New member of this site. Definitely not a new member of the acne club.
I started having acne in junior year of high school. At the time they were like a few pimples and it was very manageable as I could just shrug it off. As I got through the rest of high school, things went down a slope. To keep it short, more breakouts, more pimples, more sadness. I've tried so many methods. Medicines like sulfur pads, epiduo, metrogel, etc. I've tried commercial products like proactiv, neutrogena, etc. All worked to some degree, but my acne would easily get used to it and continue to break out. I've tried changing my diet, cutting back most sugar and dairy (stopped drinking 2 cups of milk a day. I loved milk.). Nothing has worked very well for me. Today, I have a number of active pimples just scattered around my face. To make it worse, once the pimples die they leave their marks behind. The marks take forever to leave, and my skin is very fair so they are quite noticeable. To sum it all up, my face looks like a mess of pimples and marks. It has severely hurt my self esteem, my happiness, my social ability. I cannot step out of my room without thinking of my skin literally every second. It hurts physically too, as in I will always accidentally brush against a few pimples and it'll hurt. Wearing things like goggles hurt because they go over my pimples. Basically, I want it all gone.
So I went to the dermatologist recently. I was prescribed cephalexin pills, Aczone, and 0.025% tretinoin. I have been taking the cephalexin pills for about 2 weeks, twice a day. Today, I got my Aczone and tretinoin, and today is when I start my journey with them. I've heard many good things about these products, and I pray that it will help me.
Aczone every morning, tretinoin every other night at first, then every night. It is now 12:32AM, time to go to bed, and time to apply that tretinoin.
I'm having good feelings about this regimen. Let's hope I make it out.