In high school my acne was mild/moderate and was on my forehead, cheeks, and chin in clusters of red papules and pustules. I used a variety of medicated facewashes, including proactiv, which worked to some extent but made my skin overly dry (even though I have oily skin). Plus it was way too expensive for just ok results!
Then began my foray into both over-the-counter and prescription creams including:
- Clean & Clear
Like proactiv, results were just ok. But in retrospect, my acne seemed to tone down a lot as I got older and started university, with only a few pimples at a time and overall unhealthy texture. Of course, I still wasn't happy because my friends and classmates all had beautiful skin. So, I took minocycline for about 8 months. It didn't produce drastic effects on my skin, so I stopped taking it and had no ill effects. At this point my skin wasn't even terrible so I just controlled breakouts with topicals and used a salicylic acid facewash.
When I was 19 I started getting those deep, cystic pimples on my chin and jawline, which prompted me to go to a dermatologist. I was prescribed trimethoprim, aczone, and differin. The antibiotic did clear up my skin nicely, but then I read about how longterm antibiotic use can seriously damage your intestinal flora, so I stopped it after 8 months. However, unlike with minocycline, my skin became terrible and right away I developed tons of inflamed pustules and nodules all around my chin and mouth that eventually spread all over my face. Seriously, I sobbed uncontrollably everyday when I looked in the mirror.
I started scrubbing my skin raw with different cleansers, such as Vichy, LaRoche-Posay, Lush, Clarisonic, St. Ives, and Neutrogena. After months of no improvement, I went to another doctor and received Epiduo. To combat the harshness, I opted to stick with SpectroJel as my daily cleanser for its gentleness. At the same time, I stopped eating dairy and greasy foods and took blood-purifying herbal supplements. The Epiduo worked really well and got my skin under control after a few months. However, with continued use of Epiduo, my eyelid glands suffered immensely, so I had to quit cold turkey. Since then, my chin has erupted in painful, red nodules that eventually form into pustules.
I am now extremely wary of dermatologists and have decided to go the holistic route, so I'll be updating more on that in my other blog!