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Best Answer Valerie44, 22 April 2014 - 07:14 PM

Awesome news CarpeMomentum!!!! My doctor wouldn't up my dose since he seems to think my skin is looking great at the 50 dose. Im not so sure, even tho im clear right now I always test how well the Spiro is coming along when I get close to my period, that's when I usually break out like crazy, I must say I only got one cyst this past menstrual cycle compared to the 3 or 4 I would normally get so that is progress :)  Im happy to hear your doing well and praying we all keep on the road to clear skin !!!!



Maria, what dose of the Spiro are you taking now?

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:38 AM

i can't believe it my derm wanted to prescribe accutane! He said that it's better than spiro and will clear me completely etc.. well what he didn't know is how well informed i am about these things.

Tomorrow i will test my testosterone to have an idea about what to do next... why did i put myself in this torture in the first place??


Edited by maria199, 29 October 2013 - 12:23 PM.

What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:17 AM

when will this nightmare stop? There is a new papule next to the previous one.. not really obvious but i feel it, icing it right now... This is definitely worse than before.. I have to change something now..

28 oct: 1 big papule (wasn't nodule after all)

29 oct: 1 papule, 2 clogged pores inflamed

30 oct.: 1 papule.

In 3 days i had more than the entire previous week. I am going to find a derm that will prescribe antibiotics and drop to 50 or 75 mg.. meanwhile i will stop completely for some days.. let's see my testo levels first.. oh i am paniced..

 

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Edited by maria199, 30 October 2013 - 03:30 AM.

What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:26 AM

with a range of 8-48 my testo is 27... i will skip it today and tomorrow i will try another dose.. i just don't know which.. this desicion could affect me for many months..

I am afraid to sleep, i am afraid of what i may see when i wake up.. Many people will see me tomorrow, poor people.. Coin flipping decided a dose of 50 mg, until i can see someone to help me with the dosage.. i would like to contact one through my mom because she knows many docs but she doesn't agree at all with hormonal treatment and she is making it sooooooo difficult i want to ask about the dose according to my weight but she always finds an excuse i am so worried and uncertain.


Edited by maria199, 30 October 2013 - 04:01 PM.

What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:41 AM

Except a mosquito bite rolleyes.gif  and a strange pain on my jawline, there is nothing new. New dosage experiment today.. knowing my luck i should try 75 mg but then i thought that if 75 don't work i won't know if i should increase or decrease.

If my mother wasn't my mother i would never talk to her again..


Edited by maria199, 31 October 2013 - 03:42 AM.

What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

i iced the painful area of my jawline just to be on the safe side but the pain is now worse. Tomorrow i will most likely have something huge. I try to stay positive but every day that passes is a battle lost for my skin..

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indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 02:48 AM

A small new papule. The jawline is the same but the pain is the same as well. I have another appointment with the derm in a few hours, let's see if now i 'll have antibiotics. Even though i exfoliate daily my closed comedones are the same or increasing.. i use only non comedogenic products and avoid make up, even non comedogenic. I don't remember having this issue before... I 'll ask what to do about these.


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indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:33 AM

he insisted on accutane. He made it sound like the only problem will be dryness and that will be gone with a moisturising cream and after 2 months i will be clearer forever... He almost convinced me.. Almost.

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indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:49 AM

i picked a clogged pore yesterday and it's now inflamed but otherwise nothing new.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 03:54 AM

since yesterday there is a swelling on my chin but i am not really sure it is new. It's not painful or red but i am afraid it could be something perhaps later or tomorrow. Beside that, nothing new.

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Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:59 AM

there is a new clogged pore inflamed and a few small red spots i don't remember if they were too clogged pores. The swelling my chin must have been already there cause nothing changed in 2 days.

