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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:37 PM

I know how you're feeling. Can only say just hang in there! We're on the same journey but at least you're seeing some improvement with Spiro, while I am not. Sooo you're luckier than me Posted Image

I agree with you that taking Spiro at night is alottt easier than in the morning cuz we experience less side effects. However I still maintain taking it twice a day as my derm advised.

So, basically Spiro has helped you with the oiliness? I'm desperated to see any reduction in oil cuz that's what bothers me the most. I know my hormones are out of whack now but even my gyno doesn't know how to fix it (she told me I might get over it when I get older but she's not sure!!!)

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:31 AM

I know how you're feeling. Can only say just hang in there! We're on the same journey but at least you're seeing some improvement with Spiro, while I am not. Sooo you're luckier than me Posted Image

I agree with you that taking Spiro at night is alottt easier than in the morning cuz we experience less side effects. However I still maintain taking it twice a day as my derm advised.

So, basically Spiro has helped you with the oiliness? I'm desperated to see any reduction in oil cuz that's what bothers me the most. I know my hormones are out of whack now but even my gyno doesn't know how to fix it (she told me I might get over it when I get older but she's not sure!!!)


No..it has not helped with the oiliness. I was really hoping I would see a drastic decrease in my oiliness but (BIG SIGH) no. I'm not sure when the oiliness decreases but so far it's about the same as before. It's pretty disgusting, on top of having breakouts right now, the shininess just makes it all look worse. You should look into taking Saw Palmetto, it's pretty much the herbal solution to Spiro...at least from what I've read. I take it, although not as much as i used to. I can't say I see a difference, but when i was taking 6 capsules a day before the Spiro, I saw a hugh decrease in my oil production. One time I was in such a state of shock all I could do was stare at my skin , thats how ''dry'' it was. Many people on here swear by the GNC brand, which is what I'm taking now as part of daily routine. Before I was taking some brand I bought at CVS. Don't you just love it when these dr's don't even have an answer for you, you'd think they know. I suggest you go see the endocrinologist or your derm, since they are specialists, if you haven't already. As far as I know my testosterone is what the derm told me was pretty high. I know i should lose the weight and eat better so I can get my hormones back on track but it's so damn hard, esp when there's nothing healthy in the fridge, no money for food. This time around we'll see how long it takes for me to see my face clear up, it seemed like before I stopped taking it , it took about 3 weeks or so. I'm not sure if it was the Spiro , the Dr seems to think it was.

This week has been pretty crappy for me in terms of how my skin feels, looks and my self esteem. I was fine for a while, no complaints. But now that my skin is going haywire again, I just get pissed and seeing my face in the mirror just sets me up for a bad day. As much as I don't want it to, it does. I feel like it's a never ending battle, I never thought I would go to sleep praying for my skin to get better. It's to the point where I've had dreams about clear skin, pretty sad
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:03 AM

Today has been a rough day...the heats been killing me. Work has no working AC so I'm on my feet all 8 hrs...roasting and dealing with annoying a**hole customers. The heat only adds to my oiliness which in turn aggrivates me even more cuz i feel disgusting, on top of haveing acne and a big cyst on my chin I have an oil slick on my face. The Spiro is NOT working at all for that.... IDK. I thought by now at least my oiliness would be gone if not drastically reduced. I'm considering bumping myself up to 75mg's but still debating. I might just wait another couple of weeks on the 50mg's. I've been noticing that I have some random blackheads popping up in places on my face that I have never before had a problem with. I've never had an issue with blackheads. The side of my right jaw I took one out the other day and had another one beneath that one. My left side upper cheekbone area I had one there too, I thought it was a tiny scab from a zit but when I pulled t out it was a black head. Ugh. I wonder if the Epiduo is doing that?! Also more whiteheads seem to be popping up on my chin. But thats nothing new, my nose and chin is where I've always gotten whiteheads.

