So I'm new to this website and I've never really gotten any advice from people for my acne. I would appreciate any type of feedback I can get.
I am 21 years old, and I have been dealing with acne on and off since I was probably about 12 or 13. My acne was never TERRIBLE when I was a teenager, so I dealt with it. This past spring when the weather changed, I started getting acne all over my chest, and started breaking out pretty bad on my face. I never had this before, and it was awful. I went to my dermatologist who I hadn't seen in a while because my acne was pretty calm so I wasn't going for regular visits anymore. Anyways, she prescribed me doxycycline the antibiotic, as well as two topical creams called aczone and another one that begins with a T that I can't remember. Anyways, I did the doxycycline for 3 months and my chest cleared up a LITTLE, but not that great.
My dermatologist said 3 months is usually the length that they wait to see if the medicine is working, and since it didn't seem to help she changed me to a new antibiotic called minocycline. It has been almost a full 2 months since I've been on minocycline, and I have not seen any improvement at all. I have been getting acne on my cheeks, which I have probably only had two pimples on my cheeks in my entire life before these past two months. My face looks horrible. I wake up almost every morning with new acne. I am VERY consistent with my acne routine. I take the pill twice a day, I also take a birth control pill that I have taken for years. I wash my face twice a day with a very mild, all natural face wash because my skin is pretty sensitive.
I go back to the dermatologist in December to see if the medicine has worked in the 3 months that I will have been taking it. I don't know what to expect. My face looks terrible. She said we will have to explore other options if this antibiotic doesn't work, and I think that means Accutane. I am extremely scared to take Accutane. I don't do well with having dry skin or having awful breakouts. Has anyone taken these antibiotics and had success after 3 months? When is my acne going to go away I just want clear skin like all of my friends have..