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#21 mdp703

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:52 AM

Week 14
Well, it's been another 2 weeks and I don't have a ton to report. Good news is that I've only had about 3 new pimples since my last post. All the red spots are slowly healing. I actually quit washing my face with any product in the mornings. Just use a quick splash of water. I'm finding my skin is liking this change. It almost feels and lookings normal other than the few spots. This is a change from the inflamed and splotchiness I had. I still use the differin as well. I've had one spot on my chin area do its hard to say how much of the improvement is the minocycline vs differin.
Overall, I am happy with my progress. I will update in another week.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

**Day 61**

Well I've just started my first day of my 3rd month and I have to say things are calming down. The old spots are still there and still get stuff in them sometimes but they are much smaller than before. (Added a new pic to my gallery to show my progress.) The cysts are the worst and taking the longest to die down, but they are smaller and my face hurts less overall. That said, I AM still breaking out as of now. I have 2 that I couldn't get a good picture of on my right jaw line. The biggest one is larger than a quarter and its like 2 cysts fused into 1 really big nodule. It sticks up about 1/2 inch from my face and is very large and somewhat sore and doesn't seem to want to change or go away or drain or anything! Its been there since day 35 and now has a much smaller twin coming up right beside it... :(

 

As for side effects, lower back hurts if I work out too much and I get pretty tired these days. As you can see from the pic, lips are starting to dry out more. Hair is still dry and skin is starting to get drier with a few dry patches on arms. Nose still dry but not quite as bad as before.

 

My derm says this month is the "magic month" and I should see a lot of clearing coming. Still on 60mg a day but if I get any more new cysts or don't clear much more this month I'm getting bumped up next month. I have good days and bad days right now. Some days I'm happy with my progress, others I'm upset that its taking so long and that I've got this new monster on the right side of my face. I don't understand why this takes so long... It wouldn't be so bad if my pimples were NORMAL but they aren't and the others on here who have cystic acne like me are the only ones who can relate to this. I just never see anyone else walking around with this kind of stuff on their faces. So nice to have this forum to at least have people going through the same thing who can ACTUALLY understand in a way no one else does no matter how hard they try to sympathize...

 

I have a question about the accutane pills for anyone else who's had this experience. Anyone ever had one pop open? I took the first pill of my month 3 pack today and when I got it out it was oily and I noticed some oil in the packet. Took it anyways, just hoping there's nothing wrong with my pills??? I left them in the car the day I got them and it was about 50 degrees (says to store at 68-77 on the package). Worried I screwed them up...

 

That's all for now, will update again soon if there are any new changes!



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:04 AM

4 months and some (about 19 weeks)
Things are looking really good. Since my last post, my skin just continued to improve. I was actually able to give up make up, which is the first time in almost 15 years. I can't even describe the effect it is having on my life. I dont have to hide my skin anymore.
Skin details- I have one zit. It is one that started as that big red spot a couple months ago and it just goes back and forth between being a red spot and zit. It's weird and persistent. I just started using differin on it so I'm hoping this helps. Other than that, I just have about five or so red spots that are healing. I occasionally get pimples but when they form they are just that....a pimple. I used to never get just one pimple, but instead a whole rash of them together that were really inflamed. Now, a pimple may develop but it doesnt get super red and goes away really quickly.
In terms of products, I am just using my face wash/toner/etc at night. I just splash with water in the morning. I wear sunscreen every day. I also apply differin to my chin area once per day.
Given how well things are going, I've been reluctant to quit the minocycline. I know I have to though. I am going to start weaning myself off in the near future, maybe go down to 100mg soon. I'm nervous about it though. I am hoping using differin will help.
I am not on the message boards as much anymore, but I will try to keep updating everyone every couple weeks.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:22 PM

5 months
Time for my update. Overall things are good. My skin has continued to stay relatively clear and I am going makeupless. However, I've tried to wean myself off of minocycline slowly and I'm not having much success. I tried going to alternating between 200mg and 100mg each day, but within a week, I find myself getting a couple fresh pimples. Once I go back up to 200mg, my skin will clear within about five days. I've done this cycle about three times, but it is still the same. It is quite discouraging. I knew all about the rebound effect of antibiotics, but I am still hoping I can find some way to wean myself off successfully. The differin doesn't seem to be helping as I get pimples there or other places equally. I see my derm this week so I'm going to talk with her and see if she can come up with any ideas.
With that said, the break from years of acne has been such a relief that I am still happy I am on the antibiotics. Just need to find what to do next that can be longer term.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:34 PM

I saw my derm today and we came up with no viable way to ween me off without breaking out. I can't stay on the minocycline due to some unpleasant side effects, so we are talking of going back on birth control. Very disappointing! I was off all meds for about three years with no success, so at this point we don't think I have any options but going on something long term.

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:48 AM

This is now almost 10 months after I first began minocycline. It has been a rough ride coming off of this med. my derm and I tried a few different birth controls, but I got quite a lot of side effects from them and had to quit each time. This roller coaster of hormones reeked havoc on my skin so I ended up staying on the min for a few extra months. I came off of it two weeks ago and started the regimen. Before I started the regimen, I had breakouts on both sides of my mouth, probably about 15 on one side and 10 on the other. I thought to myself, why not try the regimen. One of my issues is that my husband and I want to get pregnant in the near future, so I had to research which acne treatments are safe to use while pregnant. Almost none of them are, except Bp. This made me decide to try the regimen. Very quickly I've noticed improvements. I went from about 8-10 whiteheads to on average of 2 or less. I have about 6 red spots in addition, but these are easier to cover up. I'm happy with this transition so far and hoping the regimen keeps me clearer for awhile. I likely won't post in this log anymore since it is turning into regimen posts. I wil be posting there instead.