It's been 2 weeks since I started using Dr Murad's Hydroquinone serum at night and I wanna say that it seems like my right side cheek area looks more toned and clear. IDK I only see it on that side but thats what I see..lol. IDK if it's such a good idea to use it while still breaking out but I'm mostly putting it in area's where I rarely break out. My only gripe is that the serum is too thick, I'll wait for it to dry but it never feels like it dries completely. When i wake up my face looks gross, like a thick oil slick. I guess it's the oil and the serum combined. I've added Panoxyl's cream wash to my nightly regime. I've used it before and I stopped breaking out for about 3 or 4 months, but I guess I became ''resistant '' to it. I'm back at it again, but this time I'm thinking of only using it every other day. Well that's it for now.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:46 AM

Almost time for bed and I thought I'd update. I've never had a problem with breakouts on my forehead and all of a sudden I've got two zits on my right side. One is way bigger then the other but they both hurt . I'm not gonna say I've never broken out on my forehead because I would be lying but it's never been an issue. An occasional zit here and there but mostly very small tiny ones that seem to come from the heat or friction etc. Anyway, hoping this is not a prelude to something bigger Posted Image
I've stopped using Dr Murad's hydroquinone. I'll save it for when I'm clear....hopefully soon, lol.(fingers crossed) I figure it's pointless right now and would only be wasting it. I got a random zit yesterday during work....nice . It's on my left side of my face, upper cheekbone area. I also got one where I picked at a blackhead. I was staring at it forever , pissed of and then put 1+1 together. As I mentioned before i seem to be getting more blackheads, they were in my chin but now i see them around my cheek area. I have three on my left side, and a couple on my right, WTF!! it's hard not to pick at them and remove them , but it's a sure guarantee than when I do , a big ole pimple will take it's place. So I will not touch them. I've never been much of a picker when it comes to my acne but for some reason blackheads just get to me, they look like tiny specks of dirt, that stick out and I wanna pull them out.

I haven't had any decrease in oil production but one good thing, that big ole cyst is starting to get smaller and flatten out. And the older zits are drying out. Hopefully I'll starting seeing more and more improvement as time goes on. I'm going to wait until the end of the month to increase my dosage, I'm very tempted to do it now , trying to ''speed'' things up, but I keep saying to myself ''patience is a virtue'' ...we'll see Posted Image i'm not sure if I'll benefit from the increase in mg's . The Dr weigh me, as I've read many other people say. On the other hand I'm trying to stick with 50mg for as long as I can and i hope i see clarity because I seem to be losing hair everytime i shower. It could be because i rarely keep my hair down and always put it in a tight bun. I don't wash it everyday, more like every other day or two days, so when I do and I brush it or run my fingers through it clumps fall out. I've read that a higher dosage of spiro can cause hair loss, I don't want to make it worse. I'm starting to become obsessed with my hair now. I remember it being so thick and people making comments on how ''thick and beautiful'' my hair was and now when I grab in in a ponytail it just feels so thin . Or it can also be the PCOS, which is reported to cause hair loss..great. i'm looking into taking supplements for my hair. I've read iron and B vitamins are the best for hair growth. Has anyone tried any of these and had a good experience ?? Or know if this holds to be true?

Anyway this is all for now....

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 01:56 PM

Spiro made me break out on my forehead, too (and I never break out on my forehead). I noticed that a bunch of other people on here said that as well. Hmm.

As for hair... I haven't noticed any hair thinning or increased hair loss (my hair is super thick and I always lose a little when i shower or straighten it). I do take fish oil supplements, though, and that seems to make my hair shinier/stronger.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:34 PM

Have not been obsessing about my hair lately, good thing i suppose. I had an appt with my Dr ( for hair shedding) today but flaked because I wanted to sleep in. We carry Shea moisture at work ..I found one for thin/brittle hair, a mask. I'm waiting till it goes on sale to try it. I've read the ingredients and all seem organic. No harsh chemicals , etc. Thanks @GreenGable for that recommendation. My skin....well that one big ole cyst that i've had for over a month now has flattened out. I can feel a tiny zit in there somewhere but for the most part it's flat :) yay. But I did get another one to takes it's place, same area but closer to my chin, cheek area. Started out as a small one, and turned into a cyst like thing...hmmm. Oh and i just noticed I'm getting another pimple right where I had an old one before. I don't know why they keep coming back. I rarely pick, ever. The only time(s) I've ever picked are when I can see a nasty whitehead that wants to pop..and that's about it. And even that doesn't happen to often. I've been thinking of stopping the topical Clindamycin. I don't think it's doing much for my skin...or anything for that matter. It seemed that The Spiro and Epiduo were working just fine by themselves. I've read how antibiotics can make things worse when you stop taking them. I'm wondering if the same can be said for topical antibiotics. I've also heard some people say when they stop certain topicals it can make things worse as well. I have noticed bigger zits lately when I do break out, One turned into a cyst on my right side, another one turned kinda big on my left cheekbone area and before that a had a couple of big one's on my forehead..rarely get anything on my forehead.

