- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2017
Hi Bees, (sorry this may be long)
So as the title states, I’m nearly 26 years old and I still have an issue with acne. I’ve been on and off Accutane since I was around 12 years old. When I’ve had really bad bouts of acne in the past, it’s really the only thing that has ever worked to quickly and effectively clear it up, but I really don’t want to go on it again, it’s a last resort for me.
So the past few years I had actually managed to clear my skin up pretty darn well. I changed to all natural face products and cleaned up my eating (very little dairy or sugar). My skin was to the point that I could actually happily leave the house without makeup, while I did get a zit here and there it wasn’t a big deal and overall my skin looked great.
And then, I went on the Pill. I was only on it for 3 weeks before I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, as my skin was erupting in the worst breakout I had had in many many years. So I went off it and tried to clear it up myself over the next few months. But it wouldn’t get any better. Eventually I went to my doctor and they prescribed me a Benzoyl Peroxide wash (which is so harsh on my skin and I hate), and Adapalene for topical treatment. After a few more months of that combination not really working out so well they sent me to the Dermatologist. She put me on Spironolactone (50mg/day), gave me a far stronger topical retinoid gel (Tazorac), and kept me with the Peroxide wash. I have now been on this combination for around 4 months, and while I have had a few times here and there where I thought it might finally be clearing, it always comes back (usually around my period), and then lasts for weeks after it. If I’m lucky I’ll have a good skin day maybe a few days out of every month. And it sucks because these products are SO HARSH on my skin and leave me red and peeling, all without actually helping my acne overall. Not to mention I hate the fact I’m putting all these chemicals into my body and on my skin when I’ve been so dedicated the last few years to using all natural, cruelty free products and limiting unnecessary medications…
Asides from my prescribed topicals, I also do a double wash, where I wash my face once with a gentle facial oil, and then again with a water based wash in the morning (in the evening I use the B.P for my second wash). I also have been using a Tea Tree and Witch Hazel toner, as well as Rosehip Oil for moisturising. I even bought a special pillow case that’s supposed to not trap as much bacteria and therefore cause less breakouts as you sleep (I change it every few days anyway).
It’s getting to the point where I might just have to go on Accutane again, but again I really would rather not if there is any other way. I have to go onto 2 forms of birth control as well if I go on it, and I’ve discovered I don’t react well to any hormonal forms. (I would have to get the copper IUD, but that worries me a bit as I’ve heard it makes your periods a lot more painful and heavy).
So any advice from anyone who has had similar issues on what worked for them, or if there are some dermatologists lurking here who can give me some tips, I would be so grateful!