Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:28 PM
I've had acne since I was about 14. Since then, I've always worked hard to keep it at bay and had been successful. Until I turned 25. I don't know what happened, but I started to get these tiny bumps all over my face. It progressively got worse over the span of a year, and it led me to visit a dermatologist.
The derm said that it seemed to be hormonal, and proscribed me 50mg of spironolactone, Acanya in the AM, and Atralin at night. My initial breakout (or what I thought to be my initial breakout) was AWFUL. I've never broken out so bad in my life. I had huge and painful cystic acne that seemed to form only on my cheeks. I read lots of reviews that said the initial breakout with all of these medications was common, so I decided to deal with it and see what happens.
That doctos visit was at the end of August. Things have not gotten any better. The doc bumped be up to 75mg of Spiro. I constantly have at least 3 huge pimples on my cheeks. I am now left with really bad hyperpigmentation and some scarring on both of my cheeks. I don't see how something is supposed to make your skin this bad, and then all of a sudden I'm supposed to have beautiful skin.
I came to this conclusion..
Since I was 14, I've constantly been putting things on my face. Different face washes, spot treatments, etc. EVERY SINGLE DAY. How is it that I am still suffering from acne, when noone I know puts as much crap on their face as I do and has clear skin. I remember my brother had acne, and I gave him my face wash and BP treatment. He used them and kept breaking out. A little while after he stopped caring and stopped using everything, his face cleared up! Years later, he has no acne.
I stopped using the Acanya, Atralin, and Cerave 5 days ago. The bumps on my cheeks seem to be a little less irritated and seem to be going away slowly. I'm contemplating on stopping the Spiro also.
From now on, I'm going to go the natural route. If I wouldn't eat this stuff, why am I putting it on my face?? We'll see how it goes! Wish me luck!
Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:58 AM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:23 AM
I gave myself a little test. I kept using all of the products on my cheeks, but my forehead (where I had also broken out) wasn't touched. I didn't wash it or put any topical a on my forehead. No new breakouts formed and the existing one dried up on its own.
These things are so hard bc everyone is very different. A friend of mine uses Spiro, with Acanya and Atralin and has gorgeous skin! It just doesn't seem to be doing the trick for me.
I also worry about how dependent my skin will become on this stuff. Spiro can't be taken while pregnant. When I decide to go off of it, will I break out horribly??
Healthy diet, exercise, and natural remedies seem like the safer route in the long run.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:49 AM
Yes, I think you break out if you stop it, like you normally would - but during the prenancy your body goes through so many hormonal changes, that you acne might as well clear up for good
I'd love to take the safe route as well, but in some cases - mine certainly - it just doesn't work it's not gonna fix an imbalance.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:30 AM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:54 AM
With-in two weeks on a different Generic from Walgreens my acne was GONE! It's been a solid 6 wks and I'm so clear still. NO CYSTS! Tiny occasional pimples, minor congestion & blackheads. Barely any oil. I'm soooo clear I even dropped my dose of Spiro to 75mg. I was up to 200mg on the other brand!! Yikes!
The one I've been taking is Amneal Generic. I love it so much! Hope you can figure it out becuase Spiro does work!
Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:42 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:20 PM
Many people don't clear on 75mg. Believe me I've tried. 100-200mg is the dose for most women.
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HOW I STAY 100% CLEAR:
Spironolactone (anti-androgen drug)
Betaine HCL with each meal
Avoiding silicones and occlusives in skin/hair products