I've been struggling with acne since I was in middle school and now that I'm 18 I'm more than tired of dealing with my skin. I've gone to a dermatologist many times and my current one has prescribed me aczone and tretinoin along with changing my birth control from Orsythia to Sprintec. I had already tried Tretinoin in the past with no success, but we thought I would try it again as a last ditch effort before accutane. The first few weeks my skin has gone from having mild/moderate acne (black heads, white head, and a few pimples) to having severe acne. Every morning I wake up with new white heads ready to pop and closed comedones and my past breakouts have a nasty looking yellow crust on them. Recently it seems as though I've developed a rash on the right side of my face, I have this big red splotch of highly irritated skin along with cold sore like symptoms around my mouth. Its highly painful and everyday tiny white heads keep appearing on it. I also have painful gland swelling right in front of my ears and in my neck, I'm wondering could I be having some sort of allergic reaction or if I'm just getting sick...
My routine: In the morning I wash my face with coconut oil and extract whatever is ready to come out and then put on a thin layer of aczone. I then apply vaseline with cocoa butter to whatever scabs and left over blemish marks I have. If I have any active blemishes I put a dab of my murad sulfur mask on them.
In the evening I wash my face with coconut oil and wait 30 minutes before applying a pea sized amount of tretinoin .025% cream. I then apply the vaseline to areas of my face/body that need some healing.
Any helpful comments or input is greatly appreciated!!