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Posted 12 November 2010 - 12:47 PM

TEN WEEKS

RIGHT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, 2 (small) clogged pores
LEFT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, ZERO clogged pores
CHIN: ZERO
Forehead: ZERO
Red marks: Counting the healing pimples, I have 2-4, depending on how picking I'm being.



Ten weeks on Spiro, and what, nearly five months on Retin A. My skin is 95% improved. I'm on the lowest dose of Spiro (25mg) 2x/ day, as well as the lowest strength of Retin A. I still have a few stubborn PIH spots that drive me NUTS, but they are fadding.

I don't have to wear foundation or cover-up, I simply use pressed powder and go. This is a new luxury for me.

I might start updating monthly, instead of weekly. No one reads it anyway - ha ha!

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:16 AM

QUOTE (*ShiningStar* @ Nov 12 2010, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
TEN WEEKS

RIGHT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, 2 (small) clogged pores
LEFT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, ZERO clogged pores
CHIN: ZERO
Forehead: ZERO
Red marks: Counting the healing pimples, I have 2-4, depending on how picking I'm being.



Ten weeks on Spiro, and what, nearly five months on Retin A. My skin is 95% improved. I'm on the lowest dose of Spiro (25mg) 2x/ day, as well as the lowest strength of Retin A. I still have a few stubborn PIH spots that drive me NUTS, but they are fadding.

I don't have to wear foundation or cover-up, I simply use pressed powder and go. This is a new luxury for me.

I might start updating monthly, instead of weekly. No one reads it anyway - ha ha!


I have been following your log bc I am still on the spiro track as well, and I am still impressed with the results. I had a follow-up w/my derm this wk and I asked how long some of his patients have taken spiro, and he actually said for 10+ years!! I couldn't believe it, and am not exactly sure if this is the safest option, but it's either zits forever, or clear skin and then serious issues when I'm 50! LOL

Well I am glad to hear that you are having success with the routine as I know it can be so damn frustrating!! Keep hanging in there and maybe we can come out on top with this dreaded crap!


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Posted 20 November 2010 - 10:00 PM

ELEVEN WEEKS
RIGHT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, 2 (small) clogged pores
LEFT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, ZERO clogged pores
CHIN: ZERO
Forehead: ZERO
Red marks: Counting the healing pimples, I have 2-4, depending on how picking I'm being.


I have not active pimples to report, and my face is clear, minus the 2 very small clogged pores on my right side. Ironically, they are the exact same clogged pores that I had last week. These suckers take a couple of weeks to go away. Fortunately, they ARE small and colorless, but still annoying.
Hopeful ~ Thanks for the encouraging words. I don't want to be on Spiro long-term, but I don't know how long I plan to stay on it. Minimally, I would say one year.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 06:01 PM

TWELVE WEEKS

RIGHT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, ZERO (small) clogged pores
LEFT SIDE: ZERO red, active pimples, ZERO (pink) healing, ZERO clogged pores
CHIN: ZERO
Forehead: ZERO
Red marks: I have 2-4, depending on how picking I'm being.




I HAVE ZERO***ZERO***ZERO*** pimples and clogged pores. This is the first time since May 2010 that I've been able to say this. I do have some stubborn red marks that continue to slowly fade, but things are going great!!

Edited by *ShiningStar*, 29 November 2010 - 06:02 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:58 AM

I just wanted to post a little update. I am still 100% clear, and I no longer have any red marks to contend with. For the first time, in a long time, I do not need to wear any make-up (well, for the purpose of covering up pimples, anyway). A little over a month ago, I developed Perioral dermatitis, which is a rash located around the mouth, it was scaly, red and had a few small bumps (but it did not look like acne, it looked like an allergic reaction). Anyway, I was put on an antibiotic, and it has cleared me 100%, although my derm wants me to stay on the antibiotic until it's finished. I don't know what caused the perioral dermatitis, but I do know that Cetaphil cleanser burned my face with every use (particfualrly where the rash appeared), but I continued to use, anyway. I've since stopped using that cleanser. I have also taken myself off of the Spironolactone. I have been off of it for one month, with no problems. It was the same time I started taking the antibiotic, however, so that may have prevented me from seeing a rebound breakout from stopping the Spiro. At any rate, I'm going to try to keep it simple with my face. I wash with a mild soap, apply moisturizer, and at night the Retin A. That's it. I do want to incorporate a chemical exfoliant 1-2x/week at some point, but I'm just not ready to experiment, yet.
Hope this journal has helped someone. I will try to update every 3 months, unless something crazy happens.
Good luck.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:47 PM

