Slight Acne Remission & Stopped Taking Antibiotics - # 7 2003
|In 2003, I
repeated the same mistake that I made in 2000 and stopped taking my
I had become tired of the tedious routine and the constant roller coaster of skin irritation from the topical medications.
I also felt like my acne was going into remission because my major trouble areas (chin, forehead, & neck) were staying clear more consistently.
This led me again, as in 2000, to be more outgoing and social which caused me to start frequently missing doses of the minocycline oral antibiotic until I just simply stopped taking them.
My face still felt oily and greasy most of the time, especially in the humid South Florida weather.
I combated that greasy feeling by gently washing my face with the Dove soap or just patting off the oil frequently with paper towels.
Just like in 2000, my social outings increased as my acne decreased and my self esteem skyrocketed. As I'm sure you know, it's very hard for a young adult to maintain any type of rigid schedule. I thought that my years taking of anti-acne antibiotics had finally "cured" me or perhaps that I had outgrown this primarily adolescent condition at the ripe old age of 23.
I couldn't have been more wrong. The antibiotics took months and months of consistent usage to control the billions of bacteria in my body that were responsible for all those pimples that I had suffered through. It took most of 2003 before I began to realize that I wasn't anywhere close to being done with my personal fight against the dreaded "acne vulgaris". It even sounds like the name of a monster in a horror movie. Doesn't it?
In December of 2003, I had a dermatologist appointment that would finally give me the upper hand over those persistent Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that had plagued me for so many years.
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