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MissSact -

That's good that you are feeling much better! Taking Spiro makes me nervous cause I have always been so anti medicine but I have been on it for 6 weeks with no side effects except a late and very light period. That does concern me but my Derm says maybe it'll adjust out. How long did you take Spiro? That's strange about the stomachs issues...I've never heard that. It has decreased my oil a lot though.

It seems since summer hit everyone has disappeared, hopefully doing funner things than worrying about pimples! The past three days on memorial break have been the best days I've had in a long time. Face is much improved.

Hi people.

So, thought I would update my log. I haven't posted for a while on here, since I kind of just wanted to wait and take a break, plus I was finding it confusing with everyones different stories and trying to keep up with everyone, although, I am grateful for people chiming in ofcourse.

I am just going to focus on what my log is all about, and it was about my Spiro journey, but now I guess its about MY journey..So I will still keep it running.

Okay well, I have been OFF Spiro for about 3 weeks I think now or something like that. And I am so friggin' happy about it. It was probably the right decision to make, but we can see if things change from here on out - which I doubt.

I encourage those on this drug to keep going. Keep on keeping on. If its working for you that is, it just wasn't working for me, I did not like the side effects...and let me tell you I feel better with my weight, a little anyway...I think I may have lost a few lbs (I ain't weighed in yet so we will see) I also sleep better, and enjoy excercise again since I don't get BREATHLESS all the time. I am still urinating frequently though and my hair is still a little loose and falling out.

The only major thing thats kind of stayed is this pain I keep getting in my stomache, its on my lower lefts side and when I press on it its very sore, my digestive system has been warped since being on Spiro and it still is, I am unbelievable consipated and I think thats leading to this pain too...so its something I will get checked out.

Im glad Im off it though, hope everyone else is doing well.

Currently my routine right now is just eating a good diet, excersising frequently (3-4 times per week) taking NO supplements, just starting "a-new" so-to-speak. I am also using a BHA for my skin to see if it will help with the bumpy-ness.

My current state of skin is not worse or significantly better...but I feel better and thats the main thing right?


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AM- Wash face with Aveeno Gentle Foaming Cleanser and apply Sanitas Oil Free moisturizer
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MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?

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Michi -

2 weeks ago I went from 100 mg to 50mg for a little over a week. I had been feeling less oily but my Derm was concerned cause my period seemed to have completely disappeared. Pretty soon after I felt that my face was getting oily again and a few new clogged pores were appearing so my Derm upped me to 75 mg. Have been on that for a week and it seems the oil has mostly dissipated again and I kinda sorta got the lightest period ever. I've now been on Spiro for almost 6 weeks in total. My Derm did caution me that the increase in oil could have just been due to normal hormone fluctuations or the fact that I've only been on Spiro for 6 weeks which isn't long enough for full effect so I think in the future I might try going back down to 50 cause I would like to be on as little as possible and the whole period thing is somewhat concerning. However 75 could be what I have to take. Have you considered upping your dose? I know for some 125 or 150 make more of a difference especially if you are one to get cysts.

Something I have noticed in the past week - I've been getting a few more bruises than normal for no reason. Not sure if this is Spiro related at all but has anyone else experienced this as side effect?

MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?


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AM- Wash face with Aveeno Gentle Foaming Cleanser and apply Sanitas Oil Free moisturizer
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Michi -

2 weeks ago I went from 100 mg to 50mg for a little over a week. I had been feeling less oily but my Derm was concerned cause my period seemed to have completely disappeared. Pretty soon after I felt that my face was getting oily again and a few new clogged pores were appearing so my Derm upped me to 75 mg. Have been on that for a week and it seems the oil has mostly dissipated again and I kinda sorta got the lightest period ever. I've now been on Spiro for almost 6 weeks in total. My Derm did caution me that the increase in oil could have just been due to normal hormone fluctuations or the fact that I've only been on Spiro for 6 weeks which isn't long enough for full effect so I think in the future I might try going back down to 50 cause I would like to be on as little as possible and the whole period thing is somewhat concerning. However 75 could be what I have to take. Have you considered upping your dose? I know for some 125 or 150 make more of a difference especially if you are one to get cysts.

Something I have noticed in the past week - I've been getting a few more bruises than normal for no reason. Not sure if this is Spiro related at all but has anyone else experienced this as side effect?

MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?

