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    (Original post by xx_ambellina_xx)
    PanOxyl is not for the face when sold OTC (over the counter).
    Emm - where'd you get that from?

    I've been using it solely on my face just fine (OTC, pharmist recommended it for face), and I've read the enclosed leaflet back to front several times. The nearest it comes to not using it on your face is re: sensitive neck areas and nose etc.

    Avoid contact with the mouth, the eyes and other mucous membranes. Care should be taken when applying the product to the neck and other sensitive areas
    First time I used it my face went really dry and started peeling quite a bit, but it did make a real difference for a while.. until I stopped using it :rolleyes:

    I'm using it again now and don't have the side effects, and it seems to be clearing gradually - whether this is as a result or just naturally, who knows.
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    (Original post by gordon2002)
    Would you say that roaccutane can affect studying/school?
    A bit, they screw around with your concentration levels a bit, but i might have just been using that as an excuse. they werent really a problem for me.
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    Ive been using panoxyl 5 for years, use it on the areas which are prone to spots, not just on the spots because I think it is more of a prevention than a cure to spots... because of that it works over a long time. if you have areas with no spots then theres no point putting it on there.

    also remember to wash your face with soap beforehand and moisturise afterwards because it leaves it quite dry. also if you wash your face and don't use the cream it will still feel dry so still use moisturiser on it, eg after a shower
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    (Original post by Kunster1337)
    Personally i wouldnt recommend any creams or pills gven, they all contain steroids and mess your skin up over time, i would stick to natural like tea tree oil, works for me!
    very very bad advice.. ignore this crap
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    (Original post by zippy_gerbil)
    Emm - where'd you get that from?

    I've been using it solely on my face just fine (OTC, pharmist recommended it for face), and I've read the enclosed leaflet back to front several times. The nearest it comes to not using it on your face is re: sensitive neck areas and nose etc.



    First time I used it my face went really dry and started peeling quite a bit, but it did make a real difference for a while.. until I stopped using it :rolleyes:

    I'm using it again now and don't have the side effects, and it seems to be clearing gradually - whether this is as a result or just naturally, who knows.
    I got it from pharmacy assistant training actually. But, erm, yeah, so long as you're careful, it's fine.
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    (Original post by mik1w)
    also remember to wash your face with soap beforehand and moisturise afterwards because it leaves it quite dry. also if you wash your face and don't use the cream it will still feel dry so still use moisturiser on it, eg after a shower
    It doesn't make my fore head dry oddly enough!
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    actually now that you mention it I dont think it does for me either.. odd
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    (Original post by gordon2002)
    Has anyone used erythromycin (tablets) and PanOxyl 5 (cream). If so, how effective are they?
    The doctor said I should use the cream for my whole face, but on the instructions it says 'on affected areas' does anyone know which one? (And no, my face isn't complete acne infested).

    cheers
    Yep, the Panoxyl cream. Which is very affective. Only put it on areas that are affected (like if it was just on your forehead for example then only put it all over your forehead), because it does really dry your skin up the more you use it. So some moisturiser might be handy after a while as well.
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    I used to have pretty bad acne. I tried erythromicin or whatever it's called and it did nothing. I've been on Roaccutane for about four weeks now, and the improvement is massive. If you want it cleared up and cleared up for good, get on that stuff. It has some potentially bad side effects, but if you're monitored carefully and have regular blood tests, you'll be fine. My side effects so far? DRY lips and two nosebleeds.
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    (Original post by Ollie87)
    I used to have pretty bad acne. I tried erythromicin or whatever it's called and it did nothing. I've been on Roaccutane for about four weeks now, and the improvement is massive. If you want it cleared up and cleared up for good, get on that stuff. It has some potentially bad side effects, but if you're monitored carefully and have regular blood tests, you'll be fine. My side effects so far? DRY lips and two nosebleeds.
    Actually it doesnt get rid of it for good...

    It cleared it all up completely for me then I missed a day of washing my face and it came back.

    Is now not as bad as it was before roaccutane but is noticeable a year after i stopped taking it.
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    (Original post by gordon2002)
    Has anyone used erythromycin (tablets) and PanOxyl 5 (cream). If so, how effective are they?
    The doctor said I should use the cream for my whole face, but on the instructions it says 'on affected areas' does anyone know which one? (And no, my face isn't complete acne infested).

    cheers
    I'd follow your doctor's instructions.

