I'm reading your responses to my daughter . .
We did try ProActive . . . for 6 months - it did nothing.
She has been on erythromycin and tetracycline, both worked for a time.
She was using my topical antibiotic, Cleocin T.
She says she tried Retin A from a friend . . not sure she did the whole treatment regimen.
She tried Differin that she got from a friend. But I'm sure it was the same as the Retin A . . she didn't use it correctly.
A couple of days ago she bought out the local drug store with their OTC stuff.
I notice it is hormonal . . .she just had a period and her face broke out prior.
I appreciate your input. She really really wants Accutane and told me she would do anything to get rid of her acne. She says 6 or 7 of her friends at school have been on Accutane and the only side effects have been chapped lips and dry skin. But they also have perfect porcelain skin now, after using Accutane.
She doesn't care about blood tests or anything else "I don't care what it takes - I'm sick of my face".
Ok - she finally walked away . . ..
I did have an appt with a dermatologist about a year ago but the antibiotic started to work and so all was well. She really doesn't have that bad of acne. I kind of resent the NP giving her this info - although the NP is a friend of mine.
Ah - such fun with teenagers.
Thank you all so much for this info . . .