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Skindeep-

I know you said you had a ton of clogged pores previously and was wondering if you still get new ones? The ones I have are definitely clearing up at a much faster rate now than the new ones are appearing but I still get a few new ones every week even with the retin a, SA and Spiro (although it has only been 4 week on that). Do you think the Retin a and Spiro will eventually stop all of them, or are those of us who get closed comedones forever doomed to get them?

Thanks!

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I'm not sure..I found this saying it shouldn't - http://www.realself.com/question/spironolactone-restalyne-injections-blood-clotting-implications-procedure

But if you read on side effects its listed in some places as a rarer one. I also read that estrogen dominance could cause it.

That's interesting your endo said it takes 6-9 months...my Derm said effects on acne should be seen in 6 weeks to 2 months and peaked results at 4 months and beyond.

Michi -

2 weeks ago I went from 100 mg to 50mg for a little over a week. I had been feeling less oily but my Derm was concerned cause my period seemed to have completely disappeared. Pretty soon after I felt that my face was getting oily again and a few new clogged pores were appearing so my Derm upped me to 75 mg. Have been on that for a week and it seems the oil has mostly dissipated again and I kinda sorta got the lightest period ever. I've now been on Spiro for almost 6 weeks in total. My Derm did caution me that the increase in oil could have just been due to normal hormone fluctuations or the fact that I've only been on Spiro for 6 weeks which isn't long enough for full effect so I think in the future I might try going back down to 50 cause I would like to be on as little as possible and the whole period thing is somewhat concerning. However 75 could be what I have to take. Have you considered upping your dose? I know for some 125 or 150 make more of a difference especially if you are one to get cysts.

Something I have noticed in the past week - I've been getting a few more bruises than normal for no reason. Not sure if this is Spiro related at all but has anyone else experienced this as side effect?

MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?


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AM- Wash face with Aveeno Gentle Foaming Cleanser and apply Sanitas Oil Free moisturizer
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I'm not sure..I found this saying it shouldn't - http://www.realself.com/question/spironolactone-restalyne-injections-blood-clotting-implications-procedure

But if you read on side effects its listed in some places as a rarer one. I also read that estrogen dominance could cause it.

That's interesting your endo said it takes 6-9 months...my Derm said effects on acne should be seen in 6 weeks to 2 months and peaked results at 4 months and beyond.

Michi -

2 weeks ago I went from 100 mg to 50mg for a little over a week. I had been feeling less oily but my Derm was concerned cause my period seemed to have completely disappeared. Pretty soon after I felt that my face was getting oily again and a few new clogged pores were appearing so my Derm upped me to 75 mg. Have been on that for a week and it seems the oil has mostly dissipated again and I kinda sorta got the lightest period ever. I've now been on Spiro for almost 6 weeks in total. My Derm did caution me that the increase in oil could have just been due to normal hormone fluctuations or the fact that I've only been on Spiro for 6 weeks which isn't long enough for full effect so I think in the future I might try going back down to 50 cause I would like to be on as little as possible and the whole period thing is somewhat concerning. However 75 could be what I have to take. Have you considered upping your dose? I know for some 125 or 150 make more of a difference especially if you are one to get cysts.

Something I have noticed in the past week - I've been getting a few more bruises than normal for no reason. Not sure if this is Spiro related at all but has anyone else experienced this as side effect?

MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?

Hey there. I have thought about bumping up my dose. My endo says it takes 6-9 months to work so I will most likely stick out my current dose for that time frame. He also says it doesn't work for everyone ( I will be devastated if I'm one of those people after waiting all those months). But he says that when it does work it works very well. I have not had a period either. My periods weren't regular before Spiro either - It is because my estrogen is so low I'm not ovulating - which is a whole other set of issues, but probably related to acne.

Interesting about the bruises. I did notice I had increased bruising. However I wasn't sure if I just happened to be paying closer attention to my legs for some reason. I thought it might be due to the minocycline, but who knows...have you heard this could be a side effect?

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This does say contact your doc if you notice annormal bleeding or bruising so I really don't know if its too early for me to be concerned. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682627.html

I'm not sure..I found this saying it shouldn't - http://www.realself.com/question/spironolactone-restalyne-injections-blood-clotting-implications-procedure

But if you read on side effects its listed in some places as a rarer one. I also read that estrogen dominance could cause it.

That's interesting your endo said it takes 6-9 months...my Derm said effects on acne should be seen in 6 weeks to 2 months and peaked results at 4 months and beyond.

