I've been struggling with acne problems since I was a teenager. I'm almost 27. I've tried every product on the market including proactiv, skin id, murad, etc.. I've been on a six month cycle of accutane which cleared my face perfectly, but it came back only 9 months later. I've been on tetricyclin, minocyclin, birth control pills, etc, you name it!! I've tried more gentle approaches but with major failure. I've used DDF, the store brands like neutrogena & etc etc.. you get the point. Currently I'm using a proactiv products because my skin does the best on it. But it's still horribly broken out! I'm on BCP to help balance my hormones. I'm so, so sick of dealing with acne. Not only is my face already terribly scarred, but now it's just getting more and more scarred because it won't stop breaking out. As you know acne also physically hurts. Yes, my face is in pain and throbs. It's emotionally affecting me too, because I'm too depressed to go anywhere or leave the house, as I'm greatly embarassed and ashamed of my face. What should I do? I'm going to try going back to the dermatologist, but I'm worried they're just going to tell me to go on accutane again. I already tried that! I got terrible side effects, and my acne came back full throttle not even 10 months later!
I'd like to have clear skin at the age of 27, and instead it's worse than most teenagers acne. I'm so tired of dealing with this, it's honestly making me feel suicidal and I just can't take it anymore. If you've suffered with severe acne long-term, I'm sure you can understand. That hopeless, depressed, miserable feeling.
PLEASE HELP!! What should I do? I'm poor so I can't afford expensive facial peels and cosmetic skincare, etc..
I have a feeling my hormones are the primary cause of my acne, because I keep my face clean & only wear a mild, oil-free noncomedogenic water-based makeup when I go out, because otherwise I'd literally scare people and gross them out with my face.
I've also tried not wearing any makeup, just staying home... no difference.
I'm at my wit's end with this. Should I just suck it up and go on accutane again? What if it comes back? Any ideas and suggestions are truly appreciated. Thanks for all your time.
edit: I've also used retin-a cream to add to the list of things I've tried.
Furthermore, I eat very healthy (lots of green vegetables and proteins, etc) & exercise. I've heard changing your eating habits and health of your lifestyle can greatly reduce acne. Well, it's not working much for me. And believe me I'm trying.
Edited by miserablewithmyself, 22 April 2013 - 07:24 PM.