    As for treatments against acne I beleive there are basically two effective ones that are commonly prescribed. One using antibiotics to prevent the poors from being infected ( I suspect this might be what you have been prescribed ) and one that uses analouges of Vitamin A which basically causes the skin to produce less fat thus stopping the poors from getting blocked up.

    Personally i was prescribed the latter one as I had acne all way down on my back and I can tell that it is a very effective cure. I went from having it all over my face and down on my shoulders and back to not a single one in the course of a few months . It is however also quite a nasty cure with some uncomfortable side effects and should always be supervised by a doctor. They sent me to check my blood hormon values once a month just to make sure it didn't do anything nasty to me and my skin got quite dry at times making my lips and wrist kinda sore. Basically its a very effective cure but it can be sort of nasty so it should probably be reserved for cases where it is needed ( such as when there is a risk of scarring if the acne is untreated ).
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    (Original post by Ollie87)
    I used to have pretty bad acne. I tried erythromicin or whatever it's called and it did nothing. I've been on Roaccutane for about four weeks now, and the improvement is massive. If you want it cleared up and cleared up for good, get on that stuff. It has some potentially bad side effects, but if you're monitored carefully and have regular blood tests, you'll be fine. My side effects so far? DRY lips and two nosebleeds.
    Yea, I was on it as well (see above post ) and I can reccomend LARGE ammounts of vasseline / lip balm for your lips. Keep something with you and reapply whenever your lips feel dry ( makes a huge difference ). Also drink lareg ammounts of water. It probably won't get rid of teh acne completely, but it can reduce it from all over your upper body to a few occasional ones in your face. Also since you can't eat for 12 hours before they test yoru blood levels, I reccomend bringing a lunchbox and can of Soda so you can buffer up your bloodsugar just after you have given a sample. Nasty stuff, but damn effective. Including myself I knwo 3 people who have used it and it worked wonders for all of us.
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    I went on erythromycin originally before moving onto Roaccutane [the miracle drug, IMO].
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    (Original post by Kunster1337)
    Personally i wouldnt recommend any creams or pills gven, they all contain steroids and mess your skin up over time, i would stick to natural like tea tree oil, works for me!
    Why on earthw oudl there be stereoids in any acne treatment? Seriously its not the muscles one is trying to kick into working normally you know. What they do contain is usually antibiotics and/or vitamins that affect the production of fat in the skin. Yes its nasty , but so can a serious acne outbreak be if left untreated ( a guy I know got it so bad his face is completely scarred up by it. ). Basically stick to what the specialists prescribe and don't go on some dubious housecure you foudn somewhere on the internet.
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    its great but it doesnt stop them. spots are getting worse on me again now, its really pissing me off rrecently.
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    (Original post by red_roadkill)
    I went on erythromycin originally before moving onto Roaccutane [the miracle drug, IMO].
    I would describe more as carpet bombing your skin into behaving propperly rather than a miracle drug , but yea , its damn effective and the side effects are manageable ( tho they can be quite nasty ).
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    (Original post by Gexko)
    its great but it doesnt stop them. spots are getting worse on me again now, its really pissing me off rrecently.
    Hmm, never came back for me. I got a few more after ending the treatment but nothing compared to how it was before. Guess that could just be that my hormon system decided to stop the party and do some propper work at the time tho.
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    (Original post by Jonatan)
    Hmm, never came back for me. I got a few more after ending the treatment but nothing compared to how it was before. Guess that could just be that my hormon system decided to stop the party and do some propper work at the time tho.
    its not as bad as before, but at 19 i kind of hoped they would be going away not coming back.

    its mostly round my jaw cos of shaving i guess, but recently some have been making a bid for one cheek and 2 have appeared on the back of my neck and chest which has never happened before :mad:
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    (Original post by Gexko)
    its not as bad as before, but at 19 i kind of hoped they would be going away not coming back.

    its mostly round my jaw cos of shaving i guess, but recently some have been making a bid for one cheek and 2 have appeared on the back of my neck and chest which has never happened before :mad:
    Hmmm I do get occasional ones every now and then but most dissapear quickly enough. Oh well, we are still young, plenty of time left to smooth out the odd bits. Really should get a bit more excercise. I wanna be able to carry my girlfriend out of the building should it catch fire (Hmmm, ok no more clishe action movies for some time now... )
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    I would recommend something called Dalacin T topical solution.

    http://www.drugs.com/cons/Dalacin_T_..._Solution.html

    It is a prescription only drug, so would need to ask your GP for it. Since some forms of acne is caused by bacterial infection this is effective as it contains an antibiotic called Clindamycin. It works for me, may not for you!
 
 
 
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