Michi -

2 weeks ago I went from 100 mg to 50mg for a little over a week. I had been feeling less oily but my Derm was concerned cause my period seemed to have completely disappeared. Pretty soon after I felt that my face was getting oily again and a few new clogged pores were appearing so my Derm upped me to 75 mg. Have been on that for a week and it seems the oil has mostly dissipated again and I kinda sorta got the lightest period ever. I've now been on Spiro for almost 6 weeks in total. My Derm did caution me that the increase in oil could have just been due to normal hormone fluctuations or the fact that I've only been on Spiro for 6 weeks which isn't long enough for full effect so I think in the future I might try going back down to 50 cause I would like to be on as little as possible and the whole period thing is somewhat concerning. However 75 could be what I have to take. Have you considered upping your dose? I know for some 125 or 150 make more of a difference especially if you are one to get cysts.

Something I have noticed in the past week - I've been getting a few more bruises than normal for no reason. Not sure if this is Spiro related at all but has anyone else experienced this as side effect?

MissSac - I'm so happy for you that you are feeling good about your decision to stop the Spiro. It would have been a lot of time wasted on a drug that wasn't working for you.

As for my update - I am over 4 months on Spiro 100mg. The mino is still keeping me clear, but as for the Spiro I won't really know until I come off the Mino. Thing is, I am still oily so my guess is that it's not working yet. How is everyone else doing?

Hey there. I have thought about bumping up my dose. My endo says it takes 6-9 months to work so I will most likely stick out my current dose for that time frame. He also says it doesn't work for everyone ( I will be devastated if I'm one of those people after waiting all those months). But he says that when it does work it works very well. I have not had a period either. My periods weren't regular before Spiro either - It is because my estrogen is so low I'm not ovulating - which is a whole other set of issues, but probably related to acne.

Interesting about the bruises. I did notice I had increased bruising. However I wasn't sure if I just happened to be paying closer attention to my legs for some reason. I thought it might be due to the minocycline, but who knows...have you heard this could be a side effect?


PM - Clean face with water and cotton rounds. Spot treat with Finacea.
AM- Wash face with Aveeno Gentle Foaming Cleanser and apply Sanitas Oil Free moisturizer
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MissSact -

That's good that you are feeling much better! Taking Spiro makes me nervous cause I have always been so anti medicine but I have been on it for 6 weeks with no side effects except a late and very light period. That does concern me but my Derm says maybe it'll adjust out. How long did you take Spiro? That's strange about the stomachs issues...I've never heard that. It has decreased my oil a lot though.

It seems since summer hit everyone has disappeared, hopefully doing funner things than worrying about pimples! The past three days on memorial break have been the best days I've had in a long time. Face is much improved.


 

Limited dairy/gluten - everything in moderation - lots of healthy fats, fruit and veggies.

Going full Paleo in January 

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Differin - week 21

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Hey guys how you's all doing?

Thought I'd update a little.

So my routine currently is honestly working wonders. Although I am having a few down days but overall my skin has been doing quite good. What I am basically doing is exactly what is in my SIGNATURE thingy - using TTO diluted in the morning all over face, and maybe a couple undiluted dabs on full blown pimples, sometimes I will put suncream on if the sun is actuallllly out (it is Scotland we're talking about here :)) and thats it for the morning. Then at night I wash my face with water and wait for it to dry and apply a BHA every second day and then my Azelaic Acid, which I have been using for 2 months now.

Things I have noticed since Stopping Spiro:

My face is getting a bit more oily when I get home from whatever Im doing that day, infact especially in stressful situations, ie work or even walking about for longer periods of time (maybe a bit of sweat there too) or if I have just had a long day, I do get more of an oily dewy skin mainly around the T-zone area. I believe I have combination skin though and when on Spiro I basically become MUCH more dry.

I have also noticed a decrease in water retention, which I seriously enjoy, I am not plagued by feeling bloated all the time, this is a really big plus for me because I do have unresolved weight issues which I have had for a long time and the Spiro really did make me feel bigger.

Strangely Ive noticed a little increase in my hair, like side burn area. And ALSO I have noticed a few more spots appearing on my chest/back and BEHIND MY FRIGGING EARS! I think its a hairline thing? I dunno, but its a bit annoying.

Also thankfully, pain which I had alot on my chest has significantly decreased alot, the only major thing thats still lingering is the pain in my stomach and urination issues. But I have the doctor on Wed so I will let her know everything. Thats about a good month now I have been off the Spiro .

I do still have spots, infact my period came a week and a bit ago (1st June) and it was 3 weeks late and I noticed increased spots around corners of my mouth area, its safe to say that only ONE of them is persistant right now but the rest have honestly vanished but left an unsightly pinkish mark. So I can now tell that I get more spots on the lead up to my period say like a week and a half before it and half a week or so after. But it sucks because I have SUCH a long cycle.

