I'm 19 years old and have been struggling with mild to moderate acne ever since I was 16. Before that, I had clear skin with a pimple or two once a year. I started breaking out all of a sudden after I reached form 5 (grade 11). It was simply a colony of non-inflamed pauples on my upper cheeks. After that, I began getting occasional pimples, both inflamed and non-inflamed. They were all pretty mild, up until a while ago.
A month ago, I began developing moderate acne. It all started off with two inflamed pimples on my right cheek. After that, more pimples decided to group together to form red bumps. Two bumps are pretty severe on my right cheek. They hurt if I even lightly brush my finger against them. The diameter of the larger one is comparable to that of half a pea. The rest are just plain old inflammed acne. The pimples are on both of my cheeks and also the patch of skin between my eyebrows. Apart from there, the rest of my skin is fine. I've never broken out along my jawline or lower cheek once. It's very weird how pimples choose to appear in particular places and leave others clear.
Anyhow, my father urged me to see a dermatologist. He prescribed two kinds of antibiotics -- Tetralysal 300 mg (once daily) and Flucloxacillin 30 mg (twice daily). There was also this Foban cream (fusidic acid) to put on every night on the affected areas. He told me to come back after a week, so basically I am on a trial now.
After reading a few acne treatment logs on tetralysal, I know it's rather strange how I'm being put on the same treatment even though my acne doesn't appear to be that bad. Perhaps in Hong Kong, practioners tend to dish out strong stuff on you just to make sure the effects show up in a short period of time (my experiences with general doctors). They don't like to keep tabs on you. Usually, they like to see you good and gone, so that they could move on to other 'more serious' patients.
So, I'll be keeping a log for as long as my treatment lasts. My dermatologist did not brief me through the antibiotics or their side effects, so I was very shocked to learn that there might be an 'inital breakout'. He didn't even tell me that I couldn't drink milk two hours before and after taking the medication, I had to find that out myself online. No brownie points for him. I hope that breakout doesn't happen to me.... and I hope it heals my acne soon
For all those who suffer from acne, be brave! We're all in this together!
Day 1 -- 17th July, 2013
I followed the instructions and took one flucloxacillin pill at night. I also spot-treated my acne with the foban cream. After half an hour or so, my skin began to feel quite tight and dry. No peeling visible. The redness and swelling seemed to go down a bit.
There is another skin complication I possess (and which I told my dermatologist but he dismissed as unimportant) -- I am allergic to stearates and sulphates in cosmetic products. This includes and is not limited to: soap, body wash, moisturizers, facial cleaners, facial scrubs, toners, sunscreen, make-up, lip balm. Shampoo and conditioner contain those chemicals as well, but my scalp seems to be immune to the allergy. Therefore, unlike those who could just slap on some moisturizer, I have to deal with sitting through a daily honey mask for 30 min and drinking a lot of water. In this case, if the foban cream makes my skin even drier, I'm going to have a very, very hard time....