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indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:15 AM

There is a new small pustule, yesterday i ate something that had egg in but i don't know if it's related, it's small anyway.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:41 AM

alright, it's been a week on 50 mg. This week i had two new pustules, one papule and a few red spots. All these were small/tiny and most of them actually disappeared within the day without leaving their marks behind. Unfortunately i had 3 clogged pores inflamed (1 wasn't big deal but the other two are big and stubborn). So basically i see an improvement of inflamed acne-spiro has results (fingers crossed) but i have to do something about comedones. I have
an appointment for facial cleansing today but the damned clogged pores seem to sense that and i see a few of them have a pinkish color and i don't know if the derm will extract them now that they have symptoms of inflammation . If they are gone my acne will be much less. Let's hope that the facial will be effective.

Edited by maria199, 06 November 2013 - 02:44 AM.

What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:57 PM

I did the facial, i don't think she removed them all.. mostly on chin. I hope there will be no infection. I am a little disappointed because she said something about cysts -that the inflammed clogged pores are cystic or something and about that huge thing on my chin about a month ago, she said it could be active underneath the skin and be inflammed occassionally. It was also very painful. She prescribed a clindamycin+b.p. gel and said that if this doesn't help we will use topical retinoid or blue light treatment. I feel so tired... it was such a big mistake to stop spiro.. now none of these would have happened.


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Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:26 AM

I feel two painful areas. I don't know if it's just painful due to the extraction (most likely) or if they are old ones aggravated by the extraction or if they are new ( i doubt that especially for the one). It's strange but it's like the pain shifts places, i use swabs to touch my skin and now i feel the pain here, the next time there is no pain here but 2 cm on the left etc. I am icing them anyway.


Edited by maria199, 07 November 2013 - 03:33 AM.

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Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:18 AM

I guess icing is the best thing you can do at that state. My acne has definatly changed with Spiro. Well now of course, because it brought me so much relief. But I had a phase that lasted about 2 months where my skin was just weird: I had painful spots on my face. Like there was a cyst underneath, but it was not really hard. sometimes a bit red. But it was really painful and sometimes even itchy.

Whenever I had one of those, I had a 50/50 chance of it just disappearing, or becoming a zit. I learned that icing really makes the difference for those fellows that cannot decide whether they will stay and grow or just go. I applied my PC 10% AHA on them a few times a day, then ice them as often as possible and afterwards I put a spot of 5% BPO on them ( I had been on the regimen for the last 21 years and quit the widespread usage, but still have some here for spot treatment. I also apply it when I have squeezed clogged pores, because it prevents them from becoming inflamed)

I would say that with this regimen, about 90% of those things disappeared after 2 days without developing into a zit or cyst.

For the Rest: hang on. Spiro is really slooow.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:49 AM

I guess icing is the best thing you can do at that state. My acne has definatly changed with Spiro. Well now of course, because it brought me so much relief. But I had a phase that lasted about 2 months where my skin was just weird: I had painful spots on my face. Like there was a cyst underneath, but it was not really hard. sometimes a bit red. But it was really painful and sometimes even itchy.

Whenever I had one of those, I had a 50/50 chance of it just disappearing, or becoming a zit. I learned that icing really makes the difference for those fellows that cannot decide whether they will stay and grow or just go. I applied my PC 10% AHA on them a few times a day, then ice them as often as possible and afterwards I put a spot of 5% BPO on them ( I had been on the regimen for the last 21 years and quit the widespread usage, but still have some here for spot treatment. I also apply it when I have squeezed clogged pores, because it prevents them from becoming inflamed)

I would say that with this regimen, about 90% of those things disappeared after 2 days without developing into a zit or cyst.

For the Rest: hang on. Spiro is really slooow.

Thanks so much for the tips, i got a prescription for clindamycin + b.p. 5% to help with comedones, starting tomorrow. Just look what they turn into, upper right corner and they never seem to end, i have to do something to stop them from forming/being so big and your advice sounds great. Now i feel this pain on many areas and i don't know if it's from the extraction or they are new inflamed comedones, i feel disappointed cause i 'll have to spent my entire day switching icing places..


