OK Here goes my acne story:
I started getting acne at the age of 14, though at that time it was very less, like 1-2 red bumps on my nose in 2-3 weeks, things continued the same way until the age of 16. At the age of 16 the bumps on my nose getting more prominent and more and more in number. That was the time when pus filled cysts started developing around my nose and started spreading to my forehead and then slowly to my cheeks. And this was the time I started getting very nervous about my acne. Then it simply got worse and worse over time. I became 17, I desperately wanted to solve my acne problem.
So, then I persuaded my mother to take me to a dermatologist. After weeks of persuasion she took me to one. As Soon as he administered my condition he said that I was in immediate need of treatment. He prescribed me Clindamycin Phospate Gel, Tretinoin gel and Erythromycin 500mg tablets(For 6 weeks)
My Regime was:
1.Wash face with moisturizing face-wash
2.Wear clindamycin phosphate gel on the face
3.Eat one tablet of Erythromycin on empty stomach ( I had to take the tablet regularly for 4 days in a week and then nothing for the next three days and so on)
1. Wash face with moisturizing face-wash
2. Wear tretinoin gel
(Derm also suggested me to keep my face mosturized as the meds could make my face dry)
I did like wise and the regime was working pretty well for me. Six weeks passed, my course of erythromycin finished. My progress was average as the cysts had stopped forming on my face and the pimples and bumps also disappeared 75%, but the redness of my face remained the same on my face and specially on my nose. The tiny pimples on my nose were still persistent. My acne had subsided only the concern was my nose and the red scars on my cheeks. Then I re-visited my derm and he said that my progress was good but he also told me another big thing I had ROSACEA on my nose or RHINOPHYMA. He gave me metro gel and told me to continue using tretinoin and clindamycin and increased my clindamycin regime to twice in a day in combination of metro gel on my nose. And told to continue using tretinoin for my acne.
After 3 months my rosacea was under control , but acne came back again on my cheeks and this time the breakout became more persistent. I went to the derm again and this time he prescribed me doxycycline hyclate 100 mg tablets twice a day for 6 months. It is near two months but my acne is getting worse and worse on my cheeks and just above my lips too. I have like 5-6 small and big sized cysts everyday on my face.
Is Doxycycline not working? Will it take more time? Are there other medications to help me with my condition?