So I decided to sort of track/post my journey with acne. Today has been a horrid day, as I called in sick to work. I was too embarrassed of my face to go in. I will try to give a brief history, if one wants to read, if not you can just skip to the bottom.
Well I am a twenty-two year old female. I had bad acne in high school, and I went on accutane. It worked! And I stayed clear with a few blemishes up until this past March. I started a generic birth control from my school's health center. That and I got out of an abusive relationship. I think those two were triggers that upset a great hormonal balance within me. I stopped the birth control after a month, as I thought it was a cause. My dermatologist put me on doxy, which did nothing. My cysts were primarily along my jawline, chin, and neck! This was new acne to me. She suggested to try spiro. I started on 25mg twice a day, and now am on 50mg twice a day. I take it in the morning and afternoon along with 100mg of doxy.
I am still breaking out. I still have cysts along my jawline, and to my complete horror, they have spread to my neck. I also have spots on my forehead (usually clear), around my mouth, and cheeks. I have been using this medication for two months, along with tazorac cream at night. I use Daily Olay facial wipes (for sensitive skin) to cleanse every morning and night, and I apply Aveeno daily lotion. Along with all the active cysts, my skin tone/texture is horrible (scarring, red, blotchy, dry, oily at the same time, etc.). I feel and look like a monster. I don't go outside my apartment anymore unless I have to. I am contemplating starting up accutane again, but I don't know if I should give spiro some more time. I am hopeless and depressed right now.
I will post my journey, and if I change medications. I just don't know what to do anymore. I know things are relative, and so many people have it worse, but I hate my life right now.
I should add, I am a healthy eater. I don't consume any gluten nor dairy products. I take vitamins, and I try to exercise regularly. Harder, as I do not like being out in public anymore.