Short story: I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide and have moderate-severe acne while treated, severe acne while untreated. I really need help finding something that I can use which I am not allergic to and which will get rid of my acne like benzoyl peroxide did. OTC and prescriptions are both okay for suggestions, except no oral antibiotics or accutane. Below is my current regimen and attached is a list of stuff I've tried (not including products that are very similar to the ones listed). You really don't need to read my rant below but you can if you really want to.
Long story: I suffer from moderate-severe acne, and IBS, and I'm pretty sure they are linked. I used to have mild acne, but from age 12 to now, age 17, my acne has gotten progressively worse. It has spread from my face to my back and chest. If it wasn't for my current regimen, I would be most definitely severe cystic, but moderate-almost-severe acne is really horrible as well. I feel horrible about my skin. I've tried pretty much everything. Along the way I found out that I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide and sensitive to sulfates. When I use benzoyl peroxide I get an itchy rash on my face that looks like clusters of sweat-bee bites and feels like it too, and sulfates turn my skin hard and crusty. What sucks is that benzoyl peroxide is the only thing that will clear my acne any more than I have cleared it now, but I can't use it, and I'm stuck with the natural stuff. I'm going to a dermatologist soon but I'm going to have to basically tie his hands, because I can't use benzoyl peroxide because of the allergy, I can't use any form of oral antibiotics unless I'm deathly sick because of my poor excuse for a colon, and I refuse to use Accutane because it can have horrible gastric implications (and not only do I have IBS but a phobia of vomiting) and can make you lose your hair (which is my pride and joy and the only thing that holds my self-esteem and body image together).
So, has anyone found something that is not benzoyl peroxide and that actually works?
-Giovanni D:Tox Mask with charcoal and volcanic ash, every night on face
-Walgreens generic version of Hibiclens, morning and night on face and at night on back and chest (doesn't contain red dye)
-Burt's Bees Salicylic Acid toner (1%) with a couple drops glycerin during winter, morning and night after cleansing on back and face
-Derma-E Spot Treatment, morning and night on face (I use it as a moisturizer because you need so little and it calms the redness)
-Slice of Life multivitamin
-Ortho Tricyclin birth control for my hormonal imbalance, suspected PCOS. (I have some serious lady problems) This has helped my acne very little but at least not made it worse. As soon as it begins to improve my acne a tiny bit, which is by the third week of my cycle, I have to go off of it again. I'm afraid to try anything else though because of my IBS--obviously, (TMI warning), IBS causes me to suffer from hemorrhoids pretty badly and even this pill, with its very low blood clot risk compared to others, has made them much worse and long-lived because of the blood clots that form inside them.
-Gluten free and dairy reduced diet used to help IBS: I actually need to go to a gastrointerologist as well because this is only partially cutting it. This helped my acne reduce by about half (went from moderate to mild) but it has gotten much worse in the years since then, probably due to hormonal changes.
Stuff I've Tried:
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