I used to get spots really bad and it wasnt a case of personal hygene because im a very clean person! I tried all the face washes etc going at the time!!! I had a healthy balanced diet and i went to the doctor.. she prescribed me bensamisin topical cream...( i dont know if thats how you spell it) it really dried my skin out but it got rid of the spots... also i know this sounds silly but for some of my friends with not o bad spots they used to use sudocreme!
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I was recommended PanOxyl by the pharmicist
Now there are two types of this cream, one in an alcaholic gel and one in an aqua gel.
I find that the Alcaholic gel works best, even though it has a few more side effects such as skin peeling.
It mentions nothing about not putting it on the face, only to be careful when applying it to your neck and mucus membranes.
It works by opening the pores or something like that and its active ingridient is Benzoyl Peroxide. I tend to wash my face with a face wash, then put it on at night and leave it over night. Been using it for years with no problems, at the start it gives your skin a burining feeling but after a few days its fine.
You will notice some dryness on your chin if you use it there, but never on your forehead for some reason.
If you have bad Acne of find No5 aint working you can try the No10 which is powerful stuff, I have never used it and have been told I dont need it. Once you find it is clearing up I advise dropping down to the No3.
It clears spots up but only over time, you still need to wash your face a number of times a day with a good face wash, and drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
Having had acne since 13/14, and having been on Erythromycin, oxytetracycline and roaccutane, and having used Tea Tree Oil, all sorts of deep cleansing face washes and differin gel I feel I can add a little to this! lol.
Oxy.. and Erythromycin both worked OK for me when I was younger, however after a while both stopped working, a common problem usually attributed to a build up of resistance. I found Roaccutane to be a mixed bag, it did work very well for the first month or so, but my acne is still quite bad 9/10 months on... (though had a 1 month break..). I also found it caused mood swings (though my family has a history of depression) and lack of concentration as well as the usual drying of skin, lips etc...
My tips (feel free to correct/debate/plain ignore these) would be:
°Wash your face 2/3 times a day, however do not overkill. Only do it 3 times if you feel your acne is reasonably bad. Too much washing can be bad.
°Swimming and sun both help your skin, though as mentioned above be careful with sun exposure.
°Only use the mildest antibiotic needed to keep your acne at bay, don't feel pushed into taking a step up to something such as Roaccutane if you feel you don't need it.
°But most of all. Don't buy the "all you need is tea tree oil and regular washing" crap. Keep seeing your GP and good luck!
I've used PanOxyl with Minocin for about a year now, it's effective at first but after a while you may need stronger cream. Also, as soon as you come off the treatment your acne will come straight back, but I suppose its all to prevent scarring in later life.
I agree -don't drink whilst on Minocin, or an antibiotics. There are major drawbacks to antibiotics, I suggest taking supplements to keep up levels of good bacteria in the intestines eg. aloe vera juice and pro-bacteria supplements otherwise your digestive system will become sluggish and you may feel tired/depressed etc. Good luck!
I used erythromycin..they were sort of effective, but it involved the acne flaring up before it actually went down. However, I think they can only do so much. I use Oxytetracycline now (an antibiotic) and I find it works much more effectively.
I've heard a lot of stuff about how acne treatment can lead to accute depression - not good, but I think its only if you're pretty depressed or unstable anyway. Happy/perky people would be near enough fine using it, apart from maybe the odd mood swing.