I'm knew to looking for help on forums, but I'm at my wits end.
Back in July I decided to stop taking The Pill (I had been on it for 10 years) and decided to have an IUD placed. I was doing fine for a few weeks, and then I started noticing my skin was oiler than usual. I hadn't changed my skin regimen in 7 months and didn't think much of it. Then, the break outs started little by little. At this point, almost 6 months after stopping The Pill, my face, neck, chest, and back is just being destroyed with acne. It varies from blackheads, to whiteheads, to cystic. It's just all over the place. I thought that after a few months it would back off, but it's only gotten worse. I've spent so much money on different products with no success.
Just to give you an idea: I used clarisonic's acne brush along with their acne cleanser. I've used every Peter Thomas Roth acne treatment you can buy. I tried Boscia's acne treatment. I am now using Dr. Dennis Gross all-in-one cleanser and toner along with the alpha beta peels. Needless to say, it's been a very expensive 5 months.
I currently don't have health insurance, so I can't afford to go to a dermatologist. I have several friends who are residents and physicians, but none of them are dermatologists. I am trying to get an idea of what prescription options are other there, whether topical retinoids, antibiotics, or even oral antibiotics, to help me. I'm 30 and my face, neck, chest, and back have never looked worse. I look like a teenage boy going through puberty. It's disgusting and humiliating.
If anyone has had a similar experience, and had any sort of success with any prescription treatments, please let me know so I can forward the information and have my friends research it for me.