I carelessly used some DHEA, in summer of 2011, finding out it was on a banned substance list thinking it must be good stuff. I stopped using it within a couple of months as I gradually went up to 100mg of it and found out I started breaking out pretty bad on my chest and back. Oddly enough, I’d figure the acne would go away eventually, it hasn’t.
However, both my parents had cases of severe body acne and being that I grew up with severe facial acne, I guess I kind of learned to accept it. I’m almost perfectly clear of facial acne,using benzyl peroxide 2.5% and aha+ from acne.org.
Rather than just trying to hide the problem with topical treatments, I figure some type of oral treatment/antibiotics is the solution to address the problem inside my body that causes me to breakout.
I haven’t made an appointment for a dermatologist, but will go in tomorrow to try and get something done. I’ve browsed through forums on here advising that accutane should be a last resort. Some people agreed on doxycycline and tetracycline.
What other treatments should I avoid or be open to?
Maybe a blood test can help determine what could be the most optimal treatment for me?
I’ve been under the influence to seek out a functional medicine practitioner for other issues, should I seek out a dermatologist who only practices functional medicine?
As you can see, Im pretty damn ignorant when it comes to visits to a doctor, barely ever see a doctor.
Any thoughts/input is greatly appreciated!