So I waited a bit too long to update this thing haha. I did end up going to the dermatologist and was prescribed 100 mg Doxycycline and Epiduo. Both are used every night and I am very diligent of wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun. My forehead and nose area are completely smooth and clear while my chin and cheek area are still feeling the initial breakout. Although, the chin area is probably more reactive to friction and fabric material and hence the irritation. I have not lost hope yet though! The initial dryness of my skin did happen but it came and went much faster than I would have expected. The type of regimen I am following is very similar to the regimen on acne.org but just with the added doxycycline. I understand there is hesitancy to take antibiotics to counteract acne but its main helpfulness is not getting rid of the acne as it is reducing inflammation. I think even after my 2 month period of using it is up, if I continue the Epiduo and gentle face washing I will still reap the benefits for the only reason the antibiotics were precribed was to reduce inflammation. I will update with photos soon and hope to see more improvement! Good luck to everyone and their endeavors! P.S the first thing my dermatologist brought up even before offering epiduo or doxycycline was birth control. I think it is something that is overlooked most of the time and a lot of the factors of my break out had to do with stress and hormonal inbalance hence the week after I went to the dermatologist, I went to the gynecologist. I am on a birth control that will help level that out but am greatly pleased that I may have hit the root cause of my breakouts. My skin has improved greatly and I know it ws important to take these steps because its even in better shape than it has been for the past 5 to 7 years. Also has a reminder, stress can play a huge role in my breakouts and I realize now how essential it is to relieve that so that it does not ruin my health. School and other factors were largely involved in the stress but I am learning to cope much better with this now and am glad that I learned early on about the effect stress has on me and my well being. This may not be the case for everyone but if you are someone who continually eats healthy and exercises with a pretty good sleeping schedule; stress may be what is effecting your health. Goodluck again to everyone and I hope these updates help give reassurance to people with initial breakouts!
So this has been a long time coming and I wish I had done this numerous years back but I am finally going to a dermatologist tomorrow. I am fortunate to not have experienced severe acne but have always had small breakouts that do not really bother me. Until mid December when I began to breakout. At first I thought it was due to my diet (since ya know winter brings the holidays and the holidays bring goodies) but I do not really eat anything of large quantity and not for very long because I try to stay relatively healthy. I have no changed anything recently except for increased stress level but I wouldn't think that would be causing the breakout and the fact that everything I try seems to not be working. Currently I am using: Loreal face wash (the frothy and fuzzy kind, it does not have exfoliator beads) tea tree oil (only on specific spots) and I have to admit I have been lacking on the moisturizer D: I know tsk tsk. Also, because I have sensitive skin I have using calamine lotion and some of my breakouts actually seems more allergy like or a histamine reaction. I take vita-day a day (over a month now) Omega 3( over 1-2 weeks now) and still may be getting accustomed to the face wash and tea tree use. I am contemplating staring the regimen but first want to get a dermatologist's opinion before trying anything because it really have been sort of an out of the blue type breakout. But this brings me back to the point of this entry, going to the dermotologist is very new and a bit frightening because I have never gone to one and have heard some scary experiences. I understand that my breakouts might not be cured right away and am willing to be patient but I am nervous. The reason why I finally started logging this is because I really didn't think I would be dealing with such a bad breakout as I did when I was in 7th and 8th grade and even though it is not severe, some of them are painful and really do lower my overall mood due to the fact that I think my personal breakout represents me mistreating my body. Its strange too because I never notice breakouts on other people ever but then when I get breakouts its like " gosh, what is wrong with me?". Well that is me partly ranting and telling my worries and hopes for what is to come of tomorrow and the future!