i had real bad acne befor i ever used aas and then when i startd it was out of control(all over my arms and back, i would where a sweet shirt all the time even in the summer) i askd my doc about it and he gave me doxyxycline it works great i only get a pimple here and there now
I would say NO WAY to Accutane especially when the guy is on 2 orals.
I took Big A's advice and ordered doxycycline.
I have not had to use it yet.
BUT I was able to order it through the mail and it came with a paper inwhich it stated that a US Federal law which allows a person to have medicine on had in case of emergency and went on to site a law/statute that doxycycline was not a type of controlled substance.
YEA YEA I know I didn't say that too well but I am tired.
Phil- if his acne is the cystic kind, I'm afraid he needs accutane. In my 20s I cycled and rarely got any acne (a little when I came off) but as I approached 40 and played with Prohormones, I got terrible cysts- the kind that popped and bled through shirts. Couldn't take my shirt off for a summer.
I did everything - every antibiotic (my mom's boyfriend is a dermatologist and recommended many). high dose B-5, acne annihiator, lotions- everything! Finally broke down and tried accutane and will never live w/o some around. Takes awhile but well worth it. And with proper and consistant liver support, blood work should be ok even w/ var and winny (assuming it's only mildly elevated now).
Nodulocystic acne: oral gugulipid versus tetracycline.
Thappa DM, Dogra J.
Department of Dermatology, C.G.H.S., Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur, India.
Twenty patients with nodulocystic acne were randomly allocated to one of two treatment schedules: 1) Tetracycline 500 mg or 2) Tab. Gugulipid (equivalent to 25 mg guggulsterone). Both were taken twice daily for 3 months, and both produced a progressive reduction in the lesions in the majority of patients. With tetracycline, the percentage reduction in the inflammatory lesions was 65.2% as compared to 68% with gugulipid; on comparison, this difference was statistically insignificant (P > 0.05). Follow-up at 3 months showed a relapse in 4 cases on tetracyline and 2 cases on gugulipid. An interesting observation was that the patients with oily faces responded remarkably better to gugulipid.