With no results from these topicals, we were then put on antibiotics. And honestly, it was the only treatment that could control our acne and prevent breakouts. But the problem with antibiotics were that:
1. They destroyed the good bacteria in our gut, resulting in discomfort, bloating, and cramps.
2. After we stopped treatment, our acne would return even WORSE than when we started.
It turns out antibiotics are not good for long term use because they destroy both the good and bad bacteria in the gut. And the more you take them, the more resistant the bacteria becomes to treatment. So the more we used antibiotics, the less effective they became.
After exhausting all our options, our dermatologists recommended us to try isotretinoin (popularly known as Accutane). For many people, this was supposedly their holy grail of acne treatments. So we gave it a shot. And just within a few days of taking the medication, we experienced the worst side effects imaginable. We first instantly developed severe GI problems, which affected our work, sleep, and daily life. And shortly after, the rest creeped in — bad rashes, nosebleeds, back pain, and dry eyes. Not too long after beginning this medication, we had no choice but to stop.