My regimen as of late:

Morning routine :Effaclar to wash, let dry for a couple of minutes then apply 2.5% BP to active zits, sometimes all of my cheek jaw area. It depends. Then apply makeup, no heavy liquid foundation ever just powder ( skin FX (sephora) and or Bare minerals foundation) some eye makeup. Thats it's for my morning routine.
Nightly routine: Effaclar wash, let dry for a couple of minutes then apply Epiduo to zits and then acne prone area's. Afterward I'll put those little round bandaids on the active zits to cover and let heal a little better. That's it. I'm thinking I might be applying too much Epiduo, the label says pea size amount but I always use more. I have found that certain area's are more prone to irritation and are itching more now..hmmm. Oh and I've been taking selenium, B5 and B -complex every morning as well. I wash them down with Evolution juice or just plain H20...oh and Saw Palmetto pills during the day usually 2 sometimes 4.
AND finally somedays I do masks. One by Lumene( peet) and another by Say Yes To Tomatoes.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:50 PM

Are you still on 50mg? I would totally try bumping to 75 or 100. I went down to 50 for a month to see how my skin reacted, just cause I want to take the minimum dose possible. I didn't get a facefull of zits like I've had my whole life, but I did get a small breakout. Bumping back up to 75 has kept me clear.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:43 AM

yes I did bump myself up to 75 about a couple of weeks ago, maybe 3. I have noticed a difference in the reduction of oil on my face Posted Image I will go ahead and say drastic difference. I still find that at the end of my day (8 hr work shift) I am a lil oily ( I can feel some the thickness) but I'm not seeing it. As far as breaking out goes....i'm still breaking out. It's hard to say exactly how much more. I think i'm not breaking out as much BUT somedays I don't see a difference. My right side is definately more of a problem. I currently have about 4 active pimples on that side. One is cyst like but not huge , another is on the verge of drying out and the other two are not so bad. My left side is pretty ''clear'' Some random cyst like one that appeared over an old one , that one is flattening out and going away slowly, the other one is ''normal'' sized and the other two are about the same...I got those two today ( seemed to grow over-nite...they were barely noticeable yesterday)

@Green gables, you are my go to girl. I hope to be clear like you..one day. Hopefully sooner then later ( wishful thinking I know). It's been almost 3 mos i would say since I went on Spiro. Today was one of those days ..well i should say yesterday was one of those days were I felt like i was losing hope. I woke up , washed my face and as many of us have come to know, acne always looks worse after washing for some reason. It was just one of those bad ''face'' days. My skin looked so red, mostly the areas where I break out, and the damn cyst on my right side seemed to stand out in certain light. All I could stare at were the bumps, redness and pigmentation marks. Honestly I think the marks are what makes it look worse then what it really is IMO. I've always ''scarred'' easily. Every irritation I get on my skin, whether big or small , there always seems to be a mark left behind. Rarely will I get a zit that doesn't leave anything behind. And for me they seem to take FOREVER to disappear let alone slightly fade. Could it be a bad predisposition to HIP in my melanin. IDK if that even makes damn sense ( it's late...i'm tired. lol) Because when I look at my face, as I obsessively do. It seems like I have more HIP then acne. When i last went to the derm, like 3 or so weeks ago, maybe even a month ago, she said my acne was mild...I disagree, but whatever.
I have some scarring but it's mild. I just have alot of HIP and I'm at the point where I'm starting to think it will never go away and this is something i'm just gonna have to live with. I am applying Epiduo which supposedly exfoliates but I doubt it will make ANY kind of a difference in my pigmentation. Today at work we have this HUGE mirror I happened to walk by it and glance at myself...i wanted to cry. All I could see was damage. I feel like I've f**ked myself up, haven't taken care of my body as I should have. Too many drugs/alcohol. I feel like I could have prevented this. I've been told i have PCOS...I could have prevented this Posted Image

I have made minor change in my eating ( for the better) , I'll admit most of them came about cause i'm broke and can't shop for food. I'm being as patient as I can and have to be but I'm starting to feel like the Spiro won't clear me up like I want it to, as i've heard it does. I know I know BE PATIENT, WAIT AND SEE. I'm trying.


