Okay, here goes.
All my life, I've had great skin up until about the age of 20 and began having on again off again periods of hormonal acne.
Usually going on birth control would clear it up completely and I haven't had acne for about three years.
So around this time last year I developed an itchy bumpy red rash around my nose and was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. Easy fix! Doctor gave me Finacea in the am and Elotone and night and the rash was gone in less than a week. Fast forward to about October last year, I started experiencing blemishes here and there and went to the dermatologist. He gave me Finacea and said "If this doesn't help within three months, see your gynocologist because I think you may have PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome) which causes this kind of acne." I thought he was crazy and began using the Finacea and slowly watched my face get progressively worse. Great.
I made an appt with my gyno who confirmed, yes, I do have PCOS. She just changed my birth control from Kariva to Ocella because the main ingredient helps acne sufferers and those with PCOS. I just started the new BC today and can't determine if it will actually help.
About a month ago, my derm put me on Doxycycline. It has erupted my face 10x worse since then but they keep reassuring me it gets better before it gets worse. Awesome! And they also said it could take 6-12 weeks to see improvement. Even better news! If I'm not mortified enough teaching high school students with giant lesions and bumps all over my face.
I'm crying constantly. The derm said only gentle soap and Finacea but nothing seems to be helping yet. I am having trouble figuring out if I have a majority of dermatitis or acne because I can't distinguish the two. I tried a greek yogurt and tea tree oil mask yesterday which stopped the itching (which is constant) but seemed to make the bumps bigger today. I have a wedding to go to this weekend and I am afraid to try anything new to upset it but at the same time I am desperate for some relief and assume everyone will be staring at my face.
What methods have worked for you guys with perioral dermatitis? PCOS? Should I try Apple Cider Vinegar toner? I ordered Calendula cream which is coming from Amazon. Aloe Vera gel I have not tried but keep seeing it helps.
But most of all, I am wondering if this is normal for the Doxycycline to take this long to work. I have been on it for almost 5 weeks and it is 10x worse than before I was on it. PLEASE HELP! This skin condition has sent me spiraling into a deep depression where I refuse to leave the house. I know that sounds so shallow and vain but I am truly embarassed any time I have to make eye contact with another human being.