I have a question. I am 33 years old and have had acne since about age 26. It was manageable and never went to a derm. I has got progressively worse since though. Fast forward to now- all of the sudden, this acne just got sooo much worse. It is not anything I have ever experienced. It spread ALL OVER my cheeks and jawline in these huge pimples and my old acne was just a memory. Now, it has gotten worse over the past few weeks- dark red, cysts, pustules covering my face where my beard would be if I were a man. My t zone is basically clear. My nose is very clear and my forehead has the normal breakouts I had before- sporadic and hyperpigmented. (I'm Mexican and always hyperpigment for every little thing!) The new severe cystic acne itches like mad, is very painful and bleeds. I don't understand what is happening. I went to the dermatologist and she didn't even ask my name and prescribed doxycycline, clindamycin and retin-a. I have been using faithfully, but this acne is still SOOO itchy and painful to even move my face or to open my mouth to eat. I have no idea what happened all of the sudden and why it doesn't go away all of the sudden too! I think that I would take accutane because I am at a loss. Have tried so many things!! BC pills (ortho trii cyclin, yaz), proactiv, murad, obaji, mandelic acid, acne free, glycolic acid, chemical peels, facials, and now retin a, doxycilin and clindamycin. If you have any idea what this could be- I would be soo greatful. No one (general doctor or derm seem to have any idea but both said I was a candidate for accutane but couldn't prescribe itView Thread
I know!!! I went to a dermatologist yesterday. He said this is some allergic reaction- hence the extreme itching. He took a culture to be sure. Told me to stop everything except a gentle cleanser (aquanil) and he's going to put cortizone shots Thursday. He said accutane will kill real acne, but this is some kind of reaction or bacteria I created by picking or by applying so much honey. He said since my t zone is not affected (stil has the normal acne that I got for years, not this stuff), that he thinks it's not gonna be responsive to accutane since it's more like some kind of reaction to all the oils and honey I have been applying for the last 2 months. I don't know what to think, really.
I ordered accutane online because I thought that and can't get a prescription and can't afford it anyway.
So, do you think I should start the accutane that I ordered? It's due to arrive November 1st.View Thread