Doxycycline Changed Everything - Grand Island, NE

Pros: IT FRIKIN WORKED I have what i consider...

Pros: IT FRIKIN WORKED
I have what i consider VERY severe acne; but most acne sufferers would say that. I believe my acne runs in the family (great trait to pass on...not). I am one of the people who doesn't hang out with friends much because of acne. I don't get boyfriends because i am not confident in myself, and would feel disgusted that a guy would kiss my face with it looking the way it does. I am now a senior in high school; i have had acne since i was a 6th grader. When i was a sphmore my mom finally decided my face look f'd up enough to do something about it. So she took me to the dermatologist, and she recommended doxycycline. The only side affect was that i felt tired a lot, but being in high school with a job does that to you.

Within about a month or two my acne was totally gone; and it stayed that way. However, after sophmore year money got tight. IN other words, my acne was not the highest priority. Now i am back on meds but with no results, i believe i am on minocycline. I just wish that medicine was not so expensive because if i could wish for one thing for other people it would be that they wouldnt have to suffer acne. It is seriously one of the worst types of skin conditions to have.

Is there any miracle cure out there besides accutane (which has the longest list of side effects i have ever seen)?

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She was kind of stand offish, didnt really like to answer questions. Not really too fond of the doctor but overall she did know what kind of medicine would help me (took like an hour to get into my appointment though.)

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Wow, the results are totally visible and moreover, you are looking so beautiful. You are beautiful, indeed. By the way, thanks for sharing your experience as my sister have a acne problem too and none of the treatment is affecting her. So, now will go for this. Hopefully, this will work.
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You look amazing, your smile is incredible! I also suffered with acne, was really bad when I was 18, l had horrible cystic acne on my cheeks, went on for years.  I remember getting ready for my first date with my now husband ;) I was horrified as I had two huge boil zits that were so red ...I still remember starring into the bathroom mirror trying to make them look better as I got ready. My girlfriend felt so sorry for me  (to make matters worse it was New Years Eve when you want to look your best)  and helped me with my make up, in the end he didn't notice anything on my face...we see it more than anyone else....he dated me and married me. You know what, your smile will over power any flaw you may see or have, chin up you are beautiful! The on tip I have, and what worked for me, is go over your diet, document what you are eating and you my find a connection to flare ups. I gave up all dairy and animal products and I am completely vegan and eat mostly raw vegan foods. When I drastically changed my diet, my acne left and it never came back. My son has my skin and he has to watch what he eats so he sticks to vegan, when he eats just a little bit of real cheese or too much sugar or processed foods he breaks out. Best of luck to you!

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Hi Megan, I'm in the same position as you and I know your pain. I've been dealing with acne since 6th grade too. Have you tried laser treatments, or chemical peels and microdermabraison treatments ? I've been going through peelings and microdermabraison treatments and my skin is looking amazing. Even though I'm struggling with a bad break out because of the salicylic acid peel I know that my glycolic peel will fix it all up soon enough. I know you have to be patient because there is no miracle treatment that will get rid of acne over night, but with patience and money of course :( You'll see great results. What I love about the treatment is that you actually feel them working in your skin and it feels amazing. The microdermabraison is an extreme exfoliation and really helps the skin as well. I wish you all the best xxx
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Hey, I had acne too, not a severe one but a persitent that would always leave scars on my skin. I wanted to get a treatment for those scars and my doctor recommended to treat the acne before. I used 2-3 different antibiotics one by one and nothing seemed to work. I went to see a dermatologist who asked me to used epiduogel which BURNT my face! My face was not cleared up so I went for the last choice... the roaccutane. Lemme tell you, my bf was against it completely; I was sceptical as well because for the past 4 years, I have been reading reviews about it but this time around, I went for it. It's been 4 months now and my acne has cleared up; some scars as well. I cannot say that my face is even like my chest bt the appearrance has improved a lot! the only side effect I had was dry lips. remember that every body reacts differently to a product. So for me, you should give it a try and if you see any crazy change after few weeks, stop it. Good luck
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Hi Jordan,
Duane Reade and Walgreen have a prescription savings club that cost $20 annually. With this savings club you can purchase a months supply of doxycycline for $5. May I ask after the 2 months of doxycyline where your skin had cleared up, did you continue or stop using it. Many thanks.
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Sorry that you are going through this. Antibiotics are not a cure for acne and in the long run does more harm than good. I recommend you start taking a probiotic so that the good bacteria being killed off in your system gets replenished. You are right to not want to take accutane - its a terrible terrible drug. Have you tried topicals and/or diet changes? .

Good Luck!

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Oh beautiful girl...I know that pain all too well. I've had acne since about 6th grade too. Its been a bit longer for me since 6th grade than it has been for you though. ;) I've tried tons of stuff, and did the antibiotics as well. My experience was about the same as yours, it worked for a while, which I loved, then the acne would come back. Which we both know is so dang disappointing!

I know other people who have had great results from Accutane, unfortunately I wasn't one of them because I had to stop it before I finished the full 2nd round. Bummer, but such is life. There are some major side effects, and it definitely isn't for everyone. That is is the only medicine I know that actually has a proven track record for permanently treating acne though.

For those of us that it isn't the right choice for we just have to do the best we can experimenting to find the right skin care and other treatments that help control it as much as possible. I'm currently looking into Spironolactone, but haven't decided if its right for me or not.

We are still amazing, and desirable women though, so please, please don't let it stop you from dating. Trust me, there will be guys who will be able to look past the acne, just like they look past many other flaws in other girls - its just that acne is what we aren't comfortable with about ourselves, so we feel so self conscious about it.

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Absolutely Megan! I registered on the site because so many people are struggling to find what works for them...each person is a wealth of personal knowledge! My personal latest love is Finacea; it's whittling away at my hormonal acne slowly but surely, and it's helping me through that terrible first few months of RetinA.
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Hmmm, I'm not familiar with Finacea. I might have to look into that! :)

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