I’m a 26 year old male and have had acne since I was 12. I have tried so many different medications and treatments but none seem to work long-term and afternoon 14 years of this I am very frustrated and just don’t know what to do. Many of the medications seem to help for a couple of months but then my acne always flares back up.
I have seen many doctors and dermatologists and my last one said that if what he put me on now does not work there is not many options left aside from acutane which I REALLY do not want to do. So that is why I am here, I’m hoping someone will have some suggestion that can help me out as my face started to break out again.
I am currently using clindamycin 1% twice a day as well as benzoyl peroxide 10% in the morning and retin-a .025% before bed. I wash my face twice a day and after I sweat with a salicylic acid wash. I use a clean facial scrub brush to wash my face and help with exfoliation. I change my pillow case every night and never touch my face.
I have listed the different medications I have tried in the past at the bottom of this post.
Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions or advice, I do really appreciate it.
- oral medications: solodyn, doxycycline, minocycline
- topical medications: retin-a, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid