Hello everyone. Fair warning: This may be kind of a long post.
So I'm back on here after a little while, and my acne is back too. It has been for a few months now, but it's starting to really get to me again. I'm writing this post in the hormonal acne section because well... I really have no idea what else could be causing it. If you can think of any other possibilities, I'd love to hear them. Here's some background information on me and my acne.
I'd say it all started about a year ago, when I was fourteen. I had had mild acne before then, but a year ago it started to get worse. I thought it was just a couple stubborn breakouts. Then they kept coming one after another. My mom took me to the dermatologist, who prescribed me Minocycline (2 100mg pills per day), and also BP in the mornings and Tretinoin at night. The topical products I've been on have changed. I am currently prescribed Clindamycin Phosphate & BP Gel for the mornings and Tazorac at night, but I am still taking Minocycline.
For some reason, my acne calmed down for a solid three months; I'd say from May to mid-August. It flared up again before school started, (great timing) and now it's starting to affect my confidence/self-esteem again.
So since Mino is an antibiotic, I can't stay on it forever. I don't think it's helping much anymore anyway though. That leaves me quite unsure of my options. Accutane was talked about with my derm before it calmed down, but since it's back, I have no idea what to do now.
I discovered spironolactone while searching for possible options. It's obviously quite a bit less risky than accutane, but results won't be really seen unless you're sure hormones are the root of your acne.
So I guess I was just wondering what anyone could think of for options.. If you need to know anything else in order to make a suggestion, I'll answer Thank you so much for reading
Random other stuff:
*I'm currently 15 years old
*I cannot take birth control. Or at least it's not a good idea due to me having migraines with auras. My derm said taking birth control would put me at risk for blood clotting.
*I just recently started taking fish oil (Omega 3) supplements because I heard it can help with hormonal acne