So, I bit the bullet and went and saw a derm. Natural remedies were working somewhat but I've been quite distressed about my skin lately, and I've been picking really badly as a result of it.
He said my acne is likely hormonal and tried suggesting a birth control pill, but I explained to him the reasons why I can't go on that again (heightened risk of a stroke anyone? Oh, how I love being unique). Then he told me to take antibiotics for 6 months and use Duac gel once a day. He said I should only start seeing any possible improvement after 2-3 months and that it isn't guaranteed to help. He also said my acne is mild but picking at it has made it look a lot worse, and has probably made it spread too.
He suggested using a moisturizer after the Duac as he said it'll burn and make my skin dry. He also said that it might get worse before it gets better and that I'll stay clear once I get off the antibiotics (if I get clear) only if I'm lucky. The doctor also said to stop touching my face, to only wash, use Duac and moisturize and put an emphasis on how the treatments were meant to make me 'feel better' and that there's no cure for acne. Apparently my acne might go away on it's own with age.
Although the derm was really cool I can't help but be in the current mind set of 'it won't work, and if it does it'll stop working after a few months'. I somehow feel like I'll never have clear skin again and that it'll only go away once I'm old and have wrinkles to deal with. I'm also nervous of the damage that the antibiotics and BP may cause, despite being reassured to the contrary. I may start taking pro biotics just incase.
I currently have several scabs on my left and right cheeks, chin, forehead, and next to my eyebrows. I also have a burn on my right cheek and next to my chin on the left side from nail polish remover (I forgot I still had that on my nails. Oops.)
I suppose at least it's not really painful like cystic acne.
Here's some photographs from the start:
Edited by Spotthedifference, 15 November 2012 - 11:50 AM.