What a difference a week makes!!
My first visit to the dermatologist last week resulted in the following diagnosis:
Grade 5/6 inflammatory acne with comedonal papules, pustules, and some deep nodular, pustular lesions.
The treatment plan for the time being:
Epiduo gel 45g to be used once at night time - build up tolerance to reduce risk of irritancy.
Lymecycline 408mg capsules - 1 to be taken twice a day for 3 weeks, therefore reducing to once daily.
Cetaphil cleanser - to be used twice daily.
I have stuck to the strict instructions by my dermatologist and all I can say is wow!
I really don't want to jinx myself by saying this but my skin has improved so much in one week, no new pimples or cysts, the cysts I had have reduced a LOT, and the infection is gone! And much less pain
I am pleased I was told how to use the Epiduo gel correctly - I have managed to build tolerance without irritating my skin and no major IB - it drew a lot of crap out from the lesions I already had but didn't bring out any new pimples...yet!
The Cetaphil gentle cleanser is really good for me - why haven't I used this before?! It's the best I've ever used and I will continue to use this from now on. I'm not allowed to put any moisturiser of any kind on my skin right now but i don't feel I need any as the cleanser balances my skin wonderfully.
Hopefully the progress is further boosted when I get to start Dianette, which i'm still waiting for.
I feel a lot better in myself as well - I have been out every day for the last few days without wearing the bandage on my chin and I don't feel as self-concious about my skin as I first did. Sure, I have a long way to go and my face still looks bad but it's nothing like it was before treatment.
My dermatologist is a God send, I am so happy right now!