I'm not sure if I am posting in the right place, but here goes. I am at the end of my rope so to speak with my skin. Some background about myself and struggles with acne..I am a 23 (almost 24) year old female that has suffered with breakouts since I was 10. Originally started breaking out monthly, then in high school I started breaking out more often with more whiteheads. Tried a slew of drug store products and prescriptions, finally found a good combo of Klaron lotion and Triaz cleanser that got me completely clear by age 16. This regimen kept me almost 100% clear until around age 20, when I stopped using and started breaking out again. Since then, I have tried Retin A, Differin, Aczone, some other smelly lotion that I can't remember, Clindamycin, Benzclin, and most recently I went to a new derm that seemed very good who put me back on Klaron and a sulfer wash. Since age 20, my breakouts have been a mix of what I consider to be cysts and whiteheads/paupules. Well, the past week or so of using my new regimen, my skin has gotten SO BAD (for me). I am going to include some pics below so you can get an idea. Please excuse the grossness - it is taking a lot for me to post these pics and I will probably delete them once I get some good responses. I typically break out on my forehead and parameters of my face (by my hairline and jawline) but now I am also breaking out on my cheeks and above my lip as you can see in the photos. The breakouts on the sides of my faces look like huge welts.
I don't know where to go from here. I feel (like I am sure many of you have) that NOTHING has been working. I also have a very clean diet. I do not eat many processed foods, I haven't been eating cheese. I try not to eat bread, but I would not say my diet is low carb by any means. My one vice is chocolate. I don't remember the last time I ate at a fast food chain. I exercise about 5 days a week, and run and spin often. I am very active and I guess I consider myself to be a "health nut." I am also a working professional, and it is so embarassing to go to work and have an "adult" job and look like a teen covered in acne. I'm sorry, I just needed to vent. I would just LOVE to be able to go to the beach and not worry about hiding my skin. I would love to go to the gym and not be self concious about not wearing makeup.
I do not know what other products to try. I really want to avoid accutane, but does anyone think it might help from the looks of my skin? Over the years, I have developed an allergy to BP, so I cannot try the regimen unfortunately. I personally wonder if my skin on my face is just "allergic" to all these chemicals and products. I also have bacne (how did I get so lucky?), but it is responding very well to the sulfur cleanser. My face on the other hand is not responding well. Do you think I could have some weird issue with my skin being overly sensitive? Should I look for natural alternatives?
Please provide me with any treatment advice you have. I just don't know what to do at this point. I want to stay in my house and not leave. It's sad that I am spending my Friday night freaking out about my skin.