Well here it goes... I started having mild/moderate acne on my forehead in fall 2011. At the time I was physically ill and was taking both doxycycline and Bactrim (both not for my skin. I was having major medical issues), and within two-three months my skin cleared up. Obviously at the time my skin wasn't a concern, nor did I attribute my clear skin to the antibiotics I was taking. Anyways, I was happy with my clear skin and because it wasn't a concern anymore I didn't have a skin care regiment. Like at all. Overtime my skin returned back to it's previous broken out state and by fall 2012, my mild/moderate acne on my forehead returned and mild acne appeared on my chin and mouth area. Thankfully my cheeks, nose, neck, chest, and back are completely clear *knocks on wood*.
So I began a very strict skin regimen for about six months and saw no improvement. I then tried everything from Proactiv, Acne-Free, EpiDuo... and just about every OTC brand and everything seemed to either do nothing or make my breakouts slightly worse. So, i made the decision to go to a dermatologist (who turned out to be less than helpful). He prescribed Septra DS 2x daily and Differin 0.1% cream 1x daily. I held off on the Septra because of the potential side effects, but decided the likelihood of having an adverse reaction was minimal compared to the great benefits and reviews I had read online. I didn't use the Differin because my skin never reacted kindly (more like it basically made my skin fall off) to any retinol or retinoid products.
Along with taking the antibiotics, I use Effaclar foaming face wash morning and night, and then moisturize with Shiseido Oil-Free Moisturizing Serum. I have been on the skin regimen for months, but only started the antibiotic 2.5 weeks ago. So far no improvement, but I did read that it can take up to a month. So fingers crossed.
After my not-so-friendly experience with my first dermatologist, I scheduled an appointment with a highly recommended female derm, whom I visited today. She prescribed Aczone, Avar E (topical antibiotic), and a prescription strength vitamin. She said I can continue with my skin care regimen and agreed that I was doing the best I can for my skin at this time.
So this will be my regimen for the next two weeks:
Morning: Wash with Effaclar, Moisturize with Shiseido
Night: Wash with Effaclar, Apply Aczoe and let dry for 20 minutes, moisturize with Shiseido
Septra DS Morning and Night
Then the following two weeks:
Morning: Wash with Effaclar, Apply Aczone and let dry for 20 minutes, moisturize with Shiseido
Night: Wash with Effaclar, Apply Avar E and let dry, Apply Aczoe and let dry for 20 minutes, moisturize with Shiseido
Praying to the lords that my MD will refill my Bactrim prescription.
The latter regimen I'm supposed to continue with until I revisit my dermatologist in eight weeks. After that she is going to determine the state (and hopefully improvement) of my skin. Maybe start me on Differin 0.1% cream as a spot treatment if needed, or to get rid remaining comedones.
Any responses, success stories, feedback, or support is greatly appreciated. I suffer from severe OCD that is accompanied with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) surrounding my face and body. Anyone out there who can relate or can give me some comfort/help I would be eternally grateful. Thanks guys in advance!
P.S. Pictures to come once I work up the courage to take them.