Hello fellow Acne Suffers!
I am a 23 year-old young professional who has been dealing with acne and dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) since I was 13 years old. I have been through the ringer, having seemingly tried every over the counter, prescription and ~natural~ remedy out there. I am currently taking spironolactone (hormonal pill) internally and topically using hempseed oil to oil cleanse while applying aczone at night.
Thoughts & Information:
Spiro- I have been taking 100mg for about 2 months now. I have noticed few/no side effects. The only difference I have experienced is light headed-ness when working out (spiro lowers blood pressure). As for the results on my acne, I feel as though it has helped but not eliminated the problem entirely. I still notice a lot of comedones along my cheeks and jawline. However, my forehead and chin seem to be responding quite positively. I tend to be a very impatient person but everything I have heard/read has encouraged me to wait a full three months before expecting drastic results so fingers crossed this all works out! Anyone out there with some encouraging spiro stories? Do share!
Hempseed oil/OCM- When I first started using this I thought I found a hard hitting fix for my skin woes, and although it is a great supplement, it may not be the hero I am looking for. I typically steam my face over a pot of recently boiled water, and then rub, rub, rub the hempseed oil into my pores. When I am doing this I do feel tiny grains like things on my face. I then wash after rubbing for 20+ minutes and will occasionally follow-up with a clay mask in hopes of removing and loosened debris. I can't tell how much of a difference this (long) process is making, but as a compulsive skin picker it certainly helps keep my hands occupied.
Aczone- I have only been using aczone for about 3 weeks. What I really like about it is how mild it is. Prior to using aczone, I was prescribed tazorac. WHAT A NIGHTMARE. Although I am sure it was doing what it is supposed to do as a retinoid, my skin was an absolute disaster. It flaked and peeled and my acne was angry and inflamed. Braver souls than I have been able to see this treatment through 3 months, but for me it was unbearable. With this in mind, I really love aczone because it is completely non-irritating. I also like that it dries sort of matte, making my skin look a little better and not feel oily. It terms of results, nothing crazy but I do believe it is helping!
I am not sure how useful this post will be to others, but I have consistently turned to this website when I am in search of those with situations similar to mine.
Edited by ishly, 02 November 2013 - 10:56 PM.