I never really had bad skin in high school, just the occasional ¬†teenage zit. I didn't even start wearing makeup until sophomore/junior year and that was only because I was trying to keep up with my friends, I didn't really need it. I graduated high school and my face went crazy almost immediately. Big, deep cystic acne developed all around my mouth and chin seemingly overnight. It continued like this all freshman and sophomore year of college while I frantically tried failed treatment after failed treatment (BCP, some antibiotics, proactiv, countless topicals, chemical peels...).¬†
At the beginning of junior year, my derm put me on Solodyn. I was cynical about this since all the other antibiotics I tried didn't do a thing. I took it every day as directed but expected nothing. This stuff ended up being an absolute miracle, my face cleared completely and for the first time in years I was confident in my appearance. I finished up college with a glowing complexion and was positive that my bad skin days were behind me.¬†
Fast forward to earlier this year (March). I noticed that my skin was not only starting to break out more, but it was breaking out in places I'd never had a pimple before in my life. I went into panic mode and immediately had my derm write me a prescription for Solodyn. It worked once... it should take care of things again, right? Nope.¬†Clusters of little bumps took over my left cheek, closed comedones and cysts developed all around my mouth. I continued to take the Solodyn even though my skin kept getting worse, I had convinced myself that it would just take time to kick in and work its magic again.¬†
I felt hideous, having relapsed after over a year of beautiful skin was devastating. I began canceling plans, hiding out at home on weekends so I could keep whatever treatment I was trying on my face all day (BP, aspirin masks, queen Helene, lemon juice, egg white mask...you name it, I've tried it). I stopped dating. I didn't even want my friends to see me. I knew I was overreacting as my skin was nowhere near as bad as it was in college but it still bothered me to no end. I just wanted my good skin back! I tried to snap out of it and started seeing this good looking guy a few months ago but was so self conscious about the way my face looked that I couldn't be myself. Staying over at his place was an absolute nightmare, I would lie perfectly still in bed all night instead of sleeping so I wouldn't ruin my makeup and try to leave first thing in the morning so I could go home and wash my face.¬†
To top it all off, I've been in and out of the hospital since July due to a constant tightness in my chest and difficulty breathing. Apparently both of these are side effects of Solodyn
and while it was not the cause of my hospital visits, my derm took me off it immediately when she found out. This was about a week or so into August. My skin started clearing immediately, the difference after a week of being off Solodyn was insane. Maybe my body reacted differently to it this time around? I'm not sure, but the fact that I pretty much ruined my summer by taking these pills that were basically just breaking me out more pissed me off to no end.¬†
I continued to clear but I know my acne is hormonal and that this would be an ongoing battle. My sister used to have awful skin until her derm put her on a combo of Spiro and ampicillin. She now has the gorgeous, porcelain complexion that I dream of every single day (I'm pale. I love it. I embrace it. I've endured pale jokes my whole life but I prefer smooth, white skin to the nasty, wrinkled leather of every girl I went to high school with). After doing tons of research I had my heart set on getting a prescription. I saw my derm last week, she agreed that Spiro is a wonder drug (uhh k, then why didn't you put me on it years ago when my chin was loaded with hormonal cysts??), and I got my prescription.
Sooooo that was extremely long winded and probably not that interesting, let's get down to business.¬†
10 days into treatment and there's no real noteworthy differences. I'm absolutely dreading an IB based on some of the things I've read here. Current skin status is I have one zit that I popped last night, a monster on my chin that will meet a similar fate when I get home from work tonight, and one brewing deep under the skin on my right cheek. These are all accompanied by a lovely collection of red marks that serve as a reminder of what an awful summer this has been for my skin. Delightful.¬†
Has anyone here taken Spiro WITHOUT an IB??
I have noticed that the skin in the corners of my nose is rougher/bumpier. If I get close enough to the mirror (we're talkin face smashed against the glass close), I can see little blackhead type clogs. Not something I'm terribly excited about but definitely not noticeable.¬†
No real side effects yet. I already drink almost a gallon of water a day and as you can imagine, frequent bathroom trips were already part of my daily routine. Hoping to bypass the extreme fatigue, nausea, headaches, etc (but NOT the bigger boobs, that's a side effect my B-cups and I are praying for).¬†
I think that's all for now. I won't do a daily log since I doubt the changes will be significant enough to post about every day. Stayed tuned!
Edited by Lkg88, 08 September 2011 - 10:49 AM.