Hey you guys.
I'm a 20 year old female that started suffering from acne about a year go. Throughout my entire high school career, my skin was spotless...I rarely had more than one or two pimples every couple of months. Starting a year ago, I got my first every series of break outs that lasted about a month. After starting my new job at a restaurant back in December (9 months ago) I started developing moderate to severe acne. Not just whiteheads and pustules, but cystic acne all along my forehead and chin. At first I thought it was from the grease in the air, and it would pass. But it has only gotten worse and worse.
I don't know what started this. My family has no record of acne, and I am a healthy and active young adult. After no over the counter topical treatments worked, I went to the dermatologist. She prescribed me Epiduo at night, which I used for 2 months and saw no results from.
After this, I tried tea tree oil, removing gluten from my diet, taking vitamin supplements, etc and saw no results except an increase in my acne.
I went back to the dermatologist 3 months ago and she prescribed me 200 mg of Doxycycline a day along with a prescription topical in the morning and Epiduo at night.
My face is less red since beginning the treatment, but otherwise my acne is just as bad and I continue to break out all over my face, instead of just in certain regions like my T-zone before.
Why isn't this antibiotic working? I have friends who had even worse acne than myself that noticed results from Doxycycline just a few weeks after taking it! I can't afford Accutane, but don't know what else to do. I'm a very pretty girl, but feel so embarrassed about the condition of my face...especially when I religiously keep up with a skin care regimen to maintain it.
Picture of me now (and this is with make-up and concealer on ):