for the first time in years. I am 28 and have been dealing with acne since I was 12. It worsened as
I reached my late teens / early 20s and I continue to have flare ups. I have been on Antibiotics and
Sulfur pills, as well as many different topical medications. I hate taking the antibiotics because I have
allergies and sinus problems, which commonly lead to infections – now Amoxicillan doesn’t work at all for me
anymore when I get an infection…I am tired of taking pills for stuff and becoming immune to them. This trip,
the dermatologist mentioned Accutane as an option, but said she wants to see what happens after 6 weeks
on Minocycoline and a topical sulfur medication. I have done this before and not had success, but I will
try it again. If it happens to help, I really do not want to stay on antibiotics for years. I am already
thinking about and researching Accutane and the side effects. I fear the liver problems and high cholesterol
issues, as well as the dryness issue…I am always thirsty, using lip balm, and lotion due to taking AllegraD
(the decongestant part causes dryness). I may need to stop taking the decongestant and have also heard that
many people can’t wear contacts…I have worn contacts since I was 11….glasses would be yet another
adjustment / change. I have not heard about sun exposure yet, however I am thinking you need to be careful in
the sun when using it. I also understand that it gets worse before better – some of the postings in this site
seem to say that. Another option I have heard of is to simply try going on the pill – Orthotrycycoline or one
of those..Have you heard that could help a great deal? Another option my Dr. mentioned briefly is a
topical Accutane – she said most people stop it because it is so painful – the company swears it should not
do that…Neither pharmacist I asked has heard about the topical either.. One pharmacist did the Accutane
pills 8 years ago and her skin looks just beautiful…flawless. She was very happy with her treatment and
mentioned it is just most important to not get pregnant.. and to carry chapstick at all time.
If you can please settle any concerns or answer any of my questions, I would appreciate it. I plan to do research on
the net to learn more…I have awhile before I need to decide, but I want to begin gathering info and
thinking about it now.. Also, are you aware if there is really a 97% success rate for the treatment?
Thank you for your assistance.