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  1. SendMeAngels added a topic in Prescription acne medications   

    Accutane The Wonderdrug!
    I finished Accutane about four months ago, and I'm elated to say that I am still acne free. I've had one small pimple on my back, but that's it. The hyperpigmentation on my face has healed, and I've been left with no sign that I've ever been an acne sufferer. I got a lot of negative feedback from friends and family about my decision to start Accutane (they had heard some of the horror stories). But I wish I had gone on it a lot sooner. I would have saved myself a lot of grief.

    Aside from dry lips and some dry skin patches (and hair that never got oily), I didn't have any serious side effects. And after stopping the medication, my lips and hair have gone back to the way they were before. My skin isn't nearly as oily as it had been, and I no longer have to blot my face throughout the day. My BDD (body dysmorphia) which my doctor thinks may have begun with my severe acne in middle school is also gone. After 6 weeks of CBT and Viibryd (a new antidepressant) I'm feeling wonderful! My move to California didn't work out, I couldn't find employment in San Diego, so I drove myself back to Michigan in August. Now on November 1st I am packing up and heading to South Carolina to find employment. I never would have ventured these distances a year ago. I'm not perfect by any means, but I am proud of these small accomplishments, because I never thought I would get this far and feel content.

    I haven't been on for a while now, simply because I haven't needed to. But I love being able to share my success story, and I'm sure Accutane will clear many others.
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  2. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic How To Convince Derm To Put Me On 10 Mg Or "low Dose"   

    I would shoot for getting a dose higher than 10mg. You have to reach a cumulative dose of 120+ to put your acne into remission. If you use 10mg, you'll either be on Accutane for a very long time, or it may not clear you. If you are getting three large pimples a day, it shouldn't be difficult to get a higher dosage. My dermatologist gave me Accutane after I told him that I had used every topical and oral medication EXCEPT for Accutane. And I got the prescription without a problem. You may have to hunt for a derm who is an advocate of Accutane (I had to do that), but the process is worth it. I think very highly of Accutane.
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  3. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Will Spironolactone Clear Acne Without Birth Control?   

    I'm on Accutane and Spiro. When I started Spiro I did have an initial breakout. I got 1-2 new pimples a day when I first started it. It took about three months for the medication to start working. It's a rough ride in the beginning, but it's a good medication if you can stick with it.
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  4. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Will Spironolactone Clear Acne Without Birth Control?   

    You'll be fine without birth control. The birth control is used primarily because spironolactone can cause irregular periods.
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  5. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Spironolactone--What Is Going On?!   

    I started taking Spironolactone in 2011 and I'm dropping it now in 2014, as it didn't work. I can't say that I ever had an initial breakout on that particular medication. And in 5 1/2 months, you ought to be over that hump. Have you considered asking for Accutane? You can continue to use birth control and Spironolactone while on it. It's a very aggressive treatment, and I've seen it work wonders on even the most stubborn acne. Mine included!
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  6. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Accutane - Very Mild, But Persistent Acne   

    I think it's fantastic that you've found a derm open to giving you Accutane. Mild acne isn't given much attention, but it can be crippling just the same. My acne too was on the mild/moderate scale, and I'm on 40mg of Claravis. You'll be so glad you made the jump! Stock up on moisturizer, sunscreen, and a ton of lip balm! Good luck!
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  7. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Probiotic Reaction?   

    I had one small whitehead pop up this afternoon. So hopefully this isn't going to be a pattern. I do notice that the spots I have been getting are going away very quickly, however. I'm trying the Candida Diet as well, so hopefully both of these things help. But I will take your advice and stop taking the Probiotics if I continue breaking out into the third week. Are your Probiotics working well for you? Also, thank you so much for responding. I was pretty upset over this breakout (part of me is glad that those pimples that had been there for months are going away), but it's still distressing.

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  8. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Probiotic Reaction?   

    The unusual thing is this: all but one of the bumps that are coming up, are bumps that were previously clogged pores that had been there for months. I'm taking accuflora right now, do you have a suggestion for a better product? I'm going to try the Candida diet since I eat a lot of starch, and at least three helpings of candy a day.

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  9. SendMeAngels added a topic in Other acne treatments   

    Probiotic Reaction?
    My acne has been controlled for the past few months, except for about five closed comedones that couldn't be seen, only felt. Those comedones had been there for about 4-5 months. My big issue was yeast infections, which I kept getting with every menstrual cycle. My physician said that was common, and that I should try taking a probiotic, which would help keep those away. So I have been taking them for approximately a week, and only a few days after starting them, three of those formerly hidden bumps have come to the surface as massive whiteheads (ick).

