I managed to get through 23 years of life without suffering any broken bones (just a couple of hairline fractures or sprains) or major skin conditions. I even soared through puberty with only a pimple here or there. So when I turned 23 you can imagine my shock and dismay when my face started breaking out, seemingly out of NOwhere! Anyone who's suffered any type of skin condition, whether it's acne, rosacea, eczema, scars, etc. knows the awful feeling of thinking that everyone's looking at you. You feel as though the appearance of your skin completely overshadows any good quality about yourself and it really takes a huge toll on your self-esteem. I'm an attractive woman, I know that. So when I started getting painful red bumps on my face, I freaked! Some were obviously pimples, but others were hard and did not come to a head. I'd tried several over-the-counter products like Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, ProActive Solution, etc. I even tried prescription Doxycycline (which caused rashes). FINALLY, I went to a different dermatologist, who prescribed an oral med. called Ampicillin and a topical cream (Sodium Sulfacetamide 10% and Sulfur 5% lotion). I took 2 250mg capsules twice daily and applied the cream twice daily. Within only THREE WEEKS, I noticed a drastic change! Before getting on the medication, I'd see at LEAST one new red bump on my face every day or every other day. During the first three weeks, it went down to maybe one each week. I am now in my second month of taking the medication and I wake up every morning without worrying about seeing new bumps on my face. I've reduced my dosage to one capsule twice daily, and only apply the cream once daily. I have not broken out at all in the last month. This medicine worked so well that now I can concentrate on getting rid of the hyperpigmentation left behind by the breakouts. I am biracial (black/ white) with medium skin tone (caramel complexion). So I'd say it's safe to use on "ethnic" skin. My skin tends to be on the dry side and it's pretty sensitive. So if you're looking for something effective yet gentle, talk to your derm. about Ampicillin.
Palo Alto, CA