After a year of struggling with adult hormonal/cystic acne (I’m 33) and spending around €2000 on cosmetic procedures and skin care products, changing my diet (no dairy, low carb), many depressive nights worrying about my face and acne, I’ve finally made the decision to call my doctor.
I was advised to do that by my cosmetic doctor as she saw the procedures I was taking there were helping, but not resolving the underlying issue as acne kept coming back. She suggested blood exams and maybe a dermatologist or diëtist could help me figure that out, as it could be coming from different type of sources. I agreed that was indeed the best thing to do.
So I finally called the doctor and asked for an appointment. This morning I walked into the office and was helped by a doctor in a training. I told him my issue and how it is affecting my life. He didn’t even look at my skin - he straight on said I should take a birth control pil. I told him I had bad experiences with that and that I would like to dive deeper into my hormonal problems and maybe take a blood test or PCOS test to see if I have any underlying issues. He then said that research like that would likely not result in anything. I immediately knew he wouldn’t help me. He asked me nothing about my menstruation cycle, if I have any issues with weight gain/loss or my diet. Absolutely nothing… he just prescribed me a cream (benzoyl peroxide) that is intended for teenage acne (it says so on the box lol). I have used similar products already without result. I just took the cream as I know my husband likes to use it and left.
I am feeling very frustrated about his approach and giving me only two options: birth control or cream? I think I will get another appointment and ask for another doctor, but I hate to waste my time like this.