If i'm posting this, it means the situation is desperate and i acknowledge that i have a bad skin condition. I feel some sort of relief now that i share this on a public forum.
I could write a whole essay about how my skin problem affected every aspect of my life in so many ways and how i feel like i'm all alone fighting this demon called "acne".
Here are some facts about my skin problem:
- I started getting moderate acne on my face and neck in 2007 (i was 14 at that time) which cleared up almost completely in 2012 (at age 19) without any topical or oral antibiotic and without leaving any marks even though i used to pick at it a lot. Since then i never had a breakout and i rarely get any zits on my face.
- In 2010 i started getting pimples on my upper arms, which spread to my lower arms also and chest and back. In the same year i waxed my arms only in an attempt to get rid of the pimples, but when hair started growing back it only made it worse and i developed a lot of ingrown hairs on arms. Since 2010 and to this day i have never worn a T-shirt and only once went to the beach but I was self-conscious all the time and the pimples flared up again after i came home from the beach vacation.
- since 2012 i went to 4 different dermatologists and they all diagnosed me with acne vulgaris (i must mention they only took a look at my back, arms and chest for a few seconds before they started prescribing creams and i was never examined thoroughly) I was first prescribed topical creams: Skinoren, Brevoxyl, Zynerit, Isotrexin and last year i followed a 1 month course with oral Erithromicin, but none helped.
- On the 1st of July this year i went to a 4th derm and he prescribed topical Eryfluid (a liquid containing erithromicin) and 100mg of Doxycycline daily for 3 months.
Currently its been almost a month since i follow this treatment and at best my skin is the same as before if not worse. After spending countless hours of reading on acne.org i learned about Folliculitis and i wanted to share with you some pictures i took and i want to know if what i have, might be Folliculitis instead of Acne and maybe that's why none of the treatments worked so far?
Please take in consideration that i have these pimples even on my forearms (weird place to have acne) and most of them feel hard at touch with pus and an ingrown hair inside, as well as those on my upper arms. I even had some fine hairs trapped on my chest also. I can't say if there are any ingrown hairs on my back because i can't see them in the mirror.
Anyone whose viewing these pictures, be thankful for what you got and don't take anything for granted. This skin condition made me another person and no riches can make me happy, instead being "normal" again is all i wish for.
Edit: You can see on my upper arms how i only have red marks only on the side where hair grows and it suddenly stops where hair doesn't grow.
Edited by Fris, 28 July 2014 - 06:57 PM.