hopefully my skin will be even better by then.
Another thing my derm recommended was to quit using all the harsh products on my skin. She wanted me just to use Cetaphil.
Post # 27
I’ve found that Proactive is the best system for my face. However, I started birth control a few months before the wedding and noticed a huge difference in the frequency of pimples I would get. My skin is pimple-free from using the proactive system combined with hormonal birth control.
Post # 28
I noticed that when I went off of hormonal birth control my face started going crazy!! Honestly, the only thing that I have found that clears up my skin and KEEPS it clear is ProActiv. I didn’t want to do the mail-order thing and I was lucky that they have a kiosk in my local mall.
Post # 29
I have breakout problems sometimes but not serious acne.
I started putting a spoonful of organic apple cider vinegar in my tea every morning and evening for weight loss, but I noticed my face and back cleared up, too. It has to say “with the mother” on the bottle. It’s not that expensive, you should try it.
Oh and on my face I wash with Cetaphil for normal to oily skin, I use Dickinson’s Witch Hazel astringent as a toner, and moisturize with Cetaphil with spf15. I notice that if I’m ever lazy and skip a day I will have zits the next morning so I try to always stick to this routine.
Post # 30
I have the same thing. I just started doing this blue light tanning bed thing. It doesn’t tan your body but it gets rid of acne.