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    Old 11-13-2016, 06:58 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Acne - Nothing works

    Hello, my name is Jess and I'm 21 years old
    I've had acne since about 15 years old and have been through a continuous process of different topical treatments, antibiotics, pills, herbal pills, dietary changes and nothing seems to change my skins apperance.
    I started off on topical treatments which at first worked for maybe 3 months and then my severe boil like acne would come back all over my face, I'd then move to other creams which would dry my skin and make it literally split open
    When I felt old enough I went on the pill to help my skin and started on Dianette which was absolutely brilliant and was on it for 2 1/2 years, however as some may know the doctors won't let you have it for more than 2 years, I then moved to Yasmin which did nothing and then to a variety of others, again no luck. I've also tried taking acne antibiotics with the pill and nothing seems to change.
    I've also been to a dermatologist but am totally against and dubious about trying the roacctaine treatment as I've heard it dries your skin and makes you feel very low.
    I'm now a month into my Orth-Tr-Cyclin pill and no changes seem to have happens however my spots which were once all over are not longer on my forehead, but all over my cheeks, chin and neck. Was curious if to any of you had been on this pill and wondered if this was a sign of the spots working there way off my face and whether it just starts or bad and gets better
    I'm feeling like there's almost nothing there for me and am sick of this vicious cycle of spots which cannot be especially at my age. I was also thinking that maybe coming off the pill all together would maybe do something and let my hormones balance out by themselves but I'm not sure. I've also got myself this thing got a zit zapper which is light treatment however this just doesn't seem to work, would regular sun beds maybe put the acne at bay?
    Can someone help? Maybe some of you have had these same issue, or have tried other things then please let me know

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    Please do not try tanning beds; first of all, any acne scarring you might have will become more prevalent and permanent; secondly you don't need to add skin cancer to your problems.

    I went through what you went through..for 15 years. Eventually I was led to lasers; specifically the IPL laser. Somewhat like the light therapy you have purchased, this is about 10,000x stronger and only used to target the areas which need to be targeted. Lasers, at least in the US, can only be operated by either a medical doctor or a nurse who has trained and passed certification. I personally would only let a doctor do anything with a laser on my face.

    The boils you talk about are cystic acne...acne so deep that you can NOT squeeze it out. Unfortunately the over the counter blue lights (and red) will not touch this. You need deeper treatments which will kill not only the acne but dry up the sebaceous (oil) glands under the skin. This is not a cheap thing. I had 3 rounds of this, about 4 weeks apart and spent about 1200$. IT WAS WORTH EVER PENNY. I do go back once a year and get spot treated on my chin and lower cheeks/ jaw line. The original treatment kept me zit free for about 3 years, but I have had some reoccurances since then. Once I get my touch up, Im usually good for another year to 18 months.

    Look for a medical spa in your area. See if you can find a dermatologist who specializes in laser treatments. There are many kinds on the market; everything from acne to anti-aging. Only someone really well trained in lasers will evaluate you and talk to you about options. After thousands of dollars on products, many thousands on antibiotics and prescription wipes and medicines, this really worked.

    Good luck!
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    Old 11-13-2016, 12:26 PM   #3
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    Thank you! This is a great help and will definitely look into it

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