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    I'm considering going to the doctors about my acne/spots, but am worried I will be embarrassed that the doctor/nurse doesn't deem them 'bad enough' to warrant any medication :/

    I always have an active break out (whatever time of month it is) and the spots can be on my face around my chin and temples, under my jaw, on the back of my neck, my back and on the tops of my arms. They also tend to be (tmi sorry!) hard painful under-the-skin type spots that scar easily and last for ages :{

    I've tried a range of 'home remedies' such as sudo-crème, tooth paste etc etc, and nothing works long term. I've also tried over the counter medications such as Freederm & Benzoyl peroxide creams and although they work for a bit, my skin quickly seems to become resilient to them


    So, do you think I have a case for going to the doctors? what should I say/expect?
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    I think you should describe your situation as you just have and then state that you would like something with a long term impact. Alert them of the medication etc you've already tried. Good luck.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm considering going to the doctors about my acne/spots, but am worried I will be embarrassed that the doctor/nurse doesn't deem them 'bad enough' to warrant any medication :/

    I always have an active break out (whatever time of month it is) and the spots can be on my face around my chin and temples, under my jaw, on the back of my neck, my back and on the tops of my arms. They also tend to be (tmi sorry!) hard painful under-the-skin type spots that scar easily and last for ages :{

    I've tried a range of 'home remedies' such as sudo-crème, tooth paste etc etc, and nothing works long term. I've also tried over the counter medications such as Freederm & Benzoyl peroxide creams and although they work for a bit, my skin quickly seems to become resilient to them


    So, do you think I have a case for going to the doctors? what should I say/expect?
    Just go to the doctor and explain. I had very mild acne but still got medication for it simply because i didn't like the scarring it left.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm considering going to the doctors about my acne/spots, but am worried I will be embarrassed that the doctor/nurse doesn't deem them 'bad enough' to warrant any medication :/

    I always have an active break out (whatever time of month it is) and the spots can be on my face around my chin and temples, under my jaw, on the back of my neck, my back and on the tops of my arms. They also tend to be (tmi sorry!) hard painful under-the-skin type spots that scar easily and last for ages :{

    I've tried a range of 'home remedies' such as sudo-crème, tooth paste etc etc, and nothing works long term. I've also tried over the counter medications such as Freederm & Benzoyl peroxide creams and although they work for a bit, my skin quickly seems to become resilient to them


    So, do you think I have a case for going to the doctors? what should I say/expect?
    Can I ask your age OP?

    I had acne from year 8 onwards, and aged 18 I've not really noticed them. I'm pretty much entirely clear now, I don't remember when it was they stopped forming but it must be a year or so now. My father was the same, in my case (and many it seems) it was likely due to the skin on my face being quite oily, and causing the pores to block up/ get infected with bacterierz. The sun helped sometimes, but nothing really seemed to do the job. I was even on Accutane for a bit, that **** is heavy duty spot remover. Might help but the side effects are not desirable at all. It induced a depression in me actually, I had severely dry skin aswell as plenty more side effects, and if I believe correctly it was actually first developed as a cancer drug. I got off it as soon as I realised it wasn't worth it, had acne again for a bit but as I say I'm pretty much entirely clear now. Just the odd spot occasionally. If I can offer words of comfort OP, it'd be that in my experience individuals that suffer with the cons of having oily skin in their youth reap the rewards in later life. Youth that don't have to deal with spots in their younger days thanks to not having all that excess sebum oil blocking their **** up, tend to have to suffer with drying of the skin in later years, compared to the likes of you and I with our once too-oily-for-our-liking skin, that will keep our faces protected somewhat from the effects of aging.

    Having been through the phase of having bad acne, I relate OP. But it's a tradeoff I'd happily accept if I had the choice of having the problem in another life, as opposed to looking great aged 14 and looking dry and crispy as **** aged 40. Ride it out brah, you'll see it as a blessing one day amongst your crispy dry peers.

    To answer the question, if you go to the doctor they can run through several topical lotions or drugs for your to take, different creams. There is a pathway starting with the easiest going solutions first, and ending with the most effective last resort Accutane, which from an outside perspective is like taking chemo for cancer. It might work, but it works by snapping ALL your **** up. Ring your GP though and go through the motions, you don't have to speak to the receptionist about the issue just book the appointment. They'll offer you prescriptions as previously mentioned and if the acne fails to improve somewhat then your GP will refer you to a Dermatologist, (a specialist in skin etc). Please do be aware though, that pills and drugs you take can very well have dodgy side effects. You are taking a chemical into your system and there is a reaction in your body. This reaction causes a series of effects, one of those effects will have a desirable outcome and the drug will be branded in turn as being the cure for that ailment. Consider that what it's curing, isnt the only side effect from your bodies reaction to the drug.

    Not to scaremonger, but consider your options based on information from the doctor aswell as your own combined things you'll be putting in your body. The last thing you need to do is make yourself look like **** whilst pursuing the aim of improving your appearance. I hope you find this dissertation helpful.
 
 
 
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