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Struggles with Hormonal Cystic Acne



Progress!

Posted by Emsy, 05 June 2014 · 157 views
cystic acne, hormonal acne and 1 more...
My skin is doing better!! Only ONE cyst. A couple of healing ones but only ONE active one. Yippee!!! On the other hand, I went shopping today and made the mistake of looking the dressing room mirrors........holy moly, the scarring. Gonna have to actually do something about that soon. 
 
Diet is.........well, I'm working on it. :P It's a million...


Progress?

Posted by Emsy, 19 May 2014 · 156 views
hormonal acne, cystic acne and 1 more...
So, my skin has gotten a little better. Only a few cysts, smoother skin--just generally looking a bit healthier. 
 
I have not been following my diet very strictly (whoops......final exams). I've also decided to tweak it slightly so that I don't become a miserable hermit. Eliminating certain food groups to reduce inflammation is one thing......b...


Starting A New Treatment

Posted by Emsy, 09 May 2014 · 174 views
hormonal acne, cystic acne and 2 more...
Saw my new dermatologist yesterday--she's pretty cool. Very direct. 
 
We're trying 3 new things:
 
1. Cutting more foods out of my diet. (Noooooooooooo!!!!). Now I am not eating anything with gluten, dairy, or soy, plus no high glycemic index foods, plus no using most common cooking oils. Here's to gnawing on lettuce and my own tears....


New Derm Tomorrow.....

Posted by Emsy, 07 May 2014 · 148 views
cystic acne, hormonal acne and 3 more...
Well, I'm seeing my new 'holistic/integrative' dermatologist tomorrow. Wish me luck. 
 
My skin is........not bad, to be honest. Still producing cysts. *insert swear words here* But considerably less cysts, and therefore there is less pain and slightly less embarrassment. Very, very few small pimples. Looooooots of hyperpigmentation in a variety...


Just A Quick Post.

Posted by Emsy, 25 April 2014 · 156 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
I haven't taken Spironolactone for 5 days now. With my DHEA levels continuing to climb and the progressive worsening of my skin, it's not worth it. My doctor told me it's my call on whether to quit or not, and I'm quitting. I don't think this is the answer. Plus, I won't miss the side effects of exhaustion, dry skin/thirst, and eye lashes falling out (not...


Day 88

Posted by Emsy, 18 April 2014 · 207 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
So, funny story. 
 
Back in January, I got my hormones tested for the first time. My DHEA (which deals with androgen, which deals with hormonal acne, yada yada) was higher  than it's supposed to be. It was in the 300s range . So I started taking Spironolactone. 
 
Now, 3 months later, I got my DHEA tested again. 
 
My DHEA is...


Day 86?

Posted by Emsy, 16 April 2014 · 138 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
I think I may have miscounted by a day or so somewhere over the last 3 months, but you get the idea. 
 
Still having painful, nodule-like hormonal breakouts on the lower half of my face. Still waiting for my hormonal results to come in. Still having horrible self-esteem and a constantly hurting face. 
 
My dermatologist says that he's...


Day 78

Posted by Emsy, 07 April 2014 · 142 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
Looking at pictures of my skin at the start of Spironolactone was......disappointing, to say the least. I've carefully chronicled my acne progress (or lack thereof) through pictures since the very first week of being on Spiro, and my skin is even worse now in every regard. Still dealing with cysts. Even more tiny breakouts. Even worse skin tone/quality. E...


Day 68

Posted by Emsy, 27 March 2014 · 161 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
Trying not to be too mopey........I guess there is some progress? I dunno. I feel like not a lot has changed since day 1 of Spironolactone. My skin gets better, then way worse, then better again, then it's red, not red, producing cysts, not producing cysts, breaking out in tiny pimples, perfectly smooth, oily, dry.......without any rhyme or reason. It's s...


Day 63

Posted by Emsy, 22 March 2014 · 162 views
spironolactone, hormonal acne and 3 more...
Nevermind. 
 
Despite absolutely no changes in diet, regimen, or medications, it's back to cystic acne. Two on my forehead and a ton on my lower cheeks and jawline. I don't even want to count how many. And it isn't even close to *ahem*.....that time of the month. 
 
I feel like crying over my skin. It's so painful and embarrassing and...






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