Over the last 3 - 4 months my acne has flared up. It's around 3 years now since I stopped my long course of Roaccutane and can't believe my acne is come back. It's on my cheek area and jaw, with the odd smaller pimple on my chin. It's no where as bad as what it used to be, but it's still leaving pretty bad red scars and my left cheek constantly had huge cyst like spots under the skin for weeks which have now left terrible scars.
I spoke to my Dr about it on Friday and she prescribed me Duac Once Daily Gel which contains clindamycin 1% w/w (as phosphate - this is the antibiotic) and benzoyl peroxide 5%.
She advised me to try the gel for a few weeks, then we'll move onto oral antibiotics if my skin doesn't clear up and after three months on the oral antibiotics, I'll be referred back to the dermatologist for more Roaccutane.
I don't want to go back to Roaccutane again, but then I don't want acne! The Dr thinks if I've been and tried everything before and my acne keeps flaring up, then Roaccutane is the only thing that will help me.
Here are some HORRIBLE (so I apologise) photos of my skin before trying Duac. But wanted to post them to show people the results who are also suffering from acne. Obviously these few acne type spots are nothing in comparison to what some people go through (and what I used to have).
All those little red bumps along my jaw are very irritated and small spots. When you run your fingers along my jaw, you can feel all the spots under the skin ready to merge a few days later meaning there's a constant supply of red, sore spots.
The right cheek is the less angry cheek. But when it does get spots they're lumpy and under the skin.
The three photos above were on a fairly good day.
This lump that emerged is sore and hurts to the touch. After this came out, I also had around 2 - 3 more spots this size pop up around the same area and and 3 - 4 along my jaw line. They hurt a lot and scar, even if I don't touch them!
I will update again in a few weeks to let you know how I'm getting on with the Duac.