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:21 AM

Hmm at this point I would be really careful with facials. Because...the clogged pores usually just refill and may become inflamed. If I have a bunch of them , I just apply AHA and after 30 Minutes ist squeeze the skin very very very gently with tissue wrapped around my fingers (the pores are open then).What does not come out that way, will nit be touched any further.

Usually this works very well , and I apply a small layer BPO afterwards to prevent infection.I do this in the evening after a shower when everything is extremely clean and the skin is already softened, and afterwards I do not put on any make up or moisturizer or whatever,  and sleep on a fresh towel with my face. So they never inflame. They only do that if I pick during daytime which is a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bad habit I should really get control over ASAP.

 

For clogged pores, the best choice for me are acid peels. I do the PC AHA 10% and PC BHA 2% daily and it made a huuuge difference.

I will order some higher percentage home peels from Make up artists choice when I get my first paycheck for my new job I just started (used to be a stay at home mom until last week), because the shipping costs are horrendous (37 USD).

 

Those things looked absolutely the same for me. And they appeared on places I never was acne-prone before. Like that spot you have there. My active acne was along my jawline and around my mouth and I never had zits on my upper cheeks.


Edited by Calumma, 07 November 2013 - 08:24 AM.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

Hmm at this point I would be really careful with facials. Because...the clogged pores usually just refill and may become inflamed. If I have a bunch of them , I just apply AHA and after 30 Minutes ist squeeze the skin very very very gently with tissue wrapped around my fingers (the pores are open then).What does not come out that way, will nit be touched any further.

Usually this works very well , and I apply a small layer BPO afterwards to prevent infection.I do this in the evening after a shower when everything is extremely clean and the skin is already softened, and afterwards I do not put on any make up or moisturizer or whatever,  and sleep on a fresh towel with my face. So they never inflame. They only do that if I pick during daytime which is a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bad habit I should really get control over ASAP.

 

For clogged pores, the best choice for me are acid peels. I do the PC AHA 10% and PC BHA 2% daily and it made a huuuge difference.

I will order some higher percentage home peels from Make up artists choice when I get my first paycheck for my new job I just started (used to be a stay at home mom until last week), because the shipping costs are horrendous (37 USD).

 

Those things looked absolutely the same for me. And they appeared on places I never was acne-prone before. Like that spot you have there. My active acne was along my jawline and around my mouth and I never had zits on my upper cheeks.

I didn't want to risk it either but there were so many.. it was so expensive and i don't think it was done properly-and she is a university professor-no magnifing lens, no chem. peeling before but dermabrasion after, no high frequency electricity. I use 2 creams one 8% aha, 1% bha- avene clenance k and one with azelaic acid, 2% bha and some other stuff, you won't know it it's local brand, but the clogged pores continued to build up and get inflamed. I never tried to hot wash-steam my face and then squeeze them but i will try, i hope along with b.p. the problem will be solved.


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:14 AM

I used the cleanance K as well as the triacneal in the past, but they were never as effecitive as the combination of the 10% AHA Liquid (no cream) and the 2% Gel.

I think that the products you use are probably to weak, if you still have tons of them comedones. I have heard a lot of good stuff about lactic acid peels and mandelic acid peels.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:00 AM

I used the cleanance K as well as the triacneal in the past, but they were never as effecitive as the combination of the 10% AHA Liquid (no cream) and the 2% Gel.

I think that the products you use are probably to weak, if you still have tons of them comedones. I have heard a lot of good stuff about lactic acid peels and mandelic acid peels.

What do you think of Uriage Hyseac K18 AHA? It's 18% aha and it says it's non comedogenic. "Hyséac K18 is a Keratoregulator, and unclogs pores effectively to reduce the appearance of new blemishes, thanks to a very well tolerated AHA (18%)-BHA complex".


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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