    Has anyone experienced this before? Is this beneficial, or am I going to keep breaking out/purging? The only thing that has changed is the probiotics, do you think these are the cause of my acne coming to the surface? Will it stop? Should I quit taking them?
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  10. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Small Bumps/clogged Pores On My Face   

    I'd try a retinoid. Those are commonly used for closed comedones. Just be forewarned that they take a few months to work, they can cause purging, and you have to take it slow with those medications and really follow the directions.
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  11. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Retina Causing My Skin To Break Out?(Please Read)   

    It's true with everything that one treatment may work for one person but not for the other. Give retin a about three months to work, and be gentle with your skin while you are using it. Don't scrub or abuse other topicals while using this medication. I made the mistake of dumping other medications on my skin while using retin a, and it had the opposite effect...more pimples. So I learned my lesson and I am very gentle with my skin.

    It is possible to use BP and retin a but not at the same time. I use BP in the morning, and the retinoid at night. Remember to always use only a pea seized amount. The trick I found with retin a is to be patient and not further irritate your skin,
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  12. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Retina Causing My Skin To Break Out?(Please Read)   

    I find that if your acne is hormonal, it won't respond well to treatments that don't target the underlying problem. Since you are on a birth control pill that seems to be working, your acne may be hormonal and may not respond as well as you would like to topical medications.

    I broke out on Retin A for about six months on the highest concentration. Spironolactone is what cleared me of the large inflamed pimples, Retin A has somewhat reduced the tiny clogged pores. If your acne is hormonal, stick with medications that target hormones.
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  13. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Are Dermatologists Ever Hesitant To Perscribe Spiro?   

    A year this month I have been taking it. The first time I took it I was taking 50 and then 100mg and 100 mg nearly wiped out my all of my acne. It even eliminated the bumps on my back. I was bumped up to 150 mg about 10 days ago and already I am noticing that my hair and skin are less oily. It takes some trial and error for some people to find the right dosage but it's a pretty safe medication. Some people do get an initial breakout (I did) but after the three month mark, things should start to drastically improve.
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  14. SendMeAngels added a post in a topic Are Dermatologists Ever Hesitant To Perscribe Spiro?   

    My dermatologist adamantly refused to give me a prescription for Spironolactone. I went to my Gynecologist after that, and asked for it, and she gave it to me without any hesitation. If your dermatologist does not want to give it to you, I would talk to your Gynecologist and see what she or he says.
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  15. SendMeAngels added a topic in Adult acne   

    Persistent Adult Acne Cure?
    I have had moderate/severe face and body acne since the age of 12 (I am 25 now) and nothing, I mean nothing would make it go away. (I will note that I never suffered from cystic acne, much of it is inflammatory). I have used numerous prescription topicals, oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and over the counter treatments. I have even gotten chemical peels that made some of my skin look nice, but never had any impact on the acne.

    After spending so many days and nights in tears, I finally decided it was time for me to get more involved in my treatment and do a little bit of research. After sifting through books, message boards, and scholarly articles I stumbled upon Spironolactione, an medication generally used for high blood pressure. After my dermatologist refused to give me Accutane, I begged for Spironolactone, and again, she refused. So I went to my gynecologist who gave me 50 mg of the medication. Eventually the dose was bumped up to 100mg, and this drug is nothing short of a miracle.

    My acne (aside from three pin sized invisible clogged pores on my chin) is gone. All of it. I no longer have to worry about bleaching fabrics with my topicals, or fret over washing my face, or worry about applying makeup every hour to cover my blemishes. I don't HAVE to wash my face every night, and I don't have to use any topicals. Spironolactone has been a Godsend and for women (sorry guys) it could be the answer to unrelenting acne.

    I've had no side effects (aside from less oily skin and hair) and I am taking the medication alone without oral contraceptives. It isn't without its risks of course (you can't get pregnant while on this medication) but the potential complications pale next to Accutane's. I would suggest that adult women suffering from treatment resistant acne look into getting Spironolactone. It did cause an intense initial breakout, but the medication cleared all of my acne within three months. I highly recommend it. It seems to me that many women have hormonal issues that cause acne and other problems even if they aren't detected in blood tests.

    It has been suggested to me by my gynecologist that I likely have PCOS (ovarian cysts) which does cause acne. I am fortunate enough to have only acne and no to few periods a year, but for some it causes a host of other problems. If you suspect that your hormones may be causing your acne, it may be worth a visit to the OBGYN.
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