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    Hi, I'm a 21 year old female and would like to share my experience with acne treatment, so that people out there don't give up hope.

    I went to the GP when I was 17 because I could not get rid of my spots, and they gave me oxytetracycline on a repeat prescription, with Isotrex gel. This worked fairly well for a few months, but then stopped working so I gave up.
    In January this year I went back to the GP because my skin was awful again. This time they gave me Lymecycline with Epiduo. This caused my skin to burn and peel and be awfully red, but it seemed to improve. After around 3 months my skin was generally clear. After a further 2 months my skin was perfectly clear, and previous scars I had were fading with the Epiduo.
    After 7 months on the Lyme, the doctor said it was time to stop and see if my skin could cope with just the Epiduo. That was around a month ago and my skin has never looked better. I'm using Bio-Oil to boost the scar healing, and this hasn't caused any breakouts.
    I'm also on the generic version of Yasmin (Lucette) and have been for about a year. This is probably helping my skin too - it's fairly cheap so if you're on the contraceptive pill and want to give it a try just ask your doctor.

    Don't give up hope!
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    Hi, I'm a 21 year old female and would like to share my experience with acne treatment, so that people out there don't give up hope.

    I went to the GP when I was 17 because I could not get rid of my spots, and they gave me oxytetracycline on a repeat prescription, with Isotrex gel. This worked fairly well for a few months, but then stopped working so I gave up.
    In January this year I went back to the GP because my skin was awful again. This time they gave me Lymecycline with Epiduo. This caused my skin to burn and peel and be awfully red, but it seemed to improve. After around 3 months my skin was generally clear. After a further 2 months my skin was perfectly clear, and previous scars I had were fading with the Epiduo.
    After 7 months on the Lyme, the doctor said it was time to stop and see if my skin could cope with just the Epiduo. That was around a month ago and my skin has never looked better. I'm using Bio-Oil to boost the scar healing, and this hasn't caused any breakouts.
    I'm also on the generic version of Yasmin (Lucette) and have been for about a year. This is probably helping my skin too - it's fairly cheap so if you're on the contraceptive pill and want to give it a try just ask your doctor.

    Don't give up hope!

    Hi i am using epiduo gel also.. i’m on week one and my face stings and i have painful breakouts,,when this breakout phase will end?😭 when will everything start to get better?
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    Hi i am using epiduo gel also.. i’m on week one and my face stings and i have painful breakouts,,when this breakout phase will end?😭 when will everything start to get better?
    The stinging, dryness and breakouts get better after about 3 weeks. A few of my friends gave up about 1 week in because they didn't see immediate results and because of the dryness and stinging but I definitely think it was worth it.
    Moisturising twice a day is good. I used to do it loads of times a day but when i started cutting down to just twice and then just once my skin seemed to cope better and the dryness resolved.
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    (Original post by bethw96)
    The stinging, dryness and breakouts get better after about 3 weeks. A few of my friends gave up about 1 week in because they didn't see immediate results and because of the dryness and stinging but I definitely think it was worth it.
    Moisturising twice a day is good. I used to do it loads of times a day but when i started cutting down to just twice and then just once my skin seemed to cope better and the dryness resolved.

    Are you still on epiduo now? Just finished week one and my face is really not in good condition,,i have breakouts but i noticed that the whiteheads are popping out,,i read a lot of blogs about epiduo and they did say that it gets worst before it gets better,i hope it gets better.
    Which cleanser did you use while using epiduo gel?
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    (Original post by bethw96)
    Hi, I'm a 21 year old female and would like to share my experience with acne treatment, so that people out there don't give up hope.

    I went to the GP when I was 17 because I could not get rid of my spots, and they gave me oxytetracycline on a repeat prescription, with Isotrex gel. This worked fairly well for a few months, but then stopped working so I gave up.
    In January this year I went back to the GP because my skin was awful again. This time they gave me Lymecycline with Epiduo. This caused my skin to burn and peel and be awfully red, but it seemed to improve. After around 3 months my skin was generally clear. After a further 2 months my skin was perfectly clear, and previous scars I had were fading with the Epiduo.
    After 7 months on the Lyme, the doctor said it was time to stop and see if my skin could cope with just the Epiduo. That was around a month ago and my skin has never looked better. I'm using Bio-Oil to boost the scar healing, and this hasn't caused any breakouts.
    I'm also on the generic version of Yasmin (Lucette) and have been for about a year. This is probably helping my skin too - it's fairly cheap so if you're on the contraceptive pill and want to give it a try just ask your doctor.

    Don't give up hope!
    Congratulations on getting through it!!
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    (Original post by Roj05)
    Are you still on epiduo now? Just finished week one and my face is really not in good condition,,i have breakouts but i noticed that the whiteheads are popping out,,i read a lot of blogs about epiduo and they did say that it gets worst before it gets better,i hope it gets better.
    Which cleanser did you use while using epiduo gel?
    I still use Epiduo now but my skin doesn't sting or go red at all, it stopped stinging after a few months but has still kept the spots away. You've just got to stick with it and the results will hopefully pay off, at least if your skin is getting worse it is definitely responding to the Epi!
    I used Clinique extra mild face wash, it's a creamy one so doesn't lather and therefore doesn't dry your skin out more. It was good and did help with the dryness and sting but it's £16.50 and I'm not too convinced it's much better than other cleansers. I'd say go for a creamy cleanser (as the doc told me) because creamy was a lot better than the soapy Clinique face wash i was using before.
    Epiduo also have an app called Epi-Tracker where you take daily photos of your skin and track its progression. This is good to look back on how far you've come in a few weeks/months time!
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    How many weeks are you on epiduo right now?my left cheek is starting clear out but i got new painful bumps on the forehead which i dont usually have,,,i still got the stinging and burning sensation but was better than last week.
    Thanks for the advice,i will download that tracker
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    Does this treatment work for men? I'm a 17 year old male and was wondering if you know whether there are any acne treatments designed for men or home/DIY methods/remedies?
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    Does this treatment work for men? I'm a 17 year old male and was wondering if you know whether there are any acne treatments designed for men or home/DIY methods/remedies?
    All the topical and antibiotic treatments will work for men and women. You can buy topical benzoyl peroxide acne treatments over the counter but if you need something stronger you'll have to go to the GP.
    I highly doubt there are any hormonal treatments for men though. The contraceptive pills for women that are the best for acne work by blocking testosterone so that wouldn't be too good in a man.
 
 
 
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