Hello, my name is Lindsey and I've tried prescriptions before but as a lazy teenager I was really bad at it.
So I'm doing it again almost 4 years later because my acne has flared up pretty hardcore since starting college last fall. I've had acne since I was 10 or 11. It's continuous and really, really. really persistent.
Here's some basics things to get out of the way:
Skin type: Oily
Acne areas: All over face, neck, chest, across shoulders and spreads to lower back. All moderate but worse in middle of my back
When I first went to the dermatologist 3 years ago, he gave me a benzoyl peroxide topical and a low dose (40 mg) of doxy. I was pretty good at taking the pill every day at first but it just went downhill after a couple months. There was definitely improvement, I just kind of gave up. Now I'm really determined since summer is coming and I'm completely sick of having to cover myself so much. It would be nice to focus less on feeling down about my skin and just be confident, so I'm making this log to force myself to keep up with the prescriptions.
What I've tried: proactiv, acayna, oracea, atralin, every over the counter thing imaginable
What I'm doing now: Doxycycline (100 mg) and Tretinoin .025%
Day 1: (2014-2-19) I've been taking doxy for 2 days now. I've heard it can make you feel nauseous but I haven't felt it until I read that. I used tretinoin tonight and used quite a lot since I've got a lot of surface area to cover. I will be using it twice a week for now.
Apparently the doxy starts helping within the first couple of days so I'll come back to tell if they're all bluffing. Have some really bad painful areas on my lower jaw and chin, have been getting them on my cheeks really bad too. almost like a beard. of zits. awesome. Hopefully this works. I'll be back
Edited by nyebill, 13 March 2014 - 11:38 PM.