I guess for me it hurts to see my face they way it is now because I never had any kind of issues with my skin growing up. As i've mentioned before when I did ''breakout'' as a teen, it was very mild. I should post a pic as proof..hmm maybe I will. Alright off to bed I go.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:00 AM

Hey, hang in there! I'm been on 50mg Spironolactone a little over a month now.. I feel your frustrations.

Have you been taking pictures? I have found that it's really been helping me with this whole process. Some days I wake up and I think my skin looks horrible, but then I look back at pictures from 2 weeks ago and really see an improvement. It may help you, you don't have to show anybody the pictures but yourself.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

Hang in there Posted Image

By the way Epiduo may actually be making the red marks worse. I know it's not what you want to hear, it is so frustrating to treat acne and find out all the little things that derms never tell you. But anyway, Epiduo contains BP, and although BP is a great antibiotic, it also drastically SLOWS HEALING of the skin and produces free radical damage. The scars I do have are from when I was using BP regularly! Once I stopped that my scars were a lot less.

If I were in your shoes I would switch to a normal retinoid (Differin, Retin A Micro) or just go off the retinoid altogether and moisturize. Hydrated skin heals soooo much faster than dry skin. We think we need to "dry out" pimples to heal them...I dunno why, my dried out pimples would just stay on my skin forever.

I don't know why derms prescribe retinoids when you still have active acne. Retin A Micro is great now that I am clear and it can help smooth my skin texture. It was horrible when I had active acne, it always just made things worse. I see retinoids now as more of a "clean-up after acne" medication.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:43 PM

I was going to say the same...I've heard of BP doing that. I have been considering stopping the BP but I don't know what to use instead. i feel as If I have to put something on my face or else I'll make things worse. I like feeling like there is something on my face 24/7 combating the acne. I have oily skin as well, although like I said at the moment it's not like it was it's minimally oily..if that makes sense. Yeah BP has been my go to treatment the whole time I've been breaking out. I've done the SA to exfoliate and stuff and used the topical stuff the derm has prescribed from time to time but mostly it's been the BP. Would you suggest a good moisturizer? I like one by La Roche....but it's expensive. Almost 40 bucks a pop Posted Image and i can't afford that all the time. But that one has no preservatives, parabens. it's really gentle. So you would suggest just moisturizing and the Spiro? I'm willing to try but I'm also afraid I'll get an breakout if I stop. Oh I forgot to mention that I also use clindamycin topically, in gel form, I use it every morning. I don't see it doing much, except that it supposedly fights off bacteria. I've broken out since it was prescribed to me, not badly but I've broken out. What is our opinion on Clindamycin in topical form? I kinda wanted to stop that too but IDK.

I was thinking i should let the Spiro works it's ''magic'' and that's it. Just wash with my face wash, take my vitamins, eat better and exercise..that would be it. Ughhh yeah I'm gonna try what you suggest and ditch the BP. I fear what everyone has been saying about it is true. I'll probably keep using my one and only tube until it's gone and look into other options.

Oh and BTW i meant to ask you about the Ultimate flora products. Can u give me feedback please :D. I've been eyeing them at work..but they are so damn expensive, lol. I was considering buying off of Amazon but am kind of weary. I was thinking a good probiotic or something to restore the good stuff in my stomach. Something gentle since I'm just starting.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:57 PM

I was going to say the same...I've heard of BP doing that. I have been considering stopping the BP but I don't know what to use instead. i feel as If I have to put something on my face or else I'll make things worse. I like feeling like there is something on my face 24/7 combating the acne. I have oily skin as well, although like I said at the moment it's not like it was it's minimally oily..if that makes sense. Yeah BP has been my go to treatment the whole time I've been breaking out. I've done the SA to exfoliate and stuff and used the topical stuff the derm has prescribed from time to time but mostly it's been the BP. Would you suggest a good moisturizer? I like one by La Roche....but it's expensive. Almost 40 bucks a pop Posted Image and i can't afford that all the time. But that one has no preservatives, parabens. it's really gentle. So you would suggest just moisturizing and the Spiro? I'm willing to try but I'm also afraid I'll get an breakout if I stop. Oh I forgot to mention that I also use clindamycin topically, in gel form, I use it every morning. I don't see it doing much, except that it supposedly fights off bacteria. I've broken out since it was prescribed to me, not badly but I've broken out. What is our opinion on Clindamycin in topical form? I kinda wanted to stop that too but IDK.

