Hi After stalking this site I have decided to sign up so I can finally ask for help about what to do with my acne. Here's a brief history of my skin:
At age 10 I started to get blackheads around my nose and on my chin which have never gone away.
Age 11- started getting the occasional whitehead, had constant white spots on the apples of my cheeks
age 12- got lots of red spots on my forehead, chin, in the summer I developed chest and back acne which still remains.
age 13- went on tetracycline, twice, became resistant and it stopped working.
14- went on doxycycline, cleared up a bit of my forehead and chin spots, blackheads still remained. Cleared my chest a bit, did nothing for my back.
age 15- repeat prescription of doxycycline, still had some spots, bacne and blackheads on my chest with some whiteheads. Acne spread to the tops of my arms, had some spots above my bellybutton,
15- doxycycline course finished, still had bacne, blackheads on chest, chin, nose, some spots on forehead.
I had skin that looked fine with make-up, got complemented once on my clear face! but my back was still spotty. About 5 months after stopping doxy, I developed the worst acne I've ever had on my face. I had whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules, disgusting yellow and white things that have left some mini icepicks, i have some small rolling scars on my face. I developed most of this new acne on my cheeks, which is where I've never had acne before. I feel so insecure, now after getting this acne I've realised how much confidence I had before, I no longer participate in lessons, I avoid getting to close (physically) to people and can't look them in the eye because I always see them looking at my skin, I am so self-concious. Throughout the oral pills, I've tried salicylic acid, whatever they put in clearasil, tea tree oil, tcp, sudocrem (which i never expected to work really but) benzoyl peroxide (which has helped a bit but only with antibiotics), witch hazel, olive oil, castor oil, facewash with aha and jojoba oil, and now zineryt(topical erythromycin and zinc) and benzoyl peroxide, i've stopped eating so much sugar and dairy, I have a vegetarian diet, am taking vitamin c and evening primrose oil for scars. BUT my main question is: what can i take after trying doxycycline? I am taking a 3rd course of doxy but really want to swap to something else, every time i stop it comes back worse, so do you have any ideas of what i can ask my gp for? I now have some hard, dark purple bumps under my skin, scars, pimples, blackhead and whiteheads. I am female- what about bcp? The only thing I am concerned about is acne coming back worse after stopping bcp. Also anything that can help with redness? I am sensitive to vit e so I can't use that. Anyway thank you for reading if you have any ideas please let me know p.s sorry no pics- i don't have a camera and don't let people take pictures of me. I am now 16- is my acne mainly hormone related?