I am still on my search for clear skin. I have had more moderate acne for about 1 year now, the worst being last October when both cheeks had many dark red spots and several whiteheads.
Here is my skin now:
- General oily complexion, if I look closely at my forehead in the middle of the day I can see the tiny beads of oil on the pores.
- After a shower, my acne areas become very dark and whiteheads look very raw. Basically I need about 20 minutes of lying down before I can go out and face the world. It's quite saddening actually.
- My acne is hormonal and related to genetics. My dad had acne, my older brother had a couple mild bouts of it on his forehead but nothing real bad, and my little brother who is 16 is getting persistant acne already but he is more bumpy and less zitty.
- I have tried retin-a, doxycyclin, amoxycylin, cleocin pledgets, benzoil peroxide, tee tree oil, masks, proactiv, carb free,mucous free diets and I'm sure I'm missing a handful of others. It seems like I need to give things a long try to see what works, but I cannot even remember in my past how bad my acne was and whether something worked or not.
Recently when I was at my general family doctor he gave me some BP face wash samples and a prescription of clyndamicin pledgets which contain like 50% alcohol in them. I don't like the fact that these are so alcoholic because I can't even apply them in the morning if I am about to go out and face the world because it makes all my spots look 10 times worse until like 20 minutes later. But I am determined to give this simple whipe here whipe there regimen for at least 3 weeks or so.
I have also been prescribed Minocyclin in the past but didn't want to take it (I have the full bottle in my cupboard), and almost took accutane but was scared to start it. (I got blood taken and everything)
- AM: Shower, wash face with Tee Tree Oil wash, dry. Wash face with cleocin T clyndamicin wipe. Maybe apply some salycilic acid or BP or some concealer.
- PM: Pretty much the same thing.
Please help me out if you can. Anything you can tell me. Please PM me if you would like maybe I can give you more info. I am tired of acne controlling my life. I feel like I have very little confidence in myself left. I just want to be clear.
If you have a moderate case of acne, then I suggest you try the following. Oral antibiotics seem to help people only in desperate situations. I don't recommend you take oral acne medication. Take them only if your acne worsens. Now, a topical cream called Erythroycin is probably the best medicine to use to help treat your moderate case of acne. There is a pill form of Erythromycin but as I've said before, oral antibiotics are only for those with infections and so on. You say you were giving samples of Clindamycin which can worsen the effected area but only for a short while. I recommend you stay on this product until you see improvment. It's most likely you will. The alcohol shouldn't be much of a problem. Unless you have a severe case of acne which you do not. I hope this has helped. Good Luck!
Octagon, thanks for the reply, and anthor, I hope your acne improves to as good as it looks in the picture.
I am sticking to the clyndamicin pledgets for now and washing with tee tree oil. But the thing is now that I am at college I really can't use those pledgets in the morning unless I want my face to look like it's on fire.
Which makes me think .. could I have acne rosacea? I have sensitive skin that flushes very easily and almost always have a darker region on my face along the front cheeks. Could it be that I need a topical like Rosanil designed specifically for acne rosacea?
Just so you know, I tried using tee tree oil cleansers early last year, and they were a HUGE mistake. My skin did not like this soap at all, and it took me a while to figure out that cleansers were REALLY irritating everything.
Try a more gentle cleanser. If you are using pledglets and other medicines, you don't need the tee tree oil.
My face also looks at it's worst right after I shower. Probably from the unavoidable irritation put on it from showering/shaving. So this is nothing unusual.