I was thinking i should let the Spiro works it's ''magic'' and that's it. Just wash with my face wash, take my vitamins, eat better and exercise..that would be it. Ughhh yeah I'm gonna try what you suggest and ditch the BP. I fear what everyone has been saying about it is true. I'll probably keep using my one and only tube until it's gone and look into other options.

Oh and BTW i meant to ask you about the Ultimate flora products. Can u give me feedback please Posted Image. I've been eyeing them at work..but they are so damn expensive, lol. I was considering buying off of Amazon but am kind of weary. I was thinking a good probiotic or something to restore the good stuff in my stomach. Something gentle since I'm just starting.


If you buy them straight from the manufacturer they are $18 (renewlife.com). I actually got my month's supply yesterday at Walgreens, they had them on sale for $20. They are more expensive compared to some probiotics...but they are the cheapest ones that contain that many cultures. I mean those TruBiotics I see advertized on TV are $30 and they only have 1 billion cultures and 3 strains. Ultimate Flora is cheaper and has 50 billion cultures and 10 strains. Since your gut is supposed to contain a trillion cultures and 100 different strains, you'd just be wasting your money getting anything less. By the way I have not had any bad side effects from Ultimate Flora. A tiny bit of gas the first three days, but nothing since. Just better digestion and more energy Posted Image

Yeah, I just ended up using spiro and cleansing once a day and moisturizing. I know what you mean about being afraid to go off topicals...but I really wanted to make sure it was the spiro that was working...you don't really know if you're putting BP on all the time. I also wanted to get my dosage right. It's hard to know if you should up your dosage if you have BP helping you. I also stopped all my supplements and vitamins once I started spiro. I'm just now starting those up again for better health.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:23 AM

So since I've last updated I've reduced the amount of BP i use. I only do Epiduo at night. Not the entire face like I was, just on the spots. i've been doing honey & tumeric masks like 4x's a week. And during the day I am now using Effaclar duo (instead of applying BP all over my acne prone areas). It contains salicylic acid and Lha ( both exfoliating) I bought the Effaclar duo a couple of months ago but was saving it. I really do think that the BP is what has made my HP linger around for as long as it has (forever) I am going to bump myself up to 100 mg of spiro after I finish my current bottle of pills ( which is in like 5 days or so). My right side is clearing up but my left side just got a couple of new pimples. One is on my jaw line...right w/ 2 other ones that are slowly drying :/ Has anyone ever had zits just pop up right next to other zits. No where else but right next to another zit. It's like ''connect the dots'' more like ''connect the pimples'' But despite all that I am in a pretty chipper mood. I've been okay with my skin..emotionally. Oh I take it back, earlier today I was in a piss mood because the weather out here in Calif has been dry and humid l,and my skin looked oily and crappy. Damn nasty hot weather. I hate heat, I'd rather freeze on any given day. i think it's been 3 month since I started Spiro :) hoping to reach that 6 month mark...where everyone talks about seeing the light. I'm being patient.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:42 AM

I've been reading your posts and I'd love to hear how it ends up for you! Keep up with your patience, I'm sure you will see results Posted Image

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:51 AM

I've been reading your posts and I'd love to hear how it ends up for you! Keep up with your patience, I'm sure you will see results Posted Image

Thanks for following my log. I try to keep it updated :)

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:07 AM

my skin has been doing pretty well for the last couple of weeks. The right side of my face seems to be clearly up quite nicely ( hoping I don't jinx itPosted Image ) no new break outs in 2 weeks . maybe a lil longer Posted Image My left side has some pimples. 2 smaller ones on my jaw line towards the ear..no biggie. I also have a bigger one on my cheek area, I'm sure that one will flatten out soon. It's taking it's sweet time going away but it's slowing getting there. I've stopped going crazy on the BP as I mentioned before. I do the Epiduo only on any active zits at night, after i wash of course. In the a.m I do my salicylic acid/LHA/retinyl moisturizer serum thingy and that's about it. Oh I'll dab a teeny tiny amount of BP on any active zits. But I no longer apply it all over my face. Oh and i'm being good ... doing sunscreen everyday. I use La Roche Posay's Anthelios 50 Ultra Light sunscreen fluid. It instantly mattifies and is really light weight. No greasy at all and doesn't break me out. It's on the expensive side as far as sunblock/sunscreens go (about $29-32 dollars) but if your looking for something that's light and not heavy/greasy then this one is for you. I got it at work so i got a minor discount. The only downfall to this sunblock is that it leaves a slight whitish residue but i wear my mineral makeup over it so you can't even see it. They have other variations of this lightweight sunblock FYI Posted Image