Anyway hope you guys are having a really greeaaat summer!

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Limited dairy/gluten - everything in moderation - lots of healthy fats, fruit and veggies.

Going full Paleo in January 

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Differin - week 21

Duac


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Hey everyone!! I hope you don't mind if I hijack this thread... You all seem so nice and helpful!

I've been on spiro 50mg twice a day for almost 5 weeks. I had been on Yaz/Yasmin for 10 years and had pretty ok skin (I also use aczone) but I didn't have a period from July 2012-December 2012. My hormones were "normal" and my doctor didn't seem concerned (wth!?!?) so I decided to stop bc on my own. I stopped the second week of December and had a period before New Years.

My skin started getting closed comedones in March, then in April I developed cysts. My derm gave me doxy, which took care of the cysts. However, I started getting closed comedones ALL OVER the bottom part of my face (basically where a guy would have a beard). They often become inflamed and stuck, for lack of a better word. Anywho, these last 5 weeks have been a roller coaster. My skin looked much better last week, but this week I'm shocked at all of the comedones on my cheeks. It looks like my skin is just flesh colored bumps! There's also hyper pigmentation everywhere.. (Although with my olive skin, everything leaves red marks anyway).

I'm getting married in September and I'm so scared that my face won't look normal again by then. I don't want to add anything else because I'm afraid of delaying results due to an IB or even more purging. Those of you that suffer(ed) from comedones, did yours get worse at first with spiro? How long did they take to clear up? Thank you so much for this thread!!!

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the same thing happened to me and it got really bad at first with spiro. after 2 months i was put on keflex which stopped my cysts and then i added proactiv glycolic acid toner to my regimen and it works really well at clearing out my pores. i think you need to add in either glycolic or salicylic acid or either retin-a or something like that to clear those out. what else do you use in your regimen?

dont worry about the hyperpigmenation if it doesnt go away in a few months you can get a couple IPL's once you are clear to get rid of those.

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Thank you Tracy! My regimen is as follows:

AM and PM

-wash with neutragena naturals pore cleanser with willowbark

-aczone

-oil free cucumber moisturizer with salicylic acid

-spiro and doxy with food

I have found over the years that with my giant pores and oily skin, mild exfoliating everyday is a must. If I use anything else to wash my face (cerave, cetaphil, OTC acne products, just water) I end up with clogged pores everywhere. The neutragena naturals is great because it exfoliates just enough but leaves my skin feeling and looking soft and pretty.

I went to another derm in February 2012 because I didn't like my clogged pores and she gave me the aczone and atralin. That's what had my face looking pretty good until this started a couple of months ago. I've put atralin on a couple of times in the last week to try to help pull everything out. So your comedones are better now? That's awesome!! How long did that take? I'm an acupuncturist so I hate to be on all these meds but natural methods did nothing for me.

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your regimen looks pretty good but do you use a toner? i always thought i didnt need one until i saw an aesthetician who told me the toner does the job of getting rid of the rest of your makeup as well as any dead skin. you would be amazed at what comes off the cotton ball after washing its crazy. once i started using that glycolic acid toner things cleared up pretty quick. glycolic acid is a double bonus in that it helps the red marks too! also i used to use olay regenerist cream cleanser with those scrubby things and it worked well for a while but i think it was too harsh on my skin so now i dont exfoliate with any type of scrub or anything i just use the proactive toner with glycolic acid and that exfoliates for me. i only use it in the evening though after i wash my face because it dries out my face too much if i use it twice a day. for the morning i use thayers non-alcohol witch hazel toner. i love that stuff its so gentle and doesnt dry out my face at all. i tried aczone a while ago and it did nothing for my skin so i went back to my benzaclin. its the only thing that works but i dont use it as much now as i used to since i use that toner.

i hear ya i dont like using chemicals myself but nothing else works unfortunately it sucks! i tried it all too with the diet and then i stopped drinking caffeine and alcohol and switched to all natural products and upped my exercise and tried tons of vitamins but none of that crap worked. you are really pretty by the way! just a note your face will get better the longer you take the spiro. even with the keflex my face wasnt totally clear till at least 3-4 months in so just be patient with it. i almost quit the spiro many times and went on accutane but i forced myself to wait it out.

