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Have You Ever Used Prescription Skin Care?

When the acne gets tough, the tough get to a dermatologist. This is one of the best yet underused ways to attack stubborn skin issues, in part because your doctor can prescribe a regimen of topical and/or medicinal solutions. While I'm loyal to some over-the-counter products, you'd have to pry my tretinoin out of my cold, dead hands. Have you ever used prescription-strength skin care? If so, did it work?

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Yes and they only work for a short while. F my life. Now I am going the "organic" route. Basically making some dietary changes and using herbs and vitamins to treat my acne.
ladolcealana ladolcealana 7 years
I had minor, but nonetheless irritating, acne from when i was 14 to 16. During this time, I tried a number of acne products, including Proactiv, which only dried and inflamed my skin. At 16, I went to the doctor and was prescribed Doxycycline and Duac. Both worked very well and I started seeing results in a week. After being on doxycycline for six months, I stopped taking it and went on Yasmin. Yasmin has worked remarkably well for my skin. It's no completely clear. In conjuction with a good skin routine, I never get breakouts. To all those who have persistant acne, don't hesitate to see a doctor! It's the best solution there is.
hlj504 hlj504 7 years
Tetracycline, Retin-A, Accutane - my skin was never terrible, but I became resistant to the antibiotics, and was put on a low dose of this back in high school. It did amazing things for my skin while I was on it, but I still battle the occasional acne and blackheads. My brother suffered from more severe acne and was on a higher dose - and he has gorgeous skin today! More recently had a prescription for Renova, but I struggle with dry skin, and this has been harsh on it...
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Duac is wonderful. It really works. As does Accutane, but the process you have to go through every month just to get your prescription renewed is tiresome.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I got a bacteria infection in a cut on my lip that caused my lip to swell and the doctor gave me a topical erythromycin ointment to clear it up. That's as far as I have ever gone with prescriptions. In fact, I'm a little annoyed. There's not many dermatologists where I live, and I went to the one with the best reviews to do my skin cancer screening and to talk about getting a prescription for treating fine lines around my eyes and she refused to give me anything. She told me Oil of Olay is as good as any prescription and to just go buy that. So frustrating!
mlnwalters mlnwalters 7 years
After YEARS of trying what seemed like every prescription ointment, wash, and pill out there the only thing that worked for me was Accutane, and what a blessing that was! I agree with another poster, find yourself a good dermatologist who listens to your concerns and will find the most appropriate treatment. My derm was very conservative and wanted to exhaust all other options before the Accutane. But in the end, I'm so thankful I did it. Accutane is a serious medication though, and many people are scared to go on it.. I had a good experience with the medication and I am a peer counselor for my derm's other weary patients. If anyone has questions about my experience or other concerns they can e-mail me @
any any 7 years
no, but i used yasmin and i've only notice that when im in "those days" i get break-outs
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I've used Erithromycin for my back acne, although I wasn't really consistent with it so it's hard to say whether it worked or not.
Liselola Liselola 7 years
I've first used tetracycline and Differin for my acne (which was mostly on my back). Didn't work at all. Then the doctor put me on Diane35 which was like hell. I gained weight, got spotting and my acne didn't really improve. Then, I decided to stop the acne battle when I was 16. I started with Yasmin when I got 17 and since then I've been acnefree. I have occasional break-outs but nothing severe. Don't know whether my acne disappeared with age or because of Yasmin.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Yes! I randomly broke out with horrible acne when I was studying abroad in college. After 3 months, I finally went to an Italian doctor and got a prescription of minocycline. I got off it once I got back because it was summer and I was worried about sun damage and I haven't needed it since.
Rosay77 Rosay77 7 years
I used to use Retin-A Micro 0.1%, but I stopped because it was too strong for me. I later consulted with my derm and she prescribed me Differin. Differin is much more gentle than Retin-A Micro. I use my Differin in conjunction with Duac, which is also great to treat my persistent acne.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I use two. I tried every last acne medication, including Accutane after Retin-A Micro caused a serious allergic reaction with me. I keep going back to Differin. My b.c. helps with my acne considerably as well. ProActive was a huge mistake too as I used it one time and had a sunburned-colored rash for a whole week. Lisa, on any retinoid, you may peel and be red for the first few weeks. That's how you know they're working. I didn't peel or turn red when starting Differin, but I know others who have. It depends on your individual skin.
cheer4veggies cheer4veggies 7 years
i was on accutane for a few months in high school after being on antibiotics and creams that didnt work or i had a reaction to. honestly it didnt do a lot for my skin. and plus all the blood tests and the online tests you take to have to fill your rx. not worth it. my bc and a routine using my clarisonic has done what other prescriptions couldnt.
MsTyque MsTyque 7 years
I've been using retin a for ages, first for acne and since it has anti-wrinke benefits, I see no reason to stop using it even though my skin is clear now. I have also used Yaz, doxycycline (antibiotic)and Azelex in the past to clear up acne.
MsTwirlySkirts MsTwirlySkirts 7 years
actually I am starting the generic form of tri-levlen called Trivora...
MsTwirlySkirts MsTwirlySkirts 7 years
thanks tlsgirl! I was on yasmine, but I think my body got used to it, and switched to sprintec (generic for ortho cyclen) which made my skin horrible! I am now about to go on tri-levlen, so I am crossing my fingers
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
frenchys - I used Yasmin, which helped, and its generic Ocella, which freakishly made my skin AWFUL. I'm now on Microgestin - the generic for Loestrin - and it's calming the damage caused by Ocella.
JessiLee99 JessiLee99 7 years
I used tetracycline and brevoxyl cleanser for my skin. Worked like a charm.
MsTwirlySkirts MsTwirlySkirts 7 years
I was on tetracycline for years as a teen, and also used retin A. It worked, but the antibiotics also did a number on my stomach. They are so rough, that over time, this is what ultimately caused my IBS. So I urge everyone to think twice before going on antibiotics for a long period of time. I started using retin A again recently to help with exfoliation and preventing aging and it works wonders...I also feel different birth controls either help or cause acne... does anyone feel that their birth control helps/worsens acne - if so what ones?
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
I tried several medications but none of them really worked. I used a combo of a pill and three creams and it did slightly work but it wasn't worth it for me. Cost way to much and the pill made me feel sick at times. They said I could try accutane but I know a few people who had horrible reactions to it and I didn't want to be one of them. I started using the Clinique 3 step skin care a month ago and my skin is looking great. I do have scaring but it is already fading.
eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
I've tried many, many acne medications - and finally had to use Accutane and now use something daily to keep my face from going down that road again. I swear by my dermatologist - and hope everyone can find a good one, because my first kept telling me I was overreacting to my (painful) cystic acne.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Lisa, I would ask your dermatologist what to do next. The body can build resistance to antibiotics over time.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Oh yeah. I've tried about a million different prescriptions, but the only one that worked was Accutane. Cleocin is working a little bit right now.
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 7 years
Yes, I got some pills and a gel cream from the doctor to clear up my acne which just wouldn't go away and it worked! :D
Lisa871983 Lisa871983 7 years
I was given Tetracycline and within about a week to a week and a half it worked wonders on my skin and cleared it up. I've been on it for over a year, and it seems like maybe my body is getting used to it because it is not working as good as it used to. Is that possible for it to stop working? Does anyone have suggestions for me? I mostly break out around my chin area. I am hesitant to use retin-a because I have a lot of friends who have used it and there skin peeled and was red and looked horrible. Is there any other antibiotic I could take that would work?? I've heard good stuff about Benzaclin. Has anyone used it? Does it work good???
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