Oh and I take my supplements in the a.m as well. Selenium, B5,B6 and Vitamin D. That's it. The Spiro I do at night to avoid the stomach ache. Did i mention that on the 11th I increased my doasge, I went from 75 mg to 100 mg. I'm no longer no where nearly as greasy/oily as i once was. I seem to only get oily when it's very hot out...as it has been these past days. Over 90 degrees I think.Ugh!! On these day's i really hate my skin, it seems as if it glows all day. It looks as if i'm permanently oily and or sweaty. BUT it still isn't as bad as it would be if it weren't for the spiro. I'm really starting to feel like it's all uphill from here Posted Image . I don't find myself obsessing over my skin as much anymore. Of course there are days where my face will look red after I wash or whatever. The marks are very visible then and I get sad BUT overall i am feeling good and lucky to be showing improvements. Nite nite

Edited by jaydeec, 18 September 2012 - 02:12 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:27 PM

If you ever want to try a new sunscreen, the CeraVe AM is soooo light and soft and NO residue! And it's only $12. I liked the Anthelios stuff but I found it just a tad too sticky.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:23 AM

Face still doing pretty good. I finally experienced what it's like to get pimples after eating greasy/sugary food. Not sure if it was a coincidence or not. I had like 4 slice's of pizza the other day and the morning after had one zit on my jawline (right side) . Or maybe it was due to the fact that I just got my period. What ever the case may be ..no biggie. I do have another tiny one on my cheek ( right side) which I just got yesterday. This is SUCH a relief and change for me Posted Image i'm used to getting big ole cysts 2 or 3 at a time. Not one tiny zit. I'm so happy. At the moment my skin is pretty clear. My left side is a little broken out (old zits) but my right side, which is the side I always have problems with is pretty clear. The only thing i'm experiencing right now is some minor dryness. I think it's because I've been using that salicylic acid/LHA moisturizer. IDK, I need to invest in a good moisturizer but i'm pretty broke right now so that has to wait. I'm kinda freaking out on face wash right now since i just ran out of my favorite. It's a lil more expensive and can't buy it so I'll have to use what I have at home. We'll see how that goes. Oh and i have an appt with radiology soon for an ultrasound to finally get a diagnosis for PCOS. Put my doubts to rest. Hoping it's not..fingers crossed

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:56 AM

Hey guys, so it's been a while since i last logged on. mostly because I've been clear free and don't feel the need to post as much.  My Journey with Spiro continues. As I mentioned it's been about 6 months since I started Spiro. It's keep me acne free for about 2 months now, until this past week. I have 2 cyst like zits on my right side (cheek and jaw line) and the week before that I got one on my chin and another on my cheek (left side) prior to this I had no zits whatsoever. Well I did ''breakout'' in 1 or 2 small tiny zits, but they did dry out the next day. It hasn't been such a rough journey for me as it has been for many other women who experienced horrendous breakouts through out their first 6 months/ 1 year, which is when most see a difference. I would def say that I saw the difference the 4th month , maybe a slight difference in the 3rd month. By the 4th month I def noticed i was not breaking out anymore. i can tell you it has def changed the way I look at myself. I no longer stress about my acne on a daily basis. Now that I'm on my 6 month mark i have noticed that my skin gets oiler a little more then I've been used to. I'm not sure if this can be attributed to the anti depressant/anxiety meds I'm on or what. I'm also thinking that the breakout is because of my period, although I haven't gotten it yet. IDK it's weird though because i seemed to have broken out for ''no reason''. I have been amping up my dose to 150 the days prior to my period , since those are the days when they say your hormones go all out. Another thing I've noticed with the Spiro is that it's balanced my period out for the past 3/4 months. I'm a lil overdue now, but all in all it's been on track. It's done nothing for the little tiny hairs on my chin, but at least I'm not growing an new ones. Oh and one more thing I wanna point out....I lose A LOT of hair. More then normal. I was stressing about that and need to see my derm , but to be quite honest I'd rather lose hair then have a face full of acne. IDK but that's JMHO. Well that's about it for now.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

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I have seen in posts that you recommend 10% BHA several times a week for a lot of clogged pores. Isn’t that peel level strength? Do you know if it can be used while on retin a micro?






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