When i was between 15 and 23 I had a medium case of acne, and my doctor had reccomended that I see a dermatologist and he was forever giving me newer and newer perscriptions for anti-biotics.
First pennicillian , then tetra-clycline , myno-cylcine all raising the dosage as time went on , still no check on the acne, which to that point had included scar tissue daily outbreaks on the forehead , nose , ear, and um, other places .
Then I was reading in the Toronto Star about this new british wonder drug , called accutane , which would clear up most cases of acne with in a matter of weeks.
Say what you will about acne , its the worlds best contra-ceptive next to those black plastic framed glasses. My family doctor after pouring over some thick , about 3 inchs thick catelogue for drugs , shook his head ,and nada , nothing regarding accutane.
I walked away with a perscription for actinac I believe it was called which did some good , but it was a matter of too little too late. Bout a year later ,walking into the doctors office regarding a flu , my doc bursts out , hey theres this really neat new drug out , for your acne , tada accutane ,lol.
After ribbing him, that I had heard of it a year previous , he set me up an appointment to have some blood tests , and i think a week later , the first pills were picked up at the drug store.
The whole experience with having dry skin, peeling whole huge sections , sometimes a cheeks worth were something to believe.
Six weeks later , my face looked like it had never seen a lick of acne, with the exception of my neck which still has scar tissue ,and of course backne that still makes me wonder if i had of kept the perscription going for another couple of weeks , would that have killed that , but oh well.
If you think accutane is what it takes to deal with your acne ,then keep at it ,and switch doctors till you get what you want. But there is a pychological aspect as well, depending on your experiences with dealing with acne and your peer support or lack of.