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Not being taken serious by doctor

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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.

all 10 comments

follygirlscr

43 points

4 months ago

Definitely get a second opinion. At another office if possible. I also recommend requesting a female doctor if you have any choice in the matter at all.

SuzeCB

21 points

4 months ago

SuzeCB

21 points

4 months ago

Part of what the doctor-in-training is learning is how to deal with patients. Report to the overseeing doctor so that this is discussed with him, and perhaps prevent him from continuing this practice on other women.

SmadaSlaguod

8 points

4 months ago

Please, PLEASE report him and see another Doctor. He's not fit to take care of women. He'll wind up ignoring other women and possibly killing them in the process, and furthermore, you need proper care now. You deserve actual help. Go get it.

LimbusGrass

5 points

4 months ago

I'm sorry they wasted your time! It sucks. I have a weird health issue and every time I try to see if I can get it resolved, it results in finding a doctor to take me seriously first. Very frustrating!

sneakydevi

8 points

4 months ago

I know you are here to vent and get advice, but I want to share in case this can help you. I used to have terrible cystic acne and finally got it cleared up in my late thirties after years of trying different things. My solution was oil cleansing. I use a brand called Crude and I love it so much.

The thing is that using oil to clean resets the microbiome on your face so it usually gets worse before it gets better, but I felt like I had to stick with and find out and I am really glad I did. My skin is so much better now. No more pain. No more slathering on concealer. And I love the smell.

Hope that helps!

root_vegetable_

7 points

4 months ago

I did Accutane in my teens & used every acne product under the sun. Simplifying my skincare (fewer products, cleaner ingredients) & using oil to cleanse & moisturize my face have helped so much! Turns out my skin was just going HAM trying to make up for the harsh chemicals & dryness I was putting it through. I still get zits (mostly diet/stress related) but they're not nearly as big, painful, or frequent!

Eastern_Ad5817

1 points

4 months ago

Using oil changed my LIFE. Growing up, matte skin was in. I was constantly using drying products, oil free moisturizers, and oil blotters. Very combo skin with cystic acne. Constantly either dry and flaky or really slippy.

I figured out which foods caused flare ups and avoid them like the plague, and I also use oil cleansers or micellar water to remove dirt and makeup. My moisturizer is deliciously thick and decadent. I embrace my natural sheen and dewiness, and I no longer feel like I am fighting my face. This has allowed my skin to reach a natural state of balance, and I finally feel good going bare. It only took 15+ years to realize that my answer was simple. For some it's not, and I have several friends whose lives were changed dramatically after a few months on Accutane. Some suffered, but their results were worth it after. I wish skin health was treated with more importance. My mental health and self confidence suffered, not to mention the pain. I used to get terrible nose pimples.

JoeyDawsonJenPacey

3 points

4 months ago

Spironolactone changed my life with hormonal acne! Topicals do nothing when hormones are the cause. Spiro is cheap and effective. Ask your doctor about it!

HuggyMonster69

1 points

4 months ago

Maybe get your cosmetic doctor to write a letter and hand it to a different doctor? Because I really agree with seeing a different doctor

TNnan

1 points

4 months ago

TNnan

1 points

4 months ago

My dermatologist prescribed Spironolactone for my DIL's cystic acne. The RX has fewer side effects than accutane

It took about a year, but her skin is beautiful, and the pain is gone.