Hi! Sorry this will be kind of a sad rant, but I'm just so discouraged I need to get it out somewhere. I have become so self-conscious and depressed about my skin lately that I literally don't leave the house other than to go to class or to the store if I absolutely need something. = / I am currently so frustrated with my skin it is making it difficult to concentrate on anything else.
I used to have beautiful (seriously flawless) skin. I always had mild acne, but using 2.5% benzoyl peroxide kept my face perfect for years. Then I got contact dermatitis from it when I was like 23 or 24 not sure. So I had to back off. After that my skin was never the same again and now for years I've been trying to get this under control.
My general practice Dr. tried topical antibiotics (which did nothing) and birth control and that made me an emotional wreck. So I went to the dermatologist who prescribed minocycline, topical antibiotics, azelaic acid and retin a. That worked beautifully for about 2 months. Then I started getting big deep cysts again. So she increased the mino. The increase helped a little and I thought things were getting better...but then they got worse again.
So she switched me to erythromycin and since then my skin has been absolutely back to square 1. Actually I think I'm worse than I was at square 1. Not that the treatments are actually making my skin worse, but my skin just continues to get worse for other reasons, but who knows what they are.
I've had my hormones tested and they're all normal. Retin a in the past has never helped me in the past (even after being on it for a year in the past) and so I 'm thinking of demanding that we switch up my topicals at my next dermatologist appointment. Maybe if we try something that allows us to incorporate benzoyl peroxide again since that's worked before. I'm not the type to just blame it all on the dermatologist. All they can do is go with the studies and the science and try what might work and hope it does. But it is definitely not working right now lol.
Anyways, what's worked for other people?