Hi guys! My name's Evie and I'm eighteen years old. I've struggled with mild to moderate acne (including some mild body acne) for the past four years of my life with basically the same regime until yesterday. I wanted to chronical my progess, and maybe help some of you guys out there too!
This Is How It Was:
I was prescribed tetracycline when I was fourteen years old. I took this two pills, twice a day, along with Differin .1 gel. It really helped me out, and made my moderate acne a mild case. However, my acne still persisted, so I eventually switched over to Tazarac instead of differin. This worked REALLY well, and by the time I was seventeen, my acne had pretty much disappeared completely. It was great! I went off the tetracycline and used the tazzarac only sparingly. That is, until the end of last August, where I broke out terribily for reasons I'm still trying to figure out!
My derm put me back on the Tetracycline, and perscribed me Duac as a morning spot treatment and Retin-A for the night. This had mixed results. I was put on this new regime in about last November, and I saw almost no improvment until April or so. My face was red, and peeling. My acne got better over the summer, but once school started again, it got worse. This November, I finally decided, to hell with this! And dumped the tetracycline for good and saw a new derm.
The New Regime:
Now, I'm taking two pills of Sulfameth/Trimethoprim (generic for Septra) a day, while using .3 differin gel at night and on my body acne, and using Benzaclin in the mornings. I also have an Estee Lauder clay mask I use a few times a week as an exfoiliant. I cleanse with either Netragena or Cetaphil gentle cleansor, and moisterize with non-comedogenic moisterizer before I apply either of the topical things.
All my life, I've been an active, fit person and I eat healthily. I take multi vitamins occasionally, and fish oil pills occasionally. I wear almost no makeup, and when I do, I don't notice any effect on my acne afterward.
Will this work? We'll see!