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3 months of hell
Dec 9, 2003
i'm a 17 year old boy. i have extremely sensative skin, its kind of oily, but i was able to keep it under control. That is until this past summer when i got acne along with my sensative skin and I tryed to use over the counter stuff that just destroyed my face. i finally went to a dermatologist where she perscriebd benz peroxide 5%. that didn't work. my face was getting worse. then she perscribed retin-a micro along with rosanil cleanser. Well the retin-a micro has caused me nothing but grief these past months. my face became extremely red and i broke out alot. i was told this would happen and so i dealt with it. well now i'm noticing that my skin tone has gone beserk, i have several acne scars already, my face is always dry, and my dermatologist isn't helping at all. The retin-a micro is not helping. its been 3 months and i've yet to see results. my self esteem has taken a massive massive hit and lately i've been extremely stressed and for some stupid reason or another i scrubbed my face out of distress and anger yesterday very very hard. well my face started to "weep" and now i look hideous. i'm all red and blotchy and it sting even to apply water. the way i look sadly is directly related to my attitude and i'm just absolutely miserable coming to the point where i hate to show my face and yesterday just did me in. i'm assuming i have some form of dermatitis because of the massive irritaion i caused and combine that with very acne prone skin, extremely sensative skin overall, horrible skin complexion, an uncaring dermatologist, and my parents don't care too much either. i have to arrange everything myself. if i touch my skin it gets messed up. if i leave it alone it gets messed up. i really don't know what to do.
Ok, I had severe acne as you have when I was your age. I'm 25 now, and even though its not that bad anymore, it is still hard to deal with.

First of all it is ok to feel depressed about it. That is just a natural reaction, to feel guilty/sad/depressed. If people act like you are strange for feeling that way, they do not know what you are going through (as I did).

First of all scrubbing like that will never help at all. Acne like yours (and mine) starts deep within the skin, so you would have to scrub all that way down!

I also used Retin A several times over the years. One time I used it for six months straight, just to give it time. It never worked for me. It only made my skin dry, red, irritated and oily.

Personally when I had acne that bad, the only thing that really helped was Accutane. There are risks with it, and you should read up on them first, but it worked great for me. Your derm will probably not want to give you Accutane because they do not want to be responsible for the risk. In order to defend themselves in court they will have to say that they tried x,y and z first, and that they did not have sufficient results.

I would say ask your derm about it, and if they seem like they might be open to it down the line, stick with them fro a while, try other things and then you can take it. It's a long wait but it was worth it for me.

Remember scrubbing and overwashing will always hurt not help! I learned that the hard way. Treat your skin gently.

Besides Accutane I would really suggest using Clindamycin Phosphate, and some oral antibiotics. If you have little bumps on your foehead use Differin there (but only there because it will dry out other part of your face). Differin is also a good on the spot treatment.

Also I have found that 100% Aloe Gel is a really good balancing moisturizer. Jut make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap, and then gently rub it in for a minute so that it really soaks in. This will also help heal your face.

Once again try Clindamycin Phosphate, and some oral antibiotics.

Good luck buddy. Don't get discouraged and stop going to the derm. Just keep it up and always be gentle on your face!

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