Hi guys. I've just got back from my GP for the 10000000000th time this year and once again he hasn't listened to me. I have moderate acne but I keep it controlled by doing the regimen 2 or even 3 times a day (My skin is EXTREMELY oily). Ive had acne since I was 14, and now being nearly 19 I am sick to death of it. I get social anxiety, depression and sometimes even think horrible thoughts on how it is effecting me and nobody at all takes me seriously. I've tried every single topical, cream, antibiotic and thing out there for acne and NOTHING works. I've waited long enough and tried so hard and I honestly think accutane is the only thing that will work for me.
Today while seeing my GP, I ask once again about being referred to a dermatologist and he doesn't take me seriously at all. I am not being horrible or saying this in anger but he literally does not know what he is talking about. I told him my story for the 50th time, about how I have tried everything and it is on record and he tells me to 'wash my face more' .............. wash my face more... I wash it about 3 times a day.... 'It only takes a few seconds' ........ this guy is honestly stupid. He then tells me if I want to switch to antibiotics.. which I have already tried... 3 times!! I tell him this and he just doesn't listen. He then tells me to use something new a 'lotion'... I said to him what ingredients does it have and he says 'plenty' ....??!!!!!! I ask him if it involves certain ingredients (I then said plenty of different ingredients) including Salicylic acid and get this.... he said salicylic acid isn't for the skin. I was honestly surprised at how much he didn't know about acne and the treatments and how much he didn't know overall. I'm still surprised he's even allowed to be a GP.
Anyway, after this I then had a long conversation with him and basically explained once again how much acne is effecting my life. I'm sick of being looked at strange, pointed at, laughed at and being the centre of attention when I walk in a room for the bad reasons. My GP told me that my skin isn't cystic so he 'Can't' refer me to a dermatologist, he's told me this multiple times and each time I get more and more angry until I burst out into tears. Right now I feel like this is the only thing in my life that is bringing me down and without it my life would be perfect.
Please, anyone help me or guide to what to do. How do I get put on accutane because I can't afford to go private and my mum and dad don't even take me seriously enough to support me with it, or even listen. I feel so alone and just want to know how to get it. I live in the UK (North West) which means I can't just go to a derm and ask them to help me, I have to get referred by someone because it costs the NHS money.