Our expert says:
Hi Thandi, thank you for the question and I sincerely sorry to hear what you have been through – I can’t even try to imagine what it must be like.
It certainly sounds like you have tried every conceivable treatment for controlling acne but I do believe that you should consider using a relatively new technology known as PDT (photo dynamic therapy) and the gold standard is the Omnilux (please phone Genop Healthcare who are SA’s distributors to find a doctor which uses their machines at (011) 5456600.
The technology has shown to give excellent results even for drug resistant acne; the basis is LED lights that emit a wavelength that destroys the bacteria that cause the acne outbreaks. If you have not gone this route it is definitely worth considering. A course will include 2 to 3 sessions (lasting 20 minutes each) for 8 weeks and one may have to repeat these courses for further improvements or to prevent recurrences.
I would also consider 3 to 4 weekly glycolic or salicylic acid peels as these have also shown benefits in drug resistant acne.
Unfortunately age may or may not allow the acne to improve so I am sorry to say that the future may bring the same but it also may bring the improvement you are hoping for.
I hope the above has helped but please submit another question if you need any further info.
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