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So, a little preface to this blog.

Looking back at pictures from 5th grade, I had a couple pimples when I was nine. NINE. Yikes. From there, things only got worse. I had light acne in 6th grade and it got moderate in 7th grade. I went to a dermatologist for the first time when I was 11 years old.

I have tried a TON of different treatments. I've been on Tretinoin, Differin, and Tazorac at all strengths. I was also on Clindamycin and some other daytime topical I can't remember the name of. I have tried Minocycline at different dosages and Erythromycin too (pill form). I also did the whole natural/alternative route too, and Proactive once.

My skin was actually doing really well last summer (2013). Then in August, I started some unrelated medications and my skin TOTALLY flipped out. I went off the meds after 2 weeks, but my skin was not recovering. So I went to my doctor and was put on Alesse birth control, which was a nightmare. Painful cystic acne all over my face. My doctor switched me to Yaz, which only made it worse. After about a month and a half of grappling with birth control, I quit (I know it's supposed to take a couple months to even out, but I was having other debilitating symptoms, so my doc took me off).

(If you haven't guessed by now, my body reacts weirdly to medications).

So now, I have cystic acne and I'm trying Spironolactone and Doxycycline. I'll put more about that in my next post.


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