I have been suffering with acne since I was about 15 years old, it's mostly been mild/moderate but does get quite bad sometimes. I'm now coming up to 26 and still have problem skin, which upsets me so much. Years ago, I decided to go and see a dermatologist who told me about Accutane, which I hadn't head of before. I decided to go for it and did indeed experienced the initial BAD break out, with some irritating side effects including very dry/flaky skin and lips. The medication did eventually work though, I was spot free and it was fantastic! A few months after I stopped the medication though, it came back, a little worse than before, much do my extreme disappointment. Over the next few years I just dealt with it, until I decided to go and see another dermatologist. This derm gave me two topical creams, 'Duac' for the morning and 'Differin' for night. After a couple of months they really did the trick, I was so happy. I stayed (mostly) spot free for 2 years until last year, when I came home from a holiday in the sunshine to have a small break out - I immediately was worried, but hoped it was just a 'blip'. Unfortunately, it wasn't a blip and my skin just seems to be getting worse and worse. I even went through a stage of getting painful cystic acne around my jawline/lower face, which was awful. I even went to ANOTHER dermatologist who told me it could be 'just a blip' and 'if I wanted to, could try a low dose of Accutane', which I didn't want to - I eventually came out of that appointment none the wiser but £180 down - so infuriating. I feel like I have tried everything; expensive facial products, the birth control pill (which made me feel so horribly sick I had to stop taking it), drinking gallons of Rooibus tea daily, eating fish & nuts (which I hate!), vitamins, honey masks. I even read that taking very high doses of Beta Carotene & Vitamin D3 daily, so now I do that, too. I have noticed that my skin is very oily/shiny - so I'm looking for products to help that. I hardly ever wear make up and have a job that regularly requires me to have my photo taken, which is really annoying as my skin is most definitely not photo ready! I literally dream of perfect skin! If anybody has any advice/tips for me I would hugely appreciate them. I am considering to go to yet another dermatologist, but I just don't even know what they could suggest anymore? I do have a sweet tooth but I have tried to go as sugar free as I can in the past and it hasn't really seemed to make much of a difference - maybe I haven't stuck with it long enough.
Anyways, my apologies for going on a bit, but like I said - tips/advice are wanted!
I will say that supposedly suffering from acne makes you age better and eventually keeps your skin younger & healthier looking for much longer - I like to think of this every now and then, so I hope any fellow acne suffers also take comfort in this!