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I actually have some proactiv toner so I gave it a try tonight. I've always been a fan of the white towel test- if I don't see any makeup on my white towel after drying my face, I know my face wash worked (or so I thought). Tonight, I used the toner after drying... OH.MY.GOD. There was brown stuff all over the cotton ball! And mainly from my jawline, where my problem is. I shiver to think I've been leaving that on my face every day/night. Thank you so much for the tip!! I'm going to start using it nightly and see if that makes a difference. I'm developing neuropathy from the doxy so I cut my dose down to once a day. Fingers crossed I don't end up covered in cysts!

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I actually have some proactiv toner so I gave it a try tonight. I've always been a fan of the white towel test- if I don't see any makeup on my white towel after drying my face, I know my face wash worked (or so I thought). Tonight, I used the toner after drying... OH.MY.GOD. There was brown stuff all over the cotton ball! And mainly from my jawline, where my problem is. I shiver to think I've been leaving that on my face every day/night. Thank you so much for the tip!! I'm going to start using it nightly and see if that makes a difference. I'm developing neuropathy from the doxy so I cut my dose down to once a day. Fingers crossed I don't end up covered in cysts!

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hey pinkpugsy i had a similar experience to u. have you tried retin A??? thats what the doctor gave me and although i was hugely skeptical at first (i wanted antibiotics) i am so freaking glad. it brings down large zits within one or two days into a tiny scab. u do purge but its worth it for me.

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So glad you have this log as I just started spiro . I am 34 and have had severe oily skin and acne since I was 13. I have been on accutane 3 times and every time it worked and a few months later it all comes back the severely clogged skin and oily skin. I don't get a ton of actual pimples they all stay under neath the skin so I have severely clogged pores and discoloration all over my skin. My derm gave me minocyline to prevent initial break out and he told me it takes up to 6 months to work. He kept calling this the magic bullet that works, but I don't know how many times I have been told that by a derm about retina and accutane. I keep getting retina prescribed by every derm I see after telling them it has never worked for me. Any one have suggestions of how to apply maybe I am not applying it right as too much and too frequent possibly? I am scared to try the retina again because all it did was make me red and cause break outs and I gave it try each time for at least 6 months. I feel like at 34 I should be worried about wrinkles and not acne and severely oily skin! At first I kinda gave up and felt like I had to accept my skin. However, it does get me down and decided to see a derm as I have moved to another state thinking maybe they could help. i don't expect perfection, but seeing how clear I was on accutane its frustrating to know my skin can get clear and not oily. False hope for 6 months each time I was on it. I am curious to keep reading your log to see your progress.

Also forgot to mention since staring spire and minocycline I have lost my apetite completely and find it hard to eat as I have to force myself to eat due to the mincocyline its a mandotory to eat right before or it causes vomitting and nausea. I don't know if its the spiro or the minocycline thats causing my lack of appetite.

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Kelsey, I saw my derm a week and a half ago and he started me on Differin to help with the clogged pores. Since I hadn't had any big zits and was having a reaction to the doxy, he had me stop it. It's been 11 days or so and I have five giant zits on my cheeks (near sideburns). However, the rest of my face is looking pretty darn good. I thought I was done with these cysts/pseudo cysts/giant bumps!! I figure it is part of going off the doxy and part of the purging from the Differin.... Unfortunately, I am a notorious picker. These are like a clog right under the surface and I'm having trouble not going at them, which of course makes them purple. Ugh. I'm going to give it another week and if I keep getting more big ones I'm going to ask to go back on a lower dose of the doxy.

Ninergirl, I've had the same change with appetite and I'm just on spiro. Most of the time I forget to eat but I'm always thirsty (I drink tons of water). I also have cravings for protein... I ate very little animal product before and now I crave eggs and fish. And Mexican. But I'm usually not hungry enough to eat much of it :(

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Thanks pinkpugsy . Nice to know its probably the spiro . I wonder if that means that my hormones were really out of balance. Any way I really hope it works. I have only been on it a week and am actually surprised I would get any effects like loss of appetite so quickly when the derm told me I won't see improvements until around 6 months.

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Thanks pinkpugsy . Nice to know its probably the spiro . I wonder if that means that my hormones were really out of balance. Any way I really hope it works. I have only been on it a week and am actually surprised I would get any effects like loss of appetite so quickly when the derm told me I won't see improvements until around 6 months.

