I'm in my early 30's and started my battle with acne at the end of my 1st grade year. My 2nd grade school photo shows me with this huge cystic pimple on my chin and as I got older it just got worse.
Now, as an adult, I have seen dozens of dermatologists, tried countless numbers of prescription medications and absolutely nothing has worked for me. I have the worst scars on my face (very deep), when I wear makeup, my pores are very visible through the foundation, but it does help a bit.
I have cystic acne on my back and arms that can get so severe at times, the cystic pimples can grow to the size of a 1/2 dollar and there can be as many as 4 at a time (and they are painful).
I have always had excessively oily skin. So bad that I have a "shine" through "no shine" powders within an hour and the oil can literally be scraped off with a fingernail!
I cannot wear sleeveless or backless clothing, and at times, cannot wear v-necks either because of the outbreaks on my chest.
None of the doctors I've seen (since my youth) have been able to help me with this problem. OTC acne/oil cleansing product options have also been exhausted. As a matter of fact, most OTC products result in my skin producing MORE oil when it's supposed to dry it up!!
Is there anyone here that can give me some advice or share experiences that worked for them?
There is one page after another of threads here with different things you can try. I'd think in your position you'd start with one idea and keep trying. I think that with your oily skin, that B5 would be the most obvious place to start.
have you ever tried getting a peel done?
i used to have oily skin, and have been using these products by new you skin care, and i have noticed a tremendous improvement. the oily skin i used to have is gone. new you skin care is good for oily skin, acne, scars, etc. i don't think we're allowed to post url's here on this forum, but if you do a simple yahoo search for new you skin care you should be able to find it easily. hope this helps some.
Can't take accutane ?!!?
You HAVE TO go see another dermatologist that is COMPETENT! From what you described your the PERFECT candidate ! Where are you located ?
See a dermatologist involoved with a university.
Accutane WILL get your acne under control, if not cure you. I'd start mega doses of B5 since there's been alot of success with it, and get yourself to a dermatologist who will prescribe accutane A.S.A.P.
If the derm says no, then say ****** OFF and go see another one. Most derms involved with a major university will not think twice. Do you have insurance ? If you do take this opportunity up with accutane quickly.
I am 14 years old and my mom has really bad cystic acne too. People say that acne stops when your a teen but it is not true. I know one thing that my mom did to get rid of the scars is get a layser surgery on her face taking off the top layer. Now her skin doesn't have the lumps anymore and she has very few scars. All I can really say is keeping on trying new products and hopefully one of these days they'll work for you.
Tell us what your regimen is now. I agree giving a try with megadoses of B5. It does help to control oil.
Start at 4 g to see.
Ask your derm why cannt you take accutane? Do you a liver condition? If you have a health condition that cannt tolerate accutane better not take it. You dont want to end with permanent health damage worst than acne.
ok, yeah yeah, accutane will fix the prob. right away like right now, but really is that a permanent solution???? first month off of accutane now, and it seems like it damaged every pore available on my body....i cant wait until it gets out of my system completely so all those damaged pores fill up with oil and then just screw me over, but you never know hey....i'm not slamming accutane, actually i think it is a wonderful drug, as in wonderful while your on it. i really don't think there is an answer, just a way of changing your lifestyle, which sucks, but maybe that is a good thing.
i really don't think dermatogolists know what they are talking about, i think they hear what u say, and perscribe you what u want... to shut you up. there is no cure for acne, which is bull****, because if we all had a million bahhhhzillion dollars i'm sure we could eat off each others skin. please...acne? if there was a cure...would there be dermatologists???a simple thing as in curing acne, i'm sure it has nothing to do with the drugs....i'm sure if we didn't stress and just washed our face w/water from a dirty stream it would be fine....
as in rambling on, and making no sense......my suggestion, is everyones else suggestion, but less stress. less stress on thinking of what u see when u first wake up....less stress of when u go to the bathroom, and go to fix your makeup, and less stress when u'r talking to the people that u love.
don't think of how bad you look, but think of how wonderful u will look when all this bull**** takes its turn, and is over. as for the drugs, as in skin care, they all do the same thing, and it's all bull****.
good vitamins, good eating, lots of water, sleep, and don't think about it, it will go away....
about finding a doc that will prescribe Accutane: I also am not a candidate because of my history with depression. There are many factors that go into prescribing it. You doc might have a good reason for not wanting you to take it.
Yes biological factors can stop a doctor from prescribing it;although, alot of doctors don't use it because :
a) they're scared and "green behind the ears".
b) kaiser doesn't use it,because it's expensive.
c) all the media coverage lately.
d) incompetent/ not up to date.
About depression, you can easily become a candidate for accutane if you wanted to, with the work of your psychiatrist and dermatologist working together.
Multiple AD's can combat some effects of accutane and so can mega doses of fish oil.
Depending on the severity of your depression, of course. What i'm saying is don't just take one doctors opinion. Look for doctors who serve on the board of the ADA and those involved.
It may/may not be a true "cure" for her acne, but one thing is for certain with accutane, it will change the evolution of your exisisting acne. Meaning, it won't be the same after your done taking it. Accutane changes skin cells permanently.
I honestly think accutane would be an absolute cure the FIRST time for everyone if :
A) it was safer with LESS side effects.
B) it was used at the immediate surfacing of mild acne. I believe the longer you wait for acne in evolve, the less chance accutane will cure you.
Which is an obvious catch-22 since it's supposively meant for severe cases.
Why ? Acne can't evolve into an army physically and hypothalamusly. It would be just wiped out.