So in a couple of days, at the ripe ol' age of 25...I will be going to my FIRST EVER dermatologist appointment.
I am on BCPs, so I am not going to be taking any antibiotic pills. I'm not a fan of too many pills.
I will, however, be looking for a prescription topical acne medication. So when I talk to my dermatologist, what are some topical prescriptions he might throw at me?
I am 25, like I said, and just recently started breaking out due to hormones (we suspect). Skin apparently likes to change it's chemistry once every 7-10 years. Never had acne before...now all of the sudden it's a problem. Good times.
Anyway, the main thing I am looking for is anyting prescription that is effective, and has no initial "purging" process. Tall order, I know. But I can't take another "purge"...oh no. No, no, no.
My BCP, Ortho Tri Cyclen, had a HORRIBLE purging process. My skin is still recovering. I have scars, hyperpigmentation, and confidence in a million pieces on the floor. While most of my lower cheek acne is gone, I am still suffering from many tiny bumps on my jaw and chin. I am almost 5 months into my Ortho Tri.
The location of my acne is another reason I suspect it's hormonal, other than the sudden appearance in my adult life.
So...are there any topical prescriptions that do not "purge" your skin?? I need something that just gets strait to the point!
I'm so sick of hearing "It may get worse before it gets better"..... It's gotten worse already! I need a break!
If there is anyone out there with a similar experience to mine, or if you are on Ortho Tri, tell me if you have found something that worked, or prescribed something that worked. And please, God....NO PURGING >.<
Feedback is really appreciated, being that this is my first time doing this dermatologist thing, and I know virtually nothing about prescription acne medications. I'd like to go into my appointment with a little bit of knowledge on prescription topicals, so I don't wind up with something that will just purge my skin again.