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So glad you have this log as I just started spiro . I am 34 and have had severe oily skin and acne since I was 13. I have been on accutane 3 times and every time it worked and a few months later it all comes back the severely clogged skin and oily skin. I don't get a ton of actual pimples they all stay under neath the skin so I have severely clogged pores and discoloration all over my skin. My derm gave me minocyline to prevent initial break out and he told me it takes up to 6 months to work. He kept calling this the magic bullet that works, but I don't know how many times I have been told that by a derm about retina and accutane. I keep getting retina prescribed by every derm I see after telling them it has never worked for me. Any one have suggestions of how to apply maybe I am not applying it right as too much and too frequent possibly? I am scared to try the retina again because all it did was make me red and cause break outs and I gave it try each time for at least 6 months. I feel like at 34 I should be worried about wrinkles and not acne and severely oily skin! At first I kinda gave up and felt like I had to accept my skin. However, it does get me down and decided to see a derm as I have moved to another state thinking maybe they could help. i don't expect perfection, but seeing how clear I was on accutane its frustrating to know my skin can get clear and not oily. False hope for 6 months each time I was on it. I am curious to keep reading your log to see your progress.

Also forgot to mention since staring spire and minocycline I have lost my apetite completely and find it hard to eat as I have to force myself to eat due to the mincocyline its a mandotory to eat right before or it causes vomitting and nausea. I don't know if its the spiro or the minocycline thats causing my lack of appetite.

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Hey Bluemoon,

No I have not experienced any long term side effects. I would say the only difficulty I had is the 2nd and third time I took accutane I was clear by the second month and I had a hard time when my dose was upped. I felt extremely tired like I was on tylenol pm and I love working out and I had really bad joint pain, but it all went away each time I was off of accutane. Arthritis runs in my family. I had knee surgery at 16 and was told I would have arthritis. I recently went to see my dr about it since my knees and fingers were hurting, but I have been working out alot more and harder. She said I was totally fine and almost everyone gets some for arthritis with age and did not think accutane would have anything to do with it if anything my genes and my knee surgery. I think everybody has a different reaction, but I can definitely say I have had no long term side effects. I just started spiro and Minocycline and hoping they work especially the spiro, but have noticed no changes other than having no appetite, but I know it will take a while for it to work. I always thought it was more hormonal, but all my derms disagreed. I don't have any complaints from accutane other than it being a tease and disappointing since I was so clear and oil free, but it never lasted and once I stopped taking it my skin went right back to how it was.

Blue moon forgot to mention ...Let me know what you end up deciding. Maybe you can ask your derm which is better

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Update.. it's been about 11 1/2 weeks on Spiro (50mg twice a day) and 5 1/2 weeks on Differin at night. I'm kind of scared to say this BUT MY FACE IS CLEAR! No little bumps, no cysts, nothing. It's been 5 or so days since I had a pimple, and even that was very small and came to a head in 24 hours. I still have red marks, but they aren't noticeable with just a little bit of foundation. I'm not even wearing concealer.

Side effects: HORRIBLE breakout right at Day 21 of Differin. Lots of large, deep pustules on both cheeks and jawline. Lasted about 9 days, then I cleared up completely. Slightly dry skin (better than being an oil slick like I was before). Still no appetite from the Spiro- I have to be careful and remember to eat if I'm alone. If I don't eat and stay hydrated, I can tell my blood pressure drops and I feel sick.

I wanted to quit so many times but promised my derm I'd see out 3 months on Spiro and 8 weeks on Differin. I'm so glad I did! I know I may still have some ups and downs, but my face has not looked this good since I developed bad acne this spring. Fingers crossed it looks this good for the wedding in 34 days!

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Hey Bluemoon,

No I have not experienced any long term side effects. I would say the only difficulty I had is the 2nd and third time I took accutane I was clear by the second month and I had a hard time when my dose was upped. I felt extremely tired like I was on tylenol pm and I love working out and I had really bad joint pain, but it all went away each time I was off of accutane. Arthritis runs in my family. I had knee surgery at 16 and was told I would have arthritis. I recently went to see my dr about it since my knees and fingers were hurting, but I have been working out alot more and harder. She said I was totally fine and almost everyone gets some for arthritis with age and did not think accutane would have anything to do with it if anything my genes and my knee surgery. I think everybody has a different reaction, but I can definitely say I have had no long term side effects. I just started spiro and Minocycline and hoping they work especially the spiro, but have noticed no changes other than having no appetite, but I know it will take a while for it to work. I always thought it was more hormonal, but all my derms disagreed. I don't have any complaints from accutane other than it being a tease and disappointing since I was so clear and oil free, but it never lasted and once I stopped taking it my skin went right back to how it was.

Blue moon forgot to mention ...Let me know what you end up deciding. Maybe you can ask your derm which is better

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