I went to my dermatology appointment today at Harley Street Dermatology Clinic. Very fancy I know!
Anyway, my doctor was really great and she answered all my questions. I am still very unsure of the link between digestive system and skin but that is another blog for another day. So, she said I am doing all the right things using non-comedogenic moisturisers and cleansers (Cetaphil) and said to stay away from anything that could potentially irritate the skin so that includes any scrubs containing salicylic acid.
Side note: i cannot believe that it took me this long to see a specialist. I mean seriously what was I thinking. Dr Ryan told me that I have moderate to severe acne and I if i left my skin much longer, then I would potentially be left with permanent scarring. So, I was a little taken aback. I think it is because I have normalised it for such a long time that I have adapted to just wearing loads of makeup etc but its not normal at all.
So prescriptions - She told me that I should take 408mg Lymecycline for another month and see what happens because my spots have cleared up by about 50% according to Dr Ryan. She can see it through the red texture of the skin. So I will go back and get another month's worth of Lymecycline.
She told me to stop using Epiduo and begin to use 0.1% Differin Gel instead every night. As well as that she prescribed me Dermol Lotion 500. I feel like Epiduo stopped working or never really started to work to be honest.
She told me that if Lymecycline doesnt work then we will try another antibiotic. Cant remember its name. And she also gave me a leaflet explaining the effects of Roaccutane. This drug scares me. I have heard loads about it. The concept of having to take roacuttane really freaks me out big time. I didnt realise my skin was that bad but it is. I have to read about it and see if there are any changes in my skin.
I feel confident that my skin will clear up. It may be in 5 months time, or a year but it will happen and one day I will have clear skin