I have been dealing with acne on my cheeks, chin, jawline, and neck for the past four years. I have recently graduated my bachelors and got accepted to medical school. I previously thought the acne was due to stress, but since graduating I have still been having breakouts and tried Benzoyl peroxide, Retin A products, and salicylic acid treatments. All of which clear up temporarily but then get worse.
I am not on any medications (no birth control either) but currently started taking a few supplements to see if it would help. I take fish oil, probiotics, and turmeric for the past week and now it seems to be helping a little, but I also just got off my period and had some flare-ups on my cheeks. I am in the military, and out of all honesty I have tried getting appointments with my doctor, but she always recommends the same treatment with Benzoyl peroxide and Retin-A.
She even had me on Spironolactone a few years ago, but I have a low natural BP, and that just made me dizzy from lowering my BP more. I wish to see a dermatologist, but the military makes that difficult to do unless I wanted to pay out of pocket to see one. My skincare routine consists of using Glowbiotic MD face wash, diluted apple cider vinegar toner, and plain Aloe vera for moisturizer. I try to keep it simple to not irritate my skin more than it is. Please advice.Related Questions:
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Thank you doctor,
I have regular periods. I do think I lose more hair in a day than I should, but I am not sure what constitutes as a lot. My facial hair is so blond that you cannot notice it, but I do pluck the hairs around my upper lip and pluck my eyebrows a lot. Again, I am not sure if that means I have excess facial hair growth or not. I do have an appointment with my primary care physician, so I will be able to discuss all this with her as well and tell her your recommendations for medication and hopefully find a course of action. I am tired of dealing with this, and as a future doctor, my image is very important to me.
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