Acne first became a problem for me at the age of 10 - and now, seven years later still affects me greatly, perhaps now more than ever. I can't really remember a time when my skin wasn't causing me problems, whether it was eczema, sunburn or extreme sensitivity; it never let me be! When the blemishes first began appearing on my face, I naively bought bottle after bottle of cleansers, toners and exfoliators in the hope of seeing dramatic results. Needless to say this plan never worked like I'd hoped - albeit to be fair, I was like most, expecting some sort of miracle cure that would rid me of my acne overnight. After about 3/4 years of throwing away money at over the counter face washes, I decided to visit the doctor, who prescribed me an oral medication called By-Mycin and a topical treatment called Duac. I took these tablets for 6 months with no side-effects, yet sadly no real improvement either. The Duac cream was quite harsh on my skin, bearable but did dry it out to the point of constant shredding. So off I went to the GP again, and this time I was prescribed medication called Minocin and a topical treatment called Differin. 6 Months later - still no improvement. This time however, I had quite a bad reaction to the Differin gel, it felt as if I'd poured acid over my face! Resulting in intense burning for a few weeks after stopping application and a nasty rash. As a last resort, last year I went on the contraceptive pill Dianette and was more or less guaranteed a dramatic result. After about 6 months I began to see a little improvement and it continued to clear up, however never fully. I was prepared to stick it out until I was happy with the results, however after a year of being on the pill, I began to get a lot of migraines and nosebleeds - back to the doctor again, to find that the pill had raised my blood pressure greatly. I had always had quite low bp, but had now gone up to about 175/100 on average - causing the headaches and nosebleeds and did some damage to my kidneys as well. I've been off Dianette now for a few months and my skin is worse than ever, my forehead is just a mountain range of cysts. It seems silly to risk your health over vanity but it really does affect your self esteem greatly and impacts so much on your everyday life - people who've had one spot in their entire life wouldn't understand. I suppose it's not really the condition that bothers me most, it's people's ignorance towards it - those who say being hygienic and sticking to a healthy diet is the determining factor and the answer to all skin problems...a problem these people have obviously never had!
Last edited by emp116; 11-11-2011 at 12:58 PM.