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Posted by kshill9292, 14 July 2013 · 554 views

Hey Y'all! My name is Kendall & I have struggled with acne off and on since I was 15.
 
When I first started having breakouts, they were just minor on my forehead- yet ugly and noticeable.
I became pregnant at a younger age and had my daughter (age 17)- during that time my skin was in tip top shape and beautiful! Ughhhhh I miss those days. It wasn't until about a year that I started to have horrible breakouts.
I went to the doctor and they prescribed my some antibiotics, because they believed it was an infection. I got some topical stuff to put on it as well. It all started clearing up and I didn't have a massive breakout until 2 years later.
It started during the summer and has been coming back off and on ever since! (I am now 20 about to be 21).
 
I went to see my very first dermatologist- they first put me on Bactrum and some other topical (I have had so many topicals I can't even remember all of them), and that just made all of my symptoms worse...and some other side affects as well.
 
So, I went back and they put me on some type of tetracyline w/ more topicals anddddd did a chemical peel. NONE OF THAT SEEMED TO BE WORKING.
 
I went back again and they finally put me on doxycycline and acanya topical. That actually started helping for a couple months, but then it got bad again. So, I went back and they decided they wanted to put me on this blood pressure medicine that was supposed to help for women's hormonal acne. I can't remember the name, but after researching the medication it scared me to death with all the side effects and that it did not work and was not a good long term route to be on.
 
I dropped that dermatologist & quickly found a new one recommended by a friend.
This doctor then put me on the same type of treatment before- doxycycline & acanya & retinA.
This all seemed to be working for about a couple of months, and washed my face with benzoyl peroxide 10%. This all seemed to help a great deal, but my skin was still not perfect especially around my time of the month. I also have been taking probiotics, vitamin A, multivitamins on a regular basis.
 
I finally thought it was going away for good, until this summer happened. I went camping one day and woke up the next day with huge zits on my cheek. (I had not had any acne on my cheeks in a long time, just on my forehead). So this made me freak out. I literally dried the living crap out of my skin to try and get rid of my horrible zits. But it just made it even worse and more and more started showing up, with horrible irritated dry skin.
I went to the beach with my family and it only made it worse because my medication mixed with the sun on me all day, made me feel like my skin was on fire. I looked like I had a freaking disease.
 
Its been a couple of weeks since then, and my skin has not really gotten any better. Just when I finally get rid of a couple pimples- two or three more appear. AND IM SCARRING. On my cheeks.
I found this website and have been trying to do the regimen & staying away from makeup as much as possible. It's been a week since I have been doing the regimen and I don't really see much improvements. I also have started taking cod liver oil pills, and I am going to purchase zinc & vitamin D as well.
 
Hopefully things start looking up soon & this nightmare will all be over. I hope *fingers crossed*
 
I am forever displeased with all dermatologists. I feel like I have been scammed by them this whole time. Anyone else feel the same way?? I would just like to say a big F U to all of them because they have just made my life a living hell. I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THEM FOR ACNE AGAIN.
 
Also, does anyone have any suggestions for scarring on the cheeks???
 
ACNE IS EVIL.
 
Sincerely,
a very frustrated young lady.
 
 




Kendall, welcome! I'm sorry that you're here(because of acne) but glad that you found us. This place is an amazing support network of people going through the same things as you. I feel you about derms. I've been to 5 or 6 and acne is still the bane of my resistance. I am on the regimen too and even though I am still not clear, this has worked better than any deem prescribed medicine. Don't lose your faith in all seems though as a new is one of the most difficult skin disorders to treat as there are many causes. The blood pressure medication you are referring to is Spiro I believe and it does have side effects like all meds. That is my next option if the regimen doesn't work for me so......... A bit of advice about the regimen. It can take a long time to work. I am almost three months in and I continue to break out on my chin like there is no tomorrow but acne everywhere else has cleared up. Some people don't report being consistently clear till the 4 to 6 month mark. My point is , don't get discouraged if things are not showing improvement in the first, second or even third month. Its a frustrating process. Give yourself 4 to 6 months n this program and if you feel its has not lived up to your expectations, on to the next thing. Stay positive On a side note, some people have found great success with making dietary changes so you may want to cut out for 2-3 months: Dairy Gluten Hey, you never know.

Thanks for your response! I have been slowly trying to make some changes to my diet- I was not a horrible eater before...but I am trying to stay away from processed foods and dairy. I eat mostly organic and fresh food. My biggest challenge is all the carbs, and I am slowly trying to eliminate them. It's hard when you live in a household of five people, and everyone wants to eat something different...and does not care about making healthy choices. 

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