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Annnnnd The Journey Begins...

Posted by audabby, 31 March 2014 · 124 views

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So, I have been using DKR for exactly 7 months today. Although it has cured my cystic acne and lessened the size and duration of normal breakouts, it has not stopped normal breakouts from coming, which is very disappointing as I really thought DKR was going to be "it" for me. Over the last few months, I have been doing a lot of research trying to come up with an answer as to why I started to experience adult onset acne when I was 24. Up until that point, I truly had crystal clear skin... not even a blackhead. I still remember all of my friends in middle school, high school and college coming to me for advice on how to have "perfect skin" and then following my stridex pad/witch hazel/mint julep masque regimen like it was a religion. Ha! If they could only see me now!
 
Anywho, after the birth of my second child, my PCP suggested that I start using a birth control. I didn't want anymore kids and it made sense so I agreed. Worst mistake of my life! I know that the topic is controversial, but I truly believe that BC caused the PCOS I have recently been diagnosed with. I strongly urge any woman who has adult onset acne following the discontinuation of BC to insist on being tested for PCOS. My PCP was shocked when my results came back positive as the ONLY symptom I have of PCOS is acne.
 
Anywho, after receiving my PCOS diagnosis, I went back to my dermotologist and we came up with a new plan of attack as follows:
 
  • 125mg Spiroloactone (75mg in the morning and 50mg at night)
  • 1000mg Cephalexin (500mg in the monring and 500mg at night)
  • 0.1% Tretinion Cream (applied at night)
  • DKR (applied in the morning, including AHA)
 
I have been on the Cephalexin for 10 days now and my inflammation has definitely decreased. I started the Tretinoin Cream 2 days ago and it seems to be working its magic beautifully. I was on Spiro for about a year before being diagnosed with PCOS because my dermotologist thought that it would help. About a year into taking it, I ended up getting very sick and had emergency life saving surgery. During that time, I took myself off of the Spiro cold turkey as I was having a hard time keeping anything down and wasn't sure if it was really helping. About a month after coming off of it, I broke out terribly on my face, back, upper arms and shoulders. I've never had issues with "bacne" before. It is absolutely awful. I HATE being restricted in what I can wear and with summer coming, this is my #1 issue. I can hide facial acne fairly easily. I am a makeup pro at this point in the game, but how do you hide bacne?!?
 
Acne is a horrible, horrible thing for anyone to have to live through. I would not wish acne on my worst enemy. I thought my acne was bad before coming off of Spiro... I had no idea how bad it could actually get until now. So now, my new journey begins and I am VERY hopeful!
 
My regimen will be as follows:
 
AM:
  • Wash with cetaphil (bare hands)
  • Witch hazel
  • DKR treatment
  • DKR AHA
  • DKR moisterizer + 1 drop of jojoba oil + 1 drop vitamin e oil
PM:
  • Wash with ceptaphil (bare hands) to remove makeup
  • Wash with Neutrogene Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleaner (clarisonic)
  • Witch hazel
  • DKR moisterizer + 5 drops of jojoba oil + 3 drops of vitamin e oil
  • Tretinoin Cream
  • DKR moisterizer
Weekly:
  • Min Julep Masque 2x per week
Supplements/Water:
  • Vitamin C (500mg daily)
  • Vitamin D3 (1000iu daily
  • Fish Oil (600mg daily)
  • Zinc (50mg daily)
  • Cinnamon (2000mg daily)
  • Water intake (3 liters daily)
In a month or so, I will also be starting a series of Obaji Blue Peels. I am not sure how frequent those will be, but as frequently as my dermotologist will let me as I have had excellent results with them in the past.
 
After that I will be looking into laser skin resurfacing for scars.
 
Cheers to hopeful clear skin!
 
~ Audabby




Is this your new regimen?

 

  • 125mg Spironolactone (75mg in the morning and 50mg at night)
  • 1000mg Cephalexin (500mg in the monring and 500mg at night)
  • 0.1% Tretinion Cream (applied at night)
  • DKR (applied in the morning, including AHA)

Yes, Leanna! So far, so good!

Hi audabby,

I know exactly what you are saying, especially with bacne. Good luck with your regimen and keep us updated.

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