Effective acne treatments?
We've done antibiotics with only limited effectiveness for DS and DD2. Given the resistance developing with these drugs, I'm not wild about their being given for such iffy results, but they're the first in the dermatologist's arsenal because 'insurance covers them'.
I had to practically cross-examine the Dr. to find out what her first recommendation would be for moderate to severe/cystic acne treament if insurance were not a factor. Levulonic acid treatments were suggested, at $300-$500 a pop. Three to 4 'pops' are recommended, which should give about a 4 month respite from the acne. This covers face only, and both kids have chest and 'bacne' which must be addressed as well.
So... worst case scenario $4K will get a kid clear skin for 4 months. AAARRRRGH! DivaD1 and I both took Accutane, with great long term results, but the younger kids are still growing, and the drug can prematurely close growth plates (and in this family, we need all the vertical advantage we can get!) so it's not an option yet, but DD2 is miserable NOW.
Any suggestions before I hold up a liquor store to pay for this treatment?