We were recommended to this dermatologist by my pediatrician, whose specialty is also dermatology... we thought it was the best course of action. To be fair, the first four months, though excruciating physically, did make huge positive changes in my skin. I needed those acid washes and I needed that damned metal torture device... it cut back on the surface issues, it made my purple scars fade quickly, and there was pretty much literally no other way to get rid of the deep cysts. The issue was the two extra months I went, after things had plateaued, and the dermatologist's unprofessional approach to the ending of our medical relationship. This was all severe physically, but it had to be done, and I'm happy that I got so much of the intense stuff taken care of without having to take hardcore medication. The pain was the price I had to pay for quick initial progress; my topical medications and the birth control have kept me healthy after that. The only things I would change would be slicing out those unnecessary two extra months, and, I should have started the hormone regulation immediately.
I am lucky that my mother was attentive enough to get me to a doctor. There are so many people who walk around with bad acne and never get themselves real help, they just shell out money for ProActive and over the counter gimmicky stuff, or, dip their faces in tea tree oil and hope for the best. You wouldn't believe how horrific my skin was... and a year after I did the physical treatment and had been on the three medications/dove soap & salycilic acid moisturizer for a while, a woman in a department store actually complimented me on my skin. Me! Okay, I don't think it was for my skin's clarity... she probably admired my pale complexion, I was a thin little ghost back then, and she was pretty pale herself. But still, no one would have ever, ever thought to say anything like that to me a year before that. Yes, I went to go cry in the dressing room.