I need some advice from you guys in this holistic forum. Possibly the last rational people i've seen in regards to discussing acne.
I spoke to a dermatologist a few months back (not in person) who told me that it may be a good idea to get a culture taken of my acne to rule out gram negative folliculitis and staph.
I was also considering going to my derm to try and ask "Why am I getting cystic acne? Why me? What can I do about it without a prescription?". I also think I should get my hormones checked and an allergy test.
I hate going to mainstream physicians but its all I can afford under my insurance. I just dread getting into an argument with these people as I know they will push accutane on me and look at me weirdly when I bring up food allergies, hormone imbalances, and possibly other bacteria causing my acne.
But i've been dealing with this thing for 10 years and I had to get on antibiotic cream again which I need to get off of eventually, so I think having these tests done are a good idea. What do you guys think? And did you ever have hormone checks or cultures taken and how did it effect your treatment from then on?