This is my first time reaching out to anyone nonetheless a lot of anyones!
I'm almost 23 years old and I've spent the last 12 years struggling with acne. Not only does it bother me in the physical sense but it has gotten to the point where I can't be in fully lit rooms for fear of people seeing my skin (even with makeup on) and I have avoided mirrors unless I'm face planted into one looking at all the bumps.
I have tried OTC remedies, all natural ingredients remedies, all the kits - Proactiv, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Clinique, different birth controls and I've tried just using basic cleanser and moisturizer.
I am a Type 1 diabetic so I was always really hesitant about going to just any doctor including dermatologists (my first derm wanted to put me on Accutane but that would affect blood sugar and I'm very healthy so therefore very paranoid). A few years ago I caved, went back to the derm and I was put on everything from Triaz wipes to Tazorac with no success.
I am very routine oriented so I never "forget" to wash my face and do my steps.
Recently, I have been getting cystic acne on my back and face more than usual. On a good day I have about 7-10 bumps on each cheek, a chin full of blackheads/whiteheads that never go away and at least 3-5 on my forehead and this doesn't include all my scarring and healing bumps. My skin is oily-dry. More on the dry side.
It's gotten so bad in fact I have found another dermatologist that is more aggressive with treatment
I am now on:
Differin gel .3
(after my derm visit she asked for me to see a obgyn and be put back on BC, I had been off of it for a year trying to give my body a break from chemicals)
my hormones hate me.
I wash my face with CereVe in the morning-apply Aczone-apply CereVe AM Moisturizer
Take Doxycycline 50mg and birth control once a day
wash face with CereVe in the evening-apply Differin
Use the Clindamycin twice a day on hips/back of arms/back
This is the first time I've taken anything orally to help with my acne. I'm nervous because a lot of the time medicines can affect my blood sugar, but so far so good. My skin is very sensitive but so far it's going okay.
It's day 7 on this routine but I feel like I need support more than ever. I'm getting at least three new white heads every morning and some flakes throughout the day.
I know I will purge before getting better, it just doesn't make it easier.
If anyone could give me your advice on these medications or any input I would be SO appreciative.
Thank you for putting up with the length
I will post pictures eventually but I had to get my first step out of the way