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Female 33, mild to moderate but persistent acne
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I am on 25mg daily of Spiro and I am going to do another month and then cut down further to 25mg every other day and see how my skin reacts.
I bought the book The Clear Skin Diet - it makes sense, eat clean, exercise and reduce stress will equal clear skin. I started last week and I have already see a difference. Loading up on Omega 3 rich foods, yoga and no dairy is making a big difference. My skin has not looked this good in awhile. I am going to stick to the diet for 90 days and see what I look like.
Acne is a on going battle for me but I will out grow it - everyone does.
The only other medication I have not tried (and I have tried EVERYTHING) is Aldactone. So I agreed, my acne is no doubt hormonal and I wanted to try to this medication after reading all the postive reviews on acne.org, makeupalley.com etc. Maybe this is my Acne Cure - maybe.
So it has been 5 days on Aldactone (AD for short) and I have noticed subtle changes in my skin already - it is smoother and I have not broken out. In all fairness, my acne is quite mild right now but I want clear skin - is that too much to ask? I notice I have to pee like crazy and I feel fatigued and sleep right thru the night which is a good thing.
I will keep y'all updated.
I have been using Neostrata - Level 2, 8% Gylcolic as my moisturizer for day and evening. The day moisturizer only has SPF 15 which is not good enough if I am outside all day so I am looking for a cream with SPF 30 or higher. I usually use SPF 50 in the summer - I am going to NYC next month and I am going to visit Pratima skincare and try their SPF cream as recommended by an acne.org reader.
Anyways, I will be checking in periodically - I started breaking out in March 2011 and after a round of Tane and loads of treatment options I am just getting better now. Luckily I have no scarring since I NEVER pick just hyperpigmentation which I am treating with AHA, Obagi and I will start up my microdermabrasion treatments again.
For those of you out there please keep fighting the good fight! Acne is not forever but you can control it when you have it.
So I did a little research and I concluded that I am low on Zinc - I workout a lot, on the birth control pill both depletes Zinc. The reviews on acne.org regarding Zinc have been nothing but mostly glowing. So I went out and bought myself a bottle of Zinc - its been about 5 days combined with yoga my skin is looking massively clearer - naturally. I think I should be able to control my acne with yoga and vitamins and eating clean. But only because I just finished a massively tough Tane cycle in November it is still a miracle drug.
Also, I have come to the conclusion that Vitamin A does nothing for me - it just doesnt agree with me. I know how to use to the medication but it just doesnt clear me up - it didnt 7 years ago and the 7 years before that. I am way more clear using one week of straight BP than the past year on Vitamin A cream. My doctor had me use Vitamin A cream while I was on Tane but on 80mg of Tane most people will be clear no matter what they put on your face.
I will keep you informed with how my skin reacts to this new skin regime.
I am following the The Acne Cure book - I used the method once before after Accutane and it cleared my face up for the next 7 years - I hope it will do the same. I really done want to go back on Tane again but I cannot live with bad skin.
I am going to make an appointment for tomorrow and see what the Doctor says - he told me his goal is to control my acne meaning one sore pimple every 3 months. He has done it before so I am hopeful.
Will keep you all updated.
So it is approximately one month post Accutane and my skin is as clear as can be. The oil is slowly returning to my skin which is great since it was so uncomfortable for so long. I have been using Obagi to lighten my hyperpigmentation and it is working slowly but surely. No more muscle aches, no more crazy dry lips - it seems like my tane treatment was years ago and I am back to super clear skin. But I know there is no cure for acne and I am fully aware that it can come back to haunt me. I am off for holidays for a month so I will check in periodically.
Merry Christmas everyone and all the best in 2012.