Thanks for your log. Please continue to update as I assure you that people are reading! I have PCOS and have dealt with acne for over 10 years now. I am on Bactrim but considering Spiro, was thinking 100mg/day and then cutting down to 50mg/day if it works ok. Then I can come off the Bactrim. I hope you stay clear off the Spiro - keep us updated smile.gif

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 10:22 PM

It's been another month, so I thought I would update. Well, actually, this morning I woke up to find a single, small pimple on my cheek, which is what triggered my mind into thinking about these boards. This is the first pimple that I've had in a.long.time. It's not at all menacing, it's just a simple pimple, and honestly, it's barely noticeable.
Other than the new "friend" I found this morning, I have no clogged pores or pimples, and NO red marks. The Retin A has been a God-send for me. My perioral dermatitis is gone, but I'm still using the Born to Be Mild Cleanser because I absolutely LOVE IT. Once again, the only things I use are posted in my siggy, and I've been using these products for a long time.
My battle with acne was a losing one for at least the first few months. I mean, I had NO signs of hope, despite the Retin A, despite the Spiro, despite the antibiotic, despite the cleansers. I really don't know how the tables turned, but it was gradual. I don't know if it was persistance, or if my blow out had run it's course, or what.
Anyway, enough ramblings...that's my update.

Good luck to all....I know it bites.

Edited by *ShiningStar*, 11 February 2011 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:26 AM

Well it's been a little over another month and I remain clear. It is around this time last year that th problems began so I'm getting a little nervous. I am competely 100% clear with no PIH marks, but I will NEVER forget what happened last spring. I stopped using the DML only because it wasn't moisturizing enough - although I truly LOVE the product. It would work great for someone with normal to oily skin. My skin a relatively dry, particularly since I'm still using Retin A. I've also incorporated a 3x/week chemical exfoliant. I've been using it for about 5 weeks with no ill effect. I switched to using Cetaphil daily moisturizer for sensitive skin, and while it doesn't make me break out, I'm still searching for my HG. Dare I say this next part? I've also been using Almay Sunless Tanning Gel for Faces for about 5 weeks, as well - with NO, NADA break outs. I used to use Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Lotion, but it is terrible for acne prone skin. Anyway, my battery is about to go, so I'd thought I'd update.



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Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:21 PM

hey smile.gif
im starting spiro in a bit..........any advice? thanks

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:15 AM

Hi, Soccer...sorry for the slow response...I'm not around too much, anymore.

Advice? By this point, you should be into your 2nd month and seeing some results. My advice is persistence and patience and LOADS of H2O!


I haven't posted in two months. It's amazing how central acne is to your life when your suffering with it, and how quickly you replace it with something else. Anyway, I digress...

I am still CLEAR!! Thank you, Jesus!! It was this exact time last year that I began to experience problems. I was so concerned that my problem was seasonal, but so far, I have remained clear - EXCEPT, for one, tiny, pimple that formed two days ago (I think it was a result of the Nair Hair Removal for face), but it made me think of this board.

Not only am I clear, but I am able to use self tanner on my face once again. I used Almay - and I absolutely love it!

I feel lead to post this next part, because I truly believe is WAS the reason for my acne to clear. I "truly" gave it to God. Daily prayer for healing in all ways and in all things. It was more than talking the talk, but also walking the walk. Anyone can say a prayer, but one must believe through faith that God will answer and provide, according to His Will and always to His glory. Where two or more or gathered in agreement, there He is in the midst of us, so rally some prayer partners, but relinquish the control to God.

