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#21 JWaltersRN

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

DAY 22
Was seeing some improvement, but had a little break out his morning. One on each side of my chin and several on both cheeks. A couple of the cysts went away finally, and left lovely holes in their place. Very discouraged today. Just keep on keeping on.
The good thing is that I can cover most of the issues with make up when necessary. I had to be in the office yesterday and looked pretty good with full coverage. Also, because the oil is under control, I didn't have to touch up my face once! It stayed morning fresh all 10 hours, so YAY!!!
That's it for now. Just 22 days in and 1 problem solved.

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



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20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Day 25

Doing ok, I guess. Not currently active acne, just some drying up and today, one of my cysts just kind of popped itself open when I brushed my cheek on accident so that's totally flat. No scab or anything, just pink.

I don't think the zinc oxide did anything for me. Nothing got better any faster than usual, and I have a lot more no inflamed bumps pretty much everywhere. Just continuing with the differing, taking my spiro 200 mg at night and using the OCM. I've skipped a couple of acid peels due to holiday gatherings and then we had a funeral this weekend and I didn't want to be a peeling mess. Actually, now that I think about it, I probably wiped my cheek a lot yesterday crying and the funeral and that's why it broke open this morning...Ew,
Anyway, I don't think the zinc hurt my skin any, I just didn't have any benefits from the topical application of it, so I'm stopping that. No point for me.


30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


#23 JWaltersRN

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:34 AM

So, nearly 4 weeks now on Spiro and DifferinIMG_0643.JPG IMG_0645.JPG IMG_0646.JPG . Still dealing with the healing process of the IB, but nothing terrible. Everything is dry and healing at the moment, nothing active. All the deep cysts are gone. Oil is well controlled, the neck rash thing is clearing, and theres just a tiny bit of perioral dermatits remaining, other than the couple of self-inflicted wounds from picking.

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:58 PM

Glad I found your post! Had some quick questions!
A little background I have mild but persistent acne for the last two yrs- prior to that perfect skin. I tried beyaz for three months with no luck and started 50 mg of spiro and differin cream .01% a week ago. So far I'm miserable hah. Skin was clear last wk, this wk I'm insanely dry and breaking out all over.
Please say this is normal I haven't found that many great reviews regarding differin.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

luckymac- I think this is normal. I'm also having a small breakout, but thanks to using BP for too long, I have so much PIH it looks like a massive breakout. The redmarks just dont go away! You may not have dramatic improvement on the 50mg Spiro, most people have to get to at least 100 to see results from what I've followed on here. Just work up to whatever is your "magic dose". I wouldn't have too high of expectations at 50mg. The differin has really been helping prevent surface acne though. No real lingering zits since starting it. Just the cystic, IB issues for me. I still breakout a little bit, but I've only been on 200mg for the last 5 weeks, supposed to take longer. Keep the faith. I'm hanging in there with you!

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

6 Weeks

So, I have been a very bad girl about posting! Sorry!!

Just past the 6 week mark, and I have forgotten to take my Spiro or use the differin for the last week. I have absolutely no active pimples at all, just alot of red marks and scars. It still looks bad, but is nearly 100% coverable with make up as long as I don't cake it on, and use a good primer to help fill in the pits. Feels probably 90% smoother. I am really happy so far, looking forward to the marks fading and things continuing to improve over all. 


30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.