I have decided to start my own personal log, having gathered so much helpful information over the last few years from content others have posted on here. It will also be a great way for me to record my own progress and thoughts.
First the boring stuff...
I'm a 20 year old male from New Zealand, and have had mild to moderate acne on my chin and forehead for the last 5 years or so.
I have tried literally every over the counter product including clearasil, cetaphil, proactive, clean and clear (all useless) as well as various forms of the regimen, and most recently a water only regimen. The regimen worked the best by far, but I still wasn't clear after trying it for 2 years straight. It was also too time consuming, especially on days where I had to be up early for Uni.
A few weeks ago, feeling very frustrated (as I'm sure most on here do), I headed off to a dermatologist for the first time and was prescribed both an oral antibiotic and a topical retinoid. I was told to take 100mg of doxycycline once a day for 3 months and to apply Retin-A / tretinoin 0.05% cream once daily at night for at least 6 months.
Having read many posts about the dreaded initial breakouts from topical retinoids I was naturally a little worried about what would happen to my skin over the first few months. I certainly didn't want my acne to get any worse, however at the same time it seems many people who stick with the retinoids for 3-6 months get good results. Fingers crossed the doxycycline controls any initial breakouts.
So my regimen looks like this...
Morning: Wash face with cetaphil ..... that's it
Night: Take 100mg Doxycycline (with food)
Wash face again with cetaphil
Apply Retin-A/Tretinoin 0.05% to chin and forehead (20min after washing face)
I am now 2 weeks in and so far so good. I have had no side effects from doxy and only a little flaking of my skin from the Retin-A/Tret when I wake up. My chin is the clearest it's been for a long, long time (thanks to doxy I think) and my forehead is slowly improving. I have still had breakouts, mostly on my forehead, and I know to expect more for quite a few more weeks to come, but right now I am pleased with how things are progressing. I am a little concerned about the increased risk of sun burn since I am an avid cyclist and therefore in the sun a lot, so I am on the look out for a good sunscreen that won't break me out.
I will update with my progress at least once a week and will try to upload photo's once a month. Feel free to ask any questions, give feed back, etc