Believe with your WHOLE being that He will deliver you. Don't say a prayer tonight, wake up tomorrow, look in the mirror and see 4 new pimples and become angry or bitter. While I believe in miraculous healings, there is much more to be learned when the answers to our prayers takes us through a spiritual transformation. After all, sometimes there needs to be a "test" in order to have a testimony. Keep the faith, spread the love and honor the Father. May God richly bless all of you, in all ways and in all things.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 09:37 PM

Wow! Another 6 months have passed! I can't believe it! My skin looks incredible! It has been WELL over a year since I joined this site and my battle was an uphill one for sure (especially the first 6 months). PLEASE - do not give up! Persistence is SOOOO critical. Retin A takes T.I.M.E., and I am so glad that I persevered through the horrid break outs and dry skin while beginning the product. I absolutely DID NOT see miraculous results after three months of consistent use, but I now I get compliments on my skin all.the.time! It is so smooth and even toned and most importantly, pimple and PIH mark FREE!! I will never, ever go without Retin A for the rest of my life.

Also, I am STILL using the DermaDoctor Cleanser. I had a brief bout with perioral dermatitus, and this greatly helped the process and I just never quit using it. I still use the Cetaphil moisturizer, too.

Best wishes to all of you, who are in process - DON'T GIVE UP and congratulations to all of you in maintenance phase (like me).

Oh, by the way, I think I mentioned this before, but Almay has a WONDERFUL self tanner for faces that I use DAILY!!! That's right - DAILY! While I wouldn't recommend using a face tanner while in treatment process, don't be afraid while in the maintenance phase!!

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 12:27 PM

Wow! Another 6 months have passed! I can't believe it! My skin looks incredible! It has been WELL over a year since I joined this site and my battle was an uphill one for sure (especially the first 6 months). PLEASE - do not give up! Persistence is SOOOO critical. Retin A takes T.I.M.E., and I am so glad that I persevered through the horrid break outs and dry skin while beginning the product. I absolutely DID NOT see miraculous results after three months of consistent use, but I now I get compliments on my skin all.the.time! It is so smooth and even toned and most importantly, pimple and PIH mark FREE!! I will never, ever go without Retin A for the rest of my life.

Also, I am STILL using the DermaDoctor Cleanser. I had a brief bout with perioral dermatitus, and this greatly helped the process and I just never quit using it. I still use the Cetaphil moisturizer, too.

Best wishes to all of you, who are in process - DON'T GIVE UP and congratulations to all of you in maintenance phase (like me).

Oh, by the way, I think I mentioned this before, but Almay has a WONDERFUL self tanner for faces that I use DAILY!!! That's right - DAILY! While I wouldn't recommend using a face tanner while in treatment process, don't be afraid while in the maintenance phase!!

its really encouraging reading this. im glad you have been clear even after getting off spiro...i really wish i could get off all these oral meds :( hopefully by this time next year i'll be just like you.

although i am not on retin-a, i am on spiro 50mg and have been for about 22 days. ive seen results, but seem to still have experienced a small but very irritating breakout on my chin 3 weeks in. i have been struggling with breakouts around my mouth/chin area and clogged pores on my forehead and cheeks for about 6 months, almost out of nowhere. i used to have gorgeous, clear, flawless skin--"wash and go" id say, and then i just didnt anymore :( i really miss it.

i have been told its all hormonal, but im not exactly sure. im on birth control and have been for 6 years, and never had these issues. i personally think its all stress related. i experienced an insanely traumatic event, and my skin hasnt been the same since--i feel like it knocked me back to high school in terms of my skin...gross. perpetual/chronic stress will do that...

anyway, glad to hear you are doing well. best of luck...i will think of your story when i get down on myself.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:19 AM

Lja - How has you skin been since your 2011 post and starting on spiro?

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:04 PM

hi, I have loved reading your posts, I wanted to say i was delighted to read that spiro and in particular retin a has worked so well for you, that you could actually stop taking the spiro. in the long run who likes taking a oral med when the retin a is totally safe for life!

 

also the post you mentioned about god is so true. he only helps us when we help ourselves AND truly have faith in him. you did and he blessed you.

 

Amazing stuff, take care x