I have never had a acne problem,and the depression and embarassment is unbelievable,any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
There is a medication called Accutane (Isotretinoine), it is very effective in most cases, it will clear your skin. The catch is that is a very potent drug and it is very hard on the liver. Now this is something you must discuss with your dermatologist, you must sign an I pledge document, it is no game but it does work.-
Best of luck.-
Accutane would be an excellent treatment to look into. Depending on how "deep" your acne is... I think at age 44 you should also look into Retin-A... works wonders for me and as an added bonus, keeps the wrinkles away as well by increasing cell turnover.
One other possiblity is that you may be developing rosacea... which looks/feels a lot like acne. Depending on your heath coverage, if I were in your shoes I would definitely spring the $$ on a good consultation with a dermatologist.
Also, before seeing a dermatologist, I would tend to veer away from using anything harsh such as benzoyl peroxide until you get a good once over... some of those harsh over the counter meds may aggravate your condition.
On another note, you may have a simple skin infection that your GP may be able to diagnose. He/she may give you a 3-4 week regimen of minocycline capsules and that may treat the overactive bacteria forever.
Good Luck... Happy New Year... keep us updated, kay?
Hi, I'm 35 and also had this awful acne flare up for months and months! I wouldn't even leave the house! I was convinced it was something in my make-up so I stopped using all of it. I used Physoderm to wash with. Still nothing. I went to see my doc and she was convinced it was exema and prescribed me the medication. Nothing worked! I was so down I just stayed inside and did my best to hide. I got the idea in my head to try Proactive. I had nothing to lose at this point. I swear I am now a walking Proactive billboard! When I was schedualed to see my doc I used my blackberry to take pics of my face to show her the severity of my condition, incase it wasn't as bad at the appointment. I'm so glad i did because after, i think, about 2 weeks my skin began to heal and look amazing! I grabbed my phone and took more pics for my own personal records.
I also did it because when i bought my Proactive kit at the mall my husband was mortified that I was going to spend $80 on face stuff. But I bought the two month supply and the moisturizer as well. At some point I would love to try their make up products too.
I swear to you that if I could I would shout it from the roof top that this stuff is a miracle worker!!! I don't even care that people may view it as innapropriate to use on my skin at this stage of my life... they probably don't have acne anyway. Well good luck!
Hi there, I grew up with cystic acne, it's awful! Accutane is for severe, cystic acne, and it's no joke, use it as a last resort! If your acne is very pustular, then don't get any facial treatments, otherwise they can be very helpful. See a dermatologist, unless that's too pricey, then try proactive (it's worth a try). Did you change detergents? Are you using a new shampoo or conditioner? Or are you experiencing new or severe stress? Could you be premenopausal? Those are things I would consider. Best of luck!
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