I'm 40 years old and have had acne since adolescence except for several years when I was on the pill. I finally made an appt with a derm and just got back. I'm disappointed and discouraged with my visit.
The doc was very quick with me. Looked at my face, which looks better today than it has in months, no new pimples, I have post-imflammatory hyperpigentation and old acne scarring. He prescribed Benzaclin, which I've never heard of but when he told me it's a benzoyl peroxide treatment I voiced my concerns over aging. I've heard benzoyl peroxide is not good. He said it's not any worse than the sun damage. Yikes! Then he referred me to a plastic surgeon to address my other concerns. (The old scarring, hyperpigmentation, and aging)
My insurance covers the derm as a specialist visit, 80% covered after $500 deductible met. They're not going to cover a PS at all. I initally wanted to see a different derm but this is the ONLY ONE that is a preferred provider with my ins. company. I'm also using CP products that I have been happy with. He said I could use that in the morning and the bezaclin in the evening. But I forgot to ask if I could use Emu Oil over it. Now what? This sucks.
And I have facial cleansers with salicylic acid in them (Neutrogena acne cleanser and Loreal Zone) and I don't know if I can still use them.
Can anyone tell me anything about benzaclin?
I just want clear, smooth skin and don't am fighting the aging process too so I don't want to use anything that will impede the progress I've made in that area.