Post # 1
I’m getting ready for my wedding in less than a year now and trying to get my skin in check. I feel like I’ve been “trying” to get my skin in check since I was a teenager, but this time I’m serious 🙂
I’ve seen a dermatologist twice for adult acne. I don’t think anything has helped. I’m wondering if it’s because he’s being unhelpful or I’m just being picky. Over the past 2 appointments I’ve had with him, he’s suggested a few things, all of which I’ve said no to: switching birth control pills, going to antibiotics (doxycycline hyclate), accutane. He’s prescribed me a few creams/washes, but I’ve only ended up filling one, after finding out how much the others would have cost.
I’ve been using tretinoin cream for 6 months or so and I’ve seen no real changes.
So my question is: am I being too difficult/picky? Or do I just need to see someone else? This is the only dermatologist I’ve ever been to, so I have nothing to compare with.
My derma seems very nice but I feel like he could have done all of this over the phone with me so I could have skipped the co-pay. He didn’t really examine my type of pimples too much. For someone with adult acne is this common? Or is acne like this too routine?
Anyway- for everyone’s reference- I’m 24 and on the pill. I break out throughout the month but mostly the week before my period begins. Most of hte breakouts occur along my jawline and are very big, bulbous and red.
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
I have this problem too. I am not on the pill nor has being on any kind of bc pill ever helped. Estee Lauder makes a night time serum that has really helped. The bumps never completely go away but they get much less noticeable (like almost invisible). It is expensive (like $50) but try it for a week and see, then you have the option of only using it the week before your wedding. (My plan)
Post # 4
@September29: Honestly you need to change something. Your doctor is doing all he can. You can’t expect magic. And not to be ugly but I’m sure he has other patients and isn’t worried about your copay and has about 100 other things on his mind.
If you want to clear up your face you need to give into something he suggest. He won’t be able to do something magical remember that. You will have to do SOMETHING. Which you aren’t. I have taken doxycycline it would be better to start with that before you jump to accutane. But if you are scared of any possible problems you should share that with the doctor.
What exactly do you want him to do? Tell him that. Maybe he can try and help. But if you are worried about the money aspect. You don’t really have any cheaper options than what he is giving you. Peels, shots, etc are all going to be exspensive. But acne treatment will be super exspensive all around. My tazarac or however you spell it was 300 dollars for 1 tube. That was my grandmother is a pharmacy tech she gets it for cost and it was still that exspensive.