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Hi all,

I’ve suffered with this constant acne on one of my cheeks for the best part of about 4 years now. I’ve always suffered with acne popping up now and again since I was a teenager, but never this badly/constant. I was on the contraceptive pill microgynam about 6 years ago, that completely cleared my face of any acne, but I had to come off it because of migraines.

Since this cheek acne has cropped up nothing seems to make it any better whatsoever, let alone banish it. I’ve tried a few natural products designed for acne over the counter and 6 months ago I decided to go to my doctor about it, who prescribed me oral and topical antibiotics. I was on lymecycline for 3 months but that didnt work so I have been on tetracycline for the past 3 months but again, haven’t seen any improvement. I’ve been using 0.1% Differin cream alongside the oral antibiotics.

I have my next appointment with my doctor this Friday, he said this time if nothing has worked he will refer me to a dermatologist. He mentioned roaccutane and I have heard of it before, but he was quite hesitant to recommend a dermatologist going down that route for me because I’m also on anti-depressants and have mental health issues and apparently it’s a huge no no for people like me. 

Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this/preventing it from being treated with the aforementioned antibiotics? I’m just at a loss as to where it came from and why it won’t go away. My diets good, I don’t have much dairy in it and I’m also a vegetarian (but only for the past year). I hardly wear make-up and I’m very conscious not to put any products with parabens or oil on my face because I don’t want to make it worse. 

 

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Edited by pastelgoth
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Hi, 

Unfortunately, acne is largerly genetic set. Food, environment etc. can control some, but depends how much. While at my worst, no such control could help me entirely so I was forced to try pills, creams etc.

Have you tried minocycline in higher doses? This worked well for me. 

Accutane is extremely dangerous, and your acne is not extreme/severe. As well, it can cause/worsen depression, so even worse in your case. 

Edited by fiksi

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14 hours ago, fiksi said:

Hi, 

Unfortunately, acne is largerly genetic set. Food, environment etc. can control some, but depends how much. While at my worst, no such control could help me entirely so I was forced to try pills, creams etc.

Have you tried minocycline in higher doses? This worked well for me. 

Accutane is extremely dangerous, and your acne is not extreme/severe. As well, it can cause/worsen depression, so even worse in your case. 

Hi thank you for your reply! The more I am reading about accutane I can see it really isn’t worth it to clear up my face. I will ask my doctor about higher doses of antibiotics. 

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Hi!
I have heard from dermatologists that acne on the cheeks is usually related to a food allergy, have you noticed it getting worse with a certain food you’re eating? Or thought about being tested for something you may not have known you’re allergic too? 
I’ve cut out dairy products as had a very slight allergic reaction to it and am slowly noticing my skin getting better. 
Anything is worth a try, I feel so low and feel like I look like a monster. I cancel plans on purpose and look down when people are talking to me. I just want my acne to go. 
 

Edited by Acnepumpkin